January 30, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 5 (2017)

The following match officials have been selected to take control over the matches played in Europe's top leagues in Matchweek 5. Feel free to ...

- ... share appointments with us (writing them as a comment in the manner below)
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- ... place video clips you regard as useful for educational and discussion purpose
- ... discuss match situations on the games belonging to the respective matchweek
- ... and much more..

Our matchweekly posts can be easily found in the menu (Referee Appointments > National Leagues).
They will appear on Saturdays most likely and then be filled throughout the week.


Premier League (MD 23)

31.01.17 20:45 CET
AFC Bournemouth - Crystal Palace
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistant Referees: Marc Perry, Simon Long
Fourth Official: Andy Davies

31.01.17 20:45 CET
Arsenal - Watford
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistant Referees: Scott Ledger, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend

31.01.17 20:45 CET
Burnley - Leicester City
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin, Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

31.01.17 20:45 CET
Middlesbrough - West Bromwich Albion
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick, Mike McDonough
Fourth Official: Mike Jones

31.01.17 20:45 CET
Sunderland - Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck, Andy Halliday
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson

31.01.17 20:45 CET
Swansea City - Southampton
Referee: Roger East
Assistant Referees: Jake Collin, Harry Lennard
Fourth Official: Stephen Martin

31.01.17 21:00 CET
Liverpool - Chelsea
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett, Richard West
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick

01.02.17 20:45 CET
West Ham - Manchester City
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn, Darren Cann
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss

01.02.17 21:00 CET
Manchester United - Hull City
Referee: Mike Jones
Assistant Referees: Adrian Holmes, Matt Wilkes
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

01.02.17 21:00 CET
Stoke City - Everton
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt, David Bryan
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner

Premier League (MD 24)

04.02.17 13:30 CET
Chelsea - Arsenal
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt, Stephen Child
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

04.02.17 16:00 CET
Crystal Palace - Sunderland
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistant Referees: Scott Ledger, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: James Linington

04.02.17 16:00 CET
Everton - AFC Bournemouth
Referee: Mike Jones
Assistant Referees: Andy Garratt, Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Stephen Martin

04.02.17 16:00 CET
Hull City - Liverpool
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck, Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: Mike Dean

04.02.17 16:00 CET
Southampton - West Ham
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistant Referees: Simon Long, David Bryan
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick

04.02.17 16:00 CET
Watford - Burnley
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn, Mike McDonough
Fourth Official: Andy Davies

04.02.17 16:00 CET
West Bromwich Albion - Stoke City
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann, Matt Wilkes
Fourth Official: Roger East

04.02.17 18:30 CET
Tottenham Hotspur - Middlesbrough
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistant Referees: Jake Collin, Richard West
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss

05.02.17 14:30 CET
Manchester City - Swansea City
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin, Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Lee Mason

05.02.17 17:00 CET
Leicester City - Manchester United
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett, Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick


Coupe de France (Round of 32)

31.01.17 18:00 CET
Sarreguemines FC - Chamois Niortais
Referee: Aurélien Petit
Assistant Referees: Cyril Mugnier, Mohamed Benkemouche
Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy

31.01.17 18:00 CET
Girondins de Bordeaux - Dijon FCO
Referee: Mikael Lesage
Assistant Referees: Sébastien Denis, Benjamin Pages
Fourth Official: Olivier Husset

31.01.17 18:00 CET
La Berrichonne de Châteauroux - FC Lorient
Referee: Hakim Ben El Adj
Assistant Referees: Mickaël Annonier, Philippe Jeanne
Fourth Official: Nicolas Dzubanowski

31.01.17 18:00 CET
US Quevilly - Marseille Consolat
Referee: Thomas Leonard
Assistant Referees: Hicham Zakrani, Pascal Poupeau
Fourth Official: Romain Lissorgue

31.01.17 18:00 CET
Le Poiré-sur-Vie - RC Strasbourg
Referee: Stéphane Jochem
Assistant Referees: Mehdi Rahmouni, Jean-Philippe Di Francesco
Fourth Official: Cédric Dos Santos

31.01.17 18:00 CET
LOSC Lille - FC Nantes
Referee: Sébastien Desiage
Assistant Referees: Mickaël Lamouche, Gilles Lang
Fourth Official: Alexandre Castro

31.01.17 18:00 CET
Bergerac Foot - RC Lens
Referee: Florent Batta
Assistant Referees: Stephan Luzi, Christophe Mouysset
Fourth Official: Jérémy Stinat

31.01.17 21:05 CET
Olympique Marseille - Olympique Lyon
Referee: Amaury Delerue
Assistant Referees: Bertrand Jouannaud, Fredji Harchay
Fourth Official: Jérôme Brisard

01.02.17 18:00 CET
Fréjus-St. Raphaël FC - AS Prix-lès-Mézières
Referee: Romain Delpech
Assistant Referees: Stéphane Panont, Michel Dolmadjian
Fourth Official: Pierre Gaillouste

01.02.17 18:00 CET
US Avranches - US Fleury-Mérogis
Referee: William Lavis
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Haquette, Nicolas Henninot
Fourth Official: Guillaume Paradis

01.02.17 18:00 CET
CA Bastia - AS Nancy Lorraine
Referee: Bartolomeu Varela
Assistant Referees: Guillaume Debart, Eric Danizan
Fourth Official: Sylvain Palhies

01.02.17 18:00 CET
Les Herbiers VF - En Avant Guingamp
Referee: Olivier Thual
Assistant Referees: Cyril Saint-Cricq Lompre, Matthieu Lombard
Fourth Official: Eric Wattellier

01.02.17 18:00 CET
AJ Auxerre - AS Saint-Étienne
Referee: Karim Abed
Assistant Referees: Tugdual Philippe, Frédéric Hebrard
Fourth Official: Floris Aubin

01.02.17 18:00 CET
Angers SCO - SM Caen
Referee: Tony Chapron
Assistant Referees: Alexandre Viala, Cyril Gringore
Fourth Official: Mehdi Mokhtari

01.02.17 18:00 CET
FC Chambly - AS Monaco
Referee: Johan Hamel
Assistant Referees: Yannick Boutry, Julien Aube
Fourth Official: Willy Delajod

01.02.17 21:00 CET
Stade Rennais - Paris Saint Germain
Referee: Jérôme Miguelgorry
Assistant Referees: Cédric Moreau, Huseyin Ocak
Fourth Official: Yohann Rouinsard

Ligue 1 (MD 23)

03.02.17 20:45 CET
FC Metz - Olympique de Marseille 
Referee: Mikael Lesage
Assistant Referees: Eric Danizan, Sébastien Denis
Fourth Official: Romain Delpech

04.02.17 17:00 CET
AS Monaco - OGC Nice
Referee: Benoît Bastien
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Haquette, Hicham Zakrani
Fourth Official: Karim Abed

04.02.17 20:00 CET
Girondins de Bordeaux - Stade Rennais
Referee: Sébastien Desiage
Assistant Referees: Julien Aube, Gilles Lang
Fourth Official: Florent Batta

04.02.17 20:00 CET
Dijon FCO - Paris Saint Germain
Referee: Amaury Delerue
Assistant Referees: Bertrand Jouannaud, Stephan Luzi
Fourth Official: Hakim Ben El Adj

04.02.17 20:00 CET
En Avant Guingamp - SM Caen
Referee: Johan Hamel
Assistant Referees: Yannick Boutry, Mehdi Rahmouni
Fourth Official: Yohann Rouinsard

04.02.17 20:00 CET
LOSC Lille - FC Lorient
Referee: Jérôme Miguelgorry
Assistant Referees: Cédric Moreau, Nicolas Henninot
Fourth Official: Romain Lissorgue

04.02.17 20:00 CET
Montpellier Hérault SC - SC Bastia
Referee: Olivier Thual
Assistant Referees: Matthieu Lombard, Cyril Saint-Cricq Lompre
Fourth Official: Willy Delajod

05.02.17 15:00 CET
Toulouse FC - Angers SCO
Referee: Nicolas Rainville
Assistant Referees: Fredji Harchay, Julien Pacelli
Fourth Official: William Lavis

05.02.17 17:00 CET
FC Nantes - AS Nancy Lorraine
Referee: Clément Turpin
Assistant Referees: Cyril Gringore, Nicolas Danos
Fourth Official: Alexandre Perreau Niel

05.02.17 21:00 CET
AS Saint-Étienne - Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Tony Chapron
Assistant Referees: Mickaël Annonier, Alexandre Viala
Fourth Official: François Letexier 


Bundesliga (MD 19)

03.02.17 20:30 CET
Hamburger SV - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Dr. Jochen Drees
Assistant Referees: Rafael Foltyn, Christian Gittelmann
Fourth Official: Florian Heft

04.02.17 15:30 CET
Bayern München - Schalke 04
Referee: Marco Fritz
Assistant Referees: Daniel Schlager, Marcel Pelgrim
Fourth Official: Lasse Koslowski

04.02.17 15:30 CET
Borussia Mönchengladbach - SC Freiburg
Referee: Dr. Felix Brych
Assistant Referees: Stefan Lupp, Marco Achmüller
Fourth Official: Thorben Siewer

04.02.17 15:30 CET
1. FC Köln - VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Patrick Ittrich
Assistant Referees: Norbert Grudzinski, Thomas Gorniak
Fourth Official: Dr. Martin Thomsen

04.02.17 15:30 CET
Hertha BSC - FC Ingolstadt
Referee: Frank Willenborg
Assistant Referees: Sven Jablonski, Christoph Bornhorst
Fourth Official: René Rohde

04.02.17 15:30 CET
1899 Hoffenheim - 1. FSV Mainz 05
Referee: Guido Winkmann
Assistant Referees: Christian Bandurski, Arno Blos
Fourth Official: Robert Hartmann

04.02.17 18:30 CET
Borussia Dortmund - RB Leipzig
Referee: Tobias Stieler
Assistant Referees: Sascha Thielert, Dr. Matthias Jöllenbeck
Fourth Official: Dr. Robert Kampka

05.02.17 15:30 CET
FC Augsburg - Werder Bremen
Referee: Christian Dingert
Assistant Referees: Tobias Christ, Holger Henschel
Fourth Official: Martin Petersen

05.02.17 17:30 CET
Eintracht Frankfurt - SV Darmstadt 98
Referee: Manuel Gräfe
Assistant Referees: Guido Kleve, Markus Sinn
Fourth Official: Alexander Sather


Coppa Italia (Quarterfinals)

31.01.17 20:45 CET
FC Internazionale - SS Lazio
Referee: Marco Guida
Assistant Referees: Filippo Meli, Gianluca Cariolato
Fourth Official: Domenico Celi

01.02.17 21:00 CET
AS Roma - AC Cesena
Referee: Fabio Maresca
Assistant Referees: Valentino Fiorito, Salvatore Longo
Fourth Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese

Serie A (MD 19)

01.02.17, 20:45 CET
Delfino Pescara 1936 - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Carmine Russo
Assistant Referees: Riccardo Di Fiore, Giorgio Schenone
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni, Juan Luca Sacchi
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini

Serie A (MD 23)

04.02.17, 20:45 CET
Bologna FC - SSC Napoli
Referee: Davide Massa
Assistant Referees: Fabiano Preti, Giacomo Paganessi
Additional Assistant Referees: Antonio Damato, Riccardo Pinzani
Fourth Official: Salvatore Longo

05.02.17, 12:30 CET
AC Milan - UC Sampdoria
Referee: Marco Guida
Assistant Referees: Andrea Marzaloni, Filippo Valeriani
Additional Assistant Referees: Domenico Celi, Francesco Paolo Saia
Fourth Official: Rodolfo Di Vuolo

05.02.17, 15:00 CET
Atalanta - Cagliari Calcio
Referee: Claudio Gavillucci
Assistant Referees: Filippo Meli, Damiano Di Iorio
Additional Assistant Referees: Maurizio Mariani, Antonio Rapuano
Fourth Official: Giuseppe De Pinto

05.02.17, 15:00 CET
Chievo Verona - Udinese Calcio
Referee: Gianluca Aureliano
Assistant Referees: Valerio Pegorin, Stefano Del Giovane
Additional Assistant Referees: Luca Pairetto, Marco Serra
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri

05.02.17, 15:00 CET
Empoli FC - Torino FC
Referee: Marco Di Bello
Assistant Referees: Gianmattia Tasso, Stefano Liberti
Additional Assistant Referees: Gianpaolo Calvarese, Daniele Chiffi
Fourth Official: Giulio Dobosz

05.02.17, 15:00 CET
Genoa CFC - US Sassuolo Calcio
Referee: Carmine Russo
Assistant Referees: Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore, Marco Citro
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Valeri, Fabrizio Pasqua
Fourth Official: Pasquale De Meo

05.02.17, 15:00 CET
Delfino Pescara 1936 - SS Lazio
Referee: Piero Giacomelli
Assistant Referees: Mauro Vivenzi, Luca Mondin
Additional Assistant Referees: Fabio Maresca, Davide Ghersini
Fourth Official: Alessio Tolfo

05.02.17, 18:00 CET
US Città di Palermo - FC Crotone
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi
Assistant Referees: Gianluca Vuoto, Alberto Tegoni
Additional Assistant Referees: Daniele Doveri, Valerio Marini
Fourth Official: Valentino Fiorito

05.02.17, 20:45 CET
Juventus - FC Internazionale
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli
Assistant Referees: Riccardo Di Fiore, Lorenzo Manganelli
Additional Assistant Referees: Daniele Orsato, Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni
Fourth Official: Marco Barbirati

07.02.17, 20:45 CET
AS Roma - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati
Assistant Referees: Alessandro Costanzo, Andrea Crispo
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Tagliavento, Michael Fabbri
Fourth Official: Mauro Tonolini


Copa del Rey Semifinals (First legs)

01.02.17, 21:00 CET
Real Club Celta de Vigo - Deportivo Alavés
Referee: Jose Luis González González
Assistant Referees: José María Sánchez Santos, Ignacio Rubio Palomino
Fourth Official: Antonio Santos Pargaña

02.02.17, 21:00 CET
Club Atlético de Madrid - Fútbol Club Barcelona
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea
Assistant Referees: César García Fernández, Iker De Francisco Grijalba
Fourth Official: Jon Ander González Esteban

La Liga (MD 21)

03.02.17, 20:45 CET
Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña - Real Betis Balompié
Referee: Alfonso Javier Álvarez Izquierdo
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Barranco Trejo, Joan Méndez Mateo
Fourth Official: Guillermo Conejero Sánchez

04.02.17, 13:00 CET
Málaga Club de Fútbol - Real Club Deportivo Espanyol de Barcelona
Referee: Daniel Ocón Arráiz
Assistant Referees: Iñigo Prieto López de Ceraín, David Canales Cerdá
Fourth Official: Miguel García Aceña

04.02.17, 16:15 CET
Fútbol Club Barcelona - Athletic Club
Referee: Jose Luis González González
Assistant Referees: José María Sánchez Santos, Ignacio Rubio Palomino
Fourth Official: Sergio Usón Rosel

04.02.17, 18:30 CET
Real Sporting de Gijón - Deportivo Alavés
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano
Assistant Referees: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez, Javier Martínez Nicolás
Fourth Official: Daniel David Baiges Dones

04.02.17, 20:45 CET
Valencia Club de Fútbol - Sociedad Deportiva Eibar
Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero
Assistant Referees: José Manuel Matías Caballero, Alfonso Baena Espejo
Fourth Official: Miguel Ángel Ortíz Arias

05.02.17, 12:00 CET
Sevilla Fútbol Club - Villarreal Club de Fútbol
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández, Jesús Zancada Lobato
Fourth Official: Alexander González González

05.02.17, 16:15 CET
Club Atlético de Madrid - Club Deportivo Leganés
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez
Assistant Referees: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar, José Gallego García
Fourth Official: Francisco Javier Fernández Vidal

05.02.17, 18:130 CET
Real Sociedad de Fútbol - Club Atlético Osasuna
Referee: Santiago Jaime Latre
Assistant Referees: Jorge Bueno Mateo, Fernando Tresaco Escabosa
Fourth Official: Fernando Bueno Prieto

05.02.17, 20:45 CET
Real Club Celta de Vigo - Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera
Assistant Referees: Diego Barbero Sevilla, César Manuel Noval Font
Fourth Official: Alberto González Hernández

06.02.17, 20:45 CET
Granada Club de Fútbol - Unión Deportiva Las Palmas
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, Abrahám Álvarez Cantón
Fourth Official: Jorge Díaz Escudero



    Semi-Finals, Second Legs

    31.01.2017, 20:45 CET
    KRC Genk - KV Oostende
    Referee: Alexandre Boucaut
    Assistant Referees: Frédéric Godelaine, Jimmy Cremers
    Fourth Official: Stijn Hutsebaut
    Additional Assistant Referees: Erik Lambrechts, Wim Smet

    01.02.2017, 20:30 CET
    KAS Eupen - SV Zulte Waregem
    Referee: Serge Gumienny
    Assistant Referees: Thibaud Nijssen, Rien Vanyzere
    Fourth Official: Jeroen Walschap
    Additional Assistant Referees: Christof Dierick, Frederik Geldhof

      Matchday 25

      03.02.2017, 20:30 CET
      KSC Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen - RSC Anderlecht
      Referee: Jonathan Lardot
      Assistant Referees: Laurent Conotte, Frédéric Godelaine
      Fourth Official: Alexandre Boucaut

      04.02.2017, 18:00 CET
      Royal Standard de Liège - KV Kortrijk
      Referee: Erik Lambrechts
      Assistant Referees: Karel De Rocker, Philippe Vandecauter
      Fourth Official: Wim Smet

      04.02.2017, 20:00 CET
      KAS Eupen - KV Red Star Waasland-SK Beveren
      Referee: Lawrence Visser
      Assistant Referees: Jo De Weirdt, Nicolas Ponsar
      Fourth Official: Maxime Smeets

      04.02.2017, 20:00 CET
      KRC Genk - Royal Excel Mouscron
      Referee: Bram Van Driessche
      Assistant Referees: Jeroen Walschap, Mathias Hillaert
      Fourth Official: Nicolas Laforge

      04.02.2017, 20:30 CET
      KV Oostende - Yellow-Red KV Mechelen
      Referee: Serge Gumienny
      Assistant Referees: Kristof Meers, Peter Hermans
      Fourth Official: Luc Wouters

      05.02.2017, 14:30 CET
      Club Brugge KV - Royal Charleroi SC
      Referee: Bart Vertenten
      Assistant Referees: Rien Vanyzere, Thibaud Nijssen
      Fourth Official: Bert Put

      05.02.2017, 18:00 CET
      SV Zulte Waregem - KAA Gent
      Referee: Sébastien Delferière
      Assistant Referees: Yves De Neve, Stijn Hutsebaut
      Fourth Official: Nathan Verboomen

      05.02.2017, 20:00 CET
      KVC Westerlo - Koninklijke Sint-Truidense VV
      Referee: Christof Dierick
      Assistant Referees: Kevin Monteny, Tom Dens
      Fourth Official: Jan Boterberg


    Matchday 23

    31.01.2017, 20:45 CET
    Hamilton Academical FC - Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC
    Referee: Euan Anderson
    Assistant Referees: Alan Mulvanny, David Roome
    Fourth Official: Barry Cook

    31.01.2017, 20:45 CET
    Ross County FC - Motherwell FC
    Referee: Steven McLean
    Assistant Referees: Francis Connor, Ralph Gordon
    Fourth Official: Gavin Ross

    01.02.2017, 20:45 CET
    Celtic FC - Aberdeen FC
    Referee: John Beaton
    Assistant Referees: Alasdair Ross, Graeme Leslie
    Fourth Official: Stephen Finnie

    01.02.2017, 20:45 CET
    Heart of Midlothian FC - Rangers FC
    Referee: Kevin Clancy
    Assistant Referees: Graeme Stewart, Douglas Potter
    Fourth Official: Craig Charleston

    01.02.2017, 20:45 CET
    Partick Thistle FC - St. Johnstone FC
    Referee: Crawford Allan
    Assistant Referees: Joseph Lawson, Ross Haswell
    Fourth Official: David Munro

    1. Matchday 24

      04.02.2017, 13:15 CET
      Motherwell FC - Heart of Midlothian FC
      Referee: Andrew Dallas
      Assistant Referees: Stuart Stevenson, Jordan Stokoe
      Fourth Official: Kevin Clancy

      04.02.2017, 16:00 CET
      Aberdeen FC - Partick Thistle FC
      Referee: Greg Aitken
      Assistant Referees: Graeme Leslie, Brian Templeton
      Fourth Official: Euan Anderson

      04.02.2017, 16:00 CET
      Hamilton Academical FC - Kilmarnock FC
      Referee: Steven McLean
      Assistant Referees: Graham Chambers, Paul O'Neill
      Fourth Official: Grant Irvine

      04.02.2017, 16:00 CET
      Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC - Dundee FC
      Referee: Nicolas Walsh
      Assistant Referees: Michael Banks, Gary Hilland
      Fourth Official: Ryan Milne

      04.02.2017, 16:00 CET
      Rangers FC - Ross County FC
      Referee: Donald Robertson
      Assistant Referees: Alastair Mather, Andrew Milne
      Fourth Official: Alan Newlands

      05.02.2017, 13:30 CET
      St. Johnstone FC - Celtic FC
      Referee: Craig Thomson
      Assistant Referees: Douglas Ross, Anthony Cooper
      Fourth Official: Michael Roncone

  3. OT
    A sad news reached us: Bulgarian UEFA referee observer Stefan Ormandjiev died a few days after the beginning of 2017. He was well known and he recently observed, among others, Marciniak in 2015/16 EL semifinal, involving Shakhtar Donetsk and Sevilla.

    1. I am so sorry to hear about Bulgarian and UEFA refereeing loss... My thoughts are with his family.


    03.02.2017, 18:20 CET
    Al-Ittihad Jeddah - Al-Ahli Jeddah
    Referee: Kevin Blom (Netherlands)
    Assistant Referees: Bas van Dongen, Joost van Zuilen (Netherlands)


    Matchday 21

    03.02.2017, 20:00 CET
    ADO Den Haag - Vitesse
    Referee: Siemen Mulder
    Assistant Referees: Roy de Nas, Jermain Lapar
    Fourth Official: Rob Dieperink

    04.02.2017, 18:30 CET
    NEC - Go Ahead Eagles
    Referee: Björn Kuipers
    Assistant Referees: Erwin Zeinstra, Sander van Roekel
    Fourth Official: Martin van den Kerkhof

    04.02.2017, 19:45 CET
    AZ - PSV
    Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük
    Assistant Referees: Dave Goossens, Jan de Vries
    Fourth Official: Siemen Mulder

    04.02.2017, 19:45 CET
    Willem II - Heracles Almelo
    Referee: Allard Lindhout
    Assistant Referees: Patrick Langkamp, Richard Brondijk
    Fourth Official: Laurens Gerrets

    04.02.2017, 20:45 CET
    FC Groningen - Excelsior
    Referee: Edwin van de Graaf
    Assistant Referees: Johan Balder, Mark Strijker
    Fourth Official: Sander van der Eijk

    05.02.2017, 12:30 CET
    Roda JC - Ajax
    Referee: Danny Makkelie
    Assistant Referees: Mario Diks, Hessel Steegstra
    Fourth Official: Freek van Herk

    05.02.2017, 14:30 CET
    FC Twente - Feyenoord
    Referee: Dennis Higler
    Assistant Referees: Terry Hoekstra, Cristian Dobre
    Fourth Official: Jeroen Manschot

    05.02.2017, 14:30 CET
    Sparta Rotterdam - PEC Zwolle
    Referee: Bas Nijhuis
    Assistant Referees: Rob van de Ven, Charles Schaap
    Fourth Official: Steven van der Vrande

    05.02.2017, 16:45 CET
    FC Utrecht - SC Heerenveen
    Referee: Jochem Kamphuis
    Assistant Referees: Erik Kleinjan, Rens Bluemink
    Fourth Official: Christian Mulder

  6. Some news and pics from Malaga....

  7. I have a question concerning the UEFA course linked with league appointments: concerning the French representatives, Turpin, Buquet and Bastien are there, according to what I read on here. But if the course is also for the new FIFA referees, François Letexier should be there as well. The course, as I understood, ends on Thursday, right? (Correct me please if I'm wrong) Letexier was originally appointed to take charge of Metz-Marseille on Friday evening, but was replaced with Mikael Lesage. Is that due to the course, considering the fact that he may only return the day before or maybe on Friday in the morning. And if yes: why isn't Ruddy Buquet replaced in his match on Friday, because he is appointed in a Ligue 2 game (Lens-Troyes) on Friday evening?

    (Sorry for being so exhaustive in my formulation)

  8. The referees handling the suspicious test-games in Cyprus and Turkey (among others, the Pogoń Szczecin - Astra Giurgiu game in Cyprus, where both teams deliberately missed penalties) were from Romania. The centre referee in the game involved Polish side was Cristian Catană (27 yo, third tier).

    Apart from Catană, there were Dan Ionuț Petre (32 yo, 4th tier), Laurențiu Florin Niculae (24 yo, 4th tier assistant referee), Răzvan Nedelcu (21 yo, 4th tier assistant referee) and Cristian Grigorașcu (40 yo, v-ce president of Regional FA of Dâmbovița region). All of them were introducing themselves as Bulgarian, Slovenian or Turkish referees...

    List of suspicious games with referees:
    25 January, Cyprus: Astra – Pogoń 1-3 (Cristian Catană - Laurențiu Niculae, ?)
    25 January, Turkey: Botoșani – Amkar (Dan Petre – Cristian Grigorașcu, Răzvan Nedelcu)
    22 January, Cyprus: Ural – Astra 2-4 (?)
    20 January, Turkey: Pandurii – Krylya 2-2 (Cristian Catană – Costinel Neagu, Valentin Mihalache)
    20 January, Cyprus: CFR Cluj – Mezokovesd 4-1 (?)
    19 January, Cyprus: Astra – Spartak Moscova B 4-0 (Dan Petre – Laurențiu Nicolae, Cristian Grigorașcu)
    17 January, Cyprus: CFR Cluj – Ufa 2-0 (Dan Petre – Laurențiu Niculae, Cristian Grigorașcu)

    There are more news on that issue in Romanian media. Maybe someone from Romania would be able to tell more?




  9. CL Last 16 (first leg)
    14-15 February: Szymon Marciniak - Paweł Sokolnicki, Tomasz Listkiewicz - Radosław Siejka - Paweł Raczkowski, Tomasz Musiał

    EL Last 32 (second leg)
    23 February: Paweł Raczkowski - Michał Obukowicz, Tomasz Listkiewicz - Radosław Siejka - Tomasz Musiał, Tomasz Kwiatkowski

    1. On 14-15/02: Observers are...
      PSG-BAR: Fandel (GER)
      BEN-DOR: Lemmer (LUX)
      RMA-NAP: Uilenberg (NED)
      BAY-ARS: not appointed yet

    2. Real Madrid - Napoli for Marciniak? He handled Real Madrid - Roma one year ago, but I think it is again possible to see him at Santiago Bernabéu.

    3. Forgot that he already handled Real - Borussia Dortmund as well... so, PSG - Barça is very likely, in my opinion.

    4. I rather expect Marciniak in Paris.
      For Real-Napoli I could even imagine Turpin. I don't think a referee from the top shelf is needed there (maybe in the second leg)
      For Benfica-Dortmund Mazic could fit.

    5. Where can Bjorn Kuipers fit in these appointments for Round of 16?? Maybe Arsenal v Bayern Munich?? Or a second leg Round of 16 match??

    6. He is possible and a realistic option for most of the matches, so difficult to guess. My prediction would be the second leg of Napoli-Real for him (when there is no clear result in the first leg).

    7. Possible names for Bayern Munich v Arsenal?? Looks a big game on the cards!! I would expect Kuipers/Skomina/Çakir in the two legs!!

    8. Skomina I think will be the referee for Bayern - Arsenal.

    9. Kassai could be another option in spite of his Arsenal game on MD1. And Rizzoli, who showed a very good performance in this match three years ago.

    10. As Spaniards need matches and there are not many possible matches, I expect Mateu Lahoz in Bayern-Arsenal. Would also suit to the observer: Roberto Rosetti.

    11. Mateu Lahoz for Bayern v Arsenal might definitely happen but with due respect to Mateu, the combination doesn't sound convincing at all!! 😓

  10. The 131st Annual General Meeting of The IFAB will take place in London on Friday 3 March 2017 at Wembley Stadium. Amongst other topics, the AGM will decide on giving national football associations more freedom and responsibility to modify the organisational Laws of The Game, e.g. the number of substitutions and length of play.


  11. Before Atletico-Barca match,I was questioning Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea and how would he handle the match.
    I would say he did pretty decent job he had solid performance.

    All of his bookings were good,maybe he was too lenient in first 30 minutes,but overall he did a good job.

    Maybe there will be some complaints about a foul before Atletico goal,but I think that Suarez fell way too easily.

  12. TURKEY

    Round of 16

    04.02.2017, 12:00 CET
    Tuzlaspor - Sivasspor
    Referee: Kutluhan Bilgiç
    Assistant Referees: Cevdet Kömürcüoğlu, İlker Takpak
    Fourth Official: Bahattin Şimşek

    04.02.2017, 14:15 CET
    Gençlerbirliği - Kayserispor
    Referee: Bülent Yıldırım
    Assistant Referees: Ekrem Kan, Asım Yusuf Öz
    Fourth Official: Volkan Bayarslan

    04.02.2017, 16:30 CET
    Şanlıurfaspor - Çaykur Rizespor
    Referee: Alper Ulusoy
    Assistant Referees: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy, Volkan Narinç
    Fourth Official: Serkan Tokat

    04.02.2017, 18:30 CET
    Medipol Başakşehir FK - Galatasaray
    Referee: Mete Kalkavan
    Assistant Referees: Ceyhun Sesigüzel, Serkan Ok
    Fourth Official: Serkan Çınar

    05.02.2017, 10:30 CET
    Akhisar Belediye Gençlik ve Spor - Gümüşhanespor
    Referee: Özgür Yankaya
    Assistant Referees: Baki Tuncay Akkın, Mehmet Cem Hanoğlu
    Fourth Official: Özgüç Türkalp

    05.02.2017, 13:30 CET
    Atiker Konyaspor - Ümraniyespor
    Referee: Arda Kardeşler
    Assistant Referees: Ali Saygın Ögel, Hakan Yemişken
    Fourth Official: Koray Gençerler

    05.02.2017, 14:15 CET
    Kasımpaşa - Osmanlıspor FK
    Referee: Ümit Öztürk
    Assistant Referees: Kerem Ersoy, Osman Gökhan Bilir
    Fourth Official: Bülent Birincioğlu

    05.02.2017, 18:30 CET
    Beşiktaş - Fenerbahçe
    Referee: Ali Palabıyık
    Assistant Referees: Mehmet Cem Satman, Serkan Olguncan
    Fourth Official: Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu

  13. Rizzoli gets Derby d'Italia.Great ref for great derby.

  14. Felix Brych will be assisted by Marco Achmüller, Mark Borsch is missing...

    1. Because Borsch is from Mönchengladbach. He has a 2nd division match on Friday instead. So no injury...

  15. GREECE

    Matchday 19

    04.02.2017, 14:00 CET
    Referee: Praxitelis Zachariadis
    Assistant Referees: Christos Akrivos, Lazaros Dimitriadis
    Fourth Official: Panagiotis Symeonidis

    04.02.2017, 16:15 CET
    PAE Panetolikos - PAE Atromitos Athinon
    Referee: Stavros Mandalos
    Assistant Referees: Chrysoula Kourombylia, Georgios Kalfoglou
    Fourth Official: Spyridon Michelis

    04.02.2017, 18:30 CET
    PAE PAS Giannina - PAE Panathinaïkos
    Referee: Athanasios Tzilos
    Assistant Referees: Iordanis Dimitriadis, Antonios Karatzikas
    Fourth Official: Nikolaos Poulimas

    05.02.2017, 14:00 CET
    PAE AEK - PAE Veria
    Referee: Aristotelis Diamandopoulos
    Assistant Referees: Dimos Anastopoulos, Vasilios Nikolakakis
    Fourth Official: Panagiotis Kouloudis

    05.02.2017, 16:15 CET
    PAE Panionios - PAE AO Xanthi
    Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos
    Assistant Referees: Damianos Efthymiadis, Polychronis Kostaras
    Fourth Official: Alexandros Tzamouris

    05.02.2017, 16:15 CET
    PAE PAOK - PAE Asteras Tripolis
    Referee: Dimitrios Thanos
    Assistant Referees: Konstandinos Pondikis, Georgios Paschalis
    Fourth Official: Dimitrios Karandonis

    05.02.2017, 18:30 CET
    PAE Olympiakos - PAE AEP Iraklis
    Referee: Evangelos Kiotzenis
    Assistant Referees: Georgios Lazaris, Dimitrios Tzafolias
    Fourth Official: Ioannis Neofytiadis

    06.02.2017, 18:30 CET
    PAE Levadiakos - PAE AO Platanias
    Referee: Ioannis Papadopoulos
    Assistant Referees: Vasilios Lambrou, Aïchan Chouskoglou
    Fourth Official: Georgios Tzovaras

  16. Guillaume Paradis has replaced Karim Abed in fourth official duties in the Monaco - Nice game.

    New appointment for the Toulouse FC - Angers SCO game on 5 February:
    Referee: Jérôme Brisard
    Assistant Referees: Julien Pacelli, Djemel Zitouni
    Fourth Official: William Lavis

    Three top-category referees will handle games in Ligue 2:

    03.02.2017, 20:00 CET
    RC Lens - ESTAC Troyes
    Referee: Ruddy Buquet
    Assistant Referees: Guillaume Debart, Benjamin Pages
    Fourth Official: Thierry Bouille

    03.02.2017, 20:00 CET
    Stade de Reims - Tours FC
    Referee: Benoît Millot
    Assistant Referees: Ludovic Zmyslony, Johann Perruaux
    Fourth Official: Nicolas Dzubanowski

    04.02.2017, 15:00 CET
    Stade Brestois 29 - FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
    Referee: Karim Abed
    Assistant Referees: Aurélien Drouet, Mikaël Berchebru
    Fourth Official: Pierre Gaillouste


    Liga NOS
    Matchday 20

    3 February 2017, 21:30 CET
    FC Paços de Ferreira - Vitória SC
    Referee: Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins
    Assistant Referee 1: Nuno Felipe Santos Tomás Pereira
    Assistant Referee 2: Pedro Miguel Almeida Mota
    Fourth Official: Carlos André Fernandes Macedo

    4 February 2017, 17:00 CET
    GD Chaves - Boavista FC
    Referee: Carlos Miguel Taborda Xistra
    Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Miguel Campos Rodrigues
    Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Manuel Lopes Cruz
    Fourth Official: Iancu Ioan Vasilica

    4 February 2017, 21:30 CET
    FC Porto - Sporting CP
    Referee: Hugo Filipe Ferreira Campos Moreira Miguel
    Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Jorge Ferreira dos Santos
    Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Miguel Roque Conceição
    Fourth Official: Fábio José Costa Veríssimo

    5 February 2017, 17:00 CET
    FC Arouca - Vitória FC
    Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias
    Assistant Referee 1: Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares
    Assistant Referee 2: João Manuel Costa da Silva
    Fourth Official: António Jorge Gonçalves Ferreira

    5 February 2017, 19:00 CET
    SL Benfica - CD Nacional
    Referee: Luís Miguel Branco Godinho
    Assistant Referee 1: José Miguel Monteiro Braga
    Assistant Referee 2: Valter Manuel Dias Rufo
    Fourth Official: Hélder Miguel Azevedo Malheiro

    5 February 2017, 21:15 CET
    CF Os Belenenses - CD Tondela
    Referee: Bruno Miguel Duarte Paixão
    Assistant Referee 1: António Manuel Albino Godinho
    Assistant Referee 2: João Viegas Jacob
    Fourth Official: Miguel Alexandre Rios Libório Medeiros Silva

    6 February 2017, 20:00 CET
    CS Marítimo - Moreirense FC
    Referee: Bruno Alexandre da Silva Esteves
    Assistant Referee 1: Rui Miguel Martins Teixeira
    Assistant Referee 2: Valter António Sobral Pereira
    Fourth Official: André Filipe Domingues Silva Narciso

    6 February 2017, 22:00 CET
    CD Feirense - Rio Ave FC
    Referee: Rui Filipe Cunha Folha Oliveira
    Assistant Referee 1: Rui Alberto de Matos Fernandes
    Assistant Referee 2: André Filipe Nogueira Dias
    Fourth Official: Manuel António Rodrigues Oliveira

    6 February 2017, 22:00 CET
    SC Braga - GD Estoril Praia
    Referee: Vasco António Moreira dos Santos
    Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Miguel Silva Trindade
    Assistant Referee 2: Sérgio Nuno Teixeira Jesus
    Fourth Official: André Silva Neto

  18. Chelsea 1-0, was that a regular goal?

    1. Very debatable to me, I think there was elbow to the face so I think there was a foul before goal.

    2. I agree, it was foul before the goal.

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  20. RC for SFP by Oliver:

    Excellent decision.

  21. Chelsea - Arsenal
    goal / illegal use of arms: http://streamable.com/mjzfx

    Watford - Burnley
    severity of offences: http://streamable.com/hz0co
    severity of offences: http://streamable.com/i0dpp

    1. Chelsea - Arsenal
      For me irregular goal, however reading some comments and knowing Atkinson's style, it seems as in England this goal was accepted without too much questioning. But LotG are LotG.

