September 14, 2015

Europa League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1

These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2015/16 Europa League Matchday 1. 




Group A, 17 September 2015, 19:00 CET
Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
Fenerbahçe - Molde
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group A, 17 September 2015, 19:00 CET
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
Ajax - Celtic
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP) 
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Kindle (LIE)

Group B, 17 September 2015, 19:00 CET
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
Girondins de Bordeaux - Liverpool
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabanero (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)

Group B, 17 September 2015, 19:00 CET
Tourbillon, Sion (SUI)
FC Sion - Rubin Kazan
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1:Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Fourth Official: Peter Magnusson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Ronny Zimmermann (GER)

Group C, 17 September 2015, 19:00 CET
Bakcell Arena - Baku (AZE)
Qäbälä - PAOK
Referee: Javier Estrada (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alejandro Hernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Santiago Jaime (ESP)
Fourth Official: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Mirosław Ryszka (POL)

Group C, 17 September 2015, 19:00 CET
BVB Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund (GER)
Borussia Dortmund - Krasnodar
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Fourth Official: Mahmud Mahagna (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Pierino Lardi (SUI)

Group D, 17 September 2015, 19:00 CET
Arena Herning, Herning (DEN)
Midtjylland - Legia
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Süleyman Abay (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)

Group D, 17 September 2015, 19:00 CET
Stadio San Paolo, Naples (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Club Brugge
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sándor Szabó (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jozsef Erdos (HUN)
Fourth Official: Zsolt Varga (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)

Group E, 17 September 2015, 19:00 CET
Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
Rapid Wien - Villarreal
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: José Aguiar (POR)

Group E, 17 September 2015, 19:00 CET
Doosan Arena, Plzen (CZE)
Viktoria Plzeň - Dinamo Minsk
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Valentin Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Urzică (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: István Kovács (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Cristian Orbulet (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Andreas Akkelides (CYP)

Group F, 17 September 2015, 19:00 CET
U Nisy, Liberec (CZE)
Liberec - Braga
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: John Brooks (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Vladislav Khodeev (RUS)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

Group F, 17 September 2015, 19:00 CET
Euroborg, Groningen (NED)
Groningen - Olympique de Marseille
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2:  Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleg Pluzhnyk (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: George Pirtskhalava (GEO)

Group G, 17 September 2015, 21:05 CET
Dnipro Arena, Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)
Dnipro - SS Lazio
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Neeson (NIR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Raymond Crangle (NIR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mervyn Smyth  (NIR)
Fourth Official: Stephen Bell (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Ronen Herscho (ISR)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA) 

Group G, 17 September 2015, 21:05 CET
Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne (FRA)
AS Saint-Étienne - Rosenborg
Referee: Christian Dingert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dragutin Poljak (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)

Group H, 17 September 2015, 21:05 CET
José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
Sporting CP - Lokomotiv Moskva
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Matthias Winsauer (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Fourth Official: Richard Hübler (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Welander (SWE)

Group H, 17 September 2015, 21:05 CET
Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
Skënderbeu - Beşiktaş
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: László Viszokai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabor Erös (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Zsolt Szabó (HUN) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Peter Solymosi (HUN)
Fourth Official: Oszkar Lemon (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)

Group I, 17 September 2015, 21:05 CET
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
ACF Fiorentina - Basel
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1:Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jake Collin (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnusson (ISL)

Group I, 17 September 2015, 21:05 CET
Municipal Stadium Poznan, Poznan (POL)
Lech - Belenenses
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Yuriy Mozharovskyy (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergiy Berezka (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dušan Krchñák (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)

Group J, 17 September 2015, 21:05 CET
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
Anderlecht - AS Monaco
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Zbynek Proske (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jan Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)

Group J, 17 September 2015, 21:05 CET
White Hart Lane, London (ENG)
Tottenham Hotspur - Qarabağ
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nikolaj Hänni (SUI)
Fourth Official: Johannes Vogel (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Borja Santana (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group K, 17 September 2015, 21:05 CET
GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
APOEL - Schalke 04
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Stien  (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mikaël Lesage (FRA)
Fourth Official: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)

Group K, 17 September 2015, 21:05 CET
Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium, Tripoli Arkadia (GRE)
Asteras - Sparta Praha
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivica Modrić (CRO) 
Assistant Referee 2: Hrvoje Radić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fran Jović (CRO) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Fourth Official: Igor Krmar (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)

Group L, 17 September 2015, 21:05 CET
Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB)
Partizan - AZ Alkmaar
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vágner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

Group L, 17 September 2015, 21:05 CET
Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao (ESP)
Athletic - Augsburg
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolai Golubev (RUS) 
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Eskov (RUS) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Igor Fedotov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)

131 Comments:

  1. Anonymous14/9/15 12:05

    Sporting-Lokomotiv Moscow:

    Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
    Assistant referees: Roland Brandner, Matthias Winsauer
    AARs: Alexander Harkam, Dominik Ouschan
    4th: Richard Hübler

    Hope that I helped you. thanks for your great work!

