Referee Paulo Oliveira harassed in Porto Alegre

After the Copa Libertadores match between Internacional and Fluminense played in Porto Alegre, Brazilian FIFA referee Paulo Cesar Oliveira was insulted and harassed by the fans outside the hotel where he was staying in the state capital.
Police said two of the Fluminense fans went across the street at around 5 a.m., and as soon as they saw and identified Paulo Oliveira, began firing insults. The two fans were drunk, but there was not any kind of confrontation between those involved. With the help of hotel security, the referee left the hotel without injury and, after checking out, he went into the Salgado Filho Airport, where he embarked for St. Paul. The fans were angry because of a penalty kick awarded by Oliveira. Last month, Paulo Oliveira suffered another disappointment when FIFA selected another Brazilian, Wilson Seneme, on the prospective list of referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Source: Lancenet

FIFA Referee Jorge Sousa threatened by Benfica fans

Portuguese referee Jorge Sousa, who recently refereed his second League Cup final, Benfica – Gil Vicente, feels now relieved. The case of the threats he received from Benfica fans during the last two years came to an end. Out of seven defendants, six were found guilty and convicted by the court for home violation and aggravated injury by terrorizing the referee for several months, while one was acquitted.
"Be careful how you referee!" or "We know what you did and where you live!" were some of the messages that Jorge Sousa began receiving in November 2009 before the match Braga – Benfica (2-0). After the game, they followed up with several new SMS and phone calls with death threats to the referee, which prompted the complaint. After a quiet period, the fans started again. On 18 March 2010, the day he was appointed to referee Benfica – Porto (0-3) in the League Cup final, Jorge Sousa began to receive anonymous phone calls and SMS. In the mailbox, he found an unsigned manuscript, in which he was required to quit refereeing. The panel of judges considered the threats as evidence that caused terror and influenced the professional performance of the referee Sousa. The defendants were charged with home violation and had to pay compensation to Jorge Sousa. Two fans, Luis Marques and Rui Franco, were also found responsible for aggravated injury and have to pay heavier penalties - fines of 880 euros, respectively 1080 euros. The remaining defendants, Hugo Silva, Jose Sousa, Antonio Vieira and Tomas Lima, have to pay fines between 480 and 540 euros each.

Source: CM

Collina: “The referee has to predict”

UEFA's chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina talked about the huge challenge facing the 12 match officials at UEFA EURO 2012 and the key to the art of refereeing. As one of the most recognisable figures in football during his days refereeing at the pinnacle of the European and world game, there is no one more qualified to dispense advice to the men taking charge at UEFA Euro 2012 than Pierluigi Collina. The 52-year-old, who acts as UEFA's chief refereeing officer, knows more than most in the modern game about the art of officiating football matches and stressed to the important role the 12 men who will take charge at the finals will play. With a lifetime of experience at the highest level behind him, the distinctive Collina made it clear that anticipation is the key to cracking the refereeing code. "The referee has to predict, he has to be aware of what can happen maybe one second later," he said. "This is the best way to be ready to make a decision. If you are surprised by something, you are very probably wrong. If you know that something can happen, you are ready; it's very probable that you will be right. So this is the main difference." The relationship between player and referee is at the heart of the message that the Italian is hoping to get across to the current crop of men in the middle; a message of trust which he believes will improve performance for participants on both sides of the divide in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
Pierluigi Collina has also been answering questions from around the world via Facebook and Twitter. The 52-year-old Italian is currently deploying his vast experience as UEFA's chief refereeing officer, but found time to reveal the biggest influence on his career, the best goal he saw live and the stadium in which he dreamt of refereeing.
- Have you ever felt intimidated after giving your decision for a goal, card, etc.?
- No. It's not easy to intimidate me. I am joking, of course!
- What was the most ridiculous excuse a player offered you to stop you booking him for a foul?
- Sometimes players are very creative in finding an excuse. I will write a book sooner or later to mention some of the excuses but some of them were very funny.
- What advice would you give to a young aspiring referee looking to replicate your success in refereeing?
- I don't think someone should aim to replicate what someone else has done, everyone should be themselves. The only way to reach the top in football as a referee is to work hard and be ready to make big sacrifices because this is the only way to be successful and achieve success.
- Is there a stadium in the world that you wish you could have refereed at but never got the chance?
- There are some but I have been very lucky because I have been in some wonderful stadiums. I never refereed at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, but I have seen Boca matches and the emotion at the stadium is very intense. So probably this is the one where I dreamt of refereeing.
- What is the best goal that you witnessed someone score in a game you were refereeing, Ronaldinho at Stamford Bridge?
- Live, the one that probably impressed me most was Ronaldinho at Stamford Bridge. The match was Chelsea v Barcelona and he scored in a very strange way using the point of his foot to find the corner of the goal from outside the penalty area. He shot when nobody was expecting it so this was one of the best.
- What do you think is the biggest challenge for the referees in the next five years?
- Football is changing and becoming faster. It's also becoming more difficult for the referees. So the challenge is to be educated to this standard, to continue or to try to be at the same standard. It will not be easy but the referees will do it.

