Referee Clive Thomas bio

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Born
1936-06-22
Intl. since
0000-01-01
Hometown
Porthcawl
Country
Wales
Speaks
English, Welsh
Occupation
High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan
Hobbies
 
Matches Bio Did you know? Palmares

The Book

2011-05-16

Known as "The Book" because he always stuck to the rules, Clive Thomas has officiated in many important matches in the 70s, for instance two World Cup finals matches, one in 1974, one in 1978, and a match in the 1976 European Championships.

zico
In his 1978 World Cup match Thomas blew the final whistle just before Zico (Brazil) scored from a corner kick. Brazil would have won the match against Sweden.
The Brazilians had actually been stalling for time in Thomas' view, or at least taking their time with the corner kick and perhaps Thomas was a little irritated by that.
The time stalling by the Brazilians didn't really make sense because a win would have made Brazil group winners and thus give them a relatively easy next match in the knock-out phase.

Thomas
Clive Thomas owned (or perhaps still owns) an office cleaning business.

From our reporter: Ray Miller-Short