June 18, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Appointments for Matches 21-24: Çakır, Karasev and Rizzoli with their 2nd games

UEFA has defined the Referee Appointments for the last matches of the second matchday. Matches 21-24 will be officiated by Cüneyt Çakır (Belgium vs Ireland), Sergei Karasev (Iceland vs Hungary) and Nicola Rizzoli (Portugal vs Austria).




18/06/2016, 15:00 CET
GROUP E, Match 22
Bordeaux (Stade de Bordeaux)
BELGIUM
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IRELAND

Referee: Cüneyt ÇAKIR (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin DURAN (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik ONGUN (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin GÖÇEK (TUR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış ŞİMŞEK (TUR)
4th Official: Benoît BASTIEN (FRA)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Frédéric CANO (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: David ELLERAY (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Sviatlana HRYNKEVICH (BLR)


18/06/2016,, 18:00 CET
GROUP F, Match 23
Marseille (Stade Vélodrome)
ICELAND
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HUNGARY

Referee: Sergei KARASEV (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolay GOLUBEV (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon KALUGIN (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergei LAPOCHKIN (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergei IVANOV (RUS)
4th Official: Aleksei KULBAKOV (BLR)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Vitali MALIUTSIN (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dagmar DAMKOVÁ (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Roland OSPELT (LIE)


18/06/2016, 21:00 CET
GROUP F, Match 24
Paris (Parc des Princes)
PORTUGAL
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AUSTRIA

Referee: Nicola RIZZOLI (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito DI LIBERATORE (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro TONOLINI (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniele ORSATO (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio DAMATO (ITA)
4th Official: Alexandru TUDOR (ROU)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Octavian ȘOVRE (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo KARLSSON (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Steen DAHRUP (DEN)

142 Comments:

  1. So Karasev was the reason of this delay. Indeed, it was predictable. Two matches in three days for him. Rizzoli gets the other match of the group, following Portugal's draw against Iceland in the first game, and Austria's defeat, this game will be crucial form both teams. Cakir with an important game in group E, as well.
    Perhaps today we will have also appointments for Sunday.

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    1. Interesting Karasev's appointment, but I think no prblem for him after yesterday. Interseting that Turpin and Karasev too was appointed in the Hungarian Quealifers. ( Turpin HUN-FIN, Karasev HUN-GRE)

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  2. My predections for MD2
    SUI-FRA Brych (GER) FO:Bognár (HUN)
    ROU-ALB Moen (NOR) FO:Sidiropoulos (GRE)
    SVK-ENG Marciniak (POL) FO: Kassai (HUN)
    WAL-RUS Turpin (FRA) FO:Grujic (SRB)
    UKR-POL Eriksson (SWE) FO: Mazic (SRB)
    NIR-GER Velasco Carballo (ESP) FO: Sidiropoulos (GRE)
    CRO-ESP Atkinson (ENG) FO: Taylor (ENG)
    TUR-CZE Skomina (SVN) FO: Kulbakov (BLR)
    POR-HUN Kupiers (NED) FO: Dankert (GER)
    ISL-AUT Hategan (ROU) FO: Kulbakov (BLR)
    BEL-SWE Collum (SCO) FO:Göcek (TUR)
    ITA-IRL Královecz (CZE) FO: Karasev (RUS)

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    1. Collum's Assistant Referee 1 is from Ireland which should exclude the whole team from appointments in Group E. As to the other predictions: I think that they will depend on the standings after Matchday 2. If Spain and Croatia win their games against Turkey and the Czech Republic, their direct encounter would become rather meaningless and also be an option for a team with an under-par performance during the first match.

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    2. In that case, Velasco would theoretically even be a candidate for Turkey-Czech Republic (happened in CL multiple times in the past seasons).

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    3. The MD3' s first appointments will be tomorrow?

