FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 – Quarter-finals

16 August 2018

Spain – Nigeria
Referee: Qin Liang (CHN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Cui Yongmei (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Fang Yan (CHN)
Fourth Official: Kate Jacewicz (AUS)
Reserve AR: Uvena Fernandes (IND)

France – Korea DPR
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Reserve AR: Katrin Rafalski (GER)

Marciniak counts down the days to the Super Cup

Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup referee Szymon Marciniak admits that he wasn't the official's best friend when he was a player – and the Pole says a red card he received one day actually put him on the path to his current career. As a combative midfielder for Polish top-flight outfit Wisła Płock, Szymon Marciniak did not have the greatest respect for referees by his own admission – but a red card dealt out to him one day was to change his life and set him off on the route to the European and world refereeing elite.
"I wasn't the easiest player by any means," says the 37-year-old Polish match official, who is preparing for his latest major assignment – the UEFA Super Cup encounter between Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid in Tallinn. "I was ambitious, I wanted to win, and I used to make referees' lives very difficult. I complained all the time. But then in one match, the referee sent me off. I didn't agree with his decision, of course, and I let him know exactly what I thought. After the game, I told him that he was one of the worst referees that I had ever seen. He replied: 'If you think it's so easy, you try and do it.' So I did." He enrolled on a refereeing course – and the rest is history. Marciniak and the referee went on to become great friends and colleagues. "We used to joke about how I was as a player, and when I became an international referee, he accompanied me as a fourth official at an Under-21 qualifying match. And I always told him that he had taken the right decision when he sent me off! It's a lovely story." Since then, Marciniak has gone on to referee at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2016, as well as in major European club matches. Last season, he was named as the fourth official for the UEFA Europa League final in Lyon, in which Atlético defeated Marseille. He was also the fourth official for the 2016 UEFA Super Cup in Trondheim, where Real Madrid overcame Sevilla. In 2015, he officiated at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final between Sweden and Portugal. Marciniak believes his experience as a player help him to manage players on the pitch. "Man-management is one of the most vital aspects of refereeing," he says. "It's important that you're able to establish a relationship with players. So if you've played, then you have an understanding of how players react to situations." Marciniak is grateful to UEFA for the training he received in graduating from the UEFA Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) programme in 2011 – the same year that he became an international referee. "I met some great people, and they taught me so much," he says of his time being primed for his future career. "I gained considerable knowledge that I've been able to put into practice along the way."
Five compatriots from Poland will join Marciniak for the Super Cup outing in Tallinn - assistant referees Paweł Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz, additional assistant referees Paweł Raczkowski and Tomasz Musiał, and reserve official Radosław Siejka. Romania's Ovidiu Haţegan will serve as the fourth official. Marciniak says that the pre-match rituals will be no different to any other game. "We'll have some music in the dressing-room – it especially helps to keep me calm – and we'll be ready, focused and concentrated. We'll also prepare for the match by studying the teams' tactics, as well as the players and their characteristics – it's become so important to know has much as you can about teams before you go out on the field." Marciniak is determined to keep his feet on the ground and savour every moment of his career. "I try and stay the same person – you have to be yourself," he reflects. "To be given the chance to take charge of matches like the Super Cup is a reward for the hard work and sacrifices that you make to reach this level. I'm very proud." And what of the future? "I take things one at a time," he explains. "You can't look too far ahead. I'm at a good refereeing age and I've now got a lot of experience which I hope will stand me in good stead in the years to come. As someone once told me: 'When you've reached a high level, the difficult part comes in staying there.' Now I'm counting down the days to the Super Cup – and after that, you then start thinking about the next match."

Source: UEFA

UEFA Europa League – Third Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

16 August 2018

Dinamo Brest – Apollon Limassol
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Nilsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Patrik Eriksson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Petteri Kari (FIN)

Basel – Vitesse
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Lasse Koslowski (GER)
Fourth Official: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Kairat Almaty – Sigma Olomouc
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sladan Josipovic (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Fourth Official: Fedayi San (SUI)
Referee Observer: Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

AEK Larnaca – Sturm Graz
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Bindoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Referee Observer: Goran Mihajlević (MNE)

HJK Helsinki – Olimpija Ljubljana
Referee: Yevheniy Aranovskyy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleh Pluzhnyk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Referee Observer: Ingi Jónsson (ISL)

FC København – CSKA Sofia
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: İbrahim Uyarcan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

U Craiova – RB Leipzig
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Emanuel Marek (CZE)
Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

FC Zenit – Dinamo Minsk
Referee: Sébastien Delferière (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jo De Weirdt (BEL)
Fourth Official: Wim Smet (BEL)
Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

Molde – Hibernian
Referee: Dennis Higler (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Johan Balder (NED)
Fourth Official: Martin van den Kerkhof (NED)
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)

Žalgiris Vilnius – Sevilla FC
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ridiger Çokaj (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Rejdi Avdo (ALB)
Fourth Official: Andi Koçi (ALB)
Referee Observer: Michális Argyroú (CYP)

Progrès Niederkorn – FC Ufa
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

CFR Cluj – Alashkert FC
Referee: Vilhjálmur Thórarinsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Sigurdsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Ívar Kristjánsson (ISL)
Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

FK Sūduva – Spartaks Jūrmala
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tom Harald Grønevik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Geir Oskar Isaksen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Pavel Saliy (KAZ)

FC Midtjylland – The New Saints
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Davor Beljo (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Amer Macić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Admir Šehović (BIH)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

Apoel – Hapoel Beer Sheva
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Referee Observer: Dejan Filipović (SRB)

FK Kukësi – Torpedo Kutaisi
Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Alain Heiniger (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Matthias Sbrissa (SUI)
Fourth Official: Pascal Erlachner (SUI)
Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – FC Pyunik
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ville Koskiniemi (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mika Lamppu (FIN)
Fourth Official: Petri Viljanen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Michális Koukoulákis (GRE)

