July 6, 2016

Jonas Eriksson to referee EURO 2016 Semifinal Portugal vs Wales

Jonas Eriksson has been chosen to officiate the first semifinal at UEFA EURO 2016: Portugal vs Wales will be his third match at the tournament - and maybe the last game of his international career.



+ For the Swedish multimillionaire from Sigtuna, it is the first semifinal at a major tournament +

+ So far, he has only refereed two matches at the EURO tournament: Croatia vs Turkey and Russia vs Wales - both were smooth as silk with a few minor mistakes but a very good overall picture and full control +

+ It is rumoured that he will retire after the tournament. So this might be his last match. Good luck Jonas and co! +


06/07/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 49
Stade de Lyon (Lyon)
PORTUGAL
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WALES



Referee: Jonas ERIKSSON (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1:  Mathias KLASENIUS (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel WÄRNMARK (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan JOHANNESSON (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus STRÖMBERGSSON
4th Official: Szymon MARCINIAK (POL)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Pawel SOKOLNICKI (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc BATTA (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Martin STURKENBOOM (NED)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: Ray HD (POL)

98 Comments:

  1. According to UEFA site we have two refereeing teams present at the first semi final. Can't upload a screenshot but the article Who is the referee mentiones Felix Brych as the referee and Mazic as Fourth Official. In the Matchcentre Erikson is mentioned.

    http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/news/newsid=2372154.html

    http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000450/match=2017905/match-info/index.html

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    1. UEFA.com is wrong. It is Eriksson.

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  2. I really hope this is not his last match!

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  3. what a funny appointment!!! Erikson goes to the semi final after only 2 match. he very bad refeered the UEL final and he underperform UEFA 2016. i think uefa special treatment him. He doesn't deserve it.

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    1. Kuipers and Atkinson were indeed better than Eriksson but still I feel that Eriksson might do a good job today!

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  4. Good luck to team Eriksson

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  5. 3' clear missed foul, would have been a free-kick in a good position for Ronaldo.

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    1. IMO IT wasnt foul. Hood decision but in 12' missed penalty for portugalski.

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  6. 2nd rough foul from Allen.Gets yc in 8 min.

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  7. Early YC after only 8' - correct decision IMO, reckless foul play.

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    1. Very harsh yellow. It looked like Ericson gave it under pressure of the protest by Ronaldo / other Portugese players.

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    2. Harsh but smart decision.

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  8. That was a penalty.

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    1. I'm still in doubt...

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    2. So, are you still in doubt? :)

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  9. Possible penalty for Portugal in 10'? There was a quite strong holding but I'm not sure whether this is a mandatory call... Eriksson was well positioned and decided to play on.

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  10. Play on is correct despite very clear holding. If Ronaldo had fallen, I think Eriksson would award Portugal a penalty.

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    1. Theoretically it shouldn't matter whether Ronaldo falls down or not..

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    2. Agree but we all know referees don't always go strictly by the book when assessing the incidents of a football match. This seems to be one of those situations. I understand the decision made by team Eriksson.

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    3. I agree Steve. Just think that a penalty would have been in line with the tournament's approach.

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  11. Ashley Williams illegally blocks defenders in Wales corner kicks. Special attention should be paid to this. I believe Team Eriksson took these situations into account when preparing this SF.

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  12. Eriksson did very well to allow teams, especially Wales, to settle in. After 4-5 fouls, Caution. Had nothing to do with appeals, Eriksson needed to settle Wales down and this was perfect opportunity. Before that Portugal was appealing for fouls everywhere. Summarily waved off. Both possible "fouls" against Ronaldo (one 3' and one 10' in PA) not needed. In first, ball was played relatively fairly. In 2nd, arm was on shoulder, but no holding going on at critical time when Ronaldo was ready to challenge for ball.

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  13. After promising beginning, we are experiencing really boring game. The only (huge) controversy is Ronaldo's penalty appeal. I think we would accept either call. The holding is clear but it seems that is also stopped in a key moment. Ronaldo was not interested in fighting for the ball, just stopped himself and showed his usual 'asking' gestures. Awarding a penalty would be a very brave call. I think Karasev or Marciniak would have whistled it and Collina would be happy with it. But it's top-elite style: if you have even minimal doubts, you don't whistle a penalty. I can live with Eriksson's decision.

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    1. For me, penalty appeal isn't that critical or controversial. Never penalty IMO
      Generaly, good first half.

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    2. As much as I can understand that you cannot and do not want to influence a EURO semifinal by an early penalty for that, this was a blatant arm around the neck almost. No off the ball incident and the circunstance that CR7 stopped to play is quite understandable.

      All in all most likely acceptable. Technically a clear offence for me.

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    3. Yes technically it was a mistake.

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    4. I'm with Niclas on this one.

