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Maltese football official Christopher Francalanza steps down

Maltese official Christopher Francalanza has brought the curtains down on his refereeing career at the age of 37, the Malta Football Referees Association (MFRA) announced on their social media.

His final Premier League game was in May which marked his 250th appearance in the domestic top-flight while his international appointment in June was his 44th commitment abroad.

Francalanza’s career started in 2001 and was awarded the prestigious Junior Referee award seven years later.

His Premier League debut came in 2010 as an assistant referee and in the same year, Francalanza was invited to attend the first edition of the UEFA Core A.

In 2011, Francalanza was promoted to FIFA assistant referee and spent the following decade officiating in important games at international level.

A member of the MFRA since 2001, he was an ordinary member in 2008 and 2009 while between 2015 and 2019 served as General Secretary of the same organisation.

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