Thursday, 25 February 2021

Europa League 2020/21 - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (II)

UEFA Referees Committee has chosen the following officials to handle the second leg games to be played for Round of 32 of 2020/21 Europa League.

24 February 2021

18:00 CET - London (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium) 
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) - Wolfsberger AC (AUT)
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Video Assistant Referee: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee:Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)

25 February 2021

18:55 CET - Amsterdam (Johan Cruijff ArenA)
AFC Ajax (NED) - LOSC Lille (FRA)
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1:  Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)
Fourth Official: Mattias Gestranius (FIN) 
Video Assistant Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Frédéric Veraghaenne (BEL)

18:55 CET -  Kyiv (NSK Olimpiyskiy)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) - Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Iñigo Prieto López de Ceraín (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Luis Munuera Montero (ESP)
Video Assistant Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoechea (ESP) 
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)

18:55 CET - Naples (Stadio Diego Armando Maradona)
SSC Napoli (ITA) - Granada CF (ESP)
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Fourth Official: Daniel Schlager (GER)
Video Assistant Referee: Christian Dingert (GER)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Martin Hansson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Mohamed Taa (FRA)

18:55 CET - Sinsheim (Rhein-Neckar-Arena)
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (GER) - Molde FK (NOR)
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Moskalev (RUS)
Video Assistant Referee: Vitaliy Meshkov (RUS)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Sergei Ivanov (RUS) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Iva Olivari-Uliša (CRO)

18:55 CET - Villarreal (Estadio de la Cerámica) 
Villarreal CF (ESP) - FC Salzburg (AUT)
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER) 
Fourth Official: Sören Storks (GER)
Video Assistant Referee: Marco Fritz (GER)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Mark Borsch (GER) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Fredy Fautrel (FRA) 
UEFA Delegate: Johny Vanspauwen (BEL)

18:55 CET - Glashow (Ibrox Stadium)
Rangers FC (SCO) - Royal Antwerp FC (BEL)
Referee: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Kupsik (POL)
Fourth Official: Piotr Lasyk (POL)
Video Assistant Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Kieran O'Connor (WAL)

18:55 CET - Piraeus (Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis)
Arsenal FC (ENG) - SL Benfica (POR)
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED) 
Fourth Official: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Video Assistant Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Rob Dieperink (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)

21:00 CET - Eindhoven (PSV Stadion)
PSV Eindhoven (NED) - Olympiacos FC (GRE)
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Video Assistant Referee: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Willy Delajod (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (LUX)

21:00 CET - Leverkusen (BayArena)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) - BSC Young Boys (SUI)
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1:  Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Video Assistant Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Michael Fabbri (ITA) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Myrsini Psarropoulou (GRE)

21:00 CET - Zagreb (Stadion Maksimir)
GNK Dinamo (CRO) - FC Krasnodar (RUS)
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR) 
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Cevdet Komurcuoglu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
Video Assistant Referee: Abdulkadir Bitigen (TUR) 
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ali Palabiyik (TUR) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrković (BIH)
UEFA Delegate: István Huszár (HUN)

21:00 CET - Rome (Stadio Olimpico)
AS Roma (ITA) - SC Braga (POR)
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: John  Beaton (SCO)
Video Assistant Referee: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Paul Tierney (ENG) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Borja Bilbao (ESP)

21:00 CET - Leicester (Leicester City Stadium)
Leicester City FC (ENG) - SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Joost Van Zuilen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Johan Balder (NED)
Fourth Official: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Video Assistant Referee: Dennis Higler (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Philip Woosnam (WAL)

21:00 CET - Milan (Stadio Giuseppe Meazza)
AC Milan (ITA) - FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1:  Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez.(ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP) 
Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Romano Clavadetscher (SUI)

21:00 CET - Manchester (Old Trafford)
Manchester United FC (ENG) - Real Sociedad de Fútbol (ESP)
Referee: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Video Assistant Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Jochem Kamphuis (NED) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Ray Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)

21:00 CET - Bruges (Jan Breydelstadion)
Club Brugge (BEL) - FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Fran Jović (CRO)
Video Assistant Referee: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Luis Miguel Branco Godinho (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lutz-Michael Fröhlich (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Olivier Chovaux (FRA)                             


  1. Definitely no English official’s in the Europa League after today’s announcement

  2. Replies
    1. Premier League players must self isolate after travelling abroad for 10 days. This should apply to officials as well?

