Blog about the man in the middle: appointments, analysis, discussions and much more. You are welcome.
MLS is Back Tournament Assignments:http://proreferees.com/2020/07/16/mls-is-back-assignments-group-stage/
Couple of Videos from Round One of the MLS Is Back Tournament. Inside Video Review: A segment done by the Professional Referee Organization Discussing Video Review.http://proreferees.com/2020/07/17/2020-inside-video-review-mls-is-back-week-1/https://youtu.be/vtL6XN2J_nw?t=221Referee: Jair Maruffo (FIFA) VAR: Robert SibigaDecision Made: YCYC vs RC? Attempt to Play the Ball?I think YC is supoortable, given FIFa's liberal interpretation of "attempt to play the ball."https://youtu.be/KxG4vpwZ2_4?t=242Referee: Joe Dickerson VAR: Armando Villareal (FIFA)Decision Made: RCYC vs. RC? SPA vs. DOGSO?Although I think DOGSO is supportable here, I would prefer SPA given the attackers direction of travel, and defender tracking back.
SPAIN2ªB to Segunda play-off appointments.18th July20:00 Ibiza-Eivissa - UE CornelláFernando Román Román (1988) - Javier Garrido Concha, Eliana Fernández Fernández - Germán Cid Camacho20:00 Athletic B - CD BadajozAlonso de Ena Wolf (1992) - Francisco Mur Oto, Juan José Ballesteros Rubio - Marcos Latorre Gracia22:00 Castellón - UD Logroñés (match for direct promotion!)David Gálvez Rascón (1981) - Yuval Conde Pérez, Mario Martín-Consuegra Díaz - Manuel Ángel Pérez Hernández22:00 Marbella - Peña DeportivaJulio Fermín Leo Ollo (1979) - Ángel David Domínguez Zapatero, Cristian Vázquez Martínez - Alberto Gómez Lameiro19th July20:00 Barcelona B - Valladolid BJosé Luis Guzmán Mansilla (1995) - José Francisco García Lozano, Ángel Valverde Martínez - José Antonio Sánchez Villalobos20:00 CE Sabadell - Atlético de Madrid BMateo Busquets Ferrer (1994) - Josep Bordoy Homar, Víctor Jiménez Yustos - Luis Bestard Servera22:00 Cartagena - Atlético Baleares (match for direct promotion!)Francisco José Hernández Maeso (1988) - Álvaro González Narváez, Álvaro Granel Peiró - Manuel García Gómez22:00 Cultural Leonesa - YeclanoVíctor García Verdura (1994) - Sergi López Freixa, Mariona Peralta Geis - Albert Catalá Ferrán
SPAINLiga Smartbank (2nd Division), MD41 (out of 42)Friday 17th June21:00 Albacete (fight against relegation) - Zaragoza (fight for direct promotion)Aitor Gorostegui Fernández-Ortega (1983) - Rubén Porras Rico, Javier Merino Sánchez - Jorge Díaz Escudero[David Pérez Pallás, Francisco José Arencibia Medina]21:00 Extremadura (relegated) - Sporting (fight for promotion play-off)Iosu Galech Apezteguía (1990) - Ignacio Alonso López, Alejandro Estévez Iglesias - Manuel Jesús Orellana Cid[Jon Ander González Esteban, Sergiy Nizhelovskiy Pereginets]21:00 Fuenlabrada - Elche (direct duel for promotion play-off)Jorge Figueroa Vázquez (1980) - Iván Ríos Vargas, Víctor Jara Cordobés - Pablo Morales Moreno[Gorka Sagués Oscoz, Asier Pérez de Mendiola González de Durana]21:00 Girona (fight for direct promotion) - Cádiz (promoted)Alejandro Muñiz Ruiz (1991) - Adrián Díaz González, Fabián Blanco Rodríguez - Armando Ramo Andrés[Álvaro Moreno Aragón, Guillermo Santiago Sacristán]21:00 Huesca (fights for direct promotion) - Numancia (fights against relegation) José Antonio López Toca (1982) - Israel Bárcena Rodríguez - Abraham Pérez Dapía - Carlos Calderiña Pavón[Saúl Ais Reig, Rubén Campo Hernández]21:00 Mirandés - Deportivo de la Coruña (fights against relegation)Víctor Areces Franco (1985) - Víctor Hugo Fernández Suárez, Judith Romano García - Alberto Fuente Martín[Isidro Díaz de Mera Escuderos, Diego Santaúrsula Aguado]21:00 Málaga (fights against relegation) - AlcorcónSantiago Varón Aceitón (1988) - Rafael Rodríguez Rotger, Javier García Lorenzo - Jesús Delfa Ramos[Juan Luis Pulido Santana, Saúl Daniel Ortiz Pérez]21:00 Ponferradina (fights against relegation) - Almería (fights for direct promotion)Miguel Ángel Ortiz Arias (1984) - Iván Massó Granado, David Bernal Martín - José Antonio Fernández Rodríguez[Javier Iglesias Villanueva, Ricardo Landrove Lago]21:00 Oviedo (fights against relegation) - Racing Santander (relegated)Daniel Jesús Trujillo Suárez (1983) - Fernando Estela Bravo, Josep Antoni Vigo Gatius - Gorka Etayo Herrera[Daniel Ocón Arráiz, Francisco Javier García Sabuco]21:00 Rayo Vallecano (fights for promotion play-off) - Las PalmasLuis Mario Milla Alvendiz (1982) - Antonio Ramón Martínez Moreno, Roberto Tejero García - Francisco Javier Fernández Vidal[Dámaso Arcediano Monescillo, Moisés Mateo Montañés]21:00 Tenerife (fights for promotion play-off) - Lugo (fights against relegationÓliver de la Fuente Ramos (1992) - Daniel Pescador Hernández, Samuel García Aguilera - Alexander Alemán Pérez[Iñaki Vicandi Garrido, Mateo Vaquero Agama]All games are available on live streaming with good quality and comments in English in LaLiga Smartbank official Youtube channel! ;)
BelarusFriday 17th July18:00 Slutsk vs. IslochDenis Scherbakov - Anton Gusev, Maksim Arabei - Stanislav Ananiev20:00 Gorodeya vs. BelshinaAleksei Kulbakov - Dmitri Zhuk, Oleg Maslianko - Mikhail TkhagalegovSaturday 18th July16:30 Vitebsk vs. SmolevichiAndrei Vasilevich - Anton Poluyanov, Denis Emelyanchikov - Dmitri Dubatovka20:30 Rukh vs. BATEAmin Kurgkheli - Viktor Getikov, Andrei Getikov - Aleksandr KolochinskiSunday 19th July16:45 Minsk vs. RCOR BSUDmitri Dolia - Yuri Khomchenko, Kirill Pakulin - Olga Tereshko18:45 Neman vs. ShakhterSergei Stetsurin - Andrei Gerasimuk, Sergei Kosovets - Vitali Onikhimovski20:45 Torpedo-BelAZ vs. Dinamo-MinskVitali Sevostyanik - Vitali Maliutin, Sergei Gidrevich - Dmitri Kuradovets
What a game for Sciacuryn!
