August 15, 2016

UEFA Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs 1st Legs (2)

The following match officials will be in  charge of next Wednesday's play-offs for Champions League 2016/2017. 

Ludogorets Razgrad 

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FC Viktoria Plzeň 
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 17/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Sofia (BUL)

Match Officials
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) 
Assistant Referees: Jake Collin (ENG), Simon Bennett (ENG) 
Additional Assistant Referees: Andre Marriner (ENG), Lee Mason (ENG) 
Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)
Referee Liaison Officer: N/A

Celtic FC
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Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC 
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 17/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Glasgow (SCO)

Match Officials
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) 
Assistant Referees: Jure Praprotnik (SVN), Robert Vukan (SVN) 
Additional Assistant Referees: Matej Jug (SVN), Dragoslav Peric (SVN) 
Fourth Official: Tomaz Klancnik (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT) 
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)
Referee Liaison Officer: George Clyde (SCO) 

FC Porto
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AS Roma
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 17/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Porto (POR)

Match Officials
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) 
Assistant Referees: Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED) 
Additional Assistant Referees:  Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)  
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)
Referee Liaison Officer: N/A

Dundalk FC 
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Legia Warszawa  
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 17/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Dublin (IRL)

Match Officials
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) 
Assistant Referees: Guido Kleve (GER), Markus Häcker (GER) 
Additional Assistant Referees: Tobias Welz (GER), Benjamin Brand (GER) 
Fourth Official: Jan Seidel (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Pierino L. G. Lardi (SUI)
Referee Liaison Officer: Patrick A. Daly (IRL)

Villarreal CF 
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AS Monaco 
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 17/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Villarreal (ESP)

Match Officials
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) 
Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch (GER), Marco Achmüller (GER) 
Additional Assistant Referees: Marco Fritz (GER), Robert Hartmann (GER) 
Fourth Official: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR) 
Referee Liaison Officer: Rubén Díaz Morales (ESP) 

71 Comments:

  1. Today or tomorrow appointments Europa League? Thanks!

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    1. Today, in a few minutes (I hope).

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  2. Clattenburg has Bennett as AR2, Marriner AAR1 Mason AAR2. Perhaps, this can be because Taylor has a match in EL.

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    1. Taylor is not appointed. However, one could think that committee wanted to separate him from Clattenburg also considering the fact that he could get more and more important appointments as main referee, in his growth's path.

      Particular also to see some changes in Brych's team. Lupp is not there,

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    2. And Hartmann (no FIFA) instead of Dankert as AAR in Brych's team.

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  3. So the best matches of 1st leg go to Kuipers and Brych!! Chefren, can you give me some information on whether referees like Mateu Lahoz, Karasev, Çakır will be appointed for the 2nd leg playoffs in CL?

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    1. I can't give sure info about that :) but I agree with Alberto Ruiz Mena: after two major tournaments like EURO and Olympics, these referees should at least take some days of rest, before the beginning of the international season.
      So, I wouldn't appoint them, but of course we can't know.
      In case, considering the Elite referees already appointed for first legs, the referees still in Brazil and Tagliavento in Europa League, the remaining names for the second legs playoffs in Champions would be:
      Atkinson (ENG), Eriksson (SWE) Fernández Borbalán (ESP), Kassai (HUN), Marciniak (POL) Mažić (SRB), Moen (NOR), Nijhuis (NED), Rocchi (ITA), Thomson (SCO), Undiano Mallenco (ESP).
      So 11 referees: one could be appointed in EL (Thomson / Nijhuis)?

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    2. Mateu is perhaps the only exception as he was not in France for EURO.

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    3. Maybe they can give an appointment to Turpin and Hategan and probably rest Çakır and Karasev!!!

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    4. agree with Chefren I wouldn't appoint olimpics officials and neither Mazic who has already officiated super cpu final.
      Hope to are some first class talents in the return leg sending Borbaln, Thomson, Nihujis and Mien in Europe league

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    5. I don't think Fernandez Borbalan and Undiano Mallenco will both feature in 2nd leg!! Either of them + Nijhuis + Thomson!!!

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  4. I think that Çakir, Karasev and Matéu
    must repose after Bresil.

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  5. Wasn't there are an info that the fourth officials will be referees again (instead of assistant referees)?

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  6. Why no liaison officer for Clattenburg and Kuipers??

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    1. I'm sorry for that, we couldn't get this info.

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    2. That's ok Chefren... Not the most important piece of information... You get us all the important appointments well on time and we seriously appreciate that!! 😃

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  7. Strong verbal caution by Kuipers in 5th minute of the match!! Good to establish authority and convey a no nonsense approach from the very beginning of the match!!! Good start!!

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  8. Penalty and 2 cards in 6 minutes for Brych...

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    1. Brych is always a bit on the over-zealous side!!! 😁

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  9. Very good Kuipers until now. Two quick, correct, yellow cards, and some good warnings. Maybe one missed yellow card. Correct red card (2nd yellow), and correct no penalty there, even though I doubt whether or not it was DOGSO. I think that a YC is still acceptable.

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    1. Not DOGSO IMO... Ball was quite far away there and some defenders ahead.. Tough to call it a DOGSO... Acceptable and correct YC IMO and also an excellent no penalty call... Was a tricky call that but as replays showed it was outside the box... Good 1st half for Kuipers with the correct balance of letting the game flow and at the same time keeping an effective control over the game... Good job till now!!!

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  10. Correctly disallowed goal by Kuipers for Porto.. AR1 Sander van Roekel took his time and decided on the offside... Good officiating by Kuipers when he took his time, had a chat with AR van Roekel and AAR van Boekel and made the right decision of disallowing the goal... Taking a bit of time and keeping a calm head helps in good decision making as shown by Team Kuipers here... Good decision and most importantly Excellent instance of teamwork!!!

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    1. Absolutely excellent, the teamwork was necessary because on the first attempt to pass there was a touch by defender (not deliberate in my opinion), however, after that, the player from Porto touched again the ball and the teammate was then in a clear offside position.
      Very good, sometimes it is better to take a few time in order to assure an excellent decision, than to decide in a hurry but perhaps in a wrong manner.
      I praise Kuipers and van Roekel.

      Video:
      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4p2xtw_adrian-alvarez-cancelled-goal-hd-porto-0-1-roma-17-08-2016-hd_sport

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    2. @Chefren
      Absolutely correct mate... The correct decision should be made under all circumstances!! What's your take on Kuipers' overall performance in today's game??? Did you find any debatable calls? What will be your marks for him??

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    3. I'm not watching the game, sorry :)

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    4. No problems... When you get any information please do let me know... I watched the game and felt he has been very good... But I'm not suitable enough to judge the performance from an observer's viewpoint... If you get any info later then please tell me at that time!! Thanks Chefren... 😃

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    5. Excellent teamwork indeed. In my opinion, Kuipers did a really good job in a quite challenging match. I think he made the crucial decision right. I only wondered why he booked De Rossi in the dieing seconds. Over all, I would say 8.5.

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    6. @Rik B
      Commentators on air were constantly talking about a missed penalty...Can you tell be what was that about? I can't recall anything like that and neither any such replays were shown!!
      Overall I though he did very decently in a pretty difficult match and good teamwork as well!!

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    7. A missed handball, I meant to say!!!

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    8. I have heard that too, but here in Holland, the match was shown on a channel on which I never listen to the commentators. ;) I have to say that I don't know about that. I noticed nothing at full speed, but apperently threre were some replays that I haven't seen.

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    9. There is a penalty for handball by one player from Roma (around 44')

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    10. No replays were shown here either... But I can recall Kuipers waving away an appeal just before the 1st half ended... Might be that...
      But nobody can deny the fact that Kuipers has been very good overall in a pretty challenging match!!! A good day's for the Dutch team I must say!!!

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    11. The Portuguese television showed the replay.
      While there is video I put here.

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    12. https://youtu.be/AxJPwUwG7xc
      4:18'

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    13. Is it clear in the video link?? The video is extremely inconclusive and no way we can tell whether the handball, if at all, was deliberate or not... If there was so much of doubt then I think no penalty was an acceptable call... I wonder whether this is at all a KMI?

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    14. Anyhow a very much expected level performance by Team Kuipers today in a difficult match... My marks would be 8.3/8.4... Well done to them!!!

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  11. Correct penalty awarded by Aytekin for handball in the box. Dundalk player threw himself on the ground in order to block the shot. His hand enlarged the body surface, so a whistle and YC had to come.

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    1. I didn't see this situation but reading your comment I'm not sure if the YC is really necessary according the 'new' LOTG? Only possibility would be SPA but I heard a goal shot should not be judged as SPA (as it is a shot and not an attack).

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    2. Hm, at least in Poland and in UEFA it is a common thing that if the shot goes on goal and is blocked by hand, it's a YC.

