March 8, 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (Week 3, Matchday 1)

Slovenian Damir Skomina and Sweden's Jonas Eriksson have been assigned to take charge of Tuesday's initiating return legs of UEFA Champions League Round of 16. While Skomina will return to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, where he had already refereed Real Madrid's win over FC Basel earlier this season, Eriksson will control the still undecided duel between FC Porto and the Suisse champions.




Tuesday, 10/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (Spain)
Real Madrid CF - Schalke 04 [2:0]
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Svein Johannessen (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Giovanni (ITA)

Tuesday, 10/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Estádio do Dragão, Porto (Portugal)
FC Porto - FC Basel [1:1]
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Harry M. (ENG)

62 Comments:

  1. Only and last announcer:
    Referee Appointments which are revealed 9-10 days prior to the matches will be deleted.

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  2. Anonymous8/3/15 10:31

    Glad to see Skomina at the second match this year!
    Chances for one of the finals?

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    1. Impossible Skomina for one final.

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  3. Good predictions Niclas for this two matches. I sometimes think that PLC comes on this blog to check which referee to appoint for some match :) .

    Otherwise good luck to both match officials and their teams.

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  4. @ anonymous: I don't think so. The match is decided and I think that it is another evidence that UEFA has lost their unlimited trust in Skomina, who had a poor year 2014. Hopefully he is able to return to the top of refereeing, as he is actually a good referee.

    @ Tomaz: Thanks, but it is the other way round. By knowing the observers and delegates appointed by UEFA, I am able to try to deduce some referee appointments, otherwise it would be impossible :)

    For tomorrow, one can expect Collum in Bayern and Kassai or Kuipers in Chelsea (rather Kassai).

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  5. Difficult to say that Real is decided after yesterday match!!!

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  6. OT your opinion about this terrible injury occurred today in serie A, Chievo-Roma, referee Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew4Ysn73rW0
    YC, RC, nothing? Refere gave nothing.

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    1. Anonymous8/3/15 19:21

      OMG!!! Terrible!

      Nontheless I don't think it was a foul. If yes, only careful. Just very bad accident.

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    2. Anonymous8/3/15 20:45

      Careless of course :)

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    3. Terrible accident but IMO no foul and definitely no card.

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  7. No foul. Both players on ball.

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  9. On the free kick wich originated Porto's goal, Eriksson defenitely missed a card imo. Which colour do you think it should be?

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    1. Anonymous10/3/15 21:11

      Yellow card

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    2. Anonymous11/3/15 10:10

      I my view this was a freekick and nothing more than that.

      /Swedish observer

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    3. The attacker was facing the penalty area and would have been in a very advantageous position if the foul had not occurred. Furthermore you could even argue whether he would have had an obvious goal-scoring opportunity as no other defender would have been able to intervene. I think that this is not clear, so that it is "only" SPA, but a clearly missed YC.

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    4. Anonymous11/3/15 13:09

      When I saw the situation live, I had the perception that the player was moving not directly at goal, but rather sideways towards the sidelines in his attempt to go forward. No clear goal scoring opportunity in my book. I can understand that a yellow card was discussed, but in my view (which surely is biased) not enough for a card in that situation. It would never have been a card in the middle of the field, and I don't think that the situation was not that advantageous to lead to a card close here either. It is one of those situtuations where both a card and no card could be accepted, I think. They got their free kick, and that was in my view a defendable decisison. But, as said, I only watched it on tv live and have not rewatched the scenes afterwards.

      /Swedish observer

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    5. You are right, it's definitely no DOGSO, I had the situation in mind differently (as you said, more to the goalline and less to the sideline). Indeed it would have never been a card in the midfield as the position on the field of play is one criteria to be considered in terms of SPA. The circumstance that the attacker, in full control of the ball, was about to enter the relatively free penalty area is enough to consider this attack as a promising one. I would therefore say that Paniashvili actually has no other choice to subtract a mandatory -0.1 here from the starting mark.

      Video minute 21:30
      http://livetv.sx/de/showvideo/238038_porto_basel/

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    6. Anonymous11/3/15 13:48

      For me it is not such a black/white situation that warrants a mandatory card. Sure it could be given (and I would not have protested), but I will not protest now either (with no card). We will have to agree to disagree on this one :-)

      /Swedish observer

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  10. Anonymous10/3/15 21:15

    What do you think about Khedira's handball? Small distance and the ball hit a leg first, but totally unnatural hand position. Grey area?

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  11. Maybe Skomina has missed a penalty by handball. Khedira seems to move the arm which is in an unnatural position

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    1. Anonymous10/3/15 22:37

      Free-kick. It was not in the box.

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    2. Anonymous10/3/15 22:48

      Line IMO.
      http://snag.gy/NxDln.jpg

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  12. Anonymous10/3/15 21:17

    What a body language by Eriksson while showing this YC...

