George Suppiah

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George Suppiah (1929 – 7 December 2012) was an Asian football referee and the first Asian referee at the World Cup Finals which took place in West Germany in 1974 between Poland and Haiti international teams.[1][2] Suppiah began his referee career in 1953 and expanded all over Asia and Europe but ended his football career in 1978.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Suppiah was born in India, and died, aged 83, in Singapore. He had two grandchildren, daughter named Shamini Suppiah, son named Subra Suppiah and wife called Vallambal. Suppiah was a diabetic and had two toes removed from his foot after infection.


He was awarded by FIFA for being a referee instructor for 25 years. In 2009, he was presented with Distinguished Service Award and a Gold Service Award and in September, 2012 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.[4]


  1. ^ "Singapore World Cup referee dies". The Bangkok Post. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "George Suppiah the first Singaporean to referee at the World Cup dies". Goal. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "George Suppiah, first Asian referee at World Cup Finals, dies". Today Online. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "George Suppiah Biography". World Referee. Retrieved 8 December 2012.