Thursday, 15 February 2018

Europa League 2017/18 - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (I)

UEFA Referees Committee has chosen the following referees to handle the first legs games to be played for Round of 32 of 2017/18 Europa League.

13.02.2018, 18:00 CET
Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade (SRB)
FK Crvena zvezda - CSKA Moskva
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

15.02.2018, 17:00 CET
Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
FC Astana - Sporting CP
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2:  Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: François Letexier (FRA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oğuz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)

15.02.2018, 19:00 CET
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
Olympique de Marseille - SC Braga
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Dave Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Higler (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Fourth Official: Joost Van Zuilen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Luca Zorzi (SUI)

15.02.2018, 19:00 CET
Östersund Arena, Östersund (SWE)
Östersunds FK - Arsenal FC
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)

15.02.2018, 19:00 CET
Ludogorets Arena, Razgrad (BUL)
PFC Ludogorets 1945 - AC Milan
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: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Loukas Siotropos (GRE)

15.02.2018, 19:00 CET
Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastián (ESP)
Real Sociedad de Fútbol - FC Salzburg
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2:  Alastair Mather (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Donald Robertson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)

15.02.2018, 19:00 CET
Stadion Spartak, Moscow (RUS)
Spartak Moskva - Athletic Club
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Karl Espen Eriksen (NOR)

15.02.2018, 19:00 CET
Stade de Nice, Nice (FRA)
OGC Nice - Lokomotiv Moskva 
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ionuț Marius Avram (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Horațiu Mircea Fesnic (ROU)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Tarik Shamel (ENG)

15.02.2018, 19:00 CET
BVB Stadion, Dortmund (GER)
Borussia Dortmund - Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio 
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kóstas Kapitanís (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)

15.02.2018, 21:05 CET
Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
FCSB - SS Lazio 
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Geórgios Bíkas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Philippe Prud'hon (FRA)

15.02.2018, 21:05 CET
Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB)
FK Partizan - FC Viktoria Plzeň
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)

15.02.2018, 21:05 CET
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines (FRA)
Olympique Lyonnais - Villarreal CF
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sándor Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)

15.02.2018, 21:05 CET
Stadio San Paolo, Naples (ITA)
SSC Napoli - RB Leipzig
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tiago Martins (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Pinheiro (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)

15.02.2018, 21:05 CET
Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
Celtic FC - FC Zenit
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Þór Orrason (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)

15.02.2018, 21:05 CET
OAKA Spyros Louīs, Athens (GRE)
AEK Athens - FC Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: José María Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Michał Listkiewicz (POL)

15.02.2018, 21:05 CET
Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
FC København - Club Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmirti Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dzmitry Dzmitryieu (BLR)
Fourth Official: Yury Khomchenko (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)

148 comments:

  1. OT
    this happened in Italian serie D, the fourth division:
    https://streamable.com/1tr3m
    Would you take any disciplinary sanction against the coach who did that?

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    1. What would be the sanction if the coach did that to a supporter? Most likely a red card, so I would apply the same sanction.

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    2. What would be the sanction if the coach did that to a balloon? ;)
      At most a warning for entering the pitch, I guess.
      But I am really not sure here.

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    3. Is a dog a balloon? o.O It's a living creature.

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    4. It is, and ethically, you have a point here.
      But legally animals are often handled like things (e.g. you can own them).
      And in the LoTG, I doubt that animals are included in the "...spectators and any other person" part of the VC section.

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    5. Following this logic you would be able to avoid being sent off even if you kill the animal (you can destroy the balloon or whatever legally).

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    6. I'm a bit undecided but I think I would have probably given the coach his marching orders... I don't find this behaviour acceptable on a football pitch!!

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  2. Serdar Gözübüyük with Marseille - Braga, a very good appointment for the young Dutch.

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    1. This a huge surprise... Is it kind of a warm up before he gets a CL R16 2nd leg game??

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    2. Not only Skomina. Mazic as well...

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    3. Surely not a coincidence. We have two CL final candidates starting with an EL game. In both cases, not a real top clash.

