August 18, 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs First Legs (II)

UEFA's Referee Committee have appointed the following five referee sextets to take control over Wednesday's enclosing first legs of Champions League's Play-Off Round.

20/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Lille (FRA)
Lille OSC - FC Porto
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

* Pol van Boekel has not passed the fitness tests in Nyon as he is injured.

20/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège (BEL)
Standard Liège - Zenit St Petersburg
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: David McGeachie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

* Derek Rose (formerly AR2) has obviously made one crucial mistake too much and is not in Thomson's team anymore.

20/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Aalborg Stadion, Aalborg (DEN)
Aalborg BK - APOEL Nicosia
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

* Due to Simon Long's elimination from the FIFA list and considering Mark Clattenburg's new team consisting of Simon Beck and Stuart Burt as well as Howard Webb's retirement, it seems as if Mike Mullarkey and Stephen Child have been allocated to Martin Atkinson to form a new trio.

20/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
NK Maribor - Celtic FC
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 Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Kotik (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

* It is the second time in a row that Královec handles a first leg of a Champions League Play-Off involving Celtic FC. Last year, they lost with 0:2 against Shakhter Karagandy under his supervision.

20/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Štadión Pasiensky, Bratislava (SVK)
Slovan Bratislava - BATE Borisov
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (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: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)


  1. Well, now we have exactly 10 Elite refereesremaining for the 10 second leg matches:

    Undiano Mallenco*

    * We have the confirmation of his appointment for a match, and we know that Fernandez will be in EL.

    The only Elite referee with a small hope for a match in CL second legs, being appointed in EL first legs is Tagliavento, but very likely he will get only this match.

    I think that no Category 1 referees will get CL play offs.

    1. Hi Chefren,

      I am not sure whether Mark Clattenburg will be awarded a second leg match. In recent years UEFA used to exclude the Super Cup referees (2013: Jonas Eriksson, 2012: Damir Skomina, 2011: Björn Kuipers) from UCL and EL play-off appointments.


    2. I think that the reason for excluding the referee of Super Cup in the past years was the fact that the match was played in the same week of CL play offs, so for this reason I included Clattenburg.

  2. In the Dutch media it was said that Van Boekel is injured. He was replaced for his game in the eredivisie too, also by Ed Janssen.

    1. Is the info correct that Gözübüyük did not pass the fitness test by KNVB due to illness, so that he is out until the next date in september?
      This would explain why he have not replaced van Boekel and no match in the first rounds of eredivisie.

    2. That is correct, Van Sichem also failed the test.
      Btw: report for Clattenburg's SC is ready. Thanks Hubert, Howard and Niclas for the comments on his performance!

  3. Jagiellonia Białystok - Legia Warszawa; ref: Bartosz Frankowski (FIFA)


    1. 1) Penalty, but hard to detect.
      2) Tough call; I can accept the play-on decision
      3) I don't see the foul...
      4) Two correct cautions.

    2. 1) Excellent no flag to allow the action by AR2! Then, penalty, it is clear for me.
      2) I think that penalty can be given but of course less clear than the first case. One can understand referee's decision (perhaps not enough for him).
      3) No foul for me.
      4) The first situation is very borderline to RC, but YC is still acceptable. The second YC is absolutely correct.

  4. More controversies from 5th matchday. By the way, the expert is - as always - Sławomir Stempniewski. I don't agree with him about three decisions. :D

    1. They really talk 4 (!) minutes about one and the same situation from almost 10 camera views?! That really meets the reality of the game....what was his solution for the first incident by the way?

    2. Conclusion: no penalty, correct yellow card for a dive...

  5. OT

    2 referees and 3 assistants have failed the fitness tests in Greece. The new Head of Greek Refereeing required 24 x 150m from all.

    1. That is poor, but understandable as the test is tough. In Norway all premier and 1st division referees must do the 30/35 test 26 times. 2nd division referees and lower, and a very few referees who mainly are older and still very capable (e.g. Ovrebo who "only" had to do 30/35x20 in UEFA) get away with 35/40x26. That is more than enough for most referees.

      There are rumours that the Norwegian FA will scrap pass/not pass fitness tests and let referees run 30/35 for as long as they can hold, and that the result is only a guidance, and that the extent to which the referee is able to keep up with the game counts more.

