February 6, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 6 (2017)

The following match officials have been selected to take control over the matches played in Europe's top leagues in Matchweek 6. Feel free to ...

- ... share appointments with us (writing them as a comment in the manner below)
- ... share appointments from your national leagues other than those listed below with us, specially if you consider the game as significant (e.g. a derby, a top clash or a very important game etc.)
- ... 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.


FA Cup, Round of 32 (replay)

08.02.2017, 20:45 CET
Leicester City FC - Derby County FC
Referee: Mike Jones
Assistant Referees: Marc Perry, Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Graham Scott

Premier League (MD 25)

11.02.17 13:30 CET
Arsenal - Hull City 
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistant Referees: Jake Collin, Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Roger East

11.02.17 16:00 CET
Manchester United - Watford
Referee:  Robert Madley
Assistant Referees: Marc Perry, David Bryan
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend

11.02.17 16:00 CET
Middlesbrough - Everton
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Simon Long, Daniel Cook
Fourth Official: Lee Mason

11.02.17 16:00 CET
Stoke City - Crystal Palace
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Peter Kirkup, Harry Lennard
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

11.02.17 16:00 CET
Sunderland - Southampton 
Referee: Paul Terney
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck, Andy Halliday
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick

11.02.17 16:00 CET
West Ham - West Bromwich Albion
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett, Mike McDonough
Fourth Official: Keith Stroud

11.02.17 18:30 CET
Liverpool - Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn, Stephen Child
Fourth Official: Mike Jones

12.02.17 14:30 CET
Burnley - Chelsea
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann, Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Robert Madley

12.02.17 17:00 CET
Swansea City - Leicester City
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistant Referees: Edward Smart, Andy Garratt
Fourth Official: Roger East

13.02.17 21:00 CET
AFC Bournemouth - Manchester City
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistant Referees: Scott Ledger, Matt Wilkes
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner 


Ligue 1 (MD 24)

07.02.17 19:00 CET
SM Caen - Girondins de Bordeaux
Referee: Benoît Bastien
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Haquette, Hicham Zakrani
Fourth Official: Alexandre Perreau Niel

07.02.17 19:00 CET
Montpellier Hérault SC - AS Monaco
Referee: Mikael Lesage
Assistant Referees: Huseyin Ocak, Sébastien Denis
Fourth Official: Thomas Leonard

07.02.17 21:00 CET
Paris Saint Germain - LOSC Lille
Referee: François Letexier
Assistant Referees: Eric Danizan, Cyril Mugnier
Fourth Official: Eric Wattellier

08.02.17 19:00 CET
Angers SCO - Stade Rennais FC
Referee: Clément Turpin
Assistant Referees: Cyril Gringore, Nicolas Danos
Fourth Official: William Lavis

08.02.17 19:00 CET
SC Bastia - FC Nantes
Referee: Ruddy Buquet
Assistant Referees: Stephan Luzi, Guillaume Debart
Fourth Official: Aurélien Petit

08.02.17 20:00 CET
FC Lorient - Toulouse FC
Referee: Karim Abed
Assistant Referees: Mickaël Annonier, Philippe Jeanne
Fourth Official: Mehdi Mokhtari

08.02.17 19:00 CET
Olympique Lyonnais - AS Nancy Lorraine
Referee: Bartolomeu Varela
Assistant Referees: Tugdual Philippe, Julien Aube
Fourth Official: Jérémy Stinat

08.02.17 19:00 CET
FC Metz - Dijon FCO
Referee: Sébastien Desiage
Assistant Referees: Mickaël Lamouche, Gilles Lang
Fourth Official: Stéphanie Frappart

08.02.17 19:00 CET
OGC Nice - AS Saint-Étienne
Referee: Amaury Delerue
Assistant Referees: Fredji Harchay, Bertrand Jouannaud
Fourth Official: Jérôme Brisard

09.02.17 21:00 CET
Olympique de Marseille - En Avant Guingamp
Referee: Benoît Millot
Assistant Referees: Djemel Zitouni, Julien Pacelli
Fourth Official: Sylvain Palhies

Ligue 1 (MD 25)

10.02.17 20:45 CET
Girondins de Bordeaux - Paris Saint Germain
Referee: Nicolas Rainville
Assistant Referees: Pierre Chevreux, Huseyin Ocak
Fourth Official: Karim Abed

11.02.17 17:00 CET
En Avant Guingamp - Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Frank Schneider
Assistant Referees: Djemel Zitouni, Nicolas Henninot
Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy

11.02.17 20:00 CET
Dijon FCO - SM Caen
Referee: Jérôme Brisard
Assistant Referees: Cedric Moreau, Philippe Jeanne
Fourth Official: Nicolas Dzubanowski

11.02.17 20:00 CET
LOSC Lille - Angers SCO 
Referee: Bartolomeu Varela
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Cano, Frédéric Hebrard
Fourth Official: Pierre Gaillouste

11.02.17 20:00 CET
AS Monaco - FC Metz 
Referee: Olivier Thual
Assistant Referees: Mathieu Lombard, Cyril Saint-Cricq Lompre
Fourth Official: Hakim Ben El Adj

11.02.17 20:00 CET
AS Nancy Lorraine - Montpellier Hérault SC 
Referee: Sébastien Desiage
Assistant Referees: Mickaël Lamouche, Gilles Lang
Fourth Official: Romain Lissorgue

11.02.17 20:00 CET
Toulouse FC - SC Bastia 
Referee: Jérôme Miguelgorry
Assistant Referees: Tugdual Philippe, Bejamin Pages
Fourth Official: Willy Delajod

12.02.17 15:00 CET
Stade Rennais FC - OGC Nice
Referee: Johan Hamel
Assistant Referees: Guillaume Debart, Alexandre Viala
Fourth Official: Yohann Rouinsard

12.02.17 17:00 CET
AS Saint-Étienne - FC Lorient
Referee: Benoît Millot
Assistant Referees: Stephan Luzi, Julien Pacelli
Fourth Official: Florent Batta

12.02.17 21:00 CET
FC Nantes - Olympique de Marseille 
Referee: François Letexier
Assistant Referees: Eric Danizan, Cyril Mugnier
Fourth Official: Jérémy Stinat


2016-17 DFB Pokal (Round of 16)

07.02.17 18:30 CET
FC-Astoria Walldorf - Arminia Bielefeld
Referee: Sven Jablonski
Assistant Referees: Daniel Riehl, Katrin Rafalski
Fourth Official: Johann Pfeifer

07.02.17 18:30 CET
Hamburger SV - 1. FC Köln
Referee: Günter Perl
Assistant Referees: Thomas Stein, Michael Emmer
Fourth Official: René Rohde

07.02.17 20:45 CET
Bayern München - VfL Wolfsburg 
Referee: Dr. Jochen Drees
Assistant Referees: Timo Gerach, Christian Gittelmann
Fourth Official: Arno Blos

07.02.17 20:45 CET
SpVgg Greuther Fürth - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Bastian Dankert
Assistant Referees: Markus Häcker, Jan Seidel
Fourth Official: Daniel Schlager

08.02.17 18:30 CET
SV Sandhausen - Schalke 04
Referee: Benjamin Brand
Assistant Referees: Frederick Assmuth, Markus Pflaum
Fourth Official: Martin Petersen

08.02.17 18:30 CET
Sportfreunde Lotte - TSV 1860 München
Referee: Christian Dingert
Assistant Referees: Tobias Christ, Markus Schüller
Fourth Official: Christof Günsch

08.02.17 20:45 CET
Borussia Dortmund - Hertha BSC 
Referee: Deniz Aytekin
Assistant Referees: Christian Dietz, Eduard Beitinger
Fourth Official: Arne Aarnink

08.02.17 20:45 CET
Hannover 96 - Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Dr. Robert Kampka
Assistant Referees: Domink Schaal, Marcel Göpferich
Fourth Official: Sören Storks 

Bundesliga (MD 20)

10.02.17 20:30 CET
1. FSV Mainz 05 - FC Augsburg
Referee: Manuel Gräfe
Assistant Referees: Guido Kleve, Markus Sinn
Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus

11.02.17 15:30 CET
Bayer Leverkusen - Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Benjamin Cortus
Assistant Referees: Florian Badstübner, Marco Achmüller
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ

11.02.17 15:30 CET
SV Darmstadt 98 - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Wolfgang Stark
Assistant Referees: Mike Pickel, Christian Gittelmann
Fourth Official: Patrick Alt

11.02.17 15:30 CET
FC Ingolstadt - Bayern München 
Referee:  Felix Zwayer
Assistant Referees:Thorsten Schiffner, Sascha Thielert
Fourth Official: Robert Kempter

11.02.17 15:30 CET
RB Leipzig - Hamburger SV 
Referee: Sascha Stegemann
Assistant Referees:Christian Fischer, Sören Storks
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker

11.02.17 15:30 CET
Werder Bremen - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Benjamin Brand
Assistant Referees: Robert Schröder, Frederick Assmuth
Fourth Official: Patrick Ittrich

11.02.17 18:30 CET
Schalke 04 - Hertha BSC 
Referee: Markus Schmidt
Assistant Referees:Alexander Sather, Christof Günsch
Fourth Official: Rafael Foltyn

12.02.17 15:30 CET
VfL Wolfsburg - 1899 Hoffenheim 
Referee: Daniel Siebert
Assistant Referees: Lasse Koslowski, Jan Seidel
Fourth Official: Sven Jablonski

12.02.17 17:30 CET
SC Freiburg - 1. FC Köln
Referee: Robert Hartmann
Assistant Referees: Christian Leicher, Markus Schüller
Fourth Official: Christian Dietz 


Serie A (MD 18)

