EURO 2012: Ireland Republic vs Croatia


Year
2012
Ireland Republic

Croatia
Date
10-Jun
City
Poznan (POL)
Competition
Euro 2012
Stage
Group Stage
Reported by
Filipe T.

Ireland Republic

1-3 

Croatia





Referee
Yellow
Card(s)
2nd Yellow
Card(s)
Direct
Red Card(s)
Penaltys
Björn Kuipers (NED)
3 (1-2)
0
0
0




GOALS
1-0       Mario Mandžukić (CRO, 3’)
1-1              Sean St Ledger (IRL, 19’)
1-2                        Nikica Jelavić (CRO, 43)
1-3              Mario Mandžukić (CRO, 49)

YELLOW CARDS
Keith Andrews (IRL,45+1)
Luka Modrić (CRO, 53’)
Niko Kranjčar (CRO, 84)

SENDING OFFS
NONE

MATCH OFFICIALS
Function
Full Name
Origin

Final Mark
Referee
Björn Kuipers
NED
65,3
Assistant Referee 1
Sander van Roekel

NED
80,0
Assistant Referee 2
Erwin E. J. Zeinstra

NED
77,0
Additional Assistant Referee 1
Pol van Boekel

NED
74,0
Additional Assistant Referee 2
Richard Liesveld

NED
55,0
Fourth Official
Viktor Shvetsov
UKR
75,0
Reserve Assistant Referee
Oleksandr Voytyuk

UKR
75,0
UEFA Delegate
Adonis Procopiou
CYP

UEFA Referee Observer
Yuriy Baskakov
RUS

Blog Referee Observer(s)
Filipe T
POR


Remarks concerning the final marks
The final marks that have been awarded by the Blog Referee Observer(s) for every official are aimed at expressing a general assessment on the respective official’s performance.
They comply with certain and different evaluation scales that are exposed and explained in the Referee Observation Checklist (a separate document).

The Referee

I. MATCH
·       Background
Second match for group C, first for both teams in theis EURO2012. The old fox Trapattoni was able to bring back the Irish team to the Cup. In the other side the Croatian team headed by Bilic. The match was crucial for both teams because their group partners are the holding champion and Italy, the favorites to go to next phase..
In the middle Bjorn Kuipers. First match for him in a EURO of seniors, but he has already some experience with the 2009 EURO u-21 final and several other UEFA matches.
Good atmosphere, rainy night. For several times during the match a whistle was blown in the crowd. This was very disturbing for the players, for example moments before the irish goal or in the end of the match.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty and Importance
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
65


II. CONTROL
·       Comment
Word of order: leniency. Kuipers tried to be lenient the best he could. In some moments this was good, but he missed several situations. About riots he had a good approach and proper communication. His body language was appropriate.
Although some dubious and controversial situations he was always in control of the match and tried to be a communicative referee. Some flaws in the application of the laws of the game (see III. Decisions).

·       Exemplary situations that strengthen the general impression
Minute
Situation and Assessment
52
YC missed to Croatia no.7

·       Parameter Mark 2: Control
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
75


III. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game – Comment (advice: always refer to aspects like card management, infringement detection, the application of the advantage rule, holding in the penalty area after set pieces, simulation and lay extra ordinary high emphasis on match influencing or even decisive decisions)
He tried to be lenient, in the end he was fussy. Foul detection was variable during the match, sometimes good, others poor. Missed some fouls, pointed to some non-fouls, but the two major cases were Croatia second goal and the penalty for Ireland. This last was the biggest stain in Kuipers work.

·       Important Decisions ((non)given cards should be mentioned, other important decisions in the opinion of the observer)
Minute
Situation and Assessment
25
Foul favouring Ireland. No reason for award a foul in this situation.
43
Croatia second goal. No off-side in this situation. The ball comes the irish defender to the Croatian attacker so no reason to raise the flag.
52
Missed YC to Croatia no7. In the next minute he awards a YC for the same reason and type of foul
53
Correct YC
57
Ireland asks for a Penalty. No reason for penalty. Kuipers awards foul against Ireland. For my view that was a more intense dispute of the ball so no reason for foul. If Kuipers judges that as simulation the YC against the Irish was mandatory.
63
Clear foul in the entrance of the penalty area. Kuipers and Liesveld (AAR2) have a clear and privileged view. So no reason to let the match continue. Error with importance in the outcome of the match. Technical mistake.
67
Foul against Ireland. Kept the YC in his pocket, but that was more a moment of wrestling not football. YC card missed. 
68
Non-foul situation. However he wards a foul for Ireland.
84
Correct YC for Croatia no19.
85
Harsh dispute of the ball by Croatia no19. No reason for foul, correct non-call.
87
Foul missed on the Croatia no.1

·       Parameter Mark 3: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
55


IV. STYLE
·       Physical and Technical Aspects
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Always close to the play, follows play at all times, and does not interfere with play

x

Flexible Diagonal System


x
Able to anticipate the action


x
Enters the penalty area when necessary

x

Appropiate, efficient and economic Positioning also at set pieces


x
Physical Condition in general

x

Adequate behaviour in dealing with injuries (awareness of serious injuries, possible advantages applied,
card-timing etc.)

x

Comment
Several times with poor position and blocking pass lines. Not fast enough moving in the pitch.
Minute
Situation and Assessment








·       Parameter Mark 4.1: Physical and Technical Aspects
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
65


