February 24, 2015

Europa League 2014/15 - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (II)

UEFA has designated the following match officials for Europa League's Round of 32 second legs.  Among others, Slovenian Elite Damir Skomina will oversee the clash between Beşiktaş and Liverpool, while Turkish Cüneyt Çakır  will officiate his second match in a week, after PSG - Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League on last Tuesday. Five officials from Category 1 will make their bow in the KO phase of this competition: Kenn Hansen, Ruddy Buquet, Danny Makkelie, Ivan Kružliak and Martin Strömbergsson. UEFA Referees Committee's member Nikolay Levnikov will observe Anastasios Sidiropoulos.

26 February 2015

18:00 CET, Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS)
FC Dynamo-Moscow - RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

18:00 CET, Stadion Petrovski, St Petersburg (RUS)
Zenit St Petersburg - PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Süleyman Abay (TUR)
Fourth Official: Cem Satman (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian D. Casha ((MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

19:00 CET, Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium, Istanbul (TUR)
Beşiktaş JK - FC Liverpool
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraz Kovacic (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Lüchinger (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

19:00 CET, Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
ACF Fiorentina - Tottenham Hotspur FC
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

19:00 CET, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
F.C. Internazionale Milano - Celtic FC
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Mokos (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trutz (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Peter Kralovic (SVK)
Fourth Official: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Álvaro Albino (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NOR)

19:00 CET, NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
FC Dynamo Kyiv - EA Guingamp
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

19:00 CET, Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
FC Salzburg - Villarreal CF
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lars Rix (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Daniel Richardt Nørgaard (DEN) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick McGrath (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

19:00 CET, Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw (POL)
Legia Warszawa - AFC Ajax
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)  
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP) 
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Cornel Cristian Bivolaru (ROU)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

19:00 CET, Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach (GER)
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach  - Sevilla FC
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sinisa Premužaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fran Jović (CRO) 
Fourth Official:  Ivica Modrić (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexey Spirin (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Řepka (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur (ENG)

21:05 CET, Stadium: José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
Sporting Clube de Portugal - VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Ruddy Buquet  (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1:  Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Laurent Stien (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgenijs Milevskis (LVA)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)

21:05 CET, Goodison Park, Liverpool (ENG)
Everton - BSC Young Boys 
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrk Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE) 
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

21:05 CET, Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao (ESP)
Athletic Club - Torino FC
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Bitton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oren Bornshtein (ISR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
Fourth Official: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Antoine Portelli (MLT)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA) / Giovanni (ITA)

21:05 CET, Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges (BEL)
Club Brugge KV  - Aalborg BK
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Dimitri Bokeria (GEO)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

21:05 CET, Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
Olympiacos FC - FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Diks (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Fourth Official: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (EST)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

21:05 CET, Stadio San Paolo, Naples (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Trabzonspor
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO) 
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

21:05 CET, Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam (NED)
Feyenoord - AS Roma
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)


  1. Anonymous24/2/15 10:04

    There will be the same observer and delegate for Besiktas - Liverpool as in the first match?

    1. Sorrry, a typing mistake.

    2. Anonymous24/2/15 10:17

      No problem. Thank you for reply.

  2. Interesting to see Spathas removed from Sidiropoulos' team after the Man City caution "for dissent".

    1. Can you better explain better ? Was Spathas initially appointed as additional assistant referee in to Sidiropoulos's team ? What was M City complain ? Thanks

    2. Anonymous26/2/15 09:37

      Spathas has so many bad games this year in the Greek Super League that would be a disgrace to see him refereeing or assisting in any important European competition game. He is simply dangerous for the rest of the officiating crew

  3. Anonymous24/2/15 11:05

    Martin Strömbergsson appointed in KO phase after only 3 group stage matches in EL. Is he a talent?

    1. Anonymous24/2/15 11:26

      His brother Markus was considered as a talent but he was a very weak referee to be honest. Maybe the story is repeating now...

    2. Anonymous24/2/15 12:55

      Let us say that I hope for the best, but I have my doubts about Martin. Hopefully he proves me wrong.

