June 14, 2016

Refereeing Analysis - Matches 8-10 (Marciniak ESP-CZE, Mažić IRL-SWE, Clattenburg BEL-ITA)

Yesterday's 13 June was the best day for UEFA's Refereeing Team so far: Three Matches which were under full control, paired with overall good decisions and football in the foreground - our review of Szymon Marciniak's, Milorad Mažić's and Mark Clattenburg's successful EURO debuts.

One of many stud-tackles in IRL-SWE

Szymon Marciniak's Team in Spain vs Czech Republic

The 35-year old Polish and his compatriots delivered a good piece of refereeing in an easy-going match for the referee and a terribly difficult match for the assistant referees - good for them, as they got the chance to excel. They had to deal with more than ten close offside/onside decisions and mastered most of them. While AR2 Listkiewicz stayed faultless, AR1 Sokolnicki made 2 mistakes out of 7 or 8 tight decisions on his side. Making 2 offside errors cannot satisfy an assistant referee, but considering the many good calls in tight decisions, the performance can still be deemed as expected level.



Important Situations:

no real difficult key incident available, but nonetheless please watch VIDEO1 and VIDEO2.


Positive Points:

1| Match Control: Marciniak was fully accepted and kept the overview at all times. What was not too demanding in this game was partly also his merit.

2| Calmness: He radiated a very calm, but never passive impression. As said in our profiles, his refereeing was "pleasantly unremarkable".

3| Common Sense: In many situations, Marciniak took the "more clever" decision which was in line with common sense and the spirit of the game (e.g. 20' and 62').


Points for Improvement:

1| As he was very consistent in his interpretation of what deserves to be deemed as SPA and what does not, this was OK, predictable for the players and therefore accepted by them. But: He should use more verbal warnings in a stepwise manner (discreet, public, final warnings - positive example in 38').

2| Tactically whistling one or two fouls more would not have harmed. In some cases, players got frustrated by Marciniak's pretty tolerant line. The one or the other free-kick more would have been accepted, awaited and technically the right decision. Above all, this can be important to prevent undesired player reactions such as violent conduct / retaliation.


Our Observers' Mark Proposals


Ø
Artur (SUI)
Carter (AUS)
Chefren (ITA)
Detelin (BUL)
Edward (GRE)
Harry
(ENG)
Niclas
(GER)
RayHD (POL)
Rik (NED)
Maxi (GER)
Ref: Marciniak
8.38
8.4
n.a.
8.4
n.a.
8.3
n.a.
8.4
8.3
n.a.
8.4
AR1: Sokolnicki
8.40

8.5
8.3
AR2: Listkiewicz
8.45

8.4
8.5
AAR1: Raczkowski
8.40
8.4
8.4
AAR2: Musial
8.40
8.4
8.4

4OF: Kulbakov
8.40
8.4
8.4

TEAM AVERAGE
8.40
 


Milorad Mažić's Team in Ireland vs Sweden

Serbia's Milorad Mažić managed to keep the standard high at yesterday's EURO Matchday. In a combatted duel between two passionate teams, he maintained full control and conveyed a very convincing and sovereign impression. It is a pity that the big-picture-impression - which was completely positive and actually on 8.4-8.5 level - suffers from 3 missed, mandatory yellow cards that all concerned the same type of offence.



VIDEO1, VIDEO2

Important Situations:

1| Penalty area incident in 42'

While a high pass was entering the penalty from the left Irish attacking wing, two player duos pulled and held each other with their arms. The replays neither confirm that IRL #9's shouts for a penalty were justified nor show the complete process of mutual holding. Play-on was the best possible and fully correct decision based on the pictures available. Good support also from AAR1 who had to keep an eye on not only one player duo, but even two.

