August 16, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs 1st Legs (1)

UEFA's Referee Officers have chosen the following match officials to take charge of next Tuesday's play-offs for Champions League 2015/2016. Among others, Deniz Aytekin of Germany will take charge of Manchester United's first leg against Club Brugge observed by Jaap Uilenberg.

FC Astana
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 18/08/2015, 18:00 CET – Astana (KAZ)

Match Officials
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referees: György Ring (HUN), Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Tamás Bognar (HUN), Adam Farkas (HUN)
Fourth Official: István Albert (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)
Referee Liaison Officer: Arman Ismuratov (KAZ)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

FC BATE Borisov
FK Partizan
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 18/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Borisov (BLR)

Match Officials
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referees: David McGeachie (SCO), Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referees: Steven McLean (SCO), Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Per Svärd (SWE)
Referee Liaison Officer: Vadim Zhuk (BLR)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Manchester United
Manchester United FC
Club Brugge KV
 Club Brugge
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 18/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Manchester (ENG)

Match Officials
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referees: Guido Kleve (GER), Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees: Daniel Siebert (GER), Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Frank Willenborg (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)
Referee Liaison Officer: David Allison (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Sporting Clube de Portugal
 CSKA Moskva
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 18/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Lisbon (POR)

Match Officials
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
Referee Liaison Officer: Joao Almeida Esteves (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Harry (ENG)

Lazio Roma
SS Lazio
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
 Bayer Leverkusen
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 18/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Rome (ITA)

Match Officials
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
Referee Liaison Officer: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Jake (FRO)


  1. Predictions for Wednesday
    Skenderbeu-Dinamo: Kralovec
    Celtic-Malmö: Brych
    Basel-Maccabi: Kuipers
    Rapid-Donetsk: Rizzoli
    Valencia-Monaco: Skomina

  2. For Wednesday:
    I hope....Skanderbeu-D.Zagreb, Kuipers
    Celtic-Malmö, Brych
    Basel-Maccabi, Bebek
    R.Wien-Sh.Donetsk, Moen
    Valencia-Monaco, Rizzoli

  3. I expected Aytekin in Manchester, I think that this appointment is a step ahead for him. Very important, a good test.
    Normal appointments for Cakir, Thomson and Eriksson (very likely the most interesting match, at least on the paper) while Kassai has to start again at UEFA level, after several issues. Hopefully this will be a new beginning for him, reaching the top again.

    Predictions for Wednesday matches:

    Rapid - Shakhtar
    Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

    Valencia - Monaco
    Pavel Kralovec (CZE)

    Skenderbeu - Dinamo Zagreb
    Sergey Karasev (RUS)

    Celtic - Malmoe
    Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

    Basel - Maccabi
    Damir Skomina (SVN)

    1. Anonymous16/8/15 17:55

      Mateu Lahoz is one very bad referee, I think.

    2. Anonymous16/8/15 19:19

      Are you always waiting for Mateu Lahoz's name to appear to say the same? We already know you think he is a very bad referee, don't worry, you can stop your watch.

  4. Anonymous16/8/15 11:57

    So it is the Referee Officers, and not the Committee that makes the appointments at this stage? Will they continue to do that all tournament?

    /Swedish observer

    1. To my knowledge it is only PLC, Batta and Dallas making appointments. I think this is actually always the case for most competitions.

    2. What is the roie of Villar Llona in the appointments

  5. Anonymous16/8/15 12:27

    i think it is impossible to see Skomina on Wednesday because Jug and Vincic are appointed for UEL thursday matches!

    1. Fully agreed. I expect him in Brugge with Fandel.

    2. So I change my last prediction:
      Basel - Maccabi
      Damir Skomina (SVN)

      Basel - Maccabi
      Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

  6. Anonymous16/8/15 17:57

    Evidently Clattenburg is the best referee of England.
    However.......City-Chelsea for Atkinson..................

    1. Anonymous16/8/15 18:12

      What about this disallowed goal? Too difficult.

