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.


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.


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.

World Cup Final referee to handle England Euro 2016 opener

Italy’s Nicola Rizzoli will take charge of England’s opening match of Euro 2016 against Russia in Marseille on Saturday while Svein Oddvar Moen of Norway is the referee for Wales against Slovakia.

Nicola Rizzoli referee (ROI v Scotland - 13th June 2015)
Honour: Rizzoli became the third Italian to officiate a World Cup Final and booked four players during Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina after extra time (Picture from Sky Sports)

ITALIAN referee Nicola Rizzoli will be the man in the middle for England’s first Euro 2016 match in Marseille this weekend.

The 44-year-old will take charge of the Three Lions’ Group B clash with Russia at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday, June 11 (KO 20:00 BST).

Rizzoli is remembered for handling the 2014 World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana – his fourth match of the tournament in Brazil.

He also oversaw England’s first match of the previous European Championships in 2012 – a 1-1 draw against France, the last occasion he encountered Roy Hodgson’s side.

Rizzoli – who will be involved at his third major international tournament of his career – shall be assisted for Saturday’s game by compatriots Elenito Di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini.

Daniele Orsato and Antonio Damato, also of Italy, are the additional assistant referees while Greece’s Anastasios Sidiropoulos is the fourth official and Damianos Efthymiadis is the reserve assistant.

Rizzoli will reportedly have been given a full briefing on England from two Uefa referee analysts who have been scouting their recent friendly games.

He was in charge of Russia’s 1-1 draw with Sweden during the qualification campaign.

The Bologna architect started his international career in 2007 before going on to referee the 2010 Europa League final and the 2013 Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

Last season, Rizzoli came under fire after failing to send off PSV’s Hector Moreno for a strong challenge on Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, who suffered a double leg break in the Champions League group match.

In January, he sought legal action against a journalist who criticised his appointment for a top-of-the-table clash between Juventus and Napoli.

Rizzoli handled six Champions League games last season, including the quarter-final second leg between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

A Fifa referee for almost a decade, he has been voted Serie A’s referee of the year by footballers every year since 2011.

Rizzoli brandished 10 red cards, 131 yellow cards and awarded eight penalties in 26 matches last season in all competitions.

The Three Lions will take on Wales on Thursday, June 16, before facing Slovakia four days later.


Svein Oddvar Moen was the man in charge
Growing influence: Moen has been a regular in the Champions League since becoming a Uefa Elite Category referee in 2011 (Picture from Sky Sports)

Norway’s Svein Oddvar Moen will oversee Wales’ Group B opener against Slovakia in Bordeaux on Saturday.

The 37-year-old ambulance driver will be in charge when Chris Coleman’s team play their first game at a major international tournament since 1957 at the Stade de Bordeaux (KO 18:00 BST).

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

Alexey Kulbakov (Belarus) will be the fourth official, while Vitali Maliutsin is the reserve assistant.

Moen – who handled five Champions League games last season – was the fourth official for last season’s Europa League final between Sevilla and Liverpool in Basel.

The Haugesund-based whistler officiated at the 2012 London Olympics and was on the list of 52 prospective referees for the 2014 World Cup but this will be the first major tournament of his 20-year officiating career.

Moen came under fire for his performance in Scotland’s defeat by Germany during the qualification campaign and accidentally hit a player in the head during a coin toss in a Norwegian league game in 2015.

The Welsh face England in the crunch encounter of the group in Lens on Thursday before closing against Russia in Toulouse on June 20.


Carlos Velasco Carballo referee (Hungary v Norway - 15th November 2015)
Experienced: Carballo has been on the Fifa list since 2008 and has been favoured as Spain’s representative for the last three major tournaments (Picture from Sky Sports)

Experienced Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo will take charge of Switzerland against Albania in the other Group A match.

He will be assisted by Roberto Alonso Fernández and Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, with Jesús Gil Manzano and Carlos del Cerro Grande as additional assistants.

Pol van Boekel, of the Netherlands, will be the fourth official and compatriot Erwin Zeinstra the reserve assistant.

This represents the start of Carballo’s final venture as a match official before hanging up the whistle.

He was the man in the middle for the opening match of Euro 2012, in which he issued a red card and awarded a penalty in an eventful 1-1 draw between co-hosts Poland and Greece.

It’s his third successive international tournament but he has 12 years experience of officiating in Spain’s top-flight La Liga.

