Saturday, 16 November 2019

2019/20 European Qualifiers - Referee Appointments MD9 (16 November 2019)

Referee appointments for 2019-20 UEFA European Qualifiers Matchday 9, games to be played on 16/11.  
Group I
15:00 CET - Nicosia (Stádio GSP)
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrković (BIH)
UEFA Delegate: Karl Espen Eriksen (NOR)

Group E
18:00 CET - Baku (Bakcell Arena)
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuyev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Bos (NED)

Group G
18:00 CET - Ljubljana (Stadion Stožice)
Referee: Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Adrian Ștefan Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mircea Mihail Grigoriu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Marcel Bîrsan (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Sippel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Lennart Vestervall (SWE)

Group I
18:00 CET - St Petersburg (Gazprom Arena)
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: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)

Group I
18:00 CET - Serravalle (San Marino Stadium)
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Madeline Ekvall (SWE)

Group C
20:45 CET - Mönchengladbach (Borussia-Park)
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Roi Hasan (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Fourth Official: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)

Group C
20:45 CET - Belfast (Windsor Park)
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kóstas Kapitanís (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Isabel Hochstöger (AUT)

Group E
20:45 CET - Rijeka (Stadion HNK Rijeka)
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: François Letexier (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Alexandre Parreira Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)

Group G
20:45 CET - Vienna (Ernst-Happel-Stadion)
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Sergiu Lisnic (MDA)

Group G
20:45 CET - Jerusalem (Itztadion Teddy)
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Kaarlo Oskari Hämäläinen (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)


  1. Strange, that UEFA is not using Second Group referees in the decided group I. No need to have 2 referees there, who have CL matches this season.
    Otherwise normal appointments, I think. The best games for Marciniak and Turpin, also in Oliver's match both teams still play for qualification.

    1. Rizzoli for Oliver`s game) interesting:)

    2. Russia - Belgium playing for first place in the group and a spot in pot1 at the draw

    3. I don't think this will be important with all the seeding and pre-arrangement due to the host countries.

  2. I would like to re call an old comment posted on the “U17WC Referees” concerning Uefa referees at next UEFA 2020 Championship, sharing with you my ideas and thoughts.
    I think that key point is to know how many referees, VAR and IV officials will be selected globally; Since we will have 36 matches in the group stage it could be likely that 18 referees will be in charge to main duty, so let me share my analysis assuming that only Elite ones will be chosen, Rocchi is leaving and nobody will be promoted (25 Elite)
    According to recent appointments and performances I’m quite sure that following 13 ELITE will act as main referee: MATEU LAHOZ, DEL CERRO GRANDE, TURPIN, TAYLOR, KUIPERS, MAKKELIE, BRYCH, ZWAYER, ORSATO, SKOMINA, CAKIR, MARCINIAK, HATEGAN.
    Watching at today’s appointment and to his strong grown in this season, I’m confident that SOARES DIAS will join the main team too.
    I know that they are facing low fitness right now, but I’m expecting that, according to their previous “palmares” OLIVER AND COLLUM will also be part of the main squad.
    In my opinion we have to stop here: so above 16 referees selected as main official
    KASSAI: It has been one of the best referees in the world and personally I appreciated him so much. He was injured, he seems back, but I’m quite sure that it will not enough to recover his position and the trust of the committee and gain the place, because latest performances and appointments have been quite negative. I also guess that if names will be released in December, Rosetti cannot appoint an official who doesn’t have any Cl or EL match this season.
    BASTIEN and KARASEV: Imo similar to Kassai, or a little bit better but I don’t think that they have reached a level to be selected for Uefa Euro 2020. Bastien better than Kassai and Karasev so 1st of the excluded.
    AYTEKIN, SIDIROPOLOUS, KRALOVEC, KALBAKOV, KRUZILIAK: Unexperienced due to recent promotion or injured or low performances will relegate them out of rule
    GIL MANZANO: Mateu and Del Cerro are clearly ahead of him.
    On other hand I think that could fair, wired and useful to grant experience of all elite referees, so in place of Rosseti, I would appoint GIL MANZANO, AYTEKIN, BASTIEN and KASSAI AS VAR and KRALOVEC, SIDIROPOULUS, KARASEV, KULBAKOV AND KRUZILIAK as FOURTH OFFICIAL of course in addition to someone form 1st group or experienced VARs
    So finally my list would be:
    I’m really open to have Female referees, they can act as VAR or Fourth Officials
    Does it make sense for you this list ? Do you know how many will be globally assigned ?

    1. Very good analysis. I would add to your list of main referees Sidiropoulos and Kulbakov or Kruzliak. I prefer Kassai, but he has been injured.

