FIFA Arab Cup 2021 – Group Stage (Matches 5-8)

1 December 2021

Algeria – Sudan
Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jun Mihara (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Osamu Nomura (JPN)
Fourth Official: Fernando Hernandez (MEX)
VAR: Hiroyuki Kimura (JPN)
AVAR 1: Abdulla Al Marri (QAT)
AVAR 2: Bruno Pires (BRA)
AVAR 3: Adonai Escobedo (MEX)

Egypt – Lebanon
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Andres Matonte (URU)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
AVAR 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
AVAR 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
AVAR 3: Rafael Traci (BRA)

Morocco – Palestine
Referee: Matt Conger (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bernard Mutukera (SOL)
Fourth Official: Said Martinez (HON)
VAR: Shaun Evans (AUS)
AVAR 1: Juan Soto (VEN)
AVAR 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
AVAR 3: Eber Aquino (PAR)

Saudi Arabia – Jordan
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Fourth Official: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
VAR: Jair Marrufo (USA)
AVAR 1: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
AVAR 2: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
AVAR 3: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)

UEFA Futsal Champions League 2021/2022 – Elite Round

1-5 December 2021

Group A – Tyumen (RUS)
1. Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP, photo)
2. Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP, photo)
3. Nicola Manzione (ITA)
4. Chiara Perona (ITA)
Vitali Groshev (RUS)
Referee Observer
Perry Gautier (BEL)

Group B – Lisbon (POR)
1. Marc Birkett (ENG)
2. Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
3. Stefan Vrijens (BEL)
4. David Nissen (DEN)
Ruben Santos (POR)
Referee Observer
Pedro Galan (ESP)

Group C – Plzen (CZE)
1. Nikola Jelić (CRO)
2. Vedran Babic (CRO)
3. Vladimir Kadikov (RUS)
4. Irina Velikanova (RUS)
Filip Nesnera (CZE)
Referee Observer
Massimo Cumbo (ITA)

Group D – Lisbon (POR)
1. Cedric Pelissier (FRA)
2. Victor Berg-Audic (FRA)
3. Kamil Çetin (TUR)
4. Ozan Soykan (TUR)
Cristiano Santos (POR)
Referee Observer
Ivan Novak (CRO)

Nijhuis forced to end his international career due to TV appearances

Bas Nijhuis will no longer be an international referee after this calendar year. Last summer, the referee came into conflict with UEFA, which, according to him, had problems with his performances in the summer talk show De Oranjezomer. Nijhuis subsequently requested that his career as an international referee be ended, so he will no longer whistle European matches in 2022.
Last summer, Nijhuis was a regular participant at De Oranjezomer, the daily talk show of Wilfred Genee, Johan Derksen and Rene van der Gijp. "We had a nice summer and after that I suddenly heard: 'Bas, UEFA was not very happy that you were at De Oranjezomer'", Nijhuis explained to Veronica Inside on Monday. "I said: 'Why, is UEFA looking at that?' "No, they weren't really happy you were there." I said: 'That's fine, but if there is something, UEFA will call me.' Well, so I wait, then the first appointments for the Champions League and Europa League came: no matches." Nijhuis then took action. "I thought: What is that; no matches? I am someone who calls immediately. Well, maybe that is not good, but I immediately called Roberto Rosetti, our referee boss. I said: 'I have no competition, how is that possible? I already heard that it played a part that I've been on TV, is that right?' 'Yeah, you know, UEFA policy is not for the camera' I said: 'No, but in the Netherlands, we always do it that way, also after competitions, blah blah blah. But if it causes a problem, you have to say, so now, because I can only do one more year internationally (because of his age, ed.), then I will stop internationally right now."
This marked the end of his career as an international referee. "Then Rosetti said: 'No, Bas, please send me an e-mail.' I did that, but never got an answer. Then I heard: 'You won't get any good matches later.' And then I thought: they will send me to less important matches with observers who will give me bad marks, so then I contacted Dick van Egmond (KNVB referee coordinator) who looking for nominations for international referees, because Björn Kuipers had to be replaced. I said: 'Get me off the list too, because I'm really going to get those less important matches.' So, starting from the new year, I will no longer be an international referee." Derksen suggested that it was leaked 'from Zeist', possibly by other Dutch referees, that Nijhuis was on TV last summer, because UEFA does not watch Dutch TV. Nijhuis could not confirm whether this was the case.

Source: VoetbalZone

Concacaf League 2021 – Semi-finals (Second Leg)

30 November – 1 December 2021

Comunicaciones – Guastatoya
Referee: Armando Villarreal (USA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi (USA)

Motagua – Forge
Referee: Jose Torres (PUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Keytzel Corrales (NCA)
Fourth Official: Randy Encarnacion (DOM)

FIFA Arab Cup 2021 – Group Stage (Matches 1-4)

30 November 2021

Qatar – Bahrain
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Andres Matonte (URU)
VAR: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
AVAR 1: Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez (ESP)
AVAR 2: Bruno Pires (BRA)
AVAR 3: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)

Tunisia – Mauritania
Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Abolfazli (IRN)
Fourth Official: Fernando Hernandez (MEX)
VAR: Abdulla Al Marri (QAT)
AVAR 1: Hiroyuki Kimura (JPN)
AVAR 2: Osamu Nomura (JPN)
AVAR 3: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)

Iraq – Oman
Referee: Said Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
VAR: Jair Marrufo (USA)
AVAR 1: Juan Soto (VEN)
AVAR 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
AVAR 3: Rafael Traci (BRA)

UAE – Syria
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Fourth Official: Facundo Tello (ARG)
VAR: Shaun Evans (AUS)
AVAR 1: Redouane Jiyed (MAR)
AVAR 2: Danilo Manis (BRA)
AVAR 3: Eber Aquino (PAR)

FIFA to test semi-automatic offside technology at the Arab Cup

FIFA is set to announce that it will test technology which automatically detects when players are offside at the Arab Cup in Qatar in what is being seen as a dry run for the 2022 World Cup. 
An artificial intelligence system will be in place at six stadiums in the 16-team tournament. It works by sending the video assistant referee (VAR) an instant message when a player is offside and the official will then make a decision on whether they were interfering with play or not. Several technology companies are providing systems for the live test at the FIFA Arab Cup in Qatar and it comes after non-live trials over the past year in stadiums across Europe, including Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena and Seville’s Estadio La Cartuja. The system is described as semi-automated, in that the message is sent to the VAR to inform their decision, rather than to the referee directly. If the test in Qatar goes smoothly then it is expected to be formally approved at IFAB’s annual meeting in March for use at the World Cup next November.
Automated offside systems use camera and computer technology to track players’ movements as well as the ball, and insiders say it should be more accurate than the VAR offsides. FIFA has been told by Hawk-Eye that the company believes it has developed a system that is ready to go. One issue for football’s lawmakers is that highly accurate offside technology will again raise the issue of attackers being penalised even if they are only a tiny fraction ahead of the defender. For that reason, FIFA’s head of global football development, Arsene Wenger, has proposed changing the offside law so that there must be clear daylight between the attacker and defender for an offence to be committed. The idea is to shift the law to favour attackers more. IFAB officials have been updated on the results of early trials of the “daylight” option but the body is expected to ask for a much more detailed trial process before considering any change to the law.

