August 7, 2014

Thank you, Howard Webb!

I have been thinking about how to write the actually mandatory post of reacting to Howard Webb's expected, but nonetheless - for us - painful, retirement he announced yesterday via premierleague.com for quite a long time. Even though it might sound pathetic, it is impossible to live up with what Webb has achieved in his 25-year long refereeing career with the right words.


Instead of reflecting the path of glory the 43-year old MBE went throughout the last couple of years, which would include listing all his achievements and nominations, the most suitable words the entire European and worldwide football community can say are not more than THANK YOU!

Thank you for your exemplary way to manage matches and to interact with players with much coolness, charisma and empathy, improving the game and allowing us to have plenty of pleasurable nights under the stars of the Champions League.
Thank you for, along with Michael Mullarkey and Darren Cann, showing what being a referee team really means.
Thank you for bringing something inspiring into the community of refereeing, being a motivating idol not only for younger referees. 
Thank you for your (worldwide visible) mistakes reminding us on the truth that nobody is perfect. 
And of course thank you for your bald pate, which definitely provided the matches you handled with the necessary aerodynamics and shine (and which often made me wonder whether you have to be baldy to become the world's best referee considering the Italian baldy, too).

Yesterday has been a rather sad day for refereeing and at such days you recognize how big this referee really was. Fortunately, he stays faithful to refereeing in his function as the new Technical Director in the English refereeing department. And who knows, I should be pretty surprised if this stayed his last step as refereeing officer.

Some video impressions on Howard Webb:




The 3rd Team wishes you all the best, Howard!

71 Comments:

  1. A fitting tribute. His charisma, character and most of all, sheer ability will be sorely missed!

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  2. OT Gianni Infantino has just announced in the UEFA drawing for CL playoff that vanishing spray will be used by referees starting from this round of the tournament.

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    1. Sad day for Polish football. Legia won with Celtic 6-1 in aggregate and is out from the CL play-off round. Three-minutes performance of one player is enough to get a walkover. Sorry for non-refereeing post.

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    2. I couldn't believe that, Hubert. Believe me... but there are some responsibilities inside the club.

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    3. That's common procedure and clubs that want to play in the most professional league on this planet must behave professionally.

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  3. So, a team like Stjarnan struggles through all rounds of qualifying, eliminates Poznan and than has to play against Inter. Explain me the logic behind this. Make sure that such teams have absolutely no chance?

    Sorry for Legia, but seriously how can you miss that?

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    1. It's not so clear. Bereszyński paused all three matches (two against St. Patrick's Athletic and the first one against Celtic), but there was a formal problem - he was NOT registered for matches against St. Patrick's Athletic and UEFA considered it as the suspension wasn't completed and counted only the first match against Celtic...

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    2. Reminds me of Cap Verde in the last qualifying. A player is sent off in a game that later was declared invalid. Then he is used in the final game and bang --> walkover.

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  4. 13.8. German Supercup, Borussia Dortmund - Bayern München:
    Peter Gagelmann, Sven Jablonski, Thomas Gorniak, Marco Fritz
    This season will be the last for Gagelmann in the Bundesliga (age restriction).

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  5. It seems there is a chance to abolish the age-limit for referees!
    http://issuu.com/fifa/docs/issuu_englisch_woche_32_2014/25?e=9526632/8876781

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    1. 50 years would be a better limit, of course provided that referees pass the physical tests.

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    2. And provided that their minds are able to keep up with play. Besides the physical perspective there also is a psychological one. At the start of the 40s, brain regions that are typically responsible for selective attention and perception immensely decrease in their space and quality. So I would be VERY careful with raising the age limit.

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  6. Kevin Clancy knocked down! :)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaWlcG01dKI

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    1. Good positioning, just unlucky.

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  7. Zawisza Bydgoszcz - Jagiellonia Białystok; referee: Tomasz Kwiatkowski
    1) trying to hit an opponent? https://vimeo.com/102938933
    2) yellow or red? https://vimeo.com/102938934
    3) yellow or red v.2? https://vimeo.com/102938937

    Górnik Zabrze - Lech Poznań; referee Tomasz Musiał (FIFA)
    1) teaching material for refs about wait-and-see tactic https://vimeo.com/102940485
    2) is yellow enough? https://vimeo.com/102940486

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    1. Situation #1 from Górnik Zabrze - Lech Poznań is very interesting.
      I see that the assistant referee raises his flag but just for a while. Nevertheless, the referee immediately gets the signal and whistles. They o course couldn't return back but at least I think the AR recognized suddenly his mistake, or to say it better, the fact that the flag was too early.
      2) Well, this should be a red card, but difficult to spot for the referee.

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  8. Russian Premier League
    Kuban Krasnodar - Rostov
    Referee: Karasev
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un1ciInijB0
    Penalty: 2:18
    See also players reaction.

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    1. How can this happen that Blue #2 isn't expulsed for pushing the referee?

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    2. The Penalty decision is acceptable, but the way he deals with the consent not. At least one more card and a sending of for Blue #2.
      Karasev whistles CL, am I correct?

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    3. Yes, he whistles in CL and such behavior by players at UEFA level can't be absolutely accepted!
      .

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    4. The penalty decision is what I love about Karasev. Not afraid to make controversial but correct decisions in the penalty box. However, he should not have moved backwards when the players came at him,

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  9. Full interview with Busacca:
    http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sport/fussball/Es-gab-an-dieser-WM-keinen-Skandal/story/29593782

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    1. As a referee, he was o.k. and sometimes very good, but as a manager.....

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    2. Interesting that former FIFA AR Manuel Navarro worked as an AR trainer for Busacca. This Suisse connection inside FIFA should really come to an end.

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  10. Yesterday the first match of 2014/15 Ligue 1, Reims - PSG.
    Stéphane Lannoy was there.
    Penalty decision:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqCBVZ8fBVg
    One can say that the contact existed, but I would never give such penalty because it is clear that Ibrahimovic deceived the referee. He could have easily jumped avoiding the contact, and he was anyway already falling down.
    For me more mistake than correct decision.

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    1. For me Ibrahimovic clearly starts to fall before the contace. IFK + YC.

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  11. Very early predictions for CL play off matches.
    I will include also some Category 1 officials (from the Talent Program), because with 20 matches and 22 Elite officials, the choice is not that large.

    FIRST LEG

    Salzburg - Malmo
    Sergei Karasev (RUS)

    Steaua - Ludogorets
    William Collum (SCO)

    Besiktas - Arsenal
    Felix Brych (GER)

    Copenhagen - Leverkusen
    Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)

    Napoli - Athletic Bilbao
    Björn Kuipers (NED)

    LOSC Lille - Porto
    Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)

    Standard Liège - Zenit S. P.
    Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

    Slovan Bratislava - BATE
    Olegario Benquerença (POR)

    Aalborg - APOEL
    Ivan Bebek (CRO)

    Maribor - Celtic
    Viktor Kassai (HUN)


    SECOND LEG

    Zenit - Standard Liège
    Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

    BATE - Slovan Bratislava
    Craig Thomson (SCO)

    Porto - LOSC Lille
    Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

    Celtic - Maribor
    Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

    APOEL - Aalborg
    Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

    Ludogorets - Steaua
    Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

    Malmoe - Salzburg
    Martin Atkinson (ENG)

    Atheltic Bilbao - Napoli
    Wolfgang Stark (GER)

    Arsenal - Besiktas
    Pavel Královec (CZE)

    Leverkusen - Copenhagen
    Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)




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    1. I like them (especially Královec for ARS-BES) and I consider them very likely. Except that I woulnd't find it hard to have a little longer break from Velasco Carballo.

