October 31, 2016

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 4

The following officials will be in charge of 2016-17 UEFA Europa League Group Stage Matchday 4 games. 




Group A, 3 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
Fenerbahçe SK - Manchester United FC 
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Đurđević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nenad Đokić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN)

Group A, 3 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Chornomorets, Odessa (UKR)
FC Zorya Luhansk - Feyenoord 
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Peter Kjærsgaard (DEN)
Fourth Official: Lars Rix (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Olzhas Abrayev (KAZ)

Group B, 3 November 2016, 19:00 CET
GSP, Nicosia (CYP) 
APOEL FC - BSC Young Boys 
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves de Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jo de Veirdt (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Laforge (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Fourth Official: Jimmy Cremers (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado Slivokos (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Octavian Goga (ROU)

Group B, 3 November 2016, 17:00 CET
Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ) 
FC Astana - Olympiacos FC
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Liran Liany (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Guy Berger (ISR) 
Fourth Official: David Elias Bitton (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Mertinyák (SVK)

Group C, 3 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL) 
RSC Anderlecht - 1. FSV Mainz 05 
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Elimir Pilav (BIH)
UEFA Delegate: Barry W. Bright (ENG)

Group C, 3 November 2016, 19:00 CET
8KM Stadium, Baku (AZE)
Qəbələ FK - AS Saint-Étienne
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido (ESP)
Fourth Official: Abrahám Álvarez Cantón (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Muharrem Zihni Aksoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Aristeidis Stavropoulos (GRE)

Group D, 3 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Netanya Municipal Stadium, Netanya (ISR) 
Maccabi Tel-Aviv - AZ Alkmaar
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2:  Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA) 
Fourth Official: Filippo Meli (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Irakli Nakaidze (GEO)

Group D, 3 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Stadion Petrovskiy, St Petersburg (RUS) 
Football Club Zenit - Dundalk FC
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Guida (ITA) 
Fourth Official: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Mikael Salzer (SWE)

Group E, 3 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT) 
FK Austria Wien - AS Roma
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Fourth Official: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO

Group E, 3 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
FC Astra Giurgiu - FC Viktoria Plzeň
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Ziv Adler (ISR)
Fourth Official: Oren Bornshtein (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)

Group F, 3 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao (ESP) 
Athletic Club - KRC Genk
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paul Tierney (ENG) 
Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Robert Kispal (HUN)

Group F, 3 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia (ITA) 
US Sassuolo Calcio - SK Rapid Wien
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Friend (ENG) 
Fourth Official: Harry Lennard (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan W. Wegereef (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Luca Zorzi (SUI)

Group G, 3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED) 
AFC Ajax - RC Celta de Vigo
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: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Álvaro Albino (POR)

Group G, 3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Apostolos Nikolaidis, Athens (GRE)
Panathinaikos FC - R. Standard de Liège
Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodmir Volodin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Igor Aljechin (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Borissov Lekov (BUL)

Group H, 3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga (POR) 
SC Braga - Konyaspor
Referee: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Urzica (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: István Kovács (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Pavel Cristian Balaj (ROU) 
Fourth Official: Cristian Mircea Orbulet (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pascal Garibian (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

Group H, 3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
KAA Gent Stadium, Ghent (BEL) 
KAA Gent - FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Masylyanko (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Viktor Shimusik (BLR)
Fourth Official: Yuri Khomchenko (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Isak Mikladal (FRO)

Group I, 3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen (GER) 
FC Schalke 04 - FC Krasnodar
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nejc Kajtazović (SVN)
Fourth Official: Bojan Ul (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)

Group I, 3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Stade de Nice, Nice (FRA) 
OGC Nice - FC Salzburg
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)

Group J, 3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA) 
ACF Fiorentina - FC Slovan Liberec
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: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Alojzije Šupraha (CRO)

Group J, 3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadio Toumba, Salonika (GRE) 
PAOK FC - Qarabağ FK
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Sean Carr (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)

Group K, 3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton (ENG) 
Southampton FC - FC Internazionale
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Fourth Official: Krysztof Myrmus (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Nils Fisketjonn (NOR)

