Saturday, 23 June 2018

2018 FIFA World Cup Match 29: Belgium - Tunisia (discussion)

Let's discuss here the performance of  Jair Marrufo in Belgium - Tunisia. Good luck to the officiating team! 
Match #29
Moscow, 23 June 2018 14:00 CET
Belgium - Tunisia
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Corey Rockwell (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Fourth Official: Andrés Cunha (URU)
Fifth Official: Nicolás Taran (URU)
VAR:  Mark Geiger (USA)
AVAR1:  Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR 2: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
AVAR 3: Felix Zwayer (GER)

57 comments:

  1. Courtois and the referees were the same color kit, blue

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    1. Definitely not the similar shade of blue??

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    2. timo

      crayola would disagree:)

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  2. Minute 2' AR1 had to make an incredible run...

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  3. Correct PK at first glance.

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  4. Penalty! Inside or outside?
    Big decision for Geiger there...

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    1. To me it looked more outside, but very tight.
      I am surprised he didn't want to review it

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    2. In case of inside / outside referee shouldn't rewatch the incident. VAR takes the final decision, I think in this case it was not 100% clear so Geiger supported Marrufo.

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    3. On the line for me. Correct decision, but missed ZC for SPA.

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    4. SPA inside the box is NO CARD now in case of genuine attempt to play the ball.

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    5. I know that, but was there attempt to play the ball. I don't think so.

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    6. Maybe I'm going to sound stupid by telling you that but when I advise referees, I tell them when the attack of the ball from the outside of the surface towards the inside is 90/10 a free kick and when it starts from the inside out is 90/10 penalty. Feasts trust the instinct of our referee.

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  5. Honestly from the shown angles I think just a little bit, but outside...

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  6. Brilliant by first view and Marrufo was right. Contact exactly on the line. PK mandatory.
    Very good begin by Marrufo. Clesr warnings, good authority and the PK. Hope he stays in that level.

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    1. PK decision was reviewed by VARs. They have more perspectives and one of the later shown replays in TV showed it crystalclear: Inside!

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  7. IMO i can understand to not call an OFR. Im pretty sure 3 VARs can easily decide if it is on the line or outside.

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    1. For fact based decisions no OFR... The VAR will directly let the referee know the outcome!

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    2. OFR not required for a 100% correct decision -- as this was. Contact clearly on PA line.

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  8. Correct YC for dissent in 14'

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  9. Minor accidental contact to face, strong foul and Caution (dissent) going other way. Correct YC. Have to love the "clapping"....

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    1. no doubt this official has courage.

      kudos on YC to set tone of how much dissent will be allowed.

      they know now.

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  10. When the sons of the desert continue playing that way, they will be sons of desaster.

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  11. Maybe I'm going to sound stupid by telling you that but when I advise referees, I tell them when the attack of the ball from the outside of the surface towards the inside is 90/10 a free kick and when it starts from the inside out is 90/10 penalty. Feasts trust the instinct of our referee.

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    1. Know what you mean. Sure that is right. Even our eyes mislead us in judgement sometimes when it is a wrong perspective. But here it is clear now. No doubt.

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  12. Great game, the best so far, and great Maruffo for now! Correct PK, correct YC for dissent, correct no foul for Tunisia (if foul, it was outside the PK area).

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    1. Correct onside by AR2 for Tunis goal.

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    2. Perfect decision. Maybe he just followed instructions because couldn't be sure, but slow mo showed it was brilliant.

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  13. I must say I didn't expect a so good performance by referee, so far. I was indeed wrong.

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  14. Also correct goal allowed for Tunisia. My match featured computer lines. Onside by 3-4". Great "no offside" by AR despite several changes in position of players prior to kick.

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  15. Marrufo is doing well. The appointment may not be justified in terms of merit and past performances but till now it's working really well. Good job by all officials!

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  16. 35': correct assessment of a fair challenge on the ball. It was close to AR2.

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  17. Very satisfied with 1st half - both with the level of football and the level of refereeing.

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  18. Good first half by Marrufo. Correct YC he could have perhaps avoided if he gave the initial foul IMHO though.

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    1. Was there honestly enough there for a foul. Very minor contact; opponent acted like he had his eye gouged out.

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  19. Correct penalty, correct on-side decisions on goals 3 & 4 and very good performance overall from Marrufo and his team so far.

    Some readers said this appointment was a political decision, so far Marrufo showed he deserves to be at this WC.

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  20. One of the easiest games of the tournament... Same as Russia v Saudi Arabia

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    1. Differently from Russia - Saudi Arabia, this was a bit more challenging at the beginning with that crucial decision.
      Then, especially in second half, definitely nothing to reprt...

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  21. Both AR's have a great game together with Marrufo!

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  22. AR2 with 2-3 very good decisions in 2nd half. Maybe he didn't follow the procedure, because he raised his flag immediately and the situations were close and in case of onside the goal won't be confirmed, but they were all correct.

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    1. Zumba... Aguilar's AR1

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    2. One of the best, most experienced, and trusted AR's in CONCACAF.

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  23. Challenging 1st and easy 2nd half. Good personality and correct, quick decisions, good positioning and bodylanguage. Not the easygoing funny type, but serious and with authority. Convincing!

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  24. Well done mr Marrufo. My expectations weren't big based on previous performances but he definitely did a good job.

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  25. Believe Marrufo did a good job overall and also realize that the PK decision is the more attractive discussion for us refs. But didnt Marrufo miss calling the more "basic" IDFK against Tunisia later in the game? Belgium player beats Tunisia GK and plays ball softly towards open goal only to have a Tunisian defender run back and "deliberately" clear ball from goal line directly into the hands of his own GK who then picked ball up and then released ball up the field. Wasnt this a deliberate play back to GK which would result in an IDFK for Belgium well inside Tunisia's PA?

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  26. Well done to Marrufo after a lot of people on here said he wasn't good enough before the game. People might say the second half was easy but I believe it was his hard work, good communication and excellent decisions in the first half that made the second half easy.

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