Source: Times

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 6)

29-30 November 2021

Slovenia – Greece
Referee: Maria Ferrieri Caputi (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Martinelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Giulia Tempestilli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Martina Molinaro (ITA)
Referee Assessor: Hilda McDermott (IRL)

Northern Ireland – North Macedonia
Referee: Meitar Shemesh (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: May Moalem (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Donia Zidan (ISR)
Fourth Official: Rachel Cohen (ISR)
Referee Assessor: Esther Azzopardi Farrugia (MLT)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Malta
Referee: Gamze Pakkan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Deybet Gök (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mürvet Yavuztürk (TUR)
Fourth Official: Cansu Tiryaki (TUR)
Referee Assessor: Olga Tanschi (MDA)

Armenia – Norway
Referee: Victoria Beyer (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephanie Di Benedetto (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Maubacq (FRA)
Fourth Official: Alexandra Collin (FRA)
Referee Assessor: Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)

Azerbaijan – Montenegro
Referee: Emanuela Rusta (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Erinda Kume (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Mirjeta Salla (ALB)
Fourth Official: Soada Tushaj (ALB)
Referee Assessor: Jelena Rankov (SRB)

Bulgaria – Serbia
Referee: Ainara Acevedo Dudley (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Rocio Puente Pino (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Matilde Esteves-Garcia (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ylenia Sanchez Miguel (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Katarzyna Wierzbowska (POL)

Kosovo – Albania
Referee: Lovisa Johansson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Josefin Aronsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Emelie Elfstrand (SWE)
Fourth Official: Pernilla Larsson (SWE)
Referee Assessor: Knarik Grigoryan (ARM)

Turkey – Israel
Referee: Justina Lavrenovaite-Perez (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Ieva Ramanauskienė (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerda Eidinzonaitė (LTU)
Fourth Official: Lina Skladaitytė (LTU)
Referee Assessor: Blaženka Logarušić (CRO)

Czech Republic – Belarus
Referee: Marina Živković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivana Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandra Stojanac (SRB)
Fourth Official: Jelena Cvetković (SRB)
Referee Assessor: Maria Villa Gutiérrez (ESP)

Croatia – Moldova
Referee: Araksya Saribekyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Liana Grigoryan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Kristine Grigoryan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Sofik Torosyan (ARM)
Referee Assessor: Nelly Viennot (FRA)

Lithuania – Switzerland
Referee: Zoi Stavrou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Dora Myrianthea (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: María Christodoulou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Ioanna Allagiotou (CYP)
Referee Assessor: Marina Mamaieva (RUS)

Hungary – Ukraine
Referee: Paula Brady (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Burgin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Claire Purcell (IRL)
Referee Assessor: Marte Soro (NOR)

Cyprus – Iceland
Referee: Louise Thompson (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Victoria Finlay (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Vikki Allan (SCO)
Fourth Official: Lisa Benn (ENG)
Referee Assessor: Elke Günther (GER)

Denmark – Russia
Referee: Cheryl Foster (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceri Williams (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Emily Carney (ENG)
Fourth Official: Kirsty Dowle (ENG)
Referee Assessor: Silvia Spinelli (ITA)

Sweden – Slovakia
Referee: Angelika Söder (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Sina Diekmann (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Joos (GER)
Fourth Official: Karoline Wacker (GER)
Referee Assessor: Rhona Coombes (IRL)

Portugal – Germany
Referee: Rebecca Welch (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Natalie Aspinall (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Lisa Rashid (ENG)
Fourth Official: Emily Heaslip (ENG)
Referee Assessor: Miroslava Migalova (SVK)

Ireland – Georgia
Referee: Jurgita Mačikunyte (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Ugnė Šmitaite (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Irina Pozdejeva (LTU)
Fourth Official: Rasa Grigone (LTU)
Referee Assessor: Carina Vitulano (ITA)

Luxembourg – Austria
Referee: Andromachi Tsioflíki (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgia Komisopoilou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Eleni Andoniu (GRE)
Referee Assessor: Paloma Quintero Siles (ESP)

England – Latvia
Referee: Veronika Kovařova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Šafrankova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Tereza Hessova (CZE)
Fourth Official: Lucie Šulcova (CZE)
Referee Assessor: Dilan Gökçek Işcan (TUR)

Belgium – Poland
Referee: Marta Huerta de Aza (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Guadalupe Porras Ayuso (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Eliana Fernandez Gonzalez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Amy Penalver Pearce (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Gyöngyi Gaal (HUN)

Spain – Scotland
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Heini Hyvönen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tonja Weckström (FIN)
Fourth Official: Sini Hakala (FIN)
Referee Assessor: Ivana Vlaić (BIH)

France – Wales
Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruța Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Țepușă (ROU)
Fourth Official: Cristina Trandafir (ROU)
Referee Assessor: Ana Minić (SRB)

