December 2, 2013

Ali Al-Badwawi will miss Club World Cup

Bad news for Asian refereeing: Ali Hamad Al-Badwawi of the UA Emirates will again miss an important FIFA tournament on his road to World Cup 2014 in Brazil currently being one of 50 referees chosen on the short list for the World Cup.


Having already failed to participate in 2013 Under-17 World Cup in his home country, Al-Badwawi and his teammates Saleh Al-Marzouqi and Mohamed Al-Mehairi will miss FIFA Club World Cup 2013 held in Morocco. According to his homepage, Al-Badwawi's injury has cropped up again so that physiologists have advised him to not join this tournament. He furthermore expressed his hope of being nominated for the World Cup by FIFA's Referee Committee despite his absence in two tournaments. It has not been announced who is going to replace Al-Badwawi at December's Club World Cup.
Moreover, it was stated that AFC would have "4+1" places on the final referee list for the World Cup (four referees and one standby official acting as fourth official), which very likely counts for CAF and CONCACAF, too.

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  1. Ah that sucks. Hope he recovers soon. Are there any other FIFA tournaments after the new year?

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    1. Unfortunately not and that's the problem. His U17 WC 2011 is his only FIFA tournament prior to a possible World Cup nomination, which makes latter quite unprobable.

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    2. It must really to suck to be on a crew when this happens because I assume it is everyone or no-one?

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  2. I'm really regretted about Al Badwawi; very unlike missing his 2 FIFA tournaments. I hope he will recover soion and to achieve again some satisfactions. The new that AFC will grant 4 + 1 place in Brasil is a bomb ! Is it confirmed ? Irmatov, Nishimura and Shukrallah are quite sure, Williams just below them, so Al Badwawoi could be back as reserve. IMO Faghani and Al Ghamdhi are svanished. I guess that CAF and Concacaf will grant no more than 3 ,d 3 + 1 respectively, otherwise no available places for uefa and south america. Rgs Mario

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    1. Sorry some typo mistakes due to the speed:
      I'm really regretted about Al Badwawi; very UNLUCKY missing his 2 FIFA tournaments. I hope he will recover SOON and to achieve again some satisfactions. The STATEMENT that AFC will grant 4 + 1 place in Brasil is a bomb ! Is it confirmed ? Irmatov, Nishimura and Shukrallah are quite sure, Williams just below them, so Al Badwawi could be back as reserve. IMO Faghani and Al Ghamdhi are VANISHED. I guess that CAF and Concacaf will grant no more than 3 AND 3 + 1 respectively, otherwise no available places for uefa and south america. Rgs Mario

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  3. Anonymous2/12/13 21:23

    What was the allocation for each confederation in 2010 and 2006?

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  4. 2006
    AFC: 2
    CAF: 2
    CONCACAF: 2
    CONMEBOL: 5
    OFC: 1
    UEFA: 9

    2010
    AFC: 4
    CAF: 3
    CONCACAF: 5
    CONMEBOL: 6
    OFC: 2
    UEFA: 10

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    1. Small correction: You probably forgot to include Khalil Al Ghamdi, Mohammed Guezzaz, Kevin Stott and Carlos Chandía who were fourth officials in 2006 (so: AFC: 3, CAF: 3, CONCACAF: 3, CONMEBOL: 6 in 2006).

      It is also confirmed that CONMEBOL will have 6+1 places in 2014 and it is rumoured that UEFA will have 10+1.

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    2. Anonymous3/12/13 13:45

      If the total will remain 30, while UEFA, CONMEBOL and AFC get "+1", that means that CONCACAF, OFC and CAF wil get "-1"?

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  5. Anonymous3/12/13 01:33

    Today I read interview with Roman Slysko a he confirmed that the penalty situation was correct. Frank de Boer a Denis Bergkamp were very satisfied with Kralovec and other colleagues.

    Who speaks czech, there is link:
    http://www.fotbalnaplno.cz/content/fotbal-rozhodci-kralovcovi-prisli-za-vykon-podekovat-treneri-barcelony-i-ajaxu-rika-roman-slysko-02122013

    Petr

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    1. I go on to believe that referees or observers at this level must either have another law book or different TV angles than we have. Of course, if the decision was ruled as correct by Lemmer, then we can be very happy for the whole referee team.

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  6. Anonymous3/12/13 04:08

    That is very unlucky for Ali Al-Badwawi to suffer serious injury during this crucial time for world cup selection, now this has made his world cup nomination very unprobable indeed. His injury has certainly allowed some of the other AFC referees to overtake him on the pre-list. AFC referees have been rated pretty highly since the last world cup, I think maybe just behind UEFA. If there is actually a UEFA vs CONMEBOL world cup final next year, one asian referee may become the first referee from AFC to officiate the final. We shall wait and see.

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  7. Here in Italy today it is reported that FIFA will select 24 main trios, and at least 10 reserve referees. They will act in this way, to prevent every possible problem, also considering that there will be big distances between the cities in which matches will be played.
    It seems almost sure that there will be more trios than South Africa 2010.

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    1. Hi Chefren, where did you get these infos ? On Gazzetta ? Paper or on - line ?
      Mario

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    2. Anonymous3/12/13 16:28

      What source?

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    3. An article today on La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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  8. CONFIRMED:
    AFC 4+1 = 5
    COMNEBOL 6 + 1 = 7
    POSSIBLE
    OFC 1
    CAF 3 + 1 = 4
    CONCACAF 3 + 1 = 4
    If the total will be 30 only 9 places for Uefa including reserves. It seems too poor. Probably,a s Chefren said, dispite fo two previous edition, more than 30 nwill be selected, incfraesing teh number fo reserves. Or CAF and CONCACAF will have only 2 + 1 (it should be right accoridng to thier level fo refereeing . What du you think ?

    Rgs
    mario

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  9. Very difficult to say. But I am very sure that FIFA will appoint more than 30 trios, no matter whether they will be reserve or active. We will hopefully see in January when the list will be reduced accoring to what we know (i.e., not the final list though).

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  10. Faghani and his assistants to replace Al Badwawi... (source Arbitro Internacional)

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    1. Yeap, and Kabanda appears as "injured" on the new list, his name appears crossed out and in red in front of it it says "injured" but Gassama and Ogbamariam remain in that list. Maybe Mekouande and Edibi could take his place?

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    2. FIFA official confirmation:

      http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/22/25/89/appointmentmatchofficials_cwcmorocco2013_neutral.pdf

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  11. Anonymous3/12/13 19:21

    Off-topic:

    I do not like the seeding procedure for the final draw to be held on Friday: Pot 3 contains all representatives from both Asia and North America meaning that any encounters between AFC and CONCACAF will be excluded in the the group stage. :-(

    Peter/Vienna

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    1. I agree with you Peter, it is great shenanigans.
      This also means that FIFA could be in trouble with maintaining their confederation neutrality rule in terms of referee appointments. If there are many matches between CONMEBOL and UEFA already in the group stage, they'll need strong referees from AFC, CONCACAF and CAF as well.

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    2. We could have a group like this:

      Brazil, Italy, USA, France :D

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    3. FIFA today made their test draw.

      Here is the result.

      http://content-mcdn.sentragoal.gr/filesystem/images/20131203/low/pegasus_LARGE_t_1041_106143165.JPG

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    4. My God....just look at Group A! If this is the case, we are done for :(

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    5. That group stage came some weeks ago from supposed hackers that "came" in to FIFA system and said that would be the group stage, it's the same image... I don't really believe it's truth but there is a lot of speculation and people saing it all is fixed

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    7. This is the test draw from FIFA:

      Group A: Brazil, Italy, France, Australia

      Group B: Uruguay, Nigeria, USA, Croatia

      Group C: Argentina, Ghana, Costa Rica, Russia

      Group D: Switzerland, Chili, Japan, Greece

      Group E: Spain, Cote d'Ivoire, South Korea, England

      Group F: Colombia, Cameroon, Honduras, Netherlands

      Group G: Germany, Ecuador, Iran, Portugal

      Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina

      Group A <3

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  12. Anonymous4/12/13 00:19

    It does not matter how the groups are drawn, there will be nine matches (all are very important) in the group stage to played between UEFA team and COMNEBOL team. If FIFA still wish to maintain confederation neutrality rule in referee appointment at world cup, they will need all strong referees from AFC, CAF, CONCACAF region as well, otherwise they will have to appoint someone like Irmatov all the time. It will be interesting to see if FIFA will choose the same number of main referees from each of AFC, CAF and CONCACAF, as was the case in the last world cup. Referees from AFC impressed most at the last world cup.

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    1. And the other way around: There will be 3 groups with 1 UEFA team, so 3 matches without them, and 5 groups with two European teams, so 2 matches, where UEFA referees can be appointed. So overall only 19 matches, where this is possible in the group stage. Assuming 9-10 referees from Europe, it means they have to get every of these matches, or some of them will get only one.

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    2. In My Opinion neautrality confederation rule should be deleted; Wordl cup referees are so fear and honest to avoid any kind of suspect. I think that only AFC has raise up its quality and perfomances on refereeing with two high level officials (Irmatov and Nishimura. Aguila is the third that could manage match between uefa and Comnebol, nothing beyong these three officlas, so poor resources to officiate 9 top level matches.
      Rgs Mario

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    3. I think, every referee, who is selected should be able to handle also matches between South America and Europe. Maybe not Brazil- France, but matches like Ecuador-Croatia or Colombia-Bosnia can be done by e.g. Gassama or Moreno. Furthermore I would count Garcia as fourth name for the top clashes. And as the example Iramtov 2010 shows, further candidates can evolve during the tournament.
      So, the bigger problem IMO is that there are nor enough matches for the UEFA referees.

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    4. Breaking the neutrality rule would be adequate. Referees are neutral and nothing else.

      However, I believe that most of you would agree with, for example:
      Argentina - Italy: Felix Brych

      but not with:
      Argentina - Italy: Enrique Osses

      If the neutrality rule is broken (what I don't expect), then it should count for both: UEFA referees must be able to handle Conmebol-UEFA matches but Conmebol referees must be able to do so, too.

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  13. Anonymous4/12/13 14:10

    We'll probably have more than 24 holders referees, it will already have some only 1 game is not only a problem of UEFA

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  14. Emil Archambault5/12/13 02:14

    Off-Topic: PRO Referees has selected Hilario Grajeda, 47 year-old former FIFA referee, as the referee for the MLS Cup final this Saturday. http://www.mlssoccer.com/mlscup/2013/news/article/2013/12/03/jeff-bradley-head-referee-hilario-grajeda-man-middle-mls-cup

    If you follow the link to the Osvaldo Alonso elbow, I'd like to have your comments on a few points.
    1-Excellent input by the AR and especially the 4th official (spot him in the replay reaching for his microphone button to inform Grajeda).
    2- In my opinion, Grajeda fails to take control of the situation. He should intervene quickly to prevent the other Seattle players from harassing the AR. His red card is also given sloppily and carelessly, not signalling a clear, 100% certain decision.
    3-I'm not sure it is particularly smart of the AR to begin motioning to the players that there was an elbow hit before Grajeda has given the card. The sanction should come first, and the explanations later.
    4-At least one of the players who harassed the AR should be cautioned. Same for the coach and the substitute, depending on their involvement.

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    1. I totally agree. I would like to add point 5, repeating the commentator's words: "Where is the fourth official?". The AR allows some players to harrass him and moves back without determination, just making this gesture. The fourth official is not aware of that and does not support him. And yes, Grajedo seemed a bit lethargic in this situation. AR involved was Corey E. Rockwell and fourth official was Baldomero Toledo, if I am not wrong.
      Thanks for sharing the link and appointment.

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    2. Emil Archambault6/12/13 04:19

      The Fourth was Ricardo Salazar. If you look at 00:40 in the video, you see the fourth official also surrounded by players, but also looking very laid back. While I understand he has his own crowd of players to deal with, I agree with you that he should be more active. The same goes for Grajeda, who is invisible while his assistant takes all the foul mouthing.

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    3. Correction: Grajeda has never been a FIFA referee. He is the first referee to take charge of MLS Cup who never held a FIFA badge.

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  15. Interesting article: Platini would prefer sin bins (like rugby) over yellow cards.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25235277

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  16. Anonymous5/12/13 20:40

    Guys, from what I've heard UEFA has decided that Elite Development Category will disappear starting this January (2014). Some referees in the current ED group will be promoted to Elite Category and the remaining referees will be placed in First group.
    I'm very curious what will be decided in a few weeks....

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    1. Do you have some concrete pieces of information? (composition etc., reasons...)
      If that's true, that is a real bummer.

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  17. Good news if true. The ED Group is not needed to choose referees who deserve the Elite Category. The referees in ED group are unsure all the time and too much pressure is on them regarding a possible advance or demotion.
    And due to that, they are sometimes maybe too focused on the performance, if you know what I mean.

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