April 10, 2017

Nicola Rizzoli will referee Bayern - Real, Jonas Eriksson appointed for Atlético - Leicester

Italian World Cup Final Referee Nicola Rizzoli has been appointed to oversee Wednesday's top clash between Bayern München and Real Madrid. For the first time in his entire career, Rizzoli will officiate a match in Munich. Meanwhile, Sweden's Jonas Eriksson will officiate Atlético Madrid's home tie against England's Premier League 2016 champions Leicester City.


12 April 2017, 20:45 CET (Allianz Arena)
FC Bayern München - Real Madrid
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)

12 April 2017, 20:45 CET (Estadio Vicente Calderón)
Atlético Madrid - Leicester City
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Dag Steinar Vestlund (NOR)

92 Comments:

  1. I think this is a very good farewell game for Nicola Rizzoli!!

    Predictions for 2nd leg :
    Leicester City v Atlético Madrid : Felix Brych / Milorad Mazic
    Real Madrid v Bayern Munich : Björn Kuipers
    Dortmund v Monaco : Viktor Kassai
    Barcelona v Juventus : Çüneyt Çakir

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    1. It will be interesting to see whether Cakir gets his CL final pairing once again. Maybe it is more likely to see him in another game. Or even to keep him for the semifinals.

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    2. About Rizzoli, we will see. We can't be sure this is a farewell game.
      His plans at moments are to be on FIFA list until December 2017 and then to retire from serie A on June 2018. So, the last game for him in Champions League would be on 2017/18 group stage. But yes, there is a small option he could leave at the end of this season, changing idea.

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    3. Please share your likely predictions Niclas and Chefren!! 🙂

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    4. Saving him for the final... In 2014 and 2015 I clearly remember that Kuipers and Çakir went on to take charge of the final after last refereeing a R16 in their respective seasons... So I won't be surprised to see Skomina in the EL for this round and then take charge of the CL at Cardiff!!

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    5. UCL Finals Referees, Appointments at Quarterfinal

      2011, KASSAI, Spartak Moscow - Porto (already decided after leg one)
      2012, PROENCA, Schalke - Athletic Club (important match and observer for the final, still they weren't sure for him or Rizzoli imo)
      2013, RIZZOLI, nothing
      2014, KUIPERS, nothing
      2015, CAKIR, Napoli - Wolfsburg (already decided after first leg)
      2016, ERIKSSON (the plan), Braga - Shakhtar (first leg but not the most sonorous match)

      To me it seems UEFA are quite sure of Skomina to Cardiff so maybe they will wait for the first leg results and appoint him to a decided match, no appointment wouldn't be a disaster for him.

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    6. Skomina might well get an EL match at the QF stage as well!!

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    7. Makes sense, thanks for your opinions.

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    8. Well, Skomina isn't appointed at all domestically for the following weekend. Praprotnik and Vukan have matches with other referees (on Saturday).

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    9. Skomina is indeed sure for CL final IMO, depending on a good performance in a UEL quarterfinal, maybe (don't know whether UEFA would not give him anything until June..).

      Rocchi is my prediction for EL final, also here the question is whether they are going to test him before it. Maybe a CL semifinal would be deserved, similar to Velasco in 2011. Alternatively, he could be tested by a committee member in UEL - Ajax-S04?

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    10. Ajax v Schalke 04 might also be a great option for Antonio Mateu Lahoz!!

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    11. My prediction in Guess The Referee was William Collum - his Leverkusen performance was far away from great, but I cannot imagine they keep him out totally once again (similar to 2015/16 I mean).

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    12. I have most probably predicted Collum for Vigo v Geno although I don't clearly remember!!

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  2. Mazic or Skomina for UCL/UEL finals.

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  3. OT

    It is now confirmed, El Clásico goes to Alejandro José Hernández Hernández.

    Real Madrid C.F. - F.C. Barcelona (23/04/2017 20:45 GMT+1)
    Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
    Assistant Referee 1: Teodoro Sobrino Magán
    Assistant Referee 2: José Enrique Naranjo Pérez
    4th official: Alexandre Alemán Pérez

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    1. Well,to me, he and Mallenco were the only choices after recent bad decisions from plenty of Spanish top refs -Lahoz has a history of bad calls with Real, Manzano with both, Borbalan with Barca,Clos had last El Clasico...
      Mallenco would have been better choice for me, but I guess Spanish Federation now what is best.

