Thursday, 25 October 2018

Europa League 2018/19 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3

UEFA Referees Committee has chosen the following referees to  officiate 2018/19 Europa League group stage MD3. Thanks to h_demboveac on Twitter for the appointments. 

Group A
25 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Zürich (Stadion Letzigrund)
FC Zürich (SUI) - Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
Referee: Əliyar Ağayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Məmmədov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Mübariz Haşımov (AZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Rəhim Həsənov (AZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Orxan Məmmədov (AZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Alexandre Parreira de Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Aleksandra Pejkovska (MKD)

Group A
25 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Nicosia (Stádio GSP)
AEK Larnaca FC (CYP) - PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Denis Rexha (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Rejdi Avdo (ALB)
Fourth Official: Ridiger Çokaj (ALB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Juxhin Xhaja (ALB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kridens Meta (ALB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Olivier Chovaux (FRA)

Group B
25 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Salzburg (Red Bull Arena)
FC Red Bull Salzburg (AUT) - Rosenborg BK (NOR)
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrišimbegović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Davor Beljo (BIH)
Fourth Official: Damir Lazić (BIH)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dragan Petrović (BIH)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Haris Kaljanac (BIH)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michális Argyroú (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)

Group B
25 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Leipzig (Red Bull Arena)
RB Leipzig (GER) - Celtic FC (SCO)
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Kamil Hájek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jakub Hrabovský (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Karel Hrubeš (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jošt (SVN)

Group C
25 October 2018, 18:55 CET - St Petersburg (Stadion "Sankt-Peterburg")
FC Zenit (RUS) - FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA)
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dušan Krchňák (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Welander (SWE)

Group C
25 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Copenhagen (Telia Parken)
FC København (DEN) - SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Foster (ENG)

Group D
25 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Anderlecht (Constant Vanden Stockstadion)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL) - Fenerbahçe (TUR)
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Milan Karadžić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)

Group D
25 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Trnava (City Arena - Štadión Antona Malatinského)
FC Spartak Trnava (SVK) - GNK Dinamo (CRO)
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Christian Just Brixen (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jens Grabski Maae (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Per Eliasson (SWE)

Group E
25 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Baku (Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu)
Qarabağ FK (AZE) - FC Vorskla Poltava (UKR)
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Elias Biton (ISR)
Fourth Official: Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Bar Natan (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuyev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)

Group E
25 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Lisbon (Estádio José Alvalade)
Sporting CP (POR) - Arsenal FC (ENG)
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)

Group F
25 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Milan (Stadio Giuseppe Meazza)
AC Milan (ITA) - Real Betis Balompié (ESP)
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Davie Goossens (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Martin van den Kerkhof (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Evans (WAL)

Group F
25 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Luxembourg (Stade Josy Barthel)
F91 Dudelange (LUX) - Olympiakós FC (GRE)
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yılmaz (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Boris Stankov (BUL)

Group G
25 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Glasgow (Ibrox Stadium)
Rangers FC (SCO) - FC Spartak Moskva (RUS)
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Siemen Mulder (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lucílio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Rainer Koch (GER)

Group G
25 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Vila-real (Estadio de la Cerámica)
Villarreal CF (ESP) - SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Yemişken (TUR)
Fourth Official: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ümit Öztürk (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)

Group H
25 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Frankfurt am Main (Commerzbank-Arena)
Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) - Apóllon Limassol FC (CYP)
Referee: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksey Lunev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Anton Averyanov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergey Karasev (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Thura Win (ENG)

Group H
25 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Marseille (Orange Vélodrome)
Olympique de Marseille (FRA) - SS Lazio (ITA)
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Fourth Official: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Xavier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (SVK)

Group I
25 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Sarpsborg (Sarpsborg Stadion)
Sarpsborg 08 FF (NOR) - Malmö FF (SWE)
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michał Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)
UEFA Delegate: Þórir Hákonarson (ISL)

Group I
25 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Istanbul (Vodafone Park)
Beşiktaş JK (TUR) - KRC Genk (BEL)
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)

Group J
25 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Liège (Stade Maurice Dufrasne)
Royal Standard de Liège (BEL) - FC Krasnodar (RUS)
Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)

Group J
25 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Seville (Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán)
Sevilla FC (ESP) - Akhisarspor (TUR)
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Fourth Official: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Greg Aitken (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Euan Anderson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)

Group K
25 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Jablonec nad Nisou (Stadion Střelnice)
FK Jablonec (CZE) - FC Astana (KAZ)
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Markus Hameter (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: René Eisner (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheiman (ISR)

Group K
25 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Rennes (Roazhon Park)
Stade Rennais FC (FRA) - FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Fourth Official: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Péter Solymosi (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Mirosław Ryszka (POL)

Group L
25 October 2018, 21:00 CET - London (Stamford Bridge)
Chelsea FC (ENG) - FC BATE Barysaŭ (BLR)
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Piero Giacomelli (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Kurt Zuppinger (SUI)

Group L
25 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Thessaloniki (Stádio Toúmbas)
PAOK FC (GRE) - MOL Vidi FC (HUN)
Referee: Yevhen Aranovs'kyy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleh Pluzhnyk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Thomas Ross (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Michael Dahrup (DEN)

176 comments:

  1. Debuts for Enea Jorgji (ALB), Irfan Peljto (BIH) and Sergey Ivanov (RUS). The latter with Sergey Karasev as AAR1!

    Marco Guida (ITA) under Fandel's eye...

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  2. We can assume that Skomina and Brych are there due to their previous performances in Champions League: Valencia - Juventus and Hoffenheim - Manchester City.
    Not a good news for Královec to be appointed in Europa League, it seems as he can't keep a high standard, it was reported here on the blog that his performance had been overall maybe close to expected level but with some small mistakes. If you ask me, at a certain point one could also say that he never fully convinced as Elite referee.
    Kehlet, among the referees who got their CL debut, is the only one who will appear in EL as second appointment: clear signal that his performance was assessed as not so much good. We discussed about some incidents here on the blog.
    I'm very glad to see debuts from Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina, fresh blood in Europa League as well.
    Good for Guida that after his first game, he immediately gets the second one with Herbert Fandel. This will be a big test. As I said in another discussion, after 4 years of "nothing" as Category 2 referee, now he is catching the big chance.

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    2. For Gil Manzano the same as for Skomina and Brych. For Raczkowski the same as for Kehlet. ;)

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    3. I had forgotten Gil Manzano, indeed, soft penalties in Gelsenkirchen. But what about Raczkowski? I don't remember significant mistakes in Roma - Viktoria Plzen.

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    4. About Guida in Derby della Madonnina.

      I agree with fednik, overall good performance.
      In my opinion, he missed a RC for Biglia, very dangerous standing leg tackle made with a high intensity. VAR Irrati supported a YC.

      https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6vvmj7
      (I am sorry I can't make any (better) clips this week, on holiday)

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    5. YC is acceptable. Strong contacts with ankle are usually deemed as only reckless in UEFA nowadays. One can argue with that, but refs have to adapt their rules.

      As for Raczkowski, overall it was an expected level performance in an easy game. However, with an observer being strict, he missed 3-4 yellow cards.

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    6. I disagree, look how he traps Naingolan's leg together with his knee and other foot, and this is only a slow motion replay not showing the force.
      I agree if it was just the strong ankle contact then YC would be the solution.
      It reminded me a bit on situation from last RAP in FEY-MNC with Marciniak, where UEFA asked for a RC.
      Naingolan had to be substituted after this tackle, which is self-evident of the danger of tackles like this.

      In any case, thanks for your opinion!

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    7. @Raczkowski: I just meant, he also has EL after his CL debut (like Kehlet).

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    9. I think it was impossible for Guida to make the correct assessment live, at the same time I can agree with Irrati that this was not a clear mistake, so you have this result. The decision that all referees would take as standard one in this case: YC for the player who tried the tackle.

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  3. José María Sánchez Martínez appointed to El Clássico in the meantime. Alejandro José Hernández Hernández as VAR.

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    1. Well deserved,this will be already third El Clasico for him in his young career.

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    2. I agree. What is undeserved is the VAR's appointment.

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  4. Good matches for Nijhuis and Blom btw. Rangers is never easy and the same can be said for AC Milan - Betis.

    I don't think we should look for too much behind Rackzowski. Not all of them can be appointed immediately in CL again. There are more matches to come.

