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Erik Fredriksson

Erik Fredriksson

(1943-02-13) February 13, 1943

Tidaholm, Sweden
Years League Role
1971–1990 Allsvenskan Referee
Years League Role
1973–1990 FIFA-listed Referee

Erik Fredriksson (born February 13, 1943) is a former Swedish football referee. He officiated four World Cup games: Yugoslavia v Northern Ireland in 1982; Italy v Bulgaria (the tournament opening match) and USSR v Belgium in 1986; and Argentina v USSR in 1990.

Fredriksson's handling of the latter match caused controversy due to his failure to see Diego Maradona punching a goal-bound Soviet header off the line when the score was still goalless. The USSR eventually lost the game 2-0, and were so incensed at Fredriksson's refereeing that they made a formal protest to FIFA in Rome the following day.

Fredriksson also refereed the Euro 84 first-round tie between Belgium and Yugoslavia in Lens.


  • Profile
  • New York Times report, June 16, 1990
Preceded by
European Cup Final 1983
Nicolae Rainea
European Cup Referees
Final 1984
Erik Fredriksson
Succeeded by
European Cup Final 1985
André Daina

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