November 23, 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 5 (Tuesday)

UEFA has assigned the following eight referee teams for next Tuesday's Champions League Matchday 5 ties. Among others, Czech Pavel Královec will handle the game tie between Manchester City and Bayern München, while Slovenian Matej Jug will be observed by committee's member Jozef Marko in Paris Saint Germain - Ajax.

25/11/2014, 18:00 CET 
Arena Khimki, Khimki, Russia
CSKA Moskva - AS Roma (E)
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Gino (BEL)

25/11/2014, 18:00 CET
Borisov Arena, Borisov, Belarus
BATE Borisov - Porto FC (H)
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hațegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Costantin Coltescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Ştefan Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

25/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine
Shakhtar Donetsk - Athletic Club De Bilbao (H)
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Peter Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgenijs Milevskis (LVA)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

25/11/2014, 20:45 CET
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England
Manchester Cty - Bayern München (E)
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slysko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE) 
UEFA Delegate: Dag Steinar Vestlund (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

25/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus
APOEL Nicosia - FC Barcelona (F)
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

25/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
Parc des Princes, Paris, France
Paris SG - Ajax (F)
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mitja Zganec (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Balazic (SVN)
Fourth Official: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

25/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Schalke 04 - Chelsea FC G)
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Cornel Cristian Bivolaru (ROU)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

25/11/2014, 20:45 CET
José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal
Sporting SP - NK Maribor (G)
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: William Conquer (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Brian Colvin (SCO)
Fourth Official: Francis Connor (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: José Luis López Serrano (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)


  1. So, yet another big game for team Eriksson. So far a clear candidate for a final in May, me thinks.

    /Swedish observer

    1. I agree. He missed it scarcely already last season, had a decent World Cup and now is, in my opinion, the clearest candidate for Berlin.

    2. He was Brilliant in Glasgow, last week. I too think he is in pole position to handle the CL final.

    3. From my (surely biased) point of view he had a really good World cup, and we may never know how close he was getting the final in the end.

      /Swedish observer

    4. Glasgow? I'm sorry, which game do you refer to? The only game I recall was SCO-IRL (Mazic).

    5. Friendly Scotland - England

    6. Scotland v England, Celtic Park (friendly, 1-3).

    7. Clearly Jonas Eriksson is highlighted candidate to go arbitrate the end of Berlin of the Champions League. Only if there is a disaster that will not be there.

      As for the Europa League Final bet on Çakir or Skomina.

    8. Sorry though of this game as this week. True.

  2. The conduct meets Collina with Clattenburg
    it is disgusting.

  3. Very disappointing for CSKA to have Brych as a referee after his scandalous officiating of Belgium-Russia at the WC'14. His recent performance is far from the best, so strange decision to appoint him for the key game at this group.

    1. He missed a penalty. That is not that scandalous in my eyes, as it was more the rule than an exception in Brazil.

  4. Vidali is a fourth offical to Jug. That could suggest team Skomina is not appointed on Wednesday. Otherwise very important test for Jug.

  5. About Wednesday matches, Proença should be surely appointed because he will be out from MD6. Perhaps in the same group with Benquerença in the other match. Any option, according to observers?

    1. And now I'm almost sure that Collina will be in London for Bebek or Karasev.

    2. These 2, Moen, Sidiropoulos and Fernández stay possible candidates in my opinion.

      About Proenca and Benquerenca, if they are appointed together, it should be Group B. Proenca to Basel and Benquerenca to Razgrad?

    3. I think Kassai can be also a candidate for this match.
      His performance was great in Madrid and probably Collina want to see him....and if he will show a good performance probably he is candidate also for Berlin or at least for the semi-finals. UEFA needs the experienced and good referees and they need Kassai, Mazic, Skomina again as strong referees.

    4. @ Niclas
      It was reported that Moen has a match in Norway on 26/11. So he should be out from this whole CL matchday.

  6. Correct, Chefren, thanks.
    Good performance by Zwayer in the derby today. 8 yellows and 1 2nd yellow card, actually all of them correct. Good preventive management and full control.

  7. Eriksson deserves Champions League final for his recent seasons at top level with only a few mistakes including a overall good World Cup. Would be a pity to see him retired without this achievement. So I agree with your opinions. This could be the right time for him. All the best.

  8. My predection for Wednesday.
    Atlético Madrid – Olympiakos FC (Group A)
    Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
    Malmö FF – Juventus Turin (Group A)
    Referee: Firat Aydinius (TUR)
    FC Basel – Real Madrid (Group B)
    Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
    Ludogorets – Liverpool FC (Group B)
    Referee:Szymon Marciniak (POL)
    Bayer Leverkusen – AS Monaco (Group C)
    Referee: Istvan Vad (HUN)
    Zenit St Petersburg – SL Benfica (Group C)
    Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
    Arsenal FC – Borussia Dortmund (Group D)
    Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    RSC Anderlecht – Galatasaray (Group D)
    Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (Greece)

    1. RSC Anderlecht – Galatasaray (Group D)
      Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (Greece)

      A greek referee to a Turkish team? Can't see that happening.

