Sunday, 9 September 2018

UEFA Nations League 2018/19 - Referee Appointments MD2 (9 September 2018)

Referee appointments for 2018-19 UEFA Nations League Matchday 2, games to be played on 09/09. 

League A - Group 1
9 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Stade de France (Saint-Denis)
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: José María Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)

League B - Group 1
9 September 2018, 15:00 CET - Lviv (Arena Lʹviv)
Referee: Anastásios Sidirópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychrónis Kostarás (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lázaros Dimitriádis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Damianós Efthymiádis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ioánnis Papadópoulos (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Athanásios Tzílos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)

League B - Group 4
9 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Aarhus (Ceres Park & Arena)
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Fourth Official: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Harm Osmers (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Álvaro Albino (POR)

League C - Group 3
9 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Sofia (Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski)
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)

League C - Group 3
9 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Nicosia (Stádio GSP)
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Edgars Maļcevs (LVA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Geórgios Bíkas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (EST)

League D - Group 1
9 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Tbilisi (Boris Paichadzis Stadioni - Dinamo Arena)
Referee: Anastásios Papapétrou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Trýfon Petrópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Iordánis Aptósoglou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ilías Alexéas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ángelos Evangélou (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Praxitélis Zachariádis (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Vladislav Khodeyev (RUS)

League D - Group 4
9 September 2018, 18:00 CET - Skopje (Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski)
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Fourth Official: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: René Eisner (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Appleby (ENG)

League D - Group 4
9 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Vaduz (Rheinpark Stadion)
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Jurgen Spiteri (MLT)
Fourth Official: Duncan Sultana (MLT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fyodor Zammit (MLT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)
UEFA Delegate: Haris Gvozden (BIH)


  1. Definitely seems like League A & League B for Elite referees, League C for First referees and League D for Second referees.

    1. I hope First referees will have the chance in normal Euro qualifier games.

  2. Excellent appointment for Papapetrou. UEFA is interested in him and correctly so. IMO, he can reach higher than Sidiropoulos.

  3. Aytekin gets a "banger" of a match. Wales vs The Danish Amateurs

    1. Still not sure, I think Denmark will solve the problem before that game! Impossible to believe that they will go on with such protest.

    2. Their women's team already forfeited a match. And yet the DBU still put's the men's team in this situation. So I wouldn't be surprised if Denmark's Futsal team and the Amateurs are the ones who take the pitch against Bale and Co.


      "" Denmark back to full strength for Wales game

  4. OT
    Serbian media reported that Milorad Mažić got PhD degree at the Faculty of Agriculture on Friday and became doctor of agricultural sciences! Congratulations to Dr Mažić!

  5. Possibly penalty missed by Sidiropoulos for holding at a corner kick.

    PK given by Sidiropoulos in min. 79 in advantage of Ukraine

    1. very hursh punishment for the defender. IMO should be play on

    2. It reminds me penalty whistled by Karasev included in RAP. Conclusion was that only clear offences should be whistled. It's not a clear offence, so play on would be optimal in this case.

    3. I was watching the highlights from Georgia-Latvia match. If the penalty given by Sidiropoulos would be described as harsh, the one given by Papapetrou was a joke. Greek refs should change their approach and attitude when they ref abroad. Any contact is not a penalty.

    4. I was looking for a video of the penalty by Papapetrou... still not found.


    6. a joke penalty.At least, the penalty given by sidiropoulos can be justified. This one is the definition of simulation.

    7. I watched both penalties.

      I agree with RayHD about the scene. Play-on should be the decision. Ok, defender puts his arm in front of the attacker but such a slight contact shouldn't be enough for a penalty.

      About Papapetrou. IMO, a clearly wrong call by AAR1. It should have been a IFK + YC for simulation.

      I have a remark. This is what you get when AAR1 of an inexperienced FIFA referee is not FIFA and equally inexperienced of that level. Yet, it's not the only bad decision we have seen by the duo Pereira/Tritsonis.

