October 17, 2016

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3

The following officials will be in charge of 2016-17 UEFA Europa League Group Stage Matchday 3 games (in progress).




Group G, 20 October 2016, 19:00 CET
Balaídos, Vigo (ESP) 
RC Celta de Vigo - AFC Ajax 
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kralovic (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Filip Glova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)

Group G, 20 October 2016, 19:00 CET
Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege (BEL) 
R. Standard de Liège - Panathinaikos FC 
Referee: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Fourth Official: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG) 

Group H, 20 October 2016, 19:00 CET
Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu, Konya (TUR) 
Konyaspor  - SC Braga
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Rza Mammadov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Rahim Hasanov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Mubariz Hashimov (AZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Appleby (ENG)

Group H, 20 October 2016, 19:00 CET
Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk  - KAA Gent 
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Harry Lennard (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Andreas Akkelides (CYP)

Group I, 20 October 2016, 19:00 CET
Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar (RUS) 
FC Krasnodar - FC Schalke 04 
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jake Collin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Fourth Official: Ian Hussin (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA) 

Group I, 20 October 2016, 19:00 CET
Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT) 
FC Salzburg - OGC Nice 
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Sergii Bekker (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Romano Clavadetscher (SUI)

Group J, 20 October 2016, 19:00 CET
U Nisy, Liberec (CZE) 
Slovan Liberec - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Paul Krähenbühl (SUI)

Group J, 20 October 2016, 19:00 CET
Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE) 
Qarabağ FK - PAOK FC 
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Fourth Official: Kiril Balikin (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Igor Ischenko (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolphe Mannaerts (BEL)

Group K, 20 October 2016, 19:00 CET
Turner Stadium, Beer Sheva (ISR)
Hapoel Beer-Sheva - AC Sparta Praha
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Pataki (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)

Group K, 20 October 2016, 19:00 CET
Stadio San Siro, Milan (ITA)
FC Internazionale Milano - Southampton FC 
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Donatas Rumsas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Dovydas Suziedelis (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jošt  (SVN)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Artur (SUI)

Group L, 20 October 2016, 19:00 CET
Osmanlı Stadı, Ankara (TUR)
Osmanlıspor FK - Villarreal CF 
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Bitton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Fourth Official: Oren Bornshtain (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattlebed (FRA)

Group L, 20 October 2016, 19:00 CET
Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU) 
FC Steaua Bucureşti - FC Zürich 
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balazs Buzas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Zsolt Varga (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Adám Farkas (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Peter Solymosi (HUN)
Fourth Official: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Radenko Mijatović (SVN)

Group A, 20 October 2016, 21:05 CET
Old Trafford, Manchester (ENG) 
Manchester United FC - Fenerbahçe SK 
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jérôme Miguelgorry (FRA)
Fourth Official: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Simone Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group A, 20 October 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam (NED) 
Feyenoord - FC Zorya Luhansk 
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandrs Golubev (LVA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Edgars Malcevs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström /(FIN)

Group B, 20 October 2016, 21:05 CET
Stade de Suisse, Berne (SUI)
BSC Young Boys - APOEL FC 
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Radoman (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Denis Bastari (ALB)

Group B, 20 October 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
Olympiacos FC - FC Astana
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)

Group C, 20 October 2016, 21:05 CET
Mainz Arena, Mainz (GER)
1. FSV Mainz 05 - RSC Anderlecht 
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (SVK)

Group C, 20 October 2016, 21:05 CET
Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne (FRA) 
AS Saint-Étienne - Qəbələ FK
Referee: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Volkan Bayarslan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ceyhun Sesiguzel (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN) 
UEFA Delegate: Jacob Erel (ISR)

Group D, 20 October 2016, 21:05 CET
AZ Stadion, Alkmaar (NED)
AZ Alkmaar - Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ionut Marius Avram (ROU)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)
UEFA Delegate: Targo Kaldoja (EST)

Group D, 20 October 2016, 21:05 CET
Tallaght Stadium, Dublin (IRL) 
Dundalk FC - Football Club Zenit 
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jan Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Richard Havrilla (SVK)

Group E, 20 October 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
AS Roma - FK Austria Wien
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Igor Fedotov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Andrei Vereteshkin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Carlsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: José Guilherme Aguiar (POR)  

Group E, 20 October 2016, 21:05 CET
Doosan Arena, Plzeň (CZE)
FC Viktoria Plzeň - FC Astra Giurgiu 
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Aleksander Egorov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Lunev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Armen Minasyan (ARM)

Group F, 20 October 2016, 21:05 CET
KRC Genk Arena, Genk (BEL)
KRC Genk - Athletic Club 
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Cenk Cem (TUR)

Group F, 20 October 2016, 21:05 CET
Weststadion, Vienna (AUT)
SK Rapid Wien - US Sassuolo Calcio 
Referee: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Godinho (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Ferreira Pinto (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Joao Capela (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fabio Costa Verissimo (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Martins Teixeira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Vignir Már Thormódsson (ISL)

123 Comments:

  1. FC Internazionale Milano - Southampton FC Referee: G.Mazeika(LTU)

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  2. Ouch! Clattenburg severely punished. Really big games for Bastien and Stefański (I really don't know what is planned with him...)

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  3. I don't consider that as a punishment to be honest, although - with all respect - I could imagine that Krasnodar is no dream destination for a referee of his format. At least the game could become demanding.

    Bastien and Mazeika with top appointments.

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    1. He would never be appointed to EL group stage if not that mistake in last game, so...

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    2. Do you mean the missed violent conduct? If so, I should be surprised if AAR1 was not the only one blamed for that.

      In general, I don't think that Collina would "punish" Clattenburg (!) for one mistake. There are numerous other officials who made a clear crucial mistake and are still in UCL. I rather consider it as nothing too serious to make place for other officials in CL. But I can be wrong, of course.

      BTW to answer your question: I think they do not have major plans with Stefanski. Skjervold is not that important, rather the opposite.

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    3. Well, it is "worse" for Atkinson... AAR in EL group stage.

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    4. There was a huge confusion with the red cards to Giroud and Verratti at the end of the game. Verratti's RC has been rescinded.

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    5. You mean Kassai I guess.

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    6. Really amazing for me to see Clatts and Atkison in EL for medium level clash, the second one only as AAR.
      @Ray HD: can you remind what was the potential mistake done by Clattemburg at last CL match ?
      Bastien has a very important match: best wishes to him a top clash in EL.
      Kruziak too, Celta Vigo Ajax is ot negligible; while Taylor observed by Karlsson could means something
      Happy to see Hugo Miguel; a new name it should be his debut at EL group stage

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    7. btw, Krasondar-Schalke is going to be played on a brand new FC Krasnodar stadium which hosted the first (and only) official game on October, 9 (Russia - Costa-Rica). This was allowed by UEFA as an exception upon agreement of all 4 participating clubs of the group. So Clattenburg will work on an opening match of the stadium on the club level.

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    8. Sorry, yes, I meant Kassai :D

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    9. Yes, this time Clattenburg's appointment sounds strange at first glance, but I think that it is not mandatOry to look always for an explanation. It can be a choice by committee without any particular reason, sometimes Elite referees are appointed in Europa League. I don't think that Clattenburg can be "punished" for one, two or even three mistakes, we shouldn't forget what he got in the recent months.

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  4. Clattenburg not punished. The Elite Referees have one match
    every year in Europe League.

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  5. I'm very surprised reading Hugo Miguel's name, especially at a quite interesting game. It is his second game in the UEL Group Stage, his first one was in 2011 (!), also in Austria (Sturm Graz - Lok Moscow). During the last 5 years only a few, not really interesting appointments, now the surprising comeback in the UEL for the 39-years-old Portuguese.

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    1. Don't you confuse Hugo Miguel and Bruno Paixao who refereed Sturm-Lokomotiv?

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    2. Probably you're right. I checked a referee data site - from there I had this information which seems to be wrong. It is debut in the UEL, with 39 years maybe quite late, but well...

