Massimo Busacca

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Massimo Busacca
Massimo Busacca, Referee, Switzerland (10).jpg
Born (1969-02-06) 6 February 1969 (age 47)
Bellinzona, Switzerland
Years League Role
1996–2011 Swiss Super League Referee
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.


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

2011 Champions League[edit]

On March 8, 2011, Busacca was the referee of the second leg of the FC Barcelona vs Arsenal FC Champions League round of 16 match. Considerable criticism was levied towards him when he showed a second yellow card to Arsenal striker Robin van Persie for striking the ball immediately after an offsides whistle was blown, presumably for time-wasting. This changed the match and prevented Arsenal from qualifying to the quarter final. Additionally, he showed apparent bias in the awarding of five yellow cards to Arsenal and none to Barcelona, despite the match being evenly matched in terms of fouls committed. Robin van Persie commented after the match the sending off was "a total joke". [10]

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.[11]

Personal life[edit]

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


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Germany Herbert Fandel
UEFA Cup Final referee
Switzerland Massimo Busacca
Succeeded by
Sweden Peter Fröjdfeldt
Preceded by
Slovakia Ľuboš Micheľ
UEFA Champions League Final referee
Switzerland Massimo Busacca
Succeeded by
England Howard Webb