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 surprisingly lead by Nebojsa Novakovic when it was 20 minutes left of the game. In The 85th minute Sars decided to give Barcelona a goal during a double substitute in AIK. AIK lost the game 1-2 after a late goal in extra time from Barcelona. The Swedes were furious and even today Sars is an impopular referee among AIK-fans.[10]

The AIK-Barcelona game wasn't the first game he made a huge scandal. Even 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 rewarded to be a referee in 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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