September 28, 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Matchday 2 - Referee Appointments (Tuesday)

Antonio Mateu Lahoz will face a huge test in front of Marc Batta, UEFA's Vice Officer of Refereeing. He has been assigned to take charge of Sporting - Chelsea FC on Tuesday evening. The second matchday will be kicked off by William Collum in Russia's Arena Khimki at 18:00 CET. Please find all referee appointments below.

30 September 2014, 18:00 CET
Group E, Arena Khimki, Khimi (RUS)
CSKA Moskva - FC Bayern München
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: William Conquer (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Francis Connor (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Dmitry Cheltsov (RUS)
Blog Referee Observer:

30 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Group E, Etihad Arena, Manchester (ENG)
Manchester City - AS Roma
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: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: David Pugh (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

30 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Group F, Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
Paris SG - FC Barcelona
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Michel Lebrun (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Gavin C. (ENG)

30 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Group F, GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
APOEL - Ajax Amsterdam
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: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Schmölzer (AUT)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Michalis Ioannou (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

30 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Group G, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
FC Schalke 04 - NK Maribor
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: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Manfred Wichmann (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

30 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Group G, José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
Sporting - Chelsea FC
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrían Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Geir Thorsteinsson (ISL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Carlos Ferreira Matos (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

30 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Group H, Borisov Arena, Borisov (BLR)
BATE Borisov - Athletic Club
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michaël Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Olivier Thual (FRA)
Fourth Official: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Wilfried Heitmann (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancioglu (TUR)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Andrei Chepa (BLR)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

30 September 2014, 20:45 CET
Group H, Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR) (due to safety reasons)
Shakhtar Donetsk - FC Porto
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Süleyman Abay (TUR)
Fourth Official: Çem Satman (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Andriy Shandor (UKR)
Blog Referee Observer: Glitzo (AUT)


  1. Anonymous28/9/14 11:21

    Small mistake; It is Ed Janssen and not Peter;)

    Rizzoli and Kuipers with the bigger matches, huge test for Mateu Lahoz; is Elite possible for him with 3 other spaniards?

    1. says Peter.
      Good question. I guess Fernández or another Spaniard would have to go down instead.

    2. Petrus Johannes Hermanus Janssen is the correct name, but he is always called Ed.

    3. Anonymous28/9/14 22:20

      Fernández is used to referee very difficult matched.he deserves the elite group

  2. Anonymous28/9/14 12:38

    Rizzoli Rizzoli Rizzoli. I have enough of him ! Carballo is a joke from 'Elite' officiating !

    1. Although Collina does not share your view that dramatically, it is of course a signal that Velasco ONLY gets Schalke-Maribor.. if you compare this match to the ones his compatriots got at MD1/2, that should be a small warning that Velasco should either find his motivation back and perform as it is expected from him or that his place as no1 is not safe anymore.

  3. I agree, Niclas! Velasco was Collina,s personal bet for World Cup and I think he don,t trust him anymore. Very low profile match for him, which could have been refereed by a first category referee in my opinion. I think it will be more than interesting the spanish referee -or referees, we don,t know yet- choice for EURO 2016.

  4. Pol van Boekel is back in the eredivisie. Last weekend he whistled a game in the Jupiler League, now he whistles Dordrecht-Cambuur. So maybe he will come back in CL/EL too?

  5. Anonymous30/9/14 18:29

    Collum with penalty for a foul outside the box!

    1. No clear situation, the contact is not completely visible, it could be on the line.

    2. Anonymous30/9/14 19:28

      You are wrong. If you look closely, there is a second contact within the penalty area. He will be backed by the observer. Correct penalty.


    3. Anonymous30/9/14 19:59

      Only because it was Bayern against CSKA? Be serious.


      Looks like inside the box ;-)

  6. Penalty called by Richard Liesveld in Manchester City - Roma, excellent decision, including the card given. Kuipers had missed the scene.

    1. Anonymous30/9/14 20:57

      RC for me, because attacker had only the GK to beat. More than sure, that he would have reached the ball.

      / BC

    2. Anonymous30/9/14 23:29

      No control of the ball. Therefore YC correct.


  7. Anonymous30/9/14 21:19

    Mazic gives a penalty in APOEL-Ajax. It was not a penalty. Van Rhijn didn't touch the ball with his arm, bit with his chest. Mazic was very late. Penalty was called by AAR2.

    1. Anonymous30/9/14 21:27

      Mazic is very fussy, some phantom fouls and very pedantic when using cards. Where is his top form?

    2. Anonymous30/9/14 21:37

      In the penalty situation the call is made by aar2. Mazic dirst ignires the situation. However Mazic seems to be in much better position to make the call, since aar2 is looking the players in the back.


      No comment.

    4. Anonymous30/9/14 22:18

      penalty decision is made by aar2, Mazic can't reject

    5. Every decision referee can reject, if he/she has seen better. No excuse for Mazic here. AAR2 is to blame also. Bad cooperation here.

    6. Anonymous30/9/14 23:25

      I'm not sure. Edward gave it a good shot. Is there a contact of the right hand and the ball?! Carefully watch for twenty times and I can not refereed. Why Mažić's decision late?

    7. Anonymous30/9/14 23:44

      IMHO penalty is justified. Watch many times this foul and the contact by hand existed! AAR2 cooperation can be proud of the outcome.
      Please wait and watch carefully, Edward.

    8. Anonymous30/9/14 23:51

      Right hand (fist) - minimal contact. Hands to snatch the ball... He delayed the decision not because he AAR2 saying something, but the contact of the right hand and the ball estimated as penalty-kick! Excellent shot, Edward, but I'm not 100% sure. Opinions?

    9. Anonymous1/10/14 00:21

      Now I'm sure. # 2 Ajax real movement / jolt right hand and touching the ball after the ball drops from the chest down. Right hand goes to the ball and touches it! There is an extraordinary teamwork Ref / AAR2. Also great for the decisions no RC for Ajax FC goalkeeper. It's not a DOGSO, but a promising attack.

    10. I am sorry but I must be blind. I don't see any contact with the defender's hand. Not even after the ball was dropped. The ball clearly hits the chest. The whistle came too late suggesting the AAR2 shouted the penalty. We don't know who took responsibility for the call but IMO both the referee and AAR2 are at fault.

    11. After the ball touches the chest, the right hand (or fist if you want) moves towards the ball as the ball is falling. However, I cannot detect any change in the downwards movement of the ball, coming from a possible touch by hand. For me, this penalty is a mistake.

  8. Anonymous30/9/14 21:21

    Mazic with a penalty for Apoel for deliberate handball. I think the call was from aar2, but the ball clearly hits the chest.

  9. Anonymous30/9/14 21:21

    Crucial mistake from AAR2 Felipovic and Mazic; phantom handball.

  10. Very interesting situation in Manchester City - Roma at 38'.
    A blatant handball by a player who was lying on the ground, he clearly increased his body volume, but one can discuss about the fact that it was not really intentional.
    According to UEFA instructions, I think anyway that this can be a penalty. More penalty than nothing. No reaction from Kuipers, I see him not so much focused this evening, but I can be wrong of course. He needed AAR1 in the first scene..

  11. Anonymous30/9/14 21:28

    38' penalty for MC denied by Kuipers. Streched hand by ASR defender lying on the ground while sliding hit by MC pass in the box. Hard to call it natural position, defender left his arm out there.

    / BC

    1. I did not see the situation. But usually "open arms" while sliding as a defender is mostly considered player-typical and not deliberate. We had such a case in Bundesliga 2 weeks ago and Fandel ruled the penalty given incorrect.

  12. Maribor's 0-1 should not have counted. The goalkeeper's line of sight was obstructed and his actions impeded by an attacker in an offside position. Mistake by Alonso Fernandez.

    1. Well, in my opinion I can back the team. No real obstruction for me and no contact at all.

    2. The camera from behind the goal shows both obstruction and contact.

      Here the key moment. After this moment, the player doesn't interfere with the keeper. I think that this offside must be punished because at the moment of the shot the player is clearly obstructing the view.

