Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Champions League 2019/20 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 1 (I)

UEFA has chosen these officials to kick off 2019/20 Champions League group stage. 
18:55CET - Milan (Stadio Giuseppe Meazza)
FC Internazionale Milano (ITA) - SK Slavia Praha (CZE) | Group F
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Fourth Official: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Video Assistant Referee: François Letexier (FRA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimír Medveď (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Appleby (ENG)

18:55CET - Décines-Charpieu (Groupama Stadium)
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) - FC Zenit (RUS) | Group G
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Video Assistant Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Alojzije Šupraha (CRO)

21:00CET - Salzburg (Red Bull Arena)
FC Red Bull Salzburg (AUT) - KRC Genk (BEL) | Group E
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Harm Osmers (GER)
Video Assistant Referee: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)

21:00CET - Naples (Stadio San Paolo)
SSC Napoli (ITA) - Liverpool FC (ITA) | Group E
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Martin Petersen (GER)
Video Assistant Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Marco Fritz (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Andrey Medintsev (BUL)

21:00CET - Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park)
Borussia Dortmund (GER) - FC Barcelona (ESP) | Group F
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hațegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Constantin Colțescu (ROU)
Video Assistant Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Manuel de Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Ádonis Prokopíou (CYP)

21:00CET - Lisbon (Estádio do SL Benfica)
SL Benfica (POR) - RB Leipzig (GER) | Group G
Referee: Anastásios Sidirópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychrónis Kostarás (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lázaros Dimitriádis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ioánnis Papadópoulos (GRE)
Video Assistant Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Alfred Ludwig (AUT)

21:00CET - Amsterdam (Johan Cruijff ArenA)
AFC Ajax (NED) - Lille OSC (FRA) | Group H
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Novak Simović (SRB)
Video Assistant Referee: Christian Dingert (GER)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Tobias Welz (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Kieran O'Connor (WAL)

21:00CET - London (Stamford Bridge)
Chelsea FC (ENG) - Valencia CF (ESP) | Group H
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Video Assistant Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Jovan Šurbatović (SRB)

126 comments:

  1. So, Velasco Carballo directly to CL Group stage. Debut for Jovanovic, very good match. Hategan with Tuesday top clash, deserved.

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    1. Forgot to comment, German VARs bussiest on Tuesday. Probably Italians will be the bussiest on Wednesday....

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  2. As expected, Jovanovic gets his CL debut already from MD1. Top clash for Hategan (not so thrilled about his observer).

    Normal appointments for Cakir and Brych.

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  3. Congratulations to Jovanović, a very deserved debut in Champions League under the eyes of Velasco Carballo, new UEFA observer.
    Hațegan with an excellent game in Dortmund.
    Two German appointments and three German VARs: that's for sure a record. However, I would have appointed a FIFA referee, if possible, also as fourth official in Naples. Maybe Martin Petersen could have been assigned as AVAR in another game.
    Buquet in Inter - Slavia is not a good signal for Bastien because I think that this game could have been for him. We will see the first appointment for the French Elite. Also, to be checked Turpin's situation after having worked as VAR in Super Cup.
    Irrati and Di Bello VARs for Sidiropoulos, quite sure that Guida has a game, I think in Europa League on Thursday, if not CL on Wednesday, but I don't think so.
    My focus on this set of game is on Sidiropoulos and Jovanović, we need for sure observations for such games.

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  4. Apperently, fourth official does not need to be FIFA anymore? Strange.

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    1. In UEFA matches, AR2, AAR2 and fourth official never had to be FIFA referee, that is not something new ( e.g. Jon Moss, Lee Mason used to he regulary appointed as AARs with English referees) . In some matches even second league referees were appointed as fourth officials.

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    2. Regarding that, I think Andre Marriner, being 48 is the oldest referee appointed in Champions League, ...

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    3. Yes, but never in CL...

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  5. Do you think Var will be used in the Uel on Thursday also
    ...

