July 1, 2016

Damir Skomina to referee EURO 2016 Quarterfinal between Wales and Belgium

Slovenian Elite Referee Damir Skomina has been assigned to take control over Friday evening's Quarterfinal no.2 between Wales and Belgium. Under the eyes of Vice Refereeing Officer Marc Batta from France, he is rewarded for his three good performances earlier in the competition.


+ The Slovenian is the EURO referee with the highest number of international appearances, as presented in our pre-tournament portrait +

+ Skomina and his team have already refereed three matches including England's 1-2 defeat vs Iceland +

+ This appointment means that either one of the remaining match officials stays with only 2 group stage matches at the tournament or that one of them directly gets a semifinal +




01/07/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 46
Lille (Stade Pierre Mauroy)
WALES
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BELGIUM

Referee: Damir SKOMINA (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure PRAPROTNIK (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert VUKAN (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej JUG (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko VINČIĆ (SVN)
4th Official: Nicola RIZZOLI (ITA)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Elenito DI LIBERATORE (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc BATTA (FRA
UEFA Delegate: Adonis PROCOPIOU (CYP)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: CHEFREN (ITA)


180 Comments:

  1. So...I more and more believe in:

    Kassai for Germany-Italy, Eriksson for France-Iceland.

    Kuipers directly with a semifinal, if Germany proceed, Clattenburg and Rizzoli with the other 2 matches, if Italy proceed, Clattenburg for a semi and Brych for the final. It depends on Poland-Portugal. And we should not forget that Eriksson was flying under the radar a bit. Not in big matches, but maybe, with a good performance, he is a outsider candidate.

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    1. Keeping the motto "expect the unexpected" in mind, could it be that a ref directly gets the final without having a knock-out match before.

      I think that Clattenburg now is the safest and best bet for the final. England is out so he is a safe option and he had a good tournament so far.

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    2. Kassai with Germany vs Italy is a good choice. As Dutch Referee I'm hoping for Kuipers in that other game and with a good performance maybe the final, but have to admit Clattenburg and Brych were great.

      You name Eriksson as outsider candidate. If Kassai does well, he's for me a big contender than Eriksson.

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    3. How likely is it for Clatts/Eriksson to get two major finals in a year? Have referees ever done a WC and EURO final?

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    4. In 2012 Pronca handled the final beacause Italy played that match and also refereed CL final 2012. Otherwise euro 2012 final could handled by Rizzoli

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  2. It still could be Kuipers for GER-ITA and Erikson kept under the radar for the final. It could be the last match of his impressive career. I don't think its a problem that Kuipers had GER-POL. Depending which team go on Brych, Kassai and Rizzoli could be candidates for the last 3 matches.

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    1. and Clattenburg of course.....

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  3. Well, that's what I call a surprise. I guess it is (unfortunately) the last game for Skomina - he would deserve more than 'only' a QF, according to my opinion.

    Regaridng your predictions, you should not completely rule out Milorad Mazic who will definitely be in one of the last 3 games, I think - the question is: As referee or as 4th official?

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  4. Skomina unexpected ina quarterfinal, at least for me, I expected him in a semifinal... I just hope we wont see something like Champions League again, with the same referee getting a round of 16, a quarter, a semifinal, the final.. that would be sad for the other officials. However, talking realistically, this should be the last game for the Slovenian. I can't imagine a referee with 5 matches.
    This appointment is also the confirmation that, when Collina is appointed as main observer (even though one can easily guess he is always at stadium), there is always something to follow for the observed referee, in case of good performances.
    So, the same can be said for Brych, waiting for Germany-Italy, he could get a semifinal or even directly the final.
    Waiting for tomorrow and the appointment of Germany-Italy, I must also underline that Kassai was possible in Wales - Belgium, but the choice has been different. There is an important remark, following this assignment: in case, Kassai would have got Belgium, Belgium eliminated Hungary. So, this has been avoided. I don't know, of course, if this has been made on purpose, but so far we have not still seen referees officiating a national team which originally eliminated their country from the tournament. Therefore, we can't know whether, for example, (Emil asked for that a few days ago) Clattenburg will be allowed to officiate Iceland.

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    1. My predictions are:
      GER v ITA Mazic
      FRA v ICE Eriksson

      I would like if UEFA choose Mazic for such an important match. He did well for my taste in the tournament and probably my prediction will not well-seen by some of you but whether UEFA had to chose him it would not disappoint. Trust me.

