Former West Germany player Hans-Peter Briegel praises the German referees in his weekly opinion article. He specifically names Jochen Drees, who made three key decisions, all right. Good to hear that former players appreciate referees too (sometimes).
Kyros Vassaras, member of the Uefa referee committee, compares young referees with young players with potential. The referees ares selected for the 2013 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Slovakia. Read more about the refereeing team at the u17 in Slovakia.
“Based on our insight into his economic conditions, we have written off damages in the millions of crowns and are glad thereby to contribute to ending this unfortunate case which without a doubt has had large, personal consequences for Ronni Norvig.”
“To me, the appointment was not just a show of confidence in me but to all Asian referees. This is a big responsibility for all of us in the Asian refereeing family to work in more and more important world matches.”
A Danish fan has to pay the national FA a fine of about 250.000 euro’s. He attacked German referee Herbert Fandel in 2007’s match between Danmark and Sweden.
Danish FA confirmed the court ruling that the man has to pay them because of the damage the FA suffered from the incident. According to DBU Secretary Jim Stjerne Hansen the fan has ‘attacked Danish football integrity’.
The match was abandoned with 3:3 on the scoreboard by referee Fandel. Uefa decided that Sweden wins the match with 0:3.
The German refereeing remains very critically about the experiment with extra assistants who watch the goal line. They made a statement after a national referee meeting that they prefer a chip in the ball.
Herbert Fandel in an advert asking for more referees. Advert by German FA (DFB).
“A condition is, however, that such a system works one hundred percent correct”, said Herbert Fandel, the new chairman of the German Referee Committee, after the meeting. UEFA recently announced that they will use extra assistants in next season’s Champions League.
The referee boss criticized the hard tackles during the World Cup in South Africa. “Especially the slide tackle with the soles towards the enemy, which we have seen more frequent in the World Cup, will be penalized in a consistant way.”
Are the German refs ready for next season? Fandel: “The mood among our referees is first class, everyone is looking forward to the new season. And all are very well prepared ”
Fandel stressed that the German refs need to remain themselves, as we all are unique in our refereeing style. “There is no template for our referees, each one has its own way of officiating, everyone must remain authentic.” But he expects his refereeing team to be self-assured. “Referees are leaders. It can not be that someone wants to demonstrate authority with [giving] cards. Personality is crucial.”