Wexford football will not tolerate abuse at matches

By Dan Walsh

The Wexford Football League, The Wexford & District Schoolboys League, The Wexford & District Womens/Schoolgirls League and The Wexford Branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society have issued a joint statement condemning the increasing level of abuse towards match officials in all grades of football.

The statement reads; “We have noticed the increasing level of abuse towards Match Officials in all grades of football. They are being abused before, during and after matches, with decisions they make being questioned by Players, Managers, Coaches and Supporters. This type of behaviour is unacceptable, and it is a trend we do not want in our game.” Zero tolerance will be applied. 

The statement also notes reports of racist and discriminatory remarks are also on the increase. The League’s condemn Racism in any form, either on or off the field of play, and FAI sanctions will be applied.

The statement continues; “Some of the comments being made on social media platforms are inappropriate, offensive and derogatory. Players/Clubs should note that comments made on any social media platform are in the public domain as soon as they get posted.” FAI sanctions will apply.

“Match officials deserve our utmost respect in carrying out their duties as without them we would have no games,” concludes the statement issued on Thursday night. 

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