FIFA World Cup 2018 – Prospective Referees (UEFA)


As expected, 16 out of the 18 referees who recently attended Euro 2016 in France have been pre-selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP, 45, who ended his career) and Martin Atkinson (ENG, 45) are missing, while Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE, reserve at Euro) and Artur Soares Dias (POR) were added to the list of prospective referees. The oldest pre-selected referee is Rizzoli (ITA, photo), who will be 47 in 2018. No other referee will be older than 45 by the World Cup time, with the youngest candidate being Clement Turpin (FRA, 36 in 2018). In 2014, FIFA appointed only 9 European referees (plus 1 reserve) to the World Cup in Brazil, so the selection will be more difficult than Euro.



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UEFA
1. Felix Brych (GER, 1975)
2. Cuneyt Cakir (TUR, 1976)
3. Mark Clattenburg (ENG, 1975)
4. William Collum (SCO, 1979)
5. Jonas Eriksson (SWE, 1974)
6. Ovidiu Hategan (ROU, 1980)
7. Sergei Karasev (RUS, 1979)
8. Viktor Kassai (HUN, 1975)
9. Pavel Kralovec (CZE, 1977)
10. Bjorn Kuipers (NED, 1973)
11. Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, 1977)
12. Szymon Marciniak (POL, 1981)
13. Milorad Mazic (SRB, 1973)
14. Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR, 1979)
15. Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, 1971)
16. Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, 1973)
17. Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE, 1979)
18. Damir Skomina (SVN, 1976)
19. Artur Soares Dias (POR, 1979)
20. Clement Turpin (FRA, 1982)

All prospective referees will attend a FIFA Seminar in Zürich, on 19-23 September 2016.

Source: Pitka Nozna

UEFA Europa League – Third Qualifying Round (First Leg)

28 July 2016 

Austria Wien – Spartak Trnava
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Aurel Onita (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Referee Observer: Volodimir Petrov (UKR)

AEK Larnaca – Spartak Moskva
Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Naranjo Pérez (ESP)
Fourth Official: José González González (ESP)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

FC Oleksandriya – Hajduk Split
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Donatas Šimėnas (LTU)
Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)

Heracles Almelo – FC Arouca
Referee: Charalampos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chasan Koula (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Tryfon Petropoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Georgios Kyzas (GRE)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

LOSC Lille – FK Qäbälä
Referee: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Torpedo Zhodino – Rapid Wien
Referee: Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gunnar Gudmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gylfi Sigurdsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

FK Jelgava – Beitar Jerusalem
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Venev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

Zagłębie Lubin – Sonderjyske
Referee: Robert Madley (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Lokomotiva Zagreb – Vorskla Poltava
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Slavia Praha – Rio Ave
Referee: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandr Kudriavtsev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

IFK Göteborg – HJK Helsinki
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Fourth Official: John Beaton (SCO)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

İstanbul Başakşehir – HNK Rijeka
Referee: Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)

Birkirkara FC – Kuban Krasnodar
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Bram Van Driessche (BEL)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

FC Luzern – Sassuolo Calcio
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Grasshoppers – Apollon Limassol
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

KRC Genk – Cork City
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia (MLT)
Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (NOR)

Osmanlispor – Nõmme Kalju
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Djordjie Ražnatović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikola Radulović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)

Pandurii Târgu Jiu – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

FK Shkëndija – Mladá Boleslav
Referee: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Yevgeniy Belskiy (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Khodin (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Aleksander Gauzer (KAZ)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

FK Vojvodina – Dinamo Minsk
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Rothmann (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Christoforos Zografos (GRE)

Panathinaikos – AIK Solna
Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Häcker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: René Rohde (GER)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Hertha BSC – Brondby IF
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost Van Zuilen (NED)
Fourth Official: Edwin van de Graaf (NED)
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

KAA Gent – Viitorul Constanța
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sascha Amhof (SUI)
Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)

Videoton FC – Midtjylland FC
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ville Koskiniemi (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sami Nykänen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)

NK Domžale – West Ham
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesiguzel (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

AZ Alkmaar – PAS Giannina
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Referee Observer: Eyjolfur Olafsson (ISL)

FC Aberdeen – NK Maribor
Referee: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jon-Michael Knutsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oystein Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)

