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36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials appointed for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

Selected match officials represent highest level of refereeing worldwide

Preparation seminars for selected match officials starting in early summer

Six women’s match officials have been appointed for the first time in World Cup history

Today, the FIFA Referees Committee announced the lists with the names of the selected match officials for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials (VMOs) have been chosen in close cooperation with the six confederations, based on their quality and the performances delivered at FIFA tournaments as well as at other international and domestic competitions in recent years.

“As always, the criteria we have used is ‘quality first’ and the selected match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide,” said the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina. “The 2018 World Cup was very successful, partly because of the high standard of refereeing, and we will do our best to be even better in a few months in Qatar.”

The “Road to Qatar 2022” project started already in 2019, with more than 50 trios considered possible candidates and going through intensive preparation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, this preparation was anything, but easy, as in-presence activities were suspended for a long period.

“The pandemic affected our activities, in particular in 2020 and at the beginning of 2021. Luckily, the World Cup was still quite far, and we had enough time to provide the candidates with good preparation. We are announcing these selections well in advance as we want to work even harder with all those who have been appointed for the FIFA World Cup, monitoring them in the next months. The message is clear: don’t rest on your laurels, keep working hard and prepare yourselves very seriously for the World Cup,” said Collina.

Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s Director of Refereeing, ensures the match officials will receive all the necessary support by FIFA, as their preparation is paramount.

“Thanks to an innovative tracking and support programme, all the match officials can be supervised by FIFA referees’ instructors even more closely and intensively than in previous years. This is a very important factor, from which we expect considerable improvements and progress in view of the FIFA World Cup 2022,” explained Busacca. “In addition to that, there will be tailor-made individual programmes, in particular concerning health and fitness. Each match official will be carefully monitored in the next months with a final assessment on technical, physical and medical aspects to be made shortly before the World Cup, in order to have them in the best conditions when the ball starts rolling in Qatar.”

The selected match officials will participate in early summer in several seminars (Asunción, Madrid and Doha), reviewing and analysing video clips of real match situations, and taking part in practical training sessions with players, which will be filmed to enable participants to receive instant feedback from the instructors.

“The key focuses of the preparation remain protecting players and the image of the game, consistency, uniformity, reading the game from a technical and tactical perspective and understanding a variety of player and team mentalities,” added Busacca. “We can’t eliminate all mistakes, but we will do everything we can to reduce them.”

The VAR system was implemented for the first time ever at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and four years later, a team of 24 video match officials (VMOs) will operate in Qatar, ready to provide their team-mates on the pitch with technological support, if needed. Due to the very limited number of FIFA member associations having implemented the VAR system at the time, VMOs for Russia 2018 were mainly selected from Europe and South America. Today, the VAR system is used in all major competitions worldwide and VMOs from Asia, Africa, as well as Central and North America will also participate in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Referees Committee has also appointed three women's referees and three women's assistant referees.

“We are very happy that with Stéphanie Frappart from France, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan, as well as assistant referees Neuza Back from Brazil, Karen Díaz Medina from Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt from the USA, we have been able to call up female match officials for the first time in the history of a FIFA World Cup. This concludes a long process that began several years ago with the deployment of female referees at FIFA men’s junior and senior tournaments. In this way, we clearly emphasise that it is quality that counts for us and not gender. I would hope that in the future, the selection of elite women’s match officials for important men’s competitions will be perceived as something normal and no longer as sensational. They deserve to be at the FIFA World Cup™ because they constantly perform at a really high level, and that’s the important factor for us,” concluded the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina.

List of the appointed match officials for the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar™

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Selected match officials represent highest level of refereeing worldwide;  Preparation seminars for selected match officials to start in early summer;​  Six women’s match officials appointed for the first time in World Cup history.

Today, the FIFA Referees Committee announced the lists with the names of the selected match officials for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. 

36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials have been chosen in close cooperation with the six confederations, based on their quality and the performances delivered at FIFA tournaments as well as at other international and domestic competitions in recent years.

“As always, the criteria we have used is ‘quality first’ and the selected match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide,” said the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina. “The 2018 World Cup was very successful, partly because of the high standard of refereeing, and we will do our best to be even better in a few months in Qatar.”