Indeed a big game. He gave a courageous and correct penalty decision last week which led to BATE drawing their game. He's been one of the best this season.
I propose a "game" for Spanish readers (Quilava, George, etc.) or anyone who wants to participate; Sunday will be the last game for González González and would be interesting to try to guess for which game will he be appointed (I think appointment will be published today at mid-day).He has been appointed for the "best"/most important games in recent gameweek, but in the last farewells (Undiano, Borbalán) referees were asked in which game would them be appointed, Borbalan chose San Mames and Undiano Bernabéu (both matches with nothing to play if I remember correctly).So is not an easy question, mainly because we don't know CTA will allow him to chose the game he likes or would appoint him in an important match.My guess: Sevilla-Valencia (Very sonorous game and not a lot to play for).
I agree. Neither Barça nor Madrid play at home, so unless he's appointed for one of the relegation games (Celta-Espanyol, Leganés-Real Madrid) I'd also say Sevilla-Valencia
That was my guess too. However, Valencia still has chances to qualify to Europa League, and given the matches still to be player, I would not say there isn't a lot to play for.Another option would be Atlético - Real Sociedad, which is a similar match to Sevilla - Valencia in terms of things in play in the Metropolitano Stadium, so that could be a good place to say goodbye too. I'd say it is between those too.
Actually, a small prediction:Valladolid - Betis: Cordero VegaAlavés - Barcelona: Melero López (demoted)Atlético - Real Sociedad: Gil Manzano if fit, otherwise Sánchez MartínezEspanyol - Celta: De Burgos BengoetxeaGranada - Athletic: Jaime LatreLeganés - Real Madrid: Alberola Rojas (maybe Mateu Lahoz/Martínez Munuera to play safe)Levante - Getafe: Cuadra FernándezOsasuna - Mallorca: González FuertesSevilla - Valencia: González GonzálezVillarreal - Eibar: Pizarro Gómez
I got it right hahahaha
I didn't jajajajaja just that one. The other predictions were awful.
About the trick penalty (75') by Real against Villareal yesterday:The penalty was technically missed and Benzema entered the penalty area too early. Therefore it should have been a defensive indirect free kick and not a retake IMO. Am I wrong?
No, you're right. Referees involved in yesterday’s game completely missed that, or their knowledge Laws of the game is rather poor.
In my opinion the retake decision is correct. The ‘trick’ as you call it is allowed according the LotG. Ramos kicked the ball in forward direction and the ball clearly moved, so nothing wrong here. However there was an encroachment of both attacker (Benzema, who scored the goal in the end) as well as at least one defender. When players of both teams encroach the penalty should be retaken, regardless of whether a goal is scored or the penalty was missed.
Oh, ofcourse, if at least one defender encroach the penalty area it is right decision. I didn’t notice that yesterday, when i was watching the game. My apologies to the referees involved in that case.
Yes, I also didn't consider the defender. Thanks for the hint.
Same thing in PSG v Waasland-Beveren.When ball was kicked there was a defender and attacker encroaching. Should have been retaken.
MOLDOVA. DIVIZIA NATIONALA. MD 4Friday. 17th July18.00 PETROCUB - CODRUIon ORLIC - Victor MARDARI (FIFA), Natalia CEBAN (FIFA) - Denis IVLEV20.30 SHERIFF - ZIMBRUVeaceslav BANARI (FIFA)- Vlad LIFCIU (FIFA), Dumitru PONOMARENCO - Dumitru MUNTEAN(FIFA)
Serie A Italy Round 34Saturday 18 July17:15 Hellas Verona - Atalanta Rosario Abisso - Ciro Carbone - Andrea Tardino - Simone Sozza[Gianluca Rocchi - Filippo Meli]19:30 Cagliari - SassuoloGiovanni Ayroldi (Serie B Referee) - Filippo Valeriani - Luigi Rossi - Luca Massimi[Federico La Penna - Mauro Vivenzi]21:45 Milan - BolognaDavide Massa - Marco Bresmes - Davide Imperiale - Davide Ghersini[Luigi Nasca - Stefano Alassio]
Italy Serie B Round 35 Friday 17 July18:45 Pescara - FrosinoneFederico Dionisi - Niccolo Pagliardini - Marco Scatragli - Lorenzo Illuzzi21:00 Benevento - LivornoAntonio Di Martino - Andrea Capone - Antonio Vono - Maria Marotta21:00 Cittadella - AscoliGianluca Aureliano - Francesco Fiore - Thomas Ruggieri - Marco Ricci21:00 Crotone - SalernitanaAlessandro Prontera - Fabrizio Lombardo - Andrea Zingarelli - Fabio Natilla21:00 Empoli - Virtus EntellaLivio Marinelli - Domenico Palermo - Michele Lombardi - Cristian Cudini21:00 Juve Stabia - Chievo VeronaIvano Pezzutto - Salvatore Affatato - Damiano Margani - Giacomo Camplone21:00 Perugia - CremoneseDaniele Minelli - Alessio Saccenti - Marcello Rossi - Niccolo' Baroni21:00 Pisa - TrapaniIvan Robilotta - Davide Miele - Daniele Marchi - Valerio Marini21:00 Pordenone - CosenzaLorenzo Maggioni - Vittorio Di Gioia - Riccardo Annaloro - Daniel Amabile21:00 Spezia - VeneziaFrancesco Fourneau - Manuel Robilotta - Orlando Pagnotta - Marco Monaldi
Greek SL MD1018/0718:15 Larisa - XanthiAnastasios Sidiropoulos, Polychronis Kostaras, Lazaros Dimitriadis, Alexandros Katsikogiannis[Angelos Evangelou, Pantelis Spyropoulos]18:15 Asteras Tripolis - LamiaDimitrios Karantonis, Ioannis Karagkizopoulos, Stavros Sipkas, Aristidis Vatsios[Praxitelis Zachariadis, Georgios Christakoglou]18:15 Atromitos - PanioniosAristotelis Diamantopoulos, Chrysoula Kourompilia, Iordanis Dimitriadis, Petros Tsagkarakis[Vasilios Fotias, Michail Papadakis]18:15 Panaitolikos - VolosGeorgios Tzovaras, Dimitrios Filos, Angelos Zirdas, Aristomenis Koutsiaftis[Athanasios Tzilos, Konstantinos Triantafyllou]19/0719:00 Olympiakos - AEKAnastasios Papapetrou, Iordanis Aptosoglou, Dimitrios Samoilis, Georgios Vreskas[Konstantinos Kotsanis, Andreas Meintanas]19:00 PAOK - ARISClement Turpin, Nicolas Danos, Cyril Gringore, Evangelos Manouchos[Francois Lexetier, Michail Dimopoulos]19:00 Panathinaikos - OFIIoannis Papadopoulos, Nikolaos Savvas, Antonios Diplaris, Alexandros Tsamouris[Athanasios Sezos, Petros Patras]
