Scotland v England


RH at 2017-06-10 19:22:47

The Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Excellent match control from the Referee keeps the spotlight on the players and the occasion!
  • Cautions underline match control especially the early caution on Brown
  • This game will not be remembered for any Refereeing decisions but for such an amazing finish!

What a great finish to an entertaining game and that in itself says much for the performance of Referee Paolo Tagliavento who diverted the spotlight from himself with superb match control based on a sound recognition of careless and reckless challenges and cautions that were issued just when he needed to reel in his control in this most competitive of games. There were key match incidents to be dealt with also and again the Italian Referee got it right, Walkers penalty area contact on Leigh Griffiths would have been extremely harsh to have resulted in a penalty, Browns risky challenge on Ali was borderline and again I would agree with the Referees verdict, the challenge was the difference between his reckless first half challenge and a challenge worthy of a second caution/send off. The two free kicks that were converted by Griffiths were again correct in my view, Cahill’s challenge was clumsy and although Livermore slipped before bringing down Martin we don’t get diverted talking about intent, the Scot was grounded by the England players contact and that was enough. The holding offence on Kane that led to the phase of play from where England equalised was more marginal but Scotland had plenty of opportunity to clear the ball before Kane scored. Both Assistants weren’t the best from a poise and signalling aspect but again the quality of their decision making was sound. But the plaudits go to Referee Paolo Tagliavento for an excellent performance that was delivered on a game where TV pundit Gary Neville said that he couldn’t remember the last time he witnessed such an atmosphere as that, what a match!

RH at 2017-06-10 18:55:54

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2017-06-10 18:55:20

Griffiths challenges Hart and concedes a free kick if a little harsh

RH at 2017-06-10 18:54:12

GOAL!Kane levels for England its 2-2 what a finish!


RH at 2017-06-10 18:52:36

Again England can have no complaints with the free kick award, although the England player slipped he did bring down Martin


RH at 2017-06-10 18:50:52

GOAL!Amazing Griffiths makes it a double to send Hamden into ecstasy! 2-1 Scotland


RH at 2017-06-10 18:49:14

Well England can have no complaints with the Cahill challenge that led to that Free kick!


RH at 2017-06-10 18:47:51

GOAL!Griffiths punishes England with a superb free kick!



RH at 2017-06-10 18:46:57

A clumsy challenge by Cahill on Fraser, I don’t think that the Chelsea defender saw his opponent but clearly a careless challenge

RH at 2017-06-10 18:43:33

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RH at 2017-06-10 18:42:38

Ali commits a careless midfield challenge on Berra which results rightly in a Scottish free kick


RH at 2017-06-10 18:41:04

The Referees credibility with the payers in this game has definitely helped him with the Walker/Griffiths penalty call and that rash Brown challenge on Ali, a struggling Referee would not have received such an easy ride from the players in such a game as this!


RH at 2017-06-10 18:36:47

Brown with a robust challenge Ali, borderline in my view and he couldn’t have complained if the Referee had shown a second yellow and red card. But he’s survived and stayed on which isn’t a major injustice but another such challenge would surely see the Scotland captain depart prematurely!


RH at 2017-06-10 18:33:03

Will that goal ramp up the match tempo? could this be the most testing phase of the game for the Referee?


RH at 2017-06-10 18:31:53

GOAL!England break the deadlock through Oxlade Chamberlain!


RH at 2017-06-10 18:29:48

Smalling all over his opponent ad understandably concedes a free kick

RH at 2017-06-10 18:27:46

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RH at 2017-06-10 18:24:43

Dier penalised for a careless challenge on Griffiths, nothing more than a free kick needed there

RH at 2017-06-10 18:23:00

All three cautions have cemented the Referees control of this game, Paolo Tagliavento is clearly Refereeing on the front foot here!


RH at 2017-06-10 18:21:21

Yellow CardAnother great advantage from the Referee as Dier was late on McArthur, Refereeing!


RH at 2017-06-10 18:18:29

Walker makes contact with Griffiths and the Scot goes to ground, would have been harsh in my view to have awarded a penalty there


RH at 2017-06-10 18:14:04

First time I’ve been at odds with the Referee today as Rashford clearly caught Tierney late there!

RH at 2017-06-10 18:08:14

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RH at 2017-06-10 18:05:40

The second half has begun!

RH at 2017-06-10 17:57:43

A really good first half from Referee Paolo Tagliavento, he has penalised and dealt with all Reckless and Careless contact, he allowed acceptable genuine  contact between competing players and not only has judged his involvement level well but has kept the spotlight off himself and directed the focus of everyone watching onto the game and the players. If the term ‘managing the occasion’ has ever needed illustrating then this Referees first half performance has demonstrated that. The Technical input from the Assistants would draw comments I’m sure from Assessors at home but like the Referee the quality of their decision making has also been good. Everyting to play for in the second half and Paolo Tagliavento and his team are taking no baggage into the second half!




RH at 2017-06-10 17:49:06

Half Time



RH at 2017-06-10 17:48:30

Yellow CardLivermore in late on Snodgrass and the Referee ends the half as he started with a justifiable caution!

