UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

22 October 2014

Tottenham – Asteras Tripolis
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaš Somolani SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Additional AR 1: Richard Trutz (SVK)
Additional AR 2: Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Metalist – Legia
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Saulius Dirda (LTU)
Additional AR 1: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Additional AR 2: Jurij Paškovskij (LTU)
Fourth Official: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

Krasnodar – Wolfsburg
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional AR 1: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Additional AR 2: Cosme Machado (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Sares (POR)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

LOSC Lille – Everton
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Additional AR 2: Marco Ferreira (POR)
Fourth Official: Antonio Godinho (POR)
Referee Observer: Vasyl Melnychuk (UKR)

Slovan Bratislava – Sparta Praha
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)

Young Boys – SSC Napoli
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)






Aalborg – Dynamo Kyiv


Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)


Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Pozzi (SUI)


Assistant Referee 2: Sladan Josipović (SUI)


Additional AR 1: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)


Additional AR 2: Sébastien Pache (SUI)


Fourth Official: Stephane De Almeida (SUI)


Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)






Steaua Bucarest – Rio Ave


Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)


Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (WAL)


Assistant Referee 2: Edward King (WAL)


Additional AR 1: Mark Whitby (WAL)


Additional AR 2: Nick Pratt (WAL)


Fourth Official: John Roberts (WAL)


Referee Observer: Aleksei Spirin (RUS)






Dinamo Minsk – Guingamp


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 Jakimovksi (MKD)


Fourth Official: Goce Petreski (MKD)


Referee Observer: Marian Ruzbarsky (SVK)






PAOK – ACF Fiorentina


Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)


Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)


Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)


Additional AR 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)


Additional AR 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)


Fourth Official: Robert Kempter (GER)


Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)






Trabzonspor – Lokeren


Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)


Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)


Assistant Referee 2: David Bitton (ISR)


Additional AR 1: Ziv Adler (ISR)


Additional AR 2: Menashe Masiah (ISR)


Fourth Official: Nissan Davidy (ISR)


Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)






Rijeka – Feyenoord


Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)


Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)


Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)


Additional AR 1: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)


Additional AR 2: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)


Fourth Official: Leif Erik Opland (NOR)


Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)






Standard Liège – Sevilla


Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)


Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)


Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)


Additional AR 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)


Additional AR 2: Hakan Ceylan (TUR)


Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)


Referee Observer: Ray Ellingham (WAL)






Villarreal – FC Zürich


Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)


Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)


Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)


Additional AR 1: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)


Additional AR 2: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)


Fourth Official: Ekrem Kan (TUR)


Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)






Borussia Mönchengladbach – Apollon Limassol


Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)


Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)


Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)


Additional AR 1: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)


Additional AR 2: Sergiy Berezka (UKR)


Fourth Official: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)


Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)






Torino – HJK Helsinki


Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)


Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)


Assistant Referee 2: Vital Jobin (SUI)


Additional AR 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)


Additional AR 2: Nikolaj Hänni (SUI)


Fourth Official: Johannes Vogel (SUI)


Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)






Club Brugge – København


Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)


Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)


Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)


Additional AR 1: Lee Mason (ENG)


Additional AR 2: Paul Tierney (ENG)


Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)


Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)






Partizan – Beşiktaş


Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)


Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)


Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)


Additional AR 1: Marco Guida (ITA)


Additional AR 2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)


Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)


Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)






Celtic – Astra Giurgiu


Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)


Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Sigurdsson (ISL)


Assistant Referee 2: Sigurdur Thorleifsson (ISL)


Additional AR 1: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)


Additional AR 2: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL)


Fourth Official: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)


Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)






Salzburg – Dinamo Zagreb


Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)


Assistant Referee 1: Hessel Steegstra (NED)


Assistant Referee 2: Davie Goossens (NED)


Additional AR 1: Dennis Higler (NED)


Additional AR 2: Kamphuis Jochem (NED)


Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)


Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)






Estoril Praia – Dinamo Moskva


Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)


Assistant Referee 1: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)


Assistant Referee 2: Amihay Mozes (ISR)


Additional AR 1: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR)


Additional AR 2: Daniel Natan (ISR)


Fourth Official: Oren Borneshtain (ISR)


Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (SMR)






PSV Eindhoven – Panathinaikos


Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)


Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)


Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)


Additional AR 1: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)


Additional AR 2: Michal Paták (CZE)


Fourth Official: Martin Wilczek (CZE)


Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)






FC Internazionale – AS Saint-Étienne


Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)


Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)


Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)


Additional AR 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)


Additional AR 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)


Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)


Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)






Dnipro – Qarabağ


Referee: Libor Kovařik (CZE)


Assistant Referee 1: Krystof Mencl (CZE)


Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)


Additional AR 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)


Additional AR 2: Jan Jilek (CZE)


Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)


Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)

CONCACAF Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 6)

21 October 2014
Club America – CSD Comunicaciones
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Morgante (USA)
Fourth Official: Edvin Jurisevic (USA)
Referee Observer: Victor Moore (BRB)

Tauro FC – DC United
Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiran Dopico (CUB)
Fourth Official: Marlon Mejia (SLV)
Referee Observer: Jose Pineda (HON)

LD Alajuelense – Cruz Azul
Referee: Elmer Bonilla (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Wales (TRI)
Fourth Official: Mario Escobar (GUA)
Referee Observer: Brian Hall (USA)

CD Olimpia – Portland Timbers
Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rene Ochoa (GUA)
Fourth Official: Juan Guerra (GUA)

Referee Observer: Mauricio Morales (MEX)

22 October 2014
New York Red Bulls – Montreal Impact
Referee: Hector Rodriguez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Oscar Velasquez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
Fourth Official: Jeffrey Solis (CRC)
Referee Observer: Elix Peralta (PAN)

Real España – CF Pachuca
Referee: Walter Quesada (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Fourth Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Referee Observer: Victor Stewart (JAM)

Copa Sudamericana – Round of 16 (III)

21 October 2014
Lanús – Cerro Porteño
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU)
Fourth Official: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
Referee Observer: Juan Crespi (ARG)

22 October 2014
Peñarol – Estudiantes
Referee: Leandro Vuaden (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cleriston Barreto (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabricio Vilarinho (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Referee Observer: Carlos Velazquez (URU)

River Plate – Libertad
Referee: José Buitrago (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Berrio (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Rivas (COL)
Fourth Official: Luis Sánchez (COL)
Referee Observer: Abel Gnecco (ARG)

23 October 2014
Deportivo Capiatá – Boca Juniors
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Diaz (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Guzmán (COL)
Fourth Official: Juan Pontón (COL)
Referee Observer: Cecilio Bejarano (PAR)

Three CONMEBOL referees failed fitness tests

According to Arbitro Internacional, three prospective referees invited to the FIFA Seminar in Chile failed the fitness tests. Apparently, South American referees have often fitness problems, a rare situation in other confederations. In the previous selection process for the 2014 World Cup, Brazilian referees Wilson Seneme and Leandro Vuaden lost their chances due to repeatedly failing FIFA fitness tests and were replaced by Sandro Ricci. This time, Patricio Loustau (ARG), Wilson Lamouroux (COL, photo) and Adrian Velez (COL) failed the FIFA interval test on 14 October. Two days later, Loustau passed the Yo-Yo test, while the results of Velez and Lamouroux are not yet known. The FIFA fitness instructor for CONMEBOL, Christian Rosen, was not present during the testing sessions, despite having travelled to the course in Chile.

Source: Arbitro Internacional

UEFA Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

21 October 2014
Chelsea FC – NK Maribor
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Diks (NED)
Additional AR 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional AR 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

CSKA Moskva – Manchester City
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berretyán (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Sándor Szabo (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Zsolt Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: László Viszokai (HUN)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

AS Roma – Bayern München
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Referee Observer: Athanassios Briakos (GRE)

FC Barcelona – Ajax Amsterdam
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional AR 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)

Apoel – Paris SG
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional AR 1: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Additional AR 2: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

FC Schalke – Sporting Lisbon
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

Bate Borisov – Shakhtar Donetsk
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: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

FC Porto – Athletic Club
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: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

22 October 2014
Olympiakos – Juventus Turin
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN))

Atlético Madrid – Malmö FF
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Dejan Balažić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Referee Observer: Stephen Bennett (ENG)

FC Liverpool – Real Madrid
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)

Ludogorets – FC Basel
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional AR 1: Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ (GER)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Sajn (SVN)

Bayer Leverkusen – Zenit St. Petersburg
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional AR 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

AS Monaco – Benfica SL
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: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

RSC Anderlecht – Arsenal FC
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Galatasaray – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Platini: white card and sin-bin

