March 17, 2015

Europa League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (II)

UEFA has appointed the following eight referee sextets to take charge of Thursday's UEFA Europa League Round of 16 return legs. Among others, Turkish Cüneyt Çakır and Martin Atkinson of England have been assigned to control two derbies.  

 19 March 2015
18:00 CET, Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS)
Dinamo Moskva - SSC Napoli
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob Van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas Van Dongen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Duško Grabovac (CRO)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

19:00 CET, Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
AS Roma - ACF Fiorentina
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: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

19:00 CET, NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Dynamo Kyiv - Everton
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ikka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Delegate Ivan Lekov (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Giovanni (ITA)

19:00 CET, Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
Ajax - Dnipro
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Vitali Maliutsin (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Fourth Official: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Thór Orrason (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnússon (ISL)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

21:05 CET, Stadio Olimpico, Turin (ITA)
Torino - Zenit
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunić (SVN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Balažic (SVN)
Fourth Official: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

21:05 CET, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
FC Internazionale - VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Burt (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: David Griffiths (WAL)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

21:05 CET, Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
Sevilla FC - Villarreal CF
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Lee Probert (ENG)
Fourth Official: Darren England (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate:  Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

21:05 CET, Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium, Istanbul (TUR)
Beşiktaş JK - Club Brugge
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averyanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Nikolai Golubev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Dag Vestlund (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)


  1. Last appointment in group stage for Karasev was at MD6 with Club Brugge.
    This sounds like a forced appointment.

  2. Kulbakov with a very interesting match.

    Cakir has already 3 appointments in KO round. Seems to be the favorite for CL final.

  3. Then who for Europa, Atkinson, Clattenburg, Kuipers, Rizzoli??

    1. Kuipers already had the EL final a few years ago.

      OT: again an attack on a Cypriotic referee; Leontios Trattos saw his car burning in front of his house this morning (last year, a car of his was bombed...). Crazy stuff...

  4. Based on appointments bit also performance, I wouldn't be surprised if Atkinson gets an Europa League. In the past UEFA did not trust him very much but this season it is changed. Rizzoli already had EL final.

    1. Agreed. His stock has risen within UEFA this season. He has managed to revive a career which seemed to have stagnated over the last couple of years. Big week for him, he'll also be the man in the middle for Liverpool - Manchester United on Sunday.

    2. I agree in Europe Atkinson is having a good season but on the domestic front he is having a relatively poor season DOMESTICALLY in England Clattenburg is top, Dean is probably second, Taylor third then either Oliver or Atkinson fourth.

    3. I disagree. Apart from the Chelsea - Burnley game, Atkinson has had a solid season overall.

    4. When I say poor I guess I mean up and down very erratic, but even if you think he has had a good season you have to admit Clattenburg has been better.(domestically)

    5. So who do you think for euro 2016
      Clattenburg or Atkinson??

    6. There will be more referees at Euro 2016, due to the recent expansion of the tournament from 16, to 24 teams.

      Wouldn't be surprised if two referees from the same nation were to be selected.

    7. I like the idea of bringing both. I think they both are very deserving if you look at their accomplishments in the premier league and European competition (including two Round of 16 champions league matches)

  5. Good appointment for Nijhuis. I hope we will see Kuipers again this season. For the others, it seems to me like reasonable appointments. Cakir for the CL-final would be a good appointment. I think Moen, Atkinson and Eriksson are the biggest candidates for the EL final.

    OT: Horrible to read that there has been a new attack on a referee on Cyprus. (

  6. I think for the CL final there are four possible candidates: Brych, Cakir, Eriksson and Mazic. For the EL final the range is larger, but at least in the last two years, the referee for the EL final was also among the candidates for the CL final. Therefore I assume, that it will be one of Cakir, Eriksson and Mazic.

  7. Among the officials who attended the Winter Course in Athens, we have (excluding the new Category 1 referees, promoted on December) the following referees witthout appointments in KO stage: Kassai (injured), Zelinka (mistake in Baku?), Oliver (mistake as AAR in CL?), Graefe.

  8. CONCACAF Champions League – Semi-finals (First Leg)

    17 March 2015
    CS Herediano – Club America
    Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Keytzel Corrales (NCA)
    Fourth Official: Jafeth Perea (PAN)

    18 March 2015
    Montreal Impact – LD Alajuelense
    Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson (USA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Eric Boria (USA)
    Fourth Official: Ricardo Salazar (USA)

  9. Two disallowed goals for Dinamo by AR2 Schaap in a few minutes: both correct decisions, the second quite blatant, the first more difficult. Very good.

  10. Does the fact that Friend has been appointed as Clatts AAR mean that UEFA believe he got the Basel Porto PK call correct?
    Oliver wasn't appointed after his crucial error as AAR.

  11. Penalty by Cakir + AAR1 for Fiorentina. Correct.

    Penalty will be hit again. Correct as well.

    1. Yes, excellent body language and strong yellow card, well done.
      Correct not to retake again as Roma player in penalty area before Foirentina.

    2. Good in play call by AAR for second goal

    3. Good first half by Cuneyt Cakir. Full control, correct penalty (good co-operation with AR1 and AAR1) and correctly decided to re-shoot the penalty.

      About 0-2. The 3rd replay shows that the ball didn't cross completely. Still a scene to be rewatched.

    4. I agree ball in play and very good first half by Cakir for me so far 8.4/5

    5. for me correct second yellow by Cakir

  12. Very good performance by Cakir 8.5 for me.

  13. I am very sure that committee is convinced about Cakir after tonight. I guess we wont see him anymore in CL or EL until CL final.

  14. Kulbakov with a solid performance. After the match some problems at the pitch, with a red card for Mike van der Hoorn. Not sure for what yet. Dutch television showed a push from V/d Hoorn to the goalkeeper from Dnjepr, but at least that wasn't worth a red card. Don't know or something else happened. But apart from that, 8.3-8,4 for me (I missed minute 110-120).

  15. I think Inter Milan's only goal was offside,the player in the offside position clearly impeded defenders' movement...

    1. I agree.
      Icardi was the player in offfside, for me he impeded the opponent.


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