July 10, 2016

EURO 2016 Final Referee Mark Clattenburg facing an "amazing experience"

There are still some hours left until Mark Clattenburg's Team will lead the EURO 2016 finalists onto the field of play. In a video interview with UEFA.org, he revealed his personal sentiments ahead the final and stressed the positive nature of the whole tournament.



Check the video on UEFA.org.

More on Team Clattenburg (which will be almost the same like in Champions League Final 2016): 


Full Name: Mark Clattenburg
Nation: England
Residence: Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Birth: 13/03/1975
Age: 41
Occupation: Professional Referee
Hobbies: Golf, Reading
Referee since: 1990International since: 2006
UEFA Elite Category since: 01/2012
Champions League Matches: 25
Europa League Matches: 15
International Matches (Total): 93
Yellow Card Average (Int.): 3,82 per match
2nd Yellow Card Average (Int.): 0,09 per match
Red Card Average (Int.): 0,03 per match
Domestic First Division Matches: 275
Biggest Achievements: U-20 World Cup 2011 (Semifinal), UEFA EURO 2012 as AAR (Group Stage), Olympic Games 2012 Final, U-17 World Cup 2013 (Group Stage), UEFA Super Cup 2014 Final, UEFA Champions League 2016 Final, selected for UEFA EURO 2016 Final
Matches so far: Belgium - Italy, Czech Rep. - Croatia, Switzerland - Poland


What you should know

Clattenburg is currently in top shape: He is just coming from the Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid in Milano, where he performed very well.

Mark Clattenburg is no referee who does not know what it means to cope with social pressure from the media scrutiny. In the past, he has often got into the spotlight of some affairs, e.g. with regard to an alleged use of inappropiate language against a dark-skinned Chelsea player. After last week's FA Cup Final, the name "Clattenburg" was surely part of some eye-catching headlines in the English press.

Along with his compatriot Martin Atkinson, Clattenburg is one of two English referees selected for matches at EURO 2016. 

Refereeing Style 

Game-Manager. Clattenburg usually succeeds in managing the match with his authentic body language. His quite particular gestures - that may appear as a bit odd at times - make the players accept his decisions and follow his leadership. Sometimes he even uses his tongue...

His symbol of recognition. The piercing high sound of his whistle - or rather the way how he uses his Fox40 Classic. By covering its side holes, he makes glasses burst... almost at least.


His Strengths*

1| Player Management, Verbal Warnings
2| Approach, Body Language, Self-Presentation, Signals
3| Application and Interpretation of the Laws of the Game
4| Disciplinary Control
5| Physical Condition, Positioning



His Points for Improvement* 

1| Sometimes: Keeping Control and the Overview
2| More Prevention against Unsporting Behaviour / Dissent
3| Advantage Rule: Game Advantage or only Ball Advantage?
4| Alertness on Pushing-Pulling-Tactic of defenders inside the penalty area
5| Co-operation with Assistant Referees (specially in Offside Situations)



*based on our Referee Observation Reports since 2012

His Team 


Assistant Referee

Assistant Referee 1: Simon P. Beck (2nd l.)
Nation: England
Residence: County Bedfordshire
Date of Birth: 15/05/1972
Age: 44 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2009
Champions League Matches: 25
Europa League Matches: 15
International Matches (Total): 78
Domestic First Division Matches: 219
Biggest Achievements: U-20 World Cup 2011 (Semifinal), Olympic Games 2012 Final, U-17 World Cup 2013 (Group Stage), UEFA Super Cup 2014 Final, UEFA Champions League 2016 Final, selected for UEFA EURO 2016 


Assistant Referee 2: Jacob D. ("Jake") Collin (2nd r.)
Nation: England
Residence: Liverpool
Date of Birth: 28/12/1972
Age: 43 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2010
Champions League Matches: 15
Europa League Matches: 11
International Matches (Total): 52
Domestic First Division Matches: 203
Biggest Achievements: Champions League 2016 Final, selected for UEFA EURO 2016

Additional Assistant Referees


Additional AR 1: Anthony Taylor (1st l.)
Nation: England
Residence: Wythenshawe
Date of Birth: 20/10/1978
Age: 37 yo
Matches as AAR: 56
International himself? Yes. (1st Group)


Additional AR 2: Andre M. Marriner (1st r.)
Nation: England
Residence: Birmingham
Date of Birth: 01/01/1971
Age: 45 yo
Matches as AAR: 53
International himself? Yes. (1st Group)

