Friday, 21 February 2020

What is Clear and Obvious, Mr. Rosetti?

Perhaps the view that crucial mistakes and decisions that were correctly supported by VAR should be mutually exclusive is, perhaps, a bit quixotic, but UEFA's direction regarding evaluation of Violent Conducts and Serious Foul Play has worried us this season.

Last night, in Bruges, we reached a new nadir.

Club Brugge - Manchester United FC
Aliaksiej Kuĺbakoŭ (Marco Guida)


Penalty Kick (tripping) + Red Card (Serious Foul Play)

With a medium-to-high intensity Red no.22(GK) hits Blue/Black no.42 at a high contact point using his studs.

=> The tackle by Red no.22 is a foul, and play should be restarted with a penalty kick.

=> The tackle by Red no.22 endangers the safety of his opponent and should be punished with a Red Card.



The purpose of this post is not to attack to Italo-Belarusian refereeing team specifically, who disappointingly restarted play with a goalkick in this scene, but to point out how their decision fits into a wider discourse of UEFA Refereeing.

The days of policeman-style referees progressing at an international is ostensibly over. One can be sad or not about that, but it seems they became incompatible with top-level football. Law 5 - The Referee does not challenge that.

When UEFA risks the safety of the players in order to keep twenty-two players on the pitch at (almost) any cost, then not only refereeing, but the wider football community should stand up for protagonists on the pitch, of an officiating or playing capacity, who are played fools by the business-people who stand to gain from the profitability of the product that the referees and players are part of.

It would be totally naïve to ignore that high-level football is a commercial entity, but in our opinion, UEFA Refereeing led by Roberto Rosetti crossed the line this season: their approach puts the players at risk in UEFA games. 

The imperative statement in this post, one hopes at least, is clear and obvious for all of our blog's readers.

64 comments:

  1. UEFA is worried for players safety. This is only a mistake by VAR. Take it easy.

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    1. Indeed, just a mistake from referee and VAR. UEFA referees (in UEFA competitions) don't usually hesitate to send off a player for SFP if they don't completely miss the incident like in this case.

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    2. Thanks for the condescending "take it easy" - I guess these non-neutral editorials 'get under your skin' a bit :)

      I don't doubt that UEFA do care about player safety, even from the pragmatic standpoint that they do not want (star) players to get injured, but they really stretched that to (and beyond, in my opinion) the limit in the VAR era of officiating under Rosetti. It would be simple denialism to claim the situation from last night is a total anomaly, or not part of a wider trend.

      There are enough cases-in-points in the Champions League group stage, and some evaluations in UEFA RAP 2019:2 (to be fair I thought on the whole it was fairly agreeable re. VC/SFP) that showcase that.

      I hope it's given to say this was assessed as missed penalty internally - and missed Red Card (SFP), by your comment?

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    3. And the VAR ( Marco Guida)is rewarded with Espanyol-Wolverhampton Wanderers one week later by Mr.Rosetti.......

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  2. Wow, this is even bizzare in a way. Everyone seemed to ignore this situation, including players of both teams. Even Brugge players were completely indifferent (noone comes to check if he will be ok???) , maybe that also influenced the decision. IMO maybe the asseament was that player started to fall before the contact and, even though it is not important, the contact was after he passed the ball.

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  3. Indeed a very strange situation. No reaction of players or benches. Seems like the goalie is trying to avoid the contact in the last phase bending his leg. Anyway not absolutely black and white situation considering it is only the 3d minute of the game. May be that’s why VAR didn't intervene? Watching it at full speed i vote for play on when we we see slo-mo it's a penalty.

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  4. The post attempts to be a generalization, but this case is interesting per se.
    Almost always in cases where the attacker passes or hits the ball before contact, no penalty. Why so is a mystery. Was the contact strong? At the moment of contact, the goalkeeper turned on his side and bent his knee. We will see how this case will be interpreted by the committee.