Yuste Jimenez: from Euro to ICU

Spanish FIFA assistant referee Juan Carlos Yuste Jimenez, who has been in the First Division for more than two decades, has recovered from two blood clots in the lungs and, months later, returned to the field. "If I would have boarded the airplane for the Switzerland-Italy match, I would have died, 99%, due to the pressure difference and with the blood clots in my lungs." At least that's what the doctors told him. "I can only thank life for this new opportunity it gives me," he says... and the phrase is accompanied by a smile. The assistant referee, with 23 seasons in the First Division and a few continental finals, put an end to months of a nightmare that could cost him dearly. A phone call to a friend, Esther Megia Davila, was key to clinging to life.
Juanqui recalls the days passed from the Euro final, in which he was a reserve AR (June 12) until the game at the Camp Nou (November 20). After returning to Spain from the Euro, the assistant underwent an analysis that is done every year on a personal level: the result seemed within normality. On June 19, he got the first dose of the covid vaccine and went on vacation. On July 30 he did the mandatory medical examination of the CTA to start the season. In this analysis he had been told that the D-Dimer parameters (test to find out if you have a blood clotting disorder) were somewhat elevated. On August 8, he passed the fitness tests without any problems and the next day he received the second dose of the Covid vaccine.
Shortness of breath
“On August 15, when I was training, I felt like I was short of breath," explains Juanqui, who did not give it too much importance and days later was on the Granada-Valencia match on the first day of the League: "During the match I did not feel comfortable, but I thought it was because of how hot it was." But his concern increased a day later: "I had to give three talks to the Madrid referees and I felt drowned. Playing the videos gave me chance to breathe and continue." That Sunday night "I got pissed off and went to the emergency room. They diagnosed me with bronchitis and they gave me an antibiotic for three days. I took my medication and traveled to Denmark for a Champions League qualifying match. The match went well, but I couldn't find myself to 100%". Yuste Jimenez continued to train, but the lack of air continued: "When running, when talking, when climbing stairs... I felt bad physically". On September 4, I had to travel, along with Del Cerro Grande, for the match Switzerland-Italy: "I called Megia Davila's sister, who works at the El Bosque Clinic, to see if I had to take a second dose of antibiotics to be well at all." On September 2, he went to the clinic and the doctors asked him the symptoms: "I told them about the bronchitis and if I need a second dose of medicine, but they referred me to the Beata Maria Ana Hospital, where they subjected me to some tests. They told me that in an hour they would give me the results, so I was walking around the hospital until I heard my name and I went to get the results. The doctor was looking concerned and told me that they had to do a CT scan of the lung, since the D-Dimer was 7,760 [the normal must be below 500] ". They immediately put him down and forbade him to move: "They didn't even let me go to the bathroom." The instructions were clear: "You cannot move out of bed." Juanqui did not understand anything: "If five minutes ago I was walking and now they take me in a wheelchair to the room and without making any effort."
Blood clots in both lungs
He underwent a CT scan and the result was a scattered thrombus in both lungs. A pulmonary thromboembolism... and it was not ruled out that the heart was affected: "You cannot move, because if the thrombi go to the head or heart we have a more serious problem." They also told him that there are people who, due to genetic factors, may be more prone to creating blood clots. "This must have been my case." They used heparin... "I was not aware of the seriousness of what was happening. I saw the faces of Doctors Pelaez and Cruxat... and they told me what was happening, but I was fine, it didn't hurt at all". 48 hours in the ICU was his next destination. When he entered in a wheelchair, he saw the nurses and told them: "Here is your new tenant, I hope I don't give you the ember." The nurse was clear: "He told me that you could not believe the humor he had with the seriousness of what you have in there." Juanqui suspects that "it will be the only time that I will be in a hospital and that nothing hurts. I was fine, I just lacked a little air." They placed him in front of the doctors' station and every 30 minutes they checked his tension and oxygen saturation... "I was calm."
Two calls: to Del Cerro Grande and his sister
They did not take away his cell phone and it gave him wings. Made two calls. The first to Del Cerro "to tell him to find another assistant, because I had to be in the ICU for 48 hours." The second to his sister "so that the family would know." And he always said the same thing: "I came to get a prescription and I stayed in the ICU." He asked his sister to bring his computer to work. "A nurse gave it to me, since no one could come to see me." Juanqui, in his WhatsApp groups, wrote that everything was fine, given the commotion that was formed with the information on social networks: "I was hallucinating, I did not understand anything. I had 20 cables, but I was without pain." He had only spoken with his referee, his sister, with the Megia family and with partner Perez Muley, who called him by chance.Yuste continued to encourage and reassure people and, meanwhile, Dimero D's parameters were dropping considerably (3,967). The heparin was working and the head of the ICU, to whom he is very grateful, came to see him. "You are reacting very well, the saturation of the lung is perfect and you have been lucky, since you have not infarcted the lung or the heart, although we are going to see with an Echo like this one," he said. Everything was fine and they brought him up to his room, unable to move, 24 hours ahead of schedule: "Two days there without taking a step. I almost had to beg to be able to go to the toilet." And all this, just: "Having a lung problem I was in the Covid section, where no one can visit you." Juanqui asked the doctors whether he could return, not for Sunday's game, but for the one 15 days later, but they were blunt: "His face was like saying that maybe I can't referee again. And I thought that I came for a prescription, and I can leave saying goodbye to football. Nobody told me when my return would be, or if I could return to refereeing, if I could travel by plane again in my life... In the end, they commented that I would have to wait between two and six months". The tests were improving and it was ruled out that he had blood clots in the legs and other parts of the body, with which he was able to take steps. Later he was able to go out to the street for a walk: "I couldn't complain. I was a privileged person, compared to other patients complaining of pain all night. It didn't hurt at all." Recovery was going fast and the doctors anticipated his discharge, but "no training, at most taking a daily walk."
The best call of his life
And all the doctors, seven in total, who had something to do with Juanqui in those months agree on one thing: "If I wouldn’t have made that call to Esther and go instead to Switzerland, 99% would have died on the plane. They said that I was lucky. A random, desperate call or, perhaps, someone from above gave me that idea to call and save my life. In the end, I was lucky not to catch that plane." To receive the total discharge "I had an abdominal Echo for the liver, kidney, lung, CT, several tests... After going through different tests and tubes everything came out OK: perfect organs and a clean lung". Then he had to go through the cardiologist: "Stress tests, three-dimensional Echo... and everything was fine." The end of the nightmare was close. "When all the tests went well, the doctors decided that he could return to normal, but little by little." First it was walking, then jogging, later it was running and finally "changes of pace, intervals... and, finally, total training". On November 18 he passed the fitness tests without problems and on November 20 he returned to the field. "I was excited packing my suitcase, because with the hustle and bustle we have: Cup, Champions, League, VAR... the truth is that out of seven days a week, you only sleep two at home for a few months, and I had been sleeping in my bed for months now. That's why preparing the suitcase gave me oxygen. Travel again, live the pre-game, go to the field, smell the grass, see the stadium, people in the stands and... you stand still and think: 'Juanqui, you've come back.' The return to the Camp Nou was very exciting: "The lump in the throat was present, for all that it entails. A few months ago I did not know if I was going to return, and in the end it was achieved." He had to close his eyes so as not to cry when the referees gave him a hug. "Many emotions came together. The hug at the beginning, the VAR teammates cheering me on...", recalls an excited Juanqui, who now cannot hold back the tears. At the end of 90 minutes the feelings were good. "I have returned and I felt like never before. I enjoyed it to the fullest, since, after living such an experience, you don't know when your last game might be." And, yes, Juanqui, although he was responding to all the messages, he wants to "thank all the expressions of affection received throughout these months, both to people and to institutions. I felt protected and loved with their messages."

