Thursday 27 July 2017

Abuse of GAA referees needs to be stamped out at its roots

Croke Park: GAA promotes a ‘Give Respect – Get Respect’ ethos Picture: Maxwells
Croke Park: GAA promotes a ‘Give Respect – Get Respect’ ethos Picture: Maxwells
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

There is something rotten at the core of the GAA. I am a committed GAA man, having been a player, administrator, coach, volunteer and supporter. However, it is my latest role as 'an umpire' with a teenage referee that prompted me to write to your paper.

The teenage ref receives abuse at virtually every game - these are all juvenile games. This onslaught comes mainly from mentors who describe themselves as 'Gaels' and speak with pride about 'our games'.

Every decision is questioned with the mildest comment being 'Ah ref,' mid-range comments such as 'You are blind, ref' or 'Go home, ref'. The higher-range comments, quite frankly, contain expletives and are extremely abusive and could simply not be repeated in your newspaper.

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