February 22, 2016

Europa League 2015/16 - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (II)

These are the choices made by UEFA Referees Committee for Europa League's Round of 32 second legs. Israeli Liran Liany will be in charge of Braga - Sion. 

24 February 2016, 18:00 CET
Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga (POR)
Braga - Sion
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Elias Biton (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)

25 February 2016, 17:00 CET
Stadion Lokomotiv, Moscow (RUS)
Lokomotiv Moskva - Fenerbahçe
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kralović (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mário Vlk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Schmölzer (AUT)

25 February 2016, 19:00 CET
Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
Schalke 04 - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Balažič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Bojan Ul (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Simone Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Philippe Prudhon (FRA)

25 February 2016, 19:00 CET
Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao (ESP)
Athletic - Olympique de Marseille
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Vitali Malyutin (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)

25 February 2016, 19:00 CET
Anfield, Liverpool (ENG)
Liverpool - Augsburg
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Nodar Akhalkatsi (GEO)

25 February 2016, 19:00 CET
Kuban, Krasnodar (RUS)
Krasnodar - Sparta Praha
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2:  Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)

25 February 2016, 19:00 CET
Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
SS Lazio - Galatasaray
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolai Golubev (RUS) 
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Igor Fedotov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

25 February 2016, 19:00 CET
BayArena, Leverkusen (GER)
Bayer Leverkusen - Sporting CP
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tony Chapron (FRA) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick McGrath (IRL)

25 February 2016, 19:00 CET
Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
Rapid Wien - Valencia
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Davide Massa (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Padovan (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)

25 February 2016, 21:05 CET
White Hart Lane, London (ENG)
Tottenham Hotspur - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Haţegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre  (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2:  Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Tudor  (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)

25 February 2016, 21:05 CET
Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre Marriner  (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Burt (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell (SVN)

25 February 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadio San Paolo, Naples (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Villarreal
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1:Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Lüchinger (LIE)

25 February 2016, 21:05 CET
St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
FC Basel - AS Saint-Étienne
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: Dennis Higler  (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas van Dongen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Sviatlana Hrynkevich (BLR)

25 February 2016, 21:05 CET
Aker Stadion, Molde (NOR)
Molde - Sevilla
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Fourth Official: David McGeachie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Tobias Wolf (GER)

25 February 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
Olympiacos - Anderlecht
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Eakin (NIR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Raymond Crangle (NIR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mervyn Smyth (NIR)
Fourth Official: Stephen Bell (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)

25 February 2016, 21:05 CET
Old Trafford, Manchester (ENG)
Manchester  United - Midtjylland
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jozsef Erdos (HUN)
Fourth Official: László Viszokai (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)


  1. My predection:
    Rapid-Valencia Stavrev (MKD)
    Tottenham-Fiorentina Marciniak (POL)
    Porto-Dortmund Clattenburg (ENG)
    Lokomotiv-Fenerbahce Kruzliak (SVK)
    Krasnodar-Sparta Praha Hunter (NIR)
    Lazio-Galatasaray Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
    Liverpool-Augsburg Skomina (SLO)
    Manchester Utd - Midrylland Kulbakov (BLR)
    Schalke-Sahtar Hategan (ROU)
    Leverkusen- Sporting Karasev (RUS)
    Napoli-Villareal Vad (HUN)
    Basel- St. Étienne Jug (SLO)
    Molde-Sevilla Makkeile (NED)
    Athletic-OM Tagliavento (ITA)

  2. FC Basel - Saint Etienne: Danny Makkelie (NED) (ARs Mario Diks and Hessel Steegstra, AARs Kevin Blom and Dennis Higler, 4th off Bas van Dongen)

  3. Many interesting appointments. To be honest, I wasn't expecting Hunter in Olympiacos-Anderlecht.

    I think that Tagliaventos demotion should come in summer: or why would you appoint an Elite referee in a clash that has already be decided last week (6-0)?

    1. These appointments were already made, Tagliavento was unlucky that first leg ended 6-0. But the problem is not the score, you already see that he gets only Europa League, never Champions League in KO stage, and only one or two games in CL group stage. Very likely he will be demoted soon, but why not until now?

