Arsenal v Galatasary


AM at 2014-10-01 21:58:28

My overall summary of the Referee`s performance would be:

At half time I mentioned that the Referee should have shown a red card to the 3 of Galatasary following a serious foul challenge endangering the safety of Alexsis of Arsenal. This is a key match incident. In the 2nd half Szczesny was correctly shown the red card for denying his opponent an obvious goal scoring opportunity. I mentioned in my BLOG that from quick breaks the referees anticipation and dynamic movement was lacking as he was well behind play on occasions with the quick break and not in the ideal 20 metre from himself and play. His overall performance saw a very good management of the players and I felt that overall he had a good empathy for the game. He did well at the stoppage for the flares on the field of play 1st half and also for stoppages and injuries to players. Teamwork was a key factor and I thought very good. Impressed with the AAR behind the Arsenal goal line in the second half plenty of good supportive decisions as I have mentioned in my BLOG including ball out of play goal line judgements. I have also raised in my BLOG whether the use of AARs behind the goal line should be used in the FA Premier League what do you think?

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Both Assistants correctly interpreted Offside their key area.

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Have a good rest of the evening and keep your thoughts coming in.
Andy Martin

AM at 2014-10-01 21:39:21

The Referee brings the game to its end with the final whistle and a resounding Group D win for Arsenal 4-1

My summary to follow…

AM at 2014-10-01 21:37:32

Arsenal breakaway and then ball is cleared by 26 of Galatasary with the AAR behind the goal line in view to judge

AM at 2014-10-01 21:35:36

Offside against Arsenal correct

AM at 2014-10-01 21:35:04

As we move into the final 2 minutes the Referee and his team will be mindful of bringing matters to a satisfactory conclusion

AM at 2014-10-01 21:33:41

4 minutes added time shown by the 4th Official

AM at 2014-10-01 21:33:05

Referee is quick to stop play for treatment to 2 players following a collision. Good empathy from the Referee seen here

AM at 2014-10-01 21:31:06

Good in field view and movement / concentration from the far side Assistant

AM at 2014-10-01 21:30:00

Good view from the referee to judge no free kick on Wellbeck

AM at 2014-10-01 21:29:09

Good effort from Galatasary and good communication seen from the AAR behind the goal line to the Referee. He has been really effective tonight and what an aid to the Teamwork process.

AM at 2014-10-01 21:26:15

Great non flag for offside from nearside Assistant the Galatasary player was in an offside position but not active, good delay ensured a non offside flag

AM at 2014-10-01 21:24:38

Great save from the Arsenal sub goal keeper Ospina from Colombia again the AAR would have judged that the ball was not over the goal line

AM at 2014-10-01 21:22:54

From an Arsenal goal kick the referee has adopted a good side on view to make his judgement

AM at 2014-10-01 21:21:48

Corner Kick to Galatasary awarded, replays show a great call (ball just fully out of play over the goal line) from the AAR behind the Arsenal goal line.

Are AARs more effective than Goal Line Technology what do you think?

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Arsenal sub 11 off 10 on

AM at 2014-10-01 21:17:26

From a quick Arsenal break the referee is again some way from play as it breaks towards the Galatasary defending penalty area. A more dynamic movement and anticipation would assist in this area to get to view the key decisions

AM at 2014-10-01 21:14:59

Free kick awarded to Arsenal – Referee is in a close viewing position to judge and award

AM at 2014-10-01 21:13:02

I have been impressed with the body language / movement from the AAR behind the Arsenal goal line in this half do you think that the FA Premier League should consider introducing them?

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Arsenal sub 15 off 7 on Galatasary 19 off 11 on

AM at 2014-10-01 21:08:20

Penalty awarded to Galatasary and a red card shown correctly shown to Szczesny for denying his opponent an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

A further delay while Arsenal make a sub 17 off 13 sub goal keeper on.

Do you think it is fair that a team that have just had their goal keeper red carded can bring on their sub goal keeper prior to the taking of resultant penalty kick?
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Galatasary score to make it 4-1

AM at 2014-10-01 21:00:36

It is interesting to note the referees movement which is very much on a similar movement and diagonal bearing in mind the AARs behind each goal line. Take a close look as this game develops. He rarely moves across towards his Assistants

AM at 2014-10-01 20:56:48

The Referee then jumps over the ball by getting into a poor position and from this Wellbeck scores his hat trick 4-0

AM at 2014-10-01 20:54:05

A quick break again to Arsenal does see the referee caught again some way behind play, this is happening from quick breaks when he is going too deep in play and not anticipating the next phase of play

AM at 2014-10-01 20:51:14

Galatasary corner kick and then offside against Galatasary

AM at 2014-10-01 20:49:28

Good close position by the referee no free kick to Galatasary then free kick awarded

