UEFA Champions League – Third Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

1-2 August 2017

Ludogorets – Hapoel Beer Sheva
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Fourth Official: Dennis Higler (NED)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)

FC Sheriff – Qarabağ Ağdam
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dan Ucenic (ISR)
Fourth Official: Daniel Natan (ISR)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

CSKA Moskva – AEK Athens
Referee: Benoit Millot (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
Fourth Official: Stéphane Jochem (FRA)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

Apoel – Viitorul
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosiakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Bate Borisov – Slavia Praha
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Thor Orrason (ISL)

İstanbul Başakşehir – Club Brugge
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Iulian Călin (ROU)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

FC Kobenhavn – FK Vardar
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Fourth Official: Robert Madden (SCO)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

Young Boys – Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Carmel Agius (MLT)

Viktoria Plzeň – FC Steaua
Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Naranjo Pérez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

Hafnarfjörður – Maribor
Referee: Peter Kralović (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Miroslav Benko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Weiss (SVK)
Fourth Official: Jan Valášek (SVK)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Ajax – Nice
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lee Probert (ENG)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Olympiacos – Partizan
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Francisco Martín García (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva (ESP)
Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)

Rijeka – Salzburg
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Fourth Official: Baris Şimşek (TUR)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Rosenborg – Celtic

Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Karel De Rocker (BEL)
Fourth Official: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)

Legia Warszawa – Astana

Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jens Maae (DEN)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

FIFA museum to honour referee Klein

Almost 35 years after retiring as one of the most senior soccer referees in the world – and 17 years after he stopped officiating youth matches, Abraham Klein's career is being commemorated in the FIFA World Football Museum in Switzerland. On October 25 the museum will hold a ceremony when it receives a substantial part of Klein's collection, which he accumulated during over 50 years as an internationally famous soccer referee.
For years, Klein tried to find a worthy place in which to display his rare collection to the public. It includes over 1,000 items, including balls, whistles, red and yellow cards, flags, emblems, ties, referee uniforms and more. Klein is not a professional collector, but he didn't throw away anything. The editor of his book, publisher and curator Mordi Alon, realized the potential, and helped to organize the collection, which originally was supposed to be offered at a public auction. Readers of Haaretz found out about the story on the these pages; thanks to Haaretz.com in English, the story also came to the attention of the FIFA museum, which just happened to have opened its doors at around the same time. FIFA decided it that wanted to house part of the rare collection and asked that the collection be removed from eBay.
At the end of a somewhat complicated story, Moritz Ansorge, the museum's curator, visited Israel, as a result, about 100 items will be shipped off to Zurich. These include a tracksuit worn by the referees in the 1982 World Cup, referee uniforms, balls from important games, a pressure gauge for balls, whistles, yellow cards on which Klein wrote the names of the players, and more.
The museum greatly appreciates the collection it has received, and director Marc Caprez, as well as Ansorge, describes the items as a treasure that came into their hands. Part of the collection was brought to Zurich by Klein and his wife Bracha last month. In honor of the transfer of the items to the museum there will be a festive event in Zurich in late October, to which Klein has invited the chairman of Israel Football Association Ofer Eini, chairman of the Referees' Union Uzi Itzhaki and Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav, among others.

Source: Haaretz

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 – Quarter-finals

29 July 2017
Netherlands – Sweden
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Carina Vitulano (ITA)
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck (BEL)

30 July 2017
Germany – Denmark
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Lorraine Clark (SCO)
Referee Observer: Regina Konink-Belksma (NED)

Austria – Spain
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Sian Massey (ENG)
Fourth Official: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
Referee Observer: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

England – France
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodjak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final 2017: Lopez (GUA)

26 July 2017

USA – Jamaica
Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Reserve AR: Juan Mora (CRC)

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 21-24)

26 July 2017
Iceland – Austria
Referee: Riem Hussein (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Christina Biehl (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Referee Observer: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

Switzerland – France
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Referee Observer: Regina Konink-Belksma (NED)

27 July 2017
Scotland – Spain
Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck (BEL)

Portugal – England
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Referee Observer: Regina Konink-Belksma (NED)

