Tuesday, 16 October 2018

UEFA Nations League 2018/19 - Referee Appointments MD4 (16 October 2018)

Referee appointments for 2018-19 UEFA Nations League Matchday 4, games to be played on 16/10.  Thank to @h_demboveac on Twitter.

League A - Group 1
16 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Saint-Denis (Stade de France)
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Đurđević (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Igor Stojilković (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)

League B - Group 1
16 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Kharkiv (Oblasnyy sportyvnyy kompleks "Metalist")
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)

League B - Group 4
16 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Dublin (Aviva Stadium)
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan de Vries (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Johan Higler (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Pol van Boekel (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Þór Orrason (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)

League C - Group 3
16 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Oslo (Ullevaal Stadion)
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alan Newlands (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas del Real (ESP)

League C - Group 3
16 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Ljubljana (Stadion Stožice)
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Wollenberg Rasmussen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Fourth Official: Christian Just Brixen (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jørgen Daugbjerg Burchardt (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Morten Krogh (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Gordon Pate (SCO)

League D - Group 1
16 October 2018, 16:00 CET - Astana (Astana Arena)
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Yevhen Aranovs'kyy (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Orxan Hüseynzadə (AZE)

League D - Group 4
16 October 2018, 18:00 CET - Yerevan (Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht)
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Johan Hamlin (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: David Malcolm (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Bakar Zhordania (GEO)

League D - Group 1
16 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Riga (Daugavas stadions)
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Hrabovský (CZE)
Fourth Official: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Zbyněk Proske (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Karel Hrubeš (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Giórgos Fandáros (CYP)

League D - Group 4
16 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Gibraltar (Victoria Stadium)
Referee: Vasílis Dimitríou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Charalambos Charalambous (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Pavlos Georgiou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Stelios Nikita (CYP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Timotheos Christofi (CYP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kostas Psevdiotis (CYP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Arturs Gaidels (LVA)


  1. Wow, once again Hategan is without a game. I'm really shocked because he didn't have a game in Nations League until now! I think he is the only Elite referee in this situation. I don't have an explanation for that.

    1. Imo the reason is the bad performance in CSKA Moscow - Real Madrid

    2. Bad performance ? That's a joke, no ? Anyway, I'm preety sure that designations for this round of Nations League were made before MD2 in Champions League.

    3. For sure, CSKA - Real in any case can't be the reason, otherwise Skomina would have been removed from Poland - Italy as well. It is indeed strange that Hategan is the only Elite referee without a single assignement in this competition.
      I can only think that it is something still related to Northern Ireland - Switzerland... maybe he is still kept out from national teams games, I don't know.

  2. Igor Stojiljkovic replaced Nenad Djokic, wired to see now, maybe he is injured

  3. https://streamable.com/z1082
    From Italy - Tunisia friendly. What do you think?
    In my opinion it is RC for SFP but difficult to spot for referee and it seems as he whistled the previous foul (holding).
    For me RC for SFP because this tackle with both legs was very dangerous, and it is not so much important that player hit the ball maybe even before the opponent.

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  4. OT:

    LaLiga MD9 appointments, only referee and VAR revealed by CTA-RFEF.

    Celta-Alavés (Friday 19, 21:00 CET)
    Referee: Carlos DEL CERRO GRANDE (FIFA 1st)

    Real Madrid-Levante (Saturday 20, 13:00 CET)
    Referee: Guillermo CUADRA FERNÁNDEZ

    Valencia-Leganés (Saturday 20, 16:15 CET):
    Referee: Ignacio IGLESIAS VILLANUEVA

    Villarreal-Atlético de Madrid (Saturday 20, 18:30 CET):
    Referee: Xavier ESTRADA FERNÁNDEZ (FIFA 1st)

    Barcelona-Sevilla (Saturday 20, 20:45 CET):
    Referee: Juan MARTÍNEZ MUNUERA (FIFA 2nd)
    VAR: Santiago JAIME LATRE

    Rayo Vallecano-Getafe (Sunday 21, 12:00 CET):
    Referee: Mario MELERO LÓPEZ

    Eibar-Athletic (Sunday 21, 16:15 CET):
    Referee: Jesús GIL MANZANO (FIFA Elite)

    Huesca-Espanyol (Sunday 21, 18:30 CET):
    Referee: Eduardo PRIETO IGLESIAS

    Betis-Valladolid (Sunday 21, 20:45 CET):
    Referee: Javier ALBEROLA ROJAS

    Real Sociedad-Girona (Monday 22, 21:00 CET):
    Referee: Pablo GONZÁLEZ FUERTES
    VAR: Antonio MATEU LAHOZ (FIFA Elite)

    1. Biggest matches so far (VIL-ATM and FCB-SEV) go to Estrada Fernández and Martínez Munuera, respectively.

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  5. Seems to have gone 'under the radar' here (also mine) but Petr Ardeleanu will be observed by Uilenberg in Riga, big appointment for the Czech.

