April 12, 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments (1st Legs, Tuesday)

Serbian Milorad Mažić has been appointed to take charge of Tuesday's Madrid derby at Estadio Vicente Calderón in the context of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The 42-year old Elite official will be observed by Chief Refereeing Officer Pierluigi Collina. At the same time, Czech Republican Pavel Královec will oversee Juventus Turin - AS Monaco, observed by Portuguese Vítor Melo Pereira.



Tuesday, 14/04/2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (Spain)
Atlético Madrid - Real Madrid
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB, photo)
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: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Tuesday, 14/04/2015, 20:45 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin (Italy)
Juventus Turin - AS Monaco
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Tomas Mokrusch (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Benny Jacobsen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

79 Comments:

  1. So I guess Mažić is now the best candidate for the EL final?

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    1. Anonymous12/4/15 10:40

      Why not the UCL final match ?! The presence Pl Collina can mean a lot or nothing. Cakir has been refereed a few games in the KO, but is on hiatus due to injury 50% GF UCL/UEL.

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  2. It depends on the performance on Tuesday...
    But I also would say that Cakir for CL / Mazic for EL is the most probable prediction. The best way to test a UEL final referee is a tense UCL quarterfinal or semifinal match (see Brych last year). And Collina's presence could support that.

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  3. I am quite surprised with Královec appointment. Don,t you? Collina observed him at Leverkusen-Atletico de Madrid, it is true but his performance was not very good, in my opinion

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    1. It is posssible that Kralovec was planned for something more before Collina observation in Leverkusen, and now he got "only" this match due to his performance, which was not the best. He had a quite good group stage, and I think that this appointment is reasonable.

      About Mazic: I agree, he can be a name for EL final. I think that CL final referee is already decided (Cakir). Cakir and Mazic are at moment the strong names, but let's wait for Tuesday performance.

      Tomorrow I think that we will read Clattenburg name for PSG - Barça.

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    2. I do expect Clattenburg as well for PSG - Barca.

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    3. Anonymous12/4/15 22:43

      Kralovec was good in Leverkusen, his appointment was expected!

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    4. Anonymous13/4/15 09:45

      I have the same opinion. His mark on this blog 8.0 reflected only mistakes (he made them) but positive moments which were also mentioned (correctly) had no influence on it.

      If he had got 8.0 - 8.1 (from Collina or another observer, it doesn't matter) he couldn't get another match.

      Regards
      P.L.

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    5. Actually his mark could even be lower. Struggling in match control can lead you to 7.5-7.7. Definitely his technical calls (as mentioned in the report) were very good but his overall appearance and presence wasn't.

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    6. It is possible that Collina decided for a mark like 8.2 or something like that, considering that the tecnical calls, as Edward wrote, were good. This can explain his appointment.

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    7. Anonymous13/4/15 10:59

      "Definitely his technical calls (as mentioned in the report) were very good" (it means in "quite challenging" match mark let's say 8.6) but some his mistakes and pesonality weaknesses could have lowered it to maybe 8.2-8.3. Matter of opinions.

      Opinion of RC is Juventus - Monaco.

      Regards
      P.L.

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    8. There could also be the possibility that PLC wants to give Kralovec another chance and he thinks that Juventus - Monaco would be a more suitable match for him.

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  4. Anonymous12/4/15 11:43

    I have expected to see Královec rather in EL. I expected Velasco Carballo for Juventus vs. Monaco. He didn't have a single knockout match in this CL season, so I think we might see him in Porto.

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  5. Anonymous12/4/15 17:32

    I also think we'll see Velasco Carballo heading up a Spanish refereeing team in Porto for FC Porto-Bayern. It's expected to be a good clash and guess he deserves it.

    As for PSG-Barça, yeah...Clattenburg emerges as a very strong candidate, though there are other good choices.

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    1. Anonymous12/4/15 22:22

      For me, Porto-Bayern: Undiano.
      PSG-Barça: Rizzoli.

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    2. Anonymous13/4/15 08:49

      Undiano whistled Bayern in Donetsk - it was not his best evening. Cannot imagine.

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  6. Fellaini scores 2-1. His head seems to be in offside position. Very difficult.

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    1. Anonymous12/4/15 18:32

      Everyone know Fellaini tactics (elbow, elbow, elbow) and everyone is blind to that... Company should've been sent off for SFP. Poor Clattenburg.

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    2. Well, there were some tight decisions... Specially about offside(s)-Fellaini and Matta. I agree about SFP, and I think Clattenburg also had doubts. Perhaps his ARs could have done a better job.

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    3. I think that the Kompany challenge was very tough for the referee to see. AR2 had the best view of the contact, but I agree that it was SFP.
      Clattenburg was very good overall.

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    4. Hugh, I echo your sentiments.

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    5. Anonymous12/4/15 20:42

      Apart from Kompany's foul, missed two mandatory cards to Fellaini and Jones. AR with missed offside led to 3-1 - very important - goal. Clattenburg was calm and firm but his decisions were wrong in too many cases. 7.8

      HD

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  8. Short info. On this site you can find an update of the UEFA observer appointments, unofficial categories and such stuff.
    http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.de/p/uefa-referee-observ.html

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  9. Anonymous12/4/15 21:31

    I think it isn´t a good decision to select Mazic for this match. I don´t think that he´ll have this match full under control, but let´s see. He could be a candidate for the EL final.
    Unlike other comments, I don´t think that Cakir will be the man for the CL final. For that, his performences this season weren´t good enough. Especially at the match PSG-Chelsea. Maybe we´ll see him in other quarter-finals.

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    1. So who then for CL final?

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    2. Anonymous13/4/15 08:49

      Eriksson of course.

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    3. Anonymous13/4/15 14:07

      @referee77: We have to wait which teams will be in the final. Then I can tell you ;)

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    4. Anonymous13/4/15 18:12

      @Anonymous 1,2,3: Do you know something we don't? Perhaps better than Collina, Batta or Dallas? Maybe someone "forth" decides or has already decided who is the final good enough, or? :)

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  10. For CL final I don´t hope Çakir or Mazic.
    My favourites are Eriksson, Clattenburg
    without Chelsea and Brych( without
    Bayern).

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    1. No trouble with those names either. I can't see Clattenburg though in CL final this time.

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  11. Anonymous12/4/15 22:34

    Mazic 2014/15- Marin, Levnikov, Uilenberg, Reijgwart, Batta, Cantaleyo, etc. Pl Collina???!!! Why? Batta and especially Collina anyone not accidentally observes. Mazic have watched all members of UEFA RC- 2012/13, 2013/14...

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  12. Anonymous13/4/15 02:19

    Firstly, I think the Pl Collina in making the right choice in this Spanish, fire, and even the most difficult match for refereeing in the course of KO UCL. Why? Mazic showed very good performances in the semi-finals UEL Valencia vs.Sevilla FC, at the Mestalla Stadium, last season, still very hot with which they fought hard and size such as Frisk, Merk, De Bleeckere... There stability and composure at critical moments, coming from the Balkans, that nothing less fiery than the Iberian peninsula. In Valencia he was Herbert Fandel for observer, and now chief/boss Pierluigi Collina. Nevertheless, it will take him a lot and happiness. I think he has matured. But we'll see.

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    1. Anonymous13/4/15 16:11

      I don't think Mazic makes up a good choice for the Spanish derby. By the way, I don't consider him a suitable referee whatever the match. Simply reckon he's not a good referee.

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    2. Anonymous13/4/15 18:03

      We'll see how tomorrow. "Spanish derby"? It's something special? Why Englishmen, Germans or Italians don't display their derbies? It's like any other game, as important as any other. Is Mazic a good referee? That's what it is absurd to argue. For me, Eriksson it is a good referee (after you have nominated for the UCL final match) but a better referees are Brych, Mazic, Cakir, Clattenburg and work much more elegant to the eye. Far better. Tastes are different, is not it? Because "flavors" do not make decisions, but objective indicators- performances!

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  13. Maybe it would be helpful to first wait for minute 90+ and then making judgments about Mazic and his performance.

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    1. Anonymous13/4/15 20:07

      ???? Can't I say he's a bad referee? I thought a blog was something in which one is allowed to express one's opinions and all that stuff!

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    2. You are more than welcome to express your opinion.

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    3. Of course you may say that. All I would like to stress is that it would be fair and nice to refrain from prejudices (positive as well as negative ones) before we have seen any of the referees performing.

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    4. Anonymous13/4/15 21:54

      Mentioned gentlemen have an opinion on basis what? Someone who is a "bad referee" in season 2014/15. refereed as 7 UCL's matches and 3 EURO-qualification?! Are we going to referee based "bad/good" on one performanse- tomorrow, for example? No. The only elite referees who refereed 4 games in GF UCL's not a bad referee. I have stated the reason why Mazic nominated for this match- based on consistently good/very good performances and evaluation of observers (Fernandez Marin, Levnikov, Paniashvili, Piller, Uilenberg, Reijgwart, Batta, Medina Cantaleyo and Ilgaz). We can consider it a "bad referee" and it said 2 times in this place- OK. Unfortunately, he is currently in the TOP 3 on this moment in the UEFA competitions.This season, it looks even four members UEFA Referee Committee, and in the Scotland (Uilenberg and Dallas). Tomorrow- Pl Collina. Wondering how Královec? Probably a bad referee and refereed 2 KO UCL's matches. Please...

