Thursday, 15 August 2019

Europa League 2019/20 - Third Qualifying Round - Referee Appointments for second legs

The following officials will handle the second legs of 2019/20 Europa League Third Qualifying Round.
13 August 2019, 18:00 CET - Tallinn (A. Le Coq Arena)
Nõmme Kalju FC (EST) - F91 Dudelange (LUX) | 1-3
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averyanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitriy Zhvakin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vitaliy Meshkov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Attila Ábrahám (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Tamara Chichinadze (GEO)

13 August 2019, 20:45 CET - Belfast (Windsor Park)
Linfield FC (NIR) - FK Sutjeska (MNE) | 2-1
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Paták (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Petr Caletka (CZE)
Fourth Official: Emanuel Marek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian Azzopardi (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Łukasz Wachowski (POL)

13 August 2019, 21:00 CET - Dublin (Tallaght Stadium)
Dundalk FC (IRL) - ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK) | 0-1
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Santino Schreiner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Alan Kijas (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Salustià Chato Ciprés (AND)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Kořínek (CZE)
Mentor for Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)

14 August 2019, 18:00 CET - Athens (Dimotikó Stádio Peristeríou)
Atrómitos FC (GRE) - Legia Warszawa (POL) | 0-0
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Rogier Honig (NED)
Fourth Official: Siemen Mulder (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: João Francisco Lopes Ferreira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)

14 August 2019, 18:00 CET - Guimarães (Estádio D. Afonso Henriques)
Vitória SC (POR) - FK Ventspils (LVA) | 3-0
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Cevdet Kömürcüoğlu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Simone Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Neli Lozeva (BUL)

14 August 2019, 18:00 CET - Tbilisi (Mikheil Meskhis Stadioni)
FC Saburtalo (GEO) - Ararat-Armenia FC (ARM) | 2-1
Referee: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andriy Skrypka (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ihor Alʹokhin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michális Argyroú (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Vasko Dojčinovski (MKD)

15 August 2019, 18:00 CET - Helsinki (Telia 5G -areena)
HJK Helsinki (FIN) - Riga FC (LVA) | 1-1
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Fourth Official: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Alberto Pacchioni (SMR)
Mentor for Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

15 August 2019, 18:30 CET - Tbilisi (Boris Paichadzis Dinamo Arena)
FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) - Feyenoord (NED) | 0-4
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Robert Schröder (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheiman (ISR)

15 August 2019, 18:45 CET - Moscow (Otkrytiye Arena)
FC Spartak Moskva (RUS) - FC Thun (SUI) | 3-2
Referee: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kaspar Sjöberg (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sabri Çelik (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Mertinyák (SVK)
Delegate Trainee: Vyacheslav Semyonov (RUS)

15 August 2019, 19:00 CET - Minsk (Nacyjanaĺny Alimpijski stadyjon Dynama)
FC Šachcior Salihorsk (BLR) - Torino FC (ITA) | 0-5
Referee: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Adrian Ștefan Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mircea Mihail Grigoriu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Marcel Bîrsan (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Đukanović (MNE)

15 August 2019, 19:00 CET - Nicosia (Stádio GSP)
Apóllon Limassol FC (CYP) - FK Austria Wien (AUT) | 2-1
Referee: Paweł Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Petteri Kari (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Miguel María García Caba (ESP)
Mentor for Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)

15 August 2019, 19:00 CET - Mladá Boleslav (Lokotrans Aréna)
FK Mladá Boleslav (CZE) - FCSB (ROU) | 0-0
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Florian Lemaire (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Romain Devillers (BEL)
Fourth Official: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Charles John Grundie (NIR)

15 August 2019, 19:00 CET - Malatya (Yeni Malatya Stadyumu)
Yeni Malatyaspor (TUR) - FK Partizan (SRB) | 1-3
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Cook (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Neil Davies (ENG)
Fourth Official: David Coote (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)

15 August 2019, 19:00 CET - Široki Brijeg (Stadion Pecara)
HŠK Zrinjski (BIH) - Malmö FF (SWE) | 0-3
Referee: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Yevgeniy Belskiy (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergey Vasyutin (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Daniyar Sakhi (KAZ)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Aurel Mihail Ionescu (ROU)

15 August 2019, 19:00 CET - Zaporizhia (Slavutych-Arena)
FC Zorya Luhansk (UKR) - PFC CSKA-Sofia (BUL) | 1-1
Referee: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Fourth Official: Olivier Thual (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Armen Minasyan (ARM)

15 August 2019, 19:00 CET - Petah Tikva (Itztadion HaMoshava)
Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv FC (ISR) - Neftçi PFK (AZE) | 2-2
Referee: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessio Tolfo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabrizio Pasqua (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Targo Kaldoja (EST)

