June 24, 2017

Confed Cup 2017: Referee Appointments for Matchday 3

These are the officials appointed by FIFA for Matchday 3 at Confederations Cup 2017.  Mark Geiger, Gianluca Rocchi and Wilmar Roldán will handle their second game, while Saudi Fahad Al Mirdasi will officiate his first match in this competition, having been appointed for the very crucial tie Mexico - Russia. 



24 June 2017, 17:00 CET
Kazan Arena, Kazan (Russia)
Mexico - Russia
Referee: Fahad Al Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdulah Alshalwai (Saudi Arabia)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al Abakry (Saudi Arabia)
Fourth Official: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Reza Sokhandan (Iran)
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)

24 June 2017, 17:00 CET
Gazprom Arena, St Petersburg (Russia)
New Zealand - Portugal
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles J. Morgante (USA)
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 Hațegan (Romania)

25 June 2017, 17:00 CET
Fisht Stadium, Sochi (Russia)
Germany - Cameroon 
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (Colombia)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian de la Cruz (Colombia)
Fourth Official: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Artur Dias (Portugal)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)

25 June 2017, 17:00 CET
Spartak Stadium, Moscow (Russia)
Chile - Australia
Referee:  Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (Italy)
Fourth Official: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Ovidiu Alin Hațegan (Romania)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Milovan Ristić (Serbia)
Additional Video Assistant Referee:  Clément Turpin (France)

120 Comments:

  1. I expected Al Mirdasi for New Zealand - Portugal, the fact that he was assigned to Mexico - Russia is a very good signal. However, at the same time, one must say there weren't too many options for NZL - POR, if Busacca wanted to respect confederations neutrality.
    In this group stage no referees handling the same team twice, and confederations neutrality always respected.
    Will it be the same for KO stage? In my opinion surely not regarding the chance to handle twice the same team, but I think confederations neutrality could be kept.
    I also want to underline that perhaps in this tournament "Confederations Cup" FIFA pays more attention to that just because it is a matter of continents. In this scenario, in case of UEFA - CONMEBOL final, it will be very interesting to see the choice. AFC referees can't be ruled out, but in case Faghani would handle his third FIFA final...

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    1. Nestor Pitana for the final should be the choice if performances are anything to go by... Shouldn't be an issue even if Chile reaches the Final as Björn Kuipers handled Spain in 2013 Final!!!

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  2. Interesting match for Al Mirdasi. 13min. I

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  3. 18min. VAR stop play 1min after situation in MEX penalty area. Mirdasi watch - NO PK for Russia

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  4. Penalty appeal for Al Mirdasi on the very beggining, correct decision not to give PK. It was diving IMO, attacker initiate the contact.
    Cler first yellow card correctly given.

    17' That's penalty for me, I can't understand how this isn't PK, especially after VAR review.

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  5. Agree with u about first penalty app. Correct 2 YC till now. ARs very good.
    VAR intervention for 17min. very interesting?!

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  6. Missed YC for RUS No13 40min

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  7. Video of the VAR review

    https://streamable.com/0a2oh

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    1. Honestly I don't understand situation like this.Especially that I'M here was contact with attacker leg and IMO penalty should be given.
      VAR system should be thinking about impruvement.

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  8. No VAR intervention 6'?

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  9. For me both penalty situations in Al Mirdasis game are rather penalty than not. But the behaviour by the attackers leaves some room for doubts in both cases, therefore I would not consider them as clear mistakes.
    Brave decision from Al Mirdasi not to award a penalty after the Onfield review. Whether it was good from the VARs to call him out, can be discussed. I think there are some pros and contras.
    Good start in the card management with two early cautions. Missed mandatory YC for handball (blocking a shoot on goal, 29').
    In general, he allows a bit too much physical play with a lenient approach to cards and foul detection. He should be stricter in the 2nd half to avoid (further) escalation.

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    1. Having seen both situations again:
      6': I think the attacker can't be really blamed. Maybe it is a crucial mistake (by the VAR only?)
      18': Rather no penalty, the contact was quite small. At least less than the situation in the opening match.

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    2. Busacca will be happy about further escalation ;)

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    3. I missed the first half, I watched the video of VAR intervention (thanks RayHD) and I think I can agree with Al Mirdasi. Not a 100% penalty, or at least some reasons to back the referee.

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    4. @PhilippS

      'The contact was quite small'
      Well, about tripping, it's always hard to say how big intensity is enough for a foul. IMO even smallest intensity is enough, because body is totallyout of balance after contact.
      What do you think?

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    5. Sure, small contact can be enough, therefore such situations are difficult to evaluate. But it is usual not to whistle, when the attacker exaggerates and jumps deliberately.
      So technically it is a foul, but practically you don't have to give it.

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    6. I agree. IMO also both situations was more penalty.

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  10. Now offside flag by AR1, correct decision to disallow the 2-1 scored by Russia. VAR was not needed.

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  11. I think that Akinfeev had to be at least booked following this more than reckless foul before the goal scored by Mexico...

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    1. Absolutely. Thanks god that a goal was scored, otherwise it would be veeeery tough decision. Was it outside the box?

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    2. Yes, it looked outside the box. I think it should have been a clear RC in case of DOGSO.

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    3. Well, DOGSO would be not so clear for me, because the "shot" on goal was made before the foul, so it had no real influence on the outcome.
      But surely a YC for reckless foul missed.

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  12. Looked like VC by Hernández to me...

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  13. Now VAR intervention, 3-1 by Mexico disallowed. Extremely tight offside missed by AR2.

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  14. 18' no penalty for me, some small contact but more dive than penalty..

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  15. 67': wrong offside flag by AR2.

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  16. 68': at least reckless elbow by Zhirkov, it could have been straight RC. Al Mirdasi issued second YC. It looked deliberate.

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    1. Sure about second YC? I never saw al-Mirdasi pull out a YC.

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    2. Yes looked like straight red but the media director showed 2 yellows.

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    3. FIFA.com says that....

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    4. Could the VAR overrule a 2nd YC to a straight RC?

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    5. I think so. No matter that the incident has been already assessed by referee, indeed this happens also for penalties and offsides... so on paper it should be possible, I think. Referee would revoke YC, issuing RC.
      However, very likely Al Mirdarsi issued straight RC and FIFA.com is wrong.

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    6. Straight RC was given if my eyes don't lie.

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    7. Everywhere it's reported as a 2nd YC!!!

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    8. His first YC was in the 9th minute.

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  17. Foul by Golovin (88') very close to RC (SFP even VC), but one can still accept YC.
    Frustration.

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  18. I also think a straight red card was issued. Would be 100% correct.

    Apart from that I think Al Mirdasi savoured VERY little acceptance and was way too lenient with reckless challenges. He stayed in control of the game, but not in control of the players' actions, demeanor and safety. Not energetical in body language. AR2 with 2 irritating offside errors including the disallowed offside goal.

    In the big picture, one of the weakest performances of the tournament.

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    1. German TV labelled al-Mirdasi as an "amateur" and that he is only there because "every confederation needs to have a referee". Disgusting.

      Yes, way too lenient and a lot of scenes that can be discussed (Akinfeev's foul in the process of the 2-1, Hernández ellbow, the sending off, maybe more YCs). But still, it really annoys me that they paint such a picture of him. It wasn't his first big tournament, but people are so focused on their stereotypes, so they don't care.

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    2. Fully agreed. The same TV guys heavily criticized Velasco 3 years ago by the way. Maybe they forgot that he is Spanish :)

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  19. Now assumed POR-GER and CHI-MEX will be the semifinals:

    POR-GER: Skomina (SVN)
    CHI-MEX: Mazic (SRB)

    Final: Pitana (ARG) - if Chile is there, maybe Geiger and Faghani would come into question.

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    1. Yes, I agree.
      POR-CHI and GER-MEX would be harder to appoint though. If confed neutrality should be maintained it should be Faghani and Pitana then for the SFs and Geiger (if not Mexico) or an UEFA referee for the final.
      But also possible to see Skomina and /or Mazic in the SF nevertheless.

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  20. My opinion about duel Smolov- Araujo (17') is that is a penalty. I agree it's difficult to see but there is (at least) one very good re-play. The foul is committed by Araujo with his left foot against left foot of Smolov's(who obviously lose his balance). When the game is stopped by VAR the referee should watch carefully all the re-plays.

    Game by game we discover the limits of technology in games like football. In tennis or volleyball the technology is used only when the game is already stopped and there is no room for interpretation (the ball is out or not)....

