June 17, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Appointments for Matches 19-21: Second Games for Clattenburg, Kassai and Mažić

UEFA has defined the Referee Appointments for Matches 19-21. Second game for Mark Clattenburg, Viktor Kassai and Milorad Mažić!




17/06/2016, 15:00 CET
GROUP E, Match 19
Toulouse (Stadium de Toulouse)
ITALY
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SWEDEN

Referee: VIKTOR KASSAI (HUN)
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: Clément TURPIN (FRA)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Nicolas DANOS (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: David ELLERAY (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Aleš ZAVRL (SVN) 


17/06/2016,, 18:00 CET
GROUP D, Match 20
Saint-Étienne (Stade Geoffroy Guichard)
CZECH REP.
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CROATIA

Referee: Mark CLATTENBURG (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon BECK (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake COLLIN (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony TAYLOR (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre MARRINER (ENG)
4th Official: Tasos SIDIROPOULOS (GRE)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Damianos EFTHYMIADIS (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado SAJN (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Nodar AKHALKATSI (GEO)


17/06/2016, 21:00 CET
GROUP D, Match 21
Stade de Nice (Nice)
SPAIN
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TURKEY

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: Aleksei KULBAKOV (BLR)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Vitali MALIUTSIN (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay LEVNIKOV (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Bjorn VASSALLO (MLT)

119 Comments:

  1. Uefa ref.comm. are satisfied what saw yesterday. Congrats to Clatts and Mažić.
    maybe both will be in matchday 3 deciders!?

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  2. I expected Kassai and Mazic, they were possible choices for these games, but definitely not Clattenburg. He gets another match in a few days after yesterday, I think this appointment can be read as possible signal for KO stage. Indeed, assigning him to Czech Republic - Croatia means that committee wants to keep the chance of appointing him for teams like Germany, Portugal, Spain,France and so on in KO stage.
    But... we can't know whether 2 games for each referee will be confirmed in group stage, it isn't a written rule, and in case some officials could leave the tournament after only one appearance, while others (Clattenburg?) will get three clashes. So, perhaps it's too early to discuss about that. Surely, at any rate, a positive thing for Clattenburg.
    I'm curious about Moen's second appointment...

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    1. I think Moen eventually also Velasco will only get a game an Matchday 3 with no influence on the qualification for KO-Stage

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  3. It's possible that for Clattenburg the committee reserved a eighth final and a semifinal? And for quarter final will appoint the top referees of third groups stage match day?

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    1. "eighth final and a semifinal" - not "eighth final OR a semifinal" :)

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  4. My predictions for Saturday:
    BEL-IRL: Moen, FO: Bastien
    ISL-HUN: Atkinson, FO: Tudor
    POR-AUT: Marciniak, FO: Hategan

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    1. Mine:
      POR - AUT Eriksson
      ISL - HUN Hategan
      BEL - IRL Velasco Carballo

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    2. And for Sunday I add:
      SUI-FRA: Rizzoli, FO: Eriksson
      ROU-ALB: Skomina, FO: Johannesson

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  5. First foul of the game by Ibrahimovic perhaps reported by AAR2.

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  6. The first correct offside call of the game by AR2 Toth.

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  7. IMO missed deliberate handball blocking a shot on goal. Blatantly outstretched hand. YC would be needed, too.

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    1. I want to rewatch this situation, because I'm not 100% sure, but I tend to agree.
      Meanwhile, De Rossi was warned for a late challenge, and another correct offside call by Toth.

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    2. I must admit, on first viewing, I felt that it was just a block with accidental handball. Kassai got that spot on for me.

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  8. Excellent call after 14 minutes: very well spotted that it was no penalty, but a free kick to Italy. Well done by Kassai.

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    1. Indeed, in my opinion Kassai today is closer to action than other games and he is managing an accurate foul detection.

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  9. 47': missed foul by Chiellini with ball away, he impeded deliberately the opponent by a clear block... YC for me...

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  10. Excellent match and very good control so far by Kassai.
    58' Good foul to calm things down, as Ibrahimovic was getting annoyed.
    61' Correct non-penalty decision.

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  11. 64': very important offside decision by Ring. The tip of the foot was ahead... fantastic call.

