Milorad Mazic to referee Scotland v Rep of Ireland

SERBIAN referee Milorad Mazic will oversee Friday’s Euro 2016 Group D qualifier between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park in Glasgow.

Milorad Mazic (Serbia)
Handling the big occasion: Mazic is regarded for adopting a lenient approach when assigned to key European clashes (Picture from Zimbio.com)

SERBIAN referee Milorad Mazic has been assigned to Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park.

The 41-year-old will be the man in the middle when the two home nations clash in the crucial Group D encounter in Glasgow on Friday night.

His officiating team consists of fellow countrymen, with Milovan Ristic and Dalibor Djurdjevic the linesmen.

Danilo Grujic and Dejan Filipovic are the additional assistant referees while Dejan Petrovic will be the fourth official.

The Yugoslavian-born whistler regularly officiates English teams in the Champions League and Europa League and was one of 25 referees at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

He sent off Portugal’s Real Madrid defender Pepe during their 4-0 opening group defeat to eventual winners Germany before taking charge of Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Iran.

Mazic, who has been a Serbian SuperLiga and Fifa official since 2009, was due to handle Chelsea’s Champions League opener against Schalke in September but withdrew because of injury.

He was also at the helm for Arsenal’s goalless draw with Turkish champions Besiktas in the play-off round, sending off Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

During last season, Mazic took control of the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Napoli at the Emirates and Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk during the Champions League group stages.

Later in the competition, he was back in the middle for Chelsea’s quarter-final first leg defeat at PSG before overseeing the Europa League semi-final second leg between Sevilla and Valencia.

His only other Euro 2016 qualifier came two months ago when he dished out four yellow cards during Italy’s 2-0 victory over Norway.

Scotland and Ireland have both made solid starts to the campaign with Gordon Strachan’s Tartan Army collecting four points from a possible nine while the visitors, managed by Martin O’Neill, sit joint-top with seven points from their opening three games.

Elsewhere in the group, Germany’s encounter with minnows Gibraltar will be officiated by Romanian whistler Alexandru Tudor while Georgia against Poland will see Italy’s Paolo Tagliavento in the middle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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