August 17, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs 1st Legs (2)

UEFA has appointed the following match officials to take charge of next Wednesday's play-offs for Champions League 2015/2016. Among others, new Elite Sergei Karasev will be in charge of Skënderbeu - Dinamo Zagreb, observed by Italian Alfredo Trentalange, while Mark Clattenburg from England will oversee the tie between Valencia CF and AS Monaco.  

Rapid Wien
SK Rapid Wien
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
 Shakhtar Donetsk
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 19/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Vienna (AUT)

Match Officials
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referees: Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees: Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)
Referee Liaison Officer: Gerhard Gerstenmayer (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Valencia CF
Valencia CF
AS Monaco FC
 AS Monaco
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 19/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Valencia (ESP)

Match Officials
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Anthony Taylor (ENG), Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)
Referee Liaison Officer: Rubén Díaz Morales (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

KF Skënderbeu
GNK Dinamo Zagreb
 Dinamo Zagreb
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 19/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Elbasan (ALB)

Match Officials
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Anton Averianov (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referees: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Nils Fisketjonn (NOR)
Referee Liaison Officer: Rejdi Avdo (ALB)
Blog Referee Observer: Detelin (BUL)

FC Basel
FC Basel 1893
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC
 Maccabi Tel-Aviv
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 19/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Basel (SUI)

Match Officials
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Damien MacGraith (IRL), Francis Connor (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referees: Bobby Madden (SCO), Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: William Conquer (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Geir Thorsteinsson (ISL)
Referee Liaison Officer: Jürg Burkhart (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

Celtic FC
Malmö FF
 Malmö FF
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 19/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Glasgow (SCO)

Match Officials
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees: Bastian Dankert (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)
Referee Liaison Officer: Sandy Roy (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)


  1. In my opinion, a more experienced referee should be in Albania for Skënderbeu - Dinamo Zagreb, after the previous issues (ALB-SER, Kukusi - Legia), swapping Kuipers or Brych for Karasev would be my decision

    1. Anonymous17/8/15 18:46

      It should not be as hard as an Albanian team going against a Serbian one (Kosovo's conflict). Anyway, I think the second leg (in case the tie remains open) calls for a more resolute referee.

    2. Anonymous17/8/15 18:57

      In Belgrade for Partizan-Bate, should the tie be up for grabs, there should be a quite experienced and firm official. The atmosphere is to be frantic!

  2. Anonymous17/8/15 11:09

    Karasev is good for Skanderbeu-D.Zagreb, one match
    nothing important.

  3. Anonymous17/8/15 11:10

    After the bad work of Collum at
    Barcelona-Sevilla, one new match.
    Dallas has one great power.

    1. Anonymous17/8/15 18:51

      Spot on! Collum doesn't deserve this appointment by any means. It was nothing short of terrible what he did in Tbilisi!

  4. Anonymous17/8/15 11:43

    Very likely Marciniak has been appointed for 2nd leg Dinamo - Skenderbeu.

  5. First remark: Karasev, differently from other new Elite referees, gets a CL play off. This of course means that he is ahead (considering also his experience) and a chance for EURO 2016 is real. The same could be said very likely also for Marciniak, it seems he is not appointed for EL, so Anonymous (11:43 am) makes a good prediction, thinking that he could be the right name for second leg in Croatia (Uno Tutk as observer is another hint).
    Collum appointment for a play off was alreayd planned, regardless of Super Cup performance.
    As for the rest, normal appointments.
    Referees for second legs should be: Rizzoli, Rocchi, Velasco Carballo, Mateu Lahoz, Skomina, Mazic, Marciniak, Kralovec, Atkinson and Moen.

    1. I agree and would go for
      APOEL-Astana: Kralovec
      Dinamo-Skenderbeu: Velasco
      Malmö-Celtic: Marciniak or Bebek
      Maccabi-Basel: Skomina
      Borisov-Partizan: Atkinson
      Leverkusen-Lazio: Mateu
      Brügge-Manchester: Moen
      CSKA-Sporting: Rocchi
      Donetsk-Rapid: Mazic
      Monaco-Valencia: Rizzoli

    2. Predictions

      APOEL-Astana: Marciniak (POL)
      Dinamo-Skenderbeu: Atkinson (ENG)
      Malmö-Celtic: Velasco (ESP)
      Maccabi-Basel: Rocchi (ITA)
      Partizan-BATE: Rizzoli (ITA)
      Leverkusen-Lazio: Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
      Brügge-Manchester: Skomina (SVN)
      CSKA-Sporting: Kralovec (CZE)
      Donetsk-Rapid: Moen (NOR)
      Monaco-Valencia: Mazic (SRB)

    3. APOEL-Astana: Mazic
      Dinamo-Skenderbeu: Mateu Lahoz
      Malmö-Celtic: Rocchi
      Maccabi-Basel: Marciniak
      Partizan-BATE: Kralovec
      Leverkusen-Lazio: Atkinson
      Brügge-Manchester: Velasco Carballo
      CSKA-Sporting: Rizzoli
      Donetsk-Rapid: Skomina
      Monaco-Valencia: Moen

  6. Anonymous17/8/15 13:35

    OK with all except Matéu(9º referee at the Spanish League)
    and one referee capricious.

