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Italian football mourns Giulio Campanati

Former Italian referee and UEFA Referees Committee member Giulio Campanati – awarded the UEFA Order of Merit in Ruby in 2000 – has passed away at the age of 88.

Giulio Campanati was a member of both the FIFA and the UEFA Referees Committees
Giulio Campanati was a member of both the FIFA and the UEFA Referees Committees ©UEFA

The former Italian referee and long-standing UEFA Referees Committee member Giulio Campanati has died at the age of 88.

Campanati took charge of his first Italian Serie A match in 1952 and went on to handle 166 top-flight games until he retired to become a referee administrator in 1966.

He had been an international referee from 1956, officiating at the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final second leg between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF in 1962 as well as two European Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals, in 1964 and 1966. He was also selected to referee at the Rome Olympic Games in 1960.

After moving into referee administration, Campanati served as president of the Associazione Italiana Arbitri (AiA) from 1972 to 1990. He was a member of both the FIFA and the UEFA Referees Committees from 1968 to 1992.

Giulio Campanati was awarded the UEFA Order of Merit in Ruby in 2000.