Blog about the man in the middle: appointments, analysis, discussions and much more. You are welcome.
PORTUGALFriday 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 July20:00 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 July20:30 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)
POLISH CUP FINALFriday 24th July20:00 Cracovia Kraków - Lechia GdańskPaweł Raczkowski - Michał Obukowicz, Paulina Baranowska - Tomasz Kwiatkowski[Paweł Gil, Marcin Borkowski]
FRENCH CUP FINALFriday 24th July21:10 Saint-Étienne - Paris Saint-GermainAmaury Delerue - Bertrand Jouannaud, Philippe Jeanne - Éric Wattellier[François Letexier, Frank Schneider]
ITALYFriday 24th July21:45 Milan - Atalanta BergamoDaniele Doveri - Giorgio Schenone, Mauro Vivenzi - Gianluca Manganiello[Maurizio Mariani, Sergio Ranghetti]
Premier League Last GameweekSunday 26 July - Every Game 17:0017:00 Arsenal - WatfordMike Dean - Ian Hussin - Darren Cann - James Linington[Lee Mason - Adrian Holmes]17:00 Burnley - BrightonJonathan Moss - Edward Smart - Richard Wild - Jeremy Simpson [Darren Bond - Dan Robathan]17:00 Chelsea - WolvesStuart Attwell - Adam Nunn - Simon Long - Gavin Ward [Simon Hooper - Derek Eaton]17:00 Crystal Palace - TottenhamAndre Marriner - Neil Davies - Graham Kane - Tim Robinson [Andy Madley - Simon Beck]17:00 Everton - BournemouthChris Kavanagh - Daniel Cook - Sian Massey-Ellis - Geoff Eltringham[Graham Scott - Mark Scholes]17:00 Leicester - Manchester United Martin Atkinson - Lee Betts - Constantine Hatzidakis - Oliver Langford[Paul Tierney - Peter Kirkup]17:00 Manchester City - NorwichCraig Pawson - Richard West - Nick Greenhalgh - Tony Harrington[Darren England - Nick Hopton]17:00 Newcastle - LiverpoolAnthony Taylor - Gary Beswick - James Mainwaring - Matthew Donohue[John Brooks - Scott Ledger]17:00 Southampton - Sheffield United Peter Bankes - Marc Perry - Timothy Wood - Dean Whitestone [Jarred Gilett - Harry Lennard]17:00 West Ham United - Aston VillaMichael Oliver - Stuart Burt - Simon Bennett - Robert Jones [David Coote - Stephen Child]
Italy Serie BGameweek 36Friday 24 July18:45 Livorno - CrotoneGiacomo Camplone - Michele Grossi - Giuseppe Macaddino - Francesco Meraviglia21:00 Ascoli - PordenoneMarco Serra - Luigi Lanotte - Mattia Scarpa - Federico Dionisi21:00 Chievo Verona - CittadellaValerio Marini - Andrea Tardino - Gamal Mokhtar - Daniele De Tommaso21:00 Cosenza - PisaAntonio Rapuano - Pasquale Capaldo - Vittorio Di Gioia - Daniele De Santis21:00 Cremonese - SpeziaLuca Massimi - Alessandro Cipressa - Giuseppe Perrotti - Antonio Di Martino21:00 Virtus Entella - PerugiaRiccardo Ros - Oreste Muto - Niccolo Pagliardini - Matteo Gariglio 21:00 Frosinone - BeneventoSimone Sozza - Robert Avalos - Orlando Pagnotta - Giovanni Ayroldi21:00 Salernitana - EmpoliDavide Ghersini - Vito Mastrodonato - Daniele Marchi - Lorenzo Illuzzi21:00 Trapani - PescaraNiccolo' Baroni - Gianluca Sechi - Filippo Bercigli - Alberto Santoro21:00 Venezia - Juve StabiaJuan Luca Sacchi - Fabio Schirru - Edoardo Raspollini - Daniel Amabile
Italy Serie A Round 36Saturday 25 July17:15 Brescia - ParmaLorenzo Maggioni (Serie B referee) - Giacomo Paganessi - Antonio Vono - Eugenio Abbattista[Daniele Orsato - Alessio Tolfo]19:30 Genoa - InterDavide Massa - Fabiano Preti - Lorenzo Manganelli - Antonio Giua[Massimiliano Irrati - Stefano Liberti]21:45 Napoli - SassuoloGianluca Aureliano (Serie B referee) - Matteo Bottegoni - Marco Bresmes - Ivano Pezzuto[Luigi Nasca - Salvatore Longo]
In Lazio - Cagliari an indirect free kick whistled by referee Marco Piccinini was directly converted in a goal. Read more about that in this analysis written by Dutch Referee Blog:https://www.dutchreferee.com/indirect-free-kick-in-opponents-goal/
SPAIN2ªB to Segunda promotion play-offs, final round appointments (winner gets promoted to Segunda)Sunday 26th June20:00 Sabadell - Barcelona BIván Caparrós Hernández (1990) - Aitor Moleón Cuenca, Eliana Fernández González - Luis Collado López22:00 Castellón - CornelláRafael Sánchez López (1991) - Luis Miguel Marín Robles, Álvaro González Narváez - Juan Antonio Campos Salinas
Are those the candidates for promotion? I think it is time for Caparrós Hernández, TBH. Not sure how he performs in 2ª B, but he has been appointed for play-offs many times already!
Latvia/Referee observer - Delegate/Saturday 25th July18:00 FK Ventspils - RFSAndris Treimanis (FIFA, UEFA 1st cat.) - Haralds Gudermanis, Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs - Jevgenijs Keziks/Vladimirs Osipovs - Konstantīns Rubīns (LFF Safety and fair play specialist)/20:00 Valmiera FC - Riga FCDonatas Rumšas (LTU, FIFA, UEFA 2nd cat.) - Aleksandr Radiuš, Dovydas Sužiedelis, Aleksandrs Golubevs (FIFA, UEFA 3rd cat.)/Vadims Direktorenko (UEFA, if I'm not wrong) - ?/
Today Jānis Mežeckis was appointed as the new Head of the Latvian Football Federation Referees committee.
