March 20, 2017

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for Matchday 5

These officials have been appointed for the fifth matchday of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA Zone).  Missing names will be added in due course. 

24 March 2017

Group D, 20:45, Vienna (Austria)
Austria - Moldova 
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (Hungary)
Assistant Referee 2: Péter Berettyán (Hungary)
Fourth Official: Ferenc Karakó (Hungary)

FIFA Referee Assessor: Lassin Isaksen (Faroe Islands)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Outi Saarinen (Finland)

Group D, 20:45, Tbilisi (Georgia)
Georgia - Serbia 
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (Germany)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (Germany)

FIFA Referee Assessor: Vítor Melo Pereira (Portugal)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Patrick Wattebled (France)

Group D, 20:45, Dublin (Republic of Ireland)
Republic of Ireland - Wales
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (Italy)
Fourth Official: Davide Massa (Italy)

FIFA Referee Assessor: Ichko Lozev (Bulgaria)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Bernd Barutta (Germany)

Group G, 20:45, Palermo (Italy)
Italy - Albania
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 1: 
Tomaž Klančnik (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (Slovenia)
Fourth Official: 
Matej Jug (Slovenia)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Oguz Sarvan (Turkey)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Balázs Makray (Hungary)

Group G, 20:45, Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
Liechtenstein - FYR Macedonia 
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Conotte (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Godelaine (Belgium)
Fourth Official: Alexandre Boucaut (Belgium) 

FIFA Referee Assessor: Nicolae Grigorescu (Romania)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Kari Iuell (Norway)

Group G, 20:45, Gijón (Spain)
Spain - Israel 
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
Assistant Referee 1: Jake Collin (England)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (England)
4th Official: Robert Madley (England)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Gylfi Þor Orasson (Iceland)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Ainar Leppänen (Estonia)

Group I, 20:45, Zagreb (Croatia)
Croatia - Ukraine
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (Spain)
Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gómez (Spain)

FIFA Referee Assessor: Andreas Schluchter (Switzerland)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Barry Bright (England)

Group I, 20:45, Shkoder (Albania)
Kosovo - Iceland
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (Portugal)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (Portugal)
Fourth Official: 
João Pinheiro (Portugal)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Jørn West Larsen (Denmark)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Wolfgang Thierrichter (Austria)

Group I, 18:00, Antalya (Turkey)
Turkey - Finland
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (Spain)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)
Fourth Official: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
FIFA Referee Assessor: László Vágner (Hungary)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Rainer Koch (Germany)

25 March 2017

Group A, 20:45, Sofia (Bulgaria)
Bulgaria - Netherlands 
Referee: William Collum (Scotland)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (Scotland)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (Scotland)
Fourth Official: John Beaton (Scotland)

FIFA Referee Assessor: Zbigniew Przesmycki (Poland)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Stefano Pucci (Italy)

Group A, 20:45, City of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Luxembourg - France
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
Assistant Referee 1: 
Haralds Gudermanis (Latvia)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (Latvia)
Fourth Official: 
Aleksandrs Golubevs (Latvia)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Terje Hauge (Norway)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Luca Zorzi (Switzerland)

Group A, 20:45, Solna (Sweden)
Sweden - Belarus 
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (Austria)
Fourth Official: Alexander Harkam (Austria)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Alan Snoddy (Northern Ireland)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Anne Rei (EST)

Group B, 18:00, Andorra La Vella (Andorra)
Andorra - Faroe Islands
Referee: Ognjen Valjić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Assistant Referee 1: 
Senad Ibrisimbegović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Sreten Udovičić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Fourth Official:
Edin Jakupović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Kaj Natri (Finland)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Graham Hover (England)

Group B, 20:45, Lisbon (Portugal)
Portugal - Hungary
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland)
Fourth Official: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Manuel Díaz Vega (Spain)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Paolo Rondelli (San Marino)

Group B, 18:00, Geneva (Switzerland)
Switzerland - Latvia
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (Russia)
Assistant Referee 1: Maksim Gavrilin (Russia)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Valeri Danchenko (Russia)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Eskov (Russia)

FIFA Referee Assessor: Plarent Kotherja (Albania)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Duncan Fraser (Scotland)

Group H, 20:45, Brussels (Belgium)
Belgium - Greece 
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Fourth Official: 
Marco Fritz (Germany)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Jozef Marko (Slovakia)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Christian Mutschler (Switzerland)

Group H, 18:00, Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Gibraltar 
Referee: Svein- Erik Edvartsen (Norway)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Erik Engan (Norway)
Assistant Referee 2 : Jon M. Knutsen (Norway)
Fourth Official: Espen Eskås (Norway)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Iain Brines (Scotland)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Vladislav Khodeev (Russia)

Group H, 18:00, Nicosia (Cyprus)
Cyprus - Estonia 
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (Finland)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (Finland)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Sami Nykänen (Finland)
Fourth Official: Dennis Antamo (Finland)

FIFA Referee Assessor: Drago Kos (Slovenia)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Thomas Grimm (Switzerland)

26 March 2017

Group C, 18:00, Baku (Azerbaijan)
Azerbaijan - Germany
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Riccardo Di Fiore (Italy)
Fourth Official: Marco Guida (Italy) 

FIFA Referee Assessor: Aleksei Spirin (Russia)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Adrian Ixari (Moldova)

Group C, 20:45, Belfast (Northern Ireland)
Northern Ireland - Norway
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Kemal Yilmaz (Turkey)
Fourth Official: 
Mete Kalkavan (Turkey)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Victor Mintoff (Malta)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Virgar Hvidbro (Faroe Islands)

Group C, 18:00, Serravalle (San Marino)
San Marino - Czech Republic
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
Assistant Referee 1: 
Hannes Reinvald (Estonia)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Sten Klaasen (Estonia)
Fourth Official: 
Juri Frischer (Estonia)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (Armenia)
FIFA Match Commissioner: David Griffiths (Wales)

Group E, 18:00, Yerevan (Armenia)
Armenia - Kazakhstan 
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (FYR Macedonia)
Assistant Referee 1: 
Marjan Kirovski (FYR Macedonia)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Dejan Kostadinov (FYR Macedonia)
Fourth Official: 
Dejan Jakimovski (FYR Macedonia)
FIFA Referee Assessor: John Ward (Republic of Ireland)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Paul Krähenbühl (Switzerland)

Group E, 20:45, Podgorica (Montenegro)
Montenegro - Poland
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Assistant Referee 1: Vencel Tóth (Hungary)
Assistant Referee 2: György Ring (Hungary)
Fourth Official: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Robert Sedlacek (Austria)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Petr Fousek (Czech Republic)

Group E, 20:45, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Romania - Denmark 
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (England)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (England)
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor (England)

FIFA Referee Assessor: Bosko Jovanetic (Serbia)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Georg Lüchinger (Liechtenstein)

Group F, 18:00, London (England)
England - Lithuania 
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (France)
Assistant Referee 2: Guillaume Debart (France)
Fourth Official: Amaury Delerue (France) 

FIFA Referee Assessor: Eugen Strigel (Germany)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Nebojsa Ivkovic (Serbia)

Group F, 20:45, Ta' Qali (Malta)
Malta - Slovakia
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 1: 
Çem Satman (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Serkan Olguncan (Turkey)
Fourth Official: 
Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Ray Ellingham (Wales)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Susanne Erlandsson (Sweden)

Group F, 20:45, Glasgow (Scotland)
Scotland - Slovenia 
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Fourth Official: Pol van Boekel (Netherlands) 

FIFA Referee Assessor: Michel Vautrot (France)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Jean-Francois Crucke (Belgium)


  1. Perhaps you remember the penalty whistled by Joseph Lamptey in South Africa - Senegal a few months ago... well:

    Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
    Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (Austria)
    Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (Austria)
    Fourth Official: Alexander Harkam (Austria)

  3. E 'was designated some Italian referee?

  4. Montenegro - Poland
    Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
    Assistant Referee 1: Vencel Tóth (Hungary)
    Assistant Referee 2: György Ring (Hungary)
    Fourth Official: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
    Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (Austria)

    1. This time Tóth AR1 and Ring AR2? :)

    2. I don't know. It's what the FSCG reported on their website.

  5. Portugal - Hungary
    Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
    Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland)
    Fourth Official: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)


    1. Thank you so much!
      So, reading the names of Elite referees called and knowing the dates, we can draw some conclusions: no CL / EL finals for Brych, Cakir, Eriksson, Karasev, Kassai, Kuipers, Mateu Lahoz, Collum, Královec, Marciniak, Moen, Orsato, Sidiropoulos.

