I had to read a few older reports on him: is he that good or has the players' attitude something to do with it? Because I did not see him make any mistakes, not in his foul detection nor in his people skills.
He's not that old at all, but he looks as if he could be some players' dad, which can't be a bad thing for a ref. Who would you listen to: someone's dad or a guy trying hard to look tough (like Blom)?
reading up on the old reports I realized this match must have been really easy, Atkinson does make mistakes when tried.
I never get to see South American matches but I was wondering what is left of the teams over there when even their lesser players (even the nobodies) move to teams like Dinamo Zagreb.