Thursday, 1 October 2020

Europa League 2020/21 - Referee Appointments - Play-offs (single-leg)

  Referee appointments for play-offs of 2020/21 UEFA Europa League. 

Thursday 1 October

Time TBC - Yerevan (Republican Stadium after Vazgen Sargsyan) Nicosia (GSP) 
Ararat-Armenia FC (ARM) - FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ioannis Papadopoulos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Paul Zaharia (ROU)

18:30 CET - Cluj-Napoca (Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu)
CFR 1907 Cluj (ROU) - KuPS Kuopio (FIN)
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Pataki (CRO) 
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Zobenica (CRO)
Fourth Official: Mario Zebec (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)

19:00 CET - Zagreb (Stadion Maksimir)
GNK Dinamo (CRO) - FC Flora Tallinn (EST)
Referee: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Cem Satman (TUR)
Fourth Official: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Igor Radojičić (SRB)

19:00 CET - Liberec (Stadion U Nisy)
FC Slovan Liberec (CZE) - APOEL FC (CYP)
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum /(SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Artur Azaryan (AZE)

19:00 CET - Malmö (Malmö New Stadium)
Malmö FF (SWE) - Granada CF (ESP)
Referee: István Kovács (ROU) Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU) Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Ovidiu Artene (ROU) Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Marius Avram (ROU) Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Stephen Williams (WAL)

19:00 CET - Charleroi (Stade du Pays de Charleroi)
R. Charleroi SC (BEL) - KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Bejmain Cortus (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Aurel Mihail Ionescu (ROU)

19:00 CET - Trondheim (Lerkendal Stadion)
Rosenborg BK (NOR) - PSV Eindhoven (NED)
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Tegoni (ITA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Paolo Valeri  (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Raili Ellermaa (EST)

19:30 CET - Petah Tikva (Itztadion HaMoshava)
Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC (ISR) -  FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Novak Simović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Viacheslav Semenov (RUS)

20:00 CET - Warsaw (Marshall Józef Piłsudski Municipal Stadium of Legia Warszawa)
Legia Warszawa (POL) - Qarabağ FK (AZE)
Referee:  Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Fourth Official: Daniel Schlager (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Lars Richt (SWE)

20:00 CET - Zenica (Stadion Bilino polje)
FK Sarajevo (BIH) - Celtic FC (SCO
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fréréric Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoît Millot (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)

20:00 CET - Minsk (National Olympic Stadium Dinamo)
FC Dynamo Brest (BLR) - PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Andraž Kovacić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Fourth Official: Nejć Kajtazović (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Konul Mehtiyeva (AZE)

20:00 CET - Liège (Stade Maurice Dufrasne)
Royal Standard de Liège (BEL) - Fehérvár FC (HUN)
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (SCO)
Fourth Official: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Siarhei Ilyich (BLR)

20:00 CET - Copenhagen (Parken)
F.C. Copenhagen (DEN) - HNK Rijeka (CRO)
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Richard Cook (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Sian Massey-Ellis (ENG)
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Sippel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolphe Mannaerts (BEL)

20:30 CET - Dublin (Dublin Arena)
Dundalk FC (IRL) -  KÍ Klaksvík (FRO)
Referee: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (ITA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Bindoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Łukasz Wachowski. (POL)

20:30 CET - Bern (Stadion Wankdorf)
BSC Young Boys (SUI) - KF Tirana (ALB)
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Garry O'Hagan (SCO)

20:30 CET - Basel (St. Jakob's Park)
FC Basel 1893 (SUI) - PFC CSKA-Sofia (BUL)
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Kralovic (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Thura Win (ENG)

20:45 CET - Glasgow (Ibrox Stadim)
Rangers FC (SCO) - Galatasaray A. Ş. (TUR)
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Michael O'Brien (ENG)

20:45 CET - Athens (Olympic Athletic Center of Athens "Spyros Louis")
AEK Athens FC (GRE) - VfL Wolfsburg (GER)
Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Licino Barbosa Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: João Pedro Silva Pinheiro (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)

21:00 CET - London (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium)
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) - Maccabi Haifa FC (ISR)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Amaury Delerue (FRA) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Matthew Paris (MLT)

21:00 CET - Lisbon (Estádio Josè Alvalade)
Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR) - LASK (AUT)
Referee: Alexey Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzimitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Viktar Shymusik (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Lennart Vestervall (SWE)

21:00 CET - Vila Do Conde (Estádio do Rio Ave FC)
Rio Ave FC (POR) - AC Milan (ITA)
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Javier Alberola Rojas (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Thibault De Gendt (BEL)


  1. So Gil Manzano (Levnikov), Buquet (Pedersen), Treimanis (Trentalange) and Massa (Tutk) with probably most important observers. Considering Treimanis did not have a single CL match last season this could be a good sign for him. Similar to that, Massa was chosen over Guida with important observer so also I guess a good sign for him.
    Kabakov is not appointed so I guessed that missed RC was assessed as crucial mistake.

