UEFA U-17 Euro Final 2016: Ardeleanu (CZE)

21 May 2016

Portugal – Spain
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Balazs Buzas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Fourth official: Gunnar Jonsson (ISL)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Osses retires early to become chairman of Chilean referees

If anyone was wondering why Enrique Osses, one of the best referees in South America, was not appointed to either Copa America Centenario or the Olympic Football Tournament, here is the answer. He retired early from active refereeing to become the new chairman of the Chilean Referees Committee. Osses, 42, refereed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and was pre-selected by FIFA for the next World Cup in Russia.
Strong personality, distant with players and coaches, he managed to stand out. 2012 was the year that marked his career. He was chosen by CONMEBOL as the best referee of South America and was appointed to both continental finals: Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. Before, he had refereed at the South American U-20 Championships 2007 and 2009. At national teams’ level, the highlight of his career was being selected to officiate at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Osses refereed two matches: Japan - Ivory Coast in Group C and Costa Rica - Italy in group D. In addition, he was fourth official at the match Iran - Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, his most important match was the semi-final of the Confederations Cup 2013 between Brazil and Uruguay (2-1).
In 2005, Osses sent off 21 players in 16 league games. During a 2005 match that faced San Felipe against Union Espanola, the latter's goalkeeper Ignacio Gonzalez received his second yellow card and consequently a red card. Upset by this, Gonzalez brought Osses to the ground after hitting him in the face. Afterwards, the player was held in police custody for two hours. He was banned for 22 matches, which he did not serve because he left the team, to play in Argentina. Two years later, he had to suspend the derby between Universidad de Chile and Colo Colo after 67 minutes due to major incidents. The following year, a match between Colo Colo and UC ended with four UC players sent-off. Colo Colo won 3-1 and Fernando Carvallo, the UC coach, demanded sanctions for Osses. At the end of the Apertura 2011, he refereed again the UC players, but his most controversial situation occurred in the following year, between U and O'Higgins, when Osses awarded a penalty kick against Guillermo Marino. After that match, Osses was declared persona non grata in Rancagua and, even today, is being accused by rival fans that he favoured the university team. In 2013, Nacional of Uruguay and Barcelona of Ecuador met for the Copa Libertadores. Osses did not send off Uruguayan Alejandro Lembo, who had been booked twice. He only did it four minutes later, when he was warned by his assistant. Finally, in the 2015 Copa America, he achieved notoriety by sending off Brazilian Neymar and Colombian Bacca. The star of Barcelona received a four-game suspension and did not play again in the tournament.
Enrique Osses replaced Pablo Pozo, another former World Cup (2010) referee, who led the Referees Committee in Chile for the last 4 years. “I am happy to have been chairing the commission for so long. It was a very friendly way out. They chose a trustworthy person. I have a friendship with Enrique (Osses) and I had already talked to him. I can only wish him the best of luck”, said Pozo. Osses will decide whether he will continue with Patricio Basualto and Guido Aros or nominates other contributors.

Source: La Tercera

Copa Libertadores – Quarter-finals (Second Leg)

18 May 2016
Atletico Mineiro – Sao Paulo
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Horacio Ferreiro (URU)
Fourth Official: Oscar Rojas (URU)
Referee Observer: Juliano Lobato (BRA)

19 May 2016
Boca Juniors – Nacional
Referee: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guilherme Dias (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Pires (BRA)
Fourth Official: Leandro Vuaden (BRA)
Referee Observer: Miguel Scime (ARG)

Atletico Nacional – Rosario Central

Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Fourth Official: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Referee Observer: Dember Perdomo (COL)

24 May 2016
Pumas Unam – Independiente del Valle
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Braulio Cornejo (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Henry Gambetta (PER)
Referee Observer: Gilberto Alcala (MEX)

UEFA U-17 Euro 2016 – Semi-finals

18 May 2016 

Germany – Spain
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ceyhun Sesiguzel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Portugal – Netherlands

Referee: Peter Kralović (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Gunnar Jónsson (ISL)
Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

OFC Nations Cup 2016

Papua New Guinea, 28 May - 11 June 2016

Referees
1. Ravitesh Behari (FIJ)
2. Mederic Lacour (NCL)
3. Matthew Conger (NZL, photo)
4. Nicholas Waldron (NZL)
5. Anio Amos (PNG)
6. George Time (SOL)
7. Norbert Hauata (TAH)
8. Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)
9. Robinson Banga (VAN)
10. Joel Hopken (VAN)

Assistant Referees
1. Ravinesh Kumar (FIJ)
2. Avinesh Narayan (FIJ)
3. Bertrand Brial (NCL)
4. Mark Rule (NZL)
5. Norman Sali (PNG)
6. Noah Kusunan (PNG)
7. Johnny Niabo (SOL)
8. Folio Moeaki (TGA)
9. John Pareanga (COK)
10. Phillippe Revel (TAH)
11. Hilmon Sese (VAN)
12. Tevita Makasini (TGA)

