March 7, 2017

National Leagues Referee Appointments - Matchweek 10 (2017)

The following match officials have been selected to take control over the matches played in Europe's top leagues in Matchweek 10. Feel free to ...

- ... share appointments with us (writing them as a comment in the manner below)
- ... share appointments from your national leagues other than those listed below with us, specially if you consider the game as significant (e.g. a derby, a top clash or a very important game etc.)
- ... place video clips you regard as useful for educational and discussion purpose
- ... discuss match situations on the games belonging to the respective matchweek
- ... and much more..

Our matchweekly posts can be easily found in the menu (Referee Appointments > National Leagues).
They will appear on Saturdays most likely and then be filled throughout the week.


Premier League (MD 28)

08.03.17 21:00 CET
Manchester City - Stoke City 
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistant Referees: Peter Kirkup, Marc Perry
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

11.03.17 16:00 CET
AFC Bournemouth - West Ham 
Referee: Robert Madley
Assistant Referees: Peter Kirkup, Stephen Child
Fourth Official: Roger East

11.03.17 16:00 CET
Everton - West Bromwich Albion 
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistant Referees: Adrian Holmes, David Bryan
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss

11.03.17 16:00 CET
Hull City - Swansea City
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck, Edward Smart
Fourth Official: Michael Oliver

12.03.17 17:00 CET
Liverpool - Burnley
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistant Referees: Scott Ledger, Simon Long
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick 

FA Cup (Quarterfinals)

11.03.17 13:15 CET
Middlesbrough - Manchester City
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett, Marc Perry
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend

11.03.17 18:30 CET
Arsenal - Lincoln 
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin, Richard West
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

12.03.17 15:00 CET
Tottenham Hotspur - Millwall
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn, Matt Wilkes
Fourth Official: Lee Mason

13.03.17 20:45 CET
Chelsea - Manchester United 
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt, Jake Collin
Fourth Official: Mike Jones


Ligue 1 (MD 29)

10.03.17 19:00 CET
OGC Nice - SM Caen
Referee: François Letexier 
Assistant Referees: Eric Danizan, Cyril Mugnier
Fourth Official: Hakim Ben El Hadj

10.03.17 20:45 CET
Olympique de Marseille - Angers SCO
Referee: Frank Schneider
Assistant Referees: Djemel Zitouni, Huseyin Ocak
Fourth Official: Stéphane Jochem

11.03.17 16:45 CET
AS Monaco - Girondins de Bordeaux
Referee: Ruddy Buquet 
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Cano, Guillaume Debart
Fourth Official: Jérôme Brisard

11.03.17 20:00 CET
En Avant Guingamp - SC Bastia
Referee: Antlony Gautier
Assistant Referees: Mickaël Annonier, Philippe Jeanne
Fourth Official: Romain Lissorgue

11.03.17 20:00 CET
Montpellier Hérault SC - FC Nantes
Referee: Karim Abed
Assistant Referees: Stephan Luzi, Julien Aube
Fourth Official: Mehdi Mokhtari

11.03.17 20:00 CET
AS Nancy Lorraine - LOSC Lille
Referee: Amaury Delerue
Assistant Referees: Fredji Harchay, Bertrand Jouannaud
Fourth Official: Rémi Landry

11.03.17 20:00 CET
Stade Rennais FC - Dijon FCO
Referee: Olivier Thual  
Assistant Referees: Cyril Saint-Cricq Lompre, Benjamin Pages
Fourth Official: Stéphanie Frappart

12.03.17 15:00 CET
AS St-Étienne - FC Metz
Referee: Jérôme Miguelgorry
Assistant Referees: Cedric Moreau, Sébastien Denis
Fourth Official: Florent Batta

12.03.17 17:00 CET
Olympique Lyonnais - Toulouse FC
Referee: Benoît Bastien
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Haquette, Hicham Zakrani
Fourth Official: Sylvain Palhies

12.03.17 21:00 CET
FC Lorient - Paris Saint Germain
Referee: Tony Chapron
Assistant Referees: Alexandre Viala, Mehdi Ramouni
Fourth Official: Aurélien Petit  


