August 24, 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs Second Legs (I)

UEFA's Referee Committee have appointed the following five referee sextets to take control over Tuesday's second legs of Champions League's Play-Off Round. 

26/08/2014, 18:00 CET
Stadion Petrovski, St Petersburg (RUS)
Zenit St Petersburg - Standard Liège
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NOR)

26/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
BATE Borisov - Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER) 
Fourth Official: Robert Kempter (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

26/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - Lille OSC
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike L. (AUT) 

26/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
Celtic FC - NK Maribor
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
Fourth Official: Robert Kispal (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

26/08/2014, 20:45 CET
GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
APOEL Nicosia - Aalborg BK
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: William Conquer (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Gavin Harris (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: John Beaton (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Brian Colvin (SCO)
Fourth Official: Francis Connor (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Andrey Medintsev (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)


  1. Very predictable appointments so far.

  2. Report for Kuipers (LOSC - Porto) is ready. Marks are 7.9 (8.5), 8.5, 8.3, 8.4, 8.0, 8.4. The missed penalty ruined a Kuipers-standard performance. More on the Report.

  3. has announced Cakir for Athletic Bilbao - Napoli.

    1. I wouldn't like to be in PLC's position right now.

      I suspect that someone in TFF will be in a difficult position.

  4. I am currently unable to upload reports but received / adjusted 5 ones.

    Brych 8.5, Eriksson 8.4, Kuipers 7.9, Mazic 8.4, Velasco probably in the unacceptable area.

    1. Brych 8.5? So we defend him in the penalty case?

    2. In the observer's opinion the penalty was justified.

    3. If my memory is correct, even you HM defended the referee the next day.

    4. Yes, I did and I still do. A contact is there and therefore we can (and should IMHO) defend the referee. My comment was not meant to criticize, I'm just interested in the opinion of others.

    5. Personally, since the observer prepared the report with my guideline, I do believe that despite the contact the penalty is a very harsh decision. But the observer involved felt that the referee was correct in awarding it. IMO it's a difficult situation so at the very least the referee should be backed (as it happened).

    6. @Edward: Thanks for the Explanation. As I said, I find it harsh too, but we should back the ref.
      @Niclas: Is that 8.4 for the Serbian an error? AFAIK the mark was 8.5.

  5. Predictions for tomorrow:

    Bayer Leverkusen - FC Kobenhavn
    Observer: Melnychuk (UKR), Delegate: Quigley (IRL)
    Prediction: Skomina (SVN)

    Ludogorets - Steaua
    Observer: Zuev (RUS), Delegate: Barutta (GER)
    Prediction: Clattenburg (ENG)

    Arsenal - Besiktas
    Observer: Luci (ITA), Delegate: Eberle (SUI)
    Prediction: Proenca (POR)

    Malmö - Salzburg
    Observer: Koho (FIN), Delegate: Foster (ENG)
    Prediction: Undiano (ESP)

    Athletic - Napoli
    Observer: Jokic (SRB), Delegate: Piette (FRA)
    Sure name: Cakir (TUR)

    1. I can't disagree with any of the predictions even though I do believe that we will see Mallenco in Leverkusen and Skomina in Malmö.

    2. ad "Undiano Mallenco in Leverkusen":
      Velasco Carballo had FC Kobenhavn - Bayer Leverkusen last week.

  6. It seems that 'denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity' should be changed on 'breaking a promissing attack near to the penalty area with one defender remaining to still defend a goal'.

    Seriously, it looks like an instruction given to referees in Nyon to be ultra harsh in carding. Boyko's and Rocchi's performances are the best examples.

    1. There was no particular guideline, I would rather say their decisions were simply completely wrong.

    2. I hope so, but seeing two such rare mistakes within several days led me to deeper thinking about it. Admit that tendency is rather to show yellow card for DOGSO than red for SPA. :)

    3. It is a pity that they did not include Tagliavento's very good NO DOGSO decision from last season in Schalke (Höwedes, right before the RC) in the R.A.P.. It was a perfect example.

  7. Seems like Rocchi had a lot to do in Petersburg - Liège. One penalty, six yellows, a 2nd YC and a RC, too.

    1. Red card for non-existing DOGSO should definitely be a yellow card for SPA. Harsh carding and also harsh style of showing cards...

      Minutes to be reviewed:
      10:58 - yellow card; orange one if you ask me, still correct
      28:10 - penalty?
      30:15, 42:58 - yellow cards for Fayzulin
      52:34 - penalty
      66:52 - handball
      82:00 (83:37) - phantom foul of Hulk, yellow card for dissent
      88:25 - DOGSO comedy

  8. Very interesting scene in Porto-Lille. Once again a shirt pulling attack on Jackson in the penalty area, no foul given. Just like in the first leg.

    1. I was in the stadium and I agree with the ref, no penalty for me

  9. Three very difficult situations for William Conquer. He raised his flag three times (7', 15', 17'). Collum with missed penalty. It's inadmissible to play so highly raised leg, even if the ball is directly kicked. There was a contact, therefore I would go for penalty, but at least it should've been an indirect free kick to Aalborg BK (17').

    1. If there was a contact there is no option for an indirect free-kick. Do you know the minute?

    2. Min. 17. I also think penalty.

    3. Niclas, I know that theoretically if there was a contact there is no option for an indirect free kick. However, the ball was kicked directly, the contact was made by a side of the leg, rather due to a converging movement of both players. Danish player avoided to be kicked on the head by taking his head away. It's why I think an indirect free kick could be an option, but I also would like to see a penalty. :)

      Nothing to report on the second half. Extremely boring.

    4. You can watch mentioned situation here:



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