Marco Antonio Rodríguez

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For Bolivian racewalker, see Marco Antonio Rodríguez (athlete).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Moreno.
Marco Antonio Rodríguez
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Full name Marco Antonio Rodríguez Moreno
Born (1973-11-10) November 10, 1973 (age 42)
Mexico City, Mexico
Years League Role
1997–2014 Primera División Referee
Years League Role
2000–2014 FIFA listed Referee

Marco Antonio Rodríguez Moreno (born November 10, 1973 in Mexico City) is a former[1] Mexican football referee.


In Mexico, Rodríguez developed a reputation of not being afraid to show many yellow and red cards.[2] He was suspended for 5 games by the Mexican Federation after an incident during the Apertura 2011 final between Tigres and Santos Laguna when he showed 2 yellow cards at the same time to Héctor Mancilla and Carlos Adrián Morales respectively which is against the laws of the game since referees are only allowed to bring only one yellow and red card to the game.[3] During the 2014 Copa Libertadores game between Atlético Nacional and Nacional, he gave the quickest red card in the history of the competition when he sent off Alejandro Bernal from Atlético Nacional after 27 seconds into the game for a harsh tackle. [4]

An international referee since 2000, Rodríguez has been selected for three FIFA World Cups. In the 2006 tournament in Germany, he refereed the England vs Paraguay match and the Côte d'Ivoire vs Serbia and Montenegro match, where he sent off Cyril Domoraud and Albert Nađ. In the 2010 tournament in South Africa, Rodríguez was match referee for the first group match between Australia and Germany, where he contentiously gave a straight red card to Australian striker Tim Cahill. He also sent off Chile's Marco Estrada in a controversial decision during the group stage encounter between Chile and Spain.[5] Finally, he has been selected for the 2014 tournament in Brazil,[6] in which he took charge of 3 games including the semifinal between Germany and Brazil, after which he announced his retirement. [7]

He was also the referee for Uruguay's final group game against Italy on 24 June, Uruguay needed a win to advance to the knockout stage while Italy only needed a draw.[8] Around the 79th minute with the score at 0–0, Suárez clashed with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini while waiting for a cross. Replays showed that Suárez lunged at Chiellini and bit his shoulder (Chiellini showed bite marks), followed by Suárez falling and clutching his face.[9][10] The controversial incident made headline news around the world.[11] As the Italian players protested to Mexican referee Rodríguez for not penalising Suárez for the bite, Uruguay won a corner and scored. The game would finish 1–0 to Uruguay as they qualified for the knockout stage and eliminated Italy.[9][10][12]

Personal life[edit]

He had the nickname "Chiquidrácula" in reference to his resemblance to a Mexican TV character of child Count Dracula, portrayed by Carlos Espejel.[13] More recently he asked to not be called "Chiquidrácula", but rather "Chiquimarco" instead in reference to his Christian faith.[14]

A former sports professor, he now serves as a Protestant priest outside of his activity as a referee.[15]

World Cup matches officiated[edit]

Tournament Date Venue Round Team 1 Result Team 2
Germany 2006 June 10 Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt First Round  England 1–0  Paraguay
Germany 2006 June 21 Allianz Arena, Munich First Round  Ivory Coast 3–2  Serbia and Montenegro
South Africa 2010 June 13 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban First Round  Germany 4–0  Australia
South Africa 2010 June 25 Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria First Round  Spain 2–1  Chile
Brazil 2014 June 17 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte First Round  Belgium 2–1  Algeria
Brazil 2014 June 24 Arena das Dunas, Natal First Round  Italy 0–1  Uruguay
Brazil 2014 July 8 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte Semi-finals  Brazil 1–7  Germany


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  2. ^ Cristian dice: (2009-01-15). "Marco Antonio Rodríguez vuelve a pitar un Mundial | Palco Deportivo". Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
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  5. ^ Fox Sports: (2014-05-21). "Chile helps cement South American dominance at 2010 World Cup". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  6. ^ "Referees & assistant referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup" (PDF). (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). 
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  8. ^ Luis Herrera. "Italy - Uruguay Preview: Guaranteed exit for a former world champion". Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b De Menezes, Jack (24 June 2014). "Luis Suarez bite: Uruguay striker accused of biting Giorgio Chiellini in latest controversy during World Cup clash". The Independent. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Suarez at centre of new biting row as Uruguay progress". ESPN. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Luis Suarez bite: We will use every argument possible to get him cleared, vows lawyer". Evening Standard. Retrieved 6 September 2014
  12. ^ Ogden, Mark (24 June 2014). "Italy 0 Uruguay 1". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "¿Por qué le dicen Chiqui Drácula? – Ovación". Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  14. ^«arbitro-predicador»-internacional-mexicano/
  15. ^ "The World Cup referees – Part Two". Sporting Index. June 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 

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Preceded by
Guatemala Carlos Batres
FIFA Club World Cup final match referees
Mexico Marco Rodríguez
Succeeded by
Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov