October 4, 2016

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - UEFA Zone - Referee Appointments for Matchday 3

These officials have been appointed for the third matchday of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA Zone). 

09 October 2016

Group D, 18:00, Cardiff (WAL)
Wales - Georgia
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
FIFA Referee Assessor: John Ferry (IRL)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Camelia Nicolae (ROU)

Group I, 18:00, Krakow (POL)
Ukraine - Kosovo
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Fourth Official: Pol van Boekel (NED)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Paulius Malzinskas (LTU)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Christian Schmölzer (AUT)

Group I, 18:00, Tampere (FIN)
Finland - Croatia
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Fourth Official: Clément Turpin (FRA)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Guy Goethals (BEL)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Alvaro Albino (POR)

Group G, 18:00, Jerusalem (ISR)
Israel - Liechtenstein
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2:  Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Dusko Grabovac (CRO)

Group G, 20:45, Skopje (MKD)
FYR Macedonia - Italy
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Richard Liesveld (NED)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Kris Bellon (BEL)

Group G, 20:45, Shkoder (ALB)
Albania - Spain
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Fourth Official: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Barry Bright (ENG)

Group I, 20:45, Reykjavik (ISL)
Iceland - Turkey
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jake Collin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Uno Tutk (EST)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Dennis Cruise (IRL)

Group D, 20:45, Belgrade (SRB)
Serbia - Austria
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Scott Struthers (SCO)

Group D, 20:45, Chisinau (MDA
Moldova - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jens Maae (DEN)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Siarhei Ilyich (BLR)

10 October 2016

Group B, 20:45, Andorra la Vella (AND)
Andorra - Switzerland
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1:  Douglas Gordon Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Fourth Official: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Miroslav Radoman (SRB)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Crawford Wilson (NIR)

Group H, 20:45, Faro-Loulé (POR)
Gibraltar - Belgium
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michał Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Eyjolfur Olafsson (ISL)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Jan Damgaard (DEN)

Group H, 20:45, Tallinn (EST)
Estonia - Greece
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Niklas A Lídarenda (FRO)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Volodymyr Geninson (UKR)

Group B, 20:45, Riga (LVA)
Latvia - Hungary
Referee: Paweł Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefański (POL)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Velid Imamović (BIH)

Group B, 20:45, Torshavn (FRO)
Faroe Islands - Portugal
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vyautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Dušan Krchnak (SVK)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Vasko Dojcinovski (MKD)

Group H, 20:45, Zenica (BIH)
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Cyprus
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Fourth Official: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)

Group A, 20:45, Borisov (BLR)
Belarus - Luxembourg
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Fourth Official: Bastian Dankert (GER)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Antonio Almeida Costa (POR)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Bujar Kasmi (ALB)

Group A, 20:45, Solna (SWE)
Sweden - Bulgaria
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)*
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson (ENG)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Michail Agnostou (GRE)
* has replaced Stuart Burt (illness)

Group A, 20:45, Amesterdam (NED)
Netherlands - France 
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Duncan Fraser (SCO)

11 October 2016

Group E, 18:00, Astana (KAZ)
Kazakhstan - Romania
Referee: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Fabio Veríssimo (POR)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Jon Skjervold (NOR)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

Group F, 20:45, Vilnius (LTU)
Lithuania - Malta
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Pascal Garibian (FRA)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)

Group C, 20:45, Ostrava (CZE)
Czech Republic - Azerbaijan
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Fourth Official: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)
FIFA Match Commissioner: George Koumas (CYP)

Group F, 20:45, Ljubljana (SVN)
Slovenia - England
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Fourth Official: Felix Zwayer (GER)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)

Group E, 20:45, Warsaw (POL)
Poland - Armenia
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Kralović (SVK)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)

Group C, 20:45, Oslo (NOR)
Norway - San Marino
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoît Millot (FRA)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Michael Riley (ENG)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Anna Bordiugova (UKR)

Group F, 20:45, Trnava (SVK)
Slovakia - Scotland
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)

Group E, 20:45, Copenhagen (DEN)
Denmark - Montenegro
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)
FIFA Match Commissioner: David Griffiths (WAL)

Group C, 20:45, Hannover (GER)
Germany - Northern Ireland
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Marco Guida (ITA)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)
FIFA Match Commissioner: Balázs Makray (HUN)


  1. Big game for Skomina.

  2. First group referees without match on MD 1-3:
    Gestranius, Gumienny (already retired?), Madden, Özkahya, Stavrev, Tudor, Yefet.
    Except Stavrev they were not appointed in EL either, therefore they might be candidates for demotion.

