February 24, 2013

Collum, Collina, Collaboration and Collars

40 matches of UEFA Champions League's Round of 16 and UEFA Europa League's Round of 32 respectively have been played, and - colloquially spoken - there are four "colls" to be outlined as kind of brief summary...

Collum
Grasped as a controversial manner of interpreting the Laws of the Game by most of the people, William Collum's policy of zero tolerance with regards to players who actively and unequivocally attempted to influence disciplinary sanctions in the match between Galatasaray and Schalke 04 has been one of my personal highlights of the last week. Clearly put forward at plenty of UEFA seminars, such as Rome's advanced course for UEFA Elite referees in 2007, referees must book players who either verbally or even physically demand yellow cards for their opponents. In the concrete example, Gala's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera demanded a yellow card to Schalke's Farfán for having kicked the ball away after an offside flag and the consequent whistle by the Scottish officials. Despite the fact that Muslera has proven a generally good knowledge of the Laws of the Game, he had seemingly forgotten that those who demand yellows are also "rewarded" with it. He was immediately cautioned by Collum. And although the RE teacher of Scotland had made clear his way to deal with such unsporting behaviour, Schalke's Jones made the same mischief having been tactically fouled by an opponent. While sitting on the ground, he looked up to Collum with an eager facial expression and simulated the gesture of issueing a card. Collum reacted in an even frustrated fashion and swiftly booked the Schalke midfielder, too. Having been observed by and having been in a pre-match-briefing with noone less than Pierluigi Collina, I doubt that this was no targeted policy in this match - although I would appreciate it if much more officials would be that consistent in future like Collum, who by the way showed a good performance in a partly tense match.

Collina
One week before his job in Istanbul, Collina had to explain a situation or even a surreal incident that had occured at Celtic Park between Celtic and Juventus to Italian forms of media. As this video depicts, the first shot by Matri had already crossed the line, before another Italian striker made sure that the goal would count. Neither AR2 Calvo Guadamuro nor AAR2 Muñiz Fernández made any gesture to indicate that they had recognized this fact. Alberto Undiano, the referee, whistled after this goal, which he normally does not. So it might be a sign that they were aware but merely a bit unsure about this incident. In his known manner, Collina made then clear in an interview that everything had been ok and seen by the officials in an appropiate manner. To be honest, everything else would have been surprising.

Collaboration
UEFA's courage in terms of appointing Svein Moen for Arsenal - Bayern was in a way rewarded. Specially in the second half, the Norwegian talent clearly showed his skills and was able to show a very good performance. Unfortunately, his first half was certainly not that smooth and in the 55th minute, a critical mistake - but in UEFA's eyes no crucial mistake - happened. A shot by an Arsenal midfielder was blocked and deflected by one of his teammates and then crossed the goalline. This deflection was quite well visible to both, Svein Moen himself but also AAR2 Dag Vidar Hafsas. Moen however immediately and too quickly signalized that he awards a corner kick to Arsenal. The corner led to the 1:2 goal for the English side. In fact, there was a lack of consistency in the teamwork between both officials. It however does not matter who made which error at this moment, who was too swift. It's another tremendous example for the mere fact that the presence of additional assistant referees neither enhance the quality of decisions made on the goalline in critical goal/no-goal situations, nor improve the basic decision taking in the box. Fortunately, this example was that clear so that not even Pierluigi Collina was able to cherry-pick as usual.


Navas short-sleeved - brave, but sent off... (c) Eurosport

Collars
The Romanian referee crew headed by Ovidiu Alin Hategan was surely not to be envied on last Thursday. -14° C - football is not fun at such temperature levels in Moscow. One also may question the sense of playing matches in such circumstances at all; for the officials' health, collars and pants were the only small warranty. But be prepared, at World Cup 2022, there will be a temperature difference of - compared to Moscow - 60° C.

23 Comments:

  1. Mohamed A.Fattah25/2/13 09:30

    In Qatar in summer peak season, The highest degree NOT exceed 44° C. ;)

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  2. According to official climate diagrams of Doha, it does..

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  3. Excellent analysis , Admin. I really would like to know something more about Matri's goal. I think that the whole referees team missed the situation, but unluckily we will never know the truth.
    And I agree also with your statements about Collum. Very good and harsh approach to give immediatly a card to the players wich are demaning cards, but several referees are accustomed to close their eyes, and that's not good. We should have consistency.

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    1. Agree, Collum's approach was brilliant and should be 'copied' by other referees.

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  4. Paweł Gil has been appointed for EL match on 14 March!

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  5. Hi Gil goes back to the second leg of EUROPE-LEAGUE, and so begins the salt-marsh to the ED group. I hope that in JULY promoted.

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  6. Hi Lorenzo Manganelli was threatening accidet and is in hospital

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  7. Anonymous26/2/13 13:24

    Collina is really capricious.

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  8. It seems that EURO U-21 in Israel will be played with AAR's.

    UEFA has informed the Greek football association that Ilias Spathas has been appointed as AAR at the final tournament.

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  9. That's very interesting!
    I am very curious about the full list, also about the assistants.

    Then we can make guesses (!), I would select these 8 ARs and 8 AARs along with Boiko, Gil, Jug, Hategan, Bebek and Gautier.

    ARs
    Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN), Vladimir Jovanovic (SRB), Dejan Kostadinov (MKD), Alan Mulvanny (SCO), Serkan Ok (TUR), Tomas Somolani (SVK) + 2 others from less represented countries (perhaps Kazakhstan or Armenia..)

    AARs
    Rene Eisner (AUT), Robert Madden (SCO), Anar Salmanov (AZE), Ilias Spathas (GRE), Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Kristo Tohver, Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

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  10. Anonymous26/2/13 14:40

    No Rene Eisner, No Bobby Madden, No Strömbergsson. Zelinka, Tohver, Spathas yes. Kenn P Hansen yes and Anti Munukka yes.

    Don't know AR's.

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    1. Thx for confirmation!
      Do you know how many AARs are there? 8?

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    2. By the way, Halis Özkahya could be another possible candidate, and then there is still the question how UEFA deals with local officials from Israel (Hacmon, Shmuelevitz, Grinfeeld - perhaps even Liany).

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    1. We will see what will happen with Jovanovic on FIFA's pre list. In March we should know more.

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  13. This news about the AAR at EURO U21 is very interesting.
    AARs are going to be used in all the UEFA competitions, but again, in my mind I can't ignore a nonsense when I see that FIFA is not on this way and we will see a WC (the most important football competition) without the AARs.
    Do you think that Blatter is the reason for that?
    For example, a man like Alfredo Trentalange who works for FIFA but also for UEFA, could say something about that. But also Busacca, at the head of FIFA refereeing, should not forget his past as excellent UEFA referee.
    I don't know, many questions in my mind.
    Those AARs should be used in all the important competitions, and not only in UEFA...

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    1. If the quality of their decisions had been better during the past months - of course one may not generalize and say everything was bad, but still it was specially at EURO not sufficient - then there could have been a real discussion about it also on FIFA level, but one must also understand FIFA that naturally attempts to avoid the same medial affairs like at WC 2010. And in the end, the majority among the officials for GLT is stunning..in Bundesliga e.g., everyone prefers technology, but of course only for goalline situations. AARs have many opportunities, only take the fact that young referees who are even NON-FIFA officials have the chance to collect international experience and work with experienced mentors and international observers. But in the end, the result is what counts.
      I agree, perhaps this decision to deploy AARs at U21 EURO is kind of tit-for-tat response to FIFA's decision, naturally only if UEFA's decision has been made during the last days.

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    2. The experiment of UEFA is obviously very successful. Do you remember the clip when Webb says to Clattenburg: Clatt, I am with the ball, and then Clattenburg warns for an offense foul in box correctly. Or Cakir & Gocek CL SF match...

      It is not under discussion for me. That also brings trust on referee's himself IMO. Having two extra pairs of eyes.

      Actually, do we know about FIFA's argument on AARs???
      Why they are opposed to?

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    3. Absolutely, these were good examples. On the other hand, this clip did not take into account Liesveld's missing or wrong remarks in IRL-CRO, Meyer's wrong estimation of CRO-ESP, ManU-Galatasaray and so on. Unfortunately Hafsas did not tell Moen "mate, that shot was blocked by a striker, goal kick!"
      I mean you can always cherry-pick and take the best things out and then generalize, I would neither see black nor white in this topic. It's controversial...and FIFA's argument against AARs? Blatter does not want it :D That should be enough.

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    4. By the way, of course refereeing matches with AARs is better than without, as long as no stadium/club has GLT installed.

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    5. You know what AARs have is a very important angle, we shouldnt miss it. And, they represent a team in my eye.... If they make a mistake,it is all of them. Since referees make mistakes, it is normal for AARs to make mistakes (but of course could be more costly: penalty/no penalty, goal/no goal, etc !!)

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  14. Anonymous26/2/13 19:51

    8 AAR, Delfiere and Özkhahya also.

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