September 10, 2014

Weekly News: Sin Bins, GLT for EURO 2016, Instant Replay and Officials for CL MD1

These are the latest news that we have gathered from the refereeing point of view: Sin Bins, GLT for EURO 2016 and Instant Replay. In addition, please find the referee observers and delegates for next week's first matchday of UEFA Champions League, which might give some hints at the referees that have been chosen, placed below.

GLT to be used in EURO 2016?

UEFA is considering Sin Bins

At the annual UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum in Nyon, Switzerland, former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Fergusson revealed that a part of their discussion had been about the possibility of introducing sin-bins in football.
"We couldn't get to an agreement about it because it's such a controversial decision to change from what we know to a sin bin, but there was a good discussion about it. From Uefa's point of view, it's something that they're looking at. It has some merits - in particular simulation by a player which has become a disease within the game.", said Sir Alex Fergusson. However it's an idea still processed since there are people being against it.

GLT for EURO 2016 

Michel Platini has given the strongest hint until now that UEFA may introduce goalline technology at the Euro 2016 finals but remains steadfastly opposed to using it in club competitions.

"For the Champions League and Europa League, no," declared Platini, "because it costs a fortune. But concerning the Euros, I will wait for Mr Collina's opinion. If goal-line technology allows us to see whether the ball has crossed the line or not, and if we can improve refereeing overall, why not?"
"But you know my position: goal-line technology could lead to technology all over the place. The five referees is wonderful in European competition. And let me remind you that some 35 countries in the world have five referees and only one, England, uses goal-line technology."

Instant Replay to be used next year.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants to test the usage of instant replay in games next year. Speaking at a SoccerEX conference he revealed that he wants to test the instant replay in a domestic league and in FIFA U20 World Cup to be played in June 2015 in New Zealand.
"I will bring it to the attention and perhaps we will find a league, a professional or semi-professional league, they will try to do it. It can only be done where there is television coverage of all the matches.
Or in one FIFA competition, we can try in a youth competition to do so, an under-20, like next year, we are in the under-20 in New Zealand. So we could test such challenge calls. Coaches should have the right in the half, twice or once, to challenge a refereeing decision, but only when the game is stopped. 
He added: "Then there must be a television monitor, but by the television company and not by another referee. And then the referee and the coach, they will go then to look, and then the referee may change his mind, as is the case in tennis, for instance."

UEFA Referee Observers and Delegates for Champions League Matchday 1

16 September:

Olympiakos - Atlético Madrid (A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jošt (SVN)
Prediction: Felix Brych (GER)

Juventus Turin - Malmö FF (A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)
Prediction: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)

Liverpool FC - Ludogorets (B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)
Prediction: Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Real Madrid - FC Basel (B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)
Prediction: Pavel Královec (CZE)

AS Monaco - Bayer Leverkusen (C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (FIN)
Prediction: Matej Jug (SVN)

SL Benfica - Zenit St Petersburg (C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO)
Prediction: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Galatasaray - RSC Anderlecht (D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Pierino Lardi (SUI)
Prediction: Szymon Marciniak (POL) 

Borussia Dortmund - Arsenal FC (D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)
Prediction: Damir Skomina (SVN)

17 September:

AS Roma - CSKA Moskva (E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwaart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
Prediction: Ivan Bebek (CRO)

FC Bayern München - Manchester City (E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojša Ivković (SRB)
Prediction: Pedro Proença (POR)

FC Barcelona - APOEL (F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnusson (ISL)
Prediction: Deniz Aytekin (GER) 

Ajax Amsterdam - Paris SG (F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)
Prediction: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Chelsea FC - Schalke 04 (G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Athanassios Briakos (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
Prediction: Carlos Velasco (ESP)

NK Maribor - Sporting (G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Prediction: David Fernández (ESP)

FC Porto - BATE Borisov (H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA)
Prediction: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Athletic - Shakhtar Donetsk (H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Ronny Zimmermann (GER)
Prediction: William Collum (SCO)


  1. It would cost a fortune...... Yeah, noone has money, eh?

  2. Prediction:
    Olympiakos - Atletico: Benquerenca
    Juventus - Malmö: Marciniak
    Liverpool - Ludogorets: Turpin
    Madrid - Basel: Rizzoli
    Monaco - Leverkusen: Collum
    Benfica - Zenit: Mazic
    Galatasaray - Anderlecht: Proenca
    Dortmund - Arsenal: Kralovec
    Roma - CSKA: Undiano
    Bayern - ManCity: Moen
    Barcelona - APOEL: Brych
    Amsterdam - Paris: Eriksson
    Chelsea - Schalke: Kuipers
    Maribor - Sporting: Lannoy
    Porto - Borisov: Gräfe
    Bilbao - Donetsk: Rocchi

    1. *Barcelona - APOEL: Stark

    2. Anonymous11/9/14 20:15

      Philipp S: Eriksson does not referee Paris SG due to his private friendship with the clubs president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Besides that, I like your predictions.


    3. Anonymous11/9/14 21:49

      Private friendship??? Please explain...

      /Swedish observer (who is back again when Anonymous posts are allowed again!)

    4. Anonymous11/9/14 23:40

      Min kära landsman,

      When Eriksson worked at IEC he met Nasser, who by then also worked in television, at Al Jazeera, and they became friends. This was way before Al-Khelaifi was involved in football, way before PSG:s "era" and before Jonas international career in refereeing. Now they haven't seen each other for a couple of years and they won't until Erikssons retires, because even though he doesn't referee PSG, he don't wanna put himself in a bad position. Fun fact - another team on his "integrity declaration list" is english Nottingham Forest, his favourite club.


    5. Anonymous13/9/14 16:58

      Interesting - did not know that!

      Team Eriksson has a match in the Swedish Premier League on Monday night, so probably no European match for them this round.

      /Swedish observer

    6. They had also a game in Qatar Stars League yesterday. (Eriksson, Klasenius, Gustavsson)

  3. Appointments for two first matchdays of UEFA Youth League have been already revealed at

    1. Anonymous12/9/14 13:58

      Can you clarify, what does it mean Sin BIns ?


    2. According to the Hockey regulations it's the removal of a player from the field of play for a short period of time in a penalty box (Sin Bin) for a offence that it doesn't warrant an expulsion. This player cannot be replaced and his team plays with 1 less.

  4. OT: Zwayer (FIFA-listed, Germany) just cautioned the Braunschweig player Theuerkauf twice without sending him off..... Dreadfull....
    Remember something like this happened in a OFC Nations Cup game in 2012 involving NZL's Lochhead.

    1. I have absolutely no respect for referees who don't use note cards to write down cautions.

    2. In the first scene another player was booked. It was wrongly reported in some media. So, no mistake from Zwayer!

  5. The appointments for Tuesday are on


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