Myroslav Stupar

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Myroslav Stupar
Personal information
Full name Myroslav Ivanovych Stupar
Date of birth (1941-08-27) 27 August 1941 (age 73)
Place of birth Stanislav, Ukrainian SSR
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1961 Spartak Stanislav
1962–1963 Volyn Lutsk
1964-1965 Dynamo Khmelnytskyi
1966–1969 Spartak Ivano-Frankivsk

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).
Myroslav Stupar
Years League Role
1973–1991 Soviet Top League Referee
Years League Role
1977-1982 FIFA listed Referee

Myroslav Ivanovych Stupar (Ukrainian: Мирослав Іванович Ступар; Russian: Мирослав Иванович Ступар; born August 27, 1941 in Stanislav) is a former Soviet goalkeeper and football referee from Ukraine.

As a player he was a goalkeeper and played for Spartak Stanislav / Ivano-Frankivsk, FC Volyn Lutsk, Dinamo Khmelnytskyi, also for the FC Dynamo Kyiv reserves.

As a referee he officiated at about 150 matches of the Soviet Top League. Stupar twice refereed Soviet Cup finals (1979, 1981). He appeared 7 times in the Soviet annual best referees list.

He is best remembered for being the referee at the 1982 World Cup game in Valladolid, Spain, between France and Kuwait. France were leading 3-1 when their midfielder Alain Giresse broke through to score a fourth goal. The Kuwaiti players protested, claiming that they had stopped playing because they had heard a whistle from the crowd and thought it was the referee blowing.

During a delay of some 15 minutes, it appeared at one stage that Kuwait's players were going to walk off the field, culminating in the president of the Kuwait FA, Sheikh al-Sabah leaving his seat in the stadium's VIP box and coming onto the pitch to talk to them.

Meanwhile, Stupar had changed his mind and disallowed Giresse's goal. The game eventually resumed with a dropped-ball at the spot where it was believed the game stopped at the whistle. A few minutes later, France scored once again, through defender Maxime Bossis. This one was allowed to stand by Stupar and France ended up winning 4-1.

After the incident a council of FIFA referees committee verbally accused Stupar in inconsistency of his decisions, yet officially the committee did not take any decisions in that regard. Stupar lost his international refereeing credentials as a result of this incident.