June 26, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Appointments: Rizzoli, Marciniak and Mažić in charge of Round of 16 matches (II)

UEFA's Refereeing unit headed by Pierluigi Collina have nominated the three officiating teams that are about to take charge of Sunday's Round of 16 matches. Nicola Rizzoli, Szymon Marciniak and Milorad Mažić have been appointed.





26/06/2016, 15:00 CET
Match 40
Lyon (Stade de Lyon)
FRANCE
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IRELAND

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: Aleksei KULBAKOV (BLR)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Vitali MALIUTSIN (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo KARLSSON (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Martin STURKENBOOM (NED)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: Maxi (GER)


26/06/2016, 18:00 CET
Match 41
Lille (Stade Pierre Mauroy)
GERMANY
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SLOVAKIA

Assistant Referee 1: Pawel SOKOLNICKI (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz LISTKIEWICZ (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel RACZKOWSKI (POL) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz MUSIAL (POL)
4th Official: Björn KUIPERS (NED)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Erwin E.J. ZEINSTRA (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: David ELLERAY (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis PROCOPIOU (CYP)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: Rik B (NED) 


26/06/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 42
Toulouse (Stadium de Toulouse)
HUNGARY
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BELGIUM

Assistant Referee 1: Milovan RISTIĆ (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor DJURDJEVIĆ (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo GRUJIĆ (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nenad DJOKIĆ (SRB)
4th Official: Jonas ERIKSSON (SWE)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Daniel WÄRNMARK (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap UILENBERG (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Ales ZAVRL (SVN)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: RayHD (POL)

198 Comments:

  1. It makes sense to appoint Kulbakov for the France-Ireland match. That's the only game in which there is anoher elte referee present on the pitch (Orsato) who could handle the match if needed. Still, it would make more sense to me to send the 4th officals home and appoint (f.e.) Turpin or Hategan, who could gain experience by that.

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  2. http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/uefas-collina-keepers-stay-line-penalties-40104414

    Penalty kick in CRO-ESP should have been repeated and gk booked according to Collina. The referees are reminded to follow that law strictly in next games which can bring us penalty shoot-outs.

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    1. Collina about Felix Brych and his great no-offside in ENG-WAL:
      'Of course he stays! (...) It was a superb decision. I sat in front of the TV and I lost a few days of my live... Fortunately the decision was correct.' He also mentioned that Brych might be in charge of ITA-ESP or ISL-ENG but it was also possible that he directly gets a QF. He may hope to get the final like some other colleagues.

      Interesting statement, UEFA seems to be satisfied with Brych's performances - of course not really a surprise.

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    2. Don't you think that these recommendations about penalty kicks should have been given to referees before the tournament? :)

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    3. I'm sure they were - it's in the LOTG.

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  3. According to Collina 93,53% of all offside decisions were correct (2012 90,28%).

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    1. Absolutely true according to our reports, this confirms the excellent work of assistant referees. Given that third Spanish goal against Turkey was not a mistake, very close situation, the only wrong decision with an impact on the game has been AR2's offside flag against Romania in Romania-Albania. To be added, the blatant mistake by AR2 in Ukraine - Poland at the beginning of the game. It was almost an Obvious goal scoring opportunity for Poland.
      Apart from that, everything was very, very good. Minor mistakes were made in understandable situations. The top class call should be the one in ENG - WAL. But also WAL - RUS with all three goals correctly allowed, all were challenging situations for both assistant referees. We had many good marks in our reports.
      I praise the work made until now.

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  4. Do you have any article or video about Collina giving his comments?

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  5. http://weszlo.com/2016/06/24/marciniak-nie-zostal-statysta-kolejny-polak-w-18-finalu/ Yeah, deserved attention from other websites/ media guys! You really do great job, keep it up! Cheers,

