February 8, 2016

Youth League 2015/16 - Play-Offs for Round of 16 - Referee Appointments

UEFA has appointed the following officials  to handle 2015/16 UEFA Youth League Play-offs for Round of 16. 

09.02.2016, 16:00 CET
De Toekomst, Duivendrecht (NED)
Ajax (NED) - Sevilla (ESP)
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Fourth Official: Dennis Higler (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rene Temmink (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Evans (WAL)

09.02.2016, 18:00 CET
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
Anderlecht (BEL) - Arsenal (ENG)
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianmattia Tasso (ITA)
Fourth Official: Wesley Alen (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Mertinyak (SVK)

09.02.2016, 20:00 CET
Stadium: Riverside, Middlesbrough (ENG)
Middlesbrough (ENG) - Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Referee: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Fourth Official: David Webb (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Lukasz Wachowski (POL)

10.02.2016, 16:00 CET
Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
Salzburg (AUT) - AS Roma (ITA)
Referee: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Adrian Stefan Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: George Florin Neacşu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Gishamer (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Eugéne Westerink (NED)

10.02.2016, 17:00 CET
Arena Herning, Herning (DEN)
Midtjylland (DEN) -  Atlético Madrid (ESP)
Referee Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
Fourth Official: Morten Krogh (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Carlsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Zoratti (AUT)

10.02.2016, 17:00 CET
Na Litavce, Pribram (CZE)
Příbram (CZE) - CSKA Moskva (RUS)
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgi Doynov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Vojtěch Severýn (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Aurel Mihail Ionescu (ROU)

10.02.2016, 18:00 CET
Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
Celtic (SCO) - Valencia (ESP)
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward Smart (ENG)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: John Fleming (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolphe Mannaerts (BEL)

10.02.2016, 18:00 CET
Borås Arena, Boras (SWE)
Elfsborg (SWE) - Real Madrid (ESP)
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Aron Härsing (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)
Fourth Official: Per Melin (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Johny Vanspauwen (BEL)


  1. Daniel Siebert chose a lenient way to handle his game. He could have cautioned even five players (forearm hit - 9', careless/reckless tripping - 15', potential SPA - 27', try to trip an opponent with both feet off the ground - 34' and handball SPA - 44'), but with the exception of the last two mentioned fouls, he issued stern verbal warnings. A matter of taste.

    1. He started the second half with a correct caution for SPA, then missed a dangerous studs-up attack (52') and didn't issue a yellow card for a reckless head attack (57'). What is worth of mention is that he managed every single try of time wasting very strictly (by booking the GK and by approaching players who seemed to have such an intent). Also not the best positioning, especially in the first half.

      Too lenient performance for my taste but without major issues.

    2. In Bundesliga, Siebert normally is very modest (I would dare to say he is the most "unarrogant" referee in Bundesliga in terms of body language and player management), stays in the background - but nonetheless intervenes proactively (actually).

      Maybe the things you observed are a result of that, trying to offer the players too many degrees of freedom.

      What you mentioned about time wasting, that's sth I observed in several youth league matches (also with Ajax involvement in Schalke, referee Klossner). In those matches most referees pay MUCH attention to details like stealing 2-3 metres at throw-ins (Klossner did that 5-6 times in the game I mean), time-wasting and comparable things.

    3. Some scenes from this match:


    4. Thanks a lot for that!

      In my view the only mandatory YC in the first half would be the deliberate handball (clearly stopped an attack and, more important, prevented an opponent from gaining ball possession). Of course it is not ideal to start with a YC for handball if you have planned to apply a stepwise approach.
      All other situations are for me no 100% clear yellow cards, maybe except the 2 Sevilla players who indicated tackles with studs (no full contact, but still very dangerous). Proactively taking these tackles out of the game in the 4th clip could have paid out.

      In all situations, Siebert was IMO a bit too hesitant and not forceful enough in his body language. There was no visible increase in the severity of his warnings. And he used his whistle a bit inflationarily (too often loud, long whistles after a free-kick decision). This would be a point to improve.

