Last updated : 31 January 2006 By Ed

Ex-ref Jeff Winter keeps on plugging his book

"Some clubs have excessive influence within the Football Association. I sent Roy Keane off early in my Premiership career and I didn't referee Manchester United again for two years. If you have a mass fall-out with Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United or Liverpool nowadays, you are probably depriving yourself of reffing their games."

"I was told that people in high places, meaning Highbury and Old Trafford, were not happy with me, which is interesting because the worst game I ever refereed in terms of player attitudes was the fifth round of the FA Cup between Manchester United and Arsenal in 2003, parts of which were virtually unmanageable.

"In the Manchester derby the other week we saw Wayne Rooney chasing the ref yet again before coming out with a mouthful and a few minutes later the man you'd expect to be telling him to stop [Ferguson] is doing it himself."

"I preferred the Dennis Wise, Paul Ince, Craig Bellamy and Robbie Savage types, characters who were in your face all the time but were honest. If they fouled, you'd see it. Bellamy, who's a lovely lad, and Robbie Savage are so committed they can lose it but at least what you see is what you get.

"The problem players are those who leave a foot in after the ball has gone, which is something Dennis Bergkamp was terrible for, or go down too easily. Danny Mills, Tomas Repka, Lee Bowyer and Gary Neville are the surly ones. There was always a snarling lack of respect with them. They were nightmares."