Palotai in 1975
|Date of birth||11 September 1935|
|Place of birth||Békéscsaba, Hungary|
|Date of death||3 February 2018(aged 82)|
|Place of death||Győr, Hungary|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1955–1956||Győri Vasas ETO|
|1959–1967||Győri Vasas ETO||171||(45)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Károly Palotai (11 September 1935 – 3 February 2018) was a Hungarian association football player and referee. He was an Olympic Gold winner as a player before turning to refereeing. He was a referee at three World Cup tournaments and officiated in two European Cup finals.
Károly Palotai was a referee in the FIFA World Cups 1974, 1978 and 1982, as well as in the European Championship 1980 and the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. In addition, he officiated the finals of the European Champions' Cup 1976 between Bayern Munich and AS Saint-Etienne and 1981 beytween Real Madrid and Liverpool FC, the European Cup Winners' Cup final of 1979 between FC Barcelona and Fortuna Düsseldorf and the first leg of the finals of the UEFA Cup 1974/75 between Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Twente Enschede.