Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Pierluigi Collina steps down as UEFA’s Chief Refereeing Officer, to be succeeded by Roberto Rosetti

Collina announced his decision to step down for personal reasons at the UEFA summer refereeing course in Nyon.
Roberto Rosetti will replace Pierluigi Collina as head of UEFA Referees Committee
Rosetti will also assume the position of the Chairman of the Referees’ Committee

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.

Pierluigi Collina, 58, was appointed as UEFA’s first ever Chief Refereeing Officer in 2010, following his retirement as a referee in 2005. In that time, he has achieved major advances in the professional handling of referees and overseen, among other important features, the establishment of the Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE). During his tenure, UEFA has created 360 degree monitoring and development programmes for officials to improve their technical, fitness and nutrition standards and ensure that tactical elements and knowledge of teams became part of the referees’ preparation for every match.

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.”

Roberto Rosetti, 50, was an international referee from 2002 up to his retirement in 2010. The highlight of his career came during UEFA EURO 2008, where he refereed the opening match between Switzerland and the Czech Republic, as well as the final which saw Spain win the tournament against Germany. In 2008 he was awarded the honour of being named the World’s Best Referee by the International Federation of Football, History and Statistics.

Rosetti was responsible for implementing Video Assistant Referees at the recent World Cup in Russia, having previously spent two years as the country’s head of refereeing.

In accepting the post of Chief Refereeing Officer, Rosetti will also assume the position of the Chairman of the Referees’ Committee.

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.”

Source:
uefa.com

29 comments:

  1. Big surprise to me. Could it be that Collina decided to dedicate his work to FIFA and preparation for next World Cup?

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    1. Maybe yes... Maybe he is also not happy with so many people hurling criticisms etc at him last season!

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    2. I rather think that it was a natural decision after a so long time, please don't forget that he has spent 8 seasons, that's for sure a record.
      It is very rare to keep a so important role for a so long time, if you ask me.
      In addition, the criticisms he got during the last KO stage here in Italy were really strong, believe me. I see that only as natural consequence, not in the meaning that he was forced to leave, but something like that was more than expected, sooner or later.

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    3. Moreover, Rosetti was great referee, as much as I have heared, he is great instructor, so I wish him good luck.

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    4. I am very excited to see how Rosetti will make the appointments... What freshness can he bring to the assigning task will be interesting to see! 😎

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  2. Good luck to mr Rosetti on his new duties.

    I hope to see something new on UEFA Refereeing.

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  3. We can expect a radical change in the appointments, I'm very curious about that. Difficult to guess anything.
    First appointment will be made for Super Cup.
    For what I know, I must say that Rosetti has a big trust in young referees with great potential, so we could expect some very interesting appointments also in Champions League. For sure, some Category 1 could made an unexpected debut there.
    I can't wait...

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    1. Definitely. He has much work to do. The Elite Category will need 4 spots next December/June. So, UEFA is forced to take some risks.

      I am curious to see if he will change the status on the current Elite group.

      And I would like to see something different with the observers.

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  4. First big decision for rosetti : appointement for UEFA SuperCup.
    Curious to see appointments in CL-EL this season.

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    1. You must be happy with this change. I disagree, great job by Collina, congrstulations on job done in his 8 years as chief refereeing officer.

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  6. Considering he was head of the whole VAR project since the beginning (for FIFA), I think it's logical for VAR to implemented in UEFA competition even by the season 2019-20.
    Last season was the perfect case-in-point as for the contras of no-VAR at the top level, it's a matter of time (and more a question of working with host broadcasters).

    Rosetti was since years (IIRC) a 'special advisor' to the UEFA RefCom, so he is a natural choice for this role, as a direct replacement for PLC.

    Another question, will Collina still function as observer in some matches in UEFA? I suspect in any case he will carry on his work with FIFA.

    Good luck to Mr Rosetti!

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  7. I really hope for new developments concerning Video.proof in CL and EL knockout-games...

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  8. https://ok.ru/video/808537492003

    Perhaps it's time to watch this again... ;-)

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  9. And for sure less One-Man-Show - even if it has been a goodone - but more teamwork.

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  10. I cant see on the new site predictions about UEFA super cup,ligue 1 ans others ligues.

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    1. They will be published under prediction summary (Super Cup) and prediction report after the appointments are published to give everybody the same chance. You can find the calculated scores after the matchday in the table. Regards

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    2. So we cant see predictions of other members before officials appointments ?

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    3. That’s the plan to afford everybody the same chances. Check out the World Cup example on guesstheref.com. There you can check out what to expect.

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  11. It is very interesting that Rosetti is replacing Collina and not someone who already is a member of committee. I guess UEFA has a huge trust in Rosetti. I also agree wath someone said that this could indicate VAR introduction in European competitions. Supercup appointment will be done by Rosetti, that is why it was not published yet and there are only 14 days up to the match - my guess is Cakir with Uno Tutk as observer.

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    1. I think Supercup appointment will be released before the week end

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    2. UEFA has great trust in Collina and he has big trust in Rosetti :)

      Good luck for Mr Roberto!

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  12. I'm surprised about this decision, I didn't Expert it.
    probably many criticism Player a key file. but I'm much more surprised by Rosetti ad new chief. I was expecting Dallas or Batta who were deputies in this rule.
    what do you think about them ? as italian I'm happy to are Rossetti but probably Dallas and Batta deserve this appointment more for their previous job

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    1. Automatic smartphone corrector did some typo mistakes sorry

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  13. It`s interesting to know, Collina will continue to have influence on UEFA refereeing?

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  14. Now we can also understand why all referees from Elite and Category 1 were called in Nyon, without particular choices as it happened on previous years. I don't think that this time there was a detailed program, but the main aim was surely to present the new head of committee... if I manage further info about the meeting, I will report on the blog.

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  15. Not at all a surprise to me. Last months (Europe) and weeks (World) many difficult moments for him and a lot of intern criticism.

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  16. If only Busacca's EGO would not get in the way. Maybe he too would do world football a favor and retire.

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