Govindasamy Suppiah

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Govindasamy Suppiah (born 17 June 1929 – 6 December 2012) was a Singaporean football referee.

Suppiah officiated at the 1974 FIFA World Cup where he took charge of one match, Poland's 7–0 win against Haiti and went on to officiate as a linesman for two further matches.[1]

He was the first Asian to referee a match at the FIFA World Cup.[2]

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.[3]


  1. ^ "Haiti 0–7 Poland". Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "George Suppiah the first Singaporean to referee at the world cup". 7 December 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "George Suppiah Biography". World Referee. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 

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