FAI statement in relation to alleged referee incident

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FAI statement in relation to alleged referee incident

The Football Association of Ireland is aware of media reports of threats of violence against a referee in a Kildare and District Underage League game at the weekend.
24th Jun 2019

The FAI condemns any threat of violence against a referee and will take action against anyone found guilty of any behavior that threatens a referee, verbally or physically.

To date, the FAI has received no report from the referee in question in relation to this incident or any previous incident. In such instances, the referee is instructed to report any incident to his own League and, under new rules introduced following a serious assault on an official last year, the League is obliged to forward any report of an assault on a referee directly to the FAI’s Disciplinary Control Unit.

No such report has been received as yet from the Kildare and District Underage League in relation to the alleged incident at the weekend.

The FAI would welcome direct contact from the referee involved and will be contacting the Kildare and District Underage League directly in relation to this alleged threat.

The FAI would like to reassure this referee and all referees that a zero tolerance policy is in effect in relation to any threats against match officials.