CONMEBOL Libertadores 2022 – Second Round (Second Leg)

1-3 March 2022

Fluminense – Millonarios
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Lamolina (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Sergio Cristiano (BRA)
VAR Supervisor: Roberto Silvera (URU)

Monagas – Everton
Referee: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Tapia (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ruben Flores (BOL)
Fourth Official: Dilio Rodriguez (BOL)
Referee Assessor: Marlon Escalante (VEN)
VAR Supervisor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

The Strongest – Plaza Colonia
Referee: John Ospina (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Dionisio Ruiz (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Roldan (COL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Ortega (COL)
Referee Assessor: Juan Lugones (BOL)
VAR Supervisor: Olga Miranda (PAR)

Universidad Catolica – Bolivar
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Manis (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Alves (BRA)
Fourth Official: Flavio Souza (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Juan Albarracin (ECU)
VAR Supervisor: Jorge Jaimes (PER)

Guarani – America Mineiro
Referee: Facundo Tello (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Facundo Rodriguez (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximiliano del Yesso (ARG)
Fourth Official: Andres Merlos (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Oscar Viera (PAR)
VAR Supervisor: Sabrina Lois (ARG)

Estudiantes La Plata – Audax Italiano
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Pires (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Bruno Arleu (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Angel Sanchez (ARG)
VAR Supervisor: Juan Cardellino (URU)

Universitario – Barcelona
Referee: Andres Matonte (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Soppi (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Barreiro (URU)
Fourth Official: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
Referee Assessor: Fredy Arellanos (PER)
VAR Supervisor: Patricio Polic (CHI)

Atletico Nacional – Olimpia
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Chade (ARG)
Fourth Official: Laura Fortunato (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Abraham Gonzalez (COL)
VAR Supervisor: Hernan Maidana (ARG)

UEFA Youth League 2021/2022 – Round of 16

1-2 March 2022

Paris St. Germain – Sevilla FC
Referee: Nicolas Walsh (SCO, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)
Fourth Official: Romain Lissorgue (FRA)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Manchester United – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Kaspar Sjöberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Robin Wilde (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Kristensson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse (ENG)
Referee Observer: Kevin Parry (WAL)

AZ Alkmaar – Juventus
Referee: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Maximilian Weiss (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Obritzberger (AUT)
Fourth Official: Erwin Blank (NED)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

FC Midtjylland – SL Benfica
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ridiger Cokaj (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuri Rrapaj (ALB)
Fourth Official: Morten Krogh (DEN)
Referee Observer: Jorn-West Larsen (DEN)

Liverpool FC – KRC Genk
Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Gevork Arakelian (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Dainius Raudys (LTU)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Speedie (ENG)
Referee Observer: Kenneth Clark (SCO)

MSK Zilina – FC Salzburg

Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Luke Portelli (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Duncan Spencer (MLT)
Fourth Official: Michal Očenaš (SVK)
Referee Observer: Ladislav Gadoši (SVK)

Real Madrid – Atletico de Madrid
Referee: Harm Osmers (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Kempter (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorben Siewer (GER)
Fourth Official: Alvaro Rodriguez Recio (ESP)
Referee Observer: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Mexico: Olympic medalist in modern pentathlon became top referee

Mexican referee Jorge Abraham Camacho was inducted onto the Jalisco Hall of Fame for having been an Olympic medalist in modern pentathlon. “It is a recognition of everything that happened before I entered professional refereeing, a career as an athlete that was outstanding for me. I am happy to be recognized at this time as one of the most important athletes in the history of Jalisco, a special motivation that raised the bar high to continue working very hard on my next projects,” he added. His achievements in modern pentathlon stand out: first place in the 2010 ranking, State Sports Award in 2010, bronze medal at the 2010 Olympics, bronze medal at the World Championship 2011, four times Pan-American champion, 23 gold medals at the National Championships, second place in the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in 2016.
Camacho started in the Expansion League in the 2020 Opening Tournament and currently has 33 matches, including the second leg final between Atlante and TM Futbol, ​​on 18 December 2021. Thanks to his outstanding performances, he made his debut in the highest category in the match between Pachuca and Queretaro, on matchday 5 of the GritaMexicoC22 Tournament. Jorge Camacho spoke about his aspirations in refereeing: "My goal is to achieve what our most successful referees have done: become an international referee and be part of the top Mexican refereeing."

Source: FMF

CAF Confederation Cup 2021/2022 – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

27 February 2022

Pyramids – CS Sfaxien
Referee: Adil Zourak (MAR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakaria Brinsi (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdesamad Abertoune (MAR)
Fourth Official: Karim Sabry (MAR)

Al Ahli – Zanaco
Referee: Joseph Ogabor (NGA)
Assistant Referee 1: Samuel Pwadutakam (NGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Efosa Igudia (NGA)
Fourth Official: Grema Mohammed (NGA)

Al Ittihad – JS Saoura
Referee: Daouda Gueye (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Nouha Bangoura (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Amadou Ngom (SEN)
Fourth Official: Adalbert Diouf (SEN)

Royal Leopards – Orlando Pirates
Referee: Messie Nkounkou (CGO)
Assistant Referee 1: Danek Moutsassi (CGO)
Assistant Referee 2: Chany Malondi (CGO)
Fourth Official: Jean Nguiene (CGO)

TP Mazembe – Coton Sport
Referee: Souleiman Djama (DJI)
Assistant Referee 1: Liban Abdourazak (DJI)
Assistant Referee 2: Rachid Bouraleh (DJI)
Fourth Official: Mohamed Guedi (DJI)

AS Otoho – Al Masry
Referee: Jean Ouattara (BFA)
Assistant Referee 1: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Assistant Referee 2: Habib Sanou (BFA)
Fourth Official: Hamidou Diero (BFA)

USGN – Mimosas
Referee: Komlanvi Aklassou (TOG)
Assistant Referee 1: Komlan Adiwotso (TGO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Ahonto (TGO)
Fourth Official: Kouassi Attiogbe (TGO)

RS Berkane – Simba
Referee: Daniel Laryea (GHA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kwasi Brobbey (GHA)
Assistant Referee 2: Paul Atimaka (GHA)
Fourth Official: Abdul Latif (GHA)

CAF Champions League 2021/2022 – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

25-26 February 2022

Al Ahly – Mamelodi Sundowns
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (MAR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Lahcen Azgaou (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mostafa Akarkad (MAR)
Fourth Official: Samir Guezzaz (MAR)

Al Merreikh – Al Hilal Omdurman
Referee: Lahlou Benbraham (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Abbes Zerhouni (ALG)
Assistant Referee 2: Hamlaoui Brahim (ALG)
Fourth Official: Lyes Bekouassa (ALG)

Raja Casablanca – Horoya AC
Referee: Dahane Beida (MTN)
Assistant Referee 1: Abderahmane Warr (MTN)
Assistant Referee 2: Kalidou Delba (MTN)
Fourth Official: Babacar Sarr (MTN)

