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Michel Kitabdjian

Michel Kitabdjian (born 7 May 1930 in Nice) is a French former referee. He officiated at the 1975 European Cup Final between Leeds United and Bayern Munich, disallowing a goal by Leeds United's Peter Lorimer for offside and denying Leeds two penalty appeals as Franz Beckenbauer first handled the ball in the box and then brought down Allan Clarke in a tackle. Leeds fans became angry at the referee, and one fan managed to access the playing field after the final whistle. After gendarmes removed him, other Leeds fans began rioting in the stands.[1] [2]

Kitabdjian also served as a FIFA referee. He officiated at the 1968 Olympic tournament in Mexico City,[3] as well as qualifiers for the 1966,[4] 1970,[5] 1974,[6] and 1978 World Cups[7] and the 1968,[8] 1972,[9] and 1976[10] European Championships.


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  2. ^ "A SAD NIGHT FOR ENGLISH FOOTBALL". Chris Hunt. Retrieved May 1990. 
  3. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Bulgaria - Israel 1:1 a.e.t. (1:1, 1:0)". 20 October 1968. Retrieved on 27 May 2013.
  4. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Wales - Denmark 4:2 (3:1)". 1 December 1965. Retrieved on 27 May 2013.
  5. ^ RSSSF. "World Cup 1970 qualifications". Retrieved on 27 May 2013.
  6. ^ RSSSF. "World Cup 1974 qualifications". Retrieved on 27 May 2013.
  7. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Iran - Australia 1:0 (0:0)". 25 November 1977. Retrieved on 27 May 2013.
  8. ^ Haisma, Marcel & van den Elsen, John. "European Championship 1968 (Details)". RSSSF, 7 February 2007. Retrieved on 27 May 2013.
  9. ^ Brown, Alan. "Scotland - International Matches 1971-1975". RSSSF, 16 August 2012. Retrieved on 27 May 2013.
  10. ^ UEFA. "England 3-0 Czechoslovakia". 30 October 1974. Retrieved on 27 May 2013.
Preceded by
European Cup Final 1974
Alfred Delcourt
European Cup Referees
Final 1975
Michel Kitabdjian
Succeeded by
European Cup Final 1976
Károly Palotai
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