Edinburgh-based former World Cup referee George Smith dies aged 75

Edinburgh-based former grade one football referee George Smith has died aged 75.

George Smith books Hibs striker Gareth Evans during a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden in 1989

Smith took charge of three Scottish Cup finals and two League Cup finals.

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He was the man in the middle at the notorious 1980 Scottish Cup final when a riot took place between fans at Hampden Park after Celtic had beaten Rangers in extra–time.

Smith also represented Scotland at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, taking charge of a group match between Austria and Czechoslovakia where he handed out seven yellow cards.

He retired as a referee observer due to ill health in October last year and was then appointed honorary president of the Edinburgh and District Referees Association.