      /Swedish observer

  4. Again Borbalan in EL. Can't really understand it.

    1. Can't really understand why he is in elite class in spite of (for example) Bebek, Marciniak or Sidiropoulos. That's my opinion

    2. Anonymous24/2/15 12:13

      The ref who never refereed a game in a later stage than EL Last 16 and never handled a game in a CL KO stage...

  5. It's a good week for Makkelie. His first game in the EL KO-stage and this weekend in Holland he is in charge of the clash between the number 1 against the number 2. The last small chance for Ajax to become champion.

  6. Very bad designations newly in UEFA.
    Vhy Çakir in SP?

  7. Anonymous24/2/15 13:46

    1)What do You wait from Skomina team for this season?
    1.1)No variants for any final this season?
    2) When we wil know names for FWC 2015 U-20?


  8. Anonymous24/2/15 14:00

    Who knows,what font is used in UEFA official documents?

  9. Anonymous24/2/15 14:16

    Do you think that Çakır is a candidate for CL final, considering also this second appointment in a short time? One thing is sure, committee is observing him carefully.

    1. Anonymous25/2/15 17:49

      100% Cakir will get charge in Berlin/ my prediction

  10. Anonymous24/2/15 15:22

    In my opinion, Cakir will take one of the finals in this season.

  11. So this means that for second legs these Elite referees are left:
    William Collum
    Viktor Kassai
    Bjorn Kuipers
    Milorad Mažič
    Craig Thompson
    Gianluca Rocchi

    considering that Rizzoli is injured. 6 referees for 8 matches so two of the referees that got a Europa league games have to be appointed in return legs (most probably they will choose between Eriksson, Moen, Skomina and Carballo).

    1. I think that Rizzoli will be back for a match of second legs.

    2. Based on performances Thomson should be on EL.

  12. Anonymous25/2/15 15:19

    Busacca put Manuel Navarro to be Deputy Head FIFA refereeing
    It's getting funny.

  13. Who is Manuel Navarro ? Is he a former referee ? He is not so known/famous.

    1. Anonymous25/2/15 17:24

      He is a former assistant referee FIFA, ever done anything very big, but apparently be friend of another Swiss is enough to be Deputy Head of the FIFA referees committee.
      Again, it's getting funny.

    2. Anonymous25/2/15 20:21

      Manuel Navarro AR FIFA 2011 Switzerland:



  14. All names, except Strombergsson, are more or less expected. Maybe Cakir is replacing someone, e.g. Kulbakov? I watched Hansen and Kruzliak in group stage, they were very good, specialy Hansen.
    It is interesting not to see Jug, Orsato and Karasev, maybe in next round. Alk this situation with Borbalan is very interesting, still no important match.
    It looks like he, Tagliavento and Rocchi are elite just on paper since I don't remember they were ever appointed on any important match???

  15. Anonymous25/2/15 20:46

    It is also the first KO stage game for Danny Makkelie (NED).

  16. How is this not a red card or at least a double yellow?


    1. Anonymous26/2/15 19:02

      thanks for this link, for me first episode referee must show red card but for him was advantage/ very bad.

  17. Anonymous26/2/15 14:29

    Have UEFA lost all faith in Tudor? His style and player management is one of the best in the business.

    1. Anonymous26/2/15 19:14

      Speaking of Tudor, can "Petchovschi" or someone else from Romania confirm that their regulations require referees from second division and third division to retire at 40 and 35, respectively? If that information is correct, isn't it considered age discrimination?

    2. Can also someone from Romania verify that 4 referees from the 1st division have been demoted mid-season?

    3. Anonymous26/2/15 23:57

      The national rankings have changed this winter and Tudor is one of the last ones on the FIFA list. That might have an influence on UEFA's decisions, too.
      And yes, there is that age limit for 2nd and 3rd league. You also can't be promoted to first league if you're older than 38 and respectively 32.
      Edward, do you know some names? There is at least one case of a referee that has retired due to medical reasons (Teo Craciunescu).


