Friday, 31 May 2019

FIFA Under-20 World Cup Poland 2019 - Referee Appointments for Group Stage

The following officials have been appointed for group stage at 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

Match 1 (Łódź)
23 May 2019, 20:30 CET
Poland - Colombia
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahmoud Ahmed Kamel Ahmed (EGY)
Assistant Referee 2: Mokrane Gourari (ALG)
Fourth Official: Héctor Said Martínez Sorto (HON)
Video Assistant Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Chefren

Match 2 (Lublin)
23 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Tahiti - Senegal
Referee: Muhammad Taqi bin Jahari (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronnie Koh Min Kiat (SIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdul Hannan bin Abdul Hasim (SIN)
Fourth Official: David Yareboinen (PNG)
Video Assistant Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Fù Míng (CHN)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Howard Maxi

Match 3 (Gdynia)
23 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Mexico - Italy
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Ricardo Simon Manis (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Raphael Pires (BRA)
Fourth Official: Leodán Frankin González Cabrera (URU)
Video Assistant Referee: Wilton Pereira Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Andrés José Rojas Noguera (COL)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Gus Stark

Match  4 (Bydgoszcz)
23 May 2019, 20:30 CET
Japan - Ecuador
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Video Assistant Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ammar Al-Jeneibi (UAE)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Norman W.

Match  5 (Lublin)
24 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Honduras - New Zealand
Referee: Alexis Adrián Herrera Hernández (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Eliecer Urrego Martínez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tulio Enrique Moreno Cedeño (VEN)
Fourth Official: Joel Alonso Alarcón Limo (PER)
Video Assistant Referee: Julio Alberto González Bascuñán (CHI)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Jesús Noel Valenzuela Sáez (VEN)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Stake

Match  6 (Łódź)
24 May 2019, 20:30 CET
Uruguay - Norway
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker (USA)
Fourth Official: Ilgiz Tantashev (UZB)
Video Assistant Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Law 5 Blog Observer: RJC

Match 7 (Tychy)
24 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Qatar - Nigeria
Referee: Fernando Guerrero Ramírez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Pablo Israel Hernández Luna (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: José Ibrahim Martínez Chavarría (MEX)
Fourth Official: Iván Arcides Barton Cisneros (SLV)
Video Assistant Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Adonai Escobedo González (MEX)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Alex F.

Match 8 (Bielsko-Biała)
24 May 2019, 20:30 CET
Ukraine - United States
Referee: Maguette N'Diaye (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Fourth Official: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
Video Assistant Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Edward

Match 9 (Bydgoszcz)
25 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Panama - Mali
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Video Assistant Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Gery Anthony Vargas Carreño (BOL)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Mikael W.

Match 10 (Gdynia)
25 May 2019, 18:00 CET
France - Saudi Arabia
Referee: Fernando Andrés Rapallini (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Yamil Bonfá (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Alfredo Chade (ARG)
Fourth Official: Ndala Ngambo (COD)
Video Assistant Referee: Wilton Pereira Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Andrés José Rojas Noguera (COL)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Emil

Match 11 (Bielsko-Biała)
25 May 2019, 15:30 CET
Portugal - South Korea
Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1: Folio Moeaki (TON)
Assistant Referee 2: Bernard Mutukera (SOL)
Fourth Official: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Max I.

Match 12 (Tychy)
25 May 2019, 20:30 CET
Argentina - South Africa
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Somoláni (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
Fourth Official: Iván Arcides Barton Cisneros (SLV)
Video Assistant Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Adonai Escobedo González (MEX)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Gus Stark

Match 13 (Łódź)
26 May 2019, 20:30 CET
Poland - Tahiti
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (OMA)
Assistant Referee 1: Abu Bakar Al-Amri (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rashid Al-Ghaithi (OMA)
Fourth Official: Joel Alonso Alarcón Limo (PER)
Video Assistant Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ammar Al-Jeneibi (UAE)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Howard Maxi

Match 14 (Lublin)
26 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Senegal - Colombia
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Fourth Official: David Yareboinen (PNG)
Video Assistant Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Fù Ming (CHN)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Savvas

Match 15 (Gdynia)
26 May 2019, 15:30 CET
Mexico - Japan
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Fourth Official: Ilgiz Tantashev (UZB)
Video Assistant Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Andrés José Rojas Noguera (COL)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Chiagozie

Match 16 (Bydgoszcz)
26 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Ecuador - Italy
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (JOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ahmad Al-Roalle (JOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammad Al-Kalaf (JOR)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Video Assistant Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Jesús Noel Valenzuela Sáez (VEN)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Osborne

Match 17 (Lublin)
27 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Honduras - Uruguay
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Fourth Official: David Yareboinen (PNG)
Video Assistant Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Mikael W.

Match 18 (Łódź)
27 May 2019, 20:30 CET
Norway - New Zealand
Referee: Ndala Ngambo (COD)
Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Safari (COD)
Assistant Referee 2: Soulaimane Amaldine (COM)
Fourth Official: Joel Alonso Alarcón Limo (PER)
Video Assistant Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ammar Al-Jeneibi (UAE)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Edward

Match 19 (Tychy)
27 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Qatar - Ukraine
Referee: Héctor Said Martínez Sorto (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Enrique López Ramos (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Helpys Raymundo Feliz Cuevas (DOM)
Fourth Official: Iván Arcides Barton Cisneros (SLV)
Video Assistant Referee: Julio Alberto González Bascuñán (CHI)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Gery Anthony Vargas Carreño (BOL)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Chefren

Match 20 (Bielsko-Biała)
27 May 2019, 20:30 CET
United States - Nigeria
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
Video Assistant Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Adonai Escobedo González (MEX)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Norman W.

Match 21 (Bydgoszcz)
28 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Panama - France
Referee: Leodán Frankin González Cabrera (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad Díaz Méndez (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Martín Sebastián Soppi San Martín (URU)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Video Assistant Referee: Jesús Noel Valenzuela Sáez (VEN)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Andrés José Rojas Noguera (COL)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Howard Maxi

Match 22 (Gdynia)
28 May 2019, 20:30 CET
Saudi Arabia - Mali
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Davide Massa (ITA)
Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Alex F.

Match 23 (Bielsko-Biała)
28 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Portugal - Argentina
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker (USA)
Fourth Official: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
Video Assistant Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Adonai Escobedo González (MEX)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Stake

Match 24 (Tychy)
28 May 2019, 20:30 CET
South Africa - South Korea
Referee: Fernando Guerrero Ramírez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Pablo Israel Hernández Luna (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: José Ibrahim Martínez Chavarría (MEX)
Fourth Official: Iván Arcides Barton Cisneros (SLV)
Video Assistant Referee: Julio Alberto González Bascuñán (CHI)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Gery Anthony Vargas Carreño (BOL)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Gus Stark

Match 25 (Łódź)
29 May 2019, 20:30 CET
Senegal - Poland
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Ricardo Simon Manis (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Raphael Pires (BRA)
Fourth Official: Joel Alonso Alarcón Limo (PER)
Video Assistant Referee: Wilton Pereira Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Osborne

Match 26 (Lublin)
29 May 2019, 20:30 CET
Colombia - Tahiti 
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Fourth Official: David Yareboinen (PNG)
Video Assistant Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ammar Al-Jeneibi (UAE)
Law 5 Blog Observer: RJC

Match 27 (Gdynia)
29 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Ecuador - Mexico 
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Somoláni (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
Fourth Official: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Video Assistant Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Edward

Match 28 (Bydgoszcz)
29 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Italy - Japan
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahmoud Ahmed Kamel Ahmed (EGY)
Assistant Referee 2: Mokrane Gourari (ALG)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Video Assistant Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Alex F.

Match 29 (Lublin)
30 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Norway - Honduras 
Referee: Muhammad Taqi bin Jahari (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronnie Koh Min Kiat (SIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdul Hannan bin Abdul Hasim (SIN)
Fourth Official: David Yareboinen (PNG)
Video Assistant Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Fù Míng (CHN)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Vukan B.

Match 30 (Łódź)
30 May 2019, 18:00 CET
New Zealand - Uruguay
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (JOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ahmad Al-Roalle (JOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammad Al-Kalaf (JOR)
Fourth Official: Joel Alonso Alarcón Limo (PER)
Video Assistant Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (ETH)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Savvas

Match 31 (Tychy)
30 May 2019, 20:30 CET
United States - Qatar 
Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1: Folio Moeaki (TON)
Assistant Referee 2: Bernard Mutukera (SOL)
Fourth Official: Iván Arcides Barton Cisneros (SLV)
Video Assistant Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Adonai Escobedo González (MEX)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Howard Maxi

Match 32 (Bielsko-Biała)
30 May 2019, 20:30 CET
Nigeria - Ukraine
Referee: Fernando Andrés Rapallini (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Yamil Bonfá (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Alfredo Chade (ARG)
Fourth Official: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
Video Assistant Referee: Julio Alberto González Bascuñán (CHI)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Gery Anthony Vargas Carreño (BOL)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Mikael W.

