Referee Abuse

October 17, 2017

 

Soccer referee abuse and assault are very serious crimes against the sport and they continue to happen to our members. Misconduct against referees may occur before, during, and after a match — including travel to and from a match.

It is critical that referees correctly identify and make a report of these incidents.

 

REFEREE ABUSE

Referee abuse is a verbal statement or physical act not resulting in bodily contact. It implies or threatens physical harm to a referee or the referee’s property or equipment. Examples may include:

  • verbal and nonverbal communication which contains foul or abusive language and which implies or directly threatens physical harm;

  • spewing a beverage on or spitting at a referee or the referee’s personal property;

  • remarks such as: “I’ll get you after the game,” or: “You won’t get out of here in one piece.”

These examples qualify as an immediate ejection from a match along with a Referee Report.

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