November 23, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 5 (II)

UEFA has designated these eight officiating teams to take charge of Wednesday's Champions League games at 16:00, 18:00 and 20:45 respectively.

C| 25.11.2015, 16:00 CET
Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
FK Astana - SL Benfica
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Débart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Laurent Stien (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

B| 25.11.2015, 18:00 CET
Arena Khimki, Moscow (RUS)
CSKA Moskva - VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Borja Santana (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Robert (FRA)

A| 25.11.2015, 20:45 CET
Malmö New Stadium, Malmö (SWE)
Malmö FF - Paris SG
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: Gylfi Thor Orrason (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Repka (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

A| 25.11.2015, 20:45 CET
Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Real Madrid
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: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Ronny Zimmermann (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

B| 25.11.2015, 20:45 CET
Old Trafford, Manchester (ENG)
Manchester United - PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Tomas Mokrusch (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: José Aguiar (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)

C| 25.11.2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
Atlético Madrid - Galatasaray
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: Davide Massa (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Padovan (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrovic (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard Maxi (GER)

D| 25.11.2015, 20:45 CET
Borussia Park, Mönchengladbach (GER)
Borussia M'gladbach - Sevilla FC
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mitja Zganec (SVN)
Fourth Official: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Detelin (BUL)

D| 25.11.2015, 20:45 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
Juventus Turin - Manchester City
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: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)


  1. MacGraith with Collum; is that a first? I thought he was always a Thomson-man.

  2. Skomina with a 2nd match on the same group.

  3. Karasev and Brych with appointments in groups with teams from their own nation - flexible appointments this time, last season this happened only for Velasco in Ajax-Apoel I think).

    The Skomina case is happening more often, and I think this match is perfectly meeting Skomina's strengths.

  4. Astana - Benfica
    Buquet with a correct yellow card before half time, no DOGSO since ball was closer to GK.
    Second goal of Astana seems offside.

  5. Mediocre performance by Rocchi so far. He allows too many small fouls in my opinion and ignored an unsporting behaviour of CSKA player (32'). Rough foul in the 28th minute, initially I thought about SFP, but replays proved Rocchi was rather right.

  6. PSG goal seems offside...Ibrahimovic position before the crucial pass. AA2 involved : Francis Connor...

    1. No offside. Ibrahimovic onside.

    2. Yes ! See replays ! Very good call by Connor !

  7. Skomina AR has denied a clear goal chance to Sevilla. The ball didn,t cross entirely the line.

    1. A few seconds later, Skomina denied a possible handball penalty for Gladbach.

    2. And a goal for M'gladbach seems offside.

    3. Yes, but this was really close. German TV invented a great word for this kind of situations last weekend: "Besserwisserabseits", which means "wise guy offside". Perfect word for those kind of situations.

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    5. Well, offside is offside - it's been wroten here many times. For Sevilla it was not wise guy offside.

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    7. Offside is offside is a wrong sentence... every referee/AR knows that some decisions are so difficult and tight that they can be accepted either way.

      A wise guy onside...

    8. The red line in the image does not account for the shoulder and hips of the defender farthest from the camera...

    9. As it is "lying on the turf", it does, although it does not look like it at first glance due to the blurred perspective. Try to think with your visual spatial part of brain or make a better one.

  8. Any coment about Juventus goal? Spanish radio considers there is a previous fault. I didn,t see the replay yet.

    1. Seemed to be a "can, but need not" decision.

    2. For me foul, Brych missed that.

    3. According to 'Sky' a free kick wasn't absolutely necessary and both decisions are acceptable. As this was also my first impression after only one replay which showed this scene, I think the decision to play on was correct or at least acceptable.

    4. Puh... Not to see in any replays... Acceptable because not clear after 10 slomotions

  9. Kralovec oversaw a penalty - probably he did not whistle because of the offside flag by AR1 what was wrong too.

    Offside whistle instead of a penalty whistle. Difficult for Kralovec because he had to trust the AR who denied the penalty whistle with his wrong decision immediately before. (AR said the fouled attacker was in offside)

  10. On our tv station referee said that he can support Brych's decision, because City player lost his position. For me, there was pushing from Mandzukic, so Brych could give a foul.