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  6. I know it is a bit early/risky to attempt a summary at this point. But I still do so because I think it is necessary to put the referee performances in EURO2016 in perspective. Right now Copa America is about to come to an end, and I have had the good/bad luck of being able to follow both events in parallel. I think European observers should be grateful that the standard is as high as it is in Europe. With some exceptions (for me: Moen, Velasco, Collum), all the referees are top class. By contrast, after having followed CONMEBOL/CONCACAF referees for some decades, I am convinced that the level has never been so bad. With the exception of Roldan (COL), it is difficult to find someone with the personality/authority to control the matches and to make consistently good judgments. --- It is difficult to know if CONMEBOL really discourages the tough line that is needed, or if the referees do not have the capacity; and it is difficult to know of in part the players are showing so much cynicism simply because the referees tolerate it. But it makes me scare to think about what may happen in the 2018 World Cup, with the added elements of clashes between playing styles, and the with the FIFA obsession with 'continental neutrality' in the nominations. I know that the EUR referees have the advantage of gaining experience from Champions/Europa League, and in many cases from tough national leagues. But please, when you talk about (critical) mistakes or about not following the LOTG exactly, keep in mind how good the best EUR referees really are! (Of course, it 'helps' that so many teams and players have been so mediocre, with so many mistakes, that it becomes even more difficult to criticize the referees...)

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  7. I think that this penalty was called by Orsato. A correct decision, but the Irish player made it very likely more than it really was...

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    1. Agree... good call!

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    2. @RC for the case that you did not do it, check your mail please ;-)

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    3. @niclas how do I get the right email adress to you Niclas? :-)

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    4. I used the one you used 2 years ago ;)

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  8. Very well start for Rizzoli team.

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  9. Good decision from Rizzoli to give a penalty.

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  10. Wow, what a start... Correct penalty decision after only 1', that's why you have to be concentrated from the beginning. Good start for Rizzoli.

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  11. The defender waved his right shoe a bit over the turf, most likely he would have fallen anyway. For sure, clumsy and careless tackle and simply a stupid action, clear penalty. Well done. Also good to see AAR1 preventively reminding the goalkeeper on staying on his line.

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  12. No doubt about it. 100%. Easy call but very well concentrated start!!

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    1. Right, I had the same thought, the fact that it happened in the first minute, could have surprised a referee not still ready to make such important call.

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    2. Agreed! He could have been surprised but the call was spot on!!

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  13. Applying the advantage rule is a real problem at this tournament, irritating advantage given in 11'. A paramount video clip for a situation without any team benefit.

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    1. Yeah but it seems like a weird pattern - same with Clattenburg and Velasco yeasterday to not search far and TBF many,many times I saw it during tournament

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    2. Niclas I have sent an email from the correct address to footballrefereeing.blogspot@gmx.de

      Can u resend to this email :-)

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  14. Very intensive match for Rizzoli in first 15 minutes.Great performance from him now, totally opposite of Velasco yesterday.

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  15. Long's foul against Pogba is very harsh...limit to violent conduct...

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  16. Very good performance in the first 25 minutes of Rizzoli an his team. Rizzoli seemes to be very concentrated and very active. Good communication with the players and an good advantage rule as well as an good foul detection.
    Also good yellow card in 25' after the advantage, fully correct

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  17. 2nd card, I think good decision.

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  18. Correct and good first YC after applied advantage, now a quite soft one (27').

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    1. Think a little harsh with Kante. No warning before against France and direclty card, seems a little bit severe.

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  19. Clearly tactical unfairly attitude from irish players with lot of wasting Time. Lack of authority from Rizzoli : he said clearly out and nothing happened. He has to be more strict with this!

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    1. Now YC for Hendrick for Time wasting. Good reaction from Rizzoli.

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  20. Good cooperation from Rizzoli and Orsato for Irish corner.Lesson for yesterday's spanish team

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    1. Sorry to disagree with you but that' s AA1 decision. Orsato clearly said to Evra that was not his decision. And very doubtful corner...

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  21. 3rd yc, this time I thin was for time wasting.

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  22. Wrong corner kick for Ireland in 39'. The ball was clear on the line, I believe nither one part of the ball was outside. Very strange. Rizzoli missed clear YC for foul against Pogba, then gave very soft one to Kante. Also, missed simulation in 43' from Irish player. Very intensive first half, but Rizzoli's team was far from being faultless.

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    1. And I disagree. Why do you think he missed a YC for foul against Pogba? Not every foul leading to a treatment has to be punished with a yellow card - that was one of them IMO. Not visible whether the ball was out or not but certainly it was not CLEAR on the line, I'd even say it crossed the line. Only point I agree with is the soft YC to Kanté but I think it's still supportable.
      Overall I really liked Rizzoli's performance, strong body language and quite consistent disciplinary control. Orsato is doing well too, very well management with Evra in 39' - he stayed calm and relaxed.

