February 20, 2017

Europa League 2016/17 - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (II)

These are the appointments made by UEFA Referees Committee for 2016/17 Europa League Round of 32 second legs. 

22 February 2017, 18:00 CET
Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne (FRA)
AS Saint-Étienne - Manchester Utd.
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)

22 February 2017, 18:00 CET
Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
FC Schalke 04 - PAOK
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Guida (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Djukanovic (MNE)

22 February 2017, 18:00 CET
Sükrü Saracoglu, Istanbul (TUR)
Fenerbahçe - FC Krasnodar
Referee: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Schmölzer (AUT)

23 February 2017, 17:00 CET
Osmanlı Stadı, Ankara (TUR) 
Osmanlıspor - Olympiacos 
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: Victor Mintoff (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Álvaro Albino (POR)

23 February 2017, 19:00 CET
Vodafone Arena, Istanbul (TUR) 
Beşiktaş JK - Hapoel Beer-Sheva
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Rade Obrenović (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Balažič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomislav Pospeh (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)

23 February 2017, 19:00 CET
Stadion Petrovskiy, St Petersburg (RUS) 
FC Zenit - RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: István Huszár (HUN)

23 February 2017, 19:00 CET
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED) 
AFC Ajax - Legia Warszawa
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Craig Pwson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)

23 February 2017, 19:00 CET
APOEL Nicosia - Athletic Club
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maxim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksey Eskov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Andrej Vereteshkin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (EST)

23 February 2017, 19:00 CET
Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA) 
AS Roma - Villarreal CF
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
Fourth Official: Jan Seidel (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Irakli Nakaidze (GEO)

23 February 2017, 21:05 CET
Generali Arena, Prague (CZE)
AC Sparta Praha - FC Rostov
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Baris Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: José Aguiar (POR)

23 February 2017, 21:05 CET
Parken, Copenhagen (DEN) 
FC København - PFK Ludogorets
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jan Jílek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jiří Moláček (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: John Fleming (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)

23 February 2017, 21:05 CET
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA) 
ACF Fiorentina - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tiago Martins (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Pinheiro (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)

23 February 2017, 21:05 CET
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv (UKR) 
Shakhtar Donetsk - RC Celta de Vigo
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: Dragoslav Perič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Grega Kordež (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Jacob Erel (ISR)

23 February 2017, 21:05 CET
Stade de Lyon, Décines (FRA) 
Olympique Lyonnais - AZ Alkmaar
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: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Thibault de Gendt (BEL)

23 February 2017, 21:05 CET
KRC Genk Arena, Genk (BEL) 
KRC Genk - Astra Giurgiu
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: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Aubry Ralph (NIR)

23 February 2017, 21:05 CET
Wembley Stadium, London (ENG) 
Tottenham Hotspur - KAA Gent
Referee: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Álvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fábio Veríssimo (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN)


  1. Are there going to be others Referee observation reports except BEN-BVB(Rizzoli)?

    1. Probably rather no. We try to offer analyses of the matches by analyzing some situations as video clips soon, though.

  2. Very interesting game for Raczkowski, especially after first leg's score.
    Aytekin and Banti were unlucky, they will officiate clashes in which almost everything is already decided, especially for the Italian team in Gelsenkirchen.
    I think Aytekin deserved more but an appointment in CL KO stage seems to be too much difficult now. I think he could reach important achievements in Europa League, perhaps until semifinals. He deserves that. Really a pity that Manchester United - Saint Etienne was already decided in first leg with so many controversial situations. Sometimes a referee must be also lucky, if appointments are made before first leg scores.

    1. I could imagine Aytekin in Barca-PSG or even Monaco-City, but for sure Saint-Etienne-ManU is now not the greatest match possible. Indeed an interesting ref-observer-pair in Schalke: Banti with Melo Pereira, who is quite an important observer, was not expected.

