KENNY Clark’s face was a picture. Having reached the age of 45, I was having to retire from the FIFA list, and I was refereeing my final match on international soil, a Champions League match between Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen. As the fourth official he’d just asked me how long I wanted added on at the end of the match and, jokingly, I held up both hands and suggested 10, not because there was a lot of injuries or time-wasting but because I really didn’t want it all to end.
IT MAY be a fact that is too often overlooked by our critics, but referees should never fall into the same trap. Even if others forget it, we should always remember that we are only human.
REFEREES will always be under pressure and we all accept that is part and parcel of the job, but people have to remember we are fallible and that we don’t have eyes in the back of our head.
I WAS in the back of the net with a swarm of players, trying to dig out the troublemakers and calm things down, while trying to remember their numbers and who was doing what to whom, so that I could deal with them afterwards.