May 16, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 19 (2017)

The following match officials have been selected to take control over the matches played in Europe's top leagues in Matchweek 19. 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 34)

16.05.17 20:45 CET
Arsenal - Sunderland
Referee: Roger East
Assistant Referees: Peter Kirkup, Matt Wilkes
Fourth Official: Lee Probert

16.05.17 21:00 CET
Manchester City - West Bromwich Albion
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistant Referees: Scott Ledger, Richard West
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss

18.05.17 20:45 CET
Leicester City - Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Jake Collin, Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick

Premier League (MD 28)

17.05.17 20:45 CET
Southampton - Manchester United
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin, Simon Long
Fourth Official: Graham Scott 

Premier League (MD 38)

21.05.17 16:00 CET
Arsenal - Everton
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett, Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson

21.05.17 16:00 CET
Burnley - West Ham
Referee: Robert Madley
Assistant Referees: Peter Kirkup, Matt Wilkes
Fourth Official: Jeremy Simpson

21.05.17 16:00 CET
Chelsea - Sunderland
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistant Referees: Jake Collin, Darren Cann
Fourth Official: Roger East

21.05.17 16:00 CET
Hull City - Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck, Scott Ledger
Fourth Official: Andy Madley

21.05.17 16:00 CET
Leicester City - AFC Bournemouth
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistant Referees: Richard West, Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: Oliver Langford

21.05.17 16:00 CET
Liverpool - Middlesbrough
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt, Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

21.05.17 16:00 CET
Manchester United - Crystal Palace
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick, Marc Perry
Fourth Official: Mike Jones

21.05.17 16:00 CET
Southampton - Stoke City
Referee: Lee Probert
Assistant Referees: Mike McDonough, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: James Linington

21.05.17 16:00 CET
Swansea City - West Bromwich Albion
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Simon Long, Andy Garratt
Fourth Official: Graham Scott

21.05.17 16:00 CET
Watford - Manchester City
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistant Referees: Constantine Hatzidakis, Andy Halliday
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend 


Ligue 1 (MD 31)

17.05.17 21:00 CET
AS Monaco - AS AS Saint-Étienne
Referee: Clément Turpin
Assistant Referees: Cyril Gringore, Nicolas Danos
Fourth Official: François Letexier

Ligue 1 (MD 38)

20.05.17 21:00 CET
FC Lorient - Girondins de Bordeaux
Referee: Antony Gautier
Assistant Referees: Fredji Harchay, Matthieu Lombard
Fourth Official: Yohann Rouinsard

20.05.17 21:00 CET
LOSC Lille - FC Nantes
Referee: Sébastien Desiage
Assistant Referees: Gilles Lang, Frédéric Hebrard
Fourth Official: Sylvain Palhies

20.05.17 21:00 CET
Olympique de Marseille - SC Bastia
Referee: Frank Schneider
Assistant Referees: Djemel Zitouni, Nicolas Henninot
Fourth Official: Alexandre Castro

20.05.17 21:00 CET
AS Nancy Lorraine - AS AS Saint-Étienne
Referee: Benoît Millot
Assistant Referees: Hicham Zakrani, Stephan Luzi
Fourth Official: William Lavis

20.05.17 21:00 CET
Olympique Lyonnais - OGC Nice
Referee: Jérôme Miguelgorry
Assistant Referees: Philippe Jeanne, Cédric Moreau
Fourth Official: Jérémy Stinat

20.05.17 21:00 CET
Paris Saint Germain - SM Caen
Referee: Johan Hamel
Assistant Referees: Yannick Boutry, Alexandre Viala
Fourth Official: Abdelatif Kherradji

20.05.17 21:00 CET
Angers SCO - Montpellier Hérault SC
Referee: Lionel Jaffredo
Assistant Referees: Guillaume Debart, Tugdual Philippe
Fourth Official: Bartolomeu Varela

20.05.17 21:00 CET
Stade Rennais FC - AS Monaco
Referee: Saïd Ennjimi
Assistant Referees: Bertrand Jouannaud, Cyril Saint-Cricq Lompre
Fourth Official: Bastien Depechy

