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Gottfried Dienst

Gottfried Dienst (9 September 1919 – 1 June 1998) was a Swiss football referee who was born in Basle. He is possibly best known for being the referee in the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, in which he awarded a controversial goal to England after consulting his Soviet (Azerbaijani) linesman Tofik Bakhramov.

At the time he was considered the best referee in the world. Dienst is one of only four men to have twice refereed a European Cup final, which he did in 1961 and 1965, and one of only two (the other being the Italian Sergio Gonella) to have refereed both the European Championship final and the World Cup Final. However, his officiating in the 1968 European Championship final was marred by controversy. In that game, a 1–1 draw between Italy and Yugoslavia which was played in Rome, Dienst came to be accused of favouring the home team. The final was replayed later (the Italians winning 2–0); a game refereed by the Spaniard José Maria Ortiz de Mendibil.

Preceded by
Nikolaj Latychev
FIFA World Cup final match referees
1966
Gottfried Dienst
Succeeded by
Rudi Glöckner
Preceded by
Arthur Holland
UEFA European Championship final match referees
1968
Gottfried Dienst
Succeeded by
Ferdinand Marschall
Preceded by
European Cup Final 1960
Jack Mowat
European Cup Referees
Final 1961
Gottfried Dienst
Succeeded by
European Cup Final 1962
Leo Horn
Preceded by
European Cup Final 1964
Josef Stoll
European Cup Referees
Final 1965
Gottfried Dienst
Succeeded by
European Cup Final 1966
Rudolf Kreitlein


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