July 23, 2017

Europa League 2017/18 - Third Qualifying Round - Referee Appointments (I)

UEFA has appointed the following match officials to oversee next week's first legs of Europa League's Third Qualifying Round. Among others, Deputy Chairman Hugh Dallas' son Andrew has been appointed for PSV Eindhoven - Osijek under the eyes of UEFA Referee Observer Uno Tutk.



27 July 2017, ?, Netanya Municipal Stadium, Netanya (ISR)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) - Panionios GSS (GRE)
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referees: Rien Vanyzere (BEL), Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Frederik Geldhof (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Vladislav Khodeyev (RUS)

27 July 2017, 18:00 CET, Městský stadion, Mladá Boleslav (CZE)
FK Mladá Boleslav (CZE) - KF Skënderbeu (ALB)
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (MLT)
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella (MLT), Luke Portelli (MLT)
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri (MLT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)
UEFA Delegate: Markku Lehtola (FIN)

27 July 2017, 18:30 CET, Dynamo Stadium named after Valeriy Lobanovskyy, Kyiv (UKR)
FC Olimpik Donetsk (UKR) - PAOK FC (GRE)
Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Assistant Referees: Johannes Vogel (SUI), Sertac Kurnazca (SUI)
Fourth Official: Pascal Erlachner (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrković (BIH)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas del Real (ESP)

27 July 2017, 18:30 CET, LFF stadionas, Vilnius (LTU)
FK Trakai (LTU) - KF Shkëndija (MKD)
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Assistant Referees: Emmett Dynan (IRL), Dermot Broughton (IRL)
Fourth Official: Robert Harvey (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)
UEFA Delegate: Gabriel Weiss (SVK)

27 July 2017, 19:00 CET, ARVI Futbolo Arena, Marijampolė (LTU)
FK Sūduva (LTU) - FC Sion (SUI)
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Assistant Referees: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT), Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dr. Helmut Fleischer (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Styrbjörn Oskarsson (FIN)

27 July 2017, 19:00 CET, Friends Arena, Stockholm (SWE)
AIK (SWE) - SC Braga (POR)
Referee: Ionuț Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referees: Valentin Gabriel Avram (ROU), Cristian Mircea Orbuleț (ROU)
Fourth Official: Andrei Florin Chivulete (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)

27 July 2017, 19:00 CET, AEK Arena, Larnaca (CYP)
AEK Larnaca FC (CYP) - FC Dinamo Minsk (BLR)
Referee: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Martin Wilczek (CZE), Petr Blažej (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Morgan Norman (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Sergiu Lisnic (MDA)

27 July 2017, 19:00 CET, Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht (NED)
FC Utrecht (NED) - KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referees: Marjan Kirovski (MKD), Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Thomas Ross (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Mikael Salzer (SWE)

27 July 2017, 19:00 CET, Jämtkraft Arena, Östersund (SWE)
Östersunds FK (SWE) - CS Fola Esch (LUX)
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskyy (UKR)
Assistant Referees: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR), Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Božinovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Evans (WAL)

27 July 2017, 19:00 CET, Merkur-Arena, Graz (AUT)
SK Sturm Graz (AUT) - Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Tom Harald Grønevik (NOR), Geir Oskar Isaksen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)

27 July 2017, 19:00 CET, FC Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar (RUS)
FC Krasnodar (RUS) - Lyngby BK (DEN)
Referee: Chrístos Nikolaḯdis (CYP)
Assistant Referees: Charálambos Charalámbous (CYP), Charálambos Georgíou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Loúkas Sotiríou (CYP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Rotem Kamer (ISR)

27 July 2017, 19:00 CET, Philips Stadion, Eindhoven (NED)
PSV Eindhoven (NED) - NK Osijek (CRO)
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Sean Carr (SCO), Douglas Potter (SCO)
Fourth Official: David Munro (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Jeannette Good (FIN)

27 July 2017, 19:30 CET, HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva (ISR)
Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) - FC Zenit (RUS)
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referees: Đorđije Ražnatović (MNE), Aleksandar Đikanović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Milovan Milačić (MNE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Igor Șațkii (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: José Guilherme Aguiar (POR)

27 July 2017, 19:30 CET, Lazur Stadium, Burgas (BUL)
PFC Botev Plovdiv (BUL) - CS Marítimo (POR)
Referee: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE), Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oğuz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Charles John Grundie (NIR)