Group K, 3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Generali Arena, Prague (CZE) 
AC Sparta Praha - Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC 
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: László Viszokai (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jozsef Erdos (HUN)
Fourth Official: Gabor Erös (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gudmunder Ingi Jónsson (ISL) 
UEFA Delegate: Nebojša Ivković (SRB)  

Group L, 3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich (SUI) 
FC Zürich - FC Steaua Bucureşti
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Artur Azaryan (ARM)

Group L, 3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal (ESP) 
Villarreal CF - Osmanlıspor FK
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: John Taylor (SCO)

69 Comments:

  1. Finally something is moving in Italian refereeing, with Massa debut in Europa League. Committee member for him. A necessary test, considering that in a few time he should replace the Category 1 referees like Mazzoleni (1974) and Banti (1974). I wish him good luck. We need new names.
    Another remarkable appointment is Carlos Del Cerro Grande debut in EL, following his performances in some recent games, including Spanish Domestic Cup final on last season. He is already 40 years old, but I think he can achieve some good games in this competition. Perhaps this appointment was also facilitated by Mateu's absence, following the injury, he is now back but for me absolutely correct to wait before sending him in an international game.
    I must say Raczkowski with a very interesting game on the paper.

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    1. Looks like a good game for Gil too...

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    2. Also Pawson and Beaton have important matches, looking at the group tables.

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    3. The appointments were sent by UEFA before to know the significance of Mateu´s injury, so that means they wanted to "award" him with his debut in UEL

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  2. WHAT'S HAPPENED TO ATKINSON. Still in El ?

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    1. His performance in Eindhoven-Atlético was not that good. So maybe he gets a small time-out in UEL.

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    2. Each Elite referee has one match in EL...................

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    3. It is not true. Take for example Brych, Rizzoli, Rocchi, Kuipers, Mazic, Skomina and so on. They are very rarely, almost never, appointed in EL.

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    4. When I made my predictions, I really tried to find a suitable match for Atkinson in CL, but I didn't find any game. So, for me not totally surprising that he 'only' got a EL match.

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  3. Some important and decisive games in different groups... tough games for some referees !

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  4. Kulbakov in front of Alan Snoddy in Gent, once again an important observer for him. A promotion wouldn't be really surprising.

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  5. Can you tell me who have been appointed from the 2nd category this year so far?

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    1. Aliyar Aghayev (AZE), Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP), Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Orel Grinfeeld (ISR), Davide Massa (ITA), Hugo Miguel (POR), Craig Pawson (ENG), Daniel Stefanski (POL), Andris Treimanis (LVA).
      If I'm not wrong, these should be the names, including the appointments released today.

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    2. + Ali Palabiyik (TUR)

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    3. Aghayev & especially Ekberg with very good chances for a promotion, I think.

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  6. Friendly game - 9/11/2016

    Netherlands - Belgium (Szymon Marciniak - Poland)

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  7. OT:
    Today TFF declared their FIFA Referees for 2017.
    Cuneyt Cakir, Huseyin Gokcek, Halis Ozkahya (hopefully he can pass the test this time), Mete Kalkavan, Ali Palabiyik and Alper Ulusoy remain as FIFA referees.
    Deniz Ates Bitnel, who was demoted from Super League games this year - he referees only in First League games, replaced with Halil Umut Meler, 1986 born. I mentioned his name couple of weeks ago in another thread. If he keeps his form and continue his development, I expect him to replace Cuneyt Cakir after 2020 or 2022.
    Good luck to him.

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  8. The Reason that Atkinson has also been given a EL Game is because it is rumoured that he will be refereeing the London Derby on Sunday whereas Clattenberg has a game on Saturday which would be too close.

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    1. And where from do you gather such rumours?

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    2. I don't understand what you are trying to say. If Atkinson was planned for a Premier League match on Sunday, where is the problem with a CL or EL appointment several days before? And what about Clattenburg, he has a game on Saturday? Which game? Appointments for Premier League's next matchday are not still released.

