November 21, 2016

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 5

The following officials will be in charge of 2016-17 UEFA Europa League Group Stage Matchday 5 games. 



Group D, 24 November 2016, 17:00 CET
Stadion Petrovskiy, St Petersburg (RUS) 
Football Club Zenit - Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC
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: Nikola Karakolev (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Appleby (ENG)

Group C, 24 November 2016, 17:00 CET
8KM Stadium, Baku (AZE) 
Qəbələ FK  - RSC Anderlecht 
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: Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Igor Satkii (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Maksimas Bechterevas (LTU)

Group B, 24 November 2016, 17:00 CET
Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ) 
FC Astana - APOEL FC
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost Van Zuilen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas Van Dongen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Yauheni Tratsiuk (BLR)

Group A, 24 November 2016, 17:00 CET
Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
Fenerbahçe SK - FC Zorya Luhansk
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: Sokol Jareci (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)

Group L, 24 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Stadion Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI)
FC Zürich - Villarreal CF
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheiman (ISR)

Group L, 24 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
FC Steaua București - Osmanlıspor FK
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Vladislav Khodeev (RUS)

Group K, 24 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Generali Arena, Prague (CZE) 
AC Sparta Praha  - Southampton FC
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)

Group K, 24 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Turner Stadium, Beer Sheva (ISR) 
Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC - FC Internazionale 
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: Elmir Pilav (BIH)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)

Group J, 24 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA) 
ACF Fiorentina  - PAOK FC 
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sascha Amhof (SUI)
Fourth Official: Johannes Vogel (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)

Group J, 24 November 2016, 19:00 CET
U Nisy, Liberec (CZE) 
FC Sloven Liberec - Qarabağ FK
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: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)

Group I, 24 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen (GER) 
FC Schalke 04  - OGC Nice
Referee: Äliyar Ağayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (AZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Rahim Hasanov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Mubariz Hashimov (AZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)

Group I, 24 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar (RUS)
FC Krasnodar - FC Salzburg
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Bitton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Fourth Official: Oren Bornshtein (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)
UEFA Delegate: George Fantaros (CYP)

Group H, 24 November 2016, 19:00 CET
KAA Gent Stadium, Ghent (BEL) 
KAA Gent - SC Braga
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: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Eduiard Kindle (LIE)

Group H, 24 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR) 
FC Shakhtar Donetsk - Konyaspor
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Douglas Potter (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Tammo Beishuizen (NED)

Group G, 24 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED) 
AFC Ajax - Panathinaikos
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitrii Mosiakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexey Nikolaev (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Egorov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Alexey Lunev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Ronald Zimmermann (GER)

Group G, 24 November 2016, 19:00 CET
Balaídos, Vigo (ESP) 
RC Celta de Vigo - R. Standard de Liège
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: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Panagiotis Chatzialexiou (GER)

Group F, 24 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao (ESP)
Athletic Club - US Sassuolo Calcio
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ádam Farkas (HUN)
Fourth Official: Gabor Erös (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Þor Orasson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgenijs Milevskis (LVA)

Group F, 24 November 2016, 21:05 CET
KRC Genk Arena, Genk (BEL) 
KRC Genk - SK Rapid Wien
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kralović (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mario Vlk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomas Mokos (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Gordon Pate (SCO)

Group E, 24 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
FK Austria Wien - FC Astra Giurgiu
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: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Haris Gvozden (BIH)

Group E, 24 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA) 
AS Roma - FC Viktoria Plzeň
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)

Group D, 24 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Tallaght Stadium, Dublin (IRL) 
Dundalk FC - AZ Alkmaar
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jozsef Erdos (HUN)
Fourth Official: László Viszokai (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)

Group C, 24 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne (FRA) 
AS Saint-Étienne - 1. FSV Mainz 05
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob Van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Davie Goossens (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: David Roger Griffiths (WAL)

Group B, 24 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE) 
Olympiacos FC  - BSC Young Boys
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jan Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jiří Moláček (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Aubry Ralph (NIR)

Group A, 24 November 2016, 21:05 CET
Old Trafford, Manchester (ENG) 
Manchester United FC  - Feyenoord
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar  Leppänen (EST)

76 Comments:

  1. Is this some kind of a punishment for Viktor Kassai after not so impressive games at Paris and Manchester?? 😞

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    1. I think that the Europa League appointment is indeed a consequence of Manchester City - Barcelona...

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    2. I think it is a match that demands an experienced Elite official. The group is really open, San Mamés is a very difficult stadium... and Athletic is a very difficult team, as their players protest every decision. However, maybe some "lower ranked" Elite official would have been OK, so maybe there comes the "punishment" bit.

