12 June 2014

World Cup 2014 - Referee Appointments - Matches 5-8

These are the referees chosen to officiate Matches 5-8 at FIFA World Cup 2014.


GROUP C, Match 5
14 June 2014, 18:00 CET
Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
COLOMBIA - GREECE
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)
FIFA Referee Assessor: 
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

GROUP D, Match 7 
14 June 2014, 21:00 CET
Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
URUGUAY - COSTA RICA
Referee: Dr. Felix BRYCH (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark BORSCH (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan LUPP (GER)
Fourth Official: Víctor CARRILLO (PER)
Standby Assistant Referee: Rodney AQUINO (PAR)
FIFA Referee Assessor: 
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

GROUP D, Match 8 
14 June 2014, 00:00 CET
Arena Amazonia, Manaus
ENGLAND - ITALY
Referee: Björn KUIPERS (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander VAN ROEKEL (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E. J. ZEINSTRA (NED)
Fourth Official: Walter LÓPEZ (GUA)
Standby Assistant Referee: Leonel LEAL (CRC)
FIFA Referee Assessor:
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp S. (GER)

GROUP C, Match 6 
15 June 2014, 03:00 CET
Arena Pernambuco, Recife
CÔTE D'IVOIRE - JAPAN
Referee: Enrique OSSES (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Alexis ASTROZA (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergio ROMÁN (CHI)
Fourth Official: Néant ALIOUM (CMR)
Standby Assistant Referee: Djibril CAMARA (SEN)
FIFA Referee Assessor: 
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)


Good luck! 

The photos featured are taken from FIFA.com.

105 Comments:

  1. Fourths are Faghani, Carrillo, López and Alioum respectively.

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  2. Expected appointment for England-Italy. Good choice !

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  3. The standby AR by Italy England is from Costa Rica? I cant believe that.

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    1. That seems no problem to me given the very low probability, that he will be used. And even in that case, he had no reason to favour any team on the first matchday.

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    2. It is a formal and absolutely evitable problem in my opinion. Also given the fact that AR1 Van Roekel was injured for several months.

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  4. Italian referee for netherlands match and netherlands referee for italian match,what a coincidence!

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  5. So, only the reserve referees are used as fourth officials so far. It will be interesting to see, whether FIFA maintains that during the whole group stage. It would mean a lot of travelling for the reserve teams, but of course relaxing the situation for the main referees.
    The referee appointments are not very surprising. Geiger seems to fit well for this match, although he was not on my shortlist for it. I hoped for a more important first match for Brych, but he can recommend himself for more interesting matches. Of course, also saturday's match could become a challenge, especially in the area of keeping control. Kuipers is an expected and good choice for the top clash. In group D, every match can be deciding, therefore Osses' appointment is also sensible. However it means, that another potential match for an UEFA referee has gone...

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  6. I trust Rizzoli and Kuipers will do their best in their respective matches and I sincerely have no doubt about their being impartial but I also believe FIFA should exercise a bit more caution with their appointments even if it is only to protect itself. What if one of these referees makes an honest but crucial mistake during their matches ? Who is going to convince the public that it was not premeditated ? I believe that by appointing an Italian for Holland's match and then a Dutch for Italy's match a day later was a bit off-target. It seems as if FIFA doesn't care to protect its own referees. I hope everything turns out fine. Rizzoli and Kuipers are indeed top referees. Good luck to them.

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  7. In the final round of group matches, UEFA referees are only eligible for three of the 16 matches, if confederation neutrality rule is strictly followed. In fact there are only 16 non European referees available for the whole world cup, and a few of them might make crucial mistakes in the first match, thus will not be considered for another game. In that case, FIFA will find themselves running out of options.

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    1. What will the do with Nishimura, for example? Tonight was bad

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  8. The problem is even much bigger. If we follow the idea of confederation neutrality, FIFA has no more options even now! It would be absurd, if they give European referees only 1 game in the first three rounds, BUT there are only 19 games with possibility to appoint Europeans, according to that neutrality-rule - and so Chile-Australia and Ivory Coast-Japan could not be given to South Americans!!!
    So that means that FIFA will NOT AT ALL follow that neutrality rule through the first rounds. Logical, isn`t it? And a big (bad, in my opinion) surprise, which was not necessary at all!

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  9. If from now on, every possible (regarding confed neutrality) match is given to UEFA referees, there will be two Europeans with only one match in the group stage. Maybe they get a R16 match as second appointment. If any Non-UEFA referee performs so bad, that a second match is not possible, someone has to get a third group stage match instead to maintain confed neutrality. However, I think, it is still possible that FIFA procedes this way. If not, I assume, they will at least not break the rule before the last matchday.

