UEFA U-17 Euro Final 2018: Meler (TUR)

20 May 2018 

Italy – Netherlands
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Fourth Official: Horațiu Feșnic (ROU)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

Clattenburg reveals death threats, vile abuse and alcohol

Former FIFA referee Mark Clattenburg has told Independent.ie that he was on the receiving end of death threats as he revealed that his family were also abused during his time officiating in England’s top flight. Clattenburg’s lowest point came as he was accused of racially abusing Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel in a game against Manchester United in October 2012, in an incident that he admits forced him to consider his future in the game.
Now the official who has quit the Premier League last year to take up a new role in Saudi Arabia had opened up on the vile social media abuse that flowed his way in a career that saw him take charge of the FA Cup final, Champions League final and the decisive game of Euro 2016 between Portugal and France. “I’ve had death threats, my family have been threatened and it is not nice. People say what they are going to do to you, that they know where you live,” Paddy Power ambassador Clattenburg told Independent.ie. “The odds of them carrying out these threats are low, but your children can still read it and that is not nice. When it affects your family, it is a horrible situation and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. The low point for me was clearly the Chelsea - Manchester United game in 2012 and the racism accusation that cause such a storm. After that, I wanted to quit, but I was not in a position to do that. “One day the whole truth will come out on what happened in that game and people will be surprised by that story. The incident on the day and what happened afterwards was not right and it left a lasting mark on me. It made me realise that football is not just a sport any more. There are bigger issues around; that was not a football incident. Sometimes things happen in life that make you stronger and I am probably a better referee after that incident than I was before it, but it was still a difficult situation to live through.” Clattenburg admits he was ready to walk away from refereeing for good after the racism accusations that were belatedly dropped by Mikel and Chelsea, but he suggests he was ‘trapped’ in a job he could not escape from. “At the time, I wanted to quit and the support is not there in that kind of situation, but what can you do?” he asks. “In refereeing, you are stuck in an industry you can’t get out of and that is a difficult place to be in. You cannot step away from referee once you are in it for a very good reason. I have a family, they need to be looked after. I have left my profession as an electrical engineer behind and there is nowhere to go if I walk away from refereeing. This is a unique job in many ways and not always for the right reason. If you are a player or a manager or even a journalist, you can always get a job somewhere else if something goes wrong, but you cannot do that in refereeing. Who is going to employ me in a job outside football given my profile and the like? That is why I had to take the offer to move to Saudi Arabia when it came my way, as it offered security to my family. People sometimes forget that referees are not there for a hobby or to live out the dream of being on the pitch as it is a job at the end of the day. Social media has probably not helped referees. It is not just the 90 minutes on the field any more as it is the backlash that follows if there is a controversial incident or a mistake that might have been made by the officials. That doesn’t just last for a few hours, it can go on for days and weeks and that is not easy. There are some nasty people out there and people who want to say things that they wouldn’t say to your face”. (Source: The Independent)
Clattenburg insists he quit England after getting fed-up of always being in the eye of the storm after bust-ups with players, and managers never apologising when they got it wrong. The ex-FIFA ref, now working in Saudi Arabia, said: “It’s a relief to get away from the Premier League. “The pressures inside your own country are sometimes more difficult than high-profile international games. It can affect your family. All the social media things that are written, it affects people who know you. If you make the same mistakes abroad, nobody seems to comment. I think more of our referees will go overseas. In the Premier League, people are criticising you constantly. That criticism is one of the catalysts for my decision to quit the Premier League. Is it worth doing this job? You make a right decision, you’re told it’s wrong, and you’re driving home hundreds of miles with that in your head. Managers never come out and apologise for it, or come into the dressing room privately and say they’ve made a mistake. The drama of it is unique, but I don’t miss the day-to-day Premier League”. Clattenburg says whenever he was involved in a flash point - once being cleared of a racist bust-up with Jon Obi Mikel - the only escape was to turn to drink. “How do you release the tension around refereeing big games?” said Clattenburg. “Drink lots of beer! I used to call my wife after a game, and she’d know by my voice if I’d had a bad game or not. When I got home, she’d be in the bed and the fridge would be full of beer if I had a nightmare. If I’d had a good game, she’d wait up. It’s horrible after a game if you’ve made a mistake – it would be a horrible drive home. If you had a good game, you would want to listen to the radio stations talking about the match. But, if you’d had a 'mare, you’d turn the Bluetooth on and play some music. The worst was when Chelsea played Manchester United, and I’d been accused of being racist by Jon Obi Mikel. I had to fly out of Heathrow and it was breaking news all over the world, having to deal with that and the aftermath while getting on the flight. I remember boarding and the guy sitting next to me said, ‘You’re the referee aren’t you? F***ing hell, you’ve made some headlines’. You realise then the impact football has. I couldn’t leave the house for the next week. To be accused of something you hadn’t done was difficult to deal with, because you get frustrated. You have to leave the investigations to run their course. They asked us to come back and referee and I wasn’t in the right state of mind for it for a while. I thought about quitting a lot after that, but the problem you’ve got as a professional is you’ve left your other industry for nine years. I was an electrical engineer, and I couldn’t go back to that because the game had changed. What could I do? I had a mortgage to pay, I had a family, I had a house. It becomes different when refereeing becomes your job. You have to think differently. There aren’t many alternatives”. (Source: Irish Mirror)

World Cup referee Al-Mirdasi banned for life for match-fixing attempt in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has banned referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi from football for life for a match-fixing attempt, weeks before he was due to fly to Russia to officiate at the 2018 World Cup, said the country's football federation [SAFF] in a statement.
Al-Mirdasi had confessed to offering to fix Saturday's King's Cup final on behalf of the Al Ittihad club, the SAFF said. It added that it had requested FIFA to hand him a lifetime global ban as well as removing him from the World Cup list. The 32-year-old referee made the approach to Al Ittihad chief Hamad Al-Senaie, who immediately handed over the WhatsApp messages to SAFF officials who in turn alerted the relevant government authorities, SAFF said. Al-Mirdasi was taken into police custody where he confessed to soliciting the corrupt payment, the statement from the SAFF Ethics Committee added. 
Al Ittihad played Al Faisaly in the King's Cup final at Jeddah's King Abdullah Sports City on Saturday, winning in extra-time in a game refereed by Mark Clattenburg, who was appointed Head of Refereeing at the SAFF last year, and stepped in to replace Al-Mirdasi on the eve of the game. Al-Mirdasi has been on the FIFA referees list since 2011 and officiated at last year's Confederations Cup in Russia. "FIFA notes the information that referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi has allegedly been banned from all football-related activities by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF)", the world governing body told BBC Sport. 

Serbian referee arrested after penalty howler

Serbian referee Srdjan Obradovic has been arrested and questioned on abuse of power charges after awarding a wrongful penalty kick in Sunday's crucial top division soccer match, the country's interior ministry (MUP) said on Tuesday. 
"Obradovic is suspected of abusing his authority in the match between Spartak Subotica and Radnicki Nis to favour the home team against their rivals", MUP said. "He will be detained for 48 hours and handed over to the prosecutor in charge". Spartak won the match 2-0 to nose ahead of Radnicki into third place and a Europa League qualifying slot ahead of the last round of matches, courtesy of two penalties with the latter leaving viewers and the visitors perplexed. A Radnicki defender deflected an innocuous low cross from the right with his feet making no contact with any of the home players, but Obradovic awarded the spot-kick and gesticulated that the would-be offender had handled the ball. The howler also prompted Serbian FA chief Slavisa Kokeza to ask the soccer authorities to punish Obradovic accordingly and suspend him. 
Serbian media invariably vilified Obradovic after the incident and showed video clips of a long list of his poor decisions in previous matches, notably a Belgrade derby between Serbia's big two Red Star and Partizan in March 2017. Obradovic allowed play to go on after the ball had clearly gone out of play for Red Star's opener in a 1-1 draw, sparking bitter protests from Partizan's officials and supporters. Red Star won a record 28th Serbian league title earlier this month with games to spare ahead of second-placed Partizan, while Spartak and fourth-placed Radnicki, who are three points behind them, are battling it out for a Europa League berth.

