March 20, 2016

Referee Appointments for International "Friendly Matches" - March 2016

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Who will referee your nation in next week's International Friendly Matches? We are collecting referee appointments for these matches - some of them are still unknown though. If you know an appointment that is still missing in the list below, don't hesitate to inform us!

23/03

Croatia - Israel 
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Berettyán (Hungary)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabor Erös (Hungary)
Fourth Official: Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović (Croatia)

Gibraltar - Liechtenstein
Referee: Ryan Stewart (Wales)
Assistant Referee 1: Phil Thomas (Wales)
Assistant Referee 2: Dan Beckett (Wales) 
Fourth Official: Tim Reoch (Gibraltar)

Poland - Serbia
Referee: Alexander Harkam (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Staudinger (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Witschnigg (Austria)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefański (Poland)

Romania - Lithuania
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (Spain)
Assistant Referee 2: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (Spain)

Fourth Official: Radu Marian Petrescu (Romania)

Slovenia - FYR Macedonia
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (Serbia)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Đurđevič (Serbia)
Fourth Official: Roberto Ponis (Slovenia)


24/03 

Czech Republic - Scotland 
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Rep. Of Ireland)
Assistant Referee 1: Dermot Broughton (Rep. Of Ireland)
Assistant Referee 2: Allen Lynch (Rep. Of Ireland)
Fourth Official: Pavel Orel (Czech Rep.)


Denmark - Iceland
Referee: Tore Hansen (Norway)
Assistant Referee 1: Jon-Michael Knutsen (Norway)
Assistant Referee 2: Øystein Ytterland (Norway)
Fourth Official: Michael Tykgaard (Denmark)
 


Estonia - Norway 
Referee : Andrew Dallas (Scotland)
Assistant Referee 1 : Alan Mulvanny (Scotland)
Assistant Referee 2 : Graham Chambers (Scotland)
Fourth Official : Kristo Tohver (Estonia)


Greece - Montenegro 
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasilie Marinescu (Romania)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandru Cerei (Romania)
Fourth Official: Anastássios Papapétrou (Greece)


Italy - Spain
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (Germany)
Fourth Official: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (Italy)


Malta - Moldova
Referee: Roomer Tarajev (Estonia)
Assistant Referee 1 : Hannes Reinvald (Estonia)
Assistant Referee 2 : Dimitri Vinogradov (Estonia)
Fourth Official : Trustin Cann Farrugia  (Malta)

Turkey - Sweden
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1: Hessel Steegstra (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (Netherlands)
Fourth Official: Mete Kalkavan (Turkey)

 
Ukraine - Cyprus
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)
Assistant Referee 1: Dvir Shimon (Israel)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahmud Mahagna (Israel)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Derdo (Ukraine)


Wales - Northern Ireland
Referee: Steven McLean (Scotland)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Stevenson (Scotland)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (Scotland)

Fourth Official: Dean John (Wales)

25/03
 

Armenia - Belarus
Referee: Giorgi Vadachkoria (Georgia)
Assistant Referee 1: Zaza Menteshashvili (Georgia)
Assistant Referee 2: Zaza Pipia (Georgia) 

  
Luxembourg - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Conotte (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Godelaine (Belgium)

Netherlands - France
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (Germany)
Fourth Official: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)

Portugal - Bulgaria
 
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (Spain)
Fourth Official: Fábio José Costa Veríssimo (Portugal)


Republic of Ireland - Switzerland

Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (Czech Republic)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (Czech Republic)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (Czech Republic)
Fourth Official: Arnold Hunter (Northern Ireland)


Slovakia - Latvia
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Braunschmidt (Austria)
Fourth Official: Markus Hameter (Austria)

26/03


Austria - Albania 
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Mókoš (Slovakia)
Assistant Referee 2: Ondrej Brendza (Slovakia)
Fourth Official: Filip Glova (Slovakia)


Azerbaijan - Kazakhstan
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 2: Kerem Ersoy (Turkey)
Fourth Official: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)


Germany - England
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (Italy)
Fourth Official: Paolo Valeri (Italy)

Hungary - Croatia
Referee: Radek Příhoda (Czech Republic)
Assistant Referee 1: Radek Kotík (Czech Republic)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Nádvorník (Czech Republic)
Fourth Official: Zbyněk Proske (Czech Republic)

Poland - Finland
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
Assistant Referee 1: Toshiyuki Nagi (Japan)
Assistant Referee 2: Toshiyuki Tanaka (Japan)
Fourth Official: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)

Russia - Lithuania
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (Italy)

Fourth Offcial: Aleksey Nikolaev (Russia)