AmaZulu – ES Setif
Referee: Peter Waweru (KEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gilbert Cheruiyot (KEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Komba (TAN)
Fourth Official: Anthony Ogwayo (KEN)

ES Tunis – ES Sahel
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdul Jawo (GAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Omar Darboe (GAM)
Fourth Official: Maudo Jallow (GAM)

Jwaneng Galaxy – CR Belouizdad
Referee: Blaise Ngwa (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodrigue Mpele (CMR)
Fourth Official: Antoine Essouma (CMR)

Sagrada Esperanca – Atletico de Luanda
Referee: Eugene Mdluli (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Athenkosi Ndongeni (RSA)
Fourth Official: Thando Ndzandzeka (RSA)

Wydad AC – Zamalek SC
Referee: Sadok Selmi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Khalil Hassani (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Aymen Ismail (TUN)
Fourth Official: Naim Hosni (TUN)

Handball goal disallowed after coach orders scorer to admit it to referee

FK Qarabag's display of sportsmanship in their Europa Conference League playoff against Marseille on Thursday, when they had a goal disallowed after Ibrahima Wadji admitted that he used his hand to score, was hailed as a "special moment" by UEFA.
French club Marseille, already 3-0 up on aggregate after the first leg at their Stade Velodrome, went further ahead in the tie when Pape Gueye opened the scoring after 12 minutes at Qarabag's Azersun Arena in Baku, Azerbaijan. Qarabag then appeared to make the scoreline 1-1 on the night when Wadji rose high at the near post to beat Marseille goalkeeper Steven Mandanda with 34 minutes on the clock. However, replays soon revealed the Senegalese striker had actually used his hand to steer the ball into the Marseille goal, rather than his head. The incident was missed by officials and, with no VAR system in place at this stage of the competition, the goal was allowed to stand. Marseille players quickly flocked around referee Bartosz Frankowski to protest against the goal for several minutes, indicating that Wadji's goal had not been scored legitimately, but to no avail. Eventually, Qarabag coach Gurban Gurbanov took steps to resolve the situation by calling Wadji and team captain Maksim Medvedev over to the touchline. After a brief consultation, Gurbanov instructed his striker to confess to officials that he had handled the ball as he scored. After Wadji returned to the pitch and owned up to the referee Frankowski, the Polish official chalked off the goal and awarded a free kick to Marseille to restart play with the score reset to 1-0. Marseille, who dropped into the play-off after finishing third in their Europa League, went on to win 3-0 on the night and 6-1 on aggregate.
"It was difficult because I had to speak to my captain," Wadji told French broadcaster RMC Sport after the match. "I knew that the ball had touched my hand. But it was not an action that I wanted to do. My hand accompanied my head. I spoke to [Medvedev]. I told him that I touched the ball with my hand. When all my teammates asked me, I told them that I touched the ball with my hand. Afterwards we spoke with the coach. The coach asked me what I thought, I told him that I touched the ball with my hand. He said to me 'it's not good, you have to take responsibility, you have to discuss with the referee.' The referee cancelled the goal. But it was difficult for my teammates because we wanted at least win the game. It's difficult for them because they wanted the win, and I told the truth. Marseille thanked me afterwards. We exchanged jerseys with my Senegalese brothers, Papa [Gueye] and Bamba [Dieng]."
Qarabag coach Gurbanov said in his postmatch news conference: "Answering questions about the cancelled goal will now be the hardest for me, I don't want this to be discussed a lot. I wanted to act like a real Azerbaijani. I asked the player and he said he scored with his hand. Making fair decisions is easy."
Gurbanov's counterpart at Marseille, Jorge Sampaoli, spoke of his admiration when asked about the disallowed goal while also confessing that he might not have made the same call were the situation reversed. "I have never seen such a thing in my life," he said. "Such a humane decision in a tournament of this level. To be honest, if this happened to me, I would not ask the referee to change the decision but would simply be happy with the goal. This case became an experience for me."
Speaking before Friday's draw for the Europa Conference League round of 16, during which Marseille were pitted against FC Basel, UEFA's deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti said that Qarabag's gesture deserved praise, and described it as "a really special moment."

Source: ESPN

Referees with most First Division matches in Europe

Premier League: Mike Dean (photo) 555
Eredivisie: Kevin Blom 373
Primera Division: Alberto Undiano Mallenco 348
Bundesliga: Wolfgang Stark 344
Ligue 1: Philippe Kalt 339
Primeira Liga: Carlos Xistra 277
Serie A: Gianluca Rocchi 263

Source: El Arbitraje

Pitana lost his FIFA badge, but continues in CONMEBOL

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) chose not to include Nestor Pitana on their 2022 FIFA List nominations due to his age (46), although Patricio Loustau (46) was allowed to continue as FIFA referee and Mauro Vigliano (46) was kept on the FIFA VMO List.
Nestor Pitana attended two FIFA World Cups (2014 and 2018, including the final France - Croatia), three Copa America (2015, 2019, 2021) and three Copa Libertadores finals (2013, 2016, 2021). Despite not being allowed to represent Argentina on the 2022 FIFA List, Pitana was recognized by the South-American Confederation, being offered a CONMEBOL badge and will continue to referee continental matches in South America. He recently refereed the match Olimpia – Atletico Nacional (photo) in the Second Round of the 2022 Copa Libertadores.

Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship 2022

Dominican Republic, 25 February - 12 March 2022

1. Carly Shaw-MacLaren (CAN) 
2. Marianela Araya (CRC)
3. Astrid Gramajo (GUA)
4. Melissa Borjas (HON, photo)
5. Odette Hamilton (JAM)
6. Katia Garcia (MEX)
7. Francia Gonzalez (MEX)
8. Diana Perez (MEX)
9. Priscilla Perez (MEX)
10. Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
11. Sandra Benitez (SLV)
12. Mirian Leon (SLV)
13. Crystal Sobers (TRI)
14. Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
15. Tori Penso (USA)
16. Natalie Simon (USA)

Assistant Referees
1. Krystal Evans (BAH)
2. Natasha Trott (BER)
3. Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
4. Ivette Santiago (CUB)
5. Santa Medina (DOM)
6. Iris Vail (GUA)
7. Lourdes Noriega (HON)
8. Shirley Perello (HON)
9. Princess Brown (JAM)
10. Jassett Kerr (JAM)
11. Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
12. Yudilia Briones (MEX)
13. Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
14. Karen Diaz (MEX)
15. Mayra Mora (MEX)
16. Sandra Ramirez (MEX)
17. Lidia Ayala (SLV)
18. Carissa Douglas-Jacobs (TRI)
19. Mijensa Rensch (SUR)
20. Felisha Mariscal (USA)
21. Brooke Mayo (USA)
22. Meghan Mullen (USA)
23. Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)

