February 17, 2015

Europa League 2014/15 - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (I) with a female AR

UEFA has designated the following match officials for Europa League's Round of 32 first legs. Three Elite referees have been appointed: Jonas Eriksson, Paolo Tagliavento and Carlos Velasco Carballo. Furthermore, Szymon Marciniak will attend Anfield Road under the eyes of Roberto Rosetti. With Alon Yefet and Aleksandar Stavrev, two experienced First Group officials have been nominated to take charge of probably intense and important matches.

With Chrysoula Kourompylia of Greece, UEFA has assigned a female assistant referee for the first time for many years. She is frequently appointed in Greece's Super League since 2009 and accompanied Michael Koukoulakis as fourth official in Dinamo Zagreb - Salzburg earlier this season. Usually, she is Thalia Mitsi's assistant referee and is a candidate for FIFA Women's World Cup 2015.

19 February 2015

19:00 CET, Stade de Suisse, Berne (SUI)
BSC Young Boys  - Everton
Referee: Manuel de Sousa (POR) * replaces Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Ferreira (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Tavares (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

19:00 CET, Stadio Olimpico, Turin (ITA)
Torino FC - Athletic Club
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Karsiotis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE, photo)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Pappas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Athanassios Giachos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Baltas (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marian Ruzbarsky (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur (ENG)

19:00 CET, VfL Wolfsburg Arena, Wolfsburg (GER)
VfL Wolfsburg - Sporting Clube de Portugal
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Amihay Yesohua Mozes (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Liran Liany (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

19:00 CET, NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk - Olympiacos FC
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Winsauer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Richard Hübler (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Carlsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Orkhan Huseynzade (AZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

19:00 CET, Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadyumu, Trabzon (TUR)
Trabzonspor - SSC Napoli
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) * replaces Manuel De Sousa
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan W. Wegereef (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

19:00 CET, Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
AS Roma - Feyenoord
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

19:00 CET, PSV Stadion, Eindhoven (NED)
PSV Eindhoven - FC Zenit
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Davide Massa (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Djukanovic (MNE)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER) 

19:00 CET, Aalborg Stadion, Aalborg (DEN)
Aalborg BK - Club Brugge KV
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Ionel Piscanu (ROU)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

21:05 CET, Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
RSC Anderlecht - FC Dynamo-Moscow
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

21:05 CET, Anfield, Liverpool (ENG)
Liverpool FC - Beşiktaş JK
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: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Schmölzer (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

21:05 CET, White Hart Lane, London (ENG)
Tottenham Hotspur FC - ACF Fiorentina
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: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Giovanni (ITA)

21:05 CET, Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
Celtic FC - FC Internazionale Milano
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berretyán (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sandor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: László Viszokai (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Wilfried Heitmann (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Ronald Zimmermann (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NOR)

21:05 CET, Roudourou, Guingamp (FRA)
EA Guingamp - FC Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Mertik (SVN)
Fourth Official: Bojan Ul (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Luca Zorzi (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

21:05 CET, Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal (ESP)
Villarreal CF - FC Salzburg
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO) 
Assistant Referee 1: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: John Beaton (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Fourth Official: Graham Chambers (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

21:05 CET, Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
AFC Ajax  - Legia Warszawa
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: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

21:05 CET, Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
Sevilla FC - VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Goce Petreski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dani Koren (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)


  1. A very important appointment for Zwayer. His performances on both national and international level haven't always justified the confidence the respective Committees have put into him.

  2. Anonymous17/2/15 12:41

    Dutch appointments: Kuipers with Van Roekel and Zeinstra on saturday; Juventus - Dortmund could be a possible match.

    1. Anonymous17/2/15 12:55

      Why not City Barça?

    2. Kuipers had City on MD2 (no strong argument considering Undiano with Bayern at MD1, I know).
      If we assume that Moen is not appointed, since Collina wants to have referees for the first CL matches who did not have a long winter break, that there is no Italian as the delegate is from Italy, that Skomina is - at the moment - probably no option for such a clash, there are only Kassai and Brych left apart from Kuipers for City-Barca.