15 August 2019, 19:00 CET - Marijampolė (ARVI futbolo arena)
FK Sūduva (LTU) - Maccabi Tel Aviv FC (ISR) | 2-1
Referee: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Øystein Simon Ytterland (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Isaak Elias Skjeseth Bashevkin (NOR)
Fourth Official: Espen Andreas Eskås (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Þóroddur Hjaltalín (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)

15 August 2019, 19:00 CET - Barysaŭ (Barysaŭ-Arena)
FC BATE Barysaŭ (BLR) - FK Sarajevo (BIH) | 2-1
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Johan Balder (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Johny Vanspauwen (BEL)

15 August 2019, 19:00 CET - Solna (Friends Arena)
AIK (SWE) - FC Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA) | 2-1
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Ziv Adler (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Antonio Damato (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Irakli Nakaidze (GEO)

15 August 2019, 19:30 CET - Be'er Sheva (Itztadion Ya'akov Turner Toto)
Hapoel Be'er Sheva FC (ISR) - IFK Norrköping (SWE) | 1-1
Referee: Anastásios Papapétrou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Iordánis Aptósoglou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Trýfon Petrópoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ángelos Evangélou (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (SVK)

15 August 2019, 19:30 CET - Trabzon (Şenol Güneş Spor Kompleksi Medical Park Stadyumu)
Trabzonspor (TUR) - AC Sparta Praha (CZE) | 2-2
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jens Grabski Maae (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Alojzije Šupraha (CRO)

15 August 2019, 19:30 CET - Wrexham (Racecourse Ground)
The New Saints FC (WAL) - PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL) | 0-5
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Kõiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Aron Härsing (EST)
Fourth Official: Joonas Jaanovits (EST)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luc Wouters (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: José Guilherme Saraiva de Oliveira Aguiar (POR)

15 August 2019, 20:00 CET - Plzeň (Doosan Arena)
FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) - Royal Antwerp FC (BEL) | 0-1
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Damiano Di Iorio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Rosario Abisso (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Aleksey Spirin (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Felix Grigore (ROU)
Mentor for Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR)

15 August 2019, 20:00 CET - Athens (Olympiakó Athlitikó Kéntro Athinón "Spýros Loúis")
AEK Athens FC (GRE) - FC Universitatea Craiova (ROU) | 2-0
Referee: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Benjamin Pagès (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: François Boudikian (FRA)
Fourth Official: Johan Hamel (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Markku Lehtola (FIN)

15 August 2019, 20:00 CET - Ta' Qali (National Stadium)
Valletta FC (MLT) - FC Astana (KAZ) | 1-5
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Fourth Official: Stefan Horisberger (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Viktor Shvetsov (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Desislava Ralkova (BUL)

15 August 2019, 20:30 CET - Thessaloniki (Stádio Kleánthis Vikelídis)
Áris Thessaloniki FC (GRE) - Molde FK (NOR) | 0-3
Referee: Robert Harvey (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Gavin (IRL)
Fourth Official: Paul McLaughlin (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: David Avanesyan (ARM)
Mentor for Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)

15 August 2019, 20:30 CET - Strasbourg (Stade de la Meinau)
RC Strasbourg Alsace (FRA) - PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1926 (BUL) | 1-0
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel McFarlane (SCO)
Fourth Official: David Munro (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Małek (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Aristídis Stavrópoulos (GRE)
Delegate Trainee: Silvano Lombardo (SUI)

15 August 2019, 20:30 CET - Alkmaar (AFAS Stadion)
AZ Alkmaar (NED) - FC Mariupol (UKR) | 0-0
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefański (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Jenni Kennedy (ENG)

15 August 2019, 20:30 CET - Ghent (Ghelamco Arena)
KAA Gent (BEL) - AEK Larnaca FC (CYP) | 1-1
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Allheim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikael Hallin (SWE)
Fourth Official: Patrik Eriksson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)
UEFA Delegate: Jasmin Baković (BIH)
Mentor for Delegate: Harry Been (NED)

15 August 2019, 20:30 CET - Eindhoven (Philips Stadion)
PSV Eindhoven (NED) - FK Haugesund (NOR) | 1-0
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: César Manuel Noval Font (ESP)
Fourth Official: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Per Eliasson (SWE)

15 August 2019, 20:30 CET - Frankfurt am Main (Commerzbank-Arena)
Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) - FC Vaduz (LIE) | 5-0
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milutin Đukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladan Todorović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimír Medveď (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Fívos Konstantinídis (CYP)

15 August 2019, 20:45 CET - Braga (Estádio Municipal de Braga)
SC Braga (POR) - Brøndby IF (DEN) | 4-2
Referee: Aleksey Yes'kov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitriy Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikolay Yeryomin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vasiliy Kazartsev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Garry O'Hagan (SCO)
Mentor for Delegate: David Roger Griffiths (WAL)

