FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 – Quarter-finals

1 November 2015
Brazil – Nigeria
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Zunic (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
Fourth Official: Martin Strombergsson (SWE)

Reserve AR: Mehmet Culum (SWE)

Croatia – Mali
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Hector Rodríguez (HON)

Reserve AR: Christian Ramirez (HON)

2 November 2015
Ecuador – Mexico
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Nick Waldron (NZL)

Reserve AR: Ravinesh Kumar (FIJ)

Belgium – Costa Rica
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Fourth Official: Mohd Bin Yaacob (MAS)

Reserve AR: Mohd Muhamad (MAS)

Rosetti inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame

The Italian Football Hall of Fame, the award founded by the FIGC and the Football Museum Foundation in 2011 to celebrate figures who have had an unforgettable impact on the history of Italian football, welcomes ten new stars: Gianluca Vialli (Italian player), Ronaldo (foreign player), Roberto Mancini (Italian coach), Corrado Ferlaino (Italian executive), Roberto Rosetti (Italian referee, photo), Marco Tardelli (Italian veteran), Patrizia Panico (Italian women’s footballer), Giacinto Facchetti, Helenio Herrera, Umberto Agnelli (all posthumous awards).
The new inductees, who have been active in different periods with different roles, were voted in by a panel at the FIGC headquarters in Rome. The awards will be handed over to the inductees in January 2016 in an official ceremony, during which the recipients will hand over a souvenir from their career. The souvenirs will add to the collection preserved in Coverciano’s football museum. The Hall of Fame, which currently includes 47 legends, intends to be seen as an elite acknowledgement of footballing greatness whilst also occupying pride of place in Coverciano’s football museum.
The Italian Football Hall of Fame encompasses seven categories: Italian player (retired for at least two seasons), foreign player (retired for at least two seasons and having played in Italy for at least five seasons), Italian veteran (retired for at least 25 years), Italian coach (with at least 15 years activity), Italian director (with at least 15 years activity) and Italian referee (retired for at least two seasons). Posthumous awards are also given out. Here is the updated list of the Italian referees inducted into the Hall of Fame: Pierluigi Collina (2011), Luigi Agnolin (2012), Paolo Casarin (2012), Cesare Gussoni (2013), Sergio Gonella (2013), Stefano Braschi (2014), Roberto Rosetti (2015). Posthumous awards: Ottorino Barassi, Artemio Franchi, Giovanni Mauro, Concetto Lo Bello.


Roberto Rosetti

Referee
- Serie A and B from 1997 to 2010 (189 matches in Serie A)
- FIFA Referee from 2002 to 2010
- UEFA Elite Referee from 2005 to 2010
- Two FIFA World Cups: 2006 and 2010 (6 matches in total)
- UEFA Euro 2008 (4 matches, including the final)
- Two FIFA U-20 World Cups: 2003 (final) and 2009
- FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 (semi-final)
- FIFA Club World Cup 2009 (semi-final)
- Three UEFA Champions League semi-finals (2008, 2009, 2010)
- Three Italian Cup finals (2000, 2003, 2009)
- Italian Super Cup 2007
- IFFHS World’s Best Referee in 2008.

Referee Administration
- Responsible CAN B 2010-2011
- Supervisor of Russian Referees from 2011 to 2013
- Responsible CAN PRO 2014-2015
- FIFA Referee Instructor since 2011
- UEFA Referee Observer since 2011
- Special Advisor to UEFA Referees Committee since 2015

Source: FIGC

El Clasico rocked by top Spanish AR's match-fixing claims

Spanish football faces a potentially huge match-fixing scandal after an unnamed assistant referee alleged he had been told to favour Real Madrid in next month’s clásico against Barcelona. The assistant referee said he did not want to be identified because of concerns over “possible reprisals” but he made a formal complaint through a lawyer to the anti-corruption investigating magistrate in Barcelona, in which he claimed to have been told to favour Madrid – first by another official and then, over the phone, by a member of the Spanish Football Federation’s referees’ committee. He alleged he was told officials had already acted to influence the outcome of games and that another assistant referee has been subjected to similar pressures. According to his lawyer, Jacinto Vicente Hernández, an expert in sports law based in Barcelona, the assistant referee wanted to go public with the allegations but was persuaded to make a formal, legal statement to the anti-corruption investigating magistrate instead. The Guardia Civil has also been informed.
The story was broken by the Catalan newspaper L’Esportiu and followed up by Cadena Cope radio station. It has had a huge impact in Spain, even if there are doubts anything will come of it. The denuncia or formal complaint made by the assistant referee through his lawyer, dated 19 October, has been published. In it, the assistant referee recognises a telephone conversation he says took place was not recorded and that there is no concrete proof of it, but he hopes the other assistant referee will also come forward.
José Jiménez Muñoz, who is reported as being the referees’ committee member accused of having made the telephone call to the assistant referee, said on Wednesday night he had not yet had the chance to read the complaint but said of the allegations: “I have no idea where they come from. It is like something out of a Kafka novel.” Barcelona’s vice-president, Susana Monje, said: “I hope it does not prove to be true”. Later, she added: “We will possibly discuss at it a meeting of the board. All I can say at the moment is that, if it is confirmed, it will be a dangerous story in terms of the prestige of La Liga”. The claims have not been substantiated.
Miguel Cardenal, Spain’s secretary of state for sport, said: “This is an extremely serious accusation and is extraordinarily alarming. This needs to be resolved as soon as possible. We cannot be talking about threats without knowing who it is. No one should be scared. It cannot be reasonable that in 2015 someone can fear reprisals for making an accusation like this”.
The assistant referee, who forms part of one of the officiating teams that could be chosen for El Clásico, alleges that an official spoke to him in September and suggested that, should he be given the chance to officiate, he should seek to influence the game in Madrid’s favour. The assistant referee was allegedly told the order had come from “someone inside [the refereeing authorities]” and that it was better for the assistant referee to try to fix the game than a referee as the lead official is subject to greater media scrutiny. He claims to have been told this had already happened this season and that, as it caused a stir, it was better to be more “subtle”. The assistant referee said that he was not comfortable with the suggestion and that the official replied nor was he but as they are constantly rated by the referees’ committee, and their careers depend upon that committee, it would be wise to follow orders. The assistant referee alleges that a few days later he received the phone call from Jiménez Muñoz, who had been made aware of the assistant referee’s reluctance to participate. His lawyer suggested he call back and record the conversation but the assistant referee said the alleged call had come through a switchboard so he could not.
The La Liga president, Javier Tebas, said: “This allegation seems a bit far-fetched. It makes no sense, when the referee for this game has not been designated [yet]. The league is not set up for anybody, not from the league, or the Federation or anywhere”.
According to the assistant referee’s lawyer, he wanted to speak out in order to relieve the pressure he felt he was being put under. Having made the formal statement, the next step will be for an investigation to be opened, should it be considered there are sufficient grounds to do so. But the assistant referee admits there is no hard evidence. Real Madrid has yet to comment.