    2. I basically agree about the 16 referees, biggest questionmark behind Collum. But as there are not so many alternatives, experience could decide for him. The next two candidates are Sidiropoulos and Karasev IMO, who should however be tested further until the selection. Kulbakov or Kruzliak could slip in, if any of the previously mentioned can't convince. Kralovec and Kassai are probably out due to recent performances and overall performances and appointments in the last years.

      About VAR, I assume, we won't see e.g. Aytekin, Bastien and Kassai in that role, but mostly "specialized" VARs. I would therefore add at least Dankert, Kamphuis, Hernandez to your list.
      Will also be interesting, who will act as AVARs. Some referees from the VAR list or will there be a specific list? Maybe fixed duos like at the U21 EURO? Mostly specialised ARs? Will referees from the main list also act as VAR/AVAR?

      About 4th officials: Last time, there were only two extra 4th officials at the tournament. So I think, 9 is far too much.

  3. Good game for Marciniak and Turpin

  4. OFF TOPIC: Do you know the full list for FIFA Club WC?

  5. UEFA seems to have little trust in their second or third category refs. Qualifiers - even completely decided qualifiers or matches between teams that are out - are only available to a chosen number of refs. I remember times where matches like KAZ - SMR went to referees from the Faroe Islands....

    Disappointing, also for referees like Peljto or Dabanović. RUS - BEL would have been a real test for both of them and also a nice reward.

    As for the rest, looking at the big picture, Marciniak and Oliver get games that are quite important, but qualification for NED and AUT is almost secured based on the schedule. The biggest and most important match-up is Turpin's. All the best, it will be a huge test.

  6. Please find below some of the most interesting incidents from Italy - Malta, 2021 UEFA Women's EURO Qualifiers, played on 12 November 2019.
    Referee: Eleni Antoniou (GRE)
    Assistant referees: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE), Sofia Athanasopoulou (GRE)
    Fourth official: Anastasia Mylopoulou (GRE)

    7' YC for blatant holding
    Definitely a correct decision by referee.

    18' Offside AR1
    Three players in offside but the one who got the ball was clearly ONSIDE. Significant mistake there, however situation was not easy as she had many players to assess.

    25' YC for reckless use of arm
    Looks like a very harsh if not wrong decision. There isn't the best replay possible (frontal view on the face of opponent), but I tend to think this was not reckless.

    26' Free kick leading to goal
    Maybe soft but of course never a wrong decision. Supportable by referee. Two-handed push from behind can give a different idea but in my opinion effects were not that relevant.

    30' Possible YC for reckless challenge / persistent infringment
    Not the first foul made by Maltese player in the game, I think that in this case she should have got YC.

    38' Reckless or SFP?
    In the opinion of referee, this was not foul, I guess because Maltese player hit ball before opponent. To be honest, this is something close to SFP. YC for reckless is the minimum there. Clear mistake, very dangerous challenge.

    47' Interesting offside situation.
    Correct decision by AR2? I think wrong. Attacker who played ball was not in offside, one can guess AR2 raised for the involvement of the other attacker, but in my opinion she was not punishable. I think mistake there. NO FLAG would have been excellent.

    71' Second YC for leaving the pitch without referee's permission.
    I think we can definitely consider this as poor management by referee. After an injury of the player involved, she went to talk with her. Then, player left pitch for medical treatment, but it seems as this happened without referee's permission. Second YC and RC. I think this could have been avoided with better communication. According to LotG of course it is correct, but...

    84' Penalty appeal by Italy for an alleged deliberate hanbdall following a corner kick.
    Correct by referee to play on, nothing there.

    Not good impression in the big picture. Most significant mistake was in my opinion missed foul in 38', this was very dangerous and endangered player's safety.
    Overall, disciplinary control was not the best as well in what we can call for sure an easy-going game.
    Both assistant referees with some things to be reviewed, however some good offside call by AR1 must also be mentioned. AR2 less challenged.

  7. The most interesting incident from Italy -Malta - first goal- attackers did not respecting the 1m distance.Italy scored.

    1. Indeed. Goal should have been disallowed but you have to be a bit brave to do that in this kind of situation. I hope VAR would have intervened if the system was in use.

  8. Skomina in Hungary v Uruguay friendly match

    1. With His Regular ARs. do you indoemation fourth official? ( From Hungary there isnt avalibale FIFA referee on this day)

    2. that's all Tibor Vámos said, he only said Skomina would be in Hungary on Friday match

    3. Skomina- Uruguay is an important friendly. It will be the inauguration of Ferenc Puskas stadium, which is sold out for this event.

