Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Champions League 2018/19 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 2 (I)

The following officials will be in charge of Tuesday's Champions League MD2 games. CL debuts for Grinfeeld (ISR), Treimanis (LVA) and Raczkowski (POL). Thanks to H_demboveac on twitter for the appointments. 

Group F
2 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Sinsheim (WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena)
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (GER) - Manchester City FC (ENG)
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Manuel Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Nils Øyvind Fisketjønn (NOR)

Group H
2 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Turin (Juventus Stadium)
Juventus FC (ITA) - BSC Young Boys (SUI)
Referee: Sergey Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksey Lunev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Anton Averyanov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Moskalev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: William Campbell (NIR)

Group E
2 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Munich (Allianz Arena)
FC Bayern München (GER) - AFC Ajax (NED)
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Kamil Hájek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jiří Moláček (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Karel Hrubeš (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kóstas Kapitanís (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Thibault De Gendt (BEL)

Group E
2 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Athens (Olympiakó Athlitikó Kéntro Athinón Spýros Loúis)
AEK Athens FC (GRE) - SL Benfica (POR)
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Fourth Official: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Erez Papir (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ziv Adler (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Artur Azaryan (ARM)

Group F
2 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Décines-Charpieu (Groupama Stadium)
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) - FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Edgars Maļcevs (LVA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)

Group G
2 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Moscow (Bolshaya sportivnaya arena olimpiyskogo kompleksa Luzhniki)
PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS) - Real Madrid CF (ESP)
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hațegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Ștefan Ghinguleac (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Constantin Colțescu (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Loúkas Siotrópos (GRE)

Group G
2 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Rome (Stadio Olimpico)
AS Roma (ITA) - FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michał Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Jacob Erel (ISR)

Group H
2 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Manchester (Old Trafford)
Manchester United FC (ENG) - Valencia CF (ESP)
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Nejc Kajtazovič (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)


  1. The new trend by Rosetti is now clear. With Collina, such appointments wouldn't have been made. Taking some "risks" and accelerating the process for having new names to officiate in Champions League is definitely some good.
    We had been already informed about Grinfeeld by our reader, but Treimanis and Raczkowski are really unexpected there. The Latvian has for sure convinced the committee, I remember that some years ago he was observed by Rosetti, when the latter was still a normal observer, so for sure not an unknown referee for Rosetti.
    Aboout the rest, Karasev with a low profile game, he must recover, while Královec is still on focus for something interesting.

    1. I am happy to see new names in CL, Cakir and Brych at every match was a bit boring :D :D

  2. Shakhtar D - Hoffenheim
    Jacob Kehlet debut in UCL group stage.

    Olympique Lyonnais - Shakhtar D
    Andris Treimanis debut in UCL group stage.

    Really :) ?

    1. Indeed, the group with Shakhtar has been identified by committee as suitable for debuts. I don't think that it is specifically due to Shakhtar, but it is a global speech about all the four teams, compared to other groups.

    2. Same with Aek. Del Cerro Grande and Grinfeeld both made their debuts in first two games of Aek

  3. I think that it's time for UEFA to take some big decisions. We all discussed the last 2 seasons that on the K.O. round we saw the same referees appointed again and again. That happened because, on paper, the Elite group has 27 referees. However, the real Elite is 10-12 names.

    So, IMO, Rosetti should bring fresh blood to the Elite and demote those who have reached their peak.

    With that said, it's very refreshing to read the names of Treimanis (a really talented referee) and Raczkowski. Not so sure about Grinfeeld as he didn't convince me at a UCL Q. this summer.

    1. I agree, Grinfeld didn't really show to be a referee with skills for CL in Thessaloniki.

      Still, of course, good luck to all three debutants on Tuesday.

      I wonder if we can expect any other surprising names tomorrow.

  4. IMO, UEFA is underestimating the significance of United - Valencia... I would have never expected a first group here. It is, a priori, a very important match for qualification in the group. Hope Vincic doesn't have any trouble, but match will be hot, specially considering how both teams are at the moment in their respective leagues.

    1. I was expecting Skomina or Mazic in this match

    2. One could have easily switched Vinčič and Karasev, for example.
      But the form of the Russian is not the best at moment...

