FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group Stage (Matches 12-14)

18 June 2018

Sweden – Korea
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Mora (CRC)
Fourth Official: Norbert Hauata (TAH)
Reserve AR: Bertrand Brial (NCL)

Belgium – Panama
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Fourth Official: Ryuji Sato (JPN)
Reserve AR: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN)

Tunisia – England
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian de la Cruz (COL)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Reserve AR: Corey Rockwell (USA)

FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group Stage (Matches 9-11)

17 June 2018

Costa Rica – Serbia
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Reserve AR: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Germany – Mexico
Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (IRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Abdulla (UAE)
Reserve AR: Mohamed Al-Hammadi (UAE)

Brazil – Switzerland
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: John Pitti (PAN)
Reserve AR: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)

FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group Stage (Matches 5-8)

16 June 2018

France – Australia
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Fourth Official: Julio Bascunan (CHI) 

Reserve AR: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR 1: Tiago Martins (POR)
AVAR 2: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
AVAR 3: Jair Marrufo (USA)

Argentina – Iceland
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Reserve AR: Alexander Guzman (COL)
VAR: Mark Geiger (USA)
AVAR 1: Pawel Gil (POL)
AVAR 2: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
AVAR 3: Gery Vargas (BOL)

Peru – Denmark
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Birumushahu (BDI)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Fourth Official: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)
Reserve AR: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)
AVAR 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR 2: Mark Borsch (GER)
AVAR 3: Danny Makkelie (NED)

Croatia – Nigeria
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson de Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcello Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Reserve AR: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
VAR: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
AVAR 1: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
AVAR 2: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
AVAR 3: Artur Dias (POR)

FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group Stage (Matches 2-4)

15 June 2018

Egypt – Uruguay
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Milorad Mazic (SRB) 

Reserve AR: Milovan Ristic (SRB)
VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED)
AVAR 1: Pawel Gil (POL)
AVAR 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
AVAR 3: Clement Turpin (FRA)

Morocco – Iran
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Reserve AR: Anton Averianov (RUS)
VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)
AVAR 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR 2: Mark Borsch (GER)
AVAR 3: Jair Marrufo (USA)

Portugal – Spain

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Ryuji Sato (JPN)
Reserve AR: Toru Sagara (JPN)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
AVAR 2: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
AVAR 3: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group Stage (Match 1)

Argentina’s Nestor Pitana has been assigned as the referee for the Opening Match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia on Thursday 12 June at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. He will be assisted by compatriots Juan Pablo Belatti and Hernan Maidana, with Sandro Ricci from Brazil designated as the fourth official. The Video Assistant Referee team is composed by Massimiliano Irrati, Italy (VAR), Mauro Vigliano, Argentina (AVAR 1), Carlos Astroza, Chile (AVAR 2) and Daniele Orsato, Italy (AVAR 3). 
Nestor Pitana is set to become the second Argentinian referee to participate in two World Cups after Norberto Coerezza, who oversaw two games in 1970 and one in 1978. Pitana is one of South America’s most experienced referees. He made his debut in the Argentinian league in 2007 and officiated his first international match in 2010. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, he oversaw four fixtures including France-Germany in the quarter-finals. Pitana returned to Brazil in 2016 for the Olympic Football Tournament where he was the man in the middle for the semi-final between Germany and Nigeria. A year later in 2017, he was involved in another semi-final, in the FIFA Confederations Cup between Germany and Mexico. (Source: FIFA)


14 June 2018
Russia – Saudi Arabia
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Reserve AR: Emerson de Carvalho (BRA)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR 1: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR 2: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
AVAR 3: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Referee Media Briefing

