In Seville, Spain, he refereed the 1982 World Cup semifinal between Germany and France, when he judged the collision of goalkeeper Harald Schumacher with Patrick Battiston not to be a foul.
For over a minute, Battiston remained unconscious and suffered the loss of 3 teeth and broken vertebrae.
At two World Cups and two European championships, Corver was a referee. Four European Cup finals, ten semifinals, and the final World Cup for clubs in Argentina were arbitrated. More than 140 matches globally and more than 600 matches nationally.
After his last final (1983) in Portugal, he spent 22 years as an observer for UEFA-FIFA and KNVB and sixteen years as a member of the disciplinary committee. His profession at Heineken was a national sales manager.
Charles Corver, a retired referee who died at the age of 84 in his hometown of Leidschendam. Corver died of stomach cancer which was metastatic.
Bondsridder en voormalig scheidsrechter Charles Corver is op 84-jarige leeftijd overleden: https://t.co/Z3RY9b6Uh7.
De KNVB wenst familie en vrienden van Charles Corver alle sterkte met het dragen van dit verlies.
Oud-scheidsrechter Charles Corver is op 84 jarige leeftijd overleden. Hij floot op de Krommedijk onder meer de 3e ronde bekerstunt van DS’79 tegen Ajax (1-0) in 1982. Foto: Corver ziet hoe Harry van den Ham enkele Ajax-spelers op het verkeerde been zet. Rust zacht meneer Corver. pic.twitter.com/DNmO9HfBdh