Not very well informed...4th official in OLY-AEK has changed...Gortsilas
LaLiga MD38 appointments. Cuadra Fernández and Cordero Vega with relegation matches. Sunday 19th July21:00 Barcelona - AlavésJuan Martínez Munuera - Diego Barbero Sevilla, José Alcoba Rodríguez - David Recio Moreno[José Luis Munuera Montero, Íñigo Prieto López de Ceráin]21:00 Villarreal - EibarJavier Alberola Rojas - Iván Hernández Ramos, Marcos Cerdán Aguilar - Alberto Lou Ballano[Xavier Estrada Fernández, Roberto Alonso Fernández]21:00 Valladolid - BetisSantiago Jaime Latre - Jorge Bueno Mateo, Fernando Tresaco Escabosa - Sergio Escriche Guzmán[Eduardo Prieto Iglesias, Aitor Villate Martínez]21:00 Atlético de Madrid - Real SociedadPablo González Fuertes - Alfredo Rodríguez Moreno - Álvaro Yeray Carreño Cabrera - Juan Peña Varela[Alejandro Hernández Hernández, José Enrique Naranjo Pérez]21:00 Espanyol - CeltaAdrián Cordero Vega - José Carlos Escuela Melo, Antonio Luis Cerezo Parfenof - Iván Muñoz Pérez[César Soto Grado, Miguel Martínez Munuera]21:00 Granada - AthleticCarlos del Cerro Grande - Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, Abraham Álvarez Cantón - Jerónimo Montes García-Navas[Valentín Pizarro Gómez, José Antonio Garrido Romero]21:00 Leganés - Real MadridGuillermo Cuadra Fernández - Teodoro Sobrino Magán, Juan José López Mir - Daniel Yuste Querol[José María Sánchez Martínez, Raúl Cabañero Martínez]21:00 Levante - GetafeRicardo de Burgos Bengoetxea - Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar, Jon Núñez Fernández - José David Martínez Montalbán[Mario Melero López, Manuel Ángel Torre Cimiano]21:00 Osasuna - MallorcaAntonio Mateu Lahoz - Pau Cebrián Devís, Iker de Francisco Grijalba - Josep Subirats Matamoros[Jesús Gil Manzano, Ángel Nevado Rodríguez]21:00 Sevilla - ValenciaJosé Luis González González - Rubén Becerril Gómez, Diego Sánchez Rojo - Alberto González Hernández[Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo, Alfonso Costoya Rodríguez]
It seems appointments were already made before yesterday matches, because Mateu in Pamplona and Martínez Munuera in Vitoria does not make too much sense after yesterday, before it was conceivable they would have been crucial games.
Yeah, definitely appointments were made before yesterday's matches.
POLISH EKSTRAKLASAGÓRNIK ZABRZE S.S.A. ZAGŁĘBIE LUBIN2020-07-18 17:30Paweł Gil - Marcin Borkowski. Tomasz Niemirowski - Karol Iwanowicz - Jarosław Przybył. Konrad SapelaWisła Kraków SA - Arka Gdynia SSA2020-07-18 17:30Damian Sylwestrzak (first match in Ekstraklasa)- Adam Karasewicz, Bartosz Kaszyński - Sebastian Krasny, Daniel Stefański, Krzysztof MyrmusRKS RAKÓW CZĘSTOCHOWA S.A. - Wisła Płock S.A.2020-07-18 17:30Łukasz Kuźma (first match in Ekstraklasa) - Marcin Boniek, Adam Kupsik - Albert Różycki - Bartosz Frankowski, Michał ObukowiczKORONA SA Kielce - ŁKS Łódź SA2020-07-18 17:30Szymon Marciniak - Paweł Sokolnicki, Tomasz Listkiewicz - Marcin Szrek - Krzysztof Jakubik, Radosław SiejkaLegia Warszawa S.A. - Pogoń Szczecin2020-07-1917:30Damian Kos - (first match in Ekstraklasa) - Konrad Sapela, Bartosz Heinig - Patryk Gryckiewicz - Szymon Marciniak, Paweł SokolnickiGKS PIAST GLIWICE S.A. - Cracovia SSA Kraków2020-07-19 17:30Bartosz Frankowski - Jakub Winkler, Marek Arys - Mateusz Bielawski -Paweł Gil, Marcin BorkowskiŚLĄSK WROCŁAW - Lechia Gdańsk2020-07-19 17:30Mariusz Złotek - Krzysztof Myrmus, Katarzyna Wójs - Paweł Horożaniecki - Tomasz Musiał, Tomasz ListkiewiczKKS LECH Poznań - Jagiellonia Białystok SSA2020-07-19 17:30Paweł Raczkowski - Michał Obukowicz, Paulina Baranowska - Piotr Idzik - Tomasz Kwiatkowski, Marcin Boniek
Sorry, was posting the same below at the same time :D
POLANDSaturday 18th July17:30 Górnik Zabrze - Zagłębie LubinPaweł Gil - Marcin Borkowski, Tomasz Niemirowski - Karol Iwanowicz[Jarosław Przybył, Konrad Sapela]17:30 Korona Kielce - ŁKS ŁódźSzymon Marciniak - Paweł Sokolnicki, Tomasz Listkiewicz - Marcin Szrek[Krzysztof Jakubik, Radosław Siejka]17:30 Raków Częstochowa - Wisła PłockŁukasz Kuźma - Marcin Boniek, Adam Kupsik - Albert Różycki[Bartosz Frankowski, Michał Obukowicz]17:30 Wisła Kraków - Arka GdyniaDamian Sylwestrzak - Adam Karasewicz, Bartosz Kaszyński - Sebastian Krasny[Daniel Stefański, Krzysztof Myrmus]Sunday 19th July17:30 Lech Poznań - Jagiellonia BiałystokPaweł Raczkowski - Michał Obukowicz, Paulina Baranowska - Piotr Idzik[Tomasz Kwiatkowski, Marcin Boniek]17:30 Legia Warszawa - Pogoń SzczecinDamian Kos - Konrad Sapela, Bartosz Heinig - Patryk Gryckiewicz[Szymon Marciniak, Paweł Sokolnicki]17:30 Piast Gliwice - Cracovia KrakówBartosz Frankowski - Jakub Winkler, Marek Arys - Mateusz Bielawski[Paweł Gil, Marcin Borkowski]17:30 Śląsk Wrocław - Lechia GdańskMariusz Złotek - Krzysztof Myrmus, Katarzyna Wójs - Paweł Horożaniecki[Tomasz Musiał, Tomasz Listkiewicz]Everything is decided already (Legia champions; Lech and Piast with UEL spots; Arka, Korona and ŁKS relegated), so three 2nd tier referees will make their debuts. They are Damian Kos (1989), Łukasz Kuźma (1991) and Damian Sylwestrzak (1992; already with several appointments as 4th official in Daniel Stefański's team in UEL!).
