FIFA U-20 World Cup – Group Stage (Matches 1-8)

30 May 2015 
New Zealand  Ukraine
Referee: Mauro Vigliano (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivan Nunez (ARG)
Fourth Official: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)

USA  Myanmar
Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marius Tan (CIV)
Fourth Official: Liran Liany (ISR)

Argentina  Panama
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Fourth Official: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)

Ghana  Austria
Referee: Fahad Al-Mirdasi (KSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdulah Al-Shalwai (KSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Abu Al-Amri (OMA)
Fourth Official: Nick Waldron (NZL)

31 May 2015
Qatar  Colombia
Referee: Matt Conger (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Lount (NZL)
Fourth Official: Istvan Vad (HUN)

Portugal  Senegal
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morín (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)

Mexico  Mali
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmuller (GER)
Fourth Official: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)

Uruguay  Serbia
Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Akane Yagi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Joseph Lamptey (GHA)

Referee Atkinson keen to “enjoy occasion” in Warsaw

English referee Martin Atkinson described it as a "massive honour" to be officiating Wednesday's UEFA Europa League final between Sevilla FC and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Shock, delight, honour – that was referee Martin Atkinson's reaction to being awarded the 2015 UEFA Europa League final, and now he has come to terms with his appointment he has no doubt Wednesday's match represents the pinnacle of his officiating career. "The first reaction was shock, and then absolutely delighted. It's a massive honour for me and for my family and for English refereeing. So I was shocked and then very honoured and very proud," he told UEFA.com.
For Atkinson, his 68th UEFA assignment – FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v Sevilla FC in Warsaw – is unquestionably the biggest yet. "The fact it's a European final, the highest I can referee, definitely! I've been very lucky that domestically I have done all the finals in England, so to get this UEFA final is a massive honour," he explained. The Bradford-born official also becomes the fourth referee from his native Yorkshire to take charge of a European final. "It could be in the water, it could be in the tea!" Whatever the reason, Atkinson will be glad of his experience as fourth official to fellow Yorkshireman Howard Webb at the 2010 UEFA Champions League final in Madrid. "That was great to be involved, hopefully that will stand me in good stead. But I speak to Howard a lot, we've obviously spoken about this one and I'm sure we'll talk again." Clearly Webb, who retired last year, remains an influence. "I've always had targets and I've always had people I've admired. I think there's no greater role model than Howard Webb – when you look at what he's achieved, then the fact he's not even changed in the slightest from what he was ten years ago." Atkinson himself began refereeing at 15 because "we were short in the local league". "I'm ambitious and I think once you start on the refereeing ladder, you're just looking to progress as quickly as you can," he said. "I'm very fortunate that this season has finished where it has: to finish on a major final is a massive honour." 
An international referee since 2006, Atkinson has handled one UEFA Europa League match and eight UEFA Champions League games this term, including the Juventus-Real Madrid CF semi-final first leg. There'll be no stage fright at the National Stadium. "I think the qualities are to be calm, to be relaxed, to enjoy the occasion," said the 44-year-old, a keen golfer. "And the big thing for us is that we're there to do a job. We're there to officiate the game and to referee it for football. It's about being calm, enjoying the occasion, but doing our job as well." To that end, he arrives in the Polish capital having studied all four semi-final matches, "looking at tactics, formations and preparing myself correctly – it's all about the build-up, making sure we're aware of the different set plays, corners, free-kicks ... that's just the start!" Come Wednesday night he will be leading out three teams: the two finalist clubs, plus his officiating crew of assistants Michael Mullarkey – assistant to Webb in the 2010 UEFA Champions League final and the FIFA World Cup decider the same year – and Stephen Child, fourth official Pavel Královec (from the Czech Republic) and additional assistant referees Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner. "It's a very important time when you walk out, that you set the right tone. There's a little bit of nervousness, but certainly confidence when you walk out, knowing this is your game, you're in charge of this. I'm very lucky that the two assistants I work with are top assistant referees. And the additional assistants behind the goals are both experienced match officials, so to have that security of a big team really does make it a lot more secure for me." And his hopes for the final? "That everybody comes away having enjoyed a great game of football where we've had respect towards each opponent and towards the match officials. And for us, certainly for me personally, if nobody remembers the referee then it's a job well done. I think that's a big thing for all referees: if we come away and everybody's talking about a game of football, then fantastic. That will make my evening".