Video Assistant Referees
1. Benjamin Whitty (CAY)
2. Ricardo Montero (CRC)
3. Benjamin Pineda (CRC)
4. Said Martinez (HON)
5. Adonai Escobedo (MEX)
6. Eduardo Galvan (MEX)
7. Ismael Cornejo (SLV)
8. Allen Chapman (USA)
9. Timothy Ford (USA)

Ex-referee Halsey reveals death threats after Liverpool red card

Former Premier League official Mark Halsey retired from refereeing at the end of the 2012-13 season, with the incident taking place in his final campaign. He has claimed Liverpool fans sent him death threats after he sent off one of their players in a Premier League meeting with Manchester United. Halsey took charge of more than 250 games across more than a decade as a Premier League ref, handing out 27 red cards at a rate of close to one every 10 games. However, one of those reds in particular - shown to Jonjo Shelvey when the England international was on the Reds' books - led to a situation which he has described as "the worst it's ever got". Now, the long-retired official has shed more light on the reaction he received from fans of the Anfield club, as well as Liverpool's own response to the events.
"The worst it's ever got was back when I was refereeing, in particular it was a Liverpool v Man United game in 2012," said Halsey, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at the launch of its 5-A-Side bet on Chelsea v Liverpool. "I sent Jonjo Shelvey off in the first-half after he went in for a challenge with Jonny Evans. Liverpool went on to lose the match 2-1, and afterwards I received death threats towards me and my family, from Liverpool supporters. The police had to step in and thankfully they sorted it for me, and the club - to their credit - were fantastic in how they dealt with things. I got a lovely letter from Liverpool Football Club after it had all happened, condemning what their fans had done, which I really appreciated." Halsey, who has also spoken of a couple of "really bad" incidents on social media, also explained why he opted against taking time off after the Liverpool game in question. "I remember that game was on a Sunday afternoon, and then I was supposed to be refereeing a Southampton game on either the Tuesday or the Wednesday in the League Cup," he said. "I was asked if I wanted to be removed from that game, but I said no, because then they win, don't they? So, I went down there to referee the game, and had no problems. The PGMOL management were there at that game, and to be fair to them, they really do look after you when you're dealing with things like that."

Source: Mirror

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Qualifiers – Concacaf (Matchday 3)

22 February 2022

St. Kitts and Nevis – Curacao
Referee: Mirian Leon (SLV, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Fourth Official: Priscila Perez (MEX)

Honduras – British Virgin Islands
Referee: Lizzet Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Yudilia Briones (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Baten (GUA)
Fourth Official: Cibeles Miranda (SLV)

Suriname – Anguilla
Referee: Mayary Cartagena (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephanie Fortin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Delia Vega (GUA)
Fourth Official: Sheila Couture (CAN)

Barbados – Aruba
Referee: Carly Shaw-MacLaren (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
Fourth Official: Diana Perez (MEX)

Bermuda – Cayman Islands
Referee: Cecile Hinds (TRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayra Mora (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Karen Diaz (MEX)
Fourth Official: Crystal Sobers (TRI)

Nicaragua – Turks and Caicos Islands
Referee: Annays Rosado (PUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Han Gagnon (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Kindria Aguero (CRC)
Fourth Official: Karitza Guerra (HON)

UEFA Europa League 2021/2022 – Round of 32 (Second Leg)

24 February 2022

GNK Dinamo – Sevilla FC
Referee: Francois Letexier (FRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jeremy Stinat (FRA)
VAR: Jerôme Brisard (FRA)
AVAR: Willy Delajod (FRA)
Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)

Olympiacos FC – Atalanta BC
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jimenez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernandez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Javier Alberola Rojas (ESP)
VAR: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)
AVAR: Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Lazio – FC Porto
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dietz (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Fourth Official: Martin Petersen (GER)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Real Sociedad – RB Leipzig
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes (ENG)
VAR: Paul Tierney (ENG)
AVAR: Darren England (ENG)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Real Betis – FC Zenit
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ibrahim Uyarcan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
VAR: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
AVAR: Abdulkadir Bitigen (TUR)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

SSC Napoli – FC Barcelona
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexey Lunev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Dennis Higler (NED)
Referee Observer: Peter Sippel (GER)

SC Braga – Sheriff Tiraspol
Referee: Jose Sanchez Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Cabanero Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Naranjo Perez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Cesar Soto Grado (ESP)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Jose Munuera Montero (ESP)
Referee Observer: Jorn-West Larsen (DEN)

Rangers FC – Borussia Dortmund
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: Ricardo De Burgos (ESP)
AVAR: Xavier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

UEFA Europa Conference League 2021/22 – Round of 32 (Second Leg)

24 February 2022

Qarabag – Olympique de Marseille
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Markus Hameter (AUT)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Randers FC – Leicester City
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Davor Beljo (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Senad Ibrisimbegović (BIH)
Fourth Official: Luka Bilbija (BIH)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Bodo Glimt – Celtic FC
Referee: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Usachev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitry Safyan (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Moskalev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

FK Partizan – Sparta Praha
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Radoslav Gidzhenov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernandez Marin (ESP)

Slavia Praha – Fenerbahce SK
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Fourth Official: Andrew Madley (ENG)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

PAOK – Midtjylland
Referee: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Bram Van Driessche (BEL)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)

Vitesse – Rapid Wien 
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Skytte (DEN)
Fourth Official: Morten Krogh (DEN)
Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)

Concacaf Champions League 2022 – Round of 16 (Second Leg)

22-24 February 2022

CF Montreal – Club Santos
Referee: Juan Calderon (CRC, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: William Arrieta (CRC)
Fourth Official: William Anderson (PUR)
VAR: Chris Penso (USA)
AVAR: Guido Gonzalez (USA)

Club Leon – Guastatoya
Referee: Daneon Parchment (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Ojay Duhaney (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Iroots Appleton (ATG)
Fourth Official: Reon Radix (GRN)
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic (USA)
AVAR: Tristley Bassue (SKN)

New York FC – Santos de Guapiles
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Pablo Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Camarena (PAN)
Fourth Official: Guillermo Pacheco (MEX)
VAR: Fernando Hernandez (MEX)
AVAR: Oscar Macias (MEX)

Colorado Rapids – Comunicaciones FC
Referee: Diego Montano (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Martinez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Andres Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Daniel Quintero (MEX)
VAR: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
AVAR: Jorge Perez (MEX)

Pumas – Saprissa
Referee: Mario Escobar (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Caleb Wales (TRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Fourth Official: Julio Luna (GUA)
VAR: Drew Fischer (CAN)
AVAR: Oshane Nation (JAM)

Cruz Azul – Forge FC
Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rene Ochoa (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Ventura (GUA)
Fourth Official: Sergio Reyna (GUA)
VAR: Jair Marrufo (USA)
AVAR: Alex Chilowicz (USA)

