March 9, 2017

Europa League 2016/17 - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (I)

The following officials will be in charge of EL Round of 16 first legs. Among others, Dutch Elite Björn Kuipers will officiate the German derby involving Schalke 04 and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
9 March 2017, 19:00 CET
Olimp 2, Rostov-on-Don (RUS) 
FC Rostov - Manchester United
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
Fourth Official: Jan Seidel (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Kuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)

9 March 2017, 19:00 CET
Parken, Copenhagen (DEN) 
FC København - AFC Ajax 
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Paulo Soares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tiago Martins (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Pinheiro (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)

9 March 2017, 19:00 CET
GSP, Nicosia (CYP) 
APOEL - RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Álvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fábio Veríssimo (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)

9 March 2017, 21:05 CET
Balaídos, Vigo (ESP) 
Celta Vigo - FC Krasnodar 
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Teuvo Holopainen (FIN)

9 March 2017, 21:05 CET
Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
Schalke 04 - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)

9 March 2017, 21:05 CET
Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE) 
Olympiacos - Beşiktaş JK
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan de Vries (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)

9 March 2017, 21:05 CET
Stade de Lyon, Décines (FRA) 
Olympique Lyonnais - AS Roma
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)

9 March 2017, 21:05 CET
Ghelamco Arena, Ghent (BEL) 
KAA Gent - KRC Genk
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1:  Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)


  1. Niclas got his prediction of Kuipers getting the German derby absolutely spot-on yesterday!! By the way can someone please give me some more information on the referee observer who is observing Kuipers in Gelsenkirchen??

    1. This observer had two stints at the Europan Nations final tournament (1992, 1996). On both occasions, he was dropped after one match at the group stage. In 1992 it happened after some mediocre refereeing in Germany vs. Scotland
      (2-0). In 1996 after a poor showing in Germany vs. Italy (0-0), where he didn't show a red card to Germany's goalie after a clear foul in the penalty-area (a penalty-kick was awarded and missed). His father, Raymond coached the Belgian national team in the 1972 tournament, where they reached the Final, just to be beaten (0-3) by the.. West Germans.

    2. Wow thanks for the detailed info friend 🙂 May I know your name friend?? Actually I don't know the language in which your name is written so can you help?? 🙂

    3. Thanks for the thanks, my pleasure! As for your question - Adir in Hebrew.

    4. Thanks again, Adir.. Really nice to interact with you... :)

  2. Interesting that Serdar Gözübüyük is the new AAR in team Kuipers, now that Richard Liesveld has retired!!

  3. I think that Danny Makkelie normally is in Team Kuipers, but he has a match himself in UEL.

  4. How good a game has Anthony Taylor got and that too under the eyes of Uilenberg!!! Is it possible to see Michael Oliver as well in a 2nd leg game???

  5. Predictions for next week:
    Juventus-Porto: Hategan
    Leicester-Sevilla: Orsato
    Monaco-ManCity: Karasev
    Atletico-Leverkusen: Nijhuis

    Genk-Gent: Rocchi
    Besiktas-Olympiacos: Kassai
    Krasnodar-Celta: Oliver
    Ajax-Copenhagen: Mateu Lahoz
    ManUnited-Rostov: Undiano Mallenco
    Roma-Lyon: Collum
    Mönchengladbach-Schalke: Marciniak
    Anderlecht-APOEL: Strömbergsson

    1. Mine is:
      Predictions for next week:
      Juventus-Porto: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
      Leicester-Sevilla: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
      Monaco-ManCity: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
      Atletico-Leverkusen: Ovidiou Alin Hategan (ROU)

      Genk-Gent: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
      Besiktas-Olympiacos: Felix Brych (GER)
      Krasnodar-Celta: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
      Ajax-Copenhagen: Clément Turpin (FRA)
      ManUnited-Rostov: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
      Roma-Lyon: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
      Mönchengladbach-Schalke: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
      Anderlecht-APOEL: Pável Královec (CZE)

    2. Predictions for next week:
      Juventus-Porto: Kassai
      Leicester-Sevilla: Turpin
      Monaco-ManCity: Aleksej Koelbakov
      Atletico-Leverkusen: Rocchi

      Genk-Gent: Oliver
      Besiktas-Olympiacos: Moen
      Krasnodar-Celta: Strombergsson
      Ajax-Copenhagen: Orsato
      ManUnited-Rostov: Undiano Mallenco
      Roma-Lyon: Collum
      Mönchengladbach-Schalke: Hategan
      Anderlecht-APOEL: Marciniak

  6. Predictions for next week:
    Juventus-Porto: Sergei Karasev
    Leicester-Sevilla: Jonas Eriksson
    Monaco-ManCity: Gianluca Rocchi
    Atletico-Leverkusen: Ovidiu Hategan

    Genk-Gent: Martin Strömbergsson
    Besiktas-Olympiacos: Daniele Orsato
    Krasnodar-Celta: Michael Oliver
    Ajax-Copenhagen: Viktor Kassai
    ManUnited-Rostov: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
    Roma-Lyon: Antonio Mateu Lahoz
    Mönchengladbach-Schalke: Milorad Mazic
    Anderlecht-APOEL: Svein Oddvar Moen

    1. Regarding Champions League, these are my predictions as well. 100% agree.

      @Philipp: do you think that another Italian appointment is possible for the Belgian derby, after Tagliavento in first leg?

    2. No, that was a mistake.
      I swap Rocchi and Mateu then.

  7. So, a very important game for Taylor, given the presence of a committee member there. The same for Soares Dias in Copenhagen.
    The match for Makkelie in Greece will be very hot: still some steps and perhaps the Dutch will be promoted soon in Elite Category. However, I see him as "natural replacement" of Kuipers, when he will retire after 2018 WC.
    Interesting to see that Thomson has been appointed for a not so bad game, in my opinion...

    1. Where does these leave Michael Oliver in the European scenario now??

    2. Makkelie is already handled like an Elite referee regarding the appointments. Probably no need for a big observer, because his promotion is clear. Maybe that counts for Zwayer as well?

      Regarding Oliver, we will know more next week: If he is appointed, he has good promotion chances. If not, he seems to be still behind Taylor on UEFA level.

      Thomson's match is IMO the least "interesting" in this set, I didn't expect an Elite referee there.

  8. IMO Oliver is behind Taylor. Not only based on quality, but also in personality. Zwayer is doing very well. He has a natural authority and good management skills. Same for Makkelie. I agree with Philipp that it's clear that Makkelie will be promoted shortly. His appointment, which is normally for elite referees, confirmed this expectation.

    1. I regularly follow English football and Premier League and there is absolutely no way Oliver is behind Taylor in terms of anything... Oliver is miles ahead of Taylor in terms of every quality a referee needs to possess and that shows in the both of their appointments in England throughout the season... Obviously Oliver has a lot of time on his side to make the big move so Committee doesn't need to rush him, they can try him out in more testing games and then promote him after next season!!

    2. In a sense I think both of you are right, of course one cannot compare referee's personalities against each other, in this case it is kind of worth trying.
      Taylor for me is a very reliable referee, he is not the biggest game manager in the Premier League nor UEFA, however more often than not he performs well. He could work on prevention I think and getting more acceptance from the players.
      Oliver to me is the more talented referee, he is maybe slightly less reliable week to week but, as we have seen in England, he is definitely a referee for the big games. He definitely has a very deep understanding of football, and while he is not one to have a relationship with the players like Eriksson looking at verbal warnings, I think his more understated approach works very well, players and managers in England it seems always think well of Oliver, even in criticism he gets praise. I would suggest Oliver could work more on crucial decisions and a more consistent line of disciplinary. He reminds me as a (much) more understated style like Webb.
      In twenty years I think we will likely be looking back on a larger palmarés of Oliver than Taylor, but also England could be without an Elite referee (in theory) so pushing the older Taylor is logical. There is still a lot of time for Oliver, people should remember that.

    3. Exactly Mikael... Oliver is at least 5 years junior to Taylor so certainly has more time on his side so that's why I said the committee should wait for another season and get Oliver tested in big games before getting him promoted!! On getting crucial decisions wrong, I think Taylor clearly leads Oliver this season!!

    4. Completely agree on crucial decisions - although I don't think it's been the best season for Taylor. In general when talking about English referees don't talk about crucial mistakes... :-D

    5. One absolute shocker that comes to mind is the ridiculous penalty awarded to Burnley by Anthony Taylor for a handball last week in Swansea v Burnley when the ball had only hit the Burnley attacker's hand!! You won't get many decisions worse than that!! 😓

  9. 1-1 scored by Ajax in Copenhagen was a clear offside missed by AR2.

    1. Artur Dias is having a moderately challenging!! Lots of things happening!!

    2. 'Clear' is something different. But yes, it was offside.

      At Anderlecht's 0:1 an attacker was in an offside position too but I think he didn't interfere with play (maybe interfering the GK?).

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    1. Zwayer looking good 1st half in FC Rostov - Manchester United.
      Some reactions on 21' Mkhitaryan YC for elbowing. Seemed justified.
      24' correct YC
      Pogba elbowed, similar to 21' incident. No YC. Wrong imo.
      Smalling pulled to ground on corner, pen rejected. Players even? Maybe questionable.
      44' correct YC

    2. But phantom foul and completely wrong YC to Noboa (Rostov) : was foul from Manchester player, unexpectable error here (58th mn)

    3. could't agree more

    4. 76' Missed penalty to Man Utd. Handball after free kick.

    5. Once again? He already missed a penalty for deliberate handball in the free-kick wall in Roma-Villarreal (or rather his AAR1). Any video maybe?

    6. For now this is the handball-video. If this is the alleged handball-situation I disagree on a missed penalty to be honest. I don't see a punishable handball.

    7. Forgot to record, maybe someone? Arm in awkward position not stopping a goal opportunity. Perhaps a bit harsh if he made the call, but immediate reaction pen. AAR in best position, clear access.

      Low tempo match thanks to poor pitch conditions, below required EL quality(?). Long balls and tons of head-to-head duels, some elbows none deliberate but YC given correctly for dangerous play. Zwayer gave a good impression overall imo.

    8. Thanks DutchRef, indeed you're right.

    9. IMO Zwayer missed at least YC in Rostov.

    10. It would classify as "playing in a dangerous manner" which indeed should be YC. Some refs are perhaps not aware of this or make exceptions if opponent player bends down or appears from blind spot(?).

  11. What a minute for Soares Dias in Copenhagen!

    86' - no-penalty call, undeliberate handball of KOB player, the ball bounce from legs and hit widely outstretched hand

    87' - disallowed Ajax' goal due to foul (push), YC to Klaassen for dissent

  12. Kuipers already broke the LOTG, no whistle after a YC for the restart;-). Correct caution for a reckless tackle at 3', basically inevitable.

    1. And no whistle after the second caution either... actually 2x -0.1 (at least in Germany).

    2. 3rd correct yellow card - and again no whistle for the re-start :) systematical violation of the laws of the game, even though of lower importance, of course.

    3. Whoa! How on earth did he miss that?? Really unexpected from him!! 😐

    4. I think he'd be at 8.1 if that was the case...
      But overall a good performance so far

      Great goal for 0-1 I'm sure you'll agree! ;-D

    5. Looking at last night also, if you were considering the theory that Elite referees ignore the LOTG sometimes or rather bend them, then it would not be unfounded at all.

    6. About the goal - as a Schalke supporter the 0-1 was of course very nice :)

    7. I never really put my attention to this... Are there other referees as well who missed whistling after YC offences??

    8. Yes - rarely, but it happens

    9. Missed foul prior attack leading to 1:1 ??
      Intresting situation...

    10. Now a missed foul by Kuipers in midfield before 1:1.

  13. Now in my opinion a clear foul missed by Kuipers before 1-1 by Schalke and after that player from Borussia M. even held the ball with both legs for a few time. This should have been indirect free kick to Schalke.

    1. I agree, for me rather a free-kick for Gladbach, but not sure whether it was compulsory.

    2. Clear foul for me, mandatory call.

    3. Probably you are right. And missed elbow now... maybe even reckless. Kuipers stood directly in front of it, perhaps even too close as he had to escape the ball. Not the most concentrated evening so far.

    4. And now he got inconsistent in his YC-management. When you give the first three YC, you have to book Nastasic too.

      Correct to book Jantschke though.

    5. I agree, David, was surprised that he did not give it. Freezing the frames in the moment of the foul, it was clearly SPA.

  14. Would this mean that Kuipers' chances of getting a CL QF is pretty much over now?? ��

    1. I would very much doubt that honestly, no crucial mistake in terms of (general) media and literally no crucial mistake in the report. He would need very significant problems to end his season tonight I think.

    2. If he doesn't make a very crucial mistake in second half, he'll get a CL game for sure IMO.

      One missed YC, a missed foul prior 1:1, and maybe a missed elbow... Not the best performance of Kuipers but neither a bad one. He has to be fully concentrated in second half and avoid these mistakes.

  15. Very good first half for Taylor and co. Confident, calm and well-managed. Good YC to Roma player at 43. Just a bad positionning in midfield area : he touched the ball after a pass and changed ball direction.

    1. Missed penalty. "79"

    2. Not sure it was a penalty, but surely he missed second YC to Manolas (Roma) a few minutes ago.

    3. You see that as a dive?

    4. Soft call for a penalty indeed. Play on is ok for me. Concerning Manolas, agree with Chefren : missed RC for second mandatory YC for him. Pity because Taylor was overall very performant ! In addition, it looked like referee put his hand on his short to catch the card and stopped himself when he saw Manolas...not acceptable at this level for my taste.

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    6. I agree with Benoit, not enough for a penalty and yes, Tyalor was about to issue the second YC to Manolas (hand in his pocket) but when he realized that player was already booked perhaps he changed idea... not good.

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    8. What will be Taylor's possible mark then with Uilenberg in the observer's chair??

    9. @Soham

      I am writing a report on Taylor so maybe you will know a potential mark in the next days

    10. Eagerly waiting for it Mikael 😊

  16. DutchRef, do you plan to cover any game?

    1. I was about to ask you the same question :-)
      I recorded Rostov-Man United, so I can cover this one relatively quickly. For the other matches I have to wait for an available download.
      Which matches do you prefer to cover?

    2. OK, I watched Copenhagen - Ajax and Lyon - Roma in full. Videos tonight and/or tomorrow. Thanks for cooperation!


    3. Very well! Then I can do Schalke-Mönchengladbach on the basis of the user's reactions above. Rostov-Man United comes tonight, Schalke-Mönchengladbach probably tomorrow.

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  18. Danny M. good performance.
    His only mistake was dont show the second YC to BJK (NR.15)

  19. Any predictions for the QF's UEL and UCL?

  20. FC Rostov - Manchester United (Felix Zwayer)

    Following RayHD's good example all clips are to be found in one album using the link above.

    1. About first half, I must say I'm not so much convinced by disciplinary control. Situation in 10' seems to be a clear YC, YC to Mikhitarian harsh but acceptable (I see the use of elbow as more careless than really reckless, the contact was not so much intensive). After that, YC issued for a foul on Ibrahimovic seems quite harsh as well, the Swedish as always made it more than it really was, but OK still supportable.
      I agree with him about Pogba's situation (34', no elbow) and YC to Bukharov, absolutely correct.
      In second half, in my opinion not a deliberate handball in 77'.

    2. Agree on your view on YC Mihkitarian, watching live it did seem careless but players must learn stop shielding ball with raised, extended arms. Refs have had focus on these situations past years now to avoid all these nasty head injuries (especially EPL). Justified.

      25' YC Gatskan is probably called for "Using excessive force". Zwayer had a good position although considering Ibrahimovic' speed, it did look worse than it was. Gatskan's foot does indeed hit both player and ball. Maybe he did the YC as making an example early in the match(?).

      26' Smalling pulled to the ground. Zwayer believe players were equal, when I see it again I'm not so certain. Imo too few calls on such situations that UEFA themselves said they would focus on (use of AAR).

      34' Pogba situation questionable. Raised arm intentional to shield the ball (why above the head?), barely hit Pogba but it is still dangerous play. Bad position to see the incident, AR with best angle. If you don't see it, you can't call.

      59' YC Noboa - now this is a funny situation, what did Zwayer call for? I do believe it has to be the handball, or jumping dangerously with studs. But his hand is close to his body not to elbow opponent. Then Herrera kicks him instead of ball. My reaction is that this is a wrong call.

      77' The ball surely hits the hand of Gatskan and changes direction, not deliberate(?) (by the old rulebook it could very well be pen). However, it should instead be a free kick Rostov for Pogba pulling def to ground.

      Poor pitch, slow tempo. Would like to see a match where Zwayer is tested more as he's definitely a young talented ref.

