October 20, 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3 (Wednesday)

UEFA has revealed the second package of referee appointments for Champions League's third matchday of this season.

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group A, Georgios Karaiskakis (GRE)
Olympiakos - Juventus Turin
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: Sándor Piller (HUN))  
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group A, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
Atlético Madrid - Malmö FF
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Balažić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Graham Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Mcgrath (IRL) 
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group B, Anfield Road, Liverpool (ENG)
Liverpool FC - Real Madrid CF
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: José Guilherme Aguiar (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group B, Natsionalen Stadion Levski, Sofia (BUL)
Ludogorets - FC Basel
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Sajn (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Gerhard Sager (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group C, BayArena, Leverkusen (GER)
Bayer Leverkusen - Zenit St Petersburg
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas van Dongen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group C, Georgios Karaiskakis (GRE)
AS Monaco - Benfica SL
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Henk Kesler (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group D, Constant Vanden Stock, Brussels (BEL)
RSC Anderlecht - Arsenal FC
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: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR) 
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group D, Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
Galatasaray - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB) 
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)


  1. Marciniak for Monaco - Benfica. True?

  2. Anderlecht - Arsenal: Carballo (ESP)
    Atletico - Malmo: Jug (SVN)

  3. Great match for Marciniak, First Group referee. It seems he's already in Elite.

  4. Collina will observe Marciniak in Monaco

  5. UEFA has appointed almost all the referees of CL MD2, in MD3:
    Collum, Karasev, Skomina, Marciniak, Mazic, Rizzoli, Aytekin, Kuipers, Velasco Carballo, Mateu Lahoz...

    1. Do you know why Orsato does not get a match?
      Huge test for Marciniak and Aytekin, Jug as well.

    2. There aren't particular reasons for that, as all the referees who already got a match in MD1 or MD2 are appointed in MD3 or MD4.
      So Orsato will be in MD4.

  6. Skomina, Marciniak and Aytekin had matches in MD1, so there are probably 7 such referees which is far from "almost all".
    Best regards.

    1. You are right, my mistake, I'm sorry.

    2. You can add Erikson to that list! Kassai is out again!!

  7. Where is Kassai? Do you think that Istvan Vad will be the next "Elite" from Hungary? I wouldn't be happy...

  8. Where is cakir!????!?!!!!?!

    1. Matchday4?!??!?!?!?!

  9. And Collina seems against english referees.

    1. Why?
      Both Clattenburg and Atkinson will get three matches in CL.
      Where is the problem?

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  11. RC for SFP by Aytekin against a player from Basel at 18'...

    1. I need to watch it better, later. I can guess the reasons for which Aytekin showed the red card, he had a very good positioning looking at the scene.

    2. Lahoz' YC was not due to diving, but due to Dissent by action. Otherwise the corner kick would not make sense ;-)

    3. Sorry but why is Mazic always so exaggerated in his gestures with an arrogant attitude? Never speaks calm with players and always in a hurry. Or is this only my point of view?

    4. Mazic was soooooo lenient. Weird foul detection.

    5. Your perception management game, refereeing tactics, personality (excellent) and control are diametrically different from UEFA observers (always for Mažić) and my humble self. In a very difficult match for the refereeing of serbian referee's team- very good. Milorad Mažić had full control in a very difficult match for the refereeing and be "hunters mistakes" he's always on the verge of good-very good. This was the toughest match of the refereeing. Full control, good man-management, no crucial mistakes, very good teamwork. :)

    6. @Edward What kind of problem, an error your see in the Mayic-s refereeing? Liked him or not, his style soothes and fire in Athens. Milorad Mazic got all the big calls right this evening. He correctly disallowed a goal in the first half when Tevez was in an offside positon and there can be no complaints about the yellow cards that he handed out.

    7. On the original topic: RC by Aytekin is wrong. If you look closely, the player hits the ball but kind of slides through the ball to the opponent's leg. Very difficult to judge though...

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    9. I am not going into debate with the Mazic "fans". I just stated my opinion. Unless this is forbidden.

    10. Then I propose those realists who, maybe because of their authoritarianism and high degree of collectivism, know the UEFA observers' opinion and have no antipathy against this referee - which we have from what I have read - to leave this site and pay more attention to "world media reports". Our observer for this match was an English member of our team who is acting independently from Edward, who gave his subjective opinion.

      The dumbest persons (mostly teachers) in school always were those who told you "Your opinion is wrong". Please don't make the same mistake.

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    12. Branko, when I said that I won't go into a debate I didn't mean that I don't have arguments. I can't discuss with people who can't listen to a different opinions from theirs.

    13. Although I have not seen Mazic's match, I would like to state my humble opinion, which is:
      I do NOT know how Mazic performed at his match, BUT if you ask 5 different people you will get more than 7 completely different opinions. So EVERYBODY HAS the RIGHT to state his own opinion, whichever this is! If someone does not agree with that, then he must say it in a polite manner! The above ''objective'' viewpoints may be rejected or even be ''adopted'' by some people. The point is that no-one can blame nobody for somebody's else mistake! The reactions of some replies were just RUDE and an example of that person's education level.
      I will not accept the slander of someone and the deprecation of this view.
      Thanks for your time.

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    15. Ok then we agree. I believe that, yes.

  12. AR1 just missed a clear offside on Atletico's Griezmann giving him a clear chance where he hit the inside of the crossbar.

  13. Very challenging first half for Aytekin. Two penalty appeals, the sending off, many other fouls. Complaints by both teams.... not nice football, to be honest.

  14. YC at min 43 in Piraeus for SPA. I am not totally satisfied with that.

  15. Excellent red card shown by Marciniak. Also correct 2nd YC by Kuipers. However, he missed a foul before a Leverkusen goal.

  16. Marciniak with a straight RC, I guess for SFP, even though the player was already booked.

  17. Boring game Liverpool vs. Real. Rizzoli had the best view of all spectators.

  18. Has anyone seen the whole Marciniak's performance and can describe it a bit (apart from a RC that was mentioned)?

  19. Sorry, but I don´t like Matéu Lahoz.
    He is ordinary as referee and as person.

    1. In my opinion, Mateu Lahoz is the best spanish referee. He is one of the best referee in the world in the management the match and relation with the players.
      He will Elite in january.

    2. You can have different opinions about him. But if he manages to avoid his high number of evitable mistakes and becomes a bit more careful with foul detection, I agree with anonymous no.2.
      One thing is sure: he has personality and a unique style.

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  20. http://img171.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=404573877_szz00001_122_649lo.jpg

    About Aytekin RC, this image shows the reason for which the referee decided for SFP. It is true that Serey Die did not that on purpose, he was trying to control the ball and then occurred this challenge, but it is also true that the foul was really harsh. The foot of the opponent was tramped for a long time than a normal "step on the foot", as we see often punished by YC.
    So, I think there is a real argument in favor of Aytekin. Excessive force was used here.

    1. Video:

    2. Excellent decision by Aytekin. It wasn't wise to attack the slightly lost ball in a such manner, by highly raised studs. Call it impractical thinking, but this act really endangered the safety of an opponent.

    3. I concur with Chefren and you, Hubert. This decision is in line with the guidelines. I would also like to emphasize the great positioning play which allowed the referee to spot it. Imagine him a bit more to the left, then he would have had no chance to see it (and then sth like Geiger in FRA-NGA could have been the result).

  21. Really nice decision by Aytekin. Glückwunsch, Deniz.

    1. Btw, the commentators are the best ones. "A genuine tackle going for the ball".. seriously?

  22. Clear RC for Serey Die


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