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  2. Kruzliak with Kyros Vassaras: any chances for his CL debut on Matchday 6?

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    1. Surely an important observer and something is planned for him: but difficult to think that a referee can be appointed on both MD5 and MD6.
      I indeed expected him directly in CL. Committee seems to be not still 100% sure.

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  3. Not punishment for Kassai. Almost all Elite referees go
    to EL.

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    1. OMG, you are like a parrot... Are you sure it's not a punishment after City-Barça? Kassai's performance was poor.

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    2. "Almost all Elite referees go to EL" is one line we keep hearing from alberto every time a referee goes to EL be it Moen, Eriksson, Atkinson, Clattenburg or Kassai or anyone else... But then can you please explain why Marciniak, Kuipers, Skomina, Çakır or Brych aren't used in EL group stage... Surely they're doing certain things right than Atkinson, Eriksson or Kassai... Let's just face it that appointment to a standard EL knockout game is very different from an appointment to a low profile EL group stage match... NOT ALL ELITE REFEREES GO TO EL GROUP STAGE!!

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  4. What can we say about Rosetti observing Nijhuis? Chances on a demotion in case of a promotion for Makkelie? Or just a normal appointment?

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    1. He had also Levnikov as observer in the WC qualifiers, so maybe he is really "under investigation".
      I don't think his performances would deserve a demotion, but on the other hand maybe three Dutch in Elite are not wanted.

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    2. And without a doubt Kuipers is the Dutch No. 1 followed by Makkelie as No. 2... Nijhuis has technically no chance of making it big in his career any further but that doesn't mean he should be demoted or anything!!

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    3. Taking into account that Makkelie is obviously considered as Kuipers' successor in 1.5 year, it would be sensible to place him into elite category in the upcoming round of promotions. As I believe three Dutch in elite is something that's not going to happen I think Fidje's theory could very well become reality. And to be fair, Makkelie is the better referee of the two with a bright future perspective.

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    4. We have successors ready for Kuipers, Eriksson, Rizzoli, Clattenburg and Brych... But we are yet to find proper successors for Mazic, Kassai and Çakır!!

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  5. Hi Chefren and Niclas,
    We have also Bastien with good game and Josef Marko, who seems to be an important observer. Ref commitee is focused on him i think and i argue personnally that he is a very promising referee. What do u think? ;)

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    1. He is indeed promising, having seen him in ManU-Fenerbahce, where he however faced 2 controversial penalty area decisions of the sort that you can accept and even deem both as correct, which however both had elements which made me slightly doubt as kind of "video-referee" (e.g. the 2nd penalty looked like a stonewall penalty at first glance, but actually the attacker tripped himself more than being tripped).

      At any rate, I think he has more potential than Turpin and Buquet.

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  6. Also I prefer Benoit Bastien and not Buquet and Turpin.

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  7. Four referees from 2nd category in MD5: Kevin Clancy (SCO), Äliyar Ağayev (AZE), Stephan Klossner(SUI) and Davide Massa (ITA). The Italian will be observed by the omnipresent László Vagner... you know what means... :D

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    1. The game for Ağayev in Gelsenkirchen is very fascinating on the paper. Appointment was made easier by the fact that German team has already won the group. But... it is still very important for Nice, they must win for a possible qualification.
      About Massa, I think we can say that the assessment by Vassaras in Maccabi Tel Aviv - AZ Alkmaar was good / very good.
      I expect Massa to be promoted in Category 1, with Mazzoleni perhaps demoted to Category 2.
      Finally, the Swiss: after Busacca a very solid referee from this country is still missing... I wish the best to Klossner. Jaccottet, after the ghost goal mistake in Youth League, seems to be a bit forgot by committee, I don't know if this is the real reason.

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    2. Agayev and Klossner might already be safe for promotion and therefore don't need an important observer.
      For Clancy it is the EL debut, probably not yet a candidate for promotion.

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  8. Correct RC for DOGSO outside the box by Blom in the 31' minute of Astana - APOEL.

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  9. What a mistake of Aranovsky in the 73rd minute of Qəbələ FK - RSC Anderlecht. Wow! The Anderlecht GK clearly played the ball with hands and the referee awarded a penalty. No help from his team. Then, Aranovsky required the penalty to be repeated for a not-so-clear encroachment. Previously scored, the penalty has been saved by Anderlecht GK...

    Apart from that, average refereeing of Aranovsky today.

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    1. Yes,you are right,big mistake.

