September 14, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1 (II)

Two Dutchmen, two Germans, two Scots, a Romanian and a Spaniard have been appointed by UEFA to take charge of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League matches. German Felix Zwayer will make his Champions League bow at Stamford Bridge under the eyes of Jaap Uilenberg.

E| 16.09.2015, 20:45 CET
BayArena, Leverkusen (GER)
Bayer Leverkusen - BATE Borisov
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas van Dongen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Andrey Medintsev (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

E| 16.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Stadio Olimpico, Roma (ITA)
AS Roma - FC Barcelona
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)

F| 16.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
Dinamo Zagreb - Arsenal FC
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)

F| 16.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
Olympiacos - FC 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: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

G| 16.09.2015, 20:45 CET
NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Dynamo Kyiv - FC Porto
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Lüchinger (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer: Harry (ENG)

G| 16.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
Chelsea FC - Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Guido Kleve (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Per Svärd (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Detelin (BUL)

H| 16.09.2015, 20:45 CET
Camp de Mestalla, Valencia (ESP)
Valencia CF - Zenit
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: William Conquer (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Douglas Ross (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Rainer Koch (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

H| 16.09.2015, 20:45 CET
KAA Gent Stadium, Gent (BEL)
KAA Gent - Olympique Lyon
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien Macgraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)


  1. Anonymous14/9/15 10:46

    I saw Zwayer often but IMO it is too early for him... Good luck!

    1. Anonymous14/9/15 17:38

      Does anyone know why Achmuller is not Zwayer's AR2 in this UCL match, as it happened at FU20WC and recent Euro qualifiers?

  2. Surprised to see Hategan in Zagreb and especially Thompson in Valencia. Collum after poor performance in Europa Super Cup got less important match in Gent. Kuipers again in charge in Barcelona's match, again with Italians (there were lot of speculations about the penalty given to Barcelona against Milan in 2012). Also, this is his 4th or 5th match in Barcelona's clash (I remember against PSG, Celtic and Porto in Super Cup, besides Milan). Too often, I believe.

    1. True, but the last time he was in charge of a Barcelona match was in April 2013 (correct me if I'm wrong!), so almost 2.5 years ago...

    2. I'm certain he officiated Celtic - Barcelona not long ago...

    3. You are right about speculations following the penalty in Barça - Milan three years ago. This decision is still discussed here and very likely in case of particular situations in Roma - Barça, this incident will be mentioned again. But of course I hope the best and I think Kuipers will perform without issues.

    4. What is 'not long ago', Nur? If I Google for Celtic - Barcelona, I can only find a match from November 2012 that Kuipers handled :) Oh and of course I hope that Kuipers and all other selected referees perform well this week!

    5. Oh, okay. I stand corrected ;)

    6. Anonymous14/9/15 17:50

      @ Petchovschi: It seems that Vassaras has big plans with Hategan. Could you please translate this in better English than using Google Translate? "Preşedintele CCA, Kyros Vassaras, a anunţat, marţi, că Ovidiu Haţegan, promovat la 21 iulie de UEFA în categoria Elite, candidează pentru un loc pe lista arbitrilor care vor oficia la partidele din cadrul Campionatului European din 2016. "În acest moment avem un arbitru candidat la un loc pentru participarea la Euro-2016. Nu pot spune dacă vom avea un român la turneul final pentru că eu fac parte şi din Comisia de Arbitri a UEFA. Dar avem un candidat, pe Haţegan, pe care îl vedem deja la meciuri în preliminarii", a spus Vassaras la finalul unui seminar al CCA organizat la Casa Fotbalului. Întrebat cine are mai mari şanse să ajungă la Euro-2016, Ovidiu Haţegan sau echipa naţională României, oficialul CCA a răspuns: "Cred că au şanse egale de a participa la Euro-2016".

    7. "In this moment we have a candidate for Euro 2016. I'm a member in UEFA committee referee and (for this reason) I can't say he will be there for sure. But we have a candidate and we already see him in qualifying games"
      Vassaras was also asked who has more chances to be in France, national team of Romania or Hategan. His answer was: " I think chances are equal".

