Paul Durkin

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Paul Durkin
Born (1955-08-15) 15 August 1955 (age 59)

Paul Anthony Durkin (born 15 August 1955[1]) is an English former football referee, who retired in 2004. He comes from the Isle of Portland in Dorset. He works as a referee assessor for the Football Association.

Durkin was England's only referee at the 1998 FIFA World Cup Finals in France, where he refereed one match - the Group B encounter between Italy and Austria. In the same year, he refereed the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Newcastle United, whilst in 2003 he was in charge of the Football League Cup Final between Liverpool and Manchester United.

In 2004, Durkin appeared in ITV gameshow Simply the Best as the referee.[2]

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Preceded by
Stephen Lodge
FA Cup Final Referee
1998
Succeeded by
Peter Jones
Preceded by
Graham Poll
League Cup Final
2003
Succeeded by
Mike Riley