April 2, 2016

German Daniel Siebert to take charge of UEFA Youth League Final 2016

UEFA has appointed 31-year old Daniel Siebert of Germany to take control over this season's UEFA Youth League Final to be played in Nyon on 18 April. 

Swedish Andreas Ekberg and Italian Davide Massa have been chosen to oversee the semifinals three days earlier under the eyes of Pierluigi Collina and Marc Batta.

Residing in Berlin, Daniel Siebert has already refereed this season's Youth League Play-Off for the K.O. phase between Ajax Amsterdam and Sevilla CF. The 31-year old sport scientist who replaced Wolfgang Stark on the FIFA list back in January 2015 will handle his 39th Bundesliga match later today (Ingolstadt-Schalke). His modest but at the same time modern refereeing style probably attracted UEFA's attention. He will be assisted by UEFA CORE-experienced Rafael Foltyn (1985) and Jan Seidel (1984). Christian Dingert (1980) will function as fourth official. Suisse Cyril Zimmermann has been appointed as UEFA Referee Observer.

The teams that will join the final depend on the results of the semifinals played in Nyon on 15 April.

Swedish Andreas Ekberg will control Chelsea FC vs RSC Anderlecht observed and assessed by UEFA's Chief Refereeing Officer Pierluigi Collina. The 30-year old will be assisted by Fredrik Nilsson (1972) and Stefan Hallberg (1981). Bojan Pandzic (1982) will take care of the benches and team officials. The Swedish already took charge of 3 Europa League matches, the UEFA's Under-17 Euro 2014 Final and a UEFA's Under-19 Euro 2015 Semifinal.

A bit later, Italian Davide Massa (34) will referee the sonorous duel between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Assisted by Fabiano Preti (1978) and Alberto Tegoni (1979), the Western-Italian will be observed by Vice Refereeing Officer Marc Batta of France. Marco Guida (1981) will be the fourth official.



15 April 2016, 13:00 CET - Nyon
Chelsea FC - RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Eugène Westerink (NED)

15 April 2016, 17:00 CET - Nyon
Real Madrid - Paris SG
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Marco Guida (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Eugène Westerink (NED)


18 April 2016, 17:00 CET - Nyon
Chelsea FC/RSC Anderlecht - Real Madrid/Paris SG
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Eugène Westerink (NED)


  1. Ekberg is an expected choice, Siebert is not completely surprising too but to be honest, Massa was not on my list. I saw him this year in Klagenfurt (Wolfsberger AC - Dortmund) and was not really convinced. Maybe only a bad day. Good luck for this new challenge to all the three teams!

    1. I think Guida handled the match in Klagenfurt didn't he?

    2. No Niclas, it was Massa for Wolfsberger - Borussia Dortmund:

      BTW I didn't expect Massa again in this competition because he already handled a match in Round of 16.
      This is surely the most important appointment at international stage, hopefully he will perform well under the eyes of Marc Batta.

    3. I can add that, very likely, Tegoni will be new FIFA AR for 2017.

    4. Thanks! I always mixed them up...

  2. What do you think of this RC:SFP today, referee Mark Clattenburg


    1. Clear red.

      On a similar note, this is from Mark Geiger yesterday: http://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2016-04-01-new-england-revolution-vs-new-york-red-bulls/details/video/60903 (I think Germans can see it, but it is blocked in the UK). Alternative angles in the full highlights (at 2:15). The decision has created a large controversy in MLS circles, with three main positions:
      1) It is harsh but correct and consistent with the interpretation of the Laws in MLS (and, for some, abroad). This is a minority view.
      2) Geiger respected PRO's directive, but PRO's interpretation is overly harsh and kills the game. In this, MLS is harsher than the rest of the world, and PRO may seek to overcompensate for the perception of MLS as a 'brutal' league.
      3) Geiger messed up completely and wrongly applied the Laws and the directives from PRO.


    2. Harsh but acceptable, I would say.

  3. Two incredible mistakes from AR1 in El Classico i first 10 minutes, especially second one.

    1. In the second case it was a goal kick: no offside.

    2. I missed it was goal kick. My mistake then. What about penalty kick appeal from Messi?

    3. Could've gone either way, but I believe Hernández was right. I have a strong feeling that Messi wanted a penalty kick and dived slightly before the contact with Ramos occured. Both feet off the ground in the same moment, direction in which Messi fell down <-- simulation indicators. Of course, if no penalty/free kick, a yellow card for simulation should've been issued. The referee was not sure, so no call.

  4. Was that an incorrect offside on Bale's disallowed goal at 81'? Or was it a foul on the defender?

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    2. I believe it was for a foul, rather than offside. Personally, I thought that was a perfectly legal goal.

    3. Foul whistled by Hernández. He showed he whistled pushing. No foul for me.

  5. Clear red card missed by Siebert - inevitable 7.9. Brutal tackle with studs fully hitting the opponent's shinguard high above the turf. Hard to accept that Siebert, in a pretty good position, missed that. No support from the 4th official either. Apart from that good, correct penalty.

    1. In the highlights they did not show the brutal tackle. Penalty call was correct.


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