February 22, 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (Week 2, Matchday 1)

Germany's UEFA Europa League 2014 final referee Felix Brych and new Spanish Elite official Antonio Mateu Lahoz have been appointed to be in charge of next Tuesday's UEFA Champions League ties in Manchester and Turin belonging to the top clashes of this season's Round of 16.



Tuesday, 24/02/2015, 20:45 CET
Etihad Stadium, Manchester (England)
Manchester City - FC Barcelona
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Mike Pickel (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Michele Uva (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)

Tuesday, 24/02/2015, 20:45 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin (Italy)
Juventus Turin - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

60 Comments:

  1. Second champions league match in a week to Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar, one of the best spanish ARs at present moment.

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  2. Mateu Lahoz refereed yesterday Atletico Madrid-Almeria in Spanish liga and he didn,t have his best performance: very soft penalty in first half to Atletico Madrid which is not consistent with his usual foul detection and second yellow card to Siqueira at the end of the match for an inexistent hand.

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  3. Anonymous22/2/15 11:00

    So perhaps Kassai under the eyes of Collina on Wednesday then? Or should one expect the unexpected again and maybe see a Scottish referee in front of Collina? A test regardless who the ref is of course...

    Will be interesting to see!

    /Swedish observer

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    1. Again Kassai with Collina observer?

      It happened in Arsenal this year.

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    2. I think Collum or Kralovec for Collina in Leverkusen.

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    3. Could it be a first Group referee?

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    4. Collum, Kralovec, Skomina or Thomson are the most probable candidates in my opinion. Or once again Bebek / Karasev, but I don't think so.

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    5. It might also be a candidate for the finals. And as Brych, Cakir and Eriksson have already other matches, Mazic is my guess, especially after some mistakes in the group stage.

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    6. In case of a candidate for CL final, the only name for this match should be Mazic, as you wrote Philipp, but I think that this match doesn't suit for such kind of observation. This is only my feeling, of course.

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    7. Anonymous22/2/15 19:59

      Mazic with the complete team in the Serbian national championship tomorrow refereed match Radnicki (Nis) vs. C.Zvezda (Belgrade). IMO, it is planned/nominated for the return legs KO UCL. What kind of mistakes when talking to referees team that is refereed in the season 2014/15 four games in the GF UCL?

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    8. The mistakes, I meant, are:
      APOEL-Ajax: wrong handball penalty
      Basel-Real: missing handball penalty (56'), missing RC for SFP (48')
      according to this blog's reports
      With the domestic appointment, he obviously can't be considered and will most likely get a second leg.

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    9. Anonymous22/2/15 23:33

      @ Philipp S I have to react. This is your subjective view of "errors" (and seeing a few "blog's report"). The referee who tried the decisive match to qualify for the KO UCL in Rome was "awarded" after three crucial mistakes? Don't be ridiculous, please. With the qualification round was refereed by a total of six games with three very influential members of the Ref's Committee/Observers (Levnikov, Uilenberg, Batta) and directly affected the result, match winners? You claim that Hans Reijgwart incompetent? It's a ridiculous statement. If it fails, these are very serious things- why not punished?! What nonsense!

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    10. A warning once again.

      We will not tolerate abusive comments to any member of this blog. Everyone is entitled to his opinion whether we agree with it or not. So a comment to another user "Don't be ridiculous" is way off limits. Consider this as a true and FINAL WARNING.

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  4. My predection:
    Arsenal - Monaco: Deniz Aytekin (GER) Ob: Sándor Piller(HUN)
    Leverkusen - Atlético: William Collum (SCO) Ob: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

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  5. Anonymous22/2/15 20:38

    In an observer report of thirdteam, it is written that. " it is mandatory to restart the game blewing a whistle, after showing a YC". This is not correct, in which page of the book it is written? It is only an application in some countries..

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    1. Page 82.
      http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/footballdevelopment/refereeing/02/36/01/11/27_06_2014_new--lawsofthegameweben_neutral.pdf
      FIFA guidelines and based on them we judge referees here.

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    2. Anonymous23/2/15 09:07

      of course I know the laws of the game, I am a referee :) But as I said,it is not mandatory, for example in some countries referees blew whistle after a goal has been scored. Or sometimes blew whistle for a corner kick or a goal kick in some cases although it is written "not needed". So it is only a guideline in my opinion. Regards.

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    3. Hi, I don't understand your point, sorry. What shall the comparison with blowing the whistle after scoring a goal tell us? The fact that in some countries do whistle after goals/corner kicks (despite not being mandatory) doesn't contradict the fact that it is after issuing any card or?
      As you can read in the guidelines (which are some sort of bible for all UEFA and FIFA referees) is is indeed MANDATORY to blow the whistle. So I don't see your point... Maybe you can delineate it once more? Regards

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    4. Well we are here indeed taught that some whistles are absolutely mandatory (direct translation: "compulsory whistles").
      You are right that for example in Italy most referees whistle after goals. Or that some officials whistle after drop balls.
      But as far as I know, whistles after personal disciplinary sanctions are absolutely needed. Thanks however, I will ask for that and if needed alter the report.

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  6. It´s nonsense write now about one referee for CL final.

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  7. In preparation for the upcoming season I try to look through as many clips as possible from the levels that I am refereeing at to be as mentally prepared as possible. I have some interesting situations I would like to share with you to get an opinion, and so we all can learn from them :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8sCxaOrAik

    -3:10

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07_vLgDvh-o

    -2:15

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    1. first situation: goalkeeper has possession of the ball, he has a hand on top of it between him and the field = possession according to the interpretations of the laws of the game. so, direct free kick for defending team.

      second situation: defender clearly fouls the opponent while lunging the ball, pk + yc for tactical foul.

      good on your for preparing well and best of luck to your upcoming season =)

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  8. Anastasios Sidiropoulos before his EL match was in charge of the Greek Superleague Derby between Panathinaikos - Olympiakos tonight.

    He made some mistakes which didn't affect the outcome of the match but I want to highlight a scene unacceptable for any FIFA referee. At min. 10' the referee awarded a free kick against Olympiakos Captain Maniatis. The player furious with the referee runs right at him and fells with his body to the referee pushing him. I was expecting at least a caution by the referee and surprisingly Maniatis wasn't booked at that scene. Definitely a troubled scene especially from a talented referee and one that would never had happened in CL or EL.

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  9. Anonymous23/2/15 00:13

    1.) Correct decision; A goalkeeper is considered to be in control of the ball while the ball is between his hands or between his hand and any surface! I think the strikers' reaction is understandable though, the referee could have shown more personality and that case... unnecessary yellow card!

    2.) Correct decision to let the play go on! The striker runs into the defender who simply can't disappear. Also no reactions from any players. No simulation neither of course!

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  10. Anonymous23/2/15 03:50

    Mateu Lahoz has Dortmund now for a second designation this season, also MD3 in Istanbul

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    1. Plus Dortmund-Anderlecht as AAR1 at MD6.

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    2. Despite what is shown in the graphic above, Mateu Lahoz is wearing blue (which is more suited than black I think).

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  11. First yellow card missed by Brych! Min 8

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    1. Anonymous24/2/15 21:03

      No explanation for this missing YC. Late tacke, even stopping a promising action.

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  12. He missed a clear foul at 17 too

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  13. Anonymous24/2/15 21:37

    Tevez goal was offside.

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    1. http://www.espnfc.com/uefa-champions-league/2/video/2316175

      I am not saying you are right or wrong, but this would be a very difficult call to make. Try pausing at 18 seconds and try to get a second look. Also for the person writing the report this could be helpful.

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  14. Anonymous24/2/15 21:43

    Lahoz with not a good performance in first half. Missed clear yellow Card in min. 18, foul against Piszek. He must be substituted 3 minutes later and clear yellow Card was missing against Vidal in Minute 39 (Foul against Imobile).
    Foul prediction also not good and first Goal from Tevez was offside.
    Not a good first match as Elite-Referee. Maybe wrong decision from Collina?

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    1. I have to agree with your analysis. His match control is surprisingly weak, his foul detection is faulty as well.
      But I don't think that 45 minutes are enough to question a referee's general abilities and qualities...

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    2. Anonymous24/2/15 22:04

      In my opinion, very good performance for Mateu.
      Maybe he missed one yc but He managed perfectly the match.
      In this site, we don' t like italian and spanish referee, why ?

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    3. Anonymous24/2/15 22:07

      I don't think 90 Minutes are either^^

      Alas the UEFA wouldn't have Elite Referees...

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    4. Well, I think that the majority of the community is objective enough to not judge a referee by his nationality but his performance. But of course, opinions can vary. Otherwise it would be rather boring or?

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    5. Anonymous24/2/15 22:11

      Why don't like Spanish and Italians, they are the best.

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    6. Anonymous24/2/15 22:15

      Mateu Lahoz has a different stily of refering, He manages very well the match,but sometimes he miss some cards, but the players loves him.

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    7. We analyze matches and referee performances independently and don't have prejudices like "Italian and Spanish referees are the best". Otherwise a fair analysis becomes difficult. Mateu indeed had a weak foul detection in half 1.

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    8. Anonymous24/2/15 22:52

      What do you mean with "weak foul detection"?

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    9. Well, I can' speak for Niclas but I have seen 3 missed fouls (2', 27' and 40') which is a relatively high number compared to the overall amout of 7 infringements whistled in the first half.

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  15. I agree in both situations. Ultralenient Mateu,s refereeing in some matches. The worst thing is he has not a clear line in foul detection and disciplinary measures, even in the same match.

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  16. Another missed card by Brych. Fernando pushed clearly Messi without option to play the ball.

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    1. It was kompany, sorry. Now Brych forgives him again a yellow card

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  17. There were also a hand of Pique at the end of first half. No penalty in my opinion

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  18. 2nd yellow card to clichy! Very hard decission in my opinion

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  19. No intention of harm Dani alves

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  20. Jordi Alba asks for a penalty! Not clear situation!

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  21. Anonymous24/2/15 22:25

    Unsure performance by Brych.

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  22. Suárez is complaining Brych decissions the whole match! Not even a warning

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  23. Anonymous24/2/15 22:30

    Klopp was seen discussing with Mateu Lahoz in the dressing room at half time.

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  24. No clear foul detection by Brych. I think it is very political in many situations.

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  25. Daniel, maybe it would be better to write your observations into one comment after waiting some minutes ;)

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  26. You are right, Niclas. Sorry

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  27. Anonymous25/2/15 08:41

    good performance by Brych , second yellow card was perfect. no question about penalty. 8.4

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    1. Anonymous25/2/15 10:02

      with the rest, missed some cards and other issues, I think 8.3

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    2. Anonymous25/2/15 14:41

      i agree

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  28. No well Matéu Lahoz. Neither Brych.

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  29. Very, very bad Matéu in Torino.

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