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Fully agree with the above. Allowed the game to flow but **** down on foul play from the start and didn't allow time wasting which was good. A class act tonight which will be difficult to match.

Edit - I had forgotten that 'cr*cked' is not allowed!

Referee Appointments / Re: Group Stage - Matchday 2- Day 1
« on: Thu 24 Nov 2022 13:50 »
Rules Lahoz out of Argentina v Mexico.  The appointments released tomorrow has 3 fixtures for which UEFA referees will be eligible - I'd expect to see at least one of the English duo out in those appointments.

A toss up for the Argentina v Mexico between Turpin and the English crews methinks.

Will be interesting to see where Makkelie will fit in at some point.

Turpin is in action tomorrow so he's probably out of the running for now.

Referees yet to be appointed in the middle:
Ma Ning
Bakary Gassama
Maguette N'Diaye
Matthew Conger
Said Martinez
Andres Matonte
Kevin Ortega
Istvan Kovacs
Danny Makkelie
Szymon Marciniak
Michael Oliver
Daniel Siebert
Anthony Taylor
+ 3 female referees (who I suspect may only be 4th officials at this tournament)

I respect your view greeny, but I suspect it could be seen as 'politically incorrect' just to employ the female referees as 4th officials. Frappert in particular deserves a middle in my view.

Referee Appointments / Re: Group Stage - Matchday 2- Day 1
« on: Thu 24 Nov 2022 13:46 »
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think there are 14 matches (*) still awaiting appointment which UEFA referees could take charge of, so still plenty of choice. These includes four games where both teams come from the UEFA confederation.

* Argentina v Mexico, France v Denmark, Spain v Germany, Tunisia v Australia, Japan v Costa Rica, S Korea v Ghana, Ecuador v Senegal, England v Wales, Canada v Morocco, Serbia v Switzerland, Ghana v Uruguay, Iran v USA, Saudi Arabia v Mexico, Cameroon v Brazil.


Does this mean Kovacs is stand by official only?

No. He will get his chance

Shame he couldn’t do Wales v England if they continue con fed neutrality.

Based on previous experience, neutrality may not be an issue where both teams come from one Confederation.

General Discussion / Re: Black linesman from 1980
« on: Tue 22 Nov 2022 16:32 »
A wonderful life story but a sad reflection on the times in football. In my years on the Isthmian League in the 1970s, I never came across Emerson and I'm sorry I didn't. Thank you for posting. RIP Emerson.

Club chat / Re: ENGLAND - IRAN - Raphael Claus - 21.11.22
« on: Mon 21 Nov 2022 16:47 »
On a related but more relevant matter, I understand that many England fans had great difficulty accessing the stadium for the start of the game. I don't know any more than that at this stage, but I'm sure it's something which should not be happening in Qatar. The attendance was apparently 45,000 in a stadium holding 68,000 which makes difficulties of access even more of an issue. At least there didn't appear to be any behavioural issues with the England fans, unlike Wembley at the Euro Final.

I find myself ticking the 'agreed' rating in most cases. VAR were totally inconsistent with their view of the penalty incidents. It should have been two penalties or none.

I quite liked Mr Claus' style of refereeing, firm and consistent from the start. Interesting in the 1st half the way he raced towards incidents. Don't mess around with me laddie seemed to be the message!

For a lot of people including the commentators, fans and myself, the problem was the lack of communication on the offside call. I'm sure the VAR team were right on this, but it would have been nice to have known why!

I suspect the level of Monday 'sickies' and working from home will rocket tomorrow!

Non Footy Appointments / Re: Rugby League World Cup
« on: Sat 19 Nov 2022 16:15 »
Yes, I think he might be 'rested' for a while, in the same way as the French football referee who took instant retribution after he was accidentally bowled over!

Babyref - 'sad', the whole darn saga not your post! Thank you for posting.

Match Discussions / Re: Collina press conference
« on: Sat 19 Nov 2022 11:16 »
Also an interesting article on BBC Football News entitled 'Inside FIFA's elite World Cup referee training'. Can this be brought across please?

Hmmm I have said on here that before a ball kicked and whistle blown Orsato is my pick for the final. Let's see how I and he goes.

It's happened before, first and last game, including the last World Cup in 2018.  However, I think the Italians will be hoping to emulate their triumph in Euro 2020 which would obviously prevent Orsato from participating in the latter stages of this competition.

General Discussion / Re: world cup break
« on: Fri 18 Nov 2022 08:57 »
Totally irrelevant but Ashton Utd apparently offered some games to Erlin Haaland during the World Cup, EH surely being the top player not going to the finals. Not sure whether the offer has been accepted!

A lot of FL referees being used as 4Os this week, and I imagine this is likely to continue until Christmas and the return of the PL and Championship. No SG1s in action this week, maybe they've been given a welcome week off, but I think we may seen some in action in the FL before long.

Football League - L1 & L2 / Re: Sat 12th NOV 2022
« on: Sun 13 Nov 2022 21:15 »
The notable appointment is Lewis Smith at Grimsby.
Yes agreed, an expected full house at Blundell Park for the local derby.

In my view, a derby game which is too big for a FL triallist. I thought it might be Josh Smith mis-printed but he is out as 4O at WHU already. I wish Lewis well.

Does anyone know how Lewis got on? From the brief TV highlights, he appeared to be OK and always up with play.

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