Friday, 13 April 2018

2018 UEFA Under-17 Championship - Selected Officials

UEFA has unveiled the list of selected officials for 2018 Under 17 Championship, to be played in England. 
Eight main referees, twelve assistant referees and four referees who will work as fourth officials have been called. The final tournament will take place in England from 4 to 20 May 2018.
Qualified national teams are: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, England, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. 

Tihomir Pejin (CRO, 1983)
Zbyněk Proske (CZE, 1981)
Juri Frischer (EST, 1984)
Robert Harvey (IRL, 1988)
Vilhjálmur Alvar Þórarinsson (ISL, 1985)
Dennis Johan Higler (NED, 1986)
Horațiu Mircea Fesnic (ROU, 1989)
Halil Umut Meler (TUR, 1986)

Assistant Referees:
Robert Steinacher (AUT, 1989)
Rza Mammadov (AZE, 1986)
Georgi Doynov (BUL, 1983)
Dan Petur Pauli Højgaard (FRO, 1981)
Levan Todria (GEO, 1981)
Chasan Koula (GRE, 1980)
Péter Kóbor (HUN, 1988)
Yuriy Tikhonyuk (KAZ, 1988)
Vytis Snarskis (LTU, 1984)
Vladislav Lifciu (MDA, 1986)
Douglas Potter (SCO, 1985)
Volodymyr Vysotskyi (UKR, 1983)

Fourth Officials:
Robert Hennessy (IRL, 1990)
Keith Kennedy (NIR, 1991)
Tim Marshall (NIR, 1988)
Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL, 1986)


  1. Prediction for the Final :-D
    Meler - Koula - Potter - Higler

    1. My prediction :
      Higler, Potter, Vysotski, Harvey

  2. OT: Some clips from Germany.

    Offside goal disallowed by VAR (M'gladbach-Berlin)

    Penalty given after VAR review (M'gladbach-Berlin): I like how fast the review was made and final decision was taken.

    Penalty given for handball after VAR review (Freiburg-Wolfsburg)

    1. 1st situation
      This is offside only with VAR, without VAR- play on

      2nd sitiation
      0:58- you can see the reason why Steinhaus didn't saw the contact. Her view was completely blocked, only AR could have help her.
      I agree, VAR review was fast but body language is something I really don't like :) To much hectic walking, like in the 1st situation.

    2. 1) Offside, good decision - but I am afraid in case of no VAR DFB would have said it's "too close to call", as it happened in similar situations during the last weeks.
      2) nothing to add
      3) Handball penalty is OK, but I have some doubts whether it is clear and obvious by the recently strict application of this condition - maybe...

    3. But it's really too close to call, realy small ofside.
      I know, offside is offside, 1 cm or 100 cm it's the same but sometimes we should follow common sense

    4. With VAR this really is a difficult question. There have been already some discussions in Bundesliga, because in those tight situations the VARs seem to sometimes intervene and sometimes not.
      Are there similar issues in other VAR countries?

    5. There was a goal denied for Offside by VAR too at the league cup final in France.
      RayHD already posted it few days ago

      Disallowed goal due to offside. Offside? Handball? (VAR)

      Penalty vs offside (VAR)

    6. DFB published statements:
      Referee Stegemann on 3):
      "In this situation, although I perceived on the field that the Wolfsburg defender has touched the ball with his stretched out arm, I could see from my point of view no active movement of this arm to the ball. Accordingly, I have - also in view of the short distance and the line of sight of the defender - decided to continue playing the game. In the next game interruption, I then described my impressions to (VAR) Bastian Dankert, whereupon he told me that my perception and the present images would not match and therefore a review would be useful. On the monitor, I was able to see a short, active movement of the outstretched arm in the trajectory of the ball, so due to this circumstance I came to the conclusion "punishable handball". I then changed my decision. Of course, this process has taken some time, but at the end of the day, making the right decision is a top priority. There is security before speed."

      VAR Petersen on 2):
      "After a tackle by Lustenberger to Elvedi in the penalty area of ​​Hertha BSC I said to my assistant (VAR2) Robert Schröder: "You watch the game, I check the situation." This was a common procedure, because we check every situation in the box in Cologne's Video-Assist-Center, which could lead to a penalty. While I started the examination, (referee) Bibiana Steinhaus asked me to look at the situation. The operator, who is responsible for the technical provision of the images, played the situation in parallel from different perspectives. I looked for the best perspective on one of the screens and looked at the process in slow motion. "That's a penalty," I said to Robert. To be absolutely sure that Lustenberger had not played the ball, I asked the operator to bring in the scene again from the perspective of the camera behind the goal. Now I could clearly see that the ball was not played, and had a clear result. At the same moment Bibiana interrupted the game because of another foul. She asked, "Martin, what is it?" I replied, "That was a clear foul in the box, check the scene again." As Bibiana made her way to the review area, I told the operator which camera shot he should show her in the stadium. Once there, she examined the situation and decided on penalty."

  3. Predictions for Europa League quarterfinals:

    Salzburg - Lazio
    Milorad Mažić (SRB)

    Sporting - Atlético
    Felix Zwayer (GER)

    CSKA Moskva - Arsenal
    Björn Kuipers (NED)

    Marseille - Leipzig
    Damir Skomina (SVN)

    1. Hopefully these will be the 4 names... Fingers crossed :)

    2. At least Mažić and Zwayer, with only one game, should be quite sure to get the second match...

    3. I'll try:

      Salzburg - Lazio

      Sporting - Atlético

      CSKA Moskva - Arsenal

      Marseille - Leipzig

    4. Not saying that i think it should happen, but Eriksson without domestic appointment even with two big games. And both assitants and Ekberg without appoinment.

    5. @Chefren One certain Dutch referee (I've stopped taking names :D) is with 0 matches in KO so logically he should also get a game but most things these days are completely devoid of logic :'(

  4. Appointments for FA Cup semi-final :

    Sat 21st Apr 2018
    Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
    Referee: Anthony Taylor
    Assistant Referee: Gary Beswick
    Assistant Referee: Adam Nunn
    Fourth Official: Kevin Friend
    Reserve Assistant Referee: Marc Perry
    Video Assistant Referee: Andre Marriner
    Additional Video Assistant Referee: Andrew Halliday

    Sun 22nd Apr 2018
    Chelsea v Southampton
    Referee: Martin Atkinson
    Assistant Referee: Simon Bennett
    Assistant Referee: Steve Child
    Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick
    Reserve Assistant Referee: Edward Smart
    Video Assistant Referee: Michael Jones
    Additional Video Assistant Referee: Andrew Garratt

    1. Safe choices by the FA RefCom, which I think is required considering the presence of VAR.
      Oliver for the final?
      Swarbrick and Friend would be the other options IMO.

    2. Oliver as main referee and Tierney as 4th official will be my choices!!

  5. Tackle from Leipzig - Leverkusen. Set the 1/4 speed and you'll see what happens to Charles Aránguiz' right knee... Of course, no whistle and no VAR intervention...

  6. Let's continue here the discussion about predictions, meanwhile new posts will follow soon.

    1. I'm sure we will see Collum again, that's one name, rather for EL.

      Brych, Cakir, Kuipers and Rocchi seems like logic choice for both semis (EL, CL)

      + Skomina/Mažić.

      What about Orsato and Kralovec?
      Your opinion?

    2. Why not, he didn't have crucial mistakes in last match.
      Am I wrong?

  7. Chefren and people in the know, what are your thoughts on Orsato? Any more European appointments for him? VAR in Russia?

    1. I think we can expect him in Europa League semifinals.
      VAR in Russia for sure.

  8. German DFB-Cup Semi-Final Appointments :

    Leverkusen - Bayern (17.4.)

    Referee : Daniel Siebert
    Assistant Referee 1 : Lasse Koslowski
    Assistant Referee 2 : Markus Häcker
    Fourth Official : Harm Osmers
    Video Assistant Referee : Dr. Jochen Drees
    Video Assistant Referee 2 : Daniel Schlager

    FC Schalke 04 - Eintracht Frankfurt (18.4.)

    Referee : Robert Hartmann
    Assistant Referee 1 : Christian Leicher
    Assistant Referee 2 : Markus Schüller
    Fourth Official : Dr. Robert Kampka
    Video Assistant Referee : Günter Perl
    Video Assistant Referee 2 : Florian Badstübner

  9. Croatian football federation announced that Vlado Svilokos (CRO) will be one of the observers in EURO. I am surprised since there will be Croatian referee in the tournament.

  10. Helooo.fesnic is tre will see