Source: Marca

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 5)

25-27 November 2021

Azerbaijan – Russia
Referee: Alina Pesu (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)
Fourth Official: Cristina Trandafir (ROU)
Referee Assessor: Claudine Brohet (BEL)

North Macedonia – Northern Ireland
Referee: Franziska Wildfeuer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Ines Appelmann (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Vanessa Arlt (GER)
Fourth Official: Fabienne Michel (GER)
Referee Assessor: Anelia Sinabova (BUL)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Denmark
Referee: Zulema Gonzalez Gonzalez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Silvia Fernandez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Rita Cabanero (ESP)
Fourth Official: Elena Casal Fernández (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Aušra Kance (LTU)

Kosovo – Poland
Referee: Galiya Echeva (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yordanka Korcheva (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dorieta Valeva (BUL)
Fourth Official: Lyubima Banova (BUL)
Referee Assessor: Antonia Kokotou (GRE)

Serbia – Bulgaria
Referee: Vera Opeykina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Sabina Valieva (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekaterina Chernova (RUS)
Fourth Official: Alexandra Ponomareva (RUS)
Referee Assessor: Gitte Holm (DEN)

Sweden – Finland
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Susann Küng (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Linda Schmid (SUI)
Fourth Official: Laura Mauricio (SUI)
Referee Assessor: Natalia Avdonchenko (RUS)

Portugal – Israel
Referee: Jelena Pejković (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodjak-Karšić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Gordana Katušić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Jelena Kumer (CRO)
Referee Assessor: Jenny Palmqvist (SWE)

Ireland – Slovakia
Referee: Jelena Cvetković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivana Jovanovic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandra Stojanac (SRB)
Fourth Official: Marina Živković (SRB)
Referee Assessor: Emilia Wnuk (POL)

Belgium – Armenia
Referee: Kirsty Dowle (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Emily Carney (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Burgin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lisa Benn (ENG)
Referee Assessor: Lilach Asulin (ISR)

Albania – Norway
Referee: Miriama Matulova (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivana Lesková (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Miroslava Pastoreková (SVK)
Fourth Official: Petra Pavlikova (SVK)
Referee Assessor: Teodora Albon (ROU)

Spain – Faroe Islands
Referee: Triinu Laos (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Anni Rahula (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Helen Käosaar (EST)
Fourth Official: Reelika Turi (EST)
Referee Assessor: Anja Kunick (GER)

Germany – Turkey
Referee: Aleksandra Česen (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Staša Špur (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Helena Buh (SVN)
Fourth Official: Dejan Balažič (SVN)
Referee Assessor: Anri Saarivainio (FIN)

Croatia – Lithuania
Referee: Nadezhda Gorinova (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Iulia Petrova (RUS)
Fourth Official: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Referee Assessor: Irina Mîrț (ROU)

Italy – Switzerland
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Elodie Coppola (FRA)
Fourth Official: Savina Elbour (FRA)
Referee Assessor: Eleni Kyriou (GRE)

Cyprus – Belarus
Referee: Irena Velevačkoska (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Vjolca Izeiri (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Elena Soklevska-Ilievski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Marija Koneska (MKD)
Referee Assessor: Stephen Tanner (ENG)

Slovenia – Estonia
Referee: Minka Vekkeli (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jenni Mahlamäki (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Alisa Levalampi (FIN)
Fourth Official: Lotta Vuorio (FIN)
Referee Assessor: Snježana Fočić (CRO)

Malta – Montenegro
Referee: Kateryna Usova (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandra Vdovina (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Iryna Chaika (UKR)
Fourth Official: Liudmyla Telbukh (UKR)
Referee Assessor: Gunnar Jonsson (ISL)

Romania – Moldova
Referee: Michalina Diakow (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Dabrowska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Julia Bukarowicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
Referee Assessor: Carolina De Boeck (BEL)

Wales – Greece
Referee: Henrikke Nervik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Monica Lokkeberg (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Elisabeth Thoresen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Ingvild Aarland (NOR)
Referee Assessor: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

Scotland – Ukraine
Referee: Sabina Bolic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Maja Petravić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Barbara Vidović (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ivana Martinčić (CRO)
Referee Assessor: Regina Konink-Belksma (NED)

Czech Republic – Netherlands
Referee: Ewa Augustyn (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paulina Baranowska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Katarzyna Wasiak (POL)
Fourth Official: Katarzyna Lisiecka-Sek (POL)
Referee Assessor: Nadezhda Ulianovskaia (RUS)

France – Kazakhstan
Referee: Silvia Domingos (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Olga Almeida (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreia Sousa (POR)
Fourth Official: Catarina Campos (POR)
Referee Assessor: Galina Doneva (BUL)

England – Austria
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Svitlana Grushko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anastasiya Romanyuk (UKR)
Referee Assessor: Christine Frai (GER)

Former FIFA referee Hill fell to his death trying to escape care home

A former primary school teacher and international football referee from Bolton died after falling from a first-floor roof as he tried to escape the Devon care home he was living in. Worsening dementia meant Gordon Hill, 90, had to move into Oak Wood House care home in Bradninch, near Exeter, the day before his fall, March 20, 2019. Tragically, he attempted to escape the home after becoming distressed, and fell onto the concrete below a flat roof. He was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with severe injuries including rib and spinal fractures and head and chest injuries, but tragically passed away a few hours later.
A jury inquest into his death at Exeter's County Hall heard that during his second evening at the home, Mr. Hill became agitated and anxious, and wanted to call his partner. Care staff said he became aggressive towards them, and caused damage within the home, smashing a window above the front door. Two extra staff members were called in to assist, and the inquest was told Mr. Hill calmed down and was put to bed in his room at around 11.30pm, where he was "regularly monitored". Staff claimed they had tried calling Mr. Hill’s partner but had been unable to get hold of her. However, Mrs. Gosling, who has an answerphone machine, said she was home all evening and did not hear from the phone until 1.15am on March 21, when the care homeowner informed her of the fall. When asked about the unwitnessed fall, staff told the court that they discovered Mr. Hill was missing from his room during a check at around midnight and following a search of the corridor he was found to have fallen around 13ft from a flat roof outside the window of a vacant room. He had fallen onto the concrete below and was conscious when staff found him. A post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of his death was chest injuries. Ischemic heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease also contributed to his death. Police confirmed that following an investigation, no criminal neglect proceedings had been launched. Following his death, a memorial exhibition of his artwork was held, and the Gordon Hill Bursary Fund in aid of Exeter City Football Club Community Trust was set up by his family. Donations are to be used for the purpose of breaking down barriers to participation in sport and physical activity.
Originally from Bolton, Gordon was a primary school teacher and also sang with the renowned Rossendale Male Voice Choir. He went on to become became a professional football referee in both the English Football Association and North American Soccer League. In March 1970, Gordon took charge of the FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Watford at White Hart Lane. His final season was 1974–75 which was marked by his most senior match – the League Cup Final between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Wembley in 1975. Shortly after, he reached the retirement age, then 47, for referees. In the 1970s and 1980s, he helped in the development of soccer in the USA through his involvement with the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Umbro International. In the later years of his life, he became an accomplished artist and moved to Exeter. Gordon had a lifelong interest in art. He continued to paint and draw every day until his passing. His family said: "Gordon was a remarkable international football referee who after a colourful life in football, education and ergonomics in the UK and USA, spent the last decade of his life in Exeter deeply engrossed in making colourful paintings."

