June 8, 2012

Comment: UEFA EURO 2012 Referee Appointments Matches 1-8

Today, at 18:00 CET, the 14th edition of the UEFA European Championship for national teams will kick-off at Warsaw National Stadium, probably within pompous circumstance and a tense atmosphere accompanying the tie between the hosts Poland and Greece. 
UEFA has hence already published the first eight appointments of the match officials who will take charge of these matches.

Carlos Velasco Carballo will have the honour to blow EURO's starting whistle this year. A Spanish engineer from Spain's capital Madrid, he has already overseen 2011 UEFA Europa League final at Dublin's stadium between Porto and Braga. Retrospecting his fulminantly rising career during the last two seasons and being aware of the fact that Velasco Carballo, when going back exactly two years, might not exhibit even one UEFA Champions League match, Velasco Carballo must count to UEFA's highest regarded officials at this tournament. The big honour is however also a challenge: Under Pierluigi Collina's eyes, he will have also the task to indicate UEFA's style of refereeing they want to have applied at this tournament. Even though diversity is certainly assured amongst the twelve different officials, certain aspects which were also subject of instructions during the last weeks could be detected in his performance.
Without any doubt, the atmosphere in Warsaw will be immense. Furthermore, one does need to be a prophet to recognize that Poland's and especially Greece's technical abilities are - in comparsion to other participating nations - more likely limited. The focus will probably lie in defensive play, fight and passion. 
Carlos Velasco Carballo (c) Deportes Starmedia
Carlos Velasco Carballo has as a Spanish official assuredly plenty of experience in this area, although the last UEFA Champions League matches clearly showed that such matches do not really suit him. He showed his best UEFA Champions League performances in those matches, where football was of bigger importance than fight. For this reason, one may be very excited how he will handle the match and of course, it does not necessarily need to be a tough match. His assistant referees surely count to the best joining this tournament. Roberto Alonso Fernández and Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez made no remarkable mistake in the 2011/12 season. David Fernández Borbalán and Carlos Clos Gómez had some important decisions to make in the round of 16 clash between Napoli and Chelsea. One thing is remarkable for sure: Pierluigi Collina has been appointed as UEFA referee observer for this match (or more likely, he appointed himself as such), whilst Gianluca Rocchi and Renato Faverani will assist at the coaching zone, both from Italy as well. On the one hand, one can argue that this is totally no problem as it indicates that the fourth official as well as the reserve assistant referee will get no marks from the evaluating observer, but on the other hand, one has to raise doubts what will happen if the main referee, in this case Velasco Carballo, suffers from injury during the match. The highest ranked official will replace him, either one of the additional assistant referees or the fourth official. Rocchi is in this case the highest classified referee, so that Collina would potentially have to evaluate his countryman. And this is actually a no-go - fortunately, referees suffer from injuries very rarely.

English referee Howard Webb, a former sergeant and now professional referee from Rotherham, has been appointed to take control over the second match of Group A that will be held in Wroclaw between Russia and Czech Republic

Howard Webb (c) Augsburger Allgemeine

After having been in charge of two finals in 2010 (UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup) and despite of having been the alleged world's best referee in the same year, his international career seems to have come to a standstill. After a very poor UEFA Champions League season in 2010/11, he however improved in the recently finished season, in which he refereed five UEFA Champions League matches including a semifinal's first leg (Bayern München - Real Madrid). In these matches, he was averagely evaluated with the mark 72,2 by our observers which corresponds to an overall satisfying season. For a long time, it however seemed as if his countryman Atkinson could have led by a nose, but finally, Webb won the duel. He doubtless has not the most pleasant associations with European Championships after having been sent home in 2008 due to an offside error made by Mike Mullarkey. He later received death threats and was the victim of a Polish media campaign also evoked by politicians. Nevertheless, UEFA has decided to assign him for this match in Poland.
Considering the sort of match, it could be also a very tough, close and intense one. To be honest, I do not think that Webb's hectic style is suitable for this match, anyway, the team around Webb - joined by Mullarkey, Kirkup, Atkinson and Clattenburg - should not be prejudged. They are supported by two Portuguese officials, Manuel de Sousa and Bertino Miranda will function as fourth official, respectively reserve assistant referee. Herbert Fandel from Germany will evaluate their performances. De Sousa's and Miranda's nomination could signify an appointment of them and the rest of the Portuguese team, under the leadership of Pedro Proença, for the second match held at Wroclaw, i.e. Greece - Czech Republic.

Mark van Bommel (r.) already knows Skomina (c) (The Sun)
Slovenian official Damir Skomina will be the man in the middle in the Group B encounter between the Netherlands and Denmark at Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Observed by Kyros Vassaras (Greece) and living in Koper at the Slovenian-Italian border, he will be accompanied by his countrymen Primož Arhar, Matej Žunič, Matej Jug and Slavko Vinčić. A surprise was Žunič' appointment, as Marko Stančin was actually considered as assistant referee 2. Probably due to failed fitness tests or a suffered injury, the 29 year-old and therefore youngest assistant referee in EURO's history, Matej Žunič, will replace him. (Still) Elite Development group member Pavel Kralovec from Czech Republic and Roman Slyško, former assistant referee of Luboš Michel, will complete the team.
The match itself is probably one of the more calmer sort, which is of course difficult to predict. At World Cup 2010, French official Stéphane Lannoy struggled in it, which was however not due to match's intense degree, but due to his own inconsistency in it.
Skomina has already had two involvements each in matches of the concerned national teams, both containing one win (3-0 each) and one draw (1-1 each). At 2007 UEFA U21 EURO, Skomina was in charge of two matches of the Under 21 national team of the Netherlands, including the final, which was won by the Dutchmen.

