September 28, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 2 (II)

UEFA has chosen the eight refereeing teams who will take charge of Wednesday's Champions League clashes. Clément Turpin has been appointed for Borussia M'gladbach against ManCity, where he will observed by Kyros Vassaras and surely face an immense atmosphere. Swedish Martin Strömbergsson will make his debut in UEFA Champions League - his team will go to Kazakhstan.




A| 30.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Malmö New Stadium, Malmö (SWE)
Malmö FF - Real Madrid
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Jake (FRO)

A| 30.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Paris SG
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)
Blog Referee Observer: Harry (ENG)

B| 30.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Arena Khimki, Moscow (RUS)
CSKA Moskva - PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Débart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Laurent Stien (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Kuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

B| 30.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Old Trafford, Manchester (ENG)
Manchester United - VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Adam Farkas (HUN)
Fourth Official: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado Sajn (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (SVK)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

C| 30.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
FC Astana - Galatasaray
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

C| 30.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
Atlético Madrid - SL Benfica
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

D| 30.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
Juventus Turin - Sevilla FC
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Joel Wolff (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)

D| 30.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Borussia Park, Mönchengladbach (GER)
Borussia M'gladbach - Manchester City
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Djukanovic (MNE)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

91 Comments:

  1. Good luck to all officials. I hope Turpin can show his skills. Gladbach's stadium and fans are actually always making a very good and noisy atmosphere, so there are worse destinations and easier stadiums from a referee's perspective.

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  2. I have to admit that Strömbergsson's appointment suprises me, he wasn't really within my focus. Also, I don't really understand why other young and talented referees aren't (yet) appointed for a Group Stage fixture. First on my list would be Kenn Hansen, other names are Estrada and Kruzliak. Let's see what the further appointments on the next matchday brings. Your thoughts?

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    1. It is a bit surprising as he is, IMO, clearly behind Hansen's development. On the other hand, he performed well in front of Marc Batta which is not the worst of things. We'll see. The Danish is appointed for Celtic-Fenerbahce without a really very important observer, but maybe Hugh Dallas will be in the stadium. Kruzliak again in NED. Estrada has to wait probably. 5 Spaniards in CL are hard to imagine given 5 Spanish teams.

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  3. Anonymous28/9/15 10:43

    And it is also kind of strange that Strömbergsson's U17 WC team will not be having the match together in Astana. Culum is 4th official to Eriksson in Italy instead. Maybe the appointment of Flink as AR to Strömbergsson is a farewell gift to him since he reaches the age of 45 this year? Even though the formal age limit is removed, I can't imagine that he will be still on the FIFA list for 2016.

    /Swedish observer

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  4. Anonymous28/9/15 12:25

    Strömbergsson's appointment is in fact unexpected but so is, for me, Çakir's and Clattenburg's. I wasn't expecting at all these referees for Malmö - Real Madrid and Bate Borisov - Roma. Collina is testing some new referees and hasn't found other matches for Çakir and Clattenburg.

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    1. I think Clattenburg was forced given that there are only 4 groups where English referees are possible at all (so they are mostly appointed together in the same group).

      BATE has proven to be strong at home and so has Malmö. The atmosphere is particular there, remember matches like Malmö-Juventus or last month vs Celtic. I think Cakir is a reasonable choice.

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    2. Anonymous28/9/15 12:35

      I'd appoint Aytekin for Malmö - Real Madrid and Çakir for Shaktar - PSG instead.

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    3. Anonymous28/9/15 15:31

      Malmo might feel they are owed a high quality referee after their home game against Juventus last year (for those who remember). Great atmosphere though in Malmo.

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  5. Anonymous28/9/15 12:27

    What's so special about Buquet? I don't like his style.

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    1. Anonymous28/9/15 14:14

      Overrated referee in a medicre French context, for now.

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  6. Anonymous28/9/15 12:34

    Can anyone explain why Tagliavento, Mallenco and Orsato had neither a CL play-off match nor any other in the FIRST TWO rounds of CL group stage? Isn't this too ridiculous and unfair? I mean, they belong to Elite. If they don't want so many referees in this category why do they promote them? Senseless stuff!!

