Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Champions League 2017/18 - Referee Appointments - Round of 16 (First Leg, I)

The following officials will "kick off" the KO stage of 2017/18 Champions League.

13.02.2018, 20:45 CET
St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
FC Basel - Manchester City FC
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Mertinyák (SVK)

13.02.2018, 20:45 CET
Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
Juventus FC - Tottenham Hotspur 
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)

67 comments:

  1. Predictions for Wednesday :

    Porto v Liverpool : Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
    Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain : Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

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    1. I'm quite sure that Rocchi is appointed for a game, given that he didn't appear in serie A this week end, after the FIFA seminar in Qatar. Let's see tomorrow.

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    2. Yeah... I noted the same for Kuipers and his both assistants as they had no appointments in the Eredivisie this weekend... Considering his injury is fine now, this may be an indication of an appointment tomorrow... If the injury is not okay yet then it's different!!

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    3. I must add that there is also Orsato without serie A appointments...

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    4. For Orsato, Porto v Liverpool is possible... But I don't see him getting Real Madrid v Paris... For Rocchi both games are very much possible IMO

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  2. Crvena zvezda - CSKA Moskva

    Stadion Rajko Mitić - Belgrade 13/02/2018
    Round of 32 , 1st leg

    Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
    Assistant referees
    Michal Obukowicz (POL)
    Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

    Additional assistant referees
    Tomasz Musiał (POL)
    Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)

    Fourth official
    Radosław Siejka (POL)

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    1. Is it announced by UEFA?? Or some other source?? 🤔

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    2. http://de.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/index.html#/iv/match/2022165/matchinfo

      Crevena Zvezda - CSKA Moskva plays on Tuesday.

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    3. Observer: Shmuel Shteif (Israel)
      Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (Austria)

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    4. Thanks, post about EL will be published tomorrow.

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  3. The latest update seems to be that Kuipers might not yet be ready so most likely not possible too see him in Madrid on Wednesday!!

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    1. Oh yes, I forgot that he had this small injury, so in any case don't expect him for Wednesday, committee doesn't appoint referees, even more for top clashes, if they are not in the 100% of their form.

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    2. I think it will be the most wise thing if he starts with a EL game first and then move to CL games!!

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    3. I expect Atkinson this week in EL, a test by UEFA also, in case he is appointed at all this season.

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    4. No reason of not appointing Atkinson... If they have reatined him in the Elite category and FIFA list then he needs to be appointed... I hope they appoint him effectively!!

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  4. Fresh predictions :

    Porto v Liverpool : Antonio Mateu Lahoz
    Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain : Gianluca Rocchi

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  5. Mazic definetly for Real-PSG, after that next game UCL FINAL- KYIV 2018.

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    1. How can you be thaaaaaaaaaat sure?? Mazic told you?? 🤔

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    2. No, he's not Mazic, he's Collina ;-)

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    3. This year it is the last chance for Mazic to get CL final.
      But we have a very strong Skomina... who will win?

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    4. Skomina had last year EL Final, i think he will not get the UCL final this year.

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    5. UEL Final 2013 : Björn Kuipers
      UCL Final 2014 : Björn Kuipers

      So logically there shouldn't be a problem with Skomina getting the UCL Final this year... One trivia : The highest Mazic has progressed in the UCL is QF stage and he has not refereed any UCL SF game yet 🤔

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    6. Mazic: The most overrated referee ever.........

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    7. My predictions: WC -Skomina, CL-Rocchi, EL-Mazic.
      Real M.-PSG: (Kuipers),
      PSG-Real M.:(Mazic).

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    8. I think we'll see Skomina in Paris, and Mazic in Barcelona. I wouldn't forget Antonio Mateu Lahoz, in case of big mistakes by the Slovenian or the Serbian, he made a great 2017 and is an option for a Final IMO, but behind at least two candidates.

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    9. What about the Polish Marciniak??

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    10. I hope UEFA realises that by Kassai, Velasco etcetera that this is no good idea. I hope he is Fourth Official for a Final; it would be a good experience for him for the future.

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    11. I agree... Plus this World Cup will be a good learning experience also... Skomina and Mazic should be in the middle for the 2 UEFA Finals with Mateu Lahoz and Marciniak acting as 4th officials, obviously neutrality permitting!!

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  6. No, no it is my strong opinion, top clash for top, and in this moment, best referee in Europe, Milorad Mazic. Skomina have very big experience, but this is the best season ever for Milorad Mazic, so I expect final for him.

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    1. "One of the best" might be okay but "the best" is definitely something I don't agree...

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  7. My candidates for UCL final: Skomina/Mazic
    for UEL final: Marciniak/Lahoz

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    1. I would prefer Skomina in UCL Final and Mazic in UEL Final

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    2. fully agree; no doubt Skomina deserve UCL final. Mazic could be the one in the middle for UEL final

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  8. So what happened here? Is he mad at the 4th official and wants 4 minutes extra time instead of 6?