20.05.17 21:00 CET
En Avant Guingamp - FC Metz
Referee: Ruddy Buquet
Assistant Referees: Nicolas Danos, Cyril Gringore
Fourth Official: Cedric Dos Santos

20.05.17 21:00 CET
Toulouse FC - Dijon FCO
Referee: Tony Chapron
Assistant Referees: Julien Aube, Huseyin Ocak
Fourth Official: Willy Delajod 


Bundesliga (MD 34)

20.05.17 15:30 CET
Bayern München - SC Freiburg
Referee: Jochen Drees
Assistant Referees: Timo Gerach, Christian Gittelmann
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ

20.05.17 15:30 CET
Borussia Dortmund - Werder Bremen
Referee: Günter Perl
Assistant Referees: Thomas Stein, Michael Emmer
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner

20.05.17 15:30 CET
Borussia Mönchengladbach - SV Darmstadt 98
Referee: Wolfgang Stark
Assistant Referees: Mike Pickel, Martin Petersen
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller

20.05.17 15:30 CET
Hertha BSC - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Deniz Aytekin
Assistant Referees: Christian Dietz, Eduard Beitinger
Fourth Official: Alexander Sather

20.05.17 15:30 CET
1. FC Köln - 1. FSV Mainz 05
Referee: Robert Hartmann
Assistant Referees: Christian Leicher, Markus Schüller
Fourth Official: Matthias Jöllenbeck

20.05.17 15:30 CET
Hamburger SV - VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Manuel Gräfe
Assistant Referees: Dominik Schaal, Markus Sinn
Fourth Official: René Rohde

20.05.17 15:30 CET
FC Ingolstadt - Schalke 04
Referee: Frank Willenborg
Assistant Referees: Sven Jablonski, Christoph Bornhorst
Fourth Official: Frederick Assmuth

20.05.17 15:30 CET
1899 Hoffenheim - FC Augsburg
Referee: Marco Fritz
Assistant Referees: Guido Kleve, Marcel Pelgrim
Fourth Official: Arne Aarnink

20.05.17 15:30 CET
Eintracht Frankfurt - RB Leipzig
Referee: Felix Brych
Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch, Stefan Lupp
Fourth Official: Sören Storks


2016-17 Coppa Italia Final 

17.05.17 21:00 CET
Juventus - SS Lazio
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento
Assistant Referees: Alessandro Costanzo, Gianluca Cariolato
Additional Assistant Referees: Gianluca Rocchi, Antonio Damato
Fourth Official: Davide Massa
Reserve AR: Andrea Marzaloni

Serie A (MD 37)

20.05.17 18:00 CET
Chievo Verona - AS Roma 
Referee: Antonio Damato
Assistant Referees: Riccardo Di Fiore, Fabrizio Posado
Additional Assistant Referees: Davide Massa, Domenico Celi
Fourth Official: Giuseppe De Pinto

20.05.17 20:45 CET
SSC Napoli - ACF Fiorentina 
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli
Assistant Referees: Filippo Meli, Andrea Crispo
Additional Assistant Referees: Luca Banti, Maurizio Mariani
Fourth Official: Alessandro Lo Cicero

21.05.17 15:00 CET
Empoli FC - Atalanta 
Referee: Paolo Valeri
Assistant Referees: Lorenzo Manganelli, Alfonso Marrazzo
Additional Assistant Referees: Daniele Doveri, Davide Ghersini
Fourth Official: Claudio La Rocca

21.05.17 15:00 CET
Genoa CFC - Torino FC 
Referee: Marco Guida
Assistant Referees: Gianluca Cariolato, Ciro Carbone
Additional Assistant Referees: Carmine Russo, Federico La Penna
Fourth Official: Sergio Ranghetti

21.05.17 15:00 CET
Juventus - FC Crotone 
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni
Assistant Referees: Marco Barbirati, Alberto Tegoni
Additional Assistant Referees: Massimiliano Irrati, Fabio Maresca
Fourth Official: Rodolfo Di Vuolo

