FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 – Match for Third Place

4 July 2015

Germany – England
Referee: Ri Hyang Ok (PRK, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hong Kum Nyo (PRK)
Assistant Referee 2: Kim Kyoung Min (KOR)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)
Fifth Official: Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD)

Referees in unwanted spotlight ahead of Women’s World Cup final

A run of controversial calls has raised worries that officiating has not kept pace with the quality of play at the Women's World Cup, putting an unwanted spotlight on referees ahead of Sunday's final. Both the United States and Japan reached the championship match with help from arguable calls in their semi-finals that have put into question the overall caliber of officiating. All World Cup matches staged at six venues across Canada have been officiated by women and FIFA said it has no plans to bring in more experienced male officials for crucial matches. "Right now not at all," Tatjana Haenni, FIFA's head of women's competitions, said when asked about the possibility of using both male and female officials. "Now that women's football becomes so popular I see it as a risk that we now have the discussion why don't we have more male referees. On the women's refereeing side we now have to decide do we give more opportunities to the women's referees to be at the top level of the game or do we still not do enough and at one point women will have huge difficulties to be at the top level". 
The United States benefited from two crucial decisions in their 2-0 semi-final win over top-ranked Germany on Tuesday in Montreal. The Americans took the lead when captain Carli Lloyd scored a penalty after the referee ruled that Annike Krahn had obstructed Alex Morgan. Replays showed the offence took place outside the penalty area. Minutes earlier, U.S. defender Julie Johnston was adjudged to have pulled down Alexandra Popp but escaped with a yellow card even though she was the last defender and should have been sent off. In their 2-1 win over England, Japan grabbed the lead through a controversial penalty when Claire Rafferty nudged Saori Ariyoshi in the back and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Television replays, however, showed the foul had taken place outside of the penalty area, but England's protests were dismissed as Aya Miyami fired home the penalty. Seven minutes later another debatable penalty award brought England level. Captain Steph Houghton went down easily inside the penalty area, possibly after her heel was clipped by Yuki Ogimi, and Fara Williams coolly converted.
Massimo Busacca (photo), FIFA's Head of Refereeing, who officiated at two World Cups, acknowledged that overall quality of officiating needed upgrading but had assured that the referees for the semi-finals and final were up to the challenge. "For me they are doing well," Busacca told a small group of reporters at technical briefing. "Round of 16, quarter-finals we did not have big complaints the results were correct. The referees who remain now know what they are doing. "They are the best, I am not afraid to say they will do a great game in the final".

Source: Yahoo Eurosport

Copa America Final 2015: Roldan (COL)

Final
4 July 2015
Chile – Argentina
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian De la Cruz (COL)
Fourth Official: Jose Argote (VEN)
Fifth Official: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcon (PAR)

Match for Third Place
3 July 2015
Paraguay – Peru
Referee: Raul Orosco (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Bustillos (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Montano (BOL)
Fourth Official: Andres Cunha (URU)
Fifth Official: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Referee Observer: Ricardo Casas (ARG)

UEFA Europa League – First Qualifying Round (First Leg)

2 July 2015

Olimpic Sarajevo – Spartak Trnava
Referee: Daniel Stefanski (POL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Fourth Official: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)


Kruoja – Jagiellonia
Referee: João Capela (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Campos (POR)
Fourth Official: Cosme Machado (POR)
Referee Observer: Manuel Diaz Vega (ESP)

Dinamo Batumi – Omonia Nicosia
Referee: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Nejc Kajtazovic (SVN)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Balzan – Zeljeznicar
Referee: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)

Progres – Shamrock Rovers
Referee: Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Mesrop Ghazaryan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Arman Ghushchyan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Suren Baliyan (ARM)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Renova – Dacia
Referee: Eiko Saar (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Koiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)
Fourth Official: Kristo Külljastinen (EST)
Referee Observer: Jari Maisonlahti (FIN)

Ordabasy – Beitar Jerusalem
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrei Bodean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Denis Borisov (MDA)
Fourth Official: Iuri Covtun (MDA)
Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