27 July 2017, 19:30 CET, Stadionul Marin Anastasovici, Giurgiu (ROU)
FC Astra Giurgiu (ROU) - FC Oleksandriya (UKR)
Referee: Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)
Assistant Referees: Dejan Nedelkoski (MKD), Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Konstantin Vlaho (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Muharrem Zihni Aksoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Arturs Gaidels (LVA)

27 July 2017, 19:30 CET, Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
FC Dinamo 1948 (ROU) - Athletic Club (ESP)
Referee: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Jon Michael Knutsen (NOR), Øystein Simon Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Espen Andreas Eskås (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Aristídis Stavrópoulos (GRE)

27 July 2017, 20:00 CET, Brøndby Stadion, Brøndby (DEN)
Brøndby IF (DEN) - HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Graeme Stewart (SCO), Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)

27 July 2017, 20:00 CET, Stadionul Municipal, Drobeta-Turnu Severin (ROU)
CS Universitatea Craiova (ROU) - AC Milan (ITA)
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Mehmet Cem Satman (TUR), Hakan Yemişken (TUR)
Fourth Official: Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)
UEFA Delegate: Ronny Zimmermann (GER)

27 July 2017, 20:00 CET, Stadion Miejski, Gdynia (POL)
Arka Gdynia (POL) - FC Midtjylland (DEN)
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referees: Egin Doda (ALB), Ilir Tartaraj (ALB)
Fourth Official: Juxhin Xhaja (ALB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Velid Imamović (BIH)

27 July 2017, 20:30 CET, Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade (SRB)
FK Crvena zvezda (SRB) - AC Sparta Praha (CZE)
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Aleksey Lebedev (RUS), Andrey Glot (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksey Sukhoy (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Irakli Nakaidze (GEO)

27 July 2017, 20:30 CET, Ghelamco Arena, Ghent (BEL)
KAA Gent (BEL) - SCR Altach (AUT)
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referees: Vital Jobin (SUI), Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Fourth Official: Lionel Tschudi (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Bujar Kasmi (ALB)

27 July 2017, 20:30 CET, Stade Matmut-Atlantique, Bordeaux (FRA)
FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA) - Videoton FC (HUN)
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referees: Marcin Borkowski (POL), Jakub Winkler (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)

27 July 2017, 20:30 CET, Apóstolos Nikolaḯdis Stadium, Athens (GRE)
Panathinaïkós FC (GRE) - Qəbələ İK (AZE)
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP), César Manuel Noval Font (ESP)
Fourth Official: Mario Melero López (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)

27 July 2017, 20:45 CET, Orange Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
Olympique de Marseille (FRA) - KV Oostende (BEL)
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Esat Sancaktar (TUR), Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)

27 July 2017, 20:45 CET, Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen (SCO)
Aberdeen FC (SCO) - Apollon Limassol FC (CYP)
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referees: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN), Jonas Turunen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Kaarlo Oskari Hämäläinen (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eyjólfur Ólafsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Diana Andersen (DEN)

27 July 2017, 20:45 CET, Stadion u Maksimiru, Zagreb (CRO)
GNK Dinamo (CRO) - Odds BK (NOR)
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referees: Stefan Kühr (AUT), Andreas Rothmann (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Siarhey Ilyich (BLR)

27 July 2017, 21:05 CET, Schwarzwald-Stadion, Freiburg (GER)
SC Freiburg (GER) - NK Domžale (SVN)
Referee: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (UKR)
Assistant Referees: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR), Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lucílio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Welander (SWE)

27 July 2017, 21:05 CET, Goodison Park, Liverpool (ENG)
Everton FC (ENG) - MFK Ružomberok (SVK)
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referees: Martin Margaritov (BUL), Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikolay Yordanov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Michał Listkiewicz (POL)

27 July 2017, 21:05 CET, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
FK Austria Wien (AUT) - AEL Limassol FC (CYP)
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referees: Jukka Honkanen (FIN), Ville Koskiniemi (FIN)
Fourth Official: Jari Järvinen (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marcel Vanelshocht (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Matthew Paris (MLT)

55 Comments:

  1. Levnikov observing another Austrian referee: after Hameter, now Schüttengruber.
    Among others, I think we can underline the game and the observer for Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR).

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  2. I've got one question.
    How is it possible that Mr. Dallas is allowed to keep up his role in UEFA committee although his son is an active referee? How can Mr. Dallas objectively analyse the observers reports he gets for his son? Isn't this a clear conflict of clashing interests? Maybe I'm naiv but this would not be possible in my national football association.

