November 11, 2014

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for November 2014 (MD4)

These are the referees appointed by UEFA for MD4 of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 14, 15 and 16 November 2014.


Björn Kuipers will officiate Italy - Croatia

14 November 2014

Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi (GEO), Group D, 18:00 CET
Georgia - Poland
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA), Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Luca Banti (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancioglu (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Grundig Stadion, Nuremberg (GER), Group D, 20:45 CET
Germany - Gibraltar
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referees: Aurel Oniţă (ROU), Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referees: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU), Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Fourth Official: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnusson (ISL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozinovski (MKD)

Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO), Group D, 20:45 CET
Scotland - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referees: Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referees: Danilo Grujić (SRB), Dejan Filipovic (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE), Group F, 20:45 CET
Greece - Faroe Islands
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA), Davide Massa (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN), Group F, 20:45 CET
Hungary - Finland
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Cano (FRA), Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR) 

Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU), Group F, 20:45 CET
Romania - Northern Ireland
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Eyjolfur Olafsson (ISL)

Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR), Group I, 20:45 CET
Portugal - Armenia
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referees: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Polychronis Kostaras (GRE) 
Additional Assistant Referees: Ilias Spathas (GRE), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)

Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB), Group I, 20:45 CET
Serbia - Denmark
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Dusan Tittel (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Friendly:
Stade de la Route-de-Lorient - Rennes (FRA), 20:45 CET
France - Albania
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE), Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Libor Kovařik (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Kotik (CZE)

15 November 2014

Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX), Group C, 18:00 CET
Luxembourg - Ukraine
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) 
Assistant Referees: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL), Johann Gudmundsson (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referees: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL), Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Fourth Official: Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitalijs Liholajs (LVA)

Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT), Group G, 18:00 CET
Austria - Russia
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) 
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Michael Oliver (ENG), Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA), Group G, 18:00 CET
Moldova - Liechtenstein
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referees: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN), Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Antti Munukka (FIN), Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Fourth Official: Matti Heininen (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dragutin Karlo Poljak (CRO)

Wembley Stadium, London (ENG), Group E, 18:00 CET
England - Slovenia
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referees: Ricardo Santos (POR), Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Carlos Xistra (POR), Marco Ferreira (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Wilfried Heitmann (GER)

San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR), Group E, 18:00 CET
San Marino - Estonia
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees: Felix Zwayer (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Ísak Mikladal (FRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Günter Benkö (AUT)

AFG Arena, St Gallen (SUI), Group E, 20:45 CET
Switzerland - Lithuania
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

Estadio Nuevo Colombino, Huelva (ESP), Group C, 20:45 CET
Spain - Belarus
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referees: Lars Rix (DEN), Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Jens Maae (DEN)
Fourth Official: Derya Oguz (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE), Group G, 20:54 CET
Montenegro - Sweden
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Damien MacGraith (IRL), Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referees: Bobby Madden (SCO), Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Gunther De Saedeleer (BEL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski, Skopje (MKD), Group C, 20:45 CET
FYROM - Slovakia
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referees: Bertino Miranda (POR), Tiago Trigo (POR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Manuel De Sousa (POR), João Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Soares (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Andrew Shaw (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

16 November 2014

Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED), Group A, 18:00 CET
Netherlands - Latvia
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referees: David Elias Biton (ISR), Oren Borneshtain (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR), Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Fourth Official: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL), Group B, 18:00 CET
Belgium - Wales
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Roman Slyško (SVK), Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Radek Příhoda (CZE), Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP), Group B, 18:00 CET
Cyprus - Andorra
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck (ENG), Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Andre Marriner (ENG), John Moss (ENG) 
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Ralph Aubry (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE), Group H, 18:00 CET
Azerbaijan - Norway
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovski (UKR) 
Assistant Referees: Aleksandr Voytuk (UKR), Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Sergii Boiko (UKR), Anatolii Adula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Sergey Bekker (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Mehmet Süheyl Önen (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL), Group H, 20:45 CET
Bulgaria - Malta
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE), Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Irakli Nakaidze (GEO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA), Group H, 20:45 CET
Italy - Croatia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referees: Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees: Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