  11. Not a good night so far for AR's. There are quite a lot situations already mentioned here, but there were more (Brych's AR2 somewhere at the beginning of the match, 5' or so - Mandzukic header, Collum's AR1 somewhere arround 35' - dangerous attack from Malmo). Flags were down both times.

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  13. 82' Kralovec issued a YC but he did not whistle for restarting the game after. Cannot understand.

  14. Jure Praprotnik's mark will be quite high probably. 2 amazing onsides in 2 goals.

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    2. If we exclude one clearly wrong offside decision (almost 1m no offside!) only two minutes before the 2nd amazing onside decision, I'll agree with this high mark

  15. Good penalty call from Skomina in favor of Sevilla. Probably missed YC.

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  17. So, finally...

    Donetsk - Real Madrid: Easy game for Bas Nijhuis who did overall a good job. In my opinion he is not a referee with an extraordinary potential why I am quite sure that he already reached his highest level but anyway a solid performance tonight. Some small mistakes, more in my observer report which follows soon.

    ManUtd - PSV Eindhoven: An easy, less challenging evening for Kralovec too. As far as I could see also a solid performance. There were two interesting situations. In the first half he whistled a offside position instead of a penalty - wrong flag by AR1 who denied the penalty whistle after (foul by PSV goal keeper). In my opinion a crucial mistake by AR1, no mistake by Kralovec himself who must trust the assistant referee. In 82' Kralovec missed the whistle to restart the game after cautioning a player.

    1. Didn't he miss a caution for Rooney too (impeded PSV #29 IIRC)?

      It occurred just before he blew for half-time.

    2. Yes, 45+2' should have been a yellow card! He should have shown it after half-time whistle.

    3. I agree on that. There were some protests by the players of PSV. I have not seen the replay, but I think it was a clear YC. I also wonder or the YC for Arias in 90+1 (or so) was a correct decision, I did not really see something he did wrong, except from making a minor foul.
      But over all, a good performance by Kralovec. 8,3 I would say.

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  20. After this week's results nearly all matches on MD6 are still important. Therefore making the appointments will be quite challenging, also because many of the top referees were already appointed on MD5. If UEFA sticks to their usual rules, it probably will mean that some of the younger (Elite) referees will get the opportunity to show their ability to handle big matches (or some of the older Elite referees, who were not trusted much lately).

    My idea for MD6 is:
    PSG-DON: Borbalan
    RMA-MAL: Taylor
    WOL-MANU: Mazic
    PSV-CSKA: Thomson
    GAL-AST: Atkinson
    BEN-ATL: Vad
    MANC-GLA: Makkelie
    SEV-JUV: Bebek
    LEV-BAR: Hategan
    ROM-BOR: Marciniak
    ZAG-BAY: Jug
    OLY-ARS: Aytekin
    DYN-MAC: Orsato
    CHE-POR: Kuipers
    VAL-LYO: Clattenburg
    GEN-ZEN: Tagliavento

    1. Generally I really like your predictions but I don't expect Aytekin (due an injury) and Kuipers in London again (due CHE-PSG only 8 months ago). Maybe a 'bigger' game for Clattenburg too.

      I can also imagine that we could see some referees for a fourth time, especially because of the importance of that much games. Strömbergsson is also a hot name for another CL game, I think - but there are also a lot of really important games in the Europa League. At least one thing is sure: It will be interesting... ;-)

    2. Aytekin's injury makes it more likely, that someone gets a 4th CL match, e.g. Brych would be a good solution for the group F decider. Your remark about Kuipers is sensible, the question is, who else for this important game. Maybe Mazic, but he is also the only possible top referee for Wolfsburg. And for Clattenburg group C is the only alternative, but are those matches really "bigger"?
      I agree, Strömbergsson is another candidate for a further match. Due to the relevance of nearly all the matches, a CL debut for anyone is rather unlikely.
      Really difficult this time, and you're right, that also the Europa League needs some top officials on MD6. Maybe UEFA is forced to break their inofficial rules and appoint several referees twice on the last matchdays.

