January 5, 2015

AFC Asian Cup 2015 Australia - Match Officials & Schedule

The following referee teams have been chosen by Asia's football governing body AFC to officiate at Asian Cup 2015 held in Australia from 9 to 31 January. The blog will keep you informed about the referee appointments, but will offer no reports about the referees' performances this time. Nonetheless, you are - as usual - invited to share your impressions on the referees in form of comments.

Nishimura's descendant? Ryuji Sato from Japan

Referee Teams

Referee - Assistant Referee 1 - Assistant Referee 2

Australia: 
Benjamin Williams (1974) - Matthew Cream (1975) - Paul Cetrangolo (1978)

Bahrain: 
Nawaf Shukralla (1976) - Yaser Abdulla Tulefat (1974) - Ebrahim Mubarak Saleh (1974)

Iran: 
Alireza Faghani (1978) - Reza Sokhandan (1974) - Mohammadreza Abolfazli ()

Japan: 
Ryuji Sato (1977) - Toru Sagara (1976) - Toshiyuki Nagi (1971)

Korea Rep.: 
Kim Dongjin (1973) - Jeong Hae-Sang (1971) - Yang Byoung-Eun (1976)

New Zealand:
Peter O'Leary (1972) - Jan Hendrik Hintz - Mark Rule

Oman: 
Abdullah Al-Hilali (1970) - Hamed Marhoun Al-Mayahi (1975) - Abu Bakar Al Amri (1982)

Qatar: 
Abdulrahman Mohammed Hussain (1972) - Taleb Al-Marri (1988) - Ramzan Al-Naemi (1986)

Saudi-Arabia: 
Fahad Al Mirdasi (1985) - Badr Al-Shumrani (1977) - Abdulla Al Shalwai (1975)

Singapore: 
Muhammad Taqi Aljaafari Bin Jahari (1986) - Tzu Liang Lee (1976) - Jeffrey Goh Gek Pheng (1971) 

UA Emirates: 
Abdulla Mohamed (1978) - Hasan Mohamed Al-Mahri (1978) - Mohamed Al-Hammadi (1984)

Uzbekistan: 
Ravshan Irmatov (1977) - Abduxamidullo Rasulov (1976) - Jakhongir Saidov (1979)
Kyrgyzstan: Bakhadyr Kochkarov (AR)


Reserve Referee - Reserve Assistant Referee

Malaysia:
Mohd Amirul Izwan Bin Yaacob (1986) - Mohd Yusri Muhamad (1979) - Azman Ismail (1974)

Sri Lanka:
Hettikamkanamge Perera (1978) - Palitha Hemathunga (1981)

Hong Kong:
Ng Chiu Kok (1975) - Chow Chun Kit (1981)

incomplete list


Schedule

09 Januar 2015
09/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP A, MELBOURNE

AUSTRALIA
-:-
KUWAIT

MATCH OFFICIALS:
Ravshan Irmatov (UZB), Abduxamidullo Rasulov (UZB), Bakhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ), Mohd Amirul Bin Yacoob (MAS), Mohd Yusri (MAS)




10 Januar 2015
10/01/2015, 06:00 CET
GROUP A, CANBERRA

KOREA REP.
-:-
OMAN

MATCH OFFICIALS:
Peter O'Leary (NZL), Jan Hendrik Hintz (NZL), Mark Rule (NZL), Yudai Yamamoto (JPN), Najah Raham Alhamaidah (IRQ)




10/01/2015, 08:00 CET
GROUP B, SYDNEY

UZBEKISTAN
-:-
KOREA DPR

MATCH OFFICIALS:
Nawaf Shukralla (BHR), Yaser Abdulla Tulefat (BHR), Ebrahim Mubarak Saleh (BHR), Ammar Aljneibi (UAE), Azman Bin Ismail (MAS)




10/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP B, BRISBANE

SAUDI-ARABIA
-:-
CHINA

MATCH OFFICIALS:
Alireza Faghani (IRN), Reza Sokhandan (IRN), Mohammadreza Abolfazli (IRN), Muhammad Taqi Aljaafari Bin Jahari (SIN), Jeffrey Goh Gek Pheng (SIN)




11 Januar 2015
11/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP C, MELBOURNE

IRAN
-:-
BAHRAIN

MATCH OFFICIALS:
Benjamin Williams (AUS), Matthew Cream (AUS), Paul Cetrangolo (AUS), Chris Beath (AUS), Akane Yagi (JPN)




11/01/2015, 08:00 CET
GROUP C, CANBERRA

UA EMIRATES
-:-
QATAR

MATCH OFFICIALS:
Kim Jong Hyeok (KOR), Jeong Hae Sang (KOR), Yoon Kwangyeol (KOR), Yudai Yamamoto (JPN), Najah Raham Rashid (IRQ)




12 Januar 2015
12/01/2015, 08:00 CET
GROUP D, NEWCASTLE

JAPAN
-:-
PALESTINE

MATCH OFFICIALS:
Abdulrahman Mohammed Hussain (QAT), Taleb Al-Marri (QAT), Ramzan Saeed Al-Naemi (QAT), Mohd Amirul (MAS), Mohd Yusri (MAS)




12/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP D, BRISBANE

JORDAN
-:-
IRAQ

MATCH OFFICIALS:
Fahad Al-Mirdasi (KSA), Badr Al-Shumrani (KSA), Abdulla Al-Shawai (KSA), Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI), Palitha Hemathunga (SRI)




13 Januar 2015
13/01/2015, 08:00 CET
GROUP A, CANBERRA

KUWAIT
-:-
KOREA REP.

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




13/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP A, SYDNEY

OMAN
-:-
AUSTRALIA

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




14 Januar 2015
14/01/2015, 08:00 CET
GROUP B, MELBOURNE

KOREA DPR
-:-
SAUDI-ARABIA

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




14/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP B, BRISBANE

CHINA
-:-
UZBEKISTAN

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




15 Januar 2015
15/01/2015, 08, :00 CET
GROUP C, CANBERRA

BAHRAIN
-:-
UA EMIRATES

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




15/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP C, SYDNEY

QATAR
-:-
IRAN

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




16 Januar 2015
16/01/2015, 08:00 CET
GROUP D, MELBOURNE

PALESTINE
-:-
JORDAN

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




16/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP D, BRISBANE

IRAQ
-:-
JAPAN

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




17 Januar 2015
17/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP A, BRISBANE

AUSTRALIA
-:-
KOREA REP.

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




17/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP A, NEWCASTLE

OMAN
-:-
KUWAIT

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




18 Januar 2015
18/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP B, MELBOURNE

UZBEKISTAN
-:-
SAUDI-ARABIA

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




18/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP B, CANBERRA

CHINA
-:-
KOREA DPR

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




19 Januar 2015
19/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP C, BRISBANE

IRAN
-:-
UA EMIRATES

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




19/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP C, SYDNEY

QATAR
-:-
BAHRAIN

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




20 Januar 2015
20/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP D, CANBERRA

IRAQ
-:-
PALESTINE

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA




20/01/2015, 10:00 CET
GROUP D, MELBOURNE

JAPAN
-:-
JORDAN

MATCH OFFICIALS:
TBA

 

71 Comments:

  1. Predictions MD1
    AUS-KUW: Sato, Sagara, Nagi (JPN), Yaacob (MAS)
    KOR-OMA: Al Mirdasi, Al-Shumrani, Al Shalwai (KSA), Kok (HKG)
    UZB-PRK: Jahari, Lee, Pheng (SIN), Shukralla (BHR)
    KSA-CHN: Mohamed, Al-Mahri, Al-Hammadi (UAE), Hussain (QAT)
    IRN-BHR: Irmatov, Rasulov, Saidov (UZB), Yaacob (MAS)
    UAE-QAT: Al-Hilali, Al-Mayahi, Al Amri (OMA), Perera (SRI)
    JPN-PLE: Williams, Cream, Cetrangolo (AUS), Kim (KOR)
    JOR-IRQ: Hussain, Al-Marri, Al-Naemi (QAT), Al Mirdasi (KSA)

