Jorge Larrionda

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Jorge Larrionda
Full name Jorge Luis Larrionda Pietrafesa
Born (1968-03-09) 9 March 1968 (age 51)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Years Role
1995–2010 Referee
Years League Role
1998–2010 FIFA listed Referee

Jorge Luis Larrionda Pietrafesa (born March 9, 1968) is a retired FIFA football referee from Uruguay who has officiated at international matches since 1998. The high point of his career was the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in which he officiated four matches, including a semifinal between Portugal and France. He is a strict referee who shows a high number of cards.[1]

Larrionda is also well known in South America, having participated in countless matches of continental competitions such as the Copa Libertadores and the Campeonato Uruguayo.

He retired[2] from refereeing in 2011.


Prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Larrionda officiated 34 games internationally in matches in the 2001 Copa America, 2002 World Cup qualifying matches for CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, the 2003 Confederations Cup, the 2004 Olympics, the 2004 Libertadores Cup, the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and Under-17 World Championship, and 2006 World Cup CONMEBOL qualifying matches.[3]

Larrionda was selected as a referee for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but was suspended for six months by the Uruguayan Football Association two days after his selection, and was dropped from the list of referees.[4] The organization cited "irregularities" which were not specified.[4][5] Larrionda was one of five referees suspended for what the president of the Uruguayan board described as "irregularities that were denounced by other referees." [6] The suspensions reportedly arose from accusations of corruption between members of rival Uruguayan soccer officials unions.[7]

Larrionda officiated over a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier held October 13, 2004 between Brazil and Colombia at Maceio, Brazil.[8] The match ended in a draw.

Larrionda was selected as a referee for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. He took charge of the 2009 Confederations Cup semifinal, in which the United States upset Spain 2-0. He issued four yellow cards in the match, two to each side, as well as a straight red to the USA's Michael Bradley late in the game.[9]

Larrionda refereed the second leg of the two legged playoff between Bahrain and New Zealand, in Wellington. The first leg was refereed by Hungarian Viktor Kassai.

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Larrionda was selected again to officiate for the 2006 World Cup. He refereed the Angola - Portugal match on June 11. Larrionda's second assignment in the 2006 World Cup was the June 17 match Italy - United States. He became the fourth referee to send off three players in a single World Cup finals match, after sending off Italy's Daniele De Rossi for an elbow to the cheek of Brian McBride, United States' Pablo Mastroeni for a two-footed tackle, and Eddie Pope for a late tackle which saw Pope receive his second yellow card.[7][10] In total for the match, Larrionda issued four yellow and three red cards; all but one of the cards were issued during the first 47 minutes of the match. Larrionda was chosen to officiate another group-stage match, between France and Togo.

On 28 June FIFA announced that Larrionda would be one of the final group of 12 referees retained for the remainder of the tournament, and on 2 July he was appointed to officiate the second semi final between Portugal and France (July 5).[11] Larrionda officiated the France-Portugal semifinal on July 5, 2006. In the 32nd minute, Larrionda awarded a penalty kick to France for a foul by Ricardo Carvalho on Thierry Henry. The shot was taken successfully by Zinedine Zidane. The penalty was the only goal of the game, and France won 1-0.[12] Larrionda gave out only two yellow cards in the match.[13] He booked Ricardo Carvalho of Portugal in 83rd minute and Louis Saha of France in the 87th. Both players were already carrying yellows, and thus missed the third place match and final, respectively, due to card accumulation.[14]

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Larrionda was selected as a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was the referee at the Australia-Serbia group stage match, which Australia won 2-1.[15] He refereed the match between England and Germany, that Germany went on to win 4-1. Larrionda failed to award a goal when a shot from Frank Lampard came off of the crossbar and crossed the goal line.[16][17][18] It would have made the score 2–2 at the time. This incident renewed calls for the introduction of goal-line technology.[19] Larrionda along with his two assistants were not chosen by FIFA for the final stages.[20]


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  2. ^ "Frank Lampard 'goal' referee Jorge Larrionda retires - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online.
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  4. ^ a b Johnson, Dale (2002-01-10). "Update 2002: Uruguayan referee suspended". Soccernet. Retrieved 2006-06-17.
  5. ^ Longman, Jere (2006-06-17). "U.S. Holds Italy to a Tie". New York Times. Retrieved 2006-06-17.
  6. ^ Dave O'Brien and Marcelo Balboa (Commentators); Musburger, Brent (Presenter); Giorgio Chinaglia, Alexi Lalas and Eric Wynalda (Analysts) (2006). World Cup Soccer: Italy vs. United States (TV-Series). United States: ABC.
  7. ^ a b Associated Press (2006-06-17). "U.S. holds on for foul-plagued 1-1 draw with Italy". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2006-06-18.
  8. ^ Reuters (2004-10-13). "Brazil 0-0 Colombia: Controversy". Soccernet. Retrieved 2006-06-18.
  9. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (2009-06-24). "Spain 0-2 United States". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  10. ^ "Italy 1-1 USA". BBC. 2006-06-17. Retrieved 2006-06-18.
  11. ^ dpa (2006-07-02). "Schiedsrichter Larrionda leitet zweites Halbfinale". Retrieved 2006-07-02.
  12. ^ Doyle, Paul (2006-07-05). "France 1 - 0 Portugal". London: Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2006-07-23.
  13. ^ "Portugal 0-1 France". BBC. 2006-07-05. Retrieved 2006-07-23.
  14. ^ PA (2006-07-05). "Portugal 0-1 France: Zidane's final dream". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 2006-07-23.
  15. ^ FIFA World Cup 2010: Serbia Robbed of Qualification;Bleacher Report, 23 June 2010
  16. ^ "Allemagne-Angleterre : but valable refusé à Lampard", Le Parisien, June 27, 2010
  17. ^ "Enorme erreur d'arbitrage au Mondial (vidéo)", RTBF, June 27, 2010
  18. ^ "Desperate England dumped out by Germany"], Eurosport, June 27, 2010
  19. ^ Kelso, Paul (June 27, 2010). "England v Germany: Frank Lampard's 'goal' reignites goal-line technology debate". London: The Telegraph. Archived from the original on June 30, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  20. ^ "Referee Jorge Larrionda dropped from World Cup 2010 following England error". Retrieved June 30, 2010.

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