THE LIST: Graham Poll's top 50  football referees - Nos 20-11

Referee's are often singled out for all the wrong reasons. Criticised for giving a goal that should never have stood, analysed after sending players off and lambasted by irate managers for costing their side a crucial result.

But what about the men - and women (as Amy Rayner recently showed) - in the black who have made the right judgment calls in the big matches, when it matters?

Here, Sportsmail columnist - and former FIFA and Barclays Premier League match official - Graham Poll pays homage to the men in the middle who have stood out for all the right reasons.

Today we continue with Nos 20-11, pinpointing their career highlights with the whistle.

And don't forget to post your comments below until the top 10 is revealed on Friday.


20 Carlos Simon
Brazil (World Cup 2002, 2006, 2010)

Referee Carlos Simon

Yellow peril: Brazilian referee Carlos Simon shows his cards at the World Cup

19 Javier Castrilli
Argentina (World Cup 1998)

Argentinian referee Javier Alberto Castrilli holds up a yellow card for Romanian defender Dan Petrescu

On the cards: Former Chelsea star Dan Petrescu is cautioned by Javier Castrilli  

18 George Courtney
England (World Cup 1986, 1990. UEFA Cup Finals 1982, 1986)

17 Alexis Ponnet
Belgium (1987 European Cup Final, 1980 and 1985 UEFA Cup Finals)

George Courtney

Hands up: George Courtney had a distinguished career with the whistle

Referee Alex Ponnet shows the red card to Denmark's Frank Arnesen

Dane for: Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen is sent off by Ponnet

16 Markus Merk
Germany (EURO 2004 Final, 2003 Champions League Final)

Markus Merk

Two card trick: German ref Markus Merk displays his authority in the Bundesliga

15 William Ling
England (1948 Olympic Games, 1951 FA Cup Final, 1954 World Cup Finals)

14 Edgardo Codesal
Mexico (1990 World Cup Final)

William Ling

Golden age: William Ling oversees the handshakes in the 1951 FA Cup Final

England captain Bryan Robson (right) meets USA captain Rick Davis, watched by referee Edgardo Codesal Mendez before the International friendly match at the Memorial Coliseum Stadium in Los Angeles, 16th June 1985. England won 5-0

Centre stage: Codesal took control of England's 5-0 win over USA in 1986

13 Romauldo Arppi Filho
Brazil (1986 World Cup Final)

12 Said Belqola
Morocco (1998 World Cup Final)

Moroccan referee Said Belqola
Referee Horacio Elizondo gestures during the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Final match between Italy and France in Berlin

Final encounter: Both Belqola and Elizondo (R) have reffed the World Cup Final

11 Horacio Elizondo
Argentina (World Cup Final 2006

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