Bundesliga (MD 24)

10.03.17 20:30 CET
Bayer Leverkusen - Werder Bremen 
Referee: Tobias Stieler
Assistant Referees: Sascha Thielert, Dr. Matthias Jöllenbeck
Fourth Official: Norbert Grudzinski

11.03.17 15:30 CET
Bayern München - Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Markus Schmidt
Assistant Referees: Thorben Siewer, Alexander Sather
Fourth Official: Markus Sinn

11.03.17 15:30 CET
SV Darmstadt 98 - 1. FSV Mainz 05
Referee: Frank Willenborg
Assistant Referees: Sven Jablonski, Christoph Bornhorst
Fourth Official: Michael Emmer

11.03.17 15:30 CET
SC Freiburg - 1899 Hoffenheim
Referee: Wolfgang Stark
Assistant Referees: Mike Pickel, Martin Petersen
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert

11.03.17 15:30 CET
Hertha BSC - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Robert Hartmann 
Assistant Referees: Markus Häcker, Markus Schüller
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner

11.03.17 15:30 CET
RB Leipzig - VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Benjamin Brand
Assistant Referees: Marco Achmüller, Frederick Assmuth
Fourth Official: René Rohde

11.03.17 18:30 CET
FC Ingolstadt - 1. FC Köln
Referee: Felix Zwayer
Assistant Referees: Thorsten Schiffner, Christof Günsch
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ

12.03.17 15:30 CET
Schalke 04 - FC Augsburg
Referee:  Dr. Robert Kampka
Assistant Referees: Dominik Schaal, Arno Blos
Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus

12.03.17 17:30 CET
Hamburger SV - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Deniz Aytekin  
Assistant Referees: Christian Dietz, Eduard Beitinger
Fourth Official: Daniel Siebert 


Serie A (MD 28)

10.03.17 20:45 CET
Juventus - AC Milan 
Referee: Davide Massa
Assistant Referees: Filippo Meli, Andrea Crispo
Additional Assistant Referees: Luca Banti, Daniele Doveri
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini

11.03.17 20:45 CET
Genoa CFC - UC Sampdoria 
Referee: Daniele Orsato
Assistant Referees: Gianluca Cariolato, Andrea Marzaloni
Additional Assistant Referees: Marco Guida, Riccardo Pinzani
Fourth Official: Mauro Tonolini

12.03.17 12:30 CET
US Sassuolo Calcio - Bologna FC 
Referee: Paolo Valeri
Assistant Referees: Giorgio Schenone, Rodolfo Di Vuolo
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Tagliavento, Daniele Minelli
Fourth Official: Stefano Liberti

12.03.17 15:00 CET
Chievo Verona - Empoli FC 
Referee: Piero Giacomelli
Assistant Referees: Claudio La Rocca, Fabrizio Posado
Additional Assistant Referees: Michael Fabbri, Antonio Di Martino
Fourth Official: Omar Gava

12.03.17 15:00 CET
ACF Fiorentina - Cagliari Calcio
Referee: Claudio Gavillucci
Assistant Referees: Damiano Di Iorio, Stefano Alassio
Additional Assistant Referees: Nicola Rizzoli, Riccardo Ros
Fourth Official: Luca Mondin

12.03.17 15:00 CET
FC Internazionale - Atalanta
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati
Assistant Referees: Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore, Ciro Carbone
Additional Assistant Referees: Carmine Russo, Gianluca Aureliano
Fourth Official: Sergio Ranghetti

12.03.17 15:00 CET
SSC Napoli - FC Crotone 
Referee: Maurizio Mariani
Assistant Referees: Gianmattia Tasso, Giuseppe De Pinto
Additional Assistant Referees: Luca Pairetto, Daniele Chiffi
Fourth Official: Giulio Dobosz

12.03.17 15:00 CET
Delfino Pescara 1936 - Udinese Calcio
Referee: Domenico Celi
Assistant Referees: Pasquale De Meo, Antonino Santoro
Additional Assistant Referees: Fabio Maresca, Lorenzo Illuzzi
Fourth Official: Stefano Del Giovane

