April 8, 2014

Europa League Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments for Return Legs

The following teams have been defined to take care of the four return legs in UEFA Europa League's quarterfinals. The committee fully relies on four experienced Elite referees; Gianluca Rocchi of Italy (photo) thus has been appointed to oversee the probably tightest of the four duels between Sevilla CF and FC Porto.

10 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Estadi di Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
Valencia CF - FC Basel [0:3]
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: Robert Kispál (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Svein Johannessen (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NED)

10 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
Benfica SL - AZ Alkmaar [1:0]
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

10 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla, Spain
Sevilla CF - FC Porto [0:1]
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick McGrath (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp (GER)

10 April 2014, 21:05 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
Juventus Turin - Olympique Lyon [1:0]
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Fernández Miranda (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Khennet Tallinger (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Marcel (NED)


  1. Anonymous8/4/14 11:18

    Kassai for the match where everything is decided?who can explain why?

    1. Because the match will be the only one, that goes into extra time ;)

  2. Anonymous8/4/14 11:31

    Interesting... With Cariolato at Skomina's team in CL, Rocchi has a new member on Tonolini... No Bebek or Karasev at this stage, UEFA will force all elite members to last five games... I think Collum, Eriksson, Kuipers, and Mazic will be at semifinal, and Brych for last match at Turin...


    1. I am not sure about Collum. The penalty in Zenit-BVB was very likely a crucial mistake and in Lyon-Juventus, he was not at his best level either (mark in my report will be 8.2).

    2. Anonymous8/4/14 11:40

      What about Thomson? He was good at Anzhi - AZ; maybe HF EL for him?

    3. Anonymous8/4/14 12:18

      I think that the last match in Lisboa will be for Eriksson.

    4. Thomson might be a good candidate. As far as I saw it, both EL performances were good, his CL group stage rather not.. I don't know whether UEFA thinks it is enough for his 3rd EL semifinal of his career.
      My pool of candidates for the last 5 matches in EL could be Moen, Clattenburg, Brych (final?), Mazic (final?), Velasco and Skomina. But as usual everything depends on the drawings. And if Cakir performs very well in a potential CL semifinal, he is maybe even the no.1 name for EL final. We'll see.

  3. Anonymous10/4/14 14:50

    Could / Should the 8 semi finals in CL and EL be handled by the referees who were on the short list for FIFA WC Brazil but didn't make the final number travelling?

    1. I think, in the CL the last 5 matches should be done by WC referees, but it could be a bit difficult, if we have the match Bayern-Chelsea. There are only Cakir and Kuipers available due to former appointments and nationality. Here, Rocchi and Kassai could be alternatives.

      In the EL, I expect not only WC referees, nearly all Elite officials are candidates here, and I think, the recent performances should decide here.

      By the way before the last World Cup the last 5 CL matches were handled by WC referees, while all 5 EL matches had referees, which did not go to South Africa (Bo Larsen, Duhamel, Cakir, Hauge, Rizzoli)

    2. Anonymous10/4/14 16:40

      This is very speculative, because we only know the draw tomorrow!
      If this really would be the draw, I would give Rizzoli and Cakir the Bayern-Chelsea matches. It would be a waste to see Kuipers in this form there I think. In that case I'd keep Kuipers for either the Madrid derby, (which is much more difficult too handle I think), or for the final. One thing is sure. Whoever gets the UCL final (Kuipers, Eriksson and Brych are the 3 only candidates for me now) he can't referee many worse then mr. Rizzoli did in last years UCL final! But let's wait and see what the draw will be tomorrow!

  4. Has Kralovec always had a Slovakian assistant as AR1?

    1. No actually not. For a long time, Miroslav Zlamal assisted him. Due to internal stuff and problems with the local referee committee, he was then replaced by Antonin Kordula, who also accompanied him to the Olympics. After that, Damkova and Collina proposed to establish Slysko, formerly assisting Lubos Michel, at Kralovec's sideline because they worked well together as standby officials at EURO 2012.

  5. Penalty decision in Sevilla-Porto. AAR2 Valeri decided on deliberate handball. My first impression is that this has been a very poor decision. Never deliberate. Not even careless imo.

  6. Anonymous10/4/14 22:42

    Benfica - Az alkmaar. 62nd minute. Rush from #19 from Benfica from midfield into the penalty area of Az. #19 pushes defender from Az which is imo not a big issue but what the #19 did afterwards looked like a deliberate kick from multiple camera angles and Kralovec was very close! Don't know why he didn't see it. Imo red card for SFP. Another thing is that the same player from benfica scored the 2nd goal. I think Kralovec is doing fine so far but he really missed something important.


    1. Anonymous10/4/14 22:44

      Correction it wasn't in 62nd but 63rd.


    2. It wasn't SFP.

      It was violent conduct.

    3. Anonymous10/4/14 23:11

      Uh yes I didn't know the correct english term for it, thank you!

    4. Anonymous11/4/14 21:15

      Crucial mistake, 7.9 for Kralovec.

  7. What's happening in Valencia? Two red cards (1 direct, 1 two yellows within two minutes) for Basel? A lot of cards at the end of the first period of extra time...

  8. Two sending off by Kassai in the first half of extra time.
    Both seem to be correct decisions, a straight red for violent conduct and a second YC for a clear foul.

