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HUGH DALLAS has landed another accolade after being voted the 20th best referee in the world.

The retired whistler reached the top 20 in the International Federation of Football History and Statistics' listings for the 25-year period from 1986 to 2011.

Dallas, the former head of refereeing development with the SFA, was behind English duo Graham Poll and Howard Webb in the standings.

The IFFHS has been ranking whistlers annually for the past 25 years on a points basis and Italian Pierluigi Collina came out as the best in the world, ahead of runner-up Markus Merk of Germany.

Gra SDo Colombian Oscar Ruiz was ranked No.5 and is the best South America whistler, with Dallas, who was the fourth official at the World Cup Final between Brazil and Germany b in 2002, three places behind Poll in 17th and Webb in 19th.

The standings: 1. Pierluigi Collina (Italy), 2. Markus Merk (Germany), 3. Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark), 4. Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark), 5. Oscar Ruiz Acosta (Colombia), 6. Sandor Puhl (Hungary), 7. Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay), 8. Urs Meier (Switzerland), 9. Anders Frisk (Sweden), 10. Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium).

11. Pier-Luigi Pairetto (Italy), 12. Massimo Busacca (Switzerland), 13. Hellmut Krug (Germany), 14. Lubos Miche (Slovakia), 15. Juan-Carlos Loustau (Argentina), 16. Roberto Rosetti (Italy), 17. Graham Poll (England), 18. Joel Quiniou (France), 19. Howard Webb (England) 80.

20. Hugh Dallas (Scotland), 21. Mario van der Ende (Netherlands), 22. Michel Vautrot (France), 23. Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez (Spain), 24. Horacio Elizondo (Argentina), 25. Luigi Agnolin (Italy).
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Jan 27, 2012
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