UEFA president Michel Platini says he would like to see the introduction of a sin-bin for players who show dissent by talking back to referees.
In his book "Parlons Football" (Talking about football), released on Thursday, Platini, a former top player, launches the idea of creating a white card, to go alongside the existing red and yellow ones, to be used specifically to send players to the sin-bin if they talk back to referees. He says the move would help fight against the "craze of contesting the referee" which has become "a veritable epidemic in football". He also said the white card would be followed by a 10-minute spell on the sidelines. "It should not be confused in any way with the yellow card, which for its part is dedicated to fouls within the game," added the 59-year-old Frenchman, a legend in his country due to his feats as a player in the 1970s and 1980s. The measure was one of a number proposed by Platini in his book, including increasing the amount of substitutes allowed during games from three to five. He said he wanted to allow "two changes at half time while maintaining the possibility to make three more during the course of the match". Another idea is to remove the minimum age requirement for referees, allow goal line officials to enter the field of play and to put an end to the so-called “triple punishment”, when a player concedes a penalty and is sent-off for a professional foul, with a goal often being scored as well (becoming the third penalisation for the defending team). Instead, he argues there should be "a double punishment: penalty kick and yellow card if the foul is committed inside the penalty area; sending-off and free-kick if the foul is committed outside the penalty area". 

Source: Yahoo Sports

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

15-16 October 2014

FFC Frankfurt – BIIK Kazygurt
Referee: Vesna Budimir (CRO, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rođak (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Lidija Kraljić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Kathrin Heimann (GER) 


WFC Zvezda – Stjarnan
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Hima (HUN)
Fourth Official: Jana Mazanowa (RUS)

FC Zürich Frauen – ŽNK Osijek
Referee: Linn Andersson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Anu Jokela (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sandra Österberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Sandra Strub (SUI)

Fortuna Hjørring – CA Ouriense
Referee: Olga Zadinová (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajová (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Zuzana Špindlerová (CZE)
Fourth Official: Tinna Christensen (DEN) 


AC Sparta Praha – Gintra Universitetas
Referee: Elia Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Guadalupe Porras (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Sara Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Lucie Šulcová (CZE)

NÖSV Neulengbach – MTK Hungária
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Dąbrowska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Katarzyna Wasiak (POL)
Fourth Official: Barbara Bollenberger (AUT)

FC Barcelona – Slavia Praha
Referee: Sara Persson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Nyström (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Josefin Aronsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Rocío Puente (ESP)

FC Rosengård – Ryazan VDV
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Panagiota Koutsoumpou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Jilan Taher (SWE)

Olympique Lyonnais – Brescia Femminile
Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruța Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Marilena Nan (ROU)
Fourth Official: Aurélie Efé (FRA)

Glasgow City – Medyk Konin
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Jekatierina Kuroczkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Sabina Walijewa (RUS)
Fourth Official: Erin Cunningham (SCO)

ASD Torres – ŽNK Pomurje
Referee: Karolina Radzik-Johan (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandra Prus (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulina Baranowska (POL)
Fourth Official: Francesca Di Monte (ESP)

Paris St. Germain – FC Twente
Referee: Morag Pirie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Kylie McMullen (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Hayley Irvine (SCO)
Fourth Official: Jennifer Maubacq (FRA)

Brøndby IF – Apollon Ladies
Referee: Amy Rayner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Natalie Aspinall (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Lisa Rashid (ENG)
Fourth Official: Frida Nielsen (DEN)

VfL Wolfsburg – Stabæk Fotball
Referee: Gyöngyi Gaál (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Brigitta Petz (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Katalin Török (HUN)
Fourth Official: Imke Lohmeyer (GER)

Linköping FC – Liverpool Ladies
Referee: Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Elena Țepușă (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandra Apostu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Lovisa Johansson (SWE)

Bristol Academy – Raheny United
Referee: Marija Kurtes (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Moiken Wolk (GER)
Fourth Official: Paula Wyatt (ENG)

Copa Sudamericana – Round of 16 (II)

14 October 2014
Estudiantes – Peñarol
Referee: Enrique Osses (CHI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Francisco Mondria (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergio Roman (CHI)
Fourth Official: Carlos Ulloa (CHI)
Referee Observer: Abel Gnecco (ARG)

Cerro Porteño – Lanús
Referee: Dario Ubriaco (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU)
Fourth Official: Christian Ferreyra (URU)
Referee Observer: Manuel Bernal (PAR)

15 October 2014
Huachipato – Sao Paulo
Referee: Antonio Arias (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodney Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Cáceres (PAR)
Fourth Official: Ulises Mereles (PAR)
Referee Observer: Patricio Basualto (CHI)

Universidad César Vallejo – Bahia
Referee: Carlos Vera (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU)
Fourth Official: Diego Lara (ECU)
Referee Observer: Manuel Yupanqui (PER)

Boca Juniors – Deportivo Capiatá
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson de Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Pericles Cortes (BRA)
Referee Observer: Carlos Coradina (ARG)