AM at 2014-10-01 20:48:09

35 off 4 on Galatasary sub. The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the 2nd half

AM at 2014-10-01 20:47:19

For your information I have included as below some…

Guidelines for Additional Assistant Referees
The referee should ensure that a full pre-match discussion, where roles and responsibilities are clarified, takes place prior to the arrival at the stadium.
The communication equipment must be tested during the field inspection following the arrival at the stadium.
AAR’s should do a light warming up, not exactly the same as the referees, but on the pitch or in their match position and generally give the impression of a team. They should be careful not to get too hot/sweaty, as they will cool down rapidly once the match starts and may not be able to retain body heat as well as the referee and assistant referees.
All five match officials enter the field with both teams. The fourth official shall assume his position between both technical areas.
During inclement weather both AARs shall dress in a consistent manner, e.g.:
• Both wearing leggings or not (but not the tracksuit trousers) under the short, with no manufacturer logos visible.
• Both wearing long/short sleeves or not.
• In extremely cold or wet conditions a tracksuit top/rain jacket cannot be worn on top of the referee shirt. It is important however that suitable undergarment is worn in order that the AAR remains comfortable during the match.
• In extremely cold conditions the AARs are allowed to wear gloves, but no hats.
41Assistant referees will continue to be responsible for inspecting the goal nets before kick-off and prior to the beginning of the second half where AAR’s are not appointed. This procedure will continue should there be extra time.
Where AAR’s are not appointed and any of the match officials become injured he will be replaced by the fourth official.
Where AAR’s are appointed and the fourth official is an assistant referee and the referee is unable to continue, the senior AAR takes over as the referee with the fourth official becoming an AAR.
The AARs must not enter the field of play whilst the ball is in play but can do so during a stoppage to assist the referee to control the players when required to do so.
The AAR must be active and move along the goal line to ensure he gains the best view/angle of any possible incident that he may be required to inform the referee of. He must not remain static.
Information will be passed to the referee by means of the radio communication system. Should the system fail then the electronic beep stick (no flag attached), should be used to attract his attention.
The AAR will assist the referee to control incidents in and around the penalty area, particularly at free kicks and corner kicks. Prior to the match the referee and AAR should agree their specific areas of responsibility.
As a general rule, the AAR must give no obvious hand signals. However, in some instances, a discreet hand signal may give valuable support to the referee. The hand signal should have a clear meaning. Penalty kick
At the taking of a penalty kick during normal play the AAR must be positioned at the intersection of the goal line and the goal area. Kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner of the match.
Both additional assistant referees must be positioned at each intersection of the goal line and the goal area, at the right and left side of the goal respectively. They must check if the whole of the ball has crossed the goal line.
General He must act in a preventative manner when holding and pulling offences occur within the penalty area and inform the referee immediately should the behaviour continue.
Should the AAR feel at anytime endangered by spectators (e.g. throwing objects etc) then he must inform the referee immediately.
At half time and at the end of the match the AARs will join the referee and his colleagues in the centre of the field.

AM at 2014-10-01 20:45:40

At half time my summary would be that the referee has adopted a low key approach to commence with 3 of Galatasary shown a yellow card following a serious foul challenge endangering the safety of Alexsis of Arsenal this should have been a red card What are your thoughts? contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

He has shown 3 yellow cards so far, the Wellbeck 2nd goal is correct as replays show that he is not offside as the final ball played to him was by a defender and it is a good call by the nearside Assistant. The Referee has worked well with his team and it is interesting to see how he relies on his Assistants for throw in decisions right down the touchline. Keep a view on this in the 2nd half it is a different approach from our Premier League Referees / Assistants teamwork.

With Galatasary 3-0 down it will be interesting to see their approach in the 2nd half and the Referee and his team`s tactics as they approach this half

AM at 2014-10-01 20:33:34

A push by Chambers Arsenal not detected by the referee who then blows his whistle for half time

AM at 2014-10-01 20:32:33

2 added minutes are shown by the 4th Official. I feel that at least 4 minutes would have been correct bearing in mind the stoppages that we have had so far in this half.

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AM at 2014-10-01 20:31:13

Arsenal 20 also shown a yellow card for his reckless challenge on an opponent. Referee is quickly out with the yellow card to defuse and possible retribution

AM at 2014-10-01 20:29:39

Alexsis again the victim of a reckless challenge by 6 of Galatasary yellow card shown

AM at 2014-10-01 20:28:24

Did you notice the AAR behind the Galatasary goal line looking sharp and focussed in his movement behind the goal line

AM at 2014-10-01 20:26:39

Alexsis 17 Arsenal through on goal and a great finish to make it 3-0

AM at 2014-10-01 20:25:02

Arsenal offside, foul by 35 of Galatasary this was a reckless challenge on an Arsenal Player and should have resulted in a yellow card.

