Thursday, 8 October 2020

2019/20 European Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for Playoff Semifinals (October 2020)

Referee appointments for 2019-20 UEFA European Qualifiers Play Off Semifinals. 

18:00 CET - Tbilisi (Boris Paichadze National Stadium Dinamo Arena)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Video Assistant Referee: Abdulkadir Bitigen (TUR)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)  Loukas Siotropos (GRE) 

20:45 CET - Skopje (National Arena Todor Proeski)
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Video Assistant Referee: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR) Alexandru Deaconu (ROU) 
UEFA Delegate: Camelia Nicolae (ROU)

20:45 CET - Oslo (Ullevaal Stadion)
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ciro Carbone (ITA) 
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Video Assistant Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Giorgio Peretti (ITA) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)

20:45 CET - Glasgow (Hampden Park)
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Video Assistant Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Marco Di Bello (ITA) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Alojzije Šupraha (CRO)

20:45 CET - Bratislava (Národný futbalový štadión)
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Video Assistant Referee: François Letexier (FRA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Georg Lüchinger (LIE)

20:45 CET - Sarajevo (Stadion Grbavica)
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoechea (ESP)
Video Assistant Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)

20:45 CET - Sofia (Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski)
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł  Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Video Assistant Referee: Paweł Gil (POL)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lucílio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Loukas Siotropos (GRE)  Kris Bellon (BEL)

20:45 CET - Reykjavík (Laugardalsvöllur)
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Video Assistant Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)


  1. No surprises!

    I guess Brych, Taylor, Kuipers and Del Cerro Grande for the finals.

    1. Yes, I agree with both statements.
      Turpin has SVK again after CRO-SVK on group stage MD9.

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  2. Interesting choices with VAR. This time Skomina must get a Spanish official because both Italians are busy (Irrati and Guida).
    Orsato with different assistant referees, and that's very particular because, after Manganelli retirement, Giallatini and Preti seemed to be the selected pair for EURO 2020. This is a game related to EURO 2020 so it could be a signal. Let's see what will happen.
    I agree that Kuipers, Brych, Kuipers and Del Cerro should then get finals on November. However, in case the latter will get it, I would still like to discuss about Mateu Lahoz and his management by committee, for certain reasons, it seems as he never fully convinced Rosetti and co. for being appointed to big finals.

  3. Nations League predictions MD3
    BIH-NED: Palabiyik (TUR)
    POL-ITA: Kovacs (ROU)
    ENG-BEL: Kruzliak (SVK)
    ISL-DEN: Sidiropoulos (GRE)
    CRO-SWE: Pawson (ENG)
    FRA-POR: Oliver (ENG)
    UKR-GER: Kuipers (NED)
    SPA-SUI: Karasev (RUS)

    NOR-ROU: Gil Manzano (ESP)
    NIR-AUT: Petrescu (ROU)
    ISR-CZE: Özkahya (TUR)
    SCO-SVK: Aghayev (AZE)
    SRB-HUN: Stieler (GER)
    RUS-TUR: Kralovec (CZE)
    IRL-WAL: Bognar (HUN)
    FIN-BUL: Jovic (CRO)

    LUX-CYP: Delajod (FRA)
    MNE-AZE: Reinshreiber (ISR)
    ARM-GEO: Meshkov (RUS)
    EST-MKD: Hennessy (IRL)
    KOS-SVN: Lardot (BEL)
    GRE-MDA: Harvey (IRL)
    KAZ-ALB: Maae (DEN)
    LTU-BLR: Fabbri (ITA)

    FAR-LVA: Clancy (SCO)
    AND-MLT: Staubli (SUI)
    LIE-GIB: Griffith (WAL)

    1. I wish we could see Hernández Hernández and Jóannesarson á Hovdanum!

    2. Hernandez is in BIH with Mateu, so I would not expect him on MD3.

  4. Batista now appears to be an important observer for UEFA ...

  5. It is very good that UEFA uses former top referees as observers more often than other observers who did not referee at higher levels. It is important that the observer used to referee at the level he is currently observing referees.

    1. I really hope that this continues and we don't see again observers who were 2nd Group referees to be appointed to EL R16.

    2. I wouldn't say that. Time changes, and therefore a good referee in earlier days doesn't have to be a good observer in the present. There are many good observers which haven't referees on top level

    3. Observing and instructing from books is always different than observing and instructing from experience at high level. There are plenty of top referees who retired in the last 10 years and they should be given priority.

