Massimo De Santis

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Massimo De Santis (born 8 April 1962) is an Italian football referee. 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 on 1 January 2000. He was an official at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.[1]

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.[2] In July 2006, he was banned for 4½ years for his involvement in the scandal.[3]

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."[4]


  1. ^ DE SANTIS Massimo at
  2. ^ Italians withdraw World Cup ref, BBC Sport, 13 May 2006
  3. ^ "Calciopoli: The sentences in full". 2006-07-14. Archived from the original on July 17, 2005. Retrieved 2006-07-30. 
  4. ^ Top clubs, 26 defendants stand accused,

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