AS Saint Étienne – AEK Athens
Referee: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvatore Longo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Domenico Celi (ITA)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Admira Wacker Mödling – Slovan Liberec
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Referee Observer: Igor Ischenko (UKR)

UEFA Champions League – Third Qualifying Round (First Leg)

26-27 July 2016

Sparta Praha – Steaua Bucureşti
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Cortus (GER)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)


FK Partizani – FC Salzburg
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

Ludogorets Razgrad – Crvena Zvezda
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

Bate Borisov – Dundalk FC
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)
Referee Observer: Carmel Agius (MLT)

Viktoria Plzeň – Qarabağ FK
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

FC Rostov – RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese (ITA)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)

Shakhtar Donetsk – Young Boys
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Fourth Official: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

GNK Dinamo – Dinamo Tbilisi
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Fourth Official: Steven McLean (SCO)
Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

Ajax – PAOK FC
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Francisco Martín García (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva (ESP)
Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)

FC Astana – Celtic FC
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Giacomo Paganessi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Piero Giacomelli (ITA)
Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)

Rosenborg BK – Apoel FC
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Fourth Official: Dragoslav Perič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marin (ESP)

Astra Giurgiu – FC Kobenhavn
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)

AS Trenčín – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

Fenerbahçe SK – AS Monaco
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Fernández Miranda (ESP)
Fourth Official: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido (ESP)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Olympiacos FC – Hapoel Beer Sheva
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Álvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Luis Ferreira (POR)
Referee Observer: Kaj Ostergaard (DEN)

UEFA U-19 Euro Final 2016: Aghayev (AZE)

Aliyar Aghayev has told UEFA.com of his pride and surprise after the official from Azerbaijan was selected to referee Sunday's UEFA European U-19 Championship final between Italy and France in Sinsheim."It's a very great honour, although I was a little bit shocked when I heard," said Aghayev, who has taken charge of two matches at the tournament in Germany and worked as fourth official at two more. "Referees want to get better and better. Since the start of the tournament it was my aim to make it to the final, and I'm so happy to have been given the chance to do that. "This is a big achievement for modern refereeing in Azerbaijan. It's thanks to the support of my family and my chairman, and I'm very grateful for that. It's been a great tournament in a great country," Aghayev added. "The organisation has been wonderful. Germany is a great football country, there have been some top-class stadiums and all [the officials] have enjoyed working in front of such large crowds."
The 28-year-old from Baku has been a FIFA referee since 2013, the same year he started overseeing matches in UEFA competitions in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round. Aghayev also handled two games at the 2014 U17 finals in Malta, before making his UEFA Europa League group stage debut as a referee in December 2015, as Rapid Wien took on Dinamo Minsk. He feels his time in Germany will be of long-term benefit, explaining: "I've learned a lot. The referee observers are very experienced, and they give us all the benefit of that. When we ask questions, they're there to help us as much as they can, which is really important for us."
The U-19 final appointment is the culmination of a busy 2015/16 campaign for Aghayev. In addition to his UEFA Europa League commitments, he also refereed matches in UEFA Champions League qualifying, 2017 U21 qualifying and the UEFA Youth League, as well as fourth official duties at no fewer than six games at the U17 finals in his native Azerbaijan. "I took lots of advice before the tournament, because it's another level for me," he said. "I wanted to make sure I enjoyed it, and I've done that. This final is a big match, but it's not the last match for me I hope! The aim is to improve all the time, with every game, and to get the chance to do more big games in the future".


24 July 2016
France – Italy
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Djukic (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Elleray expecting video replays to be used from 2018

The International Football Association Board, the body that decides the laws of the game, agreed to trial video assistant referees in March and is currently holding its second workshop for interested associations and leagues at the home of the New York Red Bulls. Last month, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands and the United States signed up to test the concept "offline", with "live" pilots, where real decisions will be decided by replays, starting in 2017. Elleray said "two or three" more associations have since agreed to join the pilot phase but would not confirm if any of the Home Nations are among them, although he did say they were all taking a "close interest" in developments. The Dutch FA, which hosted the first workshop in May, has been trialling video assistant referees "offline" for the last three seasons and claims it has "improved" almost one in four decisions. It also said replay decisions have taken an additional 12 seconds on average. Elleray, an IFAB advisor who recently led a comprehensive review of football's laws, said the Dutch experiments looked at every decision during a game, whereas IFAB will "start narrow". "The advice we got from every sport that is doing this already was that you should not try to review too much," said the 61-year-old Englishman. "There will always be decisions in football that are subjective, even when you have looked at the replay, so we want to focus on those key decisions that are clearly wrong".
Elleray said replays would only be used to settle decisions on goals, penalties and straight red cards, with assistance also offered in cases of mistaken identity for red and yellow cards. As an example, Elleray said the workshop had discussed the goal that Peru's Raul Ruidiaz scored with his hand to knock Brazil out of last month's Copa America. It was clearly visible on TV replays but the referee and his assistants missed it. He pointed that it took five minutes for the referee to restart the game but said IFAB would not be putting a time limit on video assistant referee decisions. "Accuracy is more important than speed," Elleray added. The system will work by having a video assistant referee watching live footage of the game from the broadcasters' cameras in a truck or control room. They will be in contact with the referee via a two-way radio and he or she can either ask for their assistance or be guided by the video assistant referee. Elleray explained that for factual decisions - was a player fouled inside or outside the box, for instance - the referee will most likely just take the video assistant's advice, but for more subjective calls the referee will signal for a TV replay and then review the footage on a tablet computer at the side of the pitch. The former geography teacher said he believed it would take four to six months to train video assistant referees to the system but said there was "every chance" major leagues will be using them in 2018. Friendlies and ties in domestic cup competitions are likely to be the first games to have "live" trials next year, and a final decision to approve the law change will be made in 2018 at the earliest and 2019 at the latest.

Source: PA

Australian referee Ben Williams has announced his early retirement

Williams will referee his final match in Australia on Tuesday night when he takes control of the International Champions Cup (ICC) match between Juventus FC and Tottenham Hotspur F.C. at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He will remain available for international appointments until December. Williams will end his top level career having controlled 161 Hyundai A-League matches and 24 NSL matches. He also had the honour of refereeing the 2015 Westfield FFA Cup Final as well as international matches through the AFC and FIFA panels.
“After 22 years on the national panels and 12 years as a FIFA referee it feels like the right time to hang up the whistle,” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to spending time with my increased family and giving back to them for all the love and support they afforded me throughout my career.” FFA CEO David Gallop paid tribute to Williams, who was named as one of three fulltime professional referees, alongside Chris Beath and Jarred Gillett, in September 2015. “I would like to congratulate Ben Williams on his career and his role in the evolution of referees in the Hyundai A-League,” Gallop said. “Ben spent more than a decade officiating in the A-League and various international matches and tournaments, juggling his role with work and family duties. He was an important part of the transition into full time professional referees and we wish him well with his future endeavours and family life.” Having experienced the launch of fulltime professional refereeing Williams believes the future is positive for Australian match officials. “I have been lucky to be a part of the transition into the professional era of the Hyundai A-League and now into fulltime professional refereeing,” Williams said. “I look forward to the continued success of the fulltime refereeing program and believe Australian referees now have a real career pathway available to them”.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) will make an announcement on Williams’ replacement on the three-person Professional Referees Panel in the near future. Williams retires as one of Australia’s most highly respected international referees. The 39-year-old regards the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where he refereed three matches including the Round of 16 match between Greece and Costs Rica, as the highlight of his career. In addition to numerous FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and AFC Champions League matches, his impressive resume includes refereeing matches at the 2010 Asian Games, 2011 AFC Asian Cup, 2012 AFC Champions League Final, 2012 Olympic Games, 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2014 FIFA Club World Cup and 2015 AFC Asian Cup. In spite of his resume, Williams was not pre-selected by FIFA as a candidate for the next World Cup, which likely contributed to his early retirement.

Source: Football Australia

Stronger position towards unacceptable conduct in England

Premier League football, and the wider game in England, is known for being competitive and compelling, but also for its fairness and for being played in the right spirit. However, the English football authorities have noticed over the past four seasons that intolerable behaviour by players and managers in their competitions have reached unacceptable levels in certain areas. Therefore, the Premier League, EFL and The FA have announced a collective undertaking to improve behaviour across the game. Their undertaking will task the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) to take a stronger position and action towards unacceptable participant conduct. This will focus on behaviour towards match officials, with the aim of reducing disrespectful conduct, such as aggressively challenging decisions or running from distance to confront an official.


