Saturday, 2 November 2019

2019/20 UEFA Youth League - Referee appointments for Matchday 4 and Domestic Champions Path - Second Round (First Legs)

Referees in charge of 2019/20 UEFA Youth League MD4 and Domestic Champions Path - Second Round (First Legs).


Tuesday 5 November 2019

12:00 CET - St Petersburg (Stadion "DYuSSh Smena-Zenit")
FC Zenit (RUS) - RB Leipzig (GER) | Group G
Referee: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gergő Vígh-Tarsonyi (HUN)
Fourth Official: Vasiliy Kazartsev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Ivanov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Aleksandr Keplin (KAZ)

14:00 CET - Frattamaggiore (Stadio Pasquale Ianniello)
SSC Napoli (ITA) - FC Red Bull Salzburg (AUT) | Group E
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Zaharia Cotruță (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Veaceslav Sivaciov (MDA)
Fourth Official: Valerio Marini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Antonio Damato (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Mikael Salzer (SWE)

14:00 CET - Sant Joan Despí (Estadi Johan Cruyff)
FC Barcelona (ESP) - SK Slavia Praha (CZE) | Group F
Referee: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Florian Lemaire (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Koen Thijs (BEL)
Fourth Official: Víctor García Verdura (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Salustià Chato Ciprés (AND)
UEFA Delegate: Philip Woosnam (WAL)

14:00 CET - Dortmund (Trainingsgelände Borussia Dortmund)
Borussia Dortmund (GER) - FC Internazionale Milano (ITA) | Group F
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Winter (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Łukasz Wachowski (POL)

14:00 CET - València (Estadio Antonio Puchades)
Valencia CF (ESP) - Lille OSC (FRA) | Group H
Referee: Fábio José da Costa Veríssimo (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Miguel Martins Teixeira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Pedro Nuno de Sá Martins (POR)
Fourth Official: Sergio Escriche Guzmán (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)

15:00 CET - Saint Helens (Totally Wicked Stadium)
Liverpool FC (ENG) - KRC Genk (BEL) | Group E
Referee: Robert Hennessy (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Clarke (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dermot Broughton (IRL)
Fourth Official: James Oldham (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Bartosz Łaski (POL)
Mentor for Delegate: David Roger Griffiths (WAL)

16:00 CET - Décines-Charpieu (Groupama OL Training Center)
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) - SL Benfica (POR) | Group G
Referee: Jens Grabski Maae (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Just Brixen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikolaj Christensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Aurélien Petit (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Athiná Pateráki (GRE)

16:00 CET - Stoke D'Abernon (Chelsea FC Training Ground)
Chelsea FC (ENG) - AFC Ajax (NED) | Group H
Referee: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David Doig (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Drew Kirkland (SCO)
Fourth Official: John Busby (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Emmanuelle Puttaert (BEL)

Wednesday 6 November 2019

13:00 CET - Moscow (Sapsan Arena)
FC Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS) - Juventus FC (ITA) | Group D
Referee: Rauf Cabarov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Namiq Hüseynov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Pərvin Talıbov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Yevgeniy Turbin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuyev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Alina Capațina (MDA)

14:00 CET - Munich (FC Bayern Campus)
FC Bayern München (GER) - Olympiakós FC (GRE) | Group B
Referee: Peter Kráľovič (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Erik Weiss (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Mário Roszbeck (SVK)
Fourth Official: Michael Bacher (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Jones (WAL)
Mentor for Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)

14:00 CET - Crema (Centro Sportivo "Aldo Bertolotti")
Atalanta BC (ITA) - Manchester City FC (ENG) | Group C
Referee: Timótheos Christofí (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Charálambos Georgíou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Mários Kalogírou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Simone Sozza (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Bujar Kasmi (ALB)

14:00 CET - Zagreb (Igralište Hitrec-Kacian)
GNK Dinamo (CRO) - FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) | Group C
Referee: Ümit Öztürk (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Deniz Caner Özaral (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Emin Tuğral (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ivan Vučković (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Yariv Teper (ISR)

14:00 CET - Leverkusen (Ulrich-Haberland-Stadion)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) - Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP) | Group D
Referee: Karim Abed (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Bastien Courbet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwan Finjean (FRA)
Fourth Official: Thorben Siewer (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgi Yordanov (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Iain Blair (SCO)

15:00 CET - Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Stade Georges Lefèvre)
Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA) - Club Brugge KV (BEL) | Group A
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Sami Nykänen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Juuso Mantere (FIN)
Fourth Official: Romain Lissorgue (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Alberto Pacchioni (SMR)

16:00 CET - Madrid (Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano)
Real Madrid CF (ESP) - Galatasaray (TUR) | Group A
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Fourth Official: Fernando Bueno Prieto (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Chrístos Nikolaḯdis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Paul Tompkins (ENG)