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    1. I just want to say that I like Orsato's style. I watched him in EL clash Partizan-AZ, in 1st round, and he was really well. So I expect him in 3rd of 4th round of CL. I have to say that his AR1 made really big mistake when his flag stood down and Partizan scored 3rd goal (partizan won 3-2). The offside was obvious, about meter or so. On the other hand, I don't prefer Mallenco, but for sure he is better than Lahoz.

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    2. César/Spain28/9/15 23:22

      OK. Undiano Mallenco is better that Matéu Lahoz, but the ignorant Collina prefer Matéu.

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    3. Anonymous28/9/15 23:51

      What is the "Orsato's style"?! Pale copy of Roberto Rosetti, who looks like more Livio Bazzoli. :) Why so much antipathy towards Matéu Lahoz? Agreed that the Undiano Mallenco was better, once upon a time. But, Matéu is more stable, calmer and better shape- because PlC believes him, and I support it.

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    4. It is not the first time I say in this blog that match control and empathy with players can,t hide lots of mistakes that, unfortunately, are usual in Mateu,s matches

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    5. Anonymous29/9/15 02:12

      Let's be realistic, gentlemen. Undiano Mallenco has in recent years made many, many mistakes and brought his great authority/personality, that it was adorned as one of the most promising FIFA and UEFA referees in the new refereeing epoch. Its decline started from the match Germany vs. Serbia at the World Cup in South Africa 2010. (disastrous card policy) and come up with an obvious decline. Villar Llona puts "wildcard" Velasco Carballo who, IMO, refereed the worst match of the World Cup in Brazil 2014. Brazil vs. Columbia (again- disastrous card policy). In came Matéu Lahoz , who didn't seem from the Spanish school of refereeing- diametrically different philosophy of the refereeing in relation to the aforementioned. Let's give him a chance a little more. I got the impression that criticize sharply, and had not yet "warmed up".
      Greeting!

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    6. @Anonymous.

      I don't really agree with your comment about GER-SRB. IMO we can discuss about 1-2 cautions but generally Undiano did good. And I guess FIFA had the same impression or he wouldn't get a third match. I have said many times in the past that IMO Undiano, with his experience, is mistreated by UEFA. A referee who is appointed several times at the Spanish Classico and controlled those matches always, can't be that bad.

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    7. @ Edward: As a German I am not the one who can most objectively discuss Undiano's performance in that match. And some of his decisions were absolutely correct like the penalty and most cards.
      However what he has to be criticized for is that his tactical approach heated the match up unnecessarily, was too pedantic for a World Cup match (in other words: no match feeling, no empathy, no common sense) and that, in the end, he lost control on both sides. Let alone his acceptance among players which was close to 0. This style might have worked in Balcan or Spanish derbies, the problem is that one of the involved team and most other European nations are more used to an approach where the referee stays in the background (no policeman, no sheriff, but a game manager using his soft skills).

      The circumstance that he got 3 matches is still a mystery for me, maybe the head of FIFA's referee department and his nationality have played a role there. For sure, there had been much better performing officials who could have taken charge of NED-SVK in the R16.

      That UEFA was "done" with him after that tournament was no surprise for me, as there was a new, more lenient and seemingly more reliable referee growing up (Velasco). Undiano actually got only 1 "bigger" chance in the past years and that was Bayern-City - he missed a clear penalty, otherwise he was good. Apparently, his style is simply not Collina's, Batta's and Dallas' cup of tea.

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    8. Anonymous29/9/15 11:40

      @ Edward You didn't understand me. Far from being that Undiano a bad referee. On the contrary! He was at one time was a real refreshment, tremendous potential as "role model" to many referees, but is so shaken the confidence to doubt their decisions, players take less believe (we have seen in Shakhtar vs. Bayern last season). He is now the elite, it is indisputable.
      @Niclas Agreed "word for word". :) All what you wrote I support 100%.
      Greetings!

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    9. I agree with both of you. However, every solution UEFA tried to bring wasn't so reliable in the end. We all remember what Carballo did in the 2014 WC. He had a smooth start with an EL final but he totally destroyed everything in Euro 12 and WC 14. Lahoz is being pushed a lot but I don't think that he is Elite material still.

