Thursday, 3 October 2019

Current domestic competitions appointments

Discussions about current domestic competitions appointments of many European countries.



Feel free to add appointments and to join our discussion. 

150 comments:

  1. Serie A Matchday 5
    From Tuesday 24 September to Thursday 26 September

    BRESCIA – JUVENTUS Martedì 24/09 h. 21.00
    PASQUA
    BINDONI – SANTORO
    IV: MARINI
    VAR: GIACOMELLI
    AVAR: GALETTO

    FIORENTINA –SAMPDORIA
    DOVERI
    FIORITO – DI VUOLO
    IV: PICCININI
    VAR: PAIRETTO
    AVAR: LIBERTI

    GENOA – BOLOGNA
    MASSA
    GIALLATINI – DI GIOIA
    IV: FOURNEAU
    VAR: MANGANIELLO
    AVAR: DI IORIO

    H. VERONA – UDINESE Martedì 24/09 h. 19.00
    CHIFFI
    TEGONI – BRESMES
    IV: SACCHI
    VAR: ABISSO
    AVAR: TOLFO

    INTER – LAZIO
    MARESCA
    ALASSIO – PAGANESSI
    IV: FABBRI
    VAR: CALVARESE
    AVAR: MELI

    NAPOLI – CAGLIARI
    DI BELLO
    SCHENONE – DE MEO
    IV: PEZZUTO
    VAR: LA PENNA
    AVAR: LONGO

    PARMA – SASSUOLO
    MARINELLI
    PRETI – CECCONI
    IV: GHERSINI
    VAR: NASCA
    AVAR: VALERIANI

    ROMA – ATALANTA h. 19.00
    IRRATI
    PASSERI – MONDIN
    IV: GIUA
    VAR: BANTI
    AVAR: RANGHETTI

    SPAL – LECCE
    ROCCHI
    VECCHI – LOMBARDI
    IV: RAPUANO
    VAR: MAZZOLENI
    AVAR: MANGANELLI

    TORINO – MILAN Giovedì 26/09 h. 21.00
    GUIDA
    CARBONE – PERETTI
    IV: VALERI
    VAR: MARIANI
    AVAR: DEL GIOVANE

    Maresca with the most inteersting game of the round.

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  2. CARABAO CUP (Third Round)

    Tue 24th Sep 2019
    Arsenal (First Team) v Nottingham Forest F.C. (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: England, Darren
    Assistant Referee: Wood, Timothy
    Assistant Referee: Leach, Daniel
    Fourth Official: Linington, James

    Colchester United FC (First Team) v Tottenham Hotspur (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Gillett, Jarred
    Assistant Referee: Blunden, Darren
    Assistant Referee: Russell, Geoffrey
    Fourth Official: Drysdale, Darren

    Crawley Town (First Team) v Stoke City FC (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Johnson, Kevin
    Assistant Referee: Da Costa, Anthony
    Assistant Referee: Wade, Christopher
    Fourth Official: Lewis, Sam

    Luton Town (First Team) v Leicester City FC (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Donohue, Matthew
    Assistant Referee: Hyde, Robert
    Assistant Referee: George, Michael
    Fourth Official: Middleton, Daniel

    Portsmouth FC (First Team) v Southampton FC (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Friend, Kevin
    Assistant Referee: Wilkes, Matthew
    Assistant Referee: Scholes, Mark
    Fourth Official: Whitestone, Dean

    Preston North End FC (First Team) v Manchester City FC (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Mason, Lee
    Assistant Referee: Perry, Marc
    Assistant Referee: Hopton, Nick
    Fourth Official: Harrington, Tony

    Sheffield Wednesday FC (First Team) v Everton FC (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Simpson, Jeremy
    Assistant Referee: Wild, Richard
    Assistant Referee: Merchant, Robert
    Fourth Official: Dwyer, Mark

    Watford FC (First Team) v Swansea City FC (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Bond, Darren
    Assistant Referee: Cooper, Ian
    Assistant Referee: Fox, Andrew
    Fourth Official: Venamore, Lee

    Wed 25th Sep 2019
    Brighton & Hove Albion FC (First Team) v Aston Villa FC (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Scott, Graham
    Assistant Referee: Davies, Neil
    Assistant Referee: Eaton, Derek
    Fourth Official: Swabey, Lee

    Burton Albion FC (First Team) v AFC Bournemouth (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Busby, John
    Assistant Referee: Dudley, Ian
    Assistant Referee: Khan, Abbas
    Fourth Official: Bell, James

    Chelsea (First Team) v Grimsby Town FC (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Stroud, Keith
    Assistant Referee: Mainwaring, James
    Assistant Referee: Smith, Rob
    Fourth Official: Oldham, Scott

    Manchester United FC (First Team) v Rochdale AFC (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Brooks, John
    Assistant Referee: Greenhalgh, Nick
    Assistant Referee: Dermott, Philip
    Fourth Official: Backhouse, Anthony

    Milton Keynes Dons FC (First Team) v Liverpool FC (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Langford, Oliver
    Assistant Referee: Howson, Akil
    Assistant Referee: Meredith, Steven
    Fourth Official: Toner, Ben

    Oxford United (First Team) v West Ham United (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Jones, Robert
    Assistant Referee: Lugg, Nigel
    Assistant Referee: Russell, Mark
    Fourth Official: Pottage, Mark

    Sheffield United FC (First Team) v Sunderland AFC (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Robinson, Timothy
    Assistant Referee: McGrath, Matthew
    Assistant Referee: Jones, Mark
    Fourth Official: Wilson, James

    Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (First Team) v Reading FC (First Team)
    EFL Cup
    Referee: Bankes, Peter
    Assistant Referee: Betts, Lee
    Assistant Referee: Hatzidakis, Constantine
    Fourth Official: Mather, Simon

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  3. LIGUE 1 CONFORAMA - MATCHDAY 7 (24.09-25.09)

    Tuesday (24.09)
    Dijon - Marseille, 19:00 CET, referee: Jérémy Stinat (VAR: Jérôme Miguelgorry)
    Monaco - Nice, 21:00 CET, referee: Mikael Lesage (VAR: Thomas Leonard)

    Wednesday (25.09)
    Brest - Lyon, 19:00 CET, referee: Amaury Delerue (VAR: Thomas Leonard)
    Montpellier - Nîmes, 19:00 CET, referee: Benoît Bastien (VAR: Ruddy Buquet)
    Saint-Etienne - Metz, 19:00 CET, referee: Eric Wattellier (VAR: Dominique Julien)
    Nantes - Rennes, 19:00 CET, referee: Antony Gautier (VAR: Jérôme Miguelgorry)
    Toulouse - Angers, 19:00 CET, referee: Olivier Thual (VAR: Romain Lissorgue)
    Lille - Strasbourg, 19:00 CET, referee: Johan Hamel (VAR: Alexandre Castro)
    Paris - Reims, 21:00 CET, referee: François Letexier (VAR: Frank Schneider)

    Feel free to delete the comment if you want to add the appointments into the thread.

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  4. EREDIVISIE

    Wed 25th Sep 2019

    PSV Eindhoven - FC Groningen
    Referee: Bas Nijhuis
    Assistant Referee 1: Johan Balder
    Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen
    Fourth Official: Richard Martens
    Video Assistant Referee: Edwin van de Graaf
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Rogier Honig

    Ajax Amsterdam - Fortuna Sittard
    Referee: Jeroen Manschot
    Assistant Referee 1: Terry Hoekstra
    Assistant Referee 2: Freek Vandeursen
    Fourth Official: Sander van der Eijk
    Video Assistant Referee: Clay Ruperti
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Davie Goossens

    Thu 26th Sep 2019

    Feyenoord Rotterdam - AZ Alkmaar
    Referee: Jochem Kamphuis
    Assistant Referee 1: Roy de Nas
    Assistant Referee 2: Richard Brondijk
    Fourth Official: Martin van den Kerkhof
    Video Assistant Referee: Danny Makkelie
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Richard Polman

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  5. SCOTLAND

    Betfred Cup (Quarter-Finals)

    Wed 25th Sep 2019
    Celtic - Partick Thistle, 20:45CET, referee: Steven McLean
    Heart of Midlothian - Aberdeen, 20:45CET, referee: Kevin Clancy
    Kilmarnock - Hibernian, 20:45CET, referee: William Collum
    Livingston - Rangers, 20:45CET, referee: Donald Robertson

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  6. RUSSIA

    Russian Cup (Round of 32)

    Wed 25th Sep 2019
    SKA-Khabarovsk - Akhmat Groznyy, 11:00CET, referee: Anton Frolov
    Luch Vladivostok - Dinamo Moskva, 11:00CET, referee: Anton Anopa
    Tom' Tomsk - Tambov, 14:00CET, referee: Aleksey Matyunin
    Yenisey Krasnoyarsk - Zenit St Petersburg, 14:30CET, referee: Nikolay Voloshin
    Alaniya Vladikavkaz - CSKA Moskva, 17:00CET, referee: Igor' Panin
    Chayka Peschanokopskoye - Ufa, 17:00CET, referee: Kirill Levnikov
    KAMAZ Naberezhnyye Chelny - Spartak Moskva, 17:30CET, referee: Yevgeniy Turbin
    Mordoviya Saransk - Rostov, 17:30CET, referee: Aleksey Amelin
    Shinnik Yaroslavl' - Sochi, 17:30CET, referee: Pavel Shadykhanov
    Chernomorets Novorossiysk - Ural Sverdlovskaya oblast', 18:00CET, Artyom Lyubimov
    Chertanovo Moskva - Orenburg, 18:00CET, referee: Anatoliy Zhabchenko
    Fakel Voronezh - Arsenal Tula, 18:00CET, referee: Aleksey Sukhoy
    Khimki - Rubin Kazan', 18:00CET, referee: Pavel Kukuyan
    Nizhniy Novgorod - Krasnodar, 18:00CET, referee: Ivan Sidenkov
    Torpedo Moskva - Kryl'ya Sovetov Samara, 18:30CET, referee: Yevgeniy Kukulyak
    Baltika Kaliningrad - Lokomotiv Moskva, 20:30CET, referee: Stanislav Vasil'yev

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    1. Anatoly Zhabchenko is an ex-FIFA ref from Ukraine. Now he tries to renew his career in Russia.

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  7. According to our readers, Danny Makkelie (NED) has shown the best performance of Champions League Matchday 1.
    Here the (3) most voted performances:
    Danny Makkelie (NED) ATL - JUV 81 votes
    Anthony Taylor (ENG) PSG - REA 27 votes
    Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) OLY - TOT 23 votes

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    1. Yesterday he officiated the match between PSV and Ajax. A flawless performance with positive comments in the media. Also no VAR intervention.

