Richard Liesveld has decided to immediately stop as a referee in professional football. The 45-year-old arbiter whistled by injuries already 2.5 years no games more.
Liesveld revalideerde recent years from a back injury, but he has not recovered sufficiently to be active to be able to continue as a referee, reports the KNVB on Monday.
The arbitrator made his debut on 11 February 2001 in the professional football. Since then whistled he 197 duels in the Premier league and 131 duels in the First Division. In total he comes up with 379 matches in professional football.
Liesveld was in 2013 the referee in the battle for the Johan Cruijff Scale between AZ and Ajax (2-3 victory for Ajax), and two years later, he took charge of the cup final between PEC Zwolle and FC Groningen (0-2 victory for FC Groningen).
Liesveld, who at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS of 2012 and the european CHAMPIONSHIPS of 2016 was part of the team of Björn Kuipers whistled his last game on november 25, 2016. SC Cambuur won with 3-1 from NAC Breda.