EURO 2012: Poland vs Russia


Year
2012
Poland

Russia 
Date
12-Jun
City
Warszawa (POL)
Competition
Euro 2012
Stage
Group Stage
Reported by
Chefren


Poland

1-1

Russia






Referee
Yellow
Card(s)
2nd Yellow
Card(s)
Direct
Red Card(s)
Penaltys
Wolfgang Stark (GER)
4 (2-2)
0
0
0





GOALS
0-1        Alan DZAGOEV (RUS, 37’)
1-1       Jakub BŁASZCZYKOWSKI (POL, 57’)


YELLOW CARDS
Igor DENISOV  (RUS, 60’), Robert LEWANDOWSKI (POL, 60’), Alan DZAGOEV (RUS, 75’), Eugen POLANSKI  (POL, 79’)


SENDING OFFS

MATCH OFFICIALS
Function
Full Name
Origin

Final Mark
Referee
Wolfgang Stark
GER
80,5
Assistant Referee 1
Jan-Hendrik Salver

GER
93,0
Assistant Referee 2
Mike Pickel

GER
95,0
Additional Assistant Referee 1
Florian Meyer

GER
75,0
Additional Assistant Referee 2
Deniz Aytekin

GER
72,0
Fourth Official
István Vad
  HUN
75,0
Reserve Assistant Referee
Gábor Erös

 HUN
75,0
UEFA Delegate
Geir Thorsteinsson
  ISL

UEFA Referee Observer
Hugh Dallas
 SCO

Blog Referee Observer(s)
Chefren
ITA


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
This was the second match of Matchday 2 in Group A. After the match played in the afternoon, between Greece and Czech Republic, which ended in a Czech win, Russia had the chance to qualify, with a win. Poland, after the first match against Greece, ended in a draw, needed points to keep the hope of a qualification. The National Stadium of Warsaw was full and the crowd impressive. Unfortunately, there were many problems due to fans riots, outside the stadium, with injured people. Anyway, the atmosphere  inside was not affected.  The game was, for most of its time, intense, and there were several situations to evaluate for the referee and his assistants.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty and Importance
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
80,0


II. CONTROL
·       Comment
The first thing that we can say is about a habit of Wolfgang Stark, when the players draw the pitch at the beginning of the match: he always shows the word “RESPECT” written on his kit. This is a sort of first advice, given by the experienced German referee. Anyway, not always players are inclined to keep the promise. In the case of that match, the game was fair for a long time, the first hint of nervousness by players was in 60’, when a small riot begun. Stark immediately stopped it, giving the first two cards of the match. A bit later, another card was shown to a Russian player, due to complaints after a decision. In a first time, he tried to avoid cards and to keep everything under control with words and clear gestures, then later he understood that it was the right time to show cards. Hence, he was able to keep a intensive match under control, and his control was overall satisfying.

·       Exemplary situations that strengthen the general impression
Minute
Situation and Assessment
Kick off
He invited the players to respect.
60’
A small riot happened: two cards to keep the match under control.
75’
YC to Dzagoev (RUS) due to exaggerated complaints

·       Parameter Mark 2: Control
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
90,0


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)
In a match in which the players have been fair for the most of the time, just thinking about playing, Stark adapted his style and he was able to handle the game without too many cards, even though maybe in some situations he might have used it more. Anyway, overall we can agree with this choice, because in this way he let the game to flow. In some situations, when he missed  a foul, he was helped by his assistants. Assistant referees  showed overall a very good performance, except some  minor mistakes. In first half there was one of the most important call of the match, a possible penalty to Russia. The choice done by referees team appears correct. Nevertheless, in several situations during the whole match, there are doubts about possible fouls.

