Yuichi Nishimura

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Yuichi Nishimura
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Full name Yuichi Nishimura
Born (1972-04-17) 17 April 1972 (age 42)
Tokyo, Japan
Years League Role
1999– J. League Division 1 Referee
Years League Role
2004– FIFA listed Referee

Yuichi Nishimura (西村 雄一 Nishimura Yūichi?, born 17 April 1972) is a Japanese football referee who has been a full international referee for FIFA.

He was the only Asian referee and one of three judges selected to judge in 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana along with assistant referees Toru Sagara from Japan and Jeong Hae-Sang from South Korea. He was also a referee at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He was not appointed to any more matches in the tournament by CAF after the quarterfinal after he failed to dismiss Angolan players for pushing him during the quarterfinal match between Egypt and Angola. The whole Angolan team was banned for 5 years from certain jurisdictions for their part in the incident.

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

He was preselected as a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[1] On 11 June 2010 he was the referee for the Uruguay against France game at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, along with fourth official Joel Aguilar and assistant referees Jeong Hae Sang, and Toru Sagara.[2] Nishimura produced the first red card of the tournament, when he sent Uruguay midfielder Nicolás Lodeiro off the field for two yellow cards. On 2 July 2010, during the first quarterfinal game between Brazil and Netherlands at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, he sent off Felipe Melo of Brazil in the 73rd minute of the game. On 11 July 2010, Nishimura was the 4th official for the final match of the World Cup, Netherlands vs. Spain.[3] He refereed the final of the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup between Inter Milan and TP Mazembe. After cautioning a Mazembe player for a reckless tackle, TP Marzembe players confronted him. His use of strong body language prevented any physical contact towards him, suggesting he had learnt from the Angola incident.

On 13 November 2010, Nishimura was be the referee for the final match of the 2010 AFC Champions League Final, Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma vs. Zob Ahan, at the National Stadium in Tokyo.


He was chosen as the J. League Referee of the Year in 2009 and 2010.[4]

He also officiated at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

Nishimura was re-united with Lodeiro at the 2012 Olympic Games, carding him for a petulant act of dissent in the match against Great Britain in Cardiff. In 2012, he was named Best Men's Referee of the Year by the Asian Football Confederation.


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Preceded by
Mexico Benito Archundia
FIFA Club World Cup
final match referee

Succeeded by
Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov