Thursday, 8 March 2018

Europa League 2017/18 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (I)

Officials in charge of first legs of 2017-18 UEFA Europa League Round of 16.
08.03.2018, 19:00 CET
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
AC Milan - Arsenal FC
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2:  Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Teuvo Holopainen (FIN)

08.03.2018, 19:00 CET
BVB Stadion, Dortmund (GER)
Borussia Dortmund - FC Salzburg 
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Matej Žunič (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Đukanović (MNE)

08.03.2018, 19:00 CET
Stadion CSKA Moskva, Moscow (RUS)
CSKA Moskva - Olympique Lyonnais 
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)

08.03.2018, 19:00 CET
Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid (ESP)
Club Atlético de Madrid - Lokomotiv Moskva
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jens Maae (DEN)
Fourth Official: Christian Brixen (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Simone Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Thórir Hákonarson (ISL)

08.03.2018, 21:05 CET
José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
Sporting CP - FC Viktoria Plzeň
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri 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: Kaj Natri (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Myrsini Psarropoulou (GRE)

08.03.2018, 21:05 CET
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
Olympique de Marseille - Athletic Club
Referee: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2:  Nuno Pereira (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fabio Veríssimo (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Luis Godinho (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Teixeira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)

08.03.2018, 21:05 CET
RB Arena, Leipzig (GER)
RB Leipzig - FC Zenit
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: István Kovács (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozinovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)

08.03.2018, 21:05 CET
Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
SS Lazio - FC Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kralović (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Filip Glova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Tammo Beishuizen (NED)

126 comments:

  1. Well, it seems the committee assessed all the controversies from Lazio - FCSB as acceptable calls from Slovenian. Or maybe they like his strict approach towards dissents (me too!). Or both. :)

    Strong reactions on dissents:
    https://streamable.com/zilpx

    Penalty incident #1
    https://streamable.com/as3rf

    Penalty incident #2 and wait-and-see whistle technique in counterattack
    https://streamable.com/loqud

    FCSB's handball goal - deliberate?
    https://streamable.com/bb92y

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    1. This was my idea as well, I expected another appointment.
      I think in all of these situations you can back referee, but the most important thing resulting from these clips is the very firm approach of the referee on the pitch.

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    2. He fights for elite really well. I wish him good luck in Dortmund. UEFA need such strong personalities.

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    3. Vincic is a referee who I rate a lot. He has a strong personality as opposed to some Elite referees.

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    4. anonymous,just out of curiousity which elite referees do you think have not so strong personality?

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    5. CristiRef,

      Turpin, Skomina... for example...

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    6. Turpin lacks personality? Eriksson lacks personality? Kuipers lacks personality? IMO personality is much more than waving 2 cards for dissent and Vincic has some way to go before he reaches the level of these 3 referees!!

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    7. Personality is way too broad as a description.
      But I can fully agree Vincic has more 'guts' than many Elite referees, we saw that in GUI-DYK, U21 EURO et al (but when RefCom does not back Çakir's RC in MNU-RLM, I wonder if you can really blame the referees).
      I hope he becomes the second Slovenian Elite, despite his age (thirty-eight) he has the personality that UEFA are really missing at the moment IMO.

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    8. I agree with Mikael that guts is a more appropriate word than personality... But going all guns blazing won't work in all matches but surely he isn't scared to make brave decisions which I appreciate... Never means that other Elite refs bottle calls or lack personality!!

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    9. One thing I would like to see is referees in the first video use the "too much talking" gesture with their hand, so everyone knows what the YC is for. For example like in rugby: http://laws.worldrugby.org/?signal_category=all&videoid=40

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  2. International Friendly

    23/03
    Scotland - Costa Rica
    Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
    Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
    Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
    Fourth Official: Harm Osmers (GER)

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  3. Mateu Lahoz with another EL assignement. Interesting.
    We wont see him in CL on next week, it would be the third appointment in a too short time.

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    1. But why we won`t see Lahoz in CL next week? Does his appointment at this week depend for the next?

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    2. He would get the third game, definitely too early.

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    3. It is definitely an interesting appointment: it is the second match in a row that he will have to travel to Russia.

      Not sure about what it means not getting a CL match this round and getting two EL appointments: it could be very good if he is appointed directly to the next round for a significant match, or can mean something bad (consequences of the play-off, maybe) if he is not. On the paper, the two EL matches were good. Let's see.

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  4. Milan-Arsenal Turpin
    Atlético-Lokomotiv Kehlet
    CSKA -Lyon Mateu Lahoz
    Sporting-Plzen Kullbakov
    Lazio-Dinamo Kijev Kruzliak
    Leipzig-Zenit Hategan
    Marseille-Athletic Club De Sousa

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  5. So no Lahoz for CL.