    What is your opinion?

    Greetings

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    1. Logically, since a committee member is not allowed to observe and assess referees from his country, all the stuff regarding Dallas Jr. can be managed by the other committee members. The same for Italian referees / Collina, French referees / Batta and so on. This is also one reason for which there are several different roles at the top of committee: first Collina, then Dallas, Batta, Sajn and Damková.

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    2. Chefren, Thank you for your reply. I get your point. Still in all associations I've been in touch with in last years it wouldn't be possible. You can't join an administrative panel at the top of the referee commission if a family member is one of the referees you've to administer and control. I mean this in particular because to my information Mr. Dallas is responsible for assigning Referee Observers to UEFA games and has the power to control and change reports and grades.
      But Thank you for the explanation. This could be the reason why it is possible in UEFA.

      Greetings

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    3. You are being too harsh. It would mean, for example, that a judge should have resigned as soon as his/hers family member comitted a crime. Of course he/she must not be involved in court proceedings, that's why there are still other judges to deal with the matter.

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    4. I only wanted to put the question without giving my opinion about it, as I know that in many associations it's not possible. That's all. But I'm happy that obviously it's no problem in UEFA. Thanks.

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    5. Let's also say, a domestic football association is different from UEFA. UEFA is the union of many associations, so you can easily guess that it is something more "complicated" on the paper. They have to manage a lot of stuff and for this reason there are many committee members.
      However, to avoid this situation, solutions would be: resignation of Dallas / stop of career for his son (no FIFA badge).
      Would be that fair? Of course, we can discuss.

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  3. What is all this fuss about Hugh and Andrew Dallas?. It is a fact that Mr Collina appoints the Observers to Andrew Dallas's matches and checks the reports when they come in. This clearly does not present a conflict of interest in any shape or form for Dallas Senior. No one has highlighted that Refs Comm Member Nikolay Levnikov's son Kirill is also a FIFA Referee in UEFA Category 3. To even suggest that resignations be considered is nonsense!
    It is also a fact that in many National Associations members of the Refs Comm have sons refereeing in the top divisions.

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    1. This is true. It is however correct that in some domestic associations this means you have to step down from your position in a referee committee or as a referee observer.
      I do not think RefObserverObserver called Dallas (and then also Levnikov?) biased, but rather raised the question whether it is formally (!) a conflict of interest. I think one can argue about this, but in the end I am rather with Chefren in this regard, being confident that UEFA surely guarantees a fair and professional process for all that (as outlined by you, Rebel Red Ref).

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  4. Very interesting situation in ENG - ESP Euro Women, minute 62' / 63'.
    Spain wanted a penalty following a very risky action by England GK. She tried to make a save, being able to touch softly the ball. However, this very slight touch had not any effect on the ball, and then after that, she collided with the attacker in a very blatant manner. Without having touched on the ball, this would have been a more than evident penalty. Vitulano considered the small touch of the ball as enough for a regular action and a corner kick was assigned. Of course a correct decision, but the situation was really questionable, in my opinion.

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    1. Now another very interesting situation (75'): at first Vitulano had assigned a penalty for deliberate handball, then a few seconds later she changed idea (I think AR1 Abruzzese involved in the decision). English defender had kicked (of course not deliberately) the ball on her arm. So this was the reason for which decision was changed. Vitulano made clear gestures explaining the reasons of the choice.

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    2. The links to both remarkable situations mentioned by Chefren:

      63' No penalty decision Spain
      https://vimeo.com/226655252

      75' Revoked penalty decision Spain
      https://vimeo.com/226655471

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    3. Imagine the handball situation in a Champions League match. According to the laws of the game it is not deliberate since she slipped but I think it would be chaos in a Champions League match.

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    4. How Vitulano was given another assignment after the performance she had in her 1st match, is beyond belief.
      I personally have never found her to be a top notch referee. But she does have a very strong National Association behind her. Not very fair or correct. But oh well.

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  5. UEFA Referees Summer Course: 9-10-11 August 2017 in Geneva / Nyon.
    We will try to get further info, if possible, about the participants.
    Surely all Elite referees + most of Category 1 and maybe some Category 2.

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    1. @Chefren
      Your prediction of who will be called as a category 2?

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    2. Aghayev, Massa, Jovanovic...

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    3. Andreas Ekberg?? Seems to be really loved by the committee!!

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  6. Frappart is replacing Larsson in NOR-DEN.
    Monzul is replacing Frappart as 4th in BEL-NED.

