August 24, 2015

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

These are the officials appointed by UEFA to take charge of Wednesday's play-offs return legs for Champions League 2015/2016. 

                              APOEL APOEL FC
FC Astana Astana
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 26/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Nicosia (CYP)

Match Officials
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Stephen Child (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Andre Marriner (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Peter Kirkup (ENG) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE) 
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
Referee Liaison Officer:
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

                             PartizanFK Partizan
FC BATE Borisov
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 26/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Belgrade (SRB)

Match Officials
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (SVK)
Referee Liaison Officer:
Blog Referee Observer: Howard Maxi (GER)

Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
SS Lazio
 SS Lazio
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 26/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Leverkusen (GER)

Match Officials
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP), Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referees: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP),  Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jošt (SVN)
Referee Liaison Officer:
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

                      Club BruggeClub Brugge KV
Manchester United FC
 Manchester United
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 26/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Bruges (BEL)

Match Officials
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP), Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP) 
Additional Assistant Referees: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP), Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP) 
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)
Referee Liaison Officer:
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

CSKA Moskva
Sporting Clube de Portugal
 Sporting CP
UCL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 26/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Khimki (RUS)

Match Officials
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Roman Slyško (SVK), Martin Wilczek (CZE) 
Additional Assistant Referees: Radek Příhoda (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE) 
Fourth Official: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)
Referee Liaison Officer:
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)


  1. Anonymous24/8/15 10:50

    CSKA eliminated Sparta (Praha) after some very controversial decisions by Italian referee Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (Italy) in Prague. What if Pavel Kralovec is a "Sparta" fan? =)

    1. Such reasoning is not allowed on this blog. I would even say that your comment deserves to be deleted.

    2. Anonymous24/8/15 11:23

      that was just a joke. Sorry if it was unacceptable.

  2. Probably there will be two Spanish referee teams in EURO 2016! I would like to remark the figures of Yuste Jiménez and Pérez del Palomar. They used to referee almost all weeks with European matches because they share team with two Spanish Elite referees. I don,t think there were many European ARs in this situation. The first one, Yuste Jiménez, I am sure is closed to break all records among European ARs. If I am not wrong he took part of EURO 2004 and since the he has been refereeing in all big competitions.

  3. Anonymous24/8/15 12:00

    Velasco Carballo and Mateu Lahoz euro2016.

    1. Velasco finish at June 2015.
      And Matéu is very bad referee.
      I vote for Undiano or Borbalán.

    2. I don't think there will be 2 referees from same country at Euro 2016. Otherwise the recent promotion of so many referees in Elite (from countries like Poland, Romania, Greece, Croatia, France, Russia) is without sense.
      Probably it will be a competition between Velasco Carballo and Mateu Lahoz (and, who knows, maybe other competion will be between Clattenburg and Atkinson).

    3. Would be a good farewell for Velasco. He retires at the end of the season. The EURO is part of it, so he is a candidate anyway.

      Once again, Mateu Lahoz (without accent) is being criticised without any apparent reason. But still, he was the best referee in Spain in the season 13/14, and has been preselected for the 2018 WC. Maybe he didn't have his best season last year. However, that is not enough to say that "Matéu (sic) is a very bad referee". If that was to be the case, the same could be said about Kuipers who also didn't have his best season. And I think no one would say that Kuipers is a very bad referee!

      So please, try to make predictions by using some elaborated points, not just "he is very bad because my team suffered one mistake from him"!

      For me, based on latest appointments, if any competition was to take place between spaniards, I would say that at this moment, Velasco and Mateu are ahead. But things may change if they don'the have a good season.

    4. Anonymous25/8/15 05:35

      Anybody knows who were the Spanish AARs that attended the UEFA summer course?

    5. Anonymous25/8/15 11:54

      Bad last season of Matén here at Spain.
      Only 9º place.

