March 12, 2013

UEFA Europa League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments Second Legs

UEFA has revealed the match officials who will attend Thursday's matches in Europa League's Round of 16 (Second Legs). Among them, Ivan Bebek will take charge of the sonorous match between Internazionale and Tottenham, being observed by German UEFA committee member Herbert Fandel.

Ovidiu Hategan's team after the final whistle (c) Refereesfifa

Thursday, 14 March 2013, 18:00 CET

Stadion Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia 
Rubin Kazan - Levante UD
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dusko Miloseski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Paul Krähenbühl (SUI)

Stadion Petrovski, St Petersburg, Russia 
Zenit St Petersburg - FC Basel
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Hubert Siejewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Konrad Sapela (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Thursday, 14 March 2013, 19:00 CET 

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
Internazionale - Tottenham
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Stanislaw Speczik (POL)

Thursday, 14 March 2013, 21:05 CET 

Sükrü Saracoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
Fenerbahçe - Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Häcker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tobias Welz (GER)
Fourth Official: Mike Pickel (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: David Roger Griffiths (WAL)

Stamford Bridge, London, England
Chelsea London - Steaua Bucuresti
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michaël Annonier (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Fourth Official: Eric Dansault (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rene Temmink (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Dane Jošt (SVN)

Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux, France
Girondins Bordeaux - Benfica SL
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: István Kovács (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)

St James' Park, Newcastle, England
Newcastle Utd. - Anji
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)

Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
Lazio Roma - VfB Stuttgart
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Svein Inge Wiken (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Appleby (ENG)


  1. Many important observers as I can read them. Lannoy has Temmink. The only explanation I can give is that he is being tested after his big absence from the European appointments.

  2. Absolutely, every observer is a relevant name. It is difficult to read Marko's presence in Newcastle. Perhaps he and the committee just want to very closely follow Aytekin's development, but he had two very difficult matches in the past (in Malaga and Dnipropetrovsk), in both matches, there were 3 crucial situations each to solve. I think one red in the last match was wrong. So perhaps also a small test/control.

  3. Are they looking at Hategan for some FIFA-tournament?

    Might be a sign as Trentalange is the observer.

  4. Not before 2014, but you are right, it could be a very first sign that FIFA has an eye on him. Trentalange also observed Aytekin a few months ago, so perhaps also here there is this possibility. But in the end, we don't know whether the presence of a FIFA committee member automatically means he also observes a UEFA ref in a UEFA competition match for FIFA purposes..

  5. Anonymous12/3/13 19:22

    Lannoy is back

  6. Yep, and the best team possible accompanies him. I mean, Gautier and Buquet as AARs + Cano and Annonier are really big names.

    1. Anonymous12/3/13 22:38

      I think the best team is: Lannoy - Cano, Annonier - Gautier, Turpin.
      Gautier and Turpin are very serious candidates to Elite Category when Lannoy retires.

    2. Yes, sure, I had in mind Buquet's excellent performances as AAR at Euro 2012.

    3. Anonymous13/3/13 17:30

      You're right. He was excellent in their first match and helped Lannoy to do very good matches.
      But considering their performances when they're in the middle, Turpin and Gautier are better than Buquet.
      I'd even say that they're our two better ref in France actually... I don't dislike Lannoy at all but I think that Gautier and Turpin (and especially the second) will be able to reach a better level than Lannoy when they are prepared enough.
      Kind regards from France and its snow!

  7. Very interesting appointments.
    I agree with the fact that in case of positive performance, Lannoy could be appointed for a CL quarterfinal match. UEFA needs further Elite referees, the amount is still low, the appointments of Elite development in this CL KO stage are explained also by this situation.
    Stavrev will be back at Luzhniki after his crucial mistake in Russia - Azerbaijan.
    Important observers for: Hategan, Bebek, Aytekin.
    About Bebek match, probably UEFA had in mind a different outcome in first leg, for this reason, probably the match will be less challenging for the referee. We should also consider that this is the most fascinating match on the paper in this round.

