November 11, 2014

Weekly News: Mistaken Identity, The Invisible Clatts, EURO 2016 and Post-Match Suspensions

These things bothered us during the last week(s). Besides presenting some news and statements, your opinion is needed this time as well!

Mistaken identity: Who has to get the yellow card?

#4 shows dissent
Apart from the wrong penalty decision made by Sergei Karasev's additional assistant referee in the additional time of the Champions League match between Schalke and Sporting, the most discussed topic at matchdays 3 and 4 of UEFA's top competition definitely was the performance of Greek First Group referee Tasos Sidiropoulos in City - CSKA.
Having been unnecessarily put under high pressure by UEFA, whose referee committee appointed him for a crucial Group E tie in Manchester only being his second Champions League match, he faced a number of challenges. All these challenges had to be mastered under the eyes of Marc Batta, UEFA's Vice Refereeing Officer. In fact, Sidiropoulos struggled during the match despite many good decisions and elements. The most relevant and most debated situation occurred in the 77th minute. CSKA #3 shortly held his opponent's jersey causing a free-kick. There were enough reasons to consider that as stopping a promising attack which demands a yellow card. With some delay and conversation via micro, the referee unfortunately cautioned the wrong player (#4 instead of #3). #3 would have been off with his second yellow card but was allowed to stay on the field of play. 


A clear case of mistaken identity - at first glance. UEFA was clever enough to find a way to prevent possible protests by Manchester City in the game's aftermath: In the match report, the referee filled in "#4 shows dissent" as you can see in the screenshot. Watching the TV pictures, #4 indeed talked to Sidiropoulos and started to argue with him. The card however came swiftly after the conversation via micro and without much energy in Sidiropoulos' body language. UEFA thus, very likely, managed to brush this issue under the carpet with a clever move - but it should be clear that internally this incident will be probably considered differently. We will maybe never know exactly what went on during and after the game.
For Sidiropoulos one can only hope that he stays calm and continues to improve from game to game, which he did in all previous UEFA matches I have seen from him, and stays untouched by UEFA's high pressure and their current premature-promotions-mania.

The invisible Clatts
Try to find Clatts
Another funny and confusing incident happened in Malmö. English Mark Clattenburg - under medial pressure in his home country, but appointed regularly on UEFA level - and his team wore jerseys of the same colour like Atlético Madrid's outfit: both were yellow and hard to distinguish from each other. Both benches complaint during the first half according to sources. That's why Clattenburg changed his dress to black by half-time, while his teams stayed in their yellow jerseys.
Usually, the colour of the jersey is determined by UEFA's administrative bodies and communicated to the referees via a document in UEFA's FAME portal. The referee observer, in this case Armenian Karen Nalbandyan, normally confirms the jerseys at the organizational meeting taking place at the morning of the matchday. However, the referee team should bring all jersey colours to the stadium to stay flexible. Apparently, Clattenburg's team failed to do so.

Faroe Islands will meet World Cup finalists
This weekend, Europe's national teams are again fighting for the tickets to France's European Championship in 2016. The referee appointments will appear here on the blog. So far, there has been one surprising assignment: 2014 World Cup referee Rizzoli and his assistants Faverani and Stefani will attend Greece - Faroe Islands...
By the way, since last matchday, the additional assistant referees don't have to be FIFA referees themselves anymore. Only the first additional assistant referee must be FIFA-licensed, which also counts for Champions League.

Hard post-match suspensions in Romania
Romania's disciplinary board has been quite rigorous at the start of November. Two players (Alin Seroni and Gabriel Muresan), who were found guilty of serious foul play after the match, have been banned for 16 matches each. In both cases, the referee involved did not send the respective player off. Among others, István Kovács (FIFA referee) is concerned: for missing a brutal elbow causing a cheekbone fracture, he has been suspended for the rest of this year. Another referee missed this tackle:


Overruling a decision taken by a referee in the reality of the game is quite unusual and normally not done by national associations. Do you support issuing post-match suspensions, even if the referee did not send the offender off during the game?


Are you in favour of post-match suspensions if the referee did not send a player off for serious foul play?
Yes! I support the "Romanian approach".
No! The on-field referee decision is what counts.

28 Comments:

  1. Is that a screenshot from the official document?

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  2. An official and important news:

    http://www.cafonline.com/en-US/NewsCenter/News/NewsDetails?id=7Q1Us%2bTZ%2bi03aalfg76fmw%3d%3d

    Morocco has been disqualified from 2015 AFCON after the refusal to hold the competition. It will be played elsewhere (South Africa?).

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  3. Ukraine - Lithuania
    Əliyar Ağayev, Zeynal Zeynalov, Namiq Hüseynov (AZE), Serhiy Lysenchuk (UKR)

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    1. Haven't watched Aghayev too much, but the little I've seen has been good. He is only 27 (1987) and could develop nicely. Would be amazing to have a top referee from Azerbaijan.

