March 31, 2014

Champions League Quarterfinals: Clattenburg and Mažić to close the first legs

UEFA's Referee Committee has nominated English Mark Clattenburg and Serbia's World Cup referee Milorad Mažić to take control over Wednesday's enclosing first legs of the quarterfinals of UEFA Champions League 2013/14.
Having already handled a K.O. match in (Atlético) Madrid this season, Clattenburg will now face a challenging and important task at Santiago Bernabeu where Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are about to meet for a remake of last year's semifinals. Serbian Milorad Mažić has been assigned to control the probably "most expensive" match between the giants from Paris and Chelsea FC.

We wish both referee teams all the best.



02 April 2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Real Madrid - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Lee Probert (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NED)

UEFA Matches in 2013/14:
11.03.2014 - CL R16 - Atlético Madrid 4:1 AC Milan - UEFA Observer: S. Zuev (RUS)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.3 / 8.4 / 8.5 / 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.4 - report by Stjepan
10.12.2013 - CL MD6 - Benfica SL 2:1 Paris SG - UEFA Observer: L. Vagner (HUN)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.4 / 8.8 / 8.4 / 8.3 / 8.3 / 8.3 - report by Niclas
18.09.2013 - CL MD1 - Galatasaray 1:6 Real Madrid - UEFA Observer: H. Brummeier (AUT)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.5 / 8.6 / 8.7 / 8.3 / 8.3 / 8.3 - report by Chefren
20.08.2013 - CL PLO - AC Milan 3:0 PSV Eindhoven  - UEFA Observer: R. Wójcik (POL)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.3 / 8.6 / 8.3 - report by Edward

Previous Meetings with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund:
18.09.2013 - CL MD1 - Galatasaray 1:6 Real Madrid - UEFA Observer: H. Brummeier (AUT)
27.11.2011 - CL MD2 - Real Madrid 3:0 Ajax Amsterdam - UEFA Observer: S. Piller (HUN)


02 April 2014, 20:45 CET
Parc des Princes, Paris, France
Paris SG - Chelsea FC
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

UEFA Matches in 2013/14:
10.12.2013 - CL MD6 - Manchester Utd. 1:0 Shakhtar - UEFA Observer: S. Zuev (RUS)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.3 / 8.4 / 8.3 - report by Edward
06.11.2013 - CL MD4 - FC Barcelona 3:1 AC Milan - UEFA Observer: V. Sajn (SVN)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.5 / 7.9 / 8.2 / 8.5 / 8.4 / 8.4 - report by Nikos
01.10.2013 - CL MD2 - Arsenal FC 2:0 SSC Napoli - UEFA Observer: P. Allaerts (BEL)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.4 / 8.2 / 8.3 / 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.3 - report by Niclas
20.08.2013 - CL PLO - Olympique Lyon 0:2 Real Sociedad  - UEFA Observer: K. Plautz (AUT)
Blog Observer's Marks: 8.8 / 8.7 / 8.5 / 8.4 / 8.4 / 8.4 - report by Philipp

Previous Meetings with Paris SG and Chelsea FC:
06.03.2013 - CL R16 - Paris SG 1:1 Valencia CF - UEFA Observer: D. Elleray (ENG)

60 Comments:

  1. Vassaras for Mazic? maybe he's being considered for a final this year?

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    1. Anonymous31/3/14 12:17

      I really think so now. My top final candidate mr Kuipers had ManU vs Olympiacos and now Mažic is having PSG vs Chelsea. The four teams, I don't expect to be in final. I think it would be ideal for UEFA, if the Final referee haven't been assigned for the teams in Final in this years KO stage.
      Eriksson and Brych is still candidates for me, but I don't expect the referee for Final outside these four names.

      / BC

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    2. Kuipers CL and Mazic EL could be a good prediction?

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    3. Anonymous31/3/14 19:23

      Last time the final referee also handled a quarterfinal was Webb 09/10.