  3. Great teamwork by Delferiere for first goal Anderlecht (oostende - anderlecht). Assistant referee raised the flag (too fast?) but Delferiere let play... In slow motion, we can see that the ball is coming from the defender. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmSu_cMmV7k

    1. Very nice example, well done. Thanks for posting.

  4. Surprisingly small number of Elite referees in this round.

  5. Beşiktaş JK - Hapoel Beer-Sheva

    1. Matej Jug (SVN)
      AR1 Matej Zunic
      AR2 Manuel Vidali
      AAR1 Rade Obrenovic
      AAR2 Dejan Balazic
      4th Tomislav Pospeh

      Nice to see my two colleagues from work in both SVN referee teams 😉

  6. So, missing Elite referees so far are: Kassai (injured), Orsato, Rocchi, Tagliavento, Kuipers, Hațegan, Karasev, Thomson, Çakır, Undiano Mallenco.
    I don't know whether the Hungarian will recover for a game in CL second legs, but I think, after an injury, he should need a test in EL before something more.
    Also, I would have appointed Karasev in a game in EL because he is back from a long (Russian) winter break.
    Some sure names for CL second legs in my opinion are: Rocchi, Kuipers, Çakır, and Hațegan. Some appointments could be really flexible after first leg's scores.

    1. Borussia Dortmund v Benfica will be a really important game requiring a very experienced Elite referee!! Real Madrid v Napoli probably another game requiring an experienced name so I've a feeling these matches will be shared between Kuipers and Çakir!! They're the most experienced referees in terms of taking charge of big matches among all the names who are yet to appear in knockout stages!! I feel Rochhi would fit well in Barcelona v PSG and one more name that is sure of getting a CL tie I feel is Sergei Karasev!!

  7. Who said that Kassai is injured ? If he didnt get appointed in Hungarian Nb1 it means that he is injured ? Bognár didnt get appointed in This week so he is injured ? No

    1. If I'm not wrong, Soham reported that Kassai is injured. Perhaps he can add more.

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    4. Yes, Viktor Kassai has been nursing a thigh injury although I don't know the extent of the injury or how much time it will exactly take to heal!! But I can surely confirm the fact that he had a thigh injury and he wasn't able to do NB1 games last week because he isn't back from the injury yet!! But then I don't know yet whether he is back to training or still a way off!!

    5. @Soham Are you from Hungary?

    6. No Mark... I'm from India!! 🙂

  8. Austria again without any EL referee in the KO stage after seven appointments in the group stage? Very disappointing! :-(

  9. Mistaken identity in Fenerbahce - Krasnodar. Reckless challenge from Martin Škrtel close to the benches, in front of fourth official. Raczkowski played an advantage and booked İsmail Köybaşı afterwards...

    1. The nightmare of every referee :) And observer. Shit happens.

      Banti rejected 2 PAOK penalty appeals. In the first situation Höwedes made a small movement that would support a whistle for "impeding the progress with contact", but the attacker sought the contact a bit too easily (+ Banti's line of sight was maybe blocked by another player). The 2nd appeal was for holding - indeed there was a holding, but also here the attacker fell independent from that. So both probably supportable, but not totally clean either.

    2. What is the mark in that case? -0.1, -0.2? What in case of second YC to that player later in the game - 7.9?

      Apart from that, I can report Charles Kaboré (KRA) has been warned three times - 18' (illegal use of arms), 31' (tackle) and 44' (dissent at the AR2), maybe a YC in 44' would have been better, mainly for tactical purpose (only booked players are those from Fenerbahce).

      In 36' there was a clash between KRA GK and FEN attacking player. No foul but KRA GK was slightly injured (was laying on the ground). Raczkowski allowed play to be continued and Fenerbahce could have scored.

      Further two yellow cards to FEN players: 36' #6FEN for studs tackle, correct, 45+1' #77FEN for reckless foul in front of AR2 (many protests against that). The referee was right to not book KRA player for SPA in front of AR2 before, as there was a covering defender. However, Turks were really upset and the referee crew were booed after the half-time whistle.

      Do you have minutes from Schalke - PAOK?

    3. Indeed I think one could 7.9 in such a case. Otherwise I am not sure what UEFA prescribes for such cases. -0.1 for sure, of course.

      The relevant penalty appeal was 22', shortly before the 1:0. The other appeal followed around minute 30-35', sorry, unfortunately forgot to pay attention to the minute. Was close to AAR2.

