July 8, 2016

Mark Clattenburg chosen to referee EURO 2016 Final


As expected, English Mark Clattenburg has the honour to be the man in the middle when Portugal and France will fight for the EURO trophy in Stade de France next Sunday.The 41-year old professional referee from Newcastle will be assisted by Simon Beck and Jake Collin at the sidelines, by Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner at the goallines and by Hungarian Viktor Kassai as 4th official (György Ring completing the roster as reserve AR).


Clattenburg is the second match official who takes charge of two big UEFA finals in the same year. The 41-year old has already officiated Real Madrid's penalty shoot out win over Atlético Madrid in the Champions League Final 2016.

In our pre-tournament-portrait, we have described Clattenburg (also known as Clatts) as game-manager: "Clattenburg usually succeeds in managing the match with his authentic body language. His quite particular gestures - that may appear as a bit odd at times - make the players accept his decisions and follow his leadership. Sometimes even using his tongue."

Indeed, his previous three performances in Belgium vs Italy, Czech Rep. vs Croatia and Switzerland vs Poland have been well controlled with the aid of sophisticated body language skills. In fact, Clatts is probably more than a referee at the moment - but rather a "star" or "actor" on the field of play. Facing CR7 and Griezmann, he will be in good company.



10/07/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 51 - FINAL
Saint-Denis (Stade de France)
PORTUGAL
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FRANCE

Referee: Mark CLATTENBURG (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon BECK (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake COLLIN (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony TAYLOR (ENG) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre MARRINER (ENG)
4th Official: Viktor KASSAI (HUN)
Reserve Assistant Referee: György RING (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi COLLINA (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis MEŽECKIS (LVA)
UEFA Delegate: Julien HAULBERT (FRA)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: NICLAS (GER) 


49 Comments:

  1. Too predictable!
    Sorry for Mazic....

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  2. Niclas,Сhefren one more question! Are you going to do resume every UEFA EURO 2016 referee participation ?

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  3. Waiting for final match and hoping that everything will go right, I would like to underlines only 2 topics:
    1st is my full congratulation to Clattemburg's team for this outstanding achievement which come after champion League final and to Kassai, who has demonstrated alongall the tournaments even from the opening match that he has come back to glorious level.
    2nd, I would like to underline the outstanding level of refereeing we saw on this tournament. I'm following football since FIFA WC Espana 1982 but in my opinion, this has been the most performing football gathering from refereeing point of view. Currently no big mistakes have been done, no "ECHO" on newspaper and social networks, no complains form players, coaches and supporters. Evaluation from expert on tis blog site (and from uefa referee committee I think) have been always over the expectations making this tournaments free of big mistakes and impact.
    My warmest congratulation to Collina for his "paranoiac" preparation, to all the committee and of course to all the 18 referees team (+ reserves) who have been, in my mind, the real winners of this competition

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    1. I gree with you about the "paranoiac" (in a positive meaning) preparation of the tournament by Collina. This contributed to a fair play, we had almost all the matches with both teams focused on football. There were a few situations in which one could discuss about a possible RC for SFP, but I think that all were borderline, the tournament is about to end (waiting for the final) without any RC for SFP. Only one straight red issued, for DOGSO, by Rizzoli. This is incredibile in my opinion, because we had 50 matches so far. Collina worked hard and he can be proud of what he achieved, even in terms of prevention. He visited all the national teams the days before the start of the tournament, giving lessons and so on.

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    2. One thing to be kept in mind: In terms of football quality, speed, technical abilities and passion the whole tournament was rather easy-going. Should not lower the positive image. But WC 2014 was more challenging for example.

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    3. Yes of course "paranoiac" in positive and appreciable way, this is the method to adopt to improve the quality of any job and activity. I think that key point for success were the meetings held by Collina, Batta and Dallas with all teams to clearly define the rules everybody have to respect and the coach's team who have trained and prepared referees on tactical and technical features for all teams.

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    4. I agree, excellent tournament from refereeing point of view. Congratulations to Collina and his team and to 18 refs. I'm really happy.

