AFC Referee of the Year 2012: Nishimura (JPN)

Top Japanese official Yuichi Nishimura has ended Ravshan Irmatov's dominance of the AFC Referee of the Year award after claiming the individual accolade ahead of the four-time winner from Uzbekistan and Iran's Alireza Faghani.
Nishimura's quality shone through when he was entrusted with the potentially explosive second-leg of the 2012 AFC Champions League semi-final between arch-Jeddah rivals Al Ahli and Al Ittihad in what was his third appointment in this year's edition of Asia's premier club competition. In another highlight of 2012 Nishimura was also involved in the Olympic Games, with the 40-year-old officiating the group stage fixtures between Brazil and Belarus and hosts Great Britain and Uruguay, while the two-time J.League Referee of the Year also took charge of two matches in the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as a Round 3 qualifier for the London Games. "Personally I am emotional and thank AFC for recognizing the hard work we put on in the field. Refereeing is one of the toughest jobs but I love it and fully committed to it," said Nishimura after receiving the AFC Referee of the Year award from Dato' Worawi Makudi, Chairman of the AFC Referees Committee. "This award is dedicated to all the referees working in Asia who put their heart into officiating this beautiful game of football. Asian referees are top class and it's not only just a few of us as there are several referees who are on top of their game in. In fact, in football we are behind Europe and may be other continents but not in refereeing. It's nice to finally win this trophy but believe me I really respect Ravshan Irmatov who is one of the best referees in the world. But I repeat again there is a huge pool of fantastic referees in Asia". (Source: AFC)

AFC Referee of the Year 2012
1. Yuichi Nishimura (JPN, photo)
2. Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
3. Alireza Faghani (IRN)

AFC Assistant Referee of the Year 2012
1. Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
2. Bakhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ)
3. Matthew Cream (AUS)

AFC Women's Referee of the Year 2012
1. Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)
2. Ri Hyang Ok (PRK)
3. Qin Liang (CHN)

AFC Women's Assistant Referee of the Year 2012
1. Kim Kyoung Min (KOR)
2. Widiya Shamsuri (MAS)
3. Cui Yongmei (CHN)

Silvera abandons competition for World Cup 2014

Uruguayan referee Roberto Silvera will not repeat the fitness test and will be replaced on the list of prospective referees for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Silvera failed the official fitness test held by FIFA in Switzerland and was given the opportunity to repeat the tests next month in Paraguay, along with Diego Abal (Argentina) and Wilson Seneme (Brazil). In spite of being offered a second chance, the Uruguayan referee said that he will not run the tests and will submit instead a medical certificate as suffering from physical discomfort, which allows him to train and referee matches, but prevents him from having maximum physical performance during stringent FIFA tests.
Ruben Meneses, a member of the Uruguayan Referees Committee, said “the project for the 2014 World Cup demands referees to be in the same physical condition as the athletes, something that is very difficult to develop in Uruguay because the referees are not professionals. The only South American countries where referees are professionals are Argentina and Brazil, while 80% of the referees who did run the test in Europe were professional. The current test requirements exceed those for the last World Cup in regards to the 40-metre sprints: World Cup candidates are expected to get 5.8 s. When Larrionda went to South Africa in 2010, the requirement was 5.9 s.” Meneses said that Silvera’s removal from the pre-selected list for the World Cup will not impact his appointments for local or continental competitions. For Silvera, it was the second time when he was left out of a World Cup for not having passed the fitness test. The same thing happened in 2007, when he travelled along with his assistants Mauricio Espinosa and Miguel Nievas to participate at the U-17 World Cup in Korea. Before the tournament, reached after passing the test in Montevideo, Silvera underwent physical examinations required by FIFA and failed the test measuring the aerobic intensity. For that reason, Silvera was sent back to Uruguay.
Roberto Silvera became a FIFA referee in 2003 and refereed Copa Libertadores matches, the Copa Sudamericana final in 2006, Recopa Sudamericana, Copa America 2011 and CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers. Since 2006, the Uruguayan sports writers choose the best referee of the season and Silvera was always in the shadow of Larrionda. When Larrionda retired in 2011, Silvera finished second after Dario Ubriaco.
Besides Roberto Silvera (41), two other Uruguayan referees have been invited to run the fitness test on 13 December 2012 in Paraguay: Dario Ubriaco (40) and Martin Vazquez (43), who will compete for Silvera's spot on the list of prospective referees. Diego Abal (Argentina, 41) and Wilson Seneme (Brazil, 42) will also have two “reserves” ready to replace them in case they will fail again the tests: Nestor Pitana (37) and Patricio Loustau (37), respectively Leandro Vuaden (37) and Sandro Ricci (38).

