Monday, 19 November 2018

UEFA Nations League 2018/19 - Referee Appointments MD6 (19 November 2018)

Referee appointments for 2018-19 UEFA Nations League Matchday 6, games to be played on 19/11.  Thank to @h_demboveac on Twitter.
League A - Group 1
19 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Gelsenkirchen (Veltins-Arena)
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hațegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Ștefan Ghinguleac (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Constantin Colțescu (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marcel Vanelshocht (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)

League B - Group 1
19 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Prague (Eden Aréna)
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: José Luis Munuera Montero (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)

League B - Group 4
19 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Aarhus (Ceres Park)
Referee: Əliyar Ağayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Məmmədov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Mübariz Haşımov (AZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Rəhim Həsənov (AZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Orxan Məmmədov (AZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Sippel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)

League C - Group 3
19 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Sofia (Natsionalen Stadion "Vasil Levski")
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yılmaz (TUR)
Fourth Official: Erdem Bayık (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Suat Arslanboğa (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)

League C - Group 3
19 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Nicosia (Stádio GSP)
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Péter Berettyán (HUN)
Fourth Official: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: József Erdős (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Kieran O'Connor (WAL)

League D - Group 1
19 November 2018, 18:00 CET - Andorra la Vella (Estadi Nacional)
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: İbrahim Çağlar Uyarcan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ümit Öztürk (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)

League D - Group 1
19 November 2018, 18:00 CET - Tbilisi (Boris Paichadzis Dinamo Arena)
Referee: Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Luís André Ferreira Pinto de Campos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Jorge Ferreira dos Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: António Manuel Albino Godinho (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hugo Filipe Ferreira de Campos Moreira Miguel (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Carlos dos Santos Capela (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Jaŭhien Tratsiuk (BLR)

League D - Group 4
19 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Vaduz (Rheinpark Stadion)
Referee: Alain Durieux (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Da Costa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Gilles François Becker (LUX)
Fourth Official: Claude Ries (LUX)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Christophe Pires Martins (LUX)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alex Krueger (LUX)
UEFA Referee Observer: Are Habicht (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Bos (NED)

League D - Group 4
19 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Skopje (Nacionalna Arena "Filip II Makedonski")
Referee: Daniyar Sakhi (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Aydyn Tasybayev (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergey Kalachev (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Yevgeniy Belskiy (KAZ)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Furkat Atazhanov (KAZ)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Arman Ismuratov (KAZ)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ingi Jónsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Márton Esterházy (HUN)


  1. Very, very interesting appointments with Rosetti.
    Now we have the first try with Hernández Hernández, De Bleeckere will observe him.

    1. IMHO, they should "invest" in Sánchez Martínez. He's a real talent!

    2. still without Skomina?

    3. IMO almost all Second Group Spanish referees (Sánchez Martínez, Hernández Hernández, Martínez Munuera), maybe besides De Burgos Bengoetxea, who had just a good/expected overall season start, have been excellent so far this season until now, also being appointed with lots of important games (RMA-SEV and Basque Derby for Hernández Hernández, Clásico and ATM-ATH for Sánchez Martínez, FCB-SEV and Madrid derby for Martínez Munuera).

      Those 3 should be considered for promotion to First, but I think that at least until June 2019 only Martínez Munuera will get it, as he handled U19 Euro final in July and is the only one having made his debut un UEL Group Stage (Zürich-Ludogorets, this season)

    4. See Hdz Hdz, Sanchez and even Munuera catalogued again as a second I feel great discouragement. But how does a referee who has already made two or three real-barcelona or real-atletico be in second!!!!! Rosetti here must get his hands on them and make them definitely accelerate

  2. i knew it, that Hategan will have a top clash in this competition. But without a comittee member for him. By the way, I think somebody forgot the games between Serbia - Lithuania and Montenegro-Romania, which are not in the list.

    1. Serbia - Lituania and Montenegro - Romania are planned for 20 November. Appointments for these games will be released tomorrow with the other games planned for the same date.

    2. Sorry, I mistake the dates and thank you for the information.

  3. By the way, Daniyar Sakhi is a mere twenty-seven years old!
    FYR Macedonia should win at a canter in Skopje, but still, very good appointment for the young Kazakh.

    1. To add, I think this should be the first time ever for a Kazakh appointment with additional assistant referees in international competitions. This never happened so far. However, I don't know whether national federation used already the system in some domestic games.

  4. Some news regarding Kovacs, hopefully everything is false.

    A Swedish player claims that Istvan Kovacs promised he would have assigned "two penalties" following a potential missed one in first half. Sweden won with a penalty.

    "At the end of the first half I went to talk to the referee to protest for a penalty not whistled by referee. We sat in the locker room, I explained my point of view and he made me a promise: 'I'm going to see the videos again, if it proves that I was wrong, I will give you two penalties in the second half '". A joke ... or not?

    1. I hope that Kovacs isn't so idiot to have such kind of conversation. On the other hand it's impossible for Berg to prove such a conversation. Even if it's true, I can't imagine it's more than an unfortunate joke made by Kovacs.

    2. I agree. I have a feeling it was a joke (ironicly: "if that was a penalty, then I'll whistle two penalties in the second half")

      For me, this statement by Berg is childish and unneccesary.
      Without any proof, with a lot of possible consequences.

    3. Sense of humor is not the same for everyone. We will see how Rosetti understands the joke and can also joke.

    4. Not a joke or type of conversation that any referee should have with a player. It leads to the referee's impartiality being questioned.

    5. It was probably a joke lost in translation. Kovacs did get all the calls correctly in the second half especially with the penalty decisions so I am confident that nothing suspicious occured on the field. Also, no complaints about the refereeing from the usually vocal Turkish media as well.

  5. OT - Ligue 1 - Referee appointments for Matchday 14

    23/11/2018, 21:00CET
    Referee: Antony Gautier
    Assistant Referees: Michael Annonier - Huseyin Ocak
    Fourth Official: Bartolomeu Teles Varela
    Video Assistant Referees : Oliver Thual - Bruno Coue

    24/11/2018, 17:00CET
    Referee: Hakim Ben El Hadj
    Assistant Referees: Gwenael Pasqualotti - Julien Aube
    Fourth Official: Alexandre Niel Perreau
    Video Assistant Referees : Ruddy Buquet (FIFA) - Hamid Guenaoui

    24/11/2018, 20:00CET
    Referee: François Letexier (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees : Cyril Mugnier (FIFA) - Mehdi Rahmouni (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Thierry Bouille
    Video Assistant Referees: Benoît Bastien (FIFA - Elite) - Romain Delpech

    24/11/2018, 20:00CET
    Referee: Clément Turpin (FIFA - Elite)
    Assistant Referees: Nicolas Danos (FIFA) - Cyril Gringore (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Aurelien Petit
    Video Assistant Referees : Nicolas Rainville (FIFA - 2nd) - Jeremie Pignard

    24/11/2018, 20:00CET
    Referee: Johan Hamel
    Assistant Referees: Mathieu Grosbost - Stephan Pignatelli
    Fourth Official: Yann Gazagnes
    Video Assistant Referees: Eric Wattellier - Benjamin Lepaysant

    24/11/2018, 20:00CET
    Referee: Benoît Millot (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees: Stephan Luzi - Aurelien Drouet
    Fourth Official: Antoine Grare
    Video Assistant Referees: Florent Batta - Dominique Julien

    24/11/2018, 20:00CET
    Referee: Thomas Leonard
    Assistant Referees: Frederic Hebrard - Gilles Lang
    Fourth Official: Gael Angoula
    Video Assistant Referees: Willy Delajod - Christian Guillard

    25/11/2018, 15:00CET
    Referee: Jérôme Brisard (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees: François Boudikian - Matthieu Lombard
    Fourth Official: Guillaume Paradis
    Video Assistant Referees: Karim Abed (FIFA - 2nd) - William Lavis

    25/11/2018, 17:00CET
    Referee: Frank Schneider (FIFA - 2nd)
    Assistant Referees: Djemel Zitouni- Nicolas Henninot
    Fourth Official: Mickael Leleu
    Video Assistant Referees: Jeremy Stinat - Wilfried Bien

    25/11/2018, 21:00CET
    Referee: Jérôme Miguelgorry
    Assistant Referees: Eric Danizan - Christophe Mouysset
    Fourth Official: Alexandre Niel Perreau
    Video Assistant Referees: Alexandre Castro - Stephane Bre

    1. Very hot derby for Gautier, committee still trusts him very much. Definitely in the top 5 in France. Turpin is back from his injury with a minor match in this matchday, probably a European appointement to come next week.
      Apart from that, normal appointements.

    2. Maybe in case of need, Turpin could get two games on both MD5 on MD6.

  6. RC in Andorra - Latvia.
    Video is not clear but it seems as the player from Latvia spat to opponent.

  7. Tiago Lopes seemed a bit distant in GEO - KAZ. Not a challenging match, two YCs - one for a dangerous challene and for a combination of holding and dissent moments before the final whistle. The latter player should have been cautioned way earlier for multiple incidents of dissent. Overall, he seemed not that interested in the game, rather removed for my taste. But dissent did not in any way influence him, maybe he is just that calm and I mistake it for removedness. Maybe of note that if Georgia's first goal hadn't gone in, I would have been a mandatory pk + RC for DOGSO (handball).

  8. OT: Gil Manzano appointed to Atlético-Barcelona on Saturday.

  9. Matchday 13 -LaLiga

    Friday 11/23

    21:00, CD Leganes - D. Alaves
    Referee: Alberola Rojas
    VAR: Medie Jimenez

    Saturday, 11/24

    13:00, SD Eibar - Real Madrid
    Referee: Martinez Munuera
    VAR: Munuera Montero

    16:15, Valencia CF - Rayo Vallecano
    Referee: Gonzalez Fuertes
    VAR: Cuadra Fernandez

    18:30, SD Huesca - Levante UD
    Referee: Estrada Fernande
    VAR: Alvarez Izquierdo

    20:45, Atletico de Madrid - FC Barcelona
    Referee: Gil Manzano
    VAR: Jaime Latre

    Sunday, 11/25

    12:00, Athletic Club - Getafe CF
    Referee: Iglesias Villanueva
    VAR: Gonzalez Gonzalez

    16:15, Sevilla FC - Valladolid
    Referee: Del Cerro Grande
    VAR: Mateu Lahoz

    18:30, RCD Espanyol - Girona FC
    Referee: Hernandez Hernandez
    VAR: De Burgos Bengoetxea

    20:45, Villareal - Real Betis
    Referee: Prieto Iglesias
    VAR: Sanchez Martinez

    Monday, 11/26

    21:00, Real Sociedad - Celta
    Referee: Melero Lopez
    VAR: Cordero Vega

    Gil Manzano with the top clash of this matchday.

  10. PL appointments

    Saturday 24 November
    Brighton v Leicester
    Referee: Chris Kavanagh
    Assistants: Daniel Cook, Sian Massey-Ellis
    Fourth official: Roger East

    Everton v Cardiff
    Referee: Paul Tierney
    Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Mark Scholes
    Fourth official: Kevin Friend

    Fulham v Southampton
    Referee: Michael Oliver
    Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett
    Fourth official: Craig Pawson

    Man Utd v Crystal Palace
    Referee: Lee Mason
    Assistants: Harry Lennard, Marc Perry
    Fourth official: Anthony Taylor

    Watford v Liverpool
    Referee: Jonathan Moss
    Assistants: Eddie Smart, Andy Halliday
    Fourth official: David Coote

    West Ham v Man City
    Referee: Andre Marriner
    Assistants: Scott Ledger, Simon Long
    Fourth official: Keith Stroud

    17:30 Spurs v Chelsea
    Referee: Martin Atkinson
    Assistants: Stephen Child, Lee Betts
    Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

    Sunday 25 November
    13:30 AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal
    Referee: Craig Pawson
    Assistants: Ian Hussin, Richard West
    Fourth official: David Coote

    16:00 Wolves v Huddersfield
    Referee: Kevin Friend
    Assistants: Matthew Wilkes, Simon Beck
    Fourth official: Paul Tierney

    Monday 26 November
    20:00 Burnley v Newcastle
    Referee: Anthony Taylor
    Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn
    Fourth official: Simon Hooper

    Always the same names in Premier League... Atkinson with another big clash anyway, and Oliver with his international ARs so maybe R5 CL for him.

    1. I thought Oliver might get the big game instead of Atkinson since he didn't do any nations league games.

  11. Missed yc for Schulz (ger) by Hatagan. I dont like Hatagan attitude this match

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    2. For example yes. It looks like Hatagan doesnt interested is in the game

    3. Unfortunately, now we know the reason....

    4. Unfortunate yes. My thougts are with the Hategan family

  12. Hernández Hernández is really, really fit.

  13. Very good performance by Hernández in an easy match. Liked his foul detection, positioning and his player management a lot!

    1. Yep. I hope he makes his debut in UEL Group Stage in MD5 or MD6.

  14. Below you can see Virgil van Dijk consoling Ovidiu Hategan after final whistle. At half-time Hategan got the message that his mother passed away... Very sad story, showing once again that referees are humans, not robots, and we should have more and more empathy when talking about their performances...

    1. My thoughts are with Ovidiu and his loved ones.

      Virgil van Dijk deserves all credit for his reaction. RESPECT!

    2. Very sad...
      Hategan is one very strong and professional referee, he deserved all the success he achieved. Also, Van Dijk showed once again his class, this time as a human.

      My thoughts are with Mr Hategan.

    3. My sincere condolences to Ovidiu Hategan and his close family. One can hardly imagine how difficult the last 45 minutes of yesterday’s match must have been for him... Very sad.

    4. I agree wholeheartedly with Vlad's sentiments, the way that the media has dehumanised referees in the last twenty or so years especially is actually disgusting. One can remember Rizzoli in his WC interview- "we are normal people". Top level referees experience all the nuances and intricacies of every day life that everyone experiences. I hope I always write with empathy, it makes me so angry when people write unconstructive nonsensical criticism that is actually hurtful on here, please think before you post on the blog.

      Hațegan showed an incredible performance against this background, keeping his emotions in showed absolutely immense strength. I hope he is given time to rest and reflect in this most difficult time for those closest to her. I hope that knowing that her son was officiating one of the top matches in Europe, when the worst happened, gave her some amount of satisfaction and happiness.

      Also with what happened to Mr Bekker (he has my deepest best wishes and prayers that he recovers), this should be a night that firmly puts refereeing into perspective.


    5. A very sad news, I'm really touched. My condolences to Hategan and his family. When these things happen, many people realize that also referees are human people. The nice gestures by players at the end of the game are very strong messages.

    6. It is really sad for him! Are there sources that he was informed in HT?

    7. Very sad. I am sorry for Ovidiu ! :(

      My condolences to Hategan and his family.

  15. My deepest condolences to Mr. Hategan for this very sad news. Yes referee are human and everybody in the world must consider that. I really cannot understand how Hategan has managed the second half of this important match. He did a great job in spite of a very dramatic feeling inside. I also recently lots my mummy and really know how is the feeling at this time. Great professional by hategan and strong behavior.
    I have no idea if it has been a sudden event, but if his mother was in danger of life, he should be replaced. Really cannot understand how he has been so strong to complete the match with a so terrible news in his mind and in his heart.
    Take the opportunity of this news to remember Soham, who left us few moths ago. We cannot forget him

  16. More particulars:

    At first, my big respect for Hategan. He had the strength to go on, officiating the second half after having known that his mother was died. This is not common: I think that most of the referees there would be unable to join again the pitch. Having said that, at least what we can point out is that his mother was already at hospitel and he knew that she was under medical treatment by a long time.
    This doesn't make the situation so much better, of course, but at least he was aware. I think it would have been something too big and maybe even impossible to bear, if this had happened suddenly, I mean unexpected, without any previous signal.
    Again, we are with Hategan and his family in these difficult days.
    May his mother rest in peace.