08.02.17, 18:00 CET
FC Crotone - Juventus
Referee: Paolo Valeri
Assistant Referees: Alessandro Giallatini, Sergio Ranghetti
Additional Assistant Referees: Marco Guida, Marco Di Bello
Fourth Official: Ciro Carbone

08.02.17, 20:45 CET
Bologna FC - AC Milan
Referee: Daniele Doveri
Assistant Referees: Gianluca Cariolato, Giorgio Peretti
Additional Assistant Referees: Carmine Russo, Piero Giacomelli
Fourth Official: Fabrizio Posado

Serie A (MD 24)

10.02.17, 20:45 CET
SSC Napoli - Genoa CFC
Referee: Piero Giacomelli
Assistant Referees: Matteo Passeri, Salvatore Longo
Additional Assistant Referees: Massimiliano Irrati, Federico La Penna
Fourth Official: Valerio Pegorin

11.02.17, 20:45 CET
ACF Fiorentina - Udinese Calcio
Referee: Maurizio Mariani
Assistant Referees: Mauro Tonolini, Stefano Liberti
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Tagliavento, Eugenio Abbattista
Fourth Official: Alfonso Marrazzo

12.02.17, 12:30 CET
FC Crotone - AS Roma
Referee: Carmine Russo
Assistant Referees: Giacomo Paganessi, Stefano Alassio
Additional Assistant Referees: Davide Massa, Juan Luca Sacchi
Fourth Official: Filippo Valeriani

12.02.17, 15:00 CET
FC Internazionale - Empoli FC
Referee: Domenico Celi
Assistant Referees: Giulio Dobosz, Giorgio Schenone
Additional Assistant Referees: Daniele Doveri, Aleandro Di Paolo
Fourth Official: Andrea Crispo

12.02.17, 15:00 CET
US Città di Palermo - Atalanta
Referee: Daniele Orsato
Assistant Referees: Gianmattia Tasso, Rodolfo Di Vuolo
Additional Assistant Referees: Marco Guida, Antonio Di Martino
Fourth Official: Stefano Del Giovane

12.02.17, 15:00 CET
US Sassuolo Calcio - Chievo Verona
Referee: Luca Pairetto
Assistant Referees: Omar Gava, Marco Chiocchi
Additional Assistant Referees: Nicola Rizzoli, Gianluca Manganiello
Fourth Official: Luca Mondin

12.02.17, 15:00 CET
Torino FC - Delfino Pescara 1936
Referee: Fabio Maresca
Assistant Referees: Alessio Tolfo, Domenico Rocca
Additional Assistant Referees: Claudio Gavillucci, Fabrizio Pasqua
Fourth Official: Gianluca Vuoto

12.02.17, 18:00 CET
UC Sampdoria - Bologna FC
Referee: Michael Fabbri
Assistant Referees: Giuseppe De Pinto, Pasquale De Meo
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Valeri, Livio Marinelli
Fourth Official: Alberto Tegoni

12.02.17, 20:45 CET
Cagliari Calcio - Juventus
Referee: Gianpaolo Calvarese
Assistant Referees: Valentino Fiorito, Ciro Carbone
Additional Assistant Referees: Gianluca Rocchi, Davide Ghersini
Fourth Official: Andrea Marzaloni

13.02.17, 20:45 CET
SS Lazio - AC Milan
Referee: Antonio Damato
Assistant Referees: Marco Barbirati, Fabrizio Posado
Additional Assistant Referees Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni, Marco Di Bello
Fourth Official: Lorenzo Manganelli


Copa del Rey Semifinals (Second legs)

07.02.17, 21:00 CET
Deportivo Alavés - Real Club Celta de Vigo
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devís, Javier Aguilar Rodríguez
Fourth Official: Iván Muñoz Pérez

08.02.17, 21:00 CET
Fútbol Club Barcelona - Club Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano
Assistant Referees: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez, José Manuel Fernández Miranda
Fourth Official: Carlos Sánchez Laso

La Liga (MD 22)

10.02.17, 20:45 CET
Real Club Deportivo Espanyol de Barcelona - Real Sociedad de Fútbol
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán
Assistant Referees: Raúl Cabañero Martínez, Jorge Canelo Prieto
Fourth Official: Luis Mario Milla Alvendiz

11.02.17, 13:00 CET
Real Betis Balompié - Valencia Club de Fútbol
Referee: Daniel Jesús Trujillo Suárez
Assistant Referees: Marcos Álvarez Moreno, José Carlos Escuela Melo
Fourth Official: Iñaki Sáez de Adana Orive

11.02.17, 16:15 CET
Deportivo Alavés - Fútbol Club Barcelona
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, Abrahám Álvarez Cantón
Fourth Official: Alberto Villoria Linacero

11.02.17, 18:30 CET
Athletic Club - Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña
Referee: Mario Melero López
Assistant Referees: Manuel Ángel Torre Cimiano, José Luis Martínez Serrato
Fourth Official: Alberto Fuente Martín

11.02.17, 20:45 CET
Club Atlético Osasuna - Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Referee: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Assistant Referees: Alfonso Costoya Rodríguez, Enrique José Ramos Ferreiros
Fourth Official: Alejandro Fernández Pérez

12.02.17, 12:00 CET
Villarreal Club de Fútbol - Málaga Club de Fútbol
Referee: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Assistant Referees: Andoni Huerga Cermeño, Aitor Villate Martínez
Fourth Official: Juan Antonio Campos Salinas

12.02.17, 16:15 CET
Club Deportivo Leganés - Real Sporting de Gijón
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández
Assistant Referees: Miguel Martínez Munuera, Francisco Javier Martín García
Fourth Official: Raúl Chavet García

12.02.17, 18:130 CET
Unión Deportiva Las Palmas - Sevilla Fútbol Club
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea
Assistant Referees: Iker De Francisco Grijalba, Jon Núñez Fernández
Fourth Official: Hugo José López Puerta

12.02.17, 20:45 CET
Club Atlético de Madrid - Real Club Celta de Vigo
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Assistant Referees: Teodoro Sobrino Magán, José Enrique Naranjo Pérez
Fourth Official: Abraham Domínguez Cervantes

13.02.17, 20:45 CET
Sociedad Deportiva Eibar - Granada Club de Fútbol
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devís, Javier Martínez Nicolás
Fourth Official: David Recio Moreno


  1. Today it has been made public by AIA that Rizzoli retired from 2018 WC preselection.
    He wrote a letter to AIA's president, Marcello Nicchi, explaining the reasons of his choice.
    Here the official news on AIA's site with the letter as PDF:
    If you are interested, we will try to manage a translation soon.

    1. How long can he be in Serie A because of age limit?

    2. Sad news. But my dream is to see Héber Lopes in the world cup.

    3. In Italy a referee who is not FIFA listed can stay in serie A's panel not more than 10 years, while a FIFA listed referee has not this limit and can stay until the end of age limit (45). If a referee is already 45 before the beginning of a new season, he must retire. Of course, there is the chance to get a derogation, but this is the standard.
      Rizzoli turned 45 on last October, so for the next season (without derogation) he should be out. However, the fact that he was confirmed on FIFA list for 2017, makes possible that he will get a special derogation for 2017-18 season in serie A, despite of age limit.
      After today's statement, it is not still sure if he will retire at the end of this season (June 2017) or at the end of the next one (June 2018). The fact that he was confirmed on FIFA list for 2017 could be a signal that he will be confirmed as well in serie A for 2017-18, otherwise, in case of retirement at the end of this season, I would't find logical the choice to confirm him on FIFA list only for 6 months (01 - 06 / 2017).
      I also think that he could have managed better the end of his career, there were for a long time many doubts about his real will, and perhaps he really wanted to get a chance for Russia 2018, but of course I respect him and that's only my opinion.

    4. Clos Gómez will retire in June and is still on the FIFA list too.


    Jupiler Pro League

    Matchday 18 (postponed game)
    07/02 | KV Red Star Waasland-SK Beveren - KRC Genk | Frederik Geldhof

    Matchday 26
    10/02 | Koninklijke Sint Truidense VV - KRC Genk | Luc Wouters
    11/02 | Royal Excel Mouscron - KV Oostende | Christof Dierick
    11/02 | KV Kortrijk - Yellow-Red KV Mechelen | Bram Van Driessche
    11/02 | Royal Charleroi SC - KVC Westerlo | Lawrence Visser
    11/02 | KAA Gent - KAS Eupen | Wim Smet
    12/02 | RSC Anderlecht - SV Zulte Waregem | Nicolas Laforge
    12/02 | KSC Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen - Club Brugge KV | Erik Lambrechts
    12/02 | KV Red Star Waasland-SK Beveren - Royal Standard de Liège | Alexandre Boucaut


    Greek Cup

    Quarter-Finals (first legs)
    08/02 | Panathinaïkos AO - Asteras Tripolis | Dimitrios Styliaras
    08/02 | Olympiakos SFP - Atromitos Athinon 1923 | Anastassios Papapetrou
    09/02 | Platanias AO - AEK | Georgios Blanas
    09/02 | Xanthi AO - PAOK | Dimitrios Karantonis

  4. So, Mateu Lahoz with a game on 13/02 in La Liga. But of course, knowing RFEF-CTA, we can't rule him out from Wednesday's CL match between Bayern and Arsenal. There are only a few options for Spanish referees, and after Batta's observation in Lisbon on MD6, this match would suit.

    1. I think Mateu Lahoz will be more suited for Juventus v Porto or Manchester City v Monaco rather than Bayern Munich v Arsenal!!

  5. Howard Webb is moving to United States and he offers Marciniak to become an MLS referee.

    Either VAR or AAR at 2018 FIFA World Cup.

    There's a discussion among UEFA Referees Committee and top-5 leagues (ENG, ESP, FRA, GER, ITA) to allow best UEFA Elite Group referees handle top clashes in those leagues.

  6. So, big derby today is reserved for Gil Manzano.
    Hopefully he wiil have a good game.

  7. Correctly awarded goal. Pass comes from defenders head https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpsCBEqCh6E

    1. I'm not sure that this very negligible and probably contact could be named "deliberately play".



    Matchday 22
    10/02 | PEC Zwolle - NEC (Jeroen Manschot)
    11/02 | Heracles Almelo - Roda JC (Björn Kuipers)
    11/02 | Feyenoord - FC Groningen (Serdar Gözübüyük)
    11/02 | Go Ahead Eagles - ADO Den Haag (Ed Janssen)
    11/02 | Vitesse - Willem II (Martin van den Kerkhof)
    12/02 | Excelsior - FC Twente (Bas Nijhuis)
    12/02 | Ajax - Sparta Rotterdam (Pol van Boekel)
    12/02 | SC Heerenveen - AZ (Danny Makkelie)
    12/02 | PSV - FC Utrecht (Dennis Higler)

    1. After Liesveld's retirement, who will be new Kuiper's AAR?

    2. Nijhuis and Makkelie are switched, because Nijhuis lives in Enschede (which is the home town of FC Twente). Interesting how such a mistake can be made...

    3. @Chefren, Joachem Kamphuis, Ed Janssen and Denis Higler are possible names for Kuipers' AAR... Also Danny Makkelie is a possibility for big games considering the fact he was Kuipers' AAR in the Manchester City v Borussia Mönchengladbach CL tie!!

    4. I remember Janssen being out with Kuipers at Fulham - Juventus (UEL 2010) as AAR2, personally he would be my choice. He a fantastic referee in my opinion, would have been very interesting to see him in UEFA because I honestly think he would have been one of the best. Although maybe Kamphuis is more likely, he was with Makkelie at U21 EURO 2015 for instance - I would be surprised to see Higler honestly.


    Ladbrokes Premiership
    Matchday 23 (postponed game)
    11/02 | Dundee FC - Kilmarnock FC (Alan Muir)

    William Hill Scottish Cup
    Round 5
    11/02 | Celtic - Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Kevin Clancy)
    11/02 | Ayr United - Clyde (Stephen Finnie)
    11/02 | Dunfermline Athletic - Hamilton Academical (Craig Thomson)
    11/02 | East Fife - St. Mirren (Donald Robertson)
    11/02 | Ross County - Aberdeen (Robert Madden)
    11/02 | St. Johnstone - Partick Thistle (Steven McLean)
    12/02 | Heart of Midlothian - Hibernian (William Collum)
    12/02 | Rangers - Greenock Morton (Andrew Dallas)

  10. Big protests from Inter fans and players about Rizzoli's decision making in Derby d'Italia,some of them are saying that there should have been 2-3 penalties for them.
    I personally love Inter and I am their fan,and to me Rizzoli didn't have any crucial mistakes,derbys will always be hard to control,especially Italians where there is so much passion and emotion,but overall I thought Rizzoli did a good job in that match.
    And after match ended Inter player,Icardi, shoot a ball at him which was totally disrespectful.

  11. Hamburg - Köln (Günter Perl) and the hosts' goal. Shouldn't there have been a free kick to Köln in the build-up?


    1. Reckless tackle or SFP?


    2. 1) Yes, the last replays show that
      2) Borderline, RC at least possible. There was a similar foul by HSV #2 in the injury time, where Perl also showed only YC

      In general, several doubtful decisions in this match, mostly against Köln.

    3. Yeah, that's the tackle mentioned by you. Also here, a RC for SFP possible.



    The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Cup
    Round of 16
    07/02 | Al-Raed Buraidah - Al-Taawon Buraidah (Arnold Hunter - NIR)

  13. I don't know if you have seen this article on fifa.com. It is about Hamdi Al Kadri from Syria, now 51. He was reserve assistant in Khail Al Ghamdi team in World Cup 2006 Germany and also in Al Ghamdi's team in Bejing, AFC CL, ... He has 3 matches on EURO U-21, even he is not from Europe. Since there is a war in Syria he moved to Germany and now is refereeing local leagues. This story is proof that once a referee, always a referee. This is a job you must love. And also, good luck to Mr Al Kadri in his new life.


  14. What a game for Jesús Gil Manzano! Should be watched and analyzed!
    I also heard that a goal was wrongly disallowed by AR2, bad luck for Atletico.

    1. If I'm not wrong, it was AR1, FIFA Assistant Referee Ángel Nevado Rodríguez.

      For me, Gil Manzano's performance has been great. I did not watch the first 30 minutes or so, but all 2nd yellow card are right for me, the penalty is OK too and maybe the very last foul could have been SFP, but I think it was almost impossible to spot from behind. All in all, I think it was a good and brave performance and a really entertaining match to watch.

    2. Well, for there was a problem in added time. He gave 5 minutes additional time, and I dont know if even 2 or 3 minutes were played in that period.There was Messi's injury and on that was wasted 3 to 4 minutes, but as soon as Messi got up, Gil blew the whistle.

    3. That's right and indeed it's a point for improvement for him... but apart from that, I think he can be happy tonight.

    4. It's added time:


      Exactly three minutes of added five were played...

  15. Official news:

    "❗️// BREAKING: Former @FIFAcom referee Howard Webb is #PRO's new Manager of Video Assistant Referee Operations."

    1. Very nice !, Ray ;)

    2. Not my invention, though! :)

  16. Any news on CL and EL observers, Niclas, Chefren?

    1. CL
      PSG-BAR: Fandel (GER)
      BEN-DOR: Lemmer (LUX)
      RMA-NAP: Uilenberg (NED)
      BAY-ARS: Rosetti (ITA)

      Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü - Futbolʹnyĭ Klub Krasnodar
      Juan Antonio Fernández Marín (ESP)

      I don't know more. Perhaps Niclas will be able to add the missing ones soon

    2. If Marciniak is appointed for PSG v BAR or maybe BAY v ARS, my question is does Marciniak need an observer like Fandel or Rosetti considering the kind of perfect season he has been having??

    3. @Soham

      Would it not suggest that he is considered for something big at the end of the season maybe. Solnå or Cardiff?....

    4. Marciniak at moment is the first candidate for EL final in my opinion.
      A committee member would be justified for that.

    5. Ok now I understand that... What about Milorad Mazic and Damir Skomina when it comes to appointments to a final?? These 2 have seemed to do a good job for a number of years but unfortunately no final for either of them yet... Won't they get their chances?? 😖

    6. As for me, i see Skomina as a possible candidate for UEL final minimum. Lets see what matches he will be given at 1/8 of UCL :)

    7. It could be that if Bayern don't qualify for the final, UEFA might use the opportunity to choose a German for UCL final, of course depending on the performance level shown. Otherwise, Skomina is a very good guess. Marciniak is a candidate for UEL final in my view.

  17. FA Cup, Round of 32 (replay)

    08.02.2017, 20:45 CET
    Leicester City FC - Derby County FC
    Referee: Mike Jones
    Assistant Referees: Marc Perry, Mark Scholes
    Fourth Official: Graham Scott

  18. Really big names at observer role in FC Astra Giurgiu - KRC Genk: Levnikov and Trentalange.

    1. About Trentalange, after the radical change of FIFA referees committee and his apparent removal, it will be interesting to know how much importance he will still have as observer.
      However, still about FIFA referees committee, it seems as something is still in progress, as you can read directly on the page:
      "Remaining vacant positions will be filled in due course."

  19. Any comments on Mateu Lahoz tonight? IMO, a really good performance from him.

    1. I watched Dortmund-Hertha including an excellent Deniz Aytekin.

    2. I have to agree, Gitzlo. One of the strongest performances of this season. Around 6-7 yellow cards for SPA, very consistent line and, above all, fantastic body language and communication. At the end, a very good 2nd YC for dissent, worth to watch definitely.

      The only point of criticism: In the penalty shoot out, Dortmund's goalkeeper encroached 1-2 times and saved a ball due to that...

    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B3xLcbpm7A
      (full watching recommended, as there also were other situations)

    4. Excellent Aytekin when he explained the reason of the whistle for the disallowed goal: when keeper has a hand on the ball, according to LotG he has the possession of the ball, so it was a clear foul by Aubameyang, I must say this was not easy to detect.

    5. Excellent as well when he issued the second YC for dissent, most of the referees there would have ignored the persistence of this behavior.

    6. In general, until maybe last season, Aytekin was rather known as a strict referee maintaining a certain distance to the players.

      For some time - and specially yesterday - he showed a very empathic approach to the players, very good game-understanding and excellent body language. It was simply impressive how he even sold unpopular decisions in front of 80000 supporters.

    7. @George,I think that was average from Lahoz...

      Too much shoving and provoking between players that he didn't punish with booking,especially Devyerson and Cabral,how those two didn't get yc I still don't know,I mean Devyerson was in every possible incident,too much time was wasted and he didn't book one Alaves player for that reason.
      So to me,his card managament was not good in this match.

  20. EGYPT
    Super Cup

    10/02 | Al-Ahli - Zamalek (Felix Brych)

    Saudi Pro League

    09/02 | Al-Faisaly - Al-Hilal (Timothy Marshall - NIR)
    09/02 | Al-Qadisiyah - Al-Ahli (Szymon Marciniak - POL)

  21. Egyptian Super Cup
    KRÁLOVEC (CZE) and his team will be in charge.

    1. Brych was too expensive...

    2. Very interesting that we can even learn all these details.

    3. Interesting that an Arabian FA wants to import European referees at times but refuses to pay flight tickets..

    4. The other two candidates were Milorad Mažić and Damir Skomina.


    5. The ticket Brych asked for costs about 21 000 €.

    6. Other people buy a car for that :O

  22. Damir Skomina and the rest of the Slovenian referees are on a training camp in Turkey this week.

    1. That was last weekend.

  23. It could be possible that Tagliavento has a CL game on Tuesday, indeed he was planned to get a match on this matchday in serie A, but he has been appointed only as AAR on Saturday. In addition, his regular AR, Passeri, has a game this evening. Costanzo, the other AR is out from appointments. Irrati, who could be AAR, has been appointed this evening as AAR as well. So in case, Benfica - Borussia Dortmund would be for him. The observer would suit, Lemmer (LUX) is very often appointed with experienced Elite.

    1. Does Tagliavento's performance merit a CL knockout match?? I'll be very, very surprised if he gets a CL game in the knockout stage!!


    Liga NOS - Matchday 21
    10/02 | SL Benfica - FC Arouca (Manuel Mota)
    11/02 | CD Tondela - CD Feirense (Tiago Martins - FIFA)
    11/02 | Vitória FC - GD Chaves (Fábio Veríssimo - FIFA)
    11/02 | GD Estoril Praia - FC Paços de Ferreira (Artur Soares Dias - FIFA)
    11/02 | Vitória SC - FC Porto (Carlos Xistra - FIFA)
    12/02 | CD Nacional - CF Os Belenenses (Jorge Sousa - FIFA)
    12/02 | Moreirense FC - Sporting CP (Manuel Oliveira)
    12/02 | Boavista FC - SC Braga (Bruno Paixão)
    13/02 | Rio Ave FC - CS Marítimo (Luís Ferreira)

    Ledman LigaPro - Matchday 26 (top-category referees only)
    09/02 | FC Vizela - Sporting CP "B" (Hélder Malheiro)
    11/02 | AD Fafe - SC Olhanense (Vasco Santos)
    11/02 | CD Cova da Piedade - FC Penafiel (Hugo Miguel - FIFA)
    11/02 | CF União - Associação Académica de Coimbra (Jorge Ferreira)
    12/02 | Gil Vicente FC - CD Santa Clara (Nuno Almeida)
    12/02 | Vitória SC "B" - Académico de Viseu FC (Bruno Esteves)


    Tipico Bundesliga - Matchday 21
    11/02 | FC Admira Wacker Mödling - CASHPOINT SCR Altach (Harald Lechner - FIFA)
    11/02 | FC Red Bull Salzburg - SKN St. Pölten (Gerhard Grobelnik)
    11/02 | RZ Pellets WAC - SV Guntamatic Ried (Robert Schörgenhofer - FIFA)
    11/02 | SV Mattersburg - SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz (Christopher Jäger)
    12/02 | FK Austria Wien - SK Rapid Wien (Manuel Schüttengruber - FIFA)


    Super League - Matchday 20
    11/02 | Veria - Panionios (Ananias Fotiadis)
    11/02 | Asteras Tripolis - Atromitos Athinon (Aristidis Vatsios)
    11/02 | Olympiakos SFP - AEL (Christos Granas)
    12/02 | AOK - Levadiakos (Georgios Kominis - FIFA)
    12/02 | AO Platanias - PAS Giannina 1966 (Alexandros Tzamouris)
    12/02 | AO Xanthi - PAOK (Georgios Kyzas - FIFA)
    12/02 | Panathinaïkos - Panetolikos (Spyridon Selimos)
    13/02 | AEP Iraklis - AEK (Georgios Foukakis)


    Ekstraklasa - Matchday 21
    10/02 | Ruch Chorzów - Cracovia (Paweł Raczkowski - FIFA)
    10/02 | Lech Poznań - Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza (Paweł Gil - FIFA)
    11/02 | Wisła Kraków - Korona Kielce (Tomasz Kwiatkowski)
    11/02 | Arka Gdynia - Legia Warszawa (Tomasz Musiał - FIFA)
    12/02 | Wisła Płock - Śląsk Wrocław (Daniel Stefański - FIFA)
    12/02 | Lechia Gdańsk - Jagiellonia Białystok (Bartosz Frankowski - FIFA)
    13/02 | Pogoń Szczecin - Piast Gliwice (Jarosław Przybył)


    Raiffeisen Super League - Matchday 20
    11/02 | FC Thun - FC Basel 1893 (Lukas Fähndrich)
    11/02 | FC Lugano - Grasshopper Club (Urs Schnyder)
    12/02 | FC Sion - FC Vaduz (Nikolaj Hänni - FIFA)
    12/02 | FC St. Gallen - FC Lausanne-Sport (Sébastien Pache)
    12/02 | FC Luzern - BSC Young Boys (Sandro Schärer - FIFA)


