Bas Nijhuis

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Bas Nijhuis

Bas Nijhuis (born 12 January 1977) is a Dutch football referee. Since 2007 he has officiated for FIFA international matches.[1] Nijhuis comes from Enschede and is full-time butcher.

Inspired by his father, who had also served as a referee, Nijhuis began refereeing at the age of 15 years.[2] In March 2005 he made his debut in a SC Heerenveen match against RKC Waalwijk in the highest Dutch league, the Eredivisie. He has served as an official in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup in 2007 after being appointed as a FIFA referee. In 2009, Nijhuis was one of six referees at the FIFA U-19 Football Championship.

In 2011 he was selected for the U-17 World Cup in Mexico.[3] Nijhuis has also officiated in qualifying matches for the 2010[4] and 2014[5] World Cups.

On 21 December 2011 Bas Nijhuis gained worldwide attention and public criticism for sending off AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado in a KNVB Cup second round match against Ajax after an Ajax supporter ran onto the pitch of the Amsterdam Arena and attacked him, prompting Alvarado to retaliate in self-defence by kicking the attacker several times.[6] Alvarado's sending off caused his manager, Gertjan Verbeek, to order the team to walk off and abandon the match in protest.[7]

International matches refereed[edit]

Date Match Results Type Yellow card Red and yellow card Red card
26-03-2008  Belgium Morocco 1 – 4 Friendly 2 0 0
10-06-2009  England Andorra 6 – 0 UEFA qualifier 3 0 0
18-11-2009  Malta Bulgaria 1 – 4 Friendly 4 0 0
27-05-2010  Denmark Senegal 2 – 0 Friendly 0 0 0
17-11-2010  Hungary Lithuania 2 – 0 Friendly 3 0 0
29-03-2011  Estonia Serbia 1 – 1 UEFA qualifier 6 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA. "Netherlands: Referees". Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Perfekte Mischung in der Ukraine". UEFA.com. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  3. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - USA - New Zealand 0:0". 25 June 2011. Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
  4. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - England - Andorra 6:0 (3:0)". 10 June 2009. Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
  5. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - FYR Macedonia - Serbia 1:0 (0:0)". 16 October 2012. Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Ajax vs AZ abandoned after goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado gets sent off for kicking pitch invader". Goal.com. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  7. ^ The Associated Press (21 December 2011). "Ajax Dutch cup match against AZ Alkmaar halted after fan runs onto field". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 

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