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  23. Really good 1st half from Rizzoli! I think, if he keeps it up, he is really strong contester for the final

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  24. Harsh, intensive, fast-great football. Very strong start of the match. Penalty in 1' already. In my opinion, this was the best first half so far on this tournament. And the most important thing for us, very good performance by Rizzoli and his team. They have full control of this challenging match.

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  25. Good first half by Rizzoli. He correctly issued all cautions to maintain control. Correct penalty (after consultation with AAR1). Only a couple of fouls missed.

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  26. The Irish goalkeeper held the ball for 15 (!) seconds one time.

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    1. In Bundesliga, we sometimes have matchday maximum lengths of goalkeepers holding the ball in their hands for 25-30 seconds... 15 seconds are business as usual.

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  27. Like players make some wrong passes to the opposite team, Rizzoli and his team also made some minor mistakes. You cannot be 100% correct. But he was correct where it was needed and the level of control and refereeing elegance/excellence are both high. So...relaxing and relieving to watch this performance so far.

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    1. Agreed. Great game and good performance by the refereeing team. I hope we will see another 45 (or maybe 75) enjoyable minutes of football with no talk about the referee after the match.

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  28. Well I see myself confirmed - actually the penalty is simulation. No complaint but..... the replays are actually clear.

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    1. I have to admit.... I was wrong.... indeed looks like simulation.....

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    2. do you have correct email now Niclas?

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    3. Did they show any more replays in the half time? Seemed to be a correct decision at first.

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    4. I missed first minutes of the match, but I saw on replay. No penalty for me, but everybody here said it was, so I kept my mouth shut.

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    5. They showed some in half-time, but the impression I had "The defender waved his right shoe a bit over the turf, most likely he would have fallen anyway." intensified. I have to change it. He did fall by himself. He started to fall before a contact. Based on the replays, a black-and-white situation for me: Clear simulation. A replay from (approximately) AAR1's view made every last doubt disappear. This penalty should not have been given, even though it is understandable in live speed.

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    6. Which replay makes you think that? It was clear contact between Pogba and attacker - right leg to right leg and push - he was all over him (looked like some sexual position TBF :D) and by reaction of players - it was clear foul to abyone. I'm not saying you are wrong with this, but why?

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    7. @ son of Eskil: There is a clearer replay. I try to capture it in an hour.

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    8. Yeah, the replays above actually seem to confirm this. But a decision not to make without slow motion I think. Looked stonewall. Plus probably noone will care with current score ;)

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    9. I have watched the penalty situation over and over again. Indeed a soft challenge but I am sure that 99 out of the 100 referees pointed to the spot. The occasion made it look like a stonewall PK.

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    10. Wait for the replay from AAR1's view. It turned my impression and certainty ("That was a penalty") by 180°. As said, no complaints against Rizzoli in the live and game speed. But the replay is clear (it is a new perspective, not the one you linked above in the video). So please, for now, don't comment on something you cannot comment on - I try to be quick with the video.

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  29. Big offside missed from AR1 in 49'?

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  30. How could all of them miss this corner kick? It was so obvious.

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    1. Indeed - glaring.

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    2. It was obvious even on live, the ball had a completely different trajectory after hitting the French player

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    3. The only explanation coming to my mind is that Rizzoli (he had by far the best view) must have been obstructed or a sun took its toll, quite blatant miss

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  31. Wow, what a missed corner kick for Ireland in 59' by AAR2 and Rizzoli. To be honest this was very blatant.

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  32. 60'..corner for Ireland??????

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  33. Another great and big call - DOGSO and FK also with good cooperation form AR1

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  34. Excellent decision right now, minute 66': free kick and RC for DOGSO. It was outside the box.

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  35. Spot on RC. Great teamwork and a nice example of the new laws. Outside the box so a RC and a free kick. Correct call. The tackle itself seemed pretty violent anyway!!

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    1. Yes! Great call, also AR1 must be praised. First real DOGSO case at this tournament, apart from Albania-Switzerland.

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    2. What do you think about the tackle itself? Studs showed of was the contact not harsh enough?