    1. I think Yefet and Tudor, due to age, are on their way to retirement, even though it was not still announced...

    2. But who appoints the referees for the qualification for the world cup is FIFA.

    3. @DA: FIFA gives only a confirmation, but appointments are clearly made by UEFA Referees Committee. You can deduce that by checking the names, comparing them to the EURO Qualifiers games played on last years, and so on. You have always the same referees on focus by UEFA committee. The only different thing is that additional assistant referees are missing, FIFA doesn't want them, otherwise, I'm convinced, UEFA committee wouldn't have problems in introducing them also for these matches.
      I want also to say that until a few years ago for WC qualifiers, it was totally different. The appointments were made very likely by FIFA, there were referees from all Categories. Now you can see, you have mostly referees from Elite and Category 1. That's a missed opportunity for Category 2 and 3, but there are now new tournaments and competitions for them (Youth League and so on...).

    4. Thanks!
      I thought it was FIFA who made the appointments.

    5. I'm quite sure that referees for WC qualifier are appointed by Busacca, Trentalange, Mikkelsen, and so on, hence FIFA referee committee. Otherwise it doesn't make sense two have 2 different team of managers.
      AAnd if we look at Uefa appointments I think that we are quite different respet to Cl and EL ones; people like Grafe, Blom and UNdiano are almost forgot by PLC and his team

    6. Having consulted our South American friends from Árbitro Internacional, I can confirm what Chefren said: It's Collina and co. who make the appointments.

    7. @f
      Of course you can have your ideas, but the names you mentioned are regularly appointed in Europa League as well. Blom, Graefe and Undiano Mallenco got their EL game on MD1. So where is the difference?
      For example, Denmark - Montenegro, for Undiano, is not that big game, if compared to others. The same can be said for Blom's game.
      But please note: Benoît Bastien and Martin Strömbergsson with quite interesting observers, Deniz Aytekin for Slovenia - England, very good game, after Juventus - Sevilla, Brych for Italy - Spain after Napoli - Benfica, the scheme is clear.

    8. Denmark-Montenegro is IMO a moderate game. Montenegro is always difficult to officiate and the match therefore needs an Elite official to my mind.

      I agree with you on Strömbergsson, Bastien and e.g. Raczkowski: UEFA is pushing them at the moment, so no wonder that they also appeared in the qualifiers with partly sonorous games + observers.

  3. Absolutely the biggest appointment there for Strömbergsson to my mind


  4. Turpin(Elite) as Fourth Official of Buquet. It´s curious.

  5. Orsato as fourth official of Mazzoleni.

    1. Italy with all 10 FIFA referees busy (including an under 21 game for Guida), so that's the reason. There weren't other choices, and the fourth officials in such matches must be FIFA referees.

  6. Off topic: Jaime Herrera, a US referee who refereed 5 games in MLS, is the new "Manager" of the referee department of CONCACAF. What's a "manager"? Is that the new title for the "director"? Or is there a director above the manager? Who knows...

  7. OT: Referees for Women U20 World Cup
    Qin (CHN), Reibelt (AUS), Aye (MYA)
    Neguel (CMR), Thioune (SEN)
    Araya Cruz (CRC), Borjas (HON), Pye (CAN)
    Correa (VEN), Reyes (PER)
    Vulivuli (FIJ)
    Adamkova (CZE), Hussein (GER), Kulcsar (HUN), Mularczyk (POL), Persson (SWE)

    1. Vulivuli has only 1 AR at her side, most likely she is a standby official only (tournament is in Papua New Guinea).

    2. At U17 WC in Jordan, Finau Vulivuli is there without assistant referees as well. She has been appointed for a game with an AFC duo: ARs from Australia and India.
      I think that, following the last mistakes made by OFC assistant referees, now FIFA is more careful in selecting them.

