October 30, 2014

UEFA Officials for Matchday 4

These are the referee observers and delegates UEFA's administrative bodies and referee committee have appointed for next week's UEFA Champions League's matchday 4. We welcome your predictions!

Manuel Mejuto González will observe NK Maribor - Chelsea FC

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October 28, 2014

Video Training: Offside Goals in Schalke 04 - NK Maribor? Solutions!


The following match situations are both taken from the UEFA Champions League Matchday 2 tie between Schalke 04 and NK Maribor and belongs to the category Offside.
The officials involved were Carlos Velasco Carballo (referee), Roberto Alonso Fernández (assistant referee 1) and Carlos Del Cerro Grande (additional assistant referee 1) from Spain.

At the moment of a shot on goal, a yellow-dressed attacking player is clearly in an offside position. However, does he become active? Yes, he does.
He is both clearly obstructing the goalkeeper's line of vision and is making a clear action within playing distance having a clear impact on the goalkeeper's ability to save the ball by impeding his movement and actions. For this reason, the attacker interferes with an opponent.
The goal should have been disallowed for offside offence. It must be highlighted that only clear cases of obstructing the line of vision of an opponent can be penalized in the sense of Law 11. This was the case here. 
Furthermore, the referee himself as well as the additional assistant referee have a responsibility and should take action and fulfill their duty to follow play attentively in order to be prepared to support their team-mate, who does not have the best angle to gauge the punishability of the offside position from his position at the sideline.


89% of you agreed with this solution.

Again, at the moment of a shot on goal, an attacking player is standing in an offside position between the ball and the goalkeeper. You can argue that he maybe obstructs the goalkeeper's line of vision. However, the attacker does not clearly obstruct his line of vision. He jumps over the travelling ball and, being a bit farther away from the goalkeeper than the attacker in clip 1, allows the goalkeeper a wider visual angle and better visual contact to the ball. Law 11 demands that such an obstruction is really clear, and this was not the case here.
In addition, the attacker does not have an impact on the goalkeeper's ability to save the ball, as there is no clear action within playing distance and as he makes no attempt to play the ball. By jumping over the ball, he makes clear he has no interest in playing or touching it and also stays far enough away. The referee team's decision must be supported and should be deemed as correct for this case.


59% of you agreed with this solution, which demonstrates that this clip has been of higher difficulty and that there is the need to clarify such cases in a clearer and more uniform way in future.

Our solutions were given as such in our match report uploaded last month and are in line with UEFA's interpretation of these clips.

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October 20, 2014

Europa League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3

These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2014-15 Europa League Group Stage Matchday 3. 

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Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3 (Wednesday)

UEFA has revealed the second package of referee appointments for Champions League's third matchday of this season.

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group A, Georgios Karaiskakis (GRE)
Olympiakos - Juventus Turin
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN))  
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group A, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
Atlético Madrid - Malmö FF
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Balažić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Graham Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Mcgrath (IRL) 
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group B, Anfield Road, Liverpool (ENG)
Liverpool FC - Real Madrid CF
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: José Guilherme Aguiar (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group B, Natsionalen Stadion Levski, Sofia (BUL)
Ludogorets - FC Basel
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Sajn (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Gerhard Sager (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group C, BayArena, Leverkusen (GER)
Bayer Leverkusen - Zenit St Petersburg
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas van Dongen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group C, Georgios Karaiskakis (GRE)
AS Monaco - Benfica SL
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Henk Kesler (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group D, Constant Vanden Stock, Brussels (BEL)
RSC Anderlecht - Arsenal FC
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR) 
UEFA Delegate: Sándor Berzi (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

22 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group D, Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
Galatasaray - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB) 
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)
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October 19, 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3 (Tuesday)

UEFA has appointed Danny Makkelie to oversee his first Champions League match of his career at Stamford Bridge. Furthermore UEFA's Vice Officer of Refereeing will observe Sergei Karasev in his third match with Schalke 04 involvement, while committee member Jozef Marko will assess Ovidiu Hategan in Nicosia.

