June 28, 2016

Martin Atkinson, Cüneyt Çakır and Carlos Velasco Carballo have been sent home from EURO 2016

Elite Referees Martin Atkinson, Turkish Cüneyt Çakır and Spain's Carlos Velasco Carballo have been sent home by UEFA's Refereeing Officers. What has been indicated by a Spanish journalist on twitter can now be confirmed.


Cüneyt Çakır has to leave the competition earlier than expected

The remaining refereeing teams are headed by (8):

Felix Brych (Germany), Mark Clattenburg (England), Jonas Eriksson (Sweden), Viktor Kassai (Hungary), Björn Kuipers (Netherlands), Milorad Mažić (Serbia), Nicola Rizzoli (Italy), Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Szymon Marciniak (Poland) will stay at the competition, but only as a reserve referee (along with his first assistant referee Pawel Sokolnicki) - no further matches for him.

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    1. No idea. I think that a reason might be that all of his performances on this EURO were not his best performances. And I think another reason might be that the other referees have simply performed better, at least in my opinion.

      The only one I would doubt is Atkinson, especially for his assistants, who both had a brilliant EURO. But also Atkinson delivered good performances, especially in his round of 16 match.

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    2. Because he was desperate.

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    3. Why? Did you see his last performance?

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  2. I think Atkinson can be pleased with his performances, in what will surely be his final major tournament.

    And special recognition to Mike Mullarkey; who has had a distinguished career.

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  3. Çakir sent home for a SFP and a VC for an Italian player the first and for a Spanish player the second in my opinion...

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  4. Following irish team has just opened the new champions league season: can you publish the full appointments for UCL and UEL ?


    Referee

    Rob Harvey (IRL)


    Assistant referees

    Mark Gavin (IRL)

    Emmet Dynan (IRL)

    Fourth official

    Tomas Connolly (IRL)

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  5. I think, it's absolutly in order to sent this three referee teams home, because the performances are the most important fact, which has to decide about leaving the tournament or stay in France.
    Cakir performed not that well, as he did in the last seasons, over this tournament, same for Verlasco Carballo
    Atkinson has been sent home, because there were two english team, so they has to decide between Clattenburg and Atkinson, just my personal opinion.

    candidate number 1 for the final is Clattenburg, after the Knockout of the english nationalteam
    other candidates are Brych and Rizzoli
    for the semis there are a lot of candidates, like Skomina, Mazic and Kassai

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    1. Would be a surprise if Clattenburg gets the final after all ready the champions league final. And what about Brych or Rizzoli for the final, at least 1 of them will be done when there countries meet.

      And to be fair, Rizzoli was bad like Velasco Carballo on what he didn´t do in the Portuga game where there should have been 2 Portugese players should have been send of. Just awfull to stand on a leg of that Croatian player was down. Standings on his inside of his leg while he could step over him.

      But one thing was clear after the games played know, where others showed cards others siimply didn´t do nothing on the same and again the refs didn´t call the games the same way.

      But to be fair almost every referees was better then the guy from Brasil who was the ref in the Copa America. Never seen a ref as bad as Heber Lopez who had his own rules and was talking +120 minutes during the game against players and coaches. It was weak showing cards after players where asking including Messi in his final international match.

      And from now there are just 7 games left and the most likely referee that will not have a game could be Kassai. For 2 games he is already ruled out or will the send him again to either France or Portugal teams that he already met on the field. I would wish Eriksson the guy getting no game, but its obvious he has some good friends within the UEFA like Rizzoli.

      And for Cakir i will not lose a tear, the man has still the olympics next monthe like Hategan, Karasev and Turpin. Strange to see this 4 average referees on both euro 2016 and the olympics a month later. And why where there used 2 guys from England? Spain easly could have 2 guys to with Mateu Lahoz who deserved the spot more that went to Carballo.
      But i believe that every stinks within the FIFA and UEFA including referees assignments. Some simply make no sense!!

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  6. Maybe this was requirement of FIFA. All UEFA refs who are appointed for RIO have already finished with EURO.

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    1. I don't think so. Olympic Games start on 5th of August and if Cakir stayed, he would have only 1 more game and almost a month of rest between these 2 events.
      He has to face it - that has not been his tournament at all. I feel sorry for him, but it wasn't only yesterday's second half, where he lost control of what was going on, but also clear penalty to Ireland not whistled and also not so good performance during Portugal - Iceland. Comparing to others, he was much worse. If he was on his level and performed well (or even with 1 a bit worse game), he would surely get at least SF if he managed to get 2 in Champions League no longer than 2 months before...