    3. I hope Vincic will prove he is able to handle big games and will be promoted at the end. He really deserves that!

    4. I was also expecting Mazic there. With Mourinho being so questioned and losing so many matches, and Valencia having just won yesterday for the first time + the precedent in Valencia - Juventus (which was a very challenging match), the appointment looks to me more than risky. It is nice to give opportunities to FG in UCL, but there are other matches which are more appropriate. For instance, Skomina's. It would have made more sense to me to see Skomina in the UK and Vincic in Germany.

      Of course, all of this is "on the paper". Maybe later United-Valencia is less challenging than Hoffenheim-City.

  5. Are we expecting any more debutants on Wednesday? Possibilities in Moscow, Paris, Madrid and Oporto for sure. Although I would expect to see Taylor and Oliver in either Group A or D.

    1. Gözübüyük will be in CL on Wednesday.

    2. Is that a prediction or a confirmed appointment, Andrea?

    3. He has a good match in Holland, with his regular assistants. It seems possible.

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  6. Napoli - Liverpool:
    1) Zwayer?
    2) Kassai?
    3) Soares Dias?
    I don't see other names there.

  7. When I was scrolling down the appointments and saw no Vincic in Skomina's team my first thought was that he was removed because of OLY-BUR. A huge (positive) surprise for me TBH.

  8. I predict mazic for spurs barca and zwayer for napoli liverpool.

  9. For Wednesday, here the remaining Elite officials still without appointments so far in both group stages (CL and EL): Kassai, Zwayer, Soares Dias, Taylor, Oliver, Mazic. So if all will be in CL, we will have two referees from Category 1.
    Maybe Taylor and Oliver will appear in the same group, A and D are both suitable.

    1. What about Kulbakou, how do you think?

    2. Maybe he is in charge of a game... let's see.

    3. Can we expect Halis Ozkahya? He is not my favorite but checking the other names having their debut, he might be possible.

    4. Kulbakou is in Dortmund!!!!!!!!🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

  10. Very nice appointment for Hategan
    Start for SUPERCUP in Istanbul 2019

  11. O.T.
    As you reported in the upper right side of this blog, I would like to remember Luigi Agnolin, who has passed away last Saturday, after a long sickness.
    It has been one of the best FIFA referee in the 80s and IMO one of the best referees in the history of the football. He was appointed in two FIFA world cup (at Mexico 1986 he was elected as best referee of the tournament even if he officiated the semifinal and not the final match) and Champion League final in 1988.
    Great referee and very serious and fare man. Rest in Peace

  12. Zwayer has CL match on Wednesday between Tottenham Hotspur against FC Barcelona.

  13. Gözübüyük is in EL on Thursday in the match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Lazio Roma.

  14. OT:

    LaLiga MD8 appointments, only referee and VAR revealed by CTA-RFEF. Biggest match so far (Basque classic derby) goes to Hernández Hernández, interesting matches also for González González and Undiano Mallenco

    Athletic-Real Sociedad (Friday 5, 21:00 CET):
    Referee: Alejandro José HERNÁNDEZ HERNÁNDEZ (FIFA 2nd)

    Girona-Eibar (Saturday 6, 13:00 CET):
    Referee: Eduardo PRIETO IGLESIAS

    Getafe-Levante (Saturday 6, 16:15 CET):
    Referee: José Luis MUNUERA MONTERO (to be FIFA 2nd in January 2019)

    Alavés-Real Madrid (Saturday 6, 18:30 CET):
    Referee: Santiago JAIME LATRE

    Leganés-Rayo Vallecano (Saturday 6, 20:45 CET):
    Referee: David MEDIÉ JIMÉNEZ

    Valladolid-Huesca (Sunday 7, 12:00 CET):
    Referee: Antonio MATEU LAHOZ (FIFA Elite)

    Atlético de Madrid-Betis (Sunday 7, 16:15 CET):
    Referee: Alberto UNDIANO MALLENCO (FIFA Elite)

    Espanyol-Villarreal (Sunday 7, 18:30 CET):
    Referee: Ricardo DE BURGOS BENGOETXEA (FIFA 2nd)

    Sevilla-Celta (Sunday 7, 18:30 CET):
    Referee: Pablo GONZÁLEZ FUERTES

    Valencia-Barcelona (Sunday 7, 20:45 CET):
    Referee: José Luis GONZÁLEZ GONZÁLEZ

    1. For what it's worth, I thought Hernandez was absolutely excellent in SEV-RLM (I only watched 1H though).
      He showed a referee (much) mature beyond his age, IMO.