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    3. Not every time when studs are showed there is SFP. For me clearly reckless and even "sporting" foul (late but had some chances to play the ball) - would be YC if in the box I think

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    4. I am aware of that but just nice to start the discussion I think!! For me a YC was enough for the tackle itself.

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  36. 66': Perfect cooperation with AR1, clear DOGSO and close outside the box. Brilliant call.

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  37. Correct rc...Good, I would say great performance from Rizzoli.

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  38. I found it a bit funny to see the French players demand a penalty as Rizzoli was showing the red card. With the new laws, that is a logical impossibility (for that type of foul).

    Entirely correct RC.

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    1. I am not so sure whether there was a possibility to play the ball. So maybe one can justify DOGSO in the penalty area, too.

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    2. This shows how much it will be difficult to assess such situations with the new LotG. Was this a genuine attempt to play the ball?
      One can answer both yes and no to this question. So in case of foul committed inside the box, we would have had a long discussion.
      Is the "intent" to play the ball clear or not? What do we mean by that?
      Well... :) I don't want to be pessimist, but this will be very difficult to treat. Luckily this happened outside the box.

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    3. I would say that, when in doubt, we have to leave the benefit of the doubt to the offender. So, as long as he doesn't blatantly manifest no interest in playing the ball, the correct decision would be to assume he had an intent and opportunity to do so.

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    4. I agree with you Emil, and I would say in this specific case of FRA-IRL, YC if in the box.

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    5. Which would be so much against the logic of football and offences...but well. We often discussed it.

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  39. Very good performance of Italian refs.

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  40. Was there a foul by Giroud in the built-up to the RC?

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  41. 90' second YC for Ireland player? That was reckless start.

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  42. Missed yc!
    Not first time with a lack of concetration in finish by Italian team

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  43. Any idea why Long was cautioned (minute 72 or so).

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  44. Additional Replay Angle for the penalty

    https://vimeo.com/172295986

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    1. Thanks. Simulation - easy to see from this angle, hard to see for Rizzoli.

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    2. Agreed. Not sure about AAR1. But of course soo difficult in live speed.

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    3. I created a screenshot - good to see that Orsato may be blamed for the penalty decision:
      http://www.directupload.net/file/d/4398/95xb3nep_png.htm

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    4. You can't see momment of the contact from this angle.

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    5. I want to say that in full speed,with referee's angle of view,this is penalty. You can't blame referee for this.

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    6. Absolutely. Only AAR1 can/should/must (?) see that.

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    7. The decision was accepted in the reality of the game and the action of Pogba is far away from clever. Little talk about that decision except here after including 1 more replay angle. Maybe Orsato will be blamed. But I am 99,5% sure that UEFA will be very happy with the performance (8.4-8.5 area).

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  45. Good penalty decision by Marciniak, very often such challenges go unpunished by most of the referees. It was a middle way between holding and pushing, Gomez was impeded in his action.

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    1. Brave and correct call. Also the YC was appropriate. Good decision.

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    2. Agreed. Good job so far.

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  46. Nice job Niclas. This video shows that player simulated and fool the referees. Till this vid. My mark was 8.5 , now below 8.0
    I feel sorry fir Rizzoli

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    1. I wouldn't say 8.5 but surely I would put 8.3.

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    2. Why would you not consider the penalty a crucial mistake?

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    3. Probably because the crucial mistake must be CLEAR and important mistake. It was everything but clear. :)

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    4. If this penalty is a crucial mistake by Rizzoli I should end my career of refereeing... never, never, never!

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    5. I don't understand: the comments above state that it is a clear simulation, and that Orsato had to see it. So it has to be a crucial mistake, right? Although perhaps for Orsato rather than Rizzoli?

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  47. Excellent penalty call by Marciniak and AAR2. Such blatant holdings from defenders must stop. The Polish so far validates his appointment.

    Bjorn Kuipers provides good help to the young Polish. He was seen twice to shout "foul, foul" on his area of vicinity.

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    1. Nice to see how active Kuipers is, indeed. In one of that cases, he made great effort to create the best visual angle for himself and was seen shouting indeed.

      Good performance by the Polish team until now. Good penalty and no missed fouls. Let'shope he can keep this level.

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  48. Excellent job for Rizzoli. 8.5 in my opinion.

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  49. Small remark:
    If you go strictly by the LotG, Skrtel should have been sent off (2nd YC) for forbidden (re)entering the pitch in 36'.

