Sunday, 18 March 2018

Referee appointments for international friendlies - March 2018

Many international friendly games are about to be played on next days. If you have some appointments, don't hesitate to inform us. 


21 March

Liechtenstein - Andorra
Referee: Rohit Saggi (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Geir Oskar Isaksen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Fourth Official: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)

22 March

China PR - Wales
Referee: Mohd Amirul Izwan bin Yaacob (MAS)
Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohamad Mu'azi bin Zainal Abidin (MAS)
Fourth Official: Christopher James Beath (AUS)

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

Malta - Luxembourg
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ermal Barushi (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Rejdi Avdo (ALB)
Fourth Official: Clayton Pisani (MLT)

Slovakia - UAE
Referee: Letchman Gopala Krishnan (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdul Hannan bin Abdul Hasim (SIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Pattarapong Kijsathit (THA)

23 March

Argentina - Italy
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson (ENG)

Austria - Slovenia
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Maro Zürcher (SUI)
Fourth Official: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)

Azerbaijan - Belarus
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Əliyar Ağayev (AZE)

Bulgaria - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: François Letexier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Fourth Official: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)

Cyprus - Montenegro
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yehoshua Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
Fourth Official: Leóntios Tráttou (CYP)

Faroe Islands - Latvia
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Geir Oskar Isaksen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Rohit Saggi (NOR)

Finland - FYR Macedonia
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Esat Sancaktar (TUR)
Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)

France - Colombia
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Alain Heiniger (SUI)
Fourth Official: Fedayi San (SUI)

Germany - Spain
Referee : William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1 : David McGeachie (SCO)
Asssitant Referee 2 : Francis Connor (SCO)
Fourth Official : John Beaton (SCO)

Greece - Switzerland
Referee: Hugo Filipe Ferreira de Campos Moreira Miguel (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: António Manuel Albino Godinho (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nélson Carlos Cordeiro Moniz (POR)
Fourth Official: Ioánnis Papadópoulos (GRE)

Hungary - Kazakhstan
Referee: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Arkadiusz Kamil Wojcik (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)

Japan - Mali
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Monteny (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jo De Weirdt (BEL)
Fourth Official: Laurence Visser (BEL)

Mexico - Iceland
Referee: Armando Villarreal (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ian Anderson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeff Hosking (USA)
Fourth Official: Karen Abt (USA)

Morocco - Serbia
Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Michael Fabbri (ITA)

Netherlands - England
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)

Norway - Australia
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)

Peru - Croatia
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Morgante (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Wienckowski (USA)
Fourth Official: Ted Unkel (USA)

Poland - Nigeria
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Fourth Official: Robert Madley (ENG)

Portugal - Egypt
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Piero Giacomelli (ITA)
Video Assistant Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Andrea Crispo (ITA)

Russia - Brazil
Referee: Aliaksiej Kuĺbakoŭ (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzmitryj Žuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alieh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Ščarbakoŭ (BLR)

Saudi Arabia - Ukraine
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Xavier Estrada Fernández (ESP)

Scotland - Costa Rica
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Fourth Official: Harm Osmers (GER)

Turkey - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)

Uruguay - Czech Republic
Referee: Saud Ali Al-Athbah (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Muhammad Jabr Dharman (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Juma'a Muhammad Al-Burshaidah (QAT)
Fourth Official: Salman Ahmad Fallahi (QAT)

24 March

Armenia - Estonia
Referee: Giorgi Vadachkoria (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Davit Chigogidze (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Zaza Pipia (GEO)
Fourth Official: Arman Alaberkyan (ARM)

Canada - New Zealand
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Fourth Official: José María Sánchez Martínez (ESP)

Georgia - Lithuania
Referee: Alexandru Tean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Victor Mardari (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladislav Lifciu (MDA)
Fourth Official: Irakli Kvirikashvili (GEO)

Israel - Romania
Referee: Dimítris Masiás (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Charálampos Georgíou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Mários Kalogírou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)

Kosovo - Madagascar
Referee: William Lavis (FRA, no FIFA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ludovic Zmyslony (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwan Finjean (FRA)
Fourth Official: Thierry Bouille (FRA)

Northern Ireland - South Korea
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alastair Mather (SCO) 
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Fourth Official: Arnold Hunter (NIR)

Sweden - Chile
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell (ENG)

25 March

Gibraltar - Latvia
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Duncan Sultana (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Jurgen Spiteri (MLT)
Fourth Official: Herbert Warwick (GIB)

Liechtenstein - Faroe Islands
Referee: Rohit Saggi (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Geir Oskar Isaksen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Fourth Official: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)

Thailand - Slovakia
Referee: Suhaizi bin Shukri (MAS)
Assistant Referee 1: Azman bin Ismail (MAS)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohd Hariff bin Md Akhir (MAS)
Fourth Official: Wiwat Jumpaoon (THA)

26 March

Albania - Norway
Referee: Fyodor Zammit (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Luke Portelli (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Mitchell Scerri (MLT)
Fourth Official: Enea Jorgji (ALB)

Bulgaria - Kazakhstan
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Fourth Official: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)

China PR - Czech Republic
Referee: Christopher James Beath (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohamad Mu'azi bin Zainal Abidin (MAS)
Fourth Official: Mohd Amirul Izwan bin Yaacob (MAS)

Finland - Malta
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)

Netherlands - Portugal
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Fourth Official: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Video Assistant Referee: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Sébastien Moreira (FRA)

Wales - Uruguay
Referee: Salman Ahmad Fallahi (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Muhammad Jabr Dharman (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Juma'a Muhammad Al-Burshaidah (QAT)
Fourth Official: Saud Ahmad Al-Athbah (QAT)

27 March

Armenia - Lithuania
Referee: Irakli Kvirikashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Levan Varamishvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Levan Todria (GEO)
Fourth Official: Arman Alaberkyan (ARM)

Azerbaijan - FYR Macedonia
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kemal Yılmaz (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)

Belgium - Saudi Arabia
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)

Colombia - Australia
Referee : Robert Madley (ENG)
Assistant Referee : Harry Lennard (ENG)
Assistant Referee : Edward Smart (ENG)

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

Egypt - Greece
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sladan Josipovic (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)
Fourth Official: Marco Zürcher (SUI)

England - Italy
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Fritz (GER)
Video Assistant Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Benjamin Brand (GER)

Georgia - Estonia
Referee: Aliaksiej Kuĺbakoŭ (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Vitaĺ Maliucin (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alieh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Giorgi Vadachkoria (GEO)

Germany - Brazil
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)

Hungary - Scotland
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Fourth Official: Christopher Jäger (AUT)

Iran - Algeria
Referee: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Fourth Official: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)

Ivory Coast - Moldova
Referee: Genc Nuza (KOS)
Assistant Referee 1: Edmond Zeqiri (KOS)
Assistant Referee 2: Fatmir Sekiraqa (KOS)
Fourth Official: Julien Garrigues (FRA)

Japan - Ukraine
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Fourth Official: Laurence Visser (BEL)

Luxembourg - Austria
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ville Koskiniemi (FIN)
Fourth Official: Alain Durieux (LUX)

Mexico - Croatia
Referee: Mario Alberto Escobar Toca (GUA) 
Assistant Referee 1: Corey Parker (USA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Kyle Atkins (USA)

Montenegro - Turkey
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Đurđević (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)

Nigeria - Serbia
Referee : Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee : Simon Bennett (ENG)
Assistant Referee : Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official : Stuart Attwell (ENG)

Peru - Iceland
Referee: Ted Unkel (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Adam Wienckowski (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Morgante (USA)
Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal (USA)

Poland - South Korea
Referee: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jon Michael Knutsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Øystein Simon Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefański (POL)

Romania - Sweden
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Constantin Colțescu (ROU)

Russia - France
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)

Senegal - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Fourth Official: Yohan Gagnant (FRA)

Slovenia - Belarus
Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant referee 1 Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Assistant referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Fourth official: Dejan Balažić (SVN)

Spain - Argentina
Refeere: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)

Switzerland - Panama
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Rigler (AUT)
Fourth Official: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)

Tunisia - Costa Rica
Referee: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoît Millot (FRA)

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186 comments:

  1. I know it's not international friendlies, but if anyone has any information on the decisive matches in AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualification Round Three (Groups A, B & F), it would be greatly appreciated!

