May 20, 2013

Nicola Rizzoli to savour German Champions League final night at Wembley

Italian Elite referee Nicola Rizzoli has been assigned to take charge of next Saturday's all-German top-class final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern München who will combat for the Champions League trophy at Wembley Stadium.

Selected for Wembley: Nicola Rizzoli of Mirandola, Italy (c) ZIMBIO

The 41-year-old Italian, who has been an international referee since 2007, was selected by the UEFA Referees Committee to oversee Saturday's match at Wembley. He will thus be the first Italian to take charge of a Champions League final since 2000, when Stefano Braschi oversaw an all-Spanish final in Paris.
He took charge of the inaugural UEFA Europa League final in 2010 in Hamburg, where Club Atlético de Madrid beat Fulham FC 2-1 in extra time, and also officiated three matches at UEFA EURO 2012. In total, Rizzoli has presided over 26 UEFA Champions League games, four of them this season, including the round of 16 second leg between Málaga CF and FC Porto.
At the final in London, Rizzoli will be assisted by his fellow countrymen Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani. The fourth official will be Damir Skomina from Slovenia and the two additional assistant referees, Gianluca Rocchi and Paolo Tagliavento, are from Italy. An Italian reserve assistant referee – Gianluca Cariolato – completes the refereeing team lineup.

(© UEFA.com)


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25 May 2013, 20:45 Central European Time
Wembley Stadium, London, England
Borussia Dortmund - Bayern München
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (Italy)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)
Fourth Official: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Gianluca Cariolato (Italy)
UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (Luxembourg)
UEFA Referee Observer: David R. Elleray (England)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Peter Elsworth (England)
Blog Referee Observers: Edward A. (Greece), Niclas E. (Germany)

133 Comments:

  1. Congratulations to all of them.

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  2. The news on aia-figc.it

    http://aia-figc.it/dettaglio.asp?ID=8029

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  3. Expected appointment. He hasn't been at his best this season but, on his day he can truly excel. In my opinion this is a very good appointment because he will let the game flow and I forecast a very good final between two very impressive teams. Also, it is worth pointing out that they have kept faith with Tagliavento instead of Mazzoleni. I wish good luck to all appointees.

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  4. Somebody on this blog must give us several explanations... but I'm sure he is disappeared forever

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  5. Anonymous20/5/13 12:54

    A good choice and the right leadership style for the confrontation between the two german giants.
    Respectful behavior will be at the Forefront of both teams
    Congratulations and success to the nominaqted officials
    Nedger

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  6. Anonymous20/5/13 13:34

    I guess Stéphane Lannoy will be in the Super Cup..

    ==Nash==

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    1. you are wrong. In my opinion, cuneyt cakir will be in charge of the super cup final

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    2. Don't think so. The fact that Cakir was left out of the whole k.o. stage after Old Trafford is a signal.
      Eriksson or Lannoy could get this final. Kralovec has small chances, perhaps the "home-factor" makes him possible.

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  7. Anonymous20/5/13 13:48

    Rizzoli and Collina. Performances of Rizzoli were very poor this season, so why? "He can realy excel" - as every Elite (not only) official. Poor decision of UEFA referee committee. The prize for nothing. Collina and his policy... Bleeeh

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  8. Expected appointment and a good one for me.

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  9. Anonymous20/5/13 13:58

    My main candidate for the Supercup is Jonas Eriksson.
    Nedger

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  10. Anonymous20/5/13 14:03

    Suricate, you overlooked Stefano Braschi who handled the final in 2000, only one year after Pierluigi Collina. ;-)

    Kind regards from Vienna,
    Peter

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  11. Expected appointment.

    Congratulations to the whole team.

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  12. Anonymous20/5/13 14:26

    I have an other clue. Do you see that this season is one of the worst season of refereeing in UEFA competition in history? It's ridiculous, that Collina, who had to increase the level of European officiating leads to the situation where it's impossible to choose two excellent referees worthy of final of EL and CL. It's terrible! Every referee with exception of Kuipers and Mazic failed to be consistent and just good. No way, it's parody of Collina and his management/authoritative skills.

    Andrew A.

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  13. Nicola Rizzoli is a complete personality. Each referee has a bad day, but Nicola was deservedly nominated. Mr. Cakir, Eriksson, Kuipers are all great referees for them for the time! Bravo, Dr. Collina! I wish to emphasize an outstanding season for Mažić, Collum and Bebek.
    Regards from Belgrade!

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  14. I agree with Andrew- Kuipers, Brych, Mažić! I forgot consistently good Dr. Brych!

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  15. Anonymous20/5/13 15:12

    Nicola Rizzoli is one of the best referee in the world. His performance's this season are normal (not bad)... but, he is experienced and he will let the game flow... Excellent choice by UEFA

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    1. Anonymous20/5/13 15:25

      And is it OK to appoint a referee who was only normal in his matches? It's a proof that UEFA referees are increasingly poor. This whole season is a shame for Collina and other UEFA referee committee...

      Andre A.