16:00 CET - Belgrade (Stadion FK Voždovac)
FK Crvena zvezda (SRB) - Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG) | Group B
Referee: Sebastian Gishamer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Nemetz (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Santino Schreiner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Lazar Lukić (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Milan Karadžić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Mohamed Taa (FRA)


Monday 4 November 2019

14:00 CET - Herning (MCH Arena)
FC Midtjylland (DEN) - HŠK Zrinjski (BIH)
Referee: Kaspar Sjöberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Söderkvist (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Niklas Nyberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Morten Krogh (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Vakhtang Bzikadze (GEO)

Wednesday 6 November 2019

16:00 CET - Vila Nova de Gaia (Estádio Luís Filipe Menezes)
FC Porto (POR) - NK Domžale (SVN)
Referee: Nicolas Laforge (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jimmy Cremers (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Romain Devillers (BEL)
Fourth Official: João António Ferreira Gonçalves (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: João Francisco Lopes Ferreira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Targo Kaldoja (EST)

16:00 CET - Kyiv (Stadion "Dynamo" imeni Valeriya Lobanovs'koho)
FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) - PAOK FC (GRE)
Referee: Milovan Milačić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Radulović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Veselin Đuranović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Vladyslav Dorosh (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Viktor Shvetsov (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Igor Radojčić (SRB)

17:00 CET - Tiraspol (Complexul sportiv "Sheriff" - arena mică)
FC Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA) - Sogndal Fotball (NOR)
Referee: Yigal Frid (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Sagi Metzamber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orpaz Hai Hen (ISR)
Fourth Official: Ion Orlic (MDA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Igor Șațchii (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Davit Datunashvili (GEO)

17:00 CET - Zaragoza (Estadio de La Romareda)
Real Zaragoza (ESP) - APOEL FC (CYP)
Referee: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Pichler (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Obritzberger (AUT)
Fourth Official: Sergio Usón Rosel (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Marko Simeunovič (SVN)

18:00 CET - Rennes (Centre d'entraînement Henri Guérin)
Stade Rennais FC (FRA) - Maccabi Petah Tikva FC (ISR)
Referee: Genc Nuza (KOS)
Assistant Referee 1: Fatlum Berisha (KOS)
Assistant Referee 2: Bujar Selimaj (KOS)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Lepaysant (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Alin Cioban (ROU)

20:00 CET - Reykjavík (Víkingsvöllur)
ÍA Akranes (ISL) - Derby County FC (ENG)
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Matthias Sbrissa (SUI)
Fourth Official: Kristján Már Ólafs (ISL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Þóroddur Hjaltalín (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Márton Esterházy (HUN)

20:00 CET - Glasgow (Firhill Stadium)
Rangers FC (SCO) - ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
Referee: Rohit Saggi (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Geir Oskar Isaksen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Morten Jensen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Steven Reid (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Łukasz Sojski (POL)


  1. Piero Giacomelli with a very problematic management in Napoli - Atalanta ((full sequence):

    It seems as Rizzoli has assessed as supportable the choice by VAR to back referee, because not clear and obvious penalty, but he would have liked to see a foul whistled in favor of defender, for a better management of the situation. Giacomelli was in trouble for making the decision accepted by players. There were big discussions, however, it was also something very unlucky, because without the goal scored after that, nobody would have talked so much about incident. The fact is that possible penalty and then Atalanta counter attack are the same action and VAR was forced to analyze this situation.
    Also, many people suggested that it would have been wise, given the situation, to make an OFR to better sell the decision.
    In the confusion you can also notice a player from SSC Napoli who doesn't want to be touched by Giacomelli and he says to him "please don't touch me".
    Now Giacomelli is totally out from the new set of appointments.

    1. Sorry but this is a clear penalty IMHO!
      His management is absolutely poor and totally insecure.

      Why did ancelotti get a red card, he just tried to get his players to play again !!

    2. Disagree IMO. Clear foul with arm on defender by Napoli attacker before penalty's foul. Agree with Chefren about poor Management and pushing the player was a huge mistake by referee Giacomelli. Red card ok for assistant coach by ref should have been more intelligent and let Ancelotti on the bench (perhaps bad words by coach?).

    3. Clear faul on defender. Great call to give a goal here!
      Very poor managment.

    4. Agree with Frenchref and Mlacko. It's a free kick, not a penalty.

    5. I don't see the problem in that situation. Correct decision. I don't fully understand Ancelotti's RC, but without hearing his words, I can't comment. Management could have been better, but unfortunately it was very difficult for the referee given Napoli's players behaviour.

    6. Clear foul by Llorente before he got fouled. He put his arm straight into the face of the defender.Not a penalty at all.

  2. Samothing really bad happened there.
    At first - it's a penalty for me too.
    But all after that is a disaster and clear example of bad management - 2 RC, YC, pushing a player! Even considering 'the italian style' it's totally unacceptable.