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  13. Anonymous10/3/15 21:20

    Yellow card to C. Ronaldo was borderline to red. Two controversies - Khedira's handball and Ronaldo's tackle - but no clear mistake IMO.

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  14. Anonymous10/3/15 21:25

    Foul by Derlis Gonzalez: YC but in my opinion RC possible. Clumsy tackle.

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  15. Anonymous10/3/15 21:41

    Skomina missed two yellows (ellbow in face ) and a clear handball from Khedira.
    Not a good performane from Skomina.

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  16. Anonymous10/3/15 21:59

    Clear offside goal from Benzema.
    Team of Skomina today not a referee team from Elite. With this performance last match this season.

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    1. Anonymous10/3/15 22:05

      Not clear. Perhaps very tight.

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    2. Anonymous10/3/15 23:40

      It was not an offside. Very tight decision pa correct form assistant #2

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  17. Anonymous10/3/15 22:02

    Very lenient Skomina.

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  18. Anonymous10/3/15 22:32

    Missed foul by Huntelaar on Pepe. It could have been very, very crucial mistake. Lucky Slovenians!

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    1. Anonymous10/3/15 22:35

      Oh my God, what a decision in the 93rd minute of the game...

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  19. Last foul by Skomina on the wrong side

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  20. Anonymous10/3/15 22:40

    Skomina was unobstrutive, but with some mistakes in his foul detection. Last YC for critizing was unneeded - wrong foul decision.

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  21. Anonymous10/3/15 22:42

    Poor Skomina. No Elite for him, Collina is embarrassed after such show.

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  22. Anonymous10/3/15 22:50

    Eriksson had not a good foul detection and missed two yellows, 8,1.
    Skomina was today not at the field of play. Missed 3 yellows for ellbowing, a handball-freekick (Khedira), Third goal from Real clear offside, last Foul (93. Minute) to wrong side.
    7,4.

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  23. A strange shitstorm on Skomina which I cannot really understand.

    Overall composed performance in a crazy match with full control. His mimic did not express the biggest motivation though. Smaller weaknesses in foul detection, indeed, unfortunately a wrong decision in 90+4' which would have allowed Schalke a very last attack. YC for CR7 was fully correct. The only crucial moment for him was the not given handball penalty / free-kick (replays must) - clearly unnatural hand position making his body bigger, but small distance. For me a deliberate handball in the end and the referee had the chance to detect it.
    But sentences like "No Elite for him" are apparently anti-Skomina-lobbying which is not justified. Depending on where the handball was, 7.9 or 8.3 in my opinion.
    The 3:2 goal was NOT offside, well seen by Vukan, who made another mistake though.

    I did not watch much of Eriksson, but in 3-4 cases (11', then an elbow actually used as a weapon, 38' SFP, 49' possible SFP), red cards were possible or IMO the better option. Klasenius should reflect his wait-and-see-technique (68:00')

    (How do you come to 7,4 please?)

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    1. Anonymous10/3/15 23:08

      I am not agree with anonymous with 7,4, but Skomina missed 3 yellow cards for fouls with ellbows in the face. This is minus 0,1-0,2 in Uefa per not given yellow. Handball Khedira also missed.
      For me 7,8.
      Third goal from Benzema was offside (showed in spanish-Tv).

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    2. No offside...
      Please orientate yourself at the turf's marked line:

      http://www.directupload.net/file/d/3922/lvkudzo2_jpg.htm

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    3. Anonymous10/3/15 23:14

      I agree with 7,8 for Skomina.
      Eriksson missed as Niclas wrote IMO a red card, 7,9.

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    4. Anonymous10/3/15 23:18

      Niclas is absolutely right. What are "crucial" mistakes, where the SFP? Are we watching the same game? Skomina tonight refereed well. And in general Damir Skomina is a good referee. As a reaction to some kind of lobbying, this is really feeling anti-lobbying. "Specialist" observer Mr. Vassaras, I am sure, will evaluate the refereeing as well. I would even say 8.4.

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    5. Anonymous10/3/15 23:18

      I think Khedira tried to block the shot with his leg (see his body) therefore his 'unnatural' position is justified. The ball hit the leg at first and then the contact with the hand was undeliberate from my point of view. Apart from that, small distance and no chance to react better. I go with the ref here.

      However, the big point for improvement is Skomina's foul detection. No card for Fuchs' elbow, missed Huntelaar's elbow and very bad decision with that free kick to Real in the 93rd minute.

      8.1 from me.

