Viktor Kassai

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The native form of this personal name is Kassai Viktor. This article uses the Western name order.
Viktor Kassai
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Viktor Kassai in 2008
Born (1975-09-10) 10 September 1975 (age 40)
Tatabánya, Hungary
Other occupation Printing sales
Domestic
Years League
1996– NB I
International
Years League Role
2003– FIFA listed Referee

Viktor Kassai (Kassai Viktor, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkɒʃːɒi ˈviktor]; born 10 September 1975) is a Hungarian football referee. He participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and refereed the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final. He has been a full international referee for FIFA since 2003.

Career[edit]

Kassai was selected to referee the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, where he refereed the group stage match between Brazil and Korea Republic, as well as the Argentina-Korea DPR match.

Kassai refereed in UEFA Euro 2008 as the fourth official in several matches. During 2008, he also officiated in the 2008 Olympic Games, including in the final.[1]

2010 World Cup[edit]

Kassai was preselected as a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[2] He refereed in the first leg of the AFC 5th vs OFC winner qualifier between Bahrain and New Zealand.

On 5 July, it was announced that he would be in charge for the Germany vs Spain semifinal. It was his 4th match in the World Cup. This is the highest prestige match a Hungarian referee has been in charge of since Sándor Puhl's 1994 FIFA World Cup Final.

His first appearance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup was a group stage match between Brazil and North Korea on 15 June 2010, which Brazil won 2–1. He refereed two matches in the group stage. The United States vs Ghana match finished after extra time, becoming the first match in the World Cup to happen so. It was the first time that either Ghana or the United States played in a World Cup match ending in extra time.

2011 Champions League Final[edit]

Kassai was the head of an all-Hungarian crew in the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium in London, where he cautioned two players apiece on both the Barcelona (Daniel Alves and Victor Valdés) and Manchester United (Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick) sides.

Euro 2012[edit]

At the UEFA Euro 2012, Kassai officiated matches Spain vs Italy and England vs Ukraine.

On 19 June 2012, in a group stage match of UEFA Euro 2012 between England and Ukraine conducted by Viktor Kassai, at the 62nd minute Ukrainian striker Marko Devic's effort on goal was hooked away by English defender John Terry, but TV re-plays showed that the ball had crossed the line.[3] Despite Ukrainian players' appeals, Viktor Kassai did not allow the goal. This decision was strongly criticized by Ukrainian media,[4] although the attack itself started from an offside position - a foul that was also omitted by the officials.[5] This introduced a debate on the effectiveness of the inclusion of two additional officials and the need for goal-line technology.[3] UEFA Euro 2012 was the first international tournament where two additional assistant referees were introduced on the goal-lines.[6] FIFA president Sepp Blatter said, "goal-line technology was a necessity" in the England vs Ukraine match.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ KEMLSZ (Hungarian)
  2. ^ List of prospective 2010 FIFA World Cup referees
  3. ^ a b Eric Willemsen, AP (20 June 2012). "Debate about goal-line technology revived after Ukraine denied Euro 2012 goal". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ukraine/England - Ukraine's press blast refereeing". AFP News. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Joó Gábor (20 June 2012). "A les pillanata: le kellett volna állítani az ukránt". Sport Géza (in Hungarian). Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "UEFA EURO 2012 referees named". UEFA. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sepp Blatter: Technology a 'necessity'". Fox Sports. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
2004
Greece Kyros Vassaras
FIFA Men's Olympic Football Tournament Final referee
2008
Hungary Viktor Kassai
Succeeded by
2012
United Kingdom Mark Clattenburg
Preceded by
2010
England Howard Webb
UEFA Champions League Final referee
2011
Hungary Viktor Kassai
Succeeded by
2012
Portugal Pedro Proença