March 21, 2015

Weekly News: Red Card Records in UCL, UEFA's AR Course 2015 & European Qualifier Officials

Once again The 3rd Team provides you with some news on the huge UEFA refereeing circuit. Today: a review of a record-breaking last 11 March, a first piece of information on the 2nd UEFA Course for International Assistant Referees 2015 and officials for European Qualifiers.

It was a truly much-debated evening on 11 March. William Collum's and specially Björn Kuipers' performances and decisions in Munich and London respectively were producing controversial point of views without any doubt, but also factual records:

Shakhtar's Olexandr Kucher was sent off by the Scottish Elite referee Collum for having denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity after only 2 minutes and approximately 55 seconds (photo). Interestingly, UEFA's official statistical handbook says that he had been sent off after 3 minutes and 59 seconds. Anyway, it was the fastest red card ever issued in UEFA Champions League. The top 5 at a glance:

2'55'': Olexandr Kucher in Bayern - Shakhtar (William Collum, SCO, DOGSO)
5'52'': Valérien Ismaël in Internazionale - Werder Bremen (Luboš Michel, SVK, DOGSO)
5'59'': Craig Bellamy in Newcastle - Internazionale (Stéphane Bré, FRA, ?)
6'00'': Frédéric Déhu in RC Lens - Dynamo Kyiv (Luboš Michel, SVK, ?)
6'47'': Hector Herrera in FC Porto - Zenit St Petersburg (Paolo Tagliavento, ITA, failing to respect the wall distance)

Furthermore, Björn Kuipers' controversial sending-off against Zlatan Ibrahimović in Chelsea - PSG was the Swedish's fourth one in his Champions League career. He has thus matched Edgar Davids who also made it to a total of four dismissals in his career.

UEFA's 2nd Course for International Assistant Referees with 2 guests from Central America

From 17 to 26 May 2015, UEFA will hold their 2nd course for international assistant referees in Athens. Allocated to three different groups (1: 17-20 May, 2: 20-23 May, 3: 23-26), 96 assistant referees have been invited to be educated by UEFA's referee development instructors and to pass fitness tests and checks.
Among the attendees, whose names will be posted here in due course, there are two guests from Central America: 33-year old Octavio Jara of Costa Rica and 26-year old Cristian Ramírez of Honduras. This might be another sign of an exchange programme UEFA has initiated with CONMEBOL and CONCACAF.

European Qualifiers - Referee Observers and Delegates

27 March 2015

FYROM - Belarus (Group C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Per Svärd (SWE)

Slovakia - Luxembourg (Group C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)

Spain - Ukraine (Group C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Bontcho Todorov (BUL)

England - Lithuania (Group E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Benny Jacobsen (DEN)

Slovenia - San Marino (Group E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Mehmet Süheyl Onen (TUR)

Switzerland - Estonia (Group E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gudmunder Jónsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Dušan Tittel (SVK)

Liechtenstein - Austria (Group G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Lucien Kayser (LUX)

Moldova - Sweden (Group G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Stanislaw Speczik (POL)

Montenegro - Russia (Group G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)

28 March 2015

Kazakhstan - Iceland (Group A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Borislav Alexandrov (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)

Czech Republic - Latvia (Group A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Virgar Hvidbro (FRO)

Netherlands - Turkey (Group A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Dumitru Mihalache (ROU)

Andorra - Bosnia & Herzegovina (Group B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)

Belgium - Cyprus (Group B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Karl Espen Eriksen (NOR) 
UEFA Liaison Officer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Israel - Wales (Group B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)

Azerbaijan - Malta (Group H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Cosimo Bolognino (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Dariusz Dziekanowski (POL)

Croatia - Norway (Group H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)

Bulgaria - Italy (Group H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)

29 March 2015

Georgia - Germany (Group D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)

Scotland - Gibraltar (Group D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Bert Andersson (SWE)

Republic of Ireland - Poland (Group D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)

Northern Ireland - Finland (Group F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Thórir Hákonarson (ISL)

Romania - Faroe Islands (Group F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Velid Imamović (BIH)

Hungary - Greece (Group F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vazquez (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)

Albania - Armenia (Group I)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patritiu Abrudan (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)

Portugal - Serbia (Group I)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)

31 March 2015

Israel - Belgium (Group B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)


  1. "failing to disrespect the wall distance": Something is wrong here.

