September 12, 2016

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1

These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2016/17 Europa League Matchday 1. 


Group J, 15 September 2016, 17:00 CET
Dalga Stadium, Baku (AZE) 
Qarabağ FK - Slovan Liberec
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sascha Amhof (SUI)
Fourth Official: Johannes Vogel (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)

Group E, 15 September 2016, 19:00 CET
Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU) 
Astra Giurgiu - Austria Wien
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Loukas Siotropos (GRE)

Group C, 15 September 2016, 19:00 CET
Mainz Arena, Mainz (GER) 
1. FSV Mainz 05 - AS Saint-Étienne
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)

Group D, 15 September 2016, 19:00 CET
Netanya Municipal Stadium, Netanya (ISR) 
Maccabi Tel Aviv - Zenit St. Petersburg
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Balko (SVK) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kralović (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mário Vlk (SVK) 
Fourth Official: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell (SVN)

Group F, 15 September 2016, 19:00 CET
SK Rapid Wien Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
Rapid Wien - KRC Genk
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Rob van de Ven (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: António Almeida Costa (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Michail Anagnostou (GRE)

Group F, 15 September 2016, 19:00 CET
Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia (ITA) 
US Sassuolo Calcio - Athletic Club
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michał Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Iain Brines (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)

Group C, 15 September 2016, 19:00 CET
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL) 
RSC Anderlecht - Qäbälä
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Markus Hameter (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)

Group B, 15 September 2016, 19:00 CET
GSP, Nicosia (CYP) 
APOEL Nicosia - FC Astana
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Goce Petreski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)

Group A, 15 September 2016, 19:00 CET
Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam (NED) 
Feyenoord - Manchester United
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Pierino L. G. Lardi (SUI)

Group B, 15 September 2016, 19:00 CET
Stade de Suisse, Berne (SUI) 
Young Boys - Olympiacos
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2:  Igor Al'okhin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Andrii Skrypka (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)

Group D, 15 September 2016, 19:00 CET
AZ Stadion, Alkmaar (NED) 
AZ Alkmaar - Dundalk FC
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Mitchell Scerri (MLT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Farrugia Cann Trustin (MLT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Philip Farrugia (MLT)
Fourth Official: Duncan Sultana (MLT)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Michel Piraux (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancioglu (TUR)

Group E, 15 September 2016, 19:00 CET
Doosan Arena, Plzeň  CZE)
Viktoria Plzeň - AS Roma
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Eric Danizan (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Dani Koren (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Kirchner (GER)

Group A, 15 September 2016, 19:00 CET
Chornomorets, Odessa (UKR)
FC Zorya Luhansk - Fenerbahçe SK
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marius Avram (ROU)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)
UEFA Delegate:Thomas Weyhing (GER)

Group L, 15 September 2016, 21:05 CET
Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal (ESP)
Villarreal CF - FC Zürich 
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves de Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Monteny (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Laforge (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Fourth Official: Jo de Veirdt (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexey Spirin (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Craworfd Wilson (NIR)

Group H, 15 September 2016, 21:05 CET
Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga (POR)
SC Braga - KAA Gent
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jérôme Miguelgorry (FRA)
Fourth Official: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)

Group I, 15 September 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT) 
RB Salzburg - FC Krasnodar
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jan Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)

Group K, 15 September 2016, 21:05 CET
St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton (ENG) 
Southampton FC - Sparta Praha
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)

Group J, 15 September 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadio Toumba, Salonika (GRE) 
PAOK - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nejc Kajtazović (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovačić (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)

Group K, 15 September 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadio San Siro, Milan (ITA) 
FC Internazionale - Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jens Maae (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jakob Bille (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)

Group G, 15 September 2016, 21:05 CET
Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege (BEL) 
Standard Liège - Celta Vigo
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Anton Fagan (SCO)

Group G, 15 September 2016, 21:05 CET
Apostolos Nikolaidis, Athens (GRE) 
Panathinaikos FC - Ajax Amsterdam
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jake Collin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)

Group H, 15 September 2016, 21:05 CET
Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu, Konya (TUR) 
Konyaspor - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Dimitri Bokeria (GEO)

Group I, 15 September 2016, 21:05 CET
Stade de Nice, Nice (FRA)
OGC Nice - FC Schalke 04
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)

Group L, 15 September 2016, 21:05 CET
Osmanlı Stadı, Ankara (TUR) 
Osmanlıspor FK - Steaua Bucureşti  
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Stefan Lupp (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Velid Imamović (BIH)

97 Comments:

  1. Gil Manzano's AR2 is Miguel Martínez Munuera, while Undiano's AR2 is Raúl Cabañero Martínez (source: uefa.com)

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  2. I guess that some AARs are not in the correct order. Shouldn't it be:

    Peter Kráľovič - Mário Vlk
    Radek Příhoda - Jan Jílek
    Dominik Ouschan - René Eisner
    Marco Fritz - Robert Hartmann?

