Monday, 2 March 2020

UEFA Youth League - Referee appointments for Round of 16

Referees in charge of 2019/20 UEFA Youth League Round of 16 games. 


Tuesday 3 March 2020 
15:00 CET - Duivendrecht (De Toekomst)
AFC Ajax (NED) - Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Söderkvist (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Robin Wilde /(SWE)
Fourth Official: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Igor Radojčić (SRB)

Tuesday 3 March 2020 
16:00 CET - Seixal (Futebol Campus)
SL Benfica (POR) - Liverpool FC (ENG)
Referee: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Davide Imperiale (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Valerio Vecchi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Hugo Serafim Coelho Magalhães Silva (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: João Francisco Lopes Ferreira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Tammo Beishuizen (NED)

Wednesday 4 March 2020 
14:00 CET - Munich (FC Bayern Campus)
FC Bayern München (GER) - GNK Dinamo (CRO)
Referee: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel McFarlane (SCO)
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Sippel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Oskam (NED)

Wednesday 4 March 2020 
16:00 CET - Belgrade (FK Voždovac)
FK Crvena zvezda (SRB) - FC Midtjylland (DEN)
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Luke Portelli (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Christopher Francalanza (MLT)
Fourth Official: Lazar Lukić (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Attila Tomo (HUN)

Wednesday 4 March 2020 
16:00 CET - Grödig (Stadion Grödig)
FC Salzburg (AUT) - Derby County FC (ENG)
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Davit Gabisonia (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Davit Akhvlediani (GEO)
Fourth Official: Stefan Ebner (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Victor Marius Radu (ROU)

Tuesday 10 March 2020 
15:00 CET - Florence (Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano)
Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio (ITA) - Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Hrvoje Radić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Luka Pušić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Ros (ITA
UEFA Referee Observer: Antonio Damato (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)

Wednesday 11 March 2020 
15:00 CET - Florence (Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano)
F.C. Internazionale Milano (ITA) - Stade Rennais FC (FRA)
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Radius (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Niccolò Baroni (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Antonio Damato (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)

Wednesday 11 March 2020 
16:00 CET - Turin (Juventus Training Ground)
Juventus FC (ITA) - Real Madrid CF (ESP)
Referee: Fábio José Costa Veríssimo (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Pedro Miguel Almeida Mota (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Pedro Nuno de Sá Martins (POR)
Fourth Official: Antonio Rapuano (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer:
UEFA Delegate: Vitali Danylchenko (UKR)


  1. Lazar Lukić with Crvena zvezda for the second time in a week (evitable appointment?).

    Can anyone report how he performed in the Večiti derbi on Sunday evening?

    1. From what I saw, his performance was good. 8 cautions were shown (2-6). His management of the crowd disturbance at the beginning of the second half was quite good. He remained calm and players respected him. The match was not that difficult, though.

  2. He was pretty ok. Had control, all problematic decisions solved with ease, had a smile few times. He didn't look nervous for his first "derbi". Also, the game was not tough as it can be.

    1. Thanks. I haven't watched him, but as an 1981-born, I would guess is not really a prospect for promotion in UEFA? And Miloš Đorđić?

    2. Milos Djordjic failed english test first time last year. If you ask me he cant achive so much..
      Bright future for Serbian referees in the future is Milos Milanovic 26y old.

  3. OT

    What constitutes caution in MLS if these blatant holding offences not? Referee was FIFA-listed Nima Saghafi.

    1. That's horrible. Explicit disrespect for the game. I don’t understand how such a thing can be forgiven at the highest level?

    2. Welcome to CONCACAF :)

    3. Nothing new, I remember watching Gold Cup and being surprised how much leniency there was.

    4. Gold Cup was at parts not even refereeing anymore. CONCACAF leniency was always pretty disputable, but nowadays - well, see for yourself.


    Second situation,handball or not?

