June 19, 2017

Confed Cup 2017: Referee Appointments for Matchday 2

Italian Gianluca Rocchi has been selected by FIFA to officiate the only European group stage duel at the Confederations Cup between Russia and Portugal. At the same day, Gambia's Bakary Gassama will be in charge of Mexico vs New Zealand.



21 June 2017, 17:00 CET
Spartak Stadium, Moscow (Russia)
Russia - Portugal
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (Italy)
Fourth Official: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Jure Praprotnik (Slovenia)
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (Romania)

21 June 2017, 20:00 CET
Fisht Stadium, Sochi (Russia)
Mexico - New Zealand
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Assistant Referee 2: Aden Marwa Range (Kenya)
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (Tahiti)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Clément Turpin (France)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (Slovenia)
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)

22 June 2017, 17:00 CET
Gazprom Arena, St Petersburg (Russia)
Cameroon - Australia
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (Serbia)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (Serbia)
Fourth Official: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Enrique Cacéres (Paraguay)

22 June 2017, 20:00 CET
Kazan Arena, Kazan (Russia)
Germany - Chile
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (Iran)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran)
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger (USA)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

137 Comments:

  1. Regarding video technology, what will happen if let's say in a scenario similar to the Chile ruled out goal right before half time, the flag was up and the player stopped and later it turned out that he was on side?

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    1. That's why attackers continue with the action, even the referee raised the flag.
      That happened in Russia-New Zealand

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    2. And it's awful, btw.

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  2. CAM-AUS: Mazic, Ristic, Djurdjevic, Pitana, Marrufo, Maidana, Caceres
    GER-CHI: Faghani, Sokhandan, Mansouri, Geiger, Dias, Fletcher, Irmatov

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    1. Are we sure that Al Mirdasi is in Russia at all?

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  3. Would have been intelligent to get Al Mirdaai in some FO duties in the early games... Some decisions by Busacca are absolutely surprising!!!

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  4. Predictions MD3
    MEX-RUS: Al Mirdasi, Gassama, Caceres, Birumushashu, Diedhiou
    NZL-POR: Geiger, Roldan, Irmatov, de la Cruz, Ricci
    GER-CMR: Pitana, Zitouni, Marrufo, Guzman, Turpin
    CHI-AUS: Rocchi, Mazic, Soares Dias, Ristic, Hategan

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    1. I agree with your predictions - Pitana would be the better choice. However, I go for:
      MEX-RUS: Al Mirdasi (KSA) - Faghani - Irmatov, Sokhandan, Diedhiou
      NZL-POR: Geiger (USA) - Gassama - Turpin, Range, Caceres
      GER-CMR: Roldan (COL) - Pitana - Ricci, Haidana, Dias
      CHI-AUS: Rocchi (ITA) - Zitouni - Marrufo, Mansouri, Hategan

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    2. Predictions :

      Mexico v Russia - Mark Geiger (United States)
      New Zealand v Portugal - Fahad Al-Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
      Germany v Cameroon - Wilmar Roldan (Colombia)
      Chile v Australia - Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

      Mazic, Pitana, Faghani and Gassama/Skomina for the final 4 games!!

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    3. Agree with the last three of your predictions Soham, however I don't think Geiger could be appointed with Mexico (he sees them enough in CONCACAF games!). I would switch him with Gassama, as I don't see many other options

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    4. My mistake... I completely missed out about confederation neutrality while predicting Geiger there... Then I'll put Al-Mirdasi in Mexico v Russia and Geiger in Portugal v New Zealand!!

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  5. I think that Al Mirdasi will be appointed only for one game. However it is strange that he never appeared as fourth official.

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  7. Minute 55': Di Liberatore raised the flag for offside (borderline decision, perhaps even ONSIDE), Rocchi whistled without waiting the end of the action. It was a promising attack, so in case of goal VAR could have changed the decision.
    So it wasn't done the same as in the first game and then in Skomina's game.

