June 16, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Appointments for Matches 16-18: Brych, Kralovec and Kuipers complete group stage's 1st half

UEFA has appointed the match officials who will take charge of Monday 's EURO 2016 Matches 16-18.



16/06/2016, 15:00 CET
GROUP B, Match 16 
Lens Agglo (Stade Bollaerts Delelis)
ENGLAND
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WALES

Referee: Felix BRYCH (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark BORSCH (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan LUPP (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian DANKERT (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco FRITZ (GER)
4th Official: Matej JUG (SVN)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Robert VUKAN (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap UILENBERG (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis PROCOPIOU (CYP)


16/06/2016, 18:00 CET
GROUP B, Match 17 
Lyon (Stade de Lyon)
UKRAINE
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NORTHERN IRELAND


Referee: Pavel KRÁLOVEC (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman SLYŠKO (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš MOKRUSCH (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petr ARDELEANU (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
4th Official: Tasos SIDIROPOULOS (GRE)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Damianos EFTHYMIADIS (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado ŠAJN (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Martin STURKENBOOM (NED) 


16/06/2016, 21:00 CET
GROUP C, Match 18 
Saint-Denis (Stade de France)

GERMANY
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POLAND

Referee: Björn KUIPERS (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander VAN ROEKEL (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E. J. ZEINSTRA (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol VAN BOEKEL (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard LIESVELD (NED)
4th Official: Daniele ORSATO (ITA)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Elenito DI LIBERATORE (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh DALLAS (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis MEŽECKIS (LVA)

146 Comments:

  1. My predictions for Friday:
    ITA-SWE: Kassai, FO: Velasco
    CZE-CRO: Hategan, FO: Taylor
    SPA-TUR: Mazic, FO: Atkinson

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    1. Mine:
      ITA-SWE: Kassai
      CZE-CRO: Hategan
      SPA-TUR: Atkinson

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  2. Sorry guys don't know where to Put my question but I think it is important: Has anyone seen the horrific Performance of a ref. from Uruguay especially concerning the "handmade" goal of Peru ag. Brasil? He felt uncomfortable with the situation discussing for Minutes with players and assistents without getting any help waiting for any advice coming from the head phone and after 4 minutes of Chaos took the wrong decision. He is the poorest ref on earth now, must have a serious Trauma after that. I hope he gets good psychological Support. In that point things must get better... What do you think about it? Anybody who saw that?

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    1. I have seen the scene. I don't know if AR1 could really help him. Only an AAR could see the scene clearly.

      IMO it's just a mistake. Match influencing, yes. But a human mistake. He is very unlucky because Brazilians are making a huge fuss with it since they are out of Copa America. But IMO they shouldn't. Remember Nishimura's penalty against Croatia. A worst call IMO. It went their way.

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  3. Mazic has Spain - Turkey on Friday. Waiting for the other two games.

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  4. Strange that Brych wears red socks, just like England. I would prefer black - if only because it has no purpose now, and black socks simply looks better.

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  5. Was it just there a push from the Welsh defender inside his penalty area? A little harsh for a penalty some could say, but definitely a foul for me.

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  6. I think the AR1 missed an offide in minute 26. Hard to see, but my live impression was that it was offside.

    Overall, a very lenient Brych until now.

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  7. Does Brych every time stays at the opposite side of centre circle at the begin?

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    1. Stays and stays.... and watching counter attack from 40 meters

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  8. A very physical match in the first 30 minutes. Similar to GmBH football not EPL

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    1. Indeed. A very high-tempo game - Brych however has done well to keep a lid on it.

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  9. Good advantage by Brych in front of AR2.

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    1. At least it didn't look good. The advantage is perfect, no doubt, but for the communication, it's not a that good moment. The AR should have waited I guess.

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    2. IMO corect decision to play on at 32'. Left hand of Wales player was in natural position and he didn't see the ball.

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    3. @Rik B Fully agree about that.

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    4. Please,no :) It was a clear handball :)

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    5. No, it was a clear ballhand :)

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    6. How is it advantage for ENG?
      Ball is 30 meters from ENG goal.

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    7. They have full control of the ball.

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    8. And the ball goes where?
      In many situations best advantage is to give a free kick. Especially when ball is 75m from opponents goal and there is 15 players btw ball and goal

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    9. In many situations, but not at this one.