      Hunter has indeed a very important match with a committee member, that's a big test for him. Another remarkable assignment is in my opinion Buquet (Category 1) for Bayer - Sporting. I think that Buquet at moment is showing better performances and he gets better matches than Turpin. The latter has a good game, too, but here in Europa League and with a committee member. This clearly means that he has not still totally convinced. But, despite of that... he will be at EURO 2016 :)

    2. Bezborodov is another surprising appointment. He is experienced, but his last appointments were not that good. BTW, his R16 match last year was also Italy-Turkey. (A Russian referee for a team from Turkey is remarkable with the current political situation.)

    3. I think Vad's appointment is interesting too after the first match.

  4. Elite referees without a match in CL Round of 16 first legs and EL Round of 32:
    Brych (GER), Collum (SCO), Eriksson (SWE), Karasev (RUS), Kassai (HUN), Marciniak (POL), Mazic (SRB), Skomina (SVN), Undiano (ESP).
    Nicola Rizzoli is injured and very likely he was replaced in EL by Banti.

    1. Predictions for CL second legs:

      Wolfsburg - Gent Marciniak (POL)
      Real Madrid - Roma Skomina (SVN)
      Zenit - Benfica Collum (SCO)
      Chelsea - PSG Brych (GER)
      Atletico - PSV Karasev (RUS)
      Manchester City - Dynamo Kyiv Kassai (HUN)
      Bayern - Juventus Mazic (SRB)
      Barcelona - Arsenal Eriksson (SWE)

    2. Mine are:
      Wolfsburg - Gent Skomina (SVN)
      Real Madrid - Roma Marciniak (POL)
      Zenit - Benfica Clattenburg (ENG)
      Chelsea - PSG Brych (GER)
      Atletico - PSV Mazic (SRB)
      Manchester City - Dynamo Kyiv Kassai (HUN)
      Bayern - Juventus Kuipers (NED)
      Barcelona - Arsenal Eriksson (SWE)

    3. I think Zenit-Benfica will go to someone else - Alan Snoddy is the observer (so Collum and Clattenburg are not completely impossible, but very unlikely). - my bet is Viktor Kassai for this reason.

    4. Are the appointments made before all the first legs are played? Would make a difference in some cases, e.g. in Madrid.

    5. Snoddy is the only observer appointed so far and he was already appointed before the kickoff of the first leg.

  5. Turpin all but not convincingly

    1. This qualifies French referees to be nominated for major tournaments for more than a decade..

      Good performance by Matej Jug and his team, concentrated, good player management and control, all cards correct. 1 missed YC (good advantage, verbal warning at the next stoppage, which was not enough). 8.3-8.4.

    2. Are there any news on Ruddy Buquet's performance?

  6. Paolo Tagliavento and his team with a solid performance in a less challenging game. 1 missing YC, otherwise no problems, strong body language as always, still a good physical condition and positioning. (8.3 imo)

  7. 1-0 from Borussia Dortmund was clearly offside

  8. What a mistake by Simon Beck... Dortmund's 1:0 about 1m offside, not very difficult to detect. I am a little bit shocked.

    1. Aubameyang is ahead the line of the ball, but in my opinion it is not a shocking mistake. I can understand the missed offside.

    2. I think it's an understandable mistake. The assistant had to have doubts about in which moment the ball came off the shooter's shoe.

    3. First replay showed an other pic, I saw the other ones only some minutes later. I am sorry, it was definitely not a shocking mistake by Beck - wrongly enuciated. Anyway I think it is an offside position an assistant referee on this level should see.

  9. Please have a look at penalty for Olympiacos. No words.

  10. Penalty for Olympiakos unbelliveble mistake from Hunt..red card for Olympiakos. Also, for me I couldn't bellive that gave a signal for halftime when Anderleht has a corner kick...poor performance!!!!

    1. Poor performance is a compliment for this guy imo

    2. And another red card missed. No words

  11. I am sorry to disagree with some of you but I have the feeling that Turpin had a (at least) decent game tonight.

    Penalty at min.4 is a good decision for me - hand in an unnatural position. Maybe it's a bit harsh, but this sanction was deserved as there was a foul.

