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(...)

Oireachtas Committee on Sport members to hear of problem of abuse of grassroots referees across codes. Photograph: iStock

As many as two-thirds of soccer referees quit within two years due to the abuse they face in the role, according to the Football Association of Irelan(...)

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(...)

Daniel Sweeney in hospital after he was attacked following a  match between Horseleap United and Mullingar Town earlier in November.

Three Mullingar Town players have been banned from “all football activity” for a period of 40 years following a “vicious” assault on a referee at a ma(...)