May 3, 2016

Europa League 2015/16 Semifinals: Viktor Kassai and Björn Kuipers in charge of return legs

Officials for Europa League semifinals return legs have been confirmed. Hungarian Viktor Kassai has been appointed to oversee Liverpool  - Villarreal, while Dutch Björn Kuipers will officiate Sevilla - Shakhtar Donetsk.



05/05/2016
21:05 CET - Anfield, Liverpool (England)
Liverpool FC
    Liverpool FC
-:-
   Villarreal CF
Villarreal CF

Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) 
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
4th Official: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Geir Thorsteinsson (ISL)
Referee Liaison Officer:
The 3rd Team Referee Observer:


05/05/2016
21:05 CET - Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (Spain) 
Sevilla FC
    Sevilla FC
-:-
   FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar Donetsk

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: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)
Referee Liaison Officer:
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)

39 Comments:

  1. At least this is fully expected after last two days' appointments. Finally two names that we all expected to see. Finally no surprises. It's a pity that at least one of them (Kassai) didn't get CL semifinal.

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    1. I agree, suitable appointments. I am beginning to think that you are right - maybe Brych in case of Atlético-ManCity/Real (even though, as discussed, Atlético would be opposed to him before the kick off whistle) or Eriksson in every other scenario.

      EL final might go to Mazic or even Marciniak.

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    2. Interesting that in Kassai's crew there is a change(?). In Euro team Istvan Albert is the Reserve Referee Assistant and he was always Kassai's fourth official after Robert Kispal was reiterd.

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    3. István Vad has very rarely been anywhere near Kassai's team since Euros 2012.

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    4. I lost myself yesterday in my comments and predictions :-) It has to be mentioned that three "big" names are missing in the semifinals - Eriksson, Brych and Mazic (of course if we exclude Velasco Carballo and Rizzoli for two blatant mistakes). At least one of them is surely out and it's not Eriksson. If refs for the finals were already chosen, then most probably the second would be Mazic. If not, everything could happen. Brych could be candidate for EL final as well, no matter he was in charge two years ago (it is unlikely, but you never know anymore with PLC). But, he has bigger chance for CL final if Bayern fails to get through (yes, the problem is Atletico's acceptance in such a big and important match, and maybe UEFA wouldn't take a risk). Marciniak is very young, it is early for him, he has plenty of time and he will get what he deserves in years that will come. Also, he officiated first leg semifinal match. And we cannot forget Carballo - if there is no Spanish team in one of the finals - he is a strong candidate, too. Well, to conclude: a contrary of my own predictions yesterday, now I am closer to think that officials have already been picked, and that the names for the finals are Eriksson and Mazic, and that something was "wrong" in appointment of Skomina or Cakir (maybe Atkinson was planned and due to his injury Skomina replaced him in EL or CL semifinal -e.g. Atkinson should be in Donetsk, but Marciniak was "moved" there, and Skomina "jumped" into clash in Villareal; or Rizzoli was planned for one of CL semifinal matches between Real and the City, but since he got out, Cakir replaced him - there is no other explanation).

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  2. Nice and particular to see De Bleckeere observing Kassai, after many tournaments they attended together, including 2010 WC...

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    1. In WC 2010 Semifinal
      Germany-Spain
      Referee: Viktor Kassai
      Fourth Official : Frank De Bleeckere

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    1. Cakir whistles today in Munich

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    2. I am quite sure that Emil is aware of that ;)

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  4. Kuipers continue make big mistakes but uefa appointment him big matches again.

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  5. Last predictions for finals: Eriksson CL, Mazic EL.

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    1. As I said: a contrary to myself thoughts yesterday, now I fully agree with this prediction.

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  6. Rizzoli is way better than Kuipers and kasssai, i m surprised not to see him hanlding the S/f.....

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  7. Watching at UE SF appointments, I would say that Kassai fully deserved this recognition for his performances and reliability.
    So actually my bet is to see Mazic at Final UE and Eriksson at Final CL, but.....
    What do you think about the following possibilities at UCL final match?:
    Velasco Carballo in case of M City - B. Munchen
    Clattemburg in case of Real Madrid - B. Munchen or Atl. Madrid
    Brych in case of Atl. Madrid - Real Madrid or M. City

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  8. U17 referees for opening day are appointed on uefa.com. Observers in Azerbaijan are Batta, Khudiyev, Antonov and Levnikov.

