July 22, 2016

UEFA Champions League 2016-2017: 3rd Qualifying Round (I)

These are the officials appointed by UEFA for the first legs of 3rd Qualifying Round of UEFA Champions League to be played on 26 and 27 July 2016.

26/07/2016 (20:00 CET, Prague)
AC Sparta Praha (CZE) - FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU) 
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
4th Official: Benjamin Cortus (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer : Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)

26/07/2016 (20:00 CET, Elbasan)
FK Partizani (ALB) - FC Salzburg (AUT) 
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
4th Official: Craig Pawson (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer : Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Nils Fisketjonn (NOR)

26/07/2016 (20:00 CET, Razgrad)
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) - FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
4th Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)

26/07/2016 (20:00 CET, Borisov)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) - Dundalk FC (IRL) 
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
4th Official: Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Carmel Agius (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Sarkhan Hajiyev (AZE)

26/07/2016 (20:15 CET, Plzeň)
FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) - Qarabağ FK (AZE) 
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
4th Official: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Ionel Piscanu (ROU)

26/07/2016 (20:30 CET, Rostov-on-don)
FC Rostov (RUS) - RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
4th Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Ronen Hershco (ISR)

26/07/2016 (20:45 CET, Lviv)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) - BSC Young Boys (SUI) 
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles John Schaap (NED)
4th Official: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)

26/07/2016 (20:45 CET, Zagreb)
GNK Dinamo (CRO) - FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) 
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1:  David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
4th Official: Steven McLean (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Andrey Medintsev (BUL)  

26/07/2016 (20:45 CET, Amsterdam)
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Francisco Javier Martín García (ESP)
4th Official: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)

27/07/2016 (16:00 CET, Astana)
FC Astana (KAZ) - Celtic FC (SCO)
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Giacomo Paganessi (ITA)
4th Official: Piero Giacomelli (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)
UEFA Delegate: George Pirtskhalava (GEO) 

27/07/2016 (19:15 CET, Trondheim)
Rosenborg BK (NOR) - APOEL FC (CYP)
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
4th Official: Dragoslav Perič (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marin (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)

27/07/2016 (19:30 CET, Giurgiu)
FC Astra Giurgiu (ROU) - FC København (DEN)
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
4th Official: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Wolf-Günter Wiesel (GER)

27/07/2016 (20:30 CET, Zilina)
AS Trenčín (SVK) - Legia Warszawa (POL)
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
4th Official: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Andrew Shaw (ENG)

27/07/2016 (20:30 CET, Istanbul)
Fenerbahçe SK (TUR) - AS Monaco FC (FRA) 
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez  (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Manuel Fernández Miranda (ESP)
4th Official: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Michail Anagnostou (GRE)

27/07/2016 (20:45 CET, Piraeus)
Olympiacos FC (GRE) - Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC (ISR)
Referee: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Álvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
4th Official: Luis Ferreira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)


  1. Referees for second legs are mostly not still appointed.
    One big anticipation: Collina will observe Soares Dias in AS Monaco FC (FRA) - Fenerbahçe SK (TUR). That's remarkable, we never saw Collina at these stages of competition. And of course, a very important game for the Portuguese, who is managing to be promoted.

    1. That means that PLC is looking for the next POR Elite. Even though, IMO, the Portuguese has still a long way to cover.

  2. Remarkable, that Siebert is the only member of the Second Group in this set of appointments.

  3. What do you think about Bebek's status?Will he be appointed for some matches in near future after incident with Fenerbahce?

  4. Kulbakov is being observed by Trentalange. Could it mean something?

    1. I expect him to be promoted in Elite, following his appointments on last season and the experience as fourth official at EURO. I think the upcoming group stage will be decisive for him, perhaps promotion will be possible on December. We will see.

  5. Very risky move from UEFA Referees Committee to appoint Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa for a UCL 3rd qualifying round immediately after a six-months injury. Even though, the Portuguese has completely recovered, his last professional game took place on 10 January 2016 (Sporting CP - SC Braga)...

