neutral umpire



  • noun an umpire standing in a Test match or other international game who does not come from either of the countries whose teams are competing against each other; an independent umpire
    Citation ‘Today in Auckland, TWMFU [‘the world’s most famous umpire’, Dickie Bird] will bend a little stiffly over the stumps at Eden Park, flex his arms as if gathering in yet another washing line, and the era of neutral umpires will be officially launched with the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand’ (David Hopps, Guardian 10 February 1994)
    See independent umpire