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    5. Anonymous13/4/15 22:45

      Agreed with Niclas and Anonymous 3. We can't provide estimates of the quality of a referee based on only one game, because you follow a few seasons back. Also, Mazic got a very complicated, difficult game, we'll wait for tomorrow, look, make an evaluation and give an opinion about the performance on tomorrow's game. He refereed last season as a tight match in the quarter-finals of the PSG vs.Chelsea, with a very important observer Kyros Vassaras, IMO, very good performance. Also, refereed twice semi-finals of the UEL and then say "Mazic is a bad referee" acts frivolous and malicious. What should we say about Brych after that the "phantom goal" on the match Levekusen vs. Hoffenheim (in my country to referee "crucified") he's a bad referee?! He isn't. On the contrary. He had a bad day, but not a bad referee. He was an excellent referee.
      Vlado, Montenegro

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    6. Anonymous13/4/15 23:29

      Thanks, Edward!

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    7. Anonymous13/4/15 23:33

      nd yeah, regardless of Mazic's performance tomorrow, I do think he's a bad referee. To tell the truth, a very bad referee. I understand this can put some people off but that's what I genuinely think.

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    8. Anonymous13/4/15 23:39

      After Mazic's awful performances at the World Cup... well... maybe it was only the Brazilian weather... let's give him the benefit of the doubt.

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    9. Anonymous14/4/15 00:01

      Oh, another Portuguese :) Pepe, Ronaldo? :) So you Mazic awarded to the World Cup. He was supposed to turn off another player in the debacle against the Germans (Joao Pereira- DOGSO). Or, perhaps Iranian? You still have not gotten over Argentina? When he was good in Brazil? Nishimura, Carballo, Brych, Eriksson, Haimouidi, Proenca? :D

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  14. Anonymous13/4/15 23:31

    And yeah, regardless of Mazic's performance tomorrow, I do think he's a bad referee. To tell the truth, a very bad referee. I understand this can put some people off but that's what I genuinely think.

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    1. Anonymous13/4/15 23:47

      On your great misfortune - you're in a big, big minority. Your opinion is as relevant as that Serbia tomorrow will be more advanced than USA. :D

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    2. Anonymous14/4/15 01:11

      Minority? Are you sure? :)

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    3. Anonymous14/4/15 01:31

      Very sure! :)

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    4. Anonymous14/4/15 15:50

      Then we agree to disagree :)

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    5. Anonymous14/4/15 17:16

      Sometimes (or rather always prior to matches of the Serbian officials) it seems to be an ideological issue like capitalism vs socialism... pro Mazic and anti Mazic...just to mention, there is also Kralovec refereeing today, not only the Serbian hero.

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    6. Calm down, gentlemen. In about 3 1/2 we can say much more about Mazic.

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  15. I mean jealous haters are all around us. People usually can hardly accept somebodies success and quality. We, normal people, experience it empirically every day.

    All FIFA/UEFA elite referees are very very good. They may not be perfect and they may have hard periods, but they are really the best we have got.
    Again: they may have bad matches, with the series of errors, but they are still the best in our business. Accept it or not, but if you are not among them or do not have big chances in the near future to become, you are probably not that good and will never be that good.

    If you really want to improve your refereeing, you can learn a lot from elite referees because they are refereeing the hardest soccer matches at planet. The ones which 90% of us will never see alive, not to mention to referee them. So please show them respect, which they earned with their hard and patient work.

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  16. Really good Job by Mazic so far...

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  17. I agree althought I think he has missed a penalty by holding

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    1. Yup,there was holding but IMO,to soft for penalty.

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    2. Bad gesture ending the first half and leaving the pitch when Ramos was still injured and lied on the pitch

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  18. Difficult situations with Mandzukic. Definitely no yellow for him... Situation before with Ramos could be penalty but i am not sure without replay

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  19. Yellow card to Mandzuckic is a great mistake. Not even fault in my opinion

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  20. Now two red cards are missing.

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    1. Which situations?

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    2. Ramos ellbow against Mandzuckic is red card and penalty.