Itztadion Sammy Ofer, Haifa (ISR), Group B, 20:45 CET
Israel - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP), Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referees: Alejandro Hernandez (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Ionel Piscanu (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Doosan Arena, Plzen (CZE), Group A, 20:45 CET
Czech Republic - Iceland
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referees: Mike Pickel (GER), Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees: Christian Dingert (GER), Daniel Siebert (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR), Group A, 20:45 CET
Turkey - Kazakhstan
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Dmitrii Mosiakin (RUS), Valery Danchenko (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referees: Alexey Nikolaev (RUS), Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Nikolai Golubev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Radoman (SRB)

165 Comments:

  1. The WC finalists in Greece? Any reason?

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  2. very unusual designation! Turpin has an important observer aalso Sidorpoupolius

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  3. I think that Makkelie was assigned to this match in Greece. Makkelie has not still officiated in EURO qualifying. He got injured a few days ago and so Rizzoli is the replacement. No time to look for another referee.

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    1. Excuse me? There was time to look for Rizzoli, but no for another referee? What nonsense is this?

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    2. Because Italy is close to Greece and UEFA wants only Elite or Category 1 referees for qualifiers matches.

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    3. Remember also that there are other matches and also friendlies. Many other options were probably out.

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    4. Very good theory on Makkelie. There are often standby referees for certain matchdays who can jump in if someone is injured, maybe this was Rizzoli on MD5.

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    5. Why was my comment about airplanes in Europe deleted ?!? You can't be serious.

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    6. We deleted NOTHING and I checked the comments log book, there was no comments with airplanes, so learn how to press PUBLISH buttons please.

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  4. A quick come back for Sidiropoulos with Observer from the commitee. It is in his hands to prove that it was a bad moment. An experienced referee for Serbia after the problem with the flag. Also difficult game for Mazic in Scotlad.

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    1. IMHO excellent appointment for Mazic.

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  5. Rizzoli's designation is ever so weird! Of course a top referee cannot only officiate the matches featuring the big teams but in this case I really marvel that the Committee has opted for the Italian,

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  6. who is refereeing the friendly internationals, NED v MEX, SCO v ENG and many others?

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    1. Portugal - Argentina (18/11/14), Old Trafford, Manchester
      Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
      Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
      Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
      Fourth Official: Lee Probert (ENG)

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    2. Szymon Marciniak will referee NED-MEX (12/11/2014) and USA-COL (14/11/2014)

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  7. Hungary-Russia friendly refereed by Cüneyt Cakir next week.

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  8. Sidiropoulos officiating Portugal in an important mach means the Committee has plenty of confidence in him. Concerning Rizzoli's appointment, I'm sure that even with many matches there would be more suitable options for this low-profile match between Greece and Faroe Islands.

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    1. Most likely the EURO appointment was made before City-Cska.

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    2. Nevertheless if they wanted it could be a change. But what i see is full suport. of course he will be under pressure now

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  9. Felix Brych: San Marino - Estonia..............

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    1. Same as Rizzoli's appointment: I really don't understand.

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  10. Moen is back and he has Marko as observer. I think that there should be a reason for that.
    Good match for Hansen, in order to gain experience, and another appointment for Atkinson, after Serbia-Albania facts.

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  11. PLC is making good jokes those days. It seems as if he wants to motivate some more experienced and established referees to have teams they never handled before or visit places like San Marino they never visited before (although I have sth like "refereeeese are nooe tourists" in my ear).

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  12. By the way, @norwegianreferee: do you know why Frank Andas is absent in Switzerland?

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    1. No, he has been present in the final rounds of the Norwegian league. Nebben is a very good replacement though. Remember that he was an AR in a CL semifinal back in 2008/09 despite being born only in 1980!

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    2. We all remember his mistakes in CL at that time!

