International referee 1954/55 - 1956/57. Penning was the referee of the first ever match for a European tournament, the Inter City Fairs Cup in 1955.
Three months before Sporting - Partizan, the City Fairs Cup tournament started with a match between home team FC Basel and a London XI selection. The Intercity Fairs Cup was an idea by Swiss Ernst Thommen. Thommen was vice chairman of FIFA but organized this tournament on his own because he saw good business in adding a tournament to the Fairs that were held in the European cities after WWII.
The London XI, consisting of players from, among other teams, Chelsea, West Ham, QPR and Tottenham, won 5-0.
There was another first: Penning allowed a substitution (Brian Nicholas for Derek Saunders), which was not allowed in those days. UEFA sent a letter to Thommen reprimanding him for the ref's deed. It wasn't until 1968 that substituting a player in a European tournament became allowed.
source: Jurriaan van Wessen, sportgeschiedenis.nl
Statistics for ALOIS PENNIG
Based on 2 international matches