Shirak – Zrinjski
Referee: Charalampos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chasan Koula (GRE)
Fourth Official: Georgios Kominis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Alashkert – St. Johnstone
Referee: Jacob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Derya Oguz (DEN)
Fourth Official: Dennis Mogensen (DEN)
Referee Observer: Günter Benkö (AUT)

Laçi – Inter Baki
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Abraham Alvarez Cantón (ESP)
Fourth Official: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido (ESP)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Neftçi – Mladost Podgorica
Referee: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ceyhun Sesiguzel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Hakan Ceylan (TUR)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Jelgava – Litex Lovech
Referee: Tiago Lopes (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Pinto (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Pedro Almeida (POR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Ferreira (POR)
Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

Dinamo Tbilisi – Qäbälä IK
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Fourth Official: Zvi Levi (ISR)
Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

Kukësi – Torpedo Belaz Zhodino
Referee: Sascha Amhof (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sladan Josipović (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Fourth Official: Urs Schnyder (SUI)
Referee Observer: Michael Ross (NIR)

Seinäjoen – FH
Referee: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Zobenica (CRO)
Fourth Official: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)

Flora Tallinn – Rabotnicki
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Per Brogevik (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

UE Sant Julià – Randers FC
Referee: Tim Marshall (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Anderson (NIR)
Fourth Official: Ian Mc Nabb (NIR)
Referee Observer: Patritiu Abrudan (ROU)

Aktobe FK – Kalju
Referee: Yuriy Mozharovskyy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)

Skonto – St. Patrick's
Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Dario Vrabec (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Hrvoje Radić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Marko Matoc (CRO)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

Lahti – Elfsborg
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Veslin Radunović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jovica Tatar (MNE)
Fourth Official: Milovan Milacić (MNE)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)

Atlantas – PFC Beroe
Referee: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Sigurdsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Bryngeir Valdimarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Gunnar Jónsson (ISL)
Referee Observer: Karel Bohunek (CZE)

Debrecen – Sutjeska
Referee: Raymond Crangle (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Neeson (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: James Eakin (NIR)
Fourth Official: Evan Boyce (NIR)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Radoman (SRB)

Sillamäe – Hajduk Split
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: David Canales Cerda (ESP)
Fourth Official: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias (ESP)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

Saxan – Apollon
Referee: Denis Izmailov (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Yevgeniy Belskiy (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Khodin (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
Referee Observer: Dušan Krchnak (SVK)

Brøndby IF – Juvenes Dogana
Referee: Adrian Azzopardi (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Vella (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Christopher Francalanza (MLT)
Fourth Official: Fyodor Zammit (MLT)
Referee Observer: Muharrem Aksoy (TUR)

Differdange – Bala Town
Referee: Milan Ilić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milan Minić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivica Stojanović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Srdjan Obradović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

Sheriff – Odds BK
Referee: Tsvetan Krastev (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Divan Valkov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandar Atanasov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Ferenc Székely (HUN)

Trakai – HB Tórshavn
Referee: Lasha Silagava (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Zaza Menteshashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Zaza Pipia (GEO)
Fourth Official: George Vadachkoria (GEO)
Referee Observer: Salustia Chato (AND)

Strømsgodset – FK Partizani
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Gavin (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kenneth Hennessy (IRL)
Fourth Official: Sean Grant (IRL)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Botosani – Tskhinvali
Referee: Lorenc Jemini (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ermal Burushi (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Germat Qirici (ALB)
Fourth Official: Klajdi Kola (ALB)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

Europa FC – Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Geir Isaksen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Eivin Hansen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Anders Johansen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)

AUK Broughton – Lokomotiva Zagreb
Referee: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Askell Gislason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Bjorn Valdimarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Erlendur Eiriksson (ISL)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

Celje – Slask Wroclaw
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Denis Rexha (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Rejdi Avdo (ALB)
Fourth Official: Remzi Sadiku (ALB)
Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)

NK Domžale – Čukarički
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)

Vikingur – Rosenborg BK
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: John Roberts (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Bird (WAL)
Fourth Official: Ryan Stewart (WAL)
Referee Observer: Drazenko Kovacić (CRO)

Go Ahead Eagles – Ferencváros
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: John Brooks (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Fourth Official: Robert Madley (ENG)
Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)

