UEFA Referees – Changes 2016/2017


Retired from Elite Category: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP, photo).

Retired from First Category:
Serge Gumienny (BEL), Marijo Strahonja (CRO), Alexandru Tudor (ROU).

Retired from Second Category:
Marcin Borski (POL), Antonio Damato (ITA), Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Richard Liesveld (NED), Steven McLean (SCO), Lee Probert (ENG).

New FIFA Referees promoted directly to Second Category:
Massimiliano Irrati (ITA), Francois Letexier (FRA), Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP).

Retired from Third Category: Ignasi Villamayor (AND).

New FIFA Referees entered in Third Category: Andi Koci (ALB), Omar Pashayev (AZE), Lawrence Wisser (BEL), Stefan Apostolov (BUL), Duje Strukan (CRO), Jason Barcelo (GIB), Luca Barbeno (SMR), Furkat Atazhanov (KAZ), Daniyar Sakhi (KAZ), Genc Nuza (KOS), Manfredas Lukjancukas (LTU), Ian McNabb (NIR), Keith Kennedy (NIR), Espen Eskas (NOR), Kai Steen (NOR), Krzysztof Jakubik (POL), Robert Hennessy (IRL), Horatiu Fesnic (ROU), George Gaman (ROU), Aleksei Matiunin (RUS), Donald Robertson (SCO), Aleksandar Vasic (SRB), Bojan Nikolic (SRB), Michal Ocenas (SVK), Rade Obrenovic (SVN), Halil Meler (TUR), Mykola Balakin (UKR), Iwan Griffith (WAL).

Elizondo appointed Head of Referees in Argentina

Former Argentine referee Horacio Elizondo was appointed as the new Head of the Referee Department within the Argentine Football Federation.
Horacio Elizondo refereed the final of the 2006 World Cup between France and Italy during which he sent-off Zinedine Zidane who head-butted Marco Matterazzi. After working as deputy secretary of state for sports affairs in the government of former Argentine president Nestor Kirchner (2003-2007) and also as a media consultant, Elizondo was inducted boss of Argentine referees and presented to the press in the presence of Armando Pérez, the interim chairman of the AFA. Elizondo was surrounded by Angel Sanchez, who refereed at the 2002 World Cup and Marcelo Habib, current secretary of the Association of Argentine Referees. Hector Baldassi, a former Argentine referee at the 2010 World Cup, was also approached to accompany Elizondo, but this track has been abandoned, Baldassi serving as deputy of the province of Cordoba since December 2013 and could run again in 2017.
The appointment of Horacio Elizondo comes as SADRA, one of the two referees associations in Argentina, has launched a call to strike after one of their colleagues was violently assaulted during a fourth national division match. Guillermo Marconi, representative of the SADRA announced that "the members of his association will not referee the matches of 1st division, National B, First B, Federal A, B and C". This announcement came only a few days before the most explosive game of the year between River Plate and Boca Juniors to be played on Sunday. Diego Abal, the referee appointed to the match, belongs to the AAA (Association des Arbitres Argentinos). The latter has not yet expressed their intentions, but does not rule out joining the movement. His secretary, Federico Beligoy, said he was "in solidarity with SADRA. If we are to join the strike, we will go."

