Retired soccer referee who became the Head of Referees for the Football Federation of Ukraine in 2010.. He was one of the most highly thought-of referees of his era, winning FIFA's Best Referee of the Year award six straight years.
He graduated from the University of Bologna with a degree in economics in 1981.
He was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
He has daughters with a woman named Gianna, whom he met in Versilia.
He and Howard Webb are considered two of soccer's greatest referees.