Saunders FC – Motagua
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: David Moran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
Fourth Official: Bryan Lopez (GUA)
VAR: Erick Miranda (MEX)
AVAR: Keylor Herrera (CRC)

UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 – Round of 16 (First Leg, II)

22 February 2022
Villarreal CF – Juventus
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Fourth Official: Sven Jablonski (GER)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Harm Osmers (GER)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Chelsea FC – LOSC Lille
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Inigo Prieto Lopez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jose Munuera Montero (ESP)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

23 February 2022
SL Benfica – AFC Ajax
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
VAR: Marco Fritz (GER)
AVAR: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Referee Observer: Pascal Garibian (FRA)

Atletico de Madrid – Manchester United
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

CAF Confederation Cup 2021/2022 – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

20 February 2022

ASEC Mimosas – RS Berkane
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Thomas Kaela (ZAM)
Fourth Official: Celso Alvacao (MOZ)

Al Ahly SC – CS Sfaxien
Referee: Samir Guezzaz (MAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakaria Brinssi (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Hicham Abbou (MAR)
Fourth Official: Jalal Jiyed (MAR)

Zanaco – Pyramids
Referee: Pierre Atcho (GAB)
Assistant Referee 1: Boris Ditsoga (GAB)
Assistant Referee 2: Danek Moutsassi (GAB)
Fourth Official: Messie Nkounkou (GAB)

Al Ittihad – Orlando Pirates
Referee: Mahamat Allaou (CHA)
Assistant Referee 1: Issa Yaya (CHA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bogola Issa (CHA)
Fourth Official: Ring Malong (SDN)

JS Saoura – Royal Leopards
Referee: Louis Houngnandande (BEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Ayimavo (BEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Narcisse Kouton (BEN)
Fourth Official: Adissa Ligali (BEN)

Al Masry – TP Mazembe
Referee: Mutaz Ibrahim (LBY)
Assistant Referee 1: Basem El Naser (LBY)
Assistant Referee 2: Wahed Al Jaahawe (LBY)
Fourth Official: Abdulwahid Huraywidah (LBY)

US Gendar – Simba SC
Referee: Teklu Mogos (ERI)
Assistant Referee 1: Eyobel Michael (ERI)
Assistant Referee 2:: Yohannes Tewelde (ERI)
Fourth Official: Haileyesus Bazezew (ETH)

CAF Champions League 2021/2022 – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

18-19 February 2022

ES Setif – Raja Casablanca
Referee: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Fourth Official: Daouda Gueye (SEN)

Al Merreikh – Mamelodi Sundowns
Referee: Haythem Guirat (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Khalil Hassani (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Aymen Ismail (TUN)
Fourth Official: Youssef Essrairi (TUN)

Al Hilal Omdurman – Al Ahly
Referee: Noureddine El Jaafari (MAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yahya Nouali (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Hamza Nassiri (MAR)
Fourth Official: Karim Sabry (MAR)

AmaZulu – Horoya AC
Referee: Blaise Ngwa (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodrigue Mpele (CMR)
Fourth Official: Franck Bito (CMR)

Jwaneng Galaxy – ES Sahel
Referee: Ahmad Heeralall (MRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Baje Babajee (MRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeff Pithia (MRI)
Fourth Official: Patrice Milazare (MRI)

CR Belouizdad – ES Tunis
Referee: Mohamed El-Sayed (EGY)
Assistant Referee 1: Samir Saad (EGY)
Assistant Referee 2: Ahmed Tawfik (EGY)
Fourth Official: Mohamed Maarouf (EGY)

Sagrada Esperanca – Zamalek SC
Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY)
Assistant Referee 1: Hensley Petrousse (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerard Pool (SEY)
Fourth Official: Emile Fred (SEY)

Atletico de Luanda – Wydad AC
Referee: Peter Waweru (KEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gilbert Cheruiyot (KEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Samuel Kuria (KEN)
Fourth Official: Anthony Ogwayo (KEN)

Kwiatkowski: FIFA VAR vs UEFA VAR

Tomasz Kwiatkowski is one of the most liked referees by Polish footballers. In an extensive conversation with Meczyki, the leading Polish VAR talks about the series "Referees", mobbing by players, experiences from lower leagues and hopes for the World Cup.
Meczyki: Hello, TV star. From your perspective, what is the reception of the series "Referees"?
Kwiatkowski: Positive. I watched all episodes. I think people really enjoy watching it. Each episode is a bit different; it shows different personalities and that's great because it proves that as a referee you must be yourself; you don't have to follow anyone. And even if a beginning referee would like to find someone to follow, you have a full range of people - some are calmer, others more expressive, some communicate this way, others another. There is a whole spectrum of personalities, and in the end, each of these people does well on the pitch. This shows that there are different methods of managing competitions.
- Such series do a lot of good in terms of understanding how you communicate, how you make decisions and what pressure you have from the players. Maybe referees should be recorded permanently?
- We just returned with Szymon Marciniak from the FIFA seminar in Abu Dhabi, the first one before the World Cup, where Pierluigi Collina said he wanted to protect the referees from what you would call transparency and he called it "the secret of the pitch". It seems reasonable to me, because the final decision consists of a lot of details, details that will be incomprehensible to the general public. Sometimes we just do not want people to know who made the mistake in a given situation or who influenced the final decision. Sometimes one hint, one detail is crucial for the referee or the VAR. Just as the football locker room has its secrets, the referee team conducts talks under stress, sometimes someone cannot cope with this stress, a colleague has to help him - we talk about normal, human weaknesses. So, I would rather be careful.
- It may be a different idea: the referee gives an interview after the match to the broadcaster in which he explains the decisions made. What do you say?
- It is enough for you to ask Adam Lyczmanski or Slawek Stempniewski whether they were always satisfied with their "hot" statements about certain decisions, for which they could not prepare before to analyze them in detail. After all, these were not decisions that they had an emotional relationship to because they did not make them. Once I was the main referee at the derby of Krakow, Pawel Raczkowski called me to the VAR monitor and I did not change my decision. Today, three years after this situation, I can say that I made a mistake. But, if someone had asked me then, 10 minutes after the game, I would have stubbornly defended that assessment. In your match, you always subconsciously defend your decisions. Everyone would like to be infallible. But sometimes it turns out that the third, fourth, fifth colleague has different insights, considers different criteria, and if you get together, he might convince you that you are wrong. It is not without reason that after the match we make a number of phone calls to our colleagues asking whether someone has watched the situation and what he thinks about it. Football is not tennis where the ball has either entered the field or missed. Refereeing in football is interpretative. Sometimes, after watching a given situation many times, we still do not know. I have no problem with going in front of the camera and explaining why I made such a decision, but I cannot guarantee that my assessment will be reliable then.
- Does the invitation to go along with Szymon Marciniak to the above-mentioned FIFA seminar in Abu Dhabi mean that you are preparing to work at the World Cup in Qatar?
- This was only the second step; we took the first one during the Arab Cup a month ago, although I think Szymon is already on the right track to be there. And, if his chances are good, mine will be too. However, if his chances are slim, mine will be zero. We are a team, that's how I treat it, so there's a chance we'll go there together, but it's still a long way to go. For now, we have to focus on good games in the domestic league and in Europe, where we will be tested all the time.
- The Arab Cup was your first trial. Did anyone evaluate your work in the semi-final Qatar - Algeria, where you added a total of 18 minutes?
- Of course, at such a tournament, after each match day, there is a meeting of the referees and discussion of the situations on a given day. The reception of our work at this match was very good. During the tournament, such debriefing clearly emphasized how much time the players "steal". It was a specific event. Players from that culture lie down for three minutes after each contact, scream, cry, it seems that their leg has been torn off, that they need to call the stretcher, that they have no chance to continue the match, and suddenly after three minutes they get up and it turns out that they don't need help, no problem. In Europe, if you see this behavior, you would be convinced that the player had torn ligaments. Someone has calculated that the effective playing time for the Arab Cup is between 57 and 60 minutes on average. Already during the group stage, we were given examples of referees who did not add enough time. Honestly, if we wanted to follow the recommendations 100%, we would have had to add even more time. First, we counted nine minutes, then there were two injury breaks and a goalkeeper game on time, four minutes to call the goal, so a total of another six minutes. We should have finished in the 105th minute, but in the 104th minute there was a penalty kick that took another minute. The evaluation was good; let me say more: we were given as an example of adding time.
- Let's go back to Abu Dhabi. What news did you get from this seminar? Any changes coming up?
- We must remember one thing. The World Cup is organized by FIFA, and we work every day in matches under the auspices of UEFA. And between them there is a difference in the VAR approach with respect to the definition of "clear and obvious error". FIFA expects correct decisions, regardless of how often you need to approach the monitor. In Europe, on the other hand, the bar of intervention is much higher, it is the concept of "clear and obvious error" and only in that case the referee should use video. We saw it at the last Euro. How many decisions have not been changed, although the fans thought differently, because one or two arguments were found to support the referee’s decision? We sit together, watch the clip, it's a penalty for you, it's a penalty for me, and the referee didn't whistle. But we both say the penalty is "soft". In UEFA this decision will be upheld, while in FIFA, as a VAR, if you feel that if you were the referee on the pitch and you would make a different decision, you call the referee to the monitor to watch the situation and if his original arguments convince him, there is no problem that he should stick to his decision. The situation is also different in Poland, where the "clear and obvious error" is treated as 80 percent, with some margin to follow the UEFA approach.
- You can get lost...
- First, at the Arab Cup, I spent a month as a VAR working to shift my thinking and solidify a new definition of "clear and obvious error". It is not that after two lectures you already know everything. It was a long process; I had to sort it all out in my head. Then there was the seminar in Abu Dhabi. It was easier for me, because it was after the Arab Cup, where I met the best "VARs" in Europe, much more experienced than me, but many of them grabbed their heads, they were also met with a completely different approach there than UEFA . And now we have to return to our previous thinking again, because we are facing the Champions League and the Europa League matches with Szymon.
- Maybe the FIFA approach is better? The rule with "clear and obvious error” is often, paradoxically, unclear. Both for footballers and fans.
- I think it is reasonably centered in Poland. We are a little in between. We have opened up to a slight modification of the obvious error in relation to UEFA's line, but we are not exaggerating with it either. We do not call a referee to watch 50/50 or even 60/40 situations. It is putting the referee in a very awkward position. Sometimes it is just like tossing a coin - there are arguments for the penalty and there are arguments against the penalty. You have to be healthy in all this. I can say that before that I was a fan of the "UEFA" line; I liked the consistency the most. However, all this has evolved over time, and it seems to me that now in Poland we are in the most optimal, common sense point.
- Coming back to the rules - is something changing for the second part of the season?
- The emphasis on the interpretation of certain situations may change, but not the rules, because they change before the season, not during the season. For the Ekstraklasa referees camp in Turkey, together with Krzys Jakubik and Bartek Frankowski, we prepared a presentation on tackles with the legs. What happens when a player has fired the shot and then, after the fact, a late defender or goalkeeper who tried to block the shot tackles him? Until now, we have recognized that if this contact was at least reckless, i.e. on a yellow card, it was only then a foul. Now we have softened it - it does not have to be a reckless contact, some less late, slightly softer tackles will also be considered a foul. Until now, it was maybe a bit easier from the referee's point of view, because there was a clear line, but the fans did not fully understand it - why is it not a foul, since I can see that the late defender caused the striker to fall? It is hard to explain without specific clips, but this is the first of the minor changes.
- And the second?
- It is a question of the so-called random "stamps" that were never offences, and now they will be. This is a change based on UEFA guidelines. There was once a match between Barcelona and PSG, in which the referee, after video review, awarded a penalty kick when two players were running towards the goal and the forward was stepped on by a defender. Coincidentally, but quite clearly. We want to be in line with UEFA as much as possible, so we will also slightly modify this approach, but also under certain circumstances. These are details mainly for referees, because the fans did not even notice these situations. And if they did, they started discussions and discussions will remain. Refereeing is not black and white.
- We can see that you have been doing well on the pitch for years, but on the other hand, the introduction of the VAR opened an international career for you. I wonder what would you prefer today?
- I definitely feel better as a referee. I chose this profession and it always fulfilled me. VAR turned out to be an accessory that allowed me to develop a lot and I liked it very much. When I go to a game as VAR, I am very happy, I have greater peace internally, because working on the pitch is, after all, a greater psychological challenge. However, the consequences of a potential VAR error could be greater. I sleep worse after a mistake on the Video room than on the pitch. On the pitch, someone can correct me. In addition, if I did not help my teammate while being VAR, and I could, then this matter may drag on and there may be a scandal. Also, I feel uncomfortable if my mistakes affect someone else's evaluation. The communication in the video room also needs to be changed. You need to be calmer; you should choose your words more precisely. FIFA is working on this nicely. There, specific messages are to be the same, word for word. A sentence begins with a specific word and ends with a specific word. If you call the referee to see a situation in the penalty area, you should not say "I recommend you to watch the penalty kick", but "I recommend you to see a potential penalty kick". The instructors are working on making the VARs very precise. Besides, this is partly due to language restrictions, as everyone speaks the same language.
- So, you, as VAR, communicate with Szymon Marciniak in English?
- Generally, yes, but we use Polish for details. At the Arab Cup, they expected us to communicate only in English. It is logical, because the Assistant VAR is often a foreigner; I had a Spaniard and a Dutch next to me and they also spoke English. In the Champions League, the AVAR is more and more often not Polish. The operator also speaks only English; in the Champions League for a few matches I had the same operator, a Bulgarian. In Qatar, they have been working very hard to make sure everyone understands what we are talking about, because there was a man in the back who was sending signals to the stadium and to the TV broadcaster about what was being checked.
- Why did you finally not make it to the training camp of Polish referees in Turkey?
- There was a bad epidemic in Abu Dhabi and we wanted to minimize the risk; we did not want to bring something to the other Polish referees.
- Pawel Raczkowski spoke on camera about striving to increase respect for referees; for the players' behavior to be "at least acceptable".
- Certainly, compared to other disciplines, there are many of these discussions in football. However, comparing Poland to other leagues - not necessarily. I think that in Spain, for example, the mobbing is sometimes twice as high as in our country. Pawel has led matches internationally and knows that the mentality is different in every league. The pressure is also different when, for example, Bayern plays against a lower-level team and it is known that the result will probably be high, and different when two teams meet at the highest level. How are Atletico Madrid players behaving in all games under Diego Simeone? After all, the highest level of mobbing is there. I watch their matches to see how the referee is doing. This is the highest level of management, including talking to players. Of course, it would be nice to have more respect for the referee, to make it look like in American football. But the European football involves some other emotions... I can say about myself. I listened to the materials "wiretapped" and I can see that I give myself over to this "expression". Sometimes I was surprised by myself; I can only apologize to the audience. I laugh when someone in an interview says that he does not swear at home. Well, I do not swear either! Neither do most footballers. Yet, on the pitch somewhere, emotions come out... One will cry, the other will get angry, the third will throw blasphemy.
- How do you remember refereeing in lower leagues? Is it really that bad?
- Yes, there were different situations. It was hard to leave the stadium several times. After some matches, I had four tires punctured in my car, we were pelted with eggs, locked in the locker room, we had to wait for the police. More than once I was afraid that I would not leave, and once a car followed us for a long time. Once upon a time, I was refereeing a Division B game on Holy Saturday. I thought I would spend a nice spring morning in nice weather, but in the 10th minute I gave one red card, in the 12th minute another and then I just prayed to make it through to the end. I remember that match until today. I know the boys were having a hard time. These are not easy matches. Sometimes these teams have players from the criminal community. Everyone knows they are playing there, and everyone pretends it's no problem. On the other hand, this is a test of character. Division B was a real school of life. After you went there once, twice or five times, it turned out that your resistance to difficult situations increases. You shaped the character. I think it makes it easier for me today. But I'm not surprised that sometimes 80 percent of referees drop out because it turns out that they did not like it. Or they would leverage, but they ask for what? Why are they supposed to puncture my tires, destroy my car, call me, my wife and mother the worst? I am not surprised at all. We were lucky to break through and let's agree that the situations we face today in Ekstraklasa are by no means difficult or extreme. You know no one around the corner will beat you in the mouth after the game.
- The best advice on how to manage players?
- Be yourself. Don't pretend to be anybody else. If you have your own ways to get along with your girlfriend and friends, then follow this path. You can have a referee as role model, but Kwiatkowski will never be Cuneyt Cakir, because this is a different mentality, a different way of communication. Likewise, a calm person will never be Kwiatkowski if he does not have such a temperament.
- If you could change or abolish one football rule, what would it be?
- There is a rule that players often don't understand. Why did you sometimes give an advantage after trying to stop a promising situation and don't go back to card the offender, while sometimes you do go back. So, you come back when the foul was at least reckless, which is cautionable. But if it was just a trip or a quick shirt pull, then we do not go back to this situation, because this action was not stopped because there was an advantage, and the referee allowed the game to continue. However, it does not change the player's fault in any way, he was just lucky that the action could go on. And I would change that. Since the intention of the foul was to interrupt a favorable action, why should he not be punished for it?
- Let me understand correctly: the point is to go back and punish not only sharp, reckless fouls, but also the so-called tactical fouls which would normally be penalized without an advantage?
- Yes, I think it would be simpler, fairer, and expected.

