August 21, 2015

Europa League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments for the Play-Offs (2nd Legs)

UEFA has chosen the following officials to take charge of the second legs of Europa League's Play-Offs 2nd legs. Among others, U-17 World Cup referee Martin Strömbergsson will be observed by Marc Batta in Bilbao. While Kenn Hansen will be observed by Frank De Bleeckere in Jablonec, Portuguese referee Artur Soares Dias will officiate in Croatia under the eyes of Peter Fröjdfeldt.

FC Kairat Almaty
FC Girondins de Bordeaux
 Girondins Bordeaux
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 16:45 CET – Almaty (KAZ)

Match Officials
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referees: Rob van de Ven (NED), Charles John Schaap (NED)
Fourth Official: Ed Janssen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

FK Jablonec
AFC Ajax
 Ajax Amsterdam
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 18:00 CET – Jablonec nad Nisou (CZE)

Match Officials
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referees: Lars Rix (DEN), David Vang Andersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Borja Santana (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

Qarabağ FK
BSC Young Boys
 Young Boys
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 18:00 CET – Baku (AZE)

Match Officials
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referees: Vytautas Simkus (LTU), Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Styrbjörn Oskarsson (FIN)

Rubin Kazan
FC Rubin Kazan
FK Rabotnicki
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 18:00 CET – Kazan (RUS)

Match Officials
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR), Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
Fourth Official: Süleyman Abay (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Welander (SWE)

Videoton FC
KKS Lech Poznań
 Lech Poznán
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 19:00 CET – Szekesfehervar (HUN)

Match Officials
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE), Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Siarhei Ilych (BLR)

HJK Helsinki
HJK Helsinki
FC Krasnodar
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 19:00 CET – Helsinki (FIN)

Match Officials
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referees: Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Guido Winkmann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Loukas Siotropos (GRE) mentored by Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

FC Thun
AC Sparta Praha
 Sparta Praha
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 19:30 CET – Thun (SUI)

Match Officials
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Guillaume Débart (FRA), Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Denis Bastari (ALB) mentored by Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard Maxi (GER)

AS Saint-Étienne
FC Milsami Orhei
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 19:30 CET – Saint-Étienne (FRA)

Match Officials
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS), Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kuddusi Müftüoglu (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Andrew Shaw (ENG)

Rosenborg BK
FC Steaua Bucureşti
 Steaua Bucuresti
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 20:00 CET – Trondheim (NOR)

Match Officials
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Graham Chambers (SCO), Douglas Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: John Beaton (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Thomas Weyhing (GER)

Hajduk Split
HNK Hajduk Split
FC Slovan Liberec
 Slovan Liberec
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 20:00 CET – Split (CRO)

Match Officials
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referees: Rui Tavares (POR), Paulo Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Tiago Lopes Martins (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R (GER)

Fenerbahçe SK
Atromitos FC
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 20:00 CET – Istanbul (TUR)

Match Officials
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referees: Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: TBD

Panathinaikos FC
Qäbälä FK
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 20:00 CET – Athens (GRE)

Match Officials
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referees: Tomaš Somoláni (SVK), Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Kralović (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

AZ Alkmaar
AZ Alkmaar
FC Astra Giurgiu
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 20:00 CET – Alkmaar (NED)

Match Officials
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referees: Matthias Winsauer (AUT), Roland Brandner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paulius Malzinskas (LTU)
UEFA Delegate: Tamir Gilat (ISR) mentored by Adrian Titcombe (ENG)

Brøndby IF
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 20:00 CET – Brondby (DEN)

Match Officials
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Matteo Passeri (ITA), Francesco De Luca (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: István Huszár (HUN)

Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund
Odds BK
 Odds BK
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 20:30 CET – Dortmund (GER)

Match Officials
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
Assistant Referees: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR), Sergii Bekker (UKR)
Fourth Official: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Appleby (ENG)

RB Salzburg
FC Salzburg
FC Dinamo Minsk
 Dinamo Minsk
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 20:30 CET – Salzburg (AUT)

Match Officials
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referees: Patrick Langkamp (NED), Bas van Dongen (NED)
Fourth Official: Danny Makkelie (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Richard Havrilla (SVK)

Standard Liège
R. Standard de Liège
Molde FK
 Molde FK
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 20:30 CET – Liege (BEL)

Match Officials
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referees: Mihai Ovidiu Artene (ROU), Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Argyrou (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)

FK Vojvodina
FC Viktoria Plzeň
 Viktoria Plzen
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 20:30 CET – Novi Sad (SRB)

