Massimo Busacca matches

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Date
2010-03-31
Match
Arsenal-Barcelona
 
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Result
2 - 2
Referee decisions
Yellow
5 - 1
Red
0 - 1
Penalty
1 - 0
Referee assessment
 
this match
overall
Reporters:
6.2
7.3
Members:
6.9
7.7
 
Matches Bio Did you know? Palmares
6.0
Control: Struggled at times
5.0
Calls: Mediocre
5.0
Neutrality: Went through phases of favouring both teams
5.0
Style: Not right for this match
5.3
General assessment
 
Reports for this match (12)
1) report by croref
7.0
Control: o.k.
6.0
Calls: penalty? some of yellows and fauls
7.0
Neutrality:
6.0
Style: not a fan
6.5
General assessment
Massimo Busacca matches
'11-06-03 Austria - Germany (1 - 2)'11-03-08 Barcelona - Arsenal (3 - 1)'11-02-09 Argentina - Portugal (2 - 1)'10-11-24 Glasgow Rangers - Manchester United (0 - 1)'10-11-03 Shakhtar - Arsenal (2 - 1)'10-10-12 Scotland - Spain (2 - 3)'10-09-14 Werder Bremen - Tottenham Hotspur (2 - 2)'10-08-27 Internazionale - Atlético de Madrid (0 - 2)'10-08-17 Dynamo Kyiv - Ajax (1 - 1)'10-06-16 South Africa - Uruguay (0 - 3)'10-04-27 Lyon - Bayern Munich (0 - 3)• '10-03-31 Arsenal - Barcelona (2 - 2)'10-03-10 Manchester United - AC Milan (4 - 0)'09-12-08 Juventus - Bayern Munich (1 - 4)'09-11-24 Barcelona - Internazionale (2 - 0)'09-11-18 Uruguay - Costa Rica (1 - 1)'09-11-05 Nigeria u17 - New Zealand u17 (5 - 0)'09-10-29 USA u17 - Malawi u17 (1 - 0)'09-10-24 Honduras u17 - Argentina u17 (0 - 1)'09-10-10 Russia - Germany (0 - 1)'09-09-16 VfB Stuttgart - Glasgow Rangers (1 - 1)'09-09-05 Denmark - Portugal (1 - 1)'09-08-18 Celtic - Arsenal (0 - 2)'09-06-25 Brazil - South Africa (1 - 0)'09-06-18 USA - Brazil (0 - 3)'09-05-27 Barcelona - Manchester United (2 - 0)'09-04-15 Porto - Manchester United (0 - 1)'09-03-28 Spain - Turkey (1 - 0)'09-03-10 Panathinaikos - Villarreal (1 - 2)'08-11-26 Atlético de Madrid - PSV (2 - 1)'08-11-19 Germany - England (1 - 2)'08-11-04 CFR Cluj - Bordeaux (1 - 2)'08-10-11 Scotland - Norway (0 - 0)'08-09-30 Zenit - Real Madrid (1 - 2)'08-08-27 Liverpool - Standard (1 - 0)'08-06-25 Germany - Turkey (3 - 2)'08-06-17 Netherlands - Romania (2 - 0)'08-06-10 Greece - Sweden (0 - 2)'08-04-23 Barcelona - Manchester United (0 - 0)'08-04-10 Getafe - Bayern Munich (3 -3)'08-03-04 Sevilla FC - Fenerbahce SK (3 - 2)'07-12-11 Real Madrid - Lazio (3 - 1)'07-11-21 Serbia - Poland (2 - 2)'07-11-06 Schalke 04 - Chelsea F.C. (0 - 0)'07-10-24 Benfica - Celtic (1 - 0)'07-09-19 Barcelona - Lyon (3 - 0)'07-09-12 Norway - Greece (2 - 2)'07-08-29 Anderlecht - Fenerbahce SK (0 - 2)'07-08-22 England - Germany (1 - 2)'07-05-16 Espanyol - Sevilla FC (2 - 2)'07-03-24 Spain - Denmark (2 - 1)'07-03-08 Newcastle United - AZ (4 - 2)'07-02-21 Porto - Chelsea F.C. (1 - 1)'06-12-05 Barcelona - Werder Bremen (2 - 0)'06-10-31 Bayern Munich - Sporting (0 - 0)'06-10-07 Scotland - France (1 - 0)'06-09-12 PSV - Liverpool (0 - 0)'06-08-22 Osasuna - Hamburger SV (1 - 1)'06-06-24 Argentina - Mexico (2 - 1)'06-06-20 Sweden - England (2 - 2)'06-06-14 Spain - Ukraine (4 - 0)'06-04-06 Schalke 04 - Levski Sofia (1 - 1)'06-03-01 Russia - Brazil (0 - 1)'06-02-23 Marseille - Bolton Wanderers (2 - 1)'05-11-22 Lille OSC - Benfica (0 - 0)'05-11-12 Norway - Czech Republic (0 - 1)'05-10-19 Anderlecht - Liverpool (0 - 1)'05-10-08 Uzbekistan - Bahrain (1 - 1)'05-09-28 Porto - Artmedia Petrzalka (2 - 3)'05-09-07 Northern Ireland - England (1 - 0)'05-08-24 Debrecen - Manchester United (0 - 3)'05-06-28 Brazil u20 - Argentina u20 (1 - 2)'05-06-21 Morocco u20 - Japan u20 (1 - 0)'05-06-18 Colombia u20 - Syria u20 (2 - 0)'05-06-14 Egypt u20 - Argentina u20 (0 - 2)'05-06-11 Honduras u20 - Chile u20 (0 - 7)'05-04-28 Parma - CSKA Moskva (0 - 0)'05-03-30 Serbia and Montenegro - Spain (0 - 0)'05-03-16 Steaua - Villarreal (0 - 0)'04-12-07 Porto - Chelsea F.C. (2 - 1)'04-11-17 Russia - Estonia (4 - 0)'04-11-02 Werder Bremen - Anderlecht (5 - 1)'04-10-13 Iceland - Sweden (1 - 4)'04-09-29 CSKA Moskva - PSG (2 - 0)'04-08-11 Wisla Krakow - Real Madrid (0 - 2)'04-03-11 Auxerre - PSV (1 - 1)'04-03-03 Barcelona - Brøndby (2 - 1)'03-12-08 Argentina u20 - Egypt u20 (2 - 1)'03-12-04 Spain u20 - Uzbekistan u20 (1 - 0)'03-12-02 Cote d'Ivoire u20 - Ireland u20 (2 - 2)'03-11-29 Colombia u20 - Egypt u20 (0 - 0)'03-11-04 Besiktas - Sparta Prague (1 - 0)'03-10-22 Real Madrid - Partizan (1 - 0)'03-10-11 Belgium - Estonia (2 - 0)'03-08-13 Shakhtar - Lokomotiv Moskva (1 - 0)'03-06-07 Israel - Slovenia (0 - 0)'03-04-30 France - Egypt (5 - 0)'03-02-20 Porto - Denizlispor (6 - 1)'02-12-12 Leeds United - Malaga (1 - 2)'02-10-30 AEK - Genk (1 - 1)'02-10-12 Poland - Latvia (0 - 1)'02-09-18 Lokomotiv Moskva - Galatasaray (0 - 2)'02-05-18 Germany - Austria (6 - 2)'02-04-17 Austria - Cameroon (0 - 0)'01-11-13 Czech Republic u21 - Croatia u21 (0 - 0)'01-10-18 Bordeaux - Standard (2 - 0)'01-09-25 Gaziantepspor - Hapoel Tel Aviv (1 - 1)'01-07-21 Czech Republic u18 - Serbia and Montenegro u18 (1 - 0)'01-06-02 Northern Ireland - Bulgaria (0 - 1)'01-04-25 Italy - South Africa (0 - 1)'01-03-24 Norway u21 - Poland u21 (1 - 2)'00-10-26 Liverpool - Liberec (1 - 0)'00-09-28 Rijeka - Celta de Vigo (0 - 1)'00-09-01 Bosnia-Herzegovina u21 - Spain u21 (0 - 2)1999-09-16 Teplice - Ferencváros (3 - 1)1999-09-02 Finland u21 - Germany u21 (3 - 1)
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Other Encounters