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  21. Find a quite extensive compilation of the Mexico vs. Russia refereeing match highlights below:

    https://vimeo.com/album/4652381

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  22. VAR intervention in CHI - AUS, NO PENALTY decision was confirmed. Challenge by AUS defender was very risky from behind but clearly on the ball.

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    1. A few later, another situation in which VAR could have intervened.
      In this case I think Rocchi's decision is still supportable, but what I want to understand is why sometimes VAR review is not applied. Rocchi could have rewatched the incident.

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    2. For me it was penalty at that risky challenge of AUS defender. I'm not sure the defender touched the ball (I want to see again some re-plays) but even if he touched the ball is not enough.
      In these cases it's not enough only to "touch" the ball you have to "play" the ball. That means you have to clearly remove the ball from forward's area of control.
      Here the ball remained in the same place, in controll of Sanchez who could have score....

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  23. 33': Cahill "only" YC. Very, very lucky. My feeling is that this was a RC for SFP.

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    1. So brutal. Red card for me either.

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    2. Also in this case, VAR could have invited Rocchi to rewatch the foul.

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    3. Maybe a stupid question, what means SFP.

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    4. Serious foul play.

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    5. Serious Foul Play, a foul for which you get a striaght RC.

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  24. Big confusion in GER - CMR with Wilmar Roldán... yellow card, red card, wrong player...

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    1. At least the correct decision was taken in the end. But huge controversy, I don't understand how Roldán - even after watching the replay - punished the wrong player. How does this impact on a potential selection for 2018?

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  25. What a confusion in GER-CMR with VAR!

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    1. Roldán awarded a YC to Siani, who had nothing to do with the foul (wrong player), VAR invited the referee to rewatch the incident, then Roldán gave a RC to Siani, VAR had to intervene again because it still was the wrong player, Roldán went back to the monitor to rewatch the incident once again and sent off Mabouka (CMR) for SFP. Very harsh decision but no comments about the whole management...

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  26. So Roldán at first booked the wrong player, than gave him a RC for SFP and then found the player who actually committed the foul. Decision is understandable IMHO, but the confusion won't shed a good light on the referee.

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  27. FIFA's VAR system at it's best. Simple terrible.

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  28. Arthur soares Diaz, the VAR, confused IMO the referee. Why he don't say it is red for nr. 2. I don't like Diaz after his performance at the EL match Kopenhagen-Ajax.

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  29. It can be something like that: at first Wilmar Roldán booked the wrong player and for this reason VAR intervened inviting referee to watch again the incident, but with the only intent to identify the right player (#2 CMR had to be booked), but Roldán "used" the video to change his decision in RC (of course still to the wrong player). Then, VAR invited again him to watch and understand that it was the wrong player and then Roldán sent off the correct player, revoking the wrong RC.
    We can assume that, if Roldán had originally booked the correct player, VAR wouldn't have intervened and we wouldn't have seen a straight RC at all.
    So the management is absolutely poor, they did that to correct the mistaken identity but referee got the info he had to change the color of the card (of course, still supportable, but not if done in this way...).

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    1. Alternative scenario: VARs thought, it is a (potential) red card and therefore invited Roldan to the screen. Until then, they did not speak about the mistaken identity. So Roldan was not aware and just changed the card colour. Only then, this became the topic.

      Is that a clear RC for you anyway? I think it is quite harsh, especially as first card in the game.

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    2. Thought about this scenario, too. But if that was true, one simple question arises: Why is there a need to rewatch the incident in clear black and white situations? It would be so easy to tell the referee that it was the wrong player and player X commited the foul.

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    3. Is it really a clear black/white sit.?

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    4. Just for this reason, not a clear RC but only "supportable", I think that VAR intervened for another reason, so the mistaken identity.
      We must assume there were communication problems between referee and VAR.
      English to be improved? Roldán surely speaks Spanish, while Soares Dias Portuguese... but of course these are only speculations.

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    5. Yes, in my opinion it is a clear black/white situation concerning the question WHO commited the foul. One can argue about the punishment but the RC seemed harsh to me as the force was quite low.

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  30. 87': AR2 called offside for a player who was still on the other half of the pitch, definitely a huge mistake at this level!

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    1. Missed offside by AR2 just a minute before, almost leading to a goal for Germany. VAR would have intervened in this case.

