Sunday, 13 October 2019

2019/20 European Qualifiers - Referee Appointments MD8 (13 October 2019)

Referee appointments for 2019-20 UEFA European Qualifiers Matchday 8, games to be played on 13/10.  
Group I
13 October 2019, 15:00 CET - Nur-Sultan (Astana Arena)
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Bakar Jordania (GEO)

Group C
13 October 2019, 18:00 CET - Minsk (Nacyjanaĺny Alimpijski stadyjon Dynama)
Referee: Anastásios Sidirópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychrónis Kostarás (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lázaros Dimitriádis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Aristotélis Diamantópoulos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Alfred Ludwig (AUT)

Group E
13 October 2019, 18:00 CET - Budapest (Groupama Aréna)
Referee: Dennis Johan Higler (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Johan Balder (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheiman (ISR)

Group I
13 October 2019, 18:00 CET - Nicosia (Stádio GSP)
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Novak Simović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Ciprian Paraschiv (ROU)

Group I
13 October 2019, 18:00 CET - Glasgow (Hampden Park)
Referee: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Benjamin Pagès (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Fourth Official: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Petteri Kari (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Diana Andersen (DEN)

Group C
13 October 2019, 20:45 CET - Tallinn (A. Le Coq Arena)
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)

Group E
13 October 2019, 20:45 CET - Cardiff (Cardiff City Stadium)
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Pol van Boekel (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)

Group G
13 October 2019, 20:45 CET - Warsaw (PGE Narodowy)
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Fourth Official: Xavier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Kuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)

Group G
13 October 2019, 20:45 CET - Ljubljana (Stadion Stožice)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)


  1. Big match for Cüneyt Cakir with a hot atmosphere in Ljubljana.
    Slovenia,Austria and Poland are fighting for direct Qualification for EURO 2020.

  2. Very good match for Jovanovic, could have easily gone to an Elite referee.
    In HUN-AZE both legs are handled by a Dutch referee (first leg: Blom). This normally doesn't happen.

  3. Thanks to Alex D. find below some clips of the Czechia - England game handled by Damir Skomina (I hope it's okay if I quote your original post):

    Very challenging start for the Slovenian.

    - 4' correct PK to ENG.

    - 7' penalty appeal by CZE (handball) correctly rejected and YC to #14 for dissent.

    - 8' equalizer goal scored by CZE.

    - 10' correct YC to ENG #3 for reckless challenge.

    Some other incidents.

    - 30' foul by ENG #3 on CZE #5 who immediately stood up asking for YC. No cards is OK but a stronger intervention was required.

    - 53' missed YC to CZE #8 (reckless).

    - 67' unusual scene. Correct foul against ENG #7 (pushing an opponent) but players didn't hear the whistle and play went on with a goal scoring opportunity for ENG. When they realized that game was stopped ENG #7 made dissent gestures. YC was given but for my taste a talk could have been enough.

    - 84' goal scored by CZE. In the build-up ENG #3 head hit by an opponent. Correct no foul but maybe game could have been stopped.

    - 92' correct YC to ENG #8 (illegal use of arms).

    Performance overall was good, expected level.

    1. Thanks for the clips. Feel free to quote my comments whenever you need. :)

  4. Big matches for Cakir, Lahoz and Kuipers. All of the teams are fighting to be on Euro 2020.
    But that's why they're top refs today.

  5. Marco Guida in Georgia - Republic of Ireland

    Penalty appeal 13'
    I think that play on is good decision.

    Possible YC 33'
    In my opinion it is a missed YC. Good that referee waited before whistling (possible advantage for Georgia) but then when he whistled he had to book player. He was not close to foul, maybe for this reason he had not a good perception of a clearly reckless action.

    Deliberate handball 53'
    Whistled without YC. Should the player have been booked for attempting to score a goal by hand in that case?

    YC for SPA 65'

    YC for reckless challenge 88'
    The player from Georgia was "lucky" there, or maybe we could say that he "abused" the situation, after a first possible foul indeed he made the second one for which he was booked. Referee had waited for a possible advantage before that, however I think at the end YC is okay. No arguments for two YCs in a row. Player accepted referee's decision.

    Apart from that, nothing very significant happened there. I think more or less expected level, mark can be 8.3. Good communication with players.

    1. Regarding 53', I think, no YC is correct, because the player is rather blocking the ball than attempting to score a goal. I don't think a player would deliberately try to score like that.

