FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 – Round of 16

16 October 2017
Colombia – Germany
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Tulefat (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ebrahim Saleh (BHR)
Fourth Official: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)

Paraguay – USA
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Robert Madden (SCO)

17 October 2017
Iran – Mexico
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)

France – Spain
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: John Pitti (PAN)

England – Japan
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Jair Marrufo (USA)

Mali – Iraq

Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernandez (CRC) 

Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)

18 October 2017
Ghana – Niger
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Hamada Nampiandraza (MAD)

Brazil – Honduras
Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Safari (COD)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Ssonko (UGA)
Fourth Official: Clement Turpin (FRA)

CAF Confederation Cup Semi-finals

First Leg, 29-30 September 2017

Supersport United – Club Africain

Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hensley Petrousse (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Eldrick Adelaide (SEY)

TP Mazembe – Fath Union Sport
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Birumushahu (BDI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwa Range (KEN)

Second Leg, 21-22 October 2017

Fath Union Sport – TP Mazembe

Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)

Club Africain – Supersport United

Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY)
Assistant Referee 1: Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tahssen Abo (EGY)

CAF Champions League Semi-finals

First Leg, 29-30 September 2017

USM Alger – Wydad AC
Referee: Alioum Alioum (CMR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Noupue (CMR)

Etoile du Sahel – Al Ahly
Referee: Eric Otogo Castane (GAB)
Assistant Referee 1: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Assistant Referee 2: Issa Yaya (CHA)

Second Leg, 21-22 October 2017

Wydad AC – USM Alger

Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Djibril Camara (SEN)

Al Ahly – Etoile du Sahel
Referee: Victor Gomes (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Johannes Moshidi (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lindikhaya Bolo (RSA)

CAF removed referee Bennett from Champions League after World Cup Qualifier blunder

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have dropped South African referee Daniel Bennett from officiating in the Champions League second-leg semi-final clash between Nady Al Ahly and Etoile du Sahel.
Bennett, who was originally appointed to officiate in the crunch clash at the Borg el Aram Stadium, has been sidelined following his abysmal performance in the 2018 World Cup qualifier between the Cranes of Uganda and the Black Stars in Kampala last Saturday. Referee Bennett and his assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute with television replays showing that it was a perfect goal. The referee also denied Ghana a penalty earlier in the second-half when Ghana midfielder Frank Acheampong was brought down in the box. The Ghana Football Association has reported the referee and his Seychellois assistants to FIFA for their horrendous officiating. The beleaguered official has however been replaced by fellow South African referee Vitor Gomes to take charge of the tie. The clash is set for October 22, at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 33-36)

14 October 2017

France – Honduras
Referee: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tzu Liang Lee (SIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Min Kiat Koh (SIN)
Fourth Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Japan – New Caledonia
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

Mexico – Chile
Referee: Slavko Vincic (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klancnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovacic (SVN) 

Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

England – Iraq
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Rockwell (USA)
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)

First female referee to officiate at FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017

In line with FIFA’s objective to further develop women’s football, a new milestone has been achieved in India as Esther Staubli is set to become the first female referee to officiate a match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 following her appointment as the referee for the encounter between Japan and New Caledonia to be played on 14 October in Kolkata.
Staubli is one of seven women referees invited to the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India where all the male and female match officials, nominated by FIFA’s Referees Committee, have completed a host of activities together in a series of seminars, including theoretical sessions in the classroom and practical sessions on the field of play. The benefits of joining forces are mutual when men and women team up to hone their interpretation, positioning and decision-making abilities. Another positive aspect is that the women referees have an opportunity to gain more experience. High-level competition matches are often limited during the year in their respective regions and so such opportunities are crucial as the referees prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019. In having the opportunity to now work together with their male colleagues at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, FIFA’s female referees are one step further in their preparation and in their careers at the top level. That FIFA has selected female referees for a men’s tournament is a logical consequence of an education programme that FIFA’s Refereeing Department started in 2016. The positive results and improvements seen in the joint preparations have shown that the time has come for elite female referees to officiate in men’s competitions together with their male colleagues. (Source: FIFA)


Esther Staubli fact file
Country: Switzerland
Birthdate: 03.10.1979
Height: 168cm
Residence: Bern, Switzerland
Occupation: Teacher agricultural school
Mother tongue: German
Other languages: English, French, Italian
International since: 2006
Highlights: FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, 2015 Olympic Women’s Football Tournament Rio 2016, UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Final


The first ever female referee who officiated a FIFA U-17 World Cup (male) game was Im Eun-Ju (Korea) on 16 September 2001: USA - France, in Trinidad & Tobago.

"Ghost goal" helped to qualify Panama and knock out USA

A new scandal threatens to rock FIFA after a goal was wrongly allowed to stand that helped to qualify Panama for the World Cup and knock out the United States. It follows on from the controversial goal by France, that involved Thierry Henry handling the ball in the build-up, Ireland that saw them qualify for the 2010 World Cup instead of their opponents. Later it was revealed that FIFA paid the Irish football federation 5 million euros to hush it up: "it was a payment so that we did not take legal action", said FAI president John Delaney.
Now there is another embarrassing situation for FIFA to deal with, where Panama qualified for their first ever World Cup but got their equaliser in the eventual victory over Costa Rica with a goal that should not have been allowed to stand. Gabriel Torres' shot did not even touch the goal line before hitting the post and then being cleared for a corner with the only excuse for referee Walter Lopez that he was unsighted. The win for Panama meant that they went to the World Cup, Honduras to the play-offs and the United States were eliminated while a 1-1 draw would have seen Honduras qualify, the United States go to the play-offs and Panama eliminated.
There are likely consequences with the United States and Honduras able to say they were prejudiced by the decision and could call for the game to be replayed which would have been unthinkable before but now in the present climate is not so implausible. In fact there is already a precedent as South Africa's game with Senegal was replayed due to the level of the refereeing. "FIFA should try and get the game repeated and even more so should ensure that this happens as there is already a precedent", said former FIFA assistant referee Rafael Guerrero. Panama, meanwhile, will say that in the build up to the 'goal' there was a clear penalty claim for a foul on Blas Perez that was waved away by the referee and that prevented him from knocking the ball into an open net.

Source: Marca

UEFA Women’s Champions League – Round of 32 (Second Leg)

11-12 October 2017

Bayern – Chelsea
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (HUN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Katalin Török (HUN)
Fourth Official: Gyöngyi Gaál (HUN)

Fortuna – Fiorentina
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christina Biehl (GER)
Fourth Official: Mirka Derlin (GER)

Rossiyanka – Stjarnan
Referee: Sarah Garratt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jane Simms (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Abigail Marriott (ENG)
Fourth Official: Helen Conley (ENG)

Wolfsburg – Atletico
Referee: Justina Lavrenovaite (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Ingrida Siliuniene (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ieva Ramanauskiene (LTU)
Fourth Official: Jurgita Mačikunytė (LTU)

Sparta – PAOK
Referee: Rebecca Welch (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Sian Massey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Helen Byrne (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lindsey Robinson (ENG)

Brondby – LSK
Referee: Eleni Lampadariou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Androniki Nioti (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Sofia Athanasopoulou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Andromachi Tsiofliki (GRE)

Zvezda – Montpellier
Referee: Eszter Urban (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Brigitta Makkosne Petz (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Anita Vad (HUN)
Fourth Official: Katalin Sipos (HUN)

Linkoping – Apollon

Referee: Maria Marotta (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Vettorel (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiziana Trasciatti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Valentina Garoffolo (ITA)

Barcelona – Avaldsnes
Referee: Graziella Pirriatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucia Abruzzese (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ylenia D'Alia (ITA)
Fourth Official: Valentina Finzi (ITA)

Lyon – Medyk
Referee: Vivian Peeters (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Fijke Hoogendijk (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bianca Scheffers (NED)
Fourth Official: Lizzy Van Der Helm (NED)

Slavia – Minsk
Referee: Ewa Augustyn (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandra Prus (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Karolina Skalska (POL)
Fourth Official: Karolina Radzik-Johan (POL)

Rosengard – Olimpia
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Panagiota Koutsoumpou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Eleni Antoniou (GRE)

Zurich – Gintra
Referee: Lois Otte (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ella De Vries (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Etienne (BEL)
Fourth Official: Hannelore Onsea (BEL)

Brescia – Ajax
Referee: Volha Tsiareshka (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Alena Karas (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Anna Ilyankova (BLR)
Fourth Official: Irina Turovskaya (BLR)

Manchester City – St. Polten
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Kinga Seniuk-Mikulska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Katarzyna Wasiak (POL)
Fourth Official: Michalina Diakow (POL)

Glasgow City – Kazygurt
Referee: Marta Huerta De Aza (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Guadalupe Porras Ayuso (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Rocio Puente Pino (ESP)
Fourth Oficial: Ainara Andrea Acevedo (ESP)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 25-32)

12 October 2017
Turkey – Paraguay
Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Mali – New Zealand
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

Ghana – India

Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1: Folio Moeaki (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bernard Mutukera (SOL)
Fourth Official: Enrique Caceres (PAR)

USA – Colombia
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

13 October 2017
Costa Rica – Iran
Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (MAD)
Assistant Referee 1: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Yahaya Mohamadou (NIG)
Fourth Official: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)

Guinea – Germany
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)

Niger – Brazil
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

Spain – Korea DPR
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

England to have no referees at World Cup for first time in post-war history

England are set to have no referee representation at next year’s World Cup for the first time in post-war history. Mark Clattenburg (photo), who retired from the Premier League list this summer, was on the pre-selected group drawn up by FIFA two years ago. But his money-spinning defection to Saudi Arabia looks to have ended any hope of the Euro 2016 Final referee officiating in Russia.
Fellow candidates Martin Atkinson and Andre Marriner, both 46, are also out of the running as they retire from FIFA’s international panel in December due to age constraints. Michael Oliver - the youngest referee to take charge of a Premier League game - is also likely to miss out. Despite being earmarked by the game’s governing body as a ‘prospective referee’, Oliver’s still waiting to be promoted to the Elite panel. It’s a blow to FA referees’ chief David Elleray, who is believed to have failed in an appeal to FIFA to add an English official to next year’s team.
England boasts an impressive track record of referees heading for football’s biggest global tournament. Four English referees (Reader 1950, Ling 1954, Taylor, 1974, Webb 2010) have taken charge of a World Cup final - more than any other country - with Howard Webb (photo) the last man to hold that honour. But news of their absence next year is a slap in the face for Webb and referee body PGMOL. Former World Cup referee Clive Thomas, who officiated at the 1974 and 1978 finals, said: “It’s a damning indictment of the standard of our referees. We used to lead the way, with Jack Taylor being the best. But now it seems we are following. Modern days’ refs in the Premier League make so many mistakes. Perhaps that’s due to them being more concerned about assessors in the stand than using their common sense to make decisions on the pitch”.