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    1. My Referee Predictions for MD1:
      AUS-KUW: Irmatov, Rasulov, Saidov (UZB), Shukralla (BAH)
      KOR-OMA: Hussain, Al-Marri, Al-Naemi (QAT), Perera (SRI)
      UZB-PRK: Faghani, Sokhandan, Abolfazli (IRN), Mohamed (UAE)
      KSA-CHN: Kim, Jeong, Yang (KOR), Bin Jacoob (MAS)
      IRN-BHR: Williams, Cream, Cetrangolo (AUS), Kok (HKG)
      UAE-QAT: Sato, Sagara, Nagi (JPN), Perera (SRI)
      JPN-PLE: Al-Mirdasi, Al-Shumrani, Al-Shalwai (KSA), Irmatov (UZB)
      JOR-IRQ: Al-Hilali, Al-Mayahi, Al Amri (OMA), Bin Jacoob (MAS)

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  2. As there is no uefa matches in January, could you not do 1/2 reports per matchday
    I would be happy to help on that front ;-)

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    1. Well at 8-10 in the morning I am usually somewhere else and not in front of the TV :) It depends on the broadcasting of Eurosport and co.

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  3. Anonymous6/1/15 01:44

    Referee Predictions for MD1:
    AUS-KUW: Irmatov (UZB)
    KOR-OMA: Faghani (IRN)
    UZB-PRK: Mohamed (UAE)
    KSA-CHN: Williams (AUS)
    IRN-BHR: Sato (JPN)
    UAE-QAT: Al-Hilali (OMA)
    JPN-PLE: Jahari (SIN)
    JOR-IRQ: Shukralla (BHR)

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  4. Anonymous6/1/15 19:56

    in my opinion, allowing national Sato could be a possible candidate for the final. I watched a Sato's game and I had absolutely very positive impressions. I think Sato and Irmatov are two possible candidate for the final

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    1. Anonymous6/1/15 20:32

      Irmatov got this final four years ago. In my opinion, it's time for AFC to push and develop new referees at top level. 2014 WC was not good, compared to the outstanding 2010 of Asian refereeing.

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  5. Anonymous6/1/15 22:34

    Anybody knowing which Australian referees were helping Mr. Gillett during the game Korea Rep.-Saudi Arabia

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    1. Referee: Jarred Gillett (Australia)
      Assistant Referee: Nathan MacDonald (Australia)
      Assistant Referee: Anton Shehtinin (Australia)
      4th official: Alex King (Australia)

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    4. I know :)

      Jarred Gillett - Ashley Beecham, Daniel Stack - Alex King

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  6. Anonymous7/1/15 10:25

    As expected, the highly respected Irmatov (UZB) has been appointed to the Asian Cup opener. Given also that he had the final four years ago, it is very unlikely I think that he will be appointed to the final again this time. But who knows. Who are the other potential referees for the final this time?

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    1. I think, there are many candidates for the final. Of course, the four World Cup referees should be the favourites, but Kim, Al-Hilali and Hussain are quite experienced on the continental level and therefore also possible. And Sato has more than 100 matches in the strongest domestic league.
      So with 8 possible final referees, AFC has the chance to use the performance principle for their selection at the tournament.
      My guess right now would be Al-Hilali.

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  7. Anonymous7/1/15 14:44

    It's too early to say the name of the possible candidate for the final and it will be a fantastic tournament. I'm absolutly sure

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  8. Anonymous7/1/15 18:39

    OT: Bo Karlsson is no longer the coach of the Swedish elite referees. Peter Fröjdfeldt takes his position instead. Bo Karlsson stays however as the President of the Swedish FA's referees committee. The change, which was planned, is effective as of 1 January 2015.

    /Swedish observer

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  9. Anonymous7/1/15 19:03

    Thank you for the news Anonymous :)

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  10. HOT news from Cyprus.

    The President of the Referees Association and UEFA Referee Observer Michael Argyrou has been arrested.

    Also the President of the Referee's Committee Hans Reijqwart is being questioned by the police right now.

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  11. Anonymous7/1/15 20:21

    The list of referees is not completely correct, as you can see in this photo gallery of today's practice: http://www.demotix.com/news/6597454/referee-training-and-media-day-held-ahead-2015-afc-asian-cup
    O'Leary is in the photo 9, Kochkarov in photo 16, and in the photo 17, I'm not sure, but it seems Ammar al Juneibi UAE. All these do not appear in the list above, and probably has more missing names.

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    1. Anonymous7/1/15 21:07

      The problem is that AFC has not released the official list and so there are problems. No news about appointments, too.

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    2. Anonymous7/1/15 21:22

      O'Leary seems to be there.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11355527

      /Swedish observer

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  12. Anonymous7/1/15 23:07

    IFFHS World’s Best Referees 2014

    1. Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, photo) 131 p
    2. Howard Webb (ENG) 78 p
    3. Felix Brych (GER) 61 p
    4. Bjorn Kuipers (NED) 45 p
    5. Ravshan Irmatov (UZB) 37 p
    6. Pedro Proenca (POR) 34 p
    7. Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) 16 p
    8. Cüneyt Cakir (TUR) 13 p
    9. Marco Rodriguez (MEX) 13 p
    10. Nestor Pitana (ARG) 7 p

    Velasco Carballo 7th ;ahead of Cakir?
    Bit of a joke really!

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    1. Rizzoli at place number one?
      It´s one joke.....

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  13. Anonymous8/1/15 05:14

    Official. Australia vs Kuwait: Ravshan Irmatov, Abduxamidullo Rasulov, Bakhadyr Kochkarov and Mohd Amirul Bin Yacoob

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    1. Anonymous8/1/15 11:06

      Referee Assessor: John Chia Eng Wah (SIN)

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  14. Anonymous8/1/15 13:08

    It has been reported by Chinese media that Faghani (IRN) has been appointed to KSA - CHN.

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  15. Anonymous8/1/15 18:34

    Referee Designations, matches 1-4: http://internationalreferee.blogspot.com.br/2015/01/designaciones-copa-asiatica-juegos-1-4.html

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  16. Anonymous8/1/15 19:06

    In my opinion, good appointments, Irmatov to take charge the first match, O'leary, in my opinion is one of the best Asian referee, will be in Canberra and two good match for Shukralla and Faghani

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  17. Good job by Irmatov so far.

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  18. Very good positioning by Irmatov, he's not buying AUS attempts to win penalties.

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  19. I can only concur, it is somehow the Irmatov we used to see at 2010 WC.

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  20. This correct penalty is one of the rare examples I have seen so far where a referee has obtained good results by using the diagonal channel positioning.

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  21. I didn't watch the whole match but most of it. Irmatov was very good.

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  22. Game over, Irmatov was excellent. Can't see any errors.

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  23. We will try to add soon the official and correct list of referees and we are proud to announce that, thank to our observers, we will assure several reports. Perhaps not the whole coverage, but surely different matches.

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  24. Anonymous9/1/15 14:12

    Very good for Irmatov, well done

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  25. Anonymous9/1/15 14:44

    Irmatov for the final again perhaps, this referee trio is by far the most experienced in this Asian Cup. IMO, Irmatov should have been appointed to World Cup final in 2014.

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  26. Anonymous9/1/15 14:46

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0CCHu5e4YQ

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  27. Anonymous10/1/15 05:06

    UAE vs Qatar: Kim Jong Hyeok, Jeong Hae Sang, Yoon KwangYeol (KOR)
    Yudai Yamamoto (JPN), Najah Raham Rashid (IRQ)

    Iran vs Bahrein: Benjamin Williams, Matthew Cream, Paul Centragolo (AUS), Christopher Beath (AUS), Akane Yagi (JPN)

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  28. Missed penalty for me by O'Leary. KOR #4 vs OMN #10 (16').

