June 16, 2013

Matej Jug is awarded Jerusalem final honour

UEFA Referee Committee have decided to assign Slovenian referee Matej Jug for Tuesday's Under-21 European Championship final between Italy and holders Spain, being the third match for the aspiring 1980 born match official at this tournament.

Matej Jug has the honour to head the final (c) UEFA.com

In the group stage campaign, Jug already took charge of two ties involving the Russian side when they were defeated by the Netherlands (0:1) and by Germany (1:2). He showed very convincing performances in both matches. Specially the matchday 3 duel between those Group A teams who had already been determined to leave the tournament was tough to control: Jug correctly sent off a Russian player for serious foul play, awarded a correct penalty kick to the Germans and showed, apart from that, a good piece of refereeing. The only point of criticism that was reported by our blog observer was a missing sending-off against a Russian player for serious foul play in the very early stages of the game (17th minute).
Jug is currently a First Group referee, but after this tournament, a promotion to Elite Development does not only seem to be likely, but also deserved. At last year's UEFA European Championship 2012, he assisted Elite official Damir Skomina in three matches as additional assistant referee.
In this final, he will be assisted by Austrian Roland Brandner and Hungarian Vencel Tóth. Halis Özkahya of Turkey and Slovakian Ivan Kružliak will function as additional assistant referees. Ivan Bebek of Croatia, whom many people considered as the most probable final official, will be involved as fourth official.

Final

18 June 2013
FINAL – Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem (ISR) – 18:00 CET
ITALY
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SPAIN
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Fourth Official: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
Blog Observer:
Nik Askitopoulos (ENG)

57 Comments:

  1. Congrats to Jug and co. He has had a very good tournament apart from that situation in the 17th minute of RUS-GER game.

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  2. Anonymous16/6/13 12:47

    Strange. I think, Bebek was better in this tournament. However, congratulations to the whole team!

    Serenito

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  3. Yep. Congrats to them.
    If the observer in ISR-GER ignored the 17th minute situation, Jug's mark should have been very good (8.6 or something in this area). So a final nomination would only be logical, as Bebek revealed weaknesses in cooperating with AARs in both matches.

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    1. Anonymous16/6/13 13:25

      But why should observer ignore this situation? I think, it was very big error due to nice view that Jug had...

      Serenito

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    2. Yes, but in the end we must realize that UEFA observers are not as harsh as we are and not so bound to single decisions in a match..because at the end the YC (missed RC) was no game-decisive mistake.

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    3. Anonymous16/6/13 13:30

      Hmm, I'm nearly sure that Jug got 7.9 for this performance, because I know the referee from my country who also got 7.4 and 7.9 for missing not so obvious red cards in CL. I don't think that observers are not so harsh. Maybe not only a mark, but also overall impression is taken into account?

      Serenito

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    4. Yes, and the overall impression of Jug was quite good, do you agree?

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    5. By the way, the ref you mentioned is not randomly Marcin Borski??

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    6. Anonymous16/6/13 13:40

      Totally agree. Jug presented a better attitude than Bebek, specially in cooperation, as you mentioned above. They could've realized that Bebek was not so good at this tournament to give him a final and then closed their eyes on that one big mistake that had no impact on the final result. Probably, they think that Jug was better in his skill-showing and more adequate to whistle a final than consistently but rather average-performing Bebek. Something like Eriksson's absency in the CL final, I think.

      Serenito

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    7. Anonymous16/6/13 13:42

      ;) who knows

      Serenito

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    8. Serenito, take also into account that Jug was going to face a useless match, Russia-Germany, both teams were eliminated. One could have joined the pitch with a relaxed approach, but in fact the match was among the most difficult ones of this tournament, and there were 3 excellent difficult and crucial call. The card for dive, the straight sending off, and the penalty. Taking into account all these things, it's clear that you can close the eyes for a missed red card. Furthermore, he gave yellow, so not that big mistake, since we see many referees TOTALLY missing these situations.
      For me, excellent match and deserved final.

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    9. Agree with what you wrote ;) Bebek was just good I think in both matches with some points to improve. But a summary thread will follow after the tournament where such things can be discussed further.

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    10. Report on Boiko will follow soon.
      Marks will be: Boiko 8.4, Kolev 8.4, Mulvanny 8.4, Delferiere 8.0, Spathas 8.0 and Toth 8.0.

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    11. By the way we did not award even one 7.9 for ARs at this tournament. They have a very good time in Israel.

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    12. Anonymous16/6/13 13:49

      I didn't wrote he was poor in this match, but strictly respecting UEFA scale, it must be 7.9. Other decisions were, of course, brilliant! And maybe due to those calls they evaluated him as e.g. 8.7 and decreased the mark for 0.4? Who knows? No one knows UEFA observers' thinking :) From what I know, they are really different in giving marks - some of them ignore the scale :)

      Serenito

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    13. Yes but as you outlined, also in real life soft skills are more important. I am really not sure if it really MUST be 7.9, it depends on the definition of what you call a crucial mistake. Even if you say "missed red card with severe impact on the match", then it is still not clear whether this really applies for this situation.

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    14. Anonymous16/6/13 14:03

      From what I know, just missed red card (with impact or not) is taken as crucial mistake.

      Doesn't matter, every referee at this tournament presented equal and good level. Maybe they were not excellent, cause in every performance we can find several points for improvement, but they all could take a final, I think. So, just waiting for good match and satisfying performance by match officials!

      Serenito

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    15. Concerning the refereeing level in Israel. I really must say that Gautier disappointed (me). All the others showed basically good performances.

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    16. I agree. I was expecting much more from Gautier.

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    17. Anonymous16/6/13 19:32

      I wanted to be dyplomatic!

      Serenito

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  4. Anonymous16/6/13 14:14

    Sad day for Germany. Today, two World Champions with NRF team passed away - Ottmar Walter (89yo, WC in 1954) and Heinz Flohe (65yo, World Champion in 1974 and Euro Champion in 1972, also participant of World Cup in 1978).

    Rest in pace!

    Serenito

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  5. UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

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    1. Again and again :D

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    2. I know, right :)
      Dallas has observed 7 officials in 14 days.

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  6. Anonymous17/6/13 10:03

    logically, he is the Vice Chairman of Collina,

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    1. Batta is also a Refereeing Officer but he only observed one official in this tournament. Jug in NED-RUS.

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  7. Anonymous17/6/13 12:09

    How can we not have awarded on AAR 7,9 in this tournament? Anti Munukka with Gautier no penalty given in front of him? He did only two matches in the tournament. I wonder why?:)

    The AR been fantastic in this tournament. Overall the refereeing started badly but it has been better with every match. But I expected more. Gautier, Hategan and Gil not impressive but Boyiko and Jug did very well.


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  8. Read through the reports...Munukka got 7.7 and 7.9 in his matches by our observers. I talked about ARs, not AARs..

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  9. No risk to speak directly Matej Jug, has been promoted to a category ELITE-DEVELOPMENT, for the season 2013\14

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  10. This is the referee kit for WC 2014:
    http://www.arbitreshop.fr/images/produits/adidas_arbitre_wc2014_001.JPG
    You can find more pictures by replacing 001 with 002,003,004,006,009,011.
    Colours are black, blue and yellow, second colour is red on the black one and black on the other two.

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  11. Brrr.....again I plead in favour of firing the designer.

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  12. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=670707609622757&set=a.242371482456374.81430.162447507115439&type=1&theater

    There seems also to be a red one, so it's the same range of colours as before 2012.

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  13. Not convincing penalty given by Jug, at least in my opinion...

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  14. I am observing him Chef - I agree with you

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  15. For me it is justified.

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  16. This second one 100% correct, Spain deserves to win.

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  17. At least this second penalty is more clear.

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  18. edward - should we want 'justification' or fantastic refereeing? This was even more important as the game was nicely poised at this juncture.

    (potential missed red as B6 leads with the elbow just now?)

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    1. Nikos - we should be able to justify calls that the referee takes in 2-3 seconds. That said what we really must pay more attention is the referee's behavior and tactical approach and of course control.

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  19. The latter of course is extremely important - especially in younger more inexperienced officials. But here we are talking about a crucial incident in a senior Cup final with a high calibre referee (relatively speaking).

    Key match incidents are important for both teams, but of course the referee's development too.

    I agree with you in theory, but I feel he misjudged this incident as the ball was long won before the second leg took the player's balance (entirely different to a situation where both ball and player are taken at the same time).

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  20. Honestly speaking my reaction in both penalties seeing them live was penalty.

    Do you really want to call the first penalty a crucial mistake?

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    1. I am still split. Certainly in one respect it is. But like you say it can be just about 'justified' for the trailing leg being taken. But great interception from a player's PoV and certainly not from behind either.

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    2. You must consider many things. Firstly the speed of both players. In that speed every little contact will bring a fall. Secondly the defender's intention. He wants to play the ball or stop his opponent?

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    3. Im confused? the defender makes a fantastic tackle with his stronger foot from the side, clear contact on the ball? The fact he did this at great speed gives him even more credit. He must be devastated at the penalty call.

      Anyway, report filed file ...

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  21. It is clear that the blog's analysis of Jug being a fantastic talent for the future is correct for sure.

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  22. I must admit that I would not have whistled this penalty either. But for me it is no crucial mistake. Both interpretations of this scene are logical and possible.
    Apart from this scene, fantastic performance. Very well done by the whole crew.

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    1. It is a crucial mistake, you dont wisthle a penalty in a final if you are not 100% sure. That was a big mistake. The second penalty was a consequences of the first plus UEFA should penalize simulation. Are people here blind that they dont want to see it???

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  23. And I forgot: "UEFA, Elite Development for Matej Jug, please."

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  24. Great performance from Jug and Co. Promotion to Elite Development must be inevitable now.

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  25. One must also mention the high level of all AR's. Especially Brandner and Toth at the final seemed to have a radar to their head. Every call they made was excellent. Well done.

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  26. Anonymous18/6/13 21:36

    Penalty is 100% correct according to instructions. Now, the tackles must be at least 90% clear, that was 50/50 or 60clear/40foul. Great performance, but I don't like his 'sad' or 'phlegmatic' approach in key situations.

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    1. No it wasnt, neither of them, you dont take those number into account like that, if you hit the ball first and your intention is shown to be the ball there is not penalty at all. It wasnt a penalty and the spaniard simulates the fall as they did through out the game.

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  27. Uefa can be very content about the performances in Israel.

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    1. UEFA can be very content of bad referee as usual, every time is getting worse and simulations are dominating soccer matches these days and that is why the game isnt as beautiful as it was before.

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  28. YOu dont call a penalty in a final if you are not 100% sure, there is not either way here. The referee was real bad for a final. And both of the situation player went for the ball and touch the ball first before the opponet and Spaniard tend to fall and do a lot of simulation and the referee should has known that since there were several occasion were Spaniard threw themselve to the ground. For this, he did a bad job as refere for a final

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  29. I think we saw a different referee. Or even a different match?

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