February 16, 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (Week 1, Matchday 2)

Two English match officiating teams have been appointed to take charge of wednesday's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first legs in Gelsenkirchen and Basel respectively being observed by members of UEFA's Referee Committee.

Wednesday, 18/02/2015, 20:45 CET
Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen (Germany)
FC Schalke 04 - Real Madrid
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Darren Jon England (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Previous matches and our reports in 2014/15

Play-Offs (UCL):
Aalborg 1:1 APOEL (8.4/8.4/8.5/8.4/8.4/8.4); UEFA obs. Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Group Stage (UCL):
Bayer Leverkusen 3:1 Benfica SL (8.4/8.3/7.9/8.4/7.9/8.4); UEFA obs. Sándor Piller (HUN)
Juventus Turin 3:2 Olympiakos (8.4/7.9/8.4/8.4/8.4/8.4); UEFA obs. Ilkka Koho (FIN)
FC Barcelona 3:1 Paris SG (8.4/8.2/8.5/8.4/8.4/8.4); UEFA obs. Leif Sundell (SWE)

Wednesday, 18/02/2015, 20:45 CET
St. Jakob-Park, Basel (Switzerland)
FC Basel - FC Porto
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Gary Beswick (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

Previous matches and our reports in 2014/15

Super Cup Final:
Real Madrid 2:0 Sevilla CF (8.4/8.5/8.4/8.5/8.4/8.4); UEFA obs. Donald McVicar (SCO)

Group Stage (UCL):
Zenit St Petersburg 0:0 AS Monaco (8.4/8.4/8.4/8.4/8.4/8.4); UEFA obs. Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
Malmö FF 0:2 Atlético Madrid (7.8/8.2/7.9/8.4/8.4/8.4); UEFA obs. Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
Shakhtar Donetsk 0:1 Athletic Club (8.3/8.4/8.5/7.9/8.4/8.4); UEFA obs. Jean Lemmer (LUX)


  1. Anonymous16/2/15 10:35

    UEL appointments today?

  2. The race to Euro 2016 intensifies...

    1. Isn't Atkinson going to be past retirement age by Euro 2016?

  3. Anonymous16/2/15 12:36

    Is that really a race? Atkinson has been around a long time, but has never convinced me, while Clattenburg has.

    /Swedish observer

    1. Anonymous18/2/15 10:46

      I wonder how long the FA and uefa are going to give appointments to Mullarky as AR, twice in the last month he has failed to signal offside at two Man Un goals at Old Trafford,both clearly off side and also was responsible for team Webb going home eary at the Euro Championships in Poland/Ukrain. I don't mention this as an unhappy fan but as a former FIFA referee who officiated at Championships in Italy and France some years ago

    2. Anonymous18/2/15 11:09

      You mean Austria/Suisse instead Poland/Ukraine right?

  4. Anonymous16/2/15 12:46

    maybe they could both go? With the makeup of the elite list as it is (e.g. 4 Spanish ref, 3 Italians, 2 scots etc...) if they're looking for more than the normal 12 refs for this tournament then the 2 English refs surely have a great chance of both being picked assuming they will only use elite refs for on-field assignments.

  5. Good appointments for both, well deserved as for euro 2016 I think it has to be Clattenburg. Nothing against Atkinson I just feel that of the two Clattenburg edges him out.

    Also good to see Craig Pawson with another appointment as an AAR, but why would Oliver or Probert not have been appointed over Kevin Friend??

    1. Anonymous16/2/15 14:51

      This could mean that Oliver has a match in EL, with Probert AAR1 and perhaps Kirkup and Bennett as ARs.

    2. Anonymous16/2/15 14:59

      Remember the crucial mistake made by Oliver in Shakhtar - Bilbao!

    3. Oh yeah I'd forgotten about that, how do they select the AAR's particularyly the ones that aren't FIFA referees

  6. Anonymous16/2/15 17:18

    Real Madrid will use the black kit.

    1. And Atkinson's team yellow?

    2. Anonymous16/2/15 20:09

      Blue vs. black? Cannot imagine.

