UEFA Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

26 September 2017
Borussia Dortmund – Real Madrid
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional AR 2: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)

Spartak Moskva – Liverpool FC
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: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)

Sevilla FC – NK Maribor
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitri Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Additional AR 1: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Additional AR 2: Viktar Shymusik (BLR)
Fourth Official: Yury Khomchanka (BLR)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Manchester City – Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Additional AR 2: Fabio Veríssimo (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)

Napoli – Feyenoord
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional AR 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Francis Connor (SCO)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

AS Monaco – FC Porto
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Rade Obrenović (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Beşiktaş JK – RB Leipzig
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averyanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Apoel – Tottenham Hotspur
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: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

27 September 2017
CSKA Moskva – Manchester United
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klaseniuns (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

FC Basel – SL Benfica
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

RSC Anderlecht – Celtic FC
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

Paris St. Germain – Bayern München
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Atlético de Madrid – Chelsea FC
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: Baris Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Qarabağ FK – AS Roma
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Additional AR 1: Tiago Martins (POR)
Additional AR 2: João Pinheiro (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)

Sporting Clube – FC Barcelona
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional AR 1: István Kovács (ROU)
Additional AR 2: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Juventus – Olympiacos
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER)
Additional AR 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional AR 2: Harm Osmers (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Referee Kim gunning for 2018 World Cup appearance

South Korea's national football team has qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but there's one other thing the country is looking to achieve: sending its referees to the sport's showpiece event. The Korea Football Association (KFA) is pushing for the refereeing trio of Kim Jong-hyeok, Yoon Kwang-yeol and Kim Young-ha to officiate matches at the World Cup in Russia. In order to become World Cup referees, they must earn a recommendation from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) before FIFA makes its final decision. Kim Jong-hyeok, 34, has been working as the main referee and is the youngest of the three. If his group earns selection, he will be the first South Korean to serve as a head referee at the top FIFA competition on foreign soil. "If you're a football referee, you want to officiate matches at the World Cup," Kim said to Yonhap News Agency on Thursday at KFA House in Seoul. "People say World Cup referees are chosen from heaven. I just hope I hear good news later." FIFA will announce the match officials for the 2018 World Cup when the group draw takes place at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on 1 December 2017.
The history of South Korean officials at the World Cup started in 1994 when Park Hae-yong worked as an assistant referee at the tournament in the United States. He was followed by Jeon Young-hyun, who also served as a linesman at the 1998 World Cup in France. At the 2002 World Cup, which was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, Kim Young-joo became first Korean head referee for a World Cup match in a group stage contest between Brazil and Turkey in Ulsan. South Korea then produced Kim Dae-young and Jeong Hae-sang as assistant referees for the 2006 and the 2010 World Cups, respectively. South Korea, however, failed to send a World Cup referee to Brazil in 2014 after FIFA started selecting match officials as a team. "I don't know exactly when, but after we failed to produce referees for the 2014 World Cup, the KFA President Chung Mong-gyu pointed out that we should have one for the next World Cup," Kim said. "The KFA then started a so-called 'future World Cup referee' project and six members were selected. But one group quit and now there are only three." Kim's group has been gradually building up its reputation. The three South Koreans were one of the 22 refereeing trios at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea earlier this year. They have also officiated matches in the 2018 World Cup qualifying competition. The trio will take charge of the AFC Champions League semifinal between Al Hilal and Persepolis in the United Arab Emirates next week. "In domestic league matches, even if you commit mistakes, you can recover in the next match, but on the international stage, every match is critical," he said. "A single mistake can cause people to file letters of complaint against us, but so far, we haven't received any."
Kim started his refereeing career 16 years ago. When he began playing football at age 11, Kim wanted to become a professional player, but a series of knee injuries prevented him from pursuing his dream. His high school coach Ki Young-ok, father of Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng and now general manager of K League Classic side Gwangju FC, then suggested Kim pursue a refereeing career. "I didn't like it at first when Ki told me that I would be fit for a referee job," he said. "But I found out that refereeing is fun. While I was taking referee classes, I realized that I could work internationally and decided to pursue a career in refereeing." Kim said he watches match videos for at least four to five hours a week to study various situations that can happen during a game. Maintaining good fitness and studying English are also important since he needs to run up and down the field with pro players and communicate with them. "Since I was once a player, I thought I would do well in refereeing, but applying the rules is different from playing football," he said. "I found out that once you know the team's tactics, the key players and personalities of each player, it really helps in refereeing." Kim, who won the KFA's top referee award last year, said he doesn't think there's a set standard for good refereeing. "Even if I thought I had refereed a match well, I always feel some regret after reviewing my performance," he said. "So I just try to minimize my mistakes as much as possible." Kim, a father of two children, said it would be a great honor for him and his family if he were to referee at the upcoming World Cup. And he also hopes his selection can further change negative perceptions of football referees, who have been tainted by match-fixing and bribery scandals in the past. He added that it's time for referees to go out and prove that they're doing good for football. "I hope people will have a positive view of referees," he said. "Personally, I want to recommend this job to my son, because being a referee really is a wonderful job."

Source: Yonhap

Anti-racism group angry as refereeing MP escapes SFA action

A leading anti-racism group has slammed the Scottish FA' decision not to refer assistant referee Douglas Ross to a disciplinary panel for comments about "gypsies and travellers". Ross, a prominent assistant referee who has officiated at cup finals and matches at international level, is also the Conservative MP for Moray. During an interview, he was asked what he would do if he were prime minister for one day. His answer, that he would "like to see tougher enforcement against gypsies and travellers", was brought to the attention of Scottish football's governing body. The matter was referred to the Scottish FA's compliance officer who reviewed the comments and decided there was no case for a potential rule breach to be referred to an independent disciplinary panel. Show Racism The Red Card have written to the governing body and to UEFA protesting the decision, saying that Ross' remarks were "racist" and "irresponsible". The group said that the Scottish FA was showing a failure of leadership by deciding not to act. As a professional assistant referee, Ross is subject to the same rules as players, managers and others who hold an official position within the game. The governing body's regulations include a rule on "comments of a discriminatory or offensive nature". Though no formal action was taken, Ross was warned that he should pay attention to his language. Following the compliance officer's decision, Scottish FA spokesperson said: "Mr. Ross had been reminded by the Compliance Officer that he should give careful regard to the Scottish FA's disciplinary rules whilst under its jurisdiction." In the House of Commons Register of Members' Interests, Ross declared earnings of more than £2700 for his work as an assistant referee in Scotland and Europe. The payments included £1305 from the Scottish FA and £1436.65 from UEFA.
Show Racism The Red Card statement in full: "Show Racism the Red Card has written to both the Scottish Football Association as well as the Union of European Football Associations regarding the SFA not finding sufficient evidence that Douglas Ross breached the rule prohibiting officials from making comments of a discriminatory nature based on race or ethnicity. Ross' comments are a blatant display of racism and only serve to entrench divides and create a culture of intolerance toward Gypsy and Travelling communities: 'Illegal and unauthorised gypsy traveller encampments are a significant problem with the settled community continually complaining that gypsy travellers receive preferential treatment'. Ross would only have to read the recently published 'Is Scotland Fairer' report to know that Gypsy and Travelling Communities are the most disenfranchised groups across all indicators and Ross' comments are irresponsible and only serve to further marginalise Gypsy and Travelling community members. Moreover, under the McPherson definition of racism, Show Racism the Red Card perceives Ross' comments to be racist. So while the SFA may not consider it to be a breach of Policy, we deem this to be a racist incident under the law. Similarly, Amnesty International and a number of organisations have contacted us regarding this along with concerned community members as they too perceive it to be a racist incident. To this end, just like all leaders, the SFA are in a position of power and its actions as an organisation set a precedent to communities throughout Scotland and we are disappointed that the SFA are not using its powers to set an example based on Rights respecting values and equality for all. Moreover, if the Conservative Party has recognised the need for Equality and Diversity training for Douglas Ross, the S.F.A. should take a stand too. In the same breath however, we do need to recognise all of the in-kind support that the SFA give our organisation but we feel in this instance, it is irresponsible to overlook Ross' divisive comments."

