Friday, 14 June 2019

Ismail Elfath in charge of 2019 FIFA U20 WC Final

 Ismail Elfath in charge of 2019 FIFA U20 WC Final.

Match 52 (Łódź)
15 June 2019, 18:00 CET
Ukraine - South Korea
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker (USA)
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)
Fifth Official: Folio Moeaki (TGA)
Video Assistant Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)

Match 51 (Gdynia)
14 June 2019, 20:30 CET
Italy - Ecuador
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Fourth Official: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG),
Fifth Official: Mahmoud Ahmed (EGY)
Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)


  1. Copa America 2019 - Brazil
    Group Phase

    Paraguay - Qatar

    Referee: Diego Haro (PER)
    Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
    Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
    Fourth Official: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
    Video Assistant Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee 1: Victor Carrillo (PER)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU)

    Uruguay - Ecuador

    Referee: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Kleber Lucio Gil (BRA)
    Fourth Official: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
    Video Assistant Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee 1: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee 2:Rodrigo Correa (BRA)

    Japan - Chile

    Referee: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Dario Gaona (PAR)
    Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
    Video Assistant Referee: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee 1: Gery Vargas (BOL)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)

  2. Copa America 2019 - Brazil
    Group Phase

    Brazil - Bolivia

    Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG)
    Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
    Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
    Fourth Official: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
    Video Assistant Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee 1: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)

    Venezuela - Peru

    Referee: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzmán (COL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Jhon León (COL)
    Fourth Official: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
    Video Assistant Referee: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee 1: Andrés Rojas (COL)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee 2:Christian Lescano (ECU)

    Argentina - Colombia

    Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
    Assistant Referee 1: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
    Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Rios (CHI)
    Fourth Official: Alexis Herrera (VEN)
    Video Assistant Referee: Julio Bascuñán (CHI)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee 1: Piero Maza (CHI)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee 2:Nicolás Taran (URU)

  3. Ukraine - South Korea

    Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Kyle Atkins (USA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker (USA)
    Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)
    Fifth Official: Folio Moeaki (TGA)
    Video Assistant Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)

  4. OT: Juan Luis Pulido Santana (Canary Islands, 1983) handled 1st leg of LaLiga promotion play-off match Mallorca-Albacete.

    His performance has been quite controversial with 3 rejected PK appeals. For me the 1st one (blatant holding) and 3rd one (careless tripping) should have been called and therefore are crucial mistakes from him. The 2nd one could also be discussed, actually I wouldn't complain too much on being called, obstruction may be soft but it's there.

    Your thoughts?

    Short official highlights video, all potential PK situations appear:

    1. all three clear penalties

    2. Agreed, three crucial mistakes.

      Would be interested to hear how César Soto Grado performed in the Deportivo La Coruña - Málaga game?

    3. @Mikael I couldn't watch his game, but as far as I know he was quite good, a correct PK for Deportivo and overall controlled. Almost nobody talked about his performance. Soto Grado has been a pleasant surprise this season being his very first season on 2nd Division (he's quite old though, 1980 born)

      Tomorrow at 21:00 CET is the 2nd leg of Málaga-Deportivo and the referee is Isidro Díaz de Mera Escuderos (Castilla-La Mancha, 1989), who (IMO) is along with Aitor Gorostegui Fernández (Basque Country, 1983) the favourite to get promoted, so very decisive game for him.

      Friendly reminder that this season there'll be 2 promotions to LaLiga instead of three. CTA is expected to fill one of the 2 relegation spots with Undiano's retirement. According to iusport (quite reliable source) the other demotion spot will be for Iglesias Villanueva (a little bit surprised, I don't like him as a referee but IMO he deserved way more relegation last year than now)

  5. What's the sense in appointing Gil Manzano to third place match? In addition, it's a reward for decisive handball phantom penalty whistled against home nation in a game against Italy. Ah, well, it's FIFA...

    1. Maybe it is the contrary reasoning... the penalty could be the reason for which he had to renounce to bigger appointments and therefore he was assigned "only" to third place.
      However, having said that, I must partially agree with you: some appointments are without explanations, in my opinion if committe assessed the penalty as mistake, he shouldn't have got furhter games at all.

    2. Yes, strange appointment. Also the only break of confederation neutrality during the tournament, I think.
      There would have been others, who deserved it and need those opportunities more than a regular CL referee (e.g. Ghorbal, Zitouni, Taqi)

    3. This tournament has been one more disappointment. Many referees got ignored after the two matches everyone got (Taqi, Zitouni; I would even include Rapallini, Makhadmeh, Vinčič, Ghorbal, N'Diaye and Kružliak), while others received further appointments (Elfath, Guerrero, Claus).

      The fact that Martínez, whom our observers agreed was surely one of the weakest performers, spoke of an "excellent tournament for him" and now gets the Gold Cup opener proves that FIFA wants leniency. Apart from that, it seems performances don't matter - where you are from however, does.

      Therefore, my only hope is that these names listed above - Taqi and Zitouni I'd like to single out - at least have someone in their lives whose opinion they value on this subject and who tells them that they did very well.

    4. +1, Howard!

      Rapallini, Taqi, Vinčič, Zitouni deserved much more. They are very talented referees. Most likely the most talented from the whole U20WC crew. They were ignored and, with all the respect, Guerrero and Claus were appointed to KO stage. I'm really sorry for the formers.

    5. ...or they read here. :)

    6. That happens all the time at WC under 20, though. Makkelie for example got two important matches 4 years ago, did them excellent and received no further appointments.

  6. Predictions Copa America MD2:
    BOL-PER: Gonzalez, Taran , Trinidad (all URU), Tobar (CHI) - Ostojich (URU), Pitana (ARG), Schiemann (CHI)
    BRA-VEN: Zambrano, Lescano, Romero (all ECU), Maza (CHI) - Orbe (ECU), Rojas (COL), Rios (CHI)
    COL-QAT: Sampaio, Correa, van Gasse (all BRA), Bascunan (CHI) - Daronco, Claus, Gil (all BRA)
    ARG-PAR: Vargas, Antelo, Saveedra (all BOL), Haro (PER) - Valenzuela, Herrera (both VEN), Bossio (PER)
    URU-JPN: Loustau, Brailovsky, Maidana (all ARG), Gallo (COL) - Pitana, Rapallini (both ARG), Leon (COL)
    ECU-CHI: Valenzuela, Lopez, Murillo (all VEN), Carillo (PER) - Herrera (VEN), Samaniego (PAR), Raez (PER)

  7. Wow the first mins of extra time is complete chaos on the field. Nearly 9 mins without play.
    Correct penalty, then check by Var.
    Then saved penalty leads to an incredible bad advantage given to Ecuador, they lost the ball immideatly then a Correct YC for reckless challenge by the ecuadorian player. Then OFR because of possible VC. Referee gives a YC for stamp on the foot. (However imo it's either nothing or RC...)
    And then yellow card to the bench.
    Complete mess..

    1. Then only 3 mins added time...
      And at 105' a missed YC for reckless use of arm by number 14 from Ecuador, increasing tension from the italian side.

  8. Personally, this was the first YC given to a team official that I have seen (ITA-ECU; ~100'). Have you seen any before?

  9. Why no penalty in favour of Italy for that reckless elbow (116')?


    Key Match Incidents:

    88' - Conflict: unsporting behaviour(s) or violent conduct(s)

    93' - Penalty Award: trip

    96' - On-Field Review: deliberate step on an opponent's foot (unsporting or violent?)

    101' - Possible 2nd YC 6ECU: spa-handball?

    104' - 1-0 Goal: onside call (did 9ECU touch the ball?)

    116' - Penalty Incident: illegal use of arm?

    1. Disciplinary Control:

      20' - YC 2ITA (SPA-holding)

      37' - Possible YC 6ITA (preventing quick throw-in execution)

      43' - YC 6ECU (reckless?)

      44' - Possible YC 4ITA (spa-holding?)