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    1. Right, my mistake while copying. Thanks.

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    2. I'm sorry again, there were also some assistant referees wrongly reported. For example, Martin Balko will be AR2 while Roman Slyško AR1.
      The same in Welz's team: Foltyn AR1.

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  3. Möen and Undiano in Europa League. What a surprise!!

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    1. Undiano not that suprise, he gets very often Europa League. Moen was more unexpected, but I think he is now paying too many mistakes in his recent games, definitely...

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    2. It's clear that Mallenco is not liked by PLC. Probably he doesn't appreciate his too many cards and prefers someone like Lahoz. Honestly the latter showed absolutely nothing thus far.

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    3. Really!! Switzerland v Portugal match was enough to show that Mateu Lahoz isn't justifying the amount of trust that the committee has been investing on him!! Not good Mateu Lahoz till now!!

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    4. @Chefren.
      It's true, Undiano gets very often EL, but this year there are "only" three spanish refs in elite. Perhaps Estrada will be appointed for CL this season.

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  4. Moen in Europa League is a big surprise for me!! But after a poor Euro and a substandard season it's probably justified!!

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    1. Not surprise. All Elites go one time to Europa League.

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    2. Not many of them go to the group stage!! Knockout stages they often go!!

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    3. @alberto
      Yes, but not necessarily while relatively new Group 1 referees officiate in CL.

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    4. @Emil
      Absolutely correct statement!! Committee clearly not very impressed with Moen and Undiano Mallenco!!

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  5. First game in EL group stage for Jesús Gil Manzano and already a sonorous clash. It is clear that he will be the next Spanish Elite.

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    1. I agree 100 % with you.He is only 32 yers old and he was in charge of many top clashes in Spain,month ago he was in charge of Spanish Supercoppa(also,he was main ref in El Clasico 2 years ago).

      I also think that he will definitely be better than currrent Spanish Elite refs that are Lahoz and Mallenco...

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    2. Don't forget Fernández Borbalán. Three Elite referees, but the feeling is that at moment only one is really considered. So, there is huge need of a new entry.

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    3. IMO, Estrada Fernández deserves to be promoted to the elite group. Gil Manzano and del Cerro Grande are huge talents as well.

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    4. Clearly Spain is doing something right in developing referees - although they seem to stall at the top level (of Velasco, Undiano, Borbalan, Lahoz, no one was really considered top class in the style of Kuipers/Brych/Webb/Clatts etc.).

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    5. True, Emil. There are a large bunch of talented referees, everyone present a high level of skills. However, when they reach the top, they are unable to keep the good standards / improve their skills. It also seems as if they can do well what RFEF-CTA want from them and they can't adjust to UEFA requirements.

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  6. Kehlet is slowly getting more and more important matches. This time in a big venue in Inter.
    He is certainly one for the future.

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  7. Martinez Munuera brothers?
    Nice to see.

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  8. 38 games. None Portuguese referee.
    The Portuguese federation will have to work hard to erase the bad working Vitor Melo Pereira. As he passed the head of the Portuguese referees (06/07) there were three referees in the elite group. Resigned (June 2006) no one there.
    Very, very bad ...

    (I am Portuguese)

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    1. I would add that Portugal is the 6th country in the ranking of FIFA. And in uefa ranking has remained in fifth place.

