Lucien Bouchardeau

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Lucien Bouchardeau (born December 18, 1961) is a retired Nigerien football referee. He is best remembered for having officiated in 1998 a World Cup first round match between Italy and Chile in which he controversially awarded the European team with a penalty kick. Following the game he talked to the press —which the FIFA forbids — about his fear he would be sacked from the tournament, which would mark the end of his career.[1] He also officiated matches at the 1996 Olympics, 1997 Confederations Cup and the 1998 and 1996 African Cup of Nations.

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