Erik Fredriksson

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For the Swedish tug of war competitor and Olympic gold medalist, see Erik Algot Fredriksson.

Erik Fredriksson (born February 13, 1943) is a former Swedish football referee. He officiated four World Cup games: Yugoslavia v Northern Ireland in 1982; Italy v Bulgaria (the tournament opening match) and USSR v Belgium in 1986; and Argentina v USSR in 1990.

Fredriksson's handling of the latter match caused controversy due to his failure to see Diego Maradona punching a goal-bound Soviet header off the line when the score was still goalless. The USSR eventually lost the game 2-0, and were so incensed at Fredriksson's refereeing that they made a formal protest to FIFA in Rome the following day.

Fredriksson also refereed the Euro 84 first-round tie between Belgium and Yugoslavia in Lens.


Preceded by
European Cup Final 1983
Romania Nicolae Rainea
European Cup Referees
Final 1984
Sweden Erik Fredriksson
Succeeded by
European Cup Final 1985
Switzerland André Daina