    2. They have to isolate except for training and matches. The 10 days also is cut in half if they provide a negative covid test. So it may still be possible for English and Scottish referees to be appointed

  3. I hope so cuz in CL I think based on MD performances that both Taylor and Oliver deserve KO stage games.
    And in EL based on MD performances that both Kavanaugh and Pawson deserve a KO stage match

    1. Kavanagh wasn't really convincing in EL GS IMO

    2. KAVANAH and BANKS will referee CHAMPIONS LEGUE


    3. Yeah. KAVANAH seems to have some fans.

    4. His fans must watch Ajax-Lille then

    5. Who is better for you, Taylor or Oliver?

    6. Why, KAVANAH of course ;-)

    7. I prefer Taylor.

  4. Marciniak and Hategan
    I think they are suspended by the committee,
    Kuipers on the wave...

    1. Marciniak was sick for Covid, now he is recovering, it s probalbly that he will be back to 2nd Leg CL

    2. Hategan has a problem, maybe sick or injured. He has an appointment on saturday with his ARs, but he was replaced.

    3. Ugh, can circumstances never go right for Hategan? He has the worst luck.

    4. Having matches on 6 out of 6 MDs in the CL group stage is not bad luck.

    5. Everything went perfect for Hategan until that 6 (out of 6) UCL match in Paris...

  5. Good games for Massa,Turpin and Gil Manzano.

    Björn Kuipers is in his own world of refereeing... excellent achievements for the Dutchmen

    To the German referees:Normal game for Zwayer, IMO Daniel Siebert is not the best choice for NAP-GRA. The first leg was very difficult for Karasev and both teams can be very brutal when the game goes in an unexpected direction.So I wish him best luck but for me a bit too risky..

    1. If you follow the German League, Siebert is one of the best and gets the most important games during the last months. So I think, it is a good choice.

    2. I have to agree with Felix here.
      Siebert is one of the best referees in Bundesliga at the moment.

    3. I am really surprised to see Makkelie as FO with Kuipers

    4. The only explanation for appointing top refs like Makkelie, Turpin and Hategan as fourth officials is that UEFA is preparing them for the possibility of doing both referee and fourth official roles at Euro.

    5. The explanation can be found in the fact that Visser initially was appointed Kuipers’ 4th official in Athens Thursday night, but swapped to main ref in ManU game after the 1st leg result.

    6. Zwayer took one of Siebert's ARs. Has Schiffner retired?

    7. Schiffner is injured :(

    8. Kuipers and Makkelie worked together in World Cup together.

  6. Elite referees without appointments in this two weeks:
    - Oliver and Taylor: Probably due to travel restrictions - on the other hand the VARs and Collum's team are travelling.
    - Bastien: unclear
    - Aytekin, Marciniak, Skomina: Injured/sick/recovering
    - Orsato: unclear - Arsenal-Benfica instead of a second game for Kuipers looked sensible
    - Hategan: Maybe still related to the Paris events

    Referees in EL R32 without CL this season:
    Gestranius, Visser and Sanchez

    1. Good analysis.
      The very interesting points are indeed about Orsato (performance principale after his last CL game?) and Bastien (last EL game with too many controversy?).
      The rest should be explained by travel restrictions (the English officials) and injury / health problems (Skomina, Marciniak, Aytekin).
      Last but not least, Hategan still waiting for positive news about the events in Paris.
      I think he can be appointed, indeed he was fourth to Kovács, but maybe Rosetti doesn't want to appoint him with a different assistant referee, all is about Octavian Sovre.

    2. To add, among the Category 1 who attended the online course, the missing names so far are: BIH Peljto Irfan, FRA Buquet Ruddy, LTU Rumsas Donatas, POR Lopes Martins Tiago Bruno, SCO Madden Robert.

    3. I think that Ekberg's 2nd appointment is a replacement for Madden. That would explain the Scottish FO.

    4. With respect to Hategan, his absence seems related to the Paris incidents. If they wanted, UEFA could have replaced his AR who is currently under investigation, but it looks more like UEFA is not happy that their image was associated with that case and wanted to keep Hategan and his team away from the public for a while.

  7. I'm wondering if madden was due to have ekberg's match but has withdrawn because his ar tested positive and he's isolating. Based on beaton being 4th official and the English var

    1. Bobby Madden was meant to be the ref but AR David Roome tested positive on return after Madden, Roome and Stewart (Ar2) travelled to greece for Panathinaikos v Olympiakos at the request of UEFA after the greek fa contacted them looking for officials. Madden and Stewart met all UEFA protocol but Scottish Government guidelines have different interpretations of close contact. The SFA only realised this on sunday after stewart was AR at Easter Road for Hibs v Hamilton but Bobby Madden was due in Dingwall for Ross County v Celtic

