When I met Shaun Ryan he’d just been in court, working as a barrister. He looked wide-awake and explained to me how he’d imposed on himself a “media ban” that he was breaking for this interview, in part because he no longer reads football media.

“To read things only distracts me,” said Ryan, “It just puts me in a place I don’t want to be.”

One of the common misconceptions about umpires, Ryan explained, is that they desire attention.

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