Thursday, 14 February 2019

Europa League 2018/19 - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (I)

UEFA Referees Committee has chosen the following officials to handle the first leg games to be played for Round of 32 of 2018/19 Europa League.

12 February 2019, 18:55 CET - Istanbul (Ülker Stadyumu Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saracoğlu Spor Kompleksi)
Fenerbahçe SK (TUR) - FC Zenit (RUS)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jérôme Miguelgorry (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)

14 February 2019, 18:55 CET - Vienna (Allianz Stadion)
SK Rapid Wien (AUT) - FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Mark Borsch (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Christian Dingert (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Alojzije Šupraha (CRO)

14 February 2019, 18:55 CET - Prague (Sinobo Stadium)
SK Slavia Praha (CZE) - KRC Genk (BEL)
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: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Artur Azaryan (ARM)

14 February 2019, 18:55 CET - Krasnodar (Stadion FK "Krasnodar)
FC Krasnodar (RUS) - Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Mikael Salzer (SWE)

14 February 2019, 18:55 CET - Rennes (Roazhon Park)
Stade Rennais FC (FRA) - Real Betis Balompié (ESP)
Referee: Anastásios Sidirópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychrónis Kostarás (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lázaros Dimitriádis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Damianós Efthymiádis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anastásios Papapétrou (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ioánnis Papadópoulos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Jeannette Good (FIN)

14 February 2019, 18:55 CET - Piraeus (Stádio Geórgios Karaïskákis)
Olympiakós FC (GRE) - FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Edward Smart (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)

14 February 2019, 18:55 CET - Rome (Stadio Olimpico)
SS Lazio (ITA) - Sevilla FC (ESP)
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nejc Kajtazovič (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stávros Tritsónis (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Ádonis Prokopíou (CYP)

14 February 2019, 18:55 CET - Barysaŭ (Barysaŭ-Arena)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) - Arsenal FC (ENG)
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dragan Bogićević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Lazar Lukić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Zoran Široki (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Đukanović (MNE)

14 February 2019, 18:55 CET - Istanbul (Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi Türk Telekom Stadyumu)
Galatasaray SK (TUR) - SL Benfica (POR)
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Andrey Medintsev (BUL)

14 February 2019, 21:00 CET - Plzeň (Doosan Arena)
FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) - GNK Dinamo (CRO)
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Davie Goossens (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Pol van Boekel (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolphe Mannaerts (BEL)

14 February 2019, 21:00 CET - Bruges (Jan Breydelstadion)
Club Brugge KV (BEL) - FC Red Bull Salzburg (AUT)
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Simone Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Mertinyák (SVK)

14 February 2019, 21:00 CET - Zürich (Stadion Letzigrund)
FC Zürich (SUI) - SSC Napoli (ITA)
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Đurđević (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Igor Stojilković (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Haris Gvozden (BIH)

14 February 2019, 21:00 CET - Malmö (Swedbank Stadion)
Malmö FF (SWE) - Chelsea FC (ENG)
Referee: Aliaksiej Kulbakoŭ (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzmitryj Žuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alieh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Juryj Chomčanka (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dzianis Ščarbakoŭ (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dzmitryj Dzmitryjeŭ (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Kari Iuell (NOR)

14 February 2019, 21:00 CET - Kharkiv (Oblasnyy sportyvnyy kompleks "Metalist")
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) - Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)

14 February 2019, 21:00 CET - Glasgow (Celtic Park)
Celtic FC (SCO) - Valencia 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: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Lars Richt (SWE)

14 February 2019, 21:00 CET - Lisbon (Estádio José Alvalade)
Sporting CP (POR) - Villarreal CF (ESP)
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Karim Abed (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Þór Orrason (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Clive Whitehead (ENG)


  1. Highlights of the biggest derby in Hungary, Újpest FC - Ferencvárosi TC, controlled by Ádám Farkas, who has impressed UEFA enough in order to receive an EL debut earlier this season.

    1. @Mikael W Can I ask to you that where are u from ?

    2. I hope my origin is superfluous.
      But I am coming from England.

  2. Some leftover videos I made from the last round of the Europa League.
    Villarreal v Spartak Moscow -
    Besiktas v Malmo -
    Villarreal v Spartak Moscow -
    Sevilla v Krasnodar -
    DOGSO handball:
    PAOK v BATE Borisov -
    Marseille v Apollon -
    Olympiacos v AC Milan -
    Some terrible scenes at the end:
    AEK Larnaca v Bayer Leverkusen -

  3. Vincic, Gil Manzano and Turpin with big matches. Also, IMO, Pawson gets a difficult match.

    Another normal appointment for Sidiropoulos.......