A media briefing all about refereeing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia took place on Tuesday, 12 June. Held at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, the briefing featured Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina and FIFA's Director of Refereeing Massimo Busacca, as well as referees Sandro Ricci and Ravshan Irmatov of Brazil and Uzbekistan respectively. Each reflected on what it has taken to ensure the referees, assistant referees and video assistant referees (VARs) are ready for Russia 2018, while the referee for the opening match was revealed. VARs are featuring at the World Cup for the first time and will support referees for match-changing situations, providing the assistance they need to increase fairness in the game. Questions were taken on this subject, and many others, from the assembled journalists.
Collina: “The preparation started shortly after the end of previous (2014) World Cup. Massimo and his staff worked for sure very hard. The process has been pretty long, very accurate. Officials worked very hard. Now, it is time to act, it is not anymore the time to talk or speak. All of them are eager to do that. Once we arrived here, we continued our prepration. We also organized mini-tournaments with local teams playing matches, to offer our referees the chance to get into the matches, to taste the pitch. Outcome was very good. All the teams participating to this WC have been visited and instructed about refereeing at this tournament. Our target is to have all people on the pitch speaking the same language, players, coaches, referees. We are going to announce the referee for the opener, he already knows it. The opening game will be officiated by Néstor Pitana, fourth official Sandro Ricci and then we have VARs: Irrati (ITA), Vigliano (ARG), Astroza (CHI), Orsato (ITA). I want also to say something about two circumstances occurred in last weeks: two officials selected for WC has been removed due to some allegations. They were from Saudi Arabia and Kenya. Once more, I want to underline that we are very strict with this kind of actions and we will continue to be strict in future. We are anyway very surprised about these allegations. The referees that are here deserve to be here – they’re the best. But if they make a mistake in an important match, everybody will forget what they did in the past to earn their place here and they will only think about the mistake. We have referees who are not here at the World Cup because they made a major mistake. So for them, having had VAR probably would have been a parachute and they would have been here with us. Like every other human being, referees make mistakes, but we now have the possibility to offer this human being a sort of parachute that saves his life.”
Busacca: “I can confirm you that we are working very hard since last WC edition, we want to success. We want to say that all the possibilities to prepare referees, have been done. And for me, this is the most important information. Referees are ready, they know how much important is to take very important decisions. They know the responsibility, they know what you are doing, in the right place and in the right moment, and they want to show that to everybody. We simulated many situations, also the tactics used by teams, thank to specialists who analyzed that for our referees. I can say that we are very happy about the results; every football teams are ready for this competition. We are here to give our best, to give consistency; we are looking to have good relationships with players and coaches. We showed many clips to teams about what are our expectations, so all teams received these clips and now we want to show you something about that. All the cameras working for VAR will spot everything, so it will be impossible to miss something about unsporting behavior, all these actions will be punished. Our goal is to protect the players. A foul directly targeted on a player can result in a very serious injury. So, we expect from you also a good cooperation about what to do and what to avoid in every second of the game. About DOGSO, you know, almost two years rules have been changed. The change is about the fouls inside the area and not outside. We still have the possibility to show RC inside the area when the challenge is not targeted on the ball: pushing, holding, this remains RC. Referees and teams have that very clear." Simulations this time will be impossible to miss. We will take the needed time to take decisions, no doubts that all situations will be punished. There is a way to discuss with referee, if a player will face the referee in not appropriate manner, he will be surely booked. We will have a very good support by VAR also in case of offside: active positions, line of visions, everything will be analyzed by VAR officials, to ensure that a correct decision on the pitch has been taken. For most of these situations shown in our clips, we have a "black or white" decision, so everything is clear. However, there will be also situations open to interpretation. We call it "grey area"; there can't be always a perfect explanation.” 
Collina: “Nowadays for referees it is more and more important to study tactics of the teams. We implemented in our staff some coaches to give referees feedbacks, information, about the tactics played by teams. Every referee will be able to get information about the teams involved in his games, in order to anticipate and know that on the pitch.”
Busacca: “Next topic, VAR. We have here Roberto Rosetti, VAR specialist, he worked for us in the last two years, from 2016. We are ready, referees are ready to take very important decisions in cooperation with VAR. Big support from VAR. We played football before it, and we committed many mistakes. Some situations are really difficult and now we can say that technology can support / prevent such situations. Intervention by VAR is not a final decision, referee can have a look to video, before communicating what he has seen and assessed on the pitch. This can change the history, especially when situations are clearly black and white ones. It is important to understand the concept of "black and white" situations. Offside is a very diffcult topic, for this reason we committed many evident mistakes in recent times. Now, technology is the big help. Imagine in this World Cup a team wins 1-0 with an offside goal: you will not accept that now this has been solved. Incredible mistakes by assistant referees will not happen. You will discover the offside and punish it.”
Collina: “Assistant referees have been informed to keep their flags down when there will be tight offside positions to be assessed and promising attacks. This will make the VAR work. Once a goal will be in case scored, VAR will check it. If you will see an assistant referee not raising the flag, this won’t be a mistake, but just our instruction.”
Busacca: “We want to prevent such situations; in past it was very difficult. For that reason we did mistakes. Now violent conducts and such behaviors will be very clear. More the mistake will be clear, more we will be fast in correcting it. All the minutes used for VAR, will be added in injury time. So we will not lose any second.”

Referee Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
“I can assure you that we are ready. We are looking forward to starting because we love training but we love officiating more. Same as the players – they like to train, they need to train, but they like to play. We have 64 matches and we have been preparing a lot. Our goal is that VAR will not need to be used – we hope referees can solve all the problems on the field.”

Referee Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
“We have very good support from our friends in the VAR team. As human beings, we cannot always see everything. VAR could be excellent support to the referee to eliminate bad behaviour. In football, it’s all about having respect for each other.”

Source: FIFA

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 7, II)

11-12 June 2018

Poland – Scotland
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Solenne Bartnik (FRA)
Fourth Official: Karolina Skalska (POL)

Iceland – Slovenia
Referee: Shona Shukrula (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Franca Overtoom (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Diana Snoeren (NED)
Fourth Official: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)

Belarus – Switzerland
Referee: Viola Raudziņa (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Diana Vanaga (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Liga Didriķe (LVA)
Fourth Official: Alena Karas (BLR)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Kazakhstan
Referee: Reelika Turi (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Karolin Kaivoja (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Anni Koppel (EST)
Fourth Official: Merima Homarac (BIH)

Czech Republic – Faroe Islands
Referee: Eleni Antoniou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Panagiota Koutsoumpou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Jana Šauflová (CZE)

Denmark – Hungary
Referee: Petra Pavlikova (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Slavomira Majkuthová (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Katarina Smolikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Oleksandra Vdovina (UKR)

Ukraine – Sweden
Referee: Rebecca Welch (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lisa Rashid (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Abigail Marriott (ENG)
Fourth Official: Line-Maria Rasmussen (DEN)

Norway – Ireland
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Susann Küng (SUI)
Fourth Official: Elisabeth Thoresen (NOR)

Serbia – Finland
Referee: Henrikke Nervik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Monica Lokkeberg (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Linda Andersen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Aleksandra Kojović (SRB)

Israel – Austria
Referee: Eszter Urban (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Katalin Török (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Brigitta Makkosne Petz (HUN)
Fourth Official: May Moalem (ISR)

