June 6, 2015

Team Çakır in charge of Champions League Final 2015: Juventus Turin vs FC Barcelona

Only a bit more than 20 hours are left until Cüneyt Çakır and his team will be walking onto the field of play followed by the two squads that have mastered the "Road to Berlin": Juventus Turin vs FC Barcelona is the task the Turkish-Swedish referee team is about to face.




Not even five or six years ago, Cüneyt Çakır was a rather unknown name at the very top of UEFA officiating. A talent for sure who had surprisingly got an appointment for the Europa League semifinal between Fulham and Hamburger SV in 2010 and thus caught our attention. But in UEFA Champions League, he only appeared in September 2010 taking charge of Rubin Kazan against, of course, FC Barcelona. Things went very quickly in the next seasons. Çakır established in the top 10 of European refereeing and ever since his UCL semifinal between FC Barcelona (again) and Chelsea FC as well as his EURO 2012 it was clear that the former insurance broker and present professional referee is material for the real peak of refereeing. He had what it takes to take charge of the kind of matches he will take charge of tomorrow quite early. Thus he also was awarded our first unofficial "The World's Best Referee 2012" award.

However, the notorious Manchester United - Real Madrid Round of 16 tie followed. Observed by Pierluigi Collina - which was read as a sign that Çakır was the candidate for Wembley final 2013 by many - he struggled in Old Trafford. Despite of some important mistakes confirmed by UEFA, it was a controversial decision and not these mistakes that made Çakır being the centre of medial attention in the aftermath of this match. As every referee enthusiast remembers, it was the Nani sending-off on which UEFA's Referee Committee never found a definite solution. Probably because there are too many good arguments for both views, supporting a yellow and specially a red card. But as modern referees seem to be measured by their degree of acceptance and even more by the question of whether they appear in the newspapers after the match, Çakır's brave red card call broke his own neck. That's the life of referees.

As in private life, too steep careers without any buckle are not always a goal to be aspired. Sometimes that's the point when the ground falls out from underneath your feet. And in fact, after having been taken out of the line of fire for several months, Çakır returned as a mentally probably even stronger referee. In 2013/2014 I personally had the impression that he was not the "old", courageous Çakır. At World Cup 2014, he showed his class though and belonged to the best (European) referees at the tournament who would have maybe deserved the final more than other officials.

In 2014/15, he showed widely convincing performances. In December, he suffered from a pneumothorax which was very likely a moment of shock for him. But he recovered well.
Specially Paris SG - Chelsea was really good and a masterclass example of calmness, body language and personality. Not faultless, but to say it in other words, nobody talked about him the day after the match. Same goes for all other matches this year. In Europa League, he got some minor matches probably serving as smaller or bigger tests, e.g. in front of Jozef Marko. Also here counts: The performances were not faultless and specially his last outing in Napoli vs Wolfsburg was not that good at all, but taking everything into consideration we can very likely expect a performance of the kind "No talk about the referee". Let's hope so.

Team Çakır in Berlin's dressing room source & owner: UEFA

A final remark: Of course Çakır would have never managed this step without his assistants - and in this case we are not talking about two assistants, but five teammates who have been accompanying him to almost every Champions League match in the past: Bahattin Duran, Tarik Ongun, Hüseyin Göçek, Barış Şimşek and Mustafa Emre Eyisoy. Swedish Jonas Eriksson has been rewarded for his consistently good performances over the last 2-3 seasons - it is highly probable that this will not stay his only UEFA final I dare to guess.

Çakır's club competition matches 2014/15:

UEL - QF - SSC Napoli 2:2 VfL Wolfsburg - Our Report (8.1/ / / / /) - to follow
Çakır, Duran, Ongun, Göçek, Şimşek, Eyisoy. UEFA Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

UEL - R16 - AS Roma 0:3 ACF Fiorentina - Our Report (8.5/8.4/8.4/8.6/8.4/8.4)
Çakır, Duran, Ongun, Özkahya, Abay, Satman. UEFA Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)

UEL - R32 - Zenit St Petersburg 3:0 PSV Eindhoven - Our Report (8.3/8.4/8.4/8.4/8.5/8.4)
Çakır, Duran, Ongun, Özkahya, Abay, Satman. UEFA Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)

