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UEFA appoint novice to referee Juventus v Celtic

Date: 5th March 2013 at 7:38 am
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Champions League Celtic newsInexperienced Turk Firat Aydinus will referee Celtic’s Champions League tie with Juventus tomorrow night.

The 39-year-old from Istanbul was given his first Champions League tie earlier this season when he was in charge of the Bayern Munich v Valencia group match.

Aydinus is Turkey’s first full-time referee and has been registered with FIFA since 2006 and has quickly made his way through the ranks starting his top flight UEFA career as an additional assistant in the 2009/2010 Europa League campaign.

With Juventus leading 3-0 from the first leg it’s likely to be a quiet evening for Aydinus after his colleague Alberto Mallenco found himself the centre of attention during the first leg at Celtic Park.

The Spaniard showed no interest in the man-handling and rugby style marking of the Juventus players at set-pieces leaving Neil Lennon angry and frustrated after the match.

“It’s not rugby we’re playing, it’s soccer,” the Celtic manager said after the first leg. “I pointed it out to the referee at half-time in the tunnel area but he just waved me away. I made it clear to the players to flag it up to the referee in the second half, but he ignored our requests.

“They were being fouled, manhandled. Every time one of my players tried to move he was held. He should have given a penalty on at least two occasions.

“I’d like to know what the interpretation of the rules are in Italy or Spain, because it’s blatantly different to what they are in Britain from what I’ve seen tonight. They were fouling on every opportunity and he was staring right at it. So are the rules different in Spain? Because, on that showing, they must be.”

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0 thoughts on “UEFA appoint novice to referee Juventus v Celtic

  • paranoidandroid
    2 years ago

    We should have sent that compilation DVD to UEFA- whether it “irritated” the idiots or not. We need clarification on what constitutes a foul these days.

    I always thought it was quite simple. If you grab one of the opposition, it’s a foul. That is, it’s against the rules. But obviously, I was mistaken.

    These days it seems a new rule has been added where you can grab someone with both hands, repeatedly, spin him round, repeatedly, and throw him to the ground, repeatedly- provided your Italian.

    Why would UEFA be irritated with someone asking for clarity about the rules anyway? You’d think it would be in their best interests to have everyone playing to the same rules. Or maybe, I’m just being naive.

    That game against Juventus was the most pathetic display of cowardly, biased refereeing I’ve ever seen. It made a mockery of everything that’s good about football. But strangely no-one in authority seems to be the least bit interested.

    We, as a club, should have forced the issue, regardless of what the MSM said or who we irritated.

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  • Gerry
    2 years ago

    The referee was appalling but Juve played to their strengths and we failed to.

    I’m tired of hearing excuses.

    Celtic played better in the first hour of the game than in any game this season yet made simple errors and lacked quality finishing.

    It was a poor decision to play Ambrose and a decision we suffered for.

    If you ask me that decision was worse than any made by the ref, it was a decision Celtic had plenty of time to consider and yet we got it wrong.

    Juve are a fine team and we would do well to learn lessons from the loss at Celtic park, rather pursue this infantile ‘clarification’ nonsense.

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    • paranoidandroid
      2 years ago

      What’s infantile about wanting to know if you can wrestle somone to the ground or not?

      Your right we made mistakes in that game, but Juventus’ tactics were illegal. There’s a huge difference between being clever or professional and just blatantly fouling the opposition at every corner.

      Not asking for clarification is just not sticking up for yourself. If we let teams foul our players without sticking up for them, then everyone will do it.

      What happens in turin if Juventus use the same tactics? Do we just meekly take it or do we fight back? And if we do fight back where does it end? Fighting, sendings off, one big punch up?

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      • Gerry
        2 years ago

        First thing we do is play prepare thoroughly and play as well as we can on the night.

        We clearly hadn’t prepared for the Juve game as the centre half we played hadn’t been in the country for weeks and only returned the morning of tbs match. Players were deemed unable to make a visit to Inverness and play on the following Tuesday yet Ambrose returned from Africa on the morning of the game.

