Euro 2016: Clattenburg and Atkinson given last-16 matches

Martin Atkinson referee (Hungary v Portugal)
Experienced: Atkinson has been a Premier League referee since 2004 and joined the Fifa list two years later (Picture from BBC Sport)

ENGLISH referees Mark Clattenburg and Martin Atkinson have been chosen to oversee last-16 ties at Euro 2016 on Saturday.

Clattenburg will handle the first knockout game when Switzerland face Poland at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne (KO 14:00 BST, live on BBC One).

Atkinson has been selected to keep the peace as British rivals Wales and Northern Ireland lock horns at the Parc des Princes in Paris (KO 17:00 BST, live on BBC One).

Both officials will take charge of their third games of the tournament and the appointments are another illustration of how highly English officials are regarded in Europe.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s final knockout game between Croatia and Portugal will be officiated by Spain’s Carlos Velasco Carballo.


BRITAIN LEADS THE WAY

Of the 18 referees taken to Euro 2016, three were British – with England the only nation to have two representatives in the shape of experienced duo Clattenburg and Atkinson.

The pair have performed to a high level on a regular basis in the pressure cooker of the intensely competitive Premier League for over a decade.

And, after making do with a backseat role at the European Championship four years ago as additional assistants in Howard Webb’s team of officials, they are certainly taking their opportunity to shine in their first refereeing appearance at a major international tournament.

Mark Clattenburg referee
Veteran: Clattenburg has been officiating in the Premier League since 2004 and became a Fifa referee two years later (Picture from BBC Sport)

Seen as a personal favourite of Pierluigi Collina, the head of Uefa’s Referees Committee, Clattenburg is highly rated and respected on the continental stage.

The Newcastle-based whistler, 40, handled the finals of the FA Cup and Champions League last month – with other honours including the 2012 Olympic men’s football showpiece at Wembley and 2014 Uefa Super Cup in Cardiff.

Clattenburg – a trained electrician by trade – put in one of the best refereeing displays of the group phase in Italy’s opening 2-0 win over Belgium, in what was a tough contest to officiate.

He also dealt with a difficult situation in the Czech Republic’s 2-2 draw with Croatia when flares were thrown onto the pitch during the second period.

The County Durham-born official, known for his informal communication with players on the pitch, has often caused controversy with his decision making and generally divides opinion among football fans.

Clattenburg – who has never met either Switzerland or Poland in an international fixture before – has overseen nine Champions League and six Europa League knockout games since 2011.

He dished out 97 yellow cards, sent off six players and awarded four penalties in 30 Premier League games last season.

Atkinson, meanwhile, has never officiated a Wales international before but only encountered Northern Ireland in their 3-0 friendly win over Belarus in Belfast on May 27.

He has previously controlled a game between two home nations, one of which was Northern Ireland – their 1-0 friendly defeat to Scotland at Hampden Park in March 2015.

The West Yorkshire whistler caught the eye in Germany’s 2-0 win over Ukraine and Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Hungary during the group stages, impressing with his usual authoratitive yet methodical approach.

The 45-year-old, from Bradford, described the emotions he felt when being called up for the tournament as “pride, delight and relief”.

His biggest European honour to date was handling the 2015 Uefa Europa League Final between Sevilla and Dnipro in Warsaw.

Atkinson brandished 100 yellows, one red card and gave two spotkicks in 29 Premier League matches in 2015-16.

The sides’ warm-up in Cardiff in March was also handled by a referee from the British Isles – Scotland’s Steven McLean, who awarded Wales a late penalty which Simon Church converted to salvage a 1-1 draw.

It will be the second so-called ‘Battle of Britain’ of the tournament after England scraped a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Wales in Lens on June 16 – a game refereed by Germany’s Felix Brych.

Chris Coleman’s Wales defied the odds to top Group B with six points, while Northern Ireland qualified from Group C as one of the four best third-placed teams.

In the final standings, Michael O’Neill’s team were behind Poland, who finished runners-up to world champions Germany, while Switzerland came second in Group A with hosts France ahead of them.

Scotland’s Willie Collum was the other British refereeing representative selected but the 35-year-old and his colleagues north of the border were one of eight teams of officials sent home at the end of the group phase.


