August 22, 2016

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

The following officials will complete the appointments for 2016-17 UEFA Champions League's Play Off Stage. Two surprises are among the appointees: First Group officials Pawel Gil of Poland and Andre Marriner of England will take charge of a match each.






APOEL Nicosia

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 FC København 
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 24/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Nicosia (CYP)

Match Officials
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA), Filippo Meli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Davide Massa (ITA), Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP) 
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO)

FC Rostov 

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 AFC Ajax 
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 24/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Rostov-na-Donu (RUS)

Match Officials
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referees: Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referees: Danilo Grujić (SRB), Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK) 
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis  (LVA)

Manchester City FC

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 Steaua Bucureşti
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 24/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Manchester (ENG)

Match Officials
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referees: Piotr Sadczuk (POL), Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referees: Bartosz Frankowski (POL), Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Fourth Official: Konrad Sapela (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT) 
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboon (NED) 

FC Salzburg 

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 Dinamo Zagreb 
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 24/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Salzburg(AUT)

Match Officials
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) 
Assistant Referees: David McGeachie (SCO), Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referees: Kevin Clancy (SCO), Andrew Dallas (SCO) 
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR) 
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)



VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach

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BSC Young Boys
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 24/08/2016, 20:45 CET – Mönchengladbach (GER)

Match Officials
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Craig Pawson (ENG), Robert Madley (ENG)
Fourth Official: Harry Lennard (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Nils Fisketjonn (NOR) 

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36 Comments:

  1. Marriner a replacement for Atkinson? Big surprise with Gil in Manchester as well.
    Perhaps Kassai in EL...

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  2. Nice for Gil that he gets a second chance. After one season with a lot of important appointments, the trust in him seemed to be lowered. Nice for him that he gets this match now. And of course, its a suitable match.

    However, I am quite surprised by the appointment of Marriner. He never had a KO-match before, only two or three EL- play offs. Usually a EL-KO match comes before a CL-play off match. Besides, why would one first appoint the best (or on of the best) refs of the world for a match, and for the second leg appoint an official with no CL-experience? No doubt that Marriner will be helped by his experience in big English clashes, but still....It's not like the match is completely over yet.

    Furthermore, suprising that Thomson is in charge of a match that could be quite heated.

    The other appointments make sense to me.

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  3. Atkinson has a UEL playoff, so he obviously is not replaced by Marriner. Indeed surprising as I think Gladbach-Young Boys was actually a quite even or balanced tie. The 1-3 was a bit lucky in the first leg - let the Suisse team score the first goal and things could turn interesting. Big stadium, big atmosphere - nice for Atkinson.

    Gil is probably one of those victims of the former Elite Development system who now get a reward for continuous solid performances. That's what I expect other names to follow in UCL group stage, e.g. Schörgenhofer, maybe even Stavrev or other comparable officials.

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  4. Appointment Mariner and Gil is ridiculous.

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    1. After 0:5 in first match, it's a perfect choice to pick group 1 referee for City-Steaua.

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    2. Mekkelie,Kehlet,Taylor,Jug,Kruzliak...no Gil and Marriner.

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    3. You have a point with regard to Jug for example. Reading his name in City-Steaua would have made sense following his many solid UEFA seasons + a decent EURO with many appointments as 4th official.

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  5. @Niclas and @Chefren
    More than anything the appointment of Viktor Kassai for a EL playoff instead of a CL playoff is absolutely ridiculous to me!!! How can one of the top referees of the world be sent for an EL playoff when important clashes are going on in CL playoff!!! This is unbelievable for me!!!

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  6. PLC once again is showing the shortage of real Elite referees. What's the reason to appoint Mazic since he already had the Super Cup?

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    1. Following the change of date for Super Cup, referees in charge of this game got also a CL play off. One year ago Collum, two years ago Clattenburg. For this reason I expected Mazic in a game and I think this appointment is normal...

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  7. Thomson with two rather rightly rejected penalty appeals (to be rewatched), one possible YC for SPA not given and I think one missed at least reckless foul (but maybe replays will show that I'm wrong). I will post videos as soon as possible.

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  8. It's once again a sad night for the Dutch football, but at least Milorad Mazic is doing a good job. Three correct yellow cards. Maybe one yellow card missed for diving (64 minutes), but given the location of it, I can live with no card and ply on. After 66 minutes a very close offside situation, prior to the 4-0. No good replay has been shown yet, but I would say it was a good call.

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    1. Correct decision by AR1 Ristic.

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KheJFJPmN4g
      Very good decision.