    3. Indeed, you are right. Missed that.

  8. CL (18-19 October)
    Szymon Marciniak - Paweł Sokolnicki, Tomasz Listkiewicz - Radosław Siejka - Paweł Raczkowski, Bartosz Frankowski (change at AAR2 position: Frankowski for Musiał)

    EL (20 October)
    Daniel Stefański - Marcin Boniek, Dawid Golis - Rafał Rostkowski - Krzysztof Jakubik, Zbigniew Dobrynin (debut of Stefański)

    EL (3 November)
    Paweł Gil - Konrad Sapela, Marcin Borkowski - Krzysztof Myrmus - Bartosz Frankowski, Krzysztof Jakubik

    Paweł Raczkowski - Michał Obukowicz, Tomasz Listkiewicz - Radosław Siejka - Tomasz Musiał, Tomasz Kwiatkowski

    1. Thank you. Polish officials are on the up and up, at least it's my impression due to Marciniak's (well deserved) top clashes, Gil's game in a CL play-off and the many (good) games for Raczkowski - and now the (for me surprising) debut for Stefanski.

    2. Yes, thank to Zbigniew Przesmycki who professionalized Polish refereeing to the extent no one could have imagined before and thank to Zbigniew Boniek who is definitely an influencial person at UEFA.

      Marciniak is in my opinion the best European referee at the moment. His fitness and performances are just excellent and rare mistakes not so noticeable and important.

      I think Gil was really ready for promotion to the elite group some years ago, however he was lacking in personality, so UEFA decided to keep him in the first group.

      Raczkowski is a rising star, his fitness is similar to Marciniak, they are good friends outside the pitch. He also improved management and soft skills much in last years. I believe he will be promoted to the elite group in next year(s).

      Stefański, hmm... Difficult case as I rate him not so high as some influencial persons do. He was injured three times in a short period of time and after those injuries he is not the old Stefański anymore. Extremely lenient in Lotto Ekstraklasa (video from his last game: https://streamable.com/ch7b) also due to instructions given by Przesmycki who seems to like such rough play... But he performs well at UEFA stage, he is 39 yo and probably will be promoted to the first group in December... Elite? Rather no but who knows. He seems to be liked by many important figures and has Zbigniew Boniek's nephew in the team...

      Frankowski after poor game at Celtic Park is most likely a little bit out of UEFA's favour now. However, Michał Obukowicz who was responsible for that mistake as well, is still regularly appointed...

      Musiał is surely the weakest link of Polish international referees. He is liked by all players, has an extremely good rapport with them, but is really inconsistent regarding decisions making and disciplinary control. He is really lenient but tries to adapt himself to instructions what bring some basic mistakes and unnatural decisions. He likes to be himself on the field, but in current era of all those instructions, guidelines, etc., it's impossible. Therefore, his fitness and performances are not good enough to reach more, he is not much liked by Przesmycki too from what I know. He is some kind of English referee like Dowd: strong personality, but really not a modern UEFA referee.

      Borski retired after being hard done by Przesmycki many, many times. The boss clearly didn't like him and was showing it in making appointments. After Europa League clash, Borski was appointed for a 'below par' Polish Cup game including team representing a fifth tier of Polish football, so he quit immediately. He will be an observer now. He will most likely be replaced by Krzysztof Jakubik (33 yo). The other candidate is/was Tomasz Kwiatkowski, more liked by media, players and a friend of Marciniak and Raczkowski (38). We will see...

    3. Ray, who is the main man speaking in Kontrowersje? And is anyone else there an ex-referee also?

    4. The man is Sławomir Stempniewski, ex-FIFA referee, ex-UEFA observer and ex-v-ce chairman of referees committee. He is conflicted with Zbigniew Przesmycki and often has a different opinion than the current boss. The remaining persons in the studio are former players and journalists.

    5. Thank you for all these info from Poland! Waiting for the observers, do you think Marciniak can get another top clash? Which match do you see for him?