      I think, after not good group stage (e.g. Karasiev or Hategan were better than him IMO) he anyway got his additional chance but didn't take it, so he must have been gone.

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    2. I agree Minwanabi.Or Especially Cakir is definitely the best referee by UEFA.
      He took three matches last match was the important eat!He did this game very good.UEFA know that.
      Cakir did handle lots of games by champions lig.Won lots of money.By Euro 16
      Other referees showing good performances.Mayba from this reason UEFA sent Cakir home.Not cause bad performance.I think Collins sahit privacy this reason to Cakir.

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    3. If it was clear that he has to go home way was Dallas the observer? Cakir's performance at this tournament was not good enough an this is the reason for sending him home! His good performance in CL was in my opinion the only reason way he get's a Game in KO Stage! Perhaps they think he can reach his normal Level

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    4. News!After Italia Spain game Dallas was happy with Cakir performance.This is true!
      UEFA honoured Cakir with Italy vs Spain game,and messaged him for very important ref for. UEFA.The true reason is Olympic games.After a short holiday they have to begin with Olympic trainings.Dallas did call Cakir and tell him that.This is true friends....

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    5. News!After Italia Spain game Dallas was happy with Cakir performance.This is true!
      UEFA honoured Cakir with Italy vs Spain game,and messaged him for very important ref for. UEFA.The true reason is Olympic games.After a short holiday they have to begin with Olympic trainings.Dallas did call Cakir and tell him that.This is true friends....

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    6. True, this is true, you are truly right.

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    7. If Dallas was happy, then I am from planet Mars.

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  7. Having been in the position of Collina in another sport with similar issues re referee performances/nominations, I know that they are typically two dilemmas: 1. in every big event there is some top referee who performs below normal levels; but he has not suddenly gone from top class to useless; so the temptation is to keep giving him strong games in the hope that he comes back to normal form; the example here is Cakir, and the gamble did not work out; but I would not fault Collina for hoping and trying; but after ITA-ESP there would be a loss of credibility vs. the teams if he was now given additional games; 2. there is often a choice between 'playing it safe', going with someone experienced like Atkinson or Velasco, and the desire to give someone like Karasev a chance to have one more game; and the tendency is then to play it safe; because this is easier to defend vis-à-vis the teams if something goes wrong.

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  8. OFF TOPIC!!!

    The ranking of referees and assistant referees was published by RFEF-CTA (Spain).

    La Liga referees ranking:
    01. Carlos del Cerro Grande
    02. Carlos Velasco Carballo (end of career)
    03. Xavier Estrada Fernández
    04. Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
    05. David Fernández Borbalán
    06. Alberto Undiano Mallenco
    07. Jesús Gil Manzano
    08. Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
    09. Carlos Clos Gómez
    10. José María Sánchez Martínez
    11. Juan Martínez Munuera
    12. Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
    13. Alfonso Javier Álvarez Izquierdo
    14. Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
    15. Santiago Jaime Latre
    16. José Luis González González
    17. Mario Melero López
    18. Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
    - - - - -
    19. Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero (demoted)
    20. Eduardo Prieto Iglesias (demoted)

    Segunda División's top 3 referees will handle La Liga matches from next season. Top 4 and 5 referees will be reserve La Liga referees (in case of injuries).

    Top 5 referees of Segunda División:
    01. José Luis Munuera Montero (Andalusia, 33yo, promoted)
    02. Daniel Ocón Arráiz (La Rioja, 35yo, promoted)
    03. Daniel Jesús Trujillo Suárez (Tenerife, 33yo, promoted)
    - - - - -
    04. Javier Alberola Rojas (reserve)
    05. Oliver de la Fuente Ramos (reserve)


    = = = = = = = = = = =


    --> Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar was the best assistant referee.
    --> Luis Fernando Marco Martínez (Aragon), Alfonso Hernández Labella (Andalusia), Francisco Javier García Sabuco (Navarre) and José María Carrera García (Catalonia) have been demoted.
    --> José Carlos Escuela Melo (Tenerife), Alfonso Baena Espejo (Andalusia), Iñigo Prieto López de Ceraín (Navarre) and César Manuel Noval Font (Valencia) will replace them.


    = = = = = = = = = =


    Full rankings are available here:
    http://www.rfef-cta.com/Noticias/VerNoticia.aspx?id=688

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    1. Thank you. On Friday afternoon we will know everything about Italy.
      I write that also because "f" asked for some info a few time ago.

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    2. Just to add that Marco Martínez demotion is due to age (he is retiring). With these results, Sánchez Martínez should be replacing Velasco Carballo in the FIFA list. However, this will be his second season in Primera División, and I'm not sure whether FIFA rules allow this (IIRC only referees with two-year experience in the top league of their countries can be nominated, and by December he will only have 1,5).

