October 31, 2013

Two-year suspension for Emir Alečković

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On the last 9 October the Bosnian FIFA referee has been sanctioned with a 24 months suspension by the disciplinary committee of the Bosnian Football Federation, at the end of the proceedings opened against him, about three months ago.


Alečković has been found guilty of having sent unappropriate text messages to certain students, regarding which he was a mentor.
The sentence can be appealed. On last July, the Bosnian referee was sent home while officiating at the 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, following an official complaint by the parents of one of the students.

Source: Sport.ba
Related Item: Emir Alečković sent home from U19 tournament and officially suspended
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October 30, 2013

Ovidiu Hategan acquitted of accusations

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UEFA have ruled that referee Ovidiu Hategan did follow protocol when dealing with Yaya Toure's racism complaint against CSKA Moscow. The Manchester City midfielder raised the issue with the official after being subjected to taunts from home supporters during the UEFA Champions League fixture between the two sides in Russia last week.


 
European football's governing body have a three-step plan to tackle racism, with the second being that a statement should be made over a public address system once a complaint has been levied to the referee, before potentially a match being abandoned if such instances continue.
But stage two was not adhered to during the game, leading to an investigation by UEFA into Hategan's actions.
However, a ruling on Wednesday found the Romanian official followed guidelines and that the UEFA venue director for the match had failed to act on the advice and has subsequently been removed from his position.
UEFA have issued sanctions against CSKA, with parts of the Arena Khimki set to be closed for their next home Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich on November 27.
On the Hategan situation, a statement on UEFA's website read: "The referee (Hategan) immediately asked the fourth official to request an announcement to be made to the public.
"The venue director (the UEFA officer in charge of football operations), who had not heard the chanting himself, did not activate the procedure. As the chanting had ceased, the referee decided to resume the game with the free-kick.
"The conclusion of the investigation is therefore that the referee had correctly triggered the first step of the procedure by requesting the stadium announcement.
"The venue director acted inappropriately, though in good faith, so causing the failure in the activation of the first step of the standard procedure, as decided by the referee.
"The UEFA venue director [Peter Palencik of Slovakia] at the Arena Khimki has been relieved of his duties."

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FIFA Under-17 World Cup - Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments

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Thank to  Árbitro Internacional we have the names of the officials appointed for the FIFA U17 World Cup Quarterfinals, to be played respectively on 1 and 2 November 2013.


Norwegian Svein Moen, again appointed for Mexico U17 national team, after having officiated them in the U17 WC final two years ago against Uruguay (c) zimbio.com


Quarterfinals - Match 45 (Dubai)
1 November 2013, 17:00 CET 
Brazil - Mexico
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
Fourth Official: Daniel Bennett (RSA)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Marwa Range (KEN)

Quarterfinals - Match 46 (Al Ain City)
1 November 2013, 14:00 CET 
Honduras - Sweden
Referee: Abdulrahman Mohammed (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Yaser Marad (KUW)
Fourth Official:  Khalil Al Ghamdi (KSA)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Miguel Nievas (URU)

Quarterfinals - Match 47 (Sharjah) 
2 November 2013, 17:00 CET 
Uruguay - Nigeria
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Boria (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official:  Pavel Královec (CZE)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Quarterfinals - Match 48 (Sharjah) 
2 November 2013, 14:00 CET 
Argentina - Ivory Coast
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Fourth Official:  Norbert Hauata (TAH)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mark Rule (NZL)
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FIFA Under-17 World Cup - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments

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The following officiating teams have been appointed by FIFA for the Under 17 WC Round of 16, the matches have been played respectively on 28 and 29 October.


