Alan Chamberlain, the circuit's longest serving referee, has resigned with immediate effect.
Chamberlain, 67, has officiated on the professional circuit since 1983 but decided to hang up his white gloves on Monday a day before the end of the world qualifiers.
I understand he was exhausted by the long hours the refs were required to work for little financial reward.
Alan refereed the 1997 World Championship final, was a long time official at the Masters and took charge of many other big occasions.
Like many referees, there were moments of controversy too but he was regarded as a very safe pair of hands and his sudden resignation has shocked his fellow officials.
He will continue to referee at the Championship League.
Not the fans or players most favourite ref but still well done for him on a long career in snooker. I believe it is often forgotten how hard it is for the ref’s and how difficult it is to stay concentrated for long periods of time. Steve Davis once said a stupid comment on how the ref’s have it easy and all they need to do is count the points. I’m a bit surprised Alan didn’t wait until after the World Championships to retire.
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