      For the semis I would go for Clattenburg and Kassai. Their tournament has been brilliant so far. I really appreciated the refereeing of Clatts in ITA v BEL even if I only watched the second half.
      About Kassai I've completely liked his style and his management during his matches.

      For the final if Italy does not qualify itself, I will go for Rizzoli, who totally deserves this appointment. If Italy goes through this competition I think UEFA will give the opportunity to Brych.

      These are my prediction without stats in the hand so I may have written kinda stupid things. Hopefully I did not.

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    2. I agree. In my opinion Mazic deserves another game more than Skomina (his game was much more challenging and points for improvement were not such clear as in Skomina case).

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    3. Good predictions for me Alvaro,but Kuipers?

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    4. A question of taste... if you also consider the group stage, Skomina was ahead of Mazic. If you take the Round of 16, they were both at one level for my taste, with Mazic having the technically more challenging game but with Skomina having the politically more important match - in front of Collina. If you then even integrate the entire development during the last season, it is relatively clear for me that Mazic will not be appointed again (he deserves a 4th official assignment in the semis), since this would mean that either Clatts, Eriksson, Kassai, Kuipers or Rizzoli remain without another appointment, hard to imagine.
      But I can be completely wrong. We'll see.

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    5. Although I agree that Skomina was a bit better in group stage, in my opinon in the round of 16 Mazic was simply better. He had a more challenging game (difficulty) and showed no deficits apart from hectic body language and two corner kicks missed. I think either his round of 16 performance was underrated or Skomina's overrated in the media.

      Skomina had quite big problems with positioning and missed two CLEAR examples of dangerous play that led to YC for an opponent and shot saved by GK. Another examples of lacking alertness were visible.

      So, if Skomina gets another game on the basis of just decent performance in round of 16 (I really can not agree with many users that he was 'excellent') and a really good group stage, why not to appoint Mazic who did his job very well in round of 16 and had just decent group stage? :-)

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    6. I agree with you RayHD. Very good words at the end of your comment.
      - So, if Skomina gets another game on the basis of just decent performance in round of 16 (I really can not agree with many users that he was 'excellent') and a really good group stage, why not to appoint Mazic who did his job very well in round of 16 and had just decent group stage? :-) -
      Mazic's round of 16 was brilliant and the thing that impressed me the most was his speed, his whole management and the read of the match. He did better than I could have ever expected because both in the group stage and during the entire season as you correctly said was a bit flat. In the round of 16 I would have placed the bet on a good performance of him. I could be wrong, surely but we will see.

      Anyway, good question Michele. To be completely honest I do not know which match Kuipers could do. What do you think about Kuipers....? He did a decent tournament, didn't he? (Following your marks on the left of the page...)

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    7. Maybe France-Iceland for Kuipers. Probably we'll see Mazic only as 4th official..

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  5. Maybe Marciniak will be as a 4th official for GER-ITA or FRA-ICE and i hope to see Skomina as 4th official at the semifinal.
    What do You think?

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  6. Admins, I got questions for you due to my rawness in searching the threads in this blog. One of them is how could you help me because I do not know how to sign in to become a member :). Where may I contact you? Here?

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  7. Mažić will be in semifinal

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    1. In my opinion it would not be a shame even if I don't think so.

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  8. Surfing the Net I found this short though interesting clip on Rizzoli. He may have done this video some weeks before the tournament.

    Have a look it is interesting;
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLbju1mOryI

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  9. My current prediction is
    GER-ITA: Kassai, FO:Eriksson
    FRA-ISL: Kuipers, FO: Marciniak
    SF1: Eriksson, FO: Kassai
    SF2: Rizzoli (if Germany) / Clattenburg (if Italy)
    F: Clattenburg (if Germany) / Brych (if Italy)
    Mazic and Skomina fourth officials in the last 2 matches.
    Kassai and Eriksson could be the other way round, because I think, both are on a similar level regarding performance and experience and also both matches are on a similar level. I decided this way, because Kassai is already 2 weeks without a match.
    FRA-ISL seems to be the ideal match for Kuipers for me. His performances do not really deserve more IMO.

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    1. And you think that Mazic will be without matches?

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  10. my opinion is, that this is qualification match for skomina for final. one ref from 1/4 final will referee final match.

