Referee Ioan Igna bio

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looking tired, semi-final Euro 1988
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Born
1940-06-04
Intl. since
1976-01-01
Hometown
Timisoara
Country
Romania
Speaks
Romanian, French
Occupation
Chairman of the Romanian Referees' Committee
Hobbies
 
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2010-05-21

Among the many matches Ion Igna took charge of in the 70s and 80s, were the 1988 Euro semi-final and 2 matches in the 1986 World Cup.

1988
In a book about the 1988 European Championships called 1988, we hielden van Oranje (we loved Orange) by Dutch journalist Auke Kok, Ion Igna is described as as tired and slightly injured. At the time the retirement at 45 rule did not excist and Igna just turned 48 when he took charge of the semi-final Germany-Netherlands.
According to Kok, Igna first denied Holland a penalty and then awarded one (to make it up) for a dive by Van Basten. It was a difficult match with more things going on than just football, a whole nation wanted revenge (for the war and the lost 1974 World Cup final). Goalie Van Breukelen shouted abuse at a German player lying on the ground and Ronald Koeman wiped his buttocks with a German shirt after the match. Afterwards Ion Igna said he wasn't fit and should have let himself be replaced
After the European Championships Igna was (sort of) demoted, his first international match was for the first round of the UEFA Cup, a beginner's match.

since
Since April 2009 Igna is chairman of the Romanian Referees' Committee.

From our reporter: Edvard Kotayk