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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 May 2007, 15:33 GMT 16:33 UK
Referee Poll confirms retirement
Graham Poll
Referee Poll caused controversy at the 2006 World Cup
Premiership referee Graham Poll has confirmed his retirement date.

Next week's Euro 2008 qualifier between Finland and Belgium will be the last game the 43-year-old will referee.

The Tring official will perhaps be best remembered for showing Croatia's Josip Simunic three yellow cards before sending him off at the 2006 World Cup.

A statement from the Professional Game Match Officials read: "The PGMO can confirm it has received, and accepted, Graham Poll's resignation."

Poll began refereeing in the Premiership in 1995 and has also officiated at Euro 2000, the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

He also took charge of the 2000 FA Cup final and bowed out of the English game after refereeing Monday's Championship play-off final between Derby and West Brom at Wembley.



SEE ALSO
Derby 1-0 West Brom
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Ref Poll sent home from World Cup
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07 Nov 06 |  Football
Poll escapes sanctions
24 Apr 04 |  Football


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