Newtown – Valletta
Referee: Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomas Vorel (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Bollo (SVK)
Fourth Official: Pavol Suniar (SVK)
Referee Observer: Vencel Tóth (HUN)

MTK Budapest – FC Vojvodina
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Vivenzi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)

Budućnost Podgorica – Spartaks Jūrmala
Referee: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleg Pluzhnyk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ievgenii Khalamendyk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Birkirkara – Ulisses FC
Referee: Erez Papir (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Liran Wachsberger (ISR)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Medved (SVK)

University College Dublin – F91 Dudelange
Referee: Petur Reinert (FRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Regin Egholm (FRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Christiansen (FRO)
Fourth Official: Eiler Rasmussen (FRO)
Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)

Crvena Zvezda – FC Kairat Almaty
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

Cork City FC – KR
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Sønderby (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Niels Høg (DEN)
Fourth Official: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

Lindfield – NSI Runavík
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jiri Molacek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Mokrusch (CZE)
Fourth Official: Michal Patak (CZE)
Referee Observer: Gudmunder Jónsson (ISL)

West Ham United – FC Lusitans
Referee: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)

Glenavon – Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Referee: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Svein Inge Wiken (NOR
Fourth Official: Martin Lundby (NOR)
Referee Observer: Dragutin Poljak (CRO)

Glentoran – MSK Zilina
Referee: Jari Järvinen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Sami Nykänen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jonas Turunen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

Shkëndija – Aberdeen
Referee: Tolga Ozkalfa (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ibrahim Bozbey (TUR)
Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

Vikingur – Koper
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Fourth Official: Euan Anderson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Marcel Vanelshocht (BEL)

UEFA Champions League – First Qualifying Round (First Leg)

30 June - 1 July 2015

B36 Torshavn – The New Saints
Referee: Sven Bindels (LUX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Da Costa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Christophe Pires (LUX)
Fourth Official: Alex Krueger (LUX)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

Pyunik – Folgore
Referee: Demetrios Masias (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Marios Demetriades (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Stelios Nikita (CYP)
Fourth Official: Christos Nicolaides (CYP)
Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

Lincoln Red Imps – Santa Coloma
Referee: Johnny Casanova (SMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Francesco Lunardon (SMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvatore Tuttifrutti (SMR)
Fourth Official: Leonardo Guidi (SMR)
Referee Observer: Antonio Almeida Costa (POR)

Crusaders – Levadia Tallinn
Referee: Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Frosti Gunnarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Gardar Hinriksson (ISL)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 – Semi-finals

30 June 2015
USA – Germany
Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Salome Di Iorio (ARG)
Fifth Official: Mariana De Almeida (ARG)

1 July 2015
Japan – England
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Sarah Walker (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Allyson Flynn (AUS)
Fourth Official: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Fifth Official: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 – Referees for semi-finals and finals

AFC
1. Ri Hyang Ok (PRK, photo)

CAF
1. Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)
2. Therese Neguel (CMR)

CONCACAF
1. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
2. Lucila Venegas (MEX)

CONMEBOL
1. Salome Di Iorio (ARG)
2. Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

OFC
1. Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

UEFA
1. Teodora Albon (ROU)
2. Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
3. Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
4. Esther Staubli (SUI)
5. Carina Vitulano (ITA)

Copa America 2015 – Semi-finals

29 June 2015
Chile – Peru
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Urrego (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU)
Fourth Official: Raul Orosco (BOL)
Fifth Official: Javier Bustillos (BOL)
Referee Observer: Wilson Seneme (BRA)

30 June 2015
Argentina – Paraguay
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabio Pereira (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Fifth Official: Christian De la Cruz (COL)
Referee Observer: Mario Vargas (CHI)

UEFA U-21 Euro Final 2015: Marciniak (POL)

