October 3, 2016

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - UEFA Zone - Referee Appointments for Matchday 2

Thank to some federations, we already know the names of several referees appointed for the second Matchday of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA Zone). The missing names, including observers, will  be added in due course.

06 October 2016

Group I, 20:45, Konya (TUR)
Turkey - Ukraine
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Fritz (GER)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Nils Fisketjonn (NOR)

Group G, 20:45, Turin (ITA)
Italy - Spain
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Bastian Dankert (GER)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Harry Been (NED)

Group D, 20:45, Dublin (IRL)
Republic of Ireland - Georgia
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mickaël Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Eric Danizan (FRA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Michael Argyrou (CYP)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Stefano Pucci (ITA)

Group G, 20:45, Vaduz (LIE)
Liechtenstein - Albania
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Zsolt Varga (HUN)
Fourth Official: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Igor Satkii (MDA)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Karl Espen Eriksen (NOR)

Group D, 20:45, Chisinau (MDA)
Moldova - Serbia
Referee: Aleksey Kulbakou (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslyanka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Sokol Jareci (ALB)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)

Group D, 20:45, Vienna (AUT)
Austria - Wales
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Vlado Šajn (SVN)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)

Group I, 20:45, Reykjavik (ISL)
Iceland - Finland
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Herbert Fandel (GER)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Alan McRae (SCO)

Group I, 20:45, Shkoder (ALB)
Kosovo - Croatia
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Jozef Marko (SVK)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)

Group G, 20:45, Skopje (MKD)
FYR Macedonia - Israel
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jake Collin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson (ENG)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Marian Ruzbarsky (SVK)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Pierino Lardi (SUI)

07 October 2016

Group B, 20:45, Budapest (HUN)
Hungary - Switzerland
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Pol van Boekel (NED)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)

Group A, 20:45, Luxembourg (LUX)
Luxembourg - Sweden
Referee:  Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Mario Zebec (CRO)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)

Group H, 20:45, Brussels (BEL)
Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Fourth Official: Robert Madley (ENG)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Tormod Larsen (NOR)

Group A, 20:45, Rotterdam (NED)
Netherlands - Belarus
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (SCO)
Fourth Official: John Beaton (SCO)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Graham Hover (ENG)

Group H, 20:45, Piraeus (GRE)
Greece - Cyprus
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2:  Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Fourth Official: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Carmel Agius (MLT)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)

Group A, 20:45, Saint-Denis (FRA)
France - Bulgaria
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Thomas Weyhing (GER)

Group B, 20:45, Riga (LVA)
Latvia - Faroe Islands
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1:  Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (UKR)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Kuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)

Group H, 20:45, Tallinn (EST)
Estonia - Gibraltar
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksei Vorontcov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)

Group B, 20:45, Aveiro (POR)
Portugal - Andorra
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Fourth Official: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Jens Larsen (DEN)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Nina Hedlund (NOR)

08 October 2016

Group C, 18:00, Baku (AZE)
Azerbaijan - Norway
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Bitton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Fourth Official: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Erol Ersoy (TUR)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Charles Schaack (LUX)

Group E, 18:00, Yerevan (ARM)
Armenia - Romania
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maxim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Ilkka Koho (FIN)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Ivan Lekov (BUL)

Group F, 18:00, London (ENG)
England - Malta
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Markus Stenger (GER)

Group E, 18:00, Podgorica (MNE)
Montenegro - Kazakhstan
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Brian Lawlor (WAL)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)

Group F, 20:45, Glasgow (SCO)
Scotland - Lithuania
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER)
Fourth Official: Daniel Siebert (GER)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Haim Jakov (ISR)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Thórir Hákornarson (ISL)

Group C, 20:45, Belfast (NIR)
Northern Ireland - San Marino
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Pavel Balaj (ROU)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Rene Temmink (NED)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Per Svärd (SWE)

Group C, 20:45, Hamburg (GER)
Germany - Czech Republic
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
FIFA Match Commissioner: João Morais (POR)

Group F, 20:45, Ljubljana (SVN)
Slovenia - Slovakia
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Antonio Damato (ITA)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Bernd Barutta (GER)

Group E, 20:45, Warsaw (POL)
Poland - Denmark
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Davide Massa (ITA)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Sándor Piller (HUN)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Roland Tis (BEL)


  1. There is the appoitments of referees for CONMEBOL WC 2018 Qualification,Round 09 and 10:


    1. Who is that ENRIQUE OSSES who will assess Néstor Pitana at COLOMBIA - URUGUAY? Did "our" well-known WC 2014 (and prospective WC 2018) referee Enrique Osses retire? Does he have a father of the same name, Mr. Enrique Osses sr.?

    2. Enrique Osses retired a few months ago (some days before Copa América). He is now the referee chief in Chile, so that he is allowed to perform as referee observer. So yes, he is the same 2014 WC referee.

    3. Isn't it a bit weird for him to assess a (former) colleague, though? They worked together at the WC.

    4. Well, at UEFA level we have many former FIFA referees working as observers and they assess former colleagues as well.

    5. De Bleeckere observed Kassai in Liverpool - Villareal for example, many others


  2. Iceland-Finland was for Clattenburg, but now he is

    1. Clattenburg is appointed for Iceland - Turkey on 9 October, not Iceland - Finland. In addition, he was reported "only" as ill, not injured. So it is possible he will recover for that game.

  3. Hey, guys, did anyone of you notice that appointments were accidentally (or not!) made by geographical principle to save money for FIFA? Quite a lot of referees are to fly not more than 1.5 hours (1200 km).
    Just have a look (first - ref, than - hosts).
    France -> Ireland
    Hungary -> Liechtenstein
    Belarus -> Moldova
    Norway -> Iceland
    England -> Belgium
    Scotland -> Netherlands
    Italy -> France
    Ukraine -> Latvia
    Austria -> Montenegro
    Italy - Slovenia

    1. It looks possible....FIFA travel proposal usualy are in economy clas if the travel takes less than 3 hours....so it could be true.

  4. Bebek was in charge of a Croatian derby between Dinamo and Hajduk.There has been some very bad words for him from Hajduk side,they think that he was officiating against them.There are some situations I wanted to share with you and ask what what do you think about them :

    1)First 10 min. match was really agressive and there were 5-6 rough fouls,Bebek only booked that in first 10 min.:


    Orange,very close to red?(Hajduk players are protesting because their player made 1st foul and right away he was booked,but Dinamo made 3-4 rough fouls,and they got just warnings

    2)This was situation that most people in Hajduk have been complaining.Was there offside or not?Bebek's AR gave offside:


    3)Possible penalty?


    4)Another missed penalty?

    Another replay: https://youtu.be/WdmfCpWYAbs?t=5332

    5)Right there was it right to play on,because Hajduk player was on the ground and because of that Dinamo had great chance?


    1. 1) Yes, very rough tackle. I don't know about the previous fouls made by the other team, of course, but this was a mandatory YC.
      2) Player was ONSIDE. In case of OFFSIDE, touch by defender was in my opinion just a deflection, not deliberate play. So the OFFSIDE should have been reported. However, mistake a in a borderline situation. NO FLAG was the correct choice here.
      3) Only after having watched the replay, I realized that the ball was very likely touched and player by Dinamo's player. However, a very risky challenge, before the ball, the opponent was clearly hit. A penalty was possible there, I would also add that from Bebek's position, it was almost impossible to assess this challenge, very likely he played on just because he didn't see anything (indeed, no reaction by gestures, for what I can say...).
      4) Very difficult scene. I think that defender increased the volume of his body: without the touch by arm, the ball would have passed. For this reason, I think this was punishable, but I wouldn't assess the NO CALL as clear mistake.
      5) Play is allowed to continue, no mistake. The injury was not involving the head, so referee had the discretion to allow the play.

      So what I can say is that the only clear mistake is the wrong offside, then one can discuss about the possible missed penalty for tackle...

    2. On 4): Based on the quite mechanic and robot-like guidelines this probably should be whistled. If the ball had hit the other arm, there would be no doubt. I underline what Chefren said, for me this is no clear crucial mistake, but most likely UEFA would like to see a penalty there despite the small distance. What do you think, RayHD?

    3. You are right, Niclas. The hand is not stick to the body, so penalty. Crucial mistake in UEFA competitions. It can be treated differently in other (con-)federations though.

  5. Estonia - Gibraltar
    assessor: Andrejs Sipailo (Latvia)

  6. Moen with Fandel. That could mean something.

    1. and Sajn for Cakir as well?

  7. Skomina has NED-FRA, Tagliavento in charge of GER-NIR.

  8. Correct penalty call by Graefe, however he had to issue YC for dissenting behavior against another player from Turkey (not the one who committed the foul). This player didn't want to accept the penalty, he was booked and he continued to blame and scream to Graefe.
    Shocking behavior.

    1. That is Caner Erkin #18, repeated same behavior many times and never booked again. He should have sent him for his behavior. He missed a penalty in favor of Turkey (I think it was 35th min).

  9. Excellent calls by both Marriner's assistant referees in MKD - ISR.

    1. Penalty FYR and RC Tibi (ISR) in the abovementioned match:

    2. Well, we can't judge on that. It was missed live by the "sleeping" broadcaster and the replay shown later is not so good. We must trust Marriner and believe that it was a significant holding. However, if we assume it was foul, RC should be correct. Attacker would have easily gained the possession of the ball, therefore having an OGSO.

    3. To add, perhaps the foul started outside the box, but it lasted inside, so correct decision to give penalty in such situation.

  10. Before scoring the first goal, Albania claimed for a penalty for deliberate handball, and I must say it could have been whistled by Bognár.