15 August 2019, 20:45 CET - Wolverhampton (Molineux Stadium)
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (ENG) - FC Pyunik (ARM) | 4-0
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytis Snarskis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Donatas Šimenas (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-Paul Mievis (BEL)

15 August 2019, 20:45 CET - Glasgow (Ibrox Stadium)
Rangers FC (SCO) - FC Midtjylland (DEN) | 4-2
Referee: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Dario Cecconi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Piero Giacomelli (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (EST)

15 August 2019, 20:45 CET - Aberdeen (Pittodrie Stadium)
Aberdeen FC (SCO) - HNK Rijeka (CRO) | 0-2
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Patrik Filípek (CZE)

15 August 2019, 21:00 CET - Barcelona (RCDE Stadium)
RCD Espanyol (ESP) - FC Luzern (SUI) | 3-0
Referee: Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Álvaro Daniel de Carvalho Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Miguel da Silva Manso (POR)
Fourth Official: Cláudio Filipe Ruivo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)
UEFA Delegate: Andrew Shaw (ENG)

86 comments:

  1. Very interesting appointment for Brisard with Uilenberg. Maybe an EL debut this season after a good performance in Athens. Harvey with Hamer is also a good appointment for the Irish. Nijhuis in a undecided game also in Athens.

    Davanovic and Tohver in already decided games. That's disappointing for them

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    1. Most likely the appointments where already made before the first legs. So getting decided games is bad luck, but should not have any meaning.

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    2. Indeed, appointments are made after the round is completed, for both legs of next round.

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    1. Marco Fritz was appointed for this game but he was removed. Waiting for replacement.

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    2. Interesting with Fritz: It is reported that he failed the fitness test for Bundesliga and has not been appointed yet domestically. However he did a match in CL qualification 2nd round after that test (so maybe he passed some UEFA test?).
      Furthermore it is reported that he passed the second attempt for the Bundesliga fitness test last Thursday, so should be available again.
      The obvious replacement would be Dingert, who did not have any UEFA match in this season - but seems to be fit according to domestic appointments.

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    3. Massa had a CL match last week as well.

      Also, Tohver seems to be a replacement since he had an EL match last week as well.

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  3. Nice to see U-17 referees in this stage!

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  4. 92 matches on this round and only 1 Greek referee. Great............

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    1. I don't see the big surprise in this circumstance: Current round officials are selected out of the first and second group - the only referee from Greece who could have been appointed apart from Papapétrou would have been Kominis who already handled two matches in previous stages. Sidiropoulos will be retained for upcoming matches and the other four referees from Greece are ranked in category 3.

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    2. Papapetrou will handle his first match where Kominis did only two. Other refs from category 2 have handled 2 or 3 matches. I think since Hugh Dallas left from Greece with not a very good way greek refs have been receiving very little attention of the committee. Pereira obviously has contributed to this by making ambiguous decisions and showing favouritism to specific refs. It is sad as I believe that greek refs are of good quality. They lack experience and good support. One last thing about Pereira... Greece should have had a ref in the women's world cup.. Mitsi was on the shortlist and one of the grand names to be present in France. Pereira took her off the list knowing that..Inexplicable decision...A very educated young talented ref who lives abroad and had reached the top in Europe was not good enough for the taste of mr pereira. To conclude I believe that mr pereira should go as soon as possible.

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    3. @Peter

      I am refering to the overall situation of Greek referees. The current policy in Greece certainly doesn't help the FIFA refs. So if we continue to nominate 36 y.o. and over for the FIFA list, the result will be that.

      @john stav

      I agree with your comment 100%. Pereira should go (even though the Mitsi case isn't his fault). The trio of foreigners on the ref committee have totally failed. Only Marin is said to watch some matches and form an opinion about a few referees. Plus they have admitted that they can't read the observer's reports since they are written in Greek.

      But we should be fair. Most of the decisions that Pereira took are not his. There is someone else who makes these decisions.

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    4. whose fault was Mitsi's case? She was a very good young ref who disappeared suddenly and without any explanation from anyone. I do agree with you on your comment about age. Can you see any young talent that can soon become a new'vassaras' in greek refereeing? I personally like Diamantopoulos and his style. Papapetrou also deserves more chances in Europe. He is a good ref but inexperienced.

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    5. Mitsi was removed from the FIFA List on October 2017. Melo Pereira had only 3 months as Head of Refereeing and didn't know almost all the referees. So the decision was taken by the 2 Greek members of the Ref Committee Tritsonis and Koukoulakis. As for the reasons? Uknown.

      IMO, the next candidates for FIFA should be Fotias and Manouchos (both 1989 born). But they should get more matches this year to get the required experience.

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    6. Fotias is an educated fellow with good potential. Could you find out from your sources why Mitsi was taken off the lists. It is very inexplicable to me. Also, does Vassaras have any role in greek refereeing? I think him and Bikas have been the best heads in the last 20 years.

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    7. Mitsi was probably removed since she had filed a complaint against HFF for sex discrimination (the complaint even reached UEFA). Back in 2014 she was removed from the FL list (2nd league) because, as it is said, she failed the fitness and LOTG test.

      Obviously Tritsonis and Koukoulakis wanted to open a spot on the FIFA list in order to include some other female referee.

      About Vassaras. He is Head of Refereeing in Romania. Just that. No role within the HFF. He and Bikas were indeed the best Head of Refereeing since 2000.

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    8. A small update.

      Newly promoted Super League referee Maloutas failed the fitness test which was held today. 2 more referees appeared injured (Gortzilas and Kotsanis).

      They will all have a 2nd chance even though, according to regulations, any referee who has failed the fitness test can't have a 2nd chance.

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  5. Great to see Chris Kavanagh given a European game, future elite referee if he develops well

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  6. The premier league do not follow VAR procedure. It was expected tho. Today a goal was disallowed for handball but Andre marriner didn't use the pitch side monitor if I am not mistaken but used the word of his VAR

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    1. If true, something should be done against this procedure, somebody should intervene. The first important thing in VAR application all over the world is of course the respect of protocol. If English FA wants to do as they want, this is unacceptable, sorry...

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    2. But since all handballs in the build up to a goal are punishable, isn’t this now a black/white (objective) decision? It either touched the hand or not.

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    3. I get your point but the rule or protocol doesn't classify that as an objective decision hence the review needed. Only objective decision is offside and if a foul occurred in or out of the penalty area

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    4. As far as I know the FA/PL have made no secret about that this is how they are going to do it. Things have been handled this way in the test trials in the FA cup (e.g. overturned RC against Baily without OFR in Wolves-MU last season).

      So I would not expect anything to be done to stop this. If FIFA/IFAB would have the incentive to so, this would have happened before the start of VAR in the PL.

      The IFAB VAR protocol does not state that the referee has to do an OFR for any kind of offence, as far as I know it only uses the word "should". Hence I don't think this is actually a breach of protocol

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  7. OT:
    Offside or not? https://twitter.com/SportTi43915378/status/1160252507853119489/video/1

    Foul before goal or not?
    https://twitter.com/SportTi43915378/status/1160261921909723136

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    1. Impossible to be certain in both situations without offside lines / a close-up replay. My impression would be onside and foul though.

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    2. Foul: https://media.giphy.com/media/Lp8eSEzCr8vPEO7X6B/giphy.gif

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  8. A few key incidents and quick reports from the past days

    AUSTRIA WIEN - APOLLON LIMASSOL, Massimiliano Irrati, 8. August
    (+) 12’ penalty Apollon, handball
    (-) 35’ missed penalty Austria, pushing
    (+) 39’ penalty Austria, handball
    (+) 68’ no penalty Austria
    (+) 90’ 2nd YC Austria #30

    General comment: one crucial mistake, good consistency regarding handball, good presence and personality

    AS MONACO - OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS, Ruddy Buquet, 9. August
    (+) 30’ RC Monaco #4 after OFR, violent conduct (see video below)
    (+) 33’ YC Lyon #8, reckless challenge - very wise card as tension was rising
    (+) 64’ YC Lyon #14, simulation 

    https://streamable.com/ds5a8 —> OFR + RC

    General comment: solid refereeing and wise management of crucial situations, remarkable courage to take brave decisions.
    Maybe an earlier card opening might have avoided the raising tension that led to the RC.

    TOTTENHAM - ASTON VILLA, Chris Kavanagh, 10. August
    (+) 61’ no penalty (handball, close to the body + not increasing body surface), silent check
    (+) 87’ YC Tottenham #11 time wasting (not leaving the field from the closest point)

    General comment: clear missed holding in the 1st half (bad view and position), slightly questionable foul detection throughout the game. A referee that still needs to refine his soft skills. Distant but calm approach towards players. He understood that a lenient approach would work fine for the game.

    MONTPELLIER - RENNES, Willy Delajod, 10. August
    (+) 60’ acceptable penalty to Montpellier, holding
    (+) 69’ RC to Rennes #20 after OFR, violent conduct

    General comment: missed RC on live perception despite good positioning, excellent communication and player management. Excellent calm RC procedure with a small talk to the player and his captain (see video below).

    https://streamable.com/aaenq —> OFR + RC

    MANCHESTER UNITED - CHELSEA, Anthony Taylor, 11. August

    (+) 17’ penalty Man Utd, tripping

    General comment: correct penalty decision and good disciplinary control. A few fouls missed. Overall solid performance with very little dissent by players

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    1. Thank you very much for these reports :-)

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  9. Regarding VAR in England:

    Video Assistant Refereeing presents the biggest threat ever to the Premier League Ltd. ever, at least from my view. What should never be forgotten when considering top level officiating in my country - it is essentially run by Premier League itself, and controlling it is seen as CRUCIAL to maximising profitability; Scudamore even said that himself to the referees.

