April 11, 2017

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for Quarterfinals (I)

These are the referees appointed by UEFA for EL Quarterfinals, to be played on 13/04/17. 
13 April 2017, 21:05 CET
Stade de Lyon, Décines (FRA)
Olympique Lyonnais - Beşiktaş JK
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate:

13 April 2017, 21:05 CET
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
AFC Ajax - FC Schalke 04 
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate:

13 April 2017, 21:05 CET
Balaídos, Vigo (ESP)
RC Celta de Vigo - KRC Genk 
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate:

13 April 2017, 21:05 CET
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
RSC Anderlecht - Manchester United FC
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Fourth Official: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate:

58 Comments:

  1. I would say, that the appointments would have been very expected, if Skapoullis and Trentalange were switched...
    Mateu will now probably remain without further CL match.
    For Brych could count the same, but the chances for a possible match in the SF are much higher.

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  2. Committee member for Karasev. I didn't expect Brych in Europa League, he appears very rarely in this tournament. Very likely, this time he wont get another game in CL due to German teams, so Anderlecht - Manchester United was the choice by committee. Turpin gets another game after his good performance in Sevilla - Leicester. The same I said for Brych, can be perhaps said for Mateu Lahoz: no room for him in CL due to Spanish teams / different choices by committee, so he gets "only" Europa League.
    We can now expect Hațegan somewhere on next week: we can't exclude Monaco - Borussia Dortmund for him, it would be deserved.

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    1. I could imagine Brych in the CL final as well, if Bayern and BVB are knocked out before. I am sure, he will referee this special time once - so UEFA will make use of a year without a German team in the final.

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    2. Brych will be in South Korea for U20 world cup!

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    3. Oh, yes. Is there actually an alternative to Skomina?

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    4. I think Milorad Mazic is an alternative.

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    5. I can imagine UEL Final is for either Rocchi / Mazic, both being appointed next week. I think will go to Stockholm and the other to debut at UCL Semifinal ,in case of good performances. If you assume Brych is in Korea then UCL is basically sure for Skomina imo

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  3. OT U20 WC:
    Bernard Camille (SEY), originally appointed as VAR for CAF, has been replaced by Malang Diedhiou (SEN).

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    1. What happened to Camille?? 🤔

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    2. Let's wait for Confederations Cup appointments. Perhaps, he will be there as VAR for CAF.

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    3. From CAF I think we can expect Bakary Papa Gassama as a referee for the Confederations Cup!! Camille as VAR will be great!!

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    4. From CAF I think we can expect Bakary Papa Gassama as a referee for the Confederations Cup!! Camille as VAR will be great!!

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  4. Could it be possible that Mateu Lahoz gets the same treatment as Carlos Velasco Carballo last season? That he is given an EL quarterfinal first leg and then a CL quarterfinal second leg, because not many top matches are possible for him due to the presence of Spanish teams?

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  5. Do you have informations about Christos Skapoullis? Thank you.

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    1. From Elite Group referees he observed Marciniak, Královec, Skomina, Mažić, Rizzoli and Karasev this season.

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  6. @Chefren : Is Skapoullis a former referee ? Thanks

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    1. Yes, he is, but it's impossible to find anything more than that:

      11/10/1989, Limassol, Tsirion, 2500
      Friendly International
      CYPRUS 0
      MALTA 0
      Referee: Christos Skapoullis (Cyprus)

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  7. If UEFA want to choose non-European referee for UCL Final, I think Alireza Faghani will be UCL final referee.

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    1. Come on, do you really think that this is going to happen? IMO, it would be a big shame for UEFA, having so many world class referees in Europe. I think it is more likely that someone gets his second CL final than somebody from another confederation is chosen.
      However, it would be an intresting experiment.

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    2. No need to bring in anyone from other confederations... There are several big hitters like Mazic, Skomina, Brych, Eriksson, Rocchi, Marciniak without a CL final so we need not worry for another 5-6 years... After that the next generation of referees will be ready to do the job!! Now if such an experiment is ever done I would really love to see Bakary Gassama or Sandro Ricci get that opportunity!! 😎

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  8. @Ray Any preferences on covering (a) specific matches tonight?

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    1. May be Lyon - Beşiktaş and Anderlecht - Man. United covered by me?

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    2. Sure, I'll take Ajax-Schalke and Celta-Genk!

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  9. What is wrong with fans these days!??!?!?

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    1. Scandalous attitudes of Turkish fans against French hosts. Lot of violence and fire. Big destructions on the city. Shame for these behaviors. .

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    2. Will game be played tonight?

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    3. Yes M. We should know that in few minutes. New warming up incoming for players in several minutes.

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    4. Jesus,now its not even safe to come on stadium and watch some football.

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    5. Indeed it's now very clear that second leg needs also a big referee to safe the match.

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    6. Benoit is correct... Istanbul needs a really big hitters to be out there... Skomina would be a perfect choice for that game I would say or even Mazic will be good!!!

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    7. And they can follow Oliver's very good performance at BES-OLY in 1/8final ;-)
      Mažić would be my name.

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    8. Yes Oliver was very good last time in Istanbul... A huge step towards being an Elite UEFA referee in my opinion!!

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  10. Crowd disturbances in Lyon. Many French supporters on the pitch because Turks were throwing things at them. Match delayed. Before the game, riots at the subway station and some smaller close to the stadium. Turks from Germany vandalized and robbed a club shop because they didn't get the tickets...

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    1. When you see yesterday's attitude of Dortmund and Monaco who were exemplar, you should be sick about these Turkish idiots. Angry!

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  11. Minute 8': I think Karasev could have issued the first YC of the game for a late and reckless challenge, but he decided to be lenient.

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    1. Supportable penalty call by Karasev, I would say very similar to Orsato's one yesterday.

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  12. Brych with an easy-going game in Belgium. Issued a YC for first SPA in the game (24') without any hesitation. It's what refereeing should be - applying the LoTG, not violating or overly bending them. However, I think at least a YC for cynical kick (not trying to because there was a slight contact) from behind should be issued in 44'. Very unsporting behaviour, close to VC.

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    2. But Mateu Lahoz very very agressive with players. Seems very nervous, not confident. Lack of calm down and natural authority. Weird.

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    3. Overall very good performance by Mateu Lahoz. Very fit. Some minor errors (one corner, a phantom hand) but good management with these special atmosphere. Good calls by assistants. No worries about offside. Improvement : be more calm down in certain speaking skills. Too many electric attitude.

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  14. @Benoit Auguste, my bad I thought soft one was 2nd yc for Besiktas,Marcelo

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    1. Oh ;) more discutable. Think was a tactical YC card. Interns of context and perhaps promising attack ? :)

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    2. It's a challenging match for sure.

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    3. Now, two wrong offside flag by ar2 Rodriguez. First one, clear error. Second very doubtful and important. It should be penalty for lyon if no flag was the choice. Difficult call...

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    4. 56 : obvious situation for penalty under eyes of AAR2. Play-on decided. For me, clear pushing on Diakhaby. Penalty should be given.

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    5. Very brave and good decision against Fekir for simulation. Good call by Mateu. No penalty.

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    6. Honestly, horror performance of assistant referee Rodriguez with 3 wrong offsides. Clear situations to have to play on. Substandard performance for him.

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    7. Lahoz has been busy tonight!Good performance by Mateu Lahoz and his team!

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    8. Very good performance for Lahoz. Not for ar2...

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    10. Maybe booking Tolliso for celebrating with fans?

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    11. Would be too harsh in feint of special context (corner where French fans were attacked). Very strong performance of Mateu Lahoz and his team except assistant Rodriguez for extremely poor in minimum 3 situations of wrong offside.
      Mateu : 8,7 for me
      Aa1 : 8,5
      Aa2 : 8,0 - 8,1.

      Good night guys :)

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  15. Ajax - Schalke'04 (Sergei Karasev)

    https://vimeo.com/album/4534591

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  16. Again having watched all four matches :-)

    AND-MNU, Felix BRYCH 8.4
    Easy going match and a good performance, not so much to remark on, but only I think a kind of wasted chance , especially in Istanbul some second matches may prove problematic.

    CLT-GNK, Clément TURPIN 8.4
    Again easy going, Turpin with his style as always, especially in matches with a calm atmosphere he slightly heats it up by talking in an (unnecessarily) aggravated manner slightly sometimes, but anyway it worked fine for him this time, deserved call and another good performance- hard to achieve anything more here.

    AJX-SCH, Sergei KARASEV 8.3
    Again no big challenges, a soft penalty similar to Orsato's, this was even less but still okay whistle. It was okay to have a very determined style but to in a dramatic way show a card very determinedly for a fairly reasonable dissent at 87' wasn't thaaat helpful. Small problems in foul detection but with an important observer he can be happy imo.

    LYO-BES, Antonio MATEU LAHOZ 8.7
    I can only totally agree with Benoit ^^ it was a fantastic performance from Mateu Lahoz! With the crowd troubles of course it was going to be a challenging match he really rose to the situation. All calls very good, a couple of fouls wrong here and there but an inevitability considering how many decisions there were, especially the simulation of LYO18 was brave and correct. Cards were good, even slightly strict, I got the sense in MNC-MON and again tonight he tried to change his approach to make it more in line with most UEFA referees. In terms of personality he absolutely succeeded tonight, maybe you are no fan of his eccentric gestures (at least four times in the first half they were extremely strong) but actually they won the player's respect and were totally key to keeping the match under control. At times it was very unclear what he meant, and it looked very hectic, but his messages reached their targets and control was never really in doubt honestly. Especially at 0-1 when he got some BES players to talk to their 'fans' throwing flares that was fantastic management, and also his general interaction with the players was really great, showed a big empathy with them. I very liked the way he smiled throughout the game despite the obvious tension he was enjoying refereeing and I think the actors got this message. Maybe you could say that it shows how unsettled he was by his almost reliance on gestures, of course they were quite far and for sure in a normal match they would be illogical but they really worked tonight and even made the game look easy. I think we should definitely see him again and maybe like his national colleague last year, a UCL inset (DOR-MON). Really my congratulations, he must get a final if he carries on like this in the next years. Second leg might be even harder and Mažić would be my tip.

    All the best!

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    1. @Benoit AR2 Aguilar Rodriguez wasn't that bad from what I saw, even many correct (acceptable) close calls, but didn't give the best impression, especially for the chaos with the penalty I think Mateu Lahoz was about to whistle. 8.2/3 would be fair imo

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  17. And a clip summary of Celta de Vigo - Genk (Clément Turpin):

    https://vimeo.com/album/4536453

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