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    1. I disagree. Although there is movement towards the ball, he clearly doesn't know where it is and I consider it as a natural movement from someone who was jumping. Besides that, small distance. Hard decision but he took the right one imo.

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    2. He didn't see the ball...

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  11. Unfortunately a missed penalty in 32'. Deliberate handball right in front of AAR1 Bastian Dankert.

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    1. I am not really sure or it is a deliberate handball. But I agree that a penalty could have been given. But for now, without rewatching, I prefer to play on.

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    2. I have totaly opposite opinion :)
      No PK for me. Yes, we have elements, but not enough for me.

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    3. I stick to thinking that this handball should have been whistled. The arm was stretched out widely, although he didn't see the ball he could anticipate that it hits his stretched arm. According to LotG I would go for a penalty. Except this situation and one undetected dive in 25' Brych did well.

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  13. I have totaly opposite opinion :)

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  14. The ball bounced back from the defender's shoulder and touched the outstretched arm from that. Surely no real intention in the sense of the term and of course everything went much quicker than in the replay. But in the sense of the Laws of the Game, rather a deliberate handball and therefore rather a penalty for me. The crucial point is IMO that the replays which make it look like a stonewall penalty distort the real pace of the action.

    Have to check replays whether Brych relied on his AAR1 or whether this was his interpretation.

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    1. Totally agree with you.

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    2. Agreed. I think it's a tough call. I personally would give Brych the benefit of the doubt.

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    3. Rewatched it. I recommend the same to you. Rewatch it in live view and live speed: Never deliberate. Yes the arm goes out widely, but this is not enough for a deliberate handball. A normally outstretched arm to maintain balance, player- and game-typical I think.

      Like Jordan added, the defender did not see the ball coming. All that is at least backing the decision.

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    4. Just to add one impression: Brych had no chance to see the handball at all. His view was, in my opinion, completely obstructed. It seems as if the decision came from AAR1 Dankert, which would also explain Brych's rather hesitant decision-selling.

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  15. NO penalty.
    No one will give penalty for that..maybe in Uruguay

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  16. No deliberately handbal. Player is jumping together with the England player and is not looking to the ball but to his opponent. Then the ball hits his arm after changing direction on close distance without knowing that the ball was there. So play on is the best decision.

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  17. For me in 25 min. a wrong free kick after a diver. The Handball is in my view a typical 50/50 Situation. I would vote for PK but Brych has arguments for not doing that.

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  18. For me in 25 min. a wrong free kick after a diver. The Handball is in my view a typical 50/50 Situation. I would vote for PK but Brych has arguments for not doing that.

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  19. 16' Clear push in the back in order to be free when clearing the situation is a clear, 100% foul. Brych and Dankert bottled it. It was not whistled only because it took place inside the penalty area...

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    1. Yes that's a clear push. Is it whistled at a EURO tournament? Rather not. Not in a British derby.

      I agree on 25', for me a mixture of slipping on the ball and simulation. Never a free-kick.

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    2. The problem is that it should be whistled everywhere on the pitch and in every possible game. His line before the incident was rather strict, he whistled every foul until that incident. Clear foul...

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    3. I agree and disagree with you: I agree that actually this should be whistled everywhere in every game. We however both know that the reality looks different. I disagree that Brych whistled everything. I think specially in the minutes 1-25 he was pretty British. Let the game flow.

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    4. Regarding handball incident:
      - unexpected ball
      - natural hand position in the context of situation
      - hand's move to the hand is clear but totally undeliberate.

      No penalty.

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    5. Wow,Niclas you really said everything I think. That's the match preparation and tactical preparation for referee. They're refereeing British derby, let the game flow.

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    6. Sorry, Referee138, but there are no REAL arguments supporting the no-penalty decision in the 16th minute. Really, what can you discuss in that situation? Two-handed push in the back while fighting for a position. Can you imagine a clearer foul?

      I can't fully agree with you, Niclas, regarding reality. There are dangerous play, fouls that not impede an opponent's ability to play the ball or are off the ball incidents and other 'grey areas' that are consistently waved away by referees inside the boxes but here we have a clear foul prior to fight for the ball, no more, no less.

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    7. RayHD, I completely agree, there are no REAL argument. If we 2 were running UEFA refereeing (no sarcastic comments like "luckily you don't" please ;)), I would be immediately open to instruct referees to whistle such things.

