July 24, 2016

Europa League 2016/17 - Referee Appointments for 3rd Qualifying Round (I)

UEFA has appointed the match officials for the first legs of 2016/17 Europa League's Third Qualifying Round.


28/07/2016 (17:00 CET, Larnaca)
AEK Larnaca (CYP) - Spartak Moskva (RUS) 
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Enrique Naranjo Pérez (ESP)
4th Official: José Luis González González (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)

28/07/2016 (18:30 CET, Oleksandria)
FC Oleksandriya (UKR) -  HNK Hajduk Split (CRO) 
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
4th Official: Donatas Šimėnas (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)
UEFA Delegate: Edgars Pukinsks (LVA)

28/07/2016 (18:45 CET, Almelo)
Heracles Almelo (NED) - FC Arouca (POR) 
Referee: Charalampos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chasan Koula (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Tryfon Petropoulos (GRE)
4th Official: Georgios Kyzas (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)

28/07/2016 (19:00 CET, Lille)
LOSC Lille (FRA) - FK Qäbälä (AZE)
Referee: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
4th Official: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)

28/07/2016 (19:00 CET, Zhodino)
Torpedo Zhodino (BLR) - Rapid Wien (AUT)
Referee: Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Johann Gunnar Gudmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gylfi Mar Sigurdsson (ISL)
4th Official: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Petro Ivanov (UKR)

28/07/2016 (19:00 CET, Riga)
FK Jelgava (LVA) - Beitar Jerusalem (ISR)
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Venev (BUL)
4th Official: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Dimitri Bokeria (GEO)

28/07/2016 (19:00 CET, Lubin)
Zagłębie Lubin (POL) - SønderjyskE (DEN)
Referee: Robert Madley (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
4th Official: Kevin Friend (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan W. Wegereef (NED)
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell (SVN)

28/07/2016 (19:00 CET, Zagreb)
Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO) - FC Vorskla Poltava (UKR)
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
4th Official: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: John Taylor (SCO)

28/07/2016 (19:00 CET, Vienna)
Austria Wien (AUT) - Spartak Trnava (SVK)
Referee: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Aurel Onita (ROU)
4th Official: Sebastian Costantin Coltescu (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Gordon Pate (SCO)

28/07/2016 (19:00 CET, Prague)
Slavia Praha (CZE) - Rio Ave FC (POR)
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandr Kudriavtsev (RUS)
4th Official: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)

28/07/2016 (19:00 CET, Gothenburg)
IFK Göteborg (SWE) - HJK Helsinki (FIN)
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Gordon Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Potter (SCO)
4th Official: John Beaton (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Romano Clavadetscher (SUI)

28/07/2016 (19:30 CET, Istanbul)
İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR) - HNK Rijeka (CRO)
Referee: Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
4th Official: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)

28/07/2016 (19:30 CET, Paola)
Birkirkara FC (MLT) - FC Krasnodar (RUS)
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
4th Official: Bram Van Driessche (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Miroslaw Ryszka (POL)

28/07/2016 (19:45 CET, Lucerne)
FC Luzern (SUI) - US Sassuolo Calcio (ITA)
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
4th Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

28/07/2016 (19:45 CET, St Gallen)
Grasshoppers (SUI) - Apollon Limassol (CYP)
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs  Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
4th Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Borja Bilbao (ESP)

28/07/2016 (20:00 CET, Genk)
KRC Genk (BEL) - Cork City FC (IRL)
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
4th Official: Philip Farrugia (MLT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Artur Azaryan (ARM)

28/07/2016 (20:00 CET, Ankara)
Osmanlıspor (TUR)  - Nõmme Kalju FC (EST)
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Đorđije Ražnatović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikola Radulović (MNE)
4th Official: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Styrbjörn Oskarsson (FIN)

28/07/2016 (20:00 CET, Drobeta-Turnu Severin)
CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu (ROU) - Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR)
Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
4th Official: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)

