Swiss Referee Massimo Busacca Responds To Three-Match Ban

The Swiss ref has been slapped with a suspension...
The Swiss Football Association (SFV) has suspended referee Massimo Busacca for three domestic league matches following his behaviour last weekend.

The 40-year-old Busacca was caught by photographers gesturing to fans of Young Boys during a Swiss Cup match on Saturday. The incident happened after supporters of third-tier club Baden entered the pitch when their team took an early lead at home to the Swiss league leaders.

Busacca asked for a warning message to be relayed over the stadium public address system, prompting visiting fans to chant abuse at him. The referee, who took charge of the Champions League final last May, apologised for his actions on Sunday.

"I let myself be provoked by verbal abuse from supporters. Unfortunately, I lost my cool with an unsporting gesture. I was wrong and I will pay the price," said Busacca to Sky Sport 24.

Nonetheless, the match official believes there is too much deplorable behaviour from fans in the sport, citing a reported incident involving chants directed at Inter striker Mario Balotelli this past weekend.

"What has happened is unbelievable. Even what happened to Balotelli at Cagliari makes me think. These things are not [part of] football."

However, the SFV still opted to hand him a three-match ban for his actions. The three-match ban takes effect immediately.

Busacca refereed at the 2006 World Cup and is scheduled to handle matches at the 2010 tournament in South Africa, too.

Stefan Coerts,