UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

23 November 2017

Astana – Villarreal
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Additional AR 1: Manfredas Lukjancukas (LTU)
Additional AR 2: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)

Lokomotiv Moskva – FC København
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: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Viktoria Plzeň – FCSB
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional AR 1: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Additional AR 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)

FC Lugano – Hapoel Beer Sheva
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Staudinger (GER)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)

FC Köln – Arsenal
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: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Bate Borisov – Crvena Zvezda
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Additional AR 1: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Additional AR 2: Espen Eskås (NOR)
Fourth Official: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

FC Salzburg – Vitória SC
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Nicholas Walsh (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Konyaspor Kulübü – Olympique de Marseille
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: Domenico Messina (ITA)

Athletic Club – Hertha BSC
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Marco Guida (ITA)
Fourth Official: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Östersunds – Zorya
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional AR 1: Siemen Mulder (NED)
Additional AR 2: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Fourth Official: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

Lazio – Vitesse
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

OGC Nice – Zulte Waregem
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Rosenborg – Real Sociedad
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Golis (POL)
Additional AR 1: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)

Zenit – Vardar
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Additional AR 1: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
Additional AR 2: Bram Van Driessche (BEL)
Fourth Official: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – Slavia Praha
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Additional AR 1: Marius Avram (ROU)
Additional AR 2: Horatiu Fesnic (ROU)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Partizan – Young Boys
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Péter Solymosi (HUN
Fourth Official: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

Skënderbeu – Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Fourth Official: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

Sporting Braga – Hoffenheim
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Lee Betts (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Robert Madley (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)


Ludogorets – Başakşehir
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: Karel Hrubeš (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jiří Moláček (CZE)
Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

AEK Athens – HNK Rijeka
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Additional AR 1: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Additional AR 2: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Fourth Official: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

AC Milan – Austria Wien
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Additional AR 1: Aleksandrs Golubev (LVA)
Additional AR 2: Edgars Malcevs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)

Everton – Atalanta
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Additional AR 1: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Additional AR 2: Jens Maae (DEN)
Fourth Official: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

Olympique Lyonnais – Apollon Limassol
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional AR 1: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Additional AR 2: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: Rien Koopman (NED)

Sheriff Tiraspol – Fastav Zlín
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tom Grønevik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Geir Isaksen (NOR)
Additional AR 1: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
Additional AR 2: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Øystein Ytterland (NOR)
Referee Observer: Stávros Tritsónis (GRE)

FIFA Referee Edvartsen was fired and then sued NFF seeking reinstatement

Rohit Saggi and Kristoffer Hagenes are the new FIFA referees from Norway, replacing Martin Lundby and Svein Erik Edvartsen. Lundby wants to prioritize his business career, since he is regarded as one of the biggest management talents in Norway and is currently an executive at one of Norway's largest companies. Edvartsen had a conflict with the NFF Head of Refereeing, Terje Hauge, then he was accused of writing e-mails to other referees about this issue under a fictive name. Consequently, he was fired and has not handled an Eliteserien game since 6 November 2016. Edvartsen has sued the federation, demanding to be reinstated both in his civil occupation as an executive at the NFF office and as a referee. He has also sued the director of public relations at NFF (his colleague) for making defamatory statements.
Firstly, Edvartsen had a conflict with Hauge, which was resolved, but shortly after that several referees went out in the media, one assistant even crying on TV, claiming Edvartsen had been harassing them both in person and on WhatsApp. Most of the referees went out and said they would not referee anymore if Edvartsen was reinstated. He was then suspended again, with an agreement that he would be back in 2018. He was also paid to make up for expenses lost for not refereeing. Then, about 40 e-mails emerged, all sent under a fake name to NFF and Norwegian media, that praised Edvartsen, while criticising and making accusations about Terje Hauge and other referees. Edvartsen was then dismissed from his civil job at NFF and immediately sued them to get his job back. It does not help that Edvartsen has a lawyer who is regarded as Norway's best and also is his best friend. The tone has been extremely confrontational. Edvartsen has the support of several disgruntled referees, including Moen’s former AR Andas, who actively support him. However, nobody has come out and claimed to have sent the e-mails in question, while a lot points towards Edvartsen at least having sent some of them (IP address has been pinged to the area around his house). The case will come before the Oslo City Court at the beginning of 2018, and it will be a high-profile case with massive media coverage. 

Source: Law 5 - The Referee

UEFA Futsal Cup – Elite Round

22-26 November 2017

Group A, Pescara (ITA)
1. Marc Birkett (ENG, photo)
2. Eduardo Fernandes (POR)
3. Oleg Ivanov (UKR)
4. Admir Zahovič (SVN)

Group B, Lisbon (POR)
1. Tomasz Frak (POL)
2. Gábor Kovács (HUN)
3. Timo Onatsu (FIN)
4. Cédric Pelissier (FRA)

Group C, Gyor (HUN)
1. Gerald Bauernfeind (AUT)
2. Juan Gallardo (ESP)
3. Borislav Kolev (BUL)
4. Bogdan Sorescu (ROU)

Group D, Torrejon de Ardoz (ESP)
1. Ondřej Černý (CZE)
2. Angelo Galante (ITA)
3. Pascal Lemal (BEL)
4. Saša Tomić (CRO)

Copa Libertadores Final 2017

First Leg, 22 November 2017

Gremio – Lanus
Referee: Julio Bascunan (CHI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Fourth Official: Diego Haro (PER)
VAR: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
AVAR: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
VAR 2: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Torres (PAR) 

Referees Committee: Wilson Seneme (BRA)

Second Leg, 29 November 2017

Lanus – Gremio
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Eber Aquino (PAR)
VAR: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
AVAR: Victor Carrillo (PER)
VAR 2: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Hector Baldassi (ARG)
Referees Committee: Wilson Seneme (BRA)

Copa Sudamericana – Semi-finals

First Leg, 21-23 November 2017

Libertad – Independiente
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Coty Carrera (PER)
Fourth Official: Michael Espinoza (PER)
Referee Assessor: Miguel Buitrago (VEN)

