February 14, 2017

Marciniak and Rizzoli to commence UEFA Champions League K.O. Stage

UEFA has appointed Poland's Elite official Szymon Marciniak to take charge of next Tuesday's Champions League clash between Paris SG and FC Barcelona. At the same time, Italian World Cup 2014 final referee Nicola Rizzoli has been assigned to oversee Benfica's match against Borussia Dortmund.



For Szymon Marciniak, who officiated three games at EURO 2016 and supervised a quarterfinal and semifinal as 4th Official each, it will be his 12th UEFA Champions League game. Earlier this season, he was in control of Atlético vs Bayern and Real Madrid vs Dortmund. At the moment, the 36-year old is deemed as one of UEFA's biggest talents for the future. He will be assisted by his usual quintet of assisting teammates and observed by German UEFA Referee Committee member Herbert Fandel.


14 February 2017, 20:45 CET (Parc des Princes)
Paris SG - FC Barcelona
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: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick McGrath (IRL)


Nicola Rizzoli does not only blow the starting whistle of this season's Champions League K.O. Stage, but also his last period as UEFA official as the World Cup 2014 final referee from Mirandola, Italy, will retire at the end of this campaign. Among others, he was in charge of the all-German Champions League final 2013 between Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund. Interestingly, he never officiated a home match of SL Benfica in his long career. Rizzoli will be assisted by Elenito Di Liberatore, Riccardo Di Fiore, Luca Banti, Massimiliano Irrati and Mauro Tonolini. Luxembourg's Jean Lemmer will observe and evaluate his and his team's performance.


14 February 2017, 20:45 CET (Estadio da Luz)
SL Benfica - Borussia Dortmund
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: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)

72 Comments:

  1. I am sure Marciniak will get a Euro or world cup final soon.

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  2. How can I find out other referees who is appointed other matches?

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  4. I think Bayern Munich v Arsenal will go to one of Kuipers/Skomina/Mazic... And Hategan/Karasev seems to be the most likely choices for Real Madrid v Napoli... Can't wait to find out tomorrow what the exciting appointments are going to be!! 😋

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    1. I would add Aytekin or suchlike to Madrid

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    2. After this, I expect Cakir for Real-Napoli
      and Mazic for Bayern-Arsenal. Cheers!

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  5. I Think Legia Warschau-Ajax gets a English or Scottish referee like Anthony Taylor

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  6. I can't get how some of you don't set R. Madrid-Napoli down as a big match! Napoli are a great team coached by a super competent man and I do reckon they may well give Real a run for its money, which is why I expect a top dog in Madrid.

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    1. Jaap Uilenberg as referee suggested an upcoming promising talented referee like Hategan/Karasev/Turpin for the match... Skomina getting the game now means that he is under the committee's radar for a Final this year... Important game for him which might just help him achieve something big!! 🙂

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  7. http://www.nzs.si/novica/Skomina_bo_v_osmini_finala_lige_prvakov_sodil_v_Madridu?id=44129&id_objekta=40

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    1. @SviatM..you are so up to date what's happening with Damir Skomina :-) ..yes, he's going to officiate the match between Real Madrid and Napoli.

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  8. No hesitation by Marciniak in showing the first YC in occasion of the first foul.
    Definitely a correct decision, it was a reckless tackle from behind, I would say a mandatory card.

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  9. It seems like Rizzoli has some problems with the flag system.
    Marciniak with a very early YC for SPA (?).

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    1. SPA and reckless, I think both arguments are valid.
      A few later, minute 6', AR2 missed a tight offside, Cavani had a chance to score.

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    2. Missed 'wait and see' by AR1 Di Liberatore in 7' - too early and wrong flag (no offside by the attacker).

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    3. Possible YC missed by Rizzoli (stepping on opponent's foot) - 27'.

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    4. Clear foul missed by AAR1 and Rizzoli (+possible YC) - the goalkeeper fully hit his opponent and didn't play the ball.
      German commentator now even says that the incident took place in the penalty area (really close but AAR1 could have detected that with a better positioning). Missed penalty.

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    5. @Ref_1707
      Foul was outside of the penalty area.

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    6. German TV proved (showed some replays): Foul took place on the penalty area marking. Difficult to detect, I have to admit - however, the foul itself was really easy to identify.

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  10. It is question of Marciniak's tactical approach. Isolated, yes, it is YC, but it might demage flow of the match. Too early for my taste.

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  11. Second YC by Marciniak absolutely spot on: reckless challenge, stepping on opponent's foot.

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    1. Very close to SFP. Step on opponent's ankle with medium intensity - dangerous tackle.

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  12. BEN-DOR
    40'Italian team totaly missed clear foul for YC on the edge of penalty area.

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  13. To my mind Marciniak's early yellow card was fully justified and positively contributed to the game. Both teams were expected to focus on attacking play with many dynamic attackers. So I think it is a good signal to take SPA offences out of the game early. Apart from its tactical nature, the tackle was also at least borderline to reckless (and for me it indeed was reckless).

    The seocnd caution was correct and well seen as well. Maybe a direct whistle instead of an advantage would have been better.

    Maybe a missed yellow card in 17' also in terms of tactical disciplinary balance (foul on Draxler) prior to the 1:0. However, a promising attack was not given (other attacker was offside). Close to reckless though.

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    1. Fully agree with Niclas. Very good job by Marciniak and crew. Very intelligent advantage prior to 4-0. Correct YC for Rafinha. Impressive performance in my taste from polish refs! Congratulations Ray ;) !

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    2. I agree but let me say, with this score and this progress, the game was not really demanding as one could have expected, however this doesn't exclude Marciniak's merits.

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    3. So I am back after a really relaxing winter break and tonight I enjoyed a really good match from the french and, of course, the polish team.
      I was curious how the early YC will influence the game and I must say that Marciniak did everything right.
      I am impressed by his coolness and his calm, strong body language. Good decisions as allways. He could be proud of his performance in this not so difficult, but important match.
      If he continues like that, he will achieve something very big in future...

      Generally, Poland has a few really good referees, thinking about Raczkowski and Gil. They could be really satisfied with their international success.

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    4. Honestly I haven't seen a better referee in terms of personality management since Webb, Marciniak really could achieve something special in the coming years. You can argue of course about a YC at 17' but in the bigger picture he was good. Of course we must remember it is fair match but Marciniak was completely (remarkably) accepted tonight. Maybe the comparison with Kassai could go two ways: (hopefully) not being pushed too early and maybe the team around him?

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    5. If Marciniak will keep this high standard in the next two or three games, I think that a final assignment should follow at the end of the season.
      It would be more than deserved, for CL it is very likely too early, but I'm really convinced that at moment, concerning EL, he is the first candidate on committee's book. EL final would be indeed a very good compromise: a final assignment but not the major one, just a starting point for a (I hope) long and great international career.
      However, I want also to say that a referee should be able to find motivations even in case of CL final or major assignment, coming quite early in his international career. One should always think that there is something more and bigger to achieve. Or perhaps, even something different. Europa League final, Champions League final, Super Cup, FIFA tournaments...

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    6. Also while I think you can look at examples to not push referees to fast (finals in 2011?), I think you must also give referees what their performances earn. Maybe an example of this was De Bleeckere, always (needed for?) a semifinal, never a call to a final and maybe his performances plateaued towards the end of his career. I hope after examples both ways UEFA 'manages' Marciniak's appointments. In case of always good performances I would guess you could expect UCL SF and UEL Finale this year, and UCL Final (and Russia 2018) next season.
      Anyway full credits to Marciniak and team what a remarkable rise.

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  14. Correct penalty given by Rizzoli (handball), easy decision.

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  15. I checked now the incident with Benfica's GK in first half, it is really strange that the foul was totally missed. Perhaps it was too difficult for the officials to decide whether it was inside or outside the box. Difficult to find other explanations, especially AAR1 was focused there... in case of foul inside the box, crucial mistake. I think I would have issued YC because the challenge by keeper was clearly reckless.

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  16. Two easy games today! Marciniak with the better performance...

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  17. Good performance by Marciniak. 8.4 level for me, maybe 8.5 if the observer is generous and deems the not given YC in 17' as correct.

    So we will have a Barca-PSG return game which can be easily handled by someone like Sidiropoulos or Hategan. At the same time, Dortmund-Benfica will now require someone like Kassai.

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    1. How about Çüneyt Çakir for Dortmund v Benfica??

