Thursday, 4 October 2018

Europa League 2018/19 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 2

UEFA Referees Committee has chosen the following referees to  officiate 2018/19 Europa League group stage MD2. Thanks to h_demboveac on Twitter for the appointments. 

Group K
4 October 2018, 16:50 CET - Astana (Astana Arena)
FC Astana (KAZ) - Stade Rennais FC (FRA)
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)
UEFA Delegate: Paul Daniel Zaharia (ROU)

Group A
4 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Leverkusen (BayArena)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) - AEK Larnaca FC (CYP)
Referee: Yevhen Aranovs'kyy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleh Pluzhnyk (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Kieran O'Connor (WAL)

Group A
4 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Zürich (Stadion Letzigrund)
FC Zürich (SUI) - PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL)
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: José María Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Johan Verbist (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Kuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)

Group B
4 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Trondheim (Lerkendal Stadion)
Rosenborg BK (NOR) - RB Leipzig (GER)
Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Aristídis Stavrópoulos (GRE)

Group B
4 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Salzburg (Red Bull Arena)
FC Red Bull Salzburg (AUT) - Celtic FC (SCO)
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ihor Al'okhin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)

Group C
4 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Bordeaux (Matmut Atlantique)
FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA) - FC København (DEN)
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)
Fourth Official: David Elias Biton (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Bar Natan (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kýros Vasáras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Angelo Chetcuti (MLT)

Group C
4 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Saint Petersburg (Sankt-Peterburg Stadion)
FC Zenit (RUS) - SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
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: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Zoratti (AUT)

Group D
4 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Istanbul (Ülker Stadyumu Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saraçoğlu Spor Kompleksi)
Fenerbahçe SK (TUR) - FC Spartak Trnava (SVK)
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Fourth Official: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Haris Gvozden (BIH)

Group D
4 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Anderlecht (Constant Vanden Stockstadion)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL) - GNK Dinamo (CRO)
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Dimitriy Mosyakin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksey Yes'kov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)
UEFA Delegate: Tarik Shamel (ENG)

Group E
4 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Poltava (Stadion Vorskla imeni Oleksiya Butovsʹkoho)
FC Vorskla Poltava (UKR) - Sporting CP (POR)
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Radunović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Đorđije Ražnatović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Aleksandar Đikanović (MNE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Milačić (MNE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Miloš Savović (MNE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)

Group E
4 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Baku (Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu)
Qarabağ FK (AZE) - Arsenal FC (ENG)
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: István Huszár (HUN)

Group F
4 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Seville (Estadio Benito Villamarín)
Real Betis Balompié (ESP) - F91 Dudelange (LUX)
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Euan Anderson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jenni Kennedy (ENG)

Group F
4 October 2018, 18:55 CET - Milan (Stadio Giuseppe Meazza)
AC Milan (ITA) - Olympiakós FC (GRE)
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: Sean Carr (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Steven McLean (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

Group G
4 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Moscow (Otkrytiye Arena)
FC Spartak Moskva (RUS) - Villarreal CF (ESP)
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Harm Osmers (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Cortus (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Draženko Kovačić (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)

Group G
4 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Glasgow (Ibrox Stadium)
Rangers FC (SCO) - SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: François Letexier (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Karl Espen Eriksen (NOR)

Group H
4 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Nicosia (Stádio GSP)
Apollon Limassol FC (CYP) - Olympique de Marseille (FRA)
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Małek (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)

Group H
4 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Frankfurt am Main (Commerzbank-Arena)
Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) - SS Lazio (ITA)
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan de Vries (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Johan Higler (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Allard Lindhout (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Per Svärd (SWE)

Group I
4 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Malmö (Swedbank Stadion)
Malmö FF (SWE) - Beşiktaş JK (TUR)
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Nikola Karakolev (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuyev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Bernhard Neuhold (AUT)

Group I
4 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Sarpsborg (Sarpsborg Stadion)
Sarpsborg 08 FF (NOR) - KRC Genk (BEL)
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)

