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Johan Oomen Passes Away

Johan Oomen, a top referee in the 2000s, has sadly passed away aged 56. The Dutchman began refereeing on the circuit in 2001, his first professional game was a match between Stephen Lee and Graeme Dott at the LG Cup. During his time as an official, he refereed on the sport’s biggest stages. Oomen worked… Read More

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Referee Peter Williamson Retires

Long-serving referee Peter Williamson has retired from the World Snooker Tour after 30 years on the circuit. The Liverpudlian first refereed on Merseyside in the late 1970s and moved into the professional game in 1991. Williamson officiated several ranking event semi-finals as well as the final of a Players Tour Championship event in 2012 in… Read More

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Collier To Take Charge Of Third Crucible Final

Top referee Paul Collier will take charge of snooker’s biggest match for the third time this year, when he oversees the Betfred World Championship final. Collier, 50, previously officiated for Ronnie O’Sullivan’s triumph over Graeme Dott in the 2004 Crucible final and the 2016 world final, which saw Mark Selby defeat Ding Junhui. Welshman Collier… Read More

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Tributes Paid To Vic Bartlam

Snooker players and officials have paid tribute to Vic Bartlam, one of the sport’s top referees in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 91. Vic, from Wolverhampton, refereed at snooker’s biggest events including the World Championship, and was a highly respected figure on the amateur scene in… Read More

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Craig Set For Emotional Refereeing Return

Snooker referee Willie Craig will make his return to the professional circuit at the upcoming Northern Ireland Open, for the first time since suffering brain injuries after a car accident in 2018. It’s been a long road to recovery for Glaswegian Craig, who feared his refereeing days were over after the incident took place. Since… Read More

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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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