    Nice to see referees from Albania and BiH!

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  5. OT - Ligue 1 - Referee appointments for Matchday 11

    26/10/2018, 20:45CET
    NÎMES OLYMPIQUE - AS SAINT-ÉTIENNE
    Referee: François Letexier (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees: Bertrand Jouannaud (FIFA), Huseyin Ocak
    Fourth Official: Florin Aubin
    Video Assistant Referees: Amaury Delerue (FIFA - 2nd), William Lavis

    27/10/2018, 17:00CET
    ANGERS SCO - OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS
    Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FIFA - 1st)
    Assistant Referees: Guillaume Debart (FIFA), Julien Pacelli (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Mehdi Mokhtari
    Video Assistant Referees : Antony Gautier, Romain Delpech

    27/10/2018, 20:00CET
    AMIENS SC - FC NANTES
    Referee: Jeremy Stinat
    Assistant Referees : Yannick Boutry, Djemel Zitouni
    Fourth Official: Romain Lissorgue
    Video Assistant Referees: Clément Turpin (FIFA - Elite), Abdelali Chaoui

    27/10/2018, 20:00CET
    EA GUINGAMP - RC STRASBOURG ALSACE
    Referee: Willy Delajod
    Assistant Referees: Philippe Jeanne, Nicolas Henninot
    Fourth Official: Yohann Rouinsard
    Video Assistant Referees : Alexandre Castro, Hamid Guenaoui

    27/10/2018, 20:00CET
    LILLE OSC - SM CAEN
    Referee: Florent Batta
    Assistant Referees: Nicolas Danos (FIFA), Mehdi Rahmouni (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Alexandre Perreau Niel
    Video Assistant Referees: Frank Schneider (FIFA - 2nd), Christian Guillard

    27/10/2018, 20:00CET
    AS MONACO - DIJON FCO
    Referee: Jérôme Miguelgorry
    Assistant Referees: Eric Danizan, Christophe Mouysset
    Fourth Official: Rémy Landry
    Video Assistant Referees: Olivier Thual, Wilfried Bien

    27/10/2018, 20:00CET
    TOULOUSE FC - MONTPELLIER HSC
    Referee: Karim Abed (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees: Mikael Berchebru, Hicham Zakrani (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Bartolomeu Varela
    Video Assistant Referees: Hakim Ben El Hadj, Bruno Coué

    28/10/2018, 15:00CET
    STADE RENNAIS - STADE DE REIMS
    Referee: Benoît Millot (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees: Stéphan Luzi, Aurélien Drouet
    Fourth Official: Antoine Grare
    Video Assistant Referees: Alexandre Castro, Dominique Julien

    28/10/2018, 17:00CET
    GIRONDINS DE BORDEAUX - OGC NICE
    Referee: Jérôme Brisard (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees: Benjamin Pagès (FIFA), François Boudikian
    Fourth Official: Jeremie Pignard
    Video Assistant Referees: Eric Wattellier, Stéphane Bré

    28/10/2018, 21:00CET
    OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE - PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
    Referee: Benoît Bastien (FIFA - Elite)
    Assistant Referees: Frédéric Haquette (FIFA) - Cyril Mugnier (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Thomas Léonard
    Video Assistant Referees: Nicolas Rainville (FIFA - 2nd), Olivier Thual

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  6. These appointments allow to see the difference between the French league and the Spanish: the Clasico will be refereed by a FIFA 2nd group, and the French classic by an Elite. Could you see Millot or Letexier on an OM / PSG or Lyon / OM?

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    1. They definitely could, but a more experience referee or one from the top 3 (Turpin,Bastien,Buquet) is usually chosen for OM / PSG , OL / OM and OL / ASSE. I hope they will have the opportunite do handle one of these matches this season.

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    2. Well, Millot can't officiate PSG since he's from Paris and he's done Marseille-Lyon last year in the French Cup (but if IIRC, it didn't go that well). And at the beginning of this season, he was chosen for Monaco-Marseille (also normally officiated by the big four, e.g. Turpin, Buquet, Bastien and Gautier).

      Letexier will still need a bit of time before he can handle these clashes, but he is the French future of refereeing and has even had other hot games (e.g. Metz-Nancy in 2017, hot derby usually and that one was crucial for both teams in terms of relegation - Monaco-Nice, Bordeaux-Lyon, Monaco-PSG).

      Schneider had quite some good games during 2016/17 (including the League Cup Final), but after that his form dropped a bit.

      To speak as well about Lyon-Saint-Etienne (mentioned by Nathan): undoubtedly this is always the hottest game in France and normally it was officiated by Tony Chapron (the only occasion to referee both teams for him, because he lives in the same region).

      Short: other referees don't get these games simply because they are not experienced enough (e.g. Letexier, Brisard - but I expect both to handle such games in the future) and others simply do not have the level (e.g. Abed).

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  7. Some Bundesliga decisions
    1) https://www2.pic-upload.de/img/36135080/ezgif.com-video-to-gif289.gif
    Decision: Penalty given after OFR
    2) https://img.picload.org/image/dcdwcpla/grafik.png
    https://img.picload.org/image/dcdwcpcw/suelerot.gif
    Decision: No foul, no VAR intervention
    3) https://www2.pic-upload.de/img/36146808/ezgif.com-video-to-gif291.gif
    Decision: 2nd YC
    4) https://www2.pic-upload.de/img/36147047/ezgif.com-video-to-gif294.gif
    https://www2.pic-upload.de/img/36147049/ezgif.com-video-to-gif295.gif
    Decision: Free kick for Red after OFR (initial decision: Penalty for Blue) - VAR intervention has been evaluated as wrong by DFB.

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    1. 1) Penalty is a correct decision, I think referee missed the touch so it was justified to invite him to rewatch.
      2) Since the ball is not played by defender, in this scenario I think this action was enough to assess the incident as foul. Obvious mistake for a missed RC? This is the big question. I think if referee makes an OFR there, he whistles for sure foul and he issues RC, but "obvious mistake" stays sometimes as very difficult concept. One must be sure about the foul and then that it was a DOGSO. I can understand the reasons for which VAR didn't intervene but at the same time I would have liked an OFR.
      3) In my opinion correct decision, the action by Robben can be assessed as reckless foul.
      4) Not a clear situation. In this case VAR should have intervened only to assess INSIDE / OUTSIDE in case of foul whistled against defender.

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    2. 3) is very harsh IMO, but not a clear mistake
      Otherwise I agree with your statements (especially regarding 2) I think the very same)

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  8. Chris Kavanagh missed a clear penalty for Leicester, handling.

    https://streamable.com/8brqe

    Otherwise expected level 1H.

    Btw: FA have nominated Kavanagh to enter the FIFA list in 2019, as expected.

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    1. I am not impressed by Kavanagh, his foul detection is rather poor. But the biggest problem is that he is lack of soft skills and he has no personality. Not a great leader and his body language gives the impression that he is not confident at all.

      It's just poor that in England basically if you become top level referee that means you will be automatically a FIFA referee.... And it's even more unfair (compare to smaller federations) that they start in the 2nd category on UEFA level...

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    2. Well it clearly touches his hand, though in mitigation his hand only gets in that position because his arm bounces off the Leicester player's head.

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    3. I disagree, I rate Kavanagh a lot. His fitness and positioning are excellent. Personality and management will come with time. I think his foul detection is fine.

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    4. Watching the game today, I also felt he was a bit passive and missed some easy fouls. I think he still needs a few years to reach international level as he is still very young.

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  9. Interesting to see that some first group referees without matches after 3 matchday, such as :Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP), Manuel Gräfe (GER), Tobias Stieler (GER), István Vad (HUN), Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR), Manuel de Sousa (POR), John Beaton (SCO)

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    1. Estrada, Stieler and Beaton at least had a Nations League appointment, so I expect them on MD4. De Sousa is injured and Gräfe seems to be out of favour for a long time. Not sure, what is the matter with Moen and Vad.

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    2. Vad got injured during the tests in Nyon. I don't know about Moen. He has regularly officiated in Norway until one month ago, then he has disappeared. Strange that he had been appointed for a very ealry Europa League game in the last days od July. Maybe some readers from Norway can say us more.

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    3. Yeah; it's very strange the road suffered by Moen; he was at world cup as 4th official, than as demoted to 1st category and now disappeared. Maybe too harsh for him

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    4. I remember moen officiating a real madrid galatasaray CL knockout match a few years ago. He had a horrible match that day and it has gone downhill for him since then.