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  2. Anonymous14/9/15 12:48

    Also the EL debut for Dingert, isn't it?

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    1. Correct, but with only one pic you have to make a choice. :D

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  3. 2 Elite referees if I count correctly.

    Interesting observers for Avram, Jaccottet and Pawson.

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    1. About Orsato, I think that, despite of his promotion, committee is not still convinced, another normal appointment in Europa League like a Category 1 referee. I would dare to say that his promotion has been made only because he is on the list for WC 2018, but at UEFA level he has not still reached the top. I'm sure he wont be taken into account for EURO 2016.

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    2. Anonymous15/9/15 11:58

      I have a question about observers. What makes an observer "interesting"? In the comments section of one post from August, Uno Tutk from Estonia was mentioned as an "interesting observer". What does it mean?

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    3. http://www.uefa.org/protecting-the-game/refereeing/news/newsid=1646925.html
      You can read here why Uno Tutk, for example, is surely one "interesting" observer, differently from other people. He worked for development of young referees inside UEFA. Other observers can be less "interesting" because they don't have such roles inside UEFA.

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  4. Anonymous14/9/15 13:02

    Interesting, Craig Pawson with a match. His first year as FIFA referee.
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    AVB

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    1. Anonymous14/9/15 14:57

      With both AAR's without FIFA badge...

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    2. Anonymous15/9/15 02:26

      With important UEFA Referee Observer Zdravko Jokić...

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  5. Anonymous14/9/15 13:28

    Also debut for Ekberg

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  6. Anonymous14/9/15 14:50

    Kassai still injured?

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    1. No. He had match in last week in Hungary.

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    2. Anonymous14/9/15 15:13

      Kassai CL MD2.

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    3. Anonymous14/9/15 15:46

      clear, thanks!

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  7. First EL group stage match for:
    Avram, Bastien, Bognar, Dingert, Ekberg, Jaccottet, Pawson

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    1. Anonymous14/9/15 16:15

      I am surprised about that much debuts, also in CL (where is only one but a really early one for Zwayer).

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    2. Compared to others (Buquet, Makkelie), Zwayer's debut comes quite late IMO.
      Maybe next season would have been more in-time.

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    3. Anonymous14/9/15 18:03

      Zwayer is a talent, but, unfortunately, had to wait behind Stark, Brych, Grafe and Aytekin. Buquet and Makkelie had less competition.

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    4. Anonymous15/9/15 00:40

      Or UEFA considers Buquet and Makkelie to be a step ahead in their development.

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  8. Anonymous14/9/15 22:42

    OT.

    Breaking the corner flag: YC?
    2:50 http://www.okgoals.com/match-highlights-1442169918---43

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  9. OT
    Artur Soares Dias in the portuguese Clássico between FC Porto and SL Benfica

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  10. Spainish Observers for 2 last Euro Matchdays

    Portugal - Denmark (08/10): Luis Medina Cantalejo
    Albania - Serbia (08/10): Juan Antonio Fernandez Marin
    Slovenia - Lithuania (09/10): Manuel Diaz Vega
    Israel - Cyprus (10/10): Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez

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    2. Germany-Georgia: Marc Batta.

      And for the first time for months, David Elleray observes a UEFA match again (Greece on MD10).

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    3. Have u observer's list for next rounds in EQ?

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    4. Yes but typing them down takes a long time for now. Stay patient :) Or do you have any particular query?

      About Elleray/Sajn, someone asked that, Sajn has ManU Wolfsburg on CL MD2. As far as I know, Elleray had some trouble domestically.

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    5. No,thanks your huge work! :)

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    6. Mine are:
      ICE-LAT Gil
      CZE-TUR Atkinson
      KAZ-NED Koukoulakis
      BHR-WAL Moen
      AND-BEL Stavrev
      ISR-CPY Turpin
      ESP-LUX Karasev
      SVK-BLR Özkahya
      MKD-UKR Dingert
      SCO-POL Skomina
      GEO-GIB Bieri
      IRL-GER Tagliavento
      SUI-SMR Estrada
      SLO-LIT Kuipers
      ENG-EST Orsato
      ROU-FIN Bebek
      NIR-GRE Eskov
      HUN-FRO Gumienny
      MDA-RUS Taylor
      MON-AUT Marciniak
      LIE-SWE Blom
      AZE-ITA Kovarik
      CRO-BUL Johannesson
      NOR-MLT McLean
      POR-DEN Mazic
      ALB-SRB Chapron
      FRA-ARM Delferiere

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    7. Niclas, are Polish observers involved?

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    8. Anonymous15/9/15 21:37

      @Márk Szántó, Collum officiated Denamrk's last match vs Albania.

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    9. Anonymous16/9/15 10:57

      Gumienny not appointed for MD9 and MD10 and it seems Delferiere will have a game on MD9

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    10. Anonymous16/9/15 15:17

      It seems that gumienny was not succeed in fitness test and have to do it once on 29/09 (interview Paul ALLAERTS)

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  11. OT
    Collina on offside and handballs, two videos:
    http://www.uefa.org/protecting-the-game/refereeing/news/newsid=2281993.html
    But to be honest, especially in the second video, it seems to me that actually he says nothing.

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    1. Anonymous15/9/15 21:36

      @Márk Szántó, Collum officiated Denmark's last match vs Albania.

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  12. Anonymous16/9/15 15:54

    Marh Szanto never has good informations.

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  13. Anonymous17/9/15 13:16

    Yesterday Velasco Carballo almost perfect.
    Kuipers almost one disaster.

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    1. Anonymous17/9/15 13:48

      I agree.

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    2. Anonymous17/9/15 19:21

      tHANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. Anonymous17/9/15 19:02

    Do all referees wear the normal Adidas WC2014 kit? Because Undiano Mallenco does?

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    1. I confirm that. I'm watching Vad and he is wearing Adidas "normal" kit. Europa League kit has been removed. Also, EL anthem and graphic TV are new ones.

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    2. Anonymous17/9/15 19:11

      I don't like the new music of EL and the graphics...

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    3. The graphics are OK I think, a bit more modern than last year's graphics. But that 'music', it's horrible... Somehow it sounds a bit sad, the anthem from last year sounded more positive (and more like a real anthem) to me.

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  15. Anonymous17/9/15 19:06

    Liany in Dortmund too.

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  16. Absolutely easy-going match for Vad, only two fouls in 25 mins. and score already 3-0 without problems.

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  17. Benoît Bastien should perhaps given a RC instead of YC for Alper Toluk. Dreadful foul on Martin Linnes, way late with no intention to win the ball. No problems with RC (2 YC) for goalscorer Elyounoussi later.

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  18. Anonymous17/9/15 20:54

    Maybe missing RC in Dortmund by Liany

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  19. Anonymous17/9/15 21:09

    Fiorentina scored by hand, long consultation Oliver and AAR1, both were hesitating, in doubt they allowed the goal.

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  20. Good performance by Estrada. Not really challenged but always in control and with good foul detection.

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  21. Anonymous17/9/15 22:06

    Johanesson in Vienna generally good but maybe a missed DOGSO (penalty 52').

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    1. Anonymous17/9/15 23:29

      I must correct myself: No DOGSO, absolutely correct.

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  22. Schörgenhofer with a missed handball penalty

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  23. Chapron just showed Red for insulting language, highly unusual and unpopular but I assume it was correct as the offender just went off without any further comment.

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    1. Anonymous17/9/15 22:53

      He is used to do that, he did that also in friendly Marseille - Juventus. Perhaps one can say he is more meticulous and touchy than other referee, but one can't question on that. Even more when the player accepts the decision.

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    2. Anonymous21/9/15 19:42

      Chapron really bad.

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  24. Wasn't the 3-1 in the match between Partizan and AZ offside ('89)? It was quite close, but I think the defender stepped on time, so a crucial mistake by Manganelli. But the replay wasn't really good.

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    1. Anonymous17/9/15 23:10

      I also think it was offside

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    2. Anonymous17/9/15 23:40

      http://img245.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=520883710_1_122_457lo.jpg
      Offsite.

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    3. Clear offside. But I must say that Orsato was really good in one, well, normal match.

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    4. I have not seen a lot of it, I tuned in 15 minutes before the end. So unfortunately, I can't judge that. But I think the red card (2nd YC) was a good call.

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  25. Anonymous17/9/15 23:05

    Extremely lucky pen for St. Etienne. The def is not pushing, keeping his arms to his body. Football is a contact sport, you'd rather give a YC for diving. If that is a pen, you'd have 3-5 pens each match. Other than that correct disallowed goal minutes before. Perhaps a bit lose on the freekicks mostly to the home teams annoyance, but Dingert overall did fairly well.

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    1. Anonymous18/9/15 00:20

      Sorry but a clear penalty. Not holding but pushing.

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    2. Where did you see pushing? Normal contact, Rosenborg player was bit higher. No penalty whatsoever.

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    3. Anonymous18/9/15 09:40

      With his left hand into the opponent's back. Harsh but acceptable.

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    4. That's not pushing, that's normal contact in football. How many this kind of duels do you have in every match? Football really is contact sport, it's not ballet.

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  26. Anonymous17/9/15 23:22

    Is there a video from this scene? I didn't watch it, so I don't know if it was a right or a wrong decision, but one thing I can say without videos: This season, the German referees have to be more strict in holding situations, so there were a couple of situations in the Bundesliga, where the referees pointed to the spot for holdings. I know that's a national thing, but maybe that's the reason for such a, as you said, 'soft' or 'lucky' penalty.

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4j5Bf6st68

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  27. Anonymous17/9/15 23:53

    Collina was tonight in stadium Fiorentina, he watched Oliver. (he was to see in TV)

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  28. http://my.mail.ru/mail/football.video/video/_myvideo/2067.html
    Match minute: 67:20
    Video minute: 31:50
    Higuain and Vad ;)

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  29. Anonymous18/9/15 15:39

    What is your opinion on this behavior from the referee in the Norwegian U19 cup semi final?

    The referee (Anders Hauglund) is a nationally listed 2nd tier referee. Totally unacceptable in my opinion.

    http://www.tv2.no/v/960696/

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    1. Anonymous18/9/15 18:00

      Scandalous, referee should be suspended or retire.

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  30. It is clear UEFA recommendation- avoid the physical contact with players. So, it is perfect video to show for young referees the unacceptable referee behaviour.

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  32. OT, South African Jaco Payper will referee the opening game of Rugby's World Cup tonight, assistants Lacey from Ireland and Barry from South Africa also. Best of luck to all the officials in England!

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  33. Anonymous19/9/15 08:04

    OT: https://mobile.twitter.com/Alex_InDaHouse_/status/644963422510125056/video/1
    Any thoughts on this situation (sorry for the link, couldn't find better)? For me, VERY difficult situation for the referee, especially because he doesn't have all the images that we have, but I assess that as a crucial mistake as the attacker trips easily and clearly seeks the contact.

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  34. Anonymous19/9/15 14:39

    Shocking by Mike Dean. How Costa still can be on the pitch I will never know...

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    1. Anonymous19/9/15 17:11

      Most of English referees make such a shocking mistakes in every match.

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    2. Anonymous20/9/15 00:39

      Honestly....this Mike Dean should be banned ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!

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  35. PRO has issued a comment on positioning close to the penalty area: http://www.proreferees.com/news-play-of-the-week-2015-week-28.php

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  36. Wrongly disallowed goal for Granada against Real. If that was for Real, I am sure that the flag will stay down. AR2 should be ashamed!

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    1. Anonymous19/9/15 17:06

      I have read your comments recently and one thing that strikes me is that you seem to focus almost all your attention on negative matters. Sometimes it feels like you are excaggerating things too, almost like you try to claim that refs are intentionally not doing things as they should to. And I must admit that I don't like that way of arguing. Refs are human and do mistakes. Sometimes even huge mistakes. Like. All of us. But I don'tthink they do that intentionally. Try to have a more balanced approach, is my advice.

      /Swedish observer

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    2. Mostly we are speaking here when the decision is negative. When we have good call we don't write anything (or we say that at the end of the match - like I did about two penalties from Zwayer). And if you look better, you will see that they make mistakes almost every time against "small" teams, when they play against "big" teams! You want to tell me that this is not the truth. Well, we can be polite here, we can use nice words, but the truth is only one (remember the first penalty for Real on Wednesday? That's what I am speaking).

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    3. Anonymous20/9/15 00:15

      Swedish Observer, what you describe is the ideal world, not the real one. What do you think about the "Calciopoli" with Bergamo, Pairetto & Co (Italy) or Hoyzer (Germany) or Lu (China)? They have not done anything intentionally? Were they not proved and punished by the justice? What other proofs do you need?

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    4. Yes, with significant evidence of corruption and fraud. Accusing someone of criminal doings without proof is slander.

      @Nole
      What you demonstrate here is selection bias. There is no evidence to support your assertion, but since mistakes against smaller teams may be more visible (as smaller teams with less talent may not necessarily have the talent to overcome a crucial mistake by the referee, whereas the big teams have higher chances of winning, crucial mistake or not), you tend to forget about the 'normal' ones and remember only a certain number of them. Of course, show me evidence and I will happily revise my views.

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    5. Anonymous20/9/15 10:17

      @Anonymous 12:15: the examples you make are of course terrible but surely not representative for all referees. Are all pilots terrorists just because some (for example September 11 2001 or the GermanWings pilot) were? Of course not. The same goes for referees. Honest mistakes have always happened - and they will keep happening. But that does not mean that referees do that intentionally.

      The commentators on this blog should be more focussed on pointing out what is positive in refereeing performances. Only focussing on negatives - which a lot (but not all) of commmentators do - is in my view a quite old fashioned way of assessing referees and developing them. At least this is my firm belief. Call me naive or whatever, but I think that only negative (or even some times insulting) comments will only be counterproductive. I never assess a referee that way in real life. Why would I then do it here? Of course often some things can be better, and that should also be addressed. But the main goal must be to help the ref to know what is good on - abd thus focus on that. In my experience it is then also easier for the ref to acknowledge what he should have done differently. Basic people skills must apply also for observers. And also on here, I think, for those who comment.

      /Swedish observer

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    6. Emil Penalty for Bayern against Augsburg last week in 90 minute! Shocking, shocking, shocking! Man Utd goal against Southampton from offside! Tevez broke the leg last night, already had YC and did not receive second, even this foul was clear red card - here you are three more evidences in clash between big and small teams. If we go further we will see many the same situations. And this happens in important leagues, where the whole world can see such mistakes. What do you think what happens in smaller leagues?

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    7. Nole, as Emil said, what you did is picking out some matches and highlighting them (selection bias). We agree that these incidents were painful mistakes. At least in Bundesliga I can say that the assistant referee involved seems to have been suspended for a while.

      However, the conclusion you are drawing is like observing 100 yellow cabs and concluding "All cabs on this planet are yellow"... And then you go to Paris or Amsterdam and see that some cabs are black.

      Have a look at this German website. A competent team (joined by our observer Hagi) assesses crucial match situations at every weekend. They are even appreciated within Bundesliga's referee pool. What they do, after analyzing match situations, is creating "true standings", i.e. creating an own ranking based on how the results should have looked like (Bayern-Augsburg would be counted as 1:1, for example).

      Last season, after 34 matchdays, you can compare the official ranking with the "true" ranking - a ranking widely free of crucial mistakes. You can see that they are quite equal and that some big teams like Dortmund even suffered more than they benefitted from refereeing mistakes...
      http://www.wahretabelle.de/statistik/wahretabelle?saisonId=202

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    8. It is your choice whether you will close both eyes, or only one. I am highlighting some situations where I believe there is intention from the referees. Of course there are many mistakes from the referees - they are humans, and they make them (look the mark given to elite referees - someone already wrote poor indeed). I was just saying about matches when big and small clubs are playing. Referees do help big teams very often. It is not always by making obvious crucial mistakes, but also by the way of "detecting" fouls, different disciplinary approach, and so on. And we all know that, but we unlikely speak about that. And we should! I can give you many examples (of course, in many matches big team do not need help, but sometimes they do, and they get it). Look for example Real Madrid - no one team in the world do not receive such a big number of soft penalties. You do not have to agree. But, ok, people here do not like what I am writing, so I will not do it anymore. I will only comment good or bad performances of the referees.

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    9. Don't feel personally touched. If you write sth like at 5:47, you have to expect that others might disagree or at least have arguments against your perception. Reacting like "uh the others have another view = they do not like what I am writing = I will stop writing" is not necessary.

      Apart from that, of course most people in Germany including me SOMETIMES think that their is a certain bonus for FC Bayern München... but reliable data like wahretabelle.de's results show that our perception does not always meet reality. And: Never forget that it is kind of logical that Bayern München or Real Madrid get more soft penalties than other teams - if you check the statistics, they often have 5 or 6 times more goal attempts and penalty area entrances than their opponents..

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    10. I do not want to argue, Niclas, I have lot of respect for you and your opinions here on this blog. Speaking about "true standings" - good idea, but it does not reflect reality. Why? Well, for example in case that Bayern-Augsburg finisher 1-1 as it should be, Bayern would have more pressure in next match and there wont be such a good atmosphere in the team in next match/matches.It is totally different when you win or lose the match. Furthermore, when the championship nears an end, those points could give big advantage and put more pressure to your opponents for the title (example: Borusia 50 points, Bayern 48 points - Borusia players would play different and have more confidence if Bayern would have 46 points, as iz should have). I hope you understand me, it is not easy for me to explain here. Of course, I am not speaking about referee mistakes, but only about clean and obvious crucial mistakes (which are deliberate for me). I wont burden you anymore with those thoughts of mine. Regards!

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    11. Anonymous21/9/15 20:43

      Nole, i am sure that nobody of the referees are making crucial mistakes deliberate. These people gave everything to officiate in the highest competisions. They don't make deliberate mistakes.
      And, as already written above, the big teams are more often in the penalty area, so there are more opportunities for penalty decisions, but none of them will be taken deliberate wrong.
      I am a referee myself in a low competition, and i know that it is often very difficult to decide correctly. But i never made a deliberate wrong call. A sentence like "I am speaking about clean and obvious crucial mistakes which are deliberate for me" makes me really sad.

      I am not happy with your opinion, but i have to accept it.

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    12. Nole, a referee would never make a deliberate error like that by himself - it can ruin a career or severely harm it. So, you have two choices:
      1- You believe that the whole of European football is rigged, with referees being instructed by the Refereeing departments, on order of UEFA and national federations to falsify competitions and ensure that the big teams win.
      2- You accept that mistakes happen and that, as Niclas says, as the dominant teams spend more time close the the opponent's goal, tend to control the ball more (severe fouls tend to happen when one does not have the ball) and are better suited to overcome crucial refereeing mistakes, there is a potential perception bias which does not reflect an underlying conspiracy.

      I know which side I'm on. Do you?

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    13. Anonymous22/9/15 10:30

      @Emil.

      There are, however, some leagues where presidents of big teams and FA members are under the microscope of Justice for match fixing, creating a criminal organization, corruption and many other charges. Unfortunately there is also that side of football.

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    14. There are always black sheep (Hoyzer, the Armenians some seasons ago etc.). But they are not representative for 99,9% of the rest of the flock.

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    15. Anonymous22/9/15 21:17

      I am tired of seeing every mistake in Greece going in favor of a certain team.

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  37. Anonymous19/9/15 16:38

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvWA_btwfCQ
    Mateu Lahoz not a bad person.

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  38. Here we are; no more age limits for FIFA referees (via Refereeing World).
    http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/administration/02/67/14/74/circularno.1497-2016fifarefereeinginternationallists_neutral.pdf

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    1. Anonymous20/9/15 00:19

      Let's see how many referees over 45 will be nominated for 2016? Would those who retired internationally, but who continued domestically (e.g. Stark), be allowed to return to the FIFA list?

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    2. There seems to be no age limit for new FIFA referees either. Also, we will not see the full effect this year, as few elite referees hit retirement age; the most notable one might be Mike Mullarkey, Webb's former assistant (also Peter Kirkup).

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    3. Retirement age=45, the former limit

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  39. twitter.com/BBCMOTD/status/645238744430178304

    Don't agree with the football 'experts' on much, but Crooks makes a very valid point here

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  40. Carlos Tévez only yellow card.
    Referees all world each time poors.

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    1. No, he got yellow card earlier. That foul was "for prison", RC by no means.

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  41. Anonymous20/9/15 13:18

    I do not understand how Mike Dean continues arbitrating
    in the English League.

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    1. Anonymous20/9/15 17:39

      And now goal for Man UTD clear offside from Mata. English referees are real disasters, except Klatenburg, Oliver recently and Atkinson (I do not like his style). Everybody else really poor.

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    2. Offside is not of referee. Offside is always of assistant.
      Cltaenburg is number one. Atkinson, Oliver and Taylor
      are 2,3 and 4.

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  42. Some scenes from Benoit Bastien (Fenerbahce - Molde)

    Min. 24: https://vid.me/iSAt
    Min. 25: https://vid.me/Qns6
    Min. 35: https://vid.me/27xK
    Min. 78: https://vid.me/b8IN
    Min. 82: https://vid.me/W30h
    Min. 83: https://vid.me/dEN7

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    1. Thanks for the videos. I agree with all 6 decisions.
      @ 35' suggested by AAR2 I think. Hard, but supportable decision. Effective push with the elbow into the back (perfectly visible for the AAR).
      @ 82' no SFP, only reckless - ok for me, the offender could not see the opponent coming; the force was relatively low or moderate.

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    2. Anonymous20/9/15 15:19

      For me penalty is too soft. I would like to see more for a so important call.
      I agree that second YC is ok. No SFP.

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  43. Anonymous20/9/15 16:56

    Tottenham-CRY, very well Michael Oliver.
    With Clattenburg and Atkinson, the best
    English referee.

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  44. Anonymous20/9/15 18:19

    Watching reports and marks given to the elite UEFA referees: too many crucial mistakes. Not a good start for them. Collum and Eriksson with only 7.2, Bebek, Mazic, Marciniak 7.8, Rizzoli, Skomina, Cakir, Kralovec, Rocchi all 7.9. And all of them, maybe with exception of Bebek and Rocchi are the best Europen referees. Poor indeed.

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    1. Anonymous20/9/15 18:25

      At that point I must praise Felix Brych (Germany). One of not many officials who never had their nightmare evening.

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    2. Anonymous20/9/15 18:48

      Well, he made one of the most crucial mistakes in football history, when the ball went near the post and he said that is goal! This decision will follow him until the end of his career as Graham Paul will be remembered for three YC given to Simunic (Australia-Croatia in WC).

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    3. Anonymous20/9/15 18:57

      But no real consequences in his career. To be said that if he had made such mistake in a different country and a different league, like Italy or Spain), he would have been in a real trouble (losing the FIFA badge or something else). For this reason I must praise DFB and all German football fans, if I remember he was not even suspended for a long time.

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    4. Anonymous20/9/15 18:59

      Of course, I refered to Uefa matches only.

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    5. Anonymous20/9/15 19:12

      I cannot wait about the Kuipers report.

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    6. Anonymous21/9/15 00:12

      If these marks were real, i.e. given by UEFA observers, it would have extraordinary bad consequences for all mentioned referees. But I believe that real marks are better... At least in some cases.

      For me is more interesting what is in reports, how are some decicions commented, which are reasons given by blog observers for their opinions. Some positive and negative examples.

      Malmo - Celtic: perfect reasoning why is the crucial mistake in 41´ (disallowed goal of Celtic) assigned to both R and AAR2. On the other side, I can not see any support for assigning another crucial mistake (39´) to FO. As outsider, I couldn't afford to do it. If I knew the communication inside the team then OK.

      Brugge - Manchester Utd.: I disagree with penalty against Brugge in the 81´ but I like the way how the blog observer dealt with this situation. Arguments in favor of decision, arguments against it (real arguments, not assumptions) and finally his opinion. Perfect!

      CSKA - Sporting: let's suppose that incident in the 69´ is VC. According to report, the referee didn't see it and incorrectly gave only the YC, probably after advise of the team member. But only referee has mark bellow 8. Sorry, not good description and reasoning.

      Lazio - Leverkusen: according to the report, the blog observer is insider. He knows communication between team members and based on this makes conclusions. Everybody is responsible for everything. Sorry, this way of assigning responsibilities is unacceptable.

      Regards.
      P.L.

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    7. You don't have to know the communication code in every situation to blame an official.
      If someone rams his leg into the opponent's stomach or the area below that and this is happening in the free line of vision and proximity of the fourth official, with AR1 and the referee being busy with another situation far away, then we don't have to know who communicated how. It is simply a mistake the fourth official must assume responsibility for. I don't see a problem here.

      @CSKA-Sporting: The report will be discussed again

      @Lazio-Leverkusen: The report will be discussed again. On the DOGSO case and missed RC for SFP: Also here, AAR2 and the referee / the fourth official and the referee both had a good view, both obviously communicated via micro. Both came TOGETHER to the conclusion YC. As we cannot ask them, we have to blame both. As far as I know, the "together-they-should-have-solved-it"-principle is not only applied by us. So, you don't have to be an insider. About the missed handball, IMO the view of AR1 was obstructed. We will discuss that with the observer. Whether this is "unacceptable", well...I don't think so. There are other things which are more "unacceptable"..

      Generally your feedback gives some value and food for reflection - although I don't see much empathy for our observers who don't take the easy way out when it comes to writing these reports and assigning crucial mistakes.

