UEFA Women’s Champions League – Semi-finals (Second Leg)

1-2 May 2016

Frankfurt – Wolfsburg
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Natalia Rachynska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Fourth Official: Liudmyla Telbukh (UKR)
Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

Paris St. Germain – Olympique Lyon
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Susann Küng (SUI)
Fourth Official: Désirée Grundbacher (SUI)
Referee Observer: Katarzyna Wierzbowska (POL)

Change in the Russian refereeing team for Euro 2016

All referees, assistant referees and additional assistant referees selected by UEFA for Euro 2016 attended last week in France a seminar that included classroom sessions, on-field training, fitness and medical tests. Russian assistant referee Anton Averianov (photo) failed the fitness test and UEFA replaced him with the standby AR Nikolai Golubev. "The decision was made that the Russian team for Euro 2016 will be Sergei Karasev - Tikhon Kalugin, Nikolai Golubev - Sergei Lapochkin, Sergei Ivanov. UEFA has a rule that all Euro referees must pass all physical tests. Averianov failed one of them - he ran out of time a bit on the short distance; thus, he will miss the Euro tournament", said Nikolai Levnikov, chairman of the Russian Referees Committee and member in the UEFA Referees Committee.

Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikolai Golubev (RUS, 1970)
Additional AR 1: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS, 1981)
Additional AR 2: Sergei Ivanov (RUS, 1984)