Flamengo – Junior
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Juan Soto (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Francisco Mondria (CHI)

Second Leg, 28-30 November 2017

Independiente – Libertad
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU)
Fourth Official: Omar Ponce (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Juan Lugones (BOL)

Junior – Flamengo
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)

Assistant Referee 1: Claudio Rios (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Kose Retamal (CHI)
Fourth Official: Jorge Osorio (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Victor Rivera (PER)

UEFA Youth League – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

21 November 2017
Borussia Dortmund – Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Sladjan Josipović (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sven Waschitzki (GER)
Referee Observer: Robert Małek (POL)

Spartak Moskva – NK Maribor
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Romāns Platonovs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Valdis Koritko (LVA)
Fourth Official: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Referee Observer: Aleksei Spirin (RUS)

Sevilla – Liverpool
Referee: François Letexier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jorge Figueroa Vázquez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)

SSC Napoli – Shakhtar Donetsk

Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Vladan Todorović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikola Vujović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Luigi Nasca (ITA)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Manchester City – Feyenoord
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David Doig (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Kirkland (SCO)
Fourth Official: Thomas Nield (ENG)
Referee Observer: David Malcolm (NIR)

Beşiktaş – FC Porto
Referee: Aliyar Ağayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mübariz Haşımov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Akif Amirəli (AZE)
Fourth Official: Oğuzhan Uğurlu (TUR)
Referee Observer: Muharrem Aksoy (TUR)

AS Monaco – RB Leipzig
Referee: Trustin Farrugia-Cann (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Duncan Sultana (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Christopher Francalanza (MLT)
Fourth Official: Faouzi Benchabane (FRA)
Referee Observer: Marcel Vanelshocht (BEL)

Apoel – Real Madrid

Referee: Stávros Mántalos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chasán Koúla (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vasíleios Kampoúris (GRE)
Fourth Official: Timótheos Christofí (CYP)
Referee Observer: Michális Argyroú (CYP)

22 November 2017
CSKA Moskva – Benfica
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ville Koskiniemi (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Arttu Kuukasjärvi (FIN)
Fourth Official: Aleksandra Ponomarova (RUS)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

FC Basel – Manchester United
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Beljin (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Miloš Karadžić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Lukas Fähndrich (SUI)
Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

Paris St. Germain – Celtic

Referee: Pavel Orel (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Petr Blažej (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jiří Kříž (CZE)
Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy (FRA)
Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Anderlecht – Bayern München
Referee: Alain Durieux (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Da Costa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Claude Ries (LUX)
Fourth Official: Lothar D'Hondt (BEL)
Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)

Qarabağ – Chelsea
Referee: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Tuğral (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Deniz Özaral (TUR)
Fourth Official: Orxan Mammadov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Asim Xudiyev (AZE)

Atlético de Madrid – AS Roma

Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Valentín Pizarro Gómez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

Sporting – Olympiakós
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Clarke (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Eoin Harte (IRL)
Fourth Official: Rui Rodrigues (POR)
Referee Observer: Lucílio Batista (POR)

Juventus – FC Barcelona
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Florian Lemaire (BEL)
Fourth Official: Marco Serra (ITA)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

UEFA Youth League – Domestic Champions Path (Round of 16, Second Leg)

21 November 2017
Red Bull Salzburg – Sparta Praha
Referee: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexei Lebedev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexei Vorontsov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Gishamer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Ajax – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Viktor Matyash (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Vysotskyy (UKR)
Fourth Official: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Referee Observer: Rien Koopman (NED)

Nitra – Šachcior Salihorsk
Referee: Edin Jakupović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Dujak (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Damir Lazić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Marek Mastiš (SVK)
Referee Observer: Ján Fašung (SVK)

22 November 2017
Saburtalo – Brodarac
Referee: Ömər Paşayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Vaqif Musayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Cəmil Quliyev (AZE)
Fourth Official: Lasha Silagava (GEO)
Referee Observer: Sabri Çelik (TUR)

Budapest Honvéd – FC Krasnodar
Referee: Luís Teixeira (AND)
Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Fernandes (AND)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreu Vilanova (AND)
Fourth Official: Csaba Pintér (HUN)
Referee Observer: Ferenc Székely (HUN)

Esbjerg – Inter Milano
Referee: Ian McNabb (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Nethery (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Gavin Hegarty (NIR)
Fourth Official: Jørgen Daugbjerg (DEN)
Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)

FK Željezničar – Lokomotiva Zagreb
Referee: Juri Frischer (EET)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Kõiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Aron Härsing (EST)
Fourth Official: Haris Kaljanac (BIH)
Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

Molde FK – Zimbru Chișinău
Referee: Vilhjálmur Thórarinsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frosti Gunnarsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Bryngeir Valdimarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Mads Skarsem (NOR)
Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (NOR)

UEFA Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

21 November 2017
AS Monaco – RB Leipzig
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Additional AR 2: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Spartak Moskva – NK Maribor
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional AR 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbanyan (ARM)

Sevilla FC – Liverpool
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional AR 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
Fourth Official: Jan Seidel (GER)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

Manchester City – Feyenoord
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
Additional AR 1: Peter Kralović (SVK)
Additional AR 2: Filip Glova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)

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

Beşiktaş – FC Porto
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: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Borussia Dortmund – Tottenham Hotspur

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: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Apoel – Real Madrid
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: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

22 November 2017
FC Basel – Manchester United
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

CSKA Moskva – SL Benfica

Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional AR 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional AR 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Anderlecht – Bayern München
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Paris St. Germain – Celtic
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychonis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Additional AR 1: Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Additional AR 2: Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)

Atlético de Madrid – AS Roma
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Rokel (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: Oğuz Sarvan (TUR)

Qarabağ – Chelsea
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Álvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional AR 1: Fábio Veríssimo (POR)
Additional AR 2: Luís Godinho (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Juventus – FC Barcelona
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Sporting – Olympiacos
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional AR 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth Official: Holger Henschel (GER)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Referees

FIFA has selected 36 match officials (referees and support referees) for the 2018 World Cup in Brazil. They will attend a preparatory seminar on 25-29 November 2017. The final list with specific roles will be announced once IFAB officially approves the use of video assistant referees (VARs) at the World Cup.

