Thursday, 29 April 2021

Europa League 2020/21 - Referee Appointments for Semifinals First Legs

UEFA Referees Committee has chosen the following officials to handle 2020-21 Europa League's Semifinals First Legs. 


29 April 2021

21:00 CET - Manchester (Old Trafford)
Manchester United FC (ENG) - AS Roma (ITA)
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pascal Garibian (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)

21:00 CET - Villarreal (Estadio de la Cerámica)
Villarreal CF (ESP) - Arsenal FC (ENG) 
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Tiago Martins (POR)
Video Assistant Referee: João Pinheiro (POR)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Luis Godinho (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR) 
UEFA Delegate: Jovan Šurbatović (SRB)

84 comments:

  1. Soares Dias as an option in case of Real-Chelsea in CL final?

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    1. Real-city of coourse!

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    2. I hope you are joking. Dias deserved EL semifinal but that is it. Perhaps we will see him in EL final or even CL final in the future, but definitely not now

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  2. Soares Dias' appointment is Fully deserved; happy for him but I'm sure he will not exceed semifinal.
    It's important to see that both CL SF will be observed by referee committee members while not for EL

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  3. Nice! My predictions for next week and for finals:

    Man City-Psg: Cakir
    Chelsea-Real Madrid: Orsato

    Roma-Man Utd: Lahoz
    Arsenal-Villarreal: Hategan

    UCL final: Kuipers
    UEL final: Turpin

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    1. i don't think twice a Spanish referee for Roma-Man Utd, maybe Vincic

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    2. Hategan would deserve (another) UEL semi-final himself, but I doubt it will happen this year, after all the issues within his team. UEFA are being careful about their public image.

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    3. Plus his two big decisions in his last match Man City - Borussia that were not the best. By the way, anyone has any idea on how UEFA considered those decisions?

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    4. For me it's clear. Vincic and Turpin.

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  4. Some controversies from yesterday's Jagiellonia Białystok - Raków Częstochowa game handled by Bartosz Frankowski. Szymon Marciniak was VAR.

    03' - Penalty incident - pushing
    https://streamable.com/yt37kv

    42' - Penalty overturned after OFR - tripping/kicking
    https://streamable.com/yasbk0

    50' - Follow-through tackle - reckless vs SFP
    https://streamable.com/d9jeom

    69' - Penalty incident - accidental stamp
    https://streamable.com/49k7pb

    Your thoughts?

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    1. 03' not enough to call for the penalty, I agree with the referee

      42' Difficult situation. IMO supportable penalty, although I think the player somehow exaggerated the reaction

      50' Wonderful decision by showing YC, not enough to give RC for me

      69' no foul

      Overall the referee was good after viewing these four videos

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    2. IMO

      3' - Not enough for a penalty for me. The attacker seems to exaggerate the result of the contact.
      42' - This one is a bit strange. For me, the penalty is surely supportable. The defender steps on the attacker's left foot. After that, he also hits him at the right leg. The falling looks quite extraordinary, so nothing mandatory. But I would support the initial call.
      50' - YC here for me. He is already a sliding tackle, when the red player comes in the line of the attempt to play the ball. There is no possibility for him to avoid this contact.
      69' - No foul here for me, as it is a pure accidental contact.

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    3. Thank you!

      03' - I think the defending player lost the position and is careless (and stupid) by pushing the attacking player from behind. It should've been a penalty for my taste. Frankowski's position doesn't help in assessing the incident.

      42' - I reckon Marciniak shouldn't have intervened - not a clear and obvious mistake. It's blatant that the attacking player exaggerated contact but the tripping/kicking occurred. Marciniak doesn't like any theatrics so I guess he wanted to 'punish' the player for his behaviour.

      50' - Agreed. Studs above ankle but the ball is played and there is no excessive force.

      69' - I would like to read a clear statement on such accidental incidents from any federation. But yes, common sense tells us play-on.

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  5. Orsato appointed on Saturday in serie A as fourth official, sounds like a "punishment" after his previous game, Lazio - Milan, in which he has been definitely poor. Preti has been appointed in the same game as AVAR. The other assistant referee, Giallatini, is AVAR on Sunday.
    So based also on this last particular, I would predict for them rather Wednesday's semifinal, Chelsea - Real Madrid.
    We will see.

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    1. Based on the last CL performances (CHE-ATM and PSG-BAY), that would be a deserved appointment for Orsato.
      Based on the last 2-3 weeks of domestic perfomances, Orsato is definitely in a hard time. Not in shape at all, often distracted and physically struggling. I would personally prefer another referee for Chelsea-Real Madrid, and wait until Orsato recovers.

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  6. Hategan and Kovacs are appointed today with their EURO’s ARs. Maybe an CL/EL match for them next week.

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    1. There will only be 4 matches next week, so I doubt the two Romanians will get half of that. Maybe just preparation for Euro?

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    2. What about Sovre? I think that, after having been removed from Hategan's team and considering also the age (he was kpet on FIFA list especially for EURO, or at least this was my impression) he could even retire.