    6. Barcelona - City? ;)

    7. Napoli - Besiktas would be difficult to control, so maybe there.

    8. Terje Hauge in Barcelona would suit.

  9. I think you all will be happy to get it:

    Enjoy :)

    1. BTW, I'm shocked by some interpretations, especially regarding handballs. It seems that those robot-instructions, as Niclas described them, were only a transitional phase in UEFA refereeing...

    2. More than happy. Thank you very much, I start the download soon!

    3. Thanks a lot! :)

      Obviously UEFA mixed up some video infos (the last 2 of the handball section for example... Skomina 2nd YC, Cakir correctly lets play flow...).

    4. I checked for now A-B-C-D sections, I think that there are some clips in which, according to the previous RAP editions, a RC for SFP should have been mandatory, but this time a YC is suggested. One example: clip Challenges-10 (TUR - CRO, referee Jonas Eriksson). For me, a clear red card at any rate, and I wont change my idea.
      However, some interesting info: Turpin's decision to whistle the foul and send off the player before Austria's goal, disallowing it, was absolutely correct, the penalty suggested by AAR1 in France-Romania as well. The controversial scored by France had to be disallowed, so foul on keeper by attacker. We had a long discussion on the blog.
      Looking forward to check the other sections, thank you again RayHD.
      Let me also add that we can be definitely proud of our work on the blog, all the major incidents involving referees and additional assistant referees are there. And the final assessment is very often the same.

    5. I can't believe that UEFA want a YC for the challenge no 10 from TUR-CRO... It's ridiculous... Also, how the hell the first handball is not deliberate according to UEFA is beyond me... Throwing himself on the ground to block the shot with hands off the body is undeliberate but the second video is clearly deliberate... Come on!

    6. On handball #1 (ENG - WAL): this is the classic statement when UEFA considers the situation as grey area, not a black or white. Indeed, you can read: "if in the opinion of the referee...". In this incident, they are open to both solutions. That's what I can understand.
      The second handball (Boateng) is for me not deliberate but UEFA explains that only the position of the arm in this case is enough for punishing the touch: "arm is not in natural position, so defender is responsible for making hand contact". Really questionable.

    7. Sorry to ask - I downloaded it, and this time there is no Mac version; would you happen to have it?

    8. No, sorry, only Windows this time.

  10. News from Holland:

    After this year, Richard Liesveld (Team Kuipers) will retire. His place will be taken by Dennis Higler, if FIFA accepts it. Furthermore, Angelo Boonman (AR, who was 7th official in the Champions League final of 2014 and 4th official of Kuipers for a long time) and Patrick Langkamp (Usually the AR of Blom) will retire and they will be replaced by Joost van Zuilen and Jan de Vries.

  11. News from Russia:

    Head of RFU Refereeing department Valentin Ivanov retired today. It seems that he asked for leaving the job a couple of times before, however, he continued to serve up to now. On contrary, several obsevers link his retirement with the recent scandal after Zenit-Spartak game, in which his homonym Sergey Ivanov made a crucial mistake which had a direct impact on the outcome (4:14 on the video below; Zenit player should have got the second yellow for a foul which was not whistled, and Zenit scored from the PK after a counterattack). Later, Sergey Ivanov was accused by Spartak for systematic mistakes in favour of Zenit; the club issued a video "Sergey Ivanov vs Spartak" which you can see below.


    1. Aleksei Nikolaev was appointed as acting head of Russian refereeing.

  12. A small change in Germany - Northern Ireland: AR1 Passeri, originally appointed, has been replaced by Meli. Costanzo will be now AR1 while Meli AR2.
    Passeri should be unavailable, perhaps injured or for other reasons, indeed he was also replaced in the U21 game with Guida two days ago, Norway - Switzerland. He had been originally appointed as AR1, Dobosz (NO FIFA) took his place. So the game was handled with two NO FIFA assistant referees, it is rare.
    However, in these days almost all Italian assistant referees have been appointed, apart from Passeri and his substitution, Cariolato was the only one without any appointment. I think he could be the name out from the list for 2017, considering the age, his quite long permanence on FIFA panel and several tournaments he attended.
    The new name should be Tegoni, or, as second option (in my opinion, of course) Crispo. We will see.

