Referees Don't Report Abuse For Fear Of Retaliation, Warns Refs' Society

The FAI will be discussing the issue at an Oireachtas committee meeting today.

Abuse is the main reason why referees quit the game, according to the FAI.

The Association is before an Oireachtas committee today, discussing how two thirds of new referees retire within two years of qualification. 

The FAI says 'referee abuse' is the main reason, according to exit interviews. 

Sean Slattery, vice-president of the Irish Soccer Referees' Society, says gardaí need to do more to tackle the issue:

Most football referees don't report their assaults to the gardaí due to fear of a retaliation. 

The Irish Soccer Referees Society says many refs retire because of foul language and violence they receive during matches.

Mr. Slattery says it's very demoralising for them:

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