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  21. Real - Atletico = Rizzoli

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    1. Alternative Brych and chances for Kassai and Eriksson

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    2. Rizzoli had Atletico in the last round and I assume Kassai won't come back with this match after his injury.
      Cakir would be my favourite choice, but maybe he will be spared for the final.

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    3. Eriksson or Brych.

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    4. Brych is the best choice because he is straight and always cool ;)

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  22. I think that something happened with Ramos and Mandzukic. But without replay it's difficult to be sure.

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    1. Difficult, really... I am not sure after lots of replays

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  23. Poor management of Mazic in minute 84. Player who doesn't want to come to get the yellow card. In the end Mazic walked towards him. Correct no penalty in minuut '87.

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  24. Strange that there are no comments on Kralovec so far. The penalty did not seem to be clear at all.

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    1. Very difficult. Inside or outside? Foul or not? YC or RC?
      Well, we can discuss for a long time... extremely challenging situation for the officials. Both AR1 and AAR1 were surely involved.

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  25. No Penalty for Mandzukic against Sergio Ramos! No Foul

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  26. Mazic had huge problems with (preventively) identifying the illegal use of arms, did not identify the problematic player Mandzukic (that was already clear after 3 minutes) and was IMO no respected authority tonight (card-showing procedures in 80' and 84'/85' were perfect examples for that). On the other hand he expressed calmness in hectic situations, had a good body language and was actually good in the first half.

    Key situations were problematic:

    -51' At first glance a reckless elbow by Ramos which would mean that a penalty was missed. Mazic had a clear line of vision. Difficult after rewatching it. My tendency is YC and penalty but maybe there are arguments for a "normal duel" in an aerial jump.
    -61' Off the ball, there was a violent conduct by Carvajal on Mandzukic inside the penalty area, RC and penalty missed. AAR2 could have spotted it, specially when knowing that Mandzukic was THE problematic player of these minutes and the entire match. It seems as if Carvajal imitated Luis Suarez (biting).
    -71' reckless elbow by Mandzukic, also here the replays don't create too many doubts. It was kind of revenge for the elbows he received himself in the previous minutes. Mazic should have sent him off, I think he knew that, but it would have created huge pressure. Technically a crucial mistake and for me another result of Mazic's originally poor management of Mandzukic.
    87' correct no penalty decision

    Additionally, questionable 1st YC and YC against Marcelo.

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    1. Yes, I agree with the stated decision.

      He clearly did not want to dismiss Mandzukic for his behaviour and dissent. This was clearly his preparation for the match; with no cards for such behaviour, because such behaviour of players has become standard (kind of golden rule) for games between Atletico, Barcelona and Real which seem that authorities accept. So yes, he had big problems with autority because of Mandžukić.

      But, on contrary, if he had sent off Mandzukić in 20 minute for two YC for dissent, everybody would have told that he destroyed the match.

      So, we have big problems with authority on the one side and 2YC/RC for dissent (or dissent and elbow) for Mandžukić in the early part of the first half on the second side. Mandžukić could not be controlled tonight without 2YC in the beginning of the game. And without Mandžukić on the field, 90% percent of problematic situations would have been solved. Do you agree?

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  27. Niclas you first wrote a little bit different and deleated that after a few minutes ;)
    For me most of them you have written is correct but no penalty by Ramos against Mandzukic.

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  28. The foul of Carvalho against Morata was outside the area. There were many re-plays, one of them (TV-camera is somewhere in the air, behind these players) is very good: foul is 100% (Carvalho hit the left foot of Morata), but outside the area.

    Anyway imho it was almost impossible for Kralovec to see. Maybe the AR1 had a better view but also for him it was very, very difficult to see. I can't blame the referees for this penalty...

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    1. This was a tough decision for the team due to the location and the nature of the foul and I accept their decision. For those who didn't watch, Juv 21 sent a ball over the top attempting to send Juv 9 1 vs 1 with the goalie (beating the offside trap, play clearly onside). As the ball is coming down in the penalty area, monaco defender fouls JUV 9 almost on the 18 (pending your opinion). The following decisions had to be made: Penalty or Free Kick and YC for SPA or RC for DOGSO. I thought the referee with the help of his assistants got it right. It should not have been RC because it was really questionable if JUV 9 would have been able to control the ball without contact. It seemed apparent with the amount of time that the referee took to produce a card, they were communicating. From the TV angle I had, I couldn't see how quickly the referee pointed to the spot. This was a challenging situation and I accept the referee's decision. Here is a video, just start watching at 3:00 sorry the quality isn't great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDYggrTYEW8

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  29. Anonymous20/4/15 11:40

    Niclas when can we expect a report from the match Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid?

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