José María Ortiz de Mendíbil

José María Ortiz de Mendíbil (11 August 1926 – 15 September 2015), also known as José María Ortiz, was a Spanish referee, active from 1953 to 1973.

José María Ortiz (center) with Linesmen in 1968

Life and careerEdit

Mendíbil was born in Portugalete, Basque Country, Spain.

During his 18 seasons in La Liga, between 1953 and 54 and 1972 and 73, he led 241 league games. He was promoted to international status the seasons 1958 and 1959, and was in it until the end of his career. He was the referee when Inter Milan beat Liverpool 3-0 in the 1965 European Cup semi-final second leg in a controversial game which subsequently let to claims that he had accepted bribes to facilitate an Inter Milan victory. [1]

On 24 May 1972 he took charge of the European Cup Winners' Cup Final played at the Camp Nou, Barcelona. The match between Rangers FC of Scotland and the Russian aces Dynamo Moscow who served up a five goal thriller with Rangers running out 3-2 victors in the end.

In his retirement, he was a partner in UEFA and pioneer in Spain with the programs of TVE, where he worked for 5 years, apart from collaborating in programs Cadena SER and Tele Bilbao. He died in Algorta, Spain in September 2015.[2]


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  2. ^ MARCA (16 September 2015). "Muere a los 89 años el ex árbitro José María Ortiz de Mendivil". ELMUNDO (in Spanish).

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