Monday, 10 September 2018

UEFA Nations League 2018/19 - Referee Appointments MD2 (10 September 2018)

Referee appointments for 2018-19 UEFA Nations League Matchday 2, games to be played on 10/09. 
League A - Group 3
10 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Lisbon (Estádio do SL Benfica)
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell Zor (SVN)

League B - Group 2
10 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Solna (Friends Arena)
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Iñigo Prieto López de Ceraín (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)

League C - Group 1
10 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Glasgow (Hampden Park)
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Rade Obrenović (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR)

League C - Group 4
10 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Podgorica (Gradski Stadion)
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Brixen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jens Maae (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Peter Kjærsgaard (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (BEL)

League C - Group 4
10 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Belgrade (Stadion FK Partizan)
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Dmitrii Mosiakin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dušan Krchňák (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: José Luis Astiazarán Iriondo (ESP)

League D - Group 1
10 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Andorra la Vella (Estadi Comunal)
Referee: Vilhjálmur Alvar Þórarinsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jóhann Gunnar Guðmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Birkir Sigurðarson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Frosti Viðar Gunnarsson (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Þóroddur Hjaltalín (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ívar Orri Kristjánsson (ISL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Carmel Agius (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Ísak Mikladal (FRO)

League D - Group 3
10 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Pristina (Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri)
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bram Van Driessche (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Danijel Jošt (SVN)

League D - Group 3
10 September 2018, 20:45 CET - Ta' Qali (National Stadium)
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milutin Đukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jovica Tatar (MNE)
Fourth Official: Aleksandar Đikanović (MNE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Milačić (MNE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)


  1. My guess would be Hategan, Bastien and Karasev? for tomorrow League A and B appointments

  2. So it seems Rossetti is keeping the "big names" for further stages of the competition where the games will probably be more difficult with relegation / play-off qualification in mind. So far, only Turpin (if I'm not mistaken) has been appointed from the referees who attended the WC.

  3. Nations League is not the most important competition. Imo these games are something between friendlies and official games. In this order I don't believe it's necessary to use the "big" referees in this competition. Honestly, Kuipers, Mazic, Rocchi are born is 1973, should be their last months (or last season) as international referees. They achieved almost everything (excepting Rocchi who probably deserves, at least, an Europa League final in 2019). For me it's non-sense to use names like Kuipers, Mazic, Cakir (even Rocchi, Skomina, Kassai or Undiano Mallenco) in this competiton.

    1. It is of course not the most important competition, but when there were friendlies, top referees have also been appointed in matches between top national teams. I don't really think that is going to change now. This competition is, IMO, not being given the relevance it has. Remember it allows direct qualification for four teams to the next EURO/WC. Also, prestige is in too. What would be the reaction if Italy, Germany, Spain, France, England, etc. were relegated? Not very good for them (although possibly that would open an easier way to get a direct qualification spot for them in league B). It is a recognition that they are not amongst the very best european national teams. I think it will take some time, but that the relevance of the competition will increase with time.

    2. This is the perfect competition in order to test new referees.
      There is a huge problem in european refereeing after 8 years of Collina: the number of "big" referees is very limited. That's a consequence of the fact that Collina used ALWAYS the same referees.
      So, in this competition I don't want to see names like Kuipers, Cakir, Mazic, Skomina, Rocchi, Kassai, Undiano Mallenco.
      Monday I will be in Belgrade for Serbia- Romania. Referee will be Bezborodov. Despite the fact I think he's a good referee (he should have been used more by Collina in last years, even in CL) I don't think it's normal to use in 3RD DIVISION of this competition a referee who is born in january 1973 ...

  4. Some situations from Austria - Sweden friendly refereed by Paweł Gil

    Reckless v SFP

    Careless v reckless

    Second ball on the field of play. Was stopping the game necessary?

    Conflict, strike in the face, should've been a red card according to the LOTG?

    1. 1) Assessing it as reckless challenge is OK in my opinion.
      2) Reckless, clear YC.
      3) No, it wasn't necessary because players were not influenced by the presence of the other ball.
      4) Bordeline to RC for violent conduct, mandatory at least YC.

  5. I was wondering what is the age limit for the Assistant Referees FIFA badge?

    1. No age limits. However, very accurate medical check up are requested for officials who have 45+ years.

  6. From the fifth tier of Scottish football - a goal ruled out for illegal feinting at a penalty kick: - but if the player takes another step the feinting must be in the run-up and thus allowed?

