June 26, 2014

Discussion About Refereeing In Group G & H Deciders

3/4 of this World Cup will have already passed away after today's finalizing matches in Groups G and H. Please discuss all relevant match situations and impressions you gained about the referee performances in this post!


GROUP G, Match 45
26 June 2014, 18:00 CET
Arena Pernambuco, Recife
UNITED STATES - GERMANY
Referee: Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Abduxamidullo RASULOV (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Bakhadyr KOCHKAROV (KGZ)
Fourth Official: ALIOUM (CMR)
Standby Assistant Referee: Djibril CAMARA (SEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

GROUP G, Match 46
26 June 2014, 18:00 CET
Estadio Nacional, Brasilia
PORTUGAL - GHANA
Referee: Nawaf SHUKRALLA (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser TULERAT (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ebrahim SALEH (BHR)
Fourth Official: Wilmar ROLDÁN (COL)
Standby Assistant Referee: Humberto CLAVIJO (COL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

GROUP H, Match 47
26 June 2014, 22:00 CET
Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo
KOREA REP. - BELGIUM
Referee: Benjamin WILLIAMS (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew CREAM (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan ANAZ (AUS)
Fourth Official: Víctor CARRILLO (PER)
Standby Assistant Referee: Rodney AQUINO (PAR)
Blog Referee Observer: Nurudin (ENG)

GROUP H, Match 48
26 June 2014, 22:00 CET
Arena de Baixada, Curitiba
ALGERIA - RUSSIA
Referee: Cüneyt ÇAKIR (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin DURAN (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik ONGUN (TUR)
Fourth Official: Joel AGUILAR (SLV)
Standby Assistant Referee: William TORRES MEJIA (SLV)
Blog Referee Observer: Marcel (NED)

50 Comments:

  1. Quite lenient Shukralla in the first 10 minutes: two reckless tackles, no cards.

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  2. Impressions about the clash Irmatov-Jones?

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  3. Shukralla interfered with play while Ghana was attacking and a few later on a counterattack Portugal scored thank to an own goal.
    This positioning is a big problem in the tournament so far.

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    1. I agree Jones was running toward middle of the area and he bumped into Irmatov. Jones didn't pay attention while running

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    2. I do believe that Irmatov should be positioned better at the above clash.

      His card selection is too weak IMO.

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    3. These are the two biggest problem of this tournament. I think Busacca's rules are not so good...

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  5. First half. Impression about Shukralla and Irmatov?

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  6. Irmatov unnecessary stopped an action and booked Hoewedes. Advantage should've been applied (11'). Not the best control over Schweinsteiger - Jones duels (42', 45'). Bekerman and Bradley should've been booked (18', 45'). Clash with Jones was not Irmatov's mistake as Muratcan wrote.

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  8. Irmatov pretty bad so far...

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  9. Irmatov hasn't impressed me at all in every of those three matches. Offside in the first, handball in the second, not really in control in the third. However, source said the non-penalty call for handball has been evaluated as correct. o.O

    No comment about the handball issue in refereeing world... The same about card policy and appointments at this World Cup.

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  10. Bad Irmatov? Probably he's tired...

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  11. Indeed Irmatov was not good at all. His understanding of the advantage rule and posibility to issue cards afterwards was below the requirements. Card management was another weakness. Smiled way too often. Foul detection was good though, his calm appearance helped him - today.

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  12. I'm deeply convinced that a referee can't conduct every three days, and in particular with this weather

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  13. Both were too lenient IMHO. No grave errors though, but Shukralla had a number of penalty scenes he handled well.

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    1. I agree on the penalty appeals (two), were correctly rejected.
      The big problem was the leniency, especially in first half.
      You can watch the tackle made at 14:50, just for example.
      In the last minutes there is something like a violent conduct, but assessed as YC (mutual misconducts with the opponent), I think this choice was acceptable.
      More to follow in the next days.

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    2. Of course I was talking about Shukralla

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    3. Yeah, this challenge (Joao Moutinho?) should have been carded. If you refer to the scenes with Moutinho and Gyan, YC for Moutinho is ok. If you mean J. Ayew's ellbow, YC is also ok, but still a RC for VC could have been issued.

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    4. I meant this latter, with Ayew.

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    5. OK. I agree with you YC is still acceptable.

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  14. where is Proença in the ranking - team averages ?

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  16. 30' very good offside call by AR1 Duran, a player right in front of the keeper, active position influencing the attempt to save by Akinfeev.

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  17. OT: Webb in BRA-CHI, Kuipers in COL-URU

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    1. OT: 4th officials Brych (BRA-CHI) and Moen (COL-URU)

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  18. Excellent, excellent decision by Benjamin Williams to send Defour off. Horrible tackle!

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    1. Can you describe it a little? I'm unable to see the scene until tomorrow.

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    2. http://usatthebiglead.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/steven-defour-red-card-against-south-korea-a.gif

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    3. Kill it. Just seen the scene. Horrible, dumb, brutal. RC and three-match-ban for me.

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    4. Must-be red card. Good decision.

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    5. Quite similar to the video in the opening page (Uruguay-Costa Rica). Well done, Mr Williams

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    6. Now, it's good to discuss what is more dangerous and should be banned harder: Suarez' bites or such tackles? I think that such brainless attacks like Defour's one should be punished harder than 3 matches. 10 at least!

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    7. It is anyway more brainless a bite, than a tackle. At any rate.
      Rationally, by a tackle you still try to play the ball, but by a bite? :)

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    8. Do you see Defour attacking the ball in this case? ;)

      Of course, no one wants biting on the pitch. It's clear. My point is how much more dangerous are such tackles than bite?

      And second point - both behaviours should be severely punished by long bans. Too much dissonance between 9 matches / 4 monthes ban from football for bite and potential 3 matches for such tackle.

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    9. Principle and advice: Refereeing's interest takes place on the field of play. For match suspensions, there are different bodies.

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    10. I was also impressed by only 1 match ban for Pepe.
      Violent conduct 1 match ban? Just because this is a WC?

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    11. I guess FIFA deemed it as "tried violent conduct" only not being fully executed.

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  19. Howard Webb for Brazil-Chile and Kuipers Colombia-Uruguay.
    Official appts.

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  20. Offside on BEL goal? No clear replay

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  21. Excellent performance by Çakır. For me the YC for unused subsitute Cadamuro (kicking the ball away/delaying the restart of the play) was the icing on the cake.

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    1. But no added time for that so the cheater from the bench was the winner with stealing about 30-40 seconds.

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    2. I agree, overall a very good performance. Capello did several complaints after the final whistle, I think he was talking about a missed foul at the edge of penalty area in favor of Russia, in second half. But really nothing worthy of such attention.
      Cakir ready for a match in KO, perhaps directly a quartefinal?

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    3. Just wish he'd give the 30 or so seconds of extra stoppage time. The culprit was probably pretty happy with the exchange.

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    5. Pay attention, Cakir could be the outsider for final...

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  22. Williams with two errors in my book. The scene with Koo and Fellaini were both fouls, in the latter case free-kick + RC for DOGSO.
    Plus offside 1-0: Vertonghen's left foot is in the "forbidden zone".

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  23. Laser was used by the Algerian fans towards the Russian goalkeeper. If this happens and the goalkeeper reports this to the referee he should stop the match and inform the stadium official who will make a public announcement that the use of lasers should stop immediately. Eventually the referee should stop the game himself if he sees this, but it is very hard for him.

    Terribly unsporting behavior by the Algerian fans though.

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