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Kurt Röthlisberger (born 21 May 1951 in Suhr) is a retired football referee from Switzerland. He is known for supervising five matches in the FIFA World Cup: two matches in 1990, and three in 1994.

Kurt Röthlisberger
Born (1951-05-21) May 21, 1951 (age 68)
Suhr, Switzerland
Years League Role
1983-1996 Nationalliga A Referee
Years League Role
1985-1996 FIFA-listed Referee

In the 1994 World Cup, he refereed the round of 16 match between Germany and Belgium, which Germany won 3–2. Röthlisberger later admitted that he missed a penalty when Thomas Helmer tripped Josip Weber in the penalty area against Germany and due to this mistake he did not referee another game in the tournament [1][2].

He also refereed the UEFA Champions League final in 1993 between Marseille and Milan.

He was later banned from refereeing for life after allegations of match fixing the 1996 European Champions League.[3]


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  3. ^ Longman, Jere (1998-06-07). "SOCCER; Fixed Matches Are Darkening Soccer's Image". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-17.

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