Source : El Observador

GLT agreements signed for FIFA Club World Cup 2012

The use of Goal Line Technology (GLT) at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012, between 6 to 16 December 2012, is just two steps away after the project agreements between FIFA and the GLT providers Hawk-Eye Innovations and Fraunhofer IIS (GoalRef) were signed today.
The FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 will be played in the stadiums of Yokohama - where the magnetic field based system of GoalRef will be used - and in Toyota, where Hawk-Eye will install its camera-based technology. The next core phase in the pre-competition process is the installation tests which will be conducted once again by the Swiss independent test institute EMPA (the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology).The Local Organising Committee (LOC), and the two stadium owners facilitated inspection site visits by both GLT companies in September. The final installation test aims to establish the perfect functionality of the system by certifying that the technology performs to the same level once installed in a given stadium, as it did during the system test. Only once the systems pass the installation test, will FIFA give the ‘green light’ for the respective systems to be used in the eight matches of the competition, featuring the club champion from each of FIFA’s six confederations, and the domestic J-League champion. The final, intrinsic element in the implementation of GLT system is a pre-match check by the match-officials. The match officials are obliged to check the functionality of the GLT system by means of specific tests in both goals, ensuring the system is fully functioning before the first whistle blows. Crucially, the referee will continue, in line with Law 5 of the Laws of the Game, to have full autonomy in making any final decision during the match, using GLT as an additional aid.

Source: FIFA

Copa Sudmericana 2012 – Semi-finals (Second Leg)

28 November 2012
Sao Paulo – Universidad Catolica

Referee: Juan Soto (VEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Urrego (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Marlon Escalante (VEN)
Referee Observer: Salvio Fagundes (BRA)

29 November 2012
Millonarios – Tigre

Referee: Dario Ubriaco (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Fourth Official: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Referee Observer: Oscar Ruiz (COL)

Referee conversations to be recorded

Referees chief Michael Riley has confirmed Premier League plans to record all match officials' conversations during games in the wake of the Mark Clattenburg incident. The Football Association announced referee Clattenburg will not face disciplinary action over a complaint of the use of inappropriate language directed towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel. The FA decided there is "no case to answer" over an allegation the referee said "shut up you monkey" to Mikel during Chelsea's 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.
The episode has led to plans for private recordings of conversations between officials. Michael Riley, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), said: "It is PGMOL's considered view that Mark is completely exonerated of the allegation and he will return to active duty shortly without any stain on his character or reputation. The verbal and visual facts do not support any of the allegations made against him. They make it clear that Mark did not use any inappropriate language towards any Chelsea player. Regrettably, Mark has had to endure four weeks that have brought massive disruption to his professional and personal life through no fault of his own. We are all relieved that this is now behind him and that he can return to doing something that he loves. To reduce the risk of an episode of this nature being repeated, PGMOL will introduce recording of the referees' communication system on a private basis."
Chelsea have been criticised for the way they handled their complaint against Mark Clattenburg by Alan Leighton, the national secretary of the referees' union Prospect. In an interview with BBC Radio Five Live, Leighton also claimed that Chelsea's behaviour could deter other dissuade players from reporting instances of racial abuse in the future. "We think this is the wrong way to go about combating racism, and in fact what Chelsea have done could put people off making legitimate claims when they have been subjected to racial abuse," Leighton said. “It's been terrible for him, he's been through a living hell. He's had the press camped on his lawn. He's had to live with walking down the street and people either pointing at him or him thinking people are thinking, 'Oh, that's the racist referee'. Everybody always remembers an allegation but not everybody always remembers the outcome." Chelsea have so far made no apology to Clattenburg for his ordeal, and noted in their statement earlier this week that the Football Association felt the complaint had been made in good faith. Leighton believes Clattenburg wants to avoid a legal battle such a scenario and put the matter behind him. "If Chelsea want to make an apology, pay compensation and get Mark to sign an agreement saying he won't take legal action, I'm sure we can do that." Meanwhile, Leighton hopes it is not too long before Clattenburg takes charge of another Chelsea game. "I think if there was too long a delay in refereeing Chelsea then I think the issue gets dragged out again,'' he said. "The key issue for Mark is getting back to refereeing and getting back to normal, and that means refereeing Chelsea as soon as he possibly can."

Source: ESPN

Clattenburg cleared by the English FA

The Football Association has cleared referee Mark Clattenburg of using "inappropriate language" towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel. But Mikel, 25, has been charged by the FA with misconduct following his involvement in the incident. The Blues had claimed Clattenburg directed racial language at Mikel in their home defeat by Manchester United.
Following the match at Stamford Bridge on 28 October, the FA interviewed Clattenburg, Mikel and several other Blues players before reaching its decision to clear the official and charge the Nigerian. "It is alleged that in or around the match officials' changing room at the end of the fixture, Mikel used threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour," an FA statement read. Mikel has until Friday, 30 November, to respond. Chelsea have indicated he will not deny the charge but will request a hearing to "explain the mitigating circumstances". The evidence for Chelsea's allegation towards Clattenburg came from their midfielder Ramires who, when interviewed, explained that his instinctive reaction was to seek confirmation from Mikel as to what the referee said. Mikel, who was being spoken to by Clattenburg, was much closer than Ramires and did not hear what it is suggested was said to him. The two assistant referees and the fourth official revealed they did not hear any of the comments Clattenburg was accused of making, despite being linked up to the referee via microphones.
Clattenburg, 37, has always maintained his innocence and the Metropolitan Police dropped its own inquiry earlier this month. He missed four weekends of Premier League matches while the FA investigated Chelsea's complaint. "I am looking forward to putting this behind me and concentrating on refereeing in the Premier League and other competitions," said Clattenburg. "The messages of encouragement from those inside and outside of the game have helped me through the most stressful time of my professional life. To know you were innocent but there was the opportunity for it to wreck your career was truly frightening. Racism has no place in football and this experience should not discourage those to speak out if they genuinely believe they are a victim of abuse. However, there are processes that should be adhered to in order that any investigation can be carried out in a manner that is fair for all parties involved. I know first hand the ramifications of allegations of this nature being placed into the public domain ahead of a formal process and investigation. I hope no referee has to go through this in the future. What has happened over the last few weeks should not overshadow the fact the on-pitch relationship between match officials, players and managers is the best we've ever known it”, said Mark Clattenburg.
Responding to the announcement, a Chelsea statement said: "Chelsea Football Club accepts the Football Association's decision regarding Mark Clattenburg and welcomes the fact that the FA recognises the club and players were correct in reporting the matter.”
Referees' union Prospect, on behalf of Clattenburg, are asking Chelsea for a full apology and compensation.

Source: BBC Sports

UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

22 November 2012
Molde – Kobenhavn
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Long (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Michael Jones (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jake Collin (ENG)
Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Anzhi – Udinese
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Vromans (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Yves de Neve (BEL)
Additional AR 1: Luc Wouters (BEL)
Additional AR 2: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Fourth Official: Kristof Meers (BEL)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Rubin Kazan – Internazionale
Referee: Tommy Skjerven (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Svein Wiken (NOR)
Additional AR 1: Espen Berntsen (NOR)
Additional AR 2: Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR)
Fourth Official: Frank Andas (NOR)
Referee Observer: Dragutin Poljak (CRO)

