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Referee Deniz Aytekin ends international career



Referee Deniz Aytekin ends international career

Bundesliga referee Deniz Aytekin will no longer officiate international games. After twelve years as a FIFA referee, the 44-year-old now wants to focus entirely on his national assignments.

“The main reason is that I want to spend more time with my family and friends,” said Aytekin. “In addition, international travel is too time-consuming and physical and makes self-determination difficult.”

He also wanted to open the door for younger German referees “who deserve a chance,” he explained. He wants to continue ambitiously at national level. “This challenge and the joy and appreciation that I can enjoy in Germany are a great motivation for me and totally fulfill me as a referee,” said Aytekin.

Overall, he made 25 international appearances in the Champions League, 29 in the Europa League and 23 in international matches.