    Sth that I found fascinating: you can view financial returns for PGMOL Ltd. - synthetic organisation created so that Premier League executives could control the way that matches are officiated - in the link below.

    https://docdro.id/vxJW76H

    This week, VAR Project leader Neil Swarbrick during a television programme analysed a tackle which he said PGMOL evaluated as a Red Card, but when the referee gave a Yellow Card, VAR would not intervene because it was a 'clear and obvious error'. At least they are honest about their destructive relativism.

    But besides that relativisation - maybe you guessed that became my favourite word in recent times - there is a bigger reason that can explain the format of England's VARs - comercial pragmatism.

    The 'cut-and-thrust' of the matter is that the imperative, most important feature of VAR in Premier League is not to each time reach the correct decisions, but to be quick. To disrupt the flow of matches could be absolutely catastrophic for profits, so the emphasis of the system is based around it's rapidity rather than accuracy; this is why On-Field Reviews will be used extremely sparingly - PGMOL said that in 18/19 only one incident would have referred the referee to the RRA.

    VAR project here should further highlight that as long as you stay in the background and allow a flowing football match, making crucial mistakes is more-or-less superfluous.

    So when you watch without explanations why VAR does not intervene on this or that situation this season, be reminded that the apparent inadequacy of VAR teams is better understood against the background of executives having preserved their profits - the referees used just as a means for that.

    But of course, such 'big-picture' refereeing is the future!

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    1. One OFR in the whole season?! I hope that won't be true. Sounds unbelievable and ridiculous.

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    2. A source told me that if VAR was used in 2018-19 season, only one OFR would have been called (for an off-the-ball incident). Essentially, it is an extreme missed incident principle - with the emphasis only for it to be used only in extremis.

      It is rather pseudo-VAR to be honest.

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    3. From the first premier league weekend of the season, 3 decisions were changed by VAR with one being an offside decision, one being encroachment on a penalty kick and the other a non-deliberate handball that led to a goal. The handball decision in Leicester Wolves that disallowed the goal is the one that has caused discussion on here because no OFR was given. In UEFA and FIFA competitions I think an OFR would have been given however I think an OFR wasn't given because any referee in the world knowing the new laws of the game would have disallowed the goal which was clear and obvious for anybody watching the replay. This is probably why an OFR wasn't taken as I think the Premier League saw this kind of incident as black or white so would have been a waste of time for Marriner to review the incident himself as any referee knowing the new laws of the game would have had to disallow the goal. However, one OFR last season seems shocking but obviously we don't know how many trial games they done last season, and I do expect a lot more OFR's this season in order to please the protocol set in place by UEFA and FIFA

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  10. PSG vs Nîmes, penalty after OFR:
    REF: Clément Turpin
    VAR: Karim Abed
    AVAR:Alexandre Castro

    https://streamable.com/2kfvy

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  11. OT: As I expected, Rosetti is officialy appointed as referee observer for Supercup.

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  12. Of course . Rosetti is a responsible and will take all the credit for this choice.

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  13. Dankert gets replaced on his cup match today (due to illness, it seems), so we have to see, whether he can keep the match on Thursday.

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    1. So far, still confirmed by UEFA.
      https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2020/matches/round=2001148/match=2028077/match-info/index.html?iv=true
      Let's see on next hours.

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  14. OT: Ligue 1 (Matchday 2)

    16.08 (Friday)
    Olympique Lyonnais - Angers, 20:45 CET, referee: Benoît Millot (VAR: Jérôme Miguelgorry)

    17.08 (Saturday)
    Nantes - Olympique de Marseille, 17:30 CET, referee: Benoît Bastien (VAR: Jérôme Miguelgorry)
    Metz - Monaco, 20:00 CET, referee: Eric Wattellier (VAR: Clément Turpin)
    Toulouse - Dijon, 20:00 CET, referee: Ruddy Buquet (VAR: Willy Delajod)
    Nîmes Olympique - Nice, 20:00 CET, referee: François Letexier (VAR: Alexandre Castro)
    Amiens - Lille, 20:00 CET, referee: Karim Abed (VAR: Hakim Ben El Hadj)
    Girondins de Bordeaux - Montpellier, 20:00 CET, referee: Franck Schneider (VAR: Mikael Lesage)

    18.08 (Sunday)

    Saint-Étienne - Stade Brestois, 15:00 CET, referee: Johan Hamel (VAR: Mikael Lesage)
    Stade de Reims - Strasbourg, 17:00 CET, referee: Florent Batta (VAR: Hakim Ben El Hadj)
    Stade Rennais - Paris Saint-Germain, 21:00 CET, referee: Antony Gautier (VAR: Willy Delajod)

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  15. Dankert's name has been removed from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (ENG) - FC Pyunik (ARM). UEFA is working at the substitution, I guess.