Scottish Craig Thomson, in charge of an African duel (c) zimbio.com



Round of 16 - Match 37 (Abu Dhabi)
28 October 2013, 14:00 CET
Italy - Mexico (0:2)
Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Fourth Official: Juan Soto (VEN)


Round of 16 - Match 38 (Sharjah)
28 October 2013, 14:00 CET 
Japan - Sweden (1:2)
Referee: Badara Diatta (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Malick (SEN)
Fourth Official: Slim Jedidi (TUN)


Round of 16 - Match 39 (Abu Dhabi)
28 October 2013, 17:00 CET 
Brazil - Russia (3:1)
Referee: Khalil Al Ghamdi (KSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Badr Al Shumrani (KSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hamed Al Mayahi (OMA)
Fourth Official: Abdulrahman Abdou (QAT)


Round of 16 - Match 40 (Sharjah)
28 October 2013, 17:00 CET 
Honduras - Uzbekistan (1:0)
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Roman Sysko (SVK)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)


Round of 16 - Match 41 (Ras Al Khaimah)
29 October 2013, 14:00 CET 
Uruguay - Slovakia (4:2)
Referee: Marco Rodriguez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcos Quintero (MEX)
Fourth Official: Elmer Bonilla (SLV)


Round of 16 - Match 42 (Fujairah)
29 October 2013, 14:00 CET 
Morocco - Ivory Coast (1:2)
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Derek Rose (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Fourth Official: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)


Round of 16 - Match 43 (Dubai)
29 October 2013, 17:00 CET 
Argentina - Tunisia (3:1)
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
Fourth Official: Wolfgang Stark (GER)


Round of 16 - Match 44 (Al Ain City)
29 October 2013, 17:00 CET 
Nigeria - Iran (4:1)
Referee: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Raul Orosco (BOL)

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October 26, 2013

Referee Observers and Delegates for CL MD4

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UEFA has appointed the following Referee Observers and Delegates to supervise matches at Matchday 4 of Champions League.
 
Groups A-D (5 November)

Shakhtar Donetsk - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE), Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)
Prediction: William Collum (SCO)

Real Sociedad - Manchester United
Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA), Delegate: Gunther De Saedeleer (BEL)
Prediction: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Juventus Turin - Real Madrid
Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL), Delegate: Pierino Lardi (SUI)
Prediction: Howard Webb (ENG)

FC København - Galatasaray
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR), Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
Prediction: István Vad (HUN)

Paris SG - RSC Anderlecht
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT), Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)
Prediction: Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Olympiacos - SL Benfica
Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG), Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
Prediction: Damir Skomina (SVN)

Manchester City - CSKA Moskva
Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO), Delegate: Isak Mikladal (FRO)
Prediction: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Viktoria Plzen - Bayern München
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE), Delegate: Alvaro Albino (POR)
Prediction: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Groups E-F (6 November)

FC Basel - Steaua Bucuresti
Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP), Delegate: Benny Jacobsen (DEN)
Prediction: Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Chelsea FC - Schalke 04
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA), Delegate: Andrey Medintsev (BUL)
Prediction: Firat Aydınus (TUR)

Borussia Dortmund - Arsenal FC
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE), Delegate: Dag Steinar Vestlund (NOR)
Prediction: Björn Kuipers (NED)

SSC Napoli - Olympique Marseille
Referee Observer: Wilfried Heitmann (GER), Delegate: Danijel Jošt (SVN)
Prediction: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Atlético Madrid - Austria Wien
Referee Observer: Alan Freeland (SCO), Delegate: Jacob Erel (ISR)
Prediction: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Zenit St. Petersburg - FC Porto
Referee Observer: Christakis Skapoullis (CYP), Delegate: Teuvo Holopainen (FIN)
Prediction: Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Ajax Amsterdam - Celtic Glasgow
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST), Delegate: Luca Zorzi (SUI)
Prediction: Pedro Proença (POR)

FC Barcelona - AC Milan
Referee Observer: Vlado Sajn (SVN), Delegate: Janis Mežeckis (LVA)
Prediction: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
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UEFA Referees flouting their duties

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Most of the officials acting in UEFA Champions League belong to the best of the world and proof their courage to take brave and unpopular decisions in almost every match. Referees are humans and naturally make mistakes. That is no problem. If you imagine a weighing scale and then put their mistakes in the one balance pan and the players' mistakes in the other, the arising imbalance should make some players turn pale. It becomes problematic though if referees do not only make match-relevant mistakes, but carelessly fail to fulfill their duties at the cost of players and the game.

Ovidiu Hategan failed to react properly to racist incidents (c) telegraph
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October 25, 2013

Hategan criticized after having ignored UEFA's Anti-Racism Protocol

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UEFA is to investigate why its anti-racism protocol was not followed by Romanian referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan during Manchester City's game at CSKA Moscow. City midfielder Yaya Toure claims he was subjected to monkey chants by some home supporters during City's Champions League win in Moscow on Wednesday. 


UEFA has already begun disciplinary procedures against CSKA, and now its president Michel Platini has asked why referee Ovidiu Hategan did not halt the game according to the organisation's three-point plan.
A statement on the UEFA website confirmed the internal investigation and added: "UEFA will publish the findings once the disciplinary case has been dealt with by UEFA's independent Control and Disciplinary Body on October 30."
The first step in UEFA's protocol for dealing with racist incidents calls for the referee to stop play and make an announcement over the public address system. But Romanian official Hategan did not call a halt despite Toure clearly pointing out the alleged abuse from the stands.
The fallout from the incident has been far-reaching, with Toure even suggesting black players could boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia as a protest. He said: "If we are not confident coming to the World Cup in Russia, we don't come.
"I don't know why it happens in football. I don't know why you don't get something like this in rugby or handball or any other sport. If UEFA don't take action it will continue."
Toure's stance has received the support of FIFA anti-discrimination task force member Piara Power, who said: "I wouldn't blame them.
"In this era players are the most powerful force and if all the players said they are not going there wouldn't be a World Cup, or if there was it would be meaningless."
CSKA deny any of their fans were guilty of racist abuse, saying in a statement: "Having carefully studied the video of the game, we found no racist insults.
"On many occasions fans booed and whistled to put pressure on rival players but regardless of race."
Toure, meanwhile, is preparing for City's trip to Chelsea on Sunday, and his manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "I talked with Yaya, he is okay.
"I think Yaya did the right thing to say what happened and we will see what UEFA will do about it.
"UEFA is doing a special campaign against the racists and I think they do the right things for the future not to repeat it, but I don't know what they are going to do."

(source: SkySports)

UEFA's protocol that targets at combatting racism during football matches was dealt with this month in this post.
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October 24, 2013

UEFA Europa League 2013/14 - Referee Appointments - MD3

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These are the referees appointed for  Matchday 3 of UEFA 2013-14 Europa League.


Big task for  Zelinka under the eyes of Pierluigi Collina and Johannes Reijgwart  (c) blesk.cz


Group K, 24 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Saturn, Ramenskoye (RUS) 
Anji - Tromsø
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1:  Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Saulius Dirda (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jurij Paškovskij (LTU)
Fourth Official: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine  (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev  (BUL)


Group L, 24 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Astana Arena (KAZ)
Shakhter - AZ
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy  (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk  (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serhiy Bekker  (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Boiko  (UKR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Abdula  (UKR)
Fourth Official: Volodymyr Volodin  (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karel Bohunek  (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: István Huszár  (HUN)


Group L, 24 October 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadio Toumba - Salonika (GRE)
PAOK - M. Haifa
Referee: Fernando Teixeira  (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Victoriano Diaz Casado  (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino  (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Mateu Lahoz  (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Del Cerro  (ESP)
Fourth Official: Javier Rodriguez  (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri  (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe  (ENG)


Group K, 24 October 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadionul Sheriff, Tiraspol (MDA)
Sheriff - Tottenham
Referee: Liran Liany  (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Shabtai Nahmias  (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Elias Biton  (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Menashe Masiah  (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Bar Natan  (ISR)
Fourth Official: Oren Borneshtain  (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović  (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis  (BEL)


Group G, 24 October 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: KRC Genk Arena, Genk (BEL)
Genk - Rapid Wien
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart  (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos  (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Millot  (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Olivier Thual  (FRA)
Fourth Official: Frédéric Haquette  (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić  (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup  (DEN)


Group G, 24 October 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi - Kyiv (UKR)
Dinamo Kyiv - Thun
Referee: Halis Özkahya  (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman  (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz  (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tolga Özkalfa  (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Süleyman Abay  (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok  (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Graham Bennett  (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-Louis Piette  (FRA)


Group H, 24 October 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: U Nisy - Liberec (CZE)
Liberec - Sevilla
Referee: Mike Dean (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jake Collin  (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Long  (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Lee Probert  (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Madley  (ENG)
Fourth Official: Darren Cann  (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Piraux  (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Orkhan Huseynzade  (AZE)


Group H, 24 October 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Freiburg Stadion - Freiburg (GER)
Freiburg - Estoril
Referee: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Dobriyanov  (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Kolev  (BUL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Nikolai Yordanov  (BUL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ivaylo Stoyanov  (BUL)
Fourth Official: Ivan Valchev  (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik  (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: N/A


Group I, 24 October 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stade de Gerland, Lyon (FRA)
Lyon - Rijeka
Referee: Artur Soares (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda  (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares  (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: João Capela  (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Hugo Miguel  (POR)
Fourth Official: Venâncio Tomé  (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko  (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Dumitru Mihalache  (ROU)


Group I, 24 October 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Benito Villamarín, Seville (ESP)
Betis - Guimaraes
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis  (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitrios Saraidaris  (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Christos Baltas  (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tasos Sidiropoulos  (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anastassios Kakos  (GRE)
Fourth Official: lazaros Dimitriadis  (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere  (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: David Mcdowell  (SVN)


Group J, 24 October 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadyumu, Trabzon (TUR)
Trabzonspor - Legia
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov  (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolai Golubev  (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Vyacheslav Semenov  (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Eskov  (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergei Ivanov  (RUS)
Fourth Official: Maksim Gavrilin  (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Carlsen  (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Andrian Ixari  (MDA)


Group J, 24 October 2013, 19:00 CET
Stadium: GSP Stadium - Nicosia (CYP)
Apollon - Lazio
Referee: Manuel De Sousa  (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos  (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Pereira  (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Xistra  (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Ferreira  (POR)
Fourth Official: Antonio Godinho  (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman  (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard  (FRA)


Group A, 24 October 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Swansea Stadium (WAL)
Swansea - Kuban
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson  (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson  (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Áskell Thór Gíslason  (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Thoroddur Hjaltalin  (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Gunnar Jarl Jónsson  (ISL)
Fourth Official: Gunnar Gunnarsson  (ISL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif  (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Philippe Prudhon  (FRA)


Group A, 24 October 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Estadi de Mestalla, Valencia (ESP)
Valencia - St Gallen
Referee: Pol van Boekel  (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman  (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Berry Simons  (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Higler  (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tom van Sichem  (NED)
Fourth Official: Patrick Langkamp  (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy  (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Stanisław Speczik  (POL)


Group B, 24 October 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Chornomorets - Odessa (UKR)
Chornomorets Odesa - Ludogorets 
Referee: Alexandru Dan Tudor  (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aurel Onita  (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Miklos Istvan Nagy  (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marius Avram  (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Dumitru  (ROU)
Fourth Official: Ovidiu Artene  (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas  (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Miroslaw Ryszka  (POL)


Group B, 24 October 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
Dinamo Zagreb - PSV
Referee: Pawel Gil  (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk  (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski  (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Malek  (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paweł Raczkowski  (POL)
Fourth Official: Konrad Sapela  (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec  (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong  (SUI)


Group C, 24 October 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Borås Arena, Boras (SWE)
Elfsborg - Esbjerg
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt  (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England  (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andre Marriner  (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss  (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Mullarkey  (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Thórir Hákonarson  (ISL)


Group C, 24 October 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
Salzsburg - Standard Liège
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko  (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Somolani  (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trutz  (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Peter Kralović  (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomaš Mokoš  (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov  (EST)


Group D, 24 October 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Wigan Athletic Stadium, Wigan (ENG)
Wigan - Rubin
Referee: Florian Meyer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel  (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christoph Bornhorst  (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert  (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann  (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller  (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy  (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: René Eberle  (SUI)


Group D, 24 October 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges (BEL)
Zulte Waregem - Maribor
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean-Yves Wicht  (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sladan Josipović  (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alain Bieri  (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stephan Klossner  (SUI)
Fourth Official: Johannes Vogel  (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham  (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Vignir Már Thormódsson  (ISL)


Group E, 24 October 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes (POR)
Paços Ferreira - Dnipro
Referee: Tony Chapron  (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephan Luzi  (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fredji Harchay  (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Said Ennjimi  (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Wilfried Bien  (FRA)
Fourth Official: David Benech  (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni  (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon  (BEL)


