September 11, 2017

Europa League 2017/18 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1

UEFA Referees Committee has chosen the following referees to handle MD1 of 2017/18 Europa League group stage. 


Group A, 14 September 2017, 19:00 CET
Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal (ESP)
Villarreal CF - FK Astana
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Lazar Lukić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Zoran Siroki (SRB)
Fourth Official: Bojan Banović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Iveta Bankova (BUL)

Group A, 14 September 2017, 19:00 CET
Eden Arena, Prague (CZE)
Slavia Praha - Maccabi Tel-Aviv 
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2:  Roland Riedel (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO)

Group B, 14 September 2017, 19:00 CET
NSK Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv (UKR)
FC Dynamo Kyiv - KS Skënderbeu
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Wim Smet (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marcin Borski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)

Group B, 14 September 2017, 19:00 CET
Stade de Suisse, Berne (SUI)
BSC Young Boys - FK Partizan 
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ionuț Marius Avram (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Horatiu Fesnic (ROU)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Sigurður Hannesson (ISL)

Group C, 14 September 2017, 19:00 CET
Rhein-Neckar Arena, Sinsheim (GER)
1899 Hoffenheim - Sporting Braga
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Greg Aitken (SCO)
Fourth Official: Francis Connor (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Jack Grundie (NIR)

Group C, 14 September 2017, 19:00 CET
Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu, Istanbul (TUR)
İstanbul Başakşehir - PFC Ludogorets
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)
UEFA Delegate: Aristeidis Stavropoulos (GRE)

Group D, 14 September 2017, 19:00 CET
Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
Austria Wien - AC Milan 
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Dave Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas Van Dongen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Higler (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan De Vries (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)

Group D, 14 September 2017, 19:00 CET
Stadion HNK Rijeka, Rijeka (CRO)
HNK Rijeka - AEK Athens
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alan Muir (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Euan Anderson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)

Group E, 14 September 2017, 19:00 CET
Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio nell'Emilia (ITA)
Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio - Everton FC
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Igor Fedotov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Lunev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (SVK)

Group E, 14 September 2017, 19:00 CET
GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
Apollon Limassol - Olympique Lyonnais 
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 Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Welander (SWE)

Group F, 14 September 2017, 19:00 CET
Telia Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
FC København - Lokomotiv Moskva
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: José Luis Astiazarán Iriondo (ESP)

Group F, 14 September 2017, 19:00 CET
Ander Stadium, Olomouc (CZE)
FC Fastav Zlín - FC Sheriff Tiraspol
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicholas Walsh (SCO)
Fourth Official: Joseph Lawson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Lars Richt (SWE)

Group G, 14 September 2017, 21:05 CET
Turner Stadium, Beer-Sheva (ISR)
Hapoel Beer-Sheva - FC Lugano 
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Karim Abed (FRA)
Fourth Official: Eric Danizan (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Elena Kobak (RUS)

Group G, 14 September 2017, 21:05 CET
Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
FCSB - FC Viktoria Plzeň
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Edgars Malcevs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)

Group H, 14 September 2017, 21:05 CET
Emirates, London (ENG)
Arsenal FC - 1. F Köln 01/07
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)

Group H, 14 September 2017, 21:05 CET
Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade (SRB)
FK Crvena Zvezda - BATE Borisov 
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2:  Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Geir Þorsteinsson (ISL)

Group I, 14 September 2017, 21:05 CET
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
Olympique de Marseille - Konyaspor Kulübü
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)

Group I, 14 September 2017, 21:05 CET
Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães (POR)
Vitória Sport Clube - FC Salzburg
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (AZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Rahim Hasanov (AZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Mubariz Hashimov (AZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Willem Van Dop (NED)

Group J, 14 September 2017, 21:05 CET
Olympiastadion, Berlin (GER)
Hertha BSC - Athletic Club
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1:Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Filip Glova (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mário Vlk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Myrsini Psarropoulou (GRE)

Group J, 14 September 2017, 21:05 CET
Arena  Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
FC Zorya - Östersunds FK
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: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Fourth Official: Jan Köbeli (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)