  3. Anonymous14/9/15 11:17

    Also I´m surprised by desigations of Thomson, Makkelie and Collum.

  4. Anonymous14/9/15 11:18


  5. Early MD2 predictions
    BAR-LEV: Turpin
    BOR-ROM: Buquet
    BAY-ZAG: Nijhuis
    ARS-PIR: Kassai
    MAC-KIE: Tagliavento
    POR-CHE: Rocchi
    LYO-VAL: Eriksson
    ZEN-GEN: Aytekin
    DON-PAR: Clattenburg
    MAL-MAD: Kulbakov
    MANU-WOL: Fernandez
    CSKA-PSV: Mateu
    AST-GAL: Jug
    ATL-BEN: Atkinson
    GLA-MANC: Mazic
    JUV-SEV: Cakir

    1. Difficult to see again Cakir with Juventus.

    2. Anonymous21/9/15 11:47

      Turpin for Barça-Leverkusen?
      There are 25 better referees........

  6. Anonymous16/9/15 17:04

    My choices for MD2:

    Shaktar - PSG: Mark CLATTENBURG
    Malmö - Real Madrid: Deniz AYTEKIN

    Man. United - Wolfsburg: Paolo TAGLIAVENTO
    CSKA Moscow - PSV: Milorad MAZIC

    At. Madrid - Benfica: Viktor KASSAI
    Astana - Galatasaray: Clément TURPIN

    Juventus - Sevilla: Jonas ERIKSSON
    M'gladbach - Manchester City: Cüneyt ÇAKIR

    Barcelona - Bayer Leverkusen: Bas NIJHUIS
    Bate Borisov - Roma: István VAD

    Arsenal - Olympiacos: Gianluca ROCCHI
    Bayern - D. Zagreb: Mateu LAHOZ

    FC Porto - Chelsea: Alberto UNDIANO MALLENCO
    D. Kyiv - Maccabi Tel-Aviv: David FERNÁNDEZ BORBALÁN

    Lyon - Valencia: Martin ATKINSON
    Zenit - Gent: Daniele ORSATO

    1. Anonymous16/9/15 19:22

      Group E: With Danny Makkelie on Matchday 1, Bas Nijhuis would be the second Dutch referee for Leverkusen this group stage.

    2. Anonymous16/9/15 19:27

      You should rule out referees already appointed for MD1 in both CL and EL, because UEFA makes appointments every two matchdays like this: MD1 and MD2, MD3 and MD4, MD5 and MD6. Out of that, only special appointments (replacements and so on) can occur.
      So you wont see in MD2: Vad, Orsato and Undiano Mallenco.

    3. Anonymous16/9/15 19:42

      @Anonymous 7:22, I see absolutely no issue with that.

      @Anonymous, does UEFA always function like that? If so, I'd have to make some changes. Anyway, I made a point of saying these are MY choices, I mean, the ones I would make and the ones I find most appropriate.

    4. Anonymous16/9/15 19:47

      @Anonymous 7:27, if UEFA always functions like that, it would mean Elite referees like Mallenco or Orsato would be ruled out of the first two rounds of UCL group stage and then we have First Category Referees taking charge of one match in this period of time, which is totally ridiculous. One could then ask why they belong to Elite if the Committee does not trust them, so much so these two, for example, hadn't been used at CL play-offs either!

    5. I don,t agree! Undiano will take charge of a high profile match (Girondins-Liverpool) althought it was a EL match. Chelsea-Maccabi, for instance, doesn,t need a Elite referee, in my opinion

    6. Anonymous16/9/15 21:38

      So, to your mind, an Elite referee neither has to be at CL play-offs nor officiate in the first two rounds of UCL group stage. Fair enough. From now on, I guess Elite referees should take charge of Uefa Youth League matches. Yeah, it makes sense. How could I miss this?

    7. Anonymous21/9/15 11:51

      Barcelona-Bate for Atkinson, I suppose.

  7. Anonymous16/9/15 20:53

    Challenging beginning for Zwayer with two cards and a penalty. SPA and YC to keeper is an acceptable decision, IMHO.

