“Stronger Punishments” needed for abusing match officials according to Gloucestershire Referee Secretary Martin Pates

The Gloucestershire FA’s Referee Secretary Martin Pates believes stronger punishments are needed at grassroots level for players that abuse match officials.  Last season there were 77 reported incidents of assaults against referee’s and other match officials, of which 15 were left unproven. This has led to authorities pleading for a greater deterrent to reduce the […]