Friday, 12 October 2018

UEFA Nations League 2018/19 - Referee Appointments MD3 (12 October 2018)

Referee appointments for 2018-19 UEFA Nations League Matchday 3, games to be played on 12/10.  Thank to @h_demboveac on Twitter.

League A - Group 2
12 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Brussels (Stade Roi Baudouin)
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Fourth Official: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: José Luis González González (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)

League A - Group 4
12 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Rijeka (Stadion HNK Rijeka)
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Harm Osmers (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Alexandre Parreira de Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)

League B - Group 3
12 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Vienna (Ernst-Happel-Stadion)
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nikolay Yordanov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)

League C - Group 2
12 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Athens (Olympiakó Athlitikó Kéntro Athinón "Spýros Loúis")
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)

League C - Group 2
12 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Tallinn (A. Le Coq Arena)
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Edward Smart (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgeņijs Miļevskis (LVA)

League D - Group 2
12 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Minsk (Nacyjanaĺny Alimpijski Stadyjon "Dynama")
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Çimen (TUR)
Fourth Official: İbrahim Çağlar Uyarcan (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Tokat (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)
UEFA Delegate: Fívos Konstantinídis (CYP)

League D - Group 2
12 October 2018, 20:45 CET - Chișinău (Stadionul Zimbru)
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Beckett (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Wyn Jones (WAL)
Fourth Official: Lewiss Ross Edwards (WAL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Huw Jones (WAL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicholas Pratt (WAL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Ginta Pēce (LVA)


  1. So I was wrong with Mateu Lahoz. Still "normal appointments" for him.
    Interesting to see Brych in Croatia - England with Fritz confirmed as AAR1. Stieler with a committee member...
    Stieler and Banti, who missed an appointment in European cups MD1 and MD2, both got a game in Nations League.

  2. Christopher Kavanagh can probably expect to be entered into the FIFA list for 2019, with his debut (?) as AAR.

  3. Dingert's first AAR appointment since March 2015 (if I didn't miss anything). Probably there are at least two more German teams appointed and therefore they needed "everyone". That could also explain Dankert missing with Brych, because he is needed as AAR elsewhere (or referees himself). If e.g. Siebert and Welz get matches, it is already difficult to find AARs from the FIFA list.


    Report about Mads Kristofferson in AEK - Olympiacos can be found above.

  5. OT
    Today I watched Michael Oliver in Porto - Galatasaray.
    A small report and some videos of key-incidents about the performance of the English.

    It was not an easy game for Oliver in Oporto. Both teams committed many fouls and they were more focused on that than on playing football. All six YCs issued were reasonable choices. In first half, a YC was for sure missed in 20'. In second half, a penalty appeal occurred in 59'. Regarding this incident, I can't be sure that Oliver had an exact perception of what had happened, at least looking at him in the video.
    Both assistant referees were quite busy. AR1 was better than AR2. The latter raised the flag in some situations in which, in my opinion, with more courage, he could have let the game flow. One situation was a sure mistake, other situations were very borderline. However, he got some decisions right and the game was challenging.

    20': missed (at least YC)
    In my opinion, this was a dark YC. Knee hitting the opponent on the back with a certain force. It wasn't, as the commentator says in the video, the first time that player from Galatasaray had committed a similar foul in the game. Later on, before the end of first half, Oliver booked him for a "normal" foul that could have been managed without card, but of course this decision, fully justified, was taken also for "persisent infringment". In any case, I consider this missed YC in 20' as clear mistake.

    59': live sequence and replays (replays were shown later in the game)
    In my opinion, supportable decision to play on, but, as I stated above, I'm not sure that the English saw this possible foul. Myba AAR1 was in a better condition to make a judgment despite of the fact that it happened on the other side of penalty area. I said "supportable" because the holding doesn't seem to have clear effects on the attacker, but penalty for sure could have been whistled.

    73': Possible YC to Nagatomo (Galatsaray), if you consider this raised leg hitting the opponent as reckless challenge.

    If you back Oliver for the penalty appeal, then it is 8.3 in my opinion, missed YC stays as significant mistake but only 0.1, as we know from UEFA guidelines. In any case, if you apply in a very strict way the LOTG you can even issue a straight RC for that challenge (no reasion for hitting opponent on the back with knee), but I wouldn't be so harsh.

    List of assistant referees decisions:
    3' Good ONSIDE AR2
    19' Wrong call AR2 but not easy. Player was ONSIDE.
    25' AR1 correct offside
    34' Excellent ONSIDE AR1
    38' Good ONSIDE AR2
    51' and 51' (*2 in the same minute) 2 offside calls by AR1, excellent.
    52' correct and very tight offside call AR2
    68' Offside Call AR2 Wrong maybe ONSIDE better to stay down.
    84' Excellent ONSIDE AR2
    90' Excellent ONSIDE AR2
    90'+1 AR2 with a borderline offside call, maybe ONSIDE, but many doubts.
    90'+2 correct offside AR1

    AAR1 with a possible involvment in penalty appeal, AAR2 expected level, FO expected level.

    1. ''20 was a clear red card. Knne in the back/head. Absolutely endagering the safety. No question.