2| Missing Yellow Cards for reckless tackles

The three situations mentioned above where yellow cards should have been given are no real key decisions. Nonetheless, they are important for the referee to reflect how these decisions can be taken better in future:

46'/47' (see video here): SWE#18 recklessly tackles IRL#13 with a very high foot and makes stud-contact with the latter's upper body (see picture at the top). Due to a lack of anticipative positioning, Mažić has a 0° viewing angle (see below) and practically cannot see the danger of this tackle. He applied an advantage and warns the player while the ball is still in play, but does not caution the player afterwards. How can this be avoided?


dark: where Mažić stood, transparent: where he could have stood


This screenshot compilation shows that Mažić is positioned a bit too close to AR2's sideline. This is understandable, as there have been some aeriel duels some seconds earlier so that proximity to these high lobs and headers is no bad idea. But by standing so much to the upper sideline, he lacks in having the best possible visual angle on the reckless tackle. So maybe he could delegate the monitoring of such aeriel duels to his AR2 and stay a bit farther away, maybe 5-10 metres. By that, he could produce a better visual angle and would probably identify SWE#18's tackle and its danger.

73': Reckless tackle. SWE#9 makes stud-contact with IRL#18's foot. The hitting point is neither high nor completely low. 10-20 cms higher and we are talking about serious foul play. Mažić conveys a very relaxed body posture in these seconds and is maybe not 100% alert. But he should be: These are the most dangerous fouls for the safety of the players.

90+1': Another reckless tackle, again a low stud-contact. Painful and due to the low hitting point a clear yellow card - but not more either.

However, despite these 3 situations, the game was still very well refereed. I consider these 3 incidents as single, but nonetheless systematical mistakes which in the end do not significantly tarnish the overall good performance level shown by the Serbian-Slovenian referee team. Mažić has shown that he is a reliable candidate for the K.O. stage including the Quarterfinals upwards.


Positive Points:

1| Match Control: Mažić kept the overview and had full control over the game. Good management of the game. Composed, cool and authentic personality. He radiated self-confidence, sovereignity and calmness.

2| Very good player-management, good relation to the players and even in cases of protests he quickly re-gained their acceptance.

3| Good teamwork, specially with AARs and also with the 4th official Matej Jug, who was - I assume - involved in at least 1 YC decision.


Points for Improvement:

1| As elaborated above: Awareness and alertness for the danger of tackles executed with studs shown. These are clear yellow cards and they have to be given in practically every minute of the match.

2| Anticipative Positioning, he can think about delegating more things to his ARs to be able to always keep the most flexible and best visual angles.

3| As usual, I would recommend him to refrain from making too theatrical gestures and signals as I personally think referees should not make more of themselves than necessary. But also here, opinions might differ and it is definitely Mažić's individual style which makes him authentic.


Our Observers' Mark Proposals


Ø
Artur (SUI)
Carter (AUS)
Chefren (ITA)
Detelin (BUL)
Edward (GRE)
Harry
(ENG)
Niclas
(GER)
RayHD (POL)
Rik (NED)
Maxi (GER)
Ref: Mažić
8.30
8.3
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
8.2
8.2
8.4
8.4
AR1: Ristić
8.40


8.4
AR2: Djurdjević
8.40



8.4
AAR1: Grujić
8.50
8.5
AAR2: Djokić
8.40

8.4
4OF: Jug
8.50

8.5
TEAM AVERAGE
8.36
 


Mark Clattenburg's Team in Belgium vs Italy

There is not much to say about Mark Clattenburg's performance in the maybe best match so far. Simply a very good performance with excellent management abilities, a strong personality and body language and, above all, a feeling for the game.

VIDEO1

Important Situations:

1| A key incident was minute 7'. At this point Clattenburg had to decide whether he wants to throw over his match plan which surely was something like "delay the moment for the 1st yellow card, statr with warnings and increase your disciplinary measures step by step". The foul by Éder is actually a clear reckless tackle. Studs making full and moderately intense contact with the opponent's foot in 1m height is - in my understanding - a mandatory yellow card.

You can now say: You are fault finder, Law hunter or ... whatever. The not given YC is acceptable to a certain extent as the end sometimes justifies the means in refereeing. But it could have gone another way. In retrospect, Clatts had luck.

