May 10, 2015

Mark Clattenburg to referee Champions League Semifinal Bayern München vs FC Barcelona

English Mark Clattenburg has been appointed by UEFA's Referee Committee to take charge of the Champions League semifinal return leg between Bayern München and FC Barcelona at Allianz Arena. For Clattenburg, it is his second K.O. phase involvement with FC Barcelona having overseen their sovereign win at Paris SG in the quarterfinals. Furthermore, it is the second all-English team in this year's Champions League semifinals following Martin Atkinson's presence in Turin last week.

The English referee sextet will be observed by UEFA's Refereeing Chief Officer and former the world's best referee Pierluigi Collina of Italy.



12 May 2015, 20:45 CET
Allianz Arena, München (Germany)
Bayern München - FC Barcelona [0:3]
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Burt (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

48 Comments:

  1. Anonymous10/5/15 10:16

    So on, Eriksson or Cakir in Madrid, the other one (probably Cakir) in Berlin.

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    1. Pavel from Prague10/5/15 11:53

      Eriksson is one great referee. Çakir, not.
      And Mazic is not candidate for Warsaw
      after the Atlético-Real. Of course...I don´t
      expect Çakir in Berlin.

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    2. Anonymous10/5/15 11:59

      Cakir can't be in Madrid as Uilenberg has some relations with Turkish federation, it is sure Cakir for CL final. Regards.

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    3. Not sure Çakir for the CL final.
      I hope see Eriksson or Brych.

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  2. Two English referees in CL semifinals and Clattenburg again with Barça. This time it was very difficult to prevent that. Another forced appointment, but absolutely deserved for Clattenburg. I think that now, regarding EL final, Mazic is ahead and seems the first candidate for Warsaw, because another English appointment would be perhaps too much.
    I want to underline that Oliver is completely ruled out in every appointment by UEFA, and both Taylor and Marriner got two CL semifinals, very particular.
    Tomorrow I expect Eriksson, and of course Cakir in Berlin.

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    1. It is not really an ideal situation, although at least Clattenburg has been rewarded for his highly admirable season. I also agree about Mazic, even though I would have preferred a EL final appointment for him be delayed for another year.
      A curious situation with Oliver as well. Do you think that this is still due to that missing handball in Ukraine on Matchday 5?

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    2. I think so, the mistake was quite blatant and in his exclusive responsibility, there aren't other reasons for which Oliver should be out. He had the incident right in front of his eyes.

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  4. I'd be inclined to agree with Chefren's sentiments; that Mazic seems to be the favourite for the EL final.

    However, I wouldn't rule out Clatts just yet - especially with PLC as observer.

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  5. I agree completely with Chefren, but after Atletico - Real I wouldn't appoint Mazic to the EL final.

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    1. Anonymous10/5/15 14:13

      Why? Referee for 4 matches group stage. Round of 16 and quarterfinals. If not appointed in semifinals, Mazic is the man for Warsaw.

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    2. He just wrote "why" ;)

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    3. IMO, Mazic isn't capable of handling such a match!
      We are talking about the UEL final and the UCL semi-finals. These matches need referees that have no lacks....and Mazic lacks in quite a lot of sections, especially as regards his personality (he is not respected and accepted by the players); not to mention the fact that these matches must be officiated by referees who are concentrated 100% for the whole 90' and maybe 120'. Mazic is not one of them.....So I think that you will have to reassume your views about Mazic being ''the man for Warsaw''.
      Plus, as edward commented, after that match, he has lost all his chances of making an appearance as the UEL 2015 Final referee. ;)

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    4. Anonymous10/5/15 18:12

      Nikitas, I hold with your view about Mazic's inability to properly officiate a high-profile match. However, as we know, this does not hamper Collina and his team from appointing him. Let's see how things play out.

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    5. Anonymous10/5/15 18:36

      Mazic in one of the finals?? Cut the comedy! Come on guys, did you see him at Vocente Calderón? One of the most overrated referees at the international stage ever!

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    6. Anonymous10/5/15 20:58

      Sorry if you delete comments, you must do that for all people insulting Mazic.
      Regards from Serbia.

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    7. I can tell you that noone deleted any comment in here.

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    8. Anonymous10/5/15 23:23

      Mazic is unbelievably poor! It would be ridiculous to see him in a final!

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    9. Anonymous11/5/15 00:54

      You do not need to delete anything. Whenever you have a bad writing (particularly the "experts" from the Greece), it turned out that it was good/very good. Just keep on writing bad about Milorad Mažić. :D

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    10. Anonymous 2.

      I am not going to argue with you. Everyone is entitled to his opinion.

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  6. Anonymous10/5/15 13:14

    I think in Madrid will be Cakir. Semifinal EL Borbalán and Eriksson. EL final Mazic and CL final Královec.

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    1. Anonymous10/5/15 13:43

      Very difficult that Borbalán is appointed. Not only because he is from Spain, but also because he is from Andalucía, the same region as Sevilla, which will play the other semifinal. Very unlikely.

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    2. Anonymous10/5/15 19:36

      Impossible see Mazic,Kralover
      or one spanish referee in the
      CL Final.

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  7. Anonymous10/5/15 14:04

    I think Cakir will be appointed for Madrid-Juventus. But in case of that, who will be the man for the final? Maybe Eriksson or Brych. We have to keep them in our minds. In my opinion Cakir isn't a referee for a CL final especially not in case of an 'El Classico'.