Source: UEFA

New UEFA Referee Talents

The UEFA Referee Talent and Mentor program will start a new season by replacing some of the participants who already spent two years in the program. Stuart Attwell (ENG) from the Elite group, Arman Amirkhanyan (ARM), Artyom Kuchin (KAZ), Alan Black (NIR), Milorad Mazic (SRB) and Tom Harald Hagen (NOR) from the Talent group have already completed two years and graduated. They are being replaced by Vadims Direktorenko (LVA), Alan Sant (MLT), Szymon Marciniak (POL) and Ivan Kruziliak (SVK). The other referees, who were included by UEFA in the Talent and Mentor program last year, will continue for one more season: Clement Turpin (FRA), Antti Munukka (FIN), Gediminas Mazeika (LTU), Anar Salmanov (AZE), Stanislav Todorov (BUL), Liran Liany (ISR), Matej Jug (SVN). 
                                       UEFA Referee Talent and Mentor 2012-2013

Elite Talent Group
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA, photo)

Talent Group

R: Antti Munukka (FIN); AR: Jan Peter Aravirta (FIN)
R: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU); AR: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
R: Anar Salmanov (AZE); AR: Mehman Mahmudov (AZE)
R: Stanislav Todorov (BUL); AR: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
R: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA); AR: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
R: Alan Sant (MLT); AR: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
R: Liran Liany (ISR); AR: David Biton (ISR)
R: Matej Jug (SVN); AR: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
R: Szymon Marciniak (POL); AR: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
R: Ivan Kruziliak (SVK); AR: Tomas Somolani (SVK)

UEFA Referee Mentors: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP), Peter Jones (ENG), Konrad Plautz (AUT), Jorn West Larsen (DEN), Peter Frojdfeldt (SWE), Alan Snoddy (NIR).

The program started in 2008 and among the graduates from the Elite group were Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Felix Brych (GER), Martin Atkinson (ENG), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Manuel Grafe (GER), Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) and Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), while Cuneyt Cakir (TUR), Robert Schorgenhofer (AUT), Ovidiu Hategan (ROU) emerged from the Talent group.

UEFA Europa League – Semi-finals (Second Leg)

26 April 2012
Valencia CF – Atletico Madrid
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Primoz Arhar (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marko Stancin (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Slavko Vincic (SVN)
Fourth Official: Mitja Zganec (SVN)

Athletic Bilbao – Sporting Lisbon

Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Michael Jones (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Dean (ENG)

CONCACAF Champions League Final 2012 (Second Leg)

25 April 2012

Santos Laguna – Monterrey

Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Fourth Official: Mauricio Morales (MEX)

Copa Libertadores – Round of 16 (First Leg)

25 April 2012
Bolivar – Santos

Referee: Enrique Osses (CHI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Francisco Mondria (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Internacional – Fluminense

Referee: Paulo Oliveira (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Emerson Carvalho (BRA)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Marques (BRA)