    1. Anonymous17/8/15 23:02

      Velasco Carballo is 7th, with 0.03 more. I'm sorry, but for me that is not a valid point. It would be, however, if your comment was made based on recent performances and mistakes he made.

      This is a great blog, but people who are always making bad statements about referees with no arguments nor reasons spoil it a little bit. What a shame!

    2. Out of interest does anyone have the full ranking list for Spanish referees?

    3. Anonymous18/8/15 00:31


    4. Thank you very much!

  7. Thoughts on Taylor's performance in West Ham-Leicester? I thought he should've called at least a penalty against Schmeicel but not a red for DOGSO. Adrian's challenge was very rash, but situationally I wouldn't have minded a yellow since West Ham were out of subs and couldn't put in another goalkeeper.

  8. Azerbaijan-Croatia - Tudor (ROU)
    Bulgaria-Norway - Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
    Italy-Malta - Özkahya (TUR)
    Czech Republic-Kazakhstan - Evans (WAL)
    Netherlands-Iceland - Marciniak (POL)
    Turkey-Latvia - Strahonja (CRO)
    Belgium-Bosnia and Herzegovina - Johannesson (SWE)
    Cyprus-Wales - Kulbakov (BLR)
    Israel-Andorra - Vad (HUN)
    Georgia-Scotland - Hagen (NOR)
    Germany-Poland - Skomina (SVN)
    Gibraltar-Rep. of Ireland - Kovarik (CZE)
    Faroe Islands-Northern Ireland - Collum (SCO)
    Greece-Finland - Jug (SVN)
    Hungary-Romania - Aytekin (GER)
    Denmark-Albania - Tagliavento (ITA)
    Serbia-Armenia - Aranovskiy (UKR)
    Luxembourg-F.Y.R. Makedonia - Mazzoleni (ITA)
    Ukraine-Belarus - Gestranius (FIN)
    Russia-Sweden - Çakır (TUR)
    Estonia-Lithuania - Gumienny (BEL)
    San Marino-England - Lechner (AUT)
    Switzerland-Slovenia - Nijhuis (NED)
    Austria-Moldova - Hansen (DEN)
    Montenegro-Liechtenstein - Mazeika (LTU)
    Spain-Slovakia - Královec (CZE)

    1. Anonymous17/8/15 18:20

      Hagen? :)

    2. Anonymous17/8/15 18:29

      Hagen retired, Slovakia- Kralovec (AR Roman Slyško from the Slovakia), Collum- Northern Ireland?! Follow you some news or just write a bunch of names without reasoning?

    3. Anonymous18/8/15 18:06

      Kovarik retired

  9. If they can't be a referees in this games I would like to do a change.

    Georgia-Scotland - Bebek (CRO)
    Faroe Islands-Northern Ireland - Eriksson (SWE)
    Spain-Slovakia - Mazić (SRB)

    What happened between W. Collum and the Northern Ireland?

    1. Anonymous17/8/15 19:07

      Assistant Referee 1: Damien MacGraith (IRL)...

    2. Generally it never happened that a referee from ENG/IRL/NIR/SCO/WAL handled one of the teams from the same region (correct me if I am wrong). The only exception is youth league, probably because of short flight distance.

    3. Anonymous17/8/15 20:31

      Özkahya has had Azerbaijan - Malta, so Italy - Malta is not probable for him.
      Skomina has had Germany - Ireland, so Germany - Poland is not probable for him.
      Vad has had Andorra - Bosnia and Herzegovina, so Israel - Andorra is not probable for him.
      Kovarik has retired. (Hagen maybe get some farewell match like Studer.)
      Aytekin has had Hungary - N. Ireland, so Hungary - Romania is not probable for him.
      Jug has had Finland - Hungary, so Greece - Finland is not probable for him.
      Mazzoleni has had F.Y.R. Macedonia - Luxembourg, so Luxembourg - Macedonia is not probable for him.
      Mazeika has had Sweden - Liechtenstein, so Montenegro - Liechtenstein is not probable for him.

      It is not so easy to make predictions.


  10. João Santos17/8/15 19:17


    Did anyone notice the contradictory decision in situations C9 and L11 in the UEFA RAP 2015?
    Both are the same situation and for C9 Uefa states that it is a deliberate handball, while in L11 states it is clealy not deliberate (which I agree).

    1. Indeed. There are some strange videos and solutions also apart from that. E.g. Offside11 I think (Zenit-Leverkusen), clearly a deflection, for UEFA it is a ball which comes from an opponent so that it is no offside...

    2. João Santos17/8/15 19:53

      Yes, that one is very strange as well. Was this RAP some kind of non-final or version?

    3. Anonymous17/8/15 20:18

      I think that the situation regarding cooperation (L11) was added just to underline that AAR must intervene only when he is sure and not when other officials (referee or AR) are close to scene. This consideration was made very likely by other people than C9 and when all the videos were joined, nobody noticed the coincidence.
      Another possible explanation is that the card was not issued by referee, so the situation is reported in C9 just to make clear that, if you consider deliberate such touch, you must book the player. I don't know whether referee in question did that.

  11. Anonymous17/8/15 22:01

    This Liverpool goal was allowed tonight, shouldn't it be offside according to PL's new rules? Very interesting at least.

    1. Even discounting the recent amendments; it's still offside IMO.

    2. Anonymous17/8/15 22:25

      I agree with Nur. Always offside.

    3. Anonymous17/8/15 22:27

      Great example and correct decision. Nobody from defending team was influenced by movement of attacking player in the offside position to the ball. In the past was the offside decision acceptable, now is this considered as onside.


    4. Anonymous17/8/15 22:34

      Onside? Keeper not influenced?

    5. Anonymous17/8/15 22:58

      Artur Boruc and the rest of us with fully functioning eyes would have to disagree with Anonymous(10:27) assessment of the situation. This play clearly shows an offside that should be flagged based on the changes that the EPL implemented for this season. The AR blew it and in the process gifted Liverpool a goal.

    6. Anonymous17/8/15 23:10

      Goalkeeper is without movement, with 3-4m distance of the player in the offside position. In such situation and regarding the new explanation of terms connected with Law XI would be for AR much easier to defend this decision as correct in comparision to the past. Not black and white situation but IMO correct and acceptable decision.


    7. Anonymous18/8/15 09:25

      P.L. - English FA says here that you are 100% wrong

    8. New IFAB: Player clearly attempted to play ball right in front of keeper. Keeper clearly impacted. Offside.

    9. And, I add that again: already applied in UEFA for 1 year.

  12. Anonymous17/8/15 22:50

    Poor Velasco Carballo in first half. Passive, passive and passive. Take a look at Pedro Rodriguez YC (45'): Velasco walks across the whole pitch to book him after goal scored by Barça, when he comes there, the player has even a reaction making a gesture and turning his back. Only YC.
    Moreover, after first half's final whistle, a player from Barça touched his watch asking for more added time. Some scenes I rarely saw, in Spain everything is allowed to players.

  13. Anonymous17/8/15 22:58

    Distasteful behavior of Barcelona after they scored a goal in second leg of Spanish Supercup (first leg: 4-0 to Athletic Club). They rushed to the Athletic' keeper trying to get the ball as soon as possible. Then, ball boys are instrued to throw the ball to the keeper extremely quick, making an unnecessary pressure on keeper and all the Athletic team. Apart from that, many Barcelona players try to influence Velasco Carballo in order to enforce his reaction to alleged time-wasting. Velasco Carballo does well booking Pedro for unsporting behavior against Athletic keeper, waving all the stupid protests away and warning Barcelona's coach for dissents/making unnecessary pressure. Really distasteful image...

    1. Anonymous17/8/15 23:01

      What is Gorka Iraizoz reason for holding the ball and delaying the restart?

    2. Anonymous17/8/15 23:04

      It's Athletic Club who restart the game. There is no reason to rush on the keeper with such a caddish, physical manner. It's the referee who may caution a keeper for time-wasting. The players are not allowed to behave like thugs.

    3. Anonymous17/8/15 23:28

      Amazing feeling to see Barcelona player (Pique) sent off for abusive language towards assistant referee. Brave, great decision by Velasco Carballo. Nonetheless, there should be also a second yellow card to Aduriz for reckless tackle (although without a contact) against Barcelona keeper. Velasco Carballo should be more authoritative instead of talking with caddish players.

  14. Anonymous18/8/15 01:16

    Thoughts on this RC in the Swedish League?

    1. Blue player tackles with studs up, however plays ball with a low foot and no stretched leg, and because of momentum hits his opponent after having played the ball.
      For me an excellent example of a reckless tackle, to be sanctioned with a YC. RC is too harsh IMO.

    2. I would agree more with a YC, too, as the decisive contact is not made with the studs.
      Interesting in this situation that also the opponent shows studs and shortly steps onto the blue player's leg.

