Igor Zakharov

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For Russian footballer born in 1975, see Igor Zakharov (footballer, born 1975).
Igor Zakharov
Personal information
Full name Igor Nikolayevich Zakharov
Date of birth (1966-06-08) 8 June 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Kaluga, Russian SFSR
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984 FC Zorkiy Krasnogorsk 22 (0)
1986–1990 FC SKA Khabarovsk 151 (0)
1991–1993 FC Okean Nakhodka 80 (3)
1993–1994 FC Luch Vladivostok 18 (2)
1994–1995 FC Krylia Sovetov Samara 19 (3)
1995 FC Zenit St. Petersburg 17 (1)
1996–1997 FC Gazovik-Gazprom Izhevsk 42 (3)
1997 FC Kuban Krasnodar 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Igor Nikolayevich Zakharov (Russian: Игорь Николаевич Захаров; born 8 June 1966 in Kaluga) is a Russian former professional football referee and player. As a player, he made his professional debut in the Soviet Second League in 1984 for FC Zorkiy Krasnogorsk.[1]

He had several memorable incidents in his referee career. On 25 July 2006 in the game between FC Dynamo Moscow and FC Moscow he gave FC Moscow a corner kick. Dynamo goalkeeper Sergei Ovchinnikov thought that FC Moscow player touched the ball last and aggressively attacked Zakharov, at one point grabbing his shirt. Ovchinnikov was sent off and received a long disqualification. That turned out to be the last professional game Ovchinnikov played.[2] On another occasion a dog ran onto a field in the game Zakharov was officiating. Zakharov has shown the dog the yellow card. On 27 July 2008 after a game between FC Shinnik Yaroslavl and FC Terek Grozny Shinnik wanted to test Zakharov for alcohol, claiming he refereed the game while drunk. Zakharov refused to go through the test.[3]

He was an international FIFA referee from 2005 to 2008, retiring from refereeing after the 2008 season.