Referees in Jersey will go on attack on Saturday in protest over continued poor behaviour at games.

Their action will affect all fixtures in Jersey, including the game between the island’s top either side, St Paul’s and St Peter, which may decide who wins the league name.

Referees threatened to give up in October after 10 red cards from 1-2 games.

Incidents include a physical attack on a game official and abuse from players, coaches and audiences.

The Jersey Football Referees Association (JFRA) say three teenaged officials locked themselves into an changing room after a game following”prolonged insults from several junior players, their trainer and also some parents/supporters.”

The statement continued:”Our executive met very recently and had a close discussion with this matter and came back to a clear collective consensus that enough time was now for referees themselves to operate and be counted and to seriously think about taking some sort of activity.

“Referees of levels are exposed to continued misconduct including that physical attack and a great deal of insulting and offensive abuse, frequently of a sexually improper nature, which become acute safeguarding and welfare problems.

“It was agreed that the note has to be sent out to clubs, players of all ages, managers/coaches, parents and audiences that such episodes might not be tolerated, of course, if we don’t behave now island football will lose more referees which it simply cannot afford to perform.”

‘Referees need to take some obligation’

JFRA chairman Paul Daniel told BBC Sport that there is going to soon be a further meeting on Wednesday evening to talk about their concerns.

The Jersey Football Association (JFA), which runs the sport on the island, states that there are disciplinary sanctions in place to handle bad behavior:

“These disciplinary measures are apportioned in line with clear tips from the Football Association,” their statement said.

“Just last week a disciplinary hearing banned a neighborhood player for half a year for catching a referee’s shirt and aggressive behaviour.

“as the current problems with indiscipline lie mainly in the feet of a small minority of participants, referees themselves do have to take a while and agree a code of consistency that your JFA has been pushing for since the start of this season.

“Assaults on officials, intimidation of referees and verbal abuse really are, clearly, unacceptable and we are going to carry on work with all the Jersey Football Association Referees’ Committee in a effort to enhance the overall game most of us love.”

Jersey’s football authorities are attempting to deal with indiscipline from the island game for some years.

A study has been started after Portuguese Club walked off in protest in a Sheriff’s conclusion in 2015 – these certainly were suspended and abandoned the league.

It prompted long time warrior Mark Le Cornu to resign from his character as ALeague vicepresident.

And 29 September last year has been dubbed’Red Saturday’ when 10 red cards were exhibited in 1-2 games to the island – five to get foul and abusive language and two to get savage behaviour – compared four reds in the 54 games in England’s top four branches on precisely exactly the same day.


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