September 26, 2016

Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 2 (II)

These referees will be in charge of Wednesday's CL MD2 games. Among others, Polish Szymon Marciniak will handle the clash between Atlético Madrid and Bayern München, while Dutch Danny Makkelie will be observed by Hugh Dallas. 


A| 28.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Arsenal Stadium, London (ENG) 
Arsenal FC - FC Basel
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan de Vries (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Ronald Zimmermann (GER)

A| 28.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL) 
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad - Paris SG
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Karel Hrubeš (CZE)
Fourth Official: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)

B| 28.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Besiktas New Stadium, Istanbul (TUR) 
Beşiktaş J.K.- FC Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)

B| 28.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Stadio San Paolo, Naples (ITA)
SSC Napoli - SL Benfica 
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Guido Kleve (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vágner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)

C| 28.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach (GER)
Borussia Mönchengladbach - FC Barcelona
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)

C| 28.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
Celtic FC - Manchester City FC
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)

D| 28.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
Atlético de Madrid - FC Bayern München
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Jacob Eerel (ISR)

D| 28.09.2016, 20:45 CET
Olimp 2, Rostov-na-Donu (RUS)
FC Rostov - PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)

63 Comments:

  1. What an exceptional year Marciniak is having!! 😮

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  2. Another top clash for Marciniak, perhaps I was the only one expecting him in Madrid. Very, very impressive. He is keeping a very high standard, this could lead to something important. He must be considered for a final, it is too early, but I never saw a referee with such excellent performances in a row.
    Very good game for Zwayer in Turkey (if I'm not wrong, he already handled Besiktas a few time ago), and perhaps the last important exam for Makkelie before a promotion to Elite?
    The big news is however Eriksson's appointment in EL. This time it is a fair choice, I must say after EL final and CL playoff, another CL game wouldn't have been deserved. He should focus and works to improve the detection of deliberate handballs.

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    1. On Marciniak's performances in the last year one indeed can only say they were impressive. If he continues performing in this way I think you're right and we'll see him being appointed in the important knock-out stage matches.
      And just like you I also feel Makkelie's upcoming promotion to Elite, taking into account all his (very) good performances and appointments since he has been in first category, and the appointments of two important committee members in a row. I would really be happy if Makkelie would be promoted and would get the chance to represent Dutch refereeing on Elite level. In my opinion Makkelie is 'our' ref with the most outstanding personality and player management skills and I would like to see him challenged also in 'the bigger' European matches. But Arsenal vs. Basel is a good one to begin with :-)

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    2. What Makkelie is to your nation Zwayer is in Germany. Although he is still making some mistakes in bigger games (which video assistant referees could overrule ;)), he is one of the most anticipative/proactive referees I have ever seen. The hugest talent "we" have since Kempter.

      By the way don't call me envious - I think KNVB is doing an excellent job both on referee educational and political level - but isn't it a bit strange that there are probably going to be 3 Dutch Elite referees?

      I don't want to doubt on the performance principle. But it is quite strange that other nations with higher visitor numbers in the stadium, more medial attention on football, maybe higher pressure and, above all, a higher number of active football referees they have to compete with if they want to reach the top (I am thinking of Germany and France here) are "only" having the same or even a lower number of Elite officials? Let alone nations like Denmark or Belgium who have huge problems - and no committee member - to fill the holes de Bleeckere and Larsen/Nielsen left (Hansen was close to do so). I am, as said, not doubting that Gözübüyük, Makkelie etc. all have talent. I am only wondering whether there aren't comparable officials e.g. in Belgium who would be able to prosper their talent if they were given more chances to do so.

      Having said that, I am convinced that those Gil Manzanos, Makkelies, Olivers, Taylors and Zwayers are "the referees of tomorrow". UEFA is doing an overall good talent and succession management in terms of having some qualified referees if the Brychs, Cakirs, Clattenburgs, Erikssons and Rizzolis of this world retire in some years.

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    3. I personally rate Kuipers, Kassai and Skomina as well much ahead of Çakır and Eriksson... And I think Makkelie's promotion will be very justified considering Kuipers has plans of retiring in 2018!! Won't be bad idea to get Makkelie promoted a year earlier!!

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    4. Btw do you know Kempter is now, I remember he made a comeback after of course the events of 2010?