Source: Meczyki

FIFA World Cup 2022 Prospective Referees Seminar (CONMEBOL)

Buenos Aires (Argentina), 21-25 February 2022

1. Fernando Rapallini (ARG, 1978)
2. Facundo Tello (ARG, 1982)
3. Gery Vargas (BOL, 1981)
4. Raphael Claus (BRA, 1979)
5. Wilton Sampaio (BRA, 1981)
6. Roberto Tobar (CHI, 1978, photo)
7. John Ospina (COL, 1992)
8. Andres Rojas (COL, 1984)
9. Guillermo Guerrero (ECU, 1985)
10. Eber Aquino (PAR, 1979)
11. Diego Haro (PER, 1982)
12. Kevin Ortega (PER, 1992)
13. Leodan Gonzalez (URU, 1983)
14. Andres Matonte (URU, 1988)
15. Alexis Herrera (VEN, 1989)
16. Jesus Valenzuela (VEN, 1983)

Video Assistant Referees
1. German Delfino (ARG, 1978)
2. Mauro Vigliano (ARG, 1975)
3. Wagner Reway (BRA, 1981)
4. Rafael Traci (BRA, 1981)
5. Nicolas Gallo (COL, 1986)
6. Carlos Orbe (ECU, 1982)
7. Andres Cunha (URU, 1976)
8. Juan Soto (VEN, 1977)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Qualifiers – Concacaf (Matchday 2)

19-20 February 2022

Anguilla – Puerto Rico
Referee: Francia Gonzalez (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandra Ramirez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Thelma Beltran (SLV)
Fourth Official: Sandra Benitez (SLV)

Cayman Islands – Dominican Republic
Referee: Crystal Sobers (TRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Suelle Shepperd (SUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikesha Gage (ATG)
Fourth Official: Tori Penso (USA)

British Virgin Islands – Cuba
Referee: Cibeles Miranda (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Lourdes Noriega (HON)
Fourth Official: Odette Hamilton (JAM)

Curacao – Guatemala
Referee: Karitza Guerra (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Santa Medina (DOM)
Assistant Referee 2: Katherine Ruiz (PAN)
Fourth Official: Cecile Hinds (TRI)

Aruba – El Salvador
Referee: Marjorie Ponce (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Melissa Snedden (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabrielle Lemieux (CAN)
Fourth Official: Tatiana Guzman (PAN)

Turks and Caicos Islands – Guyana
Referee: Karen Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Nelly Alvarado (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Lesbia Tzul (GUA)
Fourth Official: Shandor Wilkinson (SKN)

St. Vincent and The Grenadines – Haiti
Referee: Suleimy Linares (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Evelyn Douglas-Jacob (TRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Lidia Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Smeedly Saint-Jean (HAI)

Antigua and Barbuda – Mexico
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Natasha Trott (BAH)
Assistant Referee 2: Krystal Evans (BAH)
Fourth Official: Anya Voigt (USA)