·       Important Decisions ((non)given cards should be mentioned, other important decisions in the opinion of the observer)
Minute
Situation and Assessment
12’
Perquis (POL) committed a tackle from the back in the penalty area on Kerzhakov (RUS), trying to catch the ball. The replay shows that the polish defender hits clearly the ball. The decision taken by Stark, in cooperation with Aytekin, is hence correct.
           18‘
Polanski (POL) scored from an offside position. The decision of Jan-Hendrik Salver is correct, the goal is annulled.
           19‘
With Stark far from the situation, Aytekin (really close to play) missed a clear indirect free kick for Russia in penalty area, for a raised leg on Kerzhakov (RUS). Furthermore, Perquis (POL) was the last player to touch the ball, then it was corner kick, missed also by Mike Pickel.
           36‘
Free kick accorded to Russia: correct decision. In this situation probably there could have been the first card of the match, because the action was potentially dangerous. Anyway, Stark decided to keep his cards.
           37‘
Dzagoev (RUS) scored on the free kick, correct decision by the second assistant, it was not offside.
           44‘
Kerzhakov (RUS) tackle on Polanski (POL): at first, Stark didn’t whistle the foul, probably again because he was far from action.  A few seconds later, he decided to whistle, probably after a received suggestion (by first assistant, or more likely fourth official, which was closer).
           57‘
Błaszczykowski (POL) scored starting from a correct position: no offside.
           60‘
Denisov (RUS) and Lewandowski (POL) are booked after a riot. Correct decision, mutual misconduct by both players.
           69‘
Maybe the most difficult situation to evaluate in the whole match. Kerzhakov (RUS) starts from a correct position, running almost alone towards the area. Wasilewski (POL) faces him, stopping his action. Kerzhakov fell down. It’s difficult to evaluate without a replay. Stark was not close but neither too much far. He decided to let the game flow. In case of foul, it could have been a straight red card for the Polish defender.
          75‘
Dzagoev (RUS) is booked due to complaints: the decision is correct. The previous situation was not a foul,  so the player was wrong in his behavior.
          79‘
Polanski (POL) committed a brutal foul on Zhirkov (RUS). Stark at first tried to apply the advantage, then he whistled  the foul and correctly booked the Polish player.

·       Parameter Mark 3: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
78,0


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
Overall, his physical condition was at expected level, anyway I think that  he could have a better moving on the pitch, because a few times he appeared a bit far from the play.
Minute
Situation and Assessment
19’, 44’
He was far from the play and he wasn’t able to judge as well as possible the situations.






·       Parameter Mark 4.1: Physical and Technical Aspects
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
70,0

·       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
Personality and authority on the pitch are for sure his skills, no need to improve. He is also able to be accepted by the players showing his firmness. Nevertheless, maybe sometimes a more friendly posture would be a good thing.


Minute
Situation and Assessment








·       Parameter Mark 4.2: Tactical Approach
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
85,0

·       Summary of both sections (if necessary, give the minutes)
Positive Points
1.
His authority and personality on the pitch.

2.
The message about “respect” that he always brings.

Points for improvement
1.
Running a bit more, he could be better in positioning.

2.
A smile every now and then would not be wrong.

·       Comment on the cooperation within the referee team
The cooperation in this match was excellent and the best possible. The important decision in the first half was taken thank to the second additional assistant referee, Deniz Aytekin. Furthermore, often the assistant referees helped Stark in his choice.


·       Parameter Mark 4: Style (factorized (50%) sum of both partial sections)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
77,50


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – REFEREE
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY / IMPORTANCE
10 %
80
CONTROL
20 %
90
DECISIONS
40 %
78
STYLE
30 %
77,5

Final mark
80,5


Assistant Referee 1

I. MATCH
·       Comment
He had less work than his colleague, anyway a crucial decision was taken and it was right.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty (only aspects concerning the AR1)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
90,0

II. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game – Comment
He correctly disallowd the Polish goal in first half. In second half the showed attention when he didn’t raise the flag to Kerzhakov (RUS). Then, another correct offside call in the 72’ minute. His work was excellent.

