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2020 Betfred World Championship Referees

Here are the men and women in black for this year’s Betfred World Championship. 2020 Crucible Referees Marcel Eckardt – Germany (Final) Brendan Moore – England Jan Verhaas – Holland Paul Collier –  Wales Leo Scullion – Scotland Desislava Bozhilova – Bulgaria Rob Spencer – England Tatiana Woollaston – Belarus Ben Williams –  England

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Eckardt To Referee Crucible Final

Marcel Eckardt will become the youngest referee to take charge of the Crucible final at this year’s Betfred World Championship. The 30-year-old German from Berlin will officiate the final in Sheffield on August 15 and 16. Paul Collier currently holds the record as the youngest to referee the final; he was 33 in 2004. Eckardt… Read More

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Ollie On The Front Line

When Olivier Marteel was asked to put his own health at risk in order to play a vital role in the fight against coronavirus in Belgium, he didn’t hesitate. Marteel would have been at the Crucible this week for the Betfred World Championship – where he refereed the final in 2015 – had the tournament… Read More

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Hand In Glove: The Snooker Referees

“We can’t do it without them” is how master of ceremonies Rob Walker often introduces the referees before play. This band of men and women in the white gloves play a vital role in tournament snooker and are fascinating characters in their own right, as journalist and commentator David Hendon explains… In the 1980s, a… Read More

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Mindset Of A Referee

For snooker players, mental toughness is one of the most important factors behind success. And the same can be said for referees. There is much more to becoming a top level official than just knowing the rules. The referee must remain mentally engaged throughout an entire match, examining each shot in isolation and being ready… Read More

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Quiet Please!

There’s more to being a snooker referee than maths, as Desislava Bozhilova has discovered… By Shabnam Younus-Jewell You can probably get away with eating crisps at the Berlin Tempodrom, where up to 2,500 beer-ferrying fans cheer loudly and applaud almost every shot. The German Masters is more like a concert than a snooker event and… Read More

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Peggy Li Q&A

Chinese referee Peggy Li has been at the Betway UK Championship throughout the event. We caught up with her to find out how much she has enjoyed the fortnight in York. By Joshua Dykes Peggy, what’s it been like for you here in York over the past two weeks? The UK Championship is a fantastic… Read More

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Williams to Referee First Ranking Final

World Snooker referee Ben Williams will be taking charge of his first ranking final tonight in the Kaspersky Riga Masters, and we caught up with him in ahead of his biggest match to date. Ben, fantastic news that you’ve been picked to referee your first ranking final here in Riga, that must be an amazing… Read More

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Leo Makes Crucible Return

By Andrew Smith Leo Scullion made his long awaited return to the Crucible this week following his battle with lung cancer. Leo is one of snooker’s most popular referees and returned on Monday to officiate the first round match between Ding Junhui and Zhou Yuelong. The 59-year-old has presided over several major finals and has… Read More

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Leo On the Mend

Popular referee Leo Scullion is making a steady recovery from lung cancer and hopes to make a full return to the circuit next season. Leo is one of snooker’s best respected referees and has taken charge of several major finals including the UK Championship and Welsh Open. He had been ear-marked to officiate the Betfed… Read More

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