Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Champions League 2017/18 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 5 (II)

These referees will complete the appointments for MD5 of 2017/18 Champions League group stage. Dutch Björn Kuipers will officiate Atlético Madrid - Roma in group C.

A| 22.11.2017, 20:45 CET
St. Jakob Park, Basel (SUI)
FC Basel - Manchester United FC
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)

A| 22.11.2017, 18:00 CET
CSKA Moskva Arena, Moscow (RUS)
CSKA Moskva - SL Benfica
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain  Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Denis Bastari (ALB)

B| 22.11.2017, 20:45 CET
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
RSC Anderlecht -  FC Bayern München
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Burt (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Virgar Hvidbro (FRO)

B| 22.11.2017, 20:45 CET
Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
Paris SG - Celtic FC
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychonis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)

C| 22.11.2017, 20:45 CET
Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid (ESP)
Club Atlético de Madrid - AS Roma
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Rokel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oğuz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)

C| 22.11.2017, 18:00 CET
Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku (AZE)
Qarabağ FK - Chelsea FC
Referee: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Álvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fábio Veríssimo (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Luís Godinho (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Haris Gvozden (BIH)

D| 22.11.2017, 20:45 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
Juventus FC - FC Barcelona
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Đurđević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Nenad Đokić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)

D| 22.11.2017, 20:45 CET
Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
Sporting CP - Olympiacos FC 
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth Official: Holger Henschel (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Kurt Zuppinger (SUI)


  1. Well it's a very important game for Kuipers by the looks of it... Last chance for Atlético Madrid to take a shot at qualifying and if they don't win they're out... If Roma wins they'll qualify so important game this one for both the teams!!

  2. So, commitee member Bo Karlsson for Mazic, I would say important Reijgwart for Sidiropoulos and Young for Zwayer. Hamer for Aytekin, Steinborn for Orsato, Przesmycki for Taylor, Tulinger for Sousa, and already mentioned Sarvan for Kuipers.

    1. Mazic will get some European Final this year I'm sure... Which one that will be is the thing to see now :)

    2. Mazics 4th CL game this season, expecting to see him get 1-2 more games maybe some more then some FINAL because he deserved it with his hard work..

    3. Absolutely agreed... He deserves to end his career with a big final :)

  3. So among the big name referees we have Çakir and Marciniak for MD 6... Hategan, Kassai and Eriksson also not appointed in MD 5 so will most probably be on duty in MD 6... Does this mean that in case there are many crucial ties left in MD 6 some big name referees might have to repeat??

    1. Rocchi is also available and maybe Makkelie is already a candidate for an important match.

    2. Yes Rocchi is available... I forgot to count him

    3. Karasev is in Europa League and I think he wont appear in CL on MD6.

    4. My predections for the next round:
      Benfica-Basel Pavel Královec (CZE)
      Manchester United-CSKA Moskva Szymon Marciniak (POL)
      Celtic-Anderlecht Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
      Bayern München-PSG Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
      Chelsea-Atlético Madrid Viktor Kassai (HUN)
      AS Roma- Qarabag Slavko Vincic (SVN)
      Barcelona-Sporting Sergey Karasev (RUS)
      Olympiacos-Juventus Craig Thomson (SCO)
      NK Maribor-Sevilla Benoit Bastien (FRA)
      Liverpool-Spartak Moskva Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
      Sahtar Donetsk-Manchester City Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)
      Feyenord-Napoli David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
      Leipzig-Besiktas Daniele Orsato (ITA)
      Porto-Monaco Danny Makkelie (NED)
      Real Madrid-Dortmund Ovidou Alin Hategan (ROU)
      Tottenham-APOEL Tamás Bognár (HUN)

  4. Yes, Mažić takes the scene now. Fourth appointment, one of the previous assignments was a replacement, as we can easily guess, but still an excellent group stage for the Serbian. What I can point out is only the mistake in Roma - Atlético Madrid (handball) and then some offside problems in Monaco (of course this was exclusive responsibility of AR2). Overall, still a very solid picture and we can be sure, reading that he will be observed by a committee member, that he is considered or a final.
    This season I have't any doubt: either Skomina or Mažić will officiate Champions League final. It will be a very exciting "fight" between them. Performances in KO stage will be very important. However, let me also add that, since Skomina is out from EL final (he already handled it), in case of CL final assignment for Mažić, the Slovenian could be psychologically affected by this choice. The Serbian could retire after WC, while the Slovenian will have at least another season, I think.
    We will see, but surely as for now this is the situation.

