Mehdi Carcela suffered an ankle breaking tackle. It was the second harsh offence on him, both punished with a yellow card. But this second time he couldn’t control himself. He slaps the offender Bjorn Ruytinx in the face. Carcela is given a straight red card by the referee.
I got a Fifa referee badge much earlier this year, but for some reason I never made a photo of me with this beautiful badge. Finally, here it is. (And thanks for sending it over – much appreciated!)
I’ve also made a new page on my blog with all the referee badges in a gallery. I’ve posted badges from Europe and two from North America. I also got one from South Korea and Venezuela, but did not take a nice picture of them yet.
If you have a badge from your country and you don’t see it in the badge gallery, please contact me via e-mail on email@example.com and I can send you a Dutch badge in return. You can also send me a personal message on Twitter or on my blog’s Facebook page.
Football match fixing scandal in Europe: investigation proves that the price for a referee to let him manipulate a football match is £20,000′, says a fixer to The Telegraph.
This claim is also examined by the National Crime Agency. The UK governamental organisation says in a statement that “seven men have been arrested across the country as part of an NCA investigation into alleged football match fixing”. First two appear in court on 13th of December. The NCA does not give specific details, because it’s an ongoing investigation. “The focus of the operation is a suspected international illegal betting syndicate. The NCA is working closely with the Gambling Commission and the Football Association.”
David Davies, former executive directer of The Football Association, is ‘shocked’, but ‘not totally surprised’ by these new allegations. “The reality is that there have been allegations, and some of them have been proved, of match fixing in some sixty countries in the world.” He tells more about it in the video below.
Earlier this year Ali Sabbagh, a referee from Lebanon, was sentenced with a six months’ improsonment for match fixing. He accepted free sex from a gambling-linked global syndicate in exchange for manipulating an match in the Asian Football Confederation Cup. He got arrested before the match started. Shortly before his mistake I spoke with the Lebanese referee. Read the interview with Ali Sabbagh.
Referee Horacio Elizondo, who refereed the World Cup final between France and Italy in 2006, has not seen the Zinedine Zidane headbutt on Marco Materazzi’s chest. It was fourth official Luise Medina Cantelejo who advised him to give a straight red card. That’s what he told Issue Eleven.
In a video of the incident you can see the referee talks with the assistant referee and then giving a red card to the French player. But it was not the assistant who saw the incident, Elizondo explained now. Have a quick look at the situation on the video below.
Elizondo admits that ‘it was all done over the headset’. He was following the match at another part of the pitch and did not see what happened between Zidane and Materazzi. “Then play switches and goes back into the half of the pitch Materazzi was lying in” He remembered that “that point that I saw him lying on the floor”. He asked his assistants, but neither of them had seen what happened. “I had a lot of doubts, clearly something had happened, but if no one saw what it was… and then Luis Medina Cantalejo’s voice [the fourth official] appears in my headset, and he says, “Horacio, Horacio, I saw it,” he says to me. “A really violent headbutt by Zidane on Materazzi, right in the chest.””
AAR’s should do a light warming up, not exactly the same as the referees, but on the pitch or in their match
position and generally give the impression of a team. They should be careful not to get too hot/sweaty, as
they will cool down rapidly once the match starts and may not be able to retain body heat as well as the referee
and assistant referees. All five match officials enter the field with both teams. The fourth official
shall assume his position between both technical areas.”
What are the requirements for extra assistant referees during rough weather?
Both AAR’s should dress in consistent manner. Both shouls wear leggings or not. Tracksuit trousers are NOT allowed. Also both should wear long/short sleeves.
A tracksuit top is not allowed. It’s important that both use suitable undergarment is worn in
order that the AAR remains comfortable during the match.
“In extremely cold conditions the AARs are allowed to wear gloves, but no hats.”
What do you wear as referee when it’s getting cold? Please comment. I do wear an undershirt, but gloves are an exception for me.
Ball smashes in face of assistant referee. Luckily it has never happend to me. Hibernian captain Liam Craig wants to clear the ball away from his defence and tries to shoot the ball over the line. It did, and the ball unwittingly hit the assistant referee very hard on his head.
As noted as comment on the YouTube video: “The official looked dazed for several seconds but took it on the chin and bravely shrugged it off. Respect!”
Watch the clip from St Mirren – Hibernian in the SPFL Scottish Premiership on 23th of November 2013.