EURO 2016 – Group E – Belgium v Italy



GB at 2016-06-13 22:07:00

Here are the main talking points from this game:

  • The referee has given a master class in tempo management and how to control a potentially very difficult game
  • He seemed to be working to a script from above at times in the first half, but came thorough it with flying colours
  • The first challenge in the 6th minute when boots were raised, set the seal on the rest of the game and when a higher profile was required in the final quarter, Clatts was there to deliver
  • Fitness and movement was superb throughout
  • The gauntlet has been thrown down by the best referee we have in England. Clatts has just sent out a message to the rest, if you want to grab the final off me, then try and do better than that!

I always believe that the best coaches and observers step back at the end of the game and look at the bigger picture and do not get hung up on isolated incidents which do not affect the outcome of the game. The worst thing an observer can say to a referee is “in another game ….” That is not helpful, so thinking about the way Mark dealt with that challenge in the 6th minute, and a few other “meaty” challenges and coming-togethers in the first half, on reflection his tactics turned out to be perfect for this game.

He seemed to have such a firm understanding about what was going on out there he gained the players confidence and respect and they repaid him by generally responding to him with a smile and agreement. Then as soon as the line in the sand was crossed with the first mandatory cautionable offence, consistency reigned until the end with 5 cautions in all, and no surprises with any of them.

Fitness and positioning in a class of his own.

And let’s not forget the sound support from the rest of the English crew. All-in-all a very good day at the Office all round!

More Ref Cam to come

GB at 2016-06-13 21:52:14

My final summary will follow very shortly.

I trust you have enjoyed our Ref Cam coverage today, and please keep your views coming on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

Next up for Ref Cam in the Euros is the must see:

  • England v Wales 16th Jun, 2:00PM

Then we head back to the MLS on Sunday for

  • Sporting Kansas City v FC Dallas 19th Jun, 10:00PM

Then it is back to the Euros with:

  • Slovakia v England 20th Jun, 8:00PM
  • Northern Ireland v Germany 21st Jun, 5:00PM
  • Italy v Republic of Ireland 22nd Jun, 8:00PM

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GB at 2016-06-13 21:51:32

Don’t forget to join us on Ref Cam on Thursday when England take on Wales at 2.00 pm, we’re following all of the England games plus other selected home Nations matches, we’ll also be featuring matches where Mark Clattenburg or Martin Atkinson and their teams will be officiating.


GB at 2016-06-13 21:51:03

Full Time

Belgium 0 v 2 Italy


GB at 2016-06-13 21:50:18

GOAL! Graziano Pelle (Ity 9)

Belgium 0 v 2 Italy


GB at 2016-06-13 21:49:24

Yellow Card for Jan Vertonghen (Bel 5)

Don’t mess with THIS REFEREE tonight!


GB at 2016-06-13 21:47:34

3 added minutes


GB at 2016-06-13 21:46:06

I think the management team for the referees should show the rest of them extracts from this game of how to manage grappling and not let it get out of control.


GB at 2016-06-13 21:44:52

Super positive corner flag then from Jake Collin


GB at 2016-06-13 21:44:05

Brilliant camera shot then of the referee right up with play as the Italian takes a shot on goal


GB at 2016-06-13 21:41:42

Yellow Card Thiago Motta (Ity 10) another reckless challenge


GB at 2016-06-13 21:40:43

It all come down to communication, and the players having the players confidence. Now it will come down to concentration right to the end so as not to spoil all the hard work which has gone before


GB at 2016-06-13 21:39:04

What a surprise – the grappling has stopped at corners by Belgium. This is a great example of how to manage a game


GB at 2016-06-13 21:35:48

Make that 3 cautions!

Yellow Card Leonardo Bonucci (Ity 19)

Now as the yellows mount up, who can argue that the softly softly approach was not wise in the first half?


GB at 2016-06-13 21:34:38

Those two cautions came just at the right time for the referee to cement his authority on a game which he looks more and more confident in as it goes on


GB at 2016-06-13 21:33:01

Yellow Card for Eder (Ity 17)

Consistency from the referee of course!


