Bio
Rudolf Kreitlein
Born: 1919-11-14
Intl. since: 1962-01-01
Hometown: Stuttgart
Country: Germany
Speaks: German
Occupation: master tailor
Hobbies: making home movies

Kreitlein sent off the Argentina captain Antonio Rattin during a 1966 World Cup match between England and Argentina at Wembley. Rattin refused to leave the field and this confusion eventually led to the introduction of red and yellow cards in football in the 1970 World Cup. Kreitlein died in 31. July 2012.

impressive

Even though Fuerth born Rudolf Kreitlein's refereeing career may not look impressive: only 66 matches in the Bundesliga between 1963 and 1969 and only six years a FIFA badge holder (1962-1967), the matches he took charge of were important ones indeed. Two matches in the 1966 World Cup finals - one a quarter-final - and the final of the 1966 European Cup.

Did you know
RED AND YELLOW

  • Rattin, the Argentinian who was sent off in the Worldr Cup against England in 1966 thinks it was all a conspiracy against his team. He cursed at Kreitlein, he says, but he did so in Spanish to a ref who spoke no Spanish at all. So the German could never have known what he said. Rattin refused to leave, he sat down on the red carpet meant for the queen and had to be dragged off. While being taken off the field he grabbed a Brittish flag and crumpled it.
    Rattin in another interview in 2009 said he was glad Kreitlein had died. He was very wrong about that. In 2010 Rudolf Kreitlein was alive and kicking.
  • This is from a German news article so it may be apocryphal: After Kreitlein's group stage match in the 1966 World Cup, FIFA boss Stanley Rous said he had seen the referee of the coming final. But then of course, Germany reached the final, so it was out of the question.
  • When he turned 90 in 2009, Rudolf Kreitlein sold his house in Stuttgart and moved to Turkey. But in 2010 he was spotted in the town of Giebel near Stuttgart.
  • More hearsay: It was alleged that Kreitlein offered Partizan to help them win the European Cup final against Real Madrid for 15.000 dollar.
    This is very probably not true and there were many more rumours around this match.
Statistics
Statistics for RUDOLF KREITLEIN
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 0 0 0
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1 3 4
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 1 1
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0 0 0
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.08 0.25 0.17
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0.08 0.04

Based on 12 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR RUDOLF KREITLEIN
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
European Cup 1966-1967
2nd roundVasas SCInternazionale1966-12-080 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1966
1/4 finalsEnglandArgentina1966-07-231 - 0 3 (0-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSoviet UnionItaly1966-07-161 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1965-1966
finalReal MadridPartizan1966-05-112 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1966 qualifiers - Europe
ScotlandItaly1965-11-091 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intercontinetal Cup
1st legAC MilanIndependiente1965-09-083 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1964 - 1965
2nd roundSportingCardiff City1964-12-161 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
EnglandSoviet Union1967-12-062 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BelgiumFrance1964-12-023 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1964-1965
preliminary roundAnderlechtBologna AGC1964-09-091 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Fairs Cup 1964 - 1965
1st roundWiener SCLeipzig SC1964-09-022 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1963-1964
1st roundInternazionaleMonaco1963-11-121 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)