Euro 2016: Referee Clattenburg handed France v Portugal final

England’s Mark Clattenburg will complete an unprecedented refereeing treble in Paris on Sunday.

Mark Clattenburg referee
Much-fancied: Clattenburg (middle) was widely considered as the favourite to officiate the final for his fine performances throughout the tournbament (Picture from BBC)

ENGLISH referee Mark Clattenburg will take charge of the Euro 2016 Final between France and Portugal, Uefa has confirmed.

The 41-year-old has been appointed as the referee on Sunday when the host nation contest the showpiece against the Euro 2004 runners-up at the Stade de France in Paris (KO 20:00 BST).

Clattenburg – who regularly officiates high-profile Premier League games – completes an unlikely and remarkable treble in the space of two months after handling the FA Cup and Champions League finals respectively.

He received a mixture of praise and criticism for his displays in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Wembley on May 21 and Real Madrid’s penalty shootout win over Atletico Madrid in Milan a week later.

It’s undoubtedly the biggest assignment and honour of his 26-year career to date, as he becomes only the third Englishman to referee the final of a European Championship.

However, the recognition is fully deserved for the Newcastle-based whistler, who has performed to a high standard so far in his three games at the tournament – his first major international finals as a referee.

Clattenburg – who was an additional assistant referee as part of Howard Webb’s team of officials at Euro 2012 – put in one of the best refereeing displays of Euro 2016 in Italy’s 2-0 win over Belgium.

He also dealt with a difficult situation well in the Czech Republic’s 2-2 draw with Croatia, when flares were thrown onto the pitch amid unsavoury scenes in the crowd.

The County Durham-born official has not been on the pitch since June 25 when he oversaw Poland’s victory over Switzerland on penalties in the first match of the knockout stages.

He was also the fourth official for Iceland’s 2-1 win over Austria in the group stages – his only previous trip to the Stade de France.

Mark Clattenburg referee (Southampton v West Ham - 6th Feb 2016)
Experienced: Clattenburg has been refereeing in the Premier League since 2004 and been on the Fifa list since 2006 (Picture from Sky Sports)

During the tournament, Clattenburg has dished out 13 yellow cards and awarded one penalty – which allowed the Czechs to level late on against Croatia – but he is yet to send off a player.

He was one of three British referees chosen among the 18 whistlers for the tournament but Scotland’s Willie Collum went home after overseeing two group games and England’s Martin Atkinson followed after his third match – Wales’ 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in the last 16.

Clattenburg follows in the footsteps of retired English colleague Webb, who took charge of the Champions League Final in 2010 before going on to receive the ultimate honour of refereeing the World Cup Final in South Africa two months later.

He will be ably assisted again in the French capital by linesmen Simon Beck and Jake Collin, and additional assistants Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner.

It also means Taylor has completed an unprecedented quadruple of being the only additional assistant referee to officiate at all four of Uefa’s major finals – Champions League, Europa League, Euros and Super Cup.

The fourth official will be Hungary’s Viktor Kassai – who handled the tournament opener and was also fourth official for May’s Champions League Final – while fellow countryman Gyorgy Ring will be on standby as the reserve assistant.

Clattenburg and Eder
Third in line: Arthur Ellis in 1960 and Arthur Holland four years later are the only other English referees to have handled a European Championship final (Picture from BBC)

Clattenburg is hugely supported and highly rated by Uefa’s head of referees Pierluigi Collina but is thought to be largely out of favour with the English Football Association, who don’t think he is the country’s leading official.

But David Elleray, the FA Referees’ Committee chairman, believes the appointment is deserved and his “astonishing” achievements highlight that England is the number one country in international refereeing terms.

He said: “One of the reasons that English referees are appointed to the world’s major finals is that they work as part of a very strong referee team – no referee can be successful without top quality assistants and, for Uefa competitions, additional assistant referees.

“I am sure everyone in football will wish Mark and his team every success on Sunday – I am sure they will perform in a way which enhances the final.”

The trained electrician – who supports Newcastle United – has a wealth of experience of high-profile encounters having refereed the 2012 League Cup Final, 2012 Olympic men’s football gold medal match, 2013 Community Shield and 2014 Uefa Super Cup.

The only potential obstacles preventing Clattenburg from being appointed was England – who were dumped out by minnows Iceland in the last 16 – and Wales.

He appears to have beaten off competition from Kassai, Milorad Mazic of Serbia, and Slovenia’s Damir Skomina – the only other referees remaining at the tournament who did not receive a semi-final.

