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Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaɾloz βeˈlasko kaɾˈβaʎo];[a] born 16 March 1971)[1] is a retired Spanish professional football referee.

Carlos Velasco Carballo
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Velasco Carballo warming up prior to the Spartak MoscowChelsea Champions League match in October 2010
Born (1971-03-16) 16 March 1971 (age 48)
Madrid, Spain
Other occupation Industrial Engineer
Years League Role
2004–2016 La Liga Referee
Years League Role
2008–2016 FIFA listed Referee


He is affiliated with the Madrid committee and has officiated in Spanish Primera División since 2004, as well as in international matches since 2008.[2][3]

Velasco officiated 2011 UEFA Europa League Final match in Dublin, between Porto and Braga.[4]

On 20 December 2011, UEFA named him one of the twelve referees for UEFA Euro 2012.[5] Velasco took charge of the tournament's opening match between Poland and Greece, issuing a first-half red card to Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, before sending-off Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny in the second period as the teams drew 1–1 in Warsaw.[6] He was also a referee in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in which he officiated the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Colombia.[7]

Since 2017, Velasco is responsible for video assistant referee system integration into Spanish La Liga starting from season 2018/2019. [8]


  1. ^ In isolation, Carlos and Velasco are pronounced [ˈkaɾlos] and [beˈlasko] respectively.


  1. ^ Liga 2006 - 2007 | | DEPORTES
  2. ^ Velasco Carballo, nuevo árbitro internacional -
  3. ^ Anorthosis F.C[permanent dead link]
  4. ^[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "UEFA EURO 2012 referees named". Union of European Football Associations. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  6. ^ Glendenning, Barry (8 June 2012). "Euro 2012: Poland 1–1 Greece – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Brazil's joy turns to pain; Neymar out of Cup". Arizona Daily Star.
  8. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Referees Media Briefing" hosted by Pierluigi Collina, Massimo Busacca and Roberto Rosetti.
Preceded by
  Nicola Rizzoli
UEFA Europa League Final referee
  Carlos Velasco Carballo
Succeeded by
  Wolfgang Stark