Saturday, 23 March 2019

2019/20 European Qualifiers - Referee Appointments MD1 (23 March 2019)

Referee appointments for 2019-20 UEFA European Qualifiers Matchday 1, games to be played on 23/03.  Thank to @h_demboveac on Twitter.

Group D
23 March 2019, 15:00 CET - Tbilisi (Boris Paichadzis Dinamo Arena)
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Bos (NED)

Group D
23 March 2019, 18:00 CET - Gibraltar (Victoria Stadium)
Referee: Anastásios Papapétrou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Trýfon Petrópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Iordánis Aptósoglou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Aristotélis Diamantópoulos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Oskam (NED)

Group F
23 March 2019, 18:00 CET - Ta' Qali (National Stadium)
Referee: Vilhjálmur Alvar Þórarinsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Már Sigurðsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Birkir Sigurðarson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Ívar Orri Kristjánsson (ISL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jari Maisonlahti (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Nikola Kostov (MKD)

Group F
23 March 2019, 18:00 CET - Solna (Friends Arena)
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Carlsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheiman (ISR)

Group F
23 March 2019, 20:45 CET - València (Mestalla, camp del València)
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)

Group J
23 March 2019, 20:45 CET - Sarajevo (Stadion Grbavica)
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jens Grabski Maae (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Yuriy Barbash (UKR)

Group J
23 March 2019, 20:45 CET - Udine (Dacia Arena)
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roi Hassan (ISR)
Fourth Official: Erez Papir (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jošt (SVN)

Group J
23 March 2019, 20:45 CET - Vaduz (Rheinpark Stadion)
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jimmy Cremers (BEL)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marco Borg (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Maksimas Bechterevas (LTU)


  1. Papapetrou gets Goethals as observer... is he prepared to take over from Sidiropoulos as no.1 Greek ref?

  2. Former UEFA president Platini has released an interview to an Italian newspaper (Corriere della Sera). It seems as he "doesn't like" so much referees. I post a quote.

    Technology has been introduced in football refereeing, but you never liked it. Why?
    "I have always been against it. VAR can help, but then there is the interpretation: it is always the human who has to decide. The heads have turned their referees on the field into puppets. It's hard to lose a game due to a mistake, but it's human. Now there is technology but there are still mistakes. It is impossible to understand whether a handball is deliberate or not, but yes, about offside VAR is useful. Let the humans play with each other. Football was invented for the players, not for the referees who impose their rules: that's what makes me angry. The referee is not the architect of football, players are the real architects».


    1. Quite sad to see Platini say this. Some would think that he wants us, the referees, be considered oppononts of the players. You could even argue that he is setting the referees up against the game itself.

      We are a part of the game, just like the players. I think I'm fair to say that we are lovers of the game of football, just like the players and other fans. We want what's for the best of the game.

      And correct me if I'm wrong, it's not entirely up to the referees if VAR is used or not. That decision comes from the football society as a whole.

      There are some rules that I would like to change, and some that I really dislike and would like to get rid of.
      I'm not at the level of using VAR, but if they tell me to use VAR someday, I will use it. If they discover a use of a new purple card, I will use it. I'm just going to do my best.

      We are all doing our best. For the love of the game.

    2. I disagree with Platini about VAR being completely out of football but I also agree with him on some points. VAR for offsides is a must obviously but I think VAR has been overused on alot of decisions that were not clear and obvious mistakes. VAR has been the cause of just as many arguments as before it seems. I feared that refs would not be able to resist the temptation of VAR when it first came out and it has come true in a sense. It seems alot of officials are not sticking to their original decisions and using VAR as an excuse to take the blame off their shoulders in case of contraversy. Hopefully, VAR will be refined to use with minimal impact to erase clear mistakes. Not like its being used now where 50/50 calls are being reversed without second thought.

  3. Kehlet gets Bosnia - Armenia how far away do you think he is away from being promoted to the best UEFA category?

    1. He was not selected for the EL group stage - therefore he is probably not among the top 10 candidates for promotion atm.