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  4. OT: How can that only be a yellow?

    http://video.eurosport.no/fotball/stemplingen-som-fikk-brann-spillerne-til-a-rase_vid969383/video.shtml

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    1. He didn't see it. Fourth official should have helped him...

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  5. 1st UEL QF appointment is out

    Celta - Genk

    Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
    Assistant referees: Cyril Gringore (FRA), Nicolas Danos (FRA)
    Additional assistant referees: Nicolas Rainville (FRA), Benoît Bastien (FRA)
    Fourth official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)

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  6. Mazic isnt appointment for JSL, he might get game in second leg of UCL?

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    1. Maybe just Serbian derby ( Red Star - Partizan) on Tuesday?

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  7. Crucial mistake from Rizzoli to give penalty to Bayern, there wasnt any play from hand..

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    1. I have to agree. Luckily, no goal had been scored.
      Crucial mistake from Rizzoli and Damato, IMO.

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    2. Ball don't lie and luckily the Football God's made it right.

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  8. Why do Rizzoli's matches have a reckless/violent feel to them?

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  9. What do you think of Eriksson's penalty? Inside or outside?
    I think, the decisive contact was made outside the box and therefore it is a mistake.

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    1. Yes it was clearly outside the box... Another error by Eriksson in Europe... His poor European season continues!!

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    2. Monaco - Villareal 7.9(3)
      UEL
      Tottenham - Leverkusen 8.4
      Lyon - Sevilla 7.9(4)
      And now another one...

      Crucial decisions was never Eriksson's strong point, but you could justifiably say in 4 UCL insets he's made 4 CMs, no management can justify that although tonight it's been very good in that sense so far. I wonder since the UEL Final if he has lost motivation honestly.

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  10. Two key match incidents for Eriksson. Atlético's penalty most likely should have been a free kick. Then, there is some kind of stamp in Leicester's box but on the other hand Atlético's player fell down in unnatural way.

    Overall, he allows very physical football and is consistent with card leniency what is rather good for this game.

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  12. Well, I think Damato is more to blame...
    He was standing behind the goal and he had a better view to see where was Carvajal's hand and it was behind his back.

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    1. In my opinion Rizzoli had the better view, because only he could have seen from the front, where the ball hit the player.
      And I think, when the players protested at the AAR, Rizzoli pointed at himself to show that he took the decision.

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    2. Luckily then Vidal didn't score...

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    3. @Philipp S, I fully agree...

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    4. I wonder why Rizzoli had the impression of a handball there... That was far away from the hands and clearly hit the chest... Really poor decision and had Vidal scored that could've been a really crucial and match changing mistake!!!

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    5. @Soham: Please stay fair. The decision was wrong, but not that poor you said.
      The defender had the arm a bit outstretched right before he had been hit by the ball. He turned his hand away so short before he had been hit. And all that things happens so fast. Rizzoli hadn't any replays. And, to be honest, at first I thought also about a handball because the change of the balls direction looked really strange...
      But replays prooved me and Rizzoli wrong.

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    6. I think I'm fair on this... It was a poor call and would've been a crucial match defining error had Vidal scored!! 🙂

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    7. I understand your view. Your first comment looked a little bit harsh to me so I tried to explain you why he gave the penalty.
      It would be unfair if we measure a referees performance with one crucial decision. I think they did a great job in recent matches and tonight too (of course, apart of the penalty). We all would have big troubles when we would try to referee a match on this level. They make it look so easy to us ��.
      We should thank god and Vidal that there wasn't a goal, so nobody will remember this penalty very long.

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    8. Totally agreed with David! We can always talk about missing penalties, just ask Aytekin, but in a medial sense Rizzoli was lucky and Eriksson not tonight.

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    9. I understand every bit of it but then at the end of the day mistakes are mistakes and these type of errors on a given day might prove extremely costly... I would now hope that potential 2nd leg referees like Kassai, Kuipers, Mazic, Çakir and so on perform even better than that we saw in 1st leg!! 🙂

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    10. The referees have to analyse their matches, to find out what was good or not. So they can improve their skills and gets even better. But the most mistakes on this high level can't be avoided, I fear, because they are based on perceptional errors.
      Nobody is perfect, but I hope too that the referees in further matches performs better than in recent matches. But I can promiss, such mistakes like the two penalties yesterday are always going to happen, it is impossible to see everything.