    1. Thanks, apparently this wasn't no litotes :P

  2. Big mistake of AR1 in 'El Classico', with the disallowed goal for offside of Bale in 40'

    1. Goodness Gracious I have seen it again and it is a fantastic decision. My most sincere apologies!

  3. No! You only looked to the position of Bale scoring, but it was Ronaldo who was in offside position when he made the header. Excellent decision of the assistant referee.

  4. Friendly appointment
    Scotland - Northern Ireland
    Martin Atkinson
    Gary Beswick - John Brooks
    Craig Pawson

    1. 26/03/15
      France - Brazil
      Nicola Rizzoli
      Mauro Tonolini - Lorenzo Manganelli
      Antonio Damato

  5. One unbelievable scene.

  6. Is this a goal?

  7. Probably the worst offside call.

  8. Training videos.


    1. 1. Yellow card to white (reckless)
      2. video doesn't work
      3. Red card to white (using excessive force when not challenging for the ball)
      4. Red card to red (using excessive force when not challenging for the ball)
      5. Strong verbal warning.
      6. Penalty. Attacker had control over the ball, defender was interested only in bumping his opponent.
      7. Red card to 37red (using excessive force when not challenging for the ball), yellow card to GK (unsporting behaviour).
      8. I go with play on basing on this replay.
      9. Yellow card to blue (reckless tackle).
      10. Missing cooperation but assistant should be able to make this call right independently. As a consequence, missed penalty for holding.

  9. This weekend there was a game between Fenerbahçe - Beşiktaş.
    Referee was Fırat Aydınus.
    19th minute Emenike (Fenerbahçe player) missed a clear chance. Then Fenerbahçe fans started to protest him. On 30th minute he lost a ball and all stadium rose their protests, started chanting name of another player Moussa Sow. Then Emenike asked for substitution, coach said continue but Emenike didn't want to continue. Took his jersey off and left the pitch without getting permission of the referee. By the force of the coaching staff he went back to the pitch and continued. What will be your decision as a referee? Will you caution him?
    Here is a video of those moments:

    1. Yellow card for leaving the pitch without the referee's permission. You can also issue a yellow card for delaying the restart of the game = red card.

    2. Ugur B, can we download videos from: ?

    3. I am not sure. There should be some ways to do it but I am not that good at computer...

  10. Another match from this weekend Turkish League.
    Trabzonspor - Akhisar
    Referee: İlker Meral

    Two positions:
    1- 3:10 min of video
    2- 4:50 min of video

    1. 1. Red card to both players (violent conduct)
      2. Play on. The hand is stick to the body, natural position.

      By the way, what do you all think about creating a site where we could debate about incidents. Some kind of library with categories like reckless, elbow, dogso, and our opinions in comments? I might upload many scenes.on my part.

    2. OK, I did something and I hope it will be a platform where we all may exchange our opinions and views regarding incidents in the last games! Welcome!

    3. Ref1, could You please explain the idea briefly. What are You plans with this blog? I think it has a tremendous potential where this community could provide HQ videos divided in the sections; just as website:

    4. My idea is to create a community TO SHARE VIEWS about many interesting incidents. It's not problem to download a match and view a scene, but I think we need a site that we could visit to share opinions about those incidents! Then, if we have any special reflections on them, we can make teaching materials (Niclas, I hope you'll join us!). Please send all ideas, interesting minutes of the matches and maybe a better banner via:

      I would like to create a good refereeing community discussing the latest incidents!

    5. Sorry, mail adress is:
      of course!

    6. Ref1, thank you for reply. I think it is a great idea. I have collected many videos for my own education (some of them are here: and would like to share and somehow catalogize and systematize them. This would be a great opportunity.

    7. The idea sounds very good. I link your site at the blog list. You can exchange everything else there.

    8. We definitively need a central video repository where we could come and discuss about particular refereeing theme (e.g. handball, SFP, DOGSO, body language, etc.).

    9. First scenes are online. Comments are welcome!
      Thanks, Niclas!
      I hope we all can build it together!

  11. According to TFF's explanation; Cakir has been appointed to match of Spain - Ukraine.

    1. Good luck to him... Hoping to see him in Berlin...


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