  6. Marcin Borski has retired.

  7. Some brave predictions for UEL Q3 (1st leg) ... :)

    AEK Larnaca - Spartak Moskva: Tamas BOGNAR (HUN)
    Olexandriya - Hajduk Split: Tobias STIELER (GER)
    Heracles - Arouca: Hüseyin GÖCEK (TUR)
    LOSC - Qäbälä: Jakob KEHLET (DEN)
    Torpedo Zhodino - Rapid Wien: Andreas EKBERG (SWE)
    Jelgava - Beitar Jerusalem: Marco GUIDA (ITA)
    Zaglebie - Sonderjyske: Clayton PISANI (MLT)
    Lok Zagreb - Vorskla: Harald LECHNER (AUT)
    Austria Wien - Spartak Trnava: Ionut Marius AVRAM (ROU)
    Slavia Praha - Rio Ave: Antony GAUTIER (FRA)
    Göteborg - HJK Helsinki: Arnold HUNTER (NIR)
    Istanbul Basaksehir - Rijeka: Tobias WELZ (GER)
    Birkirkara - Krasnodar: Istvan KOVACS (ROU)
    Luzern - Sassuolo: Craig PAWSON (ENG)
    Grasshoppers - Apollon: Aleksei ESKOV (RUS)
    Genk - Cork: Davide MASSA (ITA)
    Osmanlispor - Kalju: Pawel RACZOWSKI (POL)
    Pandurii - Maccabi Tel Aviv: Alain BIERI (SUI)
    Skhendija - Mlada Boleslav: Leontios TRATTOU (CYP)
    Vojvodina - Dinamo Minsk: Oliver DRACHTA (AUT)
    Panathinaikos - AIK: Marco FRITZ (GER)
    Hertha Berlin - Brondby: Stefan JOHANNESSON (SWE)
    Gent - Viitorul: Andre MARRINER (ENG)
    Videoton - Midtylland: Ivan BEBEK (CRO)
    Domzale - West Ham: Antonio DAMATO (ITA)
    AZ Alkmaar - Giannina: Orel GRINFEELD (ISR)
    Aberdeen - Maribor: Aliyar AGHAYEV (AZE)
    Saint-Etienne - AEK: Alexandru TUDOR (ROU)
    Admira Wacker - Slovan Liberec: Kriso TOHVER (EST)

    I would be absolutely happy with 3-4 correct tips :)

    1. You are right about Drachta.

    2. And also about Lechner. ;-)

    3. What a surprise ;)


  8. Where are the spanish referees?

    1. There are 2 spanish referee in UCL. Not enough?


  9. Yes, i´ts enough.
    But I talk about the predictions of Gitzlo.

    1. 2 Spanish in UCL. I would not expect more than 1 more Spanish in UEL. I didn't take one to have some Spanish for the return legs. I am sure you want to see there again some of your Spanish friends... :)

  10. I have found an interesting penalty situation from Hungary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8phjRF_qHI
    From 2:18. After the new laws this situation YC or RC?

    1. Penalty and YC is OK in my opinion. No DOGSO.

    2. I agree, that it is no DOGSO, because of the defender in the middle.
      But if it was, indeed difficult to decide after the new laws. It is an unintentional foul, but not an attempt to play the ball by the defender. So by the ruletext, rather a red card, but common sense would say yellow, I think.

    3. Even it was DOGSO, it's YC according to new laws.
      As Philipp S sad, unintentional foul.

      PS On UEFA RAP 2016:1, correct answer (on video test) for this situation
      is PK and YC.

      I totally disagree (according to new law), this is DOGSO but defender PUSHED attacker, without any chance to play the ball, which exclude YC as a correct decision.

    4. After 7:00 on video :)

    5. What? Really?

      Stonewall RC, before and after 1 July.

  11. Again a very interesting penalty from 0:53 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgtQvvATjyo
    What do you think?

    1. Penalty is correct (striking or attempting to strike).
      The colour of the card is difficult:
      IMO it is (attempted) violent conduct and a red card, but you could argue, that it is not "Excessive force or brutality" + with the new rules "the force used was negligible".
      But what would be the explanation for a yellow card according to the ruletext? I didn't really found a point under the cautionable offences, that is fulfilled here.
      Furthermore one could think about a yellow card for the attacker for simulation / feigning an injury, because I think, he was not hit.

  12. Has the UEFA RAP 2016-1 been made public yet or only to the FA's so far? I remember that they could be downloaded from this website previously. If so, could someone please post it?