Source: UEFA

Copa Libertadores – Quarter-finals (Second Leg)

26 May 2015
Tigres – Emelec
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dario Gaona (PAR)
Fourth Official: Ulises Mereles (PAR)
Referee Observer: Edgardo Codesal (MEX)

27 May 2015
Internacional – Santa Fe
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Johnny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Diego Haro (PER)
Referee Observer: Wilson Seneme (BRA)

27 May 2015
Cruzeiro – River Plate
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Berrio (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Fourth Official: Imer Machado (COL)
Referee Observer: Alicio Pena (BRA)

28 May 2015
Racing – Guarani
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Fourth Official: Fernando Falce (URU)
Referee Observer: Abel Gnecco (ARG)

Soto: “Refereeing saved my life”

On the evening of 27 January 2015, Venezuelan FIFA referee Juan Soto completed his fitness training in Caracas when suddenly, upon entering his car, three armed men forced him to get in the back seat, thus beginning an incredible odyssey.
- What happened, Juan?
- Out of nowhere, something random that happens to many people happened to me. I trained on a field in Caracas and, as the area is of a certain level, they saw my car and thought they could get money or something valuable from me.
- What did they say?
- They were violent and always asking me for money. As they asked me for the money, I was beaten on the head with the butt of a gun. I told them I had no money and then they asked me to take them to my house. I told them that I live far away and they became very nervous.
- Did they threaten to kill you?
- Yes. They were not alone, as they communicated with others by telephone and other people were asking how things were going. In one of those exchanges, one said that I was armed or that I was in the army. I did not understand but they had found my army reservist card. They asked where my gun was.
- And what did you say?
- I told them that, if I had been armed, I or at least one of them would probably be dead because I was not going to surrender.
- How could you be so calm at a time like that?
- Today, remembering that all, I conclude that refereeing saved my life.
- In which way?
- We are constantly subjected to high stress, a lot of pressure. Each match is like that and you learn to not think of your surroundings and concentrate on your job. I am sure that everything that I learned in refereeing helped me save my life.
- What followed?
- I can only remember up to that point. Everything happened in about forty minutes, but I do not remember anything else until I was thrown into a ravine.
- They threw you into a ravine?
- Yes, it was about two in the morning. They tied my hands and feet… I was thrown like someone is thrown into a pool. There was another case where they killed the person in much the same circumstances. They threw him in almost the same place.
- How were you saved?
- A tow-truck passed by at the same time they tossed me out and the driver alerted the National Guard and the Guard alerted the firefighters and so I was found. When I felt that I was being moved, I opened my eyes and asked "Are you helping me?" The firemen said yes and asked me to be calm because they were there to help.
Juan Soto took an active part in the theoretical and practical work undertaken by the CONMEBOL elite referees in the recent course held in Santiago de Chile from 8 to 12 May 2015. In the closing ceremony, the president of the CONMEBOL Referees Committee, Carlos Alarcon, stressed his willpower and wished him a full and speedy recovery. We had seen Juan Soto these days training with his teammates. His commitment and enthusiasm impressed everyone. "Now I want to work. My family does not quite agreeing with me continuing as a referee, but after what happened it gives me great strength. Certainly, refereeing saved my life and now I want to recover physically, psychologically and spiritually".

