UEFA Youth League – Domestic Champions Path (Round 1, Second Leg)

17 October 2017
Red Bull Salzburg – Girondins Bordeaux
Referee: Sascha Amhof (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Devis Dettamanti (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Gishamer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Shkëndija – Nitra
Referee: Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Mesrop Ghazaryan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Vanik Simonyan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Konstantin Vlaho (MKD)
Referee Observer: Emil Božinovski (MKD)

Shakhtsyor Salihorsk – FK Liepāja
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Viacheslav Semenov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitri Safyan (RUS)
Fourth Official: Viktar Shymusik (BLR)
Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)

Legia Warszawa – Breidablik
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Karakolev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Kushtrim Lika (MKD)
Fourth Official: Piotr Urban (POL)
Referee Observer: Marcin Borski (POL)

Ajax – Hammarby
Referee: Nicolas Laforge (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Karel De Rocker (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Monteny (BEL)
Fourth Official: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)

18 October 2017
Dynamo Kyiv – Internazionale Milano
Referee: George Găman (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Marica (ROU)
Fourth Official: Mykola Kryvonosov (UKR)
Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Esbjerg – Käpylän Pallo
Referee: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jevgēņijs Morozovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Jørgen Burchardt (DEN)
Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)

Lokomotiva Zagreb – FC Dinamo
Referee: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gergő Vígh-Tarsonyi (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Szalai (HUN)
Fourth Official: Igor Pajač (CRO)
Referee Observer: Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

FC Krasnodar – Kairat Almaty
Referee: Jari Järvinen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Sami Nykänen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Veli-Matti Leppänen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Artem Chistyakov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Yuri Baskakov (RUS)

Sparta Praha – F91 Dudelange
Referee: Roomer Tarajev (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Sten Klaasen (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Egerd Pajustik (EST)
Fourth Official: Ondřej Berka (CZE)
Referee Observer: Václav Krondl (CZE)

Budapest Honvéd – FK Sutjeska

Referee: Michal Očenáš (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Tomčík (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrej Hrmo (SVK)
Fourth Official: Ádám Németh (HUN)
Referee Observer: Vencel Tóth (HUN)

Maccabi Haifa – FK Brodarac
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Orgest Grabova (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Nertil Bregasi (ALB)
Fourth Official: Yigal Frid (ISR)
Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

Saburtalo – Bursaspor
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Sergiu Beșliu (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Veaceslav Sivaciov (MDA)
Fourth Official: Irakli Kvirikashvili (GEO)
Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)

Željezničar – Ludogorets Razgrad
Referee: Anastássios Papapétrou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ioánnis Sípkas (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vassílios Kamboúris (GRE)
Fourth Official: Haris Kaljanac (BIH)
Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrković (BIH)

KS Vllaznia – Zimbru Chișinău
Referee: Dimítris Massiás (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Mários Kalogírou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Pávlos Georgíou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Eldorjan Hamiti (ALB)
Referee Observer: Albano Janku (ALB)

Molde – University Dublin
Referee: Anders Poulsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Boric (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Skytte (DEN)
Fourth Official: Mads Skarsem (NOR)
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

UEFA Youth League – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

17 October 2017
AS Monaco – Beşiktaş
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Florian Lemaire (BEL)
Fourth Official: Faouzi Benchabane (FRA)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Spartak Moskva – Sevilla FC
Referee: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdullah Özkara (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Elmas (TUR)
Fourth Official: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Referee Observer: Aleksei Spirin (RUS)

Maribor – Liverpool
Referee: Markus Hameter (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Nemetz (AUT)
Fourth Official: Marko Lackovič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)

Feyenoord – Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Timothy Marshall (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Paul Robinson (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Nethery (NIR)
Fourth Official: Richard Martens (NED)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Manchester City – SSC Napoli
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)

RB Leipzig – FC Porto
Referee: Ognjen Valjić (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Sreten Udovičić (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Amer Macić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Lasse Koslowski (GER)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Apoel – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Avi Goldstain (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nati Dotan (ISR)
Fourth Official: Timotheos Christofi (CYP)
Referee Observer: Kostas Kapitanis (CYP)

Real Madrid – Tottenham Hotspur

Referee: João Pinheiro (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Campos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Fi Pereira (POR)
Fourth Official: Valentín Pizarro Gómez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

18 October 2017
CSKA Moskva – FC Basel
Referee: Filip Glova (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: František Ferenc (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Štrbo (SVK)
Fourth Official: Aleksey Sukhoy (RUS)
Referee Observer: Aleksandr Gvardis (RUS)

SL Benfica – Manchester United
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: César Manuel Noval (ESP)
Fourth Official: Rui Piteira Rodrigues (POR)
Referee Observer: Lucílio Batista (POR)

Bayern München – Celtic
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Divan Valkov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Milen Arabadzhiev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner (GER)
Referee Observer: Peter Sippel (GER)

Anderlecht – Paris St. Germain
Referee: Fedayi San (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Sangiovanni (SUI)
Fourth Official: Lothar D'Hondt (BEL)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Qarabağ FK – Atlético Madrid
Referee: Vitali Meshkov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Lunev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikolai Bogach (RUS)
Fourth Official: Rauf Cabbarov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Asim Xudiyev (AZE)

Chelsea – AS Roma
Referee: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Djamel Zitouni (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Henninot (FRA)
Fourth Official: John Busby (ENG)
Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)

FC Barcelona – Olympiakós
Referee: Robert Harvey (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Darragh Keegan (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Shane O'Brien (IRL)
Fourth Official: David Medié Jiménez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

Juventus – Sporting
Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Hrvoje Radić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Daniele Minelli (ITA)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

EPL employed eye doctor to improve refereeing

The Premier League have employed eye doctor Sherylle Calder to help referees see incidents more clearly, the Sun have reported. Six top referees and four assistant referees will be trained with an advanced version of her ‘EyeGym’ training program.
The South African has worked with Rugby Union officials, and was described by England coach Eddie Jones as the "X factor". She said: “We work on many things, including making effective decisions under pressure - and that’s exactly what these guys are doing on a consistent basis. "It’s tough work. They have to be able to see correctly and make sure their decision is effective. With the linesmen, that offside call is so critical and you have to see it so quickly. That’s exactly what we’re training with those guys. When I met with them, I asked, ‘How do you train this ability?’ They said, ‘During a match’. But you have to practise any skill and prepare to perform under pressure. They all can improve their ability, which is exciting. We’ve been monitoring them and are in touch with them all the time. We know how many minutes they have trained, we see them do a warm-up on the day they officiate. They’ve been great.” Simon Breivik, head of sports science for refs’ body PGMOL, added: “Anything that can potentially improve their vision and focus has to be of benefit. With 22 players on the field, there is a lot of action taking place around the referee at any one time that he needs to be aware of. Some of the guys feel it really improves their attention and focus and want to bring the laptops with them on match day to prepare. Use of technology is prohibited for an hour before kick-off, so we need to think carefully how we might do that”.

UEFA Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

17 October 2017
Maribor – Liverpool
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)

Spartak Moskva – Sevilla FC
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

Feyenoord – Shakhtar Donetsk

Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional AR 2: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Manchester City – SSC Napoli
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

RB Leipzig – FC Porto
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

AS Monaco – Beşiktaş
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)

Real Madrid – Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional AR 1: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Apoel – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
Additional AR 1: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Additional AR 2: Dmitry Dmitryieu (BLR)
Fourth Official: Yury Khomchenko (BLR)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

18 October 2017
Benfica – Manchester United
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional AR 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth Official: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)

CSKA Moskva – FC Basel
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional AR 2: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

Bayern München – Celtic
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Anderlecht – Paris St. Germain
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Karel Hrubeš (CZE)
Fourth Official: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Qarabağ – Atlético Madrid
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Additional AR 2: François Letexier (FRA)
Fourth Official: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Chelsea – AS Roma
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Grega Kordež (SVN)

Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL) 

FC Barcelona – Olympiacos
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Additional AR 1: John Beaton (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)

Juventus – Sporting
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Fourth Official: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

Future is now for female referees

If you watched the hugely entertaining encounter between Japan and New Caledonia at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, you may not have noticed the referee. And that’s exactly the way she likes it. Esther Staubli, a Swiss school teacher and a rising star in refereeing circles, was the “woman in the middle”, making a little bit of history alongside the New Caledonians, who won their first-ever point at a FIFA event in the 1-1 draw. Although a woman had refereed a FIFA U-17 World Cup match before, it had not happened for 16 years, since Korean Im Eun-Ju took control of a contest at Trinidad & Tobago 2001. But it was part of a journey both for the veteran of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and for FIFA’s Refereeing Department, which has been working to train men’s and women’s referees in the same structure for some time. This joint preparation project began in 2016 as part of the quest by the FIFA Referee Committee and the administrators and instructors within the department to constantly improve the quality of officiating at FIFA events. The appointment of Staubli and the inclusion of six other women’s referees at India, who worked as fourth officials, is a fresh and exciting highlight in that quest. The other referees who came from every confederation: Ri Hyang Ok (PRK), Gladys Lengwe (ZAM), Carol Anne Chenard (CAN), Claudia Umpierrez (URU), Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL), Kateryna Monzul (UKR).