The PGMO will apply the Laws of the Game to manage rigorously the following incidents of bad behaviour with the following sanctions:

Dissent towards match officials
Yellow cards will be issued to players who:
- Show visibly disrespectful behaviour to any match official
- Respond aggressively to decisions
- Confront an official face to face
- Run towards an official to contest a decision

Offensive, insulting or abusive language or gestures towards match officials
- Red cards will be issued to players who confront match officials and use offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures towards them.

Physical contact with match officials
- A yellow card for physical contact with any match official in a non-aggressive manner (e.g. an inquisitive approach to grab the official’s attention).
- A red card for physical contact with match officials in an aggressive or confrontational manner.

Surrounding match officials

- A yellow card for at least one player when two or more from a team surround a match official.
- The FA will continue to sanction teams when they surround match officials.

Conduct in the technical area
- The requirements of the Technical Area Code of Conduct will be more rigorously enforced for players and club staff.
- Additionally, match officials will be required to retain professional detachment from players and club staff at all times.

“We and our clubs have been discussing for some time concerns that certain elements of player behaviour are overstepping the mark and it is our collective position that these types of behaviour should no longer be tolerated. Things happen in the heat of the moment during fast and highly competitive football; we still want to see the passion fans enjoy and demand, but players and managers have to be aware there are lines that should not be crossed”, said Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League. “We all have a collective responsibility to ensure high standards of respect are maintained – from the grassroots to the professional game”, said Martin Glenn, FA chief executive. “Above all, we don’t want youngsters mimicking incidents of dissent or abuse they see on TV in the school playground or the park pitches. English football relies on its officials and anything we can do to protect and promote the work of our 28,000 referees in this country is to be supported”.

Source: Premier League

UEFA U-19 Euro 2016 – Semi-finals

21 July 2016

Portugal – France
Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Djukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ridiger Çokaj (ALB)
Fourth Official: Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

England – Italy
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Play-off for FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017

Germany – Netherlands
Referee: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Vladimir Gerasimov (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Geir Isaksen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozinovski (MKD)

FP World’s Best Futsal Referee 2015: Malfer (ITA)

Italian referee Alessandro Malfer has been voted by Futsal Planet, for the second time, the world’s best futsal referee of 2014 with 543 points, ahead of the Hungarian Gabor Kovacs and English Marc Birkett. Alessandro Malfer, 41, started his refereeing career in 2002 and earned his FIFA futsal badge in 2011. Three years later he was selected for the UEFA Futsal Euro in Belgium and the UEFA Futsal Cup final in Azerbaijan. Malfer was appointed this year to the UEFA Futsal Euro final.

FP World’s Best Futsal Referees 2015

1. Alessandro Malfer (ITA, photo) 543 p
2. Gabor Kovacs (HUN) 466 p
3. Marc Birkett (ENG) 402 p
4. Gean Coelho Telles (BRA) 327 p
5. Tomohiro Kozaki (JPN) 265 p
6. Daniel Rodriguez (URU) 201 p 
7. Chris Colley (AUS) 169 p
8. Leroy Brown (GUA) 96 p
9. Sherif Soliman (EGY) 94 p
10. Amitesh Behari (FIJ) 47 p

UEFA Super Cup 2016: Mazic (SRB)

Serbia's Milorad Mažić will referee the UEFA Super Cup game between Real Madrid and Sevilla in Trondheim, the first UEFA final of the Serbian referee’s career. Fresh from officiating at UEFA Euro 2016, where he and his team took charge of three games, the 43-year-old Mažić has received perhaps the most prestigious assignment of his career. A company director in the meat industry in Serbia, and a well-known personality in local football, he has been a regular in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. He first took charge of a UEFA match in 2009, a UEFA European U-17 Championship qualifier between Austria and Italy. Mažić twice refereed games involving Real Madrid in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League; a 1-0 win at Basel in the group stage, and a 0-0 draw at Atlético Madrid in the quarter-finals. He has also been involved in two Sevilla games. His team officiated in the second leg of the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, where Sevilla progressed despite a 3-1 loss at Valencia, and Mažić was fourth official as Los Hispalenses beat Benfica on penalties in the final in Turin. (Source: UEFA)


9 August 2016
Real Madrid – FC Sevilla
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: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Reserve AR: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)