June 28, 2017

Confed Cup 2017: Alireza Faghani and Néstor Pitana in charge of semifinals

Iranian Alireza Faghani and Argentina's Néstor Pitana will officiate the semifinals of 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. 



28 June 2017, 20:00 CET
Kazan Arena, Kazan (Russia)
Portugal - Chile
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (Iran)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran)
Fourth Official: Fahad Al Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Abdulah Alshalwai (Saudi Arabia)
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)

29 June 2017, 20:00 CET
Fisht Stadium, Sochi (Russia)
Germany - Mexico
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Artur Dias (Portugal)

156 Comments:

  1. UEFA referee again in the final? Mazic or Skomina?

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    1. Having in mind how FIFA make appointments (asking teams if they accept the referee), I would say it will be Skomina...

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    2. What if the Final is Germany v Chile??? Will they turn to Mark Geiger?? Or Portugal v Mexico?? Will they turn to Bakary Gassama or Fahad Al-Mirdasi or Wilmar Roldan??
      Seeing these appointments I'd personally prefer Milorad Mazic for the Final rather than Skomina... Maybe a Germany v Portugal final with Mazic as referee will give him a chance to redeem himself of that 2014 poor performance!!! Skomina would be okay as well!!

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    3. Mažić wasn't even bad in Germany - Portugal it was just controversial thanks to the RC for VC, which was brave and correct but not in line with the rest of the referees approach to close both eyes in Brazil. He was poor though in Iran - Argentina and deserved to be sent home with nothing more.

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  2. OT: The situation at 3:40 (best replay at 4:22) decided the Canadian Championship yesterday (Toronto scored in extra time as a result). I personally support the red card, but Montreal and MLS commentators are up in arms. Thoughts? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEKhUoYf-4o

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    1. The tackle is really dangerous in itself (both feet off the ground) but finally, there is no high risk of injuring an opponent. Such tackles should be red-carded in my eyes, but I think some federations (UEFA) would opt for a yellow card.

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    2. What about the penalty appeal at 3:07? Seems like the sort of miss that VAR could rectify.

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    3. Supportable red card in my view - and I concur with usaref, clear penalty which the VAR could easily identify.

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  3. @RayHD

    "Having in mind how FIFA make appointments (asking teams if they accept the referee)"

    Next step is asking teams if they want to make appointments. This is rediculous.
    A system, the way of operating is based wrongly and it's not professional enough.
    Time for referees preparation and education for VAR system is just one of many examples.

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    1. And I don't expect further appointment for Serbiam team.
      Cheers!

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    2. Also, that will become a massive mess if teams have to approve the referee and all 3 VARs independently. Good luck finding agreement on 4 appointments between FIFA and two teams.

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    3. Bussaca and his fellow members in the FIFA referee committee have time and time again shown how utter incompetent they are in regards to assigning referees. They're unable to assign the right type of referee for the style of match that will be played.
      So if teams are able to prevent another Velasco Carballo in Brazil v Colombia incident with their input. Why not allow the teams to speak up?

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  4. According to Árbitro Internacional, the teams of Gassama, Geiger and Roldán have been sent home. Mazic is the first option for the final, the second one being Skomina. So, Al-Mirdasi for the third-place game?

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    1. That would be the most logical thing, I want again to underline that it would be very difficult to see a referee with three games in this tournament, and in particular Gassama and Roldán teams "deserved" to end the tournament before the other officials.
      So now I think Mazic will officiate the final if Portugal wont be there, while in all the other cases Skomina should be the selected official.
      Al Mirdasi very likely for third place.

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    2. Want to make it clear: Busacca has not sent them jet home, but it is his idea to do so in the next hours/day(s)

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  5. OT : Robert Madley is announced as the referee for the FA Community Shield match between Arsenal and Chelsea... Simon Bennett and Constantine Hatzidakis are the assistant referees with Graham Scott taking up the role of the FO... Eddie Smart will be the reserve assistant referee... Congratulations and good luck to all involved!!! 🙂

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    1. More than one month before the match :)

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    2. Yes very, very early announcement by the FA!! 🙂

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  6. Players ignore Faghani from the beginning. Such behaviour and Faghani's frustration are looking bad. Now (20'), missed William's studs-tackle and possible yellow card.