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    3. Rumours were wrong:
      Clattenburg has the North London derby on Sunday, while Atkinson is 4th official in another match on Sunday.

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    4. Infact Atkinson doesn't a have a duty in the middle this week at all...

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  9. Not problems. All Elite referees one time each year
    go to EL

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    1. No... Not at all... The big names hardly go for EL group stage games unless they perform poorly... In knockout stages all big hitters are involved but in group stage big names like Rizzoli, Çakır, Kuipers, Brych, Skomina and so on are rarely appointed.l or rather I should say almost never appointed... So Atkinson is in EL because of his not too impressive showing at Eindhoven in MD 1 and it's a problem for him as he needs to lift his performances!!

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  10. UEFA latest update on Fenerbahce - Manchester United

    Group A, 3 November 2016, 19:00 CET
    Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
    Fenerbahçe SK - Manchester United FC
    Referee: Milorad Mazic (SRB)
    Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristic (SRB)
    Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjevic (SRB)
    Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrovic (SRB)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nenad Djokic (SRB)

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    1. Wow... What happened to Manuel Gräfe?? 😮
      Mazic with yet another Turkish club... 😏

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    2. Thanks for the information about the change, I would have missed it.
      Perhaps Gräfe is injured.

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    3. Back to the scene of his best performance, UEL Semifinal of 2013?...

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    4. Match official was changed because Grafe's wife given the early birth according the reports.

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    5. Thanks for this info!

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    6. Congratulations to Gräfe on this happy occasion. 😃

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  11. http://www.tv2.no/a/8697441/
    Interesting article from Norway in which there is the confirmation that Moen has been suspended after ISL - FIN and the game in which he had been appointed, has been annulled for him. I don't know which sources has this site, but it seems quite reliable because at the end there is also a question made to Moen: "Are you afraid of losing Elite Category?" The answer is: "I'm not thinking that now."
    In addition, it is reported he wont appear on the next round of WC qualifiers.

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    1. To be honest, if he had any chances of making World Cup 2018, that's all gone by now.

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  12. John Beaton's games:

    3 November 2016, 21:05 CET
    PAOK FC - Qarabağ FK

    5 November 2016, 16:00 CET
    Dundee FC - Motherwell FC

    New record?

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    1. No :D
      Jesús Gil Manzano's record will be difficult to overcome.
      Thursday 21:05 CET - Saturday 13:00 CET

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    2. Milorad Mazic
      Thursday 19:00 CET - Saturday 17:00 CET

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  13. Not all referees Elite go to EL. Only many of them.
    And almost never punished.

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  14. Fenerbahçe-Manchester United
    Min.12
    Good call for the team. Correct free kick decision for sliding tackle in front of the AAR1. It was outside the box

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    1. Interesting first half for Mažić, of course in the usual intensive Turkish atmosphere. Overall he has been very good, so far all yellow cards correct, good control overall. I think the Serbian team is certainly amongst the most cohesive in the UEFA Elite, a textbook situation as AAR1 Grujić told referee Mažić that a foul was just outside the penalty area line, surely on the next UEFA RAP.
      But in 36'(ish) a very important situation, reckless foul on MNU#10, I don't think Mažić spotted it but he looked about to whistle. Then a confrontation near a throw in, well dealt with AR1/4th. Then a minimal foul by MNU#10 and a freekick, of course he is very frustrated, slightly missing prevention by Mažić but in the end confrontation was well managed. Depending on your taste anywhere between 8.2 and 8.5 so far
      But I think Mažić is probably the perfect referee for these kinds of matches, I hope he is still as sovereign in the second half.

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    2. You're right harry. At 36' he was thinking an advantage. when he decided to whistle it was too late. After confrontation i think he couldn't give the message to players that he is the boss.

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    3. Is this the incident you described above?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA_GnqS7Puk
      One could consider it a violent conduct as the MU player grabbed the FEN player for neck

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    4. Are you laughing guys? Ibrahimovic's violent conduct with Kjaer and Mazic is for me a stonewall RC...but Ibra - as often - is free of clear punishment.

