Jersey Referees announce Zero Tolerance Policy Towards Abusive Behavior
After an emergency meeting held by the Jersey Association of Referees on the 16th of November the Referees have released the following statement.
Jersey Referee Association Statement
Twenty Three active and non-active referees attended a meeting at Springfield stadium on the 16th of November to consider what actions, if any, might be taken following recent high profile disciplinary incidents at local matches.
The possibility of strike action was raised and ruled out very quickly. Several members wanted to work in teams of three, with a benefit being getting more enjoyment out of games by working as part of a match official group, which would also help match control and potentially reduce the poor incidents we have seen recently where no, or limited, match officials was present. This action would have resulted in far more games having only club volunteers to officiate, but was not ruled out for future use if necessary.
We are now likely to see match officials lowering tolerance levels including the likes of dissent both on field and from technical areas and beyond. Following recent cases of verbal abuse and threatening behavior towards match officials, referees were reminded that the option of contacting and involving the police was available.
In taking this stance, we are anticipating the full support and backing from the Jersey FA and The Jersey Football Combination to allow the majority of participants to carry on enjoying their football matches with a qualified match official.
The situation will continue to be monitored.
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