'It simply has to stop' - Leinster Senior League chairman calls on clubs to stamp out abuse of officials
LEINSTER Senior League Chairman Dave Moran has issued a strong appeal to clubs to show respect to fellow players and match officials
Hot on the heels of last week’s DDSL appeal to clubs, the biggest intermediate and junior league in the country saw the chairman make an impassioned delivery to clubs at the league’s management meeting in Abbotstown last Thursday.
It follows on after several high profile matches witnessed incidents involving match official abuse and encroachment onto the field of play.
Over the weekend, it went even further as official Daniel Sweeney was treated for facial injuries following an alleged attack by three Mullingar Town players in a car park after their away match with Horseleap yesterday in Co Offaly. The referee was left with injuries to his jaw, cheekbone and nose.
"It simply has to stop. Clubs have got to take responsibility and police their matches in a more vigilant way," said Moran who revealed that only six of 20 referees from an assignment to the league 18 months ago remain – most having retired as a result of continuous verbal as well as threatened physical abuse. Moran stated that the league will ramp-up the sanctions available to them with heavy monetary fines linked to suspensions of up to eight weeks. “Clubs have been warned and the LSL will not be found wanting in ensuring that the game is protected and cleaned up,” stated Moran