Referees in the media (week 34)

‘Referees in the media’ will be published at the beginning of the week on the Dutch Referee Blog and provides remarkable or interesting quotes and links to articles worth reading.

“I don’t know what came over me. It was silly. It was 100% stupid. It was ridiculous. I’m still embarrassed by it. I’ve never doing anything like that before. I’ll have to take my punishment.”

Newcastle coash Alan Pardew after he pushed assistant referee Peter Kirkup.

“If I see you after, I kill you.”

The death threat of Adