December 11, 2015

UEFA Referee Categories for Winter 2015/16 including new FIFA Match Officials

UEFA has defined the new Referee Categories (Winter 2015/16) including some promotions to First Group. Congratulations to all promoted referees, congratulations and welcome to those who have been promoted to FIFA officials and all the best to those who leave the international panel.


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Elite Group
Martin Atkinson (ENG), Deniz Aytekin (GER), Ivan Bebek (CRO), Felix Brych (GER), Cüneyt Çakır (TUR), Mark Clattenburg (ENG), William Collum (SCO), Jonas Eriksson (SWE), David Fernández Borbalán (ESP), Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU), Sergei Karasev (RUS), Viktor Kassai (HUN), Pavel Královec (CZE), Björn Kuipers (NED), Szymon Marciniak (POL), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP), Milorad Mažić (SRB), Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR), Bas Nijhuis (NED), Daniele Orsato (ITA), Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE), Damir Skomina (SVN), Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), Craig Thomson (SCO), Clément Turpin (FRA), Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP), Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

First Group
Ievgenii Aranovskiy (UKR),  Luca Banti (ITA), Benoît Bastien (FRA, promoted), John Beaton (SCO, promoted), Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS), Kevin Blom (NED), Tamás Bognar (HUN), Serhiy Boiko (UKR), Ruddy Buquet (FRA), Tony Chapron (FRA), Sébastien Delferiere (BEL), Oliver Drachta (AUT), Aleksei Eskov (RUS), Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP), Simon Evans (WAL), Mattias Gestranius (FIN), Pawel Gil (POL), Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP, promoted), Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Serdar Gözübüyük (NED, promoted), Manuel Gräfe (GER), Serge Gumienny (BEL), Arnold Hunter (NIR), Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Matej Jug (SVN), Jakob Kehlet (DEN, promoted), István Kovács (ROU, promoted), Ivan Kruzliak (SVK), Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR), Harald Lechner (AUT), Liran Liany (ISR), Robert Madden (SCO), Danny Makkelie (NED), Andre Marriner (ENG), Gediminas Mazeika (LTU), Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA), Michael Oliver (ENG), Halis Özkahya (TUR), Clayton Pisani (MLT), Pawel Raczkowski (POL, promoted), Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT), Artur Soares Dias (POR), Manuel Sousa (POR), Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD), Tobias Stieler (GER, promoted), Marijo Strahonja (CRO), Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Anthony Taylor (ENG), Alexandru Tudor (ROU), István Vad (HUN), Slavko Vinčič (SVN), Tobias Welz (GER), Alon Yefet (ISR), Miroslav Zelinka (CZE), Felix Zwayer (GER)

Second Group
Anatoliy Abdula (UKR), Aliyar Aghayev (AZE), Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL, promoted), Ionut Marius Avram (ROU), Pavel Balaj (ROU, demoted), Alain Bieri (SUI), Marcin Borski (POL, demoted), Alexandre Boucaut (BEL), Kevin Clancy (SCO), Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP, demoted), Sebastian Coltescu (ROU), Nikola Dabanović (MNE, promoted), Andrew Dallas (SCO, promoted), Antonio Damato (ITA), Bastian Dankert (GER), Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP), Amaury Delerue (FRA), Christian Dingert (GER, demoted), Neil Doyle (IRL), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR), Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Bartosz Frankowski (POL, promoted), Marco Fritz (GER), Antony Gautier (FRA), Vlado Glodjović (SRB), Orel Grinfeeld (ISR), Marco Guida (ITA), Tore Hansen (NOR, promoted), Alexander Harkam (AUT), Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP), Sergei Ivanov (RUS), Adrien Jaccottet (SUI), Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Enea Jorgji (ALB, promoted), Georgi Kabakov (BUL), Mete Kalkavan (TUR), Charalampos Kalogeropoulos (GRE, promoted), Stephan Klossner (SUI), Artyom Kuchin (KAZ), Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Jonathan Lardot (BEL), Richard Liesveld (NED), Robert Madley (ENG, new FIFA), Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP), Davide Massa (ITA), Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Vitaly Meshkov (RUS), Steven McLean (SCO, demoted), Hugo Miguel (POR), Benoît Millot (FRA), Antti Munukka (FIN), Ville Nevalainen (FIN, promoted), Christos Nicolaides (CYP), Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS), Ali Palabiyik (TUR, promoted), Bojan Pandzić (SWE, promoted), Craig Pawson (ENG), Radu Petrescu (ROU), Nikola Popov (BUL, promoted), Lee Probert (ENG), Pavle Radovanović (MNE), Nicolas Rainville (FRA), Roi Reinshreiber (ISR, promoted), Alan Mario Sant (MLT), Sandro Schärer (SUI, promoted), Frank Schneider (FRA, new FIFA), Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT, promoted), Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR), Daniel Siebert (GER), Daniel Stefanski (POL), Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL), Padraigh Sutton (IRL), Stanislav Todorov (BUL), Kristo Tohver (EST), Leontios Trattou (CYP, demoted), Andris Treimanis (LVA), Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR), Michael Tykgaard (DEN), Paolo Valeri (ITA), Ognjen Valjić (BIH), Pol van Boekel (NED, demoted), Bart Vertenten (BEL, promoted), Ante Vucemilović-simunović jr (CRO), Carlos Xistra (POR), Anatoliy Zhabchenko (UKR, promoted)

Third Group
Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE), Alexandr Aliyev (KAZ), Sascha Amhof (SUI), Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN), Dennis Antamo (FIN), Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA), Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE, new FIFA), Suren Baliyan (ARM), Veaceslav Banari (MDA, again FIFA), Sven Bindels (LUX), Deniz Ates Bitnel (TUR, new FIFA), Jörgen Daugbjerg Burchardt (DEN, new FIFA), Johnny Casanova (SMR), Fabio Costa Verissimo (POR), Raymond Crangle (NIR), Andrew Davey (NIR, new FIFA), Oleksandr Derdo (UKR), Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP), Nenad Djokić (SRB, new FIFA), Alain Durieux (LUX), Adam Farkas (HUN), Trustin Cann Farrugia (MLT, new FIFA), Juri Frischer (EST, new FIFA), Aleksander Gauzer (KAZ), Filip Glova (SVK, new FIFA), Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA, new FIFA), Sergio Filipe Grade de Sousa Piscarreta (POR, new FIFA), Danilo Grujić (SRB), Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR), Markus Hameter (AUT), Nikolaj Hänni (SUI), Robert Harvey (IRL, new FIFA), Rahim Hasanov (AZE), Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL), Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM), Dejan Jakimovski (MKD), Edin Jakupović (BIH), Jari Järvinen (FIN), Lorenc Jemini (ALB), Gunnar Jónsson (ISL), Srdjan Jovanović (SRB), Fran Jović (CRO), Jovan Kaludjerović (MNE), Ferenc Karakó (HUN, new FIFA), Peter Kjaersgaard (DEN, new FIFA), Georgios Kominis (GRE, new FIFA), Laurent Kopriwa (LUX), Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR), Peter Kralović (SVK), Tvetan Krastev (BUL), Mads Kristoffersen (DEN), Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO), Georgios Kyzas (GRE, new FIFA), Nicolas Laforge (BEL), Erik Lambrechts (BEL), Kirill Levnikov (RUS, new FIFA), Tiago Lopes Martins (POR), Martin Lundby (NOR, new FIFA), Jens Maae (DEN), Orkhan Mammadov (AZE), Stavros Mantalos (GRE, new FIFA), Boris Marhefka (SVK, new FIFA), Bryn David Markham-Jones (WAL), Tim Marshall (NIR), Dimitrios Masias (CYP), Paul McLaughlin (IRL), Yuriy Mozharovskyy (UKR), Dumitru Muntean (MDA), Tomasz Musial (POL), Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR), Glenn Nyberg (SWE, new FIFA), Pavel Orel (CZE, new FIFA), Dominik Ouschan (AUT), Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE, new FIFA), Erez Papir (ISR), Bardhyl Pashaj (ALB), Tihomir Pejin (CRO), Irfan Peljto (BIH), Anders Poulsen (DEN), Radek Prihoda (CZE), Zbynek Proske (CZE), Petur Reinert (FAR), Donatas Rumsas (LTU, new FIFA), Fedayi San (SUI, new FIFA), Joao Santos Capela (POR), Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR), Lasha Silagava (GEO), Joao Pedro Silva Pinheiro (POR, new FIFA), Sergejus Slyva (LTU), Ryan Stewart (WAL, new FIFA), Roomer Tarajev (EST), Alexandru Tean (MDA), Vilhjalmur Alvar Thorarinnsson (ISL), Stanislav Todorov (BUL, demoted), Alex De Albuquerque Troleis (FRO, new FIFA), Alper Ulusoy (TUR, new FIFA), George Vadachkoria (GEO), Mikhail Vilkov (RUS), Ignasi Villamayor (AND), Vladimir Vnuk (SVK), Nikolay Yordanov (BUL), Fyodor Zammit (MLT, new FIFA), Mario Zebec (CRO, new FIFA), Mitja Zganec (SVN)

