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Nicole Petignat retires
« on: December 05, 2008, 10:16:01 AM »
The international referee Nicole Petignat (42) has decided to retire after being severely criticised when she gave out three red cards in a cup match in Swiss men's football at the weekend.

Nicole Petignat, reckoned by many to be the best woman referee of all, has had enough.  After she gave out three red cards in a cup match between Grasshoppers and Bellinzona she was criticised from many quarters.  The Swiss football association decided to suspend her from her next match, which did not suit the top referee who then gave notice that she would quit.  "When I got the message I decided enough was enough", said Petignat to Berner Zeitung, according to

Petignat was the first woman referee to officiate at a UEFA-Cup match for men.  It was in 2003 in the match between Swedish club AIK and Icelandic Fylkir Reykjavik.  The year after she refereed a cup match between Norwegian Stabæk and Haka from Finland - and red-carded Stabæk's Martin Andresen.

The 42-year-old also refereed the women's World Cup Final between the USA and China in 1999.  Since then she has refereed 91 matches in the top men's league in Switzerland.

In the 2007 women's World Cup she was again involved in controversy when Shannon Boxx of the USA was sent off in the semifinal against Brazil.  Cristiane ran into the American player from behind.  Boxx received her second yellow card and an early shower as Brazil went on to give the USA team a clearly humiliating 4-0 defeat.

Petignat was always known for wearing a bandana.

Terje Alstad
« Last Edit: December 05, 2008, 11:39:49 AM by Alan »
Alltid. Uansett.