    2. I disagree… I think Valencia - Barcelona is a bigger match. Of course, basque derby is good too, but a step below, IMO.

    3. Basque derby turns out always very challenging match,so big match for Hernandez to handle.

  15. Good ONSIDE by AR1 for Hoffenheim 1-0 goal.
    Now the game will turn for sure more challenging for Skomina and his crew.

  16. Hoffenheim - Man. City

    Onside at 1-0

    Onside at 1-1

    Very good advantage (YC Otamendi, given afterward) and no-penalty call

    Throw-in confusion

    Possible YC for holding, SPA

    YC Fernandinho for SPA

  17. Minute 49' in Juventus - Young Boys, it is reported that Karasev missed a clear penalty in favor of Juventus, however I didn't watch the incident. We will check a video soon.

    1. Yes, I can confirm, I'm watching the game. The game is fairly easy to referee and Karasev is overall doing a good job, but it's always those key match incidents with him...

  18. Yes, clear penalty missed (foul on Dybala)

  19. Shocking challenge by Walker and Skomina had missed the foul!
    Fourth official informed him about a YC to be issued, but sorry that's unacceptable...

    1. Seems like Skomina misread that challenge completely - on replay looks like a RC for SFP should have been issued

    2. ... and we could discuss about RC here. For me yes.

    3. I quite agree Andrasch, Walker lunges into his opponent with speed, studs making contact above the ankle with intensity. Endangers safety of opponent, RC imo

  20. Thats a RC for sure. Even without the replay it looked clear.

  21. What a penalty for Man City !!! Unacceptable...

  22. And now Skomina missed a PK after Baumann ag. Sane...

  23. Clear missed penalty by Skomina, I'm sorry this is an extremely poor performance by Slovenian crew. He looked clearly unsure about what to do and he looked for a help by AAR1, but the incident had occurred on the other side of penalty area, he should have assessed it!
    I already count two crucial mistakes there.
    To add, if not penalty, you must whistle simulation there.
    No sense to indicate a goal kick.

  24. He's quite "lazy" tonight. He isn't very mobile.

    1. Yes exactly, an old version of Skomina that I definitely don't like to see again... a pity. A referee with a so great experience.

    2. Sane was looking for the contact and went down easy when he could have skipped over the challenge. I thought no pen was supportable. Although, if you think it is a dive you must give a YC. Just standing there unsure is weak refereeing!

  25. Penalty incident in Juventus - Young Boys


  26. It's about everything tonight. No consistent foul detection, bad positioning, very bad bidy language, and 2 crucial mistakes so far. I have never seen Skomina in such a bad shape... anyone remembering him like that? Really sad.

  27. Hoffenheim vs Man. City

    Reckless vs SFP

    Penalty incident, goalkeeper's intervention

    1. For me, a yellow card is not completly wrong.

    2. Thank you for all the videos you are posting.
      Clear that we have two crucial mistakes there: RC and penalty.

    3. My view: penalty should've been given but I think he will be backed by observer regarding Walker's tackle. Bent leg, contact made by top of the shoe.

    4. Clear penalty and even maybe YC for DOGSO, what shock me the most is that Skomina doesn't even accelerate to be in good position

    5. @Vlad this is in my opinion always RC...

    6. Been in the stadium, overall, not a good performance by Skomina, especially no clear line in his disciplinary control. More a pk than not for me and it was shocking that he didn't even whistle Walker's foul at first. Stonewall RC.

  28. Sad to see Skomina again with bad game. Seems like he lost motivation after he lost CL final..

  29. I turned on the TV earlier, just as they were showing replays of a challenge by a Young Boys player in the 72nd minute. It looked like possible SFP but play was restarted with an indirect free kick - anyone else see it?

  30. Good decision to play-on after penalty appeal from MUTD players in 6min

    1. Agreed, correct decision.
      Good work by AR1 Klančnik until now also.

  31. Vincic is at the moment in full control of the game. However, card criteria has not been the same for both teams in the first half, with at least 3 warnings to United players, with at least 1 YC missed for a reckless foul on Guedes, and 3 straight YC to Valencia, with no warnings (although the cards are correct).

    1. I agree, no decisions technically wrong in the LOTG, but it would have been wise to sort one YC for Manchester United. He should be careful to not irritate Valencia toooo much where it could be avoided.
      Vinčič is staying right in the background, no real need for a bigger prevention (yet).