21.05.17 15:00 CET
AC Milan - Bologna FC
Referee: Piero Giacomelli
Assistant Referees: Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore, Salvatore Longo
Additional Assistant Referees: Claudio Gavillucci, Aleandro Di Paolo
Fourth Official: Omar Gava

21.05.17 15:00 CET
US Sassuolo Calcio - Cagliari Calcio 
Referee: Luigi Nasca
Assistant Referees: Pasquale De Meo, Paolo Formato
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Tagliavento, Livio Marinelli
Fourth Official: Stefano Liberti

21.05.17 15:00 CET
Udinese Calcio - UC Sampdoria
Referee: Riccardo Pinzani
Assistant Referees: Luca Mondin, Luigi Rossi
Additional Assistant Referees: Michael Fabbri, Rosario Abisso
Fourth Official: Alessio Tolfo

21.05.17 20:45 CET
SS Lazio - FC Internazionale
Referee: Marco Di Bello
Assistant Referees: Giorgio Peretti, Stefano Alassio
Additional Assistant Referees: Gianpaolo Calvarese, Daniele Chiffi
Fourth Official: Valerio Pegorin

22.05.17 20:45 CET
Delfino Pescara 1936 - US Città di Palermo
Referee: Luca Pairetto
Assistant Referees: Giorgio Schenone, Giuseppe Opromolla
Additional Assistant Referees: Ivano Pezzuto, Marco Mainardi
Fourth Official: Giulio Dobosz


La Liga (MD 21)

17.05.17 21:00 CET
Real Club Celta de Vigo - Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera
Assistant Referees: Diego Barbero Sevilla, César Manuel Noval Font
Fourth Official: Alberto González Hernández

La Liga (MD 38)

19.05.17 20:45 CET
Granada Club de Fútbol - Real Club Deportivo Espanyol de Barcelona 
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez
Assistant Referees: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez, Jon Núñez Fernández
Fourth Official: Sergio Usón Rosel

20.05.17 17:00 CET
Real Sporting de Gijón - Real Betis Balompié 
Referee: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Assistant Referees: Alfonso Costoya Rodríguez, Enrique José Ramos Ferreiros
Fourth Official: Óscar Martínez Santos

20.05.17 19:00 CET
Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña - Unión Deportiva Las Palmas 
Referee: Mario Melero López
Assistant Referees: Manuel Ángel Torre Cimiano, José Luis Martínez Serrato
Fourth Official: Hugo José López Puerta

20.05.17 19:00 CET
Club Deportivo Leganés - Deportivo Alavés 
Referee: José Luis González González
Assistant Referees: José María Sánchez Santos, David Canales Cerdá
Fourth Official: José Caucelo Sace

20.05.17 21:00 CET
Sevilla Fútbol Club - Club Atlético Osasuna
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, Abrahám Álvarez Cantón
Fourth Official: Jerónimo Montes García Navas

21.05.17 16:45 CET
Real Club Celta de Vigo - Real Sociedad de Fútbol 
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez
Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández, José Gallego García
Fourth Official: Jaime Ruiz Álvarez

21.05.17 16:45 CET
Valencia Club de Fútbol - Villarreal Club de Fútbol 
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán
Assistant Referees: Raúl Cabañero Martínez Jorge Canelo Prieto
Fourth Official: José Antonio Sánchez Villalobos

21.05.17 16:45 CET
Club Atlético de Madrid - Athletic Club
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández
Assistant Referees: Miguel Martínez Munuera, Francisco Javier Martín García
Fourth Official: Alejandro Fernández Pérez

21.05.17 20:00 CET
Fútbol Club Barcelona - Sociedad Deportiva Eibar
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Assistant Referees: Teodoro Sobrino Magán, Alfonso Baena Espejo
Fourth Official: Sergio Escriche Guzmán

21.05.17 20:00 CET
Málaga Club de Fútbol - Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea
Assistant Referees: César García Fernández, Iker De Francisco Grijalba
Fourth Official: Rubén Ruipérez Marín


  1. OFK Backa - Radnik
    17.05.2017 17:00
    Referee: Milorad Mazic
    Assistent referees: Milovan Ristic, Dalibor Djurdjevic

  2. The match officials who have been appointed for the Premier League's Matchweek 38 fixtures are listed below.

    All kick-offs 3pm BST.