US Virgin Islands – Costa Rica
Referee: Katia Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Leslie Gutierrez (HON)
Fourth Official: Itzel Hernandez (MEX)

Grenada – Jamaica
Referee: Priscilla Perez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Tonia Deane (BRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Jessica Morales (MEX)
Fourth Official: Deily Gomez (CRC)

Dominica – Trinidad and Tobago
Referee: Mayary Cartagena (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Iris Vail (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Delia Vega (GUA)
Fourth Official: Astrid Gramajo (GUA)

Belize – Panama
Referee: Neressa Goldson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Princess Brown (JAM)
Fourth Official: Delia Bradley (USA)

World's “sexiest referee” touring globe during break from football

The world’s sexiest referee, Karolina Bojar, has put down her whistle for the time being and jetted off on a huge holiday around the world.
The 24-year-old - who has some 150k followers on Instagram - has already been to some exotic destinations such as the Caribbean, New York, and Miami during her trip over the globe. The Polish national wrote a lengthy post on social media before taking her flight: “The end of the year is a time for summaries and settling accounts with yourself. The last twelve months have been a very busy and fruitful period for me. What happened in 2021 exceeded my expectations. Professionally, I feel absolutely fulfilled, I'm on my way to the desired goal. “The enormity of study and work put into all exams, thesis and the entrance exam for the advocate's apprenticeship resulted in the fulfillment of professional dreams. 2021 is also another very successful year for me as an athlete. Regular performances in the highest league women's football and CLJ, the first international match I hosted, fruitful cooperation within the PZPN mentoring program and - last but not least - the progress and development of the referee's workshop.” She continued: “I am proud to be part of #TrecTeam, which is made up of outstanding athletes. Thanks to the sponsor's support, my preparation for the match and training jumped to a higher level. This year, the Endurance line was created, which perfectly meets my needs and has already become a part of my ritual around the game: we started 2021 on our honeymoon and we will finish it on the journey. Now it's time for the long-awaited, dreamlike and well-deserved relaxation. Can’t wait.”
Bojar has built a huge following for her displays on the pitch as well as her saucy snaps on social media. She has even admitted before that her looks has helped her in calming players when a decision is given. The official said: "Women have a natural charm that allows us to maintain calm during a game, even in a tense situation. During the game there are different situations that can generate aggressive behaviour. The game starts in a nice and pleasant climate, so I think beauty helps."

Source: Daily Star

CONMEBOL Libertadores 2022 – Second Round (First Leg)

22-24 February 2022

Millonarios – Fluminense
Referee: Dario Herrera (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Chade (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian Navarro (ARG)
Fourth Official: Pablo Echavarria (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)
VAR Supervisor: Hernan Maidana (ARG)

Everton – Monagas
Referee: Ivo Mendez (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Antelo (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Edwar Saavedra (BOL)
Fourth Official: Adriana Farfan (BOL)
Referee Assessor: Francisco Mondria (CHI)
VAR Supervisor: Roberto Silvera (URU)

Plaza Colonia – The Strongest
Referee: Bruno Arleu (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Fourth Official: Savio Sampaio (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
VAR Supervisor: Freddy Arellanos (PER)

Bolivar – Universidad Catolica
Referee: Piero Maza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Alejandro Molina (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Urrutia (CHI)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Gamboa (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Juan Lugones (BOL)
VAR Supervisor: Olga Miranda (PAR)

America Mineiro – Guarani
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Sebastian Vela (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: John Gallego (COL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Betancur (COL)
Referee Assessor: Nilson Moncao (BRA)
VAR Supervisor: Sabrina Lois (ARG)

Audax Italiano – Estudiantes La Plata
Referee: Christian Ferreyra (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Fourth Official: Jose Burgos (URU)
Referee Assessor: Barbra Bastias (CHI)
VAR Supervisor: Abraham Gonzalez (COL)

Barcelona – Universitario
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lubin Torrealba (VEN)
Fourth Official: Angel Arteaga (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Juan Corozo (ECU)
VAR Supervisor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

Olimpia – Atletico Nacional
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Facundo Rodriguez (ARG)
Fourth Official: Yael Falcon (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Manuel Bernal (PAR)
VAR Supervisor: Wilson Avila (ECU)

CONMEBOL U-20 Libertadores Final 2022: De Souza (BRA)

20 February 2022

Independiente Del Valle – Penarol
Referee: Flavio de Souza (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Alves (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Dilio Rodriguez (BOL)
Reserve AR: Ruben Flores (BOL)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Qualifiers – Concacaf (Matchday 1)

16-17 February 2022

Guatemala – US Virgin Islands
Referee: Tori Penso (USA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Brooke Mayo (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Meghan Mullen (USA)
Fourth Official: Itzel Hernandez (MEX)

El Salvador – Belize
Referee: Natalie Simon (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Dilia Bradley (GUA)
Fourth Official: Cibeles Valencia (SLV)

Cuba – St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Referee: Smeedly Saint-Jean (HAI)
Assistant Referee 1: Lidia Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Evelyn Douglas-Jacob (TRI)
Fourth Official: Suleimy Linares (CUB)

Puerto Rico – Antigua and Barbuda
Referee: Odette Hamilton (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Neressa Goldson (JAM)
Fourth Official: Janeishka Caban (PUR)

Dominican Republic – Grenada
Referee: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Melissa Snedden (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabrielle Lemieux (CAN)
Fourth Official: Marjorie Ponce (NCA)

Guyana – Dominica
Referee: Katia Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Karen Diaz (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Garner (USA)
Fourth Official: Karen Hernandez (MEX)

Trinidad and Tobago – Nicaragua
Referee: Lizzet Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Jessica Morales (MEX)
Fourth Official: Mirian Leon (SLV)

Haiti – Honduras
Referee: Danielle Chesky (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Han Gagnon (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Krystal Evans (BAH)
Fourth Official: Anya Voigt (USA)

Jamaica – Bermuda
Referee: Astrid Gramajo (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Iris Vail (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Delia Vega (GUA)
Fourth Official: Mayary Cartagena (GUA)

Panama – Barbados
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Lourdes Noriega (HON)
Fourth Official: Deily Gomez (CRC)

Costa Rica – St. Kitts and Nevis
Referee: Diana Perez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayra Mora (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Tonia Deane (BRB)
Fourth Official: Annays Rosario (PUR)

Mexico – Suriname
Referee: Myriam Marcotte (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Fortin (CAN)
Fourth Official: Carly Shaw-MacLaren (CAN)