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    5. Moen has been assigned a huge match in the Norwegian premier league this weekend, between the top two teams, a match that might decide the league title with only four match days left. I dont know why he has not officiated a match in over a month in Norway, his last assignment was as 4th official a month ago. As said over, he has not performed at the highest standard internationally in the last years, and was demoted to 1st group last year. But if he can up the game, he still has some years ahead of him internationally I think. Maybe UEFA are awaiting his performance this weekend to assess him for the last part of the group stage.

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    6. Getting continuous assignments in Saudi Arabia and not in his home country isn't going to anything to help him raise his sub par level. But much like other top UERO referee's, he's become a " referee mercenary". Taking whatever games in whatever country pays him the most.

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  10. Would be interested in your opinion on this clip from Cardiff City and Fulham from Saturday, SPA vs DOGSO
    https://streamable.com/asfo4

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    1. SPA, because the fouled player is not controlling the ball.

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    2. Could you not argue that under the criteria of DOSGO that the likelihood of the player gaining control of the ball is very high?

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    3. You can't be sure that player will control the ball. In my opinino SPA. The ball seems an accurate pass but there isn't the evidence as the foul happens too early.

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    4. Thank you for your explanation Chefren, I understand. What is your opinion on a similar clip also from this past weekend from the Welsh Premier League (Barry Town vs Llanelli) - SPA vs DOGSO? https://streamable.com/b4cph

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    5. Well, the foul is made even before the pass by teammate... still YC in my opinion. In any case, a very particular situation. I don't want to say that RC for DOGSO is a fully wrong decision, but for sure also in this case one can't be sure that player would have controlled the ball.

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    6. Yes I agree with your analysis, the quick thinking (quickly played pass) by the teammate is what generates a 'DOGSO' like situation in the referee's mind I believe, making it a difficult situation to assess in real time

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  11. Ahead of his latest EL match, you can read about an excellent performance in an extremely trying match (Ludogorets - Levski Sofia) by Georgi Kabakov, who in my opinion, has the skills to be one of the best referees in Europe.

    https://kronikasedziowska.blogspot.com/p/ludogoretslevskisofia.html

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    1. Indeed in my opinion the most sonorous appointment of this EL day is Anderlecht - Fenerbache, a very tough match. I think that Kabakov is under spotlight in the Uefa commeetee

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  12. OT:

    U17 Euro qualifiers.

    Group 3:
    -Teams: Slovenia (host), Austria, Malta, Slovenia.
    -Referees: Donald Robertson (SCO), Jørgen Burchardt (DEN), Dejan Jakimovski (MKD); reserve referee: Aleksandar Matkovic (SVN)

    Group 4:
    -Teams: Macedonia (host), Spain, Israel, Faroe Islands.
    -Referees: Ioannis Papadopoulos (GRE), Espen Eskås (NOR) Ian McNabb (NIR); reserve referee: Igor Stojchevski (MKD)

    Group 6:
    -Teams: Denmark (host), Russia, Georgia, Estonia.
    -Referees: Christopher Jäger (AUT), Milovan Milačić (MNE), Nejc Kajtazovič (SVN); reserve referee: Sandi Putros (DEN)

    Group 7:
    -Teams: Poland (host), France, Finland, Luxembourg.
    -Referees: Urs Schnyder (SUI), Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR), Dimitri Muntean (MDA); reserve referee: Lukasz Szczech (POL)

    Group 8:
    -Teams: Albania (host), Czech Republic, Norway, Azerbaijan.
    -Referees: Igor Pajac (CRO), Boris Marhefka (SVK), Admir Šehović (BIH); reserve referee: Florian Lata (ALB)

    Group 10:
    -Teams: Turkey (host), Slovakia, Northern Ireland, San Marino.
    -Referees: Lawrence Visser (BEL), Aleksei Matyunin (RUS), Genc Nuza (KOS); reserve referee: Abdulkadir Bitingen (TUR)

    Group 12:
    -Teams: Moldova (host), Belgium, Greece, Latvia.
    -Referees: Volen Chinkov (BUL), Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR), Tim Marshall (NIR); reserve referee: Andrei Sturmilov (MDA)

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    1. Observers:
      Gr3: Kovačić, Diaz Vega
      Gr4: N. Ivanov, Gifford
      Gr5: Agius, Liba
      Gr6: Jareci, Malek
      Gr7: Nalbandyan, Kelly
      Gr8: Hamer, Ingvarsson
      Gr10: Tutk, Svilokos
      Gr12: Podeschi, Fasung

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  13. OT Serie A Assignments MD10

    ATALANTA – PARMA Sabato 27\10 h. 15.00
    ABISSO
    DI VUOLO – SANTORO
    IV: ILLUZZI
    VAR: MARIANI
    AVAR: VIVENZI

    CAGLIARI – CHIEVO
    PICCININI
    LONGO – POSADO
    IV: FOURNEAU
    VAR: LA PENNA
    AVAR: MARRAZZO

    EMPOLI – JUVENTUS Sabato 27\10 h. 18.00
    CALVARESE
    LO CICERO – TOLFO
    IV: GIUA
    VAR: VALERI
    AVAR: GIALLATINI

    GENOA – UDINESE
    MAZZOLENI
    DI LIBERATORE – DE MEO
    IV: PILLITTERI
    VAR: BANTI
    AVAR: TONOLINI

    LAZIO – INTER Lunedì 29\10 h.20.30
    IRRATI
    VUOTO – MANGANELLI
    IV: MANGANIELLO
    VAR: ROCCHI
    AVAR: ALASSIO

    MILAN – SAMPDORIA h. 18.00
    MARESCA
    LIBERTI – MONDIN
    IV: PASQUA
    VAR: ORSATO
    AVAR: MELI

    NAPOLI – ROMA h.20.30
    MASSA
    COSTANZO – PERETTI
    IV: GIACOMELLI
    VAR: DI BELLO
    AVAR: PRETI

    SASSUOLO – BOLOGNA h. 12.30
    DOVERI
    TASSO – SCHENONE
    IV: RAPUANO
    VAR: PAIRETTO
    AVAR: FIORITO

    SPAL – FROSINONE
    CHIFFI
    TEGONI – CALIARI
    IV: SERRA
    VAR: ABBATTISTA
    AVAR: DI IORIO

    TORINO – FIORENTINA Sabato 27\10 h. 20.30
    FABBRI
    CARBONE – VALERIANI
    IV: NASCA
    VAR: GUIDA
    AVAR: PAGANESSI

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  14. I watched Sergey Ivanov officiate Dinamo Moskva - Zenit St. Petersburg on Sunday, ahead of his EL debut. He showed to be a good referee, his soft skills impressed me, but I think he missed a RC for violent elbow (12') where he only gave a caution, and could have avoided his 2nd YC with a bit of management. Good luck to him Frankfurt, he should have good chances to attend UEFA First Category in his career for my taste.
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    Victor Gomes showed a very convincing performance in Setif - Al Ahly, CAF CL Semifinal. His player management is a fair distance above solid, making him one of Africa's best match-managers. Besides his irritating use of advantage, we should see him in FIFA U20/U17 WC next year as a promising referee.
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    Top clash Lokomotiv Moskva - Rostov was handled at a full expected level by Sergey Lapochkin, who faced a very amicable match.
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    I am watching both AFC CL Semifinal return matches (Kovalenko and Geiger) and you can expect some small analysis of their performances in the next days, if anyone is interested :-D.

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  15. Missed YC for a RB Leipzig player, clear simulation in the 20th minute.

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  16. Some positive news from Cyprus, a good start for Jorgji at his first very important experience: at first a disallowed goal after a cooperation with AR1 (it was not clear who had touched the ball) and then now a correct penalty.

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    1. https://highlightsfootball.com/video/aek-larnaca-vs-ludogorets-razgrad-highlights/
      2' min the cooperation with AR1. Here you can see even the advantage after the gk made a foul inside the penalty area.