21 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Group E, Arena Khimki, Moscow (RUS)
CSKA Moskva - Manchester City
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berretyán (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sándor Szabo (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Zsolt Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: László Viszokai (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group E, Stadio Olimpico, Roma (ITA)
AS Roma - FC Bayern München
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Athanassios Briakos (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Andrei Medintsev (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group F, Camp Nou, Barcelona
FC Barcelona - Ajax Amsterdam
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien Macgraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Djukanovic (MNE)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group F, GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
APOEL - Paris SG
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pavel Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group G, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
FC Schalke 04 - Sporting Lisbon
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group G, Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
Chelsea FC - NK Maribor
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Diks (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Rob van de Ven (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group H, Borisov Arena, Borisov (BLR)
BATE Borisov - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

21 October 2014, 20:45 CET
Group H, Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - Athletic Club
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)
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October 16, 2014

Weekly News: Vanishing spray in Germany, Busacca's instruction on handballs, Gianluca Rocchi suspended for a month and a bomb at Cyprus Referee's association.

These are the news we have gathered from the refereeing's point of view over the last 2 weeks. DFB will ban vanishing spray from Bundesliga matches over health concerns. Moreover FIFA's head of refereeing was called to Brazil to help clarify the issue of handball. Italian Elite official Gianluca Rocchi is suspended by FIGC for a month after his handling of Juventus - Roma the previous weekend. Finally Cyprus football is suffering from another violent act since a bomb went off at the headquarters at the Cyprus Referee's association in Nicosia.

Vanishing spray to be abolished in Bundesliga?

German product-safety organisation Technischer Überwachungs-Verein (TÜV) has banned the use of the revolutionary vanishing spray.
The TÜV have decreed that referees will be unable to use the spray in the Bundesliga after the foam tested positive for “hormonally active” ingredients.
The spray was due to be introduced on 18th October, but those plans were put on hold after the German football federation (DFB) found the Argentina-produced spray could not be used as it wasn’t approved or manufactured in the EU.
According to Bild, the DFB then had TÜV test the spray extensively, with the safety auditors finding that not only did it contain suspicious “hormonally-active” parabens but that it was also flammable to require labelling. The spray was also found to contain more than the legal limit of greenhouses gases.
Any referee who uses the spray during a Bundesliga match is likely to receive a fine and could also be subject to legal proceedings.

Head of refereeing at the DFB, Lutz Michael Frohlich, has said they could "look for alternatives to the expensive import from Argentina" after a report from TUV Rheinland suggested the 9-15 spray could be potentially harmful.
But Pablo Silva, the entrepreneur who developed the spray has said he will take legal action should the DFB import another kind of spray and says there are no concerns over the safety of his invention.
"If the DFB uses the spray from another provider, we will complain about it," Silva told Bild. 
"Other vendors may not use our patent. Neither the ingredients nor the principle of the invention itself, it would of course be totally illegal.
"The spray is no risk to anyone's health. More than 300,000 games were conducted with the spray. We obey all laws. There is, in my view, no reason not to use the spray in Germany."

"You need hands". Massimo Busacca speaking.

FIFA referees chief Massimo Busacca has stepped into a row in Brazil where an apparently astonishing instruction has sparked confusion over what exactly is handball.
Brazilian referees were reportedly told to punish every defensive handball in penalty areas with penalty kicks, regardless of whether the offence was intentional.
Making ball-to-hand carry the same weight as hand-to-ball flouts the laws of the game.
Penalties have been awarded when defenders have been hit at point blank range, palpably unable to get an arm or hand out of the way.
However, there have also been instances of blatant handling offences going undetected.
n Brazil, all parties including referees have been called to a meeting this week to resolve the issue.
Busacca has attempted clarification, saying: “A player needs his hand and his arm to run, jump and balance. You cannot play the game without using hands and arms.
“Hence referees must apply the law which includes a decision on intent.”

Gianluca Rocchi suspended for a month.

