Bio
Babak Rafati
Born: 1970-05-28
Intl. since: 2008-01-01
Hometown: Hannover
Country: Germany
Speaks:
Occupation: investment consultant
Hobbies: sports, stock market

Iranian born German referee Babak Rafati became a FIFA referee in 2008 after only 2,5 years and 34 matches in the Bundesliga. He was a UEFA Category 2 referee until the end of 2011 (see below).

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Rafati , who always rather watched the referee in a match instead of the teams, became a referee himself at the age of 16 because he thought he could do better. He reached the second BundesLiga in 2000 and the first in 2005.

November 2011

Before a match between Koln and Mainz, Rafati was found by his assistants in his hotel bathroom, his wrists slit. Luckily doctors in the Cologne hospital managed to rescue him. Two days later he was back home again, but newspapers started speculating about the reason. Was it the bad press he got, was he depressed, something happened at home?


His lawyer (?) told the press Rafati had suffered from depressions and anxiety to fail.

FIFA took the German referee off the list almost immediately.

In March 2012, it was not clear whether Rafati would come back refereeing in the Bundesliga, but the possibility of a return was still there according to referee boss Fandel.

April 2012

Rafati announced to quit refereeing.

Did you know
BABAK RAFATI

  • Rafati was voted second worst referee of the first half of season 2010-2011. The poll was held under 286 professional Bundesliga players by a magazine called Kicker. Worst referee was Wolfgang Stark, best was Florian Meier.
Statistics
Statistics for BABAK RAFATI
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 0 2 2
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 22 15 37
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 1 1 2
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0 0.2 0.1
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 2.2 1.5 1.85
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.1 0.1 0.1

Based on 10 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR BABAK RAFATI
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Europa League 2011 - 2012
qualifiers 3rd roundStoke CityHajduk2011-07-281 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundRadOlympiakos Volou2011-07-140 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Bundesliga
Schalke 04Mainz2011-05-071 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2010 - 2011
2nd qualifying roundWITBanik Ostrava2010-07-150 - 6 3 (3-0)0 (0-0)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)
Euro 2011 u21 qualifiers
Israel u21Sweden u212010-06-040 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2009 - 2010
qualifiers 2nd roundMetallurh DonetskMTZ-RIPO2009-07-163 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2009 u21 qualifiers
Turkey u21Armenia u212008-09-094 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2008 - 2009
qualifiers 2nd roundManchester CityMidtjylland2008-08-140 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008 u19 qualifiers
elite roundPortugal u19Hungary2008-05-240 - 1 7 (5-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
elite roundHungary u19Lithuania u192008-05-192 - 2 5 (3-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)