4th Official



Full Name: Viktor Kassai
Nation: Hungary
Residence: Tatabánya
Date of Birth: 10/09/1975
Age: 40 yo
Occupation: Travel Management Agent
Hobbies: Movies, Squash, Travelling
Referee since: 1990
International since: 2003
UEFA Elite Category since: 01/2008
Champions League Matches: 35
Europa League Matches: 17
International Matches (Total): 119
Yellow Card Average (Int.): 4,02 per match
2nd Yellow Card Average (Int.): 0,11 per match
Red Card Average (Int.): 0,03 per match
Domestic First Division Matches: 267
Biggest Achievements: UEFA Under-19 EURO 2005 (Semifinal), FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2007 (Round of 16), UEFA EURO 2008 as 4th Official, FIFA Olympic Games 2008 Final, FIFA World Cup 2010 (Semifinal), UEFA Champions League 2011 Final, UEFA EURO 2012 (Group Stage), FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2013 (Group Stage), UEFA Champions League 2016 Final as 4th Official, selected for UEFA EURO 2016


Reserve Assistant Referee

Assistant Referee 1: György Ring
Nation: Hungary
Residence: Budapest
Date of Birth: 18/03/1981
Age: 35 yo
Occupation: ---
Hobbies: ---
International since: 2008
Champions League Matches: 26
Europa League Matches: 12
International Matches (Total): 84
Domestic First Division Matches: 213
Biggest Achievements: UEFA Under-21 EURO 2009 Final, UEFA Champions League 2011 Final, FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2011 (Round of 16), UEFA EURO 2012 (Group Stage), selected for UEFA EURO 2016 

GOOD LUCK!

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178 Comments:

  1. Somehow I cannot combine Clattenburg's sophisticated gestures and mimic to his soft voice. xD

    Anyway, the probably safest choice for the final and a thoroughly deserved appointment. Looking very forward to this game.

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  2. ad "Sometimes he even uses his tongue...":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIpSpqXyKU0

    ;-)

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  3. Collina and Clatts, pre-game:

    https://twitter.com/MailSport/status/752193322630914048

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    1. I didn't expect a different choice, to be honest :)

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  5. Wrong esecution of kick-off...

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    1. Not exactly, as of June 1, the ball doesn't have to go forward.

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    2. @Chefren, please check the new IFAB guidelines, approved by UEFA

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    3. I know that we have new guidelines, it was a wrong execution because there were two players from France on the half of the opponents.

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    4. Please check this video:
      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4jxtus_portugal-vs-france-hd_sport
      Tooo blatant encroachment, I wouldn't have allowed this execution.

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    5. Is it a clear error by Clattenburg? If you then he might be losing some marks?

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    6. No, it's irrelevant.

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  6. Good luck to Clattenburg and his team

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  7. Missed foul on Cristiano Ronaldo...

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    1. I'm sorry if Cristiano Ronaldo has to leave the game...

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    2. Actually Payet could have been booked. Hope Cristiano doesn't have to quit the final.

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    3. Payet booked? I'm sorry, but that is never a foul. Football is a contact sport, and he got the ball with slight knee to knee contact. Good call for me, and unfortunate about the injury.

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    5. It was more than physical play for me. Simply too risky and forceful. Careless/maybe reckless. Clatts let a rough tackle go on seconds earlier btw.

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    6. What we have seen till now today isn't the best of Clattenburg!!! I expected a lot more from him so I'm a touch disappointed!!!

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  8. Does any notice Clattenburg prefers a lot to cover the other side of the penalty box relative to the AAR and instead of controlling the front of the penalty arc?

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    1. not necessarily- depends on the ball's position. He runs more than any referee today.

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  9. Payet done very good job for his team.
    Clatts gave his amen for that.

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  10. That's a bit of a stain in Clatt's display, all the more so Ronaldo will have to quit the final. He should have booked Payet, did not even spot the foul.

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  11. Best player out. Missed yc for Payet.
    Boring match so far

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    1. It was lack of concentration, I guess. But it does have a bearing on the match, so it is a significant mistake. It's a pity.

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  13. I think that Clattenburg ruined his match with that error.

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    1. Why? I don't think a YC heals CR7.

      I cannot blame Clatts too much. A clear, typical foul looks different. And it did look different from different perspective.

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    2. It's clear lack of concentration, which we don't usually see in Clatts.

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    3. Even in case of foul whistled, we would have had the same situation now.