      A matter of opinion I guess. Collina and Batta apparently like Thomson's style for example and not Undiano. Well..........

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    10. Anonymous29/9/15 20:38

      Well, Niclas, as a German you are not objective, I have to say. The problem with the match Germany-Serbia for Undiano was that in early stage of the match (37th minute) he gave 2nd YC to Klose. Was it too harsh? Well, I don't think so (almost similar situation was in match Bate Borisov-Partizan when Thompson showed 2nd YC to Partizan player in 45th minute - here in report observer said maybe harsh, but acceptable). We cannot say that there should be different approach in the WC match and CL qualification match (final round). Undiano's decision was acceptable, and the foul was from behind (I remember that FIFA wanted from referees to be strict in that WC speaking about cautions). If Undiano did the same to Serbian player, no one would say a word. In WC it is always problem for referees if they are strict against bigger teams and bigger players. And to finish about Undiano (I am not Spaniard, I am just objective), he had some mistakes during his career as anybody else, but he had much more good performances, especially in the Classico, and matches between Barca and Real are among the toughest for referees in the whole world. About Velasco Carballo - I don't like him at all. Do you remember Brasil-Colombia and Neymar's injury (broken vertebra)? What did he do? Nothing at all! One of the biggest mistakes in WC (comparing with Nakamura's penalty for Brasil against Croatia). And Carballo showed only 4 YC in that kind of a match, where were 54 fouls! Because of his tooooo lemient approach, Neymar faced the injury. Before that, at EURO he showed 2 easy YC to Greek player against Poland. What is his style, lenient or harsh? Noone knows. For my taste, very poor referee, in who I don't have trust at all.

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    11. I would consider: Would the disaster that was Brazil - Colombia have happened with Undiano Mallenco?

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    12. I completely agree Edward! I have seen most of Undiano,s matches in recent years and I also think he has been mistreated by Uefa and FIFA, especially the first one. Next weekend, as usual, he will referee one of the biggest matches of european matches, in this case Atletico-Real Madrid, and Collina and company considers also him to a Paok-Brondby, while promote and push referees who don,t deserve it destroying their careers. In my opinion, it is time for a change in Uefa heading

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  7. Anonymous28/9/15 14:11

    Collina gives to one of his favorite referees Rocchi most challenging game in form of Atletico-Benfica. I really hope Rocchi will go all the way this year and get games like this one even in play off as he really is one of few refs who can take big decisions and protect players from rough fouls.

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    1. Anonymous28/9/15 17:23

      Lot of cards will be shown ,thats for sure.

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    2. Potentially the hardest match for the referee in this round. We all know Atletico players and Atletico fans, very tough for refereeing. Rocchi likes cards, so maybe he will make them calm in the early phase of the match.

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  8. It's the 2nd time Kassai takes charge of ManU-Wolfsburg by the way, he already had this game back in 2009.

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    1. Anonymous28/9/15 17:17

      In 2009, he was the phenomenon Kassai. Nowadays?

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    2. Today he will hopefully find the form he had in the past :)

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    3. Anonymous28/9/15 19:33

      Many problems had Kassai and the main bad fitness (force), which influenced the drop on a psychological level. An injury, other injuries, many, many times... The cause is the fitness predispositions. The body could not withstand. Unfortunately, it's reality.

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  9. Anonymous29/9/15 00:11

    Fantastic site, finnaly something new and original! Have one question which has for sure been up many times but as I am new here i would like to ask it. I see from Germany this year briliant ref Brych and Aytekin and Zwayer and no Stark and Grafe.

    Why Aytekin before Stark which is much better and even Grafe is better but can not understand why Stark is out. Zwayer is good, very good in big games saw him in some big games and he was terrrific and I can not sy that about Aytekin. Thanks!

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    1. Anonymous29/9/15 02:48

      Stark is 45 so has now passed the retirement age.

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    2. Anonymous29/9/15 05:41

      There is no more retirement age! :)

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    3. Anonymous29/9/15 09:22

      All I know is Stark was 45 back in 2014 and has not officiated since.

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    4. Stark had to stop after 2014, because of the retirement age. That's out now, but back than it was still there. He is not FIFA-listed anymore.

