October 16, 2016

Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 3 (I)

UEFA has selected the following eight officiating teams from seven different nations to take charge next Tuesday's Champions League Matchday 3 matches. Among others, Ruddy Buquet of France will return to CL turf.




E| 18.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Stadion CSKA Moskva, Moscow (RUS)
CSKA Moskva - AS Monaco
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Detelin (BUL)

E| 18.10.2016, 20:45 CET
BayArena, Leverkusen (GER)
Bayer Leverkusen - Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Geir Thorsteinsson (ISL)

F| 18.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid - Legia Warszawa
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO)

F| 18.10.2016, 20:45 CET
José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
Sporting CP - Borussia Dortmund
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: Bojan Ul (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Gerhard Sager (SWE)

G| 18.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Leicester City Stadium, Leicester (ENG)
Leicester City - FC København
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)

G| 18.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges (BEL)
Club Brügge - FC Porto
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Davide Massa (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA)

H| 18.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon (FRA)
Olympique Lyon - Juventus Turin
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)

H| 18.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
Dinamo Zagreb - Sevilla FC
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Karl Eriksen (NOR)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

55 Comments:

  1. Wow!! Michael Oliver seems to be in quite some favour of the UEFA referee's committee at this moment... Many congratulations to Oliver on this well deserved appointment!! 🙌

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    1. Good signal for Oliver, indeed. I don't know what is planned for Atkinson in future, but surely Oliver and Taylor are now waiting for a promotion to Elite.
      In Madrid a debut was possible but the choice made by committee is Buquet. I think that this match will be more than easy. I remember Orsato officiating Real Madrid - Malmoe 8-0 one year ago, this could be something similar, of course I don't hope that for the Polish side, but I have this feeling.
      This time the game for Martin Strömbergsson seems to be a bit better than the previous ones, but I still don't understand what is planned for him. Committee doesn't look so much interested in assessing his performances (I mean, for example, by appointing significant observers) but he is always there. There should be other reasons. Very difficult to think that he can be promoted...

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    2. @Chefren
      Please share your opinion on when can we see Brych, Kuipers, Kassai or Clattenburg... This matchday or the next one??

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    3. @ Chefren: So-so. Uilenberg in Lyon and Bianchi in Slovakia are not bad. Maybe they realized they should prepare an Elite ref from Sweden if Eriksson retires before or after Russia 2018. Ekberg will need some time and won't be ready then, most likely.

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    4. Brych: I think we will see him on MD4. He is out from groups B, C and D.
      The only chance would be group A, the only game PSG - Basel (because in Arsenal - Ludogorets there is a German observer). I don't think PSG - Basel is for him, so MD4.

      Kuipers: having already officiated in group C, he is out from that. On MD3, Makkelie was in Arsenal - Basel, so Kuipers out also from group A. In group D we have PSV, so impossible to see him. So, the only group for him is B: Napoli - Besiktas or Dynamo Kyiv - Benfica. If I had to make a choice, I would send him to Napoli - Besiktas, this sounds as the only real option for him. Quite possible.

      Clattenburg: out from groups A and C, due to English teams, he could be a option for B (the same said for Kuipers) and D. Napoli - Besiktas and Bayern - PSV are two possible games for him. Rostov - Atletico and Dynamo Kyiv - Benfica the other options.

      Kassai: apart from group A, he could be appointed everywhere, thank to his nationality. Looking at the observers, I must mention again Napoli - Besiktas as one of the main options, but he could be as well in all the other games, even a "minor" one, if UEFA was not content with the wrong sending off at the end of PSG - Arsenal.

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    5. On the other games, I think Mazic is now the first candidate for Barcellona - Manchester City.
      Trentalange in Celtic - Borussia M. could be there for Turpin (observation on the road to WC 2018 with a preselected official).

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    6. I would expect Eriksson, Mazic and Kassai for Wednesday and Kuipers, Clattenburg and Brych on Matchday 4..

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  2. Interesting choice in Group G: I would have considered BRU-POR as the match, which needs the "better" referee and therefore switched the both Italians.
    No big surprises in the other appointments.
    For Barcelona Mazic should be the favourite now, I think.

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    1. Looks like Kuipers, Kassai, Brych and Clattenburg won't have appointments this week... Majority of Wednesday's matches don't require any of the top 10 UEFA referees!!

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    2. I could also imagine someone like Karasev or Turpin in Barca-City (as small surprises).

