Tuesday, 19 November 2019

2019/20 European Qualifiers - Referee Appointments MD10 (19 November 2019)

Referee appointments for 2019-20 UEFA European Qualifiers Matchday 10, games to be played on 19/11.  
Group C
20:45 CET - Frankfurt am Main (Commerzbank-Arena)
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Þór Orrason (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)

Group C
20:45 CET - Amsterdam (Johan Cruijff ArenA)
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)
UEFA Delegate: Cristel Brorsson (SWE)

Group E
20:45 CET - Trnava (City Arena - Štadión Antona Malatinského)
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Fourth Official: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kevin Azzopardi (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)

Group E
20:45 CET - Cardiff (Cardiff City Stadium)
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hațegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Constantin Colțescu (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Lars Richt (SWE)

Group G
20:45 CET - Skopje (Nacionalna Arena "Toše Proeski")
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)

Group G
20:45 CET - Riga (Daugavas stadions)
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: José María Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Léon Schelings (BEL)

Group G
20:45 CET - Warsaw (PGE Narodowy)
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jon Eilif Skjervold (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Nils Øyvind Fisketjønn (NOR)

Group I
20:45 CET - Glasgow (Hampden Park)
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Johan Balder (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Davie Goossens (NED)
Fourth Official: Kevin Blom (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karel Vidlák (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Duško Grabovac (CRO)

Group I
20:45 CET - Serravalle (San Marino Stadium)
Referee: Þorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jóhann Gunnar Guðmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Andri Vigfússon (ISL)
Fourth Official: Ívar Orri Kristjánsson (ISL)
UEFA Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)

Group I
20:45 CET - Brussels (Koning Boudewijnstadion)
Referee: Jørgen Daugbjerg Burchardt (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jesper Dahl (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Niels Høg (DEN)
Fourth Official: Peter Kjærsgaard (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Đukanović (MNE)


  1. Stéphanie Frappart has been appointed to the Italy - Armenia U21 EURO qualifier. This time with male French assistants (Rahmouni, Jeanne, Delajod).

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  2. WOW!
    I assume that something happend with Cüneyt Cakir!
    Only one appointment in UCL and now no assigment in EURO Qualifiers...

    His last European match was on 13/10/19 in Slovenia.

    1. I have to say I would not be 100% sure about his participation next year at EURO...

    2. That's indeed strange, because he doesn't seem to be injured as he got matches in Turkey.

    3. Yes absolutely!

      Regular and good appointments for him in Turkish Super League.
      Last match was on 09/11/19 between Gazisehir and Galatasaray.

    4. I realy dont think Cakir's EURO is in question....

    5. Let's wait for MD5 and 6 appointments, we will know more.
      Impossible to think that Cakir will be ruled out from EURO.
      Committee is already in trouble, imagine if they do something like that :)

    6. Maybe is the last game and his referring the reason for this, since he made two crucial mistakes. But of course not mentioned in your report.

    7. Izo, let say in his last game he made a card mistake. We need to look big picture. At least 10 referees made same mistakes. The committee should see it.

      Accept or not he is the most stable referee in Europe. I understand that they want to find new referees for future but we souldn’t forget, today is always important than future in football.

    8. It's will happen to Skomina also? OUT from EURO?

    9. He handled yesterday Hungary-Uruguay friendly match in Budapest ( opening match of new Puskás Arena) He had 'OK' performance, unfortunatley he had shown that he is the referee there, with a lot of whistles. Teamwork is very poor, AR 1 and AR2 always had wait that Skomina shwown the side. Missed some things there. A little bit I felt that Skomina lost the control. But He is Skomina, who is one of the best referee in the world.

  3. So one of only four matches, where both teams could still be playing for qualification, goes to a Second Group referee, namely Valeri... Although it's unlikely, that MKD and ISR both win their matches today, it's not impossible.
    Also Hernandez' match would be important in that case.
    Massa again with Netherlands after MD1.
    Very good game for Hategan, but I thought, I read here before, that Romanian referees were not possible for Hungarian teams and vice versa due to bad relations between the countries. Am I wrong?

    1. I don't think there is anything like that. Remember the last euro opening game France-Romania was handled by Kassai. Also Horatiu Fesnic refereed El game in Budapest last season.
      But indeed a great appointment for Hategan. I think he is a strong candidate for EL final.

    2. If I am not wrong,Romanian referees are not possible for Greek teams, because Kyros Vassaras is Romanian head of referees

    3. We have geographical problem. Hategan live/from Arad ( if I am not wrong), Arad belongd to Hungary until 1920. This is why Istvan Kovács can't handle match to Hungarian team, because he is half hungarian and romanian. But indeed Kassai and other hungarian referees handled for romanian teams and vica versa. But i think Rosetti's choosen for this game not the best, because the bad relations between the countries.

    4. OK, thanks for the explanation.

  4. https://streamable.com/cvk2c
    The disallowed goal in Spain - Malta.
    I must say, excellent call by AR2 if the attacker close to keeper is in offside (one can have the doubt about the line of the ball).
    If offside, for sure very good decision.
    Clearly active position.

    1. IMO fantastic decision from AR2. Clearly attacker is in active position. Good job Vencel Toth!!

    2. I fully agree, excellent decision and good teamwork!

  5. After Wales' W tonight, Hategan's game becomes a direct clash For automatic qualification for EURO. Just like Brych in IRL-DEN.

    1. But teams needs 3 points. A draw is not enough because Slovakia will win against Azerbaijan.

      I would love to see a scenario with 0-0, 1-1 in min 75-80. Final minutes will be total football, do or die for both teams !

    2. Which means dat Boyko has a very important match too...

  6. Some friendly appointments.

    Lithuania - New Zealand
    Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
    Assistant referees
    Jurgen Spiteri (MLT)
    Christopher Francalanza (MLT)
    Fourth official
    Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)

    Today 19/11
    Croatia - Georgia
    Alan Mario Sant (MLT)
    Assistant referees
    Duncan Sultana (MLT)
    Luke Portelli (MLT)
    Fourth official
    Marin Vidulin (CRO)

    Montenegro - Belarus
    Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
    Assistant referees
    Jurgen Spiteri (MLT)
    Christopher Francalanza (MLT)
    Fourth official
    Jovan Kaludjerović (MNE)

    Good for Maltese officials development.

    1. Well, if UEFA ignores them for the qualifiers (except TFC getting WAL - AZE), this is the next best thing for them. Surely good for both of them.

  7. Good luck to all officating referee teams!

  8. Italy - Armenia U21 kick off has been delayed by Stéphanie Frappart for pitch conditions. After some heavy rain, the hope is that in about 45 minutes it will be possible to play.

  9. Please find below the most significant incidents from Moldova - Iceland, the return of Pavel Královec at UEFA duties.

    13' Dropped ball by referee, after having been hit by ball.

    18' 0-1 Goal, good assessment by AR2
    The player jumping in front of keeper was in regular position (last replay is clear about that) otherwise he should have been assessed as punishable.

    19' Reckless use of arm or violent conduct?
    Watching the live sequence, I would have made the same decision taken by referee, but replay... very close to RC for VC. I think more arguments in favor of RC. However, maybe still not a 100% clear crucial mistake, one could say. Do you think VAR would have intervened in case there?

    34' Reckless challenge at the edge of penalty area
    Correct (at least) YC, some room for discussion, possible SFP, but in this case definitely "easier" to back referee than previous incident. In my opinion RC, however, wouldn't have been 100% wrong, given the force used.

    43' Reckless use of arm
    Good spot by referee in that case. Replay shows the evidence.

    49' YC for SPA
    But... was the previous foul maybe worse, when referee applied advantage? Was it possible to show two YCs in a row?

    63' Possible YC for reckless challenge
    I think YC had to be issued there, not convinced by the warning issued by referee, however at least he was aware that this wasn't a "normal" foul but something more. Player was lucky to escape without card.

    64' Cooperation by FO Zelinka and YC for an off the ball incident.
    Very good teamwork here.

    67' Offside AR2
    Excellent decision, minimal offside, but offside.

    76' YC for reckless use of arms while jumping
    Correct by referee, good alertness.

    77' Penalty to Iceland.
    Clear penalty, whistled by referee.

    90'+4 YC Holding
    Correct decision, nothing to add there, as well.

    Overall I would say a good officiating, I'm interested in your opinions about the incident in 19'. I think the most significant incident of the game under the refereeing point of you. Is YC enough? Would you allow VAR intervention there?
    Finally, let me wish the best to Královec, maybe it is never too late for recovering the (very) old form. Hopefully!

    1. Fully agree, a good performance by the Czech, who looked much better and less tired than before his break.


      A few more scenes can be found in the "extended highlights" linked above, including what I'd call a missed YC for SPA in 84'.

