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He’s arguably one of Britain’s best known referees and also one of the most divisive.
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Graham Poll first took up the whistle in 1980 after failing to make the grade playing the beautiful game itself.
In a little over a decade he has worked his way up from park level to premiership league, but Poll finally reached his career pinnacle when he was chosen as the only England referee at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Unfortunately for Poll, that tournament would be his downfall.
In the play-off between Croatia and Australia, Poll cautioned a player three times before sending him off –the maximum limit is two.
FIFA forced his resignation on the issue.
It wasn’t the first time Poll had put a foot out of line. In the 2002 World Cup he wrongly ruled a goal by Italy offside.
Other controversial calls have copped Poll flak from plenty of players, fans and football managers including Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.
Since retiring in 2007, Poll hasn't been shy from speaking up about ways to improve the sport.
As a columnist for the "Daily Mail" and a sports commentator, Poll’s called for increasing the number of referees on the pitch and providing them more protection.
He certainly knows what he’s talking about.
The man of the match, Graham Poll is your connector of the day.