Ovidiu Hațegan

Ovidiu Alin Haţegan (born 14 July 1980) is a Romanian professional football referee who officiates primarily in the Liga I and for FIFA as a FIFA international referee.[1]

Ovidiu Haţegan
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Hațegan refereeing a Champions League game
Full name Ovidiu Alin Haţegan
Born (1980-07-14) 14 July 1980 (age 40)
Arad, Romania
Other occupation General practice physician
Years League Role
2006– Liga I Referee
Years League Role
2008– FIFA listed Referee

Football careerEdit

Born in Arad, Arad County, Haţegan became a FIFA referee in 2008.[2] He went to referee at both the UEFA Euro 2012[3][4] and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns.[5][6][7]

In 2013, UEFA president Michel Platini ordered an internal investigation to ascertain why Haţegan did not follow the protocol for dealing with incidents of a racist nature during a match at the Arena Khimki between Manchester City and PFC CSKA Moscow.[8] On 9 November 2017, he was in charge of the first leg of the 2018 World Cup qualification play-off where Switzerland defeated hosts Northern Ireland 1–0 courtesy of a highly controversial penalty kick that was awarded when the ball struck a defender's back which was perceived by the official as having hit his arm.[9]

On 19 November 2018, after being informed at half-time of the UEFA Nations League fixture between Germany and the Netherlands of the death of his mother, and even though he could have legally been replaced, Haţegan chose to continue officiating until the end of the match, which ended 2–2 in Gelsenkirchen and qualified the visiting team to the final four. Visibly distraught, he was consoled after the full whistle by Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Haţegan majored in medicine at the Victor Babeș University in Timișoara.[11] Later, he taught anatomy in English at the Vasile Goldiș Western University in his hometown.[12]

Haţegan married his wife Nicoleta in 2009, with the couple fathering one son.[13]

Refereeing recordEdit

UEFA EuroEdit

2016 UEFA EURO – France
Date Match Venue Round
12 June 2016   Poland  Northern Ireland Nice Group stage[14]
22 June 2016   Italy  Republic of Ireland Villeneuve-d'Ascq Group stage[15]

Summer OlympicsEdit

2016 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament – Brazil
Date Match Venue Round
7 August 2016   Brazil  Iraq Brasília Group stage[16]
17 August 2016   Brazil  Honduras Rio de Janeiro Semi-Final[17]


  1. ^ "Arbitrul Ovidiu Haţegan – în categoria Elite a UEFA. "Trebuie să arbitrez mai bine!"" [Referee Ovidiu Haţegan – in UEFA's Elite category. "I have to make better calls!"] (in Romanian). Stirile TV. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Romania: Referees – Men". FIFA. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Czech Republic 2–0 Liechtenstein". UEFA. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Moa avgjorde mot Island" [Moa decided against Iceland]. Siste (in Norwegian). 2 September 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Mondial 2014: la Suisse bat l'Albanie" [2014 World Cup: Switzerland beat Albania]. Le Journal du Jura (in French). 11 September 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  6. ^ Ruiz, David (22 March 2013). "Mundial 2014: España no pasa del empate ante Finlandia" [2014 World Cup: Spain can only draw against Finland]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  7. ^ Anghel, Iulian (1 April 2015). "Nicolae Rainea a murit. Interviu cu singurul arbitru român care a oficiat la toate marile competiţii ale lumii" [Nicolae Rainea has died. Interview with the only Romanian referee who has attended all of the world's major competitions]. Adevărul (in Romanian). Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  8. ^ Rumsby, Ben (25 October 2013). "Yaya Toure 'racism' referee Ovidiu Hategan to be investigated by Uefa for not stopping match". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  9. ^ Petrie, Richard (9 November 2017). "Northern Ireland 0–1 Switzerland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  10. ^ Critchley, Mark (20 November 2018). "Virgil van Dijk consoles referee whose mother recently died after Netherlands late draw with Germany". The Independent. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ Epure, Adrian (22 July 2015). "După 20 de ani, din nou în "Elite". Povestea promovării lui Ovidiu Haţegan printre greii arbitrajului european" [20 years later, again in „Elite”. The story of Ovidiu Haţegan's promotion to Europe's refereeing heavyweights]. Adevărul (in Romanian). Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  12. ^ "VIDEO Hațegan, arbitrul cu Doctorat în medicină, a povestit cum a aflat că a ajuns în categoria "Elite"" [VIDEO Hațegan, referee with Doctorate of medicine, told how he found out he was in the ”Elite” category] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  13. ^ "FOTO Soție de arbitru » Ovidiu Hațegan și misterioasa lui parteneră: imagini HOT pe Facebook" [PHOTO Referee wife » Ovidiu Hațegan and his mysterious partner: HOT pictures on Facebook]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 14 July 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  14. ^ Jackson, Lyle (12 June 2016). "Poland 1–0 Northern Ireland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  15. ^ Bevan, Chris (22 June 2016). "Italy 0–1 Republic of Ireland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Brazil on brink of Olympics elimination after Iraq draw". Muslim Times. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  17. ^ Leite, Almir (17 August 2016). "Brasil massacra Honduras por 6 a 0 e jogará por inédito ouro olímpico no futebol" [Brasil hammer Honduras 6 to 0 and will play for first-time Olympic gold in football]. O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 November 2018.

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