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Irish football referees will walk off pitches in protest this weekend. I know why, I experienced it too

Harry McCann


The FAI and leagues need to take responsibility for the toxic environment they have created

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Harry McCann pictured at Mellows Park in Finglas. Photo:Frank McGrath

Harry McCann pictured at Mellows Park in Finglas. Photo:Frank McGrath

Harry McCann pictured at Mellows Park in Finglas. Photo:Frank McGrath

When stories of abuse or violent threats towards referees roll around once again and manage to make the headlines, the response is always the same: “If there is no referee, there is no game.”

This soundbite is usually followed by lots of commentary and then the all-too-familiar inaction. However, as referees withdraw their services across Dublin this weekend, eyebrows will be raised.


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