September 3, 2015

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for Matchday 8 (September 2015) - I

These are the referees appointed by UEFA for MD8 of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 6, 7 and 8 September 2015.

6 September 2015

Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA), Group A, 18:00 CET 
Latvia - Czech Republic
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referees: Guido Kleve (GER), Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees:Tobias Welz (GER), Daniel Siebert (GER)
Fourth Official: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Radenko Mijatović (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Romans Platonovs (LVA)

Konya Büyükşehir Torku Arena, Konya (TUR), Group A, 18:00 CET
Turkey - Netherlands
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP), Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referees: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP), Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jon Núñez Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Foster (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Alper Dogmen (TUR)
Bog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER) 

National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT), Group H, 18:00 CET
Malta - Azerbaijan
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referees: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT), Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referees: Alexander Harkam (AUT), Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Álvaro Albino (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Cann Trustin Farrugia (MLT) 

Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR), Group H, 18:00 CET
Norway - Croatia
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referees: György Ring (HUN), Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Tamás Bognar (HUN), Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Fourth Official: Zsolt Varga (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Ola Bjørnsen (NOR)
Bog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL), Group B, 18:00 CET
Wales - Israel
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referees: Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referees: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO), Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH), Group B, 20:45 CET
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Andorra
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referees: Richard Storey (NIR), Gareth Eakin (NIR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Raymond Crangle (NIR), Mervyn Smyth (NIR)
Fourth Official: Stephen Bell (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Salem Prolić (BIH)

GSP, Nicosia (CYP), Group B, 20:45 CET
Cyprus - Belgium
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referees: Aleksei Eskov (RUS), Igor Fedotov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Tugomir Frajman (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Demetris Chrysostomou (CYP)

Renzo Barbera, Palermo (ITA), Group H, 20:45 CET
Italy - Bulgaria
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Anton Averianov (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referees: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Andrea Capone (ITA)

Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL), Group A, 20:45 CET
Iceland - Kazakhstan
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referees: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR), Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR), Yuriy Mozharovskyy (UKR)
Fourth Official: Igor Al'okhin (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Erlendur Eiriksson (ISL)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard Maxi (GER)


  1. I don't understand, why LAT-CZE needs an Elite referee.
    Big matches for the two Russians, especially for Bezborodov.

    1. Anonymous3/9/15 13:07

      Well, I expected an Elite official for CYP-BEL. And I do support your view on the LAT-CZE appointment. I would have swapped Bezborodov with Aytekin.

      I'm happy to see that Kassai is given such an important match. I hope he gets back to the top. Same thing counts also for Skomina.


  2. B&H - Andorra - Frank De Bleeckere :o :o

  3. Anonymous3/9/15 17:13

    Can't understand why Cyprus-Belgium doesn't get an Elite referee! Think it's a good decision to designate an Elite one for Latvia-Czech Republic.

  4. Anonymous3/9/15 23:05

    Goal of Italy: Hand clair.

  5. Wales - Israel (Bebek)

    14' - penalty-appeal (alleged handball by ISR #16); difficult to assess, no mistake in my eyes

    1-45' - very strict, authoritative approach, but also good use of personality (verbal warnings instead of harsh yellow cards); high level of fitness (as always with Bebek); good teamwork with AAR2 at the end of the first half (Bebek misses offensive foul in the box but AAR2 gives his assistance)

    8.4 performance so far

  6. Mateu Lahoz quite good so far, 1-2 missed fouls, as usual his quite special approach requiring getting used to. Overall full control and a composed personality with good body language and mostly correct and predictable decisions (interim conclusion in minute 60).

  7. Anonymous6/9/15 19:24

    Missed handball penalty to Wales by AAR1 - Bebek.

    1. Anonymous6/9/15 19:30


    2. Yes, in the 67th minute there was a handball by Israeli player in front of AAR1. No assistance from him. The ball was expected, defender should have avoided this slight contact. I am curious whether the mistake will be attached to Bebek too.

      Also big call by AR1 in the 94th minute - offside leading to deciding goal of WAL was flagged up. Correct decision.

      Bebek continued his performance basing on strong personality and authoritative approach. Quite unusual style those days.

    3. Anonymous6/9/15 22:24

      I like Bebek's style a lot.


    4. Anonymous6/9/15 23:29

      Imagine Turpin with this style..
      Top referee :)


    5. I have nothing against Turpin personally, I think he is really big talent (extremely well spoilt by UEFA) but... let's not talk about him and especially his promotion. ;)

    6. Anonymous7/9/15 11:50

      Just to be clear, Turpin is good ref but I had an impression that he isnt that much authoritative. Great talent, of course.


  8. Turkey's 3:0 was resulting from a clear foul (blatant pulling/holding at the jersey). Mateu was ideally positioned at first glance.

    1. Anonymous6/9/15 20:31

      Clear shirt pull yes.

  9. Anonymous6/9/15 19:57

    Major mistake by Aytekin in the last Bundesliga matchday in Cologne vs. Hamburg (skip to 2:00):

    1. Anonymous6/9/15 19:59

      Video not available outside Germany.

    2. Anonymous6/9/15 20:06

    3. Anonymous6/9/15 23:15

      Still not working outside Germany, or at least in my country.

  10. Anonymous6/9/15 20:54

    Disallowed goal correct decision by AR2 in Cyprus - Belgium: offside following a deflection by defender (no deliberate play).

  11. Anonymous6/9/15 22:04

    Good refereeing of Karasev for now (Italy-Bulgaria)! 2 correct red cards!

    1. Anonymous6/9/15 22:09

      Also, correct penalty to Italy, but very likely a missed YC De Rossi in the early minutes (reckless challenge, 3'). He has always a very high threshold for issuing card which leads players to play roughly, that's not good in my opinion.

    2. I think that missed card for De Rossi (3') could be even a straight red for SFP. Your opinions?

  12. Weak performance by Aranovskiy. A lot of simple mistakes and no clear line.

  13. Anonymous7/9/15 09:47

    Hazard goal is offside by the Law, but nobody seems to have wanted it disallowed

  14. Good game by Mateu Lahoz. He only missed a foul prior to the 3-0. Even though it wasn't a harsh foul, he should have whistled it IMO, it was clear holding. But it's a sad day for Dutch football...


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