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    2. Anonymous20/5/13 17:00

      Andre,
      Advice,

      Please try to come in the mood of positively and constructively critizing and choose your words in order to make refereeing continuously better
      Thanks Nedger

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    3. Anonymous20/5/13 18:17

      Isn't it constructive? Pls review the whole season and referee's performances. It's not normal that referees who were excellent and good before Collina Era became poor and make crucial mistakes in nearly every match. It's a shame and I have no doubts. Maybe you should put any argument here than attack me having nothing smart to say...

      Andre A.

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    4. Andre one question.

      Are you a referee?

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    5. Anonymous20/5/13 18:51

      Yes. In highest league of my country...

      Andre A.

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  16. Of course, there is a great Damir Skomina. Slovenia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world! Congratulations to the GREAT MISTER Vlado Šajn- big, big respect!

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    1. Anonymous20/5/13 18:20

      Branko, all Elite referees are great, they reached it and I congratulate them all. They are masters. But my critical comments concern this season. One must admit that level of refereeing THIS season was extremely poor and it's something that must be improved by Collina. However, I detected this poor tendency since Collina is in UEFA as a boss...

      Andre A.

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    2. I agree. But, let's see what it is that will improve hearing in the next season. I would love if Milorad Mažić the opportunity to try one of two finals ( EL ), but this is unrealistic. Last seasons (... 2011/2012 ) we had a great Cakir, Proenca, Rizzoli, Skomina, Eriksson and Lannoy ( especially the EC ). We have two new names for the big games in future- Kuipers and Mažić (2012/13). Also, extremely talented wave- Clatts, Moen, Collum, Mateu Lahoz, Aytekin, Bebek ( back again and matured ). Arrival great referee from Russia Karasev, Jug, Gautier ( French, finally, have a successor Vautrot and Batta ). Finally, Dr. Brych, who is definitely out of luck, because the clubs from Germany to fully take precedence. He is consistently good-very good! Let's see what is the cause of poor form Kassai, Thomson, etc?!

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    3. Anonymous20/5/13 18:58

      Agree, but the biggest improve is on the lower levels. Elite referees failed to perform well under a big pressure, failed to have a consistent line, failed to have consistent form... It's something that is very dangerous, because CL lay on Elite officials who, from some reasons, are consistently poorer...

      Andre A.

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    4. IMO, without Collina was much worse! This is a transition period- generations change. Let's give chance Dr. Collina to carry out to the end. Errors always have and always will be. Its arrival at the head of the refereeing we got a man with a vision. Just be patient, please!

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    5. Anonymous20/5/13 19:04

      OK, but do you agree that this season was really poor by most of Elite referees? Isn't it thing that force us to deeper reflections? Performances like Moen's, Kassai's, Stark's, Thomson's, Tagliavento's, Atkinson's, etc... It's too much if we say about Elite refereeing and such big name as the boss.

      Andre A.

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    6. Andre, I wished I could contradict you, but in fact it's nearly impossible.

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    7. OK! But, let's see the 2013/14 ... Finally, is a vast country like Greece received a very, very talented referee Sidiropoulos. I love the Greek people! Ukraine, too. About to start and Switzerland, Austria. I forgot Dr Hategan- exceptional potential. Hategan and Mateu Lahoz is my profile " referees future ". In Serbia, Greece, Romania, Bosnia, Bulgaria is not easy to refereeing. The pressures are great!

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    8. Don't forget Karasev who has impressed immensely.

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    9. I said and pointed- Karasev would be, IMO, a great referee. Nic, my friend? What you say? :)

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    10. Anonymous20/5/13 19:27

      Thank you, Niclas. I don't want you thinking that I don't like Elite officials or Collina, because I'm full of admiration to all those brave guys who do their job the best as they can. But I can't leave this poor refereeing season without a word too. I would love to say that all officials did excellent job, the refereeing was impressive, but it wasn't. There were far too many grave mistakes that influenced the final results, there were too many inconsistencies in applying the LoTG, there were too many different interpretations of similar situations. It can't be that on the highest level, sorry.

      I always expect to read in final appointments a name of referees who had a brilliant, exceptional season. This season, it was only Kuipers who had that, no one more. And then, I don't criticize the Rizzoli choice, because he's excellent referee who can handle the biggest clashes, but can we tell is it an effect of superb season of referee from Bologna? Unfortunately, we can't. So, this is choice from average referees this campaign, not the best. And it's sad to me, that it will not be the best referee of 2012/13 but the referee whom you can believe that he will perform well.

      Thanks for understanding!

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    11. In your opinion, Milorad Mažić don't had a very good season?!

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    12. I do not want to contradict both of you that much, but what I think at the moment is that an Italian/Slovenian team is going to have Wembley final and we should keep the fingers crossed that they will do very well and can enjoy the night. After that, we may draw black analyses of this CL season I think.

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    13. Anonymous20/5/13 19:36

      I say about Elite officials, Branko. Mr Mazic along with Hategan, Mateu Lahoz, Collum, Bebek, Karasev and Gautier are ultra-talents and I expect all of them in Elite soon (Collum is there from a half of season).

      Andre A.

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    14. Anonymous20/5/13 19:38

      Right. I wish them GOOD LUCK! I like them both very much. Sorry, if my analysis seemed to be inappropriate for you, Niclas!

