Pierluigi CollinaPierluigi Collina has stepped down from his position as UEFA chief refereeing officer due to personal reasons.

Appointed in 2010 as UEFA’s first ever Chief Refereeing Officer following his retirement as a referee in 2005, the Italian has overseen all refereeing matters within UEFA for the past eight years.

Collina leaves his post with plenty of plaudits with his involvement in many advances in the handling of professional referees. UEFA’s website said:

He has achieved major advances in the professional handling of referees and overseen, among other important features, the establishment of the Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE).  During his tenure, UEFA has created 360 degree monitoring and development programmes for officials to improve their technical, fitness and nutrition standards and ensure that tactical elements and knowledge of teams became part of the referees’ preparation for every match.

In accepting his resignation, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said:

“Pierluigi brought the same vision, understanding and flair to his role at UEFA that he demonstrated in the matches he refereed.  I wish to thank him for his commitment during these years and for what he has brought to European football as Chief Refereeing Officer.”

Collina said:

“It has been a privilege to work as UEFA’s Chief Refereeing Officer during the last 8 years. I am very proud of the results achieved together with my fellow Refereeing Officers and the UEFA Referees’ Committee. I wish to thank UEFA for the strong support given to refereeing in these years and also all the match officials for their full commitment.”

Europe’s governing body also revealed that Roberto Rosetti would replace the 58-year-old Italian.

Rosetti was responsible for implementing Video Assistant Referees at the recent World Cup in Russia, having previously spent two years as the country’s head of refereeing.

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