Source: The Mirror

UEFA Futsal Cup – Main Round

10-15 October 2017

Group 1, Minsk (BLR)
1. Daniel Deca (ROU)
2. Toni Lehtinen (FIN)
3. Javier Moreno Reina (ESP)
4. Costas Nicolaou (CYP)

Group 2, Maribor (SVN)
1. Jan Kresta (CZE)
2. Cédric Pelissier (FRA, photo)
3. David Schaerli (SUI)
4. Andrzej Witkowski (POL)

Group 3, Kragujevac (SRB)
1. Gerald Bauernfeind (AUT)
2. Juan Boelen (BEL)
3. Tarik Keco (BIH)
4. Fredric Nilholt (SWE)

Group 4, Padova (ITA)
1. Eduards Fatkulins (LVA)
2. Ruben Guerreiro (POR)
3. Vitali Rakutski (BLR)
4. Admir Zahovič (SVN)

Group 5, Zagreb (CRO)
1. Swen Eichler (GER)
2. Talgat Kosmukhambetov (KAZ)
3. Nicola Manzione (ITA)
4. Simon Todorovič (SVN)

Group 6, Bratislava (SVK)
1. Antonios Adamopoulos (GRE)
2. Vladimir Kadykov (RUS)
3. Damir Radović (SRB)
4. Yaroslav Vovchok (UKR)

Group 7, Raahe (FIN)
1. Borislav Kolev (BUL)
2. Peter Nurse (ENG)
3. Ozan Soykan (TUR)
4. Grigori Zelentsov (RUS)

Group 8, Deva (ROU)
1. Ibrahim El Jilali (NED)
2. Tomasz Frak (POL)
3. Shota Kukhilava (GEO)
4. Kirill Naishouler (FIN)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 17-24)

10 October 2017
Spain – Niger
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

Costa Rica – Guinea
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Fourth Official: Ri Hyang Ok (PRK)

Iran – Germany
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Rockwell (USA)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

Korea DPR – Brazil
Referee: Slavko Vincic (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klancnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovacic (SVN)
Fourth Official: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)

11 October 2017
France – Japan
Referee: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Montano (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Antelo (BOL)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)

England – Mexico
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Tulefat (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ebrahim Saleh (BHR)
Fourth Official: Ryuji Sato (JPN)

Honduras – New Caledonia
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

Iraq – Chile
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 10)

8-10 October 2017

Slovenia – Scotland
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Referee Assessor: Muharrem Aksoy (TUR)

Poland – Montenegro
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Referee Assessor: Kaj Natri (FIN)

Czech Republic – San Marino
Referee Alex Troleis (FAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Christiansen (FAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Petur Højgaard (FAR)
Fourth Official: Petur Reinert (FAR)
Referee Assessor: Aleksei Spirin (RUS)

Germany – Azerbaijan
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Referee Assessor: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Norway – Northern Ireland 

Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Pluzhnyk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Referee Assessor: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

Denmark – Romania
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Fritz (GER)
Referee Assessor: Marinus Koopman (NED)

Kazakhstan – Armenia
Referee: Alexandru Tean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrei Bodean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Mardari (MDA)
Fourth Official: Veaceslav Banari (MDA)
Referee Assessor: Rusmir Mrković (BIH)

Lithuania – England
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Fourth Official: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Referee Assessor: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Slovakia – Malta
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Davide Massa (ITA)
Referee Assessor: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)

Moldova – Austria
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
Referee Assessor: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Serbia – Georgia
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Referee Assessor: Vasyl Melnychuk (UKR)

Wales – Ireland
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Matej Jug (SVN)
Referee Assessor: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Albania – Italy
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Fourth Official: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Referee Assessor: Morgan Norman (SWE)

FYR Macedonia – Liechtenstein
Referee: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Da Costa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: David Santos (LUX)
Fourth Official: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Referee Assessor: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

Israel – Spain
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Referee Assessor: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

Finland – Turkey
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Referee Assessor: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Iceland – Kosovo
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Markus Hameter (AUT)
Referee Assessor: Niklas Lídarenda (FAR)

Ukraine – Croatia
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Referee Assessor: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)

France – Belarus
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Referee Assessor: Emil Bozinovski (MKD)

Luxembourg – Bulgaria
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sándor Szabó (HUN)
Referee Assessor: Eyjólfur Ólafsson (ISL)

Netherlands – Sweden
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Referee Assessor: Ray Ellingham (WAL)

Hungary – Faroe Islands
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Liran Liany (ISR)
Referee Assessor: Marcel Vanelshocht (BEL)

Latvia – Andorra
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Niels Hog (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Rasmussen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Martin Lundby (NOR)
Referee Assessor: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Portugal – Switzerland
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Referee Assessor: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

Belgium – Cyprus
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Marco Guida (ITA)
Referee Assessor: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Estonia – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksei Lunev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Referee Assessor: René Temmink (NED)

Greece – Gibraltar
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Zaza Menteshashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Giorgi Elikashvili (GEO)
Fourth Official: Georgi Vadachkoria (GEO)
Referee Assessor: Ferenc Székely (HUN)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CONMEBOL (Matchday 18)

10 October 2017

Peru – Colombia
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wagner Magalhaes (BRA)

Ecuador – Argentina
Referee: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabricio Vilarinho (BRA)
Fourth Official: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)

Brazil – Chile

Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU)
Fourth Official: Omar Ponce (ECU)

