May 28, 2016

Referee Live-Ticker: Team Clattenburg's UEFA Champions League Final

Welcome to our live coverage of UEFA Champions League 2016 Final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid! Feel free to comment and present your views on the incidents faced by Mark Clattenburg and his teammates. The ticker will be updated every few minutes - as soon as possible. Today's Observer: Artur from Switzerland.

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May 27, 2016

Champions League Final 2016 Referee Portrait: Mark Clattenburg's Team

UEFA has chosen English Elite Referee Mark Clattenburg to oversee tomorrow's Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid in Milan's Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. 'Meet' the refereeing team already today. 
A portrait.


Full Name: Mark Clattenburg
Nation: England
Residence: Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Birth: 13/03/1975
Age: 41
Occupation: Professional Referee
Hobbies: Golf, Reading

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May 25, 2016

Referee Appointments for International "Friendly Matches" - May / June 2016

Many international friendly matches are about to be played in these days. If you know an appointment that is still missing in the list below, don't hesitate to inform us!


Hungary - Côte d'Ivoire
Referee: Vlado Glodjović (Serbia)
Assistant Referee 1: Vladimir  Jovanović (Serbia)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Čadjenović (Serbia)
Fourth Official: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)


England - Turkey
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (Germany)
Fourth Official: Daniel Siebert (Germany) 


DR Congo - Romania
Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (Italy)
Fourth Official: Andrea Gervasoni (Italy)  

Serbia - Cyprus
Referee: Pavle Radovanović (Montenegro)
Assistant Referee 1: Danijel Dević (Montenegro)
Assistant Referee 2: Milutin Đukić (Montenegro)
Fourth Official: Nenad Đokić (Serbia)


Azerbaijan - Andorra
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (Austria)
Fourth Official: Markus Hameter (Austria)


Croatia - Moldova
Referee: Ognjen Valjić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrišimbegović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Assistant Referee 2: Davor Beljo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Fourth Official: Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović (Croatia)

England - Australia
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1:Bas van Dongen (Netherlands) 
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (Netherlands)
Fourth Official: Kevin Blom (Netherlands)

Malta - Czech Republic
Referee: Dominik Ouschan (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthias Winsauer (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Staudinger (Austria)
Fourth Official: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)

Nigeria - Mali
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (France)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (France)
Fourth Official: François Letexier (France)

Northern Ireland - Belarus
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (England)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (England)
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson (England)

Rep. of Ireland - Netherlands
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Assistant Referee: Rui Barbosa (Portugal)
Assistant Referee: Alvaro Mesquita (Portugal)
Fourth Official: Robert Harvey (Rep. of Ireland)

Slovakia - Georgia
Referee: Oliver Drachta (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (Austria)
Fourth Official: Alexander Harkam (Austria)


Gabon - Mauritania
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (Spain)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Martínez Munuera (Spain)
Fourth Official: Juan Martínez Munuera (Spain)

Switzerland - Belgium
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (Italy)
Fourth Official: Sascha Amhof (Switzerland)


Albania - Qatar
Referee: Alexander Harkam (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Witschnigg (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Steinacher (Austria)
Fourth Official: Harald Lechner (Austria)

Azerbaijan - FYR Macedonia 
Referee: Markus Hameter (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Maximilian Kolbitsch (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Braunschmidt (Austria)
Fourth Official: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)

Germany - Slovakia
Referee: Serge Gumienny (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 1: Jimmy Cremers (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (Belgium)
Fourth Official: Bart Vertenten (Belgium)

Italy - Scotland
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (Malta)
Assistant Referee 2: William Debattista (Malta)
Fourth Official: Roberto Vella (Malta)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Esther Azzopardi (Malta)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fyodor Zammit (Malta)

Lithuania - Estonia
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (Latvia)
Assistant Referee 1: Romāns Platonovs (Latvia)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Griščenko (Latvia)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (Latvia)

Portugal - Norway
Referee: Padraig Sutton (Republic of Ireland)
Assistant Referee 1: Dermot Broughton (Republic of Ireland)
Assistant Referee 2: Allen Lynch (Republic of Ireland)
Fourth Official: Carlos Miguel Taborda Xistra (Portugal)

Romania - Ukraine
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (Italy)
Fourth Official: Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)

Spain - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Stephan Klossner (Switzerland)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (Switzerland)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Yves Wicht (Switzerland)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)

Turkey - Montenegro
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (Germany)
Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (Turkey)


France - Cameroon
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (Wales)
Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (Wales)
Assistant Referee 2: John Bryn Roberts (Wales)
Fourth Official: Bryn David Markham-Jones (Wales)

Sweden - Slovenia
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (Denmark)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (Denmark)
Fourth Official: Anders Poulsen (Denmark)


Austria - Malta
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (Finland)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (Finland)
Fourth Official: Antti Munukka (Finland)

Luxembourg - Nigeria
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (England)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (England)
Fourth Official: Laurent Kopriwa (Luxembourg)

Rep. of Ireland - Belarus
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (FYR Macedonia)
Assistant Referee: Dejan Kostadinov (FYR Macedonia)
Assistant Referee: Nikola Karakolev (FYR Macedonia)
Fourth Official: Padraigh Sutton (Rep. of Ireland)

Serbia - Israel
Referee: Constantin Sebastian Colțescu (Romania)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Adrian Ștefan Ghinguleac (Romania)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandru Cerei (Romania)
Fourth Official: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)


Belgium - Finland
Referee: Hugo Filipe Ferreira Campos Moreira Miguel (Portugal)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Jorge Ferreira dos Santos (Portugal)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Filipe Santos Tomás Pereira (Portugal)
Fourth Official: Fábio José Costa Veríssimo (Portugal)

Estonia - Andorra
Referee: Sergėjus Slyva (Lithuania)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (Lithuania)
Assistant Referee 2: Ingrida Siliūnienė (Lithuania)
Fourth Official: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)

Latvia - Lithuania
Referee: Roomer Tarajev (Estonia)
Assistant Referee 1: Sten Klaasen (Estonia)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitri Vinogradov (Estonia)
Fourth Official: Juri Frischer (Estonia)

Norway - Iceland
Referee: Kevin Clancy (Scotland)
Assistant Referee: Alan Mulvanny (Scotland)
Assistant Referee: Stuart Stevenson (Scotland)
Fourth Official: Jon Michael Knutsen (Norway)

Poland - Netherlands
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (Czech Republic)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (Czech Republic)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (Czech Republic)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefański (Poland)

Russia - Czech Republic
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthias Winsauer (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Brandner (Austria)
Fourth Official: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)

Spain - South Korea
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Staudinger (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (Austria)
Fourth Official: Alexander Harkam (Austria)


England - Portugal
Referee:  Marco Guida (Italy)*
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (Italy)
Fourth Official: Davide Massa (Italy)

FYR Macedonia - Iran
Referee: Neil Doyle (Rep. of Ireland)
Assistant Referee: Robert Clarke (Rep. of Ireland)
Assistant Referee: Mark Gavin (Rep. of Ireland)
Fourth Official: Dimitar Mechkarovski (FYR Macedonia)

* Marco Guida replaces Daniele Orsato, originally appointed for this game, but then called for EURO 2016 as AAR in Rizzoli's team, following Luca Banti's renouncement  


Albania - Ukraine
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (Italy)
Fourth Official: Andrea Gervasoni (Italy)

Azerbaijan - Canada
Referee: Sascha Amhof (Switzerland)
Assistant Referee 1: Stéphane De Almeida (Switzerland)
Assistant Referee 2: Vital Jobin (Switzerland)
Fourth Official: Adrien Jaccottet (Switzerland)