  9. Anyone know who is doing Colombia v Peru on Friday, please?

  10. How did Mattias Gestranius perform in the Panathinaïkós - AEK Athína game (and Slavko Vinčić the week previous)?

  11. Hyundai A-League referee appointments:

    Saturday, 16 November 2019
    Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
    Kick-Off: 5:00pm (Local) (5:00pm (AEDT))
    Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United
    Referee: Kurt Ams (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Lance Greenshields (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Kearney Robinson
    Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

    Saturday, 16 November 2019
    GMHBA Stadium, Geelong
    Kick-Off: 7:30pm (Local) (7:30pm (AEDT))
    Western United v Newcastle Jets
    Referee: Alireza Faghani (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Brown
    Assistant Referee 2: Tony Peart
    Fourth Official: Adam Bavcar
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

    Sunday, 17 November 2019
    Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe
    Kick-Off: 3:00pm (Local) (4:00pm (AEDT))
    Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City
    Referee: Alex King
    Assistant Referee 1: Nathan MacDonald (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Lindsay (FIFA)
    Fourth Official: Adam Kersey
    VAR: Craig Zetter

    Sunday, 17 November 2019
    Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah
    Kick-Off: 6:30pm (Local) (6:30pm (AEDT))
    Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (Big Blue)
    Referee: Shaun Evans (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Paul Cetrangolo
    Assistant Referee 2: Scott Edeling
    Fourth Official: Ben Abraham
    VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

    Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
    Fourth Official: Willy Delajod (FRA)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
    UEFA Delegate: Garry O'Hagan (SCO)

    Frappart will be observed by Karlsson in this game, I think it is quite sure she will attend EURO... maybe as fourth official. We will see.

    1. I'm confused. In the other thread it was reported as Martins (POR). Is it Frappart? Where did this come from?

    2. This is U21 EURO Qualifier.

    3. Got it. Thank you.

      Why do people assume she will make the jump from the Super Cup and U21 qualifiers to EURO 2020? I don't understand even the public relations benefit of making her a fourth official--it's not like she'd be in a position to showcase her performance. When one gets broad attention as a fourth official, it's only negative.

      Unless you are giving her a whistle, there is no point. And there's no justification whatsoever for making her a referee at EURO 2020.

      Maybe Rosetti will do it. But it's a really bad idea in my opinion. Much different than the way Umpierrez or Steinhaus were used at the U17s.

  13. In the opening minutes in Cyprus against Scotland a goal/no goal question had to be evaluated by Harald Lechner's referee team.

    Replays were shown and I would say the ball was behind the goal line.No reaction by AR2 Maximilian Kollbitsch.

    1. The replays I've seen (attached below) are really inconclusive. They SUGGEST that it might be behind the line, but there's unfortunately no definitive angle in this set:

    2. I'm not watching the game but Lechner just missed a RC for SFP (even VC?) to CYP No.8; studs attack on opponent's knee whilst not trying to play the ball - such contacts on the knee especially are very dangerous to player's safety. Only YC was issued. 57' (ish?)

    3. I thought similar live, but missed the replay, and I'm not 100% sure as to how much contact there was with the leg, as my second thinking was that it was a glancing strike.

    4. Only a few offside replays shown but it seems that AR2 Maximilian Kollbitsch missed a couple of offside situations.

      And some problems with corner and goal kick decisions by the referee team.

    5. I didn't realise that a foul had been whistled about five seconds earlier! Crystal clear Violent Conduct, and Lecher booked the afflicted SCO player too who did nothing wrong (as far as I can see).

    6. I'd suggest that the SCO player (Taylor) was booked for delaying the restart there (it was to be a CYP free kick) as he booted the ball up field.

    7. That might be why then ;)

      How was Lechner in general in this game?

    8. => 57' YC for DtR (SCO No.3); YC for UB (CYP No.8) - did CYP No.8 committ a Violent Conduct?

    9. Ouch. Moment of truth at 35s. Bottom of boot into side of knee.

      Lechner (and team) had some weaker moments, some very sensible refereeing moments (there was an incident where a SCO player was pushed into the CYP GK by a CYP defender, and the play sanctioned with a DFK for CYP), but as Ref545 mentioned, there were a number of confusing CK/GK decisions, especially in the first half of the match.

      (I wasn't 100% focused on the game unfortunately)

    10. Clear doubt for that.AR was at the dressing room during the first half!!!!!!!

    11. Which angle shows it clearly over the goal line with no doubt?

  14. For my taste very bad performance from Radu Petrescu in first half. He missed lot of fouls (!?), allowed lot of holding and pulling from Latvian players without issuing YCs. No prevention at all. All of that in very easy match, without crucial situation.

