The world of football, and the refereeing community in particular, have been in mourning since Giulio Campanati, former international referee and member of FIFA’s Referees Committee, passed away on Sunday.
Mr Campanati oversaw games during the 1950s and 1960s, notably officiating during the Olympic Football Tournament in Rome in 1960. He also refereed the second leg of the 1962 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final between Barcelona and Valencia, when Los Che won the forerunner of the UEFA Cup.
“It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of former FIFA Referees Committee member Giulio Campanati, whom I had the privilege of knowing personally and spending time with on several occasions at meetings, seminars and other FIFA competitions,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter in a letter of condolence to Giancarlo Abete, his counterpart at the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). “In the name of the wider international football family and on my own behalf, I offer my most heartfelt condolences.”
The Italian referee served on the refereeing bodies at FIFA and UEFA between 1968 and 1990. He officiated in 18 international matches between 1956 and 1966, and was also as President of the Associazione Italiana Arbitri (Italian Referees Association) from 1972 to 1990.
“I will always remember Giulio not only as a great referee, a competent and passionate administrator, and a respected match and referee inspector, but also as a man of authority and character who left his mark on Italian refereeing and contributed to the development of refereeing at European and global level,” added the FIFA President. “I would be very grateful if you could communicate all my sympathy and support to the family and friends of Giulio Campanati during this time of great sadness.”