AFC
1. Fahad Al Mirdasi (KSA, 1985)
2. Alireza Faghani (IRN, 1978, photo) 
3. Ravshan Irmatov (UZB, 1977)
4. Abdulla Mohamed (EAU, 1978)
5. Ryuji Sato (JPN, 1977)
6. Nawaf Shukralla (BHR, 1976)

CAF
1. Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG, 1980)
2. Malang Diedhiou (SEN, 1973)
3. Bakary Gassama (GAM, 1979)
4. Ghead Grisha (EGY, 1976)
5. Janny Sikazwe (ZAM, 1979)
6. Bamlak Tessema (ETH, 1980)

CONCACAF
1. Joel Aguilar (SLV, 1975)
2. Mark Geiger (USA, 1974)
3. Jair Marrufo (USA, 1977)
4. Ricardo Montero (CRC, 1986)
5. John Pitti (PAN, 1978)
6. Cesar Ramos (MEX, 1983)

CONMEBOL
1. Julio Bascunan (CHI, 1978)
2. Enrique Caceres (PAR, 1974)
3. Andres Cunha (URU, 1976)
4. Nestor Pitana (ARG, 1975)
5. Sandro Ricci (BRA, 1974)
6. Wilmar Roldan (COL, 1980)

OFC
1. Matthew Conger (NZL, 1978)
2. Norbert Hauata (TAH, 1979)

UEFA
1. Felix Brych (GER, 1975)
2. Cuneyt Cakir (TUR, 1976)
3. Sergei Karasev (RUS, 1979)
4. Bjorn Kuipers (NED, 1973)
5. Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, 1977)
6. Szymon Marciniak (POL, 1981)
7. Milorad Mazic (SRB, 1973)
8. Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, 1973)
9. Damir Skomina (SVN, 1976)
10. Clement Turpin (FRA, 1982)

CAF Confederation Cup Final 2017

First Leg, 19 November 2017

TP Mazembe – Super Sport United
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Assistant Referee 2: Aboubacar Doumbouya (GUI)
Fourth Official: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)

Second Leg, 25 November 2017

Super Sport United – TP Mazembe
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Maguette Ndiaye (SEN)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Final referees list to be announced early next year

Qatar, hosts of the FIFA 2022 World Cup, has been named to stage four key referee workshops early next year, it has emerged. Hany Ballan Safar, the Deputy Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, said the four courses will be attended by dozens of officials from around the world in late January and for most part of February. Ballan, who is also the Chairman of the Qatar Football Federation’s (QFA) Referees Committee, was talking to media along with Naji Al Juwaini, Executive Director of the Referees Department. Ballan (photo) said: “FIFA’s choice of Qatar for such a number of sessions clearly reflects FIFA’s confidence in Qatar and the strong relationship between them, especially with respect to the development of referees worldwide.”
The first workshop will be held from January 30 to February 2 with attendance of more than 100 officials.
The second workshop will be held with 37 referees featuring in it from February 5 to 9. The second session will see FIFA announcing the final list of referees and video officials who will take charge of 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia.
The third round of courses - February 12 to 16 - will see the attendance of female referees (80 in total) who will managed matches at the 2019 Women’s World Cup to be held in France.
Ballan said the fourth workshop will be held from February 19 to 22 that will bring together more than 100 instructors.
“World governing body FIFA will bear all financial costs in all respects of the said courses,” Ballan informed. “The role of the QFA is to provide logistical support,” he said. Al Juwaini said that it is the first time in the history of FIFA that a single host country has been accorded four workshops within such a short span of time. “This is a moment of pride for QFA as we continue to develop referees in the country and around the region as well as the Asian continent,” Al Juwaini said. “However, I would like to add that it won’t be the first time that Qatar will be hosting FIFA referees refresher courses or workshops. QFA’s relationship with FIFA on how to develop the field of refereeing started long back. Qatar hosted training courses for the referees of the 2014 FIFA World Cup that was held in Brazil,” he said. “We are honoured that FIFA has entrusted QFA with such important meetings. QFA will ensure that everything runs smoothly,” Al Juwaini said. “From our side, QFA have completed all preparations as we look forward to hosting four key meetings set to be attended by dozens of participants,” he said. He pointed out that the Qatari referees will benefit from the training sessions as attending such meetings give insight to the fast-developing world of refereeing,” he said. Al Juwaini thanked QFA President HE Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani for his ‘great support to the referees committee which was one of the reasons why Qatar is set to host these courses. I would also like to thank the Qatar Sports Club, which will host the training of participants in the courses, as well as the ASPETAR and the Aspire Academy,” Al Juwaini said.

Source: The Peninsula

Spain: "Should we look for referees in another galaxy?"

The Chairman of the Technical Committee of Spanish referees, Victoriano Sanchez Arminio (photo), spoke to "El Partidazo" of the COPE Network and analyzed the future implementation of the VAR, the referee controversies and defended the innocence of former president Villar.


Angel María Villar
"I find him perfectly, he is very well and very strong, and the judges will be the ones who have to decide, what I do not understand is that people judge in advance, without knowing what is there. The treatment that he has received has not been fair, there are other people who have done much more, if he has done something, and yet the treatment they have received has been better, I believe that he has not done anything, nothing at all, to put him in jail."

Respect for referees
"The only thing we ask for is respect, and yet, on some occasions, we do not receive the respect we need, especially when it surpasses the sport."

Relationship with Real Madrid
"The same relationship as with any other club, exactly the same, we have no relationship with the clubs, our relationship is summarized to do the best we can on the field of play. Do we have things to improve? Of course, as in any facet of life, and that is why we are working, and that is why tomorrow we will talk about the things that have been done right or wrong since we met in Santander until now, it is very nice to say that we need to improve, but tell us what. Do I have to go looking for referees from another galaxy? We cannot do more than what we are doing. We have some great referees in Spain, and it is not that I say it because I am the President. Everyone who knows and likes football has seen the evolution that has occurred in the refereeing of our country."