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    4. The problem is that - if comparable fouls are made - the referee can and has to be blamed for a lack of prevention by not taking actions, that threaten the safety of the players, out of the game (by a whistle/presence/warning/card).

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    5. Obviously being logical, we can't blame Clattenburg for Ronaldo's leaving the field... But we can surely that he missed the foul which he should have whistled but he didn't... He hasn't shown too convincing a performance till nowas was expected from him but I wish him well so that he can justify his selection in the 2nd half!!

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    6. In 10-15 seconds leading up to injury, Clattenberg allowed two other rather physical challenges. When we do this, we take a risk. Sometimes game works out because it creates appropriate flow. Sometimes challenges become more aggressive (as it did here). For Clattenberg's tolerance level just prior to this challenge, this is a foul, not a mandatory Caution.

      Little to do with concentration level. More to do with tolerance level.

      Injury is an unfortunate by-product of this challenge and not a referee error.

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  14. Could the missed foul (and possible booking) be considered as decisive for the final? From the refereeing point of view I do not think so, even if Clatenburg have whistled it, Ronaldo would still go out. Portugal team will not be the same without Ronaldo, and the fact that he missed such foul might and should, hopefully, set Clatenburg on higher level of concentration which he obviously lacks in the beginning of this match.

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    1. I agree... I think what matters the most is that Clattenburg should put his full concentration during the 2nd half... During the 1st half he seemed to be lacking concentration but I hope he will justify his selection during the 2nd half... Hasn't been at his best till now!

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  15. We should not overemphasize the Payet/Ronaldo situation because of the injury. It's just a simple missed foul, surely not a mandatory booking and therefore not even worth a -0.1 deduction. It should play a very small role in the overall assessment of Clattenburg's performance.

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    1. I totally agree. Foul missed, yes, but not a significant mistake ofcourse. The player who gets injured is not relevant -would it matter for the foul whether it is Pepe or Ronaldo? I don't think so. Foul, but that's it.

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    2. A simple foul would not kick a player out of the game, don't you think? Clatts missed a clear YC. Of course the incident gets a lot of attention because it involves Ronaldo but, I just watched it again, and, yes, it's a rough foul, smack on the knee.

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    3. Agreed, Philipp. Of course this injury is very unfortunate but to be honest this foul was not more than careless, one may not be in influenced by the injury.

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    4. What matters is Clatts missed a foul there which will result in loss of marks... And obviously we as viewers won't wish to see such rough tackles go unpenalized... I'm sure Clattenburg will do well now in the 2nd half...

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    5. @Steve Smith I have seen a lot of players leaving the pitch because of a simple foul. A hard foulmay increase the risk, but it's not as black/white as you state it.

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  16. I have the feeling that this foul punished by a YC was a revenge against Payet.

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  17. Umtiti could have easily been booked for that challenge on Quaresma ...

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  18. 8.2 for now,in my opinion...

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  19. Umtiti stomped Quaresma. YC was mandatory. I would say the Portuguese should not be very happy with Clatts. Let's see how the 2nd half evolves and hopefully Clatts will live up to his status. He can do it for sure.

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  20. Honestly, first half could have been better for Clattenburg. Let's hope for the second half.

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    1. I should say I'm disappointed with Clatts. But he still has time to make it up for a highly inconsistent 1st half.

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    2. Clattenburg needs to do very well in the 2nd half to justify his selection to this final... 1st half has been largely inconsistent!!!

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    3. Yeah. Ronaldo's off is inevitable. But 1 or 2 YC to France would be more fair.

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    4. Why? Nothing to do so far. We should not be influenced by this unfortunate incident, it was a careless tackle, not more, not less. Only thing to mention is the very low additional time, 3' or 4' would have been suitable.

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  21. Additionnal Time clearly low for me...

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    1. 2 or 3 minutes are both acceptable though 3 seems more reasonable.

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  22. I think Clattenburg and his team have had a perfect game so far, although he's had very little to do. Good advantages played, good positioning, and for me, good foul detection.

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    1. Perfect?!
      Low match and there are some clear little error...

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    2. Missing two clear yellow cards will never make for a perfect display. Let's be serious and objective. I was among those defending Clattenburg's appointment for the final showdown. He certainly has what it takes to be in this match but very disappointing performance so far.

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    3. This is only my opinion, which of course is subject to debate, but for me, they weren't fouls, and Clatts got them spot on. Those 'fouls' you mostly get away with in England, which is the style of officiating I'm used to, and the injury is just unfortunate.