    1. Different approach from Petrescu in second half. 3 YCs for Latvian players in 13 minutes.

  15. Solid performance by Soares Dias in Russia - Belgium.

    No problems at all for the Portugisian referee team in an easy match without any big decisions.
    One correct early YC for Russia after an excellent advantage but on the other side a clear offside position missed by AR1 also in the early minutes resulting in a corner for Russia.

    1. I'll be honest, other than that early caution, I haven't really even noticed the refs in this one.

  16. Missed penalty for Belgium by Soares Dias in 49'.

    Mertens is shooting on goal in penalty area and Russian defender is taking him clearly over.

  17. Another solid half by Soares Dias in a rather clear match in St. Petersburg.

    Good fitness conditions and soft skills like calm but clear communication with players.

    Missed penalty in 49' but not a crucial mistake due to the clear resultat for Belgium.
    Maybe missed YC for Russian player in 88' for an ilegal use of arms and a missed offside in 90+1' by AR2.

    But in general absolutely no problems and a good performance.

  18. Missed penalty (handling) in the 1H for Azerbaijan by Deniz Aytekin; it was in the latter part of the 1H but I don't have a minute, just saw the replay on television now.

    1. Should be 39' or 40': The YC in 40' was given for dissent because of the rejected penalty.

  19. Incredible mistake from Gestranius. He whistled indirect free kick for Poland because Israel player returned the ball to his GK, but one Polish player played the ball before GK did. It was very obvious, both Gestranius and his AR2 had to see that.

    1. IMO Piątek didn't Touch The Ball and it was Good decision

    2. Missed YC for Glik in 17' reckless chalange one minute after another Glik foul

  20. Marciniak whistles penalty to NI for handball, but really didn't look like a punishable handball to me.

    1. Veltman is quite unlucky with his arms at the moment...

    2. I just saw the handball decision of Marciniak and I think you can support his decision. Better not to give, but not clearly wrong.

    3. The handball penalty:

    4. IMO not punishable handball. Wrong penalty by Marciniak

    5. In my opinion wrong penalty, not punishable handball, but one can't say it was a clear mistake by Marciniak. I wouldn't like to support it, but maybe an observer can do that.

    6. if he didn't touch the ball it was a goal... in the last moment he saw the ball and the move of his elbow was deliberate just to stop the ball. Extremely difficult decision but we cannot say it was crucial mistake

    7. I think This decison was 50/50 It could whistle penalty but if No It wasnt be mistake Too, but clear mistake it wasnt I think if It will be VAR This decision shoul be support

    8. I also think, it is supportable. The position of the arm is not really natural, increasing the body surface and the arm seems to be tense.

    9. Then Bartek, following your arguments the crucial mistake is that because a goal was denied by the handball Marciniak showed the wrong colour card.

    10. study the LOFG please... specialy DOGSO and SPA and also handball in the box

    11. No need for such irritation. Your own words: “if he didn't touch the ball it was a goal”. Then if you consider the handball as punishable in your opinion the Dutch defender denies the Northern Irish opponent a goal, which according to the LOTG has to be punished with a red card. A yellow card was given, so that would mean a crucial mistake.
      Instead of lecturing me it would be better to use substantive arguments supporting your opinion.

  21. First goal for Germany clear offside.

    1. I think punishable offside before Germany's first goal. GK's view was obstructed from the player that was in deep offside.

  22. As of 54th minute very good Turpin in easy match in Croatia.

  23. 67th minite correct 2nd YC for Mak.

  24. Minute 66' in Windsor Park: I think wrong offside and missed penalty for the Netherlands.

    Dutch player cleary pulled in the penalty area but offside signaled by AR1 Pawel Sokolnicki.Replays shown and IMHO tight no offside.

    1. That should be this one:

    2. Crucial mistake by AR1, assuming that Marciniak without offside call, would have whistled penalty there.

    3. I don't think crucial

    4. im my opinion Dutch player was few centimeters offside

    5. Offside position almost doesn't matter. The alleged foul occurs before the ball arrives and before the attacker is challenging for the ball. If Marciniak had a foul on the defender, that should take precedence over the offside decision--whether correct or incorrect.

    6. @usaref -- in this instance, the offside position CLEARLY matters. The offence by the NIR player is happening as the ball arrives. By the Laws therefore, this is an offside offence.

  25. Oliver with a good performance without a single YC in Austria. Nothing extraordinary happened.

  26. First goal for Germany, missed offside.

  27. Does anyone have info as to whether or not UEFA will use VAR for the playoffs? On the one hand, given the stakes it seems like the right move. On the other, there may be logistical difficulties in places like Georgia and North Macedonia.

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