    1. Anonymous16/9/15 21:34

      2nd cortect penalty by Zwayer

  8. Anonymous16/9/15 21:10

    Big mistake from Kuipers. Clear foul from Messi before the goal. Maybe the goal was also offside. Watching replay.

    1. Anonymous16/9/15 21:13

      Very difficult to see. No camera angle was able to capture the entire moment. Imo no foul since messie was walking backwards. Correct decision to allow the goal.


    2. Anonymous16/9/15 21:19

      From the camera behind the goal it seems Kuipers ' view was blocked.

      Also, agree it was not a clear foul.

  9. Anonymous16/9/15 21:12

    25 minutes played and already 3 YC shown by Velasco Carballo. Your view's on the Xabi Alonso situation? Foul or dive?


  10. Anonymous16/9/15 21:14

    There was clearly no foul by Messi. Play on was the only right call

    1. Anonymous16/9/15 21:17

      IMO also clear foul and the goal was offside.

    2. Anonymous16/9/15 21:19

      I agree. Foul from Messi. Have to check if it was offside. It looked offside but I am not sure.

    3. Anonymous16/9/15 21:22

      What kind of foul? Both players are running. Messi is running back with no view. Just normal football contact. Come on guys. Try to be fair

    4. Messi was running back and had no intention, but nevertheless it was foul. IMO it was offside, too. Difficult to see and decide, I don't blame AR1, but from one angle it seems that left leg of Suarez was nearest to the goal line.

  11. Anonymous16/9/15 21:16

    Never a foul by Messi!

  12. Anonymous16/9/15 21:17

    Kuipers just missed a penalty for Barca. The goalkeeper definitely brought Suarez down.

    1. Anonymous16/9/15 21:23

      I disagree, even Suarez did not claim a penalty but a corner. That must be conclusive ;)

  13. Anonymous16/9/15 21:20

    Suarez was already going down. Clever call by Kuipers who was in a great position to judge it.

    1. Anonymous16/9/15 21:28

      Clever call from Kuipers but wrong.

  14. Anonymous16/9/15 21:23

    Clear penalty missed by Kuipers. Before the first goal more foul than nothing from Messi.
    Kuipers performance looks not good tonight.

    1. What about pulling from the back from Mascerano in second half? I think that should be penalty, too. Very tough match for Kuipers obviously, very challenging. Lot of situations for discussion. He could get from 7.2 to 8.5, depending on observer, but I think that we can't say for all situations that they are acceptable. For me, at least two crucial mistakes.

    2. Anonymous17/9/15 00:12

      What are the both crucial mistakes for you? I can accept to play-on in all crucial situations (Messi prior to 0:1, offside prior to 0:1, Suarez in penalty area, Mascherano pulling), especially compared with Kuipers' line. Unfortunately I did not see the YC for Roma#4. Suarez should be booked (tackle against GK).

    3. For me: foul from Messi (not deliberate, but it was - he stood on the foot of Roma defender), offside from Suarez and Mascherano pulling. Agree about both YC. My opinion. I am not here to attack or defend anyone.

    4. Anonymous17/9/15 10:16

      Messi-Foul is a 50/50 situation - there are arguments for a foul whistle and it would not be wrong, on the other side I think you can back the referee in this situation - especially in the aspect that he could not really see it.
      Offside from Suarez cannot be a crucial mistake - maybe he was 20cm nearer to the goal line than the ball but we need many replays and cannot solve it completely. How should the AR see that? In dubio pro reo!
      Mascherano pulling is again a 50/50 situation - there was a holding but also the attacker did all to have this contact and to fall down. For me no clear foul.

      I see any real, clear crucial mistakes.

    5. And in dubio pro ref :) Good call by van Roekel IMO.

    6. Agree with Niclas.

    7. Lots of doubts, Niclas, plenty of them. If we back Kuipers and AR1 in all situations, then they will receive 9.0 because this was very, very challenging match, and all their decisions were acceptable and correct. But, is it so? Notice that all this decisions were in Barcelona favor (and earlier - you can find that up - I wrote about his mistake in awarding penalty for Barca against Milan three years ago).