    4. I don't have their names but I read in a greek site about that. I found it very interesting since they were praising Kyros Vassaras for his work in Romania.

    5. Anonymous27/2/15 15:55

      Wow!!! How can a referee be forced to retire at 40 or 35, respectively, while FIFA removed the age limit??? No one in Romania is complaining about that age discrimination? Was it introduced by Vassaras?

    6. Anonymous27/2/15 16:39

      This is the order proposed by the Romanian Referees Committee (led by Vassaras) for 2015: 1. Ovidiu Hațegan, 2. Istvan Kovacs, 3. Marius Avram, 4. Radu Petrescu, 5. Sebastian Colțescu, 6. Alexandru Tudor, 7. Cristian Balaj. In previous years, Tudor and Balaj were 2nd and 3rd, after Hategan.

  18. Cakir disallowed a goal by PSV for a foul by the player who scored. I have some doubts about this decision.

  19. Excellent first half by Çakır. Clear line, good communication. The disallowed goal was either for a foul or because the ball had gone out of play, I'll have to check again. Both decisions can be supported.

  20. Anonymous26/2/15 19:04

    Dinamo - Anderleht
    in my opinion in frist half referee miss YC Zhirkov played dangers manner and may be miss SPA by Dinamo defender player

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  22. A very solid first half from Hansen in Salzburg with little work to do so far. Good debut for him in the knockout stages, I think.

  23. Overall a very satisfying performance by Çakır. The penalty call seemed harsh, but can be given.

  24. Anonymous26/2/15 20:07

    what about second YC(reckless) for Shatov by Cakir

    1. If you refer to the scene in 81'. The two glances I had at it say it is still o.k. to spare him from a 2nd YC.

  25. Hansen has been decent in the second half as well, I think. All penalty appeals have been correctly rejected, solid foul detection. Good card management, maybe he missed a YC in 74'. Otherwise a very modern referee and a definitely a promising talent for the future!

  26. Strahonja with 4 yellow cards for delaying the restart - a new record?
    From what I have seen, a very good performance

  27. Anonymous26/2/15 21:55

    Missed RC by Turpin. De Rossi with elbow.

    1. Anonymous26/2/15 22:08

      Yeah, how can Fautrel (AAR involved) not see it? It seems to be such a challenging match, so much tension on and around the pitch...

    2. Anonymous26/2/15 22:16

      Was that a penalty by De Rossi?

    3. Anonymous26/2/15 22:17

      Turpin looked very weak to be honest. He also gave a yellow card to a wrong player, which he later corrected. He seems to cause more problems then prevent them...

    4. Anonymous26/2/15 22:26

      Wow, 55th minute. Red card for Te Vrede who was to late and clipped the ankle. Red card, for sure, but harsh considering his previous actions.

      Match is now abandonded

  28. Anonymous26/2/15 21:58

    Strahonja in M'Gladbach Sevilla with big problems. Is the match to big for him?

    1. I'm not sure what problems are you talking about?

  29. Anonymous26/2/15 22:02

    Umbrellas and bananas at Rotterdam. Match difficult.

  30. Anonymous26/2/15 22:15

    Big mistake to appoint Turpin to a match like this; he can't handle this. A missed red card; wrong player yellow carded. A tense match but his style doesn't suit it; his reaction are not helping.

  31. RC by Makkelie for OLY. Looked neither like SFP or DOGSO. Five cards in less than ten minutes (!).

    1. To be precise, five cards (four yellow, one straight red) in minutes 50'-56'.

    2. Anonymous26/2/15 22:22

      What is your impression of Makkelie till now?

    3. He at first tried to be a little bit lenient, but had to change his Approach in the second half. Many fouls, most of them tactical, so the cards are o.k.. I'll have to rewatch the RC, as it stands a mistake IMHO.
      The 1-1 goal took a lot of fire out of the game.

    4. Anonymous26/2/15 22:33

      In my opinion an obvious red card for SFP! Absolutely no chance to play ball in a fair manner and hits his opponent with studs on the calf. Studs in front, well above the ground and no chance to play ball. For me really really obvious...

    5. Rest assured I will rewatch this scene. I only had one and a half replays. Late challenge indeed, but enough for SFP.... we'll see.

      For my taste, missed 2nd YC now.

    6. Anonymous26/2/15 22:46

      What 2nd yellow card situation do you refer to? I probably missed that scene..

    7. EXCELLENT RC against Olympiakos IMO.

      Clear case of SFP. No intention to play the ball.

    8. Thanks, Edward. As I said my first view can be misjudging.

      @Anonymous: 72'. Stretched leg by DNI #25.

    9. Anonymous26/2/15 23:38

      Thank you Howard, I rewatched that scene and understand what you mean. Maybe a yellow card could have been given, but in my opinion it's not a mandatory bookable offence. D25 played the ball and the contact with his opponent, if even existing, was only minimal.
      But of course I leave it to you ultimately judging that scene :-)

    10. First impression was more a YC, the player also committed another foul later. It was difficult for Makkelie, he tried a no so strict line but had a lot of fouls to deal with.
      Thanks. :)

  32. Anonymous26/2/15 22:23

    Turpin Turpin Turpin....

  33. Anonymous26/2/15 22:26

    Match suspended by Turpin for now. Not sure why. Think that after the RC given to Feyrnoord the crowd threw several objects (coins and lighters) on the pitch. By the way just a question, RC te vrede correct?


    1. Anonymous26/2/15 22:27

      For me, borderline. You can give it..

    2. Anonymous27/2/15 14:10

      The answer is in clips that are placed bellow. The inproporcionality is so clear... Technically, the offence of Te Vrede is only YC. Practically, it depends on the character of match how the refferee felt it on the pitch. But if everything remained unpunished till this critical moment then such decision is catastrophical...
      Refferees as a team were weak in this very challenging match.

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  35. Anonymous26/2/15 22:26

    Totally out of control situation in Rotterdam. Feyennord fans to be banned forever from UEFA.

  36. Anonymous26/2/15 22:27

    Feyenoord-Roma is suspended by Turpin. Red card for Te Vrede, which can be given, and after that he suddenly went in. It's not clear yet why.

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    2. The match has been suspended according to goal.com because "MATCH SUSPENDED. The crowd's hostility has been kicked into overdrive after that red card, and it appears that the referee has halted the game due to the reactions of the fans. The players and officials are down the tunnel."

      /American Observer

    3. Anonymous26/2/15 22:32

      But don't you think an other approach of this referee would prevent a lot of this reaction? Uefa should have appoint a Elite referee; this was expected since the riots last week.

    4. Anonymous26/2/15 22:33

      According to the information at the Dutch TV, that seems to be the case indeed. In the first half Turpin warned, and after that it kept going. The players are coming back now.

    5. Anonymous26/2/15 22:37

      Well at least Turpin doesn't seem really strong. Missed red card in the first half, red card for Te Vrede given in a way that didnt seem really strong. Niclas, what do you think about it?

  37. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1sPqzTsbWA
    BIG MISTAKE ! Missed RC by Martin Strömbergsson about 1min. Only YC for him !

  38. Anonymous26/2/15 22:43

    Wow, red card for the second goalie of Feyenoord, who was on the bench...

  39. Penalty missed by Buquet in 84' after #12 WOL has been brought down in the box.

    1. Anonymous26/2/15 22:51

      Maybe a try for advantage?

    2. Maybe, but even if, it would have been poorly applied. Advantage in the box makes sense only if there is a clear scoring opportunity which wasn't the case here.
      But to be honest, the situation was not all to was to assess.

  40. Crazy match in Rotterdam. It is obvious that Turpin needs more experience but in the other hand this match will be one HUGE experience for him.
    We can say UEFA should appoint elite, but Turpin is strong candidate to become one, so they expected him to do well.
    P.S. Based on the match we are watching, I think Eriksson or Cakir would be just perfect for it.

