Wednesday, 14 October 2020

UEFA Nations League 2020/21 - Referee Appointments MD4 (14 October 2020)

The last set of referee appointments for October's Nations League games (MD4).

League A - Group 1
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Wrocław (Stadion Miejski we Wrocławiu)
Poland - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Emil Bozhinovski (MKD) Alfredo Trentalange (ITA) 
UEFA Delegate: Kuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)

League A - Group 1
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Bergamo (Atalanta Stadium)
Italy - Netherlands
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj Nelaj (ESP)

League A - Group 2
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - London (Wembley Stadium)
England - Denmark
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP) 
Assistant Referee 2: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Patrik Filipek (CZE)

League A - Group 2
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Reykjavik (Laugardalsvöllur)
Iceland - Belgium
Referee: Vitali Meshkov (RUS) Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Lunev (RUS) Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitry Safyan (RUS) Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS) Kevin Clancy (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)

League A - Group 3
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Zagreb (Stadion Maksimir)
Croatia - France
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Iain Blair (SCO)

League A - Group 3
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Lisbon (Estádio José Alvalade)
Portugal - Sweden
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Novak Simović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)

League B - Group 4
14 October 2020, 18:00 CET - Helsinki (Olympic Stadium)
Finland - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sladan Josipović (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Matthias Sbrissa (SUI)
Fourth Official: Lukas Fähndrich (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marian Ružbarský (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Mertinyák (SVK)

League B - Group 1
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Oslo (Ullevaal Stadion)
Norway - Northern Ireland
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Koiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Aron Härsing (EST)
Fourth Official: Juri Frischer (EST)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michalis Argyrou (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Michalis Mitas (CYP) 

League B - Group 1
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Ploiești (Stadionul Ilie Oană)
Romania - Austria
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Damian Sylwestrzak (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Milan Karadžić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Sabine Bonnin (FRA)

League B - Group 2
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Glasgow (Hampden Park)
Scotland - Czech Republic 
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Harm Osmers (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Boris Stankov (BUL)

League B - Group 2
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Trnava (City Arena)
Slovakia - Israel
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: José Naranjo Pérez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoechea (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Michael O'Brien (ENG)

League B - Group 3
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Istanbul (Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi)
Turkey - Serbia 
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikola Popov (BUL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Ciprian Paraschiv (ROU)

League B - Group 3
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Moscow (Dynamo Central Stadium)
Russia - Hungary
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: David Coote (ENG) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Sergiu Lisnic (MDA)

League B - Group 4
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Sofia (Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski)
Bulgaria - Wales
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Akif Amirali (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Rahim Hasanov (AZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Vladimiras Buzmakovas (LTU)

League C - Group 4
14 October 2020, 18:00 CET - Vilnius (LFF Stadionas)
Lithuania - Albania
Referee: Karim Abed (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Florent Batta (FRA) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)

League C - Group 2
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Skopje (National Arena Todor Proeski)
North Macedonia - Georgia
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marek Arys (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Kejdi Tomorri (ALB) 

League C - Group 2
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Tallinn (Lilleküla Stadium)
Estonia - Armenia 
Referee: Luis Godinho (POR) 
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Teixeira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Hugo Andre Pires Ribeiro (POR)
Fourth Official: André Narciso (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Ginta Pece (LVA)

League C - Group 3
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET -  Chişinău (Stadionul Zimbru)
Moldova - Slovenia
Referee: João Pinheiro (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tiago José Pereira Costa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Pedro Ribeiro (POR)
Fourth Official: Gustavo Fernandes Correia (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Sippel (GER) Emil Bozhinovski (MKD) 
UEFA Delegate: Yurii Barbash (UKR)

League C - Group 3
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Athens (Olympic Athletic Center "Spyros Louis")
Greece - Kosovo
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nati Dotan (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
Fourth Official: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Augustus Constantin (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)

League C - Group 4
14 October 2020, 20:45 CET - Minsk (National Olympic Stadium Dinamo)
Belarus - Kazakhstan
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE) 
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Kindle (LIE)


  1. Important test for Kabakov under the eyes of Rizzoli after his 'controversial' performance in Midtjylland-Young Boys - and a good/expected one in POL-NED of previous Nations League MD.

    Kuipers, Taylor and Gil Manzano were more or less expected, nice game for Jovanovic after ISL-ENG.

  2. Without NL match after 4 matchdays:
    Mateu (play-off), Turpin (PO), Aytekin (injured), Karasev (replaced), Skomina (PO)
    Kehlet, Estrada, Bognar, Vad (injured), Guida, Nijhuis, Petrescu, Eskov (domestic trouble), Ivanov, Meler, Ozkhaya, Aranovsky

    1. If i good remember Bognár had a game, but i am not sure, i should check my database.

    2. Bognar was appointed and replaced for a match today (I should have mentioned that).

    3. Meler is second group referee.

  3. We all know that Kuipers would have got WC final without Pitana, so this appointment is surely something special in this regard. UEFA committee wanted to say something like: "We couldn't appoint you for the game two years ago, but now get it". Nice gesture. :) Of course this is a bit more important for the standings than previous one played on September. As for the rest, we can underline again Zwayer looking for a better form, he will officiate in League B. Russia - Hungary, officiated by a new Category 1 on last month, now is for an Elite.
    A remark about Polish appointments, I see very often very "particular" appointments regarding fourth officials, most of the times unknown names. This sometimes also happens for assistant referees, Polish federation has a different policy in making such appointments, even officials without international experience get quite interesting clashes in minor roles.

    1. @Kuipers: Would be interesting, whether UEFA really thought about that. I mean, it would be a normal appointment anyway (also considering that Makkelie had SWE-POR in that group).
      In League B, UEFA seems to have considered the table situation, because in groups 1-3 Elite referees are only used for 1st against 2nd. In group D, there is no 1st vs 2nd this time, but the Elite referee gets the Celtic derby (not sure, whether that really is a thing...).

    2. How sure are you that Kuipers was second in line for the final in 2018? Wasn’t Faghani also in contention?

    3. Where is Soares Dias? I have not seen him very often this season, after the Champions League Final 8...

    4. Soares Dias had a NL match on MD1 (TUR-HUN) and a EL play-off (AEK-Wolfsburg). That's a normal amount of matches at this time in the season.

    5. Kuipers never ever reach any semi final or final in his big tournaments.Even he was close any!!!He was not considered about the final at 2018 in Russia.Chefren thanks for the funny opinion but you should be realistic.Don’t try to influence any young reader here

      Summary for Kuipers in his big tournaments

      EURO 2012 : Group stages 2 matches
      WC 2014 : Group stages 2 matches
      EURO 2016 : Quarter Final
      WC 2018 : Quarter Final

      So Chefren, I think you forgot ghost penalty (Neymar) at 2018 world cup in Russia corrected by Danny Makkelie who is much more better referee than Kuipers.I don’t think UEFA also wish Kuipers to make final before!!!