MOLDOVA. DIVIZIA NATIONALA. MD 6Saturday. 25th July18.00 DACIA BUIUCANI - CODRUDenis IVLEV (debut match DN)- Victor LUCHITA, Natalia CEBAN(FIFA W)- Ion ORLIC20.30 SPERANTA - PETROCUBDumitru MUNTEAN(FIFA) - Vasilii ERMISCHIN(FIFA), Igor ZABULICA-Stanislav LEU
Is anyone watching the French Cup Final? The match is not broadcasted live in my country, but I saw some video clips from which it appears to resemble a brutal war more than a football match...
The referee showed a YC but changed it after OFR to a RC.
BelarusFriday 24th July18:00 Rukh vs. Slavia-MozyrDenis Scherbakov - Anton Gusev, Maksim Arabei - Nikita Shiyan20:00 Vitebsk vs. SlutskSergei Stetsurin - Andrei Gerasimuk, Sergei Kosovets - Evgeni YasenovichSaturday 18th July16:30 Isloch vs. Dynamo-BrestSergei Gorayutin - Dmitri Zhuk, Sergei Guscha - Viacheslav Naronski18:30 Belshina vs. NemanAmin Kurgkheli - Viktor Getikov, Andrei Getikov - Zakhar Digilevich20:30 Dinamo-Minsk vs. GorodeyaSergei Tsinkevich - Evgeni Romanov, Vitali Maliutin - Dmitri MarkovSunday 19th July16:00 RCOR BSU vs. Torpedo-BelAZAleksei Kulbakov - Aleksei Kovalev, Oleg Maslianko - Denis Tarasiuk18:00 BATE vs. MinskSergei Krasnikov - Kirill Pakulin, Yuri Khomchenko - Valeri Golomzik20:00 Shakhter vs. SmolevichiDmitri Dmitriev - Vladimir Rusak, Andrei Filippovich - Sergei Klimashevski
Swiss Super League Round 34Saturday July 2418:15 FC Sion - FC ThunSandro Schärer - Bekim Zogaj, Jonas Erni - Vladimir Ovcharov[Stephan Klossner, Nikolaj Hänni]20:30 FC Zürich - FC St GallenAdrien Jaccottet - Vital Jobin, Sertac Kurnazca - Stefan Horisberger[Esther Staubli, David Schärli]Sunday July 2516:00 Young Boys - FC LuzernFedayi San - Stéphane De Almeida, Benjamin Zürcher - Mirel Turkes[Urs Schnyder, Luca Piccolo]16:00 FC Basel - FC LuganoLionel Tschudi - Matthias Sbrissa, Christopher Chaillet - David Huwiler[David Schärli, Esther Staubli]16:00 Servette - XamaxAlessandro Dudic - Jan Köbeli, Remy Zgraggen - Anojen Kanagasingam[Alain Bieri, Johannes von Mandach]
RUSSIAN CUP FINALSaturday 25th July16:00 FC Zenit Saint Petersburg - FC Khimki Vladimir Moskalev - Dmitry Mosyakin, Dmitry Bereznev - Alexei Matyunin[Mikhail Vilkov, Alexey Stipidi]
Italy Serie A Round 36Sunday 26 July17:15 Bologna - LecceGianpaolo Calvarese - Ciro Carbone - Alessandro Lo Cicero - Juan Luca Sacchi[Piero Giacomelli - Alberto Tegoni]19:30 Cagliari - UdineseFabrizio Pasqua - Daniele Bindoni - Matteo Passeri - Valerio Marini[Aleandro Di Paolo - Stefano Del Giovane]19:30 Hellas Verona - LazioManuel Volpi (Serie B referee) - Filippo Valeriani - Mauro Galetto - Riccardo Ros[Michael Fabbri - Filippo Meli]19:30 Roma - FiorentinaDaniele Chiffi - Damiano Di Iorio - Valerio Vecchi - Marco Guida [Paolo Mazzoleni - Pasquale De Meo]19:30 Spal - Torino Rosario Abisso - Giorgio Peretti - Rodolfo Di Vuolo - Federico La Penna[Gianluca Rocchi - Valentino Fiorito]21:45 Juventus - SampdoriaFrancesco Fourneau (Serie B referee) - Alessandro Giallatini - Alessandro Costanzo - Marco Piccinini [Luca Banti - Stefano Alassio]
Right now I'm watching Maritimo vs Famalicao and first half hour went by and I cant believe that Tiago Martins has the level of leniency that he has.
On Martins: I agree with your impressions of him as a referee, M.I assume that he, especially as a VAR specialist, will be switched out of UEFA 1st Cat. for either Veríssimo or Pinheiro, who are both more talented in my view.Also on Portuguese refereeing - congratulations to Carlos Xistra and Jorge Sousa both for very good careers, having retired in recent days!
Are there clips of the 4 red cards?
MOLDOVA DIVIZIA NATIONALA. MD 620.30.SHERIFF - DINAMO AUTOIgor BOSCA-Anatolie BODEAN (FIFA), Vadim ROSCA-Andrei DIORDIEV
Napoli - Sassuolo (final score 2-0) set a new record of disallowed goals for a team in a game: 4 goals were annulled for offside. Only one goal was correctly disallowed by AR2, the other three goals needed VAR interventions.First disallowed goal: correct call by AR2 confirmed by VAR.Second disallowed goal: missed offside by AR2 at the start of attack (he didn't manage to follow the action, being late in running).Third disallowed goal: missed offside by AR1 at the start of attack, in this case maybe still acceptable mistake.Fourth disallowed goal:quite blatant offside missed by AR1, this had to be detected live.The referee of the game, Gianluca Aureliano (serie B referee), was quite disappointed when he had to disallow the last goals... he couldn't believe that. I would say very poor by AR1, while AR2 a bit better but still below expected level (he also missed another offside apart from the crucial situations).A short video I found on twitter:https://twitter.com/riosgonzalezp/status/1287142515137708036
Oh my, and all disallowed goals scored by one team! Unlucky for the referees that all situation ended in goals. I agree that the 4th one was a blatant mistake and must not happen, and it seemed to me as well that Aureliano was disappointed with the outcome.The 2nd and the 3rd situation were difficult so I would not blame ARs too much for that.
http://proreferees.com/2020/07/25/mls-is-back-assignments-round-of-16/MLS Is Back Tournament Round of 16 Assignments
when will uefa announce referees for august european matches?