Uruguay – Bolivia
Referee: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Guilherme Dias (BRA)
Fourth Official: Luiz De Oliveira (BRA)

Paraguay – Venezuela
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Raphael Claus (BRA)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CONCACAF (Round 5, Matchday 10)

10 October 2017

Honduras – Mexico
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: William Torres (SLV)
Fourth Official: Marlon Mejia (SLV)

Panama – Costa Rica
Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Diaz (GUA)
Fourth Official: Bryan Lopez (GUA)

Trinidad & Tobago – USA
Referee: Juan Guerra (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronaldo De La Cruz (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: David Moran (SLV)
Fourth Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – AFC (Round 4, Second Leg)

10 October 2017

Australia – Syria
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakhongir Saidov (UZB)
Fourth Official: Ilgiz Tantashev (UZB)

UEFA U-21 Euro 2019 Qualifiers (Matchday 7)

9-10 October 2017

Slovakia – Spain
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabrizio Posado (ITA)
Fourth Official: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Referee Observer: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)

Croatia – Czech Republic
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Esat Sancaktar (TUR)
Fourth Official: Arda Kardeşler (TUR) 

Referee Observer: Antonio Almeida (POR)

Ireland – Israel
Referee: Fedayi San (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Stéphane Almeida (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Sangiovanni (SUI)
Fourth Official: Lukas Fähndrich (SUI)
Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)

Montenegro – Slovenia
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Karel De Rocker (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jo De Weirdt (BEL)
Fourth Official: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

Luxembourg – France
Referee: Dimítris Massiás (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ioánnis Lazárou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Níkos Englézou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Chrysovalántis Theoulí (CYP)
Referee Observer: Ján Fašung (SVK)

Kazakhstan – Bulgaria
Referee: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Mucha (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Portugal
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Clemens Schüttengruber (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Johan Verbist (BEL)

Armenia – Austria
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Lewiss Edwards (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Johnathon Bryant (WAL)
Fourth Official: David Morgan (WAL)
Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)

Cyprus – Belgium
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Viacheslav Semenov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Konstantin Shalamberidze (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

Gibraltar – FYR Macedonia
Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vladimir Gerasimov (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Edgaras Bučinskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Donatas Šimėnas (LTU)
Referee Observer: Vencel Tóth (HUN)

Latvia – Scotland
Referee: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Borut Križarić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jerko Crnčić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Bruno Marić (CRO)
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

Turkey – Hungary
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tom Harald Gronevik (NOR)
Fourth Official: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)

Ukraine – Netherlands
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Kõiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Hannes Reinvald (EST)
Fourth Official: Kristo Külljastinen (EST)
Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)

Finland – Denmark
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Fourth Official: Nicholas Walsh (SCO)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Andorra – England
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Trýfon Petrópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Iordánis Aptósoglou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ángelos Evangélou (GRE)
Referee Observer: Vladimír Medved (SVK)

Belarus – Moldova
Referee: Suren Baliyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Vanik Simonyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Arman Ghushchyan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM)
Referee Observer: Asim Xudiyev (AZE)

Liechtenstein – Switzerland
Referee: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yuriy Khomchanka (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrey Hetsikau (BLR)
Fourth Official: Siarhey Tsynkevich (BLR)
Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)

Lithuania – Poland
Referee: Stavros Mandalos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrístos Akrívos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vasílios Karavassílis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ioánnis Papadópoulos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Serbia – Russia
Referee: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Szert (HUN)
Fourth Official: Csaba Pintér (HUN)
Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)

Faroe Islands – Georgia
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Duncan Sultana (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Christopher Francalanza (MLT)
Fourth Official: Mario Apap (MLT)
Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)

Sweden – Malta
Referee: Luís Nascimento (AND)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuel Fernandes (AND)
Assistant Referee 2: Hugo Pereira (AND)
Fourth Official: Robert Salvado (AND)
Referee Observer: Kaj Ostergaard (DEN)

Albania – Iceland
Referee: Pavel Orel (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Petr Blažej (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jiří Kříž (CZE)
Fourth Official: Ondřej Pechanec (CZE)
Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)

Norway – Germany

Referee: Ognjen Valjić (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Davor Beljo (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Amer Macić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Admir Šehović (BIH)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Northern Ireland – Estonia
Referee: Petur Reinert (FAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Petur Hojgaard (FAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Regin Egholm (FAR)
Fourth Official: Eiler Rasmussen (FAR)
Referee Observer: Petteri Kari (FIN)

San Marino – Greece
Referee: Aleksandr Aliyev (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Serik Zhappasbayev (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Hodin (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FAR)

Ghana protests to FIFA over referee in World Cup qualifying match against Uganda

The Ghana Football Association has protested to FIFA over the performance of referee Daniel Bennett in a World Cup qualifier against Uganda, saying he denied the Ghanaians a legitimate late goal and also a penalty. The GFA says it wants the game to be replayed.
Ghana and Uganda drew 0-0 in Uganda on Saturday, hurting Ghana's chances of qualifying for the World Cup next year in Russia. Egypt could take the qualifying spot from Group E if it beats Republic of Congo on Sunday. Ghana was emboldened by FIFA's unprecedented decision last month to order a South Africa-Senegal qualifier from 2016 to be replayed because of match-fixing by the referee. The Ghana federation says it wants FIFA to 'examine' the performances of Bennett and his assistant referees in its match. The GFA says it is questioning the disallowed 93rd-minute goal and penalty, as well as other decisions by the officials. Ghana had two goals disallowed for offside by Bennett of South Africa and assistant referees Eldrick Adelaide and Steve Marie, both of Seychelles. Frank Acheampong's appeal for a second-half penalty was also turned down. The GFA says it filed the protest with FIFA immediately after the 0-0 draw in Kampala.
FIFA ordered South Africa's 2-1 win over Senegal last November to be scratched out and the game replayed after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of fixing for giving South Africa a penalty for a non-existent handball. Lamptey was banned for life, and the replay could help Senegal qualify for the World Cup. Burkina Faso, which could be denied a place in Russia because of the South Africa-Senegal replay, has appealed FIFA's decision, arguing that ordering a replay is unfair on the other teams in the group. 

