October 7, 2015

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for Matchday 9 (October 2015) - III

These are the appointments for the enclosing matches of the 9th matchday of UEFA's European Qualifiers. Among others, French Clément Turpin will take charge of the Netherlands' crucial match in Kazakhstan - along with Fredy Fautrel.

10 October 2015

Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL), Group A, 18:00 CET 
Iceland - Latvia
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS), Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referees: Vladisval Bezborodov (RUS), Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Álvaro Albino (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Erlendur Eiríksson (ISL)

Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ), Group A, 18:00 CET 
Kazakhstan - Netherlands
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Cano (FRA), Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Arman Ismuratov (KAZ)

Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku (AZE), Group H, 18:00 CET 
Azerbaijan - Italy
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Damien Macgraith (IRL), Francis Connor (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Robert Madden (SCO), John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Rustam Rahimov (AZE)

Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR), Group H, 18:00 CET 
Norway - Malta
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: Roland Coquard (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Geir Åge Masovn Holen (NOR)

Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO), Group H, 20:45 CET 
Croatia - Bulgaria
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referees: Rui Tavares (POR), Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Hugo Miguel (POR), Cosme Machado (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Tomás Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Stanisław Speczik (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)

Generali Arena, Prague (CZE), Group A, 20:45 CET 
Czech Republic - Turkey
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Craig Pawson (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Karel Bohunek (CZE)

Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND), Group B, 20:45 CET 
Andorra - Belgium
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referees: Piotr Sadczuk (POL), Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referees: Daniel Stefanski (POL), Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Fourth Official: Konrad Sapela (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Laudino Lopez Fidalgo (AND)

Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH), Group B, 20:45 CET 
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Wales
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP), Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referees: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP), Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Salem Prolić (BIH)

Itztadion Teddy, Jerusalem (ISR), Group B, 20:45 CET 
Israel - Cyprus
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referees: Bertino Miranda (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR), João Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Soares (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Yossi Benishti (ISR)


  1. I find strange that Fautrel is still there, not removed by UEFA after Moenchengladbach - City. What do you think? In my opinion at least two crucial mistakes were his responsibility.
    I have a theory: perhaps committee uses to remove additional assistant referees only in case of wrong and deliberate advices to main referees (Mazic and Filipovic case). It can be different when additional assistant referees make a mistake not being able to decide. It is possible that Fautrel didn't suggest anything to Turpin. BTW I hope a better performance this time in a very important match for NED. Should be not that difficult, but we know what happened in first leg...

    1. Generally if Turpin insists on Fautrel staying in his team, I can't imagine that UEFA would remove him. Moreover, the appointments were already made 10 days ago I presume - before M'gladbach. Maybe the visa were already ordered (?).

  2. The matches of Turpin and Collum could have been given to First group referees as well, it shows, that their mistakes are recognized by UEFA.
    De Sousa and Undiano with the two only matches on Saturday, where both teams are still competing for qualification.

  3. Predictions for MD10:
    GER-GEO: Hansen (DEN)
    GIB-SCO: Kulbakov (BLR)
    POL-IRE: Cakir (TUR)
    FIN-NIR: Mateu (ESP)
    FAR-ROM: Gräfe (GER)
    GRE-HUN: Chapron (FRA)
    ARM-ALB: Mazeika (LTU)
    SER-POR: Moen (NOR)
    DEN-FRA: Madden (SCO)
    BLR-MAZ: Dingert (GER)
    LUX-SVK: Tagliavento (ITA)
    UKR-SPA: Bebek (CRO)
    LTU-ENG: Sidiropoulus (GRE)
    SMR-SVN: Yefet (ISR)
    EST-SUI: Eriksson (SWE)
    RUS-MNE: Borbalan (ESP)
    AUT-LIE: Borski (POL)
    SWE-MOL: Zelinka (CZE)
    LAT-KAZ: Taylor (ENG)
    TUR-ICE: Rocchi (ITA)
    NED-CZE: Marciniak (POL)
    CYP-BOS: Karasev (RUS)
    WAL-AND: Kruzliak (SVK)
    BEL-ISR: Skomina (SVN)
    BUL-AZE: Drachta (AUT)
    ITA-NOR: Kralovec (CZE)
    MAL-CRO: van Boekel (NED)