Neftci – Partizan
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Edward King (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Philip Thomas (WAL)
Additional AR 1: Mark Whitby (WAL)
Additional AR 2: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Fourth Official: Alun Boore (WAL)
Referee Observer: Gunter Benko (AUT)

Sparta Praha – Olympique Lyon
Referee: Anastassios Kakos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Dimitris Tatsis (GRE)
Additional AR 1: Antonis Giachos (GRE)
Additional AR 2: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ilias Alexeas (GRE)
Referee Observer: Are Habicht (EST)

Hapoel Kiryat – Athletic Bilbao
Referee: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Klaus Strasser (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerd Adanitsch (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Referee Observer: Siegfried Kirschen (GER)

Panathinaikos – Maribor  
Referee: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Christophe Capelli (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Alexandre Castro (FRA)
Fourth Official: Huseyin Ocak (FRA)
Referee Observer: Amit Klein (ISR)

Lazio Roma – Tottenham
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Jesus Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raul Cabanero Martinez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jose Fernandez Miranda (ESP)
Referee Observer: Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

Rosenborg – Rapid Wien
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Saulius Dirda (LTU)
Additional AR 1: Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU)
Additional AR 2: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Fourth Official: Arturas Pipiras (LTU)
Referee Observer: Walter Clarke (NIR)

Metalist Kharkov – Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Zoltan Szekely (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional AR 1: Marius Avram (ROU)
Additional AR 2: Istvan Kovacs (ROU)
Fourth Official: Aurel Onita (ROU)
Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)

Helsingborg – Levante
Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marc Douglas (IRL)
Additional AR 1: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Additional AR 2: Padraigh Sutton (IRL)
Fourth Official: Kenneth Hennessy (IRL)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

Hannover – Twente
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Vitaly Maliutsin (BLR)
Additional AR 1: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Additional AR 2: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Fourth Official: Oleh Maslyanko (BLR)
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)

Videoton – KRC Genk
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Biton (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Roy Reinshreiber (ISR)
Fourth Official: Oren Bornshtain (ISR)
Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)

FC Basel – Sporting  
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Domenico Celi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Giorgio Niccolai (ITA)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Liverpool – Young Boys  
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Fourth Official: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)

Atletico Madrid – Hapoel Tel Aviv
Referee: Martin Hansson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Henrik Andren (SWE)
Referee Observer: Ferenc Szekely (HUN)

Academica – Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)
Additional AR 1: Dawid Piasecki (POL)
Additional AR 2: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

Monchengladbach – AEL Limasol
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: James Bee (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Alan Muir (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Paul Robertson (SCO)
Fourth Official: William Conquer (SCO)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Olympique Marseille – Fenerbahce
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Beck (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Fourth Official: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Newcastle – Maritimo
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Berry Simons (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Additional AR 1: Ed Janssen (NED)
Additional AR 2: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Davie Goossens (NED)
Referee Observer: Laszlo Vagner (HUN)

FC Brugge – Girondins Bordeaux
Referee: Florian Meyer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Additional AR 1: Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Referee Observer: Cornelius Bakker (NED)

Steaua – VfB Stuttgart
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Additional AR 1: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Additional AR 2: Andreas Pappas (GRE)
Fourth Official: Michael Karsiotis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Yury Dupanau (BLR)

PSV Eindhoven – Dnipro
Referee: Carlos Clos Gomez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Aguilar Rodriguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Marco Martinez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Referee Observer: Patritiu Abrudan (ROU)

AIK Solna – SSC Napoli
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Cristian Nica (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Additional AR 1: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Additional AR 2: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Copa Sudmericana 2012 – Semi-finals (First Leg)

22 November 2012
Universidad Catolica – Sao Paulo
Referee: Omar Ponce (ECU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Cedeno (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Fourth Official: Alfredo Intriago (ECU)
Referee Observer: Ivan Guerrero (CHI)

Tigre – Millonarios

Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodney Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Caceres (PAR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Referee Observer: Miguel Scime (ARG)

