Craig Thomson (referee)

Craig Thomson
Personal information
Full name Craig Alexander Thomson
Born 20 June 1972 (1972-06-20) (age 39)
Paisley, Scotland
Other occupation Lawyer
Domestic
Years League Role
1988- Scottish Football Association Referee
2000-2002 Scottish Football League Referee
2002- Scottish Premier League Referee
International
Years League Role
2003- FIFA listed Referee

Craig Alexander Thomson (born 20 June 1972[1]) is a Scottish football referee, who has been a match official since 1988.[2] He originates from Paisley, Renfrewshire.[3]

Contents

Career

He has officiated in the Scottish Premier League since 2002, and his first match in charge in that League was the fixture between St. Johnstone and Hibernian on May 12, 2002, which Hibs won 1–0.[4]

Thomson has been a FIFA referee since 2003.[1] His first International match for FIFA was the 4–1 defeat of Northern Ireland by Norway at Windsor Park, Belfast, on June 18, 2004.[5] His next most notable match abroad was the 2006 World Cup qualifying match between the Faroe Islands and France in group four on September 8, 2004, when he sent off Patrick Vieira during a 2–0 win for the French.[6]

Domestically, he handled the 2006 Scottish Challenge Cup Final between Ross County and Clyde at McDiarmid Park on November 12, which County won on penalties after extra-time ended 1–1.[7]

He was selected to referee during the UEFA Under-21 Championship 2007, held in Holland.[2] This included him issuing a second yellow card to Belgium's Marouane Fellaini in the 18th minute of their group A match against Israel on June 13 in the Abe Lenstra Stadion. Belgium managed to win 1–0, despite the dismissal.[8] He was not appointed to referee any other games in the Championship.

Thomson appeared as a fourth official at Euro 2008 in Switzerland & Austria.[9]

Thomson took charge of the 2009 Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Falkirk. In the 2010 Scottish League Cup Final between Rangers and St. Mirren Thomson sent off two Rangers players Danny Wilson and Kevin Thomson.[10] Other high profile matches include a friendly between France and Spain on 3 March 2010 as well as a number of Old Firm matches.

In the 2011 Scottish League cup final between Rangers and Celtic, Thomson awarded Rangers a penalty with the scores tied at 1-1 before controversially changing his decision.[11]

In the final Old Firm match of season 2010-11 Thomson controversially awarded Celtic a penalty with seven minutes of the match remaining.[12]

On 12 October 2010, Thomson abandoned the Italy vs Serbia UEFA Euro 2012 qualification match after seven minutes of play due to crowd disorder.[13] Italy was later awarded a 3-0 victory by UEFA for the forfeit.[13]

The following month, Real Madrid players Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso appeared to deliberately incur second yellow cards from Thomson in a UEFA Champions League match, thereby serving a suspension in a meaningless encounter with Auxerre.[14] Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho denied that the players had sought to be sent off, and criticised Thomson's performance.[15]

Craig Thomson helped France to EURO 2012 with a non-existing penalty against Bosnia and Herzegovina when Bosnia and Herzegovina led 0-1 on Stade de France. If the game ended 0-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina would go to a big competition for the first time in their history. Bosnia and Herzegovina lost against Portugal in the play-offs.

Life outside football

Thomson is currently a solicitor who specifies in construction and engineering law.[16]

References

  1. ^ a b Referee profile at the Scottish Football Association website. Retrieved on June 16, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Date Thomson first took up refereeing, also matches or appointments in more detail: the Scottish Football Association website. Retrieved on June 16, 2007.
  3. ^ Home town, Paisley: match report at the Dunfermline Athletic website. Retrieved on December 20, 2007.
  4. ^ First Scottish Premier match: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on June 16, 2007.
  5. ^ First International match: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on June 16, 2007.
  6. ^ Faroe Islands v. France, 2006 World Cup qualifying match, September 8, 2004: ESPNsoccernet website. Retrieved on June 16, 2007.
  7. ^ Scottish Challenge Cup Final, 2006: soccerbase.com website. Retrieved on June 16, 2007.
  8. ^ Belgium v. Israel, UEFA Under-21 Championship 2007, June 13: ESPNsoccernet website. Retrieved on June 16, 2007.
  9. ^ Fourth official duties, Euro 2008: UEFA.com website. Retrieved on December 20, 2007.
  10. ^ "Kenny Miller sees nine-man Rangers through to victory". The Guardian. March 21, 2010. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/mar/21/st-mirren-rangers-scottish-cup-final. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Rangers manager critical of referee Thomson after ‘dangerous’ decision to rescind penalty". The Herald. March 21, 2011. http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/rangers/rangers-manager-critical-of-referee-thomson-after-dangerous-decision-to-rescind-penalty-1.1091500. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Rangers 0 - 0 Celtic". BBC. April 24, 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/9464454.stm. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Italy-Serbia Euro 2012 tie abandoned after fan trouble". BBC Website. October 12, 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/9086046.stm. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Champions League round-up: Mourinho denies red card plot". BBC Sport. 24 November 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/9221957.stm. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "Jose Mourinho unimpressed by Scottish referee". The Independent. 24 November 2010. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/jose-mourinho-unimpressed-by-scottish-referee-2142412.html. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  16. ^ Professional profile: Maclay, Murray and Spens LLC website. Retrieved on June 16, 2007.

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