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  2. This guy - Francoa Leteixier - has progressed impressively, reaching each year new tournament, and french reffereing at all, but it strange how this nominations are made, either by countries or Uefa, two kinds - young stars or old dogs.

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    1. "Old Dogs"
      A label perfectly suited for Jonas Eriksson. A referee who's best days are in his rear view mirror. Sadly his ego prevents him from doing the right and honorable thing and simply step aside. Many greats (G. Poll, M.A. Rodriguez, R. Rosetti, ect) have done this in the past when they realized that their time had come. However those that I mentioned were, are, and will always be "GREATS", while Eriksson, meh, not so much. If anything, for the good of the game. The referee committees have got to stop sending him out there. It reflects poorly on the committee. And makes it seem as if being mediocre is acceptable and tolerable.

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    2. Too harsh a comment on Eriksson but overall you do have a point... Gracefully quitting and moving on at the right time fetches respect!!

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    3. Sheriff. Are you okay? Only a stupid person would step aside if they are a FIFA ref and still get appointments. Eriksson doesn’t decide he is good enough for FIFA games. FIFA decides. Stupid comment.

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    4. Retirement is a personal choice, we can't question on that, we can't invite a referee to do that. If a referee shows always poor performances, he shouldn't get games, Victor is right about that. People "responsible" for that is who appoint him, not the referee himself. We will see what will happen with Eriksson.
      Also, I want to invite you all to moderate your words: we like to share opinions and to discuss about hot topics, but always with the needed respect. Thanks.

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    5. Victor, Using your logic, R. Rosetti, C. Vera, G. Poll, M.A. Rodriguez, E. Osses, and H. Webb, all "stupid".
      Stupid is continuing to go out onto the field time after time. Even though your performances leave a lot to be desired and your ability to grow or improve has become stagnant. Furthermore, having FIFA's or Bussaca's approval is no badge of honor.
      Yes retirement is a personal choice. But there comes a time where a decision much be made or strongly suggested if it's for the good of the game. Or to protect and conserve what little if any prestige the referee has left. There is nothing sadder than seeing a player struggle to play when he's past his prime. The same goes for referees. Neither can continue to get by based on past glories.

      Being that this is an opinion based blog. What I have stated in my previous and current comment is just that. My opinion. Disrespectful? No. Not at all. Disrespectful because you don't agree with my opinion? Yeah that might be the reason for you or others.

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  3. Regret to say this, but Ovidiu Hațegan absolutely RUINED Romanian Derby which took place between CFR Cluj (1st place) and Steaua (2nd).

    min '37 - incorrect penalty for CFR Cluj, ball hit player in shoulder. Former FIFA ref Ion Crăciunescu said on live TV he would have never awarded penalty for this.
    https://streamable.com/1p30e

    min '58 - missed penalty for CFR Cluj
    https://streamable.com/m63pa

    min '64 - red card for CFR Cluj player, however before the foul it seems there was a missed handball at Steaua player #7
    https://streamable.com/9zfcw (0:34)

    min '72 - very soft straight red card for Steaua #5, no intention to harm the opponent, he even seems that he tried to avoid stepping on him.
    https://streamable.com/jul04

    nd to end on a positive note, FIFA ref Radu Petrescu (34 yrs old) has just returned this month to refferee matches in Romanian Liga 1, after he underwent brain surgery. His last match was in July 17, Dundalk vs Rosenborg in UCL Qualifying, game after which Petrescu accused severe pain in the back of his head.


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    1. ”37 ball clearly hits his arm not the shoulder but it doesn’t matter because it’s clearly not deliberate and a whistle should not be used.

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    2. ”64 not deliberate handball and it doesn’t matter if you call that before. The other foul still must be punished with a yellow card.

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    3. Thanks for the detailed info about Radu Petrescu, a very good news, and thanks also for the videos about Hategan game. In any case, I don't like too much to read terms like "referee ruined the game..." and so on.
      We can talk about a poor performance, a bad day, but nothing is done deliberately.
      Having said that, for me there are indeed at least 3 mistakes, 2 of them very clear. Wrong penalty for handball, the ball touches the arm (a replay is clear about that), but the arm is absolutely close to body and it is impossible to whistle such penalty. The missed penalty can be a mistake as well, but here I could leave some room for discussion, because I'm not sure about the real intensity of the contact. RC clearly wrong: here no doubts, there isn't any intention by player to hurt the opponent / step on him.
      Not the best officiating by Hategan.

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  4. U19 - ELITE ROUND

    Group 1
    Date: 21-27 March 2018
    Host Country: Germany
    Teams: Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland
    Referees: Jonathan Lardot (BEL), Daniele Doveri (ITA), Danilo Grujić (SRB) // Robert Schröder (GER)
    Assistant Referees: Florian Lemaire (BEL), Giorgio Peretti (ITA), Miloš Miškeljin (SRB) // Christian Bandurski (GER)
    Referee Observers: Thomas Einwaller (AUT), Juan Antonio Fernández Marín (ESP)

    Group 2
    Date: 21-27 March 2018
    Host Country: FYR Macedonia
    Teams: England, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Latvia
    Referees: Karim Abed (FRA), Christian Dingert (GER), Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR) // Igor Stojčevski (MKD)
    Assistant Referees: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA), Christian Gittelmann (GER), Viktor Matyash (UKR) // Daniel Vasilevski (MKD)
    Referee Observers: Sokol Jareci (ALB), Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

    Group 3
    Date: 21-27 March 2018
    Host Country: Italy
    Teams: Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Poland
    Referees: Paul Tierney (ENG), João Pedro da Silva Pinheiro (POR), Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU) // Fabio Maresca (ITA)
    Assistant Referees: Nick Hopton (ENG), Bruno Miguel de Campos Rodrigues (POR), Mircea Mihail Grigoriu (ROU) // Daniele Bindoni (ITA)
    Referee Observers: Vlado Svilokos (CRO), Marc Batta (FRA)

    Group 4
    Date: 21-27 March 2018
    Host Country: Romania
    Teams: Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Ukraine
    Referees: Alexander Harkam (AUT), Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP), Alan Mario Sant (MLT) // Sorin Andrei Antonie (ROU)
    Assistant Referees: Andreas Staudinger (AUT), Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP), Roberto Vella (MLT) // George Florin Neacșu (ROU)
    Referee Observers: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM), Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