  5. OT

    Greek Cup Semifinals

    AEK-ARIS: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
    PAOK-Olympiakos: Xavier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)

  6. Juventus - Real: Bastian Dankert (GER). At least his nomination was on before the match was postponed.

    1. Next week Dankert is VAR in Champions League.

  7. OT:
    My predections for Nations League Play Offs:
    A Division
    Island-Romania Damir Skomina (SVN)
    Bulgaria-Hungary Felix Brych (GER)
    Final: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
    B Division
    Bosnia-Herzegovina-Northern Ireland Daniele Orsato (ITA)
    Slovakia-Republic of Ireland Björn Kuipers (NED)
    Final: Clément Turpin (FRA)
    C Division
    Scotland-Israel Danny Makkelie (NED)
    Norway-Serbia Felix Zwayer (GER)
    Final: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
    D Division
    Georgia-Belarus Szymon Marciniak (POL)
    North Macedonia-Kosovo Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
    Final: Artur Soares Dias (POR)

    1. Mine are
      A Division
      Island-Romania: Mateu Lahoz
      Bulgaria-Hungary: del Cerro Grande
      Final: Cakir
      B Division
      Bosnia-Herzegovina-Northern Ireland: Brych
      Slovakia-Republic of Ireland: Orsato
      Final: Makkelie
      C Division
      Scotland-Israel: Skomina
      Norway-Serbia: Kuipers
      Final: Turpin
      D Division
      Georgia-Belarus: Marciniak
      North Macedonia-Kosovo: Taylor
      Final: Hategan

    2. My predictions:

      Iceland - Romania: Clément Turpin (FRA)
      Bulgaria - Hungary: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
      => FINAL: Felix Brych (GER)

      Bosnia-Herzegovina - Northern Ireland: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
      Slovakia - Republic of Ireland: Björn Kuipers (NED)
      => FINAL: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)

      Scotland - Israel: Damir Skomina (SVN)
      Norway - Serbia: Danny Makkelie (NED)
      => FINAL: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

      Georgia - Belarus: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
      North Macedonia - Kosovo: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
      => FINAL: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

    3. We seem to agree on the Top 12 UEFA referees. :)

  8. Kovacs link is not working due to copyrights, can you do something?

    1. Message me on Twitter :)

  9. Controversy. Penalty and disallowed goal in Derby of Cracow in Poland. Referee is Bartosz Frankowski, UEFA 2nd Category. VAR is Daniel Stefanski, UEFA 1st Category. Your thoughts?

    1. In the first incident, in my opinion attacker is very clever and he causes the contact by trying to play the ball when defender looks to be quite sure of controlling it. A "sought" penalty, but technically one can't deny it. I don't like this way of getting a penalty, but for sure never a mistake.

      Second case: in my opinion very soft if not totally wrong call, but not VAR stuff. VAR shouldn't have intervened. Referee noticed a foul before the goal scored and this decision had just to be accepted. Going to monitor and confirming it can be considered as wrong procedure in my opinion.

  10. Two obligatory straight red cards rightly shown by Michael Fabbri in Benfica - Livrpool

    1. Thanks for the clips. Very challenging games for Fabbri, in addition to that, he also whistled two penalties, both correct decisions as well.
      No doubts about the DOGSO in the first RC scenario, correct as well to issue it for the reaction at the end of the game. Very often these incidents are unpunished / underpunished.

    2. The first red card without any doubt correct decision. However I strongly doubt if the second one is in line with UEFA’s guidelines, displayed in their RAP’s.

    3. I'd like to stress body language in the second incident. Much hectic.

    4. Discussion about 2. RC is relevant. Too harsh decision, IMO. The second penalty decision is not showed on but the first is and that was IMO incorrect. Close to simulation.

  11. Slovenian league is low level, I can agree. But sorry look at the performances of their referees - Skomina, Vinčič...young very promising OBrenovic. Sorry, but they are doing really good job in UEFA and FIFA competition.

    1. Of course. I agree. But behind them they have a man on the
      referee committee, who has been "pampering" and take care of them, and they have a president for several years. Sorry, others might be so successful, but they just don't have that chance ;)
      In the last 10 years the lobby has been expressed to much and the criteria are no longer relevant.
      Simply, they are privet organization and they can do whatever they want...
      Football is not any more sport now is only business, unfortunately...

  12. Cüneyt Cakir with an assignment in Turkish Süper Lig on Saturday (12:00 CET).

    Maybe possible appointment in UCL on Wednesday...

  13. Have a list of Referee Groups for the W19 and W17 matches?

  14. Good decision by F. Veríssimo in Liga Nos ?

    SL Benfica - Moreirense

  15. Claudio Gavillucci, former serie A referee, has started a new adventure in England:

    Maybe you remember something about his story, we discussed it on the blog, for example here:

  16. Odd scenes at Athens, Artur Soares Dias who is refereeing the first seminfinal of Greek cup between AEK Athens and Aris Thessaloniki, began the 2nd half after a 40 minute break instead of 15. According to reports, he denied to start the half immediately because of constants complaints from AEK for the penalty he whistled against AEK at 10th minute.