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  17. SAUDI LEAGUE

    25/10

    Al-Ittifaq Dammam - Al-Hazm Ar-Rass
    REF: Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins (POR)
    AR1: Luís André Ferreira Pinto Campos (POR)
    AR2: Álvaro Daniel Carvalho Mesquita (POR)
    4OF: António Emanuel Carvalho Nobre (POR)
    VAR: Piotr Lasyk (POL)

    Al-Ahli Jeddah - Al-Fatah Al-Ahsa
    REF: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
    AR1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
    AR2: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
    4OF: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
    VAR: Ivan Bebek (CRO)

    Al-Hilal Riyadh - Al-Ittihad Jeddah
    REF: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    AR1: György Ring (HUN)
    AR2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
    4OF: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
    VAR: Szymon Marciniak (POL)

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    1. What if any motivation do Saudi referee's currently have to continue being football referee's in Saudi Arabia?

      Clatts, you're doing an amazing job and working miracles for the confidence of Saudi referee's. Keep up the "GREAT" work!

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    2. I think UEFA is happy about it... Lot's of referees can gain experience with VAR now.

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    3. Some referees play the same number of games in Saudi Pro League than in their own league...Even more if you count VAR appointments

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    4. Well, now we know why Moen didn't get an appointment on MD3.

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    5. Maybe he is back from an injury.

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  18. 89' incredible penalty missed by Nijhuis and AAR1 in Milan.
    It was in my opinion very clear... potentially decisive for the final score.

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    1. Now (94') the same player who was fouled in the box made a revenge foul being frustrated and he was sent off for SFP. Correct decision.

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    2. A clear example of when a referee's clear and more than obvious mistake leads to further consequences. Unfortunately only the player will be the one punished for his mistake.

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    3. Referee can be punished also by not getting top level action in Europe for some time because of the clear and decisive mistake but I get what you mean

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    4. What the hell, it is impossible to see at this level. After that possilbe to lost the FIFA badge?

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    5. Was able to watch it. Clearly a penalty. Unacceptable at this level for neither AAR or Nijhuis to not see it. Also he ended the match 40 seconds early! There could have been time for another Milan attack.

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    6. Nijhuis knew that he had put forth an overall poor effort on the night and maybe he couldn't wait to just get it over with.

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    7. Here's a video: https://twitter.com/ACA7MED/status/1055531019049361409

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  19. Strange gesture by Ivanov in Frankfurt, it looked like he was unsure about a possible penalty and looked for Karasev's cooperation.

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    1. It was a super clear penalty. Everyone saw it. The crowd reacted. Ivanov wanted to call it. Karasev perhaps mistakenly told him not to blow the whistle. Overall, good match by Ivanov, very good foul identification...except for the most obvious penalty I have seen this season.

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  20. 2nd YC for diving issued by Özkahya.

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  21. Correct 2nd yellows to Kiev and Villareal

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  22. IMO a good/expected level from Gil Manzano in OM-Lazio.

    Good new for him after a not so good season start.

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  23. Jesus Gil Manzano is the future , my future. Show him to the young referee

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  24. Sarpsborg vs Malmö. Tough match with many referee situations.

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  25. Clear penalty missed by Blom today towards the end of the match, Eremenko got Rangers player heel and not the ball. And Blom was in a perfect position to see it... strange.

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    1. It was a Dutch thing today to miss crystal clear and obvious penalties. KNVB's finest at work.

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    2. This is a ridiculous reaction, Sheriff. Everyone can make a mistake. Haven't seen the situation involving Blom, but referees make mistakes. Blom has always been an over-all reliable referee, which is why is is trusted by UEFA with so many matches.
      It has nothing to do with Dutch referees, or 'KNVB finest.'
      Don't make assumptions like that.

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    3. I have nothing against Dutch refs in general but Blom is not as reliable as you say. There were several high-profile mistakes from him in the past and yesterdays performance was very unsure. He allowed some rough tackles without punishment and then booked Morelos for virtually nothing. Though to be fair to Blom the match wasn't easy to referee, high tempo and play-acting from both sides esp Spartak.

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    4. Yes, that was some years ago. When he was an ELITE referee, he had some bad performances with too much important mistakes and it was correct that he was demoted. But after that, I think he did quite well.

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  26. Zurich against Leverkusen:
    Leverkusen scores the 3:3 in stoppage time, but the ref saw a foul. In replay it`s more a dive of the defender.

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  27. Missed red card for VC by Skomina against Sporting. He seems totally out of form.

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    1. Agreed. Where does he go from here? This is not the Skomina that did so well at the world cup.

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    2. He'll continue to be rewarded by the Ref Com based solely on "past glories". And on the pitch he'll continue to turn in sub par, unmotivated and disinterested performances. He needs to put on his big boy pants and get over it. Mazic got the Final and he didn't.

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    3. Does anyone have a clip of the headbutt?

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    4. https://twitter.com/nicklo2k/status/1055542162698502144?s=21

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    5. C'mon guys you exaggerate, especially Sheriff stating ''He'll continue to be rewarded by the Ref Com based solely on "past glories". And on the pitch he'll continue to turn in sub par, unmotivated and disinterested performances''. Skomina used to be an excellent referee until CL Semi-Final Roma-Liverpool. It was a disappointing performance I agree, which took its toll on Skomina's self-confidence and his performance afterwards. He is far from being unmotivated and disinterested in refereeing. Yes, he lost quite a bit of self-assurance inducing not so perfect performance in recent months but his matches are quite OK and yesterday’s is no exception. He needs matches to regain self-confidence and it is unrealistically to expect that his performance is going to be flawless. He is human after all. So Sheriff please do not demean the referee unless you know everything about him and the background for his ''not so good ''performance lately.

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    6. Rewarded on past glories? He had a very good season last year and in the seasons before that. He also had a very good World Cup. If that is past glory, we can mention a lot of referees who should not get any more matches.
      Please, Sheriff.

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    7. It's really un fair to blame Skomina; I didn't see yesterday match but it's out of discussion that except to last year semifinal in Roma, he always had outstanding level of refereeing. Probably somebody cannot appreciate his style, but very rarely he shown crucial mistakes and his matches were always under control. Eriksson was a master of lenient style in the matches, but nobody were complaining his performances even if very often the control was lost.
      Yes Skomina probably has reduced his self-confidence due to low recognition obtained in spite of great performances in the past (See champion league final). IMO Rosetti needs him and cannot sleep very comfortable if he leave the pitch, especially now that Uefa is missing Kuipers, Mazic and soon Rocchi and Undiano.
      One question: Mazic and Kuipers will leave end of December ?

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    8. Well, i have some good news then......I was at Bjorn Kuipers theather college last friday in Delft.....in front off 400 people he said if he gets a chance from uefa reffereecommitee and his condition will be good he will proceed refereeing international till 2020

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  28. I watch the Sporting:Arsenal and I do not know what situation you mentioned and all the comments below are wuite far from yesterday refering. Skomina and his team has yesterday fully control of the match from my point if view and I did not see any unmotivated team on the pitch.

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  29. Rosetti can sleep comfortably, if Skomina leaves the scene Slovenian young referees are ready to replace him. Vincic e Rade made do well as well.

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    1. I agree. Skomina's time to bid adieu may have come. A lack of motivation is something that is very hard to overcome.
      And I think that the disappointment of continuously being overlooked for UCL Final's is eating away at him. But those who were chosen put together a more solid body of work in those seasons.

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  30. OT:

    IFAB could consider banning substitutions during injury time.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/sport/move-to-ban-substitutions-in-injury-time-jzbsfpd6r

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    1. So what if there is a big injury for example minut 55 and they add 10 minutes extra and the minute 92 there is a big injury and the player must be replaced, are they supposed to play with 1 less?

      Not an appropriate solution. Just stop the time as soon as you blow the whistle for the sub and start the time when play is restarted.

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    2. Or do what most referee's shy away from doing. Add the appropriate amount of time when a team uses substitutions as a time wasting tactic in added time.

      So many examples of a referee adding lets say 3 minutes, having a substitution made and then ending the match at the 93rd minute without adding time for the substitution.

