UEFA Referee Categories – second half of the season 2017/2018

Men

Elite

Martin Atkinson (ENG), Deniz Aytekin (GER), Felix Brych (GER), Cüneyt Cakir (TUR), William Collum (SCO), Jonas Eriksson (SWE), David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP), Ovidiu Hategan (ROU), Sergei Karasev (RUS), Viktor Kassai (HUN), Pavel Kralovec (CZE), Björn Kuipers (NED), Danny Makkelie (NED), Szymon Marciniak (POL), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP), Milorad Mazic (SRB), Michael Oliver (ENG), Daniele Orsato (ITA), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE), Damir Skomina (SVN), Anthony Taylor (ENG), Clement Turpin (FRA), Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP), Felix Zwayer (GER).

First Category
Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR), Luca Banti (ITA), Benoît Bastien (FRA), John Beaton (SCO), Ivan Bebek (CRO), Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS), Kevin Blom (NED), Tamas Bognar (HUN), Sergii Boiko (UKR), Ruddy Buquet (FRA), Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP), Sebastien Delferiere (BEL), Oliver Drachta (AUT), Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Aleksei Eskov (RUS), Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP), Simon Evans (WAL), Mattias Gestranius (FIN), Pawel Gil (POL), Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP), Hüseyin Göcek (TUR), Serdar Gözübüyük (NED), Manuel Gräfe (GER), Orel Grinfeeld (ISR), Matej Jug (SVN), Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Istvan Kovacs (ROU), Ivan Kruzliak (SVK), Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR), Harald Lechner (AUT), Liran Liany (ISR), Robert Madden (SCO), Gediminas Mazeika (LTU), Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA), Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR), Bas Nijhuis (NED), Halis Özkahya (TUR), Clayton Pisani (MLT), Pawel Raczkowski (POL), Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT), Artur Soares Dias (POR), Manuel De Sousa (POR), Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD), Daniel Stefanski (POL), Tobias Stieler (GER), Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Andris Treimanis (LVA), Istvan Vad (HUN), Slavko Vincic (SVN), Tobias Welz (GER), Miroslav Zelinka (CZE).

Second Category 
Karim Abed (FRA), Aliyar Aghayev (AZE), Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL), Stuart Attwell (ENG), Marius Avram (ROU), Alain Bieri (SUI), Alexandre Boucaut (BEL), Jerome Brisard (FRA), Kevin Clancy (SCO), Sebastian Coltescu (ROU), Nikola Dabanovic (MNE), Andrew Dallas (SCO), Bastian Dankert (GER), Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP), Amaury Delerue (FRA), Marco Di Bello (ITA), Christian Dingert (GER), Daniele Doveri (ITA), Neil Doyle (IRL), Adam Farkas (HUN), Bartosz Frankowski (POL), Marco Fritz (GER), Marco Guida (ITA), Tore Hansen (NOR), Alexander Harkam (AUT), Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP), Arnold Hunter (NIR), Massimiliano Irrati (ITA), Sergei Ivanov (RUS), Adrien Jaccottet (SUI), Enea Jorgji (ALB), Fran Jovic (CRO), Srdjan Jovanovic (SRB), Georgi Kabakov (BUL), Mete Kalkavan (TUR), Charalampos Kalogeropoulos (GRE), Stephan Klossner (SUI), Georgios Kominis (GRE), Peter Kralovic (SVK), Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN), Artyom Kuchin (KAZ), Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Jonathan Lardot (BEL), Francois Letexier (FRA), Tiago Lopes Martins (POR), Robert Madley (ENG), Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP), Davide Massa (ITA), Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Vitaly Meshkov (RUS), Hugo Miguel (POR), Benoît Millot (FRA), Antti Munukka (FIN), Ville Nevalainen (FIN), Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR), Ali Palabiyik (TUR), Bojan Pandzic (SWE), Craig Pawson (ENG), Irfan Peljto (BIH), Radu Petrescu (ROU), Nikola Popov (BUL), Nicolas Rainville (FRA), Roi Reinshreiber (ISR), Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP), Alan Sant (MLT), Sandro Schärer (SUI), Frank Schneider (FRA), Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT), Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR), Daniel Siebert (GER), Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL), Paul Tierney (ENG), Kristo Tohver (EST), Leontios Trattou (CYP), Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR), Michael Tykgaard (DEN), Paolo Valeri (ITA), Pol van Boekel (NED), Bart Vertenten (BEL), Carlos Xistra (POR).

Third Category
Kari a Hovdanum (FRO), Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE), Alexandr Aliyev (KAZ), Sandor Ando-Szabo (HUN), Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA), Stefan Apostolov (BUL), Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE), Furkat Atazhanov (KAZ), Mykola Balakin (UKR), Suren Baliyan (ARM), Veaceslav Banari (MDA), Luca Barbeno (SMR), Jason Barcelo (GIB), Luis Branco Godinho (POR), Jörgen Burchardt (DEN), Volen Chinkov (BUL), Timotheos Christofí (CYP), Fabio Costa Verissimo (POR), Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP), Nenad Djokic (SRB), Luis Do Nascimento Teixeira (AND), Alain Durieux (LUX), Espen Eskas (NOR), Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT), Horatiu Fesnic (ROU), Yigal Frid (ISR), Juri Frischer (EST), George Gaman (ROU), Filip Glova (SVK), Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA), Iwan Griffith (WAL), Danilo Grujic (SRB), Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR), Eldorjan Hamiti (ALB), Robert Harvey (IRL), Rahim Hasanov (AZE), Robert Hennessy (IRL), Dennis Higler (NED), Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL), Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM), Christopher Jäger (AUT), Dejan Jakimovski (MKD), Krzysztof Jakubik (POL), Jari Järvinen (FIN), Nejc Kajtazovic (SVN), Jovan Kaludjerovic (MNE), Ferenc Karako (HUN), Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE), Besfort Kasumi (KVX), Keith Kennedy (NIR), Peter Kjaersgaard (DEN), Laurent Kopriwa (LUX), Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR), Ivar Kristjansson (ISL), Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO), Mykola Kryvonosov (UKR), Irakli Kvirikashvili (GEO), Nicolas Laforge (BEL), Erik Lambrechts (BEL), Kirill Levnikov (RUS), Manfredas Lukjancukas (LTU), Jens Maae (DEN), Stavros Mantalos (GRE), Boris Marhefka (SVK), Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL), Tim Marshall (NIR), Dimitrios Masias (CYP), Aleksei Matiunin (RUS), Paul McLaughlin (IRL), Ian McNabb (NIR), Halil Meler (TUR), Milovan Milacic (MNE), Dumitru Muntean (MDA), Tomasz Musial (POL), Bojan Nikolic (SRB), Genc Nuza (KVX), Glenn Nyberg (SWE), Rade Obrenovic (SVN), Michal Ocenas (SVK), Pavel Orel (CZE), Igor Pajac (CRO), Ioannis Papadopoulos (GRE), Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE), Erez Papir (ISR), Omar Pashayev (AZE), Tihomir Pejin (CRO), Dragan Petrovic (BIH), Christophe Pires Martins (LUX), Anders Poulsen (DEN), Radek Prihoda (CZE), Zbynek Proske (CZE), Donald Robertson (SCO), Vitaly Romanov (UKR), Donatas Rumsas (LTU), Rohit Saggi (NOR), Daniyar Sakhi (KAZ), Fedayi San (SUI), Joao Santos Capela (POR), Urs Schnyder (SUI), Admir Sehovic (BIH), Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR), Denys Shurman (UKR), Joao Silva Pinheiro (POR), Kai Steen (NOR), Duje Strukan (CRO), Roomer Tarajev (EST), Alexandru Tean (MDA), Vilhjalmur Thorarinnsson (ISL), Stanislav Todorov (BUL), Alex Troleis (FRO), Lionel Tschudi (SUI), Alper Ulusoy (TUR), George Vadachkoria (GEO), Petri Viljanen (FIN), Mikhail Vilkov (RUS), Lawrence Visser (BEL), Nick Walsh (SCO), Julian Weinberger (AUT), Juxhin Xhaja (ALB), Fyodor Zammit (MLT), Mario Zebec (CRO).
Women

Elite
Jana Adamkova (CZE), Sandra Braz Bastos (POR), Stephanie Frappart (FRA), Gyöngyi Gaal (HUN), Riem Hussein (GER), Katalin Kulcsar (HUN), Pernilla Larsson (SWE), Lina Lehtovaara (FIN), Kateryna Monzul (UKR), Monika Mularczyk (POL), Sara Persson (SWE), Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS), Esther Staubli (SUI), Bibiana Steinhaus (GER), Carina Vitulano (ITA), Lorraine Watson (SCO), Olga Zadinova (CZE).

First Category
Vesna Budimir (CRO), Amy Fearn (ENG), Florence Guillemin (FRA), Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP), Zuzana Kovacova (SVK), Ivana Martincic (CRO), Petra Pavlikova (SVK), Marte Soro (NOR), Eszter Urban (HUN).

Second Category
Eleni Antoniou (GRE), Ewa Augustyn (POL), Julia Baier (AUT), Paula Brady (IRL), Tania Fernandes Morais (LUX), Cheryl Foster (WAL), Marta Frias Acedo (ESP), Sarah Garratt (ENG), Simona Ghisletta (SUI), Desiree Grundbacher (SUI), Marta Huerta de Aza (ESP), Justina Lavrenovaite (LTU), Maria Marotta (ITA), Elvira Nurmustafina (KAZ), Tess Olofsson (SWE), Lois Otte (BEL), Meliz Ozcigdem (TUR), Vivian Peeters (NED), Graziella Pirriatore (ITA), Barbara Poxhofer (AUT), Ivana Projkovska (MKD), Silvia Rosa Domingos (POR), Angelika Soeder (GER), Tanja Subotic (SVN), Karolina Tokarska (POL), Volha Tsiareshka (BLR), Rebecca Welch (ENG).

Third Category
Ainara Acevedo Dudley (ESP), Victoria Beyer (FRA), Sabina Bolic (CRO), Briet Bragadottir (ISL), Catarina Ferreira Campos (POR), Merima Celik (BIH), Aleksandra Cesen (SVN), Tinna Christensen (DEN), Solen Dallongeville (FRA), Iuliana Demetrescu (ROU), Emilie Rodahl Dokset (NOR), Galiya Echeva (BUL), Valentina Finzi (ITA), Michaela Fritz (AUT), Chryso Georgíou (CYP), Yuliya Gurbanova (AZE), Christiana Guteva (BUL), Liliya Hasanova (KAZ), Lizzy van der Helm (NED), Rasa Imanalijeva (LTU), Jeļena Jermolajeva (LVA), Hanna Kaplainen (FIN), Frida Klarlund Nielsen (DEN), Veronika Kovarova (CZE), Marina Krupskaya (RUS), Ifeoma Kulmala (FIN), Sabayel Kuzutürk (AZE), Triinu Laos (EST), Katarzyna Lisiecka-Sek (POL), Irina Lyussina (BEL), Jurgita Macikunyte (LTU), Maria Martinez Madrona (ESP), Dimitrina Milkova (BUL), Ana Minic (SRB), Neslihan Muratdagi (TUR), Henrikke Nervik (NOR), Vera Onica (MDA), Hannelore Onsea (BEL), Vera Opeikina (RUS), Cristina Paraluta (ROU), Jelena Pejkovic (CRO), Tamara Petric (SRB), Ruzanna Petrosyan (ARM), Alina Pesu (ROU), Alexandra Ponomareva (RUS), Tanja Racic (BIH), Laura Rapp (SWE), Viola Raudzina (LVA), Anastasiya Romanyuk (UKR), Araksya Saribekyan (ARM), Meitar Shemesh (ISR), Rachel Shkuri (ISR), Shona Shukrula (NED), Nelli Stepanyan (ARM), Sandra Strub (SUI), Lucie Sulcova (CZE), Liudmila Telbukh (UKR), Cansu Tiryaki (TUR), Cristina Trandafir (ROU), Dimítra Tsaganou (GRE), Andromachi Tsiofliki (GRE), Reelika Turi (EST), Irina Turovskaya (BLR), Kateryna Usova (UKR), Irena Velevackoska (MKD), Marina Visnjic (SRB), Karoline Wacker (GER), Ruth-Anne Wright (NIR).

Futsal

Elite
Gerald Bauernfeind (AUT), Marc Birkett (ENG), Gerd Bylois (BEL), Ondrej Cerni (CZE), Kamil Cetin (TUR), Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP), Eduardo Fernandes Coelho (POR), Tomasz Frak (POL), Angelo Galante (ITA), Borislav Kolev (BUL), Gabor Kovacs (HUN), Timo Onatsu (FIN), Cedric Pelissier (FRA), Ivan Shabanov (RUS), Bogdan Sorescu (ROU), Sasa Tomic (CRO), Admir Zahovic (SVN).

First Category
Josip Barton (MKD), Moshe Bohbot (ISR), Vasileios Christodoulis (GRE), Nuno Costa Bogalho (POR), Swen Eichler (GER), Trayan Enchev (BUL), Balazs Farkas (HUN), Nikola Jelic (CRO), Vladimir Kadykov (RUS), Alessandro Malfer (ITA), Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP), Costas Nicolaou (CYP), Lukas Pesko (SVK), Elchin Samadli (AZE), Ozan Soykan (TUR).

Second Category
Victor Berg Audic (FRA), Veljko Boskovic (MNE), Michalis Christofides (CYP), Ibrahim El Jilali (NED), Raquel Gonzelez Ruano (ESP), Hennadii Hora (UKR), Nicola Manzione (ITA), Kirill Naishouler (FIN), Iuri Neverov (RUS), Fredric Nilholt (SWE), Arsen Nonikashvili (GEO), Peter Nurse (ENG), Miguel Oliveira Castilho (POR), Chiara Perona (ITA), Dario Pezzuto (ITA), Ruben Pinto Guerreiro (POR), Patrik Porkert (AUT), Vladan Radulovic (SRB), Vitali Rakutski (BLR), David Schaerli (SUI), Aleksandras Sliva (LTU), Simon Todorovic (SVN), Andrej Topic (CRO), Irina Velikanova (RUS), Grigori Zelentsov (RUS).

