CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2015 – Quarter-finals

31 January 2015
Congo – DR Congo
Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)

Tunisia – Equatorial Guinea
Referee: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (MRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Edibi (NIG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)

1 February 2015
Ghana – Guinea
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Waleed Ahmed (SDN)

Côte d'Ivoire – Algeria
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Birumushahu (BDI)
Assistant Referee 2: Aboubacar Doumbouya (GUI)

Soto was injured in a kidnapping

FIFA referee Juan Soto, from Venezuela, is hospitalized in Caracas after being the victim of a "quick kidnapping" last night. Fortunately, Soto is already recovering well from the injuries suffered during this incident. According to medical reports, surgery is required to repair the damage and will take place this Saturday. Soto was appointed to referee the Copa Libertadores match Morelia - The Strongest, next week, in Mexico, but CONMEBOL is expected to replace him due to this unfortunate incident. (Source: Arbitro Internacional)

Soto is remembered by his presence at the 2012 Olympic Games, where he was surrounded by the Spanish players (photo) following their surprising defeat to Honduras. Soto cautioned seven players, while Martin Montoya and Alberto Botia could have been shown red cards for violent tackles. Later on the same year, the Bolivian Football Federation asked CONMEBOL to indefinitely suspended Soto from for failing to send off John Hurtado who caused a double fracture of tibia and fibula of Francisco Arguello. The incident happened in the return match between Deportes Tolima and Oriente Petrolero, for the second phase of Copa Sudamericana. Although Arguello’s injuries required emergency surgery at a local clinic and put him off the field for six months, Soto just pulled a yellow card. (Source: ABC.com)

AFC Asian Cup Final 2015: Faghani (IRN)

31 January 2015

Final
Australia – Korea
Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (IRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Abolfazli (IRN)
Fourth Official: Fahad Al Mirdasi (KSA)
Reserve AR: Abdulla Al Shalwai (KSA)

Match for Third Place
Iraq – UAE
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Tulefat (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ebrahim Saleh (BHR)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Williams (AUS)
Reserve AR: Matthew Cream (AUS)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2015 – Group Stage (Matches 19-24)

26 January 2015
Cape Verde – Zambia
Referee: Neant Alioum (CMR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marwa Range (KEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Fourth Official: Juste Ephrem Zio (BFA)

DR Congo – Tunisia
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Yahaya Mahamadou (NIG)
Fourth Official: Koman Coulibaly (MLI)

27 January 2015
South Africa – Ghana
Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (MAD)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (CMR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Songuifolo Yeo (CIV)
Fourth Official: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)

Senegal – Algeria
Referee: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (MRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Waleed Ahmed (SDN) 
Assistant Referee 2: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Fourth Official: Joaquin Eyang (EQG)

28 January 2015
Cameroon – Côte d'Ivoire
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean Birumushahu (BDI)

Fourth Official: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)

Guinea – Mali
Referee: Mohamed Kordi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Hmila (TUN)

Assistant Referee 2: Malik Salifu (GHA)
Fourth Official: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)

CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final 2015: Martinez (CUB)

25 January 2015

Mexico – Panama
Referee: Yadel Martinez (CUB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hiran Dopico (CUB)
Assistant Referee 2: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Fourth Official: Marlon Mejia (SLV)

AFC Asian Cup 2015 – Semi-finals

26 January 2015
Korea – Iraq
Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Toshiyuki Nagi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Reserve AR: Reza Sokhandan (IRN)

27 January 2015
Australia – UAE
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Abduxamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Bakhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ)
Fourth Official: Abdulrahman Hussain (QAT)
Reserve AR: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2015 – Group Stage (Matches 13-18)

23 January 2015
Ghana – Algeria
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (MLI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Birumushahu (BDI)
Assistant Referee 2: Hassan Egueh (DJI)
Fourth Official: Joaquin Esono Eyang (EQG)

South Africa – Senegal
Referee: Ali Lemghaifry (MRT)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (ERI)
Assistant Referee 2: Theogene Ngadijimana (RWA)
Fourth Official: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (MRI)

24 January 2015
Côte d'Ivoire – Mali
Referee: Bouchaib El Ahrach (MAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Malik Salifu (GHA)
Fourth Official: Juste Ephrem Zio (BFA)

Cameroon – Guinea
Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Fourth Official: Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB)

25 January 2015
Gabon – Equatorial Guinea
Referee: Noumandiez Doue (CIV)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Aboubacar Doumbouya (GUI)
Fourth Official: Bernard Camille (SEY)

Congo – Burkina Faso
Referee: Joseph Lamptey (GHA)
Assistant Referee 1: El Hadji Malick (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Oamogetse Godisamang (BOT)
Fourth Official: Victor Gomes (RSA)

