Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Champions League 2017/18 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 6 (I)

The following officials have been appointed by UEFA Referees Committee to handle Tuesday's matches of Matchday 6 in 2017-18 Champions League Group Stage. 

A| 05.12.2017, 20:45 CET
Old Trafford, Manchester (ENG)
Manchester United FC - CSKA Moskva
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Teuvo Holopainen (FIN)

A| 05.12.2017, 20:45 CET
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
SL Benfica - FC Basel
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoechea (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Simone Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Kari Iuell (NOR)

B| 05.12.2017, 20:45 CET
Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
Celtic FC - RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Balažič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomislav Pospeh (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Aristeidis Stavropoulos (GRE)

B| 05.12.2017, 20:45 CET
Allianz Arena, Munich (GER)
FC Bayern München - Paris SG
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (LUX)

C| 05.12.2017, 20:45 CET
Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
AS Roma - FK Qarabağ
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Harm Osmers (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)

C| 05.12.2017, 20:45 CET
Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
Chelsea FC - Club Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)  
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kamphuis Jochem (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan de Vries (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Ronald Zimmermann (GER)

D| 05.12.2017, 20:45 CET
Stadio Geōrgios Karaiskakīs, Piraeus (GRE)
Olympiacos FC - Juventus FC
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Armen Minasyan (ARM)

D| 05.12.2017, 20:45 CET
Camp Nou, Barcelona (ESP)
FC Barcelona - Sporting CP
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozinovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)


  1. Very interesting choices by committe.
    Some things to underline: at first, about group A, we can see that Manchester United will be officiated again by an Italian crew, after Orsato in last matchday. In past, we never saw a team in group stage being officiated by two referees from the same nation in a row. Now, it is possible. Of course, more than crucial game for Rocchi.
    In the other group, Gil Manzano is there and a win by Basel should be expected on the paper. However, still a very good assignment.
    Group B: Jug with a CL game, we know that very often he is rewarded with such assignements, even though matches are not important on the paper. Most important thing, however, is Damir Skomina's presence as AAR1. This is a very strong signal by the Slovenian Elite, again. I think he asked for getting this game, otherwise I would have guessed even two NO FIFA AARs for Jug in this match. More than good, this must be noticed by committee (you know that AARs appointments are made by domestic federations).
    In the other group, nothing new under the sun, with Çakır again appointed for a top clash. I lost the count about his big matches in Champions League. However, maybe one could start to think: are we sure that there aren't other options? The game is not that important, both teams already qualified, I think it was an opportunity for a different choice. But nothing against the Turkish, of course.
    Group C: Stieler with his second CL game, after Juventus - Olympiacos, I think Roma - Qarabag will be not that difficult for him. In the other game, Makkelie for a top clash, but in case of win by Roma, everything will be already decided (Chelsea and Roma qualified). So, the fact that this match in London will be crucial only in case of loss by Roma against Qarabag, allowed this appointment.
    Group D: regular appointment for David Fernández Borbalán, I don't think that it will be a tough game. And then, the last international match of Craig Thomson in Barcelona, not a top clash, but surely a more than good farewell for the Scottish referee, who leaves the scene.

    1. Maybe Skomina asked to get appointed as AAR. I know that Eriksson has done that before just to get a feeling of how it is to stand behind the goal with an limited area to move in

    2. In which game Eriksson was AAR?? Which season?? Please help :)

  2. Two Italians in a row for Manchester and two Dutchmen on MD 5&6 for Atletico. Not really a problem, but normally avoided.

    Really good appointments for Gil Manzano and Makkelie. Personally, I would have swapped the appointments in group A. Anyway Gil Manzano now looks even more likely to take F. Borbalan's spot next summer.
    And Makkelie seems to belong already to the top half of the Elite group and should be expected for a R16 match.

    Surprisingly big name for the match in Munich with regard to the standings.
    Nice last appointment for Thomson.

