Alejandro Otero Campana
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Country: Uruguay

A youth player for Nacional who got injured and became a referee instead, Alejandro Felix Otero Campaña was a FIFA referee from 1967 until 1972.


Otero enrolled with the police in the late 1940s. He followed a course with DIPA in Buenos Aires (la División de Inteligencia Política Argentina) in spying and contraespionage in Buenos Aires.

As a special police man he had to deal with the Tupamaros, a group of urban Robin-Hoods turned guerillas that fought the authorities of Uruguay in the 1970s by blowing things up, robbing banks and kidnapping people. But this being the 70s and South-America, Otero also had to deal with the Americans (CIA). The Americans and Otero didn't agree on methods and Otero was overpowered as a commissioner by a newly started Dirección Nacional de Información e Inteligencia founded by an American called William Cantrell. Otero ended up being head of the prisons in which capacity he met several Tupamaros leaders and even played volleyball with them. The guerillas told him he was on their death list.

Just to give you some idea about those days, this is what Wikipedia has on Cantrell: He assisted in the creation of the National Directorate of Information and Intelligence (Dirección Nacional de Información e Inteligencia - DNII), to which he supplied equipment, including devices that could be used in torture. After the 1971 elections (...) the Uruguayan government launched a DNII-led joint military and police force that was tasked with conducting counter-revolutionary operations against the Tupamaros. According to former police officers, death squads were run from the DNII

William Cantrell, was an orderly, pipe-smoking man devoted to his family. Cantrell was posing as an adviser in the U. S. AID program to train Uruguayan police (source:

By the way: one Tupamaro leader is now a member of Parliament.


Did you know

  • Otero sent off 19 players in his Libertadores match Boca vs Sporting Crystal in 1971. It was a minute before the end that Boca players started fighting the Peruvians. Boca lost the match and were suspended.
    After the match Otero, who refused to identify himself and laughed, was arrested together with the Peruvian players by the Argentinian police and held until early the next day. Sending off 19 players is not the record. a referee called William Weiller (not FIFA) from Paraguay has sent off 20 players in 1993. It was in a national match between Sportivo Ameliano and El General Caballero.
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 0 0 0
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0 0 0
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0 0 0
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0 0 0
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0

Based on 6 international matches

Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Copa Libertadores 1971
group stageBoca JuniorsSporting Cristal1971-03-172 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 1970
group stageUniversidad de ChileDeportivo Cali1970-03-153 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePeñarolNacional (UR)1970-03-060 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1970 qualifiers - S. America
ParaguayVenezuela1969-08-211 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 1969
1/2 finalsPeñarolNacional (UR)1969-04-301 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageOlimpia AsuncionBolívar1969-03-074 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)