CONMEBOL Libertadores 2019 – Semi-finals (First Leg)

1-2 October 2019

River Plate – Boca Juniors
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Manis (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Pires (BRA)
Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
VAR: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
AVAR 1: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
AVAR 2: Emerson de Carvalho (BRA)
VAR Observer: Patricio Polic (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Dario Ubriaco (URU)

Gremio – Flamengo
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Fourth Official: Guillermo Guerrero (ECU)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR 1: German Delfino (ARG)
AVAR 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
VAR Observer: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Martin Vazquez (URU)

Iranian Faghani to join A-League as full-time referee

Alireza Faghani recently made the decision to migrate to Australia from the Islamic Republic of Iran for family reasons and as a result FFA offered him a contract to officiate in the Hyundai A-League. An extremely well respected international match official, Faghani most recently refereed two (2) matches at the AFC Asian Cup 2019 as well as four (4) matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup including the third place play-off match between Belgium and England, two (2) matches at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and also the gold medal match at the 2016 Olympic Games Men’s Football tournament between Germany and Brazil. He was named the AFC Referee of the Year twice in 2016 & 2018 and is probably best remembered by Australians as the referee for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 Final between the Caltex Socceroos and Korea Republic in Sydney. Alireza Faghani will join Chris Beath, Shaun Evans and Alex King who are also full-time referees for the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season.
FFA Chairman and Chair of the FFA Referees Committee, Chris Nikou, was thrilled to be able announce that Faghani would be joining the Hyundai A-League referees panel for the upcoming season. “It is a great honour for us to have a referee of the caliber of Alireza Faghani joining the Hyundai A-League and I would like to acknowledge the contribution of Strebre Delovski – President of the PFRA who was critical to facilitating this appointment given the strength of their professional relationship,” said Nikou. “It was extremely fortuitous for us that Alireza and his family had chosen to move to Australia and it was a very easy decision for us to make to offer him a position as a match official in the Hyundai A-League. His international experience will be a huge asset for the competition and, in addition, he will be able to mentor our young, up and coming match officials as well. We look forward to seeing Alireza in action for the upcoming Hyundai A-League season,” concluded Nikou.
Faghani was excited about the new challenge of refereeing in the Hyundai A-League. “Once my family made the decision to move to Australia, it was fantastic that the opportunity to referee in the Hyundai A-League came about,” said Faghani. “It was a very big decision to leave our home country, but I am extremely thankful that I am still able to referee professionally in one of the top domestic leagues in Asia and also continue my career as an international match official. I have refereed many times in Australia and with Australian clubs so I am very familiar with the players and venues. My family and I are very much looking forward to moving to Australia and starting the next chapter of our lives”, concluded Faghani.

Source: A-League

AFC Champions League 2019 – Quarter-finals (Second Leg)

16-18 September 2019

Al Hilal – Al Ittihad
Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jun Mihara (JPN)
Additional AR 1: Hiroyuki Kimura (JPN)
Additional AR 2: Jumpei Iida (JPN)
Fourth Official: Akane Yagi (JPN)

Al Sadd – Al Nassr
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Palitha Hemathunga (SRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanjeeva Wellabada (SRI)
Additional AR 1: Ko Hyung-Jin (KOR)
Additional AR 2: Nivon Gamini (SRI)
Fourth Official: Yoon Kwang-Yeol (KOR)

Urawa Red Diamonds – Shanghai Sipg
Referee: Mohanad Sarray (IRQ)
Assistant Referee 1: Watheq Al-Swaiedi (IRQ)
Assistant Referee 2: Maitham Abdulzahra (IRQ)
Additional AR 1: Ali Sabah (IRQ)
Additional AR 2: Yaqoob Abdul (OMA)
Fourth Official: Ameer Hussein (IRQ)

Kashima Antlers – Guangzhou Evergrande
Referee: Ahmed Al Kaf (OMA)
Assistant Referee 1: Abu Al Amri (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rashid Al Ghaithi (OMA)
Additional AR 1: Adham Makhadmeh (JOR)
Additional AR 2: Ahmed Al-Ali (JOR)
Fourth Official: Ahmad Al-Roalle (JOR)

UEFA Europa League 2019/2020 – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

19 September 2018

PSV Eindhoven – Sporting CP
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Somoláni (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Královič (SVK)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Qarabağ FK – Sevilla FC
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskyy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ihor Alokhin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)
Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

Apoel FC – F91 Dudelange
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Victor Mardari (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Vadim Vicol (MDA)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Tean (MDA)
Referee Observer: Michális Koukoulákis (GRE)

Dynamo Kyiv – Malmö FF
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)

FC København – FC Lugano
Referee: Fábio Veríssimo (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Luís Campos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Álvaro Mesquita (POR)
Fourth Official: António Nobre (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Getafe – Trabzonspor
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Fourth Official: Dejan Balažič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

FC Basel – FC Krasnodar
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Linzer ASK – Rosenborg BK
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Radiuš (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Donatas Šimėnas (LTU)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Stade Rennais – Celtic FC
Referee: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Íñigo Prieto López (ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

CFR Cluj – Lazio
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Damian Sylwestrzak (POL)
Referee Observer: Rien Koopman (NED)

Eintracht Frankfurt – Arsenal FC
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabrizio Pasqua (ITA)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Standard de Liège – Vitória SC
Referee: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Usachov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Referee Observer: Robert Małek (POL)

FC Porto – BSC Young Boys
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Rangers – Feyenoord
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Diaz Perez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez (ESP)
Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)

PFC Ludogorets – CSKA Moskva
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrišimbegović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Davor Beljo (BIH)
Fourth Official: Admir Šehović (BIH)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Espanyol de Barcelona – Ferencvárosi TC
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milutin Djukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladan Todorović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

KAA Gent – AS Saint Étienne
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Gal Leibovitz (ISR)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)

VfL Wolfsburg – FC Oleksandriya
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Yemişken (TUR)
Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

AS Roma – Medipol Başakşehir
Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Munuera Montero (ESP)
Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Borussia Mönchengladbach – Pellets Wolfsberger
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Szert (HUN)
Fourth Official: Péter Solymosi (HUN)
Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

Slovan Bratislava – Beşiktaş JK
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Kõiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Aron Härsing (EST)
Fourth Official: Juri Frischer (EST)
Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Wolverhampton Wanderers – SC Braga
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jens Maae (DEN)
Referee Observer: Stávros Tritsónis (GRE)

FK Partizan – AZ Alkmaar
Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Bindoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabio Maresca (ITA)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)

Manchester United – FC Astana
Referee: François Letexier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Referee Klossner resigns after his report was ignored

It's a hammer: Stephan Klossner (38) resigns as referee. He feels exposed because he is not believed to have been spat on by Raphael Nuzzolo. The referee’s report has been incontestable for years. What the referee notes is law. But now with Stephan Klossner, a 38-year-old referee, it is not anymore and he feels exposed. This is reported by the "Sonntag Zeitung".
It happened during the play-off game Xamax – Aarau on 30 May 2019. After 52 minutes, an Xamax player fell in the penalty area of Aarau, who was leading 3-0. Klossner gave no penalty and Raphael Nuzzolo (36) ran near him. Shortly afterwards Klossner showed him a red card. Xamax won 4-0 and the referee wrote in the report that hhe had been spat on by Nuzzolo: “I heard a corresponding noise and felt spit on my knee and hand”. Nuzzolo denies everything: “I never spat on anyone in my life spat. The truth must prevail”. There is a history among the referees, where Nuzzolo is not very popular because he complains again and again. Different with the fans and the public. The Disciplinary Committee suspended the Xamax player for four games, the first being the return leg of the play-off. Xamax then appealed the decision and the midfielder was acquitted. The referee report? Worthless. Klossner, doctor of biology and teacher at the Kanti Willisau, felt hit. He decided to stop at the end of the year. He said, "I do not need that anymore and prefer to spend the weekends differently. The motivation subsided. I do not have the puff anymore to go on and make it right for me. Why they do not believe me? What is that signal? Where does this lead to?” But how did Nuzzolo's acquittal come about? The "Sonntag Zeitung" wrote that, on 16 July, Klossner received an invitation by email for a recourse hearing on 29 July in Neuchâtel. Klossner could not appear in person, but was available by phone. The recourse court did not call him. Only the four-delegation of Xamax were allowed to speak: Nuzzolo, club president Binggeli and two lawyers. After the hearing, Nuzzolo said the offence "could not be proved", adding the reference "despite the increased credibility of the referee". The court of appeal said that “no picture showed that Nuzzolo turned his head to the referee. Also, due to the distance between him and Klossner, hardly any spit at two parts of the body could be felt and that a spitting noise in a sold-out stadium was hardly audible.” It's a big hit for Klossner.
Ernst Staehelin, the Basel lawyer who acts as president of the court, says: "The referee's report is not incontestable. If, on the basis of evidence from the accused party, the judge concludes that what is stated in the report cannot be proved, he acts accordingly. And then the verdict may come out differently." He understands Klossner and goes on: "It's like in normal life: When an accident happens on the road and ten witnesses are interviewed, you often have eleven opinions. Even a prosecutor cannot win in court as he would have hoped, but loses."
The Head of Swiss Refereeing, Dani Wermelinger, fears that now a prejudice has been created. And he says: "It is a pity that one of the best referees in Switzerland quits because of the behavior of players on the field and lack of support from the authorities." Switzerland loses a renowned referee: Klossner came in 2010 in the Super League and has been a FIFA referee since 2012.