    2. As for the scene in 19', the replay fully shows excessive force is used. While I originally would have said that VAR should have supported the decision by the referee on the pitch, regardless of the colour of the card, I would now say this has to be a RC.

    3. 13' No attack started, no possesion change, no goal scored. So why are the referees still always choosing the dropped ball?

  10. OT
    Yesterday the 2018-2019 Throne Cup ended when TAS de Casablanca (TAS) beated Hassania Agadir (HUSA) with 2-1. Just as both semi-finals, also the final featured at least 1 VAR review. Referee of the last match was Adil ZOURAK (FIFA since 2015; 1978). VAR - Hamza el FAREQ.
    => 71' Penalty awarded to TAS after OFR. Initial decision - no penalty. Video - https://youtu.be/3jPe2w5xHYo?t=492.

  11. Yc for SLO Player in 2' for reckless Challenge. IMO it was serious foul Play.

  12. POL:SLO 2nd minutes and possible mistake of Siebert with not seen attack on goalkeeper - goal for Poland

  13. Good performance by Hategan on a Normal difficulty match so far.

    A penalty appeal by HUN was correctly waived for play-on (28'). He could have cautioned N3 HUN for P.I.

    AR2 with a missed offside at 34'. Thankfully HUN didn't score. AR1 with a harsh, for my taste, foul at 41'. Also he entered the field of play to place the wall. Not something you see very often on UEFA level.

    1. At what point does Barath #5 get booked for PI?

    2. Same could be said for HUN #3 and #14.

    3. @usaref

      Barath wasn't booked. HUN has only 2 cautions. N15 and 16.

    4. I was making the point that he should have been. He was consistently committing the same foul over and over again.

  14. Hernandez confused all players whith whistling after a clear goal, at first nobody was sure if it was a goal or a foul whistled.

    1. That's Spanish referees for you.

    2. Just saw that situation. Very very confusing indeed...

    3. This is nothing compared to confusion in croatian league few years ago, Fran Jovic was the referee:


    4. Is that a rule in Spain? Because I'm quite sure that Lahoz or del Cerro Grande doesn't whistle after a goal, at least at international level.
      But one can easyly avoid such situations with simply not whistling. Especially when a player goes down like yesterday, you don't know if it is a foul or a goal whistled.

  15. Good performance by Boiko's teem in easy game

  16. Some stats after the completion of the qualification:
    Elite referees with < 3 matches: Aytekin, Kassai, Kralovec, Kuipers
    First Group referee with > 3 matches: Madden
    First Group referees with only 1 match: Aranovskiy, Ardeleanu, Beaton, Blom, Sanchez Martinez, Schüttengruber, Stavrev, Vad
    Second Group referees with 2 matches: (Bezborodov), Higler, Jovic, Lardot, Papapetrou, Valeri

  17. Stéphanie Frappart in Italy - Armenia Under 21, let's remember that she has been observed by Bo Karlsson, former committee member with a special focus on UEFA female officiating.

    Overall for sure not a difficult game for the French officials, given also the final score, however there were some interesting situations as you will see from the next clips.

    31' Penalty appeal by Armenia
    LIVE SEQUENCE https://streamable.com/8o27a
    REPLAY https://streamable.com/dk7hs
    When score was still 2-0, Armenia asked for a penalty there. You can see the push on back by defender. I think penalty could have been whistled but maybe not a 100% clear mistake to play on. I think this is not VAR stuff, given the intensity. Maybe one could say that penalty would have been more reasonable choice than play on, but still... I also think that Frappart did not see the incident at least from the beginning, because (you can see that in live sequence) she was rather focused on looking at ball. Maybe she would have whistled this penalty as well. Crucial mistake? Not a 100% clear one, if you ask me. But for sure many arguments for discussions, and, given the final score, the most significant incident of the game.

    36' PLAY ON decision by referee
    Very interesting situation. Brave call by Stéphanie Frappart who decided to play on, following this possible foul in favor of Armenia. I honestly think that foul should have been whistled, late and quite reckless intervention by defender, however you can clearly understand why she was not convinced. The subsequent fall is not related to the previous challenge and it is an attempt by attacker to win a free kick there, once he realized that ball was impossible to reach. However, the foul by defender stays as punishable, if you ask me. To add, Frappart had a very high threshold of foul detection during the game. This can be a paramount example.

    37' YC for reckless tackle
    Nothing to add there, mandatory caution for Armenian player.

    44' Management

    51' YC for reckless (and SPA?) foul.
    Correct by referee, no doubts there.