Match 33 (Bydgoszcz)
31 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Saudi Arabia - Panama
Referee: Ndala Ngambo (COD)
Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Safari (COD)
Assistant Referee 2: Soulaimane Amaldine (COM)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Video Assistant Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Jans Charel

Match 34 (Gdynia)
31 May 2019, 18:00 CET
Mali - France
Referee: Héctor Said Martínez Sorto (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Enrique López Ramos (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Helpys Raymundo Feliz Cuevas (DOM)
Fourth Official: Fernando Guerrero Ramírez (MEX)
Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Jesús Noel Valenzuela Sáez (VEN)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Stake

Match 35 (Bielsko-Biała)
31 May 2019, 20:30 CET
South Africa - Portugal
Referee: Alexis Adrián Herrera Hernández (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Eliecer Urrego Martínez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tulio Enrique Moreno Cedeño (VEN)
Fourth Official: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
Video Assistant Referee: Julio Alberto González Bascuñán (CHI)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Gery Anthony Vargas Carreño (BOL)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Chefren

Match 36 (Tychy)
31 May 2019, 20:30 CET
South Korea - Argentina
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Iván Arcides Barton Cisneros (SLV)
Video Assistant Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)
Law 5 Blog Observer: Emil 

196 comments:

  1. Vincic really impressive, athletically he is excellent. But what happens in Slovenia?

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    1. You might be interested ;)

      Direct clash for Europa League Q, Slovenian 1st division final round:

      MURA - CELJE
      R: Obrenovic Rade
      AR: Praprotnik, Zunic
      4: Kos

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  2. Correct penalty kick by Vincic for handball

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    1. https://streamable.com/ludhl

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    2. Excellent cooperation with AR1!Well done.

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  3. Vincic ended his match without any criticism.

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  4. Good, expected level performances by both bin Jahari and Ghorbal. Not so much to remember from their games with regard to refereeing.

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    1. “Good and Expected level for Ghorbal”

      Are you sure about to watch the whole match or something different in your eyes!

      3 big mistakes at the opening match between Polond and Colombia

      1-They missed clear penalty for handball.(Open arm,getting body bigger).Shot on goal also yellow card.minute 37

      2-They did another mistake during the corner kick.He stopped (whistled) game after the ball is in play during the corner kick.They warned the players and the game restart with corner kick again.But it must be penalty kick.Because there was holding when the ball was in play.Referee whistled when the ball is play after the holding occured.Minute 44

      3-They missed crystal red card for serious faul play.Referee gave yellow card but there was a clear contact with studs/strecth leg to opponnent leg.The ball was on the ground,no intention.Minute 47

      All 3 situations there must be VAR intervention but I am very suprise that zero intervention.My humble opinion is that All of them were clear and obvious mistake.Marco Guida (VAR) will be in Baku as AVAR for the Europe Leauge Final next week.But after this performance somebody must re-consider him to appointed for the final

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    2. 1- it was leg not hand
      2- ok, the intervention was too late but never a penalty
      3- COL8 tried to kick the ball that was kicked by an opponent in the last moment. The kick movement was already in process and you can see that in the moment of contact Colombian player bends the leg. Never a SFP.

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    3. I'm waiting before making official statements, but indeed these are the most interesting situations in Ghorbal's game. There is for sure something to discuss.

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  5. OT: Bundesliga Play-Off 2nd leg on Monday (first leg: 2-2)
    Union Berlin - Stuttgart: Christian Dingert (VAR: Guido Winkmann)

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  6. OT:

    Bebek in charge of Dinamo-Hajduk.

    This season 3 out of 4 matches between these two fierce rivals,that didnt happen in a long time for him.

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  7. https://i.postimg.cc/rm8N0MY9/1.jpg
    New Macron Kits will make "debut" in EL final, then also CL final and U21 tournament.

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    1. So, in European finals will be possible to use only black or toxic yellow kits!

      Chelsea(blue) - Arsenal(white&red)

      Tottenham(white&blue) - Liverpool (red)

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    2. Blue is possible with Tottenham (e.g. Kuipers in QF).

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  8. Guys - opinions? https://twitter.com/IbnImran/status/1131809482382761984

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    1. For me red card for serious foul play, prior to any DOGSO discussion.

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    2. I wouldn't consider that SFP. While the tackle does come from behind, the point of contact is on the foot with the shin, and there's no serious scissoring action.

      On the DOGSO front though, there's absolutely 0 doubt that this is DOGSO. Distance, Direction, Likelihood of control, and Defenders all have their boxes ticked.

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  9. Referees also must wear Macron boots during UEFA matches? Or they have opportunity to wear their Adidas one`s?

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    1. I don't think that macron football boots even exist

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    2. Boots are a comfort thing so you can whatever brand of boots you want.

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  10. Predictions MD2:
    SEN-COL: Oliver, Bennett, Burt (all ENG), Vincic (SVN) - Martinez (ESP), Escobedo (MEX)
    POL-TAH: Al-Kaf, Al-Amri, Al-Ghaithi (all OMA), Tantashev (UZB) - Al-Jeneibi (UAE), Tessema (ETH)
    MEX-JPN: Siebert, Seidel, Foltyn (all GER), Ndiaye (SEN) - Millot (FRA), Hernandez (ESP)
    ECU-ITA: Martinez, Lopez (both HON), Helpys Feliz (DOM), Yareboinen (PNG) - Kelly (IRL), Raczkowski (POL)
    HON-URU: Gil Manzano, Nevado, Barbero (all ESP), Schärer (SUI) - Hernandez (ESP), Millot (FRA)
    NOR-NZL: Makhadmeh, Al-Roalle, Al-Kalaf (all JOR), Barton (SLV) - Al-Marri (QAT), Ming (CHN)
    QAT-UKR: Ngambo, Safari (both COD), Amaldine (COM), Ghorbal (ALG) - Gassama (GAM), Grisha (EGY)
    USA-NGA: Bastien, Zakrani, Haquette (all FRA), Massa (ITA) - Raczkowski (POL), Soares Dias (POR)
    PAN-FRA: Gonzalez, Trinidad, Soppi (all URU), Alarcon (PER) - Rojas (COL), Sampaio (BRA)
    KSA-MLI: Elfath, Atkins, Parker (all USA), Yareboinen (PNG) - Kelly (IRL), Raczkowski (POL)
    POR-ARG: Guerrero, Hernandez, Martinez (all MEX), Bin Jahari (SIN) - Martinez (ESP), Escobedo (MEX)
    RSA-KOR: Herrera, Urrego, Moreno (all VEN), Vincic (SVN) - Bascunan (CHI), Valenzuela (VEN)

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  11. Undiano wearing the Nations League referee kit in Macron presentation photo.

    So, it could mean... e.e

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    1. Undiano Mallenco with Nations League final? :)

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    2. Turpin is also there;)

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    3. I think it would be a great decission of Rosetti to appoint Undiano for Nations League final. Great referee, 12 years as UEFA elite referee, unfortunately without CL or EL finals. That is why I think Nations League final would be a great match to finish Undiano's career.

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  12. Please find below the most interesting situations (already reported on the blog by some readers) from Ghorbal's game Poland - Colombia.

    Corner kick management (too late intervention by referee, should he have directly whistled penalty, in case?)
    https://streamable.com/swpjf

    Reckless VS SFP
    https://streamable.com/jbiqd

    Penalty appeal for handball
    https://streamable.com/dpnn7

    VAR supported all decisions.

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    1. Chefren, how do you make this clips and put them on 'streamable'?

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    2. I would also support all decisions.
      1) Complex situation: The moment of the foul is important - not the moment of the whistle. Therefore it is very close, whether the foul happened before or after the corner kick.
      But no clear foul anyway, I think: For #9 it is mutual holding and pushing. And #15 is pulled, but his fall seems rather unrelated.
      2) The point of contact is not the only condition. The ball is played first, then the foul is the rest of the movement and the intensity of the contact is not very high, therefore no big danger of an injury.
      3) Not completely clear from the pictures but the defender seems to turn away and not increase his body surface.

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    3. Thanks Philipp, I almost agree on all situations, I think Ghorbal can be backed, despite of that in my opinion his performance has been close to expected level but still a bit below that. More details in the report when it will be ready.

      @Max Iva I downloaded the match from a soruce and then I used VLC media player, it is very easy to make clips by cutting the video, you can download it here: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.it.html
      By opening all the options of the software you will easily understand how to do that.
      Then, just open streamable.com and you can directly upload your files 100% free without any registration to site.

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  13. I noticed something in the 22nd minute. Maybe tho laws changes have been effected in Qatar vs Nigeria. Goal kick taken and passes to a defender in the box and it wasn't retaken

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    1. Yes, the news laws are into effect for this tournament I believe.

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    2. Yes, they are. Already some cases of short goal-kicks, forcing players to leave the field of play through the nearest line, etc.

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  14. From what I have seen, a classical "FIFA performance" by Guerrero. Background referee, if he gets involved it is talking, clear cut cautions (SPA in 43', Reckless in 54') missed.

