Bio
Dick Jol
Born: 1956-03-29
Intl. since: 1993-01-01
Hometown: Scheveningen
Country: Netherlands
Speaks: Dutch, English, German
Occupation: trainer, referee, sport ambassador
Hobbies:

At ten Dick Jol started playing for Scheveningen. He hated the other referees, thought they were bad and one day, when a former referee told him to do it himself if he thought he could do it better, Jol went to take a course.

tough guys

Still a player when he had his license, Jol had even more complaints about the referee in charge. He was a rough player who went out for revenge but considers himself an honest man because he only kicked and maimed other players out in the open. And as a referee Jol knew his tough guys and knew exactly how to handle them fairly. Jol was a referee who tried to verbally win arguments so he didn't have to show a card.

career

A first class referee after seven years, Jol took charge of matches in the Dutch highest division until he was more or less sacked in 2008. Sacked not because of his age - he still had 3 years to go until his 55th birthday, but because he had - as the Dutch say - a big mouth.

Achievements

From 1993 Jol was nine years on the international referee list of FIFA.
His highest achievement was the 2001 Champions League final between Bayern München and Valencia. In 2000 he led the Club World Cup final between Corinthians and Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

The end

On july 26th 2008, Jol officiated his last match ever as an official referee, a friendly. The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) did no want Jol to take charge of that match, a farewell match for (former player of Ajax, AC Milan, Manchester United, PSV, PEC Zwolle) Jaap Stam.

Jol had allegedly threatened a KNVB official (Jaap Uilenberg) during a meeting, where he was told he would get less important matches the coming year. According to one official Jol actually called him later in the day and repeated his threats. The KNVB decided to sack Jol (which had happened before) while at the same time Jol decided to quit. For the first time in years the former Champions League final referee and the KNVB officials agreed about something.

The end (2)

In november 2008 a book was published about Jol's career: "Ik, Jol, de biografie die alles zegt" (I, Jol, the biography that tells everything).
In the book Jol repeats his accusations against the referee boss (and UEFA commission member) Jaap Uilenberg and football association boss Kesler. Jol must really hate these two men.

His main problem about his former bosses (whom he holds responsible for ending his career) seems to be their governing of Dutch top referees.

According to Jol: They are creating so many new regulations that especially young referees start losing their personality. After a couple of months these referees are losing touch with the game, with players, with the pleasure of refereeing and become like robots. Referees objecting to the regulations of Uilenberg's referee commission get appointed to less important matches.

Jol also thinks there is more democracy inside Cuba and Serbia than inside the Dutch referee commission. In The Netherlands referees get paid by the number of matches they have officiated: if they don't get assigned to a match by Uilenberg, they lose money, which gives the referee boss a lot of power.