    Then the game was not very difficult to handle but he performed quite well and was accepted and respected by players.
    He gave some yellow cards and all of them seemed logic.

    Some points to improve:
    - big mistake by AR1 Cano that could have led to a goal by Liverpool at the beginning of the second half. This offside decision was not so difficult to make in my opinion ;
    - too much added time (5 min), I don't know how the referee team can justify that.

    All of us know why he will be at EURO.
    Though, this must not prevent assessing his performances in an unbiased manner.

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    1. Which behavior? If you think that the mistakes made are not mistakes, please explain why and give us proofs. Otherwise...

  13. Istvan Vad with a correct penalty whistle in first half, now (72nd min) a very controversial caution for simulation (MAN#35). Difficult to assess even after replays, but imo more penalty than simulation.

    1. Next crucial situation inside the penalty area, Vad decides after a handball to penalty. Acceptable decision, arm in unnatural position.

  14. Very bad performance from Hunter.I thin that in the over time he will for sure show at least 2 red cards.

  15. To make things a bit clearer regarding Hunter:
    The handball penalty was wrong.
    Missed DOGSO by Olympiakos in 6'. He gave free kick for the Greek team.
    Missed DOGSO by Olympiakos in 56'. He gave only yellow.
    Missed penalty for Olympiakos and a correctly denied handball penalty for Anderlecht in the beginning of extra time.
    That is, what I have seen so far.

    1. 4 crucial mistakes? His most important game in the UEFA Europa League so far, observed by Herbert Fandel, and then...
      Maybe also his last 'big' game for a long time.

    2. IMO the 2nd DOGSO case is YC. Attacker doesn't have full possession of the ball. Also the alleged penalty for Olympiakos is actually a good call for play-on.

      I agree on the rest. Plus that he didn't allow 2 corner-kicks to be executed before whistling for half and full time. And many smaller mistakes.

      I would say around 7.0-7.2

    3. Edward, taking into account the original pace of action, where is the ball and another defender when a foul occured, it's a DOGSO:



    4. For me both are red card. The first situation is quite clear and I don't understand what Hunter whistled in favor of OLY.
      In the second case, I think that one must also consider the speed of the player who was fouled, it was very likely impossible for other defenders to make a save, so DOGSO. The late tackle seems also quite brutal, but there aren't so detailed replays.
      Penalty given is of course a perception mistake, but I would say AR2 had to cooperate. The call was made directly by Hunter, it was impossible from his position to be sure.
      Furthermore, I must say that the body language in the situation at 57' is not the best one, my impression is that the referee is in trouble about what to do, having difficulties in being accepted by players.
      I try to look for the situations in extra time.

    5. Shocking. And not far away from 6.0-6.9.

    6. BTW the 3rd video does not have to be DOGSO (which it is IMO though), SFP is equally possible and more justified than deeming it as reckless (high speed, stretched foot, studs low but nonetheless up).

  16. One situation in Napoli - Villarreal (Aytekin): the first YC of the game (25') to Rukavina (Villarreal) could have been a straight red. I think that the foul made was borderline between SFP and VC. The player from Spanish team stopped a counterattack in the midfield by deliberately kicking the opponent with a certain force, the ball was away and the player knew that he would have never reached the ball. A player from Napoli was booked by Aytekin for dissenting behavior.
    You can find the video here:
    As for the rest, I think expected level, some protests in second half for an alleged deliberate handball but in case it was outside the penalty area.
    Some good calls by both assistant referees but one clear mistake each.

    1. 25': Borderline. But in my opinion the whole situation (especially after the foul) is well managed by Aytekin - strong and clear body language.

