August 13, 2017

UEFA Champions League 2017/18 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs 1st Legs (1)

UEFA Referees Committe has appointed the following match officials to take charge of next Tuesday's play-offs for Champions League 2017/2018. 





FK Qarabağ Ağdam 

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 FC København
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 15/08/2017, 18:00 CET – Baku  (AZE)

Match Officials
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) 
Assistant Referees: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA), Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees:  Massimiliano Irrati (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Filippo Meli (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Andrei Medintsev (BUL)
Referee Liaison Officer: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)

Sporting CP 
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 FCSB 
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 15/08/2017, 20:45 CET – Lisbon (POR)

Match Officials
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)  
Additional Assistant Referees: Bastian Dankert (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Janis Mezeckis (LVA)
Referee Liaison Officer: Antonio Almeida Marcal (POR)

1899 Hoffenheim
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 Liverpool FC
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 15/08/2017, 20:45 CET – Sinsheim (GER)

Match Officials
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) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
Referee Liaison Officer: Harry Ehing (GER)

APOEL  
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 SK Slavia Praha 
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 15/08/2017, 20:45 CET – Nicosia (CYP)

Match Officials
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP), Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomár (ESP) 
Additional Assistant Referees: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP). Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP) 
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Referee Liaison Officer: Christodoulos Thoma (CYP)

BSC Young Boys
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CSKA Moskva
UCL Play-Off, 1st Leg, 17/08/2017, 20:45 CET – Berne (SUI)

Match Officials
Referee: David Fernández Borbalan (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP), Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP) 
Additional Assistant Referees: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP), Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP) 
Fourth Official: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Thibault De Gendt (BEL)
Referee Liaison Officer: Stefan Kohli (SUI)


115 Comments:

  1. It seems as Marciniak's appointment, if RayHD info about the exact day of the game was correct, has been changed. Now he is candidate nr. 1 for Napoli - Nice, in my opinion.
    Nice to see Tagliavento back in a CL play off, top clash for Kuipers, good game for Brych.
    Let's wait for tomorrow.

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    1. Even Istanbul Basaksehir v Sevilla would be an excellent game for Marciniak I believe... Ferbandez Borbalan also has a good game on paper... Not happy with Mateu Lahoz's appointment, I would have swapped him and Fernandez Borbalan in their games!!! Which one is the tie of the round for you Chefren among all 10 matches??

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    2. Agreed Marciniak to Istanbul or Naples would be a nice appointment. I must disagree, looking at the fixture Fernandez has the better match, however games in Cyprus are usually very intense, for instance if you can remember Kassai in APOEL-Wisla, to me these kinds of matches are probably belonging to the hardest with the top matches like Napoli-Nice, Hoffenhiem-Liverpool etc. UEFA has known this since years and it is clear in their appointments imo. All ten matches are important for the teams though one must remember that

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    3. I agree with what you say Mikael... Makes it clearer for me... Brych with a very good game and Kuipers with a top clash involving German and English team... Maybe based on the nations and leagues that teams are involved in we may say that Hoffenhiem v Liverpool and Napoli v Nice look to be the most sonorous games on paper in this round!!

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    4. @Soham I think that Hoffenheim - Liverpool and Napoli - Nice are more or less on the same level, indeed the first choice is Kuipers...

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    5. Marciniak should have the other top game Napoli v Nice in my opinion... Marciniak and Kuipers had a better previous season than most other referees so would be well deserved appointment for both!!

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    6. Brych's game is also a very interesting one on paper... It might turn out to be a challenging one!!!

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  2. Is the UEFA Referee Liaison Officer in Baku the Aliyar Aghayev we all know?

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    1. Yes, very often the RLO is an active referee, no surprise there :)

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  3. Predictions:

    Napoli - Nice (Francesco Bianchi (SUI))
    Szymon Marciniak (POL)

    Olympiacos - Rijeka (Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP))
    Felix Zwayer (GER)

    Celtic - Astana (Herbert Fandel (GER))
    Clément Turpin (FRA)

    Hapoel Beer-Sheva - Maribor (Leslie Irvine (NIR))
    Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

    Istanbul B. - Sevilla (Rune Pedersen (NOR))
    Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)

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    1. It would be a very tough game for Ovidiu Alin Hategan!

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    2. I would prefer an experienced Elite referee in Istanbul... Damir Skomina or Milorad Mazic will be great!!!