    2. Offside, his head was in front of the defender

    3. Very tight call, though. Overall, I thought Atkinson and co. did well.

    4. Yes. Clattenburg is number one and Atkinson number two.

  7. Anonymous16/8/15 18:55
    Can you publish the full list of officials called?

    1. Anonymous19/8/15 05:32

      England: Anthony Taylor, Craig Pawson (Clattenburg/Atkinson)
      Germany: Marco Fritz, Bastian Dankert (Brych)
      Hungary: Tamás Bognar, Adam Farkas (Kassai)
      Netherlands: Pol van Boekel, Richard Liesveld (Kuipers)
      Romania: Marius Avram, Radu Petrescu (Hategan)
      Russia: Sergei Lapochkin, Mikhail Vilkov (Karasev)
      Scotland: Robert Madden, Kevin Clancy (Collum)
      Sweden: Stefan Johannesson, Markus Strömbergsson (Eriksson)
      Turkey: Hüseyin Göçek, Barış Şimşek (Cakir)

      Maybe someone else can add more names?

    2. Anonymous21/8/15 13:29

      Could you publush the full list or UEFA does not want to give away clues for Euro 2016? Getting that list would help us greatly to figure out who the 20 candidates are for Euro. This is important news!

  8. At first glance, Kassai and specially Bognar have missed a penalty to APOEL.
    Clear contact and looking like a stonewall penalty, however there is the possibility that the attacker looked for the contact a bit too obviously.

    1. Not the best replays and even the live view. I had an impression that the attacker looked for a penalty and the contact was not so 'hard'. Now, I have watched a replay and I can say that in fact the attacker tried to avoid a contact but was anyway tripped by the defender. Penalty. Bognár with a really bad angle, difficult to blame him for being not sure about this scene, nonetheless Ring should be able to catch that.

      Kassai far away from action.

    2. I agree, except one thing: The foul was barely inside the penalty area, almost on the line. An AAR can actually not savour a better angle/position and distance to a foul.

    3. But still Ring's position was better to detect an infringement, IMO.

    4. One more scene:
      61' - Kassai whistles a foul close to Astana penalty area. Was there a foul or a dive? Shouldn't have he booked a player for breaking up a promising attack if he whistled a foul?

    5. On the positioning issue, IMO in this concrete case a frontal visual angle was optimum to judge the incident. Ring had a sidewise visual angle and from one replay (from his angle approximately), you can see that you can see nothing :) So actually I think Ring could not see it properly.

    6. It's the first replay (Ring's perspective) which is the best for me. Maybe we have different TV-screens. :D However, I can agree that Bognár should be able to catch it too (his only task in this situation).

  9. I must say, Deniz Aytekin is a very imposing figure... Towering above everybody on the pitch. Reminds me of Kim Milton Neilsen.

  10. Anonymous18/8/15 21:38

    Eriksson with missing cards.

  11. Very challenging first half of Lazio - Bayer Leverkusen to Eriksson. A very tense atmosphere and a lot of physical play. Some scenes to be reviewed:

    20' - elbow by Kiessling (reckless or excessive force?)
    29' - clearance by Bayer player, was it a fair tackle?
    31' - well spotted unsporting behaviour of Bayer goalkeeper by AAR1, correct yellow card
    33' - was there a foul (contact?) near the AR1?
    36' - rough tackle by Wendell (Bayer); although there were no studs up but the dynamic and endangering the safety of an opponent were enough high to send him off, IMO
    35-37' - Hilbert (Bayer) delays an execution of throw-in twice, Eriksson talked to him at the second occasion only
    44' - another foul by Wendell (Bayer), Lazio demand a second yellow card to be shown, was the foul reckless?, did Wendell break up a promising attack?

    1. 20' I would go along with YC,
      29' play on is ok I think,
      31' well seen YC,
      33' no foul (especially regarding Erikson's lenient approach)
      36' boarder line, I would support both decisions. Given Erikson's general approach YC is ok,
      44' would have been a gift for Erikson, everyone would have understood the 2nd YC.

  12. Was this a RC missed by Erikson in 49'? I definitely think so!

    1. I agree, clear SFP in my opinion.

    2. 44' was acceptable IMO. Wendell maybe broke up a promising attack if there had not been the other defender. But the latter was there.

