Tuesday, 20 November 2018

UEFA Nations League 2018/19 - Referee Appointments MD6 (20 November 2018)

Referee appointments for 2018-19 UEFA Nations League Matchday 6, games to be played on 20/11.  Thank to @h_demboveac on Twitter.
League A - Group 3
20 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Guimarães (Estadio D. Afonso Henriques)
Referee: Sergey Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksey Lunev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Moskalev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Thomas Ross (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)

League B - Group 2
20 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Solna (Friends Arena)
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: François Letexier (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jérôme Miguelgorry (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michális Koukoulákis (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)

League C - Group 1
20 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Glasgow (Hampden Park)
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Fourth Official: Mark Borsch (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dušan Krchňák (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)

League C - Group 4
20 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Podgorica (Gradski Stadion)
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Tarik Shamel (ENG)

League C - Group 4
20 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Belgrade (Stadion FK Partizan)
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Kõiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)
Fourth Official: Jaan Roos (EST)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Joonas Jaanovits (EST)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Eiko Saar (EST)
UEFA Referee Observer: Yuriy Baskakov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)

League D - Group 3
20 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Pristina (Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri)
Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Pagès (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Karim Abed (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Aleksandr Gvardis (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Antonio Talarico (ITA)

League D - Group 3
20 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Ta' Qali (National Stadium)
Referee: Vitaliy Meshkov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averyanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitriy Mosyakin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: António Manuel Almeida da Costa (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Ánna Kapásoglou (GRE)


  1. U21 Play offs - second legs:

    20 November 2018, 18:00 CET - Chaves (Estádio Municipal Eng.º Manuel Branco Teixeira)
    Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
    Fourth Official: Fabio Maresca (ITA)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
    UEFA Delegate: Yuriy Barbash (UKR)

    20 November 2018, 19:00 CET - Sankt Pölten (NV Arena)
    Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
    Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
    Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
    Fourth Official: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
    UEFA Delegate: Kari Iuell (NOR)

    1. Interesting detail: Davide Massa in POR-POL u21 with a ring on the finger :)

    2. Indeed, differently from other countries, I see many serie A referees and assistant referees wearing rings and necklaces. This shouldn't be allowed but nobody warn them... this is by years...

  2. This is a part of Pitana's interview, in Spanish with Italian subtitles, better than nothing, maybe you can understand something:


  3. Highlights of Orel Grinfeld in Belgium v Iceland


    1:50, 4:55, 7:08 - penalty incidents

    3:36 and 8:22 - very late whistles, decisions after advices from ref-team members; dissent by action dealt with by verbal warning in first incident

    Quite unpredictable line regarding fouls and yellow cards (SPA in 55' and 75'?). Rather robotic and authoritarian style (he reminds me early Çakır), however he is able to communicate with players quite well when needed. It's a great asset, because he arouses respect by being a serious man but being able to explain his decisions to players at the same time.

    That performance gave me very mixed feelings about potential promotion. IMO, it's too early even regarding June 2019, but with a good mentor, he should be able to do it in next 1-2 year(s).

    1. Thank you for this very detailed report.
      I think that 55' was a SPA, even more when you see a foul directly on the man just to stop him far away from the ball.
      I agree with referee's decisions in all the penalty appeals.
      Mark for this performance, based on the video, can be expected level but for sure referee could have made a betteer appearance without delayed whistles and more alertness in some situations. However, for sure he can work and he has all the time, no need of a quick promotion, he can manage that for 2019, as you stated.

  4. Strange that a decisive game like Kosovo- Azerbaijan was given to a 2nd category referee.

    There are 25 referees in Elite category. I think that all decisive games frin last round should have been whistled by Elite referees (Kosovo- Azerbaijan, Scotland- Israel etc). You know that I always say that UEFA should give chances to a wider number of referees but I still think that very decisive games (in any european competition) should be whistled by best referees.

    1. Indeed Benoît Millot with a very decisive game for promotion, but let me say that's good because it means that committee has trust in all referees. The level of football, said with all the respect, between these two national teams can be managed without problem by a referee who regularly whistles in Ligue 1.

    2. I was just waiting for the result in Baku, we can say now that is it is direct playoff for top place and of course, (crucially) shot at EURO 2020.

      I agree with petschovschi, I expected a First Category here (Gözübüyük handled other top League D game, LUX-BLR), but I am pleasantly surprised by Millot's appointment.

      He had a very good EL debut (https://kronikasedziowska.blogspot.com/p/akhisar-belediyespor-sevilla.html), and was always a good referee when I watched him besides in L1.

      I think it's slightly unfair to read into this appoint that "UEFA trusts all referees", Millot is one of the best referees below 1st Cat in my opinion, where he should to rise in the summer. But I understand what you were trying to hit on :-).

      Motivationally, it would be very dangerous to appoint eg Çakır here (this shouldn't be the case, but even in our careers we know it to be true).
      Millot is a referee on the up in UEFA, has the required skills to handle this match (IMO), and is a good choice for my taste.

    3. It's not about Millot or any other referee. I just said that I think it's normal to use Elite referees in decisive games. Esspecially for Azerbaijan is a huge game thinking that baky will host games in EURO 2020 (and the only real chance to qualify for AZE is this play-off).
      I repeat, it's not about the name of the referee. For example Montenegro- Romania is a useless game now (even for best 2nd placec in this division) but UEFA sent Zwayer to whistle. Scotland- Israel is a decisive game and UEFA sent Welz in Glasgow. Honestly, it's not normal.