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    1. This is the last match of Skomina sure

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  11. Famous French newspaper L'equip name best of round 16.
    Team:Belgium
    Coach: Antonio Conte
    Referee:Milorad Mazic

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    1. I've read that somewhere on the net, but couldn't find it on L'equipe site. Could you, or somebody else, give us a link? It could be interesting to see whether there are marks for the referees or some article about their performance. L'equipe is famous paper, and their opinion could be significant for future appointments. On the other hand, we all have eyes and no matter what some bloggers write here, or some newspaper, most of us agreed here that several refs were far under expected level (Cakir, Velasco, Moen) and we got confirmation from Collina's crew that we were right. Also, we all know who performed well and who had crucial or minor mistakes. Marks on the right side, refereeing analysis and comments make a clear picture. Therefore I am surprised about several comments about referee performances in first phase, forgetting important and crucial mistakes made by some refs, and remembering minors made by others.

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    2. Mazic are the best referee in this championship.

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    3. Mazic not better that Clattenburg,Brych,Rizzoli.....

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    4. http://www.vesti-online.com/Sport/Fudbal/582381/Mazic-sudi-finale-EP-Francuzi-ne-bi-imali-nista-protiv

      Here is link where you can see the page from L'equipe newspaper

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    5. While I agree that your favourite referee has done a really really good job so far...newspapers like the Sun, Dailymail, Bild or L'equipe are not really the most competent addresses in terms of refereeing...

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  12. As predited by Some here, Kassai is the ref at Ger-Ita.

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  13. It's Kassai for GER-ITA, with Marciniak as FO.

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  14. OT

    If this turns out to be true then that is a complete scandal
    Héber Lopes 'celebrated' his Copa América Centenario Final with two sex workers

    http://www.101greatgoals.com/news/referee-heber-lopes-allegedly-celebrated-officiating-the-copa-america-final-with-two-prostitutes/

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    1. It is NOT him!! At least that is what our South-American Co-bloggers have ensured.
      Incredible behavior of the media. They want to "kill" Lopes.

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    2. I must say with all the protection Elite referees get today it would be almost inconceivable for any referee just to go out, especially after a final and especially to do what they alleged and of course the nature of the performance as well.
      The media have FAR crossed the line if they've tried to make this story up

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  15. I cannot believe it! This time media has gone beyond the limits...it's unbelievable.
    I watched the match. He was bad. Very bad.
    Argentina's supporters blamed on the referee due to the defeat. But why are they trying to degrade the referee when the only responsible are Messi, Biglia and the other fellows? That's awful. I'm really sad for having read this news. You may don't agree with me but that's my point of view.

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  16. Correct YC - minute 5'. The first of the game for a tactical foul. I like this approach, when referees have clear ideas. The match must remain under control. Very good by Skomina.

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    1. IMO Skomina unnecessarily shot some munition there. No clear promising attack for me and therefore a good opportunity for a warning.

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  17. OT:Great game in first 10 minutes.

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  18. Well spotted foul in minute 11 by AR1

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  19. AR1 Minute 11' reporting a foul - good cooperation.

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  20. Correct yc in 16' min.

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  21. Second YC of the game. A correct decision as well.

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    1. 16' Wrong offside call by AR2?

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    2. Well perhaps I missed this situation live, I don't remember :) must be rewatched.

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    3. Close situation. 16' or 17'

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    4. Yes it was even onside, difficult though.

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  22. 21' correct offside AR1.
    A few minutes ago (18'): at first Belgium wanted a foul while attacking close to AR1 (replay was not shown), then a few seconds after that, good advantage by Skomina.

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  23. 24' another YC by Skomina, the third for a defender from Wales, but well, all deserved for tactical fouls directly on the opponents, it seems to me that Welsh players are now quite nervous.

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    1. 29' Very good ONside by AR1.

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  24. Missed YC for Hazard 25'

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  25. 26' excellent ONSIDE AR1. Very very important...

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  26. To be honest... this does not bode well. Yes, all three YCs are not wrong, but looking at all the cards that haven't been given in this tournament...
    Missed booking for Hazard IMHO. Would have been good to establish that his disciplinary control is not one-sided.

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  27. I think Skomina missed 2 fouls on Hazard (25') and Nainngolan (26')...second situation almost ended with a goal for Wales.

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  28. For me all 3 YC are right. Skomina is ice cold! Perfect disciplinary control.

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    1. Much better and clearer line then Brych and i am german.

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    2. Clear line by the 3 YC but what is with Hazard? Where is the clear line here? Handball, throwing the ball away

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    3. Yet he refused to book the star (Hazard) player for either of two possible bookable offenses. Thus making his disciplinary line look one sided.