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    1. Referee: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
      Assistant Referee 1: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
      Assistant Referee 2: Vytis Snarskis (LTU)
      Fourth Official: Donatas Šimenas (LTU)

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  16. English Premier League (Matchday 2)

    17.08 (Saturday)
    Arsenal - Burnley, 13:30 CET, referee: Mike Dean (VAR: Chris Kavanagh)
    Aston Villa - Bournemouth, 16:00 CET, referee: Martin Atkinson (VAR: Jonathan Moss)
    Brighton - West Ham, 16:00 CET, referee: Anthony Taylor (VAR: Darren Bond)
    Everton - Watford, 16:00 CET, referee: Lee Mason (VAR: Kevin Friend)
    Norwich - Newcastle, 16:00 CET, referee: Stuart Attwell (VAR: Simon Hooper)
    Southampton - Liverpool, 16:00 CET, referee: Andre Marriner (VAR: Craig Pawson)
    ManCity - Tottenham, 18:30 CET, referee: Michael Oliver (VAR: Graham Scott)

    18.08 (Sunday)
    Sheffield - Crystal Palace, 15:00 CET, referee: David Coote (VAR: Martin Atkinson)
    Chelsea - Leicester, 17:30 CET, referee: Graham Scott (VAR: Mike Dean)

    19.08 (Monday)
    Wolverhampton - ManU, 21:00 CET, referee: Jonathan Moss (VAR: Paul Tierney)

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  17. LaLiga appointments for MD1 should be published today if the trend from last season continues. However, there is a big dispute regarding match days and times between RFEF and LaLiga (the former does not want matches to be played on Fridays nor Mondays, and they say they have the right to ban that, whilst the latter wants to play all four days and says that it is their right to determine the timings of the matches. At the moment, court has ruled that matches might be played on Friday but not on Monday as a temporary measure while they make a full statement of the case) that might delay the public release.

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    1. Indeed, I was expecting them (they usually upload the appointments between 10 AM and 2 PM) but still nothing has been published..

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  18. Quite late, but we have them finally.

    LaLiga MD1 appointments:

    Athletic-Barcelona, Friday 16, 21:00 CET
    Referee: Carlos DEL CERRO GRANDE (Elite)
    VAR: Alejandro José HERNÁNDEZ HERNÁNDEZ (2nd)

    Celta-Real Madrid, Saturday 17, 17:00 CET
    Referee: Xavier ESTRADA FERNÁNDEZ (1st)
    VAR: Ricardo DE BURGOS BENGOETXEA (2nd)

    Valencia-Real Sociedad, Saturday 17, 19:00 CET
    Referee: Jesús GIL MANZANO (Elite)
    VAR: Eduardo PRIETO IGLESIAS

    Mallorca-Eibar, Saturday 17, 20:00 CET
    Referee: Mario MELERO LÓPEZ
    VAR: David MEDIÉ JIMÉNEZ

    Leganés-Osasuna, Saturday 17, 21:00 CET
    Referee: Javier ALBEROLA ROJAS
    VAR: José Luis MUNUERA MONTERO (2nd)

    Villarreal-Granada, Saturday 17, 21:00 CET
    Referee: Adrián CORDERO VEGA
    VAR: José María SÁNCHEZ MARTÍNEZ (1st)

    Alavés-Levante, Sunday 18, 17:00 CET
    Referee: César SOTO GRADO (debut in LaLiga)
    VAR: Pablo GONZÁLEZ FUERTES

    Espanyol-Sevilla, Sunday 18, 19:00 CET
    Referee: Juan MARTÍNEZ MUNUERA
    VAR: José Luis GONZÁLEZ GONZÁLEZ

    Betis-Valladolid, Sunday 18, 21:00 CET
    Referee: Santiago JAIME LATRE
    VAR: Antonio MATEU LAHOZ (Elite)

    Atlético Madrid-Getafe, Sunday 18, 22:00 CET
    Referee: Guillermo CUADRA FERNÁNDEZ
    VAR: Alfonso Javier ÁLVAREZ IZQUIERDO

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  19. 15 August 2019, 20:45 CET - Wolverhampton (Molineux Stadium)
    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (ENG) - FC Pyunik (ARM)
    Referee:Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
    Assistant referee 1: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
    Assistant referee 2: Vytis Snarskis (LTU)
    Fourth official: Donatas Šimenas (LTU)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)
    UEFA Delegate: Jean-Paul Mievis (BEL)

