August 15, 2016

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for the Play-Offs (1st Legs)

UEFA has appointed the following officials to handle the first legs of Europa League's Play-off Round that will be held on 17 and 18 August 2016.

17 August 2016

Jerusalem, 18:00 CET
Beitar Jerusalem FC (ISR) - AS Saint-Étienne (FRA)
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG) 
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG) 
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Michael Dahrup (DEN)

18 August 2016

Astana, 16:00 CET
FC Astana (KAZ) - FC BATE Borisov (BLR) 
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) 
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Monteny (BEL) 
Fourth Official: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG) 
UEFA Delegate: Vladislav Khodeev (RUS)

Tbilisi, 18:00 CET
FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) - PAOK FC (GRE)
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) 
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Bitton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR) 
Fourth Official: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL) 
UEFA Delegate: Götz Bender (GER)

Haderslev, 18:00 CET
SønderjyskE (DEN) - AC Sparta Praha (CZE)
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Fourth Official: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA) 
UEFA Delegate: Barry W. Bright (ENG) 

Krasnodar, 18:30 CET
FC Krasnodar (RUS) - FK Partizani (ALB)
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Niklas A. Lídarenda (FRO) 
UEFA Delegate: Kuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)

Herning, 18:30 CET
FC Midtjylland (DEN) - Osmanlıspor A.Ş (TUR)
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Pavel Cristian Balaj (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Denis Bastari (ALB)

Netanya, 19:00 CET
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) - HNK Hajduk Split (CRO) 
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Manuel Fernández Miranda (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE) 
UEFA Delegate: Stanisław Speczik (POL)

Gothenburg, 19:00 CET
IFK Göteborg (SWE) - Qarabağ FK (AZE)
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Trefor Lloyd Hughes (WAL)

Baku, 19:00 CET
Qäbälä FK (AZE) - NK Maribor (SVN)
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) 
Assistant Referee 1: Vitali Malyutin (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
Fourth Official: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS) 
UEFA Delegate: Bakar Jordania (GEO) 

Prague, 19:00 CET
SK Slavia Praha (CZE) - RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA) 
UEFA Delegate: Irakli Nakaidze (GEO) 

Vienna, 19:00 CET
FK Austria Wien (AUT) - Rosenborg BK (NOR)
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2:  Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: François Letexier (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS) 
UEFA Delegate: Paul Krähenbühl (SUI)

Larnaca, 19:00 CET
AEK Larnaca FC (CYP) - FC Slovan Liberec (CZE)
Referee:  Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA) 
Fourth Official: Frank Schneider (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Simone Trefoloni (ITA) 
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (BEL) 

Istanbul, 19:30 CET
İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR) - FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Francisco Javier Martín García (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN) 
UEFA Delegate: Peadar  Ryan (IRL) 

Zagreb, 20:00 CET
NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO) - KRC Genk (BEL) 
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Zsolt Varga (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Fourth Official: Péter Solymosi (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Siarhei Ilyich (BLR) 

Athens, 20:00 CET
Panathinaikos FC (GRE) - Brøndby IF (DEN)
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Fourth Official: Zsolt Szabó (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vasily Melnychuk (UKR) 
UEFA Delegate: José Guilherme Aguiar (POR) 

Istanbul, 20:00 CET
Fenerbahçe SK (TUR) - Grasshopper Club Zürich (SUI)
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Riedel (AUT) 
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Fourth Official: Rene Eisner (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL) 
UEFA Delegate: Dag Steinar Vestlund (NOR)

Novi Sad, 20:00 CET
FK Vojvodina (SRB) - AZ Alkmaar (NED)
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) 
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Tegoni (ITA) 
Fourth Official: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paulius Malzinskas (LTU) 
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR) 

Giurgiu, 20:15 CET
FC Astra Giurgiu (ROU) - West Ham United FC (ENG)
Referee: Artur Dias (POR) 
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR) 
Fourth Official: João Pinheiro (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL) 
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE) 

Ghent, 20:30 CET
KAA Gent (BEL) - KF Shkëndija (MKD) 
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Semen Shlonchak (UKR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Al'okhin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gudmunder Ingi Jónsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Welander (SWE)

Reggio nell'Emilia, 20:45 CET
US Sassuolo Calcio (ITA) - FK Crvena Zvezda (SRB)
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Dave Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED) 
Fourth Official: Dennis Higler (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE) 
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL) 

Arouca, 21:00 CET
FC Arouca (POR) - Olympiacos FC (GRE)
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul (SVN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovacic (SVN)
Fourth Official: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Andrey Medintsev (BEL) 

Zilina, 21:05 CET
AS Trenčín (SVK) - SK Rapid Wien (AUT) 
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE) 
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE) 
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Antonio Manuel  Almeida Costa (POR) 
UEFA Delegate: Octavian Goga (ROU)


  1. Uilenberg will observe Raczkowski. Another Pole knocking to the elite group.

    1. Right, so important games for Raczkowski, Bastien and Gözübüyük.
      As always, Tagliavento the only Elite referee (waiting for second legs) appointed in EL for playoffs. I really can't understand why he has to be kept in this category despite of his appointmets. No explanations for that.
      Soares Dias in a quite interesting game in EL after Collina's observation.