Luzern – Olympiakós
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksey Vorontsov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aram Petrosyan (RUS)
Fourth Official: Roman Galimov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)

LASK Linz – Beşiktaş JK
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jovica Tatar (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandar Đikanović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Vojin Vojinović (MNE)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

Atalanta BC – Hapoel Haifa
Referee: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Djemel Zitouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Johan Hamel (FRA)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Brøndby IF – Spartak Subotica
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yılmaz (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ümit Öztürk (TUR)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

HŠK Zrinjski – PFC Ludogorets
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)

F91 Dudelange – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Venev (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Volen Chinkov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)

Lech Poznań – KRC Genk
Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Vivenzi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Piero Giacomelli (ITA)
Referee Observer: Muharrem Aksoy (TUR)

NK Maribor – Rangers FC
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Florian Lemaire (BEL)
Fourth Official: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Partizan – Nordsjaelland
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Kõiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Aron Härsing (EST)
Fourth Official: Juri Frischer (EST)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

FCSB – Hajduk Split
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: César Noval Font (ESP)
Fourth Official: Mario Melero López (ESP)
Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Rapid Wien – Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Vuoto (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabio Maresca (ITA)
Referee Observer: Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

Feyenoord – Trenčín
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jens Grabski Maae (DEN)
Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

KAA Gent – Jagiellonia Białystok
Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: René Rohde (GER)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Cortus (GER)
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

HNK Rijeka – Sarpsborg FF
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Radiuš (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytis Snarskis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Burnley FC – İstanbul Başakşehir
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Marius Avram (ROU)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Girondins de Bordeaux – FC Mariupol
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Rosenborg – Cork City
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Skytte (DEN)
Fourth Official: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Referee Observer: Kóstas Kapitanís (CYP)

Valur Reykjavík – Sheriff Tiraspol
Referee: Marco Fritz (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Fourth Official: Martin Petersen (GER)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

SC Braga – Zorya Luhansk
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Thór Orrason (ISL)

UEFA Champions League – Third Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

14-15 August 2018

Fenerbahçe – Benfica
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Dynamo Kyiv – Slavia Praha
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Bate Borisov – Qarabağ
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Spartak Moskva – PAOK
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jérôme Miguelgorry (FRA)
Referee Observer: Oğuz Sarvan (TUR)

AEK Athens – Celtic
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

GNK Dinamo – FC Astana
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Jurij Paškovskij (LTU)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

MOL Vidi – Malmö FF
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Fourth Official: Javier Alberola Rojas (ESP)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

KF Shkëndija – Red Bull Salzburg
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Fourth Official: Péter Solymosi (HUN)
Referee Observer: Alan Freeland (SCO)

Spartak Trnava – Crvena Zvezda
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Fourth Official: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)

AFC Ajax – Standard de Liège
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Somoláni (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
Fourth Official: Filip Glova (SVK)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 – Group Stage (Matches 17-24)

12 August 2018
Brazil – Korea DPR
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

England – Mexico
Referee: Kate Jacewicz (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Uvena Fernandes (IND)
Assistant Referee 2: Hong Kum Nyo (PRK)
Fourth Official: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)

Ghana – New Zealand
Referee: Edina Alves (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Neuza Back (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Tatiane Sacilotti (BRA)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

Netherlands – France
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Pierre (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Susanne Kung (SUI)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

13 August 2018
Spain – USA
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Lata Kaumatule (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Salamasina (SAM)
Fourth Official: Jana Adamkova (CZE)

Japan – Paraguay
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD)
Assistant Referee 2: Bernadettar Kwimbira (MWI)
Fourth Official: Qin Liang (CHN)

China – Nigeria
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

Germany – Haiti
Referee: Lidya Abebe (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Mary Njoroge (KEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Queency Victoire (MRI)
Fourth Official: Ri Hyang Ok (PRK)

Swedish AR Klyver hit in the head by object thrown from stands

Sturm Graz have hit out at the fan that left an assistant referee needing stitches after he was hit with a missile thrown from the stands. The Austrian outfit had been playing Cypriot side AEK Larnaca in the Europa League when the match was stopped with Swedish assistant referee Fredrik Klyver on the ground.
In a statement on their website, Sturm Graz said: "This behaviour of a fan in today's UEFA Europa League game is by no means acceptable. This damages the reputation of football and us as a club. "We always try to see football as a positive celebration and to tackle these things. Fair play is our top priority. We are sorry that today we have disappointed many football fans."
Fredrik Klyver received treatment at the side of the pitch for a nasty gash before being helped from the field of play with a bandage around his head. After a delay of about 24 minutes, he was replaced by fourth official Magnus Lindgren and the match was resumed. Larnaca went on to win 2-0.
Stefan Johannesson, head of the Swedish FA, revealed to the Swedish press that Klyver was taken to hospital and needed stitches. He told Aftonbladet that he found it "very strange" the match was not abandoned and continued to the final whistle. Johannesson said: "It is UEFA who decides, but personally, I do not understand why they make such a decision. Had this happened in Sweden, we would have abandoned the match."

