- Roberto Rosetti
name = Roberto Rosetti
birth_date = birth date and age|1967|9|18
birth_place = Pecetto Torinese, Turin, Italy
height = height|m=1.90
weight = 84 kg
Football referee, director of hospital
nationality = flagicon|ITA Italian
Rosetti started refereeing in 1983, and took charge of his first match in the
Italian Serie Ain 1996. He received his FIFABadge in 2002. [http://www.ratetheref.net/ref/view/42/roberto-rosetti Rate The Ref - Roberto Rosetti]
Rosetti refereed the
UEFA Champions Leaguesemi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2008, earning the praise of UK television and radio commentators for his control of the game.
Rosetti works as the director of a hospital outside of football [ [http://www.euro2008.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/PressConference/Competitions/MediaServices/68/51/03/685103_DOWNLOAD.pdf Factsheet 2 - Korrektur ] ] , and enjoys
tennisand reading. [ [http://www.ratetheref.net/ref/view/42/roberto-rosetti Rate The Ref - Rate Referee’s Performance in Euro 2008, Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Cup and World Cup campaigns ] ]
2006 FIFA World Cup
Rosetti was selected to referee at the
2006 FIFA World Cup. He was one of only 23 2006 FIFA World Cup officials. The normal number is 30. [ [http://english.people.com.cn/200604/01/eng20060401_255164.html FIFA names just 23 referees for 2006 World Cup] , Xinhua, April 1, 2006]
He was invited to referee the
2006 FIFA World Cupat the last minute, after another referee was unable to participate because of injury. He was to be the second Italian referee, but the other Italian, Massimo De Santis, was removed by the Italian Football Federationdue to an ongoing investigation into the Serie A scandal of 2006. He was the tallest referee in the World Cup at 1.90m (6ft 3ins). His assistant referees at the 2006 World Cup were Cristiano Copelli and Alessandro Stagnoli.
On June 28th, Rosetti was chosen as one of the last 12 referees who could officiate the final eight games of the World Cup 2006. He didn't actually officiate any of these matches, since the presence of four European teams in the semi-finals forced the organizers to choose non-European referees, but his selection was considered to be a significant honor for a last minute replacement. Rosetti handed out an average of 3.75 cards per match, the second lowest of all referees in the tournament.
Games officiated in the 2006 World Cup
2006 Italian match-fixing scandal
Rosetti was untainted by the
match-fixingscandal which affected Italian football in 2006. Luciano Moggi, then general director of Juventus, had described Rosetti and his fellow colleague Pierluigi Collinaas being too 'objective' in an intercepted telephone call, implying that they had refused to accept probable bribes. Moggi also claimed that Rosetti and Collina should be 'punished' for decisions made against Juventus in that same phonecall. [http://worldreferee.com/site/copy.php?linkID=44&linkType=referee&contextType=bio WorldReferee.com - Roberto Rosetti]
Rosetti emerged from the scandal unscathed, with the intercepted phone call a glowing testament to his impartiality and credibility as a referee.
Rosetti was selected to referee at
UEFA Euro 2008in Switzerlandand Austria. [ [http://en.euro2008.uefa.com/news/kind=1/newsid=639895.html Referees named for EURO 2008] , uefa.com, December 19, 2007]
At the tournament, Rosetti was the referee for the:
* group A opening game between Switzerland and the Czech Republic;
* group D game between Greece and Russia;
* Quarter Final match between Croatia and Turkey;
* Final match between Germany and Spain.
Quarter Final: Croatia vs. Turkey
Rosetti was chosen to officiate the quarter final clash between Turkey and Croatia. He became the centre of controversy during the end of the game. When
Ivan Klasnicscored in the 119th minute of extra time, Rosetti then trailed the game 2 minutes over the time limit regulations which eventually lead to Turkey equalizing with the final kick of the game. Furthermore, opposing manager Slaven Bilicclaimed to be signalling for a substitution which was waved away twice by Rosetti, which Bilic described as an unfair treatment, despite congratulating Turkey on their victory in the penalty shootout.
Croatian newspapers were delighted with the appointment of Rosetti initially. Rosetti, whose mother is Croatian coincidentally, was the subject of headlines such as “Will Rosetti be our 12th player against Turkey?” and “Croatian will umpire the Croatia’s quarterfinal match”.http://sport.apa.az/en/news.php?id=29016]
* [http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/ref/187122_ROSETTI_Roberto.html FIFA profile]
* [http://worldcup.reuters.com/referee/rosetti.html Reuters profile]
* [http://www.ratetheref.net/ref/view/42/roberto-rosetti Profile on ratetheref.net]
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