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  8. SPAIN

    LaLiga Santander

    Tue 24th Sep 2019
    Real Valladolid - Granada, 19:00CET, referee: Pizarro Gómez (VAR: del Cerro Grande)
    Real Betis - Levante, 20:00CET, referee: Prieto Iglesias (VAR: Cordero Vega)
    Barcelona - Villarreal, 21:00CET, referee: de Burgos Bengoetxea (VAR: Melero López)

    Wed 25th Sep 2019
    Leganés - Athletic Club, 19:00CET, referee: González González (VAR: Martínez Munuera)
    Mallorca - Atlético de Madrid, 19:00CET, referee: Hernández Hernández (VAR: Gil Manzano)
    Valencia - Getafe, 20:00CET, referee: Munuera Montero (VAR: Cuadra Fernández)
    Real Madrid - Osasuna, 21:00CET, referee: Mateu Lahoz (VAR: Iglesias Villanueva)

    Thu 26th Sep 2019
    Eibar - Sevilla, 19:00CET, referee: González Fuertes (VAR: Soto Grado)
    Celta de Vigo - Espanyol de Barcelona, 20:00CET, referee: Sánchez Martínez (VAR: Alberola Rojas)
    Real Sociedad - Deportivo Alavés, 21:00CET, referee: Medié Jiménez (VAR: Álvarez Izquierdo)

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  9. Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR) resigns from the FIFA list.

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    1. Difficult situation now for Norwegian refereeing, with a spot to fill on the FIFA list. The remaining NO FIFA referees are:

      Tom Harald Hagen (41) - too old and already resigned in 2016
      Tommy Skjerven (52) - too old and already resigned (age limit) in 2012
      Dag Vidar Hafsås (46) - same as above, resigned in 2017
      Trond Ivar Døvle (44) - too old and fitness issues
      Trygve Kjensli (47) - too old + fitness and performance issues
      Sigurd Smehus Kringstad (31) - only candidate, but has had performance issues and has never been appointed for top games.

      Some names for the future from the 2nd division:

      Marius Lien (25)
      Christian Moen (31)
      Sivert Amland (26)

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    2. Christian Moen - Svein Oddvar's relative?

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    3. No, Moen is a normal Norwegian last name, and they're not related.

      Usman Aslam (29) and Marius Grøtta (26) are also names for promotion.

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  10. Appointments for this weekend in LaLiga have been just released. I kind of 'copy' the format of Mhmd S. AlKhalifi.

    Friday 27th September:

    Villarreal-Betis, 21:00 CET. Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (FIFA 1st), VAR: Pablo González Fuertes.


    Saturday 28th September:

    Athletic Club-Valencia, 13:00 CET. Referee: Mario Melero López, VAR: José María Sánchez Martínez (FIFA 1st)

    Getafe-Barcelona, 16:00 CET. Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (FIFA Elite), VAR: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (FIFA 2nd)

    Granada-Leganés, 18:30 CET. Referee: Adrián Cordero Vega, VAR: Santiago Jaime Latre

    Atlético de Madrid-Real Madrid, 21:00 CET. Referee: José Luis González González, VAR: Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo.


    Sunday 29th September:

    Espanyol-Valladolid, 12:00 CET. Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (FIFA from January 2020), VAR: José Luis Munuera Montero (FIFA 2nd)

    Eibar-Celta, 14:00 CET. Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (FIFA 2nd), VAR Antonio Mateu Lahoz (FIFA Elite)

    Alavés-Mallorca, 16:00 CET. Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (FIFA Elite), VAR: Valentín Pizarro Gómez.

    Levante-Osasuna, 18:30 CET. Referee: César Soto Grado, VAR: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (FIFA 2nd)

    Sevilla-Real Sociedad, 21:00 CET. Referee: Javier Alberola Rojas, VAR: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias.

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  11. ENGLAND - PREMIER LEAGUE - MATCHDAY 7
    Times in CET (GMT+2); UEFA Categories for FIFA Referees in square brackets

    SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
    13.30 | Sheffield United - Liverpool | Ref. - Anthony Taylor [Elite] | VAR - David Coote
    16.00 | Aston Villa - Burnley | Ref. - Lee Mason | VAR - Martin Atkinson
    16.00 | AFC Bournemouth - West Ham United | Ref. - Stuart Attwell [2nd] | VAR - Andrew Madley
    16. 00 | Chelsea - Brighton & Hove Albion | Ref. - Andre Marriner | VAR - Tim Robinson
    16.00 | Crystal Palace - Norwich City | Ref. - Jonathan Moss | VAR - Peter Bankes
    16.00 | Tottenham - Southampton | Ref. - Graham Scott | VAR - Darren England
    16.00 | Wolverhampton - Watford | Ref. - Paul Tierney [2nd] | VAR - Kevin Friend
    17.30 | Leicester City - Newcastle United | Ref. - Craig Pawson [1st] | VAR - Simon Hooper
    18.30 | Everton - Manchester City | Ref. - Michael Oliver [Elite] | VAR - Chris Kavanagh [2nd]
    21.00 | Manchester United - Arsenal | Ref. - Kevin Friend | VAR - Mike Dean

    Source - full appointments: https://www.premierleague.com/news/1355827

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    1. Some statistics below from my 'VAR at Premier League' spreadsheet that you can find at any time on my website at https://thefref.weebly.com/var-at-premier-league.html . It features statistics about VAR in the league, information about every review and a video of each review. I think you may find it quite useful, so please check it out after reading the stats below.

      => Darren England will make his debut as VAR next Matchweek, becoming the 22nd match official to act as VAR. Kavanagh has been VAR the most times (5), followed by Pawson, Attwell and Marriner (4).
      => 18 referees have been the referee in at least 1 match. Dean, Taylor and Atkinson are the only ones who have had a match as a referee every Matchweek (meaning 6 matches in total).
      => 11 VAR reviews made so far (all of them VAR-only) (0,18 per match) (1 review every 5,46 matches).
      => Distribution of reviews: 10 - goals (2 regarding handballs; 8 regarding offsides); 1 - penalty kick retake (due to encroaching attacker actively involving in play).
      => In all of the 8 offside review cases the initial decision was onside; regarding handballs - each time initial decision was no handball; regarding the retake - initial decision was no retake.
      => All 11 reviews have changed the initial decision.
      => Most VAR reviews in one match: 2 (happened 2 times).
      => The referees with most VAR reviews are Tierney, Dean and Oliver (2), with Oliver being the only one to have more than one match with a VAR review (only reviews when acting as referee are counted).
      => VARs with most reviews: Scott and Coote (2) (only matches as VAR counted).

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    2. This is incredibly helpful, and very interesting.
      Thank you!

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  12. ENGLAND: Lee Probert (Select Group 1) has retired at the age of 47 due to a long-standing back injury. He refereed 181 match in the PL as well as a FA Cup final. More information can be found at https://www.premierleague.com/news/1356054

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  13. Slovakia:
    Sereď-Trenčín: Chmura- Weiss, Jánošík- Ochotnický
    Senica-Pohronie: Pavlík- Vorel, Súkeníková- Dohál
    Slovan-Nitra Ziemba- R. Bobko st., Poláček- Ježík
    Michalovce-Ružomberok: Kružliak- Borsányi, Perát- Glova
    Z.Moravce-Trnava Očenáš- Ádám, Jekkel- Mastiš
    D.Streda-Žilina Kráľovič- Štrbo, Benko- Vitko

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  14. Ukraine

    Premier League

    25.09.2019 (Wednesday)
    16.00 | Mariupol - Dynamo Kyiv | REF: Dmytro Bondarenko

    Cup - Third Preliminary round

    25.09.2019 (Wednesday)
    ??.?? | Mykolaiv - Chornomorets Odessa | REF: Andriy Kovalenko
    14.00 | Ahrobiznez Volochysk - Dnipro-1 | REF: Serhiy Boyko
    14.00 | Dinaz Vyshhorod - Oleksandriya | REF: Yuriy Ivanov
    14.00 | Kremin Kremenchuk - Olimpik Donetsk | REF: Volodymyr Novokhatniy
    14.30 | Bukovyna Chernivtsi - Lviv | REF: Yaroslav Kozyk
    15.00 | Mynay Uzhhorod - Volyn Lutsk | REF: Viktor Kopiyevsky
    16.00 | Inhulets Petrove - Karpaty Lviv | REF: Mykola Balakin
    17.00 | Alyans Lypova Dolyna - Balkany Zorya | REF: Kateryna Monzul
    18.00 | Obolon-Brovar Kyiv - Hirnyk-Sport Horishni Plavni | REF: Oleksandr Derdo

    02.10.2019 (Wednesday)
    ??.?? | Rukh Lviv - Mariupol | REF: Dmytro Kryvushkin

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  15. Austria Bundesliga

    Saturday:
    Salzburg - Austria: Alexander Harkam
    Wolfsberger AC - Swarovski Tirol: no referee appointed yet, probably a Swiss referee will be appointed
    St. Pölten - LASK: Felix Ouschan

    Sunday:
    Altach - Mattersburg: Julian Weinberger
    Sturm Graz - Admira: Manuel Schüttengruber
    Rapid - Hartberg: Stefan Ebner

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    1. Wolfsberger AC - Swarovski Tirol : Christopher Jäger

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  16. Crucial game in the Vysheyshaya Liga (Belarus Premier League) race for the championship on Wednesday evening, as the top two teams meet.

    Dynama Brest are five points ahead of BATE Barysaŭ, who have a match 'in hand'. Season is played March - November, there are nine rounds of matches remaining. Tickets for the match sold out in five hours.

    Referees committee selected their UEFA Elite referee Aliaksiej Kuĺbakoŭ to handle the game. Full appointment is below.

    Wednesday 25th September - 1945 CET (Brest)
    Dynama Brest - BATE Barysaŭ
    REF: Aliaksiej Kuĺbakoŭ
    AR1: Dzmitryj Žuk
    AR2: Vitaĺ Maliucin
    4th: Dzmitryj Markaŭ
    AAR1: Vitaĺ Sievascjanik
    AAR2: Jaŭhien Navumaŭ

    For those interested, Belarus 5 will be televising the game free-to-air and can be reached through the link below:

    https://www.tvr.by/eng/televidenie/belarus-5/

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    1. This seems to be an obvious appointment, but it is not. This is only the second appointment of Kulbakov after a long suspension of 6 rounds. He was punished for not determining a penalty in this moment:
      https://streamable.com/4pwve
      When journalists asked the head of the refereeing and inspection department about a possible problem with the Champions League, he said, “We are constantly in contact with the UEFA refereeing committee and personally with Roberto Rosetti, we are looking for some kind of compromise.”