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    3. It seems to be a dead letter as - from what I remember - some newbies from Portugal joined FIFA list in 2015 and 2016. Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins became FIFA referee in 2015 and he has been a Primeira Liga referee from 2014/15 season. The same counts for Fábio José Costa Veríssimo. Both Sérgio Filipe Grade Sousa Piscarreta and João Pedro da Silva Pinheiro became FIFA referees in 2016 and they have been in the highest division from 2015/16 season. So it seems to not be a problem.

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    4. By the way, Sérgio Filipe Grade Sousa Piscarreta is in danger because he finished in the second-to-last place in the 2015/16 ranking. Theoretically, he should be removed from FIFA panel but it seems that he will stay at least until December. I would be grateful for a full ranking from our Portuguese readers! (I know that Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias was the best referee in 2015/16 and that Cosme Cunha Machado and André Manuel Alves Moreira were demoted - what about Sérgio Filipe Grade Sousa Piscarreta? will he be demoted? will Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa and Vasco António Moreira dos Santos stay due to injury?)

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    5. #George Ferenc Karakó from Hungary was allowed that he get FIFA badge after he had maybe 3 Hungarian first division matched abd it was his first season in the first division.

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    6. There should be indeed something new in regulations, until a few time ago I knew that at least 2-years experience was needed in the national top divsion. However, the effective number of match officiated was not important, the only criterion was that the referee had to belong to the roster on the paper. Now, it seems that this is no longer required.

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    7. That's better, because the next ones on the list are already over 40, De Burgos Bengoetxea has the same problem as Sánchez Martínez, and the next one who could be chosen would be Jaime Latre who is 37.

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    8. @RayHD Sérgio Piscarreta has been demoted !But he will stay with the FIFA badge until December. João Pinheiro could be one of the best portuguese referee ever, he is really good

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    9. @ André Carvalho

      So Cosme Machado, Sérgio Piscarreta and André Morreira are the demoted referees? Who will replace them?

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    10. @RayHD
      Yes, this 3 referees are the demoted referees. They will be replaced by Gonçalo Martins, Hélder Malheiro and João Mendes. João Matos will probably be promoted because of Duarte Gomes' end of career.

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    11. Some portuguese media says that Carlos Xistra will lose his FIFA badge in December due to his bad classification, just 1 place above the places of relegation

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    12. Who most likely will be new FIFA referees instead of Piscarreta and Xistra?

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    13. Luis Godinho, the other one could be one of the 4 referees promoted

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    14. Thank you, André for your quick responses!

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    15. My prediction for Italy FIFA list 2017: out Rizzoli, in Irrati.

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    16. I remember Irrati being Serie B or C referee and handling a play-off for advance to Serie B. I have no words how excellent he was in that fixture, I would give him a mark around 9.0. Really! Then, he was quickly promoted but his career seems to stagnate at the moment. Is he not as excellent as he was in that play-off or AIA like more experienced referees and are afraid of put their faith in him?

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    17. The answer is surely more the second than the first you mentioned. In my opinion, he is a good referee, but AIA wants that a referee gains experience before assigning him to top clashes and then before giving the FIFA badge. After 4 appearances in serie A when he was still serie B referee (until June 2013), Irrati was definitively promoted in serie A at the beginning of 2013-14 season, the first year is used to "understand" the category. In such season, you never get important games, but you have just to gain experience. Then, in the second season he spent (2014-15), he started to give some clues of his skills, starting to officiate with a certain consistency teams like Juventus, Inter, Napoli. The third season (ended a month ago) was the definitive confirmation, especially in last months. He got matches like Lazio-Napoli, Roma-Fiorentina, Genoa-Inter.
      So, you can see, a very gradual growth process, AIA is used to do that, with all referees reaching serie A. It is totally different, for example, from Spain. In Spain, if you take a look at appointments, you see referees at their first season in La Liga, officiating teams like Real, Atletico, Barcelona, in matches in which they play for contending the title, of course. Here it never happens. As said, Irrati officiated Juventus, for example, the first time only in the second season as serie A referee.
      So, I'm quite sure he will get the badge, after this path.

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    18. Rizzoli out? Is there a mandatory retirement age in Italy?

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    19. Yes 45 years like Uefa . The next will be the last serie A season for Rizzoli,unless he would take a derogation.