Match Officials
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referees: Alexandros Gevrenis (GRE), Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Charalampos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Vladislav Khodeev (RUS)

Athletic Club
Athletic Club
MŠK Žilina
 MSK Žilina
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Bilbao (ESP)

Match Officials
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Mehmet Culum (SWE), Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Johan Hamlin (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Michail Anagnostou (GRE)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

FC Midtjylland
Southampton FC
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 20:45 CET – Herning (DEN)

Match Officials
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referees: David Elias Bitton (ISR), Oren Bornshtein (ISR)
Fourth Official: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)
UEFA Delegate: Volodymyr Geninson (UKR) mentored by Milovan Djukanović (MNE)

Legia Warszawa
FC Zorya Luhansk
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 21:00 CET – Poznan (POL)

Match Officials
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER)
Assistant Referees: Rafael Foltyn (GER), Holger Henschel (GER)
Fourth Official: Robert Hartmann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)

Southampton FC
FC Midtjylland
UEL Play-Off, 2nd Leg, 27/08/2015, 22:30 CET – Lisbon (POR)

Match Officials
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick (ENG), John Brooks (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Paul Krähenbühl (SUI)


  1. Anonymous21/8/15 19:39

    I dont know about bebek for fenerbachce, he could show many cards in that match...

    Are there any predictions for 2nd leg CL matches and Euro Qualifiers?

    1. Anonymous21/8/15 20:16

      what is problem with many cards? Ref is there to protect players and all best refs shows many cards. Watched first leg and it was like friendly. As Fenerbahce won first game there is no chance it will be tense in this game which Bebek can not handle.

      Watch top 10 list for refs in each country, all of them shows many cards!

  2. Anonymous21/8/15 23:57

    Important matches for: Hansen, Zwayer, Soares Dias, Kružliak, Aranovskyi, Martin Strömbergsson.

    1. Anonymous22/8/15 09:29

      And where is Manuel Gräfe?
      Gräfe is 100 times better that Aytekin, I think.

    2. I disagree on that, additionally he has not had any match so far this season. Maybe injured and thus not participating in Nyon's fitness tests.

    3. Anonymous22/8/15 17:09

      Gräfe is not injured. He has a match in the 4th German league this weekend.

  3. Game in Poland should be good

  4. Tagliavento, appointed to referee a match with a 5-0 on first leg. Uefa should reconsider his criteria to appoint referees to second legs before the first ones

    1. Anonymous22/8/15 09:26

      It´s nonsense send Tagliavento
      to this match.

    2. Anonymous22/8/15 09:27

      Tagliavento wont mind. If its an easy game he will get 8.4 which will get him a good game in the group. Referees dont always want difficult games!

  5. Many cards is not good. One good referee must
    use the cards prudentially.

  6. My predections for EQ
    MD 7
    AZE-CRO Stavrev
    BUL-NOR Borski
    ITA-MLT Bognar
    CZE-KAZ Marciniak
    NED-ICE Rizzoli
    TUR-LAT Gestranius
    BEL-BHR Carballo
    CYP-WAL Sidiropoulus
    ISR-AND Pisani
    GEO-SCO Vincic
    GER-POL Clattenburg
    GIB-IRE Eskov
    FRO-NIR Aranovsky
    GRE-FIN Blom
    HUN-ROU Mazic
    DEN-ALB Mallenco
    SRB-ARM Turpin
    LUX-MKD Jug
    UKR-BLR Hansen
    RUS-SWE Moen
    EST-LTU Gil Manzano
    SMR-ENG Welz
    SUI-SLO Kralovec
    AUT-MOL Strahonja
    MON-LIE Trattou
    ESP-SVK Kassai

    MD 8
    LVA- CZE Oliver
    TUR-NED Tagliavento
    ISL-KAZ Drachta
    WAL-ISR Strömbergsson
    BIH-AND Kulbakov
    CYP-BEL Hunter
    MLT-AZE Mazeika
    NOR-CRO Hatagen
    ITA-BUL Karasev
    POL-GIB Yefet
    IRL-GEO Pereire Gomes
    SCO-GER Cakir
    FIN-FRO Gil
    NIR-HUN Borbalán
    ROU-GRE Bebek
    ARM-DEN Brych
    ALB-POR Skomina
    BLR-LUX Enjimi
    MKD-ESP Orsato
    SVK-UKR Atkinson
    ENG-SUI Erikson
    LTU-SMR Schörgenhofer
    SVN-EST Vad
    LIE-RUS Estrada
    MDA-MNE Guimieny
    SWE-AUT Thomson

    1. Duarte Pereira Gomes (POR) retired.

    2. Anonymous23/8/15 03:21

      Daniel, really? Is that official?