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  5. This is a red card! In my opinion I think the goalkeeper would've been sent off if this has hapened in the 85th min with a clear lead to one of the teams. Bad refereeing from Kulbakov, and even worse from the Guida in the VAR-room!

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  6. Have you seen Lo Selco's foul on Azpilicueta in the Chelsea v Tottenham match today, and no Red Card by Oliver "supported" by the VAR Coote. What do you think of this "no red card" decision after this foul?

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    1. Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np92NEd6Seo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2L0FXwe7m8OA0u0EO_0M-wguI1OVFRDvzvudiSDd-Dwdw02bxxbLCqHMs

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    2. Classic "Premier League style"

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    3. https://streamable.com/vgwfu

      David Coote again (after LIVMUN) showed that he lacks courage as VAR; Red Card to be given, missing intervention.

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    4. Shocking decision...
      What are they thinking about in England?

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    5. UPDATE:

      PGMOL have communicated that a Red Card should have been given and VAR should have intervened.

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    6. Could you quote the source of PGMOL’s statement. Apart from the fact that I agree, it’s quite remarkable to say the least that PGMOL released a statement even before the referee blowed the final whistle...

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    7. I agree - it was communicated through the broadcaster (BT Sport) here during the match.

      https://twitter.com/mrjakehumphrey/status/1231219355637207042?s=19

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    8. This is the level in Premier League. So what is the use of blaming UEFA?

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    9. I don't want to be harsh... But Oliver was close, Kevin Friend was just right there and Coote in the VAR room. 3 referees, two of them international referees... And none of them has the ability to spot a SFP... Just schocking every single week what happens in England with VAR.

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    10. After what happened in the CHE v UTD game, now this!!! Just shocking, absolutely ridiculous. We can't keep going on like this! Almost every week there is a shocking decision by VAR and referees in England. Where do we go from here??

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  7. VAR in PL is awfull. A clear penalty for Leicester but the VAR ref, David Coote have a lunch. Why the FA didn't sacked Mike Reilly?

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  8. Do I understand correctly that VAR Coote handled two consecutive matches on 1 matchday from Stockley Park??

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    1. Yes, CHE-TOT 12:30 then LEI-MCI 17:30. This doesn't happen often but has happened before.

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    2. Don’t they have enough qualified referees to appoint different VAR’s for each game in a weekend? They want to save money on travel expenses? Quite remarkable!

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  9. I'm sorry but Hernandez Hernandez is terrible--don't know what they see in him in Spain. One of the worst refs in Spain.

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  10. In Italy 3 Matches of Serie A have been postponed for COV19 virus crisis

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  11. Hello,what do you think about this situation,is there hand play of forward,when he scored a goal?https://mobile.sportal.bg/video.php?video=136939

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    1. It looks to be handball but almost impossible to spot from where the referee was positioned...

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  12. This is from Bulgarian 1st league

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  13. Speaking of Bulgaria 1st league, below are some situations from Cherno More Varna - Levski Sofia (2-2), in what looked like a very challenging game for ref Ivaylo Stoyanov, with 15 YC and 2 RC:

    https://youtu.be/TbPbGBdYeAc?t=61 - foul missed in the build-up of the 1:0 goal?
    https://youtu.be/TbPbGBdYeAc?t=225 - YC for elbowing followed by straight RC for dissent;
    https://youtu.be/TbPbGBdYeAc?t=348 - 2nd YC for Levski player, but it looks that opposing player stumbled himself;

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    1. 1st clip: difficult to say who is holding whom. Maybe a foul.
      2nd clip: can't really see the elbow on that video. Dissent might have been a bad choice of words. We don't know.
      3rd clip: He clips him. There is a touch. Watch it in slow motion (you can slow down the YouTube video). Correct decision.

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  14. I think handball too,because it rebound from the body of deffender,maybe the REF,must be positionining much in left....

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  15. Clear RED Card!

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