    2. I would dare to say, with all these names out for CL final, we have already the referee in charge... Damir Skomina, Can you find other options?

    3. Milorad Mažić should be the second name. And, who knows, maybe Clattenburg or Rizzoli as a farewell gift (unprobable, but still...).

    4. Does it mean that Brych, Cakir, Eriksson, Karasev, Kassai, Kuipers, Mateu Lahoz, Collum, Královec, Marciniak, Moen, Orsato, Sidiropoulos won`t be at Confed Cup?

    5. I would agree with Chefren about CL final... Damir Skomina seems to be in the pole position of being appointed to Cardiff... As for the EL final I would say it will go to either Mazic or Rocchi... Can't find any more names for the finals!!

    6. I would agree with Chefren about CL final... Damir Skomina seems to be in the pole position of being appointed to Cardiff... As for the EL final I would say it will go to either Mazic or Rocchi... Can't find any more names for the finals!!

  7. Concerning CL and EL finals, both names should now be sure: Damir Skomina and Milorad Mažić. Can't see any other option with Brych, Eriksson and Marciniak being out.

    1. Hațegan, Rocchi and Turpin are somewhat possible options for the EL final.

    2. Rocchi is possible but Hategan and Turpin not so much IMO... Would be way too early for both of them... Rocchi is a great option though!!

    3. Theoretically one could still say UEFA finals are higher appointments than a U20 WC. So maybe one of the VARs appointed could first do the UEL final and then fly to South Korea with small delay. I am not sure, but have in the back of my mind that at a former FIFA tournaments this once happened (I guess it was a South American official, but I can be wrong).

      At any rate, at the moment I think Skomina for UCL with Mazic and Rocchi for UEL with Hategan are quite probable.

    4. Pitana went with a small delay to the Olimpics because he was appointed to the Linertadores final that year...

    5. Exactly, thanks :)

  8. Bosnia-Gibraltar
    Referee: Svein- Erik Edvartsen (Norway)
    AR 1: Jan Erik Engan (Norway)
    AR 2 : Jon M. Knutsen (Norway)
    4TH: Espen Eskås (Norway)

  9. Thoughts on Kuipers' appointment?? A more or less decent game it seems?? 🤔

    1. Soham, I believe it'll be quite an interesting match for Kuipers to officiate :-)

    2. I believe so as well!! 😎 But my question is does Scotland v Slovenia really require an experienced Elite referee in it?? 🤔

    3. Sure, why not? He needs to officiate an interesting but not too demanding match (I hope there won't be an overheated atmosphere in Glasgow) from time to time and after the match Kuipers and his team would well deserve a sip of one of the best Scotch whiskeys (to choose the brand it's up to you ) :-)...

    4. That's true as well... Might be very much possible that he is planned for a more sonorous CL Quarter final match in the upcoming weeks!!

  10. UEFA Women Champions League Quarterfinal First Match

    FC Rosengård- FC Barcelona, 19:00 Malmö
    Stéphanie Frappart (FRA) EURO
    Manuela Nicolosi (FRA) EURO
    Angela Kyriakou (CYP) EURO
    Florence Guillemin (FRA)

    Fortuna Hjørring - Manchester City Women’s FC, 19:00 Hjorring
    Riem Hussein (GER) EURO
    Christina Jaworek (GER)
    Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE) EURO
    Angelika Soeder (GER)

    FC Bayern München - Paris Saint-Germain, 19:00 Munich
    Pernilla Larsson (SWE) EURO
    Julia Magnusson (SWE) EURO
    Annica Johansson (SWE) EURO
    Lina Lehtovaara (FIN) EURO

    VfL Wolfsburg - Olympique Lyonnais, 20:15 Wolfsburg
    Jana Adámková (CZE) EURO
    Lucie Ratajová (CZE) EURO
    Maria Lisická (SVK)
    Olga Zadinová (CZE)

    1. Christina Jaworek = Christina Biehl -> also at the EURO ;)

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    3. 29 March 2017, 19:00 CET
      FC Barcelona - FC Rosengård
      Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine) EURO
      Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (Ukraine) EURO
      Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (Ukraine) EURO
      Fourth Official: Anastasiya Romanyuk (Ukraine)

      29 March 2017, 20:45 CET
      Olympiqye Lyonnais - VfL Wolfsburg
      Referee: Monika Mularczyk (Poland) EURO
      Assistant Referee 1: Anna Dąbrowska (Poland) EURO
      Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O'Neill (Republic of Ireland) EURO
      Fourth Official: Karolina Tokarska (Poland)

      Karolina Tokarska, formerly known as Karolina Radzik-Johan.

    4. Mária Súkeníková is the same as Mária Lisická who is at the EURO, so I guess in UWCL referees are out with their (mixed) EURO trios.
      Thanks btw!

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    6. Manchester City - Fortuna Hjørring
      Referee: Anastasiya Pustovoytova (Russia)
      Assistant Referee 1: Yekaterina Kurochkina (Russia)
      Assistant Referee 2: Biljana Atanasovski (FYR Macedonia)

  11. U-17 ELITE ROUND

    Group 1
    Date: 23-28 March 2017
    Host Country: Turkey
    Teams: Armenia, Finland, Germany, Turkey
    Referees: Luca Barbeno (San Marino), Iwan Arwel Griffith (Wales), Rade Obrenovič (Slovenia)
    Referee Observers: Haim Jakov (Israel), Patrick Kelly (Republic of Ireland)

    Group 2
    Date: 21-26 March 2017
    Host Country: Hungary
    Teams: Hungary, Israel, Norway, Russia
    Referees: Keith Kennedy (Northern Ireland), Duje Strukan (Croatia), Lawrence Visser (Belgium)
    Referee Observers: Georgios Bikas (Greece), Peter Jones (England)

    Group 3
    Date: 10-15 March 2017
    Host Country: Portugal
    Teams: Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain
    Referees: Espen Eskås (Norway), Ian McNabb (Northern Ireland), Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
    Referee Observers: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark), Fritz Stuchlik (Austria)

    Group 4
    Date: 17-22 March 2017
    Host Country: Scotland
    Teams: Montenegro, Scotland, Serbia, Switzerland
    Referees: Robert Hennessy (Republic of Ireland), Krzysztof Jakubik (Poland), Luís Miguel do Nascimento Teixeira (Andorra)
    Referee Observers: Andrejs Sipailo (Latvia), Uno Tutk (Estonia)

    Group 5
    Date: 14-19 March 2017
    Host Country: Netherlands
    Teams: Belarus, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands
    Referees: Stefan Apostolov (Bulgaria), Robert Harvey (Republic of Ireland), Fedayi San (Switzerland)
    Referee Observers: Manuel López Fernández (Spain), Elmir Pilav (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

    Group 6
    Date: 23-28 March 2017
    Host Country: Austria
    Teams: Austria, France, Sweden, Ukraine
    Referees: Ömər Paşayev (Azerbaijan), Donald Robertson (Scotland), Aleksandar Vasić (Serbia)
    Referee Observers: Alexandru Deaconu (Romania), Miroslav Tulinger (Czech Republic)

    Group 7
    Date: 23-28 March 2017
    Host Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Teams: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, England, Slovenia
    Referees: Furkat Atazhanov (Kazakhstan), Horațiu Mircea Feșnic (Romania), Dennis Higler (Netherlands)
    Referee Observers: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (Turkey), Konrad Plautz (Austria)

    Group 8
    Date: 15-20 March 2017
    Host Country: Cyprus
    Teams: Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia
    Referees: Jason Lee Barcelo (Gibraltar), Andi Koçi (Albania), Aleksey Matyunin (Russia)
    Referee Observers: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium), Igor Șațchii (Moldova)

    Video minute: from 30:00 to 34:00
    Match minute: from 19:00 to 23:00
    Can you understand what happened there?

    1. The only thing I can see is possibly around 30:09 of the video where red #10 jumps in the air to challenge for the ball and appears to use his elbow in the process. The white player stops playing for a moment but then gets back into the play to defend. And once the play is over, the white team inform the ref of the elbow. Unfortunately there isn't a good replay to show it. That's the only incident that I can see that would involve red #10.

  13. Marciniak will handle CL quarter-final on 11/12 April.

    1. Expected appointment. In my opinion match is Bayern - Real Madrid, waiting for the observer. The only game from which he should be out, but it is not sure of course, is Juventus - Barcelona.

    2. Marciniak dealing with big teams only :D

  14. OT: A small Youtube-Channel interviewed Mark Clattenburg. In this video he talks also about his move to Saudi Arabia. Thought I'd share it here.

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    1. Very soft penalty call, if not totally wrong.

  16. Question for visitors from Germany:
    Why most of the German referees have so long whistle for every single foul?

    1. I don't think that it is a matter of nationality. Definitely Brych's whistle language is underlining his authoritative approach (no calibration in the whistle length and intensity, he really lacks in differing between minor and bigger offences). Other German referees don't do that, at least I have noone concrete in mind at the moment. In contrast, Manuel Gräfe for example tends to whistle too short which is sometimes hardly audible for the audience (but for the players it still is).

  17. COLOMBIA - BOLIVIA (Ricardo Marques Ribeiro - Brazil)

    1. Referee can be in my opinion supported regarding the penalty appeals in first half (34', 37'). We can't have a clear proof, based on the videos, about the alleged violent conduct, so again backing the referee would be OK.
      Offside in 40' is not punishable, in my opinion. It is true that opponent is close, but defender is not influenced, he has not perception of his presence, so Play on would have been correct according to last instructions, however one can't assess as clear mistake this call. An AR not raising the flag would be just very brave here. The offside flag in 85' is clearly wrong. Player was ONSIDE and he was not punishable even in case of offside, too early flag, in this case AR can't be supported.
      Situation in 43' is correctly assessed by referee, foul by attacker.
      Stamping on opponent's head in 51' was of course not a deliberate action, otherwise it should have been straight RC. I agree with referee, YC is ok, because the contact was accidental.
      73': YC would have been possible, but perhaps, given the position where the foul occurred, not a 100% mandatory one, still supportable choice by referee.
      80': Crucial mistake, "very deliberate" handball (if I can use this term...), significant mistake!
      Finally, correct penalty whistled a few minutes later, clear contact beetween legs, well seen.
      I would say the last decision was very good luck for the referee, after the previous wrong assessment... taking also into account the other incidents waved on in first half, well, Colombia would have had many arguments to make complaints.

    2. IMO, the kick in 38' is quite blatant and surely deliberate as the ball is not in playing distance.

  18. Excellent decision by Vad and his team in Austria - Moldova: a goal was correctly disallowed because a player in offside was just in front of keeper, obstructing his view. To be honest, watching the replay, I thought the player from Austria was very naive not realizing that, in caseof shot, his position would have been punishable. He didn't do anything to avoid the call and the offside was correctly signaled.

    1. I fully agree with you Chefren. I am very satisfied with his performance. One foul missed on Junuzovic right before half time but the rest seemed okay to me. 3 YC, all justified IMO.

    2. To be honest, I'm definitely not satisfied with Vad's performance, especially due 2 crucial mistakes:
      78' missing penalty as consequence of a bad positioning
      90+2' missing 2nd YC Arnautovic

      Furthermore some mistakes in his foul detection (e.g. immediately before a YC in 28') and an improvable body language. One can discuss about two missing YC as well (Dragovic ~5', Junuzovic ~73') but for me both situations are still acceptable.

    3. Yeah, I was only speaking about the first half.
      I can't say anything about the penalty situation in 78'because I didn't see a good replay (There was one but I watched the match on my mobile and so it was a bit difficult to evaluate it). Would be nice if someone could make a clip about it...

      I agree with you on the Arnautovic situation, clear stamp on the foot/ankle and that means 2nd YC. I have no idea why Vad didn't give it, because, if I remember correctly, he whistled the free kick.

      So a little conclusion from my point of view: In the first half, it was a performance on expected level, but in the 2nd half there had been a few (crucial) mistakes. I also thought about a few missed fouls you mentioned, but I don't want to be a "mistake-hunter" and I want to have a look at the big picture.

  19. Did you see the red card in IRL-WAL? SHOCKING!!!


      Absolutely disgusting foul. Rizzoli had no other choice but to go for RC.

    2. At first, there was Bale's foul:

      Then, that happened. The replays were deliberately not shown by TV producer...

    3. Bale should have been off as well with such a challenge!

    4. In this instance Bale's friendly pat on the back and sly smirk to O'Shea doesn't at all make his tackle okay. Nor does it cover up Rizzoli's feeble attempt to punish a terribly timed and placed tackle.

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  21. OT: Missed indirect free-kick in the women's CL?

    1. Video is not available, the site requires to join Eurosport to watch it.
      Can you give the minute of the match (Wolfsburg - Lyon, I guess)?

    2. The replay can be found at around 66:30.

    3. I watched Adámková live and for me it was correct to not whistle, it could have been a bounce of the ball (regular action say), it is at least not big mistake like Collum in UCL some years ago

    4. It would be nice to have a video, Niclas, if you can do that, it would be nice. I can't find a decent full match online to be downloaded, the only one is more than 6 GB and only for premium users... well... :(
      I'm curious about the incident.


      In my opinion, it should be an indirect free-kick. The release of the ball was simply failed, but still a release. And as such, it should be penalized. What do you think?

    6. For me it is more bouncing than releasing. It seems, that her intention was to release the ball, but it could still be an unusual bouncing method (to distract the opponent), which then would be legal. Furthermore the ball is under control and there is no time-wasting.

    7. Well, merely according to LotG, it would be indirect free kick. The keeper had released the ball, the fact that it happened accidentally doesn't matter. She was not allowed to touch the ball again by hands. However, common sense suggests "play on", as it was clearly made without any malice and just as accident. There isn't any intent to waste time or something like that.

    8. First of all, of course common sense can nowadays even make black-and-white rules more grey (the new passage in the laws of the game allow this).

      However, actually this is a rule which neither needs time wasting nor any malice. But of course it is included in the laws to prevent exactly this, so you have a point here.

      But compare it with touching the ball again after a direct free-kick (we had a Pique situation once on the blog... it is simply forbidden and must be penalized, regardless of whether it was accidental or not).

      While you, Philipp, deem it as a bouncing method to distract the opponent, you, Chefren, deem it rather as accidental.

      For me it is no bouncing method, as the goalkeeper's hand did not press the ball onto the turf, but instead released it to the ground with her flat open hand to the top. If the action as a whole then even was intended to distract the opponent, there would be an unsporting character in it (and there was even an attacker close, so the goalkeeper was under small pressure).

      If it was just accidental, then I would contradict with what I said above: it is not relevant. Black-and-white laws actually have to be applied, while common sense actually becomes relevant as soon as we have grey area situations that need the referee's contextual judgment.

      But apparently, the situation indeed is not 100% clear, so the referee's decision can be supported.

    9. Although it is not directly stated in the LotG, I think, the definition of "release" is not being in control of the ball anymore. "Being in Control of the ball" is defined in the LotG as "...bouncing it on the ground...".
      So IMO the black-and-white-decision here should be based on the question: Does she bounce the ball on the ground? - and nothing else.
      And that is rather a yes than a no for me - but I understand that you can see that differently (depending on the exact definition of "bounce")

  22. Quite soft penalty call by Lechner in Sweden - Belarus.

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  23. It seems as if Lechner gave a phantom goal? I saw just one replay on Dutch television, but it didn't seem like a goal to me.

    1. I had definitely the same impression

    2. Unfortunately yes - replays showed the ball wasn't completely behind the line.

      Here is a video:
      (0:03 soft penalty, 3:04 wrong goal decision AR1)

    3. For me the penalty is at least acceptable, if not absolutely justified (given the movements of the players, such a holding can be quite effective).

      The ghost goal is of course bad luck, but also not so easy to spot as soon as AR1 was not 100% accurately positioned on the goalline. These qualifiers still appear quite nostalgic and not up-to-date without goalline technology.

