Officials: Peter Johnson

Peter Thomas Johnson was born in London, England on January 19, 1935. He was a noted referee in England and was a member of the The Referee’s Association.

Peter was a referee in the Football League in the 1960’s. He was a linesman in a quarter final game in the Fairs Cup between Ferencvaros and Atletic Bilbao in the 1964-65 season.

He immigrated to Canada in 1969. He settled in Burlington, Ontario.

Peter was a referee in the National Soccer League from 1969 and during the 1970’s. He was also a referee in the North American Soccer League from 1971 until 1982.

In 1974 Peter was placed on FIFA’s list of international referees. He remained on the list until 1981.

In 1975 he was the referee in 22 NASL and NSL games.

Due to is reputation he was picked by the NASL to be the referee in the big game of 1976 season between New York Cosmos and Tampa Bay Rowdies. 42,611 fans wtached the Rowdies defeat the Cosmos 5-1 at Tampa Stadium. He gave Pelè a yellow card after being pushed by the Brazilian superstar.

He was a referee in the 1976 Olympic Games soccer finals.

He was the referee of the World Cup qualifying game between Guatemala and Panama on November 16, 1980.

Peter passed away at the age of 78 on February 22, 2013.

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