Friday, 22 March 2019

2019/20 European Qualifiers - Referee Appointments MD1 (22 March 2019)

Referee appointments for 2019-20 UEFA European Qualifiers Matchday 1, games to be played on 22/03.  Thank to @h_demboveac on Twitter.

Group A
22 March 2019, 18:00 CET - Sofia (Natsionalen Stadion "Vasil Levski")
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Fourth Official: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Vladislav Khodeyev (RUS)

Group A
22 March 2019, 20:45 CET - London (Wembley Stadium)
Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre dos Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Filipe Ferreira de Campos Moreira Miguel (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)

Group B
22 March 2019, 20:45 CET - Luxembourg (Stade Josy Barthel)
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Elias Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
Fourth Official: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Paul Lyon (GIB)

Group B
22 March 2019, 20:45 CET - Lisbon (Estádio do SL Benfica)
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoît Millot (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)

Group H
22 March 2019, 20:45 CET - Shkodër (Stadiumi Loro Boriçi)
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)

Group H
22 March 2019, 20:45 CET - Andorra la Vella (Estadi Nacional)
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Stéphane De Almeida (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Asim Xudiyev (AZE)
UEFA Delegate: Vasko Dojčinovski (MKD)

Group H
22 March 2019, 20:45 CET - Chișinău (Stadionul Zimbru)
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Kurt Zuppinger (SUI)


  1. Big test for Artur Soares Dias on Hugh Dallas' radar and potentially hot game for Tobias Stieler.

    1. Indeed very important test for Soares Dias.
      Commenting also on Sidiropoulos appointment, we can say that committee is following a different policy in making appointments for qualifers. Some referees who were not so much used in KO stage for some reasons, will have their chance.
      I hope that the Portuguese can convince because we need other solid options among Elite referees. So far, he is still "under observation", before getting something more important.

  2. Also good appointments for Turpin and Buquet I would say.

    1. Regarding Turpin, I would say that any weaker game would be rather disappointing for someone with good chances for a CL SF this year.

  3. A couple of interesting situations from the Chornomorets Odesa - FC Oleksandriya game in Ukraine, handled by Mykola Balakin (30yrs, 3rd Cat.)

    11' (Deliberate Handling? SPA vs DOGSO?)

    53' (Serious Foul Play)

    1. 1) It looks like the impact was on the chest or shoulder no?
      2) Yes, clear RC for me

  4. Highights of Marco Guida's performance in Milan - Inter

    1. I think that it was a very good performance in a very difficult game, especially the last minutes. I disagree with Calvarese who invited Guida to rewatch the RC for SFP: it was in my opinion at least a supportable choice, especially if watched in real pace.
      The only really evident mistake was a phantom handball whistled against Milan during an attack, close to penalty area.
      Some people did not agree with the confirmation of 2-3, due to the offside position, but Milan player did not influence the defender, so correcy by Passeri and VAR.
      The rest was very good also in terms of personality and match control.
      What do you think about RC?

    2. Indeed, a very good performance. Let me say, it's the first time I saw potential in Marco Guida. Well, I don't watch Serie A very often but always deemed Guida as rather poor manager and lacking in soft skills. In this game he proved me wrong!

      I agree with the non-offside decision. Piątek didn't impact the defender, was two metres behind him. On one replay it looks like he challenges the defender but other replays shows it wasn't the case.

      Regarding the RC changed to YC after an OFR, I believe the crucial thing was a perception mistake. Guida was convinced Conti attacked an opponent with the high leg, showing studs that wasn't the case as Conti committed a foul by the leg sliding on the ground. Then, the invite for OFR was in line with VAR protocol. Then, it was Guida who decided that the contact made by the leg sliding on the ground was only reckless. And here one can disagree (attack on standing leg, serious injury possible v not so dangerous sliding leg position).

  5. The Football Association of the Czech Republic decided that, due to mistakes, Zbyněk Proske (FIFA, Third Category) and Pavel Julínek (non-FIFA) will handle only youth competitions till the end of the season.

    1. Proske attended last UEFA U17 EURO. He was involved in that controversial 2nd YC + RC for Irish goalie for (non-existant, IMO) encroachment in the decisive penalty kick. He wasn't promoted to 2nd Category after that (even though the critical decision was made by AR)

    2. Well, the Referee Commision of the Czech Football Association is going to eliminate some referees from the referee list for professional competitions after this season. Maybe it would be too cruel for Zbyněk Proske, but I think he is one of them. And of course in this case he will be replaced with somebody younger in UEFA list.

  6. Japan-Colombia

    0:21 What's your decision?
    It's like Kimpembe's handball.

    1. Supportable if you whistle it, but for me rather not punishable. The thing that makes the touch more evident to the eyes of referee is just the movement, and the hball hits exactly the arm in an unlucky circumstance. I think that Kimpembe handball was a bit more blatant, even different in terms of perception by referee.