    6. You should have a big respect for people, indeed you call "funny" a different opinion. To clarify, I don't want to influence people, this is just what I think. You can have different views. However, reading your words, it seems as you are writing only to do that against Kuipers and not so much for other reasons.

    7. Kuipers, WC 2014: 1/8. In that WC he was one of the best, but his country played one of the semifinals.
      Bjorn Kuipers is one of the best referees I have ever seen.

    8. This is actually interesting! Most people like Kuipers and other referees, but that does not mean they achieve higher than others. If you have the data, it would be interested to see what referees achieved what performances in the last 10-15 years (e.g. World Cup, Olympics, Euro, AFC, CONMEBOL finals or semi-finals)

    9. Well, that's an easy research.
      Semifinals and finals in the tournaments:
      WC06: Archundia (MEX), Larrionda (URU) - Elizondo (ARG)
      WC10: Irmatov (UZB), Kassai (HUN) - Webb (ENG)
      WC14: Rodriguez (MEX), Cakir (TUR) - Rizzoli (ITA)
      WC18: Cunha (URU), Cakir (TUR) - Pitana (ARG)
      OLY08: Pozo (CHI), Vazquez (URU) - Kassai (HUN)
      OLY12: Rocchi (ITA), Kralovec (CZE) - Clattenburg (ENG)
      OLY16: Hategan (ROU), Pitana (ARG) - Faghani (IRN)
      EURO08: Busacca (SUI), de Bleeckere (BEL) - Rosetti (ITA)
      EURO12: Cakir (TUR), Lannoy (FRA) - Proenca (POR)
      EURO16: Eriksson (SWE), Rizzoli (ITA) - Clattenburg (ENG)
      ASIAN07: Al-Fahdi (KUW), Breeze (AUS) - Shield (AUS)
      ASIAN11: Al Ghamdi (KSA), Al Badwawi (UAE) - Irmatov (UZB)
      ASIAN15: Sato (JPN), Irmatov (UZB) - Faghani (IRN)
      ASIAN19: Beath (AUS), Ramos (MEX) - Irmatov (UZB)
      COPA07: Ruiz (COL), Chandia (CHI) - Amarilla (PAR)
      COPA11: Orosco (BOL), Chacon (MEX) - Fagundes (BRA)
      COPA15: Argote (VEN), Ricci (BRA) - Roldan (COL)
      COPA16: Caceres (PAR), Aguilar (SLV) - Lopes (BRA)
      COPA19: Zambrano (ECU), Roldan (COL) - Tobar (CHI)

    10. So, the previous reader was correct in saying that Kuipers was not among them...

      Cakir - the man of the semi-finals!

      Faghani and Clattenburg - continental + Olympic final = remarkable achievements!

      Interesting that Pitana got a FIFA WC final, but never a CONMEBOL final or semi-final...

    11. We all know the reason why Kuipers didnt get the 2014 WC final was because NL was in SF, which ruled him out. Otherwise im almost sure Rizzoli wouldnt have got the final ;)

    12. Pitana may be cause he is from Argentina...

    13. @smala017

      Faghani didn't get a WC Final due to sponsorship reasons.

    14. Sponsorship or politics?

    15. @RikB: Argentina was not present in all CONMEBOL finals or semi-finals in the last 10 years, so that cannot be the reason that Pitana missed all of them.

    16. In my opinion faghani was the first candidate for wc 2018 final but collina choice was pitana as he liked his personality if busacca like wc 2014 was the responsable for the referees he would choose faghani to refereed wc 2018 final

    17. Kuipers one of the best referees in the world in last decade

    18. @fest

      You have good sources!

    19. Can any of you explain what did you mean by "sponsorship reasons"?

    20. "Sponsor" meaning advertisement or people?

    21. He's from Iran. The biggest sponsors are from USA. Enough said.

    22. So FIFA is about best sponsor, better UEFA they are objective.

    23. Are you saying that Collina asked the sponsors whether they wanted Pitana or Faghani for the final? I would understand that FIFA leadership would be involved, as well as the teams involved, but the sponsors being able to veto a referee???

  4. 3 different England referee teams on this day.

  5. Almost all officials from Russia including referees, delegates and observers have been replaced in recent games, so I guess there are some strict restrictions by Russian government at moment, apart from Karasev who was announced as positive for COVID. The only official from Russia still confirmed is Levnikov in Montenegro - Luxembourg for Stegemann. It is possible that he doesn't live in Russia at moment, this would be the explanation.
    So, Treimanis is the referee replacing Meshkov in Iceland, interesting to see Clancy from Scotland as fourth official there. Maybe he arranged a travel with the Latvian officials.
    Some changes between observers, Sippel (GER) wont go in Moldova, Bozhinovski (MKD) will replace him. The latter will be replaced in the original game for which he was appointed by Trentalange, who will observe then Pawson.

  6. Who was the best in Spain luis medina or mejuto Gonzalez ?

    1. In the link below you can find report / highlights for all the games Medina Cantalejo handled at WC 2006, as well as the other sixty by clicking "World Cup 2006" in the top left :)

    2. IMO : LM Cantalejo was best spaniard ref.
      Remember also is masterpiece of refereeing : CHELSEA LIVERPOOL 4-4 1/4 return leg. What a top class performance he delivered on this occasion.

    3. I also liked Medina Cantalejo better than Mejuto Gonzalez. I always appreciated his courage to award that penalty in the last minute of Italy - Australia and his very important help given to Elizondo in sending off Zidane for the headbutt in the final.

  7. 3’ : Offside missed by AR1 for France leading to a corner kick. Two YC early given by Kuipers. Croatian one seemed to be a SFP ?

  8. Very alert Kuipers with already two correct YCs in the first 5 minutes of Croatia-France. (SPA-FRA#17 Reckless challenge-CRO#13)

  9. 19’ : clear RC (dogso) and penalty missed by Kuipers...Very far from action here...

    1. Never a penalty IMO. Replay clearly shows that both players pulled each other. For me, penalty and expecialy RC would be very wrong call.

    2. Waiting for neutral advice but i m not french supporter here, just refs fan ;) !

    3. Only one replay was shown so maybe I did not see right. I will try to rewatch it and give me final opinion...

    4. Oh we see a zoom and IMO, this is clear : croatian player is responsible of Martial’s fall. ;)

  10. Very clear missed PK + RC for DOGSO missed by Kuipers... he was very far from the action...

    1. Thks WC Ref, we are agree ;)

    2. IMO it was not a penalty. But we are allowed to have different opinion. You as French, me as Croatian. We need someone neutral to make the final decision :)

    3. If we were on the other side, my analysis would be the same ! :)

    4. @Frenchref 100% agree ;))

      @Referee12 I agree we need a neutral opinion ;) But honestly I think Martial couldn’t do anything and Kuipers was 30 meters away from the action

    5. Well you are right about Kuipers being far away, maybe decision would be oposite if he was closer. AR obviously did't signal anything. But definitely very doubtful situation.