Romania – Portugal
Referee: Ewa Augustyn (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Kinga Seniuk-Mikulska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulina Baranowska (POL)
Fourth Official: Alexandra Apostu (ROU)

Netherlands – Slovakia
Referee: María Martinez Madrona (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrada Aloman (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Miriam Morales González (ESP)
Fourth Official: Fijke Hoogendijk (NED)

Wales – Russia
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tonja Paavola (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jenni Mahlamäki (FIN)
Fourth Official: Laura Griffiths (WAL)

Lount: From fish counter in England to World Cup AR from New Zealand

There are no British referees at the 2018 World Cup, according to FIFA. But one official was born and raised in Leicester - until a twist of fate took him to the other side of the world. If Simon Lount hadn't got lost 14 years ago, he may not have found himself at the World Cup finals in Russia. It was 2004 and Simon, then 23, was travelling through Australia and New Zealand. After spending three days at the Bay of Islands, he dropped his hire car in Auckland and went to find the ferry to Waiheke Island, where he was staying. The problem was, he couldn't find the terminal. "It was the days before Google maps," he says. It was dark, it was late, and Simon was thousands of miles from home. And then, as night drew in, he looked up and saw a woman walking a dog. 
Simon was born and raised in Thurnby, a village just outside Leicester. His dad died of heart failure when Simon was nine; he and his older brother, Anthony, were brought up by their mum. He grew up watching football - as a season ticket holder at Leicester City - and playing it, for local side Houghton Rangers and at school. "I was a centre back," the 36-year-old says. "Not always the most popular with referees." While studying for A-Levels, he worked part-time at Sainsbury's. "Stacking shelves, fish counter, meat counter, you name it. As much overtime as I could get." Can he remember how much he earned? "I can actually," he says. "£3.09 an hour." Simon went to university, studying geography at Portsmouth (while working part-time at Asda), but dropped out in his second year. "I wanted to travel, wanted to start working, wanted to do other stuff," he says. He went home, worked in sales and marketing with his brother for three years, and then, in 2004, headed for adventure Down Under. After three months working for Travelodge in Sydney, he travelled round Australia with a friend, then headed south to New Zealand. And that's when he got lost in Auckland. "I saw this girl coming towards me, walking a dog," he says. "I stopped her and said 'Excuse me, do you know the way to the ferry terminal?' "She said 'It's this way - but you won't get the next ferry. You'll have to wait until 10 o'clock [for the next one].' I thought, 'Oh well, there's nothing else I can do.' "I walked off and thought: 'She was very nice.' Within a minute, she had turned up next to me in her car - she felt really bad leaving this poor, vulnerable, simple English fellow walking the streets of Auckland in the dark!" Before being dropped off, Simon asked for her number. He and Sarah started dating, and were married the following year. "I made the ferry and got a wife at the same time," he says. Before meeting Sarah, Simon's plan was to head back to Sydney for Christmas 2004, then return to England. Instead, he stayed in New Zealand for Christmas, and went back to England for 10 days in January. He got his visas, then broke the news to his mum: sorry, I'm moving to the other side of the world. "She was pretty shocked," he says. "But happy at the same time." 
Simon was already a qualified referee - he did the course as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in England - but hadn't refereed a senior game. While playing local football in New Zealand, Sarah suggested he started again. He refereed 70 matches in his first year, earning $25 or $26 a time (around £13). He was noticed by assessors and, by the end of that first season, was refereeing the top division's reserve team games. In 2008, he became a linesman - also known as an assistant referee - in the country's top division. After two seasons, he had a trial game to become a referee in the same league. He was a very good referee, he was told, but a better linesman. "No-one watches refereeing and thinks, 'I would love to run up and down that line with a flag in my hand,'" admits Simon. "People get into refereeing to be in the middle. To be part of the game, up close and personal, making the decisions. I was no different." But even in 2010, Simon was thinking about the World Cup in Russia. He had more chance of making it as a linesman, so he made the call - he would focus on that. In New Zealand - and almost every other country - referees and their assistants are not full-time. They earn modest amounts, and must balance refereeing with "normal" jobs. Since 2005, Simon has worked for Hafele, which supplies furniture fittings and architectural hardware. The company is "unbelievably supportive", and he can work remotely. But, he says, it is "very, very hard" having two careers. "You ask any referee around the world," he says. "For the guys in England [Premier League referees are full-time] it is their profession. For me, my profession was working for my company." Simon and Sarah also had a growing family, with their second son born in July 2012. Six weeks before, Simon was 2,000 miles away in the Solomon Islands, officiating at the Oceania equivalent of the European Championships. Was he worried about missing the birth? "It wasn't touch and go," he says. "But it was getting to that stage." As Simon's reputation grew, so did his air miles. After the Solomon Islands, his tournaments included the Rio Olympics in 2016, and the U-20 World Cup in South Korea a year later. 
Simon was part of a refereeing "team", alongside New Zealand referee Matthew Conger, and fellow linesman Tevita Makasini from Tonga. In order to build understanding, they worked the same matches. In November last year, Conger learned he had been selected for the World Cup - but that didn't mean his assistants were. Referees can be picked with their team, or on their own. In March, Simon was in a hotel room in New Zealand, after a work function, when he got a missed call from Conger, who was in the US (where he is from). Simon checked his e-mail and saw the news - he had earned a spot at the World Cup. "I was sharing a room [with a colleague]," he says. "I just rolled over and said 'Oh mate - I've got it! I've got it!" Although Simon has a British passport, and retains a semi-English accent, he is a New Zealand citizen. "It's where my children were born, it's where my wife's from, it's home," he says. And while New Zealand didn't qualify, he doesn't expect to get any England games, either. This, after all, is a man who remembers cheering on Paul Gascoigne and company in the 1990 World Cup. Simon arrived in Russia on Sunday, after a work trip to Germany. The training is hard, the pressure is huge, but he's thrilled to be there. "It's been a long journey, a lot of tournaments, a lot of training," he says. "But this was the ultimate goal." It's a long way from the fish counter at Sainsbury's, isn't it? "It certainly is," he says. How different it could have been, if, 14 years ago, he had found the ferry terminal first time round. 