Szymon Marciniak was once a fiery young midfielder with Polish top-flight club Wisla Plock and was, in his own words, "a difficult player to referee". Times have certainly changed for the 34-year-old poacher-turned-gamekeeper, who on Tuesday will have his first taste of a European final when refereeing the U21 EURO final between Sweden and Portugal. It is an honour that represents another rung on the ladder for Marciniak, who officiated the 2014 Polish Cup final before receiving his first taste of the UEFA Champions League in the season just gone. He sat down with UEFA.com to discuss his transformation from "crazy" footballer to highly promising young referee.
- UEFA.com: How does it help you having been a footballer yourself?
- Szymon Marciniak: It helps being a former player, for sure. I was a leader, playing in central midfield, and was a crazy player to be honest. If you'd asked me many years ago if I'd like to become a referee, I'd have replied: 'Absolutely not'. I was a difficult player to referee. This makes it much easier for me now to have good relationships with troublemakers on the pitch because I was the same. It helps me know what I should say or do in some situations – sometimes I just do nothing because I know a player's frustration can be so high it is better not to say anything and then after a short while make a joke or say something funny.
- UEFA.com: How did you become a referee?
- Marciniak: I started refereeing in 2002. At the beginning I was still a player, in the fourth division, but I knew it would be very difficult to achieve success as a big player. I got promoted very quickly as a referee because they had a special pathway for former players – a lot of referees had retired and they needed young referees so it was a big chance for me.
- UEFA.com: What were your first steps as an international referee?
- Marciniak: My career started with the UEFA CORE [Centre of Refereeing Excellence] training programme. One referee from Poland got invited and fortunately it was me. This was the most important thing for me, working with David Elleray – he has been the most important person for my career so far and we are still in contact now. When I started with CORE, I thought I could referee but when you go to a UEFA competition it is a totally different world.
- UEFA.com: You began this season with your first taste of the UEFA Champions League and are ending it with a first European final. How do you reflect on your progress?
- Marciniak: When I said many years ago that I would referee a World Cup final, a lot of referees laughed at me but last year I had my Champions League debut at Juventus-Malmö and people said, 'Maybe he wasn't joking'. This year has been brilliant – my debut in the Champions League is a game I will always remember. It was such a huge experience and I had three in total in the Champions League as well as four in the Europa League. Now I've got an U21 final, which is a huge step. This year is really important but we have to remember that next year is another great tournament – every referee dreams of going to Euro 2016 in France and it's also my target.
- UEFA.com: How have you found this experience at the U21 Euro?
- Marciniak: These international games have something special; every one gives us more experience. The refereeing in this tournament so far has been very good – nobody has spoken about the referees so that means it must have been good. I've not had any difficulties, I've just enjoyed it, used my experience and it's worked.
- UEFA.com: And how did you feel to be selected for this match?
- Marciniak: I was proud of myself and my team – it is not just me, we are strong as a team. We support each other a lot and this is something I have to stress.
- UEFA.com: Finally, there aren't many referees who've done both the opening match and the final, are there?
- Marciniak: I know one referee who did it. It was Paweł Raczkowski who is our first additional referee here and who refereed the U17s final tournament last month. He opened the tournament and he finished it. We were joking that because of him I would not be getting the final but it's great to start and finish like this because it happens so rarely. (Source: UEFA)


30 June 2015
Sweden – Portugal
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional AR 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Fourth Official: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Fifth Official: Frederic Cano (FRA)
Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

Teixeira Vitienes brothers relegated and retire from officiating

Spanish football referees Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (photo) and Jose Teixeira Vitienes have both been relegated from the Primera Division and, as a result, have chosen to retire from officiating altogether.
The embattled officiating duo, like many referees, have come under fire from the clubs and fans multiple times throughout their careers and, as is customary in Spanish football, referees, like clubs, also get relegated and the Teixeira Vitienes brothers have suffered the same fate as Cordoba, Elche and Almeria according to Radio Cope. However, in the case of the Teixeira Vitienes, the relegation was not the cause for their retirement as many would expect, the true reason for their retirement is that officials aged 45 or older can no longer be promoted back to the Primera Division and thus, fall down each tier of Spanish football until they end up at the base level. As Jose (ex-Primera referee) will be 45 on the 18th July and Fernando (ex-FIFA referee) will be 44 on the 28th July, they will no longer have the opportunity to be “promoted” again. The Santander-born duo, as is normal with Primera and international referees, will likely join the Spanish Referees Committee or take another administrative position.

Source: Inside Spanish Football