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    3. Maybe Undiano instead of Eriksson?

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    4. Undiano is appointed on second legs.

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  4. What is referee liaison officer?

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    1. The one who accompanies referees during his stay at the particular place and also looks after all the needs and comforts of the referee during his assignment!!!

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    2. More here: http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.de/2012/08/the-role-of-uefa-referee-liaison-officer.html

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  5. Chefren, can you please comment in brief on observers Georgios Bikas and Francesco Bianchi???

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    1. Both Bikas and Bianchi observe regularly experienced Elite referees.

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  6. Very comic one more penalty from Cakir.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTMtg4ClKaE

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  7. OT Clasico tonight:
    Penalty for Barca: Most likely a dive by Suarez, not easy to detect though
    2nd yellow for CR7 for dive: Harsh decision, but not completely wrong. Surely no foul, but there was some contact. CR7 pushed the referee after the red card, normally should mean an extended ban.
    Kit colours: I don't understand, why they were allowed to play (nearly) all blue vs all blue. Probably merchandising reasons, but surely complicates foul detection (among other problems).
    I did only watch the last 20 minutes, so can't comment on general performance. Match control seemed to be on a medium level in the final minutes.

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    1. Match control was poor in general. In the last 30 minutes there were a few confrontations with the ball still in play which wasn't stopped at any point and with the referee looking distracted. Also positioning was poor. He interfered seriously with play at least twice. For me it really looked that he was surpassed by the situation.

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  8. De Burgos Bengoetxea had a nightmare tonight. He was not ready at all for this match. Last year that could already be seen in Valencia - Real Madrid, but spanish CTA has decided to push him far too fast. A shame. I believe he has a lot of potential, but matches like tonight can undermine him. Hope he recovers soon and that the CTA can see that this is not the way to go.

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    1. I am really sad with the performance of de Burgos but i think we have to blame CTA for this appointment.A more experenced official was needed.Maybe,after this result, he could have been appointed at bernabeu although el classico is never easy to referee.

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    2. I agree but based on what I've seen I think that it is fair to say that the CTA loves to make such gambles (Gil manzano was given the first clasico of the 14/15 season but unlike de Burgos bengoetxea he did ok. Perhaps the same thing could happen in the second leg with another inexperienced referee who also was placed in charge of a Val-Rma match and had a poor game.

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    3. Yes, and Hernández Hernández last season too and now Sánchez Martínez will have made their debut in El Clásico with just 2-4 for seasons each in LaLiga. It is a dangerous game to play, both for them and the referees involved. They now get under the media radar and will have to manage a lot more of pressure than was necessary.

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    4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6FGOlT1u0k
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZmk405j7FM

      In my opinion simulation by Suarez was difficult to spot, I'm not sure that another (maybe more experienced referee) would have detected it. Problem is with Suarez and the attitude of many Barça (and Spanish) players to dive in every situation. This will make always a gasme very difficult for all referees. I wouldn't blame too much De Burgos. However, once watched replay, simulation is more than clear. If we have many referees having troubles in assessing penalty area incidents of this team, this can't be only referees fault. Players should really stop this behavior. I know that this wont happen, but then the only solution for RFEF is VAR. Using VAR in El Clasico would be the only solution to stop such troubles.
      About Cristiano Ronaldo: harsh decision, not totally wrong like the first one involving Suarez, but the right choice was to play on without any whistle. At least, however, it wasn't penalty. Now I think that Cristiano Ronaldo will face a long ban, having pushed the referee.
      But let me say again another referee (Mateu? Undiano?) very likely would have had the same troubles yesterday.

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    5. Following the link beneath some more clips of yesterday's refereeing can be found.
      I have to say I don't entirely share the harsh words on Bengoetxea's overall performance. For me he performed quite well in the first 75 minutes of the game, and I think in that period there were hardly any problems concerning match control. I can remember Clasico's where the atmosphere was far more agressive than in yesterday's one. The positioning problems mentioned by George were indeed quite obvious though. In my eyes the real problems began after the Suaréz PK. After that incident player and match management clearly were below expectation and caused loss of match control.
      On the two key match incidents I completely underline Chefren's opinion, although I would not call the Suaréz PK a clear case of simulation. Even after having watched the clips several times there's still a little hesitation in my mind.

      https://vimeo.com/album/4723853

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    6. I have to say that I did not meant that De Burgos performance was that bad. He had a wrong penalty and a wrong YC for simulation (which was a 2nd YC), but foul detection was mostly OK and so were the cards. The main problems were positioning and match control, which is true that it was lost at the end of the match. But I also think that control was not lost earlier because the match was not as hot as it would have been later in the season.