    1. Interesting, can we manage to know more about that?

    2. correct decision by Soares Dias!
      I immigrated what would happen if I were a Greek referee!

    3. Good job from Soares Dias. President of Aek entered referees dressing room at half time complaining for their decisions.

  17. UEFA Women's European Championship 2021 - qualifying round

    Group A

    6 March 2020, 18:00 CET - Wiesbaden (BRITA-Arena)
    Referee: Henrikke Holm Nervik (Norway)
    Assistant Referee 1: Monica Brun Løkkeberg (Norway)
    Assistant Referee 2: Line Cathrine Nymoen (Norway)
    Fourth Official: Ingvild Langnes Aarland (Norway)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Katarzyna Wierzbowska (Poland)

    10 March 2020, 18:00 CET - Prishtina (Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri)
    Referee: Loïs Otte (Belgium)
    Assistant Referee 1: Ella De Vries (Belgium)
    Assistant Referee 2: Joline Delcroix (Belgium)
    Fourth Official: Hannelore Onsea (Belgium)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslava Migaľová (Slovakia)

    Group B

    5 March 2020, 14:30 CET - Zenica (Trening centar N/FSBH)
    Referee: Kateryna Usova (Ukraine)
    Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandra Ardasheva (Ukraine)
    Assistant Referee 2: Maryna Striletska (Ukraine)
    Fourth Official: Lyudmyla Telbukh (Ukraine)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Wendy Toms (England)

    5 March 2020, 18:30 CET - Ta' Qali (Centenary Stadium)
    Referee: Araksya Saribekyan (Armenia)
    Assistant Referee 1: Liana Grigoryan (Armenia)
    Assistant Referee 2: Kristine Grigoryan (Armenia)
    Fourth Official: Sofik Torosyan (Armenia)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Gitte Holm (Denmark)

    10 March 2020, 18:00 CET - Rishon LeZion (Itztadion Haberfeld)
    Referee: Michalina Diakow (Poland)
    Assistant Referee 1: Katarzyna Wójs (Poland)
    Assistant Referee 2: Karolina Zygmond (Poland)
    Fourth Official: Monika Mularczyk (Poland)
    UEFA Referee Observer: María Luisa Villa Gutiérrez (Spain)

    10 March 2020, 18:30 CET - Ta' Qali (Centenary Stadium)
    Referee: Neslihan Muratdağı (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 1: Betül Nur Yılmaz (Turkey)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sedef Aktan (Turkey)
    Fourth Official: Cansu Tiryaki (Turkey)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Anja Kunick (Germany)

    Group D

    7 March 2020, 18:00 CET - Warsaw (Stadion Polonii Warszawa im. gen. Kazimierza Sosnkowskiego)
    Referee: Lizzy van der Helm (Netherlands)
    Assistant Referee 1: Diana Snoeren (Netherlands)
    Assistant Referee 2: Bianca Scheffers (Netherlands)
    Fourth Official: Marisca Overtoom (Netherlands)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Claudine Brohet (Belgium)

    11 March 2020, 15:00 CET - Baku (ASK Arena)
    Referee: Cristina Mariana Trandafir (Romania)
    Assistant Referee 1: Petruța Claudia Iugulescu (Romania)
    Assistant Referee 2: Daniela Constantinescu (Romania)
    Fourth Official: Iuliana Elena Demetrescu (Romania)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Marta Bonaria Atzori (Italy)

    Group E

    11 March 2020, 15:00 CET - Larnaca (Stádio Ammóchostos Epistrofí)
    Referee: Jeļena Jermolajeva (Latvia)
    Assistant Referee 1: Līga Didriķe (Latvia)
    Assistant Referee 2: Diāna Vanaga (Latvia)
    Fourth Official: Laura Treimane (Latvia)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Regien Belksma-Konink (Netherlands)

    Group G

    6 March 2020, 18:00 CET - Lazarevac (Stadion FK Kolubara)
    Referee: Shona Shukrula (Netherlands)
    Assistant Referee 1: Franca Overtoom (Netherlands)
    Assistant Referee 2: Nicolet Bakker (Netherlands)
    Fourth Official: Sterre Bijlsma (Netherlands)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Irina Mîrț (Romania)