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    4. Mine are
      SUI-FRA Atkinson (ENG) FO:Marciniak (POL)
      ROU-ALB Skomina (SVN) FO:Raczkowski (POL)
      SVK-ENG Velasco (ESP) FO:Mazic (SRB)
      WAL-RUS Kuipers (NED) FO:Sidiropoulos (GRE)
      UKR-POL Moen (NOR) FO: Göcek (TUR)
      NIR-GER Eriksson (SWE) FO: Cakir (TUR)
      CRO-ESP Collum (SCO) FO: Kassai (HUN)
      TUR-CZE Turpin (FRA) FO: Bognar (HUN)
      POR-HUN Marciniak (POL) FO: Atkinson (ENG)
      ISL-AUT Kralovec (CZE) FO: Taylor (ENG)
      BEL-SWE Brych (GER) FO: Karasev (RUS)
      ITA-IRL Hategan (ROU) FO: Kulbakov (BLR)

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  3. Karasev 2 matchs in 3 days. Collina always Collina.

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    1. where is the problem? is it possible that you are frustrated because Velasco and his performance?

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    2. Of course Collina will be always Collina, who else should he be?

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    3. Nice one, Niclas.

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  4. I can't imagine Atkinson doing Croatia as Mark Clattenburg has them in MD2

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  5. Well deserved second appointment for Karasev. No surprise that Messrs Cakir and Rizzoli get the critical ties.

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  6. Prediction for Sunday:

    Romania - Albania
    Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

    Switzerland - France
    Svein Moen (NOR)

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  7. Well, well, well, already several mistakes from Cakir. He missed two fouls on Long (elbow in head and pulling) and after second not given foul he missed YC for Long. Minute after I think missed foul and probably YC just in from Belgium penalty area. Afterwards missed YC for holding and pulling for more than 10 meters for Ireland player. One may disagree with me, but this is my opinion. Lot of tension, tackles. physical game so far.

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  8. Odd situation, but good decision of Cakir at 42' as the Irish player unsportingly kicks a stray ball into play. That being said, Cakir needs to step up the body language and deal with dissent more effectively - the Irish are getting unruly.

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  9. Weak management at 45' as well. He whistles half time just after a reckless challenge on a Belgian player, as this player falls down injured. He then does not go and see the player, and does not sanction the challenge either. Missed YC?

    It's fine, but unconvincing for the first half.

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  10. Sorry for cakir but End of half Time And no fault with mandatory YC missed are not the solution : i'm also very surprised with his attitude to not go take care about Carrasco and go to rest with any gesture for him and let the player injuried on the pitch. No great referee here...

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    1. We're all human being and whatever happen Mr.Cakir is still best of Europe and most probably he will control the final game.

      Sincerly.

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    2. we can't wait simple decisions from referees.Especially for senior competitions like EURO 2016.
      Please think before your comment MR.Çakır decisions after position according to UEFA suggestions.
      All of them especially who is dont follow all leagues and referees waiting easy decisions and punishment.
      But UEFA preferred smooth gameplay...
      Best Regards

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  11. Min 45' - Irish #9 with a very dangerous tackle right on the ankle of Belgium #11. What does Cakir do? Ignores it completely and whistles for HT (with the Belgium players on the ground). Completely below average performance from the Turkish ref so far from my point of view.

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  12. Cakir is not in shape this match. Lack of concentration and too many mistakes. Foul detection not good and ending the first half after such a foul wis catastrophe. Cakir is constantly watching to the ground and away from the players. In this way he is making his little personality more visible.

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  13. Cakir is having a difficult first half. About that last position. I think he already decided that the first half was over and therefore he didn't concentrate on that position. Anyway, it's not good refereeing.

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  14. Great YC to Hendrick for UB (kicking the ball to stop Belgium's action). But missed foul and mandatory YC in 45' is hard to accept. Çakιr was already in the locker-room at that moment as he even didn't change his position to see it. Clear lack of alertness. Even -0.2 for that situation to me... Some fouls were missed or unnecessarily whistled very late. Not convincing performance.

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  15. Wow. Disastrous management at 47': an Irish player gets hit in the head (accidental kick?), and Cakir does not even acknowledge it. The clear policy (also in LOTG) is that play must be stopped immediately in the case of a head injury. Cakir seems to abdicate his responsibilities today.

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    1. Clear penalty missed and the goal indirectly resulted from that miss. One of the worst performances at this tournament. And there are 40 minutes till the end.

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    2. Indeed. Or even if he got cold feet about the penalty, the minimum was to attend to the head injury.

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  16. Penalty Ireland! How easy do you want to get it?