    62' YC for reckless challenge, raised leg
    In this case there is an attempt by Armenian player to deceive referee, once he pretends a bow in face. Replay shows that the leg hits the upper body. Based on that, assessing challenge as reckless is however still OK if not fully correct. But one must underline the bad attitude of fouled player.

    83' YC for holding
    Missed by broadcaster live, replay shows it. Correct decision.

  18. Del Cerro Grande with a solid 8.4 Performance IMO. Easy match, appropriate lenient style and only little mistakes.

  19. FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019
    21 November – 1 December 2019

    Group Phase

    Italy - Tahiti

    Referee 1: Ivo Moraes (BRA, 1977)
    Referee 2: Mariano Romo (ARG, 1981)
    Referee 3: Suhaimi Mat Hassan (MAS, 1976)
    Timekeeper: Juan Angeles (DOM, 1979)
    Reserve Referee : Gonzalo Carballo (SLV, 1982)

    Swizerland - USA

    Referee 1: Aecio Fernandez (URU, 1983)
    Referee 2: Shao Liang (CHN, 1979)
    Referee 3: Hany Farouk (EGY, 1987)
    Timekeeper: Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE, 1973)
    Reserve Referee : Alex Valdiviezo (PER, 1979)

    Uruguay - Mexico

    Referee 1: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB, 1974)
    Referee 2: Hugo Pado (SOL, 1980)
    Referee 3: Lukasz Ostrowski (POL, 1985)
    Timekeeper: Sergio Gomes (POR, 1979)
    Reserve Referee : Adil Ouchker (MAR, 1983)

    Paraguay - Japan

    Referee 1: Raul Gonzalez (ESP, 1988)
    Referee 2: Roman Borisov (RUS, 1981)
    Referee 3: Sofien Benchabane (FRA, 1984)
    Timekeeper: Gionni Matticoli (ITA, 1975)
    Reserve Referee : Gumercindo Batista (PAN, 1980)

  20. FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019
    21 November – 1 December 2019

    Group Phase

    Senegal - Russia

    Referee 1: Gustavo Dominguez (PAR, 1978)
    Referee 2: Alex Valdiviezo (PER, 1979)
    Referee 3: Aecio Fernandez (URU, 1983)
    Timekeeper: Shao Liang (CHN, 1979)
    Reserve Referee : Suhaimi Mat Hassan (MAS, 1976)

    Portugal - Nigeria

    Referee 1: Gumercindo Batista (PAN, 1980)
    Referee 2: Gonzalo Carballo (SLV, 1982)
    Referee 3: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB, 1974)
    Timekeeper: Hugo Pado (SOL, 1980)
    Reserve Referee : Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE, 1973)

    Belarus - UAE

    Referee 1: Adil Ouchker (MAR, 1983)
    Referee 2: Said Hachim (MAD, 1979)
    Referee 3: Ivo Moraes (BRA, 1977)
    Timekeeper: Mariano Romo (ARG, 1981)
    Reserve Referee : Hany Farouk (EGY, 1987)

    Brazil - Oman

    Referee 1: Vitali Gomolko (LTU, 1989)
    Referee 2: Ingilab Mammadov (AZE, 1983)
    Referee 3: Raul Gonzalez (ESP, 1988)
    Timekeeper: Roman Borisov (RUS, 1981)
    Reserve Referee : Lukasz Ostrowski (POL, 1985)

    1. Complete confederation neutrality on MD1...

  21. Change of appointment in LaLiga.

    Jesús Gil Manzano (Elite) replaces José Luis González González as referee for Real Madrid-Real Sociedad due to a physical test failure. González González will act as VAR, the role previously assigned to Gil Manzano, so it's a kind of role swap.

  22. OT :
    This weekend, Swiss referee Alain Bieri will officiate on the Ligue 1 game between Amiens and Strasbourg, while French official Karim Abed will referee the Super League match between Servette FC and FC Basel.

    Great initiative from both federations !

    Fun fact : Amiens vs Strasbourg was Stéphanie Frappart's very first match in Ligue 1 in April 2019.

    1. Bieri's VAR in Amiens will be Mikael Lesage.

    2. IIRC they already did this last year, Schärer officiated a Ligue 1 match and Brisard a Swiss Super League match on the same MD.