AM at 2014-10-01 20:23:37

A stoppage in play as the referee ensures all Player safety prior to resumption of play

AM at 2014-10-01 20:22:28

The flares are out in the corner of the ground it makes you wonder how they get these into the stadium? this is so dangerous.

AM at 2014-10-01 20:21:10

3 of Galatasary shown a yellow card following a serious foul challenge endangering the safety of Alexsis Arsenal this should have been a red card
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AM at 2014-10-01 20:19:04

Another good shot from Wellbeck on target he is really playing his role well tonight as a lone striker

AM at 2014-10-01 20:17:58

Wellbeck through on goal no foul by a Galatasary defender and a goal is the outcome for Arsenal. Was Wellbeck offside (coming back from an offside position) when then ball was played to him? we will check the replays later hold on to this one..

AM at 2014-10-01 20:15:12

They have mentioned on the commentary that they have felt that the referee has been fairly lenient so far, but don’t forget his stats which I mentioned to you before the game. He has a game plan which has worked out for him so far.

AM at 2014-10-01 20:13:07

Goal kick to Galatasary good discreet signal from the AAR behind the Galatasary goal

AM at 2014-10-01 20:11:36

Offside against Galatasary again sharp whistle and good hand / raised arm indirect signal seen

AM at 2014-10-01 20:10:05

Free kick to Galatasary which I am sure would have been given by AAR from the behind the goal, good support here and communication to referee

AM at 2014-10-01 20:08:16

Wellbeck scores for Arsenal to take the lead 1-0

AM at 2014-10-01 20:07:44

The referee is getting into a good position at an Arsenal break into the penalty area. The referee is also very much leaving throw ins to his Assistants regardless of his position which has been closer on a number of occasions and with a better view.

AM at 2014-10-01 20:05:40

From an Arsenal break away just seen on replay the Assistant on the near side touchline has his flag in his right hand and he then changes in his movement. At all times the flag has to be in the hand nearest to the referee on this occasion left hand as he moves a long the touchline

AM at 2014-10-01 20:01:26

At half time I will run through with you the duties of the AAR`s who patrol the area behind both goal lines.

AM at 2014-10-01 19:59:54

Corner kick to Arsenal no grappling at all seen so far at corner kicks, why is this so? because in this Country our referees are not dealing with it consistently. Have a look at Keith Hackett`s BLOG for more information

AM at 2014-10-01 19:57:55

Don’t forget tonight we have 5 Match Officials and a 4th Official all of whom can and should assist the referee. Offside – Galatasary correct far side Assistant

AM at 2014-10-01 19:55:45

No free kick awarded following a foul on Wellbeck did the referee have the best view? could and should the Assistant Referee nearside have assisted in this situation?

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AM at 2014-10-01 19:53:09

From a quick break the referee has got caught deep in a defensive position which has meant him not being in the best position to judge a challenge in front of the Technical Areas.

AM at 2014-10-01 19:51:05

Free kick to Galatasary high foot by Arsenal Player good whistle and indirect signal from the referee early positive signs and signals

AM at 2014-10-01 19:49:50

Good movement behind the Galatasary goal line from AAR 1 – free kick to Galatasary

AM at 2014-10-01 19:48:39

Early throw in to Galatasary sharp signal from Assistant near side

AM at 2014-10-01 19:47:06

Good to see the Match Officials in traditional all black kit

AM at 2014-10-01 19:45:36

The Referee blows his whistle to commence this crucial Group D game.

AM at 2014-10-01 19:43:04

The Player`s and Match Official`s enter the field of play for the pre match routines.

AM at 2014-10-01 19:41:02

I know how much you like your stats, well here are a few about tonight`s referee: Gianluca Rocchi
Totals: Home Away Total
Penalties 13 9 22
Red 8 6 14
Yellow 101 105 206
Averages: Home Away Total
Penalties 0.24 0.16 0.40
Red 0.15 0.11 0.25
Yellow 1.84 1.91 3.75
based on 55 international matches

AM at 2014-10-01 19:32:35

Tonight`s Referee is Gianluca Rocchi
Nationality Italy
Date of birth 25 August 1973
Age 41
Country of birth Italy

Gianluca Rocchi has so far this Season refereed 5 games showing 19 yellow and 2 red cards to date.

AM at 2014-10-01 19:26:10

Tonight`s Match Officials are all from ITALY:
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)

AM at 2014-10-01 19:24:42

Good evening and welcome to this live REF CAM game which is being played at The Emirates Stadium the home of Arsenal FC in London. England.
Group D, Emirates Stadium, Arsenal. London (ENG)
Arsenal FC vs- Galatasaray
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