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    2. I didn't understand what you said. What do you mean with "Champions League problem" and "looking for a compromise"? For what?

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    3. The question implied the problem of a lack of refereeing practice for two months and, accordingly, readiness for autumn matches in Europe. But what in the answer meant by the word "compromise" is a mystery.

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  17. Hi guys! This match was played today and there is great debate about the decisions of the referee. What do you think about Ref' decision?

    Besiktaş-Başakşehir

    Ref: Suat Arslanboğa

    VAR: Halis Özkahya

    0:38 - PK?

    0:53 - RC?

    1:12 - RC?

    https://streamable.com/1arpn

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    1. I had to go and watch this multiple times for opinion. First one, no penalty supportable. Ball is close and bounces unexpectedly backwards from other player. Second one, clear RC for DOGSO. Player pulled back. How has the ref given free kick for defender I dont know. Last one, clear RC. A player cannot push a ref. Shocking action! Very poor from ref but the turkish league ref standards besides Cakir is some of the worst in Europe.

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    2. 00:38 grey area, reasons for whistling penalty, but basically arm is close to body, one can discuss about the movement after having touched the ball, that can sound like a deliberate "minimal" act, however no mistake in any case.

      00:53 Red card without discussions. Violent conduct against referee.

      01:12 There isn't any foul by attacker, so RC for DOGSO, wrong assessment by referee, VAR must intervene there, he has proofs that there isn't any foul by attacker.

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    3. Thank you very much for your wonderful comments @Bgymn @Chefren.

      @Bgymn you are right. About Turkish Referees Committe, there are big scandals and strange things going on here. I'll write the details soon.

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    4. Just before, it was announced that Suat Arslanboğa's refereeing career was finished by MHK.

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  18. CANADA - CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE - FALL SEASON MATCHWEEK 15
    All times are local times to location. All officials are Canadian level 2 (provincial NextGEN) or level (National list).FIFA qualified officials in []. No VAR used in league.

    WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2019
    18:30 AT | HFX Wanderers v Forge FC
    Referee: Myriam Marcotte [FIFA]. Assistants: André Pickler, Travis Lefebvre. 4th Official: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin [FIFA}

    SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019
    14:00 AT | HFX Wanderers FC v Valour FC
    Referee: Yusri Rudolf. Assistants: Travis Lefebvre, Chad Lefebvre. 4th Official: Scott Decker.

    13:30 ET | FC Edmonton v York9 FC
    Referee: Alain Ruch. Assistants: Peter Manastyrsky, Michael Hood. 4th Official: Giancarlo Pavone.

    SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2019
    13:30 MT | Cavalry FC v Pacific FC
    Referee: Fabrizio Stasolla. Assistants: Daniel Boudreau, Graham Forsyth. 4th Official: Michael Mund.


    I am tracking all match official statistics within the Canadian Premier League through both Spring and Fall seasons. This is done through a Google Docs spreadsheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nN7VWRYmn7iffrqXJh6MGwkrJlov-kxKm8UUGT_fsgM/edit#gid=1904549632), as well as posting of match appointments and cumulative season stats through personal twitter account (@VictoriaGooner).

    This is the inaugural season of Canada's only professional sports league and first official Tier 1 domestic league

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  19. EREDIVISIE

    Friday 27 September 2019

    FC Emmen - ADO Den Haag, 20:00CET, referee: Erwin Blank (VAR: Laurens Gerrets)

    Saturday 28 September 2019

    VVV Venlo - SC Heerenveen, 18:30CET, referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (VAR: Jochem Kamphuis)
    Ajax Amsterdam - FC Groningen, 19:45CET, referee: Björn Kuipers (VAR: Pol van Boekel)
    Fortuna Sittard - Sparta Rotterdam, 20:45CET, referee: Richard Martens (VAR: Jeroen Manschot)

    Sunday 29 September 2019

    RKC Waalwijk - Vitesse Arnhem, 12:15CET, referee: Bas Nijhuis (VAR: Jannick van der Laan)
    FC Utrecht - Willem II Tilburg, 14:30CET, referee: Edwin van de Graaf (VAR: Erwin Blank)
    PEC Zwolle - PSV Eindhoven, 14:30CET, referee: Dennis Higler (VAR: Allard Lindhout)
    AZ Alkmaar - Heracles Almelo, 16:45CET, referee: Pol van Boekel (VAR: Luca Cantineau)
    Feyenoord Rotterdam - Twente Enschede, 16:45CET, referee: Danny Makkelie (VAR: Rob Dieperink)

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  20. Premier League in England are still not using VAR correctly. We have now had 6 match days and not one penalty has been given by VAR. Not one referee has gone to the pitch side monitor. Utter shambles and absolute disgrace.

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    1. Lol they were told not to go to pitch side monitors..... Due to time wasting.... English referess can only go to pitch side monitors in UCL,UCL fa cup,EFL and FIFA games with var....but not in the premier league...

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  21. PORTUGAL

    Only FIFA Referee:

    LIGA NOS
    Moreirense-Benfica: SOARES DIAS | VAR: MANUEL MOTA
    Gil Vicente-Boavista: FÁBIO VERÍSSIMO | VAR: TIAGO MARTINS
    Vitória Setúbal-Portimonense: JOÃO PINHEIRO | VAR: VÍTOR FERREIRA
    FC Porto-Santa Clara: LUÍS GODINHO | VAR: RUI OLIVEIRA
    Sporting CP-FC Famalicão: HUGO MIGUEL | VAR: ANTÓNIO NOBRE

    LIGA PRO (2º)
    AC. VISEU-FARENSE: TIAGO MARTINS
    ACADÉMICA-FEIRENSE: JORGE SOUSA

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  22. Panathinaïkos - Olympiakós
    REF: Sascha Stegemann
    AR1: Mike Pickel
    AR2: Frederick Assmuth
    4th: Georgios Kominis
    VAR: Angelos Evangelou
    AVAR: Andreas Fotopoulos

    Key Match Incidents:

    55' After an On-Field Review, referees confirms initial call not to award a penalty to Panathinaïkós (potential striking)
    https://streamable.com/5kmb3

    58' Referee awards a penalty to Panathinaïkós, supported by VAR (pushing)
    https://streamable.com/nbm36

    60' AR1 reports that goalkeeper is not touching the line when a penalty kick is struck, but after an On-Field Review, referee decides that the goalkeeper's save is legal
    https://streamable.com/as6br

    64' Referee evaluates a tackle by Panathinaïkos no.3 as reckless (supported by VAR) - was this Serious Foul Play?
    https://streamable.com/od9ad

    88' Referee awards a penalty to Panathinaïkos, supported by VAR (tripping)
    https://streamable.com/mfhsd

    +94' Potential penalty not awarded to Olympiakós, supported by VAR (potential shirt tugging). Too early flag by AR2: good delayed whistle by referee.
    Interesting for LotG case study - does offside invalidate any tugging offense by defender?
    https://streamable.com/723xx

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    1. regarding the last incident, yes there is a shirt pull, it is a foul cause the player is not "active" on the offside offence yet but from the freeze-frame I did the shirt pull stops right outside the penalty area, so no var stuff.

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  23. LIGUE 1 CONFORAMA - MATCHDAY 8 (28.09-29.09)

    Saturday (28.09)
    Lyon - Nantes, 13:30 CET, referee: Benoît Millot (VAR: Olivier Thual)
    Bordeaux - Paris, 17:30 CET, referee: Jérôme Brisard (VAR: Benoît Bastien)
    Angers - Amiens, 20:00 CET, referee: Karim Abed (VAR: Stéphanie Frappart)
    Monaco - Brest, 20:00 CET, referee: Ruddy Buquet (VAR: Alexandre Castro)
    Nice - Lille, 20:00 CET, referee: Clément Turpin (VAR: François Letexier)
    Metz - Toulouse, 20:00 CET, referee: Florent Batta (VAR: Willy Delajod)
    Reims - Dijon, 20:00 CET, referee: Jérémie Pignard (VAR: Johan Hamel)

    Sunday (29.09)
    Strasbourg - Montpellier, 15:00 CET, referee: Hakim Ben El Hadj (VAR: Bruno Coue)
    Nîmes - Saint-Etienne, 17:00 CET, referee: Thomas Leonard (VAR: Stéphanie Frappart)
    Marseille - Rennes, 21:00 CET, referee: Frank Schneider (VAR: Willy Delajod)

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    1. Furthermore, some L1 referees are appointed in Ligue 2 this weekend and next weekend as well.

      Friday (27.09)
      Troyes - Orléans, 20:00 CET, referee: Jérémy Stinat

      Friday (04.10)
      Caen - Châteauroux, 20:00 CET, referee: Éric Wattellier

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  24. UEFA confirmed : VAR will be used from of the Knockout Stages in this Europa League Season

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    1. and also Women Champions League 2020 Final in Vienna

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    2. Excellent decision about EL KO stage, this was very important.

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  25. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
    Premier League
    https://www.nfsbih.ba/vijesti/nogomet-m/bht-premijer-liga/bh-telecom-premijer-liga-bih-2019-30/

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  26. CROATIA,1.HNL.10th round:

    1. INTER-Z. – GORICA Mario Zebec (Cestica)

    2. SL. BELUPO – OSIJEK Duje Strukan (Split)

    3. LOKOMOTIVA – DINAMO Ivan Bebek (Rijeka)

    4. VARAŽDIN – RIJEKA Igor Pajač (Sv. I. Zelina)

    5. ISTRA 1961 – HAJDUK Fran Jović (Zagreb)

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    1. I would like to add that this would be 3rd round in a row that Bebek has been appointed.

      That all happened after Croatian Football Federation declared bad officiating in first 6 rounds of Croatian League.

      After that we saw mostly Elite Croatian refs to handle matches such as Bebek,Pajac,Jovic and Zebec,but 3 rounds in a row(Bebek) is something we rarely see.

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    2. Indeed, not good situation for first league referees in Croatia. Referee commissioner clearly shows lack of trust in "non-fifa" referees, especially those promoted this season.
      Hopefully at least those 5 that are forced lately will achieve good form.

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  27. Ukraine

    Premier League

    27.09.2019 (Friday)
    18.00 | Shakhtar Donetsk - Vorskla Poltava | REF: Yevhen Aranovsky

    28.09.2019 (Saturday)
    16.00 | Karpaty Lviv - Kolos Kovalivka | REF: Ivan Bondar
    18.30 | Oleksandriya - Lviv | REF: Vitaliy Romanov

    29.09.2019 (Sunday)
    13.00 | Mariupol - Desna Chernihiv | REF: Yaroslav Kozyk
    16.00 | Dynamo Kyiv - Dnipro-1 | REF: Anatoliy Abdula
    18.30 | Olimpik Donetsk - Zorya Luhansk | REF: Serhiy Boyko

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    1. Hi, Dmytro) where are you from?
      I'm from Kharkiv

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    2. Привіт! Херсонщина :)

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    3. Не очікував зустріти тут когось з України;)

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    4. Привіт землякам з Олександрії!!!)

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    5. наші люди всюди

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  28. Stephan Klossner will officiate AEK vs PAOK

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  29. Greek SL MD5
    Aris - Larissa: Manolis Skoulas (VAR: Vasilis Fotias)
    Olympiakos - Lamia: Aris Diamantopoulos (VAR: Georgios Kominis)
    Atromitos - Panaitolikos: Georgios Vreskas (VAR: Stefanos Koumparakis)
    OFI - Asteras Tripolis: Praxitelis Zachariadis (VAR: Ioannis Papadopoulos)
    Xanthi - Volos: Athanasios Tzilos (VAR: Athanasios Sezos)
    Panionios - Panathinaikos: Aggelos Evaggelou (VAR: Georgios Tzovaras)
    AEK - PAOK: Stephan Klossner (VAR: Anastasios Sidiropoulos)

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  30. I had read that Klossner had decided to retire.

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    1. Yes, but after the end of the season.

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    2. He was not supported by Swiss Ref Comittee. It‘s NOT the only reason but one of many. What happened? In relegation game at the end of last season he sent a player of because the player spit at the referee. On TV pictures it was neither clear that it is true nor that this is a lie by Klossner. The player then swore he would never spit at a match official and the red card was taken back. Klossner was very frustrated because the thinks (and I strongly agree with that) that ref commitee should back the referee‘s point of view.

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  31. LATVIA: Latvian Higher League (1st in hierarchy) club Spartaks Jūrmala has appealed to the FIFA Referees Committee and LFF (Latvian Football Federation) due to the following reason.

    Andris Treimanis [1st UEFA Category] has been working in LFF as a lawyer for a long time but since 26 August he is working in one more job - he now also is the Deputy Director for Economic Work at 'Rīgas Futbola Skola'. The Riga City Council institution 'Riga Futbola Skola' has a cooperation agreement in terms of youth academy with the Latvian Higher League club RFS (stands for also 'Rīgas Futbola Skola'). Without an appropriate youth football system, RFS would not be able to obtain the appropriate licence needed to play in the Higher League and UEFA Europa League.

    Spartaks Jūrmala points to a potential conflict of interest.

    'We want to point out the referee's Andris Treimanis possible discrepancy with LFF and international ethical standards. First of all, A. Treimanis is employed as Deputy Director for Economic Work at the Riga City Council institution 'Rigas Futbola Skola'. The football club RFS and the Riga City Council institution 'Rigas Futbola Skola' are directly linked because they have a joint application to participate in the Latvian Higher League. This poses risks to the interpretation that A. Treimanis might not be able to objectively make decisions on the field of play when it is necessary to referee against RFS,' Spartaks Jūrmala says in their submission.

    On 15 September there was a match between RFS and Spartaks Jūrmala. RFS won 6-0, but at 64' (when the result was 4-0) Treimanis' decision was to play on in a possible DOGSO situation (video in the source link below; not a good replay angle, but if there is contact, that's DOGSO for me, probably there was no contact in the referee's opinion but in that case I think it should be YC for simulation...).

    In the appeal RFS points to the FIFA Code of Ethics as well as the LFF Code of Ethics. Also, due to Treimanis' secondary linking with RFS, Spartaks Jūrmala calls for the LFF Referees Committee to not appoint Treimanis to RFS matches. They also want to replay the RFS 6:0 Spartaks Jūrmala match.

    Source - article in the most significant news portal of the country (‘Delfi’). It was published yesterday (24.09.2019.) at 16:55 GMT+3. The portal claims that they have got a copy of the appeal, they also mention the following: ‘The unofficial information that ‘Delfi’ has got, suggests that some more clubs may have appealed regarding this matter, but there is no confirmation on that.’ Here’s a link to the article and the video mentioned earlier: https://bit.ly/2kPs1ib

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  32. Situation in Valencia - Getafe. Your thoughts?

    https://twitter.com/PablosmZ7/status/1176948382776123392

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    1. More angles:

      https://twitter.com/PabIo__VCF/status/1176950417516892165

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    2. 100% penalty. Unbelievable mistake by VAR to not intervene.

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    3. No penalty and absolutely not a clear and obvious one. He tries to make himself smaller.

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    4. I rewatched the situation, and, yes, it is definitely not a 100% penalty as I said. I don't know what I was thinking, maybe the position of the player had an impact on my initial thoughts. With the new rules this is more play on than penalty. VAR correct to not intervene.

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  33. SAUDI PRO LEAGUE

    Thursday 26 September 2019

    17:45CET
    Abha - Al-Ittifaq Ad-Dammam
    REF: Kevin Blom (NED)
    AR1: Richard Polman (NED)
    AR2: Maarten Ketting (NED)
    4OF: Siemen Mulder (NED)
    VAR: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
    AVAR: Michał Obukowicz (POL)

    19:15CET
    Al-Hilal Riyadh - At-Ta'awun Buraidah
    REF: Ovidiu Alin Hațegan (ROU)
    AR1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
    AR2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
    4OF: Manuel Oliveira (POR)
    VAR: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
    AVAR: Rui Licínio (POR)

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  34. OT:

    U17 Euro qualifiers.

    Group 4:

    Teams: Sweden (host), Denmark, Faroe Islands, Lithuania.

    Referees: Rahim Hasanov (AZE, AR Jamil Guliyev), Yigal Frid (ISR, AR Tom Adi), Dragan Petrovic (BIH, AR Sreten Udovičić). Reserve is Kaspar Sjöberg (SWE, AR Max Robin Wilde)


    Group 11:

    Teams: Finland (host), Czech Republic, Bosnia, Moldova.

    Referees: Nathan Verboomen (BEL, AR Ruben Wyss), Loukas Sotiriou (CYP, AR Charalampos Georgiou), Tim Marshall (NIR, AR Adam Jeffrey). Reserve is Daniel Enkvist (FIN, AR Olli Jantunen)

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  35. LATVIA: Today at 16.00 GMT the second Latvian Cup semifinal will be played. RFS will host Riga FC. (Live stream - https://bit.ly/2mTu6KS )
    All apointments are published on the federation's website (usually in the morning of the day before the day of the match). Andris Treimanis [1st] was the appointed referee at first but after the appeal about a conflict of interest, that I mentioned yesterday at https://bit.ly/2m2F801, the referee has been changed to Gediminas Mažeika (LTU) [1st]. Vytautas Šimkus and Vytenis Kazlauskas will be his ARs while Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA) will be the 4th official. The head of the LFF Referees Committee, LFF Referee Observer and UEFA Referee Observer Vadims Direktorenko will observ the Lithuanian. Delegate - Konstantīns Rubīns.

    The most significant news portal of the country has also written a short article about it (in Latvian): https://bit.ly/2m0MbXa

    It will be very interesting to see how this situation with Treimanis develops.

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    1. Thanks for your continued updates on refereeing in Latvia, I am sure I speak on behalf on the blog when I say that your dispatches are met with great interest, especially as despite our best intentions we cannot keep up with all corners of Europe.

      If I'd have realised in time I would have watched the game!
      Can you report how Gediminas Mažeika performed?

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    2. Great to hear that. Yes, I try to also give some insights from here, outside the 'football region'. I always enjoy reading your reports and I am sure many else do too, so please keep up the amazing work.

      I wrote the comment 2 minutes before the start of the match so you didn't have a big chance to find out about it before the start. ;)
      Talking about the match, there were no crucial mistakes by Mažeika as there simply were no crucial scenes to evaluate. In summary I would say it was an expected level performance in a not so challenging match. A big point for improvement is positioning.
      I made some refereeing highlights, you can watch them at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DHzWux-KaE

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  36. Cüneyt Cakir was appointed for the traditionally Intercontinental Derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce on Saturday.

    Süper Lig Cemil Usta Sezonu 2019/2020 (Profesyonel Takım) Matchday 6 Match Code: 1054 Saturday, 28 September 2019 19:00 Central European Time (20:00 Local Time, Eastern European Time) Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi Türk Telekom Stadyumu Istanbul, Republic of Turkey

    GALATASARAY SPOR KULÜBÜ - FENERBAHÇE SPOR KULÜBÜ

    Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (1976, UEFA Elite Referee)

    Assistent Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (1976, FIFA Assistent Referee)

    Assistent Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (1973, FIFA Assistent Referee)

    Fourth Offical: Zorbay Küçük (1992, TFF Referee)

    Video Assistent Referee: Koray Gençerler (1978, TFF Referee)

    Assistent Video Assistent Referee: Volkan Bayarslan (1978, TFF Referee)

    Assistent Video Assistent Referee: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (1980, FIFA Assistent Referee)

    Referee Observer: Muhittin Boşat Delegate: Orhan Tatar Delegate: Selim Arici Delegate: Bülent Tirnaksiz Delegate: Murat Kangalgil

    For Cüneyt Çakir (originating from Istanbul) it will be his 307th match in Turkish Süper Lig and his 25th derby in total.
    His personal season 2019/2020 started with the Fourth Offical appointment in Istanbul for the UEFA Super Cup between FC Liverpool and Chelsea FC (main referee Stephanie Frappart).

    After two solid performances this season in Süper Lig (Kasimpasa-Trabzonspor and Gencerbirligi-Basaksehir) it will be his third assigment in his home league this season. He was Video Assistent Referee at the top match Medipol Basaksehir - Fenerbahce on Matchday 2.

    His personal UEFA season as main referee started with an excellent Champions League playoff between CFR Cluj and Slavia Praha. Two interesting teams focused on battles but Cakir handeld the game without any problems. Roberto Rosetti rewarded Cakir with a great game at Stamford Brigde an Champions League Matchday 1. The important two decisions were supportable and I would like to mention that the rest of the game was top level refereeing and in no way debatable.

    Also one appointment for European national teams. He was in charge of the important EURO Qualificaton match between Serbia and Portugal in Belgrad. It was a solid performance without any problems and no discussion about refereeing that night.

    The last assigment was in Saudi Arabian Professional League between Ittihad and Hilal. I personally could not see the game but it was reported on the blog that the game was excellent to watch and Cakir provided an excellent performance.

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  37. guida with a correct PK early in the match

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    1. According to "Italian" perception, it is quite soft, but for sure not wrong, indeed Orsato didn't intervene.