    3. Agree, Kassai should be there if you ask me.

  3. UEFA Women's Champions League QFs:

    1st Legs:
    Referee: Pernilla Larsson (SWE)
    Assistant referees: Anna Nyström (SWE) & Julia Magnusson (SWE)
    Fourth official: Tess Petersson (SWE)

    Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
    Assistant referees: Anna Gorska (POL) & Kinga Seniuk (POL)
    Fourth official: Karolina Radzik-Johan (POL)

    Referee: Riem Hussein (GER)
    Assistant referees: Christina Jaworek (GER) & Imke Lohmeyer (GER)
    Fourth official: Verena Kordula Schultz (GER)

    Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
    Assistant referees: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA) & Solenne Bartnik (FRA)
    Fourth official: Florence Guillemin (FRA)

    2nd Legs:

    Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
    Assistant referees: Katrin Rafalski (GER) & Marina Wozniak (GER)
    Fourth official: Riem Hussein (GER)

    Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
    Assistant referees: Belinda Brem (SUI) & Susann Küng (SUI)
    Fourth official: Désirée Grundbacher (SUI)

    Referee: Gyöngyi Gaál (HUN)
    Assistant referees: Brigitta Makkosne Petz (HUN) & Katalin Török (HUN)
    Fourth official: Katalin Sipos (HUN)

    Referee: Sandra Bastos (POR)
    Assistant referees: Olga Almeida (POR) & Vanessa Alexandra Dias (POR)
    Fourth official: Silvia Domingos (POR)

    Good Luck to all!

    1. Anonymous18/2/15 03:15

      The very fact that Gaal still has a FIFA badge shows how low the standards are for female referee's.

  4. Shocking performance of AR1 in Real-Porto (UEFA Youth League):
    Referee is Adrien Jaccotet, ARs not on the UEFA website

    1. Anonymous17/2/15 20:15

      Nope, it was AR2. Cameras were vis-a-vis the benches. So it was Stéphane de Almeida.

    2. Can you say more? Offside goals or what?

    3. Anonymous17/2/15 20:38

      Disallowed goal due to offside. It was a huge onside! Also a controversial call to say the ball was in play (followed by handling the ball as Real player was sure the ball was out of play). Of course, you should not referee a match if you are player though!!!

    4. Anonymous17/2/15 20:40

      I hope in future also the YouthLeague-Appointments will post on the blog again!!!

  5. Anonymous17/2/15 21:00

    Heitmann/germany! With 72 years as an observer? Special case?

  6. Kourompylia's appointment is not that unexpected considering the fact that she is one of the best Greek Superleague AR's and she has high chances of attending WWC this summer.

  7. Anonymous17/2/15 23:50


    1. and really inexplicable.

    2. Anonymous18/2/15 09:40


    3. Anonymous18/2/15 19:32

      Unbelievable but not a disallowed goal as was reported (in the first situation). However, these kinds of mistakes are so blatant that could be considered as crucial mistake.

      The second situation is impossible to comment. If the defender was sure that the ball had crossed the line by its whole mass he should throw the ball to the AR, not to the goalkeeper. :)


  8. Well it becomes more inexplicable. And all that in front of Mejuto González makes it even worse for this AR.

  9. Can you publish YouthLeague-Appointments ?

    1. Real Madrid - Porto

      Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
      Assistant referee: Raffael Zeder (SUI) , Stephane De Almeida (SUI)
      Fourth official: José Luis Lesma Lopez (ESP)
      UEFA Delegate: Christian Welander (SWE)
      UEFA Referee observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

      Shakhtar Donetsk - Olympiakos

      Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
      Assistant referee: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA) , Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
      Fourth official: Mykola Kryvonosov (UKR)
      UEFA Delegate: Metin Tuncer (TUR)
      UEFA Referee observer: Vasyl Melnychuk (UKR)

      Anderlecht - Barcelona

      Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
      Assistant referee: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN) , Heine Sørensen (DEN)
      Fourth official: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
      UEFA Delegate: Andrew Shaw (ENG)
      UEFA Referee observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