    8. Anonymous18/9/15 12:19

      Nole, alleged foul on Suarez which is not whistled is also in favor of Barca??? So Suarez is Roma player? Haha, and you say you are not here to attack or defend anyone? Nole's fun club is back again... That's MY opinion

  15. Anonymous16/9/15 21:27

    Harsh 2nd yellow card by Hategan

    1. Anonymous16/9/15 21:31

      Looked correct in real time, but harsh when seeing the replays.

      /Swedish observer

    2. I agree. A bit like Brych's 2nd YC in ManCity last season. For my taste, more careless than reckless, but probably the decision can be accepted.

    3. Just saw the replay...very, very harsh.

    4. Anonymous17/9/15 04:52

      First Zagreb goal and Arsenal goal offside? Opinions?

    5. Anonymous17/9/15 06:50

  16. Anonymous16/9/15 21:27

    Correct red card by Collum!

    1. Anonymous16/9/15 21:34

      ok.... but first yellow for Lyon should have been red also, don't you think?

    2. Careless, not deliberate. He tried to play the ball and suddenly there was opponent's leg and he stood on it. IMO Collum shouldn't be so strict.

  17. Anonymous16/9/15 21:34

    Second penalty by Zwayer, correct decision, but this time not even a card, it looked a DOGSO.

    1. Anonymous16/9/15 21:41

      Actually, both penalties are not particularly clear. I'm not saying he awarded Chelsea the penalties wrongly but, for me, neither the first nor the second are completely patent. In the second situation, do not forget we're talking about Diego Costa...and we all know Diego Costa, right?

    2. Anonymous16/9/15 21:46

      Both penalties are correct. Good call from Zweyer. In the second penalty there was two fouls. You can see this in replay. The only question is DOGSO or not.

    3. Anonymous16/9/15 21:47

      The defender was booked by Zwayer. During the injury (before the penalty), you could see that he held his YC in his hand. says the same. YC is IMO accetable, no clear DOGSO.

    4. Anonymous16/9/15 21:53

      Sorry, so another OK decision. But room for discussion in both penalties.

    5. Absolutely, in both penalties DOGSO can be discussed. But I see good arguments for SPA in both cases. I was impressed by Zwayer's sprints and their speed tonight.

    6. Anonymous16/9/15 22:56

      Definitely room for discussion in both penalties and not only about disciplinary matters!

    7. Anonymous17/9/15 00:02

      My question is: if those situations had taken place in Maccabi's penalty area, would Zwayer award them a penalty?

    8. Anonymous17/9/15 00:07

      I can accept both whistles, even if he was not that well positioned for the second one. These are situations you can only back the ref.

      But both situations are very good video examples.
      First penalty IMO correct SPA and so on YC. No clear goal scoring opportunity but still a promising attack.
      Second penalty for me more DOGSO. The question is what would be without any foul? There would be a goalscoring opportunity, I think.

    9. IMO both penalties clear. Rajkovic and Maccabi defender didn't even complain. About disciplinary - YC for Rajkovic correct, acceptable when we speak about Ben Haim.

    10. Anonymous17/9/15 17:16

      Both are doubtful penalties.

  18. Anonymous16/9/15 21:42

    In context of trying to be objective:

    First half of Kuipers was not bad. He had very good foul detection and imo perfect positioning on almost every situation. The first important moment for me was the 0-1 from Barcelona. Just to be clear the goal was not offside since the player was standing on the same line (or even a little bit behind)as the ball during play, therefore no offside. Now the possible foul situation of messi; Like I said before, it was very difficult to see. No camera angle was able to capture the entire moment and the focus of play was at raketic handling the ball. We'll have to replay the situation several times to be able to see if the decision was correct or not.

    Second important moment was the penalty appeal by Barcelona. To be fair in close up replay you could see that the goalie from AS Roma was late and made contact with Suarez, however you can also see that Suarez was already off balance and therefore imo the fall from suarez was not induced by the contact made with the goalie. After the situation it was very clear that suarez was asking for a corner kick and not for a penalty kick.

    Both important decisions of which one was definitely correctly taken and the other I'm not sure about.


