When Karl Kainer took the match ball, that had the signatures of the Man U players, with him after the 1958 European Cup semi-final against Red Star Belgrade, little did he know that a few hours later the plane with the English team would crash killing 22, including 7 players.
Karl Kainer took charge of a match in the 1964 European Championships.
On the FIFA lists as a deputy in 1955/56 and 1956/57 and as a centre referee between 1957 and 1964.
Kainer said he took charge of 1954 matches, 28 between national teams.
Karl Kainer died in 2006, a few days after his 91st birthday.