The critical point I would emphasize is how he warned Éder. Excellent body language, no doubt. Respectful, calm, but very determined. BUT: If you tell a player sth like "next time, you get a card" and "I have an eye on you" but let him go away without a yellow card at his next foul in 26', the approach and warning both lose their credibility. The tackle in 26' was only careless, but a YC paired with the hand/finger-gesture "1st foul overwhere, 2nd foul here: 2 times, yellow card!" would have been totally accepted and was somehow also expected against the background of how he warned Éder. So: as usual, it is a fine line between managing the game with warnings but being consistent and finding the right moment for the starting YC. Clatts had luck, but should also consider: You must finish what you start.

2| Penalty Area Decision in 23'

Correct decision for me. It might look like a foul on the Italian attacker at first, but it's the Italian himself who steps onto the leg of the Belgian defender and therefore falls to the ground. Play-on is the most common-sensible decision possible from my point of view.



Positive Points:

1| Match Control: Impressive level of sovereignity. Kept the overview and everything in his hands.

2| Body Language: Maybe a bit too much in 41', but apart from that, his body language is surely a factor that makes Clattenburg special, unique and currently one of the best referees on this planet.

3| Common Sense: High level of game-understanding, is able to combine both the big picture on macro-level and taking correct decisions on "micro-level" (IMO absolutely OK to not take any disciplinary measure for the quite excessive celebrations of the many Italian substitutes entering the field without permission...you cannot caution a half dozen of players :)


Points for Improvement:

1| With all understanding for his decision to only an issue a verbal warning in 7': Clear yellow cards are clear yellow cards, and: You have to finish what you start. If you tell him "next time yellow", then give him yellow at the next foul.

2| Whistle Usage: A short whistle prior to every single corner-kick is not needed. In this case your whistle loses its signalling effect - so deflate your audible re-starts of play a bit. On the other hand, in some cases mandatory whistles must be taken, e.g. after disciplinary sanctions (84').


Our Observers' Mark Proposals



Ø
Artur (SUI)
Carter (AUS)
Chefren (ITA)
Detelin (BUL)
Edward (GRE)
Harry
(ENG)
Niclas
(GER)
RayHD (POL)
Rik (NED)
Maxi (GER)
Ref: Clattenburg
8.45
8.4
8.4
8.5
8.3
n.a.
n.a.
8.5
8.6
8.4
8.5
AR1: Beck
8.40

8.4

8.4
AR2: Collin
8.35

8.3

8.4
AAR1: Taylor
8.40

8.4


8.4
AAR2: Marriner
8.40

8.4


8.4
4OF: Del Cerro
8.40

8.4


8.4











TEAM AVERAGE
8.42









 

* Team Average: Referee's Average Mark 50% + Marks of AR1, AR2, AAR1 and AAR2 50%
** The highest and lowest average marks are eliminated to control deviations (statistical reasons), but only if 5 or more observers have submitted their marks.

8 Comments:

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    1. He missed one clear offside (see 61:50 match minute at video).

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    2. Clear? Well... It was an offside he missed but before I watched the video and I've read only your comment, I didn't expect such a close and difficult situation ;) Due the movement of De Bruyne not so easy, as always these situations directly in front of an AR... But of course, it is a mistake - but not a CLEAR one! :)

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    3. Actually it is at least half a metre, but I agree, such situations directly in front of you with partly reverse movements are not the easiest calls.

      UEFA's media department seems to have gone to lunch earlier than usual. No appointments yet.

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    4. Following yesterday's results, group F became a bit complicated. Perhaps committee didn't expect such scores. It is possible that we will see a name like Rizzoli for Iceland - Hungary, this match becomes now very important.

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    5. That could be the reason for no appointments yet.

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  2. My predections:
    BEL-IRL Moen (NOR) FO: Manzano (ESP)
    HUN-ISL Eriksson (SWE) FO: Raczkowski (POL)
    POR-AUT Rizzoli (ITA) FO: Marciniak (POL)

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  3. He missed an obious red card on Eder. The most respect I ever lost was towards Clattenburg after that. Eder tackled the player and it was an obvious yellow card. After the signal he shot the ball 50-60 meters away in anger. 100% second yellow card.

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