UEFA has announced that Roberto Rosetti is to replace Pierluigi Collina as its Chief Refereeing Officer, after Collina announced his decision to step down for personal reasons at the UEFA summer refereeing course in Nyon today.
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.”
Pierluigi 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.”
Announcing his appointment, Aleksander Čeferin said: “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.”
Roberto Rosetti said: “It is a great honour to accept this job. UEFA has led the way in referee development in recent years and I am looking forward to the challenge of continuing and enhancing that progress, alongside the President, my fellow Refereeing Officers, the Committee and the rest of the organisation.”