Nicolae Rainea

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Nicolae Rainea (1980)

Nicolae Rainea (born 19 November 1933 in Brăila), nicknamed The Locomotive of the Carpathians, is a retired Romanian football referee. He refereed at three FIFA World Cups (1974, 1978, 1982), the UEFA Euro 1980 Final, the 1983 European Cup Final, the second leg of the 1978 European Super Cup and also the second leg of the 1978 UEFA Cup Final.[1]

Rainea is chiefly remembered for his officiating of the Italy v Argentina game at the 1982 World Cup, when he allowed Italy's Claudio Gentile to commit numerous bad fouls on Argentina's Diego Maradona, yet showed Gentile only one yellow card. In a later match between France and Northern Ireland at the same tournament, serving as a linesman, he disallowed a legitimate goal by Northern Ireland's Martin O'Neill when the score was still 0-0. France went on to win 4-1.

Rainea has been decorated by two presidents of Romania, Ion Iliescu and Traian Băsescu.[1] He has been made Honorary Citizen of Galați where he resides and is currently serving his fourth Local Council term.[1]

In 2011, he celebrated 50 years of marriage.[1] He has two children, a boy and a daughter, both established in Sweden.[1]

Nicolae Rainea Stadium in Galați is named after him.

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Preceded by
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dusan Maksimović
1978 UEFA Cup Final
Romania Nicolae Rainea
Succeeded by
Scotland Ian Foote
Preceded by
Hungary Károly Palotai
1978 European Super Cup
Romania Nicolae Rainea
Succeeded by
Germany Adolf Prokop
Preceded by
Italy Sergio Gonella
1980 UEFA Euro Final
Romania Nicolae Rainea
Succeeded by
Czechoslovakia Vojtech Christov
Preceded by
France Georges Konrath
1983 European Cup Final
Romania Nicolae Rainea
Succeeded by
Sweden Erik Fredriksson