Ovidiu Hațegan

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Ovidiu Hațegan
Full name Ovidiu Alin Haţegan
Born (1980-07-14) 14 July 1980 (age 37)
Arad, Romania
Years League Role
Liga I Referee
Years League Role
2008– FIFA listed Referee

Ovidiu Alin Haţegan (born 14 July 1980)[1] is a Romanian international referee.

He became a FIFA referee in 2008.[2] Haţegan has refereed at 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers[3] and UEFA Euro 2012 qualification.[4]

In 2013,[needs update] then UEFA president Michel Platini ordered an internal investigation to ascertain why Ovidiu Hategan did not follow the protocol for dealing with incidents of a racist nature during a match at the Khimki Arena between Manchester City and CSKA Moscow.[5]

In 2017 he was accused of "baffling" decisions in the World Cup play-off between Northern Ireland and Switzerland, including a penalty awarded to the Swiss team.[6] Northern Ireland Football Team manager Michael O'Neill said it was the worst decision he had ever seen in a game he had been involved in. [7] Several Talksport journalists such as Jim White said the decision would lead to video refereeing in football. [8] He was subsequently omitted from a World Cup seminar in November 2017.[9]


  1. ^ "Nume: Haţegan Ovidiu". Romanian Football Federation (in Romanian). Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  2. ^ FIFA. "Romania: Referees". Retrieved on 2 May 2013.
  3. ^ Profile
  4. ^ UEFA. "Czech Republic 2-0 Liechtenstein". 29 March 2011. Retrieved on 2 May 2013.
  5. ^ Ben Rumsby, "Yaya Toure 'racism' referee Ovidiu Hategan to be investigated by Uefa for not stopping match", The Telegraph, 25 October 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  6. ^ Richard Petrie, "Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland", BBC sport, 9 November 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  7. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41874404
  8. ^ https://talksport.com/radioplayer/live/?popup=1 13 Nov 2017
  9. ^ http://www.heraldonline.com/sports/article185414088.html