As usually - 48 hours before kick-off :)
Latvia/Referee observer - Delegate/Sunday 26th July16:00 FK Jelgava - FK Tukums 2000/TSSArtis Ķēniņš - Andrejs Kolosovs, Eduards Borisevičs - Artūrs Vītoliņš/Kiazo Leladze - ?/18:00 FK Spartaks - FK MettaMareks Ķere - Niklāvs Lācis, Ruslans Botošs - Aleksandrs Golubevs/Ādolfs Supe - ?/19:00 FK Liepāja - BFK DaugavpilsVitālijs Spasjonņikovs - Deniss Ševčenko, Mārtiņš Svipsts - Jevgēnijs Vasjukovs/Vladimirs Direktorenko - ?/
A couple of situations from Latvian Higher League match FK Ventspils - RFS (3-2) handled by Andris Treimanis: https://youtu.be/DmKydrfl7Ag.=> 2' (at 0:12 in the video) Penalty awarded to FK Ventspils for holding, RC shown to the RFS offender for DOGSO in penalty area without attempting to play the ball. (Penalty is an incorrect decision - should have been a direct free kick outside the penalty area because the holding occured only outside the penalty area. RC for DOGSO is correct, IMO.)=> 37' (2:24) Advantage leading to FK Ventspils scoring. (Good one.)=> 42' (3:07) RC shown to RFS for DOGSO (holding) close to the penalty area. (Correct decision.)=> 46' (4:28) No goal given (ball didn't cross the line). (Correct decision.)
MOLDOVA. DIVIZIA NATIONALA. MD 6Monday. 27th July18.00 SFINTUL GHEORGHE - FLORESTIAlexandru STEFCIUC - Nicolae MACARI, Eugen STEFCIUC-Valeriu MINCIUNA20.30 ZIMBRU - MILSAMIGabriel TUPICICA - Vadim VICOL, Dumitru PONOMARENCO-Tudor BOLOGA- Ion BILEA, Victor BUGENCO
Quite controversial game Kayserispor - Trabzonspor, CAKIR was the main referee!1) 38' was the ball inside the goal when gk kicked it out? (00:35 in the video) No goal line techology... 2)80' Missed pk for handball? (2:30)https://tr.beinsports.com/lig/super-lig/ozet/2019-2020/34/kayserispor-1-2-trabzonspor-mac-ozetiKayserispor had to win to stay up, so they are probably relegated because they finished last, even if there will be changing a format to 20 clubs.Your opinions?
1) I'm not sure. Trabzonspor GK stops the ball with his foot which is behind the goal line. However, the part of the foot he uses to clear the ball is very close to the goal line. Very difficult for ¿Ongun?2) PK for me.
@Quilava I agree completely1)Very tough call but it seems that maybe a small part of the ball was on the line.2)I am a fan of a lenient approach regarding handball(I dont like italian rules at all), but in this case it was a shot towards a goal and the hand was not completely adjacent to the body so I think it should have been a PK.
BTW here is the potential DOGSO scene from the Celje - Olimpija Ljubljana title decider, handled by Slavko Vinčić:https://youtu.be/zWdXxyTiaWs?t=5724
Clear DOGSO. He had about 6-7 meters of distance ahead of the other defender if he had kept on running and he was just about to go towards the goal. Very clear.
DOGSO more than SPA.
Clear DOGSO. Vincic tries to argue, with his hand gestures, that the attacker is going toward the corner and away from goal. Simply not true.
My first impression while watching the game live was a DOGSO. It was a considerable distance from goal and attacker direction was a bit wide, but a RC would be at least supportable IMO.
Thanks for your views, it is a much more interesting situation than I remembered watching live!I agree - this situation is a theoretical DOGSO. No other defenders can intervene and thanks to the attackers good play he has a clear route to goal. While the arguments for SPA are not really satisfactory, direction of travel (as usaref says, the attacker was clearly not running wide) and distance from goal, these are probably the arguments tend to chime loudest 'in the moment'; facing that situation on the pitch, I suppose would also give only a caution as Vinčić did, even that is the theoretically incorrect solution.AR Grega Kordež could have perceived all that better and could / should (did?) shout in the comms kit for a RC?
OTToday Melo Pereira published the new SL refereeing list.Kominis (UEFA 2nd) is out of the list. 6 referees were removed and 8 were added. The weird name is Gratsanis who was demoted last year at 2nd category and he was promoted again. No logic.
So, new SL referees are:-Andreas Gamaris (1983)-Konstantinos Perrakis (1990)-Konstantinos Tsetsilas (1987)-Spyros Zampalas (1993)-Panagiotis Koukoulas (1992)-Angelos Angelakis (1983)-Evangelos Gratsanis (1984)-Alexandros Tsakalidis (1993)('Latin' script and dates of birth according to Transfermarkt)
Only Gratsanis has experience on 1st Division cause he officiated matches at 2018-2019 season but got demoted to 2nd division last season.
Any reason why Kominis was demoted? Was he really that bad that he should leave FIFA list?
Guess Gratsanis performed well after demotion, logical indeed that he is promoted again!
With so many referees from different countries either demoted in their countries or retired due age it seems that UEFA will need to publish new lists with referees and not wait until December.
@Referee 12Kominis wasn't demoted. He was removed from the list. He made quite a fuss on a Panathinaikos - Olympiakos match at the Play-OFF.@Pedro IrmatovGratsanis was tested 2 years ago and failed. He was demoted even though he was already 34. Now he is promoted again even though it's evident that he isn't at a SL level. No logic behind his promotion.His case is similar to Katsikogiannis. He was promoted at 2017, demoted at 2018, re-promoted at 2019 and now re-demoted. What's the logic behind that?
If Kominis was not demoted, what does "removed from the list" means? Where can he referee?
It means that if he chooses to continue (which he will not) he can only referee matches on amateur level.
Maybe Clatenburg will give him another chance?
I don't think so. He is already 40 and he will lose the FIFA badge. So it's highly unlikely.
Is that normal procedure in Greece? In most other countries, referees are demoted, not just thrown out right away! Is the removal of referees included in the rules and regulations in Greece or is it an abuse?
It is normal procedure. The regulations state that you can either be removed or demoted.
Turkish Cup Final Wednesday 29th July21h30 Trabzonspor - AlanyasporAli Palabıyık - Serkan Olguncan, Asım Yusuf Öz - Ali ŞansalanFrench League Cup Final Friday 31th July21:10 Olympique Lyonnais - Paris Saint-GermainJerôme Brisard - Aurélien Berthomieu, Gilles Lang - Thomas Léonard[Mikael Lesage, Johan Hamel]
Swedish Cup Final Thursday 30th July17:45 IFK Göteborg - Malmö FFGlenn Nyberg - Mahbod Beigi, Daniel Wärnmark - Bojan Pandžić[x, x]
Swiss Super League MD 30Tuesday July 2820:30 FC Zürich - FC SionStefan Horisberger - Jean-Yves Wicht, Jonas Erni - David Huwiler[Sascha Kever, Raffael Zeder]This match was originally scheduled for Saturday July 11 but it was postponed due a few FC Zürich Players tested positive for the virus.
Republic of Ireland League resumes 31st July Friday 31st July1745 Derry City vs Sligo Rovers Paul Mclaughlin(FIFA)- Mark Gavin- Darragh Keegan- Damien Macgraith1945 Dundalk vs St Patrick's Rob Harvey(FIFA)- Wayne McDonnell-Rob Clarke- Derek TomneySaturday 1st August Shelbourne vs Waterford 1400 Ben Connolly-Allen Lynch- Emmet Dynan-Alan CareyShamrock Rovers vs Finn Harps1700 Neil Doyle (FIFA)- Darren Carey-Brian Fenlon- Adriano RealeSunday 2nd August 1700 Cork City vs Bohemian Sean Grant - Trevor Cotter- Eoin Harte- Ray MatthewsMonday 3rd August St Patrick's vs Derry City1945 Rob Hennessy(FIFA) - Emmett Dynan-Shane O'Brien - Ben ConnollyTuesday 4th August 1745 Finn Harps vs Shelbourne Damien Macgraith- Alan Sherlock- Declan Toland- Michael Connolly1945 Sligo vs WaterfordDerek Tomney- Rob Clarke- Darren Corcoran- Marc Lynch
Remaining matches in the final round of group games at World Cup 2002:Very Interesting:Mexico – Italy, Carlos Eugênio SimonPortugal – Korea Republic, Ángel SánchezSlovenia – Paraguay, Felipe Ramos RizoQuite Interesting:Turkey – China, Óscar RuizTunisia – Japan, Gilles VeissièreBelgium – Russia, Kim Milton Nielsen Poland – United States, Lù JùnNot Really Interesting:Costa Rica – Brazil, Gamal Al-GhandourEcuador – Croatia, William Mattus
Italy Serie A Round 37Tuesday 28 July19:30 Parma - AtalantaLuca Pairetto - Stefano Alassio - Pasquale Capaldo - Gianluca Aureliano[Luigi Nasca - Giorgio Schenone]21:45 Inter - NapoliPaolo Valeri - Stefano Del Giovane - Emanuele Prenna - Alessandro Prontera[Massimiliano Irrati - Mauro Galetto]Wednesday 29 July19:30 Hellas Verona - SpalSimone Sozza (Serie B referee) - Filippo Meli - Daniele Marchi - Riccardo Ros[Antonio Giua - Matteo Passeri]19:30 Lazio - BresciaLuca Massimi (Serie B) - Valentino Fiorito - Vito Mastrodonato - Marco Guida [Aleandro Di Paolo - Salvatore Longo]19:30 Sampdoria - MilanFabrizio Pasqua - Luca Mondin - Pasquale De Meo - Gianluca Manganiello[Davide Massa - Alessandro Lo Cicero]19:30 Sassuolo - GenoaFabio Maresca - Alberto Tegoni - Valerio Colarossi - Rosario Abisso [Michael Fabbri - Filippo Valeriani]19:30 Udinese - LecceDaniele Orsato - Lorenzo Manganelli - Alessandro Giallatini - Federico La Penna[Piero Giacomelli - Daniele Bindoni]21:45 Cagliari - JuventusDavide Ghersini (Serie B) - Alessio Tolfo - Niccolo Pagliardini - Valerio Marini[Maurizio Mariani - Giacomo Paganessi]21:45 Fiorentina - BolognaMarco Di Bello - Domenico Rocca - Orlando Pagnotta - Daniele Doveri [Gianpaolo Calvarese - Rodolfo Di Vuolo]21:45 Turin - RomaMarco Piccinini - Sergio Ranghetti - Tarcisio Villa - Juan Luca Sacchi[Luca Banti - Mauro Vivenzi]
Latvia/Referee observer - Delegate/Wednesday 29th July18:00 RFS - Valmiera FCArtis Ķēniņš - Andrejs Kolosovs, Artūrs Šakurovs - Jevgenijs Keziks/Andrejs Sipailo (UEFA, if I'm not wrong) - ?/Thursday 30th July18:00 FK Tukums 2000/TSS - FK VentspilsJevgēnijs Vasjukovs - Eduards Borisevičs, Nikita Ivlevs - Artis Ķēniņš/Sergejs Braga - ?/18:00 BFC Daugavpils - FK JelgavaMareks Ķere - Arnis Lemkins, Aleksejs Griščenko - Ivars Caune/Jurijs Popovičenko - ?/18:00 FK Metta - FK LiepājaArtūrs Vītoliņš - Haralds Gudermanis, Valdis Koritko - Kristaps Ratnieks/Aldis Bērziņš - ?/
Croatian Cup FinalSwedish Cup FinalSaturday 1st August20:30 Rijeka-LokomotivaTihomir Pejin - Goran Pataki, Goran Perica - Marko Matoc[Goran Gabrilo, Tomislav Petrović]Observer will be Božo Mamić. This is his last match as observer since he is retiring due to age of 70 which is a limit in Croatia for observers. Congratulations to him, last five years regular top observer in Croatian league, before that more than 10 years member of Referees Committee.Regarding Pejin, hmmm.... I must say I am surprised, I have never expected him. I think that Cup final should be a deserved appointment and based on what we have seen this season I think Pejin did not deserve it, he was IMO unconvincing in many games this season including the first ever official match with VAR in Croatia where he whistled three penalties, all after VAR intervention and on field review. Even his matches in after-corona time were not so interesting or important as you would expect for FIFA referee. I must say I am very surprised if not shocked with this appointment and based on showed during entire season totaly undeserved IMO. Strukan, Batinic, Zebec and Matoc would be more logical choices...
