Massimo De Santis
Massimo De Santis (born April 8, 1962) is an Italian football referee, who was banned until 2011 for match-fixing in the 2006 Serie A scandal. Before the allegations, De Santis was well respected and officiated many high profile Italian Serie A and international games. He also controversially disallowed an equalising goal by Parma against Juventus in the penultimate round of the 1999-2000 season, which caused accusations of match-fixing already then, although there was no proof.
De Santis was born in Tivoli, Lazio. In addition to being a referee, he is a police constable in Rome. De Santis speaks Italian and English. His first international game was January 1, 2000. He was an official at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
De Santis was selected as Italy's refereeing representative at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but was barred by the Italian Football Federation due to the Serie A match fixing scandal in 2006. In July 2006, he was banned for 4½ years for his involvement in the scandal.
De Santis strongly denied guilt, saying "If I committed any offences I did so on the field of play, if mistakes were made - but then we would have to try all the referees in the history of the game. I'm not taking this charge lying down. I expect justice."