October 17, 2016

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

UEFA has selected the following eight officiating teams to take control over Wednesday's Champions League Matchday 3 ties. Artur Soares Dias of Portugal will make his debut in the biggest European football competition.

A| 19.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Arsenal Stadium, London (ENG)
Arsenal FC - Ludogorets
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos Soares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tiago Lopes Martins (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Joao Pedro Silva Pinheiro (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Filipe Dos Santos (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Bjorn Vassallo (MLT)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

A| 19.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
Paris SG - FC Basel
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)

B| 19.10.2016, 20:45 CET
San Paolo, Napoli (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Besiktas
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: David R. Griffiths (WAL)

B| 19.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Olimpiskiy, Kyiv (UKR)
Dynamo Kyiv - SL Benfica
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokic (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Kuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)

C| 19.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Camp Nou, Barcelona (ESP)
FC Barcelona - Manchester City
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)

C| 19.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
Celtic FC - Borussia M'gladbach
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Charalampos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Pierino Lardi (SUI)

D| 19.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Allianz Arena, München (GER)
Bayern München - PSV Eindhoven
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: John Beaton (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)

D| 19.10.2016, 20:45 CET
Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
FC Rostov - Atlético Madrid
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Foster (ENG)


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  2. Undiano Mallenco has not been appointed yet for a CL match this season, just an EL one on MD1. Why could this be? Loss of trust by the committee?

    1. The performance in Nice was poor. So maybe UEL again or a low profile CL match on MD4.

    2. He made some clear mistakes in Denmark - Montenegro as well.

  3. I was expecting a more sonorous observer for Soares Dias' debut; he should be under the spot. Huge match for collum; B.M.-PSV is always a top European match; is it deserved by Collum ? I'm not so sure.
    I'm regretted for Undiano; his decline is very impressive from WC 2010 to .....nothing. Maybe he is really underestimated; there are in my opinion referees who made more critical mistakes who are still at top level (i.e. Eriksson in my mind)

    1. There is a difference between making crucial mistakes and showing systematical weaknesses + making crucial mistakes. However I agree that in terms of that the current Spanish No.1 is not much better, at least internationally.

  4. So, the expected debut for Soares Dias.
    Very good game for Sidiropoulos, observed by Trentalange (he is preselected for WC 2018).
    I'm curious about Moen next appointment, after the shocking performance in Iceland - Finland: peraps he wont get any game in both MD3 and 4...

  5. Interesting to see Collum in Munchen, but I think that even he is Dallas' compatriot, he deserved this appointment. He did quit well recently. Karasev with very good appointment in Napoli, after several good matches last months. Big match as well for Aytekin in Paris, and important observer for Sidiropoulos. Surprised to see again Borbolan, because he had match on MD2, but he deserved that because of very good match in Monaco.
    The top clash this week goes into hands of Milorad Mazic. This has to be a reword for his consistency in the almost whole year and his good performances in last 7-8 international matches (CL, EC, WC qualifications). Interesting is that this would be 3rd or even might be 4th time to find himself in Kamp Nou. Also, very interesting is that he often observes matches when at least one of the teams is from England or Spain, much more than from Germany or Italy. Did you notice that and what do you think is the reason? Furthermore, recently I read one article where he said that he refereed the clashes between all the biggest European clubs, except Bayern Munchen, and that he would like to do that. Why he never got Bayern? He officiated other German clubs, and did very well (if I am not wrong some referees e.g. Kuipers and Kassai several times were refs in Bayern's matches, more than others big refs, and Mazic was at least 3-4 times on the pitch when Man UTD, Real or Barca each played their matches). Strange.

