December 9, 2015

Football Referees not 'Over the Moon' About Verbal Abuse and Assaults

A survey to examine the success of the Football Associations 'Respect' programme has revealed that two thirds of referees say they are verbally abused on a regular basis.

More than 2,000 referees responded to the survey, carried out by academics at Loughborough, Portsmouth and Edge Hill universities, which included questions about the levels and types of the abuse received and how well the Football Association's Respect programme is working.

The majority of those responding to the survey were grassroots referees. The figures showed that 22% experience verbal abuse at every match, while 38% said they were abused every couple of games. In addition, 19% had been the victim of physical abuse at some time.