July 30, 2014

Mark Clattenburg in charge of UEFA Super Cup

UEFA has revealed the referee of the UEFA Super Cup final for this year which will be played at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Tuesday 12 August.


English Mark Clattenburg has been appointed as referee of the all Spanish Final between Real Madrid and Seville. This will be the first European final for the 39 years old referee following a very good season which was crowned by the Europa League Semifinal 2nd Leg of Juventus and Benfica.

12/08/2014, 20:45 CET,  Cardiff City Stadium, Wales
Real Madrid - Sevilla CF
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: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Fourth official: Darren England (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officers: Raymond Ellingham (WAL) & Rodger Gifford (WAL)
Blog Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

64 Comments:

  1. It sounds as handover between him and Webb.
    UEFA is clearly focusing on him, the appointments of the last months were clear, including Europa League semifinal.

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  2. Eh, isn't the Supercup the macth CL winner vs EL winner. Sevilla won the EL, not Atletico.

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  3. And still no categories? At least we know Clatenburg is still elite :P.

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  4. Pleased for Clatts - congrats to all appointees. Now seems Burt is a permanent mainstay in Clatts' team, replacing Child. Would be interesting to know why the latter was axed...

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  5. OT:
    "Vanishing Spray" to be used in Premier League from 2014/15 season.

    PGMOL General Manager, Mike Riley, said: “As an assessor at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil I saw first-hand the benefits of Vanishing Spray for referees, and for the game as a whole.

    “The Select Group referees are looking forward to using it during Barclays Premier League matches next season.”

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    1. So as an assessor he surely saw first-hand that many referees failed to react to encroachments of the lines sprayed as well, right?

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  6. Boiko, Gil and Strahonja tidied up a lot on the pitch in their UCL games today :)

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    1. As for Strahonja, I'm looking for a longer video, but according to this one:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbsshK33unE
      the red card for violent conduct is totally wrong.. a simulation.

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1SM5mJv42A

      There is something, but not a RC if you ask me....

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    3. Thank you very much for this video!
      Perhaps I was wrong talking about simulation, but this is not even a YC in my opinion...

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    4. I'm still not sure if he lashes out with his arm, but I agree. Not a RC, maybe even not a YC.

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    5. I agree with the ref here. Taking into account the character of Witsel, one can think it was a deliberate act. No crucial mistake for me.

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    6. Sorry Hubert, but I can't even detect a hit. You can'ttake a decision merely based on the character of a player, nevertheless I understand what you mean... if really needed, I would give a YC here but really not more.

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  7. A RC for DOGSO (I guess) in Qarabag - Salzburg.
    Referee: Boiko.
    Sorry for the quality of the video.
    For me, mistake...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaiMbqg8Qv0

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    1. To be honest, it is hard to understand what he saw there. The attacker was clearly not having an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and that was pretty well visible even for AR1.

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    2. Oh dear.... Boiko might well say goodbye to his hopes of Elite in the near future now.

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  8. 100% red card for DOGSO in Legia - Celtic shown by van Boekel. Very good first half from Dutch referee. I always thought he deserves Elite... One of my favourite referee for sure.

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    1. His biggest problem is his age, otherwise he might have been a candidate (if born in 1977-1979, for example) :/.

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    2. Or if he was from Italy. :).

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    3. Hehe. In Spain and Italy there are different age limits, that's right :)

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  9. Hansen with an overall good performance in an uneventful match between Ludogorets and Partizan. Points to improve definitely existed, specially in terms of movement and energy in his body language. But he kept a partly combatted match (around min. 60) under a good level of control. Probably 8.3 area. AR1 with many nice decisions but 1 offside mistake, AR2 rarely challenged. Expected level performance.

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  10. Ağdam - Salzburg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gcn4D6de2nA

    1) Eh.... DOGSO? No. SFP? No. Error? Yes.
    2) Most stupid handball I have ever seen.
    3) Unclear, but for me wrong RC.

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    1. 1) Mistake, no DOGSO. Too far from the goal and there was another defender near the ball. Wrong decision, and thank to this video you can understand (01:29) that the decision was suggested by AR1. I think that Boiko missed the whole scene for unknown reasons, this was not more than a YC.
      2) One can't believe that a player already booked does such thing. But watching carefully the scene, he was forced to do that because the opponent was going to have a very good chance to score. Mandatory card.
      3) Difficult but interesting situation. When the player jumps, he seems not aware that the opponent is close. Then, the hit by foot in face is clear in my opinion. One could evaluate this as very reckless action, giving a YC, but I don't see the RC as 100% mistake. I would like to hear your opinions.

      A final remark about Qarabag first goal (1-0) at the beginning of the video: good assessment by AR1. The player who scores seems to be slighlty offside, but the last touch by head, watching carefully the scene, is made by defender. So, no offside at any rate, even though I'm not really sure about his position.

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    2. As for DOGSO, I try to defend a referee. Angle is not perfect. The second defender was probably some metres on the right. Taking into account the full speed of attacker, he would've been 1vs1 with a goalkeeper. Acceptable call, at least for me. ;)

      I don't agree with the red card for SFP. Totally undeliberate act. Yellow is definitely maximum for me. Never a red card.