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    1. UEFA European Women's U17 Championship

      Referees:
      Ana Sofia Soares Aguiar (Portugal, 1981)
      Eleni Andoniou (Greece, 1985)
      Dimitrina Milkova (Bulgaria, 1984)
      Elvira Nurmustafina (Kazakhstan, 1985)
      Tess Olofsson (Sweden, 1988)
      Vera Opeykina (Russia, 1989)

      Assistant Referees:
      Oleksandra Ardasheva (Ukraine, 1987)
      Émilie Aubry (Switzerland, 1990)
      Jelena Jermolajeva (Latvia, 1988)
      Helena Malavašič (Slovenia, 1981)
      Bianca Scheffers (Netherlands, 1979)
      Kinga Seniuk-Mikulska (Poland, 1979)
      Sibel Yamaç Tamkafa (Turkey, 1981)
      Kristina Yanushkevich (Kazakhstan, 1988)

      Fourth Officials:
      Volha Tsiareshka (Belarus, 1989)
      Iryna Turauskaya (Belarus, 1982)

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    2. For Women tournament, UEFA has not published the observers, but thank to RFEF CTA we have one of them: Aleh Chykun from host country fior Germany - Spain today.

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    3. Another observer is Bo Karlsson from UEFA Referees Committee, tomorrow he will observe Czech Republic - Spain with Dimitrina Milkova.

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  9. Oooh interesting situation for Kassai. I'd think Denis Suarez deserved a free kick, but that when he didn't get it, a YC for the retaliation (ca 28') was necessary. Kassai took a risk by not calling either, and it blew up in his face 2 minutes later.

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    1. Kassai tolerates astonishing levels of dissent. Match is getting out of hand (35').

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    2. And top class onside call on Liverpool's 2-0.

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    3. The 2-0 was a superb call indeed. I was convinced it was wrong before I saw the replay.

      The 3-0 call was easier but should still not be taken for granted. Malaga unfairly went out at Dortmund on a similar call that was one of two missed offsides on their last gasp elimination goal.

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  10. Lots of dirty plays and protests in Liverpool-Villareal match...It will be tough for Kassai to control that.

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    1. And Kassai's missing a lot of it. At some point, it's not just foul tolerance, it's clearly missing fouls (see 68-69').

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    2. What's your opinion about the send-off? IMO not really suitable to his line in 1st half when there were 2-3 situations which were more “yellow“ than this one, I think.

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    3. Indeed. I can see his reasoning, but it is inconsistent with his approach in the whole match.

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    4. I remain convinced that Kassai should be be considered an Elite referee. He has an appalling tendency to tolerate contact early on well beyond a reasonable level.

      This tends to harm the less physical, more technical team in the encounter. Either they cave in meekly and fall apart -- see Barcelona at the Allianz Arena in the 2013 CL semi-final -- or they become frustrated, try to foul back, and still fall apart since that's not their game. See Villarreal tonight.

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    5. 8.2
      All the best.

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    6. @Ali, that should read "Kassai should NOT be considered..."

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  11. From the other match:

    Kuipers intervenes only if needed, he issued four yellow cards (3-1) all of which were obligatory (two tactical and two reckless fouls). There were four minor penalty appeals, it seems all of them were rightly waved away by the Dutch. No problems so far.

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    1. I agree. I must say a very good Kuipers till now.

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    2. 61': VC by Tremoulinas? The situation was missed by Kuipers.

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    3. In my opinion more reckless than excessive force. Borderline. Whole situation was missed by Kuipers as he saw Ukrainian player's back and had a nearly 0° visual angle. -0.1 for me, but I can understand a different view (violent conduct).

      A huge controversy occurred in the 75th minute when Gameiro (SEV) fell down in the box after Rakitskyy challenge. Replays didn't prove there was a contact, so... it will remain a mystery.

      Apart from those scenes, another two penalty appeals, both rightly waved away. Cards when really needed (9 in total). The game was rather fair but a lot of fouls simply deserved to be punished. 7 smaller or bigger penalty appeals is a huge number but not all were serious.

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  12. I thought I'd have a look at You Are The Ref's Ref Cam. Let's just say that I am not impressed by their report: http://you-are-the-ref.com/ref-cam/uefa-europa-league-semi-final-second-leg-liverpool-v-cf-villareal/

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    1. By a World Cup Assistant Referee nonetheless....

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  13. http://www.fotbollskanalen.se/champions-league/uppgifter-jonas-eriksson-far-doma-champions-league-finalen/

    http://www.expressen.se/sport/fotboll/champions-league/jonas-eriksson-kan-fa-doma-cl-finalen/

    https://www.gp.se/sport/fotboll/uppgifter-eriksson-f%C3%A5r-blytung-uppdrag-1.487329

    Here the first rumors for CL final...

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    1. A website in Greece reported that a Spanish radio station mentioned Eriksson for the UCL Final.

      We have to wait for UEFA's announcement.

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    2. The only appointment so far: Pertti Alaja (Finland) will be the delegate in San Siro. He already delegated the 2013 Europa League Final in Amsterdam (Benfica-Chelsea).

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