The problem is not  confined to soccer. Gaelic games has had numerous instances of referees leaving the field feeling threatened by a crowd that has turned feral, convinced that the referee has it in for their team. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The world is divided into two specific groups of people: those who cannot referee and those who can. Thankfully, the vast majority of us belong to th(...)

A group of about 80 match officials on Monday made the decision to withdraw their services following incidents. Photograph: iStock

The Irish Soccer Referees Society (ISRS) is recommending members return to matches next weekend, following a protest by referees of junior soccer matc(...)

The abuse of referees at amateur and underage games is commonplace and serious assaults, such as the one on Daniel Sweeney (pictured) three years ago, not unheard of.

Hundreds of junior soccer matches have been cancelled next weekend with referees protesting against abuse and threatening behaviour from the sidelines(...)