July 01, 2016

Damir Skomina to referee EURO 2016 Quarterfinal between Wales and Belgium

Slovenian Elite Referee Damir Skomina has been assigned to take control over Friday evening's Quarterfinal no.2 between Wales and Belgium. Under the eyes of Vice Refereeing Officer Marc Batta from France, he is rewarded for his three good performances earlier in the competition.

+ The Slovenian is the EURO referee with the highest number of international appearances, as presented in our pre-tournament portrait +

+ Skomina and his team have already refereed three matches including England's 1-2 defeat vs Iceland +

+ This appointment means that either one of the remaining match officials stays with only 2 group stage matches at the tournament or that one of them directly gets a semifinal +

01/07/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 46
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: Nicola RIZZOLI (ITA)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Elenito DI LIBERATORE (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc BATTA (FRA
UEFA Delegate: Adonis PROCOPIOU (CYP)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: CHEFREN (ITA)

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An unpunished wrestling tackle tarnishes Team Brych's performance

Following two very good performances in the group stage, it was surely no coincidence that Pierluigi Collina observed Felix Brych and his teammates in yesterday's Poland vs Portugal game. What the Italian UEFA Referee Officer saw from his surely comfortable VIP seat was positive in many aspects: Full control, good leadership, complete acceptance. But unfortunately, one bigger and some smaller mistakes turn the overall positive impression into a rather negative one.

An unpunished wrestling tackle tarnishes the performance of Team Brych

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Björn Kuipers to officiate EURO 2016 Quarterfinal France vs Iceland

Björn Kuipers from the Netherlands has been appointed to take charge of the hosting nation's enclosing Quarterfinal against England-beating Iceland in Stade de France.

+ For Kuipers and his teammates, it is the third game at the tournament not considering their appearances as fourth officials or reserve assistant referees. +

+ Following a decent performance in Germany vs Poland, Kuipers' penalty call in Croatia vs Spain was widely discussed. Pierluigi Collina deemed the performance as very good on the whole, but expressed that the penalty should have been repeated due to a goalkeeper's encroachment. +

+ Most likely, this appointments means that the last 3 games will be refereed by Mark Clattenburg, Jonas Eriksson and Nicola Rizzoli, depending on how far the Italian national team proceed. +

03/07/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 48
Saint-Denis (Stade de France)

Referee: Björn KUIPERS (NED)
Assistant Referee 1:  Sander VAN ROEKEL (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E. J. ZEINSTRA (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol VAN BOEKEL (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard LIESVELD (NED)
4th Official: Milorad MAŽIĆ (SRB)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Dalibor DJURDJEVIĆ (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi COLLINA (ITA) 
UEFA Delegate: Janis MEZECKIS (LVA)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: RAY HD (POL)

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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.

+ The German was presented as authoritative, but always in control in our pre-tournament portrait +

+ Brych has already refereed England vs Wales and Belgium vs Sweden in the group stage. +

+ Both performances were assessed as very good by this blog's observers (average marks above 8.4). +

+ Pierluigi Collina emphasized that "it had felt like he had lost three years of his life" when Brych allowed England's 1:1 goal vs Wales - a "great decision", as Collina later stated. +

+ For Brych, it could be the last game at the tournament, if Germany qualify for the semifinals vs Italy. +

30/06/2016, 21:00 CET
Match 45
Marseille (Stade Vélodrome)

Referee: Felix BRYCH (GER)
Assistant Referee 1:  Mark BORSCH (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan LUPP (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian DANKERT (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco FRITZ (GER)
4th Official: Milorad MAŽIĆ (SRB)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Milovan RISTIĆ (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi COLLINA (ITA) 
UEFA Delegate: Roland OSPELT (LIE)
The 3rd Team Main Observer: NICLAS (GER)

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Viktor Kassai to handle EURO 2016 Quarterfinal between Germany and Italy

Hungarian Viktor Kassai has been appointed by UEFA Referees Committee to handle the sonorous quarterfinal between Germany and Italy, to be played on Saturday. This will be his third match in the competition, and he will meet again Italy, after having officiated them in group stage. To complete the appointment, Polish Szymon Marciniak will work as fourth official. The team will be observed by Hugh Dallas. 

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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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