March 8, 2016

Europa League 2015/16 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (I)

These are the referees appointed by UEFA for EL Round of 16 matches. Among others, Spanish Velasco Carballo will officiate the English derby between Liverpool and Manchester United, while Dutch Björn Kuipers the full-Spanish duel involving Athletic Bilbao and Valencia. In addition, two Category 1 officials will be on duties.
10 March 2016, 19:00 CET
Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Anderlecht
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: João Pinheiro (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Cosme Machado (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (EST)

10 March 2016, 19:00 CET
St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
Basel - Sevilla
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Madley (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER) 
UEFA Delegate: Duško Grabovac (CRO)

10 March 2016, 19:00 CET
BVB Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund (GER)
Borussia Dortmund - Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Cem Satman (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)

10 March 2016, 19:00 CET
Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
Fenerbahçe - Braga
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)

10 March 2016, 21:05 CET
Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal (ESP)
Villarreal - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Gialuca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN)

10 March 2016, 21:05 CET
Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao (ESP)
Athletic - Valencia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Thomas Weyhing (GER)

10 March 2016, 21:05 CET
Anfield, Liverpool (ENG)
Liverpool - Manchester United
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: William Campbell (NIR)

10 March 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadion Letná, Prague (CZE)
Sparta Praha - SS Lazio
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK) 
UEFA Delegate: Siarhei Ilyich (BLR)

48 Comments:

  1. Whats your candidates for EL/CL finals?

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  2. German FIFA-Referee Tobias Stieler whistles Friendly Match on 5th June between Belgium against Norway. Rafael Foltyn and Jan Seidel are assistant Referees. Daniel Siebert is fourth official.

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    1. 26.3. Germany - England: Rocchi, Manganelli, Meli, Valeri (ITA)
      29.5. Germany - Slovakia: Gumienny, Cremers, Nijssen, Vertenten (BEL)

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  3. For next week, I expect Rizzoli back (very likely in EL), Collum and Eriksson in CL. The latter is now in my opinion the first candidate for Bayern - Juventus. Clattenburg and perhaps Hategan are other possible names for CL, since they got only one EL game. What do you think?

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    1. Agreed. I see Rizzoli at Old Trafford next week; and perhaps Eriksson at White Hart Lane.

      Surprised that Kuipers has been overlooked for the CL Round of 16.

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    2. I forgot Karasev and now my impression is that he could get something big.
      So, trying some predictions:
      Atletico - PSV Collum
      Manchester City - Dynamo Kyiv Hategan
      Barcelona - Arsenal Karasev
      Bayern - Juventus Eriksson

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    3. With Kuipers appointed in EL and Mazic injured, Eriksson seems to be then only realistic candidate for Bayern-Juve, although he had Bayern on MD5. Collum or anyone else would be a surprise.
      I would prefer Clattenburg over Collum for Atletico-PSV.
      For the two "decided" matches, I agree Hategan and Karasev seem the most likely choices, although the observer in Barcelona indicates someone more experienced, buth who should that be if Eriksson is in Munich?
      Nijhuis could be an alternative for Barcelona or Manchester after a good group stage, but probably UEFA prefers their EURO refs.

      Full predictions:
      Atletico - PSV Clattenburg
      Manchester City - Dynamo Kyiv Hategan
      Barcelona - Arsenal Karasev
      Bayern - Juventus Eriksson

      Anderlecht - Donetsk: Tagliavento
      Sevilla - Basel: Nijhuis
      Leverkusen - Villareal: Collum
      Valencia - Bilbao: Atkinson
      Manchester - Liverpool: Rizzoli
      Lazio - Sparta: Sidiropolous
      Tottenham - Dortmund: Moen
      Braga - Fenerbahce: Thomson

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    4. Italian referees can't handle Ukrainian teams. You should replace Tagliavento.
      I agree with your considerations regarding Barcelona - Arsenal, in addition, we shouldn't forget that Mazic was very likely, already appointed for a game in CL and now he must be replaced. Perhaps just in Barcelona?

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    5. Regarding Nijhuis: he is appointed on Monday in the Dutch second league, so he will not officiate in CL coming week (maybe EL?).

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  4. Why Italian referees can't handle Ukrainian teams? Because of Collinna?

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    1. Yes, it is due to Collina's role for Football Federation of Ukraine.

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    2. Collina became real star in our football. A lot of people dont understand his appointment because our(ukrainian) level of refereeing is not increasing. Our referees dont take part at the biggest football tournaments like World Cup and UEFA Euro(in 2012 only as the 4th official because we were host country!
      Last weekend we could see a strange decision made by Serhii Boiko( 1 group) in our Premier League! What can you say(from 2:13) :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQpyq7fQiqM

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    3. "strange decision" are the best words to descripe... :-)

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    4. I think that the reason is that the white player runs past the ball as he was completely not interested in playing it. I can understand this call.

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  5. Your consider that Artur Soares Dias is likely to be promoted to the elite this year?

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  6. What do you think about Kassai holding match with Ukrainian team? Is it possible after UEFA Euro 2012?

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    1. Do you mean Ukrainian national team? Or Ukrainian clubs?
      In both cases, I think that it would be better to avoid that.

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  7. From Italy: after a match in serie A on last matchday, today Rizzoli will officiate a game in Saudi Arabia, in order to complete his recovery from the injury. On Sunday, he will be AAR in a match in serie A, with Damato main referee and Di Liberatore fourth official. For this reason, I think that there is a chance to see him directly in CL, rather than in EL.
    In case, the only match would be Barcelona - Arsenal, in which perhaps he could be the right name replacing Mazic. But that's just my speculation: let's see.

