Italian model Claudia Romani is venturing into a new career path in the world of football – after passing an exam in order to become a professional referee.
The 32-year-old has hung up her heels to become a referee, something which has been high on her agenda for a number of months.
Romani is now qualified to referee fixtures in both Serie A and Serie B – something which she is understandably delighted about.
She said: ‘Running around on the pitch with all those players and calling the shots is just an irresistible opportunity.’
No female referee has taken charge of a Serie A game as yet due to the amount of experience it commands.
That could soon change in the future, however, as Romani looks to take the Italian league by storm.