  2. OT
    Bayer Leverkusen - Werder Bremen in DFB Cup yesterday, officiated by Stark. There are many and many interesting situations, I strongly hope that the video wont be deleted from youtube.

    00:35 penalty?
    02:10 penalty and YC, Stark booked the player when he turned his back. Not the best procedure to deal with a card.
    04:30 RC or YC? Stark tries to calm down players, he blatantly pushes away a player during the mass confrontation...
    05:45 penalty and RC for DOGSO
    08:20 no penalty seems a correct decision, there isn't a significant contact, in my opinion
    09:55 the most interesting case, legal goal? for me the touch by defender must be considered a save, so the offside should have been punished

    1. Thanks!

      0:35 - Penalty. A player tries to block a centre, so every contact between ball and hand not stick to the body should be deemed as offence.

      2:10 - Agree. One can say it was a small DOGSO, but I would prefer a yellow card that has been issued.

      4:30 - White #2 should've been booked twice - for reckless foul (only reckless because he did everything to avoid contact in the last fase of attack) and for unsporting behaviour afterwards. Of course, also black-red #13 should've been booked for his acting. Stark's way of handling this incident was maybe unelegant but worked well as the quick boxing 'break'. Then, the involved players were separated by their teammates.

      5:45 - Right decision.

      8:20 - Difficult to see such a minimal contact, difficult to fall after it.

      9:55 - Definitely a save... Stark's huge mistake.

    2. For the last situation you can check point II. http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.de/2014/09/offside-gaining-advantage-by-being-in.html#.VrsMsOYWnmd
      The goal should not have counted for sure.

      My view:

      00:35: NO deliberate handball. Typical scenario where defenders naturally support their body with a hand on the field of play. Short distance. Collina explained that last year (Kuipers, Eriksson) and deemed these situations as grey areas. Maybe the new UEFA RAP 2015.2 supports your view, ref1.

      02:10: I agree.

      04:30: For me the tackle can be a red card. Two feet stretched with a small jump toward the opponent. Ball was played. (reminds me on Chris Foy's red card against Kompany for a comparable foul even of much lower intensity.). A yellow card can be accepted maybe, what about a double-YC --> sending-off? YC for the tackle, YC for the push with the chest?

      05:45: Correct penalty... and of course the red card is no clear mistake. However, the ball was far away, maybe the attacker would not have reached it anymore in a that obvious goal-scoring position, the goalkeeper could have been there.. more than yellow, but not the clearest case of DOGSO on earth in my opinion.

      08:20 difficult to say whether the contact was clear enough and was the only reason why the attacker fall. Leverkusen were lucky for sure.

      09:55 see above. But here I disagree, ref1, for me Petersen has to see that himself. Stark asked him whether the attacker was offside at the moment of the shot. AR2 said no, so they gave the goal. Petersen's error.

    3. Regarding 4:30, the double YC = RC was mandatory if the straight red card was not issued, IMO. White #2 should have gone either way.

    4. 00:35 – no penalty kick, the arm is in natural position as the player naturally leaned on it and made no move towards the ball. And to me, it seemed the ball hit the player into ribs (first)…
      02:10 - penalty and YC, no DOGSO as the position where the attacker would have possibly shoot the ball is almost dead angle…
      04:30 - red card for the white player for two offences – reckless attack (YC) and unsporting behavior (YC)
      05:45 - penalty kick and RC for DOGSO
      08:20 - penalty kick, no YC - there was light tripping, which I clearly detected only after the second slow-motion…
      09:55 – mistake by the AR (and the referee if he was explained exactly what happened) – making right calls in such difficult situations differ AR from the top AR

    5. 00:35 no pk -- intent to block pass/kick was with legs -- hit hand
      02:10 PK and YC
      4:30 I'm OK with one YC; warning to both players for confrontation; separation unorthodox, but effective
      5:45 PK and RC
      8:20 Even though keeper had low profile, fair charge, trip incidental (not careless)
      9:55 AR should be able to decide this without a conference

  3. What about this tackle from the yesterday's West Ham United - Liverpool FA Cup game...?


    1. Tackle with studs, high intensity, low hitting point. More red than yellow for me (70:30). But at least a free-kick..

    2. In addition to arguments provided by Niclas, I would like to add that defender missed the ball and hit the opponent. Altogether, defender has endangered opponent's safety - RC.