UCL - R16 - Paris SG 1:1 Chelsea FC - Our Report (8.3*/8.4/8.4/8.4/8.3/8.4)
Çakır, Duran, Ongun, Göçek, Şimşek, Eyisoy. UEFA Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

UCL - GS - Bayern München 2:0 AS Roma - Our Report (8.4/8.4/8.4/8.4/8.4/8.4)
Çakır, Duran, Ongun, Göçek, Şimşek, Eyisoy. UEFA Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)

UCL - GS - Shakhtar Donetsk 2:2 FC Porto - Our Report (8.2/8.4/7.9/8.5/8.5/8.3)
Çakır, Duran, Ongun, Şimşek, Abay, Eyisoy. UEFA Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

UCL - PLO - Athletic Bilbao 3:1 SSC Napoli - Our Report (8.2/8.7/8.5/8.4/8.4/8.4)
Çakır, Duran, Ongun, Şimşek, Abay, Satman. UEFA Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)

*in revision, report to be adapted

Mark Average Çakır: 8,29
Mark Average of his teammates: tbd
Card Scoring (This Season): 22 YCs, 1 2nd YC & 0 RC in 7 matches
Card Scoring (CL/EL history): 197 YCs, 1 2nd YC & 7 RCs in 46 matches

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06 June 2015, 20:45 CET
Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany (74.244)
Juventus Turin - FC Barcelona
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR, 1973)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR, 1976)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR, 1976)
Fourth Official: Jonas Eriksson (SWE, 1974)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR, 1980)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Florian Götte (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

All the best!

110 Comments:

  1. Anonymous6/6/15 08:51

    Interview with Cakir.

    http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/video/videoid=2254089.html?autoplay=true

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  2. Anonymous6/6/15 12:01

    OT: Does anybody now the refs for the Friendly Germany-USA?

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    1. Anonymous6/6/15 13:11

      Danny Makkelie (NED)
      Mario Diks (NED)
      Hessel Steegstra (NED)
      Kevin Blom (NED)

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  3. Anonymous6/6/15 14:09

    If Cakir can continue with his consistent form in the coming seasons, he is a definite candidate for the final of Euro 2016 and even possibly the final of World Cup 2018. He refereed one of the semi finals in both the Euro 2012 and World Cup 2014. His chance will be greatly enhanced by the fact that his nation, Turkey is not likely to even qualify for both Euro and World Cup.

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    1. Anonymous7/6/15 00:38

      Not Çakir for final Euro 2016. Clattenburg,Brych,Eriksson....best referees.

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  4. I wish the refereeing team good luck and all the best. We are proud of you...

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    1. Ditto. Good luck to Cuneyt and co. Enjoy the occasion - they've certainly earned it.

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  5. Anonymous6/6/15 20:21

    Among Elite officials, Cakir is the only referee with only one problematic match, and this was the mentioned Manchester United - Real Madrid in 2013. He was always consistent in both major tournaments attended: EURO 2012 and FIFA WC.
    This CL final appointment is absolutely deserved and perhaps it came even too late according to his performances. I think that he will be very good as usual this evening.

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  6. Anonymous6/6/15 20:54

    One thing that amazes me is how Cakir can have such a great authority despite being so small and skinny..

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  7. Anonymous6/6/15 20:55

    6 min - reckless tackle by Vidal?

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  8. Anonymous6/6/15 21:00

    Good management - YC for persistent infringment, second foul.

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    1. Anonymous6/6/15 21:06

      The next foul by Vidal must be a second YC.

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  9. Very good yellow card for Vidal. First verbal warning and then yellow card. Good management! And no deliberately handbal in penalty area. Played 20 min and so far so good.

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    1. Anonymous6/6/15 21:11

      I didn't watch a replay for handball. I keep my doubts.

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    2. Definitely not deliberate.

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  10. Anonymous6/6/15 21:08

    4 minutes later, another reckless tackle by Vidal - this time it's yellow. Would probably have been avoided had be been carded earlier.

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  11. Anonymous6/6/15 21:19

    Simulation by Suarez, missed YC.

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  12. Anonymous6/6/15 21:20

    Cakir has his own tactics and uses a gradual punishments. Of course, the first Vidal's tackle is for a yellow card to the book, but in such a match it's important to use a personality to avoid easy and quick cards. So, verbal warning for the first and a yellow card for the second foul were the best possible decisions. What about the third Vidal's foul? Nothing serious, exaggerated fall of Barcelona player. Warning was as adequate as for the first foul of Vidal.

    Finally, the replay of alleged handball was shown. Never a deliberate handball. Correct no penalty call, Cakir saw it well and took the correct decision.

    I would prefer a strong verbal warning for a tension in the 22nd minute of the game. Push in the face, Vidal should be instructed it's THE last chance to stay on the pitch.

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  13. Anonymous6/6/15 21:25

    Missed free kick to Juventus?

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  14. Correct decision not to give free kick for Juventus. After this he should give a yellow card for one of the Juventus players who were protesting / mobbing the referee!

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  15. Anonymous6/6/15 21:27

    Extremely, extremely difficult situation with Pogba. Three replays and I'm still not sure if there was a foul. Acceptable no-call even if another replay will show there was an infringement.

    Excellent body language after Neymar's foul and exaggerated reaction of Juventus players. So calm attitude toward protesting players!

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    1. Anonymous6/6/15 21:32

      Calm attitude but I didn't like, to be honest, this passive approach by Cakir. Walking backwards...

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    2. Anonymous6/6/15 21:39

      The players quickly realized Cakir won't accept further touching and changed the way they was protesting for a more respectful one. His attitude worked well and it's the most important. Very likely we won't see such mobbing again this evening.

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  16. Anonymous6/6/15 21:36

    43rd minute - unnecessary advantage, all the players wanted a free kick.

    First half - correct no-penalty call regarding handball, very nice handling of Vidal fouls, at least acceptable no-free-kick call regarding Pogba's fall, maybe 2-3 missed fouls, maybe 1-2 fouls unnecessary whistles, one unnecessary advantage, great fitness as always

    8.5 from me for now

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  17. I disagreed with 2-3 free kicks, a small team benefit issue in 43', no card for mobbing after the Pogba incident is a pity and will maybe cost his mark a tenth. The rest was very good in my view. Very composed and cool-headed and a feeling for this final, calmness was needed in some moments and he showed it so far with excellent body language. And most important the handball and Pogba were Spot-on decisions, I don't think that Pogba was that much touched by the defender.

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    1. Pogba. I would never give PK for minor contact like that. Has to be earned. Contact is part of football. For borderline unfair, we keep going. Can't give match away cheaply.

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    2. Absolutely. In these situations Cakir and his team showed match feeling and stayed composed.

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  18. Why 8.5 ?? Where is the bonus point ?? Match is normal so far. For me 8.4 with some small comments.

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    1. And if you want to be strict then 8.3 (-0.1) for not giving yellow card for mobbing the referee.

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    2. Anonymous6/6/15 21:43

      CL final, huge pressure, two penalty-appeals (handball, Pogba on the boundary of penalty area), dealing with protest, body language, attitude and tactics for the final game... It's enough to call it 'quite challenging'. Nonetheless, the mark is not the most important. Such are feelings, every neutral observer will be very happy with this performance so far!

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  19. Anonymous6/6/15 21:43

    It is sad to see Cakir handle this match in this way... No reaction to the first reckless tackle by Vidal, no reaction to simulation by Suarez, no reaction to entire Juventus team protesting. Imagine a referee like Wolfgang Stark or even Alexandru Tudor, probably the most underrated referee in Europe. They wouldn't have taken any of this crap.

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    1. Anonymous6/6/15 21:46

      You can't be serious... I can guarantee you any of current Elite officials wouldn't issue yellow card at both incidents...

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    2. Throwing YC around shows weakness. Giving players opportunity to be emotional, standing up to them, and expecting them to change their behaviour shows strength. Very calm and effective officiating.

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  20. Very good Cakir so far. 1-2 negative moments but general impression is very positive. Correct decision in both incidents (no delibarate handball in 20' and no foul for Juventus).

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    1. Anonymous7/6/15 14:44

      Not good Çakir.

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  21. Very good advantage but missed yellow card at 59th minute...

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  22. Anonymous6/6/15 22:14

    Penalty for Juventus not given.

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    1. Anonymous7/6/15 00:40

      Not penalty.

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  23. Anonymous6/6/15 22:15

    What a fantastic no-penalty call regarding Pogba! WOW! Probably AAR2 involved.

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  24. Anonymous6/6/15 22:16

    No YC for that celebration?