Mateu Lahoz
"It seems that yes, he will go to the World Cup, since they are giving him important matches; but not only him, but all the international referees we have are going out a lot and that is good for the Spanish refereeing. Mateu did not have an easy match; there were some things that I liked and some that I did not, but I will tell him, not publicly. When we meet I'll talk to him and tell him what I liked and what I did not."

The arrival of the VAR
"It will arrive in Spain as it has arrived in other countries and we will start working with VAR. It seems that the idea is to start in the next season, we have to do some tests from here to the start of the new season; I guess it will not take long. We have enough time to correct the mistakes we're seeing in other countries, that's going to be good, and then we'll see what happens in the World Cup, it will be a good showcase to copy what works. The VAR is not going to fix the problems; it will solve the question of whether a goal has been scored or not, if the ball has been out of play or if an offence has been inside the penalty area or outside, but there are decisions of the referee himself and he will have to decide.”

Alleged persecution of Madrid
"The problem here is not that the dog bites the man, but that the man bites the dog. I have nothing against Real Madrid or any club, nothing. I do not have a box with the points that some say that are missing".

Source: Marca

UEFA Women’s Champions League – Round of 16 (Second Leg)

15-16 November 2017

Wolfsburg – Fiorentina
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anastasia Romanyuk (UKR)

Linkoping – Sparta
Referee: Angelika Soeder (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Sina Diekmann (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marina Wozniak (GER)
Fourth Official: Karoline Wacker (GER)

Rosengard – Chelsea
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Susann Küng (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sandra Strub (SUI)

Barcelona – Gintra
Referee: Eszter Urban (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Anita Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Csilla Révész (HUN)
Fourth Official: Katalin Sipos (HUN)

Lyon – BIIK Kazygurt
Referee: Silvia Domingos (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ana Teixeira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandra Dias (POR)
Fourth Official: Sophia Oliveira Rosa (POR)

Montpellier – Brescia
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Katalin Török (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Noémi Baráth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Gyöngyi Gaál (HUN)

Slavia – Stjarnan
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodjak Karšić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Barbara Vidović (CRO)
Fourth Official: Sabina Bolić (CRO)

Manchester City – Lillestrom SK
Referee: Olga Zadinová (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajová (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikol Šafránková (CZE)
Fourth Official: Veronika Kovarova (CZE)

Futsal referees prepare for Euro 2018

Europe’s futsal referees have taken their latest step on the road to UEFA Futsal Euro 2018 with a preparation workshop in the host country Slovenia. Some thirty referees came to Ljubljana for three days of fitness assessments, practical and theoretical training. UEFA will now select 18 of them – 16 referees and two reserves – as the team of match officials for the tournament at the Arena Stožice in the Slovenian capital from 30 January to 10 February next year.
“We have brought the referees together to give them instructions on uniform consistency in decision-making, and to test their fitness,” said UEFA futsal refereeing instructor Pedro Galán Nieto. “They have taken the FIFA test, and must pass it to be eligible for the Euro.” The training sessions in Slovenia concentrated on the various strengths need by futsal referees to take charge of matches at the highest level. “We looked at speed and agility,” Galán Nieto explained, “because the way that futsal is played requires these two attributes from a referee. You need speed to keep up with play, and agility because you have to change direction a lot of times. The fitness aspect is crucial. Futsal teams at elite level train regularly – so the referees have to be able to match this fitness. We are encouraging UEFA’s national associations to create fitness programmes for their futsal referees.” Referees’ preparation for the Euro will also include studying team tactics and player characteristics – an element that UEFA considers crucial in helping referees get ready for their assignments. “It’s essential – if you can anticipate and understand, this will help you run the game and take decisions,” said Galán Nieto. A key instruction given to the referees who will go to the Euro is to safeguard futsal’s image. “We are asking the referees to protect the players,” said Galán Nieto, “because in doing so, we are protecting the game.” Futsal uses the two-referee system, and teamwork between the match officials is seen as vitally important. “To achieve consistency, futsal referees need to be able to communicate, to be able to align themselves when taking decisions,” Galán Nieto reflected.
UEFA has recently taken a series of strategy decisions to enhance futsal’s profile – these include the Futsal Euro moving to 16 teams and taking place every four years from 2022, a new Women’s Futsal Euro from 2019, the renaming of the main European club competition as the UEFA Futsal Champions League from 2018/19, and the introduction of a European Under-19 championship in 2019. “These are exciting times for everyone in futsal,” said Galán Nieto. “The UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin is a futsal man, he supports our sport, and the new strategy will hopefully help us to recruit more referees to futsal – especially women. The new competitions in particular will provide an incentive for people to become futsal referees”.

Source: UEFA

CAF reacts to referee Otogo-Castane penalty decision against Nigeria

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has criticised referee Eric Otogo-Castane of Gabon for awarding a late controversial penalty to Algeria in the 1-1 draw against Nigeria in the last game 2018 World. The visitors were forced to a draw when Yacine Brahaimi converted a late penalty which cancelled out John Ogu’s 62nd minute goal for Nigeria.
CAF has criticised the incident that led to the penalty in their match report of the game, posted on cafonline.com,‎ ‎describing the referee’s decision as harsh. CAF noted that “Algeria Convert Soft Penalty To Hold Nigeria.” CAF insisted that Shehu Abdullahi who was adjudged to have fouled Brahaimi in the box didn’t foul the forward. “Yacine Brahimi won and converted a harshly-awarded late penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw for Algeria against already-qualified Nigeria Friday in a World Cup Africa zone Group B dead-rubber.“The Gabonese referee ruled that Abdullahi Shehu fouled Brahimi as he moved into the box in Constantine, but big-screen replays suggested otherwise”, reads the piece on cafonline.com‎