    Group I

    5 March 2020, 20:15 CET - Dublin (Tallaght Stadium)
    Referee: María Dolores Martínez Madrona (Spain)
    Assistant Referee 1: Silvia Fernández Pérez (Spain)
    Assistant Referee 2: Rita Cabañero Mompó (Spain)
    Fourth Official: Arantza Gallastegui Pérez (Spain)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Bente Ovedie Skogvang (Norway)

    11 March 2020, 16:00 CET - Budva (Stadion pod Malim brdom)
    Referee: Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi (Italy)
    Assistant Referee 1: Lucia Abruzzese (Italy)
    Assistant Referee 2: Veronica Vettorel (Italy)
    Fourth Official: Deborah Bianchi (Italy)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Nataliya Avdonchenko (Russia)

  18. Ukraine :D

  19. Algarve Cup
    04 - 11 March 2020

    Selected Officials:

    Referee: Olga Zadinova (CZE)
    AR1: Elodie Coppola (FRA)
    AR2: Almira Spahic (SWE)

    Referee: Ivana Martincic (CRO)
    AR1: Francesca Di Monte (ITA)
    AR2: Alexandra Petrea (ROU)

    Referee: Emikar Calderas (VEN)
    AR1: Migdalia Rodriguez (VEN)
    AR2: Daiana Milone (ARG)

    Referee: Francia Gonzalez (MEX)
    AR1: Mijensa Rensch (SUR)
    AR2: Karen Diaz (MEX)

    Sílvia Domingos - Catarina Campos both from Portugal.

  20. AEL Lemesoú - Omonia Lefkosías
    Marco Di Bello

    15’ Penalty (tripping) to Omonia?; Violent Conduct, OMO no.10? No sanction
    18’ Onside by Emanuele Prenna for 0-1
    25’ Offside by Domenico Rocca, Penalty (pushing) to Omonia?
    66’ Reckless vs. Serious Foul Play, AEL no.27? Yellow Card given
    74’ Reckless vs. Serious Foul Play, AEL no.6? Yellow Card given; Yellow Card (unsporting) for Omonia Coach, management by Vasílis Dimitríou
    76’ Defensive Freekick (?), if not, Penalty (handling) to AEL?
    78’ Defensive Freekick (tripping), then ‘goal’ for Omonia
    86’ Defensive Freekick (charging), then ‘goal’ for Omonia

    Overall: not the most intense game; good disciplinary control; not always the most reliable decision-taker in 1H; in ‘low-pressure’ scenes referee found it easy to talk and even connect (he was quite often laughing with players, relaxed impression) with players, in ‘high-pressure’ scenes referee made a very distant even arrogant impression as an angry top-down authority; ultimately, referee ‘won’ the players in this game -> evaluation of the performance depends how you view the (high number) of crucial situations, besides it was a pretty unremarkable game.

  21. DFB Cup Quarter Final

    Eintracht Frankfurt - Werder Bremen

    Referee : Felix Zwayer VAR : Christian Dingert

    What is your opinion? Felix Zwayer has before missed deliberate handball then VAR Dingert has intervention. After OFR whistles Zwayer penalty for Frankfurt

    My opinion is correct intervention by Dingert and clear handball.

    1. Of corse correct decision, arm is higher than shoulder and clearly touches the ball. Not easy to spot on the field, but surely penalty. After that two very correct YCs were shown, one for the coach.

      And in the last minutes, Zwayer showed a very good RC.

    2. A very good red card after a criminal challenge! The Bremen player is severely injured as I understood?

    3. @Anonym : You have right understand.

    4. Strange that many German people don‘t agree with the penalty decision. I am a bit shocked that such a clear decision causes that much controversy...Poor Zwayer!

    5. Germans have always had and will always have problems with assessing punishable handballs. This was a clear case of a punishable handball. One must praise VAR Dingert that he checked the situation, which did not seem necessary in real speed at all. I'm very sure that not everyone would have detected it. Incidents like that show whether you are an average or an excellent VAR. You can't really blame Zwayer for not having seen it on the field. He did a good job, though.

  22. Hajduk vs Dinamo

    Ref:Ivan Bebek

    Solid performance in Croatia's biggest match.
    He had match under his control for most part,there were couple of moments where I thought he would lose,but his calmness and player's professionalism helped him had this hot match under control.
    All of his 5 bookings were shown in 1st half,including RC shown to Hajduk's player.

    This is video of 2 YC's given to Hajduk's player;

    Some say 1st one was too harsh.
    What do you think?

  23. Luca Torreira's injured after this tackle during Portsmouth - Arsenal game in FA Cup. Thoughts?

  24. Appointments for 22nd round of Bosnian Premier League (BHTPL):

    1. Peljto (1st cat) and Petrovic (2nd cat) FIFAs

    2. Petrović is in UEFA 3rd.

      I wanted to ask about Haris Kaljanac: his appointment to the Sarajevo - Željezničar derby at the end of last year (to be honest I was really disappointed by his performance) would imply that he was being readied to enter the FIFA list, yet he didn't.

      Maybe I answered my own question but could anyone inform more on the circumstances on which Kaljanac missed joining the FIFA List for 2020?

    3. My mistake, Petrović is 3rd cat. Kaljanac is now appointed to handle a derby of "Hercegovina" between Široki Brijeg and Zrinjski Mostar (the greatest Bosnian derby after Sarajevo-Željezničar). New match between Sarajevo and Željezničar is probably for 2 weeks and I expect Peljto as a referee.



    Al Hazm - Al Ittihad
    Bobby Madden - Francis Connor, Alan Mulvanny - Khalid Al Tarais - Srdjan Jovanovic, Mohammed Al Bouraidi

    Al Shabab - Al Adalah
    Majeed Al Shamrani - Fahed Al Amri, Badr Al Shamrani - Sultan Akiri - Bruno Paixao, Mohammed Al Nadait

    1. 06/03

      Al Raed - Al Fateh
      Matej Jug - Matej Zunic, Manuel Vidali - Abdalla Al Shehri - Bobby Madden, Raed Al Zahrani

      Al Wehda - Dhamak
      Faisal Al Balawi - Yaser Al Sultan, Kalef Al Shammari - Abdalla Al Harbi - Danny Makkelie, Shukri Al Hanfoush

      Al Ahli - Al Feiha
      Slavko Vincic - Andraz Kovacic, Tomaz Klancnik - Sultan Al Harbi - Christiaan Bax, Sami Al Jerais

    2. 07/03

      Abha - Al Taawoun
      Tamas Bognar - Peter Kobor, Balazs Buzas - Muhammed Al Qurani - Bobby Madden, Muhammed Wazi

      Al Faisali - Al Nassr
      Danny Makkelie - Mario Diks, Hessel Steegstra - Mohammed Al Huwaish - Christiaan Bax, Mohammed Al Abkari

      Al Hilal - Al Ittifaq
      Srdjan Jovanovic - Uros Stojkovic, Milan Mihajlovic - Turki Al Khudhayr - Bruno Paixao, Hisham Al Rifaai

  26. For the incident that happened during the halftime between AEK and Aris, according the match observer report, 3-4 "fans" of AEK without accreditation insulted Soares Dias team outside their locker room. The most socking part is, one of these fans grabbed and tried to squeez the genitalia of the AR2 telling him that " He is the boss".

    Truly unbelievable stuff.


  28. Really interesting and debatable situation in Croatian league!!!
    Disallowed goal after VAR intervention for offside and OFR.
    VIDEO here:

    Referee was Zebec, UEFA 3rd.

    Your opinion please?

    1. 2. Offside offence
      A player in an offside position at the moment the ball is played or touched* by a team-mate is only penalised on becoming involved in active play by:
      interfering with play by playing or touching a ball passed or touched by a team-mate or
      interfering with an opponent by:
      preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or
      challenging an opponent for the ball or
      clearly attempting to play a ball which is close when this action impacts on an opponent or
      making an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball
      gaining an advantage by playing the ball or interfering with an opponent when it has:
      rebounded or been deflected off the goalpost, crossbar, match official or an opponent
      been deliberately saved by any opponent
      A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save by any opponent) is not considered to have gained an advantage.
      A ‘save’ is when a player stops, or attempts to stop, a ball which is going into or very close to the goal with any part of the body except the hands/arms (unless the goalkeeper within the penalty area).
      In situations where:
      a player moving from, or standing in, an offside position is in the way of an opponent and interferes with the movement of the opponent towards the ball this is an offside offence if it impacts on the ability of the opponent to play or challenge for the ball; if the player moves into the way of an opponent and impedes the opponent’s progress (e.g. blocks the opponent), the offence should be penalised under Law 12
      a player in an offside position is moving towards the ball with the intention of playing the ball and is fouled before playing or attempting to play the ball, or challenging an opponent for the ball, the foul is penalised as it has occurred before the offside offence
      an offence is committed against a player in an offside position who is already playing or attempting to play the ball, or challenging an opponent for the ball, the offside offence is penalised as it has occurred before the foul challenge