      Clear SFP of course. Gustavsson must see that as well. I am not that sure whether Eriksson just did not see it or whether he did not want to send him off. Having Porto-Basel in mind, he should be seriously reminded that clear red cards must be given and cannot be compensated by a YC paired with stern words on top of that.

      Worldclass onside in the 1:1 in Sporting.

      Klasenius with an excellent offside goal call if the other LEV attacker really touched the ball.

      Eriksson not with his best evening, another YC missed in 70'.

    3. To add that, Thomson's 2nd YC was more than soft. Already the 1st YC questionable or at least hard.

    4. Anonymous18/8/15 22:29

      Kießling, the attacker in offside position, touched the ball. Great decision by Klasenius!

      Missed DOGSO in 82'? The attacker wasn't in possession of the ball, i think that the YC was the correct decision. What's your opinion on that?

  13. Anonymous18/8/15 21:56

    Excellent onside Doumbia goal. I must say top class.

  14. Anonymous18/8/15 22:14

    Epic offside call by Klasenius.

    1. Anonymous19/8/15 02:43

      Congrats to the swedish team and their teamwork in this offside situation. Well done everybody, especially AR1!!!

  15. 82' DOGSO #4 BAY? Extremely difficult situation... Was the attacker in control of the ball?

  16. Incredible penalty missed by Aytekin! Very clear handball

    1. He instead whistled a handball for Fellaini, but the replay doesn't support the decision. I am more in favor of the penalty here.

      Good performance overall. Correct 2nd YC for BRU.

    2. Agreed. Aytekin was impressive overall.

    3. Anonymous18/8/15 23:03

      Never a penalty for handball. Good decision from Aytekin handball from ManU player.

  17. Second half by Eriksson (and team):

    48' - penalty appeal by Lazio; the goalkeeper hit the ball with one hand and attacker's legs with second
    48' - some seconds later clear SFP by Mauricio (Lazio); I can't understand how they came to yellow card...
    59' - Parolo's (Lazio) foul close to Lazio penalty area (kicked an opponent), missed yellow card for reckless foul?
    70' - it's one of the best offside call ever; how much Klasenius must have been focused, also great teamwork with Eriksson, there was a touch (replay in 73')
    76' - rather undeliberate handball in the box (small distance, no chance to react, but was the position of hand natural?)
    82' - unsporting behaviour or DOGSO?

    Really lenient Eriksson this evening (7.8/7.9 -> wrongly evaluated SFP in 48'). I would really prefer a straight red card for Wendell's first foul, too. Klasenius with excellent offside call (in cooperation with Eriksson) and giving a great assistance in some tense moments (8.7/8.8)

    1. Anonymous18/8/15 23:02

      Eriksson has an outstanding player management, but always remarkable points for improvement in disciplinary control. Not a referee who loves cards.

    2. Anonymous18/8/15 23:03

      I also noticed two assistant referees very active reporting fouls. I think that Eriksson has the best couple of assistant referees at moment in Elite pool.

    3. Anonymous18/8/15 23:45

      I agree, Wärnmark and especially Klasenius are very good assistants. But don't forget the others. All officials needs good AR's to perform well.
      And Eriksson always with a strong performance, but missing cards.....

    4. Anonymous19/8/15 11:22

      Yes, that is his way of refereeing and it works fine with players I think. I notice that almost everyone here thought that there would have been a straight red card in minute 49. Must admit that I did not see it that way when I saw it live (and on replay) last night, but probably I am biased. A situation that - at least in my humble opinion - could be both yellow and red depending on the referee. I do think, however, that Erikssson should have produced a second yellow card in the 44th minute - a pity that he didn't!

      But oh what a difficult match to referee, and I am very impressed with many aspects of the refereeing, a certainly with Klasenius.

      /Swedish observer

    5. Agree. His style fits superbly to big clashes, players respect him through the whole game. On one hand, he doesn't give - sometimes we could say even stonewall - cards or choose to book players when many of us expect sending offs. It's his approach, he was really, really consistent with it during the yesterday's match. I think he will be backed by observer in most if not all cases.