UEFA: 2021 aim for female referees

The road to possible participation at UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 has begun for a group of young European female referees, who have been in Nyon for a course designed to give them crucial help as they move along their career path. Twenty-one first and second-category match officials from 19 European national associations were present at the course. The referees, from all four corners of the continent, took part in instruction sessions focussing on issues such as positioning, reading the game, handball, match management and penalty-area incidents, and were given briefings on the qualities needed if they are to succeed at the highest levels.
“Following this year’s Women’s EURO in the Netherlands, we have now begun focussing on the four-year cycle until the next Women’s EURO,” said UEFA refereeing officer Dagmar Damková. “We think that the referees that we brought to Nyon have potential, and we want to show them the way forward, because we believe that they can achieve something. So the idea is to prepare them for a time when they may become elite referees.” The young referees also tested their fitness levels – a crucial attribute as women’s football increases rapidly in technical, tactical and fitness terms. “One day, if they join the elite group,” Damková explained, “the referees will go on UEFA’s summer and winter courses, and will have to pass fitness tests – so we have been guiding and advising them in what to expect in this regard.” The referees have taking charge of domestic and UEFA matches, including games in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, and some have also already taken part in the UEFA Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) programme that trains up-and-coming match officials for future assignments. The Nyon course reflected UEFA’s commitment to nurturing female referees in all categories as part of a comprehensive overall development strategy. “It’s a positive factor that we are constantly enhancing development work with women officials,” said Damková, “to include not only the elite levels, but also promising referees in other categories. We’re want the young referees to grab this chance. We have four years before the EURO in 2021 to monitor them and train them to be part of the next top-level generation”.

Source: UEFA

Referee Maric saved the life of a player

Dramatic scenes were seen in a Round of 16 game of the Croatian Football Cup in Vinkovci. Referee Bruno Maric had to help 20-year-old home-born Zvonimir Filipovic, who almost passed away after a challenge.
For a while, the player was still on the ground until Marić approached him and pulled his tongue out of his mouth, so that he would not suffocate. The player has even bitten him, but soon he came to consciousness, got up and left the field.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CAF (Round 3, Matchday 6)

10-14 November 2017

South Africa – Senegal
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Berhe Tesfagiorghis (ERI)
Fourth Official: Wisdom Chewe (ZAM)

Cote d’Ivoire – Morocco
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Birumushahu (BDI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwa Range (KEN)
Fourth Official: Bakary Camara (GAM)

Ghana – Egypt
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Daouda Gueye (SEN)

Algeria – Nigeria
Referee: Eric Otogo Castane (GAB)
Assistant Referee 1: Aboubacar Doumbouya (GUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Fourth Official: Juste Ephrem Zio (BFA)

Burkina Faso – Cape Verde Islands
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohsen Ben Salem (TUN)
Fourth Official: Sadok Selmi (TUN)

Zambia – Cameroon
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (MAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yahya Nouali (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Youssef Mabrouk (MAR)
Fourth Official: Nouredine El Jaafari (MAR)

Tunisia – Libya

Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (MAD)
Assistant Referee 1: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Yahaya Mahamadou (NIG) 

Fourth Official: Hubert Andriamiharisoa (MAD)

Congo DR – Guinea
Referee: Alioum Alioum (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Fourth Official: Blaise Ngwa (CMR)

Gabon – Mali
Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY)
Assistant Referee 1: Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahmoud Ahmed (EGY)
Fourth Official: Bernard Camille (SEY)

Congo – Uganda
Referee: El Fadil Mohamed (SDN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohammed Ibrahim (SDN)
Assistant Referee 2: Hassan Egueh (DJI)
Fourth official: Mahmood Ismail (SDN)
Referee Assessor: Bernard Mfubusa (BDI)

Senegal – South Africa
Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Safari (COD)
Assistant Referee 2: Issa Yaya (CHA)
Fourth Official: Joshua Bondo (BOT)

International Friendly Matches

9-14 November 2017

Scotland – Netherlands
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Fourth Official: Tony Chapron (FRA)

Luxembourg – Hungary
Referee: Sébastien Delférière (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Monteny (BEL)
Fourth Official: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)

Romania – Turkey
Referee: Tiago Lopes (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Ferreira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Luís Campos (POR)
Fourth Official: Horatiu Fesnic (ROU)

Iran – Panama
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Fourth Official: Alexander Harkam (AUT)

Armenia – Belarus
Referee: Lasha Silagava (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Zaza Menteshashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Davit Chigogidze (GEO)
Fourth Official: Gevorg Yeghoyan (ARM)

England – Germany
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michał Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefański (POL)
VAR: Paweł Gil (POL)
AVAR: Marcin Borkowski (POL)

France – Wales
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Álvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nélson Cordeiro (POR)
Fourth Official: Fábio Veríssimo (POR)

Poland – Uruguay
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Péter Berettyán (HUN)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)

Japan – Brazil
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoît Millot (FRA)
VAR: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
AVAR: Amaury Delerue (FRA)

Belgium – Mexico

Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Davide Massa (ITA)

Ukraine – Slovakia
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Yury Mozharovsky (UKR)

Korea – Colombia
Referee: Christopher Beath (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Rule (NZL)
Fourth Official: Dong Jin Kim (KOR)

Georgia – Cyprus
Referee: Suren Baliyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Vanik Simonyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Arevshatyan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Irakli Kvirikashvili (GEO)

Russia – Argentina
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Prapotnik (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)

Spain – Costa Rica
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polichronis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Fourth Official: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Madagascar – Comoros
Referee: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: David Santos (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Claude Ries (LUX)
Fourth Official: Sven Bindels (LUX)

Poland – Mexico
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Rigler (AUT)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefanski (POL)

Armenia – Cyprus
Referee: Giorgi Vadachkoria (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Levan Todria (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Levan Varamishvili (GEO)

Germany – France
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)

Russia – Spain
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)

Austria – Uruguay
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)

England – Brazil
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Carlos Xistra (POR)
VAR: Tiago Lopes (POR)
AVAR: João Capela (POR)

Wales – Panama
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)

Hungary – Costa Rica
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Fourth Official: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)

Argentina – Nigeria
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)

