June 25, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Appointments: Atkinson, Clattenburg and Velasco to kick off the KO phase

Always expect the unexpected... Martin Atkinson will oversee the all-UK derby between Wales and Northern Ireland. His compatriot Mark Clattenburg has been chosen for Switzerland vs Poland - and Carlos Velasco Carballo will officiate Croatia vs Portugal...



25/06/2016, 15:00 CET
Match 37
Saint-Étienne (Stade Geoffroy Guichard)
SWITZERLAND
-:-
POLAND

Referee: Mark CLATTENBURG (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon BECK (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake COLLIN (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony TAYLOR (ENG) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre MARRINER (ENG)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Damianos EFTHYMIADIS (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay LEVNIKOV (RUS) 
UEFA Delegate: Nodar AKHALKATSI (GEO)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: Niclas (GER) 


25/06/2016, 18:00 CET
Match 38
Paris (Parc des Princes)
WALES
-:-
NORTHERN IRELAND

Referee: Martin ATKINSON (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael MULLARKEY (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen CHILD (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael OLIVER (ENG) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Craig PAWSON (ENG)
4th Official: Felix BRYCH (GER)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mark BORSCH (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc BATTA (FRA) 
UEFA Delegate: Steen DAHRUP (DEN)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: Chefren (ITA)


25/06/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 39
Lens Agglo (Stade Bollaerts-Delelis)
CROATIA
-:-
PORTUGAL

Referee: Carlos VELASCO CARBALLO (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto ALONSO FERNÁNDEZ (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos YUSTE JIMÉNEZ (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jesús GIL MANZANO (ESP) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos DEL CERRO GRANDE (ESP)
4th Official: Viktor KASSAI (HUN)
Reserve Assistant Referee: György RING (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: David ELLERAY (ENG) 
UEFA Delegate: Alan MCRAE (SCO)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: Carter (AUS) 

177 Comments:

  1. Shocking... At least the most of us had the appointment of Clatts right... ;)

    ReplyDelete
  2. One of these appointments is indeed a violation of the performance principle and nothing else.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I told you you should expect this one appointment ;) And to be honest, I can understand UEFA: A referee like him deserves a farewell game. On the other hand, you are right saying his performances do not deserve, but well... Atkinson surprises me more.

      Delete
    2. If some one is constantly Performing below expectations, the farewell-game could be normal fairplay-game. Give him a big friendship-match after the Cup. But such a tournament should just support those referees with the best performance. But yes, I know. That is romantic. And old friends are old friends. Understandable. But wrong.

      Delete
  3. So, noone is going home?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Strange. Sidiropoulos is a 4OF in SUI-POL. I thought the reserve duos will go home as first.

      Delete
    2. Both FO's remain. Only 6 teams are leaving.

      Delete
    3. It seems that Marciniak stays despite some fears. He will definitely get a R16 appointment.

      Delete
    4. It's reported in Polish media he stays. Sure info.

      Delete
  4. Velasco in that game? I'm sorry, but there is IMHO no valid reason for this.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Probably politics, probably Collina and co. do not want to let Velasco's career end with sending him home after the group stage... maybe that's not valid, but these are possible reasons.

      Delete

    2. Very good opinion of Niclas about the end career
      Velasco´s.

      Delete
  5. Atkinson handled Northern Ireland in a friendly, this appointment is really unexpected but perhaps explained by the fact that both teams are from UK and for this reason there isn't reason for questioning.
    I expected, as reported, Velasco. Gitzlo explained the reason, and I agree with him, in the previous post of the blog. The mistakes made were clear but in a way they didn't cause sensation, and Velasco is always Velasco, I think however this will be his last game.
    Atkinson: in this case, a reward for a quite good group stage, but, as said for Velasco, very likely this will be his last appearance.
    We have the first three names and there is already big room for discussion...

    ReplyDelete
  6. Brych und Kassai as 4OFF could mean they won't whistle a 1/8 final themselves - probably directly a QF...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good observation.

      Delete
    2. As for Brych, probably sensible. If Germany qualify for higher matches, he gets no SF / final, but got a QF at least, which is a success. If Germany go out, he would be still an option for the last 3 games.

      Delete
  7. With Velasco und Atkinson in the 1/8 finals we can expect to see Moen, Collum, Hategan, Karasev, Turpin and Kralovec flying home, I guess...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The same reporter from Spain that was mentioned in the post before has now said that those are indeed the ones flying home.

      Delete
    2. I have the same names.

      Delete
    3. Edward, sure info?

      Delete
  8. For me, Atkinson's appointment is the most unexpected. Not based on performances, but with him being from England and with both teams being from the UK, I would have expected someone from other country, but well... it all remains "at home".

    ReplyDelete
  9. Surprised to see Sidiropoulos on a match, since it seems that both FO's are staying. It's nice to see your country represented at such a big tournament and on the KO round.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I expected fourth officials to go home after group stage. In KO phase, matches become even more important, and in my opinion, for each game, there is the need of a valid reserve. Of course, this means that committee has a trust in Sidiropoulos and that's good for him. Perhaps the fact that he is Elite, allows him to stay there, we have to check whether Kulbakov (still Category 1) will be assigned to a game in this round. I think he wont appear...

      Delete
  10. Predictions for Sunday:

    France - Republic of Ireland
    Milorad Mazic (SRB)

    Germany - Slovakia
    Szymon Marciniak (POL)

    Hungary - Belgium
    Damir Skomina (SVN)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rizzoli in quarterfinals. With a chance to get the final in case of good game.

      Delete
    2. So we'll see Clattenburg in sf?

      Delete
    3. Perhaps, but well, of course I can't give that for sure.

      Delete
    4. I think Clatts and Rizzoli in SF since probably Italy and England will be get out from Spain (in 16th) and France (in QF).
      Kassai Cakir, Skomina and Kuipers in QF

      Delete
    5. I think that if Italy and England will be get out , Clattenburg and Rizzoli are surely the only two euro 2016 final candidates.

      Delete
    6. Mine are:
      FRA-IRL: Rizzoli, FO: Bognar
      GER-SVK: Mazic, FO: Kuipers
      HUN-BEL: Marciniak, FO: Eriksson

      Delete
  11. I'm really surprised with Atkinson getting all-British derby and Velasco Carballo is appointed for such a hot clash. There will be many, many unsporting behaviours in this game. Is he able to prevent them...?

    ReplyDelete
  12. In British (Ref's) we trust ;)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Croatian media already is saying that Velasco is the worst referee on this EURO.Some croatian experts are saying some things about him.They are saying that he is not consistent on his bookings, he sometimes gives cards for some easy fouls, sometimes he doesnt show cards for some hard fouls as example they show Albania-Switzerland match.Also, they're saying that he is not even the best referee in Spain.

    We'll see what happens on Saturday.


    ReplyDelete
  14. I am surprised that team Clattenburg is assigned for Switzerland - Portugal which rules him out from any Quarter-Final appointment: SUI/POL - CRO/POR because he will handle the first in the Round of 16, WAL/NIR - HUN/BEL because a British team will encounter a non-British team and the other two games because ENG (or their opponent from the Round of 16) and their possible opponent in the Semi-Final will be involved. Assuming that ENG will defeat ISL and even reach the Semi-Final, Clattenburg would probably leave the tournament with "just" a Round of 16 match.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good reasoning, however I think that some unwritten rules could be broken.
      You surely remember what happened in CL. Well, I don't think it will be the same at EURO, but perhaps a referee will be able to get the same team in two different KO rounds.

      Delete
    2. Generally, I agree with you, Chefren but "in two different KO rounds" could mean "in two consecutive KO rounds": If ENG reach the Semi-Final, Clattenburg could neither handle ENG nor should he handle the other Semi-Final game nor the Final (either with ENG or with their Semi-Final opponent). UEFA would be forced to hope that ENG won't reach the Semi-Final or have to appoint Clattenburg for SUI/POL - CRO/POR in the Quarter-Final. I really do not understand his assignment for SUI/POL against this background. (At least on paper) chances for ENG to defeat ISL are high and then UEFA could be between the devil and the deep blue sea.

      Delete
    3. Peter it's so difficult to say but your is a good reasoning. So ,for the final we'll have Brych(maybe , Germany is very strong) , Rizzoli and? I think nobody a part them...i thought Clatts ; but i can't think Cakir for the match Belgium-Ireland.

      Delete
  15. 3' : big offside mistake by Collin...No offside so far and bad positionning ( delayed from the normal Line ).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well the foot was even offside, but I agree...a lucky call due to bad positioning.

      Delete
    2. I can assure that the offside call was correct (the foot, at least, was ahead) so OK decision, but surely Collin wasn't able to assess that, due to his positioning. He was just lucky.

