Carlos Batres

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Carlos Alberto Batres González (born April 2, 1968 in Guatemala City) is a Guatemalan football referee.[1] He has refereed FIFA World Cup qualification and final tournament matches, and at Olympic tournaments.

Having refereed in FIFA since January 1, 1996, Batres conducted his first international match on October 27, 1996, a 1998 World Cup qualifier between Panama and Canada.

He officiated at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, presiding over the Group A match between Denmark and Senegal and the second round match between Germany and Paraguay. He was also preselected as a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[2]

On June 13, 2010, he refereed the match between Algeria and Slovenia,[3] even though his mother had died barely four days before, on the night of June 9.[4]

On June 20, 2010, he refereed the match between Italy and New Zealand, which ended in a 1–1 draw. New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert commented "some of the decisions were strange",[5] and captain Ryan Nelsen also said the penalty kick he awarded to the Italians as "ridiculous". However, Italian coach Marcello Lippi contended that many of his players were elbowed during the match.[6] In spite of the partisan complaints, Batres was retained for the later stages of the tournament.[7]

World Cup matches officiated[edit]

Tournament Date Venue Round Team 1 Result Team 2
2002 June 6, 2002 Daegu World Cup Stadium, Daegu First Round  Denmark 1 – 1  Senegal
2002 June 15, 2002 Jeju World Cup Stadium, Seogwipo Round of 16  Germany 1 – 0  Paraguay
2010 June 13, 2010 Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane First Round  Algeria 0 – 1  Slovenia
2010 June 20, 2010 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit First Round  Italy 1 – 1  New Zealand
2010 July 3, 2010 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg Quarterfinals  Paraguay 0 – 1  Spain


  1. ^ "Carlos Batres: Serio y de pocas bromas". 2008-11-19. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  2. ^ List of prospective 2010 FIFA World Cup referees
  3. ^ "Algeria-Slovenia". 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  4. ^ "Murió madre de árbitro Carlos Batres". 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  5. ^ "World Cup 2010: New Zealand question Italy penalty". 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  6. ^ "New Zealand captain slams referee". Yahoo! Sports FIFA 2010 World Cup Coverage. 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
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Preceded by
Mexico Benito Archundia
FIFA Club World Cup final match referees
Guatemala Carlos Batres
Succeeded by
Mexico Marco Rodríguez