The “Road to Qatar 2022” project started already in 2019, with more than 50 trios considered possible candidates and going through intensive preparation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, this preparation was anything, but easy, as in-presence activities were suspended for a long period.

“The pandemic affected our activities, in particular in 2020 and at the beginning of 2021. Luckily, the World Cup was still quite far, and we had enough time to provide the candidates with good preparation. We are announcing these selections well in advance as we want to work even harder with all those who have been appointed for the FIFA World Cup, monitoring them in the next months. The message is clear: don’t rest on your laurels, keep working hard and prepare yourselves very seriously for the World Cup,” said Collina.

Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s Director of Refereeing, ensures the match officials will receive all the necessary support by FIFA, as their preparation is paramount.

“Thanks to an innovative tracking and support programme, all the match officials can be supervised by FIFA referees’ instructors even more closely and intensively than in previous years. This is a very important factor, from which we expect considerable improvements and progress in view of the FIFA World Cup 2022,” explained Busacca. “In addition to that, there will be tailor-made individual programmes, in particular concerning health and fitness. Each match official will be carefully monitored in the next months with a final assessment on technical, physical and medical aspects to be made shortly before the World Cup, in order to have them in the best conditions when the ball starts rolling in Qatar.”

The selected match officials will participate in early summer in several seminars (Asunción, Madrid and Doha), reviewing and analysing video clips of real match situations, and taking part in practical training sessions with players, which will be filmed to enable participants to receive instant feedback from the instructors.

“The key focuses of the preparation remain protecting players and the image of the game, consistency, uniformity, reading the game from a technical and tactical perspective and understanding a variety of player and team mentalities,” added Busacca. “We can’t eliminate all mistakes, but we will do everything we can to reduce them.”

The VAR system was implemented for the first time ever at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and four years later, a team of 24 video match officials (VMOs) will operate in Qatar, ready to provide their team-mates on the pitch with technological support, if needed. Due to the very limited number of FIFA member associations having implemented the VAR system at the time, VMOs for Russia 2018 were mainly selected from Europe and South America. Today, the VAR system is used in all major competitions worldwide and VMOs from Asia, Africa, as well as Central and North America will also participate in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Referees Committee has also appointed three women's referees and three women's assistant referees.

“We are very happy that with Stéphanie Frappart from France, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan, as well as assistant referees Neuza Back from Brazil, Karen Díaz Medina from Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt from the USA, we have been able to call up female match officials for the first time in the history of a FIFA World Cup. This concludes a long process that began several years ago with the deployment of female referees at FIFA men’s junior and senior tournaments. In this way, we clearly emphasise that it is quality that counts for us and not gender. I would hope that in the future, the selection of elite women’s match officials for important men’s competitions will be perceived as something normal and no longer as sensational. They deserve to be at the FIFA World Cup™ because they constantly perform at a really high level, and that’s the important factor for us,” concluded the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina.

List of the appointed match officials for the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar™ ( https://fifa.fans/3Lv8D06 )

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Five new officials from England added to FIFA referee list

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 Women's and men's referees and assistant referees promoted to the FIFA Match Officials list for 2024

Georgia Ball has been added to the FIFA list of assistant referees for 2024

England have been represented at a number of major tournaments and been selected to deliver the showpiece events throughout the year, including the UEFA Europa League and FIFA Club World Cup finals by Anthony Taylor, Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, while Emily Carney was appointed as an assistant referee for the UEFA Women’s European Under-19 Championship final and David Coote as the Support VAR for the FIFA U17 World Cup final. Furthermore,  Rebecca Welch, Natalie Aspinall and Sian Massey-Ellis MBE were selected  for the  FIFA Women’s World Cup  and were part of the team who took charge of the third-place play-off match. This is alongside the group of officials consistently appearing for EURO 2024 qualifiers, UEFA Women’s Nations League fixtures as well the Conference League, Europa League and Champions League – the latter in both the men’s and women’s game.

Nicoleta Bria has been added to the FIFA list of assistant referees for 2024

Peter Elsworth, the FA’s head of referee operations said: “Our congratulations go to all of the match officials from England who will be representing on the international stage this year. It’s testament to their hard work and dedication that they’ve been selected, and we hope it will inspire many more young people to get into refereeing and experiencing the many benefits that it brings.”

Howard Webb, chief refereeing officer at PGMOL, said: “Our match officials are repeatedly entrusted with important high-profile FIFA and UEFA fixtures and we congratulate all of them as they prepare to represent England on the international stage in 2024, in particular newcomers Georgia, Nicoleta, Sophie, Emily and James. "The enhanced list demonstrates the quality we have across the variety of officiating roles – something which will we hope will continue to inspire the next generation to be part of the game we all love.”

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The fallout from the linesman blowing his whistle early and wiping out what would've been a matthijs de ligt goal for bayern.

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In one of the most epic Champions League semifinals in recent memory, Real Madrid produced another late UCL comeback, scoring twice in the final minutes to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu . It was Joselu who came off the bench for a brace, seeing the Spanish club advance 4-3 on aggregate, and they'll take on Dortmund in the final on June 1. 

But it wasn't without massive controversy.

As Bayern pushed forward in need of an equalizer to force extra time, defender Matthijs de Ligt found the back of the net with a brilliantly struck low shot from inside of the box. The only problem? The assistant referee put his flag up and called offside on the long ball preceding the Dutch defender's shot. De Ligt and teammate Noussair Mazraoui went up for a long ball into the box and appeared onside. Instead of keeping his flag down and letting the play continue, the assistant referee called the offside, the ref whistled it, and the play was called dead. That meant that it could not be reviewed as Real Madrid players stopped playing before the shot went off. 

De Ligt and Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel said the assistant referee apologized after the match with the coach calling it "disastrous" and "like betrayal" in an interview with TNT Sports .  

CBS Sports rule analyst Christina Unkel broke down the controversy on the Champions League Today Post-Match show and said there were multiple mistakes by the crew of Szymon Marciniak, Tomasz Listkiewicz and Adam Kupsik:

"Unfortunately, there are two officiating errors that occur here," Unkel said. 

"Here, he [Mazraoui] is not in an offside position, so we don't even have to get into discussion about whether he interfered with play. But, we have the first error by the assistant referee in raising that flag, which goes against the direction of holding that flag, especially where the attacking phase of play and it has not yet finished. And then we have the second error by the referee in accepting that recommendation by the assistant referee and blowing his whistle instead of saying, 'Thank you, I see you. I'm going to hold my whistle until this play goes out.' And this is very surprising. This isn't some of the best in Europe, this actually would be considered the best [refereeing crew] in Europe. This Polish trio, having refereed Champions League final, having just done the men's World Cup final. It was a very surprising decision by both the assistant referee and the referee which goes to an oversight in detail and attention at these critical moments.

"So it was not a good day for the third team today. "

"It's never a good day when the discussion truly is about a clear, critical error by the refereeing crew." CBS Sports Rules Analyst @ChristinaUnkel joins the #UCLToday crew to discuss a crucial late call in Madrid 😳 pic.twitter.com/IIvOb9oVhs — CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) May 8, 2024

Unkel went on to say that we could possibly see them punished in terms of future assignments of big games.

"It's never a good day when the discussion truly is about a clear, critical error by the refereeing crew. As we know, we call these key match incidents, game-changing decisions ... It doesn't sit well, not just only for that officiating crew naturally, but it doesn't sit well for the whole referee community, especially when we have three different layers of technology that can prevent us from making these types of mistakes," she said. 

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The Champions League semifinal between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid ended in some controversy when a late equalizing goal for the German side was called off after the assistant referee prematurely raised his flag for an offside violation.

Matthijs de Ligt was on the receiving end of a brilliant pass behind the defense, which he squared away for what would've been an equalizing goal in the 103rd minute of the game, the 13th minute of added time.

Because the linesman raised his flag early, the play was technically dead before de Ligt's goal, and was thus unable to be reviewed by VAR. Bayern would go on to lose 4–3 on aggregate scoring, as Los Blancos booked their ticket to the Champions League Final.

Naturally, fans of Bayern Munich were irate over the officiating in the final moments of the game, and they, along with other incandescent soccer fans, made their voices heard on social media in the aftermath of what can best be described as a an officiating travesty.

This is not offside. pic.twitter.com/OJZGbcZnAO — Bayern & Football (@MunichFanpage) May 8, 2024
Ref: “Check if it was actually offside?” VAR: “Nah.” pic.twitter.com/ykcbGLEapX — Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 8, 2024
This is why you don’t blow up for offside when it isn’t obvious — Ben Crellin (@BenCrellin) May 8, 2024
We complain about referees not putting up their flags when it’s offside, but I’d rather they play it out after watching that. Bayern were robbed. — - (@AnfieldRd96) May 8, 2024
Shocking from the linesman that like. See people 5 yards offside and wait to put the flag up but someone who’s onside gets flagged in the last minute during a dangerous attack? Corrupt as fuck. — KP (@paarsons) May 8, 2024
awful from the assistant ref to raise his flag at the end. you have been advised to allow the play to continue until the end. offside or not that is unforgiving from the linesman. fact > opinion — Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) May 8, 2024
Nah but that was a MASSIVE referee mistake here, how does he stop the play before the attack is over??? I applauded Marciniak before but here he might have cost Bayern the game. Because I‘m doubting this was offside. — 𝗙𝗜𝗔𝗚𝗢 (@fiago7) May 8, 2024

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Quebec soccer clubs use role-playing to prepare referees for abusive encounters

New training programs come as viral videos put spotlight on ref abuse.

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As the head referee for CS Saint Laurent, Christopher Quinn spends a lot of time worrying about the safety of his workforce.

"The last thing that I want is someone quitting and even more so if it's based on their security. It pains me when it happens," Quinn told CBC pitchside at a recent training course for new referees at the Saint-Laurent Sports Complex last month.

Safety has always been a concern for Quinn, but perhaps it's never been as much in focus as it is now.

With each viral video showing parents, fans, players or coaches verbally or physically abusing referees online, the focus on these interactions grows. Some soccer clubs have resorted to equipping refs with body cameras .

To help deal with that abuse, clubs like CS Saint-Laurent now include role-playing scenarios in their training.

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"The first thing we tell them is you want to avoid it," Quinn said. "If you make a mistake on the field, you stick to it. The worst thing you want to do is let it linger. Because it just grows, grows, grows until some point or some call or whatever and the crowd or the coaches lose it. And that's what we simulate."

The club does not want a repeat of what happened at a game in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., in 2022.

In that case, cellphone video captured an adult coming down from the grandstands and punching a linesman.

In addition to the new role-playing training for referees, CS Saint-Laurent now offers sensitivity training for parents and coaches.

"It really went a long way. Last year our discipline issues were very minimal," said CS Saint-Laurent sporting director Rocco Placentino.

But for Quinn, even one incident is too many.

"These are people, these are kids. It could be your kid," Quinn said. "You need to have referees to have a club. There is no way around this."

Is it worse — or just on video?

Many in the minor soccer community don't believe that the situation is much worse for referees now than it was 20 years ago. It's just that the perception has changed because so many of these incidents are now caught on video.

"For me it's an ongoing factor. It's been here since the beginning," Placentino said.

Soccer Lac St-Louis says data gathered by referees and its members shows that the number of situations involving physical violence or extreme verbal abuse has remained relatively stable over the last few years.

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In its more than 2,000-game season, 17 incidents were reported in 2022 and 21 in 2023. So far in 2024, they've recorded 13.

But Quinn says he's seen expectations for referees shift.

"Refereeing is considered a lot more professional than it used to be when I first started," he said. "Initially it was just that any kid could get a summer job here and you'd just have to be a present body on the field."

Soccer Lac St-Louis added abusive situation role-playing to its referee training last year. The club's director, Robert D'Alesio, believes it's helping.

Struggle to recruit and retain

All referee training in Quebec starts at the club level. Several people who work in Quebec minor soccer told CBC that some clubs are struggling to recruit and retain employees.

To address the situation, the Minor Soccer Association of Windsor, in Quebec's Eastern Townships, recently announced that it would equip its referees with body cameras starting this season.