  4. In my opinion Bo Karlsson as Atkinson's observer means that there is a huge duel between Clattenburg and Atkinson on how will attend Uefa 2016 and it seems that Uefa needs still to decide to good perfomance of both.
    Key poibt is to understand how many trios will be in France and how many for each country; when this strategy will be defined, the choices will be more easy and clear.
    I suppose 18 trios and only one for each country,

    1. I agree with a number of 18 referees from 18 countries.

    2. If I had to make choices I would surely select Clattenburg. On the other hand, Atkinson never got appointed for a really big tournament and this would be an opportunity. I am quite sure that 2018 and 2020 will be Clattenburg's time for sure, so UEFA could choose Atkinson just for this reason (Clattenburg could be sent to Rio alternatively).

    3. Anonymous24/8/15 19:10

      Honestly, I'm quite sure that Clattenburg wiill be picked for Euro 2016. I can't think that he will be left home after the great work and all major appointments got in the recent seasons. So, if committee is following Atkinson with such important observers, this means that the tournament in France will surely allow the presence of two or more referees from the same country.

    4. Anonymous25/8/15 05:39

      Someone, who invoked UEFA sources, said on this blog a few weeks ago that there are 20 referees competing for 16 spots at Euro 2016. For some reason, Niclas, who has UEFA sources, neither confirmed nor declined that information, so it may be correct.

  5. Anonymous24/8/15 17:51

    Rocchi is referee for Dinamo? That means lot of cards will be in that game,,Rocchi is that type of referee, plus teams from balkan are playing and we know what their style of playing is.

  6. Anonymous24/8/15 21:09

    Wrong offside at Arsenal - Liverpool.

    1. Anonymous24/8/15 21:27

      Definitely wrong. Disallowed goal for Arsenal. Michael Oliver exellent so far (25 minute) in quite challenging match so far, 3 or 4 very tough decisions.

    2. Anonymous24/8/15 21:40

      There are lot of mistakes from referees in Premier league in last 5-6 years. Many referees make suck a big mistakes (AR too). In almost every match we are witnessing at last one significant, or I should say crucial mistake.

    3. Anonymous24/8/15 22:31

      Oliver missed two clear penalties against Giroud! Lovren pushed him from the back, no advantage for that!

    4. Anonymous24/8/15 22:35

      At least one was penalty.

  7. Too mistakes of Oliver and assistants.
    Now Taylor is better referee that Oliver.
    I see Taylor at one same level that Atkinson.

    1. Anonymous25/8/15 11:05

      Too mistakes?
      I agree on Taylor being better than Oliver, but of course he is not yet up to Atko.

    2. Too mistakes yesterday of Oliver and assistants.

  8. Anonymous25/8/15 10:17

    Bebek is appointed in Croatia with his regular UEFA assistants and additional assistants (Bebek, Petrović, Grgić, Vučkov, Gabrilo, Conjar) and is observed by committee member. My guess is that he is appointet in EURO QF.

  9. RFEF CTA really doesn't care about international appointments, Velasco Carballo will officiate a Liga match on Friday evening, less than two days after this important play off in CL.

    1. I agree Chefren! This last week Undiano Mallenco refereed also two matches in only 48 hours. I don,t understand it!

    2. Good point. I am sure their fitness levels allow to handle those matches, but why taking the risk by pushing the referees so hard?


    Pedro Proença has been removed from UEFA Referees Committee because his new role of president of the Portuguese Professional Football League has been judged incompatible with such appointment.
    That's why Jozef Marko is still there observing in important matches even though he has been removed from the committee. I think that another member now should be appointed. Overall, not the best presentation for Proença...


      UEFA hasn't removed his name.

  11. Anonymous25/8/15 23:28

    Where could Undiano two matches in 48 hours?
    I think that not.

    1. Paok-Brondby on thursday and Rayo Vallecano-Valencia on Saturday!

  12. Anonymous26/8/15 14:43

    how can Moen get Partizan-Bate( first game 0-1). This is huge game for this teams and result ialive so it will be huge ense and many dirty fouls. Moen is very weak for this situations, i watched games with him where you need to broke a players leg to get yellow card everything else he just talks and after that he has very rough game with like 50 fouls.