SPAIN’S NUMBER ONE STAYS ON

Carlos Velasco Carballo
In the middle: Carballo has handled many key European games including the 2011 Uefa Europa League Final (Picture from BBC Sport)

Carballo has been appointed to oversee the intriguing evening clash as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal seek their first Euro 2016 win against the impressive Croatians.

The 45-year-old will be the man in the middle at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens (KO 20:00 BST, live on ITV).

He will be ably assisted by fellow countrymen Roberto Alonso Fernandez and Juan Carlos Yuste Jiminez, and additional assistants Jesus Gil Manzano and Carlos del Cerro Grande.

Hungary’s Viktor Kassai will be the fourth official, with Gyorgy Ring acting as the reserve official.

Carballo, renowned as being a strict disciplinarian, has now been Spain’s refereeing representative at the last three major international tournaments but will retire from active duty when returning to his home city Madrid.

The industrial engineer was in the middle for the opening match of Euro 2012 when co-hosts Poland drew with Greece, as well as Germany’s 2-1 win over Denmark in the group phase.

At the 2014 World Cup, Carballo handled England’s 2-1 defeat by Uruguay and Bosnia’s 3-1 win over Iran in the group stages before he was criticised for a controversial display in hosts Brazil’s quarter-final win over Colombia.

He issued the first red card of Euro 2016 to Albania captain Lorik Cana in their 1-0 defeat by Switzerland on the second day of the tournament before impressing in England’s goalless draw with Slovakia during the group stages.

Carballo has so far dished out eight bookings but he brandished 74 yellow cards and six red cards during a 12-game spell last season before overseeing two of Liverpool’s Europa League knockout games – against Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

He issued a red card, six yellows and awarded a penalty in Croatia’s eventful 5-1 win over Norway during qualification for the tournament, but has never previously encountered Portugal.

Although he is considered above his Spanish counterparts on the European stage, Carballo has often been overlooked for high-profile games in recent seasons in La Liga.

Euro 2016: Referee Willie Collum receives second group game

Scottish whistler Willie Collum will oversee Czech Republic v Turkey in Group D on Tuesday, while Clement Turpin, Svein Oddvar Moen and Bjorn Kuipers also receive their second games of the tournament.

Willie Collum in action
Familiar face: Collum has handled over 250 Scottish top-flight matches and three major domestic finals since 2005 (Picture from ITV Sport)

SCOTTISH referee Willie Collum will take charge of his second Euro 2016 match when the Czech Republic face Turkey in Lens on Tuesday night.

The 37-year-old will be in the middle at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis as both sides play their final Group D games, with the Czechs needing to win to have any chance of reaching the last 16 (KO 20:00 BST, live on ITV4).

He will be ably assisted by Francis Connor and Irish linesman Damien MacGraith, with Bobby Madden and John Beaton acting as additional assistants.

Russia’s Sergei Lapochkin will be the fourth official, while compatriot Nikolai Golubev is the reserve assistant.

Collum – a Religious Education teacher from Belshill, north Lanarkshire – is taking part in his first major international tournament as a referee.

The Glasgow-born whistler went to the Under-20s World Cup in Colombia in 2011 and was an additional assistant referee in Craig Thomson’s team of officials at Euro 2012.

He strolled comfortably through his first match without any controversy and issued three bookings as France struck twice late on to clinch a 2-0 win over Albania in Marseille on Wednesday.

Father-of-three Collum, who has been on the Fifa list since 2006, described being selected as one of 18 referees for Euro 2016 as ‘the proudest moment of his career without doubt’.

With Scotland having failed to qualify for the tournament, the Uefa Elite Category official could stay beyond the group phase without the intervention of his nation’s progress.

Collum – who dished out nine yellow cards in Barcelona’s 5-4 win over Sevilla in last year’s Uefa Super Cup – encountered the Czechs in their 2-1 defeat to Iceland in qualifying but has never previously officiated a Turkey international.

Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Spain in their opener before fighting back to draw 2-2 with Croatia, who beat Turkey 1-0 in their first game.


ELSEWHERE…

Clement Turpin (France)
Inexperienced: Turpin has only handled 48 international matches since becoming a Fifa official in 2010 – the fewest of all the referees at the tournament (Picture from Sky Sports)

The host nation’s sole refereeing representative Clement Turpin will be at the helm for Northern Ireland’s encounter with Germany on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old French official, who is the youngest of the 18 referees at the tournament, will take charge as both sides seek to book their place in the last 16 in their final Group C game (KO 17:00 BST, live on BBC One).