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  13. Amazed like you to see Brych and Rizzoli for "low profile" matches, even with high respect for any team. I remember that when PLC was chief of Italian referees set the rule that each referee must officiate every Serie A team and on other part, each team should be officiated by every referee. But at international level it quite never happened.
    On other side I'm a little bit disappointed to read always same names: Atkinson, Cakir, Mazic Sidiropoulus, Eriksson, etc etc. I don't agree with the fact the only elite and first category must be appointed. In this way they don't facilitate the development and the improvement of noe and young official. Atkinson and Cakir are appointed two times in 5 days: qualification and friendly!!! And Uefa well knows Cakir and Atkinson style, highlights and lowlights. Why do not test any second catergory referee ? Even men taken form first category are always the same Why do not test (for exemple) Oliver or Taylor in Manchester for friendly match in spite of Atkinson ?
    Nice gesture to appoint Benquerenca and Jakobsson at the end of thier international carrier. I hope and guess to read Stark and Lannoy for sunday matches.
    Most surprising and challenging appointment is, IMO, Hansen for Spain- Belarus

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    1. What next? Kuipers for Cyprus - Andorra? Who is doing Italy - Croatia then?

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    2. I would also like to see some Second Group referees in the low-profile matches. And I also share the feelings about Hansen, I expected at least a talent group referee here, e.g. Hategan.
      For Stark and Lannoy, I could imagine, that they are appointed for Austria-Brazil and Scotland-England as final match. I also guessed Benquerenca for Spain-Germany, but that did not happen.
      Kuipers for Cyprus-Andorra seems an obvious choice now ;)
      For Italy-Croatia, I think, Clattenburg is a strong candidate.

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    3. Austria - Brazil goes to Collum, see below

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    4. In the end it is Clattenburg vor Cyprus-Andorra, so you were close. Kuipers Italy-Croatia, nice appointment for him.

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  14. For those who are looking for friendly matches:

    http://www.sedziapilkarski.pl/mecze-towarzyskie-listopad-2014/24555

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    1. Buquet has been reported by a live streaming as referee for Belgium - Iceland, but clearly a mistake. I confirm that it's Gautier, perhaps a replacement, or Buquet is the fourth official.

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    2. 18/11
      France - Sweden
      Referee: JESÚS GIL MANZANO
      Assistant referees: ÁNGEL NEVADO RODRÍGUEZ,, JOSÉ MANUEL FERNÁNDEZ MIRANDA
      Fourth official: ALEJANDRO HERNÁNDEZ HERNÁNDEZ

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  15. Friendly 12-11-2014 Brussels

    Belgium - Iceland

    Ref: Antony GAUTIER (F) which replaces Ruddy BUQUET (F) originally designated. (I don't know the reason for the replacement)
    AR1 : Guillaume DEBART (F)
    AR2 : Laurent STIEN (F)
    4 Off: Benoit MILLOT (F)

    https://twitter.com/BelRedDevils/status/532608557360115712/photo/1

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  16. Cyprus - Andorra: Clattenburg

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  17. Why Rizzoli, Clattenburg and Brych in such matches... Because there are in each groups 3 possibilities for a team to go in France 2016... Such games are crucials for the qualification... Very good choice.

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    1. Come on...Estonia win in San Marino even with a 3rd group referee. Same goes for Greece.

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    2. It is important also goal difference.

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    3. Anyone know who will referee Scotland v England

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    4. I think that Lannoy should be in the middle for Scotland - England, because it is strange that he wasn't appointed for the last international match involving national teams, as happened for Benquerença and Stark.
      So very likely he has a friendly on next week.

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    5. Do uefa now appoint referees for friendly international matches

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    6. Nope. In example Szymon Marciniak has been asked by Elleray to handle USA-Colombia game today. Not sure about France's centralized friendlies though.

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    7. @Suricate: I am not so sure about Greece. ;-)

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    8. Congratulations to Far Oer Islands but Greece's national team is extremely poor nowadays San Marino - Estonia is in my opinion different, San Marino is too poor to managene to score even a goal but perhaps Andorra will fight for a draw in Cyprus.

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    9. Peter, neither do I ehehe

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    10. Who's suricate?

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    11. Suricate = Niclas. ;-)

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  18. Friendly
    18-11-2014
    Romania - Denmark
    Slavko Vincic - Matej Zunic - Bojan Ui (Slovenia)

    http://www.dbu.dk/oevrigt_indhold/Media/Presskit/Match%20officials.aspx

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  19. Greece - Serbia Friendly 18/11

    Neil Doyle, Dermot Broughton, Ciaran Delaney (IRL), Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

    Slovenia - Colombia Friendly 18/11

    Andreas Pappas, Christos Akrivos, Alexandros Grevenis (GRE)

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  20. Excellent foul detection by Tagliavento (esp. in air duels)

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    1. Apart from one obvious foul on Lewandowski missed by Tagliavento, his work was on expected level. His fitness was not the best, far from the play and a bit slow, but 8.3/8.4 I think. Quite easy game for Italians.

