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VAR chief advocate Collina quits UEFA’s top referee job

Retired Fifa referee, Pierluigi Collina, a strong advocate of the VAR system, has relinquished his post as UEFA chief refereeing officer citing personal reasons.

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

“It has been a privilege to work as UEFA’s Chief Refereeing Officer during the last eight years. I am very proud of the results achieved together with my fellow Refereeing Officers and the UEFA Referees’ Committee,” Collina said.

Collina was appointed UEFA’s first ever Chief Refereeing Officer in 2010, following his retirement as a referee in 2005.

Widely considered to be the greatest football referee of all time, Collina was named Fifa’s “Best Referee of the Year” on six consecutive times.

At the 2008 European Championships, he refereed the opener between Switzerland and the Czech Republic, as well as the final when Spain beat Germany.