UEFA U-17 Euro 2018 – Semi-finals

17 May 2018

England – Netherlands
Referee: Horațiu Feșnic (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Vlad Lifciu (MDA)
Fourth Official: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)

Italy – Belgium
Referee: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgi Doynov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Robert Harvey (IRL)
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

CFU Club Championship Final 2018: Aguilar (SLV)

13 May 2018

Atletico Pantoja – Arnett Gardens
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Rockwell (USA)
Fourth Official: Jair Marrufo (USA)

OFC Champions League Final 2018 (First Leg)

13 May 2018

Wellington  Lautoka
Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bernard Mutukera (SOL)
Fourth Official: Mederic Lacour (NCA)

Copa Libertadores – Group Stage (Matchday 7)

15-17 May 2018

Defensor Sporting – Cerro Porteño
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Chade (ARG)
Fourth Official: Fernando Espinoza (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Puga (CHI

Delfin – Atletico Nacional
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Coty Carrera (PER)
Fourth Official: Joel Alarcon (PER)
Referee Assessor: Sergio Cristiano (BRA)

Monagas – Gremio
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian Navarro (ARG)
Fourth Official: German Delfino (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)

Colo Colo – Bolívar
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Luiz Oliveira (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Dario Ubriaco (URU)

Boca Juniors – Alianza Lima
Referee: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodney Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Cañete (PAR)
Fourth Official: Jose Mendez (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Juan Lugones (BOL)

Palmeiras – Junior
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Francisco Mondria (CHI)

Flamengo – Emelec
Referee: Diego Haro (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Lopez (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Miguel Santivañez (PER)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Torres (PAR)

Libertad – Atletico Tucumán
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Guilherme Camilo (BRA)
Fourth Official: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Imer Machado (COL)

Peñarol – The Strongest
Referee: Andres Rojas (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto Clavijo (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
Referee Assessor: Nelson Moncao (BRA)

Millonarios – Independiente
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Claudio Rios (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Raul Orellana (CHI)
Fourth Official: Cesar Deischler (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Alberto Tejada (PER)

Deportivo Lara – Corinthians
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Fourth Official: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Herrera (ECU)

Saudi Arabia World Cup referee placed under investigation

Fahad Al-Mirdasi's involvement at the World Cup has been thrown into major doubt after he was dramatically stood down from Saturday's King's Cup final and placed under investigation. Saudi's top referee was due to officiate the match at King Abdullah Sports City between Al-Ittihad and Al-Faisaly, but the Saudi Football Federation (SAFF) announced on Friday night that the 32-year-old would no longer be taking charge of the game. "The Saudi Arabian Football Federation, with the blessing of the Saudi Olympic Committee, has decided to remove referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi from refereeing the King's Cup final and to refer him to the General Investigations Bureau," read the SAFF's official Twitter account. "Mark Clattenburg has been appointed to referee the final instead". Al-Mirdasi was also removed from the AFC Champions League match Jeonbuk Motors - Buriram United, where he will be replaced by Nawaf Shukralla.
Al-Mirdasi (photo) is one of three Saudi match officials selected for next summer’s tournament by FIFA, but his participation must now be in some jeopardy. FIFA, who have named 36 referees for the tournament in Russia, are likely to want clarification surrounding the exact reasons for the SAFF's decision to suspend and then place one of Asia's top referees under investigation. Al-Mirdasi was set to become the fourth Saudi referee to officiate at the World Cup, following in the footsteps of Falaj Al-Shannar, Abdulrahman Al-Zeid and Khalil Jalal. Having previously taken charge of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup quarterfinal as well as matches in the 2016 Olympic Games and the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup, Al-Mirdasi is one of Asia’s most experienced referees. SAFF President Adel Ezzat said in March that the selection of Al-Mirdasi - along with assistant referees Abdullah Al-Shalawi and Mohammed Al-Abkari - was a proud moment for the Kingdom. “The three officials won FIFA’s trust after officiating at the highest levels of continental and international football,” said Ezzat in a statement published on the SAFF Twitter account. “It is a reward for them to be at the greatest of all football competitions. They deserve congratulations as they have earned their places among the elite of the refereeing world. To have three match officials at the World Cup is a great motivation for us at the SAFF to enhance our work in developing Saudi referees. I wish them success in Russia and we will be looking forward for them to do us proud”. 