    1. I forgot - I expected Bobby Madden and Pavel Raczkowski to be appointed but nothing this time.

    2. About Guida, I start to think he is injured, otherwise he should have got at least a single appointment... indeed he is also out as main referee from the first two matchdays of serie A, appointed only as VAR. This wouldn't be the first time he has physical problems and I must say this is absolutely infulencing his career, unluckily for him.

    3. Madden was appointed in the 3rd round so more or less expected, although Mariani and Palabiyik are appointed again.

      Indeed for Raczkowski is very surprising that he isnt involved! He was appointed for Belgium-Iceland in NL, also last weekend in Poland extraklasa so no clues about injury.

    4. Madden, Gestranius and Rackowski missing?
      All of them had UCL group stage games last year.

    5. Guida will handle Lazio vs Internazionale next Sunday. He's not injured.

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  2. Overall expected appointments. Kabakov seems to have been 'punished' for his poor performance in Mitdjylland-Young Boys.

    Kavanagh is clearly being pushed, wow.

    Nice match for Mariani ;)

  3. So for CL PO second legs we can guess: Mateu Lahoz (ESP), Brych (GER), Orsato (ITA), Kuipers (NED), Skomina (SVN), Marciniak (POL).

    Tyring predictions:

    FC Midtjylland (DEN) - SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
    Felix Brych (GER)

    FC Salzburg (AUT) - Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
    Daniele Orsato (ITA)

    Omonoia FC (CYP) - Olympiacos FC (GRE)
    Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

    Ferencvarosi (HUN) - Molde (NOR)
    Damir Skomina (SVN)

    PAOK - Krasnodar
    Szymon Marciniak (POL)

    1. You missed match for Kuipers ;)

      Btw, four of these referees had a CL final, so seems that Lahoz and Marciniak are favorites for next CL final.

  4. Totally surprised seeing Artur Soares Dias refereeing AEK Athens after what happened last March at the greek cup semifinal. I remind you that he reported that AEK's owner attacked his AR during halftime grabbing him by his "balls".

    1. That is really surprising! UEFA has such a short memory? :)

    2. UEFA recently made another surprising appointment by assigning two referees from the same country to France's matches within 3 days... then realized their error and made a last-minute change.

  5. Have you watched the penalty decision in the Plzen Sonderjyske match? Unbelievable mistake by Rumsas, there was no contact whatsoever. Even Plzen players didn't appeal for the penalty! (from 3:05)

  6. It now seems obvious that Mariani and Kavanagh will make CL GS débuts this season. In my opinion, this is a huge affront to meritocracy in UEFA Refereeing!

    I hoped the trimming down of the Committee would allow Rosetti more freedom to decide fairly, but ostensibly exactly the opposite has happened.

    1. I think quite unlikely for Mariani, as he did not even do EL debut, this can sound really strange loking at his assignments, but I never saw a referee with a double GS debut in both competitions on the same season. Regarding Kavanagh, you are right, committee is strongly pushing him. Maybe Pawson did not satisfy too much Rosetti & Co?

    2. Pawson can be in best case 1st Cat referee, and thats all. Cavanagh is next top ref from England.

    3. I follow the Premier League, and though I generally like his refereeing, I simply don't understand the level of admiration I see for Kavanagh. Age is on his side, of course, but otherwise there is nothing in his refereeing that would raise him so much above, for example, Pawson. I would argue, even, that Pawson is generally better when it comes to decision-making and man-management.

    4. Italy only has Orsato at the top currently, so maybe Mariani will skip UEL GS and will go directly to UCL GS? Italy is the only Top 5 FA with only one referee there and Rosetti cannot allow that. Let's wait and see!

    5. Well, Italy also has Massa and Guida with CL experience.

      I am not a fan of those quick promotions to CL matches (if it would happen for Kavanagh/Mariani). I would prefer to always see a good, "full" EL season (PO + 3GS + R16) first before sending someone to CL.

