Bobby Madden announces retirement from international refereeing as he makes ‘time to step down’ statement

Bobby Madden has announced that he is stepping down as international referee.

The East Kilbride whistler has been refereeing UEFA away matches since 2010 in various competitions.

After a busy career, Madden is taking a step back and his sole focus will be on refereeing at the national level.

It should be a time of change for officials in Scotland as VAR is introduced to the Premiership from the middle of the 2022/23 top-flight season.

His last away game was a Nations League Group D game between Malta and Estonia, with former Motherwell striker Henri Anier scoring a 94th-minute winner in a 2-1 victory for Karel Voolaid’s team.

Announcing the move on social media, Madden said: “Ending my international career where it all started.

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“Since taking the UEFA Entrance Course in Malta in 2010, I have refereed 180 matches in 51 different countries, and last night’s game closes that chapter.

“I’ve been through more than I could have imagined as a FIFA referee and it’s time to step down.

“Most importantly, I have met many great friends and colleagues along the way, wish them all the best.”

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