Roberto Rosetti

Roberto Rosetti (born 18 September 1967) is an Italian former football referee. He is fluent in Italian (native), 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.

Roberto Rosetti
Roberto Rosetti 2009 FIFA CWC.jpg
Rosetti in 2009
Full name Roberto Rosetti
Born (1967-09-18) 18 September 1967 (age 54)
Turin, Italy
Other occupation Football referee
Director of hospital
Years League Role
1994–1997 Serie C Referee
1997–2010 Serie A and B Referee
Years League Role
2002–2010 FIFA Referee

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 was born in Turin, Piedmont.

He was one of the many referees who officiated over the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League. 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 2008–09 UEFA Champions League.[6]

2010 World CupEdit

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, which Argentina won 3–1; the match was surrounded by controversy, however, as Rosetti and his team of officials incorrectly allowed Carlos Tevez's opening goal to stand, even though replays later showed that it should have been ruled out for offside.[7][8] Rosetti was later 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 immediate retirement following the tournament, although he denied that it was his error that led him to retire.[9][10]



  1. ^ "Roberto Rosetti". Rate The Ref. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  2. ^ "IFFHS Dashboard".
  3. ^ © international hazma. "Roberto Rosetti". Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Rafa Benitez wants strong referee at Chelsea". Telegraph. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  5. ^ Referees named for EURO 2008,, 19 December 2007 Archived 14 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Hughes, Matt (6 May 2009). "Sympathy no consolation for Darren Fletcher". The Times. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Yahoo UK & Ireland - Sports News | Live Scores | Results".
  8. ^ "World Cup 2010: Carlos Tevez knew he was offside for Mexico opener". The Guardian. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
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  10. ^ "Referee Rosetti steps down after World Cup error". Reuters. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Former Results". Archived from the original on 24 September 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  12. ^ "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.

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Preceded by UEFA European Football Championship final match referees
  Roberto Rosetti
Succeeded by