Source: BBC

Concacaf referees ready for World Cup

Concacaf’s referee team, which consists of six referees, 8 assistant referees, 3 instructors and 2 staff members, is currently in Moscow putting the final touches on their preparation for the world’s stage. It is a historical moment, as never before have so many referees from the Concacaf region been selected to participate in a World Cup.
“The fact that FIFA has selected six referees and 8 assistant referees is monumental and symbolizes the confidence FIFA has in Concacaf’s match officials, as well as instructors. Concacaf can be proud of its World Cup team as they take the field to represent their families, country and Confederation,” explains Concacaf’s Director of Refereeing Brian Hall. The selected referees have been part of a stringent, 4-year selection and preparation project that has resulted in 98 match officials (35 referees and 63 assistant referees) being selected to work this prestigious championship. Referees Mark Geiger (USA) and Joel Aguilar (El Salvador), along with assistants Joe Fletcher (Canada) and Juan Zumba (El Salvador) will be participating in their second World Cup. Mexican assistant referee Marvin Torrentera, who will make his third consecutive appearance, is excited to once again participate in a World Cup. “I am honored to be given this responsibility to attend my third World Cup. The support of FIFA, Concacaf, and my federation cannot be overlooked as I anxiously await the first whistle,” said Torrentera. For Cesar Ramos of Mexico, Russia 2018 will mark his first World Cup and the fulfillment of a lifelong objective. “After 4 years of preparation, sacrifice, and sweat, my team and I are ready to step onto the field. This is a dream come true. Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to earn the right to be a World Cup referee. Now, it is our time to show the world that we understand Concacaf’s philosophy of ‘excellence’ on and off the field of play,” said Ramos. On the administrative side, Concacaf will be represented by Director of Refereeing Brian Hall (a 2002 World Cup referee) and FIFA Referees Committee member Sandra Hunt, who is a two-time Women’s World Cup referee. The road to Russia 2018 has not been easy for these referees. It has been four years and countless hours in the classroom refining their football understanding. Hundreds and thousands of whistles on the field of play. Days and weeks away from the family and job. Blood and sweat from daily training sessions to ensure that they are world-class athletes. Now, all of these sacrifices will come to fruition over the 32 days at the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. The following selected match officials will be working their first FIFA World Cup: referees Jair Marrufo (USA), Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica), John Pitti (Panama), and Cesar Ramos (Mexico): assistant referees Frank Anderson (USA), Miguel Hernandez (Mexico), Juan Mora (Costa Rica), Corey Rockwell (USA), and Gabriel Victoria (Panama). Also representing Concacaf are technical instructors Esse Baharmast and Hector Vergara, as well as fitness instructor Erick Samayoa.

Source: Concacaf

CAF: Sikazwe could referee the World Cup final

The man who groomed 2018 World Cup-bound referee Janny Sikazwe believes the Zambian official has all the qualities to officiate the final in Moscow on July 15. FIFA Referee Instructor Felix Tangawarima, who is also a member of the Confederation of African Football Referees Committee, says Sikazwe and his team of assistants, South African Zakhele Siwela and Jerson dos Santos from Angola, will not be overawed in the global decider. They are in one of six sets of match officials from Africa that will be in attendance Russia, along with Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria), Malang Diedhiou (Senegal), Bakary Gassama (Gambia), Gehad Grisha (Egypt) and Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia). However, Tangawarima feels Sikazwe's team is the best of the lot.
It was Zimbabwean Tangawarima, himself a former FIFA referee, who scouted a young Sikazwe, and has overseen the development of his career after he was given an unexpected break. "Janny is a teacher by profession, so he is someone who is a leader already," Tangawarima tells KweséESPN. "He came into the limelight by accident. In 2008 we had the CAF Under-20 Championships in South Africa and one of the referees failed a fitness test. I knew Janny from my work in COSAFA, but the rest of the CAF people didn't know him. He came into the tournament and did very well. The rest is history; he has kept on developing and kept on working hard at his refereeing. I was talking to Janny before he left [for the World Cup] and I said to him, "You have already done the final of the FIFA Club World Cup, and that is a stepping stone to another higher level final'. I told him I would not be surprised if he does the World Cup final because of his ability and his vast experience in CAF. Everybody in Africa would be hopeful that he can represent us in the latter stages of the tournament." Tangawarima, who is hugely respected on the African continent, also played a role in bringing through Siwela and Dos Santos, through the regional Southern African COSAFA tournaments. "The trio are products of our [COSAFA] Under-17 tournaments, all of them," Tangawarima said. "They started at that level, they graduated to the Under-20, our senior challenge in COSAFA. All of them have been to FIFA tournaments before. "We are happy to have made a contribution in their development and I am happy to say that they are the best in Africa. They are the best we have."
Tangawarima believes the strengths of Sikazwe lies in his endurance and game awareness. "He has great physical fitness; he is one of our fittest referees on the continent. He has an ability to move the way we want on the field of play. A referee should not just move in a random manner, positioning is very important. If the ball is at point A, then he should be at point B. If it is at point C, then he should make sure he is at point D. Janny has the ability to anticipate what could happen in the next phase of play. He can also talk to everybody in the right way." Tangawarima also believes that Sikazwe will have no problem handling the pressure of a World Cup tournament, having officiated matches in difficult, and sometimes dangerous, conditions on the African continent. "He has handled matches with more pressure than where he is going. The final of the African Nations Cup... games between Algeria and Egypt, for example. Those are very difficult games to referee, in front of big crowds with difficult players, but he has managed them very well." Sikazwe refereed the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup final between Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers, and also the final of the 2017 African Nations Cup. He has also officiated in the finals of the both the African Champions League and Confederation Cup competitions.