    3. Sidiropoulos can't be appointed in a match involving Cyprus.

    4. CYP-WAL Rocchi
      IRL-GEO Tudor

  7. Have a look to this: for me a clear violent conduct by blue #17.
    Kassai is looking elsewhere. His fault? Is there a need to visually focus on the player who will pass the ball? Why not having the players in front of you? AAR2?
    I am appreciating views. Video should be accessible in 30 minutes.

    1. In my humble opinion, I think even though there is an argument to look at players more likely to receive the ball, Kassai is doing nothing wrong in his vision. Also it seems that he has distributed responsibilities well, AAR2 Farkas is even looking in the right direction so it is certainly the error of Farkas, lack of courage? Could have been a crucial mistake as Astana nearly score from the attack in addition

    2. AAR2 is not able to see through the orange player's back. He can not be sure about punch being thrown. AR2 is concentrated on the offside line. There is only Kassai and maybe 4th official and AR1 who were able to catch it (had they a good angle?, was their line of vision on this incident obstructed?, we will never know it). I have also doubt whether there is something wrong with Kassai's action. He should - more or less - be attentive to avoid being a barrier to blue player with the ball. Those are the scenes where disciplinary committee should step in. Even 6 referees are sometimes without chances with some behaviors.

    3. AAR2 sees the back of the player, he can't see the action. Should Kassai have moved to the left around 00:04 or so? I think he could have.

  8. Anonymous23/8/15 10:07

    Three people, three different opinions. I try to add the fourth: was the contact enough to classify it as VC? IMO not. No excesive force was used.

    Kassai's position was not optimal but not generally bad. AAR2 could feel that something happened but it is not enough fot disciplinary action, especially for proposing RC.

    It is very difficult to make some clear conclusion.


    1. Thanks for all your views.
      My conclusion in the report will be: violent conduct, but no official can be blamed. I would only recommend the team to think about positioning in such situations (having the penalty area and AR2 in sight and not turning the back to them) and delegating tasks such as controlling the player duo (the player who passed the ball and his opponent) and monitoring a potential handball blocking the pass to the fourth official (thus Kassai would not have had to follow this player duo all the time).

      About violent conduct, at first it also appeared to me like a soft push or sth like that. If you open the video as large as possible and move as close as possible to the screen, you can see that the first action by #17 is a punch using his fist with force.

    2. By the way, P.L., one question for you.
      Your sentence "was the contact enough to classify it as VC? IMO not. No excesive force was used." made me surprised - once again, it goes into the same direction like PLC and co. who claim that violent conduct really has to fulfill the criteria above careless/reckless.

      Imagine he would not have touched his opponent, but he would still have tried to punch him with his fist. This would be an attempted violent conduct. But...there was no contact. So...wouldn't be this contact "not strong enough" either to be classified as a violent conduct?

    3. Anonymous23/8/15 15:52

      Niclas, I never wrote that I fully agree with such interpretation but in fact it exists, was discussed at seminars for UEFA referee observers and I have to try to follow it.

      The answer to Your question is not easy. If I wanted to back this offence description as VC I would say: not excesive force but considering the whole situation absolutely inappropriate behaviour. And now to question: imagine that two players went into confrontation with some "kind" words but besides each others holding no real physical contact is made. What is the disciplinary action of referee (intentionally I avoid the words "should be")? Probably YC. I know that according to LotG attempted offence should be evaluated as real one but it is many times theory. Attempted SFP with no or minimum contact of the opponent should be penalized by YC.


    4. Three considerations:
      1. Force of contact with opponent is not a criteria used for VC. It is force of ATTEMPT.
      2. There is no such thing as "attempted" SFP. It's either SFP, reckless, careless, or nothing.
      3. Note that these two players interact twice prior to the VC. VC rarely shows up from nowhere. These interactions must catch someone's radar (4th Official, far AR) who must then track players.

    5. Anonymous25/8/15 05:47

      LOTG definition for SFP includes "excessive force": "A player is guilty of serious foul play if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play."

    6. Anonymous25/8/15 05:49

      The "excessive force" is also required for violent conduct: "A player is guilty of violent conduct if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when not challenging for the ball."

