Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Champions League 2019/20 - Referee Appointments - Round of 16 (First Leg, IV)

The last set of referee appointments for 2019-20 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 - First legs. 
26.02.2020, 21:00 CET
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu (FRA)
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) - Juventus (ITA)
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (ESP)
Video Assistant Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea.(ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Angelo Chetcuti (MLT)

26.02.2020, 21:00 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid CF (ESP) - Manchester City FC (ENG)
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Video Assistant Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojša Ivković (SRB)

61 comments:

  1. Wow)
    Gil Manzano
    I think nobody expect this

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    1. Indeed a surprise, especially as he should have no realistic chances for the EURO. Would have been more sensible to test someone, who might be selected.
      Apparently UEFA liked his performance in Benfica-Leipzig and evaluated the doubtful penalty situations as correct.

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  2. Debut in CL KO stage for Jesús Gil Manzano, who was promoted to Elite on June 2018. Hugh Dallas to observe him.

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    1. It was reported yesterday (read the previous post on the blog) that he is (has been) injured.

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    2. Sorry, I don't find this comment again, maybe I was wrong. :)
      However, let's see whether he his appointed for a second leg game in Europa League on Thursday.

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    3. I saw it also yesterday. But the comment is removed

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    4. Sorry for mistake in my previous message "is" and not "his" of course.

      Indeed, thanks for confirmation Hans, post had been written by somebody and then removed. I don't remember more. There is another post in which it is reported Damir is on holidays... don't know what is true and what not, of course.

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    5. Yes, he's in Dubai few days ago with his family. In Safari Desert

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    6. He's not injured, has a match in Slo on Sunday.

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  4. LIGUE 1 CONFORAMA - MATCHDAY 27

    Friday (28.02)
    Nîmes - Marseille, 20:45 CET, referee: Clément Turpin [UEFA Elite] (VAR: Antony Gautier)

    Saturday (29.02)
    Paris - Dijon, 17:30 CET, referee: Karim Abed [UEFA 2nd] (VAR: Antony Gautier)
    Amiens - Metz, 20:00 CET, referee: Johan Hamel (VAR: Jérémie Pignard)
    Brest - Angers, 20:00 CET, referee: Florent Batta (VAR: Eric Wattellier)
    Toulouse - Rennes, 20:00 CET, referee: Jérémy Stinat (VAR: Thomas Leonard)
    Monaco - Reims, 20:00 CET, referee: Hakim Ben El Hadj (VAR: Amaury Delerue [UEFA 2nd])
    Montpellier - Strasbourg, 20:00 CET, referee: Mikael Lesage (VAR: François Letexier [UEFA 1st])

    01.03 (Sunday)
    Nantes - Lille, 15:00 CET, referee: Willy Delajod [UEFA 2nd] (VAR: Thomas Leonard)
    Bordeaux - Nice, 17:00 CET, referee: Benoît Millot [UEFA 2nd] (VAR: Jérémie Pignard)
    Lyon - Saint-Etienne, 21:00 CET, referee: Frank Schneider [UEFA 2nd] (VAR: François Letexier [UEFA 1st])

    Huge appointment for Frank Schneider, who has been appointed for the very first time to the Derby du Rhône, which in the previous years has always been refereed by the usual "suspects" (Turpin, Buquet, Bastien, Gautier). Schneider seems to be prepared for a potential candidate as well for the French Cup Final (in case PSG would qualify, Millot would be out).
    Benoît Bastien completely out of appointments this week, I wonder if he might be appointed in a EL R32 match on Thursday.

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  5. Hi, Chefren
    if I’m not mistaken, you re from Italia
    What situation in your region with Corona virus ?
    thanks

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    1. Thanks for your concern. Everything is OK for me, hopefully the situation in Italy will turn better on next weeks.
      However I'm not so sure how much one should be worried, at moment it looks like something similar to a normal influenza, surely stronger, but there is for sure something worse than can happen. So far, only very old people died. Let's see how it will evolve in the coming days.
      Europa League game Inter - Ludogorets will be very likely played behind close doors.

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    2. And what your thoughts about Napoli - Barcelona?

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    3. Naples is very far from the crucial regions in which the virus has been found so far, so at moment this match should be regularly played with attendance. I have read that Barcelona players and team officials will have a medical check up once arrived in Italy. I guess this will be also for the German officials.