      46' - Possible YC 4ITA (reckless use of arm?)

      67' - Possible YC 20ECU (spa?)

      74' - Possible YC 15ITA (reckless? spa? tackle)

      78' - Possible YC 10ECU (unsporting?, reckless?)

      82' - Possible YC 11ECU (SPA?)

    2. 87' - YC 10ITA, YC 16ECU (conflict, unsporting or violent?)

      90+5' - Conflict

      94' - YC 20ECU (reckless tackle)

      98' - YC 18ITA (unsporting behaviour, deliberate step on an opponent's foot, after OFR)

      99' - YC ECU team-member

      101' - Possible 2nd YC 6ECU (spa-handball?)

      103' - YC 4ITA (reckless use of arm)

      105' - Possible YC 14ECU (reckless use of arm?)

      106' - Possible YC 6ECU (unsporting behaviour, kicking the ball away)

    3. 108' - Possible YC 17ITA (unsporting behaviour, push)

      110' - Possible YC 13ITA (reckless use of arm?)

      119', 120+1' - Possible YC 17ITA (persistent, reckless)

      New Laws:

      Two dropped ball incidents:

      YC to team member

    4. Difficult to keep control when players have such behavior, I think we can't blame too much Gil Manzano, but what we can point out is still the choice to issue only YC and not straight RC after the mass confrontations. This is "FIFA officiating".
      Regarding the penalty incidents, I don't see any significant action by Ecudor defender to whistle a penalty there, very very soft for me. Maybe as VAR I would have had doubts and I would have called referee to rewatch the incident.
      Situation in 116' is foul in all parts of field unless penalty area... because a penalty whistled for that looks to be too soft.
      Definitely many things to review in this game....

    5. When a referee is unwilling to use his "tools" (yellow and red card) to take command and control of his match. Then yes, he can be blamed. The players will act and continue to act poorly for as long as the referee enables them to do so.

  11. Final 2': Correct penalty. OFR correct as foul wasn't initially whistled. Title on TV coverage incorrect as the review was for 'foul or not?' not for 'inside or outside?'.

    1. As the referee missed the incident, reason for review must be "foul or not", indeed if not inside, VAR wouldn't have intervened at all.



    Key Match Incidents:

    02' - Penalty Incident: stamp/trip -> OFR -> Penalty Award

    25' - Penalty Incident: ordinary contact?

    42' - Penalty Incident: ordinary contact

    57' - Penalty Incident at first glance: accidental trip but slightly outside the penalty area

    70' - Penalty Incident: handball 9UKR

    79' - Penalty Incident: possible YC 7UKR - simulation

    80' - Possible 2nd YC 3KOR: SPA? careless or reckless tackle?

    90+1' - Penalty Incident: possible 2nd YC 9KOR - simulation

  13. Disciplinary Control:

    11' - Possible YC 4KOR (SPA?)

    12' - Possible YC 11UKR (reckless tackle?)

    18' - Warning 6KOR (stamp?)

    26' - Warning 10KOR (late challenge, careless or reckless?)

    29' - Possible YC 15UKR (SPA?)

    33' - YC 5KOR (reckless tackle)

    40' - Possible YC 3KOR (SPA?)

    1. 49' - Possible YC 4KOR (reckless use of arm?)

      56' - YC 3KOR (SPA-holding)

      67' - Tackle 6UKR (fair or careless or reckless?)

      78' - YC 9KOR (reckless use of arm)

      79' - Possible YC 7UKR (simulation)

      80' - Possible 2nd YC 3KOR (SPA? careless or reckless tackle?)

      86' - YC 17UKR (reckless tackle)

      90+1' - Possible 2nd YC 9KOR (simulation)

      90+3' - Possible YC 6UKR (unsporting behaviour - kicking the ball away)

  14. Others:

    01' - Deliberate backpass to GK?

    08' - Advantage Use

    90+6' - Example of new laws applied at setting defensive wall:

  15. Final 2': Correct penalty. OFR correct as foul wasn't initially whistled.


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