    2. ^before Madden was due in Dingwall

    3. Thanks for this very detailed explanation of what happened!

    4. Anonymous, are you the former BR Scotland, aka Brian McGinlay? :)

  8. It is kind of strange that the English Refs are not allowed to travel but we have to sets of VAR on show as well as mike Riley being an observer.... it is possible for them to offsite with thier normal Trio and Forth official and the VAR team will come from another nation... well it is possible but certainly not probable.. this is just to reduce the number of teams that fly out at ago for a team because that is the information going round that the number of persons involved for a single English appointment

  9. Do we think the English VARS are possibly not in the stadium but instead doing it remotely from Stockley park?

    1. That is indeed an interesting possibility under current circumstances.

    2. They definitely are not doing it from stockley park. The best they could do is not to be at the stadium but remotely in Nyon as trailed in the final matches of Group Stage but it still involves traveling

  10. I always think Kuipers is the best referee in the world in the last decade. The most important thing to be an outstanding referee is to have consistent performance. I could not recall a single game that Kuipers was bad. If possible, I wish to see him in CL final again, although nobody is appointed in CL final twice so far.

    1. I couldn't agree more! He is simply the best referee in history. Despite of so many finals in his palmares he's still fully focused and motivated. Never arousing controversy due to his behaviour, always professional. What a legend!

    2. Not sure if 'best referee in history' but once he retires (I guess that after Euro) he should be remembered as what he already is: A true legend of European refereeing. My broken English can't express with words how much of a pleasure is watching him refereeing.

    3. Kuipers is indeed a great referee, but another final for him detracts from the new batch that is performing well. Kuipers already did two EL finals. For me a seconden CL final would be too much and a more logical and deserved appointment for Makkelie, Turpin or Taylor. They are the new talented generation of referees. Makkelie has an advantage with already the EL final on his list. More interestingly, who will officiate the EL final this year?

    4. Having a referee for Europa league IMO is not a challenge in the slightest for the committee... they have a lot of referees who could adequately perform that. For example even Cakir doesn’t have that to his name or even Orsato who reffed the CL final last year’, not mention Turpin who has well been over looked for at least a final, expected the super cup of 2019 but it was given to his country woman, we have Hategan, have Marchiniak, have Taylor and Oliver and even Damir Skomina, I don’t think he has that also and of course the front runner for the CL this season Mateu Lahoz

    5. Indeed, and that is why I used "if possible". I do not consider Turpin and Taylor as the top candidate of this year CL final. Instead, I would predict either Lahoz (if no Spanish team participate in final), or Makkelie (it might be a little early for Makkelie but he is a super star now). EL final obviously has more options, like Turpin, Taylor, Del Grande

    6. It all depends on the teams that reach the final. For this reason my prediction will be:

      CL: Lahoz or Makkelie
      EL: Turpin or Taylor

  11. Makkelie CL final
    Kuipers EURO final
    Gozubuyuk EL final

    1. Absolutely no way that Gozubuyuk gets EL final this season.

    2. Haha, Anonymous seems to be a quite patriotic Dutchman :) Then again, maybe Anonymous just has an ironic intent.
      The combination of three Dutchmen handling the European 2020 finals is impossible in itself, Gozubuyuk on EL final is simply ridiculous.

    3. Why ridiculous? Just impossible this year. But Don't insult.

    4. What exactly is insulting in my message? Can’t I be of the opinion that Gozubuyuk in UEL final is ridiculous?

    5. Your opinion shows a lack of respect toward a highly ranked UEFA ref. You must be polite.

    6. No, just a clear expression of how I see this matter. I would call many names of average 1st category refs mentioned for UEL final ridiculous. But no problem if you have different opinion.

  12. What is the reason, that the referee from belgium (visser) has two VAR‘s from the netherlands?
    belgium is one of countries with the most experience with VAR-system.

    1. They lack experience in Europe, that is the only reason I can give. But what I cannot explain is why Belgium has 2 FIFA VAR's (Boucaut and Lambrechts) and why the UEFA don't use them.. Instead they use Dieperink as AVAR, a non-fifa referee.

    2. If Dieperink, non-FIFA, is appointed to Champions League, what was the point of creating the FIFA VMO category?

  13. Replies
    1. 10' good advantage prior to 1:0
      36' yc doherty (tot) for well-spotted stamp
      49' missed Dier's (tot) foul on Dieng (wac); close to dogso but no control of the ball and another defender in close proximity
      61' harsh yc baumgartner (wac), maybe for persistent infr., previous foul in 53'
      63' yc wernitznig (wac) for spa
      65' yc davies (tot) for stamp
      69' possible yc stratznig (wac) for spa
      72' warning doherty (tot) for interfering with quick fk execution
      77' yc alderweireld (tot) for dissent

    2. Thanks for the notes!

      49' - SPA or DOGSO?

    3. That's a clear foul! Sorry but Jug is too fat. He can't follow game properly.

    4. No doubt. DOGSO. The ref started to run after the pass, without prediction of the development of the play.

    5. IMO clear DOGSO RC. Bad anticipation.

    6. Some people probably will say, that the attacker was running towards the sideline...

      But for me also DOGSO.
      Maybe no VAR intervention, because there is no clear leg contact and no clear push - and the intensity of charging mostly is a matter of interpretation by the referee.

  14. Hello, can anyone give me a reason why UFEA decided to appoint appoint 2 of the best referees in the world for the Arsenal vs Benfica matches (Cüneyt Çakır and Björn Kuipers), yet they picked less experienced referees for the champions league.

    1. In my opinion, Arsenal vs Benifca is a CL level game, so this makes sense to appoint these two experienced referees. For CL KO stage first leg, it is not a surprise at all to see some new faces. All of them have lots of experience in CL group stage already.I would say most of them are brilliant appoint by the committee. For CL second leg, I think you will see more faces who you think are more experienced , like Orsato, Turpin, Oliver, Taylor and Hatagen.

    2. The CL R16 is spread over 5 weeks (with one spare week in between). So although all top referees are expected to have one of those matches, it would mean only 1 match in 5 weeks for them. Therefore it makes sense to also use them in EL matches, either in R32 or R16 depending on their CL appointments.

  15. In my opinion, Arsenal vs Benifca is a CL level game, so this makes sense to appoint these two experienced referees. For CL KO stage first leg, it is not a surprise at all to see some new faces. All of them have lots of experience in CL group stage already.I would say most of them are brilliant appoint by the committee. For CL second leg, I think you will see more faces who you think are more experienced , like Orsato, Turpin, Oliver, Taylor and Hatagen.

  16. Four incidents from Italy - Israel Women's EURO qualifier.
    Referee: Ivana Martinčić (CRO)
    Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodjak-Karšić (CRO)
    Assistant Referee 2: Maja Petravić (CRO)
    Fourth Official: Sabina Bolić (CRO)

    Penalty 1

    Penalty 2

    YC after advantage

    Goal Spotted by AR1

    1. IMO all the decisions are correct. Well done!

    2. IMO

      1 - Supportable, but also a little amount of contact.

      2 - Absolutely correct.

      3 - Well handeled.

      4 - Good cooperation, correct.

    3. Agree with xabi. Of course it's only some clips (and 12-0 game), but Martinčić looked very good on both a fitness and manner level.

      Quite pushed in UEFA women too - Croatian ref looks a good option for men's international games if you ask me (especially with Rodjak-Karšić at her side)!

  17. Compilation of the situations mentioned by 'uefa'(thanks for that!) from Jug's game.

  18. 18.02.21
    s.k. slavia praha - leicester city f.c.
    referee marco guida (ita)
    var marco di bello (ita)

    12' warning vardy (lei) for holding
    20' missed yc albrighton (lei) for stamp
    23' possible yc maddison (lei) for reckless kick
    27' harsh yc boril (slp) for reckless kick
    28' possible penalty to lei for kick but also missed offside before
    34' handball outside or inside penalty area? var agrees with fk
    46' yc ndidi (lei) for reckless use of arm
    64' yc iheanacho (lei) for off the ball strike; unsp. beh. or violent cond.?
    69' possible yc bah (slp) for spa
    74' possible yc masopust (slp) for reckless charge
    80' yc tielemans (lei) for reckless tackle
    85' play-on after holding by boril (slp); possible 2nd yc for spa but no good replay
    85' missed fk and at least yc choudhury for reckless tackle; reckless or sfp?

    1. Thank you! Please, please continue!


  19. Correct y.c. Kuipers (treading) 4'

  20. First goal Ajax-Lille came from a wrong free kick by Collum. Then he missed a possible foul by Ajax. After the bad penalty by Kruzliak last week Lille sure have every right to complain.

    1. IMO correct free kick. I don't think the Lille player gets the ball and surely brings his opponent down with the trailing leg.

    2. Correct free kick I think. Lille defender does not touch the ball, but he does pinch the Ajax player with his legs and brings him down. Also correct decision to allow the goal and not whistle for a foul. Last week's penalty was indeed debatable, but this goal is correctly allowed IMO.

    3. There was nothing wrong with the free kick or the decision to allow the goal. At least supportable and in my opinion both better decisions. Also, let's just assess Collum for his performance tonight and not anything that happened last week with Kruzliak.

    4. After rewatching it during half-time I think it's not a clear error. I still prefer play on because imo defender does play the ball, but I guess a free kick at least isn't completely wrong. The penalty situation just before half-time however... clear pen imo

    5. Free kick was justified, but Blind makes a foul on Botman in the box so the goal had to be disallowed IMO. Together with that, Lille defenitely deserved a penalty.