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  29. Hazard, 1) Intentional use of the hand. 2) Delays the restart of the match by tossing away the ball. And yet all he gets is a "now now, don't do that anymore". There are 2 teams on the field Skomina. No need for you to do what Cakir did to Iceland against Portugal. Keep it fair and call it both ways.

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  30. This handpöay was intentional. But was it really unsporting? No YC in this situation ok IMO

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    1. But he also delayed the FK for Wales.

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  31. Correct no Yellow card for Hazard, ita about macth control and handling, for me warning is enough.

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    1. With already three YC cards for Wales I think regarding match control a YC for Hazard would havet calm the welsh players down.

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    2. And the delaying of the restart? He did after all throw the ball away when he didn't get the call.

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    3. If we apply the low & by the book is a YC... But it was not so unsport behaviour and for now we see that was a correct decision, both teams acceptes the criteria

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    4. So by your criteria. The Laws of the Game only apply to the Welsh team. After all, the first booking for the Welsh was quite soft to say the least.

      Keep in mind that one of the things that drive players and coaches nuts. Is when a referee is inconsistent with his calls and/or cautions.

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  32. I wouldn't be so harsh with Skomina. Perhaps the only missed card was for Hazard (kicking the ball away), but for the rest, I see a good performance. At least so far.

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    1. The match is really nice, he is in full control...

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    2. Absolutely! Really good first half but for me missed YC Hazard!

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    3. You forgot to mention one sided in regards to his disciplinary line.

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    4. That's correct but I agree with Howard Maxi. The 1st YC was quite soft and evitable. No really promising attack given. In a Quarterfinal you should only caution CLEAR YC-offences so early in the game. Missing stepwise approach, but maybe this was his plan.

      The 2nd caution then had to be given, the 3rd one was mandatory. No YC is technically and specially tactically not ideal.

      So, overall OK, but for me his approach did not fully meet the character of the game.

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    6. Normal and nice first half for refereeing. Good Skomina in first half. Just one mistake in 26'- missed YC for Hazard. Good ARs too (16' wrong offside call by AR2 but the situation was very difficult).

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  33. Good job in the first half overall. He missed some faults and perhaps a YC, but good job IMO. I like very much Skomina's style.

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    1. Very good match and disciplinary control, he seems cold as like iceberg

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  34. Very good performance by the team. I still think too much focus on detail in the assessments here. Overall big picture.... very well done!

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    1. Sorry, but both Belgium and Wales are not known as over-enthusiastic or unfair teams. So keeping control over a calm game is the minimum expectation you can have. A UEFA cat 3 referee is also able to keep this game under control.

      I am not touching on details. Things like stepwise disciplinary approach, balanced card management and effective communication (some players in fact did not listen to Skomina when he warned them, e.g. 30') are no details, they are key facets of good refereeing.

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  35. 3 YC's to Wales were tactical fouls against opponents and mandatory.

    Hazzard grabbing and then throwing ball away was in dissent to referee and an optional card considering this was the first challenge to the referee's decision-making. Skomina has had no issues with dissent to this point and chooses to deal with it with a warning. Acceptable.

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    1. Love this analysis! 100% agree

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  36. Correct YC Fellaini - perfect!

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  37. Fellaini has to be careful. Persistent infringement.

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    1. Agree with you, he is protesting without a reason, also now when he misses a header

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  38. Tonight AR1 Praprotnik is perfect!

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    1. Very good performance indeed, I think he got everything right including two excellent ONSIDES.

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  39. Minute 79': Belgium wanted a foul at the edge of penalty area. Skomina played on.

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    1. I watched replay. Skomina missed foul and YC.

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    2. It should have been called. And mandatory YC.

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    3. Lukaku was deliberately seeking for a contact and the movement of his foot was abnormal. In addition he made another step and only then decided to theatricalize and fall. Play on is correct IMO.

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  41. Hm. A mixture of seeking contact and careless tripping. Would have been SPA, would have been a 2nd YC.

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    1. Indeed, my first impression is that Lukaku looked deliberately for the contact...

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  42. Missed penalty - Williams stamping on Nainggolan's foot. Crucial mistake...

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    1. Not every contact is a foul. I can understand Skomina's decision.

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    2. Agree ! Next minute good call, not deliberate handball

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    3. Wasn't that enough for a penalty?

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    4. It's not that evident for my money. Nainggolan feels a very slight touch and then theatricalizes the fall. I understand Skomina not giving penalty.