28/07/2016 (20:00 CET, Skopje)
FK Shkëndija (MKD) - FK Mladá Boleslav (CZE)
Referee: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Yevgeniy Belskiy (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Khodin (KAZ)
4th Official: Aleksander Gauzer (KAZ)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Cenk Cem (TUR)

28/07/2016 (20:00 CET, Novi Sad)
FK Vojvodina (SRB) - Dinamo Minsk (BLR)
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Rothmann (AUT)
4th Official: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christoforos Zografos (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Dag Steinar Vestlund (NOR)

28/07/2016 (20:00 CET, Athens)
Panathinaikos (GRE) - AIK Solna (SWE)
Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Häcker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: René Rohde (GER)
4th Official: Benjamin Brand (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)

28/07/2016 (20:15 CET, Berlin)
Hertha BSC (GER) - Brøndby IF (DEN)
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost Van Zuilen (NED)
4th Official: Edwin van de Graaf (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)

28/07/2016 (20:30 CET, Ghent)
KAA Gent (BEL) -  FC Viitorul Constanța (ROU)
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
4th Official: Sascha Amhof (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Marco Casagrande (FIN)

28/07/2016 (20:30 CET, Felcsút)
Videoton FC (HUN) -  FC Midtjylland (DEN)
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ville Koskiniemi (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sami Nykänen (FIN)
4th Official: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Kurt Zuppinger (SUI)

28/07/2016 (20:45 CET, Ljubljana)
NK Domžale (SVN) - West Ham (ENG)
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesiguzel (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
4th Official: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Đukanović (MNE)

28/07/2016 (20:45 CET, Alkmaar)
AZ Alkmaar (NED) - PAS Giannina FC (GRE)
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
4th Official: Antti Munukka (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eyjolfur  Olafsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Claus Christensen (DEN)

28/07/2016 (20:45 CET, Aberdeen)
FC Aberdeen (SCO) - NK Maribor (SVN)
Referee: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jon-Michael Knutsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Øystein Ytterland (NOR)
4th Official: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)
UEFA Delegate: José Luis Astiazarán Iriondo (ESP)

28/07/2016 (21:00 CET, Saint-Étienne)
AS Saint-Étienne (FRA) - AEK Athens (GRE)
Referee: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvatore Longo (ITA)
4th Official: Domenico Celi (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Barry W. Bright (ENG)

28/07/2016 (21:05 CET, Maria Enzersdorf)
FC Admira Wacker Mödling (AUT) - FC Slovan Liberec (CZE)
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
4th Official: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Igor Ischenko (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Gerhard Sager (SWE)

72 Comments:

  1. Stefański observed by Levnikov and De Bleeckere in two consecutive games...

    Other significant pairs:
    Andreas Ekberg - Jaap Uilenberg
    Andris Treimanis - Nikolay Levnikov
    Bart Vertenten - Manuel Enrique Mejuto González

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    1. Stefanski is definitely one of the top5 candidates for a promotion to the first group. Ekberg and Vertenten with important observers are not surprising too.

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    2. Gitzlo anybody else who you think will get promoted?

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    3. Well, only speculations... But I think in the second group are a lot of referees with chances, for example Agyayev, Avram, Ekberg, Harkam, Pawson, Siebert, Tohver, Vertenten,...

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    4. Vertenten with important observer and not so important match :)

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    5. I think the automnal will show which referees really have chances for a promotion to first group. Some referees of second group will be appointed in Europa League Group Stage again - of course these referees are to keep in mind for a promotion, especially in case of good performances.

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  2. Blom already refereed Brondby-Hertha back in 2009 (EL-playoffs).

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  3. Nainggolan's foul on Rafinha has been deemed as SFP in the newest UEFA RAP 2016.1

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3741vp

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    1. See http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.de/2016/01/severity-of-offences-tackles-without.html?m=1#.V5aDE0XuIaE

      Thanks a lot for the link!

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    2. Yes. Therefore, I am a bit surprised there are no ifs or buts about it in an official explanation.

      Another remark: what is the difference between C6 and C11. The first handball is deemed as deliberate, the second as undeliberate.