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  4. Do you have information about salaries for EURO 2016 referees?

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    1. Hi Sviat there's a link which gives some indication but it's from Euro 2012.

      http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/how-much-do-uefa-officials-earn.html#.V2Qoi_krLIU

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  5. If some referee didn't have luck,
    it's Mazic. I feel really sorry for him.
    Good luck to Clattenburg, fully deserved appointment!

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  6. We all waiting for this desicion and everybody sure that Clattenburg would chosen. Kassai is very good for this tournament and also mazic-skomina. Final will be great and we will not watch the match. We will watch clattenburg. But i must say Cakir is the best...

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  7. Worst kept secret has finally been revealed. Clattenburg's third final in just over a month!

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  8. Poor UEFA!!! u have only one ref. For finals..

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    1. In fact, this time around, there were 6-7 referees who could legitimately have pretended to the final: Clattenburg, Kassai, Mazic, Rizzoli, Skomina, Kuipers, Brych...
      The fact is simply that English teams did not perform, and that Clattenburg has had an exceptional season. It's not that the other referees have been bad - it's just that Clattenburg has been that good.

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  9. As I said last night. R:Clatts 4:Kassai
    Good luck for them.
    Mažić deserve 4th match (semif) , or even EL final,cause his 2x better ref than Eriksson.
    With Wales in final Mazic will be appointed. With Portugal he cant get to be nither F.O.
    Collina afraid of Portugese reaction, They blaim Mazic for WC14 match against Germany.
    Politics...

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    1. Absolutely no political appointment. At least this time.

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    2. It's not a matter of being afraid of Portugal, it's a matter of protecting the referee - public outrage can be significantly harmful for a referee. Tom Henning Ovrebo never refereed Chelsea again, not because he was biased, but because it would be impossible for him to get respected due to the pressure. If Mazic had had to give a controversial decision against Portugal, it would have been very difficult for him to sell it.
      Similarly, appointing Rizzoli for GER-FRA was dangerous, given Italy's previous elimination. Not because of the risk of bias, but just because it makes the work of the referee much more difficult.

      Finally, Eriksson is an excellent referee who did a near-perfect job in POR-WAL. Maybe you should give him credit before complaining about his appointment.

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    3. @Emil Agree with your statements about Portugal. About Eriksson, I think that @Bozidar Nincic wanted to say that, in general, Mazic was better that Eriksson and that he deserved EL final/Euro Semifinal.
      And I can particulary agree with that.

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  10. So, after 2012 we have again the same referee for both CL and EURO final. The appointment is the same of CL final, including Collina as observer. What we can say is that committee doesn't mind in appointing a referee for two major finals in a few time, if he really deserves that. And that's Clattenburg's case, of couse.
    Proença appointment for Spain - Italy 4 years ago had a different background and reasons (but of course the Portuguese was a very good referee as well, no doubts).
    Clattenburg and his 2016: a fantastic year, I must say. Perhaps Howard Webb will be very happy for him. If Webb managed CL and WC final in a few months, Clattenburg did the same with CL and EURO. And Clattenburg has still a quite long time as FIFA referee, with the most important highlight of course WC 2018. T
    Really, he can't ask for more! Finally, I want to remember that somebody was not convinced about his possible call for EURO, stating that Atkinson would have been preferred to him. Well, it was clear for me: Atkinson had a very good 2014-15 season, culminating in EL final, but Clattenburg was already in the favor of UEFA Referees Committee by years.

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    1. I agree most of the points. But I don't know whether Webb is very happy for Clattenburg to appear in the final. I was surprised to see two England referee groups appeared in EURO 2016. This is a sign of the conflict between UEFA and FA. FA really prefers Atkinson while UEFA trusts Clattenburg more. There is no doubt Atkinson is a good referee. He started his job when he was 16. Clattenburg was, somehow, more controversial and has been banned several times. He once forgot to take the cards with him and once violated the rules for a concert. But one had to admit Clattenburg has the courage to ref big games and his decisions (even wrong ones) are always accepted by the players. He sprints fast and always uses a S control, instead of diagonal control to cover more space on the pitch. He dare to use his authority to send off players or signal penalties more than once. (Chelsea vs ManUtd, ManUtd vs Liverpool) His body language is another part of the game. Atkinson deserves a EL final and he got one last year. But if you let me choose who deserves a CL final I will say Clattenburg for sure.