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  17. That Belgian's hand close to the penalty area was undeliberate. Good call there.

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    1. Yes, ball to hand. Good call.

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  18. So. After today, will Cakir's tournament:
    a) end because of a significantly below-par performance?
    b) continue thanks to UEFA's trust and his very strong reputation?

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    1. Continue, without a doubt

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    2. Should end. I am a big supporter of him, his lack of concentration on both games is more important than missing this penalty. More than that his attitude at half time is bigger mistake than penalty...

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    3. My personal opinion: UEFA knows he can do much, much better, and will not want to eliminate one of their most solid referees because of one match in which his crucial mistakes did not decisively affect the result (in other words, Cakir is not toxic for UEFA in the way Nichimura was in 2014); so I would see him get a round-of-16 match, and if he does well, he could be back in the running for a QF or a semi. It will of course depend on the other referees' performances as well.

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    4. I'm not so sure... one of the things that were reported in his first match by some people was a lack of concentration... and again today it has been reported. A lack of concentration can come from a loss of motivation. If UEFA is to keep him, they should ensure it is not that and is something that can be easily changed. Otherwise, it could happen again.

      Of course, Cakir's quality is undoubtable when he is fully concentrated, so I hope he recovers very soon.

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  19. Cakir is now in trouble. He made a crucial mistake, and he is not the only one. But the difference with most of the others is that this mistake meant a counter-attack which ended in a goal for the offending team. That is of course bad luck and is not something he has to be extra-penalized for in his mark, apart from the crucial mistake. Trouble is that something like that usually appears at the front page in the media and, if that happens, Cakir will need to disappear from the front line for a while.

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    1. Yes, but he will be saved by the fact that Belgium won 3-0 (and that Ireland didn't protest too much). No one will accuse him of handing over the match.

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  20. I watched now the incident in Cakir's game. There is something to add. I think that there were two fouls, one was dangerous play but another was a clear hit: this should have been a penalty. But that's not all, Cakir had to stop the play at any rate, because the player was hit in a very dangerous way, close to head. Totally missed situation and this is a clear crucial mistake. After a few seconds, Belgium scored. The match was influenced by this decision.
    You can see from the screenshot:
    https://s31.postimg.org/4h7xg4fln/image.jpg
    At first, foul by #2 BEL, then dangerous play (raised leg not hitting the opponent) by #3 BEL. If not penalty, at least an indirect free kick... well...

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    1. I couldn't agree more Chefren.
      Huge lack of alertness and concentration.
      This situation + the one just before half time + the rest of the performance which was slightly below expectations = 7.7 for me.
      It's gonna be interesting to see how they will manage his case, because he was surely one of the options for the final.
      IMO, worst refereeing performance so far. But also, and this is a good sign, first time of this EURO that there's a referee team which clearly influence the game.

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    2. I agree as well, Nat. It will be very interesting to see how committee will treat this situation. Cakir is a big name, he reached this tournament almost as number 1 among Elite officials, considering his performances in Champions League. Will be this enough to rule him out from KO stage?
      My opinion: I didn't watch the match today, but this was a serious mistake against Ireland. The match could have had a different outcome. Being honest, just for this reason, his tournament should be over because there were many and many referees with good performances in all matches...

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    3. Yes but it's difficult to know how (and whether) they will find a balance between a mere performance principle strictly applied (Cakir should be out I think, unless all the remaining referees perform very badly) and other criteria such as experience at the highest level, previous achievements, shape, personal evolution...

      Cakir may be "untouchable" (we'll see) - but honestly he's the biggest deception in this tournament so far.
      They may be experiencing quite a big trouble: either you keep on appointing (in KO phase) a referee who had one average and one bad game during group phase, or you send someone who officiated in two out of four SF in CL two months before home.

      They surely didn't plan this!

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    4. #2 and #3 BEL focus on the ball. after they clear the ball, they crash each other. this positon clear. turkish ref's given the right decision.

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    5. Ok "Unknown".

      Either you don't know anything about refereeing and football generally speaking and in that case you should open and read the LOTG.
      Or, for some reason, you want to defend Cakir against the facts.

      But please, take a look at that picture carefully: https://s32.postimg.org/cj67i0wxx/Cl_Pfnrr_VEAA6_Ndf.jpg.
      Will you dare to tell us once again that "Turkish ref's given the right decision"?