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Denmark
Referee: Benjamin Williams (Australia)
Assistant Referee 1: David Walsh (Australia)
Assistant Referee 2: George Lakrindis (Australia)
Fourth Official: Jarred Gillett (Australia)

Japan - Bulgaria
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (Poland)
Assistant Referee 2: Michał Obukowicz (Poland)
Fourth Official: Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)

Kosovo - Faroe Islands
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Godelaine (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Ponsar (Belgium)
Fourth Official: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)

Romania - Georgia
Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (Portugal)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Licinio Barbosa Tavares (Portugal)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares (Portugal)
Fourth Official: Istvan Kovacs (Romania)

Switzerland - Moldova
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Martínez Munuera (Spain)
Fourth Official: Nikolaj Hänni (Switzerland)


Austria - Netherlands
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (Spain)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (Spain)
Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gómez (Spain)

Croatia - San Marino
Referee: Mitja Žganec (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (Slovenia)
Fourth Official: Mario Zebec (Croatia)

Estonia - Latvia
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (Lithuania)
Assistant Referee 2: Ingrida Siliūnienė (Lithuania)
Fourth Official: Sergėjus Slyva (Lithuania)

France - Scotland
Referee: Sébastien Delferière (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Monteny (Belgium)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Laforge (Belgium)

Germany - Hungary
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 2: Per Brogevik (Sweden)
Fourth Official: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)

Slovakia - Northern Ireland
Referee: Radu Marian Petrescu (Romania)
Assistant Referee 1: Mihai Ovidiu Artene (Romania)
Assistant Referee 2: Mircea Mihail Grigoriu (Romania)
Fourth Official: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)


Belgium - Norway
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (Germany)
Fourth Official: Daniel Siebert (Germany)

Czech Republic - South Korea
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (Poland)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (Poland)
Fourth Official: Zbyněk Proske (Czech Republic)

Russia - Serbia
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (France)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Stien (France)
Fourth Official: Eric Danizan (France)

Slovenia - Turkey 
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (Italy)
Fourth Official: Mitja Žganec (Slovenia)

Sweden - Wales
Referee: Tobias Welz (Germany)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (Germany)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (Germany)


Iceland - Liechtenstein
Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafał Rostkowski (Poland)
Assistant Referee 2: Krzysztof Myrmus (Poland)
Fourth Official: Erlendur Eiríksson (Iceland)

Italy - Finland
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 2: Charl Schaap (Netherlands)
Fourth Official: Davide Massa (Italy)

Poland - Lithuania
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Vorel (Slovakia)
Assistant Referee 2: Michal Tomčík (Slovakia)
Fourth Official: Boris Marhefka (Slovakia)


Canada - Uzbekistan
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Kühr (Austria)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (Austria)
Fourth Official: Oliver Drachta (Austria)

Spain - Georgia
Referee: Vilhjálmur Alvar Þórarinsson (Iceland)
Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Már Sigurðsson (Iceland)
Assistant Referee 2: Gunnar Sverrir Gunnarsson (Iceland)
Fourth Official: Juan Martínez Munuera (Spain)


Portugal - Estonia
Referee: Bart Vertenten (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 1: Jimmy Cremers (Belgium)
Assistant Referee 2: Karel De Rocker (Belgium)
Fourth Official: João Carlos Santos Capela (Portugal)

A special thank to RayHD for his searching work.
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May 19, 2016

Czech Petr Ardeleanu to officiate Under-17 EURO 2016 Final

Czech Republican Petr Ardeleanu has been chosen to officiate UEFA's Under-17 EURO Final between Portugal and Spain in Baku on Saturday. The 35-year old UEFA Third Group referee will be assisted by Hungary's Balázs Buzas and Turkish Ceyhun Sesiguzel. Iceland's Gunnar Jónsson will be the fourth official.

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May 18, 2016

Referee Live-Ticker: Team Eriksson's UEFA Europa League Final

Welcome to our live coverage of UEFA Europa League 2016 Final between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC! Feel free to comment and present your views on the incidents faced by Jonas Eriksson and his teammates. The ticker will be updated every few minutes - as soon as possible.

20:45 CET - St.-Jakob Park, Basel, Switzerland
Liverpool FC
Sevilla FC

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden) 
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (Sweden) 
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (Sweden) 
Fourth Official: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway) 
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mehmet Culum (Sweden) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (Scotland) 
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Řepka (Czech Republic)


20:30 CET Welcome to our live-ticker! Liverpool FC are about to face Sevilla FC. For the English side, it is the first participation in a European final since 2007 (UCL final) - for the Spaniards, it is the chance to reach kind of title hattrick following their 2014 and 2015 Europa League wins.

20:33 CET The man in the middle is Jonas Eriksson from Sweden. He will be accompanied by his usual teammates as well as Svein Oddvar Moen of Norway as the fourth official. A portrait of the match officials can be found >here.

20:37 CET The man who accompanied the referee team after their arrival in Basel is Patrick Graf, a Suisse First Division referee. He fulfills the role of the so-called Referee Liaison Officer.

20:39 CET Hugh Dallas from Scotland is UEFA's Referee Observer. The 58-year old is the European football governing body's Vice Refereeing Officer. He last met Eriksson in a Champions League match two years ago: ManCity vs FC Barcelona.

20:41 CET The opening ceremony is coming to an end. The teams are in the tunnel. Eriksson and company will wear the new black Adidas Referee 16 Kits - with yellow socks...that reminds me on Brych's UEL Final. They are going to be used during the EURO 2016 finals as well.

20:43 CET UEFA has obviously come back to the former Europa League anthem. The first good decision of the evening has been made :)

20:44 CET Eriksson reminding both players on the "fantastic atmosphere here" and on mutual respect. Great approach.

20:45 CET Kick-Off for the Final! Jonas Eriksson has blown the starting whistle. We wish his team good luck!

Minute 2' The first two free-kicks were all right. There won't be many discussions about ghost goals by the way: For the first time in history, there will be Goalline Technology in a UEFA match.

Minute 3' Second foul by LIV #23, time for a first warning. Eriksson thus delays the starting moment for the first caution and shows his communication and management abilities - stern, but on one level with the players. #23 has to be careful from now on.

Minute 7' "Only" 38.000 supporters, but they do make some noise... good atmosphere for this final that is intense from the first minute.

Minute 9' Good advantage, clear team benefit. Quite evitable free-kick decision after that - ball was played first.

Minute 10' Liverpool's "smaller" infringements to choke off possible Sevilla attacks do become more frequent. Eriksson will know best that he has to be careful and take these things out of the game when the opportunity has come.

Minute 12' Was that a penalty? The defender handled the ball. First impression: Not really undeliberately. The Sevilla defender clearly, even though slightly carts out his hand and even very slightly moves it towards the ball. The hand is not close to the body and going towards the ball instead the ball going to the hand. The defender could have easily avoided this contact. Based on the TV review, this should have been a penalty kick. For sure, Eriksson did not have the slow-motions we have - and for AAR1 as well as AR1, the line of sight might have been obstructed.

Minute 19' These studs were quite "up", weren't they?

Minute 22' As nothing is happening at the moment: Collina is in the stadium as well - no surprise.

Minute 23' Back to the penalty incident. A good point raised by our user RayHD: Probably the officials focussed on the feet, as offences like tripping can be expected in such penalty-area-entrance-scenarios. A handball was maybe the last thing you could expect. But...of course it has to come: Always expect the unexpected.

Minute 25' Once again based on TV replays... from behind the goal, this looked like another (clear) penalty kick. Actually a foul by Banega. This situation needs to be reviewed.

Minute 27' Another handball in the penalty area. This time surely not deliberate - but a corner-kick should have been given. To be honest: not the luckiest decisions by Eriksson so far.

Minute 30' Eriksson needs to send a signal now. The atmosphere is becoming way too heated. Lovren had no chance to play the ball - correct first yellow card for reckless rackle in the match.

Minute 33' Stretched studs in 1m height - borderline. A yellow card for dangerous play would have been deemed as appropiate, on the field of play, nobody really wanted it.

Minute 35' GOAL by Liverpool, 1:0.

Minute 37' By the way, on the first yellow card. If the ball was already out of play when the contact occurred, play should not have been re-started with a direct free-kick. Of course nobody cares in a final.

Minute 39' Preventive warning before a corner-kick: "I have my eyes on you!" - perfect body language.

Minute 39' Disallowed goal for offside. The player in offside had an impact on the goalkeeper's ability to save the ball, was maybe even standing in his line of sight. The big question: Was the defender at the bottom of the field of play - not captured by the TV at the moment of the freezed picture / header - maybe making the attacker level? Let's trust AR1 Klasenius for now.

Minute 41' What the hell are the Sevilla players doing with their hands? What is the hand making there? Also this needs to be rewatched, but I fear this should have been another penalty.

Half-Time Resumé

Eriksson has, so far, succeeded in keeping the tensed game under his control and maintain some speed in it. He is paying attention to preventive refereeing and issued some effective warnings but also knew when the time had come to send a signal with the first yellow card of the evening. The offside goal disallowed by AR1 was correctly interpreted, the question is whether the defender at the bottom of the pitch was really making the attacker offside.

However, I fear that two, maybe three penalty kicks should have been awarded in favour of Liverpool. Two of them for actually clear deliberate handballs - maybe they were not expected or simply too surreal. Another incident needs to be rewatched. Nobody wanted a penalty there, the player reactions did not suggest that a penalty should have been given, the replays have conveyed a different impression (careless tackle by Banega). All these incidents need to be rewatched - an opportunity the referee and his teammates do not have. See you in a hopefully equally exciting half 2!

Minute 46' GOAL by Sevilla, 1:1.

Minute 56' Clear and correct YC for SPA.

Minute 57' Yellow Card afterwards. At first, Eriksson applied the advantage rule, when the ball was out for the next time, he cautioned Banega. Well done. However, the advantage was not really necessary. The ball was played back, the free-kick position would have been excellent for Liverpool and for the purpose of maintaining control refraining from the advantage rule would have maybe been the better decision.

Minute 64' GOAL for Sevilla, 1:2. A completely different match in half 2.

Minute 70' GOAL for Sevilla, 1:3. AR1 Klasenius raised his flag for offside, but Eriksson immediately waived his flag down. The question was: "Who touched last?". Apparently, for Klasenius it looked like the attacker who touched the ball last. Eriksson had the better view and quickly reacted. Good teamwork, of course producing confusion though - from the comfortable seats in front of our TV, it is quite impossible to say whether Klasenius had no chance at all to see that himself. And whether Eriksson maybe could have informed shortly after the contact (with the aid of a clear communication code). All this went very quickly though.

Minute 72' LIV #27 is cautioned for his reckless use of arms. Well, the Spaniard more or less looked for this elbow contact. But as the arm was way too wide out and used as a tool, the YC is a good decision. Quickly there to deescalate, too.

Minute 77' Yellow Card for delaying the re-start of play. Justified.

Minute 83' Yellow Card for delaying the re-start of play. Hopefully this will be added on.

Minute 84' Sarcastic applause by the fans for an offside flag raised by AR1 Klasenius. Well, for sure the 1:3 situation conveyed a poor image.

Minute 87' Crucial offside flag by AR1. Good call.

Minute 89' 4th official Svein Oddvar Moen a bit late with the board for a substitution, making the Sevilla team officials upset.

Minute 90+4' Yellow Card for reckless tackle (LIV #2) - more than deserved. But... keep the whistle out of your mouth when issuing a card.

