December 5, 2016

Champions League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 6 (Wednesday)

UEFA has chosen the following officials to take charge of next Wednesday's Champions League matches. Lithuania's Gediminas Mazeika will make his Champions League bow in Leverkusen.

Group E, 07 December 2016, 20:45 CET, Leverkusen (GER)
Bayer Leverkusen - AS Monaco
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Donatas Rumsas (LTU)
4th Official: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)

Group E, 07 December 2016, 20:45 CET, Wembley (ENG)
Tottenham Hotspur - CSKA Moskva
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
4th Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-Francois Crucke (BEL)

Group F, 07 December 2016, 20:45 CET, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
4th Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)

Group F, 07 December 2016, 20:45 CET, Warsaw (POL)
Legia Warszawa - Sporting CP
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
4th Official: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (SVK)

Group G, 07 December 2016, 20:45 CET, Brügge (BEL)
Club Brügge - FC København
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
4th Official: Ian Hussin (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Thomas Weyhing (GER)

Group G, 07 December 2016, 20:45 CET, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - Leicester City
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
4th Official: Stefan Lupp (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Nodar Akhalkatsi (GEO)

Group H, 07 December 2016, 20:45 CET, Lyon (FRA)
Olympique Lyon - Sevilla FC
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
4th Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojša Ivković (SRB)

Group H, 07 December 2016, 20:45 CET, Turin (ITA)
Juventus Turin - Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jake Collin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
4th Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Styrbjörn Oskarsson (FIN)


  1. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think Michael Oliver has got a relatively more important game than Anthony Taylor... Looks like Oliver is now the favourite among these 2 in the European and international circuit clearly evident by his appointment to 3 CL group stage matches compared to Taylor's 2... Congratulations to Michael Oliver on an extremely well deserved appointment!! 😃

    1. How have you come to such a conclusion? Oliver's match is only important for Kobenhavn (they have to win). Brugge is completely out of Europe. But even with Kobenhavn win, Porto could still qualify if they win. On the other hand, Juventus must definitely win if they want to secure the first place. So similar matches IMO.

    2. Copenhagen still has chances of making it to the knockouts and that has some bearing on qualifications whereas Juventus has already qualified and Zagreb is out of Europe so no bearing whatsoever on qualifications!! Entirely my interpretation though...

  2. Replies
    1. Hopefully, already in the First Group...

  3. Well, so this means that every Elite has got 3 games with the exception of Martin Atkinson (2), Jonas Eriksson (2), Fernández Borbalán (2), Viktor Kassai (2), Mateu Lahoz (2), Svein Oddvar Moen (0), Bas Nijhuis (2), Paolo Tagliavento (2) and Undiano Mallenco (2), if my maths are right.

    About 1st group referees:
    - Ruddy Buquet: 2
    - Manuel De Sousa: 3
    - Matej Jug: 2
    - Aleksei Kulbakov: 2
    - Danny Makkelie: 2
    - Gediminas Mazeika: 1
    - Michael Oliver: 3
    - Artur Soares Dias: 2
    - Martin Strömbergsson: 3
    - Anthony Taylor: 2
    - Slavko Vinčić: 1
    - Felix Zwayer: 3

    1. I could expect that both Oliver and Taylor get promoted to Elite and Atkinson maybe demoted, looking at his latest appointments (or maybe he is leaving FIFA list, he is 45 already).

    2. Atkinson will stay on the FIFA list for 1 year more. Same as Rizzoli.

  4. Very unusual to have two matches of a club in a row refereed by officials from the same country as now happening with Taylor after Clattenburg for Juventus (and Taylor and Collin are aven involved in both matches). I don't think, that has happened in the last years.

    The other surprise is to see two first group referees in group G. Either UEFA does not expect much tension there or has a quite high opinion of Oliver and Zwayer.

    1. Indeed my first remark is about Oliver and Zwayer. Very good games for both.
      There was an open question about Oliver and Taylor in fight for a promotion, well, I think that after these appointments, Oliver seems to be ahead. He could be promoted. Perhaps Taylor paid a not so good performance in Bayern - Rostov, but before that, he was, in my opinion, clearly favorite for a promotion. We will see what is about to happen. One thing is sure: England and Germany need a Third Elite referee.