12.03.17 20:45 CET
US Città di Palermo - AS Roma
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi
Assistant Referees: Fabiano Preti, Salvatore Longo
Additional Assistant Referees: Antonio Damato, Gianluca Manganiello
Fourth Official: Alberto Tegoni

13.03.17 20:45 CET
SS Lazio - Torino FC
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni
Assistant Referees: Giacomo Paganessi, Gianluca Vuoto
Additional Assistant Referees: Marco Di Bello, Niccolò Baroni
Fourth Official: Marco Barbirati


La Liga (MD 21)

08.03.17 18:45 CET
Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña - Real Betis Balompié
Referee: Alfonso Javier Álvarez Izquierdo
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Barranco Trejo, Joan Méndez Mateo
Fourth Official: Guillermo Conejero Sánchez

La Liga (MD 27)

10.03.17 20:45 CET
Real Club Deportivo Espanyol de Barcelona - Unión Deportiva Las Palmas 
Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero
Assistant Referees: José Manuel Matías Caballero, Alfonso Baena Espejo
Fourth Official: Francisco Miralles Selma

11.03.17 13:00 CET
Valencia Club de Fútbol - Real Sporting de Gijón 
Referee: Alfonso Javier Álvarez Izquierdo
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Barranco Trejo, Joan Méndez Mateo
Fourth Official: Pedro Sureda Cuenca

11.02.17 16:15 CET
Sevilla Fútbol Club - Club Deportivo Leganés 
Referee: José Luis González González
Assistant Referees: José María Sánchez Santos, Javier Martínez Nicolás
Fourth Official: Ramón Arias Madrid

11.03.17 18:30 CET
Málaga Club de Fútbol - Deportivo Alavés 
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández, Jesús Zancada Lobato
Fourth Official: David Gálvez Rascón

11.03.17 20:45 CET
Granada Club de Fútbol - Club Atlético de Madrid 
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Assistant Referees: Teodoro Sobrino Magán, José Enrique Naranjo Pérez
Fourth Official: Víctor Rives Leal

12.03.17 12:00 CET
Real Sociedad de Fútbol - Athletic Club
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez
Assistant Referees: Miguel Martínez Munuera, José Gallego García
Fourth Official: Rafael Sánchez López

12.03.17 16:15 CET
Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña - Fútbol Club Barcelona
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán
Assistant Referees: Raúl Cabañero Martínez, Jorge Canelo Prieto
Fourth Official: Juan Peña Varela

12.03.17 18:30 CET
Real Club Celta de Vigo - Villarreal Club de Fútbol 
Referee: Mario Melero López
Assistant Referees: Manuel Ángel Torre Cimiano, José Luis Martínez Serrato
Fourth Official: César Domínguez Zapatero

12.03.17 20:45 CET
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol - Real Betis Balompié 
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devís, Jon Núñez Fernández
Fourth Official: Julio Mena Gimneno

13.03.17 20:45 CET
Club Atlético Osasuna - Sociedad Deportiva Eibar 
Referee: Santiago Jaime Latre
Assistant Referees: Jorge Bueno Mateo, Fernando Tresaco Escabosa
Fourth Official: Ángel Hernández Lorenzo


  1. Can someone please share the Dutch Eredivisie appointments for the upcoming matchweek??

    1. Follow this link for the Dutch appointments:

    2. Thanks a lot for the help, DutchRef 🙂 Much appreciated 🙂

  2. Crucial matches for Oliver and Taylor - could decide who gets the call for the Final. In Premier League, Oliver has had the better season, but if the FA wants to be sure of Taylor to UEFA Elite then we could well see him.

  3. Felix Zwayer, after today's game in Russia (Rostov - Manchester United) has been assigned to a Bundesliga game on Saturday evening.
    Less than two days for two games, including the return trip from Russia. Very strange, if I'm not wrong DFB doesn't make such appointments when referees are busy in international competitions.

    1. Yes, that's indeed unusal by DFB and I can't find an explanation at the moment. There surely would have been alternatives for the match in Ingolstadt (e.g. Siebert).
      Achmüller even with 3 hours less rest before the match in Leipzig.
      Maybe Zwayer's EL match is a replacement?

