Antonio Damato, when not a referee of the Serie A games (his last one was Torino-Parma 1-1 on the 11th of May) is a 41-year-old lawyer operating in Barletta, a 94,000-inhabitant town popular for his concrete factory overlooking the local stadium.
He is part of the 21 refs forming the group of match directors available for the Serie A (so-called ‘CAN A’).
Born in 1972, Damato, after 5 years as Serie C ref (third tier) gets a promotion to the CAN A-B (the previous group formed by refs for both tiers, Serie A and Serie B, of the Italian system) in 2006.
His debut in Serie A was in the same year as he was entrusted a Catania-Udinese (1-0).
He was took part (2005) in a tournament organized by Nike and Man United in Hong Kong, ‘Manchester Cup 2005’.
Including last season, he has overall directed 128 Serie A games including classics like Juventus-Milan and Inter-Juventus (both in 2009-10) and Milan-Roma in 2010-11. He was nominated international referee on the 1st of January 2010.
When CAN A split from the Serie B group, he was immediately entered into the former.
His international debut was Greece-Latvia in October 2010 (a Euro 2012 qualifier).
He was part of the ‘Universiade’ group of refs in Kazan for the universities Olympics.
In February, the match direction of Serie A clash Inter-Fiorentina (week 24) spurred several controversies on the Italian media. Icardi’s goal for Inter was in offside and the international referee committed several other mistakes.
Antonio Damato will direct the Champions League return game of Levadia against Sparta Praha (tonight, Tuesday the 22nd of July 2014 - 19:00 EEST) together with assistants Lorenzo Manganelli and Fabiano Preti. The fourth official will be Gianpaolo Calvarese.