Source: The Sun

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 – Group Stage (Matches 9-16)

8 August 2018
Brazil – England
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Yudilia Briones (MEX)
Fourth Official: Kate Jacewicz (AUS)

Netherlands – Ghana
Referee: Ri Hyang Ok (PRK)
Assistant Referee 1: Hong Kum Nyo (PRK)
Assistant Referee 2: Kim Young Min (KOR)
Fourth Official: Qin Liang (CHN)

Korea DPR – Mexico
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Luciana Mascarana (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Tatiane Sacilotti (BRA)
Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

France – New Zealand
Referee: Lidya Abebe (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Mary Njoroge (KEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bernadettar Kwimbira (MWI) 

Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)

9 August 2018
Haiti – Nigeria
Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodjak (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Edina Alves (BRA)

China – Germany
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

USA – Paraguay
Referee: Qin Liang (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Cui Yongmei (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Fang Yan (CHN)
Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)

Spain – Japan
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sian Massey (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)

UEFA referees encouraged to set high standards

Europe's leading male and female referees are primed for the new UEFA club and national-team competition season, and have been given a crystal clear instruction by UEFA to take into the campaign – "We expect nothing but the best". Ninety-four referees from UEFA's elite and first categories – 73 male and 21 female officials – came to Nyon for the annual UEFA summer gathering. Over the three days, a review took place of last season's club competition knockout phase, and UEFA Referees Committee members were on hand to give the officials crucial guidance and advice for the months to come. The referees – now considered athletes in their own right in the modern high-pace top-level game – also underwent stringent fitness testing.
"Our message to the referees is that we won't settle for anything less than the best," said UEFA deputy chief refereeing officer Hugh Dallas (photo). "We have always prided ourselves on high-quality performances as far as European refereeing is concerned. We accept that referees make mistakes – just like players and coaches, they are human," he added, "But our job as referee coaches is to teach our referees to keep these errors to a minimum, and to ensure that they have little or no impact on the final outcome of matches. Honest and open dialogue is a feature of our discussions with the referees – they are committed to reaching the highest standards, and our role is to prepare them and help them maintain the high standards previously set." Dallas reflected that a major source of motivation for Europe's referees in the coming season should be the clear development of refereeing in other continental confederations, as witnessed in the recent FIFA World Cup in Russia. "I think we've witnessed over the years that European referees have always taken the lead on the world stage," he said. "But now we are clearly seeing that the quality of refereeing elsewhere in the world is continuing to rise. Other confederations have learned from UEFA and have followed our educational programmes – new benchmarks are being set, and it's now up to our referees to keep themselves at the top of the pile." The referees have also been reminded of their duty to protect both the players and football’s image. "One of the tasks of the referee is to guide, manage and keep all 22 players on the field of play," said Dallas. "That is where their man-management skills come into play – talking to players, establishing relationships and trying to make players understand the referee's role. We don't want it to be a case of ‘them and us’, as our aim is to work together with the players and help deliver a successful product. In addition, they need to protect players from serious injury on the field," he continued. "We don't want to see players only in the early part of our competitions – we want to see them throughout the length of the competitions. The referees have also been reminded to take strong action to protect the image of our game, and deal appropriately with players who are guilty of mobbing/protesting against their decision-making”.

Source: UEFA

UEFA Europa League – Third Qualifying Round (First Leg)

7-9 August 2018

İstanbul Başakşehir – Burnley FC
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Ilija Brdar (SRB)
Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

FC Pyunik – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Fourth Official: Edwin van de Graaf (NED)
Referee Observer: Geórgios Bíkas (GRE)

FC Ufa – Progrès Niederkorn
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)
Fourth Official: Urs Schnyder (SUI)
Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)

Hapoel Haifa – Atalanta BC
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Alashkert FC – CFR Cluj
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Viktor Matyash (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)

Spartaks Jūrmala – FK Sūduva
Referee: Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gunnar Gudmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thóroddur Hjaltalín (ISL)
Referee Observer: Karel Bohuněk (CZE)

RB Leipzig – U Craiova
Referee: Paweł Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

Dinamo Minsk – FC Zenit
Referee: Anastásios Papapétrou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Trýfon Petrópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vasílios Kamboúris (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ángelos Evángelou (GRE)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Sturm Graz – AEK Larnaca
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Magnusson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Lindgren (SWE)
Referee Observer: Emil Božinovski (MKD)

Sigma Olomouc – Kairat Almaty
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Liberti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese (ITA)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Mariupol – Girondins de Bordeaux
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Marin Vidulin (CRO)
Referee Observer: David Malcolm (NIR)

AS Trenčín – Feyenoord
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Fourth Official: Walter Altmann (AUT)
Referee Observer: Alieh Čykun (BLR)

Apollon Limassol – Dinamo Brest
Referee: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Álvaro Mesquita (POR)
Fourth Official: João Capela (POR)
Referee Observer: Vasyl Melnychuk (UKR)

PFC Ludogorets – HŠK Zrinjski
Referee: Vitaliy Meshkov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averyanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Rashid Abusuyev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)

Sheriff Tiraspol – Valur Reykjavík
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Anderson (NIR)
Fourth Official: Tim Marshall (NIR)
Referee Observer: Marco Borg (MLT)

Hapoel Beer Sheva – Apoel FC
Referee: Aleksey Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitriy Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitriy Safyan (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Moskalev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Ján Fašung (SVK)

Torpedo Kutaisi – FK Kukësi
Referee: Alan Sant (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Vella (MLT)
Fourth Official: Matthew De Gabriele (MLT)
Referee Observer: Aleksey Spirin (RUS)

Jagiellonia Białystok – KAA Gent
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Koray Gençerler (TUR)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

Nordsjaelland – Partizan
Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Naranjo Pérez (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Munuera Montero (ESP)
Referee Observer: António Almeida (POR)

CSKA Sofia – FC København
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Bram Van Driessche (BEL)
Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)

KRC Genk – Lech Poznań
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Valentin Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mircea Orbuleț (ROU)
Fourth Official: Horațiu Feșnic (ROU)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Vitesse – Basel
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Referee Observer: László Vágner (HUN)

Olympiakos – Luzern
Referee: François Letexier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Thomas Léonard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Beşiktaş JK – LASK Linz
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Fourth Official: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Olimpija Ljubljana – HJK Helsinki
Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
Fourth Official: Éric Wattellier (FRA)
Referee Observer: Robert Małek (POL)

Zorya Luhansk – SC Braga
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Thomsen (GER)
Fourth Official: Sören Storks (GER)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