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  4. Part 1 of explaining the new FIFA and UEFA offside interpretation is ready. "Attempting to play the ball" is now considered as "interfering with play". Read the theory and watch 19 examples videos from -

    http://www.law-11.com/attempt-to-play-the-ball

    Part 2 will be about:
    a) Impeding the goalkeeper
    b) Impeding the defender

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  5. What is your opinion about this behavior from the referee? Is it an acceptable use of personality and authority?

    I wouldn't do it myself, but it seems like the player accepts it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI9NLxEx_gQ&list=UUfwvddw6bbVszq-RGNGz4ag

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    1. I don't think that it's the best option. Instead I would warn the player verbally, and then caution if he doesn't comply.

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    2. This is so funny; referee like a child. It is a referee response to the childness and provocation of the player. Sometimes I like these uncommon solutions...

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  6. I would like to highlight the usual problem with evaluation of dangerous play with high boot inside penalty area. I don't blame for that neither Marciniak nor any other ref, but it's definitely a problem if something is 100% foul outside the box and never a foul inside the box. My question is: why is it always ignored by referees who have a good view on such incident. I have Collina's words in my ears: "the referees should not be afraid to take unpopular decisions", so I doubt it's internal instructions given to referees at seminars. Is this a wrongly applied commonsensical attitude or maybe the problem of commercialized football and potential pressure from the competition organizer? Your thoughts?

    http://www.sedziapilkarski.pl/videos/kontrowersje/centymetry-od-rzutu-karnego

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  7. Argentina - Croatia, Friendly, 12.11.2014..
    Referee: Andre Marriner

    1) http://vimeo.com/111720398
    2) http://vimeo.com/111720399

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  8. FA and UEFA are against Clattenburg that is the best referee europeen with
    Kuipers and Brych.

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  9. Part 2/1 of "The new FIFA and UEFA offside interpretation" is ready.

    "Impeding by movements". Theory + 8 example videos can be found in:

    http://www.law-11.com/impeding-by-movements

    Part 2 will be about:
    a) Impeding the goalkeeper
    b) Impeding the defender

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  10. As expected, Turkish Football Federation removed F. Aydinus and B. Yildirim from 2015 FIFA list due to failure in UEFA's yo-yo tests. The official announcement was made yesterday in a press conference with the participation of Uilenberg. Tolga Ozkalfa and Ali Palabiyik are new FIFA ref's in Turkey.

    Skystar

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    1. Thanks for this very important info, I'm really sorry for Aydinus, if you think that one year and half ago he was officiating a CL ko phase match (Juventus - Celtic), that sounds really unexpected. But yes, he failed the tests more than once and this is the logical consequence...he also turned as professional referee (like Cakir), having the favor of UEFA.

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    2. Incredible. Two very good referees have been removed. You can say that TFF and the referees themselves have not taken care of fitness sufficiently but referees don't necessarily make better decisions because they are fitter and run more. UEFA and FIFA should seriously reconsider their fitness hysteria, as this is a question of refereeing style and preferences. As long as the fitness is at a bare minimum, it is up to the referee how he does what works best for him - whether that is running at the speed of players, being inches away from every situation (sometimes even too close), or making intelligent movements and position choices on the pitch, being able to observe from a longer distance. Believe me, I often have the impression that it is the latter type that is the most unobtrusive and best referee.

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    3. A very famous referee in Scotland once told me that if there is a potentially difficult match your better appointing a fox than a greyhound

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    4. In the end all that counts is how the referee made decisions on the pitch, good or bad. But, I think referees can't allow themselves to fail physical tests. Hence, the consequence. System has its rules.

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    5. One thing I don't understand what is the logic behind getting Tolga Ozkalfa back in the list after removing him a year ago. I would go for Ozgur Yankaya instead of him. Ali Palabiyik is really promising referee.

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    6. It should be added that Aydinus did not fail the yoyo-test for the first time in his career. He had bad luck.

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  11. Damir Skomina,Robert Vukan and Jure Praprotnik have been called at the 2014 Arabian Gulf Cup of Nations, 13-26 November 2014 in Ryiadh (Saud Arabia).

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    1. That's not true. Skomina, Praprotnik and Vukan have a match in Slovenian first division this Saturday, Nov 22.

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    2. They refereed Iraq v Kuwait on Nov 14 and are appointed for Saudia Arabia v Yemen on Nov 20. Probably they return after their second match.

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  12. News from Spain: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (1971) out (if you remember there were some rumors about that already one year ago, his name had disappeared from the list then he returned back), Juan Martínez Munuera (1982) in.

    http://iusport.com/not/3501/martinez-munuera-nuevo-arbitro-internacional-espanol-en-el-2015/

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  13. Martin Hansson has decided to retire from international refereeing, but he will continue domestically in 2015.

    /Swedish observer

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  14. Apparently Hugh Dallas has left his position as Greece's Referees' chief:

    http://www.worldsoccer.com/news/greek-referees-chief-quits-violent-attack-colleague

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    1. Hi Nur, I have a question about Sian Massey.
      Do you know the reasons for which she is still out from appointments this season? And his name is also out from preselected assistant referees for 2015 Women WC. Strange to see this absence.

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    2. Hi Chefren,

      I'm told she's currently injured, but I don't know the severity of her injury, and how long she will be sidelined for.

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