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    2. 22 Elite officials? Who has gone except Webb?
      I would go for

      Salzburg - Malmo
      Rocchi / Cakir
      Steaua - Ludogorets
      Skomina / Brych
      Besiktas - Arsenal
      Kralovec / Kassai
      Copenhagen - Leverkusen
      Mazic / Velasco
      Napoli - Athletic Bilbao
      Lannoy / Kuipers
      LOSC Lille - Porto
      Collum / Moen
      Standard Liège - Zenit S. P.
      Borbalan / Eriksson
      Slovan Bratislava - BATE
      Atkinson / Undiano
      Aalborg - APOEL
      Benquerenca / Rizzoli
      Maribor - Celtic
      Tagliavento / Proenca

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    3. I put them in the other post yesterday, now here again. EL will follow immediately.

      My predictions (with Proenca and Eriksson; if they retire within the next days, I will have to change them) for the play-offs (first leg/second leg):

      Salzburg-Malmö: Velasco Carballo/Collum
      Liege-Zenit: Proenca/Skomina
      Kobenhavn-Leverkusen: Thomson/Kralovec
      Napoli-Athletic: Cakir/Kuipers
      Steaua-Ludogorets: Undiano Mallenco/Kassai
      Besiktas-Arsenal: Mazic/Eriksson
      Maribor-Celtic: Tagliavento/Moen
      Aalborg-APOEL: Atkinson/Fernandez Borbalan
      Bratislava-BATE: Rocchi/Clattenburg
      Lille-Porto: Brych/Rizzoli

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    4. I try to predict the appointments after the draw (first leg/second leg) although it is quite impossible to get right just one:

      Sarajevo-Möchengladbach: Yildirim/Studer
      Astana-Villareal: Kaasik/Buquet
      Zwolle-Sparta Praha: Evans/Balaj
      Asteras-Maccabi: Lechner/Banti
      Dnipro-Hajduk Split: Clos Gomez/Trattou
      Qarabag-Twente: Gil/Sidiropoulos
      Helsinki-Rapid Wien: Hansen/Hategan
      Chisinau-PAOK: Kruzliak/Vad
      Omonia-D. Moskva: Kovarik/Gräfe
      Lyonnais-Astra: Özkahya/Tudor
      Neftci-Partizan: Vincic/Nijhuis
      Elfsborg-Rio Ave: Eskov/Blom
      Karabükspor-St.-Etienne: Mazzoleni/Kulbakov
      Panathinaikos-Midtjylland: Madden/Turpin
      Grasshopper-Club Brugge: Yefet/Karasev
      Rijeka-Sheriff: Zelinka/Göcek
      Apollon Limassol-L. Moskva: Strahonja/Gestranius
      Young Boys-Debreceni: Hagen/Bebek
      Trnava-Zürich: Borski/Marriner
      AEL Limassol-Tottenham: Liany/Jug
      Minsk-Nacional: Mazeika/Chapron
      Ploiesti-Zagreb: Aranovskiy/Aydinus
      Trabzonspor-Rostov: De Sousa/Marciniak
      Split-Torino: Makkelie/Gautier
      Aktobe-Legia: Koukoulakis/Mateu Lahoz
      Lokeren-Hull: Zwayer/Orasto
      Chorzow-Kharkiv: McLean/Hansson
      Eindhoven-Soligorsk: Oliver/Johannesson
      Stjarnan-Inter: Strömbergsson/van Boekel
      Feyenoord-Luhansk: Jakobsson/Schörgenhofer
      Sociedad-Krasnodar: Gumienny/Aytekin

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    5. Well I consider Lannoy out, according to his last performance at UEFA level....

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    6. Europa League is very difficult, too many matches and referees can be from Category 1 and 2...

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    7. So you believe Hategan only gets a minor EL game?

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    8. Honestly no, but I have to put him there. It would be possible to switch Hategan with Tudor or Orsato.
      I wanted to appoint nearly all first group referees for the EL-playoffs.
      Chefren, you are absolutely right, that it is too difficult. It could be that we will see Lannoy/Benquerenca/Stark (who I have left out of CL-playoffs) and other Elite-refs in EL, so that e.g. Bebek/Karasev/Hategan/Turpin/Marciniak could get a CL-playoff.

      OT: Maybe also vanishing spray in German Bundesliga for second half of season 2014/2015. Decision will be on Monday.

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    9. I really don't think that a referee from the Referee-Coach program (Sidiropoulos) will only get Twente-Qarabag (i don't want to insult the teams of course).

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    10. #Jens: your prediction Lyonnais - Astra, Tudor!!! Astra is club in Romania, Tudor is referee in Romania!

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    11. Oh yes, of course, sorry. Then I have to switch Tudor and Mateu Lahoz.

      OT: It looks like that Eriksson does not retire; he has a game in Allsvenskan league today.

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    12. Might be that he wants to finish the season in Sweden, or do one last European season..

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  12. Babak Rafati who tried to commit suicide in 2005 will referee the farewell game of Hannover player Steven Cherundolo. It will be the first time that he refeers a game after that.

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    1. @ Howard Maxi, sorry für being smarc-alecky, but Babak Rafati tried to commit suicide in november 2011

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    2. Yes, indeed. I don't know how I mixed that up with '05.

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  13. French Ligue 1: Bastia - Marseille (Referee Jaffredo)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMEVp2NB9gM
    2:00 Penalty (Handball)
    2:18 Penalty (foul)

    Guingamp - St. Etienne (Lesage)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5znEf1Wmu9E
    0:40 Penalty

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    1. Jaffredo:
      1) Absolutely correct decision. No need to explain why.
      2) Well, the holding is clear. Correct decision also in this case.

      Lesage:
      1) I agreee with the penalty decision, the contact seems clear. The defender wasn't clever in this case, he had to remove his leg.

      I can add that I watched Buquet yesterday, he had a very challenging match. Monaco - Lorient:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ieu6AhuR0E
      You can take a look at the video. Two correct penalties whistled, one YC for dive inside the box (totally right, I don't know if it is included in the video), and a correct sending off for second YC.
      I had a very good impression.

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    2. If he continues on his good impressions, we will maybe see Buquet in Elite at the end of the following year (next to Turpin).
      I think that Rainville is still injured, or do you know anything else? He is a talent as well and could have been shown at U19.
      Millot got more matches in qualification rounds than Bastien, although I had a better impression of the last mentioned (based on a few performances and higher rated games last season).

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    3. Shouldn't the Lesage penalty be considered to be DOGSO?

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  14. Does anybody know why Rafati didn't officiate Hannover-Lazio yesterday?
    Referee was Gagelmann.

    1) http://www.sslazio.it/news/news/1-news/4732-hannover-96-lazio-il-tabellino-.html
    2) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x238jur_klose-ad-hannover_sport (00:11)

    Something has happened...

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    1. There were two matches in Hannover:
      Farewell game of Cherundolo with former teammates (2x20 min), Referee: Rafati
      Regular friendly Hannover 96 - Lazio Roma: Referee: Gagelmann

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    2. Thanks for this explanation, here in italy Rafati was wrongly reported as referee for Hannover - Lazio. :)

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  15. The vanishing spray in German Bundesliga preferably starting 22nd of august.

    There is an interwview with Jonas Eriksson in swedish newspaper, maybe someone can understand it (swedish observer/norwegianreferee?). My impression would be that he continues refereeing.

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    1. Link or newspaper name? I can translate it if you send me the info.

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    2. here is the article:
      http://hd.se/sport/2014/08/10/eriksson-jag-drommer-om-vm

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    3. Retirement is not mentioned. All he mentions is that he feels good to be back in the Allsvenskan, and that "if we don't perform at home [in the Allsvenskan], there will be no Champions League this fall". So, basically, he confirms that he will referee UEFA matches this fall, but not a word is said about anything beyond that.

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  16. friendly match U21
    Romania - Italia
    Sebastian Coltescu - Adrian Ghinguleac, Mircea Orbulet

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    1. Coltescu was replaced with Marius Avram

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  17. Solid Performance by Wolfgang Stark in the Frankenderby (Fürth - Nürnberg, 2. Bundesliga). Correct (clear) Penalty, good Management of Player riots. Both ARs () very good.
    However, some points for improvement in foul detection and card selection. That was below standards.
    8.4, 8.6, 8.6 for me.