      AR2 btw correctly disallowed a PAOK offside goal in 39'.

    4. Škrtel escaped another YC for reckless slide tackle in 82'... The referee finally booked Kaboré for persistent infringing the LoTG in 74', but in 56' missed him stamping on an opponent's foot centimeters outside the penalty area. Some missed fouls and possible cards in the dying stages. Very good prevention in 81' - Volkan Sen thought his opponent is laying on the ground to waste some time, but in fact he was hit in head by the ball. Raczkowski stopped Sen aggressively approaching an opponent, but didn't issue a YC for that behaviour though. Surely the performance with significant area(s) for improvement. Unfortunately...

    5. https://streamable.com/j6yb4

    6. Clear mistake, I'm really sorry for the Polish team. The advantage was well played, however, a goal was about to be scored but then... perhaps too much time passed and Raczkowski was in trouble. Should be a crucial mistake, 7.9, but I hope that the performance wont be assessed as too much negative.

    7. I got the confirmation: important point for improvement, no crucial mistake.

    8. Definitely not a crucial mistake, but -0.2 for sure.. In general, I fear his mark will be quite far away from expected level.. Unfortunately

    9. Refereeing highlights:


    10. Considering the hitting point above the shoe (backheel) made with high force, Skrtel's foul in 83' could be even deemed as serious foul play.

    11. Bent leg and not so high force make it only reckless, imo. Then, the first YC issued by Brych should be three red cards, if you know what I mean. ;)

      What about overall performance? My mark would be 8.0. Do you agree?

    12. UEFA recomendations in the case if the wrong player has been cautioned - is reduced mark at least -0.2.

  10. Minute 56' in Zenit - Anderlecht wrong offside flag by AR1 and an OGSO was denied to home-team, attacker had hit the post. Almost a crucial mistake.
    So far, a good performance by Sidiropoulos, he correctly waved on some penalty appeals, in my opinion.
    The match is in a very crucial moment now a goal by any of both teams would change everything.

  11. 62' in Roma - Villarreal: Zwayer missed a deliberate handball in the wall, the arm was clearly punishable. Penalty to be given: crucial mistake.

    1. I agree with Chefren on the punishable handball of Villareal's Soriano. Unfortunately a penalty kick (and YC for Soriano) was missed by the officials.
      Furthermore two YC's were issued to Roma's Antonio Rüdiger. The first one correctly given after stopping a promising attack. The second YC, obviously advised by AAR Stegemann, was given after pushing the opponent in the face while waiting for a free kick to be taken.

      62' Handball situation in penalty area VIL

      56'and 81' Both YC's Rüdiger (ROM)

    2. Aren't the current guidelines saying that every attack on face while not fighting for the ball should be deemed as VC?

    3. 62' For me punishable handball but hardly visible for Zwayer as it happened behind the wall (he cannot look through bodies).
      AAR1 Stegemann maybe had the chance to spot it.

      81' For me this is a red card. Here Zwayer had a chance to see it, although he had a 0° angle from behind. So he obviously sought input from AAR1 (reading his lips I believe he said "Sascha, what should we/I do?" on German). At any rate, also here the card presentation can definitely be improved (take your whistle out of the mouth + isolate the player you send off).

  12. Vladislav Bezborodov with some challenging work in Nicosia. Good control of a frantic match, however a (very) doubtful penalty for APOEL, surely called by AAR1. An okay second caution for Athletic. Good decision by UEFA to send a steady and experienced referee.

    1. Well he allowed lot of contact and fouls.His style has been iritating for some players,especially Athletic Bilbao's who were protesting on almost every his decision(ex.Raul Garcia),strangely he showed 9 yellows and 2 reds,which has to be his record in Europa League.

    2. I would say even immense management in additional time, great management by Bezborodov. In general a very good performance in a challenging situation - would you say?

    3. Well,I don't know about penalty,player to me fell way too easily,but Bezborodov's body language was excellent.
      He didn't panic at all or fell under pressure from Apoel's crowd.
      I agree that he was very good with his strong personality that was suitable for this match,however,he is sometime too lenient with booking players,but tonight,even he needed to show plenty of cards.