Stéphane Lannoy (c) DFB.de
Exactly this referee, Stéphane Lannoy from Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, will handle the first clash of this tournament. Germany will play Portugal in Lviv, Ukraine. 
After plenty of controversial performances also at 2010 FIFA World Cup, Lannoy has managed to establish himself at the peak of UEFA refereeing as consequence of a quite good UEFA Champions League season. His tactical approach - if existing - is mostly based on leniency. His first assistant referee Eric Dansault has suffered from an injury during the fitness tests so that he has been replaced by Michaël Annonier. Frédéric Cano consequently moves on the spot of the first assistant referee, while Fredy Fautrel and Ruddy Buquet are standing at the bylines as additional assistant referees. Germany have negative associations with Lannoy, when he refereed their friendly in Mönchengladbach, in 2011, against Australia, which resulted in a 1-2 loss including a penalty and many overseen brutal fouls. 
Lannoy has however proven that he can deal with matches, where football prevails instead of embattled duels. Germany - Portugal is probably one of them.
Two Polish officials will support the French team, Marcin Borski as fourth official and Marcin Borkowski as reserve assistant referee. David Elleray, the head of English football refereeing, will observe their performance.

The world's best referee of the year 2011, Viktor Kassai of Hungary, has been appointed to take control over the clash between Spain and Italy in Gdansk. Gabor Erös and György Ring will act as assistant referees, while István Vad and Tamás Bognar will stand at the goallines. William Collum (Scotland) and Alasdais Ross will be the fourth official, respectively reserve assistant referee. The team will be observed by Jaap Uilenberg from the Netherlands.
Kassai has certainly not shown his best UEFA season so far, keeping the fact in mind that the year 2010 and the following season 2010/11 have beem amazing for the young Hungarian official, considerably dominated by his appearances at 2010 FIFA World Cup and his performance in 2011 UEFA Champions League final at glorious Wembley Stadium. During the group stage of Champions League, there has been a slight change in his style, at least we thought to have detected that. After having missed at least two penalty kicks in Bayern München - Manchester City and after many examples showing that Kassai potentially has applied a too lenient style, he has proven that he can be more strict, too, in the following matches including the semifinal tie between Real Madrid and Bayern München. His tactical approach must be characterized as one of the most lenient ones amongst Europa's top referees, he mostly is quite far away from the action and may exhibit an almost perfect degree of fitness. His second assistant referee György Ring joins - from my point of view - the pool of the best European assistant referees.
It is remarkable that Tom Harald Hagen as well as Damien Macgraith have not received an inset so far. Probably, that will follow in Group A on matchday 2.

The other match in Group C, Ireland - Croatia, will be handled by Björn Kuipers from the Netherlands. The 2011 UEFA Super Cup final referee will be supported by Sander van Roekel, Erwin Zeinstra (assistant referees), Pol van Boekel, Richard Liesveld (additional assistant referees) as well as by the Ukrainians Viktor Shvetsov (fourth official) and Oleksandr Voytyuk (reserve assistant referee). Yuriy Baskakov from Russia will observe the team.
The Dutchman, who was controversially involved in the UEFA Champions League match between FC Barcelona and AC Milan, has already received two nominations for finals by UEFA. After having been in charge of 2009 UEFA U21 EURO's final between Germany and England, he took control over last year's UEFA Super Cup final between FC Barcelona and FC Porto as well, where he sent off two players of the Portuguese team. Kuipers has already refereed Ireland in the relegation match against Estonia, so that his nomination for this match is logical, but still surprising. Ireland - Croatia could become an intense duel, especially the Irish side will pay plenty of attention to fair but aggressive playing as display of passion.
Kuipers' nomination for Group C means that he will be either in charge of a matchday 2 encounter in Group D, or a matchday 3 match in Group A, respectively Group D.

Two high profile referees have been nominated to take charge of the first two Group D encounters. Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır from Istanbul will blow the opener whistle for the host nation Ukraine, who will play Sweden in Kyiv. Bahattin Duran, Tarik Ongun (assistant referees), Hüseyin Göçek, Bülent Yıldırım (additional assistant referees) and the Polish officials Marcin Borski and Marcin Borkowski are completing the call-up. Herbert Fandel has been nominated as observer.
Probably, Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır is the biggest winner of the last season. After his quick rise in UEFA's category system and very good performances at 2011 FIFA U20 World Cup Colombia, he received high profile matches in UEFA's club competitions, having its peak in the semifinals when he performed extraordinary well at Camp Nou (FC Barcelona - Chelsea London) including the correct sending-off issued to John Terry upon consultation with his additional assistant referee Göçek. This match, the first match of the host nation Ukraine, may indicate to what extent Çakır has chances at this tournament. I would generally count him to those referees who should get a third match in K.O. stage, also due to the fact that he can get every team.