    1. I actually think that Sidirópoulos got one of the better games and I still expect him to handle a match in CL R16, in case of a satisfying performance in Brittany.

      Did you watch PAOK Thessaloniki - Olympiakós game on Sunday?
      I didn't manage to watch it (I would be very grateful if you knew where I could find a full match record), and would be interested in how Gil Manzano performed.

    2. From the 1st set of CL appointments it seems that UEFA has planned to appoint referees who have already experience with VAR. Apart from Skomina (who is a replacement) all 4 referees have VAR on their league. I think it's difficult to see a referee with little to none experience with VAR on 1 of the other 12 matches.

      I watched PAOK - Olympiakos. Gil Manzano performed pretty well. His foul detection was good, he used personality to handle the match and he run a lot. He was always close to play.

      But disciplinary control can only be described as satisfactory. IMO, he missed a 2nd YC for Shakhov (49' I think) and his line wasn't that clear. Moreover there was a small riot at 90' but the referee solved it only with verball warnings. Not enough, IMO.

    3. It seems weird to me to see Benoît Bastien as AAR.

  4. Well this is something new from UEFA. Blom and Van Boekel are today in Rome with Makkelie and on Thursday in Plzen with Gozobuyuk.

    1. Regarding the choice of additional assistant referees for EL game, this is something decided by KNVB.

    2. Yes I know that KNVB decided on AARs but UEFA had to approve them, that is why I am surprised.

    3. It should have been possible to send f.e. Higler and Manschot as AARs.

    4. Maybe Gozubuyuk doesn't trust Higler and Manschot and chose for this reason two other additionals.

  5. Question to our Spanish readers (George, Quilava...), is Ángel Nevado injured?

    1. Although there is no official info as far as I know, it seems so. He was not in Greece, is not appointed for UEL and is not appointed for the weekend either, so seems very likely.

  6. Correct penalty to Zenit by Buquet. The first YC of the game (4') could have been a striaght RC for SFP.

    1. Rakitskyy's foul


    2. 10' - throw-in execution

      14' - YC #4 FEN for reckless kick / SPA

      31' - YC #44 FEN for SPA

      33' - SPA by deliberate handling?

      39' - correctly assessed penalty incident

      39' - YC #2 ZEN for reckless tackle

      56' - very good prevention of AAR2 at corner kick execution

      68' - YC #20 ZEN for reckless stamp

      82' - stealing metres at throw-in, management

  7. I have a question. What are your opinions about the dissallowed goal by Ajax Amsterdam against Real Madrid in CL

    1. Just read the related discussion:

  8. Serie A appointments:
    ATALANTA – MILAN Sabato 16/02 h. 20.30

    CAGLIARI – PARMA Sabato 16/02 h. 18.00



    INTER – SAMPDORIA h. 18.00

    JUVENTUS – FROSINONE Venerdì 15/02 h. 20.30

    NAPOLI – TORINO h. 20.30

    ROMA – BOLOGNA Lunedì 18/02 h. 20.30

    SPAL – FIORENTINA h. 12.30

    IV: ROS

    Rocchi VAR on Saturday, another confirmation that he has CL on next week. Irrati will be VAR tomorrow as well...

    1. In addition, appointments of around 30 domestic leagues can be find under following link :)

    2. A young (11/03/1988) and promising referee who will attend CORE this year, I think he could be promoted to serie A on June, if not now, on next year for sure. He is a big hope for Italian refereeing, but of course at moment he needs time to develop.

  9. Great onside by Sidiropoulos’s AR2 on Rennes’s first goal.

  10. Good cooperation on Rennes’ second goal. First Sidiropoulous denied the goal following AR2 indication but then, after consultation, he allowed it. There was a deliberate play by a Betis defender, good decision

  11. Wow : absolutely great cooperation between Sidiropoulos and his AR2 on Rennes’s second goal. The player wasn’t offside since the ball was played deliberately by Betis player.
    Great beginning for the Greek crew.

  12. Minute 9' in Sidiropoulos game, at first referee had disallowed 2-0 goal, following an offside flag by AR2, then after that he realized that cooperation with AR was needed. Indeed, it was a deliberate play by a defender and therefore regular goal. I think that the final decision was correct, but without protest by players I have the feeling that Sidiropoulos would have just annulled the goal. More alertness in such situations is needed. From his point of view, he could have detected the deliberate play of defender by himself.

    1. Thankfully, the final decision was correct.

  13. Funny PK decision from Manzano

  14. Penalty kick whistled by Gil Manzano to Benfica looks like a touch by shoulder / chest rather than arm, however must be rewatched.
    Now a correct penalty by Stieler to Inter, clear foul.