  13. According to UEFA.com, Marco Achmüller is AR2 in Praha instead of Dominik Schaal.

    1. Thanks, very likely a replacement.

  14. 40' Michael Oliver and his AR1 missed a foul somewhere between reckless and SFP. At least a YC.

    1. 54' it was correct second YC

    2. 70' and correct penalty for me..

    3. What a match .. :D correct red card 73'

    4. You are right concerning all three incidents. Three correct decisions by Oliver. What is your opinion about the missed foul in 40'? YC or RC and crucial mistake?

    5. Sorry i didnt see it. Do you have clip about the situation?

    6. Unfortunately not. All in all a good Michael Oliver tonight. The mentioned mistake (probably even a crucial mistake?) was imo his only one this evening. 7.9 or 8.3!

    7. The second half was very good performance with 3 important decisions.

    8. Here is the full game:

    9. Thanks RayHD.
      Missed foul minute 38:25, it is definitely a RC in my opinion. Excessive force, brutal and late tackle directly on opponent's legs.
      Well, about the responsibilities: Oliver was quite far away, while AR1 was there. The "problem" for AR1 is that he was focused on offside, following the ball kicked by the fouled player, so he surely missed the challenge. In this case perhaps an AAR would have helped, however one between Oliver and AR1 should have detected the foul. For me, FO can be also involved, even though I would assign the main responsibility still to AR1.

      All three decisions in second half are correct, mandatory second YC, penalty and straight RC for SFP.

    10. Most likely it will either be shifted to AR1 or they'll deem it as at least missing YC... I cannot imagine UEFA gives 7.9 for that as it would spoil a performance with 3 correct key decisions. But I can be wrong.

    11. Penalty decision, 2nd YC and RC for SFP were all spot-on, unfortunately the incident in 39' should have been a straight RC for SFP. I can imagine that UEFA shift this to AR1, he was very near and could have seen it although he was focused on offside while Oliver was far away and likely not able to detect it.

  15. Ajax - PAOK Min. 18'

    Disalllowed goal for AJAX (offside). Replay shows that the decision is incorrect.

  16. Very good spot by Banti for correct PK for FK Rostov, 55'

    1. Initially looked like simulation to me, but a clear contact at the feet very good decision. From what I've seen Banti would deserve 8.5 tonight

  17. Very strong performance from Strombergsson in Razgrad (Ludogorets-Crvena Zvezda). Several tough but correct decisions from ARs. Good application of advantage rule in several occasions, good foul detection, good time wasting management... Almost no mistake. One or two YCs maybe could be avoided, but they weren't mistake. Excellent management and brilliantly solved situation when there was a mass on the pitch - immediately shoved YC to player moving him from the crowd and calm down rest of players. Second goal for Ludogorets - he didn't show to his whistle after FK, it was taken fast and the goal was scored - regular one. Around 8.5 performance for sure.

  18. I watched the Dutch team in the Shakhtar - Young Boys game. The match was fair and quite easy to handle taking into account management. All players respected referees' decisions. However, some key match incidents were difficult/controversial:

    18' - disallowed goal due to offside by AR2; the player in an offside position started to run for the ball but stopped his run and let his teammate (in a clear position) reach the ball, not impacting any opponent's ability to play the ball, it seems a too quick flag, lack wait-and-see technique and therefore, a clear and important mistake

    22', 27', 34' - very good onside calls by AR2 who stayed fully focused and alert after the first incident

    23', 54' - two YCs to Vilotić (YB); the first for reckless slide tackle given after playing an advantage (no gesture though, so it was most likely a fourth official advice), the second for SPA (quite harsh but acceptable)

    71' - one minute after the first YC, Hoarau (YB) committs a second bookable offence, recklessly elbowing his opponent while fighting for ball; IMO missed 2nd YC/RC

    75' - Very good advantage leading to 2-0 goal.

    88' - Bertone (YB) kicks his opponent in the face and is getting a YC for that. IMO he saw his opponent, so it should have been a RC for SFP

    I will post a link to video tonight or tomorrow.