Source: MEN

UEFA Europa Conference League 2021/22 – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

25 November 2021

HJK Helsinki – Alashkert FC
Referee: Bram Van Driessche (BEL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Monteny (BEL)
Fourth Official: Kevin Van Damme (BEL)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Flora Tallinn – FK Partizan
Referee: Robert Harvey (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Darragh Keegan (IRL)
Fourth Official: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Referee Observer: Aleksandr Gvardis (RUS)

Kairat Almaty – FC Basel
Referee: Goga Kikacheishvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Davit Gabisonia (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Giorgi Elikashvili (GEO)
Fourth Official: Irakli Kvirikashvili (GEO)
Referee Observer: Sergei Zuev (RUS)

Slavia Praha – Feyenoord
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Joni Hyytiä (FIN)
Referee Observer: Robert Malek (POL)

Maccabi Haifa – Union Berlin
Referee: Michal Ocenas (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Bednar (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Polacek (SVK)
Fourth Official: Martin Dohal (SVK)
Referee Observer: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)

Lincoln Red Imps – FC Copenhagen
Referee: Helgi Jonsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Sigurdsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thordur Arnason (ISL)
Fourth Official: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL)
Referee Observer: Salustia Chato Cipres (AND)

Slovan Bratislava – PAOK FC
Referee: Dennis Higler (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Diks (NED)
Fourth Official: Sander van der Eijk (NED)
Referee Observer: Karel Vidlak (CZE)

NS Mura – Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Antonio Nobre (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Pedro Ribeiro (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nelson Pereira (POR)
Fourth Official: Fabio Oliveira (POR)
Referee Observer: Augustus Constantin (ROU)

Stade Rennais – Vitesse
Referee: Espen Eskas (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oystein Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR)
Referee Observer: Joao Ferreira (POR)

Qarabag FK – Omonia
Referee: Morten Krogh (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Niels Hog (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Steffen Bramsen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jörgen Daugbjerg Burchardt (DEN)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – LASK
Referee: Jerôme Brisard (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Benjamin Pages (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwan Finjean (FRA)
Fourth Official: Thomas Leonard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO)

Anorthosis Famagusta – KAA Gent
Referee: Urs Schnyder (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Zürcher (SUI)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Referee Observer: Pavle Radovanović (MNE)

AS Roma – Zorya Luhansk
Referee: Istvan Kovacs (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Andrei Chivulete (ROU)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Bodo Glimt – CSKA Sofia
Referee: Yigal Frid (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Bitton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
Fourth Official: Liran Liany (ISR)
Referee Observer: Petteri Kari (FIN)

Randers FC – CFR Cluj
Referee: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Calum Spence (SCO)
Fourth Official: David Munro (SCO)
Referee Observer: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

FK Jablonec – AZ Alkmaar
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Fourth Official: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)

UEFA Europa League 2021/2022 – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

24-25 November 2021

Spartak Moskva – SSC Napoli
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoît Millot (FRA)
VAR: François Letexier (FRA)
AVAR: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Lokomotiv Moskva – Lazio
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Miguel (POR)
VAR: Joao Pinheiro (POR)
AVAR: Tiago Martins (POR)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

Galatasaray AS – Olympique de Marseille
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Kempter (GER)
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner (GER)
VAR: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
AVAR: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Referee Observer: Yuri Baskakov (RUS)

Crvena Zvezda – PFC Ludogorets
Referee: Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Cabanero Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Inigo Prieto Lopez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes (ESP)
VAR: Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP)
AVAR: Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

FC Midtjylland – SC Braga
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Zunic (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Fourth Official: David Smajc (SVN)
VAR: Rade Obrenovic (SVN)
AVAR: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Referee Observer: Michalis Koukoulakis (GRE)

Real Betis – Ferencvarosi TC
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Fourth Official: Mikael Lesage (FRA)
VAR: Willy Delajod (FRA)
AVAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Referee Observer: Orhan Erdemir (TUR)

Bayer Leverkusen – Celtic FC
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Aristotelis Diamantopoulos (GRE)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Rapid Wien – West Ham United
Referee: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Usachev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
VAR: Vitali Meshkov (RUS)
AVAR: Vladimir Moskalev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Milorad Mažić (SRB)

GNK Dinamo – KRC Genk
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Söderkvist (SWE)
Fourth Official: Adam Ladebäck (SWE)
VAR: Kevin Blom (NED)
AVAR: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Referee Observer: Lutz-Michael Fröhlich (GER)

Brondby IF – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
VAR: Luis Godinho (POR)
AVAR: Fabio Verissimo (POR)
Referee Observer: Antonio Damato (ITA)

Rangers FC – Sparta Praha
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Joey Kooij (NED)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)

PSV Eindhoven – Sturm Graz
Referee: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Kupsik (POL)
Fourth Official: Piotr Lasyk (POL)
VAR: Marco Fritz (GER)
AVAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

AS Monaco – Real Sociedad
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Pozor (SVK)
Fourth Official: Filip Glova (SVK)
VAR: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
AVAR: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Leicester City – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dietz (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Sinn (GER)
Fourth Official: Martin Petersen (GER)
VAR: Harm Osmers (GER)
AVAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Olympiacos – Fenerbahce
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Diaz Perez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Teodoro Sobrino Magan (ESP)
Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)

Eintracht Frankfurt – Royal Antwerp
Referee: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Neil Davies (ENG)
Fourth Official: Robert Jones (ENG)
VAR: Peter Bankes (ENG)
AVAR: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetchea (ESP)
Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Concacaf League 2021 – Semi-finals (First Leg)

23-24 November 2021

Guastatoya – Comunicaciones
Referee: Keylor Herrera (CRC, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Fourth Official: Oliver Vergara (PAN)

Forge – Motagua
Referee: Luis Santander (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Enrique Bustos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Sanchez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)

UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

23 November 2021
Villarreal CF – Manchester United
Referee: Felix Brych (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Daniel Schlager (GER)
VAR: Marco Fritz (GER)
AVAR: Harm Osmers (GER)
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

Dynamo Kyiv – Bayern München
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ibrahim Uyarcan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
VAR: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
AVAR: Abdulkadir Bitigen (TUR)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

FC Barcelona – SL Benfica
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Pascal Garibian (FRA)

BSC Young Boys – Atalanta BC
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Reichel (GER)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

LOSC Lille – FC Salzburg
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Darren England (ENG)
VAR: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
AVAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)

Sevilla FC – VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

Malmö FF – FC Zenit
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjoņņikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
VAR: Joao Pinheiro (POR)
AVAR: Willy Delajod (FRA)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

