Assaults on Referees / Assistant Referees. Date: 6th October 2021.
•Over the past couple of weeks, we have sadly seen the rise of assaults / verbal abuse and threats on our members.
•This is not just happening in the adult leagues but has also become more prevalent in the schoolboys / Girl’s league and in most cases the abuse has risen due to the fact more parents are now attending games due to covid transport rules and procedures set out by the H.S.E , Nephet and the government.
•We the Dublin Branch are adamant the once and for all we will do our utmost to ensure the individuals are dealt with according to the Rules imposed by the disciplinary control unit of the F.A.I.
•The Dublin branch committee will have a zoom meeting this coming Thursday to discuss that all the leagues our members officiate within are dealing with these offenders in the proper manner and are imposing the strongest sanctions available under the guidelines.
•An assault on any official carries the minimum of 12 months suspension from all football activities.
•It is important that all reports of this nature are forwarded to the Dublin Branch secretary immediately, if its an assault the heading must Clearly read “ASSAULT” and must be signed and dated by the official with a full incident report naming the fixture, venue, date participating teams, score when abandoned etc and most of all clearly print the name and number and team of the individual you are reporting for the assault, this also applies to managers, coaches and club officials or supporters. Once the word assault appears on the report it is then taken out of the powers of the affiliated league and sent to the F.A.I.s disciplinary unit in Abbottstown.
•As Recently as last week one of our members was assaulted and wrote in what I can only descried as an “Excellent report” with every detail included and the fact he abandoned the match immediately on being assaulted, low and behold to our disgust within the Dublin Branch committee both teams continued the game with an assistant manger of one of the teams assuming the function of match referee. For legal reason we will not name the teams or the league they are affiliated too.
•We have written to the league concerned regarding this assault and the fact that both teams and club officials showed a total disregard for the health and safety and welfare of the match official by continuing with the game.
•If a league refuse to act under the F.A.I. guidelines we will pull our services from that league with immediate effect, we will then ensure each society members services will be afforded to another league thereby only punishing that league and ensuring all other fixtures within our remit are covered until the situation is resolved.
•I and the Dublin Branch refuse to wait until one of our members is badly assaulted before we act.
•If any member is unclear, they can call any committee member including myself for clarification of any matter here. Yours sincerely, Dave Fitzsimons Chair, Dublin Branch Irish Soccer referees society.