  11. I have to focus on Kuipers’s physical dynamism : he is often very far from play actions...

  12. Replies
    1. When? What situation? Clearly I missed it.

    2. Was thinking PK too but replays seemed to show that was the ball which touched at first by defender. So-So here...

    3. IMO ball was first touched by defender.

    4. I wrote too quickly, not clear situation but definitely 50/50.
      Around 29’ minute

    5. I like the play-on call because from the replays, the defender gets the ball first. Grey area therefore.

    6. But that handball situation in French penalty area was also very interesting. Unfortunately only one replay and I did not see it right but it looked like handball, but based on that one replay can't say was it punishable.

    7. Lot of interesting situations in penalty areas for Kuipers tonight.

    8. Lot of tricky situations to deal with but so far (and waiting for more replays especially for the handball situation) I like how he handles those.

  13. 35' Possible RC (DOGSO) missed by Kabakov in TUR-SRB?

    1. Yes, I thought exactly the same thing.

  14. For me RC missed for SFP by Stefanski in Rumania. Only yellow card (for SPA?) was given. Does anyone else watch the game and saw this tackle?

    1. I agree with you. Clear RC missed for SFP in 34‘.

    2. Clear Red Card for SFP. Similiar Situation mentioned @UEFA Refereeing Network few days ago

  15. Offside prior second Portugal goal (AR2)?!

  16. What about Pawson's DOGSO RC in POL-BIH?

    I'd support it as VAR, despite BIH17 being around...

    Mobbing/dissent from Bosnian players to be discussed, Pjanic correctly booked.

    1. All in all I think it's a correct decision, when we make a snapshot at the moment of the foul, BIH17 is clearly behind without chances to challenge for the ball.

    2. Excellent Dogso red card by Craig Pawson. This is a top decision in my opinion.

    Red card in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Poland (DOGSO)
    VAR wouldn't intervene, in my opinion, but maybe YC better decision?

    1. Pjanic really played with fire with that 'chest bump'...

    2. I don't think this situation would've been var intervention and OFR, however it seems that the other defender around would've gain the possession of the ball as he seems faster than attacker in the end, so I prefer YC here.
      RC definitely supportable though.

    3. YC in my opinion. When we remember what kind of situations were assessed as a YC in recent UEFA games, I think YC is preferrable. DOGSO is supportable though.

    4. Red Card is correct in my view, courageous call!

      Pawson is befallen in that scene by his English manner, his whole presentation ('strolling' over) gives the impression he is going to issue a yellow card, only to show a red one.

      It would have been better if Pawson hadn't 'backed up' but it's impossible to succeed in scenes like that with such angry players; card presentations like the caution for dissent should be avoided, though.

    5. I think it's an excellent call, the other defender being close does not negate the obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

  18. Second YC for Maguirre in England - Denmark is fully correct (reckless challenge hitting opponent after ball), I don't know about the first one. In addition, a penalty was whistled by Gil Manzano.

    1. First one was orange!

    2. They were both high end reckless fouls. Fully correct by the referee. I'd put them at a 7 on the UEFA foul scale.

  19. Very doubtful penalty for Denmark, should ve been a foul in favour of England 2 seconds earlier. Poulsen using his hands too much. Red card (second yc) for Maguire is correct, it was a dangerous play despite getting the ball also.

    1. I don't believe that it was a foul by Poulsen before, would you give a penalty for that at the other end? For me play on, rather no PK, but PK supportable (VAR)

  20. Gil Manzano in ENG-DEN: Correct 2YC for Maguire, soft but supportable PK for Denmark.


      There is a careless kick indeed, but I strongly prefer play on due to its' trifling nature and the fact it made no difference at all to the Denmark player.

      SYC is a 'follow-through SFP' incident, the contact is dangerous and of a RC nature in my view.

    2. Penalty decision doesn't convince me in this case. Agree with you, better play on.

    3. Clearly play on for me too...

    4. I'm not convinced either here,no influence or excessive strength in the movement, attacker was already falling. Play on for me as well.

  21. ISL-BEL, correct PK by Treimanis in 36', careless challenge.

  22. 57’: IMO wrong yc for Lovren...

  23. 49' PK for Serbia for careless trip (Kabakov's decision) or dive?

    1. First replay I watched seemed like an expert dive, after last replay I think it's supportable at least.

    2. IMO it is a dive. I haven't seen any contact.

  24. MKD-GEO: Correct (and stupid) DOGSO RC for Macedonian goalie by Frankowski.

  25. Incredible wrong corner kick given by Zeinstra and France had opportunity to score. Poor decision by dutch crew. Not the best Kuipers and co seen tonight !

  26. IMO very good management and control by Kuipers, but to be honest it was not so difficult, players were very correct. Very good card management with two early YCs until 4th minute.
    But - two very, very doubtful no penalty calls, one on each side (I would like to see more replays to make my final opinion). And one big mistake by Zeinstra with that wrong penalty call, very unusual for Dutch assistants.

  27. Taylor with a good performance in an easy match.

  28. So So performance by Kuipers team for this match. Not fit and often far from actions. AR with couple of poor decisions (including a ridiculous corner kick decided by Zeinstra).

    1. Maybe you could repeat one more how Kuipers’ performance was. Was there anything the refereeing team did good tonight? I have a strong feeling your comments tend to exaggerated criticism when it comes to some refs, whereas the tone of the comments is exactly the opposite when certain French refs are on the pitch...

    2. Let's forgive him: if you're used to seeing French refs every week, it's probably not very nice to see every other ref ever being better :)

    3. Honestly guys, I really like Kuipers but one must admit he was not in his best form tonight. His management and communication with the players were outstanding as always, but his foul detection was sometimes doubtful, he wasn't fit and often far away from the action, plus one crucial mistake in my book...
      Kuipers is one of the best referees in the world but I have to agree with Frenchref here : we've seen him far, far better.

    4. @WCReferee : Everything you wrote ia correct and I agree with it. Foul detection was a bit problematic and he was often far away from the action.

    5. People have to remember that Kuiper's is 47 years old now. He's not going to be as fit and quick as he used to be.

  29. Stefanski showed a real poor law 12 judgement and Game management today @ROM - AUT in my opinion.

  30. Fully watched Anthony Taylor in Bergamo. Expected performance by the Englishman in an easy and fair match. All YCs correct.