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  32. OFF TOPIC:
    Bernard Camille is back in high scenario of CAF refereeing
    Mark Geiger as expected in the AFC champions league SF to confirm exchange between CONCACAF and AFC
    Sikazwe still at top level

    CAF Champions League – Semi-finals First Leg, 2 October 2018

    Al Ahly – ES Setif Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
    Assistant Referees: Temesgin Atango (ETH) - Kindie Mussie (ETH)

    1 Agosto – Esperance Tunis Referee: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)
    Assistant Referees: El Hadji Samba (SEN) - Djibril Camara (SEN)

    Second Leg, 23 October 2018

    ES Setif – Al Ahly Referee: Victor Gomes (RSA)
    Assistant Referees:Zakhele Siwela (RSA)- Johannes Moshidi (RSA)

    Esperance Tunis – 1 Agosto Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
    Assistant Referees: Romeo Kasengele (ZAM) - Kabwe Chansa (ZAM)

    CAF Confederation Cup – Semi-finals

    First Leg, 3 October 2018

    Al Masry – ASV Club Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
    Assistant Referees: Sulayman Sosseh (GAM) - Omar Darboe (GAM)

    Enyimba FC – Raja CA Referee: Youssef Essrayri (TUN)
    Assistant Referees: Yamen Malloulchi (TUN)- Aymen Ismail (TUN)

    Second Leg, 24 October 2018

    ASV Club – Al Masry Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY)
    Assistant Referees: Gilbert Lista (SEY)- James Fedrick (SEY)

    Raja CA – Enyimba FC Referee: Eric Otogo Castane (GAB)
    Assistant Referees: Issa Yaya (CHA) - Moussounda Montel (GAB)

    AFC Champions League – Semi-finals

    First Leg, 2-3 October 2018

    Kashima Antlers – Suwon Bluewings Referee: Nawaf Shukralla(BHR)
    Assistant Referees: Yaser Tulefat (BHR) - Nawaf Mousa (BHR)
    Additional ARs: Ali Sabah (IRQ) - Turki Al-Khudhayr (KSA)
    Fourth Official: Mohd Muhamad (MAS)

    Al Sadd – Persepolis Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)
    ARs Piyanga Palliya (SRI) - alitha Hemathunga (SRI)
    AARs: Nivon Gamini (SRI) -Rowan Arumughan (SRI)
    Fourth Official: Premalal Wellabada (SRI)

    Second Leg, 23-24 October 2018

    Persepolis – Al Sadd Referee: Valentin Kovalenko (UZB)
    Assistant Rs Husniddin Shodmonov (UZB)- Timur Gaynullin (UZB)
    AAR 1: Ilgiz Tantashev (UZB) - Aziz Asimov (UZB)
    Fourth Official: Ruslan Serazitdinov (UZB)

    Suwon Bluewings – Kashima Antlers Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)
    Assistant Referees Joe Fletcher (CAN) - Frank Anderson (USA)
    Additional ARs Mohanad Sarray (IRQ) - Adham Makhadmeh (JOR)
    Fourth Official: Ahmad Al-Roalle (JOR)

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    1. I can add to f's post with some words on the AFC Champions League Semifinal returns, as promised.
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      Valentin Kovalenko, no2 referee from Uzbekistan, handled Persepolis - Al Ahly at the famous Azadi Stadium in Tehran.
      Absolutely solid performance from the Uzbek. For the most part, match was actually pretty friendly, but the referee was there when he was needed. Only YC given was correct, no others were missed. He managed the game using verbal warnings, to both GKs for time-wasting, and most importantly during a small confrontation in the 2H.
      Al Ahly did everything to gain penalty decisions in 2H, and Kovalenko never whistled one. He showed a world-class decision not to give a penalty at 76', in live I was totally convinced it was a foul, but replays showed referee got it 'spot on'.
      Kovalenko is the antithesis of his compatriot Irmatov. Said with all the respect, not the most naturally talented referee, and without the flamboyancy in player management, and ready to use 'un-modern' authoritative gestures (he reminded me on David Fernández Borbalán a bit)- irrespective, he really 'got it right' in this match, and succeeded totally in his management on the pitch.
      We should expect to see this referee at AFC Asian Cup 2019.
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      Mark Geiger was invited as part of a AFC-CONCACAF exchange program to officiate Suwon Bluewings - Kashima Antlers.
      American whistled a good match, very good disciplinary control and exceptional positioning and movement (his formula for success in his matches). Maybe he missed a RC at +94', which actually could have been avoided by whistling the offside that AR2 flagged. Still, I have the impression that he whistles 'on the edge' in every match he referees, but this not necessarily a bad thing, so long as the match doesn't 'boil over'.
      A possible explanation for this was offered by the user refinho, during the last WC-
      "Geiger did well in my opinion (in Portugal - Morocco), but you must always ask why so many players protested and not accepted him totally. Not his fault but maybe he has an aura (again topic is 'format') which doesn't automatically create trust, respect, followship.".
      FIFA made an unfair designation to send Geiger to ENG-COL, against the background their instructions disarmed him; in my opinion, I don't really blame him too much for what happened.
      I wonder what is left for Geiger, as he won't attend WC 2022. Gold Cup Final? Anyway, he should reflect on a great career when he retires.
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      As "f" eluded to, Bernard Camille returned to top level of CAF refereeing. I watched him in ES Sétif - Wydad Casablanca earlier this month (CAF CL QF), and he showed a convincing performance. Shame he got injured (?) as IMO, he would have been a better option than (at least) one of the CAF officials who attended last WC.
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      Hopefully I can write some words about a few EL matches in the next days.

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    2. If we can trust wikipedia, Ma Ning (CHN) and Ahmed Al-Kaf (OMA) will referee the AFC Champions League final.
      I think, both are candidates for the WC 2022 pre-list.

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  33. Marco Guida in Standard Liège - FC Krasnodar.
    This was his second EL group stage game, after the debut made three weeks ago on MD2.
    Overall the game has been not challenging for the Italian crew. There weren't really crucial situations in penalty areas. Both additional assistant referees with an expected level perfoormance.
    Foul detection by referee was in my opinion at an expected level, but maybe something still missing for saying "very good". Here and there referee gave the impression that he would have whistled some situations if he had spotted properly them. However, not a big issue in the overall context.
    In first half there were some positioning problems (you can watch the video in this regard), referee didn't react in due time, he could have avoided that.
    The two YC isseud were fully correct, about the second one, it is not clear the real nature of the contact, and one could even discuss about a straight RC but the evidence is missing. It was a blatant foul to stop a counterattack in the last seconds of the game.
    In first half, the only situation in which another YC could have been possible (raised leg hitting also the opponent, after the ball, so direct free kick).
    Good performance by both assistant referee. AR2 more challenged than AR1, but the latter with a crucial ONSIDE in occasion of the goal scored by Krasnodar for 0-1 in first half. AR2 with, among other decisions, a very important offside flag in 54'.
    I think this performance could be assessed as expected level by Fandel, no real problems, but one could have expected something better in the same context and for sure referee has some points for improvement. My mark would be in the 8.3 area.

    Some videos:

    Positioning problems in first half
    https://streamable.com/vak9z

    Possible YC
    https://streamable.com/ani3l

    First YC of the game
    https://streamable.com/9cuxm

    Possible foul before a correct offside call
    https://streamable.com/y07g1

    Second YC of the game
    https://streamable.com/3pfns

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  34. SAUDI LEAGUE today

    Ash-Shabab Riyahd - Al-Qadsiyah Al-Khubar
    REF: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
    AR1: Gareth Wyn Jones (WAL)
    AR2: Ian Bird (WAL)
    4OF: Ammar Ashkanani (KUW)
    VAR: Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins (POR)

    Al-Batin - At-Ta'awoun Buraidah
    REF: Fedayi San (SUI)
    AR1: Sladan Josipovic (SUI)
    AR2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
    4OF: Ali Mahmoud Shaban (KUW)
    VAR: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)

    Uhud Madinah - Al-Wahdah Mecca
    REF: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
    AR1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
    AR2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
    4OF: Ahmad Al-Ali (KUW)
    VAR: Piotr Lasyk (POL)

    Al-Faiha'a Al-Majma'ah - An-Nassr Riyadh
    REF: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
    AR1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
    AR2: Dalibor Đurđević (SRB)
    4OF: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
    VAR: António Emanuel Carvalho Nobre (POR)

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    1. This is insane. It means they have a lot of money to waste...

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  35. http://www.rfef.es/noticias/arbitros-elite-uefa-se-reunen-ciudad-del-futbol-rozas
    Starting from Monday 29/10 to Thursday 01/11 there will be the second UEFA course for VAR introduction in UEFA competitions.
    In addition, the last day of the course (1 November) a meeting between the group of Elite referees (25) and the committee is planned.
    Hopefully we will get more infos on next week.
    I don't know whether the referees attending this second course for VAR are the same of the previous one or another selection has been made.
    It is also something new that committee meets all Elite referees when group stage of CL and EL is exactly halfway through the course.
    That's another good innovation.

