December 8, 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 6 (Wednesday)

Surprising appointment for Porto - Shakhtar: French Ruddy Buquet will make his debut in UEFA Champions League. Additionally, Serbian Milorad Mažić will handle AS Roma - Manchester City under the eyes of Marc Batta. Portuguese Olegário Benquerença will attend his farewell game in Munich, while English World Cup final assistant referees Darren Cann, Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani are about to finish their long careers in Camp Nou and San Mamés respectively.



10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
AS Roma - Manchester City
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: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer:

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Allianz Arena, Munich (GER)
Bayern München - CSKA Moskva
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Tomás Pereira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Svein Johannessen (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Camp Nou, Barcelona (ESP)
FC Barcelona - Paris SG
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Pat Quigley (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
AmsterdamArena, Amsterdam (NED)
Ajax Amsterdam - APOEL Nicosia
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Yoav Strauss (ISR)
Blog Referee Observer:

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
Chelsea FC - Sporting
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: Charles Agius (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
NK Maribor - Schalke 04
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Borski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Wajda (POL)
Fourth Official: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Débart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Saint Cricq Lompre (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Stanislaw Speczik (POL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao (ESP)
Athletic Club - BATE Borisov
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

85 Comments:

  1. Karasev has Brugge-Helsinki, Sidiropoulos has no match in UEL.

    I suspect that Cakir was originally supposed to handle Basel-Real Madrid on MD5 and Mazic jumped in as replacement, which would explain why he got 4 matches in this group stage (UEL + UCL).

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    1. I partially agree. I think Uefa would have appointed Cakir in MD6 but not Roma-City, maybe Juventus-Atletico or Liverpool-Basel. His removal can have caused a change in several appointments in MD6 matches.

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    2. Anonymous8/12/14 20:03

      Mazic after very poor performance in Basel-Real with match no. 4 in Group-stage? not acceptable. He was also not good in match Olympiakos against Juve. Other Referees with very good matches get only 2 or 3. What politic from Collina.

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    3. Anonymous8/12/14 20:08

      I agree. Mazic is a good Referee but not good enough. Look also his Performances in World-Cup. Another Referee would be out of Elite-Group with such Performance.

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    4. UEFA referee authorites don't share your oppinion about Mazic's performance(s), Anonymous(es). They wouldn't consider him for such a match if they thought as you do, and they aren't doing that because of politics either. So, someone respects his work, obviously. I think that remarks about his "very poor performance" is exaggerated, at least. But, I agree that his WC matches weren't good as I thought they would be.

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    5. Anonymous9/12/14 16:05

      That brought out here for a subjective opinion that Mazic had poor performance in Basel to his opinion and the right. Commission under UEFA's Referees Committee and the observer (who is highly respected) gave a contrary opinion. WC? Who was there real good? Stop "spin" - not Collina sovereign. Mazic controlled Marin, Levnikov, Panishvili, Piller, Uilenberg, Reijgwart and now Batta.

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    6. Anonymous9/12/14 16:31

      Mazic "controlled" observers? What do you mean?

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    7. Anonymous9/12/14 16:48

      Yes. These are synonyms. Referee Observer, Referee Controller, Referee Assesor ... Their job is to write the Report on the control refereeing. So, they are controllers. :) What is your problem? Mazic has a very good performances in the season 2014/2015. That's why he got the nomination for the decisive UCL match. It's that simple! :)

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    8. Anonymous9/12/14 16:59

      Wrong penalty in APOEL-Ajax, missed penalty in Basel-Real Madrid, missed red card. Inconsistent at Pireus.

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    9. Basel-Real penalty decision was acceptable for me.
      And penalty in APOEL-Ajax was wrong decision,yes but it was suggested from AAR.
      Of course, main referee have full responsibility for accepting that suggestion :)

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    10. Of course. He brought all these decisions wrong, was inconsistent, and won four matches in the GF UCL (with so respectable Referee Observers and the Ref's Commission, which analyzes the all details especially in the UCL) and at the end of the game that directly decides the placement in KO UCL. Did someone "crazy"? Do you really think so? His team at least wrong, his personality peaked in 2014/15. Players trust him, that's obvious. How much money is invested in the AS Roma and Manchester City? Do you think someone should not gamble with it?! Mazic absolutely deserves the trust, like it or not.

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  2. Anonymous8/12/14 10:48

    How old is Buquet?