Chelsea – Juventus
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Novak Simović (SRB)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernandez Marin (ESP)

24 November 2021
Beşiktaş JK – AFC Ajax
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrišimbegović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Davor Beljo (BIH)
Fourth Official: Miloš Gigović (BIH)
VAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
AVAR: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)

Inter Milano – Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
AVAR: Marco Fritz (GER)
Referee Observer: Stephane Lannoy (FRA)

Club Brugge – RB Leipzig
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Chiffi (ITA)
VAR: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
AVAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Manchester City – Paris St. Germain
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Luca Pairetto (ITA)
VAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
AVAR: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)

Atletico de Madrid – AC Milan
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Nejc Kajtazovič (SVN)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Liverpool FC – FC Porto
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Fourth Official: Sven Jablonski (GER)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Harm Osmes (GER)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Sporting CP – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jimenez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Cesar Soto Grado (ESP)
VAR: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)
AVAR: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoechea (ESP)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

Sheriff Tiraspol – Real Madrid
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musial (POL)
VAR: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
AVAR: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Velasco Carballo leaves Spanish refereeing for UEFA role

Change at the highest level in Spanish refereeing. Carlos Velasco Carballo, the president of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA), who has led one of the most complex stages with the introduction of the VAR in Spain, will not continue in his position, as officially announced by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), at a meeting in the Ciudad del Futbol of Las Rozas, in the presence of all referees and assistant referees.
Velasco Carballo becomes part of the UEFA referee organization and will be replaced as head of the CTA by Luis Medina Cantalejo, another former international referee, who had been the president of the Andalusian referees committee until now. Beyond the change of names, it may also lead to a variation in the Spanish refereeing guidelines, since the one who in the next few hours will be announced as the new head of the referees in Spain defends a line marked by a greater weight in the interpretation of referees and not so much in the strict application of the regulations, a trend that has generated much criticism in recent times.

Source: Archy Sport

UEFA Youth League 2021/2022 – Domestic Champions Path, Round 2 (Second Leg)

23-24 November 2021

Midtjylland – Trabzonspor
Referee: Alex Troleis (FRO, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jon Johannesen (FRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jogvan Breckmann (FRO)
Fourth Official: Sandi Putros (DEN)
Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)

Alkmaar – Angers
Referee: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Edgaras Bučinskas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Benas Kikutis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Erwin Blank (NED)
Referee Observer: Rene Temmink (NED)

Genk – MTK
Referee: Ian McNabb (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Kelsey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Jeffrey (NIR)
Fourth Official: Kevin De Beuckelaere (BEL)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Empoli – Crvena Zvezda
Referee: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rens Bluemink (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Roy De Nas (NED)
Fourth Official: Francesco Meraviglia (ITA)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Kairat – Zilina
Referee: Viktor Shimusik (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Siarhei Firynovich (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Paluyanau (BLR)
Fourth Official: Omarov Rustam (KAZ)
Referee Observer: Pavel Saliy (KAZ)

Minsk – Hajduk Split
Referee: Vitalijs Spasjoņņikovs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Martinš Svipsts (LVA)
Fourth Official: Vitali Sevostyanik (BLR)
Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)

Rangers – Septemvri
Referee: Sandi Putros (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Steffen Bramsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Norgaard (DEN)
Fourth Official: Grant Irvine (SCO)
Referee Observer: Iain Robrtson Brines (SCO)

Maccabi Haifa – La Coruna
Referee: Loukas Sotiriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikos Egglezou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Eraklis Komodromos (CYP)
Fourth Official: Shalom Avraham (ISR)
Referee Observer: Alon Yefet (ISR)

UEFA Youth League 2021/2022 – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

23-24 November 2021

Young Boys – Atalanta
Referee: Jason Barcelo (GIB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gordillo (GIB)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Köbeli (SUI)
Fourth Official: Nico Gianforte (SUI)
Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

Villarreal – Manchester United
Referee: Vitor Ferreira (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Paulo Bras (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Costa (POR)
Fourth Official: Ivan Munoz Perez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Bernardino Gonzalez Vazquez (ESP)

Sevilla – Wolfsburg
Referee: Alain Durieux (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Claude Ries (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Dani Balsa (LUX)
Fourth Official: Manuel Orellana Cid (ESP)
Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Lille – Salzburg
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Turkka Valjakka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Olli Jantunen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy (FRA)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Dynamo Kyiv – Bayern Munchen
Referee: Ion Orlic (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Victor Mardari (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Vasili Ermischin (MDA)
Fourth Official: Oleksii Derevinskyi (UKR)
Referee Observer: Viktor Shvetsov (UKR)

Malmo – Zenit
Referee: Joonas Jaanovits (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander Saga (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Erkko Liiv (EST)
Fourth Official: Adi Aganovic (SWE)
Referee Observer: Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Barcelona – Benfica
Referee: Jeremie Pignard (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Aurelien Drouet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: David Lopez Jimenez (ES

Chelsea – Juventus
Referee: Adam Farkas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balazs Szert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Fourth Official: Carl Brook (ENG)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

Sheriff – Real Madrid
Referee: Gal Leibovitz (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Haz Hen (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Yossi Babayoff (ISR)
Fourth Official: Roman Jitari (MDA)
Referee Observer: Igor Satkii (MDA)

Besiktas – Ajax
Referee: Volen Chinkov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Venev (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Deniz Sokolov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Çagdas Altay (TUR)
Referee Observer: Sabri Celik (TUR)

Liverpool – Porto
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Max Wilde (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Niklas Nyberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Speedie (ENG)
Referee Observer: Calum Murray (SCO)

Inter – Shakhtar
Referee: Peter Kralović (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Milan Štrbo (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Kosecky (SVK)
Fourth Official: Alberto Santoro (ITA)
Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

Club Brugge – Leipzig
Referee: Pavel Orel (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jiří Kříž (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Marek Podany (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jordy Vermeire (BEL)
Referee Observer: Luc Wouters (BEL)

Manchester City – Paris St. Germain
Referee: Jens Maae (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ole Kronlykke (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Rene Risum (DEN)
Fourth Official: James Bell (ENG)
Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)

Atletico de Madrid – AC Milan
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Florian Lemaire (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Quentin Lesceux (BEL)
Fourth Official: Fernando Bueno Prieto (ESP)
Referee Observer: Carlos Clos Gomez (ESP)

Sporting CP – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Jose Munuera Montero (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Martinez Moreno (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Martinez Serrato (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Baixinho (POR)
Referee Observer: Lucilio Batista (POR)