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  38. OT;

    What do you guys think? penalty or no penalty?

    https://twitter.com/mohammedalenaz1/status/1177301361396002818?s=21

    All of your opinions are appreciated

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    1. Btw, referee was Ovidiu Hațegan, VAR was Artur Soares Dias.

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    2. Play-on for me as it's not a typical shot-blocking intervention, hands are in natural position, shot from very short distance, no time for reaction.

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    3. Looks identical to the situation Eriksson didn't call a penalty on in the Europa League final.

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    4. No penalty. Left hand in natural position and very short distance.

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  39. Predictions CL MD2 (VARs in brackets)
    Real - Brugge: Siebert (Steinhaus, Welz)
    Galatasaray - Paris: Stieler (Zwayer, Dankert)
    Tottenham - Bayern: del Cerro Grande (Hernandez, Martinez)
    Red Star - Olympiakos: Grinfeld (Pinheiro, Verissimo)
    Atalanta - Donetsk: Marciniak (Gil, Frankowski)
    Man City - Zagreb: Gözübüyük (Makkelie, Nijhuis)
    Juventus - Leverkusen: Collum (Millot, Schneider)
    Lokomotiv - Atletico: Pawson (Tierney, Attwell)
    Genk - Napoli: Bastien (Brisard, Delerue)
    Liverpool - Salzburg: Mazeika (Gil Manzano, Sanchez)
    Slavia - Dortmund: Ekberg (Göcek, Kalkavan)
    Barcelona - Inter: Skomina (Higler, van Boekel)
    Zenit - Benfica: Mateu (de Burgos, Munuera)
    Leipzig - Lyon: Kulbakov (Raczkowski, Jakubik)
    Valencia - Ajax: Orsato (Guida, Mariani)
    Lille - Chelsea: Bebek (Fabbri, Irrati)

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    1. Here are mine (without VARs though):

      A) Real - Brugge: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR, Elite)
      A) Galatasaray - Paris: Björn Kuipers (NED, Elite)
      B) Tottenham - Bayern: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP, Elite)
      B) Crvena Zvezda - Olympiacos: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, Elite)
      C) Atalanta - Shakthar: Tobias Stieler (GER, First)
      C) City - Zagreb: Georgi Kabakov (BUL, First)
      D) Juventus - Leverkusen: Orel Grinfeld (ISR, First)
      D) Lokomotiv - Atlético: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED, First)
      E) Genk - Napoli: Benoît Bastien (FRA, Elite)
      E) Liverpool - Salzburg: Andreas Ekberg (SWE, First)
      F) Slavia - Dortmund: Sergei Karasev (RUS, Elite)
      F) Barcelona - Inter: Damir Skomina (SVN, Elite)
      G) Leipzig - Lyon: William Collum (SCO, Elite)
      G) Zenit - Benfica: Daniele Orsato (ITA, Elite)
      H) Lille - Chelsea: Deniz Aytekin (GER, Elite)
      H) Valencia - Ajax: Szymon Marciniak (POL, Elite)

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    2. Philipp, can I ask why you expect again Bebek in Champions League? Do you see this possible, after his path (demotion from Elite Category)? He had already many chances in past.

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    3. Actually I was looking for "new" referees, who did not officiate CL in the last season. But except Gözübüyük, every possible candidate for a real debut already did EL on MD 1 or is unavailable otherwise.
      Therefore I started considering referees, who could return on the CL stage. And Bebek seemed the most likey to me, because of his recent appointments and also performances (if I remember correctly, what was reported).
      Therefore I somehow think, it's possible to see him again (also because he still is the only option from his country), however with chances below 50%.

      BTW, I did all the predictions under the premise, that only referees, who did a play-off match (EL or CL), will be used on MD2, excluding e.g. Aytekin, Kabakov, Karasev, Kovacs, Kuipers and Turpin.
      That leads to some rather unexpected choices, because of the limited options.

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  40. CONMEBOL Libertadores Semifinal First Leg

    Wednesday, 02 October 2019
    02:30 Central European Time
    (Tuesday 01 October 21:30 America/Argentina/Buenos Aires)
    Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti
    Buenos Aires, Argentine Republic


    Club Atlético River Plate (ARG) - Club Atlético Boca Juniors (ARG)


    Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)

    Assistent Referee 1: Danilo Manis (Brazil)

    Assistent Referee 2: Bruno Pires (Brazil)

    Fourth Offical: Arnaldo Samaniego (Paraguay)

    Video Assistent Referee: Nicolas Gallo (Columbia)

    Assistent Video Assistent Referee: Rodolpho Tosky (Brazil)

    Assistent Video Assistent Referee: Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)

    VAR Observer: Patricio Polic (Chile)

    Delegate: Dario Ubriaco (Uruguay)

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  41. CONMEBOL Libertadores Semifinal First Leg
    Thursday, 03 October 2019
    02:30 Central European Time (Wednesday 02 October 21:30 America/Argentina/Buenos Aires)
    Arena do Gremio
    Porto Alegre, Brazil



    Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense (Brazil) - Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (Brazil)



    Referee: Nestor Pitana (Argentina)

    Assistent Referee 1: Juan P. Belatti (Argentina)

    Assistent Referee 2: Hernan Maidana (Argentina)

    Fourth Offical: Guillermo Guerrero (Ecuador)

    Video Assistent Referee: Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)

    Assistent Video Assistent Referee: German Delfino (Argentina)

    Assistent Video Assistent Referee: Ezequiel Brailovsky (Argentina)

    VAR Observer: Enrique Caceres (Paraguay)

    Delegate: Martin Vazquez (Uruguay)

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  42. Serie A Matchday 6
    From Saturday 28 September to Monday 30 September

    CAGLIARI – H. VERONA h. 18.00
    VOLPI
    MANGANELLI – SANTORO
    IV: MARINELLI
    VAR: DI BELLO
    AVAR: TEGONI

    JUVENTUS – SPAL Sabato 28/09 h. 15.00
    PICCININI
    TOLFO – VILLA
    IV: MAGGIONI
    VAR: MASSA
    AVAR: SCHENONE

    LAZIO – GENOA
    PAIRETTO
    RANGHETTI – BOTTEGONI
    IV: ILLUZZI
    VAR: MAZZOLENI
    AVAR: PAGANESSI

    LECCE – ROMA
    ABISSO
    DI IORIO – BRESMES
    IV: BARONI
    VAR: GUIDA
    AVAR: FIORITO

    MILAN – FIORENTINA h. 20.45
    GIACOMELLI
    PRETI – LONGO
    IV: ABBATTISTA
    VAR: MARESCA
    AVAR: VIVENZI

    NAPOLI – BRESCIA h. 12.30
    MANGANIELLO
    GORI – IMPERIALE
    IV: SACCHI
    VAR: CHIFFI
    AVAR: DE MEO

    PARMA – TORINO Lunedì 30/09 h. 20.45
    LA PENNA
    COLAROSSI – BACCINI
    IV: ROS
    VAR: FABBRI
    AVAR: LIBERTI

    SAMPDORIA – INTER Sabato 28/09 h. 18.00
    CALVARESE
    BINDONI – GALETTO
    IV: IRRATI
    VAR: PASQUA
    AVAR: MONDIN

    SASSUOLO – ATALANTA Sabato 28/09 h. 20.45
    VALERI
    DEL GIOVANE – MARGANI
    IV: AURELIANO
    VAR: MARIANI
    AVAR: VALERIANI

    UDINESE – BOLOGNA
    GIUA
    DI VUOLO – CALIARI
    IV: MINELLI
    VAR: BANTI
    AVAR: CECCONI

    Rocchi is out, he has been kept for Inter - Juventus, on next Matchday (06/10). Good appointment for Giacomelli with Milan - Fiorentina.
    Irrati fourth official on Saturday, very rare, he is never appointed as Fourth Official, this means that he will get Inter - Juventus as VAR.

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    1. Orsato is also absent among the championship designations, do you think he can be designated in the Champions League?

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    2. Yes for sure, it is expected because he didn't appear on MD1.
      Champions League for him on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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  43. BUNDESLIGA (27.09-29.09)

    Friday (27.09)
    Union - Frankfurt, 20:30 CET, referee: Sascha Stegemann (VAR: Tobias Reichel)

    Saturday (28.09)
    Leipzig - Schalke, 15:30 CET, referee: Manuel Gräfe (VAR: Günter Perl)
    Hoffenheim - Mönchengladbach, 15:30 CET, referee: Harm Osmers (VAR: Florian Badstübner)
    Mainz - Wolfsburg, 15:30 CET, referee: Felix Brych (VAR: Marco Fritz)
    Augsburg - Leverkusen, 15:30 CET, referee: Robert Kampka (VAR: Christian Dingert)
    Paderborn - Bayern, 15:30 CET, referee: Felix Zwayer (VAR: Tobias Stieler)
    Dortmund - Bremen, 18:30 CET, referee: Deniz Aytekin (VAR: Benjamin Brand)

    Sunday (29.09)
    Düsseldorf - Freiburg, 15:30 CET, referee: Daniel Siebert (VAR: Bibiana Steinhaus)
    Cologne - Hertha, 18:00 CET, referee: Sören Storks (VAR: Daniel Schlager)

    SECOND BUNDESLIGA

    Friday (28.09)
    Wehen Wiesbaden - Osnabrück, 18:30 CET, referee: Benjamin Cortus (VAR: Alexander Sather)

    Saturday (29.09)
    Regensburg - Hamburg, 13:00 CET, referee: Tobias Welz (VAR: Christof Günsch)
    Karlsruhe - Heidenheim, 13:00 CET, referee: Bastian Dankert (VAR: Patrick Alt)

    Sunday (30.09)
    Aue - Dresden, 13:30 CET, referee: Robert Hartmann (VAR: Bastian Dankert)

    Monday (01.10)
    Hannover - Nürnberg, 20:30 CET, referee: Martin Petersen (VAR: Timo Gerach)

    THIRD BUNDESLIGA

    Saturday (29.09)
    Braunschweig - Halle, 14:00 CET, referee: Guido Winkmann
    1860 München - Kaiserslautern, 14:00 CET, referee: Robert Schröder

    Sunday (30.09)
    Mannheim - Rostock, 13:00 CET, referee: Markus Schmidt

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  44. SAUDI PRO LEAGUE

    Friday 27 September 2019

    17:25CET
    Ash-Shabab Riyadh - Al-Ittihad Jiddah
    Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Michał Obukowicz (POL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
    Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
    Video Assistant Referee: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Konrad Sapela (POL)

    19:15CET
    Al-Ahli Jiddah - An-Nassr Riyadh
    Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Rui Licínio (POR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
    Fourth Official: Manuel Oliveira (POR)
    Video Assistant Referee: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Paulo Brás (POR)

    19:15CET
    Al-Wahda Makkah - Al-Fatah Al-Ahasa
    Referee: Siemen Mulder (NED)
    Assistant Referee 1: Richard Polman (NED)
    Assistant Referee 2: Maarten Ketting (NED)
    Fourth Official: Kevin Blom (NED)
    Video Assistant Referee: João Capela (POR)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ra'id Az-Zahrani (KSA)

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  45. Another news from CONMEBOL: Roddy Zambrano (41) out from FIFA list. It is reported that the performance in Brazil - Argentina could be a reason for that. He has been the first referee from Ecuador officiating such game in Copa America.