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  2. Anonymous31/3/14 12:44

    Proença, Kassai, Skomina, and Çakir for the second leg.

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    1. Anonymous3/4/14 04:07

      BVB - Real: Skomina
      Chelsea - PSG: Cakir
      Atletico - Barca: Proenca
      Bayern - MU: Kassai

      Semifinals: Rizzoli, Moen. Kuipers/Stark, Brych/Eriksson

      Final: Brych/Kuipers/Eriksson

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  3. Anonymous31/3/14 12:51

    Wery good appoitments for quaterfinals for me suprise is carballo who will take manchester bayern, but my predictions for the second leg quaterfinals are:
    Atletico Barcelona Cuneyt Cakir
    Chelsea PSG Alberto Mallenco
    Dortmund Real Madrid Skomina
    Bayern Manchester United Kassai

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  4. My predictions for the second leg:
    Atletico Barcelona: Howard Webb
    Chelsea PSG: Cüneyt Cakir
    Dortmund Real Madrid: Björn Kuipers
    Bayern Manchester: Jonas Eriksson

    If there are clear results in the first legs, there could also be place for e.g. Moen or Kralovec.
    Mazic is in my opinion considered for a further match, but I don't see him already as a candidate for the CL final, EL could however be possible.
    If Clattenburg convinces in his match on Wednesday, the same could count for him, I think.

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    1. With the 3-0 for Real, I replace Kuipers by Moen in my predictions, but stay with the rest

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    2. I don't think that Moen deserves another match in CL.

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  5. Interesting that the Clatts/Beck/Burt collaboration continues...

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  6. Anonymous31/3/14 20:43

    I think Proença or Rizzoli for Atletico-Barcelona. Neighbor referee...........

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  7. Question for Serbian readers.
    What about Nemanja and Dejan Petrović? Are they brothers? Both 1980 born and both FIFA since this year.

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    1. Anonymous31/3/14 21:07

      No, they are not. :)
      Petrovic is very common surname name in Serbia.
      Greetings !

      /Ref

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  8. 1 interesting video.

    Ouch!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=O6l-r0J7MHI

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  9. Anonymous2/4/14 21:08

    Gentlemen, what about the YC issued to Alex?
    It seemed to me almost a SFP. Orange card.

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  10. Anonymous2/4/14 23:41

    Can someone give me link to download PSG-Chelsea?
    Thank you in advance

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    1. http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/europe/uefa-champions-league/psg-vs-chelsea

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    2. Anonymous3/4/14 10:39

      Thank you Niclas.

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  11. Anonymous3/4/14 00:24

    Milorad Mazic had a good game tonight, keeping control of the match and making sensible decisions. The yellow card only came out when warranted, and he didn't let the raucous atmosphere get to him.
    His biggest decision was to award Chelsea a penalty, but he had little choice. It was a clear spot kick as Silva mistimed his sliding challenge on Oscar, and the referee was right to award it.

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  12. Anonymous3/4/14 06:16

    I watched most of Mazic' game last night and I think that he did a very good job in Paris. Ii think he got the crucial decisions right and he looked very confident overall. Without taking any notes or similar, I would think that this was an 8.5 performance from him in a match with some difficult situations. Good body language and acceptance overall. Keep up the good work!

    /Swedish observer

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    1. Anonymous3/4/14 10:44

      Glad to hear that :)

      /Ref

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    2. Besides the very good performance, check this inconsistency in the disciplinary control.
      To structure my criticism, one after the other:
      http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/europe/uefa-champions-league/psg-vs-chelsea

      32' - YC against William for a short holding (SPA). Justified.
      37' - no 2nd YC against Alex for a late challenge
      47' - no 2nd YC against Ramires for pulling the shoulder of his opponent (SPA?)
      81' - YC against Motta for a small holding / grabbing (SPA)...

      I don't see any consistency here and find it very difficult to accept 37' under these conditions. You might call it "match feeling" or "the spirit of the game" but... I have problems with it personally.