  21. How was Björn Kuipers' performance in the 2nd half?? Was he good?? Has he done enough to get an important CL QF game??

    1. In my humble view, he made too many mistakes even in half 2. Control, advantage rule and communication were really good, but e.g. in 69' and around 71' there were 2 clear errors (1 wrong free kick - a BMG player would have been through at sideline height) and 1 missed submarining case). Simply not so much consistency in the foul selection and detection as usual.. This does not change that of course he will get a quarterfinal in CL, though.

    2. @Niclas So in brief can we sum that up as a decent performance in the overall bigger picture with some points for improvement?? 🤔

    3. Hm - regardless of the probably missed foul prior to the 1-1, I think it was rather a satisfying performance with important rooms for improvement (8.1 area) - and even though "satisfying" is included in this marking area, it would be everything but good in UEFA.

    4. Kuipers will surely work on that and come back stronger. That's what good referees are all about. I wish him all the best!! 🙂

  22. OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS - AS ROMA (Anthony Taylor)

    Key match incidents:
    80' - Lyon's penalty appeal
    86' - potential 2nd YC to #44 ROM (reckless)
    90+2' - Lyon's goal; was there an offside position, was there an offside (obstructing GK's line of vision)?

    1. Regrettable missed this live, thanks RayHD for videos.

      13' imo should have been YC Roma's Strootman. Late, dangerous tackle hitting both legs.

      80' oh, this is interesting! Taylor sprints to get a good position (huge plus in my book). Roma player stands up and withdraw leg/arms to avoid pen, but actually hits him with the knee! So did the Lyon player make the most of it? Full speed, forward rotation (little contact is all that is needed). Imo he could make the call, still it probably looked like a stumble/fall to him.

      86' Big mistake imo not to show 2nd YC here as many here has pointed out before. A clear foul, no attempt to take the ball.

      90+2 Definitely Lyon player offside, and from Taylor's angle (similar position to shortline action camera) looks like he is obstructing GK's line of vision. AR did not signal, so hard to say if Taylor himself considered the call.

      Judging by the provided videos, I believe Taylor had a good 1st half and 2nd until Manolas incident. Obviously better to watch the whole thing. His positioning on these calls were excellent, good intuition and consistent.

    2. 80 not only the knee. clear contact on the knee and the right foot. obvious foul.

  23. Schalke '04 - Borussia Mönchengladbach (Björn Kuipers)

    Refereeing highlights based on user's comments.

    1. In my opinion, after a good start with seemingly correct calls, Kuipers gets into trouble. The match however, very physical with lots of headless challenges.

      3',10', 14' - perhaps needless to say, all correct calls

      15' - S04 player clearly pushed behind by 2nd player after avoiding elbow from 1st player. Kuipers actually put the whistle in his mouth to make the call(?), but strangely changed his mind. Could it be since S04 player was just out of balance and could still get to the ball? Imo wrong decision.

      25' - Here there's a lot going on. Could he give free kick to S04 player after pushed/dispossessed? Then BMG player is first battled off the ball (held back by extended arm) and later pushed. At some point play should have been stopped. Compared to similar situations in the game, I believe this to be inconsistent. If this was Kuipers' line to allow this level of physical play, one may wonder.

      32' - this situation we don't like to see. Good position and still he doesn't see the elbow. Rather reckless and excessive than careless, MBG player tries to shield off S04 player. Kuipers (1)did not spot the elbow or (2)did not believe it was deliberate(?). Imo YC missed.

      35' - I believe it is a YC, but I sometimes see these situations not booked. It is perhaps not excessive force but SPA, obviously no attempt to hit the ball.

      38' - In the old days, some countries would have RC right up. Late, excessive force, lucky not to seriously hurt opponent. YC every day.

      69' - Now, from our wonderful camera angle this is easily not a foul. Kuipers sees this from another angle, believing MBG player pushes or steps on S04 player heels. Adding S04 player reaction he is fooled.

      71' - S04 player looks at BMG player ready for heading ball. With more speed and distance BMG player likely to win the duel, so S04 player bends. Usually in these situations free kick S04, I think. It's not pretty and a broken collarbone is not unlikely, done so myself in game once. Not making a call, Kuipers say it's 50/50 challenge, both or none at fault.

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