Source: The Guardian

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 – Round of 16

28 October 2015
Mexico – Chile
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Fourth Official: Nick Waldron (NZL)

Brazil – New Zeeland
Referee: Mohd Bin Yaacob (MAS)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohd Muhamad (MAS)
Assistant Referee 2: Azman Ismail (MAS)
Fourth Official: Danny Makkelie (NED)

Nigeria – Australia
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Barraza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Fourth Official: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)

Korea – Belgium
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Aboubacar Doumbouya (GUI)
Fourth Official: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)

29 October 2015
Croatia – Germany
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)

Mali – Korea DPR
Referee: Hector Rodriguez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Walter Lopez (HON)
Fourth Official: Valdin Legister (JAM)

Russia – Ecuador
Referee: Abdulla Mohamed (UAE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohamed Al-Hammadi (UAE)
Assistant Referee 2: Hasan Al-Mahri (UAE)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)

France – Costa Rica
Referee: Wilson Lamouroux (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
Fourth Official: Diego Haro (PER)

Copa Sudamericana – Quarter-finals (Second Leg)

27 October 2015
Defensor Sporting – Huracan
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU)
Fourth Official: Diego Lara (ECU)
Referee Observer: Gustavo Lopez (URU)

28 October 2015
Sportivo Luqueno – Atletico Paranaense
Referee: Christian Ferreyra (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU)
Fourth Official: Fernando Falce (URU)
Referee Observer: Manuel Bernal (PAR)

Chapecoense – River Plate
Referee: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Orellana (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Rios (CHI)
Fourth Official: Patricio Polic (CHI)
Referee Observer: Alicio Pena (BRA)

29 October 2015
Santa Fe – Independiente
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Sanchez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Mayker Gomez (VEN)
Referee Observer: Otalvaro Polanco (COL)

Ferreira: “Pereira pressures referees to favour Benfica”