  9. It is a new Europa League/UEFA Cup record for "the dirtiest match":

  10. Anonymous10/4/14 23:53

    Excellent Undiano again tonight!

    1. It is reported that he mised two penalties and the corner kick leading to Lyon goal was wrong (the ball had crossed the line a few seconds before and it was goal kick).
      Let's wait for our report!

  11. By the way, for the anonymous who placed the first comment here: now you know, why Kassai was there :)

  12. Another Spanish derby in EL semifinals.
    Sevilla - Valencia
    Benfica - Juventus
    I think very nice clashes...

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    1. Real vs. Bayern, again...
      Atlético Madrid vs. Chelsea, poor poor Courtois... ;-)

    2. Early predictions:
      Atletico - Chelsea Rizzoli, Kassai
      Real - Bayern Cakir, Mazic

    3. Anonymous11/4/14 12:51

      Final to Eriksson?but what about UEL final?

    4. Prediction:
      UCL final: Kuipers
      UEL final: Eriksson

    5. My current prediction:
      Atletico-Chelsea: Rizzoli and Eriksson
      Real-Bayern: Mazic and Kuipers
      Final: Cakir

      Sevilla-Valencia: Skomina and Brych
      Benfica-Juventus: Clattenburg and Kassai
      Final: Mazic

  14. Atletico-Chelsea: Çakir and Rizzoli
    Real-Bayern: Mazic and Eriksson
    Final: Kuipers - v Roekel - Zeinstra - Mazic - v Boekel - Liesveld

    Sevilla-Valencia: Collum and Skomina
    Benfica-Juventus: Clattenburg and Kassai
    Final: Brych - Borsch - Lupp - Moen - Welz - Dankert

    1. Anonymous11/4/14 14:36

      Totally agree with Thomas but I'd swap Eriksson and Cakir, because Eriksson has just had Bayern last Wednesday.

    2. How stupid of me, I even watched the match :D
      Thanks for being somewhat sharper than me...
      Swapping Çakir and Eriksson, then.

  15. My prediction, wish
    Atletico-Chelsea: Çakir and Eriksson
    Real-Bayern: Rizzoli and Kassai
    Final: Kuipers - v Roekel - Zeinstra - v Boekel - Liesveld
    4th official Cakir
    Sevilla-Valencia: Brych and Lannoy
    Benfica-Juventus: Thomson - Stark
    Final: Skomina - Vincic - Ponis + 2 AR from slovenia, not Cariolato
    4th official Brych


    1. Anonymous11/4/14 23:36

      IMHO no chances for Lannoy after his last performance in CL.

  16. Anonymous11/4/14 18:26

    Atletico-Chelsea: Rizzoli and Cakir
    Real-Bayern: Mazic and Proenca
    Final: Kuipers, 4th Eriksson

    Sevilla-Valencia: Moen and Skomina
    Benfica - Juventus; Clattenburg and Kassai
    Final: Brych, 4th; Collum

  17. Atletico - Chelsea: Rizzoli - Eriksson
    Real - Bayern: Cakir - Mazic
    Final: Kuipers

    Sevilla-Valencia: Moen - Brych
    Benfica - Juventus: Clattenburg - Thomson/Skomina
    Final: Cakir

    1. I completely agree. But would prefer Skomina over Thomson very clearly, and maybe swap him then with Brych.

    2. Anonymous15/4/14 14:25

      Çakir two times? No.

  18. Check the following minutes in JUV-LYO with Undiano.

    13': No penalty for a clear deliberate handball. 3 men were not able to detect this textbook example of a deliberate handball offense.
    16': ball was out before JUV touched it last, poor positioning by AAR1. Wrong corner kick led to the 1-1 goal.
    84': YC....

    1. Hm, well this is my view:

      13´: penalty kick, but I admit, I watched two times
      18´: I can´t for sure say it was a corner kick, it was very tight decision; AR1 is also "guilty", if that is a mistake
      84´: I don´t understand, wasn´t that a foul? Referee has done the right thing, at least for me.

    2. 13' and 18' are clear mistakes for me. The corner situation is indeed tight though. The penalty actually a stonewall penalty.
      Of course 84' is a foul and a YC, I wanted to check whether some of you tend to call this an orange or even red card, since this was reported by some people.

  19. François13/4/14 10:47

    Final CL for Kuipers.
    Idem EL for Brych.

  20. Anonymous14/4/14 00:03

    Atletico-Chelsea: Kassai,Stark
    Real-Bayern: Cakir, Rizzoli
    Final: Skomina
    Sevilla-Valencia: Clattenburg, Skomina
    Benfica-Juventus: Mazic, Moen
    Final: Cakir

    1. Skomina in final C? Very strange.....

  21. Anonymous14/4/14 11:29

    Real Madrid-Bayern: Çakir, Mazic
    Atlético-Chelsea: Rizzoli, Kassai

    1. Kassai only must be at EL.

  22. Is it possible Rizzoli gets again Bayern after Arsenal-Bayern last time? What do you think?

    1. Well I don't think that Rizzoli will get again Bayern just for this reason.
      Arsenal - Bayern but also the CL final one year ago.
      The most logical appointment for him is Atletico - Chelsea.

    2. Why Atletico-Chelsea and not Chelsea-Atletico?
      Thanks for answering!

    3. I wrote Atletico - Chelsea but it can be Chelsea - Atletico, too, of course. I don't see a difference, he can handle first or second leg... :)
      no problems


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