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  12. What a miss by Ibrahimovic, I can't believe it! But... excellent offside call by Ring (72'). Very well done. It was not easy because many playes tried to kick the ball before him but nobody succeeded.

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  13. By the way, just pointing out that both Sidiropoulos and Kulbakov have two matches in two days. Sidiropoulos was in Ukraine-Northern Ireland yesterday, while Kulbakov is in Iceland-Hungary tomorrow. Not ideal for preparation and study.

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  14. Penalty appeal in the last second of the game. I can understand why Kassai played on. Not enough for a whistle. There was a small holding, then the Swedish player fell down too easily, looking for the penalty.

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    1. He didn't played on. Gave Italy a FK.

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    2. You are right, sorry.

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  15. Excellent match by Kassai, absolutely no controversy, until everything crumbles in the last second. I need to view more replays, but my instinctive hunch is penalty. At any rate, Kassai will be the victim of controversy, which may impact the rest of his tournament.

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    1. Your instinct is wrong ;)

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    2. It would have been harsh, but shirt pulling in the penalty area is worth a penalty. Period. It was subtle, it wasn't too strong, but holding an opponent is a foul.

      PS: Full disclosure, I am part Swedish.

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    3. If you whistle every contact, every short shirt pulling.. then you are basketball referee :) :)

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    4. I did not say I would whistle every contact. But in my mind, as part of his challenge, Chiellini resorts to illegal shirt pulling to gain an advantage.

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    5. No period, Emil. Giving a penalty there is against common sense and was not even wanted by the Swedish player, who was busier with telling the Italian that he did not dive than shouting for a penalty.

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    6. I still have strong doubts. Ultimately, you're condoning limited shirt pulling by the Italian defender.

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    7. He went down without any reason. Maybe he even dived. No contact justifies this descend. Yes, he was shortly held 0,5s earlier... but no referee gives a penalty for that. At least not at this tournament and level.

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  16. In my opinion, good performance by Kassai. I think his management in the last minutes was good. Correct YC to Buffon, and after that, he added all the wasted time. I would like to see that more often.

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  17. Good performance. 2 cards more would have been possible, but no talk about the referees, concentrated last 5 minutes, good time wasting management (even though he should have already cautioned one of the defenders wasting time before Buffon got the ball).

    UEFA can be content with the tournament so far. I have rarely experienced a competition with that few controversies, that few crucial mistakes and almost faultless assistant referees. Not even 1 mark below 8.2 for them so far!

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  18. Overall in my opinion a good performance by Kassai. A YC was mandatory for Chiellini (47'), this was perhaps the most blatant situation missed by the officials (it happened with the ball away, Kassai was focused on the action). Chance to get an help from AAR1? Very difficult, I wouldn't be so harsh. But the -0.1 stays. I back Kassai for the handball outside the box in first half, clear replays were not shown. I'm not convinced about a possible deliberate act.
    Positive points: match control, foul detection (definitely better than other times, despite of the missed foul by Chiellini), evaluation of the penalty appeal at the end of the game. The whistle in favor of Italy can be discussed but it wasn't surely a penalty. Excellent management of time wasting and correct decision to extend the added time.
    So: starting from 8.4 (match was basically normal difficulty) -0.1 for the missed card, +0.1 for all the rest = 8.4.
    Assistant referees: both faultless. AR1 Ring 3 offside calls, 2 of them were quite difficult, AR2 Toth 2 offside calls both correct. For me, both expected level. Perhaps Ring a small step below 8.5: 8.45 would be the right mark :)
    Additional assistant referees not involved, perhaps AAR2 called a foul at the beginning, but I'm not sure.
    Turpin was quite active as fourth official, but still expected level.
    So marks are quite clear, all members with 8.4.

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  20. If it was only the shirt-pulling it was not enough for a penalty. But I am not sure if there wasn't a leg contact/Foul, too during the clash. But in doubt no PK.

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  21. Just a silly question: Why does Clattenburg wear long-sleeve shirts already during the whole season?

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    1. He has tattoos on his arms.

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    2. Olympic rings with a date of his final appointment in 2012. Really abusive tattoo!