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  36. Good/expected performance by Cordero Vega in Espanyol-Valladolid (very interesting clash for a "newcomer" as both teams are currently in European positions)

    Great disciplinary control, almost full acceptance from players (besides a YC for dissent in very last minute after a goal in injury time), okayish foul-detection.

    But... as too often in Spain, bad injury time management. Cordero Vega decided to add 4 minutes, and with a free-kick goal being scored and celebrated in 90+1, he anyway whistled in 94:10.

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  37. I can report another very good performance from Bartosz Frankowski. In hot Tricity Derby between Lechia Gdańsk and Arka Gdynia he showed ability to handle hot clashes offering high level of anticipation, prevention and game feeling.

    Instead of two quick yellow cards, he warned one player from each team. Then, with two VAR interventions (disallowed goal due to offside and penalty given for handball) and usual tensions he was able to control everything with natural authority.

    The procedure of showing two yellow cards for dissent after penalty award was outstanding. Six YCs in total (one second YC to Arka player), all mandatory.

    Still waiting for his EL-debut...

    Videos:

    Goal disallowed due to offside:
    https://streamable.com/42cku

    Penalty awarded for deliberate handling after an on-field review
    https://streamable.com/moc2y

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  38. SFP?

    Mateu Lahoz issued YC, no VAR intervention.

    https://twitter.com/antonio_bigfoot/status/1056274210715287553

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    1. I think that a VAR intervention should get active in this situation. RC would be the right decision

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  39. Michael Oliver with a spot on red card for Mark noble for SFP

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  40. 1. (IMO) Crystal clear PK missed by both De Burgos Bengoetxea and VAR Alberola Rojas who didn't even recommend an OFR.

    https://streamable.com/ys3i6

    2. RC for SFP issued by Munuera Montero (he will become FIFA Referee in January 2019, taking Fernández Borbalán's badge)

    https://streamable.com/pd28m

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    1. The goalkeeper lifting the player up so the referee can show the red is great. :)

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  41. I made a highlights about the refereeing in Premier League yesterday, from MOTD.

    https://streamable.com/0t5mp

    Oliver, WHM-LEI, Red Card - Serious Foul Play (0:00)
    Oliver, WHM-LEI, Penalty? - Handball (0:27)
    Attwell, LIV-CAR, Penalty? - Holding (0:47, I posted it twice inadvertently)
    Marriner, FUL-BOU, Penalty - Pushing (1:43)
    Marriner, FUL-BOU, Penalty or Simulation? (2:00)
    Marriner, FUL-BOU, Red Card? - SFP/VC (2:24)
    Marriner, FUL-BOU, Red Card? - DOGSO (2:44)
    Taylor, BRI-WOL, Penalty? - Handball (3:14)
    Taylor, BRI-WOL, Penalty? - Holding (3:45)

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    1. 1) Excellent position to see it. Clear SFP
      2) Undeliberate
      3) Exaggerated fall, correct play-on call
      4) Harsh, I would opt for play-on
      5) Simulation
      6) Reckless, YC is enough
      7) Borderline, I would accept YC and RC
      8) Deliberate handball, bad positioning
      9) Mutual holding, play-on

      Many thanks for posting this compilation!

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  42. 1 - 100% correct RC, perfect positioning from Oliver
    2 - arm was in natural position, shot from close range, no pen for me
    3 - Salah amplified the fall, not enough for a penalty
    4 - clear foul, no Fulham player protested, correct decision
    5 - blatant dive, excellent decision from Marriner - no pen and YC for the attacker
    6 - cynical foul, YC correct decision
    7 - again correct decision, clear YC offense
    8 - for me this should be a penalty, arm was raised too high and stopped a potential shot on target
    9 - mutual holding, correct decision play on

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  43. UEFA Women's Champions League - Round of 16 (Second Legs)

    https://kronikasedziowska.blogspot.com/2018/10/201819-uefa-womens-champions-league.html

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  44. PK whistled by Sánchez Martínez after VAR intervention!

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    1. Image:

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dqmy9x7X0AAtK2F.jpg

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    2. In my opinion not a clear mistake. Wrong VAR intervention for my taste. What do you think?
      BTW the first penalty called by VAR in El Clasico.

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    3. For me it was a clear PK missed, but not so easy to spot live, also he may have decided to play on initially because of Suarez's "simulator" reputation. But, there's room for VAR intervention, surely.

      Madrid players didn't even complain. Let's see if anyone can upload a full clip.

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    4. Wow, Madrid is so close to equalising.

      Looks like a challenging second half for Sánchez Martínez. Good luck!

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    5. There was an angle showed later for the penalty decision that showed clear contact on the legs which cause Suarez to go down. I agree that Suarez should have seen red when he was given yellow.

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  45. Suarez deserved a RC. This is a clear mistake, not the penalty.

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  46. Great Sanchez Martinez, great !!!!!!

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  47. Always accepted, despite some mistakes ; this give even more value to his excellent performance

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  48. Var not working in NAP-ROM (no audio or images). Referee (Massa) has decided to start without it.

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    1. Update: var problem fixed after 12 mins.

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    2. Good performance by Massa with a reasonable YC for simulation, among other decisions. Excellent performance by AR2 Peretti. It is very rare to see an AR so busy getting everything right. He disallowed two goals, correctly assessed the 0-1 and 1-1, and he also assessed correctly at least other 5 calls. VAR was never needed Impressive, he has deserved to be a new FIFA AR. In UEFA scale, his performance would be not less than 8.8.

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  49. Although Suárez should be sent off for my taste and foul in the box was initially missed, Mr Sánchez Martínez excelled in managing players in El Clásico. The public warning in 6', some silent warnings later in the game and standing face-to-face with each dissenting player (for example: 65') indicated that he's able to reach much in UEFA. Strong personality, some actions reminded me Mateu Lahoz - of course, to a lesser extent, because the latter is the refereeing special one.

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    1. Videos

      Public warning
      https://streamable.com/o4ztq

      Penalty awarded after an on-field review
      https://streamable.com/qsji1
      https://streamable.com/791xr

      Management of mobbing
      https://streamable.com/8mhj8

      YC Suárez (reckless vs SFP)
      https://streamable.com/sxwn3

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    2. https://streamable.com/791xr
      This is the angle I was talking about that shows it is a clear penalty and they were right to review it.
      Thanks for the videos Vlad

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  50. Excellent VAR intervention by Danny Makkelie today in Ajax-Feyenoord: Kuipers assessed the challenge being a reckless one, but he changes YC to RC after VAR review.
    => https://streamable.com/ad345

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    1. Really good. The fact that game was still at the beginning was not an obstacle for VAR intervention.
      Absolutely correct decision: I think that Makkelie was also encouraged to intervene because he saw on the monitor that Kuipers was very far away from the incident, and therefore he hadn't the chance to assess properly the incident. AR could have helped but not his main duty there (not a real fault).
      Sometimes the contacts with studs up are really difficult to catch. VAR is the solution.

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    2. Very good decision. Very quick intervention by VAR as well. Kuipers had barely finished writing down the yellow before Makkelie told him to review.

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    3. I think the combination Kuipers (referee) with Makkelie (VAR) is the best that can be seen on the football fields worldwide.
      Both have an excellent rapport and Makkelie as VAR recognizes very well a 'clear error' while Kuipers as a referee knows very well that Makkelie will only call him if it is indeed a 'clear error'.
      TOP cooperation !!

