September 10, 2013

World Cup Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for 10 September 2013 (UEFA zone)

You can find the referee appointments for tonight's FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying round in UEFA zone and discuss their decisions and performances here!

Pedro Proença of Portugal to oversee Ukraine - England (c) ZIMBIO

Group G
10  September 2013, 17:30 CET, Marijampole
Lithuania - Liechtenstein
Referee: Lasha Silagava (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Zaza Pipia (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Besik Chichinadze (GEO)
Fourth official:  George Vadachkoria (GEO)

Group E
10  September 2013, 19:00 CET, Oslo
Norway - Switzerland
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Group E
10  September 2013, 21:00 CET, Reykjavik
Iceland - Albania
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
Fourth official: Lee Probert (ENG)

Group F
10  September 2013, 17:00 CET, St. Petersburg
Russia - Israel
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Guido Kleve (GER)
Fourth official: Marco Fritz (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group A
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Cardiff
Wales - Serbia
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth official: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)

Group C
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Torshavn
Faroe Islands - Germany
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Dovydas Suziedelis (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth official: Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU)

Group B
10  September 2013, 18:00 CET, Yerevan
Armenia - Denmark
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Rob Van De Ven (NED)
Fourth official: Richard Liesveld (NED)

Group B
10  September 2013, 20:00 CET, Ta'Qali
Malta - Bulgaria
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Cristian Nica (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Aurel Onita (ROU)
Fourth official: Pavel Balaj (ROU)

Group F
10  September 2013, 20:15 CET, City of Luxembourg
Luxembourg - Northern Ireland
Referee: Robert Malek (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Fourth official: Pawel Gil (POL)

Group G
10  September 2013, 20:15 CET, Zilina
Slovakia - Bosnia-Herzegovina
Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernandez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Diaz Perez (ESP)
Fourth official: Carlos Clos Gomez (ESP)

Group A
10  September 2013, 20:30 CET, Skopje
FYR Macedonia - Scotland
Referee: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frederic Haquette (FRA)
Fourth official: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Group D
10  September 2013, 20:30 CET, Andorra La Vella
Andorra - Netherlands
Referee: Ante Vucemilovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Fourth official: Damir Batinic (CRO)

Group D
10  September 2013, 20:30 CET, Budapest
Hungary - Estonia
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1:  Stanislav Savitski (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Fourth official: Siarhei Tsynvekich (BLR)

Group B
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Turin
Italy - Czech Republic
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1:  Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Waernmark (SWE)
Fourth official: Martin Strombergsson (SWE)

Group C
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Vienna
Austria - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Olegario Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1:  Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Joao Santos (POR)
Fourth official: Artur Dias (POR)

Group H
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Serravalle
San Marino - Poland
Referee: Marco Borg (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Ingmar Spiteri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Fourth official: Kevin Azzopardi (MLT)

Group D
10  September 2013, 20:00 CET, Bucharest
Romania - Turkey
Referee:  Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
Fourth official: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Blog Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group I
10  September 2013, 19:00 CET, Tbilisi
Georgia - Finland
Referee:  Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Sotiriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP)
Fourth official: Marios Panayi (CYP)

Group E
10  September 2013, 20:30 CET, Nicosia
Cyprus - Slovenia
Referee:  Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1:Giullaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Eric Dansault (FRA)
Fourth official: Clement Turpin (FRA)

Group G
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Piraeus
Greece - Latvia
Referee:  Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Sigurdur Torleifsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2:  Gunnar Gunnarsson (SL)
Fourth official: Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL)

Group H
10  September 2013, 20:45 CET, Kyiv
Ukraine - England
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Josè Trigo (POR)
Fourth official: Duarte Gomes (POR)

Group C
10  September 2013, 18:00 CET, Astana
Kazakhstan - Sweden
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
Fourth official: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)

Group I
10  September 2013, 21:00 CET, Gomel
Belarus - France
Referee:  Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1:Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Fourth official: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)


  1. Anonymous10/9/13 21:28

    8,3 or 8,4 for Miroslav Zelinka tonight in a not too difficult match in Kazakhstan tonight.

    /Swedish observer

  2. Gediminas Mazeika with a wrong penalty and a wrong consecutive RC for DOGSO. Müller fouled himself by making contact between both feet, he was not touched by the opponent. Apart from that solid, AR2 with many offside problems.

    1. I think, there was small contact, that justifies the penalty. In the first half, there were two possible penalties for Germany, at least one of them should have been awarded IMO. I agree about the offside problems

    2. I still have not found this contact. On the penalty appeals in the first half: the first one on Özil was rather a penalty imo, the 2nd one on Draxler was nothing.

    3. I have now watched the situation, for me a clear dive.
      I don't see any contact. But I understand the referee, being far away from the scene, this situation appears always as foul. One can't think that the player is so "stupid" to fall down by himself....

    4. "stupid falling" is one of Müller's specialities...
      There was a contact (Müller's foot and his opponent's knee), but in my eyes, this was Müller's "fault".
      Draxler was no penalty, I couldn't see the Özil-scene.
      AR2 had really huge offside problems, sometimes it even wasn't close, but more than one meter...

    5. Anonymous11/9/13 15:04

      Sorry Niclas, but for me it was a clear penalty. The Defender touches with his knee the leg of Müller, consequence: Müller kicks himself. For me, this contact is a clear foul. - By the way: DFB-refs was told one or two seasons ago that it is nearly impossible that a player kicks himself while running with high speed, but a small contact by a defender is enough to achieve such a "self-kicking". Therefore, IMO we can conclude that this is a clear penalty.

      Furthermore, I personally think it was ok not to further penalties to Germany. Of course, the Özil-scene was boarderline, but it correspondet to a more lenient approach by the ref.

      Best regards

    6. Okay, as I said I can only suspect a contact and do not see it in the videos. If it exists, penalty, red card, no doubt. At any rate, I do not want to change with Mazeika in this decision process, it's a sort of calls that is incredibly difficult on the pitch, we know that all. Agree on the other penalties, it really fit to his line.

  3. Good performance from Proenca who was not challenged but correctly rejected two penalty appeals from the Ukrainians.

    1. The situation with Hart in the beginning was a penalty IMO.

  4. Anonymous10/9/13 22:55

    that was a clear penalty on müller!

  5. Greece - Latvia: Jakobsson (ISL)

    Boring match until min. 80. At that moment he correctly rejected a penalty appeal by Latvia for a handball on Torossidis. Furthermore he sent-off Rugins (Latvia) for a violent conduct on Katsouranis and cautioned the Greek player who later (93') received a 2nd YC and was sent-off as well. IMO the referee should have also sent-off Ninis (GRE) for violent conduct as well since he grabbed his opponent from his shirt and pushed him away.

    AR1 was very good. AR2 missed an offside on Torossidis at the first half which resulted in an effort on goal.

  6. Eriksson with a penalty and a sending off (double YC).
    Both decisions were correct.
    Several mistakes on offsides, especially from AR2 Waernmark.
    To be reported also a YC for a blatant but unintentional elbow.

    1. What do you think about Balotelli's YC? Wasn't it a violent conduct?

    2. For me, either play-on (unintentional act) or red card (deliberate act = violent conduct). Alibi-call :-)

    3. Balotelli might have received a straight red, I agree.
      Anyway Eriksson style was lenient.

      @Usmund: when a elbow is clearly unintentional often the referees prefer to give YC as "middle" way for the dangerous usage of the elbow. I know that merely according to rules, it doesn't exist, but it seems to be an instruction.
      A red card is given only when the referee is sure that it was done on purpose. I can agree. We can be still in the field of negligence. Do you remember Rocchi situation in Fenerbahçe - Arsenal (raised leg hitting f the opponente)? Then strictly according to rules, it was a RC, to.

    4. Anonymous11/9/13 10:29

      Is the elbow situation caught on cam somewhere?


    6. Anonymous11/9/13 11:15

      Hi Chefren,

      I might be stupid but I don't see any elbow from Balotelli. In fact, I can't even see an Italian giving an elbow at all? Is Italy not playing in blue - if so it seems to me that if an Italian player is bleeding from his head, but maybe I am missing something here?

