Carlos Eugênio Simon
|Full name||Carlos Eugênio Simon|
3 September 1965 |
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Carlos Eugênio Simon (born 3 September 1965) is an ex-FIFA football referee from Brazil. He is also a journalist and a former trade unionist. Simon has been an international referee since 1998 and his first international game was between Ecuador and Peru. He was a referee in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2006 FIFA World Cup, and 2010 FIFA World Cup.
During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Simon officiated at three matches. In the second-round match between Germany and Sweden, he came under criticism from BBC pundits for sending off Sweden's Teddy Lučić for a second cautionable offence. He also controversially grinned at Lučić after pulling out the red card.
In 2009 Simon was banned for six weeks amid accusations of incompetence and corruption. Simon was suspended by his national federation for 'a repetition of mistakes' and accusations that he disallowed a perfectly good goal for Palmeiras against Fluminense.
He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. He completed his postgraduate education on sports science, specializing in soccer.
Simon became a referee for the CBF in 1993, and for the FIFA in 1997. He participated in the 2000 Olympic Games, the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournaments, and every Copa Libertadores competition since 2000. He also officiated the finals of the Campeonato Brasileiro four times (1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002), the Brazil Cup three times (2000, 2003 and 2004).
On 2004, he released his first book, titled Na Diagonal do Campo (English: On the Diagonal of the Field). In it, he explains the rules of a football match and the routine of a referee.