Tuesday, 26 June 2018

2018 FIFA World Cup - Referee Appointments: Geiger, Faghani, Turpin and Pitana will officiate Wednesday's (27/06) games (UPDATED WITH VAR)

Appointments for Wednesday 27 June 2018 at World Cup. 

Match #43
Kazan, 27 June 2018 16:00 CET
South Korea - Germany
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Anderson (USA)
Fourth Official: Julio Bascuñan (CHI)
Fifth Official: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED)
AVAR1: Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins (POR)
AVAR 2: Corey Rockwell (USA)
AVAR 3: Artur Soares Dias (POR)

Match #44
Yekaterinburg, 27 June 2018 16:00 CET
Mexico - Sweden
Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: Andrés Cunha (URU)
Fifth Official: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR1: Gery Vargas (BOL)
AVAR 2: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
AVAR 3: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

Match #41
Moscow, 27 June 2018 20:00 CET
Serbia - Brazil
Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (IRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN)
Fourth Official: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)  Ravshan Irmatov (UZB) Jair Marrufo (USA)  (replacements on 26/06)
Fifth Official: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR1: Pawel Gil (POL)
AVAR 2: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
AVAR 3: Paolo Valeri (ITA)

Match #42
Nizhny Novgorod, 27 June 2018 20:00 CET
Switzerland - Costa Rica
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Norbert Hauata (TAH)
Fifth Official: Bertrand Brial (NCL)
VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)
AVAR1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR 2: Mark Borsch (GER)
AVAR 3: Szymon Marciniak (POL)


  1. Faghani will have a hard job, I hope that he will make it 100% correct.

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  2. Deserved appointment for Faghani.

  3. Why Turpin (UEFA) in that match?

    1. I guess it is because we have Costa Rica already out from the tournament.

    2. And well with Switzerland too (after Brych) , not the best neutrality :D

    3. Switzerland gets German and French referee. Not sure this will be received well among other teams. Appoitments for Switzerland games should have been different

    4. And the President of FIFA is Swiss.. not very appropriate appointments of (UEFA) referees for the team of Switzerland ..

    5. Joke: in a 1st KO we can expect Urs Meier or Kurt Rothlisberger.

    6. Massimo Busacca is also from Switzerland :D

    7. Infantino has double citizenship (Italian and Swiss), and Massimo Busacca is from Swiss! It is not normal that you appoint ref from Germany and France! Official languages in Switzerland are German, French and Italian, the refs are coming from neighbor countries. That's just not normal, nor is neutral. There are already big public reactions on this because Switzerland is not in 1/8 finals yet - if they lose they could go home.

    8. And FIFA is still silent about potential sanctions for 3 Swiss players for political messages. The disciplinary procedure will be finished probably after WC...

    9. I am expecting Rocchi as referee for Switzerland in round of 16 :D :D

    10. We have the Same problem with Kuipers and Belgium

    11. They have been fined just now nothing more

    12. They have been fined just now nothing more

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  5. I thought, Shukralla deserved a 2nd match. Direct R16 is still possible, but MD3 would have been more sensible IMO.
    For Thursday, Gassama surely should get a match. Other candidates are Brych, Mazic, Aguilar and maybe also Marrufo and Conger. The latter could get PAN-TUN, although he deserved a bit more. But who else for this match?

    1. + Skomina as candidate...

    2. @Philipp S according to the appointment policy of FIFA lately I expect Skomina in R16 in a match including Croatia 😉

    3. You Slovenians and Croats are not in that friendly relationship :-)

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    5. I would appoint Mazic with Croatia and Kuipers with Belgium :D

    6. Teo, well it depends on the occasion.. but the relations between Croats and Serbs are also not very good .. therefore Soham's prediction of Mazic refereeing a match including Croatian nation team is even less likely to happen 😃

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  6. OT

    Referees promoted to La Liga:

    Guillermo Fernández Cuadra (born in 1984)

    Adrián Cordero Vega (born in 1984)

    Eduardo Prieto Iglesias (born in 1981) (promoted again after being demoted in 2016.)

    Demoted to Liga 1,2,3 (2nd division):

    Daniel Jesús Trujillo Suárez

  7. OT: changes in Spain FIFA referees.

    From January 2019, Munuera Montero will replace Fernández Borbalán as FIFA referee. Furthermore, Miguel Martínez Munuera has been removed from the assistant referees list and will be replaced by Íñigo Prieto López de Ceraín. Surprising change, but Miguel Martínez Munuera didn't have his best season, with a significant mistake which meant a suspension for him. IIRC, it was a wrong offside in which the player started from his own half.

  8. Do you guys think Shukralla will get more games? Surely he was good enough in his first game, right?

    1. Not possible in group stage... But I hope they give him a R16 match!

  9. Greek Uefa Elite Referee, Tasos Siridopoulos, was on Greek tv tonight to discuss about VAR and decisions so far in the tournament. He didn't say anything new to us. Ηe emphasised that it comes to use for " obvious mistakes " and toned that the referee can deny to watch an On Field Review if he has no doubts about his decision. The last part came to discussion regarding Berg's penalty appeal in Germany-Sweden.

    1. It's a huge risk for any referee to ignore the VAR suggestion... If proved wrong, the main ref will be made to look like an absolute fool... What's the harm in taking a 2nd look? Even Cakir had a look at the replay and stuck with his original call with all of it taking around 10-15 seconds... Better be safe than sorry IMO!

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