June 10, 2015

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for Matchday 6 (June 2015) - II

These are the EURO qualifier assignments for Saturday, 13 June. Among others, Björn Kuipers will return onto UEFA pitch after his Chelsea-Paris Round of 16 tie in Champions League earlier this year. The most striking appointment is however Clayton Pisani's call-up for Gibraltar-Germany: It will be the first match for an Maltese sextet ever in European football.

13 June 2015

Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL), Group D, 18:00 CET
Poland - Georgia
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referees: Vitali Maliutsin (BLR), Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR), Viktar Shymusik (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojsa Ivković (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)

Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL), Group D, 18:00 CET
Republic of Ireland - Scotland
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Luca Banti (ITA), Davide Massa (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Cornel Bivolaru (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Patrick Daly (IRL)

Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM), Group I, 18:00 CET
Armenia - Portugal
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referees: Frank Bleyen (BEL), Jimmy Cremers (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referees: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL), Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Fourth Official: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Ronen Hershco (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Adrian D. Casha (MLT)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Arman Alaberkyan (ARM)

Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN), Group F, 18:00 CET
Finland - Hungary
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referees: Matej Žunič (SVN), Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Mitja Žganec (SVN), Dejan Balažič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR), Group F, 20:45 CET
Northern Ireland - Romania
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP), Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referees: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP), Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
Fourth Official: Marcos Alvarez Moreno (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Norman Loughins (NIR)

Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO), Group F, 20:45 CET
Faroe Islands - Greece
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR), Anders Johansen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Johan Petur Michelsen (FRO)

Telia Parken, Copenhagen (DEN), Group I, 20:45 CET
Denmark - Serbia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referees: Sander van Roekel (NED), Angelo Boonman (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees: Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Foster (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Wilfried Heitmann (GER)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Bill René Hansen (DEN)

Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR), Group D, 20:45 CET
Gibraltar - Germany
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT)
Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri (MLT), Duncan Sultana (MLT)
Additional Assistant Referees: Marco Borg (MLT), Adrian Azzopardi (MLT)
Fourth Official: Roberto Vella (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Adrian Bacarisa (GIB)


  1. Özkahya announced appointment was for friendly Albania - France:.

    Albania - France
    Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
    Assistant Referees: Çem Satman (TUR), Ekrem Kan (TUR)
    Additional Assistant Referees: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR), Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
    Fourth Official: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)

  2. Happy to see back Kuipers; he must be recovered,
    Happy to see Gumienny too, even if I never see new names. always the same like as Rizzoli, Atkinson, Velasco.

    I think it doesn't help the development of young and new officials and the creation of anew reliable generation of referees.

    Hope to see Kassai on the third day; is he still injuried ?


    1. Kassai not injured. He had match last round of Hungarian Division. I hope to see too.

  3. OT
    What do you think about Webb's decision?

    1. Am told it was due to Webb becoming frustrated, fearing that he did not have enough influence to make the job as meaningful as he hoped.

  4. Anonymous10/6/15 21:11

    If there is no age limit more for refereeobserver?
    Heitmann GER? 70?

    1. Anonymous10/6/15 21:59

      Brummeier/AUT too.

    2. Anonymous13/6/15 06:25

      Referee observers retire at the end of the year when they reach 70.

    3. Anonymous13/6/15 11:06

      Okay, but Heitmann is 72!!!

    4. 71 to be precise. But as long as he is appreciated by referees and is fit enough..

  5. Referee for the friendly ALB-FRA is Halis Özkahya (TUR).

  6. It seemed to me that 1-0 by Ireland was offside, missed by Cariolato.

    1. McCarthy was also very fortunate to escape with a caution in the first half (c. 30').

  7. Matej Jug has not good match in FIN-HUN. In my opinion he missed 2 penalties for Hungary:(7'and 37')
    Missed 1 or 2 yellow. So not perfect,but the match yes.

  8. Anonymous13/6/15 20:09

    Kulbakou with a very good impression. His fitness was excellent with 28C at National Stadium in Warsaw. Faultless positioning, ability to enter the penalty area if necessary. There were two opportunities to book players during the first minutes of the game. 1' - hard tackle and 14' - dissent by action (kicking the ball away). However, Kulbakou chose to use his personality and strongly warned both players. After those two scenes, there was not much to mention, so his tactics was well accepted by players. Good no-flags by AR2 at three late goals of Polish team.