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    1. Anonymous10/5/15 14:18

      Cakir can't stay with Uilenberg observer! They know each other!

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    2. Anonymous10/5/15 14:19

      Once again. Cakir in Madrid isn't very possible with Uilenberg.

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    3. Anonymous10/5/15 15:38

      Okay. I didn't know that. But I'm still thinking that Cakir wouldn't be a good choice for the CL final.

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  8. Anonymous10/5/15 16:22

    Would it be possible to have an spanish referee if the final was Real Madrid - Barcelona? Or is there a "rule" not allowing that?

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    1. Well, when Collina makes the choices, there are no rules. ;)
      But to be honest idk.
      And since in the last two UCL finals, when both teams were from one nation, the referee wasn't of the same nationality, I think that there must bε some kind of ''rule'', as you mentioned.

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    2. Your commentary is not good,
      as generally. Sorry!

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    3. Besides any possible rule, I'm not sure which Spanish referee would be a possible candidate.

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  9. Spanish Elite referees never fail to consistently pit in lavish performances as the very worst of the Western Hemisphere.

    I am clueless as to what force of nature still allows Velasco Carballo to go about carrying a whistle next to his body!!

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  10. Anonymous12/5/15 21:06

    Good wait and see by the AR on the Barcelona goal.

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  11. Anonymous12/5/15 21:27

    Excellent NO GOAL decision by Marriner. Well done!

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  12. Apart from an offside mistake by AR1 and a too early flag for a foul / missing co-operation by AR2, a perfect first half in my view. Collina can and will use the Marriner situation as the paramount situation to promote the AAR programme. Good call.

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  13. Anonymous12/5/15 21:48

    Clattenburg and his team can be really content with their first half, I think. Good, expected, level. Maybe another yellow card could have been produced to a Bayen defender (for persistent infringements), but then I am really trying to find something negative. 8,4 so far in my book!

    /Swedish observer

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  14. very well so far in an - to be honest - easy match

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    1. Anonymous12/5/15 21:59

      Agreed. No more than expected level by now. But of course that's enough and very good.

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  15. Anonymous12/5/15 22:38

    8,4 for Clattenburg tonight. At least in my view nothing more, nothing less. Well done by him and his team. Would be surprised however if he gets the EL final in Warsaw, but who knows...

    /Swedish observer

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  16. Anonymous12/5/15 23:59

    Good but not that good Clattenburg.
    My criticism:
    - Missing YC for Boateng for foul with his butt at the beginning of second half in the same situation in that Schweinsteiger kicks his opponent after the Barca player did a pass. At least one YC should have been given in that situation.
    - A Bayern player is offside and touches the ball with his head near the box and ball goes to Barca defender who is able to control the ball without any forward around him. Clattenburg gives advantage. But IMO it should have been indirect freekick for offside thus the player in offside touches the ball.
    - The warning in first half for Alba and Rafinha didn´t look well for two reasons:
    1. Alba touches Clattenburg´s face. Friendly gesture, but ref should not accept it.
    2. Asking both players to come to him, Clattenburg is "drawing" pictures with his hands in the air and moves his hands above his head a lot. It looked a bit funny.

    So I tend to see a 8,2 performance.

    Furthermore, I want to congrat Bayern and Barca for a great game - especially in first half. I don´t know how you evaluate it but I saw great football of both teams and understand those people who say "Bayern against Barca is like the final. The two best teams of Europe". A pity that Robben and Ribery were missing, Match would have been faster. (Sorry for this excursus but great teams and football should be honoured as well as good Referee Performances ;))

    best regards
    phil

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    1. I think the Rafinha/Alba situation was very well done with man-management and personality. Maybe his gestures "come to me" were not that convincing, and some might even argue Rafinha's punch was a violent conduct, but in the context of the game very well solved for me.

      I don't remember the Boateng situation but watch it later. Do you remember the minute of that advantage?

      In general 7 yellow cards were quite a lot for the actually friendly and fair character of the match. But most of them were mandatory due to SPA. There were 3 cases of SPA all leading to a YC. IMO the last of them was a bit soft (Rode). There were many defenders waiting for Messi, who did not have a that promising scenario in front of him. So for me no necessary yellow card. Maybe no mistake, but this was a situation where Clattenburg could have saved a card.

      I would probably give him 8.4 with the recommendation to only punish SPA if it is really clear (refrain from evitable cautions in such a match).

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    2. Anonymous13/5/15 10:17

      Of course, man management in Rafinha/Alba was good, just the gestures seemed a bit exaggerated...

      Boateng/Schweinsteiger is in minute 52.
      Offside-adavantage must between min 60 and 80

      regards
      phil

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    3. Anonymous13/5/15 16:17

      Hi Niclas,
      Don't you think that the YC given to Alonso is also soft? The challenge seemed fair and the intention was clearly to get the ball (except that he as a bit late).

      mtl_champs

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    4. Dear mtl_champs,
      In my view he deliberately "blocked" his opponent during a relatively promising attack. Therefore a correct YC for me (and Alonso accepted without any protest, not always, but mostly a good sign).

      @ Phil: Thanks, I'll have a look later.

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  17. Read my take on Clattenburg's performance and his EL Final Chances at: http://worldsoccerrefereeing.blogspot.com/2015/05/uefa-champions-league-semifinals-leg-2.html

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  18. What whistle does Clattenburg use??

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    1. I've seen him before with a FOX 40 but I thought the sound was a little different last night

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    2. Yes, from all the games I have observed it is certainly not a Fox 40

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