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    1. 23' - yellow card to Jara for really bad-looking studs-tackle. I would say it was endangering the safety of an opponent but the intensity was quite low...

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    2. 32' - correct YC to William for late, cynical tackle off the ball.

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    3. Missed William's studs-tackle
      https://streamable.com/o0taa

      Jara's studs-tackle from behind (reckless vs SFP)
      https://streamable.com/hjipb

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    4. What a scene. Ronaldo dissents at the referee, Faghani try to talk to him but Ronaldo turns back and totally ignores him. Really, really poor to watch the referee struggling so much to gain a little bit of authority. No respect from players.

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    5. It's heated clash,south american personalities and Faghani is very soft,no respect for him at all,just like you said.

      Best example on how to handle these type of matches was Cakir in this year's hot Madrid derby.

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  7. Now yc to Silva for protests...

    Maybe Video Assistance should have been used to see if there was case for penalty.

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  8. I think that Faghani had been a better referee at previous FIFA tournaments!
    I don't know what is happening in Russia... still a very poor overall impression.

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  9. Ronaldo ignores the referee
    https://streamable.com/5jqgf

    Penalty appeal and YC for dissent to André Silva
    https://streamable.com/ntefo

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  10. 67'

    Missed YC to POR #23

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    1. Disciplinary control is really poor in this game.

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    2. Same was in his first game .

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  11. Penalty appeal and management (don't you think it's quite strange the replay was stopped at the key moment?)
    https://streamable.com/3wjqk

    Too early flag and whistle or OK call?
    https://streamable.com/cdt7h

    YC Hernández
    https://streamable.com/1mpji

    Missed YC to Adrien Silva
    https://streamable.com/33ytp

    YC to José Fonte
    https://streamable.com/zmsac

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    1. @penalty appeal: There were no complaints by the Portuguese, therefore it was no real "appeal" and probably not relevant for the TV director. But it looked indeed suspicious in the live picture.

      The flag was too early IMO, luckily without big consequences.

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  12. 113' Clear penalty, I'm waiting for VAR.

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    1. Guys, shocking, this Confederations Cup is definitely SHOCKING!

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    2. No VAR in this game.

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  13. 113' Clear penalty missed. VAR is already sleeping?

    Short before (109') a very bad advantage and a missing YC (reckless tackle).

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    1. UNBELIEVABLE. 100% penalty! What are they doing? ...

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  15. We can not have a VAR system and still miss that penalty!

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  16. Why is Faghani resuming the game so quickly? The motto should be: right decision before speed, right?

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  17. Busacca should resign after today... I don't know what to say, but in terms of credibility this was one of the worst tournament ever!

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    1. I agree with you Chefren. One can only hope Bundesliga referees are prepared better for next season, as we will see every game using VAR there aswell...

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  18. Very sloppy: Missed penalty: Where are the VARs?
    Now crystal clear missed YC for André Gomes...

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  19. 116' Another 'ball possession' advantage, another missing YC (at least (!) reckless).

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  20. Faghani don't deserve WC18.
    Irmatov also. Why not using VAR system in such a situation?

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    1. Maybe BUSACCA told them not to use VAR in this game, to demonstrate how many mistakes referee can make...

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  21. What if the referee didn't want a review of the incident?

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  22. It's scandalous, it's criminal... No other words that can describe refereeing at FIFA competitions. I really hope Collina can do something to change it.

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  23. The only reason can be that Faghani was so sure and he didn't want VAR to intervene.
    Irmatov, however, must be blamed there. He had to insist, inviting referee to rewatch the incident. There aren't other explanations.

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    1. The other: Ermatov was looking for replays, waiting for the best angle and didn't intervene (yet). The ball was restarted with goal-kick, so the referee can't go back...

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    2. I think that play could have been stopped even after some seconds, referee must be allowed to go back, otherwise VAR would be useless... I remember that in other matches VAR intervened even after a few time.

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    3. It is possible when the ball is in play all the time. The referee can't go back if the ball is out of play and the game has been already restarted. Rostkowski wrote a post regarding this issue on his facebook once.

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    4. Well, if this is the problem - let me say - a very stupid problem.
      How much time is needed to change this stupid rule? Of course VAR should be entitled to intervene always, in every situation! Even after a quite long time if needed, in case of such blatant mistakes!

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    5. On the other hand, how Faghani could have been so sure it was no foul? He could have asked for help, too...

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    6. Well Laws of the Game are clear. If game was restarted referee can't change his decision. I agree with Ray, if goal kick was taken, penalty is no option there strictly by the LOTG. But I agree with Chefren, something must be done there, IFAB should change that rule when VAR is used.

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  24. Out of Europe there is only 3-4 refs who can compete with Euro refs.

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  25. Final Mažić/Skomina 60/40.
    Shame that one of them will be with only 1 match.
    For 3rd plc. Mirdasi
    WC will be interesting with lots of rookie refs.

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  26. And then Busacca will go to media and say 5-6 situations that were made by VAR changed games...
    One of the worst performance i've seen...
    47' - AR flag was up then he put it down to continue playing after 1 second Fag used whistle ???? i was laughing on this performance...

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    1. Even tho some referees made big mistakes and had poor performance they still got another game? I prefer to see some more experianced referees from UEFA than out of it..

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  27. It seems there is a good news for Mažić, following Portugal's elimination he is a candidate for the final.
    Let me say that after this tournament Busacca will have many things to review about referees from AFC and CAF... mistakes made even with the possible help of VAR were definitely astonishing. I would also dare to say that before this tournament Faghani and Gassama for their respective confederations were quite sure of the call... but now?

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    1. If they want VAR to work they need to put experianced referees to watch/decide while watching...

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    2. You won't find a more experienced referee than Irmatov easily at the international level... So that's not the only thing... Several other aspects need a lot of fixing and if the system is used in Russia in it's current form then it might turn out to be the worst WC in terms of refereeing!!!

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  28. Some remarks on the performance:

    1) Faghani did well most of the time, in my view, but then again (!) missed many cautions for CLEAR (!) reckless tackles / stamps (67', 113', penalty...).

    2) Incredibly poor whistle language. Excessive use of the whistle, strange and inadequate whistle tone, not underlining, but rather undermining his own authority.

    3) AR2 with an odd wait-and-see-technique failure I have rarely seen on the highest level. Of course it happens that you raise it too early... shit happens. But then attempting to take it down...just to raise it up again.. strange.

    4) Clear penalty, of course, but as RayHD indicated, all this has only 1 logical explanation:

    Faghani re-started play too quickly! Once the goal kick was executed, they were not permitted to review the incident. I guess Irmatov was the unhappiest man in this moment: He knew he had to overrule, but Mr Faghani was too quick. Shameful and a result of a lack of training this system.

    And finally, a remark to Sheriff CastrillI: You are still "on a red card" in this blog, so commenting is superfluous. But today I share one of his comments: It is actually time for Mr Busacca to resign.

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    1. My guess is thas as soon as FIF Referees Committee will be full, Collina will make (a) move(s), including make himself resposible for appointments.

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    2. Have to reject my previous statement - there was enough time to overrule. Thanks to RayHD for the videos.

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    3. About the penalty situation. Something like that happened during the Club World Cup when Kassai, after some time past, rewarded a penalty.
      See the link:
      http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.be/2016/12/history-made-viktor-kassai-awards-first.html#.WVQZUmjyjIU

      So, if Kassai did it, why is Faghani not allowed to do it? I just simply think that Irmatov didn't see it and that is why there was no intervention of the VAR

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    4. Yes, it's the only explanation, Ermatov had no chance to intervene because the goal-kick was already taken. It's Faghani's mistake. We expect referees to correctly evaluate such situations. Even though Faghani's line of view was blocked at the moment of foul, he couldn't have been sure there was no foul, he had to had some doubts. Instead of asking VAR for review (he can do it, it's not a crime!), he chose to act like he was 100000% sure there was no foul...

      I agree, the use of whistle was really annoying and, what is more important, the players ignored him several times in the first half...

      No comment on missed reckless fouls. It's common in FIFA senior tournaments, so not coincidence, just an instruction from Busacca.

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    5. But then one question, even though I also believe Faghani looked too certain about his call: Why the hell does not Irmatov yell "WAIT WAIT WAIT!!!" into the micro? He had 20 seconds time to do it.