    1. Since now, everytime we mentioned Mažić as a candidate for some final, he wasn't appointed.
      So, I will say no final for Mažić :)

    2. Skomina has some more seasons left after this so I think he can wait for his chance for another season maybe... For Mazic this will most likely be his last year so it would be most fitting to have him in Kiev :)

    3. You mean last year to get the final?

    4. PS I'm not sure, did you understand what I wanted to say with 'no final for Mazic'? :)

    5. Mazic will be 45 by March 2018 so I can expect him to retire after the World Cup... Even if he takes the 1 year extension still 2018 will be his last chance of getting a European final... That's what I mean!! My reply was basically an affirmative to what Chefren said :)

    6. I guess (and hope) Skomina for CL final and Mazic for EL final

  5. Uefa Delegate for Basilea- Manchester United?



    22 November 2017

    Group A | 12:00 CET, Moscow
    PFC CSKA Moskva - SL Benfica
    Referee: Ville Nevalainen (Finland)
    Assistant Referee 1: Ville Koskiniemi (Finland)
    Assistant Referee 2: Arttu Kuukasjärvi (Finland)
    Fourth Official: Aleksandra Ponomarova (Russia)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuyev (Russia)
    UEFA Delegate: Andrey Medintsev (Bulgaria)

    Group A | 16:00 CET, Basel
    FC Basel 1893 - Manchester United FC
    Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
    Assistant Referee 1: Goran Beljin (Serbia)
    Assistant Referee 2: Miloš Karadžić (Serbia)
    Fourth Official: Lukas Fähndrich (Switzerland)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (Switzerland)
    UEFA Delegate: Paul Daniel Zaharia (Romania)

    Group B | 14:00 CET, Saint-Germain-en-Laye
    Paris Saint-Germain FC - Celtic FC
    Referee: Pavel Orel (Czech Republic)
    Assistant Referee 1:
    Assistant Referee 2:
    Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy (France)
    UEFA Referee Observer:
    UEFA Delegate:

    Group B | 16:00 CET, Denderleeuw
    RSC Anderlecht - FC Bayern München
    Referee: Alain Durieux (Luxembourg)
    Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Da Costa (Luxembourg)
    Assistant Referee 2: Claude Ries (Luxembourg)
    Fourth Official: Lothar D'Hondt (Belgium)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (Belgium)
    UEFA Delegate: Karl Espen Eriksen (Norway)

    Group C | 12:00 CET, Baku
    Qarabağ FK - Chelsea FC
    Referee: Alper Ulusoy (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Emin Tuğral (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 2: Deniz Caner Özaral (Turkey)
    Fourth Official: Orxan Məmmədov (Azerbaijan)
    UEFA Referee Observer:
    UEFA Delegate:

    Group C | 14:00 CET, Majadahonda
    Club Atlético de Madrid - AS Roma
    Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (Sweden)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (Sweden)
    Fourth Official: Valentín Pizarro Gómez (Spain)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (Spain)
    UEFA Delegate:

    Group D | 15:00 CET, Alcochete
    Sporting CP - Olympiakós FC
    Referee: Neil Doyle (Republic of Ireland)
    Assistant Referee 1: Robert Clarke (Republic of Ireland)
    Assistant Referee 2: Eoin Michael Harte (Republic of Ireland)
    Fourth Official: Rui Jorge Piteira Rodrigues (Portugal)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Lucílio Cardoso Cortez Batista (Portugal)
    UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (Denmark)

    Group D | 16:00 CET, Turin
    Juventus FC - FC Barcelona
    Referee: Jonathan Lardot (Belgium)
    Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Godelaine (Belgium)
    Assistant Referee 2: Florian Lemaire (Belgium)
    Fourth Official: Marco Serra (Italy)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (Sweden)
    UEFA Delegate: Jean-Paul Mievis (Belgium)


      22 November 2017

      15:00 CET, Tbilisi
      FC Saburtalo (GEO) - FK Brodarac (SRB)
      Referee: Ömər Paşayev (Azerbaijan)
      Assistant Referee 1: Vaqif Musayev (Azerbaijan)
      Assistant Referee 2: Cəmil Quliyev (Azerbaijan)
      Fourth Official: Lasha Silagava (Georgia)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Sabri Çelik (Turkey)
      UEFA Delegate: Siarhey Ilyich (Belarus)