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    1. Subpar performance in my eyes. Missed cautions IMHO at 43', 54', 63', 86'. Little prevention of holding and PI, very happy to just whistle and let it continue. One penalty incident where he and AR decided there had been a handball earlier, a bit confusing management. Not impressed, looked like a less involved Ramos.

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    2. About penalty incident Qatar vs Nigeria minute 63

      In my opinion,Referee whistled for attacking handball is wrong decision.Attacker clearly play the ball with his chest.So After VAR check the situation and see there is no offence from attacker then He has to intervine for possible penalty since there is a clear contact from defender by his foot to attacker’s foot

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    3. Fully agree here after checking the scene again. Teamwork wasn't good here, on the pitch and off it. Also, play continued far too quickly to intervene.

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    4. Here's a clip of that incident:

      https://streamable.com/ays0s

      I've watched this a bunch of times and two things come to mind here (which is why I didn't really mention it in the observation writeup):

      1) Ramírez called this handball immediately. There was no thought otherwise. It was clearly him, no teamwork issues at all.
      2) Watching the video, the first two angles, look like it catches the arm. The third isn't 100% positive, but it may catch the underarm or sleeve. This isn't clear and obvious.

      The foot to foot contact? Yes that's clear, but the potential HB happens first, and if VAR has to spend 30s+ looking at something to see if this is NOT HB, then it's not clear and obvious, and thus, shouldn't be sent down.

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    5. Note: If this is not handball, then it's an easy penalty kick and should also be a caution for the reckless challenge (neglected to mention that above).

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  15. Much delayed flag by Corey Parker in the 11th minute of the Uruguay v Norway game. That led to a goal being scored, of course disallowed after the ball entered the net. Cool heads.

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    1. Mandatory YC for reckless stamp missed in 45+1'. Close to fourth official. That miss was very poor. :/

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  16. Interesting situation for Jerome Brisard in Ligue 2 Play off Troyes - Lens:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewetGnf0OMs
    Penalty + RC for protests after that.

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    1. Interesting situation, indeed. 
      My opinion:
      - soft penalty, but supportable decision
      - fully correct RC to Lens #16
      - wrong YC to Lens #27, as the captain he tried to keep his teammates far from the referee, as expected. The only explanation here can be inappropriate language.

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  17. Ismail Elfath, american referee with Moroccan origins , what a good referee !!!! keep it up

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    1. Very fit and good manager indeed but already two crystal clear yellow cards missed (45', 78').

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    2. Agree with Anonymous. There were some promising scenes, but at least two or three cards missed, especially in the final 15 minutes.

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  18. 2 silent VAR checks on the 1st half of UKR-USA. In both scenes play resumed very fast. Initial decision didn't change.

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  19. A good, expected level performance by N'Diaye on Ukraine - USA. A very athletic referee with a good understanding and application of the LOTG. His disciplinary control was also good (5 cautions).

    I will prepare a full report on the weekend and probably some clips.

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    1. I agree with you-Edward-for your short summary about N’Diaye

      What about minute 87 for possible penalty.If defender doesn’t touch the ball ? Enough for VAR intervention? Or play on is better decision?

      My opinion penalty kick could be better decision but No VAR intervention since there is no clear and obvious one

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    2. Thank you, Adler.

      About 87'. The defender touches the ball. If he didn't there is room for a VAR intervention provided that VAR will have a better replay than us.

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  20. Honduras vs New Zealand

    Two very interesting situations including VAR issues

    1-OFR for possible red card.Referee whistle for direct free-kick in favour of Honduras.NZ player did stamp on leg.Referee did not see on the pitch.VAR recommended to watch him for possible red card.But referee gave yellow card.Minute 79

    2-Dissallowed goal for offensive faul.But attacker did not make any faul.Even no contact.But I can understand No Intervention because score was 4-0.Minute 87

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    1. I'm currently rewatching the game, a detailed report on this match will follow soon.

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  21. Here are the two most interesting situations from HONDURAS vs. NEW ZEALAND, refereed by Alexis Herrera.

    80' - YC for NZL3 after OFR.
    => https://streamable.com/96y6k

    88' - Disallowed goal for NZL.
    => https://streamable.com/65418

    80': I think if Bascuñan recommends an OFR in such a situation, IMO a red card should follow, given the intensity of the contact, which could result in an injury (endangering the safety of the opponent).

    88': I think that given the images and replays that we have, that there is a contact by NZL4 on HON16 (careless foul) and given the images that we have, we must trust the referee's perception here. Therefore no VAR intervention was correct. Also good to see that Herrera waited until the ball went into the goal, before whistling the foul.

    Not much to report from that game, apart from the VAR situation, I would say an expected level performance by Herrera in an easy game.

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    1. 80': RC would be justified. The only argument against Red is, that the intention of the player is not completely clear, because the leg of the fouled player moved "under" his foot immediately before. But what else should have been the intention...

      88': Indeed not clear. I think, rather no foul, but nothing for VAR, as you described.

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    2. 80' I agree with Philipp. Everything is about the movement made by defender with his leg, this makes not clear the original intention by opponent. In case of deliberate act, this should have been RC, of course, regardless of the intensity. If not deliberate, then YC not a clear mistake, but surely player should have avoided that.

      88': in my opinion rather no foul, but referee must be supported (absolutely correct by VAR to stay silent here).

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  22. Correct red card after OFR in France - Saudi Arabia

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  23. Ghead Grisha from Egypt has officiated CAF Champions League final yesterday, I guess that Gassama and Tessema Weyesa were VAR there (but no official informations by CAF about that). So, this is the reason for which CAF VAR are still out from Under 20 in Poland, and that's why Guida was VAR for Ghorbal in POL - COL.

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    1. Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
      Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
      Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
      Fourth Official: Sadok Selmi (TUN)
      VAR: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
      AVAR 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
      AVAR 2: Waleed Ahmed (SDN)


      Wayesa has a game tommorow the CAF confederations cup final second leg

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  24. Wow.....Michael oliver been called for a FIFA game with Var....despite that no var in premier league......I cant believe this.......

    But will he be called in next year Ucl.... Because var is coming to premier league next season

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    1. Yes from next season all UEFA Elite (and I think most of Category 1) will finally officiate with VAR.

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  25. Portugal vs Korea

    Good performance by the referee.

    1-Disallowed goal for offside by AR2.VAR confirmed correctly.Minute 18

    2-Possible penalty in favour of Korea.Play on is correct decision for me.Never VAR intervention in both cases 90+1

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  26. Minute 60' in Argentina - South Africa, OFR for Kruzliak. After a very long video-check, referee whistled penalty. My impression is that Kruzliak was very unsure.

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    1. Second OFR for red card in my opinion AR should recognise VC there but advised yellow card which was turned to Red imo

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    2. AR, as you can see from the video posted below, was focused on the ball and he totally missed an incident in front of his eyes. From this clip you can easily understand that sometimes it is not enough to be close to play, one must also look at the right direction. However, for sure assistant referee could have spotted it.

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  27. OT:

    Good, expected level by Undiano in the 1st half of Copa del Rey Final.

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    1. Nobody's talking about his performance so I guess it was still OK (I couldn't watch the entire 2nd hald)

      A great end for Undiano!

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  28. Some important decisions from last games

    Delayed offside call, goal disallowed (URU-NOR)
    https://streamable.com/2nwrv

    Penalty incident (UKR-USA)
    https://streamable.com/u9dkp

    Penalty incident (QAT-NGA)
    https://streamable.com/5h5rx

    Possible RC (HON-NZL)
    https://streamable.com/xbtzw

    Penalty incident (HON-NZL)
    https://streamable.com/pq3jb

    On-field review for possible red card (FRA-KSA)
    https://streamable.com/faold

    On-field review for possible penalty (ARG-RSA)
    https://streamable.com/wn1xy

    On-field review for possible red card (ARG-RSA)
    https://streamable.com/tmi81

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    1. Thanks. About the RCs after OFR, in my opinion always the most interesting situations, Rapallini had no big faults there. It was very difficult to spot this SFP live. Kruzliak was very far away from the incident as well but AR1 should have helped him, but it is clear from replay that AR1 was looking only at ball and he missed the foul reporting just a goal kick. Cooperation was not efficient because this was something unexpected. This is therefore VAR stuff. The kick against opponent without any intention on the ball is clear, here the intensity is not important.

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    2. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejs-rQjP_s4

      I'm not buying into your narrative that excuses that AR from lacking conviction to properly report a clear case of VC to his Center Referee. As you can see in the :58 - :59 seconds. His facial expression says it all. He saw exactly what happened yet he willingly chose to take the easy (gutless) way out.

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    3. I am convinced that the AR also vocalized something after the kick. Listen closely as the incident happens during the run of play. Then match up that sound of a voice with the behind the goal replay that shows the AR'S facial expression and mouth. Shame that this AR was so unwilling to fully assist his teammate and make the hard (but correct) decision.

