Friday, 19 July 2019

2019 UEFA Under-19 Championship - Referee appointments for Matchday 3

Referee appointments at 2019 UEFA Under-19 Championship in Armenia, Group Stage MD3. 
Group A

20 July 2019, 19:00 CET - Yerevan (Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht)
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Stéphane De Almeida (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Božinovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Richard Havrilla (SVK)

20 July 2019, 19:00 CET - Yerevan (HFF Tekhnikakan-Kentron Akademiayi Marzadasht)
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Valentin Gabriel Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Fourth Official: Kristo Tohver (EST)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Bakar Jordania (GEO)

Group B

21 July 2019, 19:00 CET - Yerevan (HFF Tekhnikakan-Kentron Akademiayi Marzadasht)
Referee: Anastásios Papapétrou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Radiuš (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sagy Metzamber (ISR)
Fourth Official: Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Richard Havrilla (SVK)

21 July 2019, 19:00 CET - Yerevan (Banants Marzadasht)
Referee: Filip Glova (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Luke Portelli (MLT)
Fourth Official: Suren Baliyan (ARM)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Bakar Jordania (GEO)


  1. PORTUGAL - SPAIN | Anastásios Papapétrou

    One never forgot it was an U19 game, but this Duelo Ibérico presented a certain challenge to it's referee, fought with a certain tension although mostly this was emitted as enthusiasm. Good / satisfactory performance by Papapétrou that featured a missed penalty for handball, also presenting some areas for development.

    => Biggest strength for the Greek referee is how relaxed he is on the pitch. No problems in talking, communicating with the players that he did many times (13', 20', 36' eg.) and also coaches; certainly no hectical impression, and such an authority that is presented co-operatively and on a level with the players allowed him to easily direct this match.

    => Below you can find the link for an in-box situation at 31', regarding handball

    Body surface is much enlarged into an unnatural position (no matter defender's back is turned or closer distance) - penalty to be given. Both Papapétrou and AR Dawid Igor Golis between them should have detected the offense - though communication is likely not optimal between these ad hoc teams. CRUCIAL MISTAKE.

    => Referee decided manage the game on the thesis of verbal warnings. I liked that he sensed the rising tension and gave a small warning at 13’, and in the end this approach saw the game pass without any bigger problems. He might have cautioned ESP No.22 for dissent at 20’, he kicked the ball away (firmly) more in frustration than anger, though it was not so far away from AR who just flagged a foul against him; I am satisfied by verbal warning. Optimal moment for the first card was missed at 36’ after a reckless scissors tackle, but freekick was only awarded after some delay anyway and I do not think that referee properly evaluated the tackle. YC for PI after clear foul in-front of the benches at 43’ gave referee good opportunity to give the card and calm the match down, for it was on edge. Only other YC was correctly issued at 73’ for a reckless studs tackle. None other clear ones were missed, though I would like at least a warning at +48’ after a SPA-esque foul.

    => Referee and fourth official Nikola Dabanović had some troubles with the technical areas in this match. First, Papapétrou ‘chatted’ with ESP coach after he protested a decision against his nation, and it was rather a chat than warning; it calmed him down apparently. After POR player was beaten in a fair physical duel that sent him careering into the advertising hoardings at 57’, there was some light conflicts between the benches thanks also to referee’s indecisiveness – throw-in, foul (after referee saw the injury?), then throw-in (on Dabanović's advice?) was signalised. In the end, thanks to a good work by Dabanović largely, it ended with POR and ESP coaches embracing each other – what was the most important ultimate optic.

    => We talked before about forgiving a YC to ESP No.22 for dissent, after that, he dissented twice more, the second time (45’) was quite clear, and I would have liked to see a caution for dissent by that point; otherwise such verbal warnings give the impression of ‘going through the motions’ rather than preventative refereeing.

    => Clearly Papapétrou knows the good moments in order to issue verbal warnings and has no troubles in talking to the players, his big area to further develop should be attempting to CONNECT with the players. Players were not really so interested in his warnings, often looking away or even not facing him – referee should show more determination in issuing these warnings, in order to maximise their effect. For the referee whose formula for success is detecting the moments for such warnings, this should be an imperative improvement.

    => A further specific point for improvement, when the ball is kicked high into the penalty area from far away, he should run in so order to get a good insight into the penalty area, rather than passively walking.

    => Correct dropped ball after the ball hit him at 63’

    1. Ultimately, a satisfactory to good performance by Anastásios Papapétrou, but a match that also revealed some points for improvement, especially in CONNECTING with players (see Marciniak), to take him to a higher level.

      [Sorry, it was still in note form :-D]

  2. That handball was really hard to spot for the refereee. Some help from AR1 would have been necessairy...

  3. 1/2
    Sergey Ivanov in CZE - NOR MD2.
    Referee: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
    Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Radiuš (LTU)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sagy Metzamber (ISR)
    Fourth Official: Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM)

    Both teams were still looking for the first win of the tournament but they didn't manage that and the game ended 0-0. It was a normal-difficulty match for the Russian, who just did his job without extra-ordinary notes. I made some videos of the interesting cases. Game was very fair, overall referee whistled only 23 fouls. Card management was expected level, in3 occasions he issued mandatory cautions for specific fouls, while one can discuss about the last YC of the game, maybe a bit harsh. Some good advantages when needed (29', 90'+1). Absolutely no further situations in which YC could have been issued.
    If I read the previous report written by Osborne about his first game, I think that in this second appearance it was impossible to check whether referee had a bit developed in communicating with players, because all the cards issued were very clear and it was impossible to give only warnings. Also, the low number of fouls doesn't help me in making a deeper analysis about referee's personality.
    Both assistant referees with an expected level, AR1 with two offside calls, both correct, AR2 not challenged. Maybe the latter could have cooperated with referee when YC in 73'.