Source: Globo

VARs to be tested live at FIFA Club World Cup 2016

An important piece of history will be made at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 (8‑18 December in Yokohama and Osaka) with video assistance being used to support referees with “match-changing” decisions for the first time in a FIFA competition.
“This represents a big step forward in terms of testing the technology,” says Marco van Basten, FIFA’s Chief Officer Technical Development. “We feel well prepared after setting everything up with the support of The IFAB, the host broadcaster Dentsu/NTV and Hawk-Eye – one of a number of providers that offer such technology. At the same time, it’s important to remember that we are entering somewhat unchartered territory here, given that we are going live for the first time. Ultimately, these tests should prove invaluable in terms of determining whether the processes are sound or whether any further refinements are needed.” This trial will involve video assistant referees (VARs) being given access to all broadcast feeds inside a video operations room, enabling them to provide information to the referee on the field of play in order to correct clear mistakes in “match-changing” situations. These include serious incidents including goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity. The VARs will play a supporting role along with the assistant referees and the fourth official, but the referee will continue to take the first as well as the final decision on the field of play. “The VAR system has been developed, just like goal-line technology, to provide additional support for the referee,” says FIFA’s Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca. “We want the essential flow of the game to be maintained and, as always, the first and the final decisions lie with the referee. This is our philosophy, and these principles as well as the practical application of the technology have been explained and demonstrated to our match officials as part of an ongoing training programme.” 
As usual, the referees and VARs involved in the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 have participated in intensive theoretical and practical training sessions organised by the FIFA Refereeing Department during the week leading up to the competition. The main points of emphasis were on football understanding, reading the game, positioning, teamwork and different football mentalities, with the overall goal of achieving consistency and uniformity. The match officials reviewed video clips of real match situations and participated in practical training sessions with players, which were filmed so that the participants could receive instant feedback from top FIFA refereeing instructors. The final step before the first game included a live training session with players, multiple TV cameras and the Hawk-Eye VAR system at Yokohama Stadium. All of this is building upon the successful trials recently held at international friendly matches in Italy.
By using VARs during the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016, FIFA will be putting The IFAB's VAR protocol through an important test before other competition organisers begin conducting live trials from 2017 onwards. The referee will be able to review footage on a pitchside monitor for certain decisions – a key progression from the “semi-live” tests conducted at recent international friendly matches in Italy (Italy - France in Bari in September and Italy - Germany in Milan in November). With the support of FIFA and The IFAB, competition organisers in 12 countries are already confirmed to participate in the two-year experiments (Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, USA).

Source: FIFA

UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 6)

8 December 2016

FC Salzburg – FC Schalke
Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Additional AR 1: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Additional AR 2: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Villarreal – Steaua Bucureşti
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (GER)
Additional AR 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional AR 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)

Osmanlıspor – FC Zürich
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Rade Obrenović (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Dragoslav Perič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

PAOK FC – Slovan Liberec

Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)

Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)

Assistant Referee 2: Harry Lennard (ENG)

Additional AR 1: Robert Madley (ENG)

Additional AR 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)

Fourth Official: Edward Smart (ENG)

Referee Observer: Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)

Qarabağ FK – Fiorentina

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: Vasily Melnychuk (UKR)

Konyaspor – KAA Gent

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 Maae (DEN)

Fourth Official: Lars Rix (DEN)

Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

SC Braga – Shakhtar Donetsk

Referee: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)

Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)

Assistant Referee 2: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)

Additional AR 1: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)

Additional AR 2: Yasar Uğurlu (TUR)

Fourth Official: Ekrem Kan (TUR)

Referee Observer: Jari Maisonlahti (FIN)

Sassuolo Calcio – KRC Genk

Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)

Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)

Assistant Referee 2: Roy Hassan (ISR)

Additional AR 1: Erez Papir (ISR)

Additional AR 2: Eli Hacmon (ISR)

Fourth Official: Nissan Davidy (ISR)

Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

Rapid Wien – Athletic Club

Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)

Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)

Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)

Additional AR 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)

Additional AR 2: Ed Janssen (NED)

Fourth Official: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Astra Giurgiu – AS Roma

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: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)

Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)

Referee Observer: Vladimír Medved (SVK)

Viktoria Plzeň – Austria Wien

Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)

Assistant Referee 1: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)

Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)

Additional AR 1: Anatolii Abdula (UKR)

Additional AR 2: Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)

Fourth Official: Igor Alokhin (UKR)

Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

AZ Alkmaar – FC Zenit

Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)

Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)

Additional AR 1: Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR)

Additional AR 2: Tore Hansen (NOR)

Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)

Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – Dundalk FC

Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)

Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)

Additional AR 1: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)

Additional AR 2: Rene Eisner (AUT)

Fourth Official: Stefan Kühr (AUT)

Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Anderlecht – AS Saint Étienne

Referee: István Kovács (ROU)

Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)

Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)

Additional AR 1: Cristian Balaj (ROU)

Additional AR 2: Marius Avram (ROU)

Fourth Official: Valentin Avram (ROU)

Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

FSV Mainz – Qabala SC

Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)

Assistant Referee 1: Gareth Wyn Jones (WAL)

Assistant Referee 2: Lewiss Ross Edwards (WAL)