Carballo handled the 2011 Europa League Final in Dublin and has overseen a number of key Champions League games in the last eight years.

The industrial engineer, from Madrid, refereed four European ties involving English sides during the knockout stages last season – including Liverpool’s Europa League games against Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.

Carballo has a reputation for being card-happy, which was illustrated last season when he dished out 74 yellows and six red cards during a 12-game spell.

But he was criticised for not clamping down on ill-discipline during Brazil’s quarter-final win over Colombia in the 2014 World Cup when Neymar broke his vertebrae.

Gordon Strachan pleased with Scotland’s team spirit in Denmark win

Gordon Strachan was pleased with Scotland’s team spirit and the displays of their two debutants as he earned the tenth 1-0 win of his tenure in a tepid friendly against Denmark.

  •  Eight wins in last nine friendlies for Scotland
  •  Ritchie’s early goal settled hard-fought spectacle
  •  Impressive debuts for Tierney and McGinn
  •  First home match since Poland ended Euro hopes 
  •  One Denmark victory in last seven internationals
Scotland and Denmark players line up before kick-off
Reunited: Scotland and Denmark met for the first time since 2011 when the Tartan Army won a friendly 2-1 at Hampden (Picture from Sky Sports)

GORDON Strachan was pleased with Scotland’s team spirit and the displays of their two debutants as he earned the tenth 1-0 win of his tenure in a tepid friendly against Denmark.

Celtic’s 18-year-old Kieran Tierney impressed at left-back and Hibs midfielder John McGinn, 21, put in a man of the match display as the Tartan Army edged past the Danes at a half-empty Hampden Park.

Matt Ritchie’s third international goal in the early exchanges – after a mix-up between Daniel Agger and Kasper Schmeichel – proved the difference and Strachan was satisfied with many aspects but admitted there remains room for improvement.

“The two young boys making their debuts were terrific, and the third one came on [Oliver Burke] to almost make us a goal so they were the bonuses,” said Strachan, who has been at the helm since January 2013.

“What we learnt is that it’s very hard to take on some of Europe’s best footballers physically and technically if you don’t play regularly.

Gordon Strachan issues instructions from the sidelines
Staying put: Strachan was persuaded to extend his contract as he hopes to guide Scotland to their first major tournament since 1998 (Picture from Sky Sports)

“We learnt we have team spirit and have to retain the ball better but that comes down to not being match fit. We couldn’t play players twice because we’ve got big games coming up so we protected them.

“It was a bit of a gamble but we came out of it. It was a chance to see younger and new players and older players coming back into the squad which was great.”

Strachan opted for 11 changes from Thursday’s 1-0 win over Czech Republic in Prague, including the return of Celtic’s 35-goal top scorer Leigh Griffiths for his first Scotland start since September 2013.

Leigh Griffiths before kick-off
Rare outing: Griffiths received only his third Scotland start on his seventh cap but was isolated throughout and lasted only an hour (Picture from Sky Sports)

His club team-mate Scott Brown was handed his 50th cap and it was the Tartan Army captain’s forward pass which led to a horrific breakdown in communication between Agger and Schmeichel and, subsequently, the night’s decisive moment.

Experienced Danish skipper Agger tried to shield the ball back to Schmeichel – who started despite reports he was injured – but there was not enough pace on the ball to reach the Leicester keeper.

Matt Ritchie tucks away the chance for his third Scotland goal
Cool conversion: Ritchie – who won Scotland’s goal of the year award for 2015 – kept his composure to beat an exposed Schmeichel (Picture from Sky Sports)

Ritchie – linked with Tottenham earlier in the day – stole in and stroked a calm finish into the net to reward Scotland’s enterprising start in the driving Glasgow rain.

The hosts could not get their passing game going on a heavy pitch at the national stadium, or capitalise on several unforced errors from a shaky Danish backline in a disappointing first period.

Tierney thwarted Yussuf Poulsen with a last-ditch tackle and Nicolai Jorgensen’s daisycutter was kept out by Craig Gordon as Denmark – who, like Scotland, failed to qualify for Euro 2016 – responded positively.

But it could have been two just before half-time had Steven Fletcher’s header from Steven Whittaker’s cross snuck past Schmeichel, who got down low to palm behind at the near post.

Denmark coach Age Hareide watches on at Hampden Park
Familiar foe: The former Norway boss guided Malmo to a Champions League play-off win over Celtic earlier this season (Picture from Sky Sports)

Denmark coach Age Hareide – seeking a second win in his second game since replacing long-serving Morten Olsen in December – will reflect on missed opportunities in a second half his side were much the better team.