    1. Maybe he can overtake Zelinka, who has not made much progress in the last two years and is only some months younger, as Czech number 2.

  6. I had seen today some Euro Quelifers from U 19 & U 21
    Hungary-Austria 2-1 (1-1) U19
    Ref:Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
    Excellent performance in a not a so easy match. I had found just 1 situation where i missed the red card for the Hungarian player in 45+2' He used exseive force with high speed and intensity, no chance to play the ball, later i will search a video about this, but in this situatuion maybe acceptable YC too.
    Austria-Russia 3-2 (1-1) U21
    Ref: Juri Frischer (EST)
    An Excellent performance by the team. It was a challenging game, this game decided who can to be runner up. Frischer's body language and his style was excellent too. I hope we will see him in Higher level too. Very talented.
    Hungary-Turkey 1-2 (1-0) U21
    Referee: Duje Strukan (CRO)
    Good performance by the Croatian team with a red card after second YC. A normal match. I hope we will see him at higher too :)

  7. Ardeleanu informed by his (A)AR1 awarded a penalty for handball.
    At least supportable decision, if not correct for my taste.

  8. Yellow card at 25th second by Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen.RF by Slovenian

  9. Penalty for handball called by AR2 (not AAR2) in France - Germany, Mazic thanked him with a gesture. I think correct decision.

    1. Are you sure?
      I'm almost 100% sure that AAR said 'Penalty' (reading from lips)

    2. Just to add, this is Igor Stojiljković first international match as AAR,and one very brave decision.

    3. Maybe I was wrong, I had this perception.
      In case it was Stojiljković, excellent start for him as AAR!
      Now (26') a penalty appeal rejected by Mazic, absolutely correct, a YC for simulation to Mbappé was possible!

    4. YC for mbappé would’ce ben harsh

    5. YC for simulation would be harsh IMO.

      About AAR2, he is probably just a replace for usual AAR Đokić (he is on youth tournament).
      But who knows, Stojilković started very well

    6. I saw replay now. Indeed, Stojiljkovic said "penal" (in Serbian penalty. So, very good decision. Very good first half for team Mazic.

    7. No way this is a penalty!

  10. Another penalty from Mazic. For me a mistake but diffucult to spot in real time. Matuidi rather steps on Hummels‘ foot and not a foul from the German. But anyway, why was there not a YC? For me a Dogso Situation with trying to play the ball.

    1. I agree. Difficult to spot live but it’s a mistake

    2. Yes, attacker steps on the defender's foot, and defender's foot is there because he tackles on the opponent and didn't reach the ball. How's that a mistake?

    3. Just to add something else:

      Ok, imagine no penalty was whistled. What deciosion is easier to defend (support)?

      PK/No PK?

    4. Of course PK. That‘s what I also thought when I saw it live. But with the benefit of replay it‘s clear for me that PK is the wrong decision

    5. In my opinion the replay shows that it is a wrong decision - no penalty, but impossible to spot live. For the course of the action and how it happened, you will whistle always penalty there, impossible to make the correct assessment.

    6. IMO first decision was a mistake. No way you can give a penalty there! His arm was in a natural position from close range. What was he supposed to do? Second pen hard one to call but supportable decision i think.

    7. Natural position? Hm...
      Defender is catching signal for radio with his right arm, probably?
      In that case it's natural :)

    8. Don't get me wrong but how can one arm be on the grass and the other one is in the air?
      And guess what, that arm is closer to the ball

    9. Have you played football before? One arm on the ground is always used for support which is on the grass. The other arm will always naturally come up to support balance and will always be higher with respect to your body and the ground especially when sliding sideways. If you watch football, you will see this sort of coordination of the arms is very typical.

    10. This is very similar to players jumping up to head the ball. You will always see them using their arms/elbows for balance.

  11. Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen with two straight red cards in Slovenia - Cyprus...

