Friday, 7 September 2018

UEFA Nations League 2018/19 - Referee Appointments MD1 (7 September 2018)

The second set of referee appointments for 2018-19 UEFA Nations League Matchday 1, games to be played on 07/09.
League A - Group 3
7 September 2018, 20:45 CET -  Bologna (Stadio Renato Dall'Ara)
Italy - Poland
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Geir Þorsteinsson (ISL)

League B - Group 2
7 September 2018, 20:45 CET -  Trabzon (Senol Gunes Spor Kompleksi Yeni Stadyum)
Turkey - Russia
Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre dos Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Miguel de Campos Rodrigues (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Pedro da Silva Pinheiro (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)

League C - Group 1
7 September 2018, 20:45 CET -  Elbasan (Elbasan Arena)
Albania - Israel
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Péter Berettyán (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Loukas Siotropos (GRE)

League C - Group 4
7 September 2018, 20:45 CET -  Vilnius (LFF Stadionas)
Lithuania - Serbia
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Steven McLean (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Mertinyák (SVK)

League C - Group 4
7 September 2018, 20:45 CET -  Ploiesti (Ilie Oană)
Romania - Montenegro
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Somoláni (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomáš Mókoš (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Filip Glova (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Očenáš (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Simone Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Zoratti (AUT)

League D - Group 3
7 September 2018, 18:00 CET -  Baku (Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu)
Azerbaijan - Kosovo
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tom Harald Grønevik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Geir Oskar Isaksen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Øystein Simon Ytterland (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Espen Andreas Eskås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lucílio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)

League D - Group 3
7 September 2018, 20:45 CET -  Torshavn (Tórsvøllur)
Faroe Islands - Malta
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mika Lamppu (FIN)
Fourth Official: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petri Viljanen (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Johan Verbist (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Tammo Beishuizen (NED)

43 comments:

  1. U21 Quali

    7 September 2018, 15:00 CET - Astana (Astana Arena)
    KAZAKHSTAN - SLOVENIA / Group 9
    Referee: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Jon-Michael Knutsen (NOR)
    Fourth Official: Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Patrițiu Abrudan (NOR)
    UEFA Delegate: Bujar Kasmi (ALB)

    7 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Zenica (Trening centar NS/FS Bosne i Hercegovine)
    BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - SWITZERLAND / Group 8
    Referee: Vitaliy Meshkov (RUS)
    Assistant Referee 1: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
    Assistant Referee 2: Dmitriy Mosyakin (RUS)
    Fourth Official: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)
    UEFA Delegate: Peter Oskam (NED)

    7 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Ta' Qali (Centenary Stadium)
    MALTA - BELGIUM / Group 6
    Referee: Roomer Tarajev (EST)
    Assistant Referee 1: Neeme Neemlaid (EST)
    Assistant Referee 2: Egerd Pajustik (EST)
    Fourth Official: Marko Liiva (EST)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)
    UEFA Delegate: Laura Montgomery (SCO)

    7 September 2018, 17:00 CET - Gargždai (Gargždų stadionas)
    LITHUANIA - GEORGIA / Group 3
    Referee: Alexandru Tean (MDA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Anatolie Bodean (MDA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Denis Borisov (MDA)
    Fourth Official: Gabriel Tupicica (MDA)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Stávros Tritsónis (GRE)
    UEFA Delegate: Vilmos Szabó (HUN)

    7 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Lubin (Stadion Zagłębia Lubin)
    POLAND - FAROE ISLANDS / Group 3
    Referee: Robert Hennessy (IRL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mark Gavin (IRL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Darren Carey (IRL)
    Fourth Official: Robert Rogers (IRL)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Pavel Saliy (KAZ)
    UEFA Delegate: Ivan Tsitovich (RUS)

    7 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Aalborg (Aalborg Portland Park)
    DENMARK - FINLAND / Group 3
    Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
    Fourth Official: Willy Delajod (FRA)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
    UEFA Delegate: Tarik Shamel (ENG)

    7 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Zaporizhya (Slavutych-Arena)
    UKRAINE - LATVIA / Group 4
    Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Georgi Doynov (BUL)
    Fourth Official: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Salustià Chato Ciprés (AND)
    UEFA Delegate: Alin Cioban (ROU)

    7 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Istanbul (Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadyumu)
    TURKEY - CYPRUS / Group 6
    Referee: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
    Assistant Referee 1: Dragan Bogićević (SRB)
    Assistant Referee 2: Oliver Petrović (SRB)
    Fourth Official: Milan Ilić (SRB)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Aleksey Spirin (RUS)
    UEFA Delegate: Nikoloz Zhgarkava (GEO)

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    1. 7 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Novi Sad (Stadion Karađorđe)
      SERBIA - FYR MACEDONIA / Group 7
      Referee: Dennis Johan Higler (NED)
      Assistant Referee 1: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
      Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
      Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
      UEFA Delegate: Johny Vanspauwen (BEL)

