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Nikola Dabanovic is promoted to UEFA Category 2 referee. He is an ambitious referee. At the invitation of UEFA Dabanovic participated in an advanced referee course in Nyon. In 2014 Nikola was selected to referee at the European Championships for players U-17..



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Mohammad Akbarian received his FIFA badge in 2013.


He became inactive in 2014, but active again in 2015.



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Walter Ernesto Chatter Capatinta, was a FIFA Referee frpm 1982 till 1986.


Later in his life he went to live in Toronto, Canada.



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Pavel Kralovec slowly built his international career. First with qualifiers (UEFA Cup, Euro 2008, CL) and a few UEFA cup matches. Then finally in 2011, the Champions League.


In 2011 he was selected for the u17 World Cup in Mexico, a few weeks later, he was promoted to the Elite Development group of UEFA.


On equal terms

historic matches

Barcelona were certainly the better side - a ball-possession ratio of about 70-30 is a clear indicator of that. However, had Bate not being denied of a penalty-kick for an incident similar to the one which Barcelona had been awarded a penalty-kick for, some 20 minutes earlier, the final result might have been different.

The refereeing team

Mr. Vad was generally o.k., letting the game flow, though sometimes things looked suspicious while no team were penalised. Unfortunately, the two most crucial decisions for the outcome of the contest were probably made by others in the refereeing team. In the 29th minute, Bate's Mladenovic grabbed a Barcelona player who had possession of the ball, from behind while both players were inside Bate's penalty-box. Initially the referee turned away from the scene starting to follow the flow of the game towards the centre of the field, but then he suddenly turned backwards and pointed towards the penalty-spot. It was clear he got a signal from one of his assistants. As the camera was not focussing on ar Albert, which means no flag was raised, it was most probably aar Farkas who called the foul. In the 49th minute we witnessed an almost carbon-copy of the incudent. Barcelona's Adriano grabbed an opponent from behind at almost the same spot where the 29th minute infringement had been committed. As before, the referee didn't whistle, but this time neither Albert nor Farkas came for his rescue. Thus, trailing 0-1 at that moment, Bate were denied a penalty they deserved to be awarded, and in the remaining 44 minutes (including stoppage time) conceded another two goals. The ars, Albert and Berettyan were sticking to the interpretation which should have been scrapped, that a player is deemed offside only if he touched the ball. Thus the attack benefited when players who were actually offside didn't touch the ball put pressure on defenders or influenced them to clear the ball out of touch (eg. 5', 25', 32').


About WorldReferee, Sepp Blatter and his sponsors


Four years ago Sepp Blatter started his fourth term as president promising to reform FIFA, promising to fight corruption and promising not to seek a fifth term. During FIFA's congress last week it's become clear reform has not taken place, corruption inside FIFA is worse than ever and 79-year old Blatter won a fifth term.
There is no expectation left that in the next four years FIFA will change it's course. FIFA is Blatter and Blatter is FIFA and as long as they are glued together nothing will change.
The current situation is very sad, chances of national federations leaving FIFA are growing and a split up of worldwide football community seems likely.

WorldReferee has it's origins in sportsmanship. Sportsmanship should be the basis of every sport. Sport should unite, should create enjoyment and bring the better things of people into their communities.
FIFA now is only united by money. Grey old men, most of them even unable to shoot a ball, are craving for money in backroom chambers. Most money is supplied by FIFA's sponsors. Therefore WorldReferee has called on the eight main sponsors of FIFA to withdraw their support for Blatter. We call on every supporter of football to do the same. Press the money providers that are facilitating the shameful business that is conducted in the name of sport. If nothing changes WorldReferee will support a new organization that provides a real basis for the love of football.
The top FIFA sponsers you'll find here.

Consequently we had contact with Visa Inc. We have not heard anything from the others, but we keep on following them closely. We like to share Visa Inc's response here:
"From the Office of the CEO, Visa Inc.

Thank you for reaching out to me regarding Visa’s sponsorship of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). As stewards of the Visa brand, my management team and I take seriously our responsibility to reinforce with Visa’s sponsorship partners the need to operate in a transparent and ethical manner. You will see that reflected in our public statement, which we issued earlier this week. Please know that we greatly appreciate hearing your voice and perspective on this important issue, and will work hard to ensure that the Visa brand continues to reflect the core values that have fueled its industry leadership for nearly 60 years.

Charles W. Scharf
Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc"

Dutch referee Gözübüyük named in matchfixing case


Gözübüyük is named inside a justice case in Bochum, Germany, by a man called 'Rooie Paul' (Red Paul).

According to the German justice department Red Paul is a key player in a big match fixing case. In the hope of reduced sentences Red Paul started talking to the justice deparment. During his interrogatation Red Paul seems to have admitted that he and Gözübüyük did meet each other in the canteen of Haarlem football club Young Boys. This canteen was closed in 2011 when it came into the open that it was used for illegal poker tournaments by criminals. Two matches are suspected: Jupiler League-games Veendam-Helmond Sport (0-0) en Fortuna Sittard-SC Cambuur (1-2), both played in september 2009. Both games attracted huge amounts of gamble money.

Earlier in 2011 anonymous sources named Gözübüyük taking part in nightly poker sessions with soccer players. The case never came alive because all involved denied.

Gözübüyük denies all charges about match fixing. The Dutch football association KNVB is convinced of the integrity of the Gözübüyük. KNVB calls Red Paul an unreliable source and is not happy with all this publicity damaging Gözübüyüks career. This weekend Gözübüyük is taking charge of the championship game between PSV and Heerenveen.
sources: De Volkskrant,,

Howard Webb retires


Today the Premier League announced that Howard Webb has retired as a active match referee.

Howard becomes technical director of PGMOL (England referee commission)

Champions League final 2014


Bjorn Kuipers has been selected to referee the European Champions League final 2014.

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