March 14, 2017

Ovidiu Hațegan in charge of Juventus - Porto, Daniele Orsato to officiate Leicester - Sevilla

Romanian Elite Ovidiu Hațegan has been appointed to handle the return game between Juventus and Porto, while Italian Daniele Orsato will be the man in the middle for Leicester - Sevilla.


14 March 2017, 20:45 CET (Juventus Stadium, Turin)
Juventus - FC Porto 
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee: Octavian Şovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnússon (ISL)

14 March 2017, 20:45 CET (King Power Stadium, Leicester)
Leicester City - Sevilla FC
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)

46 Comments:

  1. I think that Karasev has been appointed for Monaco - Manchester City. Not so many other options. Eriksson can't be there due to a Swedish observer, difficult to think that Rocchi will get a round of 16 game (would be the Third Italian, too much), there aren't other names available if not Kassai. But Kassai is back from an injury and he had Manchester City in his last game with some controversies.
    Karlsson (committe member) would absolutely suit as observer for the Russian.
    In the other game, we could see Eriksson, despite of the fact that it is very likely already decided in favor of Spanish side.

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    1. I agree about Karasev.
      For the match in Madrid, I could also imagine Kralovec or Nijhuis (not only because of Damkova and Uilenberg...).

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    2. Yes... Nijhuis seems to be a really plausible option. Alternatively I could imagine Rocchi.

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    3. Nijhuis after that YC for SFP in Rostov - Sparta? I would keep him for EL.

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    4. Just to note, if I'm not wrong, the only two Elite referees without any appointment in CL KO stage in their whole careers so far are Nijhuis and Fernández Borbalán.
      And yes, I must say, after Rostov - Sparta Praga, the Dutch wouldn't deserve a CL game.

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    5. I feel that the situation with Fernández Borbalán is a bit unfair. I think he deserves to get the chance, considering mainly his performances in the domestic competition. I don't know if in UEFA it has been different.

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    6. @RayHD: I think UEFA has moved away from strictly punishing officials for 1 situation (7.9s) - remember the Aytekin tackle in PSV-Rostov (https://streamable.com/z20e) and what he got during the last weeks. Compared to Rocchi, Nijhuis at least had a game and therefore 90 minutes more time to produce an error :) We'll see, in general, I also tend to Rocchi.

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    7. Last time, there are so many mistakes in disciplinary control that UEFA sometimes has no choice, just to keep both eyes closed. ;-)

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    8. Remembering to 2013.... Lannoy was one of the best!

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  2. Has to be Karasev and Eriksson/Rocchi for the remaining games!! I can't think of any more names!!

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  3. Apparently an early missed penalty and minimum (!) YC for an elbow offence by Huth in Leicester - Orsato had a free line of sight. As I have only seen replays so far, maybe someone can confirm that it should have been a penalty?

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    1. Wasn't the situation in the Sevilla box? Anyway, I agree about minimum YC missed.

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    2. That's what I am unsure about: Was the ball in play and in which penalty did it happen? If it was in the Sevilla penalty area, of course a mistake with lower impact for Orsato! :)

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    3. Indeed, the foul was committed in Sevilla's penalty area...

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  4. And Nasri did it again. Reckless or violent kick?

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    1. Similar to last week's Neymar incident.YC in both cases.

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    2. Very close to RC, for me a RC wouldn't have been a mistake, to be honest.

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    3. Why, the hell, there's a tendency to classify such kicks from behind as only reckless?! It's clearly against common sense!

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    4. Nasri's tackle was a number more forceful than what Neymar did. I think this kick was rather violent.

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  5. Very good Hațegan in Turin! Well seen denying goal by hand - PK and RC (40'). Romanian detected well that Layún was persistently infringing the Laws of The Game. The YC for strong shirt pulling of André André on Gonzalo Higuaín was harsh (no clear SPA), but in line with common sense (36'). Also correct YC to Cuadrado for reckless slide tackle (12'). Only one missed YC to Dani Alves (reckless studs up tackle, 18') but it was a tactical choice to not issue it as Layún already committed two fouls on Cuadrado and had not been booked yet, so it would cause protests from Juventus players (two YCs to us and no card to Layún!).

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    1. Fully agreed on the penalty kick / red card situation.

      I also agree on the YC in 12': Good to see such a YC as (too) often such tackles where the ball was played but which are nonetheless reckless stay unpunished.

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    2. @RayHD: Do you want to cover the Juve-Porto game and shall I take Leicester-Sevilla on me?

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    3. Would be great! Sorry for late answer!

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  6. Inconsistent Orsato so far. Early missed YC for an elbow offence and for me another missed YC for SPA in 13'. Debatable free-kick decision prior 1:0 and few problems with foul detection. Remark: Not the best positioning by AAR2 in some situations; he was following the play but didn't pay attention to the penalty area - AR2 can signal possible fouls in his field of vision, AAR2 should take care of off-ball situations.
    Decent first half by Hategan, very consistent. Correct and important penalty+RC for DOGSO.

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    1. Sorry, I'm wrong - it is AAR1.

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  7. Missed elbow in the face again by Orsato.