  17. Some tasty ties in the R16 ;)

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Anderlecht

    Basel v Sevilla

    Villarreal v Bayer Leverkusen

    Athletic Bilbao v Valencia

    Liverpool v Manchester United

    Sparta Prague v Lazio

    Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham

    Fenerbahce v Braga

    1. Hah, Liverpool - Manchester United. :D

  18. After the UEL draw, I'd like to make some early predictions (without knowing the observers)

    Wolfsburg - Gent: Collum (SCO)
    Real - Roma: Eriksson (SWE)
    Zenit - Benfica: Rizzoli (ITA)
    Chelsea - Paris: Brych (GER)
    City - Kyiv: Hategan (ROU)
    Atlético - Eindhoven: Clattenburg (ENG)
    Bayern - Juventus: Mazic (SRB)
    Barcelona - Arsenal: Marciniak (POL)

    Donetsk - Anderlecht: De Sousa (POR) / Thomson (SCO)
    Basel - Sevilla: Kassai (HUN) / Atkinson (ENG)
    Villarreal - Leverkusen: Orsato (ITA) / Çakir (TUR)
    Bilbao - Valencia: Karasev (RUS) / Skomina (SVN)
    Liverpool - United: Velasco Carballo (ESP) / Moen (NOR)
    Prague - Lazio: Taylor (ENG) / Kulbakov (BLR)
    Dortmund - Tottenham: Rocchi (ITA) / Undiano Mallenco (ESP) or Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
    Fenerbahce - Braga: Turpin (FRA) / Zwayer (GER)

    1. Mine is
      Wolfsburg - Gent: Skomina (SVN)
      Real - Roma: Marciniak (POL)
      Zenit - Benfica: Clattenburg (ENG)
      Chelsea - Paris: Brych (GER)
      City - Kyiv: Kassai (HUN)
      Atlético - Eindhoven: Mazic (SRB)
      Bayern - Juventus: Kuipers (NED)
      Barcelona - Arsenal: Eriksson (SWE)

      Donetsk - Anderlecht: Orsato (ITA) / Undiano (ESP)
      Basel - Sevilla: Zwayer (GER) / Tagliavento (ITA)
      Villarreal - Leverkusen: Makkelie (NED) / Collum (SCO)
      Bilbao - Valencia: Sidiroplous (GRE) / Rocchi (ITA)
      Liverpool - United: Velasco Rizzoli (ITA) / Velasco (ESP)
      Prague - Lazio: Kulbakov (BLR) / Thomson (SCO)
      Dortmund - Tottenham: Buquet (FRA) / Karasev (RUS)
      Fenerbahce - Braga: Taylor (ENG) / Vad (HUN)

  19. Not so easy, especially UEL (still referees from first group? If yes, which referees?) but let's have a try:

    Wolfsburg - Gent: Collum (SCO)
    Real - Roma: Skomina (SVN)
    Zenit - Benfica: Kassai (HUN)
    Chelsea - Paris: Brych (GER)
    City - Kyiv: Kuipers (NED)
    Atlético - Eindhoven: Clattenburg (ENG)
    Bayern - Juventus: Mazic (SRB)
    Barcelona - Arsenal: Eriksson (SWE)

    Donetsk - Anderlecht: Makkelie (NED) / Turpin (FRA)
    Basel - Sevilla: Nijhuis (NED) / Kralovec (CZE)
    Villarreal - Leverkusen: Bebek (CRO) / Moen (NOR)
    Bilbao - Valencia: Karasev (RUS) / Hategan (RUM)
    Liverpool - United: Thomson (SCO) / Velasco Carballo(ESP)
    Prague - Lazio: Taylor (ENG) / Fernandez Borbalan (ESP)
    Dortmund - Tottenham: Undiano Mallenco (ESP) / Marciniak (POL)
    Fenerbahce - Braga: De Sousa (POR) / Tagliavento (ITA)

    1. I am disappointed that Austria with currently three First Group referees didn't get any of the 32 UEL matches (and the 16 UCL matches) so far this year. I expected to see one of them in the UEL Round of 32 and thus to get a hint concerning the internal UEFA ranking (Schörgenhofer - the most experienced? Lechner - the youngest? Drachta - the rising star?). Are those three guys really completely out of consideration for the knock-out stage or could one of them handle a UEL Round of 16 match?

    2. I expected Schörgenhofer to get a R32 match. Drachta and Lechner had only 2 group stage matches, that made it less likely. Maybe Schörgenhofer's peformances were not good enough for a knock-out appointment?

      For R16 I expect only referees, who had CL matches in this season. Maybe with the extended size of the group, they even restrict on Elite referees.

      @Gitzlo: De Sousa is not possible for Braga (and injured as far as I know).