Group K, 14 September 2017, 21:05 CET
Gelredome, Arnhem (NED)
SBV Vitesse - SS Lazio
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Erez Papir (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Menashe Masiah (SR)
Fourth Official: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Denis Bastari (ALB)

Group K, 14 September 2017, 21:05 CET
Regenboogstadion, Waregem (BEL)
SV Zulte Waregem - OGC Nice
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Tokat (TUR)
Fourth Official: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)

Group L, 14 September 2017, 21:05 CET
Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, San Sebastián (ESP)
Real Sociedad - Rosenborg BK
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Fourth Official: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Jacob Erel (ISR)

Group L, 14 September 2017, 21:05 CET
Philip II National Arena, Skopje (MKD)
FK Vardar - FC Zenit
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jens Maee (DEN)
Fourth Official: Lars Rix (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)

110 Comments:

  1. Some debuts, good appointments for the U21 EURO referees Gözübüyük, Kruzliak and Estrada Fernandez...

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    1. Debuts for Dallas and Jovanović.

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    2. Yes. I thought, it's also Vertenten's debut but it is already his 2nd appearance in the UEL (Inter-Sparta in Dec 2016).

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  2. About Italian appointments, Marco Di Bello makes his debut as AAR. A clear signal and a confirmation that he will replace Rizzoli on FIFA list. The same should be for Tegoni as assistant referee, appointed in CL as fourth official. Di Fiore could be the one leaving the list.
    About the rest: three Scottish appointments, including Dallas debut, catch my attention. Deserved debut for Jovanović.

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  3. As I said when commented WC qualifier Portugal-Faro referred by Jovanović that he will make debut in EL. Young,Very good and prospected referees trio from Serbia led by Jovanivić

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  4. PSV - Feyenoord zo. 17 september (16.45 uur)
    Referee: Bjorn Kuipers
    AR1: Sander van Roekel
    AR2: Erwin Zeinstra
    4th official: Siemen Mulder

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  5. So Fandel for Palabıyık and Levnikov for Gözübüyük. Clear sign that most likely they will be new Elite referees.

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    1. Wait... what?

      Palabiyik is currently in the second (!) group, he handled only 2 UEL games so far. It is obvious he is on the UEFA radar since some time but isn't it very very very very early to talk about a promotion to the Elite group? Only because of one remarkable observer? What is if he performes bad on Thursday? Is this then a clear sign that most likely he will be a new third group referee?

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    2. You're right, it's quite early to be sure about it, but I said that in the future context. There is no possibility Fandel observes him without the reason. UEFA must have big expectations about this Turkish referee (replacement of Cakir).

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    3. For sure and it is not his first remarkable appointment too. Furthermore, a second group referee having his 3rd UEL appointment also isn't common.

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  6. Probably the last European appointment for Chapron?

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    1. Why so??? Will he retire after this??

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    2. He's 45 years old, and probably will be replaced in FIFA list in the end of the year.

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  7. Crvena Zvezda-Bate Borisov

    Guests from Belarus,and the match will be judged by a Ukrainian judge?

    How is it possible? TY

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    1. I would say it's unwise if the referee was from Russia, but Ukraine and Belarus are neither conflicted nor friends.

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  8. They should come from quite a few other countries. Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Iceland?

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  9. Does someone will watch Villareal-Astana?

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  10. It seems as Gözübüyük will have a more than easy game in Vienna, so far absolutely NO MATCH between the two teams. Excellent ONSIDE by AR2 before 0-3.

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    1. Very easy evening for him, overall a good job in front of Levnikov. For me on 8.3 level.

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  11. Very dangerous tackle,maybe borderline from Slavia player in 43.min,Schorgenhofer didnt even gave warning.

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    1. 56' Y Boys- Partizan, no card

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  12. Anyone knows hows Jovanovic going in Villareal - Astana?

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  13. UEFA.com
    20:23
    The match between Arsenal and Köln will be delayed for a minimum of one hour in the interests of crowd safety. More details to follow.

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    1. I am told it is an intense atmosphere already in the stadium. A quite big test for Señor Estrada Fernandez, having already attended Olympiacos - Partizan. I fear he will stay in First Category for the rest of his career, a good night to try and collect some arguments for a promotion.

