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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 November 2005, 10:24 GMT
Snooker mourns death of referee
Popular snooker referee Colin Brinded has died, aged 59, following a long battle with cancer.

Brinded began officiating in 1976 and took charge of the World Championship final between Mark Williams and Stephen Hendry in 1999.

Brinded refereed two infamous matches, including last season's 'slow-play' match between Peter Ebdon and Ronnie O'Sullivan at The Crucible.

And at the 2004 Players Championship, he warned Quinten Hann for swearing.

Brinded was a popular figure on the snooker circuit, and his death prompted a flood of tributes from the players.

He was a great referee and a great man
John Higgins

Six-time world champion Steve Davis said: "If I knew Colin was refereeing my match, I knew I was in good hands.

"He was what a referee should be. He was also a really nice guy."

Steven Hendry, a seven-time world champion, agreed.

"Colin was a lovely guy and one of the best referees we've ever had," he said.

And John Higgins said: "I remember bringing my son Pierce along to one tournament and he spent most of the time playing with Colin!

"He was a great referee and a great man."

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