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    1. No. In the Europa League VAR will only be used in the final (just like last season). Here's the source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/uefa-score-another-var-goal-18944240

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    2. Ok thanks but i think it's a heartbreak for the competition not using the technology until the final....

      I should have prefer from the knockout round...

      Since the Europe top 5 leagues are now using var...
      So i expect much referee with the system....

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  6. Wait,so it s mean that AAR will be in El until final?

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    1. No, additional assistant referees era has ended with EL semifinals on last season. Now UEFA is working for developing VAR, it is a period of transition. It will be for sure tougher task for referees appointed in Europa League in group stage and KO stage to work without any further help.

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    2. To be honest is quite strange when as example in Slovenia we could see 5 referees on the field in normal league match and when we watch important match at national qualification teams for Euro 2020 with only 3 referees and no help from var or additional referees

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  7. By the way, Viitor Manuelo Pereira is not Hategan mentor? It is allowed to be a referee observer for the referee he trained?

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  8. It seems that UEFA find it more important for the VAR and even the AVAR to be FIFA badged over the 4th official. So when a injury happens, and they can happen, we would have a non FIFA badged referee in the middle of a champions league game!

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  9. Good point, its ridiculous.

    Besides, 4th referee can have an important role in many situations, from fouls that main referee doesnt see well to mass confrontations between players.

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    1. Fully agree !! 4th official is much more important on the pitch respect to AVAR !

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  10. OT:

    Torino-Lecce,around 18th minute.

    Great example of new rules.
    Lecce player makes a foul worthy of a YC.
    Torino player takes free kick quickly,ref allows that action to continue and after another break ref shows YC.

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    1. But not the best end of game in 99' with that OFR... Giua was in trouble before deciding for penalty or play on. He even forgot to make VAR gesture after having watched monitor. Big pressure on him, he needs time to develop.

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    2. I coincidentally came by the Torino-Lecce added time incident.

      https://streamable.com/ile5x

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    3. any video of Torino-Lecce 18th minute??

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    4. It took too long but correct decision was made. Attacker clearly exaggerated the fall. The initial holding had no impact on attacker as the ball was far away and never reachable for that pair of players. The subsequent fall was initiated by attacker only. VAR put Giua under enormous pressure by calling him to review the incident.

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    5. Torino-Lecce - 18’ Quick FK - Delayed YC

      https://streamable.com/dc45j

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    6. Thanks Dutch Ref! Then I can add another interesting incident: disallowed goal by AR2 - confirmed by VAR.
      No further and closer replay but it was assessed as deflection by defender. Some room for considering it as deliberate play?
      VAR confirmation was quite quick there.
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      https://streamable.com/l2w6y

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    7. Mhmd: Your argument ''the ball was far away'' is not a good argument. That has nothing to do with a foul being a foul or not. If you think the attacker initiated the foul, then okay. But where tha ball is makes no sense.

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  11. Some informations about Turpin. He was not appointed since last season because he missed the theoritical tests (about LOTG) during pre-season UEFA course. Apparently, he will be appointed again in October.

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    1. To be clear, missed the theoreticak tests or failes teoretical tests. I am shocked if the later is the case. If so, I would not consider Turpin for any of this season finals.

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    2. He failed at the téoritical tests.

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    3. Oh dear, I dont know how elite referee, expected to be one of the UEFA's top officials and is top candidate for one of the finals can fail teoretical tests, I am shocked. And all that in the period when the list for EURO should be created... :/

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    4. Nathaniel M, can you explain what theoretical tests consists on?

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    5. @Mhmd S.AlKhalifi: Do you know who more failed theoretical tests?

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    6. Those who weren't appointed since 1st August from the list below:

      http://law5-theref.blogspot.com/2019/07/201920-uefa-pre-season-preparation.html

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  12. Today 5 of 6 games at 21:00 with German clubs or referees. 8 of 10 German FIFA-Referees working today in Champions League!

