Marco Antonio Rodríguez

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Marco Antonio Rodríguez
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Rodríguez officiating a match between Tijuana and Atlas in 2012.
Full name Marco Antonio Rodríguez Moreno
Born (1973-11-10) 10 November 1973 (age 46)
Mexico City, Mexico
Years League Role
1997–2014 Primera División Referee
Years League Role
2000–2014 FIFA listed Referee

Marco Antonio Rodríguez Moreno (born 10 November 1973 in Mexico City) is a former Mexican football referee and a current manager.


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 gave a straight red card to Australian striker Tim Cahill. He also sent off Chile's Marco Estrada during the group stage encounter between Chile and Spain.[1]

He was selected for the 2014 tournament in Brazil,[2] in which he took charge of 3 games including the semifinal between eventual champions Germany and hosts Brazil (7–1) on 8 July, after which he announced his retirement.[3] During the first round, he refereed the final group D match between Uruguay and Italy on 24 June;[4] the game finished in a 1–0 victory to Uruguay as they qualified for the knockout stage, while Italy were eliminated from the tournament. The match was surrounded by controversy, however, as Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio was given a straight red card in the 59th minute;[5][6][7] furthermore, later during the match, replays appeared to show Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez biting Italian defender Chiellini on the shoulder before Suárez fell and clutched his face, in Suárez's third career biting incident. As the Italian players protested to Rodríguez for not penalizing Suárez, Uruguay won a corner, from which they scored the match-winning goal.[8][9][10] The FIFA Disciplinary Committee subsequently launched an investigation into the incident, and announced on 26 June that Suárez would be suspended for nine matches, banned from any football activity for four months, and fined CHF100,000 (approx. £65,700/82,000/US$119,000).[11][12]

In Mexico, Rodríguez developed a reputation of not being afraid to show many yellow and red cards.[13] 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 two yellow cards at the same time to Héctor Mancilla and Carlos Adrián Morales.[14] 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.[15]

In July 2014, Rodríguez announced his retirement as referee.[3]

In August 2019, Rodríguez signed as head coach of Spanish third-tier team Salamanca CF.[16] However, few days later and just one day before starting the league, he was sacked.[17]

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.[18] More recently he asked to not be called "Chiquidrácula", but rather "Chiquimarco" instead in reference to his Christian faith.[19]

A former sports professor, he now serves as a Protestant Pastor outside of his activity as a referee.[20]

World Cup matches officiated[edit]

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


  1. ^ Fox Sports (2014-05-21). "Chile helps cement South American dominance at 2010 World Cup". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  2. ^ "Referees & assistant referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup" (PDF). (Fédération Internationale de Football Association).
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  4. ^ Luis Herrera. "Italy - Uruguay Preview: Guaranteed exit for a former world champion". Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  5. ^ "The referee ruined the game' – Prandelli blasts Marchisio red card after Italy exit". Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Italy manager Cesare Prandelli tenders resignation as nation rages over exit". The Guardian. 24 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Furious 10-man Italy crash out". Football Italia. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Suarez at centre of new biting row as Uruguay progress". ESPN. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  10. ^ Ogden, Mark (24 June 2014). "Italy 0 Uruguay 1". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Luis Suárez suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any football-related activity". FIFA. 26 June 2014. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Luis Suárez banned for four months for biting in World Cup game". The Guardian. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  13. ^ Cristian dice (2009-01-15). "Marco Antonio Rodríguez vuelve a pitar un Mundial | Palco Deportivo". Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
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  16. ^ "¡Insólito! De árbitro de la Liga Mx a Director Técnico en España" (in Spanish). La Opinión. 17 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Chiquimarco destituido como entrenador del Salamanca tres días después de su llegada" [Chiquimarco sacked as coach of Salamanca three days after his arrival]. Marca. 24 August 2019.
  18. ^ "¿Por qué le dicen Chiqui Drácula? – Ovación". Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  19. ^«arbitro-predicador»-internacional-mexicano/
  20. ^ "The World Cup referees – Part Two". Sporting Index. June 3, 2014. Archived from the original on June 19, 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