"The chairman of the Portuguese referees called me before refereeing Benfica’s matches", said former FIFA referee Marco Ferreira. At only 38 years, he was abruptly relegated from international referee to the second division, just a few days after refereeing the Cup final. He decided to quit. Now he complains that the chairman of the Portuguese referees, Vitor Melo Pereira, pressures referees to favour Benfica: "My colleagues do not report it because they fear that Pereira will end their careers, as he did with mine".
- What went through your head when you received the news of being relegated to the second division?
- I was shocked. The news came only 15 days after I refereed the final of the Portuguese Cup, between Sporting and Braga; one of the biggest games of the season. There was no sign that could make me think they would send me to the second division. The same people who relegated me, a few days earlier appointed me to referee the Cup final. Very curious!
- Did you find an explanation?
- Besides having refereed the Cup final, in January of the same year I was promoted as a FIFA referee. The only explanation I can find is that last season I refereed Benfica three times and they lost two matches. I believe that's why I did not get any “El Classico”.
- Why do you think that? 
- I and many colleagues received calls from the chairman of the Referees Committee, Vitor Melo Pereira, during the week when we were appointed to referee Benfica. Vitor Pereira has many enemies and many opponents, including people within the Referees Committee and many clubs. He is not wanted there, but he is supported by Benfica. 
- Did you make any controversial decisions in those two defeats of Benfica? 
- At Braga, in October, the game did not go well, but for both teams. After that match, Benfica protested and told me I would never referee them again. Since then, I indeed did not referee any other important match for Benfica. 
- I understand… 
- In the last season I was considered the second best referee of Portugal after Proenca. I refereed Benfica – Sporting twice and Porto – Benfica once, and all games went well. 
- Do you think that the Portuguese referees are aware that they cannot be wrong against Benfica, as long as Pereira leads the Referees Committee? 
- I'm not going to say that Vitor Pereira speaks to the referees to ask them to favour the club. I do not say that. What I say is that he (Pereira) does that because he knows that Benfica is the only club that supports him. So he does not want any referee who can cause problems to Benfica. Benfica have never talked to me or called me for favouring them. But Vitor Pereira did. During the week when I had the Benfica match, he called me suggesting being careful. He only called before Benfica matches. He never called me before a game of Porto, for example. And not only me, many colleagues... 
- What exactly did Pereira say when he called you? 
- After Braga – Benfica that I told you about, Pereira appointed me for Rio Ave – Benfica. During that week, he called twice: on Tuesday and Thursday. On Thursday he said that if I will have a good match, he could appoint me for Benfica – Porto in April. He said to be careful because it "was the title match for Benfica". I said no, that was not the title game, because Benfica had four points advantage over Porto. And he answered: "It's very different to play against Porto in April with an advantage of four points versus two points or one". This, in my view, is serious, because he was clearly referring to Benfica. 
- And how did the Rio Ave – Benfica match go? 
- Benfica was winning 1-0 when I awarded a penalty kick for Rio Ave and sent off the captain of Benfica. Rio Ave came back with 2-1, but they were the right decisions. It was a good match. Pereira never called me again since then and did not appoint me to Benfica – Porto. 
- He never called you after that? 
- He did not. He said that the game would have to go well for me to be appointed for Benfica – Porto. I had a good match, but I was not appointed. So it means that, for him, a good game is only when Benfica wins. 
- Would it be correct to say that Vitor Pereira called the referees to pressure them to favour Benfica? 
- He calls the referees just before Benfica’s matches. He does not call anyone before any other games or for any other club. 
- Why did you not report the case to court? 
- I have complained to the Federation and they sent the complaint to the Disciplinary Committee of the Portuguese League. I declared that last week. 
- How are referees selected for matches in Portugal? 
- Vitor Pereira is free to choose whoever he wants. 
- And there is no bad atmosphere among the referees for these attitudes of the chairman of the Referees Committee? 
- Yes, it is, but they are afraid to denounce and put an end to it because they are afraid that Pereira will end their careers as he did with mine. I'm an example for them of what can happen. I was an international referee and never in the history of Portugal was an international referee relegated directly to the second division. 
- Can someone make a good living from refereeing in Portugal? 
- Yes. I am from the island of Madeira and I refereed all the matches on the continent. I travelled by plane and invested much time, so I could not have another professional activity other than refereeing. 
- How much makes an international referee in Portugal? 
- Depends on the matches, but he earns a fixed salary of 2,500 euros per month. In addition, 1,200 euros per match in the first division and 800 euros in the second division. No one became rich from refereeing. 
- Is there any relationship between your story and the complaints from Porto that Benfica plays almost always with numerical superiority on the field?
- I cannot say yes. I'd say that my colleagues have given up to the pressure of Pereira. But it is normal for a person to see this situation from outside and draw such conclusions. What I can say is that Pereira calls the referees before Benfica’s matches. But if that has an effect on the field I cannot say for sure. 
- Do you have any knowledge that, at some point, money were involved to favour Benfica? 
- I do not think so. I would like to make it clear that Benfica never called or contacted me to ask for anything. Never! I was a referee for nine years and Benfica or any other club has not made me this kind of offer. I think it is an initiative of Vitor Pereira in the interest of pleasing the only club that supports him. 
- How much Pereira makes as a chairman of the Referees Committee? 
- They say 8,000 euros per month, but I am not sure. 
- Why the other clubs do not act in this situation?
- I think they do and therefore do not support him. 
- How do you think the Portuguese football would react to this story? It's bad... 
- That's why I chose AS, being outside of Portugal and with a big international name. So it will have more impact in Portugal and elsewhere. 
- How difficult was your decision to quit refereeing? 
- I needed to quit in order to denounce what happens. I could not do it as a referee, because there are sanctions against the officials who publicly criticize the Referees Committee. 
- I have one last question: why Vitor Pereira appointed you to the Cup final if he planned your relegation? 
- He did that because it was a highly competitive and very hot match; if I would have done any mistakes, he would have had reasons to relegate me. The problem was that I did well and he ran out of arguments. I was the first and only international referee in the history of Madeira. Nobody can take it away from me.

Source: AS

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 – Group Stage (Matches 33-36)

25 October 2015

Costa Rica – Korea DPR
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Abdelkhader Zitouni (TAH)

France – Syria
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)

Paraguay – New Zealand
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Alokhin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)

Russia – South Africa
Referee: Diego Haro (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl López (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Víctor Ráez (PER)
Fourth Official: Oscar Reyna (GUA)

FIFA Futsal World Cup – Preliminary Round (UEFA)

22-25 October 2015

Group A (Ciorescu)
1. Victor Berg-Audic (FRA)
2. Ondřej Černý (CZE, photo)
3. Maksim Dzeikala (BLR)
4. Nikola Jelić (CRO)

Group B (Udevalla)
1. Septimiu Burtescu (ROU)
2. Damian Jaruchiewicz (POL)
3. Kaloyan Kirilov (BUL)
4. Gábor Kovács (HUN)

Group C (Kaunas)
1. Kamil Çetin (TUR)
2. Olli Niemelä (FIN)
3. Dejan Nikolić (SVN)
4. Sreten Vasić (SRB)

Group D (Nicosia)
1. Juan Gallardo (ESP)
2. Gabriel Gherman (ROU)
3. Talgat Kosmukhambetov (KAZ)
4. Yusif Nurullayev (AZE)

Group E (Ramat Gan)
1. Vyacheslav Daragan (UKR)
2. Marjan Mladenovski (MKD)
3. Costas Nicolaou (CYP)
4. Cédric Waroux (BEL)

Group F (Espoo)
1. Miguel Castilho (POR)
2. Lukáš Peško (SVK)
3. Grigori Zelentsov (RUS)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 – Group Stage (Matches 29-32)

24 October 2015

Mali – Honduras
Referee: Nick Waldron (NZL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Ravinesh Kumar (FIJ)
Assistant Referee 2: Glen Lochrie (NZL)
Fourth Official: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Referee Observer: Hector Vergara (CAN)

Ecuador – Belgium
Referee: Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Almaqaleh (QAT)
Fourth Official: Abdulla Mohamed (UAE)
Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)

Argentina – Australia
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyrill Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Referee Observer: Hector Vergara (CAN)

Germany – Mexico
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)

CONCACAF Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 6)

20 October 2015
Santos – Saprissa
Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Polanco (GUA)

Motagua – Club America
Referee: Marlon Mejia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Mangandi (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: David Santos (SLV)
Fourth Official: Edenilson Ventura (SLV)

Salt Lake – Municipal
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesus Tabora (HON)
Fourth Official: Oscar Moncada (HON)

21 October 2015
Tigres – Herediano
Referee: Ricardo Salazar (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Boria (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker (USA)
Fourth Official: Chris Penso (USA)

Comunicaciones – Los Angeles
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)

Assistant Referee 2: Mario Lopez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Oscar Macias (MEX)

22 October 2015
Montego Bay – Arabe Unido
Referee: Jose Penaloza (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcos Quintero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Jorge Rojas (MEX)

San Francisco – Verdes
Referee: Walter Quesada (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Osvaldo Luna (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Keytzel Corrales (NCA)
Fourth Official: Oscar Davila (NCA)

Olimpia – Vancouver
Referee: Trevor Taylor (BRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Adrian Goddard (BRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Clifton Garnes (BRB)
Fourth Official: Moeth Gaymes (SVG)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 – Group Stage (Matches 25-28)

23 October 2015

Croatia – Nigeria
Referee: Wilson Lamouroux (COL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
Fourth Official: Oscar Reyna (GUA)
Referee Observer: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (MAS)

Guinea – Brazil
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Haecker (GER)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)

Korea – England
Referee: Valdin Legister (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Kedlee Powell (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Washington (JAM)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Referee Observer: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (MAS)

Chile – USA
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Zunic (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
Fourth Official: Mohd Bin Yaacob (MAS)

Meier: “No contact with family or friends for 10 days”

Back in 2004, Swiss football referee Urs Meier became front-page news for disallowing Sol Campbell's 90th-minute goal as England were knocked out of their Euro 2004 quarter-final with Portugal. He ended up needing police protection after his contact details and address were published in UK tabloids.
Meier talks BBC Sport through what happened afterwards. "I was on the front page of The Sun for three or four days. Journalists came to my home town, asking people questions about me," said Meier, who also claimed his children were offered Premier League match tickets to speak to reporters. "In the first day, there were more than 5,000 phone calls from England in my office. In the first hour, I got more than 16,000 emails. I had to cancel the address. The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, said on television that I had made a wrong decision. The whole of England was against me! The police in Switzerland were afraid that English supporters would come to my office, or that something would happen with my employees or my family. I had two armed security men in front of my business for a week".
Urs Meier flew back to Switzerland after the tournament, but his homeland offered no respite. He was kept on the aeroplane by police, taken to a garage in a city 20km away from his home town and told to change his car. He was going undercover for 10 days. "It was a hard time," said Meier. "I had no contact with my family or with my friends - the police forbade it. I went to the French part of Switzerland in the woods, far away from anything. "My family was really under pressure. At school, my children were attacked by their class-mates. My 14-year-old son was told 'your father made a terrible mistake - he is a bad referee'. It was not an easy time for him."
Meier said he was desperate for public support from UEFA. To this day, he stands by his decision to disallow Campbell's goal. "If UEFA had made a statement saying 'look, it's a clear foul', I think the campaign against me would have ended after one or two days," he said. "But they said nothing. The association have to help the referee. He is the long arm of the association on the field. They have a duty and a responsibility to protect referees, but there was no protection in my case".

Source: BBC Sports

UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

22 October 2015

Qabala – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional AR 1: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Additional AR 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Lazio – Rosenborg
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Additional AR 1: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Fourth Official: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)

Dnipro – AS Saint Étienne
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Daniel Natan (ISR)
Fourth Official: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)

Lokomotiv Moskva – Beşiktaş
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jimmy Cremers (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Additional AR 1: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Additional AR 2: Wim Smet (BEL)
Fourth Official: Dirk Gilon (BEL)
Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)

Sporting – Skënderbeu
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Mitchell Scerri (MLT)
Additional AR 1: Marco Borg (MLT)
Additional AR 2: Philip Farrugia (MLT)
Fourth Official: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Referee Observer: Volodimir Petrov (UKR)

Basel – Belenenses
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Jones (WAL)
Additional AR 1: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Additional AR 2: Huw Jones (WAL)
Fourth Official: John Roberts (WAL)
Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

Fiorentina – Lech Poznan
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vyautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Additional AR 1: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Additional AR 2: Jurij Paskovskij (LTU)
Fourth Official: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)

AS Monaco – Qarabağ
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Additional AR 1: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Additional AR 2: Jens Maae (DEN)
Fourth Official: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Thor Orrason (ISL)

Anderlecht – Tottenham
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Additional AR 1: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional AR 2: Martin van den Kerkhof (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan de Vries ((NED)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)

Schalke – Sparta Praha
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
Additional AR 1: Miguel Moreira (POR)
Additional AR 2: Cosme Machado (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Apoel – Asteras
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosiakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Kiril Levnikov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Referee Observer: Leif Lindberg (SWE)

Alkmaar – Augsburg
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Zbynek Proske (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Jan Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Referee Observer: Igor Ischenko (UKR)

Partizan – Athletic
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Michał Obukowicz (POL)
Additional AR 1: Marcin Borski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Sokolnicki
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Legia – Club Brugge
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

FC Midtjylland – SSC Napoli
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Bas Van Dongen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Davide Goossens (NED)
Additional AR 1: Dennis Highler (NED)
Additional AR 2: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Fourth Official: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

Villarreal – Dinamo Minsk
Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergii Bekker (UKR)
Additional AR 1: Anatoli Abdula (UKR)
Additional AR 2: Vitali Romanov (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Referee Observer: Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

Rapid Wien – Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Lee Betts (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Robert Madley (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett ((ENG)
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