He will be assisted at the Parc des Princes in Paris by Frederic Cano and Nicolas Danos, with Benoit Bastien and Fredy Fautrel as additional assistant referees.

Slavko Vincic is the fourth official, with fellow Slovenian Robert Vukan on standby as the reserve assistant.

Turpin – a referee manager from Montceau-les-Mines – has only been a Uefa Elite Category official for a year, handling six Champions League games and 10 in the Europa League.

He was largely inconsistent in his first match at the tournament and sent off Austria’s Alexander Dragovic for two bookable offences in their 2-0 defeat by Hungary in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

It will be his first Northern Ireland game but Turpin gave out four yellow cards in Germany’s 2-0 win over Georgia in March 2015 during qualifying.

Northern Ireland opened their first ever Euros campaign with a 1-0 loss to Poland before sealing a historic 2-0 success over Ukraine, who Germany also beat 2-0 before the world champions drew 0-0 with Poland.


MEANWHILE…

Svein Oddvar Moen referee
Regular: Moen has been a permanent fixture in the Champions League since 2011 and handled five games in the competition last season (Picture from BBC Sport)

Norway’s Svein Oddvar Moen will be in the middle for rivals Poland and Ukraine’s final Group C game in Marseille (KO 17:00, live on BBC Four).

The 37-year-old has not been in action since the tournament’s second day when he had a steady game in Wales’ 2-1 win over Slovakia in Bordeaux on June 11 – during which he booked five Slovakia players.

And now he will handle a second match in his first major international tournament as referee, with Poland requiring a positive result to seal a top-two finish against the eliminated Ukrainians.

Moen – an ambulance driver by occupation – was the fourth official for last month’s Europa League Final between Liverpool and Sevilla in Basel.

He hasn’t officiated a Poland game before but was in charge of Ukraine’s 2-1 friendly win over Austria in November 2011, in which he dished out seven yellows and a red card.

Moen has been refereeing since 1995 and has slowly worked his way through the ranks to become an established name on the European stage.

He will be assisted by Kim Thomas Haglund and Frank Andas, with Ken Henry Johnsen and Svein Erik Edvartsen acting as additional assistants.

Turkey’s Huseyin Gocek will be the fourth official, while Bahattin Duran will be on standby as the reserve assistant.

Poland and Ukraine were joint-hosts of the last European Championship finals four years ago.

Bjorn Kuipers referee (ROI v Bosnia - 16th November 2015)
We meet again: Kuipers encountered both Croatia and Spain during their qualifying campaigns (Picture from Sky Sports)

Tuesday’s other Group D encounter between Croatia and holders Spain in Bordeaux will be officiated by the experienced Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers.

The 43-year-old has been appointed to keep the peace at the Stade de Bordeaux as the Croats require a point against the 2008 and 2012 winners to seal second spot (KO 20:00 BST, live on ITV).

He will be assisted by fellow countrymen Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra, and additional assistants Pol van Boekel and Richard Liesveld.

Hungary’s Viktor Kassai will be the fourth official, with compatriot Gyorgy Ring acting as the reserve assistant.

Kuipers has officiated several major finals including the 2011 Uefa Super Cup, 2013 Europa League Final, 2013 Confederations Cup Final and the 2014 Champions League Final.

Among the contenders to take charge of the July 10 showpiece, he is taking part in his third major international tournament as a referee.

Kuipers – a supermarket owner from Oldenzaal – was the fourth official for the tournament opener on June 10 before booking six players during Germany’s goalless draw with Poland in Paris on Thursday.

Spain began with a 1-0 victory over Czech Republic before beating Turkey 3-0 in the biggest win of the tournament so far, while Croatia edged the Turks 1-0 before blowing a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with the Czechs.

Vicente del Bosque’s Spanish side needed a late Jesus Navas goal to beat Croatia 1-0 in their last meeting at Euro 2012 – a game refereed by Germany’s Wolfgang Stark.

Referee Clattenburg to oversee Czech Republic v Croatia

English referee Mark Clattenburg will take charge of Czech Republic v Croatia at Euro 2016 while Viktor Kassai and Milorad Mazic will also take charge of their second games at the tournament on Friday.

Mark Clattenburg referee
Stepping up: Clattenburg was an additional assistant referee as part of Howard Webb’s team of officials at Euro 2012 (Picture from BBC Sport)

ENGLISH referee Mark Clattenburg will take charge of his second match at Euro 2016 when Czech Republic face Croatia on Friday.