      But can you really imagine any referee - maybe except Karasev, although even Karasev would not do that I think - at EURO whistling a penalty for that?

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    8. @RayHD
      Yes, he pushed him from the back with two hands. British football is very strong and situations like this are ussualy.
      Many times, Premier league referees don't whistle that even on the centre of the pitch.
      Ofc, in LOTG, this is clearly foul. But inside the penalty area and at Euro tournament...

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  20. Weak perfomance from a ref. With big history and reputation like Brych. 90% of time he is more than 30meters from the ball. Foul detection weak. Missed 5-6 fouls . Cahill almost score after push opponent with both arms. Foul on Hart. Gives throw for ENG after ENG player kick ball out of playe under foul...

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    1. @Bozidar Nincic
      Molim te...

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    2. What are you begging for?

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  21. Back responding after 2 years.... Still going strong Niclas? Im pretty sure that according to UEFA interpretation this was not deliberate handball so no penalty kick. Actually +.10
    Good first half of the team. Regards RC

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    1. All right RC and you? ;) Nice to hear from you again.

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    2. No conflict of interest at the moment so I feel free to respond again :-)

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    3. Disagree with good first half. It's ok.. but not good. Too much small mistakes. Handsbal decision correct, but he could showed his decision better then only walk away.

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    4. I think it was sufficient to prevent players to protest. And the public in the stadium and viewers on TV don't care at all how he sell his decision. So it was good enough for me.

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  22. I think Brych has done very well to keep a lid on this tumultuous British derby. Spot-on with the handball decision after subsequently viewing replays.

    I think he can be happy with his first half.

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  23. Great great teamwork in the 1-1. Chapeau. I was 100% sure this was a massive mistake at first watching.

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    1. In live, all of us saw that. But replay show us everything. :)

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    2. Perfect teamwork!!! Was it AAR2 who reported the Wales' player headed the ball?

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    3. Probably a mixture. At least AR2 signalled doubts by his standing still technique. He had little chances to see it clearly. Really difficult to say who saw it (or whether both saw it, this would be the most referee-friendly validation).

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  24. Fantastic call from Lupp

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  25. Very well comunication of German team (Brych, AR2 and AAR2).

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  26. Excellent and crucial decision! Example of good communication and teamwork! Bravo!

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  27. Excellent on side decision! Excellent teamwork! + 0,10

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  28. Excellent no offside decision before 1:1, as ball was played by a Welshman. Great cooperation within the team.

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  29. Missing free-kick for deliberate handball + YC from my point of view (-0.1).

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    1. For uefa no deliberately handbal. Defender had his arm against his body (very close to) and if he didn't make the handball the ball was bounced on his body. So good decision.

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    2. Not sure about that, IMO the arm was a trace too highly and widely outstretched.

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    3. For UEFA deliberate handball - blocking a shot with a hand increasing body surface.

      '...if he didn't make the handball the ball was bounced on his body' - it's not the case in my opinion but such guideline is in fact used by the referees.

      Inches outside the box. Good spot, Niclas. I thought it was a penalty.

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    4. Jordan - it's just impossible that the ball would struck his body anyway in this situation - it bounced "behind" the defender and towards the ground, so how? ;)

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  30. Two crucial decision correct..... Lets focus on that! And Im not even German :-)

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  31. Correct decision to play on in 59'. This time it wasn't deliberate handball according to LotG. Now perfect YC in 61' for a intensive foul.

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  32. Brilliant decision by Assistant referee to allow our goal (I'm english by the way)

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  33. Well I am german. But that does not changeht anything. Very good teamwork not callis offside after 1:1. And just afterwards clear Handball and YC missed. I have often seen Brych much better...even following his tolerant line allowing a typical british style.

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  34. Taking everything into consideration, the performance of Team Brych was good. On the one hand, 2 crucial situations were correctly taken - 1 of them can be discussed, the other was simply great teamwork.

    Apart from that, he handled the tensed British derby very Britishly. Very tolerant line in many occasions. Positioning was not always good, I think the situations in 25' and later on the shot on goal blocked by the outstretched arm were mistakes. In 1-2 situations, the communication in the refereeing team could have been clearer and quicker. His line was not always 100% clear, 1-2 fouls were missed in my view. Nonetheless Brych has proven game feeling today and was accepted by 100%.