RH at 2017-06-10 17:43:37

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RH at 2017-06-10 17:42:28

Assistant  Alessandro Costanzo on the far side has injected more energy into his latest throw in signals!


RH at 2017-06-10 17:39:52

Anya fouls Lallana in midfield and the Referee plays a great advantage as England press on!


RH at 2017-06-10 17:36:43

In too many Premier League this past season we’ve seen Referees managing reckless challenges when an early caution was needed, Paolo Tagliavento’s early caution of Scott Brown was not only correct but as also had a positive effect on his first half match control


RH at 2017-06-10 17:34:31

Mulgrew on the receiving end of high boot from Smalling which was penalised


RH at 2017-06-10 17:31:47

On a warm June day the speed and pace of the game is not challenging the Referee too much at he moment, which I’m sure he’s not disappointed about!


RH at 2017-06-10 17:26:41

So far in the first half of the first half the Referee has done well, he’s identified the challenges that needed penalising and will have gained the confidence of the players in doing so!


RH at 2017-06-10 17:23:37

Dier trips Brown near the half way line and is rightly penalised

RH at 2017-06-10 17:22:35

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RH at 2017-06-10 17:19:20

No player has ever been sent off in a game between England and Scotland, will Scott Brown’s early yellow card test that statement?


RH at 2017-06-10 17:17:35

Interesting how the Referee adopts a position at nearside corners where he has his back to the kicker and constantly observes the competing players and only views to ball as it comes into the penalty area


RH at 2017-06-10 17:16:47

Ali gives away a free kick that lets Scotland off the hook


RH at 2017-06-10 17:11:46

Looks like the poise and flagging technique of the Assistant Referees is how shall we say it, relaxed?


RH at 2017-06-10 17:08:17

Morrison picked up an injury early which appeared accidental, will be replaced shortly?


RH at 2017-06-10 17:06:39

Yellow Card

An early caution for Scott Brown following a reckless challenge on Ali, why did he do that?


RH at 2017-06-10 17:05:23

Dier concedes the first free kick today following careless challenge

RH at 2017-06-10 17:03:40

If you are watching the game on TV, Assistant Alessandro Costanzo is operating on the far side touch line and the other Assistant Matteo Passeri is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2017-06-10 17:03:04

Our match Referee Paolo Tagliavento gets us underway!

RH at 2017-06-10 16:56:16

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!

RH at 2017-06-10 16:53:57

How will this game pan out? Gordon Strachan has said;

“In the modern game, that ‘get into them’ theory, which a lot of people in Scotland are desperate for us to do when I meet them, died with the back-pass rule, tackling from behind, better pitches,” said Strachan.

“That weapon Scotland had years ago, when ‘get into them’ was well and truly used, is not used so much now because you have to think your way through games.”

What Strachan has also said this week is that possession is the key and that England can hurt Scotland not only in possession but also from wide positions, so Scotland will plan to keep the ball, underlined by Strachan’s comments; “What we have in our group is enthusiasm, fitness and determination, so we must use that. Within that, we must relax when we have the ball, have no fear when we have the ball.”

England of course have quality and pace in their line and Gareth Southgate has said this week that;

“The players have embraced some new ideas this week around how we want to work and we’re looking forward to the game, it’s a great one to be involved with.

What implications will this all have for the Referee and his team? Could be that Scotland build from the back and possibly won’t get the ball forward long or too quickly otherwise possession could be given away. England could look to play with a similar pattern and if so concentrated slow build ups could be on today which would follow the way that most European games are played which could suit Italian Referee Paolo Tagliavento. The contest between Deli Ali and Scot Brown will be fascinating, expect some biting challenges there. As for Strachan’s views on not getting stuck into England, with a packed noisy Hamden crowd urging them on and with the scent of victory I wouldn’t rule out some robust challenges out there this evening, you’ll need to be on your game today Paolo!

RH at 2017-06-10 16:50:07

Paolo Tagliavento has been on the FIFA List of Referees from 2007, and the Elite list since 2012. He has been appointed to 21 FIFA/UEFA/Serie A games this season since August, where he has issued 88 cautions and four red cards. The only game featuring a UK team was Southampton’s home Europa League game with Hapoel Beer Sheva on 8th December 2016, Paolo is 44 years old and comes from Italy

RH at 2017-06-10 16:45:08

Today’s Match Referee is Paolo Tagliavento his Assistant Referees are Matteo Passeri and Alessandro Costanzo, the Fourth Official is Paolo Valeri, The Referee and his team are all from Italy

RH at 2017-06-10 16:40:07

Refcam features an International Football rivalry that shares no equal! A Scotland England game at Hamden is always a must see game especially when there’s plenty riding on the fixture as there is this today!

As we know it’s the group winners who will qualify directly for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. However among the nine group runners-up, the eight best runners-up will advance to the play-offs, where they will be drawn into four home-and-away ties to determine the other four qualifiers. Scotland have everything to play for so the stakes are high as will the volume of noise inside the stadium!