Source: Blick

UEFA Champions League 2019/2020 – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

17-18 September 2019

Borussia Dortmund – FC Barcelona
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Colțescu (ROU)
VAR: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
AVAR: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Internazionale Milano – Slavia Praha
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Fourth Official: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
VAR: François Letexier (FRA)
AVAR: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Referee Observer: Vladimír Medved (SVK)

Olympique Lyonnais – Zenit
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner (ENG)
VAR: Craig Pawson (ENG)
AVAR: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Red Bull Salzburg – KRC Genk
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Harm Osmers (GER)
VAR: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
AVAR: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

SSC Napoli – Liverpool FC
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Martin Petersen (GER)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Marco Fritz (GER)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

SL Benfica – RB Leipzig
Referee: Anastásios Sidirópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychrónis Kostarás (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lázaros Dimitriádis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ioánnis Papadópoulos (GRE)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

AFC Ajax – Lille OSC
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Novak Simović (SRB)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
AVAR: Tobias Welz (GER)
Referee Observer: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Chelsea FC – Valencia CF
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
VAR: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
AVAR: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Club Brugge – Galatasaray
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Nejc Kajtazovič (SVN)
VAR: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
AVAR: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)

Olympiakós FC – Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
VAR: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
AVAR: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Paris Saint Germain – Real Madrid
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
VAR: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
AVAR: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)

Bayern München – Crvena Zvezda
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David Roome (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Dennis Higler (NED)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Shakhtar Donetsk – Manchester City
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Miguel (POR)
VAR: Tiago Martins (POR)
AVAR: João Pinheiro (POR)
Referee Observer: Lutz Fröhlich (GER)

GNK Dinamo – Atalanta BC
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
VAR: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
AVAR: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Atlético de Madrid – Juventus FC
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Siemen Mulder (NED)
VAR: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
AVAR: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Referee Observer: Lucílio Batista (POR)

Bayer Leverkusen – Lokomotiv Moskva
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michał Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
VAR: Paweł Gil (POL)
AVAR: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

Rosetti: “I want to see the referees take decisions, not the VAR”

UEFA's top referees’ chief has urged officials to use pitch-side monitors instead of relying on VAR for big decisions as the Premier League endured another huge day of controversy. Roberto Rosetti wants to see his officials in the Champions League make the decisions and not 'a man in another place or city'. The Italian also admitted VARs must improve on selecting which camera angles to review following the huge error at St James' Park when Fabian Schar's handball was missed in the build-up to his equalizer for Newcastle against Watford only for broadcasters to spot the mistake later. Premier League referees are encouraged not to use the monitors in an attempt to avoid even more tedious delays although it has led to key incidents being missed such as Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans' lunging tackle on Callum Wilson. 
'We think referees must be at the centre of the decision-making process - not the VAR,' Rosetti told the Mail on Sunday. 'I was a referee for 27 years. I want to be the person in charge of what happens on the field. That means I want to see what happened with my own eyes and then I can continue the match. I can explain to the players what has happened and I want to be at the centre of the decision. I want to see the referees take the decision. I understand we need to work to improve and reduce the time of reviews but the priority is for accuracy of decisions. I prefer a referee to watch the situation with his own eyes instead of by a man who we don't know where he is, maybe in another place or another city!' Referees in the Champions League will use the monitors for all subjective decisions like penalties and red-card offences which will leave the Premier League's top officials like Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor in the strange position of using the pitch-side screens in one competition but not the other. Mike Riley, head of the Premier League officials, last week owned up to four VAR mistakes in the opening four weeks of the season. Man City should have had a penalty when David Silva was fouled against Bournemouth, as should West Ham for a challenge on Sebastian Haller versus Norwich. Riley admitted Tielemans should have been sent off for a stamp on Wilson. None was given due to PGMOL's insistence on maintaining their high bar for what constitutes a clear and obvious error while Schar's handball was not spotted because VAR Craig Pawson did not view the crucial angle during his review. 
Rosetti, who was at the forefront of introducing VAR to Serie A and UEFA competitions, has been impressed with its implementation in the Premier League despite the early backlash. 'The Premier League and its referees are doing a good job,' he said. 'It is a young project. It needs time to be efficient, to be fast and to be the best. We need patience. The main reaction in Italy was positive because it something that related to justice, to do something good for football and to avoid mistakes. VAR cannot delete them all. There will be always discussions, always controversial situations. We cannot forget that behind the technology are human beings. These guys did their jobs on the field of play for 15-20 years and are now doing something different in front of a monitor. They need time and experience. They need to improve their skills to select the best cameras.' Rosetti believes technology will advance so much in the future that offside decisions become automatic like goal-line technology or foot faults in tennis. The Mail on Sunday revealed earlier this season that the 50 frames per second broadcast cameras used by the Premier League can have a margin of error of up to 14 inches. 'VAR is a necessary tool for modern football,' said Rosetti. 'There is no turning back now. We are using the current best technology. Of course, it is improving and probably soon we will have something more accurate, more precise. This is something the companies are working on. In three to five years it will be different. My wish for the future is to have something like automatic offside, something that can be 100 per cent accurate like goal-line technology.' 