    4. One more thing: for small countries this competition is important because every division has a ticket for EURO 2020. It's there only real chance to qualify for EURO 2020. Also, it's a matter of respect for the nations which play decisive games 9in every division) to send there best referees (Elite).

  5. Does anyone know Spain - Bosnia and Herzegovina?

  6. It seems as Janny Sikazwe and Mehdi Abid Charef have been suspended by CAF for their recent appearances in CAF Champions League. They are both under investigation.
    It is very difficult to form TOP referees in Africa if this is the situation regarding the best officials. In particular, however, I don't know what happened in Sikazwe's CL semifinal, and it would be interesting to see something.

  7. I'm surprised about Sikazwe; it seems that he didn't make any mistake on CAF champions league. Does somebody have details ?
    Do you know how will replace Abid Charef at FIFA CWC ?

  8. Still no info about the possible replacement of Abid Charef for CWC.
    I think we will know more on next days.
    We have confirmations about the rumors reporting VAR to be used starting from this KO stage of CL.
    It seems as UEFA is working very quickly and we will have technology from Round of 16.

    1. I heard VAR could also be used during the Nations League finals in June.

  9. OT

    First of all thank you for this great blog, I am following it for quite a long time, this is my first active contribution.

    1) Královec (CZE) appointed with his regular international assistants this Sunday (Sparta Praha - Jablonec, 17:00), which indicates a game for them on MD5, but rather in EL, although CL on Wednesday still can't be denied.

    2) Jana Adámková will make her debut in the first Czech league (Sigma Olomouc - Mladá Boleslav, Sunday, 15:00), as the second woman in history of the Czech league, the first being Dagmar Damková (current 3rd vice-chairman of UEFA Referees Committee).

  10. https://www.facebook.com/152192980578/posts/10157354278350579/ what do you think about Czech Republic goal. Is the attacer in offside position bloking the deffender ?

  11. OT: José María Sánchez Martínez and Juan Martínez Munuera (both Second group Spanish referees) are working these days as VAR instructors for UEFA in Istanbul, at TFF headquarters.

    Link: http://www.rfef.es/noticias/var-estambul-instructores-uefa

    Photos: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DsdmDaYWoAEg_63.jpg

    1. The turkish super league has been plagued by inconsistent VAR reviews during matches this season. Plenty of allegations of favoritism in the turkish media for var reviews in favor of "big 3" clubs and non reviews for smaller anatolian or non istanbul sides.

  12. Karasev struggled to find the right balance in foul detection and selection in the first half. He missed clear fouls on the one hand (43'!) and whistled soft fouls on the other. He gave two soft yellow cards that are however demanded by UEFA nowadays (11' illegal use of arm, 28' slight stamp, most likely upon advice from AR2). Some potential SPA incidents to be rewatched. Players not always accept his calls.

  13. Good 1H by Tobias Welz in Glasgow

    To be fair, I am really impressed by his eminently mature and sovereign optic, in this important and easy-going match. Players respond very well to him.

    Verbal warning for a borderline reckless tackle at 38', and then correct YC at 40' for studs-on-boot tackle. One might argue they should be vice versa, but he followed UEFA's guidelines well.

    Good luck for 2H.

    1. Full expected level (8,4) performance from Welz.

      Firm without being arrogant or a 'teacher'. Impressive.

  14. Penalty + RC for DOGSO in POR-POL


    1. Good ONSIDE, then not a genuine attempt to play ball, clear RC.

    2. Funny reaction by the AR who is involved -- he seems to totally forget the presence of AARs on this game!

    3. The rarely seen retake of a penalty s well.

    4. I expect the same attention by all referees there, otherwise there isn't consistency in repeating a penalty.

    5. If it's due to #20, the retake is too harsh, I think. Especially as in the 2nd attempt, it is nearly the same.

    6. A player from each team encroached at the "top" of the penalty area (as in, at the top of the screen, the replay doesn't show it well, but you can see them together after the ball enters the goal.

    7. What is bothering me with the penalty is that you cannot fall the way the polish player did if your opponent puts his hand on your shoulder... the polish player seems to jump and dive a little to easy IMO

  15. 02:08


    I know it is a friendly match,but not even a yellow if handball was whistled and penalty was given?!

    1. https://youtu.be/pB77_zNf56M?t=311

    2. Indeed this can be rather RC because despite of keeper's presence, ball seems in the direction to enter the net. The minimum is YC, whistling without card a clear mistake or deliberate violation of LOTG.

  16. Felix Zwayer penalty awareded in Montenegro - Romania:

    I think the German spotted very good a contact at feet level and not the holding of the Romanian defender standing with the back at his own goal. Excellent decision for me and overall impressive performance (especially the 3 or 4 YC issued for dissent, more referees should do this).

    1. Very difficult situation as meanwhile the assistant referee and additional assistant referee involved had to understand whether the foul had occurred when ball was still in play...

  17. Switzerland, England, Netherlands, Portugal in the semi-finals.

    I suppose that referees like Marciniak, Hategan, Kulbakov (3rd place), Turpin will be there.
    Unfortunately, no chance for Soares Dias, Makkelie or Oliver.

    1. I would love to see them there and not Cakir, Brych, Mazic, Rocchi...

    2. You can put the very experienced referees as VAR if you want :D


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