February 16, 2016

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

UEFA has designated the following match officials for Europa League's Round of 32 first legs. Among others, Italian Luca Banti will handle the clash between Borussia Dortmund and FC Porto.

16 February 2016, 18:00 CET
Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
Fenerbahçe - Lokomotiv Moskva
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2:  Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)

18 February 2016, 19:00 CET
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
Anderlecht - Olympiacos
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Pataki (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)

18 February 2016, 19:00 CET
Arena Herning, Herning (DEN)
Midtylland - Manchester United
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: João Pinheiro (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Cosme Machado (POR)
Fourth Official: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Pierino L.G. Lardi (SUI)

18 February 2016, 19:00 CET
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
ACF Fiorentina - Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Mark Borsch (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)

18 February 2016, 19:00 CET
BVB Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund (GER)
Borussia Dortmund - Porto
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Padovan (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate:Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)

18 February 2016, 19:00 CET
Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal (ESP)
Villarreal - SSC Napoli
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: Dave Goossens (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)

18 February 2016, 19:00 CET
Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne (FRA)
AS Saint-Étienne – FC Basel
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR)

18 February 2016, 19:00 CET
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
Sevilla - Molde
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vyautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jurij Paskovskij (LTU)
Fourth Official: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Björn Vassallo (MLT)

18 February 2016, 21:05 CET
José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
Sporting CP - Bayer Leverkusen
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: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Michail Anagnostou (GRE)

18 February 2016, 21:05 CET
Estadi de Mestalla, Valencia (ESP)
Valencia - Rapid Wien
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jan Jílek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)

18 February 2016, 21:05 CET
Augsburg Arena, Augsburg (GER)
Augsburg - Liverpool
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate:Per Svärd (SWE)

18 February 2016, 21:05 CET
Stadion Letná, Prague (CZE)
Sparta Praha - Krasnodar
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Ponis (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dragoslav Perič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Octavian Goga (ROU)

18 February 2016, 21:05 CET
Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
Galatasaray - SS Lazio
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Madley (ENG)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate:David Findlay (SCO)

18 February 2016, 21:05 CET
Tourbillon, Sion (SUI)
Sion - Braga
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergiy Bekker (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergiy Boiko (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate:Andrey Medintsev (BUL)

18 February 2016, 21:05 CET
Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Schalke 04
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yılmaz (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Deniz Ateş Bitnel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Dag Steinar Vestlund (NOR)

18 February 2016, 21:05 CET
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
Olympique de Marseille - Athletic
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Steven McLean (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)


  1. Cracking appointments for Messrs Banti, Bebek, Nijhuis, Zwayer and Oliver.

    1. Oh, and Göçek as well.

  2. Some of the appointments are more than surprising. I think Banti should replace Rizzoli who got injured (no doubt that this match actually needs an Elite official of Rizzoli's format). Göcek in Shakhtar-Schalke surprises me as well - I expected an Elite official there as well (e.g. Cakir/Kuipers).

    Nice test for Zwayer who is definitely Germany's next Elite referee. The only question is "when". Nijhuis might be a candidate for a CL R16 return leg if he performs well in Villarreal; interesting matches for Fernández and Soares, too.

    1. You may be right re Rizzoli. But why Banti? Surely Orsato would have better choice. Dortmund - Porto is quite a high-profile fixture...

    2. Good question about Orsato. This could mean that Orsato has been appointed in CL. We will see.

    3. Next week's fixture PSV-Atlético with Marc Batta would suit. Alternatively Dynamo Kyiv-ManCity with Allaerts, also very possible as normally Orsato is not observed by committee members.

    4. No, Italian referees can't handle Ukrainian team. I think that in case of Orsato's appointment, PSV - Atletico would be the right match.

    5. I can't really imagine Orsato in CL R16 after two low-profile group stage matches. But he might be appointed for an EL second leg and they didn't want to switch too much. Significant, that Tagliavento isn't even mentioned as a possible replacement for Dortmund-Porto...
      PSV-Atletico seems to be ideal for Marciniak, I think. Kyiv-ManCity maybe for Kassai?

    6. Kassai is a good bet. Tagliavento is an Elite referee on paper only, IMO. We'll see, Marciniak often had Batta, so I don't expect him. Same for Karasev. If not Orsato, maybe Hategan would be another name.

    7. I think that it emphasises how far Tagliavento has fallen; as we completely forgot about him ;)

  3. Does anyone know when the referees will start wearing the Adidas 2016 kits?

  4. 58': Missed red card by Banti for SFP. No room for interpretation considering the replays, crucial mistake.

    1. 100 % SFP only a gewesen Meters before the eyes of the 4th official

  5. OT: Borsch is appointed on Sunday, that makes Brych in London unlikely.

    1. Cakir had Barcelona on MD 5. Mazic?

    2. From England (FA Cup appointments): Child (Atkinson's AR) has a match on Monday, so this should mean no matches for Atkinson in CL on next week.
      Clattenburg, Beck and Collin are out from all appointments, this could mean they are appointed in CL. So perhaps Clattenburg is appointed for Juventus - Bayern (he had this match three seasons ago in quarterfinals in Munchen) while Mazic in London for Arsernal - Barça.

    3. Yes, this seems the most likely solution right now. Not many alternatives for Turin, maybe Kassai and Skomina, but they could get the Wednesday matches instead.