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    3. There is some confusion with Portuguese names.
      This referee appointed is Hugo Filipe Ferreira de Campos Moreira Miguel.
      1977 born, FIFA since 2013.
      This will be his debut in Europa League. With Soares Dias possible Elite, and De Sousa already 42 y. o., there is surely the need of another Portuguese at this level (Category 1).
      The strange thing is that he has been appointed for this game with a normal observer...

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  6. A very important test for Mazeika in Milan with a committee member. After several seasons with regular performances as Category 1, I think now he has the chance for something more. The match will be very crucial for FC Internazionale, at moment they are really in trouble, after two defeats on MD1 and MD2. Surely, a game to be watched.

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  7. 2nd match in a row for Bebek in EL group stages...That maybe means that UEFA believes in him?

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    1. I think it is a normal appointment. Most of Category 1 referees are expected to get 3 matches in EL / CL group stage. Bebek was appointed on MD2, now MD3, the next should be M5 or M6.
      However, the positive thing is that after the demotion he looked quite motivated and he showed some solid performances. That is not common, very often you can get disappointed by losing motivations. So, I wish you to continue in this way. I don't know whether another chance will be given in future, very difficult, but surely he can be satisfied with what he achieved so far in many years as FIFA referee.

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  8. About Atkinson appointed as AAR, I think that the reason is just the fact that there weren't other options among English FIFA officials. Oliver, Taylor and Clattenburg will be main referees, Atkinson, Marriner and Pawson additional assistant referees. Then we have Lee Probert, never appointed in Premier League for unknown reasons but still on the list and finally Madley, which, after the mistake made as AAR, has been very likely stopped by UEFA.

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    1. Lee Probert has had a knee injury for the last years and is regaining his fitness in Football League One, I hope to return to the Premier League soon! Also to my mind Mike Dean should be an option, AAR in a UCL Semifinal in 2013, a lot of experience.
      Btw Howard Webb's autobiography should be a great read if anyone has the chance, although I conceed with my profile picture I am subjective ;-)

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    3. News from France : UEFA has suspensed Chapron, Schneider and AR Debart because of Bilbao's decision. Don't Know how many Time but clear sanction for french officials by Referees's commitee.

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    4. Thanks for the info, very often (I would say "always") these decisions by committee are confidential, however I find it a right thing, it was a too poor show to be watched.

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    5. Benoit can you kindly remind me what were Chapron and his crew's mistakes in Bilbao ? I've missed

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    6. http://sendvid.com/fluoejhv

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    7. Thanks; but I'm confused. It's clear offside so at the end the final decision was correct. Ok they took 3 minutes to get the right decision and Chapron moved form Goal, to penalty to offside. I don't think it's a crucial mistake to require a suspension. It's bad management but without impact on the final result. Please correct me if I did mistakes reading the video and the situation

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    8. We don't know what exactly happened, what was a decision-making process. UEFA have recordings of communication among team members.

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    9. Indeed. If someone saw videos and overruled Chapron based on that, the suspension would be logical. Even if not, the decision taking process was fatal, regardless of whether the final decision was correct or incorrect.

      Schneider handled a u21 EURO qualifier shortly after that btw. So the suspension was obviously decided following intense meetings / discussions or whatever. A performance-related suspension would have maybe gone a bit quicker. So the "someone saw videos"-theory might be true.

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    10. Not only Schneider, even Chapron himself handled a WM qualifier (Ireland - Georgia) short after Bilbao. Of course he was already appointed before Bilbao, but anyway...

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  9. Spanish CTA strikes again! This time even more absurd than other occasions.
    Jesús Gil Manzano with Mainz - Anderlecht on Thursday at 21:05 CET.
    The same referee has been appointed for a game on Saturday in La Liga, Espanyol - Eibar. This match will be played on Saturday at 13:00 CET!
    If other times we were talking about "only" 48 hours between a game and another one, this time I think it is a record: 36 or 37 hours. UEFA officials are expected to stay at the city of the game until the day after, leaving in the morning.
    So, I think Gil Manzano will fly directly to Barcelona. No words for that... with a so big choice and many games...