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    5. Not enough IMO. Even Nainggolan didn't make a big deal out of it.

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    6. After that handball in pelanty area by WAL player. IMO that wasn't deliberately.

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    7. More than enough ! Maybe Skomina vision was not the best, Jug should help him

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    8. The contact itself can be punishable, but I had the feeling that Nainggolan also fell himself.

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    9. Penalty must be like penalty, it was easy contact for me. Also he has already lost the ball control before contact. Play on was correct.

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  43. Very tense moments - second penalty appeal minute 84' right in front of Jug.
    Correct decision, for me, to assess the handball as not deliberate.

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  44. IMO to less contact for a penalty!

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  45. Maybe too strict yc for Ramsey?

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    1. No it has been in line with his strict SPA approach

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  46. I agree with Skomina and Jug on penalty appeals. To less contact for a penalty

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  47. I will rewatch the incident on Nainggolan, but for me it looked like a blatant penalty.

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  48. A lot of people will disagree but.... the best match of EURO 2016 so far with the best referee team performance so far.... 8.6 for me overall.

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  49. Very good tournament for Slovenian team.
    Skomina show masterclass level.
    Way better than Clatts,Brych,Kuipers

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    1. This summary matches!

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    2. Clattenburg,Brych and Kuipers are best referees
      that Skomina. But Skomina is also one good referee.

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  50. Penalty imo, but I can accept Skomina's decision. It's not easy. The second one is not penalty, the handball is not deliberate.

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  51. Overall Skomina and his team can be satisfied. Several smaller points to improve, but...as said by RC, the big picture was good, no talk about the Referee, full control. 8.3-8.5-8.3-8.4-8.4-8.4 for me.

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    1. I want to rewatch the situation involving Nainggolan before giving my mark for Skomina, however I agree with the rest. 8.5 for Praprotnik, faultless and also good in terms of cooperation, 8.3 for Vukan, only one offside call, incorrect, but ina very difficult situation, expected level for Jug and Vincic. Rizzoli 8.4 as well.

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    2. If decision in penalty area is accepted by UEFA mark for Skomina should be at least 8.5
      He had full control of the match in evry moment and was accepted by both teams. All 3 YC were crucial and correct at the start of the game and in later stage due to his previous correct decision match was completely under control.
      Very good impresion!

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  52. Trip just outside PA missed. Caution?? Probably not "mandatory".

    Step on foot inside PA -- trifling -- no foul.

    Handling not deliberate.

    A relatively easy match overall. Good on Wales -- an exciting match to watch.

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  53. Wales is now in semifinal. Not a good news for Clattenburg, I think that the Welsh team can beat Portugal, so my ideal solution would be to appoint him in the only safe match which remains now: GER/ITA - FRA/ISL. Given the presence of Wales, it could be too dangerous to wait for the semifinal, trying to keep him for the final. He deserves a game. But well... who expected Wales? Congratulations because what they achieved is excellent!

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    1. Can Skomina get 4th official appointment in semifinal?

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    2. Really everything depends on tomorrow.

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    3. There are still several options for the last three matches. For POR-BEL I would have expected Eriksson, but he had Wales in his last match. Furthermore Kuipers and Mazic are now also possible for this match. Kassai and Rizzoli maybe as well, depending on what happens tomorrow.
      Eriksson could get SF2 instead, but as you write, Clattenburg would be sensible as well there.
      At the moment I would prefer
      POR-WAL Kassai or Mazic (depending on Kassai's performance)
      SF2: Eriksson
      and keeping Clattenburg as first option for the final,
      but it is really difficult to predict.

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    4. Because Rizzoli's "destiny " will most likely be decided tomorrow, Sviat.

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    5. And maybe Kassai's as well ;)

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  54. So Clatt won't get final...
    semi FRA/ISL-ITA/GER for Clatt imho

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    1. I think indeed Clatts will have the same problem as Kuipers in WC 2014. So he will be out and not even a semi. This result will change everything..... and chances for Eriksson in the final are improving. But don't rule out Kuipers if that team performes well tomorrow.

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    2. If UEFA agrees with your 8,6 for Skomina - which I find way too much with all good will - then actually Skomina has to referee the final.

      Mazic would also be a candidate, but rather unprobable if Portugal go through. I tend to strongly believe in the EURO final-as-farewell-appointment theory with regard to Eriksson - even though Wales-Portugal PERFECTLY suits to his style.