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    2. It would be interesting to know more about the fact that Clattenburg is less appreciated by FA than Atkinson. Merely looking at English domestic appointments of the last seasons, it seems to me that both are at least at the same level of consideration. About 30 matches officiated per season, several top clashes and that's all. All what happened to Clattenburg in the past (investigations, suspensions, accusations and son) has not influenced the PGMOL.

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  11. Thanks for your excellent work Niclas & Chefren
    But datum for final : 25/06/2016, 15:00 CET ???

    Regards

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    1. These copy-paste-errors... speed-accuracy-tradeoff ;)
      Thanks for the remark.

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  12. From now on and after EURO, fanboyism and lobbyism will be banned from this blog. I have literally lost the patience. Those who try to objectively discuss appointments or non-appointments are welcome. Those who are only here to say "Cakir no.1, poor UEFA" or alike are not welcome and have forfeited to be read here. As almost always the same users are concerned, they will be "red-carded" from now on. No justifications or apologies will be made.

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    1. What if I say I am no:1 :)
      Kidding of course, but I agree with you. Good step forward.

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    2. I am sure you would be right then ;)

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  13. My hope Michael Oliver will be referee of 2026 FA Cup,UEFA Champions League, and World Cup

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    1. Who knows?
      Many of elite refs start like that.
      Low to average performances from match 1 to 50, tolerate by UEFA cause they are from Vip countries ,and after many years , they become one and only...

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  14. I'm a big fan of Rizzoli so I would love that he is in charge of finals but he was in semifinal match and thats also succes for him.But Clattenburg is also great choice, this year has been so far perfect for him.

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    1. I am a Chelsea fan but I cannot complain too much about the incident happened at Stanford several years ago. Clattenburg is a fantastic referee. His body language, fast moving and accuracy are the advantages. Rizzoli is also on the top of the 3 in my eyes. The other one is Cakir but he seems to fall a little bit this year.

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  15. I strongly support this decision Niclas, actually i believe you guys showed more patience than necessary and at the end of the day some people started to use this blog to fanatically support the refs of their own country. This ruins spirit of this blog. Believe me there are a lot of people i know are following this blog with out writing any comment and they are lately not happy to see this type of comments. One more note: If a ref performs bad, and if you believe that he has to get a lower note, its ok lets criticise, but in this tournament i have seen people writing comments like "disastraous refereing, this guy was desperate etc" very easily which ı think is also ruining the spirit of the blog. Anyway thanks for all your work through the tournament, and i hope clatts will nicely close the tournament..

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  16. Can anyone tell me why England can have 2 referee teams in EURO 2016? The rumor says FA strongly supports Atkinson while UEFA prefers Clattenburg. Or... they are just both too good. Italy has 2 good referees: Rizzoli and Rocchi but only one shows up.

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  17. Niclas, many thanks for your decision! I was so frustrated by the many partisan and biased comments that it discouraged me from posting. While I am at it, a couple of other suggestions: 1) I would want to remind everyone about the very nice graph we were offered before the start, where all the 18 referees were placed on the basis of their typical style and approach; if we now agree that most of the 18 referees did a very good job, does this not show that one can have success with different styles! we do not want robots/clones, we want personalities; so perhaps we could cut back on comments criticizing styles, especially regarding player/match management vs. obsession with 'LOTG '; 2) could we also not agree that, especially for the match referees who do not have 5 replays and 30 seconds to decide, not everything is 'right or wrong'; a huge proportion of the decisions are JUDGMENTS; we can have our own opinions, but could we stop talking so much about 'mistakes' and 'crucial mistakes'! 3) I am also frustrated by the space and energy devoted to 'points'; was it 8.24 or was it 8.27... could we not instead try to describe in words what we thought about the overall performance of the referee and his team, commenting on the particularly strong or questionable aspects of the job done!?

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    1. You are, of course, right. Please also keep in mind that the marks do have 2 functions - creating an overview on who should get the final or other important ties (this interests many people) and also sending a pedagogic message. For example we deemed Rizzoli's decision to not award a PK in the WC 2014 final as 7.9. I can reveal that we had many disputes within our team on that as well as, honestly, I had overruled the observer in this situation - while almost all UEFA observers would probably back the referee, assigning a crucial mistake also has the function to signalize: "Wait a moment, that was an offence!!" (and in the end, FIFA agreed internally).

      However, I strongly agree that the educational value should stand above awarding points. Yet...we all have private duties. I have written and finished by B.Sc. thesis during the EURO tournament for example. I would have liked to analyze much more, by using more videos, by explaining more than assessing decisions. But, that was not always possible - you also have to sleep or meet friends at times :) You cannot always sit there in front of the TV and write down positive and negative points, even though this would be needed to improve refereeing. At last, we are not UEFA.

      Therefore our task will be to analyze the educational value of the referee's decisions and performances in the coming weeks.

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    2. Niclas, my comments/suggestions were certainly not aimed at you or Chefren, who always do a great job during such an intensive event as EURO; I am more concerned that so many who post comments on this blog focus mainly on 'mistakes', points and disagreements with styles. I think we would benefit more from discussions about atmosphere and acceptance, consistency, tactics and common sense, communications etc; and about WHY something happened, whether good or bad; also fundamental issues such as unclear rules/instructions (handball), possibly excessive complications (offside rule), criteria and observations re yellow/red, etc.; but I will now look forward to your efforts in coming weeks to analyze the educational value; many thanks in advance...!

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  18. Why 4th officials are given 8.4 mark? No more - no less

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    1. That's the 'starting' mark.
      Expected level.

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    2. That's mpt entirely true, Sviat M. There are FO's who got 8.2 asn lower.

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  19. OT

    Why do UEFA make Clattenburg (and AR/AAR) wear long sleeve shirts wheras warming up for the UCL Final he is wearing short sleeves?
    Unless it was a choice by Clatts himself of course

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    1. It's Clattenburg's choice.

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    2. i heard that he has a tattoo from the olympic games. when elleray saw it, he didn't welcome this tattoo. so long sleeve for clatts in all temperature.

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    3. I don't know, he was wearing short sleeves after drawing tattoo.. nothing visible on his arms

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  20. Hi guys, here is a short comment from me, a woman who also very much enjoys reading your blog and comments about the matches at the EURO 2016. Half of fun for me was watching the match and the other half was reading your comments at the same time :-). I'd like to congratulate your for all your efforts and observations that you've done during the tournament. I'm very fond of the suggestions that the user ''controling the game is paramount'' has given you and I support them strongly.

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    1. I agree they've done a great job during the Euros.

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  21. Final and semifinal 16k, quarterfinal 13k, eightfinal 12k, round stage 11k. That are unoffical lump sums for referees.
    Ars and aars get about 50-60%, 4th official 20% and reserve AR 10%.

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    1. 16k, 15k are these in euro currency?

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  22. OT: Just out of curiosity, does anybody know whether UEFA will publish the names for the Super Cup as early as they have done last year with Collum?

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    1. Impossible to know about that.
      These are the dates of the last three seasons (following the change of venue):
      2015 7 July, match played on 11 August
      2014 30 July, match played on 12 August
      2013 26 August, match played on 30 August
      I think that starting from tomorrow, with EURO tournament over, it is possible to expect the news soon.

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  23. Here you are TV investigation about Collina, his assistant Luci Luciano and their activity in Ukraine since 2010. Scandals, corruption into Ukrainian refereeing system and no any Ukrainian referee in ELITE category and no any Ukrainian referee at WC or EURO final tournaments.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dos0gJL0kQ

    Collina’s position in UEFA – Chief Refereeing officer!
    In Ukraine – Head of the Ukrainian referees.
    Does this mean a conflict of interest?

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