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  9. My predection for next CL round:
    Arsenal-Basel Felix Brych (GER)
    Ludogorets-Basel Soares Dias (POR)
    Besikas-Dynamo Kyiv Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
    Napoli-Benfica Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
    Mönchengladbach-Barcelona Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)
    Celtic-Manchester City Pável Královec (CZE)
    Rostov-PSV Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
    Atlético-Bayern Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
    CSKA Moskva-Tottenham Antoni Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
    Monaco-Leverkusen Danir Skomina (SVN)
    Sporting-Legia Michael Oliver (ENG)
    Dortmund-Real Madrid Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
    Kobenhavn-Club Brugge Pawel Gil (POL)
    Leicester-Porto Clément Turpin (FRA)
    Zagreb-Juventus István Vad (HUN)
    Sevilla-Lyon Szymon Marciniak (POL)

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  10. Off-topic:
    Former UEFA First Group referee Gerald Lehner, regarded one of the best and most empathic officials in Austria who had to terminate his international career at the age of 40 because he was not able to pass the fitness test due to diabetes, passed away this month at the age of 48. :-(

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    1. Very sad news this one!! :(

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    2. I clearly remember him for a friendly match in Rostock (Germany-Georgia) with 2 sending-offs.

      May he rest in peace!

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  11. Villarreal - CF Zurich
    UEFA Delegate - Craworfd Wilson (NIR)

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  12. "Something" is going on with Mateu Lahoz: he has only been appointed for MD2 in LaLiga, and appointments up to MD6 have already been published. At the very least, he should have got 2 matches so far (usually, 3).

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    1. Don't forget that he has the FIFA meeting on next week (from Monday until Friday) for WC preselected officials, so not possible to appoint him on La Liga MD5 (20, 21 and 22 September).
      The fact that he will be out even from MD6 could mean that he has a CL game on Tuesday 27. In this case, after having left the FIFA meeting on Friday, it would be very forced to assign him for a game on Sunday, and then having immediately to travel again.
      I think RFEF-CTA didn't think before about this situation, they had to appoint more him on previous matchdays.

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    2. The same applies for his AR1, Pau Cebrián Devís.

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    3. I didn't know about the meeting for preselected officials, so it might be so. My first thought was that maybe he was appointed for Tuesday in Russia, so he was not to have a match before the long journey.

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    4. Yes, indeed CSKA - Tottenham would be suitable for him. Let's see.

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  13. So far impressed by Jesus Gil Manzano. Good movement, good control.

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  14. Passive Lechner in first minutes of Anderlecht - Qəbələ. In addition the player who assisted at 1-1 goal controlled the ball with hand.

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    1. Did you watch the whole game? How was the performance of the Austrian team?

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    2. FIRST HALF:

      04' - Strong challenge, possible illegal use of arms, no reaction; the referee had an obstructed view, the AR1 and 4OF could have adviced him about possible infringement

      06' - Correct play-on call near the benches, no pushing or pulling detected by the referee and 4OF. In case of foul it would be a YC for SPA.

      08' - #4 AND strongly challenges his opponent in an aerial duel. The referee let the play go without using an advantage gesture, so most likely assessed the challenge as fair. Then, the ball is controlled by #18 QAB who tries to enter the penalty area and falls down the ground. The referee again doesn't react. After rewatching replays, there was a slight but decisive contact between #4 AND knee and #18 QAB left leg. That contact made the #18 QAB's leg bent and hitting a right leg. That contact occured slightly outside the box, so a free kick should have been awarded. The next question is DOGSO or SPA? Difficult as the GK was already approaching #18 QAB and another defender was close but rather had no chance to interfere. In dubio pro referee - missed free kick and YC for SPA.

      11' - 50/50 ball in the middle. #15 QAB carts his leg out, plays the ball, but also makes a strong contact between both players' knees. Free kick is awarded. Acceptable decision. Maybe a verbal warning could have been given?

      13' - Flying tackle of #9 QAB near the benches, however clearly directed at the ball. The contact between #9 QAB's bent leg and #5 AND's standing leg is made. The referee awards a free kick only, is not interested even in giving a verbal warning. Poor management. The tackle should have been sanctioned with a YC, I would have maybe accepted a strong, public verbal warning, but only whistle is almost nothing... No advice from the 4OF.

      21' - The ball is centred into the Anderlecht's penalty area. #19 QAB controls the ball with his right hand, shots on goal, the shot is blocked by a defender, #18 QAB reaches the ball and scores. A very good onside by AR2 but a missed handball by the referee.

      37' - #10 QAB makes a dangerous slide tackle with straightened leg towards #73 AND who desperately plays the ball and jumps over the sliding player in fear of his safety. The referee allows play to continue, the AND player doesn't protest.