    Let's start with this handball whistled in 5', a promising attack was stopped:
    In my opinion at least supportable decision, ball was rather expected and player could have removed his arm before the touch. Also, given the difficulty in assessing deliberate handballs, I find difficult to assess this as clear mistake. Arm position is not open and this could play in favor of play-on but the overall perception is that you can whistle...

    34': YC for blatant and repeated holding
    Nothing to add there, something mandatory.

    1. 2/2
      45' first offside call by AR1, fully correct.
      I made a video because it is interesting under a didactic point of view: deflection by defender (not deliberate play), so still offside. It was the only player in offside, and he was very far from the ball, therefore, a very good offside decision.

      57': whistle in favor of defender by referee, following a corner kick.
      According to, Ivanov whistled a foul made on defender with the shirt #4, not clear, however in any case, never a penalty, maybe play on better decision, nothing significant.

      73' YC for reckless and late challenge when opponent had already played ball
      Despite of his positioning, referee spotted this infringment, we must trust him because replay was not shown. Very good alertness, since ball was played backwards, no reason to give advantage and fully correct whistle. One small note: no reaction by AR2 who was closer than referee, maybe this could have been his only possible involvement in the game, he didn't make signals.

      77' goalkeeper injured, normal collision between players?
      I agree with Ivanov, no foul by keeper, he clearly played the ball, then you can also assess the situation as normal collision (no responsibility by attacker as well) but you have to whistle and stop the game because keeper was injured. Not quick reaction by referee, who waited a few seconds (no need) before stopping game. Point for improvement.

      86' YC for kicking ball away / protest, time wasting
      Referee was strict here. One must add that his whistle was very, very short. Small chances tha player didn't hear it? We can't know, however, I can't debate too much on that, it is referee's discretion. For sure, I can add, and I try again to connect my analysis with the previous report, referee didn't communicate too much with players during the whole game. In this game, it was not so much needed, because only few fouls and mandatory cards, but maybe he is not the referee who likes too much to interact. One can have this idea, I repeat myself, only an idea, because I can't say more.
      For me expected level.

    2. Forgot to add the video of YC in 82' - YC for stopping a counterattack by holding opponent - correct decision.

  4. At the end of this tournament, all reports will be added in a specific post, to have our work better highlighted. Thank to all. Good read.

  5. PORTUGAL - ARMENIA, Nikola Dabanović (MNE)

    Overall a very calm game for the Montenegrin referee, in a game which was not really demanding. However, the match started in quite a challenging way, as we are going to see later on.

    During the first half, Dabanovic had to assess three penalty area situations:
    => Between 3' and 5', there were two penalty appeals, one on the Portuguese side and one on the Armenian side. Both were waved away by the referee. No replays have been shown (again) by the broadcaster, so we have to trust the referee. Given the fact that nobody really complained, we can assume that the referee made the right decision.
    => Important decision in 33', when Portugal receive a penalty after a careless foul by ARM19 in the box. Dabanović - thanks to his athletic way of running - is perfectly positioned to make the right decision. I however disagree on the YC for ARM19, as the nature of the foul should be considered as "reckless" (as already mentioned) and neither can I see classic SPA offence, which would require a booking. No card would have been the preferable option IMO.

    We can't say too much about disciplinary action, since the game was played in quite a fair manner and the only YC given in the game was in the aforementioned penalty situation.

    Nikola Dabanović is a referee who is VERY FIT, able to make multiple sprints in a short period of time and who does not hesitate to widely enter the penalty area on both sides of the pitch. This has of course helped him in making the correct penalty decision in 33'. I also enjoyed his rather firm and distant relationship with the players, earning him a natural authority.

    Assistant referees also performed on expected level, I want however to underline the excellent ONSIDE decision made by AR2 Dawid Igor Golis in 36', resulting in an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. Indeed, two players were offside, while the player who gets the ball, comes from behind, creating confusion for the defending players. Well done!

    To conclude, Nikola Dabanović has performed well in this match, which was not really demanding for the officiating crew. I think he will be considered for at least a semifinal at this U19 European Championship, if not even for the final match itself.

  6. Papapetrou is out of KO of the tournament. He confirmed it himself in FB

    1. I'm not surprised.He had an average game in IRL-CZE but a very poor last 10mins. He gave two cautions in final 5 mins for Ireland that were incorrect/extremely harsh and both players are now suspended for Semi-Final as a result.

      Those two cautions showed his inexperience. He panicked in final moments of game rather than being calm and showing he could manage the game.

      He lacked the soft skills required at this high level

    2. I am not surprised either. I believe that also the missed penalty on POR-ESP may have played a part on this.

      When you can't whistle a derby in your country and you officiate only medium to low profile matches, you can't get the required experience.

      And to think that the Head of Refereeing gets 22.000 per month in order to improve the Greek referees.

      What improvement?

    3. Edward, maybe you have already written something on this topic but I missed it. I dont understand why did Greek federation call Melo Perreira to improve refereeing if you already have your own man Kyross Vassaras, who is also a member of UEFA RefCom and obviously higher rated in UEFA (and FIFA) then Melo Perreira?!?!

    4. Papapetrou is a good ref who comes from a very low profile league. He does deserve a few more chances to show his abilities. He needs though to become more calm in crucial moments of games. I hope that he will be appointed in one or two games in group stage of EL. He needs more experience in hot games. As far as greek league is concerned, it is not sustainable for greek refs to get involved in big matches as the pressure they receive is humanly impossible to handle. Vassaras was the head of greek committee for 2 years. He ended up in hospital after a violent attach outside his work place in Athens. I do not think he wants to get involved again

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