  4. My predections for MD 10
    LAT-KAZ Kenn Hansen Denmark
    NED-CZE Felix Brych Germany
    TUR-ICE Svein Oddvar Moen Norway
    BEL-ISR Milorad Mazic Serbia
    CYP-BHR Ivan Bebek Croatia
    WAL-AND Tamás Bognár Hungary
    BLR-MKD Felix Zwayer Germany
    LUX-SVK Luca Banti Italy
    UKR-ESP Jonas Eriksson Sweden
    GER-GEO Simon Lee Evans Wales
    GIB-SCO Oliver Drachta Austria
    POL-IRL Damir Skomina Slovenia
    EST-SUI Alexey Kulbakov Belarus
    LTU-ENG David Fernandez Borbalán Spain
    SMR-SLO Ivan Kruzliak Slovakia
    FRO-ROU Aleksander Stavrev Makednia
    FIN-NIR Kevin Blom Netherlands
    GRE-HUN Xavier Estrada Fernandez Spain
    AUT-LIE Paolo Tagliavento Italy
    RUS-MON Anastosis Sidiropulos Greece
    SWE-MOL Anthony Taylor Englany
    BUL-AZE Leontios Trattou Cyprus
    ITA-NOR Cüneyt Cakir Türkey
    MLT-CRO Vladislav Bezbodorov Russia
    ARM-ALB Pavel Kralovec Czech Republic
    SRB-POR Szymon Marciniak Poland
    DEN-FRA Sergey Karasev Russia

    1. Milorad Mazic already handled Israel.
      Tamas Bognar already handled Andorra.
      Ivan Kruzliak already handled San Marino.
      Szymon Marciniak already handled Portugal.
      Felix Brych already handled the Netherlands.
      Vladislav Bezborodov already handled Malta.
      Vladislav Bezborodov already handled Croatia.
      Damir Skomina already handled the Republic of Ireland.
      Kevin Blom for Northern Ireland (MD10) after Bas Nijhuis (MD9) seems unlikely.
      Paolo Tagliavento for Austria (MD10) after Daniele Orsato (MD9) seems unlikely.
      Anastasios Sidiropoulos for Russia (MD10) after Michael Koukoulakis (MD9) seems unlikely.
      Ivan Bebek for Bosnia and Herzegovina seems unlikely due to geographical/historical reasons.
      Does AUT-LIE (Qualified versus no chance to qualify any more) really require an Elite referee?

    2. Brych has already handled 5 matches. IMO it would be wiser to not appoint him for MD10 to enable him to handle (almost) every play-off possible. Same goes for Mazic. But we'll see.

    3. Sidiropoulos won't definitely have Russia.

  5. In the appointments of the FPF (08-10-2015), Sousa appears injured.

  6. Arnold Hunter not up for the task this evening at Ullevaal (Oslo), Norway-Malta. Missing two PKs for Norway in 1st half (Söderlund and Hovland), both for holding where on the first he managed to give a freekick to Malta and second was a normal 'pull to ground' on a setpiece. I honestly thought refs were supposed to improve in this field last couple of years, but this is same old story to me.

    Also did his AR overlook a clear dangerous play on Skjelbred on spot range. Several bad tackles on same player that after first challenge should result in cards. Extremely disappointing considering recent serious injuries (Rafinha, Shaw) for brutal tackles.

    AR several strange decisions, awarding throw-ins to wrong team on many occasions.

  7. Minute 61' in AZE-ITA: excellent decision by AAR2 Beaton: NO GOAL.
    Positioning was perfect, the ball didn't cross the line.

  8. Holland goalkeeper was on the ground due to injury, asking for help, and Turpin decided to play on and stopped the match after minute or so. Very strange management IMO.

    1. He can do so if he thinks that the injury is light and not serious (I share this view at first). Then, NED had the chance to play the ball out themselves at the upper sideline - they did not do so and even tried to start a counterattack. Of course Kazakhstan then thought "why should we play the ball out if they don't do it themselves?"... IMO Turpin acted reasonably here.

    2. It was reasonable that he whistled, but off course, Holland should have played the ball out.

      I think Turpin did a good job, but some cards he gave were, though acceptable ('1 and YC El-Ghazi for example), not really mandatory.

    3. Yes, but what if Kazahstan won the ball and score from the distance, and goalkeeper was still on the ground? That could happen. Holland player probably haven't seen that GK is down and therefore he didn't play the ball out. IMO when GK is injured, laying on the ground, the ref should stop the match.

  9. Correct red card for DOGSO by Collum, after a match without significant challenges and cards.

  10. Wrongly disallowed goal for Croatia. The scorer was onside.

  11. Lousy management from Atkinson IMO, missed some obvious fouls and clear deliberate handball somewhere near line of penalty area, maybe missed YC or two. He decided not to whistle every contact, but missed some clear fouls.

  12. I can't believe Atkinson missed RC for Czech defender. Correct PK, but that was clear RC.

    1. Have to agree, if he gives this penalty, he actually has to send him off. The holding was light but efficient. Some might argue that this is not enough in such a match but well...I support this decision.

  13. Extreme security measures in Bosnia-Wales yesterday! Very hot atmosphere! Some news about Undiano performance?


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