New racism scandal rocks English refereeing

Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham under bright blue skies at White Hart Lane on 11 May 2008 was described by the sports writers at the time as a lacklustre affair. But it has turned out to be a historic fixture: it was the last time a black referee officiated in England’s top league. It was hoped Uriah Rennie, the Premier League’s first black referee, would be the trailblazer for a new generation of minority ethnic referees. Instead, the business administration and law graduate, who refereed more than 170 Premier League matches, proved to be an outlier. While its footballers take the knee each week in a gesture to support anti-racism, no black or Asian referee has officiated a Premier League match for more than a decade.
There are 40 referees on the books for the 2021-22 season in the Premier League and the Championship. They are all white. Out of a workforce of about 200 referees over the country’s top seven divisions, just four (2%) are black or Asian: Sam Allison, Joel Mannix, Aji Ajibola and Sunny Gill. There are approximately 24,500 referees in England, most of whom officiate amateur Sunday league football, and the Football Association (FA) claimed last week that about 2,000 (8.2%) are minority ethnic. So why are they failing to break into the country’s two highest divisions? Top minority ethnic referees say the answer lies in a refereeing report on diversity submitted to the FA in the summer of last year. The 53-page report, compiled by the Black, Asian and Mixed Ethnicity Referee Support Group, alleges that some of the FA observers who assess referees for promotion to the higher leagues are racist. According to the report, one observer is alleged to have told a referee: “You lot can all run fast, but that’s all you are good for.” Another is claimed to have said: “If you want to progress, you need to cut your dreadlocks.” Another made an offensive comment about throwing a banana. The FA this weekend faces calls for an inquiry into its referee programme and allegations of racism; more transparency over its diversity policies; and an audit of the appointment system for referees. Reuben Simon, 49, from Hanworth, west London, who was a referee in southern England between 2005 and 2015, said he was initially baffled at why the significant number of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) referees officiating in the lower leagues were not climbing the ranks as quickly as white officials. He concluded that racism and unconscious bias were blocking them. Simon said: “There are lots of black referees at the grassroots level, but they are not getting through the system. It’s possible that every single black referee is rubbish, but if that’s absurd, what’s the other conclusion? They are being blocked because of racial bias. Not every observer is racially biased, but the margins are so small the higher you go up the system that if just one person marks you down it’s game over.” Simon said he told a senior FA official in 2011 that regular and transparent audits of observers, including the use of “ghost observers” to shadow official assessors, would tackle the issue of racism and unconscious bias. The proposal was not taken up. A referee in the lower division will typically earn between £25 and £40 a match, while a professional referee in the Premier League can earn more than £100,000 a year. Mannix, who chairs the BAME support group and is a level-2 referee, said: “Levels 3 and 4 are known as the ‘black man’s graveyard’ because you’ve got observers who are racist and they are marking down officials on their colour.” He said the observers were mostly “old, white males”.
The frustration is compounded by the fact that the FA’s 14-strong referee committee overseeing the diversity initiatives has no black, Asian or mixed heritage members. It is headed by David Elleray, a former referee who was sanctioned by the FA in 2014 after allegedly making racist comments to another official. Mannix said the FA was keen to address the diversity issue, but was not implementing the fundamental changes required. He recounted how, during one diversity meeting, a senior FA official had suggested that additional black referees could be recruited from among people leaving prison. “It was incredibly insulting,” Mannix said. Tony Burnett, chief executive of the anti-racism charity Kick It Out, said: “Black and Asian referees are not getting through to elite refereeing and it suggests a systemic problem. We need a review so we can understand the numbers and home in on the problem. It will not be a quick fix. This is going to take years.” The FA’s official diversity figures are of limited use because they have been boosted by counting white Irish and white Polish referees as ethnic minorities. Any referees “not from white British backgrounds” were included in the minority ethnic figures, the FA told the Observer. It has now launched a review and update of the data. Any allegation of discrimination would be taken extremely seriously, the FA said. Unconscious bias training has been delivered for referees, coaches and observers operating throughout the professional game and national leagues.

Source: The Guardian

CAN to explain refereeing decisions to Serie A and B clubs

A new role has been created for former referee Danilo Giannoccaro, acting as coordinator of relations between the match officials and Serie A and B clubs. The appointment was announced after a series of protests from teams, coaches and players about recent decisions during matches, even with the use of VAR. They called repeatedly for clarification and some explanation as to why some decisions were made.
The position of coordinator of relations between the CAN (National Referees Committee) and Serie A and B clubs was held last season by another former referee Gianluca Rocchi, although the role seems to be expanded under this new tenure. FIGC President Gabriele Gravina explained the aim of the position will be to ‘inform clubs about the rules and the VAR protocol, as we all as acting as a liaison between referees and clubs.” Giannoccaro was a referee with 101 Serie A games under his belt before retirement, then became a designator at various levels. “My objective is to pass on to clubs the information on the rules and their application, as well as sharing and explaining the refereeing decisions on a weekly basis.” The FIGC confirmed that they feel it is necessary to “intensify the dialogue” between clubs and refereeing authorities.

Most decorated Spanish FIFA AR returns after long absence

Spanish FIFA assistant referee Juan Carlos Yuste Jimenez will return to football matches tomorrow in the Catalan derby FC Barcelona – Espanyol.
Yuste Jimenez (46) is the most decorated Spanish assistant referee who attended 4 Euros and 2 World Cups. He is returning after overcoming health problems that have kept him off the field for almost three months.

