Bio
Kurt Röthlisberger
Born: 1951-05-21
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Country: Switzerland
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Five matches in two World Cups, respect as a world famous referee, apossible contender for the the final in 1994 and Kurt Röthlisberger lost it all by not awarding a penalty to Belgium (for which he was sent home) but most of all by trying to make some money later on in life

shady character

Famous, one of the best, referee of not only World Cup matches but also of a European Cup final and Rotlisberger threw it all down the drain by walking into Grasshopper Coach Vogel's office offering to take care of the referee designated to officiate the Champions League match Grasshopper - Auxerre.

Röthlisberger told Vogel that the referee for the match - Belorussian Vadim Zhuk, a good friend - was willing to whistle infavor of Grasshopper for 100.000 Swiss francs. Vogel declined and notified UEFA. UEFA banned Rothlisberger for life.

During the trial, more teams were named that had been called by Rothlisberger. One of them was Bayern Munich.

Red Noses

The Red Noses (Nez Rouges) is a foundation set up to help children in hospitals. Co-founder Röthlisberger used the names of members to purchase tickets for the 2008 European Championships, which he sold to third parties.

was

Röthlisberger was an important referee in his time, he refereed the Champions League final in 1993 between Marseille and Milan. Kurt Röthlisberger took charge of two matches at WC 1990 in Italy and three at WC 1994 in USA. He was also active at EURO 1992 in Sweden and he did 5 matches in the German Bundesliga.

Did you know
DOWN THE DRAIN

  • UEFA stated that Röthlisberger contacted Grasshoppers-Manager Erich Vogel before the Champions League match between Grasshoppers from Zürich and Auxerre from France in 30th. october 1996. Röthlisberger asked 100.000 Swiss franks for a fix. The game itself was refereed by Belorussian Wadim Zhuk. Any involvement of Zhuk was never proven.
  • Later the Swiss tabloid Blick wrote a story about Röthlisberger asking for another 100.000 Swiss franks for a fix for the World Cup preliminary match between Switzerland and Norway in 1996.
  • There has also been some talk about a fix in 1994 for a match fix between Turkey and Switzerland.
  • Röthlisberger himself stated he had contacted Bayern Munchen manager Hoeness for a fix. Hoeness denied he had ever met Röthlisberger.
  • Rothlisberger was the referee of the first ever Champions League final. That final was won by Marseille, then owned by a character called Bernard Tapie. Entrepreneur, poseur, actor, one time minister in the government of president Mitterand, Tapie used his money to bribe the team of Valenciennes to lose their match so that Marseille would win the French league and could concentrate on the CL final. Marseille were banned from the Championships and demoted in France but were allowed to keep their CL cup. According to UEFA because the bribes happened in France and not in the European tournament. Tapie was arrested and spend almost a year in jail. An envelope containing £30,000 was dug up in the garden of the mother-in-law of a Valenciennes player.
Statistics
Statistics for KURT RöTHLISBERGER
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 2 1 3
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 25 33 58
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 2 3 5
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.04 0.02 0.03
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.47 0.62 0.55
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.04 0.06 0.05

Based on 53 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR KURT RöTHLISBERGER
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
European Cup2 1995 - 1996
2nd roundCelticPSG1995-11-020 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1995-1996
1/4 finalsReal MadridJuventus1996-03-061 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageDortmundJuventus1995-09-131 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1996 qualifiers
Czech RepublicNorway1995-09-062 - 0 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UkraineCroatia1995-06-111 - 0 3 (2-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
RomaniaPoland1995-03-292 - 1 2 (1-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1994-1995
group stageCasino SalzburgAjax1994-10-190 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1994 - 1995
1st roundCSKA SofiaJuventus1994-09-130 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1994
round of 16GermanyBelgium1994-07-023 - 2 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageMexicoIreland1994-06-242 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1993-1994
group stageAnderlechtWerder Bremen1994-04-131 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundGalatasarayManchester United1993-11-030 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1993 - 1994
round of 16Deportivo La CorunaEintracht Frankfurt1993-12-070 - 1 3 (1-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundBordeauxBohemians1993-09-285 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1994 qualifiers - Europe
WalesRomania1993-11-171 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
IrelandNorthern Ireland1993-03-313 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
TurkeyNetherlands1992-12-161 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
CzechoslovakiaBelgium1992-09-021 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 1992-1993
finalMarseilleAC Milan1993-05-261 - 0 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundCSKA MoskvaBarcelona1992-10-211 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1992 - 1993
1/4 finalsAjaxAuxerre1993-03-161 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
3rd roundAnderlechtPSG1992-12-081 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundCaen (Stade Malherbe)Real Zaragoza1992-09-153 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1992
group stageScotlandSoviet Union1992-06-183 - 0 3 (0-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1991 - 1992
group stageSampdoriaPanathinaikos1992-04-151 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1991 - 1992
1/4 finalsTottenham HotspurFeyenoord1992-03-180 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundHajdukTottenham Hotspur1991-09-171 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intercontinetal Cup
Crvena ZvezdaColo-Colo1991-12-083 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1992 qualifiers
SpainCzechoslovakia1991-11-132 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandIreland1991-03-271 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WalesBelgium1990-10-173 - 1 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1990 - 1991
1/2 finalsJuventusBarcelona1991-04-241 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1990 - 1991
3rd roundTorpedo MoskvaMonaco1990-11-282 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundFenerbahce SKAtalanta Bergamo1990-10-240 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundAS RomaBenfica1990-09-191 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1990
1/4 finalsYugolsaviaArgentina1990-06-300 - 0 5 (0-5)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageEnglandEgypt1990-06-211 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageUSACzech Republic1990-06-101 - 5 4 (2-2)1 (1-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1989 - 1990
1/4 finalsAC MilanKV Mechelen1990-03-212 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1990 qualifiers - Europe
FranceScotland1989-10-113 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwedenPoland1989-05-072 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
HungaryNorthern Ireland1988-10-191 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1989 - 1990
3rd roundPortoHamburger SV1989-12-062 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundGornik ZabrzeJuventus1989-09-120 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
PolandAustria1994-05-173 - 4 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
ItalyHungary1989-04-264 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
3rd placeArgentinaGermany FR1988-04-020 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Olympic Games 1988
1/4 finalsBrazil OTArgentina OT1988-09-251 - 0 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSweden OTGermany FR OT1988-09-212 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1988 qualifiers
SpainAlbania1987-11-185 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1987 - 1988
1st roundBelenensesBarcelona1987-09-301 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1986 - 1987
1st roundDynamo BerlinÖrgryte IS1986-10-014 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1985 - 1986
1st roundBoavista FCClub Brugge1985-09-184 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)