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    1. Maybe because the player in the offside position didn't have an OGSO and a goal did not appear likely.
      I think, they have to distinguish somehow. It would be too much to wait for the end of the attack for every offside decision.

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  8. Maybe red card for RUS #6,72 min.,kicking Pepe after whistle was blown?

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    1. Of course there was a kick and retaliation. But the question is whether it was excessive force. For me, borderline. And in this case, it is understandable that the VARs (if consulted) stayed below this border.

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    2. And, as always, the same theater by Pepe. Just for this reason, I would agree with YC.

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    3. How things have changed...

      Before Pepe was the one who was kicking people,now he is diving and acting.

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    4. He obviously learnt from Sergio Ramos :)

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    5. Yc even though he was "kicked"? I don't think that's how it works..

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    6. Too much relativism in FIFA/UEFA interpretation of SFP and VC last times...

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    7. Kicking is interpreted based on careless/reckless/excessive. That's what the laws of the game prescribe and what UEFA teaches their referees.

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  9. Minute 89': penalty appeal by Russia. Rocchi was sure: play on with clear gestures. No VAR intervention. I agree, live it looked like a simulation. I say that still without having watched a replay.

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  10. The Mexican coach yells at New Zealand's coach: "Motherf*****!". And Mr Zitouni does nothing.

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    1. Extremely poor management by Zitouni, I didn't notice him at all!
      AR1 Birumushahu, even though busy with the game, was by far more active facing complaints... well...

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  11. Minute 39' Marwa Range waited the end of the action before raising the flag for a correct offside. When AR can do that, it is not difficult, but sometimes it becomes chaotic (long action, other assessments to do and so on...).

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  12. I think that Gassama has some points for improvement in foul detection, at the beginning of the game a clear foul was missed (however, he was quite far away). Then, I wasn't satisfied with his deliberate handballs detection. He whistled twice in situations in which the touch appeared as clearly unintentional.
    However, so far no big / significant mistakes.

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  13. Not impressed by Gassama so far. Many small mistakes and a just now a missed YC for Márquez.

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  14. Well well well chaos toward the end of the match

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  15. Two red cards-no.8 in both sides

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  16. Shocking management by Gassama, I must say his tournament is over. No words.
    He looked even not capable to decide after having rewatched incidents, I'm sorry.
    Unbelievable no red cards were issued, I suggest you to watch all what happened in added time!

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    1. We surely need a video of that, impossible to see anything and to analyze the whole situation without a video.

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    2. For me at least one RC for Herrera, it looked like there were a lot of separate incidents and nobody really cared to solve each of them. So they decided to book both Herrera and Boxall, who started it, and Reyes for the initial foul. Shocking management though, that he forgot to caution Reyes even after watching the video fits the picture well. A few tactical foul and one two lunged challenge by Márquez were not punished. Overall, disappointing performance with many points for improvement IMHO.

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    3. Shocking management by Turpin, Vukan, Diedhiou?

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    4. Have to agree. Overall not a good performance in terms of foul detection and management. But that nobody was sent off in added time is something I can't believe. I'm really shocked. I saw at least 3 RC in this confrontation (sorry, I didn't see the numbers, maybe this was Gassamas problem too).
      But if the VAR is consulted here, and the situation is even rewatched by the referee himself, I can't believe that there is no RC.
      Furthermore, the way he showed the cards and the whole management was hectical and unclear.
      This was his last match at the tournament IMO.

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    5. Same should go for Turpin then as well. There is a clear guideline "safety / accuracy over speed". They could have taken more time to come to the right decisions.

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    6. I think Turpin can't be blamed, as well as the other VAR officials. Referee rewatched the incident and that was enough for him to decide. VAR can't force the referee on the pitch to take decisions. It is just a help. Then, if you are unable to assess the incident, even after rewatching it, it is your fault. In other terms, Turpin couldn't say: "Please Gassama, send off that player" or "Do that".

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    7. But why is it Turpin's fault with the time?

      Gassama failed to give the first caution, which was his duty. He then chooses to give no cards even though he was looking right at the incidents--he should have had the red card to Herrera and Boxall himself.

      Instead, he waited. And then VAR told Gassama he had to look at it. Gassama looked at the whole thing for about 20 seconds and produced ONE YELLOW CARD for Hererra!

      He then needed Turpin to tell him to hold up play and at least give the other two yellow cards. For me, I give Turpin credit for insisting on that.

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    8. But there was some communication going on after Gassama viewed in on the screen. Otherwise, he wouldn't have booked Reyes and Boxall.

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    9. Difficult to say, how much the VARs can be blamed. By letting Gassama see the incidents himself, they shifted a lot of the responsibility to him.
      They were of course responsible for showing him the right scenes and pointing out the possible red cards like
      1) Here is the challenge by Boxall
      2) Here is the punch by ...
      3) Here is the headbutt by...
      Probably that did not work well, but we do not know the communication.

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    10. I agree with you, but of course VARs can directly overrule referees in clear situations. Maybe FIFA instructed them to always recommend a review for potential grey area situations - but the violent conduct of NZL#8, for example, is actually very clear.

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    11. Wow, just had another look at it. At least four RCs are mandatory (NZL #5 and #8, MEX #16 and #8).
      Shocking.

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    12. The VARs cannot directly overrule referees. The referee makes the final decision and the referee decides if he wants to do an on-field review. We don't know what was said in the communication. Remember, for VAR to intervene he has to believe there was a red card, so that means Turpin told Gassama that someone (Boxall? Herrera? maybe both) needed a red. Gassama can act on that advice or go look himself. He chose to look himself.

      Also, Gassama only issued one yellow card to Hererra after looking at the screen. Turpin had to get back on the comms to tell him to give two more cards. That's the most shocking part to me--Gassama reviewed himself and only decided there was one card needed.

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    13. In general I think his performance was rather weak. 0 confidence, 0 body language, no clear line at times. Already after 5 minutes it was visible that he did not really find a grip to game and players.

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    14. @usaref: Yes, officially the referee of course has the last word. However, in some cases the information provided by the VAR without video replay is equivalent to a final decision the referee will accept - remember Zwayer's calls in France-Spain or Kuipers refraining from a sending off in France-Italy.

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  17. I have no idea what that was, but Gassama seemed very clueless. Big problem how he "ignored" a lot of tactical fouls.

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  18. Yellow cards after video support are not allowed, right?

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    1. But if they rewatch the situation and doesn't think it's a RC they must give a yellow?

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    2. I am not totally sure, but as I understood the VAR protocol, the decision can only be Red Card or nothing.
      Then the only explanation that could save Gassama is that he lost the two initial offenders and the VAR just helped him identifying. But honestly it did not look like that.

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    3. VAR protocols do allow for a yellow card to be given if the referee reviews and decides it's not a red card. That's how Howard Webb has been instructing referees in the United States. But a review cannot be initiated with the VAR suggesting only a yellow card.

      Regardless, the lack of a yellow card for the initial shirt pull is shocking.

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  19. For me quite shocking how Boxall got away with a yellow card here. The situation has been assessed, hence the yellow card, but how are studs this high still yellow? After reviewing this situation, this has to be a red card in my opinion.

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  20. By the way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqJ79Bxxw5I

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  21. And here's a video of the brawl during stoppage time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plLcNM7SDXI

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  22. The video seems to be unavailable. At least for me...

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  24. A first video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwFO2fJJADo

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    1. Just to add, 4th official must be between technical areas, he can't enter the field, right?
      Who is watching for potential incident on thr bench(es)?
      Correct me if I'm wrong?

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  25. https://www.facebook.com/sportschau/videos/vb.53288989368/10155651453384369/?type=3&theater

    I don't know, wether this video can be seen from outside of Germany. At least in Germany you can see the scene legally here.