    Sport Toto Süper Lig - Matchday 20
    10/02 | Kardemir Karabükspor - Beşiktaş (Halis Özkahya - FIFA)
    11/02 | Aytemiz Alanyaspor - Gençlerbirliği (Ümit Öztürk)
    11/02 | Osmanlıspor FK - Trabzonspor (Alper Ulusoy - FIFA)
    11/02 | Bursaspor - Fenerbahçe (Halil Umut Meler - FIFA)
    12/02 | Akhisar Belediye Gençlik ve Spor - Çaykur Rizespor (Bülent Yıldırım)
    12/02 | Kasımpaşa - Medipol Başakşehir (Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu)
    12/02 | Atiker Konyaspor - Antalyaspor (Serkan Çınar)
    12/02 | Galatasaray - Kayserispor (Hüseyin Göçek - FIFA)
    13/02 | Gaziantepspor - Adanaspor (Cüneyt Çakır - FIFA)

  26. Does anyone know if the UEFA RAP 2016:2 is available yet for download? I can't seem to find it anywhere? I love that this site is able to provide this material for review.

  27. 0:38 Handball, penalty www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OmNL3kvlhI

    1. Good call. The ball is expected, played from a long distance. The player was able to avoid that contact.

  28. From Napoli - Genoa, serie A game played yesterday.
    AR involved: Passeri.
    Deflection of deliberate play?
    Very interesting case, I think that defender tried a deliberate play by head.
    Indeed, Passeri didn't raise his flag. I think correct decision.

    1. Difficult difficult. Due to the replay stopped at the moment of the pass (the full speed of the action was of course much higher than the replay), it is not easy to say whether it was a really deliberate header or rather an intuitive reaction or even reflex. I am a bit torn to be honest.

    2. A bit similar to Victor's decision posted above (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpsCBEqCh6E)
      I think, the referees can be backed in both situations.
      Wouldn't be a reflex also be considered as deliberate here?

    3. Actually reflexes and intuitive reactions are indicating deflections according to the guidelines.

    4. Very good decision, IMO it's deliberate play.
      Of course, AR should be backed in any case.

    5. Seeing the situation live makes the decision more clear. Play on is the correct solution - raising the flag would be incorrect.


    6. Fully agreed. Had enough reaction time and deliberately decided to play the ball.

    7. Thank you for having posted the live sequence. I agree.

  29. https://youtu.be/3GhNJnP31XY
    Arsenal-Hull 1-0

    1. LOTG-goal
      Spirit of the game-No goal

    2. In my opinion this is a punishable handball, more than an accidental touch because the position of the arm favoured the player in scoring the goal.
      I think that Clattenburg from his position missed it, AAR would have helped and disallowed the goal, in Champions League this shouldn't happen.

    3. @Whistle2: For me it is...

      LOTG: Deliberate handball (unnatural position of the hand)
      Common sense: Disallow the goal.

      I am confident that Clatts would have done so if he had seen it properly. AR1 could have been a support, maybe.

  30. SFP case in Angers-Rennes from Wednesday in Ligue 1: http://streamable.com/c8fdx

    1. Absolutely correct by Turpin. Shocking foul.

  31. Another situation from Clattenburg's game: RC for DOGSO and penalty.
    Correct decision.

  32. Those are situations from the Arsenal - Hull City game:

    1) Goal scored with hand

    2) SPA vs DOGSO

    3) Goal denied by deliberate handling the ball

    SFP from the Sheffield Wednesday - Birmingham City game (Chris Kavanagh):


    1. You already know my opinions about the goal scored by hand and the handball DOGSO, on the rest:
      2) In my opinion, DOGSO. Without the foul, player from Hull City would have controlled the ball without problems and then he would have had an obvious goal scoring opportunity, being alone in running towards penalty area. But I think that Clattenburg was convinced by the distance from the goal in this case.

      Sheffield Wednesday - Birmingham City:
      It is a clear SFP, but, as we often discussed, difficult to spot live, in the meaning that referee can just have the impression of a foot on foot - challenge, and nothing more. The replay shows us that it was a shocking challenge, directly on the leg of the opponent, with studs up.

    2. Howard Webb says it wasn't a deliberate handball and the goal rightly stood. The foul on Marković (situation no. 2) is more a red card than yellow to Howard.


    3. 1) The biggest arguments for no del. handball is the short distance and reaction time and that the hand was high but maybe in a player-typical position. For my personal taste, having the hand that highly cannot be justified by being in a player-typical position. At some point it becomes rather unnatural and I think this was the case here.

      2) Rather DOGSO as he would have very likely controlled the ball from his chest. For Clatts this was probably not visible so that he thought the ball was not under control and maybe also difficult to control.

      3) Clear one

      4) Clear SFP and AR2 could maybe have seen it better from his angle.

  33. From serie A game Crotone - Roma.
    Punishable offside?
    You can see that the AR involved (Stefano Alassio) was about to raise the flag, but he changed idea. Referee (Carmine Russo) decided to whistle the offside by himself, considering the player as punishable.
    I think that AR was right in his decision to play on, while referee made a mistake, by forcing this call: player from Crotone didn't touch the ball.

    1. Both you and Alassio are right.


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