    Group 5
    Date: 21-27 March 2018
    Host Country: Portugal
    Teams: Kosovo, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia
    Referees: Kristo Tohver (EST), Jérôme Brisard (FRA), Anastásios Papapétrou (GRE) // Rui Filipe da Cunha Folha Oliveira (POR)
    Assistant Referees: Aron Härsing (EST), Benjamin Pagès (FRA), Vasílios Kampouris (GRE) // Rui Miguel Martins Teixeira (POR)
    Referee Observers: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP), Darko Čeferin (SVN)

    Group 6
    Date: 21-27 March 2018
    Host Country: Spain
    Teams: Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Spain
    Referees: Tihomir Pejin (CRO), Antti Munukka (FIN), Marco Di Bello (ITA) // Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
    Assistant Referees: Goran Pataki (CRO), Jukka Honkanen (FIN), Ciro Carbone (ITA) // Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
    Referee Observers: Konrad Plautz (AUT), Michális Argyroú (CYP)

    Group 7
    Date: 21-27 March 2018
    Host Country: Denmark
    Teams: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Turkey
    Referees: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL), Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP), Kevin Clancy (SCO) // Sandi Putros (DEN)
    Assistant Referees: Georgi Doynov (BUL), Iker de Francisco Grijalba (ESP), David Doig (SCO) // Victor Skytte (DEN)
    Referee Observers: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL), Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

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    1. Thank you so much, but what about the friendly appointment for Di Bello? If he is in Spain for U19...

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    2. Most likely he will be replaced...

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    3. It is interesting to see that for each countries where the round is played an important observer is sent.

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    4. Most notable mention is Paul Tierney under the supervision of Marc Batta 👌

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    5. Indeed also Petrescu (back from injury, very talented referee according to his palmarés and good reports from his U19 EURO) and Pinheiro (a young Portuguese talent that UEFA needs? Although the informed comments of DA would suggest otherwise).
      Some other interesting observers, but nobody else from the committee.

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    6. Pinheiro gave good indications when he reached the 1st category (2015). He did a classic this year with a positive work and few more important games. But he has a problem at the moment: it was discovered that he sent internal information about the Portuguese refereeing to a former referee and former delegate and that information was then sent to one of the main clubs.
      http://www.record.pt/futebol/futebol-nacional/liga-nos/fc-porto/detalhe/fc-porto-revela-troca-de-emails-entre-o-arbitro-joao-pinheiro-e-o-delegado-nuno-cabral.html

      All this was while Vitor Melo Pereira was president of the referees.
      His future will depend on the trust (or not) of the current FPF referee committee.

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  5. U21 QUALIFIERS

    22 March 2018

    16:00 CET, Xanthi
    Greece - San Marino // Group 1
    Referee: Fyodor Zammit (MLT)
    Assistant Referee 1: Luke Portelli (MLT)
    Assistant Referee 2: Mitchell Scerri (MLT)
    Fourth Official: Matthew De Gabriele (MLT)

    19:00 CET, Braunschweig
    Germany - Israel // Group 5
    Referee: Mario Zebec (CRO)
    Assistant Referee 1: Borut Križarić (CRO)
    Assistant Referee 2: Jerko Crnčić (CRO)
    Fourth Official: Bruno Marić (CRO)

    19:00 CET, Mitrovica
    Kosovo - Azerbaijan // Group 5
    Referee: Donald Robertson (SCO)
    Assistant Referee 1: Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
    Fourth Official: Nicholas Walsh (SCO)

    20:00 CET, Budapest
    Hungary - Cyprus // Group 6
    Referee: Robert Harvey (IRL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Dermot Broughton (IRL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Mark Gavin (IRL)
    Fourth Official: Graham Kelly (IRL)

    20:45 CET, Portadown
    Northern Ireland - Spain // Group 2
    Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Dawid Golis (POL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Winkler (POL)
    Fourth Official: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)

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    1. 23 March 2018

      14:00 CET, Alanya
      Turkey - Sweden // Group 6
      Referee: Dennis Higler (NED)
      Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
      Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
      Fourth Official: Siemen Mulder (NED)

      14:00 CET, Skopje
      FYR Macedonia - Russia // Group 7
      Referee: Horațiu Mircea Feșnic (ROU)
      Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
      Assistant Referee 2: Valentin Gabriel Avram (ROU)
      Fourth Official: Andrei Florin Chivulete (ROU)

      14:00 CET, Astana
      Kazakhstan - France // Group 9
      Referee: Keith Kennedy (NIR)
      Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Donaldson (NIR)
      Assistant Referee 2: Georgios Argyropoulos (NIR)
      Fourth Official: Ian McNabb (NIR)

      15:00 CET, Zenica
      Bosnia and Herzegovina - Wales // Group 8
      Referee: Espen Andreas Eskås (NOR)
      Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
      Assistant Referee 2: Morten Jensen (NOR)
      Fourth Official: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)

      16:00 CET, Karviná
      Czech Republic - Croatia // Group 1
      Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
      Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
      Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
      Fourth Official: Jan Boterberg (BEL)

      16:00 CET, Gori
      Georgia - Faroe Islands // Group 3
      Referee: Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM)
      Assistant Referee 1: Mesrop Ghazaryan (ARM)
      Assistant Referee 2: Erik Arevshatyan (ARM)
      Fourth Official: Suren Baliyan (ARM)

      17:00 CET, Gargždai
      Lithuania - Finland // Group 3
      Referee: Zbyněk Proske (CZE)
      Assistant Referee 1: Radek Kotík (CZE)
      Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
      Fourth Official: Ondřej Berka (CZE)

      17:20 CET, Tirana
      Albania - Slovakia // Group 2
      Referee: Stefan Apostolov (BUL)
      Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)
      Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
      Fourth Official: Nikola Popov (BUL)

      18:00 CET, Andorra la Vella
      Andorra - Scotland // Group 4
      Referee: Alain Durieux (LUX)
      Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Da Costa (LUX)
      Assistant Referee 2: Tom Hansen (LUX)
      Fourth Official: Laurent Wilmes (LUX)

      18:30 CET, Differdange
      Luxembourg - Montenegro // Group 9
      Referee: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
      Assistant Referee 1: Ihor Alokhin (UKR)
      Assistant Referee 2: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
      Fourth Official: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)

      18:45 CET, Tondela
      Portugal - Liechtenstein // Group 8
      Referee: Genc Nuza (KOS)
      Assistant Referee 1: Fatlum Berisha (KOS)
      Assistant Referee 2: Bujar Selimaj (KOS)
      Fourth Official: Visar Kastrati (KOS)

      20:00 CET, Gibraltar
      Gibraltar - Serbia // Group 7
      Referee: Juri Frischer (EST)
      Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)
      Assistant Referee 2: Veiko Mõtsnik (EST)
      Fourth Official: Kristo Külljastinen (EST)

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    2. Very good appointment for Dennis Higler... He is a very promising and talented referee... One for the future Elite group!!

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    3. Higler makes (too) many mistakes in the eredivisie. I don’t see him as a future elite referee

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    4. But he gets quite a lot of appointments there 🤔

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    5. Is there anything information about observers of these matches?

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    6. Not from me anyway, but a great way to find full appointments (including Delegates / Observers) is by going on the UEFA Press Kits website (any match UEFA sells television rights for, you can find all appointments for):

      http://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/mediaservices/presskits/index.html

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    7. I don't know if Higler will reach elite. He struggled in Holland for some seasons, bit is doing well now. He may have made some mistakes, but he got much bigger matches now, so it's seen much moee. Overall, he is a trustworthy referee.

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    8. 16:00 CET, Xanthi
      Greece - San Marino // Group 1
      Referee: Fyodor Zammit (MLT)
      Assistant Referee 1: Luke Portelli (MLT)
      Assistant Referee 2: Mitchell Scerri (MLT)
      Fourth Official: Matthew De Gabriele (MLT)

      Delegate: Claude Kremer (LUX)
      Observer: David Malcolm (NIR)

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    9. GER-ISR (Mario Zebec)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
      UEFA Delegate: Paul Lyon (GIB)

      KOS-AZE (Donald Robertson)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Ivanov (RUS)
      UEFA Delegate: Thura Win (ENG)

      HUN-CYP (Robert Harvey)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Karel Bohuněk (CZE)
      UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)

      NIR-ESP (Bartosz Frankowski)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
      UEFA Delegate: Styrbjörn Oskarsson (FIN)

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    10. TUR-SWE (Dennis Higler)
      UEFA Referee Observer: António Manuel Almeida da Costa (POR)
      UEFA Delegate: Aleksandr Keplin (KAZ)

      MKD-RUS (Horațiu Mircea Feșnic)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)
      UEFA Delegate: Márton Esterházy (HUN)

      KAZ-FRA (Keith Kennedy)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Petteri Kari (FIN)
      UEFA Delegate: Ivan Tsitovich (RUS)

      BIH-WAL (Espen Andreas Eskås)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Ioánnis Tsacheilídis (GRE)
      UEFA Delegate: Lennart Vestervall (SWE)

      CZE-CRO (Alexandre Boucaut)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)
      UEFA Delegate: Michel Schafroth (SUI)

      GEO-FRO (Zaven Hovhannisyan)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Dragutin Karlo Poljak (CRO)
      UEFA Delegate: Michális Mítas (CYP)

      LTU-FIN (Zbyněk Proske)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)
      UEFA Delegate: Róbert Agnarsson (ISL)

      ALB-SVK (Stefan Apostolov)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)
      UEFA Delegate: Vladislav Khodeyev (RUS)

      AND-SCO (Alain Durieux)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
      UEFA Delegate: Velid Imamović (BIH)

      LUX-MNE (Mykola Balakin)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Eyjólfur Ólafsson (ISL)
      UEFA Delegate: Róbert Barczi (HUN)

      POR-LIE (Genc Nuza)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Aleksey Spirin (RUS)
      UEFA Delegate: Gabriel Weiss (SVK)

      GIB-SRB (Juri Frischer)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Ferenc Székely (HUN)
      UEFA Delegate: Markku Lehtola (FIN)

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  6. UEFA Women's Champions League
    Quarterfinal First Match

    Wednesday 21/March (local times)

    Manchester City 1900 Linköpings FC
    Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
    Assistant Referees: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA) , Rocio Puente Pino (ESP)
    Fourth Official: Victoria Beyer (FRA)
    UEFA Delegate: Elena Kobak (RUS)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Eleni Kiriou (GRE)

    Montpellier Hérault 2045 Chelsea LFC
    Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
    Assistant Referees: Maryna Striletska (UKR) , Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)
    Fourth Official: Kateryna Usova (UKR)
    UEFA Delegate: Scilla Gennaro (ITA)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Jenny Palmqvist (SWE)

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    1. Thursday 22/March, all times CET

      VfL Wolfsburg 1700 Slavia Praha
      Referee: Florence Guillemin (FRA)
      Assistant referees: Solenne Bartnik (FRA), Elodie Coppola (FRA)
      Fourth official: Céline Bagrowski (FRA)
      Delegate / Observer ?

      Olympique Lyonnais 1745 FC Barcelona
      Referee: Pernilla Larsson (SWE)
      Assistant referees: Sian Massey (ENG), Lisa Rashid (ENG)
      Fourth official: Tess Olofsson (SWE)
      Delegate / Observer ?

      Remarkable that Guillemin, belonging to First Category, gets a WCL Quarterfinal- I can't remember that since years.

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    2. Olympique Lyonnais - FC Barcelona
      Observer: Regina Konink-Belksma (NED)

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    3. Wolfsburg - Slavia Praha
      UEFA Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)
      UEFA Delegate: Ana Sofia da Costa Caetano (POR)

      Lyon - Barcelona
      UEFA Delegate: Knarik Abelyan (ARM)

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  7. Next season VAR will be used in the Netherlands. In the competition, the cup from the QF and all the play-off games.

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  8. U17 - ELITE ROUND

    Group 1
    Date: 21-27 March 2018
    Host Country: Czech Republic
    Teams: Czech Republic, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine
    Referees: Volen Chinkov (BUL), Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR), Urs Schnyder (SUI) // Ondřej Ginzel (CZE)
    Assistant Referees: Petar Dzhuganski (BUL), Reidar Gundersen (NOR), Jan Köbeli (SUI) // Adam Horák (CZE)
    UEFA Referee Observers: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE), Rodger Gifford (WAL)

    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) // Ivan Župan (CRO)
    Assistant Referees: Denis Rexha (ALB), Roland Riedel (AUT), Grega Kordež (SVN) // Robi Kezele (CRO)
    UEFA Referee Observers: Alain Hamer (LUX), Michael Thomas Ross (NIR)

    Group 3
    Date: 21-27 March 2018
    Host Country: Poland
    Teams: FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Poland, Republic of Ireland
    Referees: Ívar Orri Kristjánsson (ISL), Christophe Pires Martins (LUX), Boris Marhefka (SVK) // Sebastian Jarzębak (POL)
    Assistant Referees: Birkir Sigurðarson (ISL), Gilles François Becker (LUX), Tomáš Vorel (SVK) // Bartosz Heinig (POL)
    UEFA Referee Observers: Igor Șațchii (MDA), Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

    Group 4
    Date: 12-18 March 2018
    Host Country: Portugal
    Teams: Finland, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland
    Referees: Kári Jóannesarson á Høvdanum (FRO), Nicholas Walsh (SCO), Vitaliy Romanov (UKR) // Vítor Jorge Fernandes Ferreira (POR)
    Assistant Referees: Jørleif Djurhuus (FRO), Andrew Kirkland (SCO), Oleksandr Zhukov (UKR) // Nélson Carlos Cordeiro Moniz (POR)
    UEFA Referee Observers: Emil Božinovski (MKD), Kevin Azzopardi (MLT)

    Group 5
    Date: 7-13 March 2018
    Host Country: Netherlands
    Teams: Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey
    Referees: Julian Weinberger (AUT), Yigal Frid (ISR), Rohit Saggi (NOR) // Robin Hensgens (NED)
    Assistant Referees: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT), Idan Yarkoni (ISR), Isaak Elias Skjeseth Bashevkin (NOR) // Jordi Been (NED)
    UEFA Referee Observers: Kim Milton Nielsen (DEN), Uno Tutk (EST)

    Group 6
    Date: 21-27 March 2018
    Host Country: Austria
    Teams: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France
    Referees: Timótheos Christofí (CYP), Lionel Tschudi (SUI), Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE) // Josef Spurny (AUT)
    Assistant Referees: Pávlos Georgíou (CYP), Raffael Zeder (SUI), Mikael Hallin (SWE) // Stefan Pichler (AUT)
    UEFA Referee Observers: Haim Jakov (ISR), Vladimír Medveď (SVK)

    Group 7
    Date: 22-28 March 2018
    Host Country: Hungary
    Teams: Hungary, Israel, Romania, Slovenia
    Referees: Roomer Tarajev (EST), Petri Viljanen (FIN), Milovan Milačić (MNE) // Péter Zierkelbach (HUN)
    Assistant Referees: Sten Klaasen (EST), Riku Vihreävuori (FIN), Aleksandar Đikanović (MNE) // Péter Garai (HUN)
    UEFA Referee Observers: Levan Paniashvili (GEO), Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

    Group 8
    Date: 21-27 March 2018
    Host Country: Greece
    Teams: Germany, Greece, Norway, Scotland
    Referees: Admir Šehović (BIH), Igor Pajač (CRO), Denys Shurman (UKR) // Aristotélis Diamantópoulos (GRE)
    Assistant Referees: Senad Ibrišimbegović (BIH), Vedran Ðurak (CRO), Valentyn Kutsev (UKR) // Andréas Meïntanás (GRE)
    UEFA Referee Observers: Patrick Kelly (IRL), Nuno Alexandre Parreira de Castro (POR)

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  9. Is Aliaksiej Kuĺbakoŭ same as the Alexey Kulbakov that we know or some other referee??