    Makkelie, Skomina, Mazic and ?

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    1. I think Karasev. Maybe Karasev in Manchester, Skomina Rome and Mazic Barcelona.

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    2. I think Björn Kuipers might also be a candidate for a UCL game next week??

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    3. Kuipers, Kuipers, Kuipers ... We all know that you have a crush on him, but over and over again - so tiresome. No offence!

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    4. Since it's a possibility, it's up for discussion... Get on with it!! Not that it's mandatory for you to reply if you aren't interested... Thank you... And offending someone and then writing no offence makes no sense :)

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    5. @Soham, I don't understand why you feel offended, Sale has written the truth. You mention Kuipers in almost each of your post 😃. You have diminished the use of exclamation mark (!) in your post; I thank and congratulate you for that, so maybe you try to mention Kuipers a little bit less, too. It's no doubt I root for my compatriot Skomina but I don't have such a crush on him as there is yours on Kuipers 😉.

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    6. Haha "crush" isn't the right word, refereeing is a passion for me and Kuipers is my role model... But my mentioning him isn't out of context you see... In a scenario what's his chance of getting the game is the question I put forward... It's just that I am interested to know his chances rather than someone else... And that's obviously down to preference!! 👐

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    7. Frankly, don't see how trying to "sell" one referee for every big match is adding to the discussion. Fell free to, anyway, I'm not the administrator.

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    8. You are understanding it wrong anyway... Let's leave it and move forward rather than argue on a petty topic... Let us agree to disagree 🙂

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  6. Well, maybe he will appear on second legs, but as for now it is strange to see that Oliver has been totally ruled out from any game. There could be some reasons, otherwise I don't understand.

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    1. They haven't announced the Premier League appointments yet, but Manchester United play Liverpool at lunchtime on Saturday, so maybe he has been reserved for that game with Europe next week instead.

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    3. Well deserved appointment for Pawson as he needs to be tested in such games... He had a very good League Cup final too a few days back so deserved appointment this one!!

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    4. Premier League
      Matchday 30

      Saturday 10 March
      12:30 Manchester United v Liverpool
      Referee: Craig Pawson
      Assistants: Gary Beswick, Peter Kirkup
      Fourth official: Martin Atkinson

      Everton v Brighton & Hove Albion
      Referee: Roger East
      Assistants: Simon Long, Sian Massey-Ellis
      Fourth official: Paul Tierney

      Huddersfield Town v Swansea City
      Referee: Michael Oliver
      Assistants: Simon Bennett, Stuart Burt
      Fourth official: Jonathan Moss

      Newcastle United v Southampton
      Referee: Andre Marriner
      Assistants: Scott Ledger, Richard West
      Fourth official: Kevin Friend

      West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City
      Referee: Bobby Madley
      Assistants: Marc Perry, Mick McDonough
      Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

      West Ham United v Burnley
      Referee: Lee Mason
      Assistants: Harry Lennard, Matthew Wilkes
      Fourth official: Graham Scott

      17:30 Chelsea v Crystal Palace
      Referee: Anthony Taylor
      Assistants: Adam Nunn, Daniel Cook
      Fourth official: Chris Kavanagh

      Sunday 11 March
      13:30 Arsenal v Watford
      Referee: Martin Atkinson
      Assistants: Lee Betts, Constantine Hatzidakis
      Fourth official: Chris Kavanagh

      16:00 AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur
      Referee: Mike Dean
      Assistants: Ian Hussin, Simon Beck
      Fourth official: Graham Scott

      Monday 12 March
      20:00 Stoke City v Manchester City
      Referee: Jonathan Moss
      Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Andy Halliday
      Fourth official: Andre Marriner

      Craig Pawson can be the next great English referee IMO, Saturday will be the biggest match of his career.
      Oliver's appointment suggests a EL R16 return.

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    5. For me, Pawson is been pushed a lot by English Committee recently, but he never convinced me that he is going to be big referee. Simple, he makes lots of mistakes, as same as all the rest Premier League refs. Refereeing in PL has never been so bad, except Atkinson (who is at the end of his career) you don't have big name in England - Oliver and Taylor as 2nd and 3rd are far away from one Webb or even famous 3YC=RC Graham Poll. Pawson is nearly 39, he is not young and never proved himself, so I think that they should search for some other name (beside Oliver, who is young - only 33). I can't remember big match for him in UEFA competition. And there are reports that Liverpool fans fuming over PL's decision to appoint Pawson as a ref for ManUTD clash (due to controversial penalty given in favor of Everton in Merseyside derby). Not the best choice IMO - hope I am wrong.

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    6. Yeah agreed he does make a fair amount of crucial mistakes (but with VAR planned to join for 2108/19, this is more irrelevant), eg Manchester City - Tottenham was in 7,1/2 area, but I never saw a referee in England with such a sophisticated personality/management than Pawson, since Webb/Clattenburg, and considering his young(er) age also. Thanks to the age limit being closed, he still has about ten years, and probably he will enter next season in UEFA First Category.
      Maybe one can call it unwise to send him to another big Liverpool match, but I think he has the quality for this top fixture.
      I hope he proves me right!

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  7. Good to see that Kruzliak gets indeed a good match in EL round of 16. Good match for Kehlet too! He is improving quickly.

    I suppose we will see Makkelie and Oliver next week.

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    1. No room for Oliver in Champions League, given that Makkelie should be in Istanbul.

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    2. Then I'll say Oliver in Lyon v CSKA Moscow 2nd leg?? Or maybe Athletic v Marseille 2nd leg?? By the way Oliver will be out with his European team Bennett and Burt this week in PL!!

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  8. Sad news from Cyprus.

    Kostakis Koutsokoumnis, president of CFA, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Only a few months earlier his daughter had also died of cancer.

    My condolences to his family. RIP.

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    1. Rest in Peace! My thoughts are with his family...

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    2. The family must be going through a really tough time... May God give them strength to deal with such grief...

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    3. Another sad news has reached us. May he rest in peace.

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  9. De Sousa had a poor game in last round if I'm not mistaken... How he manages another match is beyond belief!!

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    1. There are many similar situations with other referees.
      I hope, this time, a job at the usual level.

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  10. I'm surprised to see Kehlet again. He is very pushed by UEFA, with 37 years a little bit older than others but if his development (or at least his appointments) continues this way, we'll see him in an UCL Group Stage game next summer.

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  11. I'm starting to think that, in case of no Spanish teams in EL final, Mateu Lahoz could be a candidate.
    I want also to underline that everything is always more than carefully planned by committee: you can see that we have three Spanish teams in Champions League Round of 16. This of course means that there will be a maximum of 3 out of 4 games with possible Spanish involvments in quarterfinals, but there will be surely a game without Spanish teams. This leaves a free spot for Mateu Lahoz and in my opinion he is already planned for that round, after two EL assignments.

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    1. Yes there are similar appointments before where referees did 2 EL matches and then directly got a CL QF so that's what is most likely for Mateu... There is nothing to be worried IMO...

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    2. Atlético Madrid must be in EL Final.

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    3. That's a secondary thing... If that's the thing then Mateu won't get the Final that's it!!

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    4. Many mistakes from Mateu both in European competitions and Primera (you know about them), so I don't think he is appropriate candidate for one of the finals this year.

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    5. Sweden v Italy comes to mind (!)

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  12. Really suprised to see De Sousa again after bad performance with crucial mistake in previous round.

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    1. That too with a Spanish team... Could've been easily avoided with so many other referees available!!

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    2. What is the problem with the Spanish team?
      For the same reason the French referees can´t play matches with Spanish teams.

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    3. There is no problem... But Portuguese referee with a team involving Spanish team can be avoided...

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    4. But there have always been Portuguese referees in matches with teams from Spain.
      For example, this session:
      ULC: Sevilla FC - Spartak Moskva > Artur Soares Dias
      UCL: APOEL - Real Madrid > Artur Soares Dias
      EL: Panathinaikos - Athletic Bilbao > De Sousa

      And Spanish referees in matches with Portuguese teams.
      UCL: Besiktas - Porto > Mateu Lahoz
      UCL: Benfica - Bsel > Gil Manzano
      UCL: Benfica - CSKA Moskva > Mallenco

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    5. Can be avoided IMO... Nothing more!!

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    6. Slovenia neighbours Austria. So e.g. Vincic shouldn't have been appointed for Salzburg IYO?

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    7. Vincic isn't in a terrible form like De Sousa so no problem...

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  13. Youth League, Quarterfinal
    14.03.2018, 16:00 CET
    Real Madrid CF - Chelsea FC
    Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
    Assistant Referee 1: Markus Häcker (GER)
    Assistant Referee 2: Lasse Koslowski (GER)

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  14. Just noticed also Japanese referees are using new Adidas outfit.

    Here it is.

    https://streamable.com/635oz

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  15. Mazic didnt get game in JSL, might see him in UCL?