      Benfica - Liverpoul

      Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
      Assistant referee: Stephan Luzi (FRA) , Julien Pacelli (FRA)
      Fourth official: André Narciso (POR)
      UEFA Delegate: Borja Santana (ESP)
      UEFA Referee observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

      Manchester City - Schalke 04

      Referee: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
      Assistant referee: Jon-Michael Knutsen (NOR) , Øystein Ytterland (NOR)
      Fourth official: Chris Kavanagh (ENG)
      UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)
      UEFA Referee observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

      Ajax - Roma

      Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
      Assistant referee: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT) , Robert Steinacher (AUT)
      Fourth official: Dennis Higler (NED)
      UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)
      UEFA Referee observer: Johannes Reijgwart (NED)

      Chelsea - Zenit

      Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
      Assistant referee: Stuart Macmillan (SCO) , Graeme Stewart (SCO)
      Fourth official: Kevin Johnson (ENG)
      UEFA Delegate: Tobias Wolf (GER)
      UEFA Referee observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

  10. Anonymous18/2/15 13:01

    Almost all of commite members are frequent in observing of the referees except of Vlado Šajn. Does anybody know why?

    1. Sajn has indeed observed some referees in the past (Aytekin, Sidiropoulos etc.). Elleray has not observed any referee in 2014 if I am not mistaken.

    2. IIRC, didn't he assess Felix Zwayer last Feb? Lazio - Ludogorets if I'm not mistaken.

      This could be a reason for his absence:


    3. Ah right. Thanks!

  11. Trabzonspor-Napoli game's referee has changed, because Portugese referees couldn't reach to Turkey due to bad weather conditions in Istanbul. They have been replaced by Russian team led by Bezborodov.

    1. And de Sousa is in Berne replacing Kulbakov

    2. Sorry for the (perhaps) stupid question, but I would like to understand.
      SSC Napoli from Italy was able to reach Trabzon today, but not De Sousa?

    3. Coming from Italy or Portugal should be not that different.

    4. Maybe the Portuguese crew had to land earlier (1 day before the match) than the Napoli team and is now unable to catch a flight just in-time.

  12. Probably Napoli has taken a charter flight direct from Naples to Trabzon. However Portugese referees should come with a scheduled flight transit through Istanbul. Trabzon airport is open but Istanbul is closed. All scheduled flights diverted to different airports of Turkey.

    1. Tht's clear now. I can confirm that today SSC Napoli had a direct fly from Naples to Trabzon.

    2. The question then is whether Kulbakov had to be replaced or whether it is just a matter of organization (maybe we see Kulbakov in Bezborodov's original game then next week).

  13. OT

    Greek Superleague Derby

    Panathinaikos - Olympiakos 22/02 18:30 CET

    Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos
    Assistants: Alexandros Grevenis, Leonidas Fragkiadakis
    Fourth Official: Michael Voskakis

    Expected and trully deserved appointment for Sidiropoulos.

  14. Anonymous19/2/15 14:58

    In Poland both Gil and Borski have matches on friday. One of them can possibly get a match in 2nd leg of Europa League round of 32.

  15. 1 definite crucial mistake for team De Sousa. Everton's 1-2 starts from an offside position and there is also doubt about 1-3.

    1. Error, who? Mesquita or Bertino?

    2. Surprise!
      Bertino has 99% efficiency...

    3. Anonymous19/2/15 21:45

      But de Sousa with a good performance.

    4. Someone explains:

      Referee Mark may be affected by Bertino exclusive error?

    5. No. The referee's mark is not affected but such mistake(s).

    6. Anonymous21/2/15 20:47

      The 1 : 3 situation is unclear. Only the hand "is offside" which is no in contradiction to LotG.

      The 1 : 2 situation started from very tight offside (correct Edward) but then two other passes followed and therefore, this is not considreed as crucial mistake.


