Eddie Lennie

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Eddie Lennie
Full name Edward M. Lennie
Born (1959-10-05) October 5, 1959 (age 55)
Glasgow, Scotland
Years League Role
1991-2004 NSL Referee
Years League Role
1996-2004 OFC Referee
1996-2004 FIFA listed Referee

Edward Lennie OAM (born 5 October 1959 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a retired Australian football (soccer) referee. He is best known for officiating at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 1996 Olympic Games.[1]

Refereeing career[edit]

1998 World Cup[edit]

Lennie refereed two matches at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. The Group B match between Cameroon and Italy was controversial after Lennie sent off Cameroon defender Raymond Kalla after he collided with Italy's Luigi Di Biagio chasing a loose ball.[2] After the match FIFA was criticised in Cameroon for appointing officials from "non-footballing nations".[3]

National Soccer League[edit]

Lennie refereed 195 National Soccer League matches before retiring in 2004.[4]


Post-football career[edit]

His current occupation is the Referee Development Manager for Football West and is also an elite referees assesor for the Asian Football Confederation and FIFA.[10][11]

Political career[edit]

In December 2012 Lennie was preselected by WA Labor for the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Scarborough.[12] He subsequently ran for the Hamersley Ward at the City of Stirling elections in October 2013.


  1. ^ "Edward Lennie - Appearances". weltfussball.de. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Hepburn, Ray (21 June 1998). "Article: The foul which changed the world". Daily Mirror. 
  3. ^ "Cameroon castigate ref after defeat". The Nation (Google News Archive). 19 June 1998. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Lennie blows final whistle after three decades". The West Australian. 27 November 2004. 
  5. ^ Queen's Birthday Honours list
  6. ^ "Eddie Lennie OAM". Football Hall of Fame. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Hall of Recognition". Football Hall of Fame Western Australia. Football WA. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Lennie blows for full-time". Football WA. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Honours Listing" (PDF). 2009 Football West Match Officials’ Guide. Football West. p. 39. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Eddie Lennie". Football Referees Australia. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Edward Lennie - bio". WorldReferee.com. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  12. ^ Ferrante, Michael (21 January 2013). "New field of play for ref". Stirling Times. Retrieved 5 February 2013.