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    4. On the other hand we have Rocchi in Madrid being observed by Dallas... Committee I think is looking at World Cup as well

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  4. Wow, really surprised by Skomina in EL; I was expecting him in CL. I hope that it is just a warm up for 2nd leg, as said by Soham. In any case if some referees are appointed two times in the next 4 weeks (EL and CL), many Class 1 are ruled out. So it doesn't make sense to have so populated class

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  5. I dont think Skomina's appointment indicate something bad... In year when he had CL final Cakir was appointed once in CL and three times in EL in knock out faze. I agree with commitee's choice to appoint Skomina in EL first: they will see if he still has form from group stage, then CL appointment to top clash, one more EL match just to keep the form and then CL final :)

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  6. But what I don't get is Del Cero Grande. Only one match in group faze??? And now knock out stage match?

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    1. He is, in my opinion and at the moment, one of the best referees in Spain, above the others he share UEFA category with. I think this has not gone unnoticed for the committee and hence the appointment. IMO, if it wasn't for his age, he would have clearly been the next spanish Elite.

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  7. Viktor Kassai also in UEL... Lyon v Villareal

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    1. Wow even Milorad Mazic in UEL in a not so big game... Surprising appointments to say the least!!

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    2. Well, expected, after the last season and the appointments he got in CL group stage. I think he wont appear at all in CL KO stage... but of course, let's see.
      Maybe the same for Aytekin? Even though a year has passed, committee could be still "worried" about that. Of course, not about the referees and their skills, but just as reason of opportunity.

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    3. Honestly speaking both Kassai and Aytekin are fine confined to the EL... We have other potential candidates for future who can get UCL games!! Still Lyon v Villareal looks a decent enough appointment for Kassai!!

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    4. Zwayer has overtaken Aytekin in UEFA, I would imagine the younger German and Makkelie will debut in CL KO this year.
      Despite making a promising performance showcasing skills on a very high level, his night in Barcelona seems to have cost Deniz Aytekin in UEFA.

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    5. I agree Mikael. The clash involving AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk could be the game for both Makkelie and Zwayer.

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    6. Considering that Makkelie was already trusted with Liverpool v Sevilla and Chelsea v Atletico Madrid in the group stage, I could even imagine Makkelie in Munich for Bayern v Besiktas!!

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  8. Most interesting; Uilenberg for Dias, Young for Gozoboyuk and Paniashvili for Mazic.

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    1. One more from top group of observers: Reijgwart for Kulbakov

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    2. Uilenberg for Artur Dias is absolutely perfect... Soares Dias is definitely a promotion candidate come this June!!

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    3. A final test for Dias? However, I think, committee has already watched him so many times with important observers.
      A decision for June now must come without doubts...

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    4. I think Soares Dias is ready for the next step... If it's not now then it's never... Age isn't really in his side for too long!!

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  9. Well last year Bebek got only 1 match in K.O. stage.
    Looks like that Braga night has costed him majorly because this year I dont know if he's gonna get any EL match.

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    1. Probably not... Because he was not invited to the seminar... So I think that rules him out!!

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    2. Lot of 1st group wasnt appointed,for example;Estrada,Manzano,Stieler,Bezborodov and many others.
      Looks like 2nd legs for them.

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  10. Copenhagen
    UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
    UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)

    AEK
    UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
    UEFA Delegate: Michał Listkiewicz (POL)

    Celtic
    UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Þór Orrason (ISL)
    UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)

    Napoli
    UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
    UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)

    Lyon
    UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
    UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)

    Real Sociedad
    UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
    UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)

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    1. Partizan
      UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
      UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)

      FCSB
      UEFA Referee Observer: Geórgios Bíkas (GRE)
      UEFA Delegate: Philippe Prud'hon (FRA)

      Ludogorets
      UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
      UEFA Delegate: Loukas Siotropos (GRE)

      Ostersunds
      UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
      UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)

      Astana
      UEFA Referee Observer: Oğuz Sarvan (TUR)
      UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)

      Marseille
      UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
      UEFA Delegate: Luca Zorzi (SUI)

      Nice
      UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
      UEFA Delegate: Tarik Shamel (ENG)

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    2. Thanks, Spartak Moskva - Athletic Club?

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    3. UEFA Delegate Karl Espen Eriksen (NOR)
      UEFA Referee observer Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

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  11. KO stage debuts for István Kovács, Carlos Del Cerro Grande and Daniel Stefański.
    I remember Del Cerro Grande, he was a Category 2 referee less than two seasons ago and he looked to be ready to leave the list without any chance to make further steps. Then, suddenly everything changed for him. He was promoted to Category 1 and he managed to be appointed for a game of KO stage. He has surely impressed the committee, because everything has happened very quickly. Estrada Fernández, who has almost the same age, has been ruled out in favor of him.
    Also Poland can be proud to see another referee at the KO stage of European cups, Stefański managed that at the age of 40. Maybe not a long future ahead, and maybe he wont be promoted to Elite, but surely an excellent achievement so far.

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    1. Stefanski can still have a career like Andre Marriner... A steady and safe pair of hands almost for all UEL games!!

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    2. Del Cerro Grande is interesting because he really did make a career from one match- absolutely excellent performance in the very challenging Copa Final, Sevilla - Barcelona 2016. It was, at least, close to a 9- full control and so many crucial decisions correctly evaluated.
      Stefanski was very convincing in a really hot match in Albania in this group stage, let's see how far he can go aged forty.

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  12. Anthony Taylor has been appointed for a FA Cup match on Monday 19th March and not with his regular assistants... Michael Oliver has no appointments this weekend... Can we read something into this?? Obviously Bayern v Besiktas no more possible for Taylor, so maybe Shaktar v Roma??

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    1. Sorry 19th February :D That's a clear 7.9 for me :D

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    2. So, no CL on next week for Taylor, but very likely Europa League. Champions League for Oliver? Difficult, but in case Bayern or Shakhtar...

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    3. Oliver's ARs have FA Cup games... Simon Bennett has a game on Sunday 18 Feb and Stuart Burt has a game on Saturday 17 Feb...

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    4. If Oliver or Taylor have a CL match, then logically it will be a 2nd leg.

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    5. Personally I would prefer both of them in high voltage UEL clashes right now to be honest so that we can form a clear idea of how well they handle challenging games in Europe!!

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  13. Prediction for UCL next week :

    Bayern Munich v Besiktas : Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

    Chelsea v Barcelona : Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

    Sevilla v Manchester United : Sergei Karasev (Russia)

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma : Ovidiu Hategan (Romania)

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  14. Very good game by Paweł Raczkowski. Few good decisions by his team.

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    1. Match without controversies. Some well-played advantages, good management, verbal warnings. 8.4 in an easy-going match.

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  15. Agree with Jovan. But quite easy match for a solid polish team. ��

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  16. German FIFA-Referee Christian Dingert has a match on friday in Saudi-Arabia between Al Hilal against Al Shabab. Tobias Christ and Mike Pickel are referee assistants

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  17. First women in KO stage in match between Partizan and Viktoria as fourth?

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    1. No, Kourompylia has had regular appointments with Michael Koukoulakis in EL as fourth official and she was even his regular AR2 in the whole of 2015 (including a KO match: Torino-Bilbao, if I am not wrong).

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  18. Astana - Sporting CP will be played with a temperature of -17 degrees. I think it is a (negative) record for a UEFA game.

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  19. Does someone have the appointments for the next Bundesliga round? I will go to Schalke 04 against Hoffenheim 1899 so I wonder who is the referee.

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    1. It seems as appointments for Saturday and Sunday are still to be published.

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    2. Referee is Benjamin Brand with his regular assistants Robert Schröder and Frederick Assmuth

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    3. Zwayer is appointed to the Monday match Frankfurt-Leipzig, so he can't get CL. EL is still possible, but I think, in case of an appointment there, they might have given him another game this MD.
      Stieler referees Augsburg-Stuttgart (his 5th match in 6 matchdays this year - unusual for BL) on Sunday, so EL seems very likely.

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  20. Two crucial decisions in the last minutes of first half for the French team in Kazakhstan: two disallowed goals. The first by AR1 to Sporting, the second by AR2 to Astana, both correct decisions.
    Overall for Buquet expected level, maybe just one or two missed fouls...

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    1. 47' penalty for deliberate handball to Sporting, very likely spotted by AAR2. Well dione.

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    2. Sorry but how is this a correct decision? https://streamable.com/b8ehp (0:36)

      The attacker who scored from the rebound was played onside by two players, including one right in front of the AR! Those AARs would be much better deployed in the VAR room...

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    3. Not even close to offside. Very weird.

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    4. Ohh sorry, I don't know how, but I watched a replay and it looked like the player was ONSIDE. I really can't explain that. Of course, a clear mistake there, and even blatant by AR. Sorry again for the wrong info.

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  21. Is goal line technology used in Europa League? Saw that the referees in Östersund - Arsenal were watches that look like the ones in Champions League.

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  22. Mazic with good yc to Abate.

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    1. maybye an missed offside at the goal of Milan. the replay wasn't clear at my broadcaster

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    2. I saw it. Good decision by ar1

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  23. Nice - Lokomotiv: very harsh penalty whistled by Kovács, I think it wasn't a punishable handball. In addition, the ball hit at first the body. I wouldn't have called it.

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  24. '28 Maybye a missed RC in the game Dortmund Atalanta. Studs in the upperlag of a dortmund player

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  25. 62': penalty to Ludogorets by Mazic for pushing.
    Correct decision after several replays, it could look soft at first glance, but definitely a significant touch to make the opponent fall down. Defender not interested in playing the ball, of course.

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    1. Clear penalty. Should have been a YC?

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    2. According to Mazic, this wasn't a promising attack, I want to rewatch but I think one can agree. It was not a central position and if I'm not wrong, player was not going towards the net.

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  26. Straight red card issued by Istvan Kovacs to a Nice player at 67'...

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  27. '90 Correct PK given by Borbalan for Ostersund: Bellerin tackles too late and missed the ball

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  28. Does anybody know what the referee salary is per match in the Europa League? Same as CL?

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  29. Missed Penalty for Leipzig by Dias (28')? Ball was far away but he clearly hits his opponent...

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    1. Indeed I think penalty should have been whistled there.
      Apart from that, a very easy game so far. Nothing to do for the Portuguese, this was the only situation...

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    2. AAR2 and Dias should have been aware of this incident. Frankly, not too difficult to decide.

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  30. Is anyone watching Tasos Sidiropoulous??

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    1. Yes Soham, the 1-1 should be disallowed but Sidiropoulous didn't it. It was offside, but it was very very hard to detect

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    2. Clear offside position by Plzens player who is goal assistant.Not at all hard to detect. Clear mistake by AR2

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  31. Del Cerro Grande is very good so far. Correctly rejected 2 penalty appeals by home side. He lets the game flow and disciplinary control os also very good.

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    1. Min. 61

      Possible 2nd Yc missed TO a Dynamo player after a correctly whistled foul for AEK.

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    2. Min 75.

      Missed 2nd YC to N19 Dynamo for a foul on an opponent.

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  32. Robert Madden issued an incredible 11 (!) number of yellow cards in Real Sociedad v Red Bull Salzburg... Wow 😯

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  33. Dortmund-Atalanta: By the way, a blatant offside position was missed by AR1 Marcin Boniek before 2-2(?). I‘m not sure whether it was Atalanta‘s first goal or the second one. However, definitely a crucial mistake.

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    1. It was just before the 1-1. But as you already mentioned, that was really blatant.

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  34. What I can underline about Soares Dias first half is the following: fitness and physical condition absolutely excellent, he made some remarkable sprints (for example at the kick off and then in another situation when a quick counterattack by Napoli started), good communication with players and gestures as well. He shows to be focused and alert about the game. Nevertheless, there was a situation in which penalty should have been whistled.
    Video:
    https://streamable.com/pzy32
    Sorry for quality, maybe later we will have a better one.
    Disciplinary control was not a problem, game was more than fair, maybe a card was possible in only one situation but it is absolutely OK in such context to whistle only the foul.

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    1. He will be backed. There is a new instruction that in such case when the ball is clearly played by an attacker and that attacker has no chance to reach it anymore, the foul has to be at least reckless or unsporting behaviour in order to whistle a penalty.

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    2. Clear penalty missed over there... Incredible!!

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    3. Very good decision from AR1, Rui Licinio Tavares, in the second goal of Leipzig.

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  35. 12’ : how it’s possibie for Kassai to let the play on with this cristal DOGSO !!!! Weird, weird, weird ! (LYON - Villareal)

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  36. Daniel Stefański in Dortmund - Atalanta. Great management (imo he's clearly better than Paweł Raczkowski on this field), but unfortunately missed penalty (52') and two potential violent conducts (28', 43'). Have your say!

    https://streamable.com/c3ng4

    P.S.
    I will check whether the missed offside had something to do with a Dortmund's goal.