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  13. Eriksson assigned a penalty for a foul on ATL#7 that was outside, it was a high speed, Eriksson had a basically optimal position, but decided for a penalty. Otherwise we can speak about a good management, good line on fouls and well accepted on the pitch. Second half could be more challenging though.

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    1. Crucial mistake for Eriksson (penalty for Atletico).

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  14. Guys, what's your view on further appointments for Rizzoli and Eriksson, as they both gave a wrong penalty?

    I know that they are both great match manager, but with a 7.9 in a CL-quarterfinal?

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    1. It should be done and dusted for both of them for this season!!

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    2. I think you can expect to one in UEL and one in UCL at the Semifinal

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    3. I also thought about something like that. If this theory comes real, then Rizzoli should get UEL because of Juve.
      Other options for the UCL semifinal are IMO: Brych (when there isn't a German team), Cakir, Kassai, Kuipers

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    4. Do you mean to suggest that Eriksson will get a CL semifinal?? Seems extremely unlikely to me after his really substandard season!! Eriksson's total European season I dare say must end here... Rizzoli's UCL season might end but he can definitely get an EL semi-final!!

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    5. I do agree with you Soham based on pure performance, you could justify saying in four UCL matches he's got 7.8/9 in all UCL insets (for sure MON-VIL, LYO-SEV and tonight). Maybe you remember the wonderful work of Niclas putting all the EURO referees on a chart, totally on their own in the top right corner were Rizzoli Eriksson - UEFA doesn't have so many true match managers. I do agree Eriksson again in UCL would be extreme, and even Rizzoli (who would deserve at least UEL 1/2final IMO) but I think in a very tense Semifinal that UEFA were worried about you cannot totally ignore these amazing personalities on the field of play. But on a literal level especially in case of good performances next week I agree :-)

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    7. The alternatives were getting less in these stages of the competion. As Mikael said, pure performance based they doesn't deserve another match. In the end, we have Cakir again in two semifinals, because there aren't any other options...
      But let's wait for the drawing and then we will see.

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    8. I don't think it will be that extreme this time that one referee is given 2 semifinals... If Kassai, Kuipers and Mazic can put up error free performances in leg 2 then they'll be definite candidates!! If Bayern and Dortmund are out we will surely see Brych as well... Then Clattenburg is there, Rocchi is also an option, Çakir himself is there... So there are lots of options left!!

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    9. I hope that the mentioned referees performs well too. Then we can go with a good feeling in the deciding games. Personally, I wouldn't like to see Clattenburg as he didn't attend the winter course and the not so good performance in UEL. So if the referees of next week matches (and today's as well) performs on expected level or even higher there will be no problem to appoint the remaining matches properly. But before, they have to performe well ;)

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  15. Fouls outside the penalty area.

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  16. I think wrong offside call by AR1 a few minutes ago, it could have been a good chance for Bayern, if not an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

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  17. Correct 2nd yc to Martinez from Rizzoli.

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  18. Absolutely correct second YC by Rizzoli.

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    1. Both YC were ccorrect but I've some doubts if there was a foul on Martinez some seconds before his first YC (what was actually kind of a revanche foul after the tackle on him before)?

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  19. Fantastic offside call.

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  20. That offside call in 91st minute was one of the greatest AR's calls I have ever seen.

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  21. Top class offside call by Meli. He is a talent, after Monaco - Manchester City, now this one. Excellent, no more words to describe that. More than difficult, given the fact that there were many players and the action was really difficult to read.
    I would appoint him again with Rocchi on next games for Italian crews in CL / EL.

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  22. World class offside call.

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  23. Better 2nd half Rizzoli and his whole team, but he can thank Vidal from partly saving his crucial mistake.

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  24. Your opinion on level of refereeing in 1/4 finals first leg matches? In all four matches we had significant, some of them very clear, and some of them crucial mistakes in sense that they lead to goals and influenced the winner of the match. Crucial mistakes that affected final score were PK for Atletico and no flag prior first Monaco goal. As significant mistake we can deem OK for Bayern (crucial), offside call from AR1 when Muller was onside, yesterday from AR2 which could led to a goal for Juve, and there were several mistakes from refs in detecting fouls, issuing YCs etc. Of course, there have been lot of good decisions from refs and their ARs, but many of them were expected, because those are best refereeing teams in the world (excluding Orsato's, the rest of the teams are in top 10 or 15 for sure). I can not say that, all in all, their performance impressed me. All teams should do their job better.

