March 5, 2016

Pierluigi Collina to observe Wolfsburg-Gent - Goalline-Technology at UCL/UEL Finals 2016

Some short pieces of news on UEFA officiating: Among others, please find the observers and delegates that will accompany the referee teams and represent UEFA in their pending Champions League Round of 16 return legs and Europa League Round of 16 first legs respectively - such as Pierluigi Collina in Wolfsburg-KAA Gent on Tuesday. 
Furthermore, Goalline-Technology will be used in the finals of these competitions.

Pierluigi Collina will observe the referee team in Wolfsburg photo by Олег Дубина

Observers, Delegates and Predictions for UCL and UEL Round of 16

Observer - Delegate: Prediction

UCL, 8-9 March:

Wolfsburg - KAA Gent: 
Pierluigi Collina (ITA) - Alan McRae (SCO): Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)

Real Madrid - AS Roma: 
Sándor Piller (HUN) - Barry Bright (ENG): Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Zenit St Petersburg - SL Benfica: 
Alan Snoddy (NIR) - Rudolf Repka (CZE): Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Chelsea - PSG: 
Roberto Rosetti (ITA) - Roland Ospelt (LIE): Felix Brych (GER)

UEL, 10 March:

FC Basel - FC Sevilla: 
Eugen Strigel (GER) - Dusko Grabovac (CRO): Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Athletic Club - Valencia CF: 
Jean Lemmer (LUX) - Thomas Weyhing (GER): Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Sparta Praha - Lazio Roma: 
Jozef Marko (SVK) - Siarhei Ilyich (BLR): David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Liverpool FC - Manchester United: 
Jørn West Larsen (DEN) - William Campbell (NIR): Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Villarreal CF - Bayer Leverkusen: 
Robert Sedlacek (AUT) - Jan Damgaard (DEN): William Collum (SCO)

Fenerbahce - SC Braga: 
Markus Nobs (SUI) - Balázs Makray (HUN): Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Borussia Dortmund - Tottenham: 
Vladimir Antonov (MDA) - Ainar Leppänen (EST): Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Shakhtar Donetsk - RSC Anderlecht: 
Bertrand Layec (FRA) - Oleg Harlamov (EST): Artur Soares Dias (POR)

UCL,  15-16 March

Atlético - PSV Eindhoven: 
Rune Pedersen (NOR) - Danilo Filacchione (ITA): Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Manchester City - Dynamo Kyiv: 
Frank De Bleeckere (BEL) - João Morais (POR): Clément Turpin (FRA)

FC Barcelona - Arsenal FC: 
Murat Ilgaz (TUR) - Bernd Barutta (GER): Damir Skomina (SVN)

Bayern München - Juventus Turin: 
Levan Paniashvili (GEO) - Metin Kazancioglu (TUR): Björn Kuipers (NED)

Goalline-Technology in UEFA's 2016 Competition Finals

UEFA has decided to use Goalline Technology already in this season's Champions League and Europa League finals. Read more about that here. Originally it was planned to implement and deploy the system that takes some pressure off the match officials' shoulders only from next season on.


  1. So IFAB just turned a sleek, easy-to-apply law into a mess:

    Now the referee will have to judge intent (did the player intend to play the ball?) and potential (did the player have a chance of playing the ball), in addition to whether a foul has been committed.

    If the objective was to remove pressure from the referee, this will be ridiculously ineffective.

    In other news, video trials will be implemented and the comprehensive edits to the LOTG have been approved.

    1. Info about Video assistant referee here:

    2. Good news about the form in which the VARs are introduced. However, I really don't like that new DOGSO law. Totally subjective when it comes to the second point. We'll have a mess!

    3. Too subjective parameters. It will be a mess. You have to decide whether the ball can be played. Sometimes I have different ideas than other colleagues. It is terrible.

    4. And now, of course, if the referee decides that the ball could not be played, not only will he face immense dissent on the field, he will be under intense pressure to run to the halfway line and look at it again on an iPad...

    5. So now, the first will be YC and the second RC or both YCs?

    6. First YC.
      Second RC because holsing (no intent to play the ball but just to stop the opponent).

    7. Why? What for? Definitely not very helpful for the referees, imo only more complicated than before and as already mentioned very subjective. It will not reduce the critic, more vice-versa I think. Difficult to find an uniform line with such subjective criterias.

    8. Basically, before, for a foul in the penalty area, the referee had to think:
      1) Is it a foul?
      2) Is it DOGSO?

      Now, it has to be:
      1) Is it a foul?
      2) Is it DOGSO?
      3) What type of foul was it?
      4) Did he try to play the ball? (And how exactly do we define playing the ball???)
      5) Could he have played the ball?

      That is FIVE subjective criteria on which the referees will face dissent. If players now tend to - somewhat - understand that a foul in a DOGSO situation yields a mandatory red card, now, with the introduction of a lesser alternative, the referees will face significant pressure from the players to go that way.

      My other question is: with VARs, how will crucial mistakes be apportioned? Will referees still dare take significant decisions without calling upon the VAR? Or will hte VAR be perceived as a mandatory safety net (ie I have to consult with the VAR every time I make a significant decision, just to be sure I don't make a crucial mistake). If it ends up being the latter, then the referee is not so much in charge as the VAR.


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