Nigerien football referee Lucien Bouchardeau Died at 56


Lucien Bouchardeau was born on December 18, 1961, and died on February 20, 2018. He was a Nigerian football referee.

He was best remembered for having officiated in 1998 a World Cup first round match between Italy and Chile.

He called a penalty against Chile within the 85th minute, which allowed Italy the chance to tie the match 2-2. After the game he spoke to the press about his fear he would be sacked from the tournament, which would mark the end of his career.

Bouchardeau also referee matches at the 1996 Olympics, 1997 Confederations Cup and the 1998 and 1996 African Cup of Nations.

Lucien died February 20, 2018 at the age of 56 from heart failure.