January 4, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 1 (2017)

From now on, you can find referee appointments for Europe's major national leagues in a (match)weekly post on this blog. Feel free to ...

- ... share appointments with us (writing them as a comment in the manner below)
- ... share appointments from your national leagues other than those listed below with us, specially if you consider the game as significant (e.g. a derby, a top clash or a very important game etc.)
- ... place video clips you regard as useful for educational and discussion purpose
- ... discuss match situations on the games belonging to the respective matchweek
- ... and much more..

Our matchweekly posts can be easily found in the menu (Referee Appointments > National Leagues).
They will appear on Saturdays most likely and then be filled throughout the week.


Premier League (MD 20)

02.01.2017, 13:30 CET
Middlesbrough - Leicester City
Referee: Robert Madley
Assistant Referees: Marc Perry, Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss

02.01.2017, 16:00 CET
Everton FC - Southampton FC
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Richard West, Andy Halliday
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick

02.01.2017, 16:00 CET
Manchester City - Burnley FC
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin, Matt Wilkes
Fourth Official: Andy Madley

02.01.2017, 16:00 CET
Sunderland AFC - Liverpool FC
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn, Harry Lennard
Fourth Official: Mike Jones

02.01.2017, 16:00 CET
West Bromwich Albion - Hull City
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistant Referees: Jake Collin, Darren Cann
Fourth Official: Chris Kavanagh

02.01.2017, 18:15 CET
West Ham Utd. - Manchester Utd.
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Simon Long, Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

03.01.2017, 20:45 CET
AFC Bournemouth - Arsenal FC
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett
Fourth Official: Graham Scott

03.01.2017, 21:00 CET
Stoke City - Watford City
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck, Scott Ledger
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner

03.01.2017, 21:00 CET
Crystal Palace - Swansea City
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistant Referees: Andy Garratt, Dave Bryan
Fourth Official: Mike Dean

04.01.2017, 21:00 CET
Tottenham Hotspur - Chelsea FC
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Stephen Child, Gary Beswick
Fourth Official: Mike Dean


Coupe de France (R32)

06.01.2017, 21:00 CET
US Avranches (3rd division) - Stade Lavallois (L2)
Referee: Yohann Rouinsard
Assistant Referees: Paul Cravo, Anthony Bremont
Fourth Official: Stéphane Bar

06.01.2017, 21:00 CET
Vendée les Herbiers (3rd) - GFC Ajaccio
Referee: Eric Wattellier
Assistant Referees: Stéphane Panont, Julien Haulbert
Fourth Official: Fabien Brun

06.01.2017, 21:00 CET
AS Monaco (L1) - AC Ajaccio (L2)
Referee: Sébastien Desiage
Assistant Referees: Mickaël Lamouche, Pierre Chevreux
Fourth Official: Faouzi Benchabane

07.01.2017, 15:00 CET
AS Prix-les-Mézières (5th) - Entente Feignies Aulnoye FC (5th)
Referee: Romain Lissorgue
Assistant Referees: Mikael Berchebru, Manuela Nicolosi
Fourth Official: Steven Llewellyn

07.01.2017, 15:00 CET
Sainte-Geneviève-des-RBois (5th) - SM Caen (L1)
Referee: Clément Turpin
Assistant Referees: Nicolas Danos, Cyril Gringore
Fourth Official: Romain Galibert

07.01.2017, 15:00 CET
Le-Poiré-Sur-Vie (6th) - ESV Viry Essonne (4th)
Referee: Jérémy Stinat
Assistant Referees: Madani Meziane, Damien Letellier
Fourth Official: Brice Pla

07.01.2017, 15:00 CET
Lille OSC (L1) - AS Excelsior (6th)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet
Assistant Referees: Guillaume Debart, Frédéric Cano
Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy

07.01.2017, 15:00 CET
Sarreguemines FC (5th) - Stade de Reims (L2)
Referee: Stéphane Jochem
Assistant Referees: Hüseyin Ocak, Brice Parinet Le Tellier
Fourth Official: Antony Pacheco

07.01.2017, 15:00 CET
Blagnac FC - Chamois Niortais
Referee: William Lavis
Assistant Referees: Stephan Pignatelli, Ergun Yazar
Fourth Official: Anthony Sarlin

07.01.2017, 15:00 CET
Hauts Lyonnais (6th) - CA Bastia (3rd)
Referee: Alexandre Perreau Niel
Assistant Referees: Yohann Larhant, Jean Grimm
Fourth Official: Guillaume Janin

07.01.2017, 15:00 CET
Bergerac Périogord FC (4th) - Toulouse Rodeo FC (5th)
Referee: Floris Aubin
Assistant Referees: Hamza Khaldi, Régis Gerbaud
Fourth Official: Jordan Riche

07.01.2017, 15:00 CET
FC Luneville (5th) - FC Chambly Oise 1989 (3rd)
Referee: Willy Delajod
Assistant Referees: Aurélien Drouet, Cédric Favre
Fourth Official: Stéphane More

07.01.2017, 15:00 CET
RC Strasbourg (L2) - SAS Epinal (3rd)
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart
Assistant Referees: Ludovic Leducq, Mohamed Benkemouche
Fourth Official: Akim Abdelhaoui

07.01.2017, 18:00 CET
Grenoble Foot 38 (4th) - Fréjus Saint-Raphael (4th)
Referee: Romain Delpech
Assistant Referees: Benoit Morelière, Yassine Narcidine
Fourth Official: Brendan Roffet

07.01.2017, 18:00 CET
Blois Football 41 (5th) - FC Nantes (L1)
Referee: Jérôme Brisard
Assistant Referees: Benjamin Pages, Mehdi Rahmouni
Fourth Official: Guillaume Paradis

07.01.2017, 18:00 CET
EA Guingamp (L1) - Le Havre AC (L2)
Referee: Mikael Lesage
Assistant Referees: Julien Aube, Johann Perruaux
Fourth Official: Benjamin Lepaysant

07.01.2017, 18:00 CET
Quevilly-Rouen (3rd) - JA Drancy (4th)
Referee: Mehdi Mokhtari
Assistant Referees: Tugdual Philippe, Hugues Berly
Fourth Official: Florent Baconnet

07.01.2017, 18:00 CET
Besançon FC (5th) - AS Nancy-Lorraine (L1)
Referee: Frank Schneider
Assistant Referees: Nicolas Henninot, Julien Blanchais
Fourth Official: Rémi Landry

07.01.2017, 18:00 CET
Louhans Cuiseaux FC (5th) - Dijon FCO (L1)
Referee: Thomas Leonard
Assistant Referees: Pascal Poupeau, Ludovic Zmyslony
Fourth Official: Nicolas Dzubanowski

07.01.2017, 21:00 CET
Paris Saint-Germain (L1) - SC Bastia (L1)
Referee: Jérôme Miguelgorry
Assistant Referees: Cédric Moreau, Philippe Jeanne
Fourth Official: Cédric Dos Santos

08.01.2017, 14:15 CET
Clermont Foot (L2) - Girondins de Bordeaux (L1)
Referee: Karim Abed
Assistant Referees: Cyril Mugnier, Bertrand Corcuff
Fourth Official: Nicolas Pezzoli

08.01.2017, 14:15 CET
FC Lorient (L1) - OGC Nice (L1)
Referee: Olivier Thual
Assistant Referees: Cyril Saint-Cricq Lompre, Frédéric Hebrard
Fourth Official: Olivier Husset