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    3. Sovre is still refereeing. He just handled a match last week with Coltescu and helped him rethink about a penalty and now he has another match. But no longer with Hategan.

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  7. Jamaica - Croatia (Vítor Melo Pereira) and England - Tunisia (Masayoshi Okada) are today's games from FIFA World Cup 1998.

    wc98refs.blogspot.com

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  8. Penalty whistled with a certain delay by Del Cerro, I think confirmation by AR2. Correct decision.

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    1. Agreed, correct penalty after communication with AR2

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    2. Arms away from the body when sliding. Seemed fairly straight forward to me. Not sure why he needed to comfirm with AR. Also why not talk via headset instead of walking over to the AR.

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  9. Del Cerro Grande really has a very unique style... And... I really like to watch him. :-)

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  10. In this case, players are going to try and mob the assistant, going over to protect him from dissent and then clear communication to show it was a team decision worked well to defuse the situation.

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    1. Good thinking. Only asking as I have my first games as assistiant referee this Sunday and have been watching a lot more games as of late. Looking forward to my first match.

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    2. Good luck Eric

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  11. Good onside call for 2-0 VIL-ARS by AR2.

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  12. Before potential penalty (may or not be in the penalty area, handball in the attacking phase of play by attacking team.

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  13. Penalty whistled by Soares Dias but obvious handball by attacker before, I'm surprised that VAR was not so quick in sending referee to monitor.
    Maybe I'm too much demanding but this was a very clear situation!

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    1. Considering how obvious this was, I think the trip to the monitor was more to sell the call. I wouldn't have a problem with changing the call with no trip to the screen

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    2. Hm, I think the OFR is mandatory here, because it's not a factual decision.
      The other question is, how Soares Dias could miss the handball in the live situation.

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    3. One more thought: Probably VAR checked the penalty itself first (inside/outside) before controlling the APP. Therefore it took longer than one would expect.

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  14. Mikael its 34' VIL-ARS and after quick VAR check, call corrected after initially signalled penalty. Good use of team work.

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  15. A few minutes ago in Manchester United - Roma there was Roma keeper on the ground for an injury, it lasted a very long time before one of the officials noticed it and Del Cerro stopped play. With to many eyes on the pitch, this should never happen. It was even possible to score a goal during this time, this can lead to very, very controversial decision, if refeere doesn't notice that before.

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  16. Overall a good performance by Del Cerro Grande in a not too difficult match.
    Re. KMIs, he issued a correct handling penalty after a quick communication with AR2.
    Grande issued not a single caution. The game is very fair so far.

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  17. 49': very risky challenge by Villar from AS Roma.
    Low contact but then unlucky circumstances with studs hitting the knee. Unintentional action, otherwise VAR would have intervened.
    However I think that RC wouldn't have been changed by VAR, in case.

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    1. But yc the definitely better decision in my opinion. After that wrong yc for Pogba

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    2. JD: Wrong yc? I don't agree

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    3. Okay.i think it was minimal contact and big theatre by Goalkeeper

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  18. thats a horrendous decision for the YC for Pogba.

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  19. Wrong penalty to Arsenal in my opinion, but VAR must support. Let's say "more than soft".

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    1. Minute 72: Agreed. The attacker has a weird running motion and its almost as if he is looking for the contact rather than actually running. This would take "a lot" for VAR to overturn

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    2. Don’t really like it neither, it’s more the attacker making the movement to create the contact. Play on would have been probably better solution and supported by VAR.

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    3. Agree, wrong penalty for me

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    4. Impossible indeed to overturn but indeed a mistake by referee in my opinion.

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    5. VAR should have advised Soares Dias to look again in my opinion.

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    6. I wish "mistake by referee" wasn't combined with "impossible to overturn". I know what you are trying to say Chefren but... thats where we are at in refereeing today

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    7. But I’m curious why in your opinion VAR cannot intervene here? For me this is a black-and-white mistake, so an OFR should have been advised IMO. A contact does not make an OFR impossible right?

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    8. No, it doesn't. If it was black-and-white, VAR should intervene.
      And so far, nobody has said here, that it is a correct penalty. If that's the general opinion on the situation, it should be considered as clear and obvious mistake regardless of the situation.

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  20. Penalty to United: technically you can't deny it, indeed fully correct by VAR to support, but my perception is that nobody would have whistled it. It was a contact after having played ball, but in my opinion rather a normal one, common sense would have suggested to play on.
    Penalty is not wrong but out of context in my opinion. I would have liked to see more for such a decisive call.

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    1. In such cases, when we have a tackle after the ball was played by an opponent, the dogma is to whistle it only if the tackle is reckless. That one wasn't. Del Cerro spoilt the game by awarding such a penalty.

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    2. I agree with you Chefren. Good from VAR to not intervene, but rather wrong penalty.

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  21. Speaking of a good play on, I think no penalty at 90' +2 of VIL ARS is the right call. Ball hit the defenders arm as he was getting up from the ground.

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    1. It's completely expected to not call that. It's 100% natural position.