      I am hugely in favor of this, since not all referees have to run as much to keep control of the match. Some referees rely on end-to-end running, others rely on smart positioning and a good overview of the pitch.

      Not saying that referees should stop all fitness training, but there are very fit referees who don't know how to keep up with the game in the best manner, and also less fit referees who seem to always be at the right spot at the right time.

  6. Half-time report for Mažić: Well, not much to report. Intensive, but fair game, his generous line is very good.
    I'll imagine my colleagues have more to do. ;)

  7. Full time BES-ARS: Much more to do in the second half for Mažić. YCs correct, 2nd YC for Ramsey a bit harsh, but completely acceptable. Otherwise just a few minor points.

    1. "I think not the first nor the second yellow card was deserved for Ramsey," Wenger told reporters.

      "When you see some of the fouls committed and you go home with a red card for Ramsey it is somewhat unbelievable.

      "In the second half the performance of the referee was very bad," he said, noting that infringements by Besiktas went unpunished.

    2. Mr. Wenger should read the rule books. While I can say that the 2nd YC was harsh, the first was well deserved.
      But it is nothing new that the rules aren't his strong point.

  8. I watched Javier Estrada Fernández in Spanish Supercup. Overall handling of the game was top-class. Calm but decisive way of refereeing, nice backpedaling was very helpful. He marked his presence from the beginning. That's why I would like to see him being promoted to the UEFA First Group. No worse than all Spaniards in the Elite!

    However, there were some controversies and maybe wrong decisions.
    12' - yellow or red against Siqueira for a foul on Bale?
    60' - Mandžukić vs Ramos; correct yellow card against Croatian (reckless elbow), but was the yellow card enough punishment for Ramos' behaviour?
    90' - Mario Suárez' handball; it seems a clear penalty for me

    Some minor things as finishing the first half at 45:40 although the added time was 1 minute or missed an obvious foul on Casillas (33').

    So, unfortunately, the final mark could be low. Nonetheless, this referee impresses me by being so cool on the pitch...

  9. "We are not interested in referees being liked," Collina told the match officials. "We want to have referees taking correct decisions when needed, even if a red card needs to be given in the fifth minute of a match.”

    Really refreshing words after that bs from WC. :)

    1. He should have said those words 2 years ago in Old Trafford.

    2. So he does not want Velasco then, right?

    3. The Cakir's case was more complex. There were other big decisions and especially lack of red card after the match. The referee can't allow such stuff.

      Niclas, it seems that Velasco is not from Collina world. However, I think that we should give him a bit rest from criticism. Finally, every referee is a human and should be treated like human, not machine. Maybe some games at UEFA Europa League could help him to reach more self confidence. The same counts for Lannoy. IMO, Stark was adequately managed by UEFA last season.

    4. Hubert, I would like to hear your opinion about Copenhagen - Bayer:
      Can we accept YCs in the last two incidents? I'm really spechless, especially about the last one.

    5. Although I a not the adressed person: Both are clear RCs for violent conduct. In the first Scene, the 4th official could have helped and in the second it happened right before the eyes of the AR. I don't know what was wrong there.

      Hubert, Chefren, I would be interested in your opinion on this scene: (2:51)
      2nd YC for Ramsey (ARS)

    6. 1) Penalty, but very difficult to detect. Maybe del Cerro Grande was able to see it.
      2) I suppose he saw it only partially, therefore we had only two yellow cards. Of course, it should be a red one against red player. Díaz Pérez del Palomar doesn't help...
      3) Here, I'm really speechless. Velasco Carballo could've had obstructed view, but Yuste Jiménez should be suspended for one matchday as Stark after MU-Olympiakos. Unacceptable that he didn't offer any help... Gil Manzano should be aware of it as well...

      What is maybe more sad than cases 1) and 2) is lack of prevention and totally missed yellow cards for reckless tackles (he didn't even use verbal warnings)... Lack of adequate teamwork is something that should never happen at this level. Unbelievable what happened with Velasco Carballo, but also with his assistants. :/

    7. The video has been deleted from youtube, but I checked on livefootballvideo full match both YCs given to Ramsey.
      Well, the first one is mandatory and 100% correct.
      In the second case, the holding is less blatant and perhaps not clear as the first one, but after a lost ball I think that this foul can be punished by a YC. A bit harsh, considering also that it happened in the midfield, but not wrong.

