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Edgardo Codesal Méndez (Spanish pronunciation: [eðˈɣaɾðo koˈðesal]; born 2 June 1951 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is an Uruguayan-Mexican football (soccer) referee, who controlled the final match of the 1990 World Cup held in Italy.
His grandfather was from Argentina, and his father, José Maria Codesal, was a referee in the 1966 FIFA World Cup. As a child he remembered his father refereeing. Edgardo was passionate about football, played in childhood Baby Football teams in the area and in his teens he played as goalkeeper for the Club Atlético Cerro of Montevideo.
Codesal represented Mexico, as a CONCACAF referee in the 1990 World Cup. Among his international posts, Codesal was CONCACAF's director of referees, head of refereeing for the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999, and member of the refereeing committee for the FIFA World U-20 Championship in Nigeria, the Confederations Cup in Mexico and the FIFA World U-17 Championship in New Zealand.
1990 World CupEdit
FIFA observers rated Codesal 8.5 for his refereeing performance at the 1990 World Cup. Codesal had refereed the Italy vs USA match in the first round (group A), won by Italy for 1-0. He refereed the quarter final between England vs Cameroon, awarding three penalties - one to Cameroon and two to England. England won 3-2 to move into the semi-finals. Codesal was credited with keeping control of a potentially difficult match over a period of 120 minutes.
Codesal was appointed for the World Cup final, which featured Argentina and West Germany. In the 83rd minute, Codesal awarded West Germany a penalty kick for a foul by Roberto Sensini against Rudi Völler. Andreas Brehme converted the penalty kick to give West Germany their third World Cup title.
Codesal became the first referee to send off a player in a final match of a Football World Cup, by showing the red card to Argentines Monzón and Dezotti. Monzón was given a direct red after a tackle on Jürgen Klinsmann. Dezotti was sent off near the end for a tussle with Jürgen Kohler.
Codesal retired from refereeing at the top level shortly after the 1990 World Cup.