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    6. Maybe it's up to the referee? Maybe VAR can intervene only AFTER reviewing incident? The referee can ask for review, too, so I think it was Faghani's responsibility to ask for review in order to avoid a quick restart.

      What is really annoying? It's the fact FIFA didn't draw conclusions from the opening game, where exactly the same kind of incident occurred (free kick awarded shortly after rejected penalty appeal and game quickly restarted = no time for VAR to intervene).

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  29. Missed foul
    https://streamable.com/dwpbx

    YC to Bruno Alves (reckless use of arm)
    https://streamable.com/mg4e9

    Missed penalty, no VAR intervention
    https://streamable.com/zcfxp

    YC to Cédric (SPA)
    https://streamable.com/ktly1

    Missed YC to André Gomes (stamp)
    https://streamable.com/kka8a

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    1. From the moment he made a decision (no foul) up to the moment of goal kick, it took exactly 37 seconds (I used my stopwatch). So, PLENTY OF TIME for Irmatov to call Faghnani to re-watch situation. Big mistake by both of them.
      About missed YC for Andre Gomes - no one can instruct referee not to give at least YC for this kind of a foul. Clear mistake by Faghnani.

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  30. U20 World Cup was a lot better than Confederations Cup in terms of officiating!!! I think FIFA will have to look at the likes of Ryuji Sato, Bernard Camille, Malang Diedhiou during U17 World Cup... And last but not the least UEFA referees taking charge of important games is far better than such poor performances!!! The truth of the matter is that Faghani and Gassama won't be able to match the standards of Kuipers, Marciniak or Mateu Lahoz anytime soon as it seems so UEFA referees getting the bulk of knockout games in FIFA tournaments is justified!!!

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  31. What are the thoughts on Geiger's performance this Cup?

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    1. A good tournament for him, I think he could have had a chance to officiate at least a semifinal, but he was immediately appointed in group stage for his second game.

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  32. I read that VAR wont be used at Under-17 FIFA World Cup in India on next October.
    I ask: why not? There is absolutely the need to train and to make further tests, after all what happened in this Confederations Cup. This is not enough, I think that all the preselected referees should use or at least make practice with VAR in their domestic leagues for the whole season that is coming. Do you agree?
    Busacca should think about that. He is convinced that WC will be excellent and VAR will work very good. But so far...

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    1. Do we already know the referees for the U17 WC?

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    2. No, we don't know them. I think the announcement will be made about a month before the tournament.

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    3. I agree, but it might be impossible to do that in only some games of a league. Other ideas might be to
      - let the WC referees work with VARs in other domestic leagues (like Bundesliga), which are having it in the next season
      - let the VARs do offline tests in e.g. the Champions League
      - And of course, use the U17 WC as preperation. Like you said: Why not?

      In general, it would be helpful to do the final selection quite early (maybe in January) to be able to concentrate on the practice for the selected referees and VARs. It might also help to assign one fixed VAR to each team of officials (VAR2 could rotate then during the tournament). The problem is, that the official decision about VARs at the WC will only be done in March, I think.

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  33. Still about Alireza Faghani, he was not the referee we saw at this tournament, I really can't find an explanation for such poor performances in both games. Without the blatant mistake of the missed penalty yesterday, my final assessment would have been the same. He looked too relaxed, without authority, lazy. I really don't know. He handled two FIFA finals and before this tournament he was a very strong name for World Cup. In Russia we saw, for unknown reasons, a different referee.
    Can you have an idea about what happened? Apart from Busacca, the VAR, and all that stuff? He really looked very poor.

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    1. Might be a bit of overconfidence creeping in from somewhere??? But overall he really looked disinterested and lazy at times!!! I'm really worried about AFC and CAF referees and what they'll do in World Cup 2018!!! 🙁

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    2. @Chefren: Just a few thoughts about your question what could have happened to Faghani.
      Maybe something happened to his family, friends or relatives? Or he could have been a little bit ill, but wanted to do his games and told nobody. Or he was distracted from VAR? Or had he problems in his normal job?
      There are many opportunities...
      However, one bad game is human from time to time, but two in a row might be a problem.
      I hope he'll recover soon!

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  34. 2017 UEFA REGIONS CUP

    Group A:
    - Istanbul (TUR, hosts)
    - Inhulets, Kirovohrad Oblast (UKR)
    - Zagreb (CRO)
    - Lisbon (POR)

    Group B
    - Castilla y León (ESP)
    - Olomouc (CZE)
    - Region 2 (IRL)
    - South Region (RUS)

    Referees:
    Nikolay Yordanov (BUL)
    Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
    Lasha Silagava (GEO)
    Þóroddur Hjaltalín (ISL)
    Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
    Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)

    Assistant Referees:
    Mesrop Ghazaryan (ARM)
    Goran Dujak (BIH)
    Jerko Crnčić (CRO)
    Michaíl Sotiríou (CYP)
    Serghei Trofan (MDA)
    Alan Camilleri (MLT)
    Radosław Siejka (POL)
    Erik Weiss (SVK)

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  35. OT: Sorry, I know it's off-topic, but can someone comment penalty on this video (5:23)? Referee decided to give YC to goalkeeper. Your opinion?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1P1OpJSK1U
    Linfield- La Fiorita 1-0
    Referee: Duje Strukan (CRO)

    Btw, good job by Croatian team and new FIFA ref.

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    1. In my opinion a clear penalty. No matter that keeper was in possession of the ball, this was a reckless (at least) action, to be punished. Once whistled the penalty at least YC, so I agree with referee. Very stupid by keeper, but still a foul.

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    2. Great help from the assistant referee! I think the YC is still acceptable, even though I would prefer a RC here.

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  36. OT : What do you think about that ?
    Tromso - Sandefjord (Norway 25-06-17)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luRdi-9uvWk

    Regards

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    1. YC for SPA (shirt pulling) and RC for VC (kicking an opponent).

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  37. Now I found the time to review nearly all posted clips.
    I share your thoughts about Faghani, really strange to see what problems he had. But I also think that it is Busacca's fault. In recent times, FIFA tournaments have their own rules. And I really don't like these obvious trends like unpunished fouls, low number of YC, asking teams if they accept the referee, strange positioning of the referees and now the theatre about the VAR...
    I like the idea of avoiding crucial mistakes, but I think the referees aren't as happy with the system as they told in every interview. And all referees have to accept these instructions, otherwise they won't get matches anymore. Poor system!
    The referees have their own style to officiate, and Busacca simply not allows them to be theirselfs. Everyone has to be like he told them.
    Sorry, but I'm really disappointed. I fear the WC2018 will be very hard for us "Referee-fans". With this VAR system, which changes the game I enjoyed so significantly, football turns into a Kind of comedy.

    It must be very hard for a referee to change his own decision after the VAR's advice. But as Roldan showed us, the VAR-system causes more chaos than it helps the referee. I hope they'll stay confident and the players accept them and the system.

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  38. Not a good start by Pitana: Missed foul by Alanís on Werner (step on the foot) and no YC for a very risky J dos Santos tackle (his second already).

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  39. 52': supportable decision by Pitana to play on, following a penalty appeal by Germany, player was pushed from behind but still "not enough" for a whistle. In this case, I 100% agree about NO VAR intervention.

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  40. I really have to say, when I compare Pitana and Faghani.... significant difference in the performances... I really like Pitana's style... communicative, a little bit more authority and clear body language, although there were some minor mistakes but still...

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    1. Faghani is actually a good referee, but did not have his best days at this tournament in my view.

      Generally I agree. Pitana, with his 1,96m (or even more?) and kind of bull terrier appearance, of course has a different level of natural authority. In all his FIFA games I have seen so far he always made a very calm impression, always had many minor mistakes in foul detection, but fully controlled the games and savoured a lot of acceptance.

      What unifies both Faghani and Pitana is a poor use of the whistle - too loud, too unstable, used too often - and this partly undermines the convincing character of their decisions.

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    2. As someone earlier also pointed out in the blog that the sound of Pitana's whistle model is really displeasing to the ear and the fact he uses it so often becomes a distraction for viewers and who knows maybe for the players as well... The whistle sound is indeed a bit distressing!!!

      OT : @Niclas Do you think that FIFA will eventually have to turn to UEFA referees for the 2018 WC Final???