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  55. Excellent Skomina in this tournament. Congratulations!!!

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  56. If Italy tomorrow lose...Rizzoli is in final

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  57. In my opinion, a foul on Nainggolan should have resulted in penalty. It's a careless borderline to reckless foul everywhere on the field. We may not forgive the no-call only because it's in the penalty area.

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    1. Anyone with a video?

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    2. I have rewatched penalty situation several times.
      For me the decision from Skomina is acceptable, there is a samll contach but the ball is already out of Radja's control... For me best decision is to let play on...
      Overall Skomina had a very good match!
      Nevertheless i don t believe he is a candidate for final, is it possible to have 5 matches on the tournament??

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    3. https://streamable.com/2fe6

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    4. Thank you as always, RayHD. What can I say? This is still a clear penalty for me, I don't change idea. You can see that before being stepped by the opponent, Nainggolan was trying to reach the ball. Contact is clear, foot on foot, what do you want more? For me it stays as crucial mistake for Skomina, I'm sure he missed the situation, in case he would have whistled. Difficult to say it wasn't enough, in my opinion.

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    5. + two other key match incidents:

      handball penalty appeal
      https://streamable.com/q51x

      R. Lukaku v already booked Davies
      https://streamable.com/eqre

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    6. What about second YC for WAL player? That was clear foul and YC for SPA.

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    7. Therefore, my final mark for Skomina is 7.9 (8.3).
      The rest of the team: AR1 8.5, AR2 8.3, AAR1 8.4 AAR2 8.4 FO 8.4.
      AAR1 could have helped Skomina in detecting the penalty, but considering where the incident occurred, I would say Skomina was too late in following the action, he had to run faster to penalty area, in order to have a good view of the incident.

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    8. @football referee I don't understand why you and some other users are talking about a small contact. When you step on the foot of an opponent, isn't that at least a careless action?
      Furthermore in my opinion "ball was already out for Nainggolan" is not a reason, if there is a foul, there is a foul.
      I think in the midfieled this would have been an easy whistle, so why not in the box? It is a clear penalty.

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    9. Thanks a lot RayHD. Unfortunately I haven't watched the whole match so I'd rather not talk too much.
      Anyway, watching the clips I agree with Chefren. Missed penalty. From what I could have seen he did very good all in all. Good acceptance, full control.
      About the second penalty appeal I accept the decision of the Slovenian.
      No foul. It was not deliberate!
      Davies vs Lukaku was a clear foul in my opinion. He missed it. If he had seen the contact, I'm sure he would have whistled and sent the Welsh defender off.

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    10. at first, I thought Nainggolan started falling before the contact; rewatching it, I have to agree with Chefren. Missed penalty.

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    11. I love it... crucial mistakes after the 5th replay! :)

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    12. I only count 2 replays and both are clear. Penalty. Of course Skomina could not see it: too far away. Studs/Feet stemping on an opponent 's foot usually are reckless tackles. This one was a bit more light.

      I know that only CLEAR penalties should be given. After watching those pictures (the live cam is 70m away. So of course we need replays...), it is a black or white mistake for me.

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    13. Counting all comments here: 8 pro penalty, 7 contra penalty. That shows how controversial und difficult it really was. Would he give a penalty, nobody could claim. But I can accept his decision too.

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    14. Just watch the video. Clear fouls in the penalty are clear penalties. I really do not see any controversy here - this foul is actually undeniable. The only controversy might be the question whether Skomina can be blamed for missing it.

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  58. 3 critical mistake in 5 minutes. He lost control in these minutes.
    he missed 2 penalties and 1 red card (2. yellow #4 WAL).. he changed EURO 2016 destiny. Collina'll forgive him. :)