OTEnglish Mark Clattenburg is officially the new Head of Greek Refereeing. Good luck to him.
Bad choice. Nothing will improve.
I guess he will have to lock his Twitter account from now on XD
Were Clattenburg and Frojdfeldt imposed as candidates by UEFA or went through a selection process? Who made the final decision?
As far as I heard the candidates had their job interviews with members of big clubs... If you ask me it’s a totally rotten situation in Greek football.
Members of big clubs? I hope you are joking. Members of FEDERATION instead!
FINLANDFriday 17th July18:30 Ilves - KuPSMohammad Al-Emara - Arttu Kuukasjärvi, Tapani Olkku - ?18:30 RoPS - FC HakaKalle Mäkinen - Eero Kaivola, Jarno Kiistala - ?18:30 FC Inter - HJKOskari Hämäläinen - Sami Nykänen, Olli Jantunen - ?18:30 SJK - IFK MariehamnJoni Hyytiä - Antti Kemppinen, Eerik Hyöty - ?
What is the deal with Norwegian refereeing? I have heard about a major conflict there in the last years internally in the management and some referees. They also had the rapid fall of Moen, removal of some FIFA referees and Espen Eskas as the only performer recently (U17 EURO final). Can someone enlighten me please? Norway once had Pedersen, Ovrebo, Hauge, Hagen and Moen at the highest level, what has happened to this once very well functioning school of referees?
Before 2015: Rune Pedersen resigns as head of referees. Terje Hauge takes over. Pedersen still works in the NFF main office.After 2015: Referee's association are unhappy with Hauge, want Pedersen back. Cooperation problems between Hauge and Pedersen.Summer 2016: Moen has a disaster in EURO 2016. Fall 2016: Moen's AR Andås is removed. AAR Johnsen (involved in the most controversial episode at EURO) retires. FIFA referee Lundby retires after poor performances and development.Before 2017: There is a conflict between Hauge and FIFA referee Svein-Erik Edvartsen, a strong personality to say the least. A referee with character and authority and lots of contact in the federation (works in the federation's office at this time), in the media, in culture, celebrity life. He is however not technically or fitnesswise strong, was once removed from FIFA list and came back after a few years, was a UEFA cat 2 at this time, but thought of himself as the best in Norway. Every good decision was made by "me", every error by the "refereeing team". One former FIFA AR (Reidar Gundersen) cries on TV because of how he felt Edvartsen treated him when he was in his team (bullying), and other referees report the same behaviour. His colleagues state that they won't continue refereeing if Edvartsen was allowed to continue. E-mails are discovered that are sent from Edvartsen's home address to the Norwegian media under fake names, with praise for Edvartsen and strong criticism of Hauge and other referees.Edvartsen is removed from the referees' list and fired from his director job at the football federation. He is friends with the most famous lawyer in Norway, and together they sue the Norwegian football federation, in what becomes a very publicized case, however it is settled one day before it's due to go to court. Edvartsen has since become a blogger where he weekly posts strong criticism of Hauge's leadership and the decisions made by today's referees..
I don't remember that well - what went wrong at EURO?
Croatian first league MD35:Friday 17th July20.00 Slaven Belupo-Inter ZapresicFran Jovic- Goran Loparac- Marko Stolnik- Ante Culjak[Mario Zebec, Ivica Modric]Saturday 18th July18.55 Varazdin-OsijekIvan Vuckovic - Mario Pepur- Alen Jaksic - Tino Krecak[Ivan Bebek, Robi Kezele]21.05 Istra 1961-DinamoIgor Pajac, Sanja R-Karsic (female)- Ivan Mihalj - Tomislav Bionda[Goran Gabrilo, Goran Perica]Sunday 19th July18.55 Lokomotiva-GoricaMario Zebec- Borut Krizaric- Vedran Durak- Marko Cestaric[Goran Gabrilo, Goran Perica]21.05 Hajduk-RijekaDamir Batinic - Goran Pataki, Marjan Tomas, Ivan Matic[Dario Bel, Miro Grgic]
Jovic and Pajac return despite the original suspension until the end of the season.Head of referees said that they have to get in form for CL and EL qualifying rounds. He should have thought about that when they gave them this harsh sanction, but it is a good decision IMO. Croatian League should not rely solely on Bebek (1977) and Batinic (1975) who now get all the important games.
Good news, all the best to them!
MOLDOVA. DIVIZIA NATIONALA. MD 4Saturday. 18th July18.00 DACIA BUIUCANI - FLORESTIStanislav LEU- Denis BORISOV, Veaceslav SIVACIOV- Iurie COVTUN20.30 SPERANTA- DINAMO AUTOGabriel TUPICICA-Anatolie BODEAN (FIFA), Anatolie BASIUL- Igor BOSCA
Latvia/Referee observer - Delegate/Friday 17th July18:00 FK Ventspils - FK MettaJevgēnijs Vasjukovs - Romans Platonovs, Ruslans Botošs - Mareks Ķere/Jurijs Popovičenko - Aļesja Hodakovska/20:00 Valmiera FC - BFC DaugavpilsArtūrs Vītoliņš - Deniss Ševčenko, Andrejs Kolosovs - Kristaps Ratnieks/Ādolfs Supe - Viktors Sopirins/20:00 RFS - Riga FC (the top game in the league)Andris Treimanis - Raimonds Tatriks, Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs - Aleksandrs Anufrijevs/Andrejs Sipailo - Maksims Raspopovs/Saturday 18th July18:00 FK Spartaks - FK JelgavaArtis Ķēniņš - Niklāvs Lācis, Artūrs Šakurovs - Vitālijs Spasjonņikovs/Vladimirs Osipovs - Konstantīns Rubīns/
Anybody has any idea how referee are going to be appointed for upcoming matches? There are actually a lot of matches in a relativly short time. For example - there are four matches of Champions League that will be played each in a different venue and then final tournament. The similar situation with Europa League. Do you think that the same referees will be appointed for the remaining Round of 16 matches in CL and then in final tournament. What I mean - if for example they appoint 6 referees for the final tournament that the 4 of those 6 will be appointed for the remaining Round od 16 matches. Or do you think it is possible that for example someone will be appointed in CL Round of 16 and then in Europa league final tournament?