    6. Yes, but... Massa did not convince and Guida, as someone said, has repeated medical problems, so Italian FA and Rosetti keep looking for better solutions.

    7. Not Italian FA but Italian referees association (AIA), 100% independent from FIGC, they are very proud to underline that and I agree.

  7. We will see for Zwayer after his poor performance in last 1/8 CL

    1. Although it sounds a bit weird, but it seems that Zwayer is the clear No. 14 in UEFA at the moment. The 12 expected CL PO referees + Taylor are in front of him, but I also don't see anybody else with a better standing than Zwayer. Probably Gil Manzano and Soares Dias come the closest.

    2. Indeed Philipp in my opinion among the EL play-offs for sure Zwayer is the most sonorous name, talking about consideration by committee. He is clearly number 1 among the Elite referees we see in this round of Europa League. Committee has big expectations on him, but performances were definitely not good in recent times. He must recover, after Brych he is the name for World Cup 2022 for Germany without doubts.

  8. Deniz Aytekin and Pavel Kralovec are missing. The former is injured, but I don't know what happens with the latter.

    1. Yes right, Kralovec, I forgot him as well!
      I see that he is regularly appointed in Czech league, last game 4 days ago, so for sure there is something we don't know.
      He officiated only one UEFA game in recent times, Kosovo - Greece 6 September Nations League.

    2. Looks like we all forgot on Kralovec :/. I realy don't know what is happening with him and what is his status within UEFA.

  9. Cyril Gringore (FRA) missed Turpin's last match, but now is appointed as Buquet's AR.

  10. Eredivisie: FC Twente - FC Groningen
    VAR took 4 minutes and 43 seconds(!) to check if it was offside. Due to the overlap of the two lines, VAR supported the offside decision as within "the margin of error" (within 10 entimeter of actual).

    As a result of taking 4:43, the first use of offsideline technology at Eredivisie has received a lot of criticism because the score seems to be correct, not offside.

    I think the use of error is fine, but with this result taking 4:43 seconds, I don't think I need to draw a line.

    1. 1) 4:43 is a disaster, it mustnt take so long

      2)We had a situation in Croatia when the lines were overlapping and, as far as I understood, it was interpreted as "no offside", which would IMO be in the spirit of the game. The question should be whether there is offside or not, and not whether the AR made a good call, at least that is how I see it.

    2. VAR would have made the same decision even without offsideline technology. I don't understand the need for this technology.

  11. How many VAR interventions for Kavanagh in Brighton & Hove Albion - Manchester United? According to some sites, at least three. Any info about his performance?

    1. That isn't even the case. He blew the final whistle then was called for an OFR for a blatant hand ball after the final whistle. I like the referee but he is pushed way way too much by UEFA. He doesn't even get top games in England yet, aside from a Merseyside derby, I can't recall a top match between the top 6

    2. But to answer your question only two OFR but quite a bit loud because he did one after the Final whistle

    3. Is an OFR allowed AFTER the final whistle?

    4. Didn't catch the game but watching the post-match coverage on BT Sport the referee isn't the big talking point, so it can't be that bad of a performance. Just unusual as it was the first time in England a VAR review has taken place after the final whistle.

      The two ex-players think it was wrong to disallow the Brighton penalty but the ex-ref thinks the review was correct. I'd say it was a soft penalty award.

      I would like to have seen some yellow cards handed out at the end, too many players crowding/shouting at the ref, and then delaying the penalty kick.

    5. Video of the incident:

    6. Correct call in the end, but I think in cases like this referee should maybe stop the game, wait for VAR and then call the penalty or blow the final whistle. I think it would be much better than what happened there today.

    7. Thanks for the video.
      Some considerations:
      1) Very clear punishable handball, no doubts about VAR intervention and I'm happy that now in England this is working.
      2) Kavanagh could have seen it live, according to this screenshot, I think he had free view:
      3) He should have managed better situation, waiting for VAR consultation before whistling the end.
      However, I think that points 2 and 3 are related, despite of being apparently in visual control, Kavanagh totally missed the incident, so he was not aware what had happened.

      I also saw the other VAR intervention in first half for annulling penalty, another good call. VAR is working well there. Imagine this game some months ago without any intervention and supporting the calls...

    8. Yes, correct call, but a FIFA referee who recently got the UYL final and is now being pushed by UEFA is not supposed/expected to handle such situations better than the average referees?

