The European Football Federation announced on Wednesday that Italy’s Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the continental referee’s panel, resigned from his post for eight years on personal grounds.
Colina is also chairman of FIFA’s referee’s committee and was known for his support for the use of VAR, a system that was applied at the World Cup for the first time this year in Russia.
Collina’s resignation came after the European Football Union (UEFA) decided not to use the ruling video of the Champions League this season after Alexander Chevron, president of the Continental Confederation, said the technique “still needs more time to develop.” Resignation and the decision of the European Union.
Collina, who retired in 2005 after a career in which he managed the Champions League final in 1999 and the 2002 World Cup finals, has made tremendous achievements in professional arbitration.
Under his leadership, the Continental Federation of the Game has developed programs to develop technical, physical and nutritional levels for governors. He was also keen to become familiar with the teams and plans on the pitch part of the preparation of the referee for each match.
According to the European Union, Italian Roberto Rosetti, who oversaw the implementation of the video-helping technique at the last World Cup, will replace Colina in his position.
“The union has paved the way for the development of referees in recent years, and I look forward to the challenge of continuing and consolidating this progress,” Rosetti said.
Rosetti, 50 years old, was an international referee for eight years before retiring in 2010.
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