Gottfried Dienst (9 September 1919 – 1 June 1998) was a Swiss football referee who was born in Basle.
He is most
known for being the referee in the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, in
which he awarded a controversial goal to the home team England after consulting his
Soviet (Azerbaijani) linesman Tofik Bakhramov.
In addition, he
awarded a goal to England in the final seconds when spectators had
entered the field.
At the time he was considered the best referee in the world.
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
final was marred by controversy. In that game, a 1-1
draw between Italy and
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