Sándor Puhl

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The native form of this personal name is Puhl Sándor. This article uses the Western name order.
Sándor Puhl
Born (1955-07-14) 14 July 1955 (age 59)
Miskolc, Hungary[1]
Other occupation Director
Years League Role
1984–2000 NB I Referee
Years League Role
1988–2000 FIFA–listed Referee

Sándor Puhl (born 14 July 1955) is a retired Hungarian football referee. He is mostly known for supervising four matches in the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, including the final between Brazil and Italy.

He was elected as IFFHS' World's Best Referee of the Year four times in a row between 1994 and 1997.[2]

He is a highly unpopular figure in Spain since the 1994 World Cup quarter-final between Italy and Spain, where he ignored Mauro Tassotti elbowing Luis Enrique in the face, in the penalty box, during injury time. The impact broke Enrique's nose. Italy won the match 2–1, and Tassotti was later banned for eight games.[3]

After retiring as a referee, he was Deputy Chairman of the Hungarian Football Association from 2000 to 2006. He has also worked as a co-commentator for a Hungarian sports TV channel.

Puhl speaks Hungarian, German and English.


  1. ^ "Puhl Sándor 50 éves". Ma.hu (in Hungarian). 17 July 2005. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  2. ^ IFFHS' World's Best Referee of the Year 1987–2006
  3. ^ World Cup USA '94: Tassotti banned for eight games

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joe Worrall
UEFA Cup Final referee (first leg)
Succeeded by
Kim Milton Nielsen
Preceded by
Manuel Díaz Vega
UEFA Champions League Final referee
Succeeded by
Hellmut Krug
Preceded by
Edgardo Codesal
FIFA World Cup Final referee
Sándor Puhl
Succeeded by
Said Belqola