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  14. Anyone watched Jovanović in a Villarreal-Astana.

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  15. More then 50.000 in stadium Rajko Mitić in Belgrade. Hot atmospehere.Will be interesting match. Good luck to Ukrainian refs.

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  16. We understood better why Stefan Johannesson (SWE) was not one of the most important referees in Europe today. He's a very poor referee.

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    1. Elaborate and show a video of what you are claiming.

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  17. Crucial mistake by Andris Treimanis in FCSB - Viktoria Plzen: penalty assigned to FCSB was for a clear tackle on the ball.

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    1. Video: https://streamable.com/jaxn0

      For me this looks like a perfect sliding tackle.

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    2. Definitely no foul. But if he whistles, it should be a YC too. So, two mistakes in one situation.

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  18. Solid and easy first half by Estrada Fernandez, apart from a couple of exaggerated advantages and a slip (!), he has been good in a surprisingly easy going match.

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    1. Very important offside call by AR2 when a player from Koln got injured.
      Without the flag, it should have been penalty.

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    2. Yes- more challenging half for the Assistants who got every call right imo

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    3. One call by AR2 was wrong as far as I can remember.

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  19. Two clear missed red cards for Liany tonight at Vitesse-Lazio Roma.

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  20. Very easy game for Kehlet. He was at expected level.

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  21. Aliyar Aghayev unfortunately didn't have his best evening tonight. I got the impression he wanted to finish the game without any cards. During the 2nd half there were some rough tackles and no disciplinary sanction again and again. Finally, he issued his first YC in the 93rd minute - and this was a wrong one.

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  22. APL-LYO/52': Very controversial penalty call (handball). Referee Zelinka decided to play-on at first, probably AAR2 was responsible for the whistle.

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    1. There was another situation a few later in which a penalty to Lyon could have been whistled, right in front of AAR2, keeper was late in his attempt to catch the ball and he clearly hit the attacker, a very clear situation but if I'm not wrong a free kick to Apollon Limassol was whistled...

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    2. Similiar situation in Israel for Tony Chapron: Very controversial handball penalty with a lot of help by his AAR (11').

      Two interesting handball situations, hopefully we'll have some videos soon.

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    3. Apollon - Lyon
      handball penalty: https://streamable.com/1lbux
      missed goalkeeper's foul: https://streamable.com/65ckz

      H. Beer-Sheva - Lugano
      handball penalty: https://streamable.com/6527r

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    4. Penalty in Hapoel Beer-Sheva - Lugano could be a supportable decision, but still very harsh. Penalty in Apollon - Lyon for me a crucial mistake, as well as the missed foul by keeper.

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    5. Jan Jílek with 7.4 for sure...

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    6. And Jilek is in charge of Prague derby Slavia-Sparta as center referee on Sunday...

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  23. Second half without issues for Estrada Fernández. I must say, a very easy game in London.

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  24. Had a look at Madden in Hoffenheim - Braga. Unconvincing, no clear line when it come to foul dedection and he took no measures against blatant and repetitive time wasting (aside from 5 minutes of added time). Weak performance overall.

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  25. Östersund 1-0 clear and obvious error by not calling a foul just before the goal that led to Östersund making a counter attack.

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  26. Felix Brych has recovered faster than expected from his injury and is appointed in Bundesliga on Tuesday. So he should be available for the upcoming international matches.

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    1. CL MD2 possible? It wasn't a so long injury...

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    2. I try some predictions, assuming that Brych will be appointed while Atkinson should stay out despite he has recovered because so far no games for him in recent weeks after Summer Course.

      APOEL - Tottenham
      Manuel de Sousa (POR)

      Dortmund - Real Madrid
      Björn Kuipers (NED)

      Monaco - Porto
      William Collum (SCO)

      Besiktas - Leipzig
      Sergei Karasev (RUS)

      Manchester City - Shakhtar Donetsk
      Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU)

      Napoli - Feyenoord
      Pavel Královec (CZE)

      Spartak Moskva - Liverpool
      Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

      Sevilla - Maribor
      Craig Thomson (SCO)

      Qarabag - Roma
      Artur Dias (POR)

      Juventus - Olympiacos
      Clément Turpin (FRA)

      Sporting CP - Barcelona
      Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

      Atlético - Chelsea
      Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

      Anderlecht - Celtic
      David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

      PSG - Bayern
      Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

      CSKA Moskva - Manchester United
      Felix Brych (GER)

      Basel - Benfica
      István Vad (HUN)

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    3. PSG-Bayern is the most sonorous clash for sure. All the more I expect a 'bigger' name than Mateu Lahoz there. Cakir? Eriksson? Kuipers?