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    4. What I saw till now, from that I absolutely agree with Steve Smith... I remember how everyone didn't acknowledge Kuipers in the France v Iceland saying it was a low game, the same applies for Clattenburg here... This match has been really low and boring till now and the referee hasn't had much to do and where needed to take out his cards he didn't and thus errors have been committed... Far from a perfect display this by Clattenburg I must say... But I hope he will do well in the 2nd half and completely justify his selection...

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  23. Sorry,but must say :Very boring match.

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    1. You are right... France v Iceland was much more Enjoyable than this!!!

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  24. Feel very sorry for CR7.Match is entertaining because of wrong reasons...

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  25. I have rewatched the Payet - C. Ronaldo scene. Clattenburg had zero degrees visual angle plus his view was totally obstructed by Renato Sanches. The one who should be blamed the most for missing the foul is Kassai. The incident was in front of him.

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    1. The conclusion is the refereeing TEAM has erred there and that's a terrible missed foul which will probably affect both Clattenburg and Kassai's marks.!!

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    2. The thing is that it influences the match because the best player of one of the teams is out. What I find really bad is that he did not even spot the foul. But, ok, let's watch the 2nd half. Still plenty of time to make amends.

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    3. Honestly I'm not impressed till now... Just having a thought that would Kuipers, Brych or Eriksson have been more inconsistent than this? Don't think so... I had a very high level of expectations from Clattenburg personally and I must say I'm disappointed!!

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    4. Disagree. Bad positioning leads to zero degree.
      If a match is low intensity, no one can ban ref to be on the run.. his choice to walking 95% of time

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    5. I'm glad that you two find each other for a chat.
      People, 98 comments where you mantioned words like 'terrible, very dissapointing, awfull' for tackle on CR and Clattenburg's decision about that tackle.
      I understand that you're dissapionted but Clatts performance is not even close to 'very dissapionting' .

      One thing is what you expect from Mark, something else is what he really should do.

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    6. Hi RefRef not saying that Clattenburg is doing bad but he is capable of doing much better than this!!! This is not his best performance and also not the worst... But Clattenburg is usually an even more solid referee than he is today! That's what I exactly wanted to mean! No hard feelings against Clatts or anyone! 😃

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  26. Wow, is Clatts afraid of the stadium?? I don't recognize him. This foul on Pepe is too harsh for the Frenchman to get away with it.

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    1. Again, I think a foul but no more. Good call.

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    2. Come on, I just want to have a serious debate here. Thank you.

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    3. @Daniel: Then what is your opinion on the only foul which was sanctioned with a YC (Cédric versus Payet)?

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    4. Knee to back for me is a caution, with no attempt for the ball, so I think Clatts got that right.

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    5. Foot to thigh is what?

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  27. As french man, i think Clattenburg is very laxist with french fouls...

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  28. Second foul by Umtiti a stonewall YC for me. Sissokos challenge on Pepe borderline. But he has to be careful that this does not appear one-sided.

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    1. Totally agree. I'm a bit embarrassed by Mark's performance. I've refrained from using the term "one-sided" but...

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    2. If he continues like this, I think he may end up losing control!!!

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  29. How clear foul on goalkeeper become advantage?
    Clatts gave signal before Patricio take ball for the 2nd time. It can be advantage only for opponent

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    1. I don't agree. Usually a goalkeeper is more happy when he is able to kick the ball out of his hands, because it's quicker and the ball gets more far away. For that reason, I often play advantage in this situations. However, in this case it was a bit risky. You've got a point there.

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    2. Bozidar, advantages for fouls on GKs were played almost in every game at this Euro. This is surely tournament instruction given to referees.

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    3. @RayHD
      I share your opinion.

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  30. Additional time during the 1st half was pretty low I guess!!!

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    1. 3 minutes should be perfect while Clattenburg stopped at 2:40. Not too bad as France did not intend to offend.

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  31. Why there are so many moths on the pitch?

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    1. "The floodlights stayed on all night and all the moths around flocked the stadium," a security officer told Reuters.

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    2. Poor Team Clatts (specially the AARs): insects love yellow jerseys!!

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    3. Clattenburg was scratching his legs all the time. :)))

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  32. That's a couple of slightly harsh yellows to the French (80', 97'). I suppose they are acceptable on the game management front.
    98' Definite yellow for SPA.

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    1. The YC to Matuidi was really, really harsh. I never saw a YC for undermining an opponent.