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  59. Let me give my opinion. I am Skomina's fan, that's not secret, so I tried not to comment during the match, but to rewatch it once more. Skomina really looks great on the pitch, very calm, friendly, no hectic gestures, always accepted from the players. That's big picture of him looking on his whole career. And the whole "frame" in this match was the same, but what about the picture from this match? If I am from Belgium, I won't be happy, and that has to be said. They have the right to be angry. Skomina in most of situations decided well, but made several important mistakes. First what was here discussed was missed YC for Hazard. Firstl, IMO Skomina missed clear foul on Hazard. He intentionally grabbed the ball and after few seconds threw it away. The fact that he grabbed the ball expecting whistle wasn't enough for YC, but he should be cautioned for dissent. More important mistakes came later. First, missed foul on Lukaku and YC for Wales #4, which would be his second. Important mistake from the Belgium angle. Second, the penalty had to be whistled. It was evident and has to be deemed as crucial mistake. It is "smaller" foul than in Brych's match, but the mistake was bigger bearing in mind final result (Portugal proceeds, Belgium lost). And one should say that this was second missed penalty from Skomina on EURO, which could mean that he didn't have courage to whistle PK, and he should have. So, Skomina's mark unfortunately had to be far less than 8.6 which was mentioned here, I don't know on what basis. Two quarterfinals and there were several significant mistakes. About next matches - some bloggers said that they expect Kassai in the final. Just to remind you that he got opener and has absolutely no chance to get final as well. He simply is not that big name, nor is Mazic. About Rizzoli - I could see him only in the semifinal, in case Italy loose. Why? Well, he has already whistled CL, EL and WC final and he is not that dominant referee among others to get everything (he has several mistakes recently, and would be too much for his compatriot Collina to give him another final). So, after Wales win, Clattenburg will most probably get second semifinal. Eriksson now has the biggest chance for the final, even though IMO he didn't deserve it (I would give final to Clatts no matter Wales proceed, I don't see the reason why he should be out for that match). First semifinal could go to Rizzoli if Italy loose. If Italy reaches semifinal, Rizzoli would be out and first semifinal could get Mazic (if Belgium have won he couldn't get it because he had Brlgium in 1/8).

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    1. Kassai can easily get the final. The opener and the final happened to be whistled by the same ref before (Rosetti), so that's not a problem. And he must be a big name if Collina trusted him with the opener. He whistled a WC semi and a CL final before, what else should a ref do before he gets an Euro Final?

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    2. I understand that you want to defend your man. But you forgot that Kassai's reputation suffered a lot last years, especially after Bayern-Barcelona match in CL semifinal. To get opener and the final besides Clattenburg, Rizzoli, Eriksson - unlikely to me. And we have to bear in mind that he wasn't faultless: we can discuss about foul on goalkeeper (1st goal on Euro) - for me, and for Urs Meier it was clear foul, but we cannot discuss about foul on French midfielder just before penalty for Romania. IMO he simply doesn't deserve final match. Rosetti was the best in his time, Kassai simply is not.

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  60. I agree with u bro. I think if italy loose, por-wal Erikson. Second semi final clatt final rizzoli.. If italy not loose, final clatt.

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  61. Hi,

    there was an interesting scene in the match Iceland-England which wasn't mentioned here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0DPgH1YcR8

    Skomina looked in the direction of the incident and he should have seen this. Regardless whether the player goes down or not: This should have been a RC for Rooney. Skomina was very lucky that England failed to reach the QF and the media didn't pay attention to that scene. Do you agree?

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    1. I have to agree. Clear violent conduct. Thanks for that.

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    2. So, we have now eight violent conducts missed or wrongly interpreted by the referees at this Euro... Some of them were clearly seen by officials...

      Ah, sorry, it's better to have both eyes closed nowadays! We don't want (especially red) cards, do we? It's a matter of time when there will be no cards in football. Now, the handball style regarding disciplinary control is applied at the top level (generally, first fouls deserving cards are 'managed' by the referees). Waiting for sin-bins and other 'improvements'... However, I don't know any sport where clear violent conducts are deliberately 'missed' by the referees. Do you know such sport?

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    3. No, however I think in 99% of the football matches violent conducts are taken out of the game with much consistency. It is a problem of "political refereeing" in top-flight-refereeing - which you can, in many aspects, not compare to refereeing as we know it from the grassroot level.

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    4. I agree absolutely with you both. How may the mark change after that missed red card for VC?

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    5. Agree, Niclas! All those politics are cancer for top-level football and refereeing. Then, we have such protests in the park: "hey, referee, XXX did the same in CL and didn't get a YC/RC for that!". So, park refereeing is also indirectly damaged by all those instructions...

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    6. I agree absolutely with you both. How may the mark change after that missed red card for VC?

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  62. From Twitter...

    FIFA President Infantino in @BILD_Sport today. "I have a special wish for 2018 @FIFAWorldCup: Perhaps a female referee leading a game." 1/2

    Infantino cont: "Currently men and women referees are preparing together for 2018 & 2019. We will continue this & see what is possible." 2/2

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    1. It can only increase the level of officiating considering WC 2014.