    O.k. performance by Karim Abed in Lithuania - Albania. Some minor problems in foul detection and around 30' a controversial play on decision after a "handball" by Lithuanian player in penalty area. This should be rewatched with closer replays.

    Two correct penalties given João Pinheiro in Moldova - Slovenia.

    Wrong penalty given by Roi Reinshreiber in Greece - Kosovo. Minimalistic contact at the arm, contact too soft for penalty.

    Correct RC for a DOGSO handball for the North Macedonian goalkeeper by Bartosz Frankowski. Clearly played the ball with his arm and the attacker would have gone straight to goal. In 90' correct penalty for North Macedonia after a stretched leg by the Georgian defender plus YC.

    Penalty for Serbia by Georgi Kabakov very soft. There is a contact so supportable call but IMO play on would be fine too because the defender ran straight into the contact.
    Second YC for Yilmaz IMO soft too. No clear contact but also no really protest by the Turkish captain. First YC was very right.

    Bosnian RC is IMO a borderline situation by Englishman Craig Pawson. Clear contact and no doubt about the foul but there was another Bosnian defender who could theoretically and practically intervene. One the other hand the player made a dangerous tackle from behind to stop him scoring the goal. Supportable decision due to recent evaluated DOGSO situation by UEFA.

    Crystal clear penalty for Belgium by Andris Treimanis. No need for other explinations.

    Maguire's first foul and YC is orange, second tackle also orange. But of course UEFA will be fine with both YCs and subsequently the 2nd YC.
    To be honest I can not see a penalty for Denmark there, very soft contact, a natural movement to the ball and Denish player was already falling to ground.

  31. Easy night for Felix Zwayer in Glasgow, Scotland held on desperately for another win

    1. Thought he missed VC by Dykes. Gave a YC only

    2. It was a very stupid thing he did, but I didn't think there was anything violent in what he did. I thought the yellow card was spot on.

    3. I also thought red card. Ball is not there and he deliberately stands on the back of his opponent. Yellow card is not enough for such an action in my opinion.

    4. Here’s a video of the incident.

      In my opinion this caution is insufficient. Although force/intensity is not that high, this is clearly a deliberate act (Dykes actually made a curve to step on his opponent’s upper leg). I think he’s extremely lucky to escape a sending off!

    5. I will NEVER accept yellow cards for such malicious behaviours like kicking or stepping on someone. No matter force - it's so unsporting and rude that it should be eliminated without hesitation!

    6. I have no understanding of how or why that's only a yellow card.

  32. 9 more videos about VAR decisions from World Cup 2022 South America Qualification Match Day 2

    1) Venezuela-Paraguay - Referee Andres Jose Rojas Noguera (Colombia) – Minute 65 (annulation of goal by Venezuela due to handball) – video time 4:46

    2) Chile-Colombia – Referee Dario Herrera (Argentina) – Minute 32 (penalty for Chile from a foul inside the box) – video time 3:56

    3) Peru-Brazil – Referee Julio Bascuñan (Chile) – Minute 28 (penalty for Brazil) – video time 1:42 (note: video problem between 0:04 and 0:10 – just skip to 0:11)

    4) Peru-Brazil – Referee Julio Bascuñan (Chile) – Minute 83 (penalty for Brazil) – video time 1:45

    5) Peru-Brazil – Referee Julio Bascuñan (Chile) – Minute 86 (change from YC to RC for Peru) – video time 3:01

    6) Ecuador-Uruguay – Referee Wilmar Roldan (Colombia) – Minute 17 (annulation of goal for Uruguay due to offside) – video time 1:43

    7) Ecuador-Uruguay – Referee Wilmar Roldan (Colombia) – Minute 33 (annulation of goal for Ecuador due to handball) – video time 3:01 (note the video caption says minute 47 but it should be minute 33)

    8) Ecuador-Uruguay – Referee Wilmar Roldan (Colombia) – Minute 47 (annulation of goal for Uruguay due to handball) – video time 4:01 (note the video caption says minute 33 but it should be minute 47)

    9) Ecuador-Uruguay – Referee Wilmar Roldan (Colombia) – Minute 80 (penalty for Uruguay) – video time 3:08

    1. IMO
      1) It's hard to see, but it seems to be the correct decision.
      2) Absolutely correct decision, quite clear penalty.
      3) Penalty is correct in this case for me.
      4) There was contact, so the penalty is supportable, however it is not as clear as the other penalty in this match.
      5) RC is okay, but I doubt that it was clear enough for an VAR intervention. In the end, I would've been fine with a YC as well.
      6) Correct decision.
      7) Clear handball - correct decision.
      8) Another correct handball decision.
      9) Quite clear penalty - correct decision.

  33. UCL and UEL Predections for the next week :
    Chelsea-Sevilla Szymon Marciniak (POL)
    Rennes-Krasnodar Andreas Ekkberg (SWE)
    Zenit-Club Brugge Bobby Madden (SCO)
    Lazio-Dortmund Danny Makkelie (NED)
    Dinamo Kyiv-Juventus Andris Treimanis (LVA)
    Barcelona-Ferencváros Francois Letexier (FRA)
    PSG-Manchester United Damir Skomina (SVN)
    Leipzig-Istanbul Basaksehir Craig Pawson (ENG)
    Salzburg-Lokomotiv Moscow Sandro Scärer (SUI)
    Bayern München-Atlético Madrid Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)
    Real Madrid- Sahtar Donetsk Srdjan Jovanovic
    Inter-Mönchenglabdach Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
    Manchester City-Porto Kovács István (ROU)
    Olympiacos-Marseille Davide Massa (ITA)
    Ajax-Liverpool Felix Brych (GER)
    Midtjylland-Atalanta José Mária Sánchez Martinez (ESP)

    Young Boys-Roma Artur Soares Dias (POR)
    Dundalk-Molde Aleksander Stavrev (MKD)
    Leverkusen-Nice Pável Královec (CZE)
    Standard Liége-Rangers Radu Petrescu (ROU)
    PSV-Granada Michael Oliver (ENG)
    Napoli-AZ Alkmaar Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
    Braga-AEK Athens Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
    Celtic-AC Milan Sergey KArasev (RUS)
    Vilareal-Sivasspor Nikola Dabanovic (MNE)
    Tottenham-LASK Linz Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
    Dinamo Zagreb-Feyenord Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
    Hoffeinheim-Crvena zvezda Marco Guida (ITA)
    CSKA Sofia-CFR Cluj Lawrence Visser (BEL)
    Rapid Wien-Arsenal Daniel Siebert (GER)
    Hapoel Beer Sheva-Slavia Praha Fran Jovic (CRO)
    Lech Poznan-Benfica Dennis Higler (NED)
    PAOK-Omonia Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
    Rijeka-Real Sociedad Bognár Tamás (HUN)
    Leicester-Zorya Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
    Sparta Praha-Lille Yehvenii Aranovsky (UKR)
    Maccabi Tel Aviv-Qarabag Peter Kralovic (SVK)
    Ludogorets-Royal Antwerp Espen Eskás (NOR)
    Wolfsberg-CSKA Mosva Harm Osmers (GER)
    Slovan Liberec-Gent Jens Maae (DEN)

    1. Harm Osmers with Wolfsberg, I think you'll have to redoo that appointment, stick Collum on that one, you've not given him a game

    2. Wolfsberg is Austria :)

    3. Skomina for PSG - Manchester United would be very surprising IMO ;)


    I find on Instagram and see right is new referee badge for the UEFA Champions League.