  16. Correct indirect free-kick in the penalty area given by Koukoulakis.

    In 44'/45', Yefet could have awarded a penalty for deliberate handball in favour of Sporting. The arm was very widely outstetched. However, it was no really deliberate act, the defender had no visual contact to the ball and the hand did not move towards it....50/50 for me.

  17. Unfortunately a crucial mistake in Rome:
    AR2 Gheorghe missed an offside position in the 1:1 goal of Feyenoord. At the moment of a header onto the goal, Kazim was offside (~0,5m) and scored from a rebound from the goalkeeper and crossbar. Due to contrary movements not totally easy, but a clear 7.9.

    1. Anonymous20/2/15 17:31

      Do you have a video?

    2. http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/europe/uefa-europa-league/as-roma-vs-feyenoord

      Choose the video for the second half. Video minute 12:10.

  18. Anonymous19/2/15 20:21

    Two offside goals by Everton first half.

  19. In my opinion Tagliavento missed a straight Red in 79' against #17 PSV who used excessive force rushing into the ZEN goalkeeper. I will try to find a video. Your thoughts?

    1. Anonymous19/2/15 20:54

      Definitely red card...

    2. Thank you very much, I think this clip reveals the excessive force used although presumably unintentionally I hope at least.

  20. Anonymous19/2/15 21:46

    De Sousa with a good performance. (his AR1 not)

    Bobby Madden with an average first half in Villareal: He whistles really good with an excellent body language, but he missed a RC in 38' (serious foul play, he showed YC)

    1. Anonymous19/2/15 22:47

      Another (similiar) serious foul play in 84'. Madden showed a YC again, a RC would not be wrong. Except these both situations very good. But in my opinion two red cards...

    2. Anonymous20/2/15 15:54

      Madden unfortunately showed up with home advantage. At least once a clear case of red for the kick with a stretched foot. Clear in the rules and instructions.
      The Scot nothing happens because Dulles is a committee member

  21. Anonymous19/2/15 21:56

    Two red cards for Dinamo Kiev within five minutes for violent conduct, unusual! Second player who was sent off had just been substituted in.

  22. Has anyone seen the penalty Olympiakos asked and the disallowed goal for Olympiakos? Any thoughts?

    1. Anonymous19/2/15 22:10

      Unfortunately no. A video would be nice, an Austrian team whistled - unusual :)

    2. Anonymous19/2/15 22:33

      The ball first struck the defender's leg and then definitely hit the defender's outstretched arm (intentionally or not can't say).
      The goal was rightly disallowed as the scorer pulls down a defender before heading the ball to the net

    3. Just watched Olympiakos disallowed goal. Correct decision by Schorgenhofer.

  23. Anonymous19/2/15 22:48

    Two straight red cards missed by Madden at Villareal - both SFP. (~38' and 85')

    1. Anonymous19/2/15 23:05

      Unfortunately. Very good performance but two crucial mistakes. (both serious foul play)

  24. Anonymous19/2/15 22:50

    Correct penalty whistled by Marciniak. Very good support by Paweł Raczkowski!

  25. Marciniak- this referee has potential. In charge from the first whistle on and he remained so until the final blast. Important decision correctly taken (84', penalty).
    Match report to follow.

    1. Anonymous19/2/15 23:04

      Marciniak is better than 3/4 of the so called Elite. No big mistakes, great empathy for the game, perfect physical shape and full control from the 1st to the 90th minute. Polish Howard Webb.

      Two scenes from his today's match:

    2. Anonymous19/2/15 23:14

      He will join Elite soon! The first situation can be red card.

    3. Anonymous19/2/15 23:16

      I hope so! And agreed regarding possible red card. But no one would issue such in real time.

    4. Anonymous19/2/15 23:17

      No, YC is perfect in this situation. Only reckless.

    5. Exactly, a RC would be too much given that #22 BES played got a touch of the ball as well. YC for a reckless tackle is just the right measure, I think.