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  6. Antonio Mateu Lahoz will handle "El Clasico" on Sunday. VAR: González González.

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  7. Referee Europa League Braga-Rangers = Ekberg (Swe)

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  8. I'm also from Italy (Milan very close to the "red area") and the situation is quite scaring. 219 infected people so far, 4 died bit as Chefren said, all of them were very old people with previous diseases or global critical health). The most scaring news is, IMO, the number of infected people in serious conditions, who are facing intensive therapy and urgent treatments: 25 Vs 219 infected, almost 10%, its' a huge number higher than standard flu. Yes probably Europe League match in Milan will be played without people because all entrainment shows in North Italy which gather many people are forbidden. Pubs, Theatre, Cinema, Swimming pool, Fitness centre, Schools, University and so on are closed.
    Let's hope situation will improve in the coming weeks

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    1. Let me give my solidarity, F, I can only agree with you and I strongly wish that situation will become better on next weeks.

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    2. No need to panic because of coronavirus! The thing is that media dont report how many people die from influenza or pneumonia, so we might think this is something very dangerous. It is for sure a serious situation (previously sick and old people can even die) and demands certain measures, but it will be ok after some time. Definitely no need to fear or panic, especially because ordinary healthy people dont feel serious symptoms when infected. It is similar to flu and cold. Its my profession so I felt I should write here briefly.

      Regarding football, its a shame that there wont be fans on stadia in Seria A, but it is a reasonable decision I think.

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  9. Coming back to appointments, I have in mind that Skomina, Kuipers, Makkelie, Del Cerro Grande, Soarse Dias, Hategan, and Taylor are selected for CL retrun leg. Still missing one name. I had in mind Zwayer, but I read trhat his last performance was bad. probably if some match will be already decided, Rosetti will send some new elite

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    1. I agree with the other six referes, but I am not so sure about Soares Dias. He is possible, but IMO not more likely than Zwayer.
      Regarding further names, not only new Elite, but also Kruzliak, Sidiropoulos, Karasev and Bastien should have small chances there - the match in Valencia could be for one of them. But difficult to say who is the favourite amongst them.
      And Gil Manzano's appointment shows that no Elite referee can be completely excluded.

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    2. In my opinion Bastien shouldnt be in Elite

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  10. Gediminas Mažeika will referee the Cairo Derby between Al Ahly - Zamalek today, 1830 CET, with his regular team (Šimkus, Kazlauskas - Rumšas). Unlike the Moen-handled Super Cup match between the two last Thursday, after which Egypt FA handed out sanctions to both teams after there was a violent confrontation between the two teams, there will be no VAR in operation.

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    1. The game has now been called off. Zamalek players did not arrive at the stadium.

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  11. OT: No foreign appointments in Greece this week.

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  12. Just as Kuipers, Orsato is wearing his wedding ring, which is actually not allowed if I am not wrong?

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    1. According to the laws of the game it is not. But there appears to be different rules for those at the top compared to those who are not at the top.

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  13. 28': correct YC for reckless use of arms by Gil Manzano.

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  14. Missed yc by Orsato 35th minute. Stamp on foot, reckless by Rodri.

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    1. I agree. Also, after that foul he gave a freekick against Real Madrid even though the relevant push was clearly before the restart. The YC against Mendy was soft imo. Two or three free kicks were given very late, probably after input from the assistants or 4th official. Overall not the most convincing performance imo so far

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  15. No major issues for Orsato. However, not so convincing either imo.

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  16. Phantom throw in decision by AR2 in Madrid after 20 seconds.

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  17. 1-1 by City: we can be clear in this case NEVER VAR STUFF

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    1. Completely agree with you. I am very happy with this decision, if VAR had intervened it wouldn‘t have helped to make it more popular

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  18. Correct penalty to City by Orsato.

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  19. Stupid penalty from Carvajal. Correct decision

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  20. Penalty appeal ny Juventus in 84'. Gil Manzano has his reasons to play on, whistling it wouldn't have been a mistake, but never VAR stuff.
    One can easily accept the decision.

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  21. Correct red card for Ramos by Orsato.

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  22. Excellent FK + RC for DOGSO decision.

    Orsato was about to issue a YC though, he hesitated a bit.