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  21. 34 minutes of ISL - HUN and almost nothing happened for Karasev... more than boring game!

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    1. And now suddenly a penalty... absolutely correct decision by Karasev! No foul on Kiraly before the incident. I'm impressed by his body language, he made a gesture like "No questions, I saw everything!"

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  22. @Chefren. There is some excitement.Penalty, very brave decision yet again from Karasev.

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  23. Was it the first or second situation he whistled for?

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  24. Was it correct decision?

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  25. excellent decision! He is very very good!

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  26. Excellent decision again by Karasev. No foul on Kiraly and a clumsy challenge by HUN #4 who hits his opponent with his knee. Also worth mentioning is that Karasev was perfectly positioned.

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  27. In my opinion, the penalty was another (very) brave and correct Karasev's call. No foul on Király, then Kádár runs onto Gunnarsson.

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  28. I missed just the first minute of the game, was the offside call correct?

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  29. Brave decision and a correct one.

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  30. 53:00 penalty appeal by Hungary.
    Karasev, well positioned, played on.
    I agree with his decision: it wasn't penalty.

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    1. I agree. No foul there.

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    2. Gentlemen, do you have video for PK for Iceland?

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    3. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4dpn5g_sport

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    4. The contact punished is the one by defender, not included in the replay, you should watch it on live sequence at the beginning of the video. Karasev played on following Kiraly attempt to save the ball.

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    5. I hope that will be able to upload a replay of the foul which was shown in the half time.

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    6. Oh, I thought you have some video where I can see replayed foul from the defender :)

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  31. Sorry guys, but this is at least a very doubtful penalty, Following Karasev's very tolerant line from before it is even ridicolous. For me the ICLplayer wanted and went for the leg contact, he threw himself into his opponent. Never enough for a penalty and without the situation with Kiraly before - who was lying in the way and not more - Karasev wouldn't have done anything. But two doubtfull PK-situations in a row are not a realone in addition!!!That was not brave, thaT was just wrong, afterwards Karasev lost his line. 2 more clear mistakes in 1st half, wrong YC against Iceland and ignored clear hungarian foul. For me a disappointing Performance up to now like Cakir before. Bad day.

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  32. 60' Unacceptable offside call of AR2. It can't happen at this level...

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    1. I wanted to be sure, but indeed it seems a clear mistake by AR2.

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  33. Two YCs in a few minutes, both correct decisions by Karasev.

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  34. 81': it looked like a dive by Iceland player, in case it would have been the second YC. Karasev whistled foul and YC for the opponent, for me wrong.
    Missed second YC for this simulation could be a crucial mistake...

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    1. It looked like mistake from Karasev, too me for sure it was a dive.

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    2. Indeed, it looked like a dive. However, no referee would give a YC for that in the middle. Hungarians are really angry at the moment...

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  35. 4 cards in 8 minutes.Both teams are starting to play dirty, rough fouls, dive, protests and I'm sure that there will be more time wasting from Iceland players.

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    1. Now it is 1-1 so there wont be time wasting .

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  36. Good assessment by AR1 before the 1-1 own goal, all players from Hungary were onside.

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  37. What a call by Karasev right now. Very difficult free kick or penalty? Free kick, indeed, he stayed calm and firm even though it was very difficult to decide.
    However, I think a card could have been issued.

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  38. Almost another penalty from Karasev, right outside the box.He is one brave ref.

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  39. I think the holding continued inside the box.

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  40. Very very difficult. The contact might have gone on until the penalty area line. Actually the Icelandic player started to fall / jump to the ground shortly before it though.

    My full understanding for Karasev, whatever the correct decision might have been.

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    1. Surely in such situation he'll be supported.

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  41. Well, in my view much clearer penalty and YC. Hung.Player Starts holding outside, continues holding inside and thereby causes his fall. Crucial mistake again.

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  42. Some observations on the first penalty - they can be totally meaningless.

    If Karasev had whistled the first contact involving the goalkeeper, the whistle comes a bit late somehow.

    The alternative is that he whistled the second contact. For this, the decision and whistle came extremely quick. Extra-ordinary quickly. I cannot quantify it, but usually whistles for such fouls come a part of a second later - just a feeling.

