11 May 2012

Mohamed Benouza suspended by the CFA

The Algerian Referee Commission (CFA) has suspended the former "almost-World Cup referee" Mohamed Benouza for the rest of the season following the suspicion of corruption.
This impression was aroused when Benouza showed according to the local observer's report a "very bad performance" in the local match between Sétif and El Harrach (3-2). 
As FIFA has appointed Benouza to referee the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Uganda and Senegal in Kampala City, the CFA has sent a video cassette with the concerned match to the world federation.

Mohamed Benouza had taken an enormous development a few years ago when he joined several FIFA tournaments including the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup Canada. In 2010, he was appointed for 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, could not join it however as one of his assistant referees had failed the fitness tests.
His career highlights certainly were also the four participations in the African Cup of Nations from 2006 to 2012 (including the semifinal match between Zambia and Ghana).

source: Footafrique

27 Comments:

  1. Alecković and Avram with Under 17 semifinals.
    Who will referee the final match?



    I'm sorry for Benouza, it's already a bad thing when you hear a news about that concerning a (almost) world cup referee

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  2. Yes, some astonishment overcame me when I read the names, too.
    Both have refereed Germany, so that I could watch at least one of their matches, it was not that good.
    Kruzliak should be the final referee with Opland and Djukic.

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    1. If Germany doesn't qualify I would put my money on Lechner. He is the one considered for promotion and the most experienced referee of the tournament.

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    2. But has thrown many cards through the air in both matches. I did not watch it, no idea whether it was good. He is depicted on the referees' page at uefa.com, normally, this is also a sign (Tagliavento, Tohver...), but Kruzliak was so good...too good to sent him home.

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    3. You should consider one more thing. Kruzliak was promoted to Second Category this December. So there is no rush for a final. He has many years ahead of him for a final. I agree that he was very good but maybe UEFA will want to test Lechner ahead of re-categorization.

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    4. And you must consider that Tohver got the final even though he joined Third Group at this time.

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    5. Actually Niklas you are mistaken. Tohver became FIFA referee at January 2010. The U17 Final was last May (1 1/2 years later) and he was promoted to Second Category last December. So his case looks like Lechner's one.

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    6. ? No, actually not. Lechner is already in Second (?!)
      I wanted to stress that you cannot say that Kruzliak could not get the final based on group reasons.

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    7. Ok that is correct. After Kika's info Kruzliak seems the safe bet about the final.

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    8. Ok right, I have the feeling that we see a rising star in the final (if Kruzliak gets it), of course one should be too quickly and early with such predictions, but I was not that wrong 5 years ago with Brych. He is from 1984 I think, perhaps the Slovakian federation can engage Michel or Slysko as mentors for him, he could have a great future then.

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  3. No hopes for the Maltese referee?

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    1. Even though his is at the talents and Mentors program, he is the less experienced of the 6 referees and the only one who is Third Category. I don't know how Vassaras marked him at his first match there but if he gets the final it will be a big surprise.

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    2. Malta's importance in UEFA refereeing was never that small. I only remember Charles Agius. Moreover, Edward Spiteri is a good assistant referee, he was at U19 EURO 2008 I think and showed very good performances, so perhaps they want to create a Maltese team that is able to whistle EL matches soon.

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  4. Should be no hope for Lechner after he produced a red card for a good challenge in the last game. Too many cards, and too confrontational with players. Should never be considered for promotion in my opinion.....

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    1. Good challenge, huh? It was extremely dangerous tackle, especially taking into consideration fact it's u-17... but of course, his style is not the best (to formulate it kindly)...

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    2. Lechner is already sent back in Austria.so is Sant.Final is or for Kruzliak or for Gestranius.One for referee and one for fourth official.

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    3. Thanks for that info, kika. I watched a mach Poland - Belgium with Gestranius, he wasn't even good (would say he was average). I watched also Kruzliak in his first match - not challenged, but visible very big skills. I bet Kruzliak.

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    4. Statistically seen, handling the U-17 final seems to be a bad omen for the further careers of the referees involved: Out of the last ten officials, only Björn Kuipers (2006) and Roberto Rosetti (2002) became Elite referees, Vladislav Bezborodov (2009) is at least considered for Champions League machtes.

      The other match officials however are/were rather fellow-runners or lost their FIFA badges due to other circumstances: Kristo Tohver (2011), Antti Munukka (2010), Libor Kovarik (2008), Dejan Filipovic (2007), Bernardino Gonzalez Vazquez (2005), Christoforos Zografos (2004), Novo Panic (2003).

      Kind regards from Vienna,
      Peter

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    5. Right, I would nonetheless give Munukka and especially Kovarik more time, we have seen that they are good.

      Germany - Poland
      Referee: Emir Aleckovic (BIH)
      Assistant Referees: Serkan Gencerler (TUR), Leif Opland (NOR)
      4th: Ivan Kruzliak (CZE)

      I guess that Djukic and Gavin get the other semi as assistant referees.
      The team which accompanies Aleckovic could be the final one.

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  5. Niclas, what an extremely wrong call to show on the penalty spot yesterday by Dingert... OMG

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    1. Yes, extremely bad call, no idea how to be able to understand his decision, however, Philipp and I worried about this appointment even before the kick off..DFB made strange decisions about the relegation matches, Fritz got the other one probably because he could then stay in Berlin for the final (4th).
      Stark, Pickel, Walz, Wingenbach for the DUS-HER 2nd leg and Zwayer, Steuer, Osmers, Grudzinski for the KSC-REG 2nd leg. Better decisions!

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  6. Gagelmann very busy in Borussia - Bayern!
    Two penalties and I hope right calls, waiting for you comment, Niclas.
    I can't watch the match, I will look for higlights later

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    1. Both penalties seem correct. Very busy night for Gagelmann but an excellent Borusia Dortmund. Let's see if Niklas agree.

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    2. Gagelmann would have got a 95,0 by me if he had sent Schweinsteiger off in 88'. Both penalty kicks 100% correct, even though Gomez provoked the first penalty. We have to be aware of what we want, Gomez more or less made a sprint when he saw that Weidenfeller came out of his goal and tried to touch the ball before so that he is then fouled by the goalkeeper who had no chance at all. The goalkeepers have to use their hands to get the ball, they have to make risky challenges, strikers are abusing that and are often rewarded. Weidenfeller only touched the opponent, the rule is clear, but as I said, I think that Collina is wrong when he only claims protecting the players, I would have emphasized protecting the goalkeepers. They are subject to faster and more unpredictable balls (Jabulani...), this kind of penalty kicks are increasing too, the strikers are naturally not stupid, they know how to get one.
      Anyway, Gagelmann with an outstanding performance and especially Thielert was great as well, to my mind the next FIFA AR.

      Despite of being Schalke fan, Dortmund deserved all that, they played well and Philipp Lahm made my day when he seriously stated in the post-match-interview that he thought that Bayern would have been the better team :D

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  7. niechce wam psuc humoru ale piszecie zupełnie nie na temat botematem jest Mohamed Benouza-Algieria dobry sędzia ale spadł boleśnie z czubka swej kariery sędziowskiej na pięć lat przed emeryturą to tak jak w Polsce Gilewski równierz za korupcje spadł to jest prawdziwa plaga bo wielu sędziów i to nie tylko w Polsce ale na całym świecie utsawiało bądź ustawia mecze piłkarskie

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    1. To jednak rozumiesz po angielsku. Jaki problem pisać w tym języku choćby przy pomocy translatora?

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      Well, you understand English. So, what is the problem to write in this language?

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