Source: ESPN

IFAB: VAR will be able to hand out retrospective red cards

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) confirmed that the VAR can inform the referee of off-the-ball incidents even after that phase of play has ended. Players can be sent off following review and even at halftime if guilty of violent conduct, biting, spitting or making offensive gestures.
IFAB's technical director David Elleray told The Times that the rules changes are a precaution. "We do not anticipate this happening very often," he said. "However, if there is something away from the action that has been missed and it later comes to the attention of the VAR or the assistant VAR, then they can inform the referee and he can send the player off, even if it is later in the match. This would only be for serious red-card offences."

Source: ESPN

Tagliavento: “Mourinho’s handcuffs bothered me”

Paolo Tagliavento has retired from refereeing and admits his biggest mistake was Sulley Muntari’s ‘ghost goal’ during Milan-Juventus in 2012.
Tagliavento, who turns 46 in September, has officiated in Serie A for the past 14 years and was a FIFA and UEFA referee between 2007 and 2017. However, his career was marred by several controversial incidents, from testifying during the Calciopoli scandal in 2006 to his role as fourth official in the recent Inter-Juve match, although he admits not allowing Muntari’s goal will go down as his most ‘obvious’ error. “I shed a few tears when Rizzoli and the other Serie A referees saluted me. It was a moving moment,” he told Il Messaggero. “De Rossi’s hug wasn’t the only one; I had a relationship of mutual esteem and affection with many players. “I’m calm, I made my dream come true, even if I’d have liked to officiate a World Cup Final or one in European competition. Calciopoli? It was a terrible period, which fortunately didn’t last long. I was a stranger to it all, as justice has proved. Being a referee has been a school of life: at 15-17 years of age, you learn how to make decisions and grow up quicker. Mourinho’s handcuffs? They bothered me, but only for a moment. Everyone said I had managed it very well. Muntari’s goal is my most obvious mistake, today it would’ve been avoided in 1/10 of a second with the VAR. My future? I would like to put my experience into teaching new referees”.

AR Range removed from World Cup after being caught receiving bribe

A FIFA assistant referee from Kenya has been captured on camera receiving a $600 bribe in order to influence the outcome of an international football match. As a result of this revelation contained in an expose aired by the BBC on Wednesday, Marwa Range has been struck off the list of match officials for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He was among the 63 assistant referees set to officiate at next month's showpiece.
The expose was produced by controversial Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw and exposes Marwa Range alongside dozens of other match officials allegedly getting the cash. The footage shows Range, a mathematics teacher from Kotombo Secondary School in Migori County, receiving the cash at a background that resembles his hotel room. His accuser says it was shot during the 2018 Africa Nations Championship tournament in Morocco. Interestingly, the Kenyan match official is heard in this clip acknowledging the cash as a ‘gift’ and even seems all too keen to extend the friendship. "You know, thank you for the gift but the most important is that friendship, getting to know each other", says Range. The 41-year old was unavailable for comment, but Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa has promised to investigate the matter. "We only learnt of the allegations through the media", said Mwendwa. "As such, we want to let due process take its course, it's important to note that as a federation we are yet to receive any complaint in regard to the match official, whether written, verbal or implied. That notwithstanding is to say that FKF has a zero tolerance on corruption but also strongly believes in justice and fairness for all that is why we will be meeting with the match official in the coming days to hear his side of the story before an official position on the matter is arrived at, this even as we await any investigation on the same by the world football governing body FIFA".
Marwa Range has been a FIFA assistant referee since 2008. He also made the final list for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but was not given any match to officiate. He officiated as an assistant referee at the 2016 Club World Cup in Japan. He was named as a CAF assistant referee in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and featured in a similar capacity in the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as at Chan (African Nations Championship) competitions, FIFA U-17 World Cup, CAF U-23 Championship and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The video clip shows Marwa Range alongside dozens of other match officials and senior football administrators receiving money, in contravention of FIFA’s code of ethics, including a Gambian referee receiving $500 from journalists posing as fans and the current Ghana Football Association boss Kwesi Nyantakyi receiving a “gift” of $65,000.

Source: Daily Nation

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 7, I)

7-10 June 2018

Faroe Islands – Slovenia 

Referee: Katarzyna Lisiecka-Sek (POL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Katarzyna Wojs (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Anna Dabrowska (POL)
Fourth Official: Kári Jóannesarson (FRO)

Sweden – Croatia
Referee: Marta Frias Acedo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Rocio Puente Pino (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Carmela Capistrós Bitrián (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jilan Taher (SWE)

Wales – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Polyxeni Irodotou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: May Moalem (ISR)
Fourth Official: Rebecca Thomas (WAL)

Spain – Israel
Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)
Fourth Official: Guadalupe Porras Ayuso (ESP)

Scotland – Belarus
Referee: Lois Otte (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ella De Vries (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Viki De Cremer (BEL) 

Fourth Official: Vikki Robertson (SCO)

Finland – Austria
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodjak-Karšić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Barbara Vidović (CRO)
Fourth Official: Tonja Paavola (FIN)

Ukraine – Denmark
Referee: Carina Vitulano (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucia Abruzzese (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Francesca Di Monte (ITA)
Fourth Official: Anastasia Voloshchuk (UKR)

Russia – England
Referee: Riem Hussein (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Sina Diekmann (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Franziska Wildfeuer (GER)
Fourth Official: Sabina Valieva (RUS)

Ireland – Norway
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1 Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Vdovina (UKR)
Fourth Official: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)

Northern Ireland – Netherlands
Referee: Tess Olofsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Josefin Aronsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Emelie Elfstrand (SWE)
Fourth Official: Paula Brady (IRL)

Italy – Portugal
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandra Österberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Camilla Stendahl (SWE)
Fourth Official: Veronica Vettorel (ITA)

Moldova – Belgium
Referee: Marina Višnjić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Jasmina Zafirović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Svetlana Bilić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Maria Buclis (MDA)

Clattenburg: “Just a working-class guy who was lucky enough to do something I loved”

We haven’t seen much of Mark Clattenburg recently, but we will be over the coming weeks. For a start, he is joining the ITV panel for a World Cup that will use VAR for the first time. The man who left the Premier League to take up a position as Saudi Arabia’s head of refereeing has plenty to say and should make for entertaining viewing. Tanned, toned and fresh from taking charge of the Crown Prince Cup final in Saudi, Clattenburg will look the part in Russia. And he feels that referees should have more opportunities to speak their mind. “That is one thing I would change”, he begins, “I would let referees have a voice. It was hard, especially when you are perceived in a certain way. People call me arrogant, but my friends and family know that’s not true. I’m shy, if anything. You have to carry yourself in a certain way around these top players, but do you think I walked around like that at home? It wouldn’t be allowed! There were so many situations I couldn’t speak about and that was frustrating, it leads to speculation you can’t control”.
OK then, let’s set the record straight. We start with John Obi Mikel, the Chelsea player he was accused of racially abusing during Manchester United’s 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge in 2012. “I had sent off two Chelsea players and there was an offside goal late on as well, so it was pretty heated coming off”, explains Clattenburg. “Mikel came into my dressing room and certain things happened which I’ll leave in there. But then Ramires made the allegation that I’d called Mikel a monkey on the pitch. The first few days I was soul-searching — you know you’re innocent yet you’re made to feel otherwise. It took four weeks for Chelsea to reveal the moment it had allegedly happened, and after that it was very quickly dismissed. But Bruce Buck (the Chelsea chairman) didn’t understand that referees are normal people living in a normal house. He thought we lived in a gated community with security and wandered into work every day carrying a washbag. The media were camped outside my house for days on end. It made world news. That is hard to deal with, I tell you. I knew it wasn’t true, but I could not speak. Me and my family went through hell — I even thought about quitting”. Even now, a sour taste lingers. “If Mikel had come out and apologised, OK, be a man about it”, he says. “But I haven’t got respect for someone who makes a mistake on someone else’s allegation and can’t then say sorry”.
It was in 2014 that Clattenburg was dropped from a round of top-flight fixtures after driving alone to an Ed Sheeran concert following a game rather than travelling with his officials. “That’s one way to get the weekend off,’ he laughs. ‘That was blown out of all proportion, like most things involving me”. Such as in 2013 when Southampton made an official complaint after Clattenburg told Adam Lallana: “You’re different since you’ve played for England. You never used to be like this”. Clattenburg reflects: “Well, he had changed! He was a nice guy, I got on with him. After England, he was completely different, that’s my opinion. And I chose to have that dialogue with players, it’s part of managing the game”. Finally, Craig Bellamy, of whom he once asked the Manchester City bench: “How do you work with him all week?” - “I was just being honest!” says Clattenburg. “He was the hardest player I ever had to referee - he always had a bloody answer”.