Source: STV

Brizio: “Women referees are not ready for Liga MX”

Arturo Brizio, the chairman of the FMF Referee Committee, admitted that the possibility of a woman refereeing a game of the MX League is far, because there is no one who can compete at that level and meet expectations. "At this moment I see it distant because it will be too complicated for our current women referees and the ones we have on the rise; we will need to find a woman athlete, because I insist is not a gender issue, but capacity", he said. He pointed out that "modern football requires an impressive physical preparation to compete at that level, which, at this time, our current women referees do not have. But the door will be open that if one or several girls with such abilities appear, to emulate what Vicky Tovar did in the First Division and Quetzalli Alvarado in the MX Ascenso", he said. Interviewed at the end of the forum "Football without discrimination", the leader stressed that the goal in the MX Women's League is that in the near future the games are only refereed by women. "It seems to me that the most logical thing is that the women’s games are refereed by women; it would be a minimum achievement for the women's league, which has been successful, to have the best female referees, that is my dream and my obligation", said Brizio.
Looking ahead to what will be the 2018 World Cup Russia, he hoped that the Mexican refereeing will have representation, something that will be known in November. "At the last meeting I had with people from FIFA, they spoke well of our three teams led by Roberto Garcia, Cesar Ramos and Fernando Guerrero". Arturo Brizio explained that "Mexico has three referees competing and that should be an honor; we support them. They referee as teams and in November we will have white smoke and hopefully at least a Mexican trio".

Source: Radio Formula

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 2)

14-19 September 2017

Faroe Islands – Czech Republic
Referee: Simona Ghisletta (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Susann Küng (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Emilie Aubry (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sandra Strub (SUI)

Albania – Switzerland
Referee: Amy Rayner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Sian Massey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Natalie Aspinall (ENG)
Fourth Official: Emanuela Rusta (ALB)

Norway – Northern Ireland
Referee: Olga Zadinová (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajová (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikol Šafránková (CZE)
Fourth Official: Elisabeth Thoresen (NOR)

Poland – Belarus
Referee: Tanja Subotič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Helena Buh (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Staša Špur (SVN)
Fourth Official: Katarzyna Wojs (POL)

Ukraine – Croatia
Referee: Florence Guillemin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Solenne Bartnik (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Elodie Coppola (FRA)
Fourth Official: Oleksandra Vdovina (UKR)

Italy – Moldova
Referee: Zuzana Kováčová (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Slavomira Majkuthová (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Miroslava Pastoreková (SVK)
Fourth Official: Lucia Abruzzese (ITA)

Germany –Slovenia
Referee: Volha Tsiareshka (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Alena Karas (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Anna Ilyankova (BLR)
Fourth Official: Christine Weigelt (GER)

Kazakhstan – Wales
Referee: Ruzanna Petrosyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Hasmik Gharibyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Liana Grigoryan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Kristina Yanushkevich (KAZ)

Iceland – Faroe Islands
Referee: Sara Persson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandra Österberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Josefin Aronsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)

Romania – Italy
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Kinga Seniuk-Mikulska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Katarzyna Wojs (POL)
Fourth Official: Catalina Nan (ROU)

Belarus – Albania
Referee: Paula Brady (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Olivia Sneyd (IRL)
Fourth Official: Alena Karas (BLR)

Norway – Slovakia
Referee: Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Polyxeni Irodotou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Dora Myrianthea (CYP)
Fourth Official: Elisabeth Thoresen (NOR)

Czech Republic – Germany
Referee: Marta Huerta De Aza (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Rocio Puente Pino (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Belinda Castilla Mesa (ESP)
Fourth Official: Zuzana Špindlerová (CZE)

Hungary – Denmark
Referee: Ewa Augustin (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Dabrowska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Katarzyna Wasiak (POL)
Fourth Official: Brigitta Makkosne Petz (HUN)

Croatia – Sweden
Referee: Eleni Lampadariou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Panagiota Koutsoumpou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Sofia Athanasopoulou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Maja Petravic (CRO)

Switzerland – Poland
Referee: Eleni Antoniou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgia Komisopoulou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Susann Küng (SUI)

England – Russia
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christina Biehl (GER)
Fourth Official: Lindsey Robinson (ENG)

Serbia – Austria
Referee: Sandra Braz Bastos (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cátia Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Teresa Oliveira (POR)
Fourth Official: Svetlana Bilić (SRB)

Belgium – Moldova
Referee: Ezther Urban (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Katalin Török (HUN)
Fourth Official: Viki De Cremer (BEL)

Northern Ireland – Ireland
Referee: Vesna Budimir (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodjak Karšić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Gordana Katušic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Vikki Allan (SCO)

