The North Dublin Schoolboys / Schoolgirls Soccer League suspended all games this weekend after concerns over increased abuse and “threatening behavior” towards officials.
In a note to all clubs in the league, the NDSL said the referees “are withdrawing their services this weekend and the reason they are withdrawing their services is because of the constant abuse and threatening behavior from managers, players. , coaches and supporters ”.
The note goes on to detail how a young referee was so abused that she decided to “give up refereeing altogether” and how another official was too afraid to collect his bags after a match.
The NDSL called the decision to cancel all games a “sad day for football.”
Speaking to RTE Radio, Sean Slattery, vice president of the Irish Soccer Referees’ Society, said a number of incidents on Sunday at matches turned out to be the tip of the iceberg for many. referees.
“We were informed this morning that there had been a number of incidents yesterday. With the referees contacting each other, it was decided that many of them will make themselves unavailable for matches next weekend,” did he declare.
“It’s like it’s been taken too far at this point.”
Slattery said some clubs have been fined for their behavior, but that “doesn’t seem to matter” and this weekend thousands of kids won’t have any games to play.
“There are 550 games affected next weekend on that. When you do the math, it’s thousands of players who won’t play. The last thing a referee wants to do is abandon a game. C ‘is the last resort, ”he said. .
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