UEFA Women's Champions League – Semi-finals (First Leg)

22 April 2018

Manchester City – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Riem Hussein (GER)
Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

Chelsea LFC – VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Susann Küng (SUI)
Fourth Official: Désirée Grundbacher (SUI)
Referee Observer: Antonia Kokotou (GRE)

UEFA Futsal Cup Final 2018: Sorescu (ROU) & Tomic (CRO)

22 April 2018

Sporting – Inter 

Referee 1: Bogdan Sorescu (ROU, photo) 
Referee 2: Sasa Tomic (CRO)
Third Referee: Angelo Galante (ITA)
Timekeeper: Maria Marin Pastor (ESP)

Match for Third Place
Gyor – Barcelona
Referee 1: Ondrej Cerny (CZE)
Referee 2: Angelo Galante (ITA)
Third Referee: Sasa Tomic (CRO)
Timekeeper: Maria Marin Pastor (ESP)

UEFA Futsal Cup 2018 – Semi-finals

20 April 2018

Gyor – Sporting
Referee 1: Ondrej Cerny (CZE, photo)
Referee 2: Angelo Galante (ITA)
Third Referee: Sasa Tomic (CRO)
Timekeeper: Maria Marin Pastor (ESP)

Inter – Barcelona
Referee 1: Bogdan Sorescu (ROU)
Referee 2: Sasa Tomic (CRO)
Third Referee: Angelo Galante (ITA)
Timekeeper: Maria Marin Pastor (ESP)

VAR decisions at World Cup to be explained on giant screens

Fans attending World Cup matches in Russia won’t be left wondering about the reasons behind decisions of the video assistant referee. After the VAR’s decision is made, replays will be shown on giant screens inside the stadiums accompanied by a written explanation, as part of the VAR information system recently unveiled by FIFA.
FIFA will place someone in the VOR (video operations room) who will listen in to the VAR’s decisions and communicate them to both TV commentators and stadium personnel operating the giant screens. “So we will have graphics on the giant screens, we will have replays after the decision on the giant screens, and we will also inform the fans about the outcome of a VAR incident and review,” said Sebastian Runge, group leader of football innovation at FIFA. With the VAR making its tournament debut during the June 14 -July 15 World Cup, FIFA is holding its final training camp this month for the 99 match officials — 36 referees and 63 assistants — who have been selected to go to Russia. Thirteen VARs have been pre-selected and are being trained at Italy’s Coverciano complex, and FIFA referees chief Pierluigi Collina said more VARs and AVARs will be chosen from the 99 match officials. Three of the 13 VARs come from Italy’s Serie A and two from Germany’s Bundesliga — elite competitions that already use video assistants. The VAR can support the referee in four game-changing situations: goals and offences leading up to a goal, penalty decisions and offences leading up to a penalty, direct red card incidents and cases of mistaken identity. Still, VARs in both Italy and Germany have received vehement criticism for long delays and bungled decisions this season. On Monday, Mainz was awarded a penalty during half-time against a rival Freiburg side that had already left the pitch for the break — prompting the unusual scene of a team returning from the changing room to defend a penalty. “Yesterday we had already discussed this incident here and gave match officials and VARs clear indication about what should be done if something similar in a FIFA competition - specifically the World Cup - happens,” Collina said without providing further details. He added that the VAR should not be overused, adding that ideally it would intervene at all in a match. “The goal of VAR is to avoid major mistakes,” Collina said. “The objective is not to have clear and obvious mistakes committed on the field of play. This is the target, the goal is not to re-referee the match using technology. “There will continue to be incidents when a final answer will not be given and there will be different opinions,” Collina added.

VAR Control centre in Moscow
FIFA will follow the Bundesliga model of a central control centre for the VAR rather than using trucks outside stadiums. “We will have all of the referees based in Moscow, so there won’t be any stress in terms of travel,” Collina said. For each match, Collina will select one VAR and three AVARs. Training operation rooms presented to media included six monitors for the VARs and two more for technical assistants enabling the VARs to see requested replays. There could be up to four technical assistants in the room for World Cup matches.

Offside cameras
FIFA will install two extra cameras at matches to monitor offside decisions. The cameras will be in addition to the 33 cameras used for broadcasters and they will be installed under stadium roofs. Broadcasters will not have direct access to the cameras, but if they are used by the VAR then broadcasters can show the video. Runge added that three dimensional technology - considered the ultimate strategy for determining offside - is not ready for real-time access yet.

Sweat and stress
VARs will not officiate more than one match per day. “It’s not like watching a match on the sofa sipping coffee,” Collina said. Collina, who officiated Brazil’s 2-0 win over Germany in the 2002 World Cup final, explained why the VARs will wear track suits similar to referees’ on-pitch attire. “The reason is at the end they sweat as much as someone on the field, because the tension is very high,” Collina said. “They cannot do two matches per day - it’s too stressful.”

