Tackling referee abuse: the failures of the FA

Tweet Image credit: Jon Candy, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. Headbutted, spat at, verbally abused. Dissent towards football referees has long existed in football. But with referees fearing for their safety now more than ever before, is the Football Association’s revamped Respect Campaign doing enough to stunt abuse? Matthew Watkinson investigates. The experiences of Ryan Hampson epitomise the issues that plague up and coming football referees who face weekly struggles in coping with abusive behaviour. Behaviour that, if away from the football pitch is deemed unacceptable,…

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