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    3. Hey Niclas and co ! No match for Turpin because his assistants Gringore and Danis with Buquet in Madrid. No Debart, friend and regular Buquet AR, so perhaps suspended after Bilbao's goal ?

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    4. @Benoit thanks! You are right about Turpin's assistant referees. They are appointed for Tuesday with Buquet.
      So for Celtic - Borussia M. perhaps one could guess Kralovec with Trentalange...

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    5. Ah of course, Benoit, you are right. Thanks.
      Indeed, I also thought Debart could be out for known reasons..

      I think Barca-City will be officiated by Karasev, Kassai or Mazic. We'll see.

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    6. Can't see Kassai doing that game after the wrong sending off in PSG v Arsenal.

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  3. Predictions for Wednesday:
    Rostov-A.Madrid, Eriksson
    Bayern-PSV, Kassai
    Napoli-Besiktas, Undiano
    D.Kiev-Benfica, Kulbakov
    Arsenal-Ludgorets, Moen
    PSG-Basel, Aytekin
    Barcelona-City, Mazic
    Celtic-Mönchendg., Kralovec

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    1. Some updated ones:

      Rostov-Atlético: Kulbakov
      Bayern-PSV: Sidiropoulos
      Napoli-Besiktas: Makkelie
      Kyiv-Benfica: Nijhuis
      Arsenal-Ludogorets: de Sousa
      PSG-Basel: Collum
      Barca-City: Karasev
      Celtic-M'gladbach: Kralovec or Moen

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  4. I don´t surprises for Barcelona-City.

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  5. Felix Brych awarded a contentious penalty in the Mainz - Darmstadt game. Apart from that, GK saved the shot while being one meter in front of the goal line in the moment of kick and the player who entered the penalty area before the penalty kick being executed cleared up the situation. Of course, it's a video refereeing, but one can discuss about same foul.

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  6. In the Premier League a quite controversial situation
    Jon Moss decided this was a RC:VC, all the media here are castigating him, but surely it is not so black and white. What do you think? Apologies for the video
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4xl342_granit-xhaka-red-card-hd-arsenal-vs-swansea-15-10-2016-hd_sport

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    1. Castigating him? That's a clear RC in my opinion. No chance to hit the ball, "punitive" foul from behind, it can be considered VC as well. Well done by Moss.

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    2. Chefren, 'modern refereeing'. :) It would be something like that: 'dynamics is not enough to consider it as use of excessive force'... (sarcasm)

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  7. My predection for WC round 4
    FRANCE-SWEDEN VIKTOR KASSAI (HUN)
    BULGARIA-BELARUS JAVIER ESTRADA FERNANDEZ (ESP)
    LUXEMBURG-NETHERLANDS YEHVEN ARANOVSKY (UKR)
    SWITZERLAND-FAROE ISLANDS ROBERT SCÖRGENHOFER (AUT)
    HUNGARY-ANDORRA MIROSLAV ZELINKA (CZE)
    PORTUGAL-LATVIA JESÚS GIL MANZANO (ESP)
    NORTHERN IRELAND-AZERBAIJAN GEDIMINAS MAZEIKA (LTU)
    SAN MARINO-GERMANY KRISTO TOUVER (EST)
    CZECH REPUBLIC-NORWAY CLÉMENT TURPIN (FRA)
    AUSTRIA-REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SZYMON MARCINIAK (POL)
    GEORGIA-MOLDOVA ALEKSEI ESKOV (RUS)
    WALES-SERBIA FELIX BRYCH (GER)
    ARMENIA-MONTENEGRO SÉBASTIAN DELEFIERE (BEL)
    DENMARK-KAZAKSTAN LIRAN LIANY (ISR)
    ROMANIA-POLAND MILORAD MAZIC (SRB)
    ENGLAND-SCOTLAND TASOS SIDIROUPOLOS (GRE)
    SLOVAKIA-LITHUANIA LUCA BANTI (ITA)
    MALTA-SLOVENIA MATTIAS GESTRANIUS (FIN)
    ALBANIA-ISRAEL TOBIAS STILER (GER)
    LIECHTENSTEIN-ITALY JAKOB KEHLET (DEN)
    SPAIN-FYR MACEDONIA MIHAEL OLIVER (ENG)
    CYPRUS-GIBRALTAR OREL GRINFEELD (ISR)
    GREECE-BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA CRAIG THOMSON (SCO)
    BELGIUM-ESTONIA STEFAN JOHANESSON (SWE)
    CROATIA-ICELAND NICOLA RIZZOLI (ITA)
    UKRAINE-FINLAND SERDAR GÖZÜBÜYÖK (NED)
    TURKEY-KOSOVO PAOLO TAGLIAENTO (ITA)

