April 11, 2016

Champions League 2015/16 - Kuipers and Rizzoli to complete Quarterfinals appointments

Italian Nicola Rizzoli has beeen appointed by UEFA's Referees Committee to handle the return match of the Spanish derby between Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona. At the same time, Dutch Björn Kuipers will officiate the game in Lisbon involving Benfica and Bayern. This is the first appointment for both Elite officials in CL KO stage for this season. 



13/04/2016
20:45 CET - Estadio Do Sport Benfica e Lisboa, Lisbon (POR)
SL Benfica
Benfica
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Bayern 
FC Bayern München

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) 
4th Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)
Referee Liaison Officer: Nuno Castro (POR)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Artur (SUI)









13/04/2016
20:45 CET - Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid (ESP)
Atlético Madrid
Atlético
-:-
Barcelona
FC Barcelona

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA) 
4th Official: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
Referee Liaison Officer: 
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

53 Comments:

  1. As Expected. Rizzoli for ATL-BAR battle :) .... Appointing Kupiers also is not a surprise as i believe BAY will face a lot of issues on Lisbon.

    I'm quite sure that they kept Cakir for an expected Classico. I hope a smooth match for both of them.

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  2. A very interesting scene occured in Empoli - Fiorentina yesterday. Polish Piotr Zieliński (Empoli) was booked for removing his shirt that was taken off by his teammate. :)

    What do you think about it?

    https://twitter.com/CB_Ignoranza/status/719140585295192064/video/1

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    1. In my opinion, that's a wrong decision. Referee had to book the teammate, the aim of this rule is to avoid wasting of time while celebrating a goal by removing shirt. So the real "author" must be punished, even though it is not his shirt.

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  3. @ Mohammed: Fully agreed. If there is a clásico, then we'll see Atkinson and Cakir very likely (and that's why both did not get a semifinal). If the other match is e.g. Man City - Bayern, there would be Rizzoli and Skomina coming into question. We'll see.

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    1. Hi Niclas,

      I think that we will see Classico this year repeating 2011 version where we see Stark & De Beleeckere in both matches. In my view if it's happen we will see Cakir and Clattenburg. IF CITY-BAY i could see Moen & Mallenco.

      Your thoughts please ??!

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    2. Mallenco? No way. A good referee, but not up for a semi-final. The same counts for Moen.

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    3. Hi Rik, As far as my experince with UEFA always expect the unexpected. Therefore I believe it could happen.

      Let's wait the draw first the we can talk. :)

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    4. We will! :) We will see. But still, I'd prefer other names! ;)

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  4. The Europe league referees??

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  5. How much contact does Rizzoli tend to allow? Is he strict like Cakir or liberal like Atkinson? Just curious what perceptions are.

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    1. I'd say he's a mixture. I wouldn't call Cakir "strict" however; certainly not since the World Cup.

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    2. I would say he is type of ref that more easily goes to his pocket than Brych, who was in charge in 1st game of Atletico and Barca.
      Tough game for sure will be tonight for Rizzoli, no question.

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  6. Excellent handling the game by Rizzoli in the first half. Very focused on play and alert in regard to potential unsporting behaviours on the one hand and lenient, using his authority in full on the other hand.

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    1. Re controversies:
      28' - Piqué throws himself on the ground at Carrasco feet; we have surely undeliberate handball but did Barcelona player make the attacker fall down by hitting him with head and shoulder? Carrasco appeals against handball, not against foul...

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    2. He did not protect Suarez though. His first frustration foul came before the half time whistle. Very good player management, is accepted and good body language...but to be honest, in a really easy game compared to what could be expected (and IMO that was not his merit...not meant negatively of course). Hoping for an equally calm 2nd half.

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    3. Unfortunately bad 2nd half for him. Two crucial mistakes.
      1. He missed RC for DOGSO.
      2. He missed penalty for handball.

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  7. Solid first half by team Kuipers too, less challenging so far. Only mistake in 42' (foul in midfield, maybe even reckless but no whistle...) - otherwise very good.

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  8. Your opinion on this YC for Suarez? Reckless?

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  9. DOGSO MISSED BY KUIPERS !!

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  10. A crystal clear RC for #8 BAY missed. Obviously DOGSO. I can't understand how Kuipers opted for YC only.. I assume on AR1/AAR2 advice.

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    1. I think you mean AAR1? As Kuipers waited for some moments I assume a co-operation too. But to be honest... such a clear situation... Kuipers should evaluate it himself... all the more I am shocked that he took the wrong decision even after a short communication with his team mates. 6 eyes on a clear situation and anyway the wrong decision?

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    2. I fully agree. And of course, AAR1 ;)

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  11. '86: Rizzoli missed a red card for DOGSO imo. Clear handball and penalty, well done, but also a clear red card I think.

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  12. Penalty by Rizzoli, correct, we can discuss about a possible DOGSO. Without Iniesta handball, Atletico could have easily scored, I think.