    2. Zwayer is a certainty for promotion in my opinion!!

    3. Don't forget that Oliver's previous match was DZG-SEV. With literally very little to do. IF you want to promote a referee on the Elite, would you give him such a match? IMO, no. You need to test him with bigger appointments.

    4. I agree with Edward. I don't expect many promotions this time to be honest. Oliver is on a good track but don't forget that Makkelie, Strömbergsson and Zwayer are actually 1-2 seasons ahead. I guess Oliver could be a strong candidate for U21 EURO next season, but not necessarily for a promotion this winter. What I can imagine more is that one of the older officials Kulbakov or Sousa is promoted.

    5. I agree with Niclas on this... He is on the right track and currently maybe a bit ahead of Taylor as well but I also think UEFA shouldn't rush with his promotion... He is only 31 so has a lot of time left to sharpen his skills and become a top referee... Currently I think Makkelie, Zwayer, Kulbakov and Strömbergsson are leading the race for promotion to Elite!!!

  5. It is interesting that Rocchi is in UCL while Tagliavento is not. I expected it vice versa considering Rocchi's recent form (Croatia-Iceland, PSV-Bayern). Tonolini was removed from the team at least.

  6. No Svein Oddvar Moen 😫

  7. Clear missed penalty by Eriksson

    1. Agreed. German TV showed this incident some minutes ago: Penalty and YC would have been correct.

  8. Both goals in Wembley seem to have been scored from offside positions. The 0-1 very very tight and probably supportable NO flag, maybe level if one corrects that blurred perspective. The 1-1 was a clear offside AR2 should have seen, despite reversed movements.

    1. 1-1 is a blatant mistake by Di Fiore. I wouldn't blame Di Liberatore for 0-1, it is almost impossible to detect this extremely tight offside.
      However, particular to note that the same assistant referee had some issues with offside in 3 different matches in this group stage.

    2. Offside was my first thought too, however, German commentator said they rewatched the scene and there was no offside position before 0-1. If that's true, one can really speak of an excellent call.

    3. Due to the blurred angle it would be 10 cms maximum, but I also think level is more likely.

    4. Di fiore maybe si one of the worst assistant referee of serie A, i think that it is ridiculous to employ him in champions.

  9. Missed offside position before 1-1 (TOT-CSKA) by Di Liberatore.

    1. AR was Di Fiore, cameras are on the other side than benches.

    2. It was Di Fiore of course - sorry.

  10. Filippo Meli had much to do when judging offside position with such well-working Sporting's defensive formation in Warsaw. A very good performance with one good example of wait-and-see technique and cooperation with the referee.

    Rocchi is being good in an easy game with only one point for improvement - use of advantage (he played two bizarre advantages).

  11. Now Eriksson has missed a clear SFP red card. A good match control is not enough with such mistakes, in my opinion

    1. Looks like Jonas Eriksson isn't having an overly impressive evening at Parc Olympique Lyonnais 😞
      Can you please share a short description and time of the offence?? @Daniel 😃

  12. 56' - Very, very strong penalty-appeal of SPO (Adrien Silva booked for dissent). The ball hit Hloušek (LEG) hand. The hand was in an unnatural position and significantly increased his body surface, but was the ball expected to him, had he a chance to avoid the contact? UEFA seems to be more lenient regarding handball this season, so I wouldn't say it's a 100% mistake. In the same situation, second before, the ball hit Prijović (LEG)'s hand, but the ball was cleared by his teammate and it's difficult to say it was deliberate.

    1. In this concrete case, I think even in case of an enlarged body volume this is NEVER deliberate. Totally unexpected and inevitable as you said.

      On another note, Zwayer with a correct penalty, but strange that there seems to have been no card. For me it was between SPA and DOGSO by holding.

    2. IMO, the crucial consideration in this case is whether the ball was expected or not. Penalty if expected, no penalty if unexpected (what was the case, IMO). I agree with no penalty call. However, one year ago we could have had another one. In Poland it's still a stonewall penalty though.

    3. Actually rather DOGSO, maybe YC for SPA could be supported too. Anyway, no card is clearly wrong - to be honest, I assumed that Zwayer gave the YC as it wasn't shown on TV.