  32. Benfica had a player sent off just before HT. Any footage?

    1. Correct decision by Grinfeeld. A quite clear second YC.

    2. Thanks, I missed it. Had to switch off the laptop just before half time xD

      Seems quite clear. Good from Grinfeld.


    3. It's a 2nd YC for a reckless challenge.

    4. I do not agree, the player AEK ran out from behind after the player Benfica started moving his leg.

  33. Orel Grinfeld with controversial YCs, incl. the one that became the second for Benfica player.But he presented them calmly and convincingly.

  34. Correctly disallowed goal by AR2 in Lyon.

  35. Clear missed YC to a Ajax player after 61 minutes: blatant holding and SPA. Also, in terms of body language I don't like the way Kralovec communicated.

  36. Excellent onside by Grinfeld's AR2 in AEK goal.

  37. Good reaction on dissent now by Kralovec (YC for kicking the ball away), however: the dissent was totally correct. Total phantom foul.

  38. Great job by Polish assistant referees in Rome. Excellent onside by Michał Obukowicz at 1-0 and great offside caught by Tomasz Listkiewicz at 5-0.

  39. What is wrong with Kralovec? Totally insecure performance

    1. I only saw the last 35 minutes, but I wasn't impressed. He didn't look like a very experienced elite referee. No big mistakes, but nothing extra. At best.

  40. Hategan has sent off CSKA keeper, maybe for time wasting?
    Very brave decision, he also added further time to be recovered.

    1. *I meant, 2 consecutive YC.

    2. One for time wasting and another because because he said something to Hategan

    3. Absolutely brave and well done by Hategan! Akinfeev must not shout like that at the referee, and to do so once he's beeing booked is simply stupid by him. Excellent decision by Hategan in my view!

    4. Stupid decision ( I’m sorry but I don’t have another words)
      Give the final whistle and that’s it

    5. Hațegan gave a circus after the added time. Awful.

    6. Not a stupid decision, a change had to be make and there was some confusion about CSKA having done already 3 substitutions.

    7. Both yellow cards were for protests. Akinfeev said something to Hategan immediatly AFTER the 1st yellow card. The consequence was the 2nd yellow card.
      Both cards were in 90+5 (Hategan awarded 4 minutes of ET but gave some seconds extra for an interruption of the game in the extratime). It was a big stupidity of Akinfeev because Hategan was already prepare for final whistle...

    8. @quilava

      the confusion was about the number of the player who was substitued by the gk (after the red card) and the fact that the (young) gk wanted to enter on the pitch before Oblyakov was out of the pitch.

    9. The referee must see everything, but not hear everything, if you know what I mean.
      For this two yellow is too much

    10. Anyway, I have the feeling that he did it also to impress the observer, it was a good chance to take an unpopular but fully correct decision without risk of facing consequences in terms of outcome of the match.

      Very few referees would have the b***s of issuing 2 consecutive YC in an identic situation in minute 20, probably most of referees would have issued a single YC and after the 2 dissent gesture a verbal warning like "shut up or you're getting out!"

    11. @Ranel
      Refereeing is not just applying the Laws of the Game.
      Of course this is brave decision, of course it is correct decision but it's not smart decision.

    12. World class decision and a great message for the beginning of the tournament.

    13. @victor

      100% agree. The only explanation for 2nd yellow card is that Akinfeev used some bad words (he swear) after the 1st yellow card. Neither referee should accept that...
      Overall very good performance of Hategan. What I like most is the fact he showed he has "balls"

    14. Yes, he showed the world today that you don’t mess with him.

    15. Did Hategan sent off madrid' goalkepear like this so easy? I think NEVER

  41. Vinčič doing well in a challenging game at Old Trafford. Card count starting to increase but all justified and help enforce referee's authority in the match

    1. Agreed, he did a good job in this match.
      Format of match where referee can lose a lot more credits than he can win, but Vinčič did well especially in the second half where the atmosphere on the pitch suited to him more. Full concentration, very good running especially his wide diagonal, and a word for his very good assistant referees.

      In my opinion, another step towards Elite Category for the Slovenian.

  42. Well, seems like every single referee in 21:00 CET matches had at least a satisfactory/expected performance. That's great when 3 of them are making their debut...

