Friday, 6 September 2019

2019/20 European Qualifiers - Referee Appointments MD5 (6 September 2019)

Referee appointments for 2019-20 UEFA European Qualifiers Matchday 5, games to be played on 06/09.  
Group C
6 September 2019, 18:00 CET - Tallinn (A. Le Coq Arena)
Referee: Alain Durieux (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Gilles François Becker (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Joaquim Da Silva (LUX)
Fourth Official: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)
UEFA Referee Observer: Draženko Kovačić (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Vito Di Gioia (ITA)

Group I
6 September 2019, 18:00 CET - Nicosia (Stádio GSP)
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Florin Prunea (ROU)

Group C
6 September 2019, 20:45 CET - Hamburg (Volksparkstadion)
Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Filipe Ferreira Campos Moreira Miguel (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Geir Þorsteinsson (ISL)

Group E
6 September 2019, 20:45 CET - Trnava (City Arena - Štadión Antona Malatinského)
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Fritz (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Andrew Shaw (ENG)

Group E
6 September 2019, 20:45 CET - Cardiff (Cardiff City Stadium)
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Luke Portelli (MLT)
Fourth Official: Alan Mario Sant (MLT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Welander (SWE)

Group G
6 September 2019, 20:45 CET - Salzburg (Red Bull Arena)
Referee: Robert Hennessy (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Dermot Broughton (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Allen Lynch (IRL)
Fourth Official: Neil Doyle (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)

Group G
6 September 2019, 20:45 CET - Ljubljana (Stadion Stožice)
Referee: Sergey Karasyov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vitaliy Meshkov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Armen Minasyan (ARM)

Group I
6 September 2019, 20:45 CET - Serravalle (San Marino Stadium)
Referee: Horațiu Mircea Feșnic (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Valentin Gabriel Avram (ROU)
Fourth Official: Ionuț Marius Avram (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Steven Stride (ENG)

Group I
6 September 2019, 20:45 CET - Glasgow (Hampden Park)
Referee: Anastásios Sidirópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychrónis Kostarás (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lázaros Dimitriádis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ioánnis Papadópoulos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rien Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Kurt Zuppinger (SUI)


  1. Soares Dias !!! deserved appointment for him, excellent performance in Turin

  2. As it seems, Sidiropoulos's performance last Thursday in Belgium was satisfactory for the committee, getting a tough appointment.

  3. Kuiper is back in business. KNVB appoint him for the 2nd league game Go Ahead Eagles - Excelsior with Zeinstra en vanRoekel. Yesterday he passed the test in Geneve.

  4. I posted on my website the Premier League Referee Power Rankings for the month of August. Check it out!

  5. Referee appointments for CAF Qualifiers of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

  6. Some more video clips from the matches yesterday evening:

    * Penalty for careless trip in Finland - Greece (Martínez Munuera)

    * Goal disallowed for handling [new LotG] in Israel - North Macedonia (Ekberg)

    * Management scene w/ 3 YCs in Armenia - Italy (Siebert)

    * Incorrect 2nd YC for ostensibly reckless elbow in Armenia - Italy

    * Penalty for holding in Norway - Malta (Muntean)

    * Penalty for holding in Gibraltar - Denmark [is the ball in play?] (Lardot)

    1. Thank you so much, Mikaeal, great work!

    2. Gibraltar - Denmark: player is already on the ground when ball has still to be kicked, this is a significant mistake at this level, to be honest. Very early, too early whistle. Referee should have noticed that.

    3. Second penalty given by Lardot was a clean tackle as well, he was deceived by the Danish player's scream. Very disappointing performance.

    4. Couple more clips:
      Reckless missed in Finland - Greece (Martínez Munuera)

      SFP missed in Finland - Greece (Martínez Munuera)

    5. For sure a SFP in 90'+1 and in Champions League I think VAR interventions will be mandatory for such situations. Terrible challenge with a raised leg.

  7. Friendly Under 21
    Italy - Moldova
    De Gabriele (MLT)
    Spiteri (MLT) - Scerri (MLT)
    Abisso (ITA)
    Unknown whether J. Spiteri or E. Spiteri.