    Overall - I am German so don't take that for granted - I think the performance fully met the requirements and is maybe even in an 8.5 area considering the 2 crucial situations. Football was in focus and 1 yellow card in such a derby - well, matches can go worse! Considering that this was one of not many matches so far with really difficult big decisions, I think the team can be very satisfied with what they have done.

    Brych 8.4-8.5, Borsch 8.4, Lupp 8.5, Dankert 8.5, Fritz 8.5, Jug 8.4 for me.

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    1. Agreed, I would have maybe prefered a penalty whistle but play-on is also acceptable here. No clear mistake in this occasion.
      My marks would be like that:
      Brych 8.4
      Borsch 8.4
      Lupp 8.4/8.5 (overruled once because of a possible advantage)
      Dankert 8.4
      Fritz 8.5

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    2. For Brych rather 8.4 for me (-0.1 for missed handball and YC)

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    3. IMO, today they had more complicated game than (for exc.) Clattenburg's team. They did well. Two crucial situations and both were correctly taken. Some minor mistakes in foul detection and communication but in important moments everything was ok.
      Brych 8.4 or 8.5

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    4. I agree on your assessment Niclas but I would go for an overall 8.5. In the big picture were will team Birch be remembered for... I think for handling a difficult match with two crucial decision correct and no blatant blunders. Teamwork excellent!! and some minor technical issues.

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  35. 40 min.first booking from Kralovec...Maybe too harsh.?

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    1. Very bored 1st half. Easy and calm.

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  36. I have serious doubts about the 1st penalty incindent on ENG-WAL. For me rather a penalty than a play-on. I think that the defender has absolutely no job to open his hand like this. Especially after he played the ball with his hand.

    Excellent teamwork on 1-1. Indeed the defender plays the ball and as a result the attacker isn't in offside position.

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  37. YC in 40' for Ukraine's player. Why? Foul without intensity, calm match...

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  38. What about the handball earlier?

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    1. Does anyone has a link with that situation?

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    2. https://streamable.com/uh7m

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    3. That's another very difficult case. You can see that the arm at first seems to be close to body, then just a second before the shot, there is something like a move, but again, when the ball hits the arm, one could say that the arm is still close to body, and the defender tries (too late) to remove it by putting behind his back. For me, there isn't a 100% correct or wrong decision here, Kralovec can be backed. No crucial mistake, play on is an acceptable decision. In this case, I would say the penalty call would be perhaps more harsh than play on, but for some reasons, still justified. I prefer Kralovec's decision.

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  39. 9' handball inside the NIR penalty area. Kralovec evaluated it as non-deliberately, I can accept this decision (arm position, ball -> arm). On the other hand, I think he could move his hand away, furthermore his arm was stiffened what is normally a clue for a deliberate handball. Difficult, all in all an acceptable decision for me.

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    1. Furthermore: At first glance - and Kralovec hasn't any replays as we all know - it is a typical non-deliberate handball according to my opinion. Only with watching the replays for some more times, there are more and more arguments for a deliberate one. But in Kralovec's position an absolutely comprehensible decision.

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    2. No deliberate handball to me. Quite unexpected ball, he tried to avoid a contact. And in my opinion, he stiffed the hand as he wanted to hide it behind the back - what he finally did but was too late. No penalty.

      However, I'm a bit surprised by the opinion of Michał Listkiewicz (FIFA Referees Committee) who stated 'it was more a penalty than not'...

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    3. And there was another penalty appeal in 28'. 3UKR was strongly marking 11NIR who fell down. Not enough for a penalty, too.

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    4. RayHD, all in all I can agree with you. But I don't think that it was an unexpected ball for him, to be honest. I heard Listkiewicz' opinion from an Austrian referees committee member too.

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    5. For me it is 50:50. The arm is not 100% rooted to the body. It is pretty stiff, but nonetheless the arm bounces away after the ball contact. The shot has a quite high pace however.

      Let me say that I would not consider a penalty as wrong. As gitzlo said, acceptable for me.

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    6. M. Listkiewicz: "The ball was going on the goal, so rather a penalty, but not the clearest one. If the ball was going out of the goal, we could accept no-penalty call"... Unbelievable. LoTG thrown away...

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    7. Oh my...

