Thursday, 6 September 2018

UEFA Nations League 2018/19 - Referee Appointments MD1 (6 September 2018)

Daniele Orsato is among the referees who will kick off 2018-19 UEFA Nations League, being in charge of top clash Germany - France, to be played on 06/09. 

League A - Group 1
6 September 2018, 20:45 CET - München (Allianz Arena)
Germany - France
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)

League B - Group 1
6 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Uherske Hradiste (City Stadium)
Czech Republic - Ukraine
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lee Betts (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojša Ivković (SRB)

League B - Group 4
6 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Cardiff (Cardiff City Stadium)
Wales - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)

League C - Group 3
6 September 2018, 20:45 CET -  Ljubljana (Stadion Stožice)
Slovenia - Bulgaria
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Božinovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)

League C - Group 3
6 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Oslo (Ullevaal Stadion)
Norway - Cyprus
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marius Avram (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Horatiu Fesnic (ROU)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheimann (ISR)

League D - Group 1
6 September 2018, 16:00 CET - Astana (Astana Arena)
Kazakhstan - Georgia
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Cevdet Komurcuoglu (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ümit Öztürk (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Aristídis Stavrópoulos (GRE)

League D - Group 4
6 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Yerevan (Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht)
Armenia - Liechtenstein
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ridiger Çokaj (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Ermal Barushi (ALB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Juxhin Xhaja (ALB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kridens Meta (ALB)
Fourth Official: Denis Rexha (ALB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alieh Čykun (BLR)
UEFA Delegate: Mikael Salzer (SWE)

League D - Group 1
6 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Riga (Daugava)
Latvia - Andorra
Referee: Keith Kennedy (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Paul Robinson (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Donaldson (NIR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ian McNabb (NIR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tim Marshall (NIR)
Fourth Official: Stephen Bell (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Eamon Naughton (IRL)

League D - Group 4
6 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Gibraltar (Victoria Stadium)
Gibraltar - FYR Macedonia
Referee: Jens Maae (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesper Dahl (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jørgen Burchardt (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Morten Krogh (DEN)
Fourth Official: Niels Hoeg (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Thomas Einwaller (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)


  1. For the first time ever in UEFA competitions, additional assistant referees assigned to Category 3 referees. For sure, there are officials coming from countries that never used them. Was there a specific training by UEFA before these assignments?

    1. Well. It is not first time that referees from countries that never use AARs in domestic competitions are assigned with them in UEFA competitions. We had cat2 referees in same situation in UEL

    2. I also must add that i am surprised that we will see cat3 referees in general for matches that can be important for deciding who will top the group and maybe even go to the EURO

    3. That's true. It happened already for Category 2 coming from countries without AARs. However, this is the first time ever for Category 3 officials, and it is a good thing that UEFA has trust in them. They will officiate very important games, as you wrote, despite of the national teams involved, still crucial for qualifications.
      If we consider also Youth League, Category 3 officials will get some very interesting matches this season, for sure definitely better than in past!

  2. European Qualifying for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup (if someone is interested ;))

    4 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Moscow (Sapsan Arena)
    Referee: Tanja Subotič (SVN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Helena Buh (SVN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tanja Vrabel (SVN)
    Fourth Official: Yekaterina Kozyreva (RUS)

    4 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Pavlodar (Stadion Tsentralniy)
    Referee: Hristiyana Guteva (BUL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Marinova (BUL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Mirela Ivanova (BUL)
    Fourth Official: Yelena Alistratova (KAZ)

    4 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Mielec (Stadion MOSiR)
    Referee: Ivana Martinčić (CRO)
    Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rođak-Karšić (CRO)
    Assistant Referee 2: Mária Súkeníková (SVK)
    Fourth Official: Katarzyna Wójs (POL)

    4 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Shkodër (Stadiumi Loro Boriçi)
    ALBANIA - SCOTLAND / Group 2
    Referee: Barbara Poxhofer (AUT)
    Assistant Referee 1: Cindy Zeferino De Oliveira (AUT)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sara Telek (AUT)
    Fourth Official: Emanuela Rusta (ALB)

    4 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Oslo (Intility Arena)
    Referee: Riem Hussein (GER)
    Assistant Referee 1: Kylie Cockburn (SCO)
    Assistant Referee 2: Elena Mihaela Țepușă (ROU)
    Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