    2. I'm with you. Thank you!

  7. CAF referees with decisive games in 2019 AFCON qualifiers:

    Cameroon - Comoros (the winner qualifies)
    Bakary Gassama (GAM)

    Burundi - Gabon (the winner qualifies)
    Gehad Grisha (EGY)

    Algeria - Gambia (Algeria already qualified, Gambia must win)
    Sidi Alioum (CMR)

    Benin - Togo (both teams can qualify with a win)
    Bamlak Tessema (ETH)

    Lybia - South Africa (the winner qualifies)
    Noureddine El Jaafari (MAR)

    Zimbabwe - Congo (both teams can qualify with a win)
    El Fadil Mohamed (SDN)

    DR Congo - Liberia (the winner qualifies)
    Maguette N'Diaye (SEN)

    Botswana - Angola (Angola needs just one point to qualify, Botswana eliminated)
    Amin Mohamed Omar (EGY)

    Burkina Faso - Mauritana (Burkina Faso must only win, Mauritana eliminated)
    Jean-Jacques Ndala Ngambo (COD)

    Guinea Bissau - Mozambique (Mozambique must win to qualify, Guinea-Bissau needs at least one point)
    Sadok Selmi (TUN)

    Zambia - Namibia (Zambia eliminated, Namibia needs points if Mozambique win in the other game)
    Bernard Camille (SEY)

    Tanzania - Uganda (Uganda already qualified, Tanzania needs points to advance Lesotho)
    Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB)

    Cape Verde - Lesotho (Cape Verde eliminated, Lesotho needs points to defend the second place in case of win by Tanzania)
    Mahamadou Keita (MLI)


    KNVB has released some appointments for 26 March.
    Makkelie Bosnia and Herzegovina - Greece and Gözübüyük Ireland - Georgia.

  9. About the highlights from the last games:

    Highlights from the Slovakia - Hungary game handled by Vladislav Bezborodov can be found here (no audio from second half unfortunately)
    I couldn't find another full match record of the Cyprus - San Marino game and having deleted my files, the best I can provide is a link to both penalty situations

    1:10 Penalty awarded for handball, YC for SPA
    2:05 Penalty awarded for tripping

  10. Not very convincing first half by Ruddy Buquet (France) in Bulgaria vs. Montenegro. Solid fitness condition, positioning and communication.

    3' = Missed verbal warning imo for a counter stop.

    8' = Good no penalty call. Hand was not touched only shoulder/head.

    25' = Two yellow cards against MNE (Bečiraj and Simič) for dissent after he not whistled a free kick.

    28' = Imo a missed yellow card (MNE) for a reckless tackle (with both legs ahead).

    34' = Yellow card Popov (Bulgaria) because of a wiper in his face

    Towards the end of the first half there were two controversial decisions by both assistants.Not clearly recognizable.

  11. ISRAEL - SLOVENIA, Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins

    8' Standing Leg Tackle, offender warned by the referee

    18' No caution after this reckless tackle, where earlier foul did not 'force' him into the tackle (ie. he was not pushed, he jumped himself).

    28' YC for SPA / Lack of Respect

    33' Reckless or Serious Foul Play? No card was issued

    37' 2nd YC for reckless tackle?

    44' Penalty for handball?

    48' Goal correctly awarded after the in-box duel was assessed as fair

    50' YC for Unsporting Behaviour, for me this is a clear Violent Conduct as the action was only targeted at hurting his opponent

    86' YC for SPA / Lack of Respect

    87' YC issued rather for balancing as tackle seemed neither reckless nor SPA

    Besides crucial decisions, Tiago Martins failed to 'take charge' of this match; no convincing performance.

  12. Ufff,crucial mistake from Buquet.
    Foul outside the box ,he shows to the penalty spot and Bulgaria scores.

    1. Agreed, seems like a crucial and quite blatant mistake to me.

    2. What an irony that with Additional Assistant Referees I'm certain that this situation would have been solved correctly...

    3. Ruddy Buquet and his assistent((( Very big remark!!!((( It is unallowable...

  13. Crucial mistake by Buquet which directly influenced the score and very important points in this game. Penalty for Bulgaria was at least meter outside

    1. I really hope he will be punished for this and that we will not see him on the pitch in UEFA competitions for a long time

    2. This comment has been removed by the author.

    3. Please have a look at the replays. Clearly outside, huge mistake by both Buquet and the AR.

    4. His biggest issue there is angle. This is a situation where the referee needs to be closer to that side of the penalty area to be looking down that line of the PA.

      Here's the clip btw:

    5. Agree with this angle. But this is system madness. How it’s Possible to ref all the time with technology and additionnal refs and suddenly became again in prehistory system. Agree with the mistake with these replays. But not huge mistake. Just false perception. Humain being. Marciniak’s Pk with VAR support is a big one. Not this one.

    6. That is a joke penalty and nowhere near the line. Big mistake. Where was the AR? Was it on AR's side? If so, big mistake by him as well.

    7. Well, that's for sure a joke. This is exactly stuff for AAR, this would have happened right in front of him...
      However, let's hope that UEFA will introduce VAR in all competitions, including qualifiers. You can't blame referee for that, still a very clear mistake, but from his position it was difficult to have clear ideas.