    2. I think so. The observer could indeed indicate that Zwayer was not the referee originally planned for today's game. Karen Nalbandyan doesn't observe young and prospective referees. I would have expected an experienced Category 1 / Elite with him.
      In addition, I think that Zwayer and DFB were informed at least three or four days ago, wasn't that a sufficient time to change the appointment for Ingolstadt game?

    3. Häcker and Brand have appointments on Saturday too, only 3 days after their game in Barcelona what definitely need some days to digest. Aytekin has 4 days (Wed-Sun). Probably also too less but already acceptable and common.

    4. On the same topic
      Anthony Taylor, Thursday 2105 CET Lyon
      Saturday 1830 CET London

      And considering the importance of both for Taylor big mental task for him

  4. Hungarian Division I.
    All match will be play at Saturday
    Referee: Balázs Berke
    Assistant Referees: György Ring, Georgiou Theodoros
    Additional Assistant Referees: Ferenc Karakó, Eszter Urbán
    Fourth Official:Dániel Szalai

    Referee: Csaba Pintér
    Assistant Referees: Oszkár Lémon, Krisztián Király
    Additional Assistant Referees: Róbert Nagy, Attila Molnár
    Fourth Official:Tamás Márkus

    Referee: Tamás Bognár
    Assistant Referees: István Albert, Zoltán Horváth
    Additional Assistant Referees: Ádám Németh, Gyöngyi Gaál
    Fourth Official: Balázs Buzás

    Referee: Ádám Farkas
    Assistant Referees: Balázs Szert, Róbert Horváth
    Additional Assistant Referees: Peter Solymosi, Tibor Gyarmati
    Fourth Official: Gábor Varga

    Referee: Gergely Szőts
    Assistant Referees: László Viszokai, Balázs Szalai
    Additional Assistant Referees: József Erdős, János Takács
    Fourth Official: János Medovarszki

    Referee: Viktor Kassai
    Assistant Referees: Vencel Tóth, Gergely Becséri
    Additional Assistant Referees: István Vad, Zoltán Iványi
    Fourth Official: Peter Berettyán

  5. Postponed German Cup match on Tuesday:
    Sportfreunde Lotte - Borussia Dortmund: Brych, Borsch, Lupp, Steinhaus (original appointment)
    So no Europa League for Brych next week.

  6. Lots of interesting situations Juventus - AC Milan game.

    Both goals looked marginal onside. Most unsure on Juve goal.

    3 pen appeals counted (miss any?)
    - Dybala playon, correct
    - Higuain pulled down, questionable (looks to AAR)
    - Delofeu tackled, correct

    3 YC, all seemed correct to me

    Missed perhaps YC to Alves JUV for SPA, Zapata MIL for consistent fouling (3 or 4?), Pasalic MIL 2nd YC studs on Alves 32'.

    1. ajaj.. missed what looked like a terrible tackle from Alves 66'.

    2. Oh my.. very controversial pen decision 95'. AC Milan would feel very cheated, especially since it was after stoppage time.

    3. I saw only the penalty in the 95th minute and tbh, that is never never never a deliberate handball.

    4. Doesn't need to be deliberate. What you should look at there is if you think it is a natural position. I think it was. And therefore smarter to not call a penalty. But either way it would be chaos if he wouldn't have whistled the penalty too. But to me no penalty.

    5. It is just so unfair to make such calls. AAR is having a close-up view! Actually read a little the debate in England 4 years ago, after a series of questionable handball decisions, natural position exception among things was officially implemented so to speak. You also have to consider factors like distance, speed etc. A serious game deciding decision. Sad to say, seen a lot of those in Italy through the years.

    6. Victor, I stopped reading after your first sentence. What should it be if not deliberately? (Of course, sometimes it doesn't really mean deliberately, but in a LOTG sense...)

