April 24, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 16 (2017)

The following match officials have been selected to take control over the matches played in Europe's top leagues in Matchweek 16. 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.


Premier League (MD 28)

26.04.17 20:45 CET
Arsenal - Leicester City
Referee: Mike Jones 
Assistant Referees: Andy Garratt, Mark Scholes 
Fourth Official: Robert Madley

26.04.17 20:45 CET
Middlesbrough - Sunderland
Referee: Mike Dean 
Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin, Simon Long
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

26.04.17 21:00 CET
Crystal Palace - Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett, Andy Halliday  
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

Premier League (MD 26)

27.04.17 21:00 CET
Manchester City - Manchester United
Referee: Martin Atkinson 
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt, Adam Nunn 
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick

Premier League (MD 35)

29.04.17 16:00 CET
Southampton - Hull City
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin, Simon Long 
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

29.04.17 16:00 CET
Stoke City - West Ham
Referee: Lee Probert
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck, Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson

29.04.17 16:00 CET
Sunderland - AFC Bournemouth
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistant Referees: Stephen Child, Scott Ledger 
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor

29.04.17 16:00 CET
West Bromwich Albion - Leicester City
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann, Richard West 
Fourth Official: Roger East

29.04.17 18:30 CET
Crystal Palace - Burnley
Referee: Robert Madley
Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn, Marc Perry 
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner

30.04.17 13:00 CET
Manchester United - Swansea City
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick, Matt Wilkes
Fourth Official: Mike Jones

30.04.17 15:05 CET
Everton - Chelsea
Referee: Jonathan Moss 
Assistant Referees: Edward Smart, Andy Halliday
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson

30.04.17 15:05 CET
Middlesbrough - Manchester City
Referee: Kevin  Friend
Assistant Referees: Harry Lennard, Andy Garratt 
Fourth Official: Lee Mason

30.04.17 17:30 CET
Tottenham Hotspur - Arsenal
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett, Jake Collin 
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner

01.05.17 21:00 CET
Watford - Liverpool
Referee: Craig Pawson 
Assistant Referees: Constantine Hatzidakis, Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official: Roger East 


Coupe de France (Semifinals)

25.04.17 21:00 CET
Angers SCO - En Avant Guingamp
Referee: Benoît Millot
Assistant Referees: Guillaume Debart, Frédéric Cano
Additional Assistant Referees: Jérôme Miguelgorry, Mikael Lesage
Fourth Official: Jérôme Brisard

26.04.17 21:00 CET
Paris Saint Germain - AS Monaco
Referee: Clément Turpin
Assistant Referees: Nicolas Danos, Cyril Gringore
Additional Assistant Referees:  Amaury Delerue, François Letexier 
Fourth Official: Sébastien Desiage

Ligue 1 (MD 35)

28.04.17 20:45 CET
Angers SCO - Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Antony Gautier
Assistant Referees: Mickaël Annonier, Philippe Jeanne
Fourth Official: Jérémy Stinat

29.04.17 17:00 CET
AS Monaco - Toulouse FC
Referee: Mikael Lesage 
Assistant Referees: Sébastien Denis, Julien Aube
Fourth Official: Romain Delpech

29.04.17 20:00 CET
Montpellier Hérault SC - LOSC Lille
Referee: Benoît Bastien
Assistant Referees: Hicham Zakrani, Stephan Luzi
Fourth Official: Hakim Ben El Hadj

29.04.17 20:00 CET
SC Bastia - Stade Rennais FC
Referee: Jérôme Miguelgorry
Assistant Referees: Cédric Moreau, Gilles Lang
Fourth Official: Olivier Husset

29.04.17 20:00 CET
FC Nantes - FC Lorient
Referee: Johan Hamel
Assistant Referees: Yannick Boutry, Julien Pacelli
Fourth Official: Stéphanie Frappart

29.04.17 20:00 CET
En Avant Guingamp - AS St-Étienne
Referee: Olivier Thual
Assistant Referees: Cyril Saint-Cricq Lompre, Matthieu Lombard
Fourth Official: Pierre Gaillouste

29.04.17 20:00 CET
FC Metz - AS Nancy Lorraine
Referee: François Letexier 
Assistant Referees: Cyril Mugnier, Frédéric Haquette
Fourth Official: Aurélien Petit

30.04.17 15:00 CET
SM Caen - Olympique de Marseille
Referee: Amaury Delerue
Assistant Referees: Bertrand Jouannaud, Fredji Harchay
Fourth Official: Sylvain Palhies

30.04.17 17:00 CET
Dijon FCO - Girondins de Bordeaux
Referee: Bartolomeu Varela
Assistant Referees: Djemel Zitouni, Tugdual Philippe
Fourth Official: Florent Batta

30.04.17 21:00 CET
OGC Nice - Paris Saint Germain
Referee: Ruddy Buquet
Assistant Referees: Guillaume Debart, Frédéric Cano
Fourth Official: Nicolas Rainville 


DFB Pokal (Semifinals)

25.04.17 20:45 CET
Borussia Mönchengladbach - Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Deniz Aytekin 
Assistant Referees: Christian Dietz, Eduard Beitinger
Fourth Official: Benjamin Cortus

26.04.17 20:45 CET
Bayern München - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Manuel Gräfe
Assistant Referees: Guido Kleve, Markus Sinn
Fourth Official: Guido Winkmann

Bundesliga (MD 31)

28.04.17 20:30 CET
Bayer Leverkusen - Schalke 04
Referee: Marco Fritz 
Assistant Referees: Dominik Schaal, Marcel Pelgrim
Fourth Official: Christof Günsch

29.04.17 15:30 CET
Borussia Dortmund - 1. FC Köln
Referee:  Tobias Stieler 
Assistant Referees: Sascha Thielert, Robert Kempter
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ

29.04.17 15:30 CET
SV Darmstadt 98 - SC Freiburg
Referee: Benjamin Cortus 
Assistant Referees: Florian Badstübner, Marco Achmüller
Fourth Official: Mike Pickel