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  25. Follow the link below for the refereeing highlights of Bayern Munich - Real Madrid (Nicola Rizzoli), containing the following situations:

    13' Offside decision Robben (BMU)
    15' Tackle Boateng (BMU); careless, reckless, excessive?
    44' YC Kroos (RMA); careless, reckless, excessive challenge?
    45' Penalty BMU and YC Carvajal (RMA); (deliberate) handball?
    46' YC Xabi Alonso (BMU); holding
    52' Offside decision Müller (BMU)
    58' YC Javi Martínez (BMU); holding
    60' 2nd YC Javi Martínez (BMU); tackle
    77' Sharp onside decision before goal Ronaldo (RMA)
    90' YC Vidal (BMU); unsporting behaviour
    90+1' Goal RMA annuled due to offside

    link:
    https://vimeo.com/album/4532064

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    1. On the Vidal YC... I thought when I watched it that he threw the ball and hit Rizzoli in the leg after being shown the caution. Watching the clip above, I still believe that. Am I wrong? Did Rizzoli really ignore a player throwing a ball at him and striking him?

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    2. 1: reckless tackle
      2:pushes Modric
      3:kicks Modric
      4:touches Rizzoli's arm
      5:throws ball at Rizzoli and hits him
      6:makes dissent gesture at Rizzoli.


      All this was only 1 yellow card by a former world cup final referee.

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  26. Interesting how the supposed match between two Giants of European football became a total snooze fest. While on the other hand, the match between the two less illustrious clubs turned out to be a truly enjoyable experience.

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  27. Dortmund - Monaco (D. Orsato - ITA)

    https://streamable.com/album/e0mj0

    or

    https://streamable.com/e0mj0

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  28. About Eriksson, I didn't watch his game and of course sometimes it can be difficult to spot whether a foul happens inside or outside the box. That wouldn't be a big issue, but one can't deny that Eriksson, starting from EL final, has definitely lost his top form. Being an excellent game manager is not enough.
    I remember several years ago, we had a reader of the blog, "Swedish Observer", he reported many times that Eriksson was about to retire, or at least had this idea. It was for the first time, after WC 2014. But, after that, Eriksson decided to continue as referee. I hope he could keep still strong motivations, but every game has a crucial mistake in terms of relevant decisions and that's not good.
    One year has still to pass before WC 2018, but at moment I'm not sure he could be included among the selected referees. A chance for VAR, however, should be quite likely. Let's see. I have the feeling he wanted to retire in the past but he decided to go on without strong motivations, and now that's a big problem, because for committee it is difficult to manage him.

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  29. As a kind of summary of all four matches having watched them all:

    JUV-BAR, Syzmon MARCINIAK
    Again he showed he is belonging to the top level of referees in UEFA with another convincing match. It was only quite challenging, but again good use of cards to take out fouls that kill the game, really accepted among the players. No penalty is okay for me 69', I can live with the call but I think the high tense arm, and no real unexpected ball as he slides outweigh the arguements it was close and the deflection off the head- anyway it is NO crucial mistake imo. Some small polemics in the second half but probably we will see the Polish team again, especially Listkiewicz ran his line very well.
    8.4

    DOR-MON, Daniele ORSATO
    It was always going to be a hard match for the referee team considering the events of the night before and overall he did a good job. I must be honest, I think in these circumstances a more empathic referee like Eriksson would have been better, Orsato lacks respect in the pitch at times, but he was fine talking to the actors today. Penalty is okay but I would rather play on. Considering the two teams styles of play I think it was good tactical approach to punish SPA, however you cannot ignore the clear(er) YC to DOR25, I do understand Orsato's reasoning the foul was minimal, but especially considering his tactical approach that should have been a caution. Maybe that is the last we see him, I wouldn't make too much of a judgement on his performance mentally it must have been very hard.
    7.9(3)

    ATL-LEI, Jonas ERIKSSON
    Watching the first thirty minutes or so I thought the old Eriksson was back, having a very good relationship with the actors, his distinctive smile and it was a match that suited his style. However another crucial mistake rather tarnished the performance and all the more irritating he was actually in a basically perfect position. He allowed a physical match and only used cards as a last resort and overall showed a good performance, however it is another crucial mistake that cannot be ignored. Totally agreed with the great words of Chefren on Eriksson ^^
    7.9(4)

