December 27, 2012

UEFA Under-21 EURO 2013 - Match Officials are ready

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European football governing body UEFA has released the six referees who will take charge of matches at next year's UEFA Under-21 EURO 2013 that will be held in Israel. Three officials currently belonging to UEFA's Elite Development (ED) Group of referees and three officials who are joining the First Group of referees each have been selected.

Ovidiu Alin Hategan of Romania (c) ZIMBIO

Referees:
Ivan Bebek - Croatia - 30/05/1977 - Elite Development Group (since Dec. 2012)
Serhiy Boiko - Ukraine - 30/06/1977 - First Group (since Dec. 2012)
Antony Gautier - France - 19/11/1977 - Elite Development Group (since Dec. 2012)
Pawel Gil - Poland - 28/06/1976 - First Group (since Dec. 2010)
Ovidiu Alin Hategan - Romania - 14/07/1980 - Elite Development Group (since Dec. 2012)
Matej Jug - Slovenia - 25/09/1980 - First Group (since June 2011)

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December 26, 2012

Our "Worldreferee 2012": Cüneyt Çakır

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Turkish official Cüneyt Çakır (1976) has been elected by this blog's community as this year's best international referee.

After Uzbekistan's Ravshan Irmatov had managed to get this small and inofficial "award", Çakır's semifinal appearance in UEFA Champions League (FC Barcelona - Chelsea), at EURO 2012 having been one of the best officials of the tournament and finally his FIFA Club World Cup final were reasons enough for the majority to vote for him. Colombia's Wilmar Roldán, who had taken charge of 2012 Copa Libertadores final and matches at FIFA Olympic Games, ended on the 2nd place, while UEFA Champions League and UEFA EURO 2012 final referee Pedro Proença of Portugal took the third place.

Our top 3: Çakır (TUR), Roldán (COL), Proença (POR)

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December 25, 2012

Match Officials for AFCON 2013

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According to various sources, Africa's football governing body CAF (Confederation of African Football) has nominated 39 match officials to take charge of the pending Africa Cup of Nations 2013 to be held in South Africa from the 19th January to the 10th February.

The officials are:

Referees (18)
Néant Alioum - Cameroon - 17/07/1982
Daniel Bennett - South Africa - 22/08/1976
Mohamed Benouza - Algeria - 26/09/1972
Bernard Camille - Seychelles - 06/10/1975
Koman Coulibaly - Mali - 04/07/1970
Badara Diatta - Senegal - 02/08/1969
Noumandiez Doue - Côte d'Ivoire - 29/09/1970
Bouchaib El Ahrach - Morocco - 05/09/1972
Bakary Papa Gassama - Gambia - 10/02/1979
Ghead Grisha - Egypt - 29/02/1976
Djamel Haimoudi - Algeria - 10/12/1970
Nampiandraza Hamada - Madagascar - 08/07/1984
Slim Jedidi - Tunisia - 17/04/1970
Sylvester Kirwa - Kenya - 13/12/1972
Ali Lemghaifry - Mauritania - 01/01/1975
Eric Otogo-Castane - Gabon - 13/04/1976
Rajindraparsad Seechurn - Mauritius - 03/06/1970
Janny Sikazwe - Zambia - 26/05/1979

Assistant Referees (21)
Redouane Achik - Morocco - 21/04/1972
Waleed Ahmed Ali - Sudan - 1974
Jean-Claude Birumushahu - Burundi - 13/02/1972
Djibril Camara - Senegal - 20/08/1983
Balla Diarra - Mali - 1974
Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos - Angola - 1983
Peter Edibe - Nigeria - 05/01/1970
Abdelhak Etchiali - Algeria - 27/06/1981
Bechir Hassani - Tunisia - 22/09/1969
Anouar Hmila - Tunisia - 1974
Felicien Kabanda - Rwanda - 19/07/1971
Arsénio Marengula - Mozambique - 1986
Aden Marwa Range - Kenya - 31/01/1977
Evarist Menkouandé - Cameroon - 14/11/1974
Yanoussa Moussa - Cameroon - 13/03/1973
Angessom Ogbamariam - Eritrea - 13/09/1971
Malik Alido Salifu - Ghana - 05/04/1973
El Hadji Malick Samba - Senegal - 1979
Zakhele Thusi Siwela - South Africa - 02/09/1982
Théophile Vinga - Gabon - 1975
Songuifolo Yeo - Côte d'Ivoire - 01/01/1970

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December 22, 2012

Djamel Haimoudi honoured as Africa's best referee in 2012

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Following an official announcement heralded by Africa's football governing body CAF, Algerian official Djamel Haimoudi has been invested with their "Referee of the Year" award winning out over Senegal's Badara Diatta and Slim Jedidi of Tunisia, who had also been in the run.