      40' - AND penalty appeal in front of AAR1. Some kind of wrestling between #11 AND and #20 QAB. In my opinion, it's not enough for a penalty, #11 AND tried to win a penalty by laying on his opponent.

      40' - #32 AND miscontrols the ball and - most likely being aware of his opponent in the last moment - strongly kicks #9 QAB in a knee. Reckless in its nature.

      41' - Technically a careless borderline to reckless challenge of #5 AND near the corner flag, the ball is played and the referee indicates a corner kick to QAB.

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  15. Good performance by Boiko. 3 correct and mandatory cautions. Both AR's missed 1 foul each.

    However Boiko shouldn't whistle for half time since YB had the ball outside Olympiakos penalty area.

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    1. Also good second half by Boiko. The match wasn't so demanding but he put a good performance. Only 1 clear missed YC to #92 OLY (67'). He received a caution 10 minutes later (77').

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  16. Offside before 1:0 in Feyenoord-ManU. AR1 Rodriguez missed that.

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    1. Crucial mistake. Definitely off-Side.

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  17. I didn't watch the game but commentators are now reporting a very good and pleasant performance by all Polish officials in Sassuolo - Athletic.

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  18. Could you please comment on the indirect free kick whistled by Kruzlyak before Zenit's 2-3? Red card was issued for the previous foul - it's clear. But that indirect free kick?!

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    1. It seems that a player who had to be dismissed touched the ball 4 meters froam the goal, so it was indeed an indirect free kick inside the penalty area! Very rare situation!

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    2. Brilliant Kruzliak!

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    3. Very interesting I will look for this situation!

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    4. It would be everything perfect in case of an obvious goal scoring opportunity. The advantage was played only in a promising attack, so technically it's some kind of violation of the LotG...

      https://streamable.com/2bys

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  19. what a ref for FC Zorya Luhansk - Fenerbahçe SK.. he only added 3 min extra time. But goal was in 90+6..

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    1. I checked the last minutes: game was stopped for an injury from 89:45 to 91:45, so two minutes. 3 minutes of added time started then at the restart of the game. 91:45 + 3 = 94:45. A free kick was whistled at 94:10, and kicked about 50 seconds later, so in my opinion absolutely correct by referee. Turkish team scored in the very last chance.

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  20. I can report a very solid performance by Kevin Blom. Not really challenging, so his very calm and passive style was suitable tonight. Only some small details (too many gestures for my taste, sometimes too central positioned) - all in all on 8.4 level imo! Same counts for the rest of the Dutch team.

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    1. This is not trustworthy because you from Autria :D

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    2. If that was supposed to be a joke, Mark, it did not make me laugh...
      Thanks Gitzlo.

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  21. Poor first half by Undiano: missed penalty for Schalke (holding by Dante), lacks of authority and acceptance in an easy game, 1 soft/incorrect YC, missed one stonewall YC for a very reckless tackle. No clear line, tolerates too much dissent. AR2 with a wrong offside.

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  22. I post it at the end of the comment section to be visible for everyone.

    The situation Ivan Kruzliak faced in the Maccabi Tel-Aviv - Zenit St. Petersburg game would be assessed as solved perfectly in case of an obvious goal scoring opportunity. The advantage was played only in a promising attack, so technically it's some kind of violation of the LotG...

    https://streamable.com/2bys

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    1. RayHD, thank you for your comment! Have to agree.

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    2. Well, I must say Kruzliak made it difficult by giving this advantage. There wasn't any need. A red card (straight or second YC) must be shown immediately, only in very particular cases you can give an advantage. But if you do that on the other side of the pitch, you take a big risk.
      Then, given the fact that the player was no longer entitled to participate, correct decision to whistle an indirect free kick because he was there and he touched the ball.
      There isn't a real violation of the LotG but surely a poor management by Kruzliak.

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    3. I would say very likely Kruzliak at first glance forgot (didn't notice) that the player who fouled was already booked. This would explain everything.

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    4. Law 12 only says that advantages should not be given after sending off offences. The idfk-passage refers to ALL advantages following offences resulting in a sending-off. It does not have to be a DOGSO scenario. But I must admit that Law 12 is not 100% clear. All I would criticize is the advantage itself.

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    5. Is it expected that the referees (on that level) remember, who they have booked earlier?