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    4. Martin Atkinson is appointed for Bristol City - Derby in the Football League Championship this afternoon. I can imagine he joins a Premier League match next weekend. Nice predictions :-)

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    5. @Gitzlo in my opinion at moment Mateu Lahoz must be considered among the "big names", and let me say he is in a very good form, surely more than Eriksson, for example.

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    6. I think either Kuipers or Çakir would be the best suited names for PSG v Bayern... I'm really not sure whether appointing Mateu to that clash will be wise or not... That said, if he's given one of the bigger games of MD2 then this is the only option as he can't do the games involving Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid... Personally I would appoint Çakir in PSG v Bayern, Kuipers in Atlético v Chelsea and probably Eriksson in Dortmund v Real Madrid!!!

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    7. These would be my predictions:

      A) Basel - Benfica: Craig Thomson (SCO)
      A) CSKA - United: Pavel Královec (CZE)
      B) Anderlecht - Celtic: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
      B) Paris - Bayern: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
      C) Atlético - Chelsea: Björn Kuipers (NED)
      C) Qarabag - Roma: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
      D) Juventus - Olympiacos: William Collum (SCO)
      D) Sporting - Barcelona: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
      E) Sevilla - Maribor: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
      E) Spartak - Liverpool: Clément Turpin (FRA)
      F) Napoli - Feyenoord: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
      F) City - Shakhtar: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
      G) Monaco - Porto: Felix Brych (GER)
      G) Besiktas - Leipzig: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
      H) Dortmund - Real: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
      H) APOEL - Tottenham: Matej Jug (SVN)

      I think that Mateu Lahoz is the only candidate for PSG-Bayern, since he cannot handle one of the other top-clashes given the presence of Spanish teams (Atlético-Chelsea and Dortmund-Real). Furthermore, I agree that Mateu is currently in an EXCELLENT form and I could imagine that his style could work very well with the concerned players.

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    8. Do we have any other options other than Çakir, Kuipers and Mateu Lahoz for the 3 big games on Matchday 2??

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    9. @K. S. Brych can't get the game in Monaco, due to Leipzing in the same group.

      @Soham Brych is an option for Atlético - Chelsea, if UEFA has in mind to appoint him for a big game after the injury. Otherwise, a referee already appointed on MD1 should appear again. Not so many options.

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    10. My predictions
      A) Basel - Benfica: Hategan
      A) CSKA - United: Eriksson
      B) Anderlecht - Celtic: de Sousa
      B) Paris - Bayern: Atkinson
      C) Atlético - Chelsea: Kuipers
      C) Qarabag - Roma: Thomson
      D) Juventus - Olympiacos: Karasev
      D) Sporting - Barcelona: Turpin
      E) Sevilla - Maribor: Kulbakov
      E) Spartak - Liverpool: Soares Dias
      F) Napoli - Feyenoord: Mateu Lahoz
      F) City - Shakhtar: Fernández Borbalán
      G) Monaco - Porto: Collum
      G) Besiktas - Leipzig: Kralovec
      H) Dortmund - Real: Cakir
      H) APOEL - Tottenham: Vincic

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    12. @Chefren: Vincic for SPA-LIV impossible.

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    13. @Márk : Who is this Fernandez Turpin whom you've predicted for Man City v Shakhtar Donetsk?? 😂😂

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    14. You are right Soham, I must change something...

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    15. @Soham: Mark Szanto is always full of "surprises" ... 😁

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    16. Ok, I switch Soares Dias with Vincic. The Portuguese in Moscow...

