September 29, 2014

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

UEFA has chosen seven Elite Group referees and only one First Group referee to take charge of UEFA Champions League's Matchday 2 Wednesday ties. Felix Brych (Atlético-Juventus) and Gianluca Rocchi (Arsenal-Galatasaray) have been assigned to handle the probably most interesting matches of this package of games.

01 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group A, Malmö New Stadium, Malmo (SWE)
Malmö FF - Olympiakos
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averyanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Carlsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jörgen Berggren (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

01 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group A, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
Atlético Madrid - Juventus Turin
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Manuel Diaz Morales (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

01 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group B, St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
FC Basel - Liverpool FC
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
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: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jürg Burkhart (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Glitzo (AUT)

01 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group B, Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
Ludogorets - Real Madrid
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: David McGeachie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer:
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

01 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Group C, Petrovski, St Petersburg (RUS)
Zenit St Petersburg - AS Monaco
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokic (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (SVK)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Aleksandr Kudryavtsev (RUS)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

01 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group C, BayArena, Leverkusen (GER)
Bayer Leverkusen - SL Benfica
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jürgen Aust (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

01 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group D, Arsenal Stadium, London (ENG)
Arsenal FC - Galatasaray
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Lüchinger (LIE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Ray Olivier (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

01 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group D, Constant Vanden Stock, Brussels (BEL)
RSC Anderlecht - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Davide Massa (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Gavin C. (ENG)


  1. Kassai has UEL (Legia)...Valjic and Hunter have nice matches, Hunter even with Sajn as the observer.

  2. Anonymous29/9/14 11:05

    Are there still no observers and delegates available for UEL?

  3. So a game for Kassai and Hategan at MD 3 or 4?

  4. Craig Thomson will be resurrected with this match.

    1. Anonymous1/10/14 21:13

      Two penalties whistled to Real Madrid. He is ready with the third.
      No comment.

    2. Anonymous2/10/14 08:18

      Especially the second one was ridiculous...

  5. Felipe Melo escapes from the most obvious red card of the world.

    1. Anonymous1/10/14 21:41

      What a disgrace, how on earth can you give a yellow card for that? Crucial, crucial mistake.

  6. Anonymous1/10/14 21:49

    Watching Brych today. Not beautiful football or chances, but great fight between two(three) equal sides. Team Brych with good half in my eyes. 25(13vs12) fouls in first half(by mine count). All correct and few more could have been given in my eyes.
    Card to JUV #19 in 13' correctly given, but shown two times because ''traffic''. He should have waited to have cautioned player right in front of him, not to have one between him.
    20' ball touches JUV #8's hand in box. Completely unintentional and no penalty. Correct decicion seen by Brych only.
    22' AR1 raised the flag too quick, as the player in offside position wasn't impeding an opponent.
    40' Brych missed YC, when ATL #17 used hand to head area ''as tool'' to foul opponent.
    42' Funny situation with Simeone as he kick the ball back to the field with force and Brych waving hands towards him like ''what was that??''. Simeone says sorry.

    / YC

    1. Anonymous1/10/14 22:58

      2nd half was action packed for referees.
      52' penalty claim by JUV. Have to see more replays, at first sight - penalty missed.
      56' ATL GK handling the ball twice. Unintentional for me, so play-on the correct decicion.
      58' handball at JUV box, unintentional, natural postition, close disdance. No-pen correct decicion.
      59' interresting situations with fouls and offsided. Have to watch again. Didn't catch the right solution. Offside given there.
      86' penalty for JUV missed. Clear holding. Had to be a pen. AAR1 fault at most.
      88' some unwanted attention for Fourth Official.
      90'+4' Hard handball situation against JUV. Replay didn't give me a clear answer, if it was a handball on not. In dubio pro ref. Brych wasn't in position for it, must have been AAR1 decicion.
      Liked the foult detection though and no cards were missing in second half. All cards were needed and on time. Fouls given in second half 7vs14.
      7.9(8.5) if I call 52' no-pen correct.