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    2. I watched this sequence live and what I want to underline is the poor cooperation within the officiating crew. In addition to what you said, there was a moment in which it looked like AAR1 could change the decision, but at the end it was confirmed. Then, the reasons for which the penalty was repeated are still unclear for me.

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    3. Can the AAR1 really help in this situation? The "foul" occurs in the diagonal of the referees... very difficult for AAR1 to see if ball was touched or not. The referee should have been more on the left to judge the situation. Also, when you see that the ball clearly changed of direction, mostly there is no penalty. Also 1st penalty was not clear. AAR2 should be focused to help referee.

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  10. Possible goal missed by AAR2 Sascha Amhof in Fiorentina - PAOK, minute 21'.
    As often happens, he was quite far away from the goal and there was also a player from home-team obstructing him. Two minutes before that, another appeal for a ghost goal by Fiorentina, but this time correct decision to play on, the ball was clearly out.

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    1. Now 0-2 PAOK, I think UEFA should introduce soon GLT also in EL group stage. Too many incidents, and the problem is that very often in EL we see referees not accustomed to the role of AAR, especially NO FIFA ones.

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  11. 1 missed yc in 31 min. in Hapoel-Inter match.Other than that,easy game for Estrada ,but some of the cards were too easy given for my taste.

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    1. In second half, correct penalty whistled for Hapoel. Handanovic was already booked for time wasting and he got the second YC. However, I would like to watch the incident moer carefully because I have the feeling that a straight RC for SFP was possible, he hit the opponent in a very dangerous way with the leg on his head.

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  12. Aliyar Aghayev with a good and promising overall impression, very diligent and motivated performance. Correct penalty at the very edge of the penalty area. Card management can be improved, actually missed a 2nd YC for S04 #32 (simulation, he was even cautioned for simulation earlier). Hard, but supportable 2nd YC against #32 in 90+3... goalkeeper and #32 went for the ball, #32 came a part of a second too late but actually did not behave that recklessly..

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  13. Possible offside before 1-0 for Manchester Uniteds first goal, a very tight situation for AR2.

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    1. AR2 seemed to be about 1-2 meters wrongly positioned(behind the play)to judge it correct

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    2. Rectified with calculated lines: http://fs5.directupload.net/images/161125/aq449kvm.jpg

      As the lines drawn have to be imagined as lying on the ground, Rooney's upper body should still be onside.

      Generally I agree, it was mere luck and poor positioning.

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  14. I think Nijhuis missed a 2nd YC for a late tackle/SPA one metre in front of PA. Probably he didn't give it because he knew that the first YC for this player was wrong.

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  15. Good job for Kassai in San Mames in a challenging game.

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  16. Difficult match in Bilbao, but Kassai was well.

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  17. Waiting for a video of better quality:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jco_e08lRAQ
    01:45
    For me, straight RC for SFP would be justified, what do you think? The attacker was hit in face by the raised leg of Handanovic.
    Estrada Fernández issued YC, it was the second and the keeper was sent off.
    I think that the penalty was called by AAR1 Alejandro José Hernández Hernández.

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  18. Generally a good performance by Ivan Kruzliak in front of Vassaras: Strong body language, good player's management, predictable application of the LOTG.

    Three crucial situations:
    11' 1:0 - the only goal this evening - was offside. But as it was very, very close it is probably no crucial mistake by AR1. Difficult.
    78' Ref + AAR1 disallowed a RAP goal (foul). Very, very controversial. I could not detect a foul.
    79' Borderline foul by RAP13 - somewhere between reckless and SFP. Definitely not deliberately but he touched the GK with his studs. Kruzliak issued a YC.

    Generally a 8.3/8.4 performance - but in the last two situations a crucial mistake is possible, I fear.

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  19. A controversial performance by Pawel Raczkowski, including a lot of dissent by Austria Wien. Sometimes I missed a clear and uniform line in his intepretation of the LOTG (e.g. 60' YC, 74' no YC). Some players said in the interviews after the game that Raczkowski's line was too fussy and not the referee's approach they expect on the international level. To be honest, I cannot disagree.

    Three crucial decisions:
    65' 2nd YC for AUS10 (foul). At first glance I agreed, the replay showed that it was a quite fussy decision, at least for my taste.
    74' Penalty appeal by AUS, holding at a corner-kick. I can understand his decision to let the game flow, but then...
    82' ...a very fussy penalty decision for the guests (pushing?). Very, very hash, especially if I compare it with the situation some minutes before. That is what I mean saying "no uniform line".