What they said
Dominique Wacalie, New Caledonia coach: "[Staubli] did a great job and we have nothing to criticise. I think it is good for the football in general. She helped the teams to play well. All the players respected her, so there was no difference to a man. I hope this is not the last time we see this."

Yoshiro Moriyama, Japan coach: "Honestly I couldn't really remember [Staubli’s] performance. And this is of course a good sign."

Esther Staubli, FIFA referee: “It was a match like any other one. Later on maybe there will be more emotions, or I will realise it was something special, but before I really tried to prepare like it was a normal match and do my best … It was really nice that they liked me as a referee, and that they just looked at me like a normal referee. I think there is not a big difference in whether it was a male or female referee, it is just the performance that counts.”

Kateryna Monzul, FIFA referee: “It’s a really big step for all women around the world. For me, I feel lucky and really appreciate being able to go back to my country with this experience. It gives us new goals and targets.”

Gladys Lengwe, FIFA referee: “This was a great experience and a great honour to be with so many great referees. I learned a lot from all of the matches.”

Anna-Marie Keighley, FIFA referee: “It was a wonderful opportunity to continue developing in preparation for the Women’s World Cup [France 2019] and to be here with the men and to help support them and continue to learn.”

Carol Anne Chenard, FIFA referee: “It was a wonderful experience for us here in India. It’s the next step in our progression as referees. It’s a great new opportunity to work with new officials and to learn from each other. The men really embraced us, and we really feel like we’re part of the team.”

Kari Seitz, Senior Manager, FIFA Refereeing Department: “The success of these women is a testament not only to their hard work and commitment, but also to what is possible when women, who demonstrate top refereeing qualities, are given the opportunity to perform. I am incredibly proud of them. I sincerely hope that by appointing women referees to this important competition we will inspire and motivate other women referees. The door has been opened, and we are committed to continue to build for the future. In that future, we won’t be calling them women referees or men referees, but just referees.”

Source: FIFA

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 – Round of 16

16 October 2017
Colombia – Germany
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Tulefat (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ebrahim Saleh (BHR)
Fourth Official: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)

Paraguay – USA
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Robert Madden (SCO)

17 October 2017
Iran – Mexico
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)

France – Spain
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: John Pitti (PAN)

England – Japan
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Jair Marrufo (USA)

Mali – Iraq

Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernandez (CRC) 

Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)

18 October 2017
Ghana – Niger
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Hamada Nampiandraza (MAD)

Brazil – Honduras
Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Safari (COD)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Ssonko (UGA)
Fourth Official: Clement Turpin (FRA)

CAF Confederation Cup Semi-finals

First Leg, 29-30 September 2017

Supersport United – Club Africain

Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hensley Petrousse (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Eldrick Adelaide (SEY)

TP Mazembe – Fath Union Sport
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Birumushahu (BDI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwa Range (KEN)

Second Leg, 21-22 October 2017

Fath Union Sport – TP Mazembe

Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)

Club Africain – Supersport United

Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY)
Assistant Referee 1: Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tahssen Abo (EGY)

CAF Champions League Semi-finals

First Leg, 29-30 September 2017

USM Alger – Wydad AC
Referee: Alioum Alioum (CMR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Noupue (CMR)

Etoile du Sahel – Al Ahly
Referee: Eric Otogo Castane (GAB)
Assistant Referee 1: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Assistant Referee 2: Issa Yaya (CHA)

Second Leg, 21-22 October 2017

Wydad AC – USM Alger

Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Djibril Camara (SEN)

Al Ahly – Etoile du Sahel
Referee: Victor Gomes (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Johannes Moshidi (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lindikhaya Bolo (RSA)

CAF removed referee Bennett from Champions League after World Cup Qualifier blunder

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have dropped South African referee Daniel Bennett from officiating in the Champions League second-leg semi-final clash between Nady Al Ahly and Etoile du Sahel.
Bennett, who was originally appointed to officiate in the crunch clash at the Borg el Aram Stadium, has been sidelined following his abysmal performance in the 2018 World Cup qualifier between the Cranes of Uganda and the Black Stars in Kampala last Saturday. Referee Bennett and his assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute with television replays showing that it was a perfect goal. The referee also denied Ghana a penalty earlier in the second-half when Ghana midfielder Frank Acheampong was brought down in the box. The Ghana Football Association has reported the referee and his Seychellois assistants to FIFA for their horrendous officiating. The beleaguered official has however been replaced by fellow South African referee Vitor Gomes to take charge of the tie. The clash is set for October 22, at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 33-36)

14 October 2017

France – Honduras
Referee: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tzu Liang Lee (SIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Min Kiat Koh (SIN)
Fourth Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Japan – New Caledonia
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

Mexico – Chile
Referee: Slavko Vincic (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klancnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovacic (SVN) 

Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

England – Iraq
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Rockwell (USA)
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)