Govindasamy Suppiah

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Govindasamy Suppiah (born 17 June 1929 – 6 December 2012) was a Singaporean football referee.

Suppiah officiated at the 1974 FIFA World Cup where he took charge of one match, Poland's 7–0 win against Haiti and went on to officiate as a linesman for two further matches.[1]

He was the first Asian to referee a match at the FIFA World Cup.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Suppiah was born in India, and died, aged 83, in Singapore. He had two grandchildren, daughter named Shamini Suppiah, son named Subra Suppiah and wife called Vallambal. Suppiah was a diabetic and had two toes removed from his foot after infection.


He was awarded by FIFA for being a referee instructor for 25 years. In 2009, he was presented with Distinguished Service Award and a Gold Service Award and in September, 2012 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.[3]


  1. ^ "Haiti 0–7 Poland". Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  2. ^ "George Suppiah the first Singaporean to referee at the world cup". 7 December 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  3. ^ "George Suppiah Biography". World Referee. Retrieved 8 December 2012.

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