Tuesday, May 26, 2009

UEFA Champions League Referee: Massimo Busacca

In a very surprising statement, the main board of the UEFA announced that Massimo Busacca, from Switzerland, will performe as the referee for the Champions League final between Barcelona FC and Manchester United. According to the press in Switzerland, the quality of his work is flawless.

In fact, wednesday's final clash in Rome's Stadio Olimpico will be Busacca's second European club final, after the all-Spanish UEFA Cup title match between Sevilla and Espanyol in 2007.

We mus remember that he awarded visiting Manchester United a penalty for a handball after only three minutes of the first-leg match, though Cristiano Ronaldo shot wide. The match ended scoreless and the Red Devils won 1-0 at Old Trafford to reach the final, where they beat Chelsea.

The referee has officiated in 32 Champions League matches in his career, including United's 1-0 win at FC Porto to advance to the semifinals as one of six this season.

What's more, UEFA also appointed Busacca to referee the 2008 European Championship semifinal between Germany and Turkey.

It's interestin to notice that FIFA has selected Busacca on its list of referees for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. That means that in the end, he is a good decision.

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