  6. OT: U19 Qualifying Round starts tomorrow.

    Group 2:
    -Teams: Estonia (host), Italy, Denmark, Finland
    -Referees: Pavel Orel (CZE), Alain Durieux (LUX), Nikola Popov (BUL), reserve Marko Liiva (EST)

    Group 7:
    -Teams: Hungary (host), Austria, Slovenia, Kosovo.
    -Referees: Jérôme Brisard (FRA), Tomasz Musiał (POL), Peter Kjaesgaard (DEN), reserve Csaba Pintér (HUN)

    Group 8:
    -Teams: Albania (Host), Norway, Ukraine, Slovakia.
    -Referees: Horatiu Fesnic (ROU), Paul McLaughlin (IRL), Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE), reserve Albert Doda (ALB)

    Group 10:
    -Teams: Republic of Ireland (host), Netherlands, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands.
    -Referees: Filip Glova (SVK), Julian Weinberger (AUT), Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO), reserve Eoghan O'Shea (IRL)

    Group 12:
    -Teams: Switzerland (host), Spain, Belarus, Andorra.
    -Referees: Nenad Djokić (SRB), Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE), Alper Ulusoy (TUR), reserve Luca Piccolo (SUI)

    1. EST: Reijgwart and Messner
      HUN: Paniashvilli and Irvine
      ALB: Larsen and Schluchter
      IRL: Bozinovski and Celik
      SUI: Plautz and Malžinskas

  7. In Belgium Bart Vertenten has been arrested due to match fixing. In two degradation matches he accorded twice a penalty. One of them for a fault far outside the backarea. A football agent and members of KV Mechelen are accused too. Sebastien Delferiere is free but also accused. His report according an excluded player was falsified. Møre, together with a football manager he bought a car at lower price. Finally he received money from that manager for his sport school. In Belgium we think it’s the end for both.

  8. OT
    PSG’s 6-1 win over Red Star Belgrade ‘under investigation after Serbian official bet millions on five-goal defeat’.

  9. OT U21 Euro Qualifiers
    Group 9 16/10 MNE-KAZ
    Referee: Petri Viljanen (Finland)
    Assistant Referees: Riku Vihreävuori, Mika Lamppu
    Fourth Official: Joni Hyytiä

  10. Apparently, NIR goalie was booked for picking up a back pass. You don't see that everyday.

    1. This would be a clear mistake: YC is not needed in this situation, only indirect free kick must be whistled.

    2. The whole management of the situation wasn't really fine by Kabakov. According to my opinion, he needed way too long to come to the spot. Instead of a sprint he jogged only. The consequence was the NIR goalkeeper kept the ball in his hands, the AUT attackers tried to get the ball out of his hands, a quick free-kick wasn't possible anymore. I think this was the reason for the YC (delaying the restart of the game) - anyway, it would be evitable with a more active approach by the referee.

      Otherwise a quite good performance in a very easy game so far (80').

    3. You can book a keep if he picks the ball on purpose (like to avoid a forward to play the ball), but I didn't watch the sequence so I can't pronounce myself on this situation

    4. Watched it now - my previous information was the UEFA web page - and it seems like it was indeed for keeping the ball and delaying the restart.

      @Gitzlo: Any idea what the YC for Norwood was for? Dissent?

    5. Unfortunately no, I didn't recognize the YC during the game tbh :)

  11. Mateu Lahoz behaves like he always does. You can like it or you can not. The most important thing: Almost nothing to report.

  12. Quite an easy game for Brych in Croatia England. Two possible situations in the second half which I would like a look at again though.
    England Penalty Appeal 52'
    Possible SFP 59'
    Other than that all cautions were correct and fully justified

    1. I agree, good performance by Brych.
      My feeling is this match wasn't as easy as it looked, also regarding the full concentration.
      Brych had 'his finger on the pulse' of the match from first whistle to last, roadblock YC to Henderson was good; with a more passive referee, this game could have become challenging, IMO.

      If you're talking about Barkley's penalty appeal, then both decisions are correct for my taste (still with SFP in sight though).

  13. About Stieler, no comment, i thought that he is a very talented referee, but i had disappointed. It was a totally normal match nothing special, for me an easy going, he start to shown YC s in first half in first period totally was 7 YC usually SPA and unsporting behaviour, but IMO totally was not Card management, for me totally bad, absolutely inconsistent interesting to say about a top Division referee. And this inconsistent was totally specific full of the game. With a lot of handball situations. He whistled simply all handballs, but in 90+5' he didnt whistled in the penalty area ( For me this is a crucial mistake) In the second half missed some clear foul, the most biggest was in maybe 81' when #GRE4 make a contact with the Hungarian player in the nearby of penalty area, here missed a yellow for SPA too. ( Stieler not whistled) In the first half AR1 missed an offside. So after this game IMO Stieler will be not an Elite referee. Maybe Edward has an opinion too. I wait it so much.

  14. Good performance by Stieler on a challenging match. All his cautions (8) were correct and his match control was very good. He was respected by players and had small talk in some moments.

    His style (gestures, card showing) reminds a lot of Brych. It's quite different from everything I have seen so far. But it seems that it's working.

    Good offside calls by both AR's. I would highlight the very good co-operation with AR1 at min. 22' when Tsimikas (GRE) was cautioned for a foul away from the ball.

  15. Thank to Arbitro Internacional:
    Wilton Sampaio (BRA) - Rodrigo Correa (BRA) and Bruno Boschilia (BRA) will be the CONMEBOL trio at 2018 Club World Cup. Mauro Vigliano (ARG) will work as VAR.
    What are your predictions for the other confederations and especially UEFA?

  16. Márk Szántó and Edward, you have totally different ideas about Stieler, well, the only solution for me would be to watch the game. maybe I will do that, I'm curious about his performance :)

  17. I will make some clips after that I finished with my Work at night Because for me it is Really Interesting situation. I dont remember same situation in This level.

    1. The Hungarian media And the coach of national team talking a terrible performance. For me it Was not a terrible But not so Good too.