Scottish referee Charlie Richmond quits after snub from SFA

 

 

By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor

 

 

Richmond has refereed in the Scottish Premier League for ten years and is an engineer by profession

 

Charlie Richmond has quit after ten years as a Category One referee, having become unhappy at the Scottish Football Association hierarchy.

The 43-year-old made the decision to resign from his duties as a match official after overseeing Saturday's 3-1 win for First Division leaders Ross County away to Livingston.

He has become disillusioned after feeling overlooked for Scottish Premier League matches for the majority of the season.

Richmond has not yet told the SFA officially of his decision. But it is believed that the former Fifa-list referee will inform them on Tuesday (10th April), when the Scottish governing body's offices open again after the Easter holiday break.

He becomes the latest Category One referee to retire following Steve Conroy who announced his departure last month after the 45-year-old was overlooked for SPL fixtures for three months. Also, Dougie McDonald resigned last season after the controversy in a Dundee United-Celtic fixture in which he reversed a penalty decision.

Richmond, an affable figure well liked by the players, took charge of his first SPL match at Livingston in 2002 and has handled fixtures in the Champions League and Uefa Cup.

Officiating at the same venue brought his top-flight career full circle and he felt it was time to announce his departure.

Although he may wish to continue as a referee at amateur or some other lower level, he is unwilling to continue at a senior level for the few remaining games of the season.  

His last SPL match was Rangers' 4-0 victory over Hibernian at Ibrox on 28th January 2012- one of only five fixtures he has officiated in the top-flight this campaign. Overall, he has been in the middle for 27 fixtures this season showing 72 yellow cards and 5 red cards.

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