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Charles Corver (1980)

Charles George Reinier Corver (born 16 January 1936, Leiden) is a former Dutch football referee.

He was decorated twice by the Queen and the football association (KNVB-UEFA-FIFA).

He refereed the 1982 World Cup semifinal between Germany and France in Seville, Spain, when he deemed goalkeeper Harald Schumacher's collision with Patrick Battiston to be not a foul.[1] Battiston remained unconscious for over a minute and sustained the loss of 3 teeth and a damaged vertebrae.

Corver was referee at two World Cups and two European championships. He refereed four European Cup finals, ten semifinals and a final World Cup for clubs in Argentina. More than 140 international matches and more than 600 national matches. After his last final (1983) in Portugal he was observer for UEFA-FIFA and KNVB for 22 years and member of the disciplinary committee for sixteen years. His profession was national sales manager at Heineken.


  1. ^ "VIDÉO - France-RFA - Mondial 82 à Séville : l'arbitre Charles Corver revient sur son erreur". Retrieved 2016-11-12.
Preceded by
European Cup Final 1977
  Robert Wurtz
European Cup Referees
Final 1978
  Charles Corver
Succeeded by
European Cup Final 1979
  Erich Linemayr