July 11, 2014

Djamel Haimoudi appointed for the Third Place Play-off

FIFA's Refereeing Department has chosen Djamel Haimoudi and his team to take control over Match 63, the third place play-off between Brazil and the Netherlands in Brasilia. Yuichi Nishimura and Toru Sagara have been selected as fourth and fifth official respectively.



PLAY-OFF FOR THIRD PLACE, Match 63
12 July 2014, 22:00 CET
Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia
BRAZIL - NETHERLANDS
Referee: Djamel HAIMOUDI (ALG) 
Assistant Referee 1: Rédouane ACHIK (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak ETCHIALI (ALG)
Fourth Official: Yuichi NISHIMURA (JPN)
Standby Assistant Referee: Toru SAGARA (JPN)
Blog Referee Observer: CHEFREN (ITA)

115 Comments:

  1. I hope we don't get Webb in the final.

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    1. i dont convince that Webb will be officiate the final matches twice

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  2. At first, I want to congratulate assigned officials. Fully deserved appointment and a big honour for sure! Cheers, boys.

    Then, if the infos about Eriksson are correct, it could've gone this way:
    Germany rejected Rizzoli because Argentina have much Italian influences and Argentina rejected Irmatov (bad memories) and Webb (Falklands issue). Then, Eriksson was better than, in example Proenca or Velasco Carballo.

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  3. Of all the candidates left surely not Erikasson. They need a strong individual because Argebtjna will push the limits to win the game.

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  4. This one part of FIFA’s anti racist campaign. Expected selection on AFC

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  5. Good consolation appointment for Nishimura. Also, FIFA makes a point of not throwing him under the bus...I like his appointment as 4th.

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  6. 2002 FINAL COLLINA (Italy)
    2006 FINAL Elizondo (Argentina)
    2010 FINAL WEBB (England)
    2014 FINAL IRMATOV (Uzbekistan)

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    1. Unfortunately WEBB will be in final! :(

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  7. Mmm.. Eriksson? He doesn't convince me at all.

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  8. BUSSACA: "We already have many excellent referee, but in the end I have two options to set the final match of World Cup, option between Webb or Proenca..."

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    1. Is that a fake or a joke?

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    2. This is true information, you will see tommorow... :)

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    3. What is the source?

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    4. Just on facebook, SportNews page..

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    5. but why Proenca? Busacca didn't see his performance at mexico-netherlands?
      and I can't believe it ,that Webb only get 2 matches in this world cup and refs like Pitana and Irmatov already have 4 matches, this is very strange from FIFA and Busacca.
      so finally I hope Webb and his team deserve and get a third match in the tournament.

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  9. But Blatter could decide to appoint an other referee? In this case, for geo-political reasons, could he push for Irmatov, even though AFC's veto?
    It will be ridiculous if FIFA tricks AFA and DFB into beliving Eriksson and then appoints Rizzoli or Irmatov!

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  10. i hope Irmatov will be chosen for the final

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  11. Argentina-Hollan - UEFA - Cuneyt Caqir
    Brasil-Germany - CONMEBOL - Marco Rodriguez
    Holland-Brasil - Africa FC - Himoudi
    Germany-Argentina - Asian FC - ? The best choise is Ravshan Irmatov

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  12. In your opinion is better Rizzoli, Irmatov or Eriksson? Between those three.

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  13. I have some feeling it will be Webb but I hope not.

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  14. IMHO, today Rizzoli is in a much better shape than Irmatov (bleh) and Eriksson (he can barely hide his blasé demeanor).

    Webb (and Kuipers) are the best of the pack these days.

    However, since Webb is far from being the best ref ever to set foot on planet Earth, he does not deserve the distinction of being the first (and probably forever the only one) to take charge of 2 WC finals.

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  15. That being said, I'd easily put Kuipers in charge. He's been hands down the best ref worldwide in the past 2 seasons and has consistently pull in real masterclasses out there.

    Since NED's semi prevented Kuipers from being a candidate, I'd settle for Rizzoli.

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  16. OT: For those who often - for me unduly - defend referees not whistling penalties for increasing a body surface. In this case, we have a really short distance, quite unexpected ball (player could've dribble or centre) and no movement toward the ball. Official interpretation by FIFA is penalty and no card. We can easily compare this situation to Haimoudi's whistled penalty and both situations from Velasco Carballo's game in CL between MU and Bayern. At least one scheme is maintained: expected ball and handball increasing body surface after a shot / centre from a small distance (it's sure we won't have the same situation, but overall schemes are very important).

    http://vimeo.com/100096733

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    1. My decision would be: Penalty, no card. Therefore the decision for Haimoudi in AUS-NED was correct for me. However, I don't know how Busacca and Co. think about it.

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    2. There is one (important) difference: in the GER CHN match you cannot call this hand position "natural". It was too highly and carelessly raised, I agree with penalty. This was not the case in AUS-NED which made FIFA rule the penalty as a mistake (the hand position was considered as absolutely normal). UEFA ruled both situations in MNU-Bayern as correct decisions.

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  17. A lot of tweets confirm Eriksson.

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  18. Polish Supercup game handled by Bartosz Frankowski. Many controversies. Have your say :)

    http://vimeo.com/100518340

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    1. 1. If YC, give the advantage and issue the caution at the next stoppage. Correct answer would be RC.

      2. Hard to detect shirt-pulling. Free kick to defense.
      3. Onside seems correct.
      4. Correct. No handball, YC for SPA
      5. I can accept the no-PK decision. The offside is clearly correct. But that is also a clear caution for dissent!
      6. Tough. I'll support the referee here. Does it even touch his arm?

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    2. Thanks! Do you mean that 4th situation is not deliberate handball? If it was deliberate, it would be a red card for DOGSO.

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    3. 5. did the assistant call offside on the first pass or the second. The foul is made before the second offside, so that would result in a penalty kick.

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    4. Assistant signaled the offside on the second pass (made by allegedly fouled player).

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    5. What I mean is that there is no deliberate handball in my opinion. As play continues, the referee issues a correct YC in midfield to another player.
      Now, what are your opinions on these cases?

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    6. 1. Red card for serious foul play. Studs-up, raised and straightened leg.
      2. OK decision to let play on. This shirt pulling had no impact on Zawisza player's movement (he ran in different direction to the direction of pulling). Of course, penalty for same fact of pulling could be given.
      3. Very diffulct, I go with the ref in such case. By the way, AR2 had many so difficult situations to judge: http://vimeo.com/100522008
      4. For me it's deliberate (hand to the ball, preventing an opponent to play the ball what is equal to denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. Hence, penalty kick and red card.
      5. I tend to think there was a foul on Legia player. Difficult to judge, offside is clear, but the alleged foul had place before the offside position became active. Penalty and no card, but I understand refs.
      6. Ball hits the hand (slightly) and ribs. No penalty because if not this slight touch with hand, the ball would hit the ribs immediately.

      Zawisza coach was sent off after another dissent in 90+2. Earlier in the game, he questioned many referee's calls. Once he was definitely right when reckless foul of Legia player caused a free kick to... Legia (see this video from 0:23 http://vimeo.com/100523976)

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    7. Ouch. That foul at 80' was borderline SFP...Studs in the hip. Ouch, that must have hurt.

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    8. And in the opinion of the referee it was a foul from blue-black player! :D

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  19. The appointment of Eriksson would make history.

    Since 4th officials are used, it would be the first time in World Cups and European Championships history that a referee included in the semifinal would take charge in the final.

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  20. http://www.record.xl.pt/Futebol/Internacional/mundial2014/interior.aspx?content_id=894115

    Rizzoli gets the final

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  21. I would really prefer Webb, Vera or Geiger, but I expect Ericsson, Rizzoli or Proenca, this is all so ridiculous...

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    1. Webb couldn't do it even though I would prefer him.

      But Geiger?

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  22. ABC-News minutes ago: Busacca himself conformed RIZZOLI :)

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  23. http://www.ojogo.pt/mundial2014/interior.aspx?content_id=4022221
    Rizzoli in the final

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  24. Rizzoli, Faverani, Stefani, Vera and Lescano

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    1. CONFIRMED: http://www.aia-figc.it/ the five names above

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  25. Rizzoli confirmed by FIFA on Twitter

    https://twitter.com/fifamedia/status/487661096292319232/photo/1

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  26. And on Fifa.com: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=7/news=nicola-rizzoli-to-referee-final-2403526.html

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  27. Ritsoli was chosen for final match

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  28. Congratulations to all the referees who have been selected. Each of you deserve it, and can be proud of your excellent performance during the Cup.
    Congratulations to all our brother referees who worked so hard under very challenging conditions to make sure the world watched matches that were as safe, fair, and fun as humanly possible. Drenching downpours, jungle heat, and intense pressure did not keep them from delivering performances of which all we referees can be proud.
    Well done, gentlemen!

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  29. Wasn't this free kick and RC?
    Haimoudi gave penalty and YC...

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  30. I agree Chefren. Free kick, red card.

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    1. For me one error, Penalty OK but red card and not yellow card !

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    2. If you rewatch the scene, the foul starts and ends outside area. Then, the player falls inside the box.

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  32. Arguably the easiest red card you could ever give?

    FK and RC!

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  33. How is it not DOGSO, I can not explain! About penalty/free kick it's always difficult for the ref, but yellow for that? OMG...

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  34. Two crucial mistakes in one decision

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  35. I think that the YC is still a result of Busacca instructions.
    But really meaningless...

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  36. YC for Robben? Very easy in my opinion. Especially when you take in consideration the card policy of this WC.

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    1. I agree, I was surprised of this early card.

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  37. I have no other explanation except that Haimoudi did not want to damage the home nation in the 2nd minute. Unbelievable mistake, and I dare to say the most obvious and frightening mistake of the entire tournament. That was simply too obvious.

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    1. I have an explanation and this is called Busacca. I can't believe that a referee doesn't apply the LotG without reasons!
      Perhaps Busacca asked for 100% obvious DOGSO and in this case one could still argue that it wasn't such.
      Please remember also Velasco in Brazil-Colombia.
      BTW, all these situations, in favor or Brazil...

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    2. The brazilians protested and said it was outside. I think that effected him too.

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  38. Offside in the 0-2, dear me, the whole WC refereeing in 16 minutes!

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  39. A small offside in the action leading to 0-2-.

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    1. Watching the replay, this can't be evaluated as mistake. Too difficult, impossible to detect. Correct to allow the play.

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    2. I don't agree, the foot and leg were quite clearly offside. Etchiali was badly positioned and half a metre too far to the corner flag, otherwise he would have had good chances to spot it.

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  40. I don't understand why this guy is considered better than Benjamin Williams or Mark Geiger.

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  41. 43': missed one blatant YC to Vlaar. I don't find consistency, the early card to Robben was really weird.

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  42. Haimoudi, what are you doing? Everything wrong in the first scene (RC for DOGSO + free-kick instead of YC + pk), weird YC for Robben and perhaps the most YC ever (43' Vlaar). And a missed offside in the sitaution leading up to the 0-2.

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  43. What about the elbow kick by maxwell against Kuyt? At least YC

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  44. Another mistake by AR2. Not the best evening for him.

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  45. Haimoudi crowns Busacca's work in this WC. Missing Collina, for Pete's sake.

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  46. Random card selection. This is the result of the Busacca instructions.

    As for the penalty and YC, no comment. You guys said everything.

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  47. Plus, it looks like Haimoudi has been eating a lot of feijoada in Brazil. Boy, he is never on screen. He really is the man in the middle...of the field. Get the hell out!

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  48. That's new: Fernandinho got booked :-)

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    1. Indeed. His 30+ foul in this tournament?

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    2. More likely 60+ foul. :)

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  49. OMG. Borderline to SFP by Hernanes and not even a booking (58')...

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  50. 64:45 handall and penalty appeal: correct decision, not punishable in my opinion.

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  51. WOW I am stunned. The first YC for simulation of the whole tournament in Match 63 and despite the contact I agree with it.

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    1. I can't agree with it, though Oscar was looking for it. But there was contact and I believe a penalty could have been given. Surely not a YC for simulation.

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    2. From a camera angle behind the players it indeed seemed as if the BRA player was already falling before there was contact with the NED player.

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    3. Well watching a different camera angle I agree with you, it is too harsh and definitely not line with the tournament's approach. There were by far more obvious dives. Nonetheless it depends on how you define simulation. Considering that Oscar sought the contact and started his descend before the contact, you can deem this as trying to deceive the referee imo. There is no predictability in this performance and the entire World Cup.

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  52. First YC for a dive in this tournament. And it is wrong.....

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  53. It was penalty, really bad game for Haimoudi

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  54. I miss Gassama.........

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  55. For me there was enough distance and the ball was expected to hide a hand, hence penalty for handball could've easily been whistled for me. I have mixed feelings about Oscar, but more penalty for me. One big bag of controversies today :)

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  56. About the handball I am not 100% sure whether the ball hit the hand at all (?). Very poor overall performance. It really crowns this World Cup. Busacca has to go.

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    1. I will rewatch it, but if the ball hit the hand, not changing its position despite oncoming ball could be evaluated as deliberate act imo.

      And agree, the overall performance was very inconsistent, no clear line in foul detection (was 0-3 scored after missed foul?), no way to describe what were the criteria for booking (as in the whole tournament!).

      Busacca is happy (see Kicker), don't worry about it...

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    2. Agree with you Niclas, 7.2 for Haimoudi. The scene before the 0-3 was ok IMHO, Hubert.
      All said about Busacca.
      Card selection not good (missed ones for Vlaar, Maxwell, Hernanes; too harsh ones for Robben and Oscar).
      On the handball: no penalty for me.

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    3. Less or more I can agree about 7.2 or even 7.3.
      Control was assured all match long, despite of some crucial mistakes, in my opinion still better performance than Velasco Carballo nightmare.

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    4. That is out of question. The ARs were better. Match control was there, so maybe 7.4 is also an option.

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    5. OK, there was no handball, hence no penalty. Etchiali and Haimoudi were correct here.

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  57. I give Haimoudi 6.9 and a 6 week suspension from all competitions ;)

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  58. Contrary to what all people on this blog say, this was a good level of refereeing at this WC. The approach at this WC - managing a game with personality rather then be overly strict - did work most of the times. There were some bad fouls missed, but this will always happen.

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    1. not sure if serious or trolling

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  59. Missed 3 penalties, gave PK for a foul outside of the penalty area, all 3 goals scored after referee mistakes, YC instead of RC, two incorrect YC (to Robben for holding and to Oscar for diving), several missed YC, several fouls missed, direct free kicks given inconsistently, sometimes to a wrong side. 6.2-6.3 at most.

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  60. I have to say that this was a very poor performance from Hamoudi. Even if you can agree with the no-DOGSO decision, he still missed clear cautions and gave unfair yellow cards. If I'm honest I don't feel that Hamoudi was a big fan of Arjen Robben.

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  61. He is certainly happy with his performance, because he is not better than this. FIFA however, must examine themselves, this World Cup has been an embarrassment when it comes to football referees. If it is true that there have been restrictions on the yellow and red cards, it's a disaster for football and for the credibility.

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  62. Why not Williams, Geiger, Gassama or Irmatov for this match?

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    1. It is easy to say that, the day after :)

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    2. I know, but Brasil and Netherlands are two difficult teams to referee...

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    3. From the 4 names you mention Federico, only Irmatov could have this match. Based on experience.

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    4. Why does experience have to play in? All of the other three have proven themselves high quality referees this tournament. It is easy in hindsight, but Haimoudi had lower marks from most here on this site than any of the others. Put that with his terrible performance in the match and it's a fair question I think.

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  63. To be clear then UEFA calls this 64.45 a clear handball. Enlarging the body surface, the player is quilty of keeping his hand in such position. There is also movement of the body (including the hand) towards the ball. And there is contact with the hand surely.

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    1. After having reviewed the incident I disagree with you. There is no contact between the arm/hand and the ball, as the ball hits the chest of the defender. Hence, it can never be a handball. Not even for UEFA ;)

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  64. What frightened me most was Abdelhak Etchiali's performance. He had constant problems with his positioning which resulted in 2 crucial mistakes and 1 clear offside mistake. I am still not 100% sure whether the ball touched the hand of the defender, if so, it would have been another missed penalty for which Etchiali would be responsible as well.

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    1. While I agree Etchiali was all over the place, I still think Haimoudi was the biggest worry. As a referee, you can't have the players guessing what will be a foul or YC. You need to establish a reasonable range so that players can play within those boundaries. Haimoudi was all over the place with fouls and YCs. I don't think he ever really had control of the game. I think he was always chasing the management of the game after his two errors in one play in the 2' (DFK outside the area and RC for DOGSO). I sympathize not wanting to send off the host country's captain so early, but that's what referees are paid for, to be the neutral party that enforces the LotG.

      I also sympathize because I've had those games where you lose control because of a mistake, but you have to fight to regain your management. You have to focus and I didn't see that from Haimoudi. I expect that to be a given at this level of refereeing and I felt like he had no clue how to regain his authority except to randomly assign fouls.

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