      /Swedish observer

    7. We are talking about two different situations, Swedish Observer This is the video of an elbow punished by Eriksson with a YC, then Phlipp asked about the YC given to Balotelli, it might have been violent conduct. I have not still posted a video about that.

    8. Anonymous11/9/13 11:24

      Aha! :-)

      /Swedish observer

    9. Another remark about Eriksson. When the CZE player was sent off, after having shown the second YC, he looked for the RC but he wasn't able to find it. Probably he missed it.
      Anyway the player went away by himself, knowing to be already booked.
      Eriksson seemed embarrased, he did not even asked the fourth official Martin Strombergsson for the red card.

  7. Marco Borg with an unpleasant match to handle. No penalty appeals, no important situations, but many reckless fouls from San Marino side. I think he did quite well, but 2-3 more YC to our opponents would be good. I must check whether one of missed cards wouldn't be a second one, but that was far better performance than that presented by Ken Henry Johnsen in first leg.

  8. Ref Copenhagen10/9/13 23:35

    Bas Nijhuis with a quite ok performance in Armenia-Denmark. Penalty and sending off (double YC) - correct desicions. One quite harsh YC for Ankersen (DEN).

    What do you think of this corner kick decision by AR2 and referee?ændende-hjørne
    (I hope the video clip can be shown outside Denmark)

    1. This decision is in my opinion only correct if he decided that the ball was not stationary. Otherwise indirect free kick to the opposing team, due to 2nd contact with ball.
      Thanks for showing, the video was available here ;)

    2. the ball was stationary and the player handled the ball deliberately >> direct free kick for the defending team

  9. Anonymous11/9/13 02:10

    Fautrel made error in FYROM Scotland, starting second period whem Macedonija only had 10 players, goalkkeeper still inside!

    1. And then whjat happened? Who noticed this situation?

    2. Anonymous11/9/13 11:23

    3. Thanks! 1:14:40 Exactly.
      Anyway this is blatant mistake, the referee must always count the players on the pitch, prior to each kick off. Even more, the keepers...

    4. Anonymous11/9/13 12:56

      The referee should not delay the start of play if one of the players is missing when the play should resume again. That is what I always have been taught in the past, anyway. So, in my view, Fautrel acted in accordance with the LOTG. Then we can of course all discuss whethter this is appropriate.

      /Swedish observer

    5. The mystery is that - when Fautrel saw (was told) that macedonian goalkeeper is missing, he stopped the game and later, when Pacovski stood up on his place, STARTED THE SECONG HALF AGAIN (!!!) 45 seconds later..

    6. Here is the video

    7. Anonymous11/9/13 13:29

      Technically he probably was wrong, but he presumably applied "Law number 18 - Common sense"?

      Amazing that he put himself into that position to start with anyway!

      /Swedish observer

    8. Probably the referee had to resume the game with a dropped ball, in this situation. But was the game regular without a keeper?

    9. Technical error (Law 8). It is in a way embarrassing as this is mere routine even at the lowest amateur levels.

  10. Brazil - Portugal
    Referee: Juan Guzman (United States, 27yo)

    The match started with a tense atmosphere and included some bad behaviour of Portuguese players. Guzman booked two players in first ten minutes to calm both teams down. In my opinion, it was good underlining who is the boss, because players didn't respect his decisions at the beginning. Then, Bruno Alves stood on Bernard's crotch. As one can't judge was it deliberate or unintentional act, no card from referee is OK decision. Few minutes later, Bruno Alves again apppeared in a bad light, punching Neymar in his jaw by an arm. Young referee missed whole situation what was the only minus in this game. Five yellow cards issued by Guzman was totally correct, no bigger situations were detected.