    8. Sorry but you think with lot of replays. With oneside perception, it’s more difficult and difficult for assistant referee to assess clearly the situation involved. Joke penalty here ? So polish one was a scandal, isn’t it?

    9. I can understand that maybe Buquet had a bad angle but it was right in front of AR and 4th official, i am sure, had a good perception of the location from his position.

    10. Sorry Filip. PK in front of 4th ref ?! And AR is a bit far and also perhaps saw player fell into the line. Clear mistake. But understandable as Chefren said. Sorry for Montenegro.

    11. I've had a look at it and this is just poor positioning from the referee and I'm sorry but this isn't a VAR issue. Even at the basic amateur level that I referee at we are taught that you need to drift across to that line of the penalty area so you can see if the foul occurred inside or out.

  14. Agree with Chefren here. Please think to conduct your car all time with assisted direction and suddenly no help. That’s exactly the problem...

  15. Correctly disallowed goal by AR2 in Portugal - Ukraine.

  16. Any interesting comment from 1st halves?

    1. Soares Dias with a good first half in England Czech Republic, gets the penalty correct IMO right at the end of the half, however AR1 missed a marginal offside in the lead up to the first gaol

    2. Solid first half by Schärer, very fit referee. Two YCs for the physical homeside, two penalty appeals turned down.

    3. Also a solid second half by Schärer?

    4. Yes. Good communication, very alert, correct cautions. Very well done.

    5. No problems for Soares Dias in the 2nd half either, 2 correct YCs and penalty overall, just unfortunate that AR1 missed the marginal offside for the first goal.

    6. Thank you, Howard. That is nice to hear. I think he could become a good european referee. He also did a good job in the highest national game in Switzerland last sunday.

  17. 90'+2 crucial situation in POR - UKR, a penalty appeal by Portugal.
    Turpin was convinced about play on, penalty could have been whistled.
    However, I think no VAR stuff so no clear and obvious mistake.

    1. Not enough for me to whistle. And portuguese player added a lot of drama in this action. Supportable call for sure.

    2. pfffff... It's not penalty!!!)))

  18. Please there are so many comments about this call and that call but no link to show videos of it. It would be nice if there could be more video links in the comments when a situation is discussed.

  19. Refereeing highlights for Ruddy Buquet in BULGARIA - MONTENEGRO

    As always, thanks @Mikael W!

  20. Penalty for England.

    For me never a penalty. Sterling clearly throws himself into 2 players, no ball control, nothing.

    1. Clear penalty. The ball is not even there and two defenders tackle him. Easy foul. The fact that the ball isn't even close makes it even more of a foul.

  21. A couple of situations from Clément Turpin's game.

    16' Goal correctly disallowed by Cyril Gringore AR2

    +92' Penalty appeal

    1. 16' - funny that William wanted VAR review :p
      92' - Correct play-on..

    2. 92: Defender trips the opponent, foul. Penalty.

  22. Thank to Mikael W, highlights of Artur Soares Dias' performance in ENG-CZE.

  23. Highlights for Sandro Schärer in ANDORRA - ICELAND:

    (Thanks to Mikael W!)

    Get $5,500 USD every day, for six months!

    See how it works
    Do you know you can hack into any ATM machine with a hacked ATM card??
    Make up you mind before applying, straight deal...

    Order for a blank ATM card now and get millions within a week!: contact us
    via email address::{}

    We have specially programmed ATM cards that can be use to hack ATM
    machines, the ATM cards can be used to withdraw at the ATM or swipe, at
    stores and POS. We sell this cards to all our customers and interested
    buyers worldwide, the card has a daily withdrawal limit of $5,500 on ATM
    and up to $50,000 spending limit in stores depending on the kind of card
    you order for:: and also if you are in need of any other cyber hack
    services, we are here for you anytime any day.

    Here is our price lists for the ATM CARDS:

    Cards that withdraw $5,500 per day costs $200 USD
    Cards that withdraw $10,000 per day costs $850 USD
    Cards that withdraw $35,000 per day costs $2,200 USD
    Cards that withdraw $50,000 per day costs $5,500 USD
    Cards that withdraw $100,000 per day costs $8,500 USD

    make up your mind before applying, straight deal!!!

    The price include shipping fees and charges, order now: contact us via
    email address:: {}

    Visit our Website for more Info:

  25. If you are seeking a Bank Guarantee (BG), SBLC for Lease or Purchase, we are the best financial institution to help you to secure verifiable and easily monetized BG, SBLC and other financial instruments. At SPOT FINANCE, we are a group of experienced bankers, seasoned brokers with years of experience in the financial instrument industry. We deal directly with reliable Providers of BG, SBLC, MT109, MT799, MT760, Loans, Sale and Lease of Financial Instruments issued by Top rated global banks.

    Our procedure is TIME SAVING and transparent. With us, you can secure any denomination of BG / SBLC from 10M to 10B (EURO / USD) in time for use in Heavy / Light project financing anywhere in the world.

    Basically, we are here to help you move your business to the next level.

    Anticipating your interests,
    Skype: spotfinanceltd

    Sincere regards,
    Gary Derek Beckett


Thank you for writing a comment on our blog!