January 27, 2013

Eric Otogo-Castane rewarded with Côte d'Ivoire - Algeria clash

Gabonese match official Eric Otogo-Castane has been appointed to take charge of the Group D encounter between Côte d'Ivoire and Algeria. The match will be kicked off on 30 January 2013, 18:00 CET.

Eric Otogo (Gabon) (c) stamford


Match 17, Group A, Durban (Moses Mabhida Stadium)
27 January 2013, 19:00
South Africa - Morocco
Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia)
Assistant Referee 1: Songuifolo Yeo (Côte d'Ivoire)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Fourth Official: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)

Match 18, Group A, Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay)
27 January 2013, 19:00
Cape Verde - Angola
Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia)
Assistant Referee 1: Bechir Hassani (Tunisia)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Edibe (Nigeria)
Fourth Official: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)

Match 19, Group B, Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay)
28 January 2013, 20:00
Ghana - Niger
Referee: Badara Diatta (Senegal)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (Senegal)
Assistant Referee 2: Arsénio Marengula (Mozambique)
Fourth Official: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (Mauritius)

Match 20, Group B, Durban (Moses Mabhida Stadium)
28 January 2013, 19:00
DR Congo - Mali
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (Morocco)
Assistant Referee 2: Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos (Angola)
Fourth Official: Sylvester Kirwa (Kenya)

Match 21, Group C, Mbombela (Mbombela Stadium)
29 January 2013, 19:00
Zambia - Burkina Faso
Referee: Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Assistant Referee 2: Yanoussa Moussa (Cameroon)
Fourth Official: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)

Match 22, Group C, Rustenburg (Royal Bafokeng Stadium)
29 January 2013, 19:00
Ethiopia - Nigeria
Referee: Bouchaib El Ahrach (Morocco)
Assistant Referee 1: Felicien Kabanda (Rwanda)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (Tunisia)
Fourth Official: Noumandiez Doue (Côte d'Ivoire)

Match 23, Group D, Rustenburg (Royal Bafokeng Stadium)
30 January 2013, 19:00
Côte d'Ivoire - Algeria
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (Eritrea)
Assistant Referee 2: Malik Alidu Salifu (Ghana)
Fourth Official: Ghead Grisha (Egypt)

Match 24, Group D, Mbombela (Mbombela Stadium)
30 January 2013, 19:00
Togo - Tunisia
Referee: Daniel Bennett (South Africa)
Assistant Referee 1: Aden Marwa Range (Kenya)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Thusi Siwela (South Africa)
Fourth Official: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)

116 Comments:

  1. A question in my mind, now.
    Four appointmens of group stage are still missing, but what about Lemghaifry and Kirwa?
    Is it possible that they are only stand-by?
    Otherwise, it's strange that they have not been appointed in a match until now.

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  2. I could imagine that after Algeria are more or less definitely out, Kirwa could get Togo - Tunisia and Lemghaifry Côte d'Ivoire - Algeria. Of course it would be too much on paper, but if the group is decided..
    I am quite sure Lemghaifry will get a match, Kirwa is a questionmark, as he appears in Group B as 4th. It's a surprise that Gassama gets such an important match after his first one. His mark by the way is 7.8 according to Edward's report, which will be uploaded today. I will write about Nampiandraza, who either gets 7.3 or 7.8. One of both.

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  3. Hello Niclas! Did you kmow appointments for friendly match in 2 and 6 february? Thank uou!

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    1. Maybe not top-clashes and I'm not Niclas by the way, but:

      Armenia - Luxembourg (05.02.2013, Valence, FRA)
      NICOLAS RAINVILLE, Guillaume Debart, Frederic Haquette, Stephan Luzi [FRA]

      Greece - Switzerland (06.02.2013)
      ALBERTO UNDIANO MALLENCO, Roberto Diaz Perez del Palomar, Raul Cabanero Martinez [ESP]

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    2. Anonymous28/1/13 07:29

      06/02/13 - 19.45
      AMICAL INTERNATIONAL RÉP. D'IRLANDE - POLOGNE

      REF:DELFERIÈRE SEBASTIEN (Belgium)
      AR1:DE NEVE YVES
      AR2:CROTTEUX GREGORY

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  4. No, unfortunately not. Regards!

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    1. Proença for England-Brazil (06/02)

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  5. Still no Kirwa and Lemghaifry.
    What do you think?

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    1. A pity. It's near impossible to think that they will be appointed for KO-stage... A pity, because I think it's very good pair of referees, specially Lemghaifry.

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    2. On the other hand, it's a good decision to reduce the number of active officials to 16. Whether it is clever to give Lemghaifry and Kirwa no match is another question.

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    3. I must agree. 18 is definitely too high number. But another question, why did AFCON appoint those both referees if they never want to use them? Or maybe they failed fitness tests? Probably we'll not get the answer :)

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  6. Yes right. It could be that they failed it, but then they should have been sent home. David Laryea replaced Etchiali and also got only one match. Instead, one could have given Vinga or Ahmed Ali two matches.

    Gassama with a good performance today and a very surprising and tense situation in both matches in Group A.

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    1. Incredible win and then qualification for Cape Verde... unbelievable!

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    2. Is this match available somewhere to download?

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  7. Hi ofical info COCACAF: FINAL COPACENTROAMERICA - REFEREE JOEL AGUILAR(EL.SALWADOR).
    Metches 3 place SANDY VASQUEZ(REPUBLICA.DOMINICANA)

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  8. There is something wrong in the appointments, the referee of Ghana - Niger is not Diatta, I'm watching via streaming.

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    1. Sorry, probably my mistake but I'm not still 100% sure. At first, he looked a bit different.

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    2. Just focussing on the running method, it is Diatta.

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  9. it is permitted ?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9jGrB_XbcQ&feature=share

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    1. No, as well as you can't use the head to execute a penalty kick.

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    2. Chefren, I would really appreciate if you could explain why not? Thanks a lot.

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    3. The rules of the game ;)
      The ball HAS TO BE KICKED using the foot.

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    4. Silly me... Thanks a lot.

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  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poxdm3RD_ns&feature=player_embedded

    Brave decision by Kinhoefer. I can justify the straight red card, but surely not all the referees would show it. The gesture of the player is enough.

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    1. Must be assistant who said him about player's behaviour. He either didn't see it or for sure didn't see it well to take such action. No doubts, 100% correct red card. But I have my doubts about this yellow, seems harsh. Or maybe that player was fouling too much in this period of time... Kinhofer is always harsh :) However, as I said, 100% correct red card, even Kassai must give it when is able to see it.

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    2. Although it looks different in the video, it was a 2nd yellow and not a straight red. I think, it was a good decision, because Arnautovic stops himself, so a straight red would be too much for me. In media, even the yellow was seen as exaggerated...
      And yes, the first yellow was quite harsh.

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    3. Kinhöfer was really good in this match, but he wrongly allowed the 2-1 goal (was handball) and 3-1 was debatable, potential offside not signaled by Scheppe. But all personal punishments were all right for my taste.

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    4. I would support Philipp's opinion on this one.

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  11. See this goal (PSG-Lille, assistant2 Philippe Jeanne)

    http://www.meczyki.pl/skroty/22610/psg_lille_10.html

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    1. Crucial mistake, and then Lille scored an own goal.
      Very lucky PSG.

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    2. Of course unlucky, very very difficult to see, but in theory, his interpretation was very good.

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    3. I would agree with both of you it was a mistake, but I disagree the interpretation was good (if you meant the attacker affected the oppponent/goalkeeper?)

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  12. Another ultra-ridiculous decision taken by The FA...

    http://dail.me.uk/onewebstatic/17f4e0569c-Whelan%20on%20Garcia%20II001.jpg

    Clear red card and, what is even worse, Webb has clear view and gives nothing... No action by FA, neither suspension to player nor Webb. Even more, Webb is appointed for Newcastle - Chelsea on Saturday...

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    1. OK. It is clear that FA doesn't want to follow UEFA in protecting the players and the game. Seeing things like this makes me wonder how can Webb still considered an Elite Referee!!!!

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    2. FA drastically changed their policy. In last seasons there were big punishments for two-foot tackles and other non-football incidents. From this season it's totally other way around. Clear red cards issued by Taylor rescinded, very harsh red card issued by Dean rescinded (i agree with the FA here but it's still a dangerous precedent...), now the most ridiculous action from all taken by The FA...

      The best comment found in web: "Well it would doubtless have been rescinded anyway so why bother?" made my day and clearly showed what are current trends in The FA. The FA who make decisions adequately to which ref they like or not. Taylor was so heavily punished for 100% correct calls, Webb is untouchable... and it's very sad, such differences between refs made by Tha FA/PGMOL. Totally disagree with such approach.

      On the other hand, I think The FA is a bit tied here. Webb had clear view and he GAVE a free kick, so he saw it well. My question: what did he see giving only free kick??? Why no punishment to him? I'm speechless.

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    3. I would like to have moving pictures, because this screenshot more or less says nothing. Was the ball touched? With what intensity did the player approach? Etc etc. But yes, I never understood why Chris Foy's red card against Kompany was ruled as correct by the FA and Dean's sending-off against the same Kompany for the same kind of foul was suddenly wrong. There is something going wrong, at least if you wear UEFA glasses (or German glasses in my case).

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    4. http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ibcFRKR9immpuk.gif

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    5. Oh shit. That is a red card and a minimum punishment/suspension of 4 matches, perhaps more. I agree with you, they must be crazy.

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    6. I'm glad that someone has the same view as me. But I would be extremely stunned if someone had a different view o.O

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    7. I think that FA has two chances:
      1) changing always referees decisions in a logical and reasonable manner
      2) leaving everything unchanged

      This middle way, that is to change decisions senselessly, is 100% stupid

      I agree with you

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    8. Yes. But sorry, when you see such fouls, the strong punishment seems to be something sure...

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  13. About the matches played yesteday.

    DR Congo - Mali: the foul that caused a penalty is from behind, replays aren't 100% clear (not the best view), but I think correct decision by Haimoudi.

    Nger - Ghana: excellent no flags by both assistants in several situations, but there is a doubt. When the score was still 1-0 for Ghana, Diatta disallowed a goal by Niger for a foul on the keeper. I watched it via streaming and I'm not 100% sure about this decision. Should download the whole match and watch it again.


    As said, I haven't watched the whole matches, are there other important situations?

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    1. Now watched again, minute 08:52 in first half.
      Situation on a corner kick.
      My opinion is that the keeper misses the ball after a clear contact with a teammate. There is also the opponent jumping, but the touch is minimal and it happens later. We could describe it as soft call, but we are not so far away from a crucial mistake. Sometimes, referees are accustomed to overprotect the keepers. For me, regular goal.


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  14. Coppa Italia - Semifinal 1, second leg:

    LAZIO-JUVENTUS
    29/01/13 h 20:45
    BANTI
    MARZALONI – CARIOLATO
    IV: GIANNOCCARO

    _____________________

    Under 21 friendly
    06/02/13 h 18:30
    Italy - Germany
    Ruddy Buquet
    Guillaume Debart - Cyril Gringore

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  15. GUINEA - SENEGAL
    05 February 2013, 20.00
    Stade Municipal
    Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France

    Main Referee: Fredy FAUTREL [FRA]
    Assistant Referee #1: Emmanuel BOISDENGHIEN [FRA]
    Assistant Referee #2: David BENECH [FRA]

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  16. Cüneyt Çakır will be a main referee of Netherlands - Italy clash in Amsterdam, 06/02/2013.

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  17. Excellent appointment, at least if the name of the match holds what it promises, which was not the case in NED-GER e.g.


    Concerning Diatta, I did not see this situation, but it was one of the things I noticed throughout nearly every match: African referees are stricter in penalizing fouls/contacts committed against goalkeepers. Nampiandraza e.g. whistled a lot of fouls even though the goalkeeper had already left his 5m-box and was then very slightly touched.

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  18. Carlos Clos Gómez referees el clásico tomorrow.

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    1. Yes, full appointments for top European competitions are here:

      http://www.sedziapilkarski.pl/category/obsada-sedziowska

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  19. Alioum so far with a good performance. Correctly given yellow card for a dive in the box, and now he could have given a 2nd yellow. But not mandatory.

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  20. Crazy situation, that the yellow cards are currently deciding the group. I wonder, whether the referees know that.

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  21. Yes :D Excellent performance by El Ahrach - according to a German live-ticker. I will download ETH-NGA, since this performance could be his ticket into the semis.

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  22. By the way, the card average at AFCON is significantly higher than at EURO 2012.

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  23. El Ahrach, I can say something based on the highlights:

    1) first penalty 100% correct, stupid foul by defender. Correct YC.
    2) second penalty also correct, the keeper got the second card, I don't know why he was already booked. Nice scene after this situation, an Ethiopia player had to act as keeper (no substitutions available) but they were in trouble because it was needed to cover the number behind the shirt. Here in Italy, when this situation happens, the player is accustomed to wear the shirt of the keeper reversed.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6TZeVm0kLo



    Finallt, two words about Banti in Lazio-Juventus (coppa Italia semifinal): very poor performance! Missed two clear penalties in first half. Two crucial mistakes which affected the match.
    Mark should be something between 7,3 and 7,4.


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    1. So both matches of this Coppa Italia semi-final were negatively influenced by referees...

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    2. Yes, but Juventus is out ;)
      and this is the only important thing...
      regards

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  24. OFF Topic.

    Three Greek referees have passed the UEFA test in Rome (yo-yo test). Michael Koukoulakis, Andreas Pappas and Efthalia Mitsi.

    Koukoulakis was ill for several days but managed to pass the test and now he will almost certainly be appointed to EL 32. A great achievement for him.

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    1. I still think that UEFA a bit underrate him.

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    2. @edwardWhat do you mean he was ill?He didnt have matches for Greek league?
      @Relaxed Men what do you mean by that?Can you explain that?

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    3. I meant that UEFA is very restrained with appointing him. Koukoulakis deserves better matches, CL matches and at least Elite Development Category to my mind.

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    4. @Andreas

      Koukoulakis hasn't had a League match since last November. The first month was due to his performance but after that he was ill and couldn't train. So he didn't had any match (League, Cup) the whole January.

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    5. I only saw Koukoulakis three times in full length, Steaua-Schalke, Azerbaijan-Germany and a match in Anji (against AZ I think..). It was ok, but never very good. An average or regular 1st Group referee according to what I saw, and he is not the youngest anymore, so I guess pushing him to ED would make no sense.

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    6. But earlier it had a sense.

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    7. I ve met him here in Italy.We studied together and thats why i follow him.To my mind he is a very good and solid referee.
      @Admin he is 37 years old.You think he is old?I would disagree with you.
      @edward thank for the info
      @Relaxed Men i agree with you he deserves something more in his career and i still believe he could get it!

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    8. Oh yes, he is born in 1975, I thought he was born in 1973.
      Personally I think that 37/38 should be the borderline to get into ED to have perspectives for the future, to be able to achieve the ELITE status and important tournaments. So yes, last season there was an opportunity.
      I did not see his Sporting-Videoton performance, where he issued a lot of cards.

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  25. SPAIN - URUGUAY
    06 February 2013, 21.00 local time, 19.00 CET
    Khalifa International Stadium
    Doha, Qatar

    Main Referee: Fahad Jaber AL-MARRI [QAT]
    Assistant Referee #1: Salam Rashid AL-NUAIMI [QAT]
    Assistant Referee #2: Talib Salam AL-MARRI [QAT]
    4th Official: Abdulrahman AL-JASSIM [QAT]

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  26. SWEDEN - ARGENTINA
    06 February 2013, 20.30
    Friends Arena
    Solna, Sweden

    Main Referee: Antony GAUTIER [FRA]
    Assistant Referee #1: Frédéric CANO [FRA]
    Assistant Referee #2: Michaël ANNONIER [FRA]

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  27. 6.2.: England-Brazil: Pedro Proenca

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  28. USA - CANADA
    29 January 2013, 20.00
    BBVA Compass Stadium
    Houston, Texas, USA

    Main Referee: Raúl Edgardo CASTRO ZÚÑIGA [HON]
    Assistant Referee #1: Christian Jesús RAMÍREZ SOTO [HON]
    Assistant Referee #2: Melvyn Jeovany CRUZ HERNÁNDEZ [HON]
    4th Official: Jair Antonio MARRUFO [USA]

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  29. Hi ofical info PZPN: UEFA nomined POLISH REFEREE PAWEŁ GIL 1\16 MD in EUROPA - LEAGUGE. Konkret termin metches UEFA inrmotion, i don't know

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  30. Correct penalty given by Otogo. Holding in the box.

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    1. Same counts for Bennett.

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    2. Otogo seems to be the surprise of this tournament.
      Very good.

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  31. UEFA nomited two POLISH REFEREE in final turnier kualificat MME-JUNIOREN U-17 &-U19
    PAWEŁ RACZKOWSKI(30year WARSAW)REFEREE in final turnier kualificat in MME-U-17
    DANIEL STEFAŃSKI(36year bydgoszcz) REFEREE in final turnir kualificat in MME-U-19

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  32. Penalty given by Bennett to Tunisia, correct. Stupid foul by defender on a corner kick, he let the opponent fall down, very blatant holding with the ball stll away.
    A few minutes before, wrong offside call by Range against Tunisia.

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  33. Grisha sent home, see new post.

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  34. Bennett missed a very clear penalty to Tunisia.

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  35. Range again with a mistake, poor performance.

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  36. And Otogo with another correct penalty!

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  37. Difficult match for Bennett, correct in this situation, no penalty, only free-kick. But onto Range, I also want to protect the assistants today, they have no rows on the pitch like most of the European pitches do have.

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  38. Correct decision by Bennett to allow a free kick close to penalty area and YC to Togo defender. No penalty, well seen.

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  39. Let me say that I like this NO penalty decision made by Bennett as Adebayor looked for the contact with the goalkeeper, but that was another crucial mistake. It's one of the penalties you have to give but don't want to give..

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    1. 100% agree but infortunately for Bennett, keeper didn't touch the ball and it was a clear penalty.

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    2. Adebayor was additionally pulled/held by the defender, so...Bennett should have seen that, he was very well positioned.

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    3. Oh no.....Bennett is deciding group D. For my taste a wrong penalty to Tunisia. The players' paths crossed, that was all.

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    4. After this match, I think that CAF committee will have to take very important decisions.
      Another penalty, this time to Tunisia!
      It seems wrong!

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    5. Bennett was lucky...not converted.

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    6. I think that Bennett has lost several chances to whistle the final.
      Of course, not considering SA national team.

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    7. If Grisha is sent home, Bennett will have to follow. I by the way share your comment in the other thread.

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  40. The mark on the paper for Bennett would be something between 7,3 and 7,4 because we are almost sure about (at least) 2 crucial mistakes. But tell me how it is possible, to ignore the correct calls and to put a so low mark. I think that in a so challenging match, there is for sure something to review in our marks scale.
    I can't evaluate Bennett as so bad, the first thing to report is that he had to face many difficult situations and at least in two situations he was helped (correctly or wrongly by assistants). It's a very difficult specch, what do you think?

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    1. There is official hint in instructions for observers - crucial mistakes can NOT be compensated by even excellent calls in critical situations, however the latter should be described in detail in observer report.

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    3. I see. So a referee has to be not only good, but also very lucky. If he officiates always easy matches without difficult situations, or maybe only one difficult every now and then, he can reach the top.
      Otherwise a very good referee with 4 or 5 calls to do in a hard match, can be immediatly rejected by committee.
      Very interesting and debatable argument.

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    4. Yes, it's very controversial.
      However, I think that every federation keep an eye on referees' abilities to control the match, gaining respect, control on the field, personality. But, of course, at tournaments it's a bit different thing. Committee must take into account mistakes, and there referee must be a lucker to reach final (easy matches with few critical situations).

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  41. Surely the match was difficult and there were plenty of difficult calls to make. The problem is that it is normal on a group stage's matchday 3 with two teams fighting for the remaining spot into the K.O. stage, it's clear that a potential World Cup referee needs challenges and should cope with such a match, mistakes can naturally happen. But that reminds me on Stark's and specially Velasco's performances in GRE-POL and CRO-ESP. Crucial mistake(s) yes with a huge impact, but also very difficult matches..in the end, a referee observer like Uilenberg would perhaps say like in the movie "I cannot ignore it"..

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    1. At the end, I must agree. When we are talking about such important matches, the big honor to officiate, is also a big responsibility.

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  42. Possible penalty to Togo in the last minutes of additional time. A harsh referee could have awareded it. Clear pulling from behind, maybe exaggerated fall, but a whistle was not wrong.

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  43. Predictions for QUARTERFINALS:

    Ghana - Cape Verde
    Mohamed Benouza (ALG)

    South Africa - Mali
    Neant Alioum (CMR)

    Ivory Coast - Nigeria
    Bakary Papa Gassama (GAM)

    Burkina Faso - Togo
    Noumandiez Doue (CIV)

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    1. Predictions (of course subject to course of teams)

      GHA-CPV Eric Otogo, Angesom Ogbamariam, Peter Edibe, Janny Sikazwe
      RSA-MLI Bouchaib El Ahrach, Redouane Achik, Felicien Kabanda, Bernard Camille
      CIV-NGA Slim Jedidi, Bechir Hassani, Evarist Menkouande, Djamel Haimoudi
      BFA-TOG Noumandiez Doue, Songuifolo Yeo, Jean-Claude Birumushahu, Rajindraparsad Seechurn

      For semifinals I expect
      Badara Diatta, Djibril Camara, Felicien Kabanda, Daniel Bennett and
      Bakary Gassama, Angesom Ogbamariam, Jean-Claude Birumushahu, Mohamed Benouza

      3rd Place
      Néant Alioum, Evarist Menkouande, Peter Edibe, Daniel Bennett

      Final
      Djamel Haimoudi, Redouane Achik, Bechir Hassani, Bakary Gassama

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  44. Champions League 13/2/2013

    Felix Brych, Mark Borsch, Stefan Lupp, Marco Fritz, Tobias Welz

    As the other match on this date is played by Dortmund, the only available one is
    REAL MADRID - MANCHESTER UNITED!

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  45. UEFA Europa League

    14/2/13
    Manuel Gräfe, Markus Häcker, Holger Henschel, Christian Dingert, Guido Winkmann

    21/2/13
    Deniz Aytekin, Guido Kleve, Thorsten Schiffner (!), Robert Hartmann, Guido Winkmann

    Wolfgang Stark, Jan-Hendrik Salver, Mike Pickel, Felix Zwayer, Tobias Welz

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    1. Again Stark in Europa League, the same thing one year ago.
      But this time it's a more understandable decision, after his matches in CL group stage... by the way, about Brych, ahahah this time they have revealed the appointment, saying just "13 February". ;) Top clash!

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    2. Absolutely. I had him in mind for the 2nd leg in Old Trafford, but this one is another milestone in his palmarès.
      Of course, I have to say that this info comes from fussball.de, which normally gets information directly from DFB. In 90-95% of the cases, the pieces of information are exactly correct.

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    3. Still about Brych, interesting pic:

      http://it.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Photo/uefaorg/Refereeing/01/91/52/11/1915211_w2.jpg

      :D

      Very interesting to see that in this meeting women and men have worked together.

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    4. Spanish Appointments:

      12-13 February (CL)

      Alberto Undiano Mallenco, Roberto Dias Perez Del Palomar, Jesus Calvo Guadamuro, Raul Cabanero Martinez, Fernando Teixeira Vitientes, Cesar Muniz Fernandez.

      14 February (EL)

      Carlos Velasco Carballo, Roberto Alonso Fernandez, Juan-Carlos Yuste Jimenez, Jose Manuel Fernandez Miranda, Carlos Del Cerro Grande, Javier Estrada Fernandez

      14 February (EL)

      Antonio Miquel Mateu Lahoz, Pau Cebrian Devis, Javier Aguilar Rodriguez, Teodoro Sobrino Magan, Carlos Clos Gomez, Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez.

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    5. Nice, thanks.
      So Undiano for Celtic-Juventus or for Shakhtar-Dortmund. What would you like more? I would prefer the second one.

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    6. Me too. Even though I wouldn't rule out Celtic especially after their big achievement at the Group.

      No sign of Borbalan which is weird since (on paper) he is ED.

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    7. Hi Edward,

      I think that Borbalan (I'm sorry to say that) was a lost bet by UEFA. Regardless of his injury, he often showed not good performance. I remember several mistakes. I think that now UEFA has changed the plans and they rely on Mateu Lahoz. We have also to underline that Borbalan is close to 40 y. o., therefore for this reason in the next categories update he will be probably demoted.

      About Undiano: I think he will officiate Celtic-Juventus. A good appointment for him, and probably his only presence in this CL K.O. stage. After a diffcult period Undiano seems to be again reliable as years ago.


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    8. I agree that Fernández Borbalán could be replaced by Mateu Lahoz in ED in a couple of months, but who says he gets no R16 in EL? The appointments for this round are still to come, approximately in the midst of February.

      It surely depends on the other two officials whom we do not know until now. I however believe that there are many arguments that support that Undiano should better get the match in Donetsk. But surely both are possible.

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  46. On my query/request, DFB did not want to confirm Brych's appearance on this date in UCL. But they did not discount it either.

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    1. I think that the top clash Real Madrid-Manchester United for Brych it's sure.
      He can't officiate again Celtic after that penalty in group stage. For me, soft call, probably not a crucial mistake, but something to review.

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    2. PSG-Valencia is possible for Brych, too. Paris or Madrid, not the worst destinations you can get.
      And concerning this penalty, I still think it can be given, although there was no direct need to. Anyway, the mere fact that it was the last matchday in group stage when Brych was at Glasgow makes Brych for Celtic-Juve nearly impossible.

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