Roberto Rosetti

Roberto Rosetti
Full name Roberto Rosetti
Born (1967-09-18) 18 September 1967
Turin, Italy
Other occupation Football referee
Director of hospital
Years League Role
19941997 Serie C Referee
19972010 Serie A and B Referee
Years League Role
20022010 FIFA Referee

Roberto Rosetti (born 18 September 1967 in Turin, Piedmont) is a former Italian football referee. He is fluent in Italian, English and French. He started refereeing in 1983, and took charge of his first match in the Italian Serie A in 1996. He received his FIFA Badge in 2002.[1] Aside from his refereeing duties, Rosetti works as director of a hospital.

Rosetti is counted amongst the top referees of all time in a list maintained by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).[2] He retired following the 2010 FIFA World Cup to take a position with the Italian Football Federation as the referee designator for Serie B League.

Luciano Moggi, then general director of Juventus, had described Rosetti and his colleague Pierluigi Collina as being too 'objective' in an intercepted telephone call. Moggi also claimed that Rosetti and Collina should be 'punished' for decisions made against Juventus in that same phonecall.[3]

Rosetti emerged from the scandal unscathed.


Rosetti was one of the many referees who officiated over the UEFA Champions League 2007–08. He refereed the semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.[4]

Rosetti was selected to referee at UEFA Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria.[5]

At the tournament, Rosetti was the referee for the:

Rosetti was one of the many referees who officiated over the UEFA Champions League 2008–09.[6]

2010 World Cup

Rosetti was preselected as a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. His first match of the tournament was a 1-1 draw between Ghana and Australia. Rosetti sent Australia's Harry Kewell off for handling the ball on the goal line, awarding Ghana a penalty kick. The next game he refereed was the Argentina–Mexico game in the Round of 16.[7] Rosetti was left off the list of 19 referees announced by FIFA to take part in the rest of the competition although football's world governing body did not explain why. This decision affected Rosetti greatly and was the major reason behind his retirement.[8]



  1. "Roberto Rosetti". Rate The Ref. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  3. © international hazma. "Roberto Rosetti". Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  4. "Rafa Benitez wants strong referee at Chelsea". Telegraph. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  5. Referees named for EURO 2008,, December 19, 2007 Archived May 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. Hughes, Matt (May 6, 2009). "Sympathy no consolation for Darren Fletcher". The Times. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  8. "Hall of fame, 10 new entry: con Vialli e Mancini anche Facchetti e Ronaldo" [Hall of fame, 10 new entries: with Vialli and Mancini also Facchetti and Ronaldo] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
Preceded by
Germany Markus Merk
UEFA European Football Championship final match referees
Italy Roberto Rosetti
Succeeded by
Portugal Pedro Proença
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