UEFA Women's Euro 2017: A top-class 17th team

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 – the first to feature 16 teams – will be the perfect platform to show the remarkable progress of women’s football – and, alongside this, the excellent calibre of the leading women referees on this continent will also come into sharp focus. The 17th team at the Euro in the Netherlands comprises the current crème de la crème of Europe’s female match officials: eleven referees, 21 assistant referees and two fourth officials from 21 European national associations. Their selection for the tournament is a fitting reward for the hard yards they have put in to achieve a fulfilling career in the women’s game. UEFA has played a key role in nurturing women referees to attain their current impressive standards. For instance, as part of the European body’s comprehensive referee development programme, the female officials join their male counterparts for UEFA’s annual courses, and they have their own specific training programmes to foster the fitness levels that they need as top-level women’s football continues to increase in speed and tempo. Crucial advice and guidance is always forthcoming from UEFA’s Referees Committee. One member imparts first-hand experience as a mentor to the female officials. Dagmar Damková, from the Czech Republic, enjoyed an outstanding refereeing career, taking charge of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 final, the 2011 UEFA Women’s Champions League final, and the final of the 2008 Olympic women’s football tournament. Damková feels that the biggest development in women’s football has been in technical terms. “It’s not just a matter now of passing the ball and running,” she says, “but you can really see that teams have technique, and they play intelligently. More and more teams are emerging from an increasing number of countries. In the past, you’d see a lot of landslide victories. Nowadays, there are not so many games like this”.
The Euro referees themselves are ideally placed to comment on the progress that is taking women’s football onwards and upwards. “For me, the speed is the first thing,” says Germany’s Riem Hussein, who is at her first Euro. “And another thing is also the tactical approach – the players are getting better and better every day.” Another Euro debutant, Sweden’s Pernilla Larsson, agrees wholeheartedly. “You can clearly see now that women’s football is getting faster and faster – they are preparing better, and are in better physical shape, which means that we referees also have to be well-prepared physically.” "The referees have certainly reacted positively to what is needed today," says UEFA chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina. "Women's football is played faster than before, and the quality of play is definitely higher than before, so the referees today are also better athletes than before. Their ability to read a match is getting higher and higher. So they are coping with the increased level of women's football." UEFA considers the technical and tactical study of teams and players as a crucial element in a referee’s preparation, to keep the officials one step ahead of what happens on the field and help them in their decision-making. Consequently, analysts are on hand at the Women’s Euro to brief the referees on teams’ playing styles and players’ characteristics. Referees are also encouraged to do online ‘homework’ in this respect – allowing the officials to be fully prepared in advance for their assignments. Dagmar Damkovà feels that there is a huge difference in referees’ preparation between now and during her successful career. “I was talking with one of my colleagues,” she says, “and we said to each other: ‘How lucky referees are nowadays!’. We talked about how much material they have at their disposal. They are provided with a lot of things that we didn’t have. Nowadays, they have so many opportunities to learn, to gain experience, to practise,” Damkovà adds. “Practical training can even include sessions with players, where the referees train for situations - we didn’t have this in the past. And now they are also able to study and practice by watching video clips”.
The team of Euro match officials all have different stories to tell regarding why they took up refereeing. Some of them started out their journeys as players. “I played in the German second division for some years,” explains Riem Hussein, “and I complained about referees all the time! I said to myself that I couldn’t keep on complaining - I wanted to see for myself if I could referee. So I took a course, and refereeing became my major objective.” Kateryna Monzul, from Ukraine, is at her third Euro. She also played football in her childhood. “I eventually had to choose between being a player and a referee,” she says. “I chose the latter – and I’m pleased to say that it was the right choice.” There is a palpable sense of pride among the referees in their Euro appointments. Some are fulfilling cherished ambitions. “When I started to referee,” Monzul adds, “it wasn’t my goal to be a UEFA referee – it was my dream. And if you continue to work hard, dreams come true.” “I’m proud to be part of this,” says Hussein, “I’m aware of the fact that, as a player, I wouldn’t have reached this level. You have to enjoy the moments, because they may never come twice.” Dagmar Damkovà speaks from a considerable font of knowledge about what it means to be a major tournament referee. “It’s something special, it’s something that might happen once in a lifetime,” she reflects. “So when it happens, you are proud, you feel you are the one, you are chosen. You have to prove that you are one of the best.” Another close admirer of the women referees’ commitment and professional attitude is Belgian Jean-Baptiste Bultynck, a former referee himself who has supervised their fitness training and preparation in the run-up to the EURO. “I’m not only impressed by their dedication to fitness, but also their dedication to football and to refereeing,” he says. “They are highly motivated, and want to referee to the best of their ability. It’s about nothing else but refereeing. They want to show how good they are, and how they want to make progress…and their progress in the last ten years has been amazing.” The Women’s Euro will doubtless set new benchmarks for women’s football, but what are the prospects for the future? Kateryna Monzul is one of a considerable number of people who feel positive and optimistic about where the women’s game is heading: “You know, my hope is that it will be more popular, and not just in a few countries,” she says. “I hope that women’s football will be famous and popular for everybody in the world”.