      Delete
  16. Minute 12': at first I think a very good ONSIDE decision by Beck (no replay), then very good cooperation by Taylor reporting goal kick. The ball was touched by attacker when still on the line, so no corner kick. It happened right under his eyes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. True chefren ! And you see replays Here in France, very good on side by Beck and good help from Taylor !

      Delete
  17. Taylor pointed to the corner flag. Either Clattenburg saw that by himself or AR1 assisted to answer the question whether the ball has already crossed the line.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I missed this gesture by Taylor, so the decision was taken by AR1, I think. Difficult to imagine that it was from Clattenburg.

      Delete
  18. 19': doubtful corner kick decision. I'm not sure that a defender deflected the ball. However, Clattenburg had a very convincing determination about this decision.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes ! Sensationnal convincing body langage by Clatts but...clearly phantom corner kick !

      Delete
  19. Good ONSIDE decision by Collin before Poland's goal. However, I would say a not difficult game for Clattenburg so far. Quite easygoing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, agree with you but what a magic personnality is Clattenburg...his warning to Berahmi is a Perfect example of non verbal power from a charismatic ref 👍🏻 !

      Delete
    2. I agree with you, he has this great skill to make his decisions (even if wrong) accepted by players without questioning.
      Last situation of first half: correct by Clattenburg to stop the irregular execution of free kick by Poland. He had to whistle again because a few time had passed after the whistled foul.

      Delete
  20. 45' Switzerland wanted a penalty but absolutely correct decision to play on... Taylor involved.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Solid performance by Clattenburg - not really challenged so far. Strong body language and player management, wrong decisions sold very well. But that's what we write in all of his matches...

    ReplyDelete
  22. 49' Correct offside call by Collin.

    ReplyDelete
  23. First YC of the game, it was mandatory. Very rough challenge but YC can be still ok in my opinion.

    ReplyDelete
  24. 55' foul on Lewandowski, possible RC??

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Posible but it would be hard. But why Lewandowski had to leave the field of play?

      Delete
    2. RC was possible but I think not mandatory. All criteria for SFP were not totally fulfilled.

      Delete
    3. @ Gitzlo: Most likely because the medical treatment lasted for more than a minute (?). The Laws demand the treatment to be "quick".

      Delete
    4. Niclas, I think so too - but I cannot see the sense behind...

      Delete
  25. Two rough fouls in 3-4 minutes.

    ReplyDelete
  26. 60' very close offside call by Collin, this time it is very difficult, very likely it was an extremely tight offside... but I would have accepted a NO FLAG as well...

    ReplyDelete
  27. I think now missed foul on Fabianski. Clattenburg didn't whistle, perhaps he gave advantage, I don't know, but difficult... I want to add, now he should pay attention to wasting time by Polish players.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're right. In this situation, there is no advantage.

      Delete
    2. I think it was another example of exaggerated use of advantage at this tournament. Also in 75' the advantage was really unnecessary.

      Delete
    3. You're right. In this situation, there is no advantage.

      Delete
  28. 77' Handball by SUI player in Poland's penalty area?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I missed this situation. Must be rewatched.

      Delete
    2. Handball yes, deliberate handball no. Ball touches at first his body and then his hand, so short distance, no time to react. Anyway it maybe would be wiser to whistle as he had a big advantage with this handball.

      Delete
    3. It was deliberatly IMO.
      But I agree with you, he should whistle it anyway.

      Delete
  29. Correct no offside call at Shaqiris equalizer? Embolo is clearly offside and barely ducks away from the ball, but doesn't really limit Fabianskis visual angle in any moment.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree. Offside was not punishable.

      Delete
  30. As sophisticated Clatts' body language and management skills are...sometimes his gestures are not far away from a bit too much if you ask me. Sometimes less is more.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Of course his gestures are too much but that's Clattenburg and the most important thing: it works.

      Delete
    2. I just think he found a better dose in his previous games. But of course...charismatic leadership wins.

      Overall, good performance, full control, what do you want more.

      Delete
  31. Minor thing but in my opinion there should be two minutes added to the first half of extra time and one minute to the second half of extra time.

    ReplyDelete
  32. AAR1 Taylor has the duty to check GK's positioning, but Clattenburg was clear talking to both keepers

    ReplyDelete
  33. Very well Clattenburg warning the goalkeepers about moving forward in the penalty kick.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Brilliant prevention shown by him, as always.

      Delete
    2. Absolutely. And it worked.

      Delete
  34. Again a great performance by Mark Clattenburg. Some minor wrong free-kick decisions but he sold them well. Fantastic player management, top-class stamina and positioning.
    If I had to say who deserves the final most, I'd say Clattenburg.
    Today, his mark should be 8.4 or 8.5.

    ReplyDelete
  35. My marks for team Clattenburg:
    Clattenburg 8.4 always in control throughout the whole 120 minutes + PSO, reasonable card management, strong body language. Small points for improvement: perhaps too many gestures, some unnecessary advantages, missed a deliberate handball (?). However, very good.
    AR1 Beck: not so much challenged, a good ONSIDE at the beginning of the game. One correct offside call. Expected level.
    AR2 Collin: after a late positioning in occasion of the first offside call, the rest was OK, perhaps one close call in second half, but then also some correct decisions. 8.4
    AAR1 Taylor: not involved in major incidents, he showed alerteness, perhaps a wrong advice to Clattenburg (corner kick in first half), but I'm not sure it will count as mistake. However, of course, expected level 8.4
    AAR2 Marriner: Expected level 8.4.
    FO Sidiropoulos: Expected level 8.4.

    ReplyDelete
  36. 19': good call by AR1 Mullarkey, correct decision disallowing a goal scored.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well done. Mullarkey with a very strong tournament so far.

      Delete
  37. 44' first YC of the game for a very reckless tackle, absolutely dangerous challenge, I would say borderline to RC but I think one can accept YC.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. IMO just reckless. So correct caution.

      Delete
    2. Also my view, correct decision. Hitting point, height of the tackle and type of contact not enough for the criteria needed to deem it as serious foul play (SFP).

      Delete
  38. 58' correct YC by Atkinson. A few seconds earlier, I think a deliberate handball was missed (when the counterattack started). Also in first half, there was a possible deliberate handball (31') but I didn't watch replay in that case.
    Overall, so far, I think expected level for the English.

    ReplyDelete
  39. 81' important point for improvement for Atkinson, he had to stop IMMEDIATELY the play following this collision between two players from the same team, despite of the fact that it wasn't foul (and I agree).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Watch replay. NIR player pushed on the back WAL player.

      Delete
    2. That's why they crashed.

      Delete
    3. Missed foul in 81'.
      Most important thing-awfull managment from Atkinson. Two players of Wales crushed. One of them was pushed from the back.

      Delete
  40. Good performance overall by team Atkinson.

    Apart from the 81' scene (when he should immediately stop play) and 57' when he awarded a wrong free-kick in favor of Bale, he made only minor mistakes. Good disciplinary control, good advantages, but IMO he needed a better body language. You can't let a player grab your arm (35'). Also positioning was a big issue.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Full time in Paris. I think that Atkinson can be proud of his tournament. This was very likely the last game and he did quite well. Solid performance, always in control, match was not really demanding like Clattenburg's one, four correct yellow cards. Perhaps some minor fouls missed in the midfield, but nobody will care about that. A very positive surprise in my opinion, I didn't expect such positive appearance (considering the injury and his form), to be honest, but I'm happy that I was wrong.
    Mark is 8.4 without problem, but again I want to say that all players at this tournament are contributing to a good level of refereeing. They accept the decisions without questioning too much, there aren't mass confrontations, most of the time they are focused on football. That's very good.
    AR1 Mullarkey with only one offside decision but crucial (19'). I think still expected level because apart from that, he was never really challenged. 8.5 would be perhaps too much.
    AR2 Child with two offside decisions (7', 89'), in both situations replays were not shown, so expected level assuming that his flags were OK.
    Both Additional assistant referees not involved in major decisions, expected level.
    The same can be said for Felix Brych, everything fine, 8.4.

    ReplyDelete
  42. http://www.directupload.net/file/d/4397/qajbhcgn_png.htm

    Carballo had to kick off offense, as a Croatian player had ran out (on the left side) so early in the opposition half.

    ReplyDelete
  43. 25' wrong decision by AR2. It was big offside.

    ReplyDelete
  44. 25' quite blatant mistake AR2, Pepe was offside and he had a good chance to score.

