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Stuart Dougal (born 6 November 1962) is a retired Scottish football referee[1] who was on the FIFA international list.[2] He refereed the Scottish Cup final in 2004 and 2008[3][4] As part of a normal refereeing career, Dougal courted controversy, including receiving a fine for bad language towards Christian Nerlinger of Rangers.[5]

On 16 May 2009, Dougal refereed his last game before retiring. It was a highly controversial match between Aberdeen and Rangers. He sent off Charlie Mulgrew for an alleged headbutt on Kyle Lafferty after Lafferty conned him by taking an outrageous dive. In the same game he also incorrectly sent off Rangers' central defender Madjid Bougherra on the word of his assistant referee who claimed he deliberately tried to harm Dons keeper Jamie Langfield. Dougal received heavy criticism for his performance in this game, although the criticism came from Rangers as he gave decisions wrongly for both sides.

In September 2007 Dougal refereed his last international match, a European Championships qualifier between Turkey and Hungary. During this game he mistakenly sent off Zoltan Gera believing that he dived inside the box. The match ended 3-0 in Turkey's favour.

Since retiring as a referee, Dougal has written a column for the Daily Record newspaper. He has again courted controversy by criticising St. Mirren manager Gus MacPherson's treatment of referees.[6]

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