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  9. Mazic has been very good... Bit what's really shocking is Ajax receiving a 4–0 drubbing at the hands of Rostov! Unbelievably poor performance by Ajax and really a sad night for Dutch football! 😖

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  10. Now important call for Mazic, penalty and RC for DOGSO. The foul was not a fair attempt to play the ball, so correct decision. Very good.

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    1. Yes, DOGSO+ defender without any chance to play the ball.

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  11. Mazic now with a straight red card, because of DOGSO within the penalty area. I think that there are many arguments to say that this red card is correct. The defending Rostov player was totally behind the Ajax attacker and could never have played the ball. The foul could never be 'with the intention to play the ball.' IMO a correct decision.

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    1. I am not totally convinced. The original "kicking movement" was too risky, of course, but mainly an attempt to clear the ball. The second leg then caused the contact for my taste. I am not entirely sure whether this should be a RC in the new LotG.

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  12. Reading the final score from Mönchengladbach, I understand why an Elite official was not appointed there...

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  13. Interesting decision by Mazic: no added time at all. I expected at least one or two minutes. Reasonable choice of course, but not in line with the usual added time in CL.

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  14. Two key match incidents for Thomson in the second half. One being a foul of Jonas (DZG) - slide tackle, reckless or SFP?, the contact was made by knee but in my opinion it still endangered the safety of an opponent (60') and another being a handball penalty appeal two minutes later. Maybe not 100% deliberate but the DZG player's hand was in an unnatural position...

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    1. Well if there was a penalty called, that also should have been second yellow for Dinamo player #22

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    2. I don't agree with you, M. The handball was not completely intentional, as RayHD correctly stated, however the hand was way too highly raised, made the body bigger and more than "careless". The defender cannot really be defended by an unexpected ball either as he actually saw it coming.
      On the other hand, I don't think that a YC was necessary. And Thomson very likely could not spot the handball (from his position, it could have looked like a header). AAR2 Dallas should have seen it.

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  15. No cards issued in City v Steua! Justifying UEFA's decision not to appoint an Elite referee there as well after the 5–0 1st leg result!

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  16. Probably the crucial goal in the RBS-DZG duel was scored after a potential dangerous play. Will be interesting to see your opinions on that incident.

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    1. I think Bryh had that same situation on Euro in Sweden-Belgium match.
      To me , in this situation this was correct decision ...

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    2. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4q5f76_1-2-el-arbi-hillel-soudani-goal-rb-salzburg-1-2-dinamo-zagreb-24-08-2016_sport

      00:13

      I think that the raised leg could have been whistled because potentially dangerous but this isn't a 100% mistake because I see two arguments in favor of Thomson's decision: the leg was not that close to opponent and the head was clearly lowered.

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    3. Well, of course another point is that indirect free kicks for dangerous play seem to have been forgotten by most of the referees...

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    4. IMO good decision to play on.

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    5. Play-on for me as well. The defender is simply sleeping and stopping his defending action early. It was not like that he was impeded by this raised leg and did not want to risk to go to the ball with his head. Nobody complaint, and technically it is no foul for me either.

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    6. BTW Thomson sent a Salzburg player off in 105+1 for abusive/insultive gestures or language. Most likely he excessively complaint about the missed handball.

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  17. One great mistake of Thompson in Salzburg.

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  18. I've watched Nijhuis and Marriner. Nijhuis was not erratic as people have alluded here to his past. It was not an easy match as the Israeli team reached closer and closer to overwhelm Celtic who played atrociously. The referee had a solid game. But for some cases in the second half when he preferred to whistle instead of trying to apply the advantage rule (there is a reasonable excuse - trying not to let things get out of hand), it could have been assessed as a brilliant performance. As for the penalty awarded to Beer Sheva, Nijhuis was close behind the incident (he is generally close, as he is in good shape) and immediately pointed to the penalty-spot. It was a question of inches, probably milimetres, if it the foul was committed on the penalty-area line or outside it.
    As for Marriner, he has a pretty easy game to handle. One could argue only about the second Gladbach goal - did Herrmann elbow slghtly the Young Boys defender who, under pressure, didnwt clear the ball well, thus enabling Raffael to score an easy goal. Otherwise, Marriner was clean as a whistle. His ars though had a difficult job as Gladbach played towards both flanks which make it very difficult for the ar to assess an offside/non-offside position (there is no good perspective especially when the player is on the right hand side, very close to the ar). Certainly, there were a few mistakes, as the pace was very quick, but summing it up, Beck and Burt did a very good job in difficult circumstancex

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    1. The 4:0 resulted from a clear offside position missed by AR2. So definitely a crucial mistake.

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