FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 2)

14-19 September 2017

Faroe Islands – Czech Republic
Referee: Simona Ghisletta (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Susann Küng (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Emilie Aubry (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sandra Strub (SUI)

Albania – Switzerland
Referee: Amy Rayner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Sian Massey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Natalie Aspinall (ENG)
Fourth Official: Emanuela Rusta (ALB)

Norway – Northern Ireland
Referee: Olga Zadinová (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajová (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikol Šafránková (CZE)
Fourth Official: Elisabeth Thoresen (NOR)

Poland – Belarus
Referee: Tanja Subotič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Helena Buh (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Staša Špur (SVN)
Fourth Official: Katarzyna Wojs (POL)

Ukraine – Croatia
Referee: Florence Guillemin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Solenne Bartnik (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Elodie Coppola (FRA)
Fourth Official: Oleksandra Vdovina (UKR)

Italy – Moldova
Referee: Zuzana Kováčová (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Slavomira Majkuthová (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Miroslava Pastoreková (SVK)
Fourth Official: Lucia Abruzzese (ITA)

Germany –Slovenia
Referee: Volha Tsiareshka (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Alena Karas (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Anna Ilyankova (BLR)
Fourth Official: Christine Weigelt (GER)

Kazakhstan – Wales
Referee: Ruzanna Petrosyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Hasmik Gharibyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Liana Grigoryan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Kristina Yanushkevich (KAZ)

Iceland – Faroe Islands
Referee: Sara Persson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandra Österberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Josefin Aronsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)

Romania – Italy
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Kinga Seniuk-Mikulska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Katarzyna Wojs (POL)
Fourth Official: Catalina Nan (ROU)

Belarus – Albania
Referee: Paula Brady (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Olivia Sneyd (IRL)
Fourth Official: Alena Karas (BLR)

Norway – Slovakia
Referee: Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Polyxeni Irodotou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Dora Myrianthea (CYP)
Fourth Official: Elisabeth Thoresen (NOR)

Czech Republic – Germany
Referee: Marta Huerta De Aza (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Rocio Puente Pino (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Belinda Castilla Mesa (ESP)
Fourth Official: Zuzana Špindlerová (CZE)

Hungary – Denmark
Referee: Ewa Augustin (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Dabrowska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Katarzyna Wasiak (POL)
Fourth Official: Brigitta Makkosne Petz (HUN)

Croatia – Sweden
Referee: Eleni Lampadariou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Panagiota Koutsoumpou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Sofia Athanasopoulou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Maja Petravic (CRO)

Switzerland – Poland
Referee: Eleni Antoniou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgia Komisopoulou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Susann Küng (SUI)

England – Russia
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christina Biehl (GER)
Fourth Official: Lindsey Robinson (ENG)

Serbia – Austria
Referee: Sandra Braz Bastos (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cátia Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Teresa Oliveira (POR)
Fourth Official: Svetlana Bilić (SRB)

Belgium – Moldova
Referee: Ezther Urban (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Katalin Török (HUN)
Fourth Official: Viki De Cremer (BEL)

Northern Ireland – Ireland
Referee: Vesna Budimir (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodjak Karšić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Gordana Katušic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Vikki Allan (SCO)

Libya demands World Cup replay after referee’s wife is found to be Tunisian

The Libyan Football Federation has reportedly demanded that FIFA order and replay of their World Cup qualifier against Tunisia as the Kenyan referee Davies Omweno (photo) who officiated the game is married to a Tunisian woman.
According to a report in the English-language Libya Observer, “The Libyan Football Federation lodged a request to the sports court of the FIFA asking for a rematch with the Tunisian team as part of the second round of the World Cup qualifiers, as the Kenyan referee was proved to be married to a Tunisian woman and is living in there”. The refereeing of the match, held on 11 November 2016, was controversial, with an early Libyan goal being wrongly disallowed for off-side, the Libyan captain being sent off early in the second half and the Tunisians scoring the winner from the penalty spot. Libya’s coach, Jalal Damja blamed the loss on “poor officiating”. Both the referee, Davies Omweno (who is considered the best referee in Kenya) and his assistant Berhe O’Michael from Eritrea, were handed three-month suspensions by CAF following the match. The CAF referees committee cited poor performance, wrong positioning and movement, incorrect identification of fouls and failure to administer some disciplinary sanctions as the reasons for Omweno’s suspension. O’Michael was found guilty of poor performance in identifying offside decisions including one that denied Libya a valid goal. In the aftermath, Omweno received less than fulsome support from Kenyan referees chief GMT Ottieno who said it is always a difficult assignment for Kenyan referees in the ‘Arab world’ and that “If Omweno is guilty of the said offences, then he only has himself to blame”. In defence of Omweno, Ottieno added, “However, it is always good to understand that officiating in the Arab world is so tempting in terms of bribes and if one fails to accept them, life will never be the same”.
Referee bias towards players of one’s own nationality has been well documented by research into UEFA Champions League football where it has been found players officiated by a referee of the same nationality receive a 10% uplift in beneficial foul calls. This percentage rises for national team players and in the later stages of a tournament. However, there has been no research done on the influence of referee’s wives. Common sense indicates that the degree of influence would be dependent on the state of the marital relationship, and it is obviously possible to imagine circumstances in which the wife could exert a decisive influence. 

UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

14 September 2017

Austria Wien – AC Milan
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Dave Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas Van Dongen (NED)
Additional AR 1: Dennis Higler (NED)
Additional AR 2: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan De Vries (NED)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Villarreal – Astana
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Lazar Lukić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Zoran Siroki (SRB)
Fourth Official: Bojan Banović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

Slavia Praha – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Dynamo Kyiv – Skënderbeu
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Additional AR 1: Wim Smet (BEL)
Additional AR 2: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
Referee Observer: Marcin Borski (POL)

Young Boys – Partizan
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Additional AR 1: Marius Avram (ROU)
Additional AR 2: Horatiu Fesnic (ROU)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Hoffenheim – Sporting Braga
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Greg Aitken (SCO)
Fourth Official: Francis Connor (SCO)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

İstanbul Başakşehir – Ludogorets
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Joakim Nilsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)

HNK Rijeka – AEK Athens
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Alan Muir (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Euan Anderson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)

Atalanta – Everton
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Igor Fedotov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Lunev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Apollon Limassol – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Jan Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

FC København – Lokomotiv Moskva
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Fastav Zlín – Sheriff Tiraspol
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Nicholas Walsh (SCO)
Fourth Official: Joseph Lawson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

Hapoel Beer Sheva – FC Lugano
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Karim Abed (FRA)
Fourth Official: Eric Danizan (FRA)
Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

FCSB – Viktoria Plzeň
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Additional AR 1: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Additional AR 2: Edgars Malcevs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Arsenal – FC Köln
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

Crvena Zvezda – Bate Borisov

Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Additional AR 1: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Additional AR 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Olympique de Marseille – Konyaspor
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Additional AR 1: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Additional AR 2: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)

Vitória SC – FC Salzburg
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (AZE)
Additional AR 1: Rahim Hasanov (AZE)
Additional AR 2: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Mubariz Hashimov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Hertha BSC – Athletic Club

Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1:Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
Additional AR 1: Filip Glova (SVK)
Additional AR 2: Mário Vlk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

Zorya – Östersunds
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Additional AR 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Additional AR 2: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Fourth Official: Jan Köbeli (SUI)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Vitesse – Lazio
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Erez Papir (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Menashe Masiah (SR)
Fourth Official: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Zulte Waregem – OGC Nice
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Halil Meler (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Serkan Tokat (TUR)
Fourth Official: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)

Real Sociedad – Rosenborg
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Fourth Official: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Vardar – Zenit
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Additional AR 1: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Additional AR 2: Jens Maee (DEN)
Fourth Official: Lars Rix (DEN)
Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)

Silvia Regina: First woman referee in a top men’s division (2003)

Last weekend, Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany) and Lorraine Wilson (Scotland) made their debut as the first female referees in their country’s top division. However, the very first woman referee appointed to a men’s match in the highest national division was Silvia Regina de Oliveira, 14 years ago, in Brazil.
Silvia Regina de Oliveira, former FIFA referee, arrived in the first division of the Brazilian Championship in 2003, debuting with a female trio in the match between Guarani and São Paulo, assisted by Ana Paula de Oliveira and Aline Lambert. It was a historical day for the Brazilian and international refereeing. She made important appearances and remained at the highest level until 2005, including a classic match between Sao Paulo and Corinthians, played in front of a huge crowd at the Morumbi stadium. A success never achieved by another woman in the country. Silvia participated in the Olympic Games and currently she is a FIFA Referee Instructor, working in the Referee Department of the Paulista Football Federation (Brazil).

Source: Refnews

Copa Libertadores – Quarter-finals

First Leg, 13-14 September 2017

San Lorenzo – Lanús
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Leon (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dionisio Ruiz (COL)
Fourth Official: Andres Rojas (COL)
Referee Assessor: Ana Paula Oliveira (BRA)

Barcelona – Santos
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU)
Fourth Official: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Botafogo – Grêmio
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Alexis Herrera (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Joel Ruiz (PAR)

Jorge Wilstermann – River Plate
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Dewson Freitas (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Herrera (ECU)

Second Leg, 20-21 September 2017

Santos – Barcelona
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Lopez (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Henry Gambetta (PER)
Referee Assessor: Paulo Silva (ARG)

Grêmio – Botafogo
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Fourth Official: Jorge Baliño (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Silvera (URU)

River Plate – Jorge Wilstermann
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Orellana (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Patricio Polic (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Victor Rivera (PER)

Lanús – San Lorenzo
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)

UEFA Youth League – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

12 September 2017
Celtic FC – Paris SG
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Fourth Official: Barry Cook (SCO)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

SL Benfica – CSKA Moskva

Referee: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jakub Hrabovský (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
Fourth Official: Rui Piteira Rodrigues (POR)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

Manchester United – Basel
Referee: Keith Kennedy (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgios Argyropoulos (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ryan Kelsey (NIR)
Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse (ENG)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

Bayern München – RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Viktor Matyash (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Valentyn Kutsev (UKR)
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner (GER)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Chelsea – Qarabag
Referee: Robert Hennessy (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Darragh Keegan (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Carey (IRL)
Fourth Official: John Busby (ENG)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

AS Roma – Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomislav Pospeh (SVN)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Di Paolo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

FC Barcelona – Juventus

Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Sønderby (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ole Kronlykke (DEN)
Fourth Official: David Medié Jiménez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Olympiakós – Sporting
Referee: Alan Sant (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Mitchell Scerri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Duncan Sultana (MLT)
Fourth Official: Aristotelis Diamantopoulos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

13 September 2017
NK Maribor – Spartak Moskva
Referee: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Szert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gergő Vígh-Tarsonyi (HUN)
Fourth Official: Marko Lackovič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Liverpool – Sevilla

Referee: Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Andri Vigfússon (ISL)
Fourth Official: Scott Oldham (ENG)
Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

Shakhtar Donetsk – SSC Napoli
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Romāns Platonovs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Griščenko (LVA)
Fourth Official: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)
Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Feyenoord Rotterdam – Manchester City

Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Fourth Official: Siemen Mulder (NED)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

RB Leipzig – AS Monaco
Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Kamil Wójcik (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Bartosz Heinig (POL)
Fourth Official: Alexander Sather (GER)
Referee Observer: Helmut Fleischer (GER)

FC Porto – Beşiktaş JK
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sertac Kurnazca (SUI)
Fourth Official: João Borlido Matos (POR)
Referee Observer: Lucílio Cardoso (POR)

Real Madrid – Apoel
Referee: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Claude Ries (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Joaquim Da Silva (LUX)
Fourth Official: Valentín Pizarro Gómez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)

Tottenham Hotspur – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Harry Hendricks (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ashley Davis (WAL)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)

UEFA Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

12 September 2017
FC Barcelona – Juventus
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Manchester United – FC Basel
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Additional AR 2: François Letexier (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

SL Benfica – CSKA Moskva
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Additional AR 2: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Bayern München – RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)

Celtic FC – Paris SG
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Chelsea – Qarabag

Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Additional AR 1: Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Additional AR 2: Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

AS Roma – Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Olympiacos – Sporting
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Sándor Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

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Liverpool – Sevilla
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional AR 2: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Fourth Official: Joost Van Zuilen (NED)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

NK Maribor – Spartak Moskva
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Borsch (GER)
Additional AR 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional AR 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Feyenoord – Manchester City
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
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: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

Shakhtar Donetsk – SSC Napoli
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional AR 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth Official: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

RB Leipzig – AS Monaco
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Robert Madley (ENG)
Fourth Official: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

FC Porto – Beşiktaş JK
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Referee Observer: Lutz Fröhlich (GER)

Real Madrid – Apoel FC
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Jérôme Miguelgorry (FRA)
Fourth Official: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Tottenham Hotspur – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional AR1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)

