Why Daniele Orsato, the PSG-Dortmund referee, burst into tears at the end of the match

Why Daniele Orsato, the PSG-Dortmund referee, burst into tears at the end of the match
Why Daniele Orsato, the PSG-Dortmund referee, burst into tears at the end of the match

Daniele Orsato led the Champions League semi-final return between PSG and Dortmund on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes (0-1). And the 48-year-old Italian referee appeared very emotional at the final whistle. His assistants gathered around him to console him.

He failed to control his emotion. After having whistled the end of the Champions League semi-final return between PSG and Dortmund, Tuesday at the Parc des Princes (0-1), Daniele Orsato burst into tears in the middle of the pitch. The Italian referee lowered his head, wiping his misty eyes as the Borussia players celebrated their qualification. His assistants quickly joined him to console him, giving him a long hug.

At 47, the transalpine official managed his last match in C1. Daniele Orsato will retire at the end of the season, but before that, he will officiate for the first time at a Euro this summer in Germany. After starting his career in 1993, the native of Veneto (southwest of Italy) managed more than 600 professional matches, including 288 in Serie A. The clash between Paris and Dortmund was his 55th match in C1. He had also refereed the final behind closed doors between PSG and Bayern Munich, on August 23, 2020 in Lisbon (1-0), in the middle of the Covid pandemic.

Three matches during the 2022 World Cup

Mr. Orsato also managed Montpellier, Monaco, OL, OM and Losc in the most prestigious European competitions. On the other hand, he did not meet any French club during his 16 matches in the Europa League. The Italian official also participated in a World Cup, in 2022 in Qatar. He notably refereed Lionel Messi’s Argentina twice, victorious in the tournament, in the group stage against Mexico (2-0), then in the semi-final against Croatia (3-0).

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