Steve Bennett has been a referee since 1984, starting out in his home county of Kent.
In 1995 he began refereeing in the Football League, and since 1999 in the FA Premier League. In 2001 he was appointed as an official FIFA referee.
Bennett took charge of an official friendly international match, known as "The Other Final", in 2002, between the two lowest FIFA-ranked teams in the world at the time, Bhutan and Montserrat, at the Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu, Bhutan. This took place on the morning of the World Cup Final in that year, and the home side won 4-0. The subsequent documentary film, entitled The Other Final and directed by Dutchman Johan Kramer, was released in 2003.
In 2004 Bennett was criticised by FIFA president Sepp Blatter for having sent off Everton's Tim Cahill for removing his shirt after scoring against Manchester City.
Bennett refereed the 2005 League Cup final at the Millennium Stadium between Chelsea and Liverpool, which the London club won by 3 goals to 2. In October 2005, he was in charge of the World Cup qualifier between Norway and Moldova, when the home side won 1-0 with a goal from Sigurd Rushfeldt.
He took charge of the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match in March 2006 between Benfica and Barcelona, the game ending 0-0. Barcelona won the return match 2-0, setting up a final with Arsenal.
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