Strombergsson has quit international refereeing

After Euro 2012, where he acted as an additional assistant referee, Markus Strombergsson suddenly disappeared from Sweden’s FIFA List and from the UEFA Referees Elite Development List. It was recently revealed that Strombersson has quit international refereeing for personal reasons, but apparently he will continue to referee domestically in Sweden.
Born in 1975, Markus Strombergsson became referee in 1996 and got his FIFA badge in 2006. His recent international retirement appeared to be very surprising, taking into account his important appointments within the last two years. At the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Columbia, he refereed 3 matches, including the round of 16 game Argentina – Egypt, when Strombergsson awarded 3 penalty kicks and 10 yellow cards. Last year, he was also assigned his first UEFA Champions League match, Bayern Munchen – Villarreal, which was followed by his appointment as an additional assistant referee in Eriksson’s team at Euro 2012.
In 2010 and 2011, Markus Strombergsson was voted the best Swedish referee. At only 37, he now joins the list of FIFA referees prematurely retired from international refereeing due to other commitments: Mark Shield (AUS, 35), Tammy Ogston (AUS, 38), Michael Hester (NZL, 39), Oscar Ruiz (COL, 42), Thomas Einwaller (AUT, 34).