      16:00 CET, Budapest
      Budapest Honvéd FC (HUN) - FC Krasnodar (RUS)
      Referee: Luís Miguel do Nascimento Teixeira (Andorra)
      Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Filipe Parente Fernandes (Andorra)
      Assistant Referee 2: Andreu Vilanova Simarro (Andorra)
      Fourth Official: Csaba Pintér (Hungary)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Ferenc Székely (Hungary)
      UEFA Delegate: Paul Lyon (Gibraltar)

      16:00 CET, Esbjerg
      Esbjerg fB (DEN) - FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)
      Referee: Ian McNabb (Northern Ireland)
      Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Nethery (Northern Ireland)
      Assistant Referee 2: Gavin Hegarty (Northern Ireland)
      Fourth Official: Jørgen Daugbjerg Burchardt (Denmark)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (Denmark)
      UEFA Delegate: Andrew Shaw (England)

      16:00 CET, Sarajevo
      FK Željezničar (BIH) - NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO)
      Referee: Juri Frischer (Estonia)
      Assistant Referee 1: Silver Kõiv (Estonia)
      Assistant Referee 2: Aron Härsing (Estonia)
      Fourth Official: Haris Kaljanac (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
      UEFA Delegate: Loukas Siotropos (Greece)

      18:00 CET, Molde
      Molde FK (NOR) - FC Zimbru Chișinău (Moldova)
      Referee: Vilhjálmur Alvar Þórarinsson (Iceland)
      Assistant Referee 1: Frosti Viðar Gunnarsson (Iceland)
      Assistant Referee 2: Bryngeir Valdimarsson (Iceland)
      Fourth Official: Mads Følstad Skarsem (Norway)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (Norway)
      UEFA Delegate: David Delférière (Belgium)

    2. I'm rather surprised to read Jovanovic and Ekberg's name in Youth League... I expected them in Europa League!!

    3. Interesting that Swedish Martin Ingvarsson will observe the game in Turin Juventus - Barcelona. With Bo Karlsson appointed for the "major game", the two Swedish observers will come to Italy together.

    4. Question to Serbian readers: is Miloš Karadžić a son of Milan Karadžić, the new UEFA referee observer?

    5. From what i know he is son of Milan Karadzic..

    6. Group B | 14:00 CET, Saint-Germain-en-Laye
      Paris Saint-Germain FC - Celtic FC
      Referee: Pavel Orel (Czech Republic)
      Assistant Referee 1: Petr Blažej (Czech Republic)
      Assistant Referee 2: Jiří Kříž (Czech Republic)
      Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy (France)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (France)
      UEFA Delegate: Duško Grabovac (Croatia)

      Qarabağ FK - Chelsea FC
      UEFA Referee Observer: Asim Xudiyev (Azerbaijan)
      UEFA Delegate: Velid Imamović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

      Club Atlético de Madrid - AS Roma
      UEFA Delegate: Neli Lozeva (Bulgaria)

  7. goal offside for CSKA Moscow by AR2 Markus Häcker?

    1. Replay. The is offside. Crucial mistake by AR2.

    2. 13' Goal CSKA

  8. CSKA goal-clear offside
    Big mistake by AR2 Hacker.

  9. Your opinions about the RC and penalty by De Sousa?

  10. surreal decision.
    but in portugal these faults are whistled.

  11. Harsh but acceptable decision. Still very doutbful real foul. Light contact. Perhaps simulation by amplification. Not convinced but difficult job for refs here.

    1. There is pulling for hand. Extremely well seen. Also the fouled player has a control of the ball and would've been able to score, so good decision.

    2. Agree Ray with this angle i didnt see before. Great decision. Well done by De Sousa.

    3. Thanks for the video, Indeed I had not watched this replay. 100% fully correct decision.

    4. 52' - penalty incident, potential deliberate handball, also onside call by AR2

      71' - correct penalty for holding and YC for UB/SPA, the referee orders to retake the penalty

      76' - penalty incident, no replay though, it looks like a too easy fall

      Finaly the referee who applies the LoTG as they are. Correct penalties, good foul detection, also some difficult situations for assistant referees.