    1. immediately seemed to me penalty, revised seems doubtful

    2. Live, it’s a penalty for everyone. If only referees had a way to check doubtful decisions...

    3. If ;D

    4. Well, I can’t come to a conclusive verdict...

    5. From the very last replay it’s clear it’s chest. What a pity :(

    6. I still don't have it clear.

    7. From the above point of view on the replay, i would say it touched the chest...

    8. Watched it multiple times at first look looked like a penalty but after replays still not sure. If a ref is not 100% sure or if it is close he must not give it. A mistake for me.

    9. Wanted to add that this is more than once that Manzano has given a mistaken penalty this season in CL and now EL. Not sure if he should keep on getting appointments in Europe.

  15. 44' another key moment in Sidiropoulos game. A long consultation between referee and AAR2 and a penalty assigned to Rennes. Many protests by players, controversial situation. My feeling is that there is a contact, but at first Betis defender touched slightly the ball. One can have a long discussion.

    1. Contact? Where, other than with the ball. Tasos had gotten it right. He was well positioned and correctly evaluated the challenge. His AAR was influenced by the overly dramatic fall and rolling on the ground of the Rennes player.
      Tasos should have held firm in his decision and shut down his AAR.

    2. Here is the incident.

      Definitely a crucial mistake. Both the referee and AAR2 are responsible for that.

    3. I agree with Chefren. As we can see in the video that edward posted (0:25) there is a contact between the left leg of attacker and the right knee of defender. So the decision of the referee and his AAR is correct.

    4. A clear example of why VAR will always be a flawed technology. Those who sit behind the screens will always be able to convince themselves(DELIG) of either seeing something that doesn't exist(DELIG) or not seeing something that clear as day. Usually it's going to be whatever benefits their fellow referee on the pitch and the call he/she made.

    5. Delig, so why does the attacker grab his RIGHT shin/ankle? Hmmmmm?

  16. AR2 in Borisov disallowed a goal scored by Arsenal. I think a very tight offside but very likely he was right. Also, player protested against the decision but he looked very determined, he answered almost screaming to player. Maybe this was not really needed... however, he looked to be very sure.

    1. Correct decision, just checked the situation.

    2. I watched this situation Chefren and the AR was correct. I also don't think he was screaming, rather a raised voice due to the noise of the crowd.

  17. Lacazette sent off with a straight RC by Jovanović, correct decision.
    Violent conduct (elbow). I didn't expect this game so challenging for the Serbian...

    1. I hope we can have some footage.


    3. Your opinion about Jovanović's performance? Thanks

    4. You can read below a detailed analisys by Mikael. Nothing to add :)

  18. Expected level performance IMHO by Slavko Vinčić in Lazio - Sevilla, a match that wasn't overly challenging, but he still had to be alert and fit throughout it. I really liked his communication especially, some very good calls as well. Foul detection a bit shaky in the first half, but there was little to criticize after the break. Missed one YC for a clear reckless use of arms (Lazio #6 in 54'), but showed good awareness (no 2nd YC for Lazio #26 after a late challenge + advantage as the first booking was not a mandatory one, but one I personally approve of after a needless challenge). Overall good with small areas for improvement, we should definitely see him again.

  19. Solid performance by Andris Treimanis. Fortunately for him, there were no tricky penalty incidents to assess but he needed to be very careful with disciplinary control, many situations to assess.

    I think he missed a yellow card to Fiolic (Genk) in the first half for persistent infringement, he gave him a very strict, "last" warning though. In the second half, there were two possible 2nd yellow card incidents - illegal use of arm of attacking player in an opponent's penalty area, close to AAR2, but on the blind side of him and tactically kicking the ball away close to benches.

  20. Correct decison by Taylor. Donezk Player sent off with 2nd card (Yellow and Rec Card)

  21. Malmö vs Chelsea. The coach of Malmö has two times verbally and with gestures attacked the referee and 4th official. Completely unacceptable and he should already have been sent to the stands. Not even a verbal warning issued.

  22. BATE BORISOV - ARSENAL, Srđan Jovanović

    08', Yellow Card (SPA) for ARL no.34

    20', Penalty (Handling)? Referee and Lazar Lukić AAR1 played on.

    28', Missed YC (Standing Leg Tackle) for BATE no.15

    54', Goal Disallowed for Offside by Milan Mihajlović AR2.

    70', Yellow Card (Reckless Jump) for BATE no.9

    84', Yellow Card (Lack of Respect, Shirt Pull) for BATE no.4
    and Red Card (Violent Conduct) for ARL no.9

    86', Yellow Card (Reckless Tackle) having played advantage for BATE no.8

    Game was played technically on a relatively low level, also thanks to pitch conditions, what made it a normal task for the referee besides the mentioned situations.

    The biggest crucial decision was evaluated correctly, Red Card for a violent elbow attack at 84'. Referee couldn't really have stepped in quicker, and then correct YC for excessive shirt pull -> lack of respect.

    Disciplinary control was good, including early YC for SPA, but he missed a dangerous standing leg tackle at 28' on a perception level which was quite a dark YC.

    His concentrated impression combined with his hectical but sovereign gestures, reminded me on his compatriot Milorad Mažić a bit.
    Quite distant from them, but the players responded to him / trusted him.

    Excellent decision by Milan Mihajlović to disallow the 1-1, he needed a real eagle-eye to see that! In general, good work by all team members on the pitch.

    In balance, good performance by the Serbian team led by Srđan Jovanović.
    I think he has good chances to make a CL debut in the autumn.

  23. Early penalty for Donezk and a 2nd YC in the 11th minute for a Donezk player (Stepanenko) by Taylor. Both decisions correct in my eyes.

  24. In my opinion wrong penalty by Mazic to Zurich: not a deliberate handball, arm close to body, natural position, defender also tried to remove it.

    1. Totally agree, that's never a deliberate handball. I am also not sure if actually Mazic had a clear view, but for sure it was his decision,the wisthle was so quick.

    2. Agreed. That is a mistake by the very experienced Mazic.

  25. Vincic, Gozubuyk and Turpin, very very good game.

  26. Very good job by UEFA and Roberto Rosetti! Transparency as it should be. Even an image from VAR regarding Pepe's handball incident. Well done!

  27. Thanks to MikaelW, here are the refereeing "highlights" for Slavko Vinčić in Lazio - Sevilla:

    1. The incident on 5:20 looks like a missed RC for SFP for me.

  28. The maximum of transparency by UEFA and Roberto Rosetti.
    I want to praise him.

    1. Let's see how transparent they are, when the first VAR mistake happens...
      And maximum transparency would be to publish the communication (as KNVB does in some situations), I think.
      Nevertheless a good thing, to get those explanations, which Rosetti gave.

  29. The below videos from the Europa League round of 32 leg 1 showing all the penalties and red cards given.
    Fenerbahce v Zenit -
    Rapid Vienna v Inter Milan -
    Rennes v Real Betis - Does the defender play the ball, is there enough contact for a penalty?
    Zurich v Napoli - Mazic penalty
    Galatasaray v Benfica - Is this handball?
    BATE Borisov v Arsenal -
    Shakhtar v Frankfurt - Crazy first 11 mins for Taylor who did well
    Sporting Lisbon v Villarreal - Clement Turpin

    1. Thanks, I comment on the incidents I had not still seen.
      About Turpin, second YC is very close to RC for SFP. No matter that player touched slightly the ball before opponent, this tackle was very dangerous and in my opinion excessive force was used.... the same player looked to be already nervous from the beginning of the game. RC was the only possible consequence there, well done by Turpin.
      About Taylor, what a challenging start, in my opinion sending off is fully correct, penalty is for sure supportable but if you ask me not a 100% clear situation. However, never a mistake.

    2. I feel really sad for Sidiropoulos penalty as a fellow Greekman. I think it is IFK and YC for simulation, Sidiropoulos looked really hesitant to award the penalty but he took the advice from the AAR2 Papadopoulos... I think Tasos should have stood with his opinion because he had a pretty clear line of view.

    3. @xristos bramis

      That's the price you pay when you call foreign referees for all the Greek derbies.

    4. probably this call will cost him getting picked to officiate another KO stage match for this year.

    5. Poor Greek referee's. Deemed by their very own compatriots not good enough to officiate the "BIG" games in the Greek League. But they are still chosen for UEFA Club Competition's and they don't do well at all.

    6. FEN-ZEN: PK
      RW-INT: NO PK
      REN-BET: NO PK
      ZUR-NAP: PK
      GAL-BEN: NO PK
      BATE-ARS: RC
      SPO-VIL: YC-RC

    7. Unknown, why penalty in Zurich?

    8. Unknown, ZUR-NAP: PK. Why???????

  30. Highlights of the Olympiakós - Dynamo Kyiv game handled by Craig Pawson can be found below.

  31. Highlights for Georgi Kabakov in Club Brügge - FC Salzburg

    (As always, thanks to MikaelW!)

