July 11, 2016

Under-19 EURO 2016 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 1

UEFA has defined the first four referee appointments of their Under-19 EURO 2016 taking place in the South Western part of Germany. Among others, Spaniard Alejandro Hernández Hernández has been chosen to officiate the opener match between Germany and Italy in front of 55.000 supporters expected in Stuttgart.

Group A

11 July 2016, 12:00 CET (Stuttgart)
Germany - Italy
Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (Spain)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas G. Ross (Scotland)
Assistant Referee 2: Milutin Djukić (Montenegro)
4th Official: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (Slovenia)

11 July 2016, 19:00 CET (Großaspach)
Portugal - Austria
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (Israel)
Assistant Referee 1: Ridiger Çokaj (Albania)
Assistant Referee 2: Birkir Sigurdarsson (Iceland)
4th Official: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (Macedonia)
UEFA Delegate: Paul Lyon (Gibraltar)

Used to big matches in La Liga: Alejandro Hernández Hernández in charge of the opener

Group B

12 July 2016, 12:00 CET (Ulm)
Croatia - Netherlands
Referee: Anatolii Zhabchenko (Ukraine)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuel Vidali (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 2: Geir Oskar Isaksen (Norway)
4th Official: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (Norway)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Marxer (Liechtenstein)

12 July 2016, 19:30 CET (Heidenheim)
France - England
Referee: Radu Marian Petrescu (Romania)
Assistant Referee 1: Vladimir Gerasimov (Lithuania)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeshko (Russia)
4th Official: Bart Vertenten (Belgium)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Simone Trefoloni (Italy)
UEFA Delegate: Armen Minasyan (Armenia)


  1. Hauge observing a Norwegian assistant referee...

    1. Even though all matches are watched/analysed by tournament referees committee, this particular appointment could have been avoided.

    2. Slovenian AR for Croatia could have been avoided as well ...

  2. "Spaniard Alejandro Hernández Hernández has been chosen to officiate the opener match between Germany and Italy in front of more than 50.000 supporters expected in Stuttgart"

    Fully expected. I expect him for the final, too.

    1. It's indeed a record in UEFA youth matches, 55.000 supporters.

      I think we might see Vertrenten or Petrescu in the final.

  3. Congratulations to German fans, it is really outstanding watching the stadium for Germany-Italy. A sold out on Monday, at 12:00 pm, for a youth championship... looking at my tv, at least apparently, I don't see any difference with the major tournament ended yesterday. I hope the same scenarios for all games!
    I remember the Greek stadiums one year ago... most of them were empty, that's a more than remarkable difference.

    1. 1 small correction, Chefren. Greek stadiums weren't empty. They just were small. In most of the matches we had over 80% fans capacity.

    2. Thanks Edward, you are right. Stadiums were small, I remember.

  4. Solid start into the game, but unfortunately a missed foul by an Italian forward against the German goalkeeper (stretched studs making reckless contact with the goalkeeper's leg, quite highly above the turf, requiring a yellow card) will make Hernández' mark suffer early in the game.

  5. A very interesting situation occurred a few minutes ago. Following a very good advantage, Italy started a counterattack and there was a penalty whistled, following a deliberate handball decision by Hernandez. There is a big room for discussion about the assessment of "deliberate". However, that's not all. It was a shot on goal with the keeper away, there was only another defender on the line. Hernandez gave YC but I think RC should have been appropriate, too.
    Hope to have a video soon, because it was very interesting.
    To be honest, Germany played this game but Italy scored almost doing nothing...

  6. Missed RC to #3 GER for a clear violent conduct. I can't believe one can get YC for such act.

  7. Some remarkable events in one and a halve minute. First a superb played advantage by Hernandez, which results in a penalty for Italy in the following situation. Having seen only one replay, I have doubts on whether the German player is to blame for getting struck by the ball. For me not quite deliberate. Hernandez however was in an outstanding position to make the call.
    After that Italian player took the penalty while no whistle was given, and if I'm not mistaken in the retake he again began his run to the ball before the whistle was blown. I had the impression Hernandez blew his whistle quicky to prevent a problematic situation.

    1. Simply an undeliberate handball. It was ball-->hand and not vice versa, no significant / negilgent enlargement of the body surface, short distance, little reaction time, natural blocking movement.

      Of course the intuitive reaction in such a situation is HANDBALL. But actually, it should be played-on. Still, the arm was not rooted to the body and blocked a shot on or even into the goal (if he whistles, maybe he should even send him off).

      As the handball rule is incredibly poor and unclear, most likely he will be backed for the call. The previous advantage was extremely good... normally he could have whistled much earlier as an advantage was not 100% obvious.

      I have to agree with Chefren. If such a behaviour - a kick towards the hands of an opponent - is a YC, then we can stop football.

      Furthermore, a clear YC was missed at the beginning and the 1st YC given was unnecessary / incorrect (a German attacker "blocked" the goalkeeper shooting the ball from his hands - no physical inteference, stayed 2-3 metres away - play-on should be given for me).

      7.8 (8.2) for me.

    2. Any chance of videos?

    3. Here the penalty, your view, Emil?


    4. Difficult case for me. The hand is not stuck to the defender's body and blocks a shot. But the defender is already in the process of doing a sliding tackle and as a result his hands have a significant risk of opening wide. The handball is surely undeliberate but since the handball law is not clarified 100% and will always be open to interpretation, then I believe the referee will backed on that scene.