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    1. Yet Mateu Lahoz with only two matches this season. I suppose that the injury he sustained is keeping him out next week again.

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    2. It's indeed remarkable since we know pretty well that regeneration is fundamentally important to keep performance at a high level. Sitting in a plane on Friday, having maybe slept poorly in a foreign hotel and then immediately focussing on the next clash is everything but regeneration.

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    3. And to think that in Spain there are 3 people in charge of the appointments. The infamous "Spanish Model" which applies also in Greece since the start of the season.

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  10. Chefren, you have one great reason for the bad decissions
    of our Spanish CTA(RFEF).

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  11. dear friends ask to assess the time of the match Spartak Moscow - Rostov. Bezborodov referee

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    1. injury time to 1 half. red or yellow card.

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKFvnEDFY94
      Minute 01:25
      This should be the situation you mentioned.
      Absolutely correct decision by Bezborodov. In my opinion, clear SFP.

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  12. Thank you so much. Your opinion is very important. it is a foul by negligence or dangerous attack?

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    1. A dangerous attack, to use your words. More than a negligent act, of course.

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  13. Very good from Bebek as I watched little bit of the 1st half.

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  14. Penalty to Liege. From what I read on Greek sites it was suggested by AR. A video would be helpful.

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    1. No comment.

      https://streamable.com/lqjc

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    2. OMG! Crucial mistake and clear phantom foul...

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    3. @RayHD

      Really...............

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    4. Not too smart btw to point to his AAR... That leads to protests at two point at the pitch. Stay for your decision. Even though it might be a bit wrong.

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    5. To be honest, I don't think it's totally wrong. Watch last RAP and you will know that UEFA is very strict regarding holding in the box.

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    6. But in that case, RayHD, we will have 30 penalties each match. At the second half, there were at least 2 other similar scenes. Nothing on both scenes.

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    7. I did not watch the game, so I cannot comment on the whole picture, but isolatedly this penalty can be backed by observer.

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    8. This situation could be backed IF there was a holding. Now.......

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    9. For me that is nothing and common sense (including player reactions) will tell you that it should not be given. The difference to Karasev's penalty is that here the defender stopped holding / touching his opponent early enough and the latter accepted it and started to fall out of nothing way too easily. I would not back him.

      What Rik B said is quite important to my mind. Pointing towards the AAR (who was a bit overzealous to help his boss IMO) creates a second point of protests on the field of play and slightly undermines the AAR's authority in case of a mistake. If you take a decision based on teamwork, it should be sold as your team's decision and not as the decision of one of your teammates. Shifting responsibility away in that manner can be done at the debriefing but I think it is not ideal to do it on the pitch that clearly.

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  15. Osmamlispor-Villarreal.. wrong red card by Liran Liany. (min 52)..

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    1. The foul looks quite soft, but once whistled I think that one can consider the situation as DOGSO. So the color of the card can be OK... but many doubts about the real contact.

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  16. Good performance by Kruzliak. No problems at all.

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  17. First PK for Man Utd, your thoughts?
    Second one seems to be clear PK.

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  18. Very poor performance of Johannesson. Definitely too relaxed. Missed three illegal use of arms in 10', 12' and 14' and many other fouls in the whole game. Genk's coach was really upset after some 'play on' decisions. Big problems with goal kick/corner kick situations. Johannesson was cool and calm, often smiling, but his 'allowing' style was really annoying. Violent conduct of Aritz Aduriz was missed in the second half, the kicked player had to be substituted. Athletic had three penalty appeals. Those in 21' and 90' could have been given. AR2 disallowed Athletic's goal in 22', scene to be rewatched. Three YCs were shown for dissents. It somehow illustrates players' resentment. Without judging the crucial incidents, it would be 8.0 or 7.7, however, Swede did not totally lose control, mainly due to his physical conditions.