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    1. It doesn't work here in Italy.

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  26. Well it's the same old scenario;

    African referees are very bad at (not) booking players,it's like they are saving yellow and red cards for something.

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    1. My expression is that AFC referee's have problems with body language at first and communication. Combination of those two elements lead to lack of acceptance from the players.

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    2. AFC = Asia
      CAF = Africa

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    3. Gracie.
      CAF referees

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  27. It would be nice to have an official statement by FIFA, as it happened for some previous incident assessed by VAR, but I think this time they wont do that.
    How to explain the missing red cards?
    However, I want to say a small thing, this time in favor of Gassama.
    It is possible that, after having hesitated before showing cards, he had a confusion in his mind. A potential problem was that, rewatching video of the sequence, there were too many situations to analyze and too many players to punish. Perhaps he tried to remember something, but he was unable to do that.
    Surely he needed a support, but I think he could have spent definitely more time watching, rewatching and also taking notes. I think he had something like a black-out in his mind, also due to the overload of potential decisions to be taken.
    But this can be only a partial justification.

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    1. I'm entering the speculation territory here, but he seemed very hesitant to hand out cautions for the entire match. Completely analyzing the scene would have taken way more minutes and would have called for a lot of cards, including red ones. Maybe, just maybe, there was the thought to punish the three players who started it with yellows and leave it at that to avoid further trouble.
      But I agree, he definitely looked confused. He had his hand on his pocket immediately after the fight scene, perhaps he forgot the numbers over the cause of several minutes. Still, he can't really believe that handing out one yellow after watching the scene is enough. I'm 100% sure Turpin intervened and called for the two more cautions at the very least.

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  28. It's ridiculous when you watch African Cup of Nations and some of their matches.

    I mean, there can be 40-50 fouls , some of them really rough and only 1-2 cautions, small amount of bookings for that many fouls.

    Imma say it again, it's like they're saving cards, like they can't go over 5 in a match.

    Best example was some week ago , when Netherlands and Morocco were playing friendly match.In that game 3 red cards and more yellows were missed by African referee.

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  29. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqJ79Bxxw5I

    Another video of the incident (not optimal quality)

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  30. First of all one must say that this was a very, very tricky situation - so difficult for all officials to take the proper decisions:
    1. SPA by #5 MEX. Gassama fails to show alertness, he was just whistling and taking a few steps to the incident. That's surely not enough, he must know that such a blatant holding stopping a promissing attack in 90+1' could lead to 'something more'. He should be at the 'hotspot' very quickly.
    2. Lack of alertness ends up in a mass confrontation. He runs quite quickly to the spot, whistles and stands there for a second. Only then, Gassama seems to act and most likely forgets that it was #5 MEX who stopped the promissing attack by holding.
    3. Many small but intense confrontations. It is absolutely clear that the referee is not able to detect everything, however, one can expect at least (!) the YC for SPA to #5 MEX. Having the VAR system, it is simply logical and understandable that Gassama does nothing but waiting for further advices of the VAR.
    4. On the one hand I understand Turpin for choosing the 'referee's review' option to give him the opportunity to interprete the incident by himself, on the other hand he put the entire responsibility on Gassama in such a tricky, quite long-running situation. Honestly speaking, it is not surprising at all that Gassama couldn't handle it even with the help of the replay as there were many incidents at the same time (do we certainly know which replays were exactly shown to the referee?). Maybe, with the help of Turpin, taking notes while watching would have been the best solution and - of course - they should have taken more time for taking appropriate decisions.
    In my opinion at least to RCs were mandatory: to #8NLZ and #20MEX. Furthermore, a YC to #8MEX and #20NZL, #16MEX (close to red) and #14NZL would have been appropriate, and the YC for SPA to #5MEX. It was overall a weak management by Gassama and (in my opinion also) Turpin deciding to decide nothing and then helping the referee with the YC for #5MEX and #5NZL (whatfor?) because he was overextended with the whole procedure and situation. I would have prefered it if Turpin and co rewatched the mass confrontation (exactly, incident by incident, taking the needed time) by theirselves and telling Gassama what they found out, giving the referee the opportunity to confirm the recommendations by rewatching on the monitor. Indeed, that would take a lot of time, however, there would be no confusion and a better cooperation.
    Hopefully, FIFA will analyze this management and publish what was going on and what would be the correct decisions - I doubt they will do so. It seems to be clear that Gassama won't get any further match with such a performance (also not concerning the mass confrontation), nevertheless I bet that Turpin is not out for the tournament as there are not enough VARs to cover a whole matchday without him.
    Things to improve:
    1. Take the needed time!
    2. Only send the referee to rewatch if it definitely makes sense!
    3. Cooperate with the referee (also while rewatching) when necessary!
    4. Don't overuse the 'monitor gesture' (Gassama did it three times), only when a decision was changed by the VAR! (?)
    5. Hand to ear signaling a communication with the VAR!

