June 28, 2014

Mark Geiger and Sandro Ricci to oversee Matches 53 & 54

Sandro Ricci will take charge of the German national team for the second time at this World Cup in their Round of 16 match against Algeria. As for the earlier match, US American Mark Geiger has been assigned for France - Nigeria.



ROUND OF 16, Match 53
30 June 2014, 18:00 CET
Estádio Nacional, Brasilia
FRANCE - NIGERIA
Referee: Mark GEIGER (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Sean Mark HURD (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Joe FLETCHER (CAN)
Fourth Official: Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)
Standby Assistant Referee: Hassan KAMRANIFAR (IRN)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

ROUND OF 16, Match 54
30 June 2014, 22:00 CET
Estadio Beíra-Rio, Porto Alegre
GERMANY - ALGERIA
Referee: Sandro RICCI (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson DE CARVALHO (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo VAN GASSE (BRA)
Fourth Official: Walter LÓPEZ (GUA)
Standby Assistant Referee: Leonel LEAL (CRC)
Blog Referee Observer: Marcel (NED)

83 Comments:

  1. I'm a french referee and I am very happy for Mark Geiger ! The best referee with M.Webb and M.Kuipers !

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  2. Good choices! A little bit strange to see Ricci refereeing 2 of 4 German games in this WC, but he did a good job in Germany Ghana, so this appointment seems quite good to me. What do you think?

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  3. OT: What do you think about this situation and the referee's way of handling it? This is a Norwegian Cup match with two premier division teams and a premier division referee.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUf9jdWQhbU&feature=youtu.be

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    1. @ Tobi: I agree, FIFA chose a very safe option for 2 reasons. 1) It would have been unlikely that Ricci is able to get a quarterfinal (only NED/MEX-CRC/GRE would be possible) and 2) this appointment satisfies both national associations, since Ricci is a reliable official for DFB and Algeria's media and association won't reject a referee who handled a draw of an African team with the team they are going to play against.

      @ Norwegian referee: First question for me is: why did AR1 not support him properly? There were too many duels in the back of the referee so that AR1 should have helped to solve the conflicts while AR2 could have observed the situation from a bit distance. And in my opinion the referee was too much involved in this riot on a physical level. Too aggressive and not deesclating body language after the riots calmed down.

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    2. I agree, AR1 is way too passive, even though it is not common for Norwegian ARs to be very involved unless there is a very special situation and the referee is losing control (which it obviously is here)..

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  4. Graham Poll says that Brazil should have had a penalty in the first half for the trip on Hulk.

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  5. So, probably BRA-COL will be a very important match, and also difficult to referee. Who could be the most appropriate referee?
    From UEFA, Webb and Kuipers are out (they have a R16), Cakir was in BRA-MEX and Brasil didn't like his performance, Eriksson was in BRA-CMR, Proenca is today. So, Rizzoli, Brych or Velasco? I don't think so...
    From CONMEBOL, I think Pitana will be a risky choice (ARG referee for BRA...), Vera I think is not experienced enough..
    From CONCACAF, Geiger is tomorrow, Aguilar it's unlikely IMO, Rodriguez?
    I think CAF and OFC will not be considered for this match (Gassama, Haimoudi, O'Learly). Irmatov? He is experienced but he hasn't brilliant performances in this WC. So... Who would you send?

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    1. If the rumours are correct, Brych has no chance for a 3rd match. However, he maybe has marginal chances to be "appreciated" by both national associations. I hardly expect Velasco in this match, I think he is kept for the probable FRA-GER quarterfinal. Rizzoli is the best choice possible for this match from my point of view, Cakir would be an option for a UEFA semifinal referee then.

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    2. I agree about Rizzoli. If he will be good in a difficult match, he could be the final referee. So, Rizzoli and Velasco or two 1/4. Cakir for a semifinal. Webb for the other semifinal. And what do you think for the others two 1/4 and for 3rd place final?

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    3. I do not expect Bakary Papa Gassama for a quarterfinal or a semifinal but would appreciate to see his team at the 3rd place match.

      Peter/Vienna

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  7. Clear foul for FRA in a promising position missed by Geiger, then just after a similar foul correctly awarded for NIG... Apart from that, no challenges in the opening 15 minutes.

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    1. Watching and rewatching Pogba scene, I don't see a foul, so correct decision by Geiger in my opinion.

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    2. Indeed, I'm with CHefren on this one. Oh, and beautiful world-class offside by Joe Fletcher at 19'! (Just rooting for my countryman :) )

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    3. Great call indeed - finally we can also praise some officials.
      Geiger should have spotted the elbow offense though.

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    4. After watching the replay I see that the Nigerian defender clearly clips the back of Pogba's knee. Although Pogba loses some body control before the challenge he might have been able to get up or at least play the ball unless the tackle came.

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    5. Niclas, in my opinion the elbow offense was nothing. Almost a dive by French player... I can accept this decision, but perhaps you mean that Geiger missed the whole scene, and you are right.

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    6. Oh ok. Then I trust you - and Geiger.

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  8. Top class flag by AR2 Fletcher, disallowing a goal scored by Nigeria.
    At least ahead by head, very difficult to detect.

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  9. Missed penalty (Evra holding Odemwingie?)

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    1. Yep. Holding with both arms.

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    2. No. To soft. There are a lot of similar situations during the game.

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  10. Blatant handball by Moses after a rebound well detected. Could consider YC, but acceptable not to give it in accordance with the overall disciplinary line in the tournament.

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  11. Geiger keeping good control, despite one missed penalty and one poor tackle (45+) from NIG #17 where a yellow card would be the better option. Both ARs with good offside decisions.

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  12. Except the scene Evra vs Odemwingie, good performance, especially the offside decision by Fletcher.

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  13. What about Giroud elbow from 29'? Another mismanaged violent conduct by officials?

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  14. I'm sorry to say that was a crucial mistake by Geiger at 55'. The card to Matuidi was the wrong colour. That should have been an ejection for serious foul play.

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    1. How has Geiger graded out at 8.36 in 2 matches with no crucial mistakes indicated with this clearly missed RC?

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    2. The average is based on the 2 group stage matches. FRA-NGA will be integrated as soon as the report is ready.

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  15. 54:00 this is a SFP...

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  16. OMG, missed 10000% red card for Matuidi!!! Yellow is a bad joke :/

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  17. Dark red card missed by Geiger. Unbelievable tackle by Matuidi. He had a free line of sight and was close. Sorry, no further match. A good performance spoilt by the missed penalty and this - for me "unforgivable" (I know, a strong word) - mistake.

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  18. Missed RC for Matuidi. 54' Brute attack straight on the leg.

    Defour got a RC for that in Belgium-Korea.

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  19. And by the way, this is at least the 3rd missed red card that would have gone against a French player. They are allowed a lot.

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    1. What else. :)

      Btw is Geiger seriously having a chewing gum in his mouth while communicating with players?

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  20. Yes, Geiger missed penalty, RC and at least two yellow. but Kuipers also missed penalty, one RC+YC in mass confrontation. Webb misses very difficult to spot, but penalty, at least two YC and then they are granted with 8.4 and 8.6. If penalty is missed then it's crucial mistake for Geiger, Proenca and everybody else.

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    1. That is your opinion. In my opinion the yellow cards Webb did not issue followed a strategical plan and are acceptable against this background. No penalty was a very good decision. No penalty in COL-URU was an acceptable but borderline decision (Forlan/Yepes). No RC for me in the mass confrontation. These were all situations with justified rooms for interpretation. In Geiger's case, there is no room for interpretation. Stonewall red card, you cannot argue about this tackle. And that's a fundamental difference.

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    2. The no penalty at COL-URU was a good decision for me. Kuipers missed 1 clear YC and nothing more.

      Here we are talking about SERIOUS FOUL PLAY. Imagine the player is injured and stops from playing football.

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  21. http://a.pomf.se/mndnmo.gif

    Your thoughts? Is verbal warning enough punishment for such behaviour...?

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    1. YC possible, strong verbal warning mandatory. Would have preferred Yellow.

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    2. Hm, it's violent conduct for me - (trying?) to hit an opponent by elbow in his face. I don't see a room for verbal warning here, to be honest. Probably, it's a tendency in current football to use management skills as long as possible, which I strongly disagree with.

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    3. Agree with you on that one. Per these "current football" verbal warning, for people like you and me YC.

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    4. I agree with you that verbal warnings come to an end at a certain point. Nonetheless it is not a (tried) violent conduct for me. Unsporting behaviour, not more. The French player seemed to have the intention to disenthrall himself from the Nigerian who touched him. But I don't think he intentionally used his arm as a weapon, which would be required for a violent conduct.
      Interestingly, Giroud did the same against Ecuador already.

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  22. This Geiger in final?? I'm not so sure...

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  23. After rewatching the scene: I'm shocked! Brutal foul, mandatory RC. I have no explanation for this. Geiger had a very similiar scene in PAN-CUB and issued the RC without hesitation back then. I can't explain this, only with Busacca's lenience policy.

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  24. On the topic of the missed penalty: do you believe that FIFA might be led to reconsider the decision not to use AARs? An additional assistant referee would have been in a perfect position to see this.

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  25. It is quite clear that FIFA will sooner or later start to use AAR's. Watch Collina Masterclass and you'll see why.

    The reason for the large number of mistakes will be analysed after the World Cup ends.

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  26. It is reported (I missed this scene live) that after the missed penalty for Nigeria, Geiger noticed the situation, giving a verbal warning to French player, saying: "Please don't do that again...". That would be absurd, I hope that he missed the entire scene.

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    1. Yes, he approached French player and had a serious talk with him. This allows us to suppose that he had seen that scene really nice...

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    2. Specially for you:
      http://vimeo.com/99560665

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    3. If he said that: unforgiveable. I can partly excuse it if he misses it, but this cause of action would be blatantly wrong. May I ask what source says this?

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    4. Puh. This puts this situation in a new light. Unacceptable.

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    5. I'm not sure this talk adds anything to the error. The mistake is not whistling the penalty. However, referees often give verbal warnings on actions they have not seen/not deemed as fouls. The fact that Geiger gave a verbal warning to the French player does not mean he saw the whole action, only that he realized that 'something' happen. It is normal for referees to talk a lot about holding in the penalty area, regardless of whether there was a foul or not.. The mistake happened, irrespectively of what Geiger told the players.

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    6. If he suggested that there was something (and maybe a missed PK), he could have handled that better imo. Looks pretty bad to give a verbal warning when it should have been a penalty.

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    7. Of course it looks bad, and of course he should have handled it better (ie given the penalty). But it looks no worse than simply turning a blind eye and running away.

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    8. Well Emil, I have a different opinion here. If you miss partially or totally a situation, it would be better to say nothing. The player made the "ok" gesture by hand, so this should mean something. Geiger gave a warning, but based on what?

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    9. Indeed I see a difference between a mistake of perception and a mistake of drawing the right consequences of what you have just perceived.

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  27. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvWiy4vMaKs
    1:15 Similiar scene, same referee. RC here, not for Matuidi. What was wrong with Geiger?

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    1. It's because of all those strange FIFA instructions. Those referees are really top and should be allowed to referee in a way corresponding to their mentalities. We'll never reach absolute uniformity (remember, it was a target of Busacca...). Referees come from different schools of refereeing. Forcing them to leave it one day and be totally different men regarding management and handling a game is a total utopia and I'm very surprised someone got such idea... We all see it's one big catastrophe caused by none other than FIFA Referees' Committee that tried to introduce such philosophy for the biggest tournament in the World. It's really not the time for such experiments.

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    2. Sign! Nothing more to say. We even share the same name.

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    3. Actually I believe we have to separate between poor instructions / delayed yellow cards and clearly missed serious foul play even Busacca does not tolerate. So we should not make the mistake to blame the committee for individual mistakes when it comes to clear red cards. The yellow card approach concerns normal tackles / SPA and specially the point of time for the 1st YC in a match ONLY.

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  28. OT: Why are the referees wearing shoes that are partly green? Shoes used to be total black in the past. Black is the most neutral colour.

    WC 2018: referees with shoes of different colours? :-)

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    1. Have you tried to buy all black or black/white football shoes lately? There aren't very many boots around without garish colours...

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  29. Wrong offside by De Carvalho early in the game.

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  30. good offside call by AR2

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  31. Ricci awards a free kick. It is taken. Something happens long seconds after the ball is in play. Ricci stops the play. Deals with the problem. Orders the kick to be retaken. Happened today when Boateng fell on the ground, happened in his last match twice (once when the spectator ran on the field). Why didn't he drop the ball? Any thoughts?

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    1. I agree, I already noticed that when there was the pitch invader in Germany-Ghana. Ricci doesn't resume the play by dropped ball.
      Don't know why.

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    2. Boateng was already on the ground, when the free kick was taken, so technically Ricci did not allow the play to be continued and therefore it is OK and sensible to repeat the free kick IMO.

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  32. I'm sick of this no-YC-policy. Schweinsteiger with a clear and reckless challenge, once again no YC. 2006, everything (kicking the ball away, pulling on a tricot, dissent, simulation) was carded. Now even brutal fouls are not punished. Well done FIFA.
    Sorry if this a little ill-tempered but I am fed up now.

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    1. Yeup FIFA def ruined disciplinary sanctions in this world cup. what a joke.

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    2. Guess FIFA don't want to see another "Battle of Nuremberg" which is quite ridiculous. Referees are way, way too lenient.

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  33. Can you explain this free kick by Germany? :)

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    1. German inefficiency? ;)

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    2. BTW I noticed some too early flags by both assistant referees.
      They didn't apply the "wait and see" technique, the last situation was just the one after this free kick taken. Player in offside was not still active, in my opinion, but flag was raised.
      Ricci sometimes noticed that, just giving advantage but without whistling (good management).

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    3. @Chefren: German arrogance. And yes, I'm German.

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  34. In my opinion the last free kick should have been indirect. Not that anything depends on it, but still...

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  35. Concerning Ricci, I found his overall performance good, good control, good foul detection and for me also good card selection. Should react more to dissent and give stronger warnings and above all improve the communication within the referee team. It frequently happened that Ricci took a decision on his own and then corrected it due to a late signal by AR2. 8.3/8.4 level for me.

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    1. + positioning / movement can be worked on.

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    2. Except the card selection (Schweinsteiger) I agree. Body language should be stronger though.

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    3. Mandatory yellow card for Feghouli missed (handball blocking a shoot on goal), but I agree with your comment. 8.3 for me

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    4. You are right. It should have been a yellow card. I also found interesting that Feghouli felt the pain more in his head than in his arm ;)

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