49 Comments:

  1. Congratulations to new FIFA officials.
    Well, the most important update this time is surely about promotions in Category 1, as Niclas correctly pointed out. France, Germany, Spain and Netherlands managed to promote a new and young referee in this category.
    Also, Raczkowski's promotion was absolutely expected.
    No changes in Elite Category, a demotion was possible for Tagliavento, but committee decided to keep him.

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  2. What I cannot fully understand:
    A lot of second group referees already had the one or the other game in the UEFA Europa League Group Stage (for example Aghayev, Ekberg, Grinfeeld, Jaccottet, Pawson and some other referees too) - on the other hand UEFA promotes referees into the first group without any appearances in the Europa League, last year it was Drachta, now there are Tobias Stieler and Jesús Gil Manzano. But well, they are from Germany and Spain... :)

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    1. Stieler refereed 5-6 top clashes in BuLi this season, which is maybe more important than having 1 Match in UEL - performances and development in the domestic league also play a role.

      I can't understand two things: 1. why Tagliavento stays in Elite, 2. why Tohver stays in 2nd.

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    2. Tovher with six games in UEL and still 2nd group is a similiar case. But you are right concerning Stieler, I was not that sure if performances and development in the domestic league really play a role too.

      Stieler by the way with another good game (Leverkusen-Gladbach) in Bundesliga tommorrow. Already his 11th game, more than every other referee in Germany! The next are Brych and Fritz, both with 9 games, so 2 games less than Stieler. Furthermore most of his 11 games were really top clashes (e.g. Dortmund-Gladbach, Bayern-Wolfsburg, Schalke-Bayern, Wolfsburg-Dortmund). All the more I was surprised that he did not have a UEL game on MD 6.

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    3. Perhaps a recognition that Gil Manzano, Bastien, Stieler, etc. will play a role in the EURO as AARs? It looks weird if the UEFA overlooks 1st group referees and selects 2nd group refs, no?

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  3. Any news about Assistant Referees, Women, Futsal and Beach Soccer? Thanks.

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  4. Could it be possible that the new list is not (yet) complete? I miss for instance Manuel Schüttengruber (or another seventh Austrian FIFA referee).

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    1. I don't think so. Maybe Austria lost a place.

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    2. Very interesting - I don't know when Austria had less than seven international referees the last time and - above all - I wouldn't have expected Manuel Schüttengruber to be the prime candidate to lose his FIFA badge. But maybe some national contingents have to be reduced due to the increasing number of new UEFA member countries that also demand a certain amount of slots.

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    3. Niclas, I can't find Srdjan Jovanovic (SRB) on the list.
      Could you check it please?
      Thanks.

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    4. @Peter: Why Schüttengruber and not Hameter? Five years in third group... Cannot understand!

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    5. The list is what I got, I cannot say more.

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  6. I can't understand how UEFA promotes a referee to 2nd Group (Kalogeropoulos) with ony 7 matches from the start of 2015 and at his first year at FIFA list?

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  7. I don't understand Gil Manzano's promotion. Or at least, his promotion without another for Hernández Hernández. Maybe in july he will be promoted to first group and Estrada to Elite instead of Velasco Carballo, who will retire.

    Congratulations to all officials who have been promoted or included into the FIFA list.

