UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 2)


29 September 2016

Shakhtar Donetsk – Sporting Braga
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER)
Additional AR 1: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Additional AR 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)




Fourth Official: Mike Pickel (GER)




Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)









FC Astana – Young Boys




Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)




Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (WAL)




Assistant Referee 2: Lewiss Edwards (WAL)




Additional AR 1: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)




Additional AR 2: Nick Pratt (WAL)




Fourth Official: Daniel Beckett (WAL)




Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)









Qəbələ FK – FSV Mainz




Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)




Assistant Referee 1: Vyautas Šimkus (LTU)




Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)




Additional AR 1: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)




Additional AR 2: Jurij Paskovskij (LTU)




Fourth Official: Vladimir Gerasimov (LTU)




Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)









Steaua București – Villarreal CF




Referee: Evgen Aranovskiy (UKR)




Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)




Assistant Referee 2: Sergiy Bekker (UKR)




Additional AR 1: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)




Additional AR 2: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (UKR)




Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)




Referee Observer: Marcel Vanelshocht (BEL)









KAA Gent – Konyaspor




Referee: István Vad (HUN)




Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)




Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)




Additional AR 1: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)




Additional AR 2: József Erdös (HUN)




Fourth Official: Gabor Erös (HUN)




Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)









Sparta Praha – FC Internazionale




Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)




Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)




Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)




Additional AR 1: Hugo Miguel (POR)




Additional AR 2: Tiago Martins (POR)




Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)




Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)









ACF Fiorentina – Qarabağ FK




Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)




Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)




Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (AUT)




Additional AR 1: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)




Additional AR 2: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)




Fourth Official: Roland Riedel (AUT)




Referee Observer: Michael Argyrou (CYP)









AFC Ajax – Standard Liège




Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)




Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)




Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)




Additional AR 1: Marco Guida (ITA)




Additional AR 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)




Fourth Official: Filippo Meli (ITA)




Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba CZE)









FC Zürich – Osmanlıspor




Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)




Assistant Referee 1: Dmitrii Mosiakin (RUS)




Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeshko (RUS)




Additional AR 1: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)




Additional AR 2: Alexander Egorov (RUS)




Fourth Official: Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)




Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)









Celta Vigo – Panathinaikos




Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)




Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)




Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)




Additional AR 1: Davide Massa (ITA)




Additional AR 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)




Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)




Referee Observer: Eyjolfur Olafsson (ISL)









FC Schalke – FC Salzburg




Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)




Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)




Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)




Additional AR 1: Dennis Highler (NED)




Additional AR 2: Siemen Mulder (NED)




Fourth Official: Joost van Zuilen (NED)




Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)









FC Krasnodar – OGC Nice




Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)




Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)




Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)




Additional AR 1: Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović (CRO)




Additional AR 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)




Fourth Official: Goran Pataki (CRO)




Referee Observer: Patritiu Abrudan (ROU)









Hapoel Beer Sheva – Southampton FC




Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)




Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)




Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Culum (SWE)




Additional AR 1: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)




Additional AR 2: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)




Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)




Referee Observer: Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)









Slovan Liberec – PAOK




Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)




Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)




Assistant Referee 2: Zsolt Varga (HUN)




Additional AR 1: Ádam Farkas (HUN)




Additional AR 2: Péter Solymosi (HUN)




Fourth Official: Zsolt Szpisjak (HUN)




Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)









Zenit St. Petersburg – AZ Alkmaar




Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)




Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)




Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)




Additional AR 1: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)




Additional AR 2: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)




Fourth Official: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)




Referee Observer: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)









Olympiacos – Apoel




Referee: Paweł Gil (POL)




Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)




Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)




Additional AR 1: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)




Additional AR 2: Daniel Stefański (POL)




Fourth Official: Krysztof Myrmus (POL)




Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)









KRC Genk – Sassuolo Calcio




Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)




Assistant Referee 1: David Bitton (ISR)




Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)




Additional AR 1: Roy Reinshreiber (ISR)




Additional AR 2: Menashe Masiah (ISR)