Boos for Busacca

FIFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2009-2010 1/4 finals:
Arsenal - Barcelona, 2 - 2. Arsenal stadium, London, England, 2010-03-31

This was a really good game; for so long Barca were in complete control, giving Arsenal a masterclass. But then they went 2-0 up, became complacent and let Arsenal back into the match and the tie.

Not his best
Massimo Busacca was not very good tonight. His foul recognition was mediocre, often punishing very minor contact but not more obvious fouls. He seemed to struggle with use of the advantage, and having missed a few opportunities to play the advantage in the first half, he used it too much in the second and did not bring play back to the free kick when the advantages did not materialise.

Cards
On the whole the yellow cards were warranted. I agree with his decision to book Fabregas because, despite winning the ball his trailing leg took out the man, and this constitues "tackling an opponent in a reckless manner" which is a yellow card under Law 12. I did feel that Eboue's booking was harsh, and that he should have gone back to show a couple of yellows after playing out the advantage.

Penalty
Puyol and Fabregas had a small tangle of legs. Busacca decided that it was a penalty, and a red card for Puyol for denying a goal scoring opportunity. I disagree with both aspects of this judgement; I don't think it was a foul. It was certainly no different to Clichy and Messi tangling in the first half, and that simply resulted in a goal kick. Furthermore, Fabregas was not in control of the ball, so I am not convinced it was an obvious goalscoring opportunity; if it were a penalty then a yellow would have been more suitable. That Busacca took several seconds to reach this decision indicates he was not confident he was correct.

Boos
Maybe the penalty decision was influenced by the Arsenal fans, who booed Busacca's decision to book Fabregas. Either way, he was not the usual Busacca tonight. He was poorly positioned on a number of occasions, and seemed to be struggling to run at full speed. His signalling lacked confidence. Furthermore, his style of refereeing is not suited to this sort of match, and a much more authoritarian referee would be a better choice. I would suggest Wolfgang Stark for the second leg (or Terje Hauge...)

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