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    1. There are no age limits, so Velasco may stay on.

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  8. According to the Dutch KNVB, Pol van Boekel has been demoted from First Group to Second Group, but in this list he is still in First Group...?

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    1. I would trust the KNVB info by 100%. The list posted above is free of typing errors, but it might be that it is not the most updated one.

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  9. The list has been updated now. The original one posted at lunch time was not the final one.
    Some referees got demoted, e.g. Dingert, McLean, Borski, Balaj, van Boekel, Trattou and Clos Gomez. Jovanovic is still there and Manuel Schüttengruber has been promoted.

    The PDF is attached.

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    1. Surprising demotions of Dingert and van Boekel...

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    2. Jovanovic is promoted to second group.

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  10. Any news for futsal referees

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  11. And what about UEFA EURO 2016 list?

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    1. I think that committee will wait for the draw, I hope that at the beginning of next week we will have the names.
      About that, I made a simulation for the draw to be held today, here my result:
      Group A:
      France, Austria, Czech Republic, Wales

      Group B:
      Portugal, Ukraine, Slovakia, Turkey

      Group C:
      England, Russia, Hungary, Northern Ireland

      Group D:
      Belgium, Switzerland, Romania, Republic of Ireland

      Group E:
      Germany, Italy, Sweden, Albania

      Group F:
      Spain, Croatia, Poland, Iceland

      Let's see :)

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    2. I really like the draw, Chefren.

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    3. The specific tournament mode with four third-placed teams (from a priori unknown groups) qualifying for the round of 16 also means a big challenge for the UEFA Referees Committee if they want to avoid that officials have to handle matches with participaction of possible "own" round of 16 opponents on matchday 3.

      If so, they would be good advised to retain all referees from countries that did not qualify for the tournament (Netherlands, ...) for matchday 3 and referees from qualified countries for the following groups without any possible interdependencies with regard to the round of 16 - meaning that Group A referees should not be appointed in Group F on matchday 1 (and maybe even 2) and so on:

      Group A referees for Group F
      Group B referees for Group E
      Group C referees for Group D or E
      Group D referees for Group C
      Group E referees for Group B or C
      Group F referees for Group A

      In my personal view, a practical way to cope with this situation could be to drop the idea of (for example 16) "refereeing teams" and (for example 6) "support teams" in favour of a larger number of (for example 20) "unspecified teams" that could be appointed more flexibly (and alternatively) as refereeing teams and/or support teams.

      Apart from the tricky anticipation of round of 16 constellations, also geographical considerations could back my approach: Should, for example, referees from England handle the parallel games of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland or Wales on matchday 3 when the British teams involved in these groups have the chance to qualify for the round of 16?

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    4. http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/draws/round=2000448/drawcentre/index.html
      Watch the draw on uefa.com

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  12. Some totally expected demotions but a couple of surprising (Dingert, Van Boekel). But I guess UEFA wanted open spots for fresh blood to the first group.

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    1. Exactly. Probably someone had to go down to make place for Stieler (Dingert), for Gözübüyük (van Boekel, who is a good referee, but has no prospect) and for Raczkowski (Borski). On the other hand, some officials without prospect who went down, like Clos Gómez and Balaj, are compensated by new faces (Gil Manzano; Kovács).

      Interesting to see that Andrew Dallas has moved up. Am I wrong or is Kirill Levnikov the son of Nikolay Levnikov?

      @ Chefren: I hope Group E won't become reality :)

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    2. Oh and about Dingert, actually it is wide consensus that he is not good enough for the very highest level. No good shape in Bundesliga and no real development visible. Probably this also played a role.

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    3. Yes, Kirill is Nikolay's son. He is a new FIFA referee, while Andrew Dallas has been promoted. Of course I must believe that both are so good to deserve that. :)

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    4. Yes at least it would be unfair to reduce them on being the sons of committee members. But for sure all that has a small taste, in most federations you cannot join a board that takes decisions with an impact on own family members.