    1. I agree with you completely.

  19. Anonymous16/9/15 21:55

    Foul from Suarez against the goalkeeper is clear a yellow card.
    Now he must be substituted. In this case so easy to show a yellow card. I am not happy today about Kuipers performance. The two situations in first half IMO also wrong from Kuipers (foul Messi before first goal and foul against Suarez).

    1. Penalty against Messi and savage action against Rafinha.

  20. YC for Roma #4 should be RC for me. A sling foul from behind, which endangers the safety of the opponent making forceful contact onto the ankle.

    1. Anonymous16/9/15 22:18

      I am agree, this is RC. IMO not all decisions from Kuipers in first half wrong. But foul Messi, missed YC against Suarez and the RC missed is not a performance as we would see from an Elite. Today is not the night from Mr Kuipers.

  21. Anonymous16/9/15 22:22

    IMO YC was the correct call. Tackle came from the side and not from behind. The contact did not endangerd the safety. Just a reckless tackle

  22. Anonymous16/9/15 22:30

    Arsenal goal looked offside.

  23. Comments about the Dinamo Kiev goal at 89' ?

    1. Buyalskiy was not offside. One can discuss, whether one of the players in an offside position was obstructing Casillas' view. But I think the decision to allow the goal, was acceptable.

    2. Anonymous16/9/15 23:19

      Indeed, AR2 raised his flag too early.Then he luckily changed his mind. You see that in the video of the goal.

    3. Anonymous17/9/15 08:08

      VG AR2 decision. Goal should stand. Cassillas puts hand up instead of playing

  24. Leverkusen - BATE16/9/15 22:42

    Makkelie with a good performance tonight. Correct penalty call in 74' (handball).

  25. Carballo with a good performance. He was very lenient in both foul detection and disciplinary control. However he correctly awarded a penalty for Bayern at 90+3'.

  26. Velasco Carballo, at Olimpyakos-Bayern, almost perfect.

    1. Anonymous17/9/15 00:02

      I think he is back again! Not his first excellent performance in 2015. (e.g. also Sweden-Austria last week)

    2. Dito...
      Today his performance was great! One point is to discuss - yc Müller, was there a (violent) conduct of the Opponent?!

    3. I think that on the Muller scene, he should also caution Olympiakos player for his reaction.

  27. Arsenal scored from offside.

    1. Anonymous17/9/15 04:53

      The first Dinamo goal also looked offside?

    2. Anonymous17/9/15 06:52

      ‘We were bad but so was the referee’, Arsène Wenger says.

    3. I didn't see first goal for Dinamo.
      About Arsenal goal, Walcott was in small offside.

    4. I watched now entire game Zagreb- Arsenal.

      About offsides:
      - 1st goal scored by Dinamo was not offside.It was a fantastic decision (the TV camera was perfectly placed)
      - on the other hand it was a small offside at Walcott (at least this is my impression because the TV camera wasn't in perfect position).

      About Hategan: he was good and 8,3 should be sure for him (Giroud's 2nd yellow card is ok).

      It's a shame for a guy like Wenger to blame the referee after such a poor performance of his team. With players like Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez etc. on the pitch it's unacceptable to lose at Zagreb.....

  28. Anonymous17/9/15 00:03

    velasco nad zwayer very good but Kuipers can get under 8.0 Suarez 2 situations, Naingolan rc and Messi foul with the goal. for amateur eye 50-50 all of them but observers will chekc it more close.

  29. 6 scenes from Carlos Velasco Carballo.


    1. Anonymous17/9/15 19:02

      22' YC
      44' Deflection (so correct offside call)
      45' clear YC
      73' YC (not given? if so, for me mistake)
      90'+1 I'm often reluctant to such penalties but when the defender stays with his open leg... ok decision
      90'+3 extremely raised leg but I think there wasn't contact so should be indirect free kick for dangerous play

    2. Thank you. I basically agree with everything. About 73' a YC was not given. Vidal made a big number of fouls and he escaped caution.

  30. Each time the referees are less sensible
    to the violence: Kuipers, Carlos Tévez...


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