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    3. Common yes but please show me in the LOTG... :) With the 'new' LOTG this summer it is clear that there is a YC only for scoring a goal (or the attempt), a 'failed' DOGSO and SPA of course. From what I've heard a shot should not be evaluated as a promising attack.

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    4. I think that the penalty indicated by Aytekin don´t was
      correct.
      The defender was of backs and it did not see the ball.

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    5. A shot on goal blocked by deliberate handball must be always YC. It is not possible to whistle without card.

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  12. Brych with YC and 2nd YC in one situation. For me it was violent conduct, so it should have been a straight red card...

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  13. Can someone tell me what is it about the missed handball that the commentators were constantly cringing about during Porto-Roma 2nd half? When did AAR of Team Kuipers miss a handball?? I can't recall any replay being shown either!! Can someone shed some light on this??
    From whatever I saw Kuipers had a pretty challenging match where got every major decision correct... Absolutely expected level of performance... Good job done by the Dutch TEAM... Eager to hear about Björn's performance tonight from the observer's perspective!!!

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    1. Last minute of 1st half! Missed penalty IMO

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    2. The problem is I can't find a good, conclusive replay... @DA shared a link to a video but I can't clearly conclude from there whether there was a handball or not and if there was any then whether it was deliberate or not... Under so much of doubt I think no penalty is somewhat an acceptable call... Wonder whether it's a KMI or not... For me maybe not but all depends on the observer so let's see!!!

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    3. In this video you see better. (1:02')

      http://www.rtp.pt/noticias/liga-dos-campeoes/fc-porto-empata-com-a-as-roma-para-a-liga-dos-campeoes_v941326

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    4. May you download the video by Video Downloader Ultimate or record it by Bandicam and upload it at streamable? It's unavailable outside Portugal.

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    5. This one should be clear. Replay was not shown during the match, but in the post-match analysis.

      https://vimeo.com/179258695

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    6. Huge thanks for that!!! So a very difficult scene for the referee. There is no one behind the defender and his hand is quite naturally positioned. Nonetheless, the ball is expected and he tries to block a center. Difficult. I would not judge it as a clear mistake but I really hope UEFA will include this situation in their next RAP.

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    7. I think that's not a deliberate handball... It seems that he was trying to take his hand away... Moreover that hand position is natural so can't be interpreted as unnatural hand position... When there is considerable doubt even in replays, I will back the referee... No penalty call acceptable with so much of doubt... That's not unnatural hand position and also it seemed he was taking his hand away from the ball to be honest... In such circumstances UEFA gives the referees the discretion to make the call so I don't think this will be considered as any crucial error by the observer... I liked Kuipers' overall performance yesterday considering the match was a pretty challenging one!!!

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  14. Predictions 2nd leg:
    Mönchengladbach-Bern: Thomson
    Monaco - Villareal: Rocchi
    ManCity - Steaua: Nijhuis
    Roma - Porto: Eriksson
    Rostow - Ajax: Kassai
    Plzen - Ludogorets: Marciniak
    Beer-Sheva - Celtic: Moen
    APOEL - Copenhagen: Mazic
    Legia - Dundalk: Undiano
    Salzburg - Zagreb: Atkinson

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    1. Here are mine:

      Beer-Sheva - Celtic: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
      Plzen - Ludogorets: Craig Thomson (SCO)
      Legia - Dundalk: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
      Roma - Porto: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
      Monaco - Villarreal: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
      APOEL - Copenhagen: Milorad Mazic (SRB)
      City - Steaua: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
      Rostov - Ajax: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
      Mönchengladbach - Young Boys: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
      Salzburg - Zagreb: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

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    2. Mine

      Mönchengladbach-Bern: Thomson
      Monaco - Villareal: Marciniak
      ManCity - Steaua: Borbalan
      Roma - Porto: Kassai
      Rostow - Ajax: Rocchi
      Plzen - Ludogorets: Eriksson
      Beer-Sheva - Celtic: Moen
      APOEL - Copenhagen: Undiano
      Legia - Dundalk: Mazic
      Salzburg - Zagreb: Atkinson

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  15. Dundalk FC - Legia Warszawa (Deniz Aytekin)

    1) penalty for handball
    https://streamable.com/wsaf

    2) penalty appeal (pushing)
    https://streamable.com/r464

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    1. 1) We can discuss for years about this call, always the same problem with handballs. This is never deliberate in the real meaning of the term. The player tries to block the shot on goal in a fair manner. For me, it was better to play on. I would have accepted more a call if the touch had been made with the other arm. But in this case, defender has not any perception of the ball. However I'm convinced Aytekin will be backed, according to some RAP clips, UEFA leaves the discretion to referees in such situations.
      2) play on is definitely OK and I would say the correct decision, I don't see a significant pushing

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  16. I'm not that convinced by Brych penalty call...

