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Viktor Kassai

Viktor Kassai
Viktor Kassai in 2008
Born (1975-09-10) 10 September 1975
Tatabánya, Hungary
Other occupation Printing sales
Years League
1996– NB I
Years League Role
2003– FIFA listed Referee

Viktor Kassai (Kassai Viktor, Hungarian pronunciation: ; 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 1
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup 2
    • Brazil vs North Korea 2.1
    • Mexico vs Uruguay 2.2
    • United States vs Ghana 2.3
    • Germany vs Spain 2.4
  • UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying 3
    • England vs Bulgaria 3.1
    • Belarus vs Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.2
    • Estonia vs Republic of Ireland play-off 3.3
  • 2011 UEFA Champions League Final 4
  • UEFA Euro 2012 5
    • Spain vs Italy 5.1
    • England vs Ukraine 5.2
    • Controversy 5.3
  • 2012–13 UEFA Champions League 6
    • Barcelona vs Milan 6.1
    • Bayern Munich vs Barcelona 6.2
  • 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations 7
    • Saudi Arabia vs Iraq 7.1
    • Bahrain vs Qatar 7.2
  • References 8
  • External links 9


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

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

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

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

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

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

England vs Bulgaria

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

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

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

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 3 – 1 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

Spain vs Italy

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

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

Barcelona vs Milan

12 March 2013
Barcelona 4 – 0 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

23 April 2013
Bayern 4 – 0 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

Saudi Arabia vs Iraq

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

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


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  2. ^ List of prospective 2010 FIFA World Cup referees
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External links

  • FIFA profile
  • Kassai Viktor on
  • Interview with Kassai Viktor –
Preceded by
Kyros Vassaras
FIFA Men's Olympic Football Tournament Final referee
Viktor Kassai
Succeeded by
Mark Clattenburg
Preceded by
Howard Webb
UEFA Champions League Final referee
Viktor Kassai
Succeeded by
Pedro Proença

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