March 6, 2016

Champions League 2015/16 - Round of 16 (V): Szymon Marciniak to Bernabeu, Damir Skomina observed by PLC

UEFA has appointed two EURO 2016 teams to officiate Tuesday's Champions League return legs: Szymon Marciniak and co. will take charge of Real Madrid vs AS Roma observed and assessed by Hungarian Sándor Piller. At the same time, Damir Skomina's team will take control over Wolfsburg vs KAA Gent under the eyes of UEFA Refereeing Chief Officer Pierluigi Collina.

20:45 CET - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid
Real Madrid
AS Roma

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)
4th Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
Referee Liaison Officer: Raúl Masso Zambudio (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Harry (ENG)

20:45 CET - Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg (GER)
VfL Wolfsburg
KAA Gent

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
4th Official: Bojan Ul (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO)
Referee Liaison Officer: Wolfgang Mierswa (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)


  1. Really good for Marciniak, you can see how much committee rely on him. Once Elite, he got very quickly important and sonorous matches. At moment I would dare to say he is even a candidate for EL final.
    On the other hand, Skomina will be observed by Collina. Very important test to check whether the Slovenian has definitely recovered.

  2. Very much agree with Chefren's analysis.

    Marciniak has now established himself with the top brass. Perhaps it's a wee bit too early to be talking about finals; but he has certainly been very impressive. Also ditto re Skomina.

  3. Zenit Benfica
    Viktor Kassai
    Gyorgy Ring Vencel Toth
    Tamás Bognár Ádám Farkas

    1. Thank you. Any info about fourth official?

    2. Maybe István Albert but i dont know yet.

  4. I am always curious about the type of game where the tie appears settled after the first leg and for the second leg, they appoint a slightly less experienced referee to get "big game" experience. They did this with Skomina last year and Schalke made a game of it with Real Madrid. The game seemed beyond Skomina's level as it got competitive. It also appears he has stagnated since this game. I didn't think the Man City - Juventus game was a great showing in the group stages either. Strangely, RM won 2-0 on the road in the first leg against schalke in the round of 16, the same score which they lead against Roma heading to Spain in the same round. Also, Roma's form is A LOT better since the first leg. I think this will let us know, and the committee, where Skomina is at in the process. Also, I am looking forward to seeing what Marciniak will produce tonight. What are your thoughts about Skomina in general?

    1. Skomina surely is an experienced referee nowadays in his 8th CL season with 32 CL matches so far. His problem is that he doesn't perform constantly well and has too many matches with crucial mistakes. In this season not only City-Juventus but also Kiev-Chelsea were examples for it. This prevents him from becoming a Top 5 referee in Europe. In the best case, Collina's presence in Wolfsburg tonight means that Skomina is considered for EL final, but after the weak group stage the question is more likely, whether he can be trusted with more matches in this season at all. The match itself might be easy, if Wolfsburg scores early, or challenging, if Gent scores early, difficult to predict.
      For Marciniak, it is indeed a case of "big game experience" as you wrote. But after his recent performances he should be able to deal with it, even if the tie becomes hard-fought.

  5. Marciniak in the first half:

    - Real claimed for a penalty twice. Both appeals rightly waved away by Marciniak. No deliberate handballs for sure
    - One great advantage for Real
    - Good cooperation in the team (Ronaldo's offside, undeliberate touch by defender)
    - Marciniak warned Casimiro for rather reckless foul in the 10th minute, then missed a foul of Digne (and possibly also a YC) after which there was a dangerous counterattack, the card showed to Danilo spot on

    1. The only mistake for me was the missed foul before Roma counterattack and... perhaps flag by AR1 for Cristiano Ronaldo? Have to rewatch.

    2. That offside call was spot on. Blurred perspective but analysed it in the halftime. I commented about another situation telling about Ronaldo's offside above, to make it clear.

      Btw, what a personality and confidence presented by Marciniak in this game (talks with Ronaldo and Bale...). Such referees gets big finals!

  6. Skomina in 2 of his 4 UCL games without a single yellow card - after ManCity-Juventus tonight again.

    Good performance by Marciniak.

    1. I would say expected level. Match of normal difficulty. 8.4.

    2. If you mean Marciniak I can only agree - expected level, 8.3 - 8.4, I think. His self-presentation/appearance, his body language and his dealing with players are great and ensure a big career. I really look forward to see him in France (and maybe in an Europa League half-final before?).


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