Iain Brines

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Iain Robertson Brines (born 22 July 1967) was a Scottish football referee in the Scottish Premier League. Brines has been a referee since 1989 and was a FIFA-listed referee from 2003;[1] as of 2013, however, he is no longer included on the FIFA list,[2] having reached the international retirement age of 45. He refereed in full international matches,[3] as well as matches in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup tournaments.[4][5]


Brines was criticised for his performance by both managers after a match between Motherwell and Rangers on 31 October 2007 at Fir Park. In one case, Walter Smith commented when Brines failed to award a penalty when Nacho Novo, a Rangers player, was fouled inside the penalty box. Mark McGhee was unhappy about another incident where Brines awarded a corner to Rangers, despite a foul on the Motherwell goalkeeper, Graeme Smith. As a result of this corner, Nacho Novo scored for Rangers.

Brines was also criticised by Clyde manager, Graham Roberts, when, in a game between Clyde and Gretna, Brines sent off Clyde player, Alex Williams for an alleged kick at Chris Innes, which was subsequently proved correct by video evidence.[6]


  1. ^ "Scottish Football Association - Referee Profile" - Accessed 23 January 2008
  2. ^ FIFA. "Scotland: Referees". Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  3. ^ Morrison, Neil. "International Matches 2004 - Europe". RSSSF, 2 February 2005. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  4. ^ Haisma, Marcel & Saaid, Hamdan. "UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup 2007/08 Details". RSSSF, 11 July 2008. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  5. ^ UEFA. "Anorthosis 1-0 Dinamo Minsk". 20 July 2005. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  6. ^ BBC News "Clyde's Williams appeal rejected" - Accessed 1 November 2007

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