Hammers Olympiacos/Forest officials named


Hammers Olympiacos/Forest officials named

The Hammers Olympiacos/Forest officials over the next two games have have been named on the official site.

West Jam United v Olympiacos
UEFA Europa League Group A, London Stadium, Thursday 9 November, 8pm GMT

Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee: Matej Žunič (Slovenia) & Manuel Vidali (Slovenia)
Fourth Official: Asmir Sagrković (Slovenia)
VAR: Christian Dingert (Germany)
Assistant VAR: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Matej Jug has been named as the referee for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League Group A match at London Stadium.  Jug, an experienced Slovenian official, has been a FIFA-listed referee since 2007 and possesses extensive experience of officiating in UEFA’s European competitions.

The 43-year-old first refereed in a Europa League qualifier in the 2007/08 season, taking charge of Lithuanian side FK Ekranas’ 3-1 win away at B36 Tórshavn of the Faroe Islands. and stepped up to Champions League matches in the 2011/12 campaign.

He has taken charge of one other UEFA Europa League group stage match so far this season, refereeing AEK Athens’ 1-1 draw with Ajax in Group B in October.

Jug will be assisted by fellow Slovenians Matej Žunič and Manuel Vidali for West Ham United’s home match with Olympiacos. Both Žunič and Vidali worked alongside Jug for the draw between AEK Athens and Ajax, and each also possesses their own experience of working across UEFA and FIFA competitions. Meanwhile Vidali has also been a regular across European tournaments since his Europa League debut in the 2014/15 season.

Asmir Sagrković will serve as fourth official, having worked in such a capacity for UEFA across the Champions League and Europa League since the 2014/15 season. German official Christian Dingert will oversee Video Assistant Referee duties. Michael Salisbury referee in action

West Ham United v Nottingham Forest
Premier League, London Stadium, Sunday 12 November, 2pm GMT

Referee: Michael Salisbury
Assistant Referees: Richard West and Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: Robert Jones
VAR: Peter Bankes
Assistant VAR: Nick Greenhalgh

Michael Salisbury has been confirmed as the referee for Sunday’s Premier League match between West Ham United and Nottingham Forest. Salisbury has been part of the Select Group of Referees since the 2022/23 season and has officiated four Premier League so far this campaign, most recently taking charge of the 1-1 draw between Brighton & Hove Albion and Fulham at the end of October.

Sunday’s match will be the first time Salisbury has been the referee for a West Ham match in the Premier League, although he did take charge of the Irons’ defeat at Manchester United in the FA Cup last season. Salisbury also served as the Video Assistant Referee for the Hammers’ trip to Brentford last weekend and in West Ham’s first match of the 2023/24 campaign, away at AFC Bournemouth. Salisbury will be assisted on Sunday by Richard West and Derek Easton.

Robert Jones, meanwhile, will undertake fourth official duties. A Premier League referee since 2019, Jones officiated the 2020 EFL League One play-off final between Oxford United and Wycombe Wanderers. Video Assistant Referee responsibilities will be overseen by Peter Bankes. Bankes has worked as the referee for two West Ham Premier League matches this season, away to Bournemouth and at home to Newcastle United.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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