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  3. Well deserved appointment for Marciniak. IMO one of the best referees in Elite at the moment. Important match for Makkelie with, after Fandel, Dallas as observer.

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  4. I don´t important the appointment of Eriksson.
    All Elite referees go one tine each year on EL.

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    1. Some referee. After poor performances. Happened to Kassai, Rochi, Moen ... I never saw Rizzoli, Clatts, Brych in the EL group stage.

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    2. Rizzoli had it once after his rather poor performance in Athletic-ManU. Mostly UEL appearances for Elite referees indeed follow weak performances and could be considered as a chance to recover a bit off the medial spotlight (or the respective official's general shape and development is not enough for the most important games).

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    3. I think you're referring to Rizzoli's poor performance in Real Sociedad v Manchester United?? @Niclas

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    4. I can recall Kuipers doing an EL group stage match during the December matchday in 2013-14 season!! Interestingly that was the season when he did the CL Final!!

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  5. Obviously, Marciniak is in the best shape of all elite referees and it should be natural to appoint him to important matches. But, as we know, the shape comes and goes and I sincerely hope UEFA will recognize the moment to save him rather than sacrifice, especially because it is expected that some other referee/s will rise. Remember last season, Clatenburg have had some difficulties in the first part of the season, while in the second part he was simply excellent.

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  6. Fully deserved. The biggest challenge for Marciniak will maintain high performance in the coming years. Remember Kassai, yet again had important games, culminating in the appointment to the final of the CL (2011). shortly afterwards began to have less satisfactory performance.

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  7. Will you publish the results of the predictions again, i.e. the three referees per match, most people voted for?

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    1. Probably, I cannot promise it though.

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  8. OT :
    Announcements by KNVB and DFB suggest that among others, Felix Brych will whistle Italy v Spain WC Qualifier in MD2 and Björn Kuipers will take charge of Hungary v Switzerland WC Qualifier which is in MD2 as well!!

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  9. Missed offside before 1-0 for Celtic by AR1. Goal should have been disallowed.

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    1. Rigt but very, very difficult. AR1 had already made some correct assessments following the free kick:
      1) the player who received the ball and made the cross
      2) the player in the middle of penalty area
      Then, he had to made this third assessment, but it was also difficult because the touch by chest was not so much noticeable. AR1 couldn't be sure. However, this is the explanation, but the mistake remains.

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    2. Agreed. AAR1 should have cooperated in this situation. He was able to detect the touch.

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  10. Great onside decision by Mario Diks leading to 1-0 for Arsenal.

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  11. Handball appeal in 3'. Skomina/Jug say no penalty. Pls take a look.

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    1. Very difficult to decide. I understand Skomina's decision to play on, there are arguments for a penalty but also against a penalty.

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    2. No flag before 1-0. No trouble for Praprotnik.

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    3. Another good call from Praprotnik. Arda Turan onside before 1-1.

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    4. What the others think...PK on no? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQxHSUUkc7I&feature=youtu.be

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    5. Well, according to UEFA guidelines, this should be a punishable handball.

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    6. Regarding handballs, UEFA is quite strict at the moment. Pique blocks a pass, so his hand may not increase his body surface. Penalty.

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    7. Similar situation from yesterday's match in domestic league, which Skomina officiated; handball inbox area, he didn't whistle for PK, from 2:35 to 2:55 minutes ... what is your opinion on the situation/Skomina's decision? https://youtu.be/cGVzJj9FgvY?t=155

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  12. what a goal Ricardo Quaresma!! Zwayer very good until now (40')

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  13. 38' : Missed penalty for PSG by Kralovec's team with a quite blatant foul on Cavani. AAR1 involved here. Crucial mistake.

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  14. 45´ : and now Just before HT, scandalous foul by Cavani on Ludogorets player. Nothing for Kralovec and Slysko ! RC for me, serious foul play.
    Good onside by slovakian AA prior 1-1.
    Not convincing perf for Kralovec and Co.

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  15. Marciniak doing a good job so far. Four yellow cards so far, all correct. Looking forward to the second half in Madrid.

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  16. Good first half by Brych. Game was not demanding in terms of fouls.
    AR1 Borsch quite challenged: several offside calls. In all situations, the players were in an extremely tight offside. Well done.