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    1. Italy with all 10 FIFA referees busy in three days:

      Di Bello AVAR
      Doveri Fourth Official
      Fabbri AVAR
      Guida Referee
      Irrati VAR
      Mariani AVAR
      Massa Referee
      Orsato VAR
      Rocchi Referee
      Valeri VAR
      For sure a record.
      Then, it is mandatory that some fourth officials must be NO FIFA. However, it is true that UEFA prefers FIFA officials as VAR, while FIFA has no problems with that (you remember Alan Kelly for example).

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    2. I guess the VAR or the AVAR might be the replacement referee, if needed, where the 4th is not FIFA.

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    3. I think you could be right, this would be the best option in my opinion.

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  13. It is also interesting that UEFA wants AVARs to be FIFA officials.
    Maybe I would have changed Harm Osmers and Marco Fritz (but maybe Osmers will become FIFA referee next year).
    And I would have appointed Tobias Stieler as 4th official instead of Martin Petersen in such a game.

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  14. OT: About incident of Lecce-Torino in 18th minute.

    For me, Giua is wrong there. He already pulled out the YC from his short pocket so he shouldn't have allowed the quick restart of the game

    From IFAB document:

    "However, if the referee has distracted the offending team by starting the card procedure, the quick free kick is not allowed".

    I assume that referee already started card showing procedure as the YC was out of the pocket already, I don't know where IFAB considers the start is.

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    1. That's Italy,their way of showing cards is really a quick trigger.
      In this situation, too fast.

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    2. Indeed in Italy referees can't wait before showing cards!
      More than natural and impulsive gesture. I think it is almost impossible to respect this statement you reported, Quilava.
      Most of the times, referee will be ready to show card.

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  15. 49:00 penalty by Oliver to Lyon.
    I disagree with this decision, I think it was rather attacker against defender, but of course VAR must back that.

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    1. chefren he clearly catches him in the shin, correct pk excellent by Oliver.

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    2. Oliver was no more than 5 meters far, his position was superb. The penalty seems quite clear to me.

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    3. I think the lack of reaction from the Zenit players tells you he got the decision right...

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    4. I will rewatch, this was my "live" impression, thanks for your comments!

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    5. Excellent positioning by Oliver and a correct decision to award a penalty.

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  16. OFR in Milan for a possible RC but to be honest I really don't understand, never a clear mistake there.

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    1. I agree, no way a clear and obvious error. Mistake by Letexier to recommend an OFR. YC in this case is the better decison for me.

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    2. I agree. Wrong OFR. Buquet with a lot of personality not to show a RC after the review. This, however, might be a worrying sign in terms of consistency in OFR recommendation in the GS. Let's hope it's not.

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  17. Now I think that Buquet missed some minor fouls in favor of Inter, then he whistled a free kick to Slavia and a player from home-team was booked for protests. Challenging game.

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  18. Superb by Buquet. YC ist supportable, RC would not habe been wrong, but no situation for a VAR-intervention. Strong personality indeed to keep calm and not correct himself.

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  19. 8 minutes of added time in Milan, well, maybe a bit exaggerated, I think 6 or 7 would have been enough. I'm sure committee urged referees to recover the time used for OFR, but in this case 8 minutes seems to be definitely too much.

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  20. Chefren did you see it back!? What is your opinion?

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    1. Did you mean Oliver's penalty? Still not, I will do that soon.

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  21. Missed RC by Çakir for Coquelin. Let's see if VAR intervenes, for me it is a clear RC.

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    1. VAR did not intervene. Minute 9.

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    2. Clear red card in my opinion

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    3. First yellow card given by Cakir within the first 9 minutes in what can only be described as a nasty challenge that could have cause serious injury to the player. We've seen reds given for that before.

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    4. The player was injured and had to be substituted.

