Michel Vautrot

Michel Jean Maurice Vautrot (born 23 October 1945 in Saint-Vit, Doubs) is a retired football (soccer) referee from France. He is mostly known for officiating five matches in the FIFA World Cup: two in 1982 and three in 1990. He refereed the Club World Cup final in 1983 on National Stadium Tokyo between Hamburg S.V. (West Germany) and Grêmio F.B.P.A. (Brazil). He refereed three matches in the European Championship, one in 1984 and two in 1988, including the final between the Soviet Union and the Netherlands. In addition, he refereed the 1986 European Cup Final between Steaua Bucharest and Barcelona.

Michel Vautrot
Full name Michel Jean Maurice Vautrot[1]
Born (1945-10-23) 23 October 1945 (age 77)
Saint-Vit, France
Years League Role
1973–1991 French First Division Referee
Years League Role
1975–1990 FIFA-listed Referee

In 1986, Roma president Dino Viola was banned by UEFA for bribing referee Vautrot with £50,000 prior to the European Cup semi-final 2nd leg between Roma and Dundee United in 1984. Roma were later to lose the final on penalties to Liverpool.

In the 1990 World Cup semi finals between hosts Italy and reigning champions Argentina, Vautrot mistakenly played 8 minutes in the first period extra time. He later explained that he had forgotten to check his watch.[2]




  1. ^ a b "Décret du 14 avril 2006 portant promotion et nomination" [Decree of 14 April 2006 on promotion and appointment]. Journal Officiel de la République Française (in French). 2006 (91): 5760. 16 April 2006. PREX0609207D. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  2. ^ "10 WORLD CUP NIGHTMARES - Sunderland Echo". www.sunderlandecho.com. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14.
  3. ^ a b "Décret du 13 mai 1996 portant promotion et nomination" [Decree of 13 May 1996 on promotion and appointment]. Journal Officiel de la République Française (in French). 1996 (113): 7280. 15 May 1996. PREX9610045D. Retrieved 25 August 2019.

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