    4. Yes, but there is simply no need of this experience of high level refereeing if the observer is not able to use this experience to guide the ref. On the other hand, you don't need the experience at high level to have experience at all. It's not like these former "lower" refs have never experienced crucial moments or that they don't know as much as former high ranked refs. There's simply no evidence for this.
      Only argument for your sight is, that todays Elite Refs won't listen to those observers as they don't accept them.

    5. That is your opinion and everyone is entitled to their opinion. In my opinion, a referee would learn more from Rosetti, Collina, Fandel, Velasco, Rizzoli, Webb & co. rather than others. Sometimes you learn more from the top referees' stories from their own career than from a theoretical speech or quiz. Modern refereeing means football understanding and player management more than anything else and that is better thought by someone who did that at higher level rather than someone who learned it from books. My opinion, which seems to be supported by FIFA/UEFA, who assign former top refs to the most important matches.

  6. 1' Potential SFP. Çakır gave a "slow down" warning. Swung through with the studs, hit the knee area. Fairly accidental/unintented. UEFA will have no complaints.

  7. 6' Penalty for Georgia, rather clumsy challenge (rammed him in the back). Well accepted decision, no card (careless, no DOGSO).

    1. Clear pushing from his opponent back. Best decision for that situation is penalty kick. Good job from Cakir.

  8. Missed YC in 45+1,quite clear SPA happened, Cakir just whistled.

  9. On the whole, decent performance by Çakır, not overly challenged.

  10. I think Mateu missed either PK for IFK into the PK area for dangerous play in 14'.

  11. Minute 15' in BIH - NIR, possible penalty. Attacker was kicked in face by defender, should be checked whether the ball was touched as well. Waiting for more replays, but this is for sure a very interesting situation because penalty could have been whistled in all cases. A clearly reckless challenge.

    1. can you attach video of that situation if it possible?

  12. Excellent Makkelie so far. Really good grip on a game that is challenging.

    1. +1

      His manner is absolutely excellent, I would argue one of the best ever!

      SFP at 13'?

  13. 57' Penalty to Romania after a very long OFR. I don't remember the referee checking 5 different camera perspectives during the review. Normally VAR should prepare a better selection of pictures.
    The decision itself is OK, but some doubts, whether it really was "clear and obvious".

    1. *I mean, I don't remember it happening before

    2. I think PK is correct, illegal use of elbow.

    3. I agree PK is a correct decision, but is it clear and obvious mistake?

    4. I'm not very convinced by the angles available. It could well be a penalty but there isn't strong enough evidence for an OFR.

  14. Caution at 90 + 4' for Orsato had a strong hint of SFP.

  15. Possible RC for Orsato at 90+3? Studs on ankle.

    1. Contact is on the foot, therefore YC still OK, I think.

    2. YC correct decision, but he missed for similar foul YC in 106'. In first 90 minutes Orsato was very good in easy going match, but in overtime he missed 3-4 clear fouls.

  16. Skomina missed 2 penalties:

    - 1st (elbow): saved by the VAR
    - 2nd (handball): incredible, but VAR didn't intervene

    1. What minute was that handball?

    2. handball min 75 (and maybe 2nd yellow for Ragnar Sigurdsson)

    3. Do you have link maybe?

  17. Turpin in full control tonight in an easy match. Total acceptance by the players. Well done.

  18. Most of the refs today ended the halves earlier than the announced added time... is this the new norm?

    1. No new norms, just mistakes. Also, what you see on the screen could be not the exact and real time kept by referee's watch.

    2. Yes, but it was more than usual, to be just a coincidence... maybe self-preservation?

    3. UEFA is very strict with that, in RAP you can find that they are angry if referee whistles even a few seconds before the minimum given additional time. So for sure who did that will be reproached.

  19. Hategan with a very good performance in Glasgow, 6 yellow cards, all justified

    1. Agree. Do you have any idea why he did not do a coin toss (he chose it by himself) for the goal used for the kicks from the penalty mark? There were no spectators, so I wonder what made him choose the goal rather than doing a coin toss?

    2. There had been a lot of rain in glasgow the day before and the day of the game so perhaps the end he chose was in the best condition of the two. Also perhaps the end was chosen at half time to give the authorities time to make arrangements that they may have required, sometimes in this panademic small matters are important to those in charge

  20. Predictions for finals:
    HUN-ISL: Kuipers
    NIR-SVK: Brych
    SRB-SCO: del Cerro Grande
    GEO-MKD: Taylor

    Some limitations with Taylor and the British teams and Brych probably neither with the A final (because they go in the German group) nor the C final (Serbia...). Furthermore probably not del Cerro Grande in the B final (because of Mateu in SF and winner in Spanish group) and Kuipers not in D final (because of Makkelie in SF and winner in Dutch group).
    Brych had NIR and Kuipers had ISL in previous play-offs, but that shouldn't play a role IMO.