  6. Good match for Tasos and Mazic. Tasos sidiriopoulos big chance for 2018 WC

  7. I did some research about Mazic's appointments from 2012. till now (in my last post I assumed that he got more games where English and Spanish clubs are involved, than Italian and especially German clubs). Maybe you will find it interesting, because there might be some "rules of nominations" (if there is such thing) that lead Committee to appoint referee to officiate matches of clubs from specific country.
    Tonight it is going to be 12th match for him to referee to one of clubs from England, and 10th match involving at least one Spanish club |he officiated 3 matches between two Spanish teams). More interesting is that he already refereed to City three times (tonight 4th) and in all cases City was guest. He will officiate Barcelona for the 3rd time - all three matches in Camp Nou. So, my assumption was correct, he was really in charge the most in matches involving English and Spanish clubs.
    Besides that, he was referee 6 times in games in which Italian clubs were involved, 5 times for French clubs, 4 times Portuguese and Turkish (for Turkish clubs it is significant number, because there are not much Turkish clubs in CL, especially not in knockout phase - also Mazic was even 5 times chosen to referee to Turkish national team in official and friendly matches). Also, as I assumed, he was very rare appointed to referee the match with German clubs in them - only 3 times so far (Dortmund twice and Wolfsburg, against Man UTD). Does this have something with his "style", I really wonder, because there are refs that are very often in charge in matches played by German clubs.

    1. Kuipers does English and German teams a lot... Same for Kassai with German teams... Brych does Spanish teams a lot!!

  8. One wrong offside decision by Mazic's AR

    1. Just saw a replay. Small offside but offside, very close call. Correctly denied penalty appeal from City in 45+2 min due to a handball. Ball to hand, close distance.

    2. I agree.. No penalty correct call...

  9. Manchester City is hacking away, and Mazic needs to step in and get more active. This could get ugly. Looks like Barca might have two injuries already (one as a result of a foul), so they might get frustrated if they feel City is being vicious.

    1. Possible handball shout in the penalty area shortly before halftime. Nothing there: short range, arm in natural position, moving away from the ball.

  10. Team collum with an easy game but some mistakes! These are not made by collum! Both AR with a wring offside in case of A2 with a following goal. 4th official is watching that Robben goes out of the Field for a medical treatment and after that he comes back in the pitch

    1. Bad offside-detection by both AR in Munich

    2. Collum himself lenient without any problems

    3. A compilation of three offside situations:


  11. Fernández Borbalán with correct penalty awarded against Dynamo Kyiv (clearly upon Martínez Munuera's advice, delayed whistle). He stopped the protests well by stepping between players and AAR2. The first caution of the game was maybe a tad harsh (only small SPA, no elbow offence as Benfica player suggested), then he missed a YC to Benfica player (reckless stamp on Achilles tendon from behind). Another YC was to Benfica player for next reckless stamp. Good control in a not so demanding game. Maybe stepping into a small conflict in the 43rd minute would be more adequate than only strong whistle.

    1. Not so good second half. Things that were missed by Spaniards:
      - many foot-fouls
      - illegal use of arm (YC possible)
      - at least one mandatory YC
      - Vida's (Dynamo) violent conduct in the penalty area

      Have to rewatch the second goal (potential foul in attack prior to that).

      A pity he was not able to continue the good performance in the second half.

    2. Penalty:

      Violent Conduct:

    3. Clear penalty for me and good decision from AAR2 Munuera (obviously he suggested PK). Second situation very unsportsmanlike conduct and VC as well. Obviously this duel between two players had history, but I would give Vida RC for this punching in the head, even though it is not strong.

  12. Red card to Claudio Bravo. Absolutely correct. Blocked a shot with his hands outside of the penalty area.

  13. Two correct penalties + a correctly disallowed goal (AR1) in Napoli. Good performance by the Russians (at least in terms of key decisions, did not see more).

    1. Second penalty looked quite soft to me.

    2. Clear holding / embracing for more than a second. IMO no clearly theatrical descend - at least, they cannot complain.

    3. The second penalty, for "Italian standards" looks indeed quite soft: fans and commentator were surprised, nobody expected the whistle. But surely it is correct, also knowing Karasev's style.
      However, I must report a not so good performance by AR2. In first half, he stopped a promising attack for a wrong offside call, then in the last minutes of the game 2-3 by Besiktas was offside.
      Karasev had a quite lenient approach in first half, he could have shown cards at 26' and 45'. I hope to manage some videos...

    4. Has to be a crucial error in 86' for Team Karasev then??

    5. Sorry, I must correct myself. I'm not sure, replay showed that there was another defender from home-team, hidden to camera, who could keep ONSIDE the scorer. A video is needed before making statements.
      The mistake in first half by the same AR is however confirmed.

    6. @Chefren and all interested
      Give this link a try https://youtu.be/uQC5ln2UrUU
      The first replay I think is conclusive that the play is offside.
      I included the whole section from the live action and the replays. For the most helpful view, start watching at 54 seconds.