    4. Great analysis - you hit the nail :-)

  13. Good performance of Anthony Taylor in Amsterdam. One penalty appeal correctly rejected by Taylor upon clear Jonathan Moss' advice. Good onside from Stuart Burt at the only goal in both legs. Some debatable whistles, but no major issues. No tolerance for impeding the progress of an opponent (whistled twice) and time-wasting (two YCs for that). Well done. He has some chances for round of 16 game. I expect an advance to the Elite Group in June.

    1. There was a moment in 1st half though where an Ajax player commited a foul, after that Taylor waited to see what would happen, then he gave advantage (two arms pointing in same direction), then the ball went out and he whistled for the foul of the Ajax player. Can you still whistle for a foul after clearly indicating advantage...?

    2. I believe it depends on referee's style. Should be avoided, though.

    3. Shouldn't be a point of the referee's style. When the ref signals the advantage, the adventage is played and he isn't allowed to whistle the foul.

    4. My feeling is the same. It slightly reminds me of Irmatov a few years ago at the Confed Cup, where he pointed to the spot for a penalty, while soon after that the ball crossed the goal line and he changed his mind and awarded a goal. Of course this situation is not as extreme, but still, I would say that when you decide to play advantage, you cannot change that decision anymore.

    5. I think that the only signal that stops the play is the whistle.
      In case of Irmatov at Confederations Cup, he did a tecnical mistake because he whistled before the goal and after that changed his mind by giving advantage.
      When there is only a gesture, and then a changed decision, without a whistle, I think it is something that must be avoided, but not a mistake.

    6. You can of course delay your whistle. You can wait and see whether an advantage materializes and then, after 2-3 seconds, come back to the offence if there is no advantage. But if there WAS an advantage, but the attacker maybe simply lost the ball easily, then you should not delay your whistle (because then the advantage did materialize, but was just poorly used).

  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIzKECGa9b4


    1. A consequence of missed foul. Of course, good call then, really shocking tackle... Should be a long ban.

    2. Using Niclas' analogy, that is about the number 10...

    3. Video is gone. Which match was it?

    4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1QOD9YMe8w

    5. https://streamable.com/doniv

  15. Soares Dias with three penalty incidents in the first half of really easy-going, already decided game: BMG's penalty upon AAR2's advice (42'), difficult penalty-appeal from Fiorentina (handball, 34') and mutual holding in the Fiorentina's penalty area (45+3'). No problems apart from those incidents.

    1. Hah! 'Already decided game'. Sorry for that!!!

  16. What a decision by Vincic. What do you think? Penalty in 90.min

    1. It was a dive in my opinion.Big mistake by Vincic team.

    2. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5cyggg_iago-aspas-penalty-goal-hd-shakhtar-donetsk-0-1-celta-vigo-23-02-2017_sport
      It looks like a dive, not 100% sure because a better replay is missing, however more dive than foul. I'm sorry... AAR2 involved there.

    3. Well, now Celta is going through so Shakhtar will have plenty to say about Vincic.

    4. Blatant dive for me, but perhaps hard to spot in high tempo.

    5. Really clear dive :-(


    34' - Fiorentina's penalty appeal (handball)

    42' - Mönchengladbach's penalty for pushing an opponent off the ball; spotted by Pinheiro

    45+2' - Mönchengladbach's penalty appeal; mutual holding

    61' - missed reckless elbow offence

    87' - Fiorentina's penalty appeal

    1. 4' - no PK
      42' – PK, excellent call by the AAR
      45+2' – mutual holding, play-on
      61' – YC, reckless use of elbow
      87' – play-on

    2. 4': no penalty
      42': very well spotted by AAR2, but please explain me what #23 BOR is doing there during the execution...
      45+2': agree with referee, play on because the holding is mutual
      61': missed YC, reckless elbow
      87': more dive than foul, play on is correct

  18. How to download videos from Vimeo. Sometimes they are really interesting and useful for learning purposes?

    1. Try this one: http://www.vimeotomp3.com/
      Otherwise savemedia.me could be an alternative solution.

    2. Many thanks Niklas.


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