  3. Nice for Thomson, he deserve this


    UEFA Champions League Path - Matchday 6

    Group A | 12:00 CET, Seixal
    SL Benfica - FC Basel 1893
    Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Lo Cicero (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
    Fourth Official: Rui Jorge Piteira Rodrigues (POR)
    UEFA Referee Observer: António Manuel Almeida Costa (POR)
    UEFA Delegate: Nikola Mužíková (CZE)

    Group A | 16:00 CET, Leigh
    Manchester United FC - PFC CSKA Moskva
    Referee: Robert Hennessy (IRL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Allen Lynch (IRL)
    Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse (ENG)
    UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
    UEFA Delegate: José Luis Astiazarán Iriondo (ESP)

    Group B | 15:00 CET, Dumbarton
    Celtic FC - RSC Anderlecht
    Referee: Keith Kennedy (NIR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Nethery (NIR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Ryan Kelsey (NIR)
    Fourth Official: David Munro (SCO)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
    UEFA Delegate: Peter Oskam (NED)

    Group B | 18:00 CET, Munich
    FC Bayern München - Paris Saint-Germain FC
    Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
    Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Rothmann (AUT)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Stangl (AUT)
    Fourth Official: Robert Kempter (GER)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Helmut Fleischer (GER)
    UEFA Delegate: Neil Morrow (NIR)

    Group C | 14:30 CET, Rome
    AS Roma - Qarabağ FK
    Referee: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
    Assistant Referee 1: Goran Pataki (CRO)
    Assistant Referee 2: Marjan Tomas (CRO)
    Fourth Official: Daniele Martinelli (ITA)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)
    UEFA Delegate: Marcin Stefański (POL)

    Group C | 16:00 CET, Surrey
    Chelsea FC - Club Atlético de Madrid
    Referee: Jens Grabski Maae (DEN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Boric (DEN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Victor Skytte (DEN)
    Fourth Official: John Busby (ENG)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)
    UEFA Delegate: Johny Vanspauwen (BEL)

    Group D | 14:00 CET, Barcelona
    FC Barcelona - Sporting CP
    Referee: Ionuț Marius Avram (ROU)
    Assistant Referee 1: Valentin Gabriel Avram (ROU)
    Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Marius Marica (ROU)
    Fourth Official: David Medié Jiménez (ESP)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marín (ESP)
    UEFA Delegate: David Pugh (ENG)

    Group D | 17:00 CET, Piraeus
    Olympiakós FC - Juventus FC
    Referee: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Szert (HUN)
    Fourth Official: Evángelos Manoúchos (GRE)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Geórgios Bíkas (GRE)
    UEFA Delegate: Clive Whitehead (ENG)

    1. Not satisfied with Jens Grabski Maae's performance. Too soft if not just wrong penalty leading to 1-0 and free kick + YC + possible offside leading to 2-0. Missed second YC to CHE #15 for SPA in 82'. Missed clear violent conduct (punch below the belt) in 84'. No clear line in foul selection (some phantom fouls whistled, some clearer not).

  5. Maybe we can even expect Vincic with a game tomorrow. Otherwise Obrenovic could be AAR1 in Jug's team.

    1. Vincic in Rotterdam at Feyenoord-Napoli?

    2. @Timo, in MD5 Skomina officiated SSC Napoli - Shakhtar Donetsk, therefore it's highly unlikely that the Slovenian team would officiate Napoli in the second consequtive match.

    3. In MD5 Orsato officiated Man Utd and in MD6 Rocchi is officiating Man Utd... In MD5 Kuipers officiated Atlético Madrid and in MD6 Makkelie is officiating Atlético Madrid... This logic is preventing Vincic from officiating Napoli this Matchday!!

  6. Where can we expect Michael Oliver? Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund?

    1. Feyenoord - Napoli would be the best choice, if this is his final test.
      => Manchester City are already through no1
      => If you cannot referee a team twice in the group stage, this is literally his only (CL) match he can arbitrate
      => Crucial match for the qualification, totally decisive if Shakhtar lose at home which is likely
      => Feyenoord will try hard to avoid finishing with six losses
      => Rotterdam is a very hard place to referee, in Netherlands it is regarded as the most intensive arena. Whereas Qarabag have had only First Category referees, Marciniak whistled FEY-MNC, Undiano had FEY-SHK; UEFA clearly respects De Kuip.

      So in my opinion I would really like to see Oliver in Rotterdam.

    2. Just the same thoughts here as well... For a final test before a promotion, Feyenoord v Napoli seems to be better than a Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund with no significance... Also William Collum struggled a bit in Napoli v Feyenoord other leg so Oliver in De Kuip would be a perfect choice IMO :)

    3. I like to see Turpin again in the Kuip after the banana-incident in the EL against Roma.

    4. Turpin is in Abu Dhabi for the Club World Cup so not possible to see him in De Kuip at least on this Wednesday :)

  7. Out of interest, would you say referees at FIFA level get to see a lot of the world?

    1. According to Pol van Boekel: no. They mainly see the airport, the hotel and the stadium. There is no time to see the city, mainly because of security reasons.

