April 4, 2016

Champions League 2015/16 - Mažić and Rocchi in charge of Wednesday's clashes

UEFA has revealed the choices made for Wednesday's CL Quarterfinals. Serbian Milorad Mažić has been appointed for Paris SG - Manchester City, while Italian Gianluca Rocchi will officiate Wolfsburg - Real Madrid.



06/04/2016
20:45 CET - Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
Paris SG
Paris Saint-Germain
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Manchester City FC
Manchester City

Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Đurđević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nenad Đokić (SRB)
4th Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)
Referee Liaison Officer: Michel Lebrun (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)









06/04/2016
20:45 CET - VfL Wolfsburg Arena, Wolfsburg (GER)
VfL Wolfsburg
VfL Wolfsburg
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Real Madrid CF
Real Madrid

Referee:  Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
4th Official: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)
Referee Liaison Officer: Wolfgang Mierswa (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Harry (ENG)


67 Comments:

  1. Rocchi's first ever Champions League quarter-final?

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    1. Real Madrid - APOEL Nicosia in 2012, but that was 3-0 from the first leg. Rocchi is good enough for a UCL Quarterfinal, but not for the European Championship Finals...

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    2. Ah, yes...I remember. Cheers.

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  2. It will be interesting to see Rocchi.

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  3. OT; After disaster in Portugal, Bebek got the biggest croatian derby(after 3 years).His performance was really good, but the game was not so much intense because the match was done quickly. (Dinamo won 4-0).

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  4. Btw is there going to be an observer for The Third Team in the matches tonight?

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  5. 15 seconds, and Mazic gives the first yellow card. Perfect decision.

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    1. Possible penalty for psg...

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    2. Imo it wasn't enough for a penalty. Sure, there was contact, but no need for a penalty.

      We can't say Mazic isn't brave. But for me the penalty isn't a 100% penalty in minute 12/13. There is contact, that's for sure.

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  6. What a controversy in the 7th minute of the game in Paris! Body challenge in the back. PSG player won the position... Penalty? Red card for DOGSO?

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    1. And then the penalty for the incident with David Luiz. For me it is not a penalty, Luiz makes the contact and Mazić looks to have made a crucial mistake there :-(

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    2. I'm not sure but in my opinion more no penalty!
      Also in the scene with the whistled penalty! Wrong decision for me

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    3. Both decisions are 50:50 IMO.

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    4. For me both situations correctly taken. But, both situations are borderline, and very hard. Only mistake is yelow card for Fernando.

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    5. Watched now the penalty given, for me a wrong decision by Mazic but the situation was surely borderline. I think that David Luiz was "clever". I will watch soon the situation at 7'.

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    6. Rabiot goal: offside by Ibrahimovic disturbing at least the defender. Punishable?

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    7. Borderline. I think that Hart didnt have obstructed view.
      Why? Ibrahimovic tried to play the ball in the momment when Hart already touch the ball, not before.
      And second, but its not such a good argument, Hart would protest first if his view was blocked by Ibrahimovic. Goalkeepers always protest first in this kind of situations.
      Very hard decision.

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    8. Ibrahimovic was in offside position but he moves his leg in the momment when Hart already played a ball. For me, that wasn't offside.

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    9. Situation at 7' is really difficult: I had different impressions based on replays. Live, it looked like a clear foul, but after that I noticed that the foul is not that clear, at least in my opinion. I think that one can understand why Mazic played on. No mistake for me.

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    10. After rewatching replays, I think the attacker fell down because of contact with defender's leg.

      The most important questions are: did the defender carted his leg out when he was level with the attacker or when he lose the fight for position? was the attacker hacked down or did he look for contact being made?

      My answers: the defender carted his leg out when he lose the fight for position (pro penalty), the attacker looked for a contact what we can see if we look at his trailing left leg (anti penalty).

      Solution: 50/50 situation even after replays. Difficult to judge correctly in real time. Therefore, Mazic decision should be deemed as correct one.

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    11. My solution is that this is no 50/50 decision. Slightly carting the leg out is no infringement in itself. The main question for me is the second part of your second paragraph. It was rather the attacker clearly causing the contact, maybe even seeking it (speed of the situation was not that high, he knew what he was doing).

      My main problem with this penalty is that compared to Mazic's line earlier in the game this simply appears as a very soft call not suiting to his previous line. Too easy penalty for CL level, for me at least, and I think that the attacker thought that as well.

      Generally, 3 difficult penalty area situations yesterday much depending on visual angles..

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    12. I referred to situation from 7th minute. :)

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  7. Penalty by Rocchi (16') - my first impression isn't a positive one... seems to be wrong!

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    1. Even in 2' disallowed RMA goal by AR1. Very, very close - but definitely no crucial mistake, simply too close.

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    2. For me all the two situations correct aus whistled

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    3. Ok after slomotion no penalty

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  8. Difficult difficult. If he makes Schürrle fall by a very light contact so that Schürrle more or less fouls himself at the heel, it can be correct. UEFA deems these contacts as no careless fouls mostly. One replay showed the real speed... which showed that it really looked like a clear penalty in full speed.

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    1. Sorry, but after the replays there cannot be other opinions: wrong decision. But without any replays really, really difficult for Rocchi. But we have replays and so we have to assess it as crucial mistake. Foul by Schürrle or play-on.

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    2. Very difficult. I can understand the decision live, it is impossible to determine, even watching several replays, the intensity of the contact, it is possible that they touch each other, in this case it would be correct even if minimal touch... but surely a situation in which observer can back the referee, or at least can find arguments to accept this penalty.

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    3. Not a crucial mistake for me... If we talk after 25 replays anymore if foul or not we have to accept the decision i think

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    4. I meant crucial mistake in sense of it was a mistake, not in context with the observer's assessment. :)

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    5. Very very very soft call...seems incorrect for my taste.

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  9. Now missed RC Marcello

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    1. What for? For his kick? Or his little head butt?

      At least YC would be mandatory... generally I was not really happy with Rocchi's management of this little mass confrontation.

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    2. The kick! Clear for me

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    3. I didn't watch it, but it is indeed reported that Marcelo kicked the opponent wth ball away. So a red card? Hopefully I will watch the incident soon.

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    4. https://cdn.streamable.com/video/mp4/2rkp_1.mp4

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    5. Thank you. Red card for me, he knew exactly what he was doing. Difficult to spot, but still a deliberate act.

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    6. RC for me, deliberately tried to hit an opponent.
      Hard to see (and believe) but, could it be that the white player spitted on the opponent? 00:12
      thanks

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  10. It was not mentioned by the commentator during the match, there were no protests by City players, but PSG's second goal should have been disallowed for Zlatan's linkshalf offside position.

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    1. linkshalf = punishable
      thanks to autocorrection ^^

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    2. I think that wasn't ofside because Ibrahimovic in the moment when he moves leg, Hart already played a ball.

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    3. *In the moment when Ibrahimovic moves his leg, Hart already played a ball.

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    4. Underneath a link to the discussed scene:

      https://vimeo.com/161845526

      I don't agree on the statement that Ibrahimovic makes a move to the ball only after it was already played by Hart. In my opinion Ibrahimovic and Hart make a move to the ball at the same time.
      I also think it's not obstructing the goalkeeper's view (as MrDr mentions above), but rather challenging an opponent for the ball. And that's where I'm in doubt. Rewatching the scene, now, I'm not so sure whether Ibrahimovic is close enough to the goalkeeper and the ball for being punished on his offside position...
      Indeed a borderline situation and a difficult call.

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    5. I believe Ibrahimović is not in GK's line of vision at all. Underneath a link to the screenshot that proves Hart made his decision to intervene independently, Ibrahimović' move to the ball didn't influence the GK at all, IMO:

      http://snag.gy/rFGwJ.jpg

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    6. Seems like clear involvement to me. "Player makes an obvious action which impacts on the opponents ability to play the ball" or "Player plays a ball which is close to him, when that action has an impact on the ability of an opponent". I think both apply. Hart is too close to say that this had no impact, and although he dives early, I still think offense.

      Carter

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    7. Offside position as Ibra had made movements in order to to play the ball and therefore, distracted the opponent.

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    8. IMO the clear offsdide for Ibrahimovic. He was active and even he was not in line of vision for GK, but also very important that he challenged with defender beeing in offside position and did try to play the ball. Clear action for impact the opponent.

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    9. I think this can be deemed as trying to play the ball, which is, in UEFA's books, equivalent to interfering with play.

      Hart clearly made this save without being influenced by Zlatan. But his action impeded the movement and actions of the defender. I think that this goal would have scored even if Zlatan had been somewhere else on the field, but actually there are 2 good reasons to raise the flag. In game-reality, maybe acceptable and understandable to let the flag down.

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  11. Shurle kicks Casemiro and fell down. That wasn't penalty kick. Rocchi was in the best position in that moment but he can't see clearly that situation from there.

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  12. Partly OT: the results from yesterday's today's CL matches surely lead to another 4 very interesting CL matches next week. No match seems decided yet.

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  13. Good performance for Mazic.The most likely candidate for the finals EL/CL.

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    1. It's early to talk about that. But, for sure, they have good chances after good performance last night.

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    2. I think that Mazic is one middling referee.

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    3. If he was planned for CL final he would not have been observed by Paul Allaerts yesterday.

      On his two major decisions:

      7': 60:40 foul for me. But absolutely acceptable to let play flow. The arm slightly goes out, if it was close to the body, then it would be a fully correct decision. The arm however DID go out and so it was actually an infringement. But there are clearer penalties. No clear mistake for me, but no clearly correct decision either - grey area.

      12': crucial mistake for me. Also here I can understand his decision and it maybe depends on the visual angle. IMO the attacker seeks the contact and even is the one who causes the contact. That's no penalty on CL level. Specially not if you indicate a tolerant line earlier in the game, although shoulder-shoulder tackles are of course not that comparable to contacts at the feet.

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    4. IMO the decision on 12' has been under preassure from situation on 7'.

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  14. Rocchi overall with a good performance. Good match control and acceptance, clear line, strong body language. On the other side a missing YC for Marcelo (for me only an unsporting behaviour, not a violent conduct - yes, it is deliberately, but that's not the most important criteria. Especially the very low intensity is an argument for unsporting behaviour. In this context a RC would be too harsh for me) and some problems in his positioning/movement.

    As already discussed his penalty whistle prior to 1:0 was very controversial, for me more wrong than right, but no crucial mistake for sure.

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    1. i can understand your view. For me is this "little kick" in combination with the "little headbut" definitely enough for a RC. The game is stopped a long time and this is not acceptable for me.

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  15. Rizzoli appointed as AAR on Sunday in Serie A, in a game with Damato main referee and Tonolini fourth official. Di Liberatore has a match on Saturday. This very likely means that Rizzoli has a match in CL on next week.

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    1. Atletico-Barca maybe?

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    2. First option Atletico - Barça, in my opinion. Otherwise, Manchester.

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    3. Kuipers is appointed with his regular ARs on Saturday evening in the Dutch Eredivisie. His AARs though, van Boekel and Liesveld, both have a match on Monday evening in the Dutch second league. So, if Kuipers is appointed, I guess that that is only possible for a CL match on Wednesday or EL match on Thursday...

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    4. BTW, are the observers already known for next week's CL/EL matches?

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    5. Not yet. Probably tomorrow in the morning there will be a very interesting meeting between a certain trio :) I guess they will wait for the EL performances, then define referees and then appoint observers + referees (or they already appointed them preliminarily, but their match / destination is still to be decided).

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    6. City-PSG Rizzoli
      Real-Wolfsburg Skomina

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  16. I perfectly agree, Rizzoli should be the man in Madrid for Spanish derby, considering the fact that he was not appointed in the previous 16th round. In my opinion it's a risk to appoint now a referee who could be a safe and reliable name for the semifinal. If he makes some mistakes or is part of controversial situation, PLC has burn out one option for semifinal. For this reason I would keep on hold Rizzoli, Cakir, Kassai and Skomina for the CL semifinal matches and I would appoint Kuipers for Spanish derby, Undiano in Manchester, Atkinson in Lisbon and Kralovec at Santiago Bernabeu, while Orsato, Thomson, Mateu Lahoz and Aytekin at UEL quarter final return legs.
    Any news about the official for next Olympic games ?

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