Bio
Massimo de Santis
Born: 1962-04-08
Intl. since: 2000-01-01
Hometown: Roma
Country: Italy
Speaks: Italian, English
Occupation: Police chief constable
Hobbies: Books

Massimo de Santis' life has taken a sharp turn for the worse. Having built a reputation good enough to be shortlisted for the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany, he managed to throw it all away by getting himself mixed up in a match-fixing scandal of huge proportions. It appears (simply put, not everyone agrees on this) the operation was led by Juventus' general manager Luciano Moggi and involved many other well known people in the world of Italian soccer. Over the last few years many people had questioned some of de Santis' rulings in matches involving Juventus. This even earned him the nickname "Juve's butler". The list of dubious and erroneous decisions in favour of Juventus is long.

A few examples

In a Parma - Juventus match in 2000, he disallowed a goal by Parma's Fabio Cannavaro which would have leveled the score. De Santis claimed he saw pushing in the penalty area but footage of the match showed nothing of the sort. In another match - Chievo vs Juventus, in 2002 - he gave away two penalties to Juve. Both those calls were highly questionable and in fact cost him a suspension.

prison guard

De Santis used to be a prison guard and had many friends with the police. If you think this has nothing to do with football remember that calciopoli, the match fixing scandal, included not only influential people from football and football agents, but also from politics, business and television (Moggi even decided which bits were safe to repeat in slow-motion on tv shows).

Did you know
MOGGI MAN

  • Massimo De Santis was the target of some strange actions by Arsenal goalkeeper Lehmann in the 2004-2005 Champions League match between FC Bayern Munchen and Arsenal at Highbury Park. Jens Lehmann was suspended for two UEFA cub matches after twice throwing water over referee Massimo De Santis and his assistant referee Cristiano Copelli in the players' tunnel at the end of the second leg of the UEFA Champions League first knockout round encounter.
  • In 2002 Massimo De Santis gave a shocking and bitter interview on his reputation for favouring Juventus and the lack of honesty among players. Roman native De Santis received vicious criticism for two dubious penalty decisions in a Chievo-Juventus match, some people said these were a long line of errors in favour of the Bianconeri that earned him the nickname "Juve's Butler". "If Juventus did not exist", he told Corriere dello Sport, "My career would have been perfect. But I shall never give in. It is clear that I can make mistakes. I am not an alien, I am only human. If that penalty had been awarded by, say, Matteo Trefoloni, then no-one would have batted an eyelid." The referee has been suspended for these mistakes and the controversy could see his career hanging by a thread. "I am perfectly calm", assured De Santis, "Because I am doing my job well. The press does not have the right to tell me when to retire, I have been in charge of 80 Serie A matches and if I am only remembered for two incidents that means that the other 78 games were perfect."
  • In a 2004-2005 Champions League match between Manchester United and Sparta Prague Massimo de Santis missed a controversal "elbow" by Manchester striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
    Television cameras clearly pictured how Van Nistelrooy caught Pavel Pergl in the face, leaving the full-back with blood streaming from his nose.
    Italian referee Massimo de Santis did not see anything wrong with the incident. UEFA could have intervened afterwards, but decided not to punish the Dutchman's challenge.
  • In 2000 Massimo De Santis was called before the Italian Football Federation to explain himself about a controversial decision in a Serie A match between Parma and Juventus.
    In that match Massimo De Santis ruled out a late header from Fabio Cannavaro which would have earned Parma a draw with Juventus. Instead Juve won and the Scudetto race between Juve and Lazio ended in controversy. De Santis claimed he saw pushing in the penalty area but television replays showed little out of the ordinary.
  • De Santis has been banned for 4,5 years for his role in the corruption scandal that shocked Italian football in 2006.
  • You can read more about this and even see some clips at antijuve.com A purely biased site if there ever was one, but fun anyway.
  • De Santis is often named in the Italian Moggi/Calcio scandal. Moggi was a powerful fixer of Juventus. Here is a selection:
    - 2000-2001: Juventus x Parma: Parma player Cannavaro scores against Juventus goalie Van der Sar. The stadium speaker already announces the equalizer when referee de Santis denies the goal, but never explains why.
    - 2004-2005: Lecce x Juventus: most referees would have stopped the match because of heavy rainfall, but de Santis continues when Juve is in the lead with 1-0.
    - 2004-2005: Fiorentina x Bologna: two Bologna players received red bookings and are suspended for their next match against Juventus.
    - 2005-2006: Juventus x Milan (0-0): Milan player Gattuso received a red card, Juventus player Vieira recieved no booking after 6 hard tackles.
    - 2005-2006: Ascoli x Cagliari: two red bookings for Cagliari players within 20 minutes and a penalty for Ascoli: 2-2.
    Thes examples are all named as suspicious in the book Verdachte voorzetten by Jurriaan van Wessem a Dutch writer who maybe also watched the antijuve site.
Statistics
Statistics for MASSIMO DE SANTIS
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 5 2 7
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 73 101 174
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 9 9 18
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.11 0.04 0.08
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.62 2.24 1.93
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.2 0.2 0.2