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    2. If Matuidi wanted that, it would be a good decision. But I think he just could not turn into air here.

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  33. Maybe I am watching a different final, but for me Clatts is doing well on the whole (control, reads the game, player management, convincing card management. Advantages, too much focus on the player reactions and lacks of anticipative movement resulting in missing the foul by Payet might be points to improve.

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    1. Advantages being a point for improvement to UEFA Referees Committee. :-)

      Overall I agree, 8.3 would be my mark for now.

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    2. Everyone hopes to see a 9.0+ referee.

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    3. I think his card management has been actually awful. So much incoherence. Matuidi was wrongly booked because Mark (I believe) was trying to make up for three clear yellow cards missed for fouls on the Portuguese players.

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    4. I generally agree with Niclas. I also think that card management has been generally good.

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  34. I understand this may have not been in the style of the game, however really that should have been a booking for simulation.

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  35. 107' wrong free kick, leading to a crossbar. Big luck by Clattenburg.............

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    1. That was at least a moderate mistake.

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  36. Oh gosh.. this free kick. It's the Portuguese player who touches the ball.

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  37. Very very good call to not send #14 off.

    Very very lucky that the wrong free kick did not go in.. -0.1

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    1. Agree. Brilliant no-call followed by very poor one.

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    1. No need to use such terms.

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    2. Yes but.. one is white and the other is black!

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    3. Sorry, I cant remember, but what did I say?

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  39. Wrong YC and foul...

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    1. YC was for dissent. Foul was wrong...

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  41. Omg how it's possible to ruin a match with this incredible decision...no hand by french player, hand from Portugal player....wrong free kick. And goal few instants after for Portugal...Sorry for this big mistake.

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    1. Poor Clatts he'll look back and he'll be frustrated with his decision

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    2. The goal has no link to the error.

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    3. @Emil told the right thing.

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  42. I think that series attack leading to the goal started from the DFK. Well... the link to Clatts mistake was weak.

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  43. 8.0-8.1 will be my mark

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    1. I will mark 8.1-8.2. General control was good. He was also lucky.

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  44. The handball call was really really bad!!!

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  45. I know that it is Cristiano Ronaldo, but Kassai allowed definitely too much.

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    1. Ronaldo should be booked for that! Very strange that Kassai didn't do anything

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  46. why is Clatts touching his socks frequently

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  47. Ar1 lower his mark in 122min

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    1. Another Frenchman was running onto the ball who was in an offside position, so acceptable call for me.

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    2. True. Corner kick to FRA instead of IDFK to POR should have been awarded. Basic mistake...

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    3. Failed to apply the wait-and-see technique indeed. Was overruled at a throw earlier. Maybe one missed offside. Not the best evening.

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  48. Chefren-- why didn't Viktor Kassai do something about Ronaldo on the touchline. If that any other player he would have been asked to take his seat at the bench or get disciplined.

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  49. Overall OK performance with the positive aspects mentioned above. The overall refereeing was however not 100% shining. Maybe Clatts showed his worst 2016 UEFA performance, but still, we are on a high level in many aspects.

    8.2/8.2/8.4/8.4/8.4/8.2 for me.

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    1. Fully agree with Niclas comments and marks. 8.2
      Not shine but ok.
      After all I Must Congratulation to England ref. Team. Very good year for them

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  50. Now he booked the goalkeeper, but no extra extra time.
    So:
    Clattenburg 8.0
    AR1, AR2: 8.4
    AAR1, AAR2: 8.4
    FO: 8.0

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  51. Time management at the end was poor in my opinion. You should not caution a player for time wasting and then whistle for full time immediately afterwards.

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    1. Another 15 seconds seems more reasonable. Rizzoli in this sense seems to be better. But that was not a mistake as the GK takes the IFK it was already 121:47. The game ended at 122:17. I think Clatts already decided to end the match once the ball is in the air.

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    2. Yes, because time was up when he booked the keeper.

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  52. 8.3 for Clatts and Kassai, with 8.4 for the rest. Clatts -0.1 for the handball call, which was an unfortunate, but understandable error.

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    1. Clatts saw a hand go out, and blamed the wrong person. I can understand that he just saw the hands, and made a mistake. It was clearly wrong, but I understand how he made the error.

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    2. Daniel Bailey, read your comment about Rizzoli:
      https://footballrefereeing.blogspot.com/2016/07/rizzoli-in-charge-of-germany-france.html?showComment=1467921173146#c4650457957281390022

      I think you should be less nationalist and more objective

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    3. Actually if you watch the replay, there are 2 hands overlapping and the white one on the back seems longer and that may cause the illusion. It's a wrong decision but it is hard to judge in seconds.

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    4. I still agree with what I said at the time, however I will revise that based on what Clatts said on Uefa.com today. Now I know that refs were told that unnatural position was a foul in the tournament, then I agree with Rizzoli's call, but I still feel the caution was too much.

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  53. I would give 8.2 for Clatts.

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  54. For me:
    Clattenburg 8,2 (wrong YC handball, bad time wasting management, not too consistent card management, but overall good control and foul detection.)
    Ar 1: 8,4
    Ar 2: 8,4
    Aar1/2: 8,4
    Kassai: 8,2 (missed foul, Ronaldo management...)

    Overall, not bad, but not as shining as in his previous matches.

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  55. Buff, difficult match. Many mistakes and controversial situations. IMO overall Clatts and his tean did a good job. Not excellent, but acceptable. He is a super ref!!

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  56. Overall a solid performance by Clatts. Some minor mistakes and one bigger mistake almost leading to a goal. Wrong YC for handball, full match control - never endangered, some of you exaggerated a bit. Mark should be about 8.2-8.3, personally I'd rather go for 8.3. AR1 with one wrong throw-in signal and missed wait-and-see in 122'.

    I think this was a very good tournament for the referees - no real trouble with the medias. It showed that we do not need any technical assistance. I also want to say thank you to Niclas, Chefren & co., you do a great job and I know this is so time-consuming. Continue this superb work!

    Final marks:
    Clatts 8.2-8.3
    AR1 8.2
    AR2/AAR1+2 8.4
    FO 8.2

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  57. Booking for Fonte in 119': Anyone know why?

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    1. Time wasting while taking a free-kick it seems. Cameras were all on Ronaldo.

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  58. Honestly, some people (Steve Smith et al.) were clearly mistake-hunting tonight. Clatts kept perfect control, refereed in a fair manner, and was technically spotless. The only mistake was the free kick in extra time (and a foul by Payet on Ronaldo, but never a mandatory caution - to suggest that a caution should be given because a star player got injured is simply ridiculous). I can't see Clatts going below 8.3, to be honest.

    As for Kassai, how Ronaldo was allowed to cross over and push his teammate onto the field is beyond me. Substitutes, even stars, must sit down if they are not warming up.

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    1. The caution should have been given because the foul was harsh. You need to improve your interpretation skills.

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    2. No studs contact, not a high level of force, reasonable chance to play the ball. Clearly careless.

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    3. By the way, when you say "A simple foul would not kick a player out of the game, don't you think?," how am I to interpret that, if not to mean 'A player got injured, ergo, it must be a card'?

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    4. Taking into account your remarks, I strongly doubt you've ever played football. You seem to know beans about physical contact between footballers and how dangerous these fouls are. Rewatch the incident and note the way Payet hits Ronaldo. Of course it's not a "blustering" foul with the studs up but that doesn't mean it is less harmful to a player's health by any means. Payet caught Ronaldo's standing leg, which could easily have caused ligament or meniscus damage.

      So, it's a clear foul and mandatory YC, not because a star player was involved, rather due to the roughness of the foul itself.

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  59. My God.. 17 comments from visitor @Steve Smith.
    Every comment is mistake counting.

    Sorry, but you should check what is the point of this discusion,point of this blog. Mistake hunting definitely not.

    About Clattenburg-I almost fully agree with Niclas and Emil.

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    1. Really, 17?? Ahah... don't know exactly but could have been even more. It's not my fault that Clatts put in an erratic display, which, again, took me by surprise. I defended his appointment for the final but he let me down. The UEFA Committee was lucky that the mistakes did not have an impact on the final outcome but I believe Collina is not happy with Mark's performance.

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  60. Congratulations and thanks to Niclas and Chefren. You do a very good job, I enjoy a lot this blog. Well done!!!

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  61. It is not realistic to expect a referee to put on his/her best performance in the tense environment of a big final ('to show that the nomination is deserved'); but having said that, if a 'less popular' referee had shown this performance, than I doubt he would have received 8.2-8.3; I think Clattenburg was too casual and lenient in the early stages, and there were some mistakes; but I suspect this partly comes from a typical attitude/desire (from both Federations and referees) to keep all the players on the field in a final, and therefore hold off on the cards; the foul from Payet on Ronaldo was clearly not one of the worst ones; if we insist on YC for that, then we should have had 12-15 YC in this game; I particularly dislike the stomping with studs in the late part of a contact; but we should judge by intent or carelessness, not by seeing later that an injury happened to occur; BOTTOM LINE: a very good event for the UEFA referees;

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  62. Just catching the highlights, and not quite sure what the fuss is about re Ronaldo's injury. Don't think it's a foul...really I don't.

    Handball decision that nearly led to the goal aside; I think Clattenburg put in a decent shift.

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  63. This Tournament has very few red cards. Rizzoli showed one direct. Carlos showed 2Y and resulted to a RC.

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  64. Again, I deemed it a bad performance. And I listed the reasons why. I don't have a "mistake-hunting" attitude at all, I just expected much much much better from Clatts. He lacked concentration during the first half and lacked impartiality at times. I made a point of saying he was the best choice for this final but I'm disappointed with his performance.

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    1. The point about mistake-hunting is that:
      1) You evaluate each situation individually, without regard to context, based on your own standard, and based on replays that tend to overemphasize the brutality of fouls.
      2) You don't take into account the overall atmosphere of the match.
      3) You list every single bad decision, and do not give credit for what goes well.

      Observing a referee does not mean re-refereeing the game. You have to give the referee some leeway to apply his judgment. The Payet foul is one of those cases. Is it a foul? Yes. Is it a mandatory card? No. Could it be a card? Yes, if Clatts deemed it necessary. Therefore, no major mistake (a minor one in overlooking the foul), and, rather, an acceptable decision in the context of the match at that time.
      From your list of mistakes, of course you will draw the inference that he was unconcentrated. If you look at the big picture, however, suddenly that impression disappears. Same with card management, and with impartiality.
      I too can draw up a list of things I might do differently, based on replays. But I am not Clattenburg, and it is not my match. So, you need to differentiate between refereeing and observing a referee.

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    2. Heloo Emil, Niclas And Chefren. I'm French so not on a good position to analyse Clattenburg's match but i want to be more clear when i said wrong YC to Koscielny was more important than you quoted it.
      Of course there isn't direct link between goal And this action but :
      - Lloris has been injuried during this phantom kick.
      - Koscielny should have defended strictly differently on Eder if he wasn'y incorrectly booked before.
      So, that is What i wanted to spot on. Not from fan critizism but to have your point of view with these indirect consequences about this decision. Emil was talking about "context" and that' s exactly the same. Context of goal has been changed by past wrong fk. What are you thinking about that ?
      And finally, i agree about good performance of Clatts.

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    3. You cannot blame Clatts' mistake for any of that. His responsibility is limited to the free kick itself. If Koscielny had been well positioned, and taken a correct angle of pursuit, he would have stopped Eder - nothing to do with the YC. It is convenient for French commentators to blame it on the referee, as always.
      That being said, of course, no comment on Eder's fair play in letting Koscielny take the YC without saying anything...

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    4. No, I don't analyse situations based on my own standard, I analyse situations based on the rules, instead.

      Clatts missed 3 stonewall yellow cards, all of them should have been handed to France. In fact, he was way too lenient with the French players since the very beginning, lacking impartiality in terms of card management. Just an example: knee to the back was yellow card (ok) but foot to the thigh wasn't. As a result of these discrepancies, he got lost (which is the worst that can be seen in a referee) and afterwards handed out some cards that were not justified (e.g. Matuidi). No disciplinary control.

      The free kick he gave to Portugal from a promising position for a handball by a Portuguese player epitomizes the inconsistency of his performance. He was well positioned, so no excuses! Glaring mistake that could have influenced the outcome of the match. Lucky Clatts.

      Not to mention the lack of concentration that led him to not even spot Payet's foul on Ronaldo and the first-half stoppage time which was badly calculated.

      Some of these mistakes could have ruined the match, so no room for clinging to the cliché about big picture.

      It's not about the difference between refereeing and observing a referee. Otherwise, everything could be said to forgive every referee for blundering. One thing is one, two minor mistakes in a referee who is consistent in his foul selection and disciplinary action. Another thing is a display filled with disciplinary inconsistencies and other mistakes with potential to determine the result of the game.

      I'm sure Clattenburg is well aware of his inconsistent performance and can't be happy with it. He can thank his lucky stars that his mistakes did not end up affecting the result of the game.

