Alan Snoddy

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Alan Snoddy
Born (1955-03-29) March 29, 1955 (age 60)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Years League Role
1979–2000 Irish League Referee
Years League Role
1980–2000 FIFA–listed Referee

Alan Snoddy (born 29 March 1955) is a retired Northern Irish football referee, known for having refereed two matches in the FIFA World Cup: one in 1986 and one in 1990. At the 1986 World Cup Snoddy was appointed to referee the game between Morocco and Portugal in Guadalajara which ended 3-1 to Morocco. In the 1990 World Cup Snoddy refereed the game between Colombia and West Germany which ended 1-1 at the San Siro in Milan. In this game he controversially waved away appeals from the Colombian players over a supposed injury to Carlos Valderrama. Snoddy served as Referee Development Officer for the Irish Football Association a position which he left in 2014 although still works as a Referee Observer for both the Irish Football Association (IFA) and UEFA. He is also a member of the UEFA Referee Convention Panel and is widely used assisting countries develop their refereeing structures. He works at the UEFA Referee Centre of Excellence coaching young promising referees. He is considered to be the N Ireland's best and most experienced referee.