Super League referee Thierry Alibert takes up new role in France
Super League referee Thierry Alibert has been appointed as head of match officials in France.
Last Updated: 09/12/13 2:06pm
The Rugby Football League confirmed that the 42-year-old would be returning to his homeland after five years as a referee in England.
Alibert is regarded as one of the best referees in the game, and he has officiated at the 2000, 2008 and 2013 World Cups.
"I would to thank everybody at the RFL who has supported me during the last five years," he said.
"After the World Cup in 2008, the day when my mobile phone rang and Stuart Cummings asked me to come and referee in Super League was a great day in my career.
"I will never forget the opportunities I have had, or the great people I have met. In the last few months it has been a little hard for me, so when the opportunity with the FFR13 came I didn't hesitate."