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    2. Overall I agree with Hubert, expected level in a not challenging match.
      Anyway, I would like to underline two interesting situation involving AR2 Tonolini: at first an offside flag for Lewandowski, having an obvious chance to score (perhaps a mistake, the player looked to be onside) and then some doubts about the 0-2 scored. Offside?

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  21. Apparently, Tagliavento carded Kankava for trying to prevent a Goal by making a Handball on the line. Goal was scored nevertheless.

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    1. Very good decision. Unsporting behaviour.

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  22. Absurdity for Rizzoli,Brych,
    Proença and Clattenburg.
    Collina must be exonerated
    by Platini.

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    1. Slovakia is at first place. Proença not absurdity.

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  23. Sad news from Greece.

    UEFA Observer and Vice-President of the Greek Refereeing Committee Christoforos Zografos was attacked last night by 2 unknown men near his home. He suffered a blow to his head and arm.

    HFF today has decided to suspend all football matches starting from Monday.

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  24. Come on...Estonia win in San Marino even with a 3rd group referee. Same goes for Greece.

    Apparently not. ;)

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  25. Mazic very well at Scotland vs Ireland

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    1. Agreed. Contributed to a great game.

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    2. Mazic tacitally refereed brilliantly, great performance:
      Well Done Milorad!

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    3. I can only join the praise: good card selection, very good player management and riot control.

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    4. Handled the enigma that is Roy Keane very well too ;)

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  26. Chipciu (ROM) was booked after the 1-0 goal, anyone know why?

    http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/europe/uefa-euro-2016-qualifying/romania-vs-northern-ireland

    About 36:30 the commentator starts saying something about the booking, if anyone understands Russian, please tell me if he gives a reason.

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  27. Brych missed RC 20th second?

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  28. Brych is focused: 1st Minute, 1st foul, 1st YC.

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  29. Vry challenging match for Brych. Now he rejected a penalty appeal.

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  30. Benquerença one penalty dubious

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    1. Benquerença was one bad referee.
      Luckily he ready leaves the football.

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  31. A casa of ghost goal in Austria - Russia. I think impossible to be assessed by AAR2 Pawson.

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    1. The whole stadium saw that goal, it was not so difficult.

      The "true" 1:0 was offside... (Ar2)

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    2. Please look where AAR2 stands. Totally wrong, there he cannot see the goal... On this level... Oh my god

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    3. A few minutes prior to offside goal (73') for 1-0, so I think 71' or 70'

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    4. 72' but you didnt see a replay for a long time ...

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    5. Is that a clear offside?
      http://img168.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=125345703_szz00001_122_819lo.jpg
      I think that one can have at least doubts. Pease note that the ball is aheadthan the second last defender so you must consider the line of the ball in this case. The player seems to be exactly in line or in an extremely tight offside position. I would prefer a NO FLAG here. But yes, I must admit that AR2 is late and he misses the scene because he is not well positioned at the moment of the pass.
      And here:
      http://img180.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=117978126_szz00002_122_790lo.jpg
      AAR2 doesn't react in the right time, to assess the ghost goal situation. He doesn't change his position following a free kick. From there, it was impossible. But in my opinion more reaction was possible, he had 4 or 5 seconds to change position and go closer turning to the net.

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    6. http://www.directupload.net/file/d/3808/88ykpja3_jpg.htm

      How the 2nd last defender line approximately was (red) and how AR2 saw it from his late position (green). This mistake is understandable and can be supported (the head is only minimally offside), but not acceptable given AR2's position in my opinion.
      A good case for Offside Explained :)

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    7. I cannot explain the position of AAR2 in the "ghost goal situation". He cannot see if it is goal or no-goal - impossible for him! On this level...

      The position of AR2 is unterstandable because it was a really fast situation with a close offside situation before. If u see the whole scene, u can unterstand his position. In TV you saw that the head of the striker was in an offside position.