Group J
4 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Krasnodar (Stadion Krasnodar)
FC Krasnodar (RUS) - Sevilla FC (ESP)
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Michał Listkiewicz (POL)

Group J
4 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Liège (Stade Maurice Dufrasne)
Royal Standard de Liège (BEL) - Akhisarspor (TUR)
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Fourth Official: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michális Koukoulákis (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR)

Group K
4 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Jablonec nad Nisou (Stadion Střelnice)
FK Jablonec (CZE) - FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Referee: Sébastien Delférière (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jo De Weirdt (BEL)
Fourth Official: Kevin Monteny (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michális Argyroú (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Jovan Šurbatović (SRB)

Group L
4 October 2018, 21:00 CET - Barysaŭ (Barysaŭ-Arena)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) - PAOK FC (GRE)
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: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)

Group L
4 October 2018, 21:00 CET - London (Stamford Bridge)
Chelsea FC (ENG) - MOL Vidi FC (HUN)
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jakub Hrabovský (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Zbyněk Proske (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Emanuel Marek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)
UEFA Delegate: Radenko Mijatovič (SVN)

93 comments:

  1. UEL debuts for Martínez Munuera, Guida, Reinshreiber and Schüttengruber.

    Committee Members for Reinshreiber and Massa.

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    1. Can the presence of a committee member for Massa hint at a potential CL group stage debut this season? If Italy wants a referee in Elite after Rocchi and Orsato, it's now the time to focus on Massa.

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    2. Israel make a huge improvement. After Grinfeld goes to UCL, now Reinshreiber will be tested in UEL. Unfortunately, Liany was retired earlier.

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    3. Yes of course, now focus must be on Massa, Rocchi will retire soon (no more than another year as FIFA referee), Orsato will be out after EURO 2020, Banti and Mazzoleni will retire in a few months. After Guida, maybe Irrati has chances to make his EL debut as well on next matchdays!

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    4. @ayomaju I was never fully convinced by Liany.
      I think that the names you mentioned can be better options.
      Let's see.

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    5. Liany always suffers from the lack of authority. Never really respected by the players - watxhed him yesterday, nothing new... Reinschreiber also has this problem, but hopefully he'll improve this.
      As for Grinfeld, I hope that at CL he'll not use his usual super-arrogant style. Good luck, Roi and Orel.

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    6. @Chefren & @Daniel G I agree that Liany didn't improve very well although so many chances given by Collina but Grinfeld did...
      Irrati should be have a match before Guida, I think we will see soon in UEL and perhaps so many more debutants we'll find since Rosetti looks make a lot of changes...

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  2. If I am not wrong, Stieler did not get a match in first two MDs. Not a good sign...

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    1. No, it's strange, this week he will be AAR with Zwayer in Tottenham-Barcelona, but in MD1, he was neither appointed as main referee in UEL nor appointed as AAR in UCL, even if there were 2 German referee teams (Brych in Valencia-Juventus and Aytekin in Young Boys-Manchester United)

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    2. I just checked, his first match in Bundesliga was in the middle of September. Any German readers knows if he was injured maybe?

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    3. It's not unsual, that some Bundesliga-referees did not get many matches this season so far. The DFB increased the number of referees that will officiate Bundesliga-matches this season during summer, because of the increased demands that come with the VAR.

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  3. Welz came back to UEL; it's amazing for me !!! Which expectation do you think for him ?

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    1. Cant imagine him in CL. Siebert and Stieler with more perspektive than Welz.

      But good to see him after season missed cause of injury

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    2. After officiating some 2. Bundesliga-matches (Leage below the Bundesliga) at the end of the previous season, he showed some real impressive performances within the last weeks, for example the Bundesliga-match between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.
      An Achilles tendon tore ist really the most nasty injury for any athlete and I'm glad he recovored and that he found back to old strength.

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  4. I see that Melo Pereira and Fernandez Marin are both appointed as observers.

    The duo responsible for the Greek refereeing mess is rewarded by UEFA. Great.......

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  5. Maurizio Mariani will make his debut as UEFA AAR, this should mean that, along with Fabbri, he will get the badge on January, prevailing on the other contender, Maresca.
    So I would say out Banti and Mazzoleni, in Fabbri and Mariani.

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  6. OT : French appointments (5/6/7 October)

    Toulouse - Nice (5/10 - 20h45)
    Referee : Antony Gautier
    Assistant Referees : Michael Annonier - Julien Aube
    4th official : Guillaume Paradis
    VAR : Hakim Ben El Hadj
    AVAR : Romain Delpech

    Lille - Saint-Etienne (6/10 - 17h00)
    Referee : Jérôme Miguelgorry
    Assistant Referees : Eric Danizan - Christophe Mouysset
    4th official : Lakhdar El Bedoui
    VAR : Nicolas Rainville
    AVAR : Dominique Julien

    Guingamp - Montpellier (6/10 - 20h00)
    Referee : Jeremy Stinat
    Assistant Referees : François Boudikian - Huseyin Ocak
    4th official : Romain Lissorgue
    VAR : Thomas Léonard
    AVAR : Christian Guillard

    Amiens - Dijon (6/10 - 20h00)
    Referee : Florent Batta
    Assistant Referees : Bertrand Jouannaud - Benjamin Pages
    4th official : Yohann Rouinsard
    VAR : Eric Wattellier
    AVAR : Stéphanie Frappart

    Nîmes - Reims (6/10 - 20h00)
    Referee : Karim Abed
    Assistant Referees : Mikael Berchebru - Yannick Boutry
    4th official : Rémy Landry
    VAR : Hakim Ben El Hadj
    AVAR : Bruno Coué

    Angers - Strasbourg (6/10 - 20h00)
    Referee : Johan Hamel
    Assistant Referees : Mathieu Grosbost - Stéphan Pignatelli
    4th official : Antoine Grare
    VAR : Mikael Lesage
    AVAR : Hamid Guenaoui

    Bordeaux - Nantes (7/10 - 15h00)
    Referee : François Letexier
    Assistant Referees : Cyril Mugnier - Mehdi Rahmouni
    4th official : Alexandre Perreau Niel
    VAR : Clément Turpin
    AVAR : Stéphane Bré

    Monaco - Rennes (7/10 - 17h00)
    Referee : Olivier Thual
    Assistant Referees : Matthieu Lombard - Aurélien Berthomieu
    4th official : Jérémie Pignard
    VAR : Alexandre Castro
    AVAR : Abdelali Chaoui

    Marseille - Caen (7/10 - 17h00)
    Referee : Benoît Millot
    Assistant Referees : Aurélien Drouet - Hicham Zakrani
    4th official : Cédric Dos Santos
    VAR : Frank Schneider
    AVAR : Wilfried Bien

    Paris SG - Lyon (7/10 - 21h00)
    Referee : Benoît Bastien
    Assistant Referees : Frédéric Haquette - Julien Pacelli
    4th official : Amaury Delerue
    VAR : Mikael Lesage
    AVAR : Eric Wattellier

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    1. For some reason, Benoît Bastien has been removed from PSG-Lyon

      Toulouse - Nice (5/10 - 20h45)
      Referee : Willy Delajod
      Assistant Referees : Philippe Jeanne - Julien Aube
      4th official : Guillaume Paradis
      VAR : Hakim Ben El Hadj
      AVAR : Romain Delpech

      Paris SG - Lyon (7/10 - 21h00)
      Referee : Antony Gautier
      Assistant Referees : Mickael Annonier - Julien Pacelli
      4th official : Amaury Delerue
      VAR : Mikael Lesage
      AVAR : Eric Wattellier

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  7. OT:
    Bebek has Hajduk on their home ground for 2nd week in a row.This time against Osijek,which is big match in Croatia.