1 May 2012
Atletico Nacional – Velez Sarsfield

Referee: Dario Ubriaco (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Costa (URU)
Fourth Official: Hector Martinez (URU)

Cruz Azul – Libertad

Referee: Sergio Pezzotta (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Casas (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: German Delfino (ARG)

2 May 2012
Boca Juniors – Union Espanola

Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Cesar Escano (PER)
Fourth Official: Henry Gambetta (PER)

Emelec – Corinthians

Referee: Jose Buitrago (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Abraham Gonzalez (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Berio (COL)
Fourth Official: Imer Machado (COL)

Vasco da Gama – Lanus

Referee: Roberto Silvera (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Fourth Official: Liber Prudente (URU)

3 May 2012
Deportivo Quito – Universidad de Chile

Referee: Francisco Chacon (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Salvador Rodriguez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Calderon (MEX)
Fourth Official: Jorge Gasso (MEX)

UEFA Champions League – Semi-finals (Second Leg)

24 April 2012
Barcelona – Chelsea

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Huseyin Gocek (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Bulent Yildirim (TUR)
Fourth Official: Firat Aydinus (TUR)

25 April 2012
Real Madrid – Bayern Munchen

Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabor Eros (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gyorgy Ring (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Istvan Vad (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Tamas Bognar (HUN)
Fourth Official: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)

Medrano: sick and abandoned

The life of Mexican referee Juan Genaro Medrano has not been easy in the past year. His last match in the First Division was Atlas – Tijuana in the Apertura 2011. As required by the Mexican Referees Committee, he and his family moved ten months ago from Ciudad Juarez to Irapuato, which houses one of the five "Super Delegations" in which are concentrated the elite referees. His problems began after not passing the fitness test, which prevented him from refereeing matches at the highest level. While studying for his bar examination, Medrano had to referee in amateur leagues to financially support his family. In January, his condition weakened. His weight dropped from 76 kg to 62 kg and his body fat from 21% to 11%. He appeared very tired. Sources close to the referee say the doctor initially detected an anemia, but after the subsequent bone marrow biopsy he was diagnosed with a second grade leukemia. Sources close to the referee immediately pointed to the poor nutrition and supplements that he used to lose weight and prepare for the fitness tests as the cause for the disease. In spite of failing the fitness tests in November and January, the Referees Committee never asked Medrano to undergo a medical examination, but instead requested that the subject does not come to light.
When the situation finally emerged, the president of the Mexican Referees Committee, Aaron Padilla, confirmed the disease and said that "the situation is not as dramatic as people said on television and it has nothing to do with the fitness tests. We have 750 referees and all have been fine, have worked with great dedication and it never happened before". The reality is that the Mexican Referees Committee made their fitness tests stricter. They held their most recent fitness at noon, under high humidity and temperature. The reduction from 35 to 30 seconds for rest during the interval fitness test has caused problems for more than one referee and, as it leaked last week, the top referee Marco Rodriguez had to be restrained so as not to faint after the last sprint. A couple of months ago, another FIFA referee, Paul Delgadillo, was forced to travel from Guadalajara to Mexico City, although he suffered from sinusitis for which even had to stay in the hospital. Before that, referee Jaime Herrera was forced to withdraw from the tests with tachycardia and had to go to hospital. Former FIFA World Cup Referee Felipe Ramos Rizo summed up the situation: "Medrano did everything he was asked by the Referees Committee and is now abandoned. He changed residence, moved his family along, tried to be at the fitness levels required and now he is sick and not even able to support his family. This is very sad".

Super Delegations
Before the start of the season, the Mexican Referees Committee created five "Super Delegations" and forced referees to change their residence. Without receiving a fixed salary, they must stay in one of these cities (Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Aguascalientes and Irapuato), which allows them to be eligible for appointments whenever needed, the only guarantee of getting paid. Also, they have to pass fitness tests more stringent than the FIFA tests. The latter calls for referees to complete 10 laps of a 400-meter track at various intervals, with 35 seconds recovery walk after every 150 m sprints. In Mexico, referees must complete 12 laps and the walking time for recovery is reduced from 35 to 30 seconds.

Source: Medio Tiempo

UEFA Futsal Cup 2012

Lleida, 27-29 April 2012

1. Oleg Ivanov (UKR, 1972)
2. Gabor Kovacs (HUN, 1978)
3. Borut Sivic (SVN, 1971)
4. Bogdan Sorescu (ROU, 1974, photo)

Dinamo Moscow – Marca

Referee 1: Bogdan Sorescu (ROU)
Referee 2: Borut Sivic (SVN)

Barcelona – Sporting

Referee 1: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Referee 2: Oleg Ivanov (UKR)

Match for Third Place
Marca – Sporting

Referee 1: Borut Sivic (SVN)
Referee 2: Oleg Ivanov (UKR)

Barcelona – Dinamo Moscow

Referee 1: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Referee 2: Bogdan Sorescu (ROU)

Olympic Games 2012 Play-Off

23 April 2012

Oman – Senegal
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson (ENG

UEFA U-17 Euro 2012

Slovenia, 4-16 May 2012


1. Emir Aleckovic (BIH, 1979)
2. Marius Avram (ROU, 1979)
3. Mattias Gestranius (FIN, 1978)
4. Ivan Kruzliak (SVK, 1984)
5. Harald Lechner (AUT, 1982, photo)
6. Alan Mario Sant (MLT, 1980)

Assistant Referees

1. Milutin Djukic (MNE, 1979)
2. Mark Gavin (IRL, 1979)
3. Serkan Gençeler (TUR, 1978)
4. Haralds Gudermanis (LVA, 1979)
5. Mubariz Hashimov (AZE, 1981)
6. Borut Krizaric (CRO, 1979)
7. Leif Opland (NOR, 1980)
8. Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI, 1980)

Fourth Officials

1. Dejan Balazic (SVN, 1980)
2. Mitja Zganec (SVN, 1983)

UEFA Europa League – Semi-finals (First Leg)

19 April 2012
Sporting Lisbon – Athletic Bilbao
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Markus Strombergsson (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stalhammar (SWE)

Atletico Madrid – Valencia CF
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alasdair Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Derek Rose (SCO)
Additional AR 1: William Collum (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Robert Madden (SCO)
Fourth Official: Steven McLean (SCO)

CONCACAF Champions League Final 2012 (First Leg)

18 April 2012

Monterrey – Santos Laguna
Referee: Francisco Chacon (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcos Quintero (MEX)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Arellano (MEX)

Copa Libertadores – Group Stage (Matchday 12)

17 April 2012
Bolivar – Universidad Catolica

Referee: Carlos Vera (ECU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Alvarado (ECU)
Fourth Official: Johnny Cuellar (BOL)

Velez Sarsfield – Defensor Sporting

Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Altemir Hausmann (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Dibert Pedrosa (BRA)
Fourth Official: German Delfino (ARG)

Deportivo Quito – Chivas

Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Diaz (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Rivas (COL)
Fourth Official: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)

Junior – Union Espanola

Referee: Federico Beligoy (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Fourth Official: Ramiro Suarez (COL)

18 April 2012
Arsenal – Fluminense

Referee: Roberto Silvera (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Fourth Official: Nestor Pitana (ARG)

Boca Juniors – Zamora

Referee: Raul Orosco (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Arol Valda (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Arellano (BOL)
Fourth Official: Sergio Pezzotta (ARG)

Corinthians – Deportivo Tachira

Referee: Patricio Polic (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sergio Roman (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Barraza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Paulo Oliveira (BRA)

Cruz Azul – Nacional

Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Lopez (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Braulio Cornejo (PER)
Fourth Official: Mauricio Morales (MEX)

19 April 2012
Juan Aurich – Internacional

Referee: Marlon Escalante (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Urrego (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Elbis Gomez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Miguel Santivanez (PER)

Santos – The Strongest

Referee: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodney Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Hugo Martinez (PAR)
Fourth Official: Wilson Seneme (BRA)

