Referee Kevin Blom bio

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Born
1974-02-21
Intl. since
2005-01-01
Hometown
Alphen aan de Rijn
Country
Netherlands
Speaks
Dutch
Occupation
Hobbies
 
Matches Bio Did you know? Palmares

Demoted

2012-07-19

On February 20, 2004 Kevin Blom refereed his first match in the Eredivisie (the top Dutch league). He received his FIFA badge a year later. When he is not on the field he educates young referees together with Pieter Vink

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Kevin Blom was on his way up. A Premier Development Category referee since 2009, promoted to the Elite category at the start of the season 2010-2011, but at the start of season 2012-2013 he dropped out of favour (see below) and was demoted to the First Category. And his first match for season 2012/13 was a qualifier for the Europa League.

at home 2007
At home he was elected best referee in 2007 and he won the golden card (the voters are ex-professional football players) in 2008.
But that was then.

Scotland
For Blom the Euro 2012 qualifier Scotland vs Czech Republic must be a serious snag on the road to the top. The blond Dutchman received poor to very bad reviews on Worldreferee and not only by Scottish members, who saw their team's chances to reach the finals disappear. There was a penalty awarded in the last minute and one penalty not awarded. The Sunday Mail reported players stating that Blom had told them to "fuck off". (but this is a paper that started one article with "CRAIG LEVEIN last night blasted ropey ref Kevin Blom for allowing the cheating Czechs to con their way to a crucial point that all but kills off our Euro 2012 hopes.")
see more in the did-you-know section.

at home 2011
When Blom redcarded Kevin Strootman (PSV) in a match against Twente, no one, including both teams coaches and including Luuk De Jong who received the kick, understood why. In the media questions were asked about Blom's capabilities and all his earlier mistakes were reviewed. Dutch referee of the century Mario van der Ende tweeted Blom should visit a psychologist.
When he sent off more players in following matches every one of his decisions was scrutinized on tv and he reached a certain notoriety (although the red cards were rightly shown).

From our reporter: Archie Rogers