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  41. Good performance by Pitana, certainly the best one of the whole tournament, at least in my opinion. Some minor mistakes, however, 8.4 is clearly justified.

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    1. While you were in the midfield with 8,4 at EURO 2016 or even U21 EURO 2017, 8,4 is actually one of the best performances at Confed Cup. Says a lot :)

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    2. It was a clear push and should have been a red card and penalty. But Germany still won...

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    3. Hm.. I doubt you whistle that at the highest level. If Werner falls, then of course things look different. Common sense tells us, from my point of view: play-on.

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  42. Solid performance, no big challenges though. Maybe a few minor errors in the foul detection, but for this tournament, very good performance.

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  43. Predictions for the last 2 games :

    Chile v Germany : Milorad Mazic (Serbia)
    Portugal v Mexico : Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

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    1. My predictions:

      POR-MEX: Skomina (SVN) - Pitana - Hategan, Maidana, Caceres
      CHI-GER: Mazic (SRB) - Al Mirdasi - Marrufo, Alshalwai, Ricci

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    2. Yes, I agree.
      My full predictions:
      POR-MEX: Skomina, Pitana, Caceres, Maidana, Turpin
      CHI-GER: Mazic, Al Mirdasi, Marrufo, Alshalwai, Hategan

      Al Mirdasi is also possible for 3rd place match, but that would be a bit harsh against Skomina. Solid performance on MD1 and then nothing.

      Skomina for the final is the other alternative, but it feels like it is Mazic's tuen this time.

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    3. Mazic would absolutely deserve the final... Had a good season but unfortunately UEFA gave him nothing after the game in Istanbul in EL... Surely deserved at least a Semi-final in one of the competitions... Hopefully Confederations Cup will be his opportunity!!! 😎

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    4. But also Skomina was "disappointed" after Brych "appointment" for CL final. :)

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    5. Skomina still got the UEL final and maybe his chance to whistle the UCL final will come as early as next year... But Mazic will be 44 this year so highly unlikely that he will get both finals so I want Mazic in St. Petersburg... But Skomina would absolutely deserve it as well and he has every chance of achieving a double here like Kuipers did in 2013... UEL final + Confederations Cup Final!!! :)

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  44. Good tournament for Pitana, finally a positive note for Busacca. Apart from the offside mistake in first game, I think that in both matches he was expected level.
    Normal and minor mistakes, nothing more. He will be surely at World Cup, and at moment, outside UEFA, he is perhaps the most convincing official for the reason you mentioned.
    I see now Mažić for the final Chile - Germany and Al-Mirdasi for Portugal - Mexico.

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  45. Good performance from Pitana. Well done! Perhaps he missed a YC for SPA (~85'). The other YCs correct, he gave even one for a stamp ;)
    I'm happy to see such a confident referee with natural authority in full control of a match, especially after the performance of Faghani.
    Luckily, VAR wasn't needed today, therefore no unclear troubles, just an interesting game of football!

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  46. Congratulations for Pitana and his team. Well done.

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  47. Everytime we predicted Mazic for some final here on the blog, he got nothing.
    So, I'm affraid for his possible appointment! :)

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    1. Maybye Rocchi gets the final and Al-Mirdasi for the 3th place

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  48. What is FIFA's plan B if Chile opposes having a European referee crew for the Final?

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    1. This is why I think Geiger still has a chance. If the stories about Argentina approving Rizzoli were true, then I would think Chile would prefer Geiger to Mazic (remember Geiger had the famous Chile win over Spain in 2014).

      There are a lot of reasons it should be Mazic. But there are also reasons it should be Geiger. Only one opinion counts, though...

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    2. Very true. According to Arbitro Internacional, Busacca went back on what he had said previously and actually kept all referee crews in Russia. So yeah, there are options. Unfortunately I don't hold any hope of Busacca making wise assignments.

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  49. It should be whistled, I think. Foul is a foul, and that push was really blatant. Without it, the attacker would have had a much better angle to shoot.

    https://streamable.com/a2g3c

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    1. Exactly. Obvious foul that stops the attacker from shooting.

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    2. Who knows if Pitana said to himself "not enough.." or if it was because he choose a terrible position. He is right behind them and probably didn't see the push. He should be much more in the diagonal to the left.

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    3. I remember the scene, Pitana made clear signals that in his opinion the incident was not enough for a penalty.

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  50. OT tomorrow we will know whether Rizzoli will retire from serie A.
    In case he will continue as FIFA referee until December and serie A referee until next June, I would make his name for Super Cup Manchester United - Real Madrid. Otherwise, I don't see other candidates than Marciniak. The announcement should be made by UEFA on next days, perhaps on next week. As it happened in recet years, about a month before the game.

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    1. What about Gianluca Rocchi??? 🤔 He might get the Super Cup match??

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    2. Chefren why not others?

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    3. @Soham I think that in case of "Italian" assignment and with Rizzoli still on FIFA list, he should get this game before Rocchi.

      @CristiRef Go name by name and tell me your alternatives :)

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    4. There are not so many alternatives,but i think Rocchi and Cakir can also be variants,and maybe Hategan

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    5. I actually meant if Rizzoli retires, then Rocchi might be an option besides Marciniak.

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    6. Possible in that case!

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    7. For the Super Cup, in my view, the only options should be Gianluca Rocchi and Szymon Marciniak. To be honest, if an Italian is appointed, it should be Rocchi, because I feel that Rizzoli has reached much in his career (and that would be an understatement). Rocchi turns 45 next year and would after all this years deserve a showpiece match. About Marciniak: another stunning season with constantly very good performances. This should put him in the pole position.

      @CristiRef You are right with Rocchi, but Çakir seems pretty much impossible. The last time he officiated Real-ManU, we've had the controversial RC to Nani. And Hategan is too inexperienced in "big games" to handle such a clash: remember Willie Collum two years ago...

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  51. Gold Cup referees, including Geiger and Marrufo, are due for CONCACAF training in Dallas on Monday (3-Jul). I wonder if that complicates a potential Final appointment or if it was already taken into consideration. One would hope Geiger could get training delayed by one day if he was being considered for the Final, but it's impossible to say.

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    1. I would say that also Marrufo has good chances to be used in the final. Diedhiou seems to be out already and Irmatov missed a penalty in the SF. So Marrufo is the only one left respecting confed neutrality.

      As you mentioned it, my Gold Cup MD 1 predictions:
      GYF-CAN: Lopez, Lopez, Bertrand, Villareal
      HON-CRC: Marrufo, Anderson, Rockwell, Geiger
      USA-PAN: Garcia, Camargo, Morin, Guerrero
      MTQ-NCA: Matamoros, Leal, Cruz, Ramos
      CUW-JAM: Montero, Mora, Bruna, Moncada
      MEX-SLV: Fischer, Corrales, Ramirez, Pitti

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  52. Today on La Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian newspaper) there is the explanation about the missed penalty in Portugal - Chile. It is reported that Busacca had a meeting after the game with the officials about the incident and he asked for the reason of the choice.
    First thing pointed out by Busacca was that Faghani was sure about his decision, players from Chile didn't make complaints and... the officials at VAR were also convinced that it wasn't a blatant mistake / clear penalty. So, for this reason there wasn't VAR intervention. Busacca has explained that Irmatov and the other officials checked the video from different cameras and it didn't look like a clear situation, at least it didn't look like a clear penalty in some frames. So, no intervention. Therefore, the reason is not in Faghani's hurry or in the fact that game had been already resumed. It was just a deliberate choice by VAR officials.
    And of course again Busacca stated that these are experiments, we must be patient, and so on...
    So at the end one could say Irmatov is really responsible for that, perhaps even more than Faghani. In his opinion, it wasn't a clear penalty and he confirmed his impression to Faghani.
    Here you can find the article (in Italian):
    http://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/Estero/30-06-2017/fifa-busacca-la-var-non-infallibile-2001340993768.shtml

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    1. OMG, even worse...

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    2. Another important statement by Busacca: "Yes, Irmatov, should have invited Faghani to rewatch the incident".
      So the responsibility of the Uzbek seems to be clear now.

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    3. "Irmatov should have invited Faghani to rewatch the incident." Really? There is absolutely no need to rewatch the incident - such a clear, blatant mistake should be overruled without rewatching. Imagine if all incidents in the penalty area that are that clear will be rewatched...
      Unbelievable that Irmatov did not intervene.