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    8. GLT is the best solution. UEFA should follow FIFA.

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  32. Seems like your assesment of their skills motivated the Faroes and San Marino, Niclas. :)

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    1. Maybe the underdog teams really need top referees to perform.

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    2. Or it was just coincidence :)
      No doubt, the smaller teams seem to become technically more adapt, see GER (only) 4:0 Gibraltar.

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  33. Sweden had a goal disallowed in the 92nd minute because of a foul which in my opinion was softer than a potential foul a Montenegro player commited just seconds before they got a penalty. William Collum was the referee.

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  34. Having seen all the matches (albeit parallel and therefore not with 100% accuracy):
    Both calls by Collum are not clear. For me debatable decision by Moen to let 1-0 for Switzerland stand: Foul on the goalie.

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  35. Rizzoli: Faroes Win
    Brych: San Marino Draw
    Clattenburh: Andorra Win?

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  36. Liani with an overall good performance. 8.3 for me, I think he missed a YC in 90+1. I think that his card showing procedure took a bit too much time sometimes and his position could have been improved sometimes.

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  37. Excellent red card issued by Mateu Lahoz in Israel - Bosnia and Herzegovina match. Brilliant management, as always, too. This guy deserves to be in Elite.

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    1. He probably will be with the loss of Stark,Benquerenca, Lannoy
      That would leave 4 Spaniards though, but I agree, he deserves to be in Elite.

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    2. I think that Bebek, Mateu Lahoz and Marciniak.should be promoted to the Elite. All are complete referees - have courage to make unpopular calls, have strong personality and are able to control the game. The next break should be for Karasev, Sidiropoulos, Turpin, but I have some doubts as for those first two (struggled a bit in their matches last time) and Turping can advance right now. Another names are Makkelie, Oliver (overrated, but...) and Vad.

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    3. Couldn't agree more, maybe bar Oliver being overrated

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    4. Mateu Lahoz observation MD3 still awaited.... :)

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    5. Although I would say Fench political pressure, with Lannoy retiring could see Turpin sneak in ahead if Marciniak. Is there any rule on keeping only 23 in the elite?

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    6. Marciniak should be the first choice in my opinion. He is only faultless in last UEFA matches and a totally complete referee.

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  38. After seeing Stark live today I prefer not to say something about his performance.

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    1. Can you say more?

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    2. I want to rewatch several scenes before making comments, but one I can say: He is a referee who demands respect. But I feel if you want to be respected, you have to show respect yourself.

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    3. This sounds like Stark, indeed. :) On the other hand he is maybe the last referee of his type.

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    4. I was also in the stadium. Stark was very good and correct. After clear dissent he shows in the beginning a yellow card. He also spoke with the players and the management with them was excellent.

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    5. I saw match in tv. I agree with Anonymous. Very good performance from Stark.

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    6. Howard Maxi, what you wrote is without respect. Stark is one of the best referee in Europe with more than 50 matches in CL. Each referee has his own style and for me this style of Stark is very good and with respect against to all players.

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    7. I don't say that Stark is not a good referee. I merely say that for the form of respect he demands is not the same as the one he shows towards the players.

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    8. Ok this is your oppinion but this is wrong. I am not agree with you. He shows always respect towards the players and if someone shows dissent he is very striked. This is what PLC and UEFA wants. This is also in the LOTG

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    9. I have no further point in discussing this, as you're clearly not interested in accepting an opinion contradicting to your own.

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  39. Jonas Eriksson, Mathias Klasenius, Daniel Wärnmark and Michael Lerjéus to referee Scotland v England

    William Collum, Graham Chambers, Stuart Stevenson and Bobby Madden to referee Austria v Brazil

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  40. Where is a referee between Spain vs. Germany? No information?

    Regards,

    Marvin

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    1. Dear Marvin,
      Stefan Johannesson, Mehmet Culum, Fredrik Nilsson (SWE) are the officials with Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP) as the fourth official.

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    2. Thank you for new information, Niclas !

      - Marvin

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    3. Good performance by Johannesson, but his assistants got several offside decisions wrong.

