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Anders Frisk

Per Stefan Anders Frisk
Born (1963-02-18) 18 February 1963
Gothenburg, Sweden
Occupation Insurance agent, football referee
Spouse(s) Erika Larhag Frisk
Children 4

Anders Frisk (born 18 February 1963) is an insurance agent by trade and a former football referee. Frisk chose to go into early retirement from refereeing due to pressure from death threats made against him and his family. These death threats were made by Chelsea fans [1] because Frisk sent off Didier Drogba in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League against FC Barcelona. He is fluent in several languages including his native Swedish, English and German.


  • Career 1
    • 1991-1993 1.1
    • 1996 1.2
    • 1999 1.3
    • 2000 1.4
    • 2002-2004 1.5
    • 2005 1.6
  • References 2


Frisk was born on 18 February 1963 in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, and currently lives in Mölndal, his hometown, where he runs an historic cinema.[2] He began refereeing in 1978 and took charge of Swedish top-division matches for the first time in 1989. He was awarded his FIFA badge in 1991. In addition to refereeing at the highest level, Frisk also acts as an ambassador for the UEFA/International Committee of the Red Cross campaign highlighting the plight of children in war. He travelled to Sierra Leone for a first-hand view of the ICRC's work, and declared himself deeply moved by the scenes of reunited families.


In 1991, he travelled to Switzerland to take charge of matches in the UEFA European Under-16 Championship final round. He became a FIFA international referee at the age of 28, his first international match was Iceland against Turkey on 17 July 1991. A stint at the FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Japan two years later was followed by recognition at elite UEFA levels.


Picked for Euro 96 in England, Frisk refereed the thriller 3-3 group match between Russia and the Czech Republic in Liverpool.


He was forced to miss the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France in 1998 with a back injury, but recovered in time to take charge of the 1999 Confederations Cup final between Brazil and Mexico in the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City.


The highlight of his career came soon after when he was selected to officiate the Euro 2000 final between France and Italy at the Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam. The appointment "brought me out in goose pimples," he was later quoted as saying.


After that appointment, Frisk stayed at the forefront of the European refereeing scene. He took charge of two matches in the World Cup in Korea and Japan: a group match between Brazil and China, and a second-round match between the Republic of Ireland and Spain. The referee for the Final, Pierluigi Collina, later wrote in his autobiography that Frisk had been the only other official that he had considered to have the credentials to receive the appointment. Later in 2004, Frisk took charge of the Champions League semi-final, second leg between Chelsea and Monaco. He also appeared at Euro 2004, refereeing the semi-final between Spain and Portugal and he was fourth official in the final.

On 15 September 2004, Frisk was forced to abandon a match he was refereeing between AS Roma and Dynamo Kiev at the Stadio Olimpico in the group stage of the 2004-05 Champions League after he was hit by a coin thrown from the stands as he walked off the field at half-time. He was seen to be bleeding quite heavily and subsequently abandoned the match. UEFA eventually awarded the match to Kiev as a 3–0 forfeit, and ordered that Roma play its remaining two home fixtures in the group stage behind closed doors.


On 12 March Frisk announced his immediate retirement, citing threats made against his family.[3] Two weeks previously, he had been severely criticised by Chelsea fans, players and management following his handling of a UEFA Champions League tie between Barcelona and Chelsea, during which he sent off Chelsea's Didier Drogba for receiving two cautions. Chelsea's then manager, José Mourinho, publicly accused Frisk of having invited the Barça manager, Frank Rijkaard, into his room at half-time, an act that is against UEFA regulations.

UEFA charged Chelsea with inappropriate conduct following the match. Mourinho received a touchline ban for both legs of Chelsea's quarter-final against Bayern Munich for the suggestion that Rijkaard had entered the officials' dressing room. It was revealed on 7 April that the UEFA venue director, Pascal Fratellia, had observed Rijkaard say hello in the tunnel and then attempt to converse with Frisk about the match on the way to the officials' room. Allegedly Frisk told him that "This is not the place or the moment to talk about the match" and left Rijkaard outside the room.[4]

On 19 December, Frisk was awarded FIFA's Presidential Award as "recognition for a career cut short following death threats against his family".[5] He presided over 118 international games during his 18-year career.


  1. ^ The Guardian (13 March 2005). "Top referee Anders Frisk quits". London. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Domellöf-Wik, Maria (2013-09-02). "Anders Frisk bakom ny biosatsning".  
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Uefa report backs Blues on Frisk". BBC News. 7 April 2005. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ronaldinho wins world award again". BBC News. 19 December 2005. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
Preceded by
Pierluigi Pairetto
UEFA European Championship final match referees
Anders Frisk
Succeeded by
Markus Merk
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