April 26, 2016

Europa League 2015/16 Semifinals: Szymon Marciniak and Damir Skomina to referee first legs

The match officials for the first legs of 2015-16 Europa League Semifinals have been defined. Polish Elite referee Szymon Marciniak has been appointed to handle the tie involving Shakhtar Donetsk from Ukraine and holders Sevilla FC from Spain. At the same time, Damir Skomina of Slovenia will take charge of Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC.

Good luck.



28/04/2016
21:05 CET - Arena Lviv, Lviv (Ukraine)
Shakhtar Donetsk
    FC Shakhtar Donetsk
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   Sevilla FC
Sevilla FC

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jošt (SVN)
Referee Liaison Officer: Oleg Bilous (UKR)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer:


28/04/2016
21:05 CET - Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal (Spain)
Villarreal CF
    Villarreal CF
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   Liverpool FC
Liverpool FC

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
4th Official: Bojan Ul (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)
Referee Liaison Officer: Rubén Díaz Morales (ESP)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer:

46 Comments:

  1. Too strange to see Skomina at UEL semifinal...

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    1. I would rather say quite common to see Skomina at an UEL semifinal. It's the fourth time in five years.
      Now he is very likely out for CL, so IMO there remain:
      Kuipers or Rizzoli for Real-ManCity, probably Kuipers.
      Mazic or Kassai for Bayern-Atletico.
      CL final for Eriksson.
      Candidates for EL second legs: Rocchi, Moen, Kassai, Kuipers (Eriksson?)
      Most likely for EL final: Mazic (Alternatives: Rocchi, Kassai(?))

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    2. Hm.. I think that we wont see Rizzoli in this season,unfortunately.
      Also, big question is Atkinson's place in next appointments..
      Is it possible to see him in EL SF return legs or even in Bay-AtM?

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    3. Oh yes, he can't have Bay-AtM because of City in othee SF. So EL Semi for him?

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    4. Kuipers has a match in Eredivisie on Sunday 01/05 with his regular assistant referees. So, in case of appointment on next week in CL, he should be out for Tuesday, therefore it should be Real Madrid - Manchester City on Wednesday.
      Another interesting thing to be reported is that Mazic never handled Bayern in his international career, so perhaps the first time ever is close. :)

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    5. I agree. :)
      Mazic had City in last leg.
      So,Bayern-AtM or EL Final.

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  2. Fourth EL semifinal for Damir Skomina after 2011-12, 2013-14 and 2014-15. This is the third time in a row. I think that he could have expected more this time, at least a CL semifinal. Committee has very likely different ideas.
    Now it becomes very interesting to guess the names for CL return legs.
    Mazic seems to be a strong candidate, then perhaps a chance for Kassai? Or even Rocchi? To be added, some EURO referees will stay very likely with only one game in KO stage of both EL and CL before the tournament in France: Moen, Collum and Karasev, now there isn't room for all of them.

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  3. Well, Skomina and Marciniak in semi-finals... then Mazic for the final? Any other guesses?

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  4. CL: Carballo and Kassai
    EL: Kuipers (Rochi or Atkinson) and Marciniak
    CL final:Erikson
    EL final:Mazic

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    1. Carballo for CL second legs? Impossible, he's from Spain and both games involve a spanish team.

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    2. I forgot Spain clubs.

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  5. I hope that it will be the last, final and decisive test to appoint Skomina at UCL final match, in spite of Eriksson, who, only in my opinion and after some matches followed, hugely overrated.

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    1. who is (sorry)

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    2. So, I would set:

      UCL SF return leg matches: KASSAI & ERIKSSON
      UEL SF return leg matches: ROCCHI & KUIPERS

      UCL FINAL MATCH: SKOMINA
      UEL FINAL MATCH: MAZIC

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    3. Fully agree for Eriksson, but i think that he will be appointed on CL final...

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    4. One simply has to keep in mind that application of the LotG is only one part of a referee performance. Personality and game-management are becoming more and more important and Eriksson excels in this area. Furthermore, after 3-4 years on an absolutely high level, he deserves it IMO. But I agree that his performances have not always met the requirements on a technical side.

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    5. To be honest, I'm very surprised that everyone forgot Klasenius' huge and extremely important mistake so easily. It would destroy every referee team's chances to handle another play-off game (final!) in serious competitions. But you may be right, UEFA want managers more than referees nowadays...

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    6. I would like to see Velasco Carballo in CL Final,he had great season, but due to two Spanish clubs in Semis, the chance is minimal.
      If Eriksson is (for exc) out of final match, who would be appointed?
      Who is second choice?

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    7. RayHD, referees ARE managers nowadays (so UEFA still wants referees, see the literature on this topic e.g. Brand & Neß, 2004). That's a trend since 2004 not only in football. It indeed depends on the role concept one has about referees.

      IMO Klasenius' mistake was huge, but I do not know whether it was extremely important (at least not in a way that it cost Juventus the qualification for the QFs - they scored a goal afterwards, so....)

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    8. I think that Klasenius' mistake impacted a lot the result of the match between Bayern and Juventus. If Uefa will appoint Eriksson for CL final, it will be an unfair treatment respect to other referees who paid a lot for their teammate's mistake. Skomina was excluded by FIFA WC for his AR's mistake during qualification matches as well Kassai paid a lot for mistakes coming from Is AR and AAR (Vad). So it will be different treatment: two different weight. Personally (but this is just my feeling) I think that one of Eriksson's lack is indeed the match management. When I observed him I never saw a strong match management, but a lot of doubts, lack of cards as well lenient behavior. In addition if we look at their carrier, I think that, with some ups and downs, Skomina is at top level and class since a longer time. (I think that he belongs to elite class since more years than Eriksson).
      Anyway, if Atletico will be in the final, everybody will agree on the man in the middle.......... :-)

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    9. Why exactly did it impact the result?

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    10. You misunderstood me. Handling the game where there are 22 players, benches, coaches and supporters is managing it. No one wants referees issuing cards for 50/50 foul (careless to reckless, normal foul to SPA, etc.). However, there are the LotG, UEFA RAPs, guidelines, etc. that referees don't follow. Mine concern is that UEFA goes towards Busacca's philosophy to throw the LotG in the trash. Too much management, too little applying the LotG. Sorry, but I can't accept some decisions, in example Cakir's in Dortmund - Liverpool second leg, being rewarded by appointing such referees for bigger matches afterwards. That's why I think UEFA cares about being OK in the media, being OK to their sponsors (no cards, no suspensions) but not being OK with the LotG. There are TOO many obligatory cards that are not given and everybody seems to be OK with it. I'm not. Just my view of things. Some responsibility for bad decisions won't harm anyone.

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  6. Skomina ?or it is difficult after UEL semifinal ?

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    1. I think the probability is close to 0.

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  7. Last week I red that Collina has engaged some technical coaches to train referee teams on the tactical and technical features of the teams at next Euro 2016. I think that this is a great help for the officials: honestly I saw many difficulties to delegate single referee to stay in front of the TV studying the tactic, the strategy, the behavior of the single players, etc etc.
    It could be very difficult and made on voluntary basis, with the result to extend the misalignment among referees.
    A trainer on this topics could enhance referee's development, focus them on the critical features and make them prepared on how teams play.
    Very good decision in my opinion; what do you think ?

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    1. Indeed a step to more professionalism. One could argue that this topic is a bit overweighted, but if we just remember the positioning guidelines at WC 2014 which were given top-down, no matter what teams the officials handled, and then consider the fatal results of this guideline, it would be ideal to include things like the teams' tactics into positioning / movement and tactical approach. Of course without having prejudices against certain players.
      Of course most / all officials did that before already, but as you said, it will be much easier now.

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  8. I hope don´t see more Rizzoli, Collum, Moen and Rocchi
    in this Champion.

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  9. On Marciniak's appointment: absolutely expected, fully deserved due to good performances in Real-Roma and Bayern-Benfica.
    On Skomina's appointment: I was expecting him to be appointed in a CL semifinal. I considered him altogether with Mazic as a candidate to handle the EL final.

    Given these appointments, I'm expecting now these officials to be in charge of the matches next week:
    CL:
    Bayern - Atlético: Milorad Mazic (SRB)
    Real - City: Björn Kuipers (NED)

    EL:
    Liverpool - Villarreal: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) or Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    Sevilla - Shakhtar: Martin Atkinson (ENG) or William Collum (SCO)

    For the final matches, Eriksson should now be confirmed for the Champions League final. With Clattenburg appointed in a SF and due to the Bayern-Atlético match (which rules Brych out), it is nearly clear that we see a Swedish crew officiating in Milan.
    For the Europa League final, the biggest candidate should by now be Mazic. Another option could be Clattenburg, but I highly doubt he'll be appointed for the final, since Atkinson handled it last year. And with Skomina appointed in a EL semifinal, the biggest concurrent is out.

    Therefore my predictions for the finals shall be:
    CL: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) / 4th official: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
    EL: Milorad Mazic (SRB) / 4th official: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

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  10. Excellent analysis. The only possibility to see Clattenburg in the EL final would be if Mazic shows a bad performance in a CL semi-final (...and Clattenburg tonight a good one!). If both performance below expected level, it will be difficult to find a EL final referee. :)

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  11. OT: Sport-Express published today that Anton Averyanov failed physical tests and was replaced as AR1 by Nikolai Golubev in Karasev team for EURO-2016.

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    1. Thanks for this very important info!

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    2. So, will someone join empty place for Reserve AR in Russian team now?

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    3. I'm not sure. Here is a citation from Nikolai Levnikov published by Sports.ru:
      http://www.sports.ru/football/1039494755.html

      "Сегодня было принято решение, что бригада поедет в таком составе: Сергей Карасев, Сергей Иванов, Сергей Лапочкин, Тихон Калугин и Николай Голубев. У УЕФА есть строгое правило, что едут только те, кто на этом этапе подготовки к чемпионату Европы сдаст все нормативы. Аверьянов не сдал норматив, он чуть-чуть не уложился по времени на короткой дистанции и не поедет на чемпионат Европы"

      which may be translated as:

      "Today the decision was made that Russian team will be: Sergey Karasev, Sergey Ivanov, Sergey Lapochkin, Tikhon Kalugin, Nikolay Golubev. UEFA has a rule that all EURO referees must pass all physical tests. Averyanov failed one of them - he ran out of the time a bit on the short distance, thus, he will miss the EURO tournament".

      "

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    4. It is possible that there are other changes among the selected officials, following the results of the tests. If UEFA will not publish the confirmed quintets, we will know that reading the appointments :)

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    5. I can live with that, but I am curious, how bad Atkinson's injury is and whether his EURO partisicpation is in danger.

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    6. I heard it was minor.

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    7. So Atkinson got injured during the EURO semenary? That could be a not good news for him, hopefully he passed the fitness tests.

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  12. U-17 Referees appointed
    http://www.uefa.com/under17/season=2016/finals/matchofficials/index.html

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  13. A good first half by Marciniak, very nice match to watch. Cards given were ok, no problems at all.
    I see that in Skomina's game only 5 fouls were whistled in the whole first half.

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    1. Liverpool players made ONE foul in first half (there were one or two advantages, but stil it is incredible)! No difficult situations, no tough decisions, nice match for the ref and for spectators. I have to say (Niclas mentioned it, too), that all for semifinals (at least so far in EL semifinals - 60th minute) that all the matches were low intensity matches, no borderline decisions, almost anything arguable... Players did help a lot the refs, too. Good discipline, tactical matches. I can't remember that all semifinal first legs were so easy to handle (I think that lower quality refs wouldn't have any problems with those matches).

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    2. What an easy and nice game for Damir Skomina. Almost nothing to be mentioned for him, nothing special really happen. It seems that his AR2 Mađe two offside mistakes - one in first half - small offside, his flag was down. In second half I think there was no offside against Liverpool (not good camera angle, but watching the line on the pitch), and that would be goal scorring opportunity - the player would be 1 on 1 against GK. Sorry to read about Krohn-Drehli's injury. Hope he'll recover fast.

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    3. I saw replay now: no offside against Liverpool, but also it wouldn't be so obvious goal scorring opportunity and 1 on 1 situation, because there were two deffenders just behind the attacker.

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    4. Could u upload a link to replay for this situation, if is it possible? tnx

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  14. Two major calls in second half for Marciniak's team: disallowed goal AR2, excellent call, it was a very tight offside, in my opinion. A few minutes later, penalty in favor of Sevilla, reported by AAR2, absolutely correct decision.
    In addition, a terrible injury occurred for Sevilla's player Krohn-Dehli. Marciniak immediately called the medical staff, showing alertness, it was really shocking to be watched.

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    1. I can add, to conclude this short analysis, a correctly rejected penalty appeal for alleged deliberate handball, minute 63' (arm was close to body) and a good management of a situation in which a player from Shakhtar pretended a violent conduct by the opponent, it was nothing (also in this case, perhaps AAR2 cooperation). All cards given in second half were ok, perhaps one can discuss about the cchance to give it following the penalty foul, but above all a very good cooperation among the officials.

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  15. Good onside by the AR1 of Skomina in the additional time. Not much more interesting moments... Maybe Skomina could have given a yellow card, somewhere around minute 70, but a stern warning was enough for me.

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