Pettay was born in Pudozh. In 1992, he played 24 matches as a midfielder for second-league FC Karelia Petrozavodsk, scoring two goals. He later played for the first-league futsal team GTS Petrozavodsk. He began his career as a referee in 1996. He qualified as a FIFA referee in 2010 and worked in the 2011 CIS Cup.
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- Porritt, Richard (21 June 2011). "44 die but mother and children spared as Russia jet crashes in fog". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
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