      HD

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    6. I think one can have different perceptions on certain tackles and the handball. Vassaras will very likely support Skomina for the handball, even though technically it could have been whistled (arguments on both sides, referee has to decide immediately. Keeping in mind that a whistle would have also meant that Skomina would have had to decide "Penalty or Free-kick?", no handball was the easier solution).
      What I would like to put in the focus as well is Skomina's attitude towards this game. I can be wrong, but from minute 1 to 90+3 he did not seem that motivated and open-minded (see body language, facial expressions, player interaction...). I hope he can retrieve his old shape, as he has apparently lost it.

      What is your opinion on Eriksson's situations in minute 12 and 38?
      Red for DOGSO and SFP seem to be possible, YC for SPA the minimum in 12'.

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    7. Anonymous10/3/15 23:41

      The comment about possible red card for Ronaldo was mine, so I will show you one screen. Of course, no mistake with the yellow card, but...
      http://snag.gy/4mf38.jpg

      As for Eriksson, I think the yellow card in the 12th minute is the best solution. The foul occured when the attacker was in the middle of controling the ball. 38' - very, very difficult to decide. I would like a red card, but was the yellow card wrong? Uh, rather no.

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    8. Anonymous10/3/15 23:42

      I forgot to sign up the last comment. :)

      HD

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    9. Anonymous11/3/15 07:48

      Skomina: 8.1-8.2 for me - overall a good performances with some small mistakes as already written

      Ronaldo: YC is the only correct, your screenshot proves that imo

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    10. Anonymous11/3/15 10:34

      Did not see Eriksson's entire match, but saw the "elbow incident" early in first half. Could have been a red card, but still I think a yellow card is acceptable and a wise decision. Situation at the end of first half is also a situation to discuss, but I still feel that a yellow card is defendable. And both decisions were accepted by the players as well, which also counts for something. In my view Eriksson was his usual self last night, i.e. very good.

      /Swedish observer

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    11. Anonymous11/3/15 13:48

      Niclas, I have rewatched replays of the situation from the 38th minute very closely and with the benefit of that I decide it should have been a red card. Of course, Eriksson had no replay, no slo-mo and no pause key... Hence, I fully understand the call he made at the time.

      Derlis González loses control over the tackle due to detachment the ground:
      http://pasteboard.co/1IZupRJ2.png

      As a result of this, he makes a very dangerous contact with studs on the opponent's Achilles tendon.
      http://pasteboard.co/1IZold7q.png

      HD

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    12. I agree with you. A good teaching example of serious foul play. Speaking about visual angles the only official who had the chance to detect the severity of the offence on the field of play was Klasenius (sidewise look).

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  24. Anonymous10/3/15 22:58

    I hope to see the same criticism than Undiano had three weeks ago

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  25. I have seen the full match. I agree Niclas about his perfect match control less last minutes and his lenient approach in this match but he should have noticed the cases of elbow or hand used as a weapon. No offside in real third goal and missed handball in Khedira situation. Overall, no more than 8.1 in an easy match played in a fair way by players.

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  26. Very  weak in the discipline Ericsson today.

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  27. 1.
    The 3-2 goal is clearly correct. Lines drawn from the feet, the defender upper body is leaning even more than Benzema´s. The assistant also needs to lean because of that:
    http://www.law-11.com/uploads/2/7/9/0/27904083/3174642_orig.png

    Learn about the angles of deceivement here:
    http://www.law-11.com/blog/the-angles-of-deceivement


    2.
    An interesting situation for the assistants to learn from
    https://vimeo.com/121872193

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  28. Anonymous11/3/15 13:09

    It goes without saying that Skomina is a good referee and still has a lot of years ahead in his career at the Elite category. What I've been picking up on lately is he's clearly discouraged but I don't know exactly the reasons why he's feeling this way (perhaps the sense that Committee is relegating him to a secondary position or still the effects from being overlooked for the World Cup in Brazil).

    And I can't really understand so many people here trying to shoot the Slovenian down.

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    1. Anonymous11/3/15 14:00

      One (of more) reasons is that Damir has lost his steady, strong and experienced assistants last year. Arhar and Stancin were his "assisting mentors". Damir got too many young and inexperienced assistants at the side after it and did not manage to find a good new team; and above all now he is the mentor and not his assistants anymore. This can have a effect on a referee being in the "mid-age".

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    2. Anonymous11/3/15 14:07

      I agree. With Arhar and Stancin he was another referee. Very confident.

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    3. Anonymous11/3/15 14:39

      Interestingly it's very similar to Kassai (Eros, Vamos, Ring in his best times).

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  29. Anonymous11/3/15 13:20

    In my opinion the handball by Khedira is absolutely unintentional.

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    1. I think most of us agree that the handball itself was not "intentional". The question is whether the unnatural hand position makes it "deliberate" in the sense of Law 12.

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  30. Anonymous12/3/15 08:08

    Khedira's hand was intentional, because he put his hand in that position expecting that there will be a shot on goal. You can read it from his body position. And there was a shot which subsequently stroke his hand being in unnatural position.

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