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    3. And his mates... is it that UEFA wants the whole team to wear all the same kind of sleeve?

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    4. Dear all, are you sure that Clattenburg has a tattoo?
      I searched and searched for a photo without any success :)

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    5. https://twitter.com/bmb_afcb/status/742720325306191872

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  22. It seems UEFA Referees Committee deemed Kuipers' no card decision regarding Khedira's elbow in the first minute of GER-POL as a mistake (and rightly so). Clattenburg very strictly reacted to Badelj elbow in 14' and immediately showed him a yellow card although it was a first bad foul in the game.

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  23. 22' penalty for Czech republic or not ?

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    1. Not enough. It was in front of Marriner.

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    2. Another replay was shown. Borderline. Acceptable decision let the play go, I think.

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    3. But now penalty 100%.

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    4. Agree with you for situation in 22'.

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    5. It was a free kick missed + YC for SPA(?). The foul had place outside the penalty area. -0.1.

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    6. I made mistake. You're right. It was outside.

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  24. Situation just a few min ago on the line of penalty area. It was a clear foul. But inside or outside. If I saw it well it was on the line so a PK should have been awarded?

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    1. On the line. Penalty.

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    2. Clear foul here ! FK And DOGSO ?

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    3. Outside. Believe me.

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    4. I rewatched it. Sorry, it was outside. :)
      -0.1

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    5. Outside but clear foul. YC for the tactical foul, maybe even more.

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  25. Despite the protests of Croatians, Clattenburg was right to whistle for a half-time when CRO were about to take a corner kick. The ball went off the field in 46:03 (1 minute was added).

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  26. 68' Another penalty appeal. Mandžukić slightly pushed when preparing himself to take a shot. Again, not enough for a penalty.

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  27. Terrible scenes, now a firecracker exploded and a fireman was almost hit. He had to run away. I think Croatia will pay for that.

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  28. If that firework had exploded next to a player or referee, the match would have most probably been suspended or cancelled. Why not now? All players into the tunnels, 15 min break or immediate abandonment. That would be a signal.

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    1. Remember Montenegro - Russia, Niclas... it's always UEFA's decision.

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    2. My impression was that Clattenburg wanted to go inside but wasnt allowed.


      Now an excellent spotted penalty.

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    3. My thoughts too! He made a 'let's go to the tunnel' gesture but then approached to the delegate.

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    4. Agree. Now, it is up to UEFA to send a clear signal about how firmly they are against this kind of violence both inside and outside the stadiums. For me, that signal should mean the exclusion of Croatia from the tournament. Or at the very least (and I think this would NOT be enough), a really high fine.

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    5. I guess they'll do the same like with Russia... at the next incident, suspension. So far, only a fine and last warning.

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    6. Harsh. In my opinion Croatian footballers are the last to punish and footballers should not be punished for their 'supporters' idiotism.

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    7. Really bad. What is the possible solution in my opinion? Go into the tunnel and let the police to move them all from them stadium. Restart the game without them. However, it's a big confrontation waiting for the police in such case... It was a reason for keeping the supporters at the stadium during the final of Polish Cup.

      https://twitter.com/JHRWWE/status/743862147260780544

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    8. I agree that players have no guilt. But I think there is a maximum that can be accepted. Russia has lit fireworks twice, according to the media, and now Croatia makes it three fireworks lit in EURO matches. I believe that an approach of warning each association at least once before taking measures is wrong. The warning to Russia should have been a warning for all associations regarding those kind of incidents.

      Given that the players are not guilty, something else that could be done is not to allow public from the offending association at the next match. Of course UEFA would not like the TV image of half of the stadium empty, but would instead be a VERY clear message regarding violence in the stadiums.

      Apart from that, I expected much more from UEFA itself regarding security at stadiums. Three pieces of fireworks so far means to me that something is not being done right.

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    9. Plus a fan who sprinted onto the field of play while Modric was celebrating the goal vs Turkey.. UEFA switched off the camera at that moment, German TV channels complaint about that btw.

      It definitely does not convey the safest impression also in the context of terrorism which made me reject tickets I originally had for 2 EURO matches. If 3 fireworks are able to get through the system and 2 guys are able to enter the field of play, you can't feel completely safe.

