Monday, 14 May 2018

UEFA Under 17 Championship - England 2018 - Referee appointments for Quarterfinals

The following officials will be in charge of Quarterfinals at 2018 UEFA Under 17 Championship in England. 
13 May 2018

15:00 CET - Rotherham
Referee: Dennis Higler (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Dan Petur Pauli Højgaard (FRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Fourth Official: Horațiu Mircea Feșnic (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)

19:00 CET - Burton upon Trent
Referee: Juri Frischer (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgi Doynov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Ludovico Micallef (MLT)

14 May 2018

14:00 CET - Walsall
Referee: Robert Harvey (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Vlad Lifciu (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Məmmədov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Ludovico Micallef (MLT)

20:00 CET - Chesterfield
Referee: Zbyněk Proske (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytis Snarskis (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Vysotskyy (UKR)
Fourth Official: Vilhjálmur Alvar Þórarinsson (ISL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)


  1. Let's focus on this tournament now. Sorry if I missed the group stage appointments, a big thank as always to RayHD for his work, support and help.

  2. Halil Umut Meler (Turkey) for the Final

  3. OT :

    Who will be observing Kuipers in Lyon on 16th?

    1. UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)
      UEFA Delegate: Ivančica Sudac(CRO)
      A post will follow on Wednesday.

    2. Thanks... And for Mazic?

    3. Soham always has celerity.


    Penalty incidents
    23' -
    37' -

    1. Disciplinary:
      24' - public warning to #20SWE

      29' - another foul of #20SWE

      47' - YC #10ITA

      58' - YC #8 SWE

      60' - foul of #8SWE

      61' - YC #7ITA

      64' - YC #20SWE

      76' - 2nd YC #20SWE

    2. Other incidents

      16' - good teamwork, dangerous play

      18' - good teamwork, positioning - 4th official monitoring the wall

      21' - handling

      22' - advantage

      62' - advantage

    3. 23': supportable if not totally correct decision to play on
      37': I'm definitely not sure about this penalty. I would have preferred play on.


    Penalty incident

    Yellow cards:


    Other incidents:

    1. 7': nothing, correct decision to play on.

  6. interesting incident in Norway. What do you make of this call?

  7. All phantom penaltys by Srdjan Obradovic. Dont know how he is still on the list.

    1. News - Srdjan Obradovic to be removed from list at the end of the season. President of Serbian football federation told to Heads of refereeing that he cant handle anymore things that Srdjan is doing and to be removed from list.

    2. Everything is phantom with this ref. This match could be decisive match for place in Europa league qualification for both teams. There were high pressure in media from Spartak during whole week, asking for Mazic and only Mazic to whistle this match. Afterwards Radnicki agreed and Mazic was appointed. But, after Mazic was removed due to UEFA's demand, he was replaced by this man who is not in top 30 refs in Serbia! He is not in Elite group!!! So, no.1 was replaced by, I don't know, 30th ref in Serbia in most important match of the season for both clubs and in most important match of the week. I can't believe this is done accidentally, especially if we know (and we do, there are videos of incredible decisions from this ref) who is Srdjan Obradovic.
      He made at least two unbelievable decisions: first, for dissent he shoved first and immediately second YC for Radnicki's attacker. That almost never happen in Serbia, and it must not happened in this kind of match. Then, he whistled first (suspicious) and second penalty, which is real disgrace. I really can't imagine that those were just mistakes - it simply can not be! Not in this match, not with this referee.
      There are lot of questions about him, and about his appointment in this match - how did he occur at the pitch in Subotica... Now, he will probably been banned for refereeing for a lifetime (he was even in police today for questioning), but what about Radnicki? IMO this kind of matches, with big, enormous "mistakes" from the ref, should be nullified and played again - this is only reasonable solution.

  8. OT:

    A match that will most probably decide the championship in Slovenia:

    Maribor - Olimpija (May 19th)

    Zunic - Vukan
    4th: Jug
    AAR: Peric, Ponis

  9. Crazy and dramatic finale in Córdoba B-Mérida of Spanish 2ªB (third level), referee is Francisco Javier Fernández Vidal.

    Both teams needed to win to avoid relegation, score was 1-1 when this happened.

    Córdoba B gets a goal disallowed on 94th minute because of positional offside of a player interfering...only on his teammate, who's onside and scores. AR1 raised the flag and as you'll see, incidents happened.

