January 11, 2015

Asian Cup 2015 - Referee Appointments - Matches 1-8

AFC Asian Cup 2015, held in Australia, has already started. You will find an overview on the referee appointments for each package of matchdays here (1-8, 9-16 and 17-24). We ask you to place your comments in the respective threads. The complete referee assignments are kindly provided by Árbitro Internacional, whose sources apparently fill the lack of information we are - unfortunately - not receiving by the Asian football confederation's media department.

World Cup record holder Irmatov took charge of the opener

09 January 2015, 10:00 CET
Group A, Melbourne
Australia 4:1 Kuwait
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Assistant Referee 1: Abduxamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Assistant Referee 2: Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth Official: Mohd Amirul Bin Yacoob (Malaysia)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mohd Yusri (Malaysia)

10 January 2015, 06:00 CET
Group A, Canberra
Korea Rep. 1:0 Oman
Referee: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Rule (New Zealand)
Fourth Official: Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Najah Raham Alhamaidah (Iraq)

10 January 2015, 08:00 CET
Group B, Sydney
Uzbekistan 1:0 Korea DPR
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Abdulla Tulefat (Bahrain)
Assistant Referee 2: Ebrahim Mubarak Saleh (Bahrain)
Fourth Official: Ammar Aljneibi (UA Emirates)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Azman Bin Ismail (Malaysia)

10 January 2015, 10:00 CET
Group B, Brisbane
Saudi-Arabia 0:1 China
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (Iran)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Abolfazli (Iran)
Fourth Official: Muhammad Taqi Aljaafari Bin Jahari (Singapore)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Jeffrey Goh Gek Pheng (Singapore)

11 January 2015, 08:00 CET
Group C, Canberra
UA Emirates 4:1 Qatar
Referee: Kim Jong Hyeok (Korea Rep.)
Assistant Referee 1: Jeong Hae Sang (Korea Rep.)
Assistant Referee 2: Yoon Kwangyeol (Korea Rep.)
Fourth Official: Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Najah Raham Alhamaidah (Iraq)

11 January 2015, 10:00 CET
Group C, Melbourne
Iran 2:0 Bahrain
Referee: Benjamin Williams (Australia)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (Australia)
Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangolo (Australia)
Fourth Official: Chris Beath (Australia)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Akane Yagi (Japan)

12 January 2015, 08:00 CET
Group D, Newcastle
Japan -:- Palestine
Referee: Abdulrahman Mohammed Hussain (Qatar)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al-Marri (Qatar)
Assistant Referee 2: Ramzan Saeed Al-Naemi (Qatar)
Fourth Official: Mohd Amirul Bin Yacoob (Malaysia)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mohd Yusri (Malaysia)

12 January 2015, 10:00 CET
Group D, Brisbane
Jordan -:- Iraq
Referee: Fahad Al-Mirdasi (Saudi-Arabia)
Assistant Referee 1: Badr Al-Shumrani (Saudi-Arabia)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdulla Al-Shawai (Saudi-Arabia)
Fourth Official: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Palitha Hemathunga (Sri Lanka)


  1. Anonymous11/1/15 22:13

    In my opinion Alberto Undiano missed a red card and a hand ball before a goal in the first half between Atletico - Barca. Couldn't find a GIF of the tackle, only a picture of Neymar who received it, didn't even get a free kick.

    Tackle: http://abload.de/img/neyjasg5.png
    Handball: http://gfycat.com/FixedLastAngwantibo

    1. Anonymous12/1/15 10:39

      Red card.

  2. Anonymous12/1/15 11:49

    Very good Al Mirdasi - he spotted a obvious simulation right now.

  3. Although I didn't see the full match, Al Mirdasi seemed very impressive in a challenging match, with 7 cautions and a send off (R7). There were plenty of off ball incidents as well.

  4. I can confirm that both referees did well today. Correct cards and good match control by Al Mirdasi, correct 2nd YC and Penalty by Hussain.

  5. Anonymous12/1/15 23:14

    This Asian Cup is top level for referees. Greetings to FIFA and Busacca.

  6. Anonymous13/1/15 00:18

    I can partly agree with you guys concerning the referee-performances of todays' Asian Cup matches.

    I saw Jordan-Iraq and I think too, that Al-Mirdasi did a good job, especially in the last 15 minutes, where emotions went up a bit and he was close to the incidents all the time! Good preventive refereeing!
    Overall, it was quite a challenging game, with many challenges to evaluate as well as some penalty area situations, which means a starting grade of 8.5 to me.

    Anyway, 7 yellow cards and one sending-off might indicate some mistake in his disciplinary control. I didn't like the fact, that he started straight with a yellow card without verbal warnings before. The attack was in between careless/reckless to me, so maybe he could have avoided to issue a card very early after 7 minutes and so mimimized the total amount of cards. Surprisingly, afterwards he started to verbally warn a few times for quite similar attacks. F.ex. in 13' Jordan #5 was verbally warned for pushing an opponent! Just some minutes later the same player committed a careless/reckless tackle and was verbally warned again. In such cases I prefer a caution instead of verbally warning a player twice! (persistently infringing the LotG) -0,1

    Also a clear simulation of Iraq #15 was ignored in 55' which (of course) resulted in a wrong penalty appeal by Iraq! -0,1

    IMO Really good. Expected level: 8.3

  7. Anonymous13/1/15 00:29

    IMO Asia has a very good mix of referee talent, certainly comparing to other minor confederations. Until this moment, there has been barely any controversy, very good in most games for referees. We all know what happened in the beginning of the world cup 2014.


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