    3. Tackler leaves feet to lunge in. That's biggest indicator for RC for me (no control). RC.

  4. Poland-Italy U20 (internat. round): Robert Schröder (GER, 2nd Bundesliga official, Brand's Bundesliga AR1).

  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOL_0Ite07Q
    A long video interview with Mazic. It would be nice to know more, perhaps our Serbian readers can help us. :)

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    3. Chefren, i can help you. Please give me your email adress.

  6. OMG :D


    1. Like a crucial mistake and Valencia won after PSO. I'm really sorry for Celtic!

    2. If you watch right leg of defender, he pulled up injured.

      In what situation would a defender ever fall down like that otherwise?

  7. Huge mistake. It is a pity we are unable to see referee's and AR's positioning. Would you agree that, although pretty far from the incident, the AR was in better position to see what happened and communicate it to the referee?

    1. I fully agree. Of course this is far away from his formal area of responsibility. On the other hand the whistle came quite quick. I would deem this as a crucial mistake at any rate.

  8. News from Portugal: Manuel de Sousa is currently injured, while Artur Dias will officiate Benfica - Porto on 12/02.

  9. From Italy: Rizzoli was about to be appointed for Juventus-Napoli, the top clash on Saturday in serie A, but it seems as he got injured (calf). He should be out for some weeks, perhaps one or two. Very likely he will be replaced if appointed in Champions or Europa League. More to follow.

  10. Orsato will referee top clash Juventus-Napoli. I think Rizzoli is injured because he was the expected name and quite sure


    1:02 - straight red card issued by Craig Pawson for serious foul play

    1. Absolutely correct decision!

    2. Normally having a frontal view on a foul is not ideal - but in this case, as you can see in the replay, it was perfect to identify the tackle with studs.

    3. In my opinion a harsh decision. The actions is aimed at the ball, the legs are bent with the studs pointed at the ball and there is no contact made with the opponent. In my opinion a reckless tackle.

    4. There is no way you can make a reckless tackle with the feet that high. Red card.

  12. Four key match incidents from Valencia - Barcelona game handled by Carlos Velasco:

    1) https://vid.me/f33V
    2) https://vid.me/KXXS
    3) https://vid.me/pCCf
    4) https://vid.me/vsJJ

    1. 1 Easily a PK and YC.
      2 YC
      3 Very close. A YC is justifiable. Lower speed and hit ball first. Did not hit player head on.
      4. Three YC offenses. :) Referee gets either of first two and the following ones would not have been there.


    0:19 and 2:34 - two red cards issued by Radu Petrescu, both for DOGSO

    1. Thank you. Generally a quite challenging game (at least) for Petrescu who had IMO some problems in the disciplinary in begin.

      The first DOGSO is in my opinion a wrong decision (even if I my first impact was the same one).

    2. I recognized that UEFA shows no replays - I saw some in TV and with the help of these it can be solved as harsh decision imo.

    3. 0:19 Correct DOGSO. Attacker was in process of shooting when kicking leg was kicked. 2nd defender never would have been there to block the shot.
      2:34 "No complaints" :)

  14. Marciniak will handle a not so big game on Saturday with Sokolnicki and Listkiewicz. Raczkowski has a match on Friday and Musiał on Sunday. I think they will be appointed by UEFA next week (Wednesday CL?)

    1. Have you deleted your vidme? None of the links you posted seem to work

  15. Soares Dias with a very good performance today, in the classic of the Portuguese league (Benfica-Porto).

  16. Turkish Federation has revealed Martin Strömbergsson appointment for Fenerbahçe-Lokomotiv Moskva.


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