    7. Very harsh decision by Massa / AAR2 Doveri, I must say. I wouldn't have whistled this penalty, to be honest. Player from AC Milan had only one option to avoid this whistle: trying to challenge the opponent with both arms behind his back. Definitely too harsh. But in the overall context of guidelines for handball, I must admit this is a supportable call.
      That's a big problem. We will never stop to discuss about that, even with VAR's help.
      However, the big polemics yesterday came because this occurred 24 seconds after the end of the added time (4, 94:24). The added time was extended because a player from AC Milan, sent off, wasted time before leaving the pitch.
      In first half, a penalty in favor of Juventus was missed.

    8. ''Gitzlo'' Deliberate means ''that you make an act on purpose''
      To you does handball always have to be op purpose? What you consider is arm position, time to react and also if it is deliberate.

    9. Handballs MUST be deliberate. However, deliberate in the LotG sense goes beyond what the word "intentional" would e.g. suggest - as you said, victor, it also includes aspects like natural/unnatural position, distance, reaction time, ball->hand/hand->ball etc... I guess that's what Gitzlo meant.

    10. @Chefren which pen appeal did you think of? Higuain pulled down, Dybala playon or other?

      Seems we all more or less agree concerning the 95' pen. I do understand it is possible to make the call, and it is indeed a classic example. It is, atleast for me, a useful discussion considering there are possible handball calls in every match. In my opinion there is perhaps too much room for interpretation and more consistency to be desired.

    11. I meant the foul by Zapata on Dybala, for me a clear penalty. The touch was enough to foul the opponent, which was running.

    12. Not sure if there was another than the 8' incident(?). Did look like Massa signaled play on, Dybala managed to pass to team mate who shot just wide. At first it seemed like a fair call, but considering the foul is inside the penalty box I agree with you.

  7. I am surprised by some comments. Close distance, fast ball, BALL TO THE HAND, player did not play the ball, nor had any intention, natural arm position... This could never be supportable call. Moreover, this penalty is given for JUVE, in 95', in derby match against Milan, and this kind of penalties should never be given! You can erase my comment, but this kind of penalty (especially in 90+ minute) can be given only to Real, Barca, Juventus, Bayern Munchen, Dinamo Zagreb, Crvena Zvezda or Partizan and such clubs that always have protection from the refs in their championships, and that is truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. We had 3-4 handball plays in Barca-PSG and we agreed that Aytekin made correct decisions. Well, at least two of them were more penalty than this one.

    1. That is the whole truth if you read Marca anyway....

  8. European bunch in Saudi Arabia

    9 March 2017, 18:35 CET
    Al-Hilal Riyadh - Al-Fatah Al-Ahsa
    Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
    Assistant Referee 1: Zsolt Varga (Hungary)
    Assistant Referee 2: Oszkár Lémon (Hungary)

    9 March 2017, 18:35 CET
    Al-Wahda Mecca - Al-Ahli Jeddah
    Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
    Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (Norway)
    Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Lundberg (Norway)

    10 March 2017, 18:35 CET
    Al-Nasr Riyadh - Al-Ittihad Jeddah (Crown Prince Cup final)
    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)
    Assistant Referee 1: Fahd Al-Amri (Saudi Arabia)
    Assistant Referee 2: Ahmad Faqihi (Saudi Arabia)

    11 March 2017, 16:25 CET
    Al-Khaleej Saihat - Al-Qadisiya Khobar
    Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
    Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (Slovenia)
    Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (Slovenia)

  9. Live video from stadium...
    AAR2 was really close. The best position for him.

    1. I won't surprise you, but... in Poland it's a stonewall penalty :-)

  10. Please find a clip of Real Madrid vs Real Betis. Extreme foul by Navaz missed by Lahoz. SFP or DOGSO without a doubt.

    1. It's not SFP, but it is likely DOGSO.

    2. I guess there was some kind of input from the AR2, who was much closer.

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    4. Yes Dogso looks good. My guess is that the assistant didn't make a decision because Lahoz was close but after Lahoz amazing foul detection in the Manchester match I am super surprised by this.

    5. Indeed dogso. Not sure how he could justify not making the call, as he did point out he saw everything. I can't seem to reason refs actions, which give me a feeling of disgust.

    6. In the match he missed several fouls. For example the goalkeeper foul on Morata too. Tonight was not a good match for Lahoz. I think he had a few blackouts in this match. But it happens sometimes I guess.

    7. Why I am not surprised??? (read my post above) Stonewall RC, and the foul was so obvious that everybody on the stadium saw. I am 100% sure that Mateu Lahoz saw it, too. He was thinking several seconds what to do, and decided to do nothing. On the other side of the pitch he would "saw" it and whistled it. He missed that foul, but didn't miss to give second YC to Betis' player. I'll try to make one clip with referees' "mistakes" in favor of Real only this year in La Liga, but only obvious ones. Smaller teams are not free to play with them, they give all they've got and play better than Real (tonight Betis was better side), but they lose at the end, many times thanks to refs' decisions. And in many European leagues we have similar Reals and that is very annoying.

    8. Yes, of course Mateu Lahoz saw it and decided not to whistle because it was Real Madrid, and you are completely sure of that, right? Why would he (or anyone) do that? He risks being demoted, not being selected for Russia, getting worse matches for the remainder of the season, etc. Not to talk about honesty and fairness. What you say is that he is fixing matches by not making the calls he should on purpose. I have to say I find your comment really offensive.

      He made mistakes tonight. For me, that missed foul is an important, crucial mistake. But just that, a mistake. As were Aytekin's last Wednesday. As were Rizzoli's last year.

    9. For a young ref to do a big mistake like this, fine, but an experienced 8-9 year FIFA official..? You do have to admit, it might engage or make people confused about what interpretation and what rules were used for this call?

      Let us say,

      (1)the keeper came out and used his hands to deliberately stop the attacker. (RC/YC!)

      (2)the keeper tumbles and the attacker deliberately ran into him and appealed for DOGSO.(play on or YC dive)

      (3) both keeper and attacker are even to the ball, keeper is standing upright and attacker same. They collide. (play on)

      Black and white, which of these 3 are closest to what happened? It is neither of them, agree? IMO even not deliberate, outside the area, keeper somehow DOGSO. Attacker had missed the ball first, but had his eyes on it and it was within reach. Keeper came at such speed, then the ref is here indirectly saying "attacker is responsible to look out so he is not fouled?!" when he is not making the call.

      Lahoz perhaps believed it was (2) or (3), in that moment. No VAR, no replays, just RB players and their fans protesting.

      By no means to be offensive or disrespectful, but incidents like this do add fuel to the belief in conspiracies, a corrupt system that may overrule the lotg or rule favorable to certain teams for the majority of incidents.

      Still, referees are humans and make mistakes. But we still have a job to do and that is to ensure every game is played out in a just and fair way. Indeed fans and players would always question calls in their teams' disfavor, but if more neutral bystanders do the same it becomes a big problem. To have a very bad day at work does already have consequences for referees like George just said. Some find the game more engaging and amusing because the calls have some variety so to speak. Sometimes the game is won, sometimes the game is lost. But for the referee, nowadays it seems like it is always lost, unless some calls are like sensationally good.

  11. Off topic:

    2017 Coupe de la Ligue Final
    01/04/2017, 17:00 CET, Parc OL (Lyon)
    Paris Saint-Germain - AS Monaco
    Referee: Frank Schneider
    Assistant Referee 1: Djemel Zitouni
    Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Henninot
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Rainville
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue
    Fourth Official: Mikael Lesage

    1. Sorry, it actually is at 21:00 CET. My mistake.

    2. No problem, thanks for this appointment.

  12. Interesting first half for Michael Oliver. We can speak about a great general management by Oliver, even acceptance by the managers in tense moments. But watch the situation of the 2YC -> RC at 35' to MNU#21, I think the verbal warning moments before wasn't totally not correlated to the decision, speaking about systematic fouling of one player CHE#10. Oliver using a 'Rosetti approach'?

    1. The 2nd YC is IMO wrong. Just a careless offence, rather harmless I'd dare to say.

    2. It was for persistent fouls on one of Chelsea player by the many MU players. Oliver warned the captain a moment before. I will try to make a clip.

    3. IMO if Oliver said to MU captain "YC to next MU player for deliberately fouling CHE#10", he must keep his word even if one player had a YC already. Oliver surely felt responsible for protecting the player from getting injured by persistent fouls. Can he allow himself to do this? Yes, definitely.