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  17. 50': excellent reading by Brych in the first challenging situation. SPA and YC.
    Foul occurred a few outside the box and there was another defender close, no DOGSO. Moreover, it wasn't a central position.
    The free kick led to 2-0.

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  18. Correct penalties by Brych, Kralovec and Turpin.

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  19. 54' another crucial call in Napoli - Benfica: penalty and YC. AAR2 Fritz cooperated, Brych clearly waited for his advice, or just confirmation. Watched the replay, I think a supportable call. There was a contact keeper / attacker. Before the foul, a very good onside by Lupp.

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    1. Sounds like a good evening for Brych and team.

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  20. Very good onside by Lupp before 4-0! Excellent refereeing from Brych's team.

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  21. What a penalty not given by Zwayer!!!

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  22. Correct penalty for Athletico by Marciniak.

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    1. More than stupid by Vidal

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  23. Marciniak again with a very good performance. I'm stunned about his form, really stunned and impressed.

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    1. Really impressive... Didn't see a referee performing well so consistently in a long, long time... Really praiseworthy I must say... Congratulations to Szymon and his team!!

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  24. Very good overall performance by Marciniak. Should've maybe given Vidal a yellow card for the foul that led to the penalty though. But that's just a minor point.

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    1. That's more of an opinion than a point. The tackle is pretty normal for CL standards and the player is in the side of the penalty area with no speed and no promising attack. Just a penalty is a good choice to make as a referee. Everyone will be happy.

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    2. I agree with NO CARD, it is indeed justified for such foul, given also the position where it occurred, the attack was stagnating in that moment.

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    3. For me it's just a careless challenge. NO SPA either. Correct no card.

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    4. I agree with my prespeakers. No yellow card needed. At least not mandatorily.

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  25. Rizzoli had a good performance in Celtic-Man City: the offside on CEL's first goal was questionable, though the AAR had to make three decisions in a very short amount of time and Dembele being off was by a very tiny fraction. Otherwise the only thing I'd ding him for was deciding to play advantage when Brown of Celtic got fouled quite hard with about 10 minutes to go. Most interesting--no one got booked the entire match!

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  26. Good from Marciniak but not more! The Match was not difficult, a clear foul against lewandowski was missed
    8.4

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  27. Nice to read that Marciniak had another (at least) good performance!

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  28. Two situations Benoit Auguste reported on:

    Penalty appeal:
    https://streamable.com/pxyd

    Cavani's foul:
    https://streamable.com/bt7h

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    1. 1) A closer replay would have helped more, but I think this was definitely enough for a penalty. Clear pushing and Cavani was impeded in his action to reach the ball. In case of penalty, for me YC because the possession of the ball was not sure.
      In addition: referee was looking at the ball when there was this incident, he started to look when Cavani was already falling down. AAR1 could have helped but the same can be perhaps said for him, he had the visual control of the incident only when something was already happened. AR1 was focused on the possible offside. So this can be the explanation, perhaps the scene was totally missed.

      2) Surely RC for SFP, considering the hitting point (it isn't a "normal" step on the foot, but something more). Královec very far away: I would say impossible for him to take any decision, but still the other officials must take their responsibility. I think in this case more AAR1 than AR1, but surely one of them had to cooperate and help Královec. Watching again the video, I have the sensation that in this occasion AAR1 was too "relaxed", standing still without following the play.

      Very likely, two crucial mistakes, in my opinion.

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  29. Situation from Zwayer's game reported by Mareska:

    https://streamable.com/oftb

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    1. Thanks for all the videos.
      Good ONSIDE. Without other replays, I'm not sure about the touch, I would back the referee in this case. It is possible there wasn't any foul.

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    2. This replay is not good enough to make a final judgment. For now I trust Zwayer who was perfectly placed and looked determined.

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  30. Is there any reason for the color of the shirts and socks of some referees (Rizzoli and Marciniak) are different (sweaters: blues, socks: Black?

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  31. I watched the penalty call by Marciniak. Not that difficult but the positioning and the body language were really excellent. I would underline that he is always calm in every decision he takes. Very good. In addition, a few seconds after the penalty missed (crossbar), there was a foul by Vidal. The card was shown without hesitation. It is not easy: after a penalty to be taken, a referee can expect a goal or a miss and then the game stopped for a while, so in a certain way he could be relaxed. But he wasn't, he assured his mental presence. I think that these skills were already noticed by UEFA Referees Committee.

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