    1. Penalty claim ALB after handball situation:

  11. Now another situation in TUR-UKR, minute 34'. A very reckless tackle, in my opinion, was assessed as NO FOUL (ball) by Graefe. I think mistake this time. It was at the edge of penalty area, I'm not sure if penalty of free kick, however Turkish players are getting nervous against the officials, now another player screamed against AR1, following this decision to play on.

    1. Minute before Turkey had a penalty appeal correctly turned down by Gräfe (dive). Difficult game for him due to tense atmosphere. I think the only fail was 'play on' in the situation mentioned by you. I will make video clips asap.

    2. Thank you! Indeed very hot game for Graefe.

    3. Gräfe is way too passive referee for such a game. Some of his gestures and facial expressions were really good but in some cases more active approach towards dissent, fouls in hot moments of the game, was needed.

    4. What is your opinion about the penalty called a few minutes ago?

    5. Minute 87': a mass confrontation. Some cards must be issued there.

    6. Why are Turkey games so heated and challenging for the referees most of the times?? Just a coincidence??

  12. Not so challenging first half for Kulbakov with 3 YCs.
    Expected level.

  13. Diego Costa again...

  14. Clear missed 2nd YC by Brych for Diego Costa... I expected a bit more from Brych in this important and sonorous game!!

    1. I wonder how Costa gets away with such kind of stuff in almost every game.

    2. Really... Costa always gets away with these stuffs be it in PL or be it in European competitions... Expected Brych to be better than that but looks like not many referees enjoy Italy-Spain encounters... First Çakır in Euro and now Brych... Not the best evenings for referees in recent Italy-Spain clashes!!

  15. Definitely not the best evening for Brych, I must say. The penalty was called by AR, he had to see it...

    1. The question is was it a Penalty?? Looked a soft one live!!

    2. He missed a 2nd yellow for Ramos as well, and the encroachment on DDR's penalty.

    3. I agree... Should've been a 2nd YC for Ramos... But Brych missed it... Earlier he missed one 2nd YC for Costa as well... As Chefren said not the best evening for Brych, rather a very sloppy one!!

    4. For me, the most important thing were his gestures. I'm sorry, but you cannot make a no penalty gesture and then immediately whistle it at this level. Doing that creates confrontation, something he has not been able to prevent during the whole match. I expected much more from him.

    5. Well, of course the call itself is more important. I meant the most important thing when selling the decision.

    6. Yes... Such confusing gestures invited the vehement protests from the Spanish... I still have some doubts about the penalty though!!

    7. I watched again the penalty call. Indeed, Brych had to avoid the gestures of "play on", if he was not sure. More communication between AR and referee. If Lupp was sure about the penalty (and the decision he took gives us this confirmation), then the first thing he had to do, in my opinion, was to inform Brych (Penalty! penalty) even before making any gesture with flag or joining the pitch. This could have, perhaps, avoided the big confusion.
      And another important thing to add: we know that Brych officiates at high level with additional assistant referees, I think that in this case the fact that AAR2 was not there, changed his mind, he was perhaps mentally less ready to read a situation occurred in that position.
      But still, with so many games in Bundesliga without additional assistant referees he should be used to that.

    8. Do you think penalty was the correct call or would "play on" have been more appropriate?? What would be Brych's expected marks for this game??

    9. The penalty by itself seems the less important thing to analyze for Brych's team, in my opinion. However, I would accept it without problems. Very likely, this penalty can be given. Eder was able to touch the ball before the opponent and then he was touched. However, it happened very quickly.
      The way of selling this decision was extremely poor.
      I think the missed second YC for Diego Costa was a clear mistake, so my mark would be 7.8 (8.2). Not more than that.

    10. So overall not a great game at all for Brych in the most important and sonorous tie of the round!!

    11. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S6NKBcYVLY8
      For me, 101% not penalty. I wonder how can AR give a penalty in this kind of situation?

    12. BTW, AR2 with at least one wrong offside call against Spain, possibly two.

    13. https://youtu.be/M6Nkm2fMoGE
      Better link. I meant: Brych was 5 meters away and AR more than 20 meters. Brych was perfectly positioned, made gesture "no penalty" and then gave it immediately. Very poor. And the most important - wrong decision for me.

    14. Brych and Lupp with a rather weak performance, I have to agree. Although the penalty is rather correct for me, how can it be that AR2 overrules Brych? This would be only justifiable and even laudable if he had a clearly better view, visual angle, visual information or whatever. With Brych being perfectly placed and immediately waiving it away, the procedure was at least doubtful. I would however emphasize that there is definitely a contact, so we can hardly say that it was a CLEAR mistake (IMO).

      Apart from that, I have seen 2-3 major problems in Brych's performance:

      1) Corner Kick Management - both identifying goal kicks / corner kicks but also managing the appropriate distance of players at a short corner kick execution.

      2) Preventive management of illegal use of arms: He missed an arm in the face early in the game, then did not caution Pelle for a clear reckless arm in Ramos' face (around 20'). No wonder that there were cards for reckless elbows later in the game.

      3) Too many smaller mistakes or decisions where the alternative could have been tactically more clever (specially in half 1, many close decisions went against Italy, maybe more balance would not have harmed here).

      This time, these details are not completely outweighed by a very good match control. Although control was given, I think it was not great yesterday. Lupp with many close calls, 1-2 mistakes for sure, but also with 1-2 correct key decisions (offside goal + penalty, depends on deeming it as correct or rather wrong).

      Overall, along with Poland-Portugal, one of Brych's weaker international evenings I remember in the past seasons.

  16. Can somebody provide an update in Cüneyt Çakır's performance?? Is the Çakır of 2015 finally back ow will the wait still continue?? 😔

    1. His performance was okay, it was an easy game, he performed on the expected level, at least during the first 92 minutes. In the 93rd minute he issued a YC, for me more SFP (= RC), furthermore he was - at least for my taste - a little bit too lenient against the Walish time wasting (e.g. 96' possible YC for WAL/9). All in all a good performance - 8.3 without judging the situation in 93' (what could mean a 7.9).

    2. I pretty much agree with Gitzlo. IMO he missed another YC at 47' to #04 WAL for a reckless challenge. Match wasn't so demanding.

    3. 90+2' YC Janko (AUS)

      I fully agree with Gitzlo on the 92nd minute foul by Janko. High tackle with studs up hitting the opponent on the upper leg; SFP and RC for me.

    4. Pay attention to Bahattin Duran's mimic after the foul... maybe they knew that actually they should have sent him off.

    5. And that the red card is not wanted by FIFA/UEFA...

  17. Shocking in Iceland - Finland, after the decision to allow the 3-2 goal by home team at 95', Moen was HELD with a certain force by a player, he even tried to push him, only YC.
    You must watch the video, that's unacceptable at this level, believe me!
    I think Fandel will be very angry! But not only him!

    1. "HELD with a certain force" - Can't imagine an Elite referee not showing a red card for that!! When did Moen become this shocking?? Or is it Busacca's order once again to the referees to be ultra lineant?!

    2. www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7lkgY-8fDs
      Unfortunately with a lag in the important moment, but you can suspect, what happened.

    3. I saw it! It is disgraceful and shameful that a FIFA ref doesn't' dare to show such an obvious red card. And also for brych om Costa. But the Finland match was 100% violent conduct on the referee and an obvious straight red card.

    4. http://sendvid.com/akq7j4re
      Here the video, I can't add more.

    5. Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! The Finland player grabbed Moen and pulled his shirt... Absolutely UNACCEPTABLE... That's a sraight Red card offence!!

    6. And goal is irregular.

    7. @Soham if you remember, a few days ago I said that "shocking" was a not appropriate term, following an opinion you shared about Clattenburg (if I'm not wrong). Well, sorry, I must correct myself today, in this case one can easily use it.
      It is shocking that, after what happened, Moen issued only a YC for that. Is is shocking because very, very "insulting" for all referees of each country. Players MUST respect the officials, what the Norwegian did was unacceptable.

    8. @Chefren Yup I do remember and rightly so... That handball decision in that game was just nothing at all compared to this farce... The Finnish player's behaviour was indeed a disrespect and insult to the entire officialdom and the action deserved a clear red card.. It's really unbelievable how an experienced referee Moen can mess it up to this extent... Is there any chance that the player may be banned for a couple of matches?? He would absolutely deserves such a punishment!!

    9. I don't know whether that is possible in UEFA's marking system. But I would go into the 6.0-6.9 area. Literally UNACCEPTABLE. This behaviour is actually disgraceful for a referee of his experience/format.

    10. And by the way, as it was not mentioned before: Actually the match should / could be abandoned in the case of a red card if you deem that holding as an assault against the referee.

    11. To be honest it is something very close to assault on the referee... Disgraceful behaviour from the Finnish player and even more unbelievable response from an experienced referee like Moen... Collina won't be pleased at all seeing all these!!

  18. Moen also with a crucial mistake just before the incident with Moisander. Ball played from the posession of the keeper and winning goal allowed.

    1. Very difficult decision, the body of the keeper hides the ball from camera's view, so it is not sure that he was in possession of it...

    2. Agree with @Mikko.
      Goalkeeper coincided the ball with his hand.
      It was Gk's possession.

    3. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CuHf1pWXYAARewm.jpg:large

    4. The ball releases with spin. Doesn't come out like that without the keeper touching it. Ball was stopped for about 1 sec at the goal line by the keeper.

  19. Turkey - Ukraine: refereeing in the 1st half


    1. 1) ???
      2) Correct penalty call
      3) Very good onside call
      4) Normal foul. Correct call. No YC.
      5) Missed penalty call - Correct offside call.
      6) As laws of the game, correct call, no foul. However this is very dangerous tackle even player touches the ball... IMO these should be checked.
      7) Correct call.
      8) Should be YC. He booked same kind of action second half.
      9) Correct play on...

    2. i think, 32' penalty

    3. 1) It was more accidental than a real foul, I can understand a no whistle there.
      2) Correct penalty call, disgraceful behavior by the player who is correctly booked later on.
      3) Very good NO FLAG.
      4) No card is correct, normal foul.
      5) Very borderline situation, I think that a penalty would be a correct call but at the same time I can understand why Graefe didn't whistle it. The contact looked to be not enough at first glance. I wouldn't penalize the referee for that. The subsequent offside flag is correct and very well seen: the player looks onside, but the upper body and especially the head are very likely ahead.
      6) The ball is hit but something like that for me is too much reckless to be allowed. It was in the box, so more penalty for me, sorry. Very dangerous tackle.
      7) In this case, no foul for me. Wrong whistle.
      8) Could have been YC for reckless use of arm / elbow while jumping, however my feeling is that the fouled player made it more than it really was. This can explain the NO CARD by Graefe.
      9) Nothing.

  20. If I said something about Moen and current trends in FIFA and UEFA refereeing, my comment would be deleted quickly, so...

    1. Uefa refereeing is on the right way, we all saw that on Euro.
      Fifa refereeing is some other story.

    2. UEFA started to instruct their referees in the way that they should be as lenient as possible. It's a wrong way in my view. Also SFP is tolerated more and more by UEFA. They becomes the same as FIFA unfortunately.

  21. Something on Moen's performance: A lot of small mistakes, e.g. while solving a player altercation during the second half. The goal: Apparently, UEFA is counting as a goal by Ragnar - that shot did not make it accross the line. The follow-up would also be irregular, as stated above.

    Shocking how he could not issue a RC for that attack on him. As understandable as the frustration is and even that he himself seemed very unsure if his decision was correct. You can not allow this.

    1. It did cross the line. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CuHf1pWXYAARewm.jpg:large

    2. This is clearly a wrong picture. The ball is very high in air in this picture. The ball never crossed the line, this is clear from from slow motion.

      Also, when you watch the original video then assistant stands on the line the whole time. Never making sprint or gesture. It does not seem at all that during the game they allowed goal from nr 6 that is in protocol. Maybe they agreed later.

  22. 73' in IRL-GEO, studs-up challenge by Irish player Hendrick. Direct Red for SFP in my opinion, Chapron deemed YC to be enough.

    1. https://streamable.com/fzyf

    2. Difficult to spot for the AR, who probably could not see the real contact (might have looked like a foot contact, in that case a YC would most likely be enough).

  23. Borbalan with solid performance,2-3 mistakes,but not crucial,players behaviour helped him alot and also the result(6-0 Croatia).

  24. Today among the big hitters, Björn Kuipers and Martin Atkinson will be in action... Also in action will be Pavel Kralovec and Craig Thomson... Good luck to all the referees with their matches tonight!!

  25. Hello guys!
    Disastrous weeks for Chapron : i think That irish goal is clearly offside (only one player more near goal kick Line when pass is given..! )
    What do You think Niclas, Chefren, Ray and co ? ;)

    1. Not so easy to catch in real pace:


    2. Yes, very likely offside, but really difficult to catch live, as RayHD correctly stated.

  26. A very solid last hurrah for Marriner. Happy to watch him ending his international carreer on a HIGH!!! Good luck in future Epl games!

    1. Is it confirmed that Marriner will quit after this??

    2. This is my question, as well. It would be nice to get the confirmation. I want also to ask: what about Atkinson? He is 1971 born as well. In case, he should benefit of age limit abolishment, in order to be confirmed on FIFA list.

    3. They will continue their careers domestically as well as on international level.

    4. Both Marriner and Atkinson will stay 1 more year on the FIFA list.

  27. Early penalty awarded to Bulgaria by Luca Banti... Correct decision IMO...

    1. Yeah Soham ! Even i am french, good call but i think YC for french player for this foul should/ must be given.

    2. Was the yellow card needed? Not sure!

  28. 2-0 by Netherlands wrongly disallowed by AR2 Francis Connor. The player who scored was onside, following a free kick, in my opinion he had to see that.
    A few minutes ago the Dutch team asked for a penalty, following an alleged deliberate handball, I think correct decision to play on by Thomson.

  29. Updates on Björn Kuipers' performance in Hungary v Switzerland anyone???

    1. It seems as really nothing interesting happened so far in this game.

    2. Good for him... As long as Kuipers comes out error free from the game, I'm satisfied... Let's see what the 2nd half brings with it in Budapest for Kuipers and his team!!

    3. He missed some foul and maybe one yellow, but nothing interest :-)

    4. The second suiss goal was offside.

    5. Can you please share a video/replay? Thanks!

    6. Maybe after the match. It seems after the replays that it was offside.

    7. Thanks Mark! 😃 Will share my opinion after I get to watch a video replay!!

    8. Yes clearly offside. But i didnt find video.

    9. A video of the mentioned goal:

    10. Very difficult situation for the assistant referee. We don't know if HUN #20's leg doesn't make it level. In addition, the assistant referee has no power to see things through SUI #7 in the middle. HUN #2's movement is misleading too. The AR could not be blamed here.