    1. Anonymous26/8/15 19:44

      We will see this evening. To be added, Haglund again back after EL semifinal crucial mistake.

    2. Anonymous26/8/15 21:18

      For now(30min) mr. Moen excellent! All(3) cards gave correctly without delay.

  13. Very good first half for Moen.
    3 correct YC.

  14. Atkinson:
    - allowing physical play, not falling for easy falls by Astana players
    - good management of provoking Cypriot players (quick yellow card to De Vincenti - 32')
    - two verbal warnings for hard fouls in the 19' and 23'
    - usual problems with corners (missed clear one in the 6')
    - correctly rejected free kick/penalty appeal (undeliberate Astana player's handball in the 39')
    - yellow card for a very rough tackly by Ilič (Astana), possible red card but I have to review it (37')

    1. Anonymous26/8/15 23:37

      Agreed with everything. However the missed corner at 06' is responsibility by AR2/AAR2.

      V. good onside by AR2 at 1-1.

  15. Velasco (and his AARs) with two missed penalties, one on each side for holding offences (for LEV: ~5'-10', for LAZ: 30')

    1. Anonymous26/8/15 23:17

      Not penaltys. Well Velasco.

  16. Anonymous26/8/15 22:09

    Correct to play on in both cases by Valesco.

  17. Anonymous26/8/15 22:11

    Correct second YC by Velasco. Promising attack.

    1. I am not so sure about the 1st YC though. Apart from some usual problems in dissent management and authority, I think he did well in an intense / quite challenging match.

  18. Correct 2nd yellow card bij Velasco.

  19. In 81 minute a disputable penalty for ManU by Mateu Lahoz. Defender heads the ball which then touches his own arm. Arm not completely kept close to the body, but seems to be a quite natural position. Harsh decision for me.

    1. And here the video of the handball penalty by Mateu Lahoz this evening in Brugge.

    2. For me, it was not that natural position.
      I'm more for penalty.

    3. Natural position is not the only criterion. Did the player enlarge body surface? No. Movement towards the ball? No. Ball coming from a short distance? Yes.

    4. Anonymous27/8/15 08:45

      With the arm in such position, a direct touch by hand would have been 100% penalty.
      In this case (at first header), there is room for discussion but still the player took a risk. I think that this case is not still codified in RAP.

    5. Ofc its not the only criteria for PK, but PK is acceptable for me.

    6. Ball did not come from a short distance. It came from 10+ yards away. Header in between was his own error. Same as Neymar's goal some time back. Both great decisions.

      IMO if a player plays a longer distance ball into himself, it's deliberate.

    7. Anonymous28/8/15 13:38

      Your opinion is incorrect. If player directly touched the ball by hand distance is important. But not in this case, IMO. Of course, the decision on the pitch was probably accepted by Fandel but intention to play the ball by hand was close to zero. And look at reaction of "guilty" player. Showing to forehead was not dissent, it was for me evidence that some players know the LotG better than we think. (I don't want to be cruel to referees, so I didn't write "better than referees".)


      P.S. Many difficult situation for referees and whole teams in these 10 matches. Some were not mentioned here (Partizan - BATE, not signaled offside by Andas in the 47´ - BATE player hit the post).

  20. Correct sent off from Kralovec 90+3 min

  21. Excellent one more time Spanish ARs in Brujas! For me, not penalty!

  22. Your opinion about Kralovec's disallowed goal for Sporting ?

    1. Impossible to make an unambiguous statement regarding the fact whether the ball crossed the touchline completely after the Sporting corner. That is to say, based on the video that I've seen... Without a shot from a better camera position I guess we have to rely on the judgement of the AR.

    2. My first impression was that the foul came after the goal was scored.
      But as you said, without better angle of camera we must belive to AAR.