UEFA Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

20 November 2012
Spartak Moskva – FC Barcelona
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Additional AR 1: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO)
Additional AR 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)

Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Nordsjaelland – Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frederic Cano (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Olivier Thual (FRA)
Fourth Official: Eric Dansault (FRA)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Juventus – Chelsea
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Huseyin Gocek (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Bulent Yildirim (TUR)
Fourth Official: Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)

Bate Borisov – Lille OSC
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Additional AR 1: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)
Additional AR 2: Ante Vucemilovic-Simunovic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ivica Modric (CRO)
Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)

Valencia – Bayern Munchen
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Lee Probert (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Mike Dean (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Benfica – Celtic
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gyorgy Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Kispal (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Tamas Bognar (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
Fourth Official: Gabor Eros (HUN)
Referee Observer: Jorn-West Larsen (DEN)

Galatasaray – Manchester United
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernandez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jimenez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Cesar Muniz Fernandez (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Perez Del Palomar (ESP)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

CFR Cluj – Braga
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Maksim Layushkin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

21 November 2012
FC Porto – Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Dynamo Kyiv – Paris SG
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Additional AR 1: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Additional AR 2: Tobias Welz (GER)
Fourth Official: Mark Borsch (GER)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

Schalke – Olympiacos
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional AR 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

Arsenal – Montpellier
Referee: Firat Aydinus (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Tolga Ozkalfa (TUR)
Fourth Official: Cem Satman (TUR)
Referee Observer: Eugen Striegel (GER)

Zenit St. Petersburg – Malaga
Referee: Olegario Benquerenca (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Joao Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional AR 1: Artur Soares (POR)
Additional AR 2: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Tavares (POR)
Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)

Anderlecht – AC Milan

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Zunic (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Dragoslav Peric (SVN)
Fourth Official: Primoz Arhar (SVN)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

Ajax Amsterdam – Borussia Dortmund

Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tiago Trigo (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Additional AR 1: Duarte Gomes (POR)
Additional AR 2: Joao Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: Venancio Tome (POR)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

Manchester City – Real Madrid
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Andrea De Marco (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 – Final

18 November 2012

Spain – Brazil
Referee 1: Hector Rojas (PER, photo)
Referee 2: Marc Birkett (ENG)
Third Referee: Sergio Cabrera (CUB)
Timekeeper: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Reserve Referee: Jaime Jativa (ECU)

Match for Third Place
Italy – Colombia

Referee 1: Jose Katemo (ANG)
Referee 2: Scott Kidson (AUS)
Third Referee: Karel Henych (CZE)

Timekeeper: Renata Leite (BRA)
Reserve Referee: Nurdin Bukuev (KGZ)