    4 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Viborg (Energi Viborg Arena)
    DENMARK - SWEDEN / Group 4
    Referee: Anastasiya Pustovoytova (RUS)
    Assistant Referee 1: Yekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sabina Valiyeva (RUS)
    Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)

    4 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Ternopil (Ternopils'kyy Mis'kyy Stadion)
    UKRAINE - HUNGARY / Group 4
    Referee: Graziella Pirriatore (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Francesca Di Monte (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Veronica Martinelli (ITA)
    Fourth Official: Oleksandra Vdovina (UKR)

    4 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Reykjavík (Laugardalsvöllur)
    Referee: Ivana Projkovska (MKD)
    Assistant Referee 1: Biljana Milanova (MKD)
    Assistant Referee 2: Vjolca Izeiri (MKD)
    Fourth Official: Rebecca Welch (ENG)

    4 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Tórshavn (Tórsvøllur)
    Referee: Lizzy van der Helm (NED)
    Assistant Referee 1: Fijke Hoogendijk (NED)
    Assistant Referee 2: Bianca Scheffers (NED)
    Fourth Official: Shona Shukrula (NED)

    4 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Leuven (King Power at Den Dreef Stadion)
    BELGIUM - ITALY / Group 6
    Referee: Florence Guillemin (FRA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Élodie Coppola (FRA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
    Fourth Official: Ella De Vries (BEL)

    4 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Wiener Neustadt (Stadion Wiener Neustadt)
    AUSTRIA - FINLAND / Group 7
    Referee: Sandra Braz Bastos (POR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Olga Marisa Martins Almeida (POR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sandra Cristina Silva dos Santos (POR)
    Fourth Official: Elisabeth Walcher (AUT)

    4 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Felgueiras (Estádio Dr. Machado de Matos)
    PORTUGAL - ROMANIA / Group 6
    Referee: Gyöngyi Gaál (HUN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsár (HUN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Brigitta Makkosné Petz (HUN)
    Fourth Official: Ana Luísa Carneiro Amorim de Morgado Afonso (POR)

    4 September 2018, 20:30 CET - Portadown (Shamrock Park)
    Referee: Ionela Alina Peșu (ROU)
    Assistant Referee 1: Simona Patricia Șamșudean (ROU)
    Assistant Referee 2: Alexandra Theodora Apostu (ROU)
    Fourth Official: Louise Thompson (NIR)

    4 September 2018, 20:30 CET - Logroño (Estadio Municipal de Las Gaunas)
    SPAIN - SERBIA / Group 7
    Referee: Vesna Budimir (CRO)
    Assistant Referee 1: Gordana Katušić (CRO)
    Assistant Referee 2: Maja Petravić (CRO)
    Fourth Official: Andrada Aloman (ESP)

    1. Interesting choices for the fourth officials: Mostly from home country, sometimes from referee country and sometimes from some other country.

      Probably part of the WC preparation, which also explains Hussein's ARs (but not Walch's appointment).

  3. Maybe it is too early to say with first appointments, but it looks like leagues A and B will be handled by Elite, C by cat1 and D by cat2 and 3

  4. In Scottish 2nd tier, referee and linesman miss goal when everyone else on the other side and in the stadium saw it!

    1. To be honest, it is impossible to believe. Both referee and assistant referee? Well...

    2. It seems like AR wears a FIFA badge...

    3. AR1 (side of the benches) Jordan Stokoe.

    4. Black & White incident. No need to further elaborate on it :D

    5. Thus incident reminds me another one, from Scotland too:

      From 01:15

  5. U21 EURO quali

    5 September 2018, 20:30 CET - Serravalle (San Marino Stadium)
    Referee: Luís Miguel do Nascimento Teixeira (AND)
    Assistant Referee 1: Manuel António Nogueira Fernandes (AND)
    Assistant Referee 2: Hugo Ricardo Jourdan Pereira (AND)
    Fourth Official: Pedro Filipe Carvalho da Costa (AND)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)
    UEFA Delegate: Octavian Goga (ROU)

    6 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Orhei (Complexul Sportiv Raional Orhei)
    MOLDOVA - BELARUS / Group 1
    Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO)
    Assistant Referee 1: Giorgi Elikashvili (GEO)
    Assistant Referee 2: Levan Todria (GEO)
    Fourth Official: Giorgi Vadachkoria (GEO)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Albano Janku (ALB)
    UEFA Delegate: Paul Lyon (GIB)

    6 September 2018, 18:45 CET - Kópavogur (Kópavogsvöllur)
    ICELAND - ESTONIA / Group 2
    Referee: Rəhim Həsənov (AZE)
    Assistant Referee 1: Yaşar Abbasov (AZE)
    Assistant Referee 2: Akif Əmirəli (AZE)
    Fourth Official: Ömər Paşayev (AZE)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
    UEFA Delegate: Paul Krähenbühl (SUI)

    6 September 2018, 19:00 CET - Baku (Dalğa Arena)
    Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
    Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
    Assistant Referee 2: Luke Portelli (MLT)
    Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri (MLT)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)
    UEFA Delegate: Aleksandr Keplin (KAZ)

    6 September 2018, 20:00 CET - Córdoba (Estadio Nuevo Arcángel)
    SPAIN - ALBANIA / Group 2
    Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Arkadiusz Kamil Wójcik (POL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Niemirowski (POL)
    Fourth Official: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
    UEFA Delegate: Efraim Barak (ISR)

    6 September 2018, 20:30 CET - Edinburgh (Tynecastle Park)
    SCOTLAND - ANDORRA / Group 4
    Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
    Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Karakolev (MKD)
    Assistant Referee 2: Kushtrim Lika (MKD)
    Fourth Official: Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)
    UEFA Delegate: Léon Schelings (BEL)

    6 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Norwich (Carrow Road)
    Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Moshe Bohbot (ISR)
    Fourth Official: Gal Leibovitz (ISR)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Þór Orrason (ISL)
    UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)

  6. As I posted on the previous post, but just to prevent people from missing it, today's Velasco Carballo press conference:

    1. How lovely that he conveniently failed to elaborate on and pretty much omitted the incident from the Derbi Sevillano. The incident between the Betis GK and Sevilla's Roque Mesa.

    2. Does Velasco work for RFEF CTA?

  7. Report on Tim Robinson in Leeds United - Middlesbrough

  8. Some more incidents from Scotland at the weekend.

    Aberdeen v Kilmarnock - is this DOGSO? (in fact there was a pull by the attacker first so it should've been a free kick the other way)

    Celtic v Rangers:
    0:18 - VC by the goalkeeper? (at the very least a PK)
    1:00 - foul before the Celtic goal?

    1. Prior to the goal. The aerial challenge is fair and clean by both players. However, the Celtic player then swipes the feet out from under the Rangers player. Collum in more than ideal position to spot the foul. And yet he's completely missed it. Yet another "blemish" on Collum's resume. Blemishes that continue to precent him from truly becoming "elite". He may have been given the title of elite. But his performances don't back up given title.

      In regards to the Rangers GK and his incident. Completely unnecessary and something the he knows darn well what he's doing. PK and Rd Card for Violent Conduct for kicking out and making contact with the fallen Celtic. However, it's a difficult if not downright an impossible incident to spot by Collum or his AR. It's an ideal incident for VAR. BUT........ as we saw in Spain and we see more and more often. I would not at all be surprised if the hypothetical VAR in this incident didn't intervene. Because it would mean PK and Red Card. So instead, much like Ricci admitted to doing in the World Cup. The VAR referee is gonna look for any possible reason/excuse to bail out and ultimately side with the referee. Thus not spotlighting a possible mistake by the referee. And ultimately not putting the referee on the spot.

  9. Uno Tutk is the referee observer for Istvan Kovacs in Norway - Cyprus. this could be a sign that Istvan Kovacs soon he will be promoted in elite? Uno Tutk has got many elite referees likes Brych, Cakir and Rocchi. I didn`t know he observes referee from first category.

  10. League A - Group 3
    7 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Bologna (Stadio Renato Dall'Ara)
    Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
    Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
    Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
    Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
    UEFA Delegate: Geir Þorsteinsson (ISL)

    League B - Group 2
    7 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Trabzon (Şenol Güneş Spor Kompleksi Medical Park Arena)
    Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares (POR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre dos Santos Soares (POR)
    Fourth Official: Bruno Miguel de Campos Rodrigues (POR)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins (POR)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Pedro da Silva Pinheiro (POR)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
    UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)

    League C - Group 1
    7 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Elbasan (Elbasan Arena)
    Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
    Fourth Official: Péter Berettyán (HUN)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
    UEFA Delegate: Loukas Siotropos (GRE)

    League C - Group 4
    7 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Ploiești (Stadionul Ilie Oană)
    Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
    Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Somoláni (SVK)
    Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
    Fourth Official: Tomáš Mókoš (SVK)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Filip Glova (SVK)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Očenáš (SVK)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Simone Trefoloni (ITA)
    UEFA Delegate: Michael Zoratti (AUT)

    League C - Group 4
    7 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Vilnius (LFF stadionas)
    Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
    Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Ross (SCO)
    Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (SCO)
    Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Donald Robertson (SCO)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Steven McLean (SCO)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
    UEFA Delegate: Michal Mertinyák (SVK)

    League D - Group 3
    7 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Baku (Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu)
    Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Tom Harald Grønevik (NOR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Geir Oskar Isaksen (NOR)
    Fourth Official: Øystein Simon Ytterland (NOR)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Espen Andreas Eskås (NOR)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Lucílio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)
    UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)

    League D - Group 3
    7 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Tórshavn (Tórsvøllur)
    Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Mika Lamppu (FIN)
    Fourth Official: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petri Viljanen (FIN)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Johan Verbist (BEL)
    UEFA Delegate: Tammo Beishuizen (NED)

  11. According to Israel referee commitee, Orel Grinfeld (Group 1) is appointed to CL's Matchday 2 (2 Oct 2018).
    Any prediction which match he will get?

    1. Wow that's the First big news:Israeli debut in CL. PSG - Crvena zvezda?

    2. As far as I remember, debut was made by Yefet in 2007 (?)
      BTW, Yefet still here, appointed as AAR2...

    3. Yes sorry Daniel, I was not clear. I just wanted to say a debut of a referee from Israel, but not necessarily the first one ever. I remember Yefet, only two games in CL (debut in 2005 and then in 2007 again), he belongs to a very particular category, big trust by committee for years and years, but only one appearance there. I don't think that he was overall a so bad referee, he deserved more. I expect him to become UEFA referee observer after his retirement. Very similar career to Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL), who got only one CL group stage game.

    4. Yefet will be active in domestic leagues until he'll become 47. Despite of his "lazy" style he is certanly the most authorital and respected ref in Israel in the last 10 years.
      Now, after Liany's international retirement, Grinfeld has an opportunity to prove himself. But I think that Gal Leibovich, who will replace Liany in the FIFA list, has even more potential.
      We'll see...

  12. What do u think meler? Do you think meler can take place of cakir?

    1. The situation "after Cakir" in Turkey is not clear, in my opinion. There have been some attempts by committee and I think some of them went wrong. Let's wait. In case, Meler would need a long time before that...

  13. Ι look forward seeing the style of refereeing in UEFA nations league. Are they going referee towards the " friendly" style or more of a qualification match?

  14. IMO missed RC by Orsato in Germany v France

    1. Do you really think so? It was an accident and not intentional. These kind of accidents look worse in replays than they are.

    2. It all depends on whether we consider this « accident » as deliberate or not. I see an unnatural gesture from Rüdiger, and it reminds me Zidane in ‘98 France v Saudi Arabia... therefore I see a violent conduct and a red card

    3. So what was the outcome of Zidane's action in '98? And who was the referee and from what country?

    4. The outcome was : RC for violent conduct. Referee : Arturo Brizio Carter from Mexico.

    5. Lovely to hear that my fellow countryman was not at all impressed or intimidated by Zidane being a "mega-star" and enforced The Laws of the Game with a straight Red Card.
      Much like Ramos Rizo did with Ronaldinho 4 years later in Japan/South Korea.

  15. Rüdiger-Pavard duel. No disciplinary action from Orsato.

    1. This is how Pavard ended:

    2. At least YC if you want to consider this incident as accidental... but it can be RC.

    3. Could you explain why you would go for a YC? It was unlucky and looks bad in the replays, but I see no reason for a punishment.

    4. 26' - Missed mandatory YC Kanté, reckless stamp

    5. In my opinion the player was responsible of a reckless action.

    6. For me, any contact to the ooponents face area that is deliberate, should be a RC. It looks like Rudiger could have avoided the contact if he wanted to.