  15. Anonymous18/8/15 01:28

    Red card for me.

  16. A situation occurred in Coppa Italia yesterday.
    AR disallowed this goal:
    Do you agree with this decision?

    1. Difficult to evaluate whether the goalkeeper's line of vision was fully obstructed.

    2. Yes, only one replay. Camera behind the goal was not shown, but my feeling is that the decision can be correct.

    3. This goal would require Referee/AR communication. Also justification in deciding that shot beat keeper clean. He is in centre of goal. Ball goes almost directly over head of offside attacker and just inside the far post 4 yards from keeper. Based on my math, initial shot would have begun some 1-2 yards to left of offside attacker from the keeper's perspective.

  17. FIFA U-17 World Cup referees:

  18. Why those referees like Collum or Eriksson are in the elite group? They are very, very weak...

    1. Anonymous19/8/15 21:38

      Shocking penalty by Collum.

    2. Eriksson is one very good referee.

    3. Anonymous19/8/15 23:33

      What do you mean with "shocking"?
      The penalty which Collum gave was very clear! The attacker even lost his shoe because of the offence.

    4. Anonymous20/8/15 02:48

      very clear penalty

  19. My predections:
    APOEL- Astana Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
    Partizan-BATE Marciniak (POL)
    Clubb Brugge-MU Skomina (SLO)
    CSKA-Sporting Rizzoli (ITA
    Bayer-Lazio Moen (NOR)
    Shaktar-Rapid Rocchi (ITA)
    Monaco-Valencia Mazic (SRB)
    Zagreb-Skanderbeu Turpin (FRA)
    Maccabi-Basel Kralovec (CZE)
    Malmö-Celtic Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

  20. Anonymous19/8/15 21:29

    Kuipers missed a clear penalty. He had a good fiew but no call. He starts this season also bad als he finished the last season.
    Is Kuipers at his end as an Elite-Ref?

    1. Anonymous19/8/15 21:30

      Are you serious? Rather missed YC for dive

    2. Anonymous19/8/15 21:36

      I am serious. The Rapid player didn't play the ball and there was a clear contact.

    3. Anonymous19/8/15 22:23

      He missed another penalty in min 75 for Rapid.

  21. Big points for improvement presented by Russian team in Elbasan. Although there were no big mistakes (I have doubts whether a free kick converted to the only goal came after a foul or a dive) but a really random foul selection and - what is much worse in my eyes - problems regarding appropriate teamwork, sharing the responsibilities (two scenes like from poor second category referees). Videos as soon as possible.

  22. Anonymous19/8/15 22:41

    Kuipers with a solid performance in tonights match. Two penalty appeals, both at least acceptable solved. He was not really challenged. Overall good match control!

  23. Voilà. Those are the refereeing highlights of KF Skënderbeu Korçë - GNK Dinamo Zagreb handled by Sergey Karasev. The biggest issues: teamwork (3', 30', 45+2', 62'), foul detection (10', 22', 25', 35', 43') and assessing the level of punishment (27', 48'). Have your say! Enjoy!

    1. Thank you very much for your time and effort for all videos.

    2. You're welcome. 48' - SFP?

    3. According to UEFA yes, even though I think 99% of UEFA referees would not show RC in this situation.

    4. Anonymous20/8/15 20:05

      2': it is ok to play on in my opinion
      3': very poor management, I don't understand why AR2 doesn't follow Karasev, but he indicates a throw-in
      10': missed foul (and perhaps YC)
      22': missed foul, no advantage gestures
      25': missed foul, YC possible
      27': missed YC borderline to RC
      30': embarrassing, no corner kick given, goalie makes a wink, AAR1 sleeping
      35': in my opinion it was nothing but really difficult to detect, very likely Karasev whistled by intuition, problem is that Skenderbeu scored, otherwise no many discussions about this free kick
      43': I can accept this call
      48': Watching the foul live (I mean the first time, before replays) it looked to be a clear SFP. Replays show that one can perhaps back the referee with YC in a borderline situation. But more red than yellow.
      62': wrong goal kick decision

      Backing referee in every crucial situations should mean 8.0 in my opinion, absolutely poor foul detection and card management.

  24. Anonymous20/8/15 18:25

    Very bad performance from Karasev last night.Atleast 3 more yellow cards he needed to show to the players,especially 2 fouls from Dinamo players on the side in 1st the end,32 fouls,3 yellow cards,but should have been more.

  25. Interesting offside situation in Celtic - Malmoe, when home side scored the 2-0 goal.
    There is a player in clear offside position at the moment of the scoring header, AR1 allows the goal.
    Correct decision? I think so. I think that, despite of the fact that he was between two opponents (keeper and another defender), he didn't influence any of them. So, regular goal.


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