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    17. @Sale : You're so right about the "surprises"... I loved the concept of Fernandez Turpin though 😂😂😂 Is that a hybrid between Fernandez Borbalan and Turpin?? 🤔🤔 Whatever it is, it's really interesting!!! 😂

      @Chefren : I agree with your predictions... But when will UEFA be taking the next step in relation to Soares Dias?? He is already in the list of pre-selected referees to Russia 2018 (God knows how!!!) so it's high time he should be tested in some more important clashes so that he can make strong case for a promotion... Spartak Moscow v Liverpool can be a good appointment considering the potential crowd troubles that might be taking place and all those issues... Might end up being a challenging atmosphere for Soares Dias if he gets appointed to Moscow!!!

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    18. City - Shakhtar is not possible for spanish referees as Manuel Díaz Vega is the observer for that match.

      Fernández Marín is the observer for OL-Atalanta in UEL.

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    19. @Soham

      Soares Dias is no bad referee, but joins the prelist thanks to his origin. His fitness is absolutely top, but to my mind he doesn't have a big personality- he reminds me of Skomina quite a few years ago. A referee attending a WC wouldn't referee Malta - England... maybe he will be VAR. I can imagine UEFA pushes him more this season, maybe in Moscow but I can't imagine that there will be trouble with fans, thanks to a 'fan' aiming at Aytekin they should play without spectators. Also it will be interesting where the committee sends Eriksson, I can imagine similar to Aytekin and Kassai.
      And I think Fernandez Turpin as a referee would definitely be a decision taker style, being somewhere between very modern and sth more from the past :-)

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    20. @Mikael Agreed on Soares Dias totally... Coming to Eriksson he wasn't at his best last season but there weren't any nightmare like Kassai and Aytekin faced so probably Eriksson get a more important game on paper... Considering Eriksson's current form, I don't think he can be appointed for Dortmund v Real Madrid or Atlético v Chelsea but he's definitely suitable for a game like Sporting CP v Barcelona or maybe more suited for Juventus v Olympiacos... We have to wait till next week!! 🤔

      Coming to your analysis of Fernandez Turpin, I absolutely love it 😂😂😂 Superb as always from you 😉

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    1. Easy game, good performance as far as I could see. Ready for the next step?

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  28. It's not a foul neither for Guido Winkmann (referee) nor Deniz Aytekin (VAR). It's also not a foul for the referee manager Hellmut Krug. Shocking!

    See 4:05 on video.

    http://livetv.sx/dex/showvideo/501026_stuttgart_wolfsburg/

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    1. Livetv.sx has been blocked in Italy, can you give the minute of the incident in the game, or just another link? Thanks :)

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    2. @Chefren: the scene that RayHD mentioned.

      https://streamable.com/y4lx7

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    3. I was making a clip as well :D

      https://streamable.com/mhz7e

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    4. Nasal bone, eye socket and maxilla bone fractures + concussion... He choke on his tongue and only quick reaction of doctor helped him!

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    5. Thanks for the videos! First of all there is a more important thing than calling or not the foul, and Winkmann must be surely reproached: in any case he should have stopped immediately the play, allowing the medical staff to join the pitch. Since he didn't do that, I think he didn't realize what happened, so we could even assume he missed the whole situation, but in this case I don't understand why he did that gesture like "play on"!
      Then, I think Aytekin and VAR officials assessed it as (this is very difficult to accept) normal contact of play, without any fault by keeper (accidental collision...).

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    6. Shocking decision and unacceptable to let play continue. There are 4 referees. Assistant ref being close to him should immediatly tell the head ref to stop play.

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  29. Another controversy involving VAR. This time in Borussia Dortmund - 1. FC Köln (referee Ittrich, video referee Brych).

    45' - Borussia scores for 2-0. The referee blows the whistle for a foul on GK. Then, he is informed by Brych there was no foul. Ittrich allows goal. The huge question: didn't the referee blow his whistle before the ball crossed the line and therefore the VAR intervention has not been justified?

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    1. I stopped a video at the moment of the whistle.
      This is the result:
      https://s26.postimg.org/nuj8lc7y1/image.jpg
      So, you are right. Whistle came before the goal.
      VAR was not allowed to intervene there.
      Brych did a crucial mistake, not realizing that.
      Here in Italy we had a similar problem on MD1 with an offside call made in Bologna - Torino, since referee had stopped the play a few seconds before the goal, it was impossible to intervene.