Source: Sports.ru

Palotai: from Olympic Gold winner to Champions Cup Final

We all remember the final of the 1976 European Champions Cup in Glasgow, at least from the mouth of the players and coaches of the time. But a leading part in this legendary evening never gave his version. The Hungarian Károly Palotai, now 80 years old, refereed the party, although, as a player, he never reached this level of competition with his club Gyor, in western Hungary. Not far from the railway station where France Bleu met him, he kept all his memories in notebooks. Five pages are devoted to the 1976 final.
- When did you know that you can referee that final of the European Champions Cup? What was your first reaction on hearing the news?
- Inevitably, before a match of this kind, we need time for preparation, but I was, at the same time, very excited. I had already been refereeing a few international games in 1976, but for a final it was necessary to prepare even further. It was in Glasgow. A final of the European Champions Cup, this is a mission that we gladly accepted and respected. Both teams played good football. I knew better Bayern because I had led a match of the FR Germany. This is where I met Beckenbauer, who had a big personality. He tried two-three tricks during the match and I calmed him down thanks to my knowledge of German that I developed when I went there two years between 1956 and 1958. I walked into his direction and I told him he should improve his behavior. I saw how he reacted and it worked right away. I received the news about two to three weeks before the big day, when UEFA has sent a letter to the Hungarian Football Federation in Budapest. A sports journalist named István Somos gave me the info and told me that I would be the referee. I was delighted to be named, of course, especially since I had a Scotland-England to ensure in stride. I refereed many important games and, thanks to God, everything went well in that one and the other also. That is why I kept everything in writing, process, organization. I was happy that everything is in order because it does not always happen like that. It takes a bit of luck in football and refereeing.
- Thirty thousand fans Greens were in Glasgow. What did you think of this strong mobilization?
- First, I will tell you a story that happened off the field. Ten minutes before the kick-off, I walked into the locker room to check the studs of the players. Beckenbauer was very friendly and recognized me. There were no problems or hooligans, everyone encouraged responsibly their team. Fans shouting and singing merrily on either side do not bother me. Sure, but the main for me as a referee, it was mostly that players respect the rules and my decisions during this match. They accepted my judgments and my experience helped me to manage this game as it should. I did not want to discuss anything with them and distract me, especially in a game with so much at stake.
- During the exchange of pennants, you were between Larqué and Beckenbauer and probably you remembered that you were in the same position in the semi-final of the 1965 European Champions Cup with your club in Győr against Benfica of Eusebio. It was certainly a special moment for you...
- I was the captain of Győr when faced Eusebio and his incredible team. It was truly an amazing group who deserved his reputation. So yes, I obviously remember these exchanges of pennants, as a captain of my team or as a referee in international matches. For me, it was very powerful.
- Bathenay and Santini have stumbled upon the famous "square posts". Were they approved according to the regulations?
- I controlled the goals as I did before any game. It was verified as normal to see if everything was ok so that can start the game. We wrote what we saw. The choice of jerseys also posed questions, which often happens. We followed the procedure. It was absolutely natural, normal. There were things to see, like ironing a white chalk layer to a ground location, for example, but the posts were approved. Worries were really rare.
- So really no concern should be reported?
- The ground was well prepared as for any great international match. The organizers have worked well. From my perspective, there were absolutely no problems. Really none.
- The field Hampden Park was poor, the grass was a little dry?
- Yes, well, it's a bit exaggerated. It had rained, certainly, but not a flood that could lead to the cancellation of the game or hinder players; nothing extraordinary. It just needed a little more careful attention. Inevitably, it bothered the players and what was even more annoying for them is that they did not know how to react to that.
- Playing conditions seemed acceptable to you?
- The conditions were acceptable for a game of this level. I have never cared or asked any questions about the quality of the lawn. It has been maintained as it was. Everything was well planned and organized so that the match is taking place under the best auspices.
- As a player, you beat Yugoslavia of Ćurković and won Olympic gold in 1964 in Tokyo with Hungary. After Glasgow, "Curko" reproached you have opened the shooting angle for Roth and making play before the wall of St. Etienne will be grouped. Was his criticism fair?
- Interesting, especially! (Laughs) I knew anyway that he would be there since I found his name on the score sheet. Of course, the referee did not know the players he would have under his responsibility until he gets that famous paper.
- But then, what happened with this wall?
- Well, that kind of such a little confusing situation is sometimes part of the game. Maybe Ćurković is right, but perhaps also he needed to take my whistle seriously.
- So players have not been sufficiently attentive?
- No. 
- So that's why they have conceded this goal? 
- Exact. It's still annoying that players now challenge it. 
- They have not done it afterwards? 
- No, they did not. 
- So Ćurković was frustrated and that's why he spoke that way in your opinion? 
- Well, yes, I think so. 
- Your ruling was just... 
- Yes, I did not make any error. 
- Roth had waited for the whistle to shoot and the goal was valid? 
- That's it. Honestly, that time has not remained as a negative memory to me. 
- Lopez and Bathenay were at Parc des Princes on 1 September 1978 at a France-Sweden qualifier for Euro 1980 in Italy that you refereed. Tell us about it. 
- A pleasant match by the two teams that have also had bad luck because they have cashed their respective second goals in the last minutes of the game, which ended 2-2. João Havelange, then FIFA president, came to visit us before the game. Sepp Blatter was also there and I was very satisfied with the game. I spent three wonderful days in Paris. Everything was done to make us feel better there. No yellow card was given during the game, which is rare enough to be stressed. 
- Neither Lopez nor Bathenay have reminded you about the "square posts"? 
- Surprisingly, no. I immediately thought of the next match that I had to referee in Austria and then in Eindhoven - Glasgow Rangers, where the Scots won 3-2. A superb clash. (Source: France Bleu)

                                                   Karoly Palotai


- Bekescsaba (1953-1955)
- ETO Gyor (1955-1956, 1959-1967)
- Freiburg (1956-1958)
- Hungary (Olympic Games 1964)
- FIFA World Cup 1974, 1978, 1982
- UEFA Euro 1980
- Olympic Games 1972, 1976
- Champions Cup final 1976, 1981
- Cup Winners' Cup final 1979
- UEFA Cup final 1975

UEFA U-17 Euro 2016

Azerbaijan, 5-21 May 2016

1. Fran Jović (CRO, 1984)
2. Petr Ardeleanu (CZE, 1980, photo)
3. Ville Nevalainen (FIN, 1984)
4. Gunnar Jónsson (ISL, 1983)
5. Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR, 1979)
6. Bartosz Frankowski (POL, 1986)
7. Peter Královič (SVK, 1983)
8. Mitja Žganec (SLO, 1983)