Attention turns to his role as the first referee to join a World Cup TV panel, lining up with regulars including Roy Keane, Martin O’Neill and Slaven Bilic. “I’m not there just to hang people out to dry when they make mistakes or go, “Yeah, he was great”, he says. “I want to explain how they made their decisions, right and wrong. There is a thought process we go through and I want to take the viewers inside the referee’s mind. It’s about insight, not just saying that should have been a red card or a penalty”. Just days before he left for Saudi Arabia last year, Clattenburg, now 43, honoured a fundraising commitment at a social club on the seafront in Seaham, County Durham. He could have made his excuses - his name was on the back pages with the news that the nation’s No 1 referee was leaving the country - but he kept his promise to a North East boys’ club. Clattenburg told one story that night which he repeated to Sportsmail. It hints at one of the reasons why this country’s top official was ready to walk away: his personality clash with referees’ chief Mike Riley and his governing body, the PGMOL. “We were away in a hotel and I was Mike’s fourth official”, says Clattenburg. “We came back after lunch and his speakers were missing from his bag. He came banging on my door: “Where’s my speakers?” I told him: “I haven’t got them”. We went to the game and I was off checking the team colours. When I came back my bag was all over the place in the dressing room, and he’d thrown everything out looking for those bloody speakers. I wasn’t happy. I said: “If you don’t put my clothes back in my bag I’ll f****** clip you”. That’s perhaps why he doesn’t like me!” Tantrums aside, there is a wider frustration with those at the helm of his profession. “I have a lot of respect for Mike because he has built a big organisation and given them more business sense”, he adds. “I just feel they get things wrong - they don’t retain their best guys. Graham Poll, Howard Webb, me, they’ve lost all that experience. Other countries are employing our top referees to educate their own. How can that be?”
Clattenburg had just refereed the biggest and best game of his life when he returned to the changing room at the San Siro. It was the Champions League final of 2016, won by Real Madrid following a penalty shootout with Atletico Madrid. The officials had been flawless. “I turned on my phone and all that came up were loads of pictures of me doing something daft with my tongue”, he says of the viral clip which was tagged ‘Clattenburg’s Lizard Tongue’. “I didn’t even know I’d done it. I think my mouth must have been completely dry. I’d just had the game of my career and all I’m watching is this Lizard Tongue! I couldn’t do it again if I tried”. Clattenburg, who had already presided over that year’s FA Cup final, went on to referee the final of Euro 2016 in which Portugal defeated France, a match awarded to him by UEFA chief and former World Cup final referee Pierluigi Collina. During conversation he will often mention the Italian unprompted. “He was a different class”, says Clattenburg. “He studied tactics, he knew before the player committed the offence what they were going to do. That’s the difference between someone like him and Mike Riley, who didn’t have that skillset. Not many do. But when Collina’s number came up on your phone, I’ll admit, you feared a telling-off. I remember after a Malmo versus Atletico Madrid game, he told me it was unacceptable I’d worn the same colours as one of the teams. He was right, it was amateurish. I thought my career was over. But the next week he gave me a big appointment and I felt a million dollars. I thought, “I’d die for you”. I went up another level. He turned me into a world-class referee”. With that elevation came the three prestigious finals in just two months. He does not reject the notion; however, that motivation then became an issue. “Definitely”, says Clattenburg. “I’d put so much into that year - commitment, fitness. It just exploded, getting all of the finals in one go. The only thing left after that was getting to a World Cup, and that’s my only regret. But sometimes job offers don’t come along, especially in refereeing. That’s why you see refs in the Premier League in their 50s. You’re stuck, there’s no get-out. I was given a chance and, financially, I could look after my family. Once I’d had a conversation with my wife, it all added up. And at least I can watch Newcastle with a little bit of enjoyment instead of watching the referee!”
Clattenburg was born in Consett, County Durham, and was refereeing in the Northern League at 19, by which time he was also working as an electrical engineer. “I used to go to Newcastle reserves games as a kid with one man and his dog and I’d watch the referees”, he says. “I started so young and became the youngest Football League referee in history at 24. That’s been beaten by another Geordie now, Michael Oliver, and quite rightly. But I’ll say to Michael, “Be careful, you can achieve everything too quickly”. It was the award of the FA Cup final - an honour allowed only once - which accelerated his decision to leave. But it is that match, a 2-1 win for Manchester United over Crystal Palace, which he also wishes he could re-referee more than any other. “It just didn’t work out in the crucial moments”, he says. “I wasn’t happy with myself. And that stays with you for days, you’re miserable at home. But it was Palace as well, and their fans had a thing about me. I had 13 games with them in the Premier League and they never got a win. I remember they played Aston Villa when they were rock bottom. I thought: “Great, this could be the end of it.” Then Wayne Hennessey threw one in and Villa won 1-0! I thought: “This run is just jinxed”. The abuse Clattenburg has received is not confined to the terraces. He was at the races one day when a sausage roll was thrown towards his head by a Chelsea fan. Then there are the online insults, which grew especially fierce after he revealed the tattoos celebrating his achievements of 2016. “They want you to be a perfect role model as a referee”, he says. “But life doesn’t work like that. I’m just a working-class guy who was lucky enough to do something I loved. The tattoos... I was proud, it was everything I’d worked for, I should be able to enjoy that”. Spend time with Clattenburg and it is hard to disagree with that sentiment. There is relief, you feel, that his cards are now on the table as opposed to in his pocket. But one last question: did he have Riley’s speakers? “No, I swear”, he laughs. “I’m still not sure if he’s found them!”

Source: Daily Mail

UEFA U-19 Euro 2018

Finland, 16-29 July 2018

Referees
1. Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT, 1983)
2. Jonathan Lardot (BEL, 1984)
3. Bartosz Frankowski, (POL, 1986)
4. Andrew Dallas (SCO, 1983)
5. Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP, 1982)
6. Sandro Schärer (SUI, 1988, photo)

Assistant Referees
1. Damir Lazić (BIH, 1984)
2. Bojan Zobenica (CRO, 1983)
3. Daniel Norgaard (DEN, 1984)
4. Aron Härsing (EST, 1989)
5. Bryngeir Valdimarsson (ISL, 1984)
6. Alexandru Cerei (ROU, 1986)
7. Joakim Nilsson (SWE, 1982)
8. Ian Bird (WAL, 1985)

Fourth Officials
1. Ville Nevalainen (FIN, 1984)
2. Petri Viljanen (FIN, 1987)

Clattenburg makes bullying allegations against Elleray and claims PGMOL did not want him to succeed as a referee

Mark Clattenburg has made allegations of bullying against David Elleray, the former Premier League referee and current technical director of world football's law-making body, the International Football Association Board. 
Clattenburg, the former Premier League referee, left English football in early 2017 to join the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. In a fine career, the 43-year-old refereed matches such as the Olympic men’s final and the League Cup final in 2012, as well as the 2014 UEFA Sup Cup, before culminating in a fantastic 2016 when he was in control of the FA Cup final, the Champions League final and the Euro 2016 final in the space of three months. Widely accepted as England’s finest referee at the time of his departure from the Premier League, Clattenburg was on FIFA’s long list to work at this summer’s World Cup, but he forfeited his place when leaving his job in the English game. And Clattenburg believes he reached the pinnacle of his job due to the ‘bullying’ he received by Elleray in his role as chairman of the FA’s referee committee. 
Speaking to Gary Bloom on TalkSport’s On The Sporting Couch, Clattenburg said: “David doesn’t know it, but he was the one who spurred me on. “His negativity and his bullying - and I use the word bullying because it was a form of bullying - he was the one who pushed me to where I got, because his words always stuck in my mind”. When pressed to disclose what Elleray said to him, Clattenburg continued: “’I don’t want you to go to the next Euro, I want (Martin) Atkinson and (Michael) Oliver’, and I went ‘okay, thank you’. And every day I went to the gym all I could think of when that treadmill was hurting - and I was really, really hurting - was ‘I want to prove you wrong’. Because I’d just come back off the Olympic finals, but I wasn’t the perfect role model, I wasn’t the person they wanted [me] to be. [They wanted me to be] Martin Atkinson, Howard Webb - a politician. That’s probably what’s wrong with English refereeing; you just need to allow people to be themselves. Like a player, why would you want to take someone’s nastiness out of them?” Furthermore, Clattenburg alleges he was not supported by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) and it’s general manager Mike Riley. “Maybe Mike didn’t rate me as a referee,” Clattenburg continued. “I don’t know you’d have to ask him. But I didn’t feel like I got the same [support]. I wouldn’t say picked on, but I think they wanted other people to succeed, they wanted other referees to reach the top”. 

Source: TalkSport

Eriksson: "There is a leadership that makes me not want to continue”

FIFA referee Jonas Eriksson will end his career on Saturday, after the friendly game between Iceland and Norway. He is one of Sweden's most experienced referees and has totaled 340 matches and six championship finals.
Eriksson, 44, has refereed at the 2014 World Cup as well as the 2012 and 2016 Euros. But this time, he and his team did not get the chance to referee at this summer's World Cup. Now he has decided to finish his career. "I have decided to finish my referee career. My retirement age is 45 and I'm 44 now. Next year I had to retire, but I and my colleagues had decided to stop after Russia. There was no World Cup for us and that was disappointing”, he said to SVT Sport. Eriksson now confirms that he will end his career before the World Cup instead of after. "Football was for me lust, passion, joy and I feel it's slowly getting lost. And if I do not have the same motivation, I choose to stop before I lose it completely", he told SVT. Eriksson is also critical of FIFA and UEFA, which he believes has broken communication. For example, Eriksson had to read in the newspapers that he was not selected to the World Cup. "Communication is completely absent, there is no transparency, but there is nepotism and I cannot accept that. There is a leadership that makes me not want to continue”, he said to SVT.
Eriksson believes that Swedish referees have not had a fair chance of FIFA and UEFA appointments. It's about nepotism, he believes. “Sweden is a small country. I think we do not get the matches we deserve. They go to bigger countries and you can see statistically what they are getting. I think we have a disadvantage and fight in headwinds. I've got matches too, but in the end we do not get what we deserve", said Eriksson. What's happening next time remains to be seen, but now he will spend more time with the family and play football with his daughters.

Marciniak will referee in Asia and USA

Polish FIFA referee Szymon Marciniak accepted offers from three countries and this is why we will be seeing it less often in Polish Ekstraklasa next season. He even had an offer to permanently move to China.
Not only Polish footballers, but also referees are preparing to go to the 2018 World Cup. Szymon Marciniak was among the European referees who recently became one of the best in his field. This, in turn, is also appreciated on other continents, which is why we will be seeing him less often on the Polish fields next season. As reported by the sport.pl portal, the referee from Płock accepted as many as three proposals for refereeing matches in other countries. The first came from the American MLS, where the refereeing boss is the famous Howard Webb. The Englishman persuaded Marciniak to come several times for 2-3 weeks and during this time he will be refereeing games there. We will also see the 37-year-old referee in Saudi Arabia. Our compatriot signed a referee contract with the local federation for 12 matches. A specific proposal was also made by the Chinese Super League, who tempted Marciniak to work in their country throughout the season. The Pole would make a good profit because he got an offer of $600,000. He finally rejected it, because he could not referee Champions League and Europa League matches. In China, however, he will appear several times, on similar terms as in the United States. Szymon Marciniak must therefore prepare for a very busy season. Polish Ekstraklasa, European cups, matches of the national team, and several trips to the USA, Saudi Arabia and China. He did not have such a busy schedule yet.

Source: SportoweFakty

FIFA AR Quintero suspended 5 games

The Disciplinary Commission of the Mexican FA (FMF) initiated an investigation against the assistant referee Marcos Quintero in relation with the events that involved player Miller Bolaños, during the match Monterrey – Tijuana, played on 5 May 2018, in the quarter-finals of the 2018 Liga MX Clausura Tournament.
The assistant referee Marcos Quintero contravened with the guidelines established in the Disciplinary Regulations; therefore, based on article 48, he was suspended for 5 matches counted from the opening of the investigation process against him. This suspension will only be applicable for the Liga MX matches. The Disciplinary Commission warns the assistant referee Marcos Quintero regarding his future conduct, since in the event that this type of incidents will repeated in the future, the commission may impose more severe sanctions against him.

Source: FMF