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  29. Panama vs Mali

    Very good performance by Italian crew.At Minute 87 he gave correct penalty to Panama.VAR confirmed that It was inside.Good teamwork.Nothing special to mention for the rest of match

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  30. France vs Saudi

    3 situations to discuss


    1-Correct OFR for possible red card (SFP).Referee decision was yellow card for reckless tackle but VAR correctly recommended to watch it.Contact with studs to achilles.Well done both referee and VAR.Minute 9

    2-Possible penalty for France.Very difficult to see for the referee.But VAR should intervene since there is a clear evidence step on foot.My question is If the attacker exaggerates the contact on the field they might have been intervened? Minute 17

    3-Correct disallowed goal for offside by AR2.Very good use of protocol as well.Minute 79

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    1. OFR for possible red card
      https://streamable.com/faold

      Penalty incident
      https://streamable.com/zapnl

      Disallowed goal
      https://streamable.com/8hfdm

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    2. Thanks for the clips my friend

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    3. 2- I am not sure whether the referee has missed it, because he had a good view on it. And as the green player touched the ball first, it surely is not a clear and obvious mistake. Quite surprising however, that there were no complaints by the French player.

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    4. I considered the decision correct, due to contact on the ball by KSA. Certainly not a "clear and obvious" error.

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  31. Argentina vs South Africa

    Not a good match for whole team including VAR staff.3 incidents to talk about

    1-Penalty decision after OFR.I have many questions in my mind.Is this a really clear and obvious mistake! Are we sure about who touched the ball? Is there any clear evidence defender hit the opponent or ball? Can’t decide it in 2 minutes and 17 seconds check don’t tell you no intervention?

    But the most important point to mention in that clip they ALLOW substitution during the VAR check.I believe that this group of referees have been training years.How is possible that they allowed the substitution before check over.Can you imagine that if penalty kick taker is going out!!VAR also has to mention that to the referee DO NOT ALLOW substitution

    2-Red card after OFR.Very good decision by VAR to intervene.Referee can’t see from his position.But AR must see and help the referee.He has clear view and good position to see.

    3-Very soft penalty call by the referee.My opinion is play on could be better decision.But of course referee can be supported easily.There is a very light contact.But for sure It is correct no intervention by VAR

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    1. 1- I think, it is understandable that the VAR and the OFR took so much time, because it is very difficult to verify, whether the defender played the ball or not. In some perspectives it looked like a clear "yes", in others like a clear "no". The VAR team did a good job in selecting and showing the relevant views to the referee, so that he could make his own decision based on that. After the OFR, both decisions can be supported, I think.
      But I share your doubts, whether the OFR should have been done at all, because it is not a clear and obvious foul. Maybe the VAR was convinced, that the ball was not played.

      I agree about 2 and 3.

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    2. In my opinion the first situation is never a clear mistake and I didn't understand VAR intervention there. The fact that Kruzliak was very unsure while checking the video, gives already the answer we need: never a clear penalty.

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    3. OFR for possible penalty
      https://streamable.com/wn1xy

      OFR for possible red card
      https://streamable.com/tmi81

      Penalty awarded for careless kick
      https://streamable.com/l614u

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    4. @Adler and Chefren

      I believe that the OFR incident has to be assessed basing on FACTS. Assuming that VAR had the tools to check whether the defender played the ball or not, it was his obligation to intervene if he sees the contact is made directly with attacker's leg, because in such case it's a clear foul.

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    5. Exactly my point. It's not clear and obvious. The VAR must have seen contact and invited the referee who made his decision. Imo it will be missed penalty if VAR did not intervene. Referee indicated he won the ball and VAR saw otherwise and according to the laws he must be invited

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    6. Only because of what he indicated. If he had said he saw the contact and it wasn't worthy of a PEN definitely VAR won't intervene but he indicated ball won and must have said so and with this he should call the ref and say what you saw isn't what is on the monitor

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  32. The ball struck Micheal Oliver twice and he blew both times for a drop ball. Is that part of the law changes?

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    1. That's a terrible decision that IFAB in this case. The referee has always been viewed as "part of the field" when struck by the ball.

      Getting struck by a ball is already in itself an awkward moment for a referee. Having to stop the game to conduct a drop makes the referee look worse.

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    2. Disagree with you there Sheriff.

      I've been using these new laws for this summer and I like that change. Note that you don't have to stop for a drop ball, only if the opposite team gains control of the ball if the ball hits you. If the ball bounces to the same team, you just play on.

      If/when the ball hits you, you no longer have to hope for the ball to bounce to the "correct" team.

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  33. @Chefren. Just a question. Why you didnt give federal marks in your observer reports?

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    1. Because we think that mark in numbers are not so much important.
      Better to have a verbal assessment and a discussion...

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  34. Daniel Siebert with a very solid performance in the Mexico v Japan game. Delayed restarts after even slightly controversial duels in the penalty area, always keeping in mind that VAR can intervene. Very calm but also firm in what was a really fair game.

    Penalty incidents (I skipped two appeals where there was simply nothing)
    13' - https://streamable.com/6dh2n
    28' - https://streamable.com/62id8
    52' - https://streamable.com/268kw

    Onside at 0-3 goal:
    76' - https://streamable.com/7obzu

    Disallowed goals after good delayed offside calls
    35' - https://streamable.com/rq0im
    85' - https://streamable.com/4be1m

    Disciplinary control:
    43' - YC MEX20 (studs, possible RC?) - https://streamable.com/42as8
    45' - YC JPN10 (persistent infr.) - https://streamable.com/4pq2s
    60' - YC MEX8 (stamp) - https://streamable.com/q4d1x
    62' - possible YC MEX9 (kick) - https://streamable.com/l4yrz
    72' - YC JPN13 (spa?) - https://streamable.com/w6ju0

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  35. Mexico vs Japan

    Referee and VAR team faced many situations in this match.I believe that they all did very good job

    Some situations:

    1- Penalty appeals minute 1-6-12-38-51..All “no penalty” decisions were correct in my opinion.At every single situation There were contacts but not enough to give penalty kick decision.Well done referee and VAR (no interventions)

    2-Two goals dissallowed for offside minute 34 and 84 were correct.Well done both ARs

    3-VAR checked for possible red card at minute 42..There is a contact with studs just close to knee but with only a small part of studs,also no intensity,no speed,not enough for red card.Referee showed yellow card for recklees which was correct for me.VAR confirmation was also fine

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    1. For videos, see comment above :)

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  36. Michael Oliver's performance in the Senegal v Colombia game.

    Disallowed SEN goal (offside):
    21' - https://streamable.com/rxxq5

    Penalties awarded:
    32' - https://streamable.com/uw7el
    83' - https://streamable.com/ebwpx

    Penalty incidents:
    12' - https://streamable.com/hqmye
    49' - https://streamable.com/f6s9t

    Possible violent conduct checked:
    19' - https://streamable.com/k1yl3

    Disciplinary control:
    https://streamable.com/ah1q2

    Two examples of awarding a dropped ball after the ball touched the referee:
    https://streamable.com/8i3xc

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    1. Hm, in both cases the possession did not change, when the ball touched the referee. Furthermore he gave the ball to the yellow team in the second case, although the white ball had the ball before.
      I am not convinced, that this is the correct application of the new law (although Oliver should know better than me...).

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  37. Ecuador vs Italy

    Difficult and hot match.Four situations to discuss

    1-Direct red card shown by the referee which was correct for SFP.There is a high intensity,too much speed and first touch/point of contact was above ankle before finish on foot.very good decision

    2-Penalty decision after OFR.After free-kick taken from side there is a clear pulling in the penalty area which was missed by referee (his position was good in the beginning but needed to move left to see clearly).VAR recommended him to see the incident.Referee decided to penalty kick and yellow card for pulling.Well done both referee and VAR

    3-Penalty appeal for Ecuador.Clear pulling but The question is “enough for penalty?” Or If you believe that the player could shoot on goal if no pulling.In my opininon this is referee decision so No Intervention here is acceptable

    4-Missed incedent end OFR.Referee did not see that Ecuador player hit opponent head when the game stopped.VAR correctly recommended to watch the incident.Referee showed yellow card after OFR.My opininon red card could be better decision for VC

    But...Again...They did the same mistake.They allowed substitutions during the VAR check.They are luck so far but I hope next one can not create big problem

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    1. Are you sure that substitutions are not allowed during VAR checks? Do you have a source for that?

