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Roberto Andrés Tobar Vargas (born 13 April 1978) is a Chilean association football referee, who has been a FIFA international referee since 2011. He has officiated at the Copa Sudamericana, South American U-17 Championship, FIFA U-17 World Cup, Copa Libertadores, and the Recopa Sudamericana.

Roberto Tobar
Full name Roberto Andrés Tobar Vargas
Born (1978-04-13) 13 April 1978 (age 41)
Years League Role
Chilean Primera División Referee
Years League Role
2011- FIFA listed Referee


Aged 33, Tobar became a FIFA international referee in 2011.[1] In 2012, the Football Federation of Chile suspended Tobar for eight months as part of the "Poker Club" corruption scandal.[1][2][3] The scandal, led by Mario Sánchez Yantén, involved referees playing poker games, and the loser had to referee a regional football match.[2] After the suspension, Tobar returned to officiating, and was named Chile's best referee in 2013 and 2014.[2]

The first non-domestic match that Tobar officiated was a 2014 Copa Sudamericana match between Atlético Mineiro and Zamora.[4] In 2015, Tobar officiated at the South American U-17 Championship and FIFA U-17 World Cup.[1] In a 2016 Copa Libertadores match between The Strongest and São Paulo FC, Tobar was accused of promoting fighting.[5]

In 2017, Tobar officiated the second leg of the Recopa Sudamerica between Atlético Nacional and Chapecoense. He also officiated in at the South American U-17 Championship.[1] During a 2017 Copa Libertadores match between River Plate and C.D. Jorge Wilstermann, Tobar had to stop officiating due to a muscle injury.[6] In the same year, he officiated the Segunda División final between Deportes Vallenar and Deportes Melipilla. After the match went to a penalty shootout, Vallenar did not turn up for the shootout, and the match was therefore awarded to Melipilla, who were promoted to Primera B as a result.[7]

In 2018, Tobar refereed a 2018 Chilean football derby match between Colo-Colo and Club Universidad de Chile, during which he sent off Jean Beausejour, Óscar Opazo,[5] and Lorenzo Reyes.[8] In the same year, Tobar officiated multiple matches of the Copa Libertadores. He officiated the second leg of the quarter-final between Grêmio and Atlético Tucumán,[9] as well as the first leg of the semi-final between Boca Juniors and Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras.[10] He later officiated the first leg of the final between Boca Juniors and River Plate. The match was Tobar's first Libertadores final.[1][2][3][6] An hour before the scheduled kickoff, Tobar had to postpone the match for a day due to a waterlogged pitch.[11] He was also selected to officiate the second leg of the 2018 Copa Sudamericana Finals between Junior and Athletico Paranaense.[12]

Aside from football, Tobar works as a judge.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Cartas, alcohol y corrupción: el pasado oscuro de Roberto Tobar, el árbitro que dirigirá en la Bombonera". Infobae (in Spanish). 10 November 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Resta, Lucia. "Superclasico Boca-River: Tobar è l'arbitro della finale di Libertadores". Fox Sports Italy (in Italian). Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Tobar, el árbitro de la final Boca-River, y la suspensión del pasado por "el Club de Póker"". Mundod Lavoz (in Spanish). 8 November 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "The referee of Boca – Palmeiras: Who is Roberto Tobar?". News Beezer. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Quem é Roberto Tobar, o polêmico árbitro de Boca x Palmeiras". (in Portuguese). 23 October 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Roberto Tobar, el árbitro de las tarjetas que preocupa a Boca y River antes de la primera final". Toda Pacion (in Spanish). 6 November 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Roberto Tobar tras polémico ascenso de Melipilla a Primera B: "Es atípico todo"". Teletrece (in Spanish). 27 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Discusión entre Pinilla y Beausejour no fue informada por Roberto Tobar". ADN Radio Chile (in Spanish). 16 April 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Conmebol oficializó árbitros para la revancha entre Palmeiras y Colo Colo". 24 Horas (in Spanish). 29 September 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Roberto Tobar fue designado para la semifinal de Copa Libertadores entre Boca y Palmeiras". (in Spanish). 18 October 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Boca-River Libertadores clash suspended after torrential rain". Buenos Aires Times. 10 November 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  12. ^ Martínez, Gustavo (12 December 2018). "Roberto Tobar, el árbitro de la final". BolaVIP (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 December 2018.

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