While Placentino supports Windsor's decision, he says body cameras are too expensive and not practical for larger clubs like his.

Quinn, meanwhile, says he hasn't had trouble finding fresh refereeing recruits. But he adds that CS Saint-Laurent is an exception.

At the training CBC was invited to, there were about 20 trainees on the pitch. It was their first day outside of a classroom and the teacher from Soccer Quebec was already emphasizing the importance of embracing the authoritative nature of the job.

The whistle must be blown with conviction. The hand signals must be clear and certain. On the field, the referee must be the boss.

Finley Rodrigue, 14, says he's ready for the challenge.

"I love soccer and also someone has to do it," Rodrigue said. "So if I have the chance to be a referee and to let other people play soccer and do what they love, then I'm all for it."

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Alessandra Sardelli, 13, says she's aware that she could be a target for abuse.

"It's not OK to do that. It's a hard job," she said. But soccer means too much to her to not get involved.

"I'd like to see [the game] from a different point of view. I want to understand refs and I want to respect them."

The role-playing is something soccer associations hope will help their rookie referees, who are primarily young people that say they're not in it for the money — but for the love of the game.

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36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials appointed for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

Today, the FIFA Referees Committee announced the lists with the names of the selected match officials for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 03: Referee Mustapha Ghorbal during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 1st Round match between Al Jazira Club and AS Pirae at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on February 03, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/FIFA)

Selected match officials represent highest level of refereeing worldwide

Preparation seminars for selected match officials starting in early summer

Six women’s match officials have been appointed for the first time in World Cup history

Today, the FIFA Referees Committee announced the lists with the names of the selected match officials for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials (VMOs) have been chosen in close cooperation with the six confederations, based on their quality and the performances delivered at FIFA tournaments as well as at other international and domestic competitions in recent years.

“As always, the criteria we have used is ‘quality first’ and the selected match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide,” said the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina. “The 2018 World Cup was very successful, partly because of the high standard of refereeing, and we will do our best to be even better in a few months in Qatar.”

The “Road to Qatar 2022” project started already in 2019, with more than 50 trios considered possible candidates and going through intensive preparation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, this preparation was anything, but easy, as in-presence activities were suspended for a long period.

“The pandemic affected our activities, in particular in 2020 and at the beginning of 2021. Luckily, the World Cup was still quite far, and we had enough time to provide the candidates with good preparation. We are announcing these selections well in advance as we want to work even harder with all those who have been appointed for the FIFA World Cup, monitoring them in the next months. The message is clear: don’t rest on your laurels, keep working hard and prepare yourselves very seriously for the World Cup,” said Collina.

Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s Director of Refereeing, ensures the match officials will receive all the necessary support by FIFA, as their preparation is paramount.

“Thanks to an innovative tracking and support programme, all the match officials can be supervised by FIFA referees’ instructors even more closely and intensively than in previous years. This is a very important factor, from which we expect considerable improvements and progress in view of the FIFA World Cup 2022,” explained Busacca. “In addition to that, there will be tailor-made individual programmes, in particular concerning health and fitness. Each match official will be carefully monitored in the next months with a final assessment on technical, physical and medical aspects to be made shortly before the World Cup, in order to have them in the best conditions when the ball starts rolling in Qatar.”

The selected match officials will participate in early summer in several seminars (Asunción, Madrid and Doha), reviewing and analysing video clips of real match situations, and taking part in practical training sessions with players, which will be filmed to enable participants to receive instant feedback from the instructors.

“The key focuses of the preparation remain protecting players and the image of the game, consistency, uniformity, reading the game from a technical and tactical perspective and understanding a variety of player and team mentalities,” added Busacca. “We can’t eliminate all mistakes, but we will do everything we can to reduce them.”

The VAR system was implemented for the first time ever at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and four years later, a team of 24 video match officials (VMOs) will operate in Qatar, ready to provide their team-mates on the pitch with technological support, if needed. Due to the very limited number of FIFA member associations having implemented the VAR system at the time, VMOs for Russia 2018 were mainly selected from Europe and South America. Today, the VAR system is used in all major competitions worldwide and VMOs from Asia, Africa, as well as Central and North America will also participate in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Referees Committee has also appointed three women's referees and three women's assistant referees.

