Pol van Boekel promoted on international list

Dutch referee Pol van Boekel has been promoted to category two on the international refereeing list. He’s on the Uefa list since 2007. Uefa doesn’t want to publish the full list at this moment.

The 35-year-old Van Boekel made his international debut during the U17 match Slovakia-Serbia on 26 March 2008. He’s officiated 19 official international games, including five Europa League matches.

Dutch international referees:
Björn Kuipers and Kevin Blom on the Elite List.
Eric Braamhaar on the Premier list.
Bas Nijhuis and Pol van Boekel on the category two list.
Richard Liesveld is a category three referee.
Danny Makkelie is on the cat. 4 list.

Pieter Vink, who was on the Elite List, stopped because he wants to give young refs a chance and because he got death threats via his daughter’s lunchbox.

Why Vink quitted international refereeing

A personal death threat was one of the reason why Dutch referee Pieter Vink quits international refereeing. “The bottomline was a letter in my daughter’s lunchbox”, says Vink to ANP, a Dutch press agency.

Written was: “We schieten je kankervader kapot” (literally translation: ‘we shoot your cancer father’ – don’t know if there are any English abusive expressions like that). His daughter of seven didn’t understand it completely, but his wife was very upset. Vink announced his international retirement in September. The official reason was: giving younger colleagues a chance.