    6. Not a foul by Blind IMO, but an acceptable physical play.
      It also happened before the free kick execution, so I am not sure whether the VAR could have intervened?

    7. Good point about the VAR not being able to intervene, Philipp. I thought the same, I think VAR can not intervene. But for me it is a foul from Bling, he has his eyes on the defender and intends to block him.

  21. Minute 35' in Napoli - Granada, Stieler had to face a confrontation between two players, we can even talk about a possible violent conduct. The German referee literaly put himself between the players trying to stop them, but at first glance it didn't work. For what we see in Italian games, the way of issuing the yellow cards was too late, he had to be quicker. In Bundesliga it is a totally different affair. Now many cards are being shown in a few seconds.

  22. Possible penalty for Lille in 46’ minute but none awarded. Defender runs into attacker in the box.

    1. IMO there’s much more room for penalty tonight than last week with Kruzliak

    2. Agreed, would have preferred penalty here. Collum's decision is however supportable, so Kavanagh was correct not to intervene though.

    3. Yes, a possible penalty, but not a 100% situation, because the contact is mostly initiated by the attacker - although the defender comes from behind an needs to be careful.
      Also not completely clear, where the foul occurred. The leg contact could have been just outside, while the hip contact was inside.

  23. Well, Lille is definitely unlucky with refereeing...

  24. Great start for Siebert in Napoli - Granada. His behaviour and body language was effective, he had a strict line and stopped 'little' advantages by whistling the fouls directly.

    But after the confrontation in 35' he lost the control for a few minutes: this confrontation could have been prevented because it was a Napoli corner kick and the Granada player did not respected the distance of 9,15m. Both YCs for Politano and Kenedy in the end correct.

    After that there was a reckless tackle from Granada, Siebert played advantage and correctly cautioned the player afterwards. Exaclty the same moment there was another confronation where he issued 2 YCs for Napoli and 1 YC for Granada, everything right. But his procedure was very confusing, maybe somebody has a video of that scene?

    Overall good impression but from 35' he lost a bit of control and the general overview. The second half will be demanding and the best luck to the German offical.

  25. José María Sánchez Martínez disallowed a goal for a previous foul, supportable decision.

  26. Possible handball in Ajax-Lille, checked and supported play-on.

  27. OFR for handball in Villarreal, PK rejected by Zwayer.

    Handball came involuntarily after a clearance from the defending player.

  28. Villareal-Salzburg, 59': Handball penalty withdrawn after OFR, because the defender kicked the ball against his own hand - what was very difficult to defect without replays. Therefore some kind of missed incident and a good intervention IMO.

  29. Penalty by Sanchez Martinez (66') clearly correct for tripping.

    1. Collum needed OFR to whistle that clear penalty.

  30. I think correct PK for Shakhtar by Sánchez Martínez

  31. Correct intervention for Lille's penalty at 76'.

  32. Correct penalty for Lille after OFR by Collum.

  33. Penalty by Raczkowski (78'): Not that clear, because the contact is not strong and doesn't seem to influence the attacker at first. But still supportable I think, because it remains a careless kick/trip.

  34. Today Kuipers’ ARs were simply FANTASTIC.
    Xeon star in 1st a good evaluation in a goal and now Van Roekel with a superb no-call for the 3-2 by Arsenal

  35. Penalty by Zwayer (88'), clearly correct, tripping/kicking by goalkeeper, no protests. Also good onside before that.

    1. Confirmed. Solid performance I can say tonight by him.

  36. Still tension in Napoli - Granada and game is stopped for a long time.
    7 minutes of added time by Siebert good decision.

  37. Renato Sánches escapes a crystal clear 2nd YC in 95’ after a reckless stamp on foot (AJA-LIL)

  38. Siebert is doing not so good tonight for what I could see.

  39. 25.02.21
    villarreal c.f. - f.c. salzburg
    referee felix zwayer (ger)
    var marco fritz (ger)

    16' possible yc vallci (sal) for spa
    20' yc vallci (sal) for spa
    26' warning geronimo rulli (vil) for time wasting
    28' [r.30'] warning both coaches
    30' no delayed flag and whistle for blatant offside
    43' possible yc ? (sal) for reckless use of arm, no replay
    45+1' possible yc kristensen (sal) for reckless kick
    46' possible yc kristensen (sal) for reckless kick
    48' warning woeber (sal) for kick
    53' yc mwepu (sal) for reckless kick
    55' yc daka (sal) for reckless use of arm
    56' yc coach (sal) after dubious fk call
    58' pk sal for handling cancelled after ofr as player kicked the ball on his own hand
    69' yc jaume costa (vil) for reckless tackle; reckless or sfp?
    76' missed yc adeyemi (sal) for reckless charge
    80' yc adeyemi (sal) for reckless kick
    82' missed offside ar2
    84' possible yc dani parejo (vil) for reckless tackle
    87' good advantage after handling
    88' pk vil for careless kick; good onside ar1
    90+4' advantage after spa

