Referees in the media (week 39)

‘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.

“There’s a lot of work to do, because no Russian referee was at the recent Europe and World cups.”

Says Roberto Rosetti in an interview with Russian Oggi about his career as head of refereeing in Russia.

“The system in place at the moment doesn’t provide them with a full-time working relationship.”

Kilmarnock coach Kenny Shiels calls for full-time referees after controversioal decisions in the Scottish league.

“From the bottom of my heart, I am very sorry.”

The words of former World Cup referee Byron Moreno after he was sentenced for 2.5 years of jail time because of smuggling heroin to the US.

“The mistake Villas-Boas made was going public, saying it was no good him coaching his players if they were then let down by ­officials.”

By Daily Star columnist Brian Woolnough about the blast of Chelsea coach Villas-Boas on referee Mike Riley after the match against Manchester United.

Referees in the media (week 29)

‘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.

“With hard work, determination and commitment I’m sure the OFC referees will be just as good, if not better, than the top confederations.”

By Japanese FIFA fitness instructor Toshio Utsumi, who has to prepare the Oceanian referees O’Leary, Kumar and Namo for the u20 World Cup in Colombia, on the website of

“I don’t know if it was because I’m a female too, and they’re used to being refereed by men. Or maybe because I was younger than them.”

By rugby referee Sarah Bennison in The Guardian, who faced disrespect from female players officiating their matches.

Oostrom in police magazine

During work (as police officer, jth) and on the pitch I constantly have to make decisions. So, during my job I practise for refereeing, and vice versa.

By talented 21-year-old referee Ingmar Oostrom in Dutch police magazine Korpskrant. Oostrom wants to become the youngest referee in professional football in The Netherlands. He needs one more promotion to get appointments for matches in Jupiler League, the second level in Holland.

“The fact that our associates go abroad is not only because the get economically important offers. Our leaders are picked because of their technical qualities, not for other reasons.”

By Marcello Nicchi, president of the Italian Referee Association (AIA), in newspaper la Repubblica. He regrets the fact that referee bosses Collina and Rosetti went to respectively Ukrain (2010) and Russia (2011).

We just finished a really incredible day and are nearly at the end of our WWC 2011 journey.

By American refereeing trio on their blog after just after having whistled in match for 3rd place between Sweden and France.

First appointments for the WC final round

The first referees the first matches in the knock-out stage of the World Cup 2010 in South Africa are appointed by Fifa.

Match 49: Uruguay – Korea with Wolfgang Stark.
Match 50: USA – Ghana with Viktor Kassai.
Match 51: Germany – England with Jorge Larrionda.
Match 52: Argentina – Mexico with Roberto Rosetti.

Join the discussion of which referee deserves a spot in the finals on the Dutch Referee blog and read the World Cup refereeing review.