      CLERAR OFFSIDE BALL THE BALL GOES IN THE GOAL - ROTATION: A ‘save’ is when a player stops, or attempts to stop, a ball which is going into or very close to the goal with any part of the body except the hands/arms (unless the goalkeeper within the penalty area).


    2. Very complicated situation but totally agree with the offside, this is the same action, the ball is going into the goal, no doubt, OFFSIDE

    3. For me it is very hard to say for sure that the ball goes into goal. Besides, the attacker is not influencing the defender in any way.

    4. for me it's deliberate play from D, no one is challenging him for the ball, no impact, have a plenty of time to clear the ball normally

  29. AEK Athína - Aris Thessaloníki
    Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins)

    9’ Penalty (tripping) given to Aris
    48’ Reckless vs. Serious Foul Play, ARIS no.26? Red Card given
    77’ Penalty (tripping) to AEK?

    VAR Interventions: 48’ Yellow Card -> Red Card [OFR]

    Overall: firstly important to keep in mind the extraordinary (and terrifying – what if those ‘fans’ were carrying knives?!) events at HT; and besides, two incidents (48’; after *2-1 – for Greek readers, what happened there?) in 2H could have thrown him off; tough performance to assess, also quite a weird game; after (brilliantly) awarded penalty to Aris, referee irritated AEK with some decisions: at 17’ he missed a clear foul to AEK, and then awarded a freekick to Aris for a soft to zero foul, after that all decisions in the next minutes against AEK were correct (ignored YC (reckless) though for AEK no.20), and after ten-ish minutes referee found a couple of compensation fouls to award AEK which calmed them down; mainly unlucky but also sometimes poor use of advantage which rather inflamed the game; two very good cards for dissent (even if he caused 17’); a small handful of very blatant smaller mistakes; referee showed simply amazing calm optic despite everything, even if his decisions did not always display that, his presentation was brilliant -> important not to lose sight of the context of this football match; ultimately probably middle-higher end satisfactory performance in the end.

    1. LoL at the Spanish player screaming "p*to país de mierda" ('what a shitty country') at 3:50 after being sent off.

    2. After 2-1, the trainer of Aris who was in the warm up zone next to the goalpost that the goal was scored fell to the ground during the celebrations. According to reports he tripped to a wheelchair fan but we don't know if it was on purpose or not. Aris general manager wanted to take his players to the locker rooms after this incident. VAR informed the referee that nothing punishable happenned.

    3. According to the official match report by the referee, at HT an elderly gentleman without accreditation for the referee's dressing room, attacked AR1 and grabed him from his genitals shouting "I am AEK boss, fuck you, why a penalty".

    4. 9:100% Penalty. He tackles his leg clearly.
      48: Endagering the safety of the opponent. Good red card.
      77: Penalty should be given. No problem.

  30. Anyone for this weeks Australian appointments?

  31. Some serie A games originally planned for last week have been rescheduled on this week end. Among others, Sassuolo - Brescia, to be played on next Monday 9 March. Orsato was originally appointed for this game as VAR with Manganelli AVAR. Now the appointment has been changed. Almost all the other officials for the other games have been confirmed, so this could mean that Orsato has another international game on next week, if not again in Champions League (difficult but not impossible), I guess rather in Europa League. We will see. For sure the good performance in Madrid has been noticed by committee.

  32. OT: Australian referee appointments
    Hyundai A-League Match-day 22 -

    Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers -
    Friday, 6 March 2020
    Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
    Kick-Off: 7:30pm (Local) (8:30pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Chris Beath (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Nathan MacDonald (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Lindsay (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Adam Kersey
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

    Adelaide United v Western United FC -
    Saturday, 7 March 2020
    Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
    Kick-Off: 4:30pm (Local) (5:00pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Stephen Lucas
    Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangolo
    Fourth Official: Daniel Elder
    VAR: Kate Jacewicz (FIFA)

    Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC -
    Saturday, 7 March 2020
    Marvel Stadium, Docklands
    Kick-Off: 7:30pm (Local) (7:30pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Shaun Evans (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Brown
    Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

    Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix -
    Sunday, 8 March 2020
    Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
    Kick-Off: 4:00pm (Local) (4:00pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Adam Kersey
    Assistant Referee 1: Anton Shchetinin (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Lance Greenshields (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Ben Abraham
    VAR: Kate Jacewicz (FIFA)

    Perth Glory v Melbourne City -
    Sunday, 8 March 2020
    HBF Park, Perth
    Kick-Off: 3:00pm (Local) (6:00pm (AEDT))
    Referee: Kurt Ams (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Josh Mannella
    Assistant Referee 2: Arvin Shanmuganathan
    Fourth Official: Adam Fielding
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

  33. Some observations re. Chris Kavanagh's performance in the Chelsea FC - Liverpool FC FA Cup game.

    - Selection of offences was mediocre at best. Some fouls ignored and some fair challenges deemed as illegal what made players angry several times.

    - Style of running to be improved. Rather strolling around the park than ardently following play. He was able to sprint using long steps but also visible leaning silhouette. Moving from one "D" to the other, not using digonal way of movement much. Problems with acceleration. Poor observation of assistants' areas - letting them referee in their area of responsibility.

    - Minimal if not non-existent communication with players. No reactions after careless-reckless challenges without contact with an opponent (39', 45+2') - reprimands at the next stoppage would be optimal! No interaction with dissenting players, just letting them release the air. (61', 90').

    The game was handled without big controversies but some visible weaknesses were easy to detect. Chris should focus and work on them in order to become a real top-class referee. I'm sure he can achieve that!

    Best regards

  34. Your thoughts:
    Will UEFA EURO 2020 to be postponed???
    The situation is really difficult, especially in Italy (Rome is a host city...

    1. In my opinion it is too early to give a final answer to your question, we must wait for next weeks, the course of the outbreak will be indeed crucial for taking any decision.
      Having said that, and "knowing" UEFA, for sure they will do everything to allow the competition and in case, I think Italian venues could be excluded in favor of other ones.
      Then, the worst scenario, to postpone or to cancel the tournament, is quite difficult to see, if not impossible, and nobody should wish that because it would mean a terrible situation in all countries. One can't say more at moment, I think.


    Important news!

    According to this source (former serie A referee still in contact with active colleagues) Italian appointments for UEFA competitions have been annulled / changed by UEFA in recent days. I have the feeling that Orsato was indeed appointed for a game on next week, but now maybe he will be replaced. I'm really sorry for him. Hopefully this emergency will end soon.

    1. That is interesting, I wonder if that decission applies for observers, because there are lot of matches this month (CL, EL, EURO play offs) that could possibly been observed by Rosetti. I am sure that he wants to see as much as possible before EURO.

  36. Goalkick procedure question: Is is a punishable offence if the GK raises the ball to one of his defenders, who heads the ball back into his arms?

    There was such a situation yesterday in Romanian Liga 1 and the referee awarded indirect fk for the opposing team from the 6 yard line:


      According to this source, the goal kick should be repeated in such cases.

  37. Penalty or not?

    Sloboda-Čelik, Irfan Peljto (FIFA, 1st).

    AR2: Dženan Milić

  38. Why does the CTA continue to appoint Hernandez Hernandez for these big games? He’s absolutely incompetent. My god.

  39. Poor performance Hernadez Hernandez.

  40. Controversial game for Cüneyt Çakir in Turkish Süper League between Yenispor Malatyaspor and Konyaspor.
    3 YCs, 1 penalty and 2 RCs.

    Highlights of the match:

    1. Red card for goal keeper is not correct.
      What are the parameters for ref Cakir to show a red card. It's a 'simple delibary handball' by a player (=yellow card) and there is no additional reason to show this 'red' card because this player is the goal keeper. There was not any obvious goal scoring opportunity for the attacking team.

    2. I agree. Incorrect red card, I don't understand this decision.

    3. Well, the difference is that, the goal is empty and therefore the attacker could even score directly from the point of the handball with some likelihood.
      Not a clear RC, but also not a clear mistake IMO.

    4. Philipp 100% right: empty goal is main reason for this decision.
      Player can take the ball and score. YC not wrong as well, but RC reasonable.

  41. Interesting day for refereeing and var today. Lots of controversy over penalties that were given today (clear and obvious??) as well as length of reviews.

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