In addition, Nicola Rizzoli from Bologna, Italy, has been nominated to referee the top clash between France and England along with Renato Faverani, Andrea Stefani (assistant referees), Gianluca Rocchi, Paolo Tagliavento (additional assistant referees) and Pavel Královec from Czech Republic as fourth official. They will be evaluated by Jozef Marko (Slovakia).
The Italian architect has experienced his worst UEFA season in 2011/12, although the team "worst" is naturally quite exaggerated. After two very good seasons, in which Rizzoli really received many big tasks, which he solved well, the last season was much calmer. The circumstance that he received only two appointments in the club competitions' K.O. stages underlines that. Nevertheless, he made his FIFA tournament bow in last year's December and it - like every other referee acting at this tournament - considered as a prospective referee for 2014 FIFA World Cup.
France vs England is assuredly a big task for Rizzoli, who however frequently showed his skills. His tournament progress also depends on the way the Italian national team will take, but in general, one can take him into account for the extended pool of possible final referees, even though this is more likely not that probable, since the last final referee, Rosetti, also came from Italy.


We wish the officials all the best for a successful start into the tournament. 

121 Comments:

  1. Interview with Velasco Carballo on uefa.com:

    http://www.uefa.com/uefa/footballfirst/matchorganisation/refereeing/news/newsid=1808971.html#velasco+carballo+must+enjoy+have+fun

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  2. Interview with Velasco Carballo on uefa.com:

    http://www.uefa.com/uefa/footballfirst/matchorganisation/refereeing/news/newsid=1808971.html#velasco+carballo+must+enjoy+have+fun

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  3. Both yellow cards to Papastathopoulos in my opinion absolutely exaggerated.

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    1. F. Taveira8/6/12 18:53

      the first yc is Carballo invention. The second I accept it with no big problem. But yes, soft yc and a difficult second half for the spanish.

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    2. Both of YCs came from nothing...Really sorry for Greece.
      I may understand the first, most probably, he hasnt seen exactly, and game was in tense, and he opted to show his YC, totally wrong. But second, Polish was nearly on the ground when Papastathopoulos has hold him, very bad.

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  4. Josh R (jbfpack)8/6/12 18:55

    Two soft yellows for Papastathopoulos. Oh boy and Collina is watching. But the second yellow had to be given because he called a foul and since it was seen as a tactical foul, the yellow is justifiable.

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  5. Awful decisions concerning Papastathopoulos, correct not to award the possible penalty for handball (45). No reason to penalize a potential ellbow offense, which was not available. It was just to hold the balance and never a foul in my opinion. The second yellow is to my mind no foul either, the Polish slipped, he pushed a bit, not more.
    He has aroused an unnecessary tension and provoked conflicts. The good thing is that he must carry the can for himself in the second half. If this is the signal UEFA wanted to show, this tournament will end with 20 sending-offs. To my mind, Velasco Carballo can show the most brilliant calls in his remaining minutes, he is no option for a quarterfinal anymore. He said his team should enjoy the match, but he forgot to mention concentration.

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    1. F. Taveira8/6/12 19:05

      the Portuguese Tv commentators agree with you in both YC situation with the no foul thesis. In my opinion was obstruction in a possible dangerous situation - a tactical foul- so yc can acceptable. The first is YC to Greece no.19 is a joke.

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  6. What an awful decision to show first yellow card to Papastathopoulos :O That destroyed all the match taking into account second, in my opinion right, yellow card to that player. But don't blame Velasco at all, because he brilliantly didn't show on the penalty spot after Perquis' undeliberate handball. However, Velasco's match management is not the best to formulate it kindly.

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  7. Anonymous8/6/12 19:02

    Agreed. No penalty and two unjustified yellow cards.

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  8. Not a good start to the EURO. Velasco looked very nervous from the beginning and never found a clear line. There will be no more important matches for him in this tournament, I suppose.

    As for Papastathopoulos: You can argue about the second yellow card, but the first one was just plain wrong.

    Good non-penalty call though (well observed also by the AAR).

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    1. I think that Carballo isn't nervous, I would prefer to say that he is too relaxed. If you also read and watch (as Niclas said) his interview, he said that we have just to enjoy the match, and no concentration was needed because it comes by itself.
      Well, not the best approach in my opinion.
      He is refereeing at EURO2012, not in a friendly match.

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  9. Not a good start to the EURO. Velasco looked very nervous from the beginning and never found a clear line. There will be no more important matches for him in this tournament, I suppose.

    As for Papastathopoulos: You can argue about the second yellow card, but the first one was just plain wrong.

    Good non-penalty call though (well observed also by the AAR).

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  10. Correct red card

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  11. It was offside on the assist?
    Replay wasn't clear.

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    1. Very Very Close

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    2. Anonymous8/6/12 19:58

      It was offside.

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    3. A minimal one, really 20-40 cm

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  12. Offside, well seen by AR2.
    Red card and penalty correct, even though one can observe the Greek striker clearly looking for the contact with the goalie, but of course a correct call.
    The second half was nearly excellent, so really an ambivalent performance which I would call still satisfying.

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    1. Offside, well seen?
      re you sure?
      If it was offside, no penalty and red card indeed...

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    3. Sorry I refered to the disallowed goal.

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    4. Yes, the situation before the goal seemed to be offside. Oh dear..

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    5. I meant the situation before the missed penalty, I can't find any highlights, I should download the whole second half.

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    6. Your first screenshot which you deleted now was actually clear enough. I have recorded the match and will have a look on it a metre in front of my tv ;)

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    7. Don't take it as example, it was another situation, my mistake :)

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    8. I have checked it: worldclass call by Yuste Jiménez, no offside!

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    9. Excellent performance by both assistants, hence.
      A doubtful handball in Webb match now...

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  13. By the way, it was the expected intense match, I expect that Webb will have to deal with the same tension.