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    1. Yes. As there is no one official way to romanize Belarussian names (in fact there are 8! ways to do that), I used the one from Google Translator. You can read more on this topic here:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanization_of_Belarusian

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    2. Wow really interesting... Thanks for sharing this :)

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  10. Any information on the date for the final list of the teams that will attend World Cup 2018?

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    1. A wait of approximately another week :)

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  11. Can you believe this?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjKnJTReiDQ

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    1. According to the laws of the game it is correct penalty. The problem is the simulation which is blatant. But clearly the defender attempts to trip him and that’s enough for a penalty. You punish the offence that happens first.

      Attempting to trip an opponent=direct free kick/penalty kick. But a yellow card for simulation is more apporopriate here.

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  12. Can somebody please tell me who is refereeing the Norway vs Australia and Australia vs Colombia games!?

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  13. OT

    2018 Coupe de la Ligue Final

    31/03/2018, 21:05 CET
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN - AS MONACO
    Referee: Clément Turpin
    Assistant Referees: Nicolas Danos, Cyril Gringore
    Fourth Official: Mikael Lesage
    Video Assistant Referees: Amaury Delerue, Nicolas Rainville

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    1. Is this Turpin's first Cup final??

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    2. Third. He refereed the French Cup final twice, however this is his first League Cup Final.

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    3. @Stake

      Do you know if there are plans to televise the referee's micro for the CDL Final this year, it was nice to hear Lannoy and Bastien in the last years?

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    4. It happened always since 2013. Last year, Frank Schneider also had the micro for TV, I expect that it will happen again this year.

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    5. Especially with VAR it might be interesting!
      Regards

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  14. Singapura v Indonesia
    Stadium National,Singapura

    Referee: Muhammad Taqi Al-Jaafari Bin Jahari (Singapura)

    21/03/2018

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    1. No neutral referee available??

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    2. It's an u23 matches. Not a international fifa ranking matches. But,it's a pleasure that in one time Indonesia was refereed by an AFC elite ref although it's not from neutral country:)

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    3. Oh I see... I thought it's a senior international... I've seen a bit of Bin Jahari and I've been pretty impressed by him... He is one for the future of AFC

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  15. OT

    World Cup referee Sandro Ricci announced his marriage to Brazilian Assistant Referee, Fernanda Colombo in the last days.
    Congratulations to them both, hoping that Ricci's WC is just as good :-)

    http://www.otempo.com.br/mobile/superfc/sandro-meira-ricci-e-fernanda-colombo-anunciam-casamento-na-tv-1.1586834

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    1. Hooefully lady luck will now shine on Ricci in Brazil :)

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  16. Hello!
    Who knows referee on this match?
    China - Wales ?

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  17. https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/21/17148628/hublot-big-bang-referee-wear-os-fifa-world-cup-2018-goal-line

    I'm guessing referees will wear the Hublot watch on one wrist and the Polar on the other, during the WC, rather than wearing three watches as during the Club WC.

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  18. U21 friendly
    Italy - Norway
    Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
    Frédéric Haquette (FRA) - Julien Pacelli (FRA)
    Michael Fabbri (ITA)

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  19. Has somebody information Hungary-Kazakhstan on 23/03?

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  20. Any more friendly appointment for Michael Oliver next week apart from Poland v Nigeria??

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  21. Under20 Elite League
    CZE-ITA: Florian Badstübner (GER)
    POR-GER: Piotr Lasyk (POL)
    POL-ENG: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)

    Under21 Friendlies
    MDA-LVA: Alexandru Tean (MDA)
    SVN-UKR: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
    NED-BEL: Marco Fritz (GER)
    ITA-NOR: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
    AUT-DEN: Michal Očenáš (SVK)

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  22. RC in Denmark - Panama:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-sljydtYYc

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    1. Excellent decision from Neil Doyle! Hats off to Kasper Schmeichel for his reaction (no 'convulsions' in order to influence the ref) as well!

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  23. It seems a consistent point for improvement for Kulbakov is his sowing- indeed he is without the FIFA badge.
    He missed a YC so far but very boring match, still in the first half.

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    1. UPDATE
      He has the badge on for the second half :-D

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    2. I think somebody informed him after having read your message on the blog at the end of first half :P

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  25. Why were there six substitutions per team in Russia v Brazil?? Is it some kind of a trial??

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    1. That's totally normal in friendlies between national teams.

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    2. Oh I see... Thanks for the info... I never really noted it before today!!

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  26. Not that concentrated first half by Gil Manzano in Amsterdam, but still okayish performance.

    Also maybe sth interesting to write, thanks to the local commentary here in England. This match was earmarked to have VAR, but it was decided that the Spanish referees didn't have enough experience of the system (by FIFA?), so it was just a simple quartet instead.

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    1. Thanks for the info, however I find that quite weird.
      If they wanted a game with VAR, they had just to appoint officials able to use it.

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    2. English referees in the media say Gil Manzano missed a penalty, and didn't have his best evening.

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  27. Good second half by Collum in Düsseldorf, both teams focused purely on football so the Scottish put himself firmly in the background, and facilitated a flowing match. Excellent fitness also.

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    1. So clearly Collum is NOT one referee finished yet :D

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  28. Poland - Nigeria

    It seems the ball crossed the goal-line and Constantine Hatzidakis overlooked that...
    https://streamable.com/kni7q

    ...and Michael Oliver fell for Moses' dive
    https://streamable.com/mwpwb

    Poor game, many fouls, no real prevention from Michael Oliver today. Some excellent advantages though!

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    1. By the way, Constantine Hatzidakis and Stephen Child swapped games.

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    2. Went down way too easily... Could've been a play on!!

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    3. Clearly a dive in my opinion and I thik goal missed by AR.

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    4. In interview with polish TV Lewandowski said that he discussed this call with referee just after the final whistle and Oliver explained him, that he whistled in mainly due to defender's reaction just after the contact.

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    5. That means he admitted his mistake to them?? That's a good thing to do... I appreciate it!!

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  29. U21 Friendly
    24/03
    England - Romania
    Referee: Iwan Griffith (WAL)

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  30. SPA or DOGSO?
    https://streamable.com/jt9ll

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    1. Without the foul, player would have reached the ball.
      So, DOGSO and RC (not a genuine attempt to play the ball).

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  31. Collum, well in Germany-Spain.
    But I don´t hope him in Russia.

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    1. He wasn't in the shortlist so why would anyone hope him anyway? But overall the conclusion is Collum is one referee unfinished :D

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  32. According to media in Croatia, Atkinson announced before a match (ARG-ITA) that it is his last international match.