Steinhaus to make Bundesliga history

It is confirmed: FIFA referee Bibiana Steinhaus will be the first woman to referee a Bundesliga match. The 38-year-old ex-policewoman from Hanover will oversee the match between Hertha BSC and SV Werder Bremen, on Sunday, in Berlin. Christof Günsch and Thomas Stein will be her assistants for the game, while the fourth official will be Robert Schröder and Harm Osmers will be the VAR.
The German football federation announced that the 38-year-old police officer is to take charge of Hertha Berlin's home game against Werder Bremen, confirming her place among the league's elite group of 24 referees. "She deserves it through her great performances," Bremen coach Alexander Nouri said. Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann added, "I'm happy. It's all the same to me if a man or a woman is refereeing - the main thing is that they do the job well." Steinhaus has already spent a decade refereeing in Germany's second division and she has plenty of experience with many of the country's top stars from taking charge of German Cup games, too. Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has already showed she may be treated differently to her male colleagues when he played a trick on her during the side's cup tie at Chemnitzer FC in August. Ribery untied one of her bootlaces as he pretended to put the ball in place for a free kick. Steinhaus passed it off by giving Ribery a couple of playful punches in response, but it is debatable whether the French forward would have attempted the same trick had he been dealing with a male referee.
The daughter of a referee, Steinhaus began by officiating women's games for the DFB in 1999. She then became a FIFA referee in 2005 and earned her place in the second division in 2007, as the first female referee in German professional football. Steinhaus has handled women's World Cups and European Championships, along with the 2012 Olympic women's final between the United States and Japan. Last June, she took charge of the women's Champions League final between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain. The former swimmer will become the first female referee in any of Europe’s top five leagues and has worked with a fitness coach to make sure she can cope with the tempo of the Bundesliga. Steinhaus was in the headlines last year when it emerged she was in a relationship with former top referee Howard Webb. But she does not see herself as a trailblazer. “I never planned to break new grounds of emancipation,” she said at a referee’s training camp in July. “I am only doing what I love”. However, the 38-year-old police officer hopes to stay out of the headlines. “I don’t want any, then everything will have gone well”, she said in an interview before her appointment was announced. “My anticipation for the first game in the Bundesliga is, of course, huge”, said Steinhaus. “I am delighted that this great challenge, for my team and I, will finally get going,” she added having sat out the first two rounds of German league games this season. Male players have mostly treated Steinhaus with respect, but any incidents involving her receive greater attention. Defender Peter Niemeyer, who was playing for Hertha at the time, accidentally swiped her breast when he meant to pat her on the shoulder during a game in 2010. In 2015, after Steinhaus sent off Kerem Demirbay, the then-Fortuna Dusseldorf midfielder reportedly told her: “Women have no place in men's football”, Demirbay was roundly criticized for the remark and handed a three-game ban with two further games suspended. Dusseldorf also made Demirbay referee a girls' game to ensure he understood the message. Demirbay apologized both publicly and to Steinhaus directly for his comment, and said he was "very happy that she accepted my apology". The two will likely meet again this season if Steinhaus takes charge of any games involving his current club, Hoffenheim.

Source: AP

Derrien – Layec: Refereeing in court

These two former top referees were not always enemies. When they were 20 years old, at the end of the 80s, Bruno Derrien and Bertrand Layec appreciated each other to the point of spending weekends together. The two young referees, born at 15 months apart in the mid-1960s, one (Derrien) in Brest, the other (Layec) in Vannes, formed a group of friends, together with other brilliant referees, such as Améziane Khendek and Stéphane Bré. They were old friends, but their friendship turned into vinegar. And when a war broke out in the French refereeing in the early 2000s, the two former friends, promoted in the meantime in D1, did not play on the same team. Bertrand Layec, manager of the French referees since July 2009 and number 2 of the French Refereeing Department (DNA) led by Marc Batta, incarnates the power in place. Bruno Derrien, who bitterly left the refereeing in 2007, a year after being relegated to L2, represents the devil personified for the DNA. In the media to which he collaborates regularly or in the book “A bas l’arbitre!” published in January 2009, he fired red balls on the referees. The publication of this book, in which Bertrand Layec was mentioned in the column "those whom I do not thank", and where many former colleagues are attacked under the belt, provoked the ire of many referees and at least two strong reactions: an action in defamation by Marc Batta that was rejected by the court and an anonymous letter against Derrien. Bertrand Layec was accused in 2009 of having sent an abusive e-mail about Bruno Derrien to more than 100 recipients, from his professional e-mail address. The investigation revealed that the anonymous letter had been circulated on a large scale within the refereeing community from a computer to which only Bertrand Layec and the league secretary had access.
Two days after the publication of the book “A bas l’arbitre!”, Matthieu Rabby, administrative assistant at the DNA, wrote at night the e-mail incriminated and sent it, anonymously, from the address he created "" to the L'Equipe magazine under the title "Right of reply". In two pages, Matthieu Rabby insulted the ex-referee. "If you retired in the anonymity and vulgarity of an L2 match, it was probably because you deserved nothing else”, one could read in the letter attributed to Matthew Rabby. On March 26, Bertrand Layec had transferred the anonymous mail to 126 contacts from his address book, inviting his interlocutors to do the same, thus creating a cascading reaction and making a large publicity to the letter of insult. Allegedly signed by "a good hundred injured people", the e-mail was also sent in copy to the leaders of the FFF. "A spontaneous reflex", he said in court, "a way of responding to this book and Bruno Derrien's provocations in the media". I was a referee, it was a personal referee's suffering. "This wide distribution gave an incredible publicity to the letter and even caused, according to Bruno Derrien, the loss of his job at the communication service of the French Poste, partner of the referees’ organization. Bruno Derrien's lawyer denounced the "method" used by Matthieu Rabby and then Bertrand Layec to answer to the book: "The civilized method is to address the concerns with the court when one is targeted in a book", as DNA's boss Marc Batta did, and his complaint was rejected in December 2009. The defendants pleaded the response to the "provocation" contained in Bruno Derrien's book. Layec’s lawyer asked the court not to be "influenced in this settlement of accounts", stating that the publicity around the letter was the act of the victim himself, "who widely circulated it to the press".
Bertrand Layec received a 500 euro suspended sentence and was ordered to pay 1,000 euro of damages to the plaintiff. Mathieu Rabby received a 1,000 euro suspended sentence, in addition to 2,000 euro in damages. "I am particularly pleased with the decision that puts an end to a case where I was the victim and deeply hurt. I hope that the French refereeing will regain its serenity before Euro 2012", said Derrien when the sentence was announced.