The 40-year-old Premier League whistler put in one of the best refereeing displays of the tournament so far during Italy’s 2-0 win over Belgium in Lyon on Tuesday night.

His confident performance must have impressed the Uefa Referees Committee, who has quickly appointed last season’s FA Cup Final and Champions League Final referee to another game.

Clattenburg will be in the middle for the Group D clash in Saint-Etienne as Croatia, who beat Turkey 1-0 in their opener, seek to seal their place in the knockout phase with victory against the Czechs, who lost 1-0 to Spain on Monday.

He will be assisted at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard by regular assistants Simon Beck and Jake Collin, and additional assistants Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner.

Greece’s Tasos Sidiropoulos will act as both the fourth official and reserve assistant.

Clattenburg is taking part in his first major international tournament as a referee and, after a successful domestic and European campaign, could be among the contenders to oversee the July 10 final at the Stade de France.

The Newcastle-based official handled 30 Premier League games last term before catching the eye in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup showpiece and Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid on penalties in Milan.

He has also officiated the 2012 Olympic Games men’s football final at Wembley, the 2012 League Cup Final, 2013 Community Shield and 2014 Uefa Super Cup.

The game will kick off at 17:00 BST and is live on BBC One.


Viktor Kassai blows the whistle
Experienced: This is Kassai’s third major international tournament as a referee after the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 (Picture from BBC Sport)

Meanwhile, Viktor Kassai will be in the middle for Italy’s Group E encounter with Sweden in Toulouse on Friday.

The Hungarian will take charge as Antonio Conte’s men look to effectively seal their passage to the last 16 against the Swedes at the Stadium Municipal (KO 14:00 BST, live on ITV).

Kassai was appointed to the tournament opener last Friday and performed well in France’s 2-1 win over Romania, for whom he correctly awarded a second-half penalty in Saint-Denis.

It was a steady display from the 40-year-old, booking only four players and keeping control of an entertaining game.

He will again be assisted by Gyorgy Ring and Vencel Toth, while Tamas Bognar and Adam Farkas, also of Hungary, are the additional assistants.

France’s Clement Turpin is the fourth official, with compatriot Nicolas Danos acting as the reserve assistant.

Kassai was at the helm for Spain’s 1-0 semi-final win over Germany at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 Champions League Final between Barcelona and Manchester United at Wembley.

But he was sent home after the group stages at Euro 2012 for failing to award Ukraine a goal against England when Marko Devic’s effort had crossed the line.

The printing sales manager from Tatabanya, who was a fourth official at Euro 2008, has never handled an Italy international before but encountered Sweden in a 2-0 friendly win over Austria in 2009.


Milorad Mazic referee
Incident-free: Mazic issued four bookings in his first game of the tournament in Saint-Denis and did not have any big decisions to make (Picture from BBC Sport)

Elsewhere, Milorad Mazic of Serbia has been confirmed as the referee for Friday’s other Group D game between Spain and Turkey in Nice (KO 20:00 BST, live on ITV).

The 43-year-old kept a firm grip on proceedings in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Sweden at the Stade de France on Monday.

And he has now received his second match in three days, with holders Spain hoping to make the last 16 with a win against the Turks, who are still looking for their first points.

Mazic will be assisted at the Stade de Nice by fellow countrymen Milovan Ristić and Dalibor Djurdjević, and additional assistants Danilo Grujić and Nenad Djokić.

Aleksei Kulbakov has been assigned to fourth official duties, while Vitali Malyutin, also of Belarus, will be on standby as the reserve assistant.

Mazic was voted the worst referee at the 2014 World Cup in a poll after his controversial displays in Germany’s 4-0 win over Portugal and Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Iran during the group stages – his only previous matches at major tournaments.

The Yugoslavia-based whistler, who has been on the Fifa list since 2009, has handled three Europa League semi-final ties and several Champions League knockout games – some involving British sides.

He oversaw Spain’s 1-0 win in Ukraine during qualification but has not taken charge of a Turkey international since their 2-1 friendly victory over Denmark in 2014.

Spain began their quest for a record third successive European Championship success with a last-gasp 1-0 win over Czech Republic, while Turkey lost 1-0 to Croatia in their opener at the Parc des Princes in Paris last Sunday.

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.