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    1. Some sources claim that he told the players before that he won't issue any cards as it is his last international match!!

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    2. Manuel Lanzini said that to media.

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    3. Why should a player make up such things about a ref?? Maybe Atkinson might have told them to behave well so that he doesn't have to issue cards in his last international game... Teachers often speak like that to students!!

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    4. I can imagine Atkinson delivered it with a wry smile, rather than meaning it literally

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    5. I didn't watch the game but it was reported also by Italian commentators that Atkinson had revealed something like that before the match.

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    6. Why would any ref say this to a player? What if someone smacks a player in the face or spits on someone? A ref can’t decide before the match to not show any cards.

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    7. Maybe he said that but without being so serious, with a smile on the face, of course then on the pitch in case of card he would have issued it.

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    8. Exactly... Just a small friendly request to players for being well behaved in his last international match!!

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    9. Lanzini asked after the match why he didn't pull any cards, and then he said because it was his last match.. This is match fixing when betting is involved, I needed 3 cards for €4000: https://twitter.com/Nick123Dutch/with_replies

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  33. Who will referee Colombia v AusrrAust to be played on 27 March at the Craven Cottage??

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    1. It's Colombia v Australia... Sorry for the horrible typo!!

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    2. I also wish to know! Will it be a British refereeing team? It's being played in Fulham!

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  34. Hungary - Kazakhstan (Tomasz Musiał)

    SPA vs DOGSO
    https://streamable.com/fvvq9

    goal or foul
    https://streamable.com/de8o9

    penalty incident
    https://streamable.com/vh85h

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    1. 1. I've many doubts because of ball position, but I'd issued a red card surely.

      2. Foul, but as contact isn't strong can I think the referee can be backed, but IMO that's an "unsportsmanlike" manner of winning the ball possession, even if it's a soft push.

      3. Play on.

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    2. I think, all three decisions are in the referee's latitude (I just learned a new English word...).
      But with replays I would have decided like Quilava, i.e. RC, foul and no penalty.

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    3. In my eyes: YC, foul and no penalty.

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    4. More YC than RC, due to the presence of another defender and the position where the foul occurred, I would say RC would have been very harsh if not wrong, so OK by Musial.
      Second situation is in my opinion foul, third one: no penalty.

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    5. 1. I don’t see any foul. Looks like simulation. Typical dive fall.

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  35. Do you know referee appointment?
    Romania - Sweden

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  36. U21 QUALIFIERS

    25 March 2018

    18:00 CET, Serravalle
    San Marino - Belarus // Group 1
    Referee: Jason Lee Barcelo (GIB)
    Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Mario Parody (GIB)
    Assistant Referee 2: Johan David Ward (GIB)
    Fourth Official: Yaroslaff Borg (GIB)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Niklas á Líðarenda (FRO)
    UEFA Delegate: Edvin Libohova (ALB)

    26 March 2018

    20:00 CET, Louvain
    Belgium - Hungary // Group 6
    Referee: Erez Papir (ISR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Yehiel Levy Haluba (ISR)
    Fourth Official: Shalom Ben Avraham (ISR)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)
    UEFA Delegate: Vakhtang Bzikadze (GEO)

    20:30 CET, Coleraine
    Northern Ireland - Iceland // Group 2
    Referee: Fedayi San (SUI)
    Assistant Referee 1: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stéphane De Almeida (SUI)
    Fourth Official: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Johan Verbist (BEL)
    UEFA Delegate: Marcin Stefański (POL)

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    1. 27 March 2018

      14:00 CET, Gori
      Georgia - Denmark // Group 3
      Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)
      Assistant Referee 1: Romāns Platonovs (LVA)
      Assistant Referee 2: Valdis Koritko (LVA)
      Fourth Official: Edgars Maļcevs (LVA)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
      UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheiman (ISR)

      14:00 CET, Larnaca
      Cyprus - Sweden // Group 6
      Referee: Fábio José da Costa Veríssimo (POR)
      Assistant Referee 1: Nuno Filipe dos Santos Tomás Pereira (POR)
      Assistant Referee 2: Rui Miguel Martins Teixeira (POR)
      Fourth Official: Hélder Miguel de Azevedo Malheiro (POR)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)
      UEFA Delegate: Patrik Filípek (CZE)

      14:00 CET, Astana
      Kazakhstan - Luxembourg // Group 9
      Referee: Dzianis Ščarbakoŭ (BLR)
      Assistant Referee 1: Juryj Chomčanka (BLR)
      Assistant Referee 2: Jaŭhien Ramanaŭ (BLR)
      Fourth Official: Siarhiej Cynkievič (BLR)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Muharrem Zihni Aksoy (TUR)
      UEFA Delegate: Avi Levi (ISR)

      15:00 CET, Xanthi
      Greece - Czech Republic // Group 1
      Referee: Vilhjálmur Alvar Þórarinsson (ISL)
      Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Már Sigurðsson (ISL)
      Assistant Referee 2: Frosti Viðar Gunnarsson (ISL)
      Fourth Official: Þóroddur Hjaltalín (ISL)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)
      UEFA Delegate: Bakar Jordania (GEO)

      15:00 CET, Alanya
      Turkey - Malta // Group 6
      Referee: Ömər Paşayev (AZE)
      Assistant Referee 1: Namiq Hüseynov (AZE)
      Assistant Referee 2: Mübariz Haşımov (AZE)
      Fourth Official: Rəhim Həsənov (AZE)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Yuriy Baskakov (RUS)
      UEFA Delegate: Yuriy Barabash (UKR)

      16:30 CET, Velika Gorica
      Croatia - Moldova // Group 1
      Referee: Jari Järvinen (FIN)
      Assistant Referee 1: Mika Lamppu (FIN)
      Assistant Referee 2: Sami Nykänen (FIN)
      Fourth Official: Oskari Hämäläinen (FIN)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Rien Koopman (NED)
      UEFA Delegate: Florin Prunea (ROU)

      17:00 CET, Neuchâtel
      Switzerland - Portugal // Group 8
      Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
      Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
      Assistant Referee 2: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
      Fourth Official: Kaspar Sjöberg (SWE)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)
      UEFA Delegate: Biljana Velkovska (MKD)

      17:20 CET, Žilina
      Slovakia - Albania // Group 2
      Referee: Iwan Arwel Griffith (WAL)
      Assistant Referee 1: Ian Bird (WAL)
      Assistant Referee 2: Johnathon Bryant (WAL)
      Fourth Official: Huw Jones (WAL)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Stávros Tritsónis (GRE)
      UEFA Delegate: Jaŭhien Traciuk (BLR)

      17:30 CET, Stara Zagora
      Bulgaria - Slovenia // Group 9
      Referee: Stávros Mántalos (GRE)
      Assistant Referee 1: Trýfon Petrópoulos (GRE)
      Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoúla Kourompýlia (GRE)
      Fourth Official: Athanásios Tzílos (GRE)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Jon Eilif Skjervold (NOR)
      UEFA Delegate: Michael Appleby (ENG)

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    2. 18:00 CET, Lublin
      Poland - Lithuania // Group 3
      Referee: Bojan Nikolić (SRB)
      Assistant Referee 1: Dragan Bogićević (SRB)
      Assistant Referee 2: Nenad Kurčubić (SRB)
      Fourth Official: Petar Piper (SRB)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Ján Fašung (SVK)
      UEFA Delegate: Jan Willem van Dop (NED)

      18:00 CET, Andorra la Vella
      Andorra - Netherlands // Group 4
      Referee: Alex de Albuquerque Troleis (FRO)
      Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Christiansen (FRO)
      Assistant Referee 2: Jan Hermansen (FRO)
      Fourth Official: Rúni Gaardbo (FRO)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Václav Krondl (CZE)
      UEFA Delegate: Kieran O'Connor (WAL)

      18:00 CET, Maria Enzersdorf
      Austria - FYR Macedonia // Group 7
      Referee: Furkat Atazhanov (KAZ)
      Assistant Referee 1: Aydyn Tasybayev (KAZ)
      Assistant Referee 2: Sergey Kalachov (KAZ)
      Fourth Official: Daniyar Sakhi (KAZ)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Marco Borg (MLT)
      UEFA Delegate: Nikoloz Jgarkava (GEO)

      18:00 CET, Vaduz
      Liechtenstein - Bosnia and Herzegovina // Group 8
      Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO)
      Assistant Referee 1: Zaza Menteshashvili (GEO)
      Assistant Referee 2: Giorgi Elikashvili (GEO)
      Fourth Official: Giorgi Kikacheishvili (GEO)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Pavel Saliy (KAZ)
      UEFA Delegate: Andrew Shaw (ENG)

      18:45 CET, Ramat Gan
      Israel - Norway // Group 5
      Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU)
      Assistant Referee 1: Vytis Snarskis (LTU)
      Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Gerasimov (LTU)
      Fourth Official: Jurij Paškovskij (LTU)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)
      UEFA Delegate: Foívos Konstantinídis (CYP)

      18:45 CET, Mitrovica
      Kosovo - Germany // Group 5
      Referee: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
      Assistant Referee 1: Péter Kobór (HUN)
      Assistant Referee 2: Zsolt Varga (HUN)
      Fourth Official: Zsolt Szabó (HUN)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Asim Xudiyev (AZE)
      UEFA Delegate: Per Eliasson (SWE)

      19:00 CET, Sheffield
      England - Ukraine // Group 4
      Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
      Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Wollenberg Rasmussen (DEN)
      Assistant Referee 2: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
      Fourth Official: Anders Poulsen (DEN)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Lucílio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)
      UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (EST)

      19:30 CET, Ponferrada
      Spain - Estonia // Group 2
      Referee: Dumitru Muntean (MDA)
      Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Ermișchin (MDA)
      Assistant Referee 2: Vadim Vicol (MDA)
      Fourth Official: Veaceslav Banari (MDA)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Kevin Azzopardi (MLT)
      UEFA Delegate: Ísak Mikladal (FRO)

      20:00 CET, Gibraltar
      Gibraltar - Russia // Group 7
      Referee: Vasílis Dimitríou (CYP)
      Assistant Referee 1: Mários Kalogírou (CYP)
      Assistant Referee 2: Pétros Pétrou (CYP)
      Fourth Official: Loúkas Sotiríou (CYP)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)
      UEFA Delegate: Mikael Salzer (SWE)

      20:30 CET, Dublin
      Republic of Ireland - Azerbaijan // Group 5
      Referee: Filip Glova (SVK)
      Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kováč (SVK)
      Assistant Referee 2: Ján Pozor (SVK)
      Fourth Official: Pavol Chmura (SVK)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)
      UEFA Delegate: Léon Schelings (BEL)

      21:05 CET, Nikšić
      Montenegro - France // Group 9
      Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
      Assistant Referee 1: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
      Assistant Referee 2: İbrahim Çağlar Uyarcan (TUR)
      Fourth Official: Koray Gençerler (TUR)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Joeri Van De Velde (BEL)
      UEFA Delegate: Mark Bos (NED)

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  37. Who knows referee for this march ?
    Gibraltar - Latvia

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  38. A French referee officiated Kosovo - Madagascar in Franconville yesterday. Watching some highlights he was wearing the Frenck kit. Maybe not even a FIFA official: do you have any info?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzMepFDxYGo

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    1. Referee: William Lavis (Ligue 2 referee)
      Assistant Referee 1: Ludovic Zmyslony
      Assistant Referee 2: Erwan Finjean
      Fourth Official: Thierry Bouille

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    2. Thanks, I wonder whether this friendly can be considered as "official", I have doubts, given the officiating team.

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    3. I doubt it as well. There were/will be more such friendlies in France

      21/03
      Madagascar - Togo
      Referee: Bastien Dechepy
      Assistant Referee 1: Brice Parinet Le Tellier
      Assistant Referee 2: Bastien Melique
      Fourth Official: Marc Bollengier

      22/03
      Burkina Faso - Guinea
      Referee: Cédric Dos Santos
      Assistant Referee 1: Mikaël Berchebru
      Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Aimar
      Fourth Official: Grégoire Valleteau

      24/03
      Ivory Coast - Togo
      Referee: Salem Hakim Ben El Hadj
      Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Aimar
      Assistant Referee 2: Mohamed Benkemouche
      Fourth Official: Willy Bertolotti

      27/03
      Burkina Faso - Kosovo
      Referee: Faouzi Benchabane
      Assistant Referee 1: Julien Haulbert
      Assistant Referee 2: Brice Parinet-Le Tellier
      Fourth Official: Marc Michout

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  39. Nigeria - Serbia
    Mexico - Croatia

    Who is the referee in these friendly matches?

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  40. Horrible foul and correct red card in Denmark-Panama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvwkTRcvBK4

    Elfath seemed quick for this 2CT for failure to respect the distance, given it was a friendly, but it is correct in Law and perhaps this was a tactic throughout the match: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZpJTNdq3VQ

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    1. Video removed :-(

      Do you think Elfath can attend the WC one day @usaref? It seems USSF & CONCACAF have a lot of faith in him

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    2. Of course Mikael... He is very big talent :) I think usaref will agree!!

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    3. Villarreal has been, thus far, the #3 in the United States and the presumed front-runner for WC22 after Geiger and Marrufo retire.

      I suppose Elfath has a chance. He probably has a better feel for the game than Villarreal overall. But Villarreal is a much better technical referee, in my opinion; I've seen Elfath have some shaky performances, even with VAR. But Elfath steadily improves in MLS. Villarreal has become a bit more erratic.

      It all really comes down to how they perform in CONCACAF and which one Brian Hall likes more. The edge right now in those two categories goes firmly to Villarreal.

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  41. Starting from today, you can find us on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/Law5_TheRef

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  42. I have 2 clips from Belgium-Hungary. U-21 EC QF. Referee: Erez Papir (ISR)
    https://rangado.24.hu/magyar_foci/2018/03/26/korai-kiallitas-pecsetelte-meg-a-magyar-valogatott-sorsat-video/ (The first and the last clip) What do you think? Enough contact for the fault ?

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    1. Very soft call in occasion of the RC for DOGSO. I wouldn't have whistled it, for me not enough. However, once assessed as foul and whistled, RC is the correct disciplinary decision.
      About the penalty: only the execution is shown there, if you have a video with the foul...

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pol87p90Nxw 0:55

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    3. 1. For me not only a very soft call, I would say even it's a wrong call. There's a minimum contact, player still runs for a few moments and then goes down. Play on would have been the right call in my view.
      2. Correct penalty, the defender trips his opponent on his right foot.

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    4. The penalty is correct. I agree with Stake.

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  43. Buquet okayish in POR-NED. Good reaction on respectless behaviour from Tete (I liked that), bit soft 2nd yellow on the first quick view. Not really consistent in his approach.