      What happened to Gräfe, I don't know... He is still FIFA-listed, but after december he did not get any international match.

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    5. Anonymous29/9/15 21:40

      There is no more retirement age from know on (01.01.2016). For the Fifa-List 2015 there was the age limit 45. Thats the reason why Stark is not more a Fifa-Ref. He gets this year 46.
      I am agree with another Anonymous that Stark was and is now one of the best referees of the world. More than 60 matches in CL and more than 300 (at the moment 313) matches in Bundesliga.

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    6. Anonymous29/9/15 21:45

      Totally agree. I saw Stark this season two times in Bundesliga and he is for me this moment the best ref in Bundesliga.

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    7. Anonymous29/9/15 21:49

      If I see Mazic and Kuipers, two bad referees, please Mr. Collina bring back the german Stark.

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    8. Anonymous29/9/15 21:52

      Collina don ´t forgot the Real Madrid-Juventus of Gräfe,
      but he forgot very bads matchs of Mazic, Kuipers,Collum....

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    9. Anonymous29/9/15 21:58

      If Stark is doing very well in Bundesliga, maybe DFB will nominate him back to the FIFA List in 2016. According to the new regulations, it is possible.

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  10. Anonymous29/9/15 18:21

    See what Malmoe is doing for match against Real.
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/malmo-unveil-cunning-plan-beat-6539149

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  11. As we won't spend more life time with deleting comments of retarded people unable to write fluent English, unable to highlight positives cores in a referee performance, unable to give any sort of accountable identity and abusing the blog for hate paroles against referees, the anonymous function has been disabled.

    Those who REALLY want to contribute to good discussions can do that by creating a (fictive) google account (open ID should work as well) and logging in with their account here.

    Thanks for your understanding.

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    1. Thank you for this decision

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    2. Great decision!! Red Card to Anonymous.

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  12. Wrong PK awarded by Turpin after short hesitation. AAR1 can be blamed...

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    1. What a dive! Really big mistake. AAR1 is responsible, it was 5 meters from him, but IMO Turpin could also see this (what if there isn't AAR?). Obvious no touch. I am not convinced about AARs - they made a lot of mistakes. Sometimes I believe that referee on his own would not give or would give some penalties that were mistakes from AARs.

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  13. Correct PK by Kassai, clear handball. Correct YC, too. I think Kassai saw it himself, cause he reacted immediately. Short before that ('25) I think he missed a YC for blatant holding. He applied the advantage rule, but a YC should still be given IMO.

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    1. For me, those kind of penalties are always suspicious. I always have doubt. What is natural position of the arm in this situation (think as a football player)? There was no intention to play the ball, the ball hit the arm. The distance between Manchester and Wolfsburg players were small, maybe 2 meters or so - the player didn't have any time to stop his arm moving. The decision is acceptable probably, but I am close to say that I wouldn't give such a penalty.

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  14. What an easy 1st half for Ericsson. Juventus and Sevilla players helped him a lot. No cards, litlle number of fouls (maybe one or two fouls missed in the middle of the pitch, nothing special). AR1 2 offside situation well done (not so heavy to detect). Calm game so far. I don't watch the game, but can see that Rocchi is in good form - 4 YCs in 1st half. Cakir is even better - five already!

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    1. Possible PK missed from Eriksson in 75th minute for Juve. From one angle there was clear contact from behind and Kedhira fell down, but was it enough for PK...

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    2. IMO correct decision to play on. He missed one yellow card in my book when Sevilla player deliberately kicked the ball away at Juventus free kick - stern verbal warning issued by Eriksson was still not enough in my eyes (59'). The rest was rather OK in a not demanding match, maybe some fouls missed but no major issues. 8.3

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    3. I can agree with you. I just wanted to see somebody else opinion about possible PK. One normal and not demanding match.

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  15. Do you think Schweinsteiger should have been booked a 2nd time for swearing towards the 4th official right after getting his yellow card?

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    1. What did you think about the card at all? It was a clear foul off course, but for me the YC was not mandatory. I think a strong warning would have been enough for the gestures. A 2nd yellow seems a bit too much to me.

