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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Swedish referee launches Facebook page to explain decisions to fans

Former Premier League referee Peter Walton explains why it is a bad idea for a Swedish referee to use Facebook to explain his in-game decisions.
Second half yellow card for Raul Rodriguez in their 1-0 loss to San Jose Earthquakes has the ESPN FC crew asking former Premier League ref Peter Walton whether or not it should of been a red.
Head of MLS referees Peter Walton discusses the controversial no-call on Frank Lampard in the penalty area in NYCFC's game against New York Red Bulls.
Head of referees for Major League Soccer Peter Walton discusses the new directive on offside.
Former premier league referee Peter Walton believes Dejan Lovren's foul on Mame Diouf deserved a red card.

A Swedish referee has launched a Facebook page in order to explain his decisions and increase understanding of officials' roles within the game.

Referee Mohammed Al-Hakim has taken to the social networking site to interact with football fans and offer an insight into his profession.

"I know there's an interest for the role of the referee and I think the football family can benefit from having an insight into it," he told Reuters ahead of refereeing a Swedish top-flight clash between Kalmar and Sundsvall.


 By PA Sport

Portugal coach Rui Jorge wary of Sweden strength in Euro U21 final

Portugal thrash Germany to advance to the U21 European Championship.

Portugal coach Rui Jorge is taking nothing for granted ahead of his side's European Under-21 Championship final with Sweden.

Portugal beat Germany 5-0 on Saturday to make the Prague showpiece and as such seem the favourites to take the title.

Jorge, though, does not see it that way, telling a news conference: "I think they think we are very strong as we have shown here, and they think of us what we think of them.

"To reach the final you need quality and therefore we are playing a strong team.''


 By PA Sport

Portugal put five past Germany to reach U21 Euros final against Sweden

Portugal thrash Germany to advance to the U21 European Championship.

Portugal and Sweden both cruised through the semifinals on Saturday to set up Tuesday's Under-21 European Championship final.

Luis Figo and Rui Costa may have stumbled in the final 21 years ago, but it will take a lot to stop Portugal's current crop from triumphing if their 5-0 mauling of favourites Germany is anything to go by.

What was supposed to be an intriguing semifinal battle between the tournament's brightest lights ended in a one-sided masterclass from Rui Jorge's side at the Ander Stadium.


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

England lose 3-1 to Italy, both teams out; Portugal, Sweden draw to advance

A dramatic late goal from Simon Tibbling saw Sweden draw 1-1 with Portugal in the U-21 European Championships.

England have once again fallen short at a major tournament after Gareth Southgate's side capitulated against Italy. The Young Lions' 3-1 defeat means a third successive group-stage exit at the Under-21 European Championship.

A year to the day since a goalless draw with Costa Rica rubber-stamped the senior team's disastrous World Cup, the new generation blew a golden opportunity to progress to the semifinals in the Czech Republic.

England's destiny was in their own hands after the last-gasp win against...