    1. Thanks again, uefa!

    2. Thanks uefa and Mikael! Maybe you can upload to in the future, they don't delete the files and it keeps the same video quality! (dood makes it look worse)

  40. Early and correct YC by Turpin.

  41. OFR for Gil Manzano in Milan: clearly punishable handball. Defender increased his body's volume.

    1. The ball would go 20 meters above the goal, potentially over the stands.

  42. Siebert: I'm really in trouble to describe this performance. It seemed to me, starting from the 35' minute in first half, that this was not the kind of game he would like to officiate. Regarding crucial decisions everything was OK, and I must also say a very good performance by both assistant referees. But in terms of game control, management, prevention of players, he didn't convince at all if you ask me. He looked to be too passive in situations in which his strong presence was required. As said, from 35' in first half one can even talk about a lost control of the game, at least for some minutes. I think he is basically used to different games, like other German referees, and maybe he needs still experience, but at moment I wouldn't still appoint him for very hot games because I feel he could go in trouble. However, regarding the law by book and the cautions issued, he was definitely OK, with a particular attention to injury time.

    1. Games with many cards are hard to assess. Where the cards correct? Yes probably all of them, but could there have been red cards for the head butts? Yes but maybe not 100%. Did the cards come because of his way of controlling the game or his way of choosing fouls? Did he show leadership that was good enough for these players? Difficult question to answer with a game like that.

  43. Penalty by Visser (12'): For me, it seems more like tripping by the attacker. But tricky situation.

  44. 19': handball before 1-1 by Crvena Zvezda well spotted by Gil Manzano's team, VAR confirmed.

  45. Solid first half by Gil Manzano in Milan - Crvena Zvezda.

    Correct penalty for Milan after an OFR (YC afterwards? Was it really a shot on goal?)

    Minute 19' well spotted handball before 1-1 equalizer for Serbian team,VAR confirmed

    Correct YC at the end of first half for Crvena because of a tactical foul.
    And excellent wasting time management (body language) against Milan goalkeeper.

    1. about yellow card : Uefa referee have the instruction to give the yellow card in this case , when the kick is toward the soccer goal even if the isn't a shoat on goal

  46. Second half by Daniel Siebert in Napoli - Granada with some delay.

    55' excellent YC for GRA Germán Sanchez for time waisting
    62' correct YC GRA Yangel Herrera for reckless tackle
    70' correct disallowed goal against Napoli because NAP player Bakayoko pushed GRA player clearly
    88' correct YC NAP Bakayoko for a late tackle
    90' double YC for Koulibaly and Foulquier because both players were involved in a confronation
    90+7' IMO missed 2nd YC for Insigne, he kicked the ball outside the stadium and clearly risked that the men and women who make photos for media were injured

    As Chefren mentioned above, I also have mixed feelings about his performance.
    Major decisions were solved correclty and in the end nobody needs to talk about the refereeing crew.
    But in the moments he should have intervened he was too passive.

    For me there are clear improvement areas:
    - challenges in the air should be penalisied striclty
    - mass confronations should be solved in a more active way

    1. @90+7': I don't think it's delay of restart (doesn't make sense in the game context) or a gesture of dissent - but simply frustration. So it could still be seen as lack of respect, but IMO that is not mandatory and avoiding it shows some understanding for the game - a 2nd YC would not be useful for anyone there.
      Endangering the safety of spectators is not really an offence in its own right.

  47. Very interesting incident in Manchester, goal correctly disallowed after OFR for previous foul missed + YC for Lindelöf.

    Do you think that could have been RC? Very dangerous impact with the knee on Real Sociedad defender's head.

    1. I would have to agree with you on that it should have been a red card. However, i do feel that it probably wouldn't be considered clear and obvious and would be up to the referee to decide the severity of the challene

    2. Unusual situation, so probably no blueprint for that, but I also see strong arguments for SFP there.
      "Clear and obvious" is irrelevant here, because there was an OFR anyway, where the referee had the free choice of card colour.

    3. The more I see it, there more convinced I am that I would have issued a RC if I were the referee.

    4. Yeah i don't think most people would have argued it being a red card but i don't think it would be argued if the referee had given a yellow as that was not what they were looking at anyway

    5. I do think that YC is correct here, as Lindelöf only has his eyes on the ball and his only intention is to (try to) head the ball IMO

      I don’t think Lindelöf’s knee hit on the face. I am more okay with yellow card here. Btw very good VAR intervention to cancel the goal.