    BAY - RLM, Nicola RIZZOLI
    Really not as demanding match as it could have been, it was no problems to manage for the Italian, he already had the respect of the players before kick off thanks to his reputation. All cards were fine, again good with the actors, you can say he avoids brave decisions but he gave a correct RC to BAY08 where there was really no choice. Penalty was a poor decision at this level honestly, especially a shame as one of the best AARs in UEFA, Damato was involved. The delay in the whistle would suggest he had a (significant) input on the call, but Rizzoli pointed to himself in getting the players away from him. Rizzoli hasn't arbitrated a match in UCL KO since 2015 that hasn't featured a crucial mistake, but again overall he was good, I wonder if UEFA consider the pattern too much to see him again, Vidal did him a big favour in a medial sense. Meli also what a great AR, I think we could be seeing him a lot more on the big stages.
    7.9(4)

    All the best!

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    1. Excellent analysis Mikael!
      But I have one question: Why do you give a 7.9 to Orsato, because you didn't mention any crucial mistake?

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    2. The missing second YC to DOR25 :-)

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    3. Ok thank you! Now it's clear :)

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    4. Very good analyses, even though I am unsure about Eriksson's crucial mistake. To be fair with him, I needed 5-6 replays to be approximately sure that most likely the contact was outside. But was this situation clear? I don't think so. I don't think a VAR would have intervened either. Therefore, with a strong tendency to "outside", I cannot be 100% sure and would support the referee.

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    5. What evidence there to support Eriksson's decision to give a penalty by moving the contact and the foul from outside the box? Had this been a match in which a VAR was being used. I am sure that the situation would have been corrected. Atletico Madrid would have been given a direct free kick and not the penalty kick that Eriksson chose to incorrectly gift them. After all it's about getting the call right.

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    6. First of all it is a continuous impudence to read your comments as a referee for months. It's not about gifting a penalty, but MAYBE taking a wrong decision in the heat of a moment. If you were a (halfway) good referee, you would understand that. But at the same time I understand you thus get your required attention, so I don't care about that in the following.

      Second: The question is not what evidence is there to support Eriksson's decision (from a VAR perspective), but what evidence is there to deem it as a 100, actually as a 120% wrong decision? Is it 100% clear which contact Eriksson deemed as punishable? Is it 100% wrong to believe there was a continuous, punishable contact at the top (the light push), and is it 100% clear that there wasn't a 2nd contact at the feet caused by the left foot? You will answer all questions with YES, and you can do so as it is your perception. I just say: I can imagine that it is not so clear on the field, not so clear in a VAR van and not so clear for a referee observer. Yes, I am 80-90% sure it was outside, but not 100%. And this is needed to overrule a referee, while sitting in a TV studio or van having maybe a 1 minute of time. It is important to understand this principle before VARs will be used next season - otherwise the reaction of uninformed people will be "how can they be so blind...".

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  31. Atlético - Leicester (J. Eriksson - SWE)

    https://streamable.com/album/hzled

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  32. Again Mazic didnt get JSL game, might we see him in second leg of UCL, Barcelona - Juventus?

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    1. Yeah I think his or Cakir's ability to not be impressed big names / stadiums would suit considering what Aytekin faced in the last round.

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    2. 14 April 2017, 17:20 CET
      As-Sailiyah - Al-Wakrah
      Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)

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    3. Danilo Grujic is appointed for Serbian derby Red Star-Partizan (tuesday 17:30). So, 99% we will watch Mazic on EL 1/4 rematch.

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    4. Zdravko Jokic is appointed for rematch Man UTD-Anderlecht. We all know what happened in Lyon two days ago. I think that Mazic will be in charge for Besiktas-Lyon.

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    5. 18.04.2017 17:30
      Round 31
      Stadion Rajko Mitić, Beograd
      Crvena Zvezda - Partizan

      Referee: Danilo Grujić
      ARs: Milan Mihajlović, Uroš Stojković
      4th: Srđan Milutinović
      AARs: Srđan Jovanović, Aleksandar Vasić

      Nothing for Nenad Djokić...

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  33. Im saying for JSL playoffs, 14 April was yest so my story stays.. Also ye, his AAR1 got JSP derby match..

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  34. Mazic is going to Cup Confederation with his ARs.

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    1. Pretty much expected appointment... Is is confirmed?? 🤔

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    2. Yes, its confirmed by our FSS.

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