August 17, 2017

Europa League 2017/18 - Referee Appointments for Play-Offs (1st Legs)

These are the appointments for the first legs of Europa League 2017/18  play-offs. 


Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht (NED), 18:00 CET
FC Utrecht (NED) - Football Club Zenit (RUS)
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
4th Official: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Đukanović (MNE)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)


Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO), 19:00 CET
GNK Dinamo (CRO) - KF Skënderbeu (ALB)
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
4th Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan W. Wegereef (NED)

Borisov Arena, Borisov (BLR), 19:00 CET
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) - FC Olexandriya (UKR)
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
4th Official: Ádam Farkas (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Malek (POL) 

AEK Arena, Larnaca (CYP), 19:00 CET
Apollon Limassol FC (CYP) - FC Midtjylland (DEN)
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Peter Bennett (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
4th Official: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Götz Bender (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

Stadium Krasnodar, Krasnodar (RUS), 19:00 CET
FC Krasnodar (RUS) - FK Crvena Zvezda (SRB)
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
4th Official: Jurij Paskovskij (LTU)
UEFA Delegate: Artur Azaryan (ARM)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

Kaplakrikavöllur, Hafnarfjörður (ISL), 19:45 CET
FH Hafnarfjörður (ISL) - SC Braga (POR)
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
4th Official: Edwin van de Graaf (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Kurt Zuppinger (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

Stadio Toumba, Thessaloniki (GRE), 20:00 CET
PAOK FC (GRE) - Östersunds FK (SWE)
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Davie Goossens (NED)
4th Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)

Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski, Skopje (MKD), 20:00 CET
FK Vardar (MKD) - Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
4th Official: Marco Guida (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)

Štruncovy Sady Stadión, Plzeň (CZE), 20:15 CET
FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) - AEK Larnaca (CYP)
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
4th Official: Nejc Kajtazović (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Łukasz Wachowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paulius Malzinskas (LTU)

Ludogorets Arena, Razgrad (BUL), 20:30 CET
PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL) - FK Sūduva (LTU)
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
4th Official: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Sippel (GER)

Tivoli Stadion Tirol, Innsbruck (AUT), 20:30 CET
SCR Altach (AUT) - Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
Referee: Alexey Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
4th Official: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
UEFA Delegate: Angelo Chetcuti (MLT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Stadio Apostolos Nikolaidis, Athens (GRE), 20:30 CET
Panathinaikos FC (GRE) - Athletic Club (ESP)
Referee: Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Alvaro Daniel Carvalho Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Jorge Ferreira Dos Santos (POR)
4th Official: Carlos Miguel Taborda Xistra (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

Stadion Miejski Legii Warszawa im. Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego, Warsaw (POL), 20:45 CET
Legia Warszawa (POL) - FC Sheriff (MDA)
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
4th Official: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Stadion Stožice, Ljubljana (SVN), 20:45 CET
NK Domžale (SVN) - Olympique de Marseille (FRA)
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Gordon Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
4th Official: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Dag Steinar Vestlund (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED), 20:45 CET
AFC Ajax (NED) - Rosenborg BK (NOR)
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
4th Official: Steven McLean (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

Central Stadium Hagi Academy, Ovidiu (ROU), 20:45 CET
Fotbal Club Viitorul (ROU) - FC Salzburg (AUT)
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
4th Official: Robert Madley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Irakli Nakaidze (GEO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marín (ESP)

Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges (BEL), 20:45 CET
Club Brugge KV (BEL) - AEK Athens FC (GRE)
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: György Ring (HUN)
4th Official: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Per Eliasson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

Stadion Gradski vrt, Osijek (CRO), 20:45 CET
NK Osijek (CRO) - FK Austria Wien (AUT)
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
4th Official: Benjamin Cortus (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Per Svärd (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA), 20:45 CET
AC Milan (ITA) - KF Shkëndija 79 (MKD)
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilan Kolbitsch (AUT)
4th Official: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB), 21:00 CET
FK Partizan (SRB) - Videoton FC (HUN)
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
4th Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Igor Ischenko (UKR)