I am surprised as well with appointment of Tihomir Pejin. His performance in Varazdin - Hajduk was worst referee performance this season in all matches. Duje Strukan was only logical choice, but ok, good luck to Pejin
I agree with you partially.However, if we consider that Zebec and Batinic are out because they got last 2 finals, Jovic is from Zagreb, Bebek from Rijeka and Pajac out for obvious reason, we are left with 2 elite group names: Pejin and Strukan.Strukan would be a better choice, but I am not too surprised that they chose Pejin, he clearly has support after his flaws in form and he is one of 2 candidates, as I said.
We have what probably is the first ever technical mistake with the new LotG. In the Norwegian 1st division match between Sandnes and Ullensaker, Sandnes were allowed to make 5 substitutions on 5 different occasions, including two tactical substitutions in extra time. Sandnes won the game 2-1, Ullensaker has filed a formal protest.Referee: Svein Tore Sinnes4th official: Ola Kellerhals
Incredible! How can two referees at the top level have such poor knowledge of the laws of the game! Especially the fourth official, who has as one of his only tasks to make sure that substitutions are carried out correctly. At least in my country (Serbia), a mistake like this would result in a long suspension and certain demotion at the end of the season, at least for the fourth official. Can someone keep us updated on the status/games of Sinnes and Kellerhals?
According to sofascore, the home team made 5 substitutions in total and away team made 4, each on different occasion. However, a substitution at half time does not count in the "3 occasions rule" so the only mistake was allowing the last substitution in 96'. I wouldnt make drama out of it really, it was in 96' and there were 5 added minutes so the influence was really minimal.
and it is not a top level but 2nd level in Norway, Eliteserien is the top league.
In Serbia you wouldnt be demoted or anything. Refereees are doing whatever they went and never gets suspendend or demoted. There was only 1 demote in last 5 yeara.
Dont you get an extra substitution opportunity for extra time added on?
Whether no mistakes or one mistake was made regarding substitutions in this match, depends on the following:=> if the competition organisers have applied only the first of the two parts of the temporary amendment, then a mistake was made by allowing the 90+6' substitutions;=> if the competition organisers have applied both of the two parts of the temporary amendment, then no mistakes were made regarding substitutions (and in that case I would like to give a recommendation to Ullensaker and both Anonymous commenters - read the relevant part of the LotG before saying things like you said).
"Extra time" here refers to 2x15 minutes. This was not played in this game, thus this is obviously a technical mistake and the match should be replayed. Competition organisers can not under any circumstances allow substitutions in more than three stoppages + half time.
Can anyone from Norway clarify whether the Norway FA considered it as a technical mistake or provided any explanation?
@Anonymous (22:58) Of course. I'm sorry - I thought that there was extra time in that match because Forlan wrote 96', not 90+6' (but of course, there are no extra times in regular seasons...). My mistake, disregard that reply.So, yes, a mistake was mede by allowing the 90+6' substitution.But under no circumstances does that mean that the match should be replayed. Nothing in the LotG says that. If the competition's regulations require that, it's ridiculous (I don't think they do). It is the same as with offsides - you do not replay a match just because a factually incorrect offside decision has been made.
From Norway here. Ullensaker/Kisa has quite rightly filed a protest that's being handled by the Norwegian FA (NFF). For the game to be replayed, the disciplinary board must be satisfied that it could have impacted the result of the game (in my opinion they will find that it hasn't). No other statement has been given from the FA. Svein Tore Sinnes refereed again today, in the main game of the round, however, he was already appointed before the mistake on Monday.Ola Kellerhals hasn't been reappointed as a fourth official for any game in the coming period, but he has a big game tomorrow in the 2nd division, also appointed before the mistake. It would be a shame if this hampers his progress, he's been a 2nd division referee for many years without being promoted, even being surpassed by his younger brother Mischa who was promoted to the 2nd division after him. This year is his last chance, and he is one of the top contenders for promotion.
2020 Kosovo Cup Final Wednesday 29th July17:45 FC Prishtina - FC BallkaniGenc Nuza - Fatlum Berisha, Edmond Zeqiri - Bujar Selimaj
Andorran Cup Final (Copa Constitucio)Wednesday 29th July20:30 Inter Club d'Escaldes - FC Santa Coloma Bruno Parente Fernandes - Joan Guiu Serra, Rui Miguel Maciel Queiros - Jonatan Maximiliano Vallejos
Bosnian Premier League, 1st round appointmentshttps://www.nfsbih.ba/vijesti/nogomet-m/premijer-liga-bih/m-tel-premijer-liga-bih-2020-21/Only one FIFA R (Petrovic - 3rd), FIFA AR: Dujak, Lazic, Udovicic, Macic.