Haimoudi was honoured in Accra, Ghana, following in the footsteps of Noumandiez Doué of Côte d'Ivoire, to whom the reward had been awarded in 2011.
Having been given the FIFA badge in 2004, Haimoudi already attended a couple of meaningful competitions including 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea and 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan this month. 
As a consequence, the Oran-based official is furthermore one of 52 referees being on the prospective list for 2014 FIFA World Cup that will be held in Brazil. In addition, he will very probably join next January's Africa Cup of Nations to be played in five of South Africa's 2010 deployed World Cup stadiums.
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December 19, 2012

UEFA updates referee categories for 2nd half of 2012/13

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Italian Nicola Rizzoli is one of 22 UEFA Elite Group officials whose status facilitates appointments in the highest and most relevant UEFA competitions, such as a European Championship or the K.O. round of UEFA Champions League.

Nicola Rizzoli (c) SoyÁrbitro

Men's List

Elite Group:
 
Martin Atkinson (ENG), Olegário Benquerenca (POR), Felix Brych (GER), Cüneyt Cakir (TUR), Mark Clattenburg (ENG), William Collum (SCO), Jonas Eriksson (SWE), Viktor Kassai (HUN), Pavel Královec (CZE)*, Björn Kuipers (NED), Stéphane Lannoy (FRA), Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR), Pedro Proenca (POR), Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Damir Skomina (SVN), Wolfgang Stark (GER), Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), Craig Thomson (SCO), Alberto Undiano (ESP), Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP), Howard Webb (ENG)

Elite Development Group:

Firat Aydinus (TUR), Deniz Aytekin (GER)*, Ivan Bebek (CRO)*, David Fernández Borbalán (ESP), Antony Gautier (FRA)*, Manuel Gräfe (GER), Tom Harald Hagen (NOR), Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)*, Milorad Mazic (SRB), Bas Nijhuis (NED), Daniele Orsato (ITA), Peter Rasmussen (DEN), Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD), Marijo Strahonja (CRO), István Vad (HUN)

First Group:

Pavel Balaj (ROU), Luca Banti (ITA), Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS), Kevin Blom (NED), Serhiy Boiko (UKR)*, Marcin Borski (POL)**, Tony Chapron (FRA)**, Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP), Mark Courtney (NIR), Antonio Damato (ITA), Mike Dean (ENG), Simon Evans (WAL), Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Pawel Gil (POL), Hüseyin Göcek (TUR), Duarte Gomes (POR), Serge Gumienny (BEL), Martin Hansson (SWE), Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL), Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Matej Jug (SVN), Hannes Kaasik (EST), Anastassios Kakos (GRE), Sergei Karasev (RUS), Alan Kelly (IRL), Sascha Kever (SUI), Michael Koukoulakis (GRE), Libor Kovarik (CZE), Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)*, Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR), Liran Liany (ISR)*, Robert Madden (SCO), Danny Makkelie (NED)*, Szymon Marciniak (POL)*, Andre Marriner (ENG), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP), Gediminas Mazeika (LTU), Florian Meyer (GER)***, Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS), Michael Oliver (ENG)*, Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT), Manuel De Sousa (POR), Daniel Stalhammar (SWE), Stephan Studer (SUI), Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP), Stanislav Todorov (BUL), Leontios Trattou (CYP), Alexandru Tudor (ROU), Clément Turpin (FRA)*, Pol van Boekel (NED), Alon Yefet (ISR), Bülent Yildirim (TUR), Felix Zwayer (GER)*

Second Group:

Emir Aleckovic (BIH), Sandor Andó-Szabó (HUN), Ievgenii Aranovski (UKR), Tony Asumaa (FIN)**, Ionut Marius Avram (ROU), Alain Bieri (SUI)*, Tamás Bognar (HUN), Marco Borg (MLT), Ruddy Buquet (FRA), Kevin Clancy (SCO)*, Andrea de Marco (ITA), Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP), Sébastien Delferiere (BEL), Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)*, Christian Dingert (GER), Neil Doyle (IRL), Oliver Drachta (AUT), Laurent Duhamel (FRA)**, Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU), René Eisner (AUT), Said Ennjimi (FRA)**, Aleksei Eskov (RUS), Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP), Mihaly Fabian (HUN), Marco Fritz (GER), Mattias Gestranius (FIN), Vlado Glodjovic (SRB), Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)*, Eli Hacmon (ISR), Kenn Hansen (DEN), Arnold Hunter (NIR)*, Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Aleksandar Kostadinov (BUL), István Kovacs (ROU), Artyom Kuchin (KAZ), Maksim Layushkin (RUS)**, Harald Lechner (AUT), Michael Lerjeus (SWE), Richard Liesveld (NED), Robert Malek (POL)**, Menashe Masiah (ISR)**, Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA), Steven McLean (SCO), Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)*, Antti Munukka (FIN), Euan Norris (SCO)**, Halis Özkahya (TUR), Marios Panayi (CYP), Lee Probert (ENG)**, Pavle Radovanovic (MNE), Nicolas Rainville (FRA), Artur Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR), Anar Salmanov (AZE), Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)*, Anastassios Sidiripoulos (GRE), Hubert Siejewicz (POL), Ilias Spathas (GRE), Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)*, Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Padraigh Sutton (IRL)*, Anthony Taylor (ENG), Kristo Tohver (EST), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)*, Richard Trutz (SVK), Jan Valasek (SVK), Paolo Valeri (ITA), Ognjen Valjic (BIH)*, Slavko Vincic (SVN), Ante Vucemilovic-simunovic jr (CRO), Tobias Welz (GER), Carlos Xistra (POR), Nikolay Yordanov (BUL), Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

Third Group:

Anatoliy Abdula (UKR), Aliyar Aghayev (AZE), Alexandr Aliyev (KAZ), Sascha Amhof (SUI), Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP), Dennis Antamo (FIN), Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA), Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL), Andranik Arsenyan (ARM), Kevin Azzopardi (MLT), Suren Baliyan (ARM),  Damir Batinic (CRO), John Beaton (SCO), Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)**, Sven Bindels (LUX), Alexandre Boucaut (BEL), Johnny Casanova (SMR), Lars Christoffersen (DEN)**, Sebastian Coltescu (ROU), Raymond Crangle (NIR), Nikola Dabanovic (MNE), Sergiu Derenov (MDA), Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP), Vadims Direktorenko (LVA), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR), Jérome Efong Nzolo (BEL)**, Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Hugo Ferreira Miguel (POR), Aleksander Gauzer (KAZ), Athanassios Giachos (GRE), Orel Grinfeld (ISR), Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT), Danilo Grujic (SRB), Leonardo Guidi (SMR), Tornike Gvantseladze (GEO), Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR), Markus Hameter (AUT), Nikolaj Hänni (SUI), Tore Hansen (NOR), Alexander Harkam (AUT), Rahim Hasanov (AZE), Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL), Adrien Jacottet (SUI), Dejan Jakimovski (MKD), Jari Järvinen (FIN), Lorenc Jemini (ALB)**, Michael Johansen (DEN), Gunnar Jónsson (ISL), Enea Jorgji (ALB), Bosko Jovanetic (SRB)**, Georgi Kabakov (BUL), Mete Kalkavan (TUR), Jovan Kaludjerovic (MNE), Vladimir Kazmenko (RUS), Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)**, Stephan Klossner (SUI), Laurent Kopriwa (LUX), Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR), Peter Kralovic (SVK), Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Jonathan Lardot (BEL), Bryn David Markham-Jones (WAL), Radek Matejek (CZE), Yuriy Mozharovskyy (UKR), César Muniz Fernández (ESP)**, Dumitru Muntean (MDA), Ádám Németh (HUN), Christos Nicolaides (CYP), Andreas Pappas (GRE), Bardhyl Pashaj (ALB), Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU), Elmir Pilav (BIH), Clayton Pisani (MLT), Nikola Popov (BUL), Radek Prihoda (CZE)**, Igor Pristovnik (CRO), Pawel Raczkowski (POL), Petur Reinert (FAR), Chris Reisch (LUX), Robert Rogers (IRL), Eiko Saar (EST), Alan Sant (MLT), Joao Santos Capela (POR), Marco Santos Ferreira (POR), Igor Satchi (MDA), Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR), Lasha Silagava (GEO), Baris Simsek (TUR), Sergejus Slyva (LTU), Wim Smet (BEL), Mervyn Smyth (NIR), Daniel Stefanski (POL), Andris Treimanis (LVA), Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR), Michael Tykgaard (DEN), George Vadachkoria (GEO), Mikhail Vilkov (RUS), Ignasi Villamayor (AND), Anatoliy Vishnichenko (UKR), Vladimir Vnuk (SVK), Domagoj Vuckov (CRO), Milenko Vukadinovic (SRB), Mark Whitby (WAL)**, Luc Wouters (BEL), Mitja Zganec (SVN), Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)

* promoted (1 category up)
** demoted (1 category down)
*** demoted from ELITE to FIRST
written in bold letters: New FIFA Referees (2013)  


Women's List

Elite Group:

Jana Adamkova (CZE), Teodora Albon (ROU), Christine Baitinger (GER), Cristina Dorcioman (ROU), Gyöngyi Gaál (HUN), Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN), Alexandra Ihringova (ENG), Katalin Kulcsar (HUN), Efthalia Mitsi (GRE), Kateryna Monzul (UKR), Jenny Palmqvist (SWE), Christina Pedersen (NOR), Silvia Tea Spinelli (ITA), Esther Staubli (SUI), Bibiana Steinhaus (GER), Carina Vitulano (ITA)

Elite Development Group:

Esther Azzopardi (MLT), Riem Hussein (GER), Pernilla Larsson (SWE), Morag Pirie (SCO), Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)

First Group:

Linn Andersson (SWE), Sandra Braz Bastos (POR), Petra Chuda (SVK), Rhona Daly (IRL), Amy Fearn (ENG), Stéphanie Frappart (FRA), Dilan Gökcek (TUR), Knarik Grigoryan (ARM), Tanja Hausott (former Schett, AUT), Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP), Elia Maria Martínez Martínez (ESP), Yuliya Medvedeva (KAZ), Monika Mularczyk (POL), Paloma Quintero Siles (ESP), Karolina Radzik-Johan (POL), Severine Zinck (FRA)

Second Group:

Lilach Asulin (ISR), Sabine Bonnin (FRA), Marija Damjanovic (CRO), Sjoukje De Jong (NED), Simona Ghisletta (SUI), Florence Guillemin (FRA), Mihaela Gurdon Basimanovic (CRO), Zuzana Kovacova (SVK), Eleni Lampadariou (GRE), Lina Lehtovaara (FIN), Marina Mamaeva (RUS), Leen Martens (BEL), Betina Norman (DEN), Sara Persson (SWE), Aneliya Sinabova (BUL), Sharon Sluyts (BEL), Marte Sørø (NOR), Hilal Tosun Ayer (TUR), Eszter Urban (HUN), Olga Zadinova (CZE)

Third Group:

Barbara Bollenberger (AUT), Konstantina Boumpouri (GRE), Paula Brady (IRL), Vesna Budimir (CRO), Cristina Bujor (ROU), Svetlana Ceban (MDA), Virginie Derouaux (BEL), Tania Fernandes Morais (LUX), Marta Frías Acedo (ESP), Sarah Garratt (ENG), Irina Gavrilova (KAZ), Beatriz Gil Gozalo (ESP), Désirée Grundbacher (SUI), Sabayel Gurbanova (AZE), Kristina Husballe (DEN), Vjolca Izeiri (MKD), Ana Jovanovic (SRB), Evgenia Kaskantiri (GRE), Dilek Kocbay (TUR), Marija Kurtes (GER), Gordana Kuzmanovic (SRB), Monica Larsen (NOR), Biljana Lukic (SRB), Dimitrina Milkova (BUL), Elvira Nurmustafina (KAZ), Hannelore Onsea (BEL), Melis Ozcigdem (TUR), Vivian Peeters (NED), Ruzanna Petrosyan (ARM), Iryna Petrova (UKR), Graziella Pirriatore (ITA), Agnieszka Plaskocinska (POL), Ivana Projkovska (MKD), Silvia Andreia Rosa Domingos (POR), Nelli Stepanyan (ARM), Zuzana Strpkova (SVK), Tanja Subotic (SVN), Marianne Svendsen (DEN), Irina Tereshchenko (RUS), Irina Turovskaya (BLR), Ivana Vlaic (BIH), Justyna Zajac (POL), Donka Zheleca-Terzieva (BUL), Kateryna Tora (UKR)


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December 18, 2012

Pavel Královec promoted to Elite

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While Germany's Florian Meyer has to leave the highest group of UEFA refereeing, Czech Pavel Královec has been promoted to Elite Group.

German Deniz Aytekin, Croatia's Ivan Bebek, French official Antony Gautier and finally Romania's Ovidiu Hategan have been promoted to ED. These promotions are the first movements within UEFA's referee category system so far, others will probably follow.

Tony Chapron of France and Polish official Marcin Borski have been demoted from ED to First Group.


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December 17, 2012

Gözübüyük and his way to teach coaches respect

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Respecting the referee and his decisions means more than the officials' mere badge they e.g. wear on their upper arms in UEFA matches...doesn't it?
Obviously, FIFA referee Serdar Gözübüyük of the Netherlands has found his own method to exhort crazed coaches respect.


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December 14, 2012

Cüneyt Çakır in charge of FIFA Club World Cup final

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Turkish match official Cüneyt Çakır has been appointed to take control over Sunday's FIFA Club World Cup final between Brazil's Corinthians and England's Chelsea London. Having been already in charge of the quarterfinal between Ulsan Hyundai and Monterrey, the professional referee based in Istanbul will be accompanied by his countrymen Bahattin Duran and Tarik Ongun, while Alireza Faghani and Hassan Kamranifar of Iran will complete the officiating crew.

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) in charge of Yokohama's final (c) ZIMBIO

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December 11, 2012

FIFA Club World Cup 2012 - Match for the 5th place and Semifinals - Referee Appointments

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Nawaf Shukrallah of Bahrain in action (c) FLICKR

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December 8, 2012

FIFA Club World Cup 2012 - Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments

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Carlos Vera of Ecuador (c) noticiasfides

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December 7, 2012

Predicting the unpredictable

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Retrospecting this season's Champions League and Europa League group stages, there might be some predictions with regard to the pending update of UEFA's Referee Groups that is expected to be made a few days before Christmas.

Expecting to see him in Elite soon: Pavel Královec (c) ZIMBIO

Promotions and demotions naturally depend on various and different factors, such as performances, crucial mistakes, prospect (also hinging on age), but also the political background of the referees who are concerned etc.
I therefore tried to take everything into account I am able to, specially the quality and importance of the matches the officials were assigned to and the observers who had been appointed to assess them.

Promotions are highlighted with green, demotions with red colour.

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December 6, 2012

Crucial decisions at Champions League Matchday 6

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Analysis of crucial situations in this week's UEFA Champions League matches based on video material - if available..

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December 5, 2012

FIFA Club World Cup 2012 - Match 1

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Djamel Haimoudi (ALG) (c) Maracanafoot

(JPN) Sanfrecce Hiroshima
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Auckland City (NZL)
Thursday, 06 December 2012, 19:45 JST 
International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama (Japan)

Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Fourth Official: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Hassan Kamranifar (IRN)
Blog-Referee Observer: Çagatay I. (TUR)

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December 4, 2012

Dutch linesman bludgeoned to death

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A Dutch man has died after being kicked and punched by a group of teenage football players for whom he acted as linesman in a Sunday league match. Richard Nieuwenhuizen, 41, collapsed and was taken to hospital hours after he was beaten by three players from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten. He died on Monday.

He had been officiating for Buitenboys club, in the town of Almere, and one of his own sons had been playing. Three teenagers, aged between 15 and 16, have reportedly been arrested.
Buitenboys club chairman Marcel Oost said Mr Nieuwenhuizen, 41, officiated as linesman for the team every week. "He enjoyed doing it. He was a real football man; he was always here," he told national broadcaster NOS. 
News of his death sparked shock in sporting circles around the Netherlands. The Dutch minister for sports, Edith Schippers, said: "It is absolutely terrible that something like this can happen on a Dutch sports field". Anton Binnenmars, of the Royal Netherlands Football Association, described it as "too crazy for words that somebody involved in a sporting hobby becomes a victim of this kind of aggression".
Nieuw Sloten said it was "deeply shocked" by what had happened, and intended to ban for life the players found to be responsible, had pulled their team from the league and temporarily suspended all its operations as a club. "Violence should not be on the football fields," it said.

source: BBC
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December 1, 2012

Nishimura and Rasulov honoured as Asia's best

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(c) ZIMBIO
Top Japanese official Yuichi Nishimura has ended Ravshan Irmatov's dominance of the AFC Referee of the Year award after claiming the individual accolade ahead of the four-time winner from Uzbekistan and Iran's Alireza Faghani.
Nishimura's quality shone through when he was entrusted with the potentially explosive second-leg of the 2012 AFC Champions League semi-final between arch-Jeddah rivals Al Ahli and Al Ittihad in what was his third appointment in this year's edition of Asia's premier club competition. In another highlight of 2012 Nishimura was also involved in the Olympic Games, with the 40-year-old officiating the group stage fixtures between Brazil and Belarus and hosts Great Britain and Uruguay, while the two-time J.League Referee of the Year also took charge of two matches in the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as a Round 3 qualifier for the London Games. 
"Personally I am emotional and thank AFC for recognizing the hard work we put on in the field. Refereeing is one of the toughest jobs but I love it and fully committed to it," said Nishimura after receiving the AFC Referee of the Year award from Dato' Worawi Makudi, Chairman of the AFC Referees Committee (photo).
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