At the start of August of this year, we reported about the appointment of Hugh Dallas to become the Chief Refereeing Officer in the Greek football associations. After only three months, the Scottish UEFA Vice Refereeing Officer has quit a part of his job in Athens following violent attacks on his colleague Christoforos Zografos.
Hugh Dallas, the Greek referees chief has quit after after matches were suspended indefinitely following an attack on one of his colleagues. Dallas was responsible for selecting referees for matches in the country’s top two divisions after Greek authorities decided to appoint a foreign official following several match-fixing scandals. But Dallas has left his role following a violent attack on Christoforos Zografos, assistant director of Greece’s Central Refereeing Committee (KED).
“The KED have accepted the request of Mr. Hugh Dallas to no longer be responsible for the appointments of refereeing officials for Super League and Football League matches,” said a brief media statement. “Mr. Dallas will continue to be responsible for the education and training of referees in both professional categories.”
Police said Zografos was attacked by two men aremed with wooden clubs in the early hours of Friday morning in the Kolonos area of Western Athens. The Hellenic Football Federation immediately postponed games and said it would not appoint referees to any league matches until “immediate steps” were taken to protect officials.
Source: direct copy from worldsoccer.com
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Pierluigi Collina to observe Arsenal FC - Borussia Dortmund
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The other referee observer assignments can be found here. Those for Europa League will be added soon.
Offside Explained has finished Interpretation posts
Our partners of law-11.com have finished their last interpretation posts which explain the new guidelines and directives given by UEFA in terms of what challenging an opponent for the ball (and all the other criteria) mean. As usual, the site provides you with deep theoretical input and illustrates it by presenting numerous video clips which should make you understand the new instructions sufficiently.