    Sunday 21 May
    Arsenal v Everton
    Referee: Michael Oliver
    Assistants: Simon Bennett, Adrian Holmes
    Fourth official: Craig Pawson

    Burnley v West Ham United
    Referee: Robert Madley
    Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Matthew Wilkes
    Fourth official: Jeremy Simpson

    Chelsea v Sunderland
    Referee: Neil Swarbrick
    Assistants: Jake Collin, Darren Cann
    Fourth official: Roger East

    Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur
    Referee: Andre Marriner
    Assistants: Simon Beck, Scott Ledger
    Fourth official: Andy Madley

    Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth
    Referee: Lee Mason
    Assistants: Richard West, Derek Eaton
    Fourth official: Oliver Langford

    Liverpool v Middlesbrough
    Referee: Martin Atkinson
    Assistants: Stuart Burt, Adam Nunn
    Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

    Manchester United v Crystal Palace
    Referee: Anthony Taylor
    Assistants: Gary Beswick, Marc Perry
    Fourth official: Mike Jones

    Southampton v Stoke City
    Referee: Lee Probert
    Assistants: Mick McDonough, Sian Massey-Ellis
    Fourth official: James Linington

    Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion
    Referee: Mike Dean
    Assistants: Simon Long, Andy Garratt
    Fourth official: Graham Scott

    Watford v Manchester City
    Referee: Jonathan Moss
    Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Andy Halliday
    Fourth official: Kevin Friend

  3. Many Ligue 1 referees are as well appointed in the French second division this weekend.

    19/05/2017, 20:30 CET
    Referee: Benoît Bastien (FIFA)
    Assistant Referees: Frédéric Haquette, Julien Pacelli
    Fourth Official: Emmanuel Caron

    19/05/2017, 20:30 CET
    Referee: Karim Abed
    Assistant Referees: Pierre Chevreux, Benjamin Pages
    Fourth Official: Thierry Bouille

    19/05/2017, 20:30 CET
    Referee: Olivier Thual
    Assistant Referees: Régis Gaillard, Aurélien Drouet
    Fourth Official: Brendan Roffet

    19/05/2017, 20:30 CET
    Referee: Stéphane Lannoy
    Assistant Referees: Mickaël Annonier, Frédéric Cano
    Fourth Official: Mehdi Mokhtari

    19/05/2017, 20:30 CET
    Referee: François Letexier (FIFA)
    Assistant Referees: Eric Danizan, Cyril Mugnier
    Fourth Official: Romain Galibert

    19/05/2017, 20:30 CET
    Referee: Jérôme Brisard
    Assistant Referees: Benoît Morelière, Christophe Mouysset
    Fourth Official: Alexandre Perreau Niel

    19/05/2017, 20:30 CET
    Referee: Amaury Delerue (FIFA)
    Assistant Referees: Anthony Bremont, Julien Haulbert
    Fourth Official: Benjamin Lepaysant

    19/05/2017, 20:30 CET
    Referee: Mikael Lesage
    Assistant Referees: Bertrand Corcuff, Sébastien Denis
    Fourth Official: Eric Wattelier

  4. Austrian Cup Final
    01/06/2017 - Klagenfurt
    SK Rapid Wien - FC Red Bull Salzburg
    Referee: Markus Hameter (FIFA)
    AR1: Michael Nemetz
    AR2: Maximilian Weiß
    4O: Alexander Harkam (FIFA)

    Good luck to them!

    1. Ukraine Cup - Final

      17/05/2017 - Kharkiv
      Shakhtar Donetsk - Dynamo Kiev
      Referee: Kostyantyn Trukhanov
      Assistant Referes: Oleksandr Voytyuk, Oleh Pluzhnyk
      Fourth Official: Yuriy Mozharovskyy
      Reserve Assistant Referee: Serhiy Bekker

  5. Are there any FIFA referee instrutor seminars in Italy these days?

    1. For what I know, there shouldn't be anything in these days, but perhaps a few weeks ago there was a meeting or something like that. I try to get more info.


