Jan Ver Hass first professional match as a snooker referee was in 1993 (between Tony Drago and Steve Davis). In 2003 he became the first man from outside the United Kingdom to referee the final of the World Snooker Championship, and he refereed the 2006 World Final between Peter Ebdon and Graeme Dott. Jan Ver Haas was in control of all three Masters finals which the late Paul Hunter won, and he describes them as his most memorable matches.
During his time as a snooker referee, Jan Ver Haas has occasionally been involved in controversy. On 21 January 2007, he was the referee of the final of the Masters between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui, in which he ejected at least one fan from Wembley Arena for heckling the 19-year-old Chinese player. On 19 January 2012, at the Masters, Jan Ver Haas mistakenly stopped Graeme Dott in the middle of a break to adjust the score, before realising he made an error and the score was in fact correct. After apologising to Dott, the player then missed his next shot and went on to lose the frame, and the match.
Jan Ver Hass major finals as a referee:
World Championship – 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013
UK Championship – 2005, 2006, 2008, 2015
Masters – 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010
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