World Cup final official Howard Webb cannot lay claim to such a description, but is unrepentant over his performance on July 11.
Webb oversaw a foul-strewn game between Spain and the Netherlands, which resulted in a record number of cautions for a final.
"It was probably the most difficult game I've ever had - and I've had some hard ones," Webb told the Daily Mirror.
"The fact it was the World Cup final, which has its own incredible level of scrutiny, just added to the difficulty we faced.
"Having watched it back, there's not a lot I would change. I'm satisfied that under difficult circumstances we did a pretty efficient job.
"Not perfect - no one over two hours on that field was perfect - but we did as well as could be expected.
"Those 14 yellow cards, plus the red, is the most I've ever given in my life," he said.
"As a referee, you want to go unnoticed, that things go smoothly. So for me there was an element of disappointment that I'd had so much involvement.
"But I felt I had to have that level of input just to maintain control of the game and keep the focus on football as much as possible."