Anthony Buttimer

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Anthony Buttimer
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Anthony Buttimer is surrounded by Bohemian's players during their 2015 League of Ireland game with Galway United at Eamon Deacy Park
Full name Anthony Buttimer
Born Drogheda, Ireland
Years League Role
2007 LOI First Division Referee
2008 LOI Premier Division Referee
2010 UEFA Champions League Referee
Years League Role
? UEFA listed Referee

Anthony Buttimer is an Irish FIFA-level[1][2] soccer referee from Cork. A League of Ireland official, he took charge of the 2008 FAI Cup Final in the RDS, Dublin.


Buttimer regularly referees matches in the League of Ireland.[3][4] In the past he has been dispatched to referee local derbies including the Connacht Derby contested between Sligo Rovers and Galway United in August 2007.[5] He was also deployed in the 2013 FAI Cup Semi Final and Louth Derby between Dundalk and Drogheda.[6]

In September 2007, Buttimer took issue with the colour of the goalkeeper's jerseys in a game between Dundalk and Shelbourne. It was eventually agreed that the Dundalk goalkeeper would wear a t-shirt with a white strip of tape on the back whilst the Shelbourne goalkeeper would wear a training top for the match.[7] A similar incident occurred on March 2008, when he said that the kit worn by Sligo Rovers was too similar to the kit worn by St Patrick's Athletic.[8]

Buttimer took charge of the 2008-09 UEFA Cup qualifier first round second leg match between KS Vllaznia Shkodër and FC Koper at the Loro-Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër, Albania. The match finished 0 – 0, with him issuing three yellow cards.[9]

On 23 November, Buttimer took charge of the 2008 FAI Cup Final, in which Bohemians beat Derry City[10] This was the first FAI Cup Final to feature a penalty shoot-out.[11]


  1. ^ "Kelly blows the whistle on Ireland's referee bashers". Irish Independent. 7 June 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  2. ^ "FIFA awards 17 badges to Irish referees and assistants". 20 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  3. ^ "Pre-match bust-up fails to stop Rovers' run". Irish Independent. 11 August 2007. Archived from the original on 3 September 2012. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Revenge sweet as Sammon nets win". Irish Independent. 21 June 2008. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  5. ^ "Charles and Cooke ensure home delight for Galway". Irish Independent. 25 August 2007. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Referee red calls enrage Dundalk". The Herald. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Referee in goalkeeper strip fiasco". Irish Independent. 3 October 2007. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  8. ^ "Saints alive after ref gets shirty over jersey clash". Irish Independent. 8 March 2008. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  9. ^ Anthony Buttimer profile. Accessed 24 November 2008.
  10. ^ "Bohemians 2-2 Derry City (AET, 4-2 pens)". RTÉ. 23 November 2008. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  11. ^ "Bohs win FAI Ford Cup on penalties". 23 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-24.