Urs Meier (born January 22, 1959 in Würenlos, Aargau) is a retired Swiss football referee. He officiated at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, taking charge of the semi-final between South Korea and Germany in 2002.
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Urs Meier (born January 22, 1959 in Würenlos, Aargau) is a retired Swiss football referee. He officiated at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, taking charge of the semi-final between South Korea and Germany in 2002. He also refereed the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final that year. He appeared at Euro 2000 and Euro 2004, refereeing the quarter-final between England and Portugal in 2004. He retired 6 months later. At the age of 16, recognizing his lack of football ability, he decided to concentrate on becoming a referee and set himself the goal of refereeing at the World Cup in France in 1998. In 1990 he officiated at his first game in the top Swiss league. In 1994 he covered a number of UEFA Cup matched and international games. When he was actually elected to the referee’s panel for the 1998 World Cup, he had already refereed more than 30 international matches. His handling of the politically charged match between USA and Iran brought him international renown. Urs Meier has faced his share of controversy. After a European Championship qualification match between Denmark and Romania, he received heavy criticism in the Romanian press. After England were knocked out by Portugal in the European Championship 2004, and Meier correctly disallowed an England goal in the 89th minute, he received intense criticism in the English press and even death threats. He considers the high point of his sporting career to be the Champions League final of 2002 between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen, in which Zinedine Zidane scored a brilliant winning goal. After covering 883 matches, Urs Meier retired as a professional referee in 2004 due to age restrictions. He is now a commentator on German television.
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