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    1. NZL #5 was the player fouled by Reyes and while going down committed a studs-up challenge on Herrera (#20), which led to the Mexican player attacking him. I agree with most of the rest!

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    2. Thanks a lot for the detailed analysis!

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  31. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QEw6J3oqn4
    Here is a good video of the incident

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  33. The most relevant incidents in Mexico-New Zealand (Bakara Gassama, GAM) clipped:

    https://vimeo.com/album/4648559

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  34. MEX-RUS: Al Mirdasi, AlShalwai, Al Abakry, Faghani, Irmatov, Sokhandan, Marrufo
    NZL-POR: Geiger, Fletcher, Morgante, Skomina, Ricci, Praprotnik, Hategan

    The only choices respecting confed neutrality and no repetition of teams.
    Good to see, that they trust Al-Mirdasi with an important match (Skomina might have been an alternative).
    Probably an easy match for Geiger, maybe he even gets a third match?

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    1. New Zealand seems very frustrated from the last match and Portugal needs a result. I hope it's easier, but it might be more difficult than it looks on paper.

      I think Geiger only gets a third match if Mexico doesn't advance.

      Surprised to see Al-Mirdasi but it really was the only option. Would have preferred Pitana in this match (and Al-Mirdasi on Germany-Cameroon) but it looks like Busacca doesn't want a referee to see the same team twice in the first round.

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  35. And some clips of Russia-Portugal (Gianluca Rocchi, ITA) as well:

    https://vimeo.com/album/4649034

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  36. Hows Mazic doing? Cant watch from shit Serbia sport programs..

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    1. Solid first half. Maybe a missed YC for SPA but no bigger mistakes. A lot of holding and embracing in both penalty areas, VAR did not intervene in any case. A possible violent conduct was mentioned by the reporter - has to be rewatched.

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    2. No intensity for Violet Conduct

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  37. 1.half CMR-AUS not interesting match. Mažić and Co. very good. Fully respected by players. Managing and body language , foul detection very good.

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  38. First half for Mazic:

    Good, expected level, full control.
    ARs with correct decisions.
    AR1 had very good no offside decision before goal for Cameroon.

    PS I missed first 11 minutes

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  39. 58min. Mažić blown PK for AUS.
    VAR confirmed that decision.

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  40. Decent performance by the Serbian team. Well accepted, clear pk. Maybe a bit too lenient when it came to foul detection and SPA.

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  41. Overall a good performance by Mazic. As I said, a lot of holding and embracing in both penalty areas in first and second half - maybe RayHD can have a closer look at some incidents; some of them seemed very borderline. Penalty decision was correct, no doubt. Sometimes quite lenient in card management, he could have given one or two more YCs very easily, some minor mistakes in foul detection in second half. Biggest point for improvement: personal sanctions after played advantages. Some tackles looked very intense or reckless, advantage was played, however, Mazic did not come back to those fouls. Full match control and very good fitness, though.
    Without any replays concerning the incidents in the penalty area, my mark would be 8.3.