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    2. Videos of the four mentioned incidents

      40' - RC for SFP
      https://streamable.com/smhuj

      44' - Penalty for holding after OFR
      https://streamable.com/n3vk0

      74' - Penalty incident (holding)
      https://streamable.com/5ddoy

      82' - OFR for possible red card (violent conduct, strike in the head) but REF decides for only YC
      https://streamable.com/8qi0f

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  38. Predictions MD3:
    SEN-POL: Claus, Manis, Pires (all BRA), Tantashev (UZB) - Sampaio (BRA), Valenzuela (VEN)
    COL-TAH: Kruzliak, Somolani, Hancko (all SVK), Bin Jahari (SIN) - Martinez (ESP), Soares Dias (POR)
    ECU-MEX: Ghorbal, Ahmed, Gourari (all ALG), Yareboinen (PNG) - Grisha (EGY), Gassama (GAM)
    ITA-JPN: Herrera, Urrego, Moreno (all VEN), Alarcon (PER) - Rojas (COL), Vargas (BOL)
    NOR-HON: Zitouni (TAH), Moeaki (TON), Mutukera (SOL), Ndabihawenimana (BDI) - Hernandez, Martinez (both ESP)
    NZL-URU: N'Diaye (SEN), Noupue (CMR), Tiama (BFA), Barton (SLV) - Millot (FRA), Escobedo (MEX)
    USA-QAT: Massa, Preti (both ITA), Bennett (ENG), Schärer (SUI) - Raczkowski (POL), Bascunan (CHI)
    NGA-UKR: Makhadmeh, Al-Roalle, Al-Kalaf (all JOR), Rapallini (ARG) - Al-Jeneibi (UAE), Ming (CHN)
    KSA-PAN: Ngambo, Safari (both COD), Amaldine (COM), Gil Manzano (ESP) - Gassama (GAM), Tessema (ETH)
    MLI-FRA: Al-Kaf, Al-Amri, Al-Ghaithi (all OMA), Guerrero (MEX) - Al-Marri (QAT), Al-Jeneibi (UAE)
    RSA-POR: Martinez, Lopez (both HON), Feliz (DOM), Bin Jahari (SIN) - Escobedo (MEX), Kelly (IRL)
    KOR-ARG: Siebert, Seidel, Foltyn (all GER), Yareboinen (PNG) - Martinez, Hernandez (both ESP)

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  39. Poland vs Tahiti

    Very good performance by the referee with correct second yellow card minute 87 (promising attack - holding).Nothing special for the rest

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  40. Ahmad Al-Kaf in the Poland v Tahiti game.

    Penalty incidents:
    29' - https://streamable.com/rx36g
    50' - https://streamable.com/qu9hm
    63' - https://streamable.com/3mrcg

    Second YC TAH3:
    35', 88' - https://streamable.com/s6szm

    Onside at 3-0 goal:
    39' - https://streamable.com/47eyc

    Disallowed POL goal (delayed offside call):
    44' - https://streamable.com/g3jko

    Disciplinary control:
    https://streamable.com/1tvyl

    Prevention at set pieces:
    https://streamable.com/wbr0b

    Delayed offside calls:
    https://streamable.com/pitgh

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  41. Is there anyone who has a dropped ball clip?
    This is happened in 67 min from Honduras vs New Zealand.

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    1. https://streamable.com/vl55i

      You can also find the two dropped ball incidents from Michael Oliver's game in one of the comments above.

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  42. Definitely not impressed so far by Martínez Sorto in Qatar - Ukraine, a few ago (minute 40') missed a clear YC borderline to RC. No VAR intervention is OK but the challenge very, very reckless.
    He booked a player earlier for protest as first YC of the game and only one so far.
    Also, a few minutes ago (26') a possible violent conduct with ball away, VAR didn't intervene, situation it the classic borderline elbow toward the opponent, intensity not clear based on replays.

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    1. He started better the second half... well spotted simulation.

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    2. 85' Straight RC for SFP to Qatar, decision is absolutely OK but in my opinion not consistent with the previous disciplinary management.
      Ukraine played definitely more "dirty" but Qatar got a red card.

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    3. He had no real control. No real prevention leading to too many fouls. The big decisions were spot on though. The same case as with Ghorbal, Claus, Guerrero and Makhadmah (here also missed RC).

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  43. Some clips from UKR-USA (N'Diaye, SEN)

    Penalty area incidents

    20' - https://streamable.com/sneae
    28' - https://streamable.com/6rsww
    87' - https://streamable.com/e62jv

    Disciplinary control

    09' - https://streamable.com/yigbd
    21' - https://streamable.com/5j2kw
    50' - https://streamable.com/vnoxc
    60' - https://streamable.com/0swk8
    76' - https://streamable.com/bh0ip

    No offside before 1-0

    26' - https://streamable.com/tlh69

    A possible YC here

    68' - https://streamable.com/430jc

    A rather unusual foul awarded at 90+4' (for educational purposes)

    https://streamable.com/p7a1o

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    1. 09' should absolutely be a red card. Studs on the ankle. Very dangerous.

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  44. Gil Manzano awesome, marvelous, amazing . I don't have any other words

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  45. Chefren, a comment of mine was probably deleted. Do you know why?

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    1. I fixed it. It has been marked as spam by blogger... while many spam comments are allowed! I'm really sorry for that!

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  46. Qatar - Ukraine
    M 01 possible YC n02 Qatar
    M 03 Penalty incidents for Ukraine
    M 09 possible fault for Qatar
    M 22 YC for n 8 Ukraine !!!!! n 11 commit fault
    M 46 YC n 10 UKR for simulaion
    M 69 low 4 n 17 UKR
    M 85 RC for n 02 QTR

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    1. I hope the YC in first half (22') was given for protests, otherwise mistaken identity, missed by VAR? Looking at the video, the booking seems for the foul, but it is for another player.
      I think impossible to know more...

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    2. After the announcement of the offense, the player made the number 08 by Run over the opponent

      https://streamable.com/l281g

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    3. Oh yesit is now clear, YC to #8 UKR was given for another foul, after the whistle. I had missed it as I was looking only at the original foul. Good decision here because foul from #8 UKR was clearly reckless.

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  47. NOR-NZL

    Min. 52'. N3 of NOR fouls on an opponent right outside his penalty area. The referee runs to the spot and takes out his YC to caution the player. Suddenly a player from NZL plays the ball and executes the foul. An attacker receives it and has a shot on goal. The referee allows play (while holding the YC) and after the ball goes out for a throw-in, he cautions NOR N3.

    First time I have seen something like this.

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    1. It is a technical mistake.

      Quote from LotG: "Once the referee has decided to caution or send off a player, play must not be restarted until the sanction has been administered.".

      This means that referee has to issue the card once whistled the foul, because after that, at the next stoppage he is not allowed.

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    2. You're wrong, Chefren. But ref was also wrong if he had taken out the YC before the quick free kick execution.

      "If the referee is about to issue a YC/RC but the non-offending team takes the free kick quickly and creates a goal scoring opportunity, the referee can delay the YC/RC until the next stoppage if the offending team was not distracted by the referee"

      "Occasionally, an attack is stopped by a cautionable (YC) or sending-off (RC) offence and the attacking team takes a quick free kick which restores the ‘lost’ attack; it is clearly ‘unfair’ if this ‘new’ attack is stopped to issue the YC/RC. However, if the referee has distracted the offending team by starting the YC/RC procedure, the quick free kick is not allowed. For a DOGSO offence, the player will be cautioned (YC) and not sent-off (RC) because the attack was re-started (as when advantage is applied for a DOGSO offence)."

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    3. Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct

      3. Disciplinary action – Delaying the restart to show a card

      Additional text

      Once the referee has decided to caution or send off a player, play must not be restarted until the sanction has been administered, unless the non-offending team takes a quick free kick, has a clear goal-scoring opportunity and the referee has not started the disciplinary sanction procedure. The sanction is administered at the next stoppage; if the offence was denying the opposing team an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, the player is cautioned

      Explanation

      Occasionally, an attack is stopped by a cautionable or sending-off offence and the attacking team takes a quick free kick which restores the ‘lost’ attack; it is clearly ‘unfair’ if this ‘new’ attack is stopped to issue the YC/RC. However, if the referee has distracted the offending team by starting the YC/RC procedure, the quick free kick is not allowed. For a DOGSO offence, the player will be cautioned and not sent off because the attack was re-started (as when advantage is applied for a DOGSO offence).

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    4. In any case, it is a mistake as referee had already started the disciplinary sanction procedure.

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  48. Guys, sorry about this question, but can anybody explain me what happen with Icandi Vicandi Garrido and his carrer. Why he is demoted and where he officiates now.

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    1. I quote myself from June 3rd, 2018 (after a decisive PK call in last Matchday of 2nd Division) with some changes.

      "He was considered one of the great prospects of Spanish refereeing and attended the CORE in 2014, the same year in which he was promoted to LaLiga (as well as Alberola Rojas this year). His first season was quite good, but the 2nd one not at all, in fact he occupied the last "survival" spot (18th place on the official lists). Maybe with another good season he'd have received the FIFA badge left by Velasco Carballo in 2017, given to Sánchez Martínez. But, definitely, his 3rd season on the Spanish elite was terrible and truly disappointing, with many notable mistakes in lots of games -specially in Villarreal-Málaga (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJXUUXzan1Q) and was deservedly relegated along with Ocón Arráiz.

      Now, this season (2018 and 2019) has been quite good, I don't remember any bad performance in particular, he's usually considered for hot/decisive games.

