Friday, 9 March 2018

2017/18 UEFA Youth League - Referees appointments for Quarterfinals

The following officials have been appointed  to handle Quarterfinals of 2017/18 UEFA Youth League.  
13.03.18 16:00 CET
Tottenham Hotspur - FC Porto
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Vignir Már Þormóðsson (ISL)

13.03.18 18:00 CET
FC Barcelona - Club Atlético de Madrid 
Referee: Robert Madley (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official: David Medié Jiménez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Antonio Talarico (ITA)

14.03.18 14:00 CET
Manchester City FC - Liverpool FC
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Lo Cicero (ITA)
Fourth Official: Tom Nield (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Boris Stankov (BUL)

14.03.18 16:00 CET
Real Madrid CF - Chelsea FC
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Häcker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Lasse Koslowski (GER)
Fourth Official: Valentín Pizarro Gómez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Vilmos Szabó (HUN)

73 comments:

  1. Wow... How Robert Madley manages to be appointed to such a huge game even in the Youth League is beyond my imagination!! He is having a very, very poor season in England, serving up some dross in almost every single match... He isn't even among the top 10 among English referees this season... I just hope he has a good game here and repays the Committee's trust!!

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  2. Sometimes you are too harsh. We are talking about Youth League, I think Madden can definitely handle it. :)
    There aren't only "big competitions" and "big assignments".

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    1. Or maybe he has something like Clattenburg used to have, different type of refereeing in UEFAs tournaments..

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    2. Not talking about Madden, Chefren... I was talking about Bobby Madley... Madden does really well in Scotland so no issues with him... If you've seen Madley regularly (which I have) it's absolutely clear he had a horrific season... He is the third worst referee in England this season as per rankings by some ex-PL refs like Halsey and Hackett... The performances have been so poor at times and so full of KMIs that his status as a FIFA ref has been questioned... I hope he has a good game here!!

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    3. Sorry, my mistake. I meant Madley, of course. :)

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  3. Friendlies

    22/03
    Denmark - Panama
    Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Emmet Dynan (IRL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Allen Lynch (IRL)
    Fourth Official: Peter Kjærsgaard (DEN)

    27/03
    Denmark - Chile
    Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
    Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
    Fourth Official: Jens Grabski Maae (DEN)

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  4. Scotland's Premiership

    Rangers v Celtic
    Ladbrokes Premiership
    11/03/2018 12:00pm Ibrox Stadium
    Referee:William Collum
    AR1 Douglas Ross
    AR2 Andrew McWilliam
    Fourth Official Andrew Dallas


    Dundee v St. Johnstone
    Ladbrokes Premiership
    10/03/2018 3:00pm Dens Park Stadium
    Referee:Craig Thomson
    AR1 John McCrossan
    AR2 Brian Templeton
    Fourth Official John Napier

    Hamilton Academical v Motherwell
    Ladbrokes Premiership
    10/03/2018 3:00pm The SuperSeal Stadium
    Referee:Steven McLean
    AR1 David Roome
    AR2 Joseph Lawson
    Fourth Official Craig Charleston


    Kilmarnock v Ross County
    Ladbrokes Premiership
    10/03/2018 3:00pm Rugby Park
    Referee:John Beaton
    AR1 Alan Mulvanny
    AR2 Stuart Stevenson
    Fourth Official Alan Newlands


    Partick Thistle v Aberdeen
    Ladbrokes Premiership
    10/03/2018 3:00pm The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill
    Referee:Greg Aitken
    AR1 Graham Chambers
    AR2 Stephen Mitchell
    Fourth Official Alan Muir


    Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian
    Ladbrokes Premiership
    09/03/2018 7:45pm Easter Road Stadium
    Referee:Bobby Madden
    AR1 David McGeachie
    AR2 Alastair Mather
    Fourth Official Don Robertson

    The big derby for Collum, a big derby for Madden.

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  5. Some big news from Austria: Fritz Stuchlik, who observed for example Felix Brych only some weeks ago at Juventus-Tottenham (first leg), left the football business, so he is not UEFA observer any more too.

    First, there were reports the Austrian football association (ÖFB) suspended him, one day later they delivered Stuchlik and ÖFB had agreed to part ways. Anyway, as this happened very abrupt and ÖFB does not want to give any further informations about the reasons, there probably was an incident. Currently, there are a lot of rumors, also about his game in Turin.

    Stuchlik was the referee manager in Austria, actually leading the whole referee panel which is now on the move for sure. UEFA loses a quite meaningful referee observer with a lot of appointments in UCL/UEL during the last few years.

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    1. What are the rumours about his last game in Turin?? Can you please share??

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    2. Thanks for this very important news, Referee09.
      However, Soham, we must remember that rumors are only rumors and not the truth. I prefer to avoid such speculations on the blog. There should be a reason and if UEFA / OFB don't want to make it public, we must just accept that.
      Thanks.

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    3. Yes I do know that... I only wanted to know only that much that is available in the public domain and nothing more than that!!

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  6. Milorad Mazic has no game on weekend in Serbia. Next week in the CL between Barcelona - Chelsea?

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    1. 11.3. 14h... Fourth Official: Grujic D.
      11.3.16h... Fourth Official: Djokic N.
      (AAR1 and AAR2)

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    2. Probably we'll see Mazic in Barcelona. Other option is Manchester-Sevilla, but since Grujic and Djokic are busy on Sunday, it's hard to expect them to be again on the pitch on Tuesday, even though they are AARs.
      Mazic was several times on Camp Nou, dealing mostly well, and he was often good in refereeing English clubs. I don't expect some tough match there for the referee there - Chealsea will play defensively, trying to counterattack, but they are not "dirty" and there wont be harsh fouls. Barca will control the ball and the game. Potential simulations would be the biggest issue for the ref.

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  7. The fact, that Seidel (who is his Bundesliga AR2) is not appointed with Siebert, could indicate an appointment of Stieler in EL next week.

    BTW, First Group referee Tobias Welz is appointed to a 3rd division match this weekend after a long injury break.

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  8. Some incidents from yesterday's Ekstraklasa games:

    RC for SFP confirmed by the referee after an on-field review
    https://streamable.com/5pcv0

    Goal or offside?
    https://streamable.com/chwoo

    Penalty for deliberate handling awarded after an OFR
    https://streamable.com/vy6y8

    As always a difficult situation involving GK and attacker (foul on GK, collision, GK's foul?)
    https://streamable.com/ib4jy

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    1. 1) Supportable decision by referee, however watching replays, the challenge could have been assessed as "only" reckless. In any case, RC not a mistake for me, because it was potentially a very dangerous action against the opponent, with more than serious consequences. I want to add, I see that when Polish referees make the OFR, they spend even a long time watching the incident. Here in Italy it is different, referees watching videos on the pitch are always quick and they immediately come to a conclusion, not more than 30 seconds as average, I would say. Maybe in Poland it is different, they also talk for a long time with VAR officials.

      2) Goal, no punishable offside.

      3) Correct penalty, arm raised and clear contact with the ball, impeding the head-butt by opponent. Very difficult if not impossible to spot live.

      4) You said everything, in such situations it is always difficult to let play on without whistling. In this case my idea is that it is a normal collision, but for most of the referees, it is enough that keeper is just accidentally touched by an attacker, to whistle a foul in favor of defending team. As this is a common practice, I would say that referee can be backed there.

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    2. Thank you and estkane.

      IMO, it's still a yellow card according to last UEFA RAP (see A35 clip), but I praise referees who punish such tackles adequately (blame on UEFA and FIFA for allowing such brutal play...).

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  9. RC for SFP. The way how the orange player went to this tackle is brutal (intensity, studs, height), even if the contact was slight, RC cant be wrong, serious injury could have occured

    Goal or offside? I dont think its the case of 'clearly obstructing' so the goal is valid but the teamwork between AR and the referee is needed.

    And as always, thanks for the clips Ray!

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  10. U17 qualifiers

    Group 2
    Date: 9-15 March 2018
    Host Country: Croatia
    Teams: Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Sweden
    Referees: Eldorjan Hamiti (ALB), Christopher Jäger (AUT), Nejc Kajtazovič (SVN)
    UEFA Referee Observers: Alain Hamer (LUX), Michael Thomas Ross (NIR)

    Group 4
    Date: 12-18 March 2018
    Host Country: Portugal
    Teams: Finland, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland
    Referees: Kári Jóannesarson á Høvdanum (FRO), Vitaliy Romanov (UKR), Nick Walsh (SCO)
    UEFA Referee Observers: Kevin Azzopardi (MLT), Emil Božinovski (MKD)

    Group 5
    Date: 7-13 March 2018
    Host Country: Netherlands
    Teams: Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey
    Referees: Yigal Frid (ISR), Rohit Saggi (NOR), Julian Weinberger (AUT)
    UEFA Referee Observers: Kim Milton Nielsen (DEN), Uno Tutk (EST)

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    1. Rohit Saggi will be a name to have a look on

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    2. @Sale/Andreja
      Is Kajtazovič a promising referee?

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    3. IMO he is. I wrote already years ago on the "previous blog" that we need to keep an eye on him. Personally i expected him to be on the FIFA list before Obrenovic. His style is more like Vincic than Skomina. Let's see how he does ...

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    4. Do not misunderstand me - i'm not saying that Obrenovic isn't promising, i think they both have quite equal chances and predispositions to succeed. What's unique about Obrenovic is that he talks to players unusually a lot. I still cannot decide if i like it or not :) in my refereeing times i never talked a lot, so not my style ;)

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    5. Thank you for such detail!
      What a fantastic job by Vlado Sajn in Slovenia.

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    6. Vlado Sajn is the president of the Slovenian Federation or the Referees' Committee?

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    7. Coming to Vlado Sajn, has he been out observing this season?? I can recall he was the observer in Juventus v Monaco UCL SF last season but has he appeared after that?? I really can't recall

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    8. I can only say that he seems quite busy, giving lectures etc. I think we will see him as observer in important matches in later stages.

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  11. Karasev and his regular assistant referees with a Russian Premier League game today, FK Tosno - Rubin Kazan.
    Manchester United - Sevilla on Tuesday?

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    1. If he wants to go the World Cup he needs such appointments... I know it's not the kind of a game to experiment with referees but Committee should trust with the game if they believe he is worthy of officiating in a World Cup!!

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  12. Correct direct RC by Oliver in Huddersfield-Swansea.
    What do you think about missed handling by Pawson in Man UTD-Liverpool? I think it was punishable and he missed PK in favor of Liverpool.

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    1. Missing RC:SFP to Valencia for his foul on Mané? Pawson decided for a YC.

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    2. To those who are interested in, the three crucial decisions that had to be made by Craig Pawson in ManU-Liverpool.

      55' - penalty appeal for handball
      https://streamable.com/t38s0

      82' - missing penalty for Liverpool?
      https://streamable.com/1w27o

      89' - Valencia's YC (SFP?)
      https://streamable.com/jc4mw

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    3. Thanks.
      55': I think arm is not so open and NO CALL is still supportable, but at the same time penalty could have been whistled, grey area, of course the most important thing there is that referee had the exact perception of what happened and assessed the incident according to his discretion.

      82': Not a penalty, in my opinion. It seems as the contact is caused by Liverpool player who puts his leg into opponent's path. I would accept play on.

      89': Close to RC, but in my opinion YC still supportable. If the player had hit the opponent in his chest in a clear mannr, this would have been a dark red card, the fact that player was only slightly touched, could play in favor of YC. Of course a referee can issue RC based on the potential consequences of such actions and it wouldn't be a wrong choice. Similar speech to the foul in Ekstraklasa's game posted by RayHD. In this case, even a bit more RC, but YC is still a supportable choice.
      However, such challenges are surely unacceptable.

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  13. What's happening in West Ham - Burnley?
    In my opinion, incredible that Mason is allowing the game to continue after such incidents and riots on the stands. He should have already stopped the game. Where is the security?

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    1. What went wrong there?

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    2. I watched the last minutes of the game, many troubles with West Ham fans, invading the pitch as blatant protest against the team. Difficult situation to manage for the officials there with many short suspensions of the game and surely not a calm atmosphere. I also watched a fan trying to beat somebody close to benches.

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    3. Huge bans and fines might be coming up...

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  14. Samuel García (Málaga) sent off for SFP on Jordi Alba.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKWwavGuTlg

    Your thoughts?

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    1. Correct RC, for SFP. Studs up directly on the leg.

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  15. Unbelievable that the FIFA-badged assistant referee was so gutless...

    http://www.givemesport.com/1272821-chelsea-fans-were-fuming-at-alvaro-morata-for-what-he-did-in-92nd-minute-v-palace

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    1. How about the head referee? Morata applauded him in the face after getting a yellow card but got nothing.

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    2. He had to be sent off... How did Anthony Taylor not see it and how did the AR not let Taylor know about this??

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    3. Because they are Premier League referees. The players are their owners and they have to obey the players and never do what the laws of the game says.

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    4. That's not true... Michael Oliver is showing red cards whenever situation arises... Not all refs are the same 😓😓

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    5. Clear RC for this action against assistant referee. Incredible that player was not sent off. He undermined officials authority by that action. Who is the leader on the pitch?

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    6. That's what I think too, Chefren... Even if referee Anthony Taylor missed it, AR Adam Nunn should've immediately informed him to take some action... That nothing was done of such petulant behaviour is really so sorry to see!!

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    7. Oliver misses many dissent situations. I am talking about those things not fouls.

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    8. Yep... English referees are lineant with that, I agree... But if you see the modern day bosses, they demand refs to be lineant be it in FIFA or UEFA or wherever... So I don't blame the refs only here!

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  16. Here is as well the red card given by Michael Oliver in Huddersfield-Swansea. Absolutely the correct decision, clear SFP. I guess, Oliver communicated with the fourth official (Jonathan Moss) before he made up his mind. Thoughts?
    (Funniest bit: commentator thinks it's a wrong call and thinks VAR should be used here. LOL)

    https://streamable.com/b5wds

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    1. Absolutely a RC for the Swansea player, a brutal and dangerous tackle, good decision and good cohesion with Moss.
      What about a RC for the tackle of the Huddersfield player also? Very heavy stamp without control of his body, to my mind excessive force. Of course, on the pitch it is hard to imagine a situation with two RCs like that.

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    2. The Huddersfield player probably got a bit of the ball though... But somebody should tell the commentator he has got it all wrong 😂

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    3. The RC for Swansa player is OK, but situation is quite particular for the reason explained by Mikael. I have the same feeling about the player from Huddersfield. He was also guilty of a (at least) reckless cahllenge, stamping on the opponent without control. So two RC wouldn't have been a mistake there...

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    4. And to be fair, the stamp occurred split second before the studs contact... But nearly impossible to detect it live.

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    5. So is it a crucial mistake then? 🤔

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    6. Only in case the referee observer will deem the stamp as worthy of a red card (in my opinion, it's indeed a red card offence).

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    7. But nearly impossible to detect it live factor??

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  17. Final set of predictions :

    Man Utd v Sevilla : Sergei Karasev
    Roma v Shakhtar : Milorad Mazic
    Barcelona v Chelsea : Damir Skomina
    Besiktas v Bayern : Danny Makkelie

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  18. Manchester United FC - Sevilla FC (first leg: 0-0)
    Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
    Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
    Fourth Official: Jan de Vries (NED)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)

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    1. I didn't see this coming... Makkelie is being favoured by the Committee really well... Liverpool v Sevilla, Chelsea v Atletico Madrid and now this game... With Kuipers all set to retire this year, Makkelie will be the next big Dutch ref in Europe without a doubt... Congratulations to him and currently he seems to be rated higher than Zwayer as well!!

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  19. Will it be Sergei Karasev for Besiktas v Bayern Munich now??

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    1. Or might Michael Oliver have a chance there??

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    2. It would be a very poor appointment for the Russian, but indeed possible... performance principle?

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    3. I would agree... There were several crucial mistakes in a Bayern game and he had to be sent to EL... But I can also imagine him in Roma v Shakhtar!!

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  20. 13 March 2018

    16:00 CET,
    Tottenham Hotspur FC - FC Porto
    Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Divan Valkov (BUL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
    Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)
    UEFA Delegate: Vignir Már Þormóðsson (ISL)

    18:00 CET
    FC Barcelona - Club Atlético de Madrid
    Referee: Robert Madley (ENG)
    Assistant Referee 1: Harry Lennard (ENG)
    Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
    Fourth Official: David Medié Jiménez (ESP)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)
    UEFA Delegate: Antonio Talarico (ITA)

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  21. *The AR1 with Kabakov is Diyan Valkov not Divan.

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    1. You are right. Uefa.com is wrong.
      http://it.uefa.com/uefayouthleague/index.html#/iv/match/2024235/matchinfo
      FIFA.com confirms Diyan.
      http://www.fifa.com/development/education-and-technical/referees/association=bul/index.html

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  22. With Massa and Kabakov, other two referees who attended the course in Malta as Category 2 have been appointed there.

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  23. Massa
    UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
    UEFA Delegate: Boris Stankov (BUL)

    Siebert
    UEFA Delegate: Vilmos Szabó (HUN)

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