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  14. Good match for Eriksson, teams helped him alot.As a football fan, too me this is very boring and annoying match.I mean yeah, there is so much at risk, there is so much to loose, but to me, very boring 1st half from both teams.

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    1. 2-0 Clattenburg...

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    2. He should plan the trip to paris

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  16. Excellent ONSIDE by Klasenius.

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    1. Agree Chefren but don't you think ( we see replays) that Renato was in active position to interfere with defenders and had to be ruled at offside ? (Not Nani).

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    2. No since no player from wales challenged for the ball near renato.

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    3. Are you sure that Sanchez was even offside?

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    4. I am sure, I saw replay on flashscore.com. He raised his right leg and allow ball to pass him. For me offside, because he influenced the play. No one discussed here about potential FK for Wales just before the corner leading to 1st goal.

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    5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndVftZAgPds
      Rewatched the goal, indeed I have some doubts. We must understand the nature of the movement made by Renato with his right leg. Does he try to play the ball, or to avoid the contact with the ball? It is not clear. In the first case, it should be offside, because he was quite close to opponent, in second case, of course correct decision to play on.
      But, first of all, was he really offside at the moment of the shot? I'm not sure... so at any rate, I would back Klasenius, for me legal goal, too many doubts.

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    6. I need to draw the line, I'm still not convinced Sanchez was offside.
      But for sure, I would back AR, very challenging situation.

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    7. Offside position. He simply moved his foot out of way. No attempt to play ball. No offence.

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    8. No offside position IMO. Renato stays passive.

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  17. 57': it should have been YC

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  18. Missed YC for rough foul on Sanches (57').

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  19. The YC to Ronaldo was shown in a really poor manner.

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    1. I would add very annoying usage of whistle tonight.

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  20. The Cristiano Ronaldo booking was for dissent, wasn't it? The challege itself seemed rather tame.

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  21. João Mário should have been booked for foul on Bale (83')

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  22. Minute 82', I think another YC is missing there. Eriksson's disciplinary management has always significant points for improvement. He is reluctant in showing cards, this very often leads to crucial mistakes.

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    1. Indeed, his leniency (if you want to call it that) is IMHO his biggest point for improvement. And I have to say: it didn't get ever over the last few years.

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    2. Hmmm, it would be tactically smart but technically same foul wasn't neither especially reckles nor stopping promising attack.

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  23. IMO 8.2 level for Eriksson.
    Waiting for Rizzoli tomorrow and Clatts Sunday ,the bests world referees

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  24. Now my prediction for the final is Mark Clattenburg with Kassai as fourth official, the same as CL final.

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  25. Minute 90'+2 it seems to me that this was another YC, the second for the Welsh player, in case...

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    1. Instructions given to referees are clear now (after Nani incident). YC while player is focused on the ball and doesn't see an opponent. RC while clearly being aware of an opponent's presence. So, a YC was good choice.

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    2. Clearly a YC. Not even close to a RC.

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  27. Allen really lucky to stay on the pitch. He was not fighting for the ball in that incident. Unsporting behaviour in my opinion. Second YC could and maybe even should have been issued.

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    1. Agree, should have been a 2nd YC.

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    2. What purpose would a second Caution serve in a 2-0 game to the losing team with 10 seconds to go for a Cautionable offence that falls within the opinion of the referee? He glared him down. Everyone knows why:

      "Decisions will be made to the best of the referee’s ability according to the Laws of the Game and the ‘spirit of the game’ and will be based on the opinion of the referee who has the discretion to take appropriate action within the framework of the Laws of the Game."

      Discretion says you don't send a player off with 10 seconds to go unless it is absolutely mandatory.

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    3. While I agree that Eriksson's no-card decision was within the spirit of the game and commonsensical, I fear that this new wording will often be leading to clear violations of the Laws of The Game.

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  28. NEVER end the game when there is still an attack like this going on.

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  29. IMO 8.2 for Eriksson. Many points for improvement. Maybe it has been the last match in his career, wexwill see.

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    1. Why? He is 42 years old.

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    2. There were some speculations about his retirement but honestly I don't think so.

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    3. Yes, only speculations. I hope he will continue until World Cup 2018.

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  30. Overall a solid performance by Eriksson and crew. I rewatched the penalty situation in first half and I'd say both decisions are acceptable, so the decision to play on was okay. Maybe Allen deserved a 2nd YC but Eriksson can really be supported (nobody wanted a 2nd YC, match already decided, 'understand the game').
    + match control, body language, player management
    - excessive use of the whistle, card showing procedure
    Maybe Eriksson could have given one or two more YCs, one more mandatory.
    My final marks would be:
    Eriksson 8.3
    AR1 8.4/8.5
    AR2/AAR1/AAR2 8.4
    FO 8.3

    Now it should be clear that Clatts will be in charge of the final - he deserves it most TBH. Fourth official could be Kassai, maybe Mazic if he didn't leave.
    Predicition:
    FINAL Clattenburg (ENG); FO: Kassai (HUN)

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    1. Fully agree with your analyse and marks. Exactly my thoughts.

