Bascunan replaces Osses on the Prospected List for FIFA World Cup 2018

Following Enriques Osses’s retirement, CONMEBOL replaced him with Julio Bascunan (photo), who was, initially, one of the reserve referees. The following 10 referees from CONMEBOL will be attending the FIFA seminar at Coverciano (Italy), from 3 to 7 April 2017:
1. Nestor Pitana (ARG)
2. Gery Vargas (BOL)
3. Sandro Ricci (BRA)
4. Julio Bascunan (CHI)
5. Wilmar Roldan (COL)
6. Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
7. Enrique Caceres (PAR)
8. Diego Haro (PER)
9. Andres Cunha (URU)
10. Jose Argote (VEN)

Updated List of Prospective Referees for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019

After Kari Seitz (USA) became the Senior Manager of the women refereeing, FIFA updated the list of prospective referees for the Women’s World Cup 2019 by removing 23 referees and adding 8 new names. Rita Gani (MAS), Abirami Naidu (SIN), Park Ji Yeong (KOR), Liang Qin (CHN), Aye Thein (MYA), Lilia Abdeljaoued (TUN), Aya Ahoua (CIV), Aissata Amegee (TGO), Marximina Bernardo (ANG), Incaf El Harkaoui (MAR), Neama Mohamed (EGY), Margaret Domka (USA), Mirian Leon (SLV), Michelle Pye (CAN), Cardella Samuels (JAM), Yercinia Correa (VEN), Regildenia Moura (BRA), Viviana Munoz (COL), Tupou Patia (COK), Cristina Dorcioman (ROU), Gyongyi Gaal (HUN), Sara Persson (SWE) were replaced by Jonesia Kabakama (TAN), Salima Mukasanga (RWA), Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN), Ekaterina Koroleva (USA), Edina Alves (BRA), Jana Adamkova (CZE), Sandra Braz (POR), Monika Mularczyk (POL). All pre-selected referees, except Albon (injured) are currently attending a FIFA seminar in Portugal in preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.


AFC (reduced from 10 to 5 referees)
1. Kate Jacewicz (AUS, 1985)
2. Oh Hyeon Jeong (KOR, 1988)
3. Casey Reibelt (AUS, 1988)
4. Ri Hyang Ok (PRK, 1977)
5. Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN, 1986)

CAF (reduced from 10 to 6 referees)
1. Jonesia Kabakama (TAN, 1989)
2. Gladys Lengwe (ZAM, 1978)
3. Salima Mukasanga (RWA, 1988)
4. Therese Neguel (CMR, 1981)
9. Ledya Tafesse (ETH, 1980)
6. Fatou Thioune (SEN, 1985)

CONCACAF (reduced from 9 to 7 referees)
1. Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX, 1975)
2. Marianela Araya (CRC, 1988)
3. Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN, 1982)
4. Melissa Borjas (HON, 1986)
5. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN, 1977)
6. Ekaterina Koroleva (USA, 1987)
7. Lucila Venegas (MEX, 1981)

CONMEBOL (reduced from 8 to 6 referees)
1. Edina Alves (BRA, 1980)
2. Maria Carvajal (CHI, 1983)
3. Laura Fortunato (ARG, 1985)
4. Olga Miranda (PAR, 1982)
5. Silvia Reyes (PER, 1981)
6. Claudia Umpierrez (URU, 1983)

OFC (reduced from 3 to 2 referees)
1. Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL, 1982)
2. Finau Vulivuli (FIJ, 1982)

UEFA (16 referees)
1. Jana Adamkova (CZE, 1978)

2. Teodora Albon (ROU, 1977)
3. Sandra Braz (POR, 1978) 

4. Stephanie Frappart (FRA, 1983)
5 Riem Hussein (GER, 1980)
6. Katalin Kulcsar (HUN, 1984)
7. Pernilla Larsson (SWE, 1976)
8. Efthalia Mitsi (GRE, 1980)
9. Kateryna Monzul (UKR, 1981)
10. Monika Mularczyk (POL, 1980)
11. Morag Pirie (SCO, 1975)
12. Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS, 1981)
13. Esther Staubli (SUI, 1979)
14. Bibiana Steinhaus (GER, 1979)
15. Carina Vitulano (ITA, 1975)
16. Olga Zadinova (CZE, 1985)

Clattenburg to continue in England until end of season

Mark Clattenburg is to remain a Premier League referee for the rest of the season, and will be in charge for West Bromwich Albion’s game against Bournemouth this weekend, before taking up his new position as head of referees in Saudi Arabia.
England’s leading match official announced last week that he was to leave his position on the panel of elite referees to succeed Howard Webb in the role in the Middle East but will serve out his notice period. The 41-year-old, who was recently voted the best referee in the world at Dubai’s Globe Soccer Awards, had announced his intention to help “improve refereeing and the education of officials” with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. However, he remains under contract with Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) until the end of the current campaign and, having spoken with the referees’ manager, Mike Riley, over recent days, will be available until the summer. Depending on commitments relating to his new role, he is likely to oversee at least four matches between now and the end of the campaign, when he will formally take up his £500,000-a-year tax free role in Riyadh. He is understood to have turned down an even more lucrative offer to work in China.
Clattenburg’s career, while controversial at times, has seen him take charge of such showpiece events as the Champions League final, FA Cup final and the final of Euro 2016 in Paris last summer. Despite appearing at a press conference in Saudi Arabia last week to explain his new role – he is succeeding Webb, who resigned from his position earlier this month to take up a similar job with Major League Soccer – it had never been formally confirmed that the County Durham official would cease to be available for Premier League fixtures. His discussions with Riley, with whom he has endured a fractious relationship at times given his reservations over the internal politics at PGMOL, are understood to have been amicable and, with 13 rounds of games still to be played in the Premier League this term, Clattenburg will feature again over his three-month notice period. Officials are selected on a match-by-match basis, with his availability to be determined in a similar way. “Mark set standards for others to follow,” said a PGMOL statement last week once news of the move to Saudi had been confirmed. “He has been a great asset to the English game and hopefully an inspiration to those who want to get into refereeing at the grassroots of the game. We understand this is an exciting opportunity for Mark”.

Source: The Guardian

UEFA Europa League – Round of 32 (Second Leg)

22-23 February 2017

AS St. Étienne – Manchester United
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional AR 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Schalke – PAOK
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Marco Guida (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Fenerbahçe – Krasnodar
Referee: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional AR 1: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Additional AR 2: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)

Osmanlıspor – Olympiacos 
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Jozsef Erdos (HUN)
Fourth Official: László Viszokai (HUN)
Referee Observer: Victor Mintoff (MLT)

Beşiktaş – Hapoel Beer Sheva

Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Rade Obrenović (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Dejan Balažič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomislav Pospeh (SVN)
Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)

Zenit – Anderlecht
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional AR 1: Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Additional AR 2: Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Ajax – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Craig Pwson (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)

Apoel Nicosia – Athletic Club
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maxim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Aleksey Eskov (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Andrej Vereteshkin (RUS)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

AS Roma – Villarreal CF
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional AR 1: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Additional AR 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
Fourth Official: Jan Seidel (GER)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

Sparta Praha – FC Rostov
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Baris Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

FC København – Ludogorets
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 Jílek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jiří Moláček (CZE)
Referee Observer: John Fleming (SCO)

Fiorentina – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Additional AR 1: Tiago Martins (POR)
Additional AR 2: João Pinheiro (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Shakhtar Donetsk – Celta de Vigo
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Dragoslav Perič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

Olympique Lyonnais – AZ Alkmaar
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Masylyanko (BLR)
Additional AR 1: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Additional AR 2: Viktor Shimusik (BLR)
Fourth Official: Yuri Khomchenko (BLR)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

KRC Genk – Astra Giurgiu
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional AR 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional AR 2: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

Tottenham Hotspur – KAA Gent
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Álvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Additional AR 2: Fábio Veríssimo (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

CONCACAF Champions League – Quarter-finals (First Leg)

21-23 February 2017

New York Red Bulls – Vancouver Whitecaps
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Jose Penaloza (MEX)

Saprissa – Pachuca

Referee: Oscar Moncada (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Jesus Tabora (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Oscar Velasquez (HON)
Fourth Official: Raul Castro (HON)

Tigres – Pumas

Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Morgante (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Anderson (USA)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)

FC Dallas – Arabe Unidos
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Osvaldo Luna (CRC)
Fourth Official: William Anderson (PUR)

UEFA Youth League – Round of 16

21-22 February 2017

AS Monaco 
 Real Madrid
Referee: Christian Dingert (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Christ (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Arne Aarnink (GER)
Fourth Official: Florent Batta (FRA)
Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

FC Porto 
 Viitorul Constanta
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Calum Spence (SCO)
Fourth Official: João Borlido Matos (POR)
Referee Observer: Antonio Almeida Costa (POR)

Atlético Madrid 
 Sevilla FC
Referee: Benoit Millot (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
Fourth Official: Valentín Pizarro Gómez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

FC Salzburg 
 Paris St. Germain
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sladan Josipović (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Gishamer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Ajax 
 Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Naranjo Pérez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Siemen Mulder (NED)
Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)

PSV Eindhoven 
 SL Benfica 
Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

CSKA Moskva 
 Rosenborg
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Alexandra Ponomareva (RUS)
Referee Observer: Alexey Spirin (RUS)

FC Barcelona 
 Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Höfler (AUT)
Fourth Official: David Medié Jiménez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)

Copa Libertadores – Round 3 (Second Leg)