    Assistants did overally okayish, but Peter Manikowski twicely kept his flag down while there were minimal, but still detectable offsides (one of them in build-up to third goal of Brazil)

    Therefore, my marks would be:
    Juan Guzman - 8.3
    Peter Manikowski - 8.1
    Adam Wienckowski - 8.3
    Chris Penso - 8.3


    Going back to the previous post about Marco Borg, I had a right feeling that one of potentially missed yellow cards would've been a second one to Sammarinese player, exactly it was #7 who committed two reckless fouls in three minutes, being booked only at first time. However, I don't think it's a crucial mistake and decided to consider it as only -0.2

    Marks would be:
    Marco Borg - 8.1
    Ingmar Spiteri - 8.3
    Edward Spiteri - 8.3
    Kevin Azzopardi - 8.3

    1. Thanks a lot for these small reports.
      Just one annotation, the starting mark is 8.4 on international level, so Borg should get 8.2 if you reduce it by -0.2 :)

    2. I know, but there was also -0.1 for another clear yellow card missed. Nonetheless, thanks for the info ;-)

  11. Should've Bruno Alves been still on the pitch after these behaviours?

  12. I consider the first one as not deliberate, in the 2nd case he could be off for a violent conduct (elbow).

    1. I believe the first one was fully deliberate, but perfectly done. Referee can't guess, he must be sure, so no real mistake. In second case at least YC, but more desirable would be straight red, I agree.

      Am I the only one who thinks that Portugal national team play one in the most brutal, cynical and highly unfair way all over the World?

    2. After Ivanov's horror night, you are not the only one. One can however see the Netherlands on the same level, given matches like POR-NED, NED-BRA and NED-ESP.

    3. in the first clip blatant simulation was missed and no goal would be scored after the resulting corner.

    4. Agreed, actually a pretty clear dive.

    5. Anonymous12/9/13 00:33

      I'm form Portugal and don't forget that we're latins and we love football. The homeland of eusébio, figo, ronaldo, mourinho and Proença... Our football, as well as some other teams, have a more face to face game and, sometimes, they get emotional. And yesterday, was against brazil.

    6. That's good football is different! No problem with this. However, I don't like such approach like first of all Bruno Alves, but also Pepe and Nani had yesterday. It was a bad approach directed on provocation and dissents from the beginning :-)

  13. I watched Proenca's possible penalty after only 45 seconds in the match now: clear mistake. Hart is obviously fouling the forward and does not play the ball. After GER-SWE, another qualifier with a crucial mistake, unfortunately.


    2. I agree with Niclas, clear penalty missed by Proença and crucial mistake. Maybe he had a relaxed approach at the beginning, but the penalty is really blatant...

  14. Anonymous11/9/13 23:11

    100% no penalty.
    Look closer, no contact, goal-kick, maybe dive...

  15. I maybe slightly biased, but I agree with anonymous. The player was already half way down to the ground. He was obviously seeking contact from Hart.

  16. There is a slight contact imo, but I must agree with you and change my judgment. The forward seeks it and almost jumps. Well done by Proenca then, also AR2 with a good eye to allow onside here.

  17. Go to 29'-30', Balotelli's foul. I agree that it should have been a RC normally.

  18. Anonymous12/9/13 11:10

    Both players are fighting to get the ball. It seems as Balotelli, when trying to run past the Czech player, accidently puts his studs into the Czech leg instead of on the ground.

    Sure - it hurts to get the foot on the leg like that, but it would be harsh to send him off. From my point of view a yellow card and not more. There is a vast difference between this and a tough tackle with straight legs on an unprotected player. This more looks like bad luck. Still, of course, a yellow is warranted. But not more in my opinion.

    But I might have my Swedish glasses on again, or what do you say Niclas?

    /Swedish observer

  19. It indeed looks slightly accidental, I am sure he did not want that. The problem I have with this challenge is however that Balotelli went into this challenge with studs up endangering the opponent's safety at any rate. And with this outcome or effect - Balotelli stepping onto his opponent's leg - I prefer a RC.

  20. the foul was totally intentional and should have been punished by a red card.
    - look at the way as he is directing his foot (studs) on the opponent
    - as a good referee you should also know the players >> do you think balotelli would accept yellow card that way if it was accidental? do you think he gets so many red cards by accident?



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