29.04.17 15:30 CET
1. FSV Mainz 05 - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Sascha Stegemann
Assistant Referees: Christian Fischer, Frederick Assmuth
Fourth Official: Patrick Alt

29.04.17 15:30 CET
RB Leipzig - FC Ingolstadt
Referee: Daniel Sibeert
Assistant Referees:Jan Seidel, Christoph Bornhorst
Fourth Official: Martin Petersen

29.04.17 15:30 CET
Werder Bremen - Hertha BSC
Referee: Patrick Ittrich
Assistant Referees: Norbert Grudzinski, Holger Henschel
Fourth Official: Martin Thomsen

29.04.17 18:30 CET
VfL Wolfsburg - Bayern München
Referee: Felix Zwayer
Assistant Referees: Thorsten Schiffner, Mark Borsch
Fourth Official: Thorben Siewer

30.04.17 15:30 CET
FC Augsburg - Hamburger SV
Referee: Manuel Gräfe 
Assistant Referees: Guido Kleve, Markus Sinn
Fourth Official: Timo Gerach

30.04.17 17:30 CET
1899 Hoffenheim - Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Günter Perl 
Assistant Referees: Thomas Stein, Michael Emmer
Fourth Official: Benedikt Kempkes 


Serie A (MD 34)

28.04.17 20:45 CET
Atalanta - Juventus
Referee: Marco Guida
Assistant Referees: Riccardo Di Fiore, Ciro Carbone
Additional Assistant Referees: Nicola Rizzoli, Piero Giacomelli
Fourth Official: Marco Barbirati

29.04.17 20:45 CET
Torino FC - UC Sampdoria 
Referee: Davide Massa
Assistant Referees: Sergio Ranghetti, Manuel Robilotta
Additional Assistant Referees: Gianpaolo Calvarese, Aleandro Di Paolo
Fourth Official: Stefano Liberti

30.04.17 12:30 CET
AS Roma - SS Lazio
Referee: Daniele Orsato
Assistant Referees: Alessandro Costanzo, Matteo Passeri
Additional Assistant Referees: Antonio Damato, Marco Di Bello
Fourth Official: Filippo Meli

30.04.17 15:00 CET
Bologna CFC - Udinese Calcio
Referee: Domenico Celi
Assistant Referees: Rodolfo Di Vuolo, Mauro Galetto
Additional Assistant Referees: Claudio Gavillucci, Niccolò Baroni
Fourth Official: Andrea Crispo

30.04.17 15:00 CET
Cagliari Calcio - Delfino Pescara 1936
Referee: Daniele Minelli
Assistant Referees: Luca Mondin, Andrea Tardino
Additional Assistant Referees: Fabio Maresca, Antonio Di Martino
Fourth Official: Alberto Tegoni

30.04.17 15:00 CET
FC Crotone - AC Milan
Referee: Luca Banti
Assistant Referees: Fabiano Preti, Gianluca Vuoto
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Valeri, Davide Ghersini
Fourth Official: Giuseppe De Pinto

30.04.17 15:00 CET
Empoli FC - US Sassuolo Calcio 
Referee: Daniele Doveri
Assistant Referees: Mauro Tonolini, Claudio La Rocca
Additional Assistant Referees: Maurizio Mariani, Valerio Marini
Fourth Official: Alessandro Lo Cicero

30.04.17 15:00 CET
Genoa CFC - Chievo Verona
Referee: Luca Pairetto
Assistant Referees: Lorenzo Manganelli, Filippo Valeriani
Additional Assistant Referees: Michael Fabbri, Juan Luca Sacchi
Fourth Official: Damiano Di Iorio

30.04.17 15:00 CET
US Città di Palermo - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento
Assistant Referees: Alfonso Marrazzo, Salvatore Longo
Additional Assistant Referees: Carmine Russo, Luigi Nasca
Fourth Official: Valerio Pegorin

30.04.17 20:45 CET
FC Internazionale - SSC Napoli
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi
Assistant Referees: Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore, Gianluca Cariolato
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni, Massimiliano Irrati
Fourth Official: Andrea Marzaloni


La Liga (MD 34)

25.04.17 19:30 CET
Real Sporting de Gijón - Real Club Deportivo Espanyol de Barcelona 
Referee: Mario Melero López
Assistant Referees: Manuel Ángel Torre Cimiano, José Luis Martínez Serrato
Fourth Official: Sergio Espasandín Cores

25.04.17 20:30 CET
Granada Club de Fútbol - Málaga Club de Fútbol 
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez
Assistant Referees: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez, Jon Núñez Fernández
Fourth Official: Rafael Sánchez López

25.04.17 21:30 CET
Club Atlético de Madrid - Villarreal Club de Fútbol 
Referee: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Assistant Referees: Alfonso Costoya Rodríguez, Enrique José Ramos Ferreiros
Fourth Official: Alejandro Muñiz Ruiz

26.04.17 19:30 CET
Fútbol Club Barcelona - Club Atlético Osasuna
Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero
Assistant Referees: José Manuel Matías Caballero, Alfonso Baena Espejo
Fourth Official: Cristóbal Jesús Montoro Garrido

26.04.17 20:30 CET
Club Deportivo Leganés - Unión Deportiva Las Palmas 
Referee: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Assistant Referees: Andoni Huerga Cermeño, Aitor Villate Martínez
Fourth Official: Sergio Escriche Guzmán

26.04.17 20:30 CET
Valencia Club de Fútbol - Real Sociedad de Fútbol 
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, Abrahám Álvarez Cantón
Fourth Official: Rubén Ávalos Barrera

26.04.17 21:30 CET
Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña - Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez
Assistant Referees: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar, José Gallego García
Fourth Official: Eduardo Rodríguez García

27.04.17 19:30 CET
Deportivo Alavés - Sociedad Deportiva Eibar 
Referee: Daniel Jesús Trujillo Suárez
Assistant Referees: Marcos Álvarez Moreno, José Carlos Escuela Melo
Fourth Official: Julio Fermín Leo Ollo

27.04.17 20:30 CET
Sevilla Fútbol Club - Real Club Celta de Vigo 
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano
Assistant Referees: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez, José Manuel Fernández Miranda
Fourth Official: Luis Collado López

