February 21, 2016

Champions League 2015/16 - Round of 16 (III): Martin Atkinson and Cüneyt Çakır to referee Tuesday's top clashes

Last season's UEFA club competition final referees Martin Atkinson and Cüneyt Çakır have been designated to take control over Tuesday's Champions League top clashes Juventus Turin v Bayern München and Arsenal FC v FC Barcelona respectively.



23/02/2016
20:45 CET - Emirates Stadium, London, England
Arsenal FC
Arsenal FC
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FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona

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)
4th Official: Çem Satman (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)
Referee Liaison Officer: Alan Wiley (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Gi








23/02/2016
20:45 CET - Juventus Stadium, Torino, Italy
Juventus Turin
Juventus
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FC Bayern München
Bayern München

Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Craig Pawson (ENG)
4th Official: Gary Beswick (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
Referee Liaison Officer: Fabrizio Malacart (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)






23 Comments:

  1. This is strange. Child had a match in FA Cup on Monday evening, he has been indeed replaced, but this could mean that the appointment for Juventus - Bayern was originally different and it was changed. Clattenburg was the first candidate in my opinion. One reason could be tat the last game with Juventus was quite controversial, you remember Juventus - Benfica in Europa League's semifinal. Otherwise, there could be other reasons. I must also report many criticisms from Italian press and newspapers against Collina for alleged crucial mistakes in the matches involving Italian teams this week (Fiorentina, Napoli and Roma).

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  2. Cakir's appointment is a bit surprising, because he had Barcelona on MD 5. Not really a problem, but a one match gap is quite unusual.

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  3. Expected appointmets. Good luck to both teams.

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  4. Atkinson's appointment was more or less expected. Although I'm surprised of Cakir's appointment (since he handled Barcelona on MD5). I expected to read Mazic's or Brych's name.

    Tomorrow, I am expecting Collum in Eindhoven and Mateu Lahoz in Kyiv.

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    1. Mazic wasn't expected in first matches. Mid-season break in Serbia was more than 2 months. He and his crew had match on Sunday in Nis, and he will officiate Serbian "eternal derby" Partizan-Red Star on Saturday. About ten days ago he was in Saudi Arabia, refereeing their derby match. Small number of matches to be on the pitch in the first leg. Weak Serbian league and long mid-season break is his biggest weakness. If he was in some of the biggest leagues, officiating big matches in every 2-3 weeks, he would get at least EL final. I think his maximum is CL semifinal (first leg).

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    2. Mazic wasn't expected in first matches. Mid-season break in Serbia was more than 2 months. He and his crew had match on Sunday in Nis, and he will officiate Serbian "eternal derby" Partizan-Red Star on Saturday. About ten days ago he was in Saudi Arabia, refereeing their derby match. Small number of matches to be on the pitch in the first leg. Weak Serbian league and long mid-season break is his biggest weakness. If he was in some of the biggest leagues, officiating big matches in every 2-3 weeks, he would get at least EL final. I think his maximum is CL semifinal (first leg).

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  5. http://www.ligtv.com.tr/lig/spor-toto-super-lig/pozisyonlar/2015-2016/22/galatasaray-trabzonspor/tt-arenada-11ler-belli-oldu-17416

    Shocking scenes from Turkey. However if you see all the RCs referee Bitnel could have had much better management of pretty much all situations.
    The levels of dissent are shocking though, considering it's 6th vs 9th.

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  6. Wednesday:

    PSV - Atlético

    REF: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
    AR1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
    AR2: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
    AAR1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
    AAR2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
    4OF: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
    Delegate: Nils Fisketjonn (NOR)
    Observer: Batta (FRA)

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    Dynamo Kyiv - Manchester City

    REF: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
    AR1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
    AR2: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
    AAR1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
    AAR2: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
    4OF: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
    Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
    Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)

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  7. New tactics for exploiting the Laws of the Game and making the refereeing life more difficult:
    https://vimeo.com/156398008

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  8. Two quite big penalty appeals in the Juventus - Bayern Munich game:
    04' - Lewandowski suggests he was pulled for shirt; one of the replays shows he is right
    21' - handball in the Bayern penalty area; I have a feeling the Bayern player knew what he was doing...

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    1. In the second situation, I have in a certain way your same feeling, but I think that the arm is in a natural position, so I can accept referee's decision. Surely not a mistake.
      The first case, the pulling, well... borderline. I think Juventus defender took a risk and he was really lucky.

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    2. Both or none of them. I would go with the first option but, fortunately, Atkinson was consistent.

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    3. 34' Quite clear offside (pass from a free kick) missed by AR2
      37' Good interception by Thiago Alcantara is deemed as a handball by Atkinson. There was no handball; therefore a promising Bayern's action is wrongly stopped by the referee.

      Many protests against minor calls, players don't fully accept Englishman's decisions. It seems he is unsure a bit.

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    4. Punishable offside?
      http://www.imagebam.com/image/1a32a7467106248

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    5. Well, another grey area situation... One have to rewatch whether there was a foul in the Juventus goal action, too.

      65' Really no reaction against Mandzukic vs Lewandowski headbutts? Really?

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  9. Does anybody know if there will be an assessors report that will be published on this game?

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  10. Yes.

    IMO both Atkinson and Cakir are showing unexpected lacks of conflict management prevention and intervention - clear indicated/executed headbutts by Jordi Alba, Mandzukic (!) and Lewandowski make Cakir give a warning and Atkinson do nothing. I could not trust my eyes tbh.

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    1. Well, I can't believe that both Lewandowski and Mandzukic went unpunished. I expected more from Atkinson.

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSWZPK8JNUI
      Impossible to miss a red card... sometimes we blame players when they fall down apparently without a real reason, in this case I think that the "fair" behavior by Lewandowski was the cause of the missed red card by Atkinson. No doubts that, in case of falling down by the Polish, referee would have sent off Manduzkic.

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    3. My feelings, too! Such no action invites players to exaggerate contacts.

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  11. http://www.imagebam.com/image/1a32a7467106248
    I expected more comments about this situation. Clear offside.

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    1. Not so clear one for me. Lewandowski doesn't make any movements that may distract Buffon. It seems that the GK's line of vision in the moment of shot is free. Therefore, the GK intervene 'normally', without a delay, knowing where the ball will go. I believe that both possible decisions would be equally discussed.

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  12. By the Laws of The Game the goal was correctly allowed!

    https://vimeo.com/156528217


    The Laws of The Game state:
    “Interfering with an opponent” means preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision.

    This means that "clearly obstructing the GK´s line of vision" by itself is not enough to call the attacker offside.

    In addition to that, by doing so, the attacker has to prevent the GK from playing or being able to play the ball - "in the opinion of the referee".

    As you can see from the video:
    1. the GK knows exactly where the shot will be heading and makes an undisturbed movement towards the ball and would have had no chance to stop the shot - common sense says that he is not prevented from being able to play the ball.
    2. the referee and the AAR both take time and look at the assistant. This means that the assistant immediately informed them about the attacker´s offside position and asked their opinion.

    As none of the referees saw an offside offence then the goal was correctly allowed to stand.
    And the huge majority of the football world is very happy about it - football is played to offer goals and when the referees do not see an offence then by all means they should NOT disallow a goal.

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