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  46. I read the news on Arbitro Internacional as well. Could it possibly be based on that performance only? He struggled a lot in all areas of refereeing but was that enough, since it was his first "superclasico"?

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  47. Internazionale Milano - SS Lazio, Fabio Maresca

    Important game for Maresca. If it is true that Rocchi will exit the FIFA list for 2020, then he is one of the frontrunners to take his place. Wednesday's match was his second match between two of the 'top-six' teams in Serie A; he a bit of a mess of the last one, AS Roma - AC Milan game last season.

    On the whole he showed a rather 'better-echelon-of-satisfactory' (8,2) performance:

    - Trying to stay in the background too much:
    * Two clear missed YCs that have shades of SFP (31', 84'). 31' was missed entirely on a perception level, AR2 had to help in the second instance.
    * Further unpunished case of SPA/LoR, I agree that a YC would have inflamed the game but I would have liked a public warning.
    * Some minor points besides: bad advantage (29'), lost concentration re. a throw-in (33') and whistling with the ball - just - in play and carrying on (37') as a further consequence of that.

    + Extremely elegant and natural way of refereeing
    * His mimics, gestures are simply a pleasure to watch; players responded very well to such sovereign, natural style. I would say 'optimal' leadership style in football refereeing. Wow!
    * Fantastic positioning and movement, very anticipative and excellent reading 'ahead' of the next phases of play. Sometimes he entered the diagonal channel and then worked hard to move back to the normal diagonal (only once he didn't do that and missed a clear foul at 48').
    * Very good caution at 81' for an unlucky heavy follow-through tackle after playing the ball, perfectly solved with mimics and gestures.

    => I think the problems he had in this match were on a mentality rather than decision-computing level. If he finds himself in better shape and more confident about how to approach his matches (I had the feeling he was stuck between his instinctual way of refereeing and a more 'tolerant' expectation) he can improve further.

    His charisma, mimics mean that he can always be accepted whilst just trying to solve each decision correctly (the best refereeing style, IMO) - at least in an 'in-game' reality there is no need for him to avoid, balance cards etc.

    In addition he has some extremely strong skills in his résumé that could even take him very far internationally.

    Maresca should be first option to enter the FIFA list in 2020 in case of Rocchi's exit.

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    1. I ike his style,very Italian style or as you say extremely elegant and natural way of refereeing.

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    2. Mikael, let me congratulate for this excellent report. You went very "deep" in Maresca's personality by pointing out exactly his attitudes on the pitch. I watch him in serie A games and I can confirm that he has the skills you mentioned. A very natural style of refereeing, he doesn't need to be sophisticated in making decisions, he is just himself. This is a very positive ability, I must say, because many referees are lacking in that. His problem in recent times has been regarding too many mistakes made in various games, but basically he is definitely better than his colleagues because you can read in him a "natural and true referee". Sometimes he make calls and books player by giving the impression that he already knows exactly before the situations, what it is about to happen (thank to his reading of the game, and you also mentioned that). At moment he is 38 years old, so not a very young age to become FIFA referee, but if we think that Doveri was promoted at 41 I think this could be still possible. For sure Maresca has the strong personality that I would like to see in the various Mariani, Fabbri, Di Bello... he is by far better on that aspect. Let's see whether, in case of Rocchi's replacement on the list, he will join the FIFA status.

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    3. I was going to report a few notes from that game but your analysis is way more detailed and accurate, thanks a lot. I agree he really made a positive impression on the pitch, regarding his presence and acting. Similarly I agree about a slightly inconsistent foul detection. The idea of letting the game flow and whistle only major contacts was good, the application itself was not fully successful.

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    4. VERONA - UDINESE, 0-0, Daniele Chiffi

      Mixed bags performance for young Chiffi. The 1st half was rather poor, he almost lost control around minute 33' after not whistling an obvious foul, where literally everyone was expecting a free kick and he pointed at the ball instead. A few minutes later his first booking was for dissent, which also made him unpopular on the pitch and on the crowd. I agree on his no penalty call at 31', although the situation is rather complex.

      2nd half was better, with way more acceptance and fair play. On 53' he correctly waved away a penalty appeal for handball. Around 82' a major foul which could be very close to SFP, but YC is IMO acceptable. Overall below expectation, but with a positive climax during the game.

      BARCELONA - VILLAREAL, 2-1, Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea

      Expected level performance for Spanish international with some areas for improvement. For instance, at 26' he played a great advantage and then booked the player responsible for the offence. On minute 41', on the other hand, he gave an unconvincing advantage without disciplinary consequences. He should IMO have come back to his original decision after a few seconds, assign a fk and book the guilty player.

      On minute 83' he declined a penalty appeal, with VAR silent check supporting the decision. Most of the offsides were correct, but a wrong one was flagged at 79' by AR2

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  48. Penalty or not?
    https://streamable.com/vl80i

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    1. Definitely no penalty for me. On slow motion we can see the attacker puts deliberately his foot into the defender's way in order to make contact. If the referee was aligned he should have spotted that movement

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  49. CANADA - CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE - FALL SEASON MW16

    Saturday 28 September

    14.00 HFX Wanderers FC v FC Edmonton
    Referee: Juan Marquez
    Assistants: Sean Hornsby, Kamel Ben-Khailfa
    Fourth Official: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin

    15.30 Forge FC v Pacific FC
    Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauzière
    Assistants: André Pickler, Peter Manastyrsky
    Fourth Official: Fabrizio Stasolla

    19.00 Valour FC v Cavalry FC
    Referee: Filip Dujic
    Assistants: Peter Pendli, Lyes Arfa
    Fourth Official: Alexis Vaughn

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  50. Bordeaux - PSG, 0-1, Jerome Brisard, 28/9

    Despite being a rather easy game, with both teams playing fair, I did not feel that the Frenchman was feeling 100%, especially physically. Proof of the overall relaxed atmosphere was the handshake (definitely not ironic) that Marquinhos gave to the referee after he was booked for SPA. He was fully aware of the tactical foul and accepted the consequences.
    Brisard showed firmness in his decisions and a certain distant authority towards players. I feel that more empathy and a few more smiles would have been just right for this game, but that is probably his natural attitude and can be effective in other types of games. He also was very conservative on his running, I did not see him sprint so much and this led him a bit too far from the action at some points.
    Regarding the decisions, everything went pretty well until minute 88, with no crucial decisions to take and only a few fully correct YCs (32’ as mentioned, and 72’). Then a penalty appeal by BOR was waved away. VAR could not intervene, as it was not a clear and obvious mistake and the referee had a good look at the action. But my final decision would have been penalty. I have no replay of this episode, unfortunately.
    At 82’ he solved well a situation that could potentially lead something bigger, with the contended ball stuck between two players’s bodies at stomach level. The referee whistled quickly in favour of the defensive team. This was representative of how he tried to generally solve episodes by always taking the most convenient decision, given the circumstances.
    Overall, his decisions were not always correct and he did not show an expected fitness but he solved the few difficult situations well. ARs Boudikian and Pages worked well, with correct offsides, notably at 9’ (denied a goal to PSG), 70’ (onside on PSG goal) and 85’.


    Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid, 0-0, Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez, 28/9

    Probably the most positive surprise of the weekend. I was expecting him to struggle in what I believe was his first Madrid derby, which is usually very heated. Despite starting with a few wrong decisions - a clear missed YC for SPA to RM and a missed corner to RM at 17’ - he later on got back to level and whistled wisely, issuing only three (and correct) YCs overall. On minute 76’ he probably missed a foul for ATL and whistled one to RM right after, which could have been converted into an advantage. This led to both teams protesting with the referee. The fact that this was the highest point of dissent in the whole game says it all about the high level of acceptance that the referee was able to maintain.
    The overall impression was that he kept control in a very natural way, neither too cold nor too friendly, with a wise use of the whistle, no excessive gestures and calm talking to players, avoiding excessive sprinting with a smart anticipative positioning. I would not be surprised if he was selected for a Clasico in what should be one of his last seasons in Liga before retiring.


    Leicester - Newcastle, 5-0, Craig Pawson, 29/9

    Generally a quiet afternoon for the English international with one crucial decision to take, though. At 43’ Hayden (Newcastle) challenged Praet for the ball with a late and miscalculated tackle, hitting his opponent’s leg hard and very dangerously at mid height. Pawson was well placed and correctly assessed the challenge as SFP (video below), without the need of VAR. Very good decision. Otherwise no penalty situations and only two YCs showed, one at 24’ (Vardy, no replays shown) and another one at 88’ for a late challenge. I would have really liked a YC to Tielemans (Leicester) at 15’ for strong dissent, his gestures were just unacceptable and Pawson barely warned him for that. But all in all, expected level performance.

    Red card: https://streamable.com/oabq8

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    1. Milan - Fiorentina, 1-3, Piero Giacomelli, 29/9

      A game that was rich in episodes and crucial situations, most of which were solved easily and well by Giacomellii. He is a referee that usually shows less cards on average than his colleagues, a pattern that has been constant in the latest years. This is partly due to a personal choice of being lenient, partly by his ability to keep the game calm by his attitude, a skill that he also showed today, despite having to book 6 players, most of which were mandatory.
      He gave two penalties to Fiorentina, both of which rather obvious. He was in each case in a good position to take a quick decision and there was very little complaint from Milan players. Good fact that he was not influenced by the score and previous RC when assessing the second penalty, he was brave enough to take another decision against Milan. Besides, there were two other situations that are more interesting to analyse.
      On minute 32’ Caceres (FIO) held Piatek (MIL) in the penalty box, with both hands around his chest and shoulders. It was a borderline situation where the final decision is acceptable and VAR was right not to intervene. At 53’ Musacchio hit Ribery on his left leg with his studs. What looked like a late and reckless challenge on live perception was proved being characterised by excessive force. Giacomelli was called by VAR Maresca and, after almost a minute of review, converted the booking into a RC (video below).
      Interestingly, at 57’ Piatek (MIL) exited the field by the long way, whereas he should have gone out close to the lateral line on the opposite side. I said interesting, as Milan was losing as he did that. The referee did not say anything about that. Overall a good performance with some doubts about the holding and whether he should have assessed the RC by himself.