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  41. Some U21 friendlies appointment I was able to find:

    12/11
    Spain - Belgium
    Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)

    13/11
    Germany - Netherlands
    Alon Yefet (ISR)

    England - Portugal
    Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)

    17/11
    Italy - Denmark
    Benoit Millot (FRA)

    France - England
    Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)



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    1. 17/11
      Belgium - Norway
      Tobias Stieler (GER)

      18/11
      Czech Republic - Germany
      Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)

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  42. Fellaini always does the same and no referee is able to punish him appropriately... This time Královec (see 64:45 minute of the match):

    http://my.mail.ru/inbox/sombathey/video/3/882.html

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  43. Pierluigi Collina will be the UEFA observer for Arsenal - Dortmund. Any idea who could go there?

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    1. I think Bebek or Karasev.
      One fascinating option would be Hategan.
      Mateu Lahoz not possible because his last match was Galatasaray - Dortmund.

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    2. Bebek would be the obvious option.

      My second guess would be Hategan.

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    3. I'm not sure what to make of PLC's presence in London... We all thought Mazic would get Real - Bayern in April, and it ended up being Webb. I think this game needs an Elite referee.

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    4. A small analysis about the Elite officials available for this match with Collina observer: Italian, German, English, Scottish, Spanish and Portuguese referees are all out for different reasons, Kralovec was in Dortmund on last week, Kuipers had this match one year ago, Lannoy is out because Arsenal had a French official in the last match, Skomina is in Asia so MD6 for him, Cakir is out due to Galatasaray in the same group.
      The remaining names are: Mazic (he had Arsenal in play offs), Eriksson (I don't see a reason for which Collina should observe him, at least for now), Moen and Kassai. The latter had already Real - Liverpool, so the only choice in my opinion would be Moen. Perhaps Collina needs to test him, after the absence in MD3 and 4, still without explanations... this could be in my opinion the only Elite official, but very likely we will see a Category 1.

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    5. I agree on Moen, even though I see no real reason for a PLC-presence here except "guiding him" a bit. Kassai would make sense for sure.

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    6. I don´t see why Collina must see Mazic,Eriksson,
      Moen or Kassai. All is absurde at Collina.

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    7. Why are out the spanish referees? I think Fernández Borbalán or Undiano Mallenco can be possible choices for this match.

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    8. I also agree with Moen being there. BTW, where can we find Referee Observers, Delegates and RLOs for MD5, MD6?

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    9. @Daniel
      You are right, but the fact that Velasco and Mateu were there in MD3, makes it difficult

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    10. @ Anonymous: will be uploaded today or tomorrow.

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    11. You find the officials in the menu at the right top of the blog.

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    12. Predictions:
      ATL-OLY: Kuipers
      MAL-JUV: Aytekin
      BAS-REA: Collum
      LUD-LIV: Mazic
      LEV-MON: Hategan
      ZEN-BEN: Rizzoli
      ARS-DOR: Bebek
      AND-GAL: Orsato
      CSKA-ROM: Benquerenca
      MANC-BAY: Proenca
      PSG-AJA: Rocchi
      NIK-BAR: Vad
      SCH-CHE: Undiano
      SPO-MAR: Thomson
      DON-BIL: Turpin
      BOR-POR: Eriksson

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  44. Two screenshots from Brych's yellow card in the 1st minute of San Marino - Estonia clash:

    http://snag.gy/G3dJj.jpg
    http://snag.gy/TfCbS.jpg

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    1. From the first replay angle it looks like a yellow card, from another replay angle like a red card. Your screenshots underline the second impression. This would have been one of the earliest red cards for SFP in history probably... I would have preferred it.

      By the way, check match minute 34:50 from POR-ARM. Sidiropoulos only gave yellow, which is wrong in my opinion. Should be red.
      http://livetv.sx/de/showvideo/217728_portugal_armenia/

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    2. Thanks. I think Sidiropoulos will be backed by observer because one can argue this tackle was not dynamic enough to be classified as 'using excessive force'. However, not everyone have to agree with that. ;)

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    3. Definitely. I also see some arguments for reckless and so it is maybe only fair if the observer backs him - but two-feet-challenges should be mostly red though.

      http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/europe/uefa-euro-2016-qualifying/turkey-vs-kazakhstan

      85:55 match minute. Eskov gives a penalty for a very easy foul. But...if he does so, should not it be classified as DOGSO?

