February 19, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 8 (2017)

The following match officials have been selected to take control over the matches played in Europe's top leagues in Matchweek 8. Feel free to ...

- ... share appointments with us (writing them as a comment in the manner below)
- ... share appointments from your national leagues other than those listed below with us, specially if you consider the game as significant (e.g. a derby, a top clash or a very important game etc.)
- ... place video clips you regard as useful for educational and discussion purpose
- ... discuss match situations on the games belonging to the respective matchweek
- ... and much more..

Our matchweekly posts can be easily found in the menu (Referee Appointments > National Leagues).
They will appear on Saturdays most likely and then be filled throughout the week.


EFL Cup Final 

26.02.17 17:30 CET
Manchester United - Southampton
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistant Referees: Richard West, Stuart Burt
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend
Reserve Assistant Referee: Matthew Wilkes

Premier League (MD 26)

25.02.17 16:00 CET
Chelsea - Swansea City
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistant Referees: Simon Long, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Lee Probert

25.02.17 16:00 CET
Crystal Palace - Middlesbrough
Referee: Robert Madley
Assistant Referees: Peter Kirkup, Marc Perry
Fourth Official: Lee Mason

25.02.17 16:00 CET
Everton - Sunderland
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn, Scott Ledger
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor

25.02.17 16:00 CET
Hull City - Burnley
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Stephen Child, David Bryan
Fourth Official: Michael Oliver

25.02.17 16:00 CET
West Bromwich Albion - AFC Bournemouth
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett, Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: Roger East 

25.02.17 18:30 CET
Watford - West Ham
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistant Referees: Jake Collin, Ian Hussin
Fourth Official: Graham Scott

26.02.17 14:30 CET
Tottenham Hotspur - Stoke City
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistant Referees: Edward Smart, Andy Halliday
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

27.02.17 21:00 CET
Leicester City - Liverpool
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck, Darren Cann
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

Southampton - Arsenal and Manchester City - Manchester United have been postponed due to EFL Cup final involving Manchester United and Southampton. 


Ligue 1 (MD 21)

21.02.17 18:30 CET
SM Caen - AS Nancy Lorraine
Referee: Nicolas Rainville
Assistant Referees: Huseyin Ocak, Alexandre Viala
Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy 

Ligue 1 (MD 27)

24.02.17 19:00 CET
FC Nantes - Dijon FCO
Referee: Tony Chapron
Assistant Referees: Alexandre Viala, Frédéric Hebrard
Fourth Official: Aurélien Petit

24.02.17 20:45 CET
OGC Nice - Montpellier Hérault SC
Referee: Frank Schneider
Assistant Referees: Nicolas Henninot, Tugdual Philippe
Fourth Official: Lionel Jaffredo

25.02.17 17:00 CET
En Avant Guingamp - AS Monaco
Referee: Amaury Delerue
Assistant Referees: Bertrand Jouannaud, Cyril Mugnier
Fourth Official: Alexandre Castro

25.02.17 20:00 CET
AS Nancy Lorraine - Toulouse FC
Referee: Benoît Millot
Assistant Referees: Julien Pacelli, Stephan Luzi
Fourth Official: Romain Lissorgue

25.02.17 20:00 CET
LOSC Lille - Girondins de Bordeaux
Referee: Sébastien Desiage 
Assistant Referees: Gilles Lang, Mickaël Lamouche
Fourth Official: Florent Batta

25.02.17 20:00 CET
Stade Rennais - FC Lorient
Referee: Nicolas Rainville 
Assistant Referees: Hicham Zakrani, Pierre Chevreux
Fourth Official: Romain Delpech

25.02.17 20:00 CET
Angers SCO - SC Bastia
Referee: Karim Abed
Assistant Referees: Cédric Moreau, Julien Aube
Fourth Official: Hakim Ben El Hadj

26.02.17 15:00 CET
AS St-Étienne - SM Caen
Referee: Ruddy Buquet
Assistant Referees: Guillaume Debart, Frédéric Cano
Fourth Official: Olivier Husset

26.02.17 17:00 CET
Olympique Lyonnais - Metz FC
Referee: François Letexier
Assistant Referees: Eric Danizan, Nicolas Danos
Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy

26.02.17 21:00 CET
Olympique Marseille - Paris Saint Germain
Referee: Benoît Bastien 
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Haquette, Cyril Gringore
Fourth Official: Mikaël Lesage


Bundesliga (MD 22)

24.02.17 20:30 CET
VfL Wolfsburg - Werder Bremen
Referee: Wolfgang Stark
Assistant Referees: Mike Pickel, Martin Petersen
Fourth Official: Christian Bandurski

25.02.17 15:30 CET
Bayer Leverkusen - 1. FSV Mainz 05
Referee: Benjamin Brand
Assistant Referees: Robert Schröder, Christian Leicher
Fourth Official: Markus Schüller

25.02.17 15:30 CET
Bayern München - Hamburger SV
Referee: Bastian Dankert
Assistant Referees: René Rohde, Markus Häcker
Fourth Official: Markus Schmidt

25.02.17 15:30 CET
SV Darmstadt 98 - FC Augsburg
Referee: Dr. Jochen Drees
Assistant Referees: Christoph Bornhorst, Christian Gittelmann
Fourth Official: Thorben Siewer

25.02.17 15:30 CET
SC Freiburg - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Daniel Siebert
Assistant Referees: Lasse Koslowski, Jan Seidel
Fourth Official: Arno Blos

25.02.17 15:30 CET
RB Leipzig - 1. FC Köln
Referee: Marco Fritz 
Assistant Referees: Dominik Schaal, Marcel Pelgrim
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner

25.02.17 18:30 CET
Hertha BSC - Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Sascha Stegemann 
Assistant Referees: Christian Fischer, Frederick Assmuth
Fourth Official: Harm Osmers

26.02.17 15:30 CET
FC Ingolstadt - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Christian Dingert 
Assistant Referees: Rafael Foltyn, Arne Aarnink
Fourth Official: Patrick Alt

26.02.17 17:30 CET
Schalke 04 - 1899 Hoffenheim
Referee: Deniz Aytekin 
Assistant Referees: Christian Dietz, Eduard Beitinger
Fourth Official: Guido Winkmann 


Serie A (MD 26)

25.02.17 18:00 CET
SSC Napoli - Atalanta
Referee: Domenico Celi
Assistant Referees: Marco Barbirati, Andrea Marzaloni
Additional Assistant Referees: Nicola Rizzoli, Fabrizio Pasqua
Fourth Official: Andrea Crispo

25.02.17 20:45 CET
Juventus - Empoli FC
Referee: Maurizio Mariani 
Assistant Referees: Giacomo Paganessi, Stefano Alassio
Additional Assistant Referees: Fabio Maresca, Federico La Penna
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore

26.02.17 12:30 CET
US Città di Palermo - UC Sampdoria
Referee: Daniele Doveri
Assistant Referees: Valentino Fiorito, Omar Gava
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Valeri, Antonio Rapuano
Fourth Official: Giorgio Peretti

26.02.17 15:00 CET
Chievo Verona - Delfino Pescara 1936
Referee: Claudio Gavillucci 
Assistant Referees: Damiano Di Iorio, Stefano Liberti
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni, Valerio Marini
Fourth Official: Filippo Valeriani

26.02.17 15:00 CET
FC Crotone - Cagliari Calcio
Referee: Daniele Orsato 
Assistant Referees: Mauro Tonolini, Claudio La Rocca
Additional Assistant Referees: Michael Fabbri, Marco Serra
Fourth Official: Alfonso Marrazzo

26.02.17 15:00 CET
Genoa CFC - Bologna FC
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi
Assistant Referees: Giulio Dobosz, Alessandro Lo Cicero
Additional Assistant Referees: Marco Guida, Marco Mainardi
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini

26.02.17 15:00 CET
SS Lazio - Udinese Calcio
Referee: Luca Pairetto 
Assistant Referees: Rodolfo Di Vuolo, Giorgio Schenone
Additional Assistant Referees: Luca Banti, Francesco Paolo Saia
Fourth Official: Fabiano Preti

26.02.17 15:00 CET
US Sassuolo Calcio - AC Milan
Referee: Gianpaolo Calvarese 
Assistant Referees: Ciro Carbone, Gianmattia Tasso
Additional Assistant Referees: Carmine Russo, Aleandro Di Paolo
Fourth Official: Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore

26.02.17 20:45 CET
FC Internazionale - AS Roma
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento 
Assistant Referees: Filippo Meli, Gianluca Cariolato
Additional Assistant Referees: Antonio Damato, Marco Di Bello
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri

27.02.17 20:45 CET
ACF Fiorentina - Torino FC
Referee: Piero Giacomelli
Assistant Referees: Salvatore Longo, Giuseppe De Pinto
Additional Assistant Referees: Davide Massa, Rosario Abisso
Fourth Official: Mauro Vivenzi 


La Liga (MD 16)

22.02.17 18:45 CET
Valencia Club de Fútbol - Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea
Assistant Referees: César García Fernández, Iker De Francisco Grijalba
Fourth Official: Sebastián Ripoll Solano

La Liga (MD 24)

24.02.17 20:45 CET
Unión Deportiva Las Palmas - Real Sociedad de Fútbol 
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera
Assistant Referees: Diego Barbero Sevilla, César Manuel Noval Font
Fourth Official: Fernando Navarro Collados

25.02.17 13:00 CET
Deportivo Alavés - Valencia Club de Fútbol 
Referee: Mario Melero López
Assistant Referees: Manuel Ángel Torre Cimiano, José Luis Martínez Serrato
Fourth Official: Iosu Galech Apezteguía

25.02.17 16:15 CET
Real Betis Balompié - Sevilla Fútbol Club 
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, Abrahám Álvarez Cantón
Fourth Official: Sergio Pérez Muley

25.02.17 18:30 CET
Club Deportivo Leganés - Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña 
Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero
Assistant Referees: José Manuel Matías Caballero, Alfonso Baena Espejo
Fourth Official: Jesús Benjumea Álvarez

25.02.17 20:45 CET
Sociedad Deportiva Eibar - Málaga Club de Fútbol 
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández
Assistant Referees: Miguel Martínez Munuera, Francisco Javier Martín García
Fourth Official: Albert Catalá Ferrán

26.02.17 12:00 CET
Real Club Deportivo Espanyol de Barcelona - Club Atlético Osasuna
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez
Assistant Referees: Teodoro Sobrino Magán, Jon Núñez Fernández
Fourth Official: Cristian Adrian Lixandru

26.02.17 16:15 CET
Club Atlético de Madrid - Fútbol Club Barcelona
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devís, Raúl Cabañero Martínez
Fourth Official: Iván Muñoz Pérez

26.02.17 18:30 CET
Athletic Club - Granada Club de Fútbol 
Referee: Daniel Jesús Trujillo Suárez
Assistant Referees: Marcos Álvarez Moreno, José Carlos Escuela Melo
Fourth Official: Álvaro López Parra

26.02.17 18:30 CET
Real Sporting de Gijón - Real Club Celta de Vigo 
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea
Assistant Referees: César García Fernández, Iker De Francisco Grijalba
Fourth Official: José Alberto Pardeiro Puente

26.02.17 20:45 CET
Villarreal Club de Fútbol - Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano
Assistant Referees: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez, José Manuel Fernández Miranda
Fourth Official: Albert Ávalos Martos


  1. Important refereeing scenes from last two matchdays of Polish Ekstraklasa:

    https://streamable.com/m4cxz (3:12 - 5:17 and 5:55 - 7:20)
    https://streamable.com/2c226 (5:20)

    1. Some clear mistakes in the match with Jagiellonia...

    2. You meant first video, 5:55 - 7:20. The referee was Bartosz Frankowski. In the first scene, the penalty was not given, so correct decision. Then, there is a missed penalty to Lechia Gdańsk for that careless slide tackle. The penalty for handball in the 83rd minute of the game has been deemed by Zbigniew Przesmycki as correct call - expected ball and hand increasing body surface.

    3. And I disagree with this assessment by Przesmycki, for me in that case no penalty.

  2. Some rest for Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor in Premier League!!

  3. Number 1 against number 3 in the Dutch eredivisie (Feyenoord-PSV)
    Referee: Bas Nijhuis
    AR's: Van de Ven / Schaap
    4th: Ed Janssen

    Semi-finals KNVB-beker:

    Sparta - Vitesse: Dennis Higler (VAR: Blom)
    AZ - Cambuur: Kevin Blom (VAR: Higler)

    1. No Björn Kuipers in the appointments?? Is he being rested before a Champions League tie or something like that??

  4. Skomina for Slovenian derby. Both teams have the same number of points and they sharing the first place.

    25.02.2017 20:15 CET
    Maribor - Olimpija Ljubljana
    Referee: Damir Skomina
    Assistant Referees: Matej Žunič, Robert Vukan
    ARs: Roberto Ponis, Dragoslav Perič
    Fourth Official: Matej Jug

    1. I guess Jure Praprotnik is from one of the two cities and therefore he can't be appointed for the game?

    2. Chefren, you are right. Jure Praprotnik is a member of the Football Referee Society of Ljubljana and therefore can not be appointed.