Swiss Super League MD 32Saturday July 1820:30 FC Zürich - BSC Young BoysAdrien Jaccottet - Jonas Erni, Sertac Kurnazca - Anojen Kanagasingam[Lukas Fähndrich, Marco Zürcher]Sunday July 1916:00 FC Luzern - Neuchâtel XamaxSandro Schärer - Stéphane de Almeida, Bekim Zogaj - David Huwiler[Sascha Kever, Vital Jobin]16:00 FC Sion - FC LuganoStefan Horisberger - Remy Zgraggen, Efe Kurnazca - Sven Wolfensberger[Alain Bieri, Esther Staubli]FC Thun . FC St GallenFedayi San - Marco Zürcher, Mirko Bürgi - Nicolas Jancevski[Lionel Tschudi, Alessandro Dudic]Servette -- FC BaselLuca Piccolo - Sladan Josipovic, Devis Dettamanti - Johannes von Mandach[Lukas Fähndrich, David Schärli]
@Chefren Do you have information about the UEFA referee categories for the next half year? Usually there are some changes at summer too. What about now?
I do not think anyone would expect changes this summer since all UEFA competitions were suspended for 5 months, so referees could not be evaluated.
Do you have any source ? Or are you sure about it ?
At moment I don't have info about changes in UEFA categories. I guess anonymous is right, impossible to make an update given that all games have been suspended. I think we can expect the next changes on December. However don't worry, as soon as we get info we immediately post them.
MOLDOVA. DIVIZIA NATIONALA. MD 4Sunday. 19th July18.00. SFINTUL GHEORGHE - MILSAMIPiotr STOIANOV- Andrei BODEAN(FIFA), Tudor BOLOGA- Andrei BREGUTA
Macron will be the Turkish Referee kit supplier from 20/21 season. I wonder if Turkish referees will have same kits with UEFA.
Spanish referees (both professional and grassroots) will also have Macron kits after nearly 25 years of Adidas.
When uefa organise coming elite referees course ?
No course this summer for what I know so far.
https://streamable.com/j2zf5oThere was a controversial situation in Korea's K-League involving a tough offside decision. The referee was Byungjin Park (non-FIFA) and initially judge as there was no offside offense on the field. However, VAR has recommended an onfield review for a potential offside. The argument was that the attacker white #11 was in an offside position and interfere with the opponent by obstructing the line of vision of goalkeeper. Most fans view this decision as incorrect although the referee committee quickly steps in and shows the picture that #11 was in an offside position and block the view of the keeper which confirmed that the decision was the correct one. The major argument by the fans was that the keeper didn't have the ability to play ball. What is your judgment?
When will UEFA announce the referees for the playoffs?
Italy Serie A Round 34Sunday 19 July17:15 Parma - SampdoriaGianpaolo Calvarese - Pasquale De Meo - Matteo Bottegoni - Juan Luca Sacchi[Gianluca Manganiello - Stefano Liberti]19:30 Brescia - SpalEugenio Abbattista (Serie B referee) - Stefano Del Giovane - Giuseppe Perrotti - Marco Serra[Luca Banti - Alessio Tolfo]19:30 Fiorentina - TorinoMaurizio Mariani - Alessandro Giallatini - Enrico Caliari - Riccardo Ros [Piero Giacomelli - Matteo Passeri]19:30 Genoa - Lecce Daniele Doveri - Giacomo Paganessi - Luca Mondin - Luca Pairetto[Massimiliano Irrati - Sergio Ranghetti]19:30 Napoli - UdineseDaniele Chiffi - Valentino Fiorito - Damiano Di Iorio - Manuel Volpi[Aleandro Di Paolo - Alessandro Costanzo]21:45 Roma - InterMarco Di Bello - Dario Cecconi - Mauro Galetto - Antonio Giua[Marco Guida - Rodolfo Di Vuolo]Monday 20 July21:45 Juventus - LazioDaniele Orsato - Lorenzo Manganelli - Fabiano Preti - Marco Piccinini[Paolo Mazzoleni - Giorgio Schenone]
I’m going away for the next couple of days, so here are the latest World Cup 2002 games for now:Very Interesting:Sweden – Argentina, Ali BujsaimQuite Interesting:South Africa – Spain, Saad Al-FadhliNot really interesting:Saudi Arabia – Ireland, Falla N’DoyeNigeria – England, Brian Hall*In addition, the (in)famous games handled by Wegereef and López Nieto are up on the WC 2002 blog*
good analysis! are you planning World Cup 2006/2014 ?
Thanks!2006: Hopefully2014: Better to forget that it even happened :DThat being said, HowardMaxi and I covered Confederations Cup 2013, handled in the same style as games at WC 2014, and all HL and a review can be found on our 'Whistles of the Past' blog.https://refereeingretrospect.blogspot.com/2020/06/confederations-cup-2013.html
Whistles of the Past - is similar to design to THE 3RD TEAM...nostalgy
Would you be able to add the "Follow by email" feature to that blog, similar to the WC2002?
Video of one mistake made, one penalty awarded one correct penalty retake ordered by Andris Treimanis (FIFA, UEFA 1st cat.) (+ AR Raimonds Tatriks) in the final minutes of the top Latvian Higher League duel RFS - Riga FC on Friday: https://streamable.com/favvh5.=> 88' (0:07 in the video) Clear free kick to Riga FC just outside the penalty area for charging and RC for DOGSO missed=> 90+3' (4:36 in th video) Penalty for handball awarded to RFS (if the ball touched the hand - correct penalty; if not - incorrect (for me it looked more like no touch, but, of course, impossible for the referee to assess that without help of VAR that we don't have in our league))=> 90+4' (5:30 in the video) Penalty correctly ordered for retake due to GK encroachment
88: Clear free kick and red card (DOGSO).90+3: Clear handball, great spot by the referee.90+4: Horrible mistake to retake the penalty since the rebound was scored. He punished the attacking team by retaking the penalty since they already scored the rebound.
@90+4': It's technically correct, because players of both teams entered too early.
@Anonymous Regarding 90+3' - by 'clear handball' you probably meant that, if it touched the hand, it obviously had to be punished (and it was), and I, of course, totally agree with that. But it isn't clear whether it touched the hand or not (when you look in slow-mo). Regarding 90+4' - not a mistake at all because the LotG do not say that a penalty kick shouldn't be retaken if the saved ball is scored in these circumstances (as Philipp S mentioned, in addition to GK encroachment there was also encroachment by both teams' players (even without that the decision would have been correct and in accordance with the LotG)).
Without the attacker's encroachment, the goal should count IMO, because of the advantage clause ("allows play to continue when an offence occurs and the non-offending team will benefit from the advantage"). As far as I know, this is applicable here.
Well, this is actualy a quite interesting situation. Indeed, according to the part of the LotG that you cited, techinically the goal should count. But what if the player that received the rebound wouldn't have scored? Then you can't say that the non-offending team benefited from the advantage because maybe a penalty retake would have been a bigger benefit... Play on (goal kick or something similar) in the case of a miss would be unfair for the attacking team, and penalty retake would be unfair for the defending team (because the attacking team would then have had (1) a chance to score from the rebound + (2) a chance to score from the penalty retake (+ the initial penalty)). I think, this situation is very similar to 'advantage in penalty area' (a thing that should <never be applied IMO), and in such situations the goal from the rebound shouldn't stand (penalty retake should be ordered).But, all that I described above, is actually my personal opinion about what the LotG should state. (At this point I could start pointing out the countless inaccuracies and flaws in the LotG, but I will leave that for another time.) Respectively, with the current LotG this situation unfortunately remains at the individual referee's (and FAs') discretion, IMO (although if we follow the LotG very, very precisely (I would enjoy to wake up in a day when we can do that without having to doubt our decisions' accordance with them and without not using logic (some would say 'common sense'), it's more like a goal, as you, Philipp S, pointed out)... It can be seen as a matter of how highly we rise the bar regarding following the LotG precisely, I think. I tend to follow them strictly in matters where they are accurate, but not so strictly where they have flaws...
