Antonio Jesús López Nieto

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Antonio Jesús López Nieto (born 25 January 1958 in Málaga, Andalusia) is a former Spanish football referee, who officiated at one FIFA World Cup and during the UEFA Champions League.

In 1995, Nieto accused representatives of Dynamo Kyiv of attempting to bribe him before a UEFA Champions League game against Panathinaikos of Greece, a charge Dynamo Kyiv continue to deny. As a result of this accusation, UEFA banned Dynamo from competitions for two years,[1] a sanction that was later overturned.

He has refereed in three UEFA Cup finals, in 1995 (first leg), 1998, 2000. Nieto set a record at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, issuing 14 yellow cards in a match between Germany and Cameroon.[2] The record was equaled in the 2006 tournament by Valentin Ivanov.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dynamo Kiev Banned from European Play". AP, via the New York Times. 21 September 1995. Retrieved 19 June 2006. 
  2. ^ "Germany overcome Cameroon". BBC. 11 June 2002. Retrieved 19 June 2006. 

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Preceded by
UEFA Cup Final 1997
France Marc Batta
Spain José García Aranda
UEFA Cup Final Referees
Final 1998
Spain Antonio López Nieto
Succeeded by
UEFA Cup Final 1999
Scotland Hugh Dallas
Preceded by
UEFA Cup Final 1999
Scotland Hugh Dallas
UEFA Cup Final Referees
Final 2000
Spain Antonio López Nieto
Succeeded by
UEFA Cup Final 2001
France Gilles Veissière