    Therefore my predictions for Sunday are:
    SUI-ECU: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB) - Probably decisive match in group E
    FRA-HON: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR) - a rather easy match to start with for him; he is a candidate for an important match on MD3 in case of a good performance
    ARG-BOS: Peter O'Leary (NZL) - Either an easy match or a good chance for him to show that he deserves a second match (OK, that somehow counts for every match...)

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    1. It's fundamental that Irmatov do a good match. If he doesn't, FIFA should count only on UEFA referees

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  10. On the FIFA web site it says "see the link on the right", but I cannot find the pdf document. Did anyone find it?

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    1. the pdf is still missing

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    2. Voilà: http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/36/87/08/140612_5-8_neutral.pdf

      Peter/Vienna

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    3. Please don't say that you got it changing the numbers in the URL :D
      You are a hacker :P

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    4. Well done Peter you are a genius here.

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    5. Not only that FIFA released on its website, had seen a few minutes before putting it here.

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  11. A reserve assistant referee from Paraguay for Uruguay match. Another great idea by Busaca.

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    1. If you want a full team from different confederation, FIFA would need at least 50 officials and more assistant referees.

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  12. Red card for Neymar instead of a yellow that was given by Nishimura...? What do you think?

    Kind Regards,
    Luís Almeida
    Portugal

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    1. No, YC is correct in my view. The contact is made with the forearm, with no excessive force. Neymar 'shoves' his arm into the opponent's face; he does not aim a hit.

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    2. Hum, I agree, but he looked to him before the contact... That's why I asked.

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    3. quite clearly a yellow card for me

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  13. Nishimura forgot to use the spray? Wall management without spray, why?

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    1. Ok, now he used it.

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  14. First WC mistake by mr. Sagara

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  15. Two mistake for AR1? bad trow-in, and vrong offside?
    Nishimura give advantage, and after 0.5 sec give foul? bad moment is apparent that referee directions

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    1. When you get to the higher levels you have better things to.do than call foul throw ins. plus, none of the players take them properly anyways

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  16. Yc to Neymar is according to LOTG. Reckless challenge.

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  17. Is that the first gift for Brazil?

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  18. Unbelievable penalty.

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    1. referee has whistled the same way, but why does the similarly fouls in the center line?

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  19. Excusable mistake, the referee thought that it was a holding but the contact was absolutely not enough. Fred cheated the referee.

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    1. Excusable maybe in domestic fourth league. Not at the WC.

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    2. Also the player has his fault. This will be Brazilian players world cup: no fair play.

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    3. I think Nishimura WC should end tonight.

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  20. Oh dear. All Nishimura's good work has been flushed down the toilet... Not a pen for me.

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  21. Maybe suggested by Nagi...I fear this has been Nishimura's World Cup, for me a too easy and clear mistake.

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  22. Harsh to say that, but committee could send home Nishimura after this mistake.
    Evaluating this penalty as crucial mistake influencing the final score and the group, it is impossible to get a second match.

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    1. Probably it's very difficult to say... But in your opinion what referee could bear a so difficult match? Following the confed neutrality, few. Irmatov? Geiger?

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  23. Nishimura have bad day today

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    1. I hope this was Yuichis last match of this WC. The first match had to set the standard, but it didn't. A match full of mistakes by the whole refereeing time. Some little, some crucial big mistakes. A chance to get a WC final is definetly gone for him now if you ask me. Maybe he gets another meaningless encounter this WC, but that should be it.
      Poor Nishimura
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  24. Nishimura ruined a basically good performance by this penalty call and unluckily for him, the penalty has been the most important decision in this match. Brazil gained three (not totally deserved) points when Croatia might have deserved the equalizer. One involvement in offside decision for AR1 and one mistake, even though I can defend the Japanese trio, the performance is negative. Now another match without meaning in MD3 or directly home for him. It is said with all the respect for the officials. Referees should study more Brazilian players and their unfair behavior.
    Not the best beginning for me.

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  25. 21-5 in fouls. Should be a free-kick before the third goal. Shocking performance.

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  26. Missed foul on Rakitic prior to score 3-1

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  27. Nishimura's performance:
    + excellent physis
    + good player management
    + additional times
    - some difficulties in foul detection
    - maybe missing red card
    - wrong penalty decision (and in a giant contrast to his very lenient style) - no (good) view, so that you can't give this penalty!

    I agree with you, this could be and possibly is/was his first and last appointment. We have to wait for other performances of course to evaluate who of the referees who make a decisive wrong decision have to go home. I hope that Busacca and team won't have to send more than 10 (?) referees at home after one match.

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  28. I wouldn't say that Nishimura must return home ending his WC right now. I would just say that he is out from final candidates, after this controversial penalty. I'm reading too severe comments here, remember it is never easy. Let's wait and see FIFA decisions.

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    1. We are talking about a WC anonymous, so we may expect real good performences. Especially at the opener which has to set a standard. And the big penalty mistake wasn't the only obvious mistake. (handball mistake was also a really blatant mistake) It's not too severe to say that this performence was far below par due to the 2 big and some smaller mistakes that influenced the outcome. This performence can only mean another meaningless match for Yuichi Nishimura. After that he has to be sent home IMHO.
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  29. Please mention also the wrong handball decision, a quite blatant mistake IMHO.

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  30. Points where the crew failed:
    - wrong penalty kick; Fred dived; crucial mistake, but I would suspend Fred for one match!!!
    - wrong handball call (Olić) in 53'
    - missed Dani Alves' foul on Olić (57'); that was a free kick and yellow card to Alves
    - in 42' there was a dive by Neymar; he could've been sent off for that (2nd YC)
    - wrong offside call by Sagara (43')
    - too passive approach towards Scolari who protested against three decisions in a bad manner - Faghani didn't react

    the rest was really, really GOOD

    I would wait before sending someone home. Others could easily make another mistakes and what then? Second match for Nishimura should be a meaningless duel in 3rd leg of group phase.

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    1. I think FIFA has not enough referee in order to respect the Confederations neutrality in the 3rd leg. What should they do?

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    2. They placed themselves into an uncomfortable position... They probably forced themselves to break this confederation neutrality or maybe they want to use European officials more in knock-out stage - but it would be highly unfair towards other confederations. For me, they should break the confederation neutrality from the beginning, but it's the other way for now...

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    3. Breaking the confederation neutrality, who would be the suitable referee fort tonight, in your opinion? And I wonder if FIFA never considered another referee (following the confed neutrality) for tonight..

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    4. Nishimura was really predictable. But for the tonight's match I wouldn't have a big problem in appointing Webb, Kuipers, Eriksson, etc. (someone from the north part of Europe to avoid a similiraty of personality with regards to BRA or CRO).

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    5. Brasil vs Mexico... Is Webb arriving?

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    6. Why not?! It would be great choice, IMO.

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    7. I think Busacca will send only top referees for Brasil next matches. The problem is that outside Europe there are few stars. Only Irmatov?

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    8. Aguilar, Osses, Roldán or maybe Shukrallah can be appointed for interesting matches too, imo.

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    9. Webb seems destined to the supposedly vibrant Portugal-Germany.

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    10. "The rest was really, really GOOD"

      Phew! It's not like the errors didn't impact the game!

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  31. I had high hopes for Nishimura, but that was as bad as it could get. Wrong Penalty, wrong Hand ball call on Olic, missed foul (Alves on Olic, 2nd Half) and a missed foul (?) seconds before the 3:1.

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    1. What a synchronization! Are we the same person? :D

      Now you can erase the question mark from your last sentence. TV in my country showed replays with zoom and there was a foul on Croatian in the build-up for the third goal... That's not crucial mistake to the observer, but still...

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  32. There was no foul prior to the 3-1.

    His almost only correct move, other than that he was terrible.

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    1. There was a foul. Attacker hit opponent's leg at first and made him fall, then took the ball and...

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  33. Even in a WC opening match mistakes are allowed. But when these mistakes are to be discussed for a long period after the match.... thats not good.

    Besides the small mistakes that every top referee will make even at a WC, 2 mistakes will haunt mr. N. and I feel sorry for him because for the rest he did a really good job.

    The penalty call was wrong and he will agree with that after assessing the video and the missed foul just before the third brasilero goal.

    Overall the big picture for me is that, and I sorry to say, he infuenced the outcome of the match. I dont think he deserves to be send home... but it will be a harsh feedback session.

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  34. YC to Olic for a dive minutes before the crucial mistake . It would prevent players from diving IMO . Players always do what they are alowed to .

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  35. Unless the Assessor really disagrees, the PK Mr. N awarded clearly falls under "serious error in a critical match incident that results in the outcome of the game being affected." He likely fails his assessment which probably means he's done with any critical WC games.

    His positioning also seemed weird to me as he was 20-30 yds upfield for the Brazilian attack. I'll watch other referees to see if their positioning is similar.

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  36. Niko Kovač (CRO coach):
    'Put your hand up if you think it was a penalty, I must say the referee was completely out of his depth. If someone's not up to scratch to referee the first game then find someone else. Two and half billion people saw this wasn't a pen.This was ridiculous today and if we continue this way we will have a circus. If that’s a penalty, we don’t need to play football anymore. We better give it up now and go home. Let’s play basketball instead. The referee was well placed, he was not unsighted. He saw everything. I don't blame Fred at all. I blame the referee.'

    I'm wonder if Kovač will be suspended for those words...

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  37. The criticisms of this performance are unusually harsh. Obviously the penalty decision is doubtful to say the least but I do empathize with the referee who had to manage a Brazilian team that went to ground very easily throughout the match. Any other mistakes appeared inconsequential and card management was fine. Unfortunately, this performance did not set the necessary standard for the rest of the tournament and for that Nishimura will receive negative feedback. It is likely that he receives one more group stage match and is then sent home.

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  38. Nishimura is clearly the most experienced referee available for this game if FIFA decided to continue with confederation neutrality rule, since Irmatov already did the opener in 2010. We also need to be aware that this is an extremely difficult opening game for a referee. I hope Nishimura will get another chance in the group stage.

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  39. Every world cup, we get surprises in terms of team performance, some teams may surpass their expectation, a few good teams may underperform and crash out earlier in the group stage. It is the same for all the referees. Busacca was a perfect example in 2010, he was one of the leading candidates for the final before the world cup started, we all know what happened in the end. On the other hand, we did not expect rather inexperienced Irmatov and Kassai were the referees for semi finals. For this world cup, we might a few new refereeing talents emerging, who knows.

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  40. Can anyone explain to me the running made after the whistled penalty? It seemed as he wanted to escape from complaints.

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    1. The strategy of that is that by getting to the goal line after a awarding a pen is that you then have all the players in front of you, thus allowing you to deal with players running at you. It prevents the referee from being completely engulfed by a crowd of players.

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  41. Some people including referees are stating that it was a correct penalty, at least according to LOTG, because there was a holding action by defender. I really can't accept this point of view, even though I understand what they are trying to say. The holding was really minimal, or even there wasn'tt any holding. Fred felt the hands of the opponent on his shoulders and he fell down. That's the problem. If you mark as good this call, for a player it will be easy to get a penalty acting always in this unfair way. Sometimes LOTG are not to be read literally. Touching an opponent is not enough to whistle. I think that now referees will be in trouble in next Brazil matches. A penalty will have to be really blatant, to be given again to hosting national team.

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  42. Here in the Netherlands, as far as I have been able to see, there is no one agreeing with the penalty. In fact Nishimura is being slaughtered, "overwhelmed", was the most friendly statement.
    People even question the called off goal by Croatia, which to me was a correct call, Olic laid his hand on Julio Cesar.

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  43. I wrote my own 'report' at Polish refereeing site. The mark is 7.9 (8.3). It would be long reading and difficult to translate, so I don't encourage you to read it, but at least you can watch all situations again on videos.

    http://sedziapilkarski.pl/wiadomosc-dnia/ms-2014-brazylia-3-1-chorwacja-yuichi-nishimura-japonia/18100

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    1. Nice stuff! Used translator and I understood most of it ;-) Keep up the good work!

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  44. A different thought.
    The penalty decision may make a similar to statement to Webb's penalty at Euro 08.
    All players at Brazil will have seen the incident and will now be aware referees will pay closer attention to a) holding in the pen area, and b) players who go down easily in the pen area. Due to the mass media backlash, at both Nishimura and Fred. players may now be discouraged to do either.
    As unfortunate the incident was for Nishimura, it may set a positive precedent for the rest of the tournament.
    Thoughts?

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    1. Actually I don't think that a very clear error of perception has the potential to set a preventive signal for the entire tournament. It rather sets a negative precedent: "At WC 2014, we get penalty kicks for such dives!"

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  45. One great influence of Scolari upon Nishimura.

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    1. Hey, Rodolfo, are you from Central Europe? Are you a 75er?