Additional AR 1: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)

Additional AR 2: Nick Pratt (WAL)

Fourth Official: Daniel Beckett (WAL)

Referee Observer: Are Habicht (EST)

Apoel – Olympiacos

Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)

Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)

Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)

Additional AR 1: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)

Additional AR 2: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido (ESP)

Fourth Official: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)

Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Young Boys – FC Astana

Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT)

Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)

Assistant Referee 2: Edward Spiteri (MLT)

Additional AR 1: Fyodor Zammit (MLT)

Additional AR 2: Cann Trustin Farrugia (MLT)

Fourth Official: William Debattista (MLT)

Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)

Feyenoord – Fenerbahçe

Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)

Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)

Additional AR 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)

Additional AR 2: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)

Fourth Official: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)

Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Zorya Luhansk – Manchester United

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: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)

Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)

Inter Milano – Sparta Praha

Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)

Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)

Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)

Additional AR 1: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)

Additional AR 2: Wim Smet (BEL)

Fourth Official: Yves de Neve (BEL)

Referee Observer: Michael Thomas Ross (NIR)

Southampton – Hapoel Beer Sheva

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)

Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)

Additional AR 1: Marco Guida (ITA)

Additional AR 2: Davide Massa (ITA)

Fourth Official: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)

Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

OGC Nice – FC Krasnodar

Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)

Assistant Referee 1: Johannes Vogel (SUI)

Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)

Additional AR 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)

Additional AR 2: Sascha Amhof (SUI)

Fourth Official: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)

Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

Panathinaikos – Celta Vigo

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: Edgards Malcevs (LVA)

Fourth Official: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)

Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)

Standard Liège – Ajax

Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)

Assistant Referee 1: Alastair Mather (SCO)

Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)

Additional AR 1: John Beaton (SCO)

Additional AR 2: Donald Robertson (SCO)

Fourth Official: Graeme Stewart (SCO)

Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)

FIFA Club World Cup 2016 – Play-off

8 December 2016

Kashima Antlers – Auckland City
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwa Range (KEN)
Fourth Official: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Reserve AR: Gyorgy Ring (HUN)

UEFA Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 6)

6 December 2016
Manchester City – Celtic
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaz Klancnik (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Mitja Zganec (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Basel – Arsenal
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Additional AR 1: Fabio Verissimo (POR)
Additional AR 2: João Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)

Paris St. Germain – Ludogorets
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional AR 1: Charalampos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Additional AR 2: Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

Dynamo Kyiv – Beşiktaş
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Fourth Official: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

SL Benfica – SSC Napoli
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
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: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

FC Barcelona – Borussia Monchengladbach
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)

Bayern München – Atlético Madrid
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: Hans Reijgwart (NED)

PSV Eindhoven – FC Rostov
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional AR 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)

Additional AR 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Referee Observer: Carmel Agius (MLT)

7 December 2016
Bayer Leverkusen – AS Monaco
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Additional AR 1: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Additional AR 2: Donatas Rumsas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Tottenham Hotspur – CSKA Moskva
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)

Real Madrid – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional AR 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

Legia Warszawa – Sporting CP
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)

Club Brügge – FC Kobenhavn
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

FC Porto – Leicester City
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional AR 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional AR 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth Official: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)

Olympique Lyon – Sevilla FC

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Juventus Turin – Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jake Collin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

UEFA Youth League – Group Stage (Matchday 6)

6-7 December 2016

Basel – Arsenal
Referee: Peter Kralovic (SVK, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Miroslav Benko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Weiss (SVK)
Fourth Official: Urs Schnyder (SUI)
Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

Paris St. Germain – Ludogorets
Referee: Johnny Casanova (SMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Ercolani (SMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurențiu Ilie (SMR)
Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy (FRA)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

SL Benfica – SSC Napoli
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Vito Di Vincenzo (BEL)
Fourth Official: Tiago Cardoso Antunes (POR)
Referee Observer: Antonio Almeida Costa (POR)

Dynamo Kyiv – Beşiktaş
Referee: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yury Khomchanka (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Gusev (BLR)
Fourth Official: Ivan Bondar (UKR)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

