Massimo Busacca

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Massimo Busacca
Massimo Busacca, Referee, Switzerland (10).jpg
Born (1969-02-06) 6 February 1969 (age 45)
Bellinzona, Switzerland
Domestic
Years League Role
1996–2011 Swiss Super League Referee
International
Years League Role
1999–2011 FIFA listed Referee

Massimo Busacca (born 6 February 1969 in Bellinzona) is a Swiss former football referee. He lives in Monte Carasso, Ticino, near Bellinzona, and he is Head of FIFA Refereeing.

Busacca used to play football in a lower division in Ticino. After a successful career as a top referee he became Head of FIFA Refereeing in July 2011.

Career[edit]

1996-2011 Swiss Super League Referee

1999-2011 FIFA referee

Some milestone as a Referee

  • FIFA World Cup in Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010.
  • Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria.
  • UEFA Champions League Final 2009: FC Barcelona - Manchester United.
  • UEFA Cup Final 2007: Sevilla - Espanyol Barcelona.
  • Best referee in the World 2009
  • UEFA Super Cup Final 2010: Inter Milan - Atlético Madrid.
  • 42 UEFA Champions League games, 45 UEFA Cup games.
  • 245 games in the Swiss Super League.

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Busacca in 2011

Busacca was chosen to be a referee at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

He has refereed three games:

  • 14 June 2006 (Group stage): Spain - Ucraine 4:0
  • 20 June 2006 (Group stage): Sweden - England 2:2
  • 24 June 2006 (1/8 finals) : Argentina - Mexico 2:1 a.OT.

2007 UEFA Cup Final[edit]

Busacca took charge of the 2007 UEFA Cup Final at Hampden Park on 16 May, one of the biggest appointments for a UEFA referee. Busacca sent off RCD Espanyol midfielder Moisés Hurtado for a second bookable offence during the match.

16 May 2007
20:45 CEST
Espanyol Spain 2 – 2 (a.e.t.)
(1 – 3 pen.)
Spain Sevilla
Riera Goal 28'
Jônatas Goal 115'

Hurtado Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 13', 68'
(Report) Goal 18' Adriano
Goal 105' Kanouté

Booked 62' L. Fabiano
Booked 82' Kanouté
Booked 115' Puerta
  Penalties  
Luis García Penalty missed
Pandiani Penalty scored
Jônatas Penalty missed
Torrejón Penalty missed
1 – 3 Penalty scored Kanouté
Penalty scored Dragutinović
Penalty missed Dani Alves
Penalty scored Puerta
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 52,000

UEFA Euro 2008[edit]

Busacca was selected to referee at the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament in Austria and Switzerland.[1]

At the tournament, Busacca was the referee for the:

  • Group C game between Netherlands and Romania.
  • Group D game between Greece and Sweden.
  • Semi Final match between Germany and Turkey.[2]

2009 UEFA Champions League Final[edit]

Busacca was selected to referee the UEFA Champions League Final in Rome on 27 May 2009 between FC Barcelona and Manchester United.

27 May 2009
20:45 CEST
Barcelona Spain 2 – 0 England Manchester United
Eto'o Goal 10'
Messi Goal 70'
Report
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 62,467[3]

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

He was chosen as a referee for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, refereeing the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final game between South Africa and Brazil match on 25 June 2009 in Johannesburg and Brazil went on to win 1-0.

FC Baden v Young Boys Incident[edit]

On 19 September 2009, Busacca was the referee in a Swiss Cup match between FC Baden and BSC Young Boys. After crowd trouble disrupted the game after home side Baden took an unlikely lead, Busacca raised his middle finger to the crowd.[4] Busacca had initially denied making the obscene gesture but was handed a three match ban by the Swiss Football Association and was forced to issue an apology.[5][6]

On-Pitch Urinating Incident[edit]

Just a few days after the Swiss Cup match between FC Baden and BSC Young Boys, Busacca was accused of urinating on the pitch whilst officiating a game in Qatar.[7][8] The referee appeared to urinate in the middle of a game between Al-Khor and Al-Gharafa when the ball went out for a corner kick.[9]

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

He was selected as a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and refereed the South Africa vs. Uruguay game.

He awarded a penalty and showed the red card to the South African goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, in the 77th minute, for tripping the Uruguay striker, Luis Suárez. South Africa went on to lose the game 3-0, and Khune became just the second goalkeeper to be sent off in World Cup history.

16 June 2010
20:30
South Africa  0 – 3  Uruguay
Report Forlán Goal 24'80' (pen.)
Á. Pereira Goal 90+5'
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Attendance: 42,658

Retirement and subsequent ventures[edit]

It was announced on 14 July 2011 that Busacca had taken up the position of Head of Refereeing Development with FIFA, retiring from active refereeing duties in the process.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Busacca is a devout Catholic and was crowned Switzerland's non-smoker of the year in 2006.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Referees named for EURO 2008, uefa.com, December 19, 2007
  2. ^ Referee Rosetti gets Euro 2008 final, Agence France-Presse, June 24, 2008
  3. ^ "Full Time Report" (PDF). uefa.com. Union of European Football Association. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Steve (22 September 2009). "Swiss referee Massimo Busacca banned for giving fans the 'finger'". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Swiss ref banned over fan insult". BBC News. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  6. ^ a b http://worldreferee.com/site/copy.php?linkID=29&linkType=referee&contextType=dyk
  7. ^ Wheeler, Chris (9 March 2010). "Oh no, not you again! Sir Alex Ferguson reunited with controversial referee Massimo Busacca for AC Milan return". Daily Mail (London). 
  8. ^ http://www.iol.co.za/sport/whistle-men-who-give-the-game-a-bad-name-1.613342?ot=inmsa.ArticlePrintPageLayout.ot
  9. ^ "Busacca fa la pipi in campo (Busacca Urinates on the Field)". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 23 September 2009. 
  10. ^ http://www.rodvand.net/martin/blog/2011/07/14/massimo-busacca-retires-moves-into-fifa-position/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

This article incorporates information from the revision as of June 14, 2006 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.
Preceded by
2006
Germany Herbert Fandel
UEFA Cup Final referee
2007
Switzerland Massimo Busacca
Succeeded by
2008
Sweden Peter Fröjdfeldt
Preceded by
2008
Slovakia Ľuboš Micheľ
UEFA Champions League Final referee
2009
Switzerland Massimo Busacca
Succeeded by
2010
England Howard Webb