Marca.com reported that Hungarian Viktor Kassai would referee the Champions League Group B clash between holders Real Madrid and Liverpool, which will be played on Tuesday night at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid. Last time when he was chosen as referee by UEFA for the Tranbzonsopor v Legia Warszawa EURO League match, he showed up nine yellow cards and sent off one player.
Tonight’s match will be the referee’s third competitive encounter involving the Spanish giants, with his previous two having the same outcomes, and both played against German teams. The first was the game between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich (2-1), in the 2011/2012 semi-final return leg, and the last was the match between Borussia and Real Madrid (2-1) in the 2012/2013 season.
Kassai is an an UEFA Elite Category referee who received his FIFA badge in 2003 and immediately started refereeing UEFA Cup matches. His career really took off when he got selected as 4th official for EURO 2008 and also for the Olympic Games in Beijing (August 2008), where he got the final. Then he was selected for the 2010 World Cup, where he took charge of 3 matches and a semi-final. A year later he was awarded the Champions League final, making him one of the most important referees in Europe. Although Kassai handled matches at Euro 2012 and was also about in the 2013/2014 Champions League, he did not get a role in the Word Cup 2014 held in Brazil.
via marca.com and worldreferee.com photo: marca.com