  13. Friendly
    Russia - Costa Rica
    Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
    Abduxamidullo Rasulov (UZB) - Jakhongir Saidov (UZB)

  14. HUN-SUI Kuipers and Roekel offside situation from 2:33

    1. Close call... But I'm with the referee on this one... No offside for me... Goal correctly allowed IMO...

  15. Clattenburg is back with long sleeves.

  16. Updates on Clattenburg and Jonas Eriksson's performance would be highly appreciated... Someone please provide the updates!!

    1. Eriksson from me, actually he looked quite good I must say, I think the atmosphere in Belgrade suits his style very much. It is a very exciting match and both teams mainly focus on playing, all cautions correct, strong personality like usual, quite talking style of course. There wasn't so much control in the opening stages but basically he's done well, although I think the second half could be much more challenging!

    2. Totally accept with you Harry

    3. Good disciplinary control and prevention in the first half for Eriksson. Overall good.

    4. Ericsson very good so far. Tense game (not very tense but still tense). 3 YC cards, all of them well deserved. Tadič because of constant faul play (3x fauls in 10 minut), but even if that wasnt the case, last faul he made alone deserve yelow card. 2 YC (one each team) for late challenges. Atmosphere hot (like always when Balkans teams play), Ericsson coped very well first half, a lot of duels and a lot of man management from Ericsson. No crucial situations for now.

    5. Top onside call by AR1 in 55' and IMO mistake by AR2 in 58' (Attacker challenged the goalkeeper).

    6. Again very complex situation for AR1 for the 2-2 but I think Klasenius may have just missed an offside although no real decisive angle was shown on the television

    7. Hmmm... it was double offside.

    8. It looked like offside, indeed. We will analyze the video soon.

    9. Nope, no double offside but offside after Sabitzer touched the ball.

    10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nj0-W2AYow
      The offside seems to be extremely tight.

    11. Arnautovic's body is in front of the ball, yes.

    12. I dont know is it just me, or what...has anybody noticed anything strange about first goal of Austria team. Offside maybe??? Influence on the defender by attacker?

    13. That's not influence on the opponent IMO. Very good decision by AR2.

    14. First goal is clearly regular - that's not what the LOTG mean with “challenging an opponent“ (especially due the distance between attacker and defender). Second goal offside (but not twice, only the second situation).

    15. I just rewatched first AUS goal and there is slight pushing from the attacker (left hand).
      I missed that at first but even now I don't know is that what the LOTG mean with challenging an opponent..

  17. Wrongly disallowed goal by AR2 Steegstra in Macedonia - Italy (89') but I must say very difficult. The defender keeping onside the player was on the other side than AR2.

  18. Good performance by Clattenburg. Some goods advantages, good disciplinary control and good interaction with players. My only point for criticism would be that he should enter the penalty area when whistling for an attacker's foul in order to sell the decision more easily. Match was normal difficulty.

    AR1 with significant mistake when he flagged an ISL attacker as offside but he was onside 2m (around 81-82). AR2 with a good onside at the first half when ISL made an effort on goal.

  19. Handball in NED - FRA (41'): a very particular and different situation than many other ones. The player, trying a tackle, touched the ball by arm only after a rebound on his body and he couldn't avoid that. For me correct decision by Skomina to play on.

    1. I'm with Skomina on this one... Correct decision to play on IMO!!!

    2. Me too :)


  20. Good no penalty for a NOT deliberate handball in 40', quite easy decision from a, clear no deliberate but a lot of complaints by Netherlands, it was a clear deflection and totally natural position. Pretty easy first half honestly but a good Skomina as usual.

  21. A very good performance by Pawel Gil on Latvia-Hungary. He had maybe 1 interesting penalty situation, but he said no penalty in the Hungarian penalty area, but nothing more. 28 fouls 5 correct yellow.

  22. An ok performance by Istvan Vad in a not challenging match. He was very lenient and lacked in prevention (for example #06 EST should have been booked 2-3 minutes earlier instead of 45+1'). A clear caution to Maniatis (GRE) was missed (14'-15'). No penalty area decisions and nothing major missed but IMO an 8.2-8.3 performance.

    AR1 wasn't challenged at all. AR2 with a couple of good offside calls. 8.4 for both.

