September 11, 2016

Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1 (I)

UEFA has chosen these officials to kick off the 2016/17 Champions League group stage. Among others, Category 1 referee Anthony Taylor will be observed by Marc Batta in München, while Hungarian Viktor Kassai will control the top clash involving PSG from France and Arsenal from England.

A| 13.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
Paris SG - Arsenal
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: Zsolt Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Dag Vestlund (NOR)

A| 13.09.2016, 20:45 CET
St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
FC Basel - Ludogorets
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Masylyanko (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Viktor Shimusik (BLR)
Fourth Official: Yuri Khomchenko (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)

B| 13.09.2016, 20:45 CET
NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Dynamo Kyiv - SSC Napoli
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: John Beaton (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)

B| 13.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
SL Benfica - Beşiktaş JK
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Đurđević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nenad Đokić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)

C| 13.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Camp Nou, Barcelona (ESP)
FC Barcelona - Celtic FC
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hațegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Şovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Constantin Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Stefan Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)

C| 13.09.2016, 20:45 CET
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester (ENG)
Manchester City - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Per Svärd (SWE)

D| 13.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Fußball Arena, München (GER)
Bayern München - FC Rostov
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Ian Hussin (NEG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Andrei Medintsev (BUL)

D| 13.09.2016, 20:45 CET
PSV Stadion, Eindhoven (NED)
PSV Eindhoven - Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Madley (ENG)
Fourth Official: Harry Lennard (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)

141 Comments:

  1. @Chefren
    Who do you think are the referees with best appointments among these 8??? Obviously Viktor with PSG v Arsenal has got the most important one but among the rest who do you think have got the comparatively more sonorous matches??

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    1. I do not share your point of view that Paris SG - Arsenal is the most important among the first 8 appointments. In my view, the most important matches are those between the second and the third placed teams according to the current club rankings. The second one will advance to the Round of 16 in the Champions League after the group stage whereas the third one will have to continue "only" in the Europa League. Therefore, I would regard Dynamo Kyiv - SSC Napoli, Manchester City - Borussia Mönchengladbach and PSV Eindhoven - Atlético de Madrid "more important" than Paris SG - Arsenal.

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    2. I agree with your point but I was actually referring to the PSG v Arsenal as the most sonorous or rather the most challenging game for referees because of the quality of football that we expect from both teams... That's why I thought Viktor got the best match time... But as a whole in terms of qualification to further rounds, I agree with your views that 2nd and 3rd are potentially more important and often becomes decisive!!!

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    3. Clearly, we must distinguish between "important" games for the teams involved, and most sonorous games in terms of appeal, thefore watched by neutral fans who like Champions League. In the first case, perhaps the quality of football can be lower, but the games are crucial for the standings, in the second case we have more "spectacle" (or, at least, this is expected). In my opinion, considering all the appointments made by committee in recent seasons, at least for the early matchdays of group stage, UEFA seems to pay more attention to the showpieces, appointing always a "big name". Then, in the last matchdays, when games become really crucial also for other teams, you can find more "big names" in this kind of matches.
      Kassai is back with a "top clash" in CL group stage after two years, Arsenal - Dortmund in 2014 was hist last appearance. In 2015-16, he got some sonorous game, but in my opinion none of them was like PSG - Arsenal.

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    4. What's your take on the matches of Kuipers, Atkinson and Mazic? Where can you conclude about the committee's views on these 3 considering the matches that they've been appointed to!!

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    5. My opinion is that I consider these games as the "standard" for Kuipers, Mazic and Atkinson. Nice if they manage to keep a good form. Committe's trust is definitely high for them.

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    6. Hmm I agree... Decent performances in standard matches will fetch them even bigger appointments in the later stages... Also an important match for Viktor... If he makes mistakes in PSG - Arsenal like he did in Serbia v Ireland match a few days back then his season will not have too many important matches later... Good luck to all the referees involved!!

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  2. So, it is Taylor with Batta. I think the English is now "travelling" for a promotion to Elite category. And his travel, until now, has been definitely good. He can be, perhaps, the new Elite for England, when Atkinson will retire, or even before that, considering that we have at moment "only" two Elite referees from England. Again, for me he is clearly ahead of Oliver, who lost some considerations in recent times.
    Nothing to say about the other appointments, including Kulbakov and Collum. I think they can manage without problems the games for which they have been assigned.
    For tomorrow, we can expect at least an Italian referee (but more likely two), then we know that Sidiropoulos and Martin Strombergsson are already appointed for a game. In addition, I think we can also expect Mateu Lahoz.

