Graham Poll: Viktor Kassai let the big match pressure get to him

Kassai let the big match pressure get to him and awarded crazy penalty

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23:56 GMT, 25 April 2012

Viktor Kassai is a good referee but the pressure of a big game can affect anyone.

I took charge of Bayern v Real in the second leg of the semi-final in 2000 and know how tough it is.

That pressure seemed to affect the Hungarian on Wednesday night as he awarded Madrid a crazy penalty in the sixth minute when a shot hit David Alaba from close range.

Pressure got to him: Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben argue with Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai

Pressure got to him: Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben argue with Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai

Handball must be deliberate, this was not. To compound his error, Kassai showed Alaba a yellow card, meaning he would miss the final.

Fans often say referees who feel they have erred try to make amends. That appeared to be the case on first viewing of Bayern’s penalty award when Mario Gomez threw himself to the ground after a touch from Pepe.

On Tuesday, the assistants helped Cuneyt Cakir impress in Barcelona. Kassai never gave his assistants the chance to help and so made two poor calls.