The”abuse civilization” in Scottish football needs to stop before game officials are seriously injured, referee John McKendrick has cautioned.

Assistant referee Calum Spence was struck by an object thrown out of the crowd in Livingston’s win over Rangers.

“Physical violence is totally unacceptable,” said McKendrick, 49, a top-level official for 14 decades.

“Until we make a concerted attempt to remove this by our match then something more serious will happen.”

Hibernian head trainer Neil Lennon was hit with a coin by the close of their Edinburgh derby at October, with McKendrick saying:”We want a company lineup. That can not be allowed to slip.

“Coin throwing might be quite dangerous, as could intrusion on into the playground .”

McKendrick is worried too many managers are”overstepping the mark” using their opinions about officials.

“There are concerns that the climate just now is very anti-referee,” he told BBC Scotland.

“We do not want to become the headline. We wish to make it through a game undetected and never have made a negative decision that is influenced on that match. That’s the pressure we believe.

“No referee considers it is wrong to be criticised for making an error, but consideration needs to be given to the way that gripe is delivered. Too often it’s a criticism of the Army’s proficiency or honesty.

“These are heat-of-the-moment statements, however, it will create a climate where referees are seen to be fair match and seen to be a challenge which must be addressed.

“Football is emotional, however we will need to have a break and pull from this. It certainly won’t cause refereeing decisions that are higher. There is absolutely no positive motive to it.”

McKendrick claims referees are fitter and better able than ever before and does not think there’s been a drop in standards.

“There is little doubt that mistakes are made in 2013, a few high-profile ones as well, which certainly will not help,” he said.

“But we’re letting that cloud decision and believing there is a bigger problem than that which really is. The scrutiny is much more severe now, but I actually don’t see much difference in the standard.

“The levels of fitness required are far more strict and there are more ordinary get-togethers for training and instruction. It’s more professional than at any time since I have began”

Scottish referees continued attack at November 2010, complaining of undue criticism and the questioning in these integrity by managers and also the media.

Despite frequent flak in 2013, McKendrick has no worries of a repeat, saying:”Certainly there’s no active conversation regarding referees withdrawing our services.

“But I really do think we now need to remember why this decision was made. This was since the degree of misuse reached an intolerable amount .”

Standard’Inadequate’ or unjust criticism – analysis

Former Scotland midfielder Michael Stewart

The conventional is not adequate enough. We’re almost halfway through the season and I actually don’t think we’ve had a weekend when there hasn’t been a large telephone that is wrong.

The heart message needs to be’take a moment, calm down’. There will not need to be this urgency to generate decisions.

Referees need to make conclusions at precisely exactly the exact same way players make conclusions. They have been correct, sometimes they have been incorrect.

The degree of criticism is far more vitriolic as it is at players that make conclusions that are erroneous.

The terminology utilized by fans and comments is far more vehement than it would ever be in the resistance along with their players. This has been going on for decades.

I was not the most easy to referee, however I loathed injustice. When an option is made, I felt, the referee should clarify.

The ones that are more experienced will learn how to deal with you personally, but plenty of referees say’go away, I’m not talking about you’.

Now, a couple of the younger ones coming , their attitude, the way in which that they speak into players, is dreadful.


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