Pieter Vink and his assistants
|Full name||Pieter Vink|
March 13, 1967 |
Noordwijkerhout, South Holland,
|Other occupation||Ex-police officer|
|2004–2010||FIFA and UEFA listed||Referee|
|2007–2010||UEFA Elite listed||Referee|
Pieter Vink (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpitər ˈvɪŋk], born March 13, 1967  in Noordwijkerhout, South Holland,) is a Dutch football referee, who also officiates for FIFA and UEFA. He was the first referee to take charge of a match at the "New Wembley Stadium" in 2007. His other occupation was as a police officer, eventually giving this up to become a full-time referee. His main other hobby is golf.
Internationally, he has been a FIFA referee since 2004, also debuting as a referee in the UEFA Cup in the same year, and then being appointed to the 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship Final at Windsor Park, Belfast, on July 29, 2005, when France defeated England 3–1.
He was given the considerable honour of handling the first official match to be played at the newly-rebuilt Wembley Stadium on March 24, 2007, a 'friendly' between England Under-21 and Italy Under-21 which finished 3–3.
In 2007, he refereed his first match in the UEFA Champions League, a qualifying tie between Steaua Bucharest of Romania and FC BATE of Belarus, having been promoted to UEFA's Elite list in July. He went on to handle three more games in the Group stage of the competition in that year. Vink was referee for the Euro 2008 qualifying match between Scotland and the Ukraine on October 13, 2007 at Hampden Park, Glasgow, when the Ukrainians were effectively eliminated after a 3–1 defeat. Subsequently, he took charge of Northern Ireland's 2–1 win over Denmark at Windsor Park, Belfast, on November 17, 2007.
Vink refereed the all-English Champions League quarter final first leg between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on April 2, 2008. In the 66th minute of the match, Vink denied a penalty to Arsenal that should have been given despite Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt "tangling with Alexander Hleb inside the area". Kuyt also refuted allegations that his fellow countryman had done him "favours" by ignoring the incident. "There were no favours. The referee called it right. To be honest I did touch Hleb but I never pulled his shirt or held him. He didn't deserve a penalty for that. It was close, but he didn't deserve a penalty," he said.
On December 19, 2007, it was announced that Vink would head the Dutch team of officials selected for the Euro 2008 competition proper, held in Austria and Switzerland in summer 2008. He refereed the third match of the competition between hosts Austria and Croatia.
- Birthdate confirmation: FIFA official website. Retrieved on February 18, 2008.
- Town of birth and profile: WorldReferee.com website. Retrieved on February 18, 2008.
- Referee for inaugural match at the "New Wembley", March 24, 2007: TheFA.com website. Retrieved on February 18, 2008.
- Further profile on Vink: Google translation of a KNVB.nl webpage. Retrieved on February 18, 2008.
- England 1 France 3, 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship Final: UEFA official website. Retrieved on February 18, 2008.
- Steaua Bucharest 2 FC BATE 0, UEFA Champions League qualifying round: UEFA official website. Retrieved on February 18, 2008.
- Scotland 3 Ukraine 1, Euro 2008 qualifying match: BBC.co.uk website. Retrieved on February 18, 2008.
- Northern Ireland 2 Denmark 1, Euro 2008 qualifying match: BBC.co.uk website. Retrieved on February 18, 2008.
- Arsenal v. Liverpool, UEFA Champions League quarter-final, first leg, April 2, 2008: UEFA official website. Retrieved on March 31, 2008.
- To make matters worse for the error-prone Vink it was later revealed that he lived just 10 miles from Kuyt in Holland and that the two were 'associates'. Vink has refused this claim but has conceded that he does have a liking for Liverpool football club and Dirk Kuyt. "Kuyt denies Dutch deal over penalty", Arsenal v. Liverpool, Champions' League quarter-final first leg, 2008: from an article at The Guardian website. Retrieved on March 4, 2008.
- Selection for Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, summer 2008: UEFA official website. Retrieved on February 18, 2008.
- Austria v. Croatia, referee, Euro 2008: BBC.co.uk website. Retrieved on July 22, 2008.