Collina bows out of international football

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Italy's Pierluigi Collina widely regarded as the best referee in the game officiated in his last major tournament last night.

Lisbon:

Italy's Pierluigi Collina widely regarded as the best referee in the game officiated in his last major tournament last night in the game between Greece and the Czech republic. The bald Italian with piercing eyes turns 45 next February, the mandatory age of retirement for FIFA and UEFA. However the grape vine is that Collina is now headed to the Premiership. He's officiated in the 1996 Olympic final and the 2002 World Cup final, though the Euro 2004 final eluded him, Markus Merk of Germany getting the honour. Collina is best remembered for consoling distraught Bayern Munich players after Manchester United beat them to win the 1999 Champions League.

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