    1. Could be...?

      HUN-ISL: Taylor
      NIR-SVK: Kuipers
      SRB-SCO: Del Cerro Grande
      GEO-MKD: Brych

  21. Some videos from BULHUN handled by Marciniak

    17' - goal allowed, no clear evidence of handball

    55' - penalty awarded for reckless use of arm cancelled after VAR intervention as foul had place outside the penalty area; SPA or DOGSO?

    64' - penalty incident

    72' - penalty incident

    1. IMO

      17' - that seems to be a handball, but VAR is right in not intervening - no clear evidence

      55' - FK + YC for SPA is correct

      64' - no penalty

      72' - no penalty

  22. Some clips from Island vs Romania match (ref. Damir Skomina). Just to mention, the broadcast production was extremely low-quality (delayed replays, poor filming angles, etc.).

    min 5' - penalty appeal for Romania

    → replay is not conclusive but the ball seems to hit ISL #17 hand. The ball came however from a deflection from close distance, so play-on is a supportable decision.

    min 60 - penalty for Romania after OFR

    → correct VAR intervention. The foul was difficult to spot by Skomina, if you watch the replays his line of sight was obstructed by a Romania player.

    min 78 - penalty appeal for Romania

    → The most interesting situation from this game, because there are 3 potentially punishable offences happening in one action:
    - handball by ISL #6
    - foul by ISL #18 who kicks ROU attacker with his left foot
    - handball by ISL #14
    This in my opinion a crucial mistake, the first offence should have punished, ISL #6 stretches his right arm to expand his body and block the ball.
    Still, if this was not judged as handball, the foul by ISL #18 is crystal clear, he completely missed the ball and kicked his opponent's leg, so it should have been a 2nd penalty anyway.

    1. Hah, we posted exactly at the same time :D

      05' - correct no penalty, unexpected ball played by a teammate, natural hand position

      60' - seems like a correct decision has been taken after OFR, well done VAR

      78' - I think it's a punishable handball (making body bigger) but not sure if 'clear and obvious' for VAR to intervene. Then, there is a handball of Romanian attacking player so everything after that is unimportant. VAR could have only intervened if he thinks the first handball is deliberate.

    2. Thanks for the videos!
      5' absolutely no penalty in my opinion, arm totally natural position. No matter the distance here, in all situations it is a NO PENALTY for this reason. Also, before that, possible extremely tight offside (by upper body - head?) on the pass, so maybe for this reason the possible check was annulled before.

      60' How many times Skomina did watch this incident in front of monitor? Very strange OFR there, also, but that's only personal opinion, not the best posture by referee while watching video.
      Penalty is correct decision for what we see, but I hope for consistency, I think in a game in penalty areas you can find these situations very often to happen, so... I must be honest, I'm not still 100% convinced by this call, not because it wasn't foul, but given the long time also took by Skomina, one remains with some doubts. To say it in other words, I have feeling that other VARs wouldn't have called referee for that.

      78' Absolutely difficult and borderline situation, I think this can belong to the category of handballs whistled if seen on the pitch, but not very clear error because play-on could be acceptable (arm not totally open and after the touch player tries to remove it). The rest of the challenge is absolutely nothing significant for VAR (not enough). In this case I understand why there wasn't an intervention. However very challenging game for VAR.
      I wouldn't call the latter as crucial mistake.

    3. 5': correct
      60': correct decision
      78': I think this is a penalty

    4. IMO
      5' - no penalty

      60' - correct VAR interevention, that's a penalty for sure

      78' - very difficult sitaution - the first handball could have been whistled, but VAR intevention would not be justified, it's borderline. For me, play-on is the best choice in this case.

  23. Incident from Mateu Lahoz game:

    1. IMO play-on is a supportable decision, although it could have been decided differenty for sure.

  24. What are the opinions about the situations in the match amical Belgique -- Côte d'Ivoire?

    Caution or Sfp?

    Caution ou Sfp?

    1. Technically both are SFP, I think.
      And I would also like to see RCs in both cases, because it doesn't seem like pure accidents, but reckless and dangerous behaviour, which should be punished.

    2. Two red cards.

    3. IMO
      First scene: YC (could be RC as well, but for me Yellow is the best choice)
      Second scene: That's SFP RC for me


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