Johan Oomen has resigned as a WPBSA referee with immediate effect.
He officiated at the Shanghai Masters in August but has now put away his white gloves for good.
This is a shame as Johan had become established as one of the game's leading refs.
Over the last few years, several top referees have left the scene. Colin Brinded sadly passed away in 2005 while Lawrie Annandale, Paul Collier and Stuart Bennett all quit because of the meagre financial rewards for this very important job.
Veteran refs John Williams, Len Ganley and John Street have also disappeared from the circuit over the last decade.
All this leaves Jan Verhaas and Eirian Williams as the top two refs, with Michaela Tabb, Alan Chamberlain, Pete Williamson, Terry Camilleri and Colin Humphries making up the 'A-Team'.
It's a very, very hard job at times and needs superior concentration as well as a steely nerve.
That so many refs have got fed up in recent times suggests they are not being treated as they should.