  4. Expected level performance by Pawson. Match got a bit chippy in the end, but he had it handled.

  5. Quite a challenging game for Vilhjálmur Alvar Þórarinsson. Two penalties, one for handball + RC for Handball (DOGSO) and one for a foul, plus a chaotic player altercation in the eight minute of added time after Faroe Islands scored when he wanted to blow the final whistle. 7 YCs in the end, but it could have easily been some more Reds in this scene. Highlights to follow.

  6. OT:

    1. Excellent transparacy, which we can only wish to have in all competitions and situations.
      First scene: The explanation of PRO's decision sounds to me as it was not a clear and obvious mistake - "some people may argue" and "much more credible" is not clear IMO. However the OFR still might be justified, because the referee missed the contact with the ball and there was a serious chance, he would change the decision.
      Second scene: If it was just about the place of the foul, an OFR was not necessary (factual decision).

  7. Highlights for Pawson:

  8. Goal correctly disallowed to Jordi Alba.

  9. PK by Treimanis! Holding from Iñigo Martínez to Johnsen. YC, Norway equalizes.

  10. Clear penalty now to Spain.

  11. And now another correct PK, this time to Spain. Clear PK made by Norwegian goalie to Morata, didn't even complain. Maybe a missed YC for reckless challenge?

  12. For me, missed YC here. But overall very good Treimanis.

    1. But now missed second YC for Jonhsen. Cristal one.

  13. Kulbakov-like performance by Kehlet, no communication, no punishment of harder fouls or SPA. Penalty call at least unlucky due to a push on the defending player, who raised his arms to complain. Not a fan at all.

  14. A solid performance by Orel Grinfeld in Italy vs. Finland. Good card management and clear no penalty desicions. Overall a convincing night for him.

    1. I do not agree with you. There is an absolutely clear missed 2YC for Sparv (FIN) at 90'. Grinfeld didn't convinced me at all.

    2. Highlights suggest arguably 2 penalties for Italy missed by Grinfield

    3. Video is blocked also in Italy :)
      I didn't watch the game but it is reported that Grinfield missed a penalty in second half (about 78') and missed a clear second YC to a Finnish player in the last minutes. Supportable the choice to play on in occasion of the first penalty appeal in first half. I will check these situations soon.

  15. Quiet night for Alexander Boucaut from Belgium in Liechtenstein Vs Greece. ARs with good decisions. 1 YC was given (Donis for reckless).

  16. Both penalties awarded by Andris Treimanis in the Spain - Norway game:

    64' Penalty awarded to Norway for holding, YC for ESP no.4

    70' Penalty awarded to Spain for tripping, referee assessed the tackle as no DOGSO and careless

    1. In the second situation, it is in my opinion supportable to consider the attempt by keeper as genuine attempt to play the ball in a SPA scenario, however, assessing it as DOGSO wouldn't have been a mistake because, despite of a very lateral position in penalty area, attacker would have found himself close to an empty goal in penalty area.
      There are in any case strong arguments in favor of YC for reckless challenge, the foul was evident, but here I wouldn't assess the missing YC as very 100% clear one.
      Committee is right in trusting the Latvian, many good performances in recent times, as very young and promising Category 1 referee, he seems for sure a talent. A pity that AR2 made that crucial mistake in Arsenal - Rennes, without that, it would have been a super path for all the members of the crew so far. Of course they can even improve, and I remember your remarks about the previous game, but the feelings are very positive.
      To be mentioned also the brave call he made whistling a penalty for Norway and then the mobbing by Spanish players... he looked very sure and determined in his body language.

  17. Highlights for Jakob Kehlet:

    1. With all the respect, Kehlet is absolutely no candidate for Elite in my opinion. Too passive and no sophisticated soft / management / match reading skills on a high level.

      Talking about Denmark, UEFA should focus on other names.

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