    9. Question: if GK saves the penalty and the ball comes back to one of Manchester players and he scores, it's goal valid according the lotg ? I'm asking bcz the game has finished. Thanks

    10. No, only the penalty execution is allowed.
      In case of save by keeper, match ends there.

    11. I read that this penalty is creating big controversy in England, with many people astonished for the call. I just hope that this happens because before today in Premier League referees didn't want to use the technology properly, but if some people are convinced that this penalty is wrong, I really can't find explanations. In all cases, this is the result when you change the line with VAR, England should have used it since the introduction always in the same manner.

    12. Agree with you chefren but in this case i don't understand why other players should stay on penalty line and ready to enter on the penalty area.

    13. The controversy is, of course, due to the fact that this penalty was called while the game was 'finished'. This doesn't have anything to do with England, this would create controversy anywhere. Same happened in Germany when a penalty was called during half-time.

    14. @Chiagozie: Chris Kavanagh handled LIVERPOOL FC - LEICESTER CITY last season, the match between the teams in positions 1 and 3 at that time or in positions 1 and 5 according to the final standing. ;-)

    15. There was another very controversial incident, when VAR overturned a penalty given by Kavanagh. It's about a foul made by Pogba (from behind, he felt over the forward). For me it was clear penalty. Anyway, I don't understand why VAR intervened because it wasn't a clear and obvious mistake. For me, Kavanagh was very poor today.

  12. Wow!!! For Christopher Kavanagh... I can't say more..

  13. Everton penalty, what do you think? Close proximity to the attacker, close to the body, certainly was not deliberate. For me it was harsh, an "Italian" penalty, only in Italy I see such penalties regularly given.

  14. Anyone watched West Brom - Chelsea game? Chelsea scored the equalizer in the 93rd minute after a handball in the build-up. VAR checked the situation, but the goal remained valid:

    1. Correct that there was no VAR intervention - I don't think it was deliberate and the ball was cleared by a West Brom player, so it didn't immediately create a goal scoring opportunity.

    2. Borderline situation, but I agree that VAR didnt need to intervene.

      If the referee saw and whistled handball, it would have been supportable too.

  15. PK situation in Elche-Real Sociedad (referee: Isidro Díaz de Mera Escuderos)

    Watch until the very last replay!

    1. I did and I understand why. Only in the last replay it was clear that penalty was correct call. From previous two replays looked like cristal clear mistake by referee. Very well spoted (although he had very good position so it was not difficult to make that call).

  16. No offside (unclear), then no goal (it was close)... the problems of not using glt in laliga.

    1. referee: de burgos bengoetxea; VAR: gonzalez gonzalez

    2. now handball situation 62-- no penalty and decision supported by var... and then dogso situation initially given as offside (player wasn't offside)--var is checking..

    3. after OFR: freekick and red card (player was pushed from behind as he ran towards goal)

  17. Correct DOGSO RC after VAR review by De Burgos Bengoetxea in BET-RMA, original decision was (wrong) offside.

  18. Now penalty after OFR... close offside before handball but...

  19. BET-RMA
    Decision: YC

  20. Clips from Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea's performance in Betis-Real Madrid tonight (VAR: José Luis González González)

    12' YC for BET22 (reckless vs SFP)

    40' YC for BET21 (SPA vs DOGSO)

    42' YC for RMA2 (FK vs PK)

    67' RC for BET22 after VAR review, original decision IFK for offside.

    80' PK for Real Madrid + YC for BET5 after VAR review, handball.

    90+1' ¿Missed 2YC for BET21? YC for BET23 for dissent.

    1. Some really difficult situations!

      Do you have the situation with the ball on the line/goal-no goal maybe?

    2. Agree, very difficult match for DBB.

      As I said on Díaz de Mera's video I posted above, please watch until the very last replay, because (despite the offside), live it seemed like a goal, but in the last replay (1:25) looks like there's a tiny bit of the ball still on the line.

    3. Thanks, and also for the other clips!

      I suppose they could put the imaginary wall above the line and then try to see if it "touches" the ball, but really seems almost impossible to assess, in case it was onside.

  21. According to Dutch FA. Makkelie will be in Malmo

    1. What caused that change?

    2. I looked for info about Kovacs, but I didn't find anything.
      Romanian sites are always updated about referees, but this time no info about replacement, last news reported is the appointment.

    3. I hope he or his AR are not sick. For me it's interesting because the Romanian Federation didn't announce Kovacs appointment for this game. And the FO is from Danemark, not Netherlands. I think something happened with the team.

