Post by Direstraits Referee on May 2, 2011 14:43:57 GMT 10
PLAYERS as young as eight are being suspended for abusing referees, with officials copping verbal and physical abuse on a weekly basis.
Figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph reveal incidents on the soccer fields are becoming more serious and frequent, with junior referees abused to the point they are walking off in tears.
Incident reports show the abusers are not only young players, but also angry parents and spectators.
The Granville District Soccer Referees Association recorded one of the highest numbers of incidents, with more than 50 referees assaulted, threatened or intimidated in a 20-week season - an average of almost three each weekend.
Incidents logged by six of the district's 13 clubs included eight incident reports involving referees being abused and assaulted during one weekend and a female referee verbally abused to such an extent by players during an under-10s game that she abandoned the match and left the field crying.
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It emphasises the importance and need to have ground marshalls or at least one senior referee at the fields where junior referees are officiating so that civility may be better achieved by reminding spectators, parents and team officials their behavioural responsibility to abide by the 'Code Of Ethics', which each football club is obligated to convey to their players/members and their parents, if applicable. Failure by people to conform to the 'Code Of Ethics' should result in fines being imposed to the irresponsible football clubs. Discipline is imperative if we are to achieve progress in attaining and retaining junior referees for the betterment of our wonderful "World Game".