Source: Daily Mail

CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2019 – Semi-finals (First Leg)

18-19 September 2019

Corinthians – Independiente Del Valle
Referee: Leodan Gonzalez (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Fourth Official: Andres Matonte (URU)
VAR: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
AVAR 1: Piero Maza (CHI)
AVAR 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU)
VAR Observer: Dario Ubriaco (URU)
Referee Assessor: Manuel Bernal (PAR)

Colon – Atletico Mineiro
Referee: Alexis Herrera (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Fourth Official: Juan Soto (VEN)
VAR: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
AVAR 1: Gery Vargas (BOL)
AVAR 2: Alexander Guzman (COL)
VAR Observer: Jorge Osorio (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Enrique Caceres (PAR)

UEFA Youth League 2019/2020 – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

17-18 September 2019

SSC Napoli – Liverpool FC
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Christoph Francalanza (MLT)
Fourth Official: Luca Massimi (ITA)
Referee Observer: Antonio Damato (ITA)

Internazionale Milano – Slavia Praha
Referee: Marcel Bîrsan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Urzică (ROU)
Fourth Official: Lorenzo Maggioni (ITA)
Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

AFC Ajax – Lille OSC
Referee: Roomer Tarajev (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Sten Klaasen (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Egerd Pajustik (EST)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)

Chelsea FC – Valencia CF
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Emmett Dynan (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Darragh Keegan (IRL)
Fourth Official: John Busby (ENG)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

Red Bull Salzburg – KRC Genk
Referee: Kaarlo Hämäläinen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Turkka Valjakka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Eemeli Kettunen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Stefan Ebner (AUT)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

Olympique Lyonnais – FC Zenit
Referee: Fedayi San (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jonas Erni (SUI)
Fourth Official: Aurélien Petit (FRA)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Borussia Dortmund – FC Barcelona
Referee: Jørgen Daugbjerg Burchardt (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Niels Høg (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ole Kronlykke (DEN)
Fourth Official: Tobias Reichel (GER)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

SL Benfica – RB Leipzig
Referee: Zbyněk Proske (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Radek Kotík (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Kamil Hájek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Miguel Nogueira (POR)

Shakhtar Donetsk – Manchester City
Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vladimir Gerasimov (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Edgaras Bučinskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Dmytro Kryvushkin (UKR)
Referee Observer: Viktor Shvetsov (UKR)

Olympiakós FC – Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Tomas (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Kruno Šarić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Evángelos Manoúchos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Geórgios Bíkas (GRE)

Atlético de Madrid – Juventus FC
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Karel De Rocker (BEL)
Fourth Official: Manuel Pérez Hernández (ESP)
Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)

Bayer Leverkusen – Lokomotiv Moskva

Referee: Ívar Kristjánsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kristján Ólafs (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thorben Siewer (GER)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Club Brugge – Galatasaray
Referee: Sebastian Gishamer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Johannes Pummerer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Jasmin Sabanovic (AUT)
Fourth Official: Kevin Debeuckelaere (BEL)

GNK Dinamo – Atalanta BC
Referee: Aristotélis Diamandópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Konstantínos Triandafýllou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Konstantínos Psárris (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ivan Vučković (CRO)

Paris Saint Germain – Real Madrid
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Rémy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Fourth Official: Romain Lissorgue (FRA)
Referee Observer: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Bayern München – Crvena Zvezda
Referee: Vitali Romanov (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Vitali Skoblya (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Korotin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Michael Bacher (GER)

World Cup referee Faghani plans to move to Australia

The 41-year-old Iranian referee says he has decided to migrate to Australia for his family. “My children need to continue their studies at the Australian universities. I can also officiate there. We will move to Australia within one month,” Faghani said. “After the 2018 World Cup, I wanted to spend more time with my family because I was very busy in the recent years. If I am invited to international events, I will officiate as an Iranian referee. From now on, I want to devote myself to my family,” Faghani added.
Faghani, who started his career in 1994 and became a FIFA referee in 2008, has officiated finals of the 2014 AFC Champions League, 2015 AFC Asian Cup, 2015 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Football Tournament. The 2016 AFC Referee of the Year built on the experience and officiated in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final and was also tasked with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Asian play-off match between Syria and Australia. In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Faghani officiated Germany - Mexico, Serbia - Brazil and France - Argentina matches. He was also chosen to referee third-place match between Belgium and England.