    2. For Gözübüyük, it's the first EL-play off.

      I expected to see Blom or Makkelie in the first leg, because they are usually appointed together, and Blom had an full-FIFA teeam this weekend in the eredivisie. But they will probably have matches next week.

      I don't understand the appointment of Tagliavento. If it was a really sonorous clash, it might be understandable, but it's 'only' Vojvodina-AZ...

      @Chefren: how does Tagliavento do in Italy? Does he get interesting clashes there?

    3. In recent years, in my opinion Tagliavento has been not that good in serie A. He got some top clashes, but he never offered faultless perfornmances. A bit better in the last season, but still not the standard of an Elite referee and not the "old" Tagliavento of some years ago. To be honest, I think he has lost motivation, but I always hope that something can change. Among the "big names" in Italy (Rizzoli, Rocchi, Orsato, Banti and so on...) he is the one still without a final in his palmares (Coppa Italia / Supercoppa Italiana).

  2. Johanesson handles Rapid Wien for the third time during the last four years. :)

    1. And Vad again in Panathinaikos with a Danish team after the 2014-2015 EL P.O.

      Surely coincidence.


  3. Arsenal-Liverpool, great work of Oliver.
    Chelsea-W., great mistake of Taylor not showing
    2d yellow card to Diego Costa.

  4. Boško Jovanetić (SRB) replaced Jaap Uilenberg (NED) in IFK Göteborg - Qarabağ FK...

  5. Nikolai Levnikov saw a good Benoit Bastien tonight. I have some doubts about the last YC, otherwise an excellent approach and definitely on the expected level. So, 8.3-8.4 in total.


    Vad's penalty and RC for DOGSO on Panathinaikos - Brondby.

    1. And here is a 2nd YC issued by Vad. Totally correct.

    2. Why RC? This was a fair attempt by keeper to catch the ball. Attacker was clever, kicking the ball away. I must say I'm astonished by such mistake. Now such fouls by keepers are codified inside the box always as YC.

      The second situation is a clear YC, well done, good cooperation by AR, too.

    3. And bonus an unbelievable offside call. No comment.

    4. The only explanation for red card in first situation is that the referee judged the incident as foul by hands.

      I suppose the assistant signaled a foul in attack (left hand signal, the flag seems to be waving)

    5. Foul by hands? What do you mean, Ray? A deliberate act by keeper against the attacker, without any interest in the ball? Because even if it is a foul by hand, one can easily see that keeper went for the ball.

    6. Yeah, sure, but I try to understand the referee's decision. And if there was a foul by hand/-s (catching the attacker's legs), the RC for DOGSO maybe would be an acceptable call.

  7. Very solid performance by Stefan Johanesson. I really like his style of refereeing: Very calm, an excellent dealing with players, great personality skills all in all. Tonight 1 missed YC for a reckless tackle, otherwise faultless. 8.3 imo

  8. Astra vs West Ham (Soares Dias)

    Your view of this penalty, is handball?
    Among the 3: 01' and 3: 20'

    1. For me the attacker clearly pushes his opponent. Attacker's foul.

    2. Thank Edward!

      But, you would be the last to recognize a good decision to Artur Dias... :)

    3. I would recognize a good decision, if I saw one. :)

  9. Some observers in EL second legs, I try to report the most interesting ones:

    KRC Genk (BEL) - NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO)
    Bertrand Layec (FRA)

    Rosenborg BK (NOR) - FK Austria Wien (AUT)
    Hans Reijgwart (NED)

    AS Saint-Étienne (FRA) - Beitar Jerusalem FC (ISR)
    Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)

    NK Maribor (SVN) - Qäbälä FK (AZE)
    Alan Snoddy (NIR)

    RSC Anderlecht (BEL) - SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
    Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

    Grasshopper Club Zürich (SUI) - Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)
    Herbert Fandel (GER)

    FK Partizani (ALB) - FC Krasnodar (RUS)
    Uno Tutk (EST)

    SK Rapid Wien (AUT) - AS Trenčín (SVK)
    Zdravko Jokić (SRB)


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