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  46. A different thought.
    The penalty decision may make a similar to statement to Webb's penalty at Euro 08.
    All players at Brazil will have seen the incident and will now be aware referees will pay closer attention to a) holding in the pen area, and b) players who go down easily in the pen area. Due to the mass media backlash, at both Nishimura and Fred, players may now be discouraged to do either.
    As unfortunate the incident was for Nishimura, it may set a positive precedent for the rest of the tournament.
    Thoughts?

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  47. I have a feeling that FIFA won't judge Nishimura's mistakes too harshly, probably because FIFA can not afford to lose him for later stages. His trio is one of the most experienced among the ones outside UEFA. It seems that Nishimura has already earned the trust of FIFA due to his great showing in 2010 world cup. Also his possible wrong decisions were mainly in favour of the host, it is understandable as these things do happen in every sport.

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    1. Now Nishimura is marked as home-team referee, FIFA can't appoint him again IMHO.

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  48. Hmmm, well, I don't know... Webb's penalty in 2008 was considered to be pretty soft by the media, however, UEFA called it the right decision, acknowledging that is was a foul and that the call was a prime example on how holding in the penalty box will (or should) be punished in the future.
    Nishimura's call, however, was more or less a misjudgment, as you also pointed out. I know that you didn't mean it like that, but assuming the call has been made to make clear that diving is wrong would be rather close to all the FIFA conspiracy theories that are surrounding the web right now. With that logic, Maradona's Hand of God could also be called a positive precedent.
    By the way, concerning the debate whether Nishimura will continue (maybe with a meaningless 3rd day farewell game): I think he's toast. Not because he made a crucial mistake (or any mistake at all, we don't know how FIFA has evaluated the situation, after all), but because officiating any future game would just gain too much attention on the referee. Looking into the past: Busacca was sent home in 2010 after his (more justified than non-justified red card) mainly because South Africa (especially Parreira) went nuts about the decision. IIRC, in public statements, it was said in 2012 that Kassai was sent home not for Vad's crucial mistake, but to get him off the spotlight. On the other hand, in 2010's Argentina - Nigeria, FIFA stated in a media briefing that Wolfgang Stark incorrectly allowed a goal, yet he officiated two more matches, even one Round of 16 match. Why? Because FIFA evaluated something, but almost nobody else cared (i.e. was not in the focus of the media). With the international media coverage on Nishimura after yesterday's match, IMHO he just can't continue, no matter if the decision was right or wrong. Nobody wants a "controversial referee" in their matches. Just my 2 cents :)

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    1. I must share this opinion, this is what I think, too. And I want also to add that yesterday I was disappointed by Nishimura. A referee who seemed very good at 2010 WC, in the recent years has lost something. The performance in Confederations Cup one year ago had several inconsistencies, and now this crucial mistake. He wont handle the final of course, but I think he could be appointed in MD3 in a really meaningless match.

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  49. This happens when a referee has to decide about a situation quite far from his point of view. With an AAR in such case, prior to whistle, Nishimura could have asked for a confirmation.

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  50. I hope you wont misunderstand me for what I'm going to write but I feel the need to say that. The definition of "WC referee" and all the related business. Who is a WC referee? A WC referee is nowadays a man who attended many and many tournaments, during a long proceedings of selection. Stages, tournaments, meetings, workshops, appointments, hard work. But at the end where is the top class of a WC referee? Where is the difference between him and another (let's say NORMAL) referee? A penalty like this can be called by myself, by you, by many referees. Being at WC should mean that you are the best of the world, having more attention on every situation. One could say that it is early to talk about that, it was just the first match. Yes, but the first match and the first mistake. Where is the excellence? Those men got exorbitant amounts of money to handle matches at WC. I will never see, as referee in my country and at my level, such money. But... are those guys at WC really worthy of such prizes? Without all the preselection work which was (I guess) also very expensive, we might have had worse results? I'm not sure. I still don't catch a difference. Well, to say it in a nutshell, referees at WC are not different than many other ones, and for a question of respect, they should be more equalized to others. Everybody can keep the hope, we need a solid basis to say that a man is better than another one. I understand that a player can deceive you on the pitch, but you must be alert. You have to study them, you are among the 25 top officials of the world, at least according to paper. I would like to have a debate on that. I really find many points for discussion. Waiting for the next performances, of course. Regards and sorry for my (perhaps useless) speech.

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    1. Nishimura is (usually) a very good referee.

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    2. Interesting point.
      But I think, you can argue the same way about the players at the top level. They also earn a lot of money and are considered as better than the rest. However, they sometimes make mistakes (missing a big chance, passing directly to the opponent, scoring an own goal,...) , where even players, who do not play professionally would be criticized for. And the other way around recreational players are also able to have very good situations (scoring with a bicycle kick, making a perfect tackle, saving a penalty,...). Nevertheless some player are considered "better" than others and play on a higher level and you can ask, why. And I think the answer would be very similar to your question, why some referees are considered "better".
      Some points in these answer could be fitness, experience, previous performance, steadiness, higher probability of good actions/decisions etc., and is probably a mixture of many components.

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  51. Why blame Nishimura - it was CLEARLY not his decision!

    Watch the video 2 times looking only at the assistant and then 2 times looking only at Nishimura.

    The assistant is standing still - it points to a decision. He sprints right after the whistle - clear indication of knowing that the decision might be coming.

    Nishimura has no impression what so ever, then he looks at the assistant for a split second and makes the call.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCVz31ywxr4

    This journey ended just like the Kassai and Skomina journeys. Keep your head up Nishimura!

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    1. The AR is correctly positioned at the 2nd to last defender, then runs to the 18 after the PK is given...which is his proper position for a PK. Not sure what your point is. CR is in good position. Still really surprised he gave a penalty. IMO that's a miss which should result in a failed assessment per my comments (way) above.

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    2. then you have not been an assistant before - standing like this must have a reason. Otherwise he would be moving. And he is expecting the whistle to come, it is not a surprise. And Nishimura looks at him

      who difficult was that to understand?

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    3. That's the "standing still technique" in refereeing terminology. Anonymous has a point.

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  52. Another statement by angry Croatian (by The Telegraph):

    Vedran Ćorluka says referee Yuichi Nishimura tried only to speak with the Croatia players in Japanese as they sought explanation for the decision that turned opening match in Brazil’s favour

    “I think if this continues then no one should play against Brazil,” said Corluka. “We should just give them the World Cup and everyone can go home. I think it is embarrassing.

    “I have never seen a referee in a World Cup that doesn't speak English. It is quite amazing. He was trying to speak to the players in Japanese. It is ridiculous. He was speaking Japanese but no one could understand him because we don't have Japanese players.”

    “Everyone saw that, not just Croatian players. Every 50/50 decision went to Brazilian players and I think Neymar elbowed Luca (Modric). After that he gives the penalty. We scored a goal, he disallowed a goal. It was quite embarrassing. It was the opening of the World Cup and you expect something more. He was keen to give the penalty. After that he wanted to give something to us. It was quite funny. I don't think he should be allowed to referee another game.”

    “It is not just difficult for me to take, but for everyone who watched this game - I think it was two billion people,” said Lovren. “Of course I am angry. I want to cry now. I was asking the referee, ‘how can you do this to us’? He didn't know what to say. The problem is that the referee doesn't speak English.

    “It is a shame that he cannot explain to me or to anyone else in English. How can any referee be in the World Cup for that? It is like when a player gets a red card and he will be out for two or three games. I think it [should be] the same.”



    I think, in case of such questioning the referee's impartiality by all the media, players and coach, we probably won't see him again at this tournament. Too much attention would be on referee's person in case of next match. A pity... I'm so sorry for Nishimura.

    By the way, it seems a big problem that referees aren't able to communicate in English to manage situations adequately...

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    1. I'm not sorry for him at all. Nishimura is a professional ref, and especially at WC you're as good as your last game! So Nishimura is now portraited as a very bad ref in the media, and to be honest I can truly understand that. Nishimuras performence was one with too many (crucial) mistakes and it was really unworthy of a WC endphase performence. He has to go home now! DD

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  53. SUI-ECU: Irmatov, 4th: Moen
    FRA-HON: Ricci, 4th: O'Leary
    ARG-BIH: Aguilar, 4th: Haimoudi

    on the FIFA site

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  54. What about positioning? Don't you think that this was a very strong point for improvement in his performance, including the wrong penalty and the fact that he was too often really far away from the scene? Please watch his position when he awards the penalty, his diagonal system was weird. New instructions from Busacca or what? I want to see the other referees.

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    1. In contrary. I have a feeling that he was perfectly tactically prepared for this match. He expected many passes for Brazilian wingers and bravely modified his diagonal to optimize his view. It was tactically and technically perfect. Of course, the risk he took caused a need to sprint for every Croatian counter-attack, but overally he was almost always within good distance from play. It's my view of it.

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    2. Positioning was basically one of the main reason for this mistake. So of course this was a problem.

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  55. I won't make a comment on Nishimura's performance until the report is ready.

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