Stuart Dougal

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Stuart Dougal (born 6 November 1962) is a retired Scottish football referee[1] who was on the FIFA international list.[2] He refereed the Scottish Cup final in 2004 and 2008.[3][4] As part of a normal refereeing career, Dougal courted controversy, including receiving a fine for bad language towards Christian Nerlinger of Rangers.[5]

Dougal refereed over 100 International appointments and visited 38 different countries as a referee. He refereed 2 Uefa Intertoto Cup Finals and was 4th Official at the 2002 Super Cup Final to Hugh Dallas between Feyenoord and Real Madrid and was at Euro 2004 in the same capacity.

On 16 May 2009, Dougal refereed his last game before retiring. It was a highly controversial match between Aberdeen and Rangers. He sent off Aberdeen's Charlie Mulgrew for an alleged headbutt on Kyle Lafferty after Lafferty conned him by taking an outrageous dive. In the same game he also incorrectly sent off Rangers' central defender Madjid Bougherra on the word of his assistant referee who claimed he deliberately tried to harm Dons keeper Jamie Langfield.

In September 2007 Dougal refereed his last international match, a European Championships qualifier between Turkey and Hungary. During this game he mistakenly sent off Zoltan Gera as his Assistant Referee colleague believed that he dived inside the box. The match ended 3–0 in Turkey's favour.

Since retiring as a referee, Dougal has written a column for the Daily Record


  1. ^ Dougal's profile at the website of the Scottish Football Association
  2. ^ List of Scottish FIFA referees
  3. ^ "Larsson caps Celtic triumph". BBC Sport. 22 May 2004. Retrieved 6 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Dougal to ref Scottish Cup final". BBC Sport. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2008. 
  5. ^ Article about the fine on BBC Sport