Viktor Kassai to referee England v Peru friendly

Experienced Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai will be the man in the middle for the international friendly between England and Peru at Wembley.

Viktor Kassai referee (Scotland v Poland - 8th October 2015)
Taking up the whistle: Kassai will be in charge at Wembley as England play their final game on home soil before heading off to Brazil (Picture from Sky Sports)

HUNGARIAN referee Viktor Kassai will take charge of England’s friendly against Peru on Friday night at Wembley Stadium.

The 38-year-old will be the man in the middle for the first of three pre-World Cup fixtures for the Three Lions and their final fixture on home soil before the tournament.

Kassai’s regular assistants Gabor Eros and Gyorgy Ring will be the linesman while fellow countryman Fabian Mihaly is the fourth official.

It’s the last opportunity for the England squad to impress boss Roy Hodgson before his 23-man squad is submitted to Fifa on June 2.

Kassai will oversee an England international for the first time since their 1-0 win over co-hosts Ukraine at the 2012 European Championships.

Wayne Rooney scored the only goal but the game was overshadowed by controversy when the officials failed to spot Marko Devic’s effort had crossed the line before John Terry cleared.

The second-half error meant Ukraine suffered a defeat which prevented them from progressing out of Group D while Kassai and his team were sent home at the end of the group stages.

Printing sales director Kassai, a Fifa listed official since 2003, has not been selected as one of the 25 referees for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

But he did take charge of four games in the 2010 finals in South Africa including Spain’s 1-0 victory over Germany in the semi-finals.

It will be his first visit to Wembley since handling the 2011 Champions League Final between Barcelona and Manchester United.

Kassai officiated two English sides in the Champions League during the 2013-14 campaign – Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Schalke in October and Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Napoli in December.

England will also face South American opposition in Ecuador and Honduras next week in Miami before starting their Group D campaign against Italy in the Amazonian resort of Manaus on June 14.

The friendly will be screened live on ITV from the national stadium, with coverage starting at 19:30 and kick-off at 20:00 BST.

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