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    2. Looked onside to me. Was a defender #12 on the bottom of the screen.

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  31. Did someone notice that there was deliberate handball in Australian PK area somewhere in 70 minute? The camera behind the goal showed that. Rocchi and AR2 didn't see that, and corner kick was not given. I think VAR should call Rocchi to see this situation again. The ball was going beside the post, but defender deliberately moved his arm.

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    1. Exactly the same impression here for me

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    2. Yes I saw it too. The ball wouldn't have gone into goal but it was a clear touch that was easy to spot with replays. Penalty and yellow card.

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  32. My SF predictions
    POR-CHI: Mazic, AlMirdasi, Marrufo, Alshalwai, Irmatov
    GER-MEX: Pitana, Rocchi, Ricci, di Liberatore, Caceres

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    1. With such matches, it will be very difficult if not impossible to keep the confederation neutrality, so I agree that it will be broken.
      I think it is more likely to see Mazic in GER - MEX than POR - CHI, due to 2014 WC facts, but this is just an assumption.
      In the other game, POR - CHI, I would appoint Faghani.
      Pitana for the final, Al Mirdasi third place.

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    2. Faghani for Portugal v Chile, Mazic for Germany v Mexico!!! Skomina for the 3rd playoff and Pitana for the final!!

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    3. My predictions:
      POR-CHI: Faghani (IRN) - Geiger - Irmatov, Fletcher, Hategan
      GER-MEX: Pitana (ARG) - Rocchi - Ricci, Di Liberatore, Dias

      However, I prefer Mazic/Skomina for POR-CHI as Faghani was not really convincing.

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  33. I was never totally convinced by Roldán in recent years and today it happened again.
    I don't remember a performance without controversy or at least a clear expected level in FIFA tournaments. I don't want to be harsh with the Colombian, but I'm not sure he deserves 2018 WC. Despite of that, he is surely a strong name and a very experienced official, FIFA trusts him, but I would like to see better performances.

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    1. Agreed. Poor 2014 WC, poor Confederations Cup. Maybe the Busacca's 'philosophy' of refereeing doesn't match his style of refereeing. By the way, both Roldán and Ricci shouldn't be appointed again after the opening game...

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    2. From CONMEBOL I'd pick Sandro Ricci (Brazil), Nestor Pitana (Argentina), Julio Bascunan (Chile) and Andres Cunha (Uruguay) for World Cup 2018!!!

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    3. Btw Loustau was very unlucky, he is maybe even the best referee in CONMEBOL.
      Those four names should be sure, maybe with Cacares or more likely Zambrano, but of course there is chances to join as VAR (irritatingly, but...) and Fourth Official.
      Maybe by next year Collina de facto leads FIFA refereeing, he wasn't/isnt't perfect in UEFA but he far beats the management of Busacca imo.

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  34. Sorry, but using of VAR at this Confederations Cup is utterly abysmal! Clear mistakes not changed or not reviewed at all, controversies changed for another controversies. Apart from that, absolutely no consistency regarding what is a yellow card offence or what is a red card offence. 2014 World Cup comes to mind. I fear we'll experience even worse World Cup in Russia with the VAR being used like at Confederations Cup.

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    1. Just think about how tougher the games will be in the world cup 2018. If VAR is going to work like this it will be the worst world cup in history.

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    2. VAR use was rather good in the U20 World Cup... Rather we should look at the group of VARs in Russia... Perhaps they're incompetent for this job compared to the colleagues who were in South Korea!!!

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    3. How should it be different with only some days of training?

      But honestly: Is it the fault of the VAR programme that Gassama managed to create this fuss at a mass confrontation? That he did not use the chance to punish 2 or more players who were clearly guilt of violent conduct? That Roldán fails to identify the correct offender twice?

      This was simply human failure.

      I however share the worries. 2018 WC might become a catastrophe.

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    4. Yeah, I blame the use of it at this tournament, not the system itself.

      Unexpectedly, Poland is another country joining VAR experiments. Online use of VAR starts from the new season (14 July). There are only three weeks of training, two or three courses for top referees behind us and three official games with off-line test, so I fear it's too early, but it's the decision of Zbigniew Boniek...