·       Tactical Approach
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
The referee has a certain tactical approach, which is moving in the measures the Laws of the Game define, which is understood and consistent

x

The referee’s tactical approach is active, he is able to predict situations and to avoid conflicts by that

x

Personality and authority on the pitch
x


Adequate communication
x


Shows determination and courage in his decisions and has also tools to gain authority (adequate and clear gestures, using his whistle as kind of language) 
x


Shows respect

x

Comment
text possible (mandatory in case of an awarded minus)
Minute
Situation and Assessment








·       Parameter Mark 4.2: Tactical Approach
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
80

·       Summary of both sections (if necessary, give the minutes)
Positive Points
1.
Clear line, shows respect and demands respect

2.
Good communication

Points for improvement
1.
Diagonal movement

2.
Needs to react faster

·       Comment on the cooperation within the referee team
The Dutch team has some matches together for some time. Today some difficulties, especially with AAR2. Both AR’s with a good performance and good assistance to the main ref.

·       Parameter Mark 4: Style (factorized (50%) sum of both partial sections)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
72,5


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – REFEREE
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY / IMPORTANCE
10 %
65
CONTROL
20 %
75
DECISIONS
40 %
55
STYLE
30 %
72,5

Final mark
65,25


Assistant Referee 1

I. MATCH
·       Comment
Good match. With good cooperation with the main ref in foul and throw-in decisions.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty (only aspects concerning the AR1)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
65

II. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game – Comment
With good cooperation with the main ref in foul and throw-in decisions.

·       Overview
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
(Non-)Offside detection (evaluated independently (!) from the difficulty of the (non-)offside situations)
x


Quality of other decisions with regard to the
application of the Laws of the Game

x


·       Important Decisions (of course heavy attention to be paid on (non-)offside decisions)
Minute
Situation and Assessment
24
Correct off-side
26
Correct off-side

·       Parameter Mark 2: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
85

III. STYLE
·       Physical and Technical Aspects
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Physical Condition

x

Positioning and movement

x

Adequate alertness, mental awareness and concentration (e.g. decisions on situations happening in his area of vicinity)

x

Holds and moves his flag in accordance with the
Laws of the Game

x


·       Parameter Mark 3: Style
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
80


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – AR1
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY
20 %
65
DECISIONS
60 %
85
STYLE
20 %
80

Final mark
80


Assistant Referee 2

I. MATCH
·       Comment
With good cooperation with the main ref in foul and throw-in decisions. Good when in minute 43 he decided to let the flag down.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty (only aspects concerning the AR2)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
65

II. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game – Comment
text possible !

·       Overview
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
(Non-)Offside detection (evaluated independently (!) from the difficulty of the (non-)offside situations)
x


Quality of other decisions with regard to the
application of the Laws of the Game

x


·       Important Decisions (of course heavy attention to be paid on (non-)offside decisions)
Minute
Situation and Assessment
43
Good letting the flag down
63
With some responsibility in the penalty not awarded to Ireland. However he didn’t had the better angle.

·       Parameter Mark 2: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
80

III. STYLE
·       Physical and Technical Aspects
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Physical Condition

x

Positioning and movement

x

Adequate alertness, mental awareness and concentration (e.g. decisions on situations happening in his area of vicinity)

x

Holds and moves his flag in accordance with the
Laws of the Game

x


·       Parameter Mark 3: Style
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
80


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – AR2
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY
20 %
65
DECISIONS
60 %
80
STYLE
20 %
80

Final mark
77


Additional Assistant Referee 1

I. MATCH
·       Comment
text possible, referring to the challenges the AAR1 had to cope with

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty (only aspects concerning the AAR1)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
65

II. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game, Involvement – Comment
text possible !

·       Overview
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Important decisions in the penalty area (e.g. fouls like holding after set pieces, goal-decisions etc.)

x

Quality of other decisions with regard to the
application of the Laws of the Game

x


·       Important Decisions
Minute
Situation and Assessment



·       Parameter Mark 2: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
75

III. STYLE
·       Physical and Technical Aspects
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Positioning and movement

x

Active involvement, adequate alertness, mental awareness and concentration (e.g. decisions on situations happening in his area of vicinity)

x


·       Parameter Mark 3: Style
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
80


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – AAR1
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY
20 %
65
DECISIONS
60 %
75
STYLE
20 %
80

Final mark
74


Additional Assistant Referee 2

I. MATCH
·       Comment
With some situation to judge he failed in most of them.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty (only aspects concerning the AAR2)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
65

II. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game, Involvement – Comment
text possible !

·       Overview
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Important decisions in the penalty area (e.g. fouls like holding after set pieces, goal-decisions etc.)


x
Quality of other decisions with regard to the
application of the Laws of the Game


x

·       Important Decisions
Minute
Situation and Assessment
63
Missed a clear penalty when he has a clear view.
87
Missed clear foul on the Croatian GK

·       Parameter Mark 2: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
50

III. STYLE
·       Physical and Technical Aspects
Criteria
+
Expected level
-
Positioning and movement

x

Active involvement, adequate alertness, mental awareness and concentration (e.g. decisions on situations happening in his area of vicinity)


x

·       Parameter Mark 3: Style
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
60


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – AAR2
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY
20 %
65
DECISIONS
60 %
50
STYLE
20 %
60

Final mark
55



Fourth Official
·       Comment
Developed a proper work.

·       Final mark
FINAL MARK
75


Reserve Assistant Referee
·       Comment
No influence in the match.

·       Final mark
FINAL MARK
75


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