Deniz Aytekin

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Deniz Aytekin
Full name Deniz Aytekin
Born (1978-07-21) 21 July 1978 (age 36)
Nuremberg, West Germany[1]
Years League Role
2004– German Football Association Referee
2008– Bundesliga Referee
2011– FIFA Referee

Deniz Aytekin (born 21 July 1978) is a German football referee of Turkish origin who officiates in Germany.[2] He is based in Oberasbach, Bavaria.


Aytekin refereed his first Bundesliga match on 27 September 2008 when Hertha BSC played FC Energie Cottbus in Berlin. Energie Cottbus won the game 1–0, and Aytekin gave out four yellow cards, including one to Cottbus goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel for time-wasting in the 90th minute.

Beer-throwing incident[edit]

On 1 April 2011, Aytekin was refereeing FC St. Pauli vs. FC Schalke 04 when in the 89th minute, after an offside call against St. Pauli, a fan threw a plastic mug of beer at the assistant referee Thorsten Schiffner. Aytekin abandoned the match with Schalke 04 winning 2–0. The result stood and St. Pauli had to play their next home match against SV Werder Bremen behind closed doors.

Personal life[edit]

Aytekin lives in Oberasbach, Bavaria and is an internet entrepreneur.


  1. ^ "Deniz Aytekin – Ein Top-Schiri im Sommer". Fussball-Kultur (in German). 1 July 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Schiedsrichter Deniz Aytekin: Aus der Provinz ins Olympiastadion". Der Spiegel. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 

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