Clattenburg is the second referee in succession to have handled the Champions League and Euros finals in the same year, after Portugal’s Pedro Proenca in 2012.

Didier Deschamps’ France stunned world champions Germany 2-0 on Thursday to reach the final while Portugal beat Wales by the same scoreline the day before.

The game in Saint-Denis will be broadcast to a global audience of millions of viewers live on BBC One and ITV.

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 Martin Atkinson receives second group game

English referee Martin Atkinson will take charge of Portugal’s must-win Group F encounter with Hungary, while Szymon Marciniak of Poland has been handed Iceland against Austria at the Stade de France.

Martin Atkinson referee - Germany v Ukraine
Previous experience: Atkinson was an additional assistant as part of Howard Webb’s team of officials at Euro 2012 (Picture from BBC Sport)

ENGLISH referee Martin Atkinson will take charge of his second Euro 2016 game when Portugal face Hungary in their final Group F match in Lyon on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old Premier League whistler will be in the middle as a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portugal seek their first win of the tournament at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais (KO 17:00 BST, live on BBC One).

He will be assisted by Mike Mullarkey and Stephen Child, with Michael Oliver and Craig Pawson acting as additional assistant referees.

Aleksei Kulbakov, of Belarus, is the fourth official, while compatriot Vitali Maliutsin will be on standby as the reserve assistant.

Atkinson delivered an assured performance in his first appearance as a referee at a major international tournament, issuing just one yellow card in Germany’s 2-0 win over Ukraine in Lille on June 12.

The peak of his high-profile European appointments came in 2015 when he received the honour of officiating the Uefa Europa League Final between Sevilla and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

He has also officiated Champions League ties in the last 16, quarter-final and semi-final stages.

Atkinson last encountered Portugal in their 1-0 friendly win over Argentina at Manchester’s Old Trafford in 2014, while he handled Hungary’s 2-0 defeat to Sweden in 2010 in qualifying for Euro 2012.

He is one of two English refereeing representatives in France – along with Mark Clattenburg.

Fernando Santos’s Portugal have drawn against Iceland and Austria in their first two games, while Hungary have beaten Austria 2-0 and drew 1-1 with Iceland to effectively seal their passage into the knockout phase.


ELSEWHERE…

Spain v Czech Republic - Euro 2016
In control: Marciniak booked only one player in Spain’s 1-0 win over the Czechs and did not have any major decisions to make (Picture from Getty Images)

Poland’s Szymon Marciniak has been appointed to the other final Group F encounter between Iceland and Austria in Saint-Denis.

The 35-year-old will be in the middle as the two nations, who both still have a chance of reaching the last 16, face a crucial clash at the Stade de France (KO 17:00 BST, live on BBC Red Button).

Marciniak had a steady match as Spain beat Group C rivals Czech Republic 1-0 in Toulouse on June 13 – his first at a major international tournament and 50th international game in total.

A former midfielder in the Polish top-flight, he became a referee in 2002 and eventually progressed to the Fifa list a decade later.

Marciniak officiated the 2015 Under-21s Championship Final and, last term, Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Roma in the Champions League last 16 and Bayern Munich’s quarter-final first leg against Benfica.

The Plock-born whistler officiated four games during the qualification campaign – but it will be the first time he will oversee either nation.

Marciniak, who used to cycle professionally, only became a Uefa Elite Category official last summer and will hope to make another impression on the final day of the group phase if he wishes to prolong his stay.

Pawel Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz are the assistant referees, with Pawel Raczkowski and Tomasz Musial acting as additional assistants.

England’s Mark Clattenburg is the fourth official and his compatriot Simon Beck will be on standby as the reserve assistant.

Euro 2016: Ovidiu Hategan to referee Italy v Republic of Ireland

The Romanian official will oversee the Republic of Ireland’s must-win clash with Italy while German referee Felix Brych is in the middle for the other final Group E game between Sweden and Belgium.

Ovidiu Alin Hategan referee (Poland v NI - 12th June 2016)
First time: Hategan has been a Fifa-listed referee since 2008 but this is his maiden appearance at a major international tournament (Picture from BBC Sport)

ROMANIAN referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan will take charge of the Republic of Ireland’s decisive Euro 2016 clash with Italy in Lille on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old has been confirmed as the man in the middle as Martin O’Neill’s men must beat the Italians in their final Group E game to reach the last 16 (KO 20:00 BST, live on ITV).

He will be assisted at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy by fellow countrymen Octavian Sovre and Sebastian Gheorghe, with Alexandru Tudor and Sebastian Coltescu acting as additional assistants.

Greece’s Anastasios Sidiropoulos is the fourth official, while compatriot Damianos Efthymiadis will be on standby as the reserve assistant.

It will be Hategan’s second game of the tournament after he gave an assured and no-nonsense display in Northern Ireland’s opening 1-0 defeat by Poland in Nice on June 12 – in which he gave three yellow cards.

The trained doctor, from Arad, is known for his excellent communication with players on the field and can speak fluent English as well as his native Romanian tongue.

Hategan handled Italy’s 1-0 win in Malta during qualification but has never previously encountered the Republic of Ireland.

He also oversaw Scotland’s crucial 1-0 defeat to Georgia in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, as well as Manchester City’s goalless draw with Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League last 16 and Tottenham’s 3-0 Europa League success over Fiorentina last season.

Hategan has been officiating in the Champions League proper since 2011 and is one of 15 referees selected for the Olympic Games men’s football tournament later this summer.

The two countries also met in the third group game at Euro 2012 as Italy ran out 2-0 winners, with Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir sending off Irish midfielder Keith Andrews late on for two bookable offences.

Euro 2012 finalists Italy are already safely through to the knockout stage after wins over Belgium and Sweden, while Ireland have only taken a solitary point so far against the same opponents.


Felix Brych referee (England v Wales - 16th June 2016)
Key game: Brych was largely in control of the so-called ‘Battle of Britain’ between England and Wales at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis (Picture from BBC Sport)

Elsewhere, Germany’s Felix Brych has been assigned to Wednesday night’s other Group E encounter between Sweden and Belgium in Nice (KO 20:00 BST, live on ITV4).

The 40-year-old could have his work cut out in what is expected to be a competitive contest at the Stade de Nice between two sides aiming to seal their passage to the next phase of the tournament.

It will be Brych’s second Euro 2016 match after he ran the rule over England’s dramatic 2-1 win over Wales in Lens on June 16 – on what was his European Championship debut.

The financial lawyer, from Munich, only booked Wales defender Ben Davies and generally kept a lid on proceedings but refused England’s first-half penalty appeal after Davies appeared to handle in the box.

Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp will again be his assistant referees, with Bastian Dankert and Marco Fritz as additional assistants.

Slovenia’s Matej Jug is the fourth official and compatriot Jure Prapotnik is the reserve assistant.

Brych’s biggest appointment to date was the 2014 Europa League Final between Sevilla and Benfica at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.

At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Brych sent off Uruguay defender Maxi Pereira in their 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica and cautioned six other players in two group games.

He oversaw Belgium’s 1-0 defeat to Wales in Cardiff during the qualification campaign and last encountered Sweden in their 2-1 friendly win over Serbia in June 2012.

Belgium bounced back from their 2-0 defeat by Italy with a 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland, who Sweden drew 1-1 against in their opener before a last-gasp 1-0 defeat to the Italians.

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.

Carballo and Eriksson to ref England and Wales final group games

Spain’s Carlos Velasco Carballo will referee England’s Group B encounter with Slovakia while Swedish official Jonas Eriksson will be at the helm for Wales against Russia.

Carlos Velasco Carballo
Career highlights: Carballo handled the 2011 Europa League Final, the first game of Euro 2012 and a 2014 World Cup quarter-final (Picture from BBC Sport)

SPANISH referee Carlos Velasco Carballo has been appointed to oversee England’s final Group B match against Slovakia in Saint-Etienne.

The 45-year-old will take charge of a key game for the Three Lions against a Slovakia side also bidding to reach the last 16 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (KO 20:00 BST, live on ITV).

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

Italy’s Antonio Damato will be the fourth official, while compatriot Elenito Di Liberatore is on standby as the reserve assistant.

Carballo last encountered England at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when he issued two yellow cards during the damaging 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in their second group match.

It will be the first time he oversees an international game involving Slovakia.

The industrial engineer dished out six bookings and sent off Albania captain Lorik Cana in the first half of their 1-0 defeat by Switzerland in his first Euro 2016 match on June 11.

Madrid-based Carballo will retire from active duty on both the domestic and international stage after the tournament after 12 years in La Liga and eight years as a Fifa referee.

