March 16, 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (Week 4, Matchday 2)

Italian Gianluca Rocchi and Serbian Milorad Mažić are the referees appointed by UEFA for the last two matches of 2014-15 Champions League's Round of 16 stage. The Italian crew will oversee the return match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City, while the Serbian team will handle the tie in Dortmund.


Wednesday, 18/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Camp Nou, Barcelona (Spain)
FC Barcelona - Manchester City
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

Wednesday, 18/03/2015, 20:45 CET
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund (Germany)
Borussia Dortmund - Juventus Turin
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: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Foster (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)

28 Comments:

  1. Hi Niclas fantastic predictions again, you are on fire!
    With the persistent fouling of talented players, threatening to take the most gifted players out of football, I was wondering if an educational piece on the topic wouldn't go a miss, especially with the fantastic level of your previous posts (advantages, elbow) it would really help a lot of referees.
    Thoughts?

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  2. According to TFF; Cüneyt Çakır has been appointed to second leg match of Roma - Fiorentina.

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    1. And Karasev to Beşiktaş-Club Brugge.
      Full appointments will be published soon.

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  3. Seems like Cakir is a strong candidate for CL final.

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    1. I agree, this is anoter signal.

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    2. PLC and team is testing him every possible match till now. Probably his last match before the CL final will be CL quarter final game. I hope he can get CL final this year.

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  4. KYI EVE Aytekin
    DIN NAP Nijhuis
    AJA DNI Kulbakov
    INT WOL Clattenburg
    SEV VIL Atkinson
    ROM FIO Cakir
    TOR ZEN Jug
    BES BRU Karasev

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  5. Mazic has been somewhat lenient so far... Almost expecting a yellow card soon.

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  6. Rocchi facing a very challenging match, 4 yellow cards until now, all for City. The last one should have been a red card IMO.

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    1. Indeed. Cowardly act from Nasri.

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    2. Very tough one for the ref not the typical high foot, studs showing but still high intensity and no/very little attempt to play the ball for me a yellow and a final warning is acceptable but a red would also be justifiable for me.

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    3. Saw the incident again, I stand corrected red card for Nasri

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  7. At first, I thought, Mazic is too lenient with giving #23 JUV three ticking-offs but the rest of the first half proved him right. Everything stayed calm and players behaved mostly. This way, I have to say good preventive work!

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  8. Mazic has been good so far, though a bit lenient. But the Nasri challenge at the Nou Camp was a clear send off. However, it looks like there were a few players who blocked Rochi's view.

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  9. Yes - should have been a red card for Nasri - violent conduct.

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  10. Brillant onside decision by AR1 in team Mazic prior to JUV second goal of the night.

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    1. It was AR 2, I agrree brilliant decision.

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  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q196pUm2s4
    In my opinion absolutely violent conduct from Nasri. Ball is there, but replay clearly shows that the player was frustrated and he deliberately kicked the opponent, being unable to reach the ball. Rocchi was far away from this situation, otherwise he is not a referee afraid of showing such red cars.
    Red card, for me, without any discussion.

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    1. I fully agree! An educational piece of Voilent Conduct. I have to rewatch the referee's position and angle but so far I think, he has to be held responsible for the missed RC (at least 7.9). I also need to see the penalty again but it looked at least very soft if not clearly wrong.

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    2. Penalty is a very difficult situation. I have rewatched the scene many times. At first it looked to me a dive by Aguero, going deliberately towards the opponent, without any fault by Piqué. But.. you can see Piqué moving his leg and impeding anyway in a certain way the run of the opponent. I think this is a very borderline situation. Perhaps everything started from an attempt to get a penalty by Aguero, but after that, something must be reviewed. I will rewatch that again and again.

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    3. I have studied the replays now several times and here is my conclusion which will as well be written down in the match report: Yes, maybe #16 MCI wanted the contact and the penalty but TV cannot reveal that he literally dived meaning he simulated a contact where no contact was. Therefore, I cannot speak of a crucial mistake as the situation is not clear enough. Nevertheless, I would have accepted 'play on' was well.

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  12. Agüero - looked like a dive for me.

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    1. For me he dived over the leg which still impeded the run so a PK correct for me, I think he was told by the AAR/AR though as there was a delayed whistle.

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  13. Awarded PK is doubtful - however it's extremely difficult for the referees to distinguish foul or not - borderline situation - for me no black and white mistake - I would support the decision.

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  14. Why are the assistant referees holding the flag in the right time at all times? At least I noticed this in the Barcelona VS Manchester City game.

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    1. Excuse me, right hand

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    2. Because in some countries (Germany as well) you are not told to hold the flag to the referee. There isn't even a need to hold in the right hand while you flag for offside

      regards

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  15. In short my feelings:

    Mazic: good performance, full control, expected level. points to improve e.g. more efficient and clear gestures & less radiating and less hectical movement (he fell to ground once due to that movement pattern).

    Rocchi: for me RC against Nasri (violent conduct), I agree with you, also on the penalty (supportable decision). AR2 with many good calls, but poor positioning and movement (4m not on line with the 2nd last defender in the disallowed goal, I wonder how he took that decision). Poor flag technique and theatrical movement IMO, he should work on that. AR1 was again 3 metres behind the sideline which is ok for offsides if the ball is close to him...but in some situations it was not that required..how do you want to assess thin throw-in decisions if you are that much behind the sideline?

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