      I think he's got some chances to re-promote (he's still quite young, 33) this season or in the near future, but maybe after this, his chances to make an international career are already over"

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    2. Sorry, I wrote the comment, forgot to log in. XD

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  49. OT:

    https://twitter.com/paulreidy67/status/1133288525145804800

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  50. Very scrappy game for Elfath, but it appears CONCACAF referees try to solve everything by talking. He just booked two players for a small confrontation while ignoring loads of other fouls that would have been good choices instead...

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    1. Don't get it twisted. It's not a CONCACAF thing. It's an MLS "PRO" thing. Watch any MLS match and this is the type of officitaing that you'll see each and every time. Too much "calm down, calm down" blah blah blah by the referee's. Who are overly permissive and allow games to be played in a manner that resembles rugby and not football. They seem to purposely try to do anything and everything to keep the cards in their pockets. One would think by wtahcing "PRO" referee's, that they're getting docked points for every card they show.

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    2. You've just described Guerrero and Ramos too :D

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    3. I disagree but I respect your opinion nameless person. I watch Ramos and Guerrero every weekend in Liga MX and they don't fit the description that Maxi described above. Now, if in International events this style is forced upon them. What are they to do? I've long that the FIFA Ref Comm should allow referee's to officiate in the manner that each referee is used to. Put and end to this ridiculous habit of forcing directives upon the referee's. The Ref Comm should work harder and assign based on teams styles and the style of referee's. Stop trying to make referee's robotic and similar.

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  51. I think I've mentioned before that Elfath is a very fit referee with a very smart "footballing" mind, but he lacks a mastery of the LOTG. Take a look at 56' and you'll see a great example of this. Elfath makes small but important technical mistakes once every 5 matches or so.

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    1. It looked as if he whistled a simulation outside the penalty area (sth what we see quite rarely) and he was ready to get out the YC. Very awkward situation, and if you say that he’s got those frequently, then should he really be considered as a potential WC referee? My feeling also is that he’s quite passive today, I don’t feel his presence in this game, but maybe that’s me only.

      Now also a (very) long VAR review, allowing Argentina’s second goal (potential offside).

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    2. I will always cheer for a countryman in situations like this, but deficiencies in technical knowledge of the Laws have always made me doubt that he is a WC caliber referee. We'll see if he overcomes them or not.

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    3. He's a candidate because other than Maruffo, there really isn't much else the US has to offer on the international stage.

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    4. You are beyond tiresome.

      First of all, Villarreal is also a WC candidate. So there are three WC candidates from the United States. I believe that's more than Mexico.

      Second, I have no problem criticizing American referees, as I just did above. You seem to think all Mexican referees walk on water. You're a cheerleader for your own tribe and a critic of anything outside it. You offer no useful and unbiased critical analysis.

      No one should listen to you.

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    5. You must have missed my comments on Cesar Ramos in his semi final match of Liga MX. Furthermore, you've made it quite clear with previous comments that you actually don't like Elfath. And I honestly believe that you'd like nothing more than to see him fail. But Villarreal is lacking in many ways when directly compared with Elfath. CONCACAF seems to agree with me based on assignments. The numbers don't lie. Much like how Mexican referee's have achieved more on the international level than any other CONCACAF country.

      Lastly, I will never conform and follow the robotic narrative that most here follow. I have my way of seeing and critiquing refereeing. Listen or not, I don't care. I'm not here to make friends.

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  52. 2-0 by Argentina very difficult situation to read also for VAR. I'm not sure which player touched the ball, it was impossible to understand even after many replays. I think that when the technology is in doubt, VAR should back the original decision by referee. You can also have closer replays but it is still impossible to understand...

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  53. WOW Vincic shows a YC for simulation inside penalty area and then after an OFR awards the penalty. IMO not a clear error.

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    1. and then, shows a YC to the keeper for stepping off the line at the penalty kick which he saved and awards the penalty to be retaken

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  54. yes new rule for goalkeepers, one leg must be on the line...

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  55. Qatar - Ukraine

    25' corner kick management
    https://streamable.com/ge44d

    27' possible penalty - reckless vs VC NO VAR intervention
    https://streamable.com/8solx

    40' NO CARD by referee - reckless or SFP - NO VAR intervention
    https://streamable.com/x7r9c

    46' well spotted simulation
    https://streamable.com/i3m2h

    85' RC for SFP - OK but is that consistent with the missed card in 40'?
    https://streamable.com/4tvsy

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    1. Quite blatant missed offside by AR1
      https://streamable.com/cdbnc
      Flag was not delayed, you can see that play was resumed by a goal kick.

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    2. Another video of situation in minute 40'.
      https://streamable.com/qbblg
      Looking carefully, it can be even foul from Qatar player but for sure the original challenge is at least reckless, then opponent is almost forced to step on foot.

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  56. Not easy first half for Vincic but overall I really liked his performance. Athletically he's perfect. Perfect assistent Andraž Kovačič !!!! I think that Slovenian refereeing team can go to the semifinals.

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    1. He runs a very laborious manner. Looks as if he's wearing cement filled boots. Found himself left well behind play on many occasions. To include the penalty incident. Which had been physically able to be closer to play. He would have been able to spot it himself without VAR having to bail him out.

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  57. Saudi Arabia - Senegal
    19' Who decided to retake the penalty kick? AR ran to the touch line.

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    1. Video Assistant Referee (VAR) protocol

      Protocol –principles, practicalities and procedures

      The categories of decision/incident which may be reviewed in the event of a potential ‘clear and obvious error’ or ‘serious missed incident’ are:

      a. Goal/no goal
      • attacking team offence in the build-up to or scoring of the goal
      (handball, foul, offside etc.)
      • ball out of play prior to the goal
      • goal/no goal decisions
      • offence by goalkeeper and/or kicker at the taking of a penalty kick or encroachment by an attacker or defender who becomes directly involved in play if the penalty kick rebounds from the goalpost, crossbar or goalkeeper

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    2. So this incident sets a precedence. We will now see if all PK's in leagues and competitions that use VAR that are not scored and the GK moved ofF his line early have VAR intervention and are retaken. I'm not holding my breath however. Yet another thing that will be inconsistent or completely ignored by VAR operators.

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  58. CAF suspends Ghead Grisha for six months for his poor performance in the champions league final first leg. Which means he us gonna miss the Africa cup of nations. CAF do come down hard on referees with poor performances even if it's one of your best referee. CAF makes it known thier referred must be accountable something most confederations do not have.

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    1. I personally like this approach by CAF. The confederation may have multiple shortcomings as do other confederations. But I am highly appreciative of the fact that they do impose consequences on poor performances. It's an excellent way to incentive their referee's to be and do their best.

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    2. Oh yes, negative punishment always works… decades of literature have shown that it has poor performance and motivation effects on athletes and employees. I hope you never ran or are not running a business or even referee department.

      You motivate them by promoting excellent performance, and offering them a dragnet if something goes wrong in their games (suggesting that it's always the referee's conscious fault is of course sheriffian non-sense).

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    3. Who says CAF don't motivate with good performances Bakary Gassama has refed multiple finals in Africa same as bamlek all because of good performances even Grisha got there because of good performances and will be punished if he does have poor performance it's two to tango no sentiments

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  59. Besides in a corporate word if an employee does gave a bad results he is reprimanded and punished accordingly and if another does good he/she is celebrated with this why should we referee be different, we are not untouchable as simple as that especially he made mistakes in a champions league final. What I will say is that the 6months is a little bit too much

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    1. And in an everyday work setting. A worker is fired if he/she continuously under performs. Do your job, do it right or get replaced. Simple.

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  60. And lucac2218 there is no such thing as a negative punishment

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  61. CAF is always so good in surprising us.
    So no Grisha in U20 World Cup as VAR. Maybe also Gassama was suspended? Tessema Weyesa has been appointed as AVAR for a game...
    Of course good thing that CAF doesn't look at the name of the referee and if they see a poor performance, they admit that. But the decisions are definitely the worst ones. 6 months, also with a public announcement, is unacceptable. They have no misure, this doesn't help referees, however for sure the fact tat Elite referees must be treated like other ones is something I like and sometimes UEFA doesn't apply that (one must be honest).
    The good thing is to find a compromise: poor performance in a very important game, then maybe no further appointment in the following stages, but nothing more than that.
    I think the principle can't be critiziced, but surely the management is very bad.

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    1. Gassama has been appointed for the CAF Champions League final (2nd leg) in Tunisia.

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    2. This is what I was trying to say.. Gassama is getting his 6th champions league final if I am not mistaken all because of his good performance. 6th champions league final is no mean feat and when he errs he should be punished with same measures
      But I 'll agree with Chefren 6months is way too much. I mean it's to excessive but the public announcement I have no qualms with that. We all clamour for transparency here in Africa and all over the world and that's what CAF is doing at least with thier referrees.