      Watford - Burnley
      1) There is surely an excessive force in this challenge, but I think one can still back the referee in assessing it as reckless, however very close to RC for SFP.
      2) Definitely a SFP, here you can't have doubts. Well done by Oliver.

    2. Agree with Chefren:
      1) IFC and YC
      2) YC for reckless start
      3) RC for SFP

  22. Any thoughts on this situation?


    1. Well, the unsporting behaviour of Eibar's player occured before the ball was in play. The retaliation, that easily could have been deemed as violent conduct, happened while the ball was already in play. So, lucky or not, the good decision (penalty) was made.

      However, wouldn't it be smarter to whistle when the first unsporting behaviour happened, even if the ball was in play - just to warn that pair and retake the corner kick? It would but if the referee had decided to let it go, he was forced to react on the violent conduct afterwards.

      Difficult and complex situation to the referee. Maybe the always-needed good luck was missing?

    2. Good analysis by RayHD, I think that by using more prevention and paying attention to players, perhaps this could have been avoided.
      Question is: how much referee should be always worried about players behavior? This reminds me a penalty whistled by Kuipers in Barcelona - Milan, several years ago, he whistled that directly on the execution of a corner kick, he was criticized for missing prevention, but at the end, as RayHD correctly stated, the right decision was taken, according to LotG, also in that case.

    3. For me the first situation is also a VC. LoTG: "In addition, a player who, when not challenging for the ball, deliberately strikes
      an opponent or any other person on the head or face with the hand or arm, is
      guilty of violent conduct unless the force used was negligible"

      And your question is actually the point I wanted to raise. Can you really stop play for something that happened when it was still stopped? The obvious answer seems that you wouldn't let it start in the first place. However, in this situation there was no time for the referee to react and stop the restart of play. Should he then stop the already-in-play game to send off Eibar's player? (Imagine that the retaliation never happened). Is that OK with the Laws? Common sense says yes, as the delay would also not be that great so that a goal can be scored, usually, and in fact is what usually happens.

      Then put in the retaliation. It happened and was of course RC. But is penalty right? If play should be stopped as said in the previous paragraph, then it should be not. Eibar's offence happened first, so the corner kick should be retaken and the appropriate disciplinary measures taken (both players sent off) IMO.

      Of course, the referee didn't see Escalante (Eibar's player) action, as no disciplinary measure was taken against him.

    4. RayHD, in my opinion,"to whistle when the first unsporting behaviour happened, EVEN OF THE BALL WAS IN PLAY and RETAKE the corner kick" is a violation of the IFAB LoTG

    5. No, because the unsporting behaviour of Eibar player occurred before the ball was played and the referee had no time to react but spotted the infringement before the corner kick execution. I hope you will take my point now. :)

    6. Referees are humans and have only 2 eyes. I believe originally the referee visually focussed the player duo who were holding each other in the centre of the penalty area and only then followed the other player duo (the one with the retaliation). So probably he simply did not see the first offence. What can be criticized - I agree with you here - is that at 1:14 in the video a holding was already ongoing. There was enough time to stop play and preventively warn the players. On the other hand this is no clear error, but simply a management issue. It does not make the final decision wrong.

    7. I agree with you 100%. The discussion is clearly theoretical. :)

  23. can anyone tell me who will be the referee on VFB Stuttgart - Fortuna Dussledorf tonight?

    1. REFEREE: Felix Zwayer
      AR1: Thorsten Schiffner
      AR2: Christian Leicher
      FOURTH OFFICIAL: Justus Zorn

  24. Bundesliga situations:
    1) Referee: Brych, Decision: Free kick for Red, no card
    2) Referee: Ittrich, Decision: Play on
    3) Referee: Winkmann, Decision: Play on
    4) Referee: Winkmann, Decision: Play on
    5) Referee: Winkmann, Decision: Free kick Blue, no card
    6) Referee: Gräfe, Decision: penalty + YC

    1. 1) I can't see if there is clear SPA, but same foul is continuous but no reckless. Verbal warning would be OK, but not necessary, too.

      2) Penalty, but very difficult to judge some factors as the real impact of holding or attacker's ability to reach the ball while being not fouled properly in the real time.

      3) Referee has to be backed.

      4) There seems to be a slight pull for hand slightly outside the box, then it's more coming together than a foul of red player (but it can be such due to that pull), so I would opt for a free kick and YC for SPA.

      5) Careless. Foul but no card.

      6) Soft but acceptable. I have the feeling the white player wanted to win that penalty.

    2. 1) It is in the half of the red team, so no clear SPA. However I would have preferred a yellow card for the blatant holding
      2) For me is the impact of holding too small for a penalty, player goes down to easily
      3) Probably yes, but with the replays the handball becomes clear.
      4) Not a clear penalty at least, free kick could be a solution, but I am not sure, whether it has to be given
      5) I agree
      6) Very soft, because the white player is also using his arms. Not sure, whether still acceptable...

  25. 1) mutual pushing and holding is simply part of fighting for the ball in the beginning. However, blatant holding occurred after the red player won the fight and the ball, so my position is DFC and YC;
    2)difficult to tell from this angle. there was some contact but it seems the attacker fell down too easy... play on;
    3) handball / it would be nice to see referee's positioning and movemenet as it seems it was the counter-attack case
    4)PK / defender did not touch the ball, the attacker was in front of him and controlled the ball, contact with legs (tripping) was enough for PK;
    5) DFK and YC for reckless play;
    6) Really impossible to tell from this angle... if I had to / PK and YC to defender


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