August 21, 2016

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

UEFA's Referee Committee has appointed the following match officials to take charge of Tuesday's play-offs return legs for Champions League 2016/2017. 




 Hapoel Beer Sheva FC

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 Celtic FC
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 23/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Beer Sheva (ISR)

Match Officials
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) 
Assistant Referees: Rob van de Ven (NED), Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED), Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Chistian Schmölzer (AUT)

FC Viktoria Plzeň 
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 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 23/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Plzeň (CZE)

Match Officials
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) 
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP), Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP) 
Additional Assistant Referees: Carlos Clós Gomez (ESP), Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP) 
Fourth Official: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR) 
UEFA Delegate: Mike Foster (ENG) 

AS Monaco
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 Villarreal CF
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 23/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Monaco (MON)

Match Officials
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) 
Assistant Referees: Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)  
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE) 
UEFA Referee Observer:Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)

AS Roma 
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 FC Porto
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 23/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Rome (ITA)

Match Officials
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referees: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referees: Pawel Raczkowski (POL), Tomasz Musial (POL) 
Fourth Official Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christakis Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL) 

Legia Warszawa
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Dundalk FC
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 23/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Warsaw (POL)

Match Officials
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR), Tore Hansen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray  (HUN)

62 Comments:

  1. Wow, congratulations to Szymon Marciniak!

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    1. I would say that now in terms of consideration by committee, he is treated like Kuipers, Cakir, Rizzoli, Eriksson, Mazic and so on... nothing less than that. Very, very impressive.

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  2. Huge match for Marciniak. Good luck to him.

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  3. Rune Pedersen was originally appointed for Manchester City - Steaua but now he will observe Undiano Mallenco in Plzen, replacing Horst Brummeier as observer in this game.
    Perhaps a chance to see a Category 1 referee in Manchester, the match is absolutely suitable.

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    1. And according to UEFA.com Deaconu now observes Nijhuis.

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    2. What a mess.........

      Hellenic football Federation announced on Friday that Bikas was appointed on Roma - Porto. Deaconu was at Monaco - Villareal and Skapoullis on Israel.

      UEFA.com indicates Bikas on Monaco, Deaconu on Israel and Skapoullis at Rome.

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    3. Who replaces Pedersen in Manchester?

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    4. We must wait, I can't get this info for now.

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    5. @ Edward: Originally Bikas indeed was appointed for this game.
      Brummeier now has City.

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  4. So for Wednesday's matches we can expect surely Atkinson, Rocchi, Kassai and perhaps Mazic. In addition, I would like to see a Category 1 referee in Manchester.
    Other options for these games: Fernández Borbalán, Thomson...

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    1. We will see Rocchi, Kassai, Atkinson, Mazic and Thomson!!! Marciniak is one of the top referees now like Clattenburg, Rizzoli, Kuipers, Kassai, Çakır and others!!! I believe Marciniak will be pushed this season... Some more big appointments awaits him during group stage and knockouts as well I feel... And Marciniak is a very good referee as well considering whatever I've seen of him till date!!! Well deserved appointment!!!

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    2. I don't think that we'll see Mazic as he handled the Supercup. Instead of him I expect Fernández and the other four officials mentioned.

      Brummeier observes City-Steaua. So UEFA most likely changed some appointments after the clear 5-0 win by City.

      Based on the other observers, I dare to make these predictions:

      City-Steaua: Horst Brummeier (AUT), prediction: David Fernández (ESP)
      Gladbach-Young Boys: Jörn West Larsen (DEN), prediction: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
      Salzburg-Dinamo: Oguz Sarvan (TUR), prediction: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
      Rostov-Ajax: Jozef Marko (SVK), prediction: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
      APOEL-Kobenhavn: Manuel Diaz Vega (ESP), prediction: Craig Thomson (SCO)

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  5. Predictable appointments overall... Big appointment for Marciniak... Honestly I felt Kassai or Eriksson would be pencilled in for Roma-Porto 2nd leg which is going to be very, very challenging if the 1st leg is anything to go by... Big test for Marciniak at the start of the European season... If he does well here, lots of big appointments will await him during the group stages and knockouts!!! Overall Kuipers, Brych, Eriksson and Marciniak have refereed the most high-profile and important matches of the playoff stage, I think!!!

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  6. My predictions:
    Apoel-Kobenhavn, Thomson
    Salzburg-D.Zagreb, Rocchi
    City-Steaua, Borbalán
    Rostov-Ajax, Kassai
    Mönchengladbach-Y.Boys, Atkinson

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  7. Personally I would not pick Marciniak for such a red-hot clash between two big clubs with so much at stake. Collina is somehow taking a risk. On the other hand, this is an enormous opportunity for the Pole to show his stuff and tell Collina he is ready to be at the forefront of the UEFA refereeing.

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  8. Craig Thomson Salzburg - Dinamo Zagreb:
    http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=2986&newsID=16453&newsCategoryID=1

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  9. Surprise surprise: Pawel Gil in City-Steaua!

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  10. First yellow card dished out by Marciniak to Porto's Herrera for infringement during a free kick... Good start, the match is pretty calm and quiet till now, hasn't yet got heated like leg1... With passing time Roma will be aggressive as they are down by a goal and Marciniak may have a difficult match... So far so good, not many difficulties for Marciniak...

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  11. A penalty appeal by Monaco rejected by Jonas Eriksson!!! Have to look at replays to understand what that was all about!!!

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  12. Marciniak sent off De Rossi for SFP.

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  13. RC for De Rossi.
    absolutely correct.

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    1. Fair enough call for me... The match is getting heated... Marciniak will be tested in the 2nd half...

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    2. Fantastic and correct decision.

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    3. And brave one. I'm sure many top refs would have shown a YC for that foul.

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    4. @Niclas
      What's your take on the no-penalty call in Villarreal - Monaco by Jonas Eriksson???

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    5. Watched it now. The hand up there is mainly aimed at making the body bigger and is completely unnatural in that position. Clear penalty for me.

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  14. Huge decision by Szymon Marciniak as he sent off Roma captain Daniele de Rossi with a straight red card in the 1st half itself.. Pretty nasty and mistimed challenge by de Rossi and I think red card was a fair call... Whether it was a red or yellow is open to debate but I feel it's not a bad decision... What's everyone's take on this?
    Meanwhile the match is slowly getting very heated and Marciniak will be facing a huge test in the 2nd half... Will be challenging stuffs for Marciniak... Big call in 1st half and the entire atmosphere of the match has changed... Will be very interesting 2nd half in Rome!!!

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  15. What a match for Marciniak: already 6 (!) minutes of added time in Rome.

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    1. Kuipers had the most difficult and challenging clash during leg 1 and it was Porto-Roma... Now I think it's safe to conclude the same for Marciniak... It will get very, very challenging for Marciniak at Rome during the 2nd half.. What a wild encounter between these teams in both the legs! Phew!

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  16. 43': clear penalty appeal boy Villareal players, very angry about Eriksson and Strombergsson no-decision ! For me, clear handball from Raggi and fault missed by swedish ref.

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  17. It may seem unbelievable but first time I am seeing Mallenco being so lenient. For me he missed 2 YC's (14' and 41'). Especially on the second case no25 of Plzen made 2 same fouls on 2 minutes 41'-43' but was never cautioned.

    There is a possible handball on 1-1 by the Bulgarian attacker but I need a better replay.

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    1. He is the one who makes home team frustrated with his decisions...

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    2. IMO the handball was undeliberate, unexpected and bouncing ball. On the other hand whistling the handball by the attacker would probably have been accepted by everyone.

      Nijhuis' penalty was rather a free kick, foul shortly before the p.a. line after first watching.

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    3. Is Nijhuis calm and composed today or fussy and over zealous like always? The game isn't shown live here!

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    4. 60' Disallowed goal for Plzen (offside) by AR1 Yuste Jimenez. Replay doesn't support his decision. Definitely a mistake.

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  18. Any thoughts on the penalty appeal in Monaco-Villarreal?

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  19. Another RC by Marciniak. Roma down to 9. Correct red card for SFP!

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  20. Boom! 2nd straight red card dished out by Marciniak and good decision again! Some strong refereeing by Marciniak today... This man will go far in the knockout stages as far as appointments are concerned... Very good performance today till now!

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  21. Massive blackout by Eriksson. Handball Penalty although the ball clearly only touched the defender's back.

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    1. Must be a big KMI error in that case?

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    2. IMO two crucial mistakes today by Eriksson. First a missed penalty for Villarreal (handball) and then a wrong penalty for Monaco (handball, although as Niclas said, the defender played it with his back).