  43. Vincic didn't do too well tonight. No clear line, card management was not good enough (several fouls and actions could have been YC, with 1 missed YC on the first half and a highly recommended one in the second for Fellaini, who made two holding fouls in a very short time) and the criteria was not the same for both teams. However, some good things are that he correctly spotted a foul outside the penalty area which was really close. Maybe a missed penalty for holding in the last minutes, but I think no penalty was supportable.

    1. "some good things are that he correctly spotted a foul outside the penalty area which was really close"

      Well, that's really "some "... inside/outside decision is "some things"

    2. Yes, instead of "some" I should have used "one", or written more things. Forgive me, it's late. It is indeed an important decision.

  44. Roma - Viktoria Plzeň

    Play-on call after undeliberate(?) handball

    Possible YC for studs foul

    Possible YC for stamp

    Possible YC for reckless use of arm

    2-0 goal - did Džeko control the ball with hand?

    YC for SPA

    Penalty incident, push

    Possible YC for reckless tackle

    YC for reckless use of arm

  45. A very good match also for Orel Grinfeld in Athens. Very challenging game and I would dare to say that he was in terms of communication like Lahoz

    1. Fully agree with you! Excellent communication, body language and player management. Good positioning and self-confidence. He could be in the beginning of a great career.

  46. Good performance from the polish crew in Rome. Maybe some minor mistakes but in the end a good management. I was at the stadium and I liked his distance from the play, he was always near the action. Actually it was not a very challenging match as all players had a very good behaviour and there were not many important decisions to take. Correct right offside on Fazio’s 5-0

    Good debut!


  47. October 11, 2018
    Turkey-Bosnia-Herzegovina Friendly Match
    Referee: Sergei Karasev

  48. Has anyone watched Treimanis? Any comments on his performance?

    1. No big problems, convincing, may be a bit nervous in the begin, but then clear decisions, good comunication, not always a clear line, but absolutely okay!

  49. I try to make a short summary, based also on your comments:

    Hoffenheim - M. City
    Definitely the worst performance of this set of games, with two clear crucial mistakes and Skomina looking out of form.

    Juventus - YB Bern
    Overall a not difficult game for Karasev. A correct sending off for second YC, but a big mistake in a quite easy situation to read: missed penalty to Juventus.

    Bayern - Ajax
    Maybe overall expected level but not so much convincing performance by Kralovec, given also his potential and experience.

    AEK Athens - Benfica
    I think second YC at the end of first half is a correct decision. There was a penalty appeal by AEK when score was still 2-2, I didn't rewatch it. Some users have reported a missed offside before a goal scored but I have not proofs of that. The same AR2 with a correct flag disallowing a goal, if I remember correctly. However, I think overall OKAYISH considering that it was his CL debut.

    O. Lyonnais - Shakhtar
    A correctly disallowed goal by AR2, I think for the rest expected level in a good debut by Latvian crew in CL.

    CSKA Moskva - Real Madrid
    An expected level by Hategan, one can discuss about the management of the last minutes, but nothing extra-ordinary there.

    Roma - Viktoria Plzeň
    Good CL debut for the Polish crew. Some situations in which referee can be backed, maybe a potential penalty, but for sure nobody will question about that. To be rewatch in a more challenging context.

    Manchester United - Valencia
    Here some readers disagree each other, however the classic performance that you can mark as expected level, and, according to a subjective opinion, you can assess it as more or less good, but basically OK.

    1. Thanks for these summaries!

      I cut some situations from highlights show that weren't already posted

      Karasev (JUV-YB)
      https://streamable.com/iqhff (2nd YC, including 1st caution)

      Grinfeld (AEK-BEN)
      https://streamable.com/zwrsw (Management?)
      https://streamable.com/1kh1x (2nd YC)
      https://streamable.com/u0ba9 (Offside? AR2 Hassan)

      Hațegan (CSKA-RLM)
      https://streamable.com/otsnm (2nd YC, sequence of both cautions)

      Vinčič (MNU-VAL)
      https://streamable.com/qto32 (Freekick? Penalty?)

    2. For me Grinfeeld much more than okay, in the critical sit.you mention I follow him completely, the maybe-offside was none, if we refuse to discuss about maybe 2cm and we should do so - but his skills, as mentioned above, showed his great and outstanding talent: Communication, player management, body language, postioning, braveness. He was fully accepted by the players even in difficult situations - always the best sign.


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