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    2. Video: https://imgtc.com/w/f9I1XGT

      I agree with what you say and wonder whether that is even a violation of the LotG, which could lead to a annulation and replay of the match.

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    3. All referees officiating with VAR should always remember to whistle only after the end of action in such situations! Here it was more than easy to wait just one second, but yes, we are at the beginning of this innovation and we must understand if a referee is in trouble.
      Köln could make an appeal against this decision, by proving with a video that whistle came before the goal and therefore VAR was not entitled to intervene. But well, in a match ended with a 5-0 loss...

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    4. Ref was in a perfect position, i dont know how he didnt saw there wasnt any contact at all ( only contact with his team mate? )

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    5. Please show the full sequence when the referee changes his decision.

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    6. @victor: the scene you requested.

      https://streamable.com/5vgw9

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    7. Thank you very much.

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  30. No contact? Sokratis clearly pushes his opponent. We can discuss if this is enough for a whistle (rather not) but at least there is a contact.

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  31. Interesting incident in Polish Ekstraklasa

    https://streamable.com/st8hl

    IMO, the referee (only his 2nd game at top level), not seeing the injured GK immediately and trying to play advantage after seeing a defensive foul in the meantime, chose the only commonsensical option and stopped the play even though the ball was going to the net. There would have been much stronger protests if he had allowed the goal.

    Your thoughts?

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    1. I think it was a good management by referee, without real faults.
      Since the keeper got injured by himself, while making a save and without any touch by other players, it was difficult to notice that he was lying on the ground, referee had to follow the play. AR could have informed him, but well, everything happened in a while and then when referee realized that keeper was injured he immediately whistled. A goal would have been a real trouble there.

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    2. Fully agreed, Chefren! All the best to this guy. I hope he can become a full-time referee.

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  32. FIFA Women's World Cup 2019
    UEFA Zone Qualification
    Tuesday 19/September 2017

    Romania - Italy, Monika Mularczyk, Kinga Seniuk-Mikulska, Katarzyna Wojs Poland
    Belarus - Albania, Paula Brady Ireland
    Norway - Slovakia, Sofia Karagiorgi Cyprus
    Czech Republic - Germany, Marta Huerta De Aza Spain
    Hungary - Denmark, Ewa Augustin Poland
    Croatia - Sweden, Eleni Lampadariou Greece
    Switzerland - Poland, Eleni Antoniou, Chrysoula Kourompylia, Georgia Komisopoulou Greece
    Serbia - Austria, Sandra Braz Bastos, Cátia Tavares, Teresa Oliveira Portugal
    England - Russia, Stéphanie Frappart,
    Katrin Rafalski, Christina Biehl (Referee France; Assistants Germany)
    Belgium - Moldova, Ezther Urban Hungary
    Northern Ireland- Republic of Ireland, Vesna Budimir, Sanja Rodjak Karšić,
    Gordana Katušic Croatia

    * Frappart is now UEFA's favourite (replacement) referee, I am sure she took the place of Hussein. Still a nice appointment for her after five convincing matches at the EURO, she could go even further in her home WC
    * New Assistants for Mularczyk after crucial mistake by Ana Dabrowska/Gorska maybe stopped the Polish attending a knockout match at EURO
    *Interesting for the Greeks, I think Antoniou replaces Mitsi in Elite and Lampadariou stays in First, top assistant, better match and youth championships suggest that in the potential 'battle'
    * Not so easy match for Bastos and a nice appointment, I fear she is not quite a referee on a EURO/WC level but anyway we'll see
    * Augustin planned to take the place of the demoted Radzik-Johan? I think so
    * High tension, low quality: big political derby for Budimir, the solid First Category, but as Serbia-Bosnia showed in women's football these very hot matches on paper usually are basically calm, thanks surely in a big way to the low quality on the pitch. Nice appointment though, and for Rodak Karsic after her Final
    * Other appointments, returns for Zadinova and Persson last week in low profile matches having been beaten to the EURO by their countrywomen. And seven yellow cards issued by Guillemin in Ukraine- Croatia might be a record, anyway very challenging game for the French at this level.