    1. First half:

    2. Second half:

    3. Thanks for that.

      Compare the flag in 18' to Bahattin Duran's NO FLAG in Athletic-Napoli. I can fully feel with Charles Schaap, but... the outcome looks terrible and the entire team probably knew what happened immediately after the flag. Will maybe even be a crucial mistake for the referee as he had a small chance to ignore the flag.

      The 2nd YC is ok for me, not showing it would be ok as well.

      The elbow should be a 2nd YC (black and white mistake). The YC in 88' is still ok for me in game reality.

    4. The wait and see is a very difficult case, but for me AR2 has still the exclusive responsibilities. He had to wait for the control of the ball before raising the flag, the player from home-team was clever, stopping himself from touching the ball and understanding that he was in offside.
      I think Gözübüyük can't be blamed, as said, because he couldn't know, from his position, which player was in offside, it was possible that both player were in offside, as well as not. So, at any rate, a consultation was needed, but once AR2 raised the flag and the game was stopped, nothing was possible.
      As Niclas, correctly stated, I also think that AR2 immediately realized what had happened (watch his face after the call).
      Surely, a very important learned lesson for the next time!

    5. About the rest:
      23' really strange that advantage gesture was missed, however, mandatory and absolutely correct YC
      54': second YC is an acceptable decision, however I agree with you, not 100% mandatory, other referees could have whistled without issuing it
      71': surely YC, crucial mistake (player had to be sent off), reckless use of elbow while jumping
      88': this kick in face is close to straight RC, I can understand why referee decided for the YC, but the argument for a SFP are really strong, he knew that opponent was there, his challenge was really dangerous. According to several RAP editions, in such situations, referee must issue the RC when he detects that the player kicking in face the opponent with a certain force, is aware of the opponent, and he clearly sees him, this can be the case, but in real pace we all know that everything happens in a while. However, the straight RC would have been an excellent decision for me, the YC can be still accepted. Also, I want to underline that the showing procedure by Dutch referee was poor. The booked player was always looking elsewhere, one could dare to say he didn't even realized that Gözübüyük had booked him. It is very important to pay attention to such details, in my opinion.

    6. Don't you think that the first YC (missed advantage) and the elbow foul in 71' were reported by the fourth official and Gözübüyük totally missed them?

      Good point about card showing procedure.

  19. Kulbakou at good, expected level apart from allowing a throw-in being executed over a dozen meters closer to an opponent's goal in the 5th minute...

    1. Many controversies in the second half. Samuel Kalu (Trencin) was always judged as simulating by the referee. Several situations with his involvement: 7', 62' (penalty-appeal turned away - controversy but no clear mistake), 71' (controversy but I'm more for foul and YC to Legia player for SPA, 72' (missed foul and YC to Legia player), 74'. Kulbakou booked him only in 74th minute for simulation.

    2. FK AS Trenčín - Legia Warszawa

    3. Thank you!
      About the offside call by AR2 in second half, I think he thought #3 from Legia had touched the ball, but the replay denies that.
      62': very tricky situation, watching and rewatching I can't be sure about the contact, in my opinion it is acceptable decision to play on, given the fact that it is really not clear
      71': A whistle and free kick would have been accepted without problems by both teams, but I must say again not a 100% clear foul for me, a referee with a certain style could play on on such situations
      72': the only clear case, foul and YC missed, yes.
      74': YC for simulation is for me correct, however this decision helps us to understand what Kulbakov had in mind, since it is rare to see a YC for dive outside the penalty area, I think he decided for this card also taking into account the previous attempts. Something like a "persistent infringment for simulation"... in the previous cases the card was not issued because there were however some kinds of contacts.
      This is my reading.

    4. I agree with your analyses. Kulbakou set the threshold for a foul to be whistled quite high, so it's consistent that not every (soft) contact was a free kick. Ungrateful game for the referee taking into account that all the controversial calls went against Samuel Kalu.

  20. Watched Sparta Praga - Steaua, have to say the german ref was absolutely dissapointing. Never looked in full control of the game, issued too many cards with ease and missed a CLEAR penalty for Steaua at 0-0 (see video below).


    1. Video is not loading. Minute?

    2. This is the scene Keyser Soze is talking about:


  21. Well, hope return will be a better referee...... a Dutchman is in charge.... Danny Makkelie

  22. Interesting penalty awarded by Luca Banti in Rostov - Anderlecht:



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