    Positive points: Body langauge, movement and positioning, communication and self-presentation.

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    1. Here is a videoclip of his controversial penalty whistle: https://twitter.com/FRfussballTim/status/802095466318020608

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    2. This was not a PK. Crucial mistake.

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  20. Lots of games left on MD 6 where many teams have chances of going through.Maybe will see some names in that matches that we haven't seen today like Bebek, Oliver, Zwayer, Gocek, Jug, Banti , etc.


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    1. Indeed, there are some completely meaningless games (room for 2nd group referees) as well as some really important 'all or nothing'-clashes (maybe for the one or the other elite group referee).

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    2. For the rather meaningless matches, I guess we'll see several 2nd Group referees such as Dabanovic, Ekberg, Kabakov, Reinshreiber, Tohver, Vertenten...

      As some officials left 1st Group, I guess we can expect several promotions to 1st.

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    3. Well for example we have a group F where Bilbao and Genk will play one another for 1st spot.On the other hand, there is group L where everything is caotic and all 4 teams are within 1 point.Very interesting matches for last matchday.

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  21. Well, let's try some predictions...

    Feyenoord - Fenerbahce: David Fernandez BORBALAN (ESP)
    Zorya - ManUtd: Luca BANTI (ITA)

    APOEL - Olympiakos: Orel GRINFELD (ISR)
    BSC Young Boys - Astana: John BEATON (SCO)

    Anderlecht - Saint-Étienne: Paolo MAZZOLENI (ITA)
    Mainz - Gabala: Oliver DRACHTA (AUT)

    Alkmaar - Zenit: Ivan BEBEK (CRO)
    Maccabi Tel Aviv - Dundalk: Pawel GIL (POL)

    Viktoria Plzen - Austria Wien: Hüseyin GÖCEK (TUR)
    Astra Giurgiu - AS Roma: Simon EVANS (WAL)

    Rapid Wien - Athletic Bilbao: Andris TREIMANIS (LET)
    Sassuolo Calcio - KRC Genk: Istvan KOVACS (ROU)

    Standard Liege - Ajax: Robert SCHÖRGENHOFER (AUT)
    Panathinaikos - Celta Vigo: Gediminas MAZEIKA (LTU)

    Braga - Donetsk: Serdar GÖZÜBÜYÜK (NED)
    Konyaspor - Gent: Slavko VINCIC (SVN)

    RB Salzburg - Schalke: Jakob KEHLET (DEN)
    OGC Nice - Krasnodar: Andreas EKBERG (SWE)

    PAOK Saloniki - Slovan Liberec: Alexandru TUDOR (ROU)
    Qarabag FK - Fiorentina: Sergey BOYKO (UKR)

    Inter - Sparta Praha: Clayton PISANI (MLT)
    Southampton - Hapoel Be'er Sheva: Matej JUG (SVN)

    Villareal - Steaua: Paolo TAGLIAVENTO (ITA)
    Osmanlispor - FC Zürich: Andre MARRINER (ENG)

    Well, only one 2nd group referee (Ekberg) - but it is not so easy... On the one hand some very important clashes (they are the most difficult ones to appoint), on the other hand there are a lot of 1st group referees needing their 2nd or 3rd game... And finally there are not so many games left. Difficult.

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    1. One thing to add: I don't expect any debutants. There are some 2nd group referees with 1 UEL game this year, I think they would come first (Clancy, Del Cerro Grande, Miguel, Palabiyik, Pawson, Stefanski).

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    2. Bart Vertenten (Belgium) will make his first match in EL MD6 (source : FA Belgium)

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    3. Thank you, great news for the only 28-y.-o. referee! Promising talent.

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    4. Very good for Belgium. Gumienny stop as a FIFA referee and so there is only Delferiere in 1st. Can we expect a promotion for Vertenten after only one UEL game (if he is doing well...)???

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    5. I do not expect Oliver Drachta in Mainz since Austrian referees usually don't handle games with participants from the German Bundesliga. At any rate it seems as if Harald Lechner is prefered by UEFA since Oliver Drachta was not assigned on matchdays 3 and 4 (maybe just a so-so performance in Florence?). Your own prediction for this completely irrelevant game seems to back my assumption.

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    6. You're right regarding German teams and Austrian referees - but as Mainz and Qabala are already dropped out, I think it is possible this time. For example, Schörgenhofer was in Zürich on MD3. As you probably know, he could go there by bicycle too. ;-) Swiss/Austria is not the same but quite similiar to Germany/Austria.

      Drachta had a very controversial performance in Portugal (WM-Q), I think this is the reason for his little break on the international stage.