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  29. Anonymous10/1/15 07:07

    Last time I checked NZ was NOT part of Asia so why are there three Kiwi referees in an AFC tournament? O'Leary is not a very good referee and hence he has just made a crucial game changing error...

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    1. Anonymous10/1/15 07:53

      New Zealand has never been part of AFC, they still belong to Oceania (OFC). I believe one referee team was invited from OFC to attend this Asian Cup. IMO, Peter O'Leary has never been good during his career, but he is the best Oceania can offer, considering all other small island nations in OFC.

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    2. Anonymous10/1/15 08:16

      O'Leary has been invited by AFC, as guest from a different confederation. Four years ago AFC did the same with CAF, Benouza was there.

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  30. Overall a very fair game. O'Leary with the missed pen I mentioned above (16'), the only YC was rather harsh. I was not too fond of his management sometimes, but overall expected level (minus crucial mistake).

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    1. Anonymous10/1/15 11:24

      I think Omani player deliberately put his leg between opponent's legs and the contact was unavoidable for that reason.

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    2. Anonymous10/1/15 11:31

      I agree, for me not a clear penalty, at least.

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    3. Anonymous11/1/15 21:49

      For me a perfomance on 7.8 (8.2) for O'Leary
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      missed penalty - crucial mistake

      1.warning for holding before corner kick/ 2.warning for holding before free-kick with 1 player going down to the ground - mandatory yellow card missed! -0,1

      lack of consistency in his decision making (1.yellow card rather invented, similar attack on korean player a few minutes later - not even a verbal warning! Inequality -0,1

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  31. Shukralla and co. seemed very good in Sydney, though I haven't seen replays of any major incidents (I was at the game).

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  32. And just now a correct penalty (and caution) given by Faghani to Saudi Arabia. Although it looked like there might have been a Saudi foul in the lead up, but the penalty was missed anyway.

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  33. Shukralla was o.k., some inconsistencies, but nothing big. Faghani has the most challenging game so far, but made everything right. Brilliant sprint and positioning during the Penalty Scene.

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  34. Anonymous10/1/15 14:19

    For the moment, in four matches, Irmatov and Faghani in my opinion are the best, Shukralla so so

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  35. Hey Chefren,
    Can you confirm the appointments for today's matches Matchday 5 - 6? I'd like to cross post to my blog and Twitter / FB, but need to have a reliable source - I acknowledge the members on here have great sources as AFC isn't releasing the appointments publicly, but Ben Williams is a personal friend and I try and be accurate when reporting

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    1. Anonymous11/1/15 02:07

      This blog are disclosing separately, and is also very reliable: http://internationalreferee.blogspot.com.br/2015/01/designaciones-copa-asiatica-juegos-5-6.html
      Has also disclosed games 7-8: http://internationalreferee.blogspot.com.br/2015/01/designaciones-copa-asiatica-juegos-5-6_10.html

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    2. Hi David,
      I'm sorry if I didn't answer but we are really in trouble (and I'm astonished, too) by AFC media department. Appointments and full list of selected officials are not available on AFC sites. We can only say thank to our source Árbitro Internacional.

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  36. Williams very very lenient...seems to referee in WC style....

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    1. Yes, only 2 cautions in a rough match. But overall a good performance.

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    2. Well, for me a missed 2nd YC for Omar and the scene Haghighi vs. Aaish looked very much like an intended barge. At least a yellow here.

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  37. Kim was o.k., some minor errors, but nothing gravere.

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  38. Predictions MD 2
    OMA-AUS: Jahari, Lee, Pheng (SIN), Shukralla (BHR)
    KUW-KOR: Mohamed, Al-Mahri, Al-Hammadi (UAE), Kok (HKG)
    CHN-UZB: Sato, Sagara, Nagi (JPN), Hussain (QAT)
    PRK-KSA: Al-Hilali, Al-Mayahi, Al Amri (OMA), Beath (AUS)
    BHR-UAE: O'Leary, Hintz, Rule (NZL); Perera (SRI)
    QAT-IRN: Irmatov, Rasulov (UZB), Kochkarov (KGZ), Al-Mirdasi (KSA)
    IRQ-JPN: Kim, Jeong, Yoon (KOR), Kok (HKG)
    PLE-JOR: Shukralla, Tulefat, Saleh (BHR), Al-Hilali (OMA)

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  39. Anonymous11/1/15 21:35

    Hi together!