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    2. At first, Poles are really proud to offer such great referee and the next one in Paweł Raczkowski is coming! :)

      IMO, the incident in the 17th minute is not a clear SPA as the ball had been played quite strongly, the attacker was in need to make a half-turn, there was a possibility that his teammate (in offside position at the moment of play) will become active, so 50/50 to me.

      All those soft skills presented by Marciniak (management - firm and cool through the whole game, strong verbal warning for dissenting at linesman in 6' (imo, there is no offside as the defender's legs make it line), another warning in 9', not being card-happy in the dying stages regarding BAR players' frustration and therefore dissenting behaviour, also delayed whistle around 78') deserve to be much praised.

      One wrong offside call by AR2 in 82' and it's all about mistakes. All those factors make it more 8,5 than 8,4 in my eyes. Especially taking into account, the referee's strong personality and ability to control players' behaviour is one of the most important factors in UEFA/FIFA refereeing. But come one, we all agree it was a very strong performance in the game that was not so much challenging but demanded continuous alertness.

      I'm really satisfied and thanks, Benoit and david02, for your kind words!

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  18. Overall a good performance by Marciniak. Consistent disciplinary control and strong body language. Fitness/positioning could be improved (8.4-level).
    Rizzoli and his crew didn't convince me today - he had major problems with foul detection. Most important thing was the incident in the first half, a clear foul was missed by AAR1 and the referee (and the deserved YC for the goalkeeper) - as the foul took place on the penalty area marking, a penalty should have been given. Difficult to detect, however, with a better positioning, AAR1 could have seen it while Rizzoli had almost no chance to see it. Therefore Rizzoli's mark should be about 8.2.
    Considering the quite clear result in PSG-BAR, there is a (small) chance that we see a more 'unexperienced' referee. However, I can also imagine that Collina chooses the 'safer' way (Barcelona will try to equalize by all available means).

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    1. I think that Rocchi can be a real option for second leg in Barcelona.

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  19. Excellent Marciniak, well done. I was a bit concerned about early (absolutely deserved) YC, but Marciniak proved me wrong. The game was easy to referee but only because the referee team, led by Marciniak, made it easy. At the moment, he seems to be the Elite with strongest player and game management skills. I look forward to see his performance in matches to come.

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  20. We all agree about Rizzoli's mistake in 42, but I think we slightly disagree in terms of responsibilities:

    The main point for me is that both Rizzoli and Di Liberatore failed to anticipate the action but switched off mentally when they thought the Dortmund attacker would not reach or even fight for the ball:

    1. Rizzoli slows down his movement and is therefore too far away, does not have an ideal visual angle due to that.

    2. Di Liberatore (AR1) slows down his movement and therefore does not have the best visual angle possible: From all officials involved, the view Di Liberatore would have had if he had been positioned correctly would have been THE best because it would be from the side (90° angle).

    3. Banti is not at fault for me. He has a 0° angle. Please imagine yourself into his position: He has no chance to assess the severity of a potential offence as this is only visible from the side. He cannot see anything as the goalkeeper more or less blocks his own foul from Banti's position.

    = 7.9 for AR1 and Rizzoli. Would not deduct anything for AAR1.

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    1. Absolutely agree with you Niclas. I could only raise the issue of communication within the refereeing team. I hope the AAR1 informed colleagues the potential offence took place within the penalty area.

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    2. AR1 needs to confirm the foul, AAR needs to confirm was it inside/outside the box.

      "Ref_170714/2/17 21:41
      German TV proved (showed some replays): Foul took place on the penalty area marking. "

      Niclas, do you have this video?
      Thanks.

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    3. AR1 needs to confirm the foul, AAR needs to confirm was it inside/outside the box.

      "Ref_170714/2/17 21:41
      German TV proved (showed some replays): Foul took place on the penalty area marking. "

      Niclas, do you have this video?
      Thanks.

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    4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoJEEGnSelA (0:37)

      But maybe you need to (pretend to) be in Germany to see it...

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    5. Thanks Philipp, here the video for all people outside Germany:
      https://streamable.com/a257g

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  21. Here the offside call by Di Liberatore in the early minutes:
    https://streamable.com/npq89
    Was that a punishable offside? Was GK influenced by attacker in offside? I think that Di Liberatore had to wait before raising the flag, and, in any case, it was a mistake because player looked to be ONSIDE.

