Concetto Lo Bello

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Concetto Lo Bello
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Lo Bello at the 1970 European Cup Final
Born (1924-05-13)13 May 1924
Syracuse, Italy
Died 9 September 1991(1991-09-09) (aged 67)
Syracuse, Italy
Other occupation Politician
Domestic
Years League Role
Serie A Referee
International
Years League Role
–1974 FIFA listed Referee

Concetto Lo Bello (13 May 1924 – 9 September 1991) was an Italian football referee, born & died in Syracuse, Sicily. He holds the record for refereeing the most games in Serie A (328).

His career spanned the years 1944 to 1974, refereeing his first international match in 1958. Throughout the 1960s he was regarded as one of the world's finest referees, a compelling mixture of authority and flamboyance.

He officiated at 34 international matches, though never a World Cup Final, the closest to that being the West Germany - USSR semi-final in 1966. He had been provisionally chosen to referee the 1970 FIFA World Cup Final, but the Italian team reached the final, so he could not officiate. He refereed the European Cup finals of 1968 (Manchester United - Benfica) and 1970 (Feyenoord v Celtic) as well as the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 2nd leg final in 1966 and the UEFA Cup 2nd leg final in 1974. The latter final occurred shortly after his fiftieth birthday, making him the oldest official at a European final. He retired after this match.

After retirement, he entered politics, as a deputy for the Christian Democrat party. He was Minister of Sport for a spell, and, briefly, was Minister for Drought. In 1986 he was elected mayor of Syracuse, but was only in the job for five months.

His son, Rosario Lo Bello, was also a Serie A and international referee.

Preceded by
European Cup Final 1967
West Germany Kurt Tschenscher
European Cup Referees
Final 1968
Italy Concetto Lo Bello
Succeeded by
European Cup Final 1969
Spain José Ortiz de Mendíbil
Preceded by
European Cup Final 1969
Spain José Ortiz de Mendíbil
European Cup Referees
Final 1970
Italy Concetto Lo Bello
Succeeded by
European Cup Final 1971
England Jack Taylor