Tofik Bahramov

Soviet football referee (1925-1993)

Tofik Bahram oglu Bahramov (Azeri: Tofiq Bəhram oğlu Bəhramov Russian: Тофик Бахрамов; 29 January 1925 — 26 March 1993), commonly known as the Russian linesman in England, was an Azerbaijani football referee notable for being the linesman who helped to award a goal for England in the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final against West Germany. He was later rumoured to have been presented with a golden whistle by Queen Elizabeth II for his "services to England".[1][2]

Tofiq Bəhramov
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Bahramov in 1967
Tofiq Bahram oglu Bahramov

(1925-01-29)29 January 1925
Died26 March 1993(1993-03-26) (aged 68)
OccupationFootball referee


  1. Azerbaijan v England article by Chris Hunt published in Football First newspaper, 17 October 2004
  2. Winning smile behind the Azeri article by Jonathan Northcroft published in The Sunday Times newspaper, October 2004

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