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  7. Although I didn't watch any of the WEURO MD2 matches live, I tried to catch the most interesting situations of all 8 games in the four albums below. So for the interested followers:

    Group A (Netherlands-Denmark and Norway-Belgium)
    https://vimeo.com/album/4694245

    Group B (Germany-Italy and Sweden-Russia)
    https://vimeo.com/album/4694248

    Group C (France-Austria and Iceland-Switzerland)
    https://vimeo.com/album/4694253

    Group D (England-Spain and Scotland-Portugal)
    https://vimeo.com/album/4694257

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    1. Thanks a lot for your videos, DutchRef.
      I must say I am negatively surprised by Monzul's body language in the penalty kick and sending-off incident. Very theatralic self-staging in my view. And on top of that, I still have some doubts on both decisions to be honest, specially on the 2nd YC.

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    2. DutchRef, your clips are very good (as usual) and thanks again for sharing these.

      https://vimeo.com/album/4694253/video/226812087
      The YC given to Dickenmann by Pustovoitova reminds me somehow on the infamous Nani RC situation in ManU-Real. To be honest, in the situation of Pustovoitova, I would clearly prefer a straight RC here: although she touches the ball, the leg is clearly streched and she hits her Icelandic opponent clearly in the stomach. Or how do you read this situation?

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    3. Excessive force and clearly endangering the safety of the opponent. By the book it should be red. The question is how high you value the circumstance that she did not see her opponent coming. In my humble view, this should not play any role in this concrete situation, though.

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  8. MD3 - Group A highlights
    (Belgium-Netherlands and Norway-Denmark)

    https://vimeo.com/album/4695764

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    1. Great performance by Steinhaus, the strongest at this championship so far. Sophisticated player management and relations from a different level.
      Frappart good also especially considering she was a late replacement for injured (?) Larsson.

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  9. It is reported, but not still official by CONCACAF, that Walter López (GUA) has been appointed for Gold Cup final.

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    1. Thoughts on the appointment?? Is this a suggestion that Walter Lopez is ahead of Roberto Garcia Orozco in the race to 2018 World Cup in Russia??

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    3. Walter López is sure bet for WC 2018, IMO.

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    4. So are Aguilar and Geiger (most probably)... So that would mean no Mexican referee in the middle!!!

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    5. I am not so sure about Geiger though.

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    6. There is no chance Geiger misses out. The idea is absurd. He's been better at FIFA tournaments than Aguilar and politically he has Americans on the Referees Committee. And a Mexican is going. The only debate is whether or not there's a fourth referee and then, if so, whether or not that's Lopez or a second Mexican.

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  10. MD3 - Group B highlights
    (Russia-Germany and Sweden-Italy)

    https://vimeo.com/album/4697470

    There were quite a lot important calls to be made in yesterday's games, especially in the Russia vs. Germany match, most of them correct. Remarkable was Mularczyk's disciplinary leniency concerning holding-offences.

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  11. I think the lack of Garcia has more to do with the Jamaican FA and any plans that we'd made before Mexico lost than it says anything about Lopez and 2018. At least one Mexican will go to Russia. That is a guarantee. Aguilar and Geiger are guarantees. I think the only question left is if Ta Lopez or a second Mexican as the 4th referee. Personally I would bet as follows right now:

    Referees
    Garcia
    Geiger
    Aguilar
    Lopez

    VAR
    Marrufo
    Ramos

    Support
    Pitti and/or Martinez

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    1. Sorry for the typos and the response to the wrong thread. I would also add that personally I rate Ramos over Lopez. But I don't think that's how it will happen.

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    2. CONCACAF is given 3 spots usually so Aguilar, Geiger and Orozco will make sense... Lopez Castellanos based on U20 World Cup shouldn't be selected ahead of the 3 already mentioned!!

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    3. Fully agree with you, Usaref.
      Geiger, one between the two Mexican and Aguilar are sure names, in my opinion. Then, in case of another spot, Lopez Castellanos would be the choice. Marrufo and the other Mexican could be called as VAR.
      The other officials have no chances, in my opinion.
      So, let's see if there will be three or four main spots for CONCACAF.