    16/05 Arka Gdynia - Wisła Płock // Bartosz Frankowski (FIFA)
    16/05 Górnik Łęczna - Cracovia // Paweł Raczkowski (FIFA)
    16/05 Ruch Chorzów - Piast Gliwice // Paweł Gil (FIFA)
    16/05 Zagłębie Lubin - Śląsk Wrocław // Krzysztof Jakubik (FIFA)
    17/05 Korona Kielce - Wisła Kraków // Łukasz Bednarek
    17/05 Lechia Gdańsk - Jagiellonia Białystok // Tomasz Musiał (FIFA)
    17/05 Legia Warszawa - Lech Poznań // Daniel Stefański (FIFA)
    17/05 Pogoń Szczecin - Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza // Jarosław Przybył

    Stefański will handle the Polish classic for the second time in a row.

  7. After Champions league semi final Juventus-Monaco Ainar Leppänen (EST) is appointed as UEFA delegate in Europa League final

  8. Another great appointment for Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea. A title-deciding match. Congratulations to him and also to Hernández Hernández!

    1. Yes, very important game. You know, everything depends on Real Madrid's matches now for the title. Now it is even clearer that he will join FIFA list in 2018 replacing Clos Gómez.
      It seems as Alejandro José Hernández Hernández had a very good season as well. Always appointed for crucial games.

  9. In FIFA U20 we will have appointed:
    Referee, AR1, AR2, 4th official, VAR1, VAR2, Assistant VAR. Go on fifa web on any match and you will see. I would expect at least one assistant referee from every confederation to be appointed as AR VAR. I really cant wait to see appointments to see how will it work.

    1. Very interesting remark, thanks.
      It seems an excellent idea by FIFA to appoint an assistant referee as third VAR official, he can give his immediate opinion about difficult offside situations.

  10. U-17 EURO FINAL

    19 May 2017, 20:00 CET
    Spain - England
    Referee: Jens Grabski Maae (Denmark)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mika Lamppu (Finland)
    Assistant Referee 2: Aleksey Vorontsov (Russia)
    Fourth Official: Anastassios Papapetrou (Greece)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (France)

  11. Sweden. The red team made an appeal after the match that the red card should not stand. The ref refused to change his mind and the federation agrees. The player got a 2 match suspension.


    Two situations:

    1)1:16:38-Potential red card,no intention to play the ball?

    2)1:56:00-Two player's(none of them scored goal) are taking their shirt off to clear cards.

    What do you think about this comical situation?

    1. 1) Clear RC in my opinion, you said the reason: no chance to play the ball and the player committing this foul was aware. He just wanted to hit the opponent. Even though the challenge is not so much harsh, one could go for RC, it wouldn't be wrong. At the time, however, I think YC is a supportable choice (tactical foul).
      2) Referee is forced to book them, then if federation wants, they can start an investigation against this behavior. You know how much UEFA disciplinary committee is strict on that.

  13. Did Martinez Munuera miss a penalty for handball at 37', I tend more to yes...

    1. My first reaction was no penalty (arm looked to be in natural position and not seeking for a ball) but after the replays it looks more that there was an arm movement towards the ball and after there was contact made defender pulled his arm away. Penalty and no card. But definitely very difficult to detect from the angle Martinez had...

  14. Martinez Munuera has tough match and he made some questionable calls, especially Aspas sending off.

    1. About that situation, I think that his match preparation has made him make that mistake. Iago Aspas usually simulates, and probably he knew that. However, tonight that decision was wrong. Difficult match. On the handball, I think it was outside the penalty area. But, for me, it was deliberate. Not the best of the performances tonight.

  15. OT : Are the referee appointments for the 1st day (20 May) of the FIFA U-20 World Cup going to be released today???

  16. Gräfe appointed for HSV-Wolfsburg doesn't seem very sensible by the German FA. The media is already going crazy about that appointment before the game.