    ReplyDelete
  45. No match control by Carballo....lots of mandatory YC fouls and nothing apart warnings with little smiles...among 2 or 3 YC cards (Ronaldo, Modric...) missed...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So he's keeping in line with the lackluster application of the Laws of the Game and of cards that has been used by all the referees.

      Delete
    2. True Nando...unfortunately for people and former refs as me who hates this kind of refereeing !

      Delete
    3. What 's the Hell ? How many big fouls can we see for having a caution ??? Amazing...lackness of control!

      Delete
    4. I am with you Benoit and I agree with your point of view. I'm still currently active as a referee. And I hate how the Laws of the Game have been replaced by all these cute little keywords that are too often used to gloss over clear mistakes.

      Delete
  46. 34' Fonte stepped on Rakitic' foot, looked intenional to me as he easily could have avoided him.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. https://twitter.com/draftcheat/status/746790086847696896

      Delete
  47. 2-3 yc should have been at atleast.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Not according to the lackluster application of the Laws of the Game by all the referees during the tournament so far. Velasco is being consistent with what they're being asked to do. You can call it WC 2014 Busacca style.

      Delete
    2. Well, Ronaldo had 2 fouls in 15 seconds(in one of them he stepped on opponets foot),there have been atleast 2-3 fouls were portuguese players stepped on opponets foot.

      Delete
    3. I agree with you M. But people are going to counter your view by using keywords such as match control and acceptance. Those have become all too common in excusing a referee who isn't calling fouls or issuing cards.

      Delete
  48. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have to agree with you. All those instructions given to referees prior to big tournaments hurt football. And the real refereeing ended in 2013/14. As Niclas stated in the past: applying only common sense is equally bad as applying only the LoTG. However, the reality is that now we have a business instead of the game. Just my opinion.

      Delete
    2. Very good opinion, Ray. We want football (even with it's mistakes) and not business.

      Delete
    3. Very true Ray. Long gone are the days and style of Castrili from Argentina. Furthermore, trying to employ this style at the weekend amateur level would end up getting a referee hurt.

      Delete
  49. What a penalty missed by Velasco and AAR1...

    ReplyDelete
  50. I am sorry for Carballo but that's a penalty IMO.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wonder how Gil Manzano missed that...

      Delete
    2. That was penalty. My question is does it for YC?

      Delete
    3. Well, either a black-out or he didn't have the guts to report it.

      Delete
    4. Careful with your use of the word "guts". The administration tried to scold me for using such a word even though I was right to use it.

      Delete
    5. @Nando: Well, that depends on the context.
      Anyway one should wonder why AAR1 didn't detect that - and there're not many possibilities...

      Delete
    6. Agreed. Sometimes it boils down to a person not wanting to be in the spotlight. They prefer to turn a blind eye and remain unseen and unused. Even though in this case he would have been correct.

      Delete
  51. OMG if That is not a penalty...What It is ???

    ReplyDelete
  52. 64' Clear penalty for Portugal. Situation was in front of AAR1. Velasco's view was obstructed.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You mean yet another AAR who is vacationing in France and collecting an easy paycheck? Unheard of, unfathomable. Hahaha

      Delete
    2. Too harsh, Nando, too harsh... :)

      Delete
    3. Hahahahaha...not funny

      Delete
    4. You're right Niclas. It's hilarious!!! Just like the performances of the majority of the AAR's.

      Delete
  53. 69' Rakitic should be booked. Velasco is way too lenient.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am not surprised by Velasco's performance. Because the entire EURO 2016 and it's referees have been lenient.

      Delete
  54. Mister Gil Manzano is sleeping !

    ReplyDelete
  55. In my opinion Velasco's tournament has been overall quite negative.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Because of his negative performance in France, everyone will remember him in bad context...

      Delete
    2. And more importantly he can affect the outcome of the match.

      Delete
    3. More than anything else I'll remember WC 2014 COL-BRA QF. That was just scandalous and ended with Neymar in hospital. His picture should for all time be a warning for referees trying to find a nice elegant way of being the friend of everyone instead of fullfilling the rules and thereby protecting the players!!!

      Delete
  56. And there's the penalty for Collina's assignments. Clear missed penalty - not the first one missed by Velasco and his mates. That's why one should appoint referees according to performance principle... Sounds harsh but it is appropriate in my opinion.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Del Cerro Grande reported a free kick at the edge of penalty area. I think correct decision.
    This evening Velasco doesn't want to show cards. Let me say a thing, it seems as he is not able to find a compromise between too early cards (ALB-SUI) and no cards (today). He should find more consistency in that, but well... his career is now over, so this is a quite useless speech.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Finally the first card, minute 77'.

