August 18, 2013

Champions League - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs (I)

UEFA's Referee Committee have appointed the following five officiating teams to initiate this season's hot phase of UEFA Champions League. Czech Republican Pavel Kralovec has been assigned to blow the earliest starting whistle in Kazakhstan on Tuesday at 17:00 CET.

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) (c) ZIMBIO

20/08/2013, 17:00 CET
Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan
Shakhter Karagandy - Celtic FC
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Přihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Patrik Filipek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Ruslan Duzmambetov (KAZ)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

20/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Struncovy Sady Stadión, Plzen, Czech Republic
Viktoria Plzen - NK Maribor
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: João Santos (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Tomás Pereira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Siegfried Kirschen (GER)
UEFA Delegate: José Luis López Serrano (ESP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Albin A. (SWE)

20/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France
Olympique Lyon - Real Sociedad
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Miodrag Gogić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Milan Minić (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jean-Marc Salza (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp S. (GER) 

20/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: PSV Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands
PSV Eindhoven - AC Milan
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Wout Schaap (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas E. (GER)

20/08/2013, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal
Paços de Ferreira - Zenit St. Petersburg
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Long (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michael Jones (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: José Ramalho (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)


  1. Does the appointment of Cakir with a committee member as observer mean that they are considering him for the Super Cup? Or they want check on him after MaNu incident? What do you think?

    Considering the fact that Collina observed him in MaNu-Real as a potential candidate for the CL final, my opinion is that they are considering him again for another final.

  2. I rather believe that they want to follow his comeback to CL. Normally the SuperCup final referee does not get a CL play-off.

  3. It seems that UEFA doesn't want to reveal the referees today...

  4. It is the first time that UEFA delays too much to reveal the referees even though one appointment is already out from the federation.

  5. Where is a will, there is a way :D
    Good appointment I think. Mazic gets the second match of this type (French team vs Spanish team) in 2013, perhaps no coincidence. And with Benquerenca and Atkinson there are certainly two refs with big experience on whom UEFA wants to rely.

  6. I'm especially looking forward to see how Atkinson and Benquerenca fair.

    1. Anonymous19/8/13 00:00

      Atkinson and Benquerença are two referees finished.

    2. Just because of their age?
      So many referees are finished, according to your opinio.

  7. UEFA has published the first appointment exactly 48 hours prior to kick-off. They hence just follow their own instructions, which would explain the delay in releasing the designations.

    1. I can confirm 100%.
      At 20:45 (exact time) UEFA has revealed the other appointments.
      A new rule this year, also in publishing appointments.

  8. First impressions on Cakir: well done. Rooms for improvement but overall he showed a good performance.
    Mazic with a 2nd yellow card, but the foul seemed to be inside the box meaning he missed a penalty.

    1. Nic, are you absolutely sure that the contact was inside the box?

    2. TV expert from my country (former referee and UEFA referee observer) said what I thought from the beginning: there is a first foul just outside the box, player continues play and is fouled second time in the penalty area. The whistle came after the second foul, so a correct decision should be penalty kick for Real Sociedad. Of course, the second yellow card for breaking a promissing attack is absolutely correct.

      Apart from that mistake, Serbian official showed outstanding skills in man-management, foul detection and card policy. Impression I got after watching this game is 100% positive. Perfect body language and approach.

    3. The first contact is very slightly outside. I would consider this even as one foul which starts outside and goes on inside (tackle with legs). Therefore penalty. But one observation in general, I must say I did not watch the entire game - Mazic could look into the eyes of the player he sent off.

    4. I respect everyone's opinion and not the UEFA observer. We're all equal, right?!
      What you need to know- first offense was outside the box- promising attack! If a player has already booked ( Biševac had ) play stops immediately- there is no advantage in situations where the player has to get a second yellow card ( Standard-Wisla, Nunez 2nd yellow, Mažić referee ). IMO, the referee is a great thing. Also, was excellent set.

    5. We're all equal, it's right. But both fouls came one after one and referee whistled after that second. So, using common sense would be nice to award a penalty and not to be so strict (maybe even too strict) in interpretation. However, I think Mažić just thought there was only one foul that had place outside the box. Of course, only my conjecture.

