6 February 1969 |
|1996–2011||Swiss Super League||Referee|
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.
- 1 Career
- 2 Retirement and subsequent ventures
- 3 Personal life
- 4 References
- 5 External links
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
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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
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
|Espanyol||2 – 2 (a.e.t.)
(1 – 3 pen.)
Hurtado 13', 68'
|(Report)|| 18' Adriano
62' L. Fabiano
|1 – 3|| Kanouté
UEFA Euro 2008
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.
2009 UEFA Champions League Final
27 May 2009
|Barcelona||2 – 0||Manchester United|
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
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
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. 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.
On-Pitch Urinating Incident
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. 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.
2010 FIFA World Cup
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 24', 80' (pen.)
Á. Pereira 90+5'
2011 Champions League
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". 
Retirement and subsequent ventures
- Referees named for EURO 2008, uefa.com, December 19, 2007
- Referee Rosetti gets Euro 2008 final, Agence France-Presse, June 24, 2008
- "Full Time Report" (PDF). uefa.com. Union of European Football Association. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
- Wilson, Steve (22 September 2009). "Swiss referee Massimo Busacca banned for giving fans the 'finger'". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Swiss ref banned over fan insult". BBC News. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- 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).
- "Busacca fa la pipi in campo (Busacca Urinates on the Field)". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 23 September 2009.
- http://www.rodvand.net/martin/blog/2011/07/14/massimo-busacca-retires-moves-into-fifa-position/. Missing or empty
|UEFA Cup Final referee
|UEFA Champions League Final referee