December 19, 2014

Walter López appointed to handle 2014 CWC Final

Walter López Castellanos from Guatemala has been appointed to handle the final match of the 2014 FIFA Club  World Cup, between Real Madrid and San Lorenzo De Almagro, to be played on 20 December 2014 in Marrakech. He will be assisted by Leonel Leal (CRC) and Gerson López (GUA).


A FIFA referee since 2006, López attended the 2014 WC as fourth official, after a long preselection's process. Prior to this assignment, the last CONCACAF referee appointed for  FIFA CWC final had been Benito Archundia from Mexico, in the 2009 edition. For Walter López, this will be the second match in the competition, after having already refereed the play off for quartefinals. To complete the officiating crew for this final, Noumandiez Doué from Ivory Coast will act as the fourth official.

2014 FIFA CWC Final
20 December 2014, 20:30 CET (Marrakech)
Real Madrid - San Lorenzo De Almagro
Referee: Walter López Castellanos (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerson López Castellanos (GUA)
Fourth Official: Noumandiez Doué (CIV)

A few hours earlier, the third place final will be played in the same stadium, between Cruz Azul from Mexico and Auckland City from New Zealand. The referee selected by FIFA for this clash is the Portuguese Pedro Proença, at his second match in this tournament, after a quarterfinal. Enrique Osses will take the duties of fourth official. This could be the last international match for the Portuguese official, having hinted about a possible retirement after the tournament, especially in case of an appointment for the final match. 

2014 FIFA CWC Third Place Final
20 December 2014, 17:30 CET (Marrakech)
Cruz Azul - Auckland City
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: José Tiago Trigo (POR)
Fourth Official: Enrique Osses (CHI)

55 Comments:

  1. An article on the world refereeing blog suggested political lobbing got López chosen instead of Proença.
    1978 World Cup Final...

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    1. Harry, it's quite normal for FIFA that they want every referee appointment to be accepted by both teams.

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    2. Welcome to the blog :-)
      I agree with you on reflection, if the referee made a mistake, it would be easier to question his integrity from the clubs point of view
      Bad decision from Busacca to take Proenca to Morroco then
      :-(

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  2. My first comment on this fantastic blog I follow for a long time! Keep up the good work!

    Italian Supercup clash between Juventus and Napoli (22-12-2014) will be handled by 36-year-old Paolo Valeri from Rome. The game will be played at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar.

    Good luck to him and his colleagues (Tonolini, Manganelli, Giallatini, Banti, Calvarese)!

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    1. Thanks and welcome to you, Katthie!

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  3. Two interesting situations from yesterday's RC Celta de Vigo - UD Almería match:

    28:03 (29:20) - is it enough for a penalty?
    70:55 - penalty or offside for impeding the defender?

    http://livefootballvideo.com/fullmatch/spain/la-liga/celta-de-vigo-vs-almeria-2

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    1. 1) 50-50, for me play on is still acceptable
      2) This offside can't be punished in my opinion. So, penalty.

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    2. My feeling is that the defender's intervention would be totally different if there wasn't an opponent in an offside position, therefore it's kind of impeding the defender IMO. The problem is - as always - interpretation of Law 11... Material for Offside Explained for sure :D

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    3. Rather no penalty for me as it was a normal use of the body (the outstetched arm was IMO not the reason for the attacker to fall but rather the body of the defender).

      About the offside, I agree with Chefren - the attacker in offside did not become involved in active play, there was no challenge for the ball (he was just standing there). Of course the defender's action was due to that, but this is not in the interest of Law 11. I guess before July 2013 you should have raised your flag for that.

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    4. I consulted the offside/penalty situation with an international assistant referee. He said that an interpretation depends on FA's instructions given to referees. The problem is that the Law 11 and its amendments were changed three times over last two years and what is an offside in one country, is not in the other one. Therefore, there are different opinions about such situations, even among the top officials. It's a scandalous mess, if you ask me!

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    5. Each country has its version of the LOTG. Is that right?

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    6. The LoTG and FIFA instructions are the same everywhere, but FIFA and UEFA know that the current wording is not enough, hence they introduced several extra-interpretations as 'impeding an opponent' IFAB has not written them in Law 11 yet...

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    7. No offside! Doesn't matter where in the world. It is deliberate action of defender when opponent is not within playing distance nor in the path of the ball or defender's path. If one consider it as offside than he/she should read once again Law11. If International AR told you such a thing he/she should not be appointed for next matches yet IMO.

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    8. Offside 100 %
      "A player in an offside position is deemed to be “challenging an opponent for the ball” if he makes a clear action within playing distance which impacts the ability of the opponent to play the ball. Challenging an opponent for the ball has no specific distance. The referees must interpret the distance and its impact correctly."

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    9. Taking into consideration above mentioned sentence attacker was NOT influencing defenders ability to play the ball and secondly his clear action was running. Is it forbidden? As you think playing distance is not set, so I will advise you to came back to first clips sent to NFA by IB and FIFA just after they changed the law. There is also player who makes a lunge and scores own goal. Will you put up the flag, because his ablility of play was influenced by running attacker some metters behind him?

