Alain Sars

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Alain Sars
Full name Alain Sars
Born (1961-04-30) 30 April 1961 (age 57)
Dombasle-sur-Meurthe, France
Domestic
Years League Role
0000–2006 Ligue 1 Referee
International
Years League Role
1993–2006 FIFA–listed Referee

Alain Sars (born 30 April 1961) is a retired French football referee.

Sars has officiated matches in the 2000 African Cup of Nations,[1] UEFA Champions League,[2] the UEFA European Football Championship, and the 1995 FIFA World Youth Championship.[3] He also served as a referee in qualifying matches for the Euro 1996,[4] 1998 World Cup,[5] Euro 2000,[6] 2002 World Cup,[7] Euro 2004,[8] and 2006 World Cup[9] tournaments.

Alin Sars was made famous in Sweden in the Champions League game between AIK vs. Barcelona in the year 1999. AIK took a surprising lead by Nebojsa Novakovic when there were 20 minutes left of the game. In the 85th minute Sars decided to allow Barcelona to commence with their corner kick during a double substitution for AIK, resulting in a goal. AIK lost the game 1-2 after a late goal in extra time from Barcelona. The Swedes were furious and the Head Coach of AIK Stuart Baxter was sent off after heavily protesting the unjust goal. Even to this day Sars is an unpopular referee among AIK-fans.[10]

The AIK-Barcelona game wasn't the first game in which he made a huge scandal. In a game between PSV Eindhoven and Kauserlautern he allowed a goal when the ball wasn't over the line thanks to player protests.

After these scandals Sars was appointed as a referee in a FIFA world cup.

Sars was named by FIFA in March 2006 as one of the 44 candidate referees to officiate at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany,[11] but he was not among those selected for the tournament. He retired internationally in 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Courtney, Barrie. "African Nations Cup 2000 - Final Tournament Details" Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite. RSSSF, 9 August 2006. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  2. ^ Davies, Christopher (27 April 2005). "'Understudy' in limelight". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  3. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Costa Rica - Germany 2:1 (1:0)". 17 April 1995. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  4. ^ UEFA. "Georgia 5-0 Wales". 16 November 1994. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  5. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Croatia - Ukraine 2:0 (1:0)". 29 October 1997. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  6. ^ UEFA. "Northern Ireland 0-3 Turkey". 4 September 1999. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  7. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Finland - England 0:0" Archived 15 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. 11 October 2000. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  8. ^ UEFA. "Spain 0-1 Greece". 7 June 2003. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  9. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Italy - Norway 2:1 (1:1)". 4 September 2004. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  10. ^ Youtube "AIK vs FCB". 14 september 1999.
  11. ^ FIFA. "Referees enter final FIFA World Cup preparation phase". 15 March 2006. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.

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