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    1. So the clearly wrong penalty kick in Anderlecht - Slavia has obviously no impact:)

      Time 0:24 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koazJkhM4LQ

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  3. Kuipers is in charge of City-Gladbach, which is an important match I think. But more interesting: his team has changed. Danny Makkelie is back in the stadium where he took charge of the same match last season, and he replaces Liesveld. And he isn't injured, because he has a match today in the Eredivisie (Ajax-Vitesse). Maybe he is appoited with another Dutch referee (maybe Gözöbüyük or Nijhuis?), but it seems strange to me.

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    1. Pretty Decent starter for Kuipers I believe!! Can turn out to be a challenging match!!

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    2. Liesveld punished for the penalty miss at Euro; Crotia-Spain????

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    3. I think nobo has a point... Not sure but might be the case why this sudden change in Team Kuipers!!

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    4. In the play-offs, Liesveld was still there. And on his twitter, he is still part of Team Kuipers. ;) But Makkelie has trained with the team before EUROas reserve AR. Strange.

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    5. Well, perhaps he will be with Nijhuis or Gözübüyük in CL / EL. Let's wait for tomorrow, there are still some options.

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  4. Swedish referee Martin Strömbergsson will get one of the ramining 8 matches on Wednesday.

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    1. I expect to see him in Lyon.

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  5. He had Dinamo Zagreb last season if I am not wrong. Dinamo-Bayern I think or am I wrong?

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    1. Yes, Dinamo Zagreb - Bayern on MD6.

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  6. OT
    Does anyone the observer and potential referees for the Women's EURO Qualifiers between Romania - Ukraine and Portugal - Finland.

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  7. Updated predictions for tomorrow:

    Leverkusen - CSKA
    Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)

    Tottenham - Monaco
    Damir Skomina (SVN)

    Real Madrid - Sporting CP
    Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

    Legia Warszawa - Borussia Dortmund
    Craig Thomson (SCO)

    Club Brügge - Leicester City
    Deniz Aytekin (GER)

    Porto - København
    Felix Zwayer (GER)

    Juventus - Sevilla
    Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

    Olympique Lyon - Dinamo Zagreb
    Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

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    1. Of course Martin Strömbergsson, not Markus :)

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    2. I would rather go for Çakır in Tottenham -Monaco and Skomina in Juventus -Sevilla... After two horror tournaments Çakır should be given a bit of relaxation time with the comparatively less sonorous matches!!!

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  8. OT: Any idea for Referee Observers in EL? Some interesting games...

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    1. Observers in EL are here:
      http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.it/2016/09/referee-observers-delegates-and.html#.V9XFlPmLSUk

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    2. Only group L is missing - sorry for that.

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  9. News from Belgium: Delferiere appointed in EL, Gumienny seems to be injured... no game in Belgium... no game in Europe...

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  10. Last year Mazic had Benfica-Galatasaray match.

    Now he is in charge of very similar match, again Benfica and turkish side, in this case Besiktas.

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    1. And before that, he had Fenerbahce-Benfica (EL semifinal)

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    2. Yes... Mazic seems to referee a lot of Turkish teams in European football!!

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  11. Indeed, Blom has Rapid Wien - Genk in EL and Liesveld will be AAR1.

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    1. Legia - Borussia?

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    2. I still don't know, sorry :(

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    3. Makkelie was always on team Blom before. This looks like a change in teams. Probably to give Makkelie more experience on higher rated matches. He is proposed to be the Dutch no. 1 when Kuipers retires in 2018.

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    4. And Raczkowski in EL? Do you know the game? ;)

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    5. No, we must wait. I got the info about Blom on knvb.nl

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    6. @Fidje
      Is it confirmed that Kuipers will retire in 2018?? Won't he continue for a couple of years more like Rizzoli and Atkinson will do??

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    7. @Soham. Yes. Before EURO 2016 Kuipers himself stated it in several interviews.

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    8. Then World Cup 2018 in Russia will be his last major tournament!!

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  12. Matej Jug (SVN) has got FC Porto : FC Kobenhavn
    ARs: Matej Žunič, Manuel Vidali
    4th official: Robert Vukan
    AARs: Dejan Balažič, Rade Obrenovič
    Info by the Slovenian Referee Association http://www.nzs.si/novica/Jugu_Porto_-_Kobenhavn_v_ligi_prvakov?id=43323&id_objekta=40

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    1. Thank you very much.

