August 9, 2016

Olympic Football Tournament 2016 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 3

These are the officials appointed by FIFA for the third matchday of 2016 Olympic Football Tournaments (men and women). 

Men's Matches (10 August) 

Group D, Belo Horizonte, 18:00 CET
Algeria - Portugal
Referee: Matt Conger (New Zealand)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Lount (New Zealand)
Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (Tonga)
4th Official: Diego Haro (Peru)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Jacqueline Leleu (Australia)

Group D, Brasilia, 18:00 CET
Argentina - Honduras
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (Spain)
4th Official: Ovidiu Haţegan (Romania)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Lee Harmon (Cook Islands)

Group C, Belo Horizonte, 21:00 CET
Germany - Fiji 
Referee: Fahad Al Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdulah Alshalwai (Saudi Arabia)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al Abakry (Saudi Arabia)
4th Official: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Jacqueline Leleu (Australia)

Group C, Brasilia, 21:00 CET
Korea Republic - Mexico
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (France)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (France)
4th Official: Sergey Karasev (Russia)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Lee Harmon (Cook Islands)

Group B, São Paulo, 00:00+1d CET
Colombia - Nigeria
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernández (Mexico)
4th Official: Walter López Castellanos (Guatemala)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Carlos Alarcon (Paraguay)

Group B, Salvador, 00:00+1d CET
Japan - Sweden
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (Senegal)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (Senegal)
4th Official:  Ghead Grisha (Egypt)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Héctor Vergara (Canada)

Group A, Salvador, 03:00+1d CET
Denmark - Brazil
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (Iran)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran)
4th Official: Joseph Lamptey (Ghana)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Héctor Vergara (Canada)

Group A, São Paulo, 03:00+1d CET
South Africa - Iraq
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (Ecuador)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (Ecuador)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (Ecuador)
4th Official: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Carlos Alarcon (Paraguay)

Women's Matches (09 August)

Group F, Salvador, 21:00 CET
Australia - Zimbabwe
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajová (Czech Republic)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (Greece)
4th Official: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Héctor Vergara (Canada)

Group F, Brasilia, 21:00 CET
Germany - Canada
Referee: Hyan Ok Ri (Korea DPR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kum Nyo Hong (Korea DPR)
Assistant Referee 2: Yongmei Cui (China PR)
4th Official: Gladys Lengwe (Zambia)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Lee Harmon (Cook Islands)

Group G, Manaus, 00:00+1d CET
Colombia - USA
Referee: Teodora Albon (Romania)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (Romania)
Assistant Referee 2: Mária Súkeníková (Slovakia)
4th Official: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Badara Sene (Senegal)

Group G, Salvador, 00:00+1d CET
New Zealand - France
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 2: Enedina Gaudillo (Mexico)
4th Official: Rita Gani (Malaysia)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Héctor Vergara (Canada)

Group E, Manaus, 03:00+1d CET
South Africa - Brazil
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (France)
Assistant Referee 2: Yolanda Parga Rodríguez (Spain)
4th Official: Maria Carvajal (Chile)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Badara Sene (Senegal)

Group E, Brasilia, 03:00+1d CET
China PR - Sweden
Referee: Olga Miranda (Paraguay)
Assistant Referee 1: Mariana de Almeida (Argentina)
Assistant Referee 2: Yoleida Lara (Venezuela)
4th Official: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)
FIFA Referee Assessor:  Lee Harmon (Cook Islands)

source: Árbitro Internacional


  1. Friendly appointment
    Italy U21 - Albania U21
    Referee: Johnny Casanova (SMR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Francesco Lunardon (SMR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Salvatore Tuttifrutti (SMR)

  2. Some Observers appointments:

    CL - 16/08
    Ajax - Rostov
    Juan Antonio Fernández Marin (ESP)

    EL - 18/06
    Midtjylland - Osmanlıspor
    Manuel López Fernández (ESP)

    CL - 24/08
    APOEL Nicosia - FC København
    Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP)

    EL - 25/08
    AS Saint-Étienne - Moadon Kaduregel Beitar Yerushalayim
    Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)

    WC 2018 Qualifiers
    Croatia - Turkey
    Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)

    1. What about referees?

    2. 48-72 hours before the games

  3. OT: The big Slovenian derby between Maribor and Olimpija caused a lot of controversy yesterday. The referee was a young Nejc Kajtazovic, for the first time in his career. Those mathes are almost always officiated by Skomina or Jug. Well, Kajtazovic disallowed two goals for Maribor, had to be escorted off the stafium by security and the media today are full of critics. Couldn't see the situations myself, as I am abroad.