Goodison Park, Liverpool (ENG), 21:05 CET
Everton FC (ENG) - HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
4th Official: Boris Marhefka (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Kirchner (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Estádio do Marítimo, Funchal (POR), 21:30 CET
CS Marítimo (POR) - FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
4th Official: Jens Maae (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Duško Grabovac (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)


  1. Interesting set of appointments.
    Elite referees in these first legs: Aytekin, Kassai, Thomson. The German and the Hungarian have to recover their form after the last appearances on last KO stage.
    This is clearly the reason for which they have been appointed in EL.
    In addition, we have some referees who were at U21 in Poland, I guess the missing ones will appear in second legs.
    Both Taylor and Oliver are out.
    Manuel de Sousa with the most sonorous game of the entire round: Panathinaikos FC (GRE) - Athletic Club (ESP).
    And a very important observer for Kehlet, committee is looking for a Danish Elite.

    1. Oliver's appointment looks really unimportant on paper... Doesn't it?? 🤔

    2. But the observer seems to be a relatively important one in Sandor Piller!!!

    3. I would say a normal game for Oliver, since CL play off are reserved to Elite referees, he had to get a game in Europa League.
      All games are important for group stage access of course, however if we want to find a reason for which this match between Apollon Limassol and Midtjylland is different from the other ones, we could say that Cypriot teams need more attention after the crucial mistake in AEL Limassol - Austria Wien that caused the elimination of the Cypriots.
      I think Oliver will get some games in CL during group stage.

    4. Yes indeed... Oliver last time had 3 CL group stage games and did fairly well in all further appointments so we can expect the same this time round as well... Pillor observing might be a good sign here IMO!!!

  2. When will you publish Champions league play-off appoitnments?

    1. Appointments are confidential. They are revealed two days before the respective games on So expect appointments for Tuesday on Sunday morning and so on.

    2. Why are UCL appointments confidential but UEL are not?

    3. In CL confidential appointments start from play off, in EL from group stage. The same regarding additional assistant referees presence. I don't know the exact reason, but of course you can easily guess that for many aspects the access to CL group stage is vital for the clubs, and here Elite referees are the first choice.

  3. Won't there be additional assistant referees used during these matches??

    1. They are never there in the EL-play offs. Bit strange, but that's what it is.

    2. Indeed strange... Two Dutch referees in action next week in Europe... So should we be expecting Kuipers and Makkelie in 2nd leg matches of CL and EL respectively??

    3. I would expect Makkelie on a 1st leg and Kuipers on a 2nd leg. And I expect Gözöbüyük on a 2nd leg EL match.

    4. I totally agree with that... Makkelie may also get an EL 2nd leg if he doesn't get a CL playoff... For Makkelie in CL Olympiacos v Rijeka or Astana v Celtic would be good games and for Kuipers I would say Napoli v Nice or Istanbul Basaksehir v Sevilla would be suitable games!!!

    5. Well, I need to correct myself. It will be a 2nd leg I think, cause Team Makkelie is Blom and Kamphuis. I cant imagine Higler or Gozobuyuk in his
      team suddenly, they have never worked together.

    6. In this context who will be Kuipers' AAR now along with van Boekel?? After Liesveld retired, it was Makkelie for the CL knockouts but now that Makkelie himself is an Elite, I believe Gözübüyük might be drafted into team Kuipers as an AAR???

  4. If it wasn't already confirmed, Mark Clattenburg is definitely out from UEFA matches this season.
    He is also appointed for Egypt's Cup Final on Tuesday

    1. However, he has been already removed from England list on some weeks ago.

    2. Is he really coming back as a referee in Egypt for the cup final? do you have a source?

    3. A pretty direct one ;-)

    4. i am egyptian and he wasn't appointed for our cup final
      The referee was Svein Oddvar Moen from Norway

  5. OT: Set the VAR, it of good, use it when it's necessary, it's better. Incomprehensible here that no intervention in Belgium this friday:

    Referee : Lawrence Visser (FIFA) Ref VAR ?

    1. Video player reports "something went wrong, sorry for the inconvenience".
      Maybe video not available outside Belgium?

    2. OK Chefren,i agree. See here the video :

  6. Lechner again in Milan where he was already two years ago. Kehlet seems to be in the UEFA focus, he gets a lot of quite good appointments and sonorous observers.

    1. Nevertheless a rather low-profile appointment for Lechner with KF Shkëndija 79 having the second lowest club coeffient out of the 44 participants.

    2. Yes, I think so too, Peter. Unfortunately his observer isn't a really 'important' one too.

  7. Observers for CL games:


    Qarabag - Copenhagen
    Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

    APOEL - Slavia Praha
    Matteo Simone Trefoloni (ITA)

    Young Boys - CSKA Moskva
    Gylfi Thor Orrason (ISL)

    Hoffenheim - Liverpool
    Georgios Bikas (GRE)

    Sporting - FCSB
    Alain Hamer (LUX)


    Napoli - Nice
    Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

    Olympiacos - Rijeka
    Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP, already reported on the blog)

    Celtic - Astana
    Herbert Fandel (GER)

    Hapoel Beer-Sheva - Maribor
    Leslie Irvine (NIR)

    Istanbul B. - Sevilla
    Rune Pedersen (NOR)

    1. Celtic v Astana might see one of Zwayer or Makkelie I would say!!! Hoffenheim v Liverpool I would again predict Marciniak for the match!!!

    2. I agree, Makkelie could be observed by Fandel. The German observed another Dutch in his previous game. Zwayer maybe in Azerbaijan...

    3. Certainly not Zwayer in Celtic-Astana with his compatriot Fandel as observer ;). I expect an official there who maybe still needs some pushing, the first name coming to my mind would be Turpin. Having originally predicted Marciniak for Young Boys-CSKA, I do more and more believe that he gets Hoffenheim-Liverpool, due to the observer.

    4. Oh yes very sorry for that... Totally went out of my mind that Zwayer and Fandel are both from Germany... By the way any chance of Artur Soares Dias featuring in CL playoffs???

    5. Since he is Category 1, difficult. However, let's remember one year ago committee used some second legs games for Category 1 officials. These ties were already decided, more or less, after first leg. If I remember well, Gil and Marriner were appointed. Maybe this time it can happen again (in case of available matches after first legs). But if committee has still in mind Aytekin in Barça - PSG, then they wont take any "risk".

  8. Very brave RC by Pawson in Chelsea - Burnley. He is having a very challenging beginning of the game.

  9. I am not suprised with match of Oliver, maybe he have to show himself to UEFA. If that is the reason i can understand because he is still no Zwayer or Sidiropoulos. There will be important season for Massa, Cruzliak, Gozubuyuk, Ekberg. In few years UEFA need New Young referees in Elite. Massa was also in the Super Cup as ARR. I think Makkelie will not be a 5-6 official anymore, Because now he is Elite. Gozubuyuk will then AAR1 of team Kuipers or Nijhuis after his demoted place, maybe he will be a AAR. This New FIFA referee Higler are not experience enough to help Kuipers.

    If you see the Elite list, UEFA have to anticipate with young referees. They make a good step now with Zwayer and Makkelie. If I see the list UEFA have to be smart and have to invest in young group one refs. Collina, Dallas and Batta are a strong team and they show that they want to invest in young refs.
    If we have to make a list then will be in short year(s), the next names: Bastien, France need Elite, Gozubuyuk, last year of Kuipers 44, Oliver for Atkinson (46 year!), Ekberg for Erikson, 43/44, Cakir still young but for how long?? Turkey have to invest for the future, i can't see any ref on the list based on age, Massa for Tagliavento (44), interesting situation in Scotland, Thomson 45 year! I see more future in Andrew Dallas then Madden if we speak also about attitude. I will try to make list with age from elite refs, so very interesting for Collina, Dallas and Batta to invest in young refs from cat 1 and don't wait!

    1. Nijhuis I don't think will be Kuipers' AAR... IIRC he earlier declined such an offer from UEFA!!

    2. Nijhuis won't be AAR of Kuipers. He never did that and he won't now, for sure. Maybe Gözöbüyük is an option indeed. Higler may be an option, but he seems to be in team Gözöbüyük now. Janssen used to be a reserve AAR of Kuipers too, but he is too old I guess.

      Too be honest, Madden never convinced me. Vincic, Kruzliak (who should really get CL this season), Oliver, Taylor, Gözöbüyük, Massa, Soares, Estrada, they should get chanced this season. Without experience, they can't improve.

    3. About Çakir he isn't that young... He's 42 so 3-4 years left and Turkey needs to find it's new Elite within that span... Palabiyik maybe?? Similarly Hungary needs to find it's new Elite as well with Viktor Kassai's form dwindling and also he's 42... Tamas Bognar maybe??

    4. This seems to be the new Team Kuipers, for the CL game on tuesday:

      Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
      Assistant Referees: Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin E. J. Zeinstra (NED)
      Additional Assistant Referees: Pol van Boekel (NED), Dennis Higler (NED)
      Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)

  10. Chefren, regarding Kehlet then I think you are right. Committee see Kehlet as the next Claus Bo Larsen or Kim Milton. He has performed at a high level for some time now. Maybe he will be tested in his first CL group stage game this year. What do you think?

    1. According to my opinion, that would be too early. I've seen him in his UEL debut, he was good but not a huge talent I've never seen before. For me, there are some cat1 (or cat2) referees with more talent but less “pushing“ by the UEFA.

  11. Where can I get league appointments for the new season.including laliga, EPL,ligue 1,bundesliga and serie A?

  12. Where can I get league appointments for the new season.including laliga, EPL,ligue 1,bundesliga and serie A?

    1. Maybe we will publish again all the appointments as it was for the last season. Meanwhile, I give you some links:

      serie A
      La Liga
      Premier League (here you should open the "news" section)

      Today serie A appointments have been released with VAR officials.
      VAR1 will be mostly a serie A referee, while Assistant VAR will be a serie B referee. Without additional assistant referees, fourth officials are now referees and not assistant referees. Rocchi has been appointed only as fourth official for a game on Saturday evening. This could mean that very likely he has Champions League on next week, maybe on Tuesday.
      Orsato VAR on Sunday...

    2. Sorry, I forgot Ligue 1, here: (Designations)

  13. What a crucial mistake by AR1 in Red Star - Krasnodar in 59min.

    The ball was behind the line IMO, referee said play on...


  14. Incredible mistake by Mazeika team. Krasnodar clearly scored on 59' but the referee didn't notice the goal. A crucial mistake.

  15. Sorry for Gediminas Mažeika. Everything was Very good (8.5). But crucial mistake by AR1 in 59min. Ball off the post goes behind goal line 30-40cm than spin out. Not incredible cause AR was 15meters from goal line and the ball was very fast

  16. Always difficult without GLT and additional assitant referees...

  17. Krasnodar-Crvena Zvezda 3:2 challenging match for refs. 36 shots,6, yellow cards, 29 foul. Gediminas Mažeika shows high class refereeing. Deserves match in 1 round of CL group stage. Crucial mistake by AR1, not easy situation in 59min. Ball quickly hit the ground behind goal line and spin out.

  18. Right Decision of Thomson, YC in minute 9 for Rosenberg for SPA. Obstruction

  19. Easy first half for Thomson, only one YC for SPA

  20. Live from Osijek stadium: Very good Aytekin. Correct three YC (first in 4th minute correct); penalty looked ok to me, YC for simulation also ok. He could run more, lot of walking and often far away from ball. Not impressed with flag tehnique by Kleve I must say.