27/03

Romania - Spain
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (France)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (France)


28/03

Andorra - Moldova
Referee: Johnny Casanova (San Marino)
Assistant Referee 1: Duncan Sultana (Malta)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Vella (Malta)
Fourth Official: Esther Azzopardi (Malta)


Liechtenstein - Faroe Islands
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (Spain)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)
Fourth Official: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain) 


Northern Ireland - Slovenia
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
Assistant Referee 1: Sten Klaasen (Estonia)
Assistant Referee 2: Silver Kõiv (Estonia)
Fourth Official: Juri Frischer (Estonia)


Ukraine - Wales
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1: Dave Goossens (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 2: Angelo Boonman (Netherlands)
Fourth Official: Yevhen Aranovsky (Ukraine)


29/03

Austria - Turkey
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (Poland)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (Poland)
Fourth Official: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)

England - Netherlands
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (Spain)
Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gómez (Spain)


Estonia - Serbia
Referee: Arnold Hunter (Northern Ireland)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (Northern Ireland)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgios Argyropoulos (Northern Ireland)
Fourth Official: Neeme Neemlaid (Estonia)


France - Russia
Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (Scotland)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (Scotland)
Fourth Official: Steven McLean (Scotland)


FYR Macedonia - Bulgaria
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
Assistant Referee 1: Egin Doda (Albania)
Assistant Referee 2: Ermal Barushi (Albania)
Fourth Official: Lorenc Jemini (Albania)


Georgia - Kazakhstan
Referee: Clayton Pisani (Malta)

Assistant Referee 1: Mitchell Scerri (Malta)
Assistant Referee 2: William Debattista (Malta)

Germany - Italy
Referee: Oliver Drachta (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (Austria)
Fourth Official: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)


Gibraltar - Latvia
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)
Assistant Referees 1: Alan Camilleri (Malta) 

Assistant Referee 2: Edward Spiteri (Malta)
Fourth Official: Yaroslaff Borg (Gibraltar)

Greece - Iceland
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (Spain)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (Spain)

Fourth Official: Geórgios Kýzas (Greece)

Luxembourg - Albania
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Maximilian Kolbitsch (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (Austria)


Montenegro - Belarus 
Referee: Danilo Grujić (Serbia)
Assistant Referee 1: Vladimir Jovanović (Serbia)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Potočan (Serbia)

Norway - Finland
Referee: Neil Doyle (Rep. Of Ireland)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien MacGraith (Rep. Of Ireland)
Assistant Referee 2: Wayne McDonnell (Rep. Of Ireland)

Portugal - Belgium
Referee : Stephan Klossner (Switzerland)
Assistant Referee 1 : Jean-Yves Wicht (Switzerland)
Assistant Referee 2 : Marco Zürcher (Switzerland)
Fourth Official : Carlos Xistra (Portugal)


Republic of Ireland - Slovakia
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (Norway)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Lundberg (Norway)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (Norway)
Fourth Official: Paul McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) 


Scotland - Denmark
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (Norway)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (Norway)
Fourth Official: Ken Henry Johnsen (Norway)

Sweden - Czech Republic

Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 2: Charl Schaap (Netherlands)
Fourth Official: Kevin Blom (Netherlands)

Switzerland - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Sébastien Delférière (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Monteny (Belgium)


Later this year:

29/05

Germany - Slovakia
Referee: Serge Gumienny (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 1: Jimmy Cremers (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (Belgium)
Fourth Official: Bart Vertenten (Belgium)
 

30/05

France - Cameroon
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (Wales)
Assistant Referee 1: Phil Thomas (Wales)
Assistant Referee 2: John Bryn Roberts (Wales)
Fourth Official: Bryn Markham-Jones (Wales)

05/06

Belgium - Norway
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (Germany)
Fourth Official: Daniel Siebert (Germany)


with thanks to user "Ref1"
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March 15, 2016

Europa League 2015/16 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (II)

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These are the referees appointed by UEFA for EL Round of 16 return legs. Among others, Serbian Milorad Mažić will handle the English derby Manchester United - Liverpool, while Italian Daniele Orsato has been assigned to Spanish duel Valencia - Athletic.
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March 14, 2016

Champions League 2015/16 - Round of 16 (VIII): Sergei Karasev and Jonas Eriksson to complete Round of 16 Appointments

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Russian Sergei Karasev and Swedish Jonas Eriksson have been appointed to take control over Wednesday's Champions League top clashes Barcelona - Arsenal and Bayern München - Juventus


16/03/2016
20:45 CET - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona
-:-
Arsenal FC
Arsenal FC

Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averyanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
4th Official: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE) 








16/03/2016
20:45 CET - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Bayern München
FC Bayern München
-:-
Juventus
Juventus Turin

Referee: Jonas Erikssson (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)
4th Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancioglu (TUR)
Blog Referee Observer: Harry (ENG)




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March 13, 2016

Champions League 2015/16 - Round of 16 (VII): Clattenburg and Haţegan in charge of Tuesday's Return Legs

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Mark Clattenburg and Ovidiu Haţegan are the referees appointed by UEFA for Atletico - PSV and Manchester City - Dynamo Kyiv. The Romanian Elite will make his debut in CL KO phase, under the eyes of Belgian Frank De Bleeckere.



15/03/2016
20:45 CET -  Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Atletico Madrid

-:-

PSV Eindhoven

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre Marriner (ENG)
4th Official: Stuart Burt (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)







15/03/2016
20:45 CET -  City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England
Manchester City

-:-

Dynamo Kyiv

Referee: Ovidiu Alin Haţegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
4th Official: Radu Adrian Stefan Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Artur (SUI)




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March 8, 2016

Europa League 2015/16 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (I)

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These are the referees appointed by UEFA for EL Round of 16 matches. Among others, Spanish Velasco Carballo will officiate the English derby between Liverpool and Manchester United, while Dutch Björn Kuipers the full-Spanish duel involving Athletic Bilbao and Valencia. In addition, two Category 1 officials will be on duties.
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March 7, 2016

Youth League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments for Quartefinals

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UEFA has appointed the following officials  to handle 2015/16 UEFA Youth League Quarterfinals.
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Champions League 2015/16 - Round of 16 (VI): Viktor Kassai and Felix Brych in charge of Wednesday's matches

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UEFA has appointed Hungarian Viktor Kassai to officiate Wednesday's Champions League return leg between Zenit St Peterburg and SL Benfica. The whole team will be assessed by Alan Snoddy from Northern Ireland. A few hours later, German Felix Brych will control Chelsea - PSG, observed by Italian Roberto Rosetti. 


09/03/2016
18:00 CET - Stadion Petrovskiy, St Petersburg, Russia
Zenit St Petersburg
Zenit
-:-
Benfica
SL Benfica
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
4th Official: István Albert  (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Řepka (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)









09/03/2016
20:45 CET - Stamford Bridge, London, England
Chelsea FC
Chelsea
-:-
Paris
Paris SG
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)
4th Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer: Artur (SUI)
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March 6, 2016

The IFAB relativizes "Triple Punishment" for DOGSO inside Penalty Area

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At their 128th meeting, the International Football Associations Board has defined a revision of Law 12 with regard to denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity (DOGSO) within the penalty area. In other words: The so-called "Triple Punishment" has been softened.


In future, referees will not only have to assess whether a clear, obvious goal-scoring opportunity was denied by an infringement. Instead, they will have to pay more attention to the type of offence, the intention of the offender and the possibility to play the ball while making the challenge which has denied the obvious goal-scoring opportunity:

"Where a player commits an offence within his own penalty area which denies an opponent an obvious goal scoring opportunity and the referee awards a penalty kick, the offending player should be cautioned [with a yellow card] unless:

- The offence is holding, pulling or pushing OR

- The offending player does not attempt to play the ball OR there is no possibility to play the ball OR

- The offence is one which is punishable by a red card wherever it occurs on the field of play (e.g. SFP, VC).

In all the above circumstances the player should be dismissed [with a red card] from the field of play."

Thus, the IFAB seems to react to the perceived unfairness that a team is punished three times due to the same, maybe unlucky infringement: 1) Red Card, 2) Penalty / Goal, 3) Post-Match Suspension.

From my personal view, changing sth at point 1) is not in the spirit of the Laws of the Game and football itself. Players, who deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, maybe even a safe goal should be sent off no matter whether their offence was deliberate or not. Instead, point 3) would have been a point which could have been reflected. In case of a goal scored from the penalty spot, one could have prevented the offender from any sort of post-match suspension, for example.

The typical argument of those in favour of abolishing the triple punishment is that the obvious goal-scoring opportunity would be reinstated by the penalty kick, so that a red card would not be necessary. In UEFA Champions League's last seasons, only 60-70% of the penalty kicks were converted into goals though. In decisive World Cup matches, the percentage is even a bit lower. 

Imagine a defender denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. As it was a normal sliding tackle and maybe only a careless challenge in itself, a yellow card and a penalty are awarded. The penalty is missed by the attacker. Some minutes later, the same defender scores the decisive goal on the other side of the field. Is that fair?