Did you know
TOUGH GUY

  • Dick Jol has his own website: www.dickjol.nl
  • Jol makes contributions to the following NGO's: The Fishing Dutchman, Spieren voor Spieren (together with the "Richard Krajicek Foundation" and "Right to Play" of Johann Olav Koss).
  • In 1995 Jol was accused of gambling on matches he took charge of. The accusations were made in a television program called Deadline.The center of this so called gambling scam was supposed to be situated at a green grocer's in the center of The Hague. A shop frequented by Jol because he coached a team nearby.
    Jol at that time belonged to the international top. After the accusations were broadcast on national television, Jol was immediately suspended by the national association (KNVB). The accusations blemished Jol's character, they argued, implying it didn't matter whether they were true or false.
    Then Jol's ex-wive appeared on tv saying he was a compulsive gambler who even lost a large part of their mortgage in a casino. Money he had taken by forging her signature.
    Ever the tough guy, Jol fought back. He went to court. The tv journalist had no evidence at all, and all the KNVB could come up with was a a guy wearing a balaclava because he didn't want to be recognized and a disenfranchised ex-wife.
    Jol lost the case: whatever had happened, as a referee he had lost his credibility.
    Then Jol, who keeps repeating he has no friends, got some help from the media (and the green grocer). The tide turned, news papers started defending the referee. The man in the balaclava, whose accusations were used for the television program, turned out to be a Feyenoord fan who hated Jol and who had made up the story to get back at him for sending off a player. Again Jol went to court and six months after the airing of Deadline, Jol was cleared and rehabilitated. He could resume his career immediately.
  • There is something fundamentally wrong with the side the Dutch FA chose. The side they choose every time when it has to do with Dick Jol: they were always against him. The men in power didn't seem to be proud of one of Holland's best referees ever. The fact that he officiated so many important international matches (that was before his nemesis Uilenberg became important at UEFA) didn't seem to count at all. As soon as some journalist said Jol was a gambler, they suspended him.
  • According to his biography, Dick Jol even saved Jaap Uilenberg once. As 4th official in the 1993 UEFA Cup semi-final PSG - Juventus Jol knocked out a guy who was standing in a group trying to attack the referee Jaap Uilenberg leaving the field. All four officials had to flee and hid in the dressing room.
    Two hours later when they finally manged to get in a taxi to their hotel, Jol realized the driver was not taking them to the hotel but to some place unknown, Jol grabbed him and told him to take the right route. While Uilenberg, the man he later learned to hate, sat in the back of the car shivering from fright.
    This of course is Jol's story (and he is sticking to it).
  • Jol can tell a good yarn, most of them are about showing tough players he could be tougher and most of them end with "... and from then on I never had any problems with so and so".
    Being a football player himself made him a better referee. He characterizes himself as a tough player, always looking for the limits of the rules. In his referee career he never saw a trick or foul he had not committed himself during his years as professional football player.
    His main point seems to be that it takes a strong, tough guy to take charge of strong, tough guys. A referee should not only know the rules but he should also know when not to apply those rules and improvise instead.
    For instance Jol says he whistled when there was no foul, just to warn a player, who was obviously out on revenge, that he was watching him.
    And Jol believed in winning "pissing contests" verbally. He once stopped play to tell Karsten Jancker, a large German forward known for his fouls not his footballing skills, it was a free kick "because you are as ugly as Horst Hrubesh". (another German player).
    Dick Jol liked to irritate players by pretending he did not know their names.
    He says that the referee isn't the one who should make the show but also that the referee is the most important person on the field
  • In the match between Mallorca and Galatasaray in 1999, the players really misbehaved. There was kicking and pushing and spitting and even fighting. During the break an angry Jol bashed in the locked door of the Galatasaray players' dressing room and yelled at at them that if they only would so much as breath the wrong way in the second half he was going to send them all off. He did the same with the Spanish team but he didn't have to break the door, they opened it for him.
  • During a Champions League match in 1999 between Chelsea and Galatasaray three men entered the field waving PKK flags in protest of the incarceration of their beloved leader Ocalan. Two were caught by security but the third kept on running until Chelsea player Dennis Wise gave him a vicious kick. According to the Rules of the Game referee Jol had to send him off. The rules don't make a difference between players and non-players: a bad foul is a bad foul. Jol realized sending him off would not have been understood by the audience. He hesitated. Then he saw Galatasaray players Hakan Sukur and Hagi embrace Wise and Jol continued the match and kept his card in his pocket.
  • A really bad one was the friendly Ireland - England. It was a match meant to help keeping the peace between the countries but already during the singing of the anthems it went wrong. Jol heard the Irish sing "God fuck the queen" to the English anthem and the English sing "no surrender to the IRA" to the tune of the Irish one.
    After the first goal the English fans started to pull down the stadium, breaking things and throwing them towards the field. People were fighting on the stands and an angry mob entered the field. Jol abandoned the match and quickly ordered everybody inside. Among the spectators there was one death and many wounded. The Irish president gave Jol a large bottle of malt whiskey for having acted so quickly and saving the players.
  • Jol holds the record of most cards shown in a Champions League match. 11 yellow (2 double) in the match Panathinaikos-Juventus in 2000.
    Jol was also second on that list for a while with 10 cards (Sparta-Parma in 1997).
  • Politically Jol's views seem a confused mixture of bigotry, racism, anti-racism, socialism and I-wish-the-1950s-were back. Honesty is important for him and there is nothing against showing a little force when all other things don't work. Just like in the old days when the former FIFA referee played football in the streets of Scheveningen and fought with kids from another 'hood'.
Statistics
Statistics for DICK JOL
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 6 2 8
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 55 79 134
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 6 8 14
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.1 0.03 0.07
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.95 1.36 1.16
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.1 0.14 0.12

