posted on Jun, 10 2005 @ 02:17 PM
Pierluigi Collina will referee his final match on June 18 when Bologna play Parma in the second leg of their Serie A relegation play-off. Voted world
referee of the year five times, Collina must hang up his whistle having reached the age of 45, the retirement age set for referees in Italy. He is now
expected to take up the role of selecting referees for Serie A matches next season.
Collina has been a referee for 28 years and the pinnacle of his career was when he officiated at the 2002 World Cup final between Brazil and Germany.
Instantly recognisable for his bald head and bulging eyes, Collina is a celebrity in his own right in Italy, often appearing on television shows.