Assistant Referees
1. Georgi Todorov (BUL, 1980)
2. Marios Dimitriadis (CYP, 1983)
3. Neeme Neemlaid (EST, 1985)
4. Andrew Christiansen (FRO, 1978)
5. Levan Varamishvili (GEO, 1985)
6. Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE, 1982)
7. Balázs Buzás (HUN, 1986)
8. Emmett Dynan (IRL, 1984)
9. Vasili Ermischin (MDA, 1980)
10. Edward Spiteri (MLT, 1977)
11. Alain Heiniger (SUI, 1986)
12. Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR, 1982)

Fourth Officials
1. Aliyar Aghayev (AZE, 1987)
2. Orkhan Mammadov (AZE, 1985)
3. Sergejus Slyva (LTU, 1980)
4. Alain Durieux (LUX, 1985)

First IFAB workshop on video replay

The IFAB is inviting leagues and associations interested in running experiments with video assistant referees (VARs) to a first workshop in Amsterdam next month, hosted by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) who will help demonstrate how the experiments and related technology will work. Over the course of the workshop from 18 to 20 May 2016, competition organisers will have the opportunity to learn more about the experiments including observing 'offline' experiments in action in a play-off match (at a venue to be confirmed) as well as receiving a presentation on available technological solutions by different technology providers. An offline experiment represents a dry run whereby a VAR can get familiarised with the set-up, assess video replays and practice making calls on match-changing incidents, but without communicating with the referee. This means there will be no impact on the game, unlike during a 'live' experiment when the match officials do communicate with each other and the referee can take decisions based on information provided by the VAR.
The KNVB conducted offline experiments since 2013 and their findings helped The IFAB’s Technical Sub-Committee together with FIFA’s Football Technology Innovation Department draw up a detailed implementation protocol that competition organisers taking part in The IFAB-sanctioned experiments will be required to follow. After next month’s workshop, the interested leagues and associations will have time to consider the information before finally deciding whether they would like to take part in the upcoming two-year experiments. The IFAB will not select competition organisers; instead, those that wish to conduct experiments will be allowed to do so, subject to the organiser’s willingness and capability to run the experiments in line with the approved protocol as well as project management factors such as the implied costs, available human resources, required technological infrastructure, risk assessment for the competition and time schedules for implementation, which are still to be finalised. An announcement is set to be made by The IFAB later in May to confirm which competitions will take part in the experiments. Those competition organisers will then be invited to a second workshop to receive additional information and to see demonstrations of 'live' experiments. Further details on where and when this second workshop will take place will follow in due course. 


UEFA Europa League – Semi-finals (First Leg)

28 April 2016

Shakhtar Donetsk – Sevilla FC
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional AR 1: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)

Villarreal – Liverpool
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

CONCACAF Champions League Final 2016 (Second Leg)

27 April 2016

Club America – Tigres
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Andres Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Luis Santander (MEX)

Copa Libertadores – Round of 16 (First Leg)

26 April 2016
Huracán – Atlético Nacional
Referee: Patricio Polic (CHI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Fourth Official: Claudio Puga (CHI)
Referee Observer: Miguel Scime (ARG)

Deportivo Táchira – Pumas Unam
Referee: Óscar Maldonado (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Arellano (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: José Antelo (BOL)
Fourth Official: José Jordan (BOL)
Referee Observer: Adrián Gómez (VEN)

27 April 2016
Racing – Atlético Mineiro
Referee: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Cañete (PAR)
Fourth Official: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
Referee Observer: Carlos Coradina (ARG)

Gremio – Rosario Central
Referee: Víctor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Braulio Cornejo (PER)
Fourth Official: Miguel Santivañez (PER)
Referee Observer: José Mocellin (BRA)