  41. Anonymous26/2/15 23:16

    '87 Replays show Gervinho was fouled in the box. No foul given. However, this was only visible from the angle behind the goal.

  42. Anonymous26/2/15 23:18

    Turpin whistled the end at 92:33. 27 seconds prior to the announced time.

  43. Anonymous26/2/15 23:34

    A referee who never gets any negative feedback or receives challenging matches will never become a world beater. It is negative feedback and experiencing situations and matches that could be handled differently that turns a decent referee into a top referee. Just see Cakir after the Old Trafford incident. He was far from the best referee in Europe before this, but he has recovered to become maybe the very best.

  44. Anonymous26/2/15 23:40

    Big problems for the referee team from the France. IMO, the game is supposed to entrust an experienced referee like Cakir or Mazic (who have already faced and well-adapted to such a hot atmosphere, with similar incidents, hooligan behavior in the domestic leagues and with much stronger personality and preventive actions). These are two of the referees who are currently stable. I agree for Eriksson, but because of the mentality Cakir or Mazic were much more acceptable solution, IMO. Poor Turpin looked like a baby in the arena with the lions.

  45. Anonymous27/2/15 00:19

    I am sure that this kind of atmosphere is not a party to the UEFA Referee Observer Mr. Zdravko Jokic (as a former referee and now Super-Observer in the Serbias Domestic league). He has so often been in the "balkans fire", which by pressure and understanding of football can be compared only with Turkey or Greece. :)

  46. Great match Athletic-Torino with one very bad referee: Liany.

  47. Anonymous27/2/15 01:31

    De Rossi is a huge disgrace for football. See 8:50 and 20:15 - missed two red cards and penalty in second situation...

  48. Anonymous27/2/15 04:01



    What flags Rizzoli used during wc final?
    Haven t found them yet.

    1. The flags are Ervocom ones. The white on the handle is masking tape that the AR uses to record cautions instead of a match card or book

    2. Anonymous28/2/15 04:37

      Thx mate :)

  49. Anonymous27/2/15 10:04

    Two scenes from Legia - Ajax:

    Three bad tackles from the first half of Feyenoord - Roma:

    The brave sending off from the same match:

    Also above-mentioned horrible tackle from the first minute of Dynamo Kiev - En Avant Guingamp match:

    1. Anonymous27/2/15 13:12

      The given red card is acceptable, but the missing SFP and the missing penalty against De Rossi are far from that. 7.4 at most for Turpin.

    2. Anonymous27/2/15 14:00

      Turpin and crew were totally lost yesterday and I don't blame them alone for it. The UEFA should have appointed an elite official crew (Cakir?), or at least someone who has got a strong personality for this game given the circumstances in Rome one week ago. Turpin showed us (at least yesterday) that he has got no good personality for tensed matches like these. Threatening to abandon the game because of a banana, which should be "racism" and always that nervous way of waving cards. Not secure at all and he was mainly the reason that the match went out of control in Rotterdam! He's not ready (yet) for these clashes. And I'm affraid that he'll never be given what I saw yesterday

    3. In his domestic league, I think, he shows good performances with brave decisions. I cannot explain and do not know how he (and his assistants!!!) could miss these clear red cards for De Rossi/penalty situation. It would have been brilliant if his team had solved them adequatelly. Unfortunately, he seemed to be unsecure and nervous in this very tense game. In those circumstances the whole refereeing team should work well together (communication and support of the referee who is under great pressure because of the game and his observation for a possible promotion!). These scenes should be shown to all referees to give red cards and rule strictly and consequently from now on. At the moment no Elite status for Turpin (although every (FIFA-)referee of any category should see this), but hopefully he and UEFA will learn and react correctly (and humanly) so that he and all referees are strengthened for the next games. (I know, maybe a bit universal and abstract words but I really hope that concrete actions are taken by the persons who are involved so that we can see progress!)

    4. Anonymous27/2/15 15:27

      The perfect referee for a match like this would in my opinion be someone like Tudor, Gräfe or Karasev, referees with uncompromising, no-nonsense styles.