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    1. 28': in my opinion impossible to say whether it was a deliberate action or not.
      43': without replay it is difficult to assess the incident, in doubt referee should be backed, it can be even a dive by Borussia player.
      52': clear penalty, and YC for reckless challenge...

      Very challenging game for Stefański!

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    2. The incident at 26' seems like it should be a red card for SFP (or even VC).

      From this video, Stefanski was not very convincing. I'm not a fan of his body language.

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    3. Tackle at 19 is clear serious foul play.

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    4. Tackle at 21 also serious foul play.

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    5. 26 clear serious foul play also.

      Ray- Management is important and grwat if you already know when a yellow and red should be given. This is my opinion but this referee thinks talking is better than giving a clear red card.

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    6. Can we say that Stefański was not still ready for KO stage? Borussia Dortmund - Atalanta has been very difficult, but too many unpunished or wrongly punished incidents.

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    7. I think perhaps this game was not the best suited for a ref making his EL KO stage debut...

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    8. I believe they could've easily swapped Stefanski with say Mazic or Sidiropoulous easily!!

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    9. In my opinion, it was a too big game for him at the moment, but after excellent game in Albania...

      And indeed, there was a missed offside prior to 1-1 goal
      https://streamable.com/42xo5

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  37. Violent conduct missed by Kassai, should have been a straight RC for punching the opponent. It was Mario Gaspar (Villareal) who did that.

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    1. Just to add: Not easy, maybe almost impossible to detect as the ball was quite far away.

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  38. Viktoria goal for 1-1 leading from offside. What a crucial mistake by AR2

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    1. picture of the offside situation at the 1-1. Very hard to detect

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    2. He was like 1m behind. In my opinion not hard to detect because you have 2 Partizans players infront.

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    3. Very difficult to detect, I agree. Maybe a small part of left upper body was offside but who can spot that?

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    4. 1m? Omg, are you serious?

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    5. He was talking about AR not players probably.

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    6. Well, when you say 'not hard to detect' for these kind of situations...

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  39. '85 Strange RC (2nd Yellow) given by Sidiropoulous. I don't know why

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    1. uefa.com reports that the player fouled an opponent.
      Mitrović (Partizan) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Krmenčík (Plzeň). Mitrović (Partizan) receives a second yellow card and is sent off.

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    2. politically correct response from UEFA

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    3. Both YC to Partizan player were so soft.

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  40. Skomina with a 9 yc in 2nd half. Did anyone watched?

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    1. Yes (as it involved my team, Celtic).

      It was a decent performance, couple of weird decisions but nothing major. Most of the YC were warranted, maybe except Dembele for walking off slowly when he could've added more time - he only added 2 minutes for 4 subs + an injury.

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  41. I have read an extremely negative feedback about Aytekin's performance in Bucharest, but of course it must be checked.
    Hopefully on next days I will watch some of those games, reporting something.

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    1. What went wrong apparently?

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    2. I didn't watch the game, but it is reported that he missed a penalty, he issued very soft cards, being not consistent and he allowed time wasting by Steaua, especially in the last part of the game.

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    3. Very high number of YCs that I did note!!

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    4. I watched the game, Aytekin did not make any big errors, it is true that 2 or 3 YC were soft however he kept the same line from the beginning.

      As for the penalty appeal the situation is at 5:02 in the video below, almost impossible to detect live, especially if you watch where Aytekin was positioned.

      Also a possible missed RC for Immobile for hitting an opponent without the ball (10:09 +replay at 10:18) - Immobile got away only with a YC after this incident.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXdUisuhXV0

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  42. Del Cerro Grande

    https://streamable.com/uf6g1

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    1. Thanks for the clips ANONYMOUS. It seems clear that you didn’t like the performance of Del Cerro :)
      A second yellow card must be clear 200%. Clearly, he tryed to manage the situations, and I think the holdings are not blatant or stop a promissing attack, and in the same line the two fouls against number 7 of AEK... REFEERING isn’t MATHS, at least at this level. ;)

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  43. My predections for the next week:
    Bayern-Besiktas Oliver (ENG)
    Sahtar-Roma Turpin (FRA)
    Chelsea-Barcelona Marciniak (POL)
    Sevilla-Man. Utd Cakir (TUR)