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    1. Can I just say, thank you for your report on Bebek in Hadjuk-Dinamo last week.
      It is nice to have such a big detail about a 'minor' league on the blog, please be assured that many people are interested for such reports, not just the 'major' leagues.

      Regards!

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  8. Correctly disallowed goal in Milan by the Scottish crew.

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  9. AC Milan - Olympiakos

    Min 6' Disallowed goal

    https://streamable.com/y7qoo

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    1. Good teamwork, this decision needed cooperation between the officials because on the original pass player was onside. The touch by teammate was spotted and then the offside correctly detected.

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    2. Madden isn't fully accepted by players

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    3. Madden's not having the best week - he missed a probable RC in the Celtic v Aberdeen game on Saturday, and the player has now been banned for 2 matches: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45735984

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  10. Interesting situation for Reinshreiber at the end of first half: he booked a player and decided for a penalty. Foul was not a genuine attempt to play the ball, but a push from behind. Maybe it wasn't assessed as DOGSO because the attacker was not in clear possession of the ball, one can also discuss about the intensity of the foul.

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  11. "Particular" end of first half in Salzburg: Boyko at first allowed the execution of a corner kick, but then he whistled the end immediately after the player had touched the ball...

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  12. 2-1 by Leverkusen looks to be offside.

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    1. When the ball hits a teammate (I think it does) final scorer is like 1m offside, and AR2 misses it.

      Also in the first shot he can be already offside.

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  13. wrong onside by AR2 in Leverkusen.

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  14. Missed offside in Bayer Leverkusen's second goal?

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  15. Interesting case of DOGSO RC by Boyko.

    IMO it's supportable, but not so easy.

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    1. https://streamja.com/L4OL

      I would say if it's a foul then it's a correct RC.

      The Salzburg player is tripped by the Celtic player on the ground - but to me that's only because he was pushed over! Bit harsh, though I am a Celtic fan...

      I'd say Boyko had a decent game, though his YC for time wasting to the Celtic defender was a surprise as there had been no visible warnings, and other players had time wasted for longer before that!

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  16. Good performance from Tobias Welz in Istanbul.

    Correctly rejected two penalty appeals (undeliberate handball -> short distance, natural position, ball to hand // Spartak player creating head contact with an opponent's arm).

    He chose to be lenient but alert. Some good verbal warnings and first YC shown as late as possible, in 70th minute. Earlier in the game, there were four incidents where yellow cards for reckless fouls would have been correct or even expected. Welz didn't issue them but the control of the game and players was not in danger through the whole game. Four yellow cards in total, all of them spot on (two stamps, tackle and illegal use of arm).

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  17. Bebek with 1st YC in 18' to SAR player that protested.

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  18. Possible missed handball previous to Lazio goal?

    Correct YC issued by Gözübüyük to keeper for strong dissent after the goal.

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  19. 39' Zelinka missed a clear penalty for Chelsea in Chelsea-Videoton

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    1. 41' now possible DOGSO situation for Vidi. ( NO foul by Zelinka)

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    2. No idea how AAR2 misread that penalty kick situation

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    3. It was exactly in front of AAR2. Strong arguments for a whistle there, I think crucial mistake...

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  20. Incredible missed offside in Rapid Wien goal.

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    1. Unbelievable, the player was goalside right in front of the AR!

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    2. Video: https://streamja.com/qe1l

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    3. My explanation is that AR missed the last touch, on the previous pass, attacker looked to be ONSIDE:

      ONSIDE
      https://i.postimg.cc/mgG04WY3/image.jpg

      MISSED PASS
      https://i.postimg.cc/0yWdfpy6/image.jpg

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    4. Not sure if the first one is even onside though, BT Sport showed it with the line at half-time. But surely one of the officials should've seen the touch?

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  21. Straight RC for SFP for Joaquín Correa.

    Late challenge, but IMO still too harsh from Gozubuyuk.

    I'd like to debate about it.

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  22. What a game for Gozubuyuk in Frankfurt.
    He has sent off two players from SS Lazio: in first half, Basta got two YC, the second was for a blatant holding stopping a counterattack, players were quite far away from the other penalty area, but the decision is fully justified, according to recent RAP editions (showing a lack of respect for the game with blatant holdings).
    The second RC was for a SFP: it must be rewatched.
    In addition, there were some protests by Eintracht when Lazio scored 1-1 due to a possible handball when the action started. I think a classic grey area.

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    1. Both YC for Basta were fully justified: first one was for a reckless stamp, second one for SPA.
      However, I’m having doubts about the RC, the foul was more reckless for me tbh. However, it would be nice to have a clip.

      Minute 67: now a penalty appeal for Lazio, rejected by Gözübüyük.

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    2. Didn't watch the 2nd YC, only could spot the straight RC.

      Correa did a very late challenge, probably because of frustration, but for me looks way more reckless than SFP, too harsh decision.

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  23. Any information about the game in Frankfurt? Gözübüyük with a 2nd YC at the end of the first half and now a straight RC was issued (both for Lazio). It is reported that he - at first - forgot to send off the player, who has already been booked. According to this newspaper, the German players informed the referee about that.

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    1. It looked indeed a bit odd, as the RC was issued with some delay, and Frankfurt players were surrounding Gözübüyük. Didn’t look that good in terms of self-presentation.

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    2. I missed this particular but indeed RC was shown with a certain delay, I think referee had forgotten that player was already booked.

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    3. I think second yellow card was way to harsh. I doubt these kinds of holding are considered blatant, and holding was on the defensive line of penalty area! Complete field to cross...
      Red card was a reckless tackle on the foot, no more then yellow card.
      Gozbuyuk to much influencing the result

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    4. No. That's an overinterpretation of the facts. He gave the YC and saw in his notices, that it was the 2nd, so there was a little delay of max 5 seconds.
      But the "pure" RC was too harsh in my view - ref was quite far away... the only sit.where I cannot follow him. He is brave for sure, but should avoid to give the merciless avenger. We do not need a modern version of Lopez Nieto...

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  24. Excellent offside from Siebert's AR1 to disallow Spartak goal.

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  25. Here the RC for SFP:
    https://streamable.com/6te5s
    In my opinion a mistake. Reckless from behind, nothing more but surely a mandatory YC.

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    1. Hmm. Taking into account he was totally out of control

      https://pasteboard.co/HGWvcnM.png

      and the leg was straight, over the ground and even slight part of the shoe made contact with an opponent's calf

      https://pasteboard.co/HGWw3vU.png

      I would surely accept that decision...

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    2. 2 penalty area situations. What do you think?

      https://streamable.com/lo3n9
      https://streamable.com/xbp55

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    3. Both situations more penalties than PLAY ON, in my opinion.

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    4. I think second RC is supportable although YC was the better decision. Player goes in reckless and way too late. Probably a tackle out of frustration but there was intent for sure. Also studs caught the calf as mentioned before.

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    5. Unfortenately a poor performance of Gozubuyuk. Too much (negative) influence on the game and the result. The 2nd yellow card is not only harsh, but also wrong. At that place (own PA) is not promosing and the faul itself is no YC. Could have been managed in a better way without a YC. The straight red card is maximum YC for me, reckless only. Foot on foot and no excessive force or brutality. We can discuss about the handball before the goal, but it would have been better to blow the whistle (easy refereeing). Too many yellow cards and a lack of good management, also not using his authority in a proper way. Defenately not ready for such big games. We have already seen this in his previous matches. Therefore it's really a pity. I think tomorrow the Italian newspapers will be destructive.

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    6. Chefren, youre biased because youre Italian..

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    8. @Unknown
      So the only opinion Chefren is allowed to share regarding these incidents is agreeing with the decisions because he is Italian? That’s quite laughable don’t you think?

      Instead of accusing Chefren - and Niclas at the same time - you could also participate in the discussion and present arguments why both situations are no penalties in your opinion.