      Delete
    2. We are now in the knockout rounds. Do you think that UEFA and the tournament organisers want suspended players? The money paying fans expect to see all of their favorite players on the pitch.

      Delete
  58. 1st caution at 77'............ Correct, though.

    ReplyDelete
  59. Well at least he has the cards with him...

    ReplyDelete
  60. Velasco dont deserve this match. Everyone in such situation will give his best, run 20km,120% concentrate... but Velasco make his swan song very sad

    ReplyDelete
  61. And the next missed caution for Renato Sanches.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Saddest than this will be one more match for Velasco on this tournament.
    I wish him all the best when he get retired

    ReplyDelete
  63. 85' #21 POR is very lucky to escape a card here.

    ReplyDelete
  64. Call me biased by the disciplinary control/card management are a catastrophe and nothing else.

    ReplyDelete
  65. Thankfully players remain calm and don't start fighting each other, otherwise he would have missed control.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, thanks for that. Otherwise this would be Brazil - Colombia all over again.

      Delete
  66. I watched the replay of the missed penalty. The kick is really blatant but a possible explanation is that Gil Manzano followed only the ball without having a perception of what was happening between the players.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Most likely you are right. On another occasion, Gil Manzano already focussed on duels in the penalty area while Perisic (?) was fighting to reach the ball on the right wing and only reached it after it had already crossed the goalline. It was blatant, but in Gil's back. AR1 was responsible if they discussed the responsibilities like that. Also in the penalty area decision, AAR1 is the main responsible official. But the presence of an AAR does not mean that you can relax and stay far away as the referee. Velasco produced the visual obstruction and bad visual angle himself by not moving anticipatively, relying on his AAR. Same like Moen in WAL-SVK.

      Delete
  67. I remember an analogy someone used after his WC 2014 performance. Something like "I don't blame Stevie Wonder for being blind, but I blame his manager sending him too a darts game".

    Same here. This does / can happen if you don't separate high-performers from low-performers.

    Is anybody surprised that at least 1 mandatory YC was missed, the player management is weak and a crucial mistake was made? I am not surprised - even though I think in the first 60 minutes Velasco had a decent match control, full acceptance and a good line.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lets not forget that none of us here know what exact instructions are these referees receiving from PLC and Co.
      Reminisce on the 2014 World Cup. The referees who were there were not terrible, yet the majority of their performances were. So why did that happen? Busacca's ill fated instructions.

      Delete
    2. Be ensured that we have sources of sufficient quality so that we can at least say that clear, crucial mistakes are not wanted. The overall image of Velasco was OK in my opinion, it is his style. Surely Collina and co. will have to honestly point out that this was a penalty though, as they did in other opportunities.

      Overall for me:
      Velasco 7.9(8.3)
      Alonso 8.3
      Yuste 8.3 (1 clear offside mistake)
      Gil Manzano 7.9 (8.3)
      Del Cerro 8.3
      Kassai 8.3

      Delete
    3. See video with Renato...crucial mistake and RED card missed...

      Delete
  68. By the way.. absolutely undeserved win for Portugal.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Neither team deserved to win. This was by far the worst and most boring game of the tournament.

      Delete
    2. The entire tournament is not the most thrilling one, Wales-Northern Ireland was already an embodiment of boredom, now that...one of POL/POR/BEL/HUN/WAL will be in the final by the way, probably none of the biggest football nations. But that's the system, these teams qualified.

      Delete
    3. Exactly.
      Switzerland-Poland was blockbuster for Croatia-Portugal and Wales-N.Ireland.

      Delete
    4. Well, but any game of these so-called small nations was way more entertaining than CRO-POR.

      Delete
  69. IMO Velasco's lenient approach (although I would have issued some more cards) matched what has been the most boring EURO match ever. It's been reported that this match has been the first one without any shoot on goal for the 90 minutes.

    ReplyDelete
  70. Keyser Soze already mentioned a missed violent conduct of Fonte in first half, on which I agree. But in 92th minute an even more blatant violent conduct of Renato Sanches remained unpunished. Weird enough the replay was stopped too early. Where the first incident probably was difficult to see, the second should not be missed in my opinion. Velasco even seems to look at the incident...
    Underneath a link to the incident:

    https://vimeo.com/172251641

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. it is red card. carbollo also miss this position. very bad performance from spanish crew.

      Delete
    2. Thanks for spotting it. Both situations are violent conducts. Clear violent conducts. However, during the game, in real pace, such behaviours are very difficult to catch...

      I think it's a big problem that UEFA Disciplinary Committee do not take any actions to kick such things out of the game.

      By the way, it's not the first case of highly unsporting behaviour of Portuguese player at this tournament. Do you remember Ricardo Carvalho kicking his opponent in 16th minute of POR-ISL...?

      Delete
    3. Plus Pepe vs Iceland. 4 cases of VC if you are strict, 1 at the WC 2014. A problematic team in terms of that, referees need to be prepared for that.

      Delete
  71. I think the tackle from POR 16 in the 92' is just unjustifiable, though 34' can be justified as a part of natural running motion, though RC is definitely acceptable.
    Also two missing YCs for CVC in 20', and 81'.
    So Velasco 7.2 for me :(

    ReplyDelete
  72. Here is the latest odds for the Final Referee candidate:
    I just don't understand why Brych has such a low odds.... < 5% Unfair!
    Mark Clattenburg 13/4
    Cuneyt Cakir 4
    Damir Skomina 9/2
    Bjorn Kuipers 13/2
    Jonas Eriksson 8
    Carlos Velasco Carballo 11
    Nicola Rizzoli 12
    Milorad Mazic 12
    Viktor Kassai 12
    Martin Atkinson 14
    Felix Brych 18
    Szymon Marciniak 20

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think that Brych's low odds correlate with the expectation that Germany will either reach the final or be eliminated in the semi-final which also might exclude Brych from a final assignment.

      Delete
    2. It depends...

      Proenca got the EURO 2012 final despite Portugal being in the semis, many officials got CL semifinals even though a club of their national association joined the other semifinal. So - we never know. But of course I agree that this is the main explanation for these odds.

      Delete
  73. I totally understand why Rizzoli is not popular for the final because of 2 reasons:
    1. Italy has a great chance to advance to the final;
    2. He already had the highest honor at the world cup. It's time for someone else.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Italy hasn't a great chance to advance the final...Spain,Germany,France before;very difficult. In 2012 Rizzoli could handled the final but Italy played that match. So ,in my opinioni ,for the last 3 matches we'll see Clattenburg Rizzoli and Cakir or Skomina.

      Delete
  74. For me he refereed a 7.4 at max. A missed red card for violent conduct in de first half (Fonte) and the mentioned penalty. The funny thing is that the match went quite well (first 55/60 minutes) and that there was control. But to many mistakes for sure.

    ReplyDelete
  75. Maybe I'm not being objective when I say this cause I am from Croatia, but to me terrible performance by Velasco.I dont know how many times players from Portugal have stepped opponets foot (Ronaldo, Silva, Sanches...).Also there was a penalty for Portugal, I'm not gonna deny that, It was a clear penalty.

    Look like Velasco has problems when he is in charge of matches with big stake.There was 40 fouls and only 1 card, in 2014 when he was in charge of Brazil and Columbia there was 50 fouls and only 4 cards.

    I dont know if this was his last game that he was in charge , but if it this, It won, t be remembered for any good.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would have liked to see what had happened with a Stark or Vautrot in the same match. Be sure less than 22 players would have been on the field 90 minutes. Velasco was nearly always a catastrophe for technical strong teams against rough opponents only trying to destroy. But I am hoping we will see a Comeback of a clearer line after the total catastrophe at Copa America 2016. The hot discussions in CONMEBOL there have begun and are urgently necessary

      Delete
    2. I would have liked to see what had happened with a Stark or Vautrot in the same match. Be sure less than 22 players would have been on the field 90 minutes. Velasco was nearly always a catastrophe for technical strong teams against rough opponents only trying to destroy. But I am hoping we will see a Comeback of a clearer line after the total catastrophe at Copa America 2016. The hot discussions in CONMEBOL there have begun and are urgently necessary

      Delete

  76. I think that the game will be 1/4 of the following purposes:
    Germany - Italy or Spain - Eriksson
    England or Iceland - France Kuipers
    Wales - Hungary or Belgium - Kassai
    Portugal - Poland - Brych

    ReplyDelete

Copyright © . The 3rd Team
Theme Template by BTDesigner · Powered by Blogger