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BfEQSf_jt4j/?r=mg1

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    1. https://www.yenisafak.com/spor/firat-aydinus-alanyaspor-konyaspor-macinda-cilgina-dondu-3110761
      Indeed, according to this source, it looks like a reaction against the fourth official, for having wrongly shown 6 minutes of added time. He wanted to play only 4 minutes. But then, if I translated it right, 6 minutes were allowed.
      Of course, in any case, he should have avoided such behavior, very very strange.

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    2. Yes. Strange and it sends bad signals for a referee team. Better to only say it in the headset and solve it that way.

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    3. Maybe he told the 4th Official instead, that he should order 4 beer for the post match :D

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  9. Today La Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian sport newspaper) reports that Rocchi has been appointed for Real Madrid - PSG while Orsato for Porto - Liverpool.
    So, two Italian crews. Let's wait for uefa.com confirmation...

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    1. Orsato is confirmed now. Waiting for Real-PSG.

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  10. 8' - Penalty awarded to Juventus by Brych... Correct decision!!

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  11. 1-0 by Juventus maybe tight offside, it needs to be rewatched.

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  12. Offside by Higuain with 1-0 for Juve. Mistake and hard to see for AR1 Borsch.

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  13. 12' - penalty should've been given to Basel, imo; City scores two minutes later...

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    1. Nothing unexpected in a match refereed by Eriksson these days, sadly :(

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  14. Very close, but it was offside unfortunately...

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  15. 16' - Penalty appeal by Tottenham... Brych not interested... Looks like a correct call but more replays needed for being sure..

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  16. Juventus vs Tottenham is a dream game. Almost no complaints and no ugly tackles. Rare to see this today.

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  17. 45+1' : 2nd penalty awarded to Juventus by Brych... Absolute stonewall penalty... No doubts at all about this..

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    1. I think a YC for either SPA or DOGSO could have been expected there. Both penalties had to be whistled, both correctly evaluated. Good, determined gestures against Kane for the clear no penalty for Tottenham.

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    2. Hm, it`s only SPA with an attempt to play the ball IMO. But a YC for the recklessness of the tackle would have been deserved.

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  18. 43' - Serey Die (Basel) lunges at De Bruyne from the front and luckily plays the ball. Should be a yellow card for clearly reckless challenge but only a verbal warning issued...

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    1. Well solved confrontation at the end of the game (yellow cards to Serey Dié for reckless foul and Gündoğan for unsporting behaviour, retaliation). Really good advantages through the whole game. A better second half. I will try to post videos of controversies / mistakes later.

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    2. Thanks in advance. Watching some highlights, it seems as Johannesson was AAR1, despite of the fact that he had been reported as AAR2 and he is not FIFA referee anymore. Ekberg, promoted to Category1, was AAR2.

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    3. You don’t need to be FIFA if you are an AAR if that is what you meant. For example Markus Strömbergsson was AAR for Eriksson despite not being FIFA.

      http://www.elitdomareklubben.se/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/BB160612JL010.jpg

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    4. 12' - penalty incident
      https://streamable.com/912ok

      43' - tackle
      https://streamable.com/md2h2

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    5. Probably UEFA want the highest ranked AAR as AAR1 so it’s clear who’s taking over in case of an injury on the referee. And in this case it was Ekberg is ranked higher than Johannesson and therefore AAR1, but earlier Johannesson has for a long time been AAR1 for Eriksson and when he had his last game of 2017 he was AAR1. Maybe they made a mistake because of old habits or they changed it on purpose beacause they are used to it that way.

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    6. Maybe UEFA want the highest rankad AAR as AAR1 so it’s clear whos is taking over i they need to change, but earlier Johannesson was AAR1 to Eriksson because then he was 1st category just like Ekberg but now it has changed. When It was Johannesson and Markus Strömbergsson, Johannesson was always AAR1 and when Johannesson was replaced by Martin Strömbergsson, Martin Strömbergsson was AAR1.
      Maybe they just made a mistake because of old habits or they changed it around on purpose because they like it more that way.

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    7. @Victor I know that you don't need to be FIFA referee as AAR. But when there is a FIFA AAR and a NO FIFA AAR, so far I have always seen the NO FIFA AR being AAR2.
      I think that the reason can be the latter, explained by @referee.

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    8. 12': penalty, deliberate action of defender against the attacker, this should have been whistled.

      43': potentially, this is a very harmful tackle, mandatory YC, in case of opponent hit, this should have been RC.

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    9. To make assessment of individual incidents it is necessary to be aware of criteria applied, time of incident, etc. Without seeing the match and knowing Ericksson's refereeing style, I believe there were similar tackles he did not consider as faul, therefore no PK for me. With regard to the second video, I agree with the referee, excellent use of public warning and no YC.

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  19. Manchester City - Basel in second leg will be a very good occasion even for a Category 1 referee, but I think an Elite will be appointed. Possible to see Královec, for example.
    Tottenham - Juventus surely will need a top class.

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    1. Could also be a opportunity for the first (and last?) CL KO match for Fernandez Borbalan.

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    2. For the Wembley match between Tottenham and Juventus we will definitely need an experienced Elite referee... Maybe Kuipers (if he is fit again)? Cakir? Mateu Lahoz? Marciniak?

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