Source: Arab News

Frappart looking forward to officiating on home soil

Top French referee Stephanie Frappart is one of the 15 female match officials, who will officiate games at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 in August. She is looking forward to refereeing in her home country and to showing the world how excited France is to celebrate women’s football at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup this year, and of course next year, at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
- FIFA.com: Congratulations on your selection for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018. What does it mean for you as a French woman to officiate at FIFA World Cup matches in your home country?
- Stephanie Frappart: I am very proud, of course. I am really looking forward to this competition. It is a big honour to represent France in France. It is a highlight for me. It is great recognition and a token of appreciation for all of the work I have done so far, for the experience I gained over the past years. I am very pleased and I want to thank everyone, who has made this possible.
- France is organising two important women’s competitions. Next year, the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be played in France. The U-20 competition in August is a kind of sample for what’s coming up next year, when FIFA’s flagship tournament in women’s football will be played. How are the preparations going so far? 
- The French Football Federation has prepared this tournament very well. It will be a big test for everyone before the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. Everyone is focused and ready. The whole region of Brittany is excited to welcome all of the teams and fans. The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be a great gauge for next year’s competition.
- Considering that the level of the U-20 women is very good, are there opportunities for the match officials to make improvements in their own World Cup preparations?
- Absolutely. It is a great opportunity for us and it is a great opportunity for the players. We both have an important competition, after which all of us can be recommended for the World Cup, if we have good performances. So, there is a lot at stake for all of us.
- You are known for leaving nothing to chance and planning everything down to the last detail. What are your preparations like over the next few days, weeks and months?
- It is actually an ongoing process. The World Cup preparations have not just started. We actually started planning and preparing for France 2019 immediately after the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada. It is more a next, important step towards the next big highlight. It will be an intense, but exciting time. We are challenged and encouraged. It is an important stopover in our World Cup preparations. We still have a lot of work to do and we must keep up the pace. The exchanges with our instructors will be very valuable and also officiating games at a high level is, of course, very important for us.
- What exactly can we look forward to in your country this year and next year? 
- This summer, it’s the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, and next year, it’s the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the best women’s football tournament anywhere! I am sure that both competitions will be a big success for the development of women’s football. This FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 is coming at just the right time for the women’s game in France. Our FA’s development programme is paying off. More and more people are watching women’s football matches on TV, and the French national women’s team play in front of packed stadia. There’s a genuine passion for the game, and it’s growing all the time.

Source: FIFA

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018

The FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 15 female referees and 30 female assistant referees to officiate at the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018. The selection criteria for the match officials from 21 different countries was based on their experience in their respective association and confederation competitions, as well as their levels of fitness and ability to read the game. Those selected for the tournament in Brittany this summer will also be candidates to officiate at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. The four official host cities for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 are located across Brittany: Concarneau (Stade Guy Piriou), Dinan/Léhon (Stade du Clos Gastel in Léhon), Saint-Malo (Stade de Marville) and Vannes (Stade de la Rabine). Vannes will host the opening match of the competition on 5 August, as well as the final on 24 August. (Source: FIFA)

Referee: Kate Jacewicz (AUS, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Renae Coghill (AUS, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2: Uvena Fernandes (IND, 1981)

Referee: Qin Liang (CHN, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Fang Yan (CHN, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2: Kim Kyoung Min (KOR, 1980)

Referee: Ri Hyang Ok (PRK, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Hong Kum Nyo (PRK, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Cui Yongmei (CHN, 1979)

Referee: Lidya Tafesse Abebe (ETH, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Queency Victoire (MRI, 1987)
Assistant Referee 2: Mary Njoroge (KEN, 1985)

Referee: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Bernadettar Kwimbira (MWI, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD, 1978)

Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON, 1986)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON, 1986)
Assistant Referee 2: Yudilia Briones (MEX, 1986)

Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA, 1988)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN, 1989)

Referee: Edina Alves (BRA, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Neuza Back (BRA, 1984)
Assistant Referee 2: Tatiane Sacilotti (BRA, 1986)

Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (URU, 1983, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Luciana Mascarana (URU, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Monica Amboya (ECU, 1982)

Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: Lata Kaumatule (TGA, 1985)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Salamasina (SAM, 1989)

Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Sian Massey (ENG, 1985)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodjak-Karšić (CRO, 1983)

Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA, 1983)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O’Neill (IRL, 1978)

Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR, 1981)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU, 1979)

Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Pierre (SUI, 1987)
Assistant Referee 2: Susanne Kung (SUI, 1988)

Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE, 1977)

VAR failed during A-League Final

A “technical failure” with the video assistant referee (VAR) stopped the controversial technology from disallowing the goal that decided Saturday night’s A-League grand final. A review by Football Federation Australia has found the VAR on duty, Craig Zetter, did not have access to the camera angles required to catch a blatant offside in the process of Kosta Barbarouses’s 9-minute goal that gave Melbourne Victory their 1-0 win over Newcastle to claim the championship.
Social media went into meltdown when replays showed James Donachie had drifted the wrong side of the last Jets player, with Johnny Warren medallist Adrian Mierzejewski and former Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe leading the outrage. The assistant referee never raised his flag but it is understood some members of the Victory coaching staff hesitated before celebrating because they believed Donachie was offside on their first viewing. A-League chief Greg O’Rourke issued a statement on Sunday morning to reveal Hawkeye had a “malfunction of software” that meant the VAR system was partially lost 30 seconds before Victory’s goal. It was not restored until “some minutes” after the goal at which point O’Rourke said it was too late to overturn the goal. “We are extremely disappointed at this failure of the VAR technology and we understand the disappointment and frustration of the Newcastle Jets, their fans and indeed all football fans,” O’Rourke said. “VAR was introduced here and in other parts of the world as a technology-based solution to correct the human errors that inevitably are made from time to time when officials are making judgments in split seconds. On this occasion the technology itself failed and the broadcast angles required were unavailable. We are working with Hawkeye to thoroughly understand why it did and what can be done to prevent this happening again. Whilst we understand that this happened only once this season it was at a most critical time. All parties desire the technology to be failure proof and that is what we will be striving for.” After the match Jets coach Ernie Merrick made it clear he didn’t agree with the decision that stood. “It looked to me like there were three players offside,” he said. “I don’t want to be a sore loser but if that goal was offside I just wonder what the point of the VAR is.” Victory coach Kevin Muscat said: “I reckon there’s been a few technical glitches throughout the season. “Three weeks ago, when we played Adelaide, their goal was offside and the VAR didn’t have the correct footage. When we sent them our footage they acknowledged that it was offside. I don’t want to rub people’s noses in it. What I am saying is that we’ve got to allow more resources to give these guys all the correct software and technology that they need.” The incident comes as a warning of the system’s fallibility before next month’s World Cup in Russia, where it be used at football’s showpiece tournament for the first time.

Source: The Guardian

Copa Sudamericana – Round 1 (Second Leg, II)

8-10 May 2018

Danubio – Deportivo Cali
Referee: Mauro Vigliano (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucas Germanotta (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Julio Fernandez (ARG)
Fourth Official: Fernando Echenique (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Ana Oliveira (BRA)

Guabira – LDU Quito
Referee: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Barreiro (URU)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Fuentes (URU)
Referee Assessor: Ricardo Casas (ARG)

Atletico Mineiro – San Lorenzo
Referee: Julio Bascuñan (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Fourth Official: Eduardo Gamboa (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)

Deportes Temuco – Estudiantes Merida
Referee: Gustavo Murillo (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Diaz (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Leon (COL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Betancur (COL)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Perassi (BRA)

Sao Paulo – Rosario Central
Referee: Eber Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Caceres (PAR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Larrionda (URU)

Botafogo – Audax Italiano 

Referee: Michael Espinoza (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Orue (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Atoche (PER)
Fourth Official: Luis Garay (PER)

Referee Assessor: Martin Vazquez (URU)

Boston River – Jaguares
Referee: Raul Orosco (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Antelo (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ariel Guizada (BOL)
Fourth Official: Juan Nelio Garcia (BOL)
Referee Assessor: Joel Ruiz (PAR)

Newell's Old Boys – Atletico Paranaense
Referee: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Baren (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Edwin Bravo (ECU)
Fourth Official: Omar Ponce (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Ana Perez (PER)

Nacional Potosi – Fluminense
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU)
Fourth Official: Gustavo Tejera (URU)
Referee Assessor: Cesar Escano (PER)

Independiente Medellin – Sol de America
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wagner Reway (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Hugo Munoz (CHI)

Bahia – Blooming
Referee: Juan Soto (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Elbis Gomez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Sabrina Lois (ARG)

UEFA Champions League Final 2018: Mazic (SRB)

The UEFA Referees Committee has announced that Serbian official Milorad Mažić will referee the 2018 UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on Saturday 26 May. The games will take place at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv. Mažić, 45, has been an international referee since 2009. This season, he has taken charge of four UEFA Champions League matches, as well as two UEFA Europa League encounters. He also refereed last year's FIFA Confederations Cup final between Chile and Germany, as well as the 2016 UEFA Super Cup involving Real Madrid and Sevilla. He was part of the refereeing teams at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016, and will go to Russia for this summer's FIFA World Cup.

