June 23, 2013

Ravshan Irmatov has admitted his technical error

Yesterday's top-class match between Euro 2012 finalists Italy and Confed Cup hosting nation Brazil (2:4) will certainly stay in Uzbek match official Ravshan Irmatov's mind as a nightmare. Apart from a not faultless performance of the entire officiating team of Asia, he has committed a rarely seen technical error that could potentially cost him very much credit among FIFA's refereeing department.

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It all happened when a corner kick reached Italian Mario Balotelli, who was pulled and for this reason fouled by a Brazilian defender. Irmatov immediately pointed to the spot, awarded a penalty kick which was supported by a whistle. A second later, the ball reached Italian Chiellini, who scored a goal. Irmatov swiftly changed his mind and awarded the goal. His gestures and explanation of his decision to the furious Brazilian players evoked the impression he thought the advantage rule could be also applied after a whistle, which was clearly audible.


Apart from his mandatory departure from this competition after group stage, it must be strongly questioned how a referee, who took charge of five World Cup 2010 matches including the opener match, Argentina - Germany and the semifinal between Uruguay and the Netherlands, can commit such an amateur mistake. One can only hope that this actually great referee, who was honoured by this blog's community as the world's best referee in 2011, will recover from this soon.
Formally, the Brazilian would have had the statutory law to cancel the match. For FIFA, it seems mere luck that there won't be official protests, as Brazil won this match in the end.
In the meantime Ravshan Irmatov has admitted his technical error to the match commissioner and FIFA referee department chief Massimo Busacca, following a statement issued by FIFA's media agent Pekka Odriozola.

By the way, a similar situation occurred in the German Bundesliga in August 1997. Referee Michael Malbranc retired after this match (see video starting from 14:34). Contrary to Irmatov, Malbranc however did not admit his error.

63 Comments:

  1. Anonymous23/6/13 11:02

    Good Analysis. I´m quite sure that there has been a rematch after a similar mistake in a german first league game about 15 years ago.
    Nevertheless I think Irmatov deserves a second chance. Of course not within Confed Cup but with WC 2014 in mind. It was a fatal blackout in this situation and no one knows better than Irmatov that there was something clearly wrong.

    André (my first post on this site)

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    1. I also think Irmatov should get a second chance at the WC. I think, this will depend on his reaction. Michael Malbranc in Germany was retired because didn't want to know anything of his mistake after the game and denied the whistleing. If Irmatov denies it too, this will be the end of his career, I think. But if he admits his mistake, he will get another chance. In fact he is a good referee - which you also saw in WC 2010. Everybody is allowed to make mistakes, although this one was a brutal one of course.

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    2. Anonymous24/6/13 14:32

      Agree with a second chance. But there must be consequences for a top referee after a mistake that not even amateurs make.A break!
      Agree with a second chance. But there must be consequences for a top referee after a mistake that not even amateurs make.A break!

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  2. Welcome André!
    Yes, everybody has his blackout. The problem is that I think one should consider something like that as so vital and basic that a referee cannot miss it. Even in blackouts. He must know it when being woken by someone at 3 o'clock in the night..

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    1. Anonymous24/6/13 14:38

      an such beginner's mistake may not happen to a top referee. Journey home would be the right signal in public!

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  3. Anonymous23/6/13 11:36

    The first and the last brazilian goals were offside ! Bad performance last night by the asian team...

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  4. Yep. The 2-4 was very tightly offside, but nonetheless another crucial mistake.

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  5. I am certain the last Brazilian goal was onside because the #5's right leg kept him on.
    Other than that, 3 big mistakes by Mr Irmatov and his team.
    First offside goal, then simulation by Neymar that led to the goal, and finally, this incident.
    Some argues that if he did not make the first two mistakes, the game would probably have been 2-2...

    PS. First post on this site too.

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    1. image for the last Brazilian goal:
      http://i.minus.com/ib1OM3foy6qWfp.gif

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    2. Also welcome to you, Charlie.
      Thanks for the gif. Yes, in dubio pro ref. I think this onside flag can be accepted (and perhaps even praised).

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  6. Anonymous23/6/13 14:05

    Bad Irmatov and ominous the assistants.

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  7. Anonymous23/6/13 16:49

    Crucial mistakes for Irmatov and his assistants. I think Kuipers and Osses in semifinals, and Brych or Webb in the final.

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    1. Anonymous23/6/13 20:39

      If Brasil is at the final the referee can be the japanese but not one european

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  8. I tend to believe Kuipers will handle ESP-ITA (very likely that it comes into existence) and Brych BRA-URU. Final for Nishimura or a break in confed rule. I know that the Japanese team did not show their best but in the end perhaps the smoothest solution.

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    1. Anonymous23/6/13 20:42

      OK with Kuipers, Brych and Nishimura

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  9. Anonymous23/6/13 17:03

    Niclas, brother, you wrote the report of Ricci in Turkey - El Salvador. Have you such opportunity to upload small videos from a potential penalty situations in 20' and 85'? And maybe 02', 28', 63', 82', 83' (important and borderline calls of assistants)? Or did you watched it only via stream? This match and Paraguay-Mali are not available anywhere, so I would like to watch the important calls again I've seen on computer screen, but have no recorded it...

    My feelings are that Ricci missed two penalties in favour of Turkey. You wrote, that were acceptable calls. Are you 100% sure?

    My best regards,
    Abdallah

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    1. Hello. I watched it via the official livestream of FIFA.com. No downloads available unfortunately, I also have not seen Shukralla yet. So no, I don't have video footage.
      Onto the penalties: well I cannot say more than in the report, for me the first one was really nothing and the second one is borderline. One really could have whistled it.

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    2. Anonymous23/6/13 17:30

      Oh, a pity. Thanks, brother, for the answer! Cakir gave similar penalty in his match and I think this one in 20' could be given too. The second one - I am not able to say about this, because the video crashed by the moment and I missed this situation. I saw only the final moment of replay, so my concentration was poor :/ Apart from those situations, I think he did a good job, being a bit pedantic, but always right. The yellow card in 65' was for stepping onto opponent's ancle. But it seemed not deliberately for me!

      Thank you again,
      Abdallah

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    3. Agree. That was the reason for the booking, but a bit misplaced..
      It's of course difficult to compare penalties. We ruled Cakir's penalty as hard but ok, but one cannot say "therefore this must be penalty, too", since our credo is always go with the referee in doubt.

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    4. Anonymous23/6/13 17:37

      Yes, so the most important for a mark is the penalty appeal from 84', which I didn't see :/

      Difficult game for assistants. I think AR2 was much better than AR1.

      Abdallah

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  10. Anonymous23/6/13 17:04

    Why do you think Aguilar and Proenca will be sent home. FIFA doesn't care how many matches referee had in the tournament, all they care is performance. If Aguilar show some great performance tonight he could be a referee for the final.

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  11. Sorry but sometimes I think you and some others read things in my comments I never wrote. Where is it written that I think Aguilar or Proenca would be sent home? Of course Aguilar can have the final or third place match or just be fourth official in one of the matches...

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  12. Anonymous23/6/13 17:29

    hmm after yesterday...

    Final for Djamel HAIMOUDI

    1/2 finals: Webb and Kuipers.

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  13. Anonymous23/6/13 17:35

    My predictions:

    1/2 finals
    Webb and Abal

    3rd place match
    Aguilar

    Final
    Brych

    Abdallah

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  14. I'm going to be biased here :)

    1/2 finals: Haimoudi and Kuipers
    3rd place play off: Aguilar
    Final: Webb

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  15. I don't want to spoil your hopes, but also at Club World Cup Haimoudi performed ok but was ignored in the final. FIFA instead broke the confed rule and appointed Cakir. So I would not too much believe in Haimoudi. I think the best he can achieve is the 3rd place match (FIFA may proof me wrong..).