  48. 2 penalties given by Raczkowski, were correct ?

    1. First: Not clear, but supportable
      Second: Looked very soft, no clear offense visible. Maybe not clear enough for VAR, but no penalty IMO.

    2. Angle from the side on the 2nd penalty shows a clear trip

    3. Hm, I don't see that. The attacker's legs are touching, but I don't detect a previous contact by the defender.

      BTW, 4 penalties for the same team over two legs might be new record.

  49. Some super angry players etc when the final whistle was blown before a corner kick in the Milan game.

  50. Grande Milan saved by the ref! He let Milan player 40 seconds to take corner in stoppage time, but didn't allow to Red Star to take corner given 6 seconds from end of 3 min stoppage time. Milan needed 2 penalties and 2 red cards to pass through without winning against Stella Rosa.

    1. To correct myself: the ball went out at 93.02, so just 2 seconds after 3 minutes! And he gave ONLY 3 minutes!

  51. Good and quiet night in Eindhoven for team Turpin.

    1. No French teams left in the Europa League. I hope it's finally Turpin's year...

    2. I agree. Good performance by Turpin.

    3. I predict Turpin will get EL final this year based on his consistent and good performance. Another candidate I would choose Taylor.

    4. Taylor already got the Super Cup, I hope they will choose someone else for EL final.

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  53. How can Gil Manzano do that? This corner kick for Crvena Zvezda should be allowed because in stoppage time there are always some interruptions.

    1. Because he doesn't understand what football is...this is main reason

    2. Only 3 min stoppage time....

    3. Maybe he 'panicked' and wanted the match to end at all costs.

      Not a technical mistake but certainly unwise.

    4. +1, this is a VERY terrible decision to disallow the corner. Can't believe this happened on Manzano

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  55. 25.02.21
    leicester city f.c. - s.k. slavia praha
    referee serdar gozubuyuk (ned)
    var dennis higler (ned)

    09' possible yc ndidi (lei) for spa
    23' fk slp despite it was kuchta (slp) who trod on opponent's foot (ar1)
    35' missed yc thomas (lei) for stamp
    45' penalty incident, tackle by hromada (slp), play-on
    52' possible yc boril (slp) for reckless use of arm
    56' double standards in assessing push (ar2)
    73' yc zima (slp) for reckless tackle; reckless or sfp?
    82' yc provod (slp) for spa
    82' fk slp despite the alleged foul occurred before fk execution
    84' yc soyuncu (lei) for unsp. behavior, several pushes against player being substituted
    88' yc barnes (lei) for reckless kick
    90+1' yc kolar (slp) for delaying the restart

  56. So Gil Manzano does not have football understanding, according to Serbian people.

    1. I just say This is not good for opinion... so u think this is OK?

    2. Technically not wrong but certainly terrible decision

  57. Anybody about Jovanovic tonight? His chances to be promoted this year?

  58. Some clips from the Hoffenheim - Molde game refereed by Aliaksiej Kulbakou [VAR: Vitalij Meškov].

    39' - Potential penalty (handling)

    82' - Potential violent conduct by Molde no.11; management

    1. He forgot one YC, didn‘t he? Took it out of the pocket before mass confrontation so I assume he wanted to caution Molde player but after that he only the two players mostly involved in the mass confrontation. I expected another YC for the Molde player because of the foul...

    2. IMO
      39' - Good play-on, short distance, no signifcant enlargement of the body surface.

      82' - I would have liked a RC for Molde no. 11, but probably no clear mistake.

    3. 39' For me it is a handling PK, because the movement to the ball. noPK is supportable, good no-intervention by VAR IMO.

  59. Replies
    1. No critical situations, from what I have seen and read.
      Only YC of the game for a reckless tackle given after advantage. Expected decision, but maybe not 100% neccessary given the game context.

  60. I didn't watch Gil Manzano's game but the current guideline is to finish the game if the ball goes out of play even one second after the added time has gone and there were no further stoppages. So if the ball went out in 93:01 or so and there was no substitution or injury in the meantime, he was right with final whistle.

    1. Not true. In Salzburg-Red Star 2-2, two years ago, Cakir allowed home side to take corner at 95.25 (there were 5 minutes of stoppage time and no interruptions meanwhile), after giving 5 mins of stoppage time. So it is possible and depends of the ref and of the team that has the chance to score. Atalanta coach correctly said yesterday that people who didn't play football shouldn't be refs because they don't understand the play as players do. I am sure Del Cerro will get good mark for tonight but if Red Star scored from that corner kick his season would be finish. This was the best option for himself. Milan pass through after scoring 2 goals from PK and one own goal, and in both matches opponent had one player less. But when Ibra kick the ball away after offside, there is no second YC for him!

