Match official abuse

In the game, it is understandable that tempers get frayed. The pressure to win, team rivalry & unsavoury tackles can all lead to players getting hot under the collar but in a worrying trend it is the match officials who are at the receiving end.

Who can forget the infamous push from Paolo Di Canio on referee Paul Alcock in 1998 or more recently when Arsene Wenger pushed fourth official Anthony Taylor during Arsenal’s win against Barnley at the start of the year and was charged?


In 2012, Alan Pardew was also fined £20,000 and given a two-match touchline ban for pushing an assistant referee during a game against Tottenham.


Match officials are subjected to verbal and physical attacks with alarming regularity.


Coaches and managers definitely have a huge part to play in the teachings to their players but when they are also inflicting some of the abuse, what next?


The Respect campaign, which was originally launched in 2008, has useful resources that can help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.


Visit the FA website to download the toolkits and encourage respectful game play:


Can you help put respect back into the game? Check out the latest coaching jobs across the UK:










Match official abuse