  32. Accoding to our readers, Skomina has shown the best referee's performance in this first week of CL KO stage.

    Skomina 66 votes 46%
    Makkelie 36 votes 25%
    Orsato 25 votes 17%
    Mateu Lahoz 16 votes 11%

    It is interesting to point out that Mateu, despite of officiating good games, has not the same "appeal" of other Elite referees.

    1. This time, he just had the easiest match and no opportunity to shine - I would assume, that he would not be on the first place in a poll for the worst performance either...
      In general, I think, he has chances for a final this year. If not EL, maybe the Nations League final might be a good option (as it is surely without Spanish team).
      Skomina should IMO get a top match in CL QF (or even a second R16 match before) to check, whether he is back in form for a CL final.
      Makkelie and Orsato both could get a further match in the competition or focus on EL and VAR duties.

  33. OT
    VAR will be used at 2019 AFCON for the whole tournament.

  34. Interesting situation in LaLiga. First, Bebe (Rayo Vallecano) serves a corner kick with the ball not in the proper position. Gil Manzano doesn't notice and the game is resumed illegally. A few minutes later, another corner kick for Rayo. Bebe tries to do the same, but Gil Manzano approached in order to check and corrected the position. Of course, on the opposed side to the AR.

    I assume it has been the VAR who has told him, because had it been any of the officials in the pitch, the first corner would have been repeated. Would that advise be an appropriate VAR intervention? Has no impact on the game… but makes the referee pay attention to something he has missed before.

    1. I have a feeling some yellow cards are also shown only after VAR advice (at least in Poland). Common sense or a too big influence that is dangerous for football?

    2. It is quite clear, that the VAR is not allowed to influence the referee on any other topic than the 4 known VAR areas. So giving tips about the corner kicks might be common sense, but should not be done. Maybe the VAR rules will change in some time to allow it - would not be a problem IMO.
      Regarding YCs, it is more dangerous, especially if some VARs give advice there and some don't. As it is clear, that they must not do it, it should be criticzed , if they do.
      The only trick, that might be used, if the referee has missed an obvious YC, is to do to a VAR check for RC with the outcome that it is only worth a YC (either with or without OFR) - whether this is allowed, is somehow in the grey zone.

    3. I heard that in case of clear YC missed by the referee, VAR 'checks the connection'. :D

  35. In Romania are some speculations because only the referee who work with VAR in their leagues, are allowed to referee in CL, The others are sent in Europa League. In Serbis is not VAR, or I am wrong, but Mazic worked with VAR at the World Cup.

    1. I wrote something about that in an early analysis before CL KO stage.
      If we consider the pool of Elite referees and VAR experience, we have the following results:
      Aytekin VAR in his country
      Bastien VAR in his country
      Brych VAR in his country
      Cakir VAR in his country
      Collum NO VAR
      del Cerro Grande VAR in his country
      Gil Manzano VAR in his country
      Hategan NO VAR
      Karasev VAR at WC
      Kassai VAR at CWC but not WC
      Kralovec NO VAR
      Kuipers VAR in his country
      Makkelie VAR in his country
      Mateu Lahoz VAR in his country
      Mazic VAR at WC
      Oliver NO VAR
      Orsato VAR in his country
      Rocchi VAR in his country
      Sidiropoulos NO VAR
      Skomina VAR at WC
      Soares Dias VAR in his country
      Taylor NO VAR
      Turpin VAR in his country
      Undiano Mallenco VAR in his country
      Zwayer VAR in his country

      Among the referees without VAR experience as referee on the pitch, there are Collum, Hategan, Kralovec and Sidiropoulos who worked as VAR behind the monitor in at least a FIFA tournament (FIFA U20 World Cup in 2017). I don't know if this can be enough.
      Then, really sorry for them, but the Englishmen, both, are the least experienced and I think that for now they wont be appointed.

    2. Oliver worked with VAR in FA CUP?

    3. So if the condition was, VAR in domestic league or referee at WC, we would have 18 referees, which would be sufficient for all CL games - and maybe this is exactly, what will happen.
      However, I would prefer to leave it open to the other referees as well. Especially Collum and Hategan should get a match IMO. And I think, it's more important that the VARs are well trained and experienced than the referees on the pitch - I am still hoping, that the majority of games will not need VAR anyway.

    4. Thanks for the information. For me is strange because Hațegan dealed with VAR, behind the monitor not on the pitch in Confederation Cup in 2017.

    5. Oliver worked with VAR in the FA Cup final last year. That is a big game so I think he can handle VAR in Champions League round of 16 or quarter finals.

  36. OT: Second time in FCB-VLL that AR2 flags for offside (two very tight ones; in fact I think that one was level) as soon as the player in the alleged offside position touches the ball even though on both occasions the player had a lot of space to run into and there were only two defenders.

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