22 February 2017
Deportivo Capiatá – Atlético Paranaense
Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Fourth Official: Darío Herrera (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Atilio Invernizzi (PAR)

Olimpia – Botafogo
Referee: Julio Bascuñán (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Barraza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Patricio Polic (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Joel Ruiz (PAR)

23 February 2017
Atlético Tucumán – Junior
Referee: Víctor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Yupanqui (PER)
Fourth Official: Luis Garay (PER)
Referee Assessor: Pablo Silva (ARG)

The Strongest – Unión Española
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Cañete (PAR)
Fourth Official: Eber Aquino (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Víctor Rivera (PER)

UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 (First Leg, II)

21 February 2017
Bayer Leverkusen – Atletico Madrid
Referee: William Collum (SCO, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional AR 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Manchester City – AS Monaco
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

22 February 2017
FC Porto – Juventus Turin
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
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: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)

Sevilla FC – Leicester City
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)

Clattenburg leaves English Premier League for Saudi Arabia

England’s leading referee is swapping the Premier League for Saudi Arabia where he will replace Howard Webb as the head of refereeing. Unlike Webb, though, Clattenburg, who refereed the Euro 2016 final, is also expected to officiate at matches throughout the kingdom. The 41-year-old was announced at a slightly stilted press conference in Jeddah on Thursday when the County Durham-born Clattenburg reaffirmed his love for Newcastle United before pronouncing himself on an “educational” mission to improve and “professionalise” refereeing standards throughout Saudi Arabia. Premier League sources acknowledged he may have taken charge of his final game in England but refused to entirely rule out the possibility of his officiating in this country again – possibly even this season.
Identified as a high flyer right from his early days as an 18-year-old assistant referee in the Northern League, Clattenburg reportedly grew disillusioned by the level of public support officials are offered by Professional Game match officials Ltd. With Clattenburg’s relationship with Mike Riley, the referee’s overlord, apparently tense, he began listening to offers from the Middle East, China and the United States. It now seems Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Hull last Saturday may have been the final domestic act of a Newcastle-based FIFA official whose talent has enabled him to surmount setbacks that might have floored some peers.
In 2008-2009 Clattenburg served an eight-month suspension while PGMOL investigated his business dealings. He was swiftly and emphatically cleared of any wrongdoing. In 2012 Chelsea complained he had used inappropriate language towards Mikel Jon Obi. His career trajectory seemed serenely in the ascendant until a reprimand from Riley in 2014. This involved breaches of protocol when he drove to Tyneside to see an Ed Sheeran concert after refereeing a Crystal Palace v West Bromwich game and speaking to the then Palace manager Neil Warnock on the phone after the game.
Very much a man of his time, Clattenburg resisted the convention that referees should be models of discretion and happily displayed the tattoos of the European Cup and European Championship trophies he acquired after taking charge of both finals last summer. 
PGMOL was unstinting in its praise for Clattenburg during an amicable parting of the ways, with no bridges apparently burned. “Mark set standards for others to follow,” it said in a statement. “Mark has been a great asset to the English game and hopefully an inspiration to those who want to get into refereeing at the grassroots of the game. We understand this is an exciting opportunity for Mark”.
Clattenburg, meanwhile, was introducing himself to a new public. “My name is Mark Clattenburg”, he told Saudi journalists, before outlining plans. “I’m from a city called Newcastle. Anybody who knows England well, knows we have the best team in the country. I was recently voted the best referee in the world [at Dubai’s Globe Soccer Awards in December], therefore I bring a wealth of knowledge and a passion for improving refereeing and education here in Saudi Arabia. “I’m very humbled by this exciting opportunity to support and educate referees, to use my expertise in refereeing some matches and bring referees from other countries around the world to improve the standard here”.

Source: The Guardian

FIFA Seminar for prospective World Cup 2018 referees in Italy

FIFA has recently chosen the Italian Technical Centre of Coverciano as the host for the upcoming seminar for referees in the running for the World Cup 2018. The seminar, scheduled from 3 to 7 April 2017, will include fitness tests, as well as theoretical and practical analysis in preparation for the World Cup that will take place in a little over a year in Russia.
At 27 years after the last international referee seminar hosted by Italy (Tirrenia in 1990), FIFA wanted to use again the organization and the facilities of Coverciano. Under the direction of the new chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina, and the Head of the Referee Department, Massimo Busacca, the seminar will also provide training on Video Assistant Referees (VAR), taking into consideration FIFA’s intention to apply the technology at the Russian World Cup in 2018. The seminar will be attended by 53 referees from all confederations: AFC (7), CAF (7), CONCACAF (7), CONMEBOL (10), OFC (2), UEFA (20). Italy will be represented by Daniele Orsato and Gianluca Rocchi (photo). 

Source: FIGC