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    4. Yes Chefren. Same goes for Slavko Vinčič, he is from Maribor, therefore automatically excluded from appointments for the derby.

  5. OT: Here is the article on how Marciniak was verbally attacked by Suárez and Neymar during the PSG-Barcelona game.



    I know it's common in Primera División, where such behaviour is accepted by the referees, but the question is: is it common during the games at UEFA level? is it OK to turn a deaf ear to such words? where to draw the line?


    1. I have to say it depends: last season, a Valencia player was sent off against Real Madrid because he said "cagón" to an AR (Cabañero Martínez). Not always is that behaviour is accepted. I guess it may depend on the referee.

    2. I think it's really bad... However big players they might be, they've no right to say all these garbage to a referee... Just because Marciniak is relatively inexperienced compared to some others, they can't subject him all this rubbish... Obviously these won't have any affect on someone of Marciniak's calibre...But it's definitely something players shouldn't even dare to do out of their frustration of not playing well!! Marciniak wasn't responsible for the horrible football that Barcelona played that day so Neymar and Suarez have no right whatsoever to inflict the referee with their garbage talks!! I'm really disappointed!!

    3. It seems that such unsporting behaviour is quite often presented by Neymar & Suarez in CL matches:


    4. Here is the second link regarding Suarez:

    5. Appalling that almost no-one takes any action against such behaviour...

    6. Agree. I think the problem lies in a language barrier. The majority of referees the most probably don't know (the meaning of) the curse words in other languages. Therefore, it's hard for referees to detect when expressed towards them on a pitch unless they understand/speak certain language. Maybe at the next UEFA training session some time should be devoted to this topic in order that the referees could be able to detect and punish such unsporting behaviours accordingly (since they repeat with some players e.g. Neymar, Suarez) right on spot/pitch or after the match.

    7. Talking about the situation where Suarez hurled abuse at Skomina's Assistant, my question is why didn't Skomina book him?? A line needs to be drawn somewhere for these repeat offenders and Skomina should have definitely booked him there!! Only warning can't be enough for such behaviour... Even further punishments from UEFA would've been much appreciated as far as I'm concerned!!

    8. It was an extensive interview with Damir Skomina in the Slovenian sports newspaper Ekipa published yesterday . He and a journalist talked also about this topic - cursing. The journalist asked him: ''Do you learn the curse words in the prevailing language of a certain club or national team? To be able to know when they offend you? '' Skomina answered: '' No, not at all. I speak Italian and English. Due to Italian language I'm familiar with the Latin languages. It's not that I would learn the curse words in other lanugages, not at all. We should understand that the players are under enormous pressure. It's known what is within the normal limits. Spontaneous responses are understandable, but we should strive for the match to come to an end within the normal limits and not to seek for troubles, not to seek for what somebody said and similar''. Skomina also mentioned the testing of the use of the VAR technology, but since it's still in the testing phase he could not tell much about it and this ban is valid until the end of this year. He also gave some intresting info on the procedure of his preparation before officiating a certain match in CL.

  6. As I promised, you can find the instructions given by Polish FA's Referee Committee to their referees in regard to judging handball incidents here. You agree with them or not (most likely not ;)), but it's a huge work of Zbigniew Przesmycki and really no room for interpretation and long discussions about all those grey area handballs :)


    1. I think that sometimes it would be quite difficult to answer to all these questions on the pitch before whistling a foul / playing on... for example, "was the player able to avoid the contact" can be more than questionable, in my opinion.

  7. Friendly appointment:
    San Marino - Andorra
    Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)

  8. Tagliavento with another Italian derby...

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  10. Hello
    One question:

    If a players leaves the field but the re enters without permission it is a yellow card and indirect free kick. But if he does the same thing and touches the ball (interferes) is it no difference? Still only indirect free kick and yellow? What if he re enters the field without permission and saves a goal (no arm)?.