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  51. OT - Ligue 1 - Referee appointments for Matchday 11

    02/1112018, 20:45CET
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN - LILLE OSC
    Referee: François Letexier (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees: Cyril Mugnier (FIFA) - Mehdi Rahmouni (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: William Lavis
    Video Assistant Referees : Karim Abed (FIFA) - Sylvain Palhies

    03/11/2018, 17:00CET
    OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS - GIRONDINS DE BORDEAUX
    Referee: Benoît Millot (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees: Stéphan Luzi - Aurélien Drouet
    Fourth Official: Faouzi Benchabane
    Video Assistant Referees : Benoît Bastien (FIFA) - Dominique Julien

    03/11/2018, 20:00CET
    DIJON FCO - NÎMES OLYMPIQUE
    Referee: Frank Schneider (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees : Djemel Zitouni - Nicolas Henninot
    Fourth Official: Mathieu Vernice
    Video Assistant Referees: Jeremy Stinat - Yohann Rouinsard

    03/11/2018, 20:00CET
    OGC NICE - AMIENS SC
    Referee: Johan Hamel
    Assistant Referees: Mathieu Grosbost - Stephan Pignatelli
    Fourth Official: Guillaume Paradis
    Video Assistant Referees : Nicolas Rainville (FIFA - 2nd) - Arnaud Baert

    03/11/2018, 20:00CET
    RC STRASBOURG ALSACE - TOULOUSE FC
    Referee: Clément Turpin (FIFA - Elite)
    Assistant Referees: Julien Pacelli (FIFA) - Guillaume Debart (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Yann Gazagnes
    Video Assistant Referees: Willy Delajod - Aurélien Petit

    03/11/2018, 20:00CET
    STADE DE REIMS - AS MONACO
    Referee: Hakim Ben El Hadj
    Assistant Referees: Nicolas Danos (FIFA) - Matthieu Lombard
    Fourth Official: Benjamin Lepaysant
    Video Assistant Referees: Jérôme Miguelgorry - Christian Guillard

    03/11/2018, 20:00CET
    SM CAEN - STADE RENNAIS
    Referee: Amaury Delerue (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees: Bertrand Jouannaud (FIFA) - Alexandre Viala
    Fourth Official: Antoine Grare
    Video Assistant Referees: Ruddy Buquet (FIFA - 1st) - Hamid Guenaoui

    04/11/2018, 15:00CET
    FC NANTES - EA GUINGAMP
    Referee: Jérôme Brisard (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees: Benjamin Pagès (FIFA) - François Boudikian
    Fourth Official: Pierre Legat
    Video Assistant Referees: Florent Batta - Romain Delpech

    04/11/2018, 17:00CET
    AS SAINT-ÉTIENNE - ANGERS SCO
    Referee: Thomas Léonard
    Assistant Referees: Frédéric Hebrard - Gwenael Pasqualotti
    Fourth Official: Julien Rouquette
    Video Assistant Referees: Benoît Bastien (FIFA - Elite) - Bruno Coué

    04/11/2018, 21:00CET
    MONTPELLIER HSC - OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
    Referee: Antony Gautier
    Assistant Referees: Michael Annonier - Philippe Jeanne
    Fourth Official: Mikael Lesage
    Video Assistant Referees: Olivier Thual - Wilfried Bien

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    1. Top clash for Letexier (1st against 2nd), one of the most important in his career, with Monaco - Paris last year. He can definetely confirm his great potential.

      Big match for Millot too. I remember this game as a quite challenging one for Turpin last year.

      No clash for Turpin, although this game can be challenging, especially in Strasbourg. He officiates saturday so probably a UCL appointement this week.

      Not surprising to see Gautier on MHSC / OM, since it is a big game and probably hot Derby.

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  52. The referees attending the second course for UEFA VAR in Madrid planned from today should be the same ones who attended the first one.
    I'm looking for confirmation, if possible, an article will follow.

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  53. Partial appointments for LaLiga MD12 have been released:

    03/11/2018

    CD Leganés - Atlético de Madrid (13:00)
    Referee: Melero López, Mario
    VAR: Álvarez Izquierdo, Alfonso

    Real Madrid CF - Real Valladolid CF (16:15)
    Referee: Gil Manzano, Jesús (FIFA, Elite)
    VAR: Munuera Montero, José Luis

    Valencia CF - Girona FC (18:30)
    Referee: Alberola Rojas, Javier
    VAR: de Burgos Bengoetxea, Ricardo (FIFA, 2nd)

    Rayo Vallecano - FC Barcelona (20:45)
    Referee: Hernández Hernández, Alejandro José (FIFA, 2nd)
    VAR: Jaime Latre, Santiago

    04/11/2018

    SD Eibar - Deportivo Alavés (12:00)
    Referee: Iglesias Villanueva, Ignacio
    VAR: Medié Jiménez, David

    Villarreal CF - Levante UD (16:15)
    Referee: del Cerro Grande, Carlos (FIFA, 1st)
    VAR: González González, José Luis

    Real Sociedad - Sevilla FC (18:30)
    Referee: Prieto Iglesias, Eduardo
    VAR: Sánchez Martínez, José María (FIFA, 2nd)

    SD Huesca - Getafe CF (18:30)
    Referee: Martínez Munuera, Juan (FIFA, 2nd)
    VAR: Cordero Vega, Adrián

    Real Betis - RC Celta de Vigo (20:45)
    Referee: Estrada Fernández, Xavier (FIFA, 1st)
    VAR: Undiano Mallenco, Alberto (FIFA, Elite)

    05/11/2018

    RCD Espanyol de Barcelona - Athletic Club (21:00)
    Referee: González Fuertes, Pablo
    VAR: Cuadra Fernández, Guillermo

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    1. These appointments mean that very likely Mateu Lahoz has a match in UCL next week. Also, the best appointments are for del Cerro (again), with a valencian derby, and also Prieto Iglesias. IMO, Eibar - Alavés, although a derby, is not that interesting given current standings. And precisely because of that, maybe Valencia - Girona is an interesting match too, along with Betis - Celta.

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    2. Yep, there's no "big" match on MD11...

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    3. My bad, of course it's MD11!

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    4. Mateu Lahoz could get Napoli - PSG, a very decisive tie!

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    5. He is only possible in groups C or D. Napoli-PSG might be the biggest match on the MD, so I could imagine a bigger name (e.g. Kuipers) there. An appointment for Mateu is however possible and would be a good sign for him.
      Schalke-Galatasaray is also important and could be Mateu's match, if Gil Manzano's performance in Schalke's first home match is not a problem (should not be, but who knows).
      Belgrade-Liverpool would be the "not such a good match" option for him, but also possible.
      In Porto it seems quite unlikely to have an Elite referee.

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  54. Roman Galimov handled CSKA Moskva - Krasnodar at the weekend, top clash in Russia.

    He faced an interesting DOGSO vs SPA situation, which can be found below

    https://streamable.com/9pjdw

    This was the only (yellow) card shown by Galimov (35yrs, non-FIFA referee) in the whole match; he showed a big leniency. It was possible to show at least four other cards, but referee 'kept the cards in his pocket'- okay, but I would have liked to see a bit more management in these situations to be honest.
    He was quite expressive in his gestures and presented himself quite affably; probably he is a "player's referee" format of official.
    Let's see if he will enter the FIFA list for next year.

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    1. Wow, thank you for this report. Indeed, a very interesting situation. At first I want to praise referee because it was not easy to spot live, he was also far from the incident, but he saw it. I think YC supportable decision, but RC wouldn't have been wrong. It seems a very accurate (long) pass, so very likely attacker would have controlled the ball. I wouldn't in any case penalize a referee for this incident, I just want to praise him for the alertness and the quick decision he made.

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  55. I watched Balázs Berke, talented referee from Hungary who is about to enter the FIFA list, in Diósgyőri - Ferencváros at the weekend.
    Read about his performance here, in my report below

    https://kronikasedziowska.blogspot.com/p/diosgyoriferencvaros.html

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    1. All of your word is true. Just an extra information this is a the second hottest derby in Hungary, and usually get a FIFA referee, but now FA choosen Berke. About Berke: It is his second period in Hungarian Division I. He was referee earlier until 1,5 year in NB I but after they demoted in 2013, and they promoted again in 2016.

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  56. Friend with too much leniency in first half hour of Spurs-City.

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  57. Someone can tell me where the designations of Slovenian referees are published ?
    Thanks a lot

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    1. Google "nzs delegiranje" and choose the first option.

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    2. To add what Sale has written:
      National league: http://www.nzs.si/tekmovanja/?action=delegiranjeSodnikov&id_menu=79
      International appointments: you can check on Facebook page '' Zveza nogometnih sodnikov Slovenije'' . They are usually published at the same time also on this page http://www.nzs.si/sodniki/

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    3. Thx Andreja, I was on my phone and couldn't paste the link ;)

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    4. Thanks guys !!!! I wanna follow Obrenovic designations.