      In German TV Urs Meier deemed the handball in ENG-WAL as a clear penalty and the moderator added "of course it was no real deliberate action, but that is not important, the arm was wide out" (approximately)... no comment.

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    8. They all were referees themselves, they all surely know actual guidelines, so... what is wrong with them?

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    9. Maybe they are simply "old school". If I take Sky Germany for example, there are 2 experts for Bundesliga games: Markus Merk and Peter Gagelmann. While Merk sometimes has quite exclusive views, Gagelmann appears to be more up-to-date at times.

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  40. I'm curious what the delegate told Královec before the second half.

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    1. 'My' commentator said they had to wait, the break was only 14 minutes so far.

      Btw: Good onside by AR1 prior to 0:1!

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  41. AR2 with a "wrong" offside call now. The angles are blurred, I think the offside position itself was correctly identified, but did he interfere? He even stayed away. Wait-and-see missing.

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  42. What's happened with substitute?

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  43. All in all absolutely solid and expected level performance by Kralovec. Suitable approach, maybe his 1st yellow was a bit hard, but I can understand why he chose it. Some minutes earlier, I would have wished a better verbal warning to both players involved in a small confrontation at the sideline. The handball call is acceptable for me. Good time wasting management. Odd situation with the substitution... difficult to guess what happened there, I think NIR#13 simply refused to leave the pitch.

    8.3/8.4 for me.

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    1. I didn't understand the substitution situation as well. but if NIR#13 simply refused to leave the pitch as you are saying, he should not be cautioned, Kralovec simply just had to continue the game. Aren't those the guidelines for these situations?

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    2. My impression was Kralovec himself didn't fully understand the whole situation and the YC was more a decision by Sidiropoulos. Difficult to evaluate for us without talking with the referee team.

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    3. I think the player booked had left the field of play to be subbed off, before being pushed back on by the manager. Therefore, if he left the field of play without the refs permission he should be booked. If the sub had come on, which I couldn't see at first glance, then the sub should have been completed, with the booked player forced to leave as the sub was complete. I would need to see it again to be certain though.

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  44. For me, Kuipers missed mandatory YC after 40 seconds of a match to Khedira. It was orange actually, so no matter it was 1st minute - the card should be given. Kuipers almost didn't give any warning, but at least should be stern one. Only two minutes afterwards Khedira made another foul and receive well deserved YC. If he would receive it earlier, he won't make that foul and Poland would have dangerous counterattack.

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  45. Was that really SPA in 34'. Could Kuipers have just had a word with Ozil instead?

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  46. Very important offside flag AR1 - 42': correct call.

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  47. Yes Kuipers could give a YC after 40 sec. But I can understand that you want to start with a public warning first. But this warning was too soft. At least a strong warning was necessary. The YC hereafter for Khedira was correct. The second YC was to strong and not needed. Third YC ok. Overall a good first half of team Kuipers. Full control and acceptance. Official calls all good.

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  48. Agreed. Khedira's foul is actually a clear case of using elbow as a tool. Of course, Kuipers followed Euro guidelines: 'delay the first yellow card moment as much as possible'. Clattenburg did the same in his game. No coincidence here.

    Kuipers very strictly kicks SPAs from the game by issuing yellow cards for all of them. I like this approach.

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  49. Yes I agree with the above, not that interesting first half with the exemption of the first few minutes where the YC was a good game managing moment imo, furthermore the other YC's are correct as well, so far fully expected level of kuipers.

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  50. Yes Kuipers could give a YC after 40 sec. But I can understand that you want to start with a public warning first. But this warning was too soft. At least a strong warning was necessary. The YC hereafter for Khedira was correct. The second YC was to strong and not needed. Third YC ok. Overall a good first half of team Kuipers. Full control and acceptance. Official calls all good.

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  51. 55'. Now that one was SPA, unlike the second and third yellows. Good, but easy call.

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  52. Two unnecessarily played advantages to Germany - only ball advantage. Both were signalled with a one-handed gesture (54', 60').

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  53. What about this handball (84')? Deliberate? Correct to whistle the foul without YC?

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    1. 2nd YC for him and RC.

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    2. Deliberate in my opinion. YC was possible but not mandatory. But why no reaction on dissent?

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    3. And for me. IMO, 2nd for DOGSO.

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    4. A second caution for that handball would have been very harsh for me.

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    5. If that handball was deliberate (which I agree that it was) then the one on ENG-WAL is also deliberate.