08.01.2017, 14:15 CET
AJ Auxerre (L2) - ESTAC Troyes (L2)
Referee: Benoît Bastien
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Haquette, Hicham Zakrani
Fourth Official: William Toulliou

08.01.2017, 14:15 CET
RC Lens (L2) - FC Metz (L1)
Referee: Sylvain Palhies
Assistant Referees: Alexandre Viala, Michael Dolmadjian
Fourth Official: Mathieu Grin

08.01.2017, 14:15 CET
Toulouse FC (L1) - Olympique de Marseille (L1)
Referee: Amaury Delerue
Assistant Referees: Bertrand Jouannaud, Fredji Harchay
Fourth Official: Abdelatif Kherradji

08.01.2017, 17:00 CET
Fleury (4th) - Stade Brestois (L2)
Referee: Aurélien Petit
Assistant Referees: Mathieu Grosbost, François Boudikian
Fourth Official: Renaud Potier

08.01.2017, 17:00 CET
LB Châteauroux (3rd) - Pau FC (3rd)
Referee: Florent Batta
Assistant Referees: Yann Thenard, Maxime Allard
Fourth Official: Dimitri Kristo

08.01.2017, 17:00 CET
JA Biarritz (6th) - Stade Rennais (L1)
Referee: Johan Hamel
Assistant Referees: Yannick Boutry, Fédéric Labeyrie
Fourth Official: Sofien Benchabane

08.01.2017, 17:00 CET
FC Istres (7th) - Marseille Consolat (3rd)
Referee: Hakim Ben El Hadj
Assistant Referees: Jean-Philippe Di Francesco, Gwenaël Pasqualotti
Fourth Official: Alexandre Silvestre

08.01.2017, 17:00 CET
IC Croix (4th) - AS Saint-Etienne (L1)
Referee: Bartolomeu Varela
Assistant Referees: Régis Gaillard, Ludovic Reyes
Fourth Official: Julien Jamet

08.01.2017, 17:00 CET
US Granville (4th) - Angers SCO (L1)
Referee: Benoît Millot
Assistant Referees: Julien Pacelli, Stephan Luzi
Fourth Official: Olivier Esneu

08.01.2017, 21:00 CET
Olympique Lyonnais (L1) - Montpellier HSC (L1)
Referee: François Letexier
Assistant Referees: Michael Annonier, Eric Danizan
Fourth Official: Thierry Bouille


- winter break -


Serie A Matchday 19

07.01.2017 18:00 CET
Empoli FC - US Città di Palermo
Referee: Paolo Valeri
Assistant Referees: Andrea Marzaloni, Stefano Del Giovane
Additional Assistant Referees: Luca Pairetto, Fabrizio Pasqua
Fourth Official: Ciro Carbone

07.01.2017 20:45 CET
SSC Napoli - UC Sampdoria
Referee: Marco Di Bello
Assistant Referees: Lorenzo Manganelli, Alessandro Lo Cicero
Additional Assistant Referees: Luca Banti, Michael Fabbri
Fourth Official: Valerio Pegorin

08.01.2017 12:30 CET
Udinese Calcio - FC Internazionale
Referee: Daniele Doveri
Assistant Referees: Alessandro Costanzo, Giuseppe De Pinto
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Tagliavento, Gianluca Aureliano
Fourth Official: Claudio La Rocca

08.01.2017 15:00 CET
Chievo Verona - Atalanta
Referee: Federico La Penna
Assistant Referees: Marco Barbirati, Stefano Liberti
Additional Assistant Referees: Claudio Gavillucci, Marco Piccinini
Fourth Official: Fabiano Preti

08.01.2017 15:00 CET
Genoa CFC - AS Roma
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli
Assistant Referees: Matteo Passeri, Alberto Tegoni
Additional Assistant Referees: Gianluca Rocchi, Domenico Celi
Fourth Official: Gianmattia Tasso

08.01.2017 15:00 CET
SS Lazio - FC Crotone
Referee: Fabio Maresca
Assistant Referees: Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore, Marco Zappatore
Additional Assistant Referees: Marco Guida, Davide Ghersini
Fourth Official: Mauro Tonolini

08.01.2017 15:00 CET
Delfino Pescara 1936 - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Carmine Russo
Assistant Referees: Riccardo Di Fiore, Giorgio Schenone
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni, Juan Luca Sacchi
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini

08.01.2017 15:00 CET
US Sassuolo Calcio - Torino FC
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati
Assistant Referees: Giacomo Paganessi, Damiano Di Iorio
Additional Assistant Referees: Antonio Damato, Antonio Di Martino
Fourth Official: Alessio Tolfo

08.01.2017 18:00 CET
AC Milan - Cagliari Calcio
Referee: Piero Giacomelli
Assistant Referees: Alfonso Marrazzo, Mauro Vivenzi
Additional Assistant Referees: Gianpaolo Calvarese, Gianluca Manganiello
Fourth Official: Sergio Ranghetti

08.01.2017 20:45 CET
Juventus - Bologna FC
Referee: Maurizio Mariani
Assistant Referees: Gianluca Cariolato, Filippo Valeriani
Additional Assistant Referees: Davide Massa, Rosario Abisso
Fourth Official: Valentino Fiorito


Copa del Rey (Round of 16, 1st Legs)

03.01.2017 19:00 CET
CA Osasuna - SD Eibar
Referee: José Luis González González
Assistant Referees: José María Sánchez Santos, Ignacio Rubio Palomino
Fourth Official: Fernando Román Román

03.01.2017 19:00 CET
Valencia CF - RC Celta de Vigo
Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández
Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández, Francisco Javier Martín García
Fourth Official: Pere Barceló Roca

03.01.2017 21:15 CET
RC Deportivo de La Coruña - Deportivo Alavés
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Assistant Referees: Teodoro Sobrino Magán, José Enrique Naranjo Pérez
Fourth Official: César Domínguez Zapatero

03.01.2017 21:15 CET
UD Las Palmas - Club Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera
Assistant Referees: Diego Barbero Sevilla, César Manuel Noval Font
Fourth Official: Julio Mena Gimeno

04.01.2017 19:00 CET
AD Alcorcón - Córdoba CF
Referee: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias
Assistant Referees: Francisco Javier García Sabuco, Iñigo Retegui Lamolla
Fourth Official: Iosu Galech Apezteguía

04.01.2017 19:00 CET
Real Sociedad de Fútbol - Villarreal CF
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez
Assistant Referees: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez, Joan Méndez Mateo
Fourth Official: Daniel David Baiges Dones

04.01.2017 21:15 CET
Real Madrid CF - Sevilla FC
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devís, Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar
Fourth Official: Iván Muñoz Pérez

05.01.2017 21:15 CET
Athletic Club - FC Barcelona
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán
Assistant Referees: Raúl Cabañero Martínez, Jorge Canelo Prieto
Fourth Official: José Joaquín Gallego Gambín

La Liga Matchday 17

06.01.2017 20:45 CET
Real Club Deportivo Espanyol de Barcelona - Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea
Assistant Referees: César García Fernández, Iker De Francisco Grijalba
Fourth Official: Fernando Navarro Collados

07.01.2017 13:00 CET
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol - Granada Club de Fútbol
Referee: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Assistant Referees: Andoni Huerga Cermeño, Aitor Villate Martínez
Fourth Official: Ramón Arias Madrid

07.01.2017 16:15 CET
Sociedad Deportiva Eibar - Club Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano
Assistant Referees: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez, José Manuel Fernández Miranda
Fourth Official: Francisco José Hernández Maeso

