March 5, 2013

UEFA Europa League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (I)

One Elite Group referee, three Elite Development Group and four First Group referees will head their officiating crews into the eight first legs of UEFA Europa League Round of 16 matches. One of the assistant referees, Romanian Cristian Nica, has established a new Europa League record, as he has been appointed for the seventh time in this current Europa League season.

Russian Sergei Karasev in his last EL match (c)

Thursday, 7 March 2013, 18:00 CET

Stadion Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia
Anji - Newcastle Utd.
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: István Albert (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mihaly Fabián (HUN)
Fourth Official: Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)

Thursday, 7 March 2013, 19:00 CET

VfB Arena, Stuttgart, Germany
VfB Stuttgart - Lazio Roma
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Cristian Nica (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Aurel Onita (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pavel Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnusson (ISL)

Stadio mesta Plzne, Plzen, Czech Republic
Viktoria Plzen - Fenerbahçe
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andrea De Marco (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Johan Van Kouterik (NED)

National Arena, Bucharest, Romania
Steaua Bucuresti - Chelsea London
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Maksim Layushkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)

Thursday, 7 March 2013, 21:05 CET

Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal
Benfica SL - Girondins Bordeaux
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Liran Liany (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Oren Bornshtain (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Mehmet S. Önen (TUR)

White Hart Lane, London, England
Tottenham - Internazionale
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)

Estadi Ciutat de València, Valencia, Spain
Levante UD - Rubin Kazan
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fredji Harchay (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Fourth Official: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Dusan Tittel (SVK)

St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
FC Basel - Zenit St. Petersburg
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallattini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Foster (ENG)


  1. Anonymous6/3/13 09:53

    Collina is one dictator at UEFA.

  2. Correct penalty given by Sergei Karasev in favour of Steaua. Holding in the box, excellent call by AAR1 Layushkin. Borderline to red, but I agree, no dogso.

    1. No DOGSO in my opinion because the player wasn't in possession of the ball, otherwise, it was red card.
      And I agree with you, it was very difficult to detect, surely helped by AAR1.

    2. hello,
      for my red card without discussion, because without the foult he can strike the goal. In this case i tink it is not important the possession. laws dont' speak about possession but of possibility to strike or not.

  3. There was an ellbow foul in Stuttgart-Lazio (Hernanes). It looked unspectacular, the player who was fouled had to be substituted, has suffered from a brain concussion as well as a cut and temporarily lost his ability to see. Tudor gave yellow. It looked correct, but if you then see the player...could have been a red card.

    1. Italian commentator made a comparison to Cakir and Nani... :)
      And they said, according to what we saw yesterday, this could have been a red, too

    2. Yeap, I rewatched some replays now, clear red card to my mind. Tudor was a bit quick with getting the yellow card out of his pocket..

    3. Philipp S8/3/13 12:01

      I don't really agree, because the referee should not consider the injury of the player for his decision. I think, Hernanes only let his arm fall down, but didn't intentionally hit it into the face. So for me, it's only yellow and not more.

  4. Dive by Gareth Bale well detected by Spanish team, I think Lahoz was sure already by himself even though it happened in front of AAR1 Clos Gomez.

  5. Anonymous8/3/13 00:35

    IMO Lahoz is the best spanish referee. His style is more european and not typical spanish. He doesn´t take use of many cards and allows more physical action. I think this style could be liked by UEFA as well. Furthermore, he seems to be on a good physical level. So he should be kept in mind for the next years.

    1. I completely agree, but... There are several elements to the development of Fernandez Borbalan. IMO, It has a better feel for the game of Undiano Mallenco (subjective). However, the best Spanish referee now is Velasco Carballo ( objectively ). :)

    2. Anonymous8/3/13 20:50

      Any news about Fernandez Borbalan's return to the field?

  6. Crucial mistake by Orsato in Basel - Zenit. At first he correctly gave corner kick and 40sec later in very similar situation showed on the penalty spot and sent-off Zenit player. Basel scored on 2-0 and it's obvious that this big mistake will have an influence on the whole rivalry... I'm sorry for Orsato, but such mistake is inexcusable and inexplicable...

    1. Now watched the situation, excellent and dangerous action by the defender He clearly hit the ball, crucial mistake for Orsato, he wasn't helped by AAR1 but it happened on the other side of penalty area.
      2-0 instead of 1-0 could decide the qualification.

    2. He was well positioned, had a clear view... I really can't understand this mistake. It can finish his dreams to become an Elite referee...

    3. I don't say it was penalty but I want to hear your opinion about my point of view.
      I agree that Zenit's defender touched the ball. But is this soft touch enough to say that he played the ball?
      Imo in these kind of situations the defender should clearly remove the ball from forward's area of control.
      When the touch of defender is soft and the ball remain in same place (more or less) I think it's foul (even if defender touched the ball).

    4. I agree a bit, but still consider it as a crucial mistake that has a big influence on the whole tie... Just such penalties are not whistled even by Al-Ghamdi ;)

    5. petschovschi, I can agree with you, but if what Relaxed Man wrote is true, then there isn't consistency... (the previous situation very similar and he gave corner)

    6. For me no foul either. Of course the first AAR has some kind of responsibility, but I think Orsato himself must have and assume the main responsibility for this call. But again, I doubt UEFA will call it a crucial mistake.

    7. Orsato is far behind the position. Most probably, he saw only the right leg of Zenit defender tackling to the Basel attacker's left leg. Since he was unable to see exactly whether he have reached the ball before Basel player had touched and controlled, he decided also with the sense that Basel players loose his balance to hit the ball with pressure of Zenit player which I can agree..

      For me, It can be weird but penalty is an OK decision.

  7. Excellent straight red card given by Antony Gautier. Also the other sending-off, a second yellow card, was ok, but soft. He punished the offender for reckless play very probably. It was no mandatory yellow, but I think one may give it.

  8. Anonymous8/3/13 14:28

    You doubt UEFA will call it a crucial mistake? What is then a crucial mistake in your mind?

    1-0, penalty given that is NOT a penalty, red card and 2-0 instead of 1-0 in Europe League.

    Please explain to me what is a crucial mistake in your mind if THAT IS NOT A CRUCIAL MISTAKE.

    7,9 if 8,3 or 8,4 was the observers mark before this mistake.

    Don't defend the undefendable.

    1. No need to flame me with capital letters..

      We have learnt during the past months that UEFA goes, if possible, if a decision is doubtful, with the referee. Petschovschi's remark is correct, the player also touches the opponent besides the ball. I, personally, if I were observer, would call it a crucial mistake, I only raised doubts whether UEFA thinks in the samer manner.

    2. I fully agree and support Nic. ;)


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