Source: CONMEBOL

Copa America 2015

Chile, 11 June - 4 July 2015

Referees

Argentina
Referee: Néstor Pitana (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti

Bolivia
Referee: Raúl Orosco
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Bustillos
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Montaño

Brazil
Referee: Sandro Ricci
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho
Assistant Referee 2: Fabio Pereira

Chile
Referee: Enrique Osses
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Astroza
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Barraza

Colombia
Referee: Wilmar Roldán
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzmán
Assistant Referee 2: Christian De la Cruz

Ecuador 

Referee: Carlos Vera
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero

Paraguay
Referee: Enrique Cáceres
Assistant Referee 1: Rodney Aquino
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Cáceres

Peru
Referee: Víctor Carrillo
Assistant Referee 1: César Escano
Assistant Referee 2: Jonny Bossio

Uruguay
Referee: Andres Cunha
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Pastorino

Venezuela
Referee: José Argote
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Urrego
Assistant Referee 2: Jairo Romero

Mexico
Referee: TBD
Assistant Referee 1: TBD
Assistant Referee 2: TBD

Jamaica
Referee: TBD
Assistant Referee 1: TBD
Assistant Referee 2: TBD

Reserve Match Officials (Chile)
Referees: Julio Bascuñán, Jorge Osorio
Assistant Referee: Raúl Orellana

Ennjimi: "French referees are being intimidated"

With only three years left before his retirement, Said Ennjimi cannot stand anymore the operation of the French refereeing, which works much "on fear". After his appearance in the Federal Referees Committee (CFA), Said Ennjimi will have to wait for a CFA meeting to find out the exact duration of the suspension (it can be up to 3 months), still active for the moment. His two assistants and the fourth official have been "cleared" and, therefore, their suspension was lifted. Ennjimi is questioning his refereeing career: "I cannot see myself starting next year with the same leaders at the head of the French refereeing".
- What exactly happened?
- In his report, Claude Tellène, the supervisor of the OM-Lorient match, said that I showed “disrespectful behavior incompatible with the function of a referee", as well as "unprofessional conduct on duty”, without specifying the nature or details of the facts. Following this report, Pascal Garibian, the Technical Director of Refereeing, wrote to the president of the Federal Referees Committee, Eric Borghini, and I have been suspended as a precautionary measure, since 7 May, in spite of the fact that I could never defend myself.
- Do you dispute this version?
- Yes.
- What is yours, then?
- Shortly before that game, I asked the Marseille’s delegate, Claude Medam, to retrieve a set of six autographed jerseys to offer to the Limousin charity. I said that I will pay for them. At the end of the match, Mr. Medam found me in the change room and brought me the jerseys in a bag. I asked him whether he could have them autographed, given the defeat of Marseille, and he replied: "I do not think they will sign them because they lost the game"and throwed the jerseys bag on my bag, in a rather dismissive manner and very angry, certainly because of the defeat of his team. Seeing this attitude, I took the shirt bag and told him that if he uses this tone, it is best to return the jerseys and the invoice. The OM physio entered at that time in the dressing room to offer us very nicely a post-match massage. I said at that time: "I do not want to see anyone right now" on a firm tone, I admit, and under the wrath of the more than unpleasant attitude of Mr. Medam.
- Did it stop there?
- Following these misunderstandings, we received Claude Tellène, the observer of the game, which told us that he felt a little tension in the corridors and asked us what are the reasons. We explained the situation and replied that there was nothing serious. And that's it. Moreover, the team delegates confirmed it.
- At that time, you decided to leave Stade Vélodrome in order to not inflame the situation, right?
- I sent a text message to Mr. Labrune because the referees were invited for dinner. I told him that I will not stay, in order to not inflame the situation and that we are about to take a taxi to our hotel. Labrune, very intelligently, managed to restore the calm and the incident was closed. Everyone was invited to the dinner, including the referees and the members of the delegation.
- It was during this dinner that you broke your duty of confidentiality?
- During the dinner, there were several conversations for more than three hours. It was a buffet and people moved around. At one point, Vincent Labrune wondered if there was a penalty in Bordeaux, for example, I said yes, etc. It was a friendly discussion and there was no problem, since some members of the Legal Committee of the LFP, who attended that dinner, attested. There was nothing special during that meal. No breach of my duty of confidentiality or otherwise. The day after the game, I received a phone call from Claude Tellène who told me that Louis Vassalucci is his friend and that it would be good that I can send him and Claude Medam, a note to share my regrets for this incident. Although I thought that the case was already closed, I sent an SMS as soon as the next day, April 25, to the two people to express my regrets. I have had no feedback.
- And no news until 7 May?
- None. It was not until 7 May when I received an SMS from Vassalucci that he had just returned from abroad and that the incident was closed since receiving my message. The same day, I was warned by Pascal Garibian that I was suspended as a precautionary measure following a report by Claude Tellène. A report based on comments described by others and where I was not asked for my point of view.
- What was in the report?
- I was accused of a “disrespectful attitude towards the local leaders, including the Marseilles physio”. However, I received a written version from Stéphane Ré, the physio, which differs completely, as it confirms my version of what I said "I do not want to see anyone right now". The report also mentions the famous meal where the ethical line was allegedly crossed. I have written documents that prove wrong all the charges against me. Besides, Medam and Vassalluci confirmed in writing that they had "not witnessed unpleasant comments from the referees officiating that night". None of the accusations stands. It is not the substance that I question, but the form, since I have never been heard before my suspension and was not allowed to present my version.
- This is a point which you strongly disagree...
- It is clearly stated in the referee regulations that a referee may be punished only after having been invited to present his defense or to have been heard by the court competent to pronounce the sanction. It was never the case for me. Neither my colleagues for that evening’s game. There is a clear desire to make an example, even if it must be done with methods of thugs.
- What about today?
- I am still suspended as a precautionary measure, since 7 May. It was suggested to me that the final of the Coupe de France would be for me. This is no longer the case. Pascal Garibian, which is a procedural man, never heard me and his decision was based on the oral versions of two people. Garibian heard about it, while I report the facts. I tried to call him several times, but he never wanted to speak to me, preferring to simply say "a procedure is in progress." This gentleman is still a police commander and his decision is based on a report with only two versions of persons from OM, without hearing me.
- OM seems as surprised as you...
- Vincent Labrune is saddened by the turn of this case and supported me since OM and all officers have nothing to blame the referees for that night and did not feel concerned by this story. My three colleagues of the match against Lorient were also suspended while their names are never mentioned in the report. They are collateral damage. For several months, a negative current is within the French refereeing. At the Congress of the UNAF (National Union of French Referees), the President of the CFA, Eric Borghini, was booed. There is a real contempt for the Federation within referees and it feels every day.
- This story comes at the end of a complicated season for the French referees.
- We were never as bad as this year. At one point, when we see how some referees are despised, including me, how do you wish that men do not tremble? This also has implications for the amateur referees. There is no longer any confidence in the French referees. This manhunt, for I see it like that, does not impose on the current French referees a climate conducive to the development. Internationally, what is Pascal Garibian’s legitimacy? None. Therefore, it is not surprising today to see the absence of our referees in the international competitions.