07.01.2017 18:30 CET
Real Club Celta de Vigo - Málaga Club de Fútbol
Referee: Jose Luis González González
Assistant Referees: José María Sánchez Santos,  Ignacio Rubio Palomino
Fourth Official: Álvaro Alonso Prendes

07.01.2017 20:45 CET
Real Sociedad de Fútbol - Sevilla Fútbol Club
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera
Assistant Referees: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez, César Manuel Noval Font
Fourth Official: Miguel García Aceña

08.01.2017 12:00 CET
Athletic Club - Deportivo Alavés
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, Abrahám Álvarez Cantón
Fourth Official: Jerónimo Montes García Navas

08.01.2017 16:15 CET
Real Betis Balompié - Club Deportivo Leganés
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández
Assistant Referees: Miguel Martínez Munuera, Francisco Javier Martín García
Fourth Official: Santiago Varón Aceitón

08.01.2017 18:30 CET
Unión Deportiva Las Palmas - Real Sporting de Gijón
Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero
Assistant Referees: José Manuel Matías Caballero, Alfonso Baena Espejo
Fourth Official: Jesús Benjumea Álvarez

08.01.2017 20:45 CET
Villarreal Club de Fútbol - Fútbol Club Barcelona
Referee: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Assistant Referees: Alfonso Costoya Rodríguez, Enrique José Ramos Ferreiros
Fourth Official: Pedro Sureda Cuenca

09.01.2017 20:45 CET
Club Atlético Osasuna - Valencia Club de Fútbol
Referee: Alfonso Javier Álvarez Izquierdo
Assistant Referees : Juan Carlos Barranco Trejo, Joan Méndez Mateo
Fourth Official: Antonio Monter Solans


Portugal: Liga NOS (MD 16)

07.01.2017 12:45 CET
CD Nacional - SC Braga
Referee: Manuel António Rodrigues Oliveira
Assistant Referees: Tiago Oliveira Leandro, Pedro Ricardo Ferreira Ribeiro
Fourth Official: João Pedro Silva Pinho

07.01.2017 17:00 CET
GD Estoril Praia - CS Marítimo
Referee: Fábio José Costa Veríssimo
Assistant Referees: Nuno Filipe Santos Tomás Pereira, Pedro Alexandre Martins Costa Felisberto
Fourth Official: José Dinis Lopes Nunes Godinho Gorjão

07.01.2017 19:15 CET
Vitória SC - SL Benfica
Referee: Nuno Miguel Serrano Tavares Almeida
Assistant Referees: Paulo Jorge Tecedeiro Ramos, Venâncio Manuel Raposo Baptista Tomé
Fourth Official: Carlos Eduardo Fortes Cabral

07.01.2017 21:30 CET
FC Paços de Ferreira - FC Porto
Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias
Assistant Referees: Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares, Bruno Miguel Campos Rodrigues
Fourth Official: Daniel Fernando Rocha Cardoso

08.01.2017 17:00 CET
CD Tondela - FC Arouca
Referee: Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa
Assistant Referees: Álvaro Daniel Carvalho Mesquita, Nuno Miguel da Silva Manso
Fourth Official: André Silva Neto

08.01.2017 17:00 CET
Rio Ave FC - GD Chaves
Referee: João Pedro da Silva Pinheiro
Assistant Referees: Nelson Carlos Cordeiro Moniz, João Nuno Lobarinhas Silva Eiras
Fourth Official: Pedro Alexandre Duarte Ferreira

08.01.2017 19:00 CET
Boavista FC - Vitória FC
Referee: João Pedro Sousa Mendes
Assistant Referees: Miguel André Raimundo Figueira Aguilar, Pedro Nuno de Sá Martins
Fourth Official: Vasco António Moreira dos Santos

08.01.2017 21:15 CET
Sporting CP - CD Feirense
Referee: Bruno Alexandre da Silva Esteves
Assistant Referees: Rui Miguel Martins Teixeira, Válter António Sobral Pereira
Fourth Official: João Filipe Malheiro Pinto

09.01.2017 21:00 CET
Moreirense FC - CF Os Belenenses
Referee: Hugo Filipe Ferreira Campos Moreira Miguel
Assistant Referees: Ricardo Jorge Ferreira dos Santos, Nuno Miguel Roque Conceição
Fourth Official: António Emanuel Carvalho Nobre

Thank you to those who helped us with collecting the appointments!


  1. alberto Ruiz Mena2/1/17 16:57

    Today in England, City-Burnley not red card.
    Sunderland-Liverpool, not penalty.

    > Mikael2/1/17 18:34

    And then a red card for Serious Foul play in Manchester U - West Ham, WHM#7 by Michael Leslie Dean....

    > Soham2/1/17 20:49

    Dean's Red card was wrong IMO... Mason's red card to Fernandinho was absolutely spot on and a very brave and correct decision... Penalty appeal in Sunderland v Liverpool I didn't see so can't comment!!

    > Chefren2/1/17 22:37

    I agree with Soham. Manchester City - Burnley: clear red card.
    West Ham - Manchester United: mmh...

    > Soham2/1/17 22:42

    In the Sunderland v Liverpool game the first penalty awarded to Sunderland was very, very soft but acceptable call by Taylor... The 2nd penalty for Sunderland was a fairly clear one... Many people have reported that Taylor missed one stonewall penalty for handball during the 2nd half for Sunderland... Unfortunately I couldn't find any video of the incident so can't comment on it at all

    > RayHD3/1/17 00:29

    Sunderland AFC - Liverpool FC (Anthony Taylor)

    1) Sunderland's first penalty

    2) Handball penalty-appeal

    3) Penalty-appeal

    4) Sunderland's second penalty

    > victor3/1/17 01:33

    1: simple foul=penalty
    2:ball to hand, short distance, arm tucked in. No foul.
    3:acceptable play on ball, no foul.

    > Chefren3/1/17 12:11

    1) Soft call, it is more the attacker looking for the contact than a real foul by defender, however supportable call. No mistake.
    2) Penalty can be given because the arm is quite open, but at the same time the short distance and the fact that the ball came unexpected could be arguments in favor of Taylor's decision. We are in this case in a grey area. Strictly according to UEFA guidelines, however, I think this should penalty because for UEFA it is enough if you have the arms in that position.
    3) Correct decision, no foul.
    4) A clear penalty, deliberate movement of the arm looking for the ball in the wall.

    > Niclas3/1/17 14:18

    1) Totally correct for me. Careless trip, stupid foul.
    2) I cannot say that the defender handled the ball clearly deliberately, but for sure he did not genuinely try to pull the hand away either. His hand's movement away from the ball looks a bit like an alibi to me. He seems to be aware of controlling the ball somehow - I would understand both decisions and I believe both can be supported.
    3) Maybe there was a contact, but impossible to judge even with replays.
    4) Clear one, also correct to issue a yellow card. Good example of when being centrally positioned at a free-kick can be the best position possible.

  2. RayHD3/1/17 19:45

    West Ham United FC - Manchester United FC (Michael Dean)

    1) good cooperation with AR, advantage at offside

    2) red card to Feghouli (WHU) for SFP

    3) missed offside and use of GLT

    4) missed YC (obligatory?)

    5) positioning and missed card - yellow or red?

    6) missed offside at Manchester United's second goal

    7) handball (obligatory YC)?

    8) YC or RC?

    > Ref_17073/1/17 21:20

    1) Nice advantage - well done.
    2) I'm really struggeling to take a final decision. On the one hand Feghouli clearly jumped into his opponent without having control of his body - he could have been and maybe was aware of a possible collision, on the other hand he tried to catch the ball and simply came too late, hitting point is really low and no excessive force was used, in my opinion. Furthermore the sliding tackle of the defender, who played the ball, was quite risky too. I'd say this is borderline to SFP but for me rather reckless by the attacker. However, I don't want to speak of a (clear) mistake.
    3) Close offside position missed by AR2, I think he didn't expect this cross pass - lack of concentration. Of course it is great to have GLT.
    4) Missed YC, reckless challenge. Actually an easy decision for Dean and AR1 - both were able to judge this incident correctly but unfortunately they didn't do so.
    5) Weak positioning and then a missed YC. No SFP because he played the ball with his stretched feet and he didn't hit the opponent - 'just' reckless. Otherwise this would have been a clear straight RC.
    6) Missed offside due to a not really good positioning by AR1. Not an easy situation for AR1 but he could and should have detected the offside position.
    7) Handball - of course - and missed YC for SPA.
    8) Correct YC. High hitting point but no excessive force and just a light contact - reckless challenge.

    > Niclas3/1/17 22:55

    2) is no red card for me either. Both players are jumping into the duel with intensity and the only thing really differing both sliding challenges is that #4 played the ball and that Feghouli did not suffer as much as pain as his opponent. Maybe you can support the red card for having been a tackle without body control. Very difficult.

    What I find problematic is that Dean apparently did not have any visual angle to judge this incident (maybe he got some information from his assistants, who however were too far away) and was already looking somewhere else at the moment of the real contact. The red card came quite late, too. The whole decision appears to me as being based on intuition by 99%.

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  3. victor4/1/17 01:28

    comedy http://vod.vsports.pt/vdo/tacaliga/1617/oVMu7KPmCGW3gVTWMfTz3.mp4

    > RayHD4/1/17 03:30

    Maybe the player told something inappropriate to the referee?

  4. RayHD 4/1/17 03:32

    Many interesting scenes occured in the AFC Bournemouth - Arsenal FC game refereed by Michael Oliver:

    Brilliant advantage and penalty awarded:

    Disallowed Bournemouth's goal due to deliberate handball:

    Third Bournemouth's goal - was there an illegal push like in the penalty incident?

    Red card to Francis (BOU) for SFP

    - - - some other incidents - - -

    Two penalty-appeals rightly(?) waived away:

    AR2's missed wait-and-see?

    Deliberate stamp?

    Another great advantage:

    1. 1) Very good management with this advantage and then the correct penalty call. The foul occurred inside the box, Oliver had a good positioning to see that.
      2) In case of deliberate handball scoring a goal, YC is mandatory. This is a situation in which the goal is disallowed only for common sense, indeed for me it is not a deliberate action by attacker. He has the arm close to body, but I can understand Oliver as now it seems there is the trend to disallow such goals. However, the missing YC is still a mistake. Once you have decided for that, you must apply the rules without hesitation.
      3) I think the foul could have been called, at such speed a small touch can be enough for falling, but I wouldn't assess this as clear mistake by Oliver, defender could have faced better the situation.
      4) For me, not a RC. I think YC for reckless challenge can be enough in this case. The safety of the opponent is not endangered, there isn't any contact with studs, it is a too harsh decision. Commentator says that player goes with both legs in this challenge, I don't see that: he tries to catch the ball with left leg, but he is late. Surely reckless but for me not more than that. Perhaps Oliver had a different perception in real pace.

      On the other incidents:

      1) First situation is not penalty, in the second incident, well, I have many doubts. It seems as defender is not able to hit the ball, so in this case, penalty. But there are some situations which are difficult to catch live, this is one of them. The fact that the ball was already played made it more difficult. However, I would have assessed a penalty decision as correct.
      2) Too early flag, this is a paramount example. The player at first tries to go for the ball, for this reason AR is deceived, but he should still wait before the real involvement. So, yes, missing Wait & See. From a FIFA assistant referee we can expect more.
      4) For me not deliberate, the challenge by opponent was unexpected and borderline to reckless. In my opinion correct to play on.
      5) Very good advantage, indeed...

      Well, this game was more than difficult for Oliver, I would be really in trouble, having to assess his performance, some excellent stuff but at the same time, some major decisions not 100% convincing.

    2. Agree on the advantage and penalty (1); however: is it really necessary for a referee to run to the actual penalty spot and point at the goal? Seems to me that it's a lot of wasted time (and potentially putting the referee in a bad match-management situation) for a gesture that is not useful and not required.

    3. That has advantages and disadvantages in my view.

      Positive: If you walk towards the penalty spot, you more or less approach or walk towards your own decision. On a body language side, this might signal determination and confidence that what you just decided is correct (you don't walk away from your decision...).

      Negative: Takes some time, allows players to follow and maybe surround you, is not really necessary (what you said), and maybe more determination would be even radiated by just standing still or slowly walking towards the position prescribed for referees at penalty kicks ("standing" could be read as "standing behind your decision").

      On another note - I know that it is handled differently in different nations. Stopping a promising attack (in an almost reckless manner) leading to an advantage - should the offender be cautioned afterwards?

    4. 1) Excellent advantage and correct penalty. Niclas, if you strictly apply LotG, the offender should have been booked for SPA. However, in this special case, I would not do so - especially for tactical reasons. With this penalty, Bournemouth gets back the opportunity to score a goal, so, the first foul does not really have an impact and YC is not needed. Moreover, it is much more important to 'sell' the penalty decision, to put it bluntly, nobody cares about the previous foul - a YC for this one would not be understood.
      2) No punishable handball within the meaning of LotG. The hands are really tight to the body (body surface not enlarged) and no deliberate handball in the proper sense. I understand this decision and we can observe a clear tendency that every sort of handball causing a goal is penalized (just remember Cakir's decision in CL Final 2015), however, this is not correct, even if there's less discussion about the decision itself. Crucial mistake by Oliver.
      3) Missed foul. Only because of the push, the defender is unable to handle the ball and looses balance - the attacker benefits by this (illegal) push.
      4) You can compare this challenge with Feghouli's challenge RayHD mentioned yesterday. Quite risky tackle but he doesn't fully hit his opponent (and most important: not with his studs). My assessment is therefore similar: YC is enough.

      1) First one is no penalty, the attacker produces the contact, not the goalkeeper. Second one is more difficult. In most cases the ball is played first and then there's a collision with the opponent. However, in this case the contact comes first and then the defender plays the ball. Penalty would not have been a wrong call, in my opinion ...
      2) Too early flag, missed 'wait and see'.
      3) Not deliberate. He knows that the opponent is sliding in and wants to avoid a collision. It looks strange but that one was not deliberate.
      4) Wow, superb advantage. Seems to be one of Oliver's strengths (at least in this game).

  5. Stéphanie Frappart refereeing men (D2 v D3) in France - does she do that regularly? Speaking of which, is Steinhaus still active in men's Bundesliga? And what happened to Sian Massey?

    1. On the third question (Massey), I'm looking for that answer as well.
      Both Bibiana Steinhaus and Stéphanie Frappart are active as referees in the second divisions of Germany (2. Bundesliga) and France (Ligue 2). They appear very often as fourth officials in Bundesliga and Ligue 1.
      About Bibiana Steinhaus, according to some rumors, she was close to promotion in Bundesliga (we had also a discussion here on the blog, but I can't find it). Surely Niclas will be able to add more.

    2. Massey has at least received an MBE honour recently (or she will in some weeks, don't know). I might be wrong but isn't there a rule saying that if you handle games in the highest male division you cannot be an active FIFA official in female competitions? (That was one reason why Steinhaus wanted to stay in 2nd Bundesliga several seasons ago if I am not mistaken).

      Steinhaus allegedly got the highest mark average in 2015/16, but DFB only promotes referees from 2nd to 1st Bundesliga who show high mark averages in 2 seasons in a row. She did not do that, as the previous campaigns were rather not so good for her. Apart from that, there are many people questioning that she is good enough for Bundesliga in terms of fitness and management abilities (including me).

    3. Re. Massey: I know she had a child a few seasons back, so that obviously halts a career for some time (Christina Unkel and Felisha Mariscal sat out the last season in North America for that reason).

      Niclas: I am not aware of that rule, and if that is true, that is ridiculous (why wouldn't you want women at the top level on both sides?) That being said, Felisha Mariscal has refereed (AR) regularly in MLS since 2014, and according to her PRO profile, officiated on the Women's Olympic Qualifiers.

      On another note: Carole-Anne Chénard's crew seems to have been dismantled, with both her ARs (Suzanne Morisset and Marie-Claude Charbonneau) having left the FIFA list. Chenard is still there, but Canada's only FIFA ARs are now Marie-Han Gagnon-Chrétien and Chantale Boudreau, both very young, having got their badge in 2015 (Boudreau started refereeing in 2010 and got her FIFA badge in 2015!). Boudreau has a WWC U-20 under her belt. So Canada has a bit of a problem with female referees, having 4 female FIFA referees but only 2 ARs.

    4. Kateryna Monzul is a Ukrainian Premier League referee.

    5. What about Monika Mularczyk in Poland?

    6. Then either the rule might be limited to DFB or my memory is fooling me (both possible ;)).

    7. Regarding Miss Massey-Ellis (MBE!) she was appointed recently with East at Aston Villa - Leeds, and I suspect she'll be eased back in to appointments.

      Stuart Attwell was proposed to FIFA by the FA but I am told he was rejected for not leading enough Premier League matches

    8. About Attwell, this would be really strange. I don't think so!
      In the past, he was already FIFA referee and at moment he has 54 games in Premier League. Surely, more than the required to get again the badge. Perhaps there were other reasons...

    9. Yeah honestly my reaction was the same but FIFA didn't count his past experience (U19 EURO Final!) and this season to date he's only led five top division matches. Actually very curious as I remember a Portuguese only refereed two top league matches and was accepted. I would be surprised if there wasn't other reasons as you say.

    10. Monika Mularczyk handled only two 4th division and one 3rd division game in her career... No single game this season. She is sometimes a fourth official in first three tiers though.

  6. Friday 6th January

    The FA Cup

    West Ham United v Manchester City FC
    Steve Child and Constantine Hatzidakis
    Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick

    Saturday 7th January

    The FA Cup

    Accrington Stanley v Luton Town
    Matthew Jones and Joe Simpson
    Fourth Official: Scott Oldham
    Barrow AFC v Rochdale AFC
    Alan Clayton and Helen Byrne
    Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse

    Birmingham City v Newcastle United
    Adrian Holmes and Daniel Leach
    Fourth Official: Mark Heywood

    Blackpool v Barnsley
    Mark Jones and Anthony Moore
    Fourth Official: Sebastian Stockbridge

    Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace
    Michael McDonough and Matthew Wilkes
    Fourth Official: Robert Jones

    Brentford v Eastleigh FC
    John Flynn and Robert Dabbs
    Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear

    Brighton & Hove Albion v Milton Keynes Dons
    Darren Blunden, Darren and Nigel Lugg
    Fourth Official: Brendan Malone

    Bristol City v Fleetwood Town
    Mark Pottage and Christopher Husband
    Fourth Official: John Busby

    Everton v Leicester City
    Harry Lennard and Mark Scholes
    Fourth Official: Jeremy Simpson

    Huddersfield Town v Port Vale FC
    Jonathan Hunt and James Bell
    Fourth Official: Ben Toner
    Hull City v Swansea City
    Scott Ledger and Gary Beswick
    Fourth Official: Tony Harrington

    Ipswich Town v Lincoln City FC
    Neil Davies and Marc Wilson
    Fourth Official: Nicholas Kinseley

    Manchester United v Reading
    Simon Bennett and Edward Smart
    Fourth Official: Graham Scott

    Millwall FC v AFC Bournemouth
    James Wilson and Mark Russell
    Fourth Official: Brooks, John

    Norwich City v Southampton FC
    Nick Greenhalgh and Matt Foley
    Fourth Official: Dean Whitestone

    Preston North End v Arsenal
    Jake Collin and Andy Garratt
    Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

    Queens Park Rangers v Blackburn Rovers
    Adam Crysell and Timothy Wood
    Fourth Official: Lee Collins

    Rotherham United v Oxford United
    Philip Dermott and Chris Isherwood
    Fourth Official: Ross Joyce
    Stoke City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
    Andrew Halliday and Paul Hodskinson
    Fourth Official: Darren Bond

    Sunderland AFC v Burnley
    Marc Perry and Billy Smallwood
    Fourth Official: Duncan, Scott

    Sutton United v AFC Wimbledon
    Daniel Robathan and Robert Hyde
    Fourth Official: Carl Brook

    Watford v Burton Albion
    Richard West and Ian Cooper
    Fourth Official: Tim Robinson

    West Bromwich Albion v Derby County
    Simon Beck and Peter Kirkup
    Fourth Official: Mike Dean

    Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest
    Steven Meredith and Akil Howson
    Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury

    Wycombe Wanderers v Stourbridge FC
    Neil Radford and Lee Venamore
    Fourth Official: David Rock

    1. Interesting: that Darren England is the Darren England who was FIFA level AR for several years before switching to refereeing: http://www.barnsleychronicle.com/article/future-ref-darren-first-barnsley-man-to-run-line-in-fa-cup-final

  7. Well, Pau Cebrián Devís is refereeing right now Real Madrid and no one has said a thing. Hopefully, he won't make any mistakes and maybe his careear can progress without trouble after his suspension.

  8. Some incidents from Tottenham Hotspur FC - Chelsea FC refereed by Martin Atkinson:


    If you want to comment on any of them, just refer to a particular minute.

    1. 15': It could be YC for SPA, perhaps Atkinson assessed that the attack was not promising due to the position where the foul occurred. However, in real pace for the speed of the fouled player, this looks to be a quite mandatory YC.
      18': Mandatory YC for late and reckless tackle.
      31': I can agree with PLAY ON regarding the challenge #30 CHE - #10 TOT close to the edge of penalty area, but then after that I think there is a mandatory YC for reckless challenge for #3 TOT.
      32': I don't understand this call. Offside following throw-in?
      45'+1: Correct YC due to celebration, player left the field, this is not allowed.
      49': Foul outside the box, in case, YC can be given.
      57': Nothing, agree with Atkinson. The attacker seems to look for a contact and then he wants the foul.
      62': I think it was YC for reckless challenge
      82': No card in this case for me it's a resonable choice. Normal challenges for the ball, these situations are very often unavoidable to avoid. Both players tried to hit the ball almost at same time.
      86': YC to #19 CHE if one wants to be harsh but at that moment of the game, considering some frustration, I would back Atkinson in playing on. Incident was not so much significant.

      Overall, based on these videos, surely an expected level performance with only a few situations to be reviewed.

    2. 15': Correct (away from goal).
      18': YC
      31': Correct no foul. As Chefren, possible YC on following foul.
      32': Seems like offside, yes (???)
      45+1: Correct
      49': DFK. Not sure it'd deserve a YC.
      57': I see a clean tackle
      62': YC Correct - bordering on RC.
      82': Foul no card.
      86': Costa's being an ass. I would have liked to see a defensive free kick with lots of talking just to spite Costa and show that these silly tactics don't work, but Atkinson handled it well.

    3. Agree. Atkinson was in full control yesterday, had a good rapport with players, managed and was reading the game really well.

      Apart from missed free kick (49') and (dark) YC (62') he was faultless. However, in both situations the AR could have helped him.

      Regarding 32', I was thinking about offside, too. What is the reason for making such gesture with left hand? Nonetheless, there is no IDFK gesture afterwards... I would have loved to see the AR in this situation.

    4. The gesture in 32' is a common offside gesture used by some referees - so even if it is hard to believe, AR2 probably flagged for offside after the throw-in...happened in Bundesliga this season, too.

    5. I'm pretty sure he whistled a foul (illegal use of arms) - there is a tackle involving the attacker's arms, Atkinson signals a direkt FK and his gesture is similiar to the attacker's arm movement.

  9. Martin Atkinson rightly booked a player for goal celebration with crowd yesterday:

    Would you issue a YC for goal celebration with crowd if the guilty player is not a goal scorer?

    1. If it delays the game, yes.

  10. Sofiane Feghouli's red card rescinded:

    Simon Francis (Bournemouth) banned for 3 games:

    1. TBH, I can't find something logical, comparing these two decisions.

    2. In my view, Feghouli's card was, if not mandatory, defensible. I would have liked it to be maintained. Also, PGMOL needs to step up its media game. They're getting pummeled. Putting out a respected figure who can do both the explaining (why a decision is right/wrong) without being a "shill" (i.e. someone who will say anything to defend referees, even when nonsensical), and the education - how referees reach decisions, key principles of LOTG interpretation, etc. should be a necessity.

      Refereeing is under attack in the UK, not only from mainstream sports media, but also from specialised outlets such as You Are The Ref. Even Gary Neville complained today that Mike Dean was unfairly treated after the Feghouli (non-)blunder.

    3. In my view both red cards were - although maybe defensible due to a few arguments supporting them - rather incorrect. Specially the one against Feghouli was IMO a wrong perception from Dean's side reminding me on a comparable tackle of Ibrahimovic in Chelsea-PSG some seasons ago (Kuipers).

      Although I believe national associations should generally stand behind their referees, there is no benefit from building a cartell of incorrigibility either - my feeling is that this is exactly one of the core factors producing the negative image referees have in parts of the media and football community. Whether Oliver's or Dean's decisions were clearly wrong and should result in annulled red cards / suspensions is another question of course.

  11. Portuguese refereeing is completely on a caos ! 2 of 3 portuguese greatest clubs are criticizing too much the referees. Today, Artur Soares Dias was thereatened in his training. Emergency reunion today between referees and the president of referees

  12. Was there penalty on Neymar?
    To me,it's a 50-50 call,ref can give it or not give it.
    Bigger mistake for me was that ref didnt' saw violent conduct by Aduriz.


    1. Aduriz should get at least a 1 year ban.

  13. Ligue 1 - Matchday 20

    13.01.2017, 20:45 CET
    Lille LOSC - AS Saint-Etienne
    Referee: Mikael Lesage (non-FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Sébastien Denis
    Assistant Referee 2: Mickaël Lamouche
    Fourth Official: Thomas Leonard

    14.01.2017, 17:00 CET
    Stade Rennais - Paris Saint-Germain
    Referee: Benoît Bastien (FIFA, 1st Group)
    Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Haquette
    Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli
    Fourth Official: Yohann Rouinsard

    14.01.2017, 20:00 CET
    Angers SCO - Girondins de Bordeaux
    Referee: Johan Hamel (non-FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Stephan Luzi
    Assistant Referee 2: Yannick Boutry
    Fourth Official: Sylvain Palhies

    14.01.2017, 20:00 CET
    FC Lorient - EA Guingamp
    Referee: Sébastien Desiage (non-FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani
    Assistant Referee 2: Gilles Lang
    Fourth Official: Aurélien Petit

    14.01.2017, 20:00 CET
    Montpellier HSC - Dijon FCO
    Referee: Jérôme Brisard (non-FIFA, Ligue 1 debut!)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mickaël Annonier
    Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne
    Fourth Official: William Lavis

    14.01.2017, 20:00 CET
    AS Nancy-Lorraine - SC Bastia
    Referee: Karim Abed (non-FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Huseyin Ocak
    Assistant Referee 2: Julien Aube
    Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy

    14.01.2017, 20:00 CET
    Toulouse FC - FC Nantes
    Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FIFA, 1st Group)
    Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano
    Assistant Referee 2: Guillaume Débart
    Fourth Official: Romain Delpech

    15.01.2017, 15:00 CET
    OGC Nice - FC Metz
    Referee: Bartolomeu Varela (non-FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Pierre Chevreux
    Assistant Referee 2: Fredji Harchay
    Fourth Official: Abdelatif Kherradji

    15.01.2017, 17:00 CET
    SM Caen - Olympique Lyonnais
    Referee: Frank Schneider (FIFA, 2nd Group)
    Assistant Referee 1: Djemel Zitouni
    Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Henninot
    Fourth Official: Faouzi Benchabane

    15.01.2017, 20:45 CET
    Olympique de Marseille - AS Monaco
    Referee: Clément Turpin (FIFA, Elite Group)
    Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore
    Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos
    Fourth Official: Jérôme Miguelgorry

  14. Athletic Club - FC Barcelona (David Fernández Borbalán)


    1. Please keep these albums coming.

    2. The penalty seems to be really clear. If you think that Neymar made a simulation, you must book him. Play on is a wrong decision at any rate, in this case. When players react in such manner, very often it is the signal that they are right, but of course a referee shouldn't be influenced.
      I think there is a small mistake: video called "63" shows a situation from 43' minute.
      Really awful, but unluckily this happens very often in La Liga, the comedy made by Athletic player at 64'... I would have liked YC for simulation!
      Management of Umtiti - Aduriz conflict in first half is really poor, in my opinion.

    3. On the penalty area incident involving Neymar - a mixture of a clear foul and a clear Neymar-typical pirouette. But I fear the contact came before Neymar showed a clear intention to fall. Penalty has to be whistled for my taste. Good YC for mobbing, however the mobbing did not really stop after that.

      The penalty area incident earlier involving the goalkeeper is really borderline for me. Inevitable collision vs too risky challenge with a raised leg. In this concrete case, I believe Fernández chose the decision which was more in line with common sense. But a penalty would not be wrong (http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.de/2013/12/late-challenges-by-goalkeepers.html#.WG9oyn3yQVA).

      On the 2nd YCs - all 4 cautions in 53, 54, 74 and 81 are correct for me. The card-showing procedure in the sending-off-situations is however suboptimal and appears hesitant and unclear.

    4. He apparently booked three Barca players after the Neymar incident, at least two for dissent, not totally sure about Busquets. So he also punished the continued mobbing.

      In the sending-off situations he obviously was not aware/sure of the first yellow cards. I don't know, whether you can expect from a top referee to know that immediately, maybe yes.

    5. What I find more problematic in his card-showing procedure is the missing arm tension, too short duration of raising the card, not isolating the player and yes, as you said, also the significant intervall between the yellow and red cards.

