Spanish referee permitted 16 more penalties than he should have

On 30 January 1975, one of the most peculiar officiating moments in Spanish football took place. Carabanchel hosted Mallorca in the Copa del Rey - called the Copa del Generalisimo at the time - and the home side won this second leg 3-1 to level the tie at 3-3.There were no away goals at the time, so the match went to extra time and all the way to penalties. In the end, 30 kicks from the penalty mark were taken, but this wasn't what should have happened. 
After each team had five penalties each, they were still tied at 4-4, and at this point it should have gone to sudden death penalties. With the 14th kick of the shootout, Carabanchel missed after Mallorca had scored their kick, so the islanders should have been declared the winners and put into the next round. However, the referee Carlos Rabadan had misunderstood the rules and thought that a full set of five penalties each was required. He believed that a team only won the shootout when they'd won a whole set of five. So, he played on until both teams had taken 10 each in total, at which point they were once again level. So, Rabadan then called for another set of five penalties each, taking the total to 15 each and 30 altogether. At this point, there was finally a winner and it was Carabanchel, who should have been eliminated 16 penalties earlier. The refereeing committee later rectified the mistake and put Mallorca into the next round. Rabadan, meanwhile, received a phone call from the head of the referees. "But, what did you do?" he was asked. He held his hands up and admitted he'd made a mistake with the rulebook. To be fair to the official, these rules were fairly new and this was, according to Marca's match report, the only mistake he'd made that day after otherwise overseeing a well-officiated match. Years later, Rabadan reflected on that incident. "How could I not remember it?" he said. "That year I was set to go up from being a second division referee to being a first division referee, but after that I was demoted to the third tier." In addition, Rabadan was suspended for 18 matches. As for the players, some had questioned what was going on, like Mallorca winger Macario."We started to complain, but the truth is that players didn't complain as much back then," he recalled. "So we continued taking penalties." In the end, there were 16 more penalties than there should have been and an incorrect winner. This was the shootout that Carabanchel 'won', but that Mallorca had already won a long time before. 

Source: Marca

Treimanis explains his unusual gesture

Latvian Andris Treimanis recently refereed a friendly match between Riga FC and RFS, played Estonia because in Latvia it was still not allowed. At 75' RFS player Kouadio showed his middle finger to an opponent. Treimanis spotted it and sent him off. However, the red card was followed by a very unusual gesture of the referee, who showed his middle finger to the offender. 
There was some confusion and Treimanis explained in a video that he did not insult the player, but he only replicated the player's gesture to make it clear why he was sending him off.

Chenard: From speed skater to player handler

Do you remember the look on Carol Anne’s face when confronted by a malevolent ghost on Steven Spielberg’s supernatural horror blockbuster Poltergeist? A similar look of horror is sketched over the face of another Carol Anne as she watches speed skaters reach up to 50km/h, career around incapacious bends, slam into hoardings and suffer razor-sharp blades smashing into their soft flesh, transforming snow-white ice rinks into fright-film bloodbaths and, occasionally, leaving bones hanging out. “I watch it on TV and can’t believe how crazy it is,” Carol Anne told FIFA.com. “I think they’re absolutely crazy to do it.” Carol Anne Chenard’s last line was, therefore, a self-declaration of insanity. The Canadian was, indeed, a professional speed skater who won six World Cup medals and held once co-owned a world record. “I was on the national team for just under five years,” said Chenard. “What I loved was, it was an individual sport, but the teamwork and the training together. The camaraderie to push each other to the next level. Some of my finest memories were the World Cups I went to. A team of ten athletes – five men and five women – away competing for three weeks. Short-track speed skating is a super exciting event. People watch it on TV and it’s really exciting, but if you ever get to be in an arena, you really get an appreciation of how fast they go and how tight the corners are. The adrenaline is crazy.”
Curiously, someone who had spent years in the adrenaline-rush world of speed skating elected to make her next sporting profession a judicious one. And yet it was the latter she considered “crazy”. “I grew up playing soccer, basketball and volleyball,” said Chenard. “And I started at a very young age skating and did competitive swimming. In my first soccer game I think I was offside nine times, so the coach decided I was maybe not a striker! I would say what made me stand out on the soccer field was my running capacity and my endurance. It made me perfect to play central midfield. But I recognised my limitations at soccer. My athletic aspirations were on the speed skating side. I kept playing soccer for fun and one day the coach on my team made us take a refereeing course so that we better understood the Laws of the Game. I then started refereeing house-league soccer. I didn’t imagine it could lead to something for a second. But somebody from the league wrote to the association and told them to come out and watch me. I really started to fall in love with refereeing. As my skating career was coming to an end, I was looking for a way to stay involved in high-level sport, to continue to travel, and soccer refereeing was the way to go. If you had asked me 20 years ago if I wanted to become a FIFA referee… Who would want to do that? That’s crazy, you get yelled at all the time. But I became a FIFA referee in 2006.”
Chenard rapidly scaled the ranks and was soon officiating at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 and the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012. Then came the chance to oversee matches in her homeland at Canada 2015. “It was pretty indescribable,” she said. “Refereeing at a World Cup anywhere is unreal – the atmosphere, the feeling you get when you step on a World Cup field is very different. But then you add to it that it was in my home country and the first game of the World Cup that I refereed was in Ottawa, which is where I live now. I was in front a number of friends and family, and even people I didn’t know would be at the games. So it was an opportunity for me to share my passion with friends and colleagues, but also to highlight what a great country Canada is, what great soccer fans we have. It was a really fantastic experience for me.” Chenard, who also works for the Canadian federal government on the team writing and amending drug laws, was set to referee at her third Women’s World Cup at France 2019. Then disaster struck in the form of cancer. “I was diagnosed four days before leaving for France,” she said. “A cancer diagnosis is scary at any time, but what made me most upset was that I was going to have to miss going to France. It was one of the first questions I asked my doctor: ‘Can we delay this for five, six weeks and can I go to France?’ They were pretty categorical that that was not the best option for me. Honestly, I was disappointed not to be there with my colleagues – we’d worked for the past four years towards the tournament. But I needed to make sure to put my health first. I was doing chemotherapy on the day of the World Cup kick-off, but I was there as a fan – a referee fan. Those are my colleagues, we put in so much work in the four years leading up to the World Cup, and I wanted to be their biggest fan even though I couldn’t be there. Then I was able to make it to France to watch the Final and cheer them on in person. That was really nice. My oncologist said it was against his advice, but I told him I didn’t ask for his advice! (laughs) I’m still undergoing treatment but I feel really good.” The Summerside native is seemingly always looking on the bright side of life. “I’ve been lucky enough to referee the likes of Birgit Prinz, Marta, the great US players – your Alex Morgans, Abby Wambachs. My first youth tournament was the FIFA U-20 [Women's] World Cup in 2008. I refereed Argentina-France and Eugenie Le Sommer was a really big talent. Refereeing is kind of like the best seat in the house. Over the last 15 years, I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to be on the field with the best of the best. And being one of the seven women referees who went to the men’s [FIFA] U-17 World Cup in 2017 was a really unexpected appointment. To have the opportunity to participate at the tournament [as a support referee] and then to have Esther Staubli referee a game was really fun for me. I’ve been fortunate to participate in these game-changing events and to see the sport evolve. If you talk about the preparation for my first World Cup in 2011 and the preparation for France [2019], it was very, very different. There’s a lot more opportunities, training camps, investment. As women officials what we always said is that we want to be seen not as a male or female official, but as an official. I think we’re starting to see that.”

Source: FIFA

Former Uruguayan referee killed in Montevideo

Andres Pollero, a 42-year-old former Uruguayan referee, who announced his retirement at the end of 2019, was killed on Sunday night in Montevideo. Pollero was shot in the chest when he resisted the theft of his car at the intersection of the Pedro Boggiani and Ignacio Rivas arteries, in the Sayago neighborhood of the Uruguayan capital, according to what was reported by Montevideo Portal.
The news was confirmed by the president of the Uruguayan Football Association, Ignacio Alonso, who regretted the fact. "Indignation and tremendous pain invade us in the face of the brutal murder of Andres Pollero, a member of our AUF referee community," he wrote on Twitter. Alonso sent condolences and solidarity to his families and colleagues. "The soccer family is in mourning," he closed. In addition to his activity as a referee, Pollero worked in communications, which he liked as much as refereeing, so he offered much of his time to teach and spread the rules in the Uruguayan media. According to police sources, Pollero was shot when he resisted the theft of his car, which was then taken by the criminals.

The Battle of Santiago

An earthquake, a series of articles written by a couple of Italian journalists, a trend-setting referee who had a bad day in office. The result: the Battle of Santiago, a football game that has gone down in history as among the most violent ever played, if not the ugliest ever. 
After two editions of the World Cup were held in Europe, Switzerland (1954) and Sweden (1958), the Latin American nations threatened to boycott the next one if they didn’t win the bid. Chile ran away with the vote for the 1962 hosts, and preparations were underway when disaster struck. An earthquake measuring around 9.5 on the Richter scale hit the country in 1960, severely affecting construction work for the mega event. But Chile overcame adversity and the tournament began on schedule. Doubters though were many. Among them were two Italian journalists, Antonio Ghirelli of Corriere dela Sera and Corrado Pizzinelli from Florence’s La Nazione, who, in a series of articles in the build-up to the World Cup, painted a rather unfavourable picture of Chile, especially its capital Santiago, describing the city as “proudly backwards and poverty-stricken dump full of prostitution and crime”, where “the phones don’t work, taxis are as rare as faithful husbands, a cable to Europe costs an arm and a leg and a letter takes five days to turn up”. Add to it the Italian policy of Oriundo — luring Latin American players to the Italian national side based on the slightest hint of Italian ancestry, a prickly issue among all South American nations. (A recent Italian Oriundo is former Juventus’ Italian Argentine footballer Mauro Camoranesi, who was eligible for Italian citizenship since a great-grandfather had emigrated from Italy to Argentina in the 1870s. Camoranesi was part of the World Cup-winning Italian team of 2006.) 
Chileans were incensed. Against this backdrop, the host nation lined up to face Italy on June 2, 1962, at the Estadio Nacional, the stadium in Santiago that had been refurbished for the World Cup and could seat close to 75,000 people. The mood for the match was set even before the kick-off whistle had been blown with the Chileans spitting on the ground by way of greeting their opponents. The first foul was awarded after 12 seconds; in the fourth minute, Italy’s Argentina-born Humberto Maschio struck Chile’s winger Leonel Sanchez, who collapsed. English referee Ken Aston, who would a few years later devise the yellow and red cards drawing inspiration from traffic lights, didn’t take action as he claimed he hadn’t seen the incident. A few minutes later, he did act as he sent off Italy’s Giorgio Ferrini for kicking out at a Chilean player. The Torino midfielder refused to leave the field and play was held up for almost 10 minutes as armed policemen had to escort him out. The game thereafter descended into chaos. Seeing an opportunity, the left-handed Sanchez, whose father was a professional boxer, unleashed a left-hook on Maschio, breaking his nose. Aston overlooked it, later claiming “I had my back to the incident at the time”. Buoyed by this, Sanchez then landed a ferocious blow on Italy’s AC Milan defender Mario David. Yet again, no action was taken. After about 47 minutes of play, David got his revenge in a ghastly manner later listed as the second worst foul ever committed. During a tussle with Sanchez, he tried to kick the ball high above his opponent’s head but instead struck the Chilean with his boot. David was sent off. The Italians held on until, to add insult to their injuries, Sanchez, who should have been sent off long ago, took the free-kick from which Jaime Ramirez gave Chile a 73rd-minute lead, against nine men, and Jorge Toro added a late second 14 minutes later. The loss meant Italy’s World Cup campaign had suffered a huge blow. The bad blood spilled over. Italians were ostracized in Chile and made unwelcome at bars, eateries and supermarkets. The Italian team management described the Chileans as “cannibals”. In Rome, the army was sent in to protect the Chilean embassy. 
Aston, who picked up an injury during the game and couldn’t officiate further in the tournament, was later quoted by The Guardian as saying: “I wasn’t reffing a football match, I was acting as an umpire in military manoeuvres.” Aston went on to blame the linesmen, or assistant referees as they are now called, for much of the chaos. “If the referee or linesman sees nothing, nothing can be done. I’m sure the linesman did see it, but he refused to tell me,” he told The Guardian. Aston wasn’t entirely incorrect. The linesman at the touchline where Sanchez punched Maschio was a man with little experience. Leo Goldstein was a Holocaust survivor who had literally been marching towards the gas chambers when one of the SS guards asked if anyone was able to referee a football match. He volunteered and survived. With practically no experience, he ended up as a football referee in the US. 
As for the tournament itself, Italy went out at the group stage; Chile took third place and Brazil won their second successive Jules Rimet Trophy beating Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the final. The ill-will generated by the Battle of Santiago would last between Latin American and European teams for around a decade. Matches in the Intercontinental Cup, as the one between Pele’s Santos and AC Milan in 1963, would leave players bruised and battered. But the Estadio Nacional would see worse in the years to come. The stadium was used as a prison camp after the 1973 military coup that ousted Chile’s democratically elected Marxist president Salvador Allende and put Augusto Pinochet in power. As many as 20,000 men and women suffered at the hands of Pinochet’s military junta, mercilessly tortured, many murdered in the stadium. There’s a tiny section of empty wooden benches and crumbling concrete which is reserved in perpetuity as a memorial to those who suffered at the home of Chilean football. Santiago has been witness to many a battle. 

Source: The Telegraph

Collum: “Ridiculous abuse almost forced me out”

Referee William Collum has condemned the “ridiculous abuse” of referees in Scottish football and revealed he has considered quitting on several occasions. The 41-year-old has been Scotland’s highest-profile match official for the past decade, taking charge of five major cup finals, and has been a member of UEFA’s elite list of referees since 2012. But Collum is hugely concerned by the threats and level of personal verbal attacks he and his colleagues are subjected to from football supporters, not only inside stadiums but also when they are spending time with their families. 
In a frank discussion with ex-Scotland internationals Kris Boyd and Robert Snodgrass in the latest edition of the Lockdown Tactics podcast, Collum relates an example of one such disturbing incident he experienced in December 2018. “I had a day off and went into Glasgow with my wife for some Christmas shopping for the kids,” said Collum. “Within 10 metres of getting out of the car and walking towards a shopping centre, three or four guys had given me the most ridiculous abuse. It frightened my wife and she was really upset. That trip ended in five minutes. We were back in the car and up the road. There needs to be an acceptance that we are ordinary people, with families. It worries me when I see referees receiving threats. Some of the abuse we are subjected to in stadiums isn’t right. When it becomes personal, it’s a worry. We need to respect people in the public spotlight. We have families and also need to hold down a full-time job (away from football). I’ve thought about quitting lots of times. My wife has said to me many times that maybe it’s time to give it up.” Collum says the closest he came to giving up refereeing was in the aftermath of criticism he received for his performance in a league match between Falkirk and Rangers in 2015, shortly after he had been named as a referee for the Euro 2016 finals in France. It was the start of what he freely admits was a run of games when he did not perform well, prompting the Scottish FA to withdraw him from games for a time. “It was a very difficult period,” added Collum. “That whole period affected my well-being and the well-being of my family. That was a time I was very close to giving up and my wife wanted me to finish.” 

Source: The Scotsman

Aytekin: “Games without supporters lack passion”

A leading German referee has said his heart rate has dropped considerably during matches held behind closed doors as some of the “passion” is missing without supporters. Deniz Aytekin took charge of the Riverderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke and said that, without fans in the stadium, there was a reduced intensity for him as a referee. “I have to admit that in the derby, I had pulse rates that were extremely low compared to games with spectators,” Aytekin told German broadcaster ZDF. “Suddenly these emotions are missing, which is just as elementary for us because ultimately we too live this passion.” Aytekin said he believes the league will become increasingly competitive as the players and referees grow used to the “ghost games”, but his comments have shone more light on the direct consequences of playing matches without supporters. He added that there were situations on the pitch that “would have been more hectic” if fans had been in the stadium as usual, although he did not believe the game between Dortmund and Schalke, which Dortmund won 4-0, was any less intense for the players. 
Keith Hackett, the former Premier League referee and former head of the refereeing organization Professional Game Match Officials, told Telegraph Sport that the lack of crowds could have an adverse effect on the quality of refereeing. “Because there is no crowd, there probably does not feel to be the same level of pressure,” said Hackett. “That can create a problem because the referee can have periods where he is not concentrating as much as he should do. If the concentration is not sharp then you could miss the big decisions. In front of a crowd, there is absolutely no doubt that the adrenalin rush keeps the heart rate up and keeps you on your toes.” 

