Pol van Boekel

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Pol van Boekel
Pol van Boekel (center) in 2007
Full name Paulus Hendrikus Martinus van Boekel
Born (1975-07-19) 19 July 1975
Venray, Netherlands
Years League Role
Eredivise Referee
Years League Role
2008– FIFA listed Referee

Paulus Hendrikus Martinus van Boekel (born 19 July 1975) is a Dutch international football referee.

He refereed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, beginning with the match between Moldova and England.

Van Boekel became a FIFA referee in 2008.

Controversial calls

On 7 July 2021, he was the video assistant referee (VAR) for the Euro 2020 semifinal match between England and Denmark. Controversially, he chose to uphold referee Danny Makkelie's decision to award a penalty for a foul on Raheem Sterling of England.

On 26 October 2022 he was the video assistant referee (VAR) for the 2022–2023 UEFA Champions League Group stage match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sporting CP, he controversially ruled out Harry Kane’s injury time winner which would have meant Tottenham went through to the round of 16 in the Champions league.


  1. ^ "VAR hakemi Pol van Boekel nereli, kaç yaşında? Pol van Boekel kimdir?". Hürsöz Gazetesi - Son Dakika Haberleri (in Turkish). Retrieved 27 April 2024.
  2. ^ Profile
  3. ^ FIFA. "Match Report – Moldova – England 0:5 (0:3)". 7 September 2012. Retrieved on 23 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Danny Makkelie: The referee who made the biggest error of the season". 8 July 2021.

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