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  58. Bundesliga situations from the weekend
    1) Penalty awarded after OFR
    https://img.picload.org/image/dcacocrr/hannover1.gif
    https://img.picload.org/image/dcacocra/hannover2.gif
    https://img.picload.org/image/dcacocrl/hannover3.gif
    2) Goal disallowed / FK for Red after OFR
    https://www2.pic-upload.de/img/36179506/TEST.gif
    3) No RC after OFR (unchanged decision)
    https://www2.pic-upload.de/img/36179607/TEST.gif
    https://www2.pic-upload.de/img/36179610/TEST.gif

    Do you think the correct decisions were taken and the VAR interventions were justified?
    DFB has already confirmed 1) and 2) as correct in both aspects (and not commented on 3) )

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    1. I agree with the deliberate handball, very difficult if not impossible to spot live. Despite of a short (if not totally inexistent) distance, arm is in a punishable position.
      I have some doubts about the foul called and the disallowed goal, in this case for me not a clear mistake.
      The stepping on the opponent is very borderline, I think YC is supportable, in any case for me not a 100% clear RC there, so I would say if VAR intervened, this time was not needed and referee on the pitch did a supportable choice to keep his previous idea.

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    2. DFB stated that 1) was a clear and obvious error (and not missing perception). I had another opinion (grey area), when first seeing it, but I can accept this explanation.
      For 2) they explained, that the referee missed the foot contact, therefore the VAR could intervene without seeing a clear mistake. I agree with that, but still would have preferred the goal to stand after the OFR.
      In 3) the correctness of the VAR intervention also depends on how much the referee has seen of it. On the situation itself I agree with you - both colours are possible.

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  59. Report about Benoît Bastien’s performance yesterday in French Classique OM-PSG :

    Really impressive Bastien during the 80 first minutes of the game, the match was fully under his control, he gave the impression that he truly was the boss on the pitch.

    One must also add that the atmosphere was very complicated for the referees to deal with : I was in the stadium and the referees were shouted at at their entry for the warm up! Later every decision in favor of Paris created hoos (the Vélodrome contains 67’000 People...)

    He used really well the recall, which avoided too many cards to be shown (« only » 6 cards in the end, including 3 for dissent). Very clever and efficient man management, for a game which was not very challenging, but which could have become with a less experiented referee.

    The last 10 minutes were way much challenging for the referee, with 1 coach sent off, 1 goal refused, 1 penalty appeal and 5 mins of additionnal time.
    One can still discuss about the management of this last 10 minutes but Bastien showed really good skills at calming everybody down, especially when he felt the nevosity increase. The penalty appeal was correclty rejected, no point for discussion here.

    However one action is doing contreversy in France today : the goal refused for Marseille at the end of the match, for a foul from Strootman on Marquinhos. Bastien blows his whistle a few seconds before the goal, which explains the impossibility of using VAR.
    The foul is not obvious, but I’d like to have your opinion about it : https://streamable.com/57cex

    To sum up : Overall really good Bastien in this game, clever recalls and advantages all along the game. One point for discussion is this goal cancelled for Marseille, so I would say 8.4 or 7.9 (8.4) if the goal is assessed as a crucial mistake (which would be harsh IMO, I personnally consider Bastien’s décision as supportable).

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    1. I don't think it can be considered as a crucial mistake since we are not sure if the goal would have been scored since some of the players stopped when they heard the whistle.

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    2. This mistake could be called scandalous, but it was just stupid.

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  60. OT:

    Question regarding VAR,

    A player scored a goal and celebrated by removing his shirt and got booked.

    After checking VAR, the goal has been disallowed, what happens to the yellow card? Does it get rescinded or remain and why?

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    1. Remains, because it still was an unsporting behaviour.
      Would also be the case, if there is a late offside decision without VAR.

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  61. Svein Oddvar Moen officiated the crucial match in the race for the Eliteserien, Brann Bergen - Rosenborg, on Sunday evening.

    Moen ended the game without bigger controversy, the most important thing from such matches. Full control, and only one card (and that was for DTR in +94'); surely we can see the Norwegian fulfilled the most basic, and crucial, requirements of this match.

    However, in my opinion we saw the typical performance by Mr Moen, a big leniency without any real management skills shown. I am not saying that all these should be cards, but I would hope for a more proactive, preventative, stepped approach.
    I made a montage below:

    https://streamable.com/sf8qy

    Still, for my taste overall decent work by Moen in this big game (he was actually quite chatty, it wasn't like he was especially distant from the players), and probably we can expect him to have an inset in the next round of EL matches.

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    1. Well he was always very lenient, it's like he doesn't want to write more names to his notebook :).

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    2. Watching the compilation one can ask "where is the referee". Sorry to say, but Moen at UEFA top seems to be a closed chapter.

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  62. OT

    When the attacking player starts from his own half, according to the LOTG, there is no offside.

    Apparently, yesterday, that law changed.

    Here: https://imgur.com/XLfEIzJ

    And a penalty that was given by the AR.

    https://streamable.com/kop29

    Both scenes from Greek Superleague.

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  63. I watched Hugo Miguel in Vitória Guimarães v Braga, a very hot Dérbi do Minho. You can read more about the atmosphere here:

    https://www.besoccer.com/new/braga-s-bus-attacked-before-minho-derby-527150

    I was negatively surprised by Miguel's image of "tired, sad man". It's not the same referee who was considered to enter First Category three-two years ago. His fitness is not the best, to say it kindly, and the game was very demanding in this regard. The control of the game could have been better, even though that was a game more and more boiling over.

    The big calls - rejected Braga's penalty appeals after clearly undeliberate handball in 32' and disallowed Braga's goal due to foul (jumping at an opponent) in 73' - were fully OK.

    Miguel, although communicative, showed deficiencies in anticipation and prevention. At least strong public warning was missed in 9', missed some fouls (one close to the benches in 43', what ended in Vitória's team member sent off), missed chance for advantage what made players extremely upset in 58'.

    Not the best impression of AR1, Ricardo Santos, who made some mistakes (evaluation of on/offside, foul detection) that pissed off players.

    In a nutshell, Hugo Miguel used his experience to control the game and players but there were not extra factors to make the performance better what surely was possible.

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  64. Artur Soares Dias handled Belenenses v Benfica (small Lisbon derby) in a calm manner, staying in the background as much as possible. His relaxed attitude helps him in such rather easy-going games.

    He missed some fouls including the one in the Belenenses' penalty area (27'). VAR invited him to review the incident and after ~three minutes of watching Soares Dias pointed to the spot and booked a player who committed the foul (SPA without an attempt to play the ball, most likely). Penalty was saved by the excellently performed Belenenses' goalkeeper and three minutes later there was a clear foul of Benfica's goallie at the second box. Penalty whistled immediately, no yellow card as it was an attempt to play the ball and not even a clear SPA.

    One can say that Soares Dias was a bit too passive, but my feeling is that he knew well when he should step in. For example, he issued a stern public warning in 66' for dissenting at AR1.

    I should emphasize a very good performance by Rui Licínio. Several really good calls at tight on/offside situations, including onside at 2-0 goal.

    Good, expected-level performance, stepping in only when really needed. The difference between him and, for example, Moen is that Soares Dias knows when to intervene. So, as long as it works well and there is a balance, he should be praised for such approach.

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  65. Some interesting incidents from the two River goals during the River Plate-Gremio Copa Libertadores 2nd Leg match:

    82': Possible handball leading to River's first goal. VAR did not intervene.

    88': Penalty awarded after an OFR due to a handball by Bressan. Bressan gets a second yellow for the handball, who then physically confronts Cuhna after the penalty was awarded, starting a mass confrontation.

    I didn't watch the whole game, but I hope to watch the rest of the game and add on to this, but these two incidents alone entirely changed the game. In my opinion, the first handball was not deliberate because of the player's arm being in a natural position, thus not a clear and obvious error. Second handball leading to the penalty was deliberate because the arm was clearly stretched out, so VAR correctly recommended Cuhna to review the play. Would have liked Cuhna to whistle that the first time without having to review the play again, though. Videos of the mentioned incidents are provided below.

    82' 1-1 Possible handball during APP, no VAR: https://streamable.com/f1sgq

    88' 1-1 Penalty awarded for handball after a VAR review: https://streamable.com/b7f2k

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    1. Deliberate or not doesn’t really matter if you score a goal. Spirit of the game is to not allow goals scored by the hand/arm. That’s why the arms are not part of offside jusgements. The book says ”only parts of the body you can score with”

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  66. I think, this VAR instructor course last week in Zurich was not reported yet:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQp1hC3EP2o

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