Gianluca Rocchi, the referee who officiated Juventus-Roma will return in November after he serves a suspension emanated by head referee designator and former referee Domenico Messina, according to whom he missed only one call: the penalty on Maicon. 
The official from Florence reportedly reacted this way to the fallout that followed Sunday’s match at the Juventus Stadium “What bothered me the most were the comments made about my aptitude, by people who thought that it was wrong to exclude me from the World Cup”, on Gazzetta dello Sport. The suspension is to protect Rocchi, not to punish him. Until November he will not make an appearance as a head official but might make an appearance as a goal judge.
All the errors seen on Sunday’s supermatch were questions of millimeters, nothing completely scandalous. What the referee designator didn’t like is the penalty given for Maicon’s arm-ball near the edge of the big box. With respect to the other episodes (the penalties for fouls on Totti and Pogba and Vidal’s position on Bonucci’s goal) were fine decisions. 

Bombing attempt at the Cyprus Referee's association Headquarters.

Cyprus refereeing suffers from another act of violence less than 2 weeks after a bombing atempt against 1st League Assistant referee Andrea Andreou when an explosive device was set-off outside his house.
This time the target was the Headquarters of the Cyprus Referee's Association. At the night of Monday 13/10 the police was closed after an explosion in Nicosia. Thankfully noone was hurt and there were some minimal damages on the building. Police opened an official investingation linking that bomb with the previous one against an Assistant Referee and a previous attempt against FIFA Referee Leontios Trattou last February when strangers placed a bomb at his car.

Cyprus Football Association and  Cyprus Referees Association both issued a statement condemning the attack. Even FIFA President Sepp Blatter send a letter to CFA expressing their sympathy to Cyprus Referees (see here).
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October 11, 2014

UEFA U21 EURO 2015 Qualifiers Appointments - Play Off (II)

These are the officials appointed by UEFA for the play-off matches of UNDER 21 EURO 2015 qualifiers. Second legs to be played on 14 October 2014.

A new beginning for István Vad?
14 October 2014, 16:00 CET
Giglio, Reggio Emilia (ITA)
Italy - Slovakia
Referee: Steven McLean (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Gavin Harris (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

14 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Cibalia Vinkovci, Vinkovci (CRO)
Croatia - England
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

14 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Georg-Meiches, Essen (GER)
Germany - Ukraine
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (NED) 
Fourth Official: Kamphuis Jochem (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

14 October 2014, 18:00 CET
A Mata Real, Pacos de Ferreira (POR)
Portugal - Netherlands
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Richard Havrilla (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

14 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Ramón de Carranza, Cadiz (ESP)
Spain - Serbia
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Fourth Official: Robert Hartmann (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Per Svärd (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

14 October 2014, 18:15 CET
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
Iceland - Denmark
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Istvan Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Fourth Official: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: William Campbell (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

14 October 2014, 20:00 CET
Örjans vall, Halmstad (SWE)
Sweden - France
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Kralović (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)
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October 10, 2014

Video Training - Assessing the Level of Punishment 6 - Reckless Tackle (solved)


The following match situation is taken from FC Zürich - Borussia M'gladbach (UEL) and belongs to the category Assessing the Level of Punishment. You are warmly encouraged to participate in discussion by answering the poll or placing a comment. Our solution will appear in this thread in a couple of days.

Our solution:

The white-dressed defending player goes into a challenge and comes too late. With the ball already away, he makes intentional and unfair contact with the opponent's foot by using his studs coming from the top, showing little interest in the welfare of his opponent.
While the defender's action might be interpreted as serious foul play, as such tackles have the potential to endanger the safety of an opponent if they e.g. touch their shinbones or ankles, tackles of this specific type are rather low and "only" have a moderate intensity. Therefore they should be considered as reckless.

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October 9, 2014

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for October 2014 (MD3)

These are the referees appointed by UEFA for MD3 of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 12, 13 and 14 October 2014. Missing appointments will be added in due course. 

