Monday, 24 February 2020

Jesús Gil Manzano, Daniele Orsato, and big associations lobby in Nyon

Reading the appointment of Daniele Orsato for Real Madrid - Manchester City was essentially cursory. Reading the appointment of Jesús Gil Manzano for Olympique Lyonnais - Juventus, I checked twice to see if I were mis-reading it! Congratulations to both on great appointments, first of all.

Those two names beside each other for Wednesday's games give us a nice chance for reflection. What can we read into Gil Manzano's appointment, how Orsato's story that is four years older will have a happy ending, and the bigger picture - how much is the power of big associations lobby in Nyon a threat to meritocracy in UEFA refereeing?

Daniele Orsato during the PSV Eindhoven - Atlético de Madrid game
Italian's appointment in 2016 was viewed as surprising or unexpected

Europa League 2019/20 - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (II)

UEFA Referees Committee has chosen the following officials to handle the second leg games to be played for Round of 32 of 2019/20 Europa League.

Champions League 2019/20 - Referee Appointments - Round of 16 (First Leg, IV)

The last set of referee appointments for 2019-20 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 - First legs. 

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Friday, 21 February 2020

What is Clear and Obvious, Mr. Rosetti?

Perhaps the view that crucial mistakes and decisions that were correctly supported by VAR should be mutually exclusive is, perhaps, a bit quixotic, but UEFA's direction regarding evaluation of Violent Conducts and Serious Foul Play has worried us this season.

Last night, in Bruges, we reached a new nadir.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Europa League 2019/20 - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (I)

UEFA Referees Committee has chosen the following officials to handle the first leg games to be played for Round of 32 of 2019/20 Europa League.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020