Ioan Igna

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Ioan Igna
Born (1940-06-04) June 4, 1940 (age 74)
Timişoara, Romania
Years League Role
1974–1989 Liga I Referee
Years League Role
1976–1989 FIFA-listed Referee

Ioan Igna (born June 4, 1940 in Timișoara) is a retired Romanian football referee. He is known for having refereed two matches in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, including an epic quarterfinal match between Brazil and France. Igna made two controversial calls during the tie. In the second period of extra time, he ignored an obvious foul by the Brazil goalkeeper Carlos on France attacker Bruno Bellone.[1][2] BBC commentator Jimmy Hill described Igna's decision to ignore the foul by Carlos as "an extreme mistake".[3] In the penalty shootout, he awarded a goal when Bellone's shot hit the post and the ball rebounded off Carlos before entering the goal.[1] The laws of the game were subsequently amended to specifically address the situation that occurred in the penalty shootout.[4]

He also refereed the second leg of the 1987 UEFA Cup Final and a semi-final in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship in West Germany between the Netherlands and West Germany.


  1. ^ a b "Classic Football". FIFA. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Yannis, Alex (22 June 1986). "FRANCE BEATS BRAZIL ON PENALTY KICKS". New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "World Cup 2014: 100 great World Cup moments - 23 days to go". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Penalty shoot-out hits post and keeper". Retrieved 20 May 2014. 

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