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Dutch referee lost job due to threats

SoccerNews in Eredivisie 1 Aug 2008

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Dutch referee Dick Jol, who recently had his career ended by his domestic FA, reportedly lost his job as result of threats.

The Dutch FA (KNVB) and the referee agreed to end their cooperation without revealing any details on the exact reason.

But Jol then went on to criticize the KNVB, which led the latter to reply and unveil more details after all.

KNVB representative Stephan Oost issued a press release in which he mentioned a meeting between the Dutch FA and Jol:

“During this meeting Jol threatened [a representative of the tactical staff] several times and this was repeated by phone later that day.”

Oost added: “No employer accepts that kind of threats, and neither does the KNVB.”

Jol’s highlight as referee came in 2001, when he led the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Valencia. During that match, he awarded no less than three penalty kicks.

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