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  20. The game of AZ Alkmaar will be played in The Hague, as their stadium collapsed last week. This is the stadium: https://adodenhaag.nl/nl/club/cars-jeans-stadion

    Official KNVB statement: https://www.knvb.nl/nieuws/betaald-voetbal/eredivisie/56737/az-wijkt-uit-naar-den-haag-voor-duel-met-groningen

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  21. Spartak Moskva (RUS) - Thun (SUI)
    Referee
    Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
    Assistant referees
    Uroš Stojković (SRB)
    Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
    Fourth official
    Novak Simović (SRB)

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  22. Good performance by Bas Nijhuis on a normal difficulty match. He showed his experience by letting the game flow and intervened when it was absolutely necessary. He issued 3 cautions in total but he should have issued another one at min. 59' but that was probably his only mistake.

    Both AR's weren't challenged at all.

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  23. My predictions for CL play-offs:

    LASK - Brugge Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) - Daniele Orsato (ITA)
    APOEL - Ajax Szymon Marciniak (POL) - Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
    Cluj - Slavia Praha Damir Skomina (SVN) - Clément Turpin (FRA)
    Olympiacos - Krasnodar Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) - Felix Brych (GER)
    Young Boys - Crvena Zvezda Björn Kuipers (NED) - Michael Oliver (ENG)
    Dinamo Zagreb - Rosenborg Anthony Taylor (ENG) - Danny Makkelie (NED)

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    1. Would you not swap Oliver and Kuipers? That way, Kuipers can deal with the atmosphere in Beograd.

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  24. Isn't Kuipers injured or something? He hasn't got any appointment in the first three matchweek in the Netherlands.

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  25. Austria's most circulated newspaper is reporting in its online edition that Adrian Titcombe, mentor for UEFA delegate Miguel María García Caba at Apóllon Limassol FC - FK Austria Wien, suffered a cardiac arrest prior to this evening's match and could not be saved any more.
    Source: https://www.krone.at/1978377

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    1. Very sad. News seems to be confirmed also by Cypriot sources.

      https://www.ant1.com.cy/news/astunomika/article/346879/esvise-se-xenodoheio-sti-leukosia-o-paratiritis-adrian-titcombe/

      RIP Adrian Titcombe.

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  26. A couple of clips from Aris Thessaloníki - AEL Lemesós game handled by Stuart Attwell.

    => 39' Penalty?
    https://streamable.com/c2w6r

    => 81' Serious Foul Play?
    https://streamable.com/umoj7

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  27. Excellent Christopher Kavanagh! Every decision was right, cards right.. ARs with no so much job..

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    1. I totally disagree. He missed crystal clear YC for elbowing for Scekic (PAR) in first half. Malatia player was bleeding. It was rather orange card. The problem is that same player at the beginning of the second half got YC, and that would be his second. Also, there was very suspicious situation in partizan PK area - probably punishable handball. Stretched arms during cross. Furthermore, he missed several clear fouls and gave some phantom fouls. At least one offside was missed. So I don't think this was good performance.

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  28. Any reports for Papapetrou??

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    1. Watched him "live" at Toto-Terner stadium. Easy game for him, full control, 2 correct YC's, but he must improve his positioning - all the time he was too close to the ball...

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    2. I totally agree. His positioning is not great. He needs to gain more experience. He does have potential though.

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  29. OT

    Here are my predictions for the play-offs in the Champions League. My feeling is that only the referees who were allowed to officiate in KO stage will officiate the play-offs (with the exception of Hategan).

    LEG 1
    Dinamo - Rosenborg: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
    APOEL - Ajax: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
    Olympiakos - Krasnodar: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
    LASK - Brugge: Damir Skomina (SVN)
    Cluj - Slavia: Felix Brych (GER)
    Young Boys - Crvena Zvezda: Danny Makkelie (NED)

    LEG 2
    Krasnodar - Olympiakos: Clément Turpin (FRA)
    Ajax - APOEL: Felix Zwayer (GER)
    Crvena Zvezda - Young Boys: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
    Rosenborg - Dinamo: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
    Brugge - LASK: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
    Slavia - Cluj: Björn Kuipers (NED)

    Any thoughts?

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    1. I have put mine under the last CL post if you are interested. I think at least the English are also possible, using it in PL now.
      But your 12 are probably the best, which UEFA has at the moment.

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    2. is there a chance that sidiropoulos would take one CL game this season?

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    3. Absolutely. He still is member of the Elite group and we should expect all those referees to take charge of CL matches.

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  30. A clip from the Yeni Malatyaspor - FK Partizan game handled by Christopher Kavanagh.

    => 21' Penalty (Handling)?
    https://youtu.be/2sQnlWe_5FQ?t=1290

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    1. excellent play on. I am an active ref in England. There is a clear instruction by the fa not to punish those hands. Very clear instructions.