  6. Very difficult game for Mr. Aranovsky so far. There is much bad blood between players from both teams. BRA #30 is constantly fouled by his opponents but - to be fair - he provokes most of contacts and put unnecessary pressure on the referee and wants his opponents being booked for every foul on him. Sion players responsed by shouting at their opponents and fouling them even more. Dirty games at Tourbillon. Mr. Aranovsky let the first small SPA go (4'), then booked two players, one from each team, for reckless fouls, not trying to manage these incidents in the other way (19', 20'). Then, he issued a stern verbal warning to SIO #3 for what was a more reckless foul than the two that were cautioned. I have a feeling the referee's personality is not strong enough to cope with a big pressure put on him by both teams and the crowd. There were also two penalty appeals to be rewatched (19' and 21'). His movements should be more flexible, but he applies the advantage very well (wait and see).

    1. 53' - Another good opportunity to issue a verbal warning to calm down the atmosphere a bit missed by the referee (the biggest point for improvement in this game was his tactical approach, a bit inconsistent, characterised by weak/not proactive enough communication with the players, "soft skills")
      54' - Very good onside at the goal by AR1; a very good overall performance by him
      63' - Mr. Aranovsky detects a clear dive in the middle of the field of play but decides to shout at the player instead of booking him.
      67' - Missed rather reckless elbow
      71' - Yellow card for a very reckless foul of Carlitos (Sion), YC is a minimum but should be supported
      90' - Huge confusion at substitution process (Braga). The referee finally issues a second yellow card to BRA #35 for time wasting. The player suggests that the problem lies in the action of fourth official and protests against him in a very aggressive way (must have been restrained by his teammates and club officials)...

      It was a very tricky, dirty game with an immense pressure put on the referee by the players and the crowd. A very high pace and a box-to-box play demanding a lot of sprints and a very high fitness level. I think the referee did the most of things right and tried to be as calm and firm as possible but was inexperienced enough to show the, so much desirable today, highest level of alertness, tactical approach, soft skills, consistency and positioning. Surely the game for a top Elite referee...

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  7. Ivan Bebek missed a clear penalty to Olympiakos (33', handball).

  8. Zwayer missed a quite clear violent conduct (deliberate kick on the opponent) and I have no explanations for the YC issued. Perhaps it was for another reason.
    Minute 28:50 of the match:

    1. Possible explanation: He was not sure, that the action was intentional and therefore considered it only as reckless.
      Funny, that he let Tottenham's captain toss the coin in the beginning.

  9. Very interesting situation in Shakhtar - Schalke 04.
    Was that a deliberate backpass by defender?

    29:20 (video) 73:27 (match)

    I would rather call it "attempt to score an own goal". :)

    1. Difficult, but it seems quite deliberate, I think. Unusual, but no mistake to award the free kick.
      Possible handball penalty at the execution of this free kick?

  10. Miroslav Zelinka with a good 8,3-8,4 performance in a less challenging game in Valencia. A referee with a lot of potential. Yesterday only 2 minor mistakes in the application of the advantage rule, otherwise very good.

  11. What about Artur Soares Dias?

  12. Underneath two links to penalty situations in the Fiorentina-Tottenham and Galatasaray-Lazio matches.



  13. FIO-TOT/Zwayer
    Very, very difficult. I understand Zwayer's decision, my first impact was “foul“ too. After watching the replays I would prefer to play on but no crucial mistake for me.

    Penalty... a foul is a foul, also inside the penalty area.

    1. Zwayer's decision is correct for me and, in particular, very well "sold" (body language & tension, diffusing protests).

      Oliver's decision might be acceptable in my eyes as the arms did not go out. Nonetheless this was actually more than normally using the body. Rather a targeted and efficient bodycheck. Rather penalty but I would say this is no 100% clear penalty.

  14. OMG check the first goal 1-0 of St Etienne...Clear foul from attacker
    Then penalty for 2-2 of Basel incredible decision....
    What do you think?

    1. Referee Sidiropoulos

    2. First goal: heavy mistake. Lost the visual control of the player, missed foul. Lack of sharing responsibilities with AAR1.
      Penalty mistake, again, AAR1 responsibility. Even in case of touch by arm, it can't be deliberate, natural position. The ball touched only the body, in my opinion.
      SOmebody should explain why a so inexperienced referee was AAR1 in such important match, while Kokoulakis only AAR2.

    3. I can only agree with my previous speaker - probably no coincidence that the 1:0 mistake happened (first time with this AAR? Maybe Edward can tell us more whether they are used to work together or not). But it could have happened on the other side as well if Koukoulakis had been AAR1...

    4. Kalogeropoulos is FIFA since 2015 and was promoted at 2nd group with only 7 official matches. For me that's mistake no1. Moreover since Koukoulakis and Tritsonis were removed from the FIFA list without any reason, Sidiropoulos had to chance his AAR1. Kalogeropoulos had never been AAR before so he is very inexperienced.

  15. Referee's for Braga- Sion
    Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
    Assistant referees:
    Danny Krasikow (ISR)
    David Elias Biton (ISR)
    Fourth official:
    Nissan Davidy (ISR)
    Additional assistant referees:
    Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
    Eli Hacmon (ISR)


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