    5. 69' - very good onside call by AR2

      70' - excellent offside call, disallowed goal by AR2

    6. 36' - very good onside call by AR1 at 0-2 goal

      The live DOGSO sequence with first replays:

      Overall, a very good performance in calm game with some difficult incidents. De Sousa was alert and firm throughout. A very good performance from both assistants, too!

      My mark would be 8.5-8.6 if we assess the incident in 52' as correctly judged by the referee.

  12. Excellent call by Mažić to book Paulinho for simulation! Well done!

  13. Two YC by Mazic until know, the second one a very good call for simulation.

  14. Is anyone watching Björn Kuipers and Tasos Sidiropoulos?? 🤔🤔

    1. I'm watching Sidirópoulos. An easy-going game so far.

    2. I was switching between Paris and Madrid... I'll stick to Madrid for now then 😁

  15. Fantastic offside call by Sander van Roekel at 39'... Excellent spot!!

  16. I'm watching Taylor, an easy first half but now... the big controversy.
    Minute 40': all the stadium asked for a penalty in favor of Anderlecht there. Situation to be rewatched. I think penalty could have been given, if not even a clear one. But I need to rewatch.

    1. Taylor had a turbulent last week in England at Selhurst Park in Crystal Palace v Everton match... Awarded a penalty for a dive and the player has now even been banned for 2 games!!

    2. Now missed 2nd yellow against Spajic - instead of them YC against Boateng

  17. Big moment in Madrid... Atlético Madrid goal disallowed by Kuipers at 41' for handball... Clear signal and good way of selling the decision!!

    1. Correct decision that one IMO... I think AR1 van Boekel made the call

    2. In case of goal scored by hand, it should be YC. I don't read any player booked, why?

    3. It wasn't a goal scored directly by hand... There was a handball in the build up to the goal by one ATM player!!

    4. 41’ Handball before (disallowed) goal ATL

    5. Ok, arm is there, close to body, the ball hits it.
      I don't think this is a punishable handball, but of course referee can be supported because such situations are now assessed also by using common sense. Nobody will complain, but surely the touch was not player's fault, only thing he could do to avoid that, was to put his arm, in a so short time, behind the back. Definitely impossible...

    6. I agree with you... Either decision can be backed here... The fact it has been given also is acceptable, if it wasn't whistled then also it wouldn't have been wrong... Classical greyish area where either call becomes supportable :)

  18. Faultless first half by Milorad Mažić in Juventus-Barcelona. The refereeing is overall on expected level, some bits of tension though have been inside the first half. Mažić is in control of everything, two correct bookings for Pjanic (21', SPA) and Paulinho (30', simulation).

  19. Atlético Madrid v Roma is getting livelier... Things are starting to happen in the 2nd half as ATM make one last try of not getting knocked out!!

  20. 83' : Roma down to 10 men... Bruno Peres has been sent off by Kuipers for a 2nd bookable offence...

    1. Absolutely deserved 2nd YC.


    3. Yes Chefren... Saw some replays and looks correct to me :)

    4. Thanks, correct second YC. However, I don't understand the gesture made by Kuipers with his left arm before whistling the free kick.

    5. Even I'm not sure... What can it probably be??

    6. He always signals an advantage with one hand, so I suppose it was an advantage.

    7. Might be well possible... Yes it's absolutely correct that Kuipers signals advantage with a single hand so RayHD's explanation is the most plausible here!!

    8. Still doubts. Advantage in favor of Roma, while Atlético is playing the ball?

    9. IMO, he deemed that jump as a foul and let Atlético continue their action. The question is whether it was a real advantage.

  21. Paris - Celtic

    28' - Good onside at 3-1

    45+1' - Penalty incident, unfortunately no replay was shown

    46' - Stamp, Mr. Sidirópoulos judged it as fully accidental.

    1. 45+1' : At first glance, it's nothing for me... Play on!!

      46' : Not entirely sure about whether it's deliberate or not but we can definitely back the referee!!

  22. I have a question to ask : With Group B all settled now and PSG and Bayern Munich all certain to take the 1st and 2nd position respectively... Can we expect a 1st category official expecting promotion like Michael Oliver assigned to that match considering the fact that the match is redundant and will have no bearing in standings in that group??