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  4. UEFA RAP 2016.1 (English, including version for MAC)

    https://mega.nz/#!Ps0XjQLZ!rcqubWpBveqgwL8q2tvTi9StlaOiEVSxOMGk6p6fCic

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    1. Thank you very much, especially for the file host!

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    2. Let me know if it works!

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    3. At first, checking the file after the download, my pc reported that the ZIP archive was damaged. However, I extracted the files, it worked, now I'm trying to watch some videos, everything seems to be ok. In case of malfunction / bugs I will inform you.

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    4. Ok I now watched all videos from "A" section, I can confirm it works.
      Among others:
      1) straight RC for Nainggolan Roma - Barcellona, as you already reported
      2) straight RC missed by Mateu Lahoz in Porto - Chelsea following an advantage
      3) missed second YC by Kuipers for Spahic in IRL - BIH, EURO play off
      4) missed second YC by Rizzoli to Verratti in PSG - Real Madrid
      5) The famous foul in PSV - Manchester United: RC for SFP and penalty to be given.

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    5. In section B, clip B1 is missing.
      The most interesting case is the potential DOGSO in Juventus - Borussia Mönchengladbach (Craig Thomson).
      The official assessment backs the referee: it is reported that, if in his opinion the presence of the other defender and the speed of the ball can influence the outcome, then the goal scoring oportunity is not obvious.
      Grey area, not black or white decision.

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    6. Do you agree with N42 and N44?
      And as I previously reported here, in Roma-Leverkusen, foul on Salah is considered on RAP as PK and YC?? :)

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    7. Both situations are indeed open to discussion, in my opinion.
      About N42 I think penalty would be an acceptable decision but I'm not sure as UEFA is. They write something like "defender slides into the challenge with the main aim to make his body bigger". I don't know the reason from which they deduced that, I see that defender just tries to block the shot by using body, but it is difficult to detect the malice in this case. The only solution would be to have both arms tied behind the back...
      One thing is sure: handball is a very, very controversial argument.

      Concerning N44: at least YC is mandatory, so at any rate a significant mistake by officials to ignore the challenge (especially AR1 / FO cooperation was needed there), but I'm not sure it was a clear RC, as UEFA describes. Iwould say borderline reckless / SFP.

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    8. Thanks for a reply.
      Agree about N42, I'm more for no penalty.
      N44: Really borderline. There are few situations in RAP,considered as YC, that are closer to RC tnan N44.

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    9. Thank very much, Ray.

      N47. UEFA deems the hand in natural position. Clearly wrong, IMO.

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    10. As for N42, I often said that UEFA don't tolerate blocking a pass or a shot with outstretched hands. It's always a DFK/PK.

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    11. I'm getting a response that the compressed (zipped) folder is invalid. Any ideas?

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    12. If the response is that the file is damaged, just close that response and let it go further. You'll get the whole file afterwards. It was a case with me. If the response really says the file is 'invalid', I have no idea, what went wrong.

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    13. The file shows as downloaded (100% completed) and then I try extracting the zipped folder and that's the message I get. I'm a bit puzzled by it too.

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    14. @kylejay I got the same message, but when I unzipped the files, it worked. Try again.

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    15. Thanks Chefren. That's the part I'm having difficulty with. It says the file has completed downloading. And when I right click to extract all and select OK, that's when it says Windows cannot open the folder, the compressed (zipped) folder is invalid. It's quite odd as the properties say it's 4.97GB in size yet it's invalid so it , must have the files.

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  5. Still from RAP 2016:1.
    Match Dinamo Minsk - Viktoria Plzen.
    Referee: Ognjen Valjić (BIH)
    A player from Dinamo Minsk is booked (it was the second YC so RC) for having removed his shirt a few seconds before leaving the field, during a substitution.
    UEFA says that:
    https://postimg.org/image/ty6lt0ow1/
    I must be honest, I disagree. So, in any other case, a player is allowed to remove his shirt? Very controversial statement.

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    1. Yes, according to the LoTG, removing a shirt is cautioned only while celebrating a goal being scored. In my opinion, this rule should be finally removed from the LoTG and removing a shirt should be allowed unless it's deemed as time-wasting.

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  6. Also, as it was mentioned on the blog at the time, Eriksson wrongly assessed Arias' foul in PSV-Wolfsburg. SFP, red card and goal-kick.

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    1. Hernanes' RC for SFP shown by Kuipers in Gladbach-Juve was correct.

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  7. Another case worthy of being mentioned.
    Disallowed goal in Malmoe - Celtic CL play off, by Mazic and AAR2.
    Here what happened:
    https://postimg.org/image/sskp0au8h/
    It was a mere communication's problem. AAR2 Filipović shouted "foul, foul" but without saying if in favor of defense or penalty. Mažić was therefore confused.

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  8. OT:

    Belgian Super Cup

    Tool or weapon?
    https://youtu.be/NpNbizyb6I4?t=398

    RC for SFP
    https://youtu.be/NpNbizyb6I4?t=2186

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    1. Elbow: for my YC, used as tool. Not a deliberate act but surely reckless.
      RC for SFP: absolutely correct. All criteria for SFP are there.

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    2. In my opinion, the elbow was used as a weapon and endangered the safety of an opponent and should be sanctioned with a red card. Am just curious if someone has the same view. :-)

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    3. 1st situation: YC (we had some similar situations in RAP as YC) but I would understand RC in this case.

      2nd situation: RC and prison :)

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  9. Birkirkara will play against FC Krasnodar, not FC Kuban

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  10. https://www.dnevnik.si/1042747351

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  11. Red card shown by Baldomero Toledo to Cesc Fabregas during the friendly game Chelsea - Liverpool:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FesD4YiJ40o

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    1. (I watched it in another video because the one you linked has been deleted)
      Well, basically it could be a correct decision, but... what we can discuss about is that Fabregas clearly goes for the ball, then the opponent is clever to move it and the subsequent contact is unavoidable. I don't see a very dangerous challenge, but perhaps a certain excessive force was used, so for me there are arguments for a discussion. However, merely looking at the effects (and perhaps one should pay more attention to that) it is correct.
      What do you think? Try to stop the video when Fabregas is about to hit ball.

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    2. SFP and nothing else in my opinion. It doesn't look that bad in real speed, but the replays are clear. Here a screenshot for you:
      http://www.directupload.net/file/d/4430/yx22hwls_png.htm
      And - if it works in other countries - a good video (1:05):
      http://www.transfermarkt.tv/icc-fabregas-mit-horrorfoul-bei-chelsea-sieg/video/video/7845/home/1/autoplay/1

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  12. OT Predictions Olympic Games:

    Men:
    IRQ-DEN: Pitana (ARG); FO: Palazuelos (MEX)
    HON-ALG: Karasev (RUS); FO: Conger (NZL)
    BRA-RSA: Lahoz (ESP); FO: Turpin (FRA)
    MEX-GER: Sato (JPN); FO: Grisha (EGY)
    POR-ARG: Faghani (IRN); FO: Lopez (GUA)
    SWE-COL: Al Mirdasi (KSA); FO: Lamptey (GHA)
    FIJ-KOR: Diedhiou (SEN); FO: Haro (PER)
    NGA-JPN: Zambrano (ECU); FO: Hategan (ROU)

    Women:
    SWE-RSA: Chenard (CAN); FO: Carvajal (CHI)
    CAN-AUS: Albon (ROU); FO: Lengwe (ZAM)
    BRA-CHN: Frappart (FRA); FO: Keighley (NZL)
    ZIM-GER: Miranda (PAR); FO: Pastrana (HON)
    USA-NZL: Staubli (SUI); FO: Umpierrez (URU)
    FRA-COL: Ri (PRK); FO: Gani (MAS)

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    1. If you want to compare, here are other predictions:
      http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.de/2016/07/europa-league-201617-referee_17.html#comment-form

