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. 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. BBC commentator Jimmy Hill described Igna's decision to ignore the foul by Carlos as "an extreme mistake". 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. The laws of the game were subsequently amended to specifically address the situation that occurred in the penalty shootout.
June 4, 1940|
Kingdom of Romania
- "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). gsp.ro. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
- ""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). banatulazi.ro. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
- "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). uta-arad.ro. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
- "Classic Football". www.fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- Yannis, Alex (22 June 1986). "FRANCE BEATS BRAZIL ON PENALTY KICKS". New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "World Cup 2014: 100 great World Cup moments - 23 days to go". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "Penalty shoot-out hits post and keeper". www.web.orange.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2014.