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    1. Brych's refereeing is very over aggressive IMO... Another problem is that he misses clear penalties but whistles for the minimal contact... Really inconsistent at times!!!

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    2. I checked now the sending off in the last minutes. Both infringments (at first the foul then the reaction) are already "orange". The tackle is really late and reckless, but OK, YC is still the correct decision.
      But what happens later is clearly a violent conduct in my opinion, excessive force in hitting the opponent is used.
      Player from Monaco was lucky to escape from a straight RC and one could say that with two YCs Brych was even very lenient!

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    3. Yup that's what I meant... He tries to show himself as a very strict authoritarian and in that process penalises the minimum mistakes but often ignores the big infringements of laws... Inconsistent is the word!!;

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  17. What about Skomina in Glasgow?

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  18. Yesterday Kuipers,Brych and Skomina only middlings.

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    1. On an expected level all of them... Minor issues that can be improved... But big error or anything... Good job overall by all 3!!

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    2. If you watched Skomina, you can say more about his performance.

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  19. I checked some highlights of Kuipers game. I must say: a very challenging game for all the officials. Having already discussed about the disallowed goal (excellent cooperation Referee - AR1 - AAR1), I think that the penalty appeal for handball at the end of first half is really tricky. I would back the referee as I really can't decide in a way or another way. I also hope that this situation will be included in the RAP, as RayHD stated.
    The second YC to Vermaelen is another very good decision: Kuipers had to decide for several things in a while: YC or RC? DOGSO, SPA? Penalty, free kick? Absolutely correct decision to whistle a free kick (it was outside) and YC (the second for the player). It wasn't a DOGSO. So, another very difficult key incident correctly assessed.
    The penalty in favor of Porto is for me an OK decision, UEFA will surely back the Dutch. It was a punishable handball.
    So, all in all, I would say Kuipers did well.
    I can't state that for sure because I didn't watch the game.
    Some people are reporting that Kuipers had not an excellent physical condition and sometimes he was in trouble while following the play. It would be nice to hear your opinion about that. Then, it is also reported that often his card management was not that consistent. But you see, how many things one must take into account to come to a final assessment, I think that overall Kuipers more or less did what we expected.

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    1. @Chefren
      I think the card management was pretty well balanced... The typical Kuipers style of dishing out cards... A fine mix of verbal warnings and issuing cautions as and when needed... That second yellow to AS Roma player is a good example that he uses cards when needed but at the same time isn't too card happy as the likes of Velasco Carballo were...
      The physical condition part I didn't notice that closely... But I don't think there were too many issues there... If it wasn't right it would surely have caught my attention... I didn't really feel there were too many problems with Kuipers' fitness, positioning or card management... But the match was overall a very tricky and challenging one as it seemed to me... They had a fitness test a few days so I presume he wouldn't have got this big appointment in case he was unfit or having any niggle... Honestly I didn't notice any big problem with Kuipers' fitness or positioning yesterday!!! Chefren, can you please let me know what exactly was reported as lacking in Kuipers' physical condition?
      The handball issue just before the 1st half closure whistle was an acceptable no penalty call for me because I wonder whether that can be deemed as deliberate... The hand was in a natural position so no unnatural hand position argument valid either... And I felt the player was trying to take his away from the ball as well...All in All enough doubts in my mind even after watching the replay numerous times... So with so much of doubt we got to back the referee... Cannot be marked as an error IMO... Even UEFA gives the referees complete discretion when such situations with considerable doubts arise so I would back the referee here...
      We kind of knew that this Porto-Roma was going to be the most high-profile and challenging clash for referees during playoffs and more so when the 1st leg is building up the 2nd leg (will be very challenging as well)... So definitely Collina trusts Kuipers to do well in a big match and that's why he appointed him to this important clash... And overall I think Kuipers has successfully managed to repay the committee's faith... Satisfying performance in a very tricky and challenging match!!!
      I expect to see either of Kassai or Eriksson in the 2nd leg... Going by yesterday's match the 2nd leg will be a very fierce battle as well so we need experienced, calm referees like the Hungarian and the Swedish whose calm and no nonsense approach will definitely help... Kassai will be my choice!!!

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