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    9. Dear Unknown, you can blame me but please don't mention other people there, I can't accept that. You are allowed to think that I'm biased. This wont change my ideas... I think that after many years on this blog (and the previous one) all readers know me. Unless you....

      @DutchRef thank you for your post :)

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    10. 5 Red cards in 2 matches for Gozubuyuk, impressive

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    11. As a Dutchman, Unknown will probably say I am biased too. :)

      Chefren, my full support for you and your objectivity.

      However, I think a red card is a good decision. It's a tackle that can endanger the opponent, no possibility to play the ball. Red card justified for me. We all want this kind of fouls out of our game.
      But I accept other interpretations.

      I do agree however that Gozobuyuk isn't really ready for this kind of matches. He lacks the real natural authority, that Makkelie f.e. has.

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    12. Gözübüyük made his own life difficult due to the unnecessary YC in 21’, when a warning would have sufficed.

      However, I have to admire his consistency - all similar fouls resulted in YCs.
      The penalty appeals were weak. Both Gavinovic and Immobile knew they couldn’t get anywhere and we’re happy to just try for a penalty. I am 100% with the ref on that.

      The SPF RC ... well, the highlight doesn’t tell the story. The Italian player was pissed off because he had been duped. If you watch the previous 20 seconds, it is clear that the foul was massively out of frustration, with absolutely no intent to even get close to the ball. It’s more than reckless. It’s not brutal either, but certainly no crucial mistake.

      Overall, I thought he did well in a challenging match, although he was partly responsible for making it challenging, too.

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  26. 78.min clearly missed offside before a dangerous attack by Frankfurt. Hard evening for our talented ref from tbe Netherlands. He seems to distribute cards too easy - but still only the 2nd RC was not necessary.

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  27. Penalty to Rangers in minute 84', correct decision by Buquet. Very clear foul.

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  28. WeW PK for Villarreal in 95th minute!

    Looked like a clear PK live, after some replays looks quite soft but still supportable for me...

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  29. Very good Bebek tonight.
    Not a challenging match, but very active Bebek.
    He dished out 2 YC's,both were for protesting,rest of the match he was fully under control.
    I would not be surprised if he gets one CL match this year based on his performances this year,but he lacks some bigger and more challenging matches IMO for a referee that is in 1st group.

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  30. I watched (more or less) the full match of Serdar Gözübüyük.

    Relevant Situations
    Opening YC of the match 21' (https://streamable.com/ap1ey)
    2nd YC, Stopping a Promising Attack +46' (https://streamable.com/3m5rr)
    RC, Serious Foul Play 57' (https://streamable.com/4tfp6)

    First I should talk about 21': I like that Gözübüyük tried to take SPA out of the match, it is irritating to just see a referee caution clear tactical fouls, and ignore anything below that 'line'. But, my feeling is he rather inflamed the match with this decision, nobody expected a YC; a quiet or even firm warning would have been the better solution.

    Thanks to having a zero-tolerance line regarding SPA, he was kind of 'forced' to issue a YC at +46'. At least his self-presentation gave the impression it was 'forced'. No crucial mistake because I think there were some arguments for a caution (it wasn't black-white, at least IMO), but self-evident of a not really smart/modern piece of refereeing.

    I would be interested to see if UEFA decided the direct RC at 57' was a crucial mistake, hopefully next RAP can tell us sth at least.

    Otherwise, I don't think his performance was a huge disaster, even if it wasn't so good either.
    Fouls Detection was not an especially high level but adequate, rest of the cards were okay, assistants performed well.
    I am not sure about his relations with the players, sometimes he doesn't seem firm enough, sometimes a bit too arrogant (it is okay to be firm but it seemed there was no real target behind this, it just 'pissed off' players without needing to), and the moments which required a bit of firmness perhaps it was missing.
    He didn't really arouse so much trust in the players, also thanks to some of his decisions.

    Still I think he showed why UEFA regard him as a talent, but he needs to refine these skills, and tonight was hardly his best advert for a recommendation of higher tasks.