    3. Are we talking about the same situation? In my perception the goal was disallowed because the ball had passed the touchline after the corner kick was taken and before the goal was scored. AR flagged a goalkick.

    4. You are right :) my bad.

    5. I saw the situation without replay,
      just heard that commentator said there was a foul.
      I always take with reserve what commentators say, dont know why I belived him in this case :)

    6. Then I offer you a second chance to make your opinion without being distracted by the commentator's opinion. That is, I doubt you'll be influenced by Dutch comment ;-p

    7. Anonymous27/8/15 08:44

      With the arm in such position, a direct touch by hand would have been 100% penalty.
      In this case (at first header), there is room for discussion but still the player took a risk. I think that this case is not still codified in RAP.

    8. Anonymous27/8/15 08:47

      Sorry, my previous answer was for handball penalty by Mateu. Wrongly written here.
      About this disallowed goal: when you have such situations and cameras can't help you in any way, there is only one thing to do: trusting the AR.

    9. This is a pretty simple decision for AR so of course you trust AR. At CK's AR's first duty is to make sure ball is placed correctly. Second is to ensure kick stays in play.

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  24. Does Velasco Carballo know what dissent is? I have never seen a more passive elite referee in my whole life. He was pushed by a player in the first five minutes of the game. Then it just went on as the first half flew by. I hate people who write that referees on thjs level are bad referees - they obviously haven't refereed themselves because if that was the case they would know how hard it is to even become a FIFA referee and especially Elite - and I have nothing against Velasco Carballo, but this was not good enough.

    1. Anonymous27/8/15 09:15

      Velasco was well at one difficult match.

    2. I know what moment you mean when you say pushing, but for me, it wasn't a clear push and actually, I think he reacted quite well at that moment. But Velasco is not the referee who has the strongest body language. But over-all, I think he delivered a good performance. After some 5 minutes he could have given a penalty for holding, but I think AAR2 should be blamed for that.

  25. Anonymous27/8/15 04:27

    Several Central American newspapers have reported in the past week that american referee Mark Geiger was given a 6 month international ban by CONCACAF for his Mexico-Panama penalty decision. I have no idea whether Geiger has actually been suspended, as CONCACAF hasn't made any announcement yet and these central american newspapers aren't always reliable.

    1. Anonymous27/8/15 08:33

      So far, he and his WC2014 trio have not received any international appointments, but it is only 1 month after the Gold Cup scandal. Interesting, there is no other USA referee on the list of candidates for the next World Cup, so it will either be Geiger again or no USA referee.

    2. No Marrufo ? Can you provide the full list of candidates from CONCACAF ?


    3. A few points:
      1- Geiger never had a stable trio. CONCACAF doesn't typically appoint trios, so the fact that he is not regularly appointed with Hurd and Fletcher does not mean anything.
      2- There have been no major CONCACAF competitions since the Gold Cup, so this doesn't mean anything.
      3- The preselected list, if indeed it is official (I have not seen any official list of preselected referees) can change and will change a lot until 2018. Referees will be added, dropped, teams changed, etc. Remember that Mazic was not on the list in 2011.

    4. Anonymous28/8/15 06:28

      Let's wait and see! However, please have another look at Geiger's appointments during the qualifiers for FWC 2014. Was he not always with Hurd and Fletcher? There will be again FWC qualifiers very soon (September) and Geiger has not been appointed.

    5. Anonymous28/8/15 06:32

      CONCACAF candidate referees for FWC 2018:
      1. Henry Bejarano (CRC, 1978)
      2. Hugo Cruz (CRC, 1982)
      3. Ricardo Montero (CRC, 1986)
      4. Marlon Mejia (SLV, 1979)
      5. Oscar Reyna (GUA, 1983)
      6. Armando Castro (HON, 1983)
      7. Hector Rodríguez (HON, 1982)
      8. Valdin Legister (JAM, 1979)
      9. Fernando Guerrero (MEX, 1981)
      10. Cesar Ramos (MEX, 1983)
      11. John Pitti (PAN, 1978)
      12. Javier Santos (PUR, 1978)

    6. Anonymous30/8/15 07:02

      @ Emil: Why FIFA referee Bourdeau, from your country (Canada), does not referee MLS matches (only 4th official)?

