July 7, 2016

Rizzoli in charge of Germany - France

Italy's Nicola Rizzoli will take charge of the second semifinal at UEFA EURO 2016: Having already overseen three games at this tournament including the hosts' win against Ireland, the World Cup 2014 Final Referee will be the man in the middle when Germany and France meet in Marseille.



07/07/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 50
Stade Vélodrome (Marseille)
GERMANY
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FRANCE


Referee: Nicola RIZZOLI (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1:  Elenito DI LIBERATORE (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro TONOLINI (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniele ORSATO (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio DAMATO (ITA)
4th Official: Damir SKOMINA (SVN)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Jure PRAPROTNIK (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh DALLAS (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Roland OSPELT (LIE)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: ARTUR (SUI)

89 Comments:

  1. Comments here please.

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  2. Quite strange those blue socks! Anyway, good luck team Rizolli!

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  3. Black kit and blue socks, not nice to be watched.

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  4. Why not red kit with black socks?

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  5. Just an observation. Why black top, black shorts, and !blue! socks??? Why not choose the complete yellow kit and simply have Lloris change.

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  6. Not so easy: Red kit with black socks collides with German socks. Lloris' normal kit is all black, which would colllide with German shorts and socks.

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    1. Goalkeepers are typically issued 3 different colored kits by their sponsors. And the yellow referee kit would contrast the most.

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    2. So why doesn't the black kit collide with german socks and shorts then?

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  7. 21': missed free kick at the edge of penalty area for a foul by Pogba?

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    1. I think it was a penalty.

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    2. Was not it in the penalty area? The reply I saw was not so good.
      However, I really like Rizzoli's positioning, player management and calmleness(so far). He has been apsolutely accepted and respected by the players of both teams.

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    3. I don't think so. No call is good.

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    4. I will rewatch. What we can say is that it was foul, clear contact.

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    6. I agre with Nando Vasquez, from a replay it looked clearly outside, for this reason I wrote free kick.

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    7. There was contact with leg as kick was made. For Rizzoli in real time there may be doubt that it was enough for a foul since German still managed to kick ball. Acceptable decision.

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  8. 1st yc was for foul or dissent?

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    1. I guess it was a dissent, as the only other reason might be the SPA, which, in my opinion, was not the case since the blue player was not in position to play the ball again.

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  9. What a call!!! Correct PK, possibly with assistance of AR or AAR.

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    1. PK 100% correct. Conviction was lacking bc AAR caught it. Don't think Rizzoli himself did.

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    2. @zoran79
      Are you sirious?

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  11. Looks like germans have problems with their hands...Too me that was a penalty.

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  12. Great penalty call! I think in cooperation with AR and AAR. Excellent teamwork!

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  13. Clearly Damato reported this penalty. Impossible for Rizzoli, he did not watch it.
    I must praise Damato, he is the best additional assistant referee of the tournament.

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    1. Beyond doubt, Chefren. He saw the foul on Ronaldo in Portugal-Austria as well. Not afraid of stepping in and take impactful decisions. They're not there just to watch the game. Brilliant Damato!

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  14. Correct decision - the mistake was that the corner was not necessary

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    1. Perhaps we can discuss about the fact that time was over...

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    2. When the ball got out it was 0:50 over, so for me correct to give the corner

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    3. Yes but corner is not like penalty kick, I wrote that already in ENG - ISL (Skomina), when time is over you can whistle in any minute.

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  15. From what I saw, that was an awful call. Even if it was a pen, it is never a caution, and now he has to be careful, but really harsh.

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    1. Ball was directed by initial header toward goal. Handling impacted the attack.

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    2. As German - forget the caution- important is the handball! Great decision from Damato

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  16. Superb call! Wow, top-class decision. Pretty hard to detect it, most probably Damato gave Rizzoli a helping hand (no pun intended :P)

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  17. Very brave ref,too me he and Clattenburg are top 2.