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    10. It is interesting that "Challenging an opponent for the ball has no specific distance." contradicts "if he makes a clear action within playing distance". Whereever you found this guideline, it seems to be contradictory in itself.

      I agree that challenging an opponent is a difficult topic - but in this concrete example I dare to say that I see little room for discussion actually (or I would have thought so at least). Nonetheless thanks for posting!

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    11. It's from here, Niclas. Interpretation of Law 11 was changed three times according to my source...
      http://www.law-11.com/impeding-the-defender

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    12. Ah ok, so the sentence "no specific distance" probably means that these usual 1.0-1.5 m are not relevant anymore. Thanks.

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    13. Yes, 1.0-1.5 m is not actual. It depends from referee's feeling and interpretation.

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    14. What does "Impeding" mean? for situation in Vigo

      To block or temporarily keep something from going forward - no
      To interfere with or to slow the movement, progress, or action of someone or something - no
      To delay or prevent someone or something by obstructing them - no

      No offside. Same source like at top.

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    15. To interfere with action of defender - yes.

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    16. I must say that it becomes more and more annoying. Someone is trying to push us again into interpretation from 2008. There I no such a thing like "to interfere with action of defender"! Otherwise we can assume that always when someone is on the offside position he/she is interfering with the action of any defender being on the field of play. Now, when I wrote that I realised that it is not even step back to 2008 , but even to 1993 when I was at the beginning of my refs road. Unbelievable that everyone is using some "instruction" from FIFA/UEFA, but no one in those institutions would like to sign that wording. Why? Because it is not inside the Law. And Law can be interpreted only by IB. To finish that topic I am almost sure that specialist who wrote here agree that on the basis of Law 11 IT IS NOT OFFSIDE.

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    17. Anonymous 1:38PM
      Why? He was STANDING or maximum WALKING there. He did nothing in the sense of a "clear action". The defender was not under pressure, he was not actively challenged for the ball. He liberally decided to slide into this ball because he feared the attacker would get the ball - this is correct, but this does not mean that we have to flag it as offside since July 13! You could raise your flag if e.g. the attacker had clearly moved towards the defender, had put him under pressure with the clear target to reach that ball...only then it is offside.

      But I agree with the last anonymous. Both referee committees themselves struggle to find a clear line. But admittedly, every guideline seems to be better than the written Law 11 at the moment.

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  4. Crystal Palace were just denied a goal against Man City, don't know what to say about the positioning.

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    1. What a blackout. Kirkup will be shocked when he sees that.

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    2. Terrible positioning from a very experienced assistant. Standard of refereeing has been very poor this season...

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    3. It is lack of .... concentration?

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  5. http://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/videos/highlights/match=300298894/index.html

    01:30 in the video
    Free kick and crucial goal scored by Western Sydney, leading to Extra Time.
    For me, never a deliberate handball. I can't explain the call.

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    1. Could be Proença's last game?

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  6. Aston Villa's Agbonlahor was given a straight red for this, I think it should've been a yellow. No studs at all.

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    1. I don't see SPF here, but I think a caution is absolutely necessary.

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  7. Deliberate handball and penalty or not?

    http://www.ligtv.com.tr/haber/iste-penalti-ani-137

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  8. @ Chefren: I agree, never deliberate handball.
    @ Anonymous 1: For me the decision to deem that as excessive force is defendable. It exceeds "reckless" given the intensity and force of the contact. Studs are not always needed. No intention and chance to play the ball, the only intention was to endanger the safety of the opponent.
    @ Anonymous 2: No deliberate handball. You can argue that the arm was too widely and carelessly stretched out. BUT the defender did not see the ball coming and had the ball in his back. He even fell so that his arm position can be described as typical of a player falling to the ground. Göcek was correct in my opinion and his AAR wasn't.

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  9. Too many theatrical gestures by Lopez. He looks like Benquerença.
    Possible penalty on Bale right now.

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  10. Liverpool Arsenal another bad work of Oliver.

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    1. I think there is a witch-hunt going on against Oliver. I thought he was superb today. He wouldn't be appointed to all these big games if he is incompetent.

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    2. I respect your opinion but I see him not good enough for top matches.

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    3. I agree he was below-par in the Manchester and North-London derbies. But I reject the notion that he was poor today.

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    4. I disagree that Oliver performed poorly in Liverpool Arsenal, I thought he was excellent, however I don't think he deserves all the high profile games he gets, not that he should get very small games but moderate level matches would be more appropriate. I don't understand why Oliver is getting all these appointments and Clattenburg is either being ignored for games completely or getting fairly small ones.

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    5. Oliver is one referee in low form.

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  11. Very good that 2014 is about to leave us. I will keep the memory of the worst WC ever.

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    1. So your age is at maximum 4 :)

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  12. Merry Christmas to you all!