    1. UEFA says 2nd YC in both cases.

    2. Yes sorry you are right, I had read a wrong report.

    3. Now 3rd RC was straight red.
      Completely spot on decision.

    4. All major decisions correct.

    5. Sometimes I don't understand what goes through a players head, one of the most blatant red cards I have ever seen. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/17367/11527694/cyprus-captain-jason-demetriou-is-sent-off-after-x-rated-tackle

    6. Agreed, a shocking tackle.

  12. Ardeleanu showed a good refereeing in Latvia - Georgia.
    High level of alertness, good soft skills and prevention. Only YC given was correct. Missed two YCs for studs-tackles at 31' (where I agree with him it would have inflamed the match rather than calmed it) and 50'ish (missed on a perception level).
    Penalty given was (at least) supportable by AR1/AAR1, for handling.
    Mr Uilenberg should be contented with what he saw in this amicable match by the Czech team.

    Maybe he could make an EL debut this season?

    1. Thank you for this report, I think indeed that it is possible to see Ardeleanu already in EL group stage this season.
      I want to add that I was never convinced by Zelinka, so maybe this time it will go better for Czech refereeing with Ardeleanu.

    2. Thank you, I was kinda surprised this match ended with only one caution, but good to know it wasn't due to (too many) mistakes by the referee. Ardeleanu is certainly an interesting candidate for the future.

  13. It seems Martin Strömbergsson faced a challenging game in Yerevan, not so long back from a (very) long-term injury.
    Hopefully I can write a report about his performance tomorrow.

    1. Spoiler: I have just seen a missed penalty in a highlights show

    2. Incredible mistake on this level...

    3. Minute of the missed penalty?

    4. Unfortunately not shown or told - we have to wait for Mikael.

    5. http://macedonianfootball.com/uefa-nations-league-armenia-macedonia-40/
      Here some details about the game, of course written by Macedonian side.

    6. Possible foul before 1-0, you can watch it in this video:
      For the rest, I find indeed correct to wait for Mikael.

    7. Penalty Situation

  14. OT
    If Faghani didn't get what he deserved on last WC, in any case Iran can be absolutely proud of refereeing. Excellent achievement.

  15. I’m in agreement with the opinions above on both penalty kicks awards by Mazic yesterday. Handball is for me not clearly intentional but an offense. I was surprised by the decision because of Mazic‘ small and short sound of his whistle. It seemed like a corner kick award. The penalty for France is a clear mistake. Mazic had an unblocked view, but like Nicola Rizzoli in Netherlands-Spain 2014 World Cup (similar scenario in my opinion) in high dynamic it must look like a contact where the defender is at fault.
    But what it shows also is: Yesterday I read comments from Vlad and others, a bit nostalgic, but of course they had a good argument: Refereeing changes with VAR, referees don’t like to be corrected, motivation can suffer. I think the latter only happens if referees don’t accept they can make mistakes. If you are aware you are a human being, if you are humble, then you can easily go into a game and be open for VAR. Because referees must serve the game, players and supporters, I rather want a demotivated referee nonetheless excellently doing his job than teams and supporters suffering from clear mistakes. If you take Strömbergsson case (I have not seen it, but can read from comments it was blatant), if you take Mazic… referees need to be supported by VAR, football can‘t afford to go on accepting clear mistakes (even if human and understandable). The game is so quick and complex nowadays. Everything else is nostalgy in my thinking, which is nice, but doesn’t help football and the referees.

    1. You can see in both Mazics game, one in World Cup and yesterdays one, both penaltys were 100% correct by watching it live but then you look on replay and its no penalty. Good to see VAR there, soon in UEFA league too..

  16. https://img.fifa.com/image/upload/q1pc3q8egvrbhds2ehx0.pdf

    Gianluca Rocchi has been appointed for the Club WM 2018 in UAE. VAR are Pawel Gil, Massimiliano Irrati and Danny Makkelie.

  17. OT

    Italian Daniele Doveri (UEFA 2nd Group) has been appointed to the Thessaloniki derby between Aris and Paok on Sunday. His assistants are Alberto Tegoni and Giorgio Peretti. FO is (soon to be FIFA) Emmanouil Skoulas and ref. observer Fernandez Marin.

    No comment.....

    1. Greek Super League: Italian referees, Spanish observer. And this is is decided by a Portuguese man.
      Edward, this is shocking... believe me... where are the Greek officials?
      BTW Tegoni and Peretti are surely among the new FIFA assistant referees for 2019 and this will be a very good test for them!
      I also think that it is the first time ever for Italian referees in Greece, but I can't be sure about that.

    2. Excellent question, Chefren.

      When Melo Pereira came last year to take over as Head of referees he said that he would resign if he was forced to appoint foreign referees. The reason, according to him, was that he would show lack of trust to Greek referees. And after only 10 months he appointed Borbalan for the Cup final (1st time after 43 years). And he didn't resign.

