Former top referee Luigi Agnolin passes away

Luigi Agnolin, the Italian referee who took charge of two European club finals in the 1980s, has died at the age of 75.

Luigi Agnolin refereed the 1986 FIFA World Cup semi-final between France and West Germany
Luigi Agnolin refereed the 1986 FIFA World Cup semi-final between France and West Germany ©AFP

Luigi Agnolin, one of European football’s leading referees in the 1980s, has passed away at the age of 75 after a long illness.

The son of another referee, Guido Agnolin, Luigi Agnolin made his Serie A debut in Italy in 1973, directing 226 matches during his domestic career. He joined the international list in 1978.

In 1987, he took charge of the UEFA European Cup Winners’ Cup final between Ajax and Lokomotive Leipzig in Athens, and the following year, Agnolin officiated at the European Champion Clubs’ Cup final between PSV Eindhoven and Benfica in Stuttgart.

In 1986, Agnolin refereed at the FIFA World Cup in Mexico, and took charge of the semi-final between West Germany and France. He was also a member of the referees’ team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, and went on to work with the Association of Italian Referees (AIA) after his retirement.

Agnolin was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Italian football in 2012.

 

 

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