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    2. To be honest that is no good idea... Best example here in Germany is Bibiana Steinhaus, in my opinion the best female referee in the world. As you all know she is able to handle matches in second division and one must say that she has quite massive problems in following the games, especially if they get fast - and this is just second devision. Not to imagine if she will handle a World Cup match - even some male referees have problems with the fast games in World Cup (just remember WC 2014) leading to a great amount of blatant mistakes. I'm convinced that this won't work, one should not determine a female quota with might and main. Particularly WHY? - I see no reason.

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    3. Maybe hence the case of Ms Vienot, a fitness test away from joining Germany 2006 as an assistant referee.
      Only really a few names to me seem like they could lead an International men's match, Steinhaus, Umpierrez Rodriguez, Staubli, Monzul, Albon, Hyang-Ok. But surely it is better to get a names not Petignat or Damkova in a top division (to my knowledge only Monzul and Umpierrez Rodriguez do lead top level matches) and then UCL/UEL and so on.
      All in due course, just not at the moment.

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  63. And an interview with Valentin Ivanov:

    http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=ivanov-it-was-the-toughest-match-of-my-career-2804841.html

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  64. People what on the earth are you talking about. I watch the game eng isl live in nice and have also seen this situation. Not every contac is a faiul and not every unsporting behaviour is a red card. Skomina saw this situation and has called rooney immediately and warn him... It is easy to watch game by sitting on the cauch and just critize...

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    1. Not every unsporting behaviour is a red card.... well I would say unsporting behaviour NEVER is a red card :) Check the Laws of the Game, maybe.

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  65. Clatts in final ! British Rugby referees officiate in 6 nations matches between France and England, and between French and Welsh. Where's the problem ? Rugby is a minority sport?

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  66. As to the game yesterday, I really don't know which of the 3 main incidents is controversial. I think they are all clear and simple:

    1) Foul on Lukaku and missing YC for Davies - well, really blatant. Maybe, the first step of Lukaku might look like he actually seeks a foul, but the movement of defender's leg is pretty clear and by that action he clearly trips Lukaku (putting the leg in his path). Does attacker always has to avoid a contact caused by defender? I don't think so and I don't really know how it could have been missed. Clear FK and 2nd YC. And even if you think that Lukaku was seeking foul then well - it's his clear dive. It wasn't shoulder to shoulder but leg to leg, so in such situation the lack of decision is the worst decision anyway

    2) PK appeal for Belgium - also cristal clear. Stamp on foot has to be a foul - it doesn't matter that Naingoolan lost a control of the ball or that he exxagerated a bit. A stamp is a stamp, therefore a penalty for me. The only explanation I see is the obstruction of Skomina's view, but that's a lot due his bad positioning I think. Also AAR's view might have been obstructed, but if they saw it and misjudged it, I can't really understand it

    3) PK appeal for "handball" - never a handball - too close, still natural, dinamic situation - nothing even to speak about

    And, I think I have to change my opinion about Skomina's tournament - it seems like 4 crucial mistakes in 4 games (including clear VC by Rooney missed) unfortunately. So it wasn't as good as I first thought, but still - full control in the matches he officiated, which seems to be paramount nowadays

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  67. OT:
    Is there anyone able to tell me where to find the mail address of this blog? I'd like to contribute via Paypal too since I read it in the descriprion. I want to try.

    Thanks in advance

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  68. Something really curious: César Manuel Noval Font (AR) will have his first international match (Europa League) BEFORE having his first match in Spanish Primera División, with Juan Martínez Munuera. Carlos del Cerro Grande and his team and Carlos Clos Gómez have also been appointed (source: CTA RFEF).

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  69. portugal-galles Mazic
    france-germany Rizzoli

    Final...............Clatt

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  70. Portugal-Gales, Rizzoli.
    France or Iceland-Germany, Clattenburg.
    Final, Eriksson.

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    1. IMO Ericksson can't handle the finale because he doesn't deserve it. For him is very much a SF, maybe he won't referee a match....

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    2. Eriksson final?Let's get serious!

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  71. I have my doubts that Jonas Eriksson will be appointed for a game involving France. He is said to be a personal friend of one of PSG's club bosses and didn't handle any encounters of the French National Team (apart from friendly matches) or a French club since 2011.

    In my opinion Jonas Eriksson could be regarded biased even for games of the French National Team. But I am also irritated by the fact that he was not even considered as Fourth Official in the Quarter Finals whereas Milorad Mazic was appointed twice in this current stage.

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