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    4. Attacker had no control over the ball, but probably he would have earned it. The question: where would be a GK at the moment? 50/50, therefore correct decision for my taste.

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  45. Thanks to FIFA Referees News, this is the list of FIFA seminar for prospective Assistant Referees for FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 participants:

    http://refereesfifa.blogspot.com/2014/11/fifa-seminar-for-women-assistant.html

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  46. Very bad Performance by Collum in Austria-Brazil. Many, many oversawn fouls (e.g. before 0:1), one missing penalty, Bad personality.

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    1. Austrian coach Koller asked the ref if he forgot his cards. Unbeliveable performance for a elite-group-referee.

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    2. A weak referee with many mistakes. Invitation to vienna was not the best.

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    3. Unusual in Scotland, he is regularly critisied in the media for giving too many harsh red and yellow cards

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  47. Eriksson is such a great referee. Players feel his calmness and confidence.

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    1. Remembers me of a grandmaster of refereeing: Frank De Bleeckere :-)

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    2. Ditto. He's been brilliant, thus far.

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  48. I watched Harkam and I was not totally convinced by his performance. Several hesitations prior to whistle free kicks. Very often, he let the game flow and missed some obvious fouls. Nevertheless, nothing relevant in a overall very easy match to referee.

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  49. What is your opinion about the firdt Argentinian goal scored by hand and the penalty given to Argentina in their friendly game against Croatia?

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    1. Goal should've been disallowed - expected ball, unnatural hand position, enough time to avoid contact. Penalty correct.

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  50. Three situations taken from Colombia - United States match refereed by Szymon Marciniak on the 14th November at Craven Cottage in London:

    http://www.sedziapilkarski.pl/videos/kontrowersje/rzut-karny-za-zagranie-pilki-reka-przez-pablo-armero/

    http://www.sedziapilkarski.pl/videos/kontrowersje/wait-and-see-stuarta-burta/

    http://www.sedziapilkarski.pl/videos/kontrowersje/reka-jonesa-rzut-karny/

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  51. 1) absolutely correct penalty, YC is ok too :)
    2) regular goal, defenders ability to play the ball was not influenced. Instead of raising the arm to ask for offside, the defender closer to action could have tried to catch the ball.
    3) In my opinion, correct decision. No penalty, the ball touches the body at first and arm is not widely open.

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    1. What about the clearly missed penalty for handball in 45'?

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    2. It is the point 3. As said, for me no penalty. I think correct decision.

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    3. For god's sake!This is a correct decision In your opinion....?
      I have no words...

      Matej

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    4. It is deflected to his hand, yes, but this is no primar criterion if you check all UEFA RAP videos of the past 3 editions. There were some examples where balls hit too widely extended arms just after being deflected from another part of the defender's body and nonetheless UEFA opted for deliberate handball (e.g. Eriksson in S04-GAL).
      The arm goes to the ball and not vice versa. It slightly goes out and blocks a ball from reaching the shot on goal. At least a YC and a penalty for me.
      I talked with Carlos, who saw the whole game, in his opinion Marciniak was slightly below expected level also apart from this mistake.

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    5. By the way, just a small additional remark: From Marciniak's too central position, I can imagine that he had no chance to identify this handball by Jones at all, as there were many players who potentially obstructed his line of sight..

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    6. I think it should've been a penalty, too. Deliberate act by outstretching a hand. However, I don't agree with Carlos. Marciniak offered a very good level of communication with players, was able to solve many problems with his personality, whistle language at the top level (you know if there will be a card before it is showed), his positioning was overally good (you probably know he's a referee who uses a very wide diagonal way of movement), but agree that his positioning was bad in that particular situation and was a reason to miss that handball. Maybe one missed yellow card and it's all negative to me. Challenging match due to Colombian players always protesting even against clearly correct calls. 7.9 (8.4)

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    7. Ok, the correctly allowed goal is a very good wait-and-see reminding me on Bilbao-Napoli by the way.