“We are very happy that with Stéphanie Frappart from France, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan, as well as assistant referees Neuza Back from Brazil, Karen Díaz Medina from Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt from the USA, we have been able to call up female match officials for the first time in the history of a FIFA World Cup. This concludes a long process that began several years ago with the deployment of female referees at FIFA men’s junior and senior tournaments. In this way, we clearly emphasise that it is quality that counts for us and not gender. I would hope that in the future, the selection of elite women’s match officials for important men’s competitions will be perceived as something normal and no longer as sensational. They deserve to be at the FIFA World Cup™ because they constantly perform at a really high level, and that’s the important factor for us,” concluded the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina.

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LONDON — The referee for Monday’s Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United will wear a camera on his head for a program that will be broadcast later this year offering an insight into the demands of being a match official.

The league said the head-mounted device — or “RefCam” as it is being called — worn by Jarred Gillett at Selhurst Park will be integrated into the referee’s usual communications system.

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Bayern offside is latest Champions League controversy for ref Marciniak after cup final successes

Bayern's Thomas Mueller, centre, reacts with referee during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)

Bayern’s Thomas Mueller, centre, reacts with referee during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)

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Bayern Munich players argues with referee Szymon Marciniak at the end of the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Bayern’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, left, talks with referee Szymon Marciniak during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)

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GENEVA (AP) — It has been a challenging season in the Champions League for the 2022 World Cup final referee Szymon Marciniak and his support officials from Poland.

Two stoppage-time decisions by Marciniak and his team — affecting Bayern Munich in the semifinals on Wednesday and Newcastle in a group-stage game in November — have fueled referee controversies that are rare in the elite-level competition.

Both times, Marciniak’s and his team’s interventions seemed to go against the widely understood advice UEFA gives match officials for its games: Don’t stop play immediately for tight offside calls and don’t award a penalty for handball when the ball has deflected off a player’s own body.

A “disastrous decision,” Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel said of the assistant’s flag quickly raised and Marciniak’s whistle quickly blown for a possible offside in a last-chance attack in the 13th minute of stoppage time. Bayern needed one goal to force extra time against Real Madrid.

Matthijs de Ligt then shot into Madrid’s net that, if allowed, would have tied the score at 2-2 and kept Bayern in with a chance to reach the final.

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In Marciniak’s previous controversy, Newcastle coach Eddie Howe spoke of a “poor decision ... hugely frustrating” when Paris Saint-Germain converted a spot kick eight minutes into stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw at Parc des Princes.

A win would have lifted Newcastle above PSG into second place in the group standings, behind leader Borussia Dortmund, with one round left. PSG ultimately advanced to the semifinals and was eliminated this week by Dortmund.

Marciniak awarded the penalty for handball against Newcastle defender Tino Livramento only after being urged by his video review specialist to look at the pitchside monitor. That official, Tomasz Kwiatkowski, was stood down by UEFA from his subsequent Champions League game.

Kwiatkowski also was on duty on Wednesday in Madrid but never got a chance to advise on the marginal offside call against Bayern because Marciniak whistled to officially stop play before De Ligt could shoot.

“It feels almost like a betrayal in the end because of that decision,” Tuchel said. “The referee does not have to whistle. He sees that we win the second ball, he sees that we get the shot away. To whistle is a very, very bad decision. It’s against the rules and it’s a bad decision from both of them.

“The linesman said sorry. That does not help.”

De Ligt said the assistant apologized to him, saying, “I’m sorry, I made a mistake.”

“If it’s offside or not, I don’t know, VAR can check it,” the Bayern defender said. “But if you don’t check it, how can you see it? This is a shame.”

UEFA did not comment on Thursday in line with its policy on field-of-play rulings.

In November, Marciniak’s video review specialist was removed from duty when UEFA’s chief of football was Zvonimir Boban, the Croatia great who won a Champions League with AC Milan. Boban left UEFA in January in a dispute with its president Aleksander Čeferin about governance standards.