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  22. Moen with a game of normal difficulty. Correct second YC/RC to Hloušek, missed one rough elbow foul (YC borderline to RC), some other YCs for SPA deliberately not given... Typical Moenish performance.

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    1. Apathetic and lacking personality type of Moen?

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    2. He was even quite chatty tonight but his lack of alertness is always the big point for improvement.

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    3. What you point out RayHD is something that Moen just can't seem to fix or get right.

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  23. Oh Jonas, the upper back/lower neck is nowhere near the arm. I chalk it up to being poorly positioned, not being sure what he saw, and making the called based on the defenders movement. Unfortunately for Jonas, the Villarreal player did nothing wrong.
    And if we want to do a comparison. Raggi's handball was much more clear cut to me. His arm is in an unnatural position, he enlarges his body by having it there, and it does stop a ball possibly going towards goal. If you're not going to call one, you can't possibly call the other.
    Mistakes by Jonas that directly affect the outcome of the match.

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    1. Oh Nando, did not know you know the Swedish personally ;-)

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    2. Nando Vasquez, when you can see the Marciniak decisions: 2 RC by SPF . (Roma vs Porto).

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    3. Niclas, oh yeah Jonas and I are like two peas in a pod. LOL

      DA, I was flipping back and forth between the two matches as those were the two matches that I was watching live. But I was fortunate enough to catch all 4 of the incidents in question live and as they happen. In regards to the straight red cards given to the Roma player's. Marciniak was left with no choice based on the player's actions. De Rossi literally ran his studs down Pereiras leg from the knee to the foot. And Emerson went in straight legged studs exposed directly into the Porto players ankle. That Porto player was fortunate to not have had his ankle dislocated or broken.
      I am a by the book type of referee who believes that as referee's we don't "give out" cards. I view it as players earn them with their actions and we simply apply the law. So I was happy and dare I say proud to see Marciniak issue the proper colored cards regardless of time and score. BRAVO!

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    4. Thought so - Vasquez being a typical Scandinavian name made that easy to guess.

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    5. It's short for Vasquezsson. LOL ;)

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  24. Moen in Legia Warszawa - Dundalk FC:

    https://streamable.com/ncae

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    1. The 2 YC were manifestly excessive.

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  25. Not penalty in Monaco, not penalty in Plzen.
    Brave Marciniak in Roma.

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  26. Penalty in Plzen? When?

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  27. I checked now the handballs in Monaco - Villarreal.
    Two crucial mistakes for Eriksson: the first one is a clear penalty missed (handball by Raggi, absolutely to be punished), the second is the wrong penalty assigned (no handball at all).
    After EL final, I would say that Eriksson has very significant points for improvement in detecting deliberate handball.
    The first crucial mistake affected the game, because with a goal scored before the end of first half, Villarreal could have managed a win and perhaps the qualification.
    I'm really sorry but too many mistakes in recent times from the Swedish, he must improve, now the full trust by committee could be in danger.

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    1. Had a decent Euro but yesterday's match didn't go well for him.. 2 wrong KMIs might mean no important matches in group stage.. I hope he gets another chance in a good match and can make a good comeback!

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  28. So we have seen 15 Elite referees in action till now during the playoff stage! I ask all members of this blog to share their opinion on who have put in the top 5 performances overall out of these 15... My top 5 would be Clattenburg, Kuipers, Marciniak, Brych and Rizzoli... Would love to know from others about their choices as well!!

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    1. As I have not seen all matches, I cannot comment on that. Kuipers and Marciniak both had very good evenings for sure. Brych at any rate missed a RC at the end, the double YC was nice but technically not enough.

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    2. Today's 5 matches will also be interesting to observe!!
      Coming to the poor performances, Eriksson, Undiano Mallenco and Nijhuis didn't have particularly good evenings... Moen and Sidiropoulous weren't too impressive either...
      I'm looking forward to watching Pawel Gil and Andre Marriner today... I hope they perform well and make the most of their opportunities... Wishing them all the best for their matches!! Mazic and Rocchi will also do well I think... Only Craig Thomson does worry me a touch!

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    3. I do not agree with your assessment of Nijhuis. I know he isnwt a referee many admire, but he gave a solid performance. The penalty decision was swift, and in my opinion, perfectly right. It was not an easy contest to handle, and he did it perfectly well, keeping a cool head and demonstrating safe hands.

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