Valeri Pavlovich Butenko (Russian: Валерий Павлович Бутенко; 16 July 1941 – 13 February 2020[1]) was a Russian football midfielder and referee, and a Master of Sports of the USSR, known for having acted as referee at one 1986 FIFA World Cup Group D match - the game between Algeria and Northern Ireland on 3 June 1986. After retiring, Butenko served as a match supervisor. His younger brother Andrei Butenko was a football referee as well.

Valeri Butenko
Personal information
Full name Valeri Pavlovich Butenko
Date of birth (1941-07-16)16 July 1941
Place of birth Moscow, Soviet Union
Date of death 13 February 2020(2020-02-13) (aged 78)
Place of death Moscow
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966 Dynamo-d Moscow
1967 Dynamo Makhachkala
1968–1969 Shakhter Kiselevsk
1969–1970 Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
1971–1974 Soyuz Moscow
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Valeri Butenko
Years League Role
1976–1991 Soviet Top League Referee
Years League Role
1981-1991 FIFA listed Referee


  1. ^ "Умер Валерий Бутенко" [Valeri Butenko has died] (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 13 February 2020.

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