Referee has hard time dealing with goal error
Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai is having a hard time coming to terms with his mistake of not seeing a ball cross the goal-line during the Ukraine v England Euro 2012 match.
“I can hardly bear what has happened,” Kassai was quoted as saying one the website of the Hungarian football federation.
Kassai’s goal-line assistant gave no signal that Marko Devic’s shot was cleared by John Terry after crossing the line in Tuesday’s group game in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Kassai said that he and his team were responsible for the error which drew sharp criticism from Ukraine because the game could have changed if the goal had stood for 1-1. Ukraine needed to win to reach the knockout stages but lost 1-0, sending England through.
“We saw immediately that we made a mistake,” Kassai said in reference to a post-game analysis.
“We can not change what happened.”
Kassai and his team were among the referees sent home on Wednesday after the group stage. The incident also led to new calls for the introduction of goal-line technology. The world governing body FIFA is to decide on the issue on July 5.
Kassai is a top referee who in the past officiated the 2011 Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United and the 2010 World Cup semi-final between Spain and Germany.