Michel Vautrot

Michel Vautrot ( born October 23, 1945 in Besançon, France ) is a French former football referee, who also worked on the international stage in the 1980s. Later he worked in various positions in the French ( FFF) and the international trade associations ( UEFA and FIFA).

As an active referee

A native of the region of Franche -Comté Vautrot has national and international reach almost everything that a referee can achieve, and it trumped its successful predecessor as the best French referee Robert Wurtz, even. With the refereeing he began with 14; over eleven years later, in May 1971, he led his first Erstligamatch in which Red Star conceded a 0-5 home defeat against SCO Angers. In addition to several hundred responses in the first and second league he brought it in the cup competition with five playoff lines ( 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1987), the undisputed record holder - there are only four other referees who have made ​​it to three cup finals, and as Michel Vautrot changed as a functionary in the upper French Federation floor, he introduced the rule that each referee only once in his career should conduct a French Cup final. While the trade press indicated that he thus cements his own record for eternity, Vautrot justified the measure to the fact that the more referees the chance of such a " high point in their athletic life " would get. This statement was abolished in 2006.

Internationally, his highlights five game lines in two World Cup tournaments: 1982 in Spain the first round match Italy against Poland and in the second round of Belgium against the USSR and in 1990 in Italy two preliminary round (Netherlands Ireland and Argentina - Cameroon ) and the semi-final Argentina - Italy. There is a strong competitor in his own country he had grown since the mid- 1980s with Joël Quiniou, who even participated in three World Cups and was nominated to Vautrots instead for the 1986 World Cup.

Furthermore whistled Michel Vautrot several games at the European Championships in 1984 and 1988, including 1988, the final between the Netherlands and the Soviet Union in Munich's Olympic Stadium. In addition Vautrot also launched finals of international competitions for club teams, namely 1983, the World Cup final Gremio against Hamburger SV ( 2-1 aet), 1985 -final first leg of the UEFA Cup ( Videoton Szekesfehervar against Real Madrid, 0:3) and one year later in the European Cup of Champions 1985/86, the Steaua Bucharest vs FC Barcelona 2-0 nE won. He was also elected as the 1988 and 1989 World Cup and even ten times ( 1979-1989, with the exception of 1985 each year ) to the French Referee of the Year.

As an official of the association

In May 1991, he finished with the line a game of Division 1 (OGC Nice Olympique Marseille defeated it 0-1 ) his active career and was Directeur Technique National de l' arbitrage français FFF, the same year a member of the FIFA Referees Committee and 1996, the UEFA Referees Committee for training or observation. In the latter two functions, he was confirmed in 2006 for another three years, but replaced at the head of the French referees in 2004 by Marc Batta. He is regarded as a proponent of the use of technical means to support communication and decisions of the referee teams; In January 2003, he made sure that the French television viewers were the first to listen to the radio communication between the GM and his assistant at a live broadcast ( Olympique Marseille -SC Bastia).

2006 Michel Vautrot was living near Besançon, was appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honour.