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    5. The player fouled by Coquelin, Mason Mount has been forced off injured after trying to play on initially but couldn't continue. His Champions league debut cut to 15 minutes.
      Here is the challenge:
      https://streamable.com/wz20x

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    6. Clear Red Card...Kalkavan is sleeping ?

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    7. And not the best position for Cakir. Lack of anticipation and angle research here. So he didn’t see correctly the scene IMO.

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    8. Cakir has a very good perspective on that challenge. Therefore it would be hard to find pictures that would convince him in an OFR.

      Personally, I don't like Red Cards for such actions at all. Coquelin plays the ball in a natural way and the contact is caused by Mount, who can see where his opponent's leg is going and therefore endangers his own safety.

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    9. OMG Philipp. This is kind of speech i have to denounce. Where on earth can you tell that was Mount who provoked this contact ? It’s an obvious serious foul play with clear integrity danger. Sorry but strongly disagree with your philosophy here.

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    10. To be honest, I agree with Philipp. Of course the contact shows nasty, but Coquelin just plays the ball in a not that extraordinary way. The result is just very very unlucky.
      I believe to have seen a situation like this in one of UEFA’s RAP’s (in a match concerning Ajax), where it is assessed as a reckless tackle. So for me it’s totally understandable that VAR does not intervene.

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    11. I am the first person to criticise relativism of SFP, but I fully agree with Philipp and Dutch Ref.

      Of course such a contact is SFP, even in UEFA nowadays I would expect an OFR to give a RC for such impacts in tackles.

      But this is just pure bad luck, for sure very painful bad luck for the opponent, but the tackle is fully fair and opponent's leg just happens to be there after VAL player cleanly takes it.

      In an objective reality even that should be no foul / careless foul - of course in the real world, freekick and YC is the common-sensical solution.

      Though if CHE player's leg was broken, even taking into account RAP, UEFA would want a RC there.

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    12. I disagree that CHE player endangered his own safety though, just bad luck.

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  22. IMO missed PK by Jovanovic for Lille. For holding. Minute 2.

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    1. And missed penalty by Jovanovic. But in particular seemed a clear lack of braveness to not decide PK here...Poor personality.

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    2. Borderline situation. Supportable decision

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    3. Why VAR didn't intervened if it is a wrong decision?

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    4. There was pulling, definitely, but very short and low intensity.
      I dont want to defend Jovanovic, this is only my opinion.

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    5. Good first half for Jovanovic, ARs with few very good play on decisions. Points for improvement:
      Positioning (first 15' when Ajax was attacking)

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    6. DrMr, i like this young ref and hope the same career than Milorad ;) but my feeling was this action should be a good signal for a promising ref to show his caracter and charisma and it’s a little bit « comfortable » play on. Do you understand?

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    7. I agree, it would definitely be very brave decision. But there is difference between brave and correct :)

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  23. Impossible for Çakir to see the brutal impact but where on earth is VAR Mete Kalkavan!!

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    2. For me, support decision Cakir. Very close to the situation and difficult to see the picture. Cakir is a great Referee like Kuipers and Skomina.

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  24. Napoli - Liverpool: 21 minutes 0 fouls. Only offside calls.
    That's a record. Correctly disallowed goal by AR1.

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  25. 19' | Borussia Dortmund VS Barcelona | Hategan. AR didn't delay the flag in a very tight offside / no offside situation. It was a very promising counter-attack but luckily he got it right. A very possible reason is the small experience with VAR as there isn't any in Romania.

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    1. And Hategan whistled without delay. I hope (and think) it isn't some kind of recommendation by UEFA.

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    2. In Inter - Slvia Praha there was a similar situation with AR2 raising offside flag (90'+5) without waiting for the end of the action, it was a very promising one. Offside was correct, but it was a very tight situation. I just hope that there wont be mistakes for this reason, VAR must be always allowed to intervene. However, French assistant referees should be experienced with that.