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    6. I'll be on his side. No 2nd YC for Boateng and 8.3 for Kuipers. Expected.

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    7. That was different to ENG WAL. In the England match, he was not looking at the ball, with no intent, whereas this had intent. Brych and Kuipers got the handball calls right for me

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    8. I think Boateng shouted at his teammate and not at Kuipers.

      Correct decision, never a YC for me. Furthermore you cannot compare apples and oranges. Completely different context, kind of contact, degree of intent and situational character compared to ENG-WAL.

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    9. You're right regarding dissent.

      However, if you whistle that handball as deliberate, shouldn't you technically book the player for SPA/UB? Not common sense, just theory.

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    10. I think the law was changed this year so a handball was not an automatic caution, and it would have to be clearer than Boateng's was for it to be even considered as a caution for me.

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  54. Very good Kuipers tonight

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  55. As always, Kuipers keeps control on the match, and has the respect of the players. He is generally consistent, but in my opinion, his line is harsh, and was far too strict for that game. Yes, some yellows were mandatory for SPA, but many were soft. Maybe I feel this due to being English and used to the English game, were refs generally let a lot more go than on the continent, but I feel regardless that Kuipers should have allowed more contact, with football being a contact sport.
    Saying all this, he was consistent and of expected level.

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    1. I like his strict style (he changed it in last two seasons) but agree that he was more strict than other referees at this tournament.

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  56. Today perfect action of Kuipers.

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  57. For me expected level by Kuipers. I liked his performance, he was good.
    To answer to some comments above: for me, it is better a soft (but still justified) card than a lenient approach without cards. I can back Kuipers for all decisions taken, including the first warning in the beginning of the game, and then a few later the first YC. From what I saw, assistant referees were faultless.
    For me the mark is 8.4.

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  58. Overall a solid performance without really challenging situations. A very fair game, no conflicts.
    Did this match require 5 yellows? Did it have this character? Was the tactical approach suitable? My answer is no in all three cases. Actually Khedira should have been cautioned after 45 seconds. Understandable that Kuipers did not do that. First YC after 3 min. was correct and clear. But the YC against Özil? Exaggerated IMO. This put him under pressure, his understanding of SPA was a bit inflationary. Consistent or not, IMO the line was too low and in the context of 17 previous performances not suiting the tournament.

    Generally, he whistled mostly every descend of defenders, mostly Polish ones. Also here, low line.

    Overall good level of acceptance and control in a normal game. For the reasons mentioned above, I am not 100% content though, 8.3 max. for me.

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    1. Completely agree. Very fair analysis.

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    2. This time, I agree more with 'Collinas Erben' than with you. I think his line concerning SPA was suitable and important in a tactical sense considering the style of both teams. Anyway, the line in his foul detection was too fussy, I think. There were some whistles which were not really fussy any more but rather simply wrong (no foul). But he had a clear line and finally this line was successful and well accepted, I think.

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    3. And there were even 6 YC btw :)

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  59. Check the onside call in 59'...

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  60. I watched now Brych's situations. Very good teamwork regarding Vardy's goal.
    The penalty appeal in first half is really difficult to assess.
    Again, I must underline how much difficult is to accept the term "Deliberate handball". Clearly, it wasn't a deliberate touch by Welsh defender, but in the exact meaning of the term... the problem is that, according to UEFA instructions, this penalty can be whistled.
    As Edward correctly pointed out above, player from Wales had not reasons to raise his arm in that position, he took a risk. The handball could have been whistled, but I must say one should accept Play on without assigning a crucial mistake. I know that it is too easy to mark both decisions as correct, but really, we have too many criteria. In favor of the defender in this case one can say that the touch occurred after a contact with another part of his body, the ball was unexpected because deflected, he was looking elsewhere, everything happened in a few seconds but still... why the arm was there?
    So, my final assessment is that Brych (perhaps AAR1's exclusive responsibility) wont get a crucial mistake for that, but there are surely arguments and arguments.

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    1. Well all referees to whom I have talked and who are used to UEFA guidelines see that vice versa: fully correct decision and whistling a penalty would be most probably a crucial mistake, maximum an acceptable / "backable" call keeping both eyes closed. You listed all relevant criteria correctly, but I think you are coming too a wrong conclusion. Anyway. Handball is complicated and always stays a grey area.

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