    1. If, after leaving the field of play with the referee’s permission, a player
      re-enters without the referee’s permission, the referee must:
      • stop play (not immediately if the player does not interfere with play or if the advantage can be applied)
      • caution the player for entering the field of play without permission
      • order the player to leave the field of play

      If the referee stops play, it must be restarted:
      • with an indirect free kick from the position of the ball when play was
      stopped or
      • in accordance with Law 12 if the player infringes this Law

      So if there is no interference, the referee shouldn't stop play. In case of any interference (also saving a goal) it will be an IDFK and YC unless there is a foul.

    2. Thanks, as I already thought then.

    3. In case of stopping a goal (without another offense being committed), the player must be sent off, as outlined in circular 7 (http://static-3eb8.kxcdn.com/documents/200/Circular%20%207_2016_v0.3_EN.pdf)

    4. Oops! Thank you, Carter!

  11. Advantage leads to goal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rjVrQAQgDg

  12. Another one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7rSj-DGNRw

    1. Well done, especially in the second case that was more difficult (foul making player fall). Btw, I love your passion for the refereeing!

  13. Penalty appeal from Wolfsburg - Bremen (Wolfgang Stark):


    The first and last view show that challenge had its impact on the attacking player and penalty should have been given. However, given the visual angle Stark had on that incident (he was very static, should have been positioned from the other side of blue player standing close to him), I am not surprised he opted for play-on.

    1. In my opinion the challenge has not a very significant effect, so I would back Stark. That's my opinion, of course.

  14. Las Palmas - Real Sociedad (Juan Martínez Munuera)

    11' - penalty appeal (handball)

    24' - penalty appeal; impeding the progress of an opponent?

    79' - offside call from Diego Barbero Sevilla

    1. 11': I agree with referee, not a punishable handball, arm was in a natural position, given the movement by defender.
      24': For me not enough for a penalty, I agree with play on.
      79': Significant mistake, player was ONSIDE. In addition, I would have waited for the control of the ball, before raising. We know that everything can always happen and there isn't the need to be in a hurry when calling offside.
      Thank you again for these videos from national leagues!

  15. Arka Gdynia - Korona Kielce (Łukasz Bednarek)

    30' - penalty kick, holding

    59' - penalty kick; reckless SPA or DOGSO with genuine attempt to play the ball?

    Pogoń Szczecin - Lech Poznań (Daniel Stefański - FIFA)

    48' - penalty appeal, holding

    58' - studs tackle; reckless or SFP?

  16. Arka Gdynia - Korona Kielce (Łukasz Bednarek)

    30': Difficult situation, in my opinion the holding has not a significant effect on the opponent, however I wouldn't say that calling a penalty was a 100% wrong decision, because the defender continued in his action and it was really persistent, I think an observer could back referee for this reason, while basically it could look like not enough for a whistle.
    59': Penalty and YC are correct decision, however in my opinion, given the fact that the ball had been kicked before the contact and it was not sure what would have happened without the foul, I think that YC was for the reckless challenge by keeper, no DOGSO.

    Pogoń Szczecin - Lech Poznań (Daniel Stefański - FIFA)

    48': Another borderline situation, bur for some aspects I think that this holding on the arm of the opponent had a certain effect, defender was very firm in his action, I think penalty wouldn't have been a mistake but referee has all the reasons to play on, not a clear one.
    58': In my opinion reckless, but very close to SFP

  17. Chelsea - Swansea City (Neil Swarbrick)

    68' - penalty appeal, handball

    70' - penalty appeal

    75' - illegal use of arms; tool vs weapon

  18. Interesting situation. The other team has bo obligation to pass the ball back but should because of fair play. But all could be avoided if the ref blew for a foul in the first case. www.youtube.com/watch?v=na5jyj_EqHY

    1. And then, all could have been avoided if the referee stopped the game for medical treatment. The referees are often afraid of doing that and even try to convince player to kick the ball out of the field of play (not in this case, though).

      The referee shouldn't have been approaching the laying player in order to check his ability to continue play, if the game was not stopped.

      You have a whistle, use it. Sometimes it's just wiser than let players decide what to do.

  19. Today big controversy in Italian serie A game Sassuolo - Milan (referee Gianpaolo Calvarese).
    Penalty kicked by Bacca was irregular because the player touched with both feet the ball, it was a double touch, so indirect free kick to Sassuolo should have been awarded. Officials missed it, but players noticed everything live and there were many, many complaints. In the game there were, in addition, at least other 4 or 5 crucial situations in penalty area, with many difficult decisions to be taken.
    Impossible for the referee to spot it live?

    1. The double touch is clear thank to further replays shown here on Italian TV.

    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qlKU2ZaU34&feature=youtu.be

    3. (Almost) impossible to detect. I wouldn't blame the referee much.

  20. A crucial mistake by AR1 Stuart Burt to cancel a goal by Southampton. Otherwise fine refereeing by Andre Marriner so far, including resisting a RC:SFP for a reckless tackle by SOT#08.

    1. On the whole good performance by Marriner, avoided two possible second cautions. Sadly the call to cancel a 1-0 for SOT by AR1 kind of tarnishes the performance of the team.

  21. Excellent decision by Tagliavento: YC and indirect free kick.

  22. My opinion: crucial mistake by giving Real Madrid a penalty for handball on villareal. Ball seeks arm, no time to react, not expected ball, ball bounces up etc..

    1. i agree, really harsh decision against the defender there. Short distance, deflection, no time to react and so on.

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  23. If a referee's work is decided VERY CHALLENGING is his/her starting mark 8.5 or 8.7


  24. Some penalty incidents Bobby Madley faced during the Crystal Palace vs Middlesbrough game:

    1) https://streamable.com/lbs0g

    2) https://streamable.com/fbo7e

    3) https://streamable.com/dl304

    4) https://streamable.com/p4m8g

    5) https://streamable.com/hd3ix

    6) https://streamable.com/l6zk4

    7) https://streamable.com/uvzjt

  25. This is not acceptable: u19 elite teams.


    Look at 1:07 juggling up the ball like perisic to head it to GK
    Look at 4:33 head referee signals for goal despite very bad position and no signal from assistant referee

    1. + looks like it never really crossed the goaline either, really poor effort put in by him there.

      First incident clearly shows players (as there were no protests) and this particular ref have no glue about this rule. Although I wouldn't be surprised if most of the U19 players don't know that this action is unsportsmanlike.

  26. Two studs tackles from Michael Oliver's game (Leicester City - Liverpool):

    1. Incredible that Oliver totally missed both situation, and he was positioned almost perfect. Both situation are borderline YC-RC, dangerous tackles, especially second one. But I already wrote here that many big refs miss this kind of tackles. On the pitch it seems that they are hard to detect. Now, when big games are covered by numerous of cameras, and we can easily see those tackles and see how dangerous whey are.

    2. I didn't know that Oliver replaced Mason, I'm sorry if sometimes the domestic leagues appointments are not updated every day.

    3. Why did Oliver replace Mason?? Is Lee Mason alright?? 😕

    4. In my humble opinion, in both the situations there was a clear attempt to play the ball and I would judge both these as accidental... They really don't look deliberate to me and I'll back Oliver's calls in both these cases!!

    5. Because you love Oliver :D
      It doesn't matter. Foul doesn't have to be deliberate to be a foul.

    6. That's a bit true as well 😝 Possibly a little biased at times while judging Oliver... My human side shows up!! 😝

  27. Bundesliga situations:
    1) Referee: Dankert, Decision: Play on
    2) Referee: Drees, Decision: Play on
    3) Referee: Fritz, Decision: Play on
    4) Referee: Stegemann, Decision: Free kick, no card
    5) Referee: Stegemann, Decision: Goal
    6) Referee: Dingert, Decision: Goal
    7) Referee: Aytekin, Decision: No card (don't remember, whether free kick was given)

  28. Did you see winning goal in Dutch derby match Feyenoord-PSV? The goal was confirmed thanks to the goal line technology. The ball was 1mm behind the goal line literally! Incredible. Absolutely no chance for refs to see that. This goal may decide the winner of the championship, so it has big importance. This is one of the cases where technology in football justifies its usage.

    1. GLT is really great. It helped referees in more cases than expected. Really useful. I am still sceptical about VAR. VAR will help only in cases of black-white mistakes and those are really rare at the highest level.

  29. Some interesting scenes from France from this weekend.

    1 - FC Nantes - Dijon FCO (Ligue 1): abusive gesture (Tony Chapron)

    2 - EA Guingamp - AS Monaco (Ligue 1): SPA + penalty kick (Amaury Delerue)

    3 - SC Bastia - Angers SCO (Ligue 1): Red card after substitution (Karim Abed)

    4 - Stade de Reims - Stade Brestois (Ligue 2): Penalty kick (Antony Gautier)


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