Italy’s Euro 2008 referee Roberto Rosetti has revealed that life in Serie A has proved to be the perfect preparation for him ahead of Saturday’s showpiece final.
Rosetti, who is a hospital manager by profession, has been selected as the tournament’s best official and as a result will have the honour of officiating the Vienna finale of the Euro 2008, which will be played between Spain and Germany.
The 40-year-old got off to an interesting start as he refereed the tournament opener between co-hosts Switzerland and the Czech Republic, and came under criticism after seemingly missing two hand-balls in each penalty box.
But despite the initial protests of him from the Swiss camp, Rosetti recovered well and is now ready for what will undoubtedly be the biggest day of his officiating career.
“There is no need for special motivation – the motivation is obvious,” he told Euro2008.com.
“It’s clear that it isn’t good to be over-motivated at these events. It is important to summon all your energy to keep up the right intensity.”
Rosetti added that he feels his experiences in Serie A have proved to be invaluable as he rises to the pinnacle of the European game.
“I have to say that the football played in Italy throws up lots of important decisions and so you get great experience in the big matches there,” he added.
“For a game like Sunday’s, great mental preparation is essential, as it is generally for a referee.
“You also need the courage necessary for making the crucial decisions.”
Rosetti provided fans with one of the great moments of sportsmanship after consoling Croatia’s Mladen Petric after his side suffered a heart-breaking quarter-final defeat to Turkey on penalties, having been one goal up with just seconds to play in extra-time.
“It was absolutely spontaneous,” he stated, looking back on the incident.
“I think it’s not the player but the human being behind him that is important and the same goes for the referee.”
Chris Myson, Goal.com