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  26. What about Sidiropoulos so far???

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  27. Brych with an expected level first half, he decided to allow a certain physical play, indeed some fouls could have been whistled. Both coaches made complaints with FO Petersen, they didn't like this choice, but for sure the game is more than fair. No problems at all.
    AR1 with a correct crucial decision, as I already reported.
    Felix Brych wants to stay totally in the background this evening.

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  28. Jovanović lost control already in the first half. He let the game flow at the beginning, then changed his approach and was whistling all contacts (mostly in favour of Ajax what made Lille players upset). Players don't respect him at all, questioning his foul detection after almost every free kick given. The moment of whistle for half time made Ajax player really furious. Sorry, but poor performance so far. :/

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    1. We are watching the same match, right?
      "The moment of whistle for half time made Ajax player really furious"
      I can agree only with this part, little bit naive momment to whistle.

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  29. Now the game starts to be challenging for Brych, he is forced to whistle and to book players. Many complaints from both teams, some helps by assistant referees in foul detection.

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  30. Missed encroachment by Marciniak.

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  31. Very clear encroachment missed by Marciniak. Is UEFA enforcing this rule or not because the goalie was almost a "meter" off his line.

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  32. So what about this penalty in Dortmund? No VAR intervention following keeper's infringment?

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    1. Since this now is not a first time VAR did not intervene after keeper's infringement, I am now convinced that referees were instructed by UEFA not to intervene in situations like this. If this happened in only one match I would say ok, VAR made a mistake, but now, I don't think this is just a mistake made by VAR.

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    2. Yes. Looks like that the instructions given are only to intervene if keeper's infringement is more than 'minimal'.

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    3. Then why didn't Marciniak intervene? That infringement was more the significant!!

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    4. That's ridiculous by UEFA Referees Committee. I have no other words than stupidity of those who invented such instruction to keep both eyes closed despite the clear Law that makes applying it much easier, especially in the VAR era.

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    5. It looked like most of the goalkeepers were on their line for the rest of the penalties (which were all scored) so it's not like it's impossible for goalkeepers to follow the LOTG.

      Adrian got a hand to the Napoli penalty whilst staying on his line - he'll see the Ter Stegen save and think why didn't he come off his line as VAR wouldn't intervene.

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  33. 80' penalty whistled by Brych but no contact.
    VAR will intervene there and penalty annulled after OFR.

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    1. Well I was wrong. Minimal contact. Must be rewatched, penalty confirmed.

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    2. The attacker already starts falling before there is any contact. Anticipating a contact, very clearly shown in two replays. For me this is no penalty, rather a (succesful) attempt to deceive the referee.

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    3. Agree fully, Dutch Ref. I cannot believe that penalty is upheld. If we are not using VAR to combat simulation, what's the point? We can't just say "check complete" because there was very minimal contact. It is clear that penalty was the wrong decision.

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  34. Needs to be rewatched yes. First thought was that the contact was so minimal and simulation would have been better option in my opinion.

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  35. Now missed handball by Çakir. VAR intervened and penalty was given for Chelsea.

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    1. Many doubts for me. It was clearly undeliberate, but not completely close to the body. Natural or unnatural, I don't know. Who does? IMO, this could never be a punishable handball, but current rules allow this to be considered so.

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  36. Justice done with that Chelsea penalty - the ball is headed directly onto the Valencia player's hand. Seemed like the replays were only shown to the referee in slow motion which probably made it look worse.

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  37. Not much to report on Jovanović in the calm second half.

    In overall:

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    body language, verbal warnings

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    foul selection / consistency, missed YC for foul that led to conflict (39'), not the best anticipation/prevention skills

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  38. In Lisbon, it seems as VAR had to correct AR2 who had wrongly disallowed 0-2.

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  39. Correct but a very tight call. I would not consider it as a crucial mistake.