GB at 2016-06-13 21:31:14

Mark was right on the spot again there to see the slight deflection so the corner is given


GB at 2016-06-13 21:29:09

Mark Halsey will always tell you that a smile can work wonders and be more effective than anything else at times


GB at 2016-06-13 21:28:07

Nice to see the referee having a smile with the Italian player even at this level. He was clearly saying he is holding me all the time and Mark was saying “I know. That’s why I am giving the free kicks”!


GB at 2016-06-13 21:25:45

As things start to happen all over the place the officials must keep their concentration right to the end and expect the unexpected


GB at 2016-06-13 21:24:33

NO SURPRISES there as the line in the sand has been crossed

Yellow Card for Giorgio Chiellini (Ity 3) for unsporting behaviour.

A caution for unsporting behaviour must be issued when a player holds an opponent to prevent him gaining possession of the ball or taking up an advantageous position




GB at 2016-06-13 21:22:29

The referee has found himself very close to the ball just outside of the Italian penalty area in this half


GB at 2016-06-13 21:20:35

The longer the game goes on the referee’s tactics seem to be working really well for him

GB at 2016-06-13 21:19:23

Any thoughts on the big decisions so far? Do you think the officials got them right? Let us know on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


GB at 2016-06-13 21:18:24

Has anyone else noticed that the Belgium Manager is standing up with a white shirt on directly opposite Jake Collin? I hope this does not distract the Assistant. I have had to ask managers to change colours when I was on the line in the past.


GB at 2016-06-13 21:16:12

As I predicted, Clatts will not be allowing a tug-of-war at every corner in this half as Marouane Fellaini (Bel 8) is penalised

GB at 2016-06-13 21:13:56

Don’t get me started on this one!

But keep the Tweets coming!

@youaretheref @no1lino Q. Why do the extra RAs stand on the same side of the goal as the RAs? Surely they’d be better on the opp side?


GB at 2016-06-13 21:12:00

So far the players seem comfortable with how the referee is controlling this game and are showing their respect and confidence in the way they have been “managed”. Lets hope it continues like that


GB at 2016-06-13 21:08:19

First off-side of the game goes to Jake Collin. Gets the decision right then puts his flag down too early so the players pinch a few yards near to the half way line – not best practice!


GB at 2016-06-13 21:07:04

Clatts was seen using his arm signals and body language to communicate to the players then that no offence had been committed with a couple of strong challenges


GB at 2016-06-13 21:05:53

See again how precise the referee is with the throw-in placement


GB at 2016-06-13 21:03:02

second half underway

GB at 2016-06-13 21:02:30

Don’t forget to join us on Ref Cam on Thursday when England take on Wales at 2.00 pm, we’re following all of the England games plus other selected home Nations matches, we’ll also be featuring matches where Mark Clattenburg or Martin Atkinson and their teams will be officiating.


GB at 2016-06-13 21:01:56


Well the calmest man on the field of play looks like the referee!

Make no mistake, this might seem like it is not bubbling yet, but I would disagree and say that it is warming up very quickly.

The biggest issue I have, is that the referee seems to be “carrying out orders”. Looking back to the high foot challenge in the 6th minute, no one would have been at all surprised if a yellow card had been shown for that challenge, particularly in Europe. But the referee’s decision to manage the event so early in the game was consistent with what we have seen throughout the week. All well and good, but the referees will need to do what he things is best sooner or later.

i am comfortable with the referee’s level of control so far, but it did seem to be on the edge sometimes as it was clear he was being consistent with his management of misconduct. i expect things to change in the second half.

There was an interesting incident when Laurent Ciman (Bel 23) accidentally tripped Emanuele Giaccherini (Ity 23) – the debate can go on about whether it was inside or out of the box, but I still maintain that the best call was not to penalise it as an offence. After all, the Laws of the Game actually encourage referees to show common sense since their re-write, and that would have been impossible to sell.

