Referees in the media 2013 (week 1 and 2)

Referees in the media will be published at the beginning of the week on the Dutch Referee Blog and provides remarkable or interesting quotes and links to articles worth reading.

The first quotes section of referees in the media in the new year has a new design. Hopefully you like it now quotes are shown better than just in italic.

AFC Quarterly: issue 1 2013

AFC Quarterly: issue 1 2013

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AFC’s Acting President Zhang Jilong mourns over the death of George Suppiah in AFC Quarterly (pdf), a new magazine by the Asian Football Assosciation.

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According to FIFA head of security Ralf Mutschke gangs target 50 national leagues for match-fixing.

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Paul Allaerts, technical director for refereeing at the URBSFA-KBVB, supports Uefa’s policy by introducing additional assistant referees (AAR’s).

Enrico Wijngaarde: top referee in the Caribean.

Enrico Wijngaarde: top referee in the Caribean.

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The referee from Suriname says it’s easy for him to change between low-level matches in his home country and international Champions League matches. Enrico Wijngaarde hopes to get to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Referees in the media (week 31)

‘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.

“Internationally we do fall into a serious vacuum. At the European Championships next year there will be no Belgian whistling, and in my estimation the chances for the WC 2014 are minimal.”

By Belgian referee boss Robert Jeurissen about Frank DeBleeckere who has to stop at the end of this year. But he’s positive about Serge Gumienny who ‘hopefully will become an Elite referee soon’.

“Thank God there was a possibility to be appointed for the final.”

Says Argentine referee Sergio Pezzotta who officiated at the Copa Libertadores, his last big tournament before retirement December next year. Brazilian team Santos won the tournament by winning from Uruguayan Penarol.

“I am proud that our referees are among the best in the world as their performances in FIFA and AFC-organised tournaments were appreciated by players, fans, officials and the Member Associations.”

By Zhang Jilong, president of the Asian Football Federation AFC, during the annual referees meeting with Asian referees.

“My goal is the absolute top.”

Be prepared for Roy van der Meer, who recently joined the talent route for assistant referees. He has set his goals straight: becoming world top class assistant referee.