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    5. It is a clear RC, indeed :)

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  15. Tough game for Mazic so far. good call for important positions; 12'AAR1 (free kick), 20' AR2 (offside)
    Control the game will be hard for Mazic such a high tensioned game like this. Had to be carefull and full concantrated.

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  16. 58' very easy foul decision for Mazic. and gol from that free kick. Unlucky moment for a referee

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    1. There was a holding (defender's hand on attacker's shoulder). Acceptable call.

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    2. Correct call IMO.
      When the player is in full speed, even the slightest contact is enough to lose a balance (like are duels).

      Also, it wasn't Stopping the promising attack. Number and position of defenders around fouled player is the reason. Good call.

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    3. i think holding wasn't enough for that. I didn't judge him for that, of course acceptable call but "play on" bitter imo

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    4. Correction: not bitter, better

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  17. Fully controlled second half for Mazic. Good game overall. Good job for AR2 on three situations.

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  18. Perfect performance today for Atkinson in San Mames. 3 penalties and many yellow cards, all the decisions were correct IMO. He is a grate referee. Congratulations

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  19. Basically Mažić can be very pleased with his performance. Foul detection remained fine throughout. The freekick for 2-0 was for sure soft but I think it's an acceptable decision at any rate. He started off slightly hectically, and slightly more distantly than maybe ideal. But actually after 60' there were no more confrontations and I don't think this was a coincidence; Mažić was running into situations, always calming, talking enough. Despite eight cautions I think Mažić even had a slightly lenient style, more cards towards the end showed a good change of approach. ARs
    Especially considering Mažić was a late replacement for Gräfe, definitely a good night for the Serbian team.

    QUITE CHALLENGING
    + 0.1 for control (management, cards, personality et al.)
    - 0.1 for missing caution at 36'
    8.5
    All the best

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    1. I get that he was good but can you really give him 8.5 even if he missed a clear RC (ibrahimovic grabbing opponents throat). Or is this a mistake for the 4th official considering it happened in front of him?

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  21. Sassuolo Calcio - Rapid Wien
    Referee: Craig PAWSON (ENG)

    Challenging game for the English team including only 2 (!) FIFAs (Pawson himself & AR1). Pawson had a very poor acceptance and a low match control, resulting in 8 YCs (2 for dissent by word/action). Reasons therefor were on the one hand some questionable decisions, on the other hand a bad management of some situations too. All in all it was an average performance with clear points for improvement in the personality area (e.g. 56', 85', 90+3'). Furthermore sometimes problems with positioning (45+2' far away from a penalty area situation, 60' ball contact). Despite the crucial black/white-situations a performance around 8.1/8.2, I think.

    Some crucial decisions:
    - 2' Disallowed goal by Sassuolo, in co-operation with AAR1. There was a physical contact but to be honest it was no foul for me. Considering their nationality it was all the more a really surprising foul whistle.
    - 26' Tough sliding tackle inside the RAP penalty area by RAP#26, again Pawson and AAR1 Moss involved. They let the game flow, for me it was more a penalty.
    - 26' DOGSO situation, Pawson issued a YC only. Again very controversial. I could accept a RC too.
    - 45+2' Reckless foul by RAP#6, Pawson too far away, he decided to a free-kick, maybe it was already on the penalty area line. Not possible to solve.
    - 90+3' YC for RAP#13, Pawson judged it as unsporting behavior only. Judging it as violent conduct would not be wrong too. There were any replays in TV why I don't want to assess it completely.

    All in all not really satisfying by Pawson. Good job by the assistant referees.

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  22. Austria Vienna - AS Roma
    Referee: Javier ESTRADA FERNANDEZ (ESP)

    Generally a good performance including strong personality skills and correct major decisions (2' goal decision by AAR1, 31' and 59' no penalty). Furthermore a positive disciplinary control with 6 correct cautions and a good assessment of reckless fouls and SPA.

    The main point for improvement in my eyes: More attention on unsporting behavior and private duels (8' after the ball already crossed the sideline, 69' at a corner-kick immediately after an ineffective verbal warning). Furthermore the one or the other minor mistake: 31' missing corner kick (ref + AAR2), 45+'1 wrong throw-in direction (ref + 4OFF).

