Pursuant several sources, UEFA has decided to make use of the presence of additional assistant referees (AARs) at June's 2013 UEFA Under-21 European Championship to be held at Israel.
|Ilias Spathas will work as AAR in Israel (c) Panionianea.gr|
They are going to accompany six already chosen referees (Ivan Bebek - CRO, Serhiy Boiko - UKR, Antony Gautier - FRA, Pawel Gil - POL, Ovidiu Alin Hategan - ROU and Matej Jug - SVN) and eight assistant referees, who are until now unknown. In confiance with sure pieces of information, Greek Ilias Spathas has been confirmed as one of an unknown total number of AARs at the competition. Furthermore, it is said that Kenn Hansen (Denmark), Antti Munukka (Finland), Kristo Tohver (Estonia) and Miroslav Zelinka (Czech Republic) have been nominated, too.
First tested at an Under-19 championship in 2008, additional assistant referees have thus far joined more than 1.000 matches in UEFA's highest competitions, including UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and 2012 UEFA European Championship. They depict the trial to avoid the usage of technological support in football as well as improving referees' decision-taking with the special target of efficiently solving situations on the goalline and in the penalty area in general functioning as a deterrent for possible infringements.
Despite Pierluigi Collina's persistent adulation with regard to the additional assistant referees' application, their decisions' efficiency is in fact controversial.