    6. Anonymous20/2/15 10:56

      2 anonymouses in 3 comments within 4 minutes talk to each other and chop off claims for a possible red card of 'Polish Webb'... either they're the same or they're damn quick writers!! Clever lobbying

    7. Anonymous20/2/15 11:22

      You overrate the power of the comments on this blog. What is the sense of 'lobbying' on the blog? What power do the comments posted on here has? Those are only opinions and I may ensure you no one from Poland does multicomments to strengthen a significance of his opinions. Btw., do you have something against Szymon Marciniak?

    8. Anonymous20/2/15 11:35

      Very clever. Of course, committee reads the blog and they are influenced by this lobbying, true? You make me laugh...

    9. Anonymous20/2/15 11:47

      Ah I didn't believe in such quich response! Thank you! Apparently somebody feels unmasked! But, very clever! Clever, because:

      i. you feel unmasked.
      ii. you choose two or three strategies of contraargument:
      - this blog has no power, so why lobbying? (of course it has, those who have a mere idea of UEFA referee scene know it has much)
      - 'Of course, committee reads the blog, You make me laugh' - of course they do.
      - you have something against Szymon Marciniak? (of course not, this should put me in negative light. IMO Marciniak is talented).

      BUT I could be wrong! For this case sorry. After your response I feel confirmed, though.

    10. Anonymous20/2/15 11:52

      No comment...

    11. Anonymous20/2/15 11:58

      Maybe Niclas will be able to confirm that 11:04 PM, 11:16 PM and 11:22 AM comments are mine and the rest are not. Niclas, you are allowed even to publish my IP if you want. I don't like such unclear situations...

    12. Anonymous20/2/15 12:01

      And just imagine UEFA Referee Committee sitting and reading comments on The Third Team. Then, they analyse each comment and make decisions based on them... The blog and reports are important and has some power, the comments not...

      11:52 AM, 11:58 AM and this comment are mine.

    13. I can only see IPs going back 2-3 hours. But there is no need to. Don't worry. The discussion is not necessary (@ anonymous), since, in my understanding, arguments don't become better or worse the more or the less someone expresses them.

      As for the situations in Liverpool:
      Clear YC for reckless tackle, no doubt, but I do not think that this decision was too difficult either (far away from RC).
      The penalty was clear and correctly advised, also good to see a YC there. Often times SPA is ignored and only a penalty is awarded.

      Marciniak is a good referee, but of course, he needs to convince also in "big" matches. Juventus-Malmö, Maribor-Schalke etc. are good and nice, but not really challenging tasks. So, before we can say that he is better than 3/4 of Elite, he needs to get matches comparable with those most Elite officials get - and then comparisons (which are generally difficult in refereeing) could become more legitimate in my opinion.

    14. And btw: some other situations:
      For me both RCs in Guingamp were correct. The first one was hard, but considering that the player had really no chance to play the ball and used some excessive force, it is ok. The second RC probably advised by AR1. Well done!
      Hategan's YC is borderline for me. Acceptable probably.

    15. Anonymous20/2/15 12:20

      Ok! For this case, as said, I apologize!

    16. Well, Niclas, congratulations on this blog handling... You are the man. Marciniak is a good referee.

  26. Anonymous19/2/15 23:08

    Bezborodov and his crew officiated Trabzonspor - Napoli wearing the classic ADIDAS yellow kit, this should be confirmation that he was not still planned for a match, at least this week.

    1. Anonymous19/2/15 23:15

      All Russians top referees are in Antalya, Turkey. So it was not the problem to go to Trabzon for them. And no one would specially fly home to take CL kits. :)

  27. 2 Red cars in 3 minutes in Guingamp ! VERY GOOD JOB of the referee and AR1 !

  28. 2 Red cars in 3 minutes in Guingamp ! VERY GOOD JOB of the referee and AR1 !

  29. Anonymous20/2/15 09:15


    Is it possible to publish referees, observers, delegates and liaison officers for Euro U-17 Elite round, which starts in middle of the March?


    1. Anonymous20/2/15 09:43

      Almost all the appointments are already published on uefa.com including observers and delegates.