Based on 58 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR DICK JOL
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Champions League 2001-2002
2nd group stageAS RomaLiverpool2001-12-050 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArsenalMallorca2001-10-243 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLokomotiv MoskvaAS Roma2001-10-160 - 1 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCelticPorto2001-09-251 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2002 qualifiers - Europe
EnglandGreece2001-10-062 - 2 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
FinlandGermany2001-06-022 - 2 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SloveniaYugolsavia2001-03-281 - 1 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IsraelBosnia-Herzegovina2000-10-113 - 1 5 (2-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2000-2001
finalBayern MunichValencia2001-05-231 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)3 (2-1)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsArsenalValencia2001-04-042 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageLyonBayern Munich2001-03-063 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageValenciaManchester United2001-02-140 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageLeeds UnitedReal Madrid2000-11-220 - 2 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stagePanathinaikosJuventus2000-11-083 - 1 0 (0-0)2 (0-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageDeportivo La CorunaHamburger SV2000-09-192 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2000
1/4 finalsTurkeyPortugal2000-06-242 - 0 8 (3-5)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePortugalGermany2000-06-203 - 0 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSwedenTurkey2000-06-150 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1999-2000
1/4 finalsLazioValencia2000-04-181 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageBayern MunichReal Madrid2000-03-084 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd group stageValenciaBordeaux1999-11-233 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageCroatia ZagrebManchester United1999-10-271 - 2 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st group stageChelsea F.C.Galatasaray1999-09-281 - 0 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1999 - 2000
1/4 finalsMallorcaGalatasaray2000-03-161 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Club World Cup 00
finalCorinthiansVasco da Gama2000-01-140 - 0 8 (3-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAl NasserCorinthians2000-01-100 - 2 6 (2-4)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageVasco da GamaSouth Melbourne2000-01-062 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
NorwayGermany1999-11-140 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandSaudi Arabia1998-05-230 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IrelandEngland1995-02-151 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2000 qualifiers
ItalyDenmark1999-09-082 - 3 6 (3-3)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
FinlandTurkey1999-06-052 - 4 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 1999
finalMontpellierHamburger SV1999-08-101 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1998 - 1999
1/2 finalsChelsea F.C.Mallorca1999-04-081 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundNewcastle UnitedPartizan1998-09-172 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1998 - 1999
1/4 finalsMarseilleCelta de Vigo1999-03-022 - 1 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1998-1999
group stageManchester UnitedBayern Munich1998-12-091 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLensPanathinaikos1998-10-211 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1997 - 1998
1/4 finalsAEKLokomotiv Moskva1998-03-050 - 0 6 (1-5)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1997 - 1998
3rd roundKarlsruheSpartak Moskva1997-11-250 - 0 5 (3-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundSparta PragueParma1997-09-170 - 0 10 (5-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 1st roundVikingVojvodina1997-07-300 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1997-1998
group stageSparta PragueParma1997-09-170 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1998 qualifiers - Europe
LatviaAustria1997-06-081 - 3 4 (2-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
YugolsaviaCzech Republic1996-11-101 - 0 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1996-1997
group stageGöteborgPorto1996-12-040 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1996 - 1997
2nd roundInternazionaleGAK1996-10-151 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundTirol Innsbruck FCMetz FC1996-09-100 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiersSlovan BratislavaTrabzonspor1996-08-062 - 1 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1995 - 1996
1st roundLuganoInternazionale1995-09-121 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1996 qualifiers
SpainCyprus1995-09-066 - 0 3 (0-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Umbro Cup
BrazilSweden1995-06-041 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1994 - 1995
2nd roundDeportivo La CorunaTirol Innsbruck FC1994-11-024 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundTrelleborgs FFBlackburn Rovers1994-09-272 - 2 0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1994 - 1995
qualifiersZalgirisBarry1994-08-256 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1994 u21 qualifiers
Germany u21Denmark u211993-10-120 - 1 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1993 - 1994
1st roundReal MadridLugano1993-09-153 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1994 qualifiers - Europe
LatviaIreland1993-06-090 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)