The Referee Director of the Canada Soccer Association (CSA), Liu Hu, has recently been nominated to be director of the Chinese Football Association (CFA) referee office.
Liu, also known as Tiger, is a retired FIFA referee and had worked at the CSA since his appointment in 2011, prior to his CFA nomination in late December.
The 53-year-old’s new role will see him take charge of managing and training referees for the professional soccer leagues in China.
PRO General Manager Peter Walton told proreferees.com: “I had worked alongside Tiger since the inception of PRO.
“He was always very methodical in his approach to his role, and he had the welfare and benefits of his match officials uppermost in his mind.
“I wish him every success in his new venture.”
Under Liu’s leadership, the CFA referee office is expected to become more professional, with a series of reforms expected. No referees from the Chinese mainland were selected to officiate at this year’s Asian Cup in Australia.