Concetto Lo Bello

Concetto Lo Bello (13 May 1924 — 9 September 1991) was an Italian association football international referee. He holds the record for refereeing the most games in Serie A (328).

Concetto Lo Bello
Lo Bello at the 1970 European Cup Final
Born (1924-05-13)13 May 1924
Syracuse, Italy
Died 9 September 1991(1991-09-09) (aged 67)
Syracuse, Italy
Other occupation Politician
Years League Role
Serie A Referee
Years League Role
1958–1974 FIFA listed Referee

His career spanned the years 1944 to 1974, refereeing his first international match in 1958.[citation needed]

He officiated at 34 international matches, including the West GermanyUSSR semi-final in 1966. He had been provisionally chosen to referee the 1970 FIFA World Cup Final, but the Italian team reached the final, so he could not officiate.[citation needed]

Lo Bello also refereed the European Cup finals of 1968 and 1970, as well as the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 2nd leg final in 1966 and the UEFA Cup 2nd leg final in 1974.[citation needed]

After retirement, he entered politics, as a deputy for the Christian Democrat party. He was Minister of Sport for a spell, and, briefly, was Minister for Drought. In 1986, he was elected mayor of Syracuse, but was only in the job for five months. In 2012, he was posthumously inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.[1]


  1. "Hall of fame, 10 new entry: con Vialli e Mancini anche Facchetti e Ronaldo" [Hall of fame, 10 new entries: with Vialli and Mancini also Facchetti and Ronaldo] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.