  30. Very lenient Drachta. I know it's his tactic in order to not send off several Andorran players but some fouls (also those of Portugueses) just should have been sanctioned with yellow cards.

    1. There we go,2 reds for Andorra :D

    2. What were the reds for? 😂

    3. Rough fouls on Ronaldo.

    4. Really minimum. I will make some clips

    5. There is direct red,2nd red in the match,foul on CR7:


  31. Penalty appeal by Hungary right now. A penalty was possible there and perhaps the correct decision. Waiting for more replays. It was a cross from the left attacking side and the player was pushed to ground by defender, being so unable to reach the ball.

    1. Nervous moments for me till I get to know your verdict!! 😫

    2. I will rewatch it carefully when game will be available online.
      However, it is possible I was wrong :)

    3. I think it was a correct decision.

    4. And a video of the penalty situation:

    5. There are two options:

      1) there is a stamp on Hungarian's leg (Achilles tendon)

      2) there is a dive (both legs off the ground often indicate it)

      I am also not sure if Kuipers sees it well

    6. Certainly penalty and red card. 2 big critical mistake for Hungary. i think Gozubuyuk better kuipers.

    7. DutchRef, thanks for the video. For me, it is impossible to make a final judgment, but my feeling says penalty.

    8. In case of so much doubt, I would back the referee with his call!!

    9. My instinct on first view of video was that attacker accidentally stepped on foot of defender. Replays confirm that. Not careless, no foul, no diving. Correct decision reached by referee.

  32. 2nd yellow and sending off from Luxembourg #4.I think that was maybe too harsh from Bebek.

    1. Bebek has always been one on the stricter side when it comes to fishing out cards so I'm not too surprised to be honest!!

    2. Well,to me his performance wasn't bad,he didn't made any crucial mistake in this match.Maybe this sending off was too harsch,but that's Bebek's style and we all know that.

    3. Strict approach is acceptable as long as there are no crucial errors... What say?? 😉

    4. Number of yellows on last 6 Bebek's international matches(only uefa qualifiers for WC and EC):

      9(1 red),7,7,8(1 red),6(1 red),5...Very generous from him :D

    5. He should have sent of sweidish defender Martin Olsson in the first half for an powerful elbow in the face of an opponent. He only got yellow! And the red card for the luxemburg player was probably to hard, i think that a verbal warning would have been enough because the player hadn't been involved in many situations in the game earlier.

    6. YC Olsson (SWE)

      2nd YC Malget (LUX)

    7. Even though the dynamic was high, I am sure it was not a weapon. Very, very reckless, but 'only' a tool.

      2nd YC is in accordance to what UEFA want - be strict towards illegal use of arms.

    8. @RayHD to you his decisions were correct?

      If so I think we finally saw Bebek's good game in a very long time because in rest of this game he didnt't have problems at all.

  33. Kralovec with an easy match to handle despite the heavy rain. However for me Greece 1-0 shouldn't be allowed due to attacker's foul. Some yellow cards correctly issued but nothing more.

    AR's with only a couple of offsides.

    1. Penalty for Greece before 1-0?

    2. Here is the scene.


    3. No penalty: I think arm's position is natural. Correct by Kralovec...

    4. yes edward, it was foul before 1-0. big mistake.

    5. No penalty as well for me. Arm is going back. And, as Chefren suggests, it in natural position.

  34. Missed penalty by Robert Schörgenhofer in Montenegro v Kazakhstan!!

  35. Rizzoli already shows yc in 14.min.-Elbow by slovenian #5.

  36. OT :
    @Chefren : Is there any way I can get in touch with you?? Needed to know a few things from you about referee observing!!

    1. You can write a a mail using the address of the blog, we will answer as soon as possible.

    2. Thanks a lot for the information!! Will send an email pretty soon!! 😃

  37. Penalty for Poland...Where is any card,it was a goal scoring oportunity???

    1. Very interesting scene. I wouldn't exclude that AR1 was involved.
      In addition, we can also discuss about the execution by Lewandowski. Danish keeper made strong complaints against Rocchi, he was booked for that. Let me say, I really don't like when a player seems to stop his run just to deceive the keeeper, even though it is regular because he doesn't stop himself completely, it is always something unsporting.

    2. True but it is OK with the LoTG so the referee can do nothing...

      No DOGSO as the GK was really close to the attacker.

    3. Atleast yellow for me for Danish player because of a foul....And about Lewandowski I really don't know what to say,I don't understand what these new referreing rules are for if players continue to constantly stop when they are shooting a penalty(noow Lewandowski,Neymar does that and some others)

    4. Two situations:

      1) Lewandowski's handball or foul on Lewandowski? (it's stupid you may not give a YC for such handballs nowadays...)

      2) Penalty and its execution by Lewandowski

    5. 1) I think no foul on Lewandowski. So, correct to whistle the deliberate handball.
      2) I think that the missing card in this situation is a significant mistake. However, the question is: was that a genuine attempt to play the ball by defender? The answer is for me NO, so it was a foul on the opponent. Since without that foul, Milik would have easily played the ball from that position, for me RC missed. However, I could have accepted a YC, no card is definitely without explanations.

    6. 1) YC would be the wiser decision.
      2) Correct penalty but missed YC. The execution was correct according to the LotG- justified YC for the goalkeeper.

    7. Well, somehow "handles the ball in an attempt to score a goal" is true in 1) and could justify a yellow card.

      All decisions acceptable in my opinion, but I would have preferred a yellow card for the penalty foul.

    8. After watching replays, I have my doubts whether there was a foul at all (second situation).

  38. First half was not challenging for Hategan. However, solid and concentrated performance so far. One correct YC was given for holding. Good fitness and application of the advantage rule.
    Some close onside or offside decisions for AR1- most of them were correct. Unfortunately the wrong offside call in 28' denied a goal-scoring oppurtinity for Germany. Unconcentrated performance by AR2: Missed foul in the beginning, later he signaled a throw-in but there was a clear foul before the ball crossed the line, which was immediately whistled by Hategan.

    1. I fully agree with your analysis but I would not judge the wrong offside call by AR1 (28') as a crucial mistake. Özil's movement was away from goal, even without a whistle he could not score a goal during the few next seconds, I think. For me one could back the AR discussing whether this has to be -0.1 or a crucial mistake.

    2. Well, but now in the 94th minute a clear (!) crucial mistake by AR1 Sovre as he disallowed a CZE goal.

    3. For what I saw in a simulcast, not good performance by both ARs in GER - CZE.

    4. AR2 was better in second half, AR1 with some blatant wrong calls like in 94'.

  39. Possible RC for violent conduct / deliberate elbow in SCO - LTU, following the execution of a throw-in, with the ball away. Stieler decided for YC, I have many doubts.

    1. Absolutely beyond using the arm as a tool, no need to cart the elbow out with that force, I think

  40. Good performance by Hategan. Possible penalty in 59', situation has to be rewatched.
    AR1 with a rather weak performance. Beside the wrong offside call in the first half another two wrong calls now. First of them denied a good chance for Czech Republic, second wrongly disallowed a Czech goal in 90+4'. At least one crucial mistake, if not even two (7.8 best possible mark).
    Better second half for AR2, few situations to judge - they all seem correctly solved. Maybe one missed call but that was really close.

    1. I can fully agree once again. Regarding Hategan there were only some minor details to improve: Sometimes his positioning (during the game as well as at set-pieces), furthermore the presentation of both YC. All in all expected level (8.3/8.4)

    2. Rewatched the incident in 59'. Foul was outside the penalty area, however Hategan had to sent off Pavelka for this - at least - reckless tackle as he was booked in 54'.

    3. Only one note on AR1: Sovre only missed 2 offsides in my view. The 3rd situation (maybe the one you are unsure about - whether it might be a crucial mistake or not) was slightly offside for me. The German commentary was sure it was no offside even with the aid of the line. The attacker was onside at the feet, but the upper body was surely ahead. So, I would back him there.

      But for sure, the Hummels pass and the 90+3 situation (how painful is that please... if Hategan had given 2 minutes of added time, this would not have happened - bad luck) were both blatant mistakes, even though I can understand the first mistake. The offside goal, well, not the easiest situation, but probably he switched off mentally a bit there. 7.8 (8.2) for me.

      On Hategan, I think he missed 1-2 fouls right in the first 4 minutes. But after that, he became better. I think Pavelka had luck twice, maybe Müller was even unfairly tackled in the penalty area which looked like a clean tackle at first. No clear situation, though. As Gitzlo mentioned, sometimes light positioning problems, but good communication and common sense. 8.3-8.4 for me.

  41. Any updates on Rizzoli's performance tonight???

    1. I only saw a foul on Hamsik punished by YC but very close to RC, in my opinion. The ball was away and it looked like a deliberate action to hurt the opponent.

  42. It turned out to be quite a challenging match for Rizzoli, he issued 8 YC (5 to SVK players and 3 to SVN players). There was an intense moment; foul on Hamsik, which Chefren mentioned, that happily did not escalete, Rizzoli managed to keep the match under control. It was mentioned that he missed a foul on SVN defender Cesar who fell inside box area as the result of pulling by the SVK player (possible PK?). In general, Rizzoli's officiating was on expected level.

    1. Being live at the stadium, naturally I couldn't see the mentioned incidents in detail. I'll just say that even though Rizzoli wasn't faultless, it was still a privilege observing the management of the match by a world class referee.

  43. Small confusion in NIR-SMR. I am curious whether the yellow card shown to Berardi will stay.


    1. Yes, there is a confusion. However, I don't understand what happened exactly.
      YC to #21 SMR was correct, following the foul made on keeper, an attempt to delay / stop a possible quick counterattack. Then, another card was shown to #3 SMR, why?

    2. The only reason for YC to #3 SMR can be dissenting behavior.

    3. If I read it correctly, I think Kovacs wanted to caution the player who made the foul close to the 4th official at the moment when we whistled for #21. Apparently he got the information and thought that #3 was guilty of the foul play made at the midfield line height. But #3 was far away from that (instead, as he signalizes, he was in the penalty area while the foul was made 30 m away). I think Kovacs realized his mistake, walked to #13 to ask him whether it was him who made the foul, he denied it, so he did not caution him and restarted play. If that's the case, the observer will "shoot" him.

    4. My reading of situation is same as yours, Niclas.

    5. The problem is that the referee stopped the game when there wasn't any foul in the midfield. I think that he was afraid to forget / miss the card for #21 SMR and for this reason he whistled immediately. You can see that, following the foul on keeper, he didn't follow the game carefully, he looked again back to penalty area and then he decided to stop. So, the card for another foul can't be explained, the only reason is complaints.
      The problem was with this advantage and the positioniong who didn't help him in making things as it was requested.

    6. As you may not play advantage for a second cautionable offence, he rightly stopped the play (most likely after advice from AR1/4OF). The problem is that in this case there can't be a SPA of #3 SMR... All in all, no crucial mistake, but a big confusion that shouldn't have happened at this level.

    7. I agree Ray. In a way he did what Kruzliak did not do correctly some weeks ago. And maybe he was too eager to be correct in that point so that he slightly lost the focus on what happened afterwards.

      That's why I believe stopping play immediately after 2nd YC offences creates more problems than benefits. The referee usually processes such information by checking whether there is a team benefit (yes, it was, so I guess at first he wanted to issue the YC for the offence on the goalkeeper at the next stoppage and allow play-on). But maybe then he saw sth like "shit, no.21...he is on a yellow card"... or maybe AR1 told him so. Such confusing situations are the result. Why not allowing referees to play advantage and issue a 2nd YC at the next stoppage for such offences? (I agree that reckless tackles should be treated differently).

  44. Ka boom! No one detected that yesterday, all media did not mention this situation with regard to offside. And now... Crucial mistake by Alessandro Costanzo. The own goal of Glik should not have been allowed.


    1. Definitely a significant mistake, offside is blatant, let's remember that the left arm of the white defender shouldn't be considered, so absolutely evident offside position.

    2. Yes, it was offside.. but soo difficult due to reverse movements. Full understanding for AR1.

    3. http://fs5.directupload.net/images/161009/anj8jkwn.jpg

      Look at that. The ball was only 5 metres away from the original pass and at that moment the attacker was already level. If you play the video in real time, the intervall between the pass and the position of the ball caught in that screenshot, it's like clapping your hands once. Maybe 0,2 seconds, I don't know. Difficult.

    4. Very difficult situation, I agree with Niclas.

  45. Looks like Gianluca Rocchi had a tough game yesterday!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for videos and analysis. I did not find the time to make it. Drachta was very busy despite the result and overall character of the game.

    2. Thanks WeirdAlJankovic, or Mundialo, who posted it earlier (probably you are the same).

      Although indeed several of Drachta's decisions should be questioned or were wrong like the missed penalty for del. handball - to be fair with him, some of the holdings were difficult to spot without AAR, some of the penalty claims are nothing in my book - it is remarkable that 37 out of 490 words of your comment are positive. The rest is negative. Scrutinizing a referee performance in that way is, for my taste, not helpful as the person who should improve and those who might want to learn from it lose the focus.

      Thanks for providing the videos and remarks though.

    3. Thank You, You are correct Niclas! Although many things are true then it sounded too much onewaytraffic. Better now? :)

      1st half - https://streamable.com/kf78
      2nd half - https://streamable.com/fs46

      Possible penalty claims:
      14´, 20´, 37´, 59´, 85´
      Possible reckless claims:
      22´, 23´, 39´, 40´, 45´+1, 50´, 51´

      All cards given are correct. SFP is supportable, though not a „must give“ in my opinion.

      The most important things for improvement were:
      1) Game management
      2) Positioning

      Game management improvement - understaning of foul play, seeing the tackles till the end, focusing on hands on arial duels, step-by-step management (verbal warnings, public warnings, cards)

      Positioning improvement – not always to stay behind the attack and try to be in the possible hot area before the attack gets there, better positioning in freekicks and corners (the aim is to see the hot area) and avoid dead angles, anticipate next steps and move closer and create better angles when play changes

    4. Looks fine, thanks :)

    5. Well done gents😃

  47. Saw István Kovacs receive a lot of flak for his performance in the Northern Ireland v San Marino match!! Did someone see the match???


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