I was saddened to hear the sad news today of the passing of former Premier League referee Paul Alcock.

His name hit the headlines when he was deliberately pushed to the ground by Sheffield Wednesday’s Paulo Di Canio.

He was the manager of a shopping mall and like all of us we had to devote a great deal of our free time to training, in order to be in reasonable shape to officiate our games.

Mark Clattenburg and Mark Halsey also sent their condolences on Twitter:

His former colleagues at You Are The Ref send our condolences to his family at this difficult time.

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