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  23. Sergio Ramos: once whistled foul, clear RC for DOGSO. One can discuss about the effects of the contact but it is a classic situation in which you whistle. Full support for Orsato. In case of YC, VAR should have intervened because this is 100% DOGSO.

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    1. Totally agree with you. If you call the foul and it's outside the penalty area, it's a red card for DOGSO.

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  24. Another possible penalty for Juventus in 89', in my opinion this was a more blatant situation, in which penalty would have been more justified than previous incident, but at the same time still not VAR stuff. Very borderline but still one has to accept referee's decision. Juventus will surely make complaints after the game.

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  25. Of course foul is the „expected decision“ but I would love to see how referees don‘t give a foul here because this slight contact never caused this exaggerated fall by the attacker. But of course, I don‘t want to blame the Italian team I am rather disappointed that this small contact is expected to be a foul nowadays...

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    1. I am talking about the Ramos RC by the way

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    2. I suggest doing a little experiment - go to the pitch, take a friend, start running as fast as you can and make a friend running behind initialize a slight contact. You will see, that even a minor touch will make you fall.

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    3. Not sure, whether you were already talking about that, but there is also a slight contact at the legs, which is probably even more decisive for the player falling down.
      http://i.imgur.com/oxjPr5a.gif

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  26. Brilliant performance from Orsato. Absolutely brilliant. Serhio Ramos - huh I dislike this guy, dislike him a lot. Excellent player, but so much acting throughout his whole carrier. No word about foul prior 1-1, very small contact and he could never reach the ball. Red card absolutely correct - he had intention to make foul, he pulled attacker from behind who was running very fast - so easy pulling is enough for player to fell. No protests from Ramos (which surprised me). Penalty 100% correct.
    I wonder if any referee would have guts to whistle all these things against Real on Bernabeu!

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  27. Mistake by Gil Manzano at the end, he had to extend added time due to many things happened, included a pitch invader. This was very evident - definitely too early final whistle.

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    1. Yes and there was also a Lyon player who kicked the ball away after the final free kick was awarded.

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  28. After all of this, I think that Orsato is the biggest and first candidate to be a first referee in Istanbul!!!

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    1. I don't. He got his big decisions correct in the second half but his first half certainly didn't convince me.

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  29. Predictions second legs

    PSG - Borussia Dortmund
    Anthony Taylor (ENG)

    Manchester City - Real Madrid
    Felix Brych (GER)

    Valencia - Atalanta
    Damir Skomina (SVN)

    Liverpool - Atlético Madrid
    Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU)

    Bayern Munchen - Chelsea
    Szymon Marciniak (POL)

    Juventus - Lyon
    Danny Makkelie (NED)

    Leipzig - Tottenham
    Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)

    Barcelona - Napoli
    Bjorn Kuipers (NED)

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    1. Mine are (VAR in brackets)
      PSG - Borussia Dortmund: Skomina (Orsato)
      Manchester City - Real Madrid: Hategan (Marciniak)
      Valencia - Atalanta: Soares Dias (if he performs well today) (Martins)
      Liverpool - Atlético Madrid: Kuipers (van Boekel)
      Bayern Munchen - Chelsea: del Cerro Grande (Gil Manzano)
      Juventus - Lyon: Zwayer (Stegemann)
      Leipzig - Tottenham: Makkelie (Kamphuis)
      Barcelona - Napoli: Taylor

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    2. Skomina in Paris after what happened last year seems unlikely IMO.

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    3. Yes, good point. Then I would change him with Hategan.

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  30. Is the penalty for Manchester so clear?
    http://i.imgur.com/UOpBvlt.gif
    There is no contact with Carvajal's right leg and one could argue, that the contact with the other leg is initiated by Sterling going down deliberately.
    Not a clear mistake anyways, but IMO also possible to not award the penalty here.

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    1. Huh?

      We don't referee in slo-motion or go looking to be contrarian for the sake of it.

      This is an easy, easy, easy penalty decision. Carvajal dove into a tackle desperately, missed, and made significant contact with Sterling. Anything Sterling did to help sell this call (and I honestly don't see much) is irrelevant. It's a foul everywhere on the field and it is certainly a penalty.

      Collina often said "expect the unexpected." I would also add that refereeing is a lot about "give the expected." The soccer-watching world expects this to be a penalty. Don't disappoint them.

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