      After rewatching replay, I have also small doubt about this SFP in 49' but I still prefer a red card for that and Wendell's first foul. Eriksson tactic is highly dangerous, but... it works well and players are OK with it I think.

      One must say that: this extremely difficult match was under full control from 1' to 90'.

    6. 49' is actually a stonewall red card. I do not see much room for interpretation, with all respect and sympathy for Eriksson's great man-management. Wendell's first foul was definitely hard, but the fact that his studs did not touch the opponent (leg-on-leg contact) probably makes it reckless only.

  18. Anonymous18/8/15 23:04

    Very good performance from Aytekin, 8,5

    1. Anonymous18/8/15 23:08

      What about the "Incredible penalty missed by Aytekin" reported above?


    3. No clear mistake in my view. Difficult to say whether Fellaini's contact was more chest than shoulder, I guess AAR2 gave some input in this regard. More relevant is, IMO, that the defender 's handball can be deemed as undeliberate. The ball travelled in his back and even though his arm clearly moves towards the ball, I would not say that this is a clear black/white case.

    4. Very difficult situation here, in front of AAR! First problem is a possible handball by Fellaini, but I think it was chest / shoulder, and this is already quite difficult to assess. Then the handball by defender... well, surely not deliberate in the meaning of the term.. but I think that according to UEFA guidelines this can be penalty, arm is too widely open. It is important to underline that player was looking elsewhere without being aware of the ball, but this seems not a strong argument for UEFA. The unnatural position of the arm is very likely the first criterion, at least according to some RAPs. Having to decide, I would go for penalty but let me say again that the situation, considering everything, is very difficult and controversial.

  19. Anonymous18/8/15 23:13

    Erikson missed clear red card. This was kung fu and not football.

  20. Lazio - Bayer Leverkusen

    Kiessling elbow (reckless or SFP):

    Wendell's foul (reckless or SFP?):

    Wendell's second foul (was second yellow mandatory?):

    Penalty appeal:

    Mauricio's kung fu foul (reckless vs SFP):

    Klasenius' excellent call:

    Biglia's handball:

    Foul of Papadopoulos (UB vs DOGSO):

    1. Anonymous19/8/15 11:38

      Kiesslig elbow: reckles (YC).

      Wendell's foul: borderline but reckless (YC).

      Wendell's second: not mandatory YC. On the other side, his only intention was to stop the opponent in his movement so I wouldn't protest against different evaluation. My intention is to back the decision of the referees if possible.

      Penalty appeal: no penalty.

      Maurício, trying to play the ball, endangered the safety of the opponent and therefore SFP. (For swedish referees only YC and as reward - nomination to WC'17. Sorry for sarcasm.)

      Biglia's handball: 50 - 50. Hand in unnatural position (but Kiessling's too) otherwise unintentional touch. The decision of the AAR and R can be IMO supported. But I disagree with Johannesson's gesture. AARs should avoid to use hands for determining if goal kick or corner kick should be awarded. Procedural mistake.

      Foul of Papadopoulos: SPA and YC because the ball was not under control of the attacker.


    2. The Laws clearly say that the likelihood of getting in control of the ball is enough. The player does not have to be in ball-control.
      Papadopoulos held and pulled his opponent for almost 3 seconds. Thus the attacker lost speed. It is only logical that due to that he was unable to reach the ball. For me red.

  21. Anonymous19/8/15 09:13

    Was there anytime a younger additional AR in UCL than B.Brand (07/1989) in ManU?

    1. Could be, maybe Makkelie or Oliver were younger when they had their debut.

  22. Not mentioned yet:
    Cakir (and Göcek) missed a clear handball penalty for Sporting in 72'.
    10 minutes earlier, there maybe could/should have already been awarded another penalty for them.

    1. Anonymous19/8/15 14:40

      The penalty given was correct (missed by Doumbia).

    2. Those are the two situations mentioned by Philipp S:

    3. Anonymous19/8/15 19:57

      IMO two clear penaltys...
      I don't know what AAR did during the handball. He had a perfect view on that offence...

    4. Anonymous19/8/15 20:17

      The given goal kick explains that all officials thought it was a header by attacker.


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