Collina leaves UEFA refereeing post

UEFA's new chief refereeing officer will be Roberto Rosetti, who is to replace Pierluigi Collina in the role.

Former referee Pierluigi Collina   -  Getty Images

Pierluigi Collina has stepped down as the chief refereeing officer of UEFA, European football's governing body has confirmed. Collina will be replaced by Roberto Rosetti after opting to leave the role due to personal reasons.

Rosetti, who also becomes chairman of UEFA's referees' committee, takes over having been responsible for implementing the VAR system at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

"Roberto was the natural choice for the job. His experience, knowledge and standing in the game are outstanding and I know he will chair the committee with passion and enthusiasm," said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

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Collina's eight-year spell in the position saw the 58-year-old oversee the establishment of the Centre of Refereeing Excellence.

"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," Ceferin added. Collina, regarded as one of the finest referees in the game's history, was the match official for the Euro 2008 final.

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