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    2. Well I think it's ok to give a yellow card here. But your points do make sense.. A 2nd yellow card would have been too much for the situation and not suitable for the character of the game

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    3. I think the YC is acceptable indeed.

      Btw - very good onside decision by AR2 Tóth. Well done!

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  16. Turpin doesn't convince me at all tonight in Möcnhengladbach:
    - 18': Wrong penalty call + wrong YC (AAR1 Fautrel should be blamed, since Turpin whistled relatively late)
    - 27': Missed YC
    - 37': Wrong YC to Stindl for diving. This should have been a penalty call, in my opinion.

    Have you seen these particular situations? What do you think?

    K.S.

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  17. Wrong penalty given by Turpin and specially AAR1. Clearly simulation.
    Missed penalty by Turpin and specially AAR1. Simulation given (YC).
    While the 1st mistake can be understood somehow, the 2nd mistake is beyond my understanding. There can hardly be a clearer foul.
    Two clear crucial mistakes and unfortunately we are only in half time.

    I don't want to sound cynical or precocious, but does this happen if you press a young referee into a position which ACTUALLY demands 2-3 seasons more experience? Maybe we will soon see another AAR at Turpin's side. Fautrel could be out after 1 crucial mistake in Feyenoord and now two further ones in M'gladbach.

    Buquet with 2 correct penalties (the 1st one maybe a bit soft, a typical goalkeeper vs attacker case), I agree with Rik, correct penalty for handball in Manchester.

    And to add: Good onside in Atlético's 1:0 (a clear offside missed 1 minute after that by the same assistant referee 1, leading to a YC for dissent); good onside in Real's 0:1, too (Ongun).

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    1. Boah, what a first half in Mönchengladbach... In fact two crucial mistakes, especially by AAR1 but also by Turpin himself. In my opinion he could see the first situation as good as the additional assistant referee, maybe even better.

      Maybe Turpin really saw it and it was no penalty for him. It would be an explanation why he waited that long because normally it goes fastly (AAR shouts "penalty, penalty, penalty", referee whistles) - but maybe Turpin had some doubts but finally he whistled anyway as he was not sure and the AAR was.

      Second one was really, really clar, even without any replays. It's a pity...

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  18. Third crucial mistake by Turpin, unbelievable. Another missed PK for handball...

    K.S.

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    1. Unbelievable night for Turpin, what the hell....

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    2. 4th one... Clear behind the line...

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    3. AAR2 now missed that the ball before the initial 1-1 had crossed the line and it was more visible than Makkelie's excellent call yesterday. Is UEFA now going to overthink goal-line-technology? Terrible night for the French team tonight...

      K.S.

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    4. Another mistake by Fautrel...

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  19. UN-BELIEV-ABLE.

    66' played, we have the 4th crucial mistake by the referee team.
    3x Turpin, 3x AAR1 Fautrel.

    A terrible night for the French team but also for UEFA und their project of additional assistent referees.

    How could Fautrel did not see this clear goal? Tell me, please.

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    1. But finally a correct PK whistled by Turpin.

      K.S.

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  20. Fautrel to be removed....

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  21. Disastrous night for Turpin and his team: my marks are as follows (I'm not an expert, so if I'm terribly wrong, please correct me!):
    - Turpin: 7,2
    - Cano: 8,3
    - Danos: 8,3
    - Fautrel: 7,0
    - Bastien: 7,9 (8,2) --> Missed PK could also be assigned to him.

    What do you think?

    K.S.

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    1. If the handball penalty had to be given and if there was really one CLEARLY missing YC, 7.2 would be very kind. In this case, rather 7.0.
      I am not 100% sure but the 1:0 looked offside to me (AR2, the 2nd-last pass before the goal).

      Fautrel must have slept mentally during that corner-kick. I have no other explanation for his body language, movement and of course the decision (no goal).
      Very very poor performance. The team can be very happy that the players did not know what happened and widely accepted the decisions.

      Kassai with a crucial mistake in my view, too. He missed a quite obvious 2nd YC in 86' - clear and blatant SPA. Maybe he did not want to throw him off, but.... SPA is SPA.