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    1. I am not surprized by unfair behaviour of Kazakh players. They played in a very rough way against Poland too. The problem is that the referees favour such teams by being even a bit more lenient in games involving these teams (Andorra, San Marino, Kazakhstan) in order to not show 'too many' cards. Last example: Drachta in Portugal - Andorra.

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    3. I'm sorry but this language is not acceptable on our blog. If you want to comment referee's performance, stay right with the choice of your words. The terms you used were very insulting.

  24. FIFA Interactive Offside Video Quiz:


    1. Thank you again for posting this stuff!

  25. Minute 12' in Poland - Armenia. Correct decision by Kruzliak to play on, following a penalty appeal for deliberate handball by Poland.

    1. IMO, the hand was not in natural position, penalty could have easily been awarded.

    2. Again, there was a touch by arm. Still OK by Kruzliak to play on.

    3. This time the hand was stick to the body. Correct play on.

    4. Two reckless fouls by Andonyan on Teodorczyk were strictly punished by Kružliak. Andonyan is sent off. Very good, consistent refereeing.

    5. 39' Glik is pulled for shirt but firstly he pushed his opponent. Play on by Kružliak.

    6. 12' handball

      28' and 32' both YCs to Andonyan

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    8. Refereeing Highlights from POL-ARM:


    9. Although I think that there have already been more reckless tackles than these, the speed of the fouls were pretty high (the contacts themselves were not so reckless, but the force was).

      Of course he had to send him off if he wanted to stay consistent.

      There can be different views on his body language when sending off Andonian - the red card should be shown with more strength for sure. What I mean is the "sorry, I have no choice, what should I do?"-gesture which, most instructors claim, referees should not do. I think it was good to create acceptance in that case though.

  26. Blatant foul missed by Martin Strömbergsson a few seconds before Slovakia 1-0: the foul occurred on the other side of the pitch, but thank to that, home side won the crucial counterattack. In case of whistle a RC was possible there. Defender had lost the ball at the edge of penalty area.

  27. At first glance, incorrectly disallowed goal by AR1 Costanzo (GER-NIR). The ball did not cross the goalline with its whole surface from my point of view. (37')

    Just a few minutes later, very good decision by Tagliavento (and AR2 Meli) - foul by Boateng, but very shortly in front of the penalty area. Maybe YC for SPA needed, though.

    1. Excellent decision, however IMO mandatory YC for Boateng.

  28. There is a penalty appeal in Slovenia - England, for a challenge on Sturridge. I think Aytekin had his reasons to play on.

  29. Undiano missed a penalty for Denmark. Game became then nervous, a mass confrontation occurred.

  30. Wrongly disallowed 2-1 goal by AR2 in Norway - San Marino, the ONSIDE position was clear, I think AR missed completely a defender.

  31. Challenge by Ferguson (NIR) - minute 73' in GER - NIR, a clear RC for SFP in my opinion. Tagliavento decided for a reckless tackle, YC. It happened exactly under the eyes of AR2 Meli, he was even physically involved in the foul!

  32. Now we can discuss about the opportunity to allow the execution of this late free kick, leading to the 2-1 by Poland 42 seconds after the end of added time.
    If I'm not wrong, the foul was whistled at 93:55. I want to remember, only in case of penalty kicks, the execution must be allowed.

    1. There was time wasting by ARM players and POL players protested against that. The referee showed that he will add lost time to the additional time, so no problem with that.

  33. Aytekin was overall good in Slovenia - England. In the first half he was very attentive, always there, a word at the right moments- even too much but there were no problems. In the second half until about 85' he was very passive, to the borderline of even looking disinterested, small whistles, no body tension. Then there was one bad tackle, one push creating a confrontation and honestly you could see it was going to happen. Aytekin actually dealt with these well these situations, but there was no presence. In additional time he was fortunate there was no riot but again he did enough. Overall he repaid the trust for one of his biggest gigs but some points for improvement.
    ARs were okay, technique wasn't perfect but good onsides / offsides, Zwayer was quite chatty as fourth official - good job.

  34. Mostly i agree with you, but I wouldn't say he had no presence in the second half. For us at the stadium he was more or less invisible, but I don't count that as a criticism. A decent performance overall for my taste.


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