    My marks:
    8.4 / 8.4, 8.5 / 8.4 / 8.4, 8.4

  9. Anonymous13/6/15 21:20

    Penalty decision by Pol van Boekel AAR1 in Kuipers match. Good.

  10. Anonymous13/6/15 21:50

    As of now, Pisani does a great job. He deserves the First Category.

    1. Anonymous13/6/15 23:22

      The game was really, really easy to handle. He did definitively a good job but no great job imo. What was great for you?

      A good performance but nevertheless some points for improvement, especially in his body language and his personality.

      He showed that he is able to handle an European qualifying game but for me it is really crucial if it is enough for first group. I expected more for a first group referee.

      8,2 for me. Quite challenging game for both assistant referees who had very much onside/offside decisions to take. Some errors, especially due to a bad positioning, including. AAR1 with a good no-penalty decision.

  11. Anonymous13/6/15 22:13

    For the first time in my life I saw fastening a net to a post by zip-tie and burning the outstreched part by a lighter. :D

  12. Faroe Islands - Greece

    Tom Harald Hagen did an overall good job. His foul detection was very lenient and despite 2-3 obvious fouls missed, it was good. All cautions were to say mandatory but he made a critical error in min. 75' when he cautioned the wrong player (another player committed the foul).

    Hagen 7.9 (8.3)
    Dag-Roger Nebben 8.3
    Jan Erik Engan 8.4
    Dag Vidar Hafsås 8.4
    Anders Johansen 8.4
    Magnus Lundberg 8.4

    1. Anonymous14/6/15 00:49

      I thougt that in a period (10-15 mins) he had problems to control the match. There were also two epesodes where greek subs enterd the field, in one case it looked that the sub slaped a faroese player. Hagen didnt take any action in this situations

    2. The episodes you mention wasn't visible on camera. So I can't be sure of what happened. But IMO Hagen controlled the match well.

    3. Anonymous14/6/15 12:02

      I haven't watch the match back on tv, I was at the stadion. But there are 2 or 3 situations i would like to see again. But IMO, Hagen was below par in 1st half and he eas good in 2nd exept the mistaken identety episode.

    4. Anonymous14/6/15 21:47

      @ Edward. Cautioning of the wrong player is an important error but not a crucial mistake. So no reason for 7,9 for this.


    5. @ P.L.

      Remember what happened this season in Man. City - CSKA Moskva. The same story. So for UEFA it's indeed a crucial mistake.

    6. Anonymous15/6/15 11:46

      No! Only if it is a 2nd yellow (like for CSKA).


    7. I can tell you 2 more EL matches that the same thing happened. Both referees got 7.9 from observers.

    8. Anonymous15/6/15 13:43

      Marks of referees (from official observers) are confidental...


    9. Anonymous15/6/15 14:36

      "#14 B04 is shown an YC for his tackle on #09 ATL. However the replay shows that the B04 player plays the ball and doesn’t foul his opponent. According to the replay the only player who should have been cautioned is #27 B04 for his challenge seconds before. Wrong YC."

      Leverkusen - Atletico. Mark for referee was 8,0 (this was not the only reason). Blog referee observer was Edward.

      BTW, I completely agree with Your description of the situation.


    10. That's a different case P.L. Here the referee cautioned a player who did tackle but played the ball. I don't know the reason for this caution. There was another tackle (worthy of caution) seconds before. That's a case of a missed caution and a wrong one (2 mistakes actually).

      In Hagen's match, the player who was cautioned wasn't even involved in a tackle. That's the big difference.

    11. Anonymous15/6/15 15:44

      In the report You wrote it very well and clearly. In both matches wrong players were cautioned. Important mistake, no crucial one. The best possible mark in my eyes is 8,2. It is matter of interpretation if we could speak about two mistakes in each case or only about one. These cases are not 100% the same but IMO very similar.

      For me, it is no problem to admit that I can be wrong but if I was sure that You are right I didn't open this discussion.

      Enough or howgh. :)


    12. I am not going to continue this since it's going too long. However these 2 matches and scenes are significant different. Hagen's case is that of a mistaken IDENTITY (which doesn't apply to Kralovec).


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