    4. Did Kovacs and his team have any domestic matches recently?

    5. Yes, they had a game Saturday night between Viitorul -Astra 4-1, with some mistakes for Kovacs. He missed a clear penalty for the away team and after that he grave them an easy penalty, but is was 4-0 when this happened. By the way, i think Hategan will have a game in NL playoffs. He is appointed tomorrow at Craiova -Csm Iași.

    6. Hmmm... something is happening with Kovacs's appointments on last month he was removed from a France's game and now from this UEL match... if I am not mistaken, both in Sweden. So, either he was replaced in both cases or the UEFA website was showing incorrect info. It cannot be just a simple coincidence?

    7. Did anyone solve the mystery? :)

    8. Maybe the FRF try to protect the FIFA referees when they are sick. Maybe Kovacs team get the virus. Because Marius Avram who should be the FO in Malmo, had a match today. So, Marius Avram didn't meet with them. And Kovacs is from Carei, near Satu Mare, and last week here were of lot of cases.

  22. Ararat Armenia vs Crvena Zvezda game has been moved to Cyprus due to the ongoing war in Nagorno Karabakh.

  23. Italy Serie A
    Matchweek 3

    Friday 2nd October

    20:45 Fiorentina - Sampdoria
    Piero Giacomelli - Enrico Caliari - Matteo Bottegoni - Gianluca Manganiello
    [Gianluca Aureliano - Dario Cecconi]

    Saturday 3rd October

    15:00 Sassuolo - Crotone
    Ivano Pezzuto - Giorgio Peretti - Alessandro Cipressa - Antonio Rapuano
    [Michael Fabbri - Luca Mondin]

    18:00 Genoa - Torino
    Daniele Chiffi - Damiano Di Iorio - Orlando Pagnotta - Lorenzo Illuzzi
    [Aleandro Di Paolo - Stefano Liberti]

    20:45 Udinese - Roma
    Rosario Abisso - Valerio Vecchi - Marco Scatragli - Marco Piccinini
    [Fabio Maresca - Stefano Del Giovane]

    Sunday 4th October

    12:30 Atalanta - Cagliari
    Fabrizio Pasqua - Giovanni Baccini - Mattia Scarpa - Davide Ghersini
    [Daniele Orsato - Mauro Galetto]

    15:00 Benevento - Bologna
    Simone Sozza - Stefano Alassio - Giuseppe Perrotti - Eugenio Abbattista
    [Marco Di Bello - Valentino Fiorito]

    15:00 Lazio - Inter
    Marco Guida - Ciro Carbone - Salvatore Longo - Davide Massa
    [Massimiliano Irrati - Mauro Vivenzi]

    15:00 Parma - Hellas Verona
    Antonio Giua - Valerio Colarossi - Andrea Tardino - Livio Marinelli
    [Luca Banti - Filippo Valeriani]

    18:00 Milan - Spezia
    Marco Serra - Rodolfo Di Vuolo - Edoardo Raspollini - Luca Pairetto
    [Paolo Valeri - Alessio Tolfo]

    20:45 Juventus - Napoli
    Daniele Doveri - Filippo Meli - Daniele Bindoni - Gianpaolo Calvarese
    [Luigi Nasca - Sergio Ranghetti]

    1. Genoa - Torino have officially been postponed

  24. Italy Serie B
    Matchweek 2

    Saturday 3rd October

    14:15 Chievo - Salernitana
    Luca Massimi - Domenico Palermo - Thomas Ruggieri - Francesco Meraviglia

    16:15 Ascoli - Lecce
    Riccardo Ros - Luigi Rossi - Andrea Zingarelli - Daniele Paterna

    16:15 Empoli - Monza
    Antonio Di Martino - Vittorio Di Gioia - Fabio Schirru - Alessandro Prontera

    16:15 LR Vicenza - Pordenone
    Giacomo Camplone - Tarcisio Villa - Marco Della Croce - Claudio Panettella

    16:15 Reggina - Pescara
    Valerio Marini - Alessio Berti - Davide Moro - Lorenzo Maggioni

    16:15 Spal - Cosenza
    Ivan Robilotta - Domenico Rocca - Davide Miele - Matteo Gualtieri

    16:15 Venezia - Frosinone
    Alberto Santoro - Giacomo Paganessi - Giuseppe Macaddino - Alessandro Di Graci

    16:15 Virtus Entella - Reggiana
    Daniel Amabile - Emanuele Prenna - Filippo Bercigli - Eugenio Scarpa

    Sunday 04th October

    15:00 Pisa - Cremonese
    Matteo Gariglio - Alessandro Giallatini - Pasquale Capaldo - Manuel Volpi

    21:00 Cittadella - Brescia
    Matteo Marchetti - Fabiano Preti - Damiano Margani - Giovanni Ayroldi

  25. About the penalty in Herning, the defender does not have the minimum idea where the ball is, but the position of arm is risky. He should have been careful. More penalty than play on because in fact opponent could not play ball due to this touch. Naive foul, punishable.

  26. OT: Today is Champions league group stage draw. First three matchdays are played week after week and then the same will be with last three matchdays. This also could mean that Committee will not be able to make appointments like the used to, in blocks of two (MD 1,2 - MD 3,4 -MD 5,6). Will they appoint referees for all three matchday at once or will they make appointments for each matchday seperately? It will be interesting to see how will they manage appointments this season.

  27. Good, expected performance by Andreas Ekberg in FC Slovan Liberec (CZE) - APOEL FC (CYP). Not challenging match but important decision made in 2nd half additional time - PK for Liberec (1:0). We will definitely see him again at least in EL.

  28. Terrible Collum. 2 key penalty situation in 2 half on Standard Liege- Fehervar. 1. Penalty was soft after his line but it was ok. 2.penalty awarded after a phantom foul. It was no contact. How is possible to be in Elite group? Owerall he had a bad 2nd half, missed a dozen fouls, bad position...

    1. There was contact, you could see it from the angle from behind. Spot on second penalty.
      1st one is not clear mistake, but very very soft I agree. I think it's rather play on.
      But Collum is really not consistent with foul selection. Simply prove it why he never reached more and why he is not really a reliable elite referee.

    2. Happens now on a yearly basis that Collum doesn't perform in the qualifiers. Moreover I think he's not an unreliable elite refereee, based on performance principle he should be demoted since 2 years. But we all know Hugh Dallas....

    3. Any videos?

    4. I must say that his performance not enough for EL playoffs, as II. Cat. Referees.@theref i didnt seen the contact but if was a contact the striker makes the situation bigger, for me this is not enough for penalty, i would like to searc videos about situations.

      first penalty 02:20
      second penalty 03:35

      First penalty brave call most of referees wouldn't have whistled it. Second penalty in my opinion clear as well: you can't say in such circumstance that if there isn't contact, you can play on, because attacker is impeded in his action to reach ball. Defender is late. And, as somebody already reported, a minimum contact existed. Very risky action by defender and good call by Collum.

    6. Agree, well done by Collum

  29. Chefren,why don’t you delete these comments.They clearly attack the referee and committe member but you do nothing.Ask yourself when you delete comments for some referees.Be consistent please

    Congratulations to Mr.Collum for two correct and brave penalty calls for holding and tackle.

  30. Srđan Jovanović penalty decision in Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC (ISR) - FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE), YC to keeper (reckless?)

    1. very goood decision by Jovanic, it would be perfect if it was bit faster. Reckless, agree

    2. @Anonymous Jovanović waited to see whether a goal would have been scored or not, as UEFA wants (delayed whistle, excellent application). Imagine that while he was whistling for penalty, goal was about to be scored. Very good under this aspect, but I'm not still 100% convinced about penalty, was a real touch on opponent by keeper?

    3. Wasn't the contact initiated by the attacker?

  31. Joke penalty by Zwayer in Charleroi. 52'

      No contact between legs, there is just this hand on opponent, in my opinion simulation.

    2. Oeff, that’s even a quite obvious simulation. Would VAR have been in place, this should be an intervention in my opinion. Zwayer’s position is sub-optimal, unfortunately he doesn’t experience his best days currently.

    3. The more we see these penalties awarded by Zwayer, the more need for Brych to continue until WC 2022.

    4. Just watched it. That is truly awful. One of the worst penalty calls I've seen.

  32. Sporting - LASK highlights.
    RC in 63'.

    1. Correct RC, genuine attempt to play ball outside the box in a DOGSO scenario.

  33. Kruzliak Basel - CSKA Sofia
    03:40 penalty
    Defender puts leg without reaching ball, this should be enough for a penalty, however my feeling is that attacker used this to create the contact and the whistled foul (not real effect of action by defender on him). Should be supported by observer, though.

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