April 13, 2015

Champions League 2014/15 - Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments (1st Legs, Wednesday)

English Elite official Mark Clattenburg has been appointed  to take charge of Wednesday's  clash PSG - Barcelona at Parc des Princes. At the same time, Spanish Elite Carlos Velasco will handle Porto - Bayern at Estádio do Dragão, observed by UEFA Referees Committee's member Bo Karlsson from Sweden. 


Wednesday, 15/04/2015, 20:45 CET
Parc des Princes, Paris (France)
Paris SG - FC Barcelona
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Burt (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Wednesday, 15/04/2015, 20:45 CET
Estádio do Dragão, Porto (Portugal)
FC Porto - Bayern München
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: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: René Eberle (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)


  1. Both good appointments.

    Clattenburg seems to have a good chance for EL final and EURO 2016. This appointment could be a good boost for him. Carballo on the other hand seems to be better since the KO round and this appointment could be translated as a confidence boost.

    1. I agree. For Velasco, it is a deserved achievement after two matches in EL, while Clattenburg is now a candidate for EL final, along with Mazic. I think that this quarterfinal will be crucial for them.

  2. Anonymous13/4/15 11:09

    Fourth time in a row Velasco officates the away match of Bayern in quartelfinal (Marseille, Turin, Manchester, Porto)....

    Best regards

  3. Maybe Mateu Lahoz is going to be appointed for Thursday... none of his usual AR have been appointed with Velasco Carballo.

    1. He has a match on Saturday (18/04) evening in La Liga. I think that it would be too much, two matches in less than two days.

    2. You're right. Then Undiano, if any other spaniard is to be appointed this week.

    3. Borbalan, Lahoz and Carballo have La Liga matches the next weekend. The only one who hasn't is Undiano.

  4. Congrats to Messrs Carballo and Clattenburg. The latter is surely a strong candidate (form permitting) for the EL final along with Mazic.

  5. Anonymous13/4/15 14:41

    Third match of Kralovec with Monaco.

  6. My predictions: Sevilla-Zenit, Hategan
    Brujas-Dnipro, Rocchi
    DK-Fiorentina, Marciniak
    Wolfsburg-Napoli, Kuipers

    1. Anonymous13/4/15 17:33

      I don't think that Kuipers won't be appointed again, after his desaster in the Chelsea vs. PSG clash...

  7. Anonymous13/4/15 17:39

    Here are my predictions for the quarterfinals of EL
    - Sevilla vs. Zenit: Szymon Marciniak
    - Brugge vs. Dnipro: Ivan Bebek
    - Kyiv vs. Fiorentina: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
    - Wolfsburg vs. Napoli: Jonas Eriksson

    1. My predictions

      Sevilla x Zenit - Bjorn Kuipers
      Brugge x Dnipro - Mateu Lahoz
      Kyiv x Fiorentina - Szymon Marciniak
      Wolfsburg x Napoli - Viktor Kassai

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  9. When will you post the other reports missing ?

    1. At first they have to be written.
      We try our best to complete them soon. If you have a specific match in mind, maybe I can give you a tendency.

    2. 7.3 for Eriksson in our report (2 missing RCs for which we had to reproach him & 1 clearly missing YC for SPA). Good personality and acceptance though.

    3. Anonymous13/4/15 21:56

      And how about Kuipers?

  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMAxP8TWsYM

    No comment.

    1. Poor movement, poor visual angle and poor decision...

  11. http://videos.sapo.pt/ddkBAT9K10Zim7kD1pv5

    Who is it?

    Benquerença... There are only two months...

    1. Anonymous13/4/15 23:35

      One of the best Portuguese referees ever. Can you deny that?

    2. I Can. He has never been respected in Portugal. The international career that did was due to friendship with Mr Vatrout.

  12. My favourite referees for the european finals:

    Champions League - Jonas Eriksson
    Europa League - Cuneyt Cakir

  13. Europa League, Quarterfinales (first leg):
    Sevilla - Zenit: Nijhuis (Ned)
    Brugge - Dnipro: Skomina (Svn)
    Kiev - Fiorentina: Marciniak (Pol)
    Wolfsburg - Napoli: Mateu Lahoz (Spa)

    1. Anonymous14/4/15 11:19

      Nijhuis is a big surprise. I didn't expect to see him at this stage in the tournament. Marciniak really deserved this quarterfinal: this must be his ticket to elite.

    2. Anonymous14/4/15 11:23

      Nijhuis is there just because Kuipers wont be appointed again this season.