Braga – Oympique Marseille
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Additional AR 1: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Additional AR 2: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)

Slovan Liberec – Groningen
Referee: Christian Dingert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Additional AR 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Frank Willenborg (GER)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

Molde – Celtic
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolai Gobulev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Igor Fedotov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Michel Praux (BEL)

Fenerbahçe – Ajax
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

Liverpool – Rubin Kazan
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthias Winsaeur (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Fourth Official: Richard Hübler (AUT)
Referee Observer: Dani Koren (ISR)

Girondins Bordeaux – FC Sion
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Additional AR 1: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Additional AR 2: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Goce Petreski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

PAOK – Krasnodar
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Fourth Official: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 – Group Stage (Matches 21-24)

22 October 2015

South Africa – Korea DPR
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Alokhin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Gery Vargas (BOL)

New Zealand – Syria
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Aboubacar Doumbouya (GUI)
Fourth Official: Abdelkhader Zitouni (TAH)

Russia – Costa Rica
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Barraza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Fourth Official: Stephan Kloosner (SUI)

Paraguay – France
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theogene Ndagijimana (RWA)
Fourth Official: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 – Group Stage (Matches 17-20)

21 October 2015

Argentina – Germany
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC, photo)

Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
Fourth Official: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Referee Observer: Hector Vergara (CAN)

Belgium – Honduras
Referee: Diego Haro (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Lopez (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)

Australia – Mexico
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Fourth Official: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Referee Observer: Hector Vergara (CAN)

Ecuador – Mali
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Oscar Reyna (GUA)
Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)

Copa Sudamericana – Quarter-finals (First Leg)

20 October 2015
Huracan – Defensor Sporting
Referee: Anderson Daronco (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Referee Observer: Miguel Scime (ARG)

21 October 2015
Atletico Paranaense – Sportivo Luqueno
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Cesar Escano (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Yupanqui (PER)
Fourth Official: Miguel Santivañez (PER)
Referee Observer: Ednilson Corona (BRA)

River Plate – Chapecoense
Referee: Jonhatan Fuentes (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Fourth Official: Fernando Falce (URU)
Referee Observer: Carlos Coradina (ARG)

22 October 2015
Independiente – Santa Fe
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Dewson Freitas (BRA)
Referee Observer: Luis Pasturenzi (ARG)

UEFA Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

20 October 2015
Bate Borisov – FC Barcelona
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Additional AR 2: João Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

Bayer Leverkusen – AS Roma
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Sandor Ando-Szabo (HUN)
Fourth Official: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Arsenal London – Bayern München
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Cem Satman (TUR)
Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)

Dinamo Zagreb – Olympiakos
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

Dynamo Kyiv – Chelsea
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Mitja Zganec (SVN)
Fourth Official: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

FC Porto – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

Zenit – Olympique Lyon
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Valencia – KAA Gent
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional AR 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional AR 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth Official: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

21 October 2015
Malmö FF – Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional AR 1: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Additional AR 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)

Paris SG – Real Madrid
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Padovan (ITA)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

CSKA Moskva – Manchester United
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

VfL Wolfsburg – PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Referee Observer: Christas Skapoullis (CYP)

Atlético Madrid – FK Astana
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Vitali Maliutsin (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Additional AR 1: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Additional AR 2: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Galatasaray – Benfica
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional AR 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Juventus Turin – Borussia Monchengladbach
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)

Manchester City – Sevilla FC
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional AR 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional AR 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 – Group Stage (Matches 13-16)

20 October 2015

USA – Croatia
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Deniz Aytekin (GER)


Chile – Nigeria
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyrill Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (QAT)

England – Brazil
Referee: Abdulla Mohamed (UAE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohamed Al-Hammadi (UAE)
Assistant Referee 2: Hasan Al-Mahri (UAE)
Fourth Official: Abdelkhader Zitouni (TAH)

Korea – Guinea
Referee: Hector Rodriguez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Walter Lopez (HON)
Fourth Official: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 – Group Stage (Matches 9-12)

19 October 2015

Syria – Paraguay
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Zunic (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
Fourth Official: Oscar Reyna (GUA)

South Africa – Costa Rica
Referee: Mohd Bin Yaacob (MAS)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohd Muhamad (MAS)
Assistant Referee 2: Azman Ismail (MAS)
Fourth Official: Stephan Klossner (SUI)

New Zealand – France
Referee: Valdin Legister (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Kedlee Powell (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Washington (JAM)
Fourth Official: Gery Vargas (BOL)

Korea DPR – Russia
Referee: Wilson Lamouroux (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 – Group Stage (Matches 1-8)

17 October 2015 
Nigeria – USA
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Hacker (GER)
Fourth Official: Martin Strombergsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Jorge Larrionda (URU)



England – Guinea
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Barraza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Fourth Official: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Referee Observer: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (MAS)

Brazil – Korea
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
Fourth Official: Oscar Reyna (GUA)
Referee Observer: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (MAS)

Chile – Croatia
Referee: Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Almaqaleh (QAT)
Fourth Official: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
Referee Observer: Jorge Larrionda (URU)

18 October 2015
Australia – Germany
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theoghene Ndagijimana (RWA)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Referee Observer: Hector Vergara (CAN)

Belgium – Mali
Referee: Nick Waldron (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ravinesh Kumar (FIJ)
Assistant Referee 2: Glen Lochrie (NZL)
Fourth Official: Abdelkhader Zitouni (TAH)
Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)

Mexico – Argentina
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Referee Observer: Hector Vergara (CAN)

Honduras – Ecuador
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Fourth Official: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)
Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)

Makkelie’s gesticulations changed the AAR signals

The Arsenal goalkeeper dropped Kostas Fortounis's corner just over the goal-line, costing Arsenal a shock defeat to the Greek side that has made progression from their Champions League group stage difficult. Danny Makkelie - an official from Holland - who was stood next to the upright, furiously waved his arms to indicate to the referee that it was a goal. But his actions were in breach of UEFA rules. The AARs were supposed to communicate only via a microphone and were not allowed to make any signals with their hands at all. But as of last week, due to Makkelie's gesticulations, those officials - often criticised for appearing to do absolutely nothing - are now able to signal that the ball has crossed the line.
UEFA's referee chief Pierluigi Collina spotted the rogue pioneer's actions and, though suggesting he “went too far” at the time, decided to change the rule, which came into effect last week. Collina contacted the International Football Association Board, who implements rule changes, and it has been brought into effect starting with the Euro 2016 qualifiers over the weekend. “According to the Laws of the Game he did too much, but today he becomes the good one. He went a bit too far, but for me positively”, said Collina, speaking at Leaders in Sports. “He was not punished but used as an example and we have to learn from the positive situations. The arm of the official points to the centre circle and it is clear for everybody that he made the decision”. Collina has acted because he felt supporters, players and managers were not aware that the goal-line officials were actually communicating to the referee when it was unclear if a ball had crossed the line. “If he was simply shouting in the microphone nobody would have understood that he made the decision”, Collina added. “The Laws of the Game said that the assistant referee cannot make hand signals and we managed to change something. We are very pleased the decision was understood by IFAB and from this week's qualifiers assistants are allowed to make a signal when there are doubtful situations”.

Source: Daily Mail

UEFA Women’s Champions League – Round of 32 (Second Leg)

14-15 October 2015

Bayern München – FC Twente
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR, photo)

VfL Wolfsburg – Spartak Subotica
Referee: Silvia Spinelli (ITA)

Olympique Lyonnais – Medyk Konin
Referee: Barbara Bollenberg (AUT)

Brøndby IF – Slavia Praha
Referee: Riem Hussein (GER)

FC Zürich – LSK Kvinner
Referee: Florence Guillemin (FRA)

FC Rosengård – PK Vantaa
Referee: Sandra Bastos (POR)

Fortuna Hjørring – ZFK Minsk
Referee: Ana Minić (SRB)

FC Barcelona – BIIK Kazygurt
Referee: Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP)

FC Liverpool – ACF Brescia
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)

Örebro DFF – PAOK Thessaloniki
Referee: Zuzana Kováčová (SVK)

Paris Saint Germain – Olimpia Cluj Napoca
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)

Glasgow City – Chelsea LFC
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)

WFC Zvezda – Stjarnan
Referee: Jana Adámková (CZE)

FFC Frankfurt – Standard Liège
Referee: Morag Pirie (SCO)

Zorky – Atlético Madrid
Referee: Carina Vitulano (ITA)

Verona ASD – FSK St. Pölten
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CONMEBOL (Matchday 2)

13 October 2015

Peru – Chile
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ernesto Uziga (ARG)
Fourth Official: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
Referee Observer: Otalvaro Polanco (COL)

Ecuador – Bolivia
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Referee Observer: Adrian Gomez (VEN)

Paraguay – Argentina
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Fourth Official: Christian Ferreyra (URU)
Referee Observer: Antonio Pereira (BRA)

Uruguay – Colombia
Referee: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Luiz Oliveira (BRA)
Referee Observer: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

Brazil – Venezuela
Referee: Dario Ubriaco (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Fourth Official: Fernando Falce (URU)
Referee Observer: Rene Ortube (BOL)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – AFC (Round 2, Matchday 6)

13 October 2015

Vietnam – Thailand
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Ebrahim Saleh (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nawaf Moosa (BHR)
Fourth Official: Yusuf Abdulla (BHR)

Timor – Malaysia
Referee: Nivon Gamini (SRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Palitha Hemathunga (SRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanjeewa Wellabada (SRI)
Fourth Official: Prashanth Rajakrishna (SRI)

Korea DPR – Yemen
Referee: Liu Kwok Man (HKG)
Assistant Referee 1: Chow Chun Kit (HKG)
Assistant Referee 2: Kin Fung Yu (HKG)
Fourth Official: Chanketya Thong (CAM)

Myanmar – Laos
Referee: Salah Abbas (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Sayed Mahfoodh (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ahmed Rashed (BHR)
Fourth Official: Van Dung Dinh (VIE)

Bhutan – Hong Kong
Referee: Aziz Asimov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Alisher Usmanov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrey Tsapenko (UZB)
Fourth Official: Murod Mukhamedov (UZB)

Singapore – Cambodia
Referee: Kim Dae-Young (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Young Ha (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Park In-Sun (KOR)
Fourth Official: Alongkron Feemuechang (THA)

Turkmenistan – Guam
Referee: Turki Al-Khudair (KSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fahad Al Umri (KSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al Abakry (KSA)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al Hoaish (KSA)

Kyrgyzstan – Bangladesh
Referee: Jameel Abdulhusin (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Tulefat (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohamed Salman (BHR)
Fourth Official: Ammar Mahfoodh (BHR)

Oman – India
Referee: Fahad Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Juma Al Burshaid (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Yousuf Al-Shamari (QAT)
Fourth Official: Yaqoub Al-Hammadi (UAE)

Bahrain – Philippines
Referee: Mohanad Sarray (IRQ)
Assistant Referee 1: Muayad Mohammed (IRQ)
Assistant Referee 2: Luay Subhi (IRQ)
Fourth Official: Wathik Al Baag (IRQ)

Qatar – Maldives
Referee: Ahmed Abu Bakar (OMA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rashid Al Ghaithi (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdullah Al Jardani (OMA)
Fourth Official: Khalid Al Shaqsi (OMA)