      Jurgen Spiteri.

  8. Soares Dias decided by himself for the side of the coin for both teams (in this case two different colors) before the toss, I don't know if this is the exact procedure. I knew that referee should ask players.

    1. This isn't unusual at all. A number of referees take this option by selecting a side of the coin for the team. There was a good clip of Clattenburg doing this a couple of UEFA Euros ago that was used in their RAP release.

      There's no requirement to ask players, simply to flip a coin and have the winner make their selection as to end or (now) kickoff.

  9. While most of decisions were correct in the first half of SVNPOL, the lack of prevention is clearly visible taking into account the amount of fouls committed by Slovenians. Either card or only whistle - warnings for PI were needed.

  10. GER-NED All officials wearing GLT watches but as far as I know there isn't GLT in Euro Qualifiers.

  11. Has anyone seen the penalty for Germany? 1. Offside before penalty and for me never a handball or does anyone else see a penalty there?

  12. Completely incorrect penalty called: Germany vs Netherlands.
    1: Natural position.
    2: He doesn't even know where the ball is.

    1. Completely agree and Soares has been so good until then...What a pity

    2. I agree, the arm is close to the body

  13. What a horroble decision by Soares Dias!!
    This should be never a penalty, hand is in a natural position and absolutely no offence by De Jong.

    1. I dont understand. Why does UEFA ınsist these referee such as (Dias, Marciniak, Grinfeld, etc.)

  14. For me, penalty for gands against NED was incorrect.

  15. Indeed very unlucky for the Netherlands. But are the referees to blame? Offside extremely tight, incredibly hard to spot, you can only guess here as AR 2. Penalty wrong, but can you see where the defenders eyes are looking at and keep the ball and the two opponents in view? Unluyk, wrong, crucial mistake, but easy to understand why it happened as we're only humans.

  16. Karasyov - crucial mistake (incorrect disallowed goal);
    Soares Dias - crucial mistake (incorrect penalty).

  17. I do not understand how such a penalty became possible. This is an elite category, they conduct seminars, trainings and after that such an amazing decision. What after that other referees in different countries of the world should think.

  18. Soares Dias allowing game to resume before substitute Ake is in place. Embarrassing.

    Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (Greece)

    Overall a good performance by Tasos Sidiropoulos at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Foul detection was pretty good throughout the entire game, however we can discuss about four potential bookings missed in the first half (23’, 27’, 30’ and 42’) for reckless challenges/stamps. What I missed there was that in NONE of these situations, Sidiropoulos did not even verbally warn players (which was IMO necessary though at least).

    This was much improved in the second half: correct YC to SCO5 in 46’ for illegal use of arms, good choice to open the cards so early in the second half. All the other bookings were spot-on (55’: reckless challenge / 70’ + 70’: both SPA / 90’: delaying the restart of play). Minor issue concerning the card in 90’: Sidiropoulos should have whistled in order to restart the game, instead play continued and Sidiropoulos’ hasn’t even really put the card back in his pocket. ARs were not really challenged, both executed their duties on expected level: AR1 with a good offside flag in 54’ after a deflection.

    Personality-wise: as already mentioned, lack of verbal warnings in the first half. However, I noted that he didn’t have this - what I would call - “unmotivated” mimics that I noted often in some of his matches. In fact, he was caught smiling at the coin toss with players (sth which I haven’t seen before with him, I liked this). Sometimes, also a bit of prevention inside the penalty area on set pieces, so definitely a bit of improvement there.

    Overall I think it was a good night for the Greek refereeing team, something they needed concerning:
    a) a potential participation at EURO 2020;
    b) Sidiropoulos' status as an Elite Group referee.

  20. Embarrassing commentary from the english commentators on the Germany v Netherlands game. Complaining about the penalty given against the Netherlands and seemed bewildered that there was no VAR intervention. The reason VAR didn't get involved was BECAUSE THERE WAS NO VAR ON THE GAME! Utter morons. You'f think commentators of all people should get their facts straight.


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