Both assistants have had steady first half.

Expect the referee to raise his profile in second half including getting a grip with the grappeling.


GB at 2016-06-13 20:47:39

Half Time

Belgium 0 v 1 Italy


GB at 2016-06-13 20:46:59

1 added mimute


GB at 2016-06-13 20:46:31

I have not mentioned it yet, but I must say that the amount of push and holding in the penalty areas tonight has been disappointing. The referees decision to act on Daniele De Rossi (Ity 16) for the last one was well timed


GB at 2016-06-13 20:44:52

Here we go. Did you spot how the referee kept his eyes on the two protagonistsRomelu Lukaku (Bel 9) and Daniele De Rossi (Ity 16) then as he signalled for a throw-in. He saw exactly what they did and once again choose to mange the incident. Only the referee knows how it feels out there in the middle, but I expect his colleagues to tell him at half time that he has little room to manoeuvre in the second half


GB at 2016-06-13 20:40:03

The tempo is going up along with the temperature now and half time will be welcomed by the officials so they can get their heads together and work out their game plan for the second half. As I said earlier, there will soon come a point in this game when the gloves need to come off if the referee is to maintain control


GB at 2016-06-13 20:38:04

Looking at the replay of that Italy chance, have you also noticed how much more the Assistant assistant referees are on their toes in the tournament so far?

GB at 2016-06-13 20:36:15

Thanks for the Tweet Simon

I agree with that:

@youaretheref the 23s pen “incident” was massively helped by players showing no overreaction and not surrounding the ref. Good to see.


GB at 2016-06-13 20:33:35

GOAL! Emanuele Giaccherini (Ity 23)

Belgium 0 v 1 Italy


GB at 2016-06-13 20:32:24

30 minutes gone and at last the game is coming to life. So far the referee is treating this game like a Premier League game but sooner or later he will have to start getting tough


GB at 2016-06-13 20:30:42

Great example there by the referee of how to keep an angle on the play as he swept wide around the attacking Italy players before that last shot at goal


GB at 2016-06-13 20:28:10

Now the temperature is starting to rise, expect to see the referee coming into the game more often


GB at 2016-06-13 20:27:08

That incident in the Belgium penalty area could come back to haunt the referee tonight. When the two 23s clashed there was clear contact and as we all know it does not have to be deliberate to be a foul. That said, that would have been impossible to sell a penalty with it being such an accident.


GB at 2016-06-13 20:23:43

In a game like this it is so important for the referee to display the type of calm and composed body language we are seeing from the refree


GB at 2016-06-13 20:22:14

Another thing I have seen a lot of in the tournament so far is all the referees being very fussy about the position for throw-ins – and so they should!


GB at 2016-06-13 20:20:18

I get the impression that the teams are just warming up nicely and that the referee is working a lot harder than it looks so far


GB at 2016-06-13 20:18:04

Excellent sprint from one end to the other by the referee for that quick Belgium break


GB at 2016-06-13 20:16:43

Jake Collins seems to be in Euro mood? He would have sprinted down the line after that ball in the Premier League!


GB at 2016-06-13 20:13:57

Going back to the first incident with the high feet, it appears obvious that the referees are under instructions not to over-react. That’s all very well, but that could cause issues later in the game


GB at 2016-06-13 20:12:19

That may have looked risky to play on with a player down in that last Italy attack, but Clatts was clearly talking to the player on the ground


GB at 2016-06-13 20:10:58

The two things which have stood out to me in the tournament so far has been the generally good level of respect shown by the players so far towards each other and the match officials (I know it won’t last), and the way the referees seem to be trying to manage what they can in the early stages of the games rather than reaching for their cards too quickly unless they have no option.