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    1. ARs were Pickel and Petersen.

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    2. I was in the stadium (As a supporter of FC Nuremberg a very, very sad day...): Stark started with strict interpretation of the LotG, but after 30' he suddenly changed his (very well working!) line. In this moment, his decisions were not always predictable anymore. Nevertheless I agree with your grades, implying the difficulty of the match and the heated atmosphere (Nuremberg "supporters" burnt down pyrotechnical stuff almost during the whole 90 mins).

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  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIw0zQxQD4s
    How would you punish such behaviour?

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    1. The gestures in themselves are not offensive, abusive, or insulting, nor overly unsporting. However, he does delay the restart of play by wasting time, so a caution is a correct decision.

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    2. What about the bow after the YC? The same as clapping your hands and therefore a 2YC?

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  19. Interesting interview with Clattenburg:

    http://www.uefa.com/uefasupercup/news/newsid=2131675.html#referee+clattenburg+living+super+cup+dream

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  20. FK Zorya Lugansk - Feyenoord Rotterdam (21 August)
    Paweł Gil, Piotr Sadczuk, Marcin Borkowski, Paweł Raczkowski

    Kardemir DÇ Karabükspor - AS Saint-Étienne (21 August)
    Marcin Borski, Rafał Rostkowski, Krzysztof Myrmus, Daniel Stefański

    FK Krasnodar - Real Sociedad de Fútbol (28 August)
    Szymon Marciniak, Paweł Sokolnicki, Tomasz Listkiewicz, Paweł Raczkowski

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  21. Thanks Hubert!
    Some info about Nyon seminary (13 - 15 August), thank to tff.org:
    All the Elite (24, but now 23) and Category 1 (68) referees will be there.
    Furthermore, the seminary is open also to Elite women (17).
    Therefore the Turkish officials called are: Cüneyt Çakır, Fırat Aydınus, Bülent Yıldırım, Hüseyin Göçek and Halis Özkahya.
    We will try to know more.

    Source:
    http://www.tff.org/default.aspx?pageID=248&ftxtID=21040

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  22. Some handballs whistled by referees last matchday. All were backed and praised by Mr. Zbigniew Przesmycki, UEFA referee observer and Polish head of referees, who states that his instructions are 100% consistent with UEFA ones:

    https://vimeo.com/103037902
    https://vimeo.com/103058513
    https://vimeo.com/103058510

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    1. Thanks for the videos.
      Mr Przesmycki obviously does not understand UEFA's instructions and this is dangerous. Checking the RAPs 2013.1 - 2014.1 none of them should be whistled.

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    2. He understands or he thinks so. Here even answered on our doubts about UEFA videos:

      http://sedziapilkarski.pl/forum-sedziowskie/topic/4-kolejka-gornik-jagiellonia

      PS
      During weekly TV-programme, Sławomir Stempniewski, former UEFA referee observer called Przesmycki's statements a load of rubbish and caricature...

      Bad atmosphere :/

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    3. Then he has a problem of understanding. It is important to know that these Referee Assistance Programs are top-down guidelines the national associations should teach in the domestic refereeing panels to make refereeing in Europe more uniform. UEFA's handball instructions are very clear and understandable. Careless actions are punished harder than in former times (I would say they expanded the term "deliberate" a bit more), but - in contrary to the situation in Poland - UEFA has not sacrificed their sense for what DELIBERATE means at all.
      I also wonder how Przesmycki observes matches in Champions League and Europa League. Is a no-handball decision that is correct for the committee a 7.9?

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    4. Niclas,do you have any links to download UEFA RAP 2014:1?

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    5. Well, I'm not Niclas, but pls. :)

      http://www.labhipermedia.net/descargas/UEFA_2014_1_PC.zip

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    6. the link failed in my country...

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