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  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_92IATbMLw
    YC is correct because a shot on goal (by head) was impeded.

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  19. Apparently Özil was booked for dissent before the penalty kick.

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    1. Confirmed now, he kicked with force the ball as dissent, I watched the sequence now.

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    2. Sorry for being nitpicky, but he took the ball and kicked it away after the whistle? Seems very.... well idiotic.

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  20. Yes, Ozil was booked also.

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  21. I Know i'm french but this tackle from Draxler seemed to be a clear SFP ! RED card for me...

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    1. No this would be a to hard decision. He played the ball with the other feet

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    2. Caution at most. Dismissal would have been far too much, but both feet were slightly raised.

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    3. I would not definitely end the discussion as that slide tackles was very dangerous and could have resulted in a dangerous injury. But yeah, it's difficult to send someone off for such tackle. From what I know, the instruction is to issue yellow cards for such, not so dynamic, tackles from behind unless there is a serious injury (then, a red card is expected).

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  22. Hard foul from Draxler.Correct yc.

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  23. We can discuss some calls, but IMO Rizzoli is one of the best refs I have ever seen. Is wonderful to see him in action.

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    1. Well, its shame that we can watch him just 2 more years(or less)...

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    2. Rizzoli is out of FIFA list with the end of 2016...maybe a derogation ?

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  24. Smart decision not to stop play when Can (already on a Caution) went down seemingly deliberately without contact. When you know exactly which players are already on Cautions, you can save yourself a lot of grief. Rizzoli has some wise words for him as play goes the other way.

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    1. Unwritten rule - common sense

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  25. Rizzoli's team is the best in the world!!

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    1. From Your point of view, maybe! And I am not German! This task should not have been left in his hands. He has made awfully committed job to penalize Germany. I hope they will submit an appael!

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  26. Really good job by the whole team! 8.6 like kassai should be the correct mark. The Game a little bit easyer but more Single difficult situations i think

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  27. Rizzoli 8.5 very good officiating, perhaps only one missed foul in first half (no penalty but free kick). Very good card management. Good teamwork, full control.
    Di Liberatore 8.4
    Tonolini 8.4
    Orsato 8.4
    Damato 8.6 This was a very brave call and in my opinion it must be +0.2. Excellent cooperation, the best additional assistant referee of the tournament.
    Skomina 8.4

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    1. I agree, Chefren.
      Excellent performance by Rizolli. Very appropriate body language and taking the correct decisions. IMO penalty decision was >80% AAR2.

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    2. I agree with your marks, but have to say the flag technique of both AR was awful... However, all of their calls were correct. The old school of (Italian) refereeing :)

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    3. Tonolini was really good. 2-3 thin offsides with reserved movements and 1 exemplary interpretation of "not challenging an opponent for the ball".

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  28. Fantastic job for Rizzoli. When he is the referee, all seems so easy...He is an artist. Bravo!!!

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    1. Good work of Rizzoli´s team. But fantastic is too....

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  29. One more time Rizzoli showed us because he is the world best referee, his elegance is fantastic!

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  30. Huit,cinq points from Germany.

    I can be wrong. But I have the feeling that Rizzoli spotted the hand himself and only sought for confirmation by asking AAR2/AR2.

    Great control, his calls were favouring France - but rightly so. His decisions were OK. Kroos was tripped, but from Rizzoli's perspective almost impossible to detect. Can's YC was cheap as Griezmann jumped into him more than being fouled. But judging from a macro perspective, a very very good performance with one of the most important decisions for the tournament. Also UEFA will be happy. Hosts in the final. A final of individualists? Ronaldo, Griezmann and ... Clatts?

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    2. Clatts! For sure... Deserved!
      But Collina & Co... Kassai? Brych? (I think he is still in france), skomina?

      No, it will be clatts

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    3. I agree, Niclas.