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    1. If those YC shown for dissent were for Athletic players (I didn't watch the game), don't take that as player resentment. In LaLiga games, they protest everything. If they did the same yesterday (specially Aduriz and Raúl García), the YC is the least they should get.

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    2. You are right. Aduriz was a disgrace. He wildly kicked his opponent at corner kick and should be sent off. More decisions went against Genk to be fair and they did not protest, only their coach.

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  19. Hugo Michel had a good debut in a very easy game. Some minor mistakes, some room for improvement in positioning and execution of verbal warnings - 8.2/8.3 area. I think, we'll see him again soon, but he is not the man solving the Portuguese refereeing problem tbh.

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    1. Why do say that ? If Hugo Michel had a good performance and if you think that he will come back on EL pitch, he could an option for a brilliant future, after a certain growing period of course. Do you see him with some lackness ?
      By the way I think that in these years there are many important countries not represented by good referees.
      In my opinion the most clear example is Switzerland, especially if we consider the glorious old tradition: B. Galler. Daina, K. Roethinlsberger, U. Meier and M. Busacca, all of them at very high top level in WC, Europe Cup or CL finals. I think that Switzerland is since a long time passing a huge crisis.
      Second ranking, IMO, are Belgium and Portugal: Belgium since De Bleckeere retirement (long time) and it is now far from the glorious period of Alexis Ponnet, Van Langhenove and Guy Goethals.
      Portugal's crisis is more recent let's how Soares Dias will be able to grow up till high level.
      Then Austria: I think they tried with Schorgenhofer at 2008 Olympic Games but it fails and after that I don't see big talent who can raise up like Marciniak's case.
      Finally Italy: I don't see in my country good replacement after Rizzoli's time. Rocchi never went to very top level and he is no more so young; maybe Guida and Massa but they are really unexpert so far.
      IMO impressive job done by Poland; in few years they have created a lot of potential talents and best referees. Marciniak is already a sure, Razckowski is on the good way, as well Stefanski and GIl. Standing Ovation to Poland :-)
      What do you think ?

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    2. Regarding Hugo Miguel I don't think so because I did not see so much potential in his performance. He did a good job in a very easy game, anyway there were some points for improvement which could be important in some more challenging games (for example his verbal warnings or his positioning). Furthermore he is already 39 years, so I have some doubts and I see some other referees ahead (De Sousa, Soares Dias).

      Regarding Austria: 2008 it was not Schörgenhofer but Einwaller who was at the Olympic Games. Einwaller retired shortly after, Schörgenhofer did some mistakes (e.g. Pilsen-Barcelona) and suddenly Austria did not have any referees in the UCL. I fear Drachta and Lechner cannot change it too, maybe Harkam from second group. Austria has some promising referees becoming FIFA in the next few years, I think then a development like in Poland is possible. But keep some political backround always in mind.

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    3. You are right! in 2008 was Einwaller. Yes Maybe Belgium and Austria don't have political weight to raise up one own referee at top level, but Switzerland should have it. I think that there is also a delinquency in technical preparation of new generation in the mentioned countries.
      Happy to get other feedbacks.

      Other topic: FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP; 1st of all one question to avoid any my mistake: who will appoint the 6 referees ? Busacca's committee or single confederation committee ?
      And now my prediction:
      - R. MONTERO (CRC -CONCACAF)
      - R. ZAMBRANO (ECU - COMNEBOL)
      - V. KASSAI (HUN - UEFA)
      - B. CAMILLE (SEY - CAF)
      - N. SHUKRALLAH (BAH - AFC)
      - N. HAUATA (FIJ -OFC)

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    4. @Gitzlo: Who do you think could become our next Austrian Elite referee? My prediction would be Christopher Jäger.