    6. 20': No foul, correct for me
      36': Play should have stopped much earlier. AR (or 4th off) responsibility to inform the referee of a serious injury behind his back. Also, of course, missed VC, although I'm not sure he had any way of seeing that. Before that, though, a penalty should have been whistled (see replay at 39:10). Why a card to Aduriz? Referees can't just systematically give cards to both players in a confrontation because it's easier that way. Unless he said something?
      45+1: I'm with Niclas: penalty. Also, if he cautioned more than one player, that's 100% justified.
      52': No way to know without GLT - appears correct
      74', 80': What's the 4th official doing? Shouldn't he be immediately on the microphone making sure that Borbalan knows this is a second YC? I think Borbalan needs to rethink where he keeps his cards - reaching for a 2nd YC takes him three steps (YC in right short pocket, notecard in right shirt pocket, RC in left short pocket); why not keep another RC in the shirt pocket?

      64' Nothing there.

    7. Or doing it like Kuipers or Zwayer for example:

      Kuipers: 1 red card in the shirt pocket for clear RC offences where no doubt is left, 1 yellow and 1 red card in the short pocket for situations with a clear YC or a decision where the officials need some time to share information or think about the right card

      Zwayer: red card in the short pocket for straight RC offences, yellow and red card in the shirt pocket for a swiftly shown YC or 2nd YC.

    8. Also to note: even if he remembers that it is a 2nd caution and gives the red immediately after the YC, it occupies his two hands, which is not ideal for a referee (you might need to give a quick whistle).

    9. What I find unbelievable after all match preparation that officials do nowadays is that Aduriz manages to finish as many matches as he does. Given his attitude in the field and his background, I'm really surprised by the fact that Aduriz's VC was missed.

      The situation with Neymar is a clear penalty for me. About Piqué's, for me it is a penalty also. The goalkeeper doesn't have any kind of "protection", and such a challenge would have been deemed as foul in any other part of the field, so I go for a penalty too. In that situation, three Barcelona players were cautioned for dissent (Jordi Alba, Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets: http://actas.rfef.es/actas/RFEF_CmpActa2?cod_primaria=1000144&CodActa=38828).

      This week has not been good for referees in Spain. Mateu Lahoz also had at least one crucial mistake in Real Madrid - Sevilla (wrong penalty at minute 44', IIRC). There was a penalty appeal by Sevilla in which for me the decision (no penalty) can be supported, and a possible foul before the corner kick which lead to Real Madrid's second goal. I have not watched that situation so I can't comment any further.


  15. I have a question regarding the appointment of Lee Probert in the FA Cup match between Ipswich- Lincoln FC. I remember Probert taking charge of Premier League matches, including some high-profile ones, for years, I even recall him taking charge of European matches and a FA Cup final. Since one or two seasons however he barely seems be involved in Premier League nor Championship matches. Anyone knows why that is?

    The English Football League indicate he still is a member of the Select Group 1 referees.

    1. Lee Probert is still a referee at Premier League (SG1). However due to this rehabilitation from his KNEE INJURY, he is appointed to matches at a lower level to regain his fitness, mental wellbeing on the field of play. I suspect he'll be reappearing in Premier League around February / March time. He has relinquished his place at FIFA list in other news.

    2. However, Mikael, let me say it is quite particular how he was treated due to this injury. Ok, perhaps the injury itself was really serious, but a so long time out from Premier League in my opinion has not so clear explanation, if he is able to handle games at lower level, he can do that also in Premier League.
      His last game in Premier League was one year and half ago...

  16. West Ham United FC - Manchester City FC (Michael Oliver)

    1) missed mandatory YC or maybe RC?

    2) Manchester City's penalty

    1. 1) Surely, this is more RC than almost all the controversial situations we discussed in the past days about Premier League games. Studs up stamping on the opponent, perhaps the force is not so much excessive, but enough for a sending off. For me, RC would be the correct solution, but we must also say very difficult to spot.
      2) Acceptable call, even though in my opinion not really a clear penalty.

  17. RCD Espanyol de Barcelona - RC Deportivo de La Coruña (Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea)


    1. I want to praise your work, thank you so much because with these videos many people can learn and at the same time we can minotor the performances of referees in domestic leagues.

    2. What ugly grey uniforms - they look like pyjamas!
      17: Correct
      20: Hmmm...at least a YC - probable RC? I'm struggling with stampings; so many are (or seem) regular/acceptable/justifiable play actions that land at the wrong place, but at the same time they risk causing severe damage.
      22: Correct decision.
      24: Doesn't seem like too much force applied, but I'd still lean towards RC
      26: Penalty kick; later caution correct. Good management of the injury and caution, despite initial error.
      32: Great find. Of course, penalty, but I don't see how the referee could see that without AAR.
      37: Possible YC, but no clear error.
      58: Looks like a FK to me.
      69: Penalty.
      90: Correct foul, but was the YC really necessary? Was it reckless?
      93: Possibly the clearest of crucial mistakes. Penalty.

      So, paradoxically, seems like he had a good game technically, but crucial foul detection was lacking.

    3. 17': YC is enough for me, no SFP, even though really dangerous
      20': RC for SFP, similar to the incident occurred in Oliver's FA Cup game. I have noticed that this kind of foul (studs up near the ankle) is very often totally missed by referees. Not only the card is missing, but also the detection of the foul, I think this happens because these fouls are very quick and they last just for a while. If you have not a full concentration and you are not in the best position to see, you miss it. Sometimes they are really impossible to be detected.
      22': I agree with free kick in favor of defender.
      24': Another situation in which, merely according to LotG, RC for SFP would be possible, but in this case I think one could try to back the referee who decided for YC. The contact with the heel of the opponent happens because the player is contending the ball from behind, he is not totally aware of the possible movements of the opponent. However, given also the position of the ball, still a RC for me, without looking at the effective force of the foul.
      26': Nothing, correct decision to play on. No penalty for me.
      32': The defender is not interested in the ball, clear action in order to stop the opponent, for me penalty, but almost impossible to be detected, far away from referee and with the ball cleared by a defender outside the box. In this case, one should have "additional" eyes... or perhaps, AARs :)
      37': Foul outside the box, ok, but more than mandatory YC missed. Reckless challenge.
      58': Without a clearer evidence, one must back referee there. I can't be sure about the possible free kick.
      69': Nothing, play on is ok.
      78': Foul without card is correct.
      90': Excellent decision, foul outside the box. Only the replay can help us in detecting that. YC for me is ok: quick action by home-team, SPA is a valid argument.
      90+3': Clear holding by defender. Missed foul in the last action of the game, however my doubt is about free kick or penalty. The infringment clearly starts outside the box, then perhaps it lasts inside, but it is very difficult to say when there is the real effect. I still think penalty more than free kick but I'm not 100% convinced. At any rate, the player was clearly fouled and referee missed a more than crucial situation.

      Many things to be reviewed in this game...

    4. Regarding 37', the player committing a foul is already booked. In case of judging the foul as reckless, it should have been his second yellow card and sending off.

  18. What's happening in Portugal?
    I read some article where it was written that Porto fans came to Soares Dias house and told him to referee fairly...

  19. Interesting referee channel. youtube.com/watch?v=AuyNGuXhG48

  20. Niclas - please can you check your mail box ;-)

    1. Dear Mikael, apparently your mail did not reach my mailbox. Might you send it again please? Thanks!

  21. Everton FC - Southampton FC (Kevin Friend)

    Manchester City FC - Burnley FC (Lee Mason)

    West Bromwich Albion FC - Hull City AFC (Mark Clattenburg)

  22. Yesterday big controversy in Napoli - Sampdoria (referee: Marco Di Bello).
    Silvestre from UC Sampdoria received his second YC in this situation:
    Was there a contact with keeper? Was the second YC justified for this attempt to obstruct the resume of the game?