UEFA: Additional Assistant Referee benefits

UEFA has shown the positive results and benefits of the additional assistant referee system at a workshop at the House of European Football in Nyon. Senior refereeing officials from UEFA's member associations have been briefed by the European body about the benefits of the additional assistant referee (AAR) system, which has been part of the Laws of the Game since this summer.
At a workshop at the House of European Football in Nyon this week, associations were given detailed information and advice on the system. UEFA is using additional assistant referees in its club competitions in the wake of a decision by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in July, following experiments which had taken place since 2008. The referee, two assistants and fourth official are joined by two additional assistant referees positioned alongside each goal line, with the particular brief to watch for incidents in the penalty area and help the match referee in taking decisions.
UEFA's chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina said the system had proved its worth since the
experiment began at a UEFA European Under-19 Championship mini-tournament in Slovenia four years ago and was continued as a trial in UEFA's major club competitions. The results have been clear to see. "The main goal is for additional assistant referees to give support when a decision has to be taken – particularly inside the penalty area, where a decision can affect the result of a match," he explained. "What we have seen over some 1,200 matches is a better [refereeing] control of the match," he added. "There has been a reduction in incidents – particularly at set pieces such as corners and free-kicks – better control of the goal line and higher accuracy in terms of decisions taken by the assistant referees. These goals have been achieved thanks to additional assistant referees."
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino opened the workshop on Wednesday and Thursday by outlining the advantages of additional assistant referees. "As a policy decision, the UEFA Executive Committee decided to use additional assistant referees in all our club competitions," he said. "We think they help the referee take difficult decisions within a very short time frame. To have two more experienced colleagues who can help [referees] take these decisions in the penalty area is very helpful."
All FIFA member associations are free to fully apply the system, which
proved a success at UEFA EURO 2012, especially as a deterrent against penalty-area incidents. UEFA has produced a DVD for its member associations, which provides essential information on implementing the AAR system. The DVD is based on a presentation given by Pierluigi Collina in Kyiv in July. Through key video examples – particularly those related to UEFA EURO 2012 matches, where audio communication among the referee teams was recorded – the DVD demonstrates the practical benefits on the pitch, as well as offering solutions for utilising refereeing resources efficiently in order to implement the system. Collina also emphasised that the additional assistant referees had fulfilled a need brought about by changes in football over the past decade. "The biggest change in the last ten years has been speed," he reflected. "Today it is very difficult for a referee to take a decision – much more than in the past. The referee's job has become more and more difficult. "With football getting even faster and the players fitter, it seems that sometimes the men in black face a 'mission impossible'," he added. "Two extra pairs of eyes focusing on the penalty areas are of valuable assistance to the referee, and strengthen the refereeing team in confidence and numbers, while allowing the game to flow." Since the start of this season, AARs have been deployed in Italy's top flight, Serie A. Collina said that other national associations who may decide to begin using the system would have the advantage of hindsight and learning. "When we started the experiment, we were starting from zero," he said. "Associations would not have to start from there, because there has been three years of experience. The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with all the information that you need to understand how the AAR project and system works in practice."

Source: UEFA

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 – Semi-finals

16 November 2012
Italy – Spain
Referee 1: Nurdin Bukuev (KGZ)
Referee 2: Naoki Miyatani (JPN, photo)
Third Referee: Scott Kidson (AUS)
Timekeeper: Kim Jang Kwan (KOR)

Brazil – Colombia
Referee 1: Daniel Rodriguez (URU)
Referee 2: Ivan Shabanov (RUS)
Third Referee: Sergio Cabrera (CUB)
Timekeeper: Jaime Jativa (ECU)

International Friendly Matches

14 November 2012

Italy – France
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jesus Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Marco Martinez (ESP)

Netherlands – Germany
Referee: Pedro Proenca (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago Trigo (POR)

Sweden – England
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)

Turkey – Denmark
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)

Bulgaria – Ukraine
Referee: Milorad Mazic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Radojcic (SRB)

Romania – Belgium
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)

Czech Republic – Slovakia
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alain Hoxha (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Trunner (AUT)

Cyprus – Finland
Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Zoltan Szekely (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Valentin Avram (ROU)

Austria – Ivory Coast
Referee: Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Patrik Filipek (CZE)

Serbia – Chile
Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthias Arnet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Raffael Zeder (SUI)

Liechtenstein – Malta
Referee: Nikolaj Hanni (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Beat Hidber (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2:Charles Helbling (SUI)

Albania – Cameroon
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Johannes Vogel (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)

Luxembourg – Scotland
Referee: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI) 

Hungary – Norway
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Macedonia – Slovenia
Referee: Danilo Grujic (SRB)

Andorra – Iceland
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

Armenia – Lithuania
Referee: Lasha Silagava (GEO)

Georgia – Egypt
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)

Israel – Belarus
Referee: Simon Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Edward King (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Philip Thomas (WAL)

Russia – USA
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Di Fiore (ITA)

Poland – Uruguay
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: William Conquer (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Cryans (SCO)

Panama – Spain
Referee: Mauricio Morales (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Ayala (MEX)

Venezuela – Nigeria
Referee: Terry Vaughn (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Corey Rockwell (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kermit Quisenberry (USA)

Saudi Arabia – Argentina
Referee: Ali Abdulnabi (BHR)

Algeria – Bosnia
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (MLI)

Tunisia – Switzerland
Referee: Cecil Fleischer (GHA)