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    2. You are welcome :-)

      UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

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  13. OT

    Penalty whistled by Soares Dias this week. Good decision? (2:13')
    http://videos.sapo.pt/OweJ1eufGPFdQYU6V8oM

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    1. Replay shows that it was a tackle on the ball but I must say that watching live for the first time, I had the feeling of a penalty. AAR would have solved this situation, occurred in a very difficult area for the referee.

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    2. Obviously the referee sees the tackle but can't determine who plays the ball. I can't tell if he asked his AR1 who surely was better positioned and could have given him the full picture. On such scenes AR's should always intervene even with their own initiative.

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    3. Thanks, Chefren and Edward.

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  14. Man City v Mochengladbach has been postponed

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    1. Finally a reasonable decision by UEFA, after many matches played with absurd pitch conditions.

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    2. If we do not have the match tomorrow then the rescheduling will get very complicated... Let's see what happens!!! But player's and referees' safety obviously should be the first and foremost point of concern!!

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  15. Kuipers with a really unobtrusive perfomance so far...:D

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  16. French commentators said Just before PSG - arsenal : " As great match with two big teams, You have a great ref too with top class hungarian Kassai" : good to hear positive assesment by tv on a ref ! ;)

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  17. Good early yellow card by Viktor Kassai to Verratti of PSG... Good Decision!!

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  18. top class onside decision by Toth (1-0 PSG) ! Great ! Very difficult call.

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  19. Correct penalty call and YC by Hategan.

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    1. Hi, can you please elaborate on what the decision was on?

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    2. Foul by ter Stegen - classical situation goalkeeper vs. attacker. In the end, ter Stegen was too late and didn't catch the ball.

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    3. Looks like a good decision from Hategan!! Good Ovidiu here!!

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    4. Possible offside before the 5:0 goal. The replay does not resolve my doubts.

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  20. Viktor Kassai has very good in PSG v Arsenal game till now... Not the most challenging or demanding game from the referee's point of view but a top class performance from Viktor upto in what I've seen till now...

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  21. I started watching BEN-BES game after 25th minute. Generally good performance by Mazic in first half. Good control of the game. Only one point to mention.
    32' - wrong offside call AR1. Besiktas #7 was onside when the ball last played.

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    1. And also two correct offside decision from AR1.

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    2. Missed penalty on 55th minute for Besiktas. Mazic missed that penalty imo.

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    3. Contact was outside the box.

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    4. 100% outside, I just rewatched the situation.

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  22. What a mistake by Atkinsons AAR and Atkinson by giving the penalty.Clear dive.

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  23. Clear missed penalty by Taylor, maybe even a RC for SFP could have been given. Very high foot strongly hitting the opponent's face.
    And now a wrong penalty given by Atkinson. Actually easy to detect, especially for AAR2, who wrongly informed Atkinson.

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  24. Four (yes, FOUR!) crucial mistakes by Atkinson in PSV-Atletico. First wrongfully disallowed goal for PSV, then missed RC to Godin for elbow, then missed penalty for PSV (holding) and finally wrong penalty for PSV (attacker fell himself). Definitely not the best of nights for Atkinson

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  25. Collum in Kyiv: overall, a not demanding game for the referee. One mandatory YC correctly issued, for a very reckless tackle. It was borderline to SFP, not a SFP, but a "orange" YC. He was alert. Apart from that, a correctly rejected appeal for penalty, following a handball. The arm of Napoli's player was close to body. Collum did the gesture to explain his choice: it was clear.
    However, perhaps an argument for discussion exactly at the end of first half: Milik scored the 1-2 goal when time was 45 + 1:12. Collum had given 1 minute, but, with Napoli attacking, he waited for the end of the action. This is of course his discretion, but one could question. I think that UEFA gave instructions to avoid polemics, and referees try always to wait as long as possible before whistling. Milik scored after a previous attempt by another player, saved by Dynamo.
    Good show by both ARs, however not challenging for them.

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    1. AR2 has had the more challenging if the 2 ARs. Collum having a very good performance. AR2 also, a number of correct tight offside decisions

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  26. Here is the penalty that was given in Eindhoven;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP1ceCF4YMQ

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    1. DAMN! Wasn't that right in front of AAR? I'm shocked.

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    2. Can't see Collina appointing Robert Madley as an AAR in any more CL matches!!! Not a great performance tonight!!

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    3. Robert Madley is overrated in the PGMOL-Epl. He received the FIFA badge too early, has been nominated to handle crucial games and made a mess of them, and this time his diabolical performances started on Saturday (Arsenal vs Southampton)and ended with two shocking mistakes in the CL.

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  27. Martin Atkinson is horribly struggling at Eindhoven tonight!!!

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    1. are you watching two games? :)

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    2. Yes! Using split screen on PC... Two windows adjusted on the screen... To be honest my entire focus was on Arsenal v PSG until Atkinson shifted all my focus towards him!!!

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  28. For me two crucial mistakes for team Atkinson. Wrongly disallowed goal for PSV (no foul) and wrong penalty kick to PSV. Unbelievable decisions, both involving AAR2.

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    1. Is the AAR2 in question Robert Madley?? Certainly seemed so but I couldn't notice properly so not sure!! Can you help Pieter?

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    2. Yes indeed it is Robert Madley on that side.

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    3. Looks he hasn't recovered from his ordeal in Arsenal v Southampton PL match!!

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  29. Excellent no penalty/play on call by Viktor Kassai... Di Maria tried to con Kassai but Viktor isn't the one to be fooled that easily!!

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  30. Possible simulation by Di Maria (PSG-ARS) at 53? Is playing on an acceptable decision?

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    1. But a very good no penalty call nevertheless!!

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    2. Yes, but Uefa has been clear in RAPs that a 'no-whistle' on clear simulation situations is considered an error. The question here is to what extent Di Maria seeks to deceive the referee.

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    3. If that's the case it's an error IMO... There was no whistle and Di Maria clearly conned the referee!!! It was a dive clearly meant to deceive the referee!!!

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  31. 56': excellent decision by Collum, YC for simulation, outside the box. It was a clear dive right in front of his eyes. However, he decided to book the player with a certain delay. In that moment, Napoli had started a counterattack and it was very convenient to give an advantage, booking then the player at the next stoppage.

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    1. Now 2nd YC for a bad dive - excellent decision.

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  32. Kulbakov too lenient,he is letting players to get away with some rough fouls.

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  33. Very rare in Kyiv: now second YC for the same player for dive.
    Again, absolutely correct. And we have a player sent off for two simulations, this time in the box.
    Spot on.

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    1. Correct,100 %.

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    2. excellent from Collum!

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    3. Sorry, the player was the one who got the card at the beginning, not the same of the previous booking for dive, however still an excellent decision.

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    4. Looks William Collum is heading for a 8.7!! Please share your thoughts Chefren!!

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    5. Well, let's wait for the end of the game :)

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    6. Top performance in my view! Hopefully a high mark!

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  34. Another penalty appeal in Eindhoven;there was possible handball from Godin.Atkinson lets the play on.

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    1. I think there was a a push in Godin's back before. However, play on is wrong for me. It is either an attacker's foul for pushing or a pk for the handball.

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    2. Surely Atkinson will have an Europa League match after today's game!! Very unlikely to see him in sonorous CL matches this season after today's shabby performance!!!

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    3. Clear crucial mistake, deliberate handball as the hand was even over the head. I do not or did not watch the whole match but to be honest I am quite shocked. Clear mistakes by both AARs and Atkinson.

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    4. Yes, big problems in foul detection tonight. Not a good performance of his team, but credits to Atkinson for remaining calm and confident on the pitch and keeping authority.

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    5. Europa League appointment inevitable for Atkinson after tonight!!

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  35. Can somebody give recent updates on Anthony Taylor and Ovidiu Hategan's performances in their respective games??

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  36. What happened in PSG-ARS??? I looked at my laptop for two seconds, and then Giroud and Verratti are out.

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    1. I'm watching it live but couldn't figure out what exactly happened!! Looking at replays now!!! Looks a bit harsh on Verratti... Viktor Kassai looked really angry at that Moment!!!

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    2. Sorry but big mistake by kassai to send off Verratti. No reason to YC for him but YC for Marquinhos needed. RC to Giroud justified. Bad work of fourth official here and bad decision for kassai to let the play on and aggravated the conflict.

