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Ioan Igna (born June 4, 1940) is a Romanian former football referee and player. Igna played football at UTA Arad between 1957-1960 and 1964-1967 and at Știința Timișoara between 1961-1964, he became a referee in 1972.[1][2][3] He is known for having refereed two matches in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, including an epic quarter-final match between Brazil and France. Igna made two controversial calls during the tie. In the second period of extra time, he did not penalise a foul by the Brazil goalkeeper Carlos on France attacker Bruno Bellone.[4][5] BBC commentator Jimmy Hill described Igna's decision to ignore the foul by Carlos as "an extreme mistake".[6] In the penalty shootout, he awarded a goal when Bellone's shot hit the post and the ball rebounded off Carlos before entering the goal.[4] The laws of the game were subsequently amended to specifically address the situation that occurred in the penalty shootout.[7]

Ioan Igna
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Ioan Igna (left) with Michel Platini (right) at 1986 FIFA World Cup.
Born (1940-06-04) June 4, 1940 (age 79)
Kingdom of Romania
Other occupation Footballer
Years League Role
1974–1989 Liga I Referee
Years League Role
1976–1989 FIFA-listed Referee

He also refereed the second leg of the 1987 UEFA Cup Final and a semi-final in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship in West Germany between the Netherlands and West Germany.


  1. ^ "PREMIUM GSP Poveștile din alte timpuri cu Ioan Igna: "Am făcut Crăciunul cu Împăratul Selassie al Etiopei. Ne păzeau leii la hotel!"" [PREMIUM GSP Stories from other times with Ioan Igna: "I made Christmas with Emperor Selassie of Ethiopia. We were guarded by lions at the hotel! "] (in Romanian). Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  2. ^ ""Rivalitatea Timişoara – Arad eu n-o înţeleg". Interviu cu Ioan Igna" ["I do not understand the Timisoara - Arad rivalry". Interview with Ioan Igna] (in Romanian). Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Ioan Igna către tinerii utiști: "Datoria voastră este să aduceți Aradul din nou pe hartă!"" [Ioan Igna to the youngsters: "It is your duty to bring Arad back on the map!"] (in Romanian). Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Classic Football". FIFA. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  5. ^ Yannis, Alex (22 June 1986). "FRANCE BEATS BRAZIL ON PENALTY KICKS". New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  6. ^ "World Cup 2014: 100 great World Cup moments - 23 days to go". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Penalty shoot-out hits post and keeper". Retrieved 20 May 2014.

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