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  13. Iniesta should have been expulsed now for DOGSO by deliberate handling the ball.

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  14. OMG!!! Only free kick to Barcelona. The handball occured inside the box. Uuu!

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  15. Terrible crucial mistake from Rizzoli... I'm speechless.

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    1. Sure not from Rizzoli... Impossible for him this is the decision of AR1

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    2. But you are right - terrible (for Barca)

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    3. Definitely also from Rizzoli. AR1 had to focus on the offside line. Not only missed penalty, also a missed 2nd YC for that handball. RCs against Neymar (VC) and Iniesta (DOGSO) not given, even though maybe not mandatory (IMO the better decision though).

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    4. Ok i have rewatched - with the line he could assume it but this is clear the Job of AR1

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    5. Two crucial mistakes from Rizzoli. 7.4

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    6. Patrick, I am sorry to say but Rizzoli is the only one with some chances to detect. AR1 is focused on the offside line and furthermore this line is some meters away from the penalty area marking. Rizzoli is not perfectly positioned and indeed it is very, very difficult for him - but for AR1 it is much more difficult. It is simply not his duty in this situation, his focus should be on the offside line and his visual angle is really bad (distance, a lot of players between, crooked from the offside line -> no chances to evaluate such a close situation reliable).

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    7. Rizzoli was often wrongly positioned. Had visual angle close to 0 in some situations (also at controversy in the 28th minute). He was hit by the ball twice, stopping promising actions. Big point for improvement here.

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    8. Sorry but did everyone of you whistled a match??? I don't think so...

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    9. @ Gitzlo
      No it is his offer to detect the Position and it's clear to See That Rizzoli searched him

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    10. @ RayHD: I saw only a short video including the tonight's highlights but this was my impact too. There were some situations he was (too) far away or not to see in the TV picture. Bad positioning, bad sprinting abilities. His mistake in 91' is a good example therefor, I think. Maybe a result of his injury? Not to forget he is already 44 years old.

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  16. Sorry I'm a little bit on fire...

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    1. Referees normally should keep a cool mind even is stressful moments. So you whistled matches and we did not...why do you do not know that then? ;)

      Normally it is the AR's job. But not in this situation, at least not fully. How should he focus on the offside line and have an eye on the handball simultaneously??. Rizzoli decided very quickly, too, as if he did not even wait for input.

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    2. That's situation where AR CAN help, not MUST help to referee..

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  17. I watched now the YC by Kuipers. I think there are arguments to be discussed. Very likely, in cooperation with AAR1, the Dutch crew considered that the other defender which was running into penalty area, could have tried to stop the attacker. I would back the referee in this situation, but of course I would accept without problems a RC as well. Sometimes it is difficult to assess such situations.

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  18. I am sorry to say that Rizzoli is in the top 3 referees on the world when he does not have to make crucial and game-decisive decision. This is not non-argument criticism, but empirical fact based on many games that I have watched. Without any doubt he is one of the greatest referees in the past decade. His body language, man management and overall skills to lead high-tension matches are tremendous.
    But when he has situation for RC he chooses YC, when he has to give 2nd YC he chooses not to give it, etc. He chooses "easier" way, even though he knows that it is not correct. This is not probably lack of courage, but general philosophy (approach) to refereeing: staying away from the match-crucial decisions; focusing on match and player control, more than on the correct and intuitive decisions.
    We can directly compare Rizzoli´s approach to Brych´s approach, when he dismissed Torres even though he knew immediately about harsh criticism that will bring such decision.

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    1. I totally agree with your opinion, very well written and explained. This is Rizzoli's style, we know him.
      I'm sure he would have never sent off Torres so early in first leg.

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    2. "I am sorry to say that Rizzoli is in the top 3 referees on the world when he does not have to make crucial and game-decisive decision. This is not non-argument criticism, but empirical fact based on many games that I have watched. Without any doubt he is one of the greatest referees in the past decade. His body language, man management and overall skills to lead high-tension matches are tremendous.
      But when he has situation for RC he chooses YC, when he has to give 2nd YC he chooses not to give it, etc. He chooses "easier" way, even though he knows that it is not correct."


      You hit the nail.

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  19. Benfica-Bayern: very well work of Kuiper.

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  20. However.......very bad Rizzoli.

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  21. Does the position of the legs don`t play the main role at the penalty episod?
    One leg was at the line,other one outside the penalty area, if i`m not mistaken!
    Can you explain?

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    1. The handball happened inside the penalty area...

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    2. No. It matters where a contact with hand occured.

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  22. To Sviat M point, when making that decision you should look at position of body, arms, etc. in conjuction with where the line is. Right arm was in the box, left arm was outside the box. Ball contact was made with the right arm, penalty! Refs need to practice this...the lines are there to help in these situations! No need for AR in that situation. Use all the tools at your disposal!

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