Marciniak and his team were already out of contention for handling the Champions League final on June 1 — when Madrid plays Dortmund at Wembley Stadium in London — because they officiated the showpiece game last year. They were widely praised for handling Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Inter Milan, and their work at the World Cup final in Qatar .

Controversy flared days before that Champions League final when Marciniak spoke at a business rally in Poland run by a far-right politician.

Under pressure from a Polish anti-discrimination group that works in soccer, and later UEFA, Marciniak made a statement to “express my deepest apologies” for being involved in the event. He said he was misled about its true nature.

“I humbly request an opportunity to make amends and regain your trust through my future actions,” the referee said last June.

Still recognized as among the world’s best, Marciniak will return to UEFA duty at the European Championship, where Bayern’s stadium is one of 10 venues for the June 14-July 14 tournament.

It will be a surprise if UEFA sends Marciniak and his team to work in Munich so soon.

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Gagarin cup (khl) finals:  atlant moscow oblast vs. salavat yulaev ufa.

Much like the Elitserien Finals, we have a bit of an offense vs. defense match-up in this league Final.  While Ufa let their star top line of Alexander Radulov, Patrick Thoresen and Igor Grigorenko loose on the KHL's Western Conference, Mytischi played a more conservative style, relying on veterans such as former NHLers Jan Bulis, Oleg Petrov, and Jaroslav Obsut.  Just reaching the Finals is a testament to Atlant's disciplined style of play, as they had to knock off much more high profile teams from Yaroslavl and St. Petersburg to do so.  But while they did finish 8th in the league in points, they haven't seen the likes of Ufa, who finished 2nd. 

This series will be a challenge for the underdog, because unlike some of the other KHL teams, Ufa's top players are generally younger and in their prime.  Only Proshkin amongst regular blueliners is over 30, with the work being shared by Kirill Koltsov (28), Andrei Kuteikin (26), Miroslav Blatak (28), Maxim Kondratiev (28) and Dmitri Kalinin (30).  Oleg Tverdovsky hasn't played a lot in the playoffs to date.  Up front, while led by a fairly young top line (24-27), Ufa does have a lot of veterans in support roles:  Vyacheslav Kozlov , Viktor Kozlov , Vladimir Antipov, Sergei Zinovyev and Petr Schastlivy are all over 30.  In fact, the names of all their forwards are familiar to international and NHL fans:  Robert Nilsson , Alexander Svitov, Oleg Saprykin and Jakub Klepis round out the group, all former NHL players.

For Atlant, their veteran roster, with only one of their top six D under the age of 30 (and no top forwards under 30, either), this might be their one shot at a championship.  The team has never won either a Russian Superleague title or the Gagarin Cup, and for players like former NHLer Oleg Petrov, this is probably the last shot at the KHL's top prize.  The team got three extra days rest by winning their Conference Final in six games, and they probably needed to use it.  Atlant does have younger regulars on their roster, but they generally only play a few shifts per game, if that. 

The low event style of game for Atlant probably suits them well, but I don't know how they can manage to keep up against Ufa's speed, skill, and depth.  There is no advantage to be seen in goal, with Erik Ersberg and Konstantin Barulin posting almost identical numbers, and even in terms of recent playoff experience Ufa has them beat.  Luckily for Atlant, Ufa isn't that far away from the Moscow region, so travel shouldn't play a major role. 

I'm predicting that Ufa, winners of the last Superleague title back in 2008, will become the second team to win the Gagarin Cup, and will prevail in five games.  They have a seriously well built team that would honestly compete in the NHL.  They represent the potential of the league, while Atlant represents closer to the reality, as a team full of players who played themselves out of the NHL. 

  • Atlant @ Ufa, Friday Apr 8 (3:00 PM CET/10:00 PM EST)
  • Atlant @ Ufa, Sunday Apr 10 (1:00 PM CET/8:00 AM EST)
  • Ufa @ Atlant, Tuesday Apr 12 (5:30 PM CET/12:30 PM EST)
  • Ufa @ Atlant, Thursday Apr 14 (5:30 PM CET/12:30 PM EST)

Games 5-7 are as yet unscheduled, but every second day is the KHL standard, so expect Game 5 to be on Saturday, like an early start. 

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