November 25, 2014

Cüneyt Çakır has suffered a pneumothorax and was taken to hospital

Turkish World Cup 2014 semifinal referee Cüneyt Çakır has suffered a pneumothorax during last weekend's Süper Lig match between Gençlerbirliği and Karabükspor in Ankara and was taken to hospital immediately.

After 28 minutes, Çakır started to feel pain in his chest and furthermore suffered from breathlessness for a while on the field of play. He continued to referee the match until the end of the first half and was then replaced by his first additional assistant referee.

His doctor, Mr Tevfik Ali Küçükbaş, explained it as follows: "Due to an unexpected airflow in his lung tissue, there was an accumulation of air in his chest. This prevented his lungs from enlarging in order to breath properly. After an operation, he is still in our hospital to make his lung recover and will stay here for a couple of days. Until the weekend, he will have recovered completely."

The medicine additionally suspected that Çakır's pneumothorax was due to an infection, influenza or something comparable. Often times, pneumothoraces are a consequence of smoking or drinking too much alcohol, which Çakır's father clearly excluded: "We thank the doctors and hospital, the Turkish football federation and everybody who reached us. I believe he is very strong. We all know that he (Çakır) has a very proper lifestyle, doesn't smoke and doesn't drink any alcohol. Now he just needs some time to return onto the field of play."

Cüneyt Çakır's career as top referee is clearly not in danger. As the doctors believe the pneumothorax has resulted from something acute and nothing chronical, "there is nothing that might adversely affect his refereeing career", as Zekeriya Alp (Head of Refereeing in TFF) said.

The Third Team wishes Cüneyt Çakır all the best!


  1. Hope that he will recover quickly!

    /Swedish observer


    Çakır acted in an advertisement, check it out :)

    1. Very nice video, thank you!

  3. Cakirs interview while coming out from hospital

    While coming out from hospital Cuneyt Cakir said ‘’ During this period , foremost Sports Minister Akif Cagatay Kilic,president of Turkish Football Federation Yildirim Demiroren and his committee, also president of Central Referee Committee Zekeriya Alp, which observers and referees of our friends didn’t leave us alone I thank you for all. In that four days the hospital management accommodated us very well,the doctor I thank and also to the staff.And ofcourse I am really grateful to the Turkish people about their all prayers.’’

    And Thoracic Surgery Assoc. Dr. Arif Osman Tokat who is Cuneyts doktor said that ‘’ appropriate treatment is completed and no case will affect his professional career.’’

  4. God willing Cüneyit Çakır will be quite well. By the way Head of Refereeing in TFF Is Zekeriya Alp not Zeyerika. That is simple mistake but is not true. Greetings from Azerbaijani referees name.

  5. Agüero was just given a booking for diving in this situation, the ref had a clear view, no words.


    1. Shocking decision. This hasn't been the first time this season that Aguero has been denied a clear penalty (Manchester derby).

    2. The defender seems convincing. He indicates the ball. :)

  6. Anonymous1/12/14 21:14

    best wishes for him also he is a really good ref in the europe

  7. OT:
    Looks like Goal-line technology has been improved for the Bundesliga, from next season. It's assisted referees greatly on these shores, and I expect the same amount of success in Germany.

    1. Link:

  8. Anonymous4/12/14 20:58

    Any news on next week's observers and delegates yet - or have I just missed it?

    /Swedish observer

    1. Hi Swedish Observer,
      you can find observers and delegates here:
      post by Niclas (November 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM)

    2. Anonymous5/12/14 11:12

      Thanks! Keep up your good work on this blog, by the way!

      /Swedish observer

  9. Anonymous5/12/14 10:16

    Greek referees arrested? Whats happens in Atena?

    1. No. Noone was arrested. Greek justice decided to launch a big investigation 2 years ago and yesterday the published their findings without mentioning any names. There are 16 people named in the document and as it is said 3 of them are referees.

      The next step will be to call those 16 people for a statement in front of an interrogator.

  10. Anonymous6/12/14 09:11

    I do not meet the page of Chefren.

    1. Olympiakos – Malmö FF
      Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
      Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)

      Juventus – Atlético Madrid
      Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
      Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)

      Liverpool FC – FC Basel
      Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
      Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)

      Real Madrid – Ludogorets
      Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
      Delegate: Panagiotis Chatzialexiou (GER)

      AS Monaco – Zenit
      Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
      Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)

      SL Benfica – Bayer Leverkusen
      Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)
      Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)

      Galatasaray – Arsenal
      Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
      Delegate: Dusko Grabovac (CRO)

      Borussia Dortmund – RSC Anderlecht
      Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
      Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)

      AS Roma – Manchester City
      Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
      Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)

      Bayern München – CSKA Moskva
      Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
      Delegate: Svein Johannessen (NOR)

      FC Barcelona – Paris SG
      Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)
      Delegate: Pat Quigley (IRL)

      Ajax Amsterdam – APOEL
      Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
      Delegate: Yoav Strauss (ISR)

      Chelsea FC – Sporting
      Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)
      Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)

      NK Maribor – Schalke 04
      Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
      Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)

      FC Porto – Shakhtar Donetsk
      Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
      Delegate: Stanislaw Speczik (POL)

      Athletic – BATE
      Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
      Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)

  11. Anonymous6/12/14 14:02

    Did somebody of you see the penalty appeal by Hoffenheim yesterday?
    I personally evaluate Zwayer´s decision as acceptable. Of course the defender (Subotic) doesn´t act intelligent in doing his attack but IMO his attack is nearly finished when the contact between forward and defender happens. With other words, the forward seems to be more responsible of this contact than the defender. Thus I would talk of an acceptable or even good decision by Zwayer in not awarding the penalty.

    How do you evaluate it?

    1. I watched the situation and I agree with you. Zwayer decision was correct in my opinion. About the same match, to be reported a crucial mistake by AR2 Achmüller, disallowing a regular goal by Borussia. It was a not difficult situation to read, the player who scored was even behind the line of the ball, but the mistake occurred because Achmüller was late in positioning after a corner kick. This caused a wrong perception.
      A few later another goal was disallowed, this time correct decision, tight offside by the same player.

    2. Penalty for me. Agree on the AR.

  12. Anonymous6/12/14 20:52
    Undiano Mallenco assigned this penalty to Real Madrid.

  13. Anonymous6/12/14 21:00

    Andre Marriner... How can you issue only yellow cards for this?!

    1. Anonymous6/12/14 21:10

      Two clear red cards IMHO.

    2. I agree, clear as day. Marriner was woefully poor this evening.

  14. I am going to write it again because obviously some people don't understand.

    ABUSIVE comments on this blog are not tolerated. You are all welcome to discuss but some anonymous should not cross some limits.

  15. Aleksei Kulbakov will make his UCL debut in Benfica-Leverkusen.


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