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    3. Hubert, that really is no DOGSO, and not even acceptable - the attacker was not in full speed, the second defender was definitely some metres on the right and the likelihood of being 1v1 with the goalkeeper was low. I like that you defend the referee, but in this case I fear it is undefendable. Luckily for Boiko, AR1 will take the full responsibility, it is clear that the call was made upon consultation / advice via micro.
      About the red card in the end, it depends on what you understand as "endangering the safety of the opponent by using excessive force". Having a stretched leg in 1,5-2 m height might fulfill this criteria, although I guess he did not touch him with his leg at all. I also prefer a YC here.

      All in all I consider the first RC as a clearer mistake than the last RC.

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  11. Good performance by Eskov. Not a really challenging match. He needs a little improvement in his movement and he should be more attentive in possible altercations with players but nothing significant to report. Probably 8.4.

    More to follow.

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  12. Banti in Feyenoord - Besiktas.

    Penalty or free kick.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmolxXprh2w

    I can also report that UEFA.com matchcentre had some problems in reporting that, at first writing about a free kick given, and then changing in penalty...

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    1. My opinion is that the foul ends exactly on the line, so penalty.

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  13. Very hot second half of Legia - Celtic. Polish team destroyed their opponents 4-1 and there were two missed penalties, so the final outcome could've been higher...

    Difficult half for van Boekel with some situations I try to list down:
    58' - correct penalty for Legia, step on the foot
    76' - handball inside the penalty area, could've been a penalty for Legia
    86' - soft penalty for Legia, little holding and theatrical fall
    88' - yellow card against Kayal (Celtic), could've been a red for SFP; riot on the field and three yellow cards issued by the referee
    93' - penalty appeal for Legia, difficult to say whether Radovic was fouled or not; final whistle and another riot...

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  14. I'm living a little bit in the past, but I'm still viewing through the games of the last qualifying round.. :P

    Maribor - Zrijnski. What about this penalty decision by a well placed Sergei Lapochkin?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8CDa2fbzRQ#t=280

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    1. Would need some replays, wrong decision is my first Impression.

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  15. I have noticed that after UEFA matches from at least the start of this season, only one AR lines up with the referee for post-match handshakes. The other one runs away into the tunnel? What is the reason for this?

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    1. The reason is to monitor potential conflicts in the tunnel after the game.

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    2. Correct, this is effective for a couple of years already, AR1 is there to control the tunnel - I remember that some assistants even sometimes forget it. In Schalke-Basel, Stefani forgot to run towards the tunnel and participated in the handshake with all players and the other 4 officials..

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  16. Especially for you. Situations from Legia - Celtic. Referee: Pol van Bokel (NED).

    1) http://vimeo.com/102180268
    2) http://vimeo.com/102180267
    3) http://vimeo.com/102180269
    4) http://vimeo.com/102180265
    5) http://vimeo.com/102180239
    6) http://vimeo.com/102180235
    7) http://vimeo.com/102180234
    8) http://vimeo.com/102180233

    Extra clip: http://vimeo.com/102180248

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  17. 1) Nothing wrong here.
    2) Clear DOGSO, RC.
    3) The last replay makes it look like there was a hit with the arm or ellbow. Difficult to judge, but the AR had good view.
    4) Even though he falls spectacular, the defender clearly hits the foot of the attacker. Penalty and no YC correct.
    5) Handball for me, the arm is clearly enlarging the body. So this would be a Penalty.
    6) Very, very soft call and for me not correct. A minimal pull on the shirt. Stupid, but for me not enough for a penalty (if you whistle it, YC is correct). Reminds me of the Scenes Vashchuk vs Torres back at the WC '06.
    7) YC for CEL #25 and #28 for unsporting behaviour (gestures). I would have liked a more active way of defusing this situation from the ref. YC for the foul is still okay, more SPA than SFP IMHO.
    8) Nothing for me. Booking for the Celtic #1 for unsporting behaviour.
    Extra) I'm a little bit tired, but what expect the fact that Izaguirre gained a few more pounds is notable here.

    Overall, difficult match. I would not dare to give a mark without hearing other opinions first.
    Thanks a lot for those videos, they are great.

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    1. I can only say that the extra clip is posted with reason. I will wait if someone will know what I mean. ;)

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    2. He entered the field before playing the throw-in, so no problem there.

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    3. 1) It is possible in your opinion that van Boekel gave an advantage? BTW I don't see any foul, so everything seems correct.
      2) Clear DOGSO, nothing to say. Good decision.
      3) Very difficult, the best replayis surely the last one, nevertheless it is still not 100% clear. I think referee can't issue a RC if not sure, but perhaps a YC was 100% justified. AR had the best view, but it seems as he did not inform van Boekel.
      4) At first glance, I had some doubts, perhaps because the player fell too easily, but the penalty is absolutely correct.
      5) Penalty should be given, arm in a too unnatural position. The defender took the risk of a whistle.
      6) Mmmhh in this case I don't agree with the referee.It seems a simulation, the contact is really soft. More is needed for a penalty, I see this scene as similar to Fred penalty in Bra-Cro at WC.
      7) Very late and reckless tackle with the ball away, I think one can evaluate this as still reckless but not SFP. YC is not a crucial mistake in my opinion.Then, I agree with Howard Maxi, referee was a bit passive during the small riot.
      8) Nothing, it is ok to play on. And then, the riot after the final whistle is managed with too much leniency by referee.