Source: Yahoo Sports

UEFA U-17 Euro 2015 Final: Raczkowski (POL)

Polish match official Paweł Raczkowski, a holder of a master's degree in psychology, will referee Friday's tournament decider in Burgas between Germany and France. The minds of the France and Germany players – who will meet on Friday in the final of the UEFA European U-17 Championship – should hold few mysteries for Paweł Raczkowski. Appointed to oversee the showpiece encounter in Burgas, the Polish referee, a holder of a master's degree in psychology and boasting several years of business managerial experience, sat down with UEFA.com at the match officials' base in Sliven. Surely not as diverse as the refereeing squad here in Bulgaria, where referees and referees' assistants from 21 countries have been involved in the tournament. "Spending time with so many talented officials from all over Europe has taught me so much. We've had a fantastic time, training every day, doing workshops and having discussions with our coaches," said Raczkowski." It really helps with player management," said the 32-year-old. "It's one of the reasons why I'm able to strike up a good rapport with the players and manage them and the game very well. My experience as a manager at company level is also very useful too, as I had a big and varied team of people under me. The spirit inside the referees' group has been brilliant, like a community. I'd like to thank all of the guys who've been with me at this tournament. Especially because it was my birthday on 10 May, so we had a big cake and everybody sang 'Happy Birthday'. I spent one of my best birthdays here." Turning the talk to another landmark occasion, the final, has he watched Jean-Claude Giuntini's France or Christian Wück's Germany in action? "I've only seen France and Germany on TV, I've not had chance to referee them yet, but I've studied the way they play and also, from a referee's perspective, I've studied the players' behaviour too," explained Raczkowski, in the middle for three fixtures in the group stage. "Whenever I go to a game domestically or internationally, I try to do research on the players involved, their performances and their behaviour – it's very important to be prepared. This will be a big final. Germany against France is always a big game, at any level." So what of Bulgaria 2015 in general, the running of it and how Raczkowski has been welcomed? "The organisation has been perfect, the people who have organised the tournament and the referees from Bulgaria have been fantastic. They've given us so much support and everything has been on an extremely professional level," continued Warsaw-born Raczkowski, who lives with his wife in the Polish capital but will not be attending the UEFA Europa League final in the city on 27 May. "I'd have loved to have gone to the game, but I'll be in Nyon doing a CORE development course. I'll be sure to catch it on television, though". (Source: UEFA)