    5. My opinion:
      - Correct penalty. The hand is outstretched while blocking a shot. Of course, it's a natural hand position but such scenes have to be somehow classified. So, it's the current interpretation which was applied by the referee.

      - Correct yellow card from the game perspective. We can debate if the defender positioned 3 meters from goalline has chances to block that shot. There are doubts, so the referee has to issue a yellow card.

      - The referee is very well positioned. He enters the penalty area, creates an optimal visual angle and stands low on his legs being fully focused and alert. Very well done! The Tournament Referees Committee will be very happy with that.

    6. I am aware of the guideline and therefore it might be acceptable, even though it more or less violates the written Laws of the Game.

      It should not and cannot be end of wisdom to believe that problems are solved if referees are freed of intelligently interpreting whether a handball was deliberate or not by black-and-white classification systems.

    7. https://streamable.com/jxvm

      Yes, it is a violent conduct. I suppose the referees opted for a yellow card because of Italian player's unsporting behaviour (time wasting). It can not be an excuse though. The optimal solution would be a red card to German player (violent conduct) and a yellow card to Italian player (unsporting behaviour, time wasting). Let me also say that both assistant referee #1 and fourth official had a better visual angle than the referee. Especially assistant referee #1 was focused on the incident from the beginning. Maybe communication problems...? Probably referee, assistant referee #1 and fourth official will be marked down to 7.9 for that. However, in my opinion the referee is the last to be blamed.

    8. Thank you for the videos. I agree with RayHD on the penalty: very good positioning. However, to me, this is ultimately punishing the player for having arms. To me, his arm is in a natural position (for a player running), and does not seek to enlarge body surface. At that distance, the player cannot be expected to move his hand away.

      As for the VC, obviously any kicking at an opponent as the ball is out of play must be a clear RC. There is no explanation for this error, except disbelief (i.e., none of the refs could actually believe that the German was that stupid ;-)).

    9. Most important: That was a kungfu tackle. Everybody had to see that. On the other hand, all referees know that too brave red cards for violent conducts are no career boosters (see EURO 2016).

    10. Too brave or simply correct... You are right, we had eight violent conducts at Euro 2016, none of them was sanctioned with a red card... Poor.

    11. By the way, Mauro Vigliano showed how to deal with similar situations:


  8. After having issued quite a lot of verbal warnings and a correct YC for Zeefuik Zhabchenko now forgets to send Zeefuik off with a second YC after a reckless tackle on the ankle of his opponent.
    After that a correct YC for Paal and now things are heating up a bit, particularly due to some Croatian frustrations.

    1. Yet Zeefuik is sent off (2nd YC) for having tripped a Croatian attacker while running behind him. Maybe not deliberate, but careless at least, and stopping a promising attack.


  9. Undeserved victory of Italy.

  10. I have watched Radu Marian Petrescu's and his teammates' performance yesterday evening and unfortunately there were lots of basic points for improvement.

    Petrescu: A very firm, humorless and "official" referee. Actually makes a calm impression but as soon as it comes to player management, he becomes more stern, unobtrusive and distant (very disrespectful gestures and mimic in 33', 72', 86' e.g.). His only weapon in terms of body language was an exaggerated nodding to confirm a decision when facing protests (this created acceptance, but he was very limited to that). I don't know whether he did not want or was not able to speak to players in English - verbal communication was hardly visible and reduced to a minimum (only 1 verbal warning in the whole match, very late in 84' - well done though).

    This was his biggest point to improve: Issue verbal warnings, use a stepwise approach! He was very lenient in many situations and tolerated physical contacts (16', 19'...). Many rough and almost reckless tackles (48' and 49') were simply whistled - no warning, no calm down gesture, nothing. A stud tackle directly led to the first yellow card then (60')... I hope the referee observer told him that there are more opportunities to deal with offences and increasing severities of infringements than whistling or showing a card. By not protecting the players and not sending clear signals, the match heated up and there were 2 smaller and 1 bigger confrontation (72', 89'..).
    In 86', an attacker and the goalkeeper both went for the ball, the attacker came too late and they collided...looked intense, was more harmless than it looked at first glance indeed. Petrescu sprinted towards the incident (thus made more of it than necessary) - maybe it would have been better to quickly react and signalize - via body language - "I saw it, everything OK".

    Anticipative movement was problematic in 32', 42', 56' and 70' (partly impeded play due to that).

    The match was decently controlled, but it could have resulted in a mess. The relatively low level of football and this age category helped the referee to keep the overview, even though there were marginal signs of an increased conflict level.

    General identification of fouls was at a really good level.

    Overall 8.1-8.2 most likely, clear, important rooms for improvement specially in the player management / personality / body language / tactical approach sectors.

    AR1 Gerasimov: really good performance, stayed faultless. Good NO offside in the 1:2 goal. 8.4

    AR2 Demeshko: Brilliant, difficult onside decision in the 0:2 goal, but had some inconsistencies apart from that (lack of concentration and blackout when pointing into a wrong direction for a throw-in in 26', correct offside flag, but it came 1 second too early (wait-and-see-principle should be followed)) - 8.3/8.4

    4th Official everything fine.


  11. Encountersnepal.com is professional and Lengal Trekking Company in Nepal
    and Base Located Trekking Agency,
    and Most top Package is Trekking in Nepal
    With fair deal.

  12. Encountersnepal.com Daily Departure as Short Packages Tour as
    Helicopter tour in Nepal,
    kathmandu Day Tour and
    Chitwan Jungle Safari in Nepal


Copyright © . The 3rd Team
Theme Template by BTDesigner · Powered by Blogger