    2. Thanks for your answers. About the incident you mentioned, indeed I made that question merely based on the position of the foul.
      Given that it was assessed as deliberate handball and player was close to goal, one could argue reason for the touch was trying to control and score. But this remains in "abstract", because merely looking at the facts, clearly player didn't want to score by doing that. For sure an interesting topic to be discussed, when a referee should issue YC for that.

    3. It's not clear that it was assessed as "deliberate" with the new LotG. Could also only be an unnnatural position and than it is no YC IMO.

  6. Straight RC for SFP issued by Jovanovic in Cyprus.

    IMO the decision is fully correct but it was an awkward management of the situation, he immediately took the YC out of the pocket and changed to RC, so it was quite delayed.

  7. Əliyar Ağayev in Faroe Islands - Romania.

    18' DOGSO or SPA
    In my opinion correct decision by referee, considering that the ball was not so close, after having won the duel with defender. Otherwise, with a clear ball's possession, this scenario could play in favor of RC for DOGSO.

    22' Foul in favor of defender
    Referee solved this situation by whistling a foul by attacker. The goal scored was then annulled.

    30' Referee hit by ball.
    Application of new rule.

    45' YC for reckless tackle
    First YC of the game.

    46' YC for reckless takle
    Second YC of the game.

    60' Possible YC and management.
    Referee had to calm down players. He spent some warnings there.

    67' Penalty appeal for handball
    I just add this minor incident but no replay was shown there. We support referee.

    71' YC for time wasting
    Live sequence was not entirely shown as there were some replays before, but very likely defender and keeper took a too long time and referee assessed that it was too much.

    75' YC for very reckless challenge
    To be honest, this resulted in a kick against opponent. You can hear the fouled player screaming in pain. I think we can back referee for the color of the card but to be honest I was not convinced by his body language there. Too late decision to show YC, he looked not convinced at first glance, maybe the screams played a role there.

    80' YC for holding - charging opponent
    Correct decision, however definitely the procedure of card showing must be rewatched. I praise that he was alert because other players could have had confrontation, but the player who had fouled the opponent, had to be booked in a clear way.

    86' YC for reckless tackle
    The last booking of the game.

    A final remark: he correctly waited for the end of the attack that led to 0-3 by Romania, in the very last seconds of the game, as UEFA wants.

    Watching the game, I had the perception that Ağayev is not a referee who likes too much to be "connected" with players from beginning. He prefers to stay in the background and then to intervene when needed, just "officiating" the game. Sometimes this is not possible, because in some games there can be escalation. This game, but this is only my opinion of course, could have been managed a bit better in terms of prevention and presence by referee. It wasn't for sure a poor or bad performance - let me be clear, but at the same time one can understand that with a different approach from the beginning, players would have acted better in some situations. However, this is not a reproach, but just a suggestion for the future. Given the young age, for sure the Azeri referee has all the chances for developing. I can understand why UEFA sees a potential great referee in him. Having said that, he can also improving in becoming more "elegant" when showing cards, but that's for sure a secondary aspect. In my opinion he still needs games as "normal" Category 1 referee, before talking about something more.

    Assistant referees not so much challenged. AR1 with the only offside call of the game - 86' - correct. AR2 with some good but not difficult ONSIDE decisions when Romania scored in second half.

    1. Thanks for the extensive report.
      @30': By my understanding, the dropped ball was not required (wrong?), because possession did not change by the referee contact.
      Maybe UEFA gave different instructions though, because there were already more examples, where referees stopped the game, although possession did not change.

      @80': The feeling says red, but it doesn't really fulfill the criteria for neither SFP nor VC.

  8. Correct red card for Cyprus by Srdan Jovanovic with supported decision by Fourth Official :

    1. Poor management but correct final decision.
      If referee was not sure about the color of the card, he had to wait before issuing it. This can lead to confusion, and indeed some people thought that it was red for a second yellow, as I can hear from commentary...

  9. Crucial mistake it seems by team Higler, cancelling the AZE equalizer for handball. Replays suggest it hit the chest.

    1. Agree with you, shocking mistake for this level, and in a crucial moment (min 90+2)...

  10. Crucial mistake by Dennis Higler in 92' in Hungary-Azerbaijan. He disallowed a goal for Azerbaijan because of handball, but it was clear,that no, so clear unfortunatley :( Btw a good performance by the Dutch team.