Source: Daily Mail

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 13-16)

9 October 2017

Ghana – USA

Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)

Turkey – Mali
Referee: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Edwin Tzu Liang Lee (SIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ronnie Min Kiat Koh (SIN)
Fourth Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN) 


India – Colombia
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

Paraguay – New Zealand

Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Safari (COD)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Ssonko (UGA)
Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 9-12)

8 October 2017

Honduras – Japan
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

New Caledonia – France

Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (MAD)
Assistant Referee 1: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Yahaya Mohamadou (NIG)
Fourth Official: Gery Vargas (BOL)

Chile – England
Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN)
Fourth Official: John Pitti (PAN) 


Iraq – Mexico
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Clement Turpin (FRA)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 1-8)

6 October 2017
Colombia – Ghana
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Slavko Vincic (SVN)

New Zealand – Turkey
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: Ri Hyang Ok (PRK)

India – USA
Referee: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Montano (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Antelo (BOL)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

Paraguay – Mali
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

7 October 2017
Germany – Costa Rica
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

Brazil – Spain
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Tulefat (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ebrahim Saleh (BHR)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

Iran – Guinea
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Korea PDR – Niger
Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1: Folio Moeaki (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bernard Mutukera (SOL)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 9)

5-7 October 2017

England – Slovenia

Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)
Referee Assessor: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Azerbaijan – Czech Republic
Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Fourth Official: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Referee Assessor: Are Habicht (EST)

Northern Ireland – Germany
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Kevin Blom (NED)
Referee Assessor: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

San Marino – Norway

Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sean Carr (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Fourth Official: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Referee Assessor: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Armenia – Poland
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Fourth Official: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Referee Assessor: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Montenegro – Denmark
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Rokel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Pol van Bokel (NED)
Referee Assessor: László Vágner (HUN)

Romania – Kazakhstan
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Stéphane Almeida (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sladan Josipović (SUI)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Referee Assessor: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Malta – Lithuania
Referee: Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Mesrop Ghazaryan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Vanik Simonyan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Suren Baliyan (ARM)
Referee Assessor: Luc Wilmes (LUX)

Scotland – Slovakia
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Fourth Official: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Referee Assessor: Sándor Piller (HUN)

Austria – Serbia
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Referee Assessor: Manuel Lopez Fernandez (ESP)

Georgia – Wales
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Johannes Reijgwart (NED)

Ireland – Moldova
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Fourth Official: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Referee Assessor: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)

Italy – FYR Macedonia
Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Luís Campos (POR)
Fourth Official: Fábio Veríssimo (POR)
Referee Assessor: Darko Ceferin (SVN)

Liechtenstein – Israel
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Anderson (NIR)
Fourth Official: Tim Marshall (NIR)
Referee Assessor: Kjell Alseth (NOR)

Spain – Albania
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Referee Assessor: Nuno Castro (POR)

Croatia – Finland
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Krysztof Myrmus (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Referee Assessor: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Kosovo – Ukraine
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Referee Assessor: Joeri Van de Velde (BEL)

Turkey – Iceland
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musiał (POL) 

Referee Assessor: Charles Agius (MLT)

Belarus – Netherlands
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Referee Assessor: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Bulgaria – France
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Jorn West Larsen (DEN)

Sweden – Luxembourg
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
Fourth Official: Halil Meler (TUR)
Referee Assessor: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

Andorra – Portugal
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Zbynek Proske (CZE)
Referee Assessor: John Ward (IRL)

Faroe Islands – Latvia
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Fourth Official: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Referee Assessor: Patritiu Abrudan (ROU)

Switzerland – Hungary
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Marco Guida (ITA)
Referee Assessor: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Belgium
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: John Beaton (SCO)
Referee Assessor: Domenico Messina (ITA)

Gibraltar – Estonia
Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Fourth Official: Mario Zebec (CRO) 

Referee Assessor: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

Cyprus – Greece
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CONMEBOL (Matchday 17)

5 October 2017

Argentina – Peru
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Referee Observer: Candelario Andarcia (VEN)

Colombia – Paraguay
Referee: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Guilherme Dias (BRA)
Fourth Official: Luiz De Oliveira (BRA)
Referee Observer: Juan Lugones (BOL)

Chile – Ecuador
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wagner Magalhaes (BRA)
Referee Observer: Miguel Buitrago (VEN)

Venezuela – Uruguay
Referee: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabricio Vilarinho (BRA)
Fourth Official: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
Referee Observer: Jorge Antequera (BOL)

Bolivia – Brazil
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Chade (ARG)
Fourth Official: Diego Abal (ARG)
Referee Observer: Hugo Munoz (CHI)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CONCACAF (Round 5, Matchday 9)

6-7 October 2017

USA – Panama
Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX)

Fourth Official: Luis Santander (MEX)

