Leslie "Les" William Mottram (born March 5, 1951) is a retired football referee from Scotland best known for supervising two matches in the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA. Events 363 - Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a Year 1951 ( MCMLI) was a Common year starting on Monday. Events of 1951 January Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered A referee presides over a game of Association football. The referee has "full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. The 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 15th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in the United States from June 17 to July 17 1994 The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
Mottram turned to refereeing after a brief professional playing career. He became a professional referee when he left Scotland to officiate in the Japanese J League. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. The, or, is the top professional Football (soccer league in Japan and one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football 
Mottram is best remembered in Scotland for an incident in a match between Partick Thistle and Dundee United. Partick Thistle Football Club are a Scottish professional football club from the city of Glasgow. United's Paddy Connolly "scored" with a sharp shot which hit the supporting stanchion in the back of the net and bounced out. Patrick "Paddy" Connolly (born 25 June 1970 in Glasgow) is a Scottish footballer, currently playing in a player/assistant As the United players celebrated, a Thistle outfield player picked up the ball, expecting a kick-off following the "goal". Mottram, however, did not blow his whistle to indicate a goal and waved play-on, apparently assuming that the ball had hit the post. Given that interpretation, he should then have awarded a penalty kick against the Partick outfield player who had handled the ball, which he failed to do. The incident didn't affect the outcome of the match, though, as Dundee United comfortably won 4-0.  This incident may have been a contributing factor in Scottish clubs abandoning the old style goalposts in subsequent seasons, in favour of the modern style goals (which remain today) with vertical stanchions behind the goals themselves.