      Red card: https://streamable.com/p1nbe


      Manchester United - Arsenal, 1-1, Kevin Friend, 30/9

      A really challenging game, not really for the behaviour of the players or the kind of situations that had to be assessed, but rather for the quantity of them. I rarely saw a Premier League game with so many episodes for a referee in recent times. The play was very tactical with many interruptions, despite Friend trying to let the game flow as much as possible. Which leads to the old question, which came first, the egg or the chicken? Or rather, does leniency compensate too many fouls, or does it actually trigger them?
      I think we can see Friend’s performance from two perspectives. On the one hand, under the managerial aspect, he was excellent. He did not look under pressure at all and always calibrated well his quick chats with players, when he warned them or when he dealt with dissent. He kept calm also when his AR1 flagged offside right before the ARS goal was scored. The offside proved to be a poor decision (not even close to offside), and luckily the main referee was able to change it thanks to VAR by not whistling before the ball crossed the goal line.
      On the other hand, regarding his whistles, there were too many inaccuracies and a clear line lacked in disciplinary. For instance, he lost the chance of levelling the cards twice, at 20’ (MAN #14) and 23’, after booking ARS #21 at 10’. Two close YCs for each team would have been good to show his neutrality, and most importantly, deserved. The first YC for MAN came at 27’, correct decision. There were overall 6 bookings, all of which correct (+ 32’, 41’, 77’) or acceptable (68’). He also got some wrong free kicks at 37’ - the 4th official changed the foul from MAN to ARS - and 39’. He also got a wrong corner to MAN at 67’ and “compensated” by missing one to MAN at 70’.
      Moreover, he rejected three penalty appeals! The decisions at 31’ and 65’ seem correct, but at 54’ the arm of ARS player was expanding body surface and at sufficiently far distance, so IMO penalty should have been given. Since Friend probably missed the incident VAR Mike Dean could have intervened.
      My assessment of the performance would be satisfactory with a few major areas for improvement.

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  51. Romanian choices for 2020, official document signed by Vassaras:
    http://scoaladearbitri.ro/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/lista-arbitrii-FIFA.pdf
    Octavian Sovre has prolonged his domestic and international career to accompany Hategan at EURO 2020.
    Referees are listed by domestic ranking, as FIFA wants.

    Thank to scoaladearbitri.ro

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  52. SAUDI PRO LEAGUE (Matchday 6)

    Thursday 3 October 2019

    17:35CET
    Damak Khamis Mushait - Al-Wahda Makkah
    Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
    Assistant Referee 1: Polychrónis Kostarás (GRE)
    Assistant Referee 2: Lázaros Dimitriádis (GRE)
    Fourth Official: Anastásios Sidirópoulos (GRE)
    Video Assistant Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Dalibor Đurđević (SRB)

    Friday 4 October 2019

    17:05CET
    Al-Fatah Al-Ahasa - Ar-Ra'id Buraidah
    Referee: Jorge Sousa (POR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Nuno Manso (POR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Eiras (POR)
    Fourth Official: Matej Jug (SVN)
    Video Assistant Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Dalibor Đurđević (SRB)

    19:10CET
    Al-Ittihad Jiddah - Al-Hazm Ar-Rass
    Referee: Martin Pérez (NED)
    Assistant Referee 1: Roy de Nas (NED)
    Assistant Referee 2: Jermaine Lapar (NED)
    Fourth Official: Jannick van der Laan (NED)
    Video Assistant Referee: Siemen Mulder (NED)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Alex Bos (NED)

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  53. BUNDESLIGA - (04.10-06.10)

    Friday (04.10)
    Hertha - Düsseldorf, 20:30 CET, referee: Martin Petersen (VAR: Robert Hartmann)

    Saturday (05.10)
    Bayern - Hoffenheim, 15:30 CET, referee: Tobias Stieler (VAR: Sascha Stegemann)
    Leverkusen - Leipzig, 15:30 CET, referee: Marco Fritz (VAR: Günter Perl)
    Freiburg - Dortmund, 15:30 CET, referee: Sven Jablonski (VAR: Deniz Aytekin)
    Paderborn - Mainz, 15:30 CET, referee: Patrick Ittrich (VAR: Benjamin Brand)
    Schalke - Cologne, 18:30 CET, referee: Tobias Welz (VAR: Daniel Siebert)

    Sunday (06.10)
    Mönchengladbach - Augsburg, 13:30 CET, referee: Robert Schröder (VAR: Sören Storks)
    Wolfsburg - Union Berlin, 15:30 CET, referee: Bastian Dankert (VAR: Benjamin Cortus)
    Frankfurt - Bremen, 18:00 CET, referee: Guido Winkmann (VAR: Felix Zwayer)

    SECOND BUNDESLIGA

    Friday (04.10)
    Darmstadt - Karlsruhe, 18:30 CET, referee: Felix Brych (VAR: Bibiana Steinhaus)

    Saturday (05.10)
    Dresden - Hannover, 13:00 CET, referee: Christian Dingert (VAR: Timo Gerach)

    Monday (07.10)
    Osnabrück - Bielefeld, 20:30 CET, referee: Markus Schmidt (VAR: Patrick Alt)

    THIRD BUNDESLIGA

    Friday (04.10)
    Uerdingen - Magdeburg, 19:00 CET, referee: Daniel Schlager

    Saturday (05.10)
    Halle - Zwickau, 14:00 CET, referee: Harm Osmers

    Monday (07.10)
    Würzburg - 1860 München, 19:00 CET, referee: Robert Kampka

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    1. Wat 😳😳😳......Var in second division in Germany...

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  54. ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE - MATCHDAY 8

    Saturday (05.10)
    Brighton - Tottenham, 13:30 CET, referee: Jon Moss (VAR: Jarred Gillett)
    Burnley - Everton, 16:00 CET, referee: Graham Scott (VAR: Kevin Friend)
    Liverpool - Leicester, 16:00 CET, referee: Chris Kavanagh (VAR: Anthony Taylor)
    Norwich - Aston Villa, 16:00 CET, referee: Andy Madley (VAR: Stuart Attwell)
    Watford - Sheffield, 16:00 CET, referee: Andre Marriner (VAR: Martin Atkinson)
    West Ham - Crystal Palace, 18:30 CET, referee: Michael Oliver (VAR: Paul Tierney)

    Sunday (06.10)
    Arsenal - Bournemouth, 15:00 CET, referee: Martin Atkinson (VAR: Anthony Taylor)
    ManCity - Wolverhampton, 15:00 CET, referee: Craig Pawson (VAR: David Coote)
    Southampton - Chelsea, 15:00 CET, referee: Paul Tierney (VAR: Michael Oliver)
    Newcastle - ManUnited, 17:30 CET, referee: Mike Dean (VAR: Andre Marriner)

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  55. OT:

    For Spanish speakers, an interesting interview with Marco Rodríguez about his experience in U17 FIFA WC of 2003 and 2005 and how FIFA changed his methodology on referee selection and training.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pgNATSwvi8

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  56. River Plate - Boca Juniors, Raphael Claus (VAR: Nicolás Gallo Barragán)

    Video Clips:

    => 3' Penalty (tripping) awarded to River Plate after an On-Field Review
    https://streamable.com/2gfc1

    => 23' No penalty (tripping) awarded for River Plate, supported by VAR
    https://streamable.com/tjkws

    => 86' Tackle by RIV No.22 assessed as reckless, supported by VAR
    https://streamable.com/lmgf2

    => +94' Tackle by BCJ No.14 assessed as Serious Foul Play after an On-Field Review
    https://streamable.com/0v1tf
    https://streamable.com/vyntw
    (second clip is slow-motion)

    ->
    Overall, Claus did okay - or at least better than my expectations. He was still too passive and lacked in management skills, but his disciplinary control (dissent aside) was good.

    My view regarding the crucial situations:

    3' - foul, correct intervention by Gallo
    23' - foul, missing intervention by Gallo
    86' - tricky, Claus decided correctly with a YC
    +94' - great intervention by Gallo, dangerous tackle, correct decision

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    1. Thank you for the clips, Mikael. Wild dissent towards the referee after only 3 minutes, I think someone should have seen a YC for that.

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  57. Extended refereeing highlights of the of the Grêmio - Flamengo game (Copa Libertadores, Semifinal, 1st leg) handled by Néstor Fabian Pitana, thanks to Mhmd S. Alkhalifi.

    https://ok.ru/video/1243925973539

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    1. Some observations:

      => Pitana wanted the game to be played according to his rules, he didn't change his approach after protests and lobbing from players, even more - he wanted to show who is the boss (58'-60')

      => It's difficult to find other example of such natural, oscillating from friendly to tyrannical, authority, absolutely unique and either the Argentinean shows his real face or it's the perfect theatrical art from ex-actor

      => His focus was on closely following play and to show his presence in order to control the game that could have exploded at any time - that indirectly led to missed clear push in the build-up (20') but that shouldn't have led to, let's say it openly, missed SFP case in 38' (however, I was expecting a YC when Pitana went to the monitor to assess the missed potentially-RC incident)

      => I saw Pitana I remember from the last WC: always delivering control by using a mixture of his presence, body language and mimics but whose focus is not on being faultless regardig big calls when there's VAR ready to help; but it's good the Argentinean has absolutely no problems with going to the monitor, that's how referee-VAR cooperation should look like in UEFA and some European domestic competitions ---> weird instruction to limit interventions and referees' ego not prevailing!

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    2. The VAR check for the offside goal took way too long.

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  58. Matchweek 7 of the Premier League featured 3 VAR reviews (all of them VAR-only, regarding goal/no goal). Visit the following link to watch a full video of every review, get all information about each of them and get statistics about VAR in the league. https://thefref.weebly.com/var-at-premier-league.html

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  59. My Premier League Referee Power Rankings for September are now live! Check out the link for the full list:

    http://player23thereferee.com/opinionsanalysis/premier-league-referee-power-rankings-september-2019/

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    1. Thanks, it was very interesting to read! I am pleased that we had a very similar feedback on Friend's performance in Man Utd - Arsenal

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  60. Two incidents from the Premier League I'd like to highlight especially as they relate to VAR. Another AR raising the flag too quickly, this time Sian Massey, who should know better (She was at the Women's world cup). Very tight offside where the player runs through with a one on one and referee is forced to delay the whistle to after the shot whereas most defenders stopped once they saw the flag.
    The other incident is a non-intervention by VAR for what in my opinion is CLEAR serious foul play.
    https://streamable.com/i4nkc
    It doesn't matter if it's an accident, the player didn't mean it or whether he's not usually a dirty player. Everton no.23 clearly endangers the safety of his opponent and must be sent off.
    Referee: Graham Scott. VAR: Kevin Friend.

