May 11, 2015

Jonas Eriksson in charge of Champions League Semifinal Real Madrid vs Juventus Turin

Swedish Elite referee Jonas Eriksson has been designated to take control over Wednesday's crucial UEFA Champions League semifinal between holders Real Madrid and Juventus Turin. Considering the Italian side's 2:1 win in the first leg and the therefore tight scoreline, the Swedish multimillionaire residing in Sigtuna will face a probably demanding match from the first minute on. UEFA has furthermore appointed reknown Dutch UEFA Referee Committee member Jaap Uilenberg to observe and assess Eriksson and his teammates in Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.




13 May 2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (Spain)
Real Madrid - Juventus Turin [1:2]
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: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jošt (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

83 Comments:

  1. Anonymous11/5/15 10:08

    Strombergsson brothers no Johanesson. Interesting.... i would expect fifa referee in cl semis.

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  2. Anonymous11/5/15 10:09

    I think we will see Cakir in EL final and Brych in Berlin.

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    1. Brych? EL finalist last year, not possible!

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    2. Anonymous11/5/15 17:02

      Kuipers whistled EL finals and then next year CL finals. The same hapened to Busacca and Fandel. Dont write things you know nothing about .

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  3. Yes..actually we can already congratulate the Turkish team.

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    1. Anonymous11/5/15 10:53

      Çakir is not the best in Europe. One new
      mistake of Collina.

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    2. And some people
      obviously tend to write
      many paragraphs
      for one
      sentence.

      Sorry...I am getting the needle by such comments.

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    3. A good appointment for Eriksson, which more or less confirms Cakir's appointment to the final (as expected).
      And to anonymous: I'm sure that we could debate for many hours who the best referee in Europe is, however, Cakir has had the best performing season of all the possible candidates. The likes of Rizzoli and Kuipers cannot be appointed, so who do you suggest? Cakir has (albeit only slightly) performed better than the likes of Clattenburg, Mazic and Brych, who may have been possible candidates at the beginning of the season.

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    4. Clattenburg,Brych and Eriksson are
      better that Çakir undoubtedly.

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    5. Not this year... Well, maybe Brych...

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  4. Totally expected appointment for Eriksson.

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  5. Anonymous11/5/15 11:10

    Any news from Sweden about Eriksson's plans? Retirement after this season? EURO 2016? Or it is too early to know that?

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    1. Anonymous11/5/15 11:22

      No official news so far. He said in an interview that he has not decided yet, and it all depends on his motivation et cetera. Maybe this could be a motivation: not getting the UCL final this year means that he would have to continue at least one more season to get it... But I don't know. Hopefully he continues, since he really deserves to be where he is at the moment.

      /Swedish observer

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  6. Cüneyt Çakır has very similar appointment with previous years CL final referees...
    We can expect him at the final...
    If this appointment happens that will be a milestone for Turkish Refereeing history...

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    1. Anonymous12/5/15 04:21

      It's pretty clear Çakir will make it.

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  7. So after this weeks appointments can who will we see in the EL final, Mazic or Clattenburg?

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    1. I'd say Mazic... Just.

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    2. Anonymous11/5/15 21:08

      Mazic!

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    3. Anonymous13/5/15 10:57

      Only Collina can think at Mazic after Atlético-Real.

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  8. Do you think Willie Collum may see a EL final in the next few seasons?

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  9. Anonymous12/5/15 19:41

    Brych had Real madrid in quarterfinal, could he get final in CL then with the same team? Or could it even be possible that a he could be in charge on quarterfinal and then final in the same tourney? I doubt it,,,smells Cakir all the way

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    1. Anonymous12/5/15 21:44

      It´s possible. You can see that on the example Mark Clattenburg. He had Barca in QF and now in HF. The only reason could be that Barca played against Munich in HF and Felix Brych lives in Munich. A bit unlikely, but I think he would be a better choice than Cakir.

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  10. Excellent penalty decison by Eriksson. It appeared like a clear no-foul live, but there was a clear trip.

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  11. Brave and correct penalty.

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    1. Agreed not 100% clear in real time, some may call it soft but there's no way that's not a foul on the halfway line so people can't complain-correct decision IMO.

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  12. Anonymous13/5/15 21:10

    Is Jonas Eriksson serious? Is that enough to give a penalty??? He's not rising to the occasion!

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    1. Anonymous13/5/15 21:13

      Yes. It is enough. Careless kick in the leg. Foul in the penalty area. Penalty kick. Period.

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    2. Anonymous13/5/15 21:17

      That's your opinion. Not mine at all. James clearly let himself fall on the ground. For me, ridiculous mistake in a CL SF.

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    3. The first replay perfectly showed that it was a careless albeit easy and clumsy trip. The other replays were not that clear due to bad camera angles.

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    4. Anonymous13/5/15 21:27

      Eriksson was well positioned, please take a look at replays: excellent decision.

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    5. Anonymous13/5/15 21:28

      No, it wasn't. Try to check over James' movement. Clear and "clumsy" simulation. Expected Eriksson, with all his experience, not to be taken in hook, line and sinker.

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    6. Anonymous13/5/15 22:57

      For me, it's penalty as well! I'm from Portugal, just in case!

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    7. Anonymous14/5/15 00:31

      Sorry, I wanted to say that for me it's not penalty either!!!! :P

      Portuguese

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  13. Anonymous13/5/15 21:11

    So far:
    10' - deliberate handball in the wall, missed penalty?
    24' - well-spotted kick in the leg, correct penalty

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    1. For me never deliberate in 10', specially when nobody in this stadium wants it ;)

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    2. Exactly, not even Ronaldo appealed. It actually reminded me of the Gabi handball in the CL final last year during extra time. The RAP confirmed that it was considered not deliberate. And this one was definitely not IMO

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    3. Anonymous13/5/15 21:30

      If there was a contact ball-hand, it should have been a penalty imo. Unnatural hand position, enough time to avoid this contact (free kick, player in the wall). If there was a contact with hand and it should not have been a penalty,then what are all these gestures usually make by referees for?

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    4. Anonymous13/5/15 21:38

      OK, I finally rewatched it. At first, it was outside penalty area, so no big controversy. The ball hit the hand near to the body, so I agree with the ref here. However, if the ball hit the player in the elbow, I would definitely prefer a free kick. At the end, correct call. Correct penalty and very good management (talking insted gestures, rare view in current times :)). Let's enjoy the second half!

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  14. Anonymous13/5/15 21:15

    Clear foul by Carvajal on Pogba and the Spaniard got away with it.

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    1. Anonymous13/5/15 21:19

      Yeah, it's clear..foul and YC missed

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  16. Are we watching the same match?
    Clear penalty.In real time it looks like dive, but replay shows clear foul commited by Chiellini.
    Pogba-Carvajal duel was correct decision IMO

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    1. Anonymous13/5/15 21:32

      Sorry, You seem to be watching another match lol. It's a totally ridiculous penalty and you can pick up on it by how hesitant Eriksson looked like. The scene involving Carvajal and Pogba is so patent that I won't even discuss it.

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    2. Anonymous13/5/15 21:36

      You seems to be a little biassed.

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    3. Anonymous13/5/15 21:37

      Just a little. I think he is Juventus fan!

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    4. Thats my opinion, you can agree or disagree.I dont see whats the problem?

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    5. Anonymous13/5/15 21:43

      My comment was for Anonymous 9:32 PM.

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    6. Anonymous13/5/15 21:50

      Juventus fan? Do not be ridiculous. I'm not even Italian. That's what I see. And it's pretty clear to me.

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  17. For me the yellow card for simulation is incorrect, yes he goes down easily and maybe before the contact with the real player, but in my opinion the referee should have simply waved play on-normal contact IMO but I will re-watch!

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    1. Anonymous13/5/15 21:46

      The referee was well positioned to detect the way in which Real player fell to the ground. It was a standard 'dive fall' with two legs = desire to deceive the referee = simulation. Great call.

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    2. Haven't yet seen it again but for me the contact was at least part of the reason for the fall

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    3. Yes, I thought the same before watching replay..but the play goes down before contact with Vidal, as you said.
      Real player had the intention to deceive the ref and I support the yellow card (aldo it was influenced by Juventus players)

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    4. Agreed with anonymous & refref. Also here: mostly (not always) it is a good sign when even the diver accepts a YC for simulation.

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  18. Excellent penalty given by Jonas and also a correct yellow card for simulation. Penalty was a kick against the calf (well seen) and regarding the simulation the player was looking for contact and exaggerated his fall.

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  19. Anonymous13/5/15 22:21

    Missed a penalty by Evra. Crucial mistake.

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    1. Anonymous13/5/15 22:23

      We have a troll here...

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    2. Anonymous13/5/15 22:25

      That's my opinion. Am I entitled to have it without being a troll?

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    3. Anonymous13/5/15 22:26

      OK, forgive me, bro!

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    4. Anonymous13/5/15 22:55

      The ones who call trolls to people who have a different opinion are ever so ridiculous!! For God's sake!!!

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  20. Anonymous13/5/15 22:22

    Correct NO penalty at 74th minute of the game. Chicharito fell to the ground definitely too easily! Excellent management toward the time wasting by Juventus players at 75th and 77th minute (verbal warning at first and yellow card at second). It smells like 8.6 for now.

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    1. I agree on the situation as Chicharito slipped on the ground, but IMO too many smaller mistakes here and there, nothing too serious but tarnishing the very good performance a bit.. both YCs for Isco and Tevez looked a bit soft. 8.4 for me, max. 8.5.

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  21. Anonymous13/5/15 22:42

    Tonight I am very proud of the Swedish team's performance. I will not mark them, but I cannot imagine anything else than a very high mark from Uilenberg.

    /Swedish observer

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    1. Anonymous14/5/15 01:37

      Not very bad refereeing, but expected average quality refereeing from an average quality referee. Sometimes he goes up to good, but he'll never be very good. Clearly in a lower class than Clattenberg, Cakir, and Kuipers.
      One team were challenging him all the time, and he didn't even react to that; he seemed to try to convince them while they were not showing respect to him. And that worked for them. He ended up whistling the way the wanted. I can't imagine if the other team were challenging him the same way. I think he may have stopped play and opened the door for negotiation between the 2 teams :-)

      mtl_champs

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  22. Anonymous13/5/15 22:45

    I think a good performance.

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  23. IMO Eriksson was at expected level. He made some small mistakes but he was correct in the serious situations (penalty for Real, James simulation). He was really lenient in foul detection allowing the match to have this crazy pace. However Ramos should be booked in 86' (blocking).

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  24. Overall a very commendable performance from Eriksson and co. A few minor issues, but all key decisions were correctly taken (well detected penalty, acceptable/correct simulation YC, acceptable/correct no penalty after Evra challenge). I feel 8.5.
    How do you think this affects EL Final referee appointments?

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    1. Anonymous13/5/15 23:14

      I don´t think that the performence on expected level tonight changed something. I´m quite sure that Mark Clattenburg gets the EL-final, maybe Eriksson will be a possibility for the task of 4th Official.

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  25. Anonymous13/5/15 22:54

    8.4 is my mark. 8.5 too much. He wasn't faultless, but overall good performance.

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  26. Anonymous13/5/15 23:12

    Not more than 8.4 at all.

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  27. Anonymous13/5/15 23:16

    Not only Eriksson, but also Klasenius and Wärnmark deserve a final. In my opinion, one of the best couple of assistant referees among UEFA Elite officials.

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  29. I see that everyone is pleased by Erkisson's performance. It's unbelievable for me that nobody talks abouts two not awarded penalties for Juventus:

    - prior to Juve's goal, there is a header of Pogba (who pass the ball to Morata) who is clearly pushed down by Sergio Ramos

    - in 87' there is another penalty after a big chance for Juve: shot of Pogba, save of Cassilas and than a header of Vidal who is clearly pushed by a defender of Real (with the ball still being in-play)

    In both situation the players of Real came from distance and pushed pogba, respectively Vidal.

    If you award a penalty after a minor contact between Chiellini and James (honestly I don't know if it's ok to whistle penalty after such a soft contact in a CL semifinal but I accept the decision) than those two fouls against Pogba and Vidal are huge penalties !!!

    No way 8,3-8,4....

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    1. Anonymous14/5/15 00:20

      Spot on! Finally I find someone who saw the same match I did!

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    2. Anonymous14/5/15 00:36

      It was not a good performance from Eriksson by any means! All kinds of mistakes but awarding Real Madrid a penalty in that circumstance (James clearly simulated a foul) takes the cake!!!

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  30. Anonymous14/5/15 01:04

    There are - of course when refs talk - some discussion whether here or there should have been this or that YC or freekick...
    But for me, the most important thing: after 4 matches between 4 teams whose history is full of legend and succes, there is no discussion concerning ref performances. All the important situations have been evaluated well by the ref teams (especially: Penalty situations in both matches between Juve and Real and offside/onside decisions and man management in both matches between Barca and Bayern). Matches were not decided by the refs and the players showed - to sum it up - respect towards the opponent and Fair Play.
    With regard to all - maybe correct - criticism concerning PLC, it seems as if he had chosen the right guys for the right matches.
    From the perspective of the refs: very succesfull semis. And that is the most important!!!
    Let us hope, that the two selected lucky teams will show the same level in the finals of CL and EL.

    Best regards
    Phil

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  31. Read my take on the calls in this match by Eriksson at:
    http://worldsoccerrefereeing.blogspot.com/2015/05/uefa-champions-league-semifinals-leg-2.html

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  32. Anonymous14/5/15 08:14

    OT: After Philippe Kalt, another trouble in french refereeing...
    http://www.espnfc.com/french-ligue-1/story/2447398/ligue-1-referee-said-ennjimi-suspended-over-marseille-shirts

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  33. I see some negative and incomprehensible comments here about the performance of Jonas. This says everything about the quality and personal vision of these people. It was a very good performance of Jonas and he will receive a high mark, 8.5 I expect. Yes some small errors, but the important/crucial decisions were all taken correctly. He was full in control and had acceptance of both teams. He did not negatively affect the outcome of the match and showed courage by giving the penalty of which was obvious. Well done of the Swedish team!

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  34. https://twitter.com/paulmcconnell3/status/598570016250925056/photo/1
    :D

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