  50. Anonymous27/2/15 11:11

    Well; missed red card in the last scene; not brave enough i guess.

    Unacceptable behavior of Turpin in the cases of De Rossi; both deserves a red card. The committee has a lot to do with his man management skills; Elite is far away after this performance.

  51. Anonymous27/2/15 11:18

    Your thoughts on the red card given by Kruzliak?

  52. Anonymous27/2/15 11:21

    Seems as a red card was missed by Strömbergsson in the first minute of his game last night. I can somehow still understand why he missed it (probably not the ideal angle to see that it actually hit the head), but it still (with hindsight and benefit of replays) is a crucial mistake in my book. How did he manage the remaining match after this?

    /Swedish observer

  53. Anonymous27/2/15 11:29

    You really have faith in any referee observer/committee after reading Greaves' report re Atkinson's last performance? This is one big clique.

  54. OT

    Another horrible incident in Cyprus. A bomb went off under the car of a FIFA referee. No one was hurt but still the incident is unbelievable.

    1. Anonymous27/2/15 12:19

      What the fuck is going on in Cyprus? Who keeps targeting referees?

    2. I wish I could tell. But that is the result when some "big" teams want to control refereeing in order to secure that they win the League.

    3. Bizarre, but sadly not surprising. It's never been much of a secret that invisible hands guide certain factors in footie but when it comes to blowing people up, god. Miserable stuff

  55. Anonymous27/2/15 15:34

    I have seen Makkelie live and I have to be honest he did a very good job. Good management skills with correct yellow cards and a very good red card for excessive force. Penalty also correct. I think the mark will be high. One or two times his position at free kicks could be better.

  56. Anonymous28/2/15 02:01

    I'm quite partizan for the AAR presence on the goal line.
    Still need that they are properly doing their job and most importantly that they help the Center referee. However, it is the contrary which occurred at the Dinamo Moscow-Anderlecht match where the AAR Ken Johnsen (NOR) that the nose on the phase of game reported a penalty to the excellent central referee Svein Moen for this misconduct outside repair influencing surface so directly the result of the match.
    Live video:
    The replay:


    1. Clear and crutial mistake!

  57. Some interesting matches in the next round of EL. I try to make some early predictions.

    Zenit - Torino
    Bas Nijhuis (NED)

    Wolfsburg - Internazionale
    Matej Jug (SVN)

    Club Brugge - Beşiktaş
    Michael Oliver (ENG)

    Dnipro - Ajax
    Manuel Gräfe (GER)

    Everton - Dynamo Kyiv
    Daniele Orsato (ITA)

    Villarreal - Sevilla
    Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

    Napoli - Dynamo Moskva
    Szymon Marciniak (POL)

    Fiorentina - Roma
    Deniz Aytekin (GER)

    1. Mine are:
      Zenit - Torino: Özkahya / Velasco
      Wolfsburg - Internazionale: Karasev / Sidiropoulus
      Club Brugge - Beşiktaş: Hategan / Brych
      Dnipro - Ajax: Buquet / Undiano
      Everton - Dynamo Kyiv: Göcek / Mateu
      Villarreal - Sevilla: Tagliavento / Clattenburg
      Napoli - Dynamo Moskva: Thomson / Cakir
      Fiorentina - Roma: Aytekin / Atkinson

    2. Anonymous3/3/15 20:25

      Polish FA announced that Marciniak will get another game in next round.

  58. If we remind the appointments of last year at least three elite referees were appointed in this round. I expect something similar this year.

  59. OT: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_CONCACAF_Gold_Cup_qualification_(CFU%E2%80%93UNCAF_play-off)

  60. Anonymous28/2/15 17:54

    Roger East sent off Brown when it was O'Shea who commited the foul.

    GIF: http://gfycat.com/WildDeadlyIguana

    1. Anonymous28/2/15 18:31

      Sorry, but the standards in Barclays Premier League are far below par... The referees behave like 'chickens' in regional leagues...


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