Furthermore, the new wording might create more irritation and provide players with a target than before: While offences like holding, pulling or pushing are relatively clear and easy to detect and dismissing players for offences which are red cards everywhere of the field is nothing new either, assessing the possibility and the intention to play the ball will lead to tons of grey area situations with no clear solution (see handball, where intention is a vital criteria).

What about this tackle for example? No chance to play the ball? Or did he have the possibility? Did he want to play the ball? Mere speculation. This point might be abused by professional players as well.

On the other hand, this point is no complete novelty either: At least in Germany, the unofficial guidelines for fouls by goalkeepers within their own penalty area go into a similar direction: If they tried to play the ball, referees are mostly instructed to caution them...

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Champions League 2015/16 - Round of 16 (V): Szymon Marciniak to Bernabeu, Damir Skomina observed by PLC

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UEFA has appointed two EURO 2016 teams to officiate Tuesday's Champions League return legs: Szymon Marciniak and co. will take charge of Real Madrid vs AS Roma observed and assessed by Hungarian Sándor Piller. At the same time, Damir Skomina's team will take control over Wolfsburg vs KAA Gent under the eyes of UEFA Refereeing Chief Officer Pierluigi Collina.



08/03/2016
20:45 CET - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid
Real Madrid
-:-
Roma
AS Roma

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
4th Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
Referee Liaison Officer: Raúl Masso Zambudio (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Harry (ENG)








08/03/2016
20:45 CET - Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg (GER)
VfL Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg
-:-
Gent
KAA Gent

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
4th Official: Bojan Ul (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO)
Referee Liaison Officer: Wolfgang Mierswa (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)



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March 5, 2016

Pierluigi Collina to observe Wolfsburg-Gent - Goalline-Technology at UCL/UEL Finals 2016

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Some short pieces of news on UEFA officiating: Among others, please find the observers and delegates that will accompany the referee teams and represent UEFA in their pending Champions League Round of 16 return legs and Europa League Round of 16 first legs respectively - such as Pierluigi Collina in Wolfsburg-KAA Gent on Tuesday. 
Furthermore, Goalline-Technology will be used in the finals of these competitions.

Pierluigi Collina will observe the referee team in Wolfsburg photo by Олег Дубина

Observers, Delegates and Predictions for UCL and UEL Round of 16

Observer - Delegate: Prediction

UCL, 8-9 March:

Wolfsburg - KAA Gent: 
Pierluigi Collina (ITA) - Alan McRae (SCO): Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)

Real Madrid - AS Roma: 
Sándor Piller (HUN) - Barry Bright (ENG): Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Zenit St Petersburg - SL Benfica: 
Alan Snoddy (NIR) - Rudolf Repka (CZE): Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Chelsea - PSG: 
Roberto Rosetti (ITA) - Roland Ospelt (LIE): Felix Brych (GER)

UEL, 10 March:

FC Basel - FC Sevilla: 
Eugen Strigel (GER) - Dusko Grabovac (CRO): Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
 
Athletic Club - Valencia CF: 
Jean Lemmer (LUX) - Thomas Weyhing (GER): Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Sparta Praha - Lazio Roma: 
Jozef Marko (SVK) - Siarhei Ilyich (BLR): David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Liverpool FC - Manchester United: 
Jørn West Larsen (DEN) - William Campbell (NIR): Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Villarreal CF - Bayer Leverkusen: 
Robert Sedlacek (AUT) - Jan Damgaard (DEN): William Collum (SCO)

Fenerbahce - SC Braga: 
Markus Nobs (SUI) - Balázs Makray (HUN): Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Borussia Dortmund - Tottenham: 
Vladimir Antonov (MDA) - Ainar Leppänen (EST): Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Shakhtar Donetsk - RSC Anderlecht: 
Bertrand Layec (FRA) - Oleg Harlamov (EST): Artur Soares Dias (POR)

UCL,  15-16 March

Atlético - PSV Eindhoven: 
Rune Pedersen (NOR) - Danilo Filacchione (ITA): Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Manchester City - Dynamo Kyiv: 
Frank De Bleeckere (BEL) - João Morais (POR): Clément Turpin (FRA)

FC Barcelona - Arsenal FC: 
Murat Ilgaz (TUR) - Bernd Barutta (GER): Damir Skomina (SVN)

Bayern München - Juventus Turin: 
Levan Paniashvili (GEO) - Metin Kazancioglu (TUR): Björn Kuipers (NED)


Goalline-Technology in UEFA's 2016 Competition Finals

UEFA has decided to use Goalline Technology already in this season's Champions League and Europa League finals. Read more about that here. Originally it was planned to implement and deploy the system that takes some pressure off the match officials' shoulders only from next season on.
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