  7. OT Premier League MD5 Referee appointments

    Saturday 15 September
    12:30 Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
    Referee: Michael Oliver
    Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett
    Fourth official: Kevin Friend

    15:00 AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City
    Referee: Craig Pawson
    Assistants: Lee Betts, Ian Hussin
    Fourth official: Simon Hooper

    15:00 Chelsea v Cardiff City
    Referee: Jonathan Moss
    Assistants: Harry Lennard, Andy Halliday
    Fourth official: Tim Robinson

    15:00 Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace
    Referee: Graham Scott
    Assistants: Simon Long, Neil Davies
    Fourth official: Lee Mason

    15:00 Man City v Fulham
    Referee: Stuart Attwell
    Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Richard West
    Fourth official: Martin Atkinson

    15:00 Newcastle United v Arsenal
    Referee: Lee Probert
    Assistants: Simon Beck, Adrian Holmes
    Fourth official: David Coote

    17:30 Watford v Man Utd
    Referee: Mike Dean
    Assistants: Darren Cann, Dan Robathan
    Fourth official: Paul Tierney

    Sunday 16 September
    13:30 Wolves v Burnley
    Referee: Andre Marriner
    Assistants: Scott Ledger, Mick McDonough
    Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

    16:00 Everton v West Ham United
    Referee: Martin Atkinson
    Assistants: Stephen Child, Peter Kirkup
    Fourth official: David Coote

    Monday 17 September
    20:00 Southampton v Brighton
    Referee: Anthony Taylor
    Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn
    Fourth official: Graham Scott

    1. So, possible CL for Oliver while Taylor, appointed on Monday, is surely out from CL MD1.

  8. 4' clear YC not given to Hysaj.

  9. AR2 with a correct and very important offside flag in POR - ITA.

  10. 35' in my opinion missed penalty by Collum and AAR2, defender not interested at all in playing the ball, just stopped the opponent inside the box, impeding him to reach the ball... I would have liked more cooperation here within the Scottish crew.

  11. Missed penalty by Collum in 35th minute. Criscito deliberately moved into the way of an opponent and impeded an opponent's progress. Nicolas Walsh should have detected that.

  12. Tomaž Klančnik missed an offside for the 1-0.

  13. I dont know about penalty Bezborodov gave.To me 50-50 situation.

  14. 90+3'

    Missed RC to Pepe for SFP?

  15. 90'+3 missed RC for SFP to Pepe (POR).


    2. You can see Pepes reaction after he got YC, clearly he knew thats RC..

  16. How many chances will this referee have? Major missed PK and clear SFP, the blind faith from Dallas just continues. I’m sure Dallas Jnr being in the team will help. With the talent available in UEFA elite category he shouldn’t be considered for such appointments, he’s not even in the top 5 referees in Scotland.

    1. Curious who your top 5 referees in Scotland are?

    2. In my opinion it is a pity. I think that basically Collum is a good referee and he has shown very often very good performance that can justify his belonging to Category Elite. However, the problem is that he doesn't manage to do the final step. Every now and then he has these games. His career so far has been for sure satysfying, but he would have got more if he had performed with more consistency.
      Today it was in my opinion a very important exam under the eyes of Batta, even in terms of assignments for this season, I think that at moment we must say he is still not ready for this big step. With "big step" I mean officiating a major final (he had only Super Cup) and then becoming a reliable Elite like the other ones we know. But time is passing...
      I notice that very often crucial mistakes in his games come from a missed cooperation with either AARs or ARs. This must be for sure the first point to be improved by Scottish officials, everything of course in my humble opinion.

    3. Most of the guys I’ve seen live at the Dallas cup so follow their progress. In no particular order,

      Mclean, Madden, Robertson and Walsh I have all seen and are better technically and stronger managers. Beaton I’ve only seen on TV and he is also a more convincing official. Collum is too frantic and lacks consistency, someone posted a clip from Kilmarnock recently which displays exactly that.

      It’s all about opinions though but for me he makes far too many KMI errors for my taste and lacks any natural authority.