OT: I dont know if you remember what Elleray said why Taylor was appointed for the second FA cup final although it is unwritten rule that you may be apppinted to FA cup final as a referee only once. To remind you: A significant part of the cup final appointment is the opportunity to share this - the English refereeing pinnacle - with partners, family, friends and those who have been an important part of their long journey to the final," said FA referees’ committee chairman David Elleray.“Sadly, this year’s final will be very different and will be held without all these elements in an empty stadium."With this in mind, the committee decided it would be unfair to appoint someone who has not yet done the final and have, instead, appointed Anthony Taylor to his second FA Cup final.”What do you think, is there a chance that Rosetti will apply the same logic in Champions and Europa league and for the finals appoint referees who already were appointed to one of the finals? As I earlier said, Elleray's explanation makes sense to me and now I'm wondering if Rosetti is thinking the same? If yes, I can totaly imagine Cakir in Champions League final, to be honest he deserved second final since he is usualy know as the semi-finals referees and he got only two finals if so far if I remember well (CL 2015, Club WC 2012) despite the fact that he is one of the best referees of all time.
I hope, Rosetti won`t use this practice in UCL and UEL finals
The argument by Elleray can be definitely valid if we try to imagine a referee at his first CL / EL final, but without fans. An extra-ordinary achievement in a career, but without the real atmosphere one could expect. Unfair under some points of view. So - but in my opinion ONLY FOR THIS REASON - one could agree with Elleray. However, at the same time we can't know when it will be possible to have again fans at stadium, so it is without doubts a very difficult topic. Regarding other arguments, I'm against this choice because I think there should be always a new name available for a final, this means that there has been a very good development work with referees.Let's see what Rosetti will decide.
Well, if Rosetti decide to put in the middle the ref who was already in CL final, for me top favorite is Kuipers. Last season probbably, then very good performances, so I expect him. If that would not be the same rer, I predict Orsato or Lahoz.
Kuipers has against him the argument that he already officiated two Europa League finals,in this case let's selected at least a referee who never officiated another final twice before...
Cakir will be in Portugal, no in Germany So he can be the first referee to referee 2 UCL finals, but no handling UEL final
I highly disagree with this idea. In your country you have the chance to whistle a final in every year during your (long) career. A final in your country can be a reward for your entire career (even if your form is not so good), which is not the case in Europe, where the top form is more important. So, what I want to say is that in Europe you have your "moment", which could come only once in a lifetime. Lets's say this year Lahoz has his "moment". So, he should whistle the CL final because you never know what will happen next year. Maybe Real or Barca will be in the final, maybe a injury will occur, maybe Lahoz will make some mistakes during the next edition. It's impossible to know. So, I repeat, I highly disagree with this idea. With or without spectators, a final is a final.
Kateryna Monzul appointed to UEFA Women`s Champions League finals, which will take place from 21 to 30 August in Spainhttps://en.uaf.ua/article/39819
Latvia/Referee observer - Delegate/Thursday 30th July20:00 Riga FC - FK SpartaksAleksandrs Anufrijevs - Deniss Ševčenko, Romans Platonovs - Vitālijs Spasjonņikovs/Vladimirs Direktorenko - ?/
MOLDOVA. DIVIZIA NATIONALA. MCd 7Friday. 31st July18.00 DACIA BUIUCANI - SPERANTAIon BILEA - Denis BORISOV, Dumitru PONOMARENCO - Piotr STOIANOV20.30. MILSAMI - CODRUValeriu MINCIUNA - Tudor BOLOGA, Victor LUCHITA- Viktor BUGENCO
All of the Round of Sixteen games from World Cup 2002:Game of the Round:Korea Republic – Italy, Byron MorenoMore Interesting:Mexico – United States, Vítor Melo PereiraSweden – Senegal, Ubaldo AquinoSpain – Ireland, Anders FriskBrazil – Belgium, Peter PrendergastLess Interesting:Germany – Paraguay, Carlos BatresJapan – Turkey, Pierluigi CollinaDenmark – England, Markus MerkFind all games here:World Cup 2002 Refereeing
Very interesting and hard work! Thanks, Mikael!
Since anonymous comments are not allowed on WC2002 blog, I will leave my match comment here. You mentioned something along the lines of "FIFA was pleased with Moreno before Totti's red card". Is that something you know for sire or just a supposition?
Well I don't know *for sure* but a reliable source told me that, yes.
So, FIFA was OK with forgiving the red card(s) for Korean players, but not with Totti's sending off? Interesting!
”Taça de Portugal” Final (Portuguese Cup)Saturday 1st August20:45 SL Benfica - FC PortoArtur Soares Dias - Rui Licínio, Paulo Soares - Manuel Mota[Hugo Miguel, João Pinheiro, André Campos]
Italy Serie A Last GameweekSaturday 1 August18:00 Brescia - SampdoriaMichael Fabbri - Edoardo Raspollini - Alessio Saccenti - Eugenio Abbattista[Antonio Giua - Filippo Valeriani]20:45 Atalanta - InterPiero Giacomelli - Giorgio Peretti - Daniele Bindoni - Daniele Doveri[Luigi Nasca - Luca Mondin]20:45 Juventus - RomaGianluca Rocchi - Giorgio Schenone - Giacomo Paganessi - Daniele Orsato[Luca Banti - Filippo Meli]20:45 Milan - CagliariMarco Serra (Serie B referee) - Lorenzo Gori - Pasquale Cangiano - Luca Pairetto[Gianluca Manganiello - Mauro Galetto]20:45 Napoli - LazioGianpaolo Calvarese - Giovanni Baccini - Valerio Vecchi - Federico Dionisi[Aleandro Di Paolo - Pasquale De Meo]
Why Italian FIFA referees are not wearing their FIFA badges in Serie A?
It is unknown. Many times I asked for that, couldn't get answers. It is so by years in recent times. Juventus - Roma will be the last game for Gianluca Rocchi, you can see a very nice gesture by Orsato working as fourth official there, he never did this role in recent times by years. In Juventus - Roma some years ago (2014) Rocchi had a very controversial performance, with three and more crucial situations. So this appointment is also a very good opportunity to cancel this memory. The game is 100% without importance.Should be the last serie A match for Calvarese and Giacomelli as well, at their last possible season (10th) in serie A.