    1. Difficult to judge. If there is a contact, a yellow card should be issued only in case of breaking up a promising attack by obstructing the GK. I would back the referee in this case.

  23. Did anyone catch Villareal-Barcelona game?
    Ignacio Iglesias made too much mistakes for such a big game,he was too lenient in the 1st half,he allowed some rough challenges and he missed 3 possible penalties,2 for Barcelona(72 min. and 78 min.),1 for Villareal(75 min.)...
    And penalty appeal in 72 min. was big,I mean Turan was grabbing Villanueva,I was surprired he didn't even warn Turan or book him for that.

    1. I missed the claimed penalty for Villareal. But the one with Messi was clear. He saved it deliberatly with his arm. Yellow card would be enough for me and of course penalty. The other situation where Villareal fell and the ball hit his arm is never ever even close to a penalty. And also the referee gave him a free kick because he thought he got fouled so it was already a free kick.

      It would be nice with a video of Mascherano's situation.

    2. 72'



    3. M - how can you say he MISSED "3 possible penalties" ?

      He missed only 1 - 72´.

      78 is a foul and even if adjudged as no foul, then it is not a penalty.

      75 is more difficult as the arm moves down. But the arm moves down to be in a natural position (and it is), so this clearly not a penalty for me.

    4. 72': Deliberate handball, for me penalty. A corner kick was assigned by referee, so I guess he assessed that the deflection occurred with another part of the body.
      75': Difficult, referee can be backed for both decisions. At first, when there is the shot by attacker, the arm is widely open. While the ball is coming, there is an attempt to move down it and perhaps to avoid the contact. Was that enough for considering the touch as not punishable? One can have doubts, so for me both decisions must be accepted.
      78': This is not deliberate, in my opinion. Normal fall by defender, no idea that ball was there, impossible to avoid the touch.

    5. @WeirdAlYankovic,I say that because media and players were complaining about those 3 crucial details in that game...

  24. For me, Mascherano's actions is a penalty. By moving his arm, he blocks the shot. Had he kept his hand in the initial position, there would have been no handball. He didn't do all he could to prevent the touch, so for me it's a penalty.

  25. EFL CUP

    10/01/17 2100CET
    Manchester United v Hull City
    Referee: Kevin Friend
    Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt and Derek Eaton
    Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

    11/01/17 2045CET
    Southampton v Liverpool
    Referee: Neil Swarbrick
    Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett and Scott Ledger (FIFA, -)
    Fourth official: Graham Scott


    14/01/17 1330CET
    Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion
    Referee: Anthony Taylor (UEFA 1st)
    Assistants: Stuart Burt, Stephen Child (FIFA, FIFA)
    Fourth official: Kevin Friend

    14/01/17 1600CET
    Burnley v Southampton
    Referee: Paul Tierney
    Assistants: Andy Garratt, Matthew Wilkes
    Fourth official: Michael Oliver (UEFA 1st)

    14/01/17 1600CET
    Hull City v AFC Bournemouth
    Referee: Martin Atkinson (UEFA Elite)
    Assistants: Adam Nunn, Harry Lennard (FIFA, -)
    Fourth official: David Coote

    14/01/17 1600CET
    Sunderland v Stoke City
    Referee: Mike Dean
    Assistants: Jake Collin, Daniel Cook (FIFA, -)
    Fourth official: Lee Mason

    14/01/17 1600CET
    Swansea City v Arsenal
    Referee: Mike Jones
    Assistants: Richard West, Mark Scholes
    Fourth official: Ollie Langford

    14/01/17 1600CET
    Watford v Middlesbrough
    Referee: Jonathan Moss
    Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Andy Halliday
    Fourth official: Stephen Martin

    14/01/17 1600CET
    West Ham United v Crystal Palace
    Referee: Neil Swarbrick
    Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Marc Perry
    Fourth official: Roger East

    14/01/17 1830CET
    Leicester City v Chelsea
    Referee: Andre Marriner (UEFA 1st)
    Assistants: Simon Beck, Scott Ledger
    Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

    15/01/17 1430CET
    Everton v Manchester City
    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (UEFA Elite)
    Assistants: Simon Bennett, Darren Cann (FIFA, -)
    Fourth official: Kevin Friend

    15/01/17 1700CET
    Manchester United v Liverpool
    Referee: Michael Oliver (UEFA 1st)
    Assistants: Gary Beswick, Mick McDonough (FIFA, -)
    Fourth Official: Craig Pawson (UEFA 2nd)

  26. LIGUE 1

    13/01/17 20:45 CET
    LOSC - AS Saint-Etienne
    Referee: Mikael LESAGE
    Assistant Referees: Sébastien DENIS, Mickaël LAMOUCHE
    Fourth Official: Thomas LEONARD
    DTA Observer: Philippe LEDUC

    14/01/17 17:00 CET
    Stade Rennais FC - Paris Saint-Germain
    Referee: Benoît BASTIEN (UEFA 1st)
    Assistant Referees: Frédéric HAQUETTE, Julien PACELLI (FIFA, FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Yohann ROUINSARD
    DTA Observer: Patrick LHERMITE

    14/01/17 20:00 CET
    Angers SCO - Girondins de Bordeaux
    Referee: Johan HAMEL
    Assistant Referees: Stephan LUZI, Yannick BOUTRY
    Fourth Official: Sylvain PALHIES
    DTA Observer: Philippe MALIGE

    14/01/17 20:00 CET
    FC Lorient - EA Guingamp
    Referee: Sébastien DESIAGE
    Assistant Referees: Hicham ZAKRANI, Gilles LANG (FIFA, -)
    Fourth Official: Aurélien PETIT
    DTA Observer :Eric POULAT

    14/01/17 20:00 CET
    Montpellier Hérault SC - Dijon FCO
    Referee: Jérôme BRISARD
    Assistant Referees: Mickaël ANNONIER, Philippe JEANNE (FIFA, -)
    Fourth Official: William LAVIS
    DTA Observer: Bertrand LAYEC

    14/01/17 20:00 CET
    AS Nancy Lorraine - SC Bastia
    Referee: Karim ABED
    Assistant Referees: Huseyin OCAK, Julien AUBE
    Fourth Official: Bastien DECHEPY
    DTA Observer: Hervé PICCIRILLO

    14/01/17 20:00 CET
    Toulouse FC - FC Nantes
    Referee :Ruddy BUQUET (UEFA 1st)
    Assistant Referees: Frédéric CANO, Guillaume DEBART (FIFA, FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Romain DELPECH

    15/01/17 15:00 CET
    OGC Nice - FC Metz
    Referee: Bartolomeu VARELA
    Assistant Referees: Pierre CHEVREUX, Fredji HARCHAY
    Fourth Official: Abdelatif KHERRADJI
    DTA Observer: Claude COLOMBO

    17:00 SM Caen - Olympique Lyonnais
    Referee: Frank SCHNEIDER (UEFA 2nd)
    Assistant Referees: Djemel ZITOUNI, Nicolas HENNINOT (FIFA, -)
    Fourth Official: Faouzi BENCHABANE
    DTA Observer: Jean-Charles CAILLEUX

    15/01/17 21:00 CET
    Olympique de Marseille - AS Monaco
    Referee: Clément TURPIN (UEFA Elite)
    Assistant Referees: Cyril GRINGORE, Nicolas DANOS (FIFA, FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Jérôme MIGUELGORRY
    DTA Observer: Pascal GARIBIAN (!)

    1. Thank you but no need to post appointments from major leagues, we already know where to find them and post for this week will follow soon.


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