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  13. My draw :)

    A: GER, RUS, CZE, NIR
    B: POR, ITA, SWE, WAL
    C: FRA, SUI, SVK, ALB
    D: BEL, AUT, ROU, ISL
    E: ESP, CRO, POL, TUR
    F: ENG, UKR, HUN, IRL


    + interesting offside situation from Spain
    http://refereeingtv.blogspot.com/2015/12/offside-law-9.html

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    1. France must be in group A :)

      About the offside situation, it is very interesting! I think that the keeper expects a touch by the player in offside, but this doesn't happen and there is also a clear intention to avoid contact with the ball. Therefore I would say correct call, but very difficult to assess!

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    2. Would appreciate Ed's opinion here.

      My draw simulation (FRA is seeded in A1):

      A: FRA, UKR, HUN, IRL
      B: ENG, AUT, SWE, ALB
      C: BEL, SUI, CZE, WAL
      D: ESP, RUS, SVK, ISL
      E: POR, ITA, POL, NIR
      F: GER, CRO, ROU, TUR

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    3. That would have been a fantastic draw Niclas.

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    4. According to new interpretations: "‘Impact’ applies to an opponent’s ability (or potential) to play the ball and will include situations where an opponent’s movement to play the ball is delayed, hindered or prevented by the offside player".

      In this situation, although the offside attacker does not play the ball, the keeper's movement is momentarily delayed to see whether or not the ball will be played. Offside.

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    5. My opinion, too.

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    6. Very interesting and difficult scene.

      I agree with Ref Al. GK's movement stops right in front of the player who is in offside position. Despite the fact that this player doesn't touch the ball, IMO he becomes active since he is close to the GK and has an impact on him. Offside for me too.

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    7. Yes, but even in the new interpretations impact is not enough, it also has to be CLEAR attempt to play a ball by an attacker in offside position? Can you classify the behaviour of a striker as such?

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    8. It hasn't. A player in an offside position shall be penalised also if he

      'makes an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball'.

      ‘Impact’ applies to an opponent’s ability (or potential) to play the ball and will include situations where an opponent’s movement to play the ball is delayed, hindered or prevented by the offside player

      Whilst we can argue about 'obvious action', we must agree that the player in an offside position 'clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball'

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  14. Without knowing the selected officials, Very early predictions for Matchday 1:

    France - Romania Cakir (TUR)
    Albania - Switzerland Velasco Carballo (ESP)

    Wales - Slovakia Milorad Mazic (SRB)
    England - Russia Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

    Poland - Northern Ireland Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
    Germany - Ukraine Pavel Kralovec (CZE)

    Turkey - Croatia Felix Bych (GER)
    Spain - Czech Republic Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

    Republic of Ireland - Sweden Szymon Marciniak (POL)
    Belgium - Italy Martin Atkinson (ENG)

    Austria - Hungary William Collum (SCO)
    Portugal - Iceland Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

    While making such predictions, I realized how many top officials need UEFA for this tournament, I could say that I appointed all big names and this was only for MD1...

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    1. Mine are (for the first 16 matches)
      France - Romania Clattenburg
      Albania - Switzerland Thomson/Collum/Kassai*
      Wales - Slovakia Mazic
      England - Russia Moen
      Poland - Northern Ireland Turpin / Mateu*
      Germany - Ukraine Velasco
      Turkey - Croatia Atkinson
      Spain - Czech Republic Skomina
      Republic of Ireland - Sweden Marciniak
      Belgium - Italy Brych
      Austria - Hungary Kuipers
      Portugal - Iceland Cakir
      Russia - Slovakia Rocchi
      Romania - Switzerland Eriksson
      France - Albania Kralovec
      England - Wales Rizzoli
      *depending on selection

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  15. Why Grujic Danilo is still in 3rd group ? He is first Mazic AAR and 3 years is in his team? So many big games whit him.

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    1. He also had good youth tournament where he was 4th official in the final.
      I really expected promotion for him.

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    2. I really don't knew what happend? He is one of top 3 referees in Serbia. He had good tournament last summer. Maybe, commission will repare that. I hope so!

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  17. Arnold Hunter (NIR) First Group is a consistently sub-standard referee in the Irish League.
    His appalling penalty decision in the game Portadown v Linfield, 12/2/2016 demonstrates that he is an embarrassment to UEFA referees !

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