      This season he removed 10 referees and 19 AR's from the previous SL list. So, he took full responsibility for his choices. He promoted 9 referees and most of them were quite inexperienced. I will mention only 2 names that made quite a mess the last matchday. Tasis and Lamprou. They both were promoted this summer with only 4-5 matches on FL (2nd tier).

      The most shocking thing is that the ref committee (Pereira, Marin, Lindberg) plus the 2 Greek members and Tritsonis as Head of education (?) cost to HFF 60.000 euros per month. The result? NONE.

      Referees live under constant fear. They know that if certain teams don't like them, they would be out of the list. And that fear leads them to big mistakes.

      Unfortunately, I don't see any way out. I am really worried.

  18. Very challenging game for Martin Strömbergsson in Yerevan.

    Missed Penalty (https://streamable.com/jv1g7)
    Disciplinary Control (https://streamable.com/aoj55)

    => Strömbergsson never found the 'pulse' of this match.
    We should say that players made it VERY difficult to officiate this match, always simulating since the first minutes, making assessment of duels a big challenge. Actually, his foul recognition/detection was adequate or even good.
    He tried to whistle a lot in order to calm the game (good tactic) but used this poorly. He failed to call some 'smart' fouls, and selected poor moments in order to 'kill' the game. This lead to a foul selection that was neither predictable nor coherent with the match.

    => As you can see from the at-length montage of his disciplinary control (https://streamable.com/aoj55), to be honest I would even so far as to call it defective.
    The first card came too late, and the rest was honestly a big mess.
    EXTREME leniency to only have the one RC, surely some perception errors as well as keeping eyes closed, I'll leave it for everyone else to decide just how many missing send offs there were...

    => What is most worrying (also beyond this match, see below) is that Strömbergsson didn't seem at all ready to lead this match. Perhaps having such a long injury meant that he wasn't 'in-form', but Swedish was far away from the level needed to handle a match like this, below is the biggest moment where he 'lost' this game:
    * At 13' (0:35), it was a prime moment to 'take charge' of this match in it's formative moments. A caution (perhaps more...) and firm warning à la his compatriot Eriksson would have been the best solution on the pitch.
    Referee left a weak impression, and didn't even show a YC.

    Martin Strömbergsson didn't make a good recommendation for (a return to) higher tasks in this match. His performance was really disappointing, and his mark surely won't be far away from 6,9.
    I am sorry for the Swedish because without his injury, he was on a good path to become an Elite referee, but now, this seems not to be the case. Especially without Eriksson, this could have been 'his' time.
    My feeling is that the past few days have been good for Andreas Ekberg (did anyone watch his performance in ISL-SUI? Jonas?), probably one could look to him as the next Swedish top class referee.
    I wonder how UEFA will treat Strömbergsson after this match, interesting time for Swedish refereeing in any case.

    1. After having watched the video, I must say that my first thought is "this game would have been difficult for all referees".
      The behavior of players is for sure disgraceful and against the fair play. This should be taken into account as first consideration. Then, in this context, for sure Strombergsson was weak. Despite of a very good foul detection, he failed in assessing all the incidents properly under the disciplinary point of view. We can mention the blatant missed YC in 10', that is more than clear. I really can't understand why he didn't book the player. This was something like a "key mistake", because with a YC issued, an early signal would have been given. Then, without listing all the other incidents, I think that two straight RC should have been shown. Assessing the performance this means two crucial mistakes. The missed penalty is another bad signal for the Swedish crew: I think that AAR1 Pandzic should have helped referee there. At a certain point of the video, in second half, I had the impression that all players felt free in doing wat they wanted to do without any authority on the pitch. This is a very bad signal.
      My final consideration is therefore the following: game would have been difficult for all referees there, as stated before, but Strombergsson contributed to a very poor show. He should have shown more cards, he didn't read the game properly.
      I would have preferred to see this game ended for missing the legal number of players, than to see how it ended with only one RC for second YC. This was a very weak performance and I think we wont see again the Swedish until December.

    2. Watched the game and the highlights now: What a disgraceful match. I've lost count how many YCs and RCs could have been issued, numerous brutal fouls, a ton of player altercations, dissent etc. The penalty is a huge mistake by the referee team about the rest it is nearly impossible to say if in such a match you can blame them for missing cards. It was a nasty and very difficult game and unfortunately, the Swedish wasn't able to prevent it.

  19. Beaton had quite a difficult game in Norway, Bulgaria's player committed half as dozen nasty fouls he properly punished with YCs. Also quite a lot of player management to be done due to Norway's players getting incensed by their opponents style of play. Good performance though.