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    1. Mine is
      FRANCE-SWEDEN Mazic (SRB)
      BULGARIA-BELARUS Göcek (TUR)
      LUXEMBURG-NETHERLANDS Gil (POL)
      SWITZERLAND-FAROE ISLANDS Turpin (FRA)
      HUNGARY-ANDORRA Aranovsky (UKR)
      PORTUGAL-LATVIA Tudor (ROU)
      NORTHERN IRELAND-AZERBAIJAN Undiano Mallenco(ESP)
      SAN MARINO-GERMANY Blom (NED)
      CZECH REPUBLIC-NORWAY Makkelie (NED)
      AUSTRIA-REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
      GEORGIA-MOLDOVA Welz (GER)
      WALES-SERBIA Brych (GER)
      ARMENIA-MONTENEGRO Zwayer (GER)
      DENMARK-KAZAKSTAN Vincic (SVN)
      ROMANIA-POLAND Skomina (SVN)
      ENGLAND-SCOTLAND Karasev (RUS)
      SLOVAKIA-LITHUANIA Bezborodov (RUS)
      MALTA-SLOVENIA MATTIAS Eskov (RUS)
      ALBANIA-ISRAEL Buquet (FRA)
      LIECHTENSTEIN-ITALY Raczkowski (POL)
      SPAIN-FYR MACEDONIA Lechner (AUT)
      CYPRUS-GIBRALTAR Madden (SCO)
      GREECE-BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Rizzoli (ITA)
      BELGIUM-ESTONIA Collum (SCO)
      CROATIA-ICELAND Kassai (HUN)
      UKRAINE-FINLAND de Sousa (POR)
      TURKEY-KOSOVO Strömbergsson (SWE)

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    2. I would expect an even higher-profile team for ENG - SCO.

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  8. correct penalty +yellow by Marciniak

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    1. Yes, clear holding. Marciniak whistled this penalty without any doubt: well done.

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    2. I think AAR informed Marciniak about it... It was a bit delayed reaction by Marciniak

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  9. Short comment on Buquet in Real - Legia: penalty correct, maybe a tight offside at Real's 3rd goal (AR2). Good job to warn Odjidja-Ofoe for unsporting behaviour. Nothing more to mention.

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    1. 53' - situation in front of AAR2, Guilherme (LEG) falls down, it seems he was fouled.

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  10. AR1 having a rough 2nd half in Leicester - Copenhagen. Looked like dissalowed goal from onside and another offside call earlier, when defender clearly played the ball.

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  11. In Lyon, Marciniak has sent off Lemina... Second yellow card

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    1. Both YC were absolutely correct.

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    2. Yes no doubt about that... What I liked most about him today was that he was taking his own time to reach the correct decisions... Made one mistake though IMO when he only showed a YC for violent conduct as you stated in the post below but overall a decent performance from the Polish referee tonight

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  12. Minute 51': Marciniak decided for YC following a reaction (violent conduct) by Darder (OL). For me, this was a crucial mistake.

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  13. Correct last minute penalty from Tagliavento !

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  14. @Chefren Who do you see taking charge of the Juventus v Lyon return leg??

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    1. Some options: Kassai, Královec, Hategan, Thomson and perhaps Atkinson.

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    2. However, having to select one name, I would say Hategan.

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    3. Why not the big hitters like Brych or Kuipers or Eriksson for the return leg?? The match might be challenging... Which matches in MD 4 do you thik would be suitable for Brych, Kuipers and Eriksson??

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    4. My choice would be Atkinson for the second leg and I don't expect the match to be too challenging.
      Brych could be possible as well there, as he should be in group G or H, but I would guess him for Copenhagen-Leicester.
      Kuipers probably at a big game, e.g. Tottenham-Leverkusen or Besiktas-Napoli.
      For Eriksson, I think Ludogorets-Arsenal could fit as his start into the CL season.
      Not impossible though to see him in Manchester-Barcelona, as Rocchi and Kassai seem to be the only alternatives there, while I would prefer the latter.