Fourth Official: Nissan Davidy (ISR)




Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)









AS Saint Étienne – RSC Anderlecht




Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)




Assistant Referee 1: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)




Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)




Additional AR 1: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)




Additional AR 2: Igor Fedotov (RUS)




Fourth Official: Andrej Vereteshkin (RUS)




Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)









Fenerbahçe – Feyenoord




Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)




Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)




Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)




Additional AR 1: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)




Additional AR 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)




Fourth Official: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)




Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)









Austria Wien – Viktoria Plzeň




Referee: John Beaton (SCO)




Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Potter (SCO)




Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO)




Additional AR 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)




Additional AR 2: Donald Robertson (SCO)




Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)




Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)









Manchester United – Zorya Luhansk




Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)




Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)




Assistant Referee 2: Roy Hassan (ISR)




Additional AR 1: Eitan Shmeulevitch (ISR)




Additional AR 2: Eli Hacmon (ISR)




Fourth Official: Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)




Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)









AS Roma – Astra Giurgiu




Referee: Äliyar Ağayev (AZE)




Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)




Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (AZE)




Additional AR 1: Rahim Hasanov (AZE)




Additional AR 2: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)




Fourth Official: Mubariz Hashimov (AZE)




Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)









Athletic – Rapid Wien




Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)




Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)




Assistant Referee 2: Eric Danizan (FRA)




Additional AR 1: Frank Schneider (FRA)




Additional AR 2: Mikaël Lesage (FRA)




Fourth Official: Bertrand Jouannad (FRA)




Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)









Dundalk – Maccabi Tel Aviv




Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)




Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)




Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)




Additional AR 1: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)




Additional AR 2: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)




Fourth Official: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)




Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

CONCACAF Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

27-29 September 2016

Antigua GFC – New York Red Bulls
Referee: Sherwin Moore (GUY, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ainsley Rochard (TRI)
Fourth Official: Johannes Dolaini (SUR)

CD Dragon – Portland Timbers
Referee: Jose Kellys (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronald Bruna (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)

Fourth Official: Jafeth Perea (PAN)

Plaza Amador – Tigres
Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Lemus (GUA)
Fourth Official: Juan Guerra (GUA)

FC Dallas – Suchitepequez
Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Fourth Official: Isaac Rojas (MEX)

Monterrey – Don Bosco
Referee: Oscar Moncada (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesus Tabora (HON)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)

Vancouver Whitecaps – Central FC
Referee: Luis Santander (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Lopez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Andres Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Oscar Macias (MEX)

Copa Sudamericana – Round of 16 (Second Leg)

27-29 September 2016

Chapecoense – Independiente
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Vera (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Macias (ECU)
Fourth Official: Juan Albarracin (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Nilson Monção (BRA)


Flamengo – Palestino
Referee: Diego Haro (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Braulio Cornejo (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Henry Gambetta (PER)
Referee Assessor: Alicio Pena (BRA)

Atlético Nacional – Sol De América
Referee: Christian Ferreyra (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU)
Fourth Official: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
Referee Assessor: Pablo Montoya (COL)

Junior – Wanderers
Referee: Roberto Tobar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Barraza (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Rios (PAR)
Fourth Official: Patricio Polic (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Otalvaro Polanco (URU)

Santa Cruz – Medellín
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Sanchez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Francheskoly Chacon (VEN)
Fourth Official: Mayker Gomez (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Sergio Cristiano (BRA)

Belgrano – Coritiba
Referee: Julio Bascuñan (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Raul Orellana (CHI)
Fourth Official: Jorge Osorio (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Ricardo Casas (ARG)

La Guaira – San Lorenzo
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Horacio Ferreiro (URU)
Fourth Official: Oscar Rojas (URU)
Referee Assessor: Candelario Andarcia (VEN)

Cerro Porteño – Santa Fe
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Fourth Official: German Delfino (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Joel Ruiz (PAR)