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  50. Two not much important mistakes from Marciniak in several minutes: first missed corner kick for Slovakia, after that let Slovakian player to cheat on him and give foul kick. Besides that, very good performance so far.

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  51. Hardly a foul by Hummels, never a YC.

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    1. He must have assumed that while right feet played the ball, the other one hit Slovakian player. These kind of plays by defenders usually end up as fouls, though it wasn't the case in this situation.

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    2. I agree, wrong yellow card. Sad, but so far an otherwise good performance. (8,3-8,4)

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    3. IMO not totally wrong YC. Hummels is using much force on it.

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  52. Now, IMO wrong foul in favor of Slovakia and totally wrong YC to Hummels who played the ball.

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  53. 81' perhaps wrong, but I'm not sure, offside call by AR1, denying a good chance to Germany.

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    1. Difficult, another player from GER was clearly offside.

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    2. Wrong offside. Just watch defender's feet.

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    3. There is a good chance both were offside, at least that's what occured to me. Still close, very close.

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    4. Teo are you sure? I saw it just once, so it's hard to say...

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    5. I am pretty sure. I think they are leveled. We should rewatch, of course. But, if it is mistake, it's not that important for the final result.

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  54. I don't know about you, but it seems that when we watch replays, many fouls look more dangerous that they are in real time. Those quality cameras I think make wrong impression. In many cases when look slow motion I would give YC, even in many occasions it is ordinary foul.

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  55. Overall a solid performance. Some minor mistakes and come more obvious (cornerkick missed and a soft YC). The YC Hummels received was surely wrong. Brave and correct PK call and always in control. For me it's between 8.2 and 8.3. Some points for improvement so I'd go for 8.2.

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    1. Agreed, I think 8.3 would be deserved for Marciniak (-0.1 for the wrong YC; otherwise some minor mistakes that don't influence the mark).

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    2. As I am convinced that the penalty decision did not come from AAR2 (did not have the ideal angle to spot it - so +0.1 for Marciniak), some minor flaws, his standard problems with positioning and the missing YC can lead to 8.3.... 8.35 :)

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  56. Was the YC for Hummels for the foul itself or for the complaining? If it was for the foul, it was a clear mistake otherwise maybe a bit strict, but not necessarily wrong. Anyway, a solid performance by Marciniak and a very good PK call.

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  57. Overall, he left a good impression on this tournament. I hope that he will have brilliant career. All the best for him.

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  58. Marciniak is a safe bet for CL final referee in next 3-4 seasons. The game was easy, he made some minor mistakes, but overall he was very good and he did great job last two seasons. Rising star, by no means. And we should not forget that he is bald, that is his comparative advantage :-)

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  59. Excellent NO FLAG by Djurdjevic!

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    1. I wonder if Lukaku was offside (he wasn't, excellent no flag, but if he was) would it be offside? He didn't influence any defender (he was alone as a ghost), he interfered more his teammate.

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    2. Brave flag down, after the last game. I am glad that he is keeping a cool head.

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    3. To be honest: this was a set piece and the situation was not too demanding. Correct, but very expected decision.

      Very good impression by the team so far.

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  60. Good call by AR2, players were in line.
    Belgium scores

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  61. Another good call by AR2. Hazard was offside

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  62. 34': third offside decision for Djurdjevic, this time very difficult. Perhaps offside by upper body / head.
    Correct YC by Mazic.

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  63. Camera angle not good. Interesting will be to see in line camera

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  64. Whats with refs today? Every one of them made mistake for corner decision

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    1. So important thing ;)

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    2. Maybe not that important, but remarkable though. And most situations didn't seem very difficult to assess to be honest. So just an observation, nothing more,nothing less.

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  65. Fully support not giving a 2nd YC to HUN #2, but an unmistakingly clear warning should have been issued.

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    1. I agree but there are too many who would kill you warning an already booked player...

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  66. 62' I think it wasn't offside.

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    1. Close situation, but don't forget about the camera position

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  67. Still problems with goal kick / corner kick...

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    1. Rather put the cones there than AARs.

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    2. One could not have a better sight than AAR2 had... Disappointing.