      Extra Clip:
      If I understand what you mean, the incoming player joined the pitch before his teammate had left it completely, fourth official had to pay more attention. Then, no problems about throw-in, it is allowed to do that.

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    4. I thought that he maybe entered the field too soon, but was not sure as I could not see the line.
      For the riot bookings, the UEFA report mentions only one for CEL #28 and the YC for the foul. That is not enough IMHO.
      Hubert: Did Legia miss both penalties?

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    5. As for the extra clip I thought it's not allowed to take a throw-in immediately after entering the pitch. If it's different, I'm sorry for confusion.

      @Howard - yes, Ivica Vrdoljak (Legia) missed the first penalty and the second was saved by the 'keeper.

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    6. Hubert: It is not allowed if the player does not step on the pitch. If the player runs directly from the center to the throw-in, he is not (legally) part of play, as he has not entered the pitch.

      In this case, the substitution is complete, as the substituted player left the pitch and the substitute entered the field of play. Nothing wrong here.

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  18. Anybody know where I can get vanishing spray in Canada?

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    1. and do the refs just wear the belt underneath their shorts or does it clip on so no belt?

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    2. The one national referee I saw had the belt over his shoes. I know my referee association in Quebec has it, so you should be able to find it somewhere.

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    3. By shoes, I mean shorts...

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  19. OT

    Jaap Uilenberg is in Cyprus for the annual seminar of the referees. At a press conference yesterday he revealed UEFA's message to the top referees:

    FORGET BRAZIL!!!!

    Our job is to protect the players. So don't be afraid to use the YC and the RC.

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  20. Something funny and not about refereeing. Goal celebrations of Ungmennafélagið Stjörnunnar, Icelandic club, the opponent of Polish KKS Lech Poznań:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyFvCz5Mmc0

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    1. Yeah, well known and a reason why I love Icelandic Football so much.

      BTW: Anyone who can tell me something about Icelandic Referee Kristinn Jakobsson?

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    2. He is at his last months as FIFA referee, if you ask me he got less than he deserved, for unknown reasons. I would consider him at the same level of Alon Yefet. Referees who got Champions League group stage, but then they were forgotten by UEFA.

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    3. I'm sad to hear this. The only recent game I can recall he managed was the WC qualifier GRE - LTV (solid performance).
      Is there any ISL referee who will/could replace him in the future?

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  21. BTW One of the most influential men in FIFA refereeing / lobbying and the word with c at the beginning has passed away: Julio Grondona (ARG) has died.

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  22. Someone who knows wich whistle Clattenburg uses?
    It doesn't sound likje a fox40, and on the picture it doesn't like a fox40?

    Thanks

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    1. he uses a fox 40 classic or an acme tornado i believe

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  23. Referees team from England, delegate from Scotland, Liasons Officers from Wales, now I expect an observer from Northern Ireland , and we will have the whole United Kingdom ;)
    My bet is Alan Snoddy!

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    1. Just out of interest: any particular reason as to why two Liaison Officers are appointed?

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    2. I expect Sajn or Collina.

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  24. I try to list positive aspects and points for improvement in Mark Clattenburg's performance today:

    Positive aspects:
    1. understanding the advantage rule
    2. nice fitness and gently style of running
    3. communication with additional assistants visible in at least three cases
    4. nice management of Krychowiak-Ramos situation (77')
    5. card selection - I praise him for every given card, no need to refrein from punishing obviously tactical fouls

    Points for improvement:
    1. don't allow players to wave an imaginary card (17', 53')
    2. don't tolerate dissents ---> Casillas and Carvajal (90+1')
    3. don't hesitate to add an appropriate amount of minutes missed during second half; you gave only three minutes when at least five were needed
    4. use more personality to warn players when the play is on for minor but potentially explosive fouls
    5. try to be more flexible to not interfere with play (48')

    Marks reserved for UEFA observer, UEFA Referees Committee and Thomas H.. :)

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    2. I meant:
      Thx a lot for your notes. I couldn't agree MORE on 1). And I mean both.

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    3. I widely agree, but think he has done improve-point 4 in a good manner.
      About understanding the advantage rule, he often played it in a nice way, but had 2 or 3 deficient situations as well so that it was a mixture for me. In 18/19 he e.g. lacked in differentiating between game and ball advantage (already a point to improve in Real-Bvb). Movement was a problem in many situations and had its climax in 48', Clattenburg should really work on that. I remember that I noted his quite static movement already in Benfica-PSG last season.

      Overall a sovereign performance in my eyes.

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