    1. Room for improvement in positioning and flag technique - yes, that sounds like a real German referee team to me :)

  21. Mistake by Thomson. A Rosenberg player made a SPA. Thomson didn't give him his second YC.

  22. Some clips of yesterday's Europa League match between FC Utrecht and Zenit St Petersburg, refereed by Slavko Vincic.
    Vincic wasn't challenged that much and was in full control. No complicated situations to solve or difficult decisions to make and both cautions being correct. An expected level performance with the side note that dealing with unsporting behaviour - delaying restarts was inconsistent and unlogical.

    Unsporting behaviours - kicking/throwing ball away

    Sliding tackles:

  23. Partizan:Videoton 0:0 normal match. Without attendance( banned by UEFA)
    Ref John Beaton(Sco) poor performance. Missed RC in 46min. and 69min.for SFP ( same player from Videoton). Missed PK for Partizan in 1st half ( player pulling opponents jersey by both hands). Missed at least 5 fouls. Give YC to wrong player ( No17 instead No11 Videoton).

    1. IMO Beaton had a very good performance. I can imagine him after Thomson in Elite . Both team's player had a lot of hard sliding. 3 Videoton players injured in the match because of the serbian players behavior. Beaton had given 6 YC. All of card was correct. After this "hot" game I can imagine a 'harder' referee in the 2nd leg. My guess: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
      #Bozidar Nincic in the 46.min it was not a clear DOGSO and the hungarian players had opportunity to play the ball. Clear YC. Can you inform me about the missing penalty kick for the Partian? And the siuation in the 69.min?

    2. I haven't watched the match but I must agree with Márk, Beaton has a good chance to join Elite. If you understand my words he does not 'look' like a top referee but to my mind he is, strong in hard matches, maybe even very good but not amazing soft skills but better than all the other Scottish international referees in the sense of management and usually reliable for crucial decisions. He is to my mind quite a lot better than Madden (who's always made a hectic impression imo), and I hope he gets some nice matches in EL this year, with a certain committee member that should happen.

    3. Obviously Mark you did not saw whole match. In 46min it was not DOGSO. It was SFP, Videoton player jump and with both legs with inteption and excessive force steps leg of the opponet who was lying. Almost same situation was in 69min. involving same Videotons player, after that coach supstitutes him. Beaton was numb in both situations. It was good decision to cancel goal for Partizan in 2nd half cause player pushing Videotons defender,but in a 1st half was worst case of pushing and pulling by Videotons defender against Partizans player in a Videotons penalty kick area. Beaton missed a penalty. And how can you say he was very good? In a situation when vidotons No.11 commit a foul, Beaton call No.17 and gave him YC. And missed at least 5 clear fouls....
      And to respond to Mikael, I only write what happend in this match. It was 1st time whole match I saw Beaton. But can you tell me why Scotland MUST have 2-3 referees in Elite groupe? Collum was average ref. Thompson out of big match last 2 years. It is shame that he is still Elite. There are many better refs from Eastern Europe.

    4. @Bozidar I disagree about Collum... He is a fairly reliable and decent referee on his day!!!

    5. I did not mean to insult Collum or any referee. My key question was "Why any country MUST have 2-3...5 elite referees if the single referee don't deserve?" Collum is a decent now,but yellow when become elite. Thompson is still elite though he has only 8 average games in a last 2 UEFA seasons. There are many talented refs from OTHER countries, but they standing in 1st and 2nd category year after year, while refs from western countries become elite easily.

    6. @Bozidar N.

      Of course I understand, I trust your impression. There is a speech about everyone had a bad day, but also a speech that referees have some systematic problems that they need to solve.
      I agree actually, Thomson isn't really an Elite referee since 2014 or so, but he still isn't thaaaat bad- of course there are better referees in First Category. There are better referees of course, we could go on for a long time but Eastern Europe is actually quite well represented with Marciniak, Kassai, Mazic, Skomina, Hategan et al, but I think there are definitely some referees that can reflect on a career that could have been more, and probably should have.
      Collum is good though and he has had some stellar matches in Istanbul, Bucharest for example.

  24. If committee will confirm their original plans without any change, thse are the observers who have been appointed for CL second legs, before first leg games:

    Sevilla - Istanbul B.
    Carmel Agius (MLT)

    CSKA Moskva - Young Boys
    Ichko Lozev (BUL)

    Nice - Napoli
    Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

    Liverpool - Hoffenheim
    Bertrand Layec (FRA)

    FCSB - Sporting CP
    Uno Tutk (EST)

    Copenhagen - Qarabag
    Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

    Slavia Praha - APOEL
    Jørn West Larsen (DEN)

    Rijeka - Olympiacos
    William Young (SCO)

    Astana - Celtic
    Neale Barry (ENG)

    Maribor - Hapoel Beer-Sheva
    Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

    So, reading all the names, mostly we will see experienced Elite referees (Mazic, Rocchi, Skomina, Atkinson, Cakir and so on...) with maybe Makkelie in Copenhagen with Trentalange. That's my idea.
    Moreover, among the Elite referees, Karasev has been appointed in Europa League.
    Post for EL second legs will follow soon, if not today in the evening, tomorrow.

    1. Karasev in EL is a surprise for me... He didn't do much wrong last season and also got one EL SF appointment where he was also decent... So why is he sent to EL is interesting!!! Surely not for same reasons as Kassai or Aytekin??

    2. Well, it can be just a choice, nothing more :)
      You know, play off games are "only" 20, and Elite referees are more than that. Choices must be done!

    3. Fair enough... But this one choice is not really complying with performance principle, is it??? Didn't Karasev do better than Fernandez Borbalan or maybe Tagliavento?? Probably yes... Probably they want to ease Karasev back to tough matches considering he had some turbulent times domestically... So that might be a possible reason for this choice I'll say 🤔

  25. News from FIFA Headquarters. Female referees selected for a mens tournament.

  26. There will be a new green Adidas referee kit

    1. Are any photos of the new kit available? :)

      I saw it on a web shop for referees

    3. It's looks really nice :D

  27. First intervention by VAR in Bundesliga: penalty assigned to Bayern for a clear holding. This was impossible to see for Stieler because the incident was off the ball.

    1. Apart from that, two other incidents with no VAR intervention:

      20' - Leverkusen's penalty appeal
      68' - Bellarabi's tackle; SFP?

      Let me also say that Vidal was lucky to avoid second YC for applauding the referee showing him a yellow card for stamp. Stieler's card policy was really random today.

    2. As random is my choice of words 😉 Of course not applauding but dissenting gestures.

    3. No VAR use at penalty incident

      Penalty upon VAR intervention

      SFP? No VAR

      Vidal's dissent

      Persistent infringing the LoTG by Leverkusen players

    4. I am quite sure that the VAR checked the situations in 20' and 68'.
      But they were both no clear errors, so it's understandable, that he did not intervene.
      68' might have been an opportunity for an on-field review though.
      For me, 20' was correct anyway, but in 68' RC would have been the better solution.
      A second YC was surely possible there, but not mandatory. But he should have warned him. Maybe the dissent was already included in the first YC (as the foul was not so bad) ;)

    5. According to DFB 12 situations in the match were checked by the VAR and only the penalty needed correction of the referee's decision. BTW, that intervention took 36 seconds from foul to penalty award.
      Furthermore the four goals were checked, as well as unspecified penalty area situations and three potential RCs: 12'(Bellarabi), 26'(Lewandowski) and 68'(Bellarabi, s.a.).
      I think it is good to see that many checks happen unnoticed and with no delay to the match.

    6. According to many referees I have spoken to, the Bellarabi's foul was clear case of SFP. I would tend to agree with them. Flying tackle, attack on a very injury-prone part of leg. The only indicator for YC is that the contact was slight, but can we therefore justify such tackles?

  28. Your thoughts? Reckless or SFP?

    1. Brave decision by Gil Manzano. In my opinion second replay is clear: SFP. The player is late and with studs up goes on opponent's knee: not a full contact but of course very dangerous.

    2. Completely agree. However, there is controversy: Andújar Oliver (former referee who writes about situations in MARCA) has stated it should have only been YC, and so say most of Las Palmas.

      Another video of the situation:

  29. Saint Petersburg - Utrecht (24/08/2017, 20:00 CET)
    Referee: Del Cerro Grande, Carlos (ESP)
    4th Official: Jaime Latre, Santiago (ESP, non-FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Yuste Jiménez, Juan Carlos (ESP)
    Assistant Referee 2: Álvarez Cantón, Abraham (ESP, non-FIFA)
    Referee Observer: Miroslav Turinger (CZE, 1 star observer).


    AEK - Brugge (24/08/2017 21:00 CET)
    Referee: Gil Manzano, Jesús (ESP)
    4th official: Martínez Munuera, Juan (ESP)
    Assistant Referee 1: Nevado Rodríguez, Ángel (ESP)
    Assistant Referee 2: Martínez Nicolás, Javier (ESP, non-FIFA)
    Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS, Comitee member!)

    1. Athletic Club - Panathinaikos (24/08/2017, 20:45 CET)
      Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
      4th Official: Benoît Millot (FRA)
      Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
      Assistant Referee 2: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
      Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED, 5 stars observer).

      All observer "marks" are based on the corresponding section on this blog.

    2. FK Crvena Zvezda - FC Krasnodar: Stieler, Seidel, Gittelmann, Kampka (GER)

    3. What do you make of Nikolai Levnikov observing Gil Manzano?

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    1. OT: An article in the German Tagesspiegel was brought to my attention, in which FIFA referee Manuel Gräfe accuses the former DFB referee chiefs Herbert Fandel and Hellmut Krug of something like mismanagement in their former function.
      Maybe any of the German readers could place Gräfe's words in a proper perspective?

    2. The accusations:
      - Krug and Fandel made the list of referees in the top leagues after their preferences, not performances
      - those who did not agree with them, were badgered on several levels
      - example: Rafati, who was bullied
      - Zwayer's rise is questionable, because he was involved in the Hoyzer scandal (he was AR to Hoyzer in some of the matches and also convicted by DFB). Gräfe suggests, that Fandel and Krug wanted someone, who had to be very loyal.
      - Steinhaus could only be promoted since Fröhlich became referee boss, because now performance decides

      Surprising, that an active referee dares to say those things, especially as Fandel and Krug still have roles at DFB. Difficult to give an opinion on it - could be totally true, could also be personal disappointment from Gräfe or a mixture from both.

    3. Could any German users clarify Zwayer's involvement with Hoyzer?

      My impression was Zwayer took money to change decisions at first as a assistant in Hoyzer's team under pressure by Robert Hoyzer, but later reported his referee to the DFB where he was charged.

    4. Your summary is correct:
      Zwayer was AR to Hoyzer and one of 4 referees, whose statements lead to the investigations against him. He was banned for six months, because he did not report the manipulations (earlier) and had taken 300€ before one match to avoid critical situations against one of the teams. The verdict was only revealed in 2014, when Zwayer was already a top referee. Initially DFB had not published and the ban was explained as preliminary ban during ongoing investigations.

  31. What are your thoughts on this incident?

    Accident and play-on, careless, reckless, excessive force?

    1. I'm impressed by the screams of the player, I never heard them so clearly... however, for me it was just an accident and play on. Player in black was trying to play the ball, perhaps not even having perception of the opponent coming, or at least coming in this way, if you understand what I mean.
      So the collision was just a case. I don't see faults by black player, he couldn't have stopped himself in time.


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