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    3. Seemed exactly the same to me!! Verratti red card looked a bit harsh from the very onset... Now the question is will that be counted as a crucial error? If yes, then Kassai has squandered away an excellent performance at the 90+3' mark!!

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    4. it was a clear second yellow to Giroud and Verrati. Verrati was irregular after he fell to the ground. It was two unsporting behaviour for me. Correct decisions.

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    5. I'm still not sure about the Verratti one!! Giroud RC is well acceptable!!!

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    6. Sorry Mark but crucial mistake confirmed by UEFA today. PSG appeal has been accepted by UEFA disciplinary body which has cancelled verratti card to give It to Marquinhos. So mistake by fourth official and kassai.

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  37. Very good performance by Collum. All crucial decisions correctly taken. Two yellow cards for simulations, both were correct, as well as the first YC for the player sent off. Perhaps a quite harsh YC for Milik, but still acceptable in my opinion.
    The big point for discussion (now I got also the info that Ukrainian players made complaints during half time) is the goal scored by Napoli several seconds after the end of the added time. This was his choice. Correctly rejected an appeal for deliberate handball in first half. Small points for improvement regarding advantage. I would assign a 8.5.
    AR2 had a more challenging second half, and he did well, perhaps he can get 8.5 as well, while AR1 8.4, expected level. Both AARs without work.

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    1. Great to know that Collum had a good match!! Good to see him carry on with good performances after a very decent Euro!!

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    2. Don't agree with the latter. Collum's CZE-TUR game was poor (lacks of control). FRA-ALB was good, though.

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  38. Viktor's match spoiled with the harsh/wrong second yellow card for Verratti... Can't really figure out even now why Kassai sent Verratti off!!!

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    1. Kassai probably didn't see the incident and was informed by the FO.

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    2. He was back sprinting at that moment... He had an eye on those two!!

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  39. Manchester City - Borussia M. will be played tomorrow.

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    1. An extra day abroad for the Dutch refereeing team!!!

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  40. Verratti and giroud incident.
    https://t.co/udicUSl6vI

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  41. Underneath the video clips of the most discussed situations in the PSV Eindhoven - Atletico Madrid match this evening.

    1. Disallowed goal PSV (5')
    https://vimeo.com/182627709

    2. Godin using arm against De Jong (9')
    https://vimeo.com/182627710

    3. Penalty claim PSV when Narsingh goes down (21')
    https://vimeo.com/182627712

    4. Penalty PSV and YC Giménez (45+1')
    https://vimeo.com/182627711

    5. Disallowed goal ATL (ASR 2 flagged offside, 71')
    https://vimeo.com/182627714

    6. Penalty claim PSV after handball Godin (76')
    https://vimeo.com/182628812

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    1. 1. NO OFFSIDE
      2. GODIN YC
      3. GODIN RC & PENALTY
      4. NARSINGH YC & NO PENALTY
      5. NO OFFSİDE
      6. GODIN YC & PENALTY

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    2. 1) No offside. However, in this video, looking at AR, I don't see the flag raised. Was that a delayed decision?
      2) YC for reckless use of elbow while jumping.
      3) Definitely not enough for a penalty, I agree with Play on.
      4) YC for simulation. I can't believe that AAR2 was there and he reported a penalty.
      5) I would say no offside due to PSV defender's right leg, but this time very, very difficult for AR. However, in such situations a NO FLAG is more welcome than an offside call. More understandable decision than the previous one, but still wrong.
      6) If the ball was touched by hand, clear penalty. It seems so, and this was punishable. The fact that player from PSV hit the ball by head made the call more difficult for the officials. Indeed, I think that for this reason Oliver didn't report a penalty.
      However, at least three situations in which Godin could have got a card, he ended the match without it. Very lucky. :)

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    3. 1. The situation is not about offside but about PSV nr 3 pushing ATL nr 3. In my opion a normal duel between two players and not enough to whistle. But I can understand that one should back the ref in this case.
      2. YC should be enough.
      3. This push is more a foul than the one in situation 1. Of a ref punishes the push in situation 1 this would be a foul to. IT looks like ATL nr 2 is not trying to play the ball but only to block PSV nr 11. So in case of a penalty I would back the ref.
      4. Definitly no penalty and clear YC for simulation.
      5. The angle of the camera is not 90degrees on the line so the view is not perfect. ASR2 is perfectly positioned so I would say offside.
      6. Clear penalty for handball. Godin keeps his hand in a not natural position, it looks like, he keeps it on purpose even a bit longer and he definitly doesn't tries to avoid any contact.