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  68. 65' Looked like that should have been a corner. The English commentator saying that some of the AARs at the tournament have been like 'sleeping policemen'. Unfortunately for every good call they make, they seem to miss something else blatant. It's a shame

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    1. I've just wanted to say that! I enjoy this match a lot, I find that Hungarians played the most interesting matches. More than 30 attempts so far, many mistakes in passes and therefore counterattacks... Some problems in giving corner kicks (to be honest, Rizzoli's one was the most obvious), but overall very good refereeing. I do enjoy this match and hope we will have extra time here.

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    2. 3-0 :) surely we wont have extra time.
      I must say, today another positive day for referees.

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    3. 4-0 :))))) Too early my friend, too early... But we have new records here: more than 40 shots, more than 20 on target... Beautiful. Oh, Fellaini again... What's wrong with him? Good reaction from Mazic. Overall, nice match and nice refereeing.

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  70. IMO correct decision, second YC would be too harsh. Good job for Mazic until now.

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  71. Mazic's team very good tonight.
    Interesting that no match as 4.official for Mazic and his AAR's in EURO.

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    1. Perhaps he will get a quarterfinal as fourth official.
      In addition, I think he can still hope for a semifinal, but it will be difficult.

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    2. Cakir and Clatenburg semi, Ericsson final ;)

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    3. Well, Mazic deserved at least EL semifinal this year. Very hard to get semis here. He deserved quarterfinals or even semifinals here more than Kuipers or Cakir, but... Probably he will get one semifinal as a 4th official.

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    4. Interesting to have a place in semifinal for Cakir, great referee, but with not great tournament so far (like Mazic at WC2014)... Real test for Cakir will be tomorrow.

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  72. Both players yc correct decision.
    Belgium with play like tonight might win EURO

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  73. I know it's a clear victory, but still, only 2 added mins?! Again, I know I'm used to the English game where the second half almost always has at least 4/5mins added, unlike in parts of Europe, but still, there should have been more for me.

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    1. 3-0, no problems, no injuries, no other distractions.

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    2. Subs are generally +30 secs, and then there was the player down for 1min 30 after the free kick was belted at him late in the second half. Should have been at least four mins, if not more for me

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    3. I totally agree with you. The ref should have added 2 weeks of extra time, so they can play until July 10.

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    4. In Germany it would be 0 seconds :)

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    5. Teo, it's for sure! :D

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    6. Which makes sense. Hungary does not want more humiliation, Belgium no injuries. 0-4, final whistle at 90:00, everybody is happy...

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    7. I agree. It makes sense because it's a KO stage. The amount of goals doesn't really matter.

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    8. I almost failed my assessment once because "the unnecessary additional time, when the game didn't need it".... :)

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    9. I almost failed my assessment once because "the unnecessary additional time, when the game didn't need it".... :)

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  74. That was the Mažić I know. Very good performance with only minor issues.

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  75. More add mins might result with more cards like in this last confrontation. More cards means more bans. Everyone want to see best players on the pitch in the finish of tournament. This is spectacle, not national league.
    Cheers. Will be interesting in quarter

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    1. I would even go for 8.5 due to really faultless performance, good prevention and being full alert through the whole game. + brilliantly solved conflict in 90+2'.

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  77. Wales-Belgium - Felix Brich

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    1. Might be, but he already had both teams in the group stage. Therefore I think, Kassai will get WAL-BEL and Brych POL-POR.

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    2. More likely Poland-Portugal, I think. Wales-Belgium for Kassai, Germany-ITA/ESP for Eriksson and France-England/Iceland with Björn Kuipers?!

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  78. Very well Mažić. Until now, very good performances in R16.

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  79. Excellent refereeing by Mažić today! Quick and firm reactions on dissents, very good YC to Batshuayi (dissent by action), Fellaini-Szalai conflict solved extremely, extremely well (quick YC for illegal use of arm to calm the things down, players are separated quite quickly in such incident and YC for UB (push) follows that all). Some calls by ARs were very tight, even replays didn't give a clear answer in some cases. I hope we'll see the Serbian team again at this tournament (semi-final?).

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  80. Mazic showed a good performance IMO. Full control, consistent line, good card management. Definitely his best performance in a UEFA game in 2016.

    2 points to think about:

    1) In 90+2, Mazic rather inflamed the conflict between Szalai and his opponent instead of deescalating it by expressing calmness.