  3. Excellent performance in the first half of AS Roma - Napoli by referee Gianluca Rocchi!

    Correct penalty for AS Roma for handball,amazing VAR intervention (very fast and correct OFR) because no one recognized the handball by Callejon!

    1. I must say excellent spot here by Aureliano (VAR). Video will follow soon, most of the VAR would have missed this penalty.

    2. Rocchi is one of the best referee in Europe he is a second Rizzoli but it s sad that he will retire for a moment, who Should be his succesor ? Orsato? Irrati? Doveri?

  4. Very "interesting" situation (actually crucial mistake, IMO, by del Cerro Grande acting as VAR) in Levante - Barcelona. Clear penalty for Barcelona, which meant their first (and only for now) goal… but there was an offside position in the build up. He completely missed that.

    Also, a not really convincing performance in Valencia - Sevilla (too many cards, many due to dissent and the ones for fouls, very soft or plainly wrong, with one overturned by RFEF, and not a feeling of full control) in the mid-week matchday and today's mistake are making it a bad week for him.


      video of the offside situation (not the penalty)

    2. I can't believe that a so expert VAR like Del Cerro, missed that?

    3. The situation was not immediate, it was like 40-60 seconds before, but Levante did not gain possession, so it had to be called.

      Now a correct intervention to disallow Barcelona's second goal due to offside.

    4. Full video:

      Commentators are saying that there is a huge internal discussion among referees regarding if it is the same situation or a new one. To me it should be clear: it is the same as the defending team does not regain possession, thus the offending team gains advantage of an infraction to the Laws of the Game. Anything else is, IMO, just an attempt to justify a mistake that should not happen with VAR.

    5. But it's not only about possession: The attacking phase can be shorter than the interval, where the team has possession.

      "‘attacking phase’
      Defining the point at which the ‘attacking phase (move)’ starts will be subjective but should include deciding:
      • the point at which the attacking team advanced with the ball towards their opponents’ penalty area and, if the attacking team has a long period of ‘keep ball’ possession, the point at which they either cross the halfway line (for ‘keep ball’ in their own half) or, if ‘keep ball’ is in their opponents’ half, the point at which a clear forward/attacking phase of play starts."

    6. I disagree. First of all, because that document is from before the VAR experiment ended and the official protocol came into effect. I cannot find what you posted on it. Secondly, because of this particular situation. The defending team does not touch the ball at all until the restart after the goal, nor is close to. That offside position helps them keep the ball and end the situation with a penalty. And third, because of inconsistency and lack of communication. No changes were publicly announced with respect to this, and last season in Spain the review period restarted when the possession changed.

      So for me, this was a crucial mistake. Fortunately for them, Levante won and the controversy won't be as much as if Barcelona had won. However, the incident has been noticed by many people and even the commentators asked for a public statement by CTA regarding this (specifying when a review window is decided to end).

    7. In this specific situation, I think it is a grey area, whether it still is the same attacking phase, because the ball stays near the penalty area - however they partly play away from it. If they would have made some passes in their own half during the possession phase, it would be clearly not the same APP, I think.

      But OK, if it was communicated in the past in Spain, that the whole possession phase counts, then I agree with you. And a public statement would be helpful, of course.


    8. In This case is one new thing, mistake which was made by Del Cerro Grande I think He had bad day Every human can has worse day ;) but it is nothing new about Hernandez Hernandez we know he is very weak referee...

  5. Great performance by Cüneyt Cakir in Turkish Süper Lig match Antalyaspor 1-2 Besiktas.

    Solid foul detection,excellent communication with the players as we know him and clear mimics and gestures!

    Five fully correct YCs:

    + 9' Antalyaspor No. 5
    + 48' Besiktas No. 8
    + 67' Antalyaspor No. 9
    + 69' Besiktas No. 23
    + 90+4' Antalyaspor No. 12

    IMO two missed YCs for Antalyaspor players in 20' and 30'.

    Correct rejected penalty in 90+5'.

    1. Cakir's Assistant Referee 2 Mustafa Emre Eyisoy was replaced after the first half by Fourth Offical Caner Ak.

  6. Quite interesting end of the match for González González in Sevilla-Atlético Madrid. I think he missed an illegal ball retention (so, IFK from 5'5m distance) after a Sevilla defender made a goal line clearance in 93'.

    1. I think that too. The thing is: can that be considered DOGSO? If so, VAR could have intervened because of the RC. However, I don't think that in this particular situation it was an obvious DOGSO, so no intervention was OK for me.

      BTW, what do you think about the situation I posted above?

    2. I agree, that should be a IFK and technically it's also (a very unusual) DOGSO, so VAR could/should have intervened.

    3. I believe that IFAB issued a diktat explicitly saying that deliberate passes back to the goalkeeper as technical offenses are not to considered on the SPA-DOGSO framework, the same as eg. IFKs for dangerous play.

      I will ask for clarification on that from IFAB.