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  25. Good decision not to give penalty. Attacker was pushing first and then hanging into the defender. Okey there was the arm of defender on the shoulder of the attacker.. but for me no foul.

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  26. Anonymous6/6/15 22:18

    No handball by Neymar, crucial mistake by AAR1.

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    1. Anonymous6/6/15 22:20

      Correct decision by AAR1

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    2. 100% correct. Header is off and arm directs ball into goal.

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  27. Anonymous6/6/15 22:19

    Ehh, so excellent performance and AAR1 spoilt it. Never a deliberate handball. Technical error is not deliberate handball. Of course, advantage is reached, but according to LoTG, it's 100% undeliberate handball. Only imagine a penalty after such thing... 7.9 to AAR1, Cakir and probably also AR1.

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  28. Handball yes, but not deliberate for me.

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    1. Not deliberate so no handball, Cakir seemed to have given the goal so no fault on him I think crucial error for AAR1

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    2. Anonymous6/6/15 22:25

      Believe me, both AAR1 and Cakir will get 7.9 for that. Very likely also AR1 will be shot down...

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    3. Don't you think this handball create an advantage for Barcelona? Buffon takes a position for the header and then hand slows the speed of ball. Buffon is cught on the floor when the ball comes... According to LOTG it might not be deliberate but we can't ignore the advantage...

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    4. Its almost like if the ball deflected off the referee and then went in no one would like it-but it has to be a goal, similar here in that as the handball was not deliberate we may not like it but the goal must stand.

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    5. Anonymous6/6/15 22:41

      I fully understand you, but still LoTG are clear in this case. The situation should be interpreted equally in both penalty areas. What would you think about a penalty kick given for such handball? Maybe it will change in the future, but now it's clearly undeliberate under LoTG.

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  29. Anonymous6/6/15 22:21

    Very well spotted by AAR1, he indeed touched the ball with his hand

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    1. This is not enough, see Law12.

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    2. Anonymous6/6/15 22:23

      According to LoTG, it's never a deliberate handball. Huge mistake by AAR1... Can you imagine a penalty given for that...? A pity...

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    3. Totally agree with first Anonymous. Handling was preventable = deliberate. Neymar misplayed ball with head with arm up behind it. Consider level of play (highest in World). Neymar normally puts this in goal with head. He misjudged ball's flight and in struck his arm. Very amateur soccer this might go, but not here. I saw three replays from AAR position. Excellent decision. AAR may not even have seen slight touch off head.

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  30. Anonymous6/6/15 22:23

    In my opinion, not a deliberate handball, but thank to that deflection on his arm, Neymar scored. I can understand why AAR1 took this decision, hopefully it wont affect the final mark, but for me regular goal...

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    1. Anonymous6/6/15 22:23

      I meant of course the final outcome of the game.

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  31. I support this decision. Ofcourse according to the LOTG not deliberately handbal. BUT... scoring with the hand will never be accepted by players, crowd and media. This is what we call a tactical decision. Only we referees will talk about this.. Nobody else will.

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  32. IMO that handball creates an advantage for goal. Therefore correct call...

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    1. Anonymous6/6/15 22:30

      LotG don't say that. Deliberate or not, then having an advantage (scoring by that) is another question.

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  33. Anonymous6/6/15 22:25

    I can live with the decision and this is one part where the LOTG should be clarified - A goal should not be allowed to be scored with the hand, no matter how undeliberate. No YC, but also no goal. Imagine the headlines if the goal was allowed.

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  34. Anonymous6/6/15 22:30

    Cakir lost his cards after this incident. He probably still thinks about this and can't concentrate anymore on this game...

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    1. Totally agree. After handball incident, he lost control of the game...

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  35. Anonymous6/6/15 22:38

    Another mistake is the missed YC to Neymar, according to LOTG, scoring a goal by a deliberate handball (this was detected by AAR1) must be a compulsory card!

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  36. Anonymous6/6/15 22:39

    Unfortunately, missed clear penalty + YC in favor of Juventus. No foul by Poglavlje, wrestling challenge by Mascherano. Besides, Cakir was too calm, didn't adopt to some players and situations, therefore many protests and lack of autorithy. IMO very good decision not to allow goal by AAR1.
    Overall, bellow expected and necessary level.

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    1. Not penalty in favor of Juventus.