    When seeing Qatar-UAE I was totally disappointed by Kim Jong Hyeoks' (KOR) performance. Even though he didn't have any crucial mistakes I would recommand a grade of 8,0 in a normal game.

    IMO, he failed in interpreting the laws of the game for several times (multiple fouls missed, deliberate handball, kick-off with players in the opponents half, etc.) -0,1

    His first yellow card was totally mistaken. At this point of time there had maybe been 4 harmless fouls in the game and no verbal warning. The attack itself was rather careless than reckless. But ok! Even worse was a mass confrontation in 43' after a reckless challenge by Qatar #23. At the end there was only one yellow card given to the offender which is not according to the LotG. Both teams must be punished! -0,1

    Hyeok also missed two more clear reckless attacks. One of them was a challenge from behind, with the defender playing the ball and the legs of the attacker moreover in the course of a promising attack. No foul was given and game went on. -0,1 Further UAE #10 was challenged in a reckless way by Qatar #9 in 89' after the ball had long been played to a teammate. Referee didn't react correctly because he had already focused on a different situation. -0,1

    It seems like AFC promotes referees that prefer a less personality-using disciplinary-sanction style. No verbal warnings but cards straightaway, as we have also seen in Korea-Oman (Peter O'Leary)...

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    1. Hi. I haven't watched the match yet as I expect it to be uploaded somewhere but I am willing to make a detailed report.

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    2. I finished now watching the match, but I have to disagree with your assessment of the 1st YC. For me it's really reckless since the defender is using his knee on his opponent's back. Moreover the referee for me missed a YC at min. 72' to #08 UAE for SPA (one could argue also about DOGSO) even though for me it's a only a caution.

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    3. Anonymous14/1/15 18:04

      Hi, thanks for your feedback! :) I'm still of the opinion, that many referees in this tournament show a lack of personality in their disciplinary approach, since too many of them don't make use of verbal warnings at the beginning.

      In my evaluation I didn't consider the 1st yellow card situation anyway, because I think you can argue most of the time resonable for a caution... Considering your YC or even DOGSO situation, this referee will hardly be seen in the play-off games. I must have missed 72'. Where did you rewatch the game? Can you post a link?

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    4. My report will be ready probably tomorrow. But after seeing again the 72' situation, IMO it's now DOGSO and a crucial mistake. Also there are 2 penalty area scenes (08' and 91'). The second appears to be slightly outside (there is a clear contact).

      The full match is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae3BPSvJ80o

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    5. Anonymous15/1/15 01:04

      Haha, I agree. 72' is DOGSO!

      8' just a normal challenge
      91' very intrasparent situation; might be a foul but striker goes down very easily. such a penalty decision in a close game might cause big troubles; but I'm with you edward - that's a close call!

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  40. Anonymous11/1/15 22:39

    Match #4 the referee assessor is Edward Lennie (Australia). He was a category 2 official (up to reserve league level) in Scotland maybe 25 years ago before emigrating to Australia. Well done to him

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    1. Anonymous12/1/15 10:34

      He was referee at WC 1998 in France which was surely bigger achievement for him.

      Regards.
      P.L.

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    2. Anonymous12/1/15 12:04

      Edward Lennie would not have made the world cup if he had not emigrated to Australia, there was no doubt about that. Since at that time, Australia was still part of OFC (Oceania Football Confederation), the best Australian referee can take a spot in world cup almost for granted.

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  41. Chris Beath (AUS) will referee the Bahrain v UAE in Canberra Match 13 - originally only appointed as 4th official for tournament, no word yet if it's with the Australian AR's or alternate crew - FFA source

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