    8. As for Ramsey, it's a standard yellow card for breaking promising attack. Full premeditation. The problem is that actually referees prefer not to give it, but taking into account Collina's words... Correct call.

    9. Thanks to you both, good to see that my opinion is shared. :)

    10. "In addition, the referees were urged to punish players who committed offences affecting the game's image, for example by denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity."

      I guess that Platini didn't like this!

  10. Has anyone seen the penalty Brych gave to Steaua? Any thoughts?

    1. Now watched the scene.
      Well, very difficult situation. I think that, even though the defender had his leg carted out, for me this call is questionable because I see the attacker going towards the defender and not the opposite. This latter has not chances to move away and avoid the contact. For me it is more nothing than penalty, I think AAR2 was involved in the decision, since it happened in his vicinity.

    2. Agree fully with Chefren here. Difficult, contact is there, but the defender tries to avoid it and the attacker is clearly looking for it. 60% play-on, 40% penalty. Back the ref.

    3. I agree with both of you. My problem is that I would expect from a WC referee to foresee the attacker's intention and waive play-on.

    4. No penalty, of course.

    5. Brych has problems with penalties for years and has convinced me during the last 1-2 seasons that his development has come to an end. No top-class for me.

  11. Spanish Supercup situations (Estrada Fernández):
    1) reckless tackle or SFP -
    2) Mandzukic vs Ramos -
    3) second yellow? -
    4) handball -

    1. 1) YC is still ok, RC definitely possible, as he raises his leg to make sure that he hits his opponent. I would like a more strict warning when showing the card for a hard foul like that.
      2) YC for ATL Player correct. Difficult to say if Ramos is trying to free himself or is hitting his opponent. Two YCs are a good choice.
      3) Still acceptable not to show it IMO. Final warning should have been issued though.
      4) Still natural position. No penalty ok.

    2. 1) I think that it is SFP, studs up.
      2) I agree with referee, YC for mutual misconducts. I don't see a reason for a RC.
      3) It was a pass for a teammate, YC should be given in my opinion.
      4) For me more nothing than penalty, the only way to escape from this touch was to put the arm behind the back. I don't see malice in defender's behavior.

  12. Very important offside decision taken by Bertino Miranda (85') disallowing a goal scored by Slovan Bratislava.
    A player in offside, jumping and trying to hit the ball (nevertheless unsuccessfully) was evaluated as active. At first glance I think that this decision is really excellent.
    Hopefully we will have the video soon, very important for offside didactics.

    1. Match minute 84:00
      A better replay was shown at 87:10.
      Have your say.

    2. I can add anoher situation in first half: 23:25.
      No DOGSO? Benquerença evalauted the scene as SPA.
      I don't agree, without the foul, the attacker was going to control the ball having an obvious chance to score.
      I would like to hear your opinions.

    3. Just saw the offside, brilliant decision, but also quite clear an active offside decision.
      For me a RC. It is very likely that he will get control of the ball and therefore a clear goal-scoring opportunity. Plus I don't like his gesture, far too exaggerated. And what is he trying to say with it?

    4. I think that he tried to say that the player was too far away from the goal, in his opinion.

    5. He was about to enter the penalty box. Not an argument for me. All five points (distance from goal, offense, location/number of defenders, likehood of controlling the ball, direction of play) are there, so a clear DOGSO for me.

  13. Not much to do for Kuipers in Lille-Porto. Four YCs, one of them quite harsh and one half-hearted penalty appeal (29') which he denied. Correct IMO. Otherwise a boring match.

  14. Watched Atkinson this evening. An overall really good performance in a normal match. 1 penalty appeal correctly rejected and a match without a single YC. Impressive. Mark all easily be 8.4

    More on the report.

  15. Report for Mažić is ready, marks are 8.5, 8.5, 8.5 and (8.4x3). Excellent personality and good team work, correct 2nd YC for Ramsey. His change of style (lenient to strict) is quite unusual, but it fit well.

  16. For me, a missed penalty for Sarajevo by Referee Lahoz (8' or 9')....

  17. I can also report 3 good performances in EL. Kovarik and Tagliavento didn't face any difficulties but Vad had the most challenging match with 1 penalty and 2 RC (both with 2nd YC). All 3 decisions were correct.

  18. OT: Kuipers + Team took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:




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