FC Barcelona – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: João Silva Pinheiro (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nélson Cordeiro Moniz (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Campos Rodrigues (POR)
Fourth Official: David Medié Jiménez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)

Manchester City – Celtic
Referee: Alex de Albuquerque Troleis (FRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Hermansen (FRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jørleif Djurhuus (FRO)
Fourth Official: Robert Jones (ENG)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Bayern München – Atlético Madrid
Referee: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Deniz Sokolov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Daniel Schlager (GER)
Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)

PSV Eindhoven – FC Rostov
Referee: Mohammed Al Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Fourth Official: Siemen Mulder (NED)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Bayer Leverkusen – AS Monaco
Referee: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Fourth Official: Patrick Alt (GER)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Tottenham Hotspur – CSKA Moskva
Referee: Tim Marshall (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Andeson (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Nethery (NIR)
Fourth Official: John Busby (ENG)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

Legia Warszawa – Sporting
Referee: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonas Turunen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Riku Vihreävuori (FIN)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Real Madrid – Borussia Dortmund

Referee: Paul McLaughlin (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Allen Lynch (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Fourth Official: Valentín Pizarro Gómez (ESP)

Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

Club Brugge – FC København
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrej Vereteshkin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Kevin van Damme (BEL)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

FC Porto – Leicester City

Referee: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Joaquim Da Silva (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Tom Hansen (LUX)
Fourth Official: João Borlido Matos (POR)
Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)

Juventus – Dinamo
Referee: Alain Duriex (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: David Santos (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Da Costa (LUX)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Aureliano (ITA)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski POL)

Olympique Lyonnais – Sevilla FC

Referee: Georgios Kominis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Tryfon Petropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandros Grevenis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Floris Aubin (FRA)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final 2016: Adamkova (CZE)

3 December 2016

Korea DPR – France
Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Biljana Atanasovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Angela Kyriakou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Reserve AR: Belinda Brem (SUI)

Match for Third Place
USA – Japan
Referee: Qin Liang (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Fang Yan (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bao Mengxiao (CHN)
Fourth Official: Riem Hussein (GER)
Reserve AR: Kim Kyoung Min (KOR)

Referee Hategan awarded a penalty kick after only 9 seconds

Fans were barely in their seats at the Bucharest derby between Steaua and Dinamo when the referee awarded one of the fastest penalties ever in professional soccer after only nine seconds.
League leaders Steaua went ahead after referee Ovidiu Hategan (photo) pointed to the spot when Dinamo keeper Jaime Penedo clattered into Brazilian midfielder William De Amorim moments after kickoff on Wednesday. Romania's soccer statisticians said it was the quickest penalty ever awarded in the country's top flight. Another Brazilian midfielder, Fernando Boldrin, made no mistake from the spot, but Dinamo overcame the early setback to complete a 3-1 victory.

Source: Yahoo Sports

Africa Cup of Nations 2017

Gabon, 14 January - 5 February 2017

1. Ghead Grisha (EGY)
2. Youssef Essrayri (TUN)
3. Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
4. Bakary Gassama (GAM, photo)
5. Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)
6. Daniel Bennett (RSA)
7. Eric Otogo Castane (GAB)
8. Alioum Alioum (CMR)
9. Joshua Bondo (BOT)
10. Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
11. Mahamadou Keita (MLI)
12. Bernard Camille (SEY)
13. Hamada Nampiandraza (MAD)
14. Redouane Jiyed (MAR)
15. Ali Lemghaifry (MTN)
16. Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
17. Denis Dembele (CIV)

Assistant Referees
1. Abo El Sadat (EGY)
2. Anouar Hmila (TUN)
3. Aboubacar Doumbouya (GUI)
4. Abel Baba (NGA)
5. Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
6. Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
7. Theophile Vinga (GAB)
8. Evarist Mekouande (CMR)
9. Elvis Noupue (CMR)
10. Marius Tan (CIV)
11. Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
12. Mohammed Ibrahim (SDN)
13. Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
14. Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
15. Redouane Achik (MAR)
16. Jean-Claude Birumushahu (BDI)
17. Yahaya Mahamadou (NIG)
18. Marwa Range (KEN)
19. Djibril Camara (SEN)
20. El Hadji Samba (SEN)
21. Olivier Safari (COD)