    3. And 2 year a go when Schärer and Schneider switched

  23. OT:
    Australia Referee appointments.

    Hyundai A-League -

    Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City -
    Friday, 22 November 2019
    Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta
    Kick-Off: 7:30pm (Local) (7:30pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Chris Beath (FIFA) [returned from FIFA U17 World Cup]
    Assistant Referee 1: Scott Edeling
    Assistant Referee 2: Kearney Robinson
    Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

    Wellington Phoenix v Brisbane Roar -
    Saturday, 23 November 2019
    Westpac Stadium, Wellington
    Kick-Off: 7:15pm (Local) (5:00pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Adam Kersey
    Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Lindsay (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sarah Jones (FIFA womens)
    Fourth Official: Ben Abraham
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

    Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory -
    Saturday, 23 November 2019
    Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
    Kick-Off: 7:00pm (Local) (7:30pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Alireza Faghani (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangolo
    Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers
    VAR: Kurt Ams (FIFA)

    Perth Glory v Sydney FC - Grand final replay
    Saturday, 23 November 2019
    HBF Park, Perth
    Kick-Off: 6:45pm (Local) (9:45pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Daniel Elder
    Assistant Referee 1: Josh Mannella
    Assistant Referee 2: Arvin Shanmuganathan
    Fourth Official: Shane Skinner
    VAR: Stephen Lucas

    Central Coast Mariners v Western United FC -
    Sunday, 24 November 2019
    Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
    Kick-Off: 6:00pm (Local) (6:00pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Alex King
    Assistant Referee 1: Owen Goldrick (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Adam Powers
    Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos
    VAR: Kurt Ams (FIFA)

    *Some observations.
    Chris Beath is straight back into the appointments after returning from the FIFA U17 World Cup.
    No FIFA referees on the grand final rematch is a bit of a surprise.

  24. Change of appointment in Ligue 1.
    Willy Delajod replaces Clément Turpin for PSG - Lille tomorrow.
    Antony Gautier replaces Willy Delajod for Metz - Reims on Saturday.

    1. https://twitter.com/ArbitresSAFE/status/1197848495274778624
      SAFE announced again Turpin for today, it is possible they are not informed? Very strange.

    2. I think they are not informed... You can see on the FFF website the updated appointements :

    3. Delajod is on the pitch... and he is excellent as usual.

  25. Serie A Matchday 13.
    ATALANTA – JUVENTUS Sabato 23/11 h. 15.00

    BOLOGNA – PARMA h. 12.30


    LECCE – CAGLIARI h. 20.45

    MILAN – NAPOLI Sabato 23/11 h. 18.00


    SAMPDORIA – UDINESE h. 18.00


    SPAL – GENOA Lunedì 25/11 h. 20.45

    TORINO – INTER Sabato 23/11 h. 20.45

    Both Rocchi and Orsato on Saturday with the latter officiating the most interesting game of this round, Milan - Napoli. Both are possible for CL on next week, at least one of them is sure.
    We will see which game for Rocchi, as last international appearance in Champions League.

    1. German CL referees: Aytekin, Siebert and Brych have 1.Bundesliga on Saturday; Stieler and Zwayer have 2.Bundesliga on Sunday, therefore not possible for Tuesday matches.

  26. FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019
    21 November – 1 December 2019

    Group Phase

    Tahiti - Mexico

    Referee 1: Lukasz Ostrowski (POL, 1985)
    Referee 2: Sergio Gomes (POR, 1979)
    Referee 3: Vitali Gomolko (LTU, 1989)
    Timekeeper: Ingilab Mammadov (AZE, 1983)
    Reserve Referee : Gustavo Dominguez (PAR, 1978)

    USA - Japan

    Referee 1: Sofien Benchabane (FRA, 1984)
    Referee 2: Gionni Matticoli (ITA, 1975)
    Referee 3: Alex Valdiviezo (PER, 1979)
    Timekeeper: Aecio Fernandez (URU, 1983)
    Reserve Referee : Ivo Moraes (BRA, 1977)

    Uruguay - Italy

    Referee 1: Hany Farouk (EGY, 1987)
    Referee 2: Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE, 1973)
    Referee 3: Adil Ouchker (MAR, 1983)
    Timekeeper: Said Hachim (MAD, 1979)
    Reserve Referee : Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB, 1974,)

    Paraguay - Switzerland

    Referee 1: Suhaimi Mat Hassan (MAS, 1976)
    Referee 2: Juan Angeles (DOM, 1979)
    Referee 3: Gumercindo Batista (PAN, 1980)
    Timekeeper: Gonzalo Carballo (SLV, 1982)
    Reserve Referee : Hugo Pado (SOL, 1980)

  27. Interesting news from AIA:

    Today Treimanis (LVA), Kabakov (BUL) and Huerta de Aza (ESP) with their respective assistant referees attended a serie A referees meeting in Riccione (Central Italy) as guests.
    This is because Rizzoli and Messina are reported to be mentors for these three referees.
    I remember that Messina observed Kabakov in Madrid in CL so I would assume Messina is Kabakov's mentor.
    The same happened with Rizzoli observing Treimanis a few ago in a EL game if I remember well.