  24. Some other notes: very challenging match for Brych in Belgium - Greece. I must say, very poor game played by Greek team, they had the only intent to waste time and make fouls, after having scored a goal. In this context, the game for the German official was difficult to handle, with one team (Belgium) attacking and the other one just defending in any possible way. Both sending off were in my opinion OK: Tachtsidis was late in a challenge and he got his second YC. The first one had been issued for persisent infringment. At the end there were some mass confrontations, but for sure Greece can't make complaints.
    Treimanis in Luxembourg - France whistled two penalties, I think that both are supportable calls, even though both not 100% clear ones.
    Unluckily, Nevalainen missed a penalty to Cyprus, if I'm not wrong in first half.
    Valjić with a sending off for second YC in Andorra - Far Oer: both were given for simulation. The second one wabsolutely clear, the first one a penalty, so crucial mistake.
    Marciniak and Collum shouldn't have had problems in their games, for what I heard.

    1. On Treimanis' penalties: I think they can be given, but specially in the 2nd case a yellow card was not necessary (UEFA does not want to see cards for SPA inside the penalty area with a genuine attempt to play the ball anymore).

    2. About BEL-GRE. I watched the match and I have to say that both RC's were correct. However, IMO, Mertens was very lucky to escape only with a YC.........

    3. Correct... And Fellaini also. Should have received a first YC in 1st half (clear reckless foul). But management of Greeks GK was not good. YC in minut 90 for delay the restart of the game was too late. Should have been given in 1st half already... Extra time in 2nd half should have been 8 min...

    4. Andorra - Far Oer, first YC? I can't find a video?

    5. Sorry for poor quality, couldn't find a better video:
      AAR would have helped the referee in detecting the elbow by AND #6. In my opinion a deliberate action, so RC. Do you agree? I think referee based his judgment just on lower part of body, and this could indeed look like a simulation.

      And this is the second YC:

    6. Watched Nevalainen (Finland?) in Cyprus - Estonia. Indeed, a missed clear penalty late in the first half. Poor card management in second half, no line...

    7. Have any clips?


    9. Thanks a lot Chefren.

  25. Ruddy Buquet okay in London missing some fouls and maybe a couple of YCs

  26. And really first time (Maybe) Vencel Tóth is AR1 in Kassai's team.

    1. Is there any difference between being AR1 and AR2?? Is yes then what exactly is the difference??

    2. not ft, AS Roma - Olympique Lyonnais, 16.3 LE

  27. SCO-SVN

    6' first yc ,very early from Kuipers,foul off the ball

    1. A correctly disallowed goal, very good decision.

    2. Missed booking for simulation,24 min.

  28. Well, Kassai rejected dissent from MNE players within two minutes, but in a very arrogant, unfriendly manner. It didn't look well, to be fair.

    However, two yellow cards for reckless tackles given to MNE players were 100% correct.

    1. Great onside call from Tóth at Montenegro's equalizer.
      66' - Possible 2nd YC to Šofranac (MNE) for reckless tackle

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    3. In my opinion was absolutely YC

  29. I'd like to imagine a refereeing world where our fellow referee's would apply the proper colored card. In a good example of preventive officiating. Regardless of the minute in the match. Regardless of the "name" or status of the player. Regardless of the score. And regardless of whether or not it goes with or against the rhythm of the match.
    I'd like to imagine a refereeing world where Rizzoli would have been braver and properly red carded the big world star Gareth Bale. If Wales would have been correctly reduced to 10 men. I can't help but think that the horror tackle on Coleman could have been prevented. Because the Welsh players would think twice before launching themselves into such a disgraceful tackle.
    But this is nothing new to Rizzoli. It's his second leg breaker. Fortunately at least this time he brandished the correct color card. Something he didn't do when Hector Moreno (PSV) broke the leg of Luke Shaw (Man Utd) or on Bale's terrible horrible extremely high tackle.
    It's a shame that the art of preventive officiating is disappearing as it's replaced by the much less successful lenient and tolerant approach.

    1. Although nobody knows what "would have happened if", I absolutely share your feeling and thoughts on the Bale action.

  30. Agreed Nicolas. None of us can foresee the future. I'm just of the mindset that a referee's actions or inactions do somehow influence the future decisions that the player's make.
    If my team has already been reduced to 10 men. I am not going to make a play in which I may end up leaving my team with 9 players. The player's on the field are not mindless beings. They know what they do and why they are doing it.