What are those "countless inaccuracies and flaws in the LotG"?
Because there are many (maybe not 'countless' as I said before), I will only give some examples...1) A direct free kick is awarded if a player commits any of the following offences against an opponent in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force: (...) kicks or attempts to kick (...) If an offence involves contact, it is penalised by a direct free kick. What's the purpose of the last sentence? So, if it doesn't involve contact, should it be an indirect free kick? But why is it then listed in direct free kick offences list? And why is that not stated? (If not, this sentence should be removed as it can be misleading.)2) The bullet point when a player falls and the hand/arm is between the body and the ground to support the body, but not extended laterally or vertically away from the body has no meaning because the preceding sentence part Except for the above offences, it is not an offence if the ball touches a player’s hand/arm: says 'except for the above offences', and one o the above offences is touches the ball with their hand/arm when: the hand/arm has made their body unnaturally bigger. When the arm is between the body and ground, it makes the body unnaturally bigger, so, with the current fatally inaccurate wording such offences should be punished if we enforce the LotG strictly (again - we should enforce them strictly but such flaws stand in our way because, of course, IFAB wants us to not punish such offences but the non-competent (maybe not refereeing-wise but English writing-wise (at least for such an important document)) person wrote this part of the LotG in a way that makes not punishing such an offence a mistake.Such flaws, in the worst case, could end with serious trouble for FIFA. For example, imagine a World Cup final. It's 0-0 and in the last minute of extra time the referee awards a penalty kick for hadball to Team A. It's a clear case of the ball hitting an arm supporting the body of a player down, the player didn't see the ball and didn't move the hand. The VAR recommends an OFR because, in accordance with the practice in refereeing, FIFA recommendations and everything it's, of course, a clear no-penalty. The referee in the RRA quickly decides to cancel the penalty. Extra time ends 0-0; Team B become the champions after the penalty shoot-out. After the match, of course, huge discussions about the penalty situation all over the world, many opionions... Most people with knowledge in refereeing obviously will say that no penalty is the correct decision - it's the correct decision according to the LotG (but it's not...). Fast forward, Collina gives a tournament's refereeing briefing, and, a bit unexpectedly, goes into details regarding the penalty call, saying what's written in the LotG, and saying that the decison is 100% correct. But then some high-rank staff from Team A spots something in the LotG... it factually sholdn't have been a penalty! (Due to the reason that I explained in the 2nd example.) You can imagine what happnes next - a big scandal, possibly goes to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (usually isn't involved in such disputes but this could be an exception because of the unique nature) and goes into the history as the biggest mistake ('stolen victory') ever. (I feel bad for the referee and VAR. xD)Feel free to respond, I am interested in others' opinions (although I think many people will disagree). ;)
Very busy match for De Burgos in Levante-Getafe, 4 goals ruled out via VAR, majority of them for very tights offsides. 10 minutes of added time in the first half btw.
Minute 55' in Levante-Getafe and already 4 (!) goals have been disallowed by VAR (referee De Burgos Bengoetxea, VAR Melero López)3 for missed offsides (all of them were very close, none was a huge miss tbh) and now one for missed foul in the build-up of the attacking phase.10 minutes of injury time added in 1st half.
González González blew his final whistle in Sevilla - Valencia. Congratulations to him for a very successful career in LaLiga. He's been better than many FIFA referees. I wish him the best in his next steps!!
I echo your sentiments George.One shouldn't forget that he finished top bar none of the 'corrective index' ranking in the 2014/15 Primera season as a non-FIFA: it is easy to underestimate what an achievement that was.All the best!
SPAIN2ªB to Segunda promotion play-off semifinal appointmentsThursday 23rd July20:00 Atlético Baleares - CornelláGuillermo Conejero Sánchez (1988) - Ángel Valverde Martínez, Javier Estrada Rodríguez - Manuel Pozueta Rodríguez20:00 Barcelona B - BadajozRaúl Martín González Francés (1988) - Christian Valverde Monsalve, Manuel Muñoz Guillén - Alfonso Vicente Moral22:00 Castellón - Peña DeportivaDaniel Palencia Caballero (1992) - Javier Garrido Concha, Sergi López Freixa - Albert Ávalos Martos22:00 Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa - SabadellRubén Ruipérez Marín (1991) - Marcos Barroso Galán, Juan José Ballesteros Rubio - Salvador Lax Franco
MOLDOVA. DIVIZIA NAIONALA. MD 5Tuesday. 21st July20.30 ZIMBRU - CODRUIurie COVTUN - Igor ZABULICA. Igor REABOCULI - Andrei COJOCARU
Italy Serie A Round 35Tuesday 21 July19:30 Atalanta - BolognaFederico La Penna - Enrico Caliari - Lorenzo Gori - Lorenzo Maggioni[Gianpaolo Calvarese - Daniele Bindoni21:45 Sassuolo - MilanLuca Pairetto - Alessio Tolfo - Giovanni Baccini - Michael Fabbri[Daniele Chiffi - Filippo Valeriani]
OFF TOPICIf I may comment, this recent concept of this blog is little bit questionable IMO. I dont know how to solve it, but for me scrolling endless domestic appointments in the comment section is not so interesting. I like when there is some discussion about a particular game or some situation in the game or refereeing in general, and in this format it is more like a database, which is ok in the upper section, but kind of demotivates any other discussion if it is in form of countless comments...
In Portugal: Last game for Carlos Xistra (ex-FIFA). FC PORTO-MOREIRENSE FC
Big mess in Spain's 2nd division tonight.All matches were to be played at the same time as it was the last MD and there were many things to play for. A few hours before the kick-off time, news appeared that 6 players from Fuenlabrada had tested positive in COVID-19 (a number that has increased to 12 including staff). LaLiga and RFEF made the decision to postpone their match (Deportivo - Fuenlabrada), but to play all other games. Deportivo was fighting to avoid relegation, while Fuenlabrada tried to qualify to promotion play-offs. Many of the other teams publicly stated that they didn't want to play in these circumstances as that would be unfair for them. Nevertheless, they had to play, allegedly under the threat of losing points (according to at least one of the clubs, Rayo Vallecano, who have said that explicitly, and with many other clubs saying that there was a risk that they could be punished for not playing).With the results of the night, it turns out that Deportivo is relegated already without playing, and Fuenlabrada needs to at least draw when the game is played. The result of all that is that some of the affected clubs have stated that they will defend their interests to the end, that the protocols have clearly failed, and that there is a risk that the disease might spread through many clubs, as the affected team played last Friday against Elche, who played tonight against Oviedo.