Libya demands World Cup replay after referee’s wife is found to be Tunisian

The Libyan Football Federation has reportedly demanded that FIFA order and replay of their World Cup qualifier against Tunisia as the Kenyan referee Davies Omweno (photo) who officiated the game is married to a Tunisian woman.
According to a report in the English-language Libya Observer, “The Libyan Football Federation lodged a request to the sports court of the FIFA asking for a rematch with the Tunisian team as part of the second round of the World Cup qualifiers, as the Kenyan referee was proved to be married to a Tunisian woman and is living in there”. The refereeing of the match, held on 11 November 2016, was controversial, with an early Libyan goal being wrongly disallowed for off-side, the Libyan captain being sent off early in the second half and the Tunisians scoring the winner from the penalty spot. Libya’s coach, Jalal Damja blamed the loss on “poor officiating”. Both the referee, Davies Omweno (who is considered the best referee in Kenya) and his assistant Berhe O’Michael from Eritrea, were handed three-month suspensions by CAF following the match. The CAF referees committee cited poor performance, wrong positioning and movement, incorrect identification of fouls and failure to administer some disciplinary sanctions as the reasons for Omweno’s suspension. O’Michael was found guilty of poor performance in identifying offside decisions including one that denied Libya a valid goal. In the aftermath, Omweno received less than fulsome support from Kenyan referees chief GMT Ottieno who said it is always a difficult assignment for Kenyan referees in the ‘Arab world’ and that “If Omweno is guilty of the said offences, then he only has himself to blame”. In defence of Omweno, Ottieno added, “However, it is always good to understand that officiating in the Arab world is so tempting in terms of bribes and if one fails to accept them, life will never be the same”.
Referee bias towards players of one’s own nationality has been well documented by research into UEFA Champions League football where it has been found players officiated by a referee of the same nationality receive a 10% uplift in beneficial foul calls. This percentage rises for national team players and in the later stages of a tournament. However, there has been no research done on the influence of referee’s wives. Common sense indicates that the degree of influence would be dependent on the state of the marital relationship, and it is obviously possible to imagine circumstances in which the wife could exert a decisive influence. 

UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

14 September 2017

Austria Wien – AC Milan
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Dave Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas Van Dongen (NED)
Additional AR 1: Dennis Higler (NED)
Additional AR 2: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan De Vries (NED)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Villarreal – Astana
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Lazar Lukić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Zoran Siroki (SRB)
Fourth Official: Bojan Banović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

Slavia Praha – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Dynamo Kyiv – Skënderbeu
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Additional AR 1: Wim Smet (BEL)
Additional AR 2: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
Referee Observer: Marcin Borski (POL)

Young Boys – Partizan
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Additional AR 1: Marius Avram (ROU)
Additional AR 2: Horatiu Fesnic (ROU)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Hoffenheim – Sporting Braga
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Greg Aitken (SCO)
Fourth Official: Francis Connor (SCO)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

İstanbul Başakşehir – Ludogorets
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Joakim Nilsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)

HNK Rijeka – AEK Athens
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Alan Muir (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Euan Anderson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)

Atalanta – Everton
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Igor Fedotov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Lunev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Apollon Limassol – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Jan Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

FC København – Lokomotiv Moskva
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Fastav Zlín – Sheriff Tiraspol
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Nicholas Walsh (SCO)
Fourth Official: Joseph Lawson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

Hapoel Beer Sheva – FC Lugano
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Karim Abed (FRA)
Fourth Official: Eric Danizan (FRA)
Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

FCSB – Viktoria Plzeň
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Additional AR 1: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Additional AR 2: Edgars Malcevs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Arsenal – FC Köln
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

Crvena Zvezda – Bate Borisov

Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Additional AR 1: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Additional AR 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Olympique de Marseille – Konyaspor
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Additional AR 1: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Additional AR 2: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)

Vitória SC – FC Salzburg
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (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: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Hertha BSC – Athletic Club

Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1:Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
Additional AR 1: Filip Glova (SVK)
Additional AR 2: Mário Vlk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

Zorya – Östersunds
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Additional AR 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Additional AR 2: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Fourth Official: Jan Köbeli (SUI)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Vitesse – Lazio
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Erez Papir (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Menashe Masiah (SR)
Fourth Official: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Zulte Waregem – OGC Nice
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Halil Meler (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Serkan Tokat (TUR)
Fourth Official: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)