Goias – Emelec
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto Clavijo (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Berrio (COL)
Fourth Official: Juan Pontón (COL)
Referee Observer: Antonio Pereira (BRA)

16 October 2014
Vitória – Atlético Nacional
Referee: Diego Abal (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Fourth Official: Silvio Trucco (ARG)
Referee Observer: Manoel Serapiao (BRA)

Libertad – River Plate
Referee: Víctor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: César Escano (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Fourth Official: Miguel Santivañez (PER)
Referee Observer: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

Euro 2016 qualifying match Serbia – Albania abandoned

A 2016 European Championship qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned on Tuesday after scuffles among players and fans on the pitch over a banner featuring an Albanian flag that was flown above the stadium by a drone. English referee Martin Atkinson interrupted the match in the 41st minute when Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic managed to grab the banner and Albania players tried to protect it. Several Serbian fans invaded the pitch and clashed with Albania players. The Group I match was later abandoned "due to a disturbance on the pitch," according to UEFA, with the score at 0-0. "The Euro 2016 Qualifying match between Serbia and Albania has been abandoned and the circumstances will be reported to the UEFA Disciplinary Body," European football's ruling body said in a statement.
Albanian fans had been warned against attending the game between the two Balkan rival nations that have had turbulent relations — mainly over the former ethnic Albanian-dominated Serbian province of Kosovo that declared independence in 2008. "We wanted to continue the match, but Albanian players said they were not psychologically ready," Serbia captain Branislav Ivanovic said. Both Serbian and Albanian fans have a long history of violence and racial abuse. In October 2010, the Italy-Serbia European Championship qualifier was disrupted in Genoa by violent Serbia fans. UEFA eventually awarded Italy a 3-0 win. On Tuesday, the Albanian anthem was loudly jeered by Serbian fans and derogatory chanting was heard throughout the first half. Serbian supporters also threw flares at the pitch. The drone, clearly visible in the lights of the stadium, made a series of passes above the pitch. The banner displayed an Albanian flag and a map of so-called "Greater Albania," an area that comprises territory within today's Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and northern Greece. The banner also portrayed two Albanian nationalist leaders — Ismail Qemali, who declared Albania's independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912 and Isa Boletini, an Albanian fighter against the Turks. Fearing trouble, hundreds of riot police were deployed inside and outside the Partizan stadium in Belgrade. Dozens of Albanian fans, mostly from Kosovo and Montenegro, apparently managed to get inside despite warnings by Serbian security officials that they would be arrested if they carry Albanian symbols. On his Twitter page, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama congratulated Albanian players for their courage before the match was abandoned and added that he was "sorry for the neighbours who left a bad worldwide image with the ugly show". According to Reuters, Serbian state television reported that Olsi Rama, the brother of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, was arrested in the VIP Box for instigating the stunt and was found with a remote. “He was arrested on suspicion that he masterminded and executed the incident in which a flag with a map of greater Albania was flown over the pitch and the terraces, after which the match between Serbia and Albania was abandoned”, Serbian state television said on its official website. Bizarrely, the announcer at the stadium played Cher's “Believe” in an attempt to calm fans during the break, to no avail. After a delay of around half an hour, Atkinson abandoned the game. UEFA delegate Harry Been told journalists: “It is a regretful situation on which we will report; the referee, myself and the security advisor. The circumstances were such that we couldn’t continue the match. You all saw what happened and I cannot comment on who is to blame or what to blame. I will submit a report with my colleagues to UEFA and UEFA will decide what will happen further”.

Source: Daily Mail

Bomb attack on Cyprus referees office

A small pipe bomb exploded outside the offices of Cyprus’s referees association, according to police who confirmed a second attack on members of the profession in a month. The small-density explosive caused slight damage outside the Nicosia offices of the association at about 3.30 am, a police spokesman said. A fire bomb was recently thrown at the home of an assistant referee in the coastal town of Limassol. There have been no arrests.
Cypriot football occasionally experiences outbursts of violence and referees are regularly targeted. The most serious attack arrived in February when the Cypriot federation banned all first division games for a week after a bomb damaged the car of one their top officials, Leontios Trattou (photo). Police said the low-yield explosive device placed at the clubhouse entrance in the pre-dawn hours Monday caused minor damage. In a letter to the president of the Cyprus FA, Blatter wrote: “I would like to express my condemnation of the cowardly bomb attack carried out on the headquarters of the Cyprus Referees Association”. 

Source: The Guardian