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  37. Anonymous6/6/15 22:40

    Unfortunately, missed clear penalty + YC in favor of Juventus. No foul by Pogba , wrestling challenge by Mascherano. Besides, Cakir was too calm, didn't adopt to some players and situations, therefore many protests and lack of autorithy. IMO very good decision not to allow goal by AAR1.
    Overall, bellow expected and necessary level.

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  38. Anonymous6/6/15 22:45

    And no card to Bonucci... Even if it was Barcelona player who deliberately handled the ball, his kick was at least reckless! Unfortunately, no control after the handball incident...

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    1. Like I dont agree with you about Neymar's dissalowed goal :)

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  39. Anonymous6/6/15 22:48

    OK, my final marks:

    Cakir - 7.9 (8.3)
    Duran - 7.9 (8.4)
    Ongun - 8.4
    Gocek - 7.9 (8.4)
    Simsek - 8.5
    Eriksson - 8.4

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    1. Anonymous6/6/15 23:06

      Why Duran 7.9? And Cakir was forced to accept AAR1call. He was far, how overrule him? Not possible.

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    2. Anonymous6/6/15 23:11

      It's for discussion. Most of UEFA observers give 7.9 to the whole trio on the side where such a mistake occured. 'They all should be able to assess it correctly' - observer often say. I am sure Cakir and Gocek will get 7.9. I am not so sure about Duran, but probably he'll also be shot down. It's a praxis among UEFA observers.

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    3. By the way, I am wondering whether PLC will use this handball decision in his next Collina Masterclass Show...or whether he better does not show it.

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  40. Cakir decided to be lenient tonight, which was good aproach in the first half but not in a second. (Minimum 3 yellow MUST GIVE cards)
    After Neymar's disalowed goal, Cakir lost the control on the match.
    Other thing I didnt like at all was lack of autority and respect.
    Yes it is a final, a lot of pressure on the pitch but Cakir simply didnt have it at all. If we can agree that ,for example, Mazic didnt have autority in Atl M-Real, we must say the same for tonight refereeing.

    It's a pitty..Cakir is great referee

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  41. Anonymous6/6/15 23:17

    I want clear statements by Collina and UEFA Referees Committee about deliberate handballs.

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  42. Anonymous6/6/15 23:21

    First I´d say all in all it was a quite challenging game.
    My final marks:
    REF: Cakir (8.3)
    AR1: Duran (8.4)
    AR2: Ongun (8.4)
    AAR1: Gocek (7.9)
    AAR2: Simsek (8.5)
    4th Off: Eriksson (8.4)
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    IMO Cakir missed at least 3 yellow cards (1x protesting, 2x foul) -> (-0,3) but some other scenes were handled well (+0,1). I don't think that the disallowed goal of Neymar was Cakir's mistake, so no crucial mistake by Cakir.
    It was no deliberate handball by Neymar, that means crucial mistake by AAR2 Gocek and 7.9 .

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    1. Giuseppe7/6/15 14:45

      Çakir yesterday only 6,9. I think.

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    2. @Giuseppe

      Please explain this 6.9. Because such a low mark implies 3 crucial mistakes.

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  43. To be honest, I did not see a match that was out of the referee's control or even a huge lack authority. Players protested in an always emotive CL final - but I personally did not have the impression that this was a clear lack of respect and acceptance. For sure, it was by far not faultless also with regards to compulsory yellow cards, but nonetheless, my feeling is that the match was overall well/solidly refereed. Always compare referee performances to the comparable, and at the moment I do not know who else would have done it better. Interestingly in all finals from 2013 to 2015 we did not watch "ideal" performances. But almost always good/solid ones, maybe because these matches are too complex to stay close to faultless.

    I think AAR1 will be blamed with a 7.9 for the Pogba goal, Cakir and Duran not. And even though we have 4 replay angles in 20x slow-motion and HD, never forget that the AAR has one view, one angle and full speed. If I had spotted a hand leading to a goal I don't know whether I had been able to precisely judge whether it was deliberate or not - which does not change that for me this goal was regular.

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    1. Your second paragraph says is all Niclas. I don't think that the UEFA Observer will blame Gocek in a situation that's not clear.

      For me Cakir had a good match. The only thing that someone can blame him is the missed 2nd YC to Pogba (83'). But I guess in a CL final UEFA won't want such a card.