GB at 2016-06-13 20:10:22

Mark Clattenburg’s decision to keep his tinder dry and not go for an early yellow card was consistent with what I have seen in earlier games


GB at 2016-06-13 20:09:01

Routine “high foot” challenge in Europe which would not have been noticed in the Premier League


GB at 2016-06-13 20:07:51

Clatts has already shown his superb fitness in the opening few minutes of this game which keeps him within a credible distance of the play with perfect viewing angles


GB at 2016-06-13 20:06:06

With so many of these players playing in the Premier League, the referee must feel quite at home in this game. That should help with his man management


GB at 2016-06-13 20:04:04

And a first clear sign that he is communicating with the players following that little push by the Belgium player in the penalty area before the first goal-kick


GB at 2016-06-13 20:02:53

First foul for Mark to pick off easily- managing the players expectations will be very important tonight


GB at 2016-06-13 20:01:35

Game on

GB at 2016-06-13 20:01:06

I have not seen anyone kick off backwards yet – have I missed one?

GB at 2016-06-13 20:00:30

Belgium won the toss so it will be Italy to kick off.

Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!

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GB at 2016-06-13 19:56:52

Not long to go now as the players and officials sing the Nation Anthems


GB at 2016-06-13 19:53:03

Today’s officials are:

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) (MC)

Assistant referee1: Simon Beck (ENG) (SB)

Assistant referee2:  Jake Collin (ENG) (JC)

Additional assistant referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG) (AT)

Additional assistant referee 2: Andre Marriner (ENG) (AM)

4th Official: Carlos Del Cerro (ESP) (CC)

Reserve official: Juan Yuste (ESP)

UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)

UEFA Referee observer: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)


There are unlikely to be any “easy” games to referee in this tournament, but this one would certainly be up there with the appointments all the top officials would have liked to get between two teams which mince aspirations of doing well, with so many quality players available.

Clattenburg is no stranger to the big stage, and when we talk about only being as good as your last game, he has a lot to follow as his first game in this event comes on the back of the master class he displayed in the Champions League Final last month.

Mark Clattenburg

FIFA badge: 2006


UEFA matches: 67

Tournaments: 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2012 Olympic Games, 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup


2016 UEFA Champions League

2014 UEFA Super Cup

2012 Olympic Games

Here are the squads for the Tournament:

GB at 2016-06-13 19:50:21


Italy Ball


1       Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

2       Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan)

3       Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

4       Matteo Darmian (Manchester United)

5       Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United)

6       Antonio Candreva (Lazio)

7       Simone Zaza (Juventus)

8       Alessandro Florenzi (Roma)

9       Graziano Pelle (Southampton)

10     Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain)

11     Ciro Immobile (Borussia Dortmund)

12     Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain)

13     Federico Marchetti (Lazio)

14     Stefano Sturaro (Juventus)

15     Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)

16     Daniele De Rossi (Roma)

17     Eder (Inter)

18     Marco Parolo (Lazio)

19     Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)

20     Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)

21     Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina)

22     Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma)

23     Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna)




Belgium Ball


1       Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)

2       Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)

3       Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona)

4       Radja Nainggolan (Roma)

5       Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

6       Axel Witsel (Zenit Saint-Petersburg)

7       Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

8       Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)

9       Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

10     Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

11     Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid)

12     Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

13     Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen)

14     Dries Mertens (Napoli)

15     Jason Denayer (Galatasaray)

16     Thomas Meunier (Club Brugges)

17     Divock Origi (Liverpool)

18     Christian Kabasele (Genk)

19     Moussa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur)

20     Christian Benteke (Liverpool)

21     Jordan Lukaku (Oostende)

22     Michy Batshuayi (Marseille)

23     Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact)


GB at 2016-06-13 19:48:00

If history is anything to go by for games between these two teams in this tournament, this could be a close one!

Team Pld W D L GF GA
Belgium 4 1 2 1 2 3
Italy 4 1 2 1 3 2



GB at 2016-06-13 19:43:42

Stade de Lyon, Lyon

EURO 2016 capacity: 58585

Opened: January 2015

First stage – Group E

Welcome to this evening’s Ref Cam coverage today of the European Championship game between Belgium v Italy.

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