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    4. 1. Difficult to see, but I would say no foul over defender, wrongly dissalowed goal
      2. In match preparation if you say Godin, I immediately go for YC... And it was, 100%YC
      3. No PK, both players fought for their position with arms stretched
      4. No PK
      5. Difficult situation for AR, but no offside
      6. I can see the attacker grabbed Godin's jersey close to neck (and maybe pulled him down and prevented from playing the ball). But this seems to be almost identical situation as the one under no. 1. So, if no foul there, no foul here and vice versa.

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  42. Chefren: not sure I understand the concern about goal scored at 46:12 if one minute extra time has been indicated; this would mean AT LEAST 1 minute (but less than 2), so that anything from 46:00 to 46:59 would be correct!? or has something changed? (too my taste, most referees stop the game soon, exactly at 46:00 or a few seconds later; statistically this seems impossible; the average should be 46:30!)

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    1. To be honest, I didn't know that. I always saw referees whistling the end of the game at the exact end of the added minute(s). Further seconds, for what I know, should be given only in case of need. However, being this management at referee's discretion, I have no problems in accepting that.
      This argument has been treated by UEFA in the last RAP, clip H12: something very similar occurred in Dnipro-Lazio with Hunter as referee. Dnipro scored 11 or 12 seconds after the end of added time, UEFA stated that referee had to whistle before, when a defender from Ukrainian team had made a clearance.
      However, in the case of yesterday, I must say that the final whistle, after the first attempt by Napoli, would have been very "dangerous" in terms of polemics. But of course now you have the polemics from the other side...

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  43. I watched other situations, some were already mentioned here on the blog.

    Minute 40' in Bayern - Rostov: clear penalty missed by Taylor. If not penalty, the raised leg should be at least dangerous play and indirect free kick (if you assume that the opponent was not hit). It happened on the other side of penalty area than AAR2. Perhaps for this reason Moss didn't see it.

    Correct penalty by Hategan in Barcelona. YC to keeper was mandatory as well.

    Minute 56' in Benfica - Beşiktaş: I don't see any significant contact to be honest, I agree with Mazic decision to play on.

    PSG - Arsenal: I think that the YCfor both Giroud and Verratti were given for the standard "mutual misconducts", and Kassai was informed by fourth official. In this case, it happens very often that a player who did less than the opponent, or even nothing, can be penalized more by the decision taken. Card for Arsenal player is indeed deserved and correctly given.

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    1. Sorry, but it had nothing to do with Moss. It was close to Taylor's position. If a referee awards a penalty to the home side in a fifty-fifty situation at 0-0, what about consistency, when it is already 1-0 and a clear foul is committed inside the goal-area? how is Batta going to assess it?

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  44. Where will he discuss Björn Kuipers'performance tonight? Will it be here or in the part II thread??

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    1. It would be better to discuss it here and the other 8 games in the other discussion.

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    2. Ok sure... I'll be watching that game so I'll be posting it here!! Hopefully all other users will see it and reply!!!

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  45. The missed penalty by Taylor. I'm shocked. We can not say he did not see the incident, had a bad angle, etc. He just saw the kick in the face and evaluated it as a fair challenge. To be honest, he often has such blackouts also in Premier League...

    https://streamable.com/lqz4

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    1. I agree. Generally, Taylor's foul detection is arguably dubious.

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  46. Has anyone seen Kulbakov in full? It seemed to be a very intense match due to the behavior of the away team (permanent delays of the re-start of play) and the Basel fans. From the simulcast I watched, Kulbakov made a very good and alert impression.

    If he keeps his level high, I think he is a name to keep in mind for the December promotions to Elite.

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    1. I didn't see it fully,but I have seen a little bit of that game.

      He was too lenient to me,I mean,Basel made like 25+ fouls,he only showed 1 card to them,and that was for dive.
      It's true that match was intense because of Ludogorets players that were wasting time,but also Basel players were very frustrated because they were losing so they were also making match very intensive,they were frustrated and there were protests on almost every Kulbakov decision that he made.

      He was calm,but too lenient to me.

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  47. No penalty call by Kuipers! Thought it was a reasonable call... Thoughts anyone??

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  48. Penalty awarded by Kuipers to Manchester City... Had a good look at it and made the right decision... A rash challenge just inside the edge of the box!!

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