  31. My so early predection for next round
    Group A:
    Sweden-France Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
    Netherlands-Luxemburg Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
    Belarus-Bulgaria Matej Jug (SVN)

    Group B:
    Andorra-Hungary Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
    Faroe Islands-Switzerland Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
    Latvia-Portugal István Kovács (ROU)

    Group C:
    Azerbaijan-Northern Ireland David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
    Norway-Czech Republic Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
    Germany-San Marino Nikola Popov (BUL)

    Group D:
    Republic of Ireland-Austria Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
    Moldova-Georgia Bart Vertenten (BEL)
    Serbia-Wales Damir Skmonina (SVN)

    Group E:
    Kazakshtan-Denmark Clayton Pisani (MLT)
    Montenegro-Armenia Bas Nijhuis (NED)
    Poland-Romania Milorad Mazic (SRB)

    Group F:
    Slovenia-Malta Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
    Scotland-England Ovidiou Alin Hategan (ROU)
    Lithunia-Slovakia Manuel Gräfe (GER)

    Group G:
    Italy-Liectenstein Tamás Bognár (HUN)
    Israel-Albania Anthony Taylor (ENG)
    Macedonia-Spain Craig Thomson (SCO)

    Group H:
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Greece Clémenet Turpin (FRA)
    Estonia-Belgium Halis Ozkahya (TUR)
    Gibraltar-Cyprus Andreas Ekkberg (SWE)

    Group I:
    Finland-Ukraine Liran Liany (ISR)
    Iceland-Croatia Deniz Aytekin (GER)
    Kosovo-Turkey Nikola Dabanovic (MNE)

    1. I dont know about Turpin handling Bosnia and Herzegovina-Greece...

      That match will be hard to handle and to me is suited for experienced referee.After their last match(there was plenty of bad blood,Eriksson had to show 10+ yellows and 2 reds)it won't be easy to handle this match in Bosnia that's for sure.

      So I expect more experienced ref for this match,someone like maybe Rizzoli,Atkinson,Kassai or Kuipers,he already had this match in 2012.

    2. Very nice! I'd be happy if these were real ;-)
      Hategan to Glasgow would be a rather good call for him, and I think deserved! I wouldn't be surprised to see the name Eriksson here either

    3. About Turpin, he thrown in to a maybe similar game in Feyernoord - Roma and we all know what happened there. However he has developed and I think his strong, decision taking style would suit the match. However I do agree I think it would be better to see a name as @M mentioned

    4. Bosnia and Herzegovina-Greece will absolutely need a high-profile official and we must pay attention to the U20 World Cup and the Confed Cup. Names which could fit for that game (Kassai, Cakir, Kuipers, Brych, Marciniak) could still be at the U20 World Cup for the final games (Though they might not all stay there until the end of the tournament). Plus the Confederations Cup starts a few days after this match round and we don't know:
      A) which officials are selected.
      B) how many days before the tournament the officials are required to be there.

      But if I had to choose an official for Bosnia/Herzegovina-Greece, I'd go for Cakir.

    5. I do not expect a referee from Turkey for a match with participation of Greece, and vice versa.

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    7. Well Brych had last Greece match so it is hard to expect him

  32. I hope you can watch the videos:

    Why, the hell, the assistant referee didn't react on Messi's behaviour?! Someone insults you and you reply by friendly clapping him on the back of head... Oh my God!

    1. Excellent decision made by FIFA! Well done!

    2. While Messi's suspension was expected and fully deserved. If FIFA is truly serious about cracking down on reckless/violent play. Then the suspension to Neil Taylor (Wales) must be longer than what Messi got for a few words.
      To be quite honest. If the punishment was up to me. I'd suspend Neil Taylor for as long as Coleman is out injured and unable to play. Why should Taylor be able to return to play before Coleman when his stupidity has left the Irish player with a fractured leg.

    3. Agreed! Dele Alli's three games ban is a joke. All confederations have to be stricter in punishing SFP!!!

  33. Well, we know Joshua Bondo's style, but...

    1. No words... not only with the head, but then also with the hand. He wanted to hit the player!
      Let me say, very suspicious behavior by a referee.

    2. Messi got 4 matches for words. In your opinions, what punishment does Mr. Bondo deserve?

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