      / BC

    2. Daniel (POR)2/10/14 03:32

      Game difficult. Very foults (49). But could have had a more liberal criterion ...

    3. Anonymous2/10/14 11:12

      Looked some incidents again.
      86' pen - not so clear, as I stated before. But I would have still liked to see a pen from there, as well as in 52'. In midfield area I think these would have been taken.
      94' handball - have to see some pictures, before making my opinion.
      85' Lichtsteiner's YC - The guy becomes more stupid, the more I see the guy in action. Sorry for calling names, but you cannot get away with hitting someones back with your knee many times. And then you show such dissent. This is just bad, and correct card by Brych.
      59' - there was a big letdown for me. Elite referee should do better. Evra passes the ball to a player, who is in offside position and was fouled before the ball reached the other player. So foul happened before the offside. Offside given, sadly.
      Some pushes to the back were taken, and some went unpunished(1').
      He let players to act in a disrespectful manner, blocking his way to correctly book a player. One player had to be cautioned at least in 86'.

      / BC, YC at first post was accident.

  7. Anonymous1/10/14 22:04

    Karasev gave a YC for diving when it was a clear penalty for Olympiakos.

  8. Wrong penalty in Leverkusen. AAR2 Friend took the decision, Atkinson wanted to play on first. Correct penalty and RC against the goalkeeper in Arsenal.

  9. Anonymous1/10/14 22:07

    How was this not a red card Rocchi?

    1. Absolutely shocking. Champions League refereeing is (or rather should be) something different. I wonder how many 7.9s PLC needs to recognize Rocchi is not at his best at the moment.

    2. Anonymous2/10/14 00:02

      This is how UEFA wants to protect players. I still can't believe that a Elite official underrated such foul, or even he gave YC being deliberately lenient.
      Please, less hasty RC for DOGSO (which often are even wrong) and more RC for such stuff!

    3. Red card!c This should be double red card and Melo should be banned for 3 games at least. Shame on Rochhi...

  10. Shocking CL evening. Never seen so many crucial mistake in only one day.
    Collina should really do something.

  11. Thomson missed a clear penalty to Ludogorets. Shocking performances tonight. In Thomson's case I did not expect anything else and that's the problem.

    1. Anonymous2/10/14 08:22

      Niclas, indeed. 100% missed penalty. Do you have any commens regarding the second penalty for Real? How about the the offside situation in 80+ minute flagged by AR2?

  12. The most difficult night for UEFA in CL. Many bad performances. Thomson and Karasev IMO are the worst.

    1. To be honest, they are having many difficult nights for 2-3 seasons. Mistakes are human but their number on CL level is way too high since 2012/13.

  13. Brych struggled all the match... Non-consistent foul detection from the beginning, Consequentualy also disciplinary actions. In some situation nervous reactions which didnt helped to manage players.

    It finished good at the end and without crucial mistake (handball in penalty box rejected; correct decision).

  14. Anonymous1/10/14 23:03

    Tough second half for Brych in the Juv-Atl game. Seemed as if he wasn't letting play flow by whistling many of the smaller contacts, althought they needed to be whistled. Still unsure about the "hand ball" against Giovinco and the ensuing YC, I thought it went off his shoulder in the 92'. I thought the Bonucci YC in the first half was rather soft but understandable. Credit to the fourth official for addressing Simione following him kicking the ball, but he struggled with the board during Juventus' final substitution causing a delay. Lastly, although the fourth official put up 4 minutes of extra time, I don't think the ball was in play for more than 2 minutes. Overall, just a tough game to keep control of with very little flow, which is why it may have looked like Brych and crew struggled. Credits to the AR's both of which I thought had an alomost flawless game.

    Disclaimer: I am a Juventus fan but I hope my thoughts are taken seriously


    1. The Bonucci YC was the only situation I saw of this game. Some replays were shown here and it was indeed the upper arm. The YC was hard but in line with the Laws, as a goal was attempted to be scored. I cannot comment on the rest.