      But that's another topic with relatively little relation to refereeing. I would have nonetheless appreciated Clatts going to the tunnel. Let the delegate say what he wants.

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  29. Oh la la. 100% correct penalty. Well spotted, great great decision.

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  30. Is that a deliberate handball? I have many doubts...

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  31. Maybe not fully deliberate handball by Vida but the ball was fully expected and was going years. Correct decision however I would have refrained from YC.

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    1. That's the point. The hands up there could be somehow explained as a natural jumping movement. But as you said. Fully expected and long travelling ball. Reminds me on Kuipers in Chelsea-PSG.

      YC indeed not necessary, maybe even incorrect.

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    2. I rewatched it. Replay starts too later. I suggest to assess the situation by the live sequence. Indeed, it is a penalty. Player from Croatia jumps with raised arms hitting the ball and preventing a head butt by opponent, I think for this reason Clattenburg gave a YC. I think AAR1 Taylor involved. Brilliant call for me, at first I had a different idea.

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    3. I agree. An excellent call even though not deliberate 100%.

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    4. Rakitic suspects that the penalty was given because of the incidents earlier on. ......

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  32. Excellent team work and correct penalty. Hands were extended, on top of opponent's head.

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  33. Mandatory YC by Mazic in the first minute of the game, after a mistake by Spain it was a clear SPA.

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    1. Nobody likes early cards, but this was a mandatory one. It is beginning of the game and atmosphere is already heated up.

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  34. Minute 6': Mazic preferred an advantage for Spain while AR2 had raised the flag to report a foul. Problem was that Turkey won the ball and attacked... luckily nothing happened later on.

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  35. YC to Burak Yilmaz, but Busquets deceived Mazic, by pretending to be hit in face. Unsporting behavior, however I think YC for the Turkish can be still ok.

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    1. This will be a challenging game, so I assume that Mazic decided to take a guard from the start. Second early card, but in this game mandatory.

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  36. Two very, very harsh cautions for me. Not SPA for me, and nowhere near the chin or face.

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  37. 21' Missed yc in my opinion, reckless tackle.

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    1. Like in IRL-SWE, no awareness and alertness for stud-tackles. -0.1. as for the other cautions, I think both were OK, specially the first one. Not sure whether that was really a reckless use of arm or simply theatre in 12'.

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  38. Would be really interesting to see a replay of SPA penalty appeal (alleged handball) in the 45+1'. I zoomed it and although it's a shot from less than 1 m, the hand of Turk is unnaturally outstretched and blocks the shot on goal.

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  39. We have the first offside goal...

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  40. Third goal of Spain is offside.

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  41. Offside goal...perhaps twice !

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  42. Please correct me, but I think the 3:0 was maybe level if we correct the blurred angle.

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    1. I would give him the benefit of the doubt. Extremely difficult situation. We are talking about centimeters.

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    2. Yes. That's what I mean. If we integrate the flash lag effect and correct the camera position, I dare to say that either it was level and no offside or max. 10-20 cms offside. In both cases, AR2 needs to be supported. Anyone with a screenshot?

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    3. Unfortunately,...it was an offside...

      https://vine.co/v/ilXid5FhaL0

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    4. Well...yes slight offside, but not as much as this camera perspective suggests. Max. the left part of the upper body was offside by maybe 20-30 cm. Can't blame AR2 much.

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    5. https://twitter.com/bati9val/status/743901581561716740
      https://twitter.com/Memz_Dogi/status/743902234480644096

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    6. I agree with you. Slight offside. AR2 can not be blamed much.

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    8. Niclas, can you correct the blurred the angle?
      I made it in hurry

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    9. the blurred angle*

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    10. Thanks a lot for your work, RefRef!

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    11. You're welcome, pleasure is mine.

      And yes I done it in hurry, maybe the line needs to be few milimeters to thr left or right but of course offside was minimal.
      I would like to hear your opinion about referee performance?
      IMO it was good/very good.
      Good thing is that offside goal happened on 2-0, and I think that Uefa will support decision.