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  8. Marija Kurtes, female UEFA First Group referee from Germany, who also refereed in the 4th division in men's soccer, has finished her career. Last April she was in the headlines, when she awarded an indirect free kick for encroachment by the attacker's team, when the penalty was converted and should have been retaken according to the LotG (England U19 - Norway U19).
    In a open letter she now offers severe criticsm against DFB, UEFA and FIFA writing that personal and structural problems at the associations were the main reason for her resignment. She points out a lack of transperancy in the decision-making structure and clear responsibilties and contact persons. "The hierarchic structures demand system conformity. Repressions and aimed arbitrariness appear." This would work because enough people move up. "Performance is demanded, but at the way to it, everyone is left by himself." That would be risky based on scientifc training research and sports medicine. Furthermore she is missing a vivid error culture.
    About the mistake mentioned above, she says, the true error was not the breach of the rule, but that she had her self-determination taken away for three days and didn't return home immediately.

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    1. Very interesting Philipp, thanks for having shared this important news. Correct me, despite of her constant criticism against UEFA, she has been kept until the end on FIFA list, being regularly appointed. Nobody answered to her complaints, or at least, she didn't get the answer she was looking for... I remember when one year ago she said that she had been in a certain way "kidnapped" by UEFA officials, following the mistake made.

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  9. Cakir wears the new Adidas 2016 kit.

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    1. All four referees are wearing the new kit, I think. The blue one is similar to this year's CL kit, I think, but the red one (Taylor) has a different shade.

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    2. Yes, watching carefully this color it looks like dark pink or something like that. I don't like this shade.

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    3. The blue kit is not ideal, if one team plays in white with black shorts as in Liverpool. Not easy to distinct Velasco from the Manchester players.

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    4. With the black one you are not only a referee but rather a pastor ;)

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  10. Did Cakir miss penalty for Tottenham in 52 minute? AAR2 was very close.

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    1. Perhaps you mean AAR1. The situation occurred right in front of him. I think there are arguments to back referee's decision. It looked like a holding but it was definitely soft if not inexistent.

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    2. AAR1 of course, my mistake. There was holding, and PK wouldn't be mistake. 50-50 situation.
      IMO good decision from Carballo and his ARs to give PK.

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  11. Second YC by Taylor for Sevilla's player was more a simulation than a real foul. In my opinion, it wasn't a reckless use of arm / elbow.

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  12. Excellent penalty decision in Liverpool, following cooperation AR2 - AAR2.
    Velasco was correctly informed about a foul occurred exactly on the line. This must be praised.

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    1. Yep - Velasco has been very good, thus far.

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    2. In addition, he totally changed his approach - is more strict and authoritative than in the past. He doesn't allow any form of dissent (and issues stern verbal warnings for it). Another excellent half after the Paris Saint-Germain - Chelsea match.

      Small remark regarding the penalty incident. The foul whistled should be tripping because had the attacker been held by defender he would have fell down in a different direction. But of course the teamwork worked perfectly if the tripping had place.

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  13. So far an excellent performance by Velasco Carballo IMO. Especially the penalty decision + YC for SPA.

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  14. The game in Bilbao is really borderline. Some parts of field are absolutely awash. But Kuipers decided to play-on, imo a controversial decision (but I can imagine that UEFA doesn't want to see a break-off.

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  15. Offside before Liverpool's second goal.

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    1. Mistake by AAR1 - but it was very close, difficult to see. In dubio pro reo.

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    2. I'm not sure, it is a very borderline situation.
      http://i.imgur.com/YDMqjp8.jpg
      The highlighted defender can keep the player onside.
      For me, correct decision to stay down with flag.

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    3. Offside, Chefren, no doubt about it. Small, but offside. Not a big mistake, though. AR1 not well positioned, therefore he didn't see properly.

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    5. You did it again...
      When you say "no doubt", my alarm bells are ringing.
      http://fs5.directupload.net/images/160311/bdq44dvx.jpg
      No offside (ok, 4 centimetres maybe). Don't say the line would be wrong. I calculated the distances with a photoshop lineal.

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    6. German TV (Sky) solved it as offside. But however: That close situations cannot be judged as curcial mistakes. As already written above: In dubio pro reo (attacker). If you have some doubts, let the game flow - AR1 did it so and it is definitely not wrong. His positioning seems at first glance not that ideal but with your line, Niclas, it is good to see that he is perfect positioned.

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  16. OT:

    Very interesting offside situation from the Netherlands. UEFA/FIFA judge it as offside as the arms/hands of the goalkeeper are not relevant for the offside evaluation, they say.

    https://vimeo.com/158603699

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    1. I have problems with accepting such decision, but I might be wrong about the rule in general
      I am pretty sure that the attacker's arms are not taken into consideration when judging the offside, while the arms of defender are. And unlike players, the goalkeeper is allowed to use arms to play the ball???

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  17. Many Ukrainian channels told that Hategan will be referee at ManCity - Dynamo Kyiv

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    1. http://sptfm.ro/2016/03/10/hategan-va-arbitra-returul-dintre-man-city-si-dinamo-kiev-in-optimile-ucl/

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    2. Would be expected looking at the first leg match and observer.

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