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    4. Irmatov isn't doing his reputation much good as far as the past 2 Confederations Cup tournaments are concerned!!!

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    5. So because the Chilean players didn't protest and mob the referee, there was nothing there? And here I was thinking that Busacca and FIFA wanted to eradicate player protests and referee mobbing. Busacca then takes his ineptitude even further by saying that the penalty wasn't clear enough?
      It's impossible to improve when you are unable to admit and accept that mistakes have been made.
      Continued use of non stop excuses by Busacca and zero self criticism. It's too bad that Busacca feels that he is bigger than the game. When in truth all he's done since 2011 lower the level of officiating at FIFA tournaments.
      #BUSACCA OUT

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    6. "So because the Chilean players didn't protest and mob the referee, there was nothing there? "

      You don't get the point, that's not what Busacca said.

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  53. Serbian newpapers saying Mazic got final.
    http://www.sportske.net/vest/medjunarodni-fudbal/nova-velika-cast-mazic-sudi-finale-305881.html

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  54. Mexico - Portugal
    Fahad Al Mirdasi, Abdulah Alshawai, Mohammed Al Abakry (KSA), Bakary Gassama (GAM)

    Arbitro Internacional

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    1. Can't believe that Gassama has been appointed again, even though only as fourth official.

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    2. Goes on to show that Busacca backs Gassama in that incident to a certain extent!!!

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    3. Having Busacca's backing doesn't say much. His work and his words carry very little weight and importance.
      All he's managed to do in his 6+ years in charge is ruin good referees by forcing them to change who they are as Referee's.

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    4. Remember Nishimura in Brazil?
      He was appointed as 4th official in final or 3rd place match after bad performance in the opening match.

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  55. Interesting that Skomina did not get second match, I guess he will be fourth official in final match. I guess Al Mirdasi appointed for third place match is political appointment to avoid last two matches been given to UEFA referees.

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    1. Yes I agree about Al Mirdasi, but also to make further experience with VAR in a not so much interesting game like third place final. It is good that referees from other confederations can gain confidence with this technology. In a certain way, Skomina would have been perhaps too much for this game.

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    2. Skomina will be once again "disappointed" Chefren as you were saying last day :( I'm very sad for him :(

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    3. He worked the Final of the Europa League. I'm sure he'll be fine. If Mazic is confirmed for the Final. Hell finally be justly rewarded. Keep in mind that Mazic was once again overlooked this year for the European club competitions Finals.

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    4. I clearly put that point forward that Mazic not getting a UCL or UEL final this year was really unfair and Confederations Cup Final will be absolutely deserved!!! But Al-Mirdasi getting 2 games while Skomina getting just Chile v Cameroon is also very unfair!!! Political appointments are always unfair but as always it's a part and parcel here in FIFA!!

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    5. Be honest with me Soham. Are you still surprised by Busacca's ability or inability to properly assign referee's?

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    6. Not really... In fact I'm very worried about what refereeing we will get in Russia 2018 to be honest!!!

      I'm listing the referees who I think are in good form at the moment from various confederations :

      UEFA : Björn Kuipers, Gianluca Rocchi, Szymon Marciniak, Damir Skomina, Milorad Mazic, Antonio Mateu Lahoz, Cüneyt Çakir
      AFC : Ryuji Sato
      CAF : Sidi Alioum
      CONMEBOL : Sandro Ricci, Nestor Pitana, Andres Cunha, Julio Bascunan
      CONCACAF : Joel Aguilar, Mark Geiger, Cesar Ramos
      OFC : Norbert Hauata

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    7. Looked a bit out of form in the previous but he's an absolute certainty for the World Cup no doubt about that :)

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  56. Fifa.com: Mazic, Skomina, Turpin, Praprotnik, Soares Dias
    Al Mirdasi for thirrd but no 4th official and VARs

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    1. POR-MEX: Al Mirdasi, Gassama, Ricci, Birumushahu, Caceres

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  57. Some refereeing highlights of Germany-Mexico (Nestor Pitana, ARG):

    https://vimeo.com/album/4662034

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