Viktor Kassai

Viktor Kassai (Kassai Viktor, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkɒʃːɒi ˈviktor]; born 10 September 1975) is a Hungarian football official and a former referee. He is the head of refereeing department of the Russian Football Union. 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. He retired as a referee on 30 December 2019.[1]

Viktor Kassai
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Viktor Kassai in 2008
Born (1975-09-10) 10 September 1975 (age 45)
Tatabánya, Hungary
Years League
1996–2019 NB I
Years League Role
2003–2019 FIFA listed Referee


2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, where he refereed the group stage match between Brazil and South Korea, as well as the Argentina-North Korea 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.[2]

2010 World CupEdit

Kassai was preselected as a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[3] 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 fourth 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 FinalEdit

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 2012Edit

At the UEFA Euro 2012, Kassai officiated matches Spain vs Italy and England vs Ukraine. This was the first international tournament where two additional assistant referees were introduced on the goal-lines.[4] During the England and Ukraine game a Ukrainian strike was hooked away by an English defender, but TV re-plays showed that the ball had crossed the line.[5] This introduced a debate on the effectiveness of the inclusion of the two additional officials and the need for goal-line technology.[5] FIFA president Sepp Blatter said, "goal-line technology was a necessity" following the England vs Ukraine match.[6]

2016 FIFA Club World CupEdit

On 14 December 2016, Kassai became the first referee to award a penalty after viewing a video replay.[7]

Post-refereeing careerEdit

On 9 January 2020 he was appointed the head of refereeing department of the Russian Football Union.[8]


  1. ^ "Játékvezetés: Kassai Viktor visszavonul, nem vezet több meccset - N".
  2. ^ "MLSZ Komárom-Esztergom Megyei Igazgatóság" (PDF).
  3. ^ "List of prospective 2010 FIFA World Cup referees" (PDF).
  4. ^ "UEFA EURO 2012 referees named". UEFA. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Sepp Blatter: Technology a 'necessity'". Fox Sports. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  7. ^ Alex Richards (14 December 2016). "Historic moment as referee Viktor Kassai awards penalty at FIFA Club World Cup after using video replay - Mirror Online". Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Кадровые назначения в РФС" (Press release) (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 9 January 2020.

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Sporting positions
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