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    1. Really difficult to evaluate this performance. In all four big decisions (both sending-offs and the penalty appeals mentioned above), in my opinion the opposite decision would have been better/correct. However I am not sure, whether any of these can be counted as clear mistakes, because they are all more or less in a grey zone (which shows once again, that this grey zone is too big at the moment IMO).
      His chances for a CL debut might have decreased with this match, although this, of course, depends on UEFA's opinion on it.

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    2. @Philipp (and all readers, of course) do you know anything about Guida performance in Rosenborg - Leipzig? It would be interesting to know how he performed in his EL debut.
      I saw that there were some doubts about a possible handball before 0-2, but in case mostly AAR2 responsibility, and then, if I'm not wrong, a difficult free kick or penalty decision.

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    3. No, I did not see the match. But in media reports and livetickers he is not mentioned, so probably a calm match for him.

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    4. Thank you, indeed I think there weren't problems for him.

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  31. I found a highlights about Chelsea-Vidi with Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6hE9jM4YNg
    6:52 Clear missed penalty
    7:14 possible DOGSO ? Foul or not ?

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  32. OT
    Due to Gavillucci lawsuit against AIA, today Mediaset (Italian TV) has revealed the official ranking for 2017/18 season of serie A referees.
    I think that this document was included in the dossier, it is however something extra-ordinary, that never happened.

    Here the picture:
    https://i.postimg.cc/J470MN06/image.jpg

    1) Rocchi
    2) Banti
    3) Massa
    4) Valeri
    5) Irrati
    6) Di Bello
    7) Orsato
    8) Doveri
    9) Tagliavento
    10) Mazzoleni
    11) Damato
    12) Giacomelli
    13) Fabbri
    14) Guida
    15) Mariani
    16) Maresca
    17) Calvarese
    18) Abisso
    19) Manganiello
    20) Pasqua
    21) Pairetto
    22) Gavillucci

    The legal process is still in course, a previous sentence has been annulled.

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    1. Thanks Chefren, that makes a very interesting read.

      Could you inform about the ranking/marking system of AIA, Rocchi leads the table with "8,6250" points, so surely differing from the system in UEFA?

      Regards

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    2. @Quilava Gavillucci was removed from serie A referees at the end of last season due to technical reasons and he made an appeal against this decision.
      Main problem with Italian referees association is that the technical choices are made not only based on the marks and the ranking, but there are also other assessments like age, perspectives, and even geographical origin. About the latter, for example, if you have a certain number of referees from a region, all officiating in serie A, in case of technical choice to be made, one of these referees could be dismissed also for that reason.
      Having said that, in my opinion Gavillucci was not the worst referee of last season but this decision was taken also because he was "in danger" in previous years and he never convinced the committee. Gavillucci is 39 years old. This has been for sure another argument against him, because in my opinion in serie A there is a worse referee than him, but younger.
      To add, Gavillucci ended last season with two games in a row: Sampdoria - Napoli and then Udinese - Bologna on last matchday. For sure, this was not something in favor of the final choice made by Rizzoli to dismiss him... what referees want is more transparency, they could even accept the rankings, but choices are made with very subjective criteria.

      @Mikael The answer for you will follow on next comment :D

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    3. @Mikeal
      Indeed, Italian assessments for referees performance are not the same as UEFA ones.
      At first, I want to present the scale of marks, here a picture (this is from an official document written by AIA technical sector):
      https://i.postimg.cc/d38fhbqY/image.jpg
      We have a range from 8.70 to 8.20.

      8.70 Excellent performance without any single mistake, I would say "faultless" (in the real meaning of the term).- For what I know, this mark is very rare and almost neve assigned.

      8.60 Very good performance, a step below the previous assessment, referee has fully convinced and he is absolutely reliable for very difficult games.

      8.50 I would compare this to the classic UEFA "expected level", referee did everything good, but this was something you expected from that referee, he can be ready for something more.

      8.40 Just "sufficient", referee was OK, but making an assessment and looking at the future, referee doesn't show enough skills to make a further step.

      8.30 Disappointing, referee didn't meet the required standard for officiating the game and his performance was below expectations.

      8.20 Inadequate: referee has shown significant deficiencies, he is not a reliable official and he should be appointed "carefully" only for a few games.

      CONCLUSIONS
      As you have probably noticed, not only the range of marks, but also the concepts are quite different from UEFA guidelines. Crucial mistakes don't affect directly the mark as we see for UEFA, but for sure they contribute to a low mark, it can be 8.40 or 8.30. For what I know, in serie A the expected level performance is 8.50. If a referee gets 8.40 that's not a good signal. Even if this scale is not so much long, the real marks are very likely even more limited as well. This is of course different in lower categories, when you have these same marks but they are for sure more suitable for a clear assessment of the referee, especially looking at his future.

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    4. If Rocchi has 8,625 on average, he must have gotten a 8,7 in at least a quart of his matches...

      Having place 1-10 completely with (former) FIFA referees raises some doubts, whether names/reputation play a certain role in the assessment. The same could also be observed in rankings from Spain, that were posted in the blog in the past.

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    5. Very interesting info, thank you!

      As a small observation, we can say that Rocchi achieved the full 8,70 mark some times last season, perhaps in Juventus - Napoli and/or Inter - Lazio towards the end of the season.
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      This case slightly reminds me on from England, although about age discrimination, which can be a thesis to explain how so many referee above forty-five are officiating in PL .
      https://www.theguardian.com/football/2010/apr/15/retired-assistant-referees-age-discrimination

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  33. Siebert assigned two penalties in Moscow, during Spartak Moskva - Villarreal.

    Penalty No1
    https://streamable.com/qvq0g

    Penalty No2
    https://streamable.com/mucpe

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  34. Very intense game in Bilbao. Very clear PK missed by Hernández Hernández after VAR review, many YC (including dissent after pointing out penalty spot). Athletic scored just 30" after Real Sociedad transformed the penalty.

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    1. Very similar to the first penalty in Valencia - Juventus, although this time studs didn't go to the face.

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    2. Maybe that's why it is YC and no RC.

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  35. I just saw twenty-six years old Willy Delajod officiate Toulouse - Nice in Ligue 1.
    Match was played pretty calmly, and not presenting bigger challenges for the referee team; it was interesting to watch how this young referee would perform.

    => To be honest I was a bit disappointed with his foul detection. Referee declined to whistle some clear(er) fouls, and whistled a relatively large amount of zero fouls- he presented quite a weak fouls detection/selection at this level, especially as the match wasn't beyond normal difficulty.
    In quite an amicable match, referee decided for thirty-eight fouls, which could have probably been a bit lower with a different approach.

    => He showed a good ability to read and manage 'temperature' of the match. Small, but isolated verbal warning at 36' was self-evident of this. His card selection (three for: SPA, Reckless Tackle, SPA) logically followed from that and was good.

    => He showed a good ability to manage the players, what was quite impressive from such a young referee; it is not difficult to see why he is already L1 referee at twenty-six.

    * The last point is a more generalistic one, not so much about Toulouse - Nice.

    Delajod became L1 referee at almost exactly the same age as Turpin (2008) and Letexier (2016). If we include Lannoy (rather at UEFA/FIFA not national level), we can say that FFF has a big tendency to focus on some particular referees early and fast-track them quite quickly.
    I think, one must say, that these cases don't always end in such a 'happy' case like Turpin (who could very well officiate EL Final this season)...

    In summary, Willy Delajod showed to be a talented referee in this match.
    Still, he needs time to develop to be a top class referee on this level, his fouls detection were a bit too weak tonight.
    But looking beyond just Toulouse - Nice, I would watch out for his name in the future.

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    1. For sure he is the next to get the FIFA badge in France, I am also impressed by his player management at his age.

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