posted on Jun, 29 2004 @ 02:17 PM
Italian official Pierluigi Collina has refused to rule out coming to referee in the Premiership in the 2005-6 season after he has passed the
retirement age of 45 for Italy's Serie A.
Collina would not comment directly on recent suggestions by FA vice-president David Dein that the Premiership would appoint the Italian for
high-profile fixtures in the season after next but kept his options open.
"It is too far away for me to think about that," Collina said when asked if he would fancy a Premiership switch.
"First I must finish my commitments at Euro 2004, then I will go on a short holiday and then on August 3 I must go on a training camp with the Italian
referees before the new season.
"I have a year to think about what I am going to do and at the moment it is not the time for decisions because I am very busy."
Collina, the first referee to become a world superstar in his own right, is widely admired for his man-management skills and the sound judgement which
he has constantly exhibited in some of the most high-profile matches in the world.