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  16. Rudar Velenje : Krško; Saturday 10.3
    Referee: Skomina Damir
    Assistant Referee 1: Praprotnik Jure
    Assistant Referee 2: Vukan Robert

    Vinčič also has game on Saturday, Jug has a game on Sunday

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    1. Skomina out with usual team... CL game is almost certain!!

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  17. Of I am not wrong next Week FIFA will gather world CUP referees on Dubai. Is it correct? Of Yes all pur prediction for CL do not make sense. In Italy Irrati and Valeri are bot appointed, while Rocchi will at as VAR on friday !!! What does it mean ? Fifa WC meeting in Dubai? 2nd match next thursday in CL or nothinf?

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    1. UEFA refs meeting is after 19th March or something like that I heard !!

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    2. Valeri and Irrati are not appointed in serie A on this week end. This means that they will attend the FIFA Seminar in UAE, starting from 12/03. Based on what we heard, the seminar will be split in two sessions. The first one (12-16/03) will include trios from America, Asia and Ocenia, the second one (19-23/03) the ones from Europe and Africa. However, it seems as some VAR specialists (Irrati, Valeri and Gil among others) have been called already for the first session (I don't know whether they will be there for the second session).
      I'm looking for further infos, but that's should be the situation at moment.

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    3. Gil will be present at the second seminar, too. So, I would assume that all European VAR specialists will be present at both VAR seminars.

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  18. Kehlet is using the new Adidas outfit! Not in the case of Turpin, Mateu and Vincic.

    31' Well done by Kehlet. Diego Costa was offise, but he did not make gesture to play (consciously) and referee held on to blow the whistle.

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  19. 33' Atletico - Lokomotiv: excellent decision by Kehlet, a well spotted simulation.

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  20. Off topic:
    I are on official FIFA list that Liechenstein doesn't have any representative. Do you know what? Because there isn't an official Local tournament or because nobody has been accepted ?

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    1. Liechtenstein is the only UEFA member without its own national league, they have only the football association for the national team.
      Domestic clubs from Liechtenstein play their games in Switzerland's leagues, for example FC Vaduz.
      So, no referees there.

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  21. 45+4 Great non-called offside by Danos.

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  22. Mateu had good 1st half as much as I saw!!

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  23. Minute 48' Borussia - Salzburg: penalty to Salzburg assigned by AAR1. The situation occurred right in front of him, at the edge of penalty area, but it looked like it was outside the box!

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    1. A very difficult situation. The fouled player was already inside the penalty area but he was being pulled for hand and it's almost impossible - even having slo-mo replay - to say whether the pulling stopped before the line or on the line. I would back Obrenovič in this case.

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    2. https://streamable.com/h2ajx (0:26)

      The Dortmund player still has a hold of the Salzburg player when he puts his foot inside the penalty area. Surely that means it's a penalty?

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    3. Nope. The place where the defender grabs an opponent's hand does matter not the position of fouled player.

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    4. Holding stopped before the line, so a free kick should've been awarded instead of penalty kick, but let me say, how one can expect the AAR getting this right? He couldn't see things through someone's body.

      https://pasteboard.co/HaZvpXq.png

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    5. Reading the LOTG: "If a defender starts holding an attacker outside the penalty area and continues holding inside the penalty area, the referee must award a penalty kick."

      So if an attacker's body is in the penalty area but their arm is outside and that is pulled by a defender outside the penalty area, that is a free-kick?

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    6. On that matter Laws of the game say:
      If a defender starts holding an attacker outside the penalty area and continues
      holding him inside the penalty area, the referee must award a penalty kick (page 120, law 12)
      https://img.fifa.com/image/upload/datdz0pms85gbnqy4j3k.pdf

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    7. Great call-penalty for me. Line is a part of a penalty area and fouled player was on th line or inside the box, when defender stoped pulling him.

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  24. 48' Controversial penalty decision by Vincic. AAR clearly shouted it was penalty, BVB players claimed the foul was outside. The play's been just in front of the AAR.

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  25. 47:00 in Milan - Arsenal, I recommend you to watch the warning issued by Turpin. Firm and determined "against" the player, but not aggressive. I must admit, an outstanding development in recent months by the French.

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    1. That's he will be on the plane to the World Cup while Eriksson, Kassai, Hategan and others won't be... I congratulate Turpin on this excellent development!!

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  26. 56' Another goal for Salzburg. Maybe there was a foul on Schmelzer?

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    1. Vincic is at least no 'home team referee' ;)

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  27. 58' PK for handball missed by Kehlet?

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  28. Kehlet with a possible penalty for handball to Atlético. He was perfectly positioned and he decided to play on. A whistle wouldn't have been wrong.

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    1. For me it’s a penalty evey day. His arms i streched out a little wich makes him bigger

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    2. 4:36
      https://streamable.com/glxpa

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  29. Good Mateu in Moscow... Very good Mateu infact... I expect an important UCL QF for him next!!

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  30. Expected level for Mateu in Moscow, he will get surely a CL quarterfinal.

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    1. I like Matéu in UEFA. I don´t love the Matéu of
      Spain League.

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  31. Very good Turpin. Excellent performance.

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    1. Fully agreed, especially at 47' as Chefren says ^
      His 2018 is a great ticket to WC so far.

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  32. Kulbakov started the game in Lisbon without his FIFA badge on the chest.

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    1. Very wierd to see. Maybe he forgot to put it?

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  33. If he has it on in the 2nd half, then its very likely indeed!

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  34. Absolutely wrong penalty decision by AAR Fabio Verissimo in Marseille. No deliberate handball.
    At first glance, De Sousa had taken the correct decision: corner kick.

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    1. Almost every performance this season has been controversial... He shouldn't have got this game in the 1st place... Someone like Michael Oliver or even Artur Dias could've got this game instead of an out of form referee!!

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  35. Harsh penalty given by Sousa and AAR.
    Reminds me of Bebek's pemalty in Braga match.

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  36. https://streamable.com/kdzs2

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    1. and with a better quality :)
      https://streamable.com/xjd9g

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    2. Thanks. A pity! See how much De Sousa was convinced about his decision, he was more than sure. Then, he had to change idea, following AAR's advice. Let me be honest, in VAR's era, it is very difficult to accept such mistakes on the pitch and the figure of AAR looks useless. Even worse when they invite the referee to take a wrong decision.
      Verissimo had to intervene only if 100% sure, the fact that at first he didn't communicate with referee is a signal that he was not sure about the incident. Too much time and clearly the protests by Athletic contributed to that. Sorry to say, but absolutely unacceptable from Fabio Verissimo.

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    3. Couldn't De Sousa have overruled his assistant if he was so sure?? He indeed seemed very confident...

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    4. This will cost De Sousa a lot, and especially his AAR2 - I don't think we will see him again. In newest RAP strictly is said that if ref has good position and is sure about his decision, he shouldn't allow AAR to change his decision. De Sousa was absolutely convinced that he saw the incident properly and he was right - NO PENALTY! He shoved that several times, again and againg pointing to corner kick. He shouldn't allow to be influenced by his AAR, even though he was right, and he wasn't. This is the end of the season for de Sousa. In fact, I don't like his way of refereeing at all and he simply didn't deserve to be on the pitch this week. This just proved that.

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  37. Kulbakov still without badge, very likely he forgot it at home.

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  38. No words. Lack of charisma, personality, wrong wrong decision. Sousa is better positioned than AAR. How is it possible to be so coward to change a clearly gesture decision. That’s not just a crucial mistake : Sousa not deserved to be at this level. Big mistake by Refs comittee.

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    1. Oh my goodness. Please see « foul » whistled by Sousa against Luis Gustavo. No comments. Portuguese ref is under Mediterranean sea...

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    2. 67’ : if there is advantage (good one indeed), Sousa had to caution n*24 at thé first stop. Cristal promising attack. Sorry but big issues for the refs...

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  39. Fabio Verissimo to be Fabio Verissimo: a tragedy!
    Vitor Melo Pereira if still see the matches of the Portuguese referees should be proud with your fantastic international referees.

    Verissimo, Martins, Godinho and Pinheiro. All promoted to 1st category by Melo Pereira when he was chairman referees Committee in Portugal. None, none of them showed quality before and after being promoted to international.

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  40. Let's try predictions for the 2nd legs!!

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    1. I know you cant imagine, but i think Tamás Bognár will get a match in the 2 leg, because he appointed on this Saturday in Hungarian Division I with his regular (Europan ) assistants (Buzás,Georgiou). In Hungary only (90%) if somebody will get a match in Europa, they will appoint together.

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    2. He won't be a bad choice... He's a very decent referee IMO

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  41. Garmash from Dynamo Kyiv sent off after the final whistle by Kružliak, I don't know what exactly happened there.

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    2. I guess it was for dissenting behaviour after the final whistle, going by these images.

      https://streamable.com/86zbw

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  42. I can report good, expected level performances of Vinčič and Hațegan. Slovenian had a penalty incident we have already talked about and Dortmund player was angry at officials they missed an alleged foul prior to 0-2, but I would say that the no whistle was more correct than wrong. Nothing major to report regarding the game in Leipzig.

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