  14. Anonymous14/4/15 11:16

    Nijhuis appointed for Sevilla vs. Zenit and Skomina appointed for Brugge vs. Dnipro
    I think it's quite surprising to see Nijhuis in a quarterfinal...

  15. Poor Performance by Bayern and also carballo

  16. Very controversial situation for Velasco Carballo.
    Regular action by Jackson Martinez? Then, penalty and YC?

    1. Yes a very difficult situation, for me no foul in the build up, the penalty call is at least acceptable even though the goalkeeper gets the ball he impedes the run of the attacker in an unfair manner that is not consistent with a fair challenge. As for the yellow card for SPA again a difficult call but I think that had the goalkeeper not brought the player down he would have been ahead of the covering defenders and due to the extremely close proximity to goal I feel that this is a DOGSO situation. But I will have to review the whole scene before coming to a judgement.

    2. I agree with everything you just said.

    3. I don´t agree with DOGSO. Martinez won´t be in ball control af Neuer´s playing the ball first and foul after, it´s only SPA and good penalty and YC. But very difficult situation do Velasco Carballo. I think also that Martinez´s attack on Alonso was clear, so no foul and penalty after.

  17. In my eyes, a very good performance by Clattenburg so far.

    1. I can´t comment Edward, I don´t like Barcelona´s football, only quick passes, not so dynamic as Atletico-Real. With this match I was satisified.
      I have seen only 1st half, but no mistake by Clattenburg. But I think that englis referees are not so good as their appointments. Many clear mistakes in PL, last seen was missed RC for Skrtel (FC L - MAN U)

  18. About the penalty in Porto, it is acceptable / correct because, as stated above, Neuer first played the ball but then impeded the movement / brought down the attacker.
    However, keep in mind that the ball changed its movement by Neuer's touch and travelled parallel to the goalline...I dare to say that the likelihood of keeping control of the ball was very low for the attacker considering this changed movement of the ball. Therefore DOGSO would be incorrect for me and SPA is absolutely correct and a great decision (I guess most refs would have identified that as a standard DOGSO by a goalkeeper).

    The rest was overall good in my opinion. Maybe a bit unconcentrated at the end of the match (wrong throw-in, some minors).

    1. Sorry for me a clear Foul in Alonso before the penalty, many many mistakes, a few minutes with to Long line than he whistled everything... Really not a good performance...

      And why is yellow card to neuer a great decision? If he had played the ball there is no Foul and if Foul every Card is acceptable

    2. Taking that into consideration I see your point and the touch after reviewing was enough to take the ball away from the attacker as you say making an SPA the correct decision , therefore not a crucial error, however it would be difficult to call a crucial error if Neuer had been sent off because as you say most would have gone for red.

    3. I absolutely agree Niclas :)

    4. @ Patrick: "And why is yellow card to neuer a great decision? If he had played the ball there is no Foul and if Foul every Card is acceptable" - I cannot understand this statement. There are clear criteria for SPA and clear criteria for DOGSO. Sometimes there are grey areas. I think that more criteria were fulfilled for SPA and that the ball's line of travelling parallel to the goalline makes it hard to interpret the situation as an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, as very likely other defenders would have reached the ball earlier than the attacker. So the maximum is, in my eyes, a promising attack.
      If a goalkeeper touches the ball it does not automatically mean that there cannot be an infringement.

      As for the rest, as mentioned, there were some minor mistakes specially at the end and maybe too many for a match at this level, but the huge calls and cards were all right for my taste. His "long line" = leniency was also meeting the requirements and well-calibrated from my point of view. But that's just my impression.

  19. Carballo with Bad Work today...

  20. Predictions for second legs (without knowing observers and delegates):

    Bayern - Porto
    Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

    Barcelona - PSG
    Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

    Monaco - Juventus
    Martin Atkinson (ENG)

    Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid
    Felix Brych (GER)

    1. Completely agreed, maybe Eriksson instead of Brych.

    2. Mine are
      Bayern - Porto: Martin Atkinson
      Barcelona - PSG: William Collum
      Monaco - Juventus: Jonas Eriksson
      Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid: Cuneyt Cakir

    3. My Predictions:

      Bayern x FC Porto - Viktor Kassai

      Barcelona x PSG - Nicola Rizzoli

      Monaco x Juventus - Felix Brych

      Real Madrid x Atlético Madrid - Cuneyt Cakir

    4. Theoretically Collum is a good guess, but the delegate is coming from Ireland (and Macgraith is AR1 in his team).

    5. Sry, he is even from Scotland. The delegate in Madrid is Irish.

    6. Anonymous16/4/15 21:36

      Niclas, can you tell me where you check the delegates? Thanks.

    7. Sources, sorry, I cannot be more precise.

      BAR-PSG: Findlay (SCO)
      BAY-POR: Alaja (FIN)
      RMA-ATL: Quigley (IRL)
      MON-JUV: de Jong (NED)

    8. Anonymous16/4/15 22:15

      Ok. So perhaps you have already an idea of the referees who will be appointed for the second legs, right? :)

    9. Anonymous17/4/15 16:05

      Observers? Thanks.

  21. I agree with Chefren completely

  22. Anonymous16/4/15 18:39

    My appointments for UCL QF Second Legs (not predictions):

    Bayern - FC Porto Martin Atkinson

    FC Barcelona - PSG Svein Oddvar Moen

    Real Madrid - At. Madrid Jonas Eriksson

    Monaco - Juventus Cüneit Çakir

  23. Anonymous17/4/15 12:38

    Both the Strömbergsson brothers have matches in the Swedish Premier League on Monday night. Johannesson referees on Sunday and Klasenius is AR in a match on Saturday (without Eriksson/Wärnmark). All these appointments suggest that team Eriksson will not have a European game next week, at least not on Tuesday.

    /Swedish observer

    1. Brych/Borsch/Lupp/Zwayer are handling Dortmund-Paderborn on Saturday. There were other top clashes on Sunday where he could have been assigned as well. His regular AAR Fritz has a match on Friday, Dankert has no match this weekend. This can indicate that he will take charge of a UCL game next week (but does not have to of course).

    2. Brych would be perfect for the Madrid derby.

    3. Nur,

      With Brych the match will have 50 fouls. Guaranteed! :)

    4. DA,

      At least Brych will hopefully control the players.

    5. Dankert has been replaced on last monday, so hei might be injured. But that should not prevent a Brych appointment with another AAR (e.g. Zwayer)

    6. Anonymous17/4/15 15:27


      who is the referee not controlling the players, according to your opinion?

  24. My prediction / guess for return leg:


    Bayern - FC Porto Nicola RIZZOLI (ITA)

    FC Barcelona - PSG Viktor KASSAI (HUN)

    Real Madrid - At. Madrid Felix BRYCH (GER)

    Monaco - Juventus Alberto UNDIANO MALLENCO (Spa)

    I suppose that Juventus (Italy), Bayern Monaco (Germany in spite of defeat) and Barcellona + one between Madrid teams have chance to pass at semifinal. So Spanish, Italian and Germiny officials could not be appointed in semifinal.
    Due to fact that Bayern's match is still opena nd will be fighted, Rizzoli could be a good option, Brych has the capability and the tecnique to manage Madrid derby, so Undiano could be appointed for Monaco-Juventus. Who will be the fourth ? honestly I hope Kassai, if he will be totally recovered after injury. I support him for Barca - PSG.
    In this case Atkinson, Skomina, Eriksson and again Kassai could be the names for semifinals

    I think it is a little more complicateto predict the names, especially after the unexpected (and really not deserved) appointment of Nijhus.
    If we spare MOEN, COLLUM, THOMSON and CLATTEMBURG for semifinals, Rocchi, Aytekin, Sidiropolus and Bebek could be the names for quarter finals retrun leg matches (or Cakir as last test before Cl final):
    What do you think ?

    1. CL:
      Rizzoli and Brych seem very strong candidates for those matches. Kassai would surprise me after his injury break and Undiano is possible if his mark for Donezk is not too bad.
      My predictions are posted above.
      Semifinals are difficult, if Bayern and Juventus proceed. Rizzoli and Brych could however be appointed for a first leg. Eriksson is another strong candidate and I also hope for Atkinson (if he does not get a QF). Skomina is possible, but not very likely IMO. Kassai depends on his recovery. I see some chances for Collum, Moen and Clattenburg.

      I agree about Aytekin and Rocchi for the second leg. Furthermore I think Thomson or Collum will get a match, the other one then a semifinal. IMO Napoli-Wolfsburg should be the only match for a first group referee.
      My predictions are
      ZEN-SEV: Rocchi
      DNI-BRU: Aytekin
      FIO-DYN: Thomson
      NAP-WOL: Vad (good performances and somehow a compensation for Kassai's absence)

    2. Philipp S, Rocchi with SEV after last year crucial mistake against Porto ? (bad penalty call agains Porto)

    3. Seems no problem for me. Mistake was not against Sevilla and furthermore mainly made by AAR Valeri.
      But Aytekin and Rocchi could swap matches, of course.

    4. For ZEN-SEV Rocchi could be unprobable rather due to his poor performance in the CL playoffs earlier this season. I do not think that Sevilla is the problem either.


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