Referees in the media (week 32)

‘Referees in the media’ will be published each Monday on the Dutch Referee Blog and provides remarkable or interesting quotes and links to articles worth reading.

“When the referee understood Czech, he got one more non-native language than I got.”

Says goalie Dennis Eilhoff from Dynamo Dresden ironically. He took the stand for his Czech colleague Pavel Fort who got send off. According to Eilhoff referee Tobias Stieler misunderstood the words of the Czech player.

I should have given PSV Eindhoven that penalty.

Eric Braamhaar regrets he didn’t see the offence on Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV. He came back to his decision after the match and admitted he was wrong.

I spoke many times with the referee about it, I didn’t understand.

By Thiago Motta, who was frustrated about referee Nicola Rizzoli’s decisions in Italian SuperCoppa. His team lost 2-1 from AC Milan.

Braamhaar talks about importance of refereeing

International referee Eric Braamhaar will visit Excelsior’31, the club I’ve always played soccer for, next Saturday. He’ll talk about the importance of the referee and how clubs can get more people interested in refereeing.

The Netherlands had a referee system with club referees, because they can’t get enough FA refs. In our country around 33.000 matches are played, confirmed Dutch FA KNVB. Their stats: 6.000 of the matches are officiated by FA refs, 17.000 by club refs and the other ones by coaches and parents of the kids.

Braamhaar just confirmed an interview. Looking forward to that. Have some questions about international refereeing or about officiating in general for Eric Braamhaar? Let me know.

Meeting info: Invitation of the referee meeting with Eric Braamhaar (Dutch)

Pol van Boekel promoted on international list

Dutch referee Pol van Boekel has been promoted to category two on the international refereeing list. He’s on the Uefa list since 2007. Uefa doesn’t want to publish the full list at this moment.

The 35-year-old Van Boekel made his international debut during the U17 match Slovakia-Serbia on 26 March 2008. He’s officiated 19 official international games, including five Europa League matches.

Dutch international referees:
Björn Kuipers and Kevin Blom on the Elite List.
Eric Braamhaar on the Premier list.
Bas Nijhuis and Pol van Boekel on the category two list.
Richard Liesveld is a category three referee.
Danny Makkelie is on the cat. 4 list.

Pieter Vink, who was on the Elite List, stopped because he wants to give young refs a chance and because he got death threats via his daughter’s lunchbox.