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    4. Brych is not in France.
      Referee teams training for the final match are: Clattenburg, Kassai, Mazic.

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  31. MARK CLATTENBURG will be confirmed as the Euro 2016 final referee on Friday.
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    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/1409818/portugal-vs-france-euro-2016-final-mark-clattenburg-to-referee-final-to-complete-hat-trick-after-fa-cup-and-champions-league/

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    1. Please don't trust The Sun!
      They are completely sensationalistic and while they may be right, that would be rather through co-incidence rather than trusted sources

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    2. Well-deserved appointment! Happy that Clatts will be given such honor.

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    3. If it turns out that he's the chosen one, of course.

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    4. Clatts is the only one opinion! The sun has bot any informations they only write what everyone knows

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    5. And if collina has a present for all of is and it's mazic,
      Kassai,... I'm also happy for the sun ;)

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  32. And there we go, folks! Quite interesting final coming up. The presence of the hosts in the final showdown always makes it highly challenging for referees, plus we've got Portugal, with the superstar of the tournament in a team that always puts the match officials to the test. We'll need a man who has already proved his mettle: - understanding of the nature of a final and its nuances; mental toughness to withstand intense pressure of a crowd that, for obvious reasons, will be heavily in favor of one of the teams; - bravery to step in under these circumstances and make the right call, regardless of the color of the jersey.
    The world will be watching and Collina really needs a safe pair of hands. I can only think of Clatts but Germany-Italy showed us an in-form Kassai who's back in the good old days and can keep Collina out of trouble. What are your thoughts?

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    1. IMO Clattenburg is the best choice for this final.

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  33. With all due respect to other referee teams who remained in France, after Rizzoli's performance last night, Clattenburg is the only reasonable choice for finals.
    Mazic FO.

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  34. Rizzoli 8.6: Always in total control of the match, maybe one foul is missing in 1st half (accptable decision however), very good card management, excellent acceptance from players, very good teamwork. About the penalty, he saw the handball (he immediately brings the whistle to the mouth and probably asks Damato for confirmation) and would have whistled by himself as well. Therefore +0,1 for me.
    Di Liberatore 8.4
    Tonolini 8.4
    Orsato 8.4
    Damato 8.6: As said for Rizzoli, excellent call, very brave and fully focused, and not the first time he does this (see Euro or CL). Agree with who says that he's been the best AAR of the tournament (and, to be honest, I think the Italians are the most reliable team in general in this Euro).
    Skomina 8.4

    Preview for the final: Team Clattenburg, Mazic FO

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  35. Clattenburg confirmed on uefa.org

    http://www.uefa.org/mediaservices/mediareleases/newsid=2389640.html

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  36. It was a bad decision to place Rizzoli in this match. The German public heavily criticizes "the biased Italian referee".
    21st minute: Doesn't recognise foul against Kroos in front of the penalty box.
    45th minute: unclear body language after penalty decision
    highly questionable yc against Can after he didn't punish several similar fouls by France.


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    1. 94th minute foul in penalty area by Kante against Sane

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    2. "The German public" is too general: I think, most German newspapers and experts write, that Rizzoli showed a good performance and cannot be blamed for the defeat.
      And those who state, that Germany got 4 cards for 8 fouls, while France got 2 cards for 12 fouls, should remember that two cards were not given for fouls. Furthermore I think, Evra's caution was as harsh as Can's, both not really SPA or reckless. And Germany got also some soft free kicks, e.g. when Kimmich slipped as last player some minutes before the end.

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    3. The yellow against Can wasn't exactly the same as the yellow against Evra. Unlike Kroos Griezmann doesn't even use any power to keep running. He just falls with the slightest physical contact.
      And what about the yc against Ozil (45+1)? He kicks the extra ball away after he sees that the penalty taker already has a ball in his hands. After the yc another German player even shows the other ball - no interest.
      Why was it even necessary to appoint Rizzoli and not Clattenburg?

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