    Another observation: In the time between the first contact and the second contact AAR1 was walking towards the goal if I am not mistaken. Why should he do that if play is still going on? Maybe - as said, it can be completely wrong - Karasev took the first decision after input from AAR1, as I would expect AAR1 to stand still on the goalline instead of walking on it when play is flowing inside the penalty area.

    My feeling is that Karasev whistled the 2nd contact, too - it is more logical after all - but just wanted to have raised it.

    Generally, this backwards pedalling sprint after taking a penalty decision is poor IMO on a body language side.

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    1. Not a good performane by Karaev. Clear no foul. He missed more fouls and YC. He' s performance not enough for this high level. Not even quality referee yet. This was my feeling on ROU-SUI too. (It was a no penalty the ROU penalty for me :) )

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  43. Karasev had an easy-going match until the last 10'. However, IMO, he did well. The whistled penalty is an absolutely correct decision. The penalty appeal at 90+5' is more of a foul for me. The holding happens right outside the penalty area but the attacker desperately wants to fall in. Also I can support the no card here. Ball is in the air and no player has possession. However he should have used his spray on the situation.

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  44. Jaap Uilenberg is apparently on the seats, too, watching Rizzoli.

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    1. Could there be a special reason to be there next to the Observer or is he just visiting a game?

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    2. Could be that Uilenberg is comparing potential final referees. Or it could just be that he's in town and wants to watch the game.

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    3. Could be that Uilenberg is comparing potential final referees. Or it could just be that he's in town and wants to watch the game.

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  45. I really shocked about your comments. Did we watched different matches ? First off all, We need to say that Cakir had a great match Belgium- Iralend. He always allowed to play on. We did not bored on tv. After the match all players and both coach congragulated him and his team. Please dont be a part of something and please be an objective. If we talk about Karasev , do you really believe that penalty? Or its just for supporting him? I am saying again. Please be an objective. Mr Cakir has a great performance for both matches and I know that committee is supporting him for Final of Europe.

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  46. what a brilliant display from Karasev....2 solid performances. Major decisions absolutely spot on. Him and his team should be very very pleased with that display in what was an awkward match. When the tempo went up he made sure he followed it. Summed up by the 4 yellow card in an 8 minute spell. He is certainly a front runner as being one of the best if not the best ref at this tournament so far. I hope to see more of Collum as well. I believe he could have a chance of getting to the knock out stages.

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  47. First of all Karasev penalty decision was totally wrong. You can easily see that the Iceland player is throwing himself up to Kiraly. If it is the second contact, big mistake.
    For the first game, Çakır did quite well. The football on field was in good level. So he tolerated the players a bit. I agree that he should have gone to player at the ned of half but that is not abnormal.
    No penalty decision was totally correct. It was a clear ball.

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  48. Rizzoli is warning players a lot.There is lot of talking beetwen him and players.

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  49. 35': wrong offside call by AR1?

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  50. I really dont know why you are writing about if cakir will go home at ko round. His team came to tournament as the most powerful candidate for the final. I think they are still on the way to final.
    During first two games they did quite well. I didnt see any crucial mistakes. I can tell before the end of first half he should have showed yellow card to the irish player. Both duran and ongun had good offside decisions.

    I really dont get it why you are so unsure about cakir's team.

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    1. The crucial mistake was at 47' - missed penalty. Cakir today was distinctly sub-par. He was distant, uninvolved, and was lacking in match management.

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  51. Correct foul call and yc in 40 min.in my opinion.

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  52. Correct YC to Pepe and of course he must complain about the decision.

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    1. Indeed - hopefully, that will shut him up and calm him down for a while.

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  53. You can see why Clattenburg and Rizzoli have officated big games and finals over recent years. Both this week have been calm, confident, and accurate. Rizzoli and his team doing very well so far this evening.

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  54. Perfect Rizzoli. He is a fantastic ref.

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    1. I think that Rizzoli and Clattenburg are the top 2 candidates for the final

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    2. And in the case of a final ENG - ITA? ;-)

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  55. Good work by Rizzoli so far. Both YCs were correct, also good cooperation with AAR2 in 39'.

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  56. Rizzoli with 3rd card in opening minutes of 2nd half..Correct decision.