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  40. https://streamable.com/wz20x
    https://i.postimg.cc/XNsvSNF6/sfp.jpg
    RC according to UEFA.
    The only possible argument against RC is that this happened after having played ball so accidental situation, but for me it doesn't matter. He clearly endagered opponent's safety.

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    1. I already posted above my view but it's here for reference:

      I am the first person to criticise relativism of SFP, but I fully agree with Philipp and Dutch Ref.

      Of course such a contact is SFP, even in UEFA nowadays I would expect an OFR to give a RC for such impacts in tackles.

      But this is just pure bad luck, for sure very painful bad luck for the opponent, but the tackle is fully fair and opponent's leg just happens to be there after VAL player cleanly takes the ball.

      In an objective reality even that should be no foul / careless foul - of course in the real world, freekick and YC is the common-sensical solution.

      Though if CHE player's leg was broken, even taking into account RAP, UEFA would want a RC there.

      I disagree with Philipp that CHE player endangered his own safety, just bad luck.

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    2. I agree with Mikael on this one.

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    3. Yes SFP. Just look at the reaction of the player who did the foul. He is not sorry, he is not saying ''ohhh sorry'' He is not really even surprised about getting a yellow. He felt lucky.

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    4. Very unfortunate position for everyone. In my opinion, Coquelin only focuses on the ball.

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  41. https://streamable.com/2uqhd
    After having rewatched it, for me a clear simulation.
    The contact is caused by attacker who was already falling before.
    Penalty to be annulled by VAR.

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    1. I agree, clear simulation for me. He try to deceive the referee.

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    2. No penalty for me. I agree

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    3. Guys, sometimes you overcomplicate things. Keep in mind, that watching the reply in slow motion is changing the perspective a lot. Also VAR is advised to check such situations in real pace.

      The attacker touches the ball first, the defender makes a body movement towards his opponent and there is a contact between them, even if it's a small one. But in normal pace, on high speed, even such small contact is enough. And yes, the attacker was "smart" to use that contact, but still for me it doesn't change the whole outcome.

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  42. I watched some bits of three games last night, so don't draw any scientific conclusions from them, but perhaps they are useful somehow.

    I watched the 1H of the Borussia Dortmund - Barcelona game handled by Ovidiu Alin Hațegan. To be honest - I didn't see a top Elite in that time. Sure, his decisions were generally okay-good, but I was missing sth more in softer skills / finer management. The comparison between the Roumanian and Makkelie / Taylor, who handle the top clashes tomorrow is not favourable for the former, considering they should ostensibly be at around a similar level. By the way, the relativism of penalty kicks not being retaken after goalkeepers leaving the goal-line before the ball is kicked did not go missed by the blog either...

    I also watched the 2H of Felix Brych's Neapolitan game. As we can be used to - very good refereeing by the German. Optimal disciplinary control, crowd / player pressure is an irrelevance for him. I also think he got the penalty correct - if you look at the replay from 16s to 18s on Chefren's clip, you can see that LIV player's left leg clips NAP player's right leg (of course, if we look at NAP player's left leg only as all other replays, it looks like a clear simulation). Fairly tricky situation, but I agree with Brych and Dankert here.

    I also 'second-screened' the 2H of the Benfica - RB Leipzig game. I was even really impressed by Anastásios Sidirópoulos - he has got his confidence back for this season it would seem. Much better, stronger mimics make him a genuine leader on the pitch and - as far as I could see - he got each decision right. Polychrónis Kostarás AR1 got a fairly tight offside wrong for the 0-2, though. In this shape he should be safe in Elite as a 'safe pair of hands' and perhaps there is even a back door ajar for EURO 2020?

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  43. Another situation from Brych game:
    https://streamable.com/e9y67
    Minute 3' - was offside materialized (challenging for the ball) before foul by defender on attacker? Otherwise, penalty to be whistled.

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    1. Correct offside for me. I think challenge for the ball from attacker comes before the foul.

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