Mexico – Trinidad & Tobago
Referee: Kimbell Ward (SKN)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Browne (SKN)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicholas Anderson (JAM)
Fourth Official: Daneion Parchment (JAM)

Costa Rica – Honduras
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Erick Miranda (MEX)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – AFC (Round 4, First Leg)

5 October 2017

Syria – Australia
Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (IRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammad Mansouri (IRN)
Fourth Official: Bijan Heidari (IRN)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CAF (Round 3, Matchday 5)

6-8 October 2017

Guinea – Tunisia
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Fourth Official: Stanley Hachiwa (ZAM)

Libya – Congo DR
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Issa Sy (SEN)

South Africa – Burkina Faso
Referee: Alioum Alioum (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Fourth Official: Mal Souley (CMR)

Uganda – Ghana
Referee: Daniel Bennett (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eldrick Adelaide (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Steve Marie (SEY)
Fourth Official: Nelson Fred (SEY)

Mali – Cote d’Ivoire
Referee: Helder Martins (ANG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivanildo Lopes (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Julio Da Silva (ANG)
Fourth Official: Jose Chitumba (ANG)

Nigeria – Zambia
Referee: Joshua Bondo (BOT)
Assistant Referee 1: Oamogetse Godisamang (BOT)
Assistant Referee 2: Souru Phatsoane (LES)
Fourth Official: Tirelo Mositwane (BOT)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Henriques (RSA)

Cameroon – Algeria
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohsen Ben Salem (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Yamen Melloulchi (TUN)
Fourth Official: Nasrallah Jaouadi (TUN)

Cape Verde Islands – Senegal
Referee: Gehad Grisha (EGY)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
Fourth Official: Mohamed Maarouf (EGY)

Morocco – Gabon
Referee: Victor Gomes (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Johannes Moshidi (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lindikhaya Bolo (RSA) 

Fourth Official: Victor Hlungwani (RSA)

Egypt – Congo
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Birumushahu (BDI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwa Range (KEN)
Fourth Official: Omar Sallah (GAM)

UEFA Women’s Champions League – Round of 32 (First Leg)

4-5 October 2017

Chelsea – Bayern
Referee: Olga Zadinova (CZE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikol Šafrankova (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jana Adamkova (CZE)

St. Polten – Manchester City
Referee: Sandra Bastos (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Vanessa Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Diana Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Cátia Tavares (POR)

BIIK Kazygurt – Glasgow City
Referee: Eleni Antoniou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgia Komisopoulou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Detsi (GRE)
Fourth Official: Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)

Medyk Konin – Olympique Lyon
Referee: Anastasia Romanyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Vdovina (UKR)
Fourth Official: Liudmyla Telbukh (UKR)

PAOK Salonik – Sparta Praha
Referee: Ifeoma Kulmala (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tonja Paavola (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Nina Hammarberg (FIN)
Fourth Official: Hanna Kapiainen (FIN)

Apollon – Linkoping
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodjak (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Maja Petravic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Sabina Bolić (CRO)

Gintra – Zurich
Referee: Angelika Soeder (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Ines Appelmann (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Sina Diekmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Marina Wozniak (GER)

FC Minsk – Slavia Praha
Referee: Ivana Projkovska (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Biljana Milanova (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Elena Soklevska-Ilievski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Irena Velevačkoska (MKD)

Avaldsnes – Barcelona

Referee: Silvia Domingos (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ana Teixeira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sophia Oliveira (POR)
Fourth official: Catarina Campos (POR)

LSK – Brondby
Referee: Désirée Grundbacher (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Emilie Aubry (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Rahel Hasler (SUI)
Fourth Official: Michèle Schmölzer (SUI)

Ajax – Brescia
Referee: Lorraine Clark (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Vikki Robertson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Kathleen Alexander (SCO)
Fourth Official: Kylie Mcmullen (SCO)

Atletico Madrid – Wolfsburg
Referee: Florence Guillemin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elodie Coppola (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Solenne Bartnik (FRA)
Fourth Official: Anaelle Loidon (FRA)

Fiorentina – Fortuna
Referee: Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Dora Myrianthea (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Polyxeni Irodotou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Ioanna Allayiotou (CYP)

Montpellier – Zvezda
Referee: Sara Persson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Josefin Aronsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Camilla Stendahl (SWE)
Fourth Official: Laura Rapp (SWE)

Olimpia Cluj – Rosengard
Referee: Petra Pavlikova (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Slavomira Majkuthová (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Miroslava Pastoreková (SVK)
Fourth Official: Zuzana Kováčová (SVK)

Stjarnan – Rossiyanka
Referee: Barbara Poxhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Cindy Zeferino (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Biljana Iskin (AUT)
Fourth Official: Sara Telek (AUT)

UEFA U-21 Euro 2019 Qualifiers (Matchday 6)

2-6 October 2017

England – Scotland
Referee: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Cabanero Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Cesar Noval Font (ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)

Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Armenia – Gibraltar
Referee: Michal Očenáš (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Tomčík (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Ján Pozor (SVK)
Fourth Official: Pavol Chmura (SVK)
Referee Observer: Jiří Ulrich (CZE)

Cyprus – Turkey
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Sören Storks (GER)
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)


Croatia – Belarus
Referee: Jens Maae (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Sonderby (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lars Rix (DEN)
Fourth Official: Morten Krogh (DEN)
Referee Observer: Pascal Garibian (FRA)

Slovakia – Iceland
Referee: Georgios Kominis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandros Grevenis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Athanassios Tzilos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)