    1. A good performance if the match would have lasted only 75 minutes. After 75th minute a missed orange card, a missed clear yellow card, and the already mentioned crucial mistake by disallowing a correct goal.

  11. Video of the disallowed goal for Azerbaidjan against Hungary:

    1. This is very crucial in the last minute of the game. Couldn't have happened in a worse moment than this one for Higler.
      How much you all agree if I say that nowadays it is impossible to officiate without VAR? You can see here that a regular goal has been disallowed and score remained 1-0. This is very unfair and difficult to be accepted by teams, but of course we can understand the mistake (perception) by referee.
      Handballs issue will never be solved.

    2. Well, I don't think, it's a matter of "nowadays". Such wrong perception of a handball before a goal could always have happened and could always have been decisive for a match.
      The only difference is that such errors are more likely to be discovered with more cameras in the stadium.

  12. This is a scandalous decision against Croatia, Slovakia, Wales. Awful.

  13. Red Card for Germany by Kabakov 14´

    1. It looks like a quite clear DOGSO (outside the box).
      Well done!

  14. Maybe missed RC for SFP in 36'by Cakir.

    Few mimutes earlier, SVN asked for a PK for a handball, i'm not sure if you can deem it as deliberate handball.

  15. Three controversial decisions by Cakir between cca 30-36'. Two penalties not given for handball and a clear RC missed for Ulmar for a foul on Bezjak in 36'.

  16. Wales v Croatia 14' - Kuipers with a YC for Vida (#21 Croatia) for a challenge that is reckless, dealt with extremely well by Kuipers, very quick to get medical staff on and caution Vida, decision accepted well by players, waiting for a good slow-mo replay to see whether it could've been SFP.

  17. Mateu with 5 YC's in first 40 minutes,but I have to say that every one of them was correct.

    Cakir with a missed RC and his lenient style,big and challenging 2nd half I expect for him.

  18. Detaild report about Cakir's performance will follow tomorrow.

  19. Replies
    1. Got the ball but I think the contact happened first and even if he got the ball first it's the follow through.

  20. Yep clear foul imo before Wales goal

  21. Busy Mateu Lahoz in the first half of POLMKD. Many cards given, all correct. One YC for reckless use of arm missed. Two key match incidents:

    Off-the-ball holding in the penalty area

    Reckless or SFP?

    1. I like Mateu's style but imo clear RC missed there.

    2. Terrible foul, Lewandowski could have faces very serious consequences there. Clear RC, and I would say, VAR stuff in Champions League. For sure Mateu didn't have the exact perception of the incident.

    3. Yeah so that's a penalty and a red card missed by Lahoz.

  22. Mateu miss Red card for foul in Lewandowski

  23. U understand the first super serious injury in the Wales vs Croatia game but still. 3 times the medical team have run staright into the field without Kuipers calling them in.

  24. Missed offside before 2:0 for Germany by AR2

  25. Excellent advantage by Mateu Lahoz prior to Poland's 2nd goal.

    1. And a YC has been issued for that foul. Indeed, excellent!

  26. Correct YC for simulation issued by Çakir. Spot on.

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  28. And now a (IMO correct) RC by Çakir for violent elbowing.

    Busy minutes for him.

  29. Please someone watch Cakir game. Many, many one side controversies.

  30. Cakir tried so much to let play on and to whistle as less as he can that I think game got a little out of hand for him. But all in all,good officiating.

    1. Good officiating with a scandalous RC missed in 36' when AUT should play 2/3 of the game with 10 players? No influence on the outcome of the match, good officiating, really?

  31. Any report for Sidiropoulos??

    1. Good, expected level performance in an easy game.

    2. Based on his performances in the last 2 months, Sidiropoulos deserves to be in the next Euro. I think he needs to be tested in a more decisive group game in champions league soon. He has shown signs of improvement in his communication skills.

  32. So besides not given RC to Nestorovski, we can say good performance from Lahoz.

    1. Beside not given RC...this is something that we can not say good performance

  33. Wales - Croatia (Bjorn Kuipers)

    For sure the most important incident happened in 45+3' prior to goal scored by Wales.
    Seen on TV it seems a missed foul. Kuipers was well positioned and he assessed the tackle as no foul. Anyway supportable decision and even in case of VAR no OFR would have been called.