      My main complaint is again CTA. I have to disagree with you, Chefren, that another more experienced official would have had the same problems. Of course, in a bad night that could happen to everybody, but normally I think it would not. Those officials know the players better, have refereed them a lot more and are more used to the pressure. Of course, referees with less seasons should start getting used to it too, but giving De Burgos the top match in Spain as the first match of his third season is to put him in an unnecessary uncomfortable situation. They're pushing too hard younger referees and that leads to trouble, IMO.

      BTW, Ronaldo has been banned for five matches: 1 for the second YC and 4 for the pushing.

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  9. It's Dennis Higler not Dennis Highler

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  10. A pretty calm and easy-flowing game in Azerbaijan for Tagliavento upto now... Just a solitary YC and nothing noteworthy to report!!! Hopefully it ends just the same!!

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    1. Okayish performance. He's not the greates manager (visible lacknesses in prevention), but overally he had a decent control, both yellow cards were spot on, good use of advantage, consistently punished holding. However, there was an incident at 21', close to AR1: players from Kobenhavn was holding his opponent who retaliated in a very aggressive manner (forearm/elbow smash close to or slightly hitting the opponent face). IMO, it was worth of even red card for VC, but no reaction at all from both AR1 and Tagliavento... I will try to find a video!

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  11. Hoffenheim v Liverpool

    2' : Correct offside call by Dutch AR1 Sander van Roekel

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  12. 4' : Correct offside call by Dutch AR2 Erwin Zeinstra

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  13. 8' : Massive penalty appeal by Hoffenheim for a handball... Kuipers waves away the appeal and plays on... Possibly a correct decision but I need to look at replays!!! It's all happening

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  14. 11' : Penalty awarded to Hoffenheim by Kuipers... The decision was made by AAR2 Dennis Higler... I have some doubts but possibly we can back Higler and Kuipers... Again want to see more replays!!!

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  15. 10': penalty called by AAR2 Higler. Correct decision. You can see how much important are additional assistant referees, I think Kuipers would have had difficulties to detect it by himself. Watching the replay, one could say the contact is not that blatant, but penalty is justified in my opinion, because defender went directly against the opponent without any chance to hit the ball.

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    1. The commentators here believe that the contact was not enough and Higler gave it because he is not experienced... I absolutely disagree with this idea... I thought it's a very good spot by Higler and immediately advised Kuipers to award the penalty... I was myself not convinced at first but on seeing some replays I can confirm that it's a great call!!! Well done to Higler!!! And as Chefren already pointed out it would've been difficult for Kuipers to spot it by himself from his angle... So good teamwork on display here!!!

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  16. 10' - penalty appeal from Sporting - handball after corner kick, Brych says "play on"; could have been given, IMO

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    1. Clear error?? Or one of those where either call can be backed??

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  17. Brych issued only YC for that tackle. Close to SFP.

    https://streamable.com/o6uos

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    1. IMO Brych doesn't need to shout on players' face so loudly like this after he has issued a card... Looks a touch unpleasant!!!

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    2. Really close to SFP. Player was lucky. However, I think Brych will be backed, not a 100% SFP.

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    3. We all know his style. Also his whistle technique... Especially in a game in which we have already 22 fouls after first half! ;)

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    4. 23 to be precise... 13 by Sporting CP and 10 by Bucuresti... Only 1 YC till now but if teams continue playing so rough then I'm afraid it's not long before Brych sends someone off with a 2nd YC or maybe even straight RC!! We all know Brych never backs away from brave calls so players need to be careful and shouldn't cross the line!!!

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  18. Hoffenheim v Liverpool :

    34' : Correct YC awarded to Bičakčić of Hoffenheim for shirt pulling and bringing a Liverpool player down (SPA)... Correct free kick awarded that resulted in 0–1 goal for Liverpool!!!

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  19. Is there a new kit btw, I can't see the pictures?