      7 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Ritzing (Sonnensee Stadion)
      AUSTRIA - ARMENIA / Group 7
      Referee: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
      Assistant Referee 1: Aleksey Vorontsov (RUS)
      Assistant Referee 2: Vladislav Nazarov (RUS)
      Fourth Official: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
      UEFA Delegate: David Pugh (ENG)

      7 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Stara Zagora (Trace Arena)
      BULGARIA - FRANCE / Group 9
      Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
      Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrišimbegović (BIH)
      Assistant Referee 2: Damir Lazić (BIH)
      Fourth Official: Haris Kaljanac (BIH)
      UEFA Referee Observer: David Malcolm (NIR)
      UEFA Delegate: Borja Bilbao (ESP)

      7 September 2018, 18:30 CET - Falkenberg (Falkenbergs IP)
      SWEDEN - HUNGARY / Group 6
      Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
      Assistant Referee 1: Sean Carr (SCO)
      Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
      Fourth Official: Gavin Duncan (SCO)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)
      UEFA Delegate: Þórir Þormar Hákonarson (ISL)

      7 September 2018, 19:00 CET - Mitrovica (Stadiumi Olimpik Adem Jashari)
      KOSOVO - REPUBLIC OF IRELAND / Group 5
      Referee: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
      Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
      Assistant Referee 2: Jiří Moláček (CZE)
      Fourth Official: Jiří Houdek (CZE)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)
      UEFA Delegate: Markku Lehtola (FIN)

      7 September 2018, 19:00 CET - Bangor (Bangor University Stadium)
      WALES - LIECHTENSTEIN / Group 8
      Referee: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)
      Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Da Costa (LUX)
      Assistant Referee 2: Jasmin Sabotic (LUX)
      Fourth Official: Laurent Wilmes (LUX)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Jiří Ulrich (CZE)
      UEFA Delegate: Róbert Birgir Agnarsson (ISL)

      7 September 2018, 20:15 CET - Paços de Ferreira (Estádio Capital do Móvel)
      PORTUGAL - ROMANIA / Group 8
      Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
      Assistant Referee 1: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
      Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
      Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
      UEFA Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)
      UEFA Delegate: Claude Kremer (LUX)

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    2. Interesting observer choice at Lithuania.

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    3. Because Tritsonis is partly responsible for the mess we observe in Greek refereeing. And yet he is rewarded with an appointment.

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    4. Ok.thank you for the information

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  2. OT:
    https://dfb.bonifatius.de/SRZ-05-2018/index.html#p=25

    The DFB published the new referee "newspaper"/journal.
    On page 25 the intensively discussed penalty appeal of Serbia against Switzerland is "solved" by declaring, that the Serbian Player did the "clearest offence"; so Brych has made the right decision, in opinion of the german football ferderation.

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    1. True, it was published a while ago. DFB has always backed and supported Brych‘s decision in that game. So, nothing really new.

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    2. Like every FA would back his referee. It's fully expected.

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    3. Like every FA would back his referee. It's fully expected.

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  3. Opinion DFB is funny as circus.

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  4. So useful, have a page on Instagram called refbible so always helps

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  5. Tobias Stieler will officiate the friendly game NED - PER.
    Waiting for the full appointment...

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    1. any match for sidiropoulos?

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    2. Let's wait, maybe we will see him in Nations League...

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    3. do you have any internal info?

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  6. Is Albania v Israel some sort of "derbi"? Or is it a politically charged encounter? Or are there previous incidents in matches between these two nations that makes it a high risk encounter? I ask because Kassai (Elite Category) is assigned as the referee. Or is it a signal by the Ref Comm that they don't yet fully trust Kassai for "bigger things".

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    1. Before their match in 2016, there were terror threads and during the match 2 red cards by Elite referee Aytekin.
      However I think, it's also a bad sign regarding Kassai's standing.

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  8. Kruzilak likely missed penalty for Montenegro

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  9. I had seen today Austria-Armenia U21QF in the stadium with Sergey Ivanov (RUS) and his team. At was an easy match for the Russian, who started with a penalty for Austria. His style totally same for me as Segey Karasev, his running style and refereeing style too. But i had 2 question, maybe somebody can help to me. 1. How was possible to appoint Russian referees in this group while Russia U 21 is in this group too ? 2. After all of offside Ivanov's hand stayed down, it is correct or i am wrong ?

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  10. Great game in Bologna. Zwayer has a really good rapport with players. He was able to have some friendly talks with them, smiling nicely, too. I didn't expect it from him, at least to such extent.

    He quickly read the character of this game - many cynical fouls - and issued the first YC to Chiellini for reckless tackle on Lewandowski in 9th minute. One minute later, he should have booked another Italian player for reckless stamp but I think he deliberately let it go unpunished. Another YC came in 14th minute; reckless studs attack by Klich. After that, there was still hot atmosphere on the pitch. Krychowiak committed two late fouls and Italians tried to convince Zwayer he should book him, but instead of that he chose to issue a YC one minute later for late but careless tackle of Błaszczykowski - harsh YC but perhaps a good tactical choice. Then, the game calmed down a bit. In 30th minute, he could have booked Italian for SPA but again no card was shown.

    Although I would like to see a referee who punishes what is in front of him instead of cautioning players rather randomly 'to manage the game', I have to say I saw a real Elite Category referee in the first half.

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    1. I fully agree, you have the impression that he has a very high acceptance by players and he is in full control.
      One can question about the possible cards in first half, but the overall picture is strong. And I liked his choice to book immediately players to give a signal.
      So far for sure a very good performance, when about 15 minutes are missing.

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  11. Wrong second yellow card by Kruzilak for Mugosa

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  12. PK from Zwayer. Very debatable for me, and if it's called, should have been 2nd YC...

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    1. Genuine attempt to play the ball inside the penalty area, SPA: no card.

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    2. True.

      But I don't see still a PK. Neither the Spanish commentators do.

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  13. The penalty is very debatable because Polish player clearly hit the ball before the opponent, was that enough to consider the challenge as a fair?

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    1. Trailing leg tackle, Chefren. Do you remember what happened to Luke Shaw after such tackle? For me, it's not only obvious penalty but also a missed mandatory 2nd YC to Błaszczykowski for a reckless nature of tackle.

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    2. Totally agree with RayHD. More than that, polish defender only touched the ball which remained in the Chiesa's control area (defender didn't play the ball in a clear way; the ball remained, more or less, in the same place)

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    3. Video:
      https://streamable.com/safa6

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    4. A big mistake by Zwayer. Will he be relegated to referee to lowest level games in Europe? It was obviously a very correct tackle by Blaszczykowski, no foul at all. Chiesa should be booked for diving.

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    5. @autor
      Your opinion is very harsh.
      Maybe not a clear penalty, but for me no clear mistake either. Very difficult (or nearly impossible) to see, while most contact and intensity of this tackling goes to the striker. So it seems supportable.

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  14. Not very good performance by Kruzilak tonight. IMO he could easily given the penalty for Montenegro for a foul by Sapunaru on Boljevic. Second yellow card for Mugosa was to harsh. It was genuine attempt to play the ball. Also his movement wasnt good. He interfered with the play or got hit by the ball on several ocasions.
    P.S. I am from Montenegro so i am maybe subjective about two key incidents but i think that many people here will agree with me if/when they see them

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    1. http://mscom1.matchat.online/embed/euVajANM2S.
      Here is the video that includes both incidents that i mentioned above, although possible penalty incident is best seen from reverse angle

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  15. Portugal u21- Romania u21
    Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)

    73' red card for Romania (preety harsh 2nd yellow card)
    90' red card for Romania (2 yellows cards in 87' and 90')
    than 9 minutes of extratime !!!
    90+9 penalty for Portugal (missed)

    The game was not on TV in Romania, I watched it on a very bad stream. I don't want to comment more because I wasn't able to see the game at a proper quality. But ....

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    1. Highlights of the POR vs ROU u21 match: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B3LgHrtALw

      4:09 - first RC for Romania, maybe not enough for 2nd yellow but supportable call;
      5:25 - second RC for Romania, a normal holding at the center of the field, POR attacker was running towards his own goal, never a 2nd YC;
      6:16 - penalty for POR in min 90+9 - blatant dive for me, POR #8 is not even touched, he just leaves his right foot behind and falls down.

      Worth mentioning that the Turkish ref awarded 7YC and 2RC for Romania, who made only 10 fouls in the entire game! This is by far the biggest card / foul ratio I have ever seen in a football match.

      Also extremely surprising to see 9 mins of stoppage time awarded for the second half, considering there is no VAR interruption, there was no major injury and 3/6 substitutions were either at half time or in stoppage time.

      Hopefully UEFA Integrity Unit will investigate this ref as it's pretty obvious all decisions were took in favor the Portugal.



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    2. The penalty is clearly a simulation, in my opinion.
      About the RCs, both are supportable calls, of course both could have been NO CARD as well. I think that in the second situation, referee issued the card because the holding was blatant, and, despite of the fact that it wasn't a promising attack, as it is reported in some RAP's editions, this kind of foul can be punished by a YC because it shows disrespect for the spirit of the game.
      I would like to know more about the 9 minutes of added time, what happened in second half?

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  17. According to Greek media, Kassai, Skomina, Marciniak and Kralovec are the top candidates for PAOK vs AEK match for MD4 of Greek Superleague

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