Martin Bodenham could be best described as the Referee who got the Ump !
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He sent off Vinnie Jones for threatening to break an opponents' legs and gave Roy Keane a yellow card while the Irishman was going off on a stretcher.
So, while cricket has issues with player discipline and challenging decisions, it's all a walk in the park for Martin Bodenham.
The first man to referee in football's Premier League and umpire first-class cricket, Bodenham is in the unique position of having officiated at Stamford Bridge, Trent Bridge and both Old Traffords.
In his third season on the ECB list, he believes a 20-year background in football has been a key factor to being accepted by cricket's professionals.
Bodenham,said: "In cricket the captain is responsible and I have not had too many problems with any of them — it is very different to football.
"You can't say you get everything right but if I have to make 25 decisions over four days and I get one wrong, that is a pretty good percentage.
"Walking out at Lord's for a Twenty20 match last year was my proudest moment.
"I don't have any Test ambitions, though. My goal is to keep my place on the main ECB list and hopefully be considered for a domestic final."
Bodenham refereed three FA Cup semi-finals and the 1997 League Cup final — when Leicester beat Middlesbrough in a replay — before hanging up his whistle in 1998.
While refereeing, he owned a guest house in Cornwall but now lives near Worthing, West Sussex.
He added: "The League Cup final at Wembley was memorable for me.
I was also fourth official for AC Milan v Barcelona in the 1994 Champions League final, in Athens, which Milan won 4-0.
But I suppose some people remember me most for booking Keane for a tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland.
"Keane did his cruciate ligament while trying to 'do' Haaland and I showed him the card while he was going off on a stretcher.
"But the really bad tackle on Haaland was in another game four years later, when Keane was sent off.
"I did Arsenal and Manchester United — the infamous Ian Wright and Peter Schmeichel match when they tangled with each other and there were allegations about things said between the two.
"I sent off Vinnie Jones for making a comment to Colin Hendry. Vinnie had lost it.
"But all the footballers and managers were fine off the pitch.
"I've never fallen out with a manager. You have your moments with them on the pitch but away from the game, everyone was always fine.
"There is a lot more pressure now. There used to be more referees who were characters but the authorities want referees to referee their way and unfortunately it's now win at all costs.
"I'd like to see goalline technology — I think most referees want it — but we shouldn't stop the game for other things, such as penalties.
"Think of a match between Liverpool v Manchester United. Wayne Rooney is brought down, the ball goes into the other area and Liverpool score.
"Then the fourth official says 'disallow the goal and give a penalty to United'. There would be a riot.
"As for goalline technology, there will probably be a match like a World Cup final which will be decided on a disputed goal and FIFA might then do something about it."