Sarpsborg – Rijeka
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Hibernian – Molde
Referee: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Szert (HUN)
Fourth Official: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

Hajduk Split – FCSB
Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Luís Campos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Pedro Almeida (POR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Referee Observer: Nikolay Ivanov (RUS)

Rangers – Maribor
Referee: Roy Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Biton (ISR)
Fourth Official: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Spartak Subotica – Brøndby IF
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Fourth Official: Siemen Mulder (NED)
Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)

Cork City – Rosenborg
Referee: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Hrabovský (CZE)
Fourth Official: Karel Hrubeš (CZE)
Referee Observer: Ioánnis Tsachilídis (GRE)

The New Saints – FC Midtjylland
Referee: Peter Královič (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Miroslav Benko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Weiss (SVK)
Fourth Official: Boris Marhefka (SVK)
Referee Observer: Helmut Fleischer (GER)

Legia Warszawa – Dudelange
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Yemişken (TUR)
Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Referee Observer: Jari Maisonlahti (FIN)

Slovan Bratislava – Rapid Wien

Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michał Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)

Sevilla FC – Žalgiris Vilnius
Referee: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikael Hallin (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kaspar Sjöberg (SWE)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

UEFA Champions League – Third Qualifying Round (First Leg)

7-8 August 2018

Standard de Liege – AFC Ajax
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Harm Osmers (GER)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

FC Astana – GNK Dinamo
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Fourth Official: Steven McLean (SCO)
Referee Observer: Vladimír Medved (SVK)

Qarabağ FK – Bate Borisov
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

Malmö FF – MOL Vidi
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Fourth Official: Dejan Balažič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Slavia Praha – Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

Crvena Zvezda – Spartak Trnava
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Abrahám Álvarez Cantón (ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Benfica – Fenerbahçe
Referee: Aleksei Kuĺbakou (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitrj Žuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alieh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Ščarbakoŭ (BLR)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Red Bull Salzburg – KF Shkëndija
Referee: Aliyar Ağayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Orxan Mammadov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

PAOK FC – Spartak Moskva
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Fourth Official: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Celtic – AEK Athens
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Valeriani (ITA)
Fourth Official: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores – Round of 16 (First Leg)

7-9 August 2018

Estudiantes – Gremio
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Fourth Official: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Referee Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

Boca Juniors – Libertad
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson de Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)

Colo Colo – Corinthians
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Leon (COL)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
Referee Assessor: Rodolfo Otero (ARG)

Flamengo – Cruzeiro
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Fourth Official: Fernando Espinoza (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Francisco Mondria (CHI)

Racing – River Plate
Referee: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Fourth Official: Luiz Oliveira (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Torres (PAR)

Cerro Porteño – Palmeiras
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Chade (ARG)
Fourth Official: German Delfino (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Martin Vazquez (URU)

Atlético Tucuman – Atlético Nacional
Referee: Eber Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Milciades Saldívar (PAR)
Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Perassi (BRA)

Independiente – Santos
Referee: Diego Haro (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Miguel Santivañez (PER)
Referee Assessor: Dario Ubriaco (URU)

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 – Group Stage (Matches 1-8)

5 August 2018
Mexico – Brazil
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Pierre (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Susanne Kung (SUI)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

Korea DPR – England
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

New Zealand – Netherlands
Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodjak (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

France – Ghana
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sian Massesy (ENG)
Fourth Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

6 August 2018
Nigeria – Germany
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Salamasina (SAM)
Fourth Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Haiti – China
Referee: Edina Alves (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Neuza Back (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Monica Amboya (ECU)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

Paraguay – Spain
Referee: Kate Jacewicz (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Cui Yongmei (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Hong Kum Nyo (PRK)
Fourth Official: Qin Liang (CHN)

USA – Japan
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD)
Assistant Referee 2: Queency Victoire (MRI)
Fourth Official: Lidya Abebe (ETH)

UEFA Super Cup 2018: Marciniak (POL)

Polish referee Szymon Marciniak has been appointed to take charge of the 2018 UEFA Super Cup match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atlético de Madrid, which will be played at the Lilleküla Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia on 15 August, kicking-off at 21.00CET (22.00 local time). The 37-year-old from Płock will be accompanied by five compatriots: assistant referees Pawel Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz, additional assistant referees Pawel Raczkowski and Tomasz Musiał, and reserve official Radoslaw Siejka. Romania's Ovidiu Hategan will act as the fourth official.
An international referee since 2011, Marciniak has taken charge of 58 UEFA matches. He officiated four UEFA Champions League matches in the 2017/18 season, including the round of 16 second leg encounter between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Juventus. Last season, he was named as the fourth official for the UEFA Europa League final in Lyon, which saw Atlético de Madrid defeat Olympique de Marseille. He was also the fourth official for the 2016 UEFA Super Cup in Trondheim, where Real Madrid overcame Sevilla FC. (Source: UEFA)


15 August 2018
Real Madrid – Atletico de Madrid
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 Musiał (POL)
Fourth Official: Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU)
Reserve AR: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Collina succeeded by Rosetti as UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer

UEFA has announced that Roberto Rosetti is to replace Pierluigi Collina as its Chief Refereeing Officer, after Collina announced his decision to step down for personal reasons at the UEFA summer refereeing course in Nyon today. 
Pierluigi Collina, 58, was appointed as UEFA’s first ever Chief Refereeing Officer in 2010, following his retirement as a referee in 2005. In that time, he has achieved major advances in the professional handling of referees and overseen, among other important features, the establishment of the Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE). During his tenure, UEFA has created 360 degree monitoring and development programmes for officials to improve their technical, fitness and nutrition standards and ensure that tactical elements and knowledge of teams became part of the referees’ preparation for every match. 
In accepting his resignation, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said: “Pierluigi brought the same vision, understanding and flair to his role at UEFA that he demonstrated in the matches he refereed. I wish to thank him for his commitment during these years and for what he has brought to European football as Chief Refereeing Officer.” 
Pierluigi Collina said: “It has been a privilege to work as UEFA’s Chief Refereeing Officer during the last 8 years. I am very proud of the results achieved together with my fellow Refereeing Officers and the UEFA Referees’ Committee. I wish to thank UEFA for the strong support given to refereeing in these years and also all the match officials for their full commitment.”
Roberto Rosetti, 50, was an international referee from 2002 up to his retirement in 2010. The highlight of his career came during UEFA EURO 2008, where he refereed the opening match between Switzerland and the Czech Republic, as well as the final which saw Spain win the tournament against Germany. In 2008 he was awarded the honour of being named the World’s Best Referee by the International Federation of Football, History and Statistics. Rosetti was responsible for implementing Video Assistant Referees at the recent World Cup in Russia, having previously spent two years as the country’s head of refereeing. In accepting the post of Chief Refereeing Officer, Rosetti will also assume the position of the Chairman of the Referees Committee. 
Announcing his appointment, Aleksander Čeferin said: “Roberto was the natural choice for the job. His experience, knowledge and standing in the game are outstanding and I know he will chair the Committee with passion and enthusiasm.” 
Roberto Rosetti said: “It is a great honour to accept this job. UEFA has led the way in referee development in recent years and I am looking forward to the challenge of continuing and enhancing that progress, alongside the President, my fellow Refereeing Officers, the Committee and the rest of the organisation.” 

Source: UEFA

Referee Bennett could return after “unofficial suspension”

Daniel Bennett’s unofficial suspension from refereeing international matches could be at an end now that disgraced Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi has effectively been kicked out of the game. It was the Ghana FA boss‚ who was also a Confederation of African Football vice president‚ who insisted Bennett no longer be allowed to handle any games on the continent after his controversial handling of Ghana’s key World Cup qualifier against Uganda last year. The South African referee did have a stinker‚ disallowing a legitimate-looking last-gasp Ghanaian goal which would have kept alive slim hopes of toppling Egypt from first place in the group and going to the finals in Russia instead. The game in Kampala ended goalless - and with it went the Black Stars’ last hope of a fourth successive World Cup finals appearance. 
Ghana protested to FIFA about the incident and Nyantakyi make sure that Bennett was suspended from any other matches on the continent. “Mr Bennett and [his] assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute with television replays showing that it was a perfect goal‚" the Ghana Football Association wrote it is protest to world football’s governing body. He has not blown his whistle outside of South Africa’s borders since‚ having been pulled‚ just days later‚ from the African Champions League semi-final tie between Al Ahly and Etoile Sahel. Victor Gomes replaced him. But with Nyantakyi caught in a video sting accepting bribes earlier this year and facing a lifetime ban‚ the way is now clear for Bennett to be re-appointed. SAFA officials are said to be lobbying on his behalf to get him back on the CAF panel. Nyantakyi‚ a member of FIFA's decision-making council‚ has been provisionally suspended for 90 days and resigned from all his posts in the game after being shown in a documentary taking kickbacks. Nyantakyi‚ who had been GFA president since 2005 and was elected to the FIFA council in 2016‚ was filmed in a hotel room appearing to take a US$65‚000 bribe from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghanaian football league. The incident led to Ghana’s FA being dissolved. A new committee will be discussed by CAF president Ahmad and Ghana government officials at a meeting in Madagascar next week. 

Source: TimesLive

England to trial yellow and red cards for managers

English football intends to start punishing managers who behave badly on the sidelines as severely as players on the field, the Football Association (FA) said on Tuesday. In the coming season, referees will be able to show red and yellow cards to coaching staff in England’s top professional competitions, with the exception of the Premier League, as part of a pilot project based on the FA’s existing “technical area code of conduct”. In the top flight, managers will not be shown cards but receive verbal warnings. Like cards for players, the warnings will be totted up and could lead to match bans. 
What the FA calls “stage one warning” will be issued for inappropriate language or gestures “which are an obvious show of dissent or an attempt to influence the decisions of the match officials”. These include kicking or throwing water bottles or clothing, sarcastic clapping or waving imaginary cards. Managers who receive four warnings will be banned for one match, eight warnings will result in a two-match ban, 12 warnings will bring a three-match ban and 16 will lead to a misconduct charge. Unlike cards for players, the warnings will not, in most cases, be wiped out after a fixed number of games. 
Shaun Harvey, the chief executive of the English Football League which runs the three divisions below the Premier League, said on Tuesday that rules for behaviour in the dugout or technical area are not new, but the idea is to make the disciplinary procedure clearer to fans. Referees have long been able to banish badly-behaved managers, but now a red card will make clear what is happening. “We thought it should add to the clarity and hopefully better behaviour in the technical areas,” said Harvey. He said that the referee can, if necessary, caution a team’s entire coaching staff. “This is not about creating a drama. It is about making sure behaviour doesn’t decline further.” 

Source: ESPN

UEFA Europa League – Second Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

31 July - 2 August 2018

Sparta Praha – Spartak Subotica
Referee: Sebastian Colțescu (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Valentin Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mircea Orbuleț (ROU)
Fourth Official: Iulian Călin (ROU)
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

AIK – Nordsjaelland
Referee: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: François Boudikian (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Hébrard (FRA)
Fourth Official: Willy Delajod (FRA)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

FC Pyunik – Tobol Kostanay
Referee: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jiří Moláček (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Hrabovský (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jiří Houdek (CZE)
Referee Observer: Joeri Van De Velde (BEL)

Fola Esch – KRC Genk
Referee: Filip Glova (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: František Ferenc (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Ján Pozor (SVK)
Fourth Official: Martin Dohál (SVK)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

Laçi – Molde
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Neeme Neemlaid (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)
Fourth Official: Joonas Jaanovits (EST)
Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)

Alashkert – Sutjeska
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgi Doynov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikolay Yordanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Ferenc Székely (HUN)

AEK Larnaca – Dundalk FC
Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Hrvoje Radić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Igor Pajač (CRO)
Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

AS Trenčín – Górnik Zabrze
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Øystein Ytterland (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Isaak Bashevkin (NOR)
Fourth Official: Rohit Saggi (NOR)
Referee Observer: Michális Argyroú (CYP)

Trakai – Partizan
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Efe Kurnazca (SUI)
Fourth Official: Urs Schnyder (SUI)
Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)

Dinamo Minsk – Dunajská Streda
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sami Nykänen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (NOR)

Slavia Sofia – Hajduk Split
Referee: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Lo Cicero (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese (ITA)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Valletta FC – HŠK Zrinjski
Referee: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomislav Pospeh (SVN)
Fourth Official: Dragoslav Perič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)

Flora Tallinn – Apoel FC
Referee: Amaruy Delerue (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Huseyin Ocak (FRA)
Fourth Official: Éric Wattellier (FRA)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

BK Häcken – RB Leipzig
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Esat Sancaktar (TUR)
Fourth Official: Yaşar Uğurlu (TUR)
Referee Observer: Patrițiu Abrudan (ROU)

Lillestrøm – LASK
Referee: Vilhjálmur Thórarinsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Sigurdsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Bryngeir Valdimarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Ívar Kristjánsson (ISL)
Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)

FC Vaduz – Žalgiris Vilnius
Referee: Anastásios Papapétrou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasílios Kamboúris (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Trýfon Petrópoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ioánnis Papadópoulos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

Flyeralarm Admira – CSKA Sofia
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Fourth Official: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Progrès Niederkorn – Budapest Honvéd
Referee: Karim Abed (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikaël Berchebru (FRA)
Fourth Official: Salem Ben El Hadj (FRA)
Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)

Apollon Limassol – FK Željezničar
Referee: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Petar Dzhuganski (BUL)
Fourth Official: Volen Chinkov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)

Mariupol – Djurgårdens
Referee: Robert Harvey (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dermot Broughton (IRL)
Fourth Official: Bernard Connolly (IRL)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

Lincoln Red Imps – The New Saints
Referee: Petri Viljanen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Riku Vihreävuori (FIN)
Fourth Official: Kaarlo Hämäläinen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)

Atromitos – Dinamo Brest
Referee: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
Fourth Official: Shalom Ben Avraham (ISR)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

Radnički Niš – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Fourth Official: Thomas Léonard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Yuri Baskakov (RUS)

FC København – Stjarnan
Referee: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Matthew Wilkes (ENG)
Fourth Official: David Coote (ENG)
Referee Observer: Igor Șațkii (MDA)

Beşiktaş JK – B36 Tórshavn
Referee: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Manso (POR)
Fourth Official: Vítor Ferreira (POR)
Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

Vitesse – Viitorul
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
Referee Observer: Aleksei Spirin (RUS)

Asteras Tripolis – Hibernian FC
Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jérémy Stinat (FRA)
Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)

Víkingur – Torpedo Kutaisi
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Lewiss Edwards (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Johnathon Bryant (WAL)
Fourth Official: Huw Jones (WAL)
Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)

FK Sarajevo – Atalanta BC
Referee: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Edward Smart (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Cook (ENG)
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

NK Maribor – Chikhura Sachkhere
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Cevdet Kömürcüoğlu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Slovan Bratislava – Balzan FC
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jimmy Cremers (BEL)
Fourth Official: Bert Put (BEL)
Referee Observer: António Almeida (POR)

FCSB – Rudar Velenje
Referee: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Roman Usachev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Yevgeni Turbin (RUS)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

NK Domžale – FC Ufa
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Gareth Eakin (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paul Robinson (NIR)
Fourth Official: Steven Gregg (NIR)
Referee Observer: Vasyl Melnychuk (UKR)

AZ Alkmaar – Kairat Almaty
Referee: Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Dejan Nedelkoski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Burnley – Aberdeen
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergio Ranghetti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Manganiello (ITA)
Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)

Rangers – Osijek
Referee: Dennis Higler (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Johan Balder (NED)
Fourth Official: Siemen Mulder (NED)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Girondins de Bordeaux – FK Ventspils (LVA)
Referee: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: André Nogueira (POR)
Fourth Official: Hélder Malheiro (POR)
Referee Observer: Kevin Azzopardi (MLT)

Sarpsborg – St. Gallen
Referee: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Djemel Zitouni (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Henninot (FRA)
Fourth Official: Florent Batta (FRA)
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

Lech Poznań – Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Referee: Christian Dingert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Häcker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Tobias Christ (GER)
Fourth Official: Sven Jablonski (GER)
Referee Observer: Pavel Saliy (KAZ)

KF Drita – F91 Dudelange
Referee: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Niels Høg (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ole Kronlykke (DEN)
Fourth Official: Michael Johansen (DEN)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

La Fiorita – Spartaks Jūrmala
Referee: Alan Sant (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Jurgen Spiteri (MLT)
Fourth Official: Mario Apap (MLT)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Rio Ave – Jagiellonia Białystok
Referee: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabrizio Posado (ITA)
Fourth Official: Rosario Abisso (ITA)
Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)

Ujpest – Sevilla
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Konstantin Shalamberidze (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Moskalev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Crusaders FC – Olimpija Ljubljana
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Jiří Ulrich (CZE)

Hafnarfjördur – Hapoel Haifa
Referee: Siarhiej Tsynkievič (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Vitaĺ Maliutin (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jaŭhien Ramanaŭ (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Ščarbakoŭ (BLR)
Referee Observer: Robert Małek (POL)

Valur Reykjavík – Santa Coloma
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrišimbegović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Sreten Udovičić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Admir Šehović (BIH)
Referee Observer: Stávros Tritsónis (GRE)

UEFA Champions League – Second Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

31 July – 1 August 2018

Hapoel Beer Sheva – GNK Dinamo
Referee: François Letexier (FRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Olivier Thual (FRA)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Sheriff Tiraspol – KF Shkëndija
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ville Koskiniemi (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mika Lamppu (FIN)
Fourth Official: Atte Jussila (FIN)
Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Spartak Trnava – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Fourth Official: Daniel Bar Natan (ISR)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

HJK Helsinki – Bate Borisov
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Florian Lemaire (BEL)
Fourth Official: Jan Boterberg (BEL)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Midtjylland – Astana
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: César Manuel Noval (ESP)
Fourth Official: Mario Melero López (ESP)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)

Qarabağ – Kukësi
Referee: Peter Královič (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Miroslav Benko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Weiss (SVK)
Fourth Official: Patrik Hrčka (SVK)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

Malmö FF – CFR Cluj
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)

FK Sūduva – Crvena Zvezda
Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Luís Campos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Pedro Almeida (POR)
Fourth Official: Luís Godinho (POR)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Vidi FC – PFC Ludogorets
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Rothmann (AUT)
Fourth Official: René Eisner (AUT)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

Basel – PAOK
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Referee Observer: Vladimír Medved (SVK)

Sturm Graz – AFC Ajax
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Rosenborg – Celtic
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jonas Erni (SUI)
Fourth Official: Lukas Fähndrich (SUI)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – Second Round (Second Leg)

31 July – 16 August 2018

Junior – Lanus
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Fourth Official: Luis Oliveira (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Herrera (ECU)

Sport Huancayo – Caracas
Referee: Nicolás Gallo (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Díaz (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: John León (COL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Herrera (COL)
Referee Assessor: Paulo Silva (ARG)

El Nacional – Defensa y Justicia
Referee: Eber Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Milciades Saldívar (PAR)
Fourth Official: José Méndez (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Jorge Wilstermann – Deportivo Cuenca
Referee: Alexis Herrera (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos López (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Fourth Official: Marlon Escalante (VEN)
Referee Assessor: César Escano (PER)

Santa Fe – Rampla Juniors
Referee: Diego Haro (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Víctor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Luis Garay (PER)
Referee Assessor: Saúl Laverni (ARG)

Banfield – Boston River
Referee: Víctor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Coty Carrera (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Orue (PER)
Fourth Official: Miguel Santiváñez (PER)
Referee Assessor: José Buitrago (COL)

Bolívar – Deportivo Cali
Referee: Ulises Mereles (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Cáceres (PAR)
Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Juan Cardellino (URU)

Penarol –Atletico Paranaense
Referee: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Julio Fernandez (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Lucas Germanotta (ARG)
Fourth Official: Fernando Echenique (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Imer Machado (COL)

Atletico Cerro – Bahia
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Urrego (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lubin Torrealba (VEN)
Fourth Official: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Ricardo Casas (ARG)

Vasco da Gama – LDU Quito
Referee: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Canete (PAR)
Fourth Official: Jose Mendez (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Robero Silvera (PAR)

Nacional – Sol de America
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Flavio Nall (ECU)
Fourth Official: Guillermo Guerrero (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)

Deportes Temuco – San Lorenzo
Referee: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Byron Romero (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Baren (ECU)
Fourth Official: Roberto Sanchez (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Cesar Escano (PER)

Millonarios – General Diaz
Referee: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Raul Orellana (CHI)
Fourth Official: Piero Maza (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Silvera (URU)

Botafogo – Nacional
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximiliano Del Yesso (ARG)
Fourth Official: Jorge Balino (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Herrera (ECU)

Colon – Sao Paulo
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Caceres (PAR)
Fourth Official: Ulises Mereles (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Juan Cardellino (URU)

Defensor Sporting – Fluminense
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Retamal (CHI)
Fourth Official: Cesar Deischler (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Manuel Bernal (PAR)

Makeshift VAR: referee checks goal using photographer's camera in Peru

A referee created his own version of VAR in the Copa Peru, recruiting a photographer to help to decide if a goal had been scored.
Jordan Campos's long-range shot for FC Retamoso against Auquiato de Pampamarca flew through a hole in the back of the net. Despite Albert Alarcón signalling the goal, he seemed uncertain with the call. He eventually improvised and inspected pictures taken by a photographer on the sidelines before deciding the goal should stand. Ultimately, the decision did not have much bearing on the outcome of the match; Retamoso won the tie 10-0.

Source: The Guardian

Spanish referees best paid in the world

LaLiga are to give their referees a major salary hike as part of a new agreement with the football officials which also mean LaLiga taking on the social security costs of professional referees and their assistants working in the Primera and Segunda Divisións. Under the new agreement they will now earn just under 300,000 euros per year and will become the best paid football league officials in the world, EFE reports. LaLiga has given its approval to the proposals of the Spanish professional referees committee which added the new measures. A top flight referee will now earn 296,423 euros, a jump from the previous 193,000 euros.
Among the salary changes for Spanish referees for the 2018/19 season are the following:
· Ten percent increase in salaries of referees and assistants in LaLiga Santander and LaLiga 1/2/3.
· Assumption of social security costs, which amounts to 1.95 million euros per year.
· Implementation of a fee of 1,600 euros to the main Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and 800 to the assistant.
· LaLiga will pay for the sponsorship of the officials' shirts, which they value at 3 million euros. This will be shared out.
Furthermore, LaLiga also agrees to create a plan for officials to assist them to move into a new job once they finish their professional refereeing career. In short, LaLiga, with these new salary measures, will pay an average of 53 percent more for professional referees, and 61 percent more to their assistants. In the Segunda the increases will be 67 percent and 82 percent respectively from the start of the upcoming season.