MOLDOVA. DIVIZIA NATIONALA. MD 7Saturday. 1st AugustFLORESTI SHERIFFRoman JITARI - Anatolie BODEAN(FIFA), Alexandru CIOCHINA - Dumitru MUNTEAN(FIFA)PETROCUB - SFINTUL GHEORGHEStanislav LEU - Victor MARDARI(FIFA), Vadim VICOL - Gabriel TUPICICA
Italy Serie B Last GameweekFriday 31 July21:00 Ascoli - BeneventoIvano Pezzuto - Filippo Bercigli - Alessio Berti - Ermanno Feliciani21:00 Chievo Verona - PescaraJuan Luca Sacchi - Marco Scatragli - Domenico Palermo - Paride Tremolada21:00 Cosenza - Juve StabiaGianluca Aureliano - Andrea Tardino - Vito Mastrodonato - Giovanni Ayroldi21:00 Cremonese - PordenoneNiccolo' Baroni - Davide Miele - Riccardo Annaloro - Matteo Gariglio 21:00 Virtus Entella - CittadellaAntonio Rapuano - Pietro Dei Guidici - Giuseppe Perrotti - Matteo Marcenaro 21:00 Frosinone - Pisa Manuel Volpi - Alessandro Cipressa - Thomas Ruggieri - Livio Marinelli21:00 Livorno - EmpoliDaniele Minelli - Francesco Fiore - Luigi Lanotte - Francesco Carrione21:00 Salernitana - SpeziaValerio Marini - Michele Grossi - Robert Avalos - Lorenzo Illuzzi21:00 Trapani - CrotoneRiccardo Ros - Salvatore Affatato - Michele Lombardi - Daniele Rutella21:00 Venezia - PerugiaFrancesco Fourneau - Vittorio Di Gioia - Fabrizio Lombardo - Lorenzo Maggioni
Swiss Super League MD 35Friday July 3120:30 FC Lugano - ServetteFedayi San - Jan Köbeli, Mirko Bürgi - Luca Piccolo[Adrien Jaccottet, Vital Jobin]20:30 FC Luzern - FC ZürichSandro Schärer - Bekim Zogaj, Devis Dettamanti - Sven Wolfensberger[Esther Staubli, Nikolaj Hänni]20:30 FC Sion - Young BoysLionel Tschudi - Marco Zürcher, Pascal Hirzel - Luca Cibelli[Stephan Klossner, David Schärli]20:30 FC St Gallen - XamaxLukas Fähndrich - Jonas Erni, Benjamin Zürcher - Nico Gianforte[Sascha Kever, Mirel Turkes]20:30 FC Thun - FC BaselAlain Bieri - Matthias Sbrissa, Christopher Chaillet - Anojen Kanagasingam[Stefan Horisberger, Alessandro Dudic]Swiss Super League MD 36Monday August 320:30 Young Boys - FC St GallenSandro Schärer - Stéphane De Almeida, Sertac Kurnazca - Alessandro Dudic[Stephan Klossner, Mirel Turkes]20:30 FC Basel - FC LuzernUrs Schnyder - Marco Zürcher, Benjamin Zürcher - Esther Staubli[Lionel Tschudi, Luca Cibelli]20:30 FC Zürich - FC ThunFedayi San - Bekim Zogaj, Jonas Erni - Anojen Kanagasingam[Sascha Kever, Luca Piccolo]20:30 Xamax - FC LuganoStéphanie Frappart - Mikael Berchebru, Mathieu Grosbost - Johannes von Mandach[Alain Bieri, Jan Köbeli]20:30 Servette - FC SionAdrien Jaccottet - Vital Jobin, Matthias Sbrissa - Nicolas Jancevski[Stefan Horisberger, Nikolaj Hänni]https://www.football.ch/sfv/schiedsrichter/news/esther-staubli-und-susanne-kueng-fuer-das-uwcl-finalturnier-aufgeboten.aspxEsther Staubli and Susanne Küng have been selected for the UEFA Women Champions League Tournament in Spain in August 2020
It seems that Frappart is also preparing for the UWCL finals.
Croatian football federation announced that Ivana Martincic as REF and Sanja Rodak-Karsic as AR are appointed for Champions League final tournament. It is also said that ten referees have been appointed for the tournament. I guess the same number of referees could be appointed for men CL and EL.
Apparently, Atkinson got another domestic final in England next week!
I think he has had a poor season this season.
Italy Serie A Last GameweekSunday 02 August18:00 Spal - FiorentinaAlessandro Prontera (Serie B referee) - Manuel Robilotta - Gianluca Sechi - Simone Sozza[Marco Piccinini - Alessandro Lo Cicero]20:45 Bologna - TorinoAntonio Di Martino (Serie B) - Luigi Rossi - Mattia Scarpa - Rosario Abisso [Paolo Valeri - Stefano Del Giovane]20:45 Genoa - Hellas VeronaMassimiliano Irrati - Ciro Carbone - Alessandro Costanzo - Federico La Penna[Paolo Mazzoleni - Sergio Ranghetti]20:45 Lecce - ParmaMaurizio Mariani - Fabiano Preti - Salvatore Longo - Marco Di Bello[Fabio Maresca - Valentino Fiorito]20:45 Sassuolo - UdineseDaniel Amabile (Serie B) - Fabio Schirru - Marcello Rossi - Fabrizio Pasqua [Davide Massa - Alessio Tolfo]
Bulgarian Super Cup Sunday 2nd August20:30 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad - Lokomotiv PlovdivVolen Chinkov - Deniz Sokolov, Dimitar Stoilov - Dragomir Draganov
FA Cup - Taylor (Attwell)26'Penalty and YC for Chelsea No.28 for SPA
45'+4Wrong YC for Chelsea No.19
Wrong second YC for No.17 and small fracas with YCs for Arteta and Chelsea No.2
Also the Arsenal GK possibly handling outside the box, not seen a replay though. Not sure if it would be a RC so maybe VAR couldn't check it.
NOT a good second FA cup final performance from Taylor.
Jackson, I will upgrade your comment. DISASTER. First, second yellow for Kovacic not, red card for Gk of arsenal missed. I will exclude Clatts, Webb and Kavanagh, but English referees are really worst referees than any in top 5 leagues.I now see how Clatts missed on pitch.
Any thoughts on the Bellerin tackle on Christiansen in the lead up to the second goal???I thought defender was far quicker and clearly got the ball, while Bellerin slide in Christiansen and in my opinion it was a reckless tackle
https://streamable.com/zibeskThe very final whistle for Gianluca Rocchi this evening in Juventus - Roma, after a long and oustanding career as referee, started in 1989!Thank you, Gianluca, for everything, and good luck for the future!
And he used fox 40 whsitle, that he use in most of his career, not valkeen.
Congratulations to Rocchi for a remarkable and successful career as top referee. Best wishes for his next steps!
Top class referee, I really liked watching him throughout his career. All the best to him in the future!
Always very emotional to see a referee blowing his final whistle, you could see it when he blew it!Thank you, Gianluca Rocchi for your services to football throughout the years! You can look back at a fantastic career! All the best for the future!
Good career!A brief dossier of the statistics I have collected:FIFA - 2008 - 2019Italian Serie A - 2005 - 2020 (debut - 16.05.2004)World Cup 2018: Portugal - Spain - 3:3; Japan - Senegal - 2:2; Brazil - Mexico - 2:0 (1/8)Olympic Games 2012: Brazil - Egypt - 3:2; Mexico - Japan - 3:1 (1/2)Confederations Cup 2017: Russia - Portugal - 0:1; Chile - Australia - 1:1Club World Cup 2018: River Plate - Al Ain - 2:2 (extra time), pen. 4:5 (1/2); Kasima Antlers - River Plate - 0:4 (for 3rd place)2017 UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid - Man.United - 2:1Final of Young CL-2019: Chelsea - Arsenal London - 4:1World Cup 2013 (U-17): UAE - Honduras - 1:2; Nigeria - Iraq - 5:0; Argentina - Mexico - 0:3 (1/2)Italian Super Cup 2013: Juventus - Lazio - 4:0Italian Cup Final 2016: Milan - Juventus - 0:1 (extra time)Saudi Arabia Cup Final 2013: Al-Hilal - Al-Nasr - 1:1 (extra time), pen. 4:2Armenian Cup Final 2015: Mika - Pyunik - 1:3The best Referee in Italy (Giovanni Mauro Prize) - 2009The best referee of the Italian Serie A (Oscar del calcio) - 2017/18; 2018/19
Another video, full tribute at final whistle:https://streamable.com/nit9xi
Grazie Gianluca for a emotional and very successful career! One of the best Italian referees of all time! All the best for the future!
Great career but I can't get Chelsea Ajax out of my head
Thank you for everything, Mr. Rocchi!Hopefully we will upload a short tribute post in the coming days.
Reffing the last game with a necklace :)
Excellent tribute by the players.
MOLDOVA. DIVIZIA NATIONALA. MD 7Sunday. 2nd August18.00 DINAMO AUTO - ZIMBRUAndrei COJOCARU- Vlad LIFCIU(FIFA), Anatolie BASIUL - Veaceslav BANARI(FIFA)
The French Syndicate of Referees (SAFE) reports that Benoît Bastien is appointed with his regular team in Saudi Arabia next week. Source: http://www.safe-arbitres.fr/Actualites-1/International-3371.htmlThat very likely means that UEFA does not plan with Benoît Bastien in the upcoming EL or CL matches (a shame, because after a really convincing performance in Salzburg-Frankfurt, he would actually deserve a CL R16 debut).
I guess that is not illogical not to rely on him, because it is better IMO to appoint a referee in his CL R16 debut in a first leg game. I think the committee could have make room for him in a EL QF though, regarding his recent convincing performances (e.g. Salzburg-Frankfurt as you point)
2020/21 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEPreliminary Round(All games to be played at Centre sportif de Colovray in Nyon, Switzerland)Semi-FinalsWednesday 8th August15:00 SS Tre Fiori FC (SMR) - Linfield FC (NIR)Referee: Balázs Berke (HUN)Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Szert (HUN)Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)Fourth Official: Gergő Bogár (HUN)UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)UEFA Delegate: Frédéric Veraghaenne (BEL)18:00KF Drita (KOS) - Inter Club d'Escaldes (AND)Referee: Robert Ian Jenkins (WAL)Assistant Referee 1: Ian Bird (WAL)Assistant Referee 2: Lewiss Ross Edwards (WAL)Fourth Official: John Andrew Jones (WAL)UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)UEFA Delegate: Frédéric Veraghaenne (BEL)FinalSaturday 11th August18:00SF 2 - SF 1Referee: Ioánnis Papadópoulos (GRE)Assistant Referee 1: Konstantinos Nikolaḯdis (GRE)Assistant Referee 2: Vasílios Nikolakákis (GRE)Fourth Official: Evángelos Manoúchos (GRE)UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)UEFA Delegate: Frédéric Veraghaenne (BEL)
Thanks!I think Berke will be a big name in the future - he is perfectly suited to the current optic of UEFA/FIFA Refereeing. His 're-promotion' to NB1 seems a shrewd move by MLSZ.You can find Refereeing Highlights of the last CLQ Prelims (McNabb, San, Skoulás) in one of our older HL posts :).
Thank you! :)
What did you mean by "re-promotion to NB1"?
I recalled him being demoted?
All of the Quarterfinal games from World Cup 2002:England - Brazil, Felipe Ramos RizoGermany - United States, Hugh DallasSpain - Korea Republic, Gamal Al-GhandourSenegal - Turkey, Óscar RuizAre available now:World Cup 2002