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    1. I didn't see new kits. Both Kuipers and Brych are wearing old kits. I don't know the referees in the other games. Maybe new kits, if available (I didn't hear any news about that) will be used from MD1.

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    2. Fernandez Borbalan and Brych are both in the old blue kits... Kuipers is in the old yellow kit... Haven't seen Mateu Lahoz yet so not sure what kit he is using!! :)

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    3. Thanks - much appreciated! :-)

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    4. And Tagliavento used the pink kit :)

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    5. The kit is the Adidas Referee 2016 one.

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  20. What are your thoughts on this incident? Violent conduct?

    https://streamable.com/erqh2

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    1. My goodness that looks like a straight punch on the face... Violent conduct IMO and should've been a red card for my taste!!!

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    2. That's a clear violent conduct. I would include AAR1 as official with responsibility in detecting such incident.
      "Hitting or trying to hit..." What do you want more?
      However, the fact that the whole situation (including also previous opponent's misconducts) went unpunished is really without explanation.
      AR1 / AAR1 had to cooperate, for Tagliavento I think it was difficult to spot.

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    3. How the entire officiating team missed all these and how everything went unpunished really beggars belief!! Spoils an otherwise decent performance by Team Tagliavento!!

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    4. No doubts. It was a clear violent conduct! IMO AR should help to take correct decision and he also have responsibility for this crucial mistake.

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  21. Hoffenheim v Liverpool

    46' : Excellent offside flag by AR1 Sander van Roekel

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  22. 49':excellent offside call by AR1 and a goal scored by Hoffenheim was correctly disallowed.

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  23. 49' : Hoffenheim goal disallowed for offside... Another superb and absolutely correct offside call by AR1 Sander van Roekel

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  24. 49" Right offside call by Sander van roekel. Goal has been cancelled

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    1. Would like to see it again to check, whether the contact of the defender was really only a delfection or deliberate play.

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    2. Seems to be deliberate play to me!! :)

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    3. which would mean it was a crucial mistake...

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    4. Looks like I've messed things up completely here... Indeed from what I said that's an error you're right but I think I've totally confused this thing... I need to look at more replays to conclude what exactly happened... Pardon any potentially incorrect information on my part... I may well be wrong here!!!

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    5. @Phillip What's your view on this situation from the game??? Please ignore my views; I've messed it up totally... I need to look at the replays for a better understanding!!

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    6. Having seen the replays again, I agree with Team Kuipers - surely only a deflection and no deliberate play

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    7. I tend to agree with that as well now having watched the video for a few more times :) I just messed it up royally in judging it the first time I watched it :/

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  25. "51 YC for Emre Can for SPA

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    1. Spot on decision by Kuipers there!!

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  26. "55 YC Alexander-Arnold (liverpool)

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  27. 55' : YC for Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool

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  28. Liverpool v Hoffenheim tie at Anfield will require an experienced Elite referee... Cüneyt Çakir should be Kuipers' compatriot in the 2nd leg of this challenging tie!!

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  29. 36(!) fouls whistled by Brych in the first 65 minutes of Sporting v FCSB... Another game whose 2nd leg will need an experienced Elite referee... Milorad Mazic might be the right name for the game!!!

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  30. Moving ball in the freekick before 0-2?

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    1. Looks really close... Need more replays to make sure... The commentators seem to back the referee though but I can't be sure unless I see more replays!!!

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  31. Sporting v FCSB :

    80' : As I had predicted earlier we have a RC in the match... Brych has sent a FCSB player off for a 2nd YC offence with 10 minutes remaining in the game... A highly physical game at Lisbon and this sending off was always on the cards!!!

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    1. Quite harsh if you ask me

      https://streamable.com/vbsgb

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    2. Harsh, yes, I would have liked foul without card. However, I think still supportable. If we compare this YC to the one in first half...

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    3. Both to the same player, maybe 1,5 + 0,5 gave 2 ;)

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    4. The second tie between Sporting and Steaua will need an experienced referee,because i know how steaua plays at home in front of 55000 peoples,and ofcourse Sporting will have nothing to lost there,so the returning match will be IMO a more challenging match then todays match.

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    5. Let me say it was a very difficult game to referee. 47 fouls in total! It's easier if you have one, two players committing offences or you see the tactic to foul certain player - in such cases you can easily issue a yellow card for persistent infringing the LoTG and such tactic is usually prevented.

