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Winter refutes SFA favouritism claim

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Retiring referee Brian Winter has refuted Charlie Richmond's controversial claim that officials need to "suck up to the right people" at the Scottish Football Association in order to get the top games.

Richmond, 43, a category one referee since 2000, has quit after after being overlooked for Clydesdale Bank Premier League games for much of this season, for which he blamed "people within a position of power at the SFA". However, Winter has denied cronyism is rife in the SFA's refereeing department.

He told Press Association Sport: "There are a lot of good young referees coming through and if they are good enough they will get the chance. It is not a case of 'sooking up'."

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