  28. Replies
    1. Fedayi San, Jorge Sousa and Kevin Blom handled the games today.

  29. Live at the Croatian biggest match, Dinamo vs Hajduk.
    So far excellent from Bebek.
    He is complete boss on the field and great 1st half from him.
    1 crucial decision was correct, that was penalty for Hajduk.
    4 bookings so far, all of the rightly given.

  30. CL MD5 predictions (VAR in brackets):
    Galatasaray - Brugge: Kovacs (Martins, Miguel)
    Real - PSG: Skomina (Makkelie, Jug)
    Tottenham - Olympiakos: Gözübüyük (Kamphuis, Nijhuis)
    Red Star - Bayern: Kruzliak (Irrati, Glova)
    Man City - Donetsk: Bastien (Millot, Brisard)
    Atalanta - Zagreb: Kuipers (van Boekel, van Zuilen)
    Juventus - Atletico: Hategan (Marciniak, Kwiatkowski)
    Lokomotiv - Leverkusen: Oliver (Kavanagh, Betts)
    Liverpool - Napoli: del Cerro Grande (Sanchez, Martinez)
    Genk - Salzburg: Kabakov (Letexier, Delerue)
    Slavia - Inter: Raczkowski (Gil, Frankowski)
    Barcelona - Dortmund: Karasev (Soares Dias, Godinho)
    Zenit - Lyon: Orsato (Fabbri, Massa)
    Leipzig - Benfica: Guida (Rocchi, Alassio)
    Valencia - Chelsea: Brych (Dingert, Fritz)
    Lille - Ajax: Vincic (Zwayer, Achmüller)

    Karasev maybe a surprise, but I think, it would be a good idea to test him in a big match with regards to the EURO selection. I could also imagine similar appointments for other shaky candidates, e.g. I considered Kruzliak for Real-PSG, but went with the "safe" option instead.
    Also not many alternatives for Barcelona - especially with Turpin probably injured - due to the previous appointments.

    1. For me Marciniak will be main referee, on Friday he was referee in ekstraklasa match and his assistents were Sokolnicki and Listkiewicz it’s typical before CL match when he has match

    2. OK, Marciniak would also be a good option for the match in Barcelona.

    3. I don't think so that Kovacs will be in MD5, because I think he will have a game in our league on Monday. Only Hategan will get a game in this round, because his AR1, Sovre was at CFR - Chindia.

  31. Reports from some Tuesday games in the Asia region:

    Kyrgyz Republic - Tajikistan, Abdulrahman Al-Jassim

    Video clips:

    => +92' YC to KGZ No.21 (standing leg tackle); SPA vs. DOGSO?

    => +94' Mass confrontation with surely many incidents, camera picks up among others on a violent conduct by KGZ No.11. Referee sorts out only two cautions: TJK No.14 for DtR; KGZ No.2 for UB. Referee HAD to have a conference with his two ARs to decide which more players to caution, at least four YCs would have been appropriate here - that besides any (more) VCs.

    -> On the whole, simply excellent refereeing by Al-Jassim. He was fantastic, displaying an optimal performance - I loved his elegant style. It was remarkable that he managed to keep control of this very challenging game right until the last moments. I would call it one of the best performances that I saw this year only spoiled by his management at +94'; having a spare two hours, I would strongly recommend to watch in full!

  32. Iraq - Bahrain, Muhammad Taqi Aljaafari Bin Jahari

    Video clips:

    => 16' Missed penalty (handling) for Bahrain [live sequence; replay]

    => 64' Acceptable to only give a verbal warning here (contact with the referee)?

    => +92' Mass confrontation. Referee showed a poor judgement to carrying trying to separate the players, ending up in the goalnet without a good overview of the situation. FIFA.com reports that only IRQ No.4 was cautioned for UB in this scene - one caution for each team was a better solution.

    -> On the whole, good performance by Taqi. It was impressive he kept the control until +91'. I really liked his verbal warnings in this game, they were very effective. At 10' he chose to issue only a warning after a(n accidental) reckless studs tackle - he dealt it attentively and in the end this was an okay choice. Missed penalty for Bahrain tarnishes a well-refereed game.