Universidad de Chile – Atletico Nacional

Referee: Victor Rivera (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Cesar Escano (PER)
Fourth Official: Eduardo Gamboa (PER)

Penarol – Godoy Cruz

Referee: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodrigo Joia (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabricio Vilarinho (BRA)
Fourth Official: Liber Prudente (URU)

UEFA Champions League – Semi-finals (First Leg)

17 April 2012
Bayern Munchen – Real Madrid
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Dean (ENG)

18 April 2012
Chelsea – Barcelona

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Borsch (GER)
Additional AR 1: Florian Meyer (GER)
Additional AR 2: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Fourth Official: Manuel Grafe (GER)

FIFA World Cup 2014 – Prospective Referees

1. Khalil Al Ghamdi (KSA, 1970)
2. Ali Albadwawi (UAE, 1972)
3. Alireza Faghani (IRN, 1978)
4. Ravshan Irmatov (UZB, 1977, photo)
5. Yuichi Nishimura (JPN, 1972)
6. Nawaf Shukralla (BAH, 1976)
7. Benjamin Williams (AUS, 1977)

1. Neant Alioum (CMR, 1982)
2. Daniel Bennett (RSA, 1976)
3. Badara Diatta (SEN, 1969)
4. Noumandiez Doue (CIV, 1970)
5. Bakary Gassama (GAM, 1979)
6. Djamel Haimoudi (ALG, 1970)
7. Slim Jedidi (TUN, 1970)

1. Joel Aguilar (SLV, 1975)
2. Roberto Garcia (MEX, 1974)
3. Mark Geiger (USA, 1974)
4. Walter Lopez (GUA, 1980)
5. Jair Marrufo (USA, 1977)
6. Roberto Moreno (PAN, 1970)
7. Marco Rodriguez (MEX, 1973)

1. Diego Abal (ARG, 1971)
2. Antonio Arias (PAR, 1972)
3. Victor Carrillo (PER, 1975)
4. Raul Orosco (BOL, 1979)
5. Enrique Osses (CHI, 1974)
6. Wilmar Roldan (COL, 1980)
7. Wilson Seneme (BRA, 1970)
8. Roberto Silvera (URU, 1971)
9. Juan Soto (VEN, 1977)
10. Carlos Vera (ECU, 1976)

1. Norbert Hauata (TAH, 1979)
2. Peter O’Leary (NZL, 1972)

1. Felix Brych (GER, 1975)
2. Cuneyt Cakir (TUR, 1976)
3. Mark Clattenburg (ENG, 1975)
4. Jonas Eriksson (SWE, 1974)
5. Viktor Kassai (HUN, 1975)
6. Pavel Kralovec (CZE, 1977)
7. Bjorn Kuipers (NED, 1973)
8. Stephane Lannoy (FRA, 1969)
9. Milorad Mazic (SRB, 1973)
10. Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR, 1979)
11. Pedro Proenca (POR, 1970)
12. Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, 1971)
13. Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, 1973)
14. Damir Skomina (SLV, 1976)
15. Wolfgang Stark (GER, 1969)
16. Craig Thomson (SCO, 1972)
17. Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP, 1973)
18. Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP, 1971)
19. Howard Webb (ENG, 1971)

Olympic Games 2012 – Women’s Tournament

London, 25 July - 9 August 2012
1. Eun Ah Hong (KOR, 1980)
2. Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN, 1973)

1. Therese Neguel (CMR, 1981)

1. Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX, 1975)
2. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN, 1977, photo)
3. Kari Seitz (USA, 1970)

1. Jesica Di Iorio (ARG, 1980)

1. Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN, 1978)
2. Efthalia Mitsi (GRE, 1980)
3. Jenny Palmqvist (SWE, 1969)
4. Christina Pedersen (NOR, 1981)
5. Bibiana Steinhaus (GER, 1979)

                                                                   Assistant Referees
1. Allyson Flynn (AUS, 1982)
2. Sarah Ho (AUS, 1978)
3. Kyoung Min Kim (KOR, 1980)
4. Widiya Shamsuri (MAS, 1977)