        Let’s look at our own shortcomings first.

        The referee was poor I agree. Seems that Juve had already looked at his decision making re barging a d holding at corners and free kicks where we score most goals.
        They had prepared for the match in maticulous detail. We didn’t.

        UEFA know the ref was poor, everybody does. We don’t need to send a DVD and a petulant letter to know the rules.

        What exactly are you looking to gain? A replay? Sympathy? Get over it man.

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        • paranoidandroid
          2 years ago

          Well, excuse me for still being pissed of about losing. Juventus are a better team than us, but their tactics left a bad taste. You do know that, officially, your not allowed to grab another player?

          I’m not over it, but the big question is are our players over it. I wouldn’t like to be Scott Brown or Gary Hooper or anybady else going into this game with no clue as to how they’re supposed to react if someone grabs them.

          Ignoring the rules is just another way of EUFA ensuring that all the big teams get through.

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        • Kendo88
          2 years ago

          Watched the Juve game from 2001 the other day and the french referee that night didn’t mess about with American football style defending of the italians. He warned their defender to stop grabbing Sutton then observed him
          Closely as the corner came in and did not hesitate to apply the rules. Strong refereeing and by the way the pulling and obstructing of sutton that night wasn’t anywhere near as bad as it was 3 weeks ago! The performance on the night had flaws and we will learn however that is not the issue we are discussing.
          Anyway 5-2 to the hoops the morra ;)
          HH

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        • Gerry
          2 years ago

          The article is moaning about the last ref & implied concerns about tomorrows.
          Enough said.

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    • Kendo88
      2 years ago

      Be positive Gerry. The Celtic way HH

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  • Williebhoy
    2 years ago

    We need to be much much more streetwise, surely the players didn’t expect to be given freedom in an Italian penalty area. Corners are about positioning & timing….take up positions where defenders don’t want to be – beyond the far post of the edge of the area forcing them to run towards their own goal and try to play the ball away

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  • Jhimmy T jnr.
    2 years ago

    1 half at a time, 1 nil at H/T is a must I’d say. Grab a goal anytime in the second half and create 1 good chance in the dying minutes if not injury time for extra-time lol

    Good luck bhoys HH

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  • eastside
    2 years ago

    Whatever happens we have made great progress with a young team, with a bit of luck and a stronger referee we would still be in with a good shout of qualification going into this game, it now looks out of reach but we can all be very proud of the Bhoys no matter what.

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    • Kendo88
      2 years ago

      Hail Hail to that mhate! Been a great CL campaign lots of positives on the pitch and paradise has been electric…Not over yet! KTF

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      • eastside
        2 years ago

        We’ve had a great run, we won 4 games against tricky opposition just to qualify, putting Helsinborgs and Helsinki to the sword, then coming through a tough group which included beating the best team on the Planet and tearing up our European Away Game hoodoo along the way. Fantastic progress made with a very young team.

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  • barcabuster
    2 years ago

    We will get a pen with the same tactics on Buffon. They will not get away with it again. (Will they defend in same manner with different ref???)
    An early goal puts us back in the game. If its a pen Juve will weaken somewhere, mid or attack to bolster the defence. The game is there for us! Let’s test their bottle! A loud burst of “Hail Hail” from the team in the tunnel from the team will sort the men from the boys! They fought at CP! Let’s show them a REAL fight! No friends from this trip. HH.

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  • PJ44
    2 years ago

    Get in their faces with a loud burst of the celtic
    song and watch them quiver.The tunnel is a small area.so showing them no fear can only be a help to unnerve them.Good luck celtic,HH.

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    • yogithebear67
      2 years ago

      A good idea about singing the Celtic song – just as the Bhoys did in the tunnel in Lisbon. The only difference is the many different nationalities in the current Celtic team, Back in 1967 they were all wee (with some exceptions) gallus Scottish guys – many with nae teeth !!

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