Source: MSN

Futsal Laws of the Game 2020/21

On 8 April 2020, the Bureau of the FIFA Council approved an update to the Futsal Laws of the Game. The latest rules form the 2020/21 edition and came into force on 1 June 2020. Several of the adjustments reflect recent law changes in football. Competitions interrupted by Covid-19 can be completed in accordance with either the previous Futsal Laws of the Game or the new edition for 2020/21. Any friendly or warm-up games played prior to the resumption of a competition are permitted to use the laws that will be applied when the competition restarts, even if these warm-up matches take place after 1 June 2020. Women’s futsal is no longer considered as a separate category but instead has the same status as the men’s game. Meanwhile the new laws provide numerous flexible organisational options for futsal competitions involving youth players, older players, players with disabilities and at grassroots level. For example, goal sizes, pitch sizes, ball type, playing time and goalkeeper throws beyond the halfway line can also be adjusted to suit local circumstances and needs, as well as to promote creative futsal and the technical development of players. 
Kick-offs have been changed to mirror football, with all players apart from the kick-off taker required to stay in their own half. Each team will now take five shots instead of three when taking penalties to determine the winner of a match. The latest version of the rules also stipulates that five players from each team can warm up at the same time. The Laws of the Game relating to referees have also been adjusted to ensure that they can now take more effective action against team officials who conduct themselves inappropriately. The defending goalkeeper in futsal must now have some part of one foot touching or in line with the goal line until the ball is struck when facing a penalty. Anyone who impedes a penalty taker must now be cautioned even if they have maintained the minimum distance of five metres. From now on a caution will also be issued if this happens during free-kicks. As in football, the ball is in play during a goal kick when the goalkeeper releases and clearly moves the ball. Opponents may only enter the penalty area once the ball is in play. However, the four-second rule also continues to apply here. 

Source: FIFA

FIFA calls for "common sense" on player protests

FIFA has called on leagues to use "common sense" when deciding whether to discipline footballers for displaying political messages after several players in the German Bundesliga called for justice for George Floyd during matches. "FIFA fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case," world football's governing body said in a statement on Tuesday. After scoring in his team's win at Paderborn on Sunday, Borussia Dortmund's English winger Jadon Sancho lifted his shirt to reveal the message "Justice for George Floyd". His team-mate Achraf Hakimi and Schalke's American midfielder Weston McKennie expressed similar calls for justice, while Borussia Moenchengladbach's French forward Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for his team in memory of Floyd, who died last week after a white policeman in Minneapolis kneeled on the handcuffed man's neck for several minutes. The incident has sparked days of violent protests across the United States. 
The International Football Association Board (IFAB), the sport's lawmakers, bans players from showing "any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images". However, pointing to its own anti-racism campaigns, FIFA intimated that no action should necessarily be taken against Sancho, Hakimi or McKennie. "The application of the laws of the game approved by the IFAB is left for the competitions organisers which should use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events," FIFA said. 
The German Football Association (DFB) is investigating the players in line with IFAB's laws, although president Fritz Keller said he understood their actions. "If people are discriminated against because of the colour of their skin, it is unbearable," said Keller. "If they die as a result of the colour of their skin, then I am deeply disturbed. The victims of racism need all of our solidarity." Sancho was booked after revealing the message to mark scoring against Paderborn, although the DFB has said the yellow card was actually because he lifted his shirt over his head. "This is defined under rule number 12 as behaviour that is clearly against the rules and should be seen as independent of any political message," said Lutz-Michael Froehlich, head of the elite referees unit of the DFB. "For referees it is not possible to make a judgement during a match about political, religious or personal slogans, messages or pictures," Froehlich added. 

Source: Yahoo

Aytekin “failed in the performance of his duties”

UEFA have acknowledged that referee Deniz Aytekin “failed in the performance of his duties” during Barcelona's comeback victory against PSG in 2017. The historic comeback, when Barca came back from a 4-0 first-leg deficit to win 6-1 on the night at the Nou Camp, finished with drama and controversy after three late goals sent Barca through. In particular, Luis Suarez winning a penalty, which resulted in Barca's fifth goal in stoppage time, was contentious and UEFA have acknowledged as such, with the referee could reportedly facing potential further penalties. 
UEFA's Disciplinary Committee, as reported by French outlet Onze Mondial, said Aytekin “failed in the performance of his duties” on 8 March 2017 in the Champions League round-of-16 clash. European football's governing body considered a demotion for the referee, and the French club also lodged a formal complaint outlining all the mistakes of Aytekin that night. It is unknown why the complaint took three years to be handled and the admittance will not come as any consolation to PSG players and fans. That year, Barcelona were knocked out in the quarter-finals by a Juventus side who would go on to lose in the final to Barca's fierce rivals Real Madrid. PSG have not gone beyond the round-of-16 since, losing to Real Madrid in 2018 and Manchester United last season. 

Source: Daily Mail