Every game on the Primeira Liga started with one minute of silence after the death of Paulo Paraty, a Portugese referee who officiated for Uefa and in highest league of Portugal. The moment in the game Boavista and Uniao da Madeira was the most special. Referee João Capela wrote RIP on the pitch with his vanishing spring. That was followed by a loud applause to remember the former top referee.
Paulo Paraty was 53 years old and suffered from cancer. He died on the 4th of May.
He officiated 170 games in the Primeira Liga starting in 1996-1997 and was active for more than ten years on the highest level. He officiated two international friendlies and 8 Europa League games, plus some qualifying rounds for European competitions.
Former ref, Paulo Paraty, from AF Porto, has passed at 53.
— Portista (@FCPortoGlobal) May 4, 2016
After the minute of applause, the referee gave a big hug to both his assistants.
May Paulo Paraty rest in peace.
Hi! You said he refereed 170 games from 1996-1997. Is not that too much in one year. Thanks
That is when he started. He finished his career about 10 years later, so officiated 17 games per season on average.
Thanks for that Jan!