Source: UEFA

UEFA Europa League – Third Qualifying Round (First Leg)

27 July 2017

FC Utrecht – Lech Poznan
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Michael Ross (NIR)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – Panionios
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Frederik Geldhof (BEL)
Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

Mladá Boleslav – Skënderbeu
Referee: Alan Sant (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Vella (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Luke Portelli (MLT)
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri (MLT)
Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)

Olimpik Donetsk – PAOK
Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Johannes Vogel (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sertac Kurnazca (SUI)
Fourth Official: Pascal Erlachner (SUI)
Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrković (BIH)

Trakai – Shkëndija
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Emmett Dynan (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dermot Broughton (IRL)
Fourth Official: Robert Harvey (IRL)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

Sūduva – Sion
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)
Referee Observer: Helmut Fleischer (GER)

AIK – Braga
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Valentin Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian Orbuleț (ROU)
Fourth Official: Andrei Chivulete (ROU)
Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)

AEK Larnaca – Dinamo Minsk
Referee: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Petr Blažej (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Referee Observer: Morgan Norman (SWE)

Östersunds – Fola Esch
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskyy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)
Referee Observer: Emil Božinovski (MKD)

Sturm Graz – Fenerbahçe
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tom Grønevik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Geir Isaksen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

FC Krasnodar – Lyngby BK
Referee: Chrístos Nikolaḯdis (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Charálambos Charalámbous (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Charálambos Georgíou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Loúkas Sotiríou (CYP)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

PSV Eindhoven – NK Osijek
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sean Carr (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Fourth Official: David Munro (SCO)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv – FC Zenit
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Djordjije Ražnatović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandar Djikanović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Milovan Milačić (MNE)
Referee Observer: Igor Șațkii (MDA)

Botev Plovdiv – CS Marítimo
Referee: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Joakim Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Referee Observer: Oğuz Sarvan (TUR)

Astra Giurgiu – FC Oleksandriya
Referee: Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Dejan Nedelkoski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Konstantin Vlaho (MKD)
Referee Observer: Muharrem Aksoy (TUR)

FC Dinamo – Athletic Club
Referee: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jon Knutsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Øystein Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Espen Eskås (NOR)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Brøndby IF – Hajduk Split
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

Universitatea Craiova – AC Milan
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Yemişken (TUR)
Fourth Official: Kemal Uğurlu (TUR)
Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

Arka Gdynia – FC Midtjylland
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Egin Doda (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Ilir Tartaraj (ALB)
Fourth Official: Juxhin Xhaja (ALB)
Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Crvena Zvezda – Sparta Praha
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksey Lebedev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrey Glot (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksey Sukhoy (RUS)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

KAA Gent – SCR Altach
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Fourth Official: Lionel Tschudi (SUI)
Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)

Girondins Bordeaux – Videoton FC
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)

Panathinaïkós – Qabala
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: César Noval Font (ESP)
Fourth Official: Mario Melero López (ESP)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

Olympique Marseille – KV Oostende
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Esat Sancaktar (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Halil Meler (TUR)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Aberdeen FC – Apollon Limassol
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jonas Turunen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Kaarlo Hämäläinen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Eyjólfur Ólafsson (ISL)

GNK Dinamo – Odds BK
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Rothmann (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

SC Freiburg – NK Domžale
Referee: Anatoliy Zhabchenko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
Referee Observer: Lucílio Batista (POR)

Everton – Ružomberok
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikolai Yordanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Austria Wien – AEL Limassol
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ville Koskiniemi (FIN)
Fourth Official: Jari Järvinen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Marcel Vanelshocht (BEL)

UEFA Champions League – Third Qualifying Round (First Leg)

25-26 July 2017

Vardar – Kobenhavn
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Lasse Koslowski (GER)
Fourth Official: Martin Petersen (GER)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Qarabağ Ağdam – FC Sheriff
Referee: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yauheni Ramanau (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Vitali Maliutsin (BLR)
Fourth Official: Viktar Shymusik (BLR)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

Slavia Praha – Bate Borisov
Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Harm Osmers (GER)
Referee Observer: Yuri Baskakov (RUS)

AEK Athens – CSKA Moskva
Referee: Marco Fritz (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Arno Blos (GER)
Fourth Official: Sven Jablonski (GER)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

FC Steaua – Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Partizan – Olympiacos
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Vuoto (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese (ITA)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

FC Astana – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Fourth Official: Csaba Pintér (HUN)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Dynamo Kyiv – Young Boys
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

