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referee/ bio

Johan Einar Boström was an international referee in football, ice hockey and bandy.


Boström conducted 17 seasons in the premier division football (110 games) and received a gold medal of the Swedish Football Association.


Early bird

referee/ bio

Martin Atkinson started his career at the early age of 16.

dates and stuff

By 1998, he had been promoted to the Football League's list of Assistant Referees and two years later to the 'select group' of ARs. By 2003 he was refereeing Football Conference matches. At the start of the 2003/2004 season, he joined the National (English) List of Referees.
Only two years after his Conference debut, he was appointed to his first Premiership game.
Atkinson received his FIFA badge in 2006.


Dr. Felix Brych

referee/ bio

It's doctor Felix Brych. The German referee is a doctor in law. His paper was about sports. Brych was promoted to the elite category at the start of season 2009-2010


In 2004 Felix Brych was selected to start refereeing in the Bundesliga. He got his FIFA-badge in 2007. His first ever international match was a friendly between The Netherlands and Ireland also in 2007. In August 2007 his international career really took off in a Champions league qualifier.


Cüneyt Cakir

referee/ bio

"My goal is the World Cup", he once stated, and why not. For starters he officiated a qualifier for the UEFA Cup and one for Euro 2008 in 2007.
He moved up to 'UEFA premier development category referee' at the start of 2010 and to Elite in June 2011.

semi final

In April 2010, despite of being "only" premier development, Cakir was assigned a semi-final of the Europa League, and in September of the same year a CL group stage match. A reason may have been the bad performances of some elite category refs that year. Perhaps UEFA just wanted some fresh talent quickly.


post-war milestone

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Mark Clattenburg refereed his 1st Football League match at the age of just 25 - a post-war milestone at the time. He had served only one year as an assistant - a record shared with Steve Baines.

rapid promotion

Mark Clattenburg made a quick progression through the ranks to the National list in 2000 and the select group of referees in 2004.


William Collum

referee/ bio

William Collum appeared on the Scottish FA List in January 2000. He was promoted to the Scottish Category 1 in may 2004 and received his FIFA badge in 2006. He moved up to the UEFA Elite Category in July 2012.


See his palmares Champions League group stage since 2010, the 2011 u20 World Cup and the final of the Euro 2008 u19 between Germany and Italy (9 yellow and 2 red)


About WorldReferee, Sepp Blatter and his sponsors


Four years ago Sepp Blatter started his fourth term as president promising to reform FIFA, promising to fight corruption and promising not to seek a fifth term. During FIFA's congress last week it's become clear reform has not taken place, corruption inside FIFA is worse than ever and 79-year old Blatter won a fifth term.
There is no expectation left that in the next four years FIFA will change it's course. FIFA is Blatter and Blatter is FIFA and as long as they are glued together nothing will change.
The current situation is very sad, chances of national federations leaving FIFA are growing and a split up of worldwide football community seems likely.

WorldReferee has it's origins in sportsmanship. Sportsmanship should be the basis of every sport. Sport should unite, should create enjoyment and bring the better things of people into their communities.
FIFA now is only united by money. Grey old men, most of them even unable to shoot a ball, are craving for money in backroom chambers. Most money is supplied by FIFA's sponsors. Therefore WorldReferee has called on the eight main sponsors of FIFA to withdraw their support for Blatter. We call on every supporter of football to do the same. Press the money providers that are facilitating the shameful business that is conducted in the name of sport. If nothing changes WorldReferee will support a new organization that provides a real basis for the love of football.
The top FIFA sponsers you'll find here.

Consequently we had contact with Visa Inc. We have not heard anything from the others, but we keep on following them closely. We like to share Visa Inc's response here:
"From the Office of the CEO, Visa Inc.

Thank you for reaching out to me regarding Visa’s sponsorship of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). As stewards of the Visa brand, my management team and I take seriously our responsibility to reinforce with Visa’s sponsorship partners the need to operate in a transparent and ethical manner. You will see that reflected in our public statement, which we issued earlier this week. Please know that we greatly appreciate hearing your voice and perspective on this important issue, and will work hard to ensure that the Visa brand continues to reflect the core values that have fueled its industry leadership for nearly 60 years.

Charles W. Scharf
Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc"

Dutch referee Gözübüyük named in matchfixing case


Gözübüyük is named inside a justice case in Bochum, Germany, by a man called 'Rooie Paul' (Red Paul).

According to the German justice department Red Paul is a key player in a big match fixing case. In the hope of reduced sentences Red Paul started talking to the justice deparment. During his interrogatation Red Paul seems to have admitted that he and Gözübüyük did meet each other in the canteen of Haarlem football club Young Boys. This canteen was closed in 2011 when it came into the open that it was used for illegal poker tournaments by criminals. Two matches are suspected: Jupiler League-games Veendam-Helmond Sport (0-0) en Fortuna Sittard-SC Cambuur (1-2), both played in september 2009. Both games attracted huge amounts of gamble money.

Earlier in 2011 anonymous sources named Gözübüyük taking part in nightly poker sessions with soccer players. The case never came alive because all involved denied.

Gözübüyük denies all charges about match fixing. The Dutch football association KNVB is convinced of the integrity of the Gözübüyük. KNVB calls Red Paul an unreliable source and is not happy with all this publicity damaging Gözübüyüks career. This weekend Gözübüyük is taking charge of the championship game between PSV and Heerenveen.
sources: De Volkskrant,,

Howard Webb retires


Today the Premier League announced that Howard Webb has retired as a active match referee.

Howard becomes technical director of PGMOL (England referee commission)

Champions League final 2014


Bjorn Kuipers has been selected to referee the European Champions League final 2014.

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