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  14. Opening matches are often rather boring. Not this time…

    Poland threw away the victory when they stopped playing football after 20 minutes.

    Greece threw away the victory when Karagounis missed the penalty.

    Velasco Carballo threw away his chances when he wrongly sent off Papastathopoulos. He made the match difficult for himself. There were actually some really good calls afterwards, but all in all there was just not enough consistency.

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  15. Even though I am Greek from my view the second YC to Papastathopoulos is justified. If you watch the situation again he is the only Greek defender in that area. So my feeling is that he denies a promising opportunity as the LOTG state. As for the first YC to him we all agree it was a terrible decision by Carballo.
    Penalty at 45' for Greece well seen. The player doesn't have intention to play the ball with his hand. The penalty for Greece and the RC is correct. Finally the disallowed goal Greece scored is a great call by Juste Jimenez.

    Forgot to say that it was a good performance by Carballo with the exception of his mistake with Papastathopoulos. I could see him in a QF.

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  16. There is no handball in Webb´s action, the defender takes it away...

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  17. 25': wasn't a penalty for Russia?

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  18. 25´ can be interpreted as a penalty, but this time Webb didn´t hmmm...

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    1. I think Webb doesn't follow UEFA's instruction from before the tournament. And, I think it's better to a spectacle, better to player and finally better to fans. I think it's 50/50 situation with possible penalty from 25'. It's a good call taking into account his style in this match (let the game flow as possible).

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  19. Not totally convinced by the penalty situation at 25'.

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  20. Excellent onside-call by Peter Kirkup in the build-up to the Czech goal.

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  21. 57': a clear yellow card, why not given?
    This is Howard Webb.

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  22. Anonymous8/6/12 22:01

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    1. Don't hide behind the anonymous. And don't write Greek which I only understand. Niklas please erase the previous Anonymous post.

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  23. Anonymous8/6/12 23:14

    A former referee, now a referee observer, gave an opinion on Slovenian TV that first Velasco's yellow card was a joke, however that the second one should have been straight red (DOGSO).

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  24. One thing, that is really amazing, are excellent assistants in both match. I would call them hawk-eyes. Absolutely brilliant. Without emotions, average Velasco Carballo's performance with one match influencing mistake, but also with wonderful calls - non-given penalty after undeliberate handball and penalty and red card to Szczęsny. I think, it was, as Niclas said, still satisfying performance and we'll see him again. If he'll show excellent performance, next matches to him are possible. Webb was Webb, we all know that. His own style under title 'let the game flow as possible' was really good in this match. Very lenient and persimonious in card management. No yellow cards... He could or maybe even should have given two yellows to Pilar (57' - foul) and Shirokov (90+2' - foul). Also very controversial situation with possible penalty after clash between Plasil and Arshavin. I think, it's 50/50 situation and was no need to give this penalty (57'). We all know Webb has his own style, his own philosophy of the game, his own approach and doesn't follow UEFA instructions like other referees... I don't know UEFA respect it, but I guess Webb has more permission to use his 'own rules' than others. Matches were good, of course Poland - Greece was more intense and interesting and for sure more doubtful taking into consideration referee's performance.

    Kind regards from Poland!

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  25. czerwona kartka dla greckiego obrońcy słuszna tak jak pierwsza żółta. Błędy Carballo w tym meczu były takie że grecy często celowo potykając się o nogi polaków wywraqcali się nabierając Hiszpana na faule polaków których nie było

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  26. Comment deleted Edward, we will not tolerate that kind of comments from any person, and even more comming from someone who calls himself Anonymus

    Regards

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  27. I think Webb was excellent, giving a penalty in 25. would have been ridiculous to my mind. Getting a penalty at a EURO should not be that easy. Consistent line of not-booking, he missed one foul on Jiracek and the rest was to my mind stellar.

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    1. I agree, I' not Howard Webb fan but I have to agree. It was a clear line, trying to let the game flow without giving cards. For sure, better than a erratic card management like Carballo did. But Howard Webb has to understand (in my opinion) that this style isn't suitable in every match. You can receive criticisms if you don't book a player for a deserved foul, as the former policeman did many times in the past, and we all remember the WC final. It seems that UEFA instructions are not so strict to him, he goes on always using his style, to talk, let the game flow, avoiding cards, even thoughh when absolutely needed. UEFA committee should know well all these things now, and before the next appointment they have to evalutate what kind of match could be suitable for him It's difficult to decide a thing like this before, anyway alternatively they can encourage Howard to show more cards, or maybe just the really needed ones. Furthrmore, yesterday was everything ok also because Russia had an easy win, but of course it isn't always such and if you don't whistle a 50-50 penalty in another match, you can get criticisms, too. Therefore, attention is always needed.
      About today matches: I feel that Skomina could have a easy match to handle, with the Netherlands in a top form. Let's wait and see.

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    2. The fact is also that if he had given THAT penalty, the line he applied throughout the whole match would have been inane.

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    3. I can agree, Niclas, now my speech was moving on a generally speaking about all his matches.

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    4. Yes, I know. I feared that his style was not good for the match yesterday, now I have to change my mind, it was suitable. I however do not know whether he has chances for GER-NED. I think Eriksson should get that. Actually, Thomson's matches are already clear. Denmark-Portugal and Spain-Croatia I guess. Then, Webb can only get a Group B encounter as 2nd match which would be DEN-GER or NED-POR.

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    5. Yesterday on La gazzetta dello sport was written (I don't know how much reliable are their sources) that DEN-POR and GER-NED will be assigned to Thomson and Eriksson, with the swedish referee of course more likely in GER-NED. And the Scottish man in DEN-POR.
      Stark and Proença probably in the second matchday of group A.

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  28. The president of the Greek football Association complaint officially at UEFA's President Michel Platini about the performance Velasco Carballo had at the opener.

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    1. Even though it will not be take into account by referees committee, unluckily for Carballo, his EURO could be end soon due to politics matter.
      It was a shame, really a shame, because without that stupid sending off, his performance was very good.
      But it was a crucial mistake because Greece was influenced for a long time in the match.
      My prediction about his next appointments is: a further match in this grouo stage. Not more than that.

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    2. Furthermore (correct me, Edward, if I'm wrong) the Greek president was the UEFA delegate at CL final, so an important man for Platini and therefore he will have for sure an answer or something by UEFA.
      I'm sorry for Carballo

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    3. Pilavios was the man, he made also an interview to the German TV.

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    4. Pilavios was the delegate. But I have a new info. Greek's national team manager phoned after the match to Kyros Vassaras to complain about Carballo's performance. The answer Vassaras gave to him is that Carballo was good. So this must also be the view Collina has since he was the observer.

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    5. One can also see things how one wants to see them, UEFA should not do that. Someone mentioned also the opportunity to issue a straight red card in the second situation due to DOGSO.
      After all, was it a foul at all? I repeat that the Polish player slipped himself. We have seen two similar situations yesterday, Webb did not whistle the penalty in 25. minute for a comparable pushing to Papasthapoulos' foul. One time no foul, one time even a yellow card. Where is the consistency? If Velasco Carballo had not issued the first yellow, his performance would have been soooo good..

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    6. OF Course. We agree on that. The first card he issues is so wrong. If you erase this situation his performance was very good.

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    7. By the way, it seems to be a normal procedure that a federation president calls a countryman in the referee committee, right? Shame shame..

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    8. It wasn't the federation president that called him but the team's manager. I agree that it isn't normal but those things happen.

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    9. Greece - Czech Republic will be a crucial match and with that kind of background.
      Hence, Wolfgang Stark?

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    10. I sooner expect Proenca. Stark for POL-RUS I think, but this is gambling, could be both, I do not see advantages, neither disadvantages of both referees in the respective match.

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    11. Given yesterday's results both matches are crucial. So I expect 2 very good referees. Stark could be an option for the Greek match because of all the noise that occurred here after yesterday.

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  29. Anonymous9/6/12 11:13

    Usually, UEFA tries to grant each referee three complete days between two matches at European championships. If they really consider Proenca/Stark for group A and Eriksson/Thomson for group B, Eriksson should get his second match "only" three days later in group A. Again group B seems very unrealistic, group D (with Sweden) may be ignored and group C (possible opponent of Sweden in the quarter-final) should be avoided, too.

    I know that FIFA doesn't take these aspects that seriously at World championships (only two days between two matches are sufficient and referees may also handle matches with involvement of possible opponents of their own countries in the round of 16 on the last matchday) but UEFA used to take that into consideration. If so, Eriksson should get his first match in group A (second matchday) and his second in group B (third matchday).

    Kind regards from Vienna,
    Peter

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    1. Nonetheless, you must take into consideration that then Rizzoli should not have got FRA-ENG either, as both teams can be quarterfinal opponents of Italy. So I doubt that they apply this way of thinking.

      My predictions are (early ones):
      POL-RUS: Stark
      GRE-CZE: Proenca
      NED-GER: Eriksson
      DEN-POR: Thomson
      ESP-IRL: Skomina
      ITA-CRO: Lannoy
      UKR-FRA: Kuipers
      SWE-ENG: Velasco

      RUS-GRE: Rizzoli
      POL-CZE: Cakir
      DEN-GER: Webb
      NED-POR: Kassai
      ITA-IRL: Eriksson
      ESP-CRO: Thomson
      SWE-FRA: Stark
      UKR-ENG: Proenca

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    2. Anonymous9/6/12 11:57

      Hi Suricate,

      my considerations concerning possible opponents in the quarter-final only refer to the last matchday. I do not see any problem in putting Nicola Rizzoli in charge with England - France on the first matchday when no one can estimate the standings in groups C and D after the second matchday.

      I still think that UEFA could nominate one of the officials from matchday 1 already for group A or B on matchday 2 (e.g., Howard Webb for the top clash between Germany and the Netherlands) meaning that they do not exactly consider each referee once in both halves (matches 1 - 12 and 13 - 24).

      Kind regards from Vienna,
      Peter

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    3. Yes, since they always publish a package of four appointments, that could be possible. Velasco surely would not be suitable and Webb for the Netherlands? Hmm. After yesterday that might be, I nonetheless favour insetting the four officials who have no match so far for Gr. A and B MD2.