  8. Thomas H.13/3/13 16:21

    Serdar Gözübüyük with his full international debut in Malta-Italy. Assistants Charles Schaap and Hessel Steegstra and 4th official will be Richard Liesveld.

    Bosnia - Greece
    Referee: Björn Kuipers
    Assistants: Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra
    4th Official: Pol van Boekel

    Norwegia - Albania
    Referee: Kevin Blom
    Assistants: Patrick Langkamp and Davy Goossens
    4th Official: Danny Makkelie

  9. Anonymous13/3/13 17:28

    Rivarly clash
    Cuneyt Cakir

  10. Anonymous13/3/13 18:32


    WC qualifiers later this month:
    BELGIUM-MACEDONIA (Benquerenca)

  11. FIFA nominiert 45 REFEREE-FEMININ,candidatien in WORLD-CUP-FIMININ-2015

  12. Double YC and RC by Pawel Gil in three minutes for the same player: two fouls.
    Correct decision? Was the player so stupid?

    1. Yes, to my mind absolutely justified sending-off.

    2. And now correct penalty whistled, probably suggested by AAR1 but very blatant.

    3. Yes, but he did not really find a method to prevent all that in the last minutes. Only cards..

  13. Anonymous14/3/13 19:55

    Excellent performance of polish Team on this difficult and very tense match. 9 yellows cards, one red and one penalty correctly given. Always under control match. Very calm and brave referee.
    Congratulations from France ( yes i m neutral admin)!


  14. Thomas H.14/3/13 21:34

    Not very impressed by Bebek in Milan. YC for dive which wasn't one, and missed red card for Adebayor after kicking an opponent. Bebek was 5m away from the action yet only a yellow was issued...

    1. Anonymous14/3/13 21:50

      Strange how opinions can differ... I missed the minutes when the dive occured, but the rest was fantastic. Superb foul detection, clear line and he let the game flow, had a nice approach and very good contact with the players who clearly respected him. Good variation - sometimes laughing together with them and sometimes clearly upset with a message that went through.

      Red card for that...? In EL K.O stage in overtime?

    2. I agree anonymous. Bebek confirms what I wrote some months back about him. He is really mature at this moment and he shows how to control really difficult matches in the best possible way.

      As for Adebayor I am satisfied with his yellow card.

    3. YC for dive really was yc for the inter player...

    4. I can't understand how one can defend that yellow card call. Clearly unsporting behaviour, kicking an opponent after missing the ball... Obvious red card.

      The argument: 'In EL K.O stage in overtime?' is masterclass :D

    5. Anonymous15/3/13 11:07

      Relaxed Man,

      I wrote that comment. I know your view and your perspective on football refereeing and I respect your opinions, even if they often differ from mine. But honestly, after you wrote "common sense is something that shouldn't exist in football refereeing" I find it really hard to take you serious, so I hope that was a joke, even though I suspect it wasn't.

      Red card would of course not be wrong, but yellow card is the best decision, according to my humble opinion. I guess I don't have to explain my comment further - even though you don't agree with me, I am sure that you can understand what I mean.

      Then you can ask yourself why Al-Ghamdi (never seen him myself, but I think I understand what kind of style he has based on your comments) or someone like him never gets to referee any finals or big matches. Common sense is the most important thing a referee can have. That's it.

      Have a great weekend!

    6. At first, I would like to know who wish me a great weekend.

      Second, I don't force anyone to take me seriously.

      Third, I also won't take seriously someone who think the yellow card is an appropriate punishment for deliberate kicking an opponent from behind after missing the ball...

      Have a nice weekend too.

    7. Anonymous15/3/13 12:45

      According to the LOTG, unsporting behaviour is punished by yellow card. The red card is for violent conduct or serious foul play.

    8. Right, it was violent conduct.

    9. For me it also was only a yellow card. I understand your point of view, the ball was actually away and Adebayor had no reason for commit this foul. But it was no excessive force, so I agree with Bebek here.
      His performance was overall very good. He had a good movement, good decisions and a good management of the match. But two things annoyed me: first the fact that he ignored two very obvious fouls committed against Tottenham players close to box - I understand if some Tottenham fans sometimes thought "we do not get anything by this ref" - and then this dive call. It's inexplicable. Even if the striker was not touched, that must be a foul, merely regarding the heavy challenge by the Inter defender. Dive was indeed ridiculous. So I think it is not more than 8.3, I do not know how severe Fandel is as an observer though.