    2) His teammates did not comvince me.
    AR1 probably a significant, wrong offside due to bad positioning in 62' (-0.2).
    AR2 with many good calls, also with a missed offside resulting in the 1st YC (34', -0.1).
    AAR1 missed corner in 48', relatively blatant
    AAR2 missed corner around 65-70', also here very blatant

    = Mazic 8.4, Ristic 8.2, Djurdjevic 8.3, Grujic 8.3, Djokic 8.2/8.3.

    Good job.

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    1. I don't agree regarding conflict. He was very quick with a YC to Fellaini, then separated players and booked Hungarian for UB afterwards. Hi did that maybe in not the most elegant way but was very effective. If he was more passive, there could have been straight red cards in use.

      A very difficult game for ARs.

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    2. I think that RayHD is right here, Mazic did what was necessary in that moment.
      Both offside were in a gray zone, even after a repeat, so we should trust the men on the field.
      AAR1 missed blatant corner in 48' min.
      AAR2 faled to recognize a slight deflection resulting the corner, but this was much harder to see.
      IMO Mazic's team is becoming better in every next game. Hope to see them one more time.

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    3. 34' Don't be so sure it was offside
      92' That was most perfect way to solve the problem.

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    4. Harsh marks, Niclas. Very harsh. I have to say that I agree more with RayHD and Referee138 this time. Mazic himself was really faultless, I don't know whether we should start with 8.4 or 8.5?! For some refs it would be surely 8.5! Situation from 34' - very close, hard, maybe minor offside, but angle is bad. Worse angle was in 63' (by no means, cameras are bad positioned in most of matches, TV is far from my expectations), but I think it was good call (commentator on tv I was watching the match said it was good decision and it was my impression as well). Just offside I think. Both ARs had several important good decisions so I don't think they will get 8.2 and 8.3 from observer. The biggest mistake was corner in front of AAR2 who had clear line of sight but in that occasions you may need more angle to see who the ball touched the last. But, mistake, of course. Something was wrong with corner kicks detection today - probably from the chair it is much more easier than on the pitch.

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    5. Greetings everyone!
      I'm new on this blog, I followed your great work but I wasn't included in discussion. After matches today and especially after the last one I need to conclude something.

      Generally, assistant referees on this tournament have had very difficult job, a lot of close situations. Tonight we saw one more good performance from ARs. Yes, we can talk about one or two mistakes but overall all crucial decisions were taken correctly.

      I would like to point something. Sometimes I've got a feeling that Mazic's ARs are underestimated, they don't get enough praise for their merit,especially AR1 Ristic. I saw praises for Swedish,English,Italian,Turkish etc. assistants, but very rarely about Serbians. Just remember how many times they had great decisions.
      Not just on this tournament:
      e.g. Ristic was faultless in SPA-TUR, had one top class decision (Juanfran offside)
      Some of his situations were on UEFA RAP.Just remember WOL-UTD (two situations).


      Champions League, Europe League, ARs kept the continuity and high level. Yes they made mistakes, but very very rarely, I would dare to say- more rarely then other ARs more praised here on the blog (praised with reason, of course).

      On the end, after all these performances, i would like to see Serbian team once more on Euro16.

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    6. @ Teo and the others: There are three ways of reacting on criticism / points to consider / feedback in general.

      1) Blame the feedback-giver.
      2) Justify everything.
      3) Accept the feedback, be grateful, think about what you can use to become better.

      I know that you tend to favour 1) and 2), I am sure that team Mazic prefers option 3) - otherwise you don't get far in refereeing.

      The conflict management had positive and negative elements, at least FOR ME (I only present my personal view).

      Positive: Quickly showing presence, quick card, isolation, calming words (hey hey hey, calm), creating acceptance (I saw it, I saw it) also not forgetting to caution Szalai.

      Negative/Room for consideration: Sprinting towards a conflict, getting physically involved in it, making hectical gestures multiple times (he raised his outstretched arm and spread hand 7 times during 3-4 seconds - too hectical in my view). Also pay attention to his hand gestures - good that he imitates the elbow, but normally you should form a flat palm to calm down the scenery and not spread your hand like that pointing to the stadium's roof. UEFA's video clips mostly emphasize that referees should calmly approach and deal with such conflicts, should deescalate instead of inflaming them by their body language.