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    2. Puuuh, it sounds very bad. I'm curious how UEFA will treat Turpin now. Fautrel will be out, it's more or less sure. But Turpin? Will he be still treated like a golden boy? UEFA ruined his mental preparation for this and now also for next matches. He should be in EL now in a not so demanding games. This season should be over for him in category of CL and potential big EL clashes. Give him a rest in order to restore confidence and mental strength. It's my view on this issue.

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    3. There can't be a rest, the show must go on, we are awaiting a EURO in France :)
      Maybe that's why Buquet is - more hidden - pushed by UEFA - plan B.

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    4. Turpin's promotion came far too early. But UEFA feels that France should have a referee at EURO 2016 and since Gautier has been demoted in December, Turpin had to be pushed very fast. But as you said, Ref1, it is curious now what UEFA will do with Turpin, if they still see him as a probable candidate for the European Championship.

      K.S.

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    5. I haven't watched the match in Moscow, but I saw penalties and RC. All three decisions were correct, so I believe that Buquet and his team (especially important decision from AAR2 at 1st penalty) had very good performance, a contrary to Turpin's team. If this wasn't match between Germans and English, but lets say between Spaniards and Italians, there would be chaos on the pitch and Turpin would be under enormous pressure.

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    6. I would prefer Buquet instead of Turpin. He is experienced and calmer than Turpin. I watched him many times, he has nothing 'special' like Mateu Lahoz, Mazic or Eriksson but is a solid referee with consistent form and is able to cope with pressure. Performance consistency and coping with pressure are THE things Turpin has not yet / has not earned yet. It's nothing wrong. He would be able to work on that at EL level one or two seasons more but UEFA... We know the story. In one word - UEFA put too much pressure on this young man and he was not able to cope with it. It's time for Buquet now. Why not to give him a chance?

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    7. What is the mining of the words "has nothing special like..."? What do Rizzoli, Kuipers, Clattenburg, Collum, Atkinson, Brych or any other referee have special? You emphasized three good referees, and for me everyone of them has something special comparing to other I mentioned exempli causa.

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    8. This one has something special as well, by the way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdGlE5id_NA
      Is he a good referee? :)

      Rizzoli: cool and elegant on the pitch
      Kuipers: the head of a great and always reliable team (which does not count for every of the three mentioned referees)
      Clattenburg: body language
      Collum: very eager and diligent
      Atkinson: the calmness in person
      Brych: authoritative figure earning the respect of the players from the 1st minute - and from what I have in mind, the only UEFA referee who never lost control or had a complete blackout in a UEFA match

      I would ask you, Nole, to be as kind as to stop to play off referees against each other (with the usual end that a certain Elite referee from a Balcan country is in a positive light). Last week you claimed that some referees would favour big teams. If your intention is to send such messages, you are wrong here.

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    9. @Nole, I support Niclas all she wrote. I was very excited for two years as Mažić "lawyer" and now I understand- him "attorney" isn't needed. I ought to be clear. We should not pretend comparison between referees. Each referee has their own style. His colleagues should not interest him. Be constructive, active on the blog, but don't "defend" Milorad more than himself, or as I used to be, everyone still remembers. ;) Don't enter into any discussion about tastes, styles- all have a right to be a more or less like (albeit far we have gone with Mateu Lahoz, all praise for administrators). If you respect what they do Milorad Mažić and his team don't "defend" it, because nobody attacks Milorad. Just getting in a debate that create an ugly picture. I think you understand my message. Please stop it. Please! :)
      Compliments to work, guys!
      Big respect!
      Greetings!

