The former World Cup referee and ZDF expert Urs Meier is surprisingly stepped down as head of the Swiss football referee.
Zurich (SID) - the former World Cup referee and ZDF expert Urs Meier is surprisingly stepped down as head of the Swiss football referee. The 52-Jahrige founded his resignation with resistance in the professionalisation of the referee being.
"End of 2007 I took over the post in the belief that at last decisively to advance the professionalism." "Unfortunately the task presented as incredibly difficult, I could not feel the broad support and had to admit that there is no point to continue my work with this in mind," Meier said in a press release of the National Football Association SFV. At the same time, Meier wanted succeed still not fixed "due respect" and that "a more professional environment will be made available".
Meier was from 1994 to 2004 on the international referee list. in France in 1998 and 2002 in South Korea and Japan the Aargauer at World Cup finals was used. 2002 Meier refereed the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen (2: 1). Meier ended his career after an attack during a European Cup game in 2004. The Unparteiische between 2005 and 2010 as a rule expert was active for the ZDF.