François Letexier

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François Letexier
Full name François Letexier
Born (1989-04-24) 24 April 1989
Bédée, France
Years League Role
2015– Ligue 2 Referee
2016– Ligue 1 Referee
Years League Role
2017– FIFA listed Referee

François Letexier (born 24 April 1989) is a French football referee who officiates in the Ligue 1. He has been a FIFA referee since 2017 and is ranked as a UEFA elite category referee.

Refereeing career

In 2016, Letexier began officiating in the Ligue 1. His first match as referee was on 23 January 2016 between Montpellier and Caen. In 2017, he was put on the FIFA referees list. He officiated his first senior international match on 23 March 2018 between Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In April 2019, he officiated 2019 UEFA Youth League final between Porto and Chelsea.

On 20 May 2021, he refereed 2021 Coupe de France final between Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.

On 26 May 2021, as VAR, he officiated the 2021 UEFA Europa League final between Villarreal and Manchester United. He refereed three matches of 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship (including the quarter-final between Portugal and Italy).

On 20 August 2022, Letexier refereed the Ligue 2 match between Saint-Étienne and Le Havre where he issued four red cards to three Saint-Etienne's players; Anthony Briançon, Mathieu Cafaro and Etienne Green and a member of the Saint-Etienne staff.

On 24 October 2022, Letexier was the subject of controversy during Ligue 1 match between Nice and Nantes. At the 19th minute, he did not award a penalty to Nantes when the ball hit both of Mattia Viti's arms. Near the end of the match, he awarded a controversial penalty to Nice when the ball hit Jean-Charles Castelletto's arm. Letexier showed red cards to Nantes' Kader Bamba and their goalkeeper Alban Lafont (who received a second yellow card after the match ended). Days later, after receiving death threats on social media, Letexier defended his decisions in an interview with L'Équipe newspaper.

On 16 August 2023, he was the referee for the 2023 UEFA Super Cup between Manchester City and Sevilla.

In April 2024, Letexier was selected to officiate at Men's Olympic Games football tournament in Paris. In same month, he was also selected to officiate at UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany.

In May 2024, he officiated the Olympic intercontinental play-off between Indonesia and Guinea, where some of his decisions come under fire which includes awarded two highly controversial penalties against the former, to which the first—which was awarded after a foul outside the penalty area—was converted by Ilaix Moriba as the matchwinner, qualifying the latter to the Olympics for the first time since 1968. Also, he sent off Indonesia coach Shin Tae-yong who argue with Letexier's decision to award Guinea second penalty.

In same month, He was appointed by UEFA as the fourth official for UEFA Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid. He also refereed 2024 Coupe de France final between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain."Letexier dirigera la finale" (in French). French Football Federation. 13 May 2024. Retrieved 25 May 2024.</ref>

Personal life

He has a son (born around 2021) and he works as a court bailiff.


  1. ^ "Football : François Letexier, l'arbitre pressé" (in French). Le Point. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Referees by Association: France". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  3. ^ "France » Ligue 1 2015/2016 » 22. Round » Montpellier HSC – SM Caen 1:2". Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Eight-man Saint-Etienne smashed in club-record loss". 20 August 2022. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Nice-Nantes referee François Letexier filed a complaint after being threatened on social media". 28 October 2022. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  6. ^ "Manchester City v Sevilla – Match info". Union of European Football Associations. 14 August 2023. Retrieved 14 August 2023.
  7. ^ "2024 FIFA Men's and Women's Olympic Football Tournaments - Selected officials". 3 April 2024. Retrieved 23 April 2024.
  8. ^ "Referee teams for UEFA EURO 2024 appointed". Union of European Football Associations. 23 April 2024. Retrieved 23 April 2024.
  9. ^ "Guinea beat Indonesia 1-0 in the AFC-CAF Play-off to claim final men's Olympic football quota". International Olympic Committee. 9 May 2024.
  10. ^ "Referee teams for 2024 UEFA club competition finals announced". Union of European Football Associations. 13 May 2024. Retrieved 13 May 2024.
  11. ^ "Super Cup referee Letexier moves forward". Union of European Football Associations. 15 August 2023. Retrieved 15 August 2023.

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