    /Swedish observer

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    1. Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  13. http://m.bbc.com/sport/football/30592764 Agbonlahor's red card discussed earlier here overturned.

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  14. Wishing you all the joys of the Christmas season and a Happy New Year!

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  15. 30/12/2014, Dubai (The Sevens Stadium)
    REAL MADRID CF - AC MILAN
    Referee: Muhammad Abdullah Hasan Muhammad (UAE, *1978)
    Assistant Referee 1: Muhammad Ahmad Yusif Abdullah (UAE)
    Assistant Referee 2: Hasan Muhammad Al-Mahri (UAE)
    Fourth Official: Ammar Ali Abdullah Al-Junaibi (UAE)
    Additional Assistant 1: Sultan Abdulrazaq Ibrahim Al-Marzouqi (UAE)
    Additional Assistant 2: Yasin Ahmad Al-Mansouri (UAE)

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  16. Oliver is one referee with good style.
    But evidently Clattenburg is the 1 and
    Atkinson number two.

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  17. Yesterday Collina was guest on Italian pay tv SKY, to talk about additional assistant referees. A very interesting program.
    You can find some videos here:
    http://video.sky.it/sport/champions-league/masterclass_collina_part1/v226084.vid
    It should work also in countries outside Italy.
    Other clips are below.
    You can hear dialogues from different matches: Kuipers in Manchester City - Rome, Kralovec in Manchester City - Bayern, Rizzoli in Arsenal - Bayern Munchen, Moen in Chelsea - Sporting.
    Collina makes a deep analysis about different matters: handballs, offsides, ghost goal, cooperation between referee and additional assistant referees.
    If you need a translation for a certain video, just let me know.
    Please enjoy because it is very interesting.

    Other links for videos, for example, are:
    http://video.sky.it/sport/champions-league/masterclass_collina_part2/v226083.vid

    http://video.sky.it/sport/champions-league/masterclass_collina_part3/v226082.vid

    http://video.sky.it/sport/champions-league/masterclass_collina_citybayern/v226069.vid

    http://video.sky.it/sport/champions-league/masterclass_di_collina/v226009.vid


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    1. what did Collina say about the handball(Man city vs Rome Rome vs Bayern)?both of them are not deliberate IMO.And what about the last season's offside situation in ASL vs Bayern?...or you can tell us all...

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    2. I answer and I try to add more about the most important topics discussed by Collina.
      About the handballs:
      Collina compared the situation in City - Rome to the one occurred in Rome - Bayern. After having heard the opinions, he stated that the first case (Kuipers) was more penalty than the second, because the arm was stretched out and the defender took a risk doing that. Eriksson's situation in Rome was less punishable, because the arm was still in a natural position. So the final opinion of Collina was that in the first case a penalty could have been the correct choice, not that much in tthe second one. Nevertheless, at the end of the analysis he stated again that handballs are really difficult and people watching a game should understand how much it is difficult to find uniformity.

      Then, about Arsenal - Bayern, the clip of penalty and red card was shown in order to discuss about the triple sanction. Collina would like to abolish the red in favor of a yellow in such cases, when the keeper goes for the ball and he is always penalized. In the red card situation, AAR2 Damato stated "For me it's penalty and red card" and this was then the final decision of Rizzoli, but for a while they were thinking about a possible YC, due to the ball positioning after the foul. The final decision was anyway acceptable.
      In Chelsea - Sporting Collina praised Moen, Haglund and Johnsen for the decision allowing the 3-1 scored by Chelsea. It was a quite difficult offside scene and all the three officials were involved, as you can see in one of the videos I posted.
      In Manchester City - Bayern, Prihoda correctly suggested to Kralovec penalty and red card. Collina said that in such situations, when there is a fast counter attack, additional assistant referees can be very helpful for the final decision, because the referee can be quite late in following the play. And it occurred in this case.
      In Schalke - Maribor the first offside situation was evaluated as mistake by Collina, and missed cooperation referee - AR1. The second situation (player jumping) is more difficult and play on is not wrong, according to Collina, as there isn't a clear influence on the keeper, who is still quite far from the player in offside and he sees the ball coming.
      Other clips shown were from Italy Croatia at Euro 2012 (but this audio betwen Webb and Clattenburg was already published), and then there was an accurate analysis of the role of AAR. He is there not only to check the goal line, but also for other reasons, Chelsea - Arsenal of the last season in PL was used as example. Marriner sent off the wrong player, in case of AAR there, this mistake could have been avoided...

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  18. Tottenham-Manchester United, match of
    first class.
    Jonathen Moss, referee of third rank.
    Great mistake of Riley.

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  19. Goal for West Ham disallowed after 5 minutes for offside. Most likely for interfering with an opponent, anyone who has an opinion?

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    1. I agree with Swedish observer, correct decision from the officials.

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  20. Felt that it was a totally correct decision to disallow the goal for offside, I have to say.

    /Swedish observer

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