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  30. Thank to a surprising result in the semifinals (New Zealand - New Caledonia 0-2) this is the appointment for the final atch of OFC Nations Cup:

    Tahiti vs. New Caledonia
    3:00pm, Sunday 10 June
    Lawson Tama Stadium
    Honiara, Solomon Islands

    Referee: Peter O’LEARY [NZL]
    Assistant Referee 1: Jan Hendrik HINTZ [NZL]
    Assistant Referee 2: Ravinesh KUMAR [FIJ]
    4th Official: George OIAKA [SOL]


    Furthermore, the third place match:

    Solomon Islands vs. New Zealand
    11:00am, Sunday 10 June
    Lawson Tama Stadium
    Honiara, Solomon Islands

    Referee: Kader ZITOUNI [TAH]
    Assistant Referee 1: Tevita MAKASINI [TGA]
    Assistant Referee 2: Terry PIRI [COK]
    4th Official: Bruce GEORGE [VAN]


    The semifinals were handled by O'Leary and Hauata.
    Very surprising that now one team between New Caledonia and Tahiti will be at Confederations Cup :D
    O'Leary deserved this appointment, of course, having seen some higlights, he is for sure the best OFC referee now, of course at the beginning of this tournament it was impossible to think to appoint him for the final, due to New Zealand presence.
    The poor performance of Kerr was correctly evaluated by committee, I think. He was not appointed in a further match, neither as fourth.

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  31. Report (ROR) for Webb's performance is published on the match files page.

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  32. I don't know why nowadays most of the referees seem to have forgotten the indirect free kick in penalty area. Have you seen the raised leg by Danish defender on the head of a Dutch player? Skomina didn't whistle.
    For the rest, a not difficult match to handle, some absurd and stupid complaints about handballs. Just minor mistakes.
    43': superb NO FLAG by Arhar.

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  33. I am not very content with this performance, and I do not really know why not. I think his foul detection was not at the highest level, Arhar with some moments without real concentration, no penalty kicks so far correct, but I have doubts about the last one (90'), I think there he should have whistled the first touch with the hand. Average performance I think and that is probably not enough, how do you see it?

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    1. Our youngest AR ever by the way with a faultless performance.

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    2. No mistakes by assistants in the first 3 matches, but it has to happen, sooner or later. This evening? Of course, I hope as late as possible.

      About Skomina: the last case of handball was very difficult to solve, but it's not a blatant action and if you don't whistle it's ok. One has always to pay attention with hands in the penalty area. The slovenian referee appeared often so far from the action, and sometimes he seems to decide without paying the needed attention, or maybe it's just my feeling.
      Is anything about that, which makes you not satisfied, Niclas?

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  34. Anonymous9/6/12 20:07

    In my opinion, very good performance by Skomina, no handballs-no penalties, I don't agree that his foul detection was not at the highest level, just the opposite, I think he was great, he let the game flow. Arhar and Žunič both did very well, had some difficult situations they did it very well. I disagree Niclas, I believe if Skomina do his second match like this, he'll get knock-out match.

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  35. Hmm, I think it will be many opinions about this performance. I think, it was really... bad. Why not penalty in 28th minute? Obvious movement hand TO the ball. Second penalty situation in 90th minute is very difficult to evaluate, but I think both touches were a basis to show on the penalty spot, especially first one. Assistants good with one mistake by Arhar in 37th min. Also really wrong was let the game flow when van Persie hit an opponent in a face (18') Why Arhar didn't react? Agree with Chefren in 100%, why referees haven't a courage to give indirect free kicks when they are obvious like today in 20'. As I mentioned, this performance I evaluate as bad, but it's of course only my opinion.

    Kind regards from Poland!

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    1. I think in minute 28 it was clearly no intention, but indeed an unnatural hand behaviour.
      I also think that he should have given an indirect free kick, and Chefren, you are right, he was really too far away from the action. Furthermore, some really late whistles and it seemed as if even Kralovec had to tell him once that there was a foul.
      Not at the highest level, I also stay with this evaluation. Nevertheless, still a performance with a 7 at the beginning (according to our scales), but let us wait for Pascal and his report.

      Carlos and Maicon have published their report, too, Velasco is evaluated with 72 by them (see match files and later refmarks).

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    2. In my own system, it's 4,8 mark indicated weak/average performance. Full agree with all points mentioned by you. Too far away, too long waiting for whistle sometimes and yes, it was Kralovec, who was telling to Skomina, there was a foul. I think, Carballo was far better than Skomina. Spaniard had one heavy mistake, Skomina's all performance we can evaluate as big or small mistake...

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    3. Anonymous9/6/12 20:37

      I hink it wasnt that bad

      He should get a 6.5 or 7

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    4. Yes, I agree in UEFA observer's report it can't be so low mark, but I have my personal scale of evaluation, where:
      10 - ideal
      9 - fantastic
      8 - excellent
      7 - very good
      6 - good
      5 - average
      4 - weak
      3 - very weak
      2 - awful
      1 - compromitation

      You know that it's difficult to reach even 7 in this system now. When you'll see Yun Hyeon evaluating any ref, know he uses other system ;)

      By the way, I like a comment at ratetheref forum, where someone described Skomina's style of running as medium jogging all the match, without acceleration when needed. I fully agree with this statement :)

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  36. Anonymous9/6/12 20:18

    Not the best performance by Skomina. Some wrong decisions (handball in first half,some fouls) but I think that it wasnt penalty at the end of the game. Zunic and Arhar very good .

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  37. Average performance by Skomina. I agree with many of the points that were already mentioned (some mistakes in foul detection, late whistles). But he wasn't really bad either.

    In my opinion there should have been a penalty in 90' min due to the open position of the arm which was careless. An important error.

    In contrast, I agree with Skomina in the situation in 28' min where there was no intentional handball.

    Assistants were good as far as offside is concerned. Some mistakes in other areas.

    I will have another look at some situations to prepare my full report.

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  38. Not bad Lannoy in first half, correct cards, probably the only mistake was the not given advantage, he was too hurry, whistling.
    Furthermore, it wasn't (thank to God) a ghost goal at the end of half.
    Assistants without offside calls.

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    1. Really good Lannoy so far. But it was really awful, when didn't use an advantage. I am curious why Germans weren't furious to him after that... However, easy match to handle.

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  39. Anonymous9/6/12 22:31

    I think that Skomina and Carballo wont get match in the KO stages beacuse of their weak performances . What a pity

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  40. Anonymous9/6/12 22:37

    I wonder if they will send Skomina home (maybe too harsh) but I am sure that Dutch are not happy

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  41. I am going to write it again. The opinion Vassaras and the whole committee has from the performance Carballo had yesterday is that except the first YC to Papastathopoulos his performance was very good. So he is still candidate to a QF.

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  42. a teraz ten dobrze sędziójący Lannoy popełnił fatalny błąd nie uznając faulu Niemca na Portugalczyku wraca zmora Francuza z otatnich MŚ kiedy znów popełnia proste błędy Carballo i Skomina do domu i jeden i drugi fatalnie Hiszpan za to że tolerował wywrotki o własne nogi greków a Skomina młody i nie doświadczony za szybko zrobiono go gwiazdą pierwszej wielkości na świecie a on w prostych meczach zwłaszcza o stawke zupełnie sobie nie radzi

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  43. Anonymous9/6/12 22:52

    Did we watch the same match? What Skomina did wrong. Someone said he could be sent home, why?????? You don't whistle that handballs for penalty, it is close distance beetween shooter and defender, have you ever seen UEFA Referee Development Program DVD and video clips when handball should be punished and when not, you obviously haven't seen those clips. If you are not thinking on that handballs, I don't know what are you talking about.

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  44. Carballo słusznie pokazał dwie żółte kartki dla Papastopoulosa pierwsza za atak Greka łokciem w rywala zato powinna być nawet czerwona wedle nowych ustaleń komisji sędziowskiej aby tkie zagrania czyli uderzenie przeciwnika łokciem karać bezwględnie czyli czerwona w tym przypadku żółtkodla Greka tołaskawość arbitra a później drugie żółtko dla Greka również zasłużone za przytrzymywanie za koszulke i przewrucenie rywala to też musi być karane kartką z boku żółtą a przed bramką czerwoną

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  45. Three handball situations in NED DEN, 2 of them clearly no deliberate handballs, the last double-handball can be subject of debate. I think he could have given it, but his handball decisions were not his problem. I think that the whole performance was not bad, but not brilliant either.

    I think that apart from some situations including two non given advantages this was the best Lannoy we have seen for a long time. Very glad about that, and the mark 100,0 for Buquet should be sure, Chefren ;)

    By the way, a 0-0 would have been the deserved result of that game.

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    1. Anonymous9/6/12 23:32

      I don't understand, why does Ruddy Buquet deserve a so good mark? He didn't do anything too determinant, did he?

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    2. I do not understand the logic to blame an assistant referee, to send a team home if he misses it (Espinosa), and if they got it right, it was just expected level. I do not understand that at all.

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    3. Anonymous9/6/12 23:41

      Oh yeah, sorry, I must be tired, I thought this non goal was on Fautrel's side.
      Indeed, you're right, congratulations to him! And to the whole Lannoy team tonight :)

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    4. Ok, by the way, why was Vincic again AAR1 and Jug AAR2? Does the Slovenian team change that ad libitum?

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  46. Anonymous9/6/12 23:29

    A very good Lannoy tonight, except when he didn't let the advantage in first half. We've to hope that he'll continue like tonight during next match, because remember that he totally lost control in the second match of the 2010 WC, after a promising first match. But I don't think history will repeat itself.
    To be continued...

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  47. I have re-watched the match, I think it was the most boring match so far without any pace..Lannoy, I have to correct me a bit, was in the big calls very good, but had many mistakes in the smaller ones. (many phantom fouls)
    Furthermore, I had an impression yesterday in both matches. Skomina and Lannoy waited for quite a long time in some moments with a whistle. What do you think of the foul on Neuer committed by Helder Postiga? Hellmut Krug, ARD expert and former WC referee, said it was at the borderline to red, I actually think it has already passed the same, although I can understand Lannoy that he did not want to send someone off after 12 minutes in such an allegedly big match.

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  49. Appointments match 9-12:
    Greece-Czech Republic: LANNOY (Fra)
    Poland-Russia: STARK (Ger)
    Denmark-Portugal: THOMSON (Sco)
    Netherlands-Germany: ERIKSSON (Swe)

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    1. Interesting, so we have to think that Lannoy had the best performance in these first matches, match is crucial after Greek polemics.

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  50. Niclas, I was going to write in my report that the foul on Neuer was also a possible red, but we have to consider the fact that Postiga had in his mind to reach the ball, it wasn't a so willing and deliberate tackle against the opponent, so the border is still considerable: you can give yellow but if you are very harsh on the pitch you can also give the straight red.

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  51. Anonymous10/6/12 10:41

    I hope Lannoy will referee next game as good as in this game .
    Skomina will have to referee next game much better if he wants to get KO stages.

    And one question. How many referees usually go home after group stages?

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  52. I do not know whether they have a fixed number at all. Does anyone know?

