Frank De Bleeckere
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|Full name||Frank Wermer De Bleeckere|
1 June 1966 |
Frank De Bleeckere (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfrɑŋk də ˈbleːkərə], born 1 July 1966 in Oudenaarde) is a Belgian former football referee. He had been a referee since 1984, and an international (FIFA) official since 1998. De Bleeckere was refereeing in his first World Cup Finals in Germany, and had to pass a late fitness test following injury. He has been appointed by UEFA as one of twelve referees to officiate UEFA Euro 2008 matches, and was in charge of the Semi Final between Spain and Russia.
- 1 Career highlights
- 2 2006 FIFA World Cup
- 3 2010 FIFA World Cup
- 4 International career
- 5 Statistics
- 6 References
- 7 External links
UEFA Champions League
During the UEFA Champions League 2006-07 group stage, De Bleeckere was chosen for the match between Chelsea and Barcelona. The teams had fiery encounters in the past two seasons, with referees Anders Frisk and Terje Hauge both facing criticism from Chelsea manager José Mourinho after sending off Didier Drogba and Asier del Horno controversially in previous meetings.
In the 2007–08 tournament, he was assigned the first knockout round first leg game between Liverpool and Internazionale. He sent off Inter defender Marco Materazzi for two yellow card offences after 30 minutes, leaving Inter to play with 10 men for the rest of the match. Next, he was appointed for the quarter-final clash between Roma and Manchester United.
In 2009–10, De Bleeckere took charge of the Semi-final match between Barcelona and Inter on 28 April 2010. He was involved in a couple of controversial decisions. He gave Inter midfielder Thiago Motta a red card for an offense on Sergio Busquets. Television replays suggest that Busquets made the most of the contact and prompty rejoined the game after Motta had been sent off. Also, late in the game, De Bleeckere allowed Barcelona's first goal to stand after Gerard Pique was in an offside position when receiving the ball. Later in the match De Bleeckere wrongly disallowed what would have been the winning goal by Barcelona forward Bojan Krkić for a handball by Yaya Toure in the build-up play.
In 2010–11, De Bleeckere was in charge of the second leg of the 2010–11 semi-final match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid C.F.. He controversially ruled out a Real Madrid goal for Gonzalo Higuain in the 46th minute. Television replays show that Mascherano was fouled and that the goal was rightly disallowed.
2009 UEFA Super Cup
On 28 August 2009, De Bleeckere took charge of the UEFA Super Cup match between the UEFA Champions League winners FC Barcelona and the last UEFA Cup winners FC Shakhtar Donetsk at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.
2006 FIFA World Cup
Group C: Argentina vs Côte d'Ivoire
De Bleeckere issued five yellows during this match, showing cards to, amongst others, Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboué and then Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze. De Bleeckere got very good reviews for his performance during this game; both his assistant referees made a number of close, but correct decisions.
Group F: Croatia vs Japan
Second Round: England vs Ecuador
Quarterfinal: Italy vs Ukraine
De Bleeckere refereed the match between Italy and Ukraine and had few troubles on the pitch, the match featured very few harsh tackles and De Bleeckere only had to hand out three yellow cards. Again, most people saw his performance as very good, although the second Italian goal, scored by Luca Toni, was under discussion, as Toni was said to be in offside position.
2010 FIFA World Cup
He was preselected as a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He showed a second yellow and inevitably a red card to Loukas Vyntra on the 43rd minute during Switzerland - Greece game that was held on 5 September 2009.
He officiated the match between the United States and Algeria on 23 June.
- Latvia 0 Sweden 0, September 2002
- Greece 1 Ukraine 0, June 2003
- Macedonia 1 England 2, September 2003
- UAE 1 Slovakia 4, November 2003
- Japan 1 England 0, November 2003
- Colombia 0 Egypt 0, November 2003
- Panama 1 UAE 2, December 2003
- Argentina 3 Mali 1, December 2003
- Republic of Ireland 2 Colombia 2, December 2003
- Spain 1 Colombia 0, December 2003
- Colombia 2 Argentina 1, December 2003
- Slovenia 1 Italy 0, October 2004
- Armenia 1 Romania 1, November 2004
- Korea DPR 0 Japan 2, June 2005
- Estonia 0 Portugal 1, June 2005
- Sweden 3 Bulgaria 0, September 2005
- Denmark 1 Greece 0, October 2005
- Turkey 4 Switzerland 2, November 2005
- Peru 1 Ghana 1, September 2005
- Côte d'Ivoire 0 Korea DPR 3, September 2005
- Qatar 0 Brazil 6, September 2005
- Turkey 3 Brazil 4, September 2005
- Mexico 3 Brazil 0, October 2005
- Argentina 2 Côte d'Ivoire 1, June 2006
- Croatia 0 Japan 0, June 2006
- England 1 Ecuador 0, June 2006
- Italy 3 Ukraine 0, June 2006
- Egypt 4 Trinidad and Tobago 1, September 2009 Opening Match
- Nigeria 0 Spain 2, September 2009
- Australia 1 Brazil 3, October 2009
- Ghana - Brazil, October 2009 Final
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- Rate The Ref - Rate Referee’s Performance in Euro 2008, Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Cup and World Cup campaigns
- Referee Rosetti gets Euro 2008 final, AFP, 24 June 2008
- "De Bleeckere takes Super Cup whistle". UEFA.com. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
- List of prospective 2010 FIFA World Cup referees
- Match report 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
- Marcus, Jeffrey (21 June 2010). "Referees Talk Openly, but Not About That One Call". The New York Times.