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    2. Penalty for me, because the arm is stretched out in a unnatural way (not part of the running movement). And the Laws make no difference, whether it touches his upper arm or his hand in such a position.

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    3. Its PK.
      Also, The elbow in 23 minute, i think red card. Jahovic' nose is broken.

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  31. It is too close and the hand is in a natural position. A matter of interpreting handball. Not a penalty for me.

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  32. First half excellent of Cerro Grande , has a formidable athletic condition. He didn't assign a YC to Griezmann after a few minutes very intelligently, from that moment Cerro was transparent. Rosetti will be happy, I hope he is a candidate for CL final

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    1. he must have been the fittest referee amongst the elite, he sprints past players running full speed

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  33. Europa League: VAR will not be used until final.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/uefa-score-another-var-goal-18944240.amp

    So no VAR even in KO stage.

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    1. UEFA's usage of VAR in 2019/20 is the same as GLT in 2016/17 - this should be no great surprise (though it would be more logical to have it from R32, for my taste).

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  34. Thank to the mentions on wahretabelle.de forum, some incidents from Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin

    REF: Harm Osmers
    VAR: Tobias Reichel

    11' - Missed foul (SPA v DOGSO)?
    https://streamable.com/mn491

    38' - Ordinary collision or foul prior to goal? Potential handball?
    https://streamable.com/3fq79

    44' - Penalty incident.
    https://streamable.com/6338p

    57' - Penalty for off-the-ball holding incident awarded after VAR intervention
    https://streamable.com/rcz0w

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    1. 11': Not clear, but rather a legal usage of the body fighting for the ball (Lewandowski's fault that he runs with this head first ;) ). If foul, borderline between SPA and DOGSO
      38': Ordinary collision and I don't see any contact with the arm
      44': 50-50 decision. There is a push, but Coman seems to fall anyway and partly deliberately
      57': VAR intervention correct due to missed incident. Penalty also correct, although maybe not 100% clear and obvious.

      So everything at least supportable in my opinion and therefore a quite good performance - also the rest of his game (management etc.) was on a good level, I think.

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  35. Espanyol Barcelona - Sorja Lugansk:
    Tobias Stieler, Mike Pickel, Christian Gittelmann, Harm Osmers

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  36. Some clips from Celtic FC - CFR 1907 Cluj game handled by Andris Treimanis; big thank you to RF for his notes!

    (-) 07.40 Missed penalty for CFR. Careless tackle.
    https://vk.com/video-175468074_456239228?t=18m28s

    26.23 (0-1 CFR)

    34.34 CFR 99 should receive yellow card for reckless tackle.
    https://vk.com/video-175468074_456239228?t=45m9s

    35.00 CEL possible penalty situation for handball. Correct play on.Natural position.
    https://vk.com/video-175468074_456239228?t=45m47s

    39.03 CFR 99 yellow card for reckless tackle.
    https://vk.com/video-175468074_456239228?t=49m44s

    40.31 CEL 33 yellow card for SPA.
    https://vk.com/video-175468074_456239228?t=51m9s

    41.40 Player has already yellow card.But Only DFK correct decision.Careless foul.
    https://vk.com/video-175468074_456239228?t=52m20s

    50.02 (1-1 CEL)

    60.26 (2-1 CEL)

    62.10 CFR 10 yellow card for dissent.
    https://vk.com/video-175468074_456239228?t=1h29m57s

    (+) 71.40 Correct penalty decision for (CFR) handball.(2-2 CFR).
    https://vk.com/video-175468074_456239228?t=1h39m17s

    75.05 (3-2 CEL)

    79.55 (3-3 CFR)

    87.05 CFR GK yellow card for time wasting.
    https://vk.com/video-175468074_456239228?t=1h54m26s

    87.55 Quick free-kick should be retaken instead of throw-in decision.
    https://vk.com/video-175468074_456239228?t=1h55m29s

    96.06 (3-4 CFR) Correct goal decision no offside.
    https://vk.com/video-175468074_456239228?t=2h3m32s

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  37. With a special thank to RF, here Porto - Krasnodar major situations:


    4'
    I think assessed by AR2, quite difficult if not impossible for referee, teamwork.
    https://streamable.com/mhaz5


    75'
    Ok PLAY ON, but maybe even simulation? Possible YC?
    https://streamable.com/qtn14

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  38. 56' RC for Modric after an OFR for a stamp on the heel cord. Estrada had not shown a card.

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    1. Clip: https://streamja.com/vbEN

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    2. Well, if La Liga will keep this standard about sending off for SFP all the season long, I will be very happy.

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    3. +1

      Excellent (and refreshing) decision!

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    4. Well, it seems they won't: the same happened in Valencia - Real Sociedad (47' or close to that). VAR did not intervene and Gil Manzano and his AR2 missed the foul.

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