England drew 1-1 with Russia in their opener in Marseille before the last-gasp 2-1 win over Wales in Lens on Thursday.

Jonas Eriksson referee (Liverpool v Sevilla EL Final - 18th May 2016)
Taking control: Eriksson was the referee for Sevilla’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in the 2016 Europa League Final in Basel (Picture from BT Sport)

Elsewhere, Sweden’s Jonas Eriksson will be in the middle for the other Group B game on Monday when Wales face Russia in Toulouse.

The 42-year-old has been tasked with keeping the peace as Chris Coleman’s side seek a positive result against the Russians to book their place in the knockout stages (KO 20:00 BST, live on ITV4).

The salesman will be ably assisted at the Stadium Municipal by fellow countrymen Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Warnmark, and additional assistants Stefan Johannesson and Markus Strombergsson.

Italy’s Daniele Orsato will act as the fourth official, with compatriot Mauro Tonolini on standby as the reserve assistant.

Eriksson – a multi-millionaire from Sigtuna – was largely steady and solid in his first game of the tournament in Croatia’s 1-0 win over Turkey in Group D on June 12, in which he issued four yellow cards.

The Lulea-born whistler refereed the 2013 Uefa Super Cup and last season’s Europa League Final.

He also handled three games at the 2014 World Cup and was the fourth official for the 2015 Champions League Final.

His last Wales match was their 1-0 defeat by Bulgaria in October 2010 during qualification for Euro 2012.

During the tournament four years ago, Eriksson endured a difficult game in Greece’s decisive 1-0 win over Russia in the group stages – booking six players, including one for diving, and ignoring several penalty appeals.

Wales, who beat Slovakia 2-1 in their opener, need to respond from the heartbreak of losing to Daniel Sturridge’s late goal against England last Thursday if they are to prolong their first tournament appearance since the 1958 World Cup.

Euro 2016: Damir Skomina to oversee Switzerland v France

Slovenia’s Damir Skomina will be in the middle for Switzerland against France in Lille and Pavel Kralovec of Czech Republic is in charge of Sunday’s other Group A game Romania v Albania.

Damir Skomina referee
Return to the big stage: Skomina handled three games at Euro 2012 but wasn’t selected for the 2014 World Cup (Picture from BBC Sport)

SLOVENIA referee Damir Skomina will take charge of France’s final Euro 2016 group game against Switzerland on Sunday.

The 39-year-old, from Koper, will handle the host nation’s Group A contest with their fierce rivals in Lille (KO 20:00 BST, live on BBC One).

He will be ably assisted at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy by Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan, and additional assistants Slavko Vincic and Matej Jug.

Germany’s Marco Fritz is the fourth official and fellow countryman Mark Borsch is the reserve official on standby.

Skomina only issued one yellow card and put in a confident performance in Slovakia’s 2-1 win over Russia in Group B on Wednesday – his first game of the tournament.

He was in the middle for Denmark’s 1-0 win over Holland, England’s 3-2 success against Sweden and Germany’s 4-2 quarter-final victory over Greece at the European Championship four years ago.

Didier Deschamps’ France have already secured a last 16 berth after late victories over Romania and Albania, while Switzerland have taken four points from their first two games against the same opponents.

Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic) for Belgium v Wales 16th Nov 2014
Different role: Kralovec was the fourth official for three games at Euro 2012 (Picture from Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, Czech referee Pavel Kralovec will be in charge of the other Group A encounter between Romania and Albania in Lyon.

The 38-year-old has been appointed to his second game of the tournament when the two sides meet at the Olympique Lyonnais (KO 20:00 BST, live on BBC Four).

Kralovec had an eventful match at the same stadium on Thursday during Northern Ireland’s historic 2-0 triumph over Ukraine – his first match at a major international tournament.

He gave out four yellow cards but had to halt proceedings and lead the players off the pitch for two minutes in the second half because of a hail storm.

The engineer, born in Czechoslovakia, has been on the Fifa list for more than a decade.

Kralovec will be assisted by Roman Slyško and Tomáš Mokrusch, and additional assistants Petr Ardeleánu and Michal Paták.

Greece’s Anastasios Sidiropoulos will be the fourth official, with compatriot Damianos Efthymiadis is the reserve assistant.

Romania lost 2-1 to the host nation in the tournament opener before drawing 1-1 with Switzerland, while Albania lost 1-0 to the Swiss with 10 men and conceded two goals late on in their 2-0 defeat by France.