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    5. @RayHD
      Sure, blame the use, but is there anything to suggest that the referees of WC 2018 will have any more training than those of Confed Cup?
      Fact is, for FIFA, the Confederations Cup is in every respect the dress rehearsal for the WC. And based on this rehearsal, you cannot put the VAR system live.

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    6. So, even though I repeat myself, it will be interesting to see how this will work:

      German FA preparing for a "normal" Bundesliga season: Offline tests for 1 year.

      FIFA, preparing for a WORLD CUP (!): some weeks, 2 competitions.

      If anyone is surprised that all this did not work, I don't know.

      I rather see the development in FIFA refereeing like that:

      A human error (GOAL/NO-GOAL) at WC 2010: We need GLT at the next WC.

      Poor approaches, performances, instructions and organisation at WC 2014: We need VARs at the next WC.

      Instead of removing certain people from the FIFA Refereeing Department, who more than once have proven they are not doing the surely not easy job in the best possible way, FIFA went the comfortable way and installs VARs... in the hope that they will see everything and mistakes are avoided.

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    7. And it is not even clear, that it will work well in Bundesliga...

      I think FIFA needs to find possibilities to train the referees and VARs selected for the WC in the first half of 2018. That could be in friendlies, but maybe also offline in the CL (high level practice for the VAR without influence). Or even online in the leagues who will use it like Bundesliga?

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  36. The VAR-incident in Germany-Cameroon:

    https://vimeo.com/223037233

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    1. Inexplicable how the VAR could not simply shout the words "WRONG IDENTITY" into the referee's ear the first time.

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  37. It seems as Busacca is in trouble, still unknown the referee who will officiate the first semifinal on Wednesday. Surely this means that there are many things to consider before releasing the names.

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    1. Faghani, Mazic, Skomina and Pitana... There shouldn't be many doubts I'd say unless Busacca chooses to make things complicated like he always does!!

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  38. This is what Busacca says about mass confrontation in MEX - NZL: ""Don't blame the referee. Blame the players. That is terrible behavior.". Of course in a way he is right, but please you can't hide the absolutely poor management by Gassama.

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    1. Busacca never seemed to trust Gassama very much in the first place even when he performed well!!!

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    2. Plus once it was identified as "terrible behaviour", the referee had to make the appropriate disciplinary sanctions which Gassama and VAR Turpin clearly failed to do... Definitely the referees need to take a part of the blame!!!

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  39. Massimo Busacca, FIFA Head of Refereeing

    “The tests have been very good so far. The most important thing for us, by far, is that no clear mistakes were made. We had six game-changing decisions taken as a result of VAR (video assistant referee) review. This is what the protocol says: to look for clear errors. To focus on key decisions.

    With that said, of course we do admit that there are many aspects that should be improved. We need to keep the waiting time as short as possible. Top referees are intelligent: they know that communications must be quick and direct; they know that time is an imperative. However, choosing the right camera angle as quickly as possible, under pressure, is something that is still not second nature. After the conclusion of the tournament, we will work for the future – we have to. However, these are already important results that we have in our hands.

    We will not be perfect, but we will reduce mistakes. Besides, VAR will be a tool for prevention. Players will know that they are under scrutiny. With that said, the objective of the referee remains the same: to be at the right place at the right time, to understand the game and to make the right decisions when applying disciplinary sanctions.”

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7etMZXguR2k (from 37:00)

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  40. One of MLS' top ARs is not impressed by the VAR: https://twitter.com/AsstRef/status/879339915296854017
    "#VAR work at U20 WC and #ConfedCup2017 has been horrible. If we have 10% of these problems in MLS, we will be crucified. Must get it right."
    (Also some details about training in the replies)

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  41. Faghani will officiate Portugal - Chile. The first referee who will get the same team again but the confederations neutrality is still kept.
    If Pitana will get Germany - Mexico, this trend will be confirmed.