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    6. And to add: I think Kruzliak managed the situation quite well. Apparently nobody on the field knew the rule (shame on professional players), and most likely none did so in front of the TV.

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    7. @Philipp I think so!
      @Niclas Absolutely right, this is indeed a positive note. He knew what to do after the mismanagement and that's really good.

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    8. "Advantage should not be applied in situations involving serious foul play, violent conduct or a second cautionable offence unless there is a clear opportunity to score a goal. The referee must send off the player when the ball is next out of play but if the player plays the ball or challenges/interferes with an opponent, the referee will stop play, send off the player and restart with an indirect free kick."

      IMHO, it's a one passage regarding a clear opportunity to score a goal, Niclas.

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    9. For me, it was the right choice from Kruzliak to let the play on. Spirit of the Laws of the game is not to punish team who didnt brake Laws. In this particular situatin on one hand we have direct free kick in midle of the pitch and second yellow card, and on other hand indirect free kick 5,5m from goal and second yellow card. It seems obwious to me what is bigger advantage for attacking team. If he stoped the game, team who benefits from it, is defending team, the team who commited the foul. So in my eyes decions for letting the play on is extraordinary, not only the better one ( to be honest, i do believe that Kruzliak didnt know, that it was second yellow card when foul was commited)

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    10. @ RayHD: You are right. In the German LotG text, which I know better than the English one, it is mentioned that advantages should not be applied in RC-offence-cases (the word "should" is in German not as strong as the English one - the clarifications of the Law changes make clear that the referee actually MAY not play advantages after 2nd YC offences, in German it rather sounds like a recommendation not to do so).

      @ Jole: I could agree on "spirit of the game" in the sense that a RC offence offender should be punished for interfering with play. But you cannot simply give an idfk 5,5 m away from the goal if the foul happened 50 m away from it with an advantage which should have never developed.

      So yes, Ray, somehow a violation of the Law. Giving the advantage was the real violation, the idfk-passage was actually correctly applied then. And the most interesting question: How to assess that in a report? 7.9? -0.1? -0.2?

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    11. I believe the super-trio will decide the mark and the situation will be discussed in every country at every level. :)

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  23. Things really heating up in Athens now, stuff being thrown on the pitch by the home fans. Good penalty decision a few minutes ago, debatable 2nd YC few minutes later.
    Challenging minutes ahead for Marriner

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    1. In total, 8 YC and three 2nd YCs.

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    2. He caused that trouble to himself. Penalty is correct but for me there is an attacker's foul before. Maybe it's not whistled in England but you must whistle it in terms of consistency. Especially if you have given some very easy fouls to AJAX.

      Generally not his finest night. He seemed to "protect" AJAX more than the necessary.

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    3. @Edward I don't agree that Ajax was supported more than needed. For me the penalty was correct. The second yellow card to the Greek player was a bit soft, the red card to Ajax was correct.

      The second red card to Panathinaikos was a 2nd yellow card I believe, and in that case I agree. At first glance, I thought he gave a straight red card. In that situation I missed a yellow card for Ajax, though.

      On the other hand, IMO the Greeks played quite rough at whiles. But I agree that Marriner didn't show his finest performance. It seemed to me that he lacked a bit in prevention. He was usually quite late at situations.

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    4. In 90', Wakaso was sent off with a RC, I can confirm that. Violent conduct was the reason. Veltman got a YC for a tackle in 90', too.

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    5. @Rik B

      The impression Marriner gave certainly was this. Some of his fouls were quite easily given to Ajax. The penalty is correct. But before that there is a clear foul to the defender. Moreover he had very little consistency. And that was the bigger issue. I don't agree that the Greeks played rough. There were scenes when the Dutch players were falling even with the slightest touch. And Marriner fell for it.

      About the RC. It was issued for violent conduct even though technically the Greek player didn't touch his opponent.

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    6. I haven't seen the whole match, only the second half. But this was my impression. ;) But of course, the Ajax players fell easy. I agree on that.

      In that case, crucial mistake for me. Never a VC. And a missed YC for Ajax in that situation.

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  24. I saw only the 2nd half but during this time a very solid Sebastien Delferiere, even if it was a really easy game. 1 controversial situation inside the penalty area, referee's decision (playing on) acceptable imo.