  33. Vietnam - Thailand, Ahmed Abu Bakar Said Al-Kaf

    Video clips:

    => 27' Penalty (tugging) awarded to Thailand. Did the goalkeeper make a regular save?

    => 31' Goal for Vietnam disallowed (charging)

    => 43' Missed RC-SFP for VIE No.19

    => 50' Very good decision by AR2 to disallow a goal for Vietnam (offside)

    => 59' Missed RC-SFP for VIE No.8

    My view on the crucial decisions:
    27' Pulling is very evident to Al-Kaf from his position, even if it's smaller in effect absolutely okay to punish that; no clear evidence that GK wasn't partly touching the line
    31' Correctly identified careless elbow - very crucial decision, well done
    44' I can say from my own games I understand how Al-Kaf managed to get this totally wrong (foul given against SFP attacked player) but still bad mistake
    59' Brutal flying tackle, ridiculous decision by the Omani to only sort out a YC with a clear view

    -> First thing to say about this game is to identify the remarkably pleasant attitude of the players who were only interested in playing football, considering the importance of this game. Al-Kaf was okay. He generally sorted out cards when the game needed it, and could issue some good verbal warnings. He issued a great empathic verbal talk, but when it came to warnings he was much more limited to distant gestures - this would be a longer term point for improvement in my view: still managing to reach the players on an authoritarian level. Two missed RCs spoil a satisfactory performance.

  34. FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019
    21 November – 1 December 2019

    Group Phase

    Russia - UAE

    Referee 1: Mariano Romo (ARG, 1981)
    Referee 2: Hugo Pado (SOL, 1980)
    Referee 3: Gonzalo Carballo (SLV, 1982)
    Timekeeper: Alex Valdiviezo (PER, 1979)
    Reserve Referee : Said Hachim (MAD, 1979)

    Nigeria - Oman

    Referee 1: Roman Borisov (RUS, 1981)
    Referee 2: Raul Gonzalez (ESP, 1988)
    Referee 3: Gionni Matticoli (ITA, 1975)
    Timekeeper: Sofien Benchabane (FRA, 1984)
    Reserve Referee :Vitali Gomolko (LTU, 1989)

    Belarus - Senegal

    Referee 1: Ivo Moraes (BRA, 1977)
    Referee 2: Aecio Fernandez (URU, 1983)
    Referee 3: Juan Angeles (DOM, 1979)
    Timekeeper: Gustavo Dominguez (PAR, 1978)
    Reserve Referee : Sergio Gomes (POR, 1979)

    Brazil - Portugal

    Referee 1: Shao Liang (CHN, 1979)
    Referee 2: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB, 1974)
    Referee 3: Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE, 1973)
    Timekeeper: Hany Farouk (EGY, 1987)
    Reserve Referee : Ingilab Mammadov (AZE, 1983)

  35. Kassai referee in China: Guangzhou Evergrande vs Shanghai SIPG
    1:0 in 57', goal for 2:0 disallowed after VAR intervention and OFR for foul in attack.

  36. Michael Oliver just made completely unexplainable decision, giving YC to West Ham defender after the clearest foul by attacker ever. No comment really...

    1. For reference: https://streamable.com/zuiht

    2. Hm, in the replay from 0:15, it appears that indeed the red player pulls Kane's shirt first and only falls, because Kane tries to run away. In the other replay it looks more like a foul by Kane.

  37. ??????? perfect Oliver in this Yellow, perfect.

  38. Unhappily I must also report more drama from Michael Oliver's game.
    This was given as a yellow card whereas for me it is clearly Serious Foul Play and a red card.
    If you also believe it is a red, do you think VAR should have intervened?

    1. Live it was impossible for Oliver to detect this SFP, and I would have issued YC like he did. But VAR... mandatory intervention there! Missed...

    2. For me clear red card. I can understand Oliver in this situation, but VAR should have intervened.

    3. At least, there should be communication and the VAR should assure that Oilver saw the point of contact correctly. If that happened and Oliver still remained convinced of the YC, it would be acceptable for me. (Because then he probably would not have changed his opinion in an OFR in a competition, which uses it). And the situation is a 85% RC for me - i.e. not "clear and obvious", but enough to intervene for a missed or wrongly perceived incident.