    3. The graphic below is official, they play in pink.

  7. Anonymous16/2/15 23:43

    Jorge Sousa (POR) will take charge of a match in EL matchday1
    Ref - Jorge Sousa
    AR1 - Bertino Miranda
    AR2 - Álvaro Mesquita
    FO - Rui Licínio
    AAR1- Carlos Xistra
    AAR2 - Marco Ferreira


  8. Predictions for next week
    MCI-BAR: Kassai
    JUV-DOR: Kuipers
    LEV-ATL: Mazic
    ARS-MON: Kralovec

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    2. MCI-BAR: Felix Brych
      JUV-DOR: Bjorn Kuipers
      LEV-ATL: Svein Moen
      ARS-MON: Pavel Kralovec

    3. What speaks against Moen is that his frequent companion (AAR2) Edvartsen has a youth league game (City-S04) next week. So I guess Moen rather has a 2nd leg or gets a different AAR this time.

  9. François17/2/15 19:08

    My predictions:
    City-Barça, Brych
    Juve-Dortmund, Skomina

  10. My predictions:

    ManCity - Barcelona: Viktor Kassai (observed by Bertrand Layec)
    Juventus - Dortmund: Björn Kuipers (observed by Jörn-West Larsen)
    Arsenal - Monaco: Felix Brych (observed by Sándor Piller)
    Leverkusen - Atlético: Damir Skomina (observed by Pierluigi Collina)

  11. Anonymous18/2/15 21:50

    It seems that Clattenburg is enjoying in Basel.

  12. Anonymous18/2/15 22:00

    Absolutely spot on decision by Clatts and his crew. The Basel Goalkeeper was clearly impeded by a a Porto player in an offside position.

    1. Agreed. Correct call.

    2. Anonymous18/2/15 22:57

      Wrong PK call IMO. Player with hands in a natural position - stabilising his body while falling to the ground - touches the ball with this hand.

    3. But there is one penalty (jackson is grabbed) in first half...

    4. Correct. The penalty kick for handball must be considered as a crucial mistake.. the handball is clear, but cannot be deemed as deliberate considering the natural position of the hand and, as anonymous said, progress of falling to the ground and player-typically stabilising the body by using the hand. As for the possible penalty in the first half, I don't think that this is a clear penalty but rather a grey area. Can be given, but I would not call Clattenburg's decision a mistake.

      As for Atkinson, some minor flaws and lacks of concentration, a good early YC, overall solid on 8.3 level IMO.

    5. On first view I would agree with you but after viewing a couple of replays I'm not so sure, he seemed to have his arm outstretched too far behind him to be considered to be holding it in a natural position, I don't think its as clear cut as I initially thought, but I agree that its either correct or a crucial error so I guess depending on that I'd give 7.9 or 8.4/5 considering the good call on disallowing the goal.

      As for Atkinson a more solid performance 8.3 I'd say.

      But I'm new to refereeing and this is just my opinion!!

    6. For me no penalty, too. It is clear that the defender is using his arm in a natural way while falling down. I think hat there isn't consistency, because this kind of handball is not rare and every time we have a different evaluation. A pity, because the disallowed goal was an excellent decision.

    7. I think Clattenburg is a great and charismatic referee always respected by the players. It is enjoyable just to watch him having a great time on the field.

      However, according to UEFA, yesterdays handball is a mistake.

      Here is the Clattenburg´s situation:

      And here are comparable situations from the different UEFA RAF programs, which were all judged by UEFA as no-deliberate-handball:

  13. Anonymous18/2/15 22:45

    Atkinson with a good performance. One YC missed, but all in all good. 8.2-8.3 imo

    1. I agree, for me more 8.2 than 8.3 I think he missed two YC.
      45'+1: elbow and 72': stamping on the foot of the opponent (not easy to be detected anyway).
      For the rest, nothing to say. A good impression.

    2. Anonymous19/2/15 16:04

      Yes, 45+1'/elbow was the missing YC i mentioned above.

  14. Clattenburg with a very nice thing! Showed a yellow card for a foul on a Porto player, but also booked the Porto player for asking a yellow card for the opponent, well done!!
    Maybe there is a videomoment of this?

  15. Anonymous20/2/15 03:16

    To me Clattenburg issue is a penalty. If I was the Porto coach I would be jumping up and down if it wasn't given. He diverts the ball, as well as controlling it.
    The earlier disallowed goal is a superb decision from AR2


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