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    8. Anonimous 12.12 Probably you did not see new reports (you got it on right side on the top, above the reports - click on the link "Report for 2015/2016 Group stage"). The marks are real, and they are from UEFA observers. And to add - I like the way you are thinking.

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    9. Anonymous21/9/15 19:47

      @Niclas: every important match situation is on this level communicated via micro. But it is not enough for making conclusions that certain team member(s) is (are) responsible in such way that the crucial mistake is assigned (also) to him (her, them). This is my opinion for Malmo - Celtic and not only for this match report. If there was another opinion I respect it.

      Lazio - Leverkusen. Maurizio's offence - FO probably should advise to R that it was SFP and the RC should have been issued. Clear and important mistake also for him. In this case I fully agree with blog observer. Papadopoulos offence - R had almost ideal conditions for correct decision and needed probably only small but very important help from AR2 (not AAR2) if the attacker could control the ball (aspect which was for him probably deciding for determining the colour of the card). But from his body language is IMO obvious that he was decided. So without knowing content of communication is for me impossible to assign responsibility to team member who was only object of complaining of the Lazio player.

      I generally agree with the principle but the borderline between "should" and "could" is sometimes very thin.

      I know that this work is very demanding on time, thinking and good english and I know that blog observers thoroughly consult outcome of many situations. If I could see my idea in the report (in LAZ - LEV was, on AAR1) I am absolutely OK with this. But I don't want write these sentences to every my contribution only because I was more empathic.

      @Nole. Marks are from blog observeres.

      Regards.
      P.L.

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    10. Oh, I am relatively new here. I thought those are real reports, from UEFA observers. Can we find somewhere real reports, and not from blog observers?

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    11. @ P.L.: all right, then we do not disagree that much :) About Malmö-Celtic, in this case it was quite obvious that only the fourth official can be blamed considering that Mazic (caught by the live cam) and Ristic (AR1, caught by a replay) did not look at the violent conduct.

      @ Nole: The real UEFA reports are confidential. The referee team, observer and referee officers (specially Hugh Dallas) get them. They are not written for the public (one reason why we started to write these reports 3-4 years ago).

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  45. Stuttgart-Schalke. Very well, Manuel Gräfe.
    Dortmund-Leverkusen, not well Aytekin.

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  46. Anonymous20/9/15 20:29

    Frantic atmosphere as ever at Estádio do Dragão in the Portuguese Clássico between FC Porto and SL Benfica with Soares Dias controlling the match so far.

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    1. Everything happened in this match. Wasn’t it violent conduct from Porto #4 i last second of the first half??? It was frightening. Dias blow the end of the first half, but it was lot of mess on the pitch,and he did nothing.

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  47. Your opinion about situation in Croatia? In the derby match Hajduk Split - Dinamo Zagreb referee did not give the penalty for the hosts (clear handball, easy to detect), and in last minute gave penalty for Dinamo (suspicious, when I looked again there was no penalty). Fortunately, the penalty was missed. Final result 0-0. After the match referee Bruno Maric received lot of death threats and had media conference today - he will not be refereeing Hajduk matches anymore.

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    1. THESE DOCUMENTS REVEAL that the German police have reconstructed on the basis of circumstantial evidence that Zoran Mamic, Dinamo's sports director, with the assistance of a number of other people, had influenced referee Bruno Maric to referee in favour of Dinamo on the 13th of May 2009, in the first game of the finals of the Croatian Cup, being played between Dinamo and Hajduk of Split. Dinamo won the game 3:0. Maric had ejected two Hajduk players from the game in the first half and awarded Dinamo a penalty as well. The Sportske novosti sports newspaper made public the documents of the German police, on the basis of which it can be reasoned that many people were involved in the match fixing ring, including Ante Sapina, the protagonist of the betting scandal that shook the football world. Nacional discovered from informed legal sources that some months ago a UEFA investigator had brought those documents to the Croatian police and in so doing initiated the Offside anti-graft sting, in which numerous footballer players and people associated with the game were arrested, including Vinko Saka, Admir Suljic and Dino Lalic, who figured as the chief organizers in the match fixing operation. The revelation that Dinamo's top people were involved in bribing referees and match fixing threw an entirely different light on yet another discovery by USKOK, one that was afforded relatively little media coverage during the Offside scandal.

      Source:
      arhiva.nacional.hr/en/clanak/50507/dinamos-european-matches-also-under-investigation

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  48. Anonymous22/9/15 22:07

    In spite of what Maric did in 2009 (see above), he was appointed again to a Dinamo match??? Some people would say again that it was nothing intentional:)

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