August 15, 2016

Olympic Football Tournament 2016 - Referee Appointments for Men's Semifinals

Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU) and Néstor Pitana (ARG) are the selected officials for men's semifinals. 



Men's Semifinals (17 August) 

Rio de Janeiro, 18:00 CET
Brazil - Honduras 
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Şovre (Romania)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (Romania)
4th Official: Fahad Al Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
Reserve AR: Abdulah Alshalwai (Saudi Arabia)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Dagmar Damkova (Czech Republic)

São Paulo, 21:00 CET
Nigeria - Germany 
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)
4th Official: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Reserve AR: Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Carlos Alarcon (Paraguay)

source: Árbitro Internacional

56 Comments:

  1. What a year for Hategan.. Congratulations.
    Now Faghani is IMO no1 for the final. Cakir might be the politically more expected choice.

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    1. Don't know...Cakir is UEFA. WIth WC 2010 and 2014, Olympics 2004, 2008, and 2012, Confederations Cup 2013, 2009, and 2005 finals going to UEFA referees (also Women's Olympics 2012, 2008, 2004, WWC 2015 and 2011), that means that the last major international (men's) final going to a non-European was the WC 2006 (Women's was WWC 2007).

      At some point, FIFA will have to give finals to other confederations, if only for 'political' reasons. UEFA can't have them all. So Faghani or another non-European might be expected.

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    2. Based solely on performance and not on "politics". Referee's from other confederations have been better at this tournament than those from UEFA. Unfortunately with the current referee committee, the most deserving referees are not always assigned.

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  2. Faghani will get the final and Cakir be the 4th I guess.

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  3. What about CONCACAF? Can the Mexican be a real option for the final?
    Among UEFA officials, Karasev is the only referee with just one game.

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    1. I would be rather brave in my predictions... I'll go for Ryuji Sato in the bronze medal match and Sergei Karasev in the gold medal match... I think Bussacca will go by two matches per referee policy so I think these may be the likely appointments!!!

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  4. IMO, Faghani for the final and Karasev for the third place.

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  5. Karasev missed a clear penalty for deliberate handball, so I guess either Cakir or nobody from UEFA. Maybe Ramos or Conger as ref or 4ths in 3rd Place game.

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  6. Oh and as for the women appointments - will the Suisse connection nominate Team Staubli for the final? Umpierrez would be an alternative... or Keighley with another AR2?

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  7. OT
    with the start of new season, our section for domestic leagues is again active, you will always find appointments for the major leagues (England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France).
    http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.it/p/domestic-leagues-referee-appointments.html

    Some remarks, reading the appointments: Michael Oliver got the first top clash of Premier League on last Sunday, officiating Arsenal - Liverpool. Clattenburg will be in charge of Leicester - Arsenal on next Saturday.
    In Spain, the policy about domestic appointments only 48 hours before or after the international games is still active, and I really don't like that. For example, Javier Estrada Fernández has a game on Saturday, only 2 days after EL game.

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  8. @Chefren and @Niclas
    Is Sergei Karasev sent home from Brazil? In that case he may get a 2nd leg CL playoff match!!!

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    1. All teams are in Brazil and will stay there until the end

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  9. What about Ryuji Sato? He is only with one game till now!!!

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  10. OT
    @Chefren
    Do you have any news about the referee appointments for World Cup Qualifiers UEFA matchday 1???

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    1. No, appointments are confidential. I don't know when they will be released, perhaps three days before the date, but I'm not sure, as they are at FIFA stuff.

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    2. Probably we will get to know at the start of September!!

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  11. http://www.tv2.no/v/1062773/

    Big error in the Norwegian 1st division in a top clash, the error may have major consequences for the final result in the league and who gets promotion and playoff spots.

    Referee Borgersen, a former elite referee relegated some years back, gives a good advantage right in front of the benches for a reckless tackle, and apparently entrusts AR1 and above all the fourth official to get the number of the player. At the next stoppage in play, he goes back to caution, but probably receives wrong information from his colleagues, and the wrong player is cautioned. This player was already cautioned, meaning he was sent off. After this situation, the score went from 2-1 to 2-3, with the team a man down losing.

    Rumours in media and refereeing say that at least the referee and fourth official, maybe AR1 too, are at a big risk of long suspensions or being retired.

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  12. OT Rosetti held a conference in Turkey, called by the local federation, about the changes in the LotG.
    Tff.org uploaded on youtube the whole video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrQWD939NpI
    Rosetti speaks English with a Turkish translator, so it is very easy to understand.
    Among the situations discussed, if you go to 09:10 you find the deliberate handball by Iniesta in Atletico Madrid - Barça, assessed as RC (Rizzoli decided for YC). I agree with Rosetti, it was a clear DOGSO. Without the handball, Atletico would have had an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

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  13. Hategan's management after the goal scored by Neymar could have been better.
    Almost four minutes were needed, in my opinion a too long time, before resuming the game after the injury. Following the new LotG, I think that Neymar should have been medically treated out of the field, it was an accidental contact with Honduras keeper.

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    1. During that time, the Honduran goalkeeper was also receiving treatment.

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  14. I must say, many fouls on Neymar by Honduras players. Hategan is trying to apply a certain leniency. A player, already booked, committed another foul on Neymar and he took the risk of a RC. The match seems however already decided in favor of Brazil, too much difference with Honduras.
    2-0 was scored following a NO FLAG, I think one must back AR2 Gheorghe, even in case of offside it was extremely tight.
    Now 3-0, game is over...

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    1. The Brazilian player was kept on by the Honduras left back. Good onside decision by AR2.

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    2. And yes you're right, Honduras should be playing with 10. But if the excuse for not sending a player off is the current score or probable outcome. Then why enforce any of the Laws of the Game? As referees we don't "give" cards, players earn them with their actions.

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  15. Sorry Hategan, but Neymar doesn't want to chitchat with you. Nor does he respect your authority or lack thereof. As evidenced by him ignoring you. He's gets fouled intentionally yet again and you want to talk to him? The amount of fouling is thanks in large to the the permissive nature of Hategan. "Calm down, calm down" instead of a first yellow. And "no more, that's enough" instead of a second yellow.

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  16. 47': penalty appeal by Brazil. The player was indeed touched by the opponent who didn't catch the ball at all. But yes, this match has really not any interest, only Brazil are playing.

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    1. The Honduran player clearly gets his toe to the ball prior to marking contact with the Brazilian attacker. However had it been a penalty, neither the score nor which team is "playing" should factor in on whether the referee blows his whistle or not.

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  17. Time and score do not matter. Correct penalty decision by Hategan.
    And the previous no call on the penalty shout by Honduras was correct also.

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  18. Boom! Minute 3 and the first caution earned by the German player. No worthless "calm down" talk by Pitana. Well done, keep it going sir.

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    1. Second cautionable action of the match and Pitana shows zero doubt or delay in issuing the correct yellow card.

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  19. Very good Pitana till now!!!

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    1. Amazing what 2 early and correct yellow cards can do for a referees match management. So someone tell me again why it's better to blah blah blah with the players instead of just issuing the cards that the players own actions earn?

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    2. I didn't watch the games but am in your camp, Nando. ;)

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    3. Thanks Ray! Unfortunately there aren't many like us left in the referee community.

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    4. Believe me, there are many referees who think the same way like we do. But they are afraid of issuing cards because (especially national) federations - see sponsors - don't want cards.

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    5. It's sad that the principles set by past refereeing greats are being trampled in the name of "better for business".
      Business should never apply on the field of play only the Laws of the Game should apply.

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  20. @Chefren : No all refs teams stayed in Rio. Clément Turpin crew is at home ;) !

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    1. Thanks for this info, it would be nice to know more. Who are the other referees already at home? :)

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    2. When did Turpin return home? Can someone please tell me?

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    3. After his last match with Cakir, Turpin was sent home (infos from a french federation official) after his 1/4 final with Cakir as fourth ref. So others teams had to be sent home too...