      The systematic fouling eventually resulted in a team punishment, and surely the RC could look harsh but it was not unfair. For me, the 1st YC was the harsh one but still correct. Should refs be more lenient toward players with YC? In so many cases here we disapprove such approach (e.g Manolas in Roma-Lyon game).

      IMO Man Utd can blame their captain for not telling MU#21, or this player for not listening. Or their manager for such ruthless tactics.

    4. RayHD is correct... Michael Oliver warned Phil Jones as well as Man Utd captain Smalling a few moments before for persistent fouls on Eden Hazard... That's the reason the 2nd YC came out... Might be soft but definitely a correct decision!!

  13. Bundesliga situations
    1) Referee: Hartmann, Decision: YC for both players
    2) Referee: Willenborg, Decision: Play on
    3) Referee: Brand, Decision: YC (play was stopped two seconds earlier)

    1. 1) YC to yellow-black player seems to be wrong at first glance, but there is a studs contact that merited such disciplinary action. Well done!
      2) PK + minimum YC. The player may fall like that if the tackle itself is at least reckless. It was 100% reckless and even close to SFP.
      3) YC is OK.

    2. Couldn't agree more.

    3. 1) I would actually prefer a RC for the yellow player for VC, but YC is acceptable in game reality. There were also many demands for two YCs for the blue player (kicking the ball away + simulation)
      2) As the attacker had already finished his shoot, the decision will probably be backed, But I agree with you...

  14. Some situations from The Old Firm Derby. Well, if you handle the UEFA game in the way Madden did it at Celtic Park...

    1. I can't open the album, the page tries to load the videos but nothing happens. I try later. Perhaps, a temporary problem.

    2. Still not working, but I tried to open the link by using this URL and it worked:
      8': Mandatory YC but in my opinion not still a 100% SFP.
      16': Should have been YC for kicking the ball away.
      18': YC is in my opinion OK. Reckless but not a deliberate act.
      32': Good advantage and acceptable YC. Could have been RC but in my opinion still borderline and acceptable decision by referee.
      68': Can't detect a contact there, it looks like a simulation. No penalty is at any rate a correct decision for me.
      79': Agree with Madden, no penalty there. Good decision to play on.
      80': I can understand why Madden play on, player was able to reach the ball by this tackle, however foul had to be whistled, because it was too much dangerous for the opponent and reckless, perhaps YC, but nothing more.
      90': This time I'm really sorry but no way for backing referee, crucial mistake, and a very important one, given the minute and the score. Clear penalty: the ball was never hit and the whole challenge was targeted on the opponent, impossible to say that this wasn't enough. This was a mandatory penalty to be whistled, but perhaps from Madden's position it was very difficult to read the situation.

      The big mistake there is the missed penalty in the last minute, as for the other situations I think Madden was not so bad, of course one should watch the whole game to make an appropriate assessment, but this is the impression I can get, watching the videos. We shouldn't forget that Old Firm is always played by both teams using high intensity and there is a hot atmosphere.
      Would be nice to have your views...

    3. Hmm Scottish football has not been on my list of late because the poor level of play (slightly lower than Championship). More physical play is allowed, as seen on the videos. I do agree on your views, only a few additional comments.

      18' I don't think this is a YC compared to 80'. Does look worse than it was(?), from another angle CEL player approaches with a straight leg skinside. For Scottish football strictness that is a soft YC.

      68' Maybe YC for diving? Leagues liking physical play, dislikes divers even more.

      80' In some leagues scissor tackles are somewhat not punished(?). Stone age IMO. It is dangerous indeed, seen so many times a broken leg or torn ligaments after these. Guess for Madden everything is fine as long as the ball was touched before impact. Level of force and violence would decide color for me though.

      90' I agree with you, a DOGSO. He could also call for holding outside the area before the incident, that's a YC too but perhaps (which is highly unlikely!) he signaled playon. A firm line and thereby pen rejected, does seem consistent in this match. Not much contact (although for me that doesn't matter).

      The way such an amount of physical play is supposedly allowed in Scottish football(?) I do believe Madden made few if any mistakes in these samples.


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