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    3. UEFA and FIFA could definitely learn a lot from CAF in regards to transparency. What purpose does it serve for Ref Comm's to silently, secretly and behind the scenes discipline referee? The public demands and deserves to be informed. It's time for Ref Comm's to come out from behind that curtain of secrecy. And being fully transparent in all matters is the only way to achieve that.

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  62. Some clips from Grisha in the Wydad Casablanca - Espérence game.

    18' Serious Foul Play? YC given, no OFR
    https://youtu.be/BJVB7LN50Sw?t=153

    +47' Goal disallowed for handball after OFR
    https://youtu.be/BJVB7LN50Sw?t=320

    49' 2nd YC for a studs tackle
    https://youtu.be/BJVB7LN50Sw?t=407

    56' No penalty decision (handball) confirmed after OFR
    https://youtu.be/BJVB7LN50Sw?t=479

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    1. In my opinion this is not a poor performance, you have incidents like many other games and referee made his choice. For justifying 6 months of suspension, well, you need definitely something more :)

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    2. I think 18' can be a red card, the rest are 100% correct.

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  63. ITALY 0-0 JAPAN

    Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mahmoud Ahmed Kamel Ahmed (EGY)
    Assistant Referee 2: Mokrane Gourari (ALG)
    Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
    Video Assistant Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)

    Quiet game for Algerian referee. Both teams were playing nice football but also both were satisfied with a goalless draw.

    Mustapha Ghorbal was very alert from the first minute. One can say he was maybe 'overfocused' as he gave some harsh (if not just phantom) free kicks in this game:

    https://streamable.com/pokro

    but it also resulted in good prevention at set pieces (let me say that such preventive warnings are frequent picture at this tournament):

    https://streamable.com/3aj7e

    wrongly executed throw-in was also well spotted by the referee:

    https://streamable.com/a4lhj

    But let's talk about key match incidents. First big call was right - penalty awarded in favour of Japan for a careless tackle in the 8th minute of the game. Although the foul was clear, I can imagine many referees ignoring/missing it on an expectation level.

    https://streamable.com/4hxqv

    One can argue there should have been another penalty for handball in the 32nd minute but Pol van Boekel chose to not intervene. The hand was close to body but the ball was expected and the Italian player had enough time to avoid this contact:

    https://streamable.com/xfa7r

    Disciplinary control. I believe the first caution was way too harsh (another result of 'overfocused' approach?) but taking into account that there were three similar charges at the beginning, Ghorbal could have had enough of that an tried to stop that by issuing a YC. Another interesting incident was dissent by ITA03 after which the referee issued a verbal warning but it didn't reach the target as the Italian player clearly ignored that.

    https://streamable.com/k4tzi

    An interesting incident occured in the 92nd minute. Ghorbal interfered with play by impeding the progress of Japanese player (clear foul :D). He awarded a dropped ball but the new law states that only 'if the BALL touches the referee' that should be a case. Surely commonsensical decision taking into account the new law but not in line with that at the same time (but maybe in line with guidelines? who knows)

    https://streamable.com/h62zg

    In a nutshell, some points for improvement (foul detection, too harsh YC, warning for dissent given to the back of the player) that the Algerian referee should work on in order to achieve more in FIFA competitions.

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    1. He was able to spot the PK incident himself without having to depend on VAR to bail him out because of his excellent positioning on the play.

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  64. SENEGAL v POLAND

    Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Ricardo Simon Manis (BRA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Raphael Pires (BRA)
    Fourth Official: Joel Alonso Alarcón Limo (PER)
    Video Assistant Referee: Wilton Pereira Sampaio (BRA)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)

    Not an exciting game to watch, both teams were satisfied with a draw and there weren't many goal scoring opportunities. Raphael Claus, as in his first game, chose to stay in the background as much as possible, but it was 'too much' for my taste. Similarly to the Mexico v Italy game he refereed, prevention was missing. Would be nice to see some verbal warnings instead of just whistling a foul and running forward.

    Let's start with the key match incidents though. Unfortunately, the broadcaster didn't show replies of most of them, hence our work has been made more difficult.

    06' - Dangerous tackle at the first look and setting the video speed at 1/4 helps in detecting a reckless trailing leg tackle. The referee was well positioned and decided for play-on. Wilton Sampaio didn't change his mind. Crucial mistake(?).

    https://streamable.com/ths6r

    20' - VAR checked something, most likely a possible handball, but no replies were shown.

    https://streamable.com/p8js5

    45+1' - Polish defender impedes the progress of Senegalese attacking player but makes it legally as he is turning back while changing direction of movement. Nothing unfair, correct play-on call.

    https://streamable.com/k37n1

    72' - A tricky handball penalty incident. Ball is expected and Senegalese player has enough time to avoid contact but on the other hand he is fighting for the ball with Polish player, misses it and the ball surprisingly hits him in the hand. An understandable play-on call for my taste.

    https://streamable.com/zxch5

    I would like to highlight two incidents with regard to disciplinary control. In the 45th minute, Senegalese #17 committs a careless-reckless kick by follow-through after playing the ball. Claus does nothing - no whistle, no advantage gesture (there wasn't any advantage), simply no reaction. The ball is in play for further two minutes and at the next stoppage SEN #17 is cautioned for that foul. Really strange management.

    https://streamable.com/b52n0

    The same player commits a reckless use of arm offence in the 90+2nd minute of the game. Claus whistles a foul but doesn't show a second YC. It was mandatory for my taste.

    https://streamable.com/d3his

    You can watch the disciplinary control highlights under the link below. A mandatory YC for reckless stamp missed in the 48th minute. As for the rest, more preventive acting is missing for my taste.

    https://vk.com/video424113568_456239018

    In a nutshell, another too passive and permissive performance from Brazilian referee. He should work on keeping the lead of games he handles instead of doing everything to be in the deep shadow at all cost.

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  65. Norway - Honduras 12-0....

    Taqi showed 7 YCs (including 2nd YC) and a straight RC (for a previously booked player) as well as one penalty, one penalty cancalled after VAR and yet another VAR review for the 2nd YC which apparently could have a straight RC as well.

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    1. The straight red card was as straight forward as you could ever see. A mid thigh high, straight leg tackle. Zero doubts about it. Fortunately Taqi was in a great position to see the brutal tackle.

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  66. Today friendly
    Turkey - Greece
    Radu Marian Petrescu, Radu Adrian Stefan Ghinguleac, Vladimir Costin Urzica

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  67. Excellent perfomance by Zitouni in USA - QAT; I'm very very impressed. Report with clips will follow tomorrow.

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    1. He's a pretty good referee. And I am happy to see that the FIFA Ref Comm is finally giving him a chance on the international stage. In previous tournaments for which he was selected. He never received an assignment as a main referee. I am happy for OFC and this shows that New Zealand isn't the only nation with a top level referee.

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    2. However, I do feel that he should have been able to spot the PK incident himself without having to depend on VAR to bail him out. He was in a good enough position to have properly assessed the foul.

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    3. My impression was: He was a heartbeat away from whistling the pk (one replay showed that rather clearly), but noticed AR1 having the flag up. Therefore offside. The OFR looked like it was for potential RC (DOGSO). It was a bit more messy (very very close offside/onside) than it could have been, but at least a good decision at the end.

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    4. Yeah I noticed that also. TBH, during live play. I immediately thought "offside"! Then I figured, okay VAR will intervene and inform the ref trio that there was an offside prior to the foul which led to the PK decision. I'm still not convinced that the player was onside on the through pass though. But VAR decided that he was in a good position and Zitouni then correctly decided PK after the OFR.

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    5. Interesting to see that Kader Zitouni still evolves under the federation of Tahiti. He returned to France last year and officiated the 2018-2019 season in National 3 (fifth French division).

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  68. NORWAY 12-0 HONDURAS

    Referee: Muhammad Taqi bin Jahari (SIN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Ronnie Koh Min Kiat (SIN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Abdul Hannan bin Abdul Hasim (SIN)
    Fourth Official: David Yareboinen (PNG)
    Video Assistant Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Fù Míng (CHN)

    Again FIFA appointed Muhammad Taqi bin Jahari for a game involving an average-good team (Senegal, Norway) and, with all respect, outsiders (Tahiti, Honduras). The first game went well in overall for the Singaporean who had little to do. The Norway v Honduras game was completely different...

    Although the Norwegians who had to win with a big goal difference in order to keep the minimal chance for advance, scored twelve(!) goals, that was a very difficult game for bin Jahari. One can count even thirteen key match incidents he had to assess. Madness!

    Let's start from goal-related incidents:

    07' - A very good onside call from AR2 before the 1-0 goal
    https://streamable.com/amovf

    09' - Second Norwegian's goal disallowed after an on-field review as there was a little push while gaining possession of the ball. One could argue if that's a clear and obvious mistake to let it go and allow the goal but I can see the reasons for inviting the referee to rewatch the incident. At least bin Jahari had the chance to see it himself what is good in such cases.
    https://streamable.com/9oy89

    60' - (Too) quick whistle for an alleged foul on Honduran goalkeeper. However, there was also an offside offence in the build-up, what was signalled by AR1 afterward. Same foul call is disputable though.
    https://streamable.com/1t3df

    Let's move on to penalty incidents...