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  13. List of preselected referees for WC 2018

    Felix Brych, Cüneyt Çakır, Mark Clattenburg, William Collum, Jonas Eriksson, Ovidiu Hațegan, Sergey Karasev, Viktor Kassai, Pavel Královec, Björn Kuipers, Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, Szymon Marciniak, Milorad Mažić, Svein Oddvar Moen, Nicola Rizzoli, Gianluca Rocchi, Anastasios Sidiroupoulos, Damir Skomina, Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias, Clément Turpin

    all preselected referees with their assistant referees will attend a seminar 19-23 September in Zürich

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    1. That's a big news. So Orsato has been ruled out after the first steps of preselection?

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    2. Can I ask for your source? Of course, if you can say that.

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    3. Great news, thanks.

      Soares' name well mirrors the politics inside FIFA officiating.

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    4. http://pilkanozna.pl/index.php/Wydarzenia/%C5%9Awiat/836492-wielkie-wyronienie-dla-sdziego-marciniaka.html

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    5. Thank you, so I assume FIFA waited for some confirmations before filling this list. First of all, Rizzoli's interview, released a few days ago, finds a full confirmation on this list. I don't know whether Orsato was ruled out due to performances or it was made just because Rizzoli confirmed his will to be still there. At any rate, very good for Rocchi, he deserves this chance.
      We can also deduce that Eriksson wont retire in the next two seasons, otherwise, he would have announced that to FIFA.

      So now, I post the names included in the original and very early list (September 2014, http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.it/2014/09/fifa-seminar-for-prospective-uefa.html) which have been removed / not confirmed:
      Ivan Bebek (CRO, demoted)
      Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
      Kenn Hansen (DEN, retired)
      Michael Oliver (ENG)
      Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
      Denyz Aytekin (GER)
      Felix Zwayer (GER)
      István Vad (HUN)
      Daniele Orsato (ITA)
      Liran Liany (ISR)
      Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
      Danny Makkelie (NED)
      Matej Jug (SVN)
      Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
      Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
      Stephan Klossner (SUI)
      Ievgenii Aranovskiy (UKR)

      Confirmed names:
      Clément Turpin (FRA)
      Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
      Szymon Marciniak (POL)
      Artur Soares Dias (POR)
      Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
      Sergey Karasev (RUS)
      Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

      "New" names (most of them didn't need a long process of preselection):
      Felix Brych (GER)
      Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
      Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
      William Collum (SCO)
      Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
      Viktor Kassai (HUN)
      Pavel Královec (CZE)
      Björn Kuipers (NED)
      Milorad Mažić (SRB)
      Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
      Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
      Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
      Damir Skomina (SVN)

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    6. I'm very surprized by the exclusion of Undiano and Orsato. They are considered aming the best one in their country. Impressive the downgrade of the spanish. In 2010 he was at Fifa WC, now he isn't considered anymore. Really strage to give chance to Soares and not to Oliver, Zwayer and Aytekin

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    7. About your last question, it is simply said: Soares Dias is Portuguese, all the other ones you mentioned are from countries with a "big name" called up.

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  14. Based on that, predictions for next year's FIFA tournaments:

    ConfedCup: Faghani, Shukralla, Gassama, Pitana, Ricci, Geiger, Clattenburg, Eriksson, Mazic, Rizzoli

    U20: Al Jassim, Mohamed, Irmatov, Alioum, Charef, Sikazwe, Caceres, Osses, Roldan, Sampaio, Aguilar, Garcia, Montero, Hauata, Brych, Karasev, Kralovec, Kuipers, Moen, Rocchi

    U17: Bin Jahari, Bin Yacoob, Kim, Camille, Lamptey, Tessama, Argote, Bascunan, Cunha, Vargas, Castro, Martinez, Pitti, Behari, Collum, Kassai, Marciniak, Sidiropolous, Skomina, Soares Dias

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    1. Skomina had already been at U20 and U17 tournaments! So maybe Confed Cup for him?