Source: AS

UEFA Women's U-19 Euro Final 2018: Martincic (CRO)

Croatia's Ivana Martinčić is the referee for the UEFA European Women's U-19 Championship final between Germany and Spain, and will have an important insight into what the players are experiencing in Biel/Bienne. Martinčić, who turned 33 on Saturday, was a player in the Croatian top division a decade ago before taking up officiating. Now, as well as refereeing FIFA Women's World Cup and UEFA Women's Euro qualifiers, as well as UEFA Women's Champions League games, Martinčić also takes charge of matches in the Croatian men's second division. UEFA.com spoke to Martinčić at the Women's U-19 Euro referees' base in Lenzburg, where she discussed her experience in Switzerland, and mused on what insight she receives as an ex-player.
UEFA.com: What does it mean to you to referee the final?
Martinčić: It means a lot. For me, it's that UEFA gives me such a big opportunity to be part of this competition, and it's the biggest thing in my life that I have the final here in Switzerland. It's very nice to be part of the final.
- How have you enjoyed the final tournament?
- It's not my first, I was at the Women's Under-17s in Iceland in 2015, now I’m here. In Switzerland it’s perfect, the weather is super, the company here, the girls are very nice. We have enjoyed it here.
- What's it like to be in an international team with assistants and fourth officials from other countries?
- It's new, but we adapt to each other. At the start, you don’t know each other, but you do your best to handle the game together and, in the end, it's perfect because we speak, we are like one team in the end. You have an opportunity to see cultures of other referees, find out something new from another referee, it's a good experience.
- What has it been like to be together full-time in the tournament camp for two weeks?
- The two weeks have passed very quickly! It’s been good to have this team, and UEFA have given us the final. We hope we will give the best of ourselves.
- How do you enjoy refereeing men's and women's football?
- I’m very proud that I can be in the men's second division in Croatia, maybe in the future in the top division, but also here in UEFA, and I hope I will get to be a top [women's] referee. I am in the Category One [behind only Elite], but you need luck to not have injuries.
- How did you switch from playing to refereeing?
- When I was 15, my father [a regional referee observer in Croatia] asked me if I wanted to be a referee, but I wanted to stay playing football. But when I was around 22, I decided to be a referee, and then I had a FIFA badge in 2013.
- Does having been a player give you extra insight as a referee?
- At the start it is easier, as you know how players adapt to the game, how they think. So maybe we develop faster than other referees, maybe they need more time to learn that. But, in the end, you have the same feeling and the same pressure, if you were a player or not. If a player asked me about refereeing, I'd say: "Try and you will see. It is a good job - give it a chance". (Source: UEFA)


30 July 2018
Germany – Spain
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Jenni Mahlamäki (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikol Šafránková (CZE)
Fourth Official: Tess Olofsson (SWE)

Ricci admits his VAR error at the 2018 World Cup

In an interview with SporTV on Thursday, 26 July 2018, Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci admitted that he made mistakes during the World Cup game between England and Tunisia in the group stage of the competition. At the time, he was the video assistant referee (VAR) of the match.
The recently retired referee explained that a penalty kick should have been should have been awarded for a foul within the penalty area against Harry Kane and that even after reviewing the play, the penalty kick was not given in favour of England, which was a mistake in his opinion. Despite the misunderstanding, England won by 2-1. "I'm very comfortable because criticizing my own job is easier. There was a hold from the Tunisian defender on Kane. The first feeling I had it was a penalty, then I looked for a better angle, but sometimes it is better not to look again. I should have immediately called the referee (Wilmar Roldan). Instead of checking what I had seen, I looked for an image that would allow me to support the referee's decision. That was when I found an arm of Kane on the opponent and that was what gave me the chance to support the referee, but it was a mistake, it was a clear penalty. It was one of the three errors of the group phase recognized by FIFA", said the Brazilian. Ricci also said that the referees who acted as VAR in the World Cup were directed not to get caught up in small fouls and cases that can be interpreted, but rather in clear and obvious situations. "The VAR should not stick to small fouls because otherwise he will review everything. Every part of the area always has a little push; it has to be something very clear. At Kane's check, I went to get pictures to defend the referee's decision; that was a mistake that I should not have committed. The initial orientation was only for clear mistakes. No one accepted the VAR to intervene absurdly, but those situations of interpretation that were also clear, the VAR did not intervene. During the competition, FIFA began to change the process, giving the referee the opportunity to look at the play for the second time. And it happened’, he explained. The Brazilian stressed that the pressure on the VAR is much greater, because the video assistant referees have at their disposal all angles of the play. "The referee on the field has in his favour the criterion of interpretation and the time, the need to decide based on only one angle of view. The referee's error is understandable. In the video, there is no forgiveness. You have all angles and you cannot go wrong. The pressure on the VAR is much higher", he said.


Foul on Miranda (Brazil – Switzerland)
"That moment took Miranda out of the game. For me it was a penalty, especially in slow motion. The slow motion was to see the point of contact, but slow motion is also used to see the player's movement; on the fast camera you do not see a malicious movement".


Foul on Gabriel Jesus (Brazil – Belgium)
For Ricci, the VAR should have signaled foul in the Gabriel Jesus situation in the match against Belgium, when the striker was knocked over in the area. "There were two VAR interventions in the second phase and it should have been a third one in Gabriel's situation”.

VAR in Brazil?
"At FIFA, the bank is FIFA; at Conmebol, it is Conmebol. In Spain it is La Liga, because it is La Liga that makes the competition. CBF had a profit of 50 million last year, according to the Globo. I do not understand why not take that profit and not invest it in the VAR. I think CBF will eventually use it in Brazil. If the clubs cannot afford it, let the CBF do it. The CBF's mission is to promote football and thus promote football and justice".

World Cup Final
"Yes, I had hopes, we never know. We were among the candidates. Our Brazilian trio had made a good World Cup; in fact it is a process of choice and FIFA opted for the Argentine trio".

Source: RefNews