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  65. Gentlemen,
    Some of us have turned into mistake hunters and I tend to see the match with the eyes of referee observer :)
    Clatenburg was not at his best last night, but he has done a very good job. My mark is 8.2 due to lack of concentration in the beginning of the match, not detecting foul over Ronaldo (no booking), wrong handball, and lack of team work and communication with the FO Kassai. The last one should be a lesson for UEFA - not to "disrupt" refereeing teams.
    Refereeing has become very complex and more than ever relies on team work, and to create the team nowadays is not that easy. Besides finals, several other matches showed some referees are far better as referees in the pitch than as 4th officials. It is natural that "outsider" 4th officials can not easily adapt to colleague's style of refereeing, and if they come from different countries and speak different language than it gets even more difficult. That is why I believe the refereeing teams should not bi disrupted.
    My congratulations to UEFA as I have not seen better refereeing in big tournaments. I might be wrong, but there has been no single match, out of 50 and some played, that was decided due to referee’s crucial mistake.
    And at the end, congratulations to Clatenburg who was in best shape of all referees, not only in EURO 2016, but in last 6 months.
    And although we disagreed on many occasions, thank you all for your opinions and provided arguments.

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  66. By the way, this is from Guy Beale's report for You Are the Ref's Ref Cam. Now that's what I call fanboying...unbelievable:
    "In the pursuit of openness, it has to be said that the caution for Laurent Koscielny (France 21) in the second period of extra time was the one incident which caught me by surprise. The replays seemed to show Éder (Portugal 9) handling the ball, but one must assume that Koscielny got his hand on it first before the Portuguese player caught it. I mention this isolated incident only for the sake of balance – Mark Clattenburg is human after all, and luckily nothing came from the free kick anyway. Setting that aside, I fail to see how that game could have been managed any better!"

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  67. By the way, what would be a mark to Mark if there was a goal from this free kick? According to below instruction, it seems that only 0.2 would be deducted?

    "A deduction of -0.2 should be made on the referee’s/assistant referee’s/fourth official’s mark if that official’s clearly incorrect decision indirectly results in one of the following outcomes:

    An incorrect free kick which results in a goal.
    A missed free kick which results in a goal.
    An incorrectly awarded corner which results in a goal.
    An incorrectly made assessment of an offside which indirectly leads to a goal or that a goal is disallowed.”

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    1. RayHD
      If there was a goal scored, than my mark, originally 8.2, would be 8.0...
      In my opinion, the last one (offside) is considered a crucial mistake, and the mark is maximum 7.9.
      BTW where did you get the instruction from? FIFA/UEFA? If yes, I would appreciate to have one e-mailed. Thanks.

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  68. Where are the Clattenburg fans. We all know he would the referee of the final if England is out. we call this lobby.
    The final referee will be English and France will win the cup.
    It was the scenario at the beginning. Even 7 years old children would tell you if you ask before the tournament.
    It worked till Eder's goal.
    Clattenburg missed 4 YC and all of them was French players.
    min 46-47, foul to Ronaldo, foul to Nani was all yellow card.
    Then there was a wrong card for french player. A black guy played with hand. It was Eder but referee gave the card to French player. Come on. It is a very big mistake. nani, quaresma, rafael are using the foul as penalty kick. may be it was an excuse for 4 missed YC and Ronaldo's injury.
    When i read your comments, i saw that you are still saying good words about ref. Think like that, the best player of the final team was injured with a careless foul but the referee even did not give a foul. How can it be?
    You say he didnt have chance to see. come on. the referees are there to see.
    was also a big mistake. it will not bring ronaldo back but at least, will be a correct decision.
    besides that, end of the game was not good. referee throw was also interesting.
    for me max 7.9 without a black and white. this means it was not a good performance.
    Regards
    From my point of wiev

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    1. Totally agree. Finally someone who is not trying to mask what happened.

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  69. Hand ball mistake was obvious and I believe the YC is for dissent. That's a combo. You can say it's a moderate mistake and luckily the ball did NOT go into the net. He was lucky.

    I don't think the YC to Ronaldo was mandatory but Payet's foul should be called. Clattenburg missed it. We cannot over exaggerate the wrong decision based on the consequences. There is no multiple fouls on a single player or multiple fouls by a single one. Oral warning at early stage should be fair enough. Yellow card, or even Red card(clearly not the case), can not save the Ronaldo's destine as the injury already happened. Suppose France had won the final, should Clattenburg be blamed for not issuing an YC to Payet?

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  70. the best player went out with a careless foul in the final game.
    what can it be more? there was not a foul given. come on

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