    7. PRO selects its own officials, and has not selected him (yet).

  26. Read our writer's take on the calls from the Tuesday matches at:

  27. Anonymous27/8/15 10:21

    Prediction CL group stage draw:


    Bayer Leverkusen
    Shakhtar Donetsk
    Dinamo Zagreb


    Dinamo Kyiv

    Paris Saint Germain
    Atletico Madrid
    CSKA Moskva
    BATE Borisov

    Bayern Munchen
    Manchester City
    Olympique Lyonnais
    Maccabi Tel Aviv

    Zenit S. P.
    Manchester United
    Borussia Mönchengladbach

    PSV Eindhoven
    Real Madrid

  28. APÓEL - FK Astana (Martin Atkinson)

    0:25 - two fouls, possible yellow cards
    1:05 - dive
    2:48 and 3:56 - reckless or SFP?
    3:48 - shouldn't Atkinson award a throw-in to Astana after a fail?
    6:16 - possible second yellow card to Canas (Astana), persistent infringement also in 7:07

    Enjoy! :)

    1. Anonymous28/8/15 07:52

      All is possible.

  29. New in Town27/8/15 16:39

    Hello. I am new here. How do we explain that the assistant 1 in the CSKA vs Sporting is from a different association than the remaining officials?

    1. You mean the Additional Assistant Referee ? I think he isn't a internacional referee, so he doesn't use the FIFA badge

    2. Anonymous27/8/15 20:17

      No, I think that he means Roman Slyško, which is from Slovakia (differently from Kralovec and the other memebers of Czech crew).
      Roman Slyško was added to Kralovec's team by UEFA Referees Committee (mostly, I guess Collina) before Euro 2012, as he was and he is still one of the most experienced European assistant referees, but without Slovakian top referees he was out from the high level.
      So, considering that once Czech Republic and Slovakia were a unique country, they decide to make that. Roman Slyško was, along with Martin Balko, AR for Lubos Michel, one of the best European referees ever.

    3. Anonymous30/8/15 10:03

      The Czech and Slovakian language is almost the same, so it is possible to put them together. Like it would be possible to have a team of Belgian and Dutch referees :)

  30. Anonymous27/8/15 20:49

    Very early predictions for Matchday 1:

    Paris - Malmö: Marciniak (POL)
    Real - Shakhtar: Rocchi (ITA)
    Wolfsburg - CSKA: Borbalán (ESP)
    Eindhoven - United: Eriksson (SWE)
    Galatasaray - Atlético: Clattenburg (ENG)
    Benfica - Astana: Jug (SVN)
    City - Juventus: Brych (GER)
    Sevilla - Mönchengladbach: Collum (SCO)
    Leverkusen - Borisov: Turpin (FRA)
    Roma - Barcelona: Çakir (TUR)
    Zagreb - Arsenal: Sidiropoulos (GRE)
    Olympiacos - Bayern: Velasco Carballo (ESP)
    Kyiv - Porto: Makkelie (NED)
    Chelsea - Maccabi: Nijhuis (NED)
    Valencia - Zenit: Bebek (CRO)
    Gent - Lyon: Zwayer (GER)

    What do you think? Do you share these options or would you change something?

    - K.S.

    1. Anonymous27/8/15 20:51

      Hang on: I think I change the appointment Roma-Barcelona. I forgot for a second that Çakir handled the final. Therefore, my prediction shall be:

      Roma - Barcelona: Královec (CZE)

      - K.S.

    2. Your predictions seem quite sensible to me, here are those, that I just made:
      Paris - Malmö: Aytekin (GER)
      Real - Shakhtar: Atkinson (ENG)
      Wolfsburg - CSKA: Velasco (ESP)
      Eindhoven - United: Mazic (SRB)
      Galatasaray - Atlético: Kuipers (NED)
      Benfica - Astana: Buquet (FRA)
      City - Juventus: Eriksson (SWE)
      Sevilla - Mönchengladbach: Kulbakov (BLR)
      Leverkusen - Borisov: Jug (SVN)
      Roma - Barcelona: Moen (NOR)
      Zagreb - Arsenal: Rizzoli (ITA)
      Olympiacos - Bayern: Rocchi (ITA)
      Kyiv - Porto: Undiano (ESP)
      Chelsea - Maccabi: Vad (HUN)
      Valencia - Zenit: Cakir (TUR)
      Gent - Lyon: Sidiropoulus (GRE)

    3. BTW, who do you think could/should get their first CL match this season?
      Only looking at recent appointments, my list of seven candiates would be
      Göcek, Hansen, Koukoulakis, Kruzliak, Madden, Vincic, Zwayer
      These are the only referees, who fulfill:
      -EL play-off this season
      -EL knockout match last season
      -no CL match so far

    4. K.S. You are forced to change 2 more predictions. Sidiropoulos cannot play the other match on Olympiakos group and Brych can't have City-Juventus since Glandbach in on the same group.

    5. Philipp S, what about Jorge Sousa ? I think he deserves too

    6. Anonymous27/8/15 23:23

      Artur Soares not De Sousa. Artur Soares will be appointed in CL.

    7. Sousa had already a CL match in 2011, that's why I did not list him.
      Soares seems to be the man for the future, but IMO CL in this season would be too early for him. He needs more international experience first.

    8. Anonymous28/8/15 00:37

      I must have overseen that with Brych and Sidiropoulos. Then I will change:

      City - Juventus: Mazic (SRB)
      Zagreb - Arsenal: Tagliavento (ITA)

      I'm pretty sure, that Zwayer is going to be appointed in CL this season. Furthermore, I could welI see Hansen in CL. I don't think that Koukoulakis is going to be appointed in CL (he's already 40 and Greece have already Sidiropoulos in the Elite group). I don't think that there will be many referees making their bow in CL, since UEFA have promoted eight referees into Elite. Zwayer and Hansen are in my opinion the only new refs that we are going to see in the group stage.


    9. Anonymous28/8/15 08:44

      You forget Aranovskiy,Estrada,Makkelie and Taylor.

    10. Anonymous28/8/15 08:46

      Estrada? With 4 Spanish Elite and 5 Spanish teams in CL, I see that difficult.

    11. Estrada and Taylor only had 1 EL match so far, CL would be too early this season.
      Makkelie already made his bow last year.
      Aranovskiy has some chances, I agree.

  31. Anonymous28/8/15 01:28

    These would be my designations:


    PSG-Malmö: Tasos Sidiropoulos
    Real Madrid-Shaktar Donetsk: Paolo Tagliavento


    PSV-Man. United: Nicola Rizzoli
    Wolfsburg-CSKA Moscow: David Fernández Borbalán


    Benfica-Astana: Ivan Bebek
    Galatasaray-At. Madrid: Mark Clattenburg


    Man. City-Juventus: Cüneit Çakir
    Sevilla- Borussia M'gladbach: Ovidiu Alin Hategan


    Roma-Barcelona: Damir Skomina
    Bayer Leverkusen-Bate Borisov: Clément Turpin


    Olympiacos-Bayern München: Viktor Kassai
    D. Zagreb-Arsenal: Alberto Undiano Mallenco


    Chelsea-M. Tel Aviv: Bas Nijhuis
    D. Kyiv-FC Porto: Milorad Mazic


    Valencia-Zenit: Felix Brych
    Gent-Lyon: Daniele Orsato

    1. Anonymous28/8/15 01:41

      Since Çakir was the man who officiated the last Juventus match at UCL, I swap him for Björn Kuipers.

      GROUP D

      Man. City-Juventus: Björn Kuipers

    2. Anonymous28/8/15 02:01

      Forget about Kuipers. I just swap Çakir for Skomina and the Turkish happens to be in charge of Roma-Barcelona.

      GROUP D

      Man. City-Juventus: Damir Skomina

      GROUP E

      Roma-Barcelona: Cüneit Çakir

    3. Anonymous28/8/15 02:10

      Sorry, I must be crazy. It's like this:

      GROUP D

      Man. City-Juventus: Kuipers

      GROUP E

      Roma-Barcelona: Skomina

      Guess I'm in need of sleeping :)

    4. My good predictions,only predictions because is
      difficult hit with Collina:
      Wolfsburg-CSKA, F.Borbalán
      PSV-United, Eriksson
      Galatasaray-A.Madrid, Collum
      City-Juve, Moen
      Leverkusen-Bate, Sidiropoulos
      Roma-FCBarcelona, Atkinson
      Olympiakos-Bayern, Turpin
      Zagreb-Arsenal, Undiano
      D.Kiev-Porto, Kassai
      Chelsea-Maccabi, Nijhuis
      Valencia-Zenit, Brych
      Gent-O.Lyon, Orsato
      It´s all............

    5. Anonymous29/8/15 02:33

      @Anonymous 28 August 1:28 AM, excellent choices. I'd only make a small change, appointing Tagliavento for Olympiacos/Bayern and Kassai for R. Madrid/Shaktar.


  32. Anonymous28/8/15 08:01

    Aranovskiy(Ukraine), future Elite.

  33. when will be appointments for EQs?

    1. Anonymous28/8/15 14:41

      Three days before the date, so referees for matches on 03 September will be published on 31 August and son on.

    2. Anonymous28/8/15 14:41

      *so on

  34. Anonymous28/8/15 14:01

    Which are the rules for CL appointments? I mean, is it possible for a referee from a coutry to be appointed for a match of a group in which a team of his country is? If not, this year is going to be a bit relaxed for spaniards, as they can only be appointed for 6 matches each MD.

    1. In principle, no, unless the games have no impact on the rankings.

  35. Interesting play from the MLS discussed in this blog post.

    1. Anonymous30/8/15 07:00

      Incredible mistake for a former FIFA AR!!!!!!

    2. It's quite normal for players to move ball (even with feet) before putting it into play at restarts. The first touch by the first player can be considered trifling. Any AR raising flag for 2nd touch by first player (even though technically an infraction) would look a complete fool.

    3. Well then, Al, shouldn't the second touch be as well considered as just moving ball before the restart? What sets apart the second touch from the first? It cannot just be a matter of choice by the player putting the ball in play - that would be unfair for the game. Besides, no law can be a matter of arbitrary choice.

      If the second touch counts, so does the first. So it must be an IFK.

  36. Does anyone have the referee observers for the upcoming UEFA Women's Euro Matches?
    Thanks in advance

  37. Anonymous29/8/15 15:44

    Indisputable penalty at Newcastle-Arsenal minute 11 in favour
    of theArsenal.
    But Marriner was in the limbo.

    1. Anonymous29/8/15 16:27

      but a great assist from AR1 for the red card in 16'

  38. UEFA Women's Euro Qualifying, MD1:

    Kazakhstan - Austria, Shymkent, Group 8, 17/Sept, 1100 CEST:
    Referee: Gordana Kuzmanović (SRB, 2nd Group)
    Assistant Referee 1: Svetlana Bilić (SRB)
    Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandra Kojović (SRB)

    Moldova - Sweden, Orhei, Group 4, 17/Sept, 1500 CEST:
    Referee: Riem Hussein (GER, Elite Group)
    Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
    Assistant Referee 2: Imke Lohmeyer (GER)

    Finland - Montenegro, Turku, Group 2, 17/Sept, 1700 CEST:
    Referee: Marte Sørø (NOR, 1st Group)
    Assistant Referee 1: Ann-Marie Sjøvika (NOR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sonia Bakhtawar Khan (NOR)