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    5. My predictions for 2016 Club World Cup:
      AFC: Fahad Al Mirdasi (KSA)
      CAF: Bernard Camille (SEY)
      CONCACAF: John Pitti (PAN)
      CONMEBOL: Diego Haro (PER)
      OFC: Matthew Conger (NZL)
      UEFA: Szymon Marciniak (POL)

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    6. My prediction is
      AFC: Jong Hyeok Kim (KOR)
      CAF: Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB)
      CONCACAF: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
      CONMEBOL: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
      OFC: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)
      UEFA: Felix Brych (GER)

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    7. @Peter: From the current FIFAs Harkam would be the only one with some chances, I think. Jäger is good but I'm not sure if Weinberger is not even better? What do you think? Would be good to see them both on the FIFA-list soon. Gishamer and Ciochirca can reach a lot too.

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    8. Mine is:

      AFC: Irmatov (UZB)
      CAF: Gassama (GAM)
      CONCACAF: Geiger (USA)
      CONMEBOL: Zambrano (ECU)
      OFC: Hauata (TAH)
      UEFA: Brych (GER)

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    9. @Niclas
      Irmatov again?? Hasn't he already done Club World Cup Final twice??
      Won't it be better to try out some of the preselected WC AFC referees Like Ryuji Sato or Fahad Al-Mirdasi?

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  20. Mazeika with overall a quite good performance under the eyes of Uilenberg: the game was not so much demanding, at least before the last minutes. In first half he decided to have a certain lenient approach. However, in second half Brozovic's sending off was absolutely correct. The second YC was shown for a very reckless tackle from behind, I think in this case one can discuss about the chance of a straight RC, however I would back the referee in his choice. I try to make a short clip about that.

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    1. http://sendvid.com/wjvd1ttr

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    2. As the force was not ultimately high, deeming it as reckless is still OK for me. But surely not far away from SFP.

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  21. Clattenburg with a solid performance.

    Positive:
    1) Full control, authority and acceptance despite small typical protests after some of his decisions.
    2) Advantage Rule and Game Reading - he played around 10 advantages or delayed whistles, 1-2 of them were not reasonable, the rest was partly excellent game reading and facilitated attacks.
    3) Positive body language radiating alertness and concentration.

    To improve:
    1) Foul Detection (missed 3 fouls throughout the game, one was very clear and should have been a YC for SPA then).
    2) Dealing with illegal use of arms (at first in 44' or so, the first louder whistle and verbal warning was given to S04 #9 for an elbow which was close to reckless. A minute later, #9 was fouled by KRA #6 - more or less clear reckless elbow. Clatts and AR1/4th OF missed it completely.
    3) Body Language: while it was very positive in most parts of the game, some of his gestures were (too) odd.

    Overall 8.2-8.3, probably rather 8.3.

    To add - assistant referees were faultless (except the elbow incident).

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  22. Treimanis with an over-all good performance in Rotterdam, but not really shining. It was an really easy going game, but he wasn't as clear in his line as he should have been. Some possible yellow cards here and there that were not shown. In a more diffcult match, I fear that it might be difficult for him.

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  23. Poor performance from Johannesson and Eskov. Good match from Clattenburg, Gozubuyuk and Stieler

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    1. Although your statement doesn't sound thaaaat objective, nice to hear that Stieler performed well.

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    2. Good performance of Gözübüyük? Sorry, but he was poor again. He gave a 2nd YC (RC) for nothing serious. Because the player played the ball in an correct way. Then he missed a straight RC for a dangerous tackle with speed, high leg and with the studs in front. He also missed two clear YC's and he gave an unnecessary YC. His player management was weak. He never looked the players into the eyes and he's always in a rush. Our commentator was not that positive. For me his mark will be 7.4 or even less.

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  24. Any information about Stieler's performance?

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  25. OT :
    @Chefren and @Niclas
    Does UEFA include CL playoff matches in a referee's no. of CL matches refereed stat?? In match press kits Björn Kuipers no of CL matches refereed were mentioned as 37... But Kuipers has done 6 playoffs and 31 GS and KO matches... He has also done 3 other Qualifiers... What should be the count exactly like?? Would be very nice if both of you can help me out a bit with this one.. Thanks in advance 😃

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    1. I really don't know, sorry.

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    2. Thanks for helping... Will have to find out on this later... 😃

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    3. Play-off matches seem indeed to be counted as "UEFA Champions League matches":

      "UEFA Champions League matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

      [...]

