Bio
Petteri Kari
Born: 1971-04-05
Intl. since: 1999-01-01
Hometown: Raisio
Country: Finland
Speaks: Finnish...
Occupation: NCO (trains soldiers)
Hobbies:

Kari had been a FIFA referee for 13 years when he retired at the end of 2011. Almost all his international matches have the word qualifier in them.

WC

At the time of the 2006 World Cup - which also had UEFA Category 2 referee Kari glued to his seat - Petteri said he was OK with the new referee guidelines that were a point of discussion in those days, most notably stopping play for shirt pulling and the straight red for a tackle from behind. He said the guidelines had led to less controversy than is usually the case in tournaments at this level and that they weren't too radical. He thought the straight red in the Italy - USA match (we also reported on at the time) was a bit overdone maybe, but justified, incidentally criticizing then WordReferee's number 1 man, Jorge Larrionda.

CV

At the time of the 2006 World Cup Kari had refereed over 120 league matches and about 40 international matches. He started his refereeing career at the beginning of the 90's. Petteri took up refereeing when he realised that, as a football player, he was never going to make it to the premier league. It seems to have been a good decision: The man from Raisio made his way up the referee's hierarchy quickly and has worked as an international referee since 1999.

On refereeing

- A referee's job is exceedingly difficult, Kari says, you have to make split-second decisions, that can decide a match. It feels good however if a match is over and the players applaud you for a match that went well.

- It's important to be just and consistent. You also have to take each player's character into account and treat him slightly differently on that basis. You have players, like Mypass's Tuomas Haapala, that ramble all the time and to whom the referee can talk regardless. Then you have those who get angry immediately when a referee addresses them

On international refereeing

Kari had this to say about his international assignments:

- Above all there are differences in the tempo of play. Abroad they are passing the ball around much faster, so you have to deal with that in an other way. You can't just run from one end of the field to the other like we do in Finland.

He was treated well abroad, he feels. Especially in those countries, where the football traditions are long-standing and part of the national culture.

- For instance in Great Britain or in Germany, referees are treated extremely well. On the other hand somewhere in Kazakhstan the reception was very friendly as well, but the setting as cheerless as can be.

Memorable

His most memorable match was the farewell match for legendary Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel. When 30000 men were cheering the Dane in this goodbye match, cold shivers also ran down the referee's spine.

- There you saw how a top player's life can be at its best, Kari summarises.

Dream

- There have always been objectives and some of those have been reached, but one dream would be of course to referee in a World
Championship. And a dream it should stay. It' is very hard to get there. There are quotas for each part of the world, and Europe's small countries stay outside of those. One can't really see a Fin get there in the near future.

The other Kari

Off the pitch, Petteri Kari has a time-sharing job as an academy officer in Parola, training soldiers. He feels his job hasn't hindered his refereeing. In fact Petteri believes that both have been mutually reinforcing.

- After all, on the pitch as well as in the army, I discipline young men.






This short bio/ interview is a rewrite of an article by Finnish journalist Tomi Kangasniemi for the Rannikkoseudun Sanomat. We would like to thank him for his friendly assistance in this matter.

Statistics
Statistics for PETTERI KARI
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 4 2 6
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 57 74 131
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 2 7 9
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.11 0.06 0.08
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.58 2.06 1.82
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.06 0.19 0.13

Based on 36 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR PETTERI KARI
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Euro 2012 qualifiers
LuxembourgAlbania2011-09-062 - 1 5 (1-4)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2011 - 2012
qualifiers 1st roundGlentoranRenova2011-07-072 - 1 8 (3-5)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2011 u17 qualifiers
Hungary u17Slovakia u172010-09-251 - 1 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Hungary u17Andorra u172010-09-205 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2010 - 2011
2nd qualifying roundTorpedo ZhodinoOFK Beograd2010-07-220 - 1 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
LuxembourgAzerbaijan2010-03-031 - 2 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
PolandGreece2004-05-291 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2011 u21 qualifiers
Bosnia-Herzegovina u21Wales u212009-11-182 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Belgium u21Slovenia u212009-09-082 - 0 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Europa League 2009 - 2010
qualifiers 2nd roundNACGandzasar Kapan2009-07-166 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2010 qualifiers - Europe
Northern IrelandSan Marino2008-10-154 - 0 4 (2-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2008 - 2009
qualifiers 2nd roundLitexKiryat Shmona2008-08-140 - 0 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2008-2009
qualifiers 1st roundLlanelliVentspils2008-07-151 - 0 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008 u19 qualifiers
Germany u19Estonia u192007-09-265 - 1 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008 u17 qualifiers
Germany u17Bosnia-Herzegovina u172007-09-248 - 1 4 (1-3)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2007-2008
qualifiers 1st roundHBHafnarfjordur2007-07-250 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2009 u21 qualifiers
Netherlands u21Macedonia u212007-11-161 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Bulgaria u21Montenegro u212007-06-051 - 2 7 (3-4)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2006 - 2007
qualifiers 2nd roundMetalurh ZaporizhyaZimbru2006-08-243 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2007 u21 qualifiers
Lithuania u21Georgia u212006-08-161 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 2006
2nd roundDinaburgHibernian2006-07-080 - 3 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2006 u19 qualifiers
Hungary u19Belgium u192005-10-091 - 0 6 (5-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Belgium u19Faroe Islands u192005-10-057 - 1 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2006 u21 qualifiers
Ireland u21France u212005-09-061 - 2 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Bosnia-Herzegovina u21Spain u212004-09-070 - 2 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2005 - 2006
qualifiers 2nd roundB36Midtjylland2005-08-252 - 2 3 (2-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundZilinaAustria Wien2005-08-111 - 2 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 2005
2nd roundSturm GrazWolfsburg2005-07-091 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2004 - 2005
qualifiers 1st roundŽalgirisPortadown2004-07-292 - 0 8 (2-6)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2003 - 2004
1st roundSpartak MoskvaEfB2003-09-242 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2003-2004
qualifiers 1st roundIrtyshOmonia2003-07-231 - 2 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004 u21 qualifiers
Slovakia u21Portugal u212003-04-010 - 2 7 (2-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2002 - 2003
qualifiersDundalkVarteks2002-08-290 - 4 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2002 qualifiers - Europe
ScotlandSan Marino2001-03-284 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2000 - 2001
qualifiersCorkLausanne Sport2000-08-240 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1999 - 2000
qualifiersTorpedo KutaisiLantana Tallinn1999-08-264 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)