Communications and hacking
The Moscow control centre will be connected to match officials via a fiber optic network. If the network fails, the backup plan includes an old-fashioned land telephone line and a telephone stationed near the fourth referee for emergency use. “Worst-case scenario includes a backup plan on site. That’s when the IBC is down - no power, no fiber network,” Runge said. “Then we have a plan in place where the fourth official would become the VAR and the fourth official would be replaced by the reserve assistant referee. “We have a cabin in the broadcast compound from where we send all of the feeds to the IBC anyway. That cabin can be turned into a smaller, light version of the VOR.” Hacking has also been considered. “We are aware that there might be something, but our IT department put measurements in place that will protect us from that,” Runge said.

Post-match briefings
In extraordinary circumstances, FIFA will hold post-match briefings to explain decisions in greater detail. “If something should happen that we think should properly and accurately be explained - and it doesn’t matter if it’s related to VAR or something different - if it is a matter to explain the background of a decision, as an exception certainly we will do it,” Collina said. “But it won’t be a post-match press conference for every match, explaining every single decision taken during every single match”.

Source: AP

UEFA Youth League Final 2018: Ekberg (SWE)

Semi-finals (20 April 2018)

Chelsea – FC Porto
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Fedayi San (SUI)
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

Manchester City – FC Barcelona
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Akif Amirali (AZE)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

Final (23 April 2018)

Chelsea/FC Porto – Manchester City/FC Barcelona
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)

CONCACAF Champions League Final 2018 (First Leg)

17 April 2018 

Toronto FC – Chivas Guadalajara 
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Ainsley Rochard (TRI)
Fourth Official: Hector Martinez (HON)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Seminar for Referees, Assistant Referees and VARs

The selected FIFA World Cup match officials will attend another dedicated seminar for two weeks at the technical centre of the Italian Football Association in Coverciano. The match officials will be divided into two groups, which will also include video assistant referee (VAR) candidates: CAF and UEFA (16-20 April 2018), AFC, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and OFC (23-27 April 2018). There has been only one change since the previous seminars: Pawel Gil (POL, photo) replaced Jair Marrufo (USA) on the list of candidates for the VAR designated positions, after Marrufo was included amongst the 36 selected referees.


Referee: Fahad Al Mirdasi (KSA, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdulah Al Shalwai (KSA, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al Abakry (KSA, 1980)

Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (IRN, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN, 1978)

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Abduxamidullo Rasulov (UZB, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakhongir Saidov (UZB, 1979)

Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Abdulla (BHR, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Taleb Al Marri (QAT, 1988)

Referee: Abdulla Mohamed (UAE, 1978)
Assistant Referee: Mohamed Al-Hammadi (UAE, 1984)

Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, 1977)
Assistant Referee: Toru Sagara (JPN, 1976)

Video Assistant Referee:
Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT, 1987)


Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (TUN, 1974)

Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN, 1973)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN, 1979)

Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Birumushahu (BDI, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwa Range (KEN, 1977)

Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MAR, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Waleed Ahmed (SDN, 1974)

Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Siwela (RSA, 1982)

Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH, 1980)


Referee: Mark Geiger (USA, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (CAN, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Anderson (USA, 1975)

Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX, 1983)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX, 1971)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX, 1977)

Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV, 1975)
Assistant Referee: Juan Zumba (SLV, 1982)

Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA, 1977)
Assistant Referee: Corey Rockwell (USA, 1974)

Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC, 1986)
Assistant Referee: Juan Mora (CRC, 1989)

Referee: John Pitti (PAN, 1978)
Assistant Referee: Gabriel Victoria (PAN, 1973)


Referee: Julio Bascunan (CHI, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Astroza (CHI, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Schiemann (CHI, 1977)

Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR, 1975)

Referee: Andres Cunha (URU, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauricio Espinosa (URU, 1972)

Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG, 1979)

Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA, 1976)

Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL, 1985)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian De La Cruz (COL, 1978)

Video Assistant Referees:
1. Wilton Sampaio (BRA, 1981)
2. Gery Vargas (BOL, 1981)
3. Mauro Vigliano (ARG, 1975)


Referee: Matthew Conger (NZL, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Lount (NZL, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (TGA, 1976)

Referee: Norbert Hauata (TAH, 1979)
Assistant Referee: Bertrand Brial (NCL, 1979)


Referee: Felix Brych (GER, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER, 1977)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER, 1978)

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR, 1973)

Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS, 1974)

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED, 1973)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED, 1977)

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Diaz Perez (ESP, 1976)

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL, 1981)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL, 1978)

Referee: Milorad Mazic (SRB, 1973)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristic (SRB, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjevic (SRB, 1973)

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, 1973)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA, 1973)

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN, 1985)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN, 1976)

Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA, 1972)

Video Assistant Referees:
1. Bastian Dankert (GER, 1980)
2. Pawel Gil (POL, 1976)
3. Massimiliano Irrati (ITA, 1979)
4. Danny Makkelie (NED, 1983)
5. Tiago Martins (POR, 1980)
6. Daniele Orsato (ITA, 1975)
7. Artur Soares Dias (POR, 1979)
8. Paolo Valeri (ITA, 1978)
9. Felix Zwayer (GER, 1976)

Copa Libertadores – Group Stage (Matchday 4)

17-19 April 2018

Defensor Sporting – Monagas
Referee: Diego Haro (PER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Orue (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Joel Alarcon (PER)
Referee Assessor: Ricardo Casas (ARG)

Millonarios – Deportivo Lara
Referee: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Vera (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Baren (ECU)
Fourth Official: Guillermo Guerrero (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Martin Vazquez (URU)

Cerro Porteno – Gremio
Referee: German Delfino (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonga (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Chade (ARG)
Fourth Official: Jorge Balino (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)

The Strongest – Atletico Tucuman
Referee: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Fourth Official: Piero Maza (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Torres (PAR)

Libertad – Penarol
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian De la Cruz (COL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Herrera (COL)
Referee Assessor: Sergio Cristiano (BRA)

Independiente – Corinthians
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Fourth Official: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Referee Assessor: Cesar Escano (PER)

Flamengo – Santa Fe
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Fourth Official: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
Referee Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

Racing Club – Vasco da Gama
Referee: Ulises Mereles (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Canete (PAR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Dario Ubriaco (URU)

Alianza Lima – Atletico Junior
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Flavio Nall (ECU)
Fourth Official: Roberto Sanchez (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Juan Lugones (BOL)

Emelec – River Plate
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Universidad de Chile – Cruzeiro
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Raul Lopez (PER)
Fourth Official: Miguel Santivanez (PER)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Herrera (ECU)

Eriksson: “Disappointed, angry, sad, frustrated and annoyed”

Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson had to read in a newspaper article that he was not selected for the World Cup this summer. Then, 37 days passed before he heard anything from FIFA. But that does not mean that Eriksson received some sensible explanation. “The team that was selected is not Europe's Top 10 team, I can say that”. 44-year-old Jonas Eriksson has been refereeing for a long time. He has refereed a World Cup and two Euros, as well as a host of Champions League matches. Last week, he also started his 18th Swedish premiere league, with the match between Hammarby and Sirius. When NSD talked with him, he has taken a few days off with the family, but he is also pleased that a new domestic Swedish season is running. “Yes, that's funny. During my 18 years, Allsvenskan has become hotter and hotter. It is much more interesting now, the audience is bigger. This also feels like a very open season. Everyone says Malmö, but you also have AIK, Gothenburg, Häcken, Norrköping and Östersund. There are many good teams this year, it will be exciting”, he says.
- It is your 18th Swedish season, do you know that the end of your career is approaching?
- Yes, of course I do. But I've said I'll stay on as long as I think it's fun and as long as the body feels okay. Right now, it just feels good. I feel comfortable.
- But there are other things that come with Jonas Eriksson's job. For example, he cannot tell in the newspaper where he is vacationing with his family. This is because of the threat against the country's football referees.
- I'm always very careful. I do not want people to know where I am and when I'm somewhere. The fewer that know the better.
- Do you feel that the threat against the referees has gotten worse?
- It has always been there in one way or another. I do not know if it's worse today, but I'm never on social media. I do not have Facebook, Twitter, Messenger or Instagram. It's not easy to get hold of me. I am cautious all the time. I am very careful who I give my phone number to and where I print my email address.
- Have you been up for any unpleasantness?
- No, not really. But I stay away from reading what people are writing. Googling yourself is not to be considered. But in fact, as a member of a team sport, such as football, you are at a much greater risk of being threatened than if you work at the police or at the Swedish Tax Agency. Then it's just one of eight threats reported to the police. It's a huge dark valley.
- Have you notified a police officer?
- No.
- Have you been close?
- Oh, no.
- Have you always been cautious throughout your career?
- Of course, it has become worse, over time. Secondly, it is a social development that has taken place in a certain direction, since I have gotten higher and higher up in my career. It brings harder and harder matches, bigger and bigger focus.
- What social development do you mean?
- The attitude people have against each other on social media for example. People have a language that is much more unpleasant now, for example on Twitter. It did not happen before, when you had to go to the person or send a handwritten letter. It took a while and cost a postage. In the new social climate, it feels like everyone is looking for people who do something wrong.
“The team that was selected is not Europe's Top 10 team"
Jonas Eriksson began to referee football in 1988. Over the past decade he has evolved into an international referee. Together with his assistants Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Wärnmark, he went to three straight international competitions: Euro 2012 in Poland/Ukraine, World Cup 2014 in Brazil and Euro 2016 in France. But there will be no World Cup in Russia for him this summer. Jonas Eriksson's team has gotten nothing. "It was very surprising", says Eriksson, who was told about the decision taken last fall via a newspaper article. “Then, 37 days passed before I received any communication from FIFA. On Christmas Eve, I received a text message where there was no explanation. Then I had a meeting with the protagonist at the end of January, beginning of February, where I was told that we were not selected, but I did not really get any explanation”. Jonas Eriksson is highly critical of FIFA's selection of World Cup referees: “The team that was selected is not Europe's Top 10 team, I can say that.”
- What do you mean?
- It's about traditions and that some countries are important to be represented. Sweden does not belong to those countries. I have also been told that it is an age question.
- An age question?
- Yes. That means that if they were to select referees from the top ten European championships, everyone would be too old to referee at the World Cup in Qatar in four years. Obviously, they had to think about the future, but they have never did that before.
- The younger referees will see and learn?
- Yes, you can say that. Of course, it's hard to hear it when you think you should be in the right place instead.
FIFA referees must not be older than 45 years. Jonas Eriksson has recently turned 44, meaning this would have been his last World Cup. He was very disappointed when he finally got the message.
- Obviously, I was disappointed, angry, sad, frustrated, irritated. There was a palette of feelings. At the same time, I have played football and have not been taken to the team; it is just to accept. But you think the coach should tell you what was wrong and bad. He continues: "We have refereed a World Cup and two European Championships, including a semi-final in 2016. Then I was ranked fourth amongst the world's best referees, but a year later I do not belong to Top 36. That's something that makes me wonder what has happened. I think that FIFA should communicate better and tell why you are not selected.
- Did you receive a message via a newspaper article?
- Yes, it was my colleague who read it first. We did not hear it from FIFA. It was very annoying. That respect should be possible after so many years in the referee career.
- Are you going to follow the World Cup?
- We shall see. Obviously, I'm interested. I'll hang out and watch some matches. But not at all with the same intensity as before.