    3. Do you think we'll see some refs being given 4 group stage appointments (a la Mazic last season)?

    4. Mine is:
      PSG-Sahtar Thomson (SCO)
      Real-Malmö Tagliavento (ITA)
      Wolfsburg-MU Hategan (ROU)
      PSV-CSKA Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
      Galatasaray-Astana Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
      Benfica- Atlético Clattenburg (ENG)
      Man.City- M'gladbach Bebek (CRO)
      Sevilla-Juventus Mazic (SRB)

      Leverkusen-Barcelona Marciniak (POL)
      Roma-BATE Strömbergsson (SWE)
      Zagreb-Bayern Orsato (ITA)
      Olympiacos-Arsenal Gumienny (BEL)
      Dynamo Kyev-Maccabi Tel Aviv Jug (SVN)
      Chelsea-Porto Kuipers (NED)
      Valencia-Lyon Atkinson (ENG)
      Gent-Zenit Vad (HUN)

    5. My predictions for MD6:

      A | Paris - Donetsk: Hategan (ROU)
      A | Real - Malmö: Jug (SVN)
      B | Wolfsburg - United: Kuipers (NED)
      B | Eindhoven - Moscow: Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
      C | Galatasaray - Astana: Bebek (CRO)
      C | Benfica - Atlético: Clattenburg (ENG)
      D | City - Mönchengladbach: Makkelie (NED)
      D | Sevilla - Juventus: Marciniak (POL)
      E | Leverkusen - Barcelona: Thomson (SCO)
      E | Roma - Borisov: Atkinson (ENG)
      F | Zagreb - Bayern: Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
      F | Olympiacos - Arsenal: Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
      G | Kyiv - Tel Aviv: Buquet (FRA)
      G | Chelsea - Porto: Mazic (SRB)
      H | Valencia - Lyon: Kulbakov (BLR)
      H | Gent - Zenit: Tagliavento (ITA)

      Very very difficult to make them, don't like them though: it will be very interesting to see the appointments...

    6. I would not expect a FG referee as Kulbakov in such a match where one of the teams still has options to qualify. Furthermore, I think it is very difficult to have three spaniards in the same MD. If I had to choose 2 as maximum, I would choose Fernández Borbalán and Mateu Lahoz, the first because he has only had one match and the second one because he is the one on the run for the EURO (apart from Velasco) and for the 2018 WC.

  21. It would be the third time Undiano Mallenco would referee Olympiakos-Arsenal! Considering Yuste Jiménez will replace Alonso Fdez un Velasco,s team in Spanish Liga and Cabañero Martínez is an usual AR with Fernández Borbalán I don,t expect Undiano in MD6. Besides, he had a match in MD5

    1. It cannot be Undiano. There is a Spanish observer (Lopez Fernandez).

      Going through all Elite referees, only Kuipers is possible - or Mazic, who is however more likely appointed for Wolfsburg.

    2. Or someone with a fourth match (maybe replacing Aytekin), e.g. Brych or Rizzoli

    3. According to CTA-RFEF, Manuel López Fernández will be the observer for the Wolfsburg - Manchester United match.

    4. And Fernández Marín will be in Zagreb - Bayern, what makes the prediction for Borbalán impossible. Would it be possible (theoretically) for him to handle the City - Mönchengladbach, the PSG-Shaktar, the Galatasaray - Astana or the Roma - Bate given that the spanish teams of those groups have already qualified or not qualified?

    5. You are right, Vautrot is in Piraeus.

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  23. Marciniak was appointed for Korona - Lech (today, 15.30 CET) but has been replaced in the last moment. He has been appointed for CL game probably also in the last moment.

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