A difficult situation for sure, in my opinion all matchday should have been postponed, in this case it is clear that some teams will be heavily damaged from the fact that now this game will be played in different conditions, with Deportivo already demoted. Still about Spain, I had missed the news that Copa del Rey final will be played on next year after an agreement between clubs, but is that regular? In my opinion that's something against the rules, UEFA should have not allowed that. The cup winner should have attended directly EL group stage, but now it seems as all three teams for this season will be selected from La Liga. Not a good thing, and also a team like Athletic Bilbao absolutely damaged from this situation. I think things should have done better there. Coronavirus is a problem all over the world and for a long time I think you can't take such a decision to postpone a final in another season.
As far as I know, both copa del rey finalists agreed and they knew the consequences, so I dont see any problem here.Its not very smart decision though, because it is a big question if they will be able to play with the fans any time soon
As Anonymous says, they knew of the consequences. Besides, any decision they made would have caused dispute. Until now, the rule in Spain regarding the third EL is that it will be for the cup winner, and if the winner is already qualified for either EL or CL, that spot is for the 7th team in LaLiga. At the moment, Valencia was in that position. RFEF tried to change the rule mid season so that the loser of the final was the one to play the EL if the winner was already qualified. That was before the restart of the competition, when it wasn't clear whether it would be restarted or not. Of course, Valencia raised their voice (they even sent a letter to UEFA, IIRC) because that would be changing the rules during the season in a way that was bad for them for the second time in a row (the first was last season, when the SuperCup format was changed after Valencia had already qualified for the Cup final and it was almost clear that Barcelona would win the league, so Valencia had also almost qualified for the old SuperCup format). Apart from those disputes (Valencia is currently in the courts against RFEF for the money received in the new SuperCup, which they consider insufficient), both teams from Euskadi decided they wanted to play with their fans whenever it was possible, even if that meant to renounce to the chance of playing the EL. It will be the first title for one of them in quite a few years, so that was important for them.
Thanks for explanations, now it is clear, but still for me something not to do! We can't know when it will be possible to play games with fans.
MOLDOVA. DIVIZIA NATIONALA.MD 5Wensday. 22nd July18.00 FLORESTI - SPERANTAIon BILEA - Victor LUCHITA, Tudor BOLOGA - Piotr STOIANOV20.30 PETROCUB - DACIA BUIUCANIRoman JITARI - Dumitru CIOBANU (FIFA), Denis OALA - Daniel LUCA
Italy Serie A Round 35Wednesday 22 July19:30 Parma - NapoliAntonio Giua - Valerio Colarossi - Salvatore Affatato - Livio Marinelli[Davide Massa - Matteo Passeri]21:45 Inter - FiorentinaPiero Giacomelli - Valentino Fiorito - Tarcisio Villa - Daniele Doveri[Luca Banti - Giorgio Schenone]21:45 Lecce - BresciaFabio Maresca - Stefano Liberti - Domenico Rocca - Alessandro Prontera[Maurizio Mariani - Alessandro Giallatini]21:45 Sampdoria - GenuaMarco Guida - Filippo Meli - Sergio Ranghetti - Marco Di Bello[Paolo Mazzoleni - Giacomo Paganessi]21:45 Spal - RomaGianluca Manganiello - Alberto Tegoni - Antonino Santoro - Manuel Volpi[Rosario Abisso - Lorenzo Manganelli]21:45 Torino - Hellas VeronaPaolo Valeri - Stefano Alassio - Christian Rossi - Francesco Fourneau [Fabrizio Pasqua - Alessandro Lo Cicero]
The decisive match for Slovenian championship (Celje - Olimpija) goes to Slavko Vincic. Quite a surprise after recent controversies regarding Vincic and also one would have expected Skomina to be in charge.
Thanks for this info. So domestically he seems to be fully "recovered", we will see in UEFA competitions.
Probably the most important match of the season in Croatiia Osijek-Lokomotiva (team that wins will qualify into Champions League qualification, in case of tie there is a chance that another team, Rijeka will qualify) will be officiated by Duje Strukan. Another info, seems like Batinic will not retire at the end of this season(in Croatia age limit is still 45) and he will remain on the list in the following season, probably only first half. I have seen the lists for 2020/2021 his name is still there.
I've only watched Strukan twice, in those UCL/UEL qualifying previous rounds of last summer, and tbf liked him a lot! (specially in Ararat Armenia-AIK). Before his promotion to 2nd Category I didn't even know who was he XD
Surprised they didnt give that match to Bebek, who is our best referee in recent years.
To me it makes sense, because Rijeka is "in the race" so they wanted to prevent conspiracy theories. Also for Rijeka-Istra they didnt appoint Batinic from Osijek, for example.Regarding Batinic, he is really brimming with confidence lately. When he is in form and with his great intuition and experience, he is a safe choice for tough games (not at that level, but reminds me of Cakir few seasons ago, when he had complete Rosseti's trust). I expected him to retire, but if he wants to continue for one more season, why not...
Some other changes on the Cro list?
Swiss Super League MD 33Wednesday July 2218:15 FC Thun - ServetteAlain Bieri - Alain Heiniger, Christopher Chaillet - Vladimir Ovcharov[Sandro Schärer. Raffael Zeder]20:30 FC Lugano - FC ZürichAlessandro Dudic - Jan Köbeli, Efe Kurnazca - Luca Piccolo[Fedayi San, Nico Gianforte]20:30 FC Luzern - FC SionLionel Tschudi - Jean-Yves Wicht, Benjamin Zürcher - David Huwiler[Stephan Klossner, David Schärli]20:30 FC St Gallen - FC BaselUrs Schnyder - Stéphane de Almeida, Marco Zürcher - Anojen Kanagasingam[Esther Staubli, Luca Cibelli]Thursday July 2320:30 Xamax - Young Boys BernLukas Fähndrich - Sladan Josipovic, Pascal Hirzel - Nicolas Jancevski[Adrien Jaccottet, Raffael Zeder]
Missed penalty kicks?https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/07/21/toronto-fc-vs-new-england-revolution-tale-denied-penalty-claims
Vinčić's game is live free-to-air on TV Slovenija 2 about to kick off, works with a VPN if anyone is interested :)
potential DOGSO around 77'?
Anthony Taylor has been appointed for the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea to be played on 01 August.This is his 2nd FA Cup final.http://www.thefa.com/news/2020/jul/22/heads-up-fa-cup-final-match-officials-confirmed-220720
I have read the article and I agree with Elleray on tge logic why Taylor is again apointed. The other interesting thing said in that article is that Taylor might referee Champions or Europa League next month. This could mean he will get one match in Europa League round of 16 and then maybe Champions League final tournament?
Vinčić was very good tonight! Well done.
About 77' - as the attacker was running wide, SPA was the better choice IMO.
Agreed. Even as a Celje supporter I was ok with a YC. Good job from Vincic, nobody is talking about refereeing today.
Great performance of Vincic, it's a pleasure to watch him
Can any Swedish readers if present tell me some more about Victor Wolf (NON-FIFA ref). I have watched him on several occasions and I must say I have rarely seen a referee who communicates this well with players and gains more acceptance. He should definitely get the FIFA badge!
Not sure what matches you have seen. But to me he is a very insecure referee and he does not get acceptance very much. Anytime there is an impportant situation that's still not difficult for a referee he has to go to the AR and ask what he should do. See these clips of some situations.shorturl.at/qrQW5shorturl.at/alyIUshorturl.at/dpET5shorturl.at/cirRYshorturl.at/iALP3shorturl.at/bjxCTshorturl.at/lyMOQ
Unfortunately the links don't work (at least for me).
@Anonymous: This is actually something I like about his style. It's quite unique. There are rarely much protests when he has talked the decision through with the AR first. As an example Kalmar-Hammarby last year, where his performance was not 100% as a whole, he showed a red card to the goalkeeper after talking with the AR. Before showing the red card he talked to both captains to explain what he was going to do and why. After the red card there were no complaints. You can even see the captain thoroughly explaining the decision to the goalkeeper before he leaves the field. Impressive style of refereeing.
Italy Serie A Round 35Thursday 23 July19:30 Udinese - JuventusMassimiliano Irrati - Emanuele Prenna - Davide Imperiale - Gianluca Aureliano[Luigi Nasca - Mauro Galetto]21:45 Lazio - Cagliari Marco Piccinini - Salvatore Longo - Marco Scatragli - Antonio Di Martino[Gianluca Rocchi - Alessandro Costanzo]
Some very disappointing news out of the Premier League. With the final Matchday of the season this Sunday and several games that will have no impact on relegation or European places one would expect the PGMOL to give some promising refs from select group 2 a game. That is NOT the case. To be clear, there will be NO Premier League debuts during the final round.This is indeed a terrible decision especially considering there had been some indication earlier in the season that we would see at least 1 or 2 out of a group of 4 promising select group 2 referees in the Premier League before the end of the season.Instead Mike Riley has decided to give dead rubber games to the same old referees like Jon Moss and Craig Pawson.www.premierleague.com/news/1733631
I agree this is disappointing, however it is not surprising. On a positive note this season we have seen more of the 'bigger' games given to younger refs like Tierney, Attwell, Kavanagh rather than Moss, Marriner and Friend who are all older. This did not happen last season.However, looking at refs who are more newly promoted, it seems that PGMOL fails to give them enough opportunities to develop. Hooper was promoted to SG1 last season and didn't have a good season, and has only done 11 PL games this season. You could say he is suffering because of last season, but surely giving him even unimportant games will help his experience. The same with Bankes and Madley, both promoted this season yet given very limited opportunities because they favour older referees.In terms of SG2 referees, there have been 4 debuts this season, England, Jones, Robinson and an unplanned debut for Langford. I'm surprised Gillett hasn't been given at least one game. It seems clear that England, Jones and Robinson (possibly Gillett and others) are the front runners for promotion, so why not use them in some games now? There are no fans in grounds, and there are many games where neither team is desperate to win. It would make perfect sense to use them and allow them to gain more experience ahead of promotion.What makes it even more disappointing is that referees are being given the same teams in short spaces of time - Taylor has Everton in consecutive games this last week, no referee should have that.There will be problems when Dean, Atkinson, Moss, Marriner, Mason, Scott, and Friend retire because this could all happen over just 2 seasons and PGMOL may be left short of experienced referees to take charge of games. PGMOL have had the chance to address this by developing younger talent but have not done so.Finally, congratulations to Taylor for his 2nd FA Cup final, something that hasn't happened since 1901(!), what a season he has had in terms of appointments, both in England and Europe. I think Oliver can consider himself slightly unlucky that Taylor has become by far the number one but Oliver can also be happy enough with his season and has plenty of time on his side to get to the heights of European refereeing.
Last week some readers here discussed what the referee should do if for example a free kick hits the referee and then the same player touches the ball again. I asked IFAB about this and it's up to the referee but he advised that it should be a dropped ball or a retake.Read this: https://ibb.co/nztZbN9
In Portugal: last game for Jorge Sousa (FIFA) SC Braga-FC Porto.Jorge Sousa, 45 years old, ends his referee career this Saturday.Carlos Xistra already did it last Monday.
PORTUGAL Friday 24th July20:00 CD Santa Clara-Vitória SCJoão Bento - Rui Cidade, Carlos Covão - Hugo Silva[Vítor Ferreira, Pedro Fernandes]22:15 Gil Vicente FC-FC Paços de FerreiraIancu Vasilica - Bruno Trindade, Tiago Mota - Fábio Melo[Bruno Esteves, José Luzia]Satuday 25th July 20:00 Marítimo M.-FC FamalicãoTiago Martins - André Campos, Hugo Ribeiro - Anzhony Rodrigues[Vasco Santos, Paulo Miranda]20:00 Boavista FC-Rio Ave FCManuel Oliveira - Pedro Ribeiro, Tiago Leandro - David Silva[Hélder Malheiro, Ricardo Santos]22:15 SL Benfica-Sporting CPFábio Veríssimo - Pedro Mota, Pedro Martins - André Narciso[Rui Costa, Tiago Costa]22:15 SC Braga-FC PortoJorge Sousa - Sérgio Jesus, Nuno Manso - Cláudio Pereira[Bruno Esteves, Venâncio Tomé]Sunday 26th July 20:30 Portimonense SC-CD AvesHugo Miguel - Bruno Jesus, António Godinho - João Malheiro Pinto[Manuel Mota, Jorge Fernandes]20:30 Vitória FC-Belenenses SADArtur Soares Dias - Rui Licínio, Paulo Soares - Gustavo Correia[João Pinheiro, Nuno Eiras]20:30 Moreirense FC-CD TondelaLuís Godinho - Rui Teixeira, Valter Rufo - Dinis Gorjão[António Nobre, Nuno Pereira]Big Game: F. Veríssimo (FIFA)Last Game in referee career: Jorge Sousa (FIFA) & Venâncio Tomé (FIFA)
Interesting match in Lithuania between leaders Suduva and 4th place Banga. The home team received 3 Red Cards, but still managed to hold a 0-0 draw, and celebrated the result ostentatiously in front of the referee brigade :) https://streamable.com/p0q82s
This behavior deserves a RC for all players involved.
Absolutely not, they didnt seem aggressive and they didnt cross the line, it was for a YC of course, but if they really received 3 RC before, then it is sensible not to react IMO
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After 3 red cards, they vented off in the most peaceful mode possible. Part of the game.