Thursday, 19 October 2017

Europa League 2017/18 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3

UEFA Referees Committee has chosen the following referees to handle MD3 of 2017/18 Europa League group stage. 

Group A, 19 October 2017, 17:00 CET
Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
FK Astana - Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleg Pluzhnyk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Dane Jošt (SVN)

Group A, 19 October 2017, 21:05 CET
Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal (ESP)
Villarreal CF -SK Slavia Praha
Referee:  Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus  Lundberg (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Olivier Chovaux (FRA)

Group B, 19 October 2017, 21:05 CET
NSK Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv (UKR)
FC Dynamo Kyiv - BSC Young Boys 
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Fourth Official: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)

Group B, 19 October 2017, 21:05 CET
Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
KS Skënderbeu - FK Partizan
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)

Group C, 19 October 2017, 21:05 CET
Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga (POR)
Sporting Braga - PFC Ludogorets
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Alin Cioban (ROU)

Group C, 19 October 2017, 21:05 CET
Rhein-Neckar Arena, Sinsheim (GER)
1899 Hoffenheim - İstanbul Başakşehir
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Moskalev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Bert Andersson (SWE)

Group D, 19 October 2017, 21:05 CET
Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
Austria Wien - HNK Rijeka
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sladan Josipović (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Lukas Fähndrich (SUI)
Fourth Official: Stephane De Almeida (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Andrey Medintsev (BUL)

Group D, 19 October 2017, 21:05 CET
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
AC Milan - AEK Athens
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Radenko Mijatović (SVN)

Group E, 19 October 2017, 21:05 CET
Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio nell'Emilia (ITA)
Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio - Apollon Limassol 
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin  Venev (BUL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Angelo Chetcuti (MLT)

Group E, 19 October 2017, 21:05 CET
Goodison Park, Liverpool (ENG)
Everton FC - Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Vries (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Siemen Mulder (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Edwin Van De Graaf (NED)
Fourth Official: Davie Goossens (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Karl Espen Eriksen (NOR)

Group F, 19 October 2017, 21:05 CET
Stadionul Sheriff, Tiraspol (MDA)
FC Sheriff Tiraspol - Lokomotiv Moskva
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jozsef Erdos (HUN)
Fourth Official: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)

Group F, 19 October 2017, 21:05 CET
Ander Stadium, Olomouc (CZE)
FC Fastav Zlín - FC København
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Fourth Official: Roland Riedel (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)
UEFA Delegate:Anna Kapasoglou (GRE)

Group G, 19 October 2017, 19:00 CET
Turner Stadium, Beer-Sheva (ISR)
Hapoel Beer-Sheva - FCSB
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kamphuis Jochem (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jeroen Manscho (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas van Dongen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Petteri Kari (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Alojzije Supraha (CRO)

Group G, 19 October 2017, 19:00 CET
Luzern Arena, Lucerne (SUI)
FC Lugano - FC Viktoria Plzeň
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Lazar Lukić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Zoran Siroki (SRB)
Fourth Official: Bojan Banović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: George Fantaros (CYP)

Group H, 19 October 2017, 19:00 CET
Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade (SRB)
FK Crvena Zvezda - Arsenal FC
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jérôme Miguelgorry (FRA)
Fourth Official: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN)

Group H, 19 October 2017, 19:00 CET
Borisov Arena, Borisov (BLR)
BATE Borisov - 1. F Köln 01/07
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
Fourth Official: Esat Sancaktar (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Irakli Nakaidze (GEO)

Group I, 19 October 2017, 19:00 CET
Konya Büyükşehir Belediye Stadium, Konya (TUR)
Konyaspor Kulübü - FC Salzburg
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2:  Ian Hussin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madley (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Chris Kavanagh (ENG)
Fourth Official: Edward Smart (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Bakar Jordania (GEO)

Group I, 19 October 2017, 19:00 CET
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
Olympique de Marseille - Vitória SC
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Argyrou (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Targo Kaldoja (EST)

Group J, 19 October 2017, 19:00 CET
Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund (SWE)
Östersunds FK - Athletic Club 
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ionuț Marius Avram (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Horațiu Mircea Fesnic (ROU)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: David Pugh (ENG)

Group J, 19 October 2017, 19:00 CET
Arena  Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
FC Zorya - Hertha BSC
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Erez Papir (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Fourth Official: Roy Hassan (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Styrbjörn Oskarsson (FIN)

Group K, 19 October 2017, 19:00 CET
Stade de Nice, Nice (FRA)
OGC Nice - SS Lazio
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lutz Michael Fröhlich (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancioglu (TUR)

Group K, 19 October 2017, 19:00 CET
Regenboogstadion, Waregem (BEL)
SV Zulte Waregem - SBV Vitesse 
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Pataki (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Niklas à Lídarenda (FRO)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)

Group L, 19 October 2017, 19:00 CET
St. Petersburg Stadion, St. Petersburg (RUS)
FC Zenit - Rosenborg BK
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Harm Osmers (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Arturs Gaidels (LVA)

Group L, 19 October 2017, 19:00 CET
Philip II National Arena, Skopje (MKD)
FK Vardar - Real Sociedad 
Referee: Äliyar Ağayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (AZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Rahim Hasanov (AZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Mubariz Hashimov (AZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Eamon Naughton (IRL)

70 comments:

  1. Difficult game for Stefański. It seems he is ahead of Raczkowski at the moment. However, taking into account his lenient way of refereeing, I have my doubts whether it has been a good choice for that game.

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  2. Update: Massa will be observed by Karlsson.

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  3. Strange YC from Bebek in 14' for Vitesse #11.It was his 2nd time to push ball away from free kick,first time warning,2nd time booking.

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    1. Now there was some pushing and shoving in 37'.
      That inccident was solved by Bebek showing 3 booking all at once.

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    2. And now at the end of 1st half booking for Vitesse #28 for hitting opponet with elbow or hand in the face.Obviously 4th official had a word there because Bebek had a delayed whistle.

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    3. Average from Bebek,no crucial mistakes,corectly waived 2-3 penalty appeals in 2nd half,7 bookings and no controversial decisions like we used to see from Bebek in the past.

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  4. Correct RC in 81' by Bastien.

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  5. Correct decision to reject penalty appeal in 90' by Crvena Zvezda.

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  6. Bastien basically made a strong performance in a Quite Challenging match. Hot atmosphere on the tribunes, and hot by the end on the pitch. French tolerated no SPA fouls from the start, apart from one missing YC at around 38', but otherwise totally consistent card policy. 2nd YC, maybe a careless elbow? You cannot actually see the contact from the replay angle, one must back Bastien. Good no penalty in additional time.
    He was a strong personality throughout, determined and the atmosphere was an irrelevance for him. He was relaxed at times though, laughing with the players, I never saw this before from him, good flexible persona. But in the closing minutes he was distant, which the tense moments was needed.

    Convincing performance that could easily have been by an Elite referee; surely it is not too long before Bastien ascends to the top category.

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    1. About the second YC (it was a very crucial decision for the outcome of the game) I share your view: referee can be backed, however there is in my opinion a chance that the elbow was only careless.

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  7. Correctly disallowed goals in Milan. Tight offside by Milan's Cutrone.

    The same decision was taken in Braga to disallow a goal scored by home team. This time the offside is even tighter, great call by the AR2

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    1. Yes, both calls absolutely good ;) The one in Braga made by a NO FIFA AR ready to join the list (Tegoni).

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  8. 30' Excellent goal decision by AAR1 Ferenc Karakó in Sheriff-Loko - the ball only slightly crossed the line. Probably the crew was helped by GLT but I am not sure: the replay indicated the goal was shown on TV.

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    1. GLT was in use, as it is in all EL group stage games, i guess that committee gave some guidelines to AARs to indicate the goal, as it was before without technology.

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    2. Chefren, thank you for clarification.

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  9. Very 'English' style by Stefanski, overall decent performance, two early verbal warnings for tackles close to reckless, and then two YCs for lesser fouls than those verbal warnings but the timing was important. He is a good manager actually, talking a lot but keeping a little distance, naturally for this clash to be honest. Whistling quite a bit but the game needs that, some slightly phantom fouls but overall good- so far full control of this potentially very hot match.

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    1. Great performance by Daniel Stefanski, apart from a small riot in 92' which was well managed, to have full control of a Albania-Serbia duel is a great compliment in itself. There were no drones or whatever so naturally the match was quite calm, but this was also Stefanski's merit. Carried on with really good verbal and active (78') prevention, with so many duels to assess his fouls detection was really good. A potential DOGSO, Polish decided YC and I would trust him there in 60'.
      I must say what a really pleasant performance, that is what Premier League refereeing should be, Stefanski took a very English style and was really great tonight. If he cannot make Elite I am sure he can be at the top of first. Committee put a lot of trust in him and he more than repaid it, congratulations to the Polish team!

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    2. I missed your comment yesterday but I couldn't agree more! He sometimes has games in which he is too lenient, but yesterday he was really good. I am curious if he can make Elite...

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  10. 65' Everton-Lyon IMO missing red card for #EVE 5. Had anyone seen it?

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    1. Yes Mark, IMO it is red, but also a missing YC for the GK of Lyon. Maybe we get an investigation by the UEFA for misbehaving of the fans. A couple of fans hit the GK.

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    2. There were a lot of players so it was difficult to detect everything for Nijhuis. AAR2 van der Graaf didn’t help Nijhuis in this situation

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    3. I think that not Nijhuis was the best option for this match..

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    4. Nijhuis is a referee who has a own style of refereeing. He allows a lot and sometimes to much.

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    5. here is the incident: http://www.nemzetisport.hu/europa_liga/video-gyerekevel-a-kezeben-utotte-meg-a-kapust-az-angol-drukker-2598405?utm_content=buffer3951b&utm_medium=page&utm_source=nsofb&utm_campaign=nsofb

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  11. HBS - FCSB: PK missed by Blom at '89

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  12. The choice of Nijhuis as referee for this game is discussion worthy. The 2 AARs aren’t experienced , both refereeing at the 2nd level in the Netherlands. Nijhuis is a downgraded referee and with this top-game in the EL. I expected an elite referee.
    Maybe it is easy to talk afterwards but this is how I see this case e

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    1. Aren't additional assistant referees officials from Eredivisie?

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    2. Vd Graaf and Mulder both lead 35 games the last years in eredivisie but are more active at the 1st division (2nd level)

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    3. Most of those games aren’t spectacular and without a pressure of ranking/ derbies

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    4. Mulder is a Dutch elite referee. He has been promoted at the start of this season. Van de Graaf had his debut as 6th official, that's true.
      But, I think that Nijhuis as an experienced first group referee seemes a good choice on beforehand.

      Can't judge how he performed this evening.

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  13. I have to praise Stefański this time. Very good tactical approach. Warnings at the best moments, cards when needed in a game with 45 fouls. Players were happy with his performance, most of them thanked him after the final whistle.

    This penalty incident is the only controversy:
    https://streamable.com/udkgw

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  14. In Austria Wien-Rijeka AR1 signaled offside, but referee Scharer denied that. Anyone with video of that situation?

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    1. If you have the minute of the incident, I can try to look for it.

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    2. https://streamable.com/9iukj
      Here the video, very good alertness by Schärer who noticed that the player didn't touch the ball so the offside was not active. However, the problem is that on the original pass the other player (who then reached the ball) was in offside as well. Here AR should have communicated to refereee that even in case of not punishable offside for the first player, then for the second it would have been offside as well. Difficult situation to explain and understand in a few seconds on the pitch. Basically, Schärer did something good but only AR could know about the other player who then got the ball.

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    3. Why isn't this offside active? He goes towards the ball and lets it pass between the legs, clearly influencing the defence. Maybe I'm missing something...

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    4. The attacker who avoids the contact with the ball is not going towards it, Schärer considered this gesture as a clear signal that player was not interested in the ball, so decided to play on following AR's call. However, I get your point of view, the opponent close to the player in offside can be indirectly influenced, for example thinking that the opponent could control the ball. To add, in recent times, offside's rule has changed really often and there are many interpretations. They can be different in each federation, what I can say is that there is a tendency, when a player deliberately shows that he doesn't want to play the ball, to go on. The "psychological" influence is a difficult topic.

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  15. Östersuns vs bilbao.

    Around minute 8 super clear SFP to Östersund in my opinion but only a yellow given. And minute 27 I think it was a clear penalty that wasn't whistled to Östersund.

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  16. BANTI will officiate top clash Napoli - Inter in Italian Seria A. Still without match Orsato
    Would you possible to re-start the publishing of the domestic assignment week end by week end ? Italy, Spain, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Portugal, Netherland like on 3rd team referee blog.

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    1. I can't promise that, however I will try to do something in future, at least for the most interesting domestic appointments.

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  17. Really sorry for Blom - until '89 he was really good, but then this situation occured... what do you say? Probably AR1 and AAR1 could help him...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctz6Nphc628 from 2:10

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    1. Despite of the short distance between the two players, this should be a penalty because the arm is too raised in a not natural position and a shot (head) on goal is blocked. Penalty + YC. I think AAR1 was too far from the situation and Blom missed it as well.

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    2. What about foul by attacker? Look at his hands...

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  18. Agree guys. But sorry big crucial mistake to just give YC to #eve5 player. Obviously was RC. And also YC to Lyon’s goalkeeper. Lenient and clearly not convincing performance here n’y Nijhuis.

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  19. Why stays an AAR on the same side as the AR and not on the other side of the goal. What is the explaining of the UEFA?

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    1. When the experiment about additional assistant referees started (2009-10 in Europa League), they were indeed on the other side of penalty area (the side without assistant referee), then there was this change, basically because it is expected that main referees, by their diagonal movement on the pitch, should cover the other side, while the one close to AR is demanded to AARs.
      Something like that:
      https://s1.postimg.org/6vgpvkug73/AAR.jpg

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    2. Just watch "Collina masterclass" and you'll get the answer :)

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  20. FIFA Under 17 World Cup
    Quarterfinal Referees

    Mali - Ghana
    Referee:
    Mehdi ABID CHAREF
    Algeria
    Assistant Referee 1:
    Abdelhak ETCHIALI (ALG)
    Assistant Referee 2:
    Anouar HMILA (TUN)
    Fourth official:
    Robert MADDEN (SCO)

    United States - England
    Referee:
    Clement TURPIN
    France
    Assistant Referee 1:
    Nicolas DANOS (FRA)
    Assistant Referee 2:
    Cyril GRINGORE (FRA)
    Fourth official:
    Nawaf SHUKRALLA (BHR)

    Spain - Iran
    Referee:
    Gery VARGAS
    Bolivia
    Assistant Referee 1:
    Juan Pablo MONTANO (BOL)
    Assistant Referee 2:
    Jose Alberto ANTELO ARAUZ (BOL)
    Fourth official:
    Ricardo MONTERO (CRC)

    Brazil - Germany
    Referee:
    Jair MARRUFO
    United States
    Assistant Referee 1:
    Frank ANDERSON (USA)
    Assistant Referee 2:
    Corey ROCKWELL (USA)
    Fourth official:
    Jose ARGOTE (VEN)

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  21. If possible, please one day could you do a blog on the different formations in football, and how have a good understanding of them will benefit us match officials?

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  22. Big problems here in Germany, Fandel out!!

    I will come very quickly with a list who are imo ready to change in the ref com uefa (Old, to many friends, politics) I mean not the top 3, Colina, Dallas, Batta, but another people

    Colina Dallas Batta are very good and can stay imo, good team and 10000% better then some other

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    1. According to what I read and how I understood it: Manuel Gräfe stated in a big interview at the beginning of the season that Herbert Fandel and Hellmut Krug bullied several referees and that appointments under Fandel (who was in charge of appointments until 2016) were not made under the performance principle, but more in terms of sympathy. He furthermore questioned how Felix Zwayer (he mentioned his name) could have made it to the top, because he was somehow involved in the 2005 scandal around 2nd division referee Hoyzer. Furthermore, Fandel and Krug are reproached to "adapt" referee marks, also in terms of sympathy and loyalty (also confirmed by certain observers). According to several media, Gräfe is supported by Felix Brych and a few days back, there was a meeting by representants of DFB, Fandel, Krug, Brych and Gräfe.

      This is basically what I heard from and if I missed something or got anything wrong, I'd be grateful for some more clarification.

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    2. That is a pretty good summary, I think. :)

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    3. Does that imply Brych has also been victimised at some stage by the 2 gentlemen in question??

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    4. No, at least that was not reported.
      Brych is acting as spokesman for the Bundesliga referees here.

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  23. Hey gays, hey Chefren !
    Is it true that Nijhuis publically ridiculized Koeman (Everton trainer) at dutch television ? Rik?
    Is this allowed by uefa ? Don’t think so !

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    1. Thanks for having reported this news, I didn't know.
      Looking for something, I have found this video:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLADrB1D8MM
      Waiting for a translation by our Dutch readers, let me say that first of all, it is very "particular" that Nijhuis is allowed to talk in TV about a UEFA game he handled. Here in Italy (as well as in many other countries, I guess) it would be strictly forbidden.

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    2. Going by expressions it indeed seems Nijhuis is ridiculing him... Doesn't look good at all that a referee can speak like that regarding an European assignment... I guess Collina won't be pleased to see all these...

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    3. I remember seeing the referee of the Dutch Super Cup being interviewed after the game about the use of VAR, so maybe it's a normal thing for referees in The Netherlands?

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    4. That they do after the game with permission from KNVB... But I'm not sure KNVB has any power to grant permission regarding talking about a UEFA match... I've never seen Kuipers or Makkelie or Blom talking about a match on TV just after returning from European duties... I'm not sure what exactly the regulation is on this matter!!

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    5. You are right. It isn’t acceptable what Nijhuis doing here.

      In the Netherlands we are always talking about referees. We are a small country. We are proud that Kuipers is a big referee. Today is the match Feyenoord-Ajax with Danny Makkelie. Five days ago the papers are writing about the appointment of Makkelie. Many people have the opinion that Makkelie is an Ajax-referee. On the other side Makkelie is living in Dordrecht, a city 15 kilometers from Rotterdam and he works as a police officer in the area of Dordrecht and Rotterdam. There is always discuss when Makkelie is appointed to an Ajax game of Feyenoord game

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  24. According to french newspaper L’equipe.fr, you can translate that by an answer which Nijhuis told : « Ronald, i can add 15 minutes and your team won’t Score more »...No a good communication on the pitch (i saw the match and Nijhuis wasn’t very convincing) and futthermore after on a tv show...

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    1. Bas Nijhuis, l'arbitre d'Everton-Lyon, chambre Ronald Koeman
      http://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/Bas-nijhuis-l-arbitre-d-everton-lyon-chambre-ronald-koeman/844194

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  25. Bas Nijhuis joins sometimes a football talk show. It isn’t a normal a talk show but a show with a lot of humor and jokes about a lot of nonsense. Last season Nijhuis got a lot of criticism about his style of refereeing. The hosts of the show like the style of Nijhuis so they invited Nijhuis sometimes. In the Netherlands, it is normal that referees are coming on TV, also after matches. Kuipers joins sometimes a talk show, but he joins a normal show. When a referee makes a crucial mistake, he explained it after the match in the mixed zone. That is really normal in the Netherlands, but Nijhuis does it extravagant. The KNVB gave Nijhuis permission to join that show, IMO a mistake.

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    1. From the expressions I can agree with you that it's some kind of a nonsense show really... I never like Nijhuis for his style of refereeing neither for his attitude that he displays... What he has done here goes on to consolidate the opinion I already had about him... Really sorry but the way he's talking about things here is bordering on unacceptable!!

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