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
Kassai Viktor.jpg
Viktor Kassai in 2008
Born (1975-09-10) 10 September 1975 (age 40)
Tatabánya, Hungary
Other occupation Printing sales
Years League
1996– NB I
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.


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 FIFA 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.

Brazil vs North Korea[edit]

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.

15 June 2010
Brazil  2 – 1  North Korea
Maicon Goal 55'
Elano Goal 72'
Ji Yun-Nam Goal 89'
Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 54,331
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Mexico vs Uruguay[edit]

22 June 2010
Mexico  0 – 1  Uruguay
Suárez Goal 43'
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Attendance: 33,425
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

United States vs Ghana[edit]

The 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.

26 June 2010
United States  1 – 2 (a.e.t.)  Ghana
Donovan Goal 62' (pen.) K. Boateng Goal 5'
Gyan Goal 93'
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Attendance: 34,976
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Germany vs Spain[edit]

7 July 2010
Germany  0 – 1  Spain
Report Puyol Goal 73'
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 60,960
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying[edit]

England vs Bulgaria[edit]

3 September 2010
England  4 – 0  Bulgaria
Defoe Goal 3'61'86'
Johnson Goal 83'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 73,246
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Belarus vs Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

2 September 2011
19:30 (CEST)
Belarus  0 – 2  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Report Salihović Goal 22' (pen.)
Medunjanin Goal 24'
Dinamo Stadium, Minsk
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Estonia vs Republic of Ireland play-off[edit]

11 November 2011
21:45 UTC+2
Estonia  0 – 4  Republic of Ireland
Report Andrews Goal 13'
Walters Goal 67'
Keane Goal 71'88' (pen.)
A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn
Attendance: 10,811[3]
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Kassai handed out 6 yellows and 2 red cards for Estonian team, plus one penalty against Estonia.

2011 UEFA 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 (Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick) sides.

28 May 2011
Barcelona Spain 3 – 1 England Manchester United
Pedro Goal 27'
Messi Goal 54'
Villa Goal 69'
Report Rooney Goal 34'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 87,695[4]
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)[5]

UEFA Euro 2012[edit]

Spain vs Italy[edit]

10 June 2012
Spain  1 – 1  Italy
Fàbregas Goal 64' Report Di Natale Goal 61'
PGE Arena, Gdańsk
Attendance: 38,869
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

England vs Ukraine[edit]

19 June 2012
England  1 – 0  Ukraine
Rooney Goal 48' Report
Donbass Arena, Donetsk
Attendance: 48,700[6]
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)


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.[7] Despite Ukrainian players' appeals, Viktor Kassai did not allow the goal. This decision was strongly criticized by Ukrainian media,[8] although the attack itself started from an offside position - a foul that was also omitted by the officials.[9] This introduced a debate on the effectiveness of the inclusion of two additional officials and the need for goal-line technology.[7] UEFA Euro 2012 was the first international tournament where two additional assistant referees were introduced on the goal-lines.[10] FIFA president Sepp Blatter said, "goal-line technology was a necessity" in the England vs Ukraine match.[11]

2012–13 UEFA Champions League[edit]

Barcelona vs Milan[edit]

12 March 2013
Barcelona Spain 4 – 0 Italy Milan
Messi Goal 5'40'
Villa Goal 55'
Alba Goal 90+2'
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 94,944[12]
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Bayern Munich vs Barcelona[edit]

23 April 2013
Bayern Germany 4 – 0 Spain Barcelona
Müller Goal 25'82'
Gómez Goal 49'
Robben Goal 73'
Allianz Arena, Munich
Attendance: 68,000[13]
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

2013 Gulf Cup of Nations[edit]

Saudi Arabia vs Iraq[edit]

6 January 2013
Saudi Arabia  0 – 2  Iraq
Report Shaker Goal 18'
Hawsawi Goal 72' (o.g.)
Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Bahrain vs Qatar[edit]

11 January 2013
Bahrain  1 – 0  Qatar
Aaish Goal 25' (pen.) Report
Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)


  1. ^ KEMLSZ (Hungarian)
  2. ^ List of prospective 2010 FIFA World Cup referees
  3. ^ "Official record". Estonian Football Association. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Full time report" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kassai to referee UEFA Champions League final". (Union of European Football Associations). 27 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Full-time report England-Ukraine" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Ukraine/England - Ukraine's press blast refereeing". AFP News. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Joó Gábor (20 June 2012). "A les pillanata: le kellett volna állítani az ukránt". Sport Géza (in Hungarian). Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "UEFA EURO 2012 referees named". UEFA. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sepp Blatter: Technology a 'necessity'". Fox Sports. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Full Time Report – Barcelona – Milan" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Full Time Report – Bayern – Barcelona" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 

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