    Background: Gräfe was the referee in the relegation playoffs 2015 Karlsruhe-HSV, where a questionable freekick in the 90th minute decided the game in favour of Hamburg. The decision was a more or less 50/50 hand call, but the German media slaughtered him after that game. Gräfe keeping Hamburg in the Bundesliga still is a popular meme in social media.

    The thing is, every other referee that is capable of such an appointment is not available:
    -Brych and Aytekin shouldn't get such an explosive match just before their finals
    -same for Stark in the last game of his career
    -Stieler is from Hamburg
    -Zwayer at U20 World Cup
    -Drees is injured

    1. I don't see the problem in appointing Stark as last match of his career, what about Fritz?

    2. This is maybe the most important match of the season (at least in terms of its decisive character), imagine that Stark makes a crucial mistake deciding the relegation. Can you let a referee of his format, experience and palmarès go with such a medial aftermath? Absolutely no, I think.

      Gräfe's appointment is not officially confirmed, though! It is a newspaper report by the German tabloid press. Not more. I actually also expect Fritz.

    3. Concerning Stark: In Germany it's common to get a lazy "summer kick around" as farewell match.

      Concerning Fritz: I think it's quite obvious that there is a small elite group within the German referees, that gets 95% of the important matches: Brych, Aytekin, Gräfe, Stieler, Zwayer, Stark. Everyone else has to be considered as B-group. If Fröhlich and Krug thought anyone of the B-group was capable of such an intense clash at the moment, they certainly would have avoided the name Gräfe.

    4. FCB-SCF: Drees, Gerach, Gittelmann
      BVB-BRE: Perl, Stein, Emmer
      BMG-D98: Stark, Pickel, Petersen
      HER-LEV: Aytekin, Dietz, Beitinger
      KÖL-M05: Hartmann, Leicher, Schüller
      HSV-WOB: Gräfe, Schaal, Sinn
      FCI-S04: Willenborg, Jablonski, Bornhorst
      HOF-FCA: Fritz, Kleve, Pelgrim
      SGE-RBL: Brych, Borsch, Lupp

    5. To be honest, Fritz isn't able to handle such important games in the way, Gräfe does it. Unfortunately Fritz' last performance showed that once again. According to my opinion, there should be any problems two years after a (questionable) free-kick decision. I can accept this background and these reports - I could not accept to appoint a worse referee only to avoid these reports. Concering Stark, it would be a very, very, very bad idea to appoint him in his very last game for such an important clash. Great to see all the three Stark, Perl and Drees once again! Especially for the last one it isn't natural as he was injured for a long time.

  17. First set of appointments (without VARs for now)

    Venezuela - Germany
    Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
    Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (Morocco)
    Assistant Referee 2: Walid Ahmad Ali (Sudan)
    Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)

    Argentina - England
    Referee: Muhammad Abdullah Hassan (United Arab Emirates)
    Assistant Referee 1: Muhammad Al-Hammad (United Arab Emirates)
    Assistant Referee 2: Hassan Al-Mahri (United Arab Emirates)
    Fourth Official: Ahmad Al-Kaf (Oman)

    Vanuatu - Mexico
    Referee: Sergey Karasev (Russia)
    Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averyanov (Russia)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (Russia)
    Fourth Official: José Ramón Argote Vega (Venezuela)

    Korea Republic - Guinea
    Referee: Julio Alberto Bascuñán González (Chile)
    Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Alexis Astroza Cárdenas (Chile)
    Assistant Referee 2: Christian Rodolfo Schiemann Alonso (Chile)
    Fourth Official: Mario Alberto Díaz de Vivar Bogado (Paraguay)

    1. 21/05/2017

      Zambia - Portugal
      Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)
      Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
      Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Angel Hernandez Paredes (Mexico)
      Fourth Official: Yadel Martinez (Cuba)

      Iran - Costa Rica
      Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (Turkey)
      Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
      Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (Turkey)
      Fourth Official: Ivan Kruzliak (Slovakia)

