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Sunday 21 January 2018

'I'm going to knock you out you c***' - Ireland World Cup hero's foul-mouthed rant revealed

John Sheridan. Photo: Mick Walker/CameraSport via Getty Images
John Sheridan. Photo: Mick Walker/CameraSport via Getty Images

Jeremy Wilson

The scale of some of the abuse dished out to officials in professional football was laid bare when the extraordinary incident report for John Sheridan's five-match touchline ban was released.

Sheridan, who was managing Notts County at the time of the incident last month, subsequently lost his job after nine straight defeats and has since taken over as the Oldham Athletic manager.

Extracts of referee Eddie Ilderton's report have now been published and outline an extraordinary outburst, which includes the allegations that Sheridan blamed the referee for his children not getting Christmas presents.

Ilderton's report says: "In the 55th minute fourth official Matthew Donohue informed me that Notts County manager John Sheridan should be removed from the technical area for his behaviour towards himself.

"I then asked Mr Sheridan to leave the technical area, and take a place in the stands. Mr Sheridan then said to me, 'You're a f****** disgrace, you're f****** useless, you've not f****** got anything right today, you should be f****** ashamed, you're f****** s**t, my kids aren't going to get any f****** Christmas presents because of f****** you'. Mr Sheridan then took his place in the stands for the rest of the game."

Donohue also contributed to the report, writing: "In the 56th minute, after Wycombe Wanderers had scored their second goal, Notts County manager John Sheridan and assistant manager Mark Crossley left the technical to complain to assistant referee Anthony Moore.

"I approached them to tell them they needed to remain in their technical area. Mr Sheridan then shouted directly into my face, 'You're a f****** c***'. I then called across referee Eddie Ilderton, who dismissed Mr Sheridan from the technical area.

"On leaving the technical area, Mr Sheridan approached me again, shouting directly at me, 'You really are a c***. I'm gonna knock you out you c***'."

The incident occurred during the 2-0 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers. Sheridan received the touchline ban last month.

More than 800 referees in English grassroots football are planning a strike in protest at the verbal and physical abuse they have suffered, while the English FA has just appointed a new official dedicated to relaunching the Respect campaign. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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