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    1. Some problems here and there with elbow during the game.

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  8. WOW,now 2nd yc to Nasri.Very brave decision from Orsato.

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    1. Correct YC to Vardy as well. Both behaviors borderline to violent conduct but it is ok to consider them as mutual misconducts.

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  9. Nasri should have had a straight red and Vardy too. If anything Vardy should have had 2 yellow cards for the initial shove on Nasri snd then the headbutt 2 seconds later.

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  10. Many doubts on this penalty call, to be honest. Ok, there is the contact, but player from Sevilla was already falling down and please notice: nobody expected this call, all players were surprised. However, after that it was accepted by both teams.
    Most of the times this kind of penalty is not whistled.

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    1. Agree Chefren. For me nothing here. The player is already falling down and ball has been saved from goal. Sorry for this kind of laugh, but nowadays you have to be Spanish to obtain some good penalties during money time ;)

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    2. Would have to disagree for my first impression. Even with the Sevilla player forward rotation/fall, it is a late, forceful challenge and impossible for him to jump away from.

      A lot of things a bit chaotic and out of control in this match though.

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    3. Acceptable is surely the word to describe that situation

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    4. In terms of laws application, ok is clearly acceptable. But if you saw all the match, it's clearly a non-sense decision in front of football sensibility. ;)

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    5. + Quite a hard forceful tackle by LEI#GK
      + SEV jumps, to protect his safety
      + The ball is gone
      - No chances to play the ball for SEV after the contact
      - Goalkeeper challenges like that have ignored as fouls in the past
      - SEV totally made a dive

      For me the force of the tackle makes the whistle okay and nothing more, in a sense the self presentation (Very quick blow and YC) saves Orsato. Common sense surely suggests more play on I agree, but there is enough there to support the call imo.

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  11. Disagree with you both. Penalty IMO good decision.

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  12. Leicester City - Sevilla (Daniele Orsato)

    https://vimeo.com/album/4475457

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    1. I have to say that all these moments are quite weak in terms of communication and body language. F.e. the yellow card (situation 1), which seems quite much like a VC to me btw, but also the red card for Nasri. Communication simply not good or convincing.

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    2. 3' No matter how careless, reckless.. this should be a YC to Huth.
      14' Indeed SPA Okazaki, should also be YC.
      18' Nasri YC, borderline violent conduct (which would mean RC) but benefit of doubt(?). On another day in perhaps a league match surely RC
      26' Funny enough, TV view is opposite of Orsato's position. Surely from the front this looks like a clear foul, but from behind you do see Vardy aware of Rami coming in late so he jumps before impact. Question is if jumping to avoid impact (some say dive) and then being hit in air still is a foul. People surely would disagree on this.
      59' Wonder about that arm from LEI player. Maybe Vitolo was pushed/held off balance and kicked on the heel while trying to shake off player. As a way to understand his protests. The dissent of action call is otherwise totally correct.
      69' Here it is suspicious how Vitolo only looks at Slimani not ball, and surely no chance to win head duel (15-20cm shorter) but to obstruct so oppponent might fall nastily. Dirty stuff, just given to wrong team here.
      74' First impression is I agree 100%. Vardy did however provoke the whole thing, and I don't know if the 3x pushing and theatrical dive should also result in a RC. Both players disgrace to football in this match.
      78' PEN. Mentioned my views before. GK has no control on his impact (glides on the wet pitch), it is reckless, forceful and very late. Hits the player high with both legs. That the ball was already played can't benefit GK here, rather opposite. Why would late challenges everywhere else on the pitch result in YC, even just careless ones.. then a forceful, reckless not? Just because consequence is pen called?
      81' Fuchs would call himself lucky here, but AR should help Orsato more on this call. He has a clear view, a few meters. Studs, reckless if not excessive. Far from the area near the sideline. Either YC or RC, but latter would be very brave somewhat.
      83' Unclear what Sampaoli said to Orsato after a correct call. Probably cursing Orsato, so unsporting behavior or dissent then? If it was necessary to send him away, well at least if he was warned for similar earlier in the match.
      84' Correct YC, but what degree of foul? It is definitely careless bordering reckless.
      89' Orsato doing what many refs don't, YC this never ending substitute time wasting thing.

      According to Orsato's wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniele_Orsato, pundits and former refs are high in praise for this performance. I don't know if I share these people's view, just believe this resolute/no nonsense attitude he is showing imo is either liked or disliked.

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    3. Regardless of yesterday's decisions I think Orsato is simply too much of a dictator on the field of play. In my opinion, every refereeing approach and leadership style has its justification (except not leading at all), even a very authoritarian one... as long as body language, verbal communication and player management display respect. I am missing this a bit in Orsato's matches I saw so far.

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  13. JUVENTUS - PORTO (Ovidiu Alin Hațegan)

    https://streamable.com/album/5oaww

    or

    https://streamable.com/5oaww

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    1. Just very impressed by Hațegan's performance, don't know if you agree but I believe this secured him a position for next stages.

      18' Alves YC for studs and 46' Layun 2nd YC. Other than that I think the calls are correct.

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