  17. OT LaLiga MD4 Appointments

    Friday, September 14
    21:00 SD Huesca - Rayo Vallecano
    Referee: Medie Jimenez

    Saturday, September 15

    13:00 Atletico de Madrid - SD Eibar
    Referee: Martinez Munuera

    16:15 Real Sociedad - FC Barcelona
    Referee: del Cerro Grande

    18:30 Valencia - Real Betis
    Referee: Hernandez Hernandez

    20:45 Athletic Club - Real Madrid
    Referee: Gonzalez Gonzalez

    Sunday, September 16

    12:00 CD Leganes - Villarreal CF
    Referee: Gonzalez Fuertes

    16:15 RCD Espanyol - Levante UD
    Referee: Undiano Mallenco

    18:30 R. Vallodollid - D. Alaves
    Referee: Munuera Montero

    20:45 Sevilla - Getafe
    Referee: de Burgos Bengoetxea

    Monday, September 17

    21:00 Girona - Celta de Vigo
    Referee: Alberola Rojas

    1. Source? I can't find them anywhere...

    2. I found them on the laliga website but I could only find the referee names.

  18. OT: French appointments

    Nice - Rennes ( 14/09 - 19h ) :
    Referee : Jérôme Miguelgorry
    Assistant referee : Eric Danizan - Christophe Mouysset
    4th : Arnaud Baert
    VAR : Benoît Bastien (FIFA)
    AVAR : Wilfried Bien

    Paris - Saint Etienne ( 14/09 - 20h45 ):
    Referee : Frank Schneider (FIFA)
    Assistant referee : Djemel Zitouni - Nicolas Henninot
    4th : Jeremy Stinat
    VAR : Olivier Thual
    AVAR : Mehdi Mokhtari

    Caen - Lyon ( 15/09 - 17h ) :
    Referee : Hamel Johan
    Assistant referee : Frederic Haquette (FIFA) - Stephan Pignatelli
    4th : Florent Batta
    Var : Thomas Leonard
    Avar : Hamid Guenaoui

    Amiens - Lille ( 15/09 - 20h ) :
    Referee : Nicolas Rainville (FIFA)
    Assistant referee : Stephan Luzi - Matthieu Lombard
    4th : El Bedoui Lakhdar
    Var : Olivier Thual
    Avar : Benjamin Lepaysant

    Dijon - Angers ( 15/09 - 20h ) :
    Referee : Hakim Ben El Hadj Salem
    Assistant referee : Gwenael Pasqualotti - Mathieu Grosbost
    4th : Mickael Leleu
    Var : Alexandre Castro
    Avar : Dominique Julien

    Toulouse - Monaco ( 15/09 - 20h ) :
    Referee : Ruddy Buquet (FIFA)
    Assistant referee : Guillaume Debart (FIFA) - Julien Pacelli (FIFA)
    4th : Guillaume Paradis
    Var : Jerome Brisard (FIFA)
    Avar : Abdelali Chaoui

    Montpellier - Strasbourg ( 15/09 - 20h ) :
    Referee : Willy Delajod
    Assistant referee : Philippe Jeanne - Cyril Gringore (FIFA)
    4th : Antoine Valnet
    Var : Karim Abed (FIFA)
    Avar : Bruno Coue

    Nantes - Reims ( 16/09 - 15h ) :
    Referee : Eric Wattellier
    Assistant Referee : Aurelien Berthomieu - Julien Aube
    4th : Abdelatif Kherradji
    Var : François Letexier (FIFA)
    Avar : Sylvain Palhies

    Bordeaux - Nîmes ( 16/09 - 17h ) :
    Referee : Antony Gautier
    Assistant Referee : Michael Annonier - François Boudikian
    4th : William Lavis
    Var : Jérôme Brisard (FIFA)
    Avar : Stéphane Bre

    Marseille - Guingamp ( 16/09 - 21h ) :
    Referee : Amaury Delerue (FIFA)
    Assistant Referee : Bertrand Jouannaud (FIFA) - Alexandre Viala
    4th : Faouzi Benchabane
    Var : Benoit Millot (FIFA)
    Avar : Pierre Gaillouste

  19. The first goal of Scotland against Albania.

  20. Some situations from highlights that I cut

    Kehlet, Penalty (MNE-LTU)

    Þórarinsson, 2xYC->RC (AND-KAZ)

    Bezborodov, Penalty (SRB-ROU)

    Dabanović, Penalty (MLT-AZE)

    Dabanović, missed a black-white penalty (MLT-AZE)

    1. Kehlet again busy with handballs after Astana - APOEL, this time in my opinion his decision is fully correct.
      Second YC by Þórarinsson: I can hardly recognize a foul there.
      Bezborodov penalty is for sure a supportable call but maybe soft, looking into detail.
      Dabanović with a clear penalty whistled and a very blatant missed one. In this second occasion, AAR2 was late in following the game and reacting.

    2. Watching the frame-by-frame, I wonder if Dabanović rather missed a freekick not a penalty.
      We cannot be sure with just these images though.