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Author Topic: UEFA Champions League 2020/2021 appointments  (Read 33557 times)

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That is what I gathered from the Italian media.

Incidentally, I am not certain that the appointments of Mme Frappart and Ms Monzul were purely political.  I wonder if they were not an attempt to address a problem that UEFA may be facing, namely a shortage of suitable referees.  The countries that provide provide match officials for the group stage of the Champions' League generally have 7-10 FIFA referees, not all of whom are necessarily ready to receive appointments at this level.  Each appointment takes up 3-4 referees, depending on who is acting as AVAR.  In addition some countries supply additional video assistant referees to 'help out' those countries that do not use VAR.  Add to this the Europa League, and it doesn't take many appointments to use up a country's entire contingent of suitably qualified referees.  This year there is the additional problem of Covid and the consequent travel restrictions (which probably accounts for the almost total absence of Russian officials).  In these circumstances it would not seem unreasonable for UEFA to add to its pool of available referees women who have experience of officiating both at international level and in the top tier of their respective domestic competitions.  And if my suspicion is correct, then it would be legitimate to accuse those countries that for whatever reason fail to take up their full allocation of FIFA places of not pulling their weight. 
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