June 10, 2016

Viktor Kassai to blow EURO 2016's Starting Whistle

Hungary's Viktor Kassai has been selected to take charge of Friday's EURO 2016 opening match between France and Romania. This has been confirmed by UEFA.



The 40-year old will be assisted by György Ring and Vencel Tóth. Tamás Bognar and Adam Farkas will function as Additional Assistant Referees. Two Dutchmen fulfill their duties at the benches: Björn Kuipers as 4th Official and Sander van Roekel as the Reserve Assistant Referee.

Pierluigi Collina will observe the officiating team.



10/06/2016, 21:00 CET
GROUP A, Match 1
Saint-Denis (Stade de France)
FRANCE
2:1
ROMANIA



Assistant Referee 1: György RING (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel TÓTH (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás BOGNAR (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ádám FARKAS (HUN)
4th Official: Björn KUIPERS (NED)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Sander VAN ROEKEL (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi COLLINA (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis MEŽECKIS (LVA)


115 Comments:

  1. UEFA Delegates at the tournament

    Saint-Denis: Janis Mezeckis (LVA)
    Lens: Alan McRae (SCO)
    Bordeaux: Sviatlana Hrynkevich (BLR, female)
    Marseille: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
    Paris: Steen Dahrup (DEN)
    Nice: Bjorn Vassallo (MLT)
    Lille: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)
    Toulouse: Ales Zavrl (SVN)
    Lyon: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)
    Saint-Etienne: Nodar Akhalkatsi (GEO)

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    1. Does that mean Kuipers can't whistle in Lyon etc.?

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    2. and Collum in Lens or Skomina in Touluse?

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    3. Since last or this season (I am not sure), this is no problem anymore I think. There were some cases where delegates came from the same nation like the referee.

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    4. So Mezeckis is already penciled in for the final...? ;)

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    5. Could be, all delegates come from nations without a national team at the tournament, so.. possible. We'll see. BTW Mezeckis, Akhalkatsi and Procopiou already joined EURO 2012.

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  2. 2012 CL final fourth official: Carlos Velasco Carballo
    20616 CL final fourth official: Viktor Kassai.
    Both appointed for EURO's opener. Is that a coincidence?

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  3. Let's hope he has a better game than Carballo 4 years ago.

    Good luck to the whole team.

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  4. According to the following link, where you see the last preperations of Team Turpin to Euro, it seems that Nicolas Danos has been replaced by Cyril Gringore...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjiVGTW-Q8E

    Any French user/reader who can confirm this?

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    1. So very likely he is the third assistant referee replaced, after Wilczek and Averianov. Thanks for this info.

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    2. Hello guys from France. Nicolas Danos missed french Cup final with Turpin and Cyril Gringore replaced him. So i think there is injury or problem with him....but It's strange That french Dta (ref board) from fff hasn't communicated on this issue !

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    3. It's confirmed on fff vidéo : Nicolas Danos out and replaced by Gringore. Bertrand Layec said it clearly.

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  5. Nicolas Danos was injured the last day before the national cup. But no confirmation of his injure for the EURO (sorry for my English)

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  6. Didn't expect Kassai - but a decent choice nonetheless. Off the back of a solid season; here's hoping he does well in France

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  7. Could this prize be for Brych, Çakir, Velasco....But for Kassai?
    More things of Collina and Company.

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    1. I think Kassai delivered mostly good performances this season. I observed him myself during his Europa League semi-final, and in that quite challenging game he delivered an over-all good performance. Off course, there were some weaknesses, but what referee didn't show them this season? I think it's a good choise to give this match to Kassai. It gives him the opportunity to show his strenght, and it gives him the motivation to deliver good performances during EURO, cause he now knows that he is 'in the picture'. After a CL final and a WC semi-final, what else can a referee reach? A good EURO would be a nice thing for Kassai, and I guess this is a good move to reach that.

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  8. Velasco for Switzerland-Albania

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  9. And Moen for Wales-Slowakia and Rizzoli for England against Russia

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    1. Well, not really surprising, maybe Velasco for Switzerland-Albania is the most surprising one.

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  10. Where are the appointments? I can't see them on the match webpage nor in the piece of news where it is stated that Kassai has the opener.

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    1. http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/index.html#md/1

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    2. Also here:

      http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/standings/round=2000448/group=2002441/index.html

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  11. 23´ : wrong offside by wrong against Giroud.

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    1. I'm not still 100% sure as only one replay was shown, but indeed it looked like ONSIDE. It is possible that by head the player was ahead but in such situation I would prefer a NO FLAG.

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    2. For me it looked like a tight offside position. Giroud's upper body seemed to be ahead.

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  12. I don't think so. He was with his upper part of the body offside.

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  13. Chiricheş booked for dissent?

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    1. Later there was a quick replay of a foul, that could explain this card. Looked like a acceptable but not mandatory booking.

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    2. I think that the card was shown for a previous foul on Jiroud. The referee played the advantage and then issued the caution.

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  15. 36': a missed corner kick AR1 / AAR1 side.

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  16. 37' very small offside, good decision.
    38' Missed foul inside the 16.5??
    Your thoughts?

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  17. No penalty because he played the ball first with his hand.

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    1. I missed that.
      Thanks a lot.

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    2. It looked outside the box, so in case free kick. But also free kick in favor of defender was possible (deliberate handball). Play on is difficult to explain... something had to be whistled.

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    3. I was sure that I heard a whistle.

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    4. Me too, Ref ref! But uefa.com doesn't report anything. Very strange.
      Perhaps the handball was whistled and the free kick quickly executed (if I'm not wrong, there was a replay during this time). Must be rewatched carefully.

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    5. Foul on attacker for me. What was Farkas doing there...? Tóth could have helped there too. Free kick and YC missed.

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    6. I just saw the replay, and Kassai whistled handball (very possible on AAR's intervention, because Kassai didn't have good angle of view).
      I'm not convinced it was punishable handball, I'm not sure it was handball at all.. but in full speed, it wasnt easy decision.
      I'm concerned about possible PK missed, and hope it was foul outside the box.

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    7. Definitely outside. There was no handball, sorry. I'm not sure Kassai whistled something. I heard whistle but moment later there was another whistle that didn't come from Kassai. UEFA wrote nothing about this situation, so I guess there was no whistle from Kassai.

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    8. Well, I'm happy it was outside the box.
      Good performance so far :) good luck in second half

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  18. What are the AAR's there for? Are they just going to stand there looking pretty earning an easy paycheck? Yes it was outside the penalty box, but that was a clear foul. At no point was the French defender close to the ball.

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  19. Quite calm evening for Kassai so far. Two YCs were shown, both correct evaluated. In 36' AAR1 missed a corner kick, in 38' AAR2 missed a foul which was committed outside the penalty area. In my point of view that foul should have also be punished with a YC. For Kassai of course nearly impossible to detect. Otherwise solid performance with some small mistakes (the one or other foul was missed).

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    1. Well, apparently calm evening, I would say. I think there is interesting stuff to be discussed regarding first half.

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    2. Nothing to add. Correct analyses by ref_1707.

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    3. By the way, one can observe that the AARs (especially AAR1) are making obvious gestures with their hands for a better cooperation.

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  20. 48': excellent onside by Ring...

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  21. Could have been a second YC. Clever not to whistle otherwise he left himself no other option.

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    1. As the ball was also hit, I think this decision is acceptable, but very dangerous for Chiricheş.

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    2. No foul was surely wrong, but a YC is not mandatory here IMO.

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    1. You have to look again. With his left elbow Giroud hit right arm of gk. Clear goul. Goal had to be disallowed.

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  24. Valid goal. No foul on the goal keeper. Good decision.

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    1. I see that keeper is clearly hit and impeded by Giroud.

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  25. I'm really sorry for Kassai but I think the first goal of the tournament was scored thank to a clear foul on Romania's keeper by Giroud. Goal to be disallowed. AAR2 should have cooperated.

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    1. You hate Kassai IMO. Clear no foul.

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    2. I agree ! When Giroud jumps, his arms touch in the keeper arms and that impeded him to reach the ball

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    3. I don't hate Kassai, absolutely.
      Here:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3EABRBj5Fs
      00:03
      Left elbow clearly hits right arm, keeper can't make the save he was about to do... no foul?

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    4. Mark, we don't hate Kassai. We just love the Laws of the Game. Remove your love for a specific referee and watch the match with only the LOTG in mind.

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    5. IMO valid goal, I see no foul.

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    6. We cant agree after 7 times watched replay, and Kassai had one second to make a decision.

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    7. Only a question: The GK was posession the ball ? I think not was irresponsible arm use very it was a very small contact. But you know Mr. LOTG :)

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    8. Wrong decision is wrong decision, and it is obvious for the one who wants to see. And it is crucial one, because the goal was allowed. I understand that you want to defend ref from your country, but you are wrong. Also, about PK: there was clear foul against French player just before Evra's foul. Just look it again, clear foul (I found it on flashscore.com).