      However, in this game almost every player's tactic was to foul opponents. Not in reckless manner, not breaking up promising attacks, just constant fouling each other... You can't issue cards for that. And it's obvious that having so many duels to evaluate, you'll be wrong in some cases.

      The only wrong call was YC to Marcos Acuña (SPO) for studs tackle that didn't exist:
      https://streamable.com/3fhit

      Taking into account that the remaining 8 yellow cards were 'stonewallers' and the 2nd YC to Pintilii was acceptable, we can call say that Brych's performance was surely on good, expected level.

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    6. Milorad Mazic at Bucharest and Cüneyt Çakir at Liverpool or vice versa would be my choices for these 2 games!!!

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    7. The game in Bucharest will be more tense, I guess. Atkinson, Rocchi and Skomina are another options for it.

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    8. The Second YC for this negligible offence is really to harsh punishment.
      At the same time I can not agree that refere have to colculate in mind situation in the first half, which IMO ishould be assesed as SFP and RC.

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    9. @Soham Serbian in Bucharest? Hm..

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    10. Here the handball situation from 10'

      https://streamable.com/0uxns

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    11. IT is always difficult to appoint referees from formal-Yugoslavia countries in other countries in east-Europe. There is always a political issue.

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    12. On Brych's 2nd YC: In the last moment, the player carts out his foot to intentionally / carelessly kick Coentrao. The question is would he have been through in an advantageous position? The match report says it was given for the tackle, not for SPA. And then I think it is quite harsh.

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  32. The ball is moving and the goalkeeper was complaining Kuipers about that

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    1. The ball rolled and did come to a halt just for a fraction of seconds before the Liverpool player took the free kick as it seems to me from the replays attached underneath although I'm not 100% sure!!! I think the observer will back the referee over here!!!

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    2. You need to see it again. The ball was at the wrong place far away from where the foul occured and also was clearly rolling when the free kick was taken. And why do you use 3 exclamation points for every sentence you make?

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    3. Ok I get that... The ball indeed rolled away to the wrong place although I still feel the ball did stop for a fraction of seconds right before the kick was taken... Either way as RayHD pointed out it's pretty difficult to spot it live so referee will be backed here!! But a point of improvement for Kuipers this one definitely!!

      As for the exclamation marks I just conclude some of my sentences with them... Just a style of writing and nothing else :)

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  33. Hoffenheim - Liverpool (B. Kuipers)

    07' - play-on call after undeliberate handball in the box
    https://streamable.com/cpcst

    10' - penalty for stamp given upon advice from AAR2 Dennis Higler
    https://streamable.com/3jyfm

    49' - correctly disallowed goal after offside call from van Roekel
    https://streamable.com/m7zu3

    74' - goal after controversial free kick execution
    https://streamable.com/isz5w

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    1. The execution of free kick is clearly irregular, it would be not that difficult for referees to avoid such troubles. I would never allow a free kick execution with the ball moving. Not a crucial mistake, but surely a pity because it directly influenced a goal scored. German team has its reasons to make complaints about that. It would have been easy for Kuipers to avoid that... I'm sorry...

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    2. Why isn't it a crucial mistake if it directly influenced the outcome of the game??? Is it a similar scenario to Undiano Mallanco's situation in Real Madrid v Sevilla La Liga match last year where most probably Nacho scored a quick goal while Mallenco appeared to get ready for a free kick?? My question is if it's not a crucial mistake then is it an acceptable decision within the letter of the law?? If not, then why shouldn't we mark it as a crucial mistake?? :)

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    3. IIRC, in Real Madrid-Sevilla the ball was not moving and no one asked for distance, so it was regular (although unsporting).

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    4. My question here is if it was an irregular execution why isn't it judged as a crucial mistake?? And is it allowed by the letter of the law?? If not then why not a crucial mistake... This is the doubt I'm having here!!! 🤔

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    5. Because it didn't DIRECTLY influenced the score. There is too much time/play between the free kick execution and the goal. This is classified only as some point for improvement (the same with wrong free kick, wrong corner kick, missed foul at interception and wrong onside call if there is no direct goal after that) However, my fellow referee said the observer will back the referee - too difficult to catch the incident live.