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  22. Interesting finding: I noticed that Dias and Proença has an extremely similar way to hold the yellow card and red card. If you google it I think you will know what I meant. I do not know if this is a coincidence.

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  23. Interesting decisions in both games. I think there will be an experiences referee in ARS-VIL but with the result of MU-ROM I wonder if that changes the equation on the level of referee appointed.

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    1. Yes I agree, the result might change the appointment (if all semi-final appointments are not decided before the 1st leg). MU-ROM I expect Vincic or Kovac, and ARS-VIL I expect Cakir.

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    2. I assume the appointments were made before the first leg and won't be changed. Therefore my predictions remain

      Rome-Manchester: Kuipers (van Boekel)
      Villareal-Arsenal: Vincic (Gil)

      (With
      Chelsea-Real: Orsato (Irrati)
      Manchester-Paris: Cakir (di Bello)
      in CL)

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    3. If you would use Kuipers in EL then at least in the not decided match. Roma-MU is an excellent opportunist for a New name UEFA desperately needs. Maybe they can give it to Siebert/Eiberg or Frappart after the first leg score. But dont waste the experience of Kuipers where its definately not needed...

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    4. Anonymous, you should read other's comment carefully first. I agree with Philip, if all the appointments are already decided before the 1st leg, what you said would not make any sense.

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    5. But what if UEFA waited for the first leg results before finalizing the appointments for the second leg?

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    6. I do not know exactly but I think it is also possible, so we can expect to see very experienced referee, like Kuipers and Cakir, or referees in new generation, like Siebert and Kovac.

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    7. I would like to see Siebert there.

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    8. @sam i read his comment, but what I wanted to say is that I think it would not be that difficult to "swap" Kuipers even if appointments were made before the SF 1st leg results. I know Rosetti is not that "smart" IMO considering appointing referees. But IMO even using Gozubuyuk or a new Italian for this opportunity is a smarter choice than wasting someone who is so experienced and will be gone after EURO.

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    9. Let’s not forget that we’re talking about a semifinal Europa League. IMO it makes no sense at all to give presents like a semifinal to referees who have not proven themselves on top level.
      Apart from that, let’s also remember Barcelona’s Remontada a couple of years ago and the fuss about the refereeing in that game…

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  24. Predictions second legs:

    Man.City - Paris SG: Kuipers (van Boekel)
    Chelsea - Real Madrid: Orsato (Irrati)

    Rome - Manchester United: Cakir (Bitigin)
    Villareal - Arsenal: Vincic (Gil)

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    1. Yes, I agree, this would be the logical choice.

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  25. What was Dias waiting for after correctly showing a 2YC to Ceballos? He touches his ear and said to players: „they check it.“ But VAR isn‘t allowed to in case of YC or am I wrong?

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  26. Absolutely awful behaviour by Ceballos after being correctly sent off for 2 YC offences. First he protests to the referee and then gets into an argument with the 4th official, refusing to leave the side of the field. It's this sort of behaviour which should incur additional weeks suspension imo.

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  27. I believe that experience will come one step forward in this leg. That's why my predictions for UCL semifinals are:

    Man City-Psg: Çakır [Bitigen]
    Chelsea-Real Madrid: Kuipers [Boekel]

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  28. A lot of you guys expect Kuipers, Cakir and Orsato. But in that case who îl get the big final? I doubt it will be a referee from semifinals. As Brych already got a game it would remain Lahoz. By the way, I think is frustrating for Taylor, a top referee, who can't whistle because every game has an English team.

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    1. Taylor and Oliver were just unlucky and there is no way to complain. If Madrid is not in final, then Lahoz for sure. He should get the final last year and I think he was a better choice compared to Orsato.

      If Madrid is in the final, then it will become very interesting. IMO it is still possible that final and semi-final will be the same referee, although unlikely indeed. My prediction for the CL final (if Madrid in the final) would be Makkelie. However, I am not sure if committee will consider his age because he is relatively young and he will certainly get the final in the future if not getting this year. In this case, I predict Kuipers to get his second CL final, and this is what I want to see to end his successful career in CL.

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    2. Taylor and Oliver were just unlucky and there is no way to complain. If Madrid is not in final, then Lahoz for sure. He should get the final last year and I think he was a better choice compared to Orsato.

      If Madrid is in the final, then it will become very interesting. IMO it is still possible that final and semi-final will be the same referee, although unlikely indeed. My prediction for the CL final (if Madrid in the final) would be Makkelie. However, I am not sure if committee will consider his age because he is relatively young and he will certainly get the final in the future if not getting this year. In this case, I predict Kuipers to get his second CL final, and this is what I want to see to end his successful career in CL.

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  29. Makkelie already was at Real-Chelsea tuesday

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  30. Why no one is considering Del Cerro for a final? UEFA gave him important matches this year.

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    1. It's a solution but honestly bigger chances would have Lahoz this year between the two Spanish.

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    2. UCL final is not always a pre-retirement present or a career reward, but he is in better position at the moment.

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    3. *who, not he :)

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