Syria – Afghanistan
Referee: Dmitri Mashentsev (KGZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Bakhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergei Grishchenko (KGZ)
Fourth Official: Rysbek Shekerbekov (KGZ)

Jordan – Tajikistan
Referee: Abdullah Al Hilali (OMA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hamed Al Mayahi (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdullah Al Shammakhi (OMA)
Fourth Official: Mahmood Al Majarafi (OMA)

Kuwait – Lebanon
Referee: Ammar Al Jeneibi (UAE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ahmed Al Rashadi (UAE)
Assistant Referee 2: Zayed Kamal (UAE)
Fourth Official: Ibrahim Al Marzooqi (UAE)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CAF (Round 1, Second Leg)

11-13 October 2015

Madagascar – Central Africa
Referee: Daniel Bennett (RSA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mothibidi Khumalo (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Johannes Moshidi (RSA)
Fourth Official: Tinyiko Hlungwani (RSA)

Niger – Somalia
Referee: Falou Kane (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ababacar Sene (SEN)
Fourth Official: Issa Sy (SEN)

Mauritania – South Sudan
Referee: Fidel Gomes (GNB)
Assistant Referee 1: Firmino Bassafim (GNB)
Assistant Referee 2: Aderito Barbosa (GNB)
Fourth Official: Bonifacio Da Silva (GNB)

Namibia – Gambia
Referee: Joshua Bondo (BOT)
Assistant Referee 1: Oamogetse Godisamang (BOT)
Assistant Referee 2: Moemedi Monakwane (BOT)
Fourth Official: Lekgotla Johannes (BOT)

Lesotho – Comoros
Referee: Samuel Chirinda (MOZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Celio Mugabe (MOZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Joao Nhatuve (MOZ)
Fourth Official: Jose Rachide (MOZ)

Burundi – Seychelles
Referee: Hafiz Alamen (SDN)
Assistant Referee 1: Haitham Ahmed (SDN)
Assistant Referee 2: Nagei Ahmed (SDN)
Fourth Official: Sabri Fadul (SDN)

Guinea Bissau – Liberia
Referee: Ferdinand Udoh (NGA)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Edibi (NGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Temitope Orowole (NGA)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Odey (NGA)

Ethiopia – Sao Tome
Referee: Jean Ishimwe (RWA)
Assistant Referee 1: Honore Simba (RWA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean Niyitegeka (RWA)
Fourth Official: Issa Kagabo (RWA)

Kenya – Mauritius
Referee: Cosmas Mandengbakaly (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Joseph Lambi (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Pierre Enyegue (CMR)
Fourth Official: Christopher Nde (CMR)

Swaziland – Djibouti
Referee: Ganesh Chutooree (MRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Akhtar Rossaye (MRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean Telvar (MRI)
Fourth Official: Dharamveer Hurbungs (MRI)

Malawi – Tanzania
Referee: Helder Martins (ANG)
Assistant Referee 1: Bongani Gadzikwa (ZIM)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Valdmiro (ANG)
Fourth Official: Joao Goma (ANG)

Botswana – Eritrea
Referee: Nelson Fred (SEY)
Assistant Referee 1: Steve Marie (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean Ernesta (SEY)
Fourth Official: Allister Barra (SEY)

Sierra Leone – Chad
Referee: Aboubacar Bangoura (GUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sidiki Sidibe (GUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Moustapha Toure (GUI)
Fourth Official: Yakhouba Keita (GUI)

UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers (Matchday 10, Part 3)

13 October 2015 

Italy – Norway
Referee: Felix Brych (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional AR 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL) 


Latvia – Kazakhstan
Referee: Steven McLean (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Netherlands – Czech Republic
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Fourth Official: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

Turkey – Iceland
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Padovan (ITA)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Belgium – Israel
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional AR 1: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Additional AR 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)

Cyprus – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: John Brooks (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Lee Betts (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Robert Madley (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jake Collin (ENG)
Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Wales – Andorra
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Additional AR 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional AR 2: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

Bulgaria – Azerbaijan
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabor Erös (HUN)
Additional AR 1: István Vad (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Zsolt Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Referee Observer: John Fleming (SCO)

Malta – Croatia
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Salisbury (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers (Matchday 10, Part 2)

12 October 2015

Ukraine – Spain
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL) 


Russia – Montenegro
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional AR 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional AR 2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

Austria – Liechtenstein
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Jan Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Sweden – Moldova
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Vuoto (ITA)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Belarus – Macedonia
Referee: Christian Dingert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Additional AR 1: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Additional AR 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Radoman (SRB)

Luxembourg – Slovakia
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kuehr (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Manuel Schuettengruber (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Fourth Official: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

Estonia – Switzerland
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Dave Goossens (NED)
Additional AR 1: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional AR 2: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan de Vries (NED)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

Lithuania – England
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: David Andersen (DEN)
Additional AR 1: Jens Maae (DEN)
Additional AR 2: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

San Marino – Slovenia
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Additional AR 1: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Additional AR 2: Goran Spirkoski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Goce Petreski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers (Matchday 10, Part 1)

11 October 2015

Poland – Ireland
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Cem Satman (TUR)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA) 


Germany – Georgia 
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slysko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Tomas Mokrusch (CZE)
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

Gibraltar – Scotland
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Vitali Maliutsin (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Additional AR 1: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Additional AR 2: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Referee Observer: Igor Ischenko (UKR)

Faroe Islands – Romania
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Additional AR 1: Peter Kralovic (SVK)
Additional AR 2: Mario Vlk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomas Mokos (SVK)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

Finland – Northern Ireland
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: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)

Greece – Hungary
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional AR 1: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO)
Additional AR 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Referee Observer: David Elleray (ENG)