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    5. For a change I would really like to see Rocchi doing City v Barcelona return leg but then that's a bit unlikely considering he didn't have a great World Cup Qualifier game... I think it will be Eriksson for that game rather than Kassai because of the red card mistake in PSG v Arsenal??

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  15. I migth look like Eriksson is gonna quit refereeing soon, both Johannesson and Stömbergsson is not refereeing much soon(Strombergsson is not a full time referee) and he haven't had a champions league game yet and is refereeing low profike gemes in sweden( the last team against another bad team). Before he always had Klasenius and Warnmark with but know he only has one of the for the most time. Anither intresting thing is that the younger brother Strombergsson have bigger games then Eriksson.

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    1. Why do you think so that Eriksson will quit refereeing soon??

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    2. He's almost only refereeing low profile game, since the Euro's he only had 1 big game(wasn't that challenging, ended 6-0) while Johannesson had almost all the big games. Before the Euro's he talked about motivation in interviews, that he needed it to fun refereeing a champions game and same fun refereeing the to worst team in the swedish league, he's a multi millionaire so he don't need to work at all but referee for fun. Maybe he will step down a bit at new year and get a demotion or he continues refereeing, who knows?

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  16. Can someone please share some updates on the good Michael Oliver's performance in Dinamo Zagreb v Sevilla CL match yesterday?? 😕

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    1. I finished watching the first half. Very easy going match. Oliver with a good performance even though he literally has very little to do.

      1 offside by AR2 correct.

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  17. RMA-LEG

    12' - small penalty appeal, indeed it's a foul of Marcelo on Guilherme but the chance to score afterwards was even bigger than a kick from penalty mark, so I have no problem with the 'advantage' in this scene

    https://streamable.com/l3eh

    21' - Penalty awarded against Real. Clear

    https://streamable.com/b446

    37' - Tight offside prior to 3-1 goal missed by AR2

    https://streamable.com/5hdx

    53' - Penalty appeal from Guilherme (LEG). Crucial mistake.

    https://streamable.com/p99c


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    So, with a little bit luck more for Polish side, potential 2-2 instead of 3-1 would have been something different. But OK, the offside was minimal...

    Apart from these situations, Buquet was really good, strong 8.4 level. Correct YC to Cristiano Ronaldo for PI, well sold two verbal warnings to Odjidja-Ofoe, well played advantage and YC to Thibault Moulin afterwards. IMO, he is ready to be promoted and been ready for a long time, not like Turpin who was one of the most political promotion in history (Soares Dias is waiting too...)

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    1. I agree with you, however, about the first situation (12'), we must say that it is absolutely dangerous to give advantage after a foul in penalty area. The chance to score must be really clear. Yes, perhaps in this case it was, but I think that this penalty wasn't given just because it wasn't seen. I think AAR1, in case, had to inform Buquet. But to be honest, I'm not even sure about the foul.
      For the rest, I agree with everything you said, penalty for Legia in second half was clear.

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    2. http://pasteboard.co/gOwZDWznl.png

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    3. Although I agree that Buquet can be an option for promotion in the near future, I don't think that a UEL match and one of the - on paper - most decided CL ties (Real-Legia) are enough for that. Same goes for the observers assessing him. Compare it to Strömbergsson, Taylor, Zwayer and Makkelie, for example, and you see significant differences.

      I could imagine that - unfortunately - Buquet is the one who has to pay for being "between" Turpin and Bastien. Maybe Batta and co. want to keep a 2nd Elite place for France empty until Bastien is ready.

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  18. Skomina disallowed goal for Sporting yesterday. Interesting situation which starts at 5:02 in the video down below.
    Also indirect free kick was whistled by Skomina for Sporting. Correct decisioon but quite easy one. video 8:39

    http://www.fullmatchesandshows.com/2016/10/18/sporting-cp-vs-borussia-dortmund-highlights-full-match/

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    1. I would back Skomina for the disallowed goal, there is a contact between keeper and the opponent. We know well that a minimal contact keeper - opponent in penalty area is immediately punished.
      About the other situation: absolutely correct and I must say very rare to see a so clear deliberate backpass saved by hands by keeper.

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    2. Clear foul for me. Good decision by Skomina.

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  19. What about Cakir's performance last night as i couldn't have chance to watch the game?

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    1. Was watching the highlights... Good performance in an easy match... There was an excellent disallowed goal decision by one of his AARs.. Ball didn't cross the line entirely so that was an excellent and Correct call... Overall I think Çakır performed well in a not too demanding match!! 😃

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