    CSKA Moskva-Crvena Zvezda De Sousa (POR)
    Sporting-Astana Kruzliak (SVK)
    Braga-Marseille Atkinson (ENG)
    Arsenal-Östersund Jug (SVN)
    Milan-Ludogorets Bezbodorov (RUS)
    Salzburg-Real Sociedad Bognár (HUN)
    Athletic-Spartak Moskva Bas Nijhuis (NED)
    Lokomotiv Moskva-Nice Slavko Vincic (SVN)
    Atalanta-Dortmund Mallenco (ESP)
    Plzen-Partian Banti (ITA)
    Villareal-Lyon Mazeika (LTU)
    Leipzig-Napoli Taylor (ENG)
    Zenit-Celtic Moen (NOR)
    Dynamo Kyiv-AEK Stieler (GER)
    Lazio-Steaua Collum (SCO)
    Atlético-Kobenhavn Liany (ISR)

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    1. Turpin has a match Sunday in the Ligue 1. Makkelie had a match Friday. I expect Makkelie in the CL and Turpin not.

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  44. Hello everyone,

    I read this blog regularly and I wanted to post my first message. I am French, so I will start with the refeering of my country. Clement Turpin is our best whistle, if he continues his progression that seems linear, can he be the next french to lead a Champions League final? With the retirement of Tony Chapron and the withdrawal of Antony Gautier, this seems to be the desert behind the Turpin Buquet Bastien trio and the stagnation of referees like Millot and Rainville. Can François Letexier be the new Turpin ?

    Another thing: Kuipers, Rocchi, Undiano Mallenco and Fernandez Borbalan were all born in 1973 and should stop at the end of the year? Who to replace them in the Elite category? Is it too early for Gil Manzano, Stieler or Bastien? Too late for Buquet?

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    1. Mazic also 1973 born... I think Kuipers, Mazic, Rocchi all may end their careers with the World Cup!!

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    2. Kuipers told that he after the WC will finish them international career

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    3. Yes he had indeed said so in an interview but that retirement might also come in December and not June!!

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    4. Undiano Mallenco has still one more season to go. Fernández Borbalán will retire at the end of this season.

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    5. Mazic might also end international career after WC but lets see. Jovanovic will change him in the future. Wonder what'll happen with his team since Danilo Grujic is 38, Nenad Djokic 39, Milovan Ristic will turn 44 this year and Dalibor Djurdjevic will turn 45 in 1 month.
      In my opinion from performences in our league Danilo Grujic can continue with Mazics team and add some new faces.

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    6. As we're speaking about France, something interesting is the appointment of Mikael Lesage for classic top clash Marseille-Bordeaux. It didn't happen very often to see a non FIFA referee for a big game, and it didn't happen often to see any other name than Turpin, Bastien and Buquet as well! So let's hope he does a good job tomorrow evening

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    7. After Antony Gautier for OM / Monaco, this is the second time in 2018 that a non-FIFA referee is appointed at Stade Velodrome for a big game, it's quite surprising, even if Lesage is experienced ...

      Thank you for your answers about the Elite referees who will be retiring this year. Who to replace them?

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  45. Another very controversial decision today in Germany. Freiburg's Abrashi flies into Bremen's Bargfrede, referee Hartmann only gives a yellow card. I guess he did not see clearly the incident, because he was focused on the ball.

    In my view this is a clear SFP: studs-up tackle, hitting point is under the knee and the way Abrashi jumps into his opponent can be seen as excessive force. VAR had to recommend a review here in this situation IMO.

    https://streamable.com/zlkwy

    What are your thoughts on this?

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    1. Clear SFP also for me and relevant for the VAR.
      I think, Hartmann should also have seen it himself.
      Also looking at similiar situations in the last weeks, it doesn't seem to be a problem with the VAR, but too lenient interpretation of what a SFP is. DFB should raise awareness among referees (and VARs) and make the border between YC and RC sharper again to reduce the grey area for those situations. Then it is also easier for the VAR to classify it as clear and obvious mistake.
      If they really think, YC is sufficient, they should communicate it to the public, because it is different to previous (and international) standards.

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    2. I agree, SFP, VAR should have intervened there.

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  46. This is decided as offside by VAR in England.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWQxeElWAAAgbrG.jpg:large

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    1. I think you have been conned by satire ;-)

      Here is the actual situation
      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWQxeElWAAAgbrG.jpg:large

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  47. Cakir - London
    Hategan - Munich

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