Armenia – Albania
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional AR 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Serbia – Portugal
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Pedro Pérez Montero (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jorge Canelo Prieto (ESP)
Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)

Friendly
Denmark – France
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)

Collina: “Moreno should have been sent off for Shaw challenge”

UEFA referees chief Pierluigi Collina admits Hector Moreno should have been sent off after breaking Luke Shaw's leg. PSV defender Moreno escaped without punishment after the tackle in which Manchester United left-back Shaw suffered a double leg break. Moreno went on to score the equaliser in PSV's 2-1 Champions League win and was named man-of-the-match, much to United's fury.
Moreno won the ball in his challenge before doing the damage with his follow through. But Collina says UEFA are now determined to make players aware that “getting the football is not everything.” He said: “If you see the clip of PSV and Man Utd when Shaw was heavily injured, leg broken, the defender played ball and legs. On the field of play, nobody reacted because what was perceived even by players on the pitch the ball was played and this season the thought of many if the ball is played it’s not even a foul. We need to make people even the football community aware that if we want to protect the safety of the player, even challenges on the ball but very risky in terms of endangering the safety of the opponent can be punished, should be punished. (Getting the) football is not everything, safety counts more than the football itself. If you look at life speed, nobody reacted, not one single player, everyone saw the ball going away. If you see in slow motion, you can see that the ball was hit by the knee of the defender and the other leg hard on the legs, that is certainly serious foul play, that should’ve been punished. Even if you read the comments after the game there was a wide debate and different positions, based on images. If you want to protect the safety of the players, there are two ways. Convince the players not to take the risk and be strong in punishing challenges that can endanger the safety of an opponent”.

Source: The Mirror

UEFA Women’s Champions League – Round of 32 (First Leg)

7-8 October 2015

Stjarnan – WFC Zvezda
Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU, photo)

BIIK Kazygurt – FC Barcelona
Referee: Karolina Radzik-Johan (POL)

PK Vantaa – FC Rosengård
Referee: Eleni Lampadariou (GRE)

PAOK Thessaloniki – DFF Örebro
Referee: Marija Kurtes (GER)

Slavia Praha – Brøndby IF
Referee: Rhona Daly (IRL)

Standard Liège – FFC Frankfurt
Referee: Vesna Budimir (CRO)

Spratzern St. Pölten – ASD Verona
Referee: Marta Frias Acedo (ESP)

Kvinner FK – FC Zürich
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)

FC Twente – Bayern München
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (HUN)

Atlético Madrid – Zorky
Referee: Marte Sørø (NOR)

ACF Brescia – FC Liverpool
Referee: Sara Persson (SWE)

Spartak Subotica – VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Gyöngyi Gaál (HUN)

Medyk Konin – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (SWE)

Olimpia Cluj Napoca – Paris Saint Germain
Referee: Esther Azzopardi (MLT)

ZFK Minsk – Fortuna Hjørring
Referee: Lorraine Clark (SCO)

Chelsea LFC – Glasgow City
Referee: Olga Zadinová (CZE)

UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers (Matchday 9, Part 3)

10 October 2015

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Wales
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Israel – Cyprus
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Additional AR 2: João Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Soares (POR)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Iceland – Latvia
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Valery Danchenko (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Vladisval Bezborodov (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

Kazakhstan – Netherlands
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Azerbaijan – Italy
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional AR 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

Norway – Malta
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Eakin (NIR)
Additional AR 1: Raymond Crangle (NIR)
Additional AR 2: Mervyn Smyth (NIR)
Fourth Official: Stephen Bell (NIR)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Croatia – Bulgaria
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Additional AR 1: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Additional AR 2: Cosme Machado (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Czech Republic – Turkey
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Andorra – Belgium
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Additional AR 1: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Fourth Official: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)

UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers (Matchday 9, Part 2)

9 October 2015

Macedonia – Ukraine
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional AR 1: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Additional AR 2: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Slovakia – Belarus
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Hakan Ceylan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Spain – Luxembourg
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Additional AR 1: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Additional AR 2: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Fourth Official: Danny Huens (BEL)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

England – Estonia
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: László Viszokai (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Additional AR 2: József Erdos (HUN)
Fourth Official: Zsolt Varga (HUN)
Referee Observer: Morgan Norman (SWE)

Slovenia – Lithuania
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Pol van Bekel (NED)
Additional AR 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Davie Goosens (NED)
Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)

Switzerland – San Marino
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Additional AR 1: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Additional AR 2: Petteri Kari (FIN)
Fourth Official: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

Liechtenstein – Sweden
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Bitton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Oren Bornshtain (ISR)
Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)

Moldova – Russia
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexandros Grevenis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Additional AR 1: Athanasios Giachos (GRE)
Additional AR 2: Andreas Pappas (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Baltas (GRE)
Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

Montenegro – Austria
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Marzaloni (ITA)
Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)

UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers (Matchday 9, Part 1)

8 October 2015

Albania – Serbia
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Padovan (ITA)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marin (ESP)

Georgia – Gibraltar
Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Pluzhnyk (UKR)
Additional AR 1: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Additional AR 2: Sergiy Berezka (UKR)
Fourth Official: Sergii Bekker (UKR)
Referee Observer: Kuddusi Müftüoglu (TUR)

Ireland – Germany
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Marcos Álvarez Moreno (ESP)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Scotland – Poland
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Toth (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Ádam Farkas (HUN)
Fourth Official: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Hungary – Faroe Islands
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Matthias Winsaeur (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Fourth Official: Richard Huebler (AUT)
Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)

Northern Ireland – Greece
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob Van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional AR 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional AR 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas Van Dongen (NED)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Romania – Finland
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: William Conquer (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Fourth Official: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Portugal – Denmark
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Friendly
France – Armenia
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)