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  26. Second group referee Andreas Ekberg with a correct penalty whistle and an acceptable red card tonight. There was another crucial situation inside the penalty area during the last minutes, Ekberg decided to let the game flow.

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  27. Jakob Kehlet: Very controversial 0:1 (54'). Free-kick and two attackers blocked their opponents. For my taste irregular.

    Manuel Gräfe: Handball penalty already in the 5th minute. Controversial, I can accept the decision by Gräfe, Pickel and Stegemann.

    Tobias Welz: Correct 2nd YC and correct penalty whistle too.

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  28. The 0-1 goal in Internazionale Milano - Hapoel Be'er Sheva (Jakob Kehlet)

    https://streamable.com/b3lz

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    1. Thank you very much for the Videos. As I wrote above: Irregular, I think.

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    2. I watched the game. Kehlet sis a decent job, even a good one. His fitness and speed don't allow him to run fast and almost always be very close to the action (e.g. Mazic). Thus he adheres to a strict diagonal, which demands the ars to be more helpful. As for the free-kick in the 54th minute - when the ball was delivered, two Beer Sheva players obstructed/pushed two Inter ones about 20 metres from the Inter goal-line. The ref was clear sighted and could have seen at least one of them and assess it correctly, which he didn't do. The Italian team's players fell to the ground, leaving huge spaces for the Israeli team to manoeuvre through and score the first goal.

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    3. Very nice video. It is clear unfair team tactical approach. The free kick must be given in oposite side.

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  29. The penalty for handball in Southampton - Sparta Praha (Manuel Gräfe)

    https://streamable.com/cr19

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    1. No penalty. this is not deliberate.

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    2. Agree- no penalty. The hand is very close to the body, the hand doesn't make a body bigger, very short distance and clear not deliberate handball situation. Just interesting- who take a decision- AAR2 ?

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    3. 100% correct for me.

      As we Germans say, "the arms don't have to search anything up there". Too far extended to the top, hand goes slightly to the ball's path than vice versa, significant enlargement of the body surface. The contact with the hand is not at the highest part of the arm though. Distance does not matter here, for me.

      Overall correct decision most likely by AR2 Pickel. 15 seconds are a bit much to discuss it though. But better late than never.

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    4. Clear penalty, hand in an unnatural position. The defender must make his best not to leave his hands above his body, he doesn´d - he is guilty of handling the ball.

      Excellent job by the assistant - staying strong and making the right call with delay. No problem in that.

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    5. Sorry for the firs post. I agree that it was penalty. After many time to replay video it is clear that the ball was contact with the left hand of defender which was in unatural position (the first impression that it was right hand)

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  30. is shaktar goal offside? http://www.yukleresim.com/image/fYL

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    1. Agreed, the foot levels it. Well seen by the AR.

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  31. As indicated yesterday, Alberto Undiano did not have his best day in Nice-Schalke.

    From the beginning, he waived some clear fouls away, most play-ons were however ok. On the other hand, he was not fully consistent in that, as some soft free-kicks were given, too.

    Specially the Schalke players were upset by his decisions in the first half, partly understandably. Much dissent, many protests, no real reaction from Undiano. Clear lacks of acceptance and authority.

    All this was fueled by a missed penalty when Dante clearly held Schöpf in the penalty area (43'). Schöpf easily accepted the holding, but it was quite blatant and impeded his progress. Should have been whistled.

    Apart from that, one clearly missed YC in 33'/34' (Nastasic) - reckless tackle from behind which was closer to orange than to no card. In 44', wrong YC - Stambouli just stood there, his opponent theatrically jumped into him, close to simulation. As said, further YCs or at least strong warnings would have been required for dissent / protests.

    The second half became better, but nonetheless the overall image was weak. Many problems in an easy game. The most positive point was positioning and movement, which was very efficient and economic. 7.8(8.1) for me.

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  32. Very good Manuel Gräfe, I think.

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  33. Here an interesting situation in Buquet's game:
    http://sendvid.com/l50snbyr
    Your opinion?

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    1. Seems like at least careless foul missed at first and then it seems like a violent conduct.

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    2. I agree, but the replay is not 100% clear. I really can't be sure of a violent conduct.
      It is however interesting to notice that the consultation was very likely only with AR1, even though FO was closer to the incident, perhaps he couldn't help Buquet. I would invite the fourth officials to pay more attention when the play is in development in their vicinity.

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