June 30, 2016

Felix Brych to referee EURO2016 Quarterfinal Poland vs Portugal

German Felix Brych has been chosen by UEFA's Refereeing Officers to officiate the EURO 2016 Quarterfinal between Poland and Portugal. Observed by Pierluigi Collina, the 40-year old Elite referee residing in Munich will officiate his third match at the tournament. He will be accompanied by a Serbian refereeing duo.

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June 29, 2016

Refereeing Analyses for the Round of 16 (Marks only)

Due to too little time for profound in-depth-analyses (and nothing else is wanted here), this time I can only present you our marks for the eight Round of 16 ties. With two exceptions, refereeing has been pretty good in the first round of the KO stage. Most of the situations and performances were intensely discussed in the respective posts - for videos, views and voices have a look into them, please!

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June 28, 2016

Martin Atkinson, Cüneyt Çakır and Carlos Velasco Carballo have been sent home from EURO 2016

Elite Referees Martin Atkinson, Turkish Cüneyt Çakır and Spain's Carlos Velasco Carballo have been sent home by UEFA's Refereeing Officers. What has been indicated by a Spanish journalist on twitter can now be confirmed.

Cüneyt Çakır has to leave the competition earlier than expected

The remaining refereeing teams are headed by (8):

Felix Brych (Germany), Mark Clattenburg (England), Jonas Eriksson (Sweden), Viktor Kassai (Hungary), Björn Kuipers (Netherlands), Milorad Mažić (Serbia), Nicola Rizzoli (Italy), Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Szymon Marciniak (Poland) will stay at the competition, but only as a reserve referee (along with his first assistant referee Pawel Sokolnicki) - no further matches for him.

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June 27, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Appointments: Çakır and Skomina to complete Round of 16 (III)

These are the last choices made by UEFA Referees Committee for Round of 16: Turkish Cüneyt Çakır will handle Italy - Spain while Slovenian Damir Skomina has been assigned to England - Iceland. 

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June 26, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Appointments: Rizzoli, Marciniak and Mažić in charge of Round of 16 matches (II)

UEFA's Refereeing unit headed by Pierluigi Collina have nominated the three officiating teams that are about to take charge of Sunday's Round of 16 matches. Nicola Rizzoli, Szymon Marciniak and Milorad Mažić have been appointed.

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June 25, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Appointments: Atkinson, Clattenburg and Velasco to kick off the KO phase

Always expect the unexpected... Martin Atkinson will oversee the all-UK derby between Wales and Northern Ireland. His compatriot Mark Clattenburg has been chosen for Switzerland vs Poland - and Carlos Velasco Carballo will officiate Croatia vs Portugal...

25/06/2016, 15:00 CET
Match 37
Saint-Étienne (Stade Geoffroy Guichard)

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)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Damianos EFTHYMIADIS (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay LEVNIKOV (RUS) 
The 3rd Team Main Observer: Niclas (GER) 

25/06/2016, 18:00 CET
Match 38
Paris (Parc des Princes)

Referee: Martin ATKINSON (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael MULLARKEY (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen CHILD (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael OLIVER (ENG) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Craig PAWSON (ENG)
4th Official: Felix BRYCH (GER)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mark BORSCH (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc BATTA (FRA) 
UEFA Delegate: Steen DAHRUP (DEN)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: Chefren (ITA)

25/06/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 39
Lens Agglo (Stade Bollaerts-Delelis)

Assistant Referee 1: Roberto ALONSO FERNÁNDEZ (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos YUSTE JIMÉNEZ (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jesús GIL MANZANO (ESP) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos DEL CERRO GRANDE (ESP)
4th Official: Viktor KASSAI (HUN)
Reserve Assistant Referee: György RING (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: David ELLERAY (ENG) 
UEFA Delegate: Alan MCRAE (SCO)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: Carter (AUS) 

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June 23, 2016

These 6 EURO 2016 Referee Teams have been sent home by UEFA

UEFA has defined the six refereeing teams that will leave the European Championships after the group stage. These names are confirmed.

William Collum's Team from Scotland/Ireland

Ovidiu Alin Hategan's Team from Romania

Sergei Karasev's Team from Russia

Pavel Královec' Team from Czech Rep./Slovakia

Svein Oddvar Moen's Team from Norway

Clément Turpin's Team from France

Congratulations to all officials. They can be proud of what they have achieved.
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EURO 2016 Refereeing: Who has to go?

Who has to go? Probably that is a question whose answer will follow in the course of today or tomorrow and that will maybe have caused a sleepless night for UEFA's Refereeing Officers. 

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June 22, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Appointments for Matches 33-36: Marciniak, Atkinson, Hategan and Brych to close the Group Stage

UEFA has appointed the referees for the last Group Stage matches of these European Championships.

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5 Pros for and 5 Cons against repeating the Penalty Kick in Croatia vs Spain

Dutch referee Björn Kuipers' decision to award Spain a penalty in their match against Croatia was surely one of the most controversial refereeing incidents of the tournament so far. Not only the action leading to the penalty kick, but also a possible encroachment of Croatian players and specially the goalkeeper standing several metres away from his goalline were and are strongly discussed.

After watching many replays and live camera angles (for videos see here at video minute 26:10), I come to the conclusion that there is a contact either at the backheel or at the knees of David Silva. The question is whether this contact can be punished or not.

In my view, the only argument in favour of deeming this as a careless tackle is that the defender had his arms raised as a sign of precautious excuse (so maybe he exactly knew what he was doing?) shortly before crossing Silva's path.

For me, this is no penalty. The running paths are crossing, that's bad luck. The contact at the feet or knees is undeliberate and rather random. However, the views on that might differ.

On the encroachment: Should the penalty have been repeated?
The red circle marks the player who cleared the ball later on
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Refereeing Analyses for Matches 25-28 (Skomina SUI-FRA, Královec ROU-ALB, Velasco SVK-ENG, Eriksson RUS-WAL)

These are our views and marks on the four performances shown by Damir Skomina, Pavel Královec, Carlos Velasco Carballo and Jonas Eriksson in Matchday 3's Group A and B deciding games. 

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Refereeing Analyses for Matches 22-24 (Çakır BEL-IRL, Karasev ISL-HUN, Rizzoli POR-AUT)

Our analyses for the Matchday 2 games in Group F including Cüneyt Çakır's, Sergei Karasev's and Nicola Rizzoli's second performances at these EURO finals.

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June 21, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Appointments for Matches 29-32: Moen, Turpin, Collum and Kuipers in charge

UEFA has appointed four match officiating teams at once: Clément Turpin will officiate Northern Ireland vs Germany. The simultaneously played Group C match between Ukraine and Poland will be overseen by Svein Oddvar Moen. Scottish William Collum and Dutch Björn Kuipers have been assigned to take control over the Group D deciders.

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June 20, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Appointments for Matches 27 & 28: Eriksson and Velasco in charge of Group B deciders

Second games for two UEFA referee routiniers: Jonas Eriksson of Sweden and Spaniard Carlos Velasco Carballo will officiate the last matches of Group B.

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Refereeing Analysis for Matches 19-21 (Kassai ITA-SWE, Clattenburg CZE-CRO, Mažić ESP-TUR)

Being busy those days, the analyses are a bit shorter as usual. Nonetheless, please find all relevant situations and our marks below.

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June 19, 2016

EURO 2016 Referee Appointments for Matches 25 & 26: Královec and Skomina to close Group A

UEFA has defined the Referee Appointments for the first matches of Matchday 3: Pavel Královec' Czech-Slovakian team will officiate Romania vs Albania who both fight for a second and third place in the group respectively, while Damir Skomina takes charge of the sonorous duel between Switzerland and hosts France.

19/06/2016, 21:00 CET
GROUP A, Match 25
Lyon (Stade de Lyon)

Referee: Pavel KRÁLOVEC (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman SLYŠKO (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš MOKRUSCH (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petr ARDELEANU (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
4th Official: Tasos SIDIROPOULOS (GRE)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Damianos EFTHYMIADIS (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Herbert FANDEL (GER)
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19/06/2016, 21:00 CET
GROUP A, Match 26
Lille (Stade Pierre Mauroy)

Referee: Damir SKOMINA (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure PRAPROTNIK (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert VUKAN (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej JUG (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko VINČIĆ (SVN)
4th Official: Marco FRITZ (GER)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mark BORSCH (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros VASSARAS (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis PROCOPIOU (CYP)

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