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    9. If Mark Szanto is Kassai's compatriot- I'm not. No foul for me.

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    11. But you are his neighbor, refref :-) Never mind, we have different opinion, but the most important is what will Collina said. For me no doubt that gk would reach the ball if he wasn't fouled. I have to say that for me the whole team of Kassai made some mistakes (no corner, wrong offsides, some important fouls missed... Not expecting level.

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    12. I'm not so sure there's a foul. To me, Giroud jumps up - the goalkeeper is jumping towards Giroud. Giroud is entitled to the space he occupies - his elbow does not move towards the GK, he is not trying to prevent the GK from reaching him, and it is a normal hitting motion. Especially, the arms remain close to the body and do not open outwards. So to me, there is contact, but it is entirely incidental and not a foul. Good goal.

      That being said, I think that there were a few inconsistencies in the foul detection - I'm thinking Evra in 1st half - that could be addressed. Overall, though, with another performance like this, I think it's fair to say Kassai could buy himself a ticket to the quarterfinals. Solid work.

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    13. I'm neither, and for me it's no foul. They both jump and of course they hit each other, but in my opinion, the attacker makes no foul by jumping up. They simply clash in the air, both go for the ball, and make no attempt to foul. I don't think this is a foul, to be really really honest.

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    14. Chefren is right. Goalkeeper would get the ball if there was no elbow from the attacker. Very difficult angle to see.
      http://postimg.org/image/yy1ft8v4f/
      http://postimg.org/image/b5wpvgihb/
      (video 0.03; 0:15)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3EABRBj5Fs

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    15. For the people stating that the goalkeeper would have gotten the ball if Giroud wouldn't have made the challenge: what is the exact Law on which you conclude a foul is made?

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    16. Law 12 of course. Attacker is using his extended left arm to push away goalkeeper's right arm to reach the ball. This is illegal challenge. Again, defending referee team, very very hard to see.

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  26. So Giroud doesn't make contact with Tatarusanu before heading the ball? Because I see Giroud's forearm make contact with the GK's arma thus making it impossible for Tatarusanu to catch the ball.

    But you "spin doctors" have fun justifying the clear mistake.

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    1. Sociopathic or simply choleric?

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  27. Correct penalty decision by Bognar! Very important!

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  28. Correct PK decision. However I miss a YC here. And speaking about tactical approach.. just before the foul he could whistled for a push in the back of the France defender.

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    1. Excellent teamwork by the way.

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    2. And after that correct no penalty.
      So far, only first goal is questionable.

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    3. For me the first goal no discussion: correct goal. Attacker is doing nothing wrong enough to disallow the goal. Keeper had to be stronger in his action. If he disallowed the goal we would have the opposite discussion.

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  29. Situation in front of AAR2: very difficult. I can understand why they decided to play on, the holding stops in the "crucial" moment, and the player from France seems to fall too late.
    Now missed foul in the midfield, 73'.

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    1. But there is also a foot contact in that scene...

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    2. Yes, but the French player simulated by exaggerating this contact.

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    3. Giroud makes a "Fred-WC-2014" of it. Good decision.

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    4. @ Emil: That's what I thought while seeing this situation.

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  30. Wrong offside AR2 IMO.

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  31. Wrong offside AR2 - 85'

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    1. Stuart10/6/16 22:48
      I see some comments here based too much on the Laws and less on football understanding. Refereeing is not always black and white or by the book. Referees acting on higher levels will understand this. Sometimes it's better to make decisions in favor of the spirit of the Game. It's all about the bigger picture.

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    2. I can agree with both of you. But, you cannot justify irregular goal! That is not football understanding, when foul was made you cannot speak about spirit of football.

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    3. Stuart, I agree with you on the goal, and to an extent on the spirit, but you cannot ignore the laws. A decision that goes against the laws of the game is wrong. The 'spirit' can clarify some dark corners, but not change the laws.

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  33. Michał Listkiewicz (FIFA Referees Committee) says there was no foul at goal. I have a different opinion but nowadays the tolerance is huge concerning attacks on GKs.

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    1. Ofcourse no foul.

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    2. I think the same...

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    3. I think the same...

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    4. Urs Meier says, it is a foul - difficult to detect, but clear in slow motion.
      Furthermore he pointed that there was an offensive foul before the Romanian penalty.