CONCACAF: PORE Certification Course

Following the introductory course held in February, the certification part of the Program of Refereeing Excellence (PORE) is taking place from 4 to 27 September 2017 in Mexico. The 13 referees who participate in this program will work in double sessions at the FMF facilities, in addition to nutrition talks, psychology and English classes, all under the supervision of Brian Hall, CONCACAF Director of Refereeing and Shamsul Maidin, AFC Director of Referees. During this training period, the referees may be appointed at Mexican tournament matches in the U-20 and U-17 categories.
"This course is very important for us and the Member Associations because it is an opportunity for referee talents to learn from FIFA instructors in a very professional environment, with the assistance of the Mexican Football Federation. This is a great opportunity to work and educate, to prepare referees so that in the future they participate in FIFA competitions and when they return to their country of origin they have an opportunity to contribute more strongly in their associations", said Hall. "It is a certification course, the referees will return to their countries with new ideas and ways to handle the games, and with a professional mentality, because in CONCACAF now we work on changing the way of thinking of referees, since we need a new attitude, new ways of working and a different thinking. For this reason, the results of this program is to change the way of refereeing the games, with a professional mentality, as modern referees, with new working tools. All referees have one or two games and it is an opportunity for the instructors to see their work on the field; after the match they will be able to analyze on video the activity of each one of them. Also, many of them, do not have the opportunity of video review in their country, since there are no videos or matches on television and is very important, because they need to look at their decisions, their personality, body language and that helps change their skills, in addition to the experience of handling the game, since in the Caribbean players play differently than the United States or other countries”. Brian Hall also commented that a referee comes from the Asian Confederation. "Jaime Herrera will manage this program for the referees and we also have a FIFA instructor, in addition to having an exchange with Asia and the United Arab Emirates, which is the first time it has taken place. It is very important, as it is an opportunity in the future that a CONCACAF referee will go to Asia and can participate in a course, referee some game and that will help them to improve in their career". Finally, Brian Hall gave his point of view regarding the refereeing in the region: "The CONCACAF referees work hard both on and off the pitch. I am very happy with this group, as it is a very close family, we continue with a very strong job because we are looking for excellence in everything. The results of the referees in the Gold Cup were very high and, in the opinion of many people, it has been the best competition on the subject of refereeing”.

1. Edgar Rangel (MEX)
2. Steven Madrigal (CRC)
3. Hector Salazar (SLV)
4. Erick Lezama (NCA)
5. Modesto Hierrezuelo (CUB)
6. Jose Torres (PUR)
7. Oshane Nation (JAM)
8. Ivan Barton (SLV)
9. Reon Radix (GRN)
10. Nikolai Nyron (TRI)
11. Oliver Vergara (PAN)
12. Jamar Springer (BRB)
13. Rubiel Vazquez (USA)

Guest referee (AFC)
Ahmed Darwish (UAE)

Source: FMF