    4. For me Red card it can be dangerous injury, but we know how VAR functions in PL....

  39. Not red for me, correct Yellow.

  40. Interesting situation in Bosnia at Borac-Zrinjski (no VAR): https://streamable.com/bhg89

    1. Very interesting situation.
      At first I think that one must underline how much AR2 is lazy (sorry but this is what I can see) after the corner kick is taken. He doesn't run in order to get the best positioning in case of offside assessment, he remains very far away from second last defender (see the video when the frame on the original shot is frozen). This can't lead to any judgement. Then, about the situation. I think offside is correct decision. Given that it was a shot on goal, we can consider the attempt to play the ball by defender as save, so even in case of deliberate action by defender, still offside.
      So, the final decision is correct, however I don't know how they drew this conclusion.
      Very good cooperation by referee, AR2 should have done better.
      My opinion, of course.

    2. For me, good decision and cooperation by ref, AR2 and 6th ref. TV commentator said "Bosnian VAR" :D

    3. Great communication within referees, which led to correct decision in situation that was missed by AR. Good job!

  41. Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao - Shanghai SIPG [Chinese SL title-decider]
    REF: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    AR1: György Ring (HUN)
    AR2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
    4th: Guō Bǎolóng (CHN)
    VAR: Zhāng Lěi (CHN)
    AVAR: Xiāng Yáo (CHN)

    Crucial situations:

    => 50' Goal disallowed for Guangzhou after On-Field Review for a foul resulting in the change of possession

    => 86' Goal for Guangzhou correctly disallowed by AR2

    => 90' Penalty given to Guangzhou after an On-Field Review

    Kassai was great; very good performance.

    Absolutely no ego problem with the On-Field Reviews, Hungarian was only interested in taking the right decisions. He is too lenient regarding dissent as we know him, but his authority is so natural; somehow I can understand how he thinks sorting out cautions for that are superfluous. Ten YCs given: besides one missed caution, his disciplinary control was pretty faultless. It was a feisty game, but Kassai made sure he never lost the overview, thanks to his excellent fitness and fantastic - even unique - feeling for the game and foul detection / selection.

    Maybe him attending the EURO wouldn't be coherent with the performance principle, but refereeing as he did today, Kassai would certainly be an asset to the UEFA team.

    1. Good picture selection by the VAR in 90': With the replays before the OFR, I still had doubts, but the angles in the OFR made it clear.

      I think, Kassai's EURO chances depend on the date of selection. If it is done in January, his chances should be quite small. If it is only done after the play-offs, i.e. in early April, UEFA could push him until then (e.g. EL MD5, CL MD6, EL R32, CL R16) and select him in case of good or very good performances.


    Full appointment:

  43. Tobar will be assessed by Jorge Larrionda, huge name!

    Easy first half but I didn't like his card selection, it was irregular. His first booking was rather soft and he missed a couple of more obvious ones before and after.

    1. Possible PK for handball in 56'?

      It was checked and play on supported by VAR

    2. I agree with that decision

      Very heated last minutes with River #15 sent off for VC and the goal scorer FLA #9 also sent off for 2YC - first one for taking his shirt off and second one I could not really see why (dissent?)

  44. Today, 1100 CET

    AFC Champions League Final, 2L (0-1)
    Urawa Red Diamonds - Al-Hilal

    REF: Valentin Kovalenko (UZB)
    AR1: Andrej Capenko (UZB)
    AR2: Timur Gajnullin (UZB)
    4th: Ruslan Serazitdinov (UZB)
    AAR1: Aziz Asimov (UZB)
    AAR2: Ilgiz Tantaşev (UZB)

  45. Chefren no UCL appointment

  46. Galatasaray Club Brugge Ivan Kruzliak (SVK) Massimiliano Irrati (ITA) Stefano Alassio (ITA)
    Lokomotiv Moszkva Leverkusen Michael Oliver (ENG) Chris Kavanagh (ENG) Lee Betts (ENG)
    Real Madrid Paris Artur Soares Dias (POR) Tiago Martins (POR) Hugo Miguel (POR)
    Crvena zvezda Bayern Björn Kuipers (NED) Pol van Boekel (NED) Joost van Zuilen (NED)
    Tottenham Olympiacos Georgi Kabakov (BUL) Michael Fabbri (ITA) Davide Massa (ITA)
    Atalanta Dinamo Zagreb Sergey Karasev (RUS) Bastian Dankert (GER) Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
    Manchester City Sahtar Donetsk Slavko Vincic (SVN) Danny Makkelie (NED) Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
    Juventus Atlético Madrid Anthony Taylor (ENG) Stuart Attwell (ENG) Paul Tierney (ENG)

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