It’s safe to say that Viktor Kassai probably isn’t too welcome in Munich anymore.
The Hungarian referee, and his team of officials, had an absolute shocker last season when Bayern Munich faced Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.
Here’s a recap of the howlers that cost Bayern a place in the semi-finals last season…
Real won the first leg in Munich 2-1, leaving the Germans with a lot to do in order to progress.
Robert Lewandowski put Bayern ahead from the spot, after Casemiro was adjudged to have fouled Robben.
Madrid protested the decision, but Robben was clearly fouled.
Casemiro escaped a booking on this occasion, but eventually picked up a card after persistent fouling.
The Brazilian was incredibly lucky to avoid a red card.
Bayern were then denied the opportunity to increase their advantage.
Jerome Boateng played a ball over to Lewandowski who was level with Marcelo, but the linesman raised his flag.
The Polish striker would have been presented with a one-on-one against Keylor Navas.
Cristiano Ronaldo then equalised, before Sergio Ramos hilariously put one in his own net to restore parity.
With the sides level, controversy struck once more.
After correctly being awarded a yellow card earlier, Arturo Vidal picked up a laughable second yellow for his perfectly fair challenge on Marco Asensio.
The Chilean midfielder and his team-mates were left bemused at the decision.
Being reduced to ten men would later prove costly for Bayern.
Vidal certainly seems up for righting some wrongs in this year’s semi-final…
“Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
The decisions were about to get even worse for Bayern.
Ronaldo was picked out in the box and turned well before firing past Manuel Neuer.
Despite being clearly offside, the goal stood and Bayern found themselves 4-3 down on aggregate.
Marcelo then jinked through on goal and unselfishly squared the ball to Ronaldo for the Portguese forward to complete his hat-trick.
In replicating the type of goal that ruins FIFA friendships, Ronaldo was actually offside when Marcelo passed the ball.
The goal stood and Bayern’s hopes of progressing were ended.
Their misery was compounded when Asensio scored late on to make it 4-2.
The match was a last European outing for both Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm before they retired, so wrong for it to end that way…
The controversy spilled over and dominated the talk post-match.
Then manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was critical of the performances of the officials.
“We had thought of everything going into this game – except the referee,” Ancelotti said.
After the game, former Bayern midfielder Owen Hargreaves also declared that the game was “decided by the referees.”
Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers has been selected to take charge of the side’s latest encounter.
Bayern will be hoping the Dutchman and his team are an improvement on last year’s officials.
Otherwise, Kuipers will be off the club’s Christmas card list, just like Kassai.
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