Based on 45 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR MASSIMO DE SANTIS
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
UEFA Cup 2005 - 2006
1/2 finalsSevilla FCSchalke 042006-04-271 - 0 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
round of 16BetisSteaua2006-03-160 - 3 4 (1-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2005-2006
1st knockoutLiverpoolBenfica2006-03-080 - 2 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageManchester UnitedVillarreal2005-11-220 - 0 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLiverpoolChelsea F.C.2005-09-280 - 0 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLyonReal Madrid2005-09-133 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundBrøndbyAjax2005-08-102 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Europe
play-offsSpainSlovakia2005-11-125 - 1 6 (1-5)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
CroatiaSweden2005-10-081 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
PolandAustria2005-09-033 - 2 7 (1-6)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NetherlandsRomania2005-06-042 - 0 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
FranceSwitzerland2005-03-260 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
DenmarkTurkey2004-10-131 - 1 5 (2-3)1 (1-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Bosnia-HerzegovinaSpain2004-09-081 - 1 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2004 - 2005
1/2 finalsSportingAZ2005-04-282 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2004-2005
1st knockoutArsenalBayern Munich2005-03-091 - 0 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageRosenborgPanathinaikos2004-11-242 - 2 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCSKA MoskvaChelsea F.C.2004-11-020 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSparta PragueManchester United2004-10-190 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
GermanyCameroon2004-11-173 - 0 4 (0-4)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
HungaryBrazil2004-04-284 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Bosnia-HerzegovinaGermany2002-10-111 - 1 1 (1-0)2 (1-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - S. America
ChileColombia2004-09-050 - 0 6 (1-5)4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ChileColombia2004-09-050 - 0 6 (1-5)4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Olympic Games 2004
1/4 finalsParaguay OTKorea Republic OT2004-08-213 - 2 3 (3-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageCosta Rica OTMorocco OT2004-08-120 - 0 2 (2-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2003 - 2004
1/4 finalsVillarrealCeltic2004-04-142 - 0 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
4th roundClub BruggeBordeaux2004-03-250 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2003-2004
1st knockoutReal SociedadLyon2004-02-250 - 1 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePanathinaikosVfB Stuttgart2003-11-041 - 3 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBayern MunichCeltic2003-09-172 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundGAKAjax2003-08-121 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004 qualifiers
SwedenLatvia2003-10-110 - 1 2 (1-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
PolandHungary2003-03-290 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2002 - 2003
4th roundAuxerreLiverpool2003-02-200 - 1 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
3rd roundPSGBoavista FC2002-11-262 - 1 4 (1-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2002-2003
group stageClub BruggeGalatasaray2002-10-233 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageMaccabi HaifaOlympiakos2002-09-243 - 0 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundLevski SofiaDynamo Kyiv2002-08-140 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2001 - 2002
2nd roundTroyesLeeds United2001-11-013 - 2 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundSigmaCelta de Vigo2001-09-274 - 3 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2001 u18
group stageFinland u18Czech Republic u182001-07-231 - 4 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2002 u21 qualifiers
Greece u21Germany u212001-03-272 - 0 5 (3-2)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Netherlands u21Portugal u212000-10-101 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2000 - 2001
1st roundFeyenoordDunaferr2000-09-283 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)