    2. There were no specific guidelines back then and they are in use now. Even laws have been changed, so even more instructions.

      Again, if the ball went out of play after the added time and there were no stoppages in the meantime, Gil Manzano HAD TO finish the game according to current guidelines.

    3. I disagree that referees should follow the "technical guide", which you just mentioned, all the time in the match. I am not a fan of either of these two teams, but I would say Manzano's decision is not smart to disallow a corner happened 8 seconds exceed the official stoppage time.

    4. You can only debate if the guideline is smart or not but it's clear and all referees I saw this season followed it. I also think that such an instruction is something needed to avoid subjectivity in this matter. Don't overcomplicate things. The instruction is clear and every (UEFA) referee knows it and applies it. Wanting a referee to break it is wanting him to act against UEFA - won't happen.

    5. Well, let me clarify again, I am not a fan of either of these two teams. There was no subjectivity on my previous response. If you think this is good decision by the referee, I am totally fine with this.

    6. Where is that guideline? Do you have a link?

    7. UEFA courses :)

  61. It’s always the same story here... For months we don’t see or hear anything from our friends Mareska and Nole, but when Red Star is harm done in their view they spam the blog with the most outrageous and paranoid messages. Do you really imply that Manzano (Manzano, not Del Cerro) and UEFA want Red Star out in favor of Milan, and deliberately acted to achieve that? Ridiculous and pathetic comment!

    1. Also, if this was any other game and Jovanovic was the referee and such comments appeared here, they would defend him with their life. Try to act and formulate objectively.

    2. I would say this is a bad decision no matter which referee is in the same situation. If give a corner, then allow the corner to take; if decide to end the game, then do not give the corner. Simple rule.

    3. @Sam If you formulate it like that no one will disagree with you. It is, however, the ridicolous words that are chosen that lead to the comments above (and the fact that they are nowhere to be seen when a decision leads to advantage for a Serbian team / when Jovanovic has a bad performance).

    4. @Anonymous fair enough, as I said, I would use "terrible" or "ridiculous" or "bad" to describe this situation. All my opinion is only on the incident itself and not relate to any referee. If Kuipers (best referee in the last decade in my mind) in the same situation, I would use the same word on him

    5. As blog administrator, of course I'm always happy when people write here, but indeed I can't disagree with Anonymous and what he wrote. There are some people who write there only when there is to blame a referee, and I strongly condemn that. This means that readers are just fans and not referees, they don't understand the difficulty of the job. Given that there is freedom and all are free to write, I want just to say that I would be very happy to read frome the same people, sometimes, nice words about referees, when they do a good job. Becuase it is easy to underline only the mistakes...
      I'm really disappointed for such approach of the blog, when a personal interest is clearly put before the rest.
      However, luckily this is not for the majority of the readers and I want to thank you all for that.

  62. Istvan Kovacs has a game on Saturday. He probably will have a match next week.

  63. 18.02.21
    wolfsberger a.c. (aut) - tottenham hotspur f.c.
    referee ali palabiyik (tur)
    var abdulkadir bitigen (tur)

    02' missed yc alli (tot) for reckless kick
    10' missed fk and yc dier (tot) for reckless use of arm
    32' missed fk and yc wernitznig (wac) for reckless tackle
    42' yc alli (tot) for reckless stamp; reckless or sfp?
    47' missed yc winks (tot) for stamp
    54' pk wac and yc sissoko (tot) for dogso; fair shielding the ball or tripping?
    56' possible yc novak (wac) for spa
    62' yc sprangler (wac) for spa
    81' play-on after possible spa, no replay, yc hojbjerg (tot) for dissent

  64. OT

    The next DFB referee newspaper will be available on 10th May 2021.It will analyise the German referees for EURO 2020.
    So we can be sure that the announcement is around March/April.

  65. So, after the 2 games involving Napoli and Grenada the refs needed to show 21 yellow cards, isn't that kind off a record for just one home/return game in Europa League?????
    Let's imagine when Sidiroploulos and Kruzliak (they are strict and cardhappy) where appointed for the Napoli/Grenada matches!:-)

  66. Ajax - Young boys
    Rome - Shakhtar Donestk
    Manchester United - Milan
    Slavia Praha - Rangers
    Granada - Molde
    Dinamo Kiev - Villarreal
    Olympiakos - Arsenal
    GNK Dinamo - Tottenham Hotspur

    These are the matches for round of 16 in EL

    1. Man United - AC Milan is a really good battle and it deserves elite referees for both matches !