    7. The Youtube-video appears to be blocked...
      Another try: https://vimeo.com/188060181

    8. Sorry about that. Thank you for the help!!
      https://vimeo.com/188064984 also works too

    9. Offside. Not so easy situation but this wrong decision decided the winner of the match, so it has to be consider as crucial.

    10. Thanks for the video! Indeed, it looks like an extremely tight offside. Very difficult but AR2 could have detected it because it was directly from a set piece.

  14. What a VC missed by Borbalan right in front of him.

  15. Offside on the 2-3 goal in the 86th minute of the Napoli-Besiktas match?

  16. Extremely easy evening for the Portuguese referee team tonight in London. Solid performance on the expected level.

  17. Missed penalty in Barcelona, right at the end of the 1st half...Too me, very crucial mistake, other than that good performance from Mazic.

    1. Sorry but I can't agree... No penalty call was correct in my opinion... The hand wasn't in an unnatural position... Very close distance, ball to hand and in no way that can be termed as deliberate with absolute certainty... So correct and acceptable call by Mazic for me!!

    2. @M
      Please, can you explain your opinion about PK for handball ?

    3. The link to the mentioned handball situation:


      Although the arm was enlarging body surface in my opinion it was not in an unnatural position, and the ball was shot from a relatively close distance. So for the same reasons as Soham (and Emil) I think the referee's decision was the correct one.

    4. Ok we all have different opinions.But Digne clearly stops the cross by De Bruyne and slows down the ball by touching it with his hand...Thats just my opinion.
      I'm not an expert as you guys are.

    5. That's really a difficult situation. Watching the video, my first thought was penalty, just to arm's position... I think, ho be honest, that this penalty can be given. Perhaps we can say that PLAY ON is not a mistake, buu surely a situation where we can have all different ideas.

    6. Understanding your points of view, I tend to disagree with you, DutchRef & Soham.


      The arm is simply too widely outstretched and there is no natural reason for doing that. Imagining myself in #19's situation I understand that you have to keep balance somehow - but I think the arm's position goes beyond what can be explained by maintaining balance.

      It does not necessarily matter whether the distance is small. A significant and for me unnatural enlargement of the body surface prevented a potentially dangerous pass from entering the penalty area - that's a penalty I think.

      I don't want to judge on whether I deem this as deliberate - I only judge what I think UEFA wants to see here.

      Having said that, 4-0, small protests, nobody cares. No clearly relevant criteria, I know, but nonetheless lowering the relevance of this situation which might make the observer accept it for sure.

  18. Correct penalty by Mazic for Barcelona in 85'... Very good performance by the Serbian team overall in the game in my opinion ... The match wasn't too difficult and went even easier once Bravo was sent off and Man City was reduced to 10 men... The match got pretty much over then and there...

    1. I think he was good. But he looks very stressed with his arm gestures. A referee should be the calmest person on the field. Other than that he was good. And i strongly disagree when you say the match wasn't too difficult. Mazic made the match what it was. Any big mistake would have made the match into chaos. He managed it well.

    2. Mazic with very good performance in one quite challenging match. There were several very important decisions, and all of them were correct: 1. NO PENALTY in 45+2 minute - 101% correct call. No word about penalty, and I believe AR@ and AAR2 suggested that to Mazic. 2. First red card, absolutely correct, and GK didn't protest (how could he?). 3. First and second YC for Mathieu - both absolutely correct. 4. Penalty for Barca also excellent (and easy decision - he was helped by AAR2). Both ARs I think no mistakes, two very close and good calls for AR2 in the second half and one from AR1 in the first half. At the beginning Mazic had very lenient approach, trying to keep cards in the pocket, and maybe he missed one YC. All in all, strong performance with several important and correct decisions, strong personality (most of us do not like his style, his gestures etc. but that is Mazic) and very good management. Obviously he is in very good form and very consistent for a long time, without important mistakes.

    3. what about sidiropoulos?

    4. About Mazic, both sending-offs of course fully correct and compulsory. The penalty is correct for me as well, even though I think that there was no real contact with Messi. UEFA has made clear (via their latest RAPs) that it cannot be expected from attackers that they accept to be fouled instead of jumping over an unfair / late tackle. This was the case here, so even in case of no contact, fully ok.


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