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  52. Moen is the referee for the norwegian playoff final on wednesday 26. So he is probably out of matches at least on wednesday and thursday

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  53. Skomina and his team are not at the Gulf cup. Skomina, Praprotnik and Vukan have a match in Slovenian first divison this Saturday, so they are available for CL matchday 5.

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  54. I don't dare to make predictions for all the matches this time. But it seems quite sure that Group E will get two Spanish referees, there is not much other room for them. As Fernández had Bayern-ManCity last season, I would predict Mateu Lahoz for this top clash (observer Fröjdfeldt would make sense, too) and Undiano in Moscow. I don't see much room for German officials either, maybe Aytekin is an option for Malmö. What about Mazic for S04-CHE? He was supposed to have it on MD1 but we know what happened then.

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    1. In group E, there were two Spanish referees in the first legs on MD1. Therefore I think, it's more likely to see them on MD6 in group E. On MD5 S04-CHE seems to be the only chance for Spanish officials.
      I agree about the Germans, Brych/Stark could get group B on MD6.
      Mazic is possible in many matches, difficult to predict.

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    2. The "problem" is that all 4 Spanish referees should get UCL matches. Fernández should get a chance to present himself, Undiano and Velasco should be clear as well and Mateu Lahoz is planned for a promotion, so he needs a last test with an important observer. I cannot imagine 3 or 4 Spanish officials at the same matchday. But yes, S04-CHE is also a good opportunity, but only Undiano is possible there.

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    3. Since Spanish referees can get only a few matches, then Borbalan could be an option for Arsenal - Dortmund. Collina could be there to assess if he is indeed an option for Elite or not.

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    4. I completely agree, Edward!

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    5. Undiano Mallenco could be the other choice but I don,t see a possible demotion in his case. Since the end of last season, his ARs in Uefa matches always are Díaz Pérez del Palomar and Yuste Jiménez, the best spanish AR,s in my opinion and he has refereed very important matches since the beginning of this season. On the other hand Collina,s mind and uefa decissions are really impredictable in last months. We will see!

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    6. "Collina could be there to assess if he is indeed an option for Elite or not."
      You could be right, but this scenario would have made much more sense before promoting him to Elite and not after..but maybe Villar Llona made pressure for a 3rd Spanish Elite referee last year.

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  55. My predictions:
    A.Madrid-Olymp. Bebek
    Malmö-Juve,Kuipers.
    Basel-Madrid,Tagliavento.
    Ludgorets-Liverpool, Vad.
    Leverkusen-Monaco,Rizzoli.
    Zenit-Benfica,Çakir.
    Arsenal-Dortmund,Jug or Hategan.
    Anderlect-Galata,Hansen.
    CSKA-Roma,Velasco.
    City-Bayern,Kralovec.
    Apoel-FCB,Skomina.
    PSG-Ajax,Eriksson.
    Schalke-Chelsea,Undiano.
    Sporting-Maribor,Collum.
    Bate B.-Porto,Thomson
    Shaktar-A.Bilbao,Johannesson.

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  57. If I were in charge of nominating the referees, these woud be my appointments:

    GROUP A
    At. Madrid-Olympiakos Craig Thomson
    Malmö-Juventus Viktor Kassai

    GROUP B
    FC Basel-Real Madrid Pavel Kralovec
    Ludogorets Razgrad-Liverpool Bjorn Kuipers

    GROUP C
    Zenit-SL Benfica Nicola Rizzoli
    Bayer Leverkusen-Monaco Damir Skomina

    GROUP D
    Arsenal-Borussia Dortmund Ovidiu Alin Hategan
    Anderlecht-Galatasaray Szymon Marciniak

    GROUP E
    CSKA-Rome Carlos Velasco Carballo
    Man. City-Bayern Stéphane Lannoy

    GROUP F
    Apoel-FC Barcelona Daniele Orsato
    PSG-Ajax István Vad

    GROUP G
    Schalke 04-Chelsea Svein Oddvar Moen
    Sporting-Maribor Jonas Eriksson

    GROUP H
    Bate Borisov-FC Porto Matej Jug
    Shaktar Donetsk-Athletic Bilbao Kenn Hansen

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    1. Good choices. Will Skomina be available?

      P.A.

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    2. Yes. He has a match today in Slovenia, so he's already at home.

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