Between Two Beers Podcast - Peter O'Leary: The Gag-Man Behind The Whistle

Publish Date
Thursday, 15 April 2021, 6:00AM

Peter O’Leary is an incredibly experienced referee who has travelled the world and officiated at some of the world’s biggest football events.

In this episode we go in depth on his experiences at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014 after his referee trio made an error disallowing a goal in the crucial Bosnia-Herzegovina and Nigeria match. In the fallout he received death threats and 20,000 people signed a petition demanding he be booted out of the tournament. We talk about the time he was plucked from the grandstand to officiate an English Premier League match and some of his experiences around the world.

Peter’s sense of humour comes through in this review of a career spent in the middle of a football pitch and he even officiates some unresolved Between Two Beers matters.