    Nevertheless - Kajtazovic is a very promising referee who will become international as soon as it will be possible. An eye to keep on him. It's a shame that Zganec is Slovenian FIFA "Nb. 4". I believe that he was pushed too early and doesn't have the necessary quality (yet?).

    1. Here are the two situations mentioned by Sale:

      First situation, the first disallowed goal:
      From approximately 2:00 to 2:18 of the video

      And the 4th photo
      - you can see the goalkeeper in orange stopping the ball (the right corner of the photo)... The goal was disallowed by the referee Kajtazovic because the whole ball presumably did not cross the goal line, just part of it. There was no Hawk eye technology used at the match.

      2. The second disallowed goal: due to offside
      Starts at 2:18 to 2:50

      or here in this video from 1:40 to 2:05

      and here is the screen shot

      What is your opinion of both situations and referee's decision to disallow goals?

    2. 1) IMO the ball didn't fully cross the line.
      2) No offside as the attacker should be on the small area between goalline and goalkeeper's feet in order to be in an offside position.

    3. 1) You can't say "disallowed goal", since in the opinion of referee the ball didn't cross the line, it was never a goal for him. Having said that, nobody mentioned the AAR, he was there, and very likely the decision was taken directly by him, so no responsibility at all for main referee. Of course, one must trust the AAR, being impossible to make any judgment based on video.

      2) That's a very hot case. The legs of the goalkeeper keep onside the player, but let me say assistant referee can be in a real trouble having to assess that. A mistake can be understandable, very likely AR didn't have the perception of that, perhaps he thought the player was totally ahead of keeper, therefore in offside. I would also add, many people, merely watching the live video, would assess the position as offside. And... again, the main responsibilities in such situation don't belong to referee, but this time to AR and perhaps also AAR (but still difficult for him).
      So, all in all, I don't think Kajtazovic can be blamed.

    4. Chefren,

      ad 1) Thank you for the correction of the wording. The term ''disallowed goal'' was used in the media and overheated debate between the supporters of both teams.

      ad 2) Both situations were discussed with the former Slovenian referee Robert Kranjec and showed yesterday at the TV. Regarding the first situation his opinion is in line with yours, i.e. which RayHD gave. But regarding the second situation his opinion was that it was an is additional photo of the situation (another sequence of the situation) He said that the attacker was with his left shoulder more leaned towards the cross line than the goalkeeper and therefore it was in the offside position. The reason why there is so much debate about this situation is that the goal was at first scored regularly and then disallowed by the referee Kajtazovic but only after the consultation with the AR. It was mentioned in the media that the AR actually did not see the offside position, but the one standing behind the goal did, and therefore not pointed it out initially but only after the consultation with both referees. So Chefren you are right in this respect.

      The media also asked Vlado Šajn, the chief of the Slovenian referee organisation to comment the both situations but he hasn't given any response yet due to being abroad.

    5. Andreja, the former referee is Robert Krajnc. Robert Kranjec is a ski jumper, of course. ;)

    6. Sale, thanks for the correction 😉.

    7. The official media statement of Slovenian Referees Panel: the offside call was a correct decision.

    8. It is clearly a wrong assessment, sorry.

    9. Might be, but it is nevertheless an assessment of Vlado Sajn et co.

  4. Thank you RayHD for quick response and explanation.

  5. Interesting added time after the first half of Argentina - Honduras. 3 yellow cards, a wonderful advantage (without effect) and a penalty. Heated minutes for Lahoz. I would say that the penalty and the cards are correct, however the card showing procedure after 45+1 didn't look good - way to much gestures and not calm enough.

    1. Unluckily, in my country today olympic football games are not shown at all.
      I checked the highlights of this match:
      And I found a very hot game for Mateu Lahoz. I will try to watch more by downloading the game.

  6. WOMEN QF 12 August
    USA-SWE Keighley (NZL) FO: Gani (MAS)
    CHN-GER Monzul (UKR) FO:Staubli (SUI)
    CAN-FRA Umpierrez (URU) FO: Carvajal (CHI)
    BRA-AUS Chenard (CAN) FO: Borjas (HON)


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