    8. Indeed another problem for Greek refereeing is that at moment tey have only Sidiropoulos as experienced FIFA referee, all the other names are not so expert, they need for sure a guidance, but without Sidiropoulos there isn't any choice.
      In addition, I can guess that NO FIFA Greek referees never worked as AAR regularly...

    9. A soft penalty is still a penalty. The other one is one of the worst calls I have seen recently. I dO NOT think Papapetrou after this call should be given a match in Europa League. As far as Sidiropoulos is concerned, I expect the same pattern as last year. Unimportant champions league matches with negative effect on him taking part in the next Euro.

    10. Papapetrou will be his AAR1 in champions league. The second one will probably be Papadopoulos; an inexperienced-not very talented-new FIFA ref. Assistants will stay the same. I think only him is expected to get matches in european competitions.With Vassaras as head of greek refereeing, We used to have three refs in European competitions.

    11. That's a very hard statement on Papapetrou. Yes, he made a mistake (probably suggested by AAR1) but he is certainly the future of Greek refereeing.

      The problem is even bigger if you consider that Greece lost 3 FIFA referees this summer (they were taken off the SL list because a team demanded it -> Kalogeropoulos, Mantalos, Aretopoulos). Plus Kominis is on the list but he will lose the FIFA badge. So 4 FIFA refs out. That's why Evangelou was appointed.

    12. Sidiropoulos is ony 39 years old.He should be boosted into one big competition.He has potential but he lacks experience in big games.He has missed some opportunities to shine but he is still capable of refereeing in a competitive level.

    13. Sidiropoulos is not in a good form. He constantly makes crucial mistakes. That's why UEFA can't trust him with big matches. If his season is similar to the last one with less significant matches and no CL KO match, then I fear that he may be demoted.

  7. This Bulgaria v Norway match is getting very testy, very quick. I do not think Stefanski is doing well. He has just finally given a card for SPA after ignoring 2 or 3 clear reckless fouls.

    1. I caught a bit of the second half and Stefański did a reasonable job, more rigourous disciplinary criterion than what you described for 1H and good control on the pitch.

      The first time I saw him was in Skënderbeu - Partizan; outstanding performance, I was sure in spite of his age he could reach Elite. But it seems he is too lenient too often, and especially in Dortmund he rather missed his chance...

  8. Penalty by Aytekin:

    Waiting for a video of better quality, it looks like a very soft if not wrong call. Attacker goes deliberately toward the defender who almost does nothing, in order to get a penalty. Also, it seems as the whistle by Papapetrou was delayed. Suggested by AAR1?

  10. 33': penalty appeal by NED to be checked carefully.

  11. 40': I think a correct decision by Undiano to play on.

  12. 40': seems to be that the goal keeper touched the leg (feet) of attacker instead of the ball. Pk?

  13. Now missed foul + at least YC... rough challenge.

    1. Minute 57'. Similar to the penalty given to Italy a few days ago (trailing leg foul), but tougher, IMO.

  14. “79 missed violent conduct of Pavard? Only YC for Pavard

  15. 79 missed red card for Pavard

  16. I think the referee couldn't see the foul happen. Assistant?

  17. A very important statement about Portugal - Romania Under 21.
    As on the blog there were some allegations about referee Palabiyik, I must clarify some things after having checked directly the game.
    9 minutes of added time in second half is a fully justified choice, as there were at least two major breaks (about 63' and 72'), both lasted about 3 minutes, so you have already 6 minutes to be recovered.
    Then, in addition, there were other substitutions and the sending off.
    Referee was entitled to assign 9 minutes, there isn't anything strange.
    Coming to decisions, maybe the penalty is a wrong call, but of course this can happen in every minute of the game.
    All the rest is at least supporable.
    So, for sure, a "normal" performance, and I wont accept anymore speculations on this blog, even more from people who didn't watch the entire game.

  18. Does anyone know the England vs Switzerland referee for the game tomorrow?


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