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016 – Semi-finals

27 September 2016
Iran – Russia
Referee 1: Nurdin Bukuev (KGZ, photo)
Referee 2: Marc Birkett (ENG)
Third Referee: Christopher Sinclair (NZL)
Timekeeper: Carlos Gonzalez (GUA)

28 September 2016
Argentina – Portugal
Referee 1: Ondrej Cerny (CZE)
Referee 2: Gean Telles (BRA)
Third Referee: Sasa Tomic (CRO)
Timekeeper: Francisco Rivera (MEX)

UEFA Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

27 September 2016
CSKA Moskva – Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

AS Monaco – Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

Borussia Dortmund – Real Madrid

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jake Collin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)

Sporting CP – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)

FC København – Club Brugge
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Fourth Official: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)

Leicester City – FC Porto

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Dinamo Zagreb – Juventus
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Additional AR 2: Fabio Costa Verissimo (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Silva Manso (POR)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

Sevilla FC – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional AR 1: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional AR 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

28 September 2016
Arsenal
 FC Basel
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional AR 2: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan de Vries (NED)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

Ludogorets Razgrad – Paris St. Germain
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Karel Hrubeš (CZE)
Fourth Official: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)

Beşiktaş – Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional AR 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

SSC Napoli – SL Benfica

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional AR 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Guido Kleve (GER)
Referee Observer: László Vágner (HUN)

Borussia Mönchengladbach – FC Barcelona

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Celtic FC – Manchester City
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Atlético Madrid – Bayern München
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional AR 1: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

FC Rostov – PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)

Anderlecht admitted paying Spanish referee Guruceta

European football chiefs were given evidence of one of football's greatest corruption scandals years before taking action, it has been claimed. In 1984 the president of Belgian side Anderlecht bribed the referee ahead of their UEFA Cup semi-final victory over Nottingham Forest. The facts were finally revealed in 1997 and Anderlecht was banned from European competition for a year. But new evidence shows UEFA was told about the bribe as early as 1992.
Four years after winning their second European Cup, Brian Clough's Forest faced Anderlecht in the semi-final of the UEFA Cup. After convincingly winning the first leg 2-0, Forest had a dubious penalty awarded against them and a goal disallowed in the return tie, finally going out 3-2 on aggregate. The truth behind those refereeing decisions only emerged during a 1997 criminal case when Anderlecht admitted paying the Spanish referee Emilio Guruceta Muro. At first, UEFA insisted it could take no action because the bribery took place more than 10 years previously, but eventually a one-year European ban was imposed on Anderlecht.
Now, BBC's Inside Out has found evidence that UEFA had a dossier of evidence as early as 1992. The evidence showed that shortly before the match Anderlecht president Constant Vanden Stock had approached local criminal Jean Elst. Belgian journalist Frank van Laeken said: "Elst contacted a friend in the region, who went to Alicante and spoke to the referee. The referee said 'OK, I'll do it for 1.2m Belgian francs'." But another criminal, Rene Van Aaken, stole details of the deal and blackmailed the club. Van Aaken then sent information to the Belgian FA in 1990 and 1992. Van Laeken said: "If you receive something like this, a bunch of documents on possible games that are tampered with, you should investigate it." The Belgian FA said it did not have the powers to investigate corruption and passed the information on to UEFA, but no sanction was imposed for more than four years. Despite repeated requests from the BBC, UEFA has not offered an explanation of the delay. Referee Guruceta died in a car crash in 1987, aged 45, but Anderlecht's stadium is still named after former club president Constant Vanden Stock, who died in 2008. Elst and Van Aaken were both jailed. Elst died in prison while Van Aaken's conviction for blackmail was overturned on appeal. But for the players, the events of 25 April 1984 remain as painful as ever. Forest goalkeeper Hans van Breukelen said: "For me it was building up that the referee was cheating. All the 50-50 balls around their 18 yard box, he blew the whistle and gave a free kick to Anderlecht." Then Anderlecht was awarded a penalty for a challenge by Forest's Kenny Swain. Striker Garry Birtles said: "That penalty was the most embarrassing decision I have ever seen in football. The distance between Kenny Swain and their guy who went down was absolutely ridiculous." A last-gasp Forest goal, which would have been enough to win the tie, was also controversially disallowed. Anderlecht won 3-0 and went through. Birtles said: "It was wrong then, it's wrong now and it will be wrong always. If you don't go after these people then they will think they can do it again." Paul Hart, who scored the disallowed goal, said: "The whole thing stinks, it really does. When it's brought up, it still rankles".

Source: BBC

FIFA Referee Seminar for World Cup hopefuls

From 19-21 September 2016, 72 referees and assistant referees from across Europe gathered at the Home of FIFA to attend a three-day referee seminar for prospective UEFA candidates for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
The seminar was the third in a series of referee seminars held in 2016 aimed at sharing knowledge with men’s and women’s football officials from all over the world as they try to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the chance to referee at the highest international level. “Our goal, as we had in two previous seminars, is to find uniformity and consistency,” said FIFA Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca, who officiated in two editions of the FIFA World Cup. “We want to share all the information a referee would need to prepare for the two biggest competitions, the World Cup and Women’s World Cup.” Like the seminars in Doha (for AFC, CAF and OFC referees) and Miami (for CONCACAF and CONMEBOL officials), the UEFA seminar included both men’s and women’s officials. "Men and women have to work together, because we are convinced that this should be our philosophy," said Busacca. “We have seen very good results from being inclusive, especially in the tactical preparation. I see this as the way to continue and the best approach in preparing referees for FIFA tournaments.” The seminar, which was split into focused sessions, covered physical fitness tests, theoretical sessions, video assistant refereeing and practical sessions with local players. The intensity and variety of the sessions provided strong examples of the increasing physical and mental demands of refereeing elite football. “The deeper the knowledge of the game, the better the results,” said FIFA’s head of refereeing. “But complementing the mentality is the physicality. In the modern game, there are so many counter attacks at such speed. We need more agility and explosion. We want to use this technology to review clear situations, not cases of doubt,” Busacca said after attending the Video Assistant refereeing demonstration. “We want the referee to keep their personality and to have the power to take the decision first.”
England’s Marc Clattenburg is no stranger to the pressure of refereeing, having recently refereed the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final, the UEFA EURO 2016 Final and FA Cup Final, all in the space of a few months. “It was a fantastic honour and I learnt a lot,” said the Englishman of the experience. “But now I’m focused on working hard, trying to eradicate any mistakes I made last season and trying to improve my refereeing standards. That’s why it’s fantastic that these seminars are put on by FIFA. These seminars give us the opportunity to improve, to learn from others’ recent experiences at tournaments to find uniformity across all the continents.” Clattenburg, much like the 71 other attendees, is fully focused on trying to take his refereeing to the ultimate stage – the fields of Russia in 2018 and France in 2019. “The preparation starts now," he said. "This course gives us the opportunity to start our work, to try and be selected, and to hopefully represent our nations at the World Cup and Women’s World Cup. It’s so fantastic to referee at the World Cup where you are exposed to players from all over the world with different styles and tactics”.
Efthalia Mitsi from Greece, who has been refereeing professionally since 2005, and who refereed at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada, echoed Clattenburg’s feelings. “It’s been really good to share our experiences and learn from each other,” she said. “There are always areas of improvement for every one of us, whether it’s tactical, technical, or physical. As a referee at this level it’s important to set new goals and to reach them”.
“We are like one national team,” Busacca told the attendees in his closing remarks. “When we go to such important competitions every single one of us has to be good. We have to be as one, one team, one family to ensure success at the highest competitions. We win or lose together”.

