António Garrido (referee)

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António José da Silva Garrido
Born(1932-12-03)3 December 1932
Vieira de Leiria, Marinha Grande, Portugal
Died10 September 2014(2014-09-10) (aged 81)
Known forFootball referee (1964–1982)

António José da Silva Garrido OIH (3 December 1932 – 10 September 2014) was a Portuguese football referee.


Born in Vieira de Leiria, Marinha Grande, Garrido was the first Portuguese referee to officiate a European Cup final in 1980. He refereed three matches in the FIFA World Cup, two in the 1978 and one in the 1982 – the 3rd place play-off match. He also refereed one match in the UEFA Euro 1980 and the first leg of 1977 European Super Cup.[1]

On 3 August 1983, Garrido received the title of Officer of the Order of Prince Henry. Although he was an accountant by profession, he continued involved in football after his forced retirement as a referee in 1982 due to age limit.[2] He then had several positions, becoming member of the FPF's Refereeing Board (for 4 years), FIFA referee instructor, UEFA observer, and referees commissioner in World Cups (for 20 years).[1][3]

In 2005, Garrido was heard as a witness in Portuguese corruption scandal Apito Dourado (Golden Whistle) for being tapped talking to Pinto de Sousa (Chairman of the FPF's Refereeing Board) and Valentim Loureiro (Chairman of the Portuguese League for Professional Football).[1][4]

1978 World Cup[edit]

Garrido officiated the match between the hosts Argentina and Hungary.[5]

UEFA Euro 1980[edit]

Garrido also officiated the match between Italy and Belgium at UEFA Euro 1980.

Personal life and death[edit]

In 2012, Garrido admitted to have become a supporter of FC Porto, despite being himself a declared supporter of Sporting CP before ending his referee career. He was accused of collaborating with the former club, a claim which he denied.[1][2][3]

On 10 September 2014, he died after a long illness.[1][2][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Tiago Pimentel (10 September 2014). "António Garrido, o homem que detestava árbitros mas que se tornou um deles" [António Garrido, the man who hated referees but that became one of them] (in Portuguese). Público. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Paulo, Isabel (10 September 2014). "Morreu o árbitro que se dizia do Sporting mas colaborou com o FC Porto" [The referee who said being a Sporting fan but who collaborated with FC Porto] (in Portuguese). Expresso. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "António Garrido: "Marquei penalties quase sem ter visto"" [António Garrido: "I whistled penalties almost without seeing them"]. Jornal de Leiria (in Portuguese). 26 April 2012. Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Directivos del Oporto cenaron con el árbitro tras el partido contra el Villarreal" [FC Porto members dined with the referee after the match against Villarreal]. (in Spanish). 4 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  5. ^ Scott Murray and Paul Doyle (2 July 2010). "The Joy of Six: World Cup Refereeing Controversies". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Morreu o antigo árbitro António Garrido" [Former referee António Garrido died]. Maisfutebol (in Portuguese). 10 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
Preceded by
European Cup Final 1979
Austria Erich Linemayr
European Cup Referees
Final 1980
Portugal António Garrido
Succeeded by
European Cup Final 1981
Hungary Károly Palotai