  8. A lot of surprise for me today: Skomina as Jug's AAR, Gil Manzono and Stieler but on top of all the absance of Atikson once again. If the last season spanish has been his last international match, it would be too harsh for him. Or maybe he asked don't be assigned anymore for personal reason
    As farewell match I really hope that tomorrow he will be assigned for real madrid borussia dmt even uf totthenam is in the same group. He deserve a firewell cl match

  9. AARs appointet with danish Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen today - should mean EL match Thursday.

    1. Much pushed referee. He has a talent and is an athlete, but he should change his passive attitude and be more preventive in his games.

  10. Predictions for Wednesday's games:

    Liverpool - Spartak Moscow
    Szymon Marciniak (POL)

    Maribor - Sevilla
    István Vad (HUN)

    Shakhtar Donetsk - Manchester City
    Viktor Kassai (HUN)

    Feyenoord - Napoli
    Pavel Královec (CZE)

    Porto - Monaco
    Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

    Leipzig - Beşiktaş
    Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

    Real Madrid - Borussia Dortmund
    Michael Oliver (ENG)

    Tottenham - APOEL
    Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

    There are only two options for Oliver. He will get either the game in Madrid or Feyenoord - Napoli. Match in group H is important only for the German team, they can still reach Europa League, while the game in the Netherlands is of course important for qualification to CL KO stage. Napoli must win and Shaktar should lose against City. Surely, in the context of a challenging assignment, Feyenoord - Napoli would be better, but I have the feeling that committee will "use" the game in Madrid as first test in a "top clash" for the young Englsh. In any case, we can't expect a different game for him.

    1. I forgot Ovidiu Haţegan. He has to get a game as well.
      I would appoint him in Maribor, I don't see other options.
      So, out Vad, in Haţegan.

    2. Turpin got already 3 CL games and he is now in UAE for Club World Cup as VAR.

    3. Summary

      First Group

      3 CL games:
      Michael Oliver (ENG)
      Anthony Taylor (ENG)
      Artur Soares Dias (POR)

      2 CL games with a chance to get a third one tomorrow:
      Aliaksiej Kulbakou (BLR)
      Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

      2CL games + 1 EL game:
      Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
      Tobias Stieler (GER)
      Manuel de Sousa (POR)
      Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
      Matej Jug (SVN)

      1 CL game + 1 EL game (possibly also 2 CL games like Gil Manzano, Stieler, Kružliak from U-21 Euro):
      Benoît Bastien (FRA)

      1 CL game (possibly 2 CL games):
      Slavko Vinčič (SVN)

      So, having in mind that there will be some quitting referees (Atkinson, Rizzoli (was still included on the list for this half of the season), Tagliavento, Thomson, maybe Eriksson) and maybe a demotion, I suspect we can expect more than two promotions this winter. So the natural candidates are those with three CL games, so apart from Oliver and Taylor we have:

      Ruddy Buquet, Aliaksiej Kulbakou and Artur Soares Dias.

      Some chances have also experienced referees with 2 CL games this season. Those are Manuel de Sousa and Matej Jug.

      What do you think?

    4. There are 2 options for Oliver..
      1.Leipzing & Beşiktaş
      2.Porto & Monaco

    5. Oliver refereed Leipzig v Monaco on MD1 so unlikely @veli

    6. @RayHD: I completely agree.
      I think, anyone, who gets promoted to Elite should have handled 3 CL games in the group stage, so I am curious whether Buquet and/or Kulbakov get another match on Wednesday.

    7. *and/or Oliver - your statistic is not completely correct there ;)

    8. Yeah, I was too quick with Oliver :D

  11. Are we certain that Oliver has a CL match? He could be in EL.

  12. Gözubuyuk has a match in EL: Copenhagen - Sheriff. Important match for both teams, in terms of progress to R32.

    Full team:

    Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
    Assistant referees: Davy Goossens & Bas van Dongen
    4th official: Joost van Zuilen
    AARs: Dennis Higler & Jeroen Manschot


  13. Slavko Vincin in Totenham-APOEL with Francesco Bianchi as observer.

  14. OT:


    Very dangerous orange tackle,Bebek show just yellow card...

    Good decision?

    1. It's not an orange card, it's a clear red card for SFP. Not like Bebek ;)

  15. Ajax- PSV, eredivisie Netherlands
    Sunday 10th December 16:45
    Referee: Kevin Blom (1st cat. FIFA)
    AR: Charles Schaap en Jan de Vries
    FO: Jochem Kamphuis

  16. AIA (Italian referees association) has officially published the choices for 2018.


    Confirmed that Di Bello and Doveri will replace Rizzoli and Tagliavento. No changes in assistant referees list.