Nacional – Corinthians
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ariel Scime (ARG)
Fourth Official: Silvio Trucco (ARG)
Referee Observer: Martín Vázquez (URU)

28 April 2016
Independiente del Valle – River Plate
Referee: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Guillerme Dias (BRA)
Fourth Official: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Referee Observer: Bomer Fierro (ECU)

Sao Paulo – Toluca
Referee: Jonathan Fuentes (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Fourth Official: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Referee Observer: Roberto Perassi (BRA)

Cerro Porteño – Boca Juniors
Referee: Francisco Chacon (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: José Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvador Rodriguez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Paul Delgadillo (MEX)
Referee Observer: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

Referee joint-seminar for 2018 and 2019 World Cups (CONCACAF, CONMEBOL)

As preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2018 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 continue, top referees from CONCACAF and CONMEBOL - candidates to officiate at these competitions - will gather in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, USA, to participate in an elite seminar presented by FIFA. From 25 to 29 April 2016, more than 30 male and female referees will be exposed to special theoretical and practical training. Classroom sessions will include reading the game and positioning, video analysis, as well as tackling and penalty area incidents. On the field, participants will be put through the paces of game simulation, obtaining immediate feedback on their performances. The seminar will also consist of presentations by Massimo Busacca (photo), FIFA’s Head of Refereeing. Some of the referees in attendance will be considered for assignments at the Copa America Centenario 2016, which is scheduled to be held from June 3-26, 2016. FIFA recently hosted an Elite AFC, CAF and OFC Referees Seminar in Doha, Qatar.


Referees (FWC 2018)
1. Joel Aguilar (SLV, 1975)
2. Roberto Garcia (MEX, 1974)
3. Mark Geiger (USA, 1974)
4. Walter Lopez (GUA, 1980)
5. Ricardo Montero (CRC, 1986)
6. John Pitti (PAN, 1978)
7. Cesar Ramos (MEX, 1983)

Reserve Referees (FWC 2018)
1. Armando Castro (HON, 1983)
2. Valdin Legister (JAM, 1979)
3. Yadel Martinez (CUB, 1985)

Women Referees (FWWC 2019)
1. Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX, 1975)
2. Marianela Araya (CRC, 1988)
3. Melissa Borjas (HON, 1986)
4. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN, 1977)
5. Margaret Domka (USA, 1979)
6. Mirian Leon (SLV, 1986)
7. Michelle Pye (CAN, 1978)
8. Cardella Samuels (JAM, 1983)
9. Lucila Venegas (MEX, 1981)


 Referees (FWC 2018)
1. Jose Argote (VEN, 1980)
2. Enrique Caceres (PAR, 1974)
3. Andres Cunha (URU, 1976)
4. Diego Haro (PER, 1982)
5. Enrique Osses (CHI, 1974)
6. Nestor Pitana (ARG, 1975)
7. Sandro Ricci (BRA, 1974)
8. Wilmar Roldan (COL, 1980)
9. Gery Vargas (BOL, 1981)
10. Roddy Zambrano (ECU, 1978)

Reserve Referees (FWC 2018)
1. Julio Bascunan (CHI, 1978)
2. Daniel Fedorczuk (URU, 1976)
3. Wilson Lamouroux (COL, 1979)
4. Wilton Sampaio (BRA, 1981)
5. Mauro Vigliano (ARG, 1975)

Women Referees (FWWC 2019)
1. Maria Carvajal (CHI, 1983)
2. Yercinia Correa (VEN, 1979)
3. Maria Fortunato (ARG, 1985)
4. Regildenia Moura (BRA, 1974)
5. Olga Miranda (PAR, 1982)
6. Viviana Munoz (COL, 1985)
7. Silvia Reyes (PER, 1981)
8. Claudia Umpierrez (URU, 1983)

UEFA Champions League – Semi-finals (First Leg)

26 April 2016
Manchester City – Real Madrid
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)

Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

27 April 2016
Atletico Madrid – Bayern München
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Fourth Official: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)