SAFA: N’Diaye investigated by FIFA

Senegalese referee Maguette N’Diaye is at the centre of an international storm that has been raging since his questionable handling of Bafana Bafana's away World Cup qualifier against Ghana came under scrutiny a few days ago. His place on the referee's panel in Qatar is now under serious threat after FIFA finally stepped into the heated dispute on Wednesday night and indicated that the world football governing body's disciplinary committee will investigate N’Diaye's conduct during Bafana's controversial elimination from the World Cup qualifiers. Besides awarding a harsh penalty that ultimate won the match for Ghana, the SA Football Association (SAFA) contends that N’Diaye made several other questionable calls that prompted them to suspect there may have been match-fixing involved.
SAFA president Danny Jordaan did not mince his words and said the Senegalese official, who has often courted controversy in the past, has no business being on the 2022 World Cup referees' panel after his shocking decisions saw to it that Bafana crashed out of the race for Qatar on Sunday. “I think the painful part is this, based on analysis [of the official's performance during the 90 minutes of the match], the referee that handled the first half could never have been considered in any World Cup or even qualification match,” Jordaan said. “The referee [who returned] in the second half can be considered. So it depends on which referee you want to send [to the World Cup]. The one in the first half, you definitely cannot send him to the World Cup. But this is the problem. How is it that one person, with the same level of experience, can have such a contradictory application of the mind, and application of the laws of the game? It leads to a lack of integrity, possible dishonesty, manipulation and so on. If that is scored [during the FIFA investigation], that person also similarly can never go to the World Cup. We cannot subject any other nation to what we have found here.”
Former FIFA referee Ace Ncobo was asked by SAFA to compile an independent report on the Senegalese match official's conduct during the match and he was also not impressed by what he saw after studying the visuals for hours. The report, which was handed to FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), shows that 90.9% of the incorrect decisions, of which there were an unusually high proportion, went against Bafana. Ncobo said this proves the game was “unlawfully manipulated” and that, in terms of FIFA rules, the result of a 1-0 win to Ghana should be made null and void. The outspoken Ncobo echoed Jordaan and said he does not expect N’Diaye to travel to Qatar as one of the continent's representatives after FIFA has seen his handiwork up close in the evidence submitted by Safa in their complaint against the referee. “My stance is very simple, as Africans we want a bigger slice of the World Cup cake, be it in the slots that are given to the participating nations, or be it the members that represent us on the refereeing panels,” he said. “You speak to any referee in the fraternity and they will tell you that once we go to a FIFA tournament, when you come from Africa we forget from which specific country you are from. We always regard ourselves as representatives of the continent, we are together like that. My stance is that if we had an opportunity to have five referees on the panel for Qatar 2022 and all five of them displayed this kind of deliberate bias in any of their matches, then all five of them must not be given the opportunity to go to Qatar 2022. If there is only one referee who has displayed deliberate bias as we have now discovered at least one of them, he does not deserve to go there. You cannot take somebody who makes it his mission to unlawfully manipulate a match and influence its outcome to the highest stage in the world. The World Cup is a very powerful tool for social cohesion the world over. It cannot be given and placed on the shoulders of people who show lack of integrity. So we do not expect him to form part of the [World Cup] refereeing panel.”
It is not the first time N’Diaye have come under scrutiny after handling a match involving South Africans. He attracted the ire of Pitso Mosimane's Al Ahly after a CAF Champions League quarter-final clash against SA champions Mamelodi Sundowns in May. Both sides were not happy with his performance but Al Ahly took things a step further and made an official complaint to CAF.

Source: Times Live

CONMEBOL Women’s Libertadores Final 2021: Fortunato (ARG)

21 November 2021

Santa Fe – Corinthians
Referee: Laura Fortunato (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mariana Almeida (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Daiana Milone (ARG)
Fourth Official: Anahi Fernandez (URU)
VAR: Salome Di Iorio (ARG)
AVAR 1: Maria Carvajal (CHI)
AVAR 2: Loreto Toloza (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Cynthia Franco (PAR)
Referee Supervisor: Barbra Bastias (CHI)

Match for Third Place
Ferroviaria – Nacional
Referee: Adriana Farfan (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ines Choque (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Maricela Urapuca (BOL)
Fourth Official: Maria Daza (COL)
Referee Assessor: Luzmila Gonzalez (COL)

PM Johnson gave AR Ross a “red card”

Boris Johnson “gave a red card to Douglas Ross” – as the prime minister was forced to propose a rule change that would prevent the Scottish Tory leader from retaining his second and third jobs as football referee and MSP. The changes include a proposal that “the code of conduct for MPs should be updated to reflect that: any outdoor activity undertaken by an MP, whether remunerated or non-remunerated, should be within reasonable limits and should not prevent them from performing their duties to the fullest.” It comes after Ross failed to declare £28,218.57 in earnings out of his second job as MSP and a third job as a football referee including £6,728.57 from 16 football matches in 2020-2021 Has broken parliamentary rules after failing to make the announcement. A separate investigation by the Sunday Mail later found that Ross had also broken the rules by failing to declare income on time from 26 football games since being elected.
The Scottish Tory leader has missed several votes, important events and parliamentary meetings in Westminster and Holyrood, including running the line on the football pitch, to earn thousands of pounds from his outside interests. In order to earn money as a referee, Ross has previously been counseled for Tory Universal credit cuts, critical COVID pandemic meetings and missing votes at VJ Day services in his constituency. House SNP shadow leader Pete Wishart said: “Boris Johnson has given Douglas Ross a red card, and hung him to dry by proposing a rule-change, which would force the Scottish Tory leader to quit his second and third job as football referee. As an MP, MSP, and referee it is not possible to fulfill the full range of duties at the same time. You can’t be in three places at once, and Mr. Ross has lost important votes, debates, and repeatedly Parliamentary meetings. The Scottish Tory leader has violated the rules by ‘forgetting’ to announce his top-up salary as tens of thousands of pounds and part-time MSP in earnings out of 42 football matches. Now the prime minister has thrown Mr. Ross under the bus; it’s impossible to see how he can move all these balls and stay in his position. With each passing day, Douglas Ross loses more credibility. It is certainly only a matter of time before the Scottish Tories leave him and look for a new leader.”

CAF Women’s Champions League Final 2021: Abebe (ETH)

19 November 2021

Hasaacas Ladies – Mamelodi Sundowns
Referee: Lidya Abebe (ETH, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Queency Victoire (MRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Agatha Iyorhe (NGA)
Fourth Official: Shahenda El-Maghrabi (EGY)
Reserve AR: Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD)
VAR: Bouchra Karboubi (MAR)
AVAR: Fatiha Jermoumi (MAR)
Referee Assessor: Tempa N'Dah (BEN)

Cunha, Ostojich and Tobar suspended by CONMEBOL

Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha and video assistant referee Esteban Ostojich were suspended Wednesday after failing to give a red card to Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi during a World Cup qualifying match against Brazil. Otamendi hit Brazil forward Raphinha with his elbow in the 35th minute of Tuesday’s match in San Juan. The Brazilian player needed five stitches at half-time and still continued to bleed in the second half.
“It looks like a foul for a yellow card. I don’t see a red,” Ostojich told Cunha, according to a video released Wednesday by South American confederation CONMEBOL. Otamendi wrote on Twitter that he had only touched the ball. The match ended in a 0-0 draw, which was enough for Argentina to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar. Brazil had already qualified for the tournament.
CONMEBOL said in a statement that Cunha and Ostojich committed “a serious mistake” and the two were suspended for an "indefinite time.” The Uruguayan referee was removed from the VAR role for Saturday’s Copa Sudamericana final between Red Bull Bragantino and Athletico. The Brazilian football federation said that it will seek punishment for Otamendi at FIFA’s disciplinary committee. Speaking after the goalless draw, Brazil coach Tite criticized Cunha and his video assistant referees: “It is simply impossible not to see Otamendi’s elbow on Raphinha. Was that going to decide the match? I don’t know. It was a great match, but there is an element (missing) that should be equal for both teams.”
On the same day, CONMEBOL suspended Chilean referee Roberto Tobar for not punishing Neymar and Cuadrado in Brazil's 1-0 win over Colombia last Thursday. Neymar put his chest close to Tobar's during that match in Sao Paulo, but the Brazilian wasn't booked. Cuadrado illegally used his arm later in the game and also wasn't carded.

Source: AP