  15. First thoughts on Thomson.

    5 major incidents in the match. 2 given penalties, 1 penalty appeal, 1 disallowed goal for offside and another offside by the same AR(1) which doesn't exist. Difficult match.

    The penalty appeal IMO was correctly rejected. The Ronaldo penalty IMO doesn't exist. In the Chicharito one I think that the defender plays the ball first. FInally the disallowed goal for Ronaldo and the other offside for Ludogorets by AR1 are both mistakes.

  16. Brych proved to be a bad choice for a match between two predictably physical teams. He was clearly at a loss when to intervene, was inconsistent, and the players did not know what to expect.

    Rocci was consistent and had good control of the match, but the missed the most obvious mandatory RC. 9999 referees out of 10000 would have given RC in that situation. Melo's two footed tackle was so reckless and violent that it could have inflicted a career-ending injury.

    I have seen at least 50 matches refereed by Thompson, and RMA-Lud. match was his worst by some distance. It looked as if after each crucial mistake, he wanted palliate that mistake by favoring the team affected by that mistake - until the next mistake. It was painful to watch.

  17. In Malmoe - Olympiacos two controversial situations for Karasev and AR2 Kalugin.

    1) 40:20 I don't understand whether Kalugin raises his flag after the free kick for the first player who touches the ball or the second who scores. Indeed, he raises the flag when the ball has still to reach the second player. At any rate it is a very difficul decision to be taken.

    2) 55:10 penalty appeal by Olympiacos but Karasev decides for a dive. It is interesting to watch carefully his behavior after the whistle. It seems that he is going to give the penalty (commentators are convinced too) but then he has a quick look to Nikolaev and he decides for dive. I think this is a crucial mistake. Replay shows that the contact is 100% clear, one can still have doubts whether it was enough or not for a whistle, but in my opinion it surely was: crucial mistake and perhaps a missed RC for DOGSO...

    I would like to hear your opinions....

    1. Anonymous2/10/14 12:12

      1) seems to be for the player, who headed it and seems to be a correct decicion.
      2) Penalty and DOGSO. If you are late like that in midfield area, foul will be taken 9 times out of 10.

      / BC

    2. After watching the match via TV my impression is that Kalugin raised the flag just after the free-kick was taken. IMO correct decision.

      About the penalty appeal. The contact exists but Karasev detected that Maniatis (Olympiakos) started falling before even the contact. IMO correct decision for an IFK and a YC.

      However Karasev missed at least 3-4 clear YC's. He wasn't the usual confident referee we watched the previous 2 seasons.

    3. For me the dive decision was wrong. The contact is evident and the fact that Maniatis maybe accepted this contact does not change that it is an infringement in my opinion.

    4. Thanks for your opinions.

      Still about Karasev, please check 42:40 (very good and clear replay at 43:40). This is a reckless tackle worthy of (at least!) YC in my opinion, but Karasev ignored the foul. I'm speechless.

    5. 1) It is for the first situation (as the ref points his hand in the direction of the first situation) and it is a wrong decision. They are very very lucky because the second situation is offside and than the decision can be justified.
      2) Penalty and RC. No simulation thats for sure.

    6. 1) Why is it a wrong decision? A player in offside challenged an opponent for the ball. So he is guilty of offside offence.

    7. Sorry, my mistake. It is a correct decision.

  18. Amidst all this turmoil: Clattenburg hat no trouble at all, easy match, good performance.


    I cannot believe that Alan Mulvanny raised the flag for offside here. Guys where are we here? Not in Champions League I hope.....

  20. By the way it is difficult to understand some comments about Mateu Lahoz' performance. If I were not convinced by the impartiality of UEFA officials, I could easily think this referee was biased. He whistled everything in favour of Chelsea and never found a balance in his foul detection between both teams.

  21. I don't think anybody has mentioned that Erikson at the end of the game after an injury situation started the play while the doctor from the team still was on the pitch!!

    1. Rizzoli did the same as far as I know.


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