    Can anybody confirm this?

    1. Will see in less than a week:)

  35. Italy Serie A
    Matchweek 4

    Saturday 17th October

    15:00 Napoli - Atalanta
    Marco Di Bello - Matteo Passeri - Alberto Tegoni - Fabrizio Pasqua
    [Luigi Nasca - Fabiano Preti]

    18:00 Inter - Milan
    Maurizio Mariani - Alessandro Costanzo - Daniele Bindoni - Fabio Maresca
    [Massimiliano Irrati - Ciro Carbone]

    18:00 Sampdoria - Lazio
    Daniele Orsato - Filippo Meli - Marco Bresmes - Antonio Giua
    [Davide Massa - Stefano Alassio]

    20:45 Crotone - Juventus
    Francesco Fourneau - Alessandro Lo Cicero - Dario Cecconi - Ivano Pezzuto
    [Rosario Abisso - Salvatore Longo]

    Sunday 18th October

    12:30 Bologna - Sassuolo
    Daniele Doveri - Stefano Liberti - Luigi Rossi - Lorenzo Illuzzi
    [Aleandro Di Paolo - Alessandro Giallatini]

    15:00 Spezia - Fiorentina
    Gianluca Manganiello - Giacomo Paganessi - Damiano Di Iorio - Eugenio Abbattista
    [Luca Banti - Mauro Vivenzi]

    15:00 Torino - Cagliari
    Federico La Penna - Alessio Tolfo - Michele Lombardi - Valerio Marini
    [Paolo Valeri - Rodolfo Di Vuolo]

    18:00 Udinese - Parma
    Michael Fabbri - Pasquale Capaldo - Gianluca Sechi - Riccardo Ros
    [Marco Guida - Giorgio Peretti]

    20:45 Roma - Benevento
    Giovanni Ayroldi - Stefano Del Giovane - Mauro Galetto - Marco Piccinini
    [Paolo Mazzoleni - Valentino Fiorito]

    Monday 19th October

    20:45 Hellas Verona - Genoa
    Antonio Rapuano - Tarcisio Villa - Fabrizio Lombardo - Marco Serra
    [Piero Giacomelli - Sergio Ranghetti]

  36. Italy Serie B
    Matchweek 3

    Friday 16th October

    21:00 Brescia - Lecce
    Antonio Di Martino - Damiano Margani - Giuseppe Macaddino - Matteo Gariglio

    Saturday 17th October

    14:00 Cosenza - Cittadella
    Livio Marinelli - Pasquale De Meo - Francesco Fiore - Giacomo Camplone

    14:00 Cremonese - Venezia
    Gianluca Aureliano - Filippo Valeriani - Francesca Di Monte - Daniel Amabile

    14:00 Frosinone - Ascoli
    Federico Dionisi - Filippo Bercigli - Riccardo Annaloro - Ivan Robilotta

    14:00 Pordenone - Spal
    Juan Luca Sacchi - Manuel Robilotta - Robert Avalos - Daniele Paterna

    14:00 Reggiana - Chievo Verona
    Daniele Chiffi - Luca Mondin - Daisuke Emanuele Yoshikawa - Matteo Marchetti

    14:00 Salernitana - Pisa
    Davide Ghersini - Davide Imperiale - Marcello Rossi - Lorenzo Maggioni

    14:00 Virtus Entella - Reggina
    Luca Pairetto - Vito Mastrodonato - Marco Trinchieri - Simone Sozza

    16:00 Pescara - Empoli
    Alessandro Prontera - Salvatore Affatato - Daniele Marchi - Manuel Volpi

  37. England Premier League
    Matchweek 5

    Saturday 17th October

    13:30 Everton - Liverpool
    Michael Oliver - Stuart Burt - Simon Bennett - Paul Tierney
    [David Coote - Lee Betts]

    16:00 Chelsea - Southampton
    Robert Jones - Darren Cann - Mark Scholes - Martin Atkinson
    [Mike Dean - Peter Kirkup]

    18:30 Manchester City - Arsenal
    Chris Kavanagh - Sian Massey-Ellis - Constantine Hatzidakis - Anthony Taylor
    [Stuart Attwell - Andy Halliday]

    21:00 Newcastle - Manchester United
    Craig Pawson - Richard West - Adrian Holmes - Oliver Langford
    [Lee Mason - Andy Halliday]

    Sunday 18th October

    13:00 Sheffield United - Fulham
    Andre Marriner - Simon Long - Eddie Smart - Michael Salisbury
    [Martin Atkinson - Andy Halliday]

    15:00 Crystal Palace - Brighton
    Stuart Attwell - Neil Davies - Marc Perry - Lee Mason
    [Kevin Friend - Simon Beck]

    17:30 Tottenham - West Ham United
    Paul Tierney - Daniel Cook - Ian Hussin - Robert Jones
    [Peter Bankes - Adam Nunn]

    20:15 Leicester - Aston Villa
    Jonathan Moss - Harry Lennard - Dan Robathan - Darren England
    [Graham Scott - Timothy Wood]

    Monday 19th October

    18:30 West Bromwich - Burnley
    Anthony Taylor - Gary Beswick - Adam Nunn - Simon Hooper
    [Darren England - Stuart Burt]

    21:00 Leeds - Wolves
    David Coote - Lee Betts - Nick Hopton - Andre Marriner
    [Michael Oliver - Simon Bennett]

    1. Oliver and Taylor with Monday night games. Most likely out of appointments this coming week. Maybe

    2. Oliver is only VAR on Monday night. He has the centre on Saturday early kick off. Good thing he's fit because he's coming from Russia and it's a short turnaround.

  38. Orsato on Saturday in serie A, very likely Champions League for him on Tuesday or Wednesday.

  39. Appointment Germany:
    DFB-Pokal (German Cup) 1st round:

    15th October

    20:45 FC Düren (5th division) - FC Bayern (1st division)
    Matthias Jöllenbeck - Justus Zorn - Tim-Julian Skorczyk - Tobias Schultes

  40. Tobias Stieler (GER) will handle on Sunday the 'Double-headed eagles derby' between AEK and PAOK. Full refereeing team:

    Tobias Stieler - Christian Gittelmann, Rafael Foltyn - Andreas Gamaris
    [Robert Hartmann, Reinhard Buxbaum]

    1. And Mark Clattenburg will the be the ref observer on the OFI - Panathinaikos match.

      Ref is Fotias (Non-FIFA).