·       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
18’
Polanski (POL) scores from an offside position. Correct decision to annul the goal.
69’
Excellent NO FLAG on Kerzhakov (RUS). The player was in a correct position.
72’
Pavlyuchenko (RUS) is flagged in a offside position: correct decision.


·       Parameter Mark 2: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
95,0

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
90,0


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – AR1
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY
20 %
90
DECISIONS
60 %
95
STYLE
20 %
90

Final mark
93,0


Assistant Referee 2

I. MATCH
·       Comment
He was involved in many situations, having a challenging match. Most of the times, right decisions were taken.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty (only aspects concerning the AR2)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
95,0

II. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game – Comment
The only mistake was the missed corner to Russia, in the 19’ minute, anyway Aytekin was closer to action  than him, so the mistake can’t affect so much his performance. Furthermore, we have to underline that all the other calls made were for sure correct. The situation about the Russian goal is explained in the table of decisions,and it’s very important in our opinion, then he made also  two right offside calls.

·       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
10’
Kerzhakov (RUS) was correctly evaluated in a offside position.
19’
He missed a corner for Russia, after a raised leg by Perquis (POL) on Kerzhakov (RUS).
37’
Dzagoev (RUS) scores, his position is correct, well seen. It’s aso important to underline that a player in offside tries to hit the ball with his head, just a few seconds before Dzagoev, and it’s correct to consider this attempt as irrelevant (according to last FIFA guidelines) in the action, not raising the flag.
57’
Błaszczykowski  (POL) scores, starting from a correct position.
82’
Lewandowski (POL) is flagged in a offside position, correct decision.

·       Parameter Mark 2: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
95,0

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
95,0


FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – AR2
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY
20 %
95
DECISIONS
60 %
95
STYLE
20 %
95

Final mark
95,0



Additional Assistant Referee 1

I. MATCH
·       Comment
He was the only member of the referees team without a considerable work. Nevertheless, he showed attention all match long.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty (only aspects concerning the AAR1)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
60,0

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


·       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
80,0

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
75,0


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

Final mark
75,0



Additional Assistant Referee 2

I. MATCH
·       Comment
He was involved in first half in two situations. The first was very important for the outcome of the game, about the second one, there is something else to say.

·       Parameter Mark 1: Degree of Difficulty (only aspects concerning the AAR2)
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
75,0

II. DECISIONS
·       Application of the Laws of the Game, Involvement – Comment
He was able to recognize that it wasn’t a foul in the 12’ minute. This was an excellent decision for the match. Anyway, several  minutes later, he made a mistake when he didn’t recognize the raised leg in the penalty area, which deserved an indirect free kick to Russia and so a potentially dangerous action for the away team.  Furthermore, we can say that he missed the situation in its wholeness, because neither a corner kick was accorded, after the clear touch with the raised leg. 

·       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
12’
The tackle by Perquis (POL) on Kerzhakov  (RUS) in the penalty area is on the ball: correct decision, no penalty.
19’
Still Perquis (POL) on Kerzhakov (RUS): a raised leg on the face of the Russian player is evaluated as correct. The decision is wrong, it would have been an indirect free kick in penalty area. Furthermore, it was hence a corner but he allowed the decision to resume the game with a goal kick.

·       Parameter Mark 2: Decisions
AWARDED MARK FOR THIS PARAMETER
70,0

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
75,0



FACTORIZED SUM (FINAL MARK) – AAR2
Parameter
Percentage
Mark
MATCH DIFFICULTY
20 %
75
DECISIONS
60 %
70
STYLE
20 %
75

Final mark
72,0



Fourth Official
·       Comment
He probably reported a foul to Stark in first half, for the rest nothing to underline.

·       Final mark
FINAL MARK
75,0



Reserve Assistant Referee
·       Comment
Nothing to say, he wasn’t involved.

·       Final mark
FINAL MARK
75,0


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