    All in all a satisfying performance around 8.2/8.3! Comparing Craig Pawson and Javier Estrada Performance, the latter has clearly more potential from my point of view.

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  23. After a controversial penalty decision (very likely wrong), Gil had to face tense moments before the end of first half.
    Candreva did that and he was only booked:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsVowtPvDfk
    For me, clear RC missed.
    I will look for a video of the penalty incident. Decision definitely not accepted by players...

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    1. I guess you refer to "hit or try to hit the opponent". The way I see it is that there has been no intensity in the hit, no real punch, so YC for unsporting behavior.

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  24. After a first half with no problems for Pawel Gil in Southampton a very polemic stoppage time. First he decides (in the vicinity of AAR1 Frankowski, but surely by himself), that there was a deliberate handball by INT and for a penalty. Clearly not deliberate for me, an arm straight by the side that bounced up from a small distance. Surely the bent arm was what sold it for Gil, but actually a crucial mistake imo. And then....
    A lot of protests for Gil, which honestly he dealt with too passively. Anyway then an a clear violent elbow completely missed by REF-AR1-AAR1, by an INT player and only a caution for another INT player for dissent. Not the most positive impression left by Gil after actually a good first half.

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  25. Any comments on Del Cerro Grande's performance?

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  26. Raczkowski in AFC Ajax - RC Celta de Vigo

    Positives:
    1) Having a very good rapport with players, often smiled and even laughing with them, also being able to have a stern talk with them. It prevented potential dissents, etc.
    2) Not being in the centre of attention. No unnecessary calls, being in the shadow of players.
    3) AAR2 helped team twice: 7', 76'.

    Negatives:
    1) He should have dealt with Guidetti (Celta) provoking Ajax fans more firmly. Guidetti is clapping when warming up - no reaction. Provocative gestures after a goal - only stern verbal warning (80'). Finally, YC was issued for cynical pushing an opponent in the back (88').
    2) Compensation of lost time. There was a clear time wasting of Klaassen (Ajax) in 90+2' what caused a little mass confrontation. He was booked for that, but Raczkowski did not add further 30 seconds or so... The result was 3-2, Celta players had a throw-in...
    3) Assessing severity of tackles. 45' - very dynamic tackle went unpunished (no whistle), 59' - Ajax player played the ball and clearly bent his legs in order to not hurt his opponent and earned a yellow card.
    4) Communication in team. 7' - Ajax player intercepts the clearance with unnaturally positioned hands. The referee probably misses that, AR2 keeps the flag down and after some seconds there is a whistle and flag goes up at the same moment. So, most likely there was a good advice from AAR2, but it took too much time.

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  27. Slavko Vincic with a good performance and consistent card management. Body language and stamina were good as well (reminded me on Skomina in many ways, specially his gestures).

    Advantage rule, delayed whistle and YC at the next stoppage were brilliant as well. Not much to criticize, 8.4-8.5.

    AR1 with a close onside decision prior to Schalke's 2:0 (28') - difficult decision, rather level. Well seen, 8.5 possible.

    AR2 with one mistake (scoring opportunity Schalke) in 90+2, very difficult though. As the attacker would not have scored without the flag either, -0.1 or -0.2 are probably enough.

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    1. Thanks for the report! It's nice to hear that Vincic & his team did well yesterday.

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  28. Friendly match

    14/11
    Poland - Slovenia
    Björn Kuipers - Sander van Roekel, Erwin Zeinstra - Bartosz Frankowski

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    1. 15/11
      Ukraine - Serbia
      Martin Strömbergsson - Daniel Gustavsson, Joakim Amri Nilsson - Anatoliy Abdula

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    2. 15/11
      Austria - Slovakia
      Kevin Blom - Mario Diks, Hessel Steegstra - Richard Liesveld

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    3. 15/11
      Czech Republic - Denmark
      Manuel Schüttengruber - Roland Brandner, Roland Riedel

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