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    1. Anonymous8/12/14 10:52

      I think 40 years old..

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    2. Anonymous8/12/14 10:54

      Sorry he is 37

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    3. Anonymous8/12/14 11:48

      37 is okay, 40 would be too old, I think. Thank you!

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    4. Anonymous8/12/14 17:08

      Ruddy Buquet born 29-01-1977 Amiens Region Picardy North of France

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  3. Anonymous8/12/14 10:50

    Velasco in such a decissive match?! You got to be kidding me...... He's in such a bad form the last months that I think he didn't deserve to ref this match with still something at stake. Unbelievably bad choice from Collina and co again. I hope he doesn't screw up again but I'm affraid he will.

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    1. Well, readiing this appointment, I think the opposite, to be honest.
      This could even be a signal for a demotion. Committe is not that much interested in teams who are contending third place in the group. An Elite and experience official is already a big signal in this case, so one could read negatively the name of Velasco. Remember, he could have handled Roma - Manchester City.
      Being already 43 y. o., I think that now the choice, in case of forced demotion in favor of Mateu Lahoz, is quite clear. We will know more in a few days.

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    2. Anonymous8/12/14 14:51

      I think that if they're going to demote somebody from Spain (or rather make switch for Lahoz) it would be Fernandez Borbalan. He never was appointed to very important matches. Demoting World Cup referee in the year of WC would be very strong signal. Almost for sure too strong to happen.

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    3. Anonymous8/12/14 14:56

      I agree with the Anonymous just above me. If any Spaniard will be demoted, it should be Fernandez Borbalan. I doubt that UEFA will demote a World Cup referee from the Elite group six months after the World Cup. It is too soon. At least that is what I think.

      /Swedish observer

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    4. You are right Anonymous, but I wouldn't find so logical to demote Fernandez Borbalan, at the first update of categories after his promotion one year ago. He was never appointed in a very important match in CL KO stage, hee never had a chance. One year ago, when he was promoted, Mateu Lahoz was already showinh his skills and UEFA was testing him in CL. So, in my opinion, Fernandez demotion wouldn't make any sense. Velasco Carballo, according to the recent performances, including WC, deserves to be demoted, in my opinion. I know, difficult to happen, but let's see.

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    5. Anonymous8/12/14 15:32

      Of course we all can be wrong making thesis, that Lahoz MUST be promoted to Elite. We can still have status quo in spanish refs.

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    6. The other choice could be Undiano Mallenco althought it wouldn,t be fair in my opinion. Collina and Bussacca pushed Velasco for WC 2014 instead of him despite he was more experienced in fifa competitions and he probably deserved more going to Brazil than Velasco and I don,t believe uefa commits a similar mistake twice. In fact, I believe Undiano, Kassai and Skomina, the three european referees who lost in a cuestionable way their place in WC 2014 are being rewarded for Uefa in last times, maybe because they know they didn,t the best choice between european referees for world cup. On the other hand, I understand it is hard demoting a referee the same year he has refereed in a world cup. In Borbalán,s case maybe uefa shouldn,t push his promotion last year and waiting for mateu lahoz but one time he was promoted it is difficult also to understand his demotion. Finally, Mateu is already 37 years old -the oldest among all the candidates to promotion- and a very personal style of refereeing. If Uefa is considering his promotion, it can,t wait much more. In conclussion, uefa has a very hard decission in a few days or maybe it surprises all of us and allows for first time four referees from the same country in elite group. We will see.

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  4. In my opinion, it is a low profile match, more likely a EL match, and it confirms, IMO, Uefa don,t trust Velasco at the present moment for big games. In case of demotion for a spanish referee this month and considering his age, he would be my first choice

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  5. Absolutely unexpected appointment for Buquet, I don't know how much deserved, but I had in my mind many other names for a debut in Champions League. It seems that now, reading this appointment, Turpin promotion is almost sure.

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    1. Anonymous8/12/14 12:17

      since the Frenchman Batta has an important influence me the nomination of a still unknown is understandable. Incredibly.

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  6. After watching Buquet in Young Boys - Napoli this appointment is a real surprise for me.

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    1. There many things that are really surprising my friend!But this is Uefa.They only care about age,fitness and politics....

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  7. Where is Clattenburg?
    Collina hate Clattenburg. I´m sure.

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    1. He's already been appointed to three CL games...

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    2. He got a semi-final UEL last year, he got the Super Cup... I dont think he hates him.