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    3. I haven't watched the whole match to comment on Mazic but the situation at min. 37' is definitely YC. And it would be a second. I can't justify such a decision since the referee had already booked 2 players for similar offences. No consistency.

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    4. Anonymous3/4/14 14:25

      "card used as last resort"
      Mazic gave three cards in the first part of the match, you could say that these cards were mandatory, yes, and therefore also this one was such.

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    5. Anonymous3/4/14 14:49

      A small remark from my side. The challenge in the 37th minute was from Jallet (no. 26) instead of Alex (no. 13).

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    6. Anonymous3/4/14 15:07

      Niclas, 37th minute situation:
      It was the challenge from Jallet. :)

      /Ref

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    7. Anonymous3/4/14 15:46

      A question for Branko DDM. Do you think that Mazic is treated differently in this blog, than other referees? I think that you are wrong, if you believe that.
      Mazic, and all the other UEFA officials, are always under the eyes of the observers. Lannoy, Stark, Rizzoli, Proença, Skomina, Webb, Kassai all these names can make mistakes, and everything is reported.
      So, nothing against Mazic, of course, in case of mistakes all the referees are discussed for their performance.
      If you don't accept that, and you think that Mazic is in a certain way persecuted, well, we can do nothing.
      At the end you are the only one writing there only when there is need to protect him. This seems to me, to be honest, not intellectually honest.
      Should we be silent for mistakes?

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    8. Branko, please don't do this. A personal attack, I know you are better than that.
      I haven't seen the match, as I was watching Clattenburg. But from what I gathered (from Niclas, among others) was that Mazic did very well. There were issues with consistency, however. I have watched some situations and the non-YCs for Jallet (I also thought it was Alex initially) and Ramires may be justifiable in their own right. I think so. Also the YCs for Willian and Motta were justifiable, correct decisions if you isolate them from the rest of the match.
      But I ask you - where do you see the consistency in this? And why is it that instead of replying to this question, you resort to name-calling and insults?
      A very good performance can have it's faults as well. Check my countryman Kuipers' performance at Old Trafford two weeks ago, for example. We all agreed Kuipers did very well, but there were clear points for improvement.
      Now, if we look at the comments above, we see that everyone agrees Mazic did very well in general. Niclas included. But there is one aspect that may be improved, highlighted by several readers.

      I don't want to come across as someone who only criticises Mazic. I know I got his World Cup selection wrong but that was more to do with not expecting FIFA to go for form over experience.
      I say this because it seems that every shred of criticism is taken up as a personal attack on Mazic by you and you must react as the personal defender of Mazic on this blog. We all know Mazic is a very good referee and he does not need that. You must believe me when I say there is no agenda or vendetta against Mazic on this blog. We want to make all referees better by highlighting their areas for improvement. We also try to praise them when praise is due. I hope you will be able to contribute to that by being fair and open to discussion. The terms you threw at Niclas are grossly unfair after all he has done for this blog (it wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him) and I think you owe him an apology.
      Regards!

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    9. Honestly speaking I cannot understand your problem with this. After all it is just a missed YC (2nd actually).

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    10. Every word is correct, balanced, with the right meaning.

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    11. Anonymous3/4/14 20:28

      THANKS Niclas for finally banning bad public relations from Serbia..many readers thank you for that,I'm sure.

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    12. Anonymous3/4/14 20:42

      What has happened here today? Has there been some kind of war over Mazic' performance? If so, that is totally unnecessary in my view.

      /Swedish observer

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    13. Be glad that you did not read one user's comments that have been deleted in the meantime. Indeed, unnecessary and that's the most diplomatic wording.
      The content is my comment of 1:08 PM, I would like to hear your opinion on that, Swedish observer.

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    14. Anonymous3/4/14 21:08

      I would very much like to comment, but the link to the match is not working on my ipad. Is there any youtube clip available?