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  61. There is a big discussion for VAR in Greece since yesterday.

    There are 2 scenes at the Panathinaikos - Xanthi match which were checked by VAR.

    This goal was disallowed: https://streamable.com/wkqhw

    This goal was allowed: https://streamable.com/tnlc5

    Picture here: https://ibb.co/ZGXkkhK

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    1. Do they have 3D technology?
      Without it, I could understand, that there remain doubts about the attacker's head in the first situation. And then the on-field decision should maintain.
      For the second situation, I don't have an explanation though.

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    2. No, they don't Philipp.

      VAR was Skoulas (UEFA, 3rd) and AVAR Nikolakakis (FIFA).

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  62. OT
    Serbian FIFA list for 2020
    Lazar Lukiz 38y replaced Mazic
    AR - Jovan Grujic (brother of Danilo Grujic) replaced Milan Minic

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  63. Qualifier predictions
    CZE-ENG: Skomina MNE-BUL: Lechner
    BUL-ENG: Treimanis KOS-MNE: Aghayev

    POR-LUX: Kominis UKR-LTU: Ardeleanu
    UKR-POR: Oliver LTU-SRB: Vad

    BLR-EST: Farkas NED-NIR: Marciniak
    BLR-NED: Pawson EST-GER: Beaton

    GEO-IRL: Bognar DEN-SUI: Hategan
    SUI-IRL: Rocchi GIB-GEO: Sant

    CRO-HUN: Kuipers SVK-WAL: Stavrev
    HUN-AZE: Ivanov WAL-CRO: Sanchez

    FAR-ROU: Zelinka NOR-ESP: Bebek MLT-SWE: Eskov
    SWE-ESP: Turpin ROU-NOR: Raczkowski FAR-MLT: Abed

    AUT-ISR: Ozkahya MKD-SVN: Kehlet LVA-POL: Petrescu
    POL-MKD: Buquet SVN-AUT: Mateu ISR-LVA: Fabbri

    ISL-FRA: Collum TUR-ALB: Kovacs AND-MDA: Harvey
    FRA-TUR: Kulbakov ISL-AND: di Bello MDA-ALB: Maae

    KAZ-CYP: Schüttengruber BEL-SMR: Pandzic RUS-SCO: Gözübüyük
    KAZ-BEL: Jug SCO-SMR: Munukka CYP-RUS: Soares Dias

    BIH-FIN: Aranovsky ITA-GRE: Kabakov LIE-ARM: Hunter
    FIN-ARM: Kruzliak GRE-BIH: Moen LIE-ITA: Tohver

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  64. Has Rocchi left his yellow card? Strange refereeing from him.

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    1. Slowly but surely losing control. Hopefully second half doesn't blow over, but if it does one can't say he didn't have it coming.

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    2. Rocchi applied a different style in this game, it was clear for those who are expert, indeed ;)
      At the end all major decisions were right, but surely many cards and maybe also a penalty, with a "different refereeing" could have been awarded.

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    3. Could? I’d say should have been shown. Isn’t this was it always criticized on this blog? Ridiculous management of cards especially after that *harsh* yellow for delaying the restart.

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  65. Crazy ending to Barcelona - Sevilla mat h, 2 RC's shown by Lahoz and lot of protesta by Barca players.

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    1. I'd like to see opinions on the two RCs for Barcelona.

      First one for DOGSO (in terms of position/GSO was crystal clear, but IDK if there was enough contact)

      Second one for I think 'slapping' Mateu's foam spray (¿?)

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    2. 4-0 and two red cards for winning team in last minutes?
      What happened there? I can't believe.
      It would be interesting to have some videos.

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    3. For me, clear foul. There is a holding when the attacker is running. After releasing him, he uses his arm to further impede the progress. The DOGSO was obvious.

      Dembélé said or did something to Mateu Lahoz. Let's wait for the match report.

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    4. Genoa vs Milan 4 red cards. No videos around.

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    5. Movistar (broadcaster) said that Dembélé said to Mateu "you are really bad".

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    6. First RC
      https://vc.sporttube.com/video/2019/10/6/JrtCCCG.mp4
      Second RC
      https://vc.sporttube.com/video/2019/10/6/frtCCCG.mp4

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    7. Confirmed: Dembélé sent off as he said "very bad, you are very bad" to Mateu Lahoz while making gestures.

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    8. Decisions were correct bit they weren't on favour of Barca.
      Now because of Barca's behaviour and criticism for sure SFF wont let him handle El Clasico.

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    9. @M he would've handled it any way. If I'm not mistaken the referee selected can't have refereed either team within a month of the game.
      He also has to be an international referee.

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    10. There are no official rules. De Burgos Bengoetxea handled Clásico in 2017 Supercup when he was still non-FIFA.

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  66. Bad referee decision from lahoz in the dying minutes.... When Barcelona are 4-0 up in the game.... I don't expect that decision from him...

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    1. What decision? Correct RC for DOGSO and RC for unsport behaviour?

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  67. I have no issues with the sending off's by Lahoz. Very bad behaviour by the Barca players surrounding the referee and even making physical contact with him.

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  68. Any chance we can get a link to Australian referee appointments as the A League starts again this week.

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    1. I can post them when they come out if you want. But they won't be released to the public until at least Thursday.

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    2. Yes please! Interested in seeing what games Faghani gets.

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  69. Nantes - Nice, 1-0, Amaury Delerue, Sat 5/10

    Rather quiet afternoon for 42 yo international. He set a good line between foul and no foul, allowing the game to play on minor contacts. A very good example of that is a series of incidents around minute 20-23’. The approach was well accepted by the players. A few other facts:
    - good verbal warnings (40’)
    - missed corner (45+1’)
    - good play on after penalty appeal (51’)
    - unintentional stamp on foot (65’), supportable not to take any disciplinary action
    He was recently criticised in Marseille - Montpellier for sending off 3 players in the added time (confrontation + dissent), but he showed a good approach to players in this game.
    Special mention to AR2 Courbet, with a brilliant series of assessments, offsides (24’, 56’) and onside decisions (61’)

    Fiorentina - Udinese, 1-0, Alessandro Prontera, Sat 5/10

    Serie A debut for him. He nevertheless showed from the beginning that he was not influenced by the public and was able to take brave decisions. He decided not to whistle a foul on Ribery after a couple of minutes. However, he incurred in a few mistakes that could have been avoided:
    - 35’: disallowed goal to UDI for handball after OFR. Correct decision but given his perfect angle and positioning he should have spotted it on his own.
    - 39’: YC to FIO was shown with some delay, he looked undecided
    - 74’: he awarded a FK to FIO but an advantage would have been perfect there and the attacking team complained about that
    Besides, fully correct and deserved RC for UDI trainer Tudor for persistently dissenting and making blatant gestures on 62’.
    Overall a positive outing with an encouraging level of acceptance and confidence, but a few avoidable mistakes.

    Schalke - Cologne, 0-0, Tobias Welz, Sat 5/10

    42 yo from Wiesbaden refereed a rather uninteresting game, however characterised by several late and reckless challenges that somehow forced him to show many cards. His bookings were acceptable decisions (20’, 22’, 35’ 40’, 45+1’, 64’, 67’, 90+3’), however a few others were missed (1’, 24’, 54’, 79’, the latter would have been a 2nd YC to COL #19). What did not convince me most was the attitude towards players. He did not seem to build a good rapport with them and was not fully committed in his chats to players. A good example is provided at 1’, when he decided to warn COL #34. As he was still talking to him, the player got uninterested and walked away. Welz made gestures to him to stay there, but the player ignored that and there was no consequence, he didn’t even try and follow him to end the conversation (clip below)
    On minute 58’, a potential handball was declined. The hand was in unnatural position, but given the distance to the player and the fact that the ball had a rebound make it acceptable to me not to whistle. For me not fully satisfying performance overall.

    Communication: https://streamable.com/2005p

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    1. Inter Milan - Juventus, 1-2, Gianluca Rocchi, Sun 6/10

      Rocchi managed very well what was a potentially tricky game, with IMO two excellent decisions taken by him on his own. The first one is the penalty awarded to INT, a double handball first by the defender and then by the attacker that might have generated confusion at live speed. Obviously the one which counted was the first one by JUV defender De Ligt, and Rocchi had no hesitation to award a penalty. The second one was a YC for simulation to INT Barella, quick correct decision which did not lead to major dissent. A few penalties were correctly denied to INT on Lukaku (63’, 66’), both decisions IMO supportable.
      There were probably a few missed free kicks, but the decision not to whistle all contacts made the game more interesting and was a warning to players, not to look for a foul at every contact. I would rather point out that he missed a YC to INT Skriniar at 32’ and I still have some doubts about a potential SFP from Emre Can (JUV) around 80’, which was only yellow carded.
      Overall only minor mistakes from Rocchi, who showed again his class and ability to keep a high standard on a potentially difficult game. I don’t know how many referees could have gone away from this game without major controversy.

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  70. Australia
    Hyundai A-League Matchday 1:

    Friday 11/10/19
    Adelaide United v Sydney FC -
    Referee: Alex King
    Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangolo
    Fourth Official: Daniel Elder
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

    Saturday 12/10/19
    Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Central Coast Mariners -
    Referee: Alireza Faghani (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: David Walsh
    Assistant Referee 2: Andrej Giev
    Fourth Official: Ben Abraham
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

    Saturday 12/10/19
    Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City FC - Match of the round.
    Referee: Chris Beath (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Anton Shchetinin (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Ashley Beecham (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro (FIFA)
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

    Sunday 13/10/19
    Wellington Phoenix v Western United FC -
    Referee: Kurt Ams (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Lance Greenshields (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Ilievski
    Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas
    VAR: Nick Waldron (FIFA)

    Sunday 13/10/19
    Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar FC
    Referee: Shaun Evans (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Josh Mannella
    Assistant Referee 2: Arvin Shanmuganathan
    Fourth Official: Adam Fielding
    VAR: Chris Beath (FIFA)

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    1. Your welcome. I believe the games are on BT Sport in the UK.

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  72. Another world first in the Australian A-League.
    The opening match of the A-League season between Adelaide United and Sydney FC ended 2-3 in a very eventful game. A penalty, a red card and 3 VAR interventions including one on field review for the penalty.
    In a world first VAR audio of the penalty decision was broadcast on television after the match.
    https://streamable.com/7rdi4

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    1. Also a youtube link:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH0xYhqnxrQ

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