France v Honduras – Group E

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:57:33

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TAR at 2014-06-15 20:56:13

For example, did the referee get his interpretation of reckless challenges v challenges with excessive force correct ? He missed the opportunity to impress in the second half.  Good discussion point also over GLT – what do you think ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:52:23

Match summary – so how would you rate the referee’s performance ? This observer believes that his indecisiveness over the key first half decision cost him in terms of an indifferent second half. He looked edgy and uncomfortable for the final 30 minutes and needed to take more positive action against Honduras, even if that meant an increase in the card count !. Let us know what you think – contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:45:25

That was much better positioning by the referee, but it’s too little too late in my opinion ….

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:42:34

The referee needed to be decisive with a firm and confident yellow card

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:41:57

Ouch – another poor challenge by Honduras 19

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:39:46

Another indifferent decision perhaps ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:38:48

12 minutes to go – game over as a contest – but work not completed for the referee !

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:35:41

‘Safe refereeing’ is the key here – make sure the refereeing team keep their standards and to react positively to any Honduras indiscipline !

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:31:58

Game. set and match – now’s the time to ensure Honduras remain disciplined ….

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:31:01

Poor challenge by Honduras 3 – that was his chance to assert his authority ….

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:30:14

Also, there does not seem to be much pro-active management of the players, language barrier may be an issue, but does he need to engage more with the key players …

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:28:14

In addition, he needs to tighten up on penal offence decisions, “kill the game”…….

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:27:02

Time to increase your involvement Mr Referee – do what you can to keep the lid on proceedings and to ensure player’s remain disciplined

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:22:14

Do you think that the referees does not have the same spring in his step as he did in the first half – does his body language look different, is the behaviour of the Honduras team getting to him ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:19:50

It wouldn’t surprise this observer to see Honduras to reduced to 9 men ….

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:18:19

Wow – that was a sanction of some sort – should the Assistant have been more pro-active ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:14:40

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TAR at 2014-06-15 20:13:49

Referee whistle to mouth and then did not blow – he need to remain tight

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:12:25

Honduras 14 – could have been red ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:11:26

Key factor is that the decision was correct …..

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:10:54

It’s like the Lords scoreboard showing “not out” and then “out”

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:10:04

But what was the first indication showing ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:09:36

So GLT gets it right – eventually …..

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:08:42

Come on then folks – let us know – looks like the ref was right

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:07:29

Wow – that is close……

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:06:52

GLT !!!!!!

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:05:57

Has the referee missed the first unfair challenge of the 2nd half ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:04:27

So Mr Referee – look out for the first ‘trigger point’ of the second-half, and react …..

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:04:00

How does the referee prepare for 10 v 11 in the second-half, would his instructions to his colleagues differ ??

TAR at 2014-06-15 20:00:50

If you’re watching on BBC in the UK, why are they covering the tennis ???

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:59:37

But what about the flip-side of a Honduras goal, how will the French react ?  Important the referee keeps it tight for the first 10 minutes, whatever happens ….

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:56:01

A second or even a third goal to France and we can see the Honduras play becoming even more physical.  Our referee has an average card count of 4.5 yellows and 0.4 reds per game, what price this average increasing ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:52:59

Compare Pogba’s kick-out on the floor to Beckham’s sending off v Argentina ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:51:59

So, would a European referee handled the game in the same way, man-management v formal sanction – who is right and who is wrong ?

Half-timeTAR at 2014-06-15 19:49:31

Half-time. Overall match control good, but ‘You Are The Ref’ are of the opinion that the referee missed a stamp by Palacios and the reaction by Pogba, i.e. 2 reds.   The assistant referees are showing good flagging technique, changing hands and side-stepping well. More reds on the way, the referee will need to remain strong …..

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:45:48

What do you think of the management of the penalty ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:45:05

Or did his colleagues need to inform the referee that he had already been cautioned ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:43:41

Well positioned – great detection – correct sanctions ….

