UEFA Referees Committee have computed the promotions and demotions in their category revisions of Summer 2019. Please find all changes in the document below.
Having taken charge of ten UEFA Champions League games in his career, and passed the many tests of top matches with very important observers this season, Aliaksiej Kuĺbakoŭ from Belarus has ascended to Elite. He is joined by Ivan Kružliak, observed this season by Bo Karlsson and Marc Batta; Slovakian has handled five matches at a Champions League level. It will be interesting to see how these two men fare in the fight to attend UEFA EURO 2020. In addition, thirteen referees have been moved into First Category, and a further seventeen from Third to Second. We would like to wish all referees a big congratulations!
On the other hand, we can also reflect on an end of an era regarding some demotions. Referees such as Vladislav Bezborodov, Jorge Sousa and Martin Strömbergsson have been relegated to Second Category. Politically valuable swaps, injuries/fitness and performance principle can be different reasons for the eleven demotions this time. Such moves that surely preempt the end of international careers, we would like to thank all these referees for their hard work, and wish them all the best for the future.