December 6, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 6 (I)

Interesting matches for Ovidiu Hategan, Danny Makkelie and Anthony Taylor: UEFA has designated the officials for the very last Tuesday group stage session of this season. The matches of the only group where still three teams have chances to reach the KO phase - Group B - will be overseen by David Fernández and Milorad Mažić; Craig Thomson will take charge of a direct duel for the last tickets to UEFA Europa League.

A| 08.12.2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid - Malmö FF
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Riccardo di Fiore (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard Maxi (GER)

A| 08.12.2015, 20:45 CET
Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
Paris SG - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Madley (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Nodar Akhalkatsi (GEO)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

B| 08.12.2015, 20:45 CET
Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg (GER)
VfL Wolfsburg - Manchester Utd.
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

B| 08.12.2015, 20:45 CET
PSV Stadium, Eindhoven (NED)
PSV Eindhoven - CSKA Moskva
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Karl-Erik Nilsson (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

C| 08.12.2015, 20:45 CET
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon (POR)
SL Benfica - Atlético Madrid
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 Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

C| 08.12.2015, 20:45 CET
Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
Galatasaray - FK Astana
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: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgenijs Milevskis (LVA)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)

D| 08.12.2015, 20:45 CET
Etihad Stadium, Manchester (ENG)
Manchester City - Borussia M'gladbach
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Fourth Official: Rob van de Ven (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Andreas Akkelides (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

D| 08.12.2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla (ESP)
Sevilla FC - Juventus Turin
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: David Griffiths (WAL)
Blog Referee Observer: Harry (ENG)


  1. Very interesting appointments. At first, I want to underline Taylor with De Bleeckere, second appearance in CL after the debut in Kazakhstan, more than good for him. In my opinion, he is now ahead, Oliver has to wait.
    I can't say the same for Orsato, appointed in the other clash of the group. He has now a certain experience and therefore I always expect more, but it seems that he is appointed in CL only because he has to make a presence. Matches for which he is appointed are always without a real importance. There isn't a growth path, or at least I can't detect it. I think that he has not still convinced the committee, but I strongly wish he can do that soon. In serie A and domestic competitions, he is the number one since years.
    Quite interesting matches for Marciniak and Makkelie, both are important in order to determine group winner and EL qualification.
    After some remarkable appointments, Thomson gets a low profile match, with a chance for both teams to reach EL, but I would dare to say Astana is not that interested...
    Hategan in a match with both teams qualified but still important to determine the group winner.
    Finally, after many low profile appointments, we have an interesting match for Fernández Borbalán, in case of win, PSV will qualify for sure. And, of course last but not least, in the other clash of the group, Mazic gets the most important game of Tuesday, a play off for qualification, and very likely losing team will be eliminated.

    1. I widely agree, except Thomson: Astana have proven to be very difficult to beat and IMO they have a realistic chance in Istanbul. Of course it is no sonorous game, but one of the more important ones for the outcome of the groups.
      It is beyond my understanding why Orsato was promoted to Elite - apart from being Italian I mean. For example in Gent he has not shown the necessary personality and feeling for the game which is needed in CL...

  2. For tomorrow, if we assume that an experienced and Elite referee will control Olympiacos - Arsenal, there is only one option for this game: Kuipers. All the other names are out for different reasons, of course it is also possible to see a referee at his fourth game, but I think the Dutch will get it.
    This means that in London, for Chelsea - Porto, there will be almost no options. All the experienced Elite officials are out. I think that we will very likely see a name at his fourth presence.
    Group E: it would be possible to see Clattenburg in Leverkusen and Atkinson perhaps in Rome. Clattenburg officiated BATE - Roma, but we know that referees can get matches in the same group with different teams, as it happened with Skomina. It will be very interesting to read the choices...

    1. Clattenburg and Atkinson are nearly forced for group E, because there is no other match for Atkinson and no other top referees (besides Kuipers), for these important matches. But it would break the inofficial rule not to have referees from the same country for first and second leg...
      Kuipers in Greece seems indeed very likely, and then we have only Tagliavento and Bebek left as Elite referees for Chelsea-Porto, so, as you write, someone with a fourth match is more likely, e.g. Rizzoli. Tagliavento could get the Kiev match then. Bebek, Vad and Strömbergsson are the options for group H, while the only completely unimportant match in Zagreb could go to Jug, Vad, Strömbergsson or a newcomer.

    2. The only spaniard who has 3 UCL matches is Velasco Carballo. I think we could see Mateu/Undiano in Rome, as Barcelona has already the first position of the group. Also Mateu could be in Dinamo - Maccabi, although I think that is more difficult because Borbalán handled the first leg and it would break that inofficial rule you mention.