      Andre A.

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    15. OK, OK!
      Best regards! :)

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    16. No some things have to be said, I just thought it is not the right point of time ;) Thanks for your understanding.

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  17. I agree with the responses above. I think it is a straight shoot-out between Lannoy and Eriksson for the UEFA Super Cup. Although I think they'll give it to the frenchman as it will be his last full season as an international official.

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  18. Hi Branko DDM,

    what do you think about Skomina? What about the refereeing level in Slovenia?

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    1. Anonymous20/5/13 20:55

      The referee level in Slovenia is improving over the years. And we have young, talented referees.

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    2. I travel to Slovenia and I love the country and the people. Damir is the result of many years of hard work by Vlado Šain and his associates. They began following the example of Italy to innovate primarily in the former Yugoslavia. I like to see and referees looks nice, and we have to agree that Nicola and Damir " models "! :))) Highly intelligent, with a keen sense for the game, the rational of movement- referee who will rule for a long time! I love the Italian school of the refereeing and Skomina belong to that school! :)

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  19. Some German newspapers write, it would be a shock to Bayern, that Rizzoli is appointed, because they lost all the matches (2!) with him.
    Total nonsense, especially because one of the matches was the 3-2 in Manchester 2010, which made Bayern go to the semifinals, where he sent off Rafael, but only booked Badstuber for a serious foul.

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    1. This was the "Bild". You won't find more frivolous and populistic newspapers in Germany...

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    2. Whenever I here news coming out from Germany, it is usually Bild who breaks it and it is almost always correct. It's suprising because their usually reliable. So it is a bit foolish and naive of them to publish something without doing their homework first.

      Tell me one thing, is it a tabloid media outlet and what in England can you compare it to? The Sun? Daily Mail? These two publications always fabricate their stories.

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    3. Definitely like the Sun. Bild Zeitung might be considered as the most polemic tabloid press here, not only in terms of football, in fact, they also (ab)use their political factor. I would dare to say it is the most influential newspaper in Germany. But they are not always correct..if they were, Schalke would be already coached by di Mateo or Benítez, so....

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    4. Yes, I see. At least Bild publishes some truth. However, I can safely say The Sun is 100% garbage. In saying that it is still the most popular newspaper in Britain.

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    5. Unfortunately, this time it was not only Bild but also more serious newspapers/magazines like Welt or Stern...

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  20. In this CL final, we will see 4 UEFA Elite referees on the pitch.
    Rizzoli, Rocchi, Tagliavento, Skomima.
    It would be almost impossible to see a mistake.

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  21. As they are human and no elite humans I think they will make mistakes :D But well, I think the match will focus on football and we'll see a very nice evening there.

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    1. Every referee makes mistakes. But we all hope that they will make too little and their mistakes will be insignificant in order to watch a great game.

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    2. I also like to write, too. And the easiest game ( so to say there are no easy games ) can occur error about which to talk. No talking-soccer is no longer alive. What would have argued that it isn't errors?

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  22. Prediction for WC qualification Europe:
    ISL-SVN: Dean
    FIN-BLR: Lechner
    LAT-BIH: Gräfe
    IRE-FAR: Layushkin
    ARM-MAL: Edvartsen
    LIE-SVK: Johnsen
    CRO-SCO: Stalhammar
    ALB-NOR: Nijhuis
    MON-UKR: F.Borbalan
    BEL-SER: Skomina
    CZE-ITA: Eriksson
    AUT-SWE: Aydinus
    POR-RUS: Undiano
    AZE-LUX: Villamayor
    MOL-POL: del Cerro Grande
    LIT-GRE: Strahonja
    SUI-CYP: Orsato
    SWE-FAR: Mateu Lahoz
    BLR-FIN: Evans
    DEN-ARM: Yefet

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    1. Borbalan and Teixeira have both matches on 07 June.

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    2. Portugal-Russia could be one of the most crucial matches of the whole qualifiers. I expect Rizzoli to handle it.

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    3. As they are probably the only Spanish offcials then, I change:
      POR-RUS: Rocchi (to keep the Italian duel interesting...)
      MOL-POL: Teixeira
      SWE-FAR: Kovarik

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  23. 1st round of matches at the UEFA Euro U21 tournament prediction:

    Israel u21 vs Norway u21: Ovidiu Hategan

    England u21 vs Italy u21: Antony Gautier

    Italy u21 vs Russia u21: Pawel Gil

    Netherlands u21 vs Germany u21: Ivan Bebek

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    1. *Spain u21 vs Russia u21: Pawel Gil

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  24. You got a match wrong.

    My predictions:

    ISR-NOR Hategan
    ENG-ITA Gil
    ESP-RUS Boiko
    NED-GER Bebek

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    1. Oh yes, thanks.

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    2. And to complete them:

      ISR-NOR Hategan, Zhuk, Brandner, Kruzliak, Zelinka, Jug
      ENG-ITA Gil, Gudmundsson, Kolev, Delferiere, Hansen, Gautier
      ESP-RUS Boiko, Mulvanny, Pozzi, Munukka, Tohver, Davidy
      NED-GER Bebek, Tóth, Gudermanis, Spathas, Özkahya, Krasikow

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    3. Why don't UEFA appoint all referees from the same nation?

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    4. Well good question, but basically it seems to be a chance to "satisfy" as many football associations as possible by appointing one representative of each nation. It's a common practice in those mini-tournaments.
      8 national associations represented by the teams, 8 referees, 8 assistants, 8 additional assistants means that UEFA managed to represent 32 of their 53 national member associations at this single tournament (+ a few delegates)..

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    5. Thanks as always for the clarification Niclas. This means all officials must be fluent in English so they can communicate. Otherwise their might be problems.

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    6. I think that is part of the FIFA tests. A fitness test, a written exam, and a language test I believe.

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    7. In fact the UEFA observers also have to assess the referees they observe in the field "English to be improved?".

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    8. My prediction:
      ISR-NOR: Bebek/Mulvany/Gudemanis/Kruzliak/Tohver/Jug
      ENG-ITA: Hategan/Kolev/Zhuk/Hansem/Zelinka/Boyko
      SPA-RUS: Gautier/Brandner/Pozzi/Özkahya/Delferiere/Dawidy
      NED-GER: Gil/Toth/Gudmundsson/Munukka/Spathas/Krasikow

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  25. FIFA is having a referee seminar between 25-30 May for the preselected World Cup referees..

    Skomina and Riozzli seems to be missing some days of that aswell with the CL-final

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  26. Yes, interesting is that Néstor Pitana of Argentina is there, as kind of backup for Abal. Al Ghamdi and Al Badwawi are both missing (my theory: Al Badwawi is going to have JPN-AUS in WC qualifiers on 4 June).

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    1. I read on his website (use google translator) that he still need 4 months for a total recovery after his injury.
      He is going to have further 6 weeks of therapies.

      http://www.ali-albadwawi.com/new/index.php?go=news&more=2082

      This news is dated 16/05, five days ago

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    2. Oh ok. Thanks for the link. :S

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    3. Al Badwawi was supposed to officiate South Korea - Uzbekistan on 11/06 for the World Cup qualifiers but was replaced by Minoru Tojo (JPN).

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    4. Reading more on his site, he is fighting to assure his presence at U17 in his country on next October / November.
      But at the end I don't know if for FIFA it will be enough for a WC call. He should attend also CWC in December.

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    5. In fact Al Badwawi and Shukralla have more FIFA games than Al Khamdi and Williams.

      The top 4 from AFC with more FIFA games are:

      Irmatov, Nishimura, Al Badwawi and Shukralla.

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  27. Di Liberatore is going to be confirmed as assistant in Coppa Italia final on next Sunday (the day after CL final). For this reason, the choice for Wembley was Cariolato.
    The appointment should be Orsato, Tonolini, Di Liberatore (not still official but almost sure). Still to be decided additional assistant referees, fourth and fifth official.
    Deserved appointment for Orsato after a good season in serie A.

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  28. Do you believe that Rizzoli is very fortunate to receive the Wembley appointment? First of all, Cakir must of been at the forefront of UEFA's thinking. Especially if you factor in the presence of Pierluigi Collina at Old Trafford. Also, Felix Brych's was ineligible due to the two German teams in the final. Factor in Skonina's Super Cup appointment. In other circumstances Rizzoli might not of had this final appointment.

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    1. And of course this season's stand-out performer already had a CL semi-final, so he was ineligible too...
      But however lucky in this case, Rizzoli was unlucky at the EURO and probably also last season. Swings and roundabouts NH ;)

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    2. Yes, I forgot Kuipers. By the way, what a fantastic season for the Dutchman Thomas. Just a year ago, I thought he was done for in the Elite category. However, he has had a stellar season which will ve capped-off with a trip to Brazil. I agree, Rizzoli was extremely unlucky at Euro 2012 as Italy were very impressive and went all the way to the final. Please don't think I'm anti-Rizzoli. He is a top-class official and I wish him all the best this weekend in London.

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    3. I don't think you are anti-Rizzoli, you suppport all the Elite referees.
      To be honest I was hoping Nijhuis would show good performances because I thought Kuipers was damaged goods after EURO 2012. However, Nijhuis performed below-par and a demotion at this moment would be deserved. Kuipers on the other hand has evolved over the last season. He has become more calm, less officious. It clearly fits him, and he performs way better under pressure now, whereas he used to wilt a bit in big matches. I think it's clear he has shaken that off. We'll see how he and the rest of the team perform in Brazil, one of 10 top teams there.
      As for Rizzoli, I hope he will do well so we can finish this tainted season (from a refereeing perspective) with a flourish.

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    4. Also helps to have competent assistnats aswell after what has happened to Kassai, which he (Kuipers) certainly has. Kuipers; Van Roekel, Zeinstra; liesveld and Van Boekel are an excellent, well-drilled quintet. Van Roekel has been hugely impressive. I think he is one of the best in the business along with Cann and Ring.

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  29. Chefren,what is your native language?My native language is german.Most spooken language in EUROPE about 100.000.000 peoples.

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  30. Rizzoli is Bayern vs Dortmund game not cope.This game more difficult than Barca vs Real game.The two teams love eachother like Madrid and Barca.It will be very difficult for Rizzoli and he will get often mistakes.By way,to remind something,Collina gave his citizen a chance before end of his carreer..

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    1. I don't understand the meaning of your question, nevertheless it's ridiculous that you are still here after the appointment of Rizzoli. Probably you don't feel to be in fault, but you should explain...

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  31. :D
    Melih, stay serious. I am from Germany and follow this duel for approximately 10 years now and saw all of them. With the exception of the last Bundesliga match when many B-players lost their nerves, this match was always focused on football in the past seasons and the players behaved sporting and friendly to each other. So of course you cannot compare this football-focused and beautiful game to a battle like Real-Barca...
    You should rather explain to us why you wanted to sell us wrong information as true and official ones..

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  32. Portugal-Russia, wc qualifier
    Damir Skomina (SVN)

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  33. Does anybody know the friendly appointments? By the way good appointment for Skomina in a really must win game for Portugal.

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  34. Niclas,i follow the Bundesliga games since 1970.U musst know something,Bayern games vs Ruhr teams or better to say NRW teams was allways differently than another Bundesliga teams.Leverkusen,Schalke,Dortmund.The thre teams never loved Bayern and Bayern never loved this three teams...Iam sorry for wrong news.Iam allso disappointed.I got first time wrong message from mates in Switzerland.They gave me ever correct infos about referees and uefa news earlier!I was very angry about this..

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  35. Nicklas,your correct and serious friend.I recommend you something: Please do not reply peoples here without own country at his profile and allso anonymous writers!I have not respect and dont agree comments of internet nobodys!

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  36. Anonymous23/5/13 19:44

    Dear Melih Inan,

    I prefer to have and read high qualified comments and reliable Information as an adding value contribution to this great blog. Respect means also respecting those participants who want to stay anonymous out of possible "conflicts of interest" or other reasons, but delivering inetersting contributions to the welfare of refereeing.
    Condemning People is not my way thus also respecting your view, although disagreeing.
    Nedger

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  37. Melih, you are right when you refer to the special character of the NRW teams. As I am avowing supporter of Schalke 04, I know what I am talking about.
    Nonetheless we should hope and think that Rizzoli and his team can perform very well. It's not sensible to predict many mistakes.
    Concerning your remark about anonymous users, as long as they make a signature, I see no reason to not tolerate anonymous readers, also because of the reasons "nedger" outlined.
    For the next days, the anonymous-comment feature is however blocked and not possible.

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  38. Ribery is very lucky to get away with an elbow to Lewandowski in minute 25' in my opinion.

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    1. I agree. A quite clear red card, I think. And it seemed, Rizzoli had a good view on the incident.

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    2. Not a clear elbow in my opinion, anyway a YC might have been awarded.
      30' big chance to score for Ribery but it seemed to me a very slight offside missed by Stefani.
      Rizzoli appeared to me a bit lazy in his moving, the match was fast and he often had positioning problems. He made also an assist for Bayern ;)
      Anyway in my opinion nothing really challenging in this first half for the referee.
      Correct card to Dante.


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    3. Sorry I meant "big chance to score for Robben" (not Ribery)

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    4. Looking at further replays of the situation, I'm with Philipp on this one. Ribery had to go.

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    5. For me undoubtful violent conduct. Yellow card is no way here. Ribery's punch is intentional, out of frustration, totally targeted at the opponent's face. Red card.
      The question which bothers me most is: didn't he see or didn't he want to see?

      Small case of interfering with play, correct booking to Dante, apart from that good performance. Good game by the way, could be already 2-2.

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    6. Probably Cakir would have send him off ;)

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    7. Such a shame, as apart from that he has been good.

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  39. Very good first half of whole referee team. Consistent closing eyes to slight pulling in penalty area (no penalties in 2nd and 29th minute). Nice relaxed approach, running into the penalty area if needed. The only weak moment was lack of card to Ribery for elbow on Lewandowski. Strictly applying the LoTG, it should've been even a red card - deliberate hit caused by frustration. OK, it's a final, but yellow card must've been issued.

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  40. The card management is really questionable, in the case of the penalty at least a YC... and Dante was already booked.

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  41. Heartbreaking for Dortmund but, what a quality final. One of the best I've witnessed in recent history. A great advert for football.

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  42. Overall a good performance by Rizzoli and his team.
    Allowed quite some serious play today, Ribery should have been booked atleast for his first situation.


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  43. Rizzoli has a good feeling for the game, he allowed hard fight for the ball, didn't whistle minor contacts and perfectly detected tries to influence his decisions. That was brilliant along with his fitness and running (with exception of situation from the first half where he made a good pass ;))

    Now, a worse part of his performance - he missed THREE red cards: intentional hit of Ribery, Dante's reckless tackle (second yellow card) and intentional step on Boateng's leg by Lewandowski (Polish striker was very cunning, waiting for that Rizzoli must've went for the action). Three missed red cards + some missed fouls and yellow card to Mandzukic (54'?).

    Assistants were excellent in offside/onside detection, but didn't help Rizzoli with foul detection.

    The mark, very kind from me would be 7.5...

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  44. I agree with leonardo-pinto. I am disappointed by Rizzoli's performance. "Game-feeling" and "feeling for a final" aside, but at least Ribery and Dante have to go.
    The second half was awesome football though from both sides.

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    1. A big feeling for the game and a deliberate choice by Rizzoli, that's clear. Here a referee like Cakir would have shown many cards, at the end it's a speech merely based on how we read the concept of refereeing.
      If you want to apply strictly the rules, there are many things to review in this match for Rizzoli. On the other side, if you like his feeling for the game, maybe you can point out that he just tried to stay out from the game, avoiding to become the protagonist. A early red card to Ribery maybe was the right choice, but at the same time dangerous for the outcome. I don't know if you understand what I mean.
      Now, merely based on the marks, it's questionable to give a mark like 7,9 to Rizzoli.
      UEFA will surely evaluate as expected level (at least) his performance.

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    2. My concept of refereeing is taking adequate decisions for unsporting and violent behaviour shown by players. That's not strictly applying the rules, that's protecting fairplay and the players in this final.
      There is no excuse for not sending off Ribery in my opinion. You cannot justify this manner of ignoring obvious infringements by a lenient style or by a style aimed at reluctance in the game or contributing to a good game in that way. If this was really the intention of Rizzoli - I doubt that, I rather tend to believe he missed the Ribery situation totally - then this is at the borderline to cowardice. At the same time I am aware of what could have happened after sending off Ribery. But that does not justify anything. Based on that, a mark with 7 at the beginning seems more logical than questionable to me..

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    3. Small remark: if Rizzoli's intention was to stay out of the match then he has failed to do so with regard to the aftermath. Media and BVB coach Klopp have already discussed (and criticized) the decisions we talk about.

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    4. Thank you, Niclas! We can blame Rizzoli for his job, but there are also attenuating factors, that we must take into account giving our mark.

      He was nicely positioned to see the violent conduct of Ribery. However, in crucial moment, Rizzoli was obstructed by running Borussia player. He couldn't have been sure and decided to give nothing. Mistake, but we must understand it. I would go with a yellow card in this case, not being 100% sure, but knowing Ribery's tendency to act in this way.

      In situation with Dante, he was a tad obstructed, but I think he saw whole tackle and deliberately chose to not send Bayern defender off. Heavy mistake.

      Niclas, please check the situation with Lewandowski in 79th minute. He waits until Rizzoli runs for the action, then deliberately steps onto leg of Boateng. He looks on the leg and just steps on it. Strong red card, but Rizzoli wasn't able to detect that. He is a human and can't be in two places at the same time. It's mistake, it's missed red card, but observer shouldn't decrease the mark by ordinary 0,4 as well as he shouldn't do it in Ribery's situation.

      It's only my opinion, and thanks that you agree with my final mark and this short debrief. I guess that the referee observer will go with 7.5-7.7 mark.

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    5. I was also disappointed with the performance of Nicola Rizzoli, fell far short of the performance of Pedro Proença the end of last year's Champions League.

      Nicola Rizzoli should have expelled the Dante bid in the penalty in favor of Borussia Dortmund. About bid on that Ribery allegedly harm the Lewandowski, but could also have seen the red card.

      Summarizing the end it was a very well-fought, most exciting and fantastic football from both teams ... but lacked a referee that was more cohesive and assertive in their decisions.

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  45. I've just seen footage of Robert Lewandowski treading on the ankles of Jerome Boateng. I have to say it does look cynical from the Dortmund striker.

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  46. Sorry, it's even worse. Rizzoli too quickly stopped to observe Lewandowski-Boateng pair after a hard clash between them. He could such opportunity, but chose to observe another Bayern player who was alone with a ball... Technical error that had big consequencies... In this case, 7.2 will be an option to previous 7.5 :/

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  47. I respect the opinions of everyone on this blog and agree with most of them. However, I am troubled by the fact that we call Rizzoli a coward and then praise Kassai for his ability to control the game without cards who I believe would have acted in the same way in this situation.

    Of course the obvious answer is that there are many different styles of refereeing ranging from a lenient type like Kassai and a stricter type like that of Cakir. Overall, of course Rizzoli could have shown Ribery red and a second yellow to Dante, but he managed to maintain to control the game fine without it and let the players ultimately decide the champion. Nobody can say that the referee unduly influenced the result of the match and for a final, that is all one can ask for in my opinion.

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    1. Of course, yankee, I partly agree, but imagine that Rizzoli sends Ribery off. Would it be the same game? Rizzoli sends Dante off. Would it be the same game?

      It doesn't matter, has the mistake a direct impact or not, it does matter, is the mistake on the list of serious mistakes list:
      - wrongly (not-)given penalty
      - wrongly (not-)issued second yellow card
      - wrongly (not-)issued straight red card
      - wrongly evaluated goal-line incident (mainly concerns assistant)
      - wrongly evaluated goal-situation (e.g. non-existing foul before the goal whistled by the referee)

      Nicola Rizzoli made three grave mistakes - more or less deliberately, but didn't show three red cards.

      Of course, one can praise the referee for using lenient approach, but not for missing violent conducts and not showing 100% cards. One can love a thing that Kassai doesn't show cards in first phase of match if there are some factors that make such decision acceptable. But on the other hand, if he miss a violent conduct or 100% yellow card, one can point it out and say: it's a mistake.

      Personally, I don't like leniency. I like referees who don't create their own interpretation and don't make their own style deliberately lenient. The referee is a person who should just applies the LoTG. Sometimes, it's too much interpretation, sometimes yellow card against which no one would protest is better than a no-card-action that can bring many problems in further phase of the game.

      Last time, referees forget that the easiest way is often the best way. Don't create such lenient styles, cause it's very, very risky approach. It can produce a fantastic fluent match if both teams play very fair, but it can also produce many heavy mistakes, like in this final.

      Media have a tendency to call referees who just apply LoTG as stars and actors. It's wrong. They just do their job. The stars are sometimes those, who want to be ultra-lenient and create an ultra-fluent match, but then they count ultra-poor performance.

      May referee be only the referee, it's my wish...

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  48. Yankee, if you read the comment carefully, then you will see that I called this behaviour being at the borderline to cowardice if it was Rizzoli's INTENTION to not see this violent conduct. But as I emphasized, I tend to believe that he did not see it properly and it was an error or perception and not interpretation..if he had seen it, I think he would have at least booked Ribery.
    It also won't lead to anything comparing his performance to other referees, I furthermore do not believe that it is right to start the usual style-debate now. We can fully back Rizzoli for not sending off Dante, for not seeing Lewandowski's conduct, which was very difficult to detect. He has not the replays we have. But the Ribery situation is another sort of decision we are discussing, which has nothing to do with leniency in my opinion.
    Besides I want to emphasize the good performance in the rest of the game, as we know him and his team. Of course correct penalty.

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  49. Rizzoli Killed Dortmund !
    Every people around of the world saw Rizzolis big mistakes....Two times red card were for Bayern 100% correct..
    Other sides,Bayerns win of title and cup, is 100% OK.Because Bayern played generally better football than Dortmund..In my opinion .UEFA planned Bayerns win !Bayern is one of the biggest clubs in Football world.They played allso many CL finals without win...Cakır at home...And now, every people know about why ???!!!!!

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  50. Anonymous26/5/13 17:22

    My key observations splitted in 2 areas

    1. Strenghts
    2. Areas for consideration

    Strengths:

    1. Was basically controlling the whole match and was in general respected by players of both teams

    2. Good physical condition and sprinting capabilities as well as respectful behavior towards payers

    3. Given cards were all OK.

    4. Reasonable till good cooperation with the assistants and good tactical application of wait&see

    ( Exceptions: Lewandowski's deliberately and purposely stepping on the ancle of Boateng and the pushing and pulling between Ribery and Grosskreutz for which they became both a yellow card)


    Areas for consideration:

    1. Confusing and unpredictable card management and thus not applying correctly the LotG.

    2. At least in 2 cases wrongly interpretation of black white situations ( UEFA language) . Red card for Ribery ( Purposely and intentionally hitting an opponent with his arm) and missed second yellow card for Dante ( Dangerous and roughly attacking an opponent). For both situations there is a zero tolerance policy and guidelines. One could also add the intentionally violent conduct of Lewandowski (78 min)

    3. Not using an effective diagonal and was as such hindering the players in too many cases ( e.g: 25,60, 75 minute ) His positioning play was too reactive and a more proactive approach is recommended

    4. Should use a bit more convincing and energetic body language when warning players. He showed a somewhat lenient leadershio style which was not appropriate


    Based on above and also the clear UEFA guidelines the maximum possible score is 7.4., but most probably lower

    I could give him at max a 7.2-7.3

    He was lucky that as well Bayern and BVB were fully concentrated on the match and had visibly received clear instructions not to contest decisions. Furthermore the whole match was intense but surely in overall perspective not unfair.

    Regards
    NEDGER

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    1. Perfect, really perfect analysis according to instructions for observers. It's often rare to read such great opinion. I guess you are a professional referee observer, no other option, am I right?

      Regards and thank you for that post. It makes everything clear, I had the same views but were not able to put them into a such well-balanced comment. Nice job!

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  51. Niclas, excellent match report! Another perfect example of professional observation. Nice job too!

    Nedger and Niclas, I am proud to read your observations and know that my feelings are the same.

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  52. Thanks. Edward's report is going to follow soon as well!
    But thanks to Chefren, I recognized that I had originally missed to include the correct handball detected by Rizzoli before the possible Lewandowski goal in the report. It's updated for this reason.

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    1. Right, it was a very good call, well-detected!

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  53. Lewandowski's violent conduct, really very hard to see for the officials.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyEvausI2dY

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  54. Right, but in overall view we can say that Rizzoli did a technical error by not using wait-and-see a bit longer. OK, it's a critic on the high level, but it's still smaller or bigger mistake. Finally, Rizzoli is an UEFA Elite referee. He should've known that after hard physical duel one can expect violent conduct. He just didn't provide it and too quickly took his eyes off this pair (there wasn't a fast counterattack, so he could be more in alert) :/

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  55. I concur with the responses above. Brilliantly well-written report Niclas. I look forward to reading Edward's one aswell.

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  56. Niklas has my report. Mark for Rizzoli is 7.2 (8.1).

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  57. According to the German press agency dpa, Rizzoli stated the following:
    "When the Borussia fans applauded at the end of the ceremony, all the tension fell away from me and I was moved."
    "I was sure, that I performed well, but I waited for the verdict of Pierluigi Collina. Only when the head of the UEFA Referees Committee has praised the entire team in the cabin, we celebrated."
    "I had to whistle only few fouls. The atmosphere at Wembley was relaxed and characterized by mutual respect. In Serie A, one has more trouble, the Champions League final was easier."

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    1. Yes, this interview has been published today on La Gazzetta dello Sport.
      Here the translation of the most important questions:

      Rizzoli: After the final whistle I cried, I was sure of having shown a good performance on the pitch, but I was waiting for Pierluigi Collina’s words. He came in my room and after a few seconds of silence, he said: “Good Nicola, you were good along with all your team. Now it’s time to celebrate and enjoy. You deserve that. “

      GAZZETTA: The most difficult decision of the match?
      Rizzoli: Penalty to Borussia, nevertheless it can appear clear on TV, it wasn’t. I had not a free view on the pitch, Reus was obstructing me. I was able to understand the situation thank also to my experience.

      GAZZETTA: Klopp asked for the second YC to Dante.
      Rizzoli: To be honest, he congratulated me. Anyway, I understand that we can discuss about this situation. It appeared to me as unintentional foul. It was a negligence by Dante, and according to rules, this is not a YC. You must give the second YC only when you are really sure. Some people say that when you whistle a penalty, the card must be mandatory. Stupid and false sentence. Furthermore, the action didn’t appear to me as potentially important for Borussia.

      GAZZETTA: What about the situation in first half between Ribery and Lewandowski?
      Rizzoli: Yes, I might have booked them, but in those cases the referees must calm down the players, not exasperating them. It’s a better choice. They immediately had a clarification and nothing happened. In second half it was different, therefore I booked Ribery and Grosskreutz.

      GAZZETTA: The first goal scored by Bayern is an excellent call due to a very difficult onside position to see.
      Rizzoli: Yes, thank to this man here, near me (Faverani).
      Faverani: “I have to admit that I was lucky. I was focused on Mandzukic, he was in offside. Ribery decided to pass the ball to Robben, at first he also appeared to me offside, but I waited because I evaluated the speed of the action, and I thought that he was in a regular position. And that was correct, I decided by intuition”

      GAZZETTA: You next goals?
      Rizzoli: 200 matches in serie A, and Brazil 2014.

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    2. What a buffoonery and bragging! OMG... I expected more self-critical approach. Utterly abysmal! :/

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  58. Nice comment by Graham Poll:

    'Weak refereeing may well have cost Borussia Dortmund the Champions League final as Bayern Munich would have struggled to win with nine players.

    Live coverage and replays showed that both Franck Ribery and Dante should have been sent off by Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli, the Brazilian for the reckless foul in the 67th minute that gave Dortmund their penalty and left the game at 1-1.

    Having already been cautioned in the first half, Dante caught Marco Reus low in the midriff and should have been punished with at least a second yellow card.

    The game was a superbly entertaining encounter, one of the best finals at the new Wembley and therein lies the problem: the perspective that it is better to watch 22 players contesting a game than 11 v 10 or even 11 v 9. This leads to referees being guided to ‘keep 22 players on the pitch’, particularly in a showpiece final.

    Contrast the scenes at Wembley with those across London where just before half-time, the Northampton captain Dylan Hartley was sent off for allegedly calling referee, Wayne Barnes, a ‘f****** cheat’. Rugby is often cited as an example to football as the game with respect for officials. And Barnes’s strong action shows why: respect is earned rather than demanded by a ‘respect programme’.

    Back at Wembley, in the 25th minute a tussle in midfield saw Robert Lewandowski clash with Ribery. The initial foul was by the Poland striker, but Rizzoli, wanting to keep the tempo and flow in the game, let play continue.

    Ribery, trying to shrug off his opponent, threw his arm back into him, clearly striking Lewandowski in the face. It was as clear a red-card offence as you will see — and in full view of Rizzoli. Incredibly, the Italian referee did not even caution the Frenchman.

    Had it not been the final, I would expect UEFA to charge Ribery retrospectively. Lewandowski himself would also face a charge for a stamping offence when his frustration got the better of him as the game wore on.

    Ribery played an important part in the build-up to Mario Mandzukic’s opener and then passed to Robben to score the late winner.

    We would all rather be talking about the absorbing match rather than referee errors but if a competition is going to be affected by what UEFA call ‘brutality’, as it was when Nani was dismissed at Old Trafford, then it should be done consistently — even if it affects the final.'


    We can discuss about some Poll's comments, but this time, at least he had not lost touch with reality as Rizzoli and Collina had...

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  59. Great report, Edward. Niclas, Nedger and you - all made fantastic job pointing out the foults of Rizzoli. Nice job!

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