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  44. Gosh. These comments demonstrate a lack of understanding about the beauty of the game. Cakir gave the game exactly what it needed. This is THE Final (World's greatest players by far -- better than WC Final). I've refereed finals -- obviously not at this level. The goal is to stay out of the game as much as possible and let the players decide. Part of this goal is to punish OBVIOUS infractions (not all this stuff you folks ruminating about) and to keep everyone in game (as with Vidal). Final goal is not to give away cheap penalties (Pogba) or allow questionable goals (Neymar). Stay calm, be firm as needed, but mostly out of the way. Cakir did so admirably. With the final, it's not about the technicalities that some of you keep bringing up, it's about what the game needs. Remember the old adage, "The Laws of the Game are intended to provide that games should be played with as little interference as possible, and in this view it is the duty of referees to penalize only deliberate breaches of the Law. Constant whistling for trifling and doubtful breaches produces bad feeling and loss of temper on the part of the players and spoils the pleasure of spectators.”

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    1. Well all this is widely true, I agree with you on most aspects, but you cannot explain or justify a disallowed goal after an undeliberate handball (laws of the game on 6 June 2015) by giving "a final the beauty of the game"...

      And by the way, I do not see folks running around here but most of the PEOPLE (not folks) presenting arguments for both sides and their views after 90 minutes of the "beautiful game", which was indeed the best final of recent years.

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    2. Well said, Niclas. I did say "ruminating" (talking) about and not "running" about. :) In my view, the Neymar handling was preventable. He has a great deal of time (in relative terms) to get to this header. His heading (first touch) was not a reactionary play (deflection). Normally he heads this clean into goal. This time he misplays ball into his hand. If I have a great deal of time to play a ball and then misplay ball into my arm or hand (whether off knee, chest, foot, or head), referees should decide that the handling was deliberate. Most of the misplays into arms that we have seen in video examples are misplays where the player has very little reaction time to deal with the first touch. Then a subsequent handling (with arm in natural position) should be determined to be accidental. Great spot by AAR and IMO the correct final decision.

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    3. With all good will and sympathy / empathy for the referee team.

      We have a rule book and a Law 12. Handballs have to be deliberate to be irregular. Following the guidelines we are used to (given by UEFA to the national associations), deliberate can also mean something like "careless". But I have rarely heard the argument "preventable" in this topic to be honest, specially when we are talking about an attacking player's handball.

      The handball rule also counts in a Champions League final and as much as I would like to support the officials, I can't.

      Additional info: There were 2 very similar incidents in the last Bundesliga season(s). In both cases, the referees (Welz and Fritz) allowed the respective goal. In both cases, Herbert Fandel ruled the goals correct afterwards.

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  45. Anonymous7/6/15 00:18

    The situation of the not given Goal (Barcelona/Neymar) is an excellent point, that we don't need AAR's. I am sure that Cakir allows the Goal without AAR.
    7,9 for Collina and UEFA.

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    1. Anonymous7/6/15 01:08

      Probably he allows it. But probably in the first place because he didn't see any handball from his angle.

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  46. Anonymous7/6/15 01:13

    According to the official match report on www.uefa.com, it seems that Cakir didn't caution Neymar after taking off his shirt to celebrate the 1-3 goal.
    Does anybody know why?

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    1. Game was over at that point I believe.

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    2. Not much of a point. Imagine (with game over), waiting for several minutes for Neymar and company (now mobbed by rest of team, team officials, and media) to return to field and showing a Caution. Technical vs. practical. Practical wins out.

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    3. Right, plus the yellow card would have no effect on Neymar since this is the last match of the CL.

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  47. Read my take on the calls in this match at: http://worldsoccerrefereeing.blogspot.com/2015/06/ucl-final-cakir-has-decent-match.html

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  48. In my opinion, apart from the handball incident, Cakir performance was at an expected level and I appreciated his management on the pitch. It was a wise choice to warn Vdal before booking him and I think that the specific weight of a card in a match like this is surely higher than other ones. So, ok. I also think that Cakir can be backed for the decision to play on when Juventus asked for penalty in second half. Perhaps the most difficult moment for the Turkish was after the disallowed goal: he didn't lost the whole control, but he looked to be a bit nervous and in trouble, not relaxed as he was before the situation.
    About the handball: for me a crucial mistake, but of course a very difficult case, perhaps committee will back Gocek for this choice (a goal by hand is always discussed) and, despite of the Laws of the Game, there are situations in which it is difficult to apply always the rules without problems. I invite you to consider what would have happened, if Cakir had allowed the goal.
    For me, mark can be something in 8.3 area (again, without considering the incident of disallowed goal) in a challenging game.

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    1. Anonymous7/6/15 09:17

      I agree with almost all of this. A quite challenging match, and probably Cakir could/should have issued some more yellow cards. But at the same time I can understand why he didn't. When it comes to the disallowed goal he had to accept the advice from AAR1. And - to be honest - I completely understand and accept this decision. For sure not an intentional handball BUT it could be argued that Neymar enlarged his body when putting out his arm and when the ball hit the hand then it could be deemed as an offence. In my view this is not a black/white decision but rather a super difficult grey area decision. I would therefore support the referee's decision here.

      For me 8,3 in the end probably.

      Expected, but not flawless performance and contributed well to a great spectacle. Out of control? Never, in my view and I can't really understand those of you who are claiming that.

      -0/Swedish observer

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  49. Many mistakes of Çakir and Collina´s great mistake on
    having designed it at this great final.

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    1. So, in your opinion, who should have gotten the final?

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  50. Anonymous7/6/15 12:18

    Does anybody know when the UEFA Referee Committee will be deciding on the summer promotions?

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    1. Exactly no. But probably around the U21 tournament.

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  51. A situation occurred in first half at 43:50. On a shot on goal by Juventus, Ter Stegen makes a save by hands without blocking immediately the ball, then after a certain time he retakes the ball by hands because a player from Juventus (Morata) is going to challenge him. I think this action was not regular because you can't consider the save as unique. He had a clear advantage acting in this way. Your opinions?

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    1. You are completely right, Chefren. Actually this was irregular. The Laws of the Game are clear. The save / parrying the ball must be considered as possession of the ball and therefore it was a double contact.

      Actually an indirect free-kick in the penalty area.

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    2. I saw that too. In my opinion, Ter Stegen used hands to make a save, not a deliberate parry. Handling the ball after a save is not an offence. Save does not necessarily mean a lunging save where keeper goes to ground. This was a hard shot and to catch it clean would have been challenging. No need to change game with IFK in PA unless 100% sure it was a deliberate parry. In my view, it was not a deliberate parry.

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    3. Ok that is a matter of interpretation then. Of course, not to forget, nobody on the field of play wanted it. Not the best line of argumentation, but in a final and other big games, it seems to be valid.

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  52. Anonymous8/6/15 06:27

    Referee appoitments for Euro 2016 Qual.and for Copa America?

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  53. Anonymous8/6/15 07:42

    If Cakir whistles a deliberate handball by Neymar... Shouldn't it be a YC too?!

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  54. Anonymous8/6/15 09:23

    Very, very bad, Çakir with the cards.
    Red unquestionable for Vidal.

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  55. Anonymous8/6/15 11:22

    Gol can't be scored with hand. Not matter anything about rule. I can't understand how can you debate about that. This is not handball.

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  56. Anonymous8/6/15 11:49

    Cuneyt Cakir well deserved these appointment. He was best Europian referee in WC Brasil and most consistent since.
    On Saturday, Cakir was huge dissapointment.
    Ha was mostly without or with weak control of the match. More then ten protests, clear examples of mobbing, he was surrounded by players few times, also the players run towards him. He had the only one gesture "cam down", but it appeared that he addressed nobody or nobody accepted him. The game led him instead of him contolling the match.
    Crucial mistake was missed blatant penalty when Dani Alves clearly pulled Pogba. This one was not cheap but clear, as we saw in many UEFA DVD's recently. I haven't heard if someone introduced rule "no penalty in final".(same counts for Atkinson)
    Excellent decision by AAR to dissallow goal by Neimar. It was not deliberate but also not "sudden ball". It was consequence of Neimar's clumsy head-ball.
    Also good decision, no penalty for Lichtsteiner hanball.
    Overall, nobody will speak about referee but not for his performance but only because of result. Barcelona played much better public opinion is that they deserved to win. But this blog is bit more expert side of story. Or it should be.
    Overall, good school to Cuneyt and all other Elite referees in the future.

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