Real Sociedad – Rosenborg
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Fourth Official: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Vardar – Zenit
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Additional AR 1: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Additional AR 2: Jens Maee (DEN)
Fourth Official: Lars Rix (DEN)
Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)

Silvia Regina: First woman referee in a top men’s division (2003)

Last weekend, Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany) and Lorraine Wilson (Scotland) made their debut as the first female referees in their country’s top division. However, the very first woman referee appointed to a men’s match in the highest national division was Silvia Regina de Oliveira, 14 years ago, in Brazil.
Silvia Regina de Oliveira, former FIFA referee, arrived in the first division of the Brazilian Championship in 2003, debuting with a female trio in the match between Guarani and São Paulo, assisted by Ana Paula de Oliveira and Aline Lambert. It was a historical day for the Brazilian and international refereeing. She made important appearances and remained at the highest level until 2005, including a classic match between Sao Paulo and Corinthians, played in front of a huge crowd at the Morumbi stadium. A success never achieved by another woman in the country. Silvia participated in the Olympic Games and currently she is a FIFA Referee Instructor, working in the Referee Department of the Paulista Football Federation (Brazil).

Source: Refnews

Copa Libertadores – Quarter-finals

First Leg, 13-14 September 2017

San Lorenzo – Lanús
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Leon (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dionisio Ruiz (COL)
Fourth Official: Andres Rojas (COL)
Referee Assessor: Ana Paula Oliveira (BRA)

Barcelona – Santos
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU)
Fourth Official: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Botafogo – Grêmio
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Alexis Herrera (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Joel Ruiz (PAR)

Jorge Wilstermann – River Plate
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Dewson Freitas (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Herrera (ECU)

Second Leg, 20-21 September 2017

Santos – Barcelona
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Lopez (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Henry Gambetta (PER)
Referee Assessor: Paulo Silva (ARG)

Grêmio – Botafogo
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Fourth Official: Jorge Baliño (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Silvera (URU)

River Plate – Jorge Wilstermann
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Orellana (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Patricio Polic (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Victor Rivera (PER)

Lanús – San Lorenzo
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)

UEFA Youth League – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

12 September 2017
Celtic FC – Paris SG
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Fourth Official: Barry Cook (SCO)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

SL Benfica – CSKA Moskva

Referee: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jakub Hrabovský (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
Fourth Official: Rui Piteira Rodrigues (POR)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

Manchester United – Basel
Referee: Keith Kennedy (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgios Argyropoulos (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ryan Kelsey (NIR)
Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse (ENG)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

Bayern München – RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Viktor Matyash (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Valentyn Kutsev (UKR)
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner (GER)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Chelsea – Qarabag
Referee: Robert Hennessy (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Darragh Keegan (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Carey (IRL)
Fourth Official: John Busby (ENG)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

AS Roma – Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomislav Pospeh (SVN)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Di Paolo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

FC Barcelona – Juventus

Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Sønderby (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ole Kronlykke (DEN)
Fourth Official: David Medié Jiménez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Olympiakós – Sporting
Referee: Alan Sant (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Mitchell Scerri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Duncan Sultana (MLT)
Fourth Official: Aristotelis Diamantopoulos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

13 September 2017
NK Maribor – Spartak Moskva
Referee: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Szert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gergő Vígh-Tarsonyi (HUN)
Fourth Official: Marko Lackovič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Liverpool – Sevilla

Referee: Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Andri Vigfússon (ISL)
Fourth Official: Scott Oldham (ENG)
Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

Shakhtar Donetsk – SSC Napoli
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Romāns Platonovs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Griščenko (LVA)
Fourth Official: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)
Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Feyenoord Rotterdam – Manchester City

Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Fourth Official: Siemen Mulder (NED)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

RB Leipzig – AS Monaco
Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Kamil Wójcik (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Bartosz Heinig (POL)
Fourth Official: Alexander Sather (GER)
Referee Observer: Helmut Fleischer (GER)

FC Porto – Beşiktaş JK
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sertac Kurnazca (SUI)
Fourth Official: João Borlido Matos (POR)
Referee Observer: Lucílio Cardoso (POR)

Real Madrid – Apoel
Referee: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Claude Ries (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Joaquim Da Silva (LUX)
Fourth Official: Valentín Pizarro Gómez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)

Tottenham Hotspur – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Harry Hendricks (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ashley Davis (WAL)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)