Euro 16 – Group B – Slovakia v England


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AH at 2016-06-20 21:56:32

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AH at 2016-06-20 21:54:25

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AH at 2016-06-20 21:53:27

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AH at 2016-06-20 21:52:45

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In summary, that was a competent and effective overall performance by the match referee, if never showing the sparkle and flair of some of his colleagues, e.g. Felix Brych at the England v Wales fixture earlier in the competition.


  • Carlos Carbello was impressive with his movement and positioning, he read the game well and his running had meaning and purpose.


  • The referees’ level of focus and concentration were high, with the exception of one poor decision.


  • Will the clear missed caution for Kucka in the 42nd minute cost the referee his place in the knock-out stages on the competition? That’s for UEFA to decide.



AH at 2016-06-20 21:46:47

5 added minutes to be played …….


AH at 2016-06-20 21:41:03

5 minutes to go, the referee needs to be aware of Slovakia wasting time ….


AH at 2016-06-20 21:35:54

Good positioning and focus, a friendly knowing smile to the England cntre-half “I’ve got this Mr Cahill – don’t worry”


AH at 2016-06-20 21:31:19

Good focus from the Assistant Referee – he has only had 2 offside calls to make and both have been 100% correct.


AH at 2016-06-20 21:28:35

The referee can contribute sometimes unwittingly to the tempo rising.  The referee decided the throw-in was taken from the wrong place and then ordered a retake from exactly the same place.  This frustrates both teams as England were keen to restart and if the throw-in was not taken from the correct place then a foul-throw should have been awarded with a restart to the opposing team.


AH at 2016-06-20 21:27:52

20 minutes to go and this on no longer a physical challenge for the referee (apart  from the occasional fast break by Slovakia), it’s a  mental challenge to retain concentration as the game enters the final quarter.


AH at 2016-06-20 21:20:53

25 minutes left and from the match official’s point of view, the game seems to have settled into patterns of England attack and Slovakia defense.  These patterns can make the game easier to read, but with the hidden danger of complacency and lack of focus. it’s important for the refereeing team to keep that focus,


AH at 2016-06-20 21:14:56

So, Rooney for Wilshere is a potential ‘trigger point’, i.e. substitions can change games, as can goals and red cards, and the referee and his team need to remain focused for a potential change in the temperarture of the match


AH at 2016-06-20 21:09:19

Yellow CardBertrand receives a caution, correctly so, but will someone please tell me the difference between his challenge and the one committed by Kucka in the 42nd minute ?


AH at 2016-06-20 21:05:32

Thank you to Mike Pav for his retweet on my comment on the Bertrand challenge, do you agree with me Mike ?

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AH at 2016-06-20 20:59:12

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Thanks to Simon Jackson @Jackson_S_D for your tweet – What’s your opinion on the game so far, let us know, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

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AH at 2016-06-20 20:54:52

What I can’t understand is Slovakia is appearing to settle for 3rd place, that might not be enough to qualify and will give them a tough last 16 tie

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AH at 2016-06-20 20:52:09

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His focus has been 100% – with the exception of the missed caution, and I am somewhat at a loss to understand why he did not caution as so close the half-time is the ideal time for a caution to assert match control, in addition to the fact that Vardy was developing a potential goal scoring opportunity.

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AH at 2016-06-20 20:48:33

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With the one exception of a missed caution for Kucka in the 42nd minute, the refereeing team has done well, with Carlos Carballo leading by example in terms of calmness and accurate decision making.


AH at 2016-06-20 20:43:50

That’s the first time in the game I am going to disagree with the referee, the challenge on Vardy by Kucka was cynical and that would have been a well timed 2nd caution to assert his authority


AH at 2016-06-20 20:38:58

An impressive feature of the officiating team so far is their calm, strong and focuses approach to the game.  Carballo’s attempt to play advantage and bring play back there is a fine example of his confidence.


AH at 2016-06-20 20:38:23

Commendable delay following the offence on Vardy, the referee is not afraid to see how play develops.