Source: NSD

South African referee Gomes rejected bribe attempt to fix CAF match

Referee Victor Gomes was approached to fix the result of the African Confederation Cup first leg tie between Nigerian side Plateau United and USM Alger of Algeria but rebuffed those advances and has reported the matter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Times Live has been able to verify the incident from two independent sources‚ though which‚ if any‚ of the clubs is involved remains a closely guarded secret while the matter is under investigation by CAF. Gomes was in Lagos along with his assistants Johannes Moshidi and Athenkosi Ndongeni‚ and regular Premier Soccer League referee Thando Ndzandzeka‚ who acted as the fourth official. They were approached before the game on Saturday with an offer of US$30‚000 (R362‚822) to fix the result‚ but immediately turned down the approach and reported the matter to CAF. It is unclear at this stage who were the parties involved in trying to initiate the fix‚ one of the clubs or betting syndicates‚ details that will likely come out when CAF release their findings into the incident. Plateau United won the game 2-1‚ but now face a difficult away trip in the second leg on April 17‚ which will be officiated by Maguette N'Diaye from Senegal. The attempted manipulation of referees is a long-standing problem on the African continent and just recently South Africa fell foul of this. Ghana referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of match-fixing in South Africa’s 2-1 FIFA World Cup qualifier victory over Senegal in November 2016. He did this on behalf of betting syndicates and when the match was forced to be replayed by FIFA‚ South Africa lost 2-0. One of South Africa’s top former referees‚ Jerome Damon‚ has also previously spoken of finding “a bag of cash” in his hotel room on one away assignment in an attempted bribe that he flatly refused. (Source: Times Live)
“Top SAFA referee Victor Gomes was approached to fix the result of the first leg clash that took place this past weekend (Saturday, 7 April 2018) in Nigeria, but instead reported the matter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), who are investigating the issue,” confirmed SAFA. “Our referees have conducted themselves impeccably well in the sense that they were able to identify and report the issue immediately to CAF for them to make further investigations on the matter. Because it was a CAF appointment, they wrote a report and sent it to them, and they (CAF) are dealing with it”, said Tenda Masikhwa, SAFA’s Head of Referees. “The honesty displayed by Gomes and company is partly because of the integrity workshops being conducted by SAFA throughout the country. Part of the integrity workshops is early detection of corrupt activities and reporting them to authorities without delay”, added SAFA. “Our officials showed the rest of the continent and the world that they won’t tolerate corruption within the game. We are proud of what they did and this is why South African referees are so much sought after and are highly regarded on the continent”, said Masikhwa. “On 13-14 February this year, we held an Integrity Workshop in Sandton, Johannesburg where two FIFA representatives articulated the need to have honest and upright match officials; people of integrity within our game. What we see today are the fruits of that particular workshop”, added Masikhwa. (Source: SoccerLaduma)