Referee Dick Jol bio

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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.

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.

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.

From our reporter: Archie Rogers