Third Category

Olzhas Abrayev (KAZ), Antonios Adamopoulos (GRE), Raafat Al Hamola (ISR), Yasin Alageyik (BEL), Ademir Avdic (SWE), Vedran Babic (CRO), Alem Bajrovic (BIH), Mario Belavy (SVK), Rastislav Behancin (SVK), Besar Beqiri (KVX), Idan Berenshtein (ISR), David Berry (IRL), Juan Boelen (BEL), Mario Bohun (SVK), Tatiana Boltneva (RUS), Viktor Bugenko (MDA), Ugur Cakmak (TUR), Vlad Ciobanu (ROU), Christos Christou (CYP), Vasilica Ciuplea (WAL), Murat Colak (TUR), Haris Curovac (SWE), Ovidiu Curta (ROU), Daniele D’Adamo (SMR), Danijel Darandik (GER), Daniel Deca (ROU), Maksim Dzeikala (BLR), Eduards Fatkulins (LVA), David Glavonjic (SWE), Kreshnik Hakrama (ALB), Ingo Heemsoth (GER), Tom-Joran Henriksen (NOR), Yevhen Hordiienko (UKR), Carl Hughes (WAL), Besart Ismajli (KVX), Damian Jaruchiewicz (POL), Shota Khukhilava (GEO), Kaloyan Kirilov (BUL), Jan Kliner (CZE), Talgat Kosmukhambetov (KAZ), Jan Kresta (CZE), Denys Kutsyi (UKR), Arttu Kyynaeraeinen (FIN), Julien Lang (FRA), Daniel Matkovic (SUI), Gordon McCabe (SCO), Marjan Mladenovski (MKD), Ales Mocnik (SVN), Ramil Namazov (AZE), Filip Nesnera (CZE), Katarzyna Netkowska (POL), Olli Niemela (FIN), David Nissen (DEN), Yusif Nurullayev (AZE), Grigori Osomkov (EST), Nebojsa Panic (SRB), Jacob Pawlowski (GER), Inguns Purins (LVA), Igor Puzovic (BIH), Hikmat Qafarli (AZE), Petar Radojcic (SRB), Omar Rafiq (NOR), Gerard Ramirez (AND), Sylvester Rodrigues (NED), Marco Rothenfluh (SUI), Zyl Sheriff (GIB), Zoran Sofrenic (BIH), Tadija Stantic (SRB), Slawomir Steczko (POL), Norbert Szilagyi (HUN), Sarunas Tamulynas (LTU Adalbjorn Thornsteisson (ISL), Adrian Tschopp (SUI), Ivo Tsenov (BUL), Fatma Tursun (TUR), Aurelien Uzan (FRA), Jacob Van Dijke (ISR), Lars Van Leeuwen (NED), Matthew Vella (MLT), Dejan Veselic (SVN), Yaroslav Vovchok (UKR), Stefan Vrijens (BEL), Andrzej Witkowski (POL), Yiangos Yiangou (CYP).

UEFA: Referees Oliver and Taylor promoted to Elite

The UEFA Referees Committee approved the referee categories for the second half of the season 2017/2018. On the men’s list, Michael Oliver (photo) and Anthony Taylor (both from England) were added to the Elite category, while Andreas Ekberg (Sweden) has been promoted to Category 1. On the women`s list, four Elite referees retired: Teodora Albon and Cristina Dorcioman (both from Romania), Efthalia Mitsi (GRE) and Morag Pirie (SCO). There were minor changes on the futsal list, where female referees were added for the first time and combined with male referees into one list.


Men

Retired from Elite: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), Craig Thomson (SCO).

Promoted from First Category to Elite: Michael Oliver (ENG), Anthony Taylor (ENG).

Retired from First Category: Tony Chapron (FRA), Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Andre Marriner (ENG).

Promoted from Second Category to First Category: Andreas Ekberg (SWE).

Retired/removed from Second Category: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR), Antony Gautier (FRA), Gunnar Jonsson (ISL), Christos Nicolaides (CYP), Pavle Radovanovic (MNE), Ognjen Valjic (BIH), Ante Vucemilovic-Simunovic (CRO), Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR).

New FIFA Referees entered directly in Second Category: Karim Abed (FRA), Stuart Attwell (ENG), Jerome Brisard (FRA), Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP), Marco Di Bello (ITA), Daniele Doveri (ITA), Paul Tierney (ENG).

Retired/removed from Third Category: Sascha Amhof (SUI), Dennis Antamo (FIN), Sven Bindels (LUX), Oleksandr Derdo (UKR), Markus Hameter (AUT), Nikolaj Hänni (SUI), Edin Jakupovic (BIH), Georgios Kyzas (GRE), Martin Lundby (NOR),Yurii Mozharovskyy (UKR), Dominik Ouschan (AUT), Petur Reinert (FRO), Lasha Silagava (GEO), Aleksandar Vasic (SRB), Nikolai Yordanov (BUL).

New FIFA Referees entered in Third Category: Kari a Hovdanum (FRO), Volen Chinkov (BUL), Timotheos Christofí (CYP), Yigal Frid (ISR), Danilo Grujic (SRB), Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR), Eldorjan Hamiti (ALB), Christopher Jäger (AUT), Nejc Kajtazovic (SVN), Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE), Besfort Kasumi (KVX), Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR), Ivar Kristjansson (ISL), Mykola Kryvonosov (UKR), Irakli Kvirikashvili (GEO), Milovan Milacic (MNE), Igor Pajac (CRO), Ioannis Papadopoulos (GRE), Dragan Petrovic (BIH), Christophe Pires Martins (LUX), Vitaly Romanov (UKR), Rohit Saggi (NOR), Urs Schnyder (SUI), Admir Sehovic (BIH), Denys Shurman (UKR), Lionel Tschudi (SUI), Petri Viljanen (FIN), Nick Walsh (SCO), Julian Weinberger (AUT), Juxhin Xhaja (ALB).

Women

Retired from Elite: Teodora Albon (ROU), Cristina Dorcioman (ROU), Efthalia Mitsi (GRE), Morag Pirie (SCO).

Promoted from First Category to Elite: Lorraine Watson (SCO).

Retired/removed from First Category: Linn Andersson (SWE), Eleni Lampadariou (GRE), Severine Zinck (FRA).

Promoted from Second Category to First Category: Ivana Martincic (CRO).

Retired/removed from Second Category: Cathrine Eide (NOR), Zuzana Valentova (SVK).

Promoted from Third Category to Second Category: Rebecca Welch (ENG).

Retired/removed from Third Category: Jelena Banjeglav (SRB), Beatriz Gil Gozalo (ESP), Kristina Kazoroh (UKR), Dilek Kocbay (TUR), Eliska Kralovec-Kramlova (CZE),Yuliya Medvedeva (KAZ), Ana Soares Aguiar (POR).

New FIFA Referees entered in Third Category: Ainara Acevedo Dudley (ESP), Victoria Beyer (FRA), Briet Bragadottir (ISL), Catarina Ferreira Campos (POR),Emilie Rodahl Dokset (NOR), Lizzy van der Helm (NED), Jeļena Jermolajeva (LVA), Hanna Kaplainen (FIN), Veronika Kovarova (CZE), Marina Krupskaya (RUS),Cristina Paraluta (ROU), Jelena Pejkovic (CRO), Tamara Petric (SRB), Alina Pesu (ROU), Laura Rapp (SWE), Liudmila Telbukh (UKR), Cansu Tiryaki (TUR), Dimítra Tsaganou (GRE), Reelika Turi (EST), Ruth-Anne Wright (NIR).

Futsal

Retired from Elite: Oleg Ivanov (UKR).

Retired from First Category: Pascal Lemal (BEL), Barry Weijers (NED).

Retired/removed from Second Category: Tarik Keco (BIH), Kalin Kinov (BUL), Simon Rogers (IRL), Daniele Di Resta (ITA), Damir Radovic (SRB).

Women referees added to Second Category: Raquel Gonzelez Ruano (ESP), Chiara Perona (ITA), Irina Velikanova (RUS).

New FIFA Referees entered directly in Second Category: Dario Pezzuto (ITA).

Retired/removed from Third Category: Martin Cilek (CZE), Toni Lehtinen (FIN), Konstantinos Kommatas (GRE), Guy Berger (ISR), Oren Simanian (ISR), Mario Cassar (MLT), Nikola Aleksic (SRB), Serhat Celik (TUR), Sabit Selvi (TUR).

Women referees added to Third Category: Katarzyna Netkowska (POL), Fatma Tursun (TUR).

New FIFA Referees entered in Third Category: Yasin Alageyik (BEL), Alem Bajrovic (BIH), Zoran Sofrenic (BIH), Ivo Tsenov (BUL), Filip Nesnera (CZE), Arttu Kyynaeraeinen (FIN), Raafat Al Hamola (ISR), Idan Berenshtein (ISR), Jacob Van Dijke (ISR), Tatiana Boltneva (RUS), Gordon McCabe (SCO), Nebojsa Panic (SRB), Tadija Stantic (SRB), Haris Curovac (SWE), Ugur Cakmak (TUR), Murat Colak (TUR), Denys Kutsyi (UKR).

FIFA Club World Cup Final 2017: Ramos (MEX)

16 December 2017

Final
Real Madrid – Gremio Porto Alegre
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth official: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
Reserve AR: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
VAR 1: Mark Geiger (USA)
VAR 2: Jakhongir Saidov (UZB)
AVAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)



Match for Third Place
Al Jazira – CF Pachuca
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Matthew Conger (NZL)
Reserve AR: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
VAR 1: Clement Turpin (FRA)
VAR 2: Simon Lount (NZL)
AVAR: Artur Soares Dias (POR)

Lazio fans bombard referee's cafe with bad online reviews

It's not easy being a football referee, and it's not easy running a cafe in an age of online reviews. Especially in Italy, famous for its passion for the beautiful game and its love of good cuisine. So when referee Piero Giacomelli made two controversial decisions during Lazio's 3-1 home defeat to Torino in Serie A on 11 December, Lazio fans decided to retaliate - against his restaurant. Fans were outraged by Giacomelli not penalising Torino's Iago Falque for handball and for issuing a red card to Ciro Immobile for headbutting Nicolas Burdisso.
On hearing Giacomelli ran a food-serving cafe in Trieste in northern Italy, angry Lazio fans took to the review site Trip Advisor and Google reviews to vent their frustration. Since Lazio's defeat there has been a flurry of bad reviews for Cafe Rossetti, believed to be run by Giacomelli. Many posts appear to be directed at the referee personally, rather than genuine complaints by dissatisfied diners. One Google review read: "Do you cook like you referee?" Another reviewer posted: "This place is as bad as Giacomelli." Others used the opportunity to mock the food and service even though there is no evidence to suggest those posting one-star reviews in the past few days had eaten there. According to Italian news publications, including Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero, there were also some negative reviews published on travel website TripAdvisor. The restaurant is rated on the site as 'excellent' by 56% of reviews, at time of writing, and all 'poor' or 'terrible' reviews currently available on the site were posted prior to the match. But Lazio fan website La Lazio Siamo Noi has screenshots of what it claims are reviews posted on TripAdvisor since the match and before their removal from the site, which are also being shared on Facebook. It is not clear whether Giacomelli is still the owner of the cafe and website Football Italia says he is no longer running the business. The Facebook page for Cafe Rossetti also appears to have been taken down.

Source: BBC

Player recalled from dressing room after VAR reversal

Trials of video assistant referees in the German Bundesliga threw up yet another controversial case at the weekend when a player had actually left the field after being sent off before being called back on. Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Marius Wolf was called back from the dressing rooms after having been initially dismissed by the referee in the 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.
Wolf was shown a red card for a challenge on James Rodriguez with just under 20 minutes remaining and kicked a microphone in frustration as he walked off. But referee Harm Osmers changed his mind after consulting video replays and Wolf returned to receive a yellow card instead of red. The decision might have vindicated the whole point of VARs but not when a player had already left the pitch. “I was in the changing room already,” said Wolf. “Then the team manager came and called me back, said the referee was looking at video evidence. I also said he should do that. For me, it was not a red card.”
The International Football Association Board, custodians of the Laws of the Game, is set to rule in March whether to rubber stamp the use of VAR for the World Cup finals in Russia, with some members not as convinced as FIFA president Gianni Infantino that the system is foolproof.

FIFA Club World Cup 2017 – Semi-finals

12 December 2017
Gremio Porto Alegre – CF Pachuca
Referee: Felix Brych (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)

Reserve AR: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
VAR 1: Felix Zwayer (GER)
VAR 2: Djibril Camara (SEN)
AVAR: Clement Turpin (FRA)

13 December 2017
Al Jazira – Real Madrid
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Andres Cunha (URU)

Reserve AR: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
VAR 1: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
VAR 2: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
AVAR: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

FIFA Club World Cup 2017 – Match for Fifth Place

12 December 2017

Wydad AC – Urawa Red Diamonds
Referee: Matthew Conger (NZL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Lount (NZL) 

Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
Fourth Official: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
Reserve AR: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
VAR 1: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
VAR 2: Jakhongir Saidov (UZB)
AVAR: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (QAT)

FIFA Club World Cup 2017 – Second Round

9 December 2017

CF Pachuca – Wydad AC
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakhongir Saidov (UZB)
Fourth Official: Matthew Conger (NZL)

Reserve AR: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
VAR 1: Mark Geiger (USA)
VAR 2: Simon Lount (NZL)
AVAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)

Al Jazira – Urawa Red Diamonds
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Felix Brych (GER)

Reserve AR: Stefan Lupp (GER)
VAR 1: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
VAR 2: Mark Borsch (GER)
AVAR: Andres Cunha (URU)

Clattenburg: “Collina changed my refereeing career”

It was the research ahead of the games that made Pierluigi Collina the most respected referee in football. The Italian would spend hours in the build-up to games watching footage of matches, looking for tactics employed by teams which he could swiftly stamp out when he was on the pitch.
Speaking on NBC's Men in Blazers podcast, former FIFA and Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg explained how Collina changed his refereeing career: “It was simple: he was my observer in Bayern Munich vs Barcelona [2015 Champions League semi-final second leg] reviewing my performance. Nervous? It was a nightmare because you never drink in his company and I always liked a beer but you respected the man. When he came to this game, he said, 'Mark, have you prepared for this match?' I said, 'I've watched the first leg six times.' He said, 'Really?' and he opened his laptop and asked, 'Have you seen this tactic by Bayern Munich?' I said, 'What are you on about?' The small player, Thiago, from Bayern Munich was deliberately standing in an offside position but not being involved in play. He would block the path of Pique from heading the ball in attacking phases. This was to create the space for the big players of Bayern Munich to attack the small players from Barcelona because only had one tall player. It was a clear tactic. In the second leg, after 13 minutes, I gave a small free kick and the players thought I was unbelievable. They couldn't understand how I knew this tactic.” Clattenburg went on to employ Collina's methods in the English Premier League. “When I started to become the best referee or one of the best referees in the world, I knew the tactics before clubs even thought about them. In the Premier League, for example, blocking in the penalty area, I was already telling the players that I'm watching the block. Before it even happened the players are like, 'Woah, the referee knows what we're going to do here'.” (Source: Balls)
The 42-year-old attracted controversy earlier this week for his comments regarding a match between Chelsea and Tottenham in May 2016, and has now blamed Mourinho for his decision to leave the Premier League. “I was refereeing the game when Wayne Rooney broke Bobby Charlton’s record and Mourinho came into my dressing room and he was unhappy about a handball penalty that I didn’t give,” Clattenburg told the Men in Blazers podcast. “I had walked off that pitch at Stoke, which was always the coldest stadium, it was always wet and miserable, and refereeing Man United was never an easy match. To come off that match it felt immense that I’d actually had a good performance, and for him to come into my dressing room and criticise my performance for a handball that I’d seen, that had clearly come off his chest, I knew that I was right but he’d put a seed of doubt into my mind. I drove home 250 miles thinking I had made a big error, my wife knew my attitude had changed, and I thought to myself, ‘Do I really want to be a part of this anymore? Do I really want to referee?’And I went soul-searching, I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to and I had to get out.” (Source: Football365)

Referee fees in Central America

The best paid referees in Central America are those from Costa Rica. The amounts shown below are the fees paid to the referee team, so they are divided among the referee, assistant referees and fourth official assigned to each match:

Costa Rica $1250
Guatemala $1200
El Salvador $725
Honduras $685
Panama $350
Nicaragua $300

Source: Diez