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    10. @Niclas @Branko I believe you didn't understand me, both of you. I wanted to say that every referee has his own style, and has something special. Calmness, cool, elegance... Those are not "styles", they are just that type of a person. Reliable team also is not a style (but Kuipers team had in the past also mistakes, as anybody's else). As I said that I mentioned those referees exempli causa, because they are among the best on the world and everyone of them has his style - they are totally different, obviously. So are Lahoz, Mazic and Eriksson, which were emphasized by @Ref1, as they don't have nothing special. But they do. Lahoz and Eriksson are calm, too, smiling, talking with players, look friendly. I admit that when I entered this blog (not more than 2 months ago), I defended Mazic ("certain elite referee from a Balcan country") in only one match: Malmo-Celtic. I was wrong, and I admitted that here couple of times, and I won't do that anymore. I was objective commented his performance in Lyon - he was very good, that's the fact. But, read my other comments - many times I've had nice words about many referees (Orsato in Parizan-AZ, Zwayer at Celsi-Maccabi, Moen, Eriksson last night in Turin, AR2 last night in Manchester...). When there is a bad decision, I write that, too. This blog is for that - we have our opinions. And Niclas, we already discussed about that (I really don't want to argue with you, I respect your work, even though I don't agree with you every time, sorry - you have your view, I have mine), I've said what I've said about favoring big times, and there are many situations that confirm my opinion (I was provoked then by plenty of mistakes in couple of days in favor of big teams against small ones). But I don't know why you wrote it here, where did you find connection with that in my message here. Where did you see my "intention to send such messages"? I asked @Ref1 what did he mean using a phrase "has nothing special", and I expected explanation from him what he meant.
      If you don't want me here, say so, I won't comment anymore. I believe there is a freedom of opinion and freedom of speech in the whole Europe, but if I was wrong, I would return to our Balcans. I didn't know we all should have the same opinion. And chill out, this is just a blog. Collina nad Dallas have their own opinions about referees and that's only relevant (as every country and league has it's own observers and referee commissions). We here just like and watch football and comment what do the referees do on the pitch.

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    11. And to add - no referee needs an attorney, I agree, so I don' do that anymore, and I am not going to do (did it just ones, at the beginning of my entrance to this blog, where there were strong attacks over Mazic - remind yourselves). Then I just wrote who hates Mazic, why this is happening (to one not so important referee) and that's also the truth, weather you like it or not (you should know the Balcans, there are many fanatics here). There are a few referees that are hated here among the bloggers, who wait their smallest mistake to write here, as soon as it happens (missed foul, missed YC). Lahoz and Mazic are among them, of course. For example, Collum had couple of poor performances recently, and no one speak about him, maybe a comment or two. And last nights about Lahoz it was really hard to read the comments about him. So insulting and humiliating. And IMO he had solid performance 89 minutes, 2 or 3 fouls or not - hard to decide. Penalty kick probably mistake by AAR2 and AR2.

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    12. Just do your thing Nole...

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  22. Cakir has forgiven tonight two yellow cards to the same player, Lewicki, who was lucky finishing the match. Second yellow card to Malmoe,s player should have been a red card, in my opinion

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    1. My mistake. Good decision for Cakir, correct RC.

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  24. Just seen the highlights from the Galdbach - City game... Absolutely shocking from some of the officials tonight.

    Also agree with Niclas, Schneiderlin should have been sent off. Overall, not impressed with Kassai tonight.

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    1. But excellent decision from AR2 to play on, when Manchester scored 2nd goal. Very hard to decide. I am still not convinced about the penalty awarded to United.

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  25. Missed penalty to Khedira in second half. Eriksson decided play on

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  26. Not the best night for AARs! Very clear penalty by handball to Atletico at the beginning of first half! Neither Rochi and his AAR saw anything

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    1. As I observed this match, I have to correct you. This situation was clearly no deliberate handball for two reasons: 1) the arm was in no unnatural position being relatively close to the body. 2) the distance to the shot-taker was really close, 3) if you look closely you can see that the defender even tried to get his hand out of the ball's path. For me, all three criteria are strong indicators that the touch was undeliberate.
      I know, handball is a big issue and deliberate play is a difficult phrase but according to UEFA and FIFA guidelines, this situation was no deliberate handball. In return, AAR1 Damato has to be praised for his correct assessment of the situation.
      Regards

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    2. The arm position is not natural in my opinion, Maxi, and there is a movement, maybe to avoid the contact, I don,t know. In any case, mi decission would be penalty. But I agree handball situations are doubtless the more difficult situation to referee nowadays. Regards

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  27. Strombergsson missed clear PK for Galatasaray in second half.

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  28. I have not seen any of the last night matches, but highlights only. It seems that the ARs were in great shape as several goals were scored from a very and/or extremely tight onside positions. At the same time no complaints/observations here. Well done!!!

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