      27/08/2013 UCL PO PAOK FC FC Schalke 04 2-3 Salonika"

      Source: http://www.uefa.org/mediaservices/presskits/uefachampionsleague/season=2017/round=2000783/day=1/session=2/match=2019287/index.html

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    4. Yes Peter... This is exactly what I was trying to clarify... The count in case of Kuipers includes all 6 playoff matches but excludes the 3 matches in preliminary rounds before that... A bit confusing indeed... I earlier knew that the count begins from group stage but looks like UEFA has a different system in place...

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    5. Artur Soares Dias in the press kit (Arsenal - Ludogorets) comes with 5 games in the CL. And he never did play-offs.

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    6. Wow that's even more confusing... That means they count the qualifying rounds as tournament matches as well... 😕

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    7. For as far as I know, Soham, the Champions League hymne is played before the game from the Play-Offs on. I would say that's a sign. ;)

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    8. That's a solid spot Rik... You have made a great point... Actually UEFA's count for different referees are in different formats and that was the main confusion... For Kuipers, Kassai, Brych etc, the count includes playoffs + GS + KO but not qualifying rounds but for newer referees like Oliver, Spares Dias they include all qualifying rounds... But this CL hymn might be a clue 😎

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  26. Undiano Mallenco with a very controversial performance right now at Mestalla (Valencia - Barcelona). IMO, Barcelona's goal was offside and Busquets had to be sent off according to the criteria he had shown before. Two really similar situations, one with a YC and the second one, without. Probably a YC missed for Mario Suárez also.

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  27. Also he let some very borderline fouls go without cards and imo a penalty could have been given for a push against a valencia attacker (hard to see for the referee though)

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    1. Yes, there was a penalty appeal, but I think it is not enough. Anyway, for me both choices could be accepted.

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  28. OT: The Hungarian Football Federation confirmed that Kassai and his team appointed in Club World Cup with Damir Skomina as video referee.

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    1. Thank you.
      Árbitro Internacional also reported that Andrés Cunha (URU) will work as VAR from CONMEBOL.
      So it seems as each of the six confederations will have a officiating trio and another referee at VAR. Or perhaps just 2 or 3 VAR officials, it could be enough. Waiting for more info.
      Let me say that now the difference between UEFA and FIFA officiating is becoming more and more evident.

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    2. So no Viktor and Skomina in MD 6 of CL...

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  29. What an offside siuation by Rizzoli in Milan-Juventus. Had anyone see it?

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    1. Hard for AR to detect

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    2. The original mistake is from Cariolato as he thought that Bonucci was offside. This caused all the rest, with the wrong assessment. I think that in case of offside by Bonucci, the goal had to be disallowed.
      What I don't like is that one have the perception that everything happened only after the protests by AC Milan's players against the officials.
      At first, Cariolato was about to allow the goal.
      Rizzoli had long conversations with both Cariolato and Massa (AAR1). The latter was asked about the potential influence of Bonucci in front of Donnarumma (Milan's keeper). A pity because the early decision had been correct...
      For the rest of the game, however, I must say, a not so good performance by Rizzoli, perhaps during half time he knew everything and he was influenced.

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  30. News from the Sun and BILD:

    Bibiana Steinhaus and Howard Webb seem to be liaised. It is said that Webb left his 3 children and his wife back in England and has moved to Hannover, Germany. They were already seen at a 2nd Bundesliga match together.

    Steinhaus confirmed that they are a couple.

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    1. So Busacca's policy of bringing female and male referees closer to each other is successful. ;)

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    2. Zwei Dumme, ein Gedanke, Philipp ;)

      I would even say that Busacca's policy is obviously NOT needed as it seems to have worked without corporate seminars, too :)

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    3. Never nice to comment on someone's personal life but I've to admit I'm feeling really sad on hearing this news... Particularly for Kay 😭

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  31. OT: As @George wrote,what a shocking and controversial performance from Undiano Mallenco.
    Suarez offside,Busquets didn't get red card,possible penalty in favor of Valencia were very controversial decisions,and also some of Valencia's fouls on MSN trio and the rest of Barcelona's players were shocking,as their behaviour after match,I'm surprised there wasn't any red card.
    Very bad performance from a very experienced international referee...

