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Mark Halsey in the centre

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey, now semi-retired and living in Cabo Roig, was in The Sporting Life, CC Los Dolses, on Saturday afternoon where he carried out a signing of his book ‘Added Time: Surviving Cancer, Death Threats and the Premier League’.

He also chatted generally about his time as one of the most respected officials in the English game as well as conducting a question and answer session giving opinions on such colourful characters as his unlikely friendship with the man supposedly the arch enemy of referees, Chelsea Manager Jose Moreno who actually provides the forward in the book.

The book takes us inside the Premier League, into the lives of its players and managers, as never before explaining what is it really like to be a referee in modern English football, trying to control a bunch of unruly millionaires and their stressed-out leaders?

Then getting home to find out you have made a mistake and been identified in millions of households as public enemy number one? To be issued with death threats on social media by football ‘fans’ who say they hope your cancer returns? ADDED TIME takes you where no other book has gone – inside the dressing rooms on match days, into the intense tunnel and on-field conversations and confrontations between officials and the game’s participants.

It chronicles the highs and lows, joy and pain, and reveals the human face of that man in the middle. Mark Halsey also lifts the lid on surviving the internal politics, personalities and intrigue of top-flight refereeing, on altercations with Sir Alex Ferguson and earfuls from Wayne Rooney. Running through Halsey’s powerful and poignant story is his brave battle with throat cancer, through surgery and gruelling treatment, after which the popular Halsey returned to the top.

It granted him no immunity from the dangerous stresses that can beset the modern referee, however – stresses that included those death threats. What kept him going for 17 years at the top? His strength of character, and a loving family.

The book is available on Amazon as both paperback and Kindle.

Mark was working during the World Cup as a pundit on television with Andy Gray and Richard Keys but now that he has moved fully to Spain he intends to take a back seat although he told the Leader that he will still return to England for regular media work.

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