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    6. Another doubt I was having is that the ball rolled and then came to a halt for a fraction of seconds just before the Liverpool player kicked the ball... So how would that be assessed??

      Overall what score should we assign Kuipers for this match?? 8.3/8.4??

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    7. George and RayHD are absolutely right.
      1) Real Madrid - Sevilla with Undiano was a different case, absolutely regular because the ball was not moving, so you can call it unsporting but not irregular.
      2) Not a crucial mistake because a goal was not directly scored on that free kick and however a certain time passed after that.
      I think this is an important point for improvement for Kuipers. Given the rest of the game, we can be in the expected level area, maybe 8.3.

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    8. I get it now... Really interesting situation this one for my educational purpose... Thanks to all for all the inputs :)

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    9. @Chefren.

      If you deem it as important point for improvement, then the mark should lower by 0.2. In case of a starting mark of 8.4 it goes to 8.2

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    10. Possibly Chefren considers 8.5 as a proper score considering the rest of the match was challenging and other decisions were accurate... Then comes this point of improvement and the score reduces by 0.2 to 8.3... This might just be one plausible explanation of Chefren's score although the exact reason he himself can explain the best :)

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    11. @anonymous Yes Soham is right, my final assessment was 8.3 because, considering the rest of the game (very good) I started from 8.5 as first mark, so -0.2 = 8.3. Indeed I repeat that again, it was a pity that for a so "stupid" (in the meaning of avoidable) mistake, a very good performance was in a way spoiled.

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    12. @Chefren One thing I saw during the game was after the goal, the Hoffenheim goalkeeper was talking to Kuipers about the moving ball... Kuipers heard him patiently and shook his head, then slowly turned backwards and walked away... What do you think might have been Kuipers' explanation in that scenario?? And what should he have done differently in that case of the moving ball or the goal scored??

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    13. I think that Kuipers said "NO" because he missed the fact that the ball was moving. So this also explains why he allowed the resume of the game in that manner. He should have checked more carefully the ball before allowing the execution, but it is clear that sometimes this is difficult to put into practice because on the pitch maybe this is the last thing you think about, if you don't see directly the incident. One suggestion, however, can be that referee must be always very alert when game is resumed quickly by a free kick, they must try to have always visual control of the ball. Better to stop the play for a while than to make this mistake...

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    14. Oh I clearly understand it now... That's what RayHD was also saying that it was difficult to catch live... Really really useful explanation for my educational purposes as well... Thanks a lot :)

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  34. Young Boys - CSKA Moskva (D. Fernández Borbalán)

    Penalty appeals:
    16' - https://streamable.com/fd69h
    64' - https://streamable.com/vb5np

    Two cases of illegal use of arms. Two yellow cards. Second being close to RC?
    https://streamable.com/k0qv7

    Two cases of studs tackles, no cards issued
    https://streamable.com/y6dwc

    Trailing leg tackle, no card issued
    https://streamable.com/8ym77

    SPA?
    https://streamable.com/d9d8t

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    1. I think one can back referee in both penalty appeals. In my opinion the second one (64') can be more penalty than the first one, however Fernández Borbalán assessed it as "not enough" for a whistle. Borderline. In the first case (16'), if there was contact, it was more caused by attacker who was trying to hit the ball. Not a significant irregular action by defender.

      Illegal use of arms: first one is a clear YC, correct choice by referee. Second one, indeed, looks quite deliberate. Player makes this gesture to defend the possession of the ball, but it looks like a deliberate act. Still acceptable YC but as always happens we are in a grey area (not 100% sure of a RC to be issued).

      Studs tackles: first case was in my opinion missed by referee, on the paper this is a clear RC. See how much up are studs on the leg of opponent... surely more than reckless. In the second case, less force than the first one, and less blatant challenge, but still YC at least to be issued. This was however more difficult to spot.

      Trailing leg tackle: missed YC.

      SPA: not a mandatory YC, if you ask me.

      However, some significant points for improvement in disciplinary control for the Spanish referee. Based on these videos, I'm not so much satisfied. Regarding penalty area incidents, however, he can be backed.

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    2. I agree. A not convincing performance. I have a very different view on the first penalty appeal, though. Stonewall penalty in my eyes. :)

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    3. Borbalan's appointment to CL playoffa while Karasev being sent to EL playoffs is a massive surprise IMO 🤔 Really surprising appointment this 🤔

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