1. Tempa Ndah (BEN, 1973)
2. Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD, 1978)

1. Marie Charbonneau (CAN, 1982)
2. Mayte Chavez (MEX, 1979)
3. Marlene Duffy (USA, 1979)
4. Stacy Greyson (JAM, 1986)
5. Shirley Perello (HON, 1986)
6. Veronica Perez (USA, 1979)

1. Mariana Corbo (URU, 1977)
2. Maria Rocco (ARG, 1979)

1. Anu Jokela (FIN, 1981)
2. Helen Karo (SWE, 1974)
3. Anna Nystrom (SWE, 1973)
4. Tonja Paavola (FIN, 1977)
5. Yolanda Parga Rodriguez (ESP, 1978)
6. Katrin Rafalski (GER, 1982)
7. Lada Rojc (CRO, 1974)
8. Hege Steinlund (NOR, 1969)
9. Maria Villa Gutierrez (ESP, 1973)
10. Marina Wozniak (GER, 1979)

Olympic Games 2012 – Men’s Tournament

London, 26 July – 11 August 2012


Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Bakhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ, 1970)

Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (JPN, 1972, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Toshiyuki Nagi (JPN, 1971)

Referee: Benjamin Williams (AUS, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (AUS, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Anaz (AUS, 1969)

Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Jason Damoo (SEY, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Angesom Ogbamariam (ERI, 1971)

Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN, 1970)
Assistant Referee 1: Bechir Hassani (TUN, 1969)
Assistant Referee 2: Sherif Hassan (EGY, 1969)

Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Camargo (MEX, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX, 1980)

Referee: Mark Geiger (USA, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Hurd (USA, 1971)
Assistant Referee 2: Joe Fletcher (CAN, 1976)

Referee: Raul Orosco (BOL, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Efrain Castro (BOL, 1969)
Assistant Referee 2: Arol Valda (BOL, 1970)

Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto Clavijo (COL, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduardo Diaz (COL, 1973)

Referee: Juan Soto (VEN, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Urrego (VEN, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN, 1982)

Referee: Peter O’Leary (NZL, 1972)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Hintz (NZL, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Ravinesh Kumar (FIJ, 1982)

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

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Beck (ENG, 1972)

Referee: Pavel Kralovec (CZE, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE, 1970)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE, 1969)

Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR, 1977)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR, 1975)

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, 1973)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA, 1972)

Media day for Euro 2012 referees

The match officials selected for UEFA Euro 2012 will meet in Warsaw on 2 May for an open training session, press conference and interview sessions. The media day forms part of a workshop for referees, assistant referees, additional assistant referees and fourth officials which is taking place from 30 April to 3 May 2012 in the Polish capital in preparation for the UEFA European Championship in June. Each of the 31 games in Poland and Ukraine will be handled by a full team of seven match officials, with the referee, two assistant referees and the fourth official being supplemented by two additional assistant referees as well as a reserve assistant referee. On 2 May cameramen and photographers will be able to attend the first 20 minutes of a training session at the Agrykola Stadium (ul. Mysliwiecka 9), which will be preceded at 08.30 CET by a group photo. A press conference will follow at 11.30 at the Hilton Hotel (ul. Grzybowska 63), involving UEFA's chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina, the 12 main referees, and the two fourth officials from Poland and Ukraine. Afterwards, media representatives will have the possibility to conduct one-to-one interviews with the match officials.
Media day schedule:
Agrykola Stadium in Warsaw (ul. Mysliwiecka 9)
07.00–08.25 Media accreditation distribution for TV and photographers
08.30–08.50 Open session for TV and photographers
Hilton Hotel in Warsaw (ul. Grzybowska 63)
10.00–10.55 Media accreditation distribution
11.30–12.00 Press conference
12.00–13.00 One-to-one interviews
10.00–15.00 Media working area

Source: UEFA

Copa Libertadores – Group Stage (Matchday 11)

10 April 2012
Zamora – Arsenal
Referee: Julio Quintana (PAR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Cesar Franco (PAR)
Fourth Official: Mayker Gomez (VEN)

Deportivo Quito – Defensor Sporting

Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Raul Lopez (PER)
Fourth Official: Diego Lara (ECU)

Union Espanola – Bolivar
Referee: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Braatz (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Julio Bascunan (CHI)

Atletico Nacional – Penarol
Referee: Joaquin Antequera (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Efrain Castro (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Cesar Nistahuz (BOL)
Fourth Official: Luis Sanchez (COL)

11 April 2012

Chivas Guadalajara – Velez Sarsfield
Referee: Henry Gambetta (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Cesar Escano (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Yupanqui (PER)
Fourth Official: Jose Penaloza (MEX)

Nacional – Corinthians
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ernesto Uziga (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivan Nunez (ARG)
Fourth Official: Carlos Amarilla (PAR)

Fluminense – Boca Juniors

Referee: Dario Ubriaco (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Changala (URU)
Fourth Official: Pericles Cortes (BRA)

12 April 2012
Flamengo – Lanus

Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Abraham Gonzalez (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Berrio (COL)
Fourth Official: Marcelo Henrique (BRA)

Olimpia – Emelec
Referee: Roberto Silvera (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Fourth Official: Ulises Mereles (PAR)

Nacional – Vasco da Gama

Referee: Pablo Lunati (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gustavo Esquivel (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: Martin Vazquez (URU)

Alianza Lima – Libertad

Referee: Juan Soto (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Urrego (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Manuel Garay (PER)

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 – Play-offs (Second Leg)

8 April 2012
Serbia – Hungary
Referee 1: Eduardo Fernandes Coelho (POR, photo)
Referee 2: Gerald Bauernfeind (AUT)

Ukraine – Romania
Referee 1: Fernando Gutierrez Lumbreras (ESP)
Referee 2: Roberto Gracia Marin (ESP)

9 April 2012
Russia – Azerbaijan

Referee 1: Karel Henych (CZE)
Referee 2: Jan Kresta (CZE)

10 April 2012
Portugal – Belarus

Referee 1: Danijel Janosevic (CRO)
Referee 2: Sasa Tomic (CRO)

Spain – Slovakia

Referee 1: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Referee 2: Balazs Farkas (HUN)

11 April 2012
Czech Republic – Slovenia

Referee 1: Oleg Ivanov (UKR)
Referee 2: Sergey Drebuzhan (UKR)

Italy – Norway

Referee 1: Petros Panayides (CYP)
Referee 2: Franco Cachia (MLT)

UEFA Europa League – Quarter-finals (Second Leg)

5 April 2012
Athletic Bilbao – Schalke
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Andrea de Marco (ITA)
Fourth Official: Luca Banti (ITA)

Valencia CF – AZ Alkmaar
Referee: Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Fourth Official: Libor Kovarik (CZE)

Hannover – Atletico Madrid
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Dean (ENG)

Metalist – Sporting
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Derek Rose (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alasdair Ross (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Euan Norris (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Steven McLean (SCO)
Fourth Official: Robert Madden (SCO)

CONCACAF Champions League – Semi-finals (Second Leg)

4 April 2012
Santos Laguna – Toronto FC
Referee: Jose Pineda (HON, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rodas (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Oscar Velasquez (HON)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)

Pumas – Monterrey
Referee: Mauricio Morales (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Ayala (MEX)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Arellano (MEX)

UEFA Champions League – Quarter-finals (Second Leg)

3 April 2012
FC Barcelona – AC Milan
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional AR 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Bayern Munchen – Olympique Marseille

Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
Additional AR 1: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Additional AR 2: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Espen Berntsen (NOR)

4 April 2012
Real Madrid – Apoel Nicosia

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Luca Maggiani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)

Chelsea London – Benfica Lisbon

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Primoz Arhar (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marko Stancin (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Slavko Vincic (SVN)
Fourth Official: Mitja Zganec (SVN)