      South Africa - Japan
      Referee: Matt Conger (New Zealand)
      Assistant Referee 1: Simon Lount (New Zealand)
      Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (Tonga)
      Fourth Official: Diego Haro (Peru)

      Italy - Uruguay
      Referee: Walter Lopez (Guatemala)
      Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (Guatemala)
      Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (Costa Rica)
      Fourth Official: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)

  18. QATAR

    Cup Final
    19 May 2017, 18:00 CET
    Ar-Rayyan - As-Sadd
    Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
    Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (Italy)
    Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (Italy)


    Cup Final
    18 May 2017, 19:50 CET
    Al-Ahli Jeddah - Al-Hilal Riyadh
    Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (Portugal)
    Assistant Referee 1: Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares (Portugal)
    Assistant Referee 2: João Manuel Costa da Silva (Portugal)

  19. POLAND

    19/05 Śląsk Wrocław - Arka Gdynia // Paweł Gil (FIFA)
    19/05 Cracovia - Ruch Chorzów // Mariusz Złotek
    20/05 Wisła Płock - Zagłębie Lubin // Dominik Sulikowski - debut
    20/05 Piast Gliwice - Górnik Łęczna // Krzysztof Jakubik (FIFA)
    20/05 Wisła Kraków - Pogoń Szczecin // Paweł Pskit - comeback after 3 years and 2 months
    21/05 Lech Poznań - Lechia Gdańsk // Tomasz Musiał (FIFA)
    21/05 Jagiellonia Białystok - Legia Warszawa // Bartosz Frankowski (FIFA)
    22/05 Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza - Korona Kielce // Zbigniew Dobrynin

    I Liga
    20/05 Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała - Sandecja Nowy Sącz // Łukasz Szczech
    20/05 GKS Katowice - MKS Kluczbork // Karol Rudziński
    20/05 Miedź Legnica - GKS Tychy // Mariusz Korpalski
    21/05 Znicz Pruszków - Górnik Zabrze // Daniel Stefański (FIFA)
    21/05 Chrobry Głogów - Wigry Suwałki // Piotr Lasyk
    21/05 Chojniczanka - Bytovia // Wojciech Myć
    21/05 Stomil Olsztyn - Olimpia Grudziądz // Tomasz Wajda
    21/05 Zagłębie Sosnowiec - Stal Mielec // Tomasz Kwiatkowski
    22/05 Wisła Puławy - Pogoń Siedlce // Jarosław Przybył

    - Four teams are fighting for a title in Ekstraklasa (Legia - 39 points, Jagiellonia, Lech, Lechia - all 37 points).
    - Eight teams have big chances for second place (promotion) in I Liga: Zagłebie S. (53 points), Chojniczanka, Katowice, Olimpia, Górnik, Wigry, Miedź, Podbeskidzie (47 points).

    1. What happened to Paweł Pskit to justify this long absence?

    2. Head of Polish referees terminated the professional contract with him. 'Actually, we have better referees. He will have to live off something different than refereeing' - Przesmycki said then...

      Now, Raczkowski missed 3-5 penalties (depending on the opinions) in his last game. His name is missing this matchday. Marciniak is in South Korea and some top refs were appointed to second tier' fight for promotion.

      The problem is we have no prospect referees in the second category (Sulikowski who'll make his debut on Saturday is 40yo; other non-FIFA refs in Ekstraklasa are 36-48yo) apart from Wojciech Myć, who will become the second Szymon Marciniak, I may guarantee it. He is still a third category referee but already got the top game in the second tier. 27 yo, former body-builder and fitness coach. You should remember this name ;)

      See this photo:

  20. It was great to see yet another team get a fair shake against the mighty Real Madrid.

    With Madrid up 1-0. A Madrid defender does his best volleyball player imitation by handling the ball within his penalty area. Referee waives it off.

    Then the oh so technical and never dirty or guilty Ramos bundles into the Celta striker. And not only does the referee not blow for the clear penalty. He then worsens the situation by saying that the Celta player actually dove in his misjudged opinion. And because the Celta had already been cautioned earlier in the match. He had to send him off.

    But yeah, in summary, carry on, nothing to see here. And Celta has absolutely no reason to feel aggrieved at all.

