Last week there have been plenty of matches on international turf but the first real top match of the season took only place yesterday evening when Real Madrid beat Sevilla CF under the new English no.1's control. Clattenburg and his team undoubtfully performed quite well. Some other important and interesting news are collected in this post.
|Rafati (in the middle) gave his return image by bild.de|
In these moments, this year's annually held UEFA pre-season camp for match officials is about to start. In Nyon, the participants belonging to the Elite Group and First Group as well as some female match officials will gather at the UEFA headquarters to prepare themselves physically and mentally for next season's challenges and duties. Besides the standard topics to be discussed, there will be, as usual, written tests, physical sessions and weighing units. And as Jonas Eriksson and Pedro Proença are among the attendees, it is likely that - contrary to Howard Webb - they won't retire.
Additional Assistant Referees for EURO 2016 Qualifiers
It seems as if UEFA's Referee Committee and Administration have decided to expand the Additional Assistant Referee program to the qualifiers for France's European Championship 2016. Referees will then have the opportunity to consult two extra officials behind the goallines who are specially focussing on penalty area incidents.
Even though this has not been communicated by UEFA itself, this piece of information is 100% sure: RFEF has announced that Alberto Undiano has a EURO qualifier match on 7-9 September along with two additional assistant referees.
Europa League Play-Offs ready
The referee appointments for next week's UEFA Europa League play-off first legs have been released. As they are not confidential, you will find them uploaded on the blog by tomorrow. Be prepared for some interesting appointments and observers (e.g. Clément Turpin has a match in Switzerland with Jaap Uilenberg on the seats).
By clicking on this link, you will find a downloadable version of UEFA's Referee Assistance Program for the first half of the 2013/14 season. The video portal containts guidelines and top-down instructions given by the UEFA committee to the national associations.
Most situations concern UEFA Champions League. There are some very interesting and more or less surprising solutions, such as the circumstance that the committee deemed Jonas Eriksson's penalty decision in the last minute of Ajax Amsterdam - AC Milan as a correct decision. For us, this has been a perfect feedback given that we almost reported on every match.
Important: Once you are in the video portal and have opened a video, you should simultaneously press "Bottom-Arrow" and "J" to enable the reasons feature, where the solution is given.
After his suicide attempt prior to a Bundesliga match almost three years ago, former FIFA referee Babak Rafati has again stepped onto a football pitch. Last week, he handled a friendly game with 2x20 minutes in his hometown Hannover. Hannover's former and long-time player Steven Cherundolo gave his farewell party against an all-star team. After the final whistle, Rafati met Bundesliga referee Peter Gagelmann, who handled the following friendly between Hannover 96 and Lazio Roma, with a big embrace.
In early 2013, Rafati had publicly admitted his depressions leading to the suicide attempt and criticized DFB and DFL heads of refereeing Herbert Fandel and Hellmut Krug for too little trust and emotional coldness against his person in his recommendable book "Ich pfeife auf den Tod". Last week, Rafati expressed his hope to reconcile with DFB though.