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International referees honoured with FIFA badge

KNVB Media
KNVB Media
12 January 2018, 15:00

Association football referees Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra were honoured for their 100th appointment in Europe on Wednesday night. Their colleague Björn Kuipers received a distinction for his 125th appointment. - Photo: KNVB Media - Foto: KNVB Media

KNVB match officials operating on the international level received the annual FIFA badge this week. The badges were handed to them by KNVB referee coordinator Dick van Egmond, director of the professional football association Eric Gudde and Mark van Erven, director of insurance company ARAG, sponsor of the KNVB.

Referees and assistant referees who officiate international fixtures receive a new FIFA badge each year. The distinction is given in recognition of their achievements and the fact that they are active internationally.

Match officials receive FIFA badges.

Golden pin of honour

Attending the ceremony for the first time were female (assistant) referees and fellow match officials. The spotlight was on Nicolet Bakker, one of the assistant referees at the women’s European Championship finals in the Netherlands this past summer. Retired futsal referee Barry Weijers was awarded a golden referee pin.

— Nicolet Bakker, assistant referee during WEURO 2017, held in the Netherlands last summer.

International referee Björn Kuipers was honoured for his 125th appointment in Europe. His permanent assistants, Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra, were both honored for their 100th appointment in Europe.

Collaboration with ARAG extended

During the evening, it was announced that the partnership between ARAG and KNVB referees will be extended until 1 July 2020. ARAG continues its commitment to more FairPlay within Dutch football. ARAG and KNVB referees joined forces 2011.

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