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    4. Would it be possible to have one referee more (4) from CONCACAF and one less (3) from AFC for example, compared to 2014? As during Confederations Cup we were generally unhappy about AFC performances (maybe Irmatov, Faghani and Shukralla would be enough). In terms of participation and appointments the past 2 WC have been like this:

      2014:
      CONCACAF: 3 referees (all appointed)
      AFC: 4 referees (all appointed), with Nishimura soon out of the competition

      2010:
      CONCACAF: 4 referees (1 as reserve - Aguilar)
      AFC: 3 referees (all appointed)

      So we might see a situation such as in 2010, with maybe Lopez or a second Mexican just appointed once in low profile matches, or used only in case of early bad performance from one of the others.

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  12. Lopez confirmed for tonight.

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    1. Full team:
      Lopez, Lopez, Leal (all GUA), Montero (CRC)

      So Montero is involved in 4 out of 6 Jamaica matches at the tournament...

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    2. I looked back at all the editions of Gold Cup, starting from 1991.
      Well, the only Mexican referee handling this game was Arturo Brizio Carter in occasion of the first edition, a single game between USA and Honduras.
      But then, after that, in 13 finals there was never a Mexican / US referee.
      Most of the time it was impossible due to the presence of one of these national teams, but the (unwritten) rule seems that US referees can't handle Mexico and Mexican referees can't handle USA. Is that true?
      Only in two cases, if I'm not wrong, there were referees from Canada, but then, apart from that, always referees from countries like Guatemala, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, El Salvador and so on...

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  13. Predictions Women's EURO QF:
    NED-SWE: Mularczyk, Dabrowski, O'Neill, Pustovoitova
    GER-DEN: Staubli, Brem, Karsic, Monzul
    AUT-ESP(?): Frappart, Nicolosi, Kyriakou, Vitulano
    ENG(?)-FRA: Steinhaus, Rafalski, Biehl, Hussein

    Then probably Adamkova, Kulcsar, Monzul (or maybe Staubli) for the three last matches. If Germany or France fail in the QF, Steinhaus/Frappart should have good chances for the final.

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  14. OT

    Spanish Supercup:

    1st leg:
    Futbol Club Barcelona - Real Madrid Club de Fútbol (13th August)
    Referee: De Burgos Bengoetxea, Ricardo
    AR1: Nevado Rodríguez, Ángel
    AR2: Fernández Miranda, José Manuel
    4OF: López Puerta, Hugo José

    2nd leg:
    Real Madrid Club de Fútbol - Futbol Club Barcelona (16th August)
    Referee: Sánchez Martínez, José María
    AR1: Cabañero Martínez, Raúl
    AR2: Gallego García, José
    4OF: Gallego Gambin, José Joaquín

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  15. Sergey Lapochin
    Crvena zvezda - Sparta Praha 1:0 half time
    Good 1st half for Russian refs.
    1 missed foul only. Key moment:disallowed goal for Crvena zvezda (offside- very good call by AR1)

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  16. Vítor Manuel Melo Pereira is the new Head of Refereeing in Greece.

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  17. They are good news.
    Vítor Pereira in Portugal did a good job as President of the Board of Arbitration of the FPF.
    He created the Arbitration Academy and with it launched new young talents for FIFA, such as Fábio Veríssimo and Tiago Martins in 2015 and in 2016 João Pinheiro and Sérgio Piscarreta, the latter after a year as an international referee was relegated.

    Ahead, I think the Greek Federation is well delivered and I think Vítor Pereira will do a good job there.

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  18. Halis Özkahya in CS Universitatea Craiova (ROU) - AC Milan (ITA): overall, a performance close to expected level in a not too much difficult game.
    However, some points for improvement can be found in the last minutes of second half: at first, a missed advantage and a too early whistle following a blatant holding (player from home-team was correctly booked), he could have waited one second, because Milan were leading a very promising attack. When referee stopped the game, there was also a confrontation between the two players involved: good and quick intervention by AR1 there, he prevented major incidents.
    Then, about one minute later, a very blatant foul missed close to the edge of penalty area on left attacking side. If whistled, a YC was mandatory there.
    Perhaps he had a lack of concentration in these minutes, close to final whistle, otherwise for me full expected level. I think the mark can be still 8.3, if one wants to be really harsh regarding the mentioned incidents, 8.2.
    Positive points were surely fitness and positioning, he was always close to play.
    About the first half, I can only mention a missed corner kick (AR2 involved).

