Europa League Referee Appointments: Third Qualifying Round second legs

Fredy Fautrel will take charge of West Ham’s first-ever Olympic Stadium game, while Andre Marriner and Andrew Dallas are also in Europa League action.

  •  Fredy Fautrel to ref West Ham’s first Olympic Stadium match
  •  Andre Marriner leads English officiating team in Cyprus
  •  Bulgaria’s Nikola Popov in charge of Aberdeen second leg
  •  Scottish whistlers John Beaton and Andrew Dallas handed games
  •  Simon Lee Evans of Wales also in action

Uefa Europa League ball and trophy
Progressing: The Europa League has reached its sixth matchday of the season, as all sides involved in qualifying bid to make the group stage

FRENCH referee Fredy Fautrel will take charge of West Ham United’s first ever game at their new Olympic Stadium home on Thursday night.

Elsewhere, England’s Andre Marriner will be the man in the middle for the tie between Cypriot side Apollon Limassol and Swiss outfit Grasshopper Club Zurich (KO 18:00 BST).

Bulgarian official Nikola Popov will take charge of Aberdeen’s decisive second leg against Maribor in Slovenia (KO 19:15 BST).

John Beaton will handle Croatian side Hadjuk Split against Ukrainian outfit FC Oleksandriya (KO 19:30 BST), while fellow Scot Andrew Dallas has been assigned to Portuguese club Rio Ave at home to Slavia Prague of the Czech Republic (KO 20:00 BST).

Welsh referee Simon Lee Evans will be in charge of FK Mlada Boleslav of the Czech Republic against Macedonian outfit KF Shkendija (KO 18:00 BST).

Fautrel will take charge as the Hammers look to overturn their 2-1 first-leg deficit against Slovenian minnows NK Domzale in the Europa League third qualifying round (KO 20:05 BST).

The 44-year-old will be assisted for the second leg by fellow countrymen Cyril Gringore and Julien Pacelli, with Lionel Jaffredo the fourth official.

Avranches-born Fautrel – a Fifa referee since 2007 – was an additional assistant referee as part of Clement Turpin’s team of officials at Euro 2016 in his home country during the summer.

Among his notable games are Scotland’s 2-1 win over Macedonia during 2014 World Cup qualifying and St Johnstone’s 2-1 win over Alashkert in the Europa League first qualifying round last season.

Fautrel – a bank manager based in Basse-Normandie – hasn’t previously ventured beyond the second qualifying round of the competition and will oversee his first game since the final day of the Ligue 1 season on May 14.

Slaven Bilic’s Hammers moved from Upton Park to the 60,000-capacity stadium in Stratford, east London, at the end of last season. Their first Premier League game at the ground will be against Bournemouth on August 21.

Andre Marriner in action (M'boro v Hull - 18th March 2016)
Established figure: Marriner has been a Select Group referee since 2005 and joined the Fifa list four years later (Picture from Sky Sports)

Marriner, from the West Midlands, will oversee his first game of the 2016-17 campaign as he returns to action after a break having been an additional assistant referee at Euro 2016.

The 45-year-old was part of Mark Clattenburg’s team of officials for last season’s Champions League Final and four games at the Euros, including Portugal’s 1-0 extra-time win over hosts France in the final in Paris.

Marriner oversaw 36 matches in all competitions last season – brandishing 124 yellow cards, five red cards and awarding 13 penalties.

The Sheldon-based whistler has handled 17 Europa League matches altogether and five Champions League qualifiers to date.

He received two Europa League group games last season – Lazio’s 2-0 victory at Rosenborg BK and Legia Warsaw’s 1-0 win over Midtjylland – and the play-off round tie between FK Gabala and Greek side Panathinaikos.

Marriner will be assisted at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia by Simon Beck and Harry Lennard, with Kevin Friend in control of electronic board duties as fourth official.

Popov had never ventured beyond the Europa League first qualifying round before handling the Champions League second qualifying round match between Irish side Dundalk and Hafnarfjordur of Iceland.

The 33-year-old, who was promoted to a Uefa Second Category official last December, dished out five yellow cards in the 1-1 draw on July 13.

He also oversaw his first game of the new domestic season and issued five bookings in CSKA Sofia’s 2-0 win over Slavia Sofia in Bulgaria’s Parva Liga.

The Sofia-based whistler, who has been a Fifa referee since 2012, will be assisted by Veselin Dobriyanov and Georgi Todorov, and fourth official Nikolay Yordanov – all of Bulgaria.

Derek McInnes’s Dons know they must score at the Stadion Ljudski vrt if they are to progress after the Scottish Premiership team drew 1-1 in last week’s first leg at Pittodrie.

John Beaton and Andrew Dallas
Prominent: Beaton (left) has been a Category One referee since 2009, while Dallas is the son of former World Cup official and Uefa referees chief Hugh (Picture from Sky Sports)

Beaton has officiated three League Cup games so far this season north of the border – awarding a penalty in each of them and issuing eight yellow cards altogether.

He received three Europa League matches last term, two in the group stages, in which he showed 12 yellows, sent off one player and gave one spotkick.

The 34-year-old, from Lanarkshire, will be assisted by Graham Chambers and Alan Mulvanny, with Don Robertson the fourth official at the Stadion Poljud in Split.

Meanwhile, Dallas will take charge of only his third Europa League qualifier since becoming a Fifa referee in January 2015 at the Estadio dos Arcos in Portugal.

The 33-year-old will be assisted by Graeme Stewart and Stuart Stevenson, with Nick Walsh in control of electronic board duties.

Dallas officiated the first qualifying round second leg between FK Vojvodina and FK Bokelj last month, brandishing four yellows and one red card.

His only other game of 2016-17 so far was last weekend in Partick Thistle’s 2-0 win over Queen’s Park in the League Cup first round.

The Lanarkshire whistler, who has been refereeing since 2005, was accused of not being ready for the Scottish top-flight by then Inverness boss John Hughes last season after sending off Andrea Mutombo against Dundee.

Bangor-born Evans will oversee his first match of the new season at the Mestsky Stadion.

The 40-year-old has been a regular in the Welsh Premier League since 2004, three years before becoming a Fifa referee.

He has handled several World Cup and European qualifiers and was in the middle for two Europa League group stage matches last season.

Former hockey player Evans, who oversaw the 2008 Welsh Cup Final, will be assisted by Lewiss Ross Edwards, Ian Bird and fourth official Huw Jones.

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