UEFA U-19 Euro 2016

Germany, 11-24 July 2016

Referees
1. Aliyar Aghayev (AZE, 1987)
2. Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP, 1982)
3. Radu Petrescu (ROU, 1982, photo)
4. Roi Reinshreiber (ISR, 1980)
5. Bart Vertenten (BEL, 1988)
6. Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR, 1979)

Assistant Referees
1. Ridiger Cokaj (ALB, 1984)
2. Igor Demeshko (RUS, 1978)
3. Milutin Djukic (MNE, 1979)
4. Vladimir Gerasimov (LTU, 1987)
5. Geir Oskar Isaksen (NOR, 1988)
6. Douglas Ross (SCO, 1983)
7. Birkir Sigurdarsson (ISL, 1985)
8. Manuel Vidali (SVN, 1981)

Fourth Officials
1. Nikola Dabanovic (MNE, 1981)
2. Alan Sant (MLT, 1980)

Reserve Referee
1. Bojan Pandzic (SWE, 1982)

Reserve ARs

1. Sami Nykänen (FIN, 1984)
2. Samat Tergeussizov (KAZ, 1985)

UEFA U-17 Euro 2016 – Quarter-finals

14 May 2016
Germany – Belgium
Referee: Gunnar Jonsson (ISL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)


Portugal – Austria
Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Marios Dimitriadis (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Peter Kralović (SVK)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

15 May 2016
Spain – England
Referee: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Levan Varamishvili (GEO)
Fourth Official: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Sweden – Netherlands
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Emmet Dynan (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Fourth Official: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Drunk referees banned by Czech FA

Two referees in the Czech football league have been banned indefinitely after one appeared to be drunk on the sideline and the other was seen urinating during a game. The verdict taken by the federation’s referee committee came a day after the behavior occurred during a match between Pribram and Slavia Prague, which was broadcast live. Fourth official Marek Pilny attracted attention from the start. He was stumbling along the sideline and at one point he fell over, prompting the TV commentator to say the referee provided better entertainment than the players. Pilny was escorted from the field at half-time. Referee Jiri Jech began urinating behind the goal during the game.
The FACR said fourth official Marek Pilny and additional assistant referee Jiri Jech would lose their licences and face disciplinary action. “Pilny was visibly drunk from the beginning of the game,” the association said in a statement. “He struggled for balance by the touchline, he fell, at times he ran with the linesman copying his movements. After 10 minutes he had to be guarded by a bodyguard, and at half-time Pilny left for the changing rooms and never came back,” the association said. It added that additional assistant Jech was “also under the influence of alcohol and allegedly even peed during the game”.
FA head Miroslav Pelta said the game’s referee and two assistants would be suspended until the end of the season because they failed to prevent the situation. He showed no mercy for the two match officials, whose staggering and tottering is depicted in videos posted online. “They were not tipsy, they were drunk. They do not exist for us anymore”, said Pelta.
A similar situation happened in 2008, when FIFA referee Sergei Shmolik, 43, has been suspended for allegedly being drunk while officiating a first division game in Belarus. It was thought at first that Shmolik was suffering from back pain. However, tests in hospital later revealed that he had high levels of alcohol in his system. That incident ended his career, only one year after Shmolik was voted the best referee in Belarus.

Source: BBC

Copa Libertadores – Quarter-finals (First Leg)

11 May 2016
Sao Paulo – Atletico Mineiro
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Díaz (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Humberto Clavijo (COL)
Fourth Official: Luis Sánchez (COL)
Referee Observer: Nilson Moncao (BRA)

12 May 2016
Nacional – Boca Juniors
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Cañete (PAR)
Fourth Official: Ulises Mereles (PAR)
Referee Observer: Juan Cardellino (URU)

Rosario Central – Atlético Nacional
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Fourth Official: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Referee Observer: Carlos Coradina (ARG)

17 May 2016
Independiente del Valle – Pumas Unam
Referee: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivan Nunez (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Navarro (ARG)
Fourth Official: Silvio Trucco (ARG)
Referee Observer: Bomer Fierro (ECU)

Velasco Carballo says goodbye: "Refereeing shaped my life”

Carlos Velasco Carballo will end today his career of 29 years in Spanish refereeing. His farewell will be in Mestalla, where he will be refereeing the match between Valencia and Real Sociedad, a game to enjoy his last 90 minutes of saying goodbye to La Liga. In June, he will make his international farewell at Euro 2016 in France, representing the Spanish refereeing. “I refereed all my life and will die refereeing”, said Velasco Carballo in an interview with Blog Brotons/Eurosport before his last domestic match.
- What remains after such a long and brilliant career?
- I will remember the good times and forget the bad ones. I will always have in my memory when it all started, on those fields in Ernesto Cotorruelo or Mine or Puerta Bonita. When we went to a Champions League match, our team was always joking: "from Garcia de la Mata to Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford from Puerta Bonita to Old Trafford". How interesting was the way we have come!
- You refereed 372 matches: 65 in Segunda B, 57 in Segunda Division and 250 in Primera Division.
- A lifetime. If I were to start again, with the experience I have, I would have not done or said many things. That illusion of the early years is lost with the passage of time; it is the adult experience that gives you security.
- Does it bother you that people will stick with things like: “He had Pique mania and sent him off twice” or “he sent off Betis 9 Betis players in 20 games”? 
- Who stays with that are not football fans; they do not know much about refereeing. I think that, after 29 years, my image is not like that; it is impossible. You can receive criticism to improve and I accept it, but if you are attacked by something you are sure it is not true, I do not worry about it. 
- A referee cannot fix his mistakes. 
- When that happens, you would like to step back in time; doubts help you grow. Awarding a penalty kick or a yellow card or a red card is the same as the arrow from the archer, no turning back. It happened to all of us who are able to recognize our mistakes. What matters is to clear that memory and be ready for the next challenge.
- What happened in the 2011-2012 season? You created a furor by issuing lots of cards, 16 red and 131 yellow?
- It had to do with the maturity of the referee, the more you know the players their behavior towards you is different. It is normal for referees to issue fewer cards as they evolve. Our job depends a lot on the matches we are assigned, with huge rivalry or more cards. As a coincidence, in the same season, I refereed the final of the Europa League and went to the Champions League final as fourth official. I also refereed at Euro 2012, in Ukraine and Poland. They were two very strong years in my refereeing career.
- Each referee has its own style; how did you control your matches?
- A referee goes from being just a referee to becoming a “director of the game” when you have control of the game. It is like taming a horse, you have to know when to let go of the reins and when to hold. Refereeing much more than knowing the rules. 
- Have you been informed about your errors at half-time? 
- It is something I have banned on my team. When we got to the field I said "turn your mobile off or silent". It does did not bring anything good to know if I am right or wrong. If, after 29 years, I have to wait for the half-time to see if I was right or not to award a penalty, I learned nothing in my career. 
- Why football flees from technology? 
- I am an industrial engineer, I worked 20 years, my specialty is industrial electronics and therefore I am a technological professional. My house is full with tools that help me to study and analyze. The referees go on the field with a lot of technology: chest heart rate monitor, stopwatch with GPS, a bracelet with a hip flask to communicate, another bracelet that informs me of the messages from the assistants. I go home and analyze the matches with specific programs. Now also it has introduced goal-line technology line. We do not run away from it. 
- What is the obstacle to apply the “instant replay” in football? 
- Unlike other sports, football is based on continuity, not to stop. We must take extreme care not to change the essence of sport; that is my opinion. 
- Why the referees have the absolute truth, don't you think that is excessive? 
- I do not think so. Anyone can complain to the competition committee, the appeals committee or to CAS. Somehow, justice must establish a base and the judge has accuracy for legal purposes, if we do not start from that basis, we would be lost. The judge is given a faith that really what he is saying is the truth. Sometimes, the courts remove cards issued in sports. 
- Is it easy to spot a cheating player? 
- I do not like the word cheat because it is offensive. In football, everyone wants to get the most performance and there are players who simulate being fouled. The expression "has deceived the referee" must be changed, the referee is not the one being deceived, but the opposing team, because the injured is the opposing team; the player deceives a co-worker. 
- You are human like everyone else and you cannot go wrong. 
- But anyone doubts that a referee will put on the record something that is not true. 
- Does anyone doubt that a referee can be sold? 
- I work really hard to understand. In Spain we are lucky; very few people in the football world believe that a referee can be sold. 
- Is honesty the main virtue of a referee? 
- Certainly. Our lapidary sentence is "I called what I saw". When a referee blows the whistle, he sees the players detect it and they see in your eyes that honesty, they see it and know that you blow what you see.
- There is a part of your life that was stolen from your family.
- I am aware that I have stolen time from my children many times and I can never repay it. 6 or 7 years ago I determined to leave my career as an engineer to devote 100% to refereeing and have some time for my family. These moments when I am with them are of higher quality and I know they are proud of their father.
- The true love of your life has been refereeing?
- What I have been in my life is referee. I have been an engineer for many years, I am a father, I have been a husband, I have been many things, but certainly what I have been most is a referee. My life without refereeing would be pointless, it has forged my personality. I refereed all my life and will die refereeing. 
- You could not referee a Champions League final due to Spanish teams. Will you regret being Spanish? 
- I am very proud to be Spanish and very happy with the success of the Spanish teams. I have met with the triumphs of Spanish football and I enjoyed it. 
- Have someone tried to influence your decisions ever? 
- It has never happened to me. It is a very serious issue and we need to protect ourselves. In Spain it has not been any known case in recent years. I put my hand in the fire for my colleagues and me, no doubt. 
- When you put your referee uniform in the attic what will be written on the lid of the box? 
- "There is a lot of work and a lot of happiness". Refereeing has made me happy and I must say that I have worked a lot because I am extremely competitive. If, for example, UEFA would ask us to learn French and Chinese, besides English, which is our common language of communication, to go to Euro, I would start learning two new languages. I am a competitive animal. 

Source: Brotons/Eurosport