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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 June, 2004, 08:18 GMT 09:18 UK
Collina silent on switch
Italian referee Pierluigi Collina
Collina can only continue for one more year in Italy
Referee Pierluigi Collina has refused to rule out a move to the English Premiership when he is forced to retire from Italy's Serie A.

Collina must retire after this season because the Italian retirement age is 45 and the Football Association's David Dein has suggested he move to England.

"It is too far away for me to think about that," he said.

"I have a year to think about what I am going to do. Now is not the time for decisions because I am very busy."

The instantly recognisable Italian accountant is widely regarded as the best and most respected referee in the world.

He officiated at the 2002 World Cup final, the 1996 Olympic final and Manchester United's thrilling 1999 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.

Many people had expected him to be given the Euro 2004 final, but that match has been awarded to Germany's Markus Merk, with Collina handed the Greece v Czech Republic semi-final instead.





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