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    1. In my opinion:
      1. It was onside, so no offside;
      2. In case the player was offside the AR should have raised the flag as the player influenced the goalkeeper

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    2. I agree with Shearer.

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  22. And this is the foul missed in first half:
    https://streamable.com/v9fnp

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    1. Could it even be DOGSO? Imagine, the GK lets him pass unobstructed. Then he would probably keep in possession of the ball - and the goal is empty...

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    2. Indeed, it is possible, however given the fact that we can't be 100% sure about the regained possession of the ball, YC would be still OK and perhaps more acceptable in this context. I wouldn't assess as mistake a RC.

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    3. A red card would be a crucial mistake. The goalkeeper clearly attempted to play the ball, so if you deem it as DOGSO, it is a yellow card. If you deem it as SPA, a yellow card should still be given as the tackle was intense in itself (but theoretically UEFA also allows "no card" in attempts to play the ball resulting in promising attacks stopped.).

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    4. If outside the box, RC for DOGSO would be however justified :)

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  23. Now I see better - what a poor perception of the AR1. He obviously did not expect the unexpected.

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  24. Referee situations from PSG - Barcelona (Marciniak):

    http://streamable.com/album/4rvyk

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    1. Thank you RayHD. Materials you prepared showed how sure and correct about his decisions was Marciniak last night. Following are my comments to situations with ? and things he should improve in future (if I am allowed to say so):

      32 (YC - stamp, SFP?, advantage)
      YC – correct, rather reckless than SFP
      Advantage – It is visible Marciniak waited to see how shall the attack progress. Ideally, he should have waited a bit longer and then he would have realized there was no real advantage. The attacker had a ball under control and faced the opponent’s goal, but he hesitated to progress forward as defender was in front of him.

      71 (advantage, goal)
      Ideally, I wish I saw Marciniak sprinting (match time 70:52) and a bit closer to the penalty area

      90 (SPA?, 2nd YC?)
      Too soft SPA for the 2nd yellow card.

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  25. 0:23. We have seen it before. What is your thought in an exhibition match to show yellow card instead of a red card for dogso because it is an exhibition match? Because I am fully aware that this is a red card https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lslrK0-SXMs

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    2. Best solution is to have pre-match talk with both coaches about possible red cards.
      IMO, the answer also depends on the "importance" of the friendly match (senior or youth teams, closed door match or open to the public match, quality of the teams, is that beginning of the pre-season or the last test before the championship starts etc.)

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    3. But all in all you are okay with the decision since nobody, including the crowd asked for a red card? In Sweden before you could being on a new player after a red card in exhibition matches but this rule was removed just 1 month ago here. The match was just a test match for both teams. No betting or anything like that.

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    4. I'm okay with the decision, although I don't like lenient approach in a friendly matches. But, be smart, not to pedantic :)

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    5. Yes exactly. Yes I also prefer real matches but in friendly games you can sometimes use common sense.

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  26. OT
    Italy will host, on next April, a seminary for 2018 WC preselected officials. Today FIGC has released the official announcement:
    http://www.figc.it/Assets/contentresources_2/ContenutoGenerico/45.$plit/C_2_ContenutoGenerico_2536241_StrilloAreaStampa_upfDownload.pdf
    It is reported that 53 officials will be there: 20 from UEFA, 10 from CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, 7 from CAF and AFC, 2 from OFC.
    These numbers match with the lists we published on the blog in the previous months:
    http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.it/2016/08/pre-selected-referees-for-world-cup-2018.html#.WKSBAG_hCUk
    The only change is about CONMEBOL: Osses, who retired, has been very likely replaced.
    The seminary will be held from 7 until 7 April in Tuscany. Collina and Busacca will be there, and there will be a special attention to VAR training.

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    1. Sorry, of course I meant from 3 to 7 April.
      Moreover, it has been confirmed that for Italy both Orsato and Rocchi will be there.

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    2. According to the numbers, the reserve referees are included for UEFA, but not for the others.
      Probably the chairman of the FIFA committe and UEFA's chief refereeing officer agreed on that. ;)

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    3. That's in my opinion a clear signal, perhaps directly by Collina (and Busacca). UEFA doesn't want to reveal the reserve referees, because all officials must be always motivated and everything can happen.
      In a way, we can deduce that the UEFA preselection, if compared to the other confederations, is more accurate and detailed.

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