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    1. I like the chosen tactic for this match, physical play, lenient approach and referee was completely accepted, full control as you said. As always, top fitness but that's something we expect from Mažić.
      Also, I like your statement about biggest point for improvement :)

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  42. For me, missed YC by Faghani. No matter the advantage, the foul by the German player looked like a stonewakk caution.

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    1. Agreed. Very reckless tackle from behind.

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    2. Clear missed YC, yes.

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    3. Am I the only one thinking about a red card for this studs-up tackle? I'll surely have another look afterwards, but my first impression was a SFP.

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  43. Agree Howard. Stonewall YC missed. Very Reckless.

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  44. Another bad management of advantage right now (28').
    Another YC... it seems as Faghani wants always to play on, but OK then book the player...

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    1. Exactly the same with Mazic in the earlier game. Good advantages, however, missed sanctions when the game is stopped.
      33': another possible/mandatory YC for a reckless tackle by the Chilean player.
      34': elbow as a tool?
      Very lenient Faghani...

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    2. Remember it's normal in FIFA tournaments last years (when Busacca is in charge...)

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    3. And some people say he has a European style... ;-)

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      If you use advantage for SPA and whole attack was played, no YC needed.
      Only if tackle was careless.

      What defender stopped if action continued?
      Nothing.

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  45. Are Faghani and Ricci brothers? They look quite similar ;)

    Concerning advantage, at around minute 15-20, ball advantage was played more than action advantage

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  46. Once again, to lenient performance in my book. Missed cautions for Mustafi (tackle right before the goal) and Aránguiz (ellbow).

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  47. Another clear YC missed, this time for Rudy. We are getting closer and closer to the level of "leniency" we had at the last WC...

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    1. Same player again ,this time he is booked...

      What would happen if he was booked 5 minutes earlier?

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    2. Then he wouldn't be booked 5 minutes after

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  48. Was Sánchez booked for complaints after this offside call?

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    1. for kicking the ball away

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    2. I believe for kicking the ball away after the offside call.

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    3. TV here in the United States just showed that he kicked the ball away. Seems like that was the reason.

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    4. And no booking for foul that was 10 seconds before that...

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  49. Díaz still without a YC after his fourth bigger foul...

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  50. 70' replay of a clear holding in the penalty area. A whistle would not be wrong...
    Simply no satisfying performance by Faghani. Many missed YCs for reckless tackles, some reckless tackles were not even whistled. WC2014 comes to my mind...

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    1. Neither am I.. but could the var have intervened?

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  52. Missed offside that leads to yc and dangerous free kick.

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    1. It's not a missed offside. The foul happens before the offside standing player was punishable.

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  53. Why wear the VARs a referee kit?

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    1. It's hot for the trousers :)

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  54. Very lenient approach by Faghani in card management and foul detection (except beginning of second half). This was in general OK, as there were no problems with match control and I think, it did not discriminate any side. However, there were some clear YCs (Mustafi, Rudy, Diaz) and some minor fouls missed, which can't be justified by the approach. Therefore it is at most a 8,2 for me, rather 8,1.

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    1. I would even go a step further: 8.1 or 8.0 for me. Clearly disappointing performance by Faghani, in my view.

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    2. Do we have some informations how referees are advised and prepared for Confed.cup?
      It's symphomatic that every match is in lenient approach.

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  55. Hello,the referees in this confederation cup wear a new grey watch?Seems like a smartwatch,do you know the brand?

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  56. My predections for the next Games:
    Germany-Camerun Wilmar Roldán/Gianluca Rocchi
    Chile-Australia Bakary Gassama/ Abdelkader Zitouni

    Semi Final
    A1-B2 Alireza Faghani/Damir Skomina
    A2-B1 Néstor Pitana/ Fahad Al Mirdasi

    Final Milorad Mazic/Gianluca Rocchi

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    1. My Predictions :

      Chile v Australia : Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
      Germany v Cameroon : Wilmar Roldan (Colombia)

      SFs :Alireza Faghani and Milorad Mazic
      Third place : Damir Skomina
      Final : Nestor Pitana

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    2. I don't really think that referee from UEFA will get the final after Kuipers got the U20 WC final. Maximum is match for 3rd place, if one of European national teams don't take a part in that match.