FC Salzburg – HNK Rijeka
Referee: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Hapoel Beer Sheva – Ludogorets
Referee: Charalampos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Tryfon Petropoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Georgios Kominis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Viitorul – Apoel
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alfonso Marrazzo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

Maribor – Hafnarfjörður
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

Nice – Ajax
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Abrahám Álvarez Cantón (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Celtic – Rosenborg
Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Campos (POR)
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The inventor of the vanishing spray demands FIFA recognition

Heine Allemagne accuses the governing body of world football (FIFA) of violating the patent and asks that use of the technology be suspended in all competitions: "I am David and FIFA is Goliath."
The inventor of the spray used by referees to mark, for example, the area where the ball must be placed at a free kick or where the wall should be, Heine Allemagne, promises to bring to the end a fight with FIFA that he himself defines as "David against Goliath". The 46-year-old Brazilian demands, in short, recognition for the invention of technology and 35 million USD. Heine recently sent a statement to FIFA, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and all confederations (UEFA, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, AFC and OFC). The document, whose entirety is at the end of the story, requires the suspension of the use of the vanishing spray in all competitions. Contacted by Globo, FIFA did not respond. “I am asking for respect. FIFA did not give me the credit for the spray. They had made several promises, they used us, they commercially took over the project from 2008. After that, they made a gigantic conspiracy, absurd things. What am I doing? I am David and FIFA is Goliath. FIFA threatened to sue me. I made history in world football, and FIFA, in a calumnious way, threatened to sue me. As a Brazilian, you know how we are, we play football. I'm going to have to play football with FIFA", Heine said over the phone. In fact, Heine Allemagne owns the registered patent at the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) for the "foamy spray composition to mark regulatory distance in sports". The concession, under the number PI0004962-0, was given to him in February 2010.
The spray was first used by a referee in the Belo Horizonte Cup of 2000. Two years later, it was adopted by CBF in official competitions; Brazil is therefore the technology pioneer. In 2009, it appeared in Copa Libertadores and in 2013 was tested by FIFA. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was the first to have referees with this equipment. According to Heine, the initial goal of the project was to help develop football, with financial reward in the background. As much as the first spray cans tested by FIFA, including those used in the 2014 World Cup, were donated by him. FIFA said that after the World Cup, it would buy the project. After the World Cup, they sat down with all the companies, they analyzed the commercial impact of the invention and, in the end, they decided to rob me. That's it, a robbery, a kidnapping - complains the Brazilian, who has incomplete high school and says survive of inventions. In an interview with the site "Uol" in July 2014, before the end of the World Cup, Heine had revealed the goal of selling the project to FIFA. "They have to take this forward," he said at the time.
Credits to another company
Heine Allemagne is said to be upset that he has never been mentioned by FIFA as inventor of the spray. Instead, the entity handed over the credits to the company "PPG Comex" of Pittsburgh, USA - one of the sponsors of Copa America Centenary last year. In a statement issued shortly before the competition held in the USA, the company's CEO said he was happy to help the sport. “PPG Comex has worked hard for many years to enhance football by developing tools that help referees work. This was the case with the Comex Futline spray that will be used in this tournament for the first time”, stated Marcos Achar on the occasion. "They're ignoring the accusations I'm making to them, FIFA has sent us very badly, they conspired. We invented it, and they handed the patent to a multinational company. But this is an already patented spray, an idea conducted constitutionally - recalled the Brazilian.
"FIFA profaned the Laws of the Game book"
Heine defines FIFA's reluctance as a "conspiracy." An anomaly in the Laws of the Game book of the 2017/18 season recently published by the IFAB, he said, is one of the biggest indicators.” FIFA desecrated the rule book, it is boycotting this project, and they want to kill it. Why did they put the spray development in the rulebook only in Spanish and not in the other languages?”, he denounces. In fact, item 5 of the Laws of the Game book (which clarifies the responsibilities of the referee in a football match) in Spanish defines the spray as a referee equipment. In other languages; however, the tool is not mentioned.
Despite his disbelief, Heine believes that the next step is to wait for a response from FIFA, only then, if necessary, to initiate legal proceedings. "I'm going to start a moral debate with FIFA. I have sent this notice so we can sit down and talk like grown-up people. If they do not want to do that and keep insisting on it, I will go for legal action, which is the blocking of assets and everything that is plausible within justice. They will lose. Here we know how to play football, and I am going to play football with FIFA. If I do not get the money, it does not make that much difference. It is obvious that I need it, but it makes no difference. This will just not continue the way FIFA thinks it is", he said.

Source: Refnews