    18' - The ball looks like being slightly touched by studs of HON 02's shoe what can be a strong argument against the penalty or at least against an on-field review. However, we should ask ourselves if that intervention is successful and the ball is no longer in NOR 19's possession? In my opinion not.
    https://streamable.com/p5qv6

    30' - Let me say that such tackles should be deemed as reckless. It's a flying trailing leg tackle (made with leg further from an opponent), the knee of bent HON 15's leg leads to risk to NOR 20's right leg. Arguments against penalty? It's a last-resort tackle that is always treated differently by referees (it's arguable if rightly or not), both players are not in possession of the ball.
    https://streamable.com/eajq2

    33' - Penalty awarded against Honduras. Clear foul by HON goalkeeper. Good evaluation of foul being careless SPA in attempt to play the ball (= no card).
    https://streamable.com/ccwwd

    80' - A very tricky penalty incident. It's an example of risky running behind an opponent who controls the ball. Clearly careless behaviour and any contact should result in a free kick (here a penalty kick). There is a contact, so penalty is correct. Another question is about disciplinary sanction. Such running behind an opponent is not an 'attempt to play the ball', so at least a YC for SPA should be issued. There is another Honduran defender who could be assessed as denying DOGSO scenario in this scene. All in all, a card should have been issued before bin Jahari has been invited for an on-field review with regard to handball of Norwegian's attacker who helped himself in controlling the ball before being fouled. That was a great spot by VAR what led to penalty being cancelled. Chapeau bas!
    https://streamable.com/w8szp

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    1. Disciplinary control is another chapter of this performance. Seven yellow cards (one of them was second to HON 04) and direct red card for brutal studs tackle. All of them fully deserved. Hondurans were very frustrated. Let's highlight some incidents:

      23' - Rather reckless stamp taking into account that the Norwegian put his leg there in the last moment. I can't see any additional force given by Honduran player.
      https://streamable.com/shirg

      40' - Risky behaviour of HON 06. Potential violent conduct (strike in the neck/back). IMO not enough for a RC. The strong warning given by bin Jahari was world class. Most likely even better choice than a possible YC.
      https://streamable.com/n9rg2

      45' - HON 04 interested only in hurting an opponent. Another borderline incident and again not missed by the referee who issued a YC after playing a nice advantage.
      https://streamable.com/hf46x

      54' - Correct second YC to HON 04 after an on-field review. OK, bin Jahari missed that reckless use of arm but in my opinion the VAR protocol has been broken by inviting the referee to the monitor for a possible second YC incident. Would have the VAR intervened if the YC was shown...? But OK, it seems FIFA prefer more frequent on-field reviews, especially if the incident had been completely missed by the referee.
      https://streamable.com/pws4o

      90' - Terrible, brutal tackle by HON 06. Well positioned bin Jahari issued a straight red card immediately. Well done!
      https://streamable.com/dub12

      Highlights regarding disciplinary control can be find under following link:
      https://vk.com/video424113568_456239019

      It's difficult to make an overall assessment after so eventful game, but I would like to say I see a big potential in Muhammad Taqi bin Jahari and FIFA should focus on him with regard to future tournaments. Unlike many referees from AFC, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, he is very focused, proactive, able to jump in with a strong warning when necessary, doesn't ignore clear misconducts, is keen to review the incident if VAR questions the call, etc. Basing on previous performances, I can't imagine how the NOR-HON game would have looked like if Claus, Guerrero or Martínez were in charge.

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  69. Refereeing highlights for Zitouni:
    https://ok.ru/video/1141496220195

    The penalty scene:
    https://streamable.com/zz7rd?fbclid=IwAR2Q677s03EC73U6_S2mCSDO8WCxqON4VlHC4MeM38K-YoK8PtuIsd0QnT0

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    1. I believe the OFR was for a possible RC due to DOGSO?

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    2. My thoughts exactly (see the report as well).

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    3. No, this is wrong. It was a play on the ball. Everyone knows this was DOGSO-yellow. You cannot review a missed DOGSO-yellow.

      The OFR was because technically the penalty was never called in the first place. Offside was the decision. So when the VAR told Zitouni that the offside was clearly wrong, he CANNOT then award a penalty without conducting an OFR because he never technically awarded a penalty. This has happened in MLS recently. The protocols are pretty clear on this point. They are badly written, but clear.

      So Zitouni had to go look at the monitor to call the penalty that he had already seen (but not called). Bad procedure, but it's the way it has to be done right now. He also used the OFR to confirm the yellow card, but he can't conduct the OFR JUST to get the yellow card correct.

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    4. Ah, that makes more sense. I was also not meaning to imply there was an OFR for YC, but only in case there were doubts if the tackle was aimed at the ball - for me rather clear that it was. Thank you for the correction.

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  70. Luxembourg Vs Madagascar Sunday 2nd June .
    Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
    Assistant 1: Darragh Keegan (IRL)
    Assistant 2: Darren Carey (IRL)
    4th Official: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)

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  71. 25 minutes played in MALI vs. FRANCE and I'm definitely not impressed by the refereeing of Hector Sorto. Already 3 potential missing YC and one missing RC:SFP, where VAR (Hernández Hernández) chose not to intervene...

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    1. To sum up this first half:
      => "dangerous" positioning: too close, leading to nearly interfere with play;
      => weak disciplinary control (3 potential YC + 2 potential RC:SFP not given);
      => weak disciplinary control brings in more (unneeded) aggressiveness in the duels between players.

      Much much room for improvement for the second half in a for now rather calm match.

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    2. Same problems persisted in the second half for Hector Sorto. Detailed report to follow in the next days, but what can be said already now is that this was a performance below expected level and that this should have been the last match for the Honduran crew at this U20 World Cup.

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  72. Ndala Ngambo with two missed YCs (reckless elbow, SPA). He warned the PAN in the first incident, who proceeded to come in late seconds later and was booked. He seems not really secure.

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  73. I missed the early 10 - 11 minutes (will watch it soon) but for what I saw first half for Herrera in RSA - POR was very easy. No particular situations, calm game... almost nothing to report.

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    1. Well, after a calm first half, two VAR reviews in 13 minutes of second half so far and two penalties assigned for deliberate handballs.

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  74. R16 predictions
    ITA-POL: Oliver, Bennett, Burt (all ENG), Kruzliak (SVK) - Soares Dias (POR), Tessema (ETH)
    COL-NZL: Ndiaye (SEN), Noupoue (CMR), Tiama (BFA), Taqi (SIN) - Millot (FRA), Escobedo (MEX)
    URU-ECU: Massa, Meli, Preti (all ITA), Ghorbal (ALG) - Guida (ITA), Vargas (BOL)
    UKR-PAN: Al-Kaf, Al-Amri, Al-Ghaithi (all OMA), Zitouni (TAH) - Al-Marri (QAT), Al-Jeneibi (UAE)
    SEN-NGA: Gonzalez, Diaz, Soppi (all URU), Elfath (USA) - Valenzuela (VEN), Rojas (COL)
    JPN-KOR: Gil Manzano, Nevado, Barbero (all ESP), Martinez (HON) - Martinet (ESP), Ming (CHN)
    FRA-USA: Claus, Manis, Pires (all BRA), Rapallini (ARG) - Sampaio (BRA), Soares Dias (POR)
    ARG-MLI: Siebert, Seidel, Foltyn (all GER), Vincic (SVN) - Kelly, (USA), Raczkowski (POL)

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  75. USA vs QATAR

    Well done referee team who did not allow substitution during VAR check which was ended with penalty kick decision at 82min.

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  76. Please referee for 16 tours

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  77. Round of 16

    Italy - Poland

    Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
    Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
    Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
    Fourth Official: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
    Fifth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
    Video Assistant Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Gery Anthony Vargas Carreño (BOL)

    Colombia - New Zealand

    Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (OMA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Abu Bakar Al-Amri (OMA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Rashid Al-Ghaithi (OMA)
    Fourth Official: Fù Ming (CHN)
    Fifth Official: Ronnie Koh Min Kiat (SIN)
    Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)

    Uruguay - Ecuador

    Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
    Assistant Referee 1: Simon Bennett (ENG)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
    Fourth Official: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
    Fifth Official: Tomáš Somoláni (SVK)
    Video Assistant Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)

    Ukraine - Panama

    Referee: Leodán Frankin González Cabrera (URU)
    Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad Díaz Méndez (URU)
    Assistant Referee 2: Martín Sebastián Soppi San Martín (URU)
    Fourth Official: Daniel Siebert (GER)
    Fifth Official: Jan Seidel (GER)
    Video Assistant Referee: Julio Alberto González Bascuñán (CHI)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Jesús Noel Valenzuela Sáez (VEN)

    Senegal - Nigeria

    Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
    Fourth Official: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
    Fifth Official: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
    Video Assistant Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ammar Al-Jeneibi (UAE)

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