      /Swedish observer

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    15. Not yet, but soon, there should be the full match here:
      https://www.youtube.com/user/720PHDSPORT/videos

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    16. 1st and 2nd half:

      http://www.footballorgin.com/2014/04/paris-saint-germain-v-chelsea-champions.html

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    17. Anonymous3/4/14 21:55

      Niclas, we are talking about your post
      ' 37' - no 2nd YC against Alex for a late challenge' .

      I watched this situation ten times, and I'm sure that foul was committed by PSG #26 JALLET. Not # 13 ALEX :)

      http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/europe/uefa-champions-league/psg-vs-chelsea
      First video on the page, time '44:28' on video (36:24 minute of the match).
      Are we talking about that situation?

      /Ref

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    18. Anonymous3/4/14 22:01

      http://s0.uploads.im/vUHtg.png

      /Ref

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    19. Shame on me, shame on me. Thanks /ref. I apologize for the trouble and that I did not believe you immediately.
      Expect the report at the weekend but given this scenario the mark will be high.

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    20. Anonymous3/4/14 22:54

      You're welcome. We all make mistakes :)
      Which scenario do you mean? Visitor's comments or scenario without missed second YC ?

      /Ref

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    21. True.
      Well, only by the visitors' comments I became aware of my mistake - but what I meant with "scenario" is that the missed YC is now only -0.1 and not leading to a crucial mistake in the report.

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  13. How did Clattenburg and co. get on?

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    1. They did well overall. A lot of penalty appeals, none given, none really difficult to evaluate. Good foul detection and control. Some minor mistakes with advantages, nothing serious. Expected level in a not so challenging match.
      I have to check one or two situations with Beck. Probert missed something very clear in front of him, so his mark will suffer as a consequence.

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  14. Expected level for Clatts and co.

    My predictions for UCL:

    Atlético - Barca: Webb
    Bayern - ManU: Proenca
    Dortmund - Real: Skomina
    Chelsea - PSG: Cakir

    Early considerations for the last 5 matches would be Cakir, Eriksson, Kuipers, Mazic and Rizzoli. Depending on the draw and coming performances, of course.

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    1. I agree on everything.

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    2. Anonymous3/4/14 11:09

      Eriksson's team has an early domestic match this weekend (already on Wednesday) and his regular AAR Johannesson and Strömbergsson are appointed on Sunday domestically. An UEFA appointment next week therefore is possible for the Swedish team.

      /Swedish observer

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    3. Those are also my predictions ;)

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    4. By the way, the referee observers are not defined yet. This shows UEFA definitely waited with the referee appointment for the first leg results.

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    5. Anonymous3/4/14 17:42

      Dear Niclas, Can we expect 1st categorie referees for. next week in UEL. Do you think that URC wait the results first and then to make the appointments?

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    6. I think that we can expect Ivan Bebek by 99%. I am not sure about Karasev, maybe if a match is decided after today, he has a chance, too (otherwise difficult given the 7.9 from Madrid and the circumstance that all matches are somehow tight..). Yes, I think the committee is about to wait for the 2nd legs.

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  15. Anonymous3/4/14 11:10

    Correction - Eriksson's team has a domestic match on Friday (i.e. tomorrow)!

    /Swedish observer

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  16. Rizzoli, still appointed as additional assistant referee next week end; probably he is under freezing for UCL match next wednesday

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  17. Anonymous3/4/14 14:52

    Alex should have been sent off. How is the tackle on 19th minute not a red card for SFP? Textbook example from UEFA.

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    1. Anonymous3/4/14 14:53

      Clear red card, crucial mistake by Mazic.

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    2. Anonymous3/4/14 15:04

      For me,it's acceptable decision.
      As one of the visitors of this blog said,orange card :)

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    3. Don't exaggerate please.

      No crucial mistake for me. The YC is an acceptable decision.

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    4. I agree, orange card suits fine. For those who possess the UEFA RAP 2013.2, video A22 is quite comparable.

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