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Football Referees Go On Strike Over Bad Behaviour

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Referees in Jersey will go on strike on Saturday in protest over continued poor behaviour at matches.

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Their action will affect all fixtures in Jersey, including the game between the island’s top two sides, St Paul’s and St Peter, which could decide who wins the league title.

Referees threatened to quit in October after 10 red cards in 12 games.

Incidents include a physical assault on a match official and abuse from players, coaches and spectators.

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The Jersey Football Referees Association (JFRA) say three teenage officials locked themselves in a changing room after a match following “prolonged insults from some junior players, their coach and also some parents/supporters.”

The statement continued: “Our executive met very recently and had an in depth discussion on this matter and came to a clear collective consensus that the time was now right for referees themselves to stand up and be counted and to seriously consider taking some form of action.

“Referees of all levels have been subjected to continued misconduct including that physical assault and lots of insulting and offensive abuse, often of a sexually inappropriate nature, which then become serious safeguarding and welfare issues.


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