Ioan Igna

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Ioan Igna
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Ioan Igna (left) with Michel Platini (right) at 1986 FIFA World Cup
Born (1940-06-04) June 4, 1940 (age 77)
Arad, Romania
Years League Role
1974–1989 Liga I Referee
Years League Role
1976–1989 FIFA-listed Referee

Ioan Igna (born June 4, 1940 in Timișoara) is a Romanian retired football referee. He is known for having refereed two matches in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, including an epic quarter-final match between Brazil and France. Igna made two controversial calls during the tie. In the second period of extra time, he did not penalise a foul by the Brazil goalkeeper Carlos on France attacker Bruno Bellone.[1][2] BBC commentator Jimmy Hill described Igna's decision to ignore the foul by Carlos as "an extreme mistake".[3] In the penalty shootout, he awarded a goal when Bellone's shot hit the post and the ball rebounded off Carlos before entering the goal.[1] The laws of the game were subsequently amended to specifically address the situation that occurred in the penalty shootout.[4]

He also refereed the second leg of the 1987 UEFA Cup Final and a semi-final in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship in West Germany between the Netherlands and West Germany.


  1. ^ a b "Classic Football". FIFA. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Yannis, Alex (22 June 1986). "FRANCE BEATS BRAZIL ON PENALTY KICKS". New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "World Cup 2014: 100 great World Cup moments - 23 days to go". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Penalty shoot-out hits post and keeper". Retrieved 20 May 2014. 

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