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  19. SK Sturm Graz (AUT) - Fenerbahçe SK (TUR) - Ref: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
    Surely the most important game for the 31 y.o. so far. On the one hand, a sold-out stadium and a fantastic atmosphere, maybe the best one in this qualifying round, on the other hand Frank De Bleeckere as observer. There is not so much to critize for the Dutch. Nilsen did a good job, nearly every decision was correct, especially the major ones. Some small points for improvement in his game management/self-presentation, especially during the first half when he made a nervous impact to me. All in all, a young and promosing referee who performed on the expected level - my mark would be 8.3, even if I think he has some further steps in his development to go before he is ready for a game in the Group Stage (earliest 2018).

    FK Austria Wien (AUT) - AEL Limassol FC (CYP) - Ref: Antti Munukka (FIN)
    More experienced than Nilsen what was also to see on the pitch. Munukka performed very well, his whole approach (body language, communication, decision management, etc.) was really good. There was one crucial decision when AR2 disallowed the only goal of the game due an offside position - very close, probably correct. Munukka already had four games in the Europa League Group Stage but his last one is nearly four years ago (07/11/2013 - Dnipro vs. Pacos Ferreira). Probably it wasn't so good as he didn't get any further Europa League games since then (and is in the second group since a lot of years). Tonight he showed a very good 8.4-performance and proved, he is able for a comeback in the Group Stage as well.

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    1. Thanks a lot for the summaries. Very insightful. If I read your description of Nilsen's performance I think one could also choose 8.4 - these marks often also send a certain message to UEFA. An 8.3 could also be like "nothing to do, missed 1 stonewall yellow card". Just as a small side remark :)

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  20. Women's Euro 2017

    Quarter-finals

    Netherlands - Sweden
    Referee : Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)
    Assistant Referee 1 : Katrin Rafalski (Germany)
    Assistant Referee 2 : Chrysoula Kourompylia (Greece)
    Fourth Official : Carina Vitulano (Italy)

    Germany - Denmark
    Referee : Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)
    Assistant Referee 1 : Judit Kulcsár (Hungary)
    Assistant Referee 2 : Petruta Iugulescu (Romania)
    Fourth Official : Lorraine Clark (Scotland)

    Austria - Spain
    Referee : Stéphanie Frappart (France)
    Assistant Referee 1 : Manuela Nicolosi (France)
    Assistant Referee 2 : Sian Massey (England)
    Fourth Official : Monika Mularczyk (Poland)

    England - France
    Referee : Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
    Assistant Referee 1 : Belinda Brem (Switzerland)
    Assistant Referee 2 : Sanja Rodjak Karšić (Croatia)
    Fourth Official : Lina Lehtoovara (Finland)

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    1. NED - SWE, Obs De Boeck (BEL) for Steinhaus
      GER - DEN, Obs Konink-Belksma (NED) for Kulcsar
      AUT - SPN, Obs Damkova (CZE) for Frappart
      ENG - FRA, Obs Karlsson (SWE) for Staubli

      Surely leaving Adamkova and Monzul for the Semifinal? Logical appointments to my mind, but I would have swapped Steinhaus and Staubli, to be honest. All four Quarterfinal referees has chances for the Final, in the order: Steinhaus, Staubli, Kulcsar, Frappart imo

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    2. Honestly speaking I rate Staubli more than Stienhaus so I'm happy with Staubli having England v France and I would also wish that she gets the Final match!!!

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  21. Some highlights of the PSV vs. NK Osijek game, refereed by Andrew Dallas.

    https://vimeo.com/album/4700487

    In many aspects a good performance of the Scot, who had an easy-going first half, followed by a challenging second half regarding penalty area decisions.
    Dallas - succesfully - tried to let the game flow as much as possible, enjoyed total acceptance, was alert and nearly faultless regarding foul detection. Two correctly rejected Eindhoven penalty appeals (22' and 61') and a correct YC to Bergwijn for trying to mislead the referee. Disciplinary management was OK, but for me the situations in 30' (nearly SPA) and 50' (quite rough challenge) required a stronger approach than only the small warnings issued. YC's given were correct though.
    Most controversial incident was the penalty given to Osijek (56'), where I strongly believe the contact was made outside the box. However, of course, very hard to recognize in real speed, as it is not even 100% clear in the replays.

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  22. Sergey Ivanov and Mikhail Vilkov return to the highest group of Russian referees. Don't know whether they will keep their FIFA status...

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  23. Below a small number of clips from the last WEURO group stage matches in groups C en D:

    Group C (Iceland-Austria and Switzerland-France)
    https://vimeo.com/album/4701754

    Group D (Portugal-England and Scotland-Spain)
    https://vimeo.com/album/4701756

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