July 23, 2012

Olympia 2012 Referee Appointments - Matchday 1

26 July 2012

M1, Group D
14:45 CET, Glasgow (Hampden Park)
Spain - Japan
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Hurd (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
Fourth Official: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
FIFA Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)
M2, Group B
14:30 CET, Newcastle (St.James-Park)
Mexico - Korea Rep.
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bechir Hassani (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sherif Hassan (EGY)
Fourth Official: Juan Soto (VEN)
FIFA Referee Observer: Jassim Mandi (BHR)

M3, Group D
12:00 CET, Glasgow (Hampden Park)
Honduras - Morocco
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Fourth Official: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
FIFA Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

M4, Group A
17:00 CET, Manchester (Old Trafford)
UA Emirates - Uruguay
Referee: Peter O'Leary (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Hintz (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ravinesh Kumar (FIJ)
Fourth Official: Felix Brych (GER)
FIFA Referee Observer: Carlos Batres (GUA)

M5, Group B
17:15 CET, Newcastle (St.James-Park)
Gabon - Switzerland
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto Clavijo (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduardo Diaz (COL)
Fourth Official: Raúl Orosco (BOL)
FIFA Referee Observer: Jassim Mandi (BHR)

M6, Group C
19:45 CET, Coventry (City of Coventry Stadium)
Belarus - New Zealand
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jason Damoo (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Angesom Ogbamariam (ERI)
Fourth Official: Yuichi Nishimura (JPN)
FIFA Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcón (PAR)

M7, Group C
19:45 CET, Cardiff (Millennium Stadium)
Brazil - Egypt
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, photo, ZIMBIO)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
FIFA Referee Observer: Celestin Ntagungira (RWA)
M8, Group A
20:00 CET, Manchester (Old Trafford)
Great Britain - Senegal
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Bakhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Williams (AUS)
FIFA Referee Observer: Carlos Batres (GUA)

The observers have to confirm their appointment and will receive an observation report kit in due course.


  1. Very good appointment for Rocchi and his assistants.



  2. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-b9S9Ay0LFUk/UA5ru2isnCI/AAAAAAAAAR8/al1IiHb3y1g/s1600/P7230037.jpg

  3. And I think the man on the US officials' photo should be Mr Baharmast (?)

  4. Yes, that is Esse in the photo on the USA blog.

  5. Observers

    GBR-SEN: Turan O. (TUR)
    UAE-URU: Hubert D. (POL)
    MEX-KOR: Niclas E. (GER)
    GBN-SUI: Niclas E. (GER)
    BRA-EGY: Philipp S. (GER)
    BLR-NZL: Carlos S. (COL)
    ESP-JPN: Chefren (ITA)
    HON-MAR: Maicon O. (BRA)

  6. An unexpected and sad news:


  7. How I missed the FIFA anthem :) Kralovec like Heikkinen in green.

    1. Anonymous26/7/12 13:37

      Are there more new colors, for example pink or sth :P. Green is looking great, I like green shirts

  8. At one picture in the US referees' blog, there seems to be a red shirt, too. No matches for the black and grey kits so far.
    The goal for Marokko could be offside, but it is diffcult to say, whether the striker disturbed the goalkeeper.

  9. Yes, to my mind the goalkeeper had free view, but you are right, could have theoretically been offside.
    My general impression of the Czech team is splendid.

  10. A penalty for Honduras and also a red card to a Moroccan player now.
    Correct decisions?

  11. Yes, both correct! Violent conduct was the red card's reason following a provocation which should have entailed a yellow card, the penalty correct as well, doubts about passive or active offside, but seemed correct. Very good on the whole, Carlos' report will follow soon.

    1. Anonymous30/7/12 00:10

      Hello, plese do you know for what reason Kralovec showed red card for No.5 from Morocco??? As I saw clips No. 16 made a penalty foul and it was denying of obvious goal scoring opportunity a should be sent off. But no action for number 16 and 5 was sent off..

      Do you know why?
      Thank you

  12. Next predictions:

  13. Geiger now really with a red shirt, the colours of the Olympic rings are complete :)

  14. And also with a red card. Very stupid action by Spanish defender, oh my God.

  15. Very consistent referee performances so far! Kralovec very good, Jedidi expected level and Geiger obviously good, too!

    1. Yes, to be honest I wasn't convinced at all by the first yellow card, it was for a "normal" foul (and he missed it for a worst foul, before), anyway nothing bad, average performance until now, and of course right decision in the crucial case of sending off.
      Waiting for the second half, I'm watching the match online.

    2. Anonymous26/7/12 16:40

      Geiger's red card right, but he missed 1-2 yellow cards for some bad fouls. Let's see what will happen in the second half.

    3. Indeed, I think that he changed his style after the first given card

    4. The red card was not sooo clear to my mind, I do not know FIFA's instructions, but was the ball really under the striker's full control? I can accept this call, probably it is right, but not very very clear. I did not see the rest of Geiger's performance.

  16. Mr Geiger's performance leaves a lot to be desired.

    1. Too lenient here and there, no clear line anyway Japan deserved to win, they were able to waste every chance.

  17. For Niclas and Carlos, the match is available to download on rojadirecta, so no help needed from you, thanks!
    I'm going also to send a mail.
    I hope to watch again (and of course in a better way) the whole match and make the report within tomorrow.

    1. Ok very good. Did the stream work by the way?

    2. Excellently and also many versions available.
      Olynmpic games are aired all over the world and the web ;)

    3. Great, if you want one without commentary, eurovisionsports.tv/london2012

  18. Roldan with a early penalty in Gabon Switzerland

    (thanks Niclas)

  19. Anonymous26/7/12 18:58

    Roldan ordered the penalty to be retaken... but the Swiss player scored once again.
    The game isn't of the highest quality yet, nervous beginning, and Roldan too doesn't look too relaxed. But no major mistakes yet in first half. But why does Roldan whistle before almost every corner kick? Is that a new FIFA rule or does he simply like his whistle?

  20. http://s1.directupload.net/file/d/2963/xd42pt5v_jpg.htm


    I think that the red card is clear here, without the holding of the defender, the Japanese player could be able to run alone towards the keeper. No reasons to fall down alone.

  21. And the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xygl3iU99CA

    1. Thanks, correct red card when I see it again.

  22. Roldán forgott maybe one or two YC, but the rest was really excellent I think, the penalty, the red card for an stupid dive by swiss player, the offside detection of his AR2. Top performance by the Colombian Team I think, always close to the action. Really good performance, for me 8,7 as grade

  23. Oh, very poor O'Leary - missed penalty, missed many fouls and three yellow cards, one of two yellows was exeggerated. Hintz very good, Kumar weak. Too much inconsistency and extreme lack of alertness. O'Leary disappointed me.

  24. Jedidi with a normal expected level performance, no big deal for him and the rest of the team.
    Roldán with many good decisions, nonetheless, there were mistakes and things to improve. Report later.

  25. WOW you have the full list of FIFA observers for each match, Niclas.
    Excellent service for us...

    1. I have noticed just now that there is the official PDF on FIFA site :)
      I hope that they will upload it time by time.

    2. ;)
      first report is online, for Irmatov by our new observer Turan. Very good report and Ravshan with one crucial mistake.

  26. I reveal my marks so far, report of course to be written.

    Slim Jedidi 8,2
    Bechir Hassani 8,3
    Sherif Hassan 8,2
    Juan Soto 8,0

    Wilmar Roldán 8,7
    Humberto Clavijo 8,5
    Eduardo Díaz 8,6
    Raúl Orosco 8,2

  27. Interesting UEFA appts. Kruzliak with Liverpool, Zwayer to National Arena in Bucharest, Göcek with Inter. Mateu Lahoz with a tough test in CL.

  28. Jeszcze się IGRZYSKA na dobre nie rozpoczeły a już powczorajszym meczu Brazyli widoczny na zdjęciu WŁOCH-GIANLUCA ROCCHI pokazał nieudolne sędziowanie i jest kandydatem nr.1 do powrotu do domu. On z takim sędziowaniem może zapomnieć o wyjeździe za dwa lata na MŚ prędzej wyleci z hukiem z ELLITE on się w ogóle nie nadaje

  29. Congratulations to Chefren: You predicted the appointments for matchday 2 completely right. :)

    1. Thank but it wasn't so difficult. We already knew the names of the referees which had to be appointed, and with the confederations criteria there wasn't a big choice.


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