    On 100th (!) minute (game restart had to be delayed because of incidents), Córdoba B goalkeeper got his 2nd YC because of this foul outside the area, and Mérida scored on the subsequent free-kick and heroically avoided relegation.

    After that, referee was on the edge of being assaulted by some Córdoba B players. After that, two teams' players were involved in a brawl including some spectators. Terrible!

    (PD: Final score was 1-2, not 2-1. And time should have been around the 105th minute, but TV broadcaster's clock gets stuck on 99:00)

    So, my questions are:

    1. Is Córdoba B goal correctly disallowed, or AR1 raised the flag too early?
    2. Goalkeeper got sent off anyway because of that challenge...but it should have been YC for SPA (what referee decided) or straight RC for DOGSO or even SFP?
    3. Your thoughts about the incidents?

    1. 1) Goal is wrongly disallowed. AR1 missed in "wait & see technique". He raised the flag just because the player in offside was running towards the ball, that's not enough. At the same time, one must say that it is always difficult to think that, after such action, player doesn't play the ball, so a maximum concentration is required.
      2) Keeper should have got RC mostly because it was, in my opinion, a SFP. Then, about the question SPA or DOGSO, I think that DOGSO wouldn't have been a wrong choice as well, but I see the SFP as more evident, so in any case straight red card.
      3) Incidents look to be quite serious. I hope that the officials left the pitch without any consequence. I strongly condemn what happened.

    2. I think I can translate the match report. In Spain everybody has free access to match reports of 1ª, 2ª and 2ªB matches on Spanish FA website.


      "In 90th minute, and after disallowing a goal to the local team, players and technical staff of local team ran out to protest the decision to my AR1, after that, players and technical staff of visitor team also approached to the zone where I and my AR1 were, starting a massive brawl between players and technical staff of both teams, having to delay the restart of the game for 5 minutes because of massive protests against me and my AR1 and police intervention"

      "Once the game was finished, around 50 people ran out and approached me and my AR2, and I could identify between them some players and technicall staff protesting the decision that sparked the incident mentioned above. Police forces also approached me and my AR2 protecting us with shields in order to retire from the pitch safely. As it is mencioned above, between those 50 people I could identify Nr. 8 and Nr. 10 of home team, coming towards us with aggressive and threatening behaviour, having to be pulled apart by police forces. Once police forces could deal with the situation and reach the tunnel surrounded by about a dozen agents, I received some spits while entering the tunnel. It has to be mentioned that during all these incidents, field officer D. José Carrasco Rivilla collaborated every single time with the referee crew and policemen in order to protect us.

      Link in Spanish:

    3. Quilava, please, can I ask you what you think of the first three years Fuertes, Medie and Alberola Rojas?

  10. Off-topic:

    I don't know whether you can view the following clip - it shows the referee (mis)using the vanishing foam during the Romanian Cup semi-final CS Gaz Metan Mediaş - FC Hermannstadt: "Bad István Kovács", as our Alberto would conclude. ;-)

    1. Hmmmm...............
      That looked quite intentional by that referee. Who then tried to "play it off" as a oops I didn't mean to do that. If I was the Ref Comm in that country, I'd have a good look into that. I'd also have a sit down with the referee and ask for his reasoning in spraying the spray in the direction/face of a player.

  11. Real Club Celta de Vigo - Levante Unión Deportiva (19/05/2018, 13:00)
    Referee: de Burgos Bengoetxea, Ricardo (FIFA, 2nd group)
    Fourth Official: Vicente Moral, Alfonso
    AR1: Alonso Fernández, Roberto (FIFA)
    AR2: Núñez Fernández, Jon
    Referee observer: López de la Fuente, José

    Club Deportivo Leganés SAD - Real Betis Balompié (19/05/2018, 16:15)
    Referee: Gil Manzano, Jesús (FIFA, 1st group)
    Fourth Official: García Gómez, Manuel
    AR1: Nevado Rodríguez, Ángel (FIFA)
    AR2: Martínez Nicolás, Javier
    Referee observer: Muñoz Mayordomo, Jesús