  9. Anonymous23/8/15 11:13

    Dinamo Skenderbeu Rocchi
    Malmoe Celtic Mazic
    Maccai Basel Skomina
    Shakhtar Rapid Marciniak
    Monaco Valencia Rizzoli

  10. Two crucial spot on-decisions by Kenn Hansen in Jablonec-Ajax in 2nd half. Correct handball penalty for Jablonec and few minutes later a mandatory 2nd YC for Bazoer (AJAX) due to a late tackle and SPA.

  11. Anonymous27/8/15 21:14

    Salzburg - Minsk: DOGSO in 41'? Blom gave YC, but i think that we can also accept a RC. Your opinion?

    1. Anonymous27/8/15 22:37

      Crucial mistake of AR1 Langkamp in Salzburg. He flagged offside but it was very close no offside after the ball had been headed to the attacker.

      Correct dissallowed goal in the 2nd half by AR2. Well done!

    2. Anonymous27/8/15 22:58

      For me it was not really a foul but if he whistles (what was appropriate to the fussy line of Blom) I can accept a YC too. No ball control, the direction of the attacker was not to the goal too. Correct decision IMO.

      All in all a good performance from Blom over 120 minutes. A fussy line in rule 12 but always accepted. Well done. AR1 unfortunately with a crucial (and furthermore for the outcome of the game important) mistake.

    3. Anonymous28/8/15 14:33

      Referee Blom very good, but unfortunately Salzburg excreted by a clear mistake by the assistant referee of Holland, third goal for Salzburg regularly, but denied. Did the Observer also seen?

  12. Awful mistake by Holger Henschel in Warsaw. Two players in offside position tries to play the ball in front of and very close to GK. Whether there was a touch or not, clearly irregular action. A very important goal should have been disallowed.

    1. *try

    2. Anonymous27/8/15 22:18

      I think that AR was deceived by the first attempt to play free kick, look at him when the plauyer stops his run. :)
      But, I'm not still convinced that this is a clear mistake, the first attempt to play the ball it is very likely still ok, the second can be discussed. It is true that player is extremely close to keeper, but does he really influence the opponent?

    3. Yes, he was deceived and it was really difficult to assess everything properly but regarding influencing an opponent I think it is really clear. Close to the ball and GK, clear attempt to play the ball. Maybe not 'awful' (as I decribed it earlier) but clear mistake IMO.

    4. Anonymous27/8/15 23:25

      Now we agree. Awful was definitely a excessive term.

  13. Missed handball penalty in Denmark. Defender Midtjylland handles ball in his own penalty area while being in defending wall. Arm goes up and to the ball, but Liany let's play continue. Crucial decision at 1-0 score (2-1 agg).

    1. Yeah I agree, it is a contradiction of the what the referees are supposed to say to the members of the wall before the execution of the freekick. Otherwise good performance from Liran Liany in my opinion

  14. Anonymous27/8/15 22:29

    Anybody saw Schörgenhofer's match? I would like to know how he performed tonight in Alkmaar.

    1. Anonymous29/8/15 17:02

      Robert was good in Alkmaar. No crucial or wrong decisions in penalty area.One question is only for AR1 ( second goal for my opinion was from offside). He well reacted for mass confrontation.

  15. Underneath a few interesting situations which happened tonight in UEL Play-Offs:

    Jablonec - Ajax (Kenn Hansen)

    1. Handball penalty JAB
    2. Both YC's Bazoer (AJA)

    Midtjylland - Southampton (Liran Liany)
    1. Missed handball penalty SOU

    1. Anonymous28/8/15 08:51

      About second YC to Bazoer,it is funny that Hansen shows the YC when player is still on tthe ground, but then he waits before showing the red. No sense :) If you have this feel you must do that with both cards ;)

    2. Anonymous28/8/15 09:20

      That's one enormous crucial mistake by Liany. He was looking at the wall: no explanations.

  16. Belensenses-Altach28/8/15 09:18

    Anthony Taylor in Lisbon with a good game but anyway with some possibilities for improvement. 8,2 for me...

  17. Some scenes from Legia Warszawa - Zoria Luhansk (Tobias Welz):

    1. Mostly, I agree with Welz' decisions. All YCs (no DOGSO in 1' - no ball control) ok, penalty clear. I only have my doubts at the first goal regarding offside. There is movement towards the ball which can be considered as interfering.

  18. Anonymous31/8/15 09:34

    2nd goal offside or?/


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