Proenca has retired from refereeing

On 10 September 2000, Pedro Proenca Oliveira made his debut game in the Portuguese top flight. The first match of the young referee was Desportivo Aves – Campomaiorense. In min. 17, Duka was the target of a yellow card shown by the referee from Lisbon, the first of eight that Proenca would show in that match. "The game went wrong”, he admitted later. Proenca was challenged by the fans of the home team and only managed to get out of the stadium two hours after the game, under police escort. After 14 years, Pedro Proenca has become a reference in international refereeing, accumulating presence in all major competitions. On Thursday, the 44-year-old referee from Lisbon announced what was one of the worst-kept secrets, "a decision taken in consciousness": the end of his career as a referee. Proenca justified the decision with the "physical and mental strain" suffered during his long career. Thus, a little less than a year of reaching the age limit, the last game of Proenca's career turned out to be Cruz Azul – Auckland City, which defined the third-placed team at the FIFA Club World Cup, last December.
"I would like to leave an image of competence, professionalism and credibility. While acknowledging that I may have been wrong on the pitch and suffering from these mistakes, I did everything I could to improve my skills", said the now former referee, ensuring that he leaves the arbitration with well wishes for everyone and not referring to the problems he had in the recent past with Vítor Pereira, the president of the Referees Committee of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). In his speech, Vítor Pereira also did not refer to these differences, ranking the retirement of Proenca as "premature". In his good-bye speech, Proenca showed that he was pleased by the career. "I was in extraordinary competitions with the most talented players. Being present in big finals, as the Champions League and the European Championship, was a journey for which I and my team worked very hard. My deep gratitude goes to them”. Proenca may return to football and refereeing in the near future. "I am ready to contribute as necessary in support of refereeing and the Portuguese football", he said. But his immediate future, he added, will see him working as administrator and financial officer, and devote himself to academic teaching. Considered the best Portuguese referee of the century, Proenca stressed that it is time to "leave room to young referees" and that "the future of the Portuguese refereeing is assured".
Proenca’s retirement ceremony was held at the FPF headquarters and was attended by many personalities of the Portuguese football, including Luis Duque, president of the Portuguese League, Fernando Gomes, president of the Portuguese Football Federation, and old players like Pauleta and Humberto Coelho, as well as Luís Filipe Vieira, president of Benfica, Bruno de Carvalho, president of Sporting, Carlos Pereira, president of Maritimo. Porto was represented by Antero Henrique, Director-General of SAD FC Porto, who the day before had been expelled during the SC Braga – Porto for protesting against the referee Cosme Machado – the reason why the Braga Football Association was not present at the ceremony. 
Referee since he was 17, Pedro Proenca rose to the first category in 2000, became international in 2003, with a presence in the final stages of Euro 2012 (in which he directed the final) and the World Cup 2014. According to the accounts of the FPF, since 2000, Proenca refereed 466 games, including 362 in national competitions and 104 in international competitions. The first division of the Portuguese league was the competition “most visited" by Proenca, with 179 games, followed by the second division, with 113. Internationally, he did 37 games in the Champions League, including the 2012 final, in Munich, between Bayern and Chelsea. The World Cup final is the only one missing from his CV.

Source: Publico

CAF Africa Cup of Nations – Group Stage (Matches 9-12)

21 January 2015
Equatorial Guinea – Burkina Faso
Referee: Neant Alioum (CMR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
Fourth Official: Mohamed Kordi (TUN)

Gabon – Congo
Referee: Victor Gomes (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Edibi (NGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Abo El Sadat (EGY)
Fourth Official: Ghead Grisha (EGY)

22 January 2015
Zambia – Tunisia
Referee: Mario Bangoura (GUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Songuifolo Yeo (CIV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Fourth Official: Bakary Gassama (GAM)

Cape Verde – DR Congo
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Malick (SEN)
Fourth Official: Joseph Lamptey (GHA)

AFC Asian Cup 2015 – Quarter-finals

22 January 2015
Korea – Uzbekistan
Referee: Fahad Al Mirdasi (KSA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdulla Al Shalwai (KSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Abu Al-Amri (OMA)
Fourth Official: Abdullah Al-Hilali (OMA)

Reserve AR: Badr Al-Shumrani (KSA)
Referee Observer: Hany Taleb Safar (QAT) 


China – Australia
Referee: Kim Jong-Hyeok (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jeong Hae-Sang (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Yoon Kwang-Yeol (KOR)
Fourth Official: Abdulrahman Hussain (QAT)
Reserve AR: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Referee Observer: John Chia Eng (SIN)

23 January 2015
Iran – Iraq
Referee: Benjamin Williams (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangolo (AUS)
Fourth Official: Christopher Beath (AUS)
Reserve AR: Chun Kit Chow (HKG)

Japan – UAE
Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (IRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Abolfazli (IRN)
Fourth Official: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
Reserve AR: Ebrahim Saleh (BHR)