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    5. I think that AAR2 had a better chance of spotting it.

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    6. I am very happy to have same opinion with great Urs Meier!

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    7. I tend to agree with Urs Meier regarding goal. In slo-mo there is a movement of an attacker's elbow to GK's hand.

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    8. A very similar challenge as that before ROU penalty was not whistled by Eriksson in the EL final...

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  34. I think it is very difficult to assess Kassai's performance as positive or negative. It was in my opinion a mixed bag. There were clear positive points, as well as inconsistencies here and there.
    The most difficult case is surely France's first goal. We can discuss for a long time, but everybody is of course entitled to have the own opinion.
    Penalty to Romania: it could be a good call, thank to AAR1, but now this foul missed before the incident must be checked carefully.
    This reminds me the most important point for improvement of Kassai: foul detection. In every match we see him allowing a certain physical play, sometimes really blatant and resulting in clear fouls missed (one example for this evening a foul in the midfield, 73', but also another one in first half, 36' if I remember well).
    A positive point was surely the usage of advantage (first YC was shown in first half after having used it) and a solid control of the game.
    I can back AAR2 for his choice to play on following penalty appeal - no doubts.
    Assistant referees: not faultless, but there were some mistakes. At least one mistake for both AR1 and AR2, as well correct calls.
    More to follow...

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  35. Regarding to the "foul" - try to answer 2 questions:
    1) would you give it in the middle of the pitch?
    2) was the goalie inside 6yds box to be "extra protected"?

    For me the answer to both is no and I wouldn't say it was a foul. I'd rather say Giroud jumped with his arms spread and, of course, there was a slight contact between him and the keeper, but, come on, football is a contact game, for me that's not enough to constitute a foul and I would say it is rather the keeper who jumped into the path of Giroud than the latter making a movement of arm to impede the keeper

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    1. Completely agree with you RefPliz, and I was just about to ask the same questions. I even question whether a goalkeeper still deserves extra protection in his 6yds box as it comes to challenges for the ball. I think one cannot find such a "special status" in the LotG anymore.
      I also fully agree with your explanation underneath. Giroud simply makes a normal/natural football action in order to play the ball, in which he succeeds. And was it the goalkeeper making the slight contact, was it Giroud, or was it just a coincidental collision?
      Correct goal in my book!

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    2. I completely agree.

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    3. TBF I doubt such "extra protection" too, I'm rather a fan of physical, contact (but obv fair!) football and rather wrote it only to underline my point. Or maybe I would say that it exists, however in a different sense - if a keeper is challenged while in the air and the attacker has a little chance to play the ball, then you should punish such behaviour more strictly - but as long, as it is fair, it's ok.

      I could also add that I saw the replays from 2 English TVs - ITV and BBC - and no commentator even thought it could be a foul - they rather pointed out at the keeper's mistake and I couldn't agree more. Tatarusanu risked a lot by making that attempt to catch a ball and he simply lost fair and IMO normal deul for the ball - I don't really thing you should give a foul just because he is a keeper.

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  36. Overall the performance of Kassai tonight was alright. In first half with some small mistakes, second half was more challenging. The awarded YCs were all justified, however I have to turn a blind eye to the situation in 53' if I say a 2nd YC wasn't compulsory - but okay, I still accept it. Indeed it cannot be accepted that Kassai didn't detect this foul, especially in his great position. 1:0 was valid in my opinion, normal duel outside (!) the six-yard box. Good decision taken by the referee and AAR2. The penalty decision was absolutely correct, well detected by AAR1; so the important decisions were correctly taken.
    Overall I'm not 100% satisfied with Kassai's foul detection, but it was a solid start for the referees in this year's EURO.

    First impressions:
    Kassai 8.3/8.4 (starting with 8.5 for quite challenging game)
    Ring 8.4
    Toth 8.3 (wrong offside flag in 85')
    Bognar 8.4 (missed corner kick; good cooperation in penalty decision)
    Farkas 8.4 (missed foul and YC; good no-foul-decision before 1:0)
    Kuipers 8.4

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    1. I agree with your marks. Maybe Bognar 8.5 for his important contribution regarding the penalty. Missed corner kick will not reduce his mark for this crucial correct decision.

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    2. I wouldn't call it a "solid" start with so many controversial situations, but otherwise I agree in most points. For me, it was a foul before the 1-0, but quite difficult to detect, therefore I would choose a slightly lower mark. Overall it was a mediocre performance, that should neither increase nor decrease his chances at the tournament.

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