      However, your view is very interesting. Thanks for positive colouring discussion!

    6. Branko, interesting point. But you are wrong in this case. You well may apply an advantage even though the player would be sent off, because we are talking about a 2nd YELLOW CARD. And not about a DIRECT RED CARD. So this argument does not count. I will collect some other opinions by real experts tomorrow and wait for our observer's report. But agree, nice debate.

    7. After carefully movies I have watched videos, and respecting differing opinions clearly I made the following judgment: there isn't a penalty-kick. It is now beyond doubt!
      It is not a violation of the continuity- because there would be two entries, but only one. The player Sociedad after initial contact ( outside the box ) loses his balance and begins to fall. The second contact is achieved by falling, not offense. Punishable offense occurred outside the penalty-area and technical decision is a direct free kick. Disciplinary measures are booked ( preventing a promising attack an opponent ). Also, as a player who commits an act but a yellow card, the match referee should immediately stop playing.
      To clarify things about the situation when a player is booked, and it happens advantage. The referee should provide an advantage only if the ball goes into the goal. Why? Because there is the possibility that a player who should be warned ( sent-off for his second yellow card ), continuing the action score-goal. The referee can show a yellow card after a break in the game. Who guarantees that the interruption occur, and that the " culprit " no score-goal?!
      Again another contact, IMO, is the result of violations that occurred outside of the box and it is contact, not offense. IMO, a great decision for the referee Milorad Mažić.
      What do we have? Full control of the game, great management and very good detection of fouls. Also released many advantages and great positioning that enabled him to observe the simulation ( diving ) advancing attackers in 80' and showed him the yellow card. An extraordinary reaction AR2 ( Djurdjević ) before the first goal. Also, an extraordinary decision AR1 ( Ristić ) before the second goal.
      Best regards!

    8. I watched it again and again and I tend to agree with Branko now - at least partially. I still think there are two fouls, but:
      1/ the first leg (closer to us at replays) seems to not deliberately touch the player second time inside the box,
      2/ there is a second foul made with Bisevac' second, bent leg which appears to be just outside, maybe touching with the line of penalty area.

      Hence, I would describe this call as at least acceptable and not a crucial mistake (no minus points).

      Of course, it's still very controversial situation and everyone can have different opinions about it...

      But again, in dubio pro ref :)

    9. Okay, you are right. It indeed seems that he already started to fall and was then fouled a second time. In this case free-kick would be an ok decision.
      But again: advantages can be played in cases of a 2nd yellow card.

    10. Anonymous21/8/13 11:21

      No foul in both cases. If this is a foul , football going to become a basketball, you can not anymore touch the player.
      Very soft contact. This is the big problem and mistake from UEFA, because they expect this, but football is game for man with contacts.

    11. I think that we can accept Mazic decision, the player is fouled and he is already falling down prior to enter penalty area. So the whistle can be related to this situation and FREE KICK WITH YC are correct decisions.
      We can't talk about an advantage given by Mazic because I don't see a so long time between the first foul and then the clearer second contact.
      And I would dare to say that even in case of mistake, it was very difficult for the referee, we must accept his decision that seems really correct.

  9. Also Pavel Královec missed penalty - this time for deliberate handball of Mouyokolo (Celtic, 11'), who played the ball with his chest, but then controlled it with his hand (probably tried to do it with shoulder girdle, but... bad luck that should be punished with penalty to Shakhtior).

    1. I agree, looking at further replays it seems he stretches out his arm towards the ball.

    2. Should there have been a YC at the penalty?

  10. Benquerença had a quite easy match in Czech Republic, not too challenging and no crucial situations, good performance.

    1. Anonymous21/8/13 21:43

      Benquerença is not one referee for matchs importants.

  11. Anonymous21/8/13 21:45

    Red card for Webo unquestionable. Bad the italian Rocchi at this playing.

  12. f. taveira22/8/13 17:10

    i saw Atkinson at Paços-Zenit and he had a regular performance. british style, discipline ok, some minor errors in foul detection and corner kicks. Ok performance arround 8.3/4. Assistants with good job. Not an "easy-going" match, pretty reasnable work for the british team.


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