Scotland struggled to seize the initiative for long periods but were resolute to keep the Danes at arm’s length – a quality which satisfied Strachan.

He added: “We would like to have played better football but the keeper and centre-backs did well for us defending and we had a couple of chances in the second half. But overall I was pleased with a lot of things.”

John McGinn in action on his Scotland debut
Resurgent: McGinn grew in stature and influence throughout as the 21-year-old barely looked out of place on his Scotland debut (Picture from Sky Sports)

The hosts were indebted to Celtic stopper Gordon – making his first start in a year – who denied Christian Eriksen’s stinging 20-yard drive before reacting to parry Martin Braithwaite’s follow-up header.

Scotland, though, might have finished the game off as Ritchie almost doubled his tally from sub Ikechi Anya’s cutback but for a brave Andreas Christiensen block.

Oliver Burke makes his senior Scotland debut off the bench
Take a bow: The Nottingham Forest midfielder, 18, replaced Ritchie for the final nine minutes for his senior international debut (Picture from Sky Sports)

Debutant Oliver Burke, introduced from the bench late on, then burst into the box before his cross-cum-shot squirmed under Schmeichel and Rizi Durmisi’s clearance rebounded inches wide off Chris Martin.

But another sub, Liam Bridcutt, should have seen red after a reckless challenge on Denmark’s Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko which only received a yellow card.

Overall, a third straight win and clean sheet will encourage Strachan, who will hope the momentum can continue to build in tough friendly tests against Italy and France before qualification for the 2018 World Cup begins in earnest in September.


Scotland's starting eleven
Unrecognisable: The Scotland team was completely changed from their previous outing with a mixture of youth and experience (Picture from Sky Sports)

Substitutes:  Mulgrew (on for Tierney 45′), Anya (on for Fletcher 45′), C Martin (on for Griffiths 60′), Bridcutt (on for Maloney 69′), Burke (on for Ritchie 82′).

Not used:  Bain (GK), Caddis, Cooper, Forrest, Murphy.

Booked:  McGinn (68′), Bridcutt (79′), Greer (87′)

Goals:  Ritchie (8′)


Denmark's starting eleven
Unchanged: Denmark named the same side from Thursday’s 2-1 win over Iceland – with Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen their standout player (Picture from Sky Sports)

Substitutes:  Lossl (on for Schmeichel 45′), Braithwaite (on for Poulsen 45′), Sviatchenko (on for Agger 64′), Schone (on for Eriksen 81′).

Not used:  Lindegaard (GK), Wass, Kvist, Thomsen, Vestergaard, Okore, Knudsen, Vibe.

Booked:  None

Svein Oddvar Moen was the man in charge
Last encounter: The Norwegian, 37, oversaw his first Scotland game since the 2-1 defeat by Germany in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier (Picture from Sky Sports)

Referee:  Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway) – 7/10
Attendance:  18,100

Three British referees going to Euro 2016

British trio Mark Clattenburg, Martin Atkinson and Willie Collum have been chosen among 18 referees for the 2016 European Championship finals next summer.

MARK Clattenburg, Martin Atkinson and Willie Collum are among a pool of 18 referees who have been selected by Uefa for the 2016 European Championships. 

England are the only nation to be represented with two officials in Clattenburg and Atkinson, who were expected to be fighting for one place, while Collum has been preferred to fellow Scotsman Craig Thomson.

All three went to Euro 2012 as extra officials but will head to France next summer as three of seven referees making their major tournament debut in the middle.

Meanwhile, seven of the chosen officials also officiated at the 2014 World Cup including Italy’s Nicola Rizzoli, who took charge of Germany’s 1-0 extra-time win over Argentina in the final.

Cuneyt Cakir, Felix Brych, Jonas Eriksson, Bjorn Kuipers, Milorad Mazic and Carlos Velasco Carballo complete the list of officials heading to a second consecutive major finals.

Making their first tournament appearances are Poland’s Szymon Marciniak, Ovidiu Hategan of Romania, Russia’s Sergey Karasev, Pavel Kravolec of the Czech Republic, Norway’s Svein Oddvar Moen and Clement Turpin of the host nation France.

No Briton has refereed a European Championship final since Arthur Ellis and Arthur Holland took charge of the first two in 1960 and 1964.