Source: FIFA

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016 – Quarter-finals

24-25 September 2016

Paraguay – Iran
Referee 1: Marc Birkett (ENG, photo)
Referee 2: Sasa Tomic (CRO)
Third Referee: Fernando Gutierrez (ESP)
Timekeeper: Ondrej Cerny (CZE)

Russia – Spain
Referee 1: Gean Telles (BRA)
Referee 2: Dario Santamaria (ARG)
Third Referee: Daniel Rodriguez (URU)
Timekeeper: Carlos Gonzalez (GUA)

Argentina – Egypt
Referee 1: Alessandro Malfer (ITA)
Referee 2: Chris Colley (AUS)
Third Referee: Nurdin Bukuev (KGZ)
Timekeeper: Yuri Garcia (COL)

Azerbaijan – Portugal
Referee 1: Sergio Cabrera (CUB)
Referee 2: Jose Katemo (ANG)
Third Referee: Khalid Hnichi (MAR)
Timekeeper: Khamis Al-Shamsi (UAE)

Referee Lopes will be judged for pushing a player in Brazil

The Superior Court of Sports Justice analyzed the images from the Brazilian Championship game between Corinthians and Palmeiras. The justice body confirms the complaint received from Corinthians and the penalty can range from 15 days to 6 months.
Copa America 2016 final referee Heber Lopes will be judged by STJD (Superior Court of Sports Justice) for pushing striker Dudu, from Palmeiras, during the classic between his team and Corinthians, last Saturday, in the Brazilian Championship. The referee, angry with the player’s comments, put his arm into the athlete's chest and pushed him away. The STJD prosecutor decided to accept the complaint against the referee after analyzing images, considering that he used excessive force to maintain his personal area. That action falls under Article 273 of the CBJD (Brazilian Code of Sports Justice), which talks about "acting with excess or abuse of authority". If found guilty, Lopes will face a suspension of 15 days to maximum 6 months, in addition to a fine of $100 to $1000. The text of the article says that the justice body can change the suspension to a warning if it considers that the offence was of little gravity. No date for the trial yet. 

Source: Globo Esporte

UEFA Youth League – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

27-28 September 2016

Celtic FC – Manchester City
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: David Munro (SCO)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

AS Monaco – Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Valentin Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
Fourth Official: Florent Batta (FRA)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

CSKA Moskva – Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Juri Frischer (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Rando Kesküla (EST)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Borussia Dortmund – Real Madrid
Referee: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Petar Dzhuganski (BUL)
Fourth Official: Thorben Siewer (GER)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Sporting CP – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Höfler (AUT)
Fourth Official: Rui Piteira (POR)
Referee Observer: Antonio Almeida Costa (POR)

FC Kobenhavn – FC Brugge

Referee: Martin Lundby (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Reinar Gundersen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Morten Jensen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Peter Larsen (DEN)
Referee Observer: Leif Lindberg (SWE)

Leicester City – FC Porto
Referee: Andrew Davey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgios Argyropoulos (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Jeffrey (NIR)
Fourth Official: Ollie Yates (ENG)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Sevilla FC – Olympique Lyon
Referee: Sven Bindels (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Joaquim Silva (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Claude Ries (LUX)
Fourth Official: Jorge Figueroa Vázquez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Dinamo Zagreb – Juventus Turin
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Vladan Todorović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikola Razić (MNE)
Fourth Official: Zeljko Frković (CRO)
Referee Observer: Drazenko Kovačić (CRO)

Arsenal – FC Basel
Referee: Tim Marshall (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Anderson (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Nethery (NIR)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Ludogorets – Paris St. Germain

Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Angel Bayaltsaliev (BUL)
Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)

SSC Napoli – Benfica
Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Alain Heininger (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Didier Dubrit (SUI)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

Besiktas – Dynamo Kyiv

Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ridiger Çokaj (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Nertil Bregasi (ALB)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

Borussia Monchengladbach – FC Barcelona
Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
Fourth Official: Sören Storks (GER)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

FC Rostov – PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Lasha Silagava (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Zaza Menteshashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Levan Todria (GEO)

Atlético Madrid – Bayern München
Referee: Robert Madley (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Fourth Official: Valentín Pizarro Gómez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)