Martin Atkinson to referee Germany v Ukraine at Euro 2016

English referee Martin Atkinson will handle world champions Germany’s first Euro 2016 game against Ukraine while Ovidiu Hategan of Romania will oversee Sunday’s other Group C encounter between Poland and Northern Ireland.

Martin Atkinson referee (Bayern Munich v FC Porto - 21st April 2015)
Previous experience: Atkinson was an additional assistant as part of Howard Webb’s team of officials at Euro 2012 (Picture from Sky Sports)

ENGLISH referee Martin Atkinson will take charge of Germany’s Group C clash with Ukraine in Lille on Sunday. 

The 45-year-old will be in the middle for the first time at the tournament when the 2014 World Cup winners face the Ukranians at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on matchday three (KO 20:00 BST).

The Premier League whistler will be ably assisted by fellow countrymen Mike Mullarkey and Stephen Child, and additional assistants Michael Oliver and Craig Pawson.

Scotland’s Bobby Madden is the fourth official, with Frank Connor acting as the reserve assistant.

Atkinson is one of two English refereeing representatives in France this summer, along with Mark Clattenburg – the only nation to have more than one referee.

The Bradford-based official has been a regular in England’s top-flight since 2005 and on the Fifa list since 2006 but this is his first experience of a major international finals as a referee.

Among his domestic and European honours are the 2011 FA Cup Final, 2013 Championship Play-Off Final, 2014 Capital One Cup Final and 2015 Europa League Final.


ELSEWHERE….

Ovidiu Hategan referee
Rookie: Hategan is the second youngest of the 18 referees at Euro 2016 behind France’s 34-year-old Clement Turpin (Picture from Sky Sports)

Ovidiu Alin Hategan, of Romania, will take charge of Northern Ireland’s first ever match at the European Championships when they face Poland.

The 35-year-old will oversee the other Group C encounter on Sunday at the Allianz Rivieira (KO 17:00 BST).

Like Atkinson, it will be a first appointment of Euro 2016 in what is his first major international tournament as a referee.

The Arad-born official, who has trained as a doctor, has been on the Fifa list since 2008 and a Champions League regular since 2012.

Hategan will be familiar to Manchester City fans after being acquitted of accusations he failed to deal with Yaya Toure’s racism complaint in a Champions League game against CSKA Moscow in Russia in 2013.

He was also in charge of City’s last-16 second leg against Dynamo Kiev – a disappointing goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium in which he booked three players.

Hategan will be assisted in Nice by linesmen Octavian Sovre and Sebastian Gheorghe and additional assistant referees Alexandru Tudor and Sebastian Coltescu, all of Romania.

Greece’s Anastasios Sidiropoulos will be the fourth official for his second game of the tournament, while compatriot Damianos Efthymiadis is the reserve assistant.


MEANWHILE…

Jonas Eriksson referee (Liverpool v Sevilla EL Final - 18th May 2016)
Recent outing: Eriksson was in charge of the Uefa Europa League Final between Liverpool and Sevilla at St-Jakob Park last month (Picture from BT Sport)

Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson has been appointed to Turkey against Croatia in Paris on Sunday.

The 42-year-old will oversee the first Group D match at the Parc des Princes (KO 14:00 BST, live on ITV).

Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Warnmark are the assistant referees while Stefan Johannesson and Markus Strombergsson, also of Sweden, are the additional assistants.

Scotland’s Willie Collum will be the fourth official while Irish linesman Damien MacGraith is the reserve assistant.

Ex-journalist Eriksson is officiating at his third major international tournament after Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup.

The Sigtuna-based whistler was the referee for the 2013 Uefa Super Cup, last season’s Europa League Final and the fourth official for the 2015 Champions League Final.

He is a multi-millionaire after selling his stake in a Swedish media rights business in 2007.

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