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    12. I have to rewatch some scenes. It's possible the UEFA Referee Committee allowed referees to show cards at the beginning. Something was surely changed in instructions after the GER-POL and Khedira's elbow. Overall a decent job. However, his mark will suffer from missed YC to Ozan Tufan for a reckless foul on Iniesta (20') and maybe from misjudgment in the 9th minute. If there is no push in the neck or head, the YC to Burak Yılmaz will most likely be assessed as wrong. Regarding the advantage in the 6th minute: at this tournament the referees often look for opportunities to play it at all cost even in offsides situations and fouls on goalkeepers... I don't like it as there is often no advantage at all. 8.2 (or 8.3 from a very lenient observer).

      I hope UEFA Referees Committee will support the decision. It is within the 'be positive' line in my opinion. Not a crucial mistake to me.

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    13. Thanks for the reply.
      I hope that this 'mistake' isn't the expencive one, if we are speaking about further appointments.

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    14. My opinion is that Mazic did very good job. He was strict and harsh at the beginning, and it seemed it was good approach, because the atmosphere calm down early. His foul detection was good, he was accepted by very passionate Spanish and Turkish players, who often protests a lot. He missed one YC in 21' (same as in his first match - it is difficult to detect whether it the player stood on the opponent's foot) and handball from Piquet, which he couldn't see (his AAR2 should see that). There is no word about PK in 45' due to alleged handball. No one here didn't comment AR1 and his brilliant job. Several tough offside/onside situation, and he was faultless. Especially tough was situation at second goal because he could make a mistake due to the fact that defender played the ball passed from Fabregas and scorer was then meters "offside" which could affect decision. AR2 with one mistake. I thought it was at least a meter offside, but it was rather small (e.g. Clattenburg's AR1 made much bigger mistake in CL final - it was bigger offside and it contributed Real to win the title, and no one emphasized that fact). We will see whether this would have consequences for Mazic's team. Who knows what PLC would decide, what would it be his opinion - to blame or to support the ref. Main thing is that this small mistake didn't influence the final result, didn't decide the winner. Therefore maybe we could expect Mazic in quarterfinals the most. I have to say that so far refereeing is very good in total, refs are much better than footballers. I don't know about you but for me this EURO is pretty much boring, one of the worst tournaments I've ever seen. Hope to see more matches like CRO-CZE, which was far the most interesting so far.

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    15. You mentioned something really important we all forgot-really great great job for AR1 Ristic. Both goals in first half on his side.
      Also, I would like to hear blog administrator's opinion about second goal.
      Would you raise the flag if Nolito waa im offside position (ofc he wasn't) ?
      Defender played the ball deliberately IMO.

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    16. Only offside in third goal.

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    17. It was an excellent NO FLAG by AR1 Ristic. Nolito was always ONSIDE, the head-butt by defender would have annulled a possible offside position, so at any rate flag had to stay down. This was a deliberate play by defender.

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  43. we saw again mazic and him team is not enough for elite level.

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    1. Why? I think that his performance was quite good. Perhaps we can discussed about the YC missed at 21', his strict approach at the beginning was justified. Offside in the 3-0 action was tight, one can understand AR2 and his decision.
      Still about Mazic, I want to add that he should prepare better the game with his assistant referees, indeed it is not the first time that an AR reports a foul, but he plays on. Of course it is Mazic's decision and nobody can question, but when AR raises the flag, he loses concentration for a while and it is possible to miss something. In addition, yesterday the advantage given was quite risky, because Turkey won the ball just a few seconds later and attacked. I would suggest to assistant referees to raise the flag only in ABSOLUTELY NEEDED situations.
      For the rest, I think it was an expected level by Mazic, for me 8.3.

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  44. I rewatched the CZE-CRO beacause I worked yesterday and I think if the CZE's penalty was a penalty i think Brych's penalty situation was penalty too. The two situation are very similar.(IMO)

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    1. Similar? Please rewatch carefully the route of the ball before hitting the arm in both situations, there is one main difference...

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    2. And one big similarity, if I may so.

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    3. That's my opinion, You don' t necessary agree with me.

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    4. Of course, we all can have different ideas, but for me the clear difference is that in Czech Republic's case, the ball hits directly the arm and the opponent is impeded in his attempt to made a header, in the other situation, you see that the ball hits Welsh player's arm after a rebound. It isn't the same thing.

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