    2. Anonymous20/2/15 10:31

      It seems Portugal has TWO new FIFA referees, not one. There is Fábio Veríssimo who got a match and is now visible at FIFA's site.

    3. New replacement after Proenca retirement ? After standard timeline of nomination, this should not be possible, list is updated only once per year, in december. Any clarification ?

    4. Anonymous20/2/15 11:51

      It seems UEFA Referees Committe were not sure if Proenca will retire and they decided to wait a bit. Then, when Proenca announced his retirement, they were sure about it and allowed Portuguese federation to add one more ref.

    5. We already discussed on the blog about that, and the new FIFA referee from Portugal, too:
      And I share the same question, according to FIFA regulations, this replacement at the end of January was not possible.

  30. Anonymous20/2/15 10:23


    85:20 match minute. For me, SFP.

    1. Anonymous20/2/15 11:49

      I think the yellow card is OK in this case. It was an attack for the ball, an opponent was clever and quickly kicked the ball forward. No excessive force, studs-up, high leg, etc. for me.

    2. I think it was a RC, from behind; no intention of playing the ball: excessive force= Red Card!

  31. Any feedback from Stavrev perfomance in Sevilla ? It has been a crucial appointment for him, how did he response ?

    1. Anonymous20/2/15 13:24

      I 've read a live text. Nothing relevant, perhaps one missed YC.

    2. In a post-match interview a Gladbach player was quite critical about the referee's performance, but did not elaborate why.

    3. Another live ticker reported a high amount of YC's, but I haven't seen anything of the game so most certainly I will not criticise anything ;)

    4. I watched maybe 20-25 minutes and what I saw was that Stavrev and specially his assistants had a very low level of tolerance in terms of foul selection. They partly whistled every contact.

  32. Anonymous20/2/15 14:44

    Your opinion on Salzburg's penalty signalled by Andrew Dallas (47-48 minute)?

    1. Anonymous20/2/15 15:58

      Penalty was clear, but the missing red card in the 38.Minute was a clear discrimination of Salzburg. A clear error of Madden.

  33. As the report won't be released before Sunday (probably), I can anticipate the report for Madden: 7.2 (2 crucial mistakes, low acceptance and 2 missing YCs), AR1 8.1 (2 too blatant offside mistakes preventing 1 huge scoring opportunity), AR2 8.2/8.3 (1:0 goal maybe some cms offside, but acceptable to let flag down, one additional too obvious offside mistake), AARs both 8.4, Fourth Official 8.2

    1. Anonymous20/2/15 19:13

      I didn't see the low acceptance and 2 missing YCs. In my opinion a really good performance except two crucial mistakes.

    2. Low acceptance among players and team officials specially from minutes ~35 -> ~60 and partly at the end of the match (but that became better). That was actually very visible.

      Missing YCs:

      45' clear SPA
      78' dangerous tackle with stretched feet and intensity, ball was touched as well, so a YC would have been the appropiate choice. I did not reduce anything for this one though, as no card is acceptable under circumstances as well (Madden did not whistle the foul itself by the way)
      87' excellent advantage for a late tackle (reckless / SPA, both possible), but at the next stoppage, Madden did not return to the infringement by cautioning the offender (unfortunately).

      I cannot call the performance good due to at least 2 missing YCs and 2 missing RCs and not the highest level of authority he gained among players & team officials. But for sure he is a promising referee.

    3. Anonymous21/2/15 20:58

      Neither really good nor very good performance. Two missing red cards for SFP, I agree completely. Incorrectly awarded PK in favour of Salzburg - the first contact made the attacker but in real time very difficult moment. (This decision will be probably supported.) Another missing RC for the Villarreal player in the additional time of the second half for denying the goalscoring opportunity. It is not necessary to discuss about missing YC, IMO.


    4. About the last RC situation, I will support him here, too, as another defender had a small chance to intervene fairly. But it was more than borderline and admittedly I would have liked to see a RC there.

  34. Anonymous25/2/15 11:58

    Any info about Eriksson performance? Everything was ok? Thank you.

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