Damir Skomina will officiate Germany - Republic of Ireland
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October 6, 2014

UEFA U21 EURO 2015 Qualifiers Appointments - Play Off (I)

These are the officials appointed by UEFA for the play-off matches of UNDER 21 EURO 2015 qualifiers. First legs to be played on 9 and 10 October 2014. Missing appointments will be added in due course. 

Greek Anastasios Sidiropoulos will be observed by Italian Roberto Rosetti

9 October 2014, 18:30 CET
AZ Stadion, Alkmaar (NED)
Netherlands - Portugal
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

10 October 2014, 17:00 CET
Stadium: Gradski, Jagodina (SRB)
Serbia - Spain
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

10 October 2014, 17:00 CET
Štadión FC ViOn, Zlate Moravce (SVK)
Slovakia - Italy
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
Fourth Official: Cosme Machado (POR)
UEFA Delegate: José Luis Astiazarán Iriondo (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

10 October 2014, 17:30 CET
KP Tcentralnyi, Cherkassy (UKR)
Ukraine - Germany
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Olzhas Abrayev (KAZ)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

10 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Aalborg Stadion, Aalborg (DEN)
Denmark - Iceland
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Erez Papir (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Götz Bender (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

10 October 2014, 18:45 CET
Molineux, Wolverhampton (ENG)
England - Croatia
Referee: Javier Estrada (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: José Miranda (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Francisco Martín (ESP)
Fourth Official: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Dumitru Mihalache (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

10 October 2014, 18:45 CET
MMArena, Le Mans (FRA)
France - Sweden
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: David Vang Andersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jens Maae (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Prodani (ALB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)
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UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for October 2014 (MD2)

These are the referees appointed by UEFA for MD2 of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 9, 10 and 11 October 2014.

Nicola Rizzoli will be in charge of Sweden - Russia

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October 5, 2014

Video Training: Offside 1 - Solution


The following match situation is taken from Dinamo Minsk - ACF Fiorentina and belongs to the category Offside. You are warmly encouraged to participate in discussion by answering the poll or placing a comment.

Posts which you might find helpful:

Challenging an opponent for the ball
Interfering with play 

Our solution:

A white-dressed attacking player is in an offside position in the centre of the penalty area. A pass is played to, but not touched by him. Another attacking player, #72, who has not been in an offside position at the moment of the pass, receives the ball and scores a goal.
Even though the attacking player does not touch the ball, he tries to reach it by sliding towards the ball. Therefore, he is guilty of offside offence by challenging the goalkeeper for the ball. Based on UEFA's instructions, he should be deemed to have an impact on the goalkeeper's ability to save the ball being in playing distance and very close to the ball.

Furthermore, you should keep in mind that UEFA has reminded their referees on the following:

Referees and assistant referees should be aware that interfering with play means not only playing or touching the ball but also can include attempting to play the ball. An attacker, who clearly attempts to play the ball, must be deemed to be interfering with play.
For all our readers, who do not belong to national associations in UEFA's area, we rather recommend not to raise the flag for offside in such a case as UEFA's guidelines are partly contradicting or even violating FIFA's Law 11. Our solution depends on UEFA's guidelines.

In our poll, 57 % (249 out of 439 voters) agreed with OFFSIDE OFFENCE.
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October 2, 2014

Poor Champions League Refereeing Matchday Raises Questions

This week's UEFA Champions League matchday has been painful for refereeing and definitely one of the worst matchdays in terms of officiating over the past 2 or 3 seasons. While mistakes are human and it is not our goal to scrutinize or even harrass every performance shown by the referees yesterday and on Tuesday, a simple judgment must be made: some performances were shocking and are a frightening mirror of UEFA's Elite Group and parts of its members. And I better warn you in advance, the term "shocking" could be overused in this post.

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Neuer's Double Contact missed by Scottish Referee Team

Sometimes it is hard to find words for certain match situations and the following clip shows one of them. It is taken from CSKA Moskva-Bayern München refereed by William Collum of Scotland, who missed a blatant infringement committed by German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. 

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