    Estonia - Serbia, Tartu, Group 7, 17/Sept, 1800 CEST:
    Referee: Elia Martínez Martínez (ESP, 1st Group)
    Assistant Referee 1: Guadalupe Porras Ayuso (ESP)
    Assistant Referee 2: Belinda Castilla Mesa (ESP)

    Turkey - Croatia, Erzurum, Group 5, 17/Sept, 2300 CEST:
    Referee: Esther Azzopardi (MLT, 1st Group)
    Assistant Referee 1: TBA
    Assistant Referee 2: TBA

    Germany - Hungary, Halle, Group 5, 18/Sept, 1600 CEST:
    Referee: Sara Persson (SWE, Elite Group)
    Assistant Referee 1: Anna Nyström (SWE)
    Assistant Referee 2: Annica Johansson (SWE)

    Italy - Georgia, La Spezia, Group 6, 18/Sept, 1830 CEST:
    Referee: Zuzana Kováčová (SVK, 1st Group)
    Assistant Referee 1: Maria Lisická (SVK)
    Assistant Referee 2: Slavomira Majkuthová (SVK)


    1. Anonymous29/8/15 20:54

      Azzopardi (MLT) is assisted by estonian assistants

    2. Thank you very much! It would make sense considering the lack of Maltese officials. Do you know the names of the Estonians

    3. There are two FIFA female assistant referees from Estonia: Triinu Laos and Anni Rahula. I suppose there will be this two in Turkey.

  39. Anonymous29/8/15 19:24

    I do not inderstand Fandel. Two Bundesliga´s 2
    parties to Manuel Gräfe and the match Bayern-
    Leverkusen for Florian Meyer, possibly the worst
    referee at Germany.

    1. Anonymous30/8/15 12:18

      Florian Meyer is one of the best refs in germany, and his performance is this match was well

    2. Anonymous30/8/15 12:41

      Anonymous 1 is Gräfe lover. He is now not good referee. Scandalous in Real Madrid Juventus and now career over.

    3. Anonymous30/8/15 12:58

      Only one bad match of Gräfe, but he is one great referee.
      Florian Meyer is very,very bad.

  40. Anonymous29/8/15 19:25

    Sorry......I do not understand....

  41. Anonymous30/8/15 17:52

    From Swedish Allsvenskan today. This was a penalty and a red card for the player in blue & white. Comments?

  42. World Cup Qualifiers
    OFC Round 1

    Tonga - Cook Islands: Ravitesh BEHARI (FIJ), Ravinesh KUMAR (FIJ). Avinesh NARAYAN (FIJ). Salesh CHAND (FIJ)
    Samoa - American Samoa: Nelson SOGO (SOL), Stephen SENIGA (SOL), Bertrand BRIAL (NCL), Robinson BANGA (VAN)

    Cook Islands - Samoa: Robinson BANGA (VAN), Philippe REVEL (TAH), Glen LOCHRIE (NZL), Averii JACQUES (TAH)
    Tonga - American Samoa: Salesh CHAND (FIJ), Stephen SENIGA (SOL), Avinesh NARAYAN (FIJ), Nelson SOGO (SOL)

    Tonga - Samoa: Averii JACQUES (TAH), Philippe REVEL (TAH), Bertrand BRIAL (NCL), Robinson BANGA (VAN)
    American Samoa - Cook Islands: Ravitesh BEHARI (FIJ), Glen LOCHRIE (NZL), Ravinesh KUMAR (FIJ), Salesh CHAND (FIJ)

  43. Does anyone know the referee and assistants appointed to the UEFA Women's Euro qualifier between Estonia - England, in Talinn on the 21/Sept?

  44. Here in Valencia we remember that years ago Florian Meyer
    directed one Atlético-Valencia in Madrid and alone he was
    sufficient to eleminate the Valencia.
    We have never forgotten him as a worst referee.
    Please, see the second penalty in Bayern against Leverkusen.


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