Referee John Blankenstein bio

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Born
1949-02-12
Intl. since
1985-01-01
Hometown
De Bilt
Country
Netherlands
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Occupation
Dutch Olympic Committee
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John Blankenstein

2012-01-13

John Blankenstein used to wear very tight shorts and everybody knew, even before he came out, that he was gay. Next to being a top referee and, after his retirement, head of the referee committee, Blankenstein was active in the gay rights movement. He died in 2006 of a rare kidney decease.

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John Blankenstein was a national referee from 1979 till 1996 and international from 1985 till 1995.
He took charge of the 1992 UEFA Cup final and was designated to do the 1994 Champions League final (Milan - Barcelona) but was replaced by Englishman Philip Don.
UEFA did not give a reason for the replacement. Maybe it was because Barcelona had a strong Dutch connection (Cruijff, Koeman) but Blankenstein himself said that probably Blatter did not like his shorts (nor his outspokeness).

From our reporter: Ray Miller-Short