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  33. WC Qualifiers
    ESP - ALB (October 6th 2017, 20:45)
    Referee Observer: Nuno Parreira Castro (POR)

    ISR - ESP (October 9th 2017, 20:45)
    Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

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    1. Any news on any referees appointed??? 🤔🤔

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    2. Not yet, at least on RFEF-CTA's webpage.

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  34. Interesting penalty Bologna vs Inter. Defender slipped and accidentally tripped the attacker. Huge protest which the referee didn't punish. But in terms of the decision it is understandable to call a penalty however how is it "careless" according to the laws of the game?

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    1. I watched the game, I think it is a supportable call, and let me add, it was confirmed with a silent check by VAR officials. We know that a foul must be assessed as deliberate / not deliberate only regarding handballs.
      But about the rest, when there is a contact and a "normal" foul of play, this can be even unintentional. It is up to referee's discretion. Defender from Bologna, falling down and touching the opponent, fouled him.
      What I didn't like, and you correctly pointed out that, was the missing YC for protests after the decision. Bologna's keeper had a very bad approach against the referee, even though I was not able to understand what he was saying, I noticed something like a verbal aggression.
      YC was shown only later, after the penalty scored, because keeper continued with his behavior. He was very lucky to escape from a RC with such actions.

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  35. Two similar handball incidents in Bundesliga with VAR taking different decisions...

    Hannover-Schalke: https://streamable.com/n57gm
    Schalke - Bayern: https://streamable.com/dg3hq

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    1. Yes, looks a bit odd, if you put those two scenes next to each other.
      The explanation might be, that the hand position in the first scene is more natural (as part of the sliding movement) and the defender is trying to move the arm nearer to his body. While in the second scene, the arm is raised even more, what might lead to the conclusion, that it should intentionally block the ball.

      Therefore, without VAR, I would support both decisions.
      But as the VAR must only correct 100% errors, I have doubts whether that was the case in the second incident.
      So my conclusion:
      Scene 1) nearly 50-50, correct not to intervene
      Scene 2) ~75-25 pro penalty, VAR should not have intervened

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    2. I agree with Philipp, in the second scene the player raises both arms in a quite unnatural manner. It looks more a blatant action than the first one and VAR at video can detect a deliberate behavior.
      However, handballs are always difficult to assess and I think that backing referee even in second case would have been better, because it wasn't a clear mistake even though more penalty than play on.

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    3. First one ball bounces off the leg and then hits the arm. Second one the ball hits the arm only.

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    4. According to Hellmut Krug, the VAR has (of course) acted correctly in both cases. For him the second one is a black/white situation, while in the first one a penalty just would have been the better solution, but not giving it is not a clear error.
      The reason for the difference is the arm position, as we assumed.

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  36. Minute 38' in Athletic Bilbao - Atlético Madrid, what an outstanding cooperation by AR1 Miguel Martínez Munuera reporting that a foul was inside the box and therefore penalty.
    Impossible to see for Estrada Fernández by himself!

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  37. Minute 38 Real Madrid vs Real Betis. Goalkeeper punches away the ball but bulldozers right after on Casemiro and still gets a free kick. Any video?

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  38. Interesting and remarkable situation from Juventus - Fiorentina feating Video Assistant
    Referee Doveri, VAR Orsato

    https://vimeo.com/234851661

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    1. Well, it can't be seen in the video, but I assume the decision was changed from PK to FK? As only the first part of the tackle made contact (outside the box), this would appear correct to me.
      And then SPA+PK-> no YC changes to SPA+FK-> YC, so the 2nd YC would be a good decision.

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    2. Yes Philipp this was the final decision. Free kick and second YC.
      At first penalty without YC had been (wrongly) given.

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  39. Apologies for the poor quality, but after Moreno on Shaw and UEFA's statement, shouldn't this have been a RC:SFP?
    Mike Jones decided for YC.

    https://streamable.com/vtzyu

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    1. https://ok.ru/video/383242209827

      Better quality
      West Bromwich - Manchester City, League Cup
      Yacob tackle on Gündogan, Jones decides YC, to my mind that is SFP

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