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  8. Szymon Marciniak must have been so convincing that, for some hours, somebody is voting for him several times in a row. The poll is closed for this reason. I ask for your understanding.

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    1. Anonymous8/12/14 15:35

      How come Pavel Kralovec wasn't on the pole? I thought he has been good/great even though the sample size is a touch small.

      /american observer

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    2. Because he is already joining Elite Group.

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  9. Anonymous8/12/14 18:35

    What expections do You wait from Skomina team for tomorrow and for the next half of the season?

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    1. Anonymous9/12/14 03:40

      No expections.

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  10. Anonymous9/12/14 23:13

    Very bad performance from skomina. He dont whistle a clear foul in the penalty are. Thats unbelieveble.

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  11. Is Athletic Club vs BATE Borisov will be Renato Feverani & Andrea Stefani very last game? I would be so absolutely sad.

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    1. I was hoping they would give them a more memorable game than the two bottom teams in Group H

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    2. Remember that this appointment with Orsato is a "plus". They already got three group stage matches with Rizzoli, and matches like PSG - Barça and Liverpool - Real Madrid, This can be enough in my opinion... :)

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    3. Very sad, to see Feverani & Stefani go, they really helped Rizzoli become who he is alot. I assume they retire altogether :-(

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    4. How come they do all the Promotions and changes in December rather than waiting for July, when the CL, EL, and most domestic leagues are over?

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    5. Harry: Both Faverani and Stefani reached mandatory retirement age, so they must retire. Rizzoli still has two years (or more, if age limits are abolished) to go.

      Eric: FIFA lists are updated once a year, in January. So new referees are appointed in January, and referees who reach the age limit leave the list in December. So with some elite referees leaving in December (several of them), they need to be replaced, and that trickles down to all ranks.

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    6. In responce to Emil, I do know that Rizzoli has not reached 45, I was saying that both Feverani & Stefani had really helped Rizzoli to get to the very top. When I said I assume they retire altogether, I assume Feverani & Stefani retire from Seria A aswell
      :)

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  12. Correct penalty awarded by Moen at Stamford Bridge - couldn't be better placed.

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    1. But during the penalty.... 10(?) players in the Box...

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    2. Wasn't paying attention, will have to re-watch. Thanks.

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    3. You're right, couple players were encroaching...

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  13. I am watching Ajax-APOEL. Velasco Carballo doesnt do a bad job, except for his applying of the advantage rule, but he seems not so motivated to me. In the way he uses his whistle, in his gestures...

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  14. Soft penalty call by Velasco Carballo in favour of Ajax. There was some contact, but a penalty... I don't really think so.

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    1. Excellent work of Velasco Carballo.

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  15. Soft penalty called by Velasco, perhaps not a real mistake but for me too easy call.

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  16. Very harsh tackle from Man City's Fernandinho on Roma's Gervinho, at least a yellow, would not have complained about a red, but Mazic just gestured to Gervinho to stand up.

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    1. Correct decision, IMHO, no foul.

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  17. Mazic and his team were perfect tonight. Full control, excellent man-management, very good foul detection and card policy, superb fitness and body language. Best UCL's match so far and a great personality. Incredibly, Mazic laughed a few times! :)

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    1. Excellent decision, no penalty for handball

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    2. In both SCT-ROI & ASR-MNC Mazic has been brilliant

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  18. Englishman Atkinson spent a nice evening in Barcelona. The very easy match did not challenge him at all. Darren Cann (AR2) finished his international career without any mistakes, all offsides were correct. Good performance by the all British team.

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    1. Very, very well Atkinson.
      The best english referee
      after Clattenburg.

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    2. I wonder whether it is already fix, that Clattenburg is England's No.1 or whether Atkinson still has chances, especially for EURO16, but also for the important European matches in this season.

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    3. I agree, Philipp. As I've mentioned in a previous thread, apart from the Super Cup, Atkinson has had more high-profile appointments than Clatts. Atko has been in terrific form domestically as well.

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    4. Atkinson was competing with Webb a few years ago. Now Webb has retired, so why not Atkinson?

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    5. Age. 44 in March.

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  19. Seemed to be a good day for European refereeing teams. Watching the Sky conference I only saw one crucial mistake (Chelsea's 3-1 was offside - however, very hard to detect!) and reading through the comments here seems to prove my impression.