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  16. Anonymous23/6/13 18:32

    Niclas, brother, as for the Paraguay - Mali I can say you the only important call was a first goal of the match.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4afkNFvPH0

    Shukralla didn't whistle an offensive foul and I think it was an acceptable call of Bahraini official. Of course, a free kick in favour of Paraguay could have been given.

    That decision was however consistent with the overall very lenient line of referee. He allowed much contact play and had a great recognition what was a foul or not. He booked only when needed:
    50' 3MLI for reckless tackle on sliding opponent
    59' 5MLI for reckless hit into an opponent's face in the fight for the ball
    76' 15PAR for unsporting behaviour, playing without permission of the referee
    87' 6MLI for reckless foul in the air-fight (elbow on the back)
    90' 8PAR for breaking a promising attack by slide-tackle.

    Some other observations:
    - he appeared to be very relaxed, far from the game, but had a good angle for the action; sometimes should be more decisive and confident
    - he used good verbal warnings and clear line when giving cards (always for deliberate, full of premeditation fouls)
    - missed a foul of 10PAR on 16MLI (borderline between careless or reckless tackle, I think a card was not mandatory, but free kick should have been given in favour of African team)
    - was able to run fast and keep a good fitness to the end of the game

    Assistants counted a good match. AR1 had not much to do, AR2 took two decisions fully correct in second half.

    Shukralla - 8.3
    Tulefat - 8.3
    Saleh - 8.4
    Skomina - 8.1

    I hope it can help you,
    Abdallah

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  17. Abdallah, thanks a lot. Good observations, I hope to be able to find a video soon. But at least we can then be a bit sure that Shukralla did overall well.
    You can contact me via mail if you want (see contact).

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  18. Good Friends,

    Now it is time to put the cards on the table and give my predictions for the final phase of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.

    Semi-finals

    Game 1: Brazil vs 2nd place Group B

    Referee Diego Abal (Argentina)
    Assistant Referees: Hernan Maidana (Argentina) and Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)
    Fourth Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
    Reserve Assistant Referee: Mark Borsch (Germany)

    Game 2: 1st place Group B vs Italy

    Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
    Assistant Referees: Bertino Miranda (Portugal) and Jose Trigo (Portugal)
    Fourth official: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
    Reserve Assistant Referee: William Torres (El Salvador)

    3rd / 4th Place:

    Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2

    Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
    Assistant Referees: Toru Sagara (Japan) and Toshiyuki Nagi (Japan)
    Fourth Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
    Reserve Assistant Referee: Mark Borsch (Germany)

    Final:

    Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2

    Referee: Howard Webb (England)
    Assistant Referees: Michael Mullarkey (England) and Darren Cann (England)
    Fourth official: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
    Reserve Assistant Referee: William Torres (El Salvador)

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  19. Anonymous23/6/13 19:21

    My prediction:

    BRAZIL - URUGUAY: WEBB
    SPAIN - ITALY: KUIPERS

    Third-place match: HAIMOUDI
    Final: BRYCH (although CONMEBOL - UEFA)

    Kind regards from Vienna,
    Peter

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    1. Hi Peter

      don't you think that three UEFA officials for both semifinals and also the final are a bit exaggerated? FIFA should avoid that, in my opinion, I think that Haimoudi could reach a semifinal, it would be a very important appointment for him, thank also to the debacle of Irmatov (I'm sorry for him).
      I furthermore think that the referees with already 2 matches are out, so Aguilar and Proença should not be appointed again... but at the end who knows?
      Everything can happen.
      Report of Brych is ready (it will be uploaded soon): 8,2 the final mark.
      A too soft penalty awarded to Mexico, in my opinion, but still not a crucial mistake.

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    2. Anonymous23/6/13 20:11

      Hi Chefren!

      Remembering OLYMPIA 2012, when ROCCHI, KRALOVEC, IRMATOV and CLATTENBERG handled the last four matches, my prediction does not seem completely unrealistic.

      In my opinion, BRYCH, HAIMOUDI, KUIPERS and WEBB showed satisfying performances which would recommend each of them for a second match - I could not decide whom of them to eliminate.

      Kind regards from Vienna,
      Peter

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  20. Anonymous23/6/13 20:18

    Niclas, brother, I have found the Turkey - El Salvador game to download!

    Here, the link:
    http://rgfootball.net/viewtopic.php?t=78311

    I have already downloaded it and checked both penalty appeals. The mark should be 7.9, because the second penalty appeal was a clear foul!

    REF:
    07' Obvious yellow card given to 13SLV for breaking a promising attack by reckless slide-tackle.

    20' 12SLV is warned for a dangerous slide-tackle. The only argument for no-card is that he bent his legs before making an inevitable contact.

    20' 2SLV provoke a contact with attacker, making deliberate movement of his leg. Although the contact was slight, it was enough to whistle a penalty. Maybe a bit exaggerated fall of 19TUR caused a non-penalty call, but it was typical throwing an opponent off the balance. I don't think it's crucial mistake, but you'll decide.

    45+1' YC to 20TUR for deliberate runs into 7SLV. Unsporting behaviour, provocative character of foul.

    62' 7SLV cuts off 17TUR near the end-line. It was fully intentional and very rude tackle which the well-positioned referee must whistle and punish by a minimum yellow card. Incomprehensible ignorance of the ref.

    65' Referee misses a rude foul of 5SLV on 16TUR. Probably AR2 or 4TH Official tells to him there was a step on opponent's leg. Yellow card is absolutely minimum, as we can see in replays, it was intentional and very rough behaviour of frustrated Salvadorian...

    84' Obvious penalty in favour of Turkey is missed. 15SLV cuts off 10TUR by reckless slide-tackle. Penalty kick and yellow card would be appropriate calls. Crucial mistake of again well-positioned referee.



    AR1:
    02' missed clear offside, had a luck the Turk didn't score
    28' wrongly disallowed goal due to alleged offside, crucial mistake

    AR2:
    63' outstanding onside leading to the third goal; if you see the replay, you'll be hugely impressed by an eagle-eyes assistant
    82' correct offside call and disallowing a goal for Turkey in the result
    83' another brilliant call by this assistant, extremely difficult situation is correctly evaluated as onside


    FINAL MARKS FROM ME:
    Ricci - 7.2 (8.1)
    Rocha - 7.8 (8.1)
    De Carvalho - 9.0
    Lannoy - 8.0

    It's great to be able to catch this torrent and reward those hot situations. It seems we were more or less wrong in our feelings :)

    Abdallah

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    1. Hi Abdallah, thx for torrent. Will rewatch the match and crucial situations andere it needed adapt report. Hope for your understanding that livestream observing is aometimes not the best, but often our only chance to watch the matches.

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    2. Anonymous24/6/13 08:07

      Sorry, brother! My fault! Of course, it's 7.8 for Ricci, not 7.2! Sorry!

      Abdallah

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  21. Anonymous23/6/13 22:17

    Hello guys, what about Brych‘s penalty for Mexico...I mean what you think about card?

    He didnt show any card...what are yours opinion?

    Thanks
    Pablo

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    1. Hi Pablo, I think it was a soft call in general. Not every referee would have whistled it. He could have issued a yellow card but I think it's also acceptable to give nothing here.

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    2. Anonymous24/6/13 12:53

      Hi Niclas,

      Thank you for explanation.

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  22. Philipp S24/6/13 00:16

    My prediction:
    BRA-URU: Brych, Borsch, Lupp, Proenca
    SPA-ITA: Webb, Mullarkey, Cann, Aguilar
    3rd: Haimoudi
    Final: Nishimura

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  23. Just to provide a contrast to the current situation, here is a recent example of Mark Geiger whistling for a penalty although a goal was scored almost immediately after. While Geiger will have surely wished he would have played the advantage, I give him credit for correctly applying the laws.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5t2uMVWzvk&feature=share&list=UUSZbXT5TLLW_i-5W8FZpFsg

    (Relevant footage beings at 2:45)

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    1. Also, interesting red card at 6:15

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    2. Thanks for the link, Yankee.
      Something comparable happened also in Hertha BSC - Leverkusen a few years ago in Bundesliga, Thorsten Kinhöfer failed to apply an obvious advantage and impeded a goal by that. Free-kick was taken then and goal not given. Of course it's unlucky, but despite the anger it might arouse it is the only correct way to deal with it.
      For Geiger's red card, well done.

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  24. According to the Italian sport newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Busacca is going to send home Irmatov along with other officials, who showed weak performance in their matches.
    Probably Osses, Abal and Nishimura...

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  25. If you are right, 4 Europeans, Haimoudi and Aguilar would stay in Brazil. Let's see.

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  26. My prediction:
    BRA-URU: Brych
    SPA-ITA: Webb
    3rd: Haimoudi
    Final: Kuipers

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  27. UEFA Champions League Draws

    *First qualifying round draw (2/3 and 9/10 July)
    FC Shirak (ARM) v SP Tre Penne (SMR)
    FC Lusitans (AND) v v EB/Streymur (FRO)

    *Second qualifying round draw (16/17 and 23/24 July
    Neftçi PFK (AZE) v KS Skënderbeu (ALB)
    FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU) v FK Vardar (MKD)
    FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v FK Željezničar (BIH)
    FC Sheriff (MDA) v FK Sutjeska (MNE)
    Birkirkara FC (MLT) v NK Maribor (SVN)
    Sligo Rovers FC (IRL) v Molde FK (NOR)
    IF Elfsborg (SWE) v FC Daugava Daugavpils (LVA)
    HJK Helsinki (FIN) v JK Nõmme Kalju (EST)
    FK Ekranas (LTU) v FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL)
    The New Saints FC (WAL) v Legia Warszawa (POL)
    Celtic FC (SCO) v Cliftonville FC (NIR)
    GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v CS Fola Esch (LUX)
    Győri ETO FC (HUN) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
    FC BATE Borisov (BLR) v FC Shakhter Karagandy (KAZ)
    FC Shirak (ARM)/SP Tre Penne (SMR) v FK Partizan (SRB)
    ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK) v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)
    FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) v FC Lusitans (AND)/EB/Streymur (FRO)

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    1. Do you already know referees for first qualifying round ? Same for Europa Eleague ?
      Thanks

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    2. I think in the next 2 or 3 days we will know the referees, the draw took place just today, so clearly they aren't still appointed....

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    3. No, it is too early. The appointments will be made tomorrow or Wendesday.

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    4. The drawings were today, so UEFA obviously did not even start thinking on the exact appointments ;)

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  28. Is this a penalty for you?

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k2xBsudtGQuyqr4e6Pj&start=985

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    1. Anonymous24/6/13 13:38

      More penalty than not, but I would not call it as crucial mistake due to an exaggerated fall by Spaniard.

      Abdallah

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    2. Ok I have this view as well. The hand certainly is misplaced there, but Pedro falls too easily and with a bit delay..
      Thanks for your assessment.

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    3. Anonymous24/6/13 19:12

      Penalty evident.
      And my predictions:
      Brasil-Uruguay Osses
      Italy-Spain Kuipers
      Final Nishimura

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    4. I would not like it that much - but I have the same feeling atm.

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  29. By the way Néant Alioum performed very well. Good performance. Report to follow soon.

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  30. Anonymous24/6/13 18:50

    Hard to believe a referee as good and experienced as Irmatov would make this error. It was clear he put whistle in mouth and pointed to spot, I was just hoping he didn't actually blow until after the goal. His admission dashed that hope. Then it becomes shocking that the rest of the crew would let him make that error without some obvious input.

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  31. Anonymous25/6/13 01:03

    So Osses for Brazil-Uruguay and Webb for Spain-Italy.

    Brych gets the final?

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  32. I personally hope either Webb or Kuipers get the final appointment.

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    1. Anonymous25/6/13 01:44

      Webb has a SF, so he is out i guess.

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    2. This is confirmed?

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    3. Anonymous25/6/13 02:08

      Yep, look above your post.

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  33. Bit suprised. I would of thought it would be the other way around.
    Anyway, still hopeful that Kuipers receives the final.

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