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  42. And some refereeing highlights of the last group stage matches:

    New Zealand-Portugal (Mark Geiger, USA)
    https://vimeo.com/album/4654597

    Germany-Cameroon (Wilmar Roldan, COL)
    https://vimeo.com/album/4654604

    Chili-Australia (Gianluca Rocchi, ITA)
    https://vimeo.com/album/4654616

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  43. Appointments for Semi-finals:

    POR-CHI
    Referee: Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Reza SOKHANDAN (IRN)
    Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza MANSOURI (IRN)
    Fourth official: Fahad AL MIRDASI (KSA)
    Video Assistant Referee 1: Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)
    Video Assistant Referee 2: Abdulah ALSHALWAI (KSA)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Jair MARRUFO (USA)

    GER-MEX
    Referee: Néstor PITANA (ARG)
    Assistant Referee 1: Hernan MAIDANA (ARG)
    Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo BELATTI (ARG)
    Fourth official: Gianluca ROCCHI (ITA)
    Video Assistant Referee 1: Sandro RICCI (BRA)
    Video Assistant Referee 2: Elenito DI LIBERATORE (ITA)
    Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Artur DIAS (POR)

    Expected appointments.

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    1. So Mazic and Skomina for lasr two matches? Interesting....

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    2. Only Mazic, Skomina and Al Mirdasi are options for the last two games...

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    3. Yeah, if it's Germany-Chile, I expect Geiger. He hasn't seemed to put a foot wrong yet and has avoided major mistakes.

      Skomina for Portugal-Germany. Mazic for Chile-Mexico.

      Maybe Al-Mirdasi for Mexico-Portugal?

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    4. I think it is not possible to give three games to a referee given the number of the matches and the number of selected officials.

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    5. Well, in 2005 in Germany, 9 referees were also appointed, 4 of them had 1 match, Rosetti and Michel had 3 matches. Lubos Michel whistled two group stage and a final match. Dont forget, expect the unexpected from FIFA. They appointed Hategan in Moscow and next day in Sankt Petersburg, no logic.

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    6. You are right but in recent editions (2009 and 2013) this didn't happen.
      I think it would be fair to appointed a referee for his second game (and we have Mazic and Skomina deserving that).

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    7. I agree about Skomina and Mazic, they both deserved it. In that case I can see comments about all finals to UEFA referees :). But if any of them gets the final it is deserved.

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  44. What do you think, what is bigger achievement in this tournament: to whistle semifinal or 3rd place match?

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    1. Obviously Semifinal... 3rd place match is like a consolation prize!!

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  45. F/3rd:
    - Portugal - Germany (Skomina)
    - Portugal - Mexico (Gassama?,Al Mirdasi)
    - Chile - Mexico (Mazic)
    - Chile - Germany (Geiger)

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    1. I expect only Mazic and Skomina, as Chefren said. One thing was not mentioned here: Mazic had an excellent season and many people expected him in one of the finals. At the end, after 1/4 match in Istanbul we didn't see him on the pitch! He didn't officiate neither one of the semifinals, and was only 4th ref in the CL final. He deserved more for sure! So maybe he will get final here, especially if Portugal won't be there.

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    2. The big question about Mazic is indeed Portugal's presence.

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    3. I find it difficult to say, who from Mazic and Skomina is at the moment estimated higher by FIFA (UEFA as well). So I agree, that the selection for the final probably depend on the teams, while I see Geiger as best option for CHI-GER.
      Also for the WC selection, it will be interesting, because the two might fight for one place (or maybe 2 places for 3 including Kassai).

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    4. @Phillip who do you think are the prime candidates for Russia 2018 now from UEFA???

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  46. Brych, Cakir and Kuipers should be nearly safe.
    Then with quite good chances we have Rocchi, Mateu, Eriksson, Marciniak and Kassai, Mazic, Skomina.
    That would make 10, last time there were 9 UEFA referees, but the number could be increased. Then there is also the home referee Karasev, who might be used as fourth official, but maybe even pushes into the list of main referees.
    To sum it up, the chances for Mazic and Skomina both going to Russia are probably higher than I wrote in my previous post ;)

    For VAR it seems, Makkelie, Orsato and Zwayer are the frontrunners, while Collum, Hategan and Turpin could fill the other spots. Maybe also Moen or Soares Dias from First category.

    Will be interesting to see the U17 WC selection. Normally it would be a chance for the other referees on the pre-list (e.g. Brych, Collum, Hategan, Orsato, Sidiropolous, Soares Dias, Turpin). But it would make sense, that UEFA again invites the referees with the biggest chances for 2018 to give them more practice with VARs.

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    1. Kassai I think is in some danger... His appointments in U20 World Cup clearly shows that he doesn't have the committee's trust... Plus his form last season was also really poor!!

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