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    2. When has he been at U17 World Cup?
      For Confed Cup I expect referees, who are nearly safe for the World Cup, and I am not sure, whether Skomina belongs into that category.

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    3. Sorry, Skomina was only at U20 World Cup in 2013!
      You`re right

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  15. Saint - etienne - Aek Athens : two penalty situations for Damato.
    39 ' : not enough for a pénalty, agree with italian ref but...absolutely unbelievable that a goal kick was done here...aa 2 was sleeping apparently.

    42 ´ : harsh YC for simulation on Hamouma. Difficult to judge here but seems the player is touched on his left leg.

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  16. Panathinaikos (GRE) - AIK Solna (SWE)
    Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER)

    Not a good performance by the German. 3 big decisions for him and his AR's.

    Min. 35'. A goal for Panathinaikos is annuled by AR1. He signals offside the player who makes the long pass to the scorer. Replay doesn't support his decision.

    Min. 38'. Penalty appeal by Panathinaikos. The defender holds the attacker by his head and throws him down. IMO you can't have a clearer penalty than that.

    Min. 70'. Another annulled goal for Panathinaikos. This time correct.

    In general Dankert was below expectations. No authority, no communication with players, mediocre disciplinary control, many overlooked fouls. A clear handball not whistled right outside AIK penalty area around 77'.

    IMO 7.8 (8.0-8.1) area.

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  17. Extremely strange last game of this evening (Admira - Slovan Liberec)!

    Referee Özkayha is injured and is replaced by 4th Palabiyik who refereed Admira already in the last Qualifying round.

    And now a break of 30 minutes because of the flood light which is back now - the game continues.

    What a game!

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    1. Flood light is away again, another break... Unbelevieable!

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    2. Game could continue after a break of 5 minutes and now exactly at 90'00'' flood light failed again. At this moment a mass confrontation including a red card (violent conduct). Game interrupted again, additional time (2') is outstanding. What a game! Extremely difficult for the whole Turkish crew and the Swedish UEFA delegate!

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    3. Well, additional time was played with some parts of the flood light. 23:45 and the game is finished... after 2h45min including 3 breaks due flood light fails, 1 referee change, 1 streaker and 1 RC during a flood light break...

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  18. Ekberg in Luzern - Sassuolo (observer Uilenberg):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDwO7_hum1c
    Minute 01:10 correct penalty and YC.
    Minute 02:05 another penalty, this time no card. But most important... take a look at the execution. Too blatant encroachment by Sassuolo's defenders, at least four players. Since the penalty was saved, this is a significant mistake in my opinion, it was really too evident to close eyes.

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    1. Puuuuh that is really blatant. Impressive that he did not repeat it. Clear mistake.

      For me the first penalty is DOGSO (ball under 99% control, from an attacker who can accept a ball in such a way it is more than expectable that he will keep it under his control and score from this position). And the second one rather a yellow card.

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    2. 1/ DOGSO
      2/ Penalty kick must be retaken

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    3. I have rewatched the first situation and I must correct myself: clear DOGSO. The control of the ball was expected in a while, as well as a shot, so close to goal.

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    4. Knowing the reality, I suppose Ekberg will be backed in both cases. 1) another defender + GK already approaching the attacker, 2) the ball goes in another direction than the group of player that encroached penalty area.

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  19. What do you think? Offside or not? Videoton-Midtyland Ref: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Ville Koskiniemi (FIN)
    http://www.mediaklikk.hu/video/szetnyilt-a-videoton-vedelme/

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    1. Clearly level, good call.

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    2. The first pass seems offside.

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  20. Kuchin in FK Shkëndija (MKD) - FK Mladá Boleslav (CZE), interesting red card:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4m9bly_lukau0161-hu016flka-red-card-kf-shkendija-0-0-mlada-boleslav-28-07-2016-hd_sport

    DOGSO? SFP?

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    1. Do you agree with DOGSO, given the position where the foul occurred and the presence of another defender? For me, not a clear DOGSO. YC would have been OK.

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    2. In my opinion the second defender had no chance to have any impact on attacker's action.

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