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    7. Gitzlo,Banti is not possible for Zorya-Man Utd due to Collina's role at the Ukrainian federation.

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  22. Three situations from Zürich - Villarreal:

    Penalty appeal by Zürich
    https://streamable.com/552t

    Penalty assigned to Zürich
    https://streamable.com/e2zx

    Offside in the last minute of the game
    https://streamable.com/byz7

    The latter seems to be an excellent call by Tonolini, who was back after the crucial mistake in PSV - Bayern. The player reported in offside was indeed ahead: the line helps us. He has the foot at least on the line if not inside (watching the live scene), while the second last defender of Villarreal is completely out (this can be seen thank to replay). Then, even though if he doesn't hit the ball later (there is big confusion and it is not clear what really happens), his position is however punishable for having tried to play the ball.

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    1. Penalty appeal by Zürich:
      Excellent no offside by the AR2, and excellent team work with AAR2 on correct no PK decision as defender correctly played the ball.

      Penalty assigned to Zürich:
      There was contact with attacker's foot, could support the PK

      Offside in the last minute of the game:
      Hmmm, from my point of view it was offside




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  23. Aranovsky in Qabala - Anderlecht.

    First penalty:
    https://streamable.com/9z9a

    Second penalty:
    https://streamable.com/1h9g

    Only the second penalty was repeated for encroachment but in the first one there was something like that as well.

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    1. Unbelievable decision...and amazing that AAR didn't help Aranovsky here...

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    2. The AAR cannot help at all here. It is completely hidden and NOT his area of responsibility/vicinity. That's Aranovsky's full responsibility.

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  24. Manuel Enrique Mejuto González will observe Bayer Leverkusen - AS Monaco on 07/12.

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    1. So does that imply an experienced Elite referee or does it imply opportunity for some young prospective referees for the future?? @Chefren 😃

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    2. Not necessarily an experienced Elite referee, the first name in my mind is Sidiropoulos, this could be the right occasion for the Greek to handle a top clash. Otherwise, a Category 1 could be possible as well. Michael Oliver is my first thought.

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    3. If Oliver indeed gets Leverkusen v Monaco it will be a huge match for him... Will be thoroughly deserved though if it turns out to be true 😃

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    4. @Chefren and @Soham
      Which English do you think will be promoted first, and will it be for Christmas? Matchday Six could be very important...

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    5. I don't know, it is very difficult to make predictions. Taylor, until a few months ago, looked to be really ready for promotion and perhaps ahead of Oliver. The latter had a comeback starting from his CL debut, and he gained more credits.
      Taylor, after Bayern - Rostov was not still appointed again in CL, I think we must wait for the games assigned for both officials on MD6, to draw a conclusion. Taking a look at the age, Oliver would have more time to spend still as Category 1, by gaining further experience.
      If I had to choose one name, I would say Taylor.
      However, for me one promotion is sure, because at moment there are only two Elite referees from England.
      We will see.

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  25. Manuel Gräfe has been charged by ManUnited (report to UEFA) as he has refused to conduct a body check before entering Old Trafford. He said that he had never experienced this as referee before and therefore did not agree with it.

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  26. A plane carrying more than 80 people, including members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense, has crashed in Colombia. Reports say there are at least six survivors, including the Chapecoense goalkeeper, Alan Ruschel. The team was scheduled to play Copa Sudamerica finals against Atlético Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.

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    1. Alan Ruschel is a defender. British press is not the most reliable source.

      My thoughts are with them and their family!!!

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    2. Info in my country speaks of 5 survivors.

      2 GK's, 1 defender, 1 journalist and 1 flight attendant.

      My condolences to every victim's family.

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    3. Really sad news for the entire football fraternity... Thoughts with all affected, their family and friends... 😢

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    4. Very sad news, I'm speechless. I want to make my condolences to all families involved. It is difficult, but they must be strong. We are with them.

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    5. My deepest condolences to families of all victims :(

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  27. Offside offence or not?
    https://www.facebook.com/NewYorkSoccerRefereeAcademy/videos/1378485722161870/

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  28. OT
    Football Association are planning to add Stuart ATTWELL back to the FIFA List. The referee of the U19 Euro 2011 Final who asked to be demoted from the Premier League in 2012, will (re)join the UEFA Second Category at the age of thirty-four.
    My deepest condolences to Chapecoense and the bereaved families and friends, all the best for a very tough time.

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    1. Who will he replace on the list FIFA list?

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    2. Nobody, as at moment England has two free spots.

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    3. Ok, thanks for the info!

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