    3. Cakir can be the ref for Chelsea

  3. Predictions for tomorrow:

    Roma-Bate (Stuchlik, AUT): Atkinson (ENG)
    Leverkusen-Barcelona (Mikkelsen, DEN): Clattenburg (ENG)
    Dinamo-Bayern (Fernández Marín, ESP): Strömbergsson (SWE)
    Olympiakos-Arsenal (Vautrot, FRA): Kuipers (NED)
    Chelsea-Porto (Larsen, DEN): Rizzoli (ITA)
    Dynamo-Maccabi (Deaconu, ROU): Tagliavento (ITA)
    Valencia-Lyon (Hauge, NOR): Jug (SVN)
    Gent-Zenit (Reijgwart, NED): Bebek (CRO)

    1. Nice predictions, but I would switch Tagliavento and Strömbergsson.
      Italian referees can't handle Ukrainian teams due to Collina's work for Ukrainian federation.
      Moreover, I see Deaconu as observer for a young or anyway Category 1 official, Strömbergsson would suit perfectly.
      As for the rest, I share your view. It would be a very good appointment for Jug in Valencia, the same for Bebek, after a not so good performance in Real Madrid - Shakhtar.

    2. But well, Tagliavento can't be again in Zagreb. Given that, very likely he is not appointed for CL.

    3. Or Tagliavento in group H and Bebek or Jug in Kiev.

      Anyway, it will also be interesting, who gets the important matches in Europa League, when the Elite referees and top First group referees are not available.

    4. Yes, the last 3 matches listed above could be switched flexibly. I also could imagine Bebek in Valencia, Tagliavento as a last test before a possible demotion in front of Reijgwart in Gent and Jug in front of Deaconu (would suit better, as Deaconu usually sees younger officials).

      Ah right, thanks! Then I think Cakir is indeed the most probable candidate for Stamford Bridge (and actually the only option).

  4. Kenn Hansen in Zagrab as a final farewell?

    1. He was removed from Maccabi - Porto following the announcement of his retirement, so it is impossible to see him in another match.

  5. Cracking appointment for Taylor, I didn't watch him in Astana...but judging by his latest designation, I'm sure he did well.

    I'm not too sure, but I think this is Gary Beswick's CL debut (?)

  6. Yes it is Bewsick's debut.

    OT: Club World Cup predictions
    Sanfrecce Hiorshima - Auckland CIty: Alioum, Menkouande, Nguegoue (CMR), Eriksson (SWE)
    CF America - Guangzhou Evergrande: Eriksson, Klasenius, Wärnmark (all SWE), Roldan (COL)
    TP Mazembe - Hiroshima/Auckland: Aguilar, Zumba (SLV), Torrentera (MEX), Conger (NZL)

    1. *Beswick's
      And Sato for Conger, if Auckland is in the QF...

  7. Mazic wearing black jersey & trousers with blue socks - fashionably valuable.

    1. Yes :) and two fantastic decisions from AR1 (Man Utd goal) and AR2 (Second goal for Wolfsburg )

    2. Looks horrible :D Nonetheless, it seems to be a correct decision to disallow potential equalizer for ManU.

  8. Your thoughts on United's disallowed goal by AR1 Djurdjevic?

    1. It was AR1 Ristic.
      What a night for him..
      Very good first decision and now top class second decision. Good team work, with small criticism for Mazic,as Niclas said, because of the early pointing to the center.
      But, overall correct decision was taken which is only important.

  9. Possible 2:2 goal by ManU disallowed by AR1 Ristic. At first Mazic allowed the goal (immediately pointed to the midfield - too quickly), Ristic immediately consulted him for a possible interference by a player in offside (either obstructing the goalkeeper's line of sight and/or impeded the goalkeeper's actions). At first glance it seems to be a correct decision. Small criticism: Maybe Mazic should not have been that quick with making the GOAL gesture.

  10. The most important thing is that the decision is CORRECT, and it was fantastic decision, as well as onside decision when Man UTD scored first goal. Mazic pointed to the centar immediately probably because the flag was still down, and he couldn't know if it was offside. Of course, we can always find something to criticize Mazic (of there is mot anything else, we can speak about his socks). Serbian crew was excellent in the first half - three tough but correct decisions. We will see how it will be in second half.

    1. You have a strange understanding of criticism. If you think that you become better by only being praised, you probably are no good referee.

      It's about how to optimize decision-taking processes. IDEALLY reading the match would lead to looking out to the assistant and maybe suspecting that there MIGHT BE an offside scenario. If he had looked out, he would have seen the immediate doubts Ristic had (surely also communicated via micro).
      So you see, I agree on an excellent performance and a correct decision which is the most important thing. But even in such matches the task of observers should be to seek areas where the referee can think about for the future.