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  57. Chi-aus Rocchi
    Ger-Cam Roldan

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    1. CHI-AUS: Rocchi, di Liberatore, Tonolini, Mazic, Hategan, Ristic, Turpin
      GER-CMR: Roldan, Guzman, de la Cruz, Pitana, Soares Dias, Maidana, Caceres

      So two VAR appointments for Hategan on MD3, none for Diedhiou.

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    2. Noteworthy that Turpin possibly "demoted" to AVAR position... Seems like Busacca isn't happy the way he handled the Mexico v New Zealand chaos!!! Also fairly clear that Bakary Gassama's tournament is over!!

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    3. Also Zitouni is not appointed again.

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  58. Now I think that Pitana has surely a game: semifinal or final. I would say even final for him, because we had a UEFA referee handling U20 final, as well as both semifinals. This in my opinion should be also taken into account.
    Then, I see Mazic with another game, alternatively Skomina (a semifinal).
    The other semifinal could be for Faghani, despite his lenient approach in GER - CHI, then I think that Al Mirdasi has a chance for third place final but of course we must wait tomorrow before stating that.

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    1. Pitana should get the final 😎

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    2. Pitana deserves a world cup final.

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    3. Way too early to make any such call at the moment I would say!!!

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    4. It's not a call it's my opinion. No fifa referee is like Pitana. His body strukturer and body language, confidence. He is always happy. Time for a south american referee to get a world cup final again.

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  59. Mexico - Russia
    Referee : Fahad AL MIRDASI (KSA)
    Assistant Referee 1:
    Abdulah ALSHALWAI (KSA)
    Assistant Referee 2:
    Mohammed AL ABAKRY (KSA)
    Fourth official:
    Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)
    Video Assistant Referee 1:
    Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)
    Video Assistant Referee 2:
    Reza SOKHANDAN (IRN)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee:
    Jair MARRUFO (USA)

    NZ - Portugal

    Referee:
    Mark GEIGER
    USAUSA
    Assistant Referee 1:
    Joe FLETCHER (CAN)
    Assistant Referee 2:
    C.J. MORGANTE (USA)
    Fourth official:
    Damir SKOMINA (SVN)
    Video Assistant Referee 1:
    Sandro RICCI (BRA)
    Video Assistant Referee 2:
    Jure PRAPROTNIK (SVN)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee:
    Ovidiu HATEGAN (ROU)

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    1. Germany - Cameroon

      OFFICIALS
      Referee:
      Wilmar ROLDÁN
      ColombiaCOL
      Assistant Referee 1:
      Alexander GUZMAN (COL)
      Assistant Referee 2:
      Cristian DE LA CRUZ (COL)
      Fourth official:
      Néstor PITANA (ARG)
      Video Assistant Referee 1:
      Artur DIAS (POR)
      Video Assistant Referee 2:
      Hernan MAIDANA (ARG)
      Assistant Video Assistant Referee:
      Enrique CÁCERES (PAR)

      Chile - Australia

      OFFICIALS
      Referee:
      Gianluca ROCCHI
      ItalyITA
      Assistant Referee 1:
      Elenito DI LIBERATORE (ITA)
      Assistant Referee 2:
      Mauro TONOLINI (ITA)
      Fourth official:
      Milorad MAŽIC (SRB)
      Video Assistant Referee 1:
      Ovidiu HATEGAN (ROU)
      Video Assistant Referee 2:
      Milovan RISTIC (SRB)
      Assistant Video Assistant Referee:
      Clément TURPIN (FRA)

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