UEFA appointment for Sant at the Under 17's finalsPublished: 14-05-2015 16:35
UEFA has appointed FIFA Referee Alan Mario Sant for the Under 17 Quarter-Final match between England (holders) and Russia, being played on Saturday 16th May 2015 at Lazur Stadium in Burgas, Bulgaria. The match kicks off at 1600hrs (1500hrs Malta Time). Alan Mario Sant shall be assisted by FIFA Assistant Referees Dovydas Suziedelis (Lithuania) and Ville Koskiniemi (Finland), while FIFA Referee Pawel Raczkowski (Poland) has been appointed to act as 4th Official. UEFA Refereeing Officer Marc Batta (France) is the appointed referee observer for this important match. Following UEFA’s announcement, a delighted Alan Mario Sant remarked that “I am one of 9 selected international referees at this tournament and any appointment from the quarter-final stage onwards is a bonus for me because the standard of all other referees is very high and consistent. It is therefore one of the best moments of my refereeing career so far. I am very happy and will do my best to continue representing my country and the MFA in the highest level possible.” Following a fitness check under the auspices of UEFA Referee Committee members, Alan Mario Sant was appointed as the referee of the opening match in Group C between Scotland and France (0-5) at the Beroe Stadium in Stara Zagora on Thursday 7th May. His appointed assistant referees were Dovydas Suziedelis (Lithuania) and Erik Weiss (Slovakia), while Tsvetan Krastev (Bulgaria) acted as 4th Official. Uno Tutk (Estonia) was the appointed UEFA Referee Observer for this match. On the second match day, Alan Mario Sant acted as 4th Official in the Group A match between Bulgaria (hosts) and Spain (1-2), while on Match Day 3 on Tuesday 12th May he was in charge of the decisive Group B match between Germany and Czech Republic (4-0), assisted by Dovydas Suziedelis (Lithuania) and Nuno Pereira (Portugal). Tsvetan Krastev (Bulgaria) was the appointed 4th Official, while UEFA Referees’ Committee member Jozef Marko (Slovakia) assessed the match officials’ performance. This is the 3rd UEFA Under 17 Final Tournament in 4 years for Alan Mario Sant following his participation as a referee in Slovenia in 2012 and as 4th Official last year in Malta. His notable progress has recognised by UEFA by promoting him to Category 2 in December 2014.