      On the socks, you don't understand humour apparently.
      To solve that, UEFA originally wanted yellow socks, maybe Mazic did not bring them or liked blue more :)

    2. Calm down Nole,everything is ok :)

    3. Well said Niclas.

  11. I must say it is poor to watch AR1 raising the flag only after Wolfsburg players protests.
    You can see that here:
    it seems a call on demand...

    1. It was decision taken after discussion with main referee.
      Sorry, but I dont agree with you.
      So, you think it was a mistake?

    2. I didn't say that. The decision can be correct, but the way they took it looks like a request from Wolfsburg. Without protests, especially from Benaglio, I think AR1 would have allowed the goal. No good management, starting from Mazic hurry, then we can discuss about the situations, and I have many doubts, to be honest.

    3. So, what are you biggest doubts?

    4. No, the decision was not made due to Wolfsburg's players protests but due to AR knowledge of the Laws of the Game.
      Although a superb decision, the procedure should have been different, i.e. the AR should have raised the flag in order to signal the goal might be disallowed, discussed it with the referee, and than both of them should have made and showed (the referee with his arm and the AR with flag) the final decision / the indirect free kick.

    5. I cannot agree. In my opinion it was perfect how the AR did it - standing still and informing the referee (neither a flag signal nor a sprint to halfway line). At least in my confederation it is also required to act in this way. It would have a terrible optic in my opinion when the AR would raise his flag (despite he is unsure) and finally the referee team would allow the goal anyway.

    6. If AR raise the flag, then he MADE the decision, and he possibly needs to overrule it after discussion with Referee. (exc.
      Just imagine the reaction of players after dissalowing the goal, and then (maybe) allowing the goal after discussion with Ref)

      If AR don't raise the flag, then he didn't made the decision yet, and there is nothing to be overruled. IMO it's better to wait and make correct decision.

      It's never late for the correct decision, only procedure for taking a good decision can be improved. Very brave decision, I must admit.

    7. Gitzlo and RefRef / thanks for your comments.
      When I wrote "to raise the flag" I meant "to raise it above head" (without additional movement which indicates whether it was an offside, goal kick or corner kick). By doing so, the AR signals the referee he needs to discuss the decision (which he did not make nor show - it is still to be made and therefore there can be no overruling).
      But I also agree with you that standing still and not signalling anything is a sign the decision must be discussed, especially because nowadays, the referees have communication equipment and there is no need to "inform/call" the referee by raising the flag.
      I would really want to clarify the procedure, so some written guidance, if available, would be welcome:)

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    9. Of course,we understand each other. You're welcome Shearer.

    10. I believe the instructions from FIFA (not sure if UEFA follows this though) is that in doubt of whether an offside player has interfered with an opponent, the AR should RAISE the flag. The reasoning behind this is due to the fact that it is easier to justify the referee waving the AR down, than raising the flag. Personally I prefer the method of the AR standing still and using the mic to communicate to the referee. But this is FIFA's new instruction.

  12. "The decision can be correct..." Spoken like a true politician. :)

  13. I would like to see better replays before judging on the final decision itself, but something which indeed caught my eye was a replay from half-time:

    Ristic waits for Mazic, Wolfsburg players are approaching and protesting, Ristic calms them down. Mazic stays many metres away, then they communicate via shouting / micro, Mazic confirms something and then Ristic raises his flag. Only after that, Mazic turned away, whistled and raised his arm. In my view, a corporate decision should be taken differently and specially sold differently. But I stress that all this is very easily said from TV, taking such a decision within some seconds on the field of play under pressure has another quality!

  14. Correct penalty kick by Fernández, ManU's 2:2 resulted from 2 light (but effective) pushings.. could be whistled, but for me no black-and-white-situations and acceptable to allow play-on.
    Marciniak made a sovereign impression in the last, important stages of Sevilla-Juve.

    1. Agree about PK decision, acceptable.

  15. The video can also be found here:

    The decision and the procedure are correct. When a goal is scored then raising the flag is a decision. A decision is also to point at the center circle, but that can be easily made without the correct information. It is better to avoid the decision (so it does not need to be changed), though this is just a small detail concerning a difficult decision.

    So it is better if the assistant says "waiting (for nr) 8" as the referee is then informed of a possible offside situation prior to anything happening. This has 2 benefits - the referee might be ready to help to judge the situation and the team is ready for a possible offside call. This way it might sometimes be possible to take the decision in a matter of seconds.

    1. I agree with you.
      Also, I'm sure that this team have the code,the word (as you said, for excample 'Waiting') for situations like this one :)


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