26 May 2018
Real Madrid – Liverpool FC
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: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Reserve AR: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)

Previous UEFA Champions League final referees
2010: Bayern München - Inter Milan 0-2 Howard Webb (ENG)
2011: Barcelona - Manchester United 3-1 Viktor Kassai (HUN)
2012: Bayern München - Chelsea 3-4 Pedro Proença (POR)
2013: Borussia Dortmund - Bayern München 1-2 Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
2014: Real Madrid - Atlético 4-1 Björn Kuipers (NED)
2015: Juventus - Barcelona 1-3 Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
2016: Real Madrid - Atlético 5-3 Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
2017: Juventus - Real Madrid 1-4 Felix Brych (GER)

UEFA Europa League Final 2018: Kuipers (NED)

The UEFA Referees Committee has announced that Dutch official Björn Kuipers will referee the 2018 UEFA Europa League final between Marseille and Atlético Madrid on 16 May. The game takes place at Stade de Lyon. This will be Kuipers' second UEFA Europa League final assignment, having also been in charge of the 2013 showpiece between Chelsea and Benfica. The 45-year-old, who has been an international referee since 2006, also officiated the 2014 UEFA Champions League final involving Real Madrid and Atlético. He has been the man in the middle for three UEFA Champions League matches this season.

16 May 2018
Olympique de Marseille – Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Additional AR 2: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Fourth Official: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Reserve AR: Mario Diks (NED)

Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Previous UEFA Europa League final referees
2010 Atlético - Fulham 2-1 Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
2011 Porto - Braga 1-0 Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
2012 Atlético - Athletic 3-0 Wolfgang Stark (GER)
2013 Benfica - Chelsea 1-2 Björn Kuipers (NED)
2014 Sevilla - Benfica 4-2 Felix Brych (GER)
2015 Dnipro - Sevilla 2-3 Martin Atkinson (ENG)
2016 Liverpool - Sevilla 1-3 Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
2017 Ajax - Manchester United 0-2 Damir Skomina (SVN)

UEFA Women’s Champions League Final 2018: Adamkova (CZE)

Czech official Jana Adámková has been selected to referee the 2018 UEFA Women's Champions League final between Wolfsburg and Lyon on 24 May. The game takes place at the Valeriy Lobanovskiy Dynamo Stadium in Kyiv. Adámková, 40, has been an international referee since 2007. This season, she has taken charge of three UEFA Women's Champions League matches. She also oversaw three games at last summer's UEFA Women's Euro in the Netherlands.

24 May 2018
VfL Wolfsburg – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Jana Adámková (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Sian Massey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodjak-Karšić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Reserve AR: Maryna Striletska (UKR)

Previous UEFA Women’s Champions League final referees
2010 Potsdam – Lyon 7-6 Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)
2011 Lyon – Potsdam 2-0 Dagmar Damkova (CZE)
2012 Frankfurt – Lyon 0-2 Jenny Palmqvist (SWE)
2013 Lyon – Wolfsburg 1-0 Teodora Albon (ROU)
2014 Tyreso – Wolfsburg 3-4 Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
2015 Frankfurt – Paris SG 2-1 Esther Staubli (SUI)
2016 Lyon – Wolfsburg 4-3 Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
2017 Lyon – Paris SG 7-6 Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)

UEFA Women's U-17 Euro 2018

Lithuania, 9-21 May 2018

1. Hristiana Guteva (BUL, 1990, photo)
2. Lucie Sulcova (CZE, 1990)
3. Frida Klarlund Nielsen (DEN, 1989)
4. Irena Velevackoska (MKD, 1988)
5. Desiree Grundbacher (SUI, 1983)
6. Kateryna Usova (UKR, 1991)

Assistant Referees
1. Sara Telek (AUT, 1988)
2. Almira Spahic (BIH, 1987)
3. Maja Petravic (CRO, 1987)
4. Polyxeni Irodotou (CYP, 1982)
5. Elodie Coppola (FRA, 1983)
6. Yelena Alistratova (KAZ, 1985)
7. Diana Vanaga (LVA, 1988)
8. Sandra Osterberg (SWE, 1987)