    Málaga Club de Fútbol - Getafe Club de Fútbol (19/05/2018, 18:30)
    Referee: Trujillo Suárez, Daniel Jesús
    Fourth Official: González González, Alexander
    AR1: Escuela Melo, José Carlos
    AR2: de Francisco Grijalba, Iker
    Referee observer: Japón Sevilla, José

    Sevilla Fútbol Club - Deportivo Alavés SAD (19/05/2018, 18:30)
    Referee: del Cerro Grande, Carlos (FIFA, 1st group)
    Fourth Official: López Puerta, Hugo José
    AR1: Yuste Jiménez, Juan Carlos (FIFA)
    AR2: Álvarez Cantón, Abrahám
    Referee observer: López Amaya, Juan Manuel

    UD Las Palmas - Girona Futbol Club SAD (19/05/2018, 18:30)
    Referee: Jaime Latre, Santiago
    Fourth Official: Herrero Arenas, Óscar
    AR1: Bueno Mateo, Jorge
    AR2: Tresaco Escabosa, Fernando
    Referee observer: Rodríguez Báez, Sergio

    Villarreal Club de Fútbol - Real Madrid Club de Fútbol (19/05/2018, 20:45)
    Referee: Sánchez Martínez, José María (FIFA, 2nd group)
    Fourth Official: Gallego Gambin, José Joaquín
    AR1: Aguilar Rodríguez, Javier (FIFA, retiring after this match)
    AR2: Gallego García, José
    Referee observer: Ayza Gámez, Miguel Ángel

    Valencia Club de Fútbol - Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña (20/05/2018, 12:00)
    Referee: Medié Jiménez, David
    Fourth Official: Barceló Roca, Pere
    AR1: Huerga Cermeño, Andoni
    AR2: Villate Martínez, Aitor
    Referee observer: Sanz Hernández, Carlos

    Athletic Club - Real Club Deportivo Espanyol de Barcelona (20/05/2018, 16:15)
    Referee: Fernández Borbalán, David (FIFA, Elite, retiring after this match)
    Fourth Official: Peña Varela, Juan
    AR1: Cabañero Martínez, Raúl (FIFA)
    AR2: Matías Caballero, José Manuel
    Referee observer: Fuentes Giménez, Francisco

    Club Atlético de Madrid - Sociedad Deportiva Eibar (20/05/2018, 18:30)
    Referee: Álvarez Izquierdo, Alfonso José (Retiring after this match)
    Fourth Official: Santos Pargaña, Antonio
    AR1: Barranco Trejo, Juan Carlos
    AR2: Méndez Mateo, Joan
    Referee observer: Villa Gutiérrez, María Luisa

    Fútbol Club Barcelona - Real Sociedad de Fútbol (20/05/2018, 20:45)
    Referee: Munuera Montero, José Luis
    Fourth Official: Sáez Vital, Francisco
    AR1: Baena Espejo, Alfonso
    AR2: Alcoba Rodríguez, José
    Referee observer: Miranda Torres, David

    1. Farewell matches for David Fernández and Alfonso Álvarez. Also for Xavier Aguilar (if I'm not wrong), who will be with Sánchez Martínez for one of the most interesting matches, with Barcelona - Real Sociedad. There is nothing to decide, so not really interesting to make comments about that.

      Now the worst part of the season comes: two referees will be demoted if CTA doesn't decide to fill the two spots with the retiring referees (unlikely, at least for Fernández Borbalán). Also, the new FIFA referee replacing Fernández Borbalán will be decided. A name could be Alberola Rojas given he has had a good first season, but given his youth and that pushing him too fast could be a bad move as has happened to other referees, my name would be Munuera Montero, and Alberola next season replacing Undiano Mallenco.

    2. Very interested on which are the referee movements for next season. Specially those concerning promotion to LaLiga, as there would be 4 referees promoted if Fernández Borbalán and Álvarez Izquierdo don't occupy the last 2 places.

      When regular season of Liga 123 ends, maybe I would be able to make some predictions, if CTA decides promoting referees not to handle Play-Off games.

      I believe Iglesias Villanueva will be to be one of the relegated referees, the other one is still quite difficult to predict. Maybe with a retiring one...

  12. What is happening wit Fahad al Midrasi? News Office Reuteurs told That Midrasi has a suspension of his whole live.


    2. Big confusion. Reuters published a message earlier today stating that Al Mirdasi has been banned for life. The mainstream media took over this message. However, Reuters just withdraw the statement:

      We'll have to wait.

    3. As I wrote previously on the blog, we have to wait.
      We can't make any speculation. So far, there aren't detailed news if not the fact that he has been replaced for the final and now he seems to be under investigation.

  13. Remaining FL Playoff Semifinals

    Monday 14th May 2018
    Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg
    Fulham v Derby County
    Dan Cook and Marc Perry
    Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

    Tuesday 15th May 2018
    Championship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg
    Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
    Simon Long and Mark Scholes
    Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

    Wednesday 16th May 2018
    League One Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg
    Rotherham United v Scunthorpe United
    Robert Merchant and Mark Dwyer
    Fourth Official: Keith Stroud

    Thursday 17th May 2018
    League Two Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg
    Exeter City v Lincoln City
    Wayne Grunnill and Gareth Mellor
    Fourth Official: Mark Heywood

    Friday 18th May 2018
    League Two Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg
    Notts County v Coventry City
    Graham Kane and Ronald Ganfield
    Fourth Official: Ross Joyce

    In the first leg matches not covered here, Gavin Ward gave a clear incorrect penalty (, Jeremy Simpson missed a clear penalty and maybe RC for carting out an elbow, but Tim Robinson, Bobby Madley, Ben Toner all made good performances.

  14. Wow what a end of Netherlands against Ireland. Redan (Ned) miss the crucial penalty but referee Proske give the goalkeeper of Ireland a second yellow for coming to quick from his line. Redan scores his second chance and the Netherlands are in the semi final.

    Never seen this in my life.

    1. Unbelievable and inhuman call from Vytis Snarskis. You can't signal such a marginal encroachment during the 90 minutes let alone at a decisive penalty...

    2. It seems there was no encroachment at all...

    3. More than harsh, but first of all not consistent.
      If you are so strict with keeper's moves, you have to repeat always all the penalties.
      I think this can be assessed as crucial mistake by AR.
      Absolutely no need to do that.

    4. Unbelievable decision. I feel very sorry for the Irish goalkeeper.

    5. No complain to disciplinary decision, but harsh and avoidable decision made by AR. No encroachment at all.

    6. I have to say, and you can erase my post if you want - I hope I will never, ever see this referee again in any European competition. This is such a shame. I hope his career ends with this penalty kick.
      One referee must not do such thing in such crucial moment of the match!

    7. Am I wrong to assume that because it was during the shootout, the referee is the one who made the call? Rules say that AR should focus on the ball and leave the encroachment to the referee.

    8. Except that you can see the AR's flag go up immediately after the save...


    Looks like it's all over for Fahad Al-Mirdasi...

    1. As said above, still nothing has been officially announced. News office Reuters later withdraw the statement this article (and others) is based on.

    2. Arbitro Internacional doesn't share info unless confirmed so I assume it to be true... Plus this article has been updated 3 hours ago it says so it means something??

    3. It would be important to know whether the news about his lifetime ban is true or not. One can have still doubts.
      Let's wait for FIFA, for sure somerhing will be published about this issue.

    4. I just hope these news are not true :( Being from the same confederation, I'm just extremely sad, disappointed and shocked at all these developments :(

    5. He's not the first nor will he be the last referee from AFC to get busted. AFC and CAF seem like ripe grounds for match fixing among it's referee's. FIFA badge or no, they are all human and everybody has got a price.

    6. But Saudi referees get paid VERY well. Also he's set to get 70,000 CHF for attending Russia.

      There's something fishy going on here. Maybe al-Mirdasi is guilty. But let's not forget Saudi Arabia is a theocratic monarchy where the citizens only have the rights that the King allows. If the royal house had a problem with al-Mirdasi (let's say, for example, some of the princes that own one of the teams do not like his calls), it's very easy to theorize how they would conspire to smear him and make sure he isn't at the World Cup. Things are not always as they seem in Saudi Arabia.

      Or, he could be guilty. We don't know. But rushing to judgment given the "evidence" available and the source of that evidence is foolish.

  16. FIFA AR Marcos Quintero from Mexico has been suspended for 5 Liga MX matches for the incident below.

  17. Hello
    Who knows referee for this match?


    1. Greece - Saudi Arabia (15/05/2018 19:30 CET, Seville)
      Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
      AR1: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
      AR2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
      4th Official: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)


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