Turkey – Albania
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Venev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Halil Meler (TUR)

China – Colombia
Referee: Jumpei Iida (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Toshiyuki Nagi (JPN) 

Assistant Referee 2: Jun Mihara (JPN)

Portugal – Saudi Arabia
Referee: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Carlos Xistra (POR)

Finland – Estonia 
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jon Knutsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Geir Isaksen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)

Malta – Estonia
Referee: Genc Nuza (KOS)
Assistant Referee 1: Fatlum Berisha (KOS)
Assistant Referee 2: Bujar Selimaj (KOS)
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)

Fiji – Estonia
Referee: Nick Waldron (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Glen Lochrie (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Sione Teu (TGA)
Fourth Official: Salesh Kumar (FIJ)

Vanuatu – Estonia
Referee: Médéric Lacour (NCL)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertrand Brial (NCL)
Assistant Referee 2: Avinesh Narayan (FIJ)
Fourth Official: George Time (SOL)

New Caledonia – Estonia

Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1: Jeremy Garae (VAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Hilmon Sese (VAN)
Fourth Official: Médéric Lacour (NCL)

UEFA Women’s Champions League – Round of 16 (First Leg)

8-9 November 2017

Chelsea – Rosengard
Referee Bibiana Steinhaus (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Ines Appelmann (GER)
Fourth Official Susann Kunkel (GER)
Referee Observer: Ilonka Dzhaleva (BUL)

BIIK Kazygurt – Lyon
Referee: Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Dora Myrianthea (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Polyxeni Irodotou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Ioanna Allayiotou (CYP)
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck (BEL)

Brescia – Montpellier
Referee Jana Adámková (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jana Zaplatilova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriela Hanáková (CZE)
Fourth Official Lucie Šulcová (CZE)
Referee Observer: Aušra Tvarijonaitė-Kancė (LTU)

Gintra – Barcelona
Referee: Lorraine Clark (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Kylie McMullen (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Kathleen Alexander (SCO)
Fourth Official: Morag Pirie (SCO)
Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

Sparta Praha – Linkoping
Referee: Désirée Grundbacher (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Emilie Aubry (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Linda Schmid (SUI)
Fourth Official: Michèle Schmölzer (SUI)
Referee Observer: Blaženka Logarušić (CRO)

Fiorentina – Wolfsburg
Referee: Sara Persson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandra Österberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Josefin Aronsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Lovisa Johansson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Hilda McDermott (IRL)

Lillestrom SK – Manchester City
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Solenne Bartnik (FRA)
Fourth Official: Victoria Beyer (FRA)
Referee Observer: Katriina Elovirta (FIN)

Stjarnan – Slavia Praha

Referee: Justina Lavrenovaitė (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Ieva Ramanauskienė (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vaiva Skipitienė (LTU)
Fourth Official: Rasa Imanalijeva (LTU)
Referee Observer: Jenny Palmqvist (SWE)

UEFA U-21 Euro 2019 Qualifiers (Matchday 8)

8-10 November 2017

Hungary – Sweden
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Fourth Official: Lionel Tschudi (SUI)

Croatia – San Marino
Referee: Giorgi Vadachkoria (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Levan Varamishvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Giorgi Elikashvili (GEO)
Fourth Official: Giorgi Kikacheishvili (GEO)
Referee Observer: Jari Maisonlahti (FIN)

Azerbaijan – Germany
Referee: Daniyar Sakhi (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Alibek Aubakirov (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Yevheniy Belskiy (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Bulat Sariyev (KAZ)
Referee Observer: Muharrem Aksoy (TUR)

France – Bulgaria
Referee: Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gunnar Gudmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thóroddur Hjaltalín (ISL)
Referee Observer: Václav Krondl (CZE)

Kosovo – Israel
Referee: Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrístos Akrívos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ioánnis Toumpakáris (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ioánnis Papadópoulos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

Slovenia – Montenegro
Referee: Luca Barbeno (SMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Francesco Lunardon (SMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvatore Tuttifrutti (SMR)
Fourth Official: Emiliano Albani (SMR)
Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Spain – Iceland
Referee: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sagy Mazamber (ISR)
Fourth Official: Daniel Natan (ISR)
Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)

Belgium – Cyprus
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Denis Rexha (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Ilir Tartaraj (ALB)
Fourth Official: Klajdi Kola (ALB)
Referee Observer: Ingi Jónsson (ISL)

Armenia – Russia
Referee: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikolai Yordanov (BUL)

Malta – Turkey
Referee: Alexandru Tean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Anatolie Bodean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Mardari (MDA)
Fourth Official: Piotr Stoianov (MDA)

Georgia – Finland
Referee: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ihor Alokhin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serhiy Prystupa (UKR)
Fourth Official: Mykola Kryvonosov (UKR)

Ukraine – England
Referee: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Djemel Zitouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Johan Hamel (FRA)

Faroe Islands – Poland
Referee: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Szert (HUN)
Fourth Official: Balázs Berke (HUN)

Albania – Northern Ireland
Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Hrvoje Radić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Igor Pajač (CRO)

Romania – Portugal
Referee: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Gallego García (ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)

Austria – Serbia
Referee: Aliyar Ağayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Orxan Mammadov (AZE)

Netherlands – Andorra
Referee: Ian McNabb (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Donaldson (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Bell (NIR)
Fourth Official: Keith Kennedy (NIR)

Wales – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Chrístos Nikolaḯdis (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michális Sotiríou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Mários Kalogírou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Loúkas Sotiríou (CYP)

Scotland – Latvia
Referee: Jørgen Daugbjerg Burchardt (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Sønderby (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Boric (DEN)
Fourth Official: Anders Poulsen (DEN)

DFB: Krug demoted as VAR project manager after manipulation claims

Bundesliga referee supervisor Hellmut Krug has been stripped of his role as video assistant referee project manager, and supervisors are no longer permitted to speak to the VAR in charge of matches, after questions were raised over manipulation. After a successful test behind closed doors last season, the Bundesliga was one of several leagues to introduce VAR for a trial period in the 2017-18 season in an effort to reduce refereeing errors, with Krug managing the project. The VAR system in Germany sees officials at a centralised Replay Centre in Cologne in touch with referees throughout matches.
Bild Am Sonntag reported at the weekend that Krug -- who lost his place on the German FA (DFB)'s referee committee last week -- was accused of unduly influencing two VAR penalty decisions in Schalke's favour in the 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg in October. Krug, who lives close to Schalke's Veltins Arena, rejected those allegations, saying in Bild: "As supervisors we have no power to influence the video assistant referee's decision or even overrule it." Marco Fritz, the VAR in charge of that match, also said in a statement released by the DFB on Sunday that the VAR alone decides whether to intervene. However, the DFB announced on its website on Monday that it had made a decision in conjunction with the German Football League (DFL) to remove Krug from the post. The statement said the VAR trial will now be led directly by referees chief Lutz Michael Frohlich "because of the high significance for German football and the recent irritations." The DFB, which said Krug will retain a role within the VAR project in content analysis and professional documentation, did not address the accusation of manipulation during Schalke's draw with Wolfsburg directly in the statement but said supervisors could no longer speak to VARs during games. The statement added: "For him, as well as the other supervisors, they will no longer have direct communication with the video assistants during the games. The video assistant decides completely independently what assessment he sends to the responsible referee on the pitch." Ronny Zimmermann, a DFB vice-president responsible for referees, said in the official statement: "We still believe in this project and all emotionalism aside we should not forget that there are successes in many fields during the testing period. Regardless, we are aware of our responsibility and the necessity to optimize this project." In comments made to Sport Bild, Zimmermann said the decision to demote Krug was made as "protection against unknown attackers." He added: "Right now, we don't know who starts rumours like this and want to prevent this from happening again. We also believe that we no longer need the role of the supervisor in the current function."
The news of Krug's demotion comes amid growing frustration among Bundesliga officials with the system. When announcing in January that it would stage a trial period, the DFL said VAR will only be used for clear matters and in four separate situations -- for irregularities in the case of a goal decision, penalty box situations regarding penalty calls, red card offences unnoticed by the referee, and in cases of mistaken identity over a yellow or red card. Eleven matchdays into the new season, there is a growing concern that VAR is failing to bring more fairness into decision-making and has served largely to increase confusion, which has been fuelled by a lack of communication from those in charge of the trial. Last Thursday, German football magazine kicker released parts of a letter the DFB sent to clubs informing them that, from matchday five onward, VAR should intervene more often and not only in situations in which the on-field referee committed an "obvious error." However, kicker reported that the letter was only sent to clubs before the 10th matchday, weeks after the initial decision to change the guidelines. While DFB referees chief Frohlich last week tried to clarify the changes in a second letter to the clubs, the association's president, Reinhard Grindel, said he had not been informed about the original letter. In the statement released on Monday, the DFB said the changes announced in letter released by kicker have become obsolete, and instead "the letter drafted by Lutz Frohlich on Nov. 3 which in principal says the video assistant only intervenes if there is a mistake in perception in decisive scenes." The association also announced a timely invitation for "referees, video assistants, manager of clubs and media" to explain "under which circumstances the video assistant intervenes and under which he does not intervene." "The DFB's communication in that matter is a catastrophe," Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl told kicker. "If you are in a trial period and you need to make adjustments then there might be an argument for that, but you should be kept informed." Gladbach coach Dieter Hecking said following his side's 1-1 draw at Mainz this weekend -- a result affected by controversial VAR decisions -- that he believes the trial period could be scrapped mid-season. "I daresay it will be scrapped in the winter break," he said. "It would be good for football, but all of us do everything we can to stop it." While Hecking argued that there was too much criticism during a trial period, Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic said in kicker that he has the impression the use of VAR had been "arbitrary," adding: "There must be simple rules." Meanwhile, former World Cup referee Bernd Heynemann said in kicker that "referees are only puppets on a string now. The decisions are made in a dark room in Cologne. And that's just not possible".

Source: ESPN

FIFA Referees Committee 2017-2018

Former Wold Cup referee An-Yan Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius, photo) is the latest addition to the FIFA Referees Committee, currently composed of 12 members. There are two representatives from each confederation: the Head of Refereeing and a member the Referees Committee.

Chairman
Pierluigi Collina (ITA, UEFA)

Deputy Chairman
Hany Safar (QAT, AFC)

Members
1. Amelio Andino (PAR, CONMEBOL)
2. Dagmar Damkova (CZE, UEFA)
3. Brian Hall (USA, CONCACAF)
4. Sandra Hunt (USA, CONCACAF)
5. An-Yan Lim Kee Chong (MRI, CAF)
6. Shamsul Maidin (SIN, AFC)
7. Eddy Maillet (SEY, CAF)
8. Neil Poloso (SOL, OFC)
9. Wilson Seneme (BRA, CONMEBOL)
10. Kevin Stoltenkamp (NZL, OFC)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – Play-offs (UEFA)

First Leg, 9-11 November 2017

Northern Ireland – Switzerland
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: István Kovács (ROU)
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

Croatia – Greece
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Luca Banti (ITA)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Sweden – Italy
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Referee Observer: Sandor Piller (HUN)

Denmark – Ireland
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Fourth Official: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Second Leg, 12-14 November 2017

Switzerland – Northern Ireland

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Greece – Croatia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Italy – Sweden
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Sajn (SVN)

Ireland – Denmark
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Referee Bognar sent-off Evra after kicking a fan in the head before the kick-off in Europa League

