Bio
Ignace van Swieten
Born: 1943-01-05
Intl. since: 1983-01-01
Hometown: Eindhoven
Country: Netherlands
Speaks:
Occupation: probation worker
Hobbies:

Ignace van Swieten's first match in the Dutch professional league was in 1976, he was a FIFA referee between 1983 and 1990. The Dutch referee of the year 1984 died on Gran Canaria in 1995.

assault

Relatively small, but elegant, eloquent and impressive, Van Swieten was popular and respected. He was openly gay, the first Dutch sportsman to be so. He was also a probation worker and these two facts turned into a nightmare when one night in 1990 he was assaulted in his home by one of his clients who hit him repeatedly with a hammer on his head. Van Swieten survived but when his assailant told the police that the referee had tried to sexually harass him, Van Swieten himself - still recovering - was arrested.

ugly

And then it got ugly. Remember that he was loved and respected, but the police in the south of the Netherlands thought otherwise of the openly gay referee. Two more ex-convicts (and ex-clients) told they had been harassed by Van Swieten, but it could just as well be that the police tried to make a case against him. Van Swieten was found guilty and convicted but since he had already been in custody he was set free. Later on the man who nearly killed him confessed he only did it to steal some money and that there was no sexual connection at all. Of course all these things tell us nothing about Van Swieten but a lot about the police in the south of the Netherlands. And about the macho reaction to a sports man who is openly gay.

Later

He recuperated, but wasn't able to referee anymore. For some reason he also lost his job. Van Switen became a referee instructor and travelled to Suriname, the Dutch Antilles and countries in Africa to educate referees and to set up educational programs.

Born-died

Ignace van Swieten was born during WWII in a Japanese-run prisoner camp in Semarang , Indonesia and died on Gran Canaria, Spain.

Did you know
IGNACE VAN SWIETEN

  • Ignace van Swieten was the first referee in the Netherlands to abandon a match because of calls from spectators. In a match Ajax - AZ ('67) in 1984 Ajax fans yelled Keesie is a pyromaniac at AZ forward Kees Kist. Kist's sports shop had been ruined by a fire and it was alleged he had done it himself to collect the insurance money.
Statistics
Statistics for IGNACE VAN SWIETEN
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 1 2 3
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0 1 1
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.08 0.15 0.12
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0 0.08 0.04
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0

Based on 13 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR IGNACE VAN SWIETEN
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
UEFA Cup 1990 - 1991
2nd roundBologna AGCHearts1990-11-073 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1990 - 1991
1st roundSlivenJuventus1990-09-190 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1989 - 1990
2nd roundAdmira WackerFerencváros1989-10-181 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
RomaniaIsrael1988-11-233 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
DenmarkAustria1984-09-123 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1988 - 1989
2nd roundHeartsAustria Wien1988-10-260 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1990 qualifiers - Europe
LuxembourgSwitzerland1988-09-211 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1988 - 1989
1st roundHonvédCeltic1988-09-071 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1988 qualifiers
AlbaniaRomania1987-10-280 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WalesFinland1987-04-014 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1986 - 1987
1st roundRijekaStandard1986-09-170 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1986 u21
group stageGermany FR u21Czech Republic u211985-11-163 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1983 - 1984
1st roundAris BonnevoieAustria Wien1983-09-140 - 5 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)