27.04.17 21:30 CET
Athletic Club - Real Betis Balompié 
Referee:  Jose Luis González González
Assistant Referees: José María Sánchez Santos, Ignacio Rubio Palomino
Fourth Official: Alberto González Hernández

La Liga (MD 35)

28.04.17 20:45 CET
Villarreal Club de Fútbol - Real Sporting de Gijón 
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández
Assistant Referees: Diego Barbero Sevilla, Francisco Javier Martín García
Fourth Official: Sebastián Ripoll Solano

29.04.17 13:00 CET
Real Sociedad de Fútbol - Granada Club de Fútbol
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devís, Javier Martínez Nicolás
Fourth Official: Hugo José López Puerta

29.04.17 16:15 CET
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol - Valencia Club de Fútbol 
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano
Assistant Referees: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez, José Manuel Fernández Miranda
Fourth Official: Raúl Chavet García

29.04.17 18:30 CET
Unión Deportiva Las Palmas - Club Atlético de Madrid 
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea
Assistant Referees: César García Fernández, Iker De Francisco Grijalba
Fourth Official: David Jesús Pinto Herrera

29.04.17 20:45 CET
Real Club Deportivo Espanyol de Barcelona - Fútbol Club Barcelona
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández, Jesús Zancada Lobato
Fourth Official: Iosu Galech Apezteguía

30.04.17 12:00 CET
Club Atlético Osasuna - Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña 
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Assistant Referees: Teodoro Sobrino Magán, Marcos Álvarez Moreno
Fourth Official: José Alberto Pardeiro Puente

30.04.17 16:15 CET
Real Betis Balompié - Deportivo Alavés 
Referee: Daniel Ocón Arráiz
Assistant Referees: Iñigo Prieto López de Ceraín, David Canales Cerdá
Fourth Official: Fernando Bueno Prieto

30.04.17 18:30 CET
Sociedad Deportiva Eibar - Club Deportivo Leganés 
Referee: Alfonso Javier Álvarez Izquierdo
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Barranco Trejo, Joan Méndez Mateo
Fourth Official: Albert Ávalos Martos

30.04.17 20:45 CET
Real Club Celta de Vigo - Athletic Club
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán
Assistant Referees: Raúl Cabañero Martínez, Jorge Canelo Prieto
Fourth Official: Jesús Benjumea Álvarez

01.05.17 21:00 CET
Málaga Club de Fútbol - Sevilla Fútbol Club 
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera
Assistant Referees: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar, César Manuel Noval Font
Fourth Official: Guillermo Conejero Sánchez


  1. Changed appointment in French Cup semi-final

    25 April 2017, 21:00 CET
    Angers SCO - En Avant de Guingamp
    Referee: Benoît Millot (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Cano (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Jérôme Brisard
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jérôme Miguelgorry
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mikaël Lesage

  2. I made a new ELITE group. IMO it will be the new ELITE group in June:
    1. Alberto Undiano Mallenco Spain
    2. Anthony Taylor England
    3. Antonio Mateu Lahoz Spain
    4. Artur Soares Dias Portugal
    5. Bas Nijhuis Netherlands
    6. Björn Kuipers Netherlands
    7. Clément Turpin France
    8. Cüneyt Cakir Türkey
    9. Damir Skomina Slovenia
    10. Daniele Orsato Italy
    11. Danny Makkeile Netherlands
    12. Deniz Aytekin Germany
    13. Felix Brych Germany
    14. Felix Zwayer Germany
    15. Gianluca Rocchi Italy
    16. Jesús Gil Manzano Spain
    17. Jonas Eriksson Sweden
    18. Matej Jug Slovenia
    19. Michael Oliver England
    20. Milorad Mazic Serbia
    21. Ovidiou Alin Hategan Romania
    22. Ruddy Buquet France
    23. Sergei Karasev Russia
    24. Szymon Marciniak Poland
    25. Tasos Sidiropoulos Greece
    26. Viktor Kassai Hungary
    27. William Collum Scotland

    1. Rizzoli will stay on FIFA list until December!

    2. And whjat about with Martin Atkinson? He was born in 1971 too.

    3. It is necessary to make a large incision in the Elite category and drastically reduce the number of referees (18-20).

    4. Collina should and will be careful with promoting Zwayer. He has a doubtful history, connected with the biggest refereeing scandal in German football (Hoyzer), which was never entirely revealed. The German press somehow agrees to remain silent on that topic. But imagine Zwayer beeing in the spot of Aytekin a few weeks ago. Marca, AS, Gazetta, Sun & Co. would have no mercy to dig everything out. And then, Zwayers history would be Collinas problem as well from there on.

      Also, I think Zwayer is one of the worst referees in the Bundesliga. But that is my personal opinion. If they want true talent, they should promote Stieler as soon as possible. That guy is crazy good.

  3. http://www.knvb.nl/nieuws/scheidsrechters/aanstellingen/25940/danny-makkelie-fluit-finale-knvb-beker

    Dutch Cup Final for Danny Makkelie
    AR: Diks and Steegstra, FO: Kamphuis, VAR: Van Boekel

  4. Is florent batta the son of Marc Batta?

    1. Yes, he referee in French Ligue 2

  5. KNVB Beker Finale/ Cup final 30 April 2017 18:00
    Referee: Danny Makkelie
    Assistant referee: Mario Diks and Hessel Steegstra
    4th official: Jochem Kamphuis
    VAR: Pol van Boekel

  6. Serbian Cup, Mazic will referee Cukaricki - Red Star , and his AAR2 Danilo Grujic will referee Vojvodina - Partizan...

    Чукарички - Црвена звезда

    Среда, 26.04.2017 16:30 - Београд
    Делегат - Спортски радник: МИЛИВОЈЕВИЋ Мирослав
    Главни судија: МАЖИЋ Милорад
    Први помоћни судија: РИСТИЋ Милован
    Други помоћни судија: ЂУРЂЕВИЋ Далибор
    Четврти судија: ПЕТРОВИЋ Немања
    Први додатни судија: ЂОКИЋ Ненад
    Други додатни судија: ЛУКИЋ Лазар
    Посматрач: РАДОЈЧИЋ Игор
    Супер контрола:
    Војводина - Партизан

    Среда, 26.04.2017 19:00 - Нови Сад
    Делегат - Спортски радник: БАГЛАВА Бранко
    Главни судија: ГРУЈИЋ Данило
    Први помоћни судија: МИНИЋ Милан
    Други помоћни судија: СТОЈАНОВИЋ Ивица
    Четврти судија: ПЕТРОВИЋ Оливер
    Први додатни судија: ПОПОВИЋ Марко
    Други додатни судија: ИЛИЋ Милан
    Посматрач: КАРАЏИЋ Милан

  7. I might be late to the party, but seems Lee Probert is (finally) back in action after a long time out (injury, I believe).

    1. Yes Emil... Finally he is back and this will be his 2nd Premier League clash this season with the 1st one coming during the 1st week of April... All the best to Probert!! 🙂


    28 April 2017, 20:45 CET
    Ross County v Inverness CT (BT Sport)
    Referee: Craig Thomson
    Assistant Referees: Alastair Mather, Brian Templeton
    Fourth Official: John McKendrick

    29 April 2017, 13:00 CET
    Rangers v Celtic (SKY)
    Referee: John Beaton
    Assistant Referees: Alan Mulvanny, Dougie Potter
    Fourth Official: Bobby Madden

    29 April 2017, 16:00 CET
    Aberdeen v St. Johnstone
    Referee: Alan Muir
    Assistant Referees: Graeme Stewart, David Roome
    Fourth Official: Gavin Duncan

    29 April 2017, 16:00 CET
    Hamilton Academical v Kilmarnock
    Referee: William Collum
    Assistant Referees: Kylie McMullan, Graeme Leslie
    Fourth Official: Craig Charleston

    29 April 2017, 16:00 CET
    Heart of Midlothian v Partick Thistle
    Referee: Andrew Dallas
    Assistant Referees: Sean Carr, Gordon Crawford
    Fourth Official: Greg Aitken

    29 April 2017, 16:00 CET
    Motherwell v Dundee
    Referee: Steven McLean
    Assistant Referees: Graham Chambers, Anthony Cooper
    Fourth Official: Steven Kirkland

    Championship, League 1 & League 2 can be found here:


    Play-Off 1

    25 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    Zulte Waregem - Gent
    Referee: Christof Dierick
    Assistant Referees: Jimmy Cremers, Kristof Meers
    Fourth Official: Thibaud Nijssen
    Additional Assistant Referees: Bart Vertenten, Serge Gumienny

    26 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    Club Brugge - Oostende
    Referee: Wim Smet
    Assistant Referees: Jeroen Walschap, Tom Dens
    Fourth Official: Rien Vanyzere
    Additional Assistant Referees: Bram Van Driessche, Frederik Geldhof

    27 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    Anderlecht - Charleroi
    Referee: Alexandre Boucaut
    Assistant Referees: Frédéric Godelaine, Laurent Conotte
    Fourth Official: Jo De Weirdt
    Additional Assistant Referees: Jonathan Lardot, Nathan Verboomen

    30 April 2017, 14:30 CET
    Gent - Anderlecht
    Referee: Sébastien Delférière
    Assistant Referees: Yves De Neve, Stijn Hutsebaut
    Fourth Official: Peter Hermans
    Additional Assistant Referees: Wim Smet, Frederik Geldhof

    30 April 2017, 18:00 CET
    Oostende - Charleroi
    Referee: Bart Vertenten
    Assistant Referees: Thibaud Nijssen, Koen Thys
    Fourth Official: Dirk Gilon
    Additional Assistant Referees: Lawrence Visser, Christof Dierick

    1 May 2017, 18:00 CET
    Club Brugge - Zulte Waregem
    Referee: Alexandre Boucaut
    Assistant Referees: Frédéric Godelaine, Florian Lemaire
    Fourth Official: Philippe Vandecauter
    Additional Assistant Referees: Erik Lambrechts, Nathan Verboomen

    = = = = =

    UEFA Europa League play-offs

    Group A

    25 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    Standard Liège - Waasland-Beveren
    Referee: Erik Lambrechts
    Assistant Referees: Karel De Rocker, Vito Di Vincenzo
    Fourth Official: Ken Vermeiren

    25 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    St.-Gilloise - Lierse
    Referee: Nathan Verboomen
    Assistant Referees: Peter Hermans, Koen Thys
    Fourth Official: Kevin Van Damme

    26 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    Mechelen - St.-Truidense
    Referee: Nicolas Laforge
    Assistant Referees: Kévin Monteny, Patrick Plumes
    Fourth Official: Wesley Alen

    28 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    Standard Liège - St.-Gilloise
    Referee: Luc Wouters
    Assistant Referees: Tom Dens, Christophe Baillieul
    Fourth Official: Davy Scroyen

    29 April 2017, 20:00 CET
    Waasland-Beveren - St.-Truidense
    Referee: Wesley Alen
    Assistant Referees: Kristof Meers, Pieter Becquet
    Fourth Official: Carlos Manuel Alho Guerreiro

    29 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    Lierse - Mechelen
    Referee: Jonathan Lardot
    Assistant Referees: Laurent Conotte, Christophe Battiston
    Fourth Official: Bert Put

    Group B

    25 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    Roeselare - Kortrijk
    Referee: Luc Wouters
    Assistant Referees: Christophe Baillieul, Yves Kenens
    Fourth Official: Ben Mesotten

    26 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    Excel Mouscron - Lokeren
    Referee: Lawrence Visser
    Assistant Referees: Dirk Gilon, Mathias Hilaert
    Fourth Official: Bert Put

    26 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    Eupen - Genk
    Referee: Sébastien Delférière
    Assistant Referees: Yves De Neve, Stijn Hutsebaut
    Fourth Official: Christof Virant

    29 April 2017, 18:00 CET
    Genk - Kortrijk
    Referee: Christof Dierick
    Assistant Referees: Jo De Weirdt, Ruben Wyns
    Fourth Official: Ben Mesotten

    29 April 2017, 20:00 CET
    Lokeren - Eupen
    Referee: Frederik Geldhof
    Assistant Referees: Kevin D'Hondt, Nick Senecaut
    Fourth Official: Denis Vanbecelaere

    30 April 2017, 20:00 CET
    Excel Mouscron - Roeselare
    Referee: Bram Van Driessche
    Assistant Referees: Kévin Monteny, Jeroen Walschap
    Fourth Official: Maxime Smeets


    KUBOK UKRAINY (Semi-Finals)

    26 April 2017, 17:00 CET
    Mykolaiv - Dynamo Kyiv
    Referee: Kateryna Monzul
    Assistant Referees: Oleksandr Pavlinov, Yevhen Danylchenko
    Fourth Official: Anatoliy Zhabchenko

    26 April 2017, 19:00 CET
    Shakhtar Donetsk - Dnipro
    Referee: Oleksandr Derdo
    Assistant Referees: Leonid Yarmolynskyy, Oleksandr Kholodynskyy
    Fourth Official: Ihor Paskhal

    = = = = =

    LIHA PARI-MATCH (27th matchday)

    Group A

    30 April 2017, 13:00 CET
    Olimpik Donetsk - Zorya Luhansk
    Referee: Yevhen Aranovskyy
    Assistant Referees: Oleksandr Voytyuk, Oleh Pluzhnyk
    Fourth Official: Dmytro Kutakov

    30 April 2017, 16:00 CET
    Shakhtar Donetsk - Oleksandriya
    Referee: Yaroslav Kozyk
    Assistant Referees: Serhiy Prystupa, Maksym Chos
    Fourth Official: Anatoliy Abdula

    30 April 2017, 18:30 CET
    Chornomorets Odessa - Dynamo Kyiv
    Referee: Yuriy Mozharovskyy
    Assistant Referees: Andriy Skrypka, Viktor Matyash
    Fourth Official: Oleksandr Ivanov

    Group B

    29 April 2017, 13:00 CET
    Zirka Kropyvnytskyy - Karpaty Lviv
    Referee: Serhiy Berezka
    Assistant Referees: Vitaliy Sukhin, Andriy Yeremieyev
    Fourth Official: Vitaliy Romanov

    29 April 2017, 16:00 CET
    Vorskla Poltava - Stal Kamyanske
    Referee: Ivan Bondar
    Assistant Referees: Yevhen Petrakov, Denys Shudrik
    Fourth Official: Mykola Kryvonosov

    30 April 2017, 13:00 CET
    Volyn Lutsk - Dnipro
    Referee: Kostiantyn Trukhanov
    Assistant Referees: Serhiy Bekker, Volodymyr Volodin
    Fourth Official: Oleksandr Holovkov


    28.04.2017, 20.00 Domžale : Rudar
    Referee: Kajtazović Nejc
    AR1: Skok Aleš
    AR2: Bezjak Janez
    4th Borošak Alen

    29.04.2017, 18.00 Gorica : Krško
    Referee: Obrenović Rade
    AR1: Praprotnik Jure
    AR2: Švarc Dejan
    4TH: Kovačič Darjan

    29.04.2017, 20.30 Olimpija : Maribor
    Referee: Žnidaršič Andrej
    AR1: Klančnik Tomaž
    AR2. Vidali Manuel
    4th: Goričan Vojko
    ARR 1: Perić Dragoslav
    ARR 2: Kajtazović Nejc

    30.04.2017, 15.00 Aluminij : Radomlje
    Referee: Jug Matej
    AR1: Smej Simon
    AR2: Anželj Borut
    4th : Mertik Bojan

    30.04.2017, 16.55 Celje : Koper
    Referee: Balažič Dejan
    AR1: Kordež Grega
    AR2: Zupančič Primož
    4th: Glažar Roman

    1. Interesting that additional assistant referees are appointed only for certain games.

    2. The same in Croatia. Only on certain games that committee considers important or difficult AARs are appointed.


    Cupa României (Semi-Finals, first legs)

    25 April 2017, 19:00 CET
    Astra Giurgiu - Poli Timișoara
    Referee: Adrian Comănescu
    Assistant Referees: Alexandru Cerei, Adrian Popescu
    Fourth Official: Andrei Florin Chivulete

    1. 26 April 2017, 19:30 CET
      Universitatea Craiova - Voluntari
      Referee: Horațiu Mircea Feșnic
      Assistant Referees: Octavian Șovre, Adrian Radu Ghinguleac
      Fourth Official: Marian Balaci


    ÖFB-Samsung-Cup (Semi-Finals)

    26 April 2017, 18:00 CET
    FC Flyeralarm Admira - FC Red Bull Salzburg
    Referee: Julian Weinberger
    Assistant Referees: Maximilian Kolbitsch, Sebastian Gruber
    Fourth Official: Christian-Petru Ciochirca

    26 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    SK Rapid Wien - LASK Linz
    Referee: Christopher Jäger
    Assistant Referees: Roland Riedel, Christian Rigler
    Fourth Official: Sebastian Gishamer

    = = = = =

    Tipico Bundesliga (31st matchday)

    29 April 2017, 16:00 CET
    FK Austria Wien - SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz
    Referee: Oliver Drachta
    Assistant Referees: Roland Brandner, Clemens Schüttengruber
    Fourth Official: Sebastian Gishamer

    29 April 2017, 18:30 CET
    FC Red Bull Salzburg - SV Guntamatic Ried
    Referee: Markus Hameter
    Assistant Referees: Maximilian Kolbitsch, Maximilian Weiß
    Fourth Official: Walter Altmann

    29 April 2017, 18:30 CET
    RZ Pellets WAC - SV Mattersburg
    Referee: Alexander Harkam
    Assistant Referees: Gerald Bauernfeind, Sebastian Gruber
    Fourth Official: Julian Weinberger

    29 April 2017, 18:30 CET
    SKN St. Pölten - CASHPOINT SCR Altach
    Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber
    Assistant Referees: Stefan Kühr, Andreas Rothmann
    Fourth Official: Christopher Jäger

    30 April 2017, 16:30 CET
    FC Flyeralarm Admira - SK Rapid Wien
    Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer
    Assistant Referees: Stefan Gamper, Habip Tekeli
    Fourth Official: Andreas Heiß

    = = = = =

    Sky Go Erste Liga (29th & 31st matchday)

    25 April 2017, 18:30 CET
    FC Liefering - SC Wiener Neustadt
    Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer
    Assistant Referees: Markus Gutschi, Anel Beganovic

    28 April 2017, 18:30 CET
    FAC Wien - FC Liefering
    Referee: Rene Eisner
    Assistant Referees: Andreas Witschnigg, Daniel Trampusch

    28 April 2017, 18:30 CET
    FC Blau Weiß Linz - SV Horn
    Referee: Harald Lechner
    Assistant Referees: Andreas Heidenreich, Stefan Pichler

    28 April 2017, 18:30 CET
    KSV 1919 - SC Austria Lustenau
    Referee: Gerhard Grobelnik
    Assistant Referees: Roland Braunschmidt, Michael Obritzberger

    28 April 2017, 20:30 CET
    SC Wiener Neustadt - WSG Swarovski Wattens
    Referee: Christian-Petru Ciochirca
    Assistant Referees: Robert Steinacher, Patrick Orlet

  14. Anthony Taylor to referee the FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Arsenal on 27 May 2017... Gary Beswick and Marc Perry are the ARs with Robert Madley as 4O and Adam Nunn is the reserve AR... Congratulations to all involved!! 🙂

  15. Of course it would never happen in real life, but how would a referee (hypothetically) achieve a mark of 10.0 in a match, talking about the context and the match situations?

    Best wishes

    1. Well, we should have a very challenging difficulty, background and game progress. Referee should be always in control, showing an outstanding ability.
      In addition, more than 10 correctly assessed crucial situations.
      That would justify 10.


    ePojisteni.cz Liga (26th matchday)

    28/04 FC Vysočina Jihlava - FC Zbrojovka Brno: Pavel Orel (FIFA)
    28/04 1.FK Příbram - AC Sparta Praha: Zbyněk Proske (FIFA)
    29/04 FC Fastav Zlín - FK Mladá Boleslav: Emanuel Marek
    29/04 FC Viktoria Plzeň - FK Dukla Praha: Pavel Franěk
    30/04 FK Teplice - 1.FC Slovácko: Jan Jílek
    30/04 MFK Karviná - FC Hradec Králové: Jiří Houdek
    30/04 SK Slavia Praha - FK Jablonec: Miroslav Zelinka (FIFA)
    01/05 FC Slovan Liberec - Bohemians Praha 1905: Karel Hrubeš

    = = = = =


    Lotto Ekstraklasa (31st matchday)

    Championship Group
    28/04 Lech Poznań - Korona Kielce: Szymon Marciniak (FIFA)
    29/04 Lechia Gdańsk - Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza: Piotr Lasyk
    30/04 Jagiellonia Białystok - Pogoń Szczecin: Bartosz Frankowski (FIFA)
    30/04 Legia Warszawa - Wisła Kraków: Daniel Stefański (FIFA)

    Relegation Group:
    28/04 Arka Gdynia - Piast Gliwice: Krzysztof Jakubik (FIFA)
    29/04 Wisła Płock - Ruch Chorzów: Paweł Raczkowski (FIFA)
    29/04 Śląsk Wrocław - Górnik Łęczna: Jarosław Przybył
    01/05 Zagłębie Lubin - Cracovia: Tomasz Kwiatkowski

    Professional referees in I Liga:
    28/04 Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała - Miedź Legnica: Tomasz Musiał (FIFA)

    = = = = =


    Rosgosstrakh Chempionat Rossii (26th matchday)

    29/04 Lokomotiv Moskva - Rubin Kazan: Kirill Levnikov (FIFA)
    29/04 Terek Grozny - Ural Svierdlovskaya Oblast: Artyom Chystyakov
    30/04 CSKA Moskva - Spartak Moskva: Vladislav Bezborodov (FIFA) - with AARs
    30/04 Ufa - Arsenal Tula: Yevgeniy Turbin
    30/04 Rostov - Amkar Perm: Sergey Lapochkin (FIFA)
    01/05 Krasnodar - Anzhi Makhachkala: Vladimir Seldyakov
    01/05 Krylia Sovetov Samara - Orenburg: Sergey Karasev (FIFA)
    01/05 Tom Tomsk - Zenit St. Petersburg: Roman Galimov

    Czech Republic 2017

    Julia-Stefanie Baier (Austria, 1988)
    Galiya Echeva (Bulgaria, 1988)
    Ifeoma Kulmala (Finland, 1988)
    Maria Marotta (Italy, 1984)
    Cristina Mariana Trandafir (Romania, 1983)
    Melis Özçiğdem (Turkey, 1982)

    Assistant Referees:
    Mariam Stepanyan (Armenia, 1989)
    Anastasïya Akïmova (Kazakhstan, 1986)
    Ieva Ramanauskienė (Lithuania, 1990)
    Natalia Ceban (Moldova, 1985)
    Vanessa Alexandra Dias Gomez (Portugal, 1987)
    Alexandra Teodora Apostu (Romania, 1989)
    Sabrina Keinersdorfer (Switzerland, 1988)
    Petra Bombek (Slovenia, 1990)

    Fourth Officials:
    Hannelore Onsea (Belgium, 1987)
    Lucie Šulcová (Czech Republic, 1990)

  18. Massive scandal currently going on in Norwegian refereeing.

    Svein Erik Edvartsen, Norway's second ranked FIFA referee, and Moen's AAR1, who made his debut in the World Cup qualifiers in March, is having a massive conflict with Terje Hauge. It started when he was dropped from the first two rounds of the Norwegian Premier League. Edvartsen then publicly stated that there was a conflict with Hauge because of the refereeing team composition and mentor designation. NFF (the federation) confirmed the conflict, which has been going on since.

    Before the season, as we know, Moen's AR Andas was thrown out by the federation, and replaced by Magnus Lundberg, Edvartsen's AR. As Edvartsen is Norway's 2nd ranked FIFA referee, he expected to be able to have the first pick of a new AR, but he was only allowed to do this as number 4 in the order. Additionally, Edvartsen's long time mentor, Rune Pedersen, was replaced with Terje Hauge by himself. This insulted Edvartsen, who is a very outspoken character.

    After several weeks of conflict, the media reported last weekend that the conflict had been solved, after Edvartsen had brought a high-profile lawyer into the case and reportedly threatened with a massive lawsuit if he wasn't allowed to referee again. It was confirmed by the NFF that Edvartsen would be refereeing again from round 7 of the NPL (next week).

    However, in the following days, several of the highest ranked Norwegian referees, Tom Harald Hagen, Ola Hobber Nilsen and Tore Hansen, who never speak to the press, as opposed to Edvartsen, went out and said that they did not have any trust in Edvartsen and would not want to referee with him again.

    Then, yesterday, a meeting was held with all referees and assistants in Norway to try and solve the case. There was according to sources an overwhelmingly negative attitude towards Edvartsen, and at least 10 referees and assistants no longer want to referee with him. Further news are expected within a few days.

    One can safely say that something is not as it is supposed to be in Norwegian refereeing.

  19. Missed RC by Jones to Fuchs for VC? He gave YC to Sanchez for delaying the game which is correct but missed a RC to Fuchs in my opinion. https://streamable.com/mtdwt

    1. Was it violent or done with excessive force?

    2. YC to both would the most accepted (expected) outcome and tactically sensible, Jones really missed a prevention here he had many chances to stop it

    3. What did Fuchs do wrong? He's allowed to throw the ball. What he's not allowed is to throw it at someone with excessive force. So there is no basis in the Laws for a YC. Your two options are YC Sanchez (only) or YC Sanchez+RC Fuchs for serious foul play/violent conduct (I think it would be SFP...?). In my mind this is no more excessive than any normal throw-in. So YC Sanchez and IFK.

    4. In Austria there is a question for the written tests which exactly describes these situation. If I remember correctly, the correct solution was RC for the player who throws the ball and DFK.
      But Sanchez deserves YC in this situation because he provotet it and then this is nothing else as simulation...

  20. DFB has communicated three VAR verdicts from last matchday, Stieler, Gräfe, Aytekin and Siebert had this role (as practice):
    1) https://picload.org/image/rcllardr/20170422fcisvw3.gif (Decision: Penalty)
    All 4 wanted to correct this decision, but according to superevisor Hellmut Krug the situation is not clear enough for a VAR decision (because it was "not nothing"). The solution should be to ask the referee for review at the sideline
    2) https://www2.pic-upload.de/img/33054955/ezgif.com-video-to-gif48.gif
    https://www2.pic-upload.de/img/33054953/ezgif.com-gif-maker32.gif (Decision: Free kick Red)
    VAR should have decided for penalty, according to Krug
    3) https://picload.org/image/rcllorar/20179422hsvd981.gif
    https://picload.org/image/rcllodar/20170422hsvd981x.gif (Decision: Play on)
    Gräfe wanted to overrule the referee and give penalty, but according to Krug this was not a clear error and the VAR should not intervene

    I am not convinced...

    1. Very interesting, Philipp.
      1) Since there isn't any contact between legs in the decisive moment, one must think that the contact by arm was assessed as "potentially" enough, so for this reason impossible to change the decision. I have the feeling that in penalty situations, in order to change the referee's decisions, we should have a more than clear dive, including both contacts with upper and lower body's parts. So, a minimal touch would be enough, under this aspect, to back the referee or at least to assess it as "grey area". About that I share your doubts.
      2) Even after having watched several times the replay, one can't be sure whether it was inside or outside. Perhaps inside and so penalty, but again, doubts. Not a 100% clear case and very difficult to apply VAR there.
      3) For me a clear penalty, VAR should have intervened. But still I can find the reason of this statament by Krug: one can read the holding in different ways, saying that it was not enough. But first of all in these cases one should ask referee: did you see? did you get the exact perception of the incident?

    2. These restrictions regarding VAR use will be understood only by referees and not so much by fans. The best example is that 2nd yellow cards won't be reviewed (Vidal incident)...

    3. The question is, what is a clear error.
      - when 100/100 referees would say, it is clearly the wrong decision
      - or when 100/100 referees would decide differently with the video material (but not necessarily deem it as clearly wrong)
      In my opinion, the second case should be sufficient.

      @ 2) It could also be foul/dangerous play by the red player. What if it is clearly inside, but not clearly a foul and the referee awards a free kick...?

    4. I don't get it. If 1) is not a clear open-and-shut case of simulation, I don't know what is. What does that leave us with? Gilardino's infamous three-step dive? I am fine with referring to the ref on cases like Robben's penalty in Kassai's QF, but this? Nah. If you're going to involve VARs, they have to be able to decide this without bugging the ref. Seriously, we're gonna lose a minute of game time for the referee to look at this?
      2) Ok for penalty (clear factual mistake) - presumably a VAR with image-by-image would see it clearly.
      3) Again, I don't get it. If you don't want the VARs to intervene here, what are you paying them for? They should at least get the ref to watch it.

      I am not convinced by the VAR solution. It still sounds to me like FIFA/MLS/etc. is throwing tons of money at a somewhat minor problem. Will accuracy improve that much more over AARs+GLT? And is the cost of hacking up the game and wasting time worth it?

    5. If you read that, you got to come to the conclusion that Krug is a major obstacle if it comes to developing German referees.

    6. Why? The situation was not 100% clear. It is common praxis that such holding cases are "not enough" if the player does not go to ground DUE TO THAT (indeed, he rather slipped) and if the ball is not in playing distance. We have seen that in Skomina's France-Switzerland game (EURO 2016) for example.

  21. OT: Steinhaus is not appointed for a CL SF, so now it should be totally clear, that she gets the final. It's the first chance for her since 2007 without a German team in the final...

    1. Paris Saint-Germain - FC Barcelona
      Jana Adámková (CZE)
      Lucie Ratajová (CZE)
      Maria Lisická (SVK)
      Olga Zadinová (CZE)

      Olympique Lyonnais - Manchester City Women’s FC
      Esther Staubli (SUI)
      Belinda Brem (SUI)
      Sanja Rodjak Karšić (CRO)
      Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)

      Staubli was an expected name after no Quarterfinal, and apparently Adamkova had the best performance of the last round (according to Damkova..) in WOL-LYO. I would rather have seen Mularcyzk honestly after a very good performance in LYO-WOL, but still deserved for Adamkova. Best AR in Europe, Rodjak Karsic in Staubli's team is clear signal she is the favourite for the EURO final imo. The final appointment at UWCL will surely read

      Steinhaus, Rafalski, Biehl/Massey, Hussein

  22. Excellent decision by Atkinson, straight RC to Fellaini in Manchester's derby for a clear violent conduct. This player is very problematic...

    1. Jesus how stupid can a player be. Wonder if the FA will add a match of suspension for his shove after the red card (they should, IMO).

    2. Does anybody have a clip?

  23. Fantastic offside call by AR1 Stuart Burt... very crucial.

    1. Great performance by both Atkinson and Burt. Excellent, well done! A pity we most likely won't see Atkinson at World Cup. I think it would be deserved and should be possible as the age limit has been abolished, but it doesn't seem so.

    2. Btw, was there a whistle before restart after the foul Fellaini's got a yellow card for.


    Liga NOS (31st matchday)

    28/04 Vitória Setúbal - Vitória Guimarães: Manuel Oliveira
    29/04 Boavista - Tondela: Vasco Santos
    29/04 Nacional - Rio Ave: Jorge Sousa (FIFA)
    29/04 Benfica - Estoril: Hugo Miguel (FIFA)
    29/04 Chaves - Porto: Carlos Xistra (FIFA)
    30/04 Arouca - Moreirense: Artur Soares Dias (FIFA)
    30/04 Feirense - Marítimo: João Pinheiro (FIFA)
    30/04 Braga - Sporting: Nuno Almeida
    30/04 Belenenses - Paços de Ferreira: Rui Oliveira

    Ledman LigaPro (39th matchday)

    29/04 Portimonense - Leixões: Hélder Malheiro
    29/04 Vitória Guimarães "B" - Braga "B": Luís Godinho (FIFA)
    30/04 Porto "B" - Sporting "B": Bruno Esteves
    30/04 Olhanense - Freamunde: Tiago Martins (FIFA)
    30/04 Fafe - Académico Viseu: Gonçalo Martins
    30/04 Famalicão - Vizela: Bruno Paixão

  25. Controversy in Australia, where 2 goals were decided by VAR. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coY_bcmC95k (from 0:43)
    On the second goal, three questions for me:
    1- Was the revised decision correct? My hunch is that the offside should have stood (or at least that the referee should have viewed it himself). Can't you make a case for a foul (interfering with an opponent/holding an opponent) regardless of offside?
    2- Had play restarted (video inconclusive on whether the referee authorised the restart)? How much leeway are we going to give referees there?
    3- What about the dissent level? FIFA claims to offset the introduction of VAR by strict rules on dissent (players can't demand reviews, can't challenge the decision to review play, can't challenge outcome), but can we realistically expect referees to enforce that, given the lack of general enforcement on dissent? Or will we see a mob at every decision?

    On the third goal (see it here from 1:45: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrjunduLcnc):
    1- The decision was very straightforward - what took so much time?
    2- How did the goalie escape punishment twice there? A YC for the hit on the goalscorer could have been acceptable, and in my mind a RC for violent conduct when recuperating the ball was in order. Should the VAR have saved the referee there? Can we expect VARs to multitask? The referee should obviously have seen both - was the referee too distracted by talking to the VAR to do his job properly?

    I have already said on this blog that I am skeptical, at best, about the introduction of VAR technology. This confirms my fears - two botched decision-making processes which end up yielding more controversy and complications for the referee than the absence of VAR would have.

    One answer could be 'more training needed'. But now, apparently, FIFA is scrapping the testing calendar it drew up itself and plans to go fully operational as soon as possible. So when is the training going to happen, and without testing, how will we know how/what to train? Without a doubt, WC 2018 will be fun...

    1. Agree for me Emil. First goal should be cancelled : clear interfering with play and try to impeach defensor's intervention...

    2. Clearer, unedited video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8JPF--59IA. Commentators seem to be hinting the referee gave the permission to play on after the second goal before the video review, but we don't have the image, so we can't judge for sure. At any rate, it looks bad.
      Also, that first decision took about 2 minutes 30.

    3. In a general note, single cases should not be over- or underestimated in both ways. Watching at Kassai's handling of the VAR incident at the Club WC, where three FIFA referees did detect a foul, but not the previous punishable offside position, should not be generalized. Same goes for the successful test we have seen in France-Spain. The one example confirmed fears of sceptical people, the other example affirmed those who are standing behind the VAR programme. All we / they need, I think, is time to develop a feeling for how to use this method properly. And here I agree, Emil: Training, training, training. The German association does that in this season: Bundesliga referees who are having no game themselves partly function as offline referees in Cologne (the TV Studio is there) and make protocols of how they would proceed... thus they are able to develop a proper feeling.

    4. My generalisation is that most people have little idea how the system works, there are way too many confusing areas, and FIFA speeding up the rollout will only lead to disaster. And also, in the case of the second goal, that video is not helpful in many of the key cases.

  26. Convincing performance by Michael Oliver in TOT-ARL, including a correct penalty and a good card and player management, 8.4 :-)

    1. I agree. He might be in the elite group when Clattenburg leaves.

    2. WBA - Leicester was Clattenburg's 292nd and final Premier League game.

  27. Two straight red cards by Buquet in French top clash Nice - PSG. It was very important for the title, now Monaco has a great advantage. Did anybody watch this game? It would be nice to have info about the performance and the red card issued. I think this was the crucial game for 2016-17 Ligue 1.

    1. Di María's red card was for brutal tackle. Correct decision.


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