Referee Stanley Rous bio

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Born
1895-04-25
Intl. since
1927-01-01
Hometown
London
Country
England
Speaks
English
Occupation
Hobbies
 
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FIFA

2012-06-27

When Stanley Rous retired as a FIFA referee in 1934, he had taken charge of 36 international matches and a FA Cup final. He then started a career in football administration which took him from secretary of the English FA to all the way to the presidency of FIFA (1961-1974). Stanley Rous died in 1986.

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Already 65 when he became FIFA president, Stanley Rous was rather old fashioned, a man who believed in the Olympic ideal of amateurism. He had a reputation of being Eurocentric. Especially the Africans, who wanted more spots at the World Cup finals, had problems with him and considered him a racist. Rous for instance was against the boycott of the apartheid regime in South-Africa.
Rous was the one insisting on the World Cup play-off match Chile-Soviet Union being played in the National Stadium of Santiago. The Soviets refused.

Amateur
A grocer's son and a good goalkeeper. Rous did his military service in Africa during WWI. After he became a school master in Watford and a referee. As a referee he invented the diagonal system and reedited the Rules of the Game.
Rous wasn't paid as a FIFA president and he refused a pension. He also didn't want the World Cup being renamed Stanley Rous Cup in his honour.

From our reporter: James Ng