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  57. 60' - another very good call in cooperation with Damato, Damato as always, very active AAR.

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    1. Rizzoli and team are great so far.

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  58. 64.min.Rizzoli needed to show yellow for austrian #14...Reckless tackle.

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  59. Soft YC in 61', missed clear YC in 63'.

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  60. Again austrian #14 with a reckless foul.No card.

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  61. I agree. Missed YC in 63'.

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  62. I don't hope I'm right because Rizzoli is having a great game so far, but the YC at the penalty for Portugal Shouf have been a RC for DOGSO and thus is t a crucial mistake. Holding the opponent and DOGSO is still a RC isn't it?

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    1. You forgot the ball, it was a foul with the ball away, never RC in this situation.

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    2. I agree. No red card IMO.

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    3. I understand what you are saying. But the ball was already underway to Ronaldo and the first thing to happen would have been a shot on goal from him. This is were my doubt starts.

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    4. Control of the ball is one of the criteria. Ronaldo did not have control (ball had not arrived yet), and the likelihood of him getting control was not high enough for it being an "obvious" GSO.

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  63. Correct call by Tonolini disallowing a goal, but a must-see, of course.

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  64. No doos. He is not in possession of the ball. More important 2 missed mandatory YC #14 OOS and thus red = crucial and match influencing mistakes. IMHO.....

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    1. You can't know if #14 had taken first YC then would commit the other foul

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  65. It seems that uefa.com has different ideas about the score of POR - AUT.
    https://s31.postimg.org/e8s833f2j/image.jpg

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  66. Hungary 4
    Iceland 2
    Portugal 2
    Austria 1
    Well, MD3 will decide everything, all teams can qualify directly by a win. Both games need two very important appointments...

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  67. For me Rizzoli was superb. Excellent management, disciplinary control (ok, he should caution #14 AUT on either 64' or 70'). He was very concentrated, very authoritative and had excellent co-operation with his AR's. Truly an outstanding performance.

    AR1 with 1 offside mistake (35') and AR2 with a wrongly reported foul (84' handball). But that are minor things. AAR2 Damato with two very good fouls + cautions (39'+60').

    Well done to all the team.

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  68. Good performance by Rizzoli, however 1-2 more YCs should have been given (63'/70'). Correct penalty decision in 78', very likely in cooperation with Antonio Damato who did a very good job. Fortunately Ronaldo was in an offside position in 86' because the free-kick for a handball leading to this situation was clearly incorrect. I really liked the cooperation within the team tonight, strong player management by Rizzoli - as usual. I'd go for these marks:
    Rizzoli 8.3/8.4
    AR1 8.4
    AR2 8.4
    AAR1 8.4
    AAR2 8.5

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  69. A very Rizzolish performance, very confident and simply elegant in many aspects. Full control, correct penalty (probably mainly AAR2's call), correct cautions, even though the one reported by Damato was quite soft (the Portuguese would have never reached the ball, so how can it be SPA?).

    This having said, the match was not thaaaat demanding overall. Yes, tight scoreline, some fouls, 1 key decision, but the overall level of conflicts was low.

    What I cannot ignore is that Rizzoli has to caution AUT #14 twice, first in 63', then in 70' (no question of "either or" but "in both situations". @ RC, for me this is no crucial mistake, as #14 would never make his foul if he is on a YC. But strictly applying the marking system what we have done for every referee so far this is 2x -0.1.

    Nonetheless: The overall performance was stellar, it was one of the best performances of the tournament so far. 8.3-8.4 due to the 2 cautions, with the overall image being above 8.4 level.

    AR1, IMO, with 2 mistakes (35' and in 90+1' the attacker in offside did not challenge Pepe in any way, so he stayed passive - easy decision, correct me if I am wrong, there was no replay). AR2 all right, the disallowed goal for offside was not too difficult, but of course an important, good decision.

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    1. I think the argument for offside at 90+1' is that Pepe wouldn't have cleared the ball for a corner if the attacker was not there, so a goal kick would have occurred. I'd support the officials regardless of the decision on this one.

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    2. Well this does not play any role. Before July 2013 I would accept that, but after? ... I think the new IFAB changes on offside do not fully cover that.

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    3. I can agree with several points. Another point I could not fully understand was his handball detection. There were 3 handball whistles during 2nd half and I have a lot of doubts on all these 3, at least one of them was definitely wrong.

      I could not assess a referee who missed 2 clear YC for the same player with a 8.4, but I think 8.3 reflects his overall good performance on the expected level well.

      AR1: I agree. The mistake in 35' can happen, that one in 90+1' is simply a wrong application of the LOTG. 8.2

      AR2: You forgot the clearly wrong handball he signaled, furthermore I was surprised he did not signal the foul in 60' (incl YC for Fuchs). 8.3 imo

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    4. It's not the first time at this tournament. Assistant referees don't take a 'clear action that impedes an opponent's ability to play the ball' sentence seriously so far. Strange. I believe Collina wants the offside new laws to be rescinded. I can not explain it differently.

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  70. https://scontent.ftxl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13427954_1231744790211246_4334319187516411521_n.jpg?oh=349f1ad8c074322d4e9451a7438879a7&oe=57CE002A
    Famous spectators in Paris...
    If I'm not mistaken there're also Svein Moen and probably Martin Atkinson in the background.

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    1. I know Dr. Rainer Koch...

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    2. And Eriksson in the background if I am not wrong. Collina showing his boys how good refereeing looks like? ;)

      BTW also interesting that the 3 chief officers so far only observed 1 match each - always the one played in Saint-Denis.

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    3. That is quite logical, as the referees are based on the outskirts of Paris, near St Denis and Parc des Princes. The refereeing officers probably want to stay close to the headquarters. The question is, does this influence referee assignations?

      As for the referee crowd, I remember distinctly watching FIFA women's U-20 world cup matches in Montreal in 2014, with half the referees for the tournament sitting right behind me in the VIP section (the other half was based in Vancouver, I believe).

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  71. Some comments about Cakir make me surprised. I wonder how well the people who make these comments know the rules of the game. Cakir completed the games he was assigned, with almost no mistakes. The aim shouldn't be forming a lobby against Cakir while posting comments to this website. He is on the right track doing a good job on his way to the final.

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    1. The message arrived. No need to repeat it 10 times. The aim should be watching matches neutrally. You can start doing that.

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    2. Quite ironic, coming by someone using the name "objective".

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    3. Very "objective"

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  72. Well, I was wondering whether we have the same blogger justifying Cakir's performance. Thanks for confirmation, Niclas. I watched only first half of that match, and replays of situation in 47'. As I reported during first half, and as you can see from comments on halftime - Cakir was far below expectations and below his abilities. He was totally absent, several fouls that should be whistled in favor of Ireland gave to Belgium (remember his behavior only in favor of Portuguese players in his first match). He missed 3 YCs, and situation just before half time completed bad impression about his work. About 47' - clear and obvious penalty! At least high foot and indirect kick had to be given, but it is obvious crucial mistake. Deciding not to stop the play when player was lying down hit in the head I can't understand. Instead of potential lead for Ireland from the penalty spot, Belgium scored and that made Cakir's mistake more important and big. The mark would be very low, under 7.8 for what I saw. I don't know what is going on with Cakir, maybe the pressure with two CL semifinals was too big for him and after mistake in Bayern-Atletico (foul was outside PK area and he delivered penalty) no one can recognize him. Also, I have to add that ARs were excellent in first half as always.

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  73. Very good Performance by Rizzoli. His way of warning players can be taken for any teaching Video. Only mistake: Baumgartlinger/AUS begged for a YC twice, as many of you have reported above. Perfect play control and very strong charisma. In the end and after all I am going to be come a fan... :-)

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  74. Niclas my point is by not giving #14 YC 63 min he allowed #14 to make the foul in 70 and by not giving YC #14 in 70 he potentially gave him the opportunity to make an other foul. and so on... I can live with 2 x -0,1 thats not my issue. We can not just blame Cakir for lack of alertness and concentration and ignore these 2 cases of wrong assessment within 8 minutes.

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    1. Well I agree with that. Specially since Rizzoli had a free line of sight in both cases. But this is a general problem and maybe the biggest weakness at this EURO so far: Almost the majority of reckless stud-tackles was either missed or not sanctioned appropiately.

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