    In addition, I also would like to contradict you, Chefren.
    Concerning Lannoy I rather think that - if they spare Proenca for ITA-CRO or SWE-ENG, it is only Lannoy who can handle the match (Skomina not possible with CZE), so it does not necessarily mean that he has shown the best performance so far.
    Besides, I do not think that Helder Postiga's tackling was aimed at the ball, studs up, clearly knowing that he will not reach it, actually require a sending-off. He has not touched him so heavily as it could have been, this is no argument for a yellow card, but could be an explanation why Lannoy did not send him off. Buquet and Annonier also had free view on the scene.

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    1. We have also to say that Lannoy was far, he was already in the midfield, anyway he was able to notice the foul. Well, sometimes you have aso to consider the feeling of a referee, you have explained it in your previous post, it would have been a harsh red card, probably appearing as exaggerated to most of the people.
      Furthermore, Neuer was able to jump, avoiding a full contact.

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    2. Niklas after the Group stage 4 referee teams will leave the tournament and of course all the fourth officials.

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    3. It seems Lannoy's performance was found worthy. UEFA has assigned him to groupA (Greece) which will be a tough match.
      For K.O. however there is 6 open slot..., mostly final ref. comes from QF.

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    4. Anonymous10/6/12 13:51

      Suricate:
      "Skomina not possible with CZE"

      Hi Suricate,

      why do you think that Damir Skomina should not whistle the Czech Republic?

      Kind regards from Vienna,
      Peter

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    5. I think that it is based on the presence of Kralovec as fourth official assigned to the slovenian team?

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    6. Anonymous10/6/12 14:05

      Oh, thank you, Chefren. My first thought was that Suricate could have confused Slovenia with Slovakia - and Slovaks should indeed not whistle the Czech Republic.

      Kind regards from Vienna,
      Peter

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    7. Don't mention it.
      Anyway, I think that they can change the fourth official if needed, so Skomina could be possible with CZE.

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  53. Anonymous10/6/12 10:53

    I think that Skomina should get one match in group D (maybe one with England -this year he refereed five champions league matches with english club)
    Lannoy probably group A
    Webb ?? probably group B
    Carballo probably group B

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  54. Niclas, what do you think about German fans throwing rolled paper while Portugal was going to kick a corner?
    Unacceptable behavior.

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    1. Nothing to add. Idiots always exist, unfortunately.

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  55. Anonymous10/6/12 13:22

    I wonder whether Pedro Proenca has not already been saved for the second half when the appointments for the first eight matches were published:

    Manuel de Sousa and Bertina Miranda as Fourth Official and Reserve Assistant Referee at Russia - Czech Republic in group A on the first matchday could mean that the Portuguese team was never considered for one of the both matches in group A on the second matchday. And group B with Portugal was no option anyway.

    I assume that UEFA referees committee already drew a complete proposal prior to the tournament and only revides it on short notice with regard to the officials' performances and the current standings. If, for example, a referee is foreseen to handle a decisive match on the last matchday but did not perform well, he might be swapped with the other group referee to handle the meaningless match instead.

    This would, however, imply, that such swaps can be arranged easily without raising discussions. For example, it would not be a good option to assign Craig Thomson for England - Ukraine instead of Sweden - France, Damir Skomina for Croatia - Spain instead of Italy - Ireland Republic or Cüneyt Cakir for Greece - Russia instead of Czech Republic - Poland. Thus, referees should not be considered for "critical" groups on the last matchday on the UEFA pre-list.

    Does anyone of you know whether each referee will get two matches in the group stage for sure? Regarding the last Champions League season, UEFA seems to deal severely with below-par performances which could also mean that a referee will not get a second match and another a third one instead. This would, however, restrict the options decisively if you aim at avoiding that a referee will handle a team twice in the group stage and considering that he should have two rest days.

    Kind regards from Vienna,
    Peter

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  56. F. Taveira10/6/12 18:06

    About yesterday Germany-Portugal, Lannoy had a satisfying performance. With a clear line but with some problems with foul detection and terrible use of advantage.
    About the match itself I am a bit sad, the fair result would be a draw, but Portugal has just to blame is own team because we had good opportunities.
    Some German fans a bit out of line. That's sad.

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  57. It seems that Spain and Italy are playing a fight and Kassai is on the middle looking them.
    Just a card to Balotelli when in this first half there were at least 3 or 4 clear situations in which to show a YC.
    A bad mistake by Gabor Eros in favor of Italy, too.
    Match is also poor and what we can say more?

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    1. Don't agree this time :) Match is excellent with really high pace and also brilliant referee who let the game flow really nice. I think many cards are not needed, I see a basis to not show them, yellow to Balotelli was also for notoric foul play not for a single foul. I am excited and really impressed by Kassai and match.

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    2. Match was poor at the first half but at the second it was wonderful. Kassai tried to show only the cards he felt were necessary. He missed at least 4 Yellow Cards and he chose to show most of them at the final 15'.

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    3. I agree, a radical change in second half, and even more in the last part of second half Kassai was a WORLD CLASS referee.
      We can say that he is lenient sometimes, he doesn't show cards, but the power and the control that he has on the pitch are fascinating.

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    4. Yes,it is really hard and early to guess. But, Kassai is mentally ready for final with his experince, knowledge, and style.
      While, watching him, we say that how on earth you dont give that YC so many times, but he never loses the control. Remarkable...

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  58. Anonymous11/6/12 19:52

    Nicola Rizzoli has made the most inconsistent decisions I have ever seen in a football match. Is he actually French?

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