    4. Okay, don't think he would have saved it anyway, but still punishable.

    5. The 1-1 is another possible offside... well, very difficult match for Alonso Fernandez...

  13. Another goal, another mistake by Alonso Fernandez. Once again, the keepers line of sight was obstructed by a player in an offside Position.

  14. Anonymous30/9/14 22:04

    Velasco missed penalty

  15. Well well well, Velasco with a YC for very mild dissent. If he had shown that personality at the World Cup....

  16. Anonymous1/10/14 00:05

    Very good performance for Mateu Lahoz in Sporting Lisboa - Chelsea.
    Is he ready for Elite Group?
    In 2013-2104 Liga, Mateu Lahoz was the better referee (the referee ranking, in Spain, is public).

    1. Anonymous1/10/14 00:55

      Are you kidding us all??

      He missed a penalty in favour of Sporting Lisboa, plus he should have sent Filipe Luis off. Not to mention an overall patchy foul detection.

  17. Anonymous1/10/14 00:06

    Sorry "the best" (not better)

  18. I guessed lot of things happened in Ukraine, Shaktar - Porto. Two penalties in favor of Porto. Anyone watched the game? How was Cuneyt Cakir?

    1. Daniel (POR)1/10/14 21:14

      Good job.
      but there is a missed penalty.

  19. A "minor" situation from CSKA - Bayern.
    Second video, second half.
    Match minute: 88:05
    Is Neuer's behavior regular, according to LotG?

    1. Well spotted! No! Wolfgang Stark gave an indirect free kick last year for a similar situation. The goaltender handles the ball twice without any player touching the ball in between, which is a foul.

    2. Exactly. I'm surprised by the fact that both Collum and AAR2 missed that, to be honest.
      Having already controlled (deliberately) the ball by hand, he couldn’t do again that. He had to control immediately the ball after the first touch, in order to consider the situation as a unique save. An indirect free kick had to be whistled in favor of home-team.

  20. Mateu Lahoz missed a clear penalty for Lisboa.
    Cakir with two correct penalties for Porto.

    1. Can you give the exact minute of the missed penalty in Lisbon? Thanks.

    2. Only saw the highlights from Sky, were not minute was mentioned. Should be 67'.

    3. Thanks! it is 66:50
      Watching the replay, even though it is clear that the ball was away, I have some doubts. Mateu Lahoz was close to scene.

    4. Judging the two replays Sky has shown, I looked rather clear. Even Fabregas has a look like "oh no, penalty" on his face.

    5. Anonymous1/10/14 18:36

      Clear penalty?? The doubt exist but it isn' t clear. The replay didn' t show the foul.

    6. Anonymous1/10/14 19:06

      I watched 3 replays, i still have doubt.. In my opinion, very difficult decision (50%\ 50%).. He managed very well the match (Niclas will confirm), in my opinion good performance for Mateu in front of Batta ..

    7. I did not watch the performance so far but only checked the situation. No penalty for me. The attacker rather starts falling before there is a contact at all. Risky challenge though.

  21. ARs from Kuipers with good Performances (AR1 Penalty, Kuipers seems to have missed it; AR2 great onside 1-1).
    No handball at all for me in APOEL-Ajax (Mažić).
    Collum's penalty was correct.

  22. Anonymous1/10/14 14:13

    At a first glance, to me it looked like a penalty in Apoel-Ajax. Both arms streched, in unnatural position, uncontrolled challenge. After many replays I'm even more convinced. It's not possible that ball rebounds in this way after hitting chest, that hands and body rotate that uch. defender strikes the ball with left biceps, and then it touches right hand slightly.
    Very difficult to spot, but ecxellent decision.

    1. After watching Mazic's penalty, I am at least sure that there is a contact with the hand. A very thin one and the ball only very marginally changes its direction (the fist touches the ball). The question is whether this is deliberate. In the meaning of the word rather no. But in the sense of the laws of the game it is in my opinion. The hand was outstretched and made the defender's body much bigger. I would dare to say that Mazic took this decision on his own and took it correctly.

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  24. What kind of referee position at the beginning of the match? (Atletico-Juve)


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