    As for the rest very good refereeing as usual.
    Two major injuries in 14' (WAL #20) and 46' (WAL #15). Both challenges correctly assessed as reckless (YC to CRO #21 and CRO #46).
    All other cautions were correct, four in the last minutes (85' 86' 89' 90+6').

  34. Cakir's missed RC :Video is littlebit down.

    1. Wow that's a big red as well!

    2. I have already watched three times. Are you sure about black card? His both foot slipping on ground. So how can he stop himself? From my side, yellow is good call.

      Lets look from another side. What if this game is CL and VAR system is ON. Do you think that VAR interfere this situation? I dont think so.

    3. Yeah and when slipping you end flying without a contact with the ground and with studs hitting opponent's hamstrings... Come on...

  35. Unfortunately also missed penalty- handball and both decisions influence the same team which additionally influence Euro qualification

  36. Referee Observation Report for Cüneyt Cakir (Slovenia - Austria)


    1. An observer with Cakir's profile picture observing Cakir, not surprised about the content :)

    2. I am trying to write always neutral and saying my true opinion also when he makes mistakes.But of course I like his general style and his officating :-)

    3. I also like his general style but yesterday he made crucial mistakes. Nothing to add.

    4. Thanks for the report!
      Regarding the 36' incident - that's a red card and mistake by Cakir.
      And a quick note - 'Assistant Referee' is written with 'a', not 'e' (don't misinterpret it, I am not being offensive or something, just trying to help for the quality of future reports, I am also not perfect at English ;)).

    5. Thank you very much for your feedback.I will be careful in next reports with Assistant Referee :-)

    UEFA European Qualifiers, Matchday 8
    Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)

    Overall we can say that Georgi Kabakov presented good refereeing (partly very good even) in a match of normal difficulty. One can actually split the game in two halves, with the first half being more challenging for the referee, while the second half was pretty much a boring one from a refereeing point of view.

    => Let’s start off with the most crucial decision of the entire game, which occurred already at 14’: after a pass that failed to arrive, GER23 makes a challenge on EST7 outside the penalty area. Kabakov whistles the foul and shows a straight RC for DOGSO to the German defender: the decision is fully correct. Kabakov proved here some strong confidence in his decision, being totally unimpressed by the German players surrounding him after having made the decision. Well done!

    => I really liked Kabakov’s approach to disciplinary control, making sure that nobody on the pitch would start to have “bad ideas”. The opening YC for instance came in 30’, for the Estonian goalkeeper for time-wasting: Kabakov signalled to the keeper that it was already the third time he would waste time in the first half. Fully correct caution here, good decision! The only other YC came a couple of minutes later in 38’, for a reckless challenge by EST21. Kabakov tried at first to play the advantage, but came correctly back to the foul as he saw that German players weren’t interested in having this advantage.

    => Kabakov also correctly rejected a penalty appeal for handball for GER in 32’: Estonian defender tries to make a sliding tackle, the ball is deviated from his waist to his arm, which is on the pitch. Two reasons to confirm that this is not a punishable handball: first, because the ball comes “directly from the players own head or body” (LotG, Law 12, section “Handling the ball”) and because “the hand/arm is between the body and the ground to support the body” (ibid.)

    => We must however raise deficiencies in the work of both assistant referees: while AR2 had a good ONSIDE decision prior to the third goal scored by Germany in 71’, he missed unfortunately a clear OFFSIDE position in the build-up to Germany’s second goal in 56’. Crucial mistake by AR2. AR1 has got a two goal-kick/corner decisions wrong, decisions which Kabakov also didn’t get right, but should have.

    => Concerning the global approach of the Bulgarian referee, he chose to stay pretty much in the background and to stay invisible, but he was there when he needed to come out (DOGSO situation in 14’ for example) and also talked to players when it was necessary (70’). That approach worked well in that match.

    As already said in the opening of this report, Georgi Kabakov delivered a good, expected level performance in this tie. I can clearly see why committee have an interest in the young Bulgarian, who is confident and firm in selling his decisions. A point of improvement would definitely be the cooperation with his assistant referees, but I am confident that this will be improved in the future matches to come (hopefully in the Champions League).

    1. I completely agree.
      Will be interesting what he and the other UEFA referees can achieve at the U17WC. They all are on a similar level, I think.

  38. Thank to Mikael W, the refereeing highlights of Mateu Lahoz' performance in POLMKD


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