August 17, 2014

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

UEFA has chosen five World Cup referees to take charge of Tuesday's first legs of Champions League's Play-Off Round. Jonas Eriksson and Milorad Mažić will handle the most sonorous of the five games in Naples and Istanbul.

19/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
RB Salzburg - Malmö FF
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

19/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadio San Paolo, Naples (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Athletic Club
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NOR)

19/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
FC København - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancioglu (TUR)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike L. (AUT)

19/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Arena Nationala, Bucharest (ROU)
Steaua Bucuresti - Ludogorets
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Dusan Tittel (SVK)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas A. (GRE) 

19/08/2014, 20:45 CET
Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadi, Istanbul (TUR)
Besiktas JK - Arsenal FC
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: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Jovanović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)


  1. Odd - Standard-Zenit is allegedly refereed by Craig Thomson, UEFA's match centre also shows ARs and 4th, but no AARs. Maybe a mistake.

    1. Indeed strange. Moreover, the mobile version of the UEFA website shows that this match is played on Tuesday instead of Wednesday... The desktop version still shows Wednesday though.

    2. It seems that Thomson appointment for Standard - Zenit has been confirmed by UEFA, but AARs are still missing. Tomorrow we will know.

  2. Velasco: missed handball penalty (37'), missed red card for CLEAR and CLEARLY SEEN violent conduct (53'), no prevention, no communication, lacks of control. This is enough for Elite Group!

    1. And another missed red card at 90'

    2. Seems like he "preserved" his World Cup form then?

    3. Please watch the scene reported by Tornbjerg12.
      Match minute 89:55.
      I can't believe how both AR2 and AAR2 (apart from Velasco), missed the scene.


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