Group E, 24 October 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium:Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
Fiorentina - Pandurii
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka  (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán  (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Patrik Filipek  (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petr Ardeleanu  (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Radek Příhoda  (CZE)
Fourth Official: Krystof Mencl  (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observers: Johannes Reijgwart  (NED)  - Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Nodar Akhalkatsi  (GEO)


Group F, 24 October 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux (FRA)
Bordeaux - APOEL
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson  (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Joakim Flink  (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Per Brogevik  (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Johan Hamlin  (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al-hakim  (SWE)
Fourth Official: Henrik Andren  (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj  (ESP)


Group F, 24 October 2013, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Frankfurt Stadion, Frankfurt am Main (GER)
Eintracht Frankfurt - M. Tel-Aviv
Referee: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Massimilano Grilli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2:  Andrea Padovan (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Giulio Dobosz (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitkovic  (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay  (SCO)

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October 21, 2013

UEFA Champions League 2013/14 - Referee Appointments - MD3 (Wednesday)

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"Always expect the unexpected" - UEFA Referee Committee have taken this slogan to heart and surprised us with their referee appointments for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League matches. Manuel Gräfe from Germany will face a crucial match at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu between Real Madrid and Juventus Turin under the supervision of Vice Chief Officer Hugh Dallas of Scotland. They furthermore have proven some sense of tact by appointing Irish Alan Kelly for a match in Munich - one of the last chances to bid farewell to UEFA refereeing before he is going to move to the United States. 



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October 20, 2013

UEFA Champions League 2013/14 - Referee Appointments - MD3 (Tuesday)

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These are the referee appointments made by UEFA's referee committee for the eight Champions League matches played on Tuesday. Among others, Felix Brych has been assigned to take charge of the clash between AC Milan and FC Barcelona, while Viktor Kassai will attend Schalke 04 - Chelsea FC being observed by Vaclav Krondl for the second time within 3 weeks.



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October 19, 2013

Felix Brych conned by hole in the goalnet

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Certain incidents only happen once in twenty years and as a referee, you very likely experience them never in your entire career. Such an incident has happened in yesterday's Bundesliga match between 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen when pre-selected World Cup referee Felix Brych became the victim of a sudden hole in the goalnet leading to a phantom goal scored by Stefan Kießling.




It was the 70th minute. A Leverkusen midfielder executed a usual corner kick into the centre of the penalty area where Kießling awaited a forceful header that reached the exterior net of Hoffenheim's goal. The ball missed the goal post by a few centimetres. Suddenly, the ball was in the goal. Germany's Referee of the Year 2013 Brych moved towards the midfield indicating "goal". Kießling first reacted in a disappointed way that his header had not reached its target but was then surrounded by his celebrating teammates. No Hoffenheim player realized the situation and easily accepted the decision. Before the kick-off - the last chance for Brych to change his decision - Kießling talked to him and, reading his lips, told him "I believe it reached the exterior net.". Brych showed no body tension, turned pale, confused and unsure but decided to blow the whistle for the kick-off. Later on, substitute players recognized what had happened and presented the hole in the net to the referee, who was totally helpless and, compliant with the circumstances and the Laws of the Game, powerless. Perhaps it was only a coincidence that Brych awarded a wrong penalty kick to the home side after that - the contact even happened outside the penalty area. Having blown the final whistle after the fifth minute of added time, the refereeing team swiftly left the field of play and seemed to exactly know what has happened. Replays have proven that AR2 Stefan Lupp had checked the goalnet before the second half, but did not control the area where the hole occurred.


Brych immediately had the guts to speak to the press - what should be respected - and declared the following in conversation with Sky Sport (record on German):


Dr. Felix Brych, thank you for coming. How did you experience the 70th minute of play?
Brych: "I had small doubts, but the players' reactions were unequivocally clear. There was not any sign that it could have been an irregular goal. And then I allowed the goal."

You had a small dialogue with Stefan Kießling at the midfield circle though. What was the content?
Brych: "In general, it was a pretty surreal situation, because I had doubts, because there was not any contra. And then I have exchanged my doubts with Stefan Kießling - I don't remember the exact words. But nobody has told me - he did not either - that it wasn't a goal. For me it is of course no nice situation either, allowing a goal which wasn't a goal."

Were not your assistant referees able to support you?
Brych: "No, the assistant on the side of the goal could not see that at all and from the midfield line there was not any advice either. From the benches, there was no sign. As said, the ball was in the goal, perhaps with doubts, but for everybody on the pitch it was a regular goal."

Until what moment you could have decided to correct your decision?
Brych: "Until the re-start of play, i.e. the kick-off."

When were you sure that it was no goal?
Brych: "I don't know that exactly, how things developed after that. Now I know it."


Without any doubt, those who are favouring the launch of video evidences in football, are on the march now being fed with new arguments. Among them, there is the former World's Best Referee Dr. Markus Merk who has been supporting this technology for a while. He told Sky Sport that such a device only deployed for such situations could make the game better and solve such problems. Furthermore, he emphasized that nobody had been at fault in Hoffenheim, neither the referees, nor the players.
And he is right. Such a mistake is human. Blackouts happen, specially in such surreal cases. Referees are no perfect robots and can fail in surreal moments. It can happen to everyone. What Brych needs now is a strong DFB and UEFA referee committee who back him in the probably most difficult part of his career. As predicted, there are many signs that indicate his appointment for Real Madrid - Juventus Turin as part of next week's UEFA Champions League matchday 3. A good performance in such a match could be the best recipe to recover from that. This naturally does not put the fact that it was a huge error under a veil.
At the same time, it is not the time for opportunists who try to use the chance to promote the, in my opinion, completely wrong video device in football. Curiosities like this one belong to football and yesterday it was one of the best European referees who was the victim of destiny.

1899 Hoffenheim have already lodged a complaint and aspire a replay match. Brych is surely the last one who would have something against it and as a lawyer by profession, he probably knows that from the legal side this might be possible.
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October 18, 2013

FIFA Under-17 World Cup - Matchday 2 - Referee Appointments

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Thanks to Árbitro Internacional, the referee appointments for the second matchday of FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2013 are partly unveiled. Craig Thomson of Scotland gets his first match in form of a FIFA tournament for many years when Uruguay and Côte d'Ivoire meet each other at Ras Al-Khaimah.



Matchday 2

Group A, Match 13 (Abu Dhabi)
20 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Slovakia - Honduras
Referee: Abdulrahman Mohammed (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Yaser Marad (KUW)
Fourth Official: Khalil Al Ghamdi (KSA)

Group A, Match 15 (Abu Dhabi)
20 October 2013, 18:00 CET
UA Emirates - Brazil
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Beck (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jair Marrufo (USA)

Group B, Match 14 (Ras Al-Khaimah)
20 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Uruguay - Côte d'Ivoire
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Derek Rose (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema Weseya (ETH)

Group B, Match 16 (Ras Al-Khaimah)
20 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Italy - New Zealand
Referee: Elmer Arturo Bonilla (SLV, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Fourth Official: Hugo Cruz Alvarado (CRC)

Group C, Match 17 (Fujairah)
21 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Croatia - Panama
Referee: Norbert Hauata (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Rule (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)

Group C, Match 19 (Fujairah)
21 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Uzbekistan - Morocco
Referee: Raúl Orosco (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Efraín Castro (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Arol Valda (BOL)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Mohamed (UAE)

Group D, Match 18 (Sharjah)
21 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Tunisia - Russia
Referee: Kim Dong-Jin (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Hae Sang Jeong (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Byoung Eun Yang (KOR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)

Group D, Match 20 (Sharjah)
21 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Japan - Venezuela
Referee: Badara Diatta (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Malick Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Group E, Match 21 (Dubai)
21 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Canada - Iran
Referee: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha De Matos (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)

Group E, Match 23 (Dubai)
21 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Argentina - Austria
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Boria (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Group F, Match 22 (Al Ain City)
21 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Mexico - Iraq
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bechir Hassani (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema Weseya (ETH)

Group F, Match 24 (Al Ain City)
21 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Sweden - Nigeria
Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Bonfá (ARG)
Fourth Official: Hugo Cruz Alvarado (CRC)
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October 16, 2013

FIFA Under-17 World Cup - Matchday 1 - Referee Appointments

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These are the referee appointments for the first matchday of FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2013.


Matchday 1

Group A, Match 1 (Abu Dhabi)
17 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Brazil - Slovakia
Referee: Marco Rodríguez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcos Quintero (MEX)
Fourth Official: Abdulrahman Mohammed (QAT)

Group A, Match 3 (Abu Dhabi)
17 October 2013, 18:00 CET
UA Emirates - Honduras
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Group B, Match 2 (Ras Al-Khaimah)
17 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Uruguay - New Zealand
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Fourth Official: Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Group B, Match 4 (Ras Al-Khaimah)
18 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Côte d'Ivoire - Italy
Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Bonfá (ARG)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)

Group C, Match 5 (Fujairah)
18 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Croatia - Morocco
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Boria (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Hugo Cruz Alvarado (CRC)

Group C, Match 7 (Fujairah)
18 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Panama - Uzbekistan
Referee: Daniel Bennett (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Aden Marwa Range (KEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Thusi Siwela (RSA)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema Weseya (ETH)

Group D, Match 6 (Ras Al-Khaimah)
18 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Tunisia - Venezuela
Referee: Khalil Ibrahim Al Ghamdi (KSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Badr Al Shumrani (KSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hamed Marhoun Al Mayahi (OMA)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Mohamed (UAE)

Group D, Match 8 (Ras Al-Khaimah)
18 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Russia - Japan
Referee: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha De Matos (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)

Group E, Match 5 (Dubai)
18 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Canada - Austria
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bechir Hassani (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)

Group E, Match 7 (Dubai)
18 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Iran - Argentina
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Group F, Match 6 (Al Ain City)
18 October 2013, 15:00 CET
Mexico - Nigeria
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Group F, Match 8 (Al Ain City)
18 October 2013, 18:00 CET
Iraq - Sweden
Referee: Juan Soto (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Urrego (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos López (VEN)
Fourth Official: Marco Rodríguez (MEX)
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October 13, 2013

Tom Øvrebø has drawn a line under his career

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A psychologist by profession, a psychologist on the football pitch: Former Norwegian international match official Tom Henning Øvrebø has rung down the curtain on his career as a referee due to injury. 


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October 12, 2013

Did Çakır fall for a simulated headbutt?

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In yesterday's decisive tie between Sweden and Austria who combatted for the runner-up place behind Germany qualifying for the play-off round, Turkish pre-selected World Cup referee Cüneyt Çakır sent off Austria's Marko Arnautovic following a confrontation with Johan Elmander and an alleged headbutt.



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October 8, 2013

Announcement on Video Footage

Dear followers and readers who share the passion of refereeing.

During the last months one key element of this blog has been educating referees and creating debates on referees' decisions on the basis of video footage. Upon my request, the owner of this footage (UEFA) has disallowed me to deploy this video footage for educational purpose. That's why I must tell you that uploading videos won't be possible in future.
Please bear with me.

Kind regards.
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October 7, 2013

World Cup Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for 15 October 2013 (UEFA zone)

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This is the second package of referee appointments for next week's FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers in UEFA zone played on 15 October. The following ties are the last and therefore vitally decisive matches in the group round. The nine group winners will book their ticket to FIFA World Cup 2014 while the eight best runners-up will face a further qualification round based on a home and away match play-off mode.


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Match Situations - Fouls 4

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This post is a part of the section in this blog called "Match Situations" that concentrates on specific match situations related to parts of the Laws of the Game. Your participation is crucial to make this blog's element give some value for referees and football enthusiasts in general.


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October 6, 2013

Irish Alan Kelly to become MLS Referee

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The following news was provided by the football platform "backpage football" and its author James Clancy: one of the best UEFA First Group referee will leave us. Alan Kelly has decided to become referee in the United States of America.

 
Following more than 350 matches and 14 years as a League of Ireland referee, Alan Kelly has decided to bring his whistling skills to Major League Soccer in the United States.
Kelly took up refereeing in 1994 and joined the Cork Branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society (ISRS). He refereed in local leagues including the Munster Senior League.
He joined the League of Ireland Referees Panel in 1999 while participating in the first FAI Referee’s School of Excellence.
In 2000 he was selected to referee the League of Ireland Cup Final between Derry City and Limerick City which was the first of four senior domestic Cup finals he refereed.
He refereed his first FAI Cup Final in 2003 when Longford Town beat St Patricks Athletic at Lansdowne Road and became one of only a handful of Irish referees to referee multiple FAI Cup Finals when he took charge of the game between Sporting Fingal and Sligo Rovers in 2009 at Tallaght Stadium.
The 38 year-old has been rising up the UEFA and FIFA ranks for many years now and has been on FIFA’s list of official referees since 2002.
In recent years Kelly has refereed Europa League games, Champions League group stage matches and some international qualifiers for both the World Cup and European Championships, as well as weekly League of Ireland ties.
According to the Irish Daily Star, the Corkman’s potential income will now increase dramatically. A League of Ireland referee earns €150 per game, while MLS match fees can rise to as high as $1,100 (or €810). He will officiate his final game in Ireland this weekend when Sligo Rovers face Shamrock Rovers in an FAI Cup semi-final.
Whilst working as a referee, Kelly has previously worked as a personal trainer/fitness instructor/gym manager in his native Cork but is likely to focus now on refereeing in a full time capacity.
His grandfather and father were both League of Ireland referees and Kelly has stated in the past that they were both the biggest influences on his career.
Back in 2006, Kelly handed out five red cards in the space of ten minutes to Russian players during an U-21 play-off second-leg between Denmark and the Russians. Kelly states that the spotlight shone on him in the aftermath of that game was “very unpleasant. All of the red cards I awarded were correct though.”
Kelly has stated that the highlights of his career so far are:  “The Champions League games were a major high for me: Cluj v Basel, Leverkusen v Genk, but the Real Madrid game at the Bernabeu will always stand out. It doesn’t really get any bigger than that in terms of club teams. It was a fantastic experience and one that, if I never refereed again, I would look back on for the rest of my life.
“The Spain v Argentina game (back in 2009) is also a career highlight. Coming face-to-face with one of my heroes, Diego Maradona. Even to say that, is something that is surreal.”

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October 5, 2013

World Cup Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for 11 October 2013 (UEFA zone)

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This is the first package of referee appointments for next week's FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers in UEFA zone played on 11 October. The appointments for 15 October will follow in due course.


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World Cup Qualifiers - October Appointments in CAF, CONCACAF & CONMEBOL

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These are the confirmed referee appointments for all confederations outside of UEFA. In CAF, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL zone, it is the final and therefore vital last qualifier matchday.



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October 4, 2013

Review of Penalty Area Decisions at CL / EL Matchday 2

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As a plus to our observer reports published during the next days and weeks, the following video clips highlight a couple of controversial decisions concerning the penalty area having been taken - or not having been taken - at the second matchday of UEFA Champions League and Europa League. A short judgment is given underneath every video.

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October 3, 2013

Rizzoli and Webb as ambassadors for UEFA's Anti-Racism-Campaign

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In the latest UEFA video message in terms of their Respect Campaign, two high-profile Elite referees are among those protagonists who say "No to Racism". Italian CL 2013 final referee Nicola Rizzoli and World Cup final referee Howard Webb of England are explaining the steps referees are instructed to take as soon as racist incidents occur during matches at UEFA level.



If the referee becomes aware of serious racist behaviour, or is informed of it by the fourth official, he will, as a first step, halt the match and ask for an announcement to be made over the public address system requesting the public immediately stop such racist conduct. As a second step, if the racist behaviour does not cease once the game has restarted, the referee will suspend play for a reasonable period of time, for example five to ten minutes, and request the teams go to the dressing rooms. A further announcement will be made over the public address system to the public.
As a third and final step, if the racist behaviour persists, the referee will definitively abandon the match.
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October 2, 2013

Penalty Kick Situations in Ajax - Milan

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The so far most controversial situation of the second Champions League matchday happened in Amsterdam last night. Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson or more likely his AAR Markus Strömbergsson awarded a penalty kick in favour of Milan's Mario Balotelli in the final minute of stoppage time.


It was not the only controversy between Ajax defender van der Hoorn and Balotelli.
Therefore please give your opinion and judgment on the following two clips.

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October 1, 2013

UEFA Europa League - Referee Appointments - MD2

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UEFA has appointed the following referees to lead their teams into Thursday's Europa League matches. Three committee members and further remarkable referee observers ensure that this matchday will be quite interesting from the UEFA refereeing perspective.



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