    7. Imo Pavard slided in, tackled Rüdiger fairly but Rüdiger had no chance to escape. For me corner is the only right decision.
      But beware, I'm german :D

    8. If you look the review, Rüdiger tried to avoid the contact. So no foul for me.

    9. The only thing Rudiger wanted to avoid is falling on the ground, without care about Pavard. I will understand if the Commitee take an action.

  16. 32‘ - interesting situation without replay. Did the French goalkeeper take the ball in hand twice?

    1. No, as he caught the ball and then - undeliberately but still - bounced it on the ground, catching it again.

    2. Can we consider this as rebound? I remember a situation from a Women (CL?) game in which it was stated by UEFA (RAP) that indirect free kick should have been whistled. Even in case of accidental release. So, at least one can have doubts. Keeper would have done a good thing by not touching again the ball.
      However, I wouldn't consider that as significant mistake as observer....

    3. Agreed, Chefren. Technically an indirekt free kick should have been given. But of course, noone cares about this situation and it is not a significant mistake. I was just wondering whether I was correct when I saw the situation in real speed and without any replay.

    4. IIRC, Collina was against that interpretation from Women's RAP and after a consultation with him, Przesmycki issued a statement in which he instructed to allow such 'releases of the ball' as long as the ball bounces on the ground. He said that both the LOTG and the spirit of the game say it should be allowed.

    5. We got official instructions by DFB to allow this. I thought it's now part of the law of the game...

    6. @JR: True, there is a new part in the LotG. However, in my view this particular incident cannot be interpreted as a "rebound" but has to be considered as a controlled action. After the goalkeeper had taken the ball, he accidently released it. Then he grabbed it once again. As the first action was no rebound but a catch, a second grab - despite the accidental manner - is not allowed. But let me say that I'm totally okay with Orsato's decision to play on. Noone expected a whistle there.

    7. It's technically correct according to LOTG that state that:

      "A goalkeeper is considered to be in control of the ball when:
      • the ball is between the hands or between the hand and any surface (e.g. ground, own body) or by touching it with any part of the hands or arms except if the ball rebounds from the goalkeeper or the goalkeeper has made a save
      • holding the ball in the outstretched open hand
      • bouncing it on the ground or throwing it in the air"

      The ball was between the goalkeeper's hands and then was
      bounced on the ground (undeliberately but still). Of course, one can say the goalkeeper touched the ball with hands after releasing it as well. Therefore, as long as you can classify it as both infringement and still fair action, you should act according to the spirit of the game, allowing it.

  17. Any info about Massa in Slovenia - Bulgaria by our Slovenian readers?

    1. There should be some Bulgaian and Makedonian readers too. Anyway, I watched it.
      Very good performance by the banker, good positioning, good foul detection, no pointless talking, 2+2 yellow cards + credit to the teams for the needed respect.
      One situation after the final of the 1 half - two opposition players pushed each other, but nice reaction by the AAR 2(splitting them) and that was it.
      Overall, very good performance by the whole team(probably there were one wrong offside call for Slovenia, but that`s it).

  18. Did any (Norwegian or Cypriot) readers manage to watch István Kovács?
    Would be interesting to hear about his performance.

  19. CZE-UKR (Taylor)

    Penalty incident, kick in the stomach. It had no impact on attacker's ability to play the ball but still...

    Reckless vs SFP

    Interesting 'advantage'. Goal kick instead of indirect free kick for offside offence

    Correctly rejected penalty appeal. Close to simulation

    1. First incident is a clear penalty, I remember that in a CL game, if I'm not wrong, maybe in Munchen, Taylor missed a penalty as well for a similar incident (kick in the chest/ stomach of the opponent). However, difficult to spot from his position, maybe even impossible. Contrary side than AAR. About the second incident, RC for SFP would have been justified, however I think the observr could still back Taylor. Studs up, but not that up.... force not excessive, but basically, RC. Third situation: advantage can be given, no risk for referee by doing that choice. 73': surely not a penalty, maybe play on the best option but I would have liked as well YC for simulation there, it is clear the intent of the player to deceive the referee, by that theatrical fall, close to AAR. He deliberately went there to create the possible contact.