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    2. Very good analyse of the performance.

      For the final- Clattenburg and:

      Kassai if France reach the final
      Mazic ig Germany reach the final
      as 4th official.

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  31. OT : Johan Verbist (50), ex FIFA 2001-2010, which comes to quit his career as domestic referee becomes the new boss of refereing in Belgium. He succeeded the departure of Paul Allaerts and Frank De Bleeckere :
    http://www.belgianfootball.be/fr/nouvelles/johan-verbist-nouveau-coordinateur-de-l%E2%80%99arbitrage-du-football-r%C3%A9mun%C3%A9r%C3%A9

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  32. Where is the report for the UCL Final by Mark's team? Thanks.

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  33. Do you remember who was the ref last year in Euro U 21 first match CZE-DEN? He was Marciniak. And how got the final? Marciniak.
    So I think Kassai will be the ref in the Final, fourth official: Mazic This is naturally from me because I from Hungary. Let see :)

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    1. Indeed it is always an important signal being appointed for the opener, this means that the committee has a big trust in you and they expect a good tournament. Based on that, I think Kassai has still important chances for the final, even though Galles is out and Clattenburg can handle it.
      To be added that in case of Clattenburg's appointment, it would be the same as 2012 (Proença with both CL and EURO final), we would have again this scenario. For me, at moment, Kassai and Clattenburg have the same hopes.
      We will know the final decision tomorrow...

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    2. As I correctly predicted after quarter finals, the final appointment will be a close race between Clattenburg and Kassai, provided Wales does not reach the final, as the case now. We all remember vividly what happened to Kassai in his last group game in Euro 2012, I still believe he was the favourite to get the 2012 Euro final if his team did not commit that fatal mistake. Kassai deserves to get the final this time.

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  34. Someone's seems ready & eager :-)

    https://twitter.com/WeHelsen/status/750949970317049857

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    1. Haha :) Clattenburg, Mazic and Kassai.

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    2. It seems as only Mazic, Clattenburg and Kassai are now there. Very likely all referees appointed for semifinals (including fourth officials) will go home without any further training.

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    3. Yes, all SF referee and FO sent home.

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    4. It is really a pity that there isn't Third Place final...

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    5. Indeed. For a team like Wales it would not be a punishment. And for the referees neither I believe.

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  35. Today it is reported in Slovenian newspapers that the team Skomina (apart from Skomina and Praprotnik, obviously) are already at home. It is also reported that every mark Skomina got at EURO was above 8.0.

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    1. We never expect Skomina to get his 5th match in this Euro after his quarter final appointment. He and his team showed very decent performance at this tournament, hopefully his team will get appointed for WC 2018, after missing out for the previous WC in 2014. But a big disadvantage for him, he is from a small eastern European country.

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    2. I'm aware of that. The more interesting part of the article is about the given marks (if all above 8.0, no crucial mistakes were observed).

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    3. Skomina's team is at home, that's definitely correct. Only him and Praprotnik are still in France. The marks don't surprise me at all.

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    4. Really all above 8.0?
      I think it is a small win for Skomina team!

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    5. Sale, can you write the website?

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    6. That's the link (the main national newspaper website):

      http://www.delo.si/sport/euro2016/collina-se-ni-pustil-sklatiti-z-vrha.html

      It's in Slovenian, of course.

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    7. I'll translate some key points later.

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    8. It will be a great job, Sale! Thanks

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    9. The headline: "Collina wouldn't let to get pushed off the top" :)

      - three referees considered for the final (Clatts, Kassai, Mazic), Clatts being the favourite after the defeat of Wales; Clattenburg got the highest average mark of all referees at EURO, also Mazic got 3 high marks

      - Skomina was hoping for more than a QF, however he can be pleased for being in charge of 4 matches; there remains some disappointment as he got 4 marks above 8.0, the lowest mark being for the game FRA-SUI

      - the Italians (Rizzoli) wanted too much; it is Collina who doesn't want to see his compatriot being in charge of the final match as Rizzoli would by that overpass himself in terms of handling the finals of major competitions

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    10. Sorry, the previous post was from me. :)

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  36. The lowest mark being for FRA-SUI ...

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  37. Even though Kassai deserves to get the final this time considering what happen to his team at Euro 2012. But I still think Clattenburg will get the final, as Kassai already had the opening game and the big quarter final GER-ITA, Clattenburg only had a round of 16 fixture POL-SUI.

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  38. Always Third Place Final was one great ennui.

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  39. Collina with Marciniak during POR-WAL:

    https://twitter.com/FotoPyK/status/750815262144917504

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