Bio
Amand Ancion
Born: 1958-09-21
Intl. since:
Hometown: Namur
Country: Belgium
Speaks: French
Occupation: politician
Hobbies:

You get as many hits with Armand as with Amand, but his real name is Amand, without the r. Amand Ancion was a FIFA referee in the 1990s.

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Considered one of the better refs in Belgium, Ancion lost it completely in a match Westerlo - Genk in 1999. In that match Ancion gave 5 penalties, showed 12 yellow cards and sent off 4 players. He whistled for 51 fouls. There were 12 goals, 6 each.

But there was more: November 24 1998, Monaco - Marseille, 10 yellows 2 reds, UEFA didn't like that.

In Belgium 1999 Ancion was suspended for a while to be able to come back with a "better physical and moral condition"









newspapers

There has always been some controversy about the Belgian referee. For instance he was not allowed to take charge of matches with Moeskroen (their manager belonged to the same party: Christian Democrats) and some 4 more teams did not want him after he told a newspaper he'd been a life long fan of Anderlecht.

According to Belgian newspapers and sites, Amand Ancion never "speaks" or "states", he "yells". Once Belgium's number one referee, Ancion slowly turned into a laughing stock, who was banned for life, then demoted to a very low division, then reinstated. After he canceled a valid goal in 2000, he resigned.




Internationally he was taken off the FIFA list after his suspension in 2000.

Politics

Ancion is or used to ba active in French speaking politics in Belgium. He moved from a Christian democratic to a more right wing party, but his name doesn't show up on their site.

Did you know
AMAND/ARMAND ANCION

  • Ancion's worst match, the one he will be remembered by was in 1999. Westerlo vs Genk. He awarded 5 penalties, sent off 4 players and showed 12 yellow cards. The match ended in a 6-6 draw.
  • A player on loan from Manchester United, Ronnie Wallwork, got a life long ban, then changed into a 4 year's suspension (3 year's probation) for grabbing Ancion's throat in a match. (A few years later, by the way, Wallwork - then on loan to another team in England - got stabbed several times when visiting a night club.)
  • Ancion owns (or maybe just works in) a Tavern called "Le 500" in Jambes, near Namur.
  • Ancion was a strict ref, he showed 25 red cards in his first season (1976).
  • This picture was found on facebook, Ancion giving a drink to a driver of a car, probably a local custom in Belgium.

Statistics
Statistics for AMAND ANCION
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 6 2 8
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 20 20 40
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 1 4 5
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.29 0.1 0.19
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.95 0.95 0.95
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.05 0.19 0.12

Based on 21 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR AMAND ANCION
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Euro 2000 qualifiers
FinlandNorthern Ireland1999-10-094 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WalesDenmark1999-06-090 - 2 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1998 - 1999
1/4 finalsVÃ¥lerengaChelsea F.C.1999-03-182 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1998 - 1999
round of 16MonacoMarseille1998-11-242 - 2 10 (3-7)2 (1-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundAston VillaCelta de Vigo1998-11-031 - 3 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1998-1999
group stageRosenborgJuventus1998-09-301 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
Germany u21Israel u211998-04-141 - 1 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
LuxembourgSwitzerland1996-03-131 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1997 - 1998
3rd roundSpartak MoskvaKarlsruhe1997-12-091 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundBordeauxAston Villa1997-09-160 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1997-1998
group stageGöteborgBesiktas1997-11-052 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1998 qualifiers - Europe
SloveniaCroatia1997-10-111 - 3 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
MaltaCzech Republic1997-09-240 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
AustriaEstonia1997-04-302 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1997 u20
round of 16Ghana u20UAE u201997-06-263 - 0 4 (3-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArgentina u20Australia u201997-06-233 - 4 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
group stageChina u20USA u201997-06-170 - 1 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1996 - 1997
1st roundDynamo KyivNeuchâtel Xamax1996-09-100 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1995 - 1996
qualifiersBangor CityWidzew Lodz1995-08-080 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1995 u18 qualifiers
Italy u18Lithuania u181994-11-212 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1994 - 1995
qualifiersHafnarfjordurLinfield1994-08-091 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)