AH at 2016-06-20 20:36:17

First offside call for the Assistant’s – that looked correct


AH at 2016-06-20 20:33:35

Daniel Wyatt @wyattmessi11 youaretheref. wiith Carbello refereeing I was surprised he didn’t produce yellow !!  Thanks Daniel, this shows the change in focus to common sense refereeing as advocated by Collina


AH at 2016-06-20 20:30:47

Time for the refereeing team to remain focused as England apply the pressure – this is a key phase of the game for the referee to maintain the very good standard witnessed so far.


AH at 2016-06-20 20:25:26

Yellow CardExcellent refereeing, Pecovsky’s challenge was cynical and that was an excellent time in the game for the referee to assert his authority with a decisive yellow card.



AH at 2016-06-20 20:22:23

Half-way through the first half, what do you think of the refereeing so far. Let us know, contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


AH at 2016-06-20 20:20:45

Do you think there was any intent in Bertrand’s challenge.  Although the England player undoubtedly made contact with the Slovakia player’s face, the challenge was not reckless or one that endangered the safety of the player, it was a genuine attempt to win the ball


AH at 2016-06-20 20:18:43

Referee in an excellent position to judge the foul from Smalling –  gave himself a good viewing angle by moving wide – highlighting our earlier point re positioning


AH at 2016-06-20 20:17:22

As news of the Wales goal filters through, will that change the game plan for England, the match officials need to be aware


AH at 2016-06-20 20:13:36

The referee appears very calm and composed so far – not showing any sign of big match nerves and being focused on the job in hand.


AH at 2016-06-20 20:11:28

Was Sturridge’s pushed in that challenge, the referee displaying a high tolerance level in the early stages of the game in an attempt to let the game flow.


AH at 2016-06-20 20:08:26

i will be keeping a close eye on the referees positioning as play moves from defence to attack, just to see of he adopts the same positive patrol path as his colleagues


AH at 2016-06-20 20:05:19

The match has started at a high tempo and the referee is reacting positively with his movement and body language which is fluid and strong.  A couple of early free-kicks have enabled him to make his presence known.


AH at 2016-06-20 20:03:12

Slovakia just playing 1 upfront to soak up pressure, the match officials need to be aware and adopt accordingly to the patterns of play.


AH at 2016-06-20 20:00:32

Here we go, good luck to the refereeing team ….

AH at 2016-06-20 19:59:17

I wonder if the match officials feel the pressure, knowing that their colleagues have done well so far and that a below par performance will probably see them sent home after this round of matches.

AH at 2016-06-20 19:57:41

Interesting to see if both teams go for the win, would Slovakia be happy with a point in the hope of qualifying 2nd or 3rd ? All these factors make for a fascinating 90 minutes.

AH at 2016-06-20 19:52:47

This evening’s referee is Carlos Velasco Carballo from Spain.  He was given the honour of refereeing the opening game of UEFA EURO 2012 between Poland and Greece, and also took charge of  the 2011 UEFA Europa League final and Brazil’s quarter-final with Colombia at the 2014 World Cup.  The Assistant Referees are also Spanish, namely Roberto Alonso Fernández and Juan Carlos Yuste.


AH at 2016-06-20 19:47:44

So, what’s your opinion of the tournament do far in terms of the refereeing? Personally I have been very impressed, with the referee’s adopting a great degree of common sense with outstanding positional play. I will be focusing on both of these factors as we get under way in around 10 minutes time.

AH at 2016-06-20 19:46:32

Of particular interest is Keith Hackett’s article regarding the high standards, Keith comments that it is the influence of Pierluigi Collina – please visit

AH at 2016-06-20 19:43:57

Whilst waiting for the game to start, why not visit our website at  Justified praise is offered to the match officials for their performances so far.


AH at 2016-06-20 19:40:18

Welcome to Saint-Etienne for this Group B fixture as England clash with Slovakia which will decide who finishes where.  England have made 6 changes to their starting line-up, a calculated risk in terms of their quest to top the group and keep players fresh.  It will be an interesting game, all to play for, for both teams.