    2. 1989-born according to Transfermarkt, maybe Clattenburg sees him as future FIFA from January onwards to fill Kominis' spot.

    3. Is FIFA going to accept nominations of new referees on the FIFA List for 2021? Usually, the deadline was 1 October, but this year FIFA did not publish their annual circular (yet).

    4. My info says that HFF will send the new FIFA list in a few days.

      Fotias is definitely a FIFA candidate.

  41. My Predictions for UCL matches MD1:
    Chelsea-Sevilla D. ORSATO (ITA)
    Rennes-Krasnodar A. TREIMANIS (LTU)
    Zenit-Club Brugge P. KRALOVEC (CZE)
    Lazio-Dortmund R. BOUQUET (FRA)
    Dinamo Kyiv-Juventus O. GRENFEELD (ISR)
    Barcelona-Ferencváros A. KULBAKOV (BLR)
    PSG-Manchester United D. SKOMINA (SVN)
    Leipzig-Istanbul Basaksehir A.EKBERG (SWE)
    Salzburg-Lokomotiv Moscow M. GUIDA (ITA)
    Bayern München-Atlético Madrid B. KUIPERS (NED)
    Real Madrid- Sahtar Donetsk S. JOVANOVIC (SRB)
    Inter-Mönchenglabdach B. BASTIEN (FRA)
    Manchester City-Porto F. BRYCH (GER)
    Olympiacos-Marseille C. CAKIR (TUK)
    Ajax-Liverpool C. DEL CERRO GRANDE (SPA)
    Midtjylland-Atalanta J. M. SANCHEZ MARTINEZ (SPA)

    1. Buquet is not ready for such a match. I've watched him twice in a northern vs southern style clash and he was awful both times (Ajax - Benfica and Getafe - Ajax), so we should not give him such an important game this time. Let him prove himself in a less big / important match first (or a game in which a less close match is expected, like Barcelona - Ferencvaros).

    2. My Predictions for UCL matches MD1:
      Chelsea-Sevilla Cakir
      Rennes-Krasnodar Ekberg
      Zenit-Club Brugge Kabakov
      Lazio-Dortmund Arthur Dias
      Dinamo Kyiv-Juventus Turpin
      Barcelona-Ferencváros Grinfeeld
      PSG-Manchester United Orsato
      Leipzig-Istanbul Basaksehir Vincic
      Salzburg-Lokomotiv Moscow Gozubuyuk
      Bayern München-Atlético Madrid Skomina
      Real Madrid- Sahtar Donetsk Hategan
      Inter-Mönchenglabdach Sidiropoulos
      Manchester City-Porto Marciniak
      Olympiacos-Marseille Treimanis
      Ajax-Liverpool Lahoz
      Midtjylland-Atalanta Sanchez Martinez

    3. Mine are
      Zenit - Club Brugge: Madden
      Dynamo Kiev - Juventus: Raczkowski
      Chelsea - Sevilla: Skomina
      Rennes - Krasnodar: Grinfeeld
      Lazio - Dortmund: Mateu
      Barcelona - Ferencváros: Gestranius
      Paris - Manchester United: Makkelie
      Leipzig - Istanbul Başakşehir: Kruzliak

      Salzburg - Lokomotiva Moskva: Bastien
      Real Madrid - Shakhtar Donetsk: Cakir
      Bayern München - Atlético Madrid: Orsato
      Internazionale - Mönchengladbach: Oliver
      Manchester City - Porto: Zwayer
      Olympiacos - Marseille: Siebert
      Ajax - Liverpool: Hategan
      Midtjylland - Atalanta Bergamo: Kabakov

    4. Mine are
      Zenit - Club Brugge: Treimanis
      Dynamo Kiev - Juventus: Kruzliak
      Chelsea - Sevilla: Hategan
      Rennes - Krasnodar: Ekberg
      Lazio - Dortmund: Marciniak
      Barcelona - Ferencváros: Pawson
      Paris - Manchester United: Kuipers
      Leipzig - Istanbul Başakşehir: Kulbakov

      Salzburg - Lokomotiva Moskva: Massa
      Real Madrid - Shakhtar Donetsk: Turpin
      Bayern München - Atlético Madrid: Orsato
      Internazionale - Mönchengladbach: Bastien
      Manchester City - Porto: Skomina
      Olympiacos - Marseille: Vincic
      Ajax - Liverpool: del Cerro Grande
      Midtjylland - Atalanta Bergamo: Sanchez Martinez

  42. Lawrence Visser joined UEFA Talents and Mentors programme! Congratulations, Lawrence!

    1. I didn't know that something like that existed XD

    2. Do you know the other participants?

    3. Most (if not all) referees from outside the Big 5 who were promoted to Elite went through that program.

  43. Concerning Sánchez Martínez who has been 'tipped' by quite a few users for a CL début, here are some clips + short report from the 'Balkan Derby' match he had in ELQ 3R.

    1. FK Sarajevo - Budućnost Podgorica
      José María Sánchez Martínez

      27' Violent Conduct? Sanctions for mass confrontation?

      35' Simulation call

      38' Reckless or SFP?

      50' Penalty (charging)?

      75' Second Yellow Card (tackle) given

    2. Approach: referee succeeded in a hot match, the early verbal warning for a clearly reckless tackle brilliantly saved his munition for later and sent the intended message; manner was excellent. Full refereeing highlights in the link.

    3. Sometimes a 7.4 performance can be a better performance on the big picture than a 8.1 one...

    4. Thought the referee from Spain did very well in a very difficult match, the type of game that after watching it your glad that someone else was appointed to and not yourself. Hope the fee made the journey worthwhile.