    4. 76' - Correct no-penalty call in the Sporting penalty area. Kucharczyk was looking for the contact.

    5. On Rocchi: If a defender clears the ball with a strong shot but hits the defender's arm within around 0,1 second, I think UEFA's criteria and guidelines (enlarged body surface) simply are not that relevant. At least not in such a case. Ball to hand is another strong criteria - same goes for "law 18". If someone gives a penalty there, this would be simply a crucial mistake for me.

      On Zwayer: It is 70/30 DOGSO for me after first watching.

    6. Excellent advantage by Rocchi in 83:30 :)

    7. And the same at 84:20 and a correct 2nd YC shortly after that.

    8. I agree with excellent advantages in second half! However, I referred to the second handball (after the shot on goal), not the one caused by defender's clearance.

    9. Aaaah. All right. Never mind then, only saw the other one.

  13. 71' Handball whistle + YC by Marciniak (BVB/25). Your opinions? For me rather not deliberately.

    1. Correct handball whistle IMO... YC was a marginal 50-50 call so I back the referee on this one...

    2. Not deliberately, for sure. Probably the only mistake from Marciniak, but rather small, in have to say pretty easy match. His AR1 with brilliant onside call prior Borussia's first goal, and good onside call prior their second goal.
      For me, at the moment, Marciniak is No.1 in the Europe. He hardly makes any mistake. Mazic is just after him - he is in excellent shape in a very long period of time, from EC for sure. They have great ARs (only Djurdjevic had maybe 2 doubtful situations, very close offside/onsides). Skomina and Clattenburg are there, too.
      Some big names are struggling for some time, e.g. Eriksson, Brych, Cakir, Atkinson - they have made several important mistakes recently and are far away from their best performances produced in last years.

    3. To be honest, Marciniak + AAR1 Raczkowski missed a clear penalty in the additional time for my taste...

      Comparing this situation with Raczkowski's penalty whistle in the UEL 2 weeks ago, it is more than a stonewall penalty.

    4. Hopefully we will have a video...

  14. 81 Penalty! LEV - Monaco
    Good team job!
    G. Mazeika

  15. Hello guys, sorry for Eriksson but two crucial mistakes with 2 clear penalties forgotten by swedish crew...Concerning Valbuena, clear elbow on face...

    1. Eriksson was strong candidate for CL final for whole last year. At the end, that final gone to Clatts (he fairly deserved it for his several excellent performances) and as a consolation Jonas got EL final. His refereeing in that match was, well what to say - for me he missed at least two penalties in favor of Liverpool, and therefore had strong influence on final result. After that match, he never recovered and made some significant mistakes not in every, but in several matches for sure. Tonight's performance just confirmed that he still is out of form.

    2. I think 2 clear dives and 1 penalty. The goalkeeper tackle was a penalty but the other two were dives. But what is surprising is that he just let the play go on, on all three. He must take a decision.

  16. Underneath the two most exciting refereeing moments of the Porto vs. Leicester game.

    38' YC Chilwell (LEI) for holding André Silva

    63' Penalty POR after Drinkwater (LEI) fouling André Silva

    1. 1) YC, no other possibility

      2) The foul was pulling, so more DOGSO than SPA for my taste. Of course, a difficult decision to make in real pace... (a bit similar to de Sousa's red card for DOGSO but less space in front of the attacker)

    2. For me, both decisions were correct (pulling from behind for left shoulder somewhere for PK), but missed at least YC for Drinkwater.

    3. Really without explanations this penalty call by Zwayer without showing card. I see this as clear DOGSO. Without the foul, player would have easily shot on goal from a minimal distance. No card is definitely difficult to understand. Perhaps penalty was called by AAR1, and then Zwayer forgot the card.

    4. Well as said when freezing the video I tend to DOGSO but also see small rooms to deem it as SPA. So obviously it was no OBVIOUS scoring opportunity. But it is not understandable at all why Stieler or Zwayer did not even go for a yellow card.

  17. Real Madrid - Borussia Dortmund (Szymon Marciniak)

    1) YC to Papastathopoulos for handball

    2) Penalty-appeal

    1. For me, no YC (Sokratis played the ball with his hand accidentally) , and correct no penalty decision.

    2. 1. If handball, then YC. But is it really deliberately? Rather not.
      2. Penalty. Tackling without any intention to play the ball, he looks only at his opponent. Finally a carless contact.