Footage shows the 36-year-old former Manchester United defender aiming an acrobatic kick at a supporter at the side of the pitch during the warm-up. Evra, who was named as a substitute, was dismissed before kick-off and Marseille started with 11 players. Governing body UEFA has charged Evra with violent conduct. The full-back has been suspended for "at least one game", with UEFA's disciplinary body to decide the case on 10 November. Marseille have also been charged with a field invasion by fans, setting off of fireworks and "acts of damages". French newspaper L'Equipe reported Marseille supporters had been jeering Evra for about half an hour while the players prepared for the game, which the French side lost 1-0. The player had gone over to the fans to talk to them, but the situation escalated. French football journalist Julien Laurens said Evra - who regularly posts light-hearted videos on social media - was insulted and also told: "Keep doing your videos, but stop playing football." Marseille said that they had begun an investigation into the incident. "No matter what happens, a professional player must maintain self-control despite provocations and insults, no matter how unjustified they may be", the club said in a statement. Marseille coach Rudi Garcia said after the match: "Pat has experience, and he must not react, it's obvious. Patrice is a more than just an experienced player. You can't respond, of course, to insults as bad as they are and as incredible as they might be because they come from one of our supporters. He must learn to keep his cool. That's all I can say." Garcia also criticised the fan, saying: "He's not a supporter of Marseille, because you can't insult your own players, you have to be behind all of us." Evra, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during eight years at Manchester United, joined Marseille from Juventus in January but has made only two appearances this season.
How it happened
- Named as a substitute, Evra begins warming up with his team-mates before the game
- The former Manchester United left-back appears to be the target of songs and abuse from the crowd for about 30 minutes
- Evra approaches the Marseille fans, about 500 of whom had travelled to Guimaraes
- He volleys a ball towards the crowd, but some of his team-mates come over and look to calm the defender down
- Evra climbs over the billboards and looks to confront spectators who have come towards the front of the stand
- The 36-year-old returns to the pitch, but a group of fans approach the billboards and Evra appears to kick one of them
- Evra is led away to the substitutes' bench, but is sent off by the referee and watches the game from the stands
Analysis 
Julien Laurens, French football expert: “It is really sad. Patrice Evra is 36, he has got two children. He has played five Champions League finals, a Euro final, won lots of titles and this is probably the last few weeks of his career - it is really sad this is how he is going to end. You shouldn't abuse your own player - the abuse from the fans was targeted only at Patrice Evra - but Evra should never have responded the way he did. It has been really tough for him since the beginning of the season. He lost his place in the team, he has been really poor every time he played, and I think he just couldn't take the jeers, the abuse. There were a lot of insults, but the fans were also saying stuff like: "You're rubbish, go home. Keep doing your videos, but stop playing football." You can be critical, but the way they insulted him and his family - that doesn't justify his reaction, but you can see why he got frustrated. He is 100%. He says things like they are, he reacts the way they are. He says there are no fibs with him, so you get it as he says it or as he does it. Sometimes he should think a bit more.”
This incident evoked memories of Eric Cantona's infamous "kung-fu kick" during Manchester United's game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in January 1995. The Frenchman was banned for nine months by the Football Association for the incident, which took place as he left the pitch after being sent off.

Source: BBC

AFC Champions League Final 2017

First Leg, 18 November 2017

Al Hilal – Urawa Red Diamonds
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (JOR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Ahmad Al-Roalle (JOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Issa Al-Amawi (JOR)
Additional AR 1: Muhammad Taqi (SIN)
Additional AR 2: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)
Fourth Official: Yousef Al-Jararwah (JOR)

Second Leg, 25 November 2017

Urawa Red Diamonds – Al Hilal

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakhongir Saidov (UZB)
Additional AR 1: Valentin Kovalenko (UZB)
Additional AR 2: Ilgiz Tantashev (UZB)
Fourth Official: Mamur Saidkasimov (UZB)

UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 4)

2 November 2017

Arsenal – Crvena Zvezda 
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Slavia Praha – Villarreal
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Nicholas Walsh (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Lucilio Batista (POR)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – FK Astana
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional AR 1: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Additional AR 2: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Young Boys – Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (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: Aleh Chykun (BLR)

Partizan – Skënderbeu
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Additional AR 1: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
Fourth Official: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)

Başakşehir – Hoffenheim
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

Ludogorets – Sporting Braga

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: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

HNK Rijeka – Austria Wien
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: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)

AEK Athens – AC Milan
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional AR 1: Luis Godinho (POR)
Additional AR 2: Fabio Veríssimo (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozinovski (MKD)

Apollon Limassol – Atalanta Bergamasca
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: Jouni Hyytia (FIN)

Olympique Lyonnais – Everton
Referee: Orel Grinfled (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Fourth Official: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

FC København – Fastav Zlín
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Djukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jovica Tatar (MNE)
Additional AR 1: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
Additional AR 2: Milovan Milacić (MNE)
Fourth Official: Aleksandar Djikanović (MNE)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Lokomotiv Moskva – Sheriff Tiraspol
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jo de Weirdt (BEL)
Additional AR 1: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
Additional AR 2: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Fourth Official: Kevin Monteny (BEL)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)

FCSB – Hapoel Beer Sheva
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Yasar Ugurlu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Kerem Ersoym (TUR)
Referee Observer: Michael Ross (NIR)

Viktoria Plzeň – FC Lugano
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
Additional AR 1: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Additional AR 2: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Referee Observer: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

FC Köln – Bate Borisov
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Additional AR 1: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Additional AR 2: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Nikola Karakolev (MKD)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Vitória SC – Olympique de Marseille
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Péter Solymosi (HUN)
Fourth Official: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Referee Observer: Peter Sippel (GER)

FC Salzburg – Konyaspor
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Fourth Official: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
Referee Observer: Yuri Baskakov (RUS)

Athletic Club – Östersunds
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Additional AR 1: Jaroslaw Przybyl (POL)
Additional AR 2: Piotr Lasyk (POL)
Fourth Official: Adam Kupsik (POL)
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)


Hertha BSC – FC Zorya
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Steven McLean (SCO)
Fourth Official: Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (NOR)

Lazio – Nice
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magan (ESP)

Additional AR 1: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

SBV Vitesse – Zulte Waregem
Referee: Yevhen Aranovsky (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: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

Rosenborg – Zenit

Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional AR 1: Dennis Higler (NED)
Additional AR 2: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan Vries (NED)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Real Sociedad – Vardar

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: Johan Verbist (BEL)