We are receiving reports from referees regarding spectators, coaches and player behaviour which is making them feel uncomfortable and under valued. Whilst this behaviour may fall just short of Match Official Abuse, it is not consistent with the Core Values of the game in particular Discipline and Respect. The poor behaviour starts often with spectators and coaches and then causes a reaction from the players making games difficult to manage. This is not something which has happened at all clubs, but where it has happened has resulted in referees refusing to referee at the clubs they experienced this behaviour and some not returning to referee at all, which ultimately could result in fewer referees than games.
Examples of the type of behaviour are-
Questioning every decision loudly,
Making derogatory comments about the referees ability
General hostility towards the referee
General use of abusive language
Making comments to the referee after the game in the club house.
All our referees are volunteers and do their best and don’t pretend they don’t make mistakes, just as players make mistakes. They referee for enjoyment and do their best to facilitate an enjoyable game for spectators and players to enjoy.
We are asking for your support in making sure that our referees are respected by all members of your club and spectators.
Thank you for your support
Dorset and Wilts RFU Referees Society