    3. 1) No deliberate handball, in case of deliberate handball YC is correct.
      2) NO penalty is the correct decision, in my opinion. I don't see this challenge as foul.

    4. 1) Undeliberate for me. There are comparable situations where UEFA did not want a free-kick.
      2) Although he does block the opponent's progress, I think 95% of the Elite referees would waive that away. Technically an offence, in game-/CL reality probably not enough.

    5. Niclas, I cannot understand your argumentation. The holding situation in Manchester on Tuesday should definitely be a penalty and this situation in Madrid is not enough in a CL game? How should the BVB attacker continue running?

    6. Actually, it's not a penalty. Rather, it's a glaringly stonewall penalty! Can't understand Marciniak decisison at all. Carvajal only worries about holding Aubameyang back. The Saniard does not even look at the ball. Not even for a second! He simply "goes into" Aubameyang, pushing the Dortmund's attacker out of the way. Not the smallest room for doubt. It's a huge mistake that has a bearing on the outcome of the match. Expected much better from Marciniak.

    7. @ Gitzlo: Also here, like in the UEL post, I did not want to present my personal judgment. The main message was supposed to be that I can hardly imagine that - maybe not ANY - the majority of the Elite referees would whistle that. Such shoulder-to-shoulder-blocks are another category compared to an always unsporting. It is much more difficult to justify a holding that effectively prevents an opponent from getting the ball compared to using your body as the line between legal and illegal might be finer.

  18. Olympique Lyonnais - Sevilla (Jonas Eriksson)

    1) Penalty-appeal

    2) Penalty-appeal

    3) Penalty-appeal

    I didn't find alleged SFP mentioned by Daniel.

    1. 1) I can agree with Eriksson in this case, play on is supprtable.
      2) This is a clear penalty, keeper hits the opponent.
      3) Difficult to solve even after having watched replays. I would back the referee.
      The YC given after advantage was for me RC.

  19. Around minute 55. Eriksson only gave a yellow card to French player for a tackle near the knee. He applied advantage at first moment

    1. That should be this one:

    2. Well, we did that at the same time. Maybe we share our duties next time to avoid doing the same clips?

      When cutting videos I detected another situation Yanga-Mbiwa was involved in (being already booked):

      I think the whole game should be carefully watched to judge the level of Eriksson's control of the match. I always have a feeling that his warnings are too sharp and heat the atmosphere up instead of calming things down (see Clattenburg's and overall English officials' body language).

    3. @RayHD: That's a good idea!

  20. Not hard job for Taylor,easy 3 bookings and easy match for him,as expected.

  21. Legia Warszawa - Sporting CP (Gianluca Rocchi):

    1) Rightly disallowed goal

    2) How to NOT play advantages

    3) Wait-and-see technique & cooperation with the referee. Was the necessary?

    4) The biggest controversy. Handball penalty-appeal(s)

    5) Penalty-appeal

    6) How to play advantages (including both YCs to William)

    7) Wrong offside call by AR1 in a very important situation

    1. 7 still offside on the second pass from the black team when it bounced on his team mates leg to the goalkeeper. So it was ok

    2. The ball is played by the white team, so it was not offside in the second situation. It seems that neither in the first. Wrong call, although quite difficult.

    3. You are looking at the wrong thing. The header comes from the white team but the black attacker makes a bad shot which hits his team who is in an offside position

    4. Here you can see:
      And here:

    5. You're right indeed. Sorry, my mistake!

    6. I think that the handball in the most discussed incident was definitely punishable, for me penalty. Not deliberate the other one, following the attempt to clear the ball by a teammate.
      About the offsides: Meli was lucky that the last player from Sporting was however in offside so a goal would have been surely annulled. But a mistake like this should be avoided despite of a very challenging game for him, I can guess.

  22. And some other mentioned situations clipped:

    Tottenham Hotspur - CSKA Moscow (Nicola Rizzoli)

    33' Offiside before 0-1 CSKA?

    38' Offside before 1-1 MON

    Bayer Leverkusen - AS Monaco (Gediminas Mazeika)

    81' Penalty BAY


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