Eric Braamhaar
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Eric Braamhaar

Frederikus Johannes (Eric) Braamhaar (born October 13, 1966 in Rijssen) is a Dutch football referee. Braamhaar is known to have served as a FIFA referee during the period from 2003[1] to 2011.[2] He officiated at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship[3] and 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship,[4] as well as qualifying matches for the 2006[5] and 2010 World Cups.[6]

He refereed the 2007 UEFA Champions League knockout stage match between Manchester United and Lille OSC.[7] There was some controversy as Braamhaar allowed United's Ryan Giggs to take the free-kick and score before Lille goalkeeper Tony Sylva had assembled the defensive wall; Lille's players threatened to walk off the pitch leading them to be charged with improper conduct by UEFA. Four weeks later, while refereeing an Eredivisie, he was seen celebrating when Ajax scored their fifth goal in a 5-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven. PSV manager Ronald Koeman, thought he was celebrating the goal, but Braamhaar later explained that he celebrated because of his decision to play advantage after an Ajax player was fouled in the build-up.[8]

On April 26, 2007 he left the pitch during the UEFA Cup semi final between Osasuna and Sevilla due to a torn calf muscle. He was replaced by fourth official Pieter Vink.


He lives in Enter in the province of Overijssel.


  1. ^ Tossani, Gabriele. "Scotland - International Matches 2002-2005". RSSSF, 28 March 2012. Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
  2. ^ Di Maggio, Roberto. "Italy - International Matches 2010-2019". RSSSF, 2 May 2013. Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
  3. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Brazil - Spain 1:0 (1:0)" Archived 2013-03-16 at the Wayback Machine. 30 August 2003. Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
  4. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Turkey - China PR 1:2 (0:1)" Archived 2013-07-15 at the Wayback Machine. 11 June 2005. Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
  5. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Luxembourg - Russia 0:4 (0:0)" Archived 2009-02-04 at the Wayback Machine. 9 October 2004. Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
  6. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Armenia - Bosnia-Herzegovina 0:2 (0:1)". 5 September 2009. Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Lille 0-1 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 20 February 2007. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ "Dutch referee scores in a league of his own". The Times. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 2010.

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