Moldova – Greece
Referee: Sven Bindels (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Joaquim Da Silva (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morais (LUX)
Fourth Official: Alex Krueger (LUX)
Referee Observer: Albano Janku (ALB)

Liechtenstein – Wales
Referee: Jason Barcelo (GIB)
Assistant Referee 1: Johan Ward (GIB)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Parody (GIB)
Fourth Official: Yaroslaff Borg (GIB)
Referee Observer: Pjetur Sigurdsson (ISL)

Luxembourg – Slovenia
Referee: Ian McNabb (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Bell (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Eakin (NIR)
Fourth Official: Evan Boyce (NIR)
Referee Observer: Kevin Azzopardi (MLT)

France – Montenegro
Referee: Erez Papir (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sagy Mazamber (ISR)
Fourth Official: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Referee Observer: Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

Ireland – Norway
Referee: Luís Godinho (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Martins (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: António Godinho (POR)
Fourth Official: Hélder Azevedo (POR) 

Referee Observer: Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

Russia – Austria

Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Magnusson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

FYR Macedonia – Serbia

Referee: François Letexier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Eric Danizan (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Bulgaria – Kazakhstan
Referee: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Viktor Matyash (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrii Skrypka (UKR)
Fourth Official: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

Netherlands – Latvia
Referee: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jonas Turunen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Petri Viljanen (FIN)
Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)

Poland – Finland

Referee: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Matija Nadj (SRB)
Fourth Official: Brdar Brdar (SRB)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Denmark – Georgia
Referee: Dennis Higler (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Switzerland – Romania

Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Venev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Germany – Azerbaijan
Referee: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Sigurdsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Frosti Gunnarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)
Referee Observer: Karel Bohuněk (CZE)

Belgium – Sweden
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Radunović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladan Todorović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

Refereeing: AAR? VAR? Salary?

Brazilian refereeing is once again in the limelight and the comparison is inevitable: "in Europe referees are much better". But is the comparison fair? Does refereeing work the same way? Does the technology already work there? And how much does each referee get paid? The answer is simple: the cold comparison is unfair.
ESPN has collected data from the top five European leagues (Germany, Spain, France, England and Italy). In all of them, the payment of referees is extremely superior - which allows them to be professional, in most cases. On the other hand, none of them has been working with the same dynamics; Brazil is the only one of these six countries with a sextet of referees, since none of the Europeans have the AARs behind the goals in their national championships. On the other hand, Germany and Italy already have the help of VARs this season. England, however, counts "only" on the goal-line technology, which is used to determine whether a goal has been scored or not. Interestingly, UEFA is the only organization that implements the same model as Brazil in their two club competitions (Champions League and Europa League), with AARs behind the goals and without technology, at least for now.
But the difference is even bigger when it comes to money. In all these five countries, the referees earn a fixed amount plus match fees. Thus, they are guaranteed to always have money coming into their bank account and the fixed salary is very high. Even in France, the country that pays the lowest among the five, is about 40,000 euro per year. In Spain, the place that pays the most, referees can reach up to 134,000 euros. Italy pays 80,000 euro, while German referees get 75,000 euro. In England, this figure varies between 43,500 and 48,000 euro, depending on the referee's experience. The fees paid per match varies between 1,300 euro (England), 2,900 euro (France), 3,700 euro (Spain) and 3,800 euro (Germany and Italy).
In Brazil, there is no fixed payment. The referees who are or have been on the FIFA List earn 1,075 euro per game, while the other referees get 780 euro. Assistant referees have 60% of that value (between 465 and 645 euro), the AARs earn 215 euro and the fourth officials take 145 euro.

Referee earnings
Spain: 134,000 euro (salary) + 3,700 euro per match
Italy: 80,000 euro (salary) + 3,800 euro per match
Germany: 75,000 euro (salary) + 3,800 per match
England: 48,000 euro (salary) + 1,300 euro per match
France: 40,000 euro (salary) + 2,900 euro per match
Brazil (FIFA referees): 1,075 euro per match (no salary)
Brazil (other referees): 780 euro per match (no salary)

Source: ESPN

VAR effect: Penalty kicks increased by 63% in Serie A

One of the most interesting news of this Serie A campaign is the introduction of VAR. The video assistant referee has already helped Italian referees to change some wrong decisions they took but, of course, there is a direct consequence of the application of this new tool. Penalty kicks given in the opening five Serie A games of the season, in fact, have increased by 63%. An average of 13.5 penalties were given in the opening five games of the previous four Serie A campaigns but the introduction of the VAR has skyrocketed the number of penalties allowed in Italy this season. One positive example of the usage of VAR came when the referee of Juventus - Fiorentina, Daniele Doveri, awarded Juventus a penalty kick. After a VAR check, however, Doveri noticed Milan Badelj’s foul was outside the penalty area and so he decided to give Juventus a free kick plus booking the Croat for a second time and giving him his marching orders. During Genoa - Juventus, however, the referee allowed a penalty kick against Juventus without noticing that the player fouled by Daniele Rugani was returning from an offside position. So far, there are more pros than cons although many improvements have yet to be made. (Source: Calciomercato)
The president of the Italian Football Association has said he believes the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in Serie A this season has been a success so far. Italy's top division is one of several European leagues using the technology to review contentious situations. And Carlo Tavecchio said he was pleased with what he had seen during the first six rounds of matches, telling RAI Radio 1: "The VAR is something that I wanted a long time ago. It is a great method of justice, above all, and I would like to say that at least 10 decisions have been corrected, and these have ensured sporting justice. Like anything, it takes time to get used to it, but as far as the time [taken for decisions] is concerned, the data shows that it is taking a bit longer than we had expected and we need to reduce the time it takes. But even the technology is led by humans, and humans are not perfect". Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said he believed the use of VAR would soon spread, adding: "Bit by bit, as it goes on, you get the best out of it. The VAR is being used correctly in Italy, and I'm very happy because Italy is pioneering an important change. I think there will be uniformity in coming years and this technology will arrive in all countries. It's a positive development". (Source:ESPN)

UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

28 September 2017

Olympique Lyonnais – Atalanta Bergamo
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Additional AR 1: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Additional AR 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST

FK Astana – Slavia Praha
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – Villarreal
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Chris Kavanagh (ENG)
Fourth Official: Edward Smart (ENG)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)

Partizan – Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Additional AR 1: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Additional AR 2: Espen Eskås (NOR)
Fourth Official: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)

Skënderbeu – Young Boys
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Additional AR 1: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Additional AR 2: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Fourth Official: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Referee Observer: Aleksei Spirin (RUS)

SC Braga – İstanbul Başakşehir
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Dejan Balažič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomislav Pospeh (SVN)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Ludogorets – Hoffenheim
Referee: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional AR 1: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Additional AR 2: Tomasz Kwiatkowsk (POL)
Fourth Official: Arkadiusz Wójcik (POL)
Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)

AEK Athens – Austria Wien
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Additional AR 1: Jaroslaw Przybyl (POL)
Additional AR 2: Piotr Lasyk (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

AC Milan – HNK Rijeka
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Fourth Official: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Everton FC – Apollon Limassol
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Péter Solymosi (HUN)
Fourth Official: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernandez Marín (ESP)

Lokomotiv Moskva – Fastav Zlín
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Bird (WAL)
Additional AR 1: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Additional AR 2: Nick Pratt (WAL)
Fourth Official: Daniel Beckett (WAL)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

Sheriff Tiraspol – FC Kobenhavn
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Mitchell Scerri (MLT)
Additional AR 1: Fyodor Zammit (MLT)
Additional AR 2: Philip Farrugia (MLT)
Fourth Official: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Referee Observer: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Lugano – FCSB
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleg Pluzhnyk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Additional AR 1: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
Additional AR 2: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Referee Observer: Dejan Filipović (SRB)

Viktoria Plzeň – Hapoel Beer Sheva
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Sándor Szabó (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
Fourth Official: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Referee Observer: Michael Argyrou (CYP)

Bate Borisov – Arsenal
Referee: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Golis (POL)
Additional AR 1: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

FC Köln – Crvena Zvezda
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Vries (NED)
Additional AR 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional AR 2: Siemen Mulder (NED)
Fourth Official: Davie Goossens (NED)
Referee Observer: Kaj Ostergaard (DEN)

FC Salzburg – Olympique Marseille
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional AR 1: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Additional AR 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Referee Observer: Ray Ellingham (WAL)

Konyaspor Kulübü – Vitória SC
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Additional AR 1: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Additional AR 2: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Goce Petreski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)

Athletic Club – Zorya Luhansk
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Yasar Uğurlu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

Östersunds – Hertha
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Medved (SVK)

Lazio – Zulte Waregem
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

OGC Nice – SBV Vitesse
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Vladimir Moskalev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Rosenborg – Vardar
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Venev (BUL)
Additional AR 1: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Additional AR 2: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Referee Observer: David Malcolm (NIR)

Zenit – Real Sociedad
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Referee Observer: Pascal Garibian (FRA)

“Poll moment” in USL

The North-American United Soccer League (USL) has acknowledged that a player should have been sent off after receiving a second yellow card in the match Sounders II – Phoenix Rising. While that may seem like grounds for some sort of replay of what turned out to be a 1-0 victory for Phoenix Rising, the only punishment handed down will be for the referees of the game to be suspended.
The incident in question happened in the 60th minute when Victor Vasquez (Phoenix) was clearly shown a second yellow card. The announcers on the livestream immediately recognized it and the official box score even correctly identified him. Neither referee Katja Koroleva nor any of her assistants apparently realized it, though. Phoenix’s coaching staff, perhaps fearing that it was only a matter of time until the error was discovered, removed Vasquez from the match after only 2 minutes. Sounders II midfielder Jordy Delem was not so lucky, though, as he picked up his second yellow in the 64th minute and was sent off. So, instead of potentially playing the final 30-odd minutes a man up, Sounders II played the final 26 minutes a man down. While this at least opens the door for some sort of replay, the USL will instead go with the path of least resistance and accept the U.S. Soccer Federation’s decision to simply suspend the match officials for an indefinite period. Vasquez will also be suspended for Phoenix’s next game. That there’s no promise to make the findings of their investigation public further twists the knife, not that there’s much hope of them discovering anything beyond “we messed up”. Ekaterina Koroleva has been a FIFA referee since 2014 and is among the pre-selected referees for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019.
This is hardly the first time an error like this has ever happened. Most prominently, referee Graham Poll eventually showed Croatia’s Josip Šimunić three yellow cards before sending him off in a 2006 World Cup match against Australia. The second of those cards, though, came in the 90th minute and Australia was still able to advance beyond the group stage. If they had lost and failed to advance, it was speculated that they would have had grounds for an appeal. Interestingly, another American referee, Kevin Stott, was the fourth official in that match. 

Source: SBNation