Rubén Selman

Rubén Marcos Selmán Albornoz (25 July 1963 – 10 February 2020[1]) was an association football referee from Chile. Selman was born in Santiago, and started refereeing in his twenties at games featured in the minor Chilean divisions. In the 1990s he started in the Primera División de Chile. In 1998, he received his FIFA badge and appeared in CONMEBOL tournaments. He officiated matches in the Copa Libertadores, Copa Mercosur, Copa Sudamericana, international friendlies and South American World Cup qualifiers.[2]

During his career the directors of Colo-Colo were adamant in processing a formal complaint with the domestic club organization Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Chile. The directors felt that the institution was being persecuted by Selman after a series of ejections. This followed after player Jorge Valdivia stated that Selman threatened with throwing him out of the game, which he eventually did.[3] According to Selman, Valdivia was red carded after receiving two consecutive yellow cards. The first for a foul and the second after Valdivia ran up to a television camera. Valdivia had gone up to the camera and declared that Selman had threatened him with expulsion.[4]

Ruben Selman's final match was in the home leg of the Chilean club championship game between Colo-Colo and Palestino. He ended his profession by red carding two Palestino players and ejecting Palestino's manager from the match.[5]


  1. ^ "Falleció Rubén Selmán, el histórico árbitro del fútbol chileno". La Cuarta (in Spanish). 2020-02-10. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  2. ^ " – referee – Rubén Selman – bio". Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  3. ^ "En Colo Colo acusaron persecución de Rubén Selman hacia Jorge Valdivia". Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  4. ^ [1] Archived December 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "IBANEZ LED THE ARAB RESISTANCE". Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2014.

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