  44. PORTUGAL - Liga NOS
    Matchweek 4

    Saturday 17th October

    16:30 Gil Vicente FC-CD Tondela
    Miguel Nogueira - Bruno Jesus, Sérgio Jesus - Ricardo Baixinho
    [Manuel Oliveira, Tiago Leandro]

    16:30 Marítimo M.-Portimonense SC
    João Bento - Carlos Covão, Nélson Pereira - João Mendes
    [Hugo Silva, Pedro Felisberto]

    19:00 SC Braga-CD Nacional
    Artur Soares Dias - Rui Licínio, Paulo Soares - João Gonçalves
    [Vasco Santos, João Bessa Silva]

    21:30 Sporting CP-FC Porto
    Luís Godinho - Rui Teixeira, Ricardo Santos - Hélder Malheiro
    [Tiago Martins, Pedro Mota]

    Sunday 18th October

    16:00 FC Paços de Ferreira-CD Santa Clara
    Vítor Ferreira - Bruno Rodrigues, Luciano Maia - Pedro Ferreira
    [Hélder Malheiro, José Luzia]

    16:00 Belenenses SAD-Moreirense FC
    António Nobre - Pedro Ribeiro, Nuno Pereira - Gonçalo Carreira
    [Fábio Veríssimo, Pedro Martins]

    18:30 SC Farense-FC Famalicão
    André Narciso - Paulo Brás, Marco Vieira - Marcos Brazão
    [Bruno Esteves, Rui Cidade]

    21:00 Rio Ave FC-SL Benfica
    João Pinheiro - Tiago Costa, Nuno Eiras - Iancu Vasilica
    [Hugo Miguel, Hugo Ribeiro]

    Monday 19th October

    21:15 Boavista FC-Vitória SC
    Nuno Almeida - André Campos, Carlos Campos - João Casegas
    [Rui Costa, Nuno Manso]

  45. SWITZERLAND - Super League
    Matchweek 4

    Saturday 17th October

    19:00 FC Vaduz-FC Lugano
    Adrien Jaccottet - Vital Jobin, Guillaume Maire - Stefan Horisberger
    [Lionel Tschudi, Luca Piccolo]

    19:00 Servette FC-BSC Young Boys
    Lukas Fähndrich - Pascal Hirzel, Christopher Chaillet - Esther Staubli
    [Sandro Schärer, Nikolaj Hänni]

    Sunday 18th October

    16:00 FC Sion-FC Lausanne-Sport
    Alessandro Dudic - Marco Zürcher, Matthias Sbrissa - Sven Wolfensberger
    [Stephan Klossner, Bekim Zogaj]

    16:00 FC Zurich-FC Basel 1893
    Alain Bieri - Sladan Josipovic, Devis Dettamanti - Nico Gianforte
    [Lionel Tschudi, Luca Piccolo]

    16:00 FC Luzern-FC St.Gallen 1879
    Fedayi San - Jonas Erni, Benjamin Zürcher - Vladimir Ovcharov
    [David Schärli, Esther Staubli]

  46. LaLiga MD6 appointments:

    Saturday 17th October

    13:00 Granada - Sevilla
    Pablo González Fuertes - Alfredo Rodríguez Moreno, Israel Bárcena Rodríguez - Iván Caparrós Hernández
    [Alejandro Hernández Hernández, José Enrique Naranjo Pérez]

    16:00 Celta - Atlético de Madrid
    Juan Martínez Munuera - Diego Barbero Sevilla, Juan Martínez Munuera - Salvador Lax Franco
    [Guillermo Cuadra Fernández, Teodoro Sobrino Magán]

    18:30 Real Madrid - Cádiz
    Santiago Jaime Latre - Jorge Bueno Mateo, Fernando Tresaco Escabosa - Eder Mallo Fernández
    [Jesús Gil Manzano, Ángel Nevado Rodríguez]

    21:00 Getafe - Barcelona
    César Soto Grado - Carlos Álvarez Fernández, Rubén Porras Rico - José Antonio Sánchez Villalobos
    [Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar]

    Sunday 18th October:

    12:00 Eibar - Osasuna
    David Medié Jiménez - Juan Carlos Barranco Trejo, Joan Méndez Mateo - Alberto Fuente Martín
    [Antonio Mateu Lahoz, Pau Cebrián Devís]

    14:00 Athletic - Levante
    Javier Alberola Rojas - José Antonio Garrido Romero, Iván Massó Granado - Francisco García Riesgo
    [Mario Melero López, José Alcoba Rodríguez]

    16:00 Villarreal - Valencia
    Carlos del Cerro Grande - Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, Gonzalo García González - Albert Catalá Ferrán
    [José Luis Munuera Montero, Íñigo Prieto López de Ceráin]

    18:30 Alavés - Elche
    Adrián Cordero Vega - Antonio Luis Cerezo Parfenof, Álvaro Yeray Carreño Cabrera - Marcos Latorre Gracia
    [Isidro Díaz de Mera Escuderos, Rubén Becerril Gómez]

    18:30 Huesca - Valladolid
    Jorge Figueroa Vázquez - Antonio Ramón Martínez Moreno, Aitor Villate Martínez - Ekhiotz Sánchez Asla
    [José María Sánchez Martínez, José Gallego García]

    21:00 Betis - Real Sociedad
    Xavier Estrada Fernández - Roberto Alonso Fernández, Guadalupe Porras Ayuso - Manuel Ángel Pérez Hernández
    [Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva, Diego Sánchez Rojo]

    1. Huge test for Soto Grado, right?

    2. Only his second season and to be honest I was very surprised when I saw him appointed to this match, so Anonymous is right to say it's a huge test. Getafe is a very physical team (most fouls committed last season in La Liga) and often employs "dirty" tactics such as wasting time, diving, complaining to the ref,etc.

      Should be a very even match with a lot of different difficult situations, for that reason I expected a more experience referee here (Mateu, Martínez Munuera, etc.).

      Good luck to him anyway!

    3. Getafe-Barcelona last season was handled by Gil Manzano (and FCB-GET by Cuadra Fernández)

    4. I still dont se test for what? I asked some months ago can he be Fifa. After i recived negative answer, I still dont see why CTA should test him. With this game he is already trusted referee like Latre on example.

    5. Who gave you negative answer?

    6. It was just comment that he is too old for Fifa. So I dont se that it will be his test for anything.

    7. Testing his skills and abilities as a first division referee. It does not necessarily have to be for a FIFA nomination.

    Matchweek 5

    Saturday 17 October

    18:45 Heracles Almelo-RKC Waalwijk
    Jannick van der Laan- Dave Goossens, Patrick Inia- Stan Teuben
    [Pol van Boekel, Don Frijn]

    20:00 AZ-VVV Venlo
    Christiaan Bax- Mark Strijker, Freek Vandeursen- Nick Smit
    [Laurens Gerrets, Sjoerd Nanninga]

    21:00 Willem II-FC Twente
    Dennis Higler- Bas van Dongen, Jan de Vries- Robin Gansner
    [Ingmar Oostrom, Yorick Weterings]

    Sunday 18 October

    12:15 Feyenoord-Sparta Rotterdam
    Kevin Blom- Nicky Siebert, Peter Janson- Martin Pérez
    [Siemen Mulder, Dave Goossens]

    14:30 Ajax-SC Heerenveen
    Björn Kuipers- Sander van Roekel, Erwin Zeinstra- Edwin van de Graaf
    [Rob Dieperink, Hessel Steegstra]

    14:30 ADO Den Haag-Vitesse
    Richard Martens- Cristian Dobre, Rogier Honig- Robin Hensgens
    [Bas Nijhuis, Roy de Nas]

    16:45 PEC Zwolle-PSV
    Danny Makkelie- Mario Diks, Hessel Steegstra- Sam Dröge
    [Martin van de Kerkhof, Frank Janssen]

    16:45 FC Groningen-FC Utrecht
    Jeroen Manschot- Erik Kleinjan, Yorick Weterings- Ingmar Oostrom
    [Edgar Bijl, Maarten Ketting]

    20:00 FC Emmen-Fortuna Sittard
    Serdar Gözübüyük- Joost van Zuilen, Johan Balder- Alex Bos
    [Clay Ruperti, Rob van de Ven]

    * KNVB site reporting Steegstra as AVAR at Ajax-SC Heerenveen on 14:30 and AR2 at PEC Zwolle-PSV on 16:45, both on Sunday. I think someone else will replace him as AVAR at Ajax-SC Heerenveen.

    *Jannick van der Laan (25 years old) makes his debut as referee on the highest level.

    1. 25 years old in the first division... oh, wow!

  48. UEFA assessed the following incidents as clear and obvious mistakes:
    - Marciniak's YC for DOGSO in SWEFRA
    - Marciniak's handball penalty call in Dynamo Kyiv-Gent
    - Hațegan's handball penalty call in FRACRO.

    I fully agree with UEFA's evaluation of the mentioned incidents. I struggle to understand why Gil (VAR) didn't call Marciniak for an OFR in Ukraine... To be honest, after two such blatant mistakes that are difficult to understand one would expect a referee to be suspended or appointed to low-profile games in the nearest future.

    1. Are those UEFA's decisions or your opinions?

    2. How many Anonymous are in this blog?? Or are you the same person, like Jekyll and Mr Hyde?

    3. True. We know why Hațegan doesn't get big games. Too many mistakes with handballs. His level is not the same as other elite referees IMO.

  49. Apparently UEFA have sent out clips to Referees stating they were clear errors

    1. Hmmm... if UEFA indeed deemed them as clear and obvious errors, why Marciniak and Hategan were appointed to very important Euro play-off semi-finals? UEFA could have replaced them in case of big errors, but they did not, so I have doubts...

  50. Appointments - Bundesliga Germany
    Matchday 4:

    17th October

    15:30 Hoffenheim - Borussia Dortmund
    Sascha Stegemann - Marco Achmüller - Frederick Assmuth - Florian Badstübner [Tobias Welz - Thomas Stein]

    15:30 SC Freiburg - Werder Bremen
    Christian Dingert - Benedikt Kempkes - Timo Gerach - Dominik Schaal [Bibiana Steinhaus - Holger Henschel]

    15:30 Hertha Berlin - VfB Stuttgart
    Harm Osmers - Robert Kempter - Thomas Gorniak - Alexander Sather [Benjamin Cortus - Mike Pickel]

    15:30 Mainz 05 - Bayer Leverkusen
    Bastian Dankert - René Rohde - Markus Häcker - Sören Storks [Marco Fritz - Marcel Pelgrim]

    15:30 FC Augsburg - RB Leipzig
    Felix Brych - Mark Borsch - Stefan Lupp - Michael Bacher [Günter Perl - Christian Leicher]

    18:30 Bielefeld - Bayern München
    Daniel Siebert - Lasse Koslowski - Jan Seidel - Guido Winkmann [Robert Schröder - Eduard Beitinger]

    20:30 Mönchengladbach - VfL Wolfsburg
    Daniel Schlager - Sven Waschitzki - Arno Blos - Philipp Hüwe [Felix Zwayer - Thorsten Schiffner]

    1. It's remarkable that every German FIFA referee is active today, probably due to appointments during the next week (CL/EL).

    2. @Chefren : Bibiana Steinhaus is only used as a VAR.

    3. Why? I thought she had retired.

    4. She retired, but DFB announced that she will be active as VAR, but not as referee on the field.
      The reason is unknown.

    5. Same as Klossner, in Switzerland, who announced retirement, but continues to be appointed as VAR? Is that a new trend?

    6. Another example is Johann Pfeifer (2nd German division), who announced his retirement at the end of the last season, but is still active as VAR in that division.
      Seems to become a trend.. :-)

    7. If I remember well she did have some problems with injuries last years (one during World Cup due to which she refereed only one match). Maybe that was the reason....

    8. @flip:
      Pfeifer and others became VARs to stay in professional football, as the have been relegated. Same with Kempter and Kempkes which were allowed to stay as ARs

    9. @JR:
      Thanks for your information.
      I am not enough into the topic.

  51. Can't believe pickford is still on the pitch...

  52. Your opinion about Liverpools third goal because before offside by Mane?

    1. Yes, Nathan ! Never offside.

    2. IMO it's not offside. Weird decision, same as not giving Pickford a clear red card.


    4. Where is Nole's comment?

    5. Video is not available...

  53. Three incidents (mentioned on the blog, thank to those who did that) from Kabakov's game Turkey - Serbia.

    35' DOGSO?
    For sure a missed foul in my opinion. After the ball, head of opponent is clearly hit, reckless challenge. One must decide whether SPA or DOGSO. The latter is possible but maybe not 100% clear one, no VAR intervention? Interesting point for discussion.

    48' Penalty given
    Live, it looked like an enormous simulation by attacker. Given this attitude, I'm sure, I wouldn't have whistled this penalty. However, replay leaves room for discussion. I still dislike what attacker did, and I would accept simulation, but I can't say Kabakov was 100% wrong there.

    90' Second YC and RC
    Here definitely not the best Kabakov if you ask me. Was this a clear YC? But more important than that, in my opinion, very aggressive body language after having shown the card. Player has also a certain reaction, it is not clear whether he wanted to hit deliberately referee or not, but still.... for sure not the most elegant situation if you ask me, for both referee and player.

    1. IMO, 35': Clear foul and YC.
      48': Simulation
      90': Correct YC. Agree, agressive body language here, not the best management.

    2. 35: foul + YC
      48: simulation
      90: YC supportable by the letter of the law; however, could have been avoided by the spirit of the law.

    3. IMO
      35': Foul and YC
      48': Very hard to detect a foul here, no doubts that play-on would be the better Call
      90': 2ndYC, but the management could have been better

  54. About the situation in the 5th minute of Everton vs Liverpool, it goes beyond me that Pickford escaped a sanction, lunging into Virgil as a torpedo... Apart from the offside decision supported by VAR (which can be disputed I think), am I the only one considering this a sending off for SFP?

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  55. Clip from Ukraine-Romania U21 match.

    PK (referee decision) or dive?

  56. Does anyone know what happened in Montenegro? The guests left the field after 4 red cards.Referee Dabanovic

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