Carlos Velasco Carballo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Velasco and the second or maternal family name is Carballo.
Carlos Velasco Carballo
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Velasco Carballo warming up prior to the Spartak MoscowChelsea Champions League match in October 2010
Born (1971-03-16) 16 March 1971 (age 44)
Madrid, Spain
Other occupation Industrial Engineer
2004–present La Liga Referee
Years League Role
2008–present FIFA listed Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (born 16 March 1971)[1] is a Spanish professional football referee. He is affiliated with the Madrid committee and has officiated in Spanish Primera División since 2004, as well as in international matches since 2008.[2][3] Velasco Carballo officiated 2011 UEFA Europa League Final match in Dublin, between Porto and Braga.[4] On 20 December 2011, UEFA named him one of the twelve referees for UEFA Euro 2012.[5] Velasco Carballo took charge of the tournament's opening match between Poland and Greece, attracting criticism after issuing a controversial first-half red card to Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, before sending-off Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny in the second period as the teams drew 1–1 in Warsaw.[6] He also attracted criticism for his performance as referee in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in which the quarterfinal match he officiated between Brazil and Colombia was described as out of hand, with Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari saying that Carballo "should have done more to take control of the match"[7] after a tournament-ending back injury was suffered by Brazil striker Neymar on a challenge by Colombian defender Juan Camilo Zúñiga.


  1. ^ Liga 2006 - 2007 | | DEPORTES
  2. ^ Velasco Carballo, nuevo árbitro internacional -
  3. ^ Anorthosis F.C
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  5. ^ "UEFA EURO 2012 referees named". Union of European Football Associations. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  6. ^ Glendenning, Barry (8 June 2012). "Euro 2012: Poland 1–1 Greece – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Brazil's joy turns to pain; Neymar out of Cup". Arizona Daily Star.
Preceded by
Italy Nicola Rizzoli
UEFA Europa League Final referee
Spain Carlos Velasco Carballo
Succeeded by
Germany Wolfgang Stark