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  32. Bad work of Undiano Mallenco in Valencia.

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    1. @alberto Ruiz Mena Did you watch today's game between Sevilla and Atletico?
      I think there was also some bad refereeing, Munuera gave cards too easily...

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  33. Hey bloggers! Where your observation reports are available?

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    1. Later in the afternoon we'll have them for Kruzliak, Soares and Mazeika (3x expected level).

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    2. Where can we find the reports Niclas?? Please help

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    3. You can find them on the right of the blog. A pleasure for us, to start again observation...

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    4. Yeah spotted it today... Excellent read for us as well... Keep up the good work guys 😃

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  34. Thief(s) robbed Gianluca Rocchi's Villa in Soffiano. Estimated loss: 100.000 €.

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    1. Oh no! Really sad news!! 😰

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  35. What do you think of these situations? (Valencia - Barcelona, Undiano Mallenco).

    1) Foul? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfeRgrutlLU
    2) Foul, Foul+YC or Foul+RC? https://twitter.com/MarceloAMarin/status/789838536623161345
    3) Offside? https://youtu.be/Qmn1H-XC6Dc?t=7s
    4) Penalty or not? https://youtu.be/hHWR3QrIO2U?t=29m39s. For criteria comparison: https://youtu.be/hHWR3QrIO2U?t=1h20m39s
    5) RC for Busquets? (First YC: https://youtu.be/hHWR3QrIO2U?t=22m2s) Second situation: https://youtu.be/hHWR3QrIO2U?t=37m16s
    6) Penalty? https://youtu.be/hHWR3QrIO2U?t=1h27m52s (Closer: https://twitter.com/psco18/status/789883917029543936)
    7) Penalty? https://youtu.be/hHWR3QrIO2U?t=1h34m32s

    Greetings.

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    1. 1) According to Polish instructions: foul by trailing leg causing an injury is a red card. If Iniesta was not injured, then only YC.
      2) Red card.
      3) Clear offside to me.
      4) It's a push, so penalty should be awarded.
      5) First correct, SPA. Second possible but not mandatory (another defending player was closer than in first situation).
      6) Detecting whether the holding occured before corner kick execution or shortly after the ball was kicked is nearly impossible for referee. Rather a penalty after rewatching replays carefully.
      7) Clear-cut penalty

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    2. 4-7 not visible as the video has been deleted in the meantime.
      1) Yellow, 2) Red 3) Offside for me.

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    3. 4) https://twitter.com/Valenciafutbol1/status/789953195720208385 (from 1:12)

      5) Same link, 1:30. Can't find another video of the first situation other than websites which have the full match, although I doubt they're legal. Anyway, if someone has access to the full match, the minute of the first caution was the 24th.

      6) The same as above, the second link is the only one I have. Maybe the ball was not in play. However, if it was not, then the corner kick should not have been taken. If it was, for me that's a penalty.

      7) https://youtu.be/AUtqTi2uyEw?t=11m58s

      A bottle was also thrown to Barcelona players after the penalty, while they were celebrating the goal and confronted the crowd. Valencia has been fined with 1500€ and a warning.

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  36. OT: Gumienny made his rentree in Belgium 2nd league. Next week in 1st League... opportunity for MD4, 5 or 6 in EL?

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    1. A gift for his international career before his FIFA retirement in 2017

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  37. 11/11/2016

    World Cup Qualifiers

    Tasos Sidiropoulos, Polychronis Kostaras, Lazaros Dimitriadis, Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE)

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  38. Are the Permier Leaugue referees use beep signal flags? The handle seems a bit odd an to small to fit any electronic equipment.

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  39. Delferiere Sébastien (BEL) : Europa league 03/11/16 & World cup qualification 13/11/16

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