Fourth Officials
1. Rasa Imanalijeva (LTU, 1991)
2. Jurgita Macikunyte (LTU, 1984)

Chapron honoured as French Referee of the Year despite being suspended for attempting to kick a player

The referee suspended after trying to trip a player during a Ligue 1 game has been named the French top flight's Referee of the Year.
Tony Chapron was given a three-month ban after being found guilty of attempting to kick Diego Carlos during a 1-0 league defeat to Paris St. Germain on 14 January 2018. After the match he explained: “During the match Nantes-PSG, I was knocked over by Diego Carlos, a player with Nantes. At the moment of the impact, I felt a sharp pain where I had recently suffered an injury. My unfortunate reaction was to stick my leg out towards the player. This clumsy gesture was inappropriate, so I want to apologise following this action”. The punishment was extended to six months by the French Football Federation's appeals commission, but Chapron's fellow referees still elected him as the top official in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. Chapron, 46, is planning to retire at the end of the season and learned of the honour late last month. According to L'Equipe, the national directorate for refereeing (DTA) attempted to have the vote annulled. Chapron will receive the award at the UNFP Trophy ceremony, in which Ligue 1's Player of the Year will also be honoured, on 13 May 2018.

Source: ESPN

UEFA Europa League – Semi-finals (Second Leg)

3 May 2018

Atletico de Madrid – Arsenal
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

FC Salzburg – Olympique de Marseille
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Cakir offered astronomical contract in China

The Chinese have offered astronomical fees to Cuneyt Cakir, one of the world's top referees. If Cakir, who is said to be looking positively at the deal, agrees to the offer, he will only blow the whistle in China. In the last few years, China, the top-spending country when it comes to football, has become involved in the transfer of not only players and coaches, but now also referees. The Chinese, who have made a decision to improve the quality of football in every aspect, have made transfer offers to a few referees after eliminating some names from the list of those that will be officiating in the 2018 World Cup. It has come to light that the Chinese, who have been in discussions with Turkish FIFA referee Cuneyt Cakir, have made him an astronomical offer.
Cuneyt Cakir, now 42 and therefore within the last years of his refereeing career, was reported to be looking kindly upon the deal and will likely welcome this surprise offer from China. If he agrees to a deal with the Chinese Football Federation, Cakir will only referee matches in the Super League in China next season and will not officiate in Turkey. 
The first step in the international transfers of referees happened in February of last year, when world-famous English referee Mark Clattenburg signed with Saudi Arabia. 

Source: Hurriyet Translation: Ahenk Ozakpinar

Copa Libertadores – Group Stage (Matchday 6)

1-3 May 2018

Real Garcilaso – Estudiantes
Referee: Julio Bascuñan (CHI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Fourth Official: Cesar Deischler (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)

Gremio – Cerro Porteño
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximiliano del Yesso (ARG)
Fourth Official: Jorge Baliño (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Alberto Tejada (PER)

Nacional – Santos
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian de la Cruz (COL)
Fourth Official: Gustavo Murillo (COL)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Herrera (ECU)

Atletico Tucumán – Peñarol
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson de Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Cesar Escano (PER)

Junior – Boca Juniors
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Vera (ECU)
Fourth Official: Luis Quiroz (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

Delfin – Colo Colo
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Fuentes (URU)
Referee Assessor: Saul Laverni (ARG)

Corinthians – Independiente
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Miguel Santivañez (PER)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Torres (PAR)

Vasco da Gama – Cruzeiro
Referee: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Manis (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Pires (BRA)
Fourth Official: Dewson Freitas (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Alicio Pena (BRA)

Racing – Universidad de Chile
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Juan Lugones (BOL)

Alianza Lima – Palmeiras
Referee: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Antelo (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward Saavedra (BOL)
Fourth Official: Luis Yrusta (BOL)
Referee Assessor: Dario Ubriaco (URU)

The Strongest – Libertad
Referee: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabricio Vilarinho (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wagner Reway (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Santa Fe – River Plate
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Claudio Rios (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Retamal (CHI)
Fourth Official: Piero Maza (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Juan Cardelino (URU)