22 May 2015
France – Germany
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Weiss (SVK)
Fourth Official: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)

Codesal: 25 years after his World Cup final

The outstanding image from the 1990 World Cup final was not Andreas Brehme striking home the winning penalty in the 85th minute, securing the 1-0 win for the European side, nor was it coach Franz Beckenbauer celebrating with the trophy. It was actually current U.S. national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann, tackled late by Pedro Monzon after a one-two combination with Lothar Matthaus, rolling three times and then raising up on one shoulder to continue his pained reaction. The challenge was in keeping with the rest of the game, and Monzon, a halftime substitute, was shown a straight red card for the tackle by referee Edgardo Codesal. Worse was to come for Argentina: five minutes from time, Codesal awarded West Germany a penalty after Matthaus played through Rudi Voller, who, tightly marked by Roberto Sensini, fell to the ground in the area. Previously in the match, Codesal had rejected Gabriel Calderon’s claims after a similar clash with Klaus Augenthaler. Two minutes later, Codesal sent off another Argentine, Gustavo Dezotti, for grabbing Jurgen Kohler around the neck and wrestling him to the ground in an effort to get the ball off him for a throw-in. Codesal ran over and theatrically brandished his second red of the game, reducing Argentina to nine players.
This was Codesal’s last game as a referee. When he returned to Mexico after the game [he was Mexican-Uruguayan, and his grandfather was born in Argentina], he was confronted with hordes of journalists. “I was brave and honest, like I always am,” he said. “The foul was Argentina’s fault, not mine. I’m calm and happy.” At that World Cup, Codesal had taken charge of Italy’s 1-0 win over USA, awarding a penalty missed by Gianluca Viali, and blew for two penalties as England beat Cameroon 3-2 in the quarterfinal. FIFA observers gave him an average rating of 8.5 for his performances. Codesal’s father, Jose Maria, was a referee who officiated at the 1966 World Cup. The one piece of advice he gave his son: “Don’t ever give a penalty if you think you will have to explain it a thousand times.” Nine years on, he remained convinced that his decision had been the correct one. “I have no doubt,” he told Ole. “The referees don’t have to look for intent; they have to look for contact. This is what I saw: the Argentine tried to get to the ball first but he stretched his leg and tackled the German. It was a penalty. I was convinced at the time and I have not changed my mind since. For me, it’s a closed case.” The case, actually, was far from closed. Soon after that interview, Humberto Rojano, the former president of the Mexican Referees Committee, went public on how Codesal had been appointed. He spoke of a meeting he had with Javier Arriaga, former head of the Mexican Referees Committee and a key figure in the FIFA Referees Committee in 1990. Arriaga also happened to be Codesal’s father-in-law. Rojano told Mexican paper La Jornada that “the authorities,” ­a phrase that is deliberately vague, ­had told Arriaga that “Argentina didn’t have to win.” “I know the Argentines still hate me and that hurts,” Codesal told Reforma years later. “I love them and it hurts that I made them suffer. I would have liked Argentina won their third World Cup back in 1990. If I were God, I would change things, but I’m not God. I do know that in 50 years, they still won’t forgive me.” Codesal had actually watched the 1986 World Cup final between the same sides in Mexico, and had been supporting Argentina. But in 2011, over 20 years after the incident, Codesal’s stance had hardened against the continued hostility from the losing nation. “I admire the Argentines for their will to win, but they have not learnt to lose, they just can’t accept it,” he said. “Someone told them that they lost because I was the referee and they believed it. When Maradona uses his hand to score, that's intelligent; but if they don't win, it’s because someone stole from them”. (Source: Sports Illustrated)
Although Codesal was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he represented his adopted country, Mexico, as a CONCACAF referee in the 1990 World Cup. He quit after the World Cup because his dad, the famous referee, had told him: “when you have taken charge of the World Cup final, you have nothing to do in football anymore”. After his retirement from active refereeing, Codesal was CONCACAF's Director of Referees, Head of Refereeing for the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999, and member of the Referees Committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Nigeria, the Confederations Cup in Mexico and the FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Zealand. In 2002, Codesal tried to run against Jack Warner for the presidency of CONCACAF. At first, CONCACAF said that Codesal's candidature had not been accepted because he was a paid employee of the Confederation, but Codesal dismissed the argument. “Warner and all of them (members of the executive committee) are paid”, he said. Mexican Football Federation (FMF) president Alberto de la Torre said: “Mr. Codesal is not paid, he receives expenses and expenses are not payments because if they were, Mr. Warner would not be eligible either, as he gets expenses”. Yet, the fact that Jack Warner (Trinidad) was the sitting president and a good friend of Sepp Blatter didn't help. All Caribbean members chose Warner, while only Mexico and Costa Rica supported Codesal. After he lost the battle for the CONCACAF presidency, he became a referee analyst for various Spanish-speaking media. Codesal: “I have been saying that today's leadership changed the world of football management and refereeing in general. In our time, the chairman of the Referees Committee of each confederation was a member of the FIFA Referees Committee, which gave congruence for the position but also some power over appointments. At the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago, I was the Director of Referees for the tournament. The final meeting took place in front of the FIFA president and various committees (more than 40 people) and I announced the names of the referees for the final, causing discrepancy in Africa because the final was between an African and a European country and we appointed a referee from Europe. Blatter demanded that referees were changed, claiming the continental neutrality, to which I opposed, using the statutes of the same FIFA that say appointments and decisions of the Referees Committee are final, severely angering the president. There were all kinds of pressure, but the referees were not changed because we chose according to their qualifications and not the country of birth. I brought this story up because, in the wake of that event, the whole structure of the Referees Committees around the world, including FIFA and the confederations, was changed for the 2002-2006 cycle, incorporating, besides former referees, people from the management teams or federations, so that they could politically control the appointments and not rely on the opinion of the former officials, who were not easy to subdue, leaving them only technical work and not the appointments. That explains how the Referees Committees work, their purpose and policies”. (Source: Medio Tiempo)
Almost 25 years after his World Cup final, Edgardo Codesal recently returned as the Technical Director of the Mexican Referees Committee. He has also been appointed as an international referee observer in Copa Libertadores.

UEFA U-17 Euro 2015 – Semi-finals

19 May 2015

Belgium – France
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Jones (WAL)
Fourth Official: Alan Mario Sant (MLT)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Germany – Russia
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Rejdi Avdo (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Namik Huseynov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)


Qualifiers for FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015

Croatia – Italy
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Romans Platonovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

Spain – England
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Sten Klaasen (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Ville Koskiniemi (FIN)
Fourth Official: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

Copa Libertadores – Quarter-finals (First Leg)

19 May 2015
Emelec – Tigres
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Navarro (ARG)
Fourth Official: Pablo Diaz (ARG)
Referee Observer: Rogger Zambrano (ECU)

20 May 2015
Santa Fe – Internacional
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: Jorge Baliño (ARG)
Referee Observer: Otalvaro Polanco (COL)

21 May 2015
Guaraní – Racing

Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabio Pereira (BRA)
Fourth Official: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
Referee Observer: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

River Plate – Cruzeiro
Referee: Enrique Osses (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Barraza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Jorge Osorio (CHI)
Referee Observer: Carlos Coradina (ARG)