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    4. So is there a chance of Turpin having a 2nd leg CL playoff match next week??

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  21. Masterclass by Pitana and his crew. The man makes it all look so easy and effortless. He clearly has a style and he doesn't deviate from it just because the higher ups want permissive and passive referees. Well done Pitana, you've made CONMEBOL proud today.

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    1. He has a style like Kuipers... Makes it look so easy...And how unfairly were such good referees like Pitana and Kuipers sent home early from WC 2014 in Brazil and the likes of Velasco Carballo and Proenca were made to stay!!! I hope 2018 will be a better tournament for them!!!

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    2. Not a big fan of Kuipers and his style. But I'll take your word for it Soham. I wasn't surprised that Busacca and Co sent the no nonsense referees home early and kept the passive/permissible crews for the latter matches. And guess what was the result. A match that resembled a war more than a football match and Neymar out of the tournament with a messed up back.

      But what saddens me the most is that those who are now running the show have simply "sold out". They instruct in a manner that goes completely against the way that they would officiate.

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    3. Nando,

      I understand what you write.
      But football is a business: consumers and sponsors, want to see 11 vs 11 players.

      In your opinion, what are the European officials who fulfill the laws?

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    4. Modern football may be a business. But it should only apply to what happens off the field of play. Things like ticket sales, sponsorships, player transfers, ect..... If said "business" has been allowed to affect how referees officiate. It is because the former refs who now run the show have sold out. Who are now (excuse my language) hell bent on converting very good referees into passive and permissive referees.

      Currently, I honestly have a hard time finging a Euro referee who remotely resembles Pitana or past greats like Castrilli(ARG), Brizio Carter(MEX), Elizondo(ARG), Archundia(MEX), and Baharmast(USA). But the last one that comes to mind would have to be Undiano Mallenco.

      On a side note. Can you quote to me from The Laws of the Game. Where it says that it's the referees responsibility to start and end any match with 22 players. We referees don't "give out" cards. Players earn them with their actions and we simply apply the law.

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    5. Pitana himself didn't resort to cards during the 1st half too much during Brazil WC 2014 and rather used words to calm players down during the beginning of the match...just as top UEFA referees of the tournament like Webb, Kuipers, Çakır did... There was a clear instruction from their boss about how to proceed in the games and each of them had to follow that... Overall Webb, Kuipers and Pitana were the 3 best referees in the tournament but didn't go too far... But nobody could dish out yellow cards too early because they were instructed to follow a certain pattern!!! So there are lots of factors... And being excessively card happy isn't anything great IMO so getting the balance right between verbally cautioning players and issuing cards when needed is extremely important and the better referees are equipped with this skill..!!

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  22. Final predictions:
    HON-NIG: Cakir, FO: Ricci
    BRA-GER: Faghani, FO: Ramos

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    1. I'm sure Ryuji Sato will be involved somewhere!!!

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    2. Sato, "way too inexperienced..."

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  23. Gold Medal Match
    1st choice Walter Lopez
    2nd choice Alireza Faghani
    3rd choice Cesar Ramos

    Bronze Medal Match
    1st choice Karasaev
    2nd choice Zambrano
    3rd choice Sato

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    1. Cesar Ramos way too inexperienced...

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  24. CONCACAF crew will handle the women's Gold Medal Match.
    Carol Anne Chenard and team Canada along with Olga Miranda (Paraguay) will handle Sweden v Germany.

    Albon and team Romania with Staubli (Swiss) get the bronze.

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    1. Assignment information thanks to the fine folks over at Arbitro Internacional.

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    2. A Canadian team in the Gold medal match and one in the Bronze medal match. A fine showing. :)

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    3. The Canadian crew and the rest of the crews from CONCACAF have been very good in Rio. Congratulations to them all on a job very well done.

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  25. Per Arbitro Internacional

    AFC and CAF crew for Gold Medal Match
    Faghani and team Iran with Diedhiou as 4th

    Bronze Medal Match
    Ricci and team Brasil (CONMEBOL)

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