    1. It was definitely NOT in the penalty area but do you. Celta also got away with things but I guess it's just acceptable to only mention, highlight and take situations that go in madrid's favor while ignoring everything else.
      Go on. Nothing to see here at all /s

    2. *...take situations out of context

  21. Just to be sure,this isn't Rizzoli's last match in Serie A?

    1. No, he will continue another year in serie A, leaving the FIFA list on 31/12/17.

    2. I must correct myself, I'm quite shocked as well, but it seems that a few time ago, after the final whistled, Rizzoli has announced that this was indeed his last game in serie A. Unexpected, because he had planned another season before his retirement in 2018.

  22. Osijek-Dinamo

    Referee:Ivan Bebek

    Positive sign that this is alredy 3rd consecutive week that Bebek was appointed
    and also 3 weeks he's been appointed for match were good teams are playing ,this is also maybe title deciding,if Dinamo don't win against Osijek,they don't have any chances for title.


    Just found this, a ranking of Primera Liga referees compiled by a newspapers giving them a mark out of thirty and finding an average mark and creating a table (as you can see a weighted system).
    Of course in France, Spain, Italy they release a referee ranking by the association every year but without the score.
    Just interested - do you know if any other media makes scores and a ranking table like this, and do you know about other federations realising an internal ranking?

    1. Spanish ranking includes a score. However, this score doesn't exactly work as in UEFA. I don't know for sure how it really works. MARCA also gives a prize to the referee they consider has been the best. However, I think that the rest of the ranking is not made public.

  24. Very soft if not totally wrong penalty assigned to Dortmund by Perl.
    This will be crucial for CL group stage's direct qualification.
    I must say, if we take into account also Borussia Dortmund - Hoffenheim, the latter team was really unlucky. They couldn't manage the third place.

    1. Soft yes, wrong no (imo). Please remind, BVB should get another penalty during the 1st half.

  25. Rizzoli last game in serie A this evening, Napoli - Fiorentina.
    He has announced, only after the final whistle, his retirement.

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    2. Sad but he had accomplished everything a referee could dream of and can look back forever and be proud.

    3. Sad news. A refereeing legend leaves the stage. All the best to him!


    Probably his biggest achievement.

  27. Or was it his last game:

    Rizzoli smentisce Corvino: “Napoli-Fiorentina non è stata la mia ultima partita”

    Google translate:

    Rizzoli denies Corvino: "Napoli-Fiorentina was not my last game"

  28. Indeed, today Rizzoli said: "It is not sure whether this was my last game".
    We can't confirm his retirement. In any case, it seems as he will get a match of WC qualifiers on June, he mentioned this chance.

  29. Appointments for relegation play-offs in France, first leg.

    Ligue 1/Ligue 2 play-off:
    25/05/2017, 20:45 CET
    Referee: Ruddy Buquet
    Assistant Referees: Guillaume Debart, Frédéric Cano
    Video Assistant Referees: Mikael Lesage, Benoît Millot
    Fourth Official: Jérôme Brisard

    Ligue 2/National play-off:
    PARIS FC (National) - US ORLEANS (L2)
    Referee: Clément Turpin
    Assistant Referees: Nicolas Danos, Cyril Gringore
    Video Assistant Referees: Benoît Bastien, Nicolas Rainville
    Fourth Official: Sébastien Desiage

    1. Surprising choices ;-)

      Names for the second legs surely belonging to the VARs or other names, Gautier or Hamel?

  30. What a wrong pentaly given for Barcelona, its juts ridiculous...
    Alejandro José Hernández Hernández crucial mistake..

  31. Absolutely ridiculous and joke of a penalty awarded by referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez to Barcelona for the 3–0... That was an absolutely crystal clear dive by Neymar by a long way and this has to be one of the worst decisions in La Liga this season... Absolute shocker I must say!!! 😯😯

  32. Two incorrect penalties given to barça.. yikes.. Alejandro with some shocking decisions tonight

  33. Just to be sure,this isn't Rizzoli's last match in Serie A?
    thanks you.




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