December 10, 2013

Gambian Bakary Gassama appointed for the 2013 CWC opener match

According to Árbitro Internacional, Gambian official Bakary Gassama has been appointed by FIFA for the opener match of 2013 CWC, to be played between Raja Casablanca (MAR) and Auckland City (NZL) on 11 December 2013. The match will be a play off for the qualification to quarterfinals. Despite of the fact that a tean from the African confederation will be involved, FIFA has immediately broken the confederations criterion, which might have not allowed a referee from CAF to handle this match.
In addition to that, Evarist Menkouande from Cameroon will join the CAF trio as AR2, due to the injury suffered by the preselected assistant Felicien Kabanda from Rwanda. This is another significant change in FIFA referees policy, since in the past years, due to an injury, the whole trio was forced  to stay out from a certain competition.

Bakary Gassama  (c)

The officiating crew will be completed  by Carlos Velasco Carballo from Spain, acting as fourth official, and his countryman Roberto Alonso Fernández as reserve assistant referee.

2013 FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP  - Play off for quarterfinals
11 December 2013, 20:30 CET (Agadir)
Raja Casablanca - Auckland City FC
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (ERI)
Assistant Referee 2: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Fourth Official: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Reserve AR: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)


  1. Big changes with Busacca.

  2. To me it's a good thing the confederation rule has been broken. How can one doubt Gassama's neutrality, just because he belongs to the same abstract geographical entity as one team?

    By the way, it seems as if FIFA (and Busacca) do not care about these kinds of rules anymore, they are just interested in appointing a referee who they think is best for the specific match. A good development, if you ask me!

    1. I echo the sentiments of Thomas!

    2. Indeed - fully agree with Thomas and Nur H.

      /Swedish observer

    3. I agree with the others since it is equal for everyone, not like in the years before 2010, when 95% of the time was in favor of European referees.

  3. IMO FIFA was forced to do that. They have a WC ahead and based on the draw FIFA will have a huge amount of trouble if they stick to this stupid neutrality rule.

  4. Strongly agree with edward, FIFA forced by the difficult draw of the next WC. Anyway it's the right strategy, I appreciate this rule change.

  5. OT
    Rosetti resigns as Russian referees chief.

  6. Some rumors say that he will replace Braschi as Italian chief referees at the end of this season (June)

    1. Too soon for these rumors....

  7. Larrionda, Busacca and Trentalange are in Morocco.

    Here some pics from Marrakech (headquarter of committee):

  8. Easy match to handle until the 45th minute. Then, two duels happened, where one can say that Gassama missed two fouls on Auckland City players - the first outside, the second one inside the box. TV offered plenty of replays, that showed only the first scene, outside the penalty area - there was a foul missed by Gassama, imo. He could've played an advantage, but didn't signal it. Finally, in the 45+2' minute the good replay has been shown. There was a trip from Raja #27 on OAK #16, where small contact and then exaggerated reaction of the latter occured. Was it enough to fall down? Was it enough to whistle a penalty kick? As I have strong doubts, I would go with the ref in this case.

  9. It seems that Massimo Busacca attaches importance to my postings and takes my findings into consideration. ;-)

    See (posting from November 9, 2013 at 10:52 PM):



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