    2. I must say that your nomination funny.:))) Marciniak, Vad, Orsato, Sidiropoulos? Aydinus??? :) This is nonsense. Aytekin for the Basel vs. Real? :D Basel is fighting for the passage that must be experienced referees team from the Elite category.

    3. You miss something about Aydinus and Aytekin, they can't be appointed.

    4. And where are the Spanish referees?

    5. Only one good hit. Normal.

  9. Cakir got injured today in Gençlerbirliği-Kardemir Karabükspor:

  10. According to Árbitro Internacional, Roldán/Diaz/Guzmán will be replaced by Osses/Astroza/Román at this year's Club World Cup due to one of the Colombian assistant referees failing the fitness tests.


  11. I am quite sure spanish referees will referee in group C (Velasco Carballo and Mateu Lahoz) or group D (Undiano Mallenco and Fernández Borbalán). If each one has got three matches in the group stage, it is not possible to leave all of them for MD6.

    1. Theoretically, Ludogorets – Liverpool FC (Wednesday; group B), Liverpool FC – FC Basel (matchday 6; group B), Ajax Amsterdam – APOEL Nicosia (matchday 6; group F) and FC Porto – Shakhtar Donezk (matchday 6; group H) could also go to Spaniards. So, I do not see that many restrictions for them.

    2. The same principle was used for Brych's nomination for CSKA - AS Roma.

  12. It´s nonsense that Collina must see Kassai.

  13. Appointment revealed by
    Gestranius (FIN) for Trabzonspor - Metalist (EL)

  14. Very good begin by Kralovac including a correct penalty + DOGSO

    1. Yep. Good decision(s).

    2. I think Dante should've been at least strictly warned for his reckless tackle at the 30th minute of the game, but apart from that they were very good.

    3. Yes, my opinion too. Good Performance.

  15. Excellent first half in Gelsenkirchen for team Eriksson. Chelsea has surely already secured the three points tonight though...

    /Swedish observer

    1. I agree, even though I think that the only YC against Höger was (even though technically correct) evitable. Given Eriksson's personality I think he could have managed that with a strong warning. But of course no mistake.

  16. Van der Wiel not even a YC by mr. Jug? I'm shocked!

    1. Well done Mr Vlado Sajn! :)

  17. 89': Clattenburg and Oliver missed a deliberate handball, a shot on goal was saved by arm. Movement of the arm toward the ball. Oliver was surrounded by home-team players, he had a very good view on the scene but I will rewatch carefully...

    1. Just seen the incident, poor from Oliver.

    2. In spite of the AARs, does the referee still have responsibility for missing clear offences?

    3. This is a good question.
      In the case of this missed penalty, Oliver has surely the first responsibility, as it happened right under his eyes. But one must not forget that AAR are there to help the referee, not the replace (in the literal meaning) him, so the referee has still to pay a certain attention when the play is in the penalty areas and near the AARs. I think that Clattenburg had a good viewing angle and he was not so far away.
      So crucial mistake for both officials here... at least in my opinion...

  18. No doubt! Very clear penalty!

  19. Two correct red cards issued by Rocchi in Cyprus.

  20. Just wondering if the foul in 42' by Berezutsky in CSKA-Roma which led to the first goal shouldn't have been a penalty. The offender was standing inside the penalty area and committed the foul with an outstretched leg. Yes, the contact was outside - what is your opinion? I have heard various interpretations of similar situations.

    1. Freekick. Never penalty.


    2. 50/50, every decision would be ok

    3. There is no 50/50. The LOTG state that the free kick is at the place of contact.

    4. Referee has no ultra-zoom in his eyes. Even replays are not clear if it was line or outside the box.

  21. Concerning Kralovec: I was in the stadium, thus I am not able to evaluate his decisions. But I had the feeling that his approach was more passive. There were several situations in that he detected a foul, whistled but didn´t move towards the scene. In consequence, he often had a some distance to the players. I´d like him having more presence to the Players in some situations.

    Did you recognize this too, or was it not visible on tv?

    Best regards

    1. Anonymous2/12/14 11:16

      Hi Phil,
      you can already read my observer report online. I didn't notice it that much as you, in my opinion he had a very good communication with the players. He was an unobstrutive ref and an that was good in this game. I liked his performance (or generally his style of refereeing) very much. Hope you had a similar impression. Look forward to your feedback. Gitzlo/Austria


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