    Oh, and... 4 times people on the field. Quite a scandal.

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  44. Friendly Under 21
    27/03
    Serbia - Italy
    Srđan Jovanović (SRB)

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    1. What do you think about his performance if you watched?

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    2. I didn't watch the game, I will try to look for some info.

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  45. Japan v Ukraine is currently underway... Can someone please check who's the referee there??

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    1. Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
      Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
      Assistant Referee 2: Yves De Neve (BEL)
      Fourth Official: Laurence Visser (BEL)

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  46. Two referee appointments are still unknown... USA v Paraguay and Iceland v Peru... Does anyone know??

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    1. There is Peru - Iceland included in the post.

      United States - Paraguay
      Referee: Kimbell Ward (SKN)
      Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Browne (SKN)
      Assistant Referee 2: Ainsley Rochard (TRI)
      Fourth Official: Daneion Parchment (JAM)

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  47. 12min - Nig v Serbia - ball crossed the line but AR didnt saw it.

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  48. Incredible English refs... In Serbia/Nigeria Serbia scored, the ball was behind goal line, but SR signaled nothing - play on!

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    1. It was really hard to spot, you cant blame AR for it.

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    2. Yup, only English refs made mistakes, great comment.
      Sometimes it's better to say nothing...

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    3. It would ne nice to see this with GLT. I bet it's few centimetres on the line.
      Without GLT, it's goal but not so easy to detect

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    4. They are making mistakes ALL THE TIME! And right now Pawson and his AR1 missed PK in favor of Serbia - absolutely punishable handball, hand in unnatural position.
      And DrMr I didn't ask you to say nothing!

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    5. Why are you mad? Its not even PK. Lets be realistic more, its really hard to spot if ball crossed the line, and about handball - not penalty in my opinion. So chill

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    6. Very difficult to spot, I agree... Absolutely not any glaring obvious mistake as some are suggesting... I give every benefit of doubt to the AR here... Saw a replay of the PK situation and I'm very much with no penalty... Rather not punishable handball I would say!!

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  49. https://streamable.com/r9h9x
    Tunisia - Costa Rica.
    No RC there by Frank Schneider?
    Sorry, unacceptable...

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    1. I fear it's the trend nowadays. No RC unless you hit someone with huge force. One can say the contact was not so strong although the intention is clear. I really don't like it.

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  50. Germany-Brazil, 50': missing RC for SFP on Boateng?

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    1. The clip (sorry for the poor quality): https://streamable.com/s3ax9

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    2. Really not sure what exactly happened there... Need more replays from other angles to make a call!!

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    3. I try to make a better clip, I agree, the quality is quite poor.

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    4. Studs on ankle. Can break the foot. Clear red.

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    5. Better quality: https://streamable.com/rwu0a

      As Victor said. I think Eriksson missed the incident as the whistle came quite late.

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    6. Oh yes, that's a clear missed RC... Eriksson is quite far away and not in a good position to see that so he had not the proper perception of the incident... Not sure how much it was within the AR's view but overall it's an error by Eriksson which were now seeing again and again and again matches after matches!!

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    7. Dudes from FIFA and UEFA will say "moderate force" and "one can issue a red card but it's not an obvious error". We'll see something like that at the WC, I'm sure.

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    8. Clear RC but impossible to spot for the referee, even more if he is so far away like Eriksson was. Stuff for VAR, I hope that at WC this kind of challenges will be always punished by a straight RC, but knowing Busacca I have my doubts.

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    9. I agree that due to "endangering the safety of an opponent" it is a RC by the book.
      But personally (as a spectator), I would not like RCs in such situations, because it is more an accident, which is difficult to avoid for the offender (contrary to high intensity sliding tackles or straight leg SFPs, which surely could be avoided), because it is just part of his running movement. So I don't really see guilt there, which makes a RC seem harsh.
      Anyway it surely would be helpful, if FIFA would communicate, what they want there to have at least a common interpretation among referees and VARs.

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  51. Eng vs Ita: minute 82. The player is ”injured” and off the field. Before the throw in he rolls inside the field intentionally so Aytekin will stop play. Aytekin gives him a yellow card.

    Great job and I said that he should get a yellow before Aytekin showed it. I like Aytekin’s tomerance level.

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    1. Excellent decision by Aytekin in this case!
      Unsporting behavior by English player who deliberately joined the pitch while lying down, in order to make the referee stop the play.

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  52. Minute 85' ENG - ITA penalty assigned to Italy after VAR review.
    Correct: Aytekin had missed a clear contact between the feeet of defender and attacker.
    To add, Rosetti is at stadium and today there was a VAR workshop in London with many representatives from all interested federations.

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  53. Taylor is now struggling as the game gets heated. Should issue some more cards or things could go worse.

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    1. Even with the scoreline of 5–1 he's struggling?? Although it's nothing new, Taylor always struggles in heated games but in a friendly I wouldn't expect that to happen!!

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    2. Yes. Very tough fouls in the last minutes. Mass confrontations. Not a good management at all. A scoreline 5/6-1 is usually more difficult to manage for the referee... specially if the team winning is the home one and their fans are saying "ole" with each pass. That makes players from the away team angry and they foul tougher. To be honest, Taylor didn't do well at all, not the management to expect from an Elite referee.

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    3. Especially if opposing team is from South America and we all know that they have very passionate players.Teams from there are always very passionate,but when they are not winning they lose their heads quickly and start to make rough fouls.

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    4. Not a pleasant news to hear :(

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    5. Incident Biglia - Ramos :

      https://twitter.com/xFinallyPablo/status/978727838802202626/video/1

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  54. Poland - Korea Republic (Tore Hansen)

    Penalty incident, pushing
    https://streamable.com/cetz3

    Deliberate handling?
    https://streamable.com/xh643

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    1. 1) Play on, not much contact
      2) Yes deliberate. Last ditch effort and defender makes himself bigger.

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    2. Never deliberate. It hits his arm very close to the body. Cheeky probably thought it hit the left arm but it hit the right arm that was tucked in.

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    3. 1) You can whistle it.
      2) Not a deliberate handball.

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    4. 1)Play on for me, not enough contact.
      2)Not deliberate as the ball comes very fast.

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    5. 1) One can definitely call the penalty here, but it would be very soft. I prefer play on here.
      2) Unintentional, so play on here as well.

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  55. Any info about Mazic performance in Montenegro - Turkey?

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    1. Good, expected performance.
      ARs with correct offside decisions.
      Maybe one YC missed but full control.

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    2. before the second goal foul on Çalhanoğlu.Whether say correcect decision or it was a honest mistake other than that he was ok.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9stOiWcN4o

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    3. Umm.. I really didn't noticed that as a mistake.

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    4. Didnt even saw the foul to be honest..

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  56. Difficult situation for Bojan Nikolić. Attacker's fall looked like a dive but the contact is clear and the referee positioned like that should have detected that, imo.

    https://streamable.com/k1x6y

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    1. There is the contact definitely but don't you think that attacker 'left' his leg behind, looking for the contact?
      He even slowed down

      As you said, difficult decision.

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  57. Any info about Danilo Grujic performances in his 2 matches in U19?

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  58. Azerbaijan v Macedonia game on 27 March used VAR... Cüneyt Çakir 🇹🇷 was the VAR in that game and there was a review to assign a missed penalty!!

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  59. Hallo, Anyone know who was the 4th official at Russia-France game? Many thanks

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