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    20. IIRC there are a set of rules in Spain for appointments: a referee cannot be appointed twice for a team in the same month, cannot referee a team from his own region, and it is intended not to appoint the same referee for the same team more than twice in each leg. These rules apply for all matches but the last 5-6 matchdays and Real Madrid-Barcelona clashes. Appointments are made by a comitee composed by 3 former Primera División referees (Sánchez Arminio, López Nieto and Puentes Leira). Here, new referees in the category are not really "protected", and can get top clashes in their first year. For instance, this season Sánchez Martínez got Valencia-Real Madrid (which is usually a VERY heated match).

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    21. Yes Emil, as Michele Franchini answered, age limite in Italy is 45.
      Rizzoli will leave the FIFA list very likely at the end of December, and after that, on June 2017 he should end his career in serie A for age limits, but it is possible to get a derogation, allowing him to officiate one further year (but still without badge, of course).
      I think he will get very likely this derogation, because he already stated that he has many nmotivations to go on as long as this is possible.

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  9. Because Cakir no have lobby. when the mistakes made by other refs, it is be neglected (e.g. rizzoli made crutial mistake in penalty (FRA-IRL) how many people say here? maybe 1-2), but when Cakir made a mistake, people are very exaggerate and everyone is happy. Cakir successfully managed the semi finals in 2012 and 2014. A lot of people think he will manage his finale here. But Cakir no have lobby. Most people do not make objective comments here. They make comments like fans. Finaly, Collina prepared the final Rizzoli (i think this is wrong he refereed the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final), if italy be final, Clattenburg (i think also this is wrong he refereed the CL Final 1 mounth ago.).

    Sorry guys, my English very poor.

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    1. But why would he need a lobby here? Before the tournament started, we all stated that we expected him to be the most important candidate for the EURO final. He got two CL semi's, which indicated that he was in a really good form, and was very much trusted by PLC&co. However, in the tournament he did not perform well enough.

      Yes, I agree that Rizzoli made a crucial mistake, but so did Cakir. And Rizzoli did it in an otherwise really good performance, which was not the case with Cakir. Usually he really convinces me, this EURO he never really did that.

      For me the best referee of the tournament should get the final. That means that Rizzoli and Clattenburg are serious candidates, no matter what games they had in the last years.

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    2. Dear Unknown, I invite you to read some of my previous comments on this blog, before the EURO tournament and during the last season. I wrote always about Cakir in a very positive way, because he showed more than excellent performances, I was sure, before the start of this competition, that he was candidate nr. 1 for the final game. I was objective writing that. Now, I'm still objective, but I can't say that his games were good. One can say he was still ok in the first game, but starting from the second, he really did too many mistakes, knowing his standards. The second half of Italy - Spain was very, very negative. So, that is my opinion merely based on the facts. I'm not happy if Cakir doesn't show his known skill, rather, I'm really disappointed, this is why I emphasized that. There isn't the need to talk about a "lobby", we (as blog) have not such power, we see matches and we give our opinions, trying to be more objective as possible. In addition, I think that Cakir, considering what he did, achieved more than what he deserved in this tournament, and, according to my opinion, he has been an unexpected disappointment.

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    3. Dear Unknown.

      As a neutral, who could compare the performances of Rizzoli and Cakir, I came to the conclusion that Rizzoli was far better. It may be your opinion and others that Rizzoli did a crucial mistake on FRA-IRL (not my opinion, though) but speaking of motivation, charisma, authority and management Rizzoli excelled on all those parts. Those things brought him over Cakir. And noone can deny this.

      We don't lobby for anyone. Cakir was my favorite referee these last 3 seasons. I even defended him on the Nani incident. But seeing things clearly, his EURO tournament was below expectations. Finally if you see Rizzoli's marks in POR-AUT you will understand about lobbying. IMO marks are low. But every observer has his opinion.

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  10. Kuipers will get the European championships final in my opinion

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  11. In Spain Sánchez Martínez only it goes one year in the firt division.
    He is a nervous and middling referee. The better thing is that vacancy
    of Velasco Carballo stays without covering.

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  12. Skomina is the ref at WAL-BEL. FO is Rizzoli.

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  13. Skomina has Wales - Belgium with Rizzoli fourth official. That's the first surprise. However, for Skomina, to be honest, I expected more than a quarterfinal, after his good round of 16 game.

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    1. Perhaps QF+Final is still more likely than SF+final, given the strength of the remaining referees.

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  14. Sorry, but to post, that Cakir was not supported here like Rizzoli or Clattenburg - is just ridicolous. I was quite sure like most of the others here that Cakir will be the logical candidate Nr. 1 for the final - and you find enough of those comments here! And I really like Cakir and his style. He is special and on a normal matchday he is a brilliant referee. But twice he wasn't now and so this is not his time now. Sorry for that but just logical.

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