Roma 'under investigation' after Calvarese lost his cool

Jose Mourinho's time in charge of Roma continues to be marred by controversy with the club now reportedly the subject of a peculiar investigation by the Italian Football Federation. The Giallorossi recently employed former Serie A referee Gianpaolo Calvarese as an external consultant to help Mourinho's side deal with officiating and VAR protocol, but their plan appears to have backfired. As reported by Rome news outlet Il Tempo, the FIGC are said to have opened a case involving the Italian giants and Calvarese's role at the Stadio Olimpico after he illegally confronted referee Rosario Abisso after a match. The incident occurred after Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo was sent off in a 0-0 draw with Genoa on Saturday, February 5, and Calvarese is claimed to have entered the match officials' dressing room seeking clarity over the decision, off limits to anyone except for the club's employee responsible for referee relations. That man is Vito Scala, meaning Calvarese's presence could lead to the Giallorossi being hit with fines and suspensions for members of their management, although it is noted that the FIGC Prosecutor's Office is yet to inform the club about the proceeding and the likely hearings which will follow.
The appointment of Calvarese came after Roma repeatedly protested refereeing decisions in the first half to the season, while the 45-year-old had been working as a match analyst for Amazon Prime Italia's coverage of the Champions League. He is not only working with their senior squad, but also the women's team and the Primavera youth side in their academy, having retired at the end of last term.
Mourinho has made plenty of headlines over the course of the campaign in reaction to decisions against the Giallorossi, most recently in the afore mentioned clash with Genoa. After Zaniolo's 91st-minute winner was ruled out by VAR for a foul by teammate and England striker Tammy Abraham in the build-up, the Portuguese coach fumed: "If the referee made the right decision, then our sport that many years ago became the sport that people love, then this has changed. This is a different sport. A different sport. If that is a foul, then this is no longer football, we have to call it something else. We need a different name because it's a different sport. If the referee made a mistake and disallowed the goal, he will be the first to be upset at getting it wrong, while for Roma it is deja vu, as this has already happened many times to us this season. There is also a third option, which is that Roma are considered 'small' in the eyes of those who are powerful. I leave it there, as the Mourinho who arrived here seven months ago has a different profile to before. Zaniolo was sent off for telling the referee what the f**k are you whistling a foul for? Now you tell me, would [Giorgio] Chiellini at Juve's stadium or Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] at the San Siro have been sent off for saying this?"

Source: Mirror

Referee Dean earns more than Prime Minister

Mike Dean is the highest paid referee in the Premier League and pockets a larger annual salary than Prime Minister Boris Johnson. A study by Sportekz into the salaries of the Premier League officials during the 2020/21 season found that Dean was the highest earner. He and fellow officials Michael Oliver and Martin Atkinson had the highest total salary as well as being eligible for the largest possible match fee. Referees receive an additional £1,500 match per game, while assistant referees and video assistant referees are paid a £850 match fee on top of their basic annual salary of £30,000.
The study found that Dean, who has been officiating in the top flight for over 20 years, has a reported annual salary of £200,000-per-year. This is the highest amount referees are able to earn as their basic salary, available to those selected to officiate Champions League, Europa League and international matches. Dean's salary is almost £50,000 more than that of the Prime Minister. According to the BBC, Johnson is entitled to a salary of £79,936 and is claiming £75,440 of it. That is in addition to his salary of £81,932 as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. That equals a salary of £157,372. Dean comes out on top among last season's Premier League referees following the study, topping the list alongside Oliver and Atkinson. They are ahead of several officials who all earn a basic salary of £70,000-per-year, including Anthony Taylor and Kevin Friend. Meanwhile, the likes of Lee Mason and Craig Pawson are lower down, earning a reported £48,000 annually plus match fees. In total, Dean has taken charge of 550 Premier League matches since his first in September 2000 and has handed out over 2,000 yellow cards as well as 111 red cards. He has also officiated an FA Cup and League Cup final during his career and has also refereed matches in Europe and international football.

Source: Daily Star

Referee bribery investigation could lead Benfica to relegation

Former Portuguese referee Bruno Paixao is under investigation for allegedly receiving up to €1.9m from Benfica. If the prosecutors find that the bribery suspicions are correct, the Lisbon club could be relegated.
According to Portuguese outlets CMV, Record, and O Jogo, retired referee Bruno Paixao is under investigation for allegedly receiving up to €1.9 million from Benfica in bribes. While the club denied that the prosecutors asked them about this situation, Benfica are reportedly suspect of bribing Paixao through an enterprise to get favors on the pitch in return. TVI and CNN reported that the public prosecutor's office and the judicial police have detected that the company 'Best for Business,' which received €1.9m from Benfica, would have paid Bruno Paixao thousands of euros while he worked as a referee in the Portuguese league. Benfica allegedly paid that millionaire sum to this enterprise for "ficticious consulting services," while Paixao admitted to TVI that he received money from 'Best for Business' but said that it had nothing to do with Benfica nor soccer but that he was hired for a "quality control service" instead. Meanwhile, Benfica's legal department said in a statement that neither Benfica nor the legal representatives were confronted with any facts involving Paixao and/or any accusations of bribery. However, if the accusations prove to be correct and Paixao is found guilty, Benfica could face serious consequences, like being relegated to the second division and receiving huge fines. We'll have to wait and see how this investigation continues.

Source: BolaVIP

UEFA Europa League 2021/2022 – Round of 32 (First Leg)

17 February 2022

FC Barcelona – SSC Napoli
Referee: Istvan Kovacs (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Horațiu Feșnic (ROU)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

FC Zenit – Real Betis
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Benjamin Pages (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aurelien Drouet (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jeremie Pignard (FRA)
VAR: Benoît Millot (FRA)
AVAR: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Borussia Dortmund – Rangers FC
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
VAR: Jerôme Brisard (FRA)
AVAR: Willy Delajod (FRA)
Referee Observer: Marian Ružbarsky (SVK)

Sheriff Tiraspol – SC Braga
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
VAR: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
AVAR: Rob Dieperink (NED)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Sevilla FC – GNK Dinamo
Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Luca Pairetto (ITA)
VAR: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
AVAR: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

Atalanta BC – Olympiacos FC
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephane De Almeida (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jonas Erni (SUI)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Dudic (SUI)
VAR: Marco Fritz (GER)
AVAR: Fedayi San (SUI)
Referee Observer: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

RB Leipzig – Real Sociedad
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

FC Porto – Lazio
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Johan Balder (NED)
Fourth Official: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Dennis Higler (NED)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

UEFA Europa Conference League 2021/22 – Round of 32 (First Leg)

17 February 2022

PSV Eindhoven – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Söderqvist (SWE)
Fourth Official: Adam Ladebäck (SWE)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

FC Midtjylland – PAOK FC
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Robert Jones (ENG)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Rapid Wien – Vitesse
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Radius (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Fenerbahce SK – Slavia Praha
Referee: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniele Bindoni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Marchetti (ITA)
Referee Observer: David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP)

Olympique de Marseille – Qarabag FK
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Djukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladan Todorović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)

Celtic FC – Bodo Glimt
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Sparta Praha – FK Partizan
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Leicester City – Randers FC
Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Marica (ROU)
Fourth Official: Marcel Birsan (ROU)
Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)