    1. Unless Bayern win 4-0≤, I think (?) you are correct.
      I don't expect a First Category, because:
      => It is too big for a First, not in contention for promotion
      => Not a good match to evaluate a potential promotion candidate, especially as a final test
      => I don't think a First should really attend Bayern - Paris, tbh, in any case

      Equivalent match last year whistled by Turpin. Maybe a similar designation (I was thinking Makkelie but CEL-BAY) or a kind of fairwell gesture, I would be a very nice match to conclude the international career of Martin Atkinson, but I fear that has already happened.
      Oliver to a match like a non-direct duel for Second position, imo, in Matchday Six.

    2. Actually this thought came to my mind because a referee like Oliver keeps managing Liverpool v Chelsea, Arsenal v Tottenham, Man Utd v Man City in Premier League week after week so after all Bayern v PSG won't be too unsuitable for such referees... But yes maybe names like Hategan are more suitable for the game (?) :)

    3. Considering that Oliver can't be sent to groups A, C, E, F, H and has already had matches in D, G- maybe Munich is the only option.
      Against this background I would rather see him in a crucial EL match, if UEFA will promote him at Christmas, of course he is a referee on CL level but an essentially dead match cannot be a good final test.
      After Belfast, Hategan is a good shout who I could well imagine.

    4. Only in case of 4-0 by Bayern, the German team will be group winner. I think that this game could be a farewell for Craig Thomson. If I'm not wrong, in Scotland age limit is 45 and he is about to retire. Can you confirm that?

    5. @Mikael Oliver is eligible for matches like Feyenoord v Napoli as the result of that match will have no impact on Man City's standings... So Oliver is eligible for that game!!

    6. Feyenoord - Napoli is indeed a good option for Oliver.

    7. Another option is Roma v Qarabag!! But I would prefer Feyenoord v Napoli for him... It's a playoff for Europa League kind of!!

    8. Sorry I was wrong... Feyenoord is already eliminated as is Qarabag... So both matches are absolutely at par... Oliver might be given either but at the same time I'm of the opinion that he should be tried in a match like Bayern Munich v Paris Saint-Germain!!

    9. I think it would be better for Oliver if he gets Fey-Nap, because it is more important match, if Napoli wins they can still go to KO stage

  23. Excellent Mazic in Turin. I would say faultless performance (if we exclude situation when Pique stood on Costa's hand non-deliberately, what Mazic couldn't seen because he was marked by Costa's body - that happened just before Mazic correctly denied penalty appeal due to Pique's tackle on Douglas Costa which was very soft). All YCs correct, all decisions good. Mazic and his team could be very satisfied by their performance last night. They are one big step closer to one of the European finals.

    1. I would agree on that. In the second half, we could see the "typical" Mažić trying to avoid cards as much as possible, we can potentially discuss about 1 or 2 missing YC (70' SPA? - 90' Tripping?) but that's a minor thing in the big picture. Overall a (very) convincing performance by the Serbian officials, always in control of the whole match, no attempts by the players to dissent the referee and that should be a good sign, especially when you're having a committee member as an observer. I'd be on 8.4-8.5 level (I prefer 8.5).

    Have your say on this situation from Zwayer's game.
    Please assume that player was in offside, because watching the video, it is possible he wasn't. So, in case, regular goal?

    1. In case of offside position it should be offside, imo.

  25. Copa Libertadores - final (first leg) - referee: Bascunan

    Last action of the game. Clear push in the back but neither referee nor VAR don't see an infringement. Big chaos after the final whistle.

    Some rumors are that VAR didn't intervene because Bascunan whistled for the end of game. It's not true (or at least shouldn't be true, because:

    "The referee may not change a decision on realising that it is incorrect or on the advice of another match official if play has restarted or the referee has signalled the end of the first or second half (including extra time) AND LEFT THE FIELD OF PLAY or terminated the match"

    1. Very interesting, thanks.
      At first I can confirm what you wrote, even in case of final whistle (first half / full time), immediately after a potentially crucial incident to be assessed by VAR, it is allowed to start the review and in case referee can call the player back on the field to take the decisions (both technical and disciplinary ones). We had a similar situation in a serie A game on last Sunday, when referee whistled the end of first half immediately after a possible penalty for handball. There was however VAR's silent check.

      So, having said that, a clear penalty had to be detected by VAR officials there.

    2. While watching i saw referee had whistle in his mouth (he saw the incident), i dont know why he didnt whislted there..

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