      However the result was positive, I simply think that extreme black/white categories like ("perfect", "brilliant", "ideal") don't suit and don't help here though.

      This having said, I must correct myself with regard to Djurdjevic. It is a marginal offside, but, as said last week, an armchair offside :) He has to be supported, but should keep in mind to be positioned more accurately (0,5m to far to the goalline, actually he cannot see that properly at all and maybe decided based on intuition for a small part. (so mark has to be 8.4-8.5).
      http://www.directupload.net/file/d/4399/jpnp5l5r_png.htm

      On Ristic: This screenshot is clear. Rather level, even if 10 cms offside, you cannot detect that if you are more than 1,5m wrongly positioned [before someone asks that: The red line is correct as it is, it might look centimetres too far away from the Hungarian player - but in fact, this is the last part of his body with which you can score a goal).
      http://www.directupload.net/file/d/4399/t7hizian_png.htm

      On Mazic: As said, good performance, in many aspects even very good so that I also see arguments for 8.5. Just to be kept in mind: This match was not difficult at all. You can argue it is his merit...but I have the impression that this has been the easiest Round of 16 match so far, maybe next to GER-SVK. Should not lower the overall impression, though. I guess he is appointed either for a quarterfinal as a surprise or as 4th in the semis.

      With the exception of CRO-POR, the level of refereeing stays high also in the KO phase so far.

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  81. These were my original predictions:

    SUI/POL - CRO/POR
    Felix Brych (GER)

    WAL/NIR - HUN/BEL
    Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

    GER/SVK - ITA/ESP
    Viktor Kassai (HUN)

    FRA/IRL - ENG/ISL
    Björn Kuipers (NED)

    With Hungary out, Kassai can get Wales - Belgium, while Eriksson Germany - Italy/Spain. That would be the best solution now. I think no problems if Kassai (Hungary) gets Belgium, after this evening's game. Belgium wont question on him...

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    1. I have a feeling that UEFA will surprise us by not appointing the four teams without a Round of 16 assignment but by retaining (at least) one of them directly for a Semi-Final game. Everything else would be more or less predictable - but that would not be what PLC stands for.

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    2. I have the same feeling. Kuipers and Kassai (officiated 1st match of the tournament) are safe, but maybe we could see Brych or most probably Eriksson (because one could expect Germany in the semis) direct in one of the semifinal (maybe both, who knows). That means chance for someone else for the last 1/4 duel (Skomina, Marciniak, Mazic). Clatts the biggest favorite for the final (is he, because he was already in charge of CL final), I hope we won't see Cakir due to unconvincing performance in EURO. Rizzoli looks great, elegant, excellent management and control but always with 2-3 mistakes, mostly in last minutes (loosing concentration probably due to fitness, or age, and it is happening too often...). Clattenburg, Brych and probably Eriksson (I would personally prefer Skomina) could be the names for last 3 games.

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  82. Espected good performance by Serbian team. Two or three Little mistakes (missed corner and goal kick). Mazic showed YCs in right momments and prevented conflicts (e.g. elbow by Fellaini, after that quick and harsh reaction by Hungarian player). As usual, his assistant referees had a lot of job and they took most important decisions correctly
    (AR1: 1' wait and see, 63' correct offside call, 2nd Belgian goal good onside, 83' correct onside situation, 91' good onside situation;
    AR2: 10' correct onside situation, 28' very good offside call, 34' and 35' very hard situations, but IMO good decisions, 90' correct onside).

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  83. Oh my, oh my.... Watching the COPA America final match between Argentina and Chile and I'm totally shocked about the performance of the referee (Heber Lopes, BRA), and even more shocked about the disgraceful behaviour of especially the Argentinian players... Speechless really... I will try to make a compilation video tomorrow with the most important situations.

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    1. Alone this card showing procedure is.........interesting.

      https://youtu.be/Rx0rya6Gh8s?t=11

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  84. Communication to all readers: blogger.com allows a maximum of 200 comments for each post on the blògs. After that, starting from 201, you will be able to add a comment but you wont read it. For this reason, in order to solve the problem, I deleted some previous comments (most were mine).
    I think we can continue the discussion here:
    http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.it/2016/06/euro-2016-referee-appointments-cakr-and.html
    Thanks.

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