Minute 90+5' Final Whistle.

On the whole, Eriksson kept the match under his control. Most of his decisions, actually all cards and his warnings were positive aspects of the performance. Probably correct to disallow the goal in the first half for offside.
However, at least two penalty kicks should have been assigned in favour of Liverpool. Eriksson had a free line of sight on both situations. So in a way, he must be held responsible, no matter how quick these incidents go and that maybe both situations were tricky and kind of surreal. The 1:3 goal was unlucky for the Swedish team, but in the end, the correct decision was taken which is most important for the good of the game. In the worst case, the mark could be around 7,3-7,4.

All in all, Eriksson's team cannot be satisfied with their performance. With Sevilla, the deserved team won - we will see whether there will be some talk about refereeing in the game's aftermath.

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May 17, 2016

Europa League Final 2016 Referee Portrait: Jonas Eriksson's Team

UEFA has chosen Sweden's Elite Referee Jonas Eriksson to oversee tomorrow's UEFA Europa League Final between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC in Basel's St.-Jakob Park. 'Meet' the refereeing team already today. 
A portrait.

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Full Name: H. Jonas Eriksson
Nation: Sweden
Residence: Sigtuna
Date of Birth: 28/03/1974
Age: 42
Occupation: Professional Referee (former Businessman)
Hobbies: Family, Music, Downhill Skiing, Travelling

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May 16, 2016

Under-17 EURO 2016 - Referee Appointments for Semifinals

Slovakia's Peter Kralović and Polish Bartosz Frankowski have been selected by UEFA to take charge of the semifinal ties at Under-17 EURO 2016 in Azerbaijan. Kralović will be the man of the middle when Portugal and the Netherlands combat for their place in the final. A bit later, Frankowski will referee the sonorous clash between Germany and Spain.

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May 13, 2016

U-17 EURO 2016: Quarterfinals appointments

UEFA has revealed the referees appointed for Quarterfinals matches of 2016 Under-17 European Championship in Azerbaijan. Among others, Norwegian Svein-Erik Edvartsen will handle the sonorous clash between Spain and England.

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May 11, 2016

Pierluigi Collina and Hugh Dallas to Observe the UEFA Final Referees

Exclusive Update on the UEFA Final Referees: Pierluigi Collina and Hugh Dallas will observe Team Clattenburg and Team Eriksson respectively.

'PLC' will observe 'Clatts' in the UCL Final © wikimedia commons, user: Олег Дубина

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May 10, 2016

Mark Clattenburg to Referee Champions League Final Madrileño - Jonas Eriksson Appointed for Europa League Final

UEFA has appointed English Elite Referee Mark Clattenburg to take charge of the 2016 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid in Milan's Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Swedish Jonas Eriksson has been chosen to take charge of the Europa League final between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC in Basel.

UEFA Champions League Final 2016

28 May 2016, 20:45 CET
Estadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (Italy)
Real Madrid - Atlético Madrid
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (England)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (England)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (England)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre Marriner (England)
Fourth Official: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Stuart Burt (England)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (Finland)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Artur (Switzerland)

UEFA Europa League Final 2016

18 May 2016, 20:45 CET
St.-Jakob Park, Basel (Switzerland)
FC Liverpool - Sevilla FC
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (Sweden)
Fourth Official: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mehmet Culum (Sweden)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Řepka (Czech Republic)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Chefren (Italy)

UEFA Women's Champions League Final 2016

26 May 2016, 18:00 CET
Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia (Italy)
VfL Wolfsburg - Olympique Lyon
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsár (Hungary)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Hima (Hungary)
Fourth Official: Gyöngyi Gaál (Hungary)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Lucia Abruzzese (Italy)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)
UEFA Delegate: Klara Bjartmarz (Iceland)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Harry (England)

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U-17 EURO 2016: Referees for MD3

These are the referees appointed by UEFA for MD3  at 2016 Under-17 European Championship.
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May 7, 2016

U-17 EURO 2016: Appointments for MD2

The following officials will be in charge of MD2 clashes at 2016 Under-17 European Championship.

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May 4, 2016


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U-17 EURO 2016: Referees for Matchday 1 selected

UEFA has revealed the referee appointments for the first matchday of 2016 Under-17 European Championship to be played on 5 and 6 May 2016.

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May 3, 2016

Europa League 2015/16 Semifinals: Viktor Kassai and Björn Kuipers in charge of return legs

Officials for Europa League semifinals return legs have been confirmed. Hungarian Viktor Kassai has been appointed to oversee Liverpool  - Villarreal, while Dutch Björn Kuipers will officiate Sevilla - Shakhtar Donetsk.

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May 2, 2016

Referees for Men's and Women's Olympic Football Tournament Brazil 2016

FIFA has selected the following officials to handle matches at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament, to be played in Brazil from 4 to 20 August 2016. For the appointed officials, this tournament must be considered as one of the first steps on the road to WC 2018.  Despite of this release, FIFA has not still published the names of UEFA pre-selected officials for the major tournament to be played in Russia in two years. We assume that the names picked up for this Olympic tournament are part of the list. 
A total of 16 referees, 32 assistant referees and 2 support referees have been nominated from all six confederations for Men's Tournament.

Referee: Fahad Al Mirdasi (KSA, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdulla Al Shalwai (KSA, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al Abakry (KSA
, 1980)

Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (IRN, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN
, 1978)

Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN, 1979)

Referee: Malang Diedhou (SEN, 1973)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Malick Samba (SEN, 1979)

Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MAR, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Waleed Ahmed (SDN, 1974)

Support Referee: Jospeh Lamptey (GHA, 1974) 

Referee: Walter López Castellanos (GUA, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerson López Castellanos (GUA, 1983)

Referee: César Ramos (MEX, 1983)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX, 1971)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernández (MEX, 1977)

Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: 
Hernán Maidana (ARG, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG, 1979)

Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson de Carvalho (BRA, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2:  Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA, 1976)

Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU, 1980)

Support Referee: Diego Haro (PER, 1982)

Referee: Matthew Conger (NZL, 1978)

Assistant Referee 1: Simon Lount (NZL, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (TGA, 1976)

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR, 1973)

Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU, 1976)

Referee: Sergey Karasev (RUS, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikolay Golubev (RUS, 1970)

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP, 1976)

Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: 
Frédéric Cano (FRA, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA, 1980)

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Damir Skomina in charge of Champions League semifinal Real Madrid vs Manchester City

After the double appointment of Cüneyt Çakır, another particular assignment has been made by UEFA Referees Committee: Slovenian Damir Skomina will handle the return leg of Champions League semifinal involving Real Madrid and Manchester City, after having officiated 1st leg semifinal in Europa League (Villarreal - Liverpool). 

20:45 CET - Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid (Spain)
Real Madrid
Manchester City FC
Manchester City

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
4th Official: Bojan Ul (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)
Referee Liaison Officer:
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)
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May 1, 2016

Cüneyt Çakır to Referee his 2nd 2015/16 Semifinal Bayern vs Atlético

Novelty in Champions League Refereeing: For the first time in the past years, a referee has been chosen to handle two semifinal matches in the same season. Having already taken charge of Manchester City vs Real Madrid last week, Turkish Cüneyt Çakır will now take charge of Bayern München's return leg against Atlético Madrid as well. 

For the Turkish official, it will be the 7th Champions League in this season. The last UEFA official who managed that was Wolfgang Stark of Germany back in 2008/09.

It is surely kind of alarming that in times of the largest UEFA Elite Group for years, there seems to be a very limited number of referees who come into question for these "big" games...

20:45 CET - Allianz Arena, München (Germany)
Bayern München
Atlético Madrid

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
4th Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)
Referee Liaison Officer: Josef Maier (GER)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

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