  17. Don't know if it's of any interest/relevance here but maybe. Bo Karlsson has today resigned from the role as head of the Swedish Referee Committée due to accussations of sexual harassment of a young women referee inn 1996 (the #metoo hashtag got her to step forward). Bo claims to not remember the incident but stepped down immediately since his role as head of referees is a position of confidence.
    If he will continue as member of UEFA referee committée and observer is nothing that they so far has given any hint of.

    Link (swedish): https://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/fotboll/a/qnL3o1/lamnar-svff-med-omedelbar-verkan

  18. OT

    Two clips from this weekend.

    1 - Successful use of VAR in Germany (SFP)

    2 - From France: Marçal (LYO) grabbing the face of AR2, player is not punished. No words for that one!

    1. Really bad, aggressive attitude by AR. The player was defending himself!

  19. Excellent onside for 1:0 for Bayern

  20. Bayern minute 42. Alves punched and hit his opponent in the stomach several times and then dived and got no card because he fooled the refs. Should have been a Bayern penalty and red card to Alves. No close up replays. That’s what I saw from the tv. Replay please.

    1. https://streamable.com/76r8v

    2. Punching by Alves seems possible, but is not clearly visible. FK for Paris probably given, because he felt down, that was wrong.
      But as the match was stopped then, technically not a missed penalty for the push by Marquinhos.
      YC to Marquinhos correct.
      YC to Tolisso probably to book one of both teams for a small riot, but he did not much wrong.

    3. The punches by Alves are very easily noticed in this video. 3 clear punches. Violent conduct.

  21. Roma - Qarabag frst half: absolutely expected level performance by Stieler. No problems at all. We can mention both assistant referees: excellent calls, including some very important ones.

  22. Correct onside by Tonolini for the CSKA goal: Defender was lying behind the line, so commentators took some time to understand...

  23. CSKA goal caused a confusion at Russian TV. Commentators said that the goal is probably an offside. Nobody noticed MU player who was out of the pitch

  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpnuzLyh6Wo
    Excellent decision...

  25. Very difficult assessment for Pickel when Roma scored for 1-0.
    Two possible offsides, it must be checked carefully.

  26. Missing 2nd YC by Cakir to Tolisso for a dive in the box.

  27. Shameful by Alves. 3 clear punches. Sad that it was completely missed. You can clearly see it in the beginning of the video. With VAR this would have been a simple red card and penalty.

  28. Okayish performance of Gil Manzano in Lisbon. However, not a polished material yet.

    Apart from some controversies where both decisions can be accepted, there were some issues he should consider if he want to become a top elite referee in the future:
    - too late reaction on head injury
    - body language / reactions should be improved in order to calm down players rather than escalating bad emotions (too hurry in some scenes, too passive in the other ones)
    - not so clear line regarding foul selection (was it really a foul in 63'? - YC Akanji for SPA)
    - you need to be sure there is nobody on an opponents' half when whistle for kick-off (65') in order to avoid repeating a kick-off

    1. Key Match Incidents:

      Xhaka's tackle, close to SFP

      Penalty appeal, pushing

      Possible 2nd YC to Xhaka

      UB or VC?

      Other issues:

      Too late reaction on head injury

      Gil Manzano distracted by AR1's offside call (correct?) missed a stamp

      Fouls or fair duels?

      AR1 very good onsides

      AR1 throw-in decision...

    2. Not SFP. Leg not extended at point of impact so good decision.

      If that is a penalty we should all give up now. Nowhere near enough for a PK.

      Second yellow card needs to be clear, I'm ok with this. Especially as game seems to be played in sporting manner.

      Similar contact to John Terry at Barcelona some years past. I'm happy with yellow. Can't be considered excessive force or brutality.

      Only five seconds to react, no disaster.

      The debate is between out of play and offside, i don't think that has impacted on missing situation. He has a blocked view and misses contact. Should be a yellow card.

      Decisions all look good to me. Correct understanding for my taste.

      Great work by AR1.

      Finally, it's a defensive free kick that is awarded. Just look at the body language. Eye contact with main referee to communicate defensive foul and flag raised straight in the air. Don't be a fault finder and go looking for problems!!! Play was restarted with a defensive free kick.

      Thanks for the videos as always.

    3. Sorry, my fault with the throw-in!

      To be clear, I back referee with all Key Match Incidents, too! Just posted it because they were KMI where the referee had to make an important decision.

      However, I still think the reaction on head injury should have been quicker and I don't like those two free kick decisions.

      As said, no bigger issues but some things to consider.