    3. Yes, he is still injured, according to an official document on www.fpf.pt.

    4. My dear, of course De Sousa is not possible for Braga... Sorry! So, I take Kulbakov for Fenerbahce-Braga instead. (Zwayer, Buquet, Vad, Jug and Strömbergsson are other possibilites)

    5. Well, possibly Schörgenhofer showed an under-par performance at Slovan Liberec - Olympique Marseille with nine yellow cards issued or he won't be focussed any longer by UEFA due to age considerations. I heard that Drachta will handle the friendly match Germany - Italy at the end of March, maybe our new hope for the future.

    6. In a somewhat unrelated note... I was surprised that Anthony Taylor was overlooked for the R32 as well. I thought he was nailed-on considering he had 2 CL group stage appointments. Perhaps we'll see him in the R16...

    7. Peter: games in Czech republic are his fatal games maybe... His second and last game in CHL was Plzen - Barcelona in 2011 and the game in Liberec was his first game with czech team since that. I don´t think he made some crutial mistake in Liberec but... based on both this games I would say he has some problems by the interaktion with the players. He acts little bit arrogant to me and in the hot phases of the match the players didn´t show too much respect to him. In Liberec the last minutes were very nervous and I am not sure if the observer was content with his performance...

    8. As no Austrian was at the UEFA seminar some week ago, it was clear that we won't see any Austrian referees in the K.O. stage.

      Drachta is too unexpierienced (only 2 games in Group Stages), Lechner has no chances after 2 bad performances on international level in the last 1,5 years (one of these in Florence where PLC lives ;)). Schörgenhofer would be the only possibility but I can understand if UEFA prefers some younger referees from first group.

      It's a good signal for Austria that Drachta handles GER-ITA in March. Austrian comittee said they want to have a referee at the EURO 2020 - Drachta is the only possibility I see.

    9. @rreeff: Drachta was the responsible Additional Assistant Referee at the "fatal game" Plzen - Barcelona handled by Schörgenhofer, an error that terminated the Champions League career of Schörgenhofer and led to a very long stagnation for Drachta: Lechner is commonly regarded as Austria's next top referee but personally I would prefer Drachta who mainly/exclusively seems to have been pushed aside due to the "fatal match" mentioned above.

    10. @Peter: Lechner is probably inside Austria regarded as the next top referee but considering his appointments on international level and the one or the other bad assessment in the last 1,5 years I am not that sure. My impact is UEFA prefers Drachta (who had a great game in front of Marc Batta last year, while Lechner was not that convincing when Collina was in the stadium).

    11. @Gitzlo: Do you know what happened with Harkam? In Austria he is well-known from a number of matches with very courageous decisions and internationally he handled a semi-final during the U17-EURO 2014 but completely stagnates since that time - I would have expected him to be promoted to the First Group at some point.

    12. Unfortunately I do not. As far as I know his international assessments were not bad but maybe 4 Austrian in First Group are too much for UEFA. So I can imagine that Harkam replaces Schörgenhofer or Lechner in 1-2 years (like Stieler Dingert in Germany). I saw Harkam some days ago in Paris (Youth League), again a good performance imo (observer Ellingham).

  20. Makkelie in Basel:

    IMO both crucial decisions well taken, double YC in such a situation unusual, but a good and accepted solution.

    1. The second YC should be a straight RC, in my opinion. Wasn't that violent conduct?

    2. I agree with Niclas - and my fellow countryman Makkelie - on this one. Second yellow for Eysseric is appropriate in my view, considering brutality and/or excessive force are criteria required for violent conduct. Here I only see a minor movement of the head, of which the opponent makes the most.
      I also know some associations explain the mentioned criteria in their own way, but for UEFA these aspects are obviously required.

  21. Yes I agree Niclas, good decision of Makkelie. Also second yellow card correct. The use of the head was not with excessive force or brutality. This is reckless / unsporting / provocative. So yellow for this is the maximum.

    1. Agreed, also with Dutch Ref. It is indeed true, UEFA puts much more emphasis on the necessity to have the VC-criteria fulfilled even in cases which are, for most associations, clear violent conducts no matter how hard or intense the infringements are (e.g. retaliation, headbutts...)


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