      Pawel Gil was overall good.
      Hagen committed an infringement of the Laws of the Game:
      A Lazio defender made a risky return pass (a targeted pass!) to his goalkeeper, who touched the ball with his hands and was then, a few moments after this touch, fouled by Stuttgart's striker Ibisevic. Hagen awarded free-kick to Lazio, it should have been an indirect free-kick in Lazio's penalty area in favour of Stuttgart.

    10. Thomas H.15/3/13 19:47

      Thanks admin, I agree on everything you said - bar the Adebayor situation. I don't want to create the impression I was unimpressed by him on the whole, on the contrary. But these situations stuck so clearly in my mind and I wasn't happy with the way he handled them.
      I think it was violent conduct and thus a red card, I can't see it any other way to be honest.

    11. Right. The vision of leniency can't violate the LoTG. Clear violent conduct, I fully agree with you, Thomas H.

    12. Noone tried to justify the given yellow card with a "vision of leniency"..I classified it as unsporting behaviour (tackle) and not as serious foul play or violent conduct, not more and not less.

    13. OK, but tackle... when the ball is surely out of Adebayor's target... when the only thing he wants is to kick an opponent...

      I don't say I understand other points of view in that case, but OK, I can accept other views...

  15. Anonymous15/3/13 02:51

    Marko was a late replacement as Observer in Newcastle, and there was also a late change to delegate - Scott Struthers (SCO) replacing Wattebled (FRA)

  16. Aytekin's sending-off was by the way correct.

  17. Just watched Hategan's first half. Missed some fouls but nothing important. AR2 with a wrong offside call (min. 39') for Bordeaux.

  18. EL quarterfinals draw:

    Chelsea FC (ENG) - FC Rubin Kazan (RUS)
    Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG) - FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
    Fenerbahçe SK (TUR) - S.S. Lazio (ITA)
    SL Benfica (POR) - Newcastle United FC (ENG)

    Nice matches.

    1. Very early predictions:

      Chelsea - Rubin Kazan
      Wolfgang Stark & Alberto Undiano Mallenco

      Tottenham - Basel
      Sergei Karasev & Milorad Mazic

      Fenerbahce - Lazio
      Pavel Kralovec & Stéphane Lannoy

      Benfica - Newcastle
      Pawel Gil & Ivan Bebek

    2. First category referees for qf? I don't think so Admin.

    3. Me either :b but the performances have been that good so I thought to write their names down..EL is some kind of unpredictable, but I agree with you, 1st is very unprobable. So I could replace Karasev by Eriksson and Gil by Cakir.

    4. My early predictions:
      Chelsea - Rubin Kazan
      Benquerenca & Kralovec

      Tottenham - Basel
      Kassai & Rizzoli

      Fenerbahce - Lazio
      Stark & Collum

      Benfica - Newcastle
      Lannoy & Tagliavento

  19. Can't believe the mistake made by Lee Probert in Everton - Manchester CIty at 86', in cooperation with the AR involved.
    Please take a look!

    1. He gave free-kick although the handball happened clearly in the penalty area? Oh dear. Was AR1 or 2 involved?

    2. I think was AR1 because the benches were on the other side than the TV Cameras.
      By the way, the only possible explanation is that he saw a previous handball by the player which tried a tackle just outside area and not Fellaini.

      Poor performance also in first half, when a goal scored by Everton was wrongly disallowed for offside always by the same assistant.


  20. I am watching the second half of Hategan (Bordeaux - Benfica) and there is a penalty appeal at min. 62 by Bordeaux. For me it looks like a penalty (handball).

  21. Anonymous16/3/13 17:37

    Anyone noticed that Torres played without number on his jersey vs Steaua?
    What was 4th referee doing?


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