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:41:11

5 minutes to half-time, let us know your half-time thoughts at @youaretheref or email us at

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:38:17

Loving referee’s fitness levels and his patrol path, see how well he was placed to detect no offence by Honduras 3

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:36:49

The game has lost it’s pattern, Honduras will be pleased – they need half-time

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:33:57

Important that the far-side Assistant keeps his focus as he is ‘non-active’

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:32:21

I think this is the most feisty game so far, overall the management of the game is good ….. he has recognised the physicality – but still wondering if that major incident was red or yellow ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:29:52

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TAR at 2014-06-15 19:29:16

What decision would you have given – surely violent conduct is violent conduct – did the referee take advice from his Assistant ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:27:06

Let us know – red or yellow ???

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:26:29

Stay calm – standing back – observing ….

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:24:54

Look at the ref’s position – penalty area penetration – love it

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:24:10

Why was that free-kick indirect ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:23:16

Surely a French goal is on it’s way….

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:21:09

Without being over athletic, the referee is always well placed – an object lesson in sensible movement and positioning …..

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:19:24

Dig in Mr Referee ….. keep strong …..


TAR at 2014-06-15 19:18:14

I feel another card or two coming on ……

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:17:44

Mmmm – this is getting physical …….

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:15:48

Although is the near-side Assistant being too involved ?

15:00TAR at 2014-06-15 19:15:09

Good strong start by the referee in the first 15 minutes – he needed to assert his authority and the caution seems to have worked ….

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:11:16

Was the hand-ball offence ‘intentional’ by Honduras 3 ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:09:34

Great flag by the Assistant …….

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:09:00

Referee has set his stall out by cautioning early – too early or not ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:08:21

or was it – let us know what you think …….

0:05TAR at 2014-06-15 19:07:36

Good decision making and a calm approach by the referee – free-kick only correct

TAR at 2014-06-15 19:06:00

Assistant held the flag well – good communication

0:04TAR at 2014-06-15 19:05:10

The one was ……..

0:02TAR at 2014-06-15 19:04:04

So, offside ? Did Honduras 11 commit an offence ?

0:00TAR at 2014-06-15 19:00:22

Here we go ……

TAR at 2014-06-15 18:59:25

This is the classic Europe v Central America clash, will the referee keep a tight hold on early proceedings to gain match control?

TAR at 2014-06-15 18:57:39

Fourth official is Peter O’Leary from New Zealand.  He has lots of experience in this role as he officiated in South Africa four years ago.

TAR at 2014-06-15 18:56:28

Our referee team this evening are from the host nation, Brazil.  How proud must Sandro Ricci and his team be to be officiating World Cup matches in their native land!

TAR at 2014-06-15 18:55:31

Hey – why doesn’t the reserve Assistant Referee get the recognition he deserves by leading the teams out with his colleagues ?

TAR at 2014-06-15 18:54:03

Welcome to the Estadio Beíra-in Porto Alegre, Rio for Match 10 of the 2014 World Cup.  Group E – France v Honduras

TAR at 2014-06-15 18:51:45

10 minutes to kick-off …… time to focus Mr. Referee, make sure your team are ok …… remember to enjoy the game and enjoy the occasion …..

TAR at 2014-06-15 18:49:40

Please contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at if you wish to comment.  Please let us know how you think the game is going for the referee team

TAR at 2014-06-15 18:47:06

As referees we should never pre-judge anything, but how much will Honduras’s over physical second half display in the ‘friendly’ against England be playing on the referee’s mind?

TAR at 2014-06-15 18:43:52

After a ‘unsteady’ start to the competition, the match officials have performed well over the last few days and here’s hoping it carries on this evening ….


TAR at 2014-06-15 18:42:01

Honduras on unknown quantity ….


TAR at 2014-06-15 18:40:23

No doubt the French side will be looking to lay the ghost of South Africa 2010 …….


Pre-matchTAR at 2014-06-15 18:38:33

Also worthy praise from the experts – makes a pleasant change !!!

TAR at 2014-06-15 18:37:41

Did you see the Switzerland win earlier, great advantage for the winning goal in added time ….


Pre-matchTAR at 2014-06-15 18:33:22

30 minutes to kick-off …..