October 19, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3 (II)

UEFA has nominated the following match officials to take control over Wednesday's second session of Champions League Matchday 3. Among others, Craig Thomson and Bas Nijhuis face interesting matches in Group D.

A| 21.10.2015, 20:45 CET
Malmö New Stadium, Malmö (SWE)
Malmö FF - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur (ENG)

A| 21.10.2015, 20:45 CET
Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
Paris SG - Real Madrid
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Padovan (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)
Blog Referee Observer: Detelin (BUL)

B| 21.10.2015, 20:45 CET
Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS)
CSKA Moskva - Manchester Utd.
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: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)

B| 21.10.2015, 20:45 CET
Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg (GER)
VfL Wolfsburg - PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Harry (ENG)

C| 21.10.2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
Atlético Madrid - FK Astana
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Vitali Maliutsin (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

C| 21.10.2015, 20:45 CET
Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
Galatasaray - SL Benfica
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: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

D| 21.10.2015, 20:45 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
Juventus Turin - Borussia M'gladbach
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

D| 21.10.2015, 20:45 CET
Estadi de Mestalla, Valencia (ESP)
Manchester City - Sevilla FC
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Geir Thorsteinsson (ISL)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)


  1. Thomson appointment is unexpected for me, for certain reasons he seems to be again on focus by committee. Kulbakov gets his second presence in CL, good signal for him.

    1. Given Collum's poor form Thomson might be Dallas' Plan B. Having the Scottish no2 at EURO is better than no Scottish referee...

      Bebek in UEL after Madrid.. no huge surprise.

    2. Scottish referees are a mystery! Cullum and Thomson are worse than most of the first category. Dallas (the godfather) also was no big deal ...

    3. I think, Juventus-Gladbach is not such a big match, therefore I am more surprised about Collum's and Nijhuis' appointments. Actually a switch between the Scots would have been more logical for me. Nijhuis seems to be regarded higher than most of us here thought, when we were surprised by his promotion.

    4. Jaap Uilenberg is making (excellent) politics, that's (almost) all.

      Thomson's observer is what makes this appointment important.

    5. Nijhuis, Thomson... but the most annoying is UEFA's tactics towards Turpin --> undeserved promotion after disaster in Rotterdam, another CL game after disaster in Manchester.

      Nothing against him but sometimes it's annoying to see that there are referees more equal than others!

    6. Tbf, since last season; thought Nijhuis has been decent...

  2. Third time in a row than Díaz Pérez del Palomar and Cabañero Martínez make part of Undiano Mallenco team. The same situation before 2014 world cup. It is difficult to say it is just a coincidence or more than that

  3. Thomson with a possible RC for DOGSO. He only booked the player for SPA.

    1. I dont agree with you. I think it was not clearly DOGSO. I think correct decision

    2. Difficult, also after soms replays. For me more DOGSO than SPA but I can accept both decisions.

      Thomson was really unsure, he communicated with AAR1 for some seconds - finally I think it was especially a decission by AAR1 McLean.

    3. I'm watching on German TV: Oliver Kahn believes it was no DOGSO and therefore correct to show the YC, because Christensen could still intervene. IMO, both decisions would be fine.


  4. Minute 41: Maybe a missed penalty by Undiano Mallenco for a handball. I am not sure or I would say it's a deliberate one.

  5. Not clear, in my opinion

  6. Missed penalty for handball by Mallenco in 41'.
    Velasco and Collum with correct penalties for handball - not really difficult to detect.

  7. See Ramos Behavior against Rizzoli...Shame with this no reaction. Clear RED card here.

    1. Many referees allow such behavior . If you remember Garcia Aranda - he would give red card for that by no mean. Rizzoli simply is not that type of referee, and Ramos knew that for sure.

    2. What did Ramos do? Please explain us for people who are not watching this match.

    3. And Now mandatory YC missed against Verrati so RC forgotten (76´mn)

    4. Ramos : head to head with Referee and very agressive Behavior.

    5. It should be red card for that.

    6. Ramos was given clear YC, but he started to protest into Rizzoli's face for 5 seconds, very nervously and loudly (if i understood well, he didn't protest for YC, but for some other foul before that). Rizzoli was very calm, didn't react, nor give a strong verbal warning to Ramos for such behavior (what he needed to do, IMO). And to add about Rizzoli: he officiated match Albania-Serbia and had few minor mistakes. When Serbian protested he asked them to help him to finish the match without tension (Serbian commentator said that, and he is informed very well - he is called in Serbia Aca Information). I find this interesting, so wrote it here.

    7. Mandatory YC missed for Verratti, and that would be second for him. Crucial mistake by Rizzoli.

    8. Someone called Rizzoli coward referee some time ago. Maybe too harsh but haven't you a feeling that he tries to avoid big decisions at any price? Sometimes he manages situation that should not be managed but severely punished. See, in example, the WC final...

    9. This is Rizzoli, also in Italy. You can discuss about his style, of course, but I think that he should have some reasons in doing that, because he achieved many successes and he was in the middle in WC final. Instead of issuing a card (Y or R) he prefers, when possible, to communicate with players. Of course this style can't work in very hot matches (for example, Madrid derby), but it works most of the times.
      Rocchi is a referee doing exactly the opposite thing: mere refereeing without hesitation in showing cards.

    10. I understand chefren. But please see with Niclas The situation wee discuss. And give me your opinion !
      Best regardés from France !

  8. Very interesting penalty whistled in Malmo. Mutual pulling, I think Malmo player did it first, but never mind. Sidiropoulos decided to whistle, but missed mandatory RC.

    1. as I'm not sure the attacker could easily score, the YC is the correct decision imo.

    2. I agree. The pass is too high and very difficult to control, therefore - if there was a foul - YC and not more for me.

  9. Penalty appeal by Juventus - Thomson and AAR2 Clancy decided to play on correctly. Correct "onside" decision by AR2 just before.

    Easy game so far but also a good Scotish referee team - IMO better than team Collum in the last few weeks.

  10. Correct penalty now by Undiano Mallenco. Easy decision. Mallenco with an over all good performance.

    1. as I'm not sure the attacker could easily score, the YC is the correct decision imo.

    2. sorry, wrong reply :)


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