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    1. Mikel is onside - about 0,5-1m.

      Hagi you must be a referee, not an assistant! :)

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    2. Great. Sky conference showed a bad angle (Or I missed the perfect one) - I thought, Matic had scored. My bad. Great call then!

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  20. Bad WC 2014 memories still alive. I chose to watch a FIFA Club World Cup play-off between Moghreb Athletic de Tétouan and Auckland City FC. Walter López - in easy game - failed to appropriately punish a very hard tackle from behind, missed at least one penalty and presented the same strange positioning as referees in Brazil. And I have nothing against him and others who mysteriously forget how to referee under the aegis of FIFA. The person who destroyed the refereeing at FIFA tournaments should be immediately fired.

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    1. I feel your pain, did you endure the whole game?
      Awful Match!

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    2. I'm a patient man, so I did, but what is really disgusting - apart from the match 'quality' - is how much some people can destroy the refereeing at FIFA competitions...

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    3. I actually wrote a letter to Busacca the other day, I sent it last Monday, asking for a FIFA Fair Play Coin & also asking a few questions. What I found inexplicable was abuse of the diagonal line of control, in some cases referees going right next to assistants :-(

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    4. Yeah, and that style of facing the play is a disastrous idea (sometimes you simply have to follow a counterattack, what is very difficult then). Of course, I probably would not say a bad word against it if the decisions taken by the referees would be correct. Unfortunately, lack of appropriate reaction to hard tackles and being afraid of giving even clear penalties is not good... At least, López was very focused on GK movements on the goalline. Maybe they have finally understood the past mistakes regarding illegal encroachment.

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    5. I only watched what was left of the game after the UEFA Champions League matches finished (which actually was a good night for the officials!). What I saw of the game López looked good to me. However it sounds like a systematic problem as opposed to a personnel one

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    6. That's why we don't publish articles about the Club WC this time. This tournament has everything it needs to be a perfect after-WC-2014-tournament which pissed us off, to be precise.

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    7. Good move. :D

      http://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/videos/highlights/match=300298899/index.html

      Check 0:52 and 1:32. I will try to give you clips with replays, but I'm looking for the whole game to download.

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    8. 01:32 it's penalty and RC for SFP...

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    9. OK, it's online now:

      1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBBRPVnsgA#t=4310

      2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBBRPVnsgA#t=5180

      3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBBRPVnsgA#t=5668

      4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBBRPVnsgA#t=5781

      5) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBBRPVnsgA#t=6871
      Best replay: 105:05

      6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBBRPVnsgA#t=7441
      Best replay: 111:35

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    10. Well, that is enough for a 7.7 in my opinion.
      For me the crucial mistake is the penalty missed at #6. I confirm my first impression: red card. Unacceptable tackle.
      The previous situation in penalty area (#5) is for me nothing, correct decision to play on.
      Of course, in addition to that, several missed YC.
      It is disappointing from Walter Lopez.
      The offside flag by AR1 Leal is wrong for two reasons: no offside and in case of offside, no need to raise the flag, in my opinion. The ball was impossible to reach for the player involved, just let the game flow.
      Do you agree Hubert? Your views?

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    11. It's 7.8 (8.1) for me, but totally agree with your views. What about 2)? Should it be a penalty? Similar situation to 6).

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    12. It is less clear than the situation at #6 but very likely also in this case, penalty to be whistled..

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  21. Mazic had a normal game. His running and positioning was not so good. He was often in front of Play and had to turn around. Sometimes he disturb the players to pass the ball. He missed a clear YC, 8,2 for me.

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  22. In my opinion, Moen missed a penalty for Sporting in second half

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  23. Buquet had overall a normal difficulty match, some rough challenges but no crucial situations to be assessed. I think, less or more, another expected level performance, like Kulbakov.

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  24. Very bad one assistant of Marciniak.

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  25. About Marciniak's performance in Maribor: AR1 was overruled once, Marciniak waived his raised flag down (no challenging an opponent of the ball). I go with the ref here. So probably 8.2-8.3 area for Sokolnicki.
    AR2 had more to do and suceeded in many clear and easy decisions, but had one very obvious mistake, onside was flagged as offside. So probably 8.3 for him.
    Marciniak with a good performance, full control, very good player management and interaction. Just in the last 10 minutes of the game, he missed 2-3 fouls in my opinion. He should stay concentrated until the final whistle. 8.3-8.4 probably.

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