Martin Atkinson referee (Arsenal v Tottenham - 8th November 2015)
Lenient: Bradford-based Atkinson is yet to dismiss a player in 21 matches across all competitions so far this term (Picture from Sky Sports)

England’s representative at the last six major tournaments – including two Confederations Cups – has been Howard Webb but he retired from active refereeing in August 2014 in order to support the progression of Premier League match officials.

On the decision to select Clattenburg and Atkinson, David Elleray – chairman of the FA referees’ committee and a member of the UEFA referee committee – believes it reflects the calibre of officials in the English game.

He told the FA website: “That UEFA has made an exception to the convention that no country has more than one referee at a Euro finals is indicative of how highly Martin and Mark are regarded throughout Europe, not just by UEFA but also by clubs, players, coaches and spectators.

“Both regularly take control of major UEFA Champions’ league matches and were also involved in critical Euro matches including the play-offs when Mark refereed Norway v Hungary and Martin refereed Denmark v Sweden.

“They have been in excellent form for several years as shown by their appointment to UEFA top matches – Mark refereeing the 2014 UEFA Super Cup final and Martin was in charge of the 2015 UEFA Europa League final.”

Mark Clattenburg referee (Man United v Tottenham - 15th March 2015)
Busy: Gosforth-based Clattenburg has sent off two players in 21 games in all competitions so far this season (Picture from Sky Sports)

Clattenburg has also taken charge of the 2012 League Cup Final and the men’s gold medal match between Brazil and Mexico at the London Olympics in the same year.

Atkinson was fourth official to Howard Webb in the 2010 Champions League Final and was in the middle for the 2011 FA Cup Final and 2014 League Cup Final.

Meanwhile, Lanarkshire-based Collum was thrilled with the news and is delighted he will be representing Scotland at the tournament after Gordon Strachan’s team failed to qualify.

The 36-year-old told the Scottish FA website: “I’m really looking forward to it and can safely say that this is likely to be the highlight of my refereeing career.

“It’s the closest a referee can ever come to getting picked for Scotland.

“You can imagine what it’s like for a player to play in a major championship and it’s the same for the referees. It will be a great honour to represent my country on such a world stage.”

Willie Collum referee (Scottish Cup Final - 30th May 2015)
High-profile: Collum was in charge of last season’s Scottish Cup Final and the Uefa Super Cup back in August (Picture from Sky Sports)

The SFA’s head of referee operations, John Fleming, believes the appointment is just rewards for Collum’s dedication to his role and is a significant achievement for Scottish refereeing.

“I am absolutely delighted for William,” he added. “He is a tremendously hard-working referee and this is great news for the country.

“There are only 18 refs who have been appointed, and for Scotland to have one is fantastic. I’m sure the country will get behind William and his team in the summer.”

Portugal’s Pedro Proenca – who oversaw the 2012 final in which Spain beat Italy 4-0 in Kiev – has since retired from international duty.

Only seven officials remain from the previous European Championships including Spain’s Carlos Velasco Carballo – who officiated the first game of the tournament between co-hosts Poland and Greece – and 2015 Champions League Final referee Cuneyt Cakir.

There were only 12 referees chosen last time around but an extra six have been called upon following the expansion of the tournament from 18 to 24 teams.

All 18 officials have been regularly involved so far in this season’s Uefa Champions League.

Each refereeing team will consist of a referee, two assistant referees and two additional assistant referees.

The majority of assistants and additional assistants will come from the same country as the referee, with the full list of officials to be announced in February.

The refereeing selection comes after the group stage draw was conducted last Saturday. The 51-match tournament itself kicks off in Paris on June 10, 2016.

Full referee list:

Martin Atkinson (England), Felix Brych (Germany), Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey), Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain), Mark Clattenburg (England), William Collum (Scotland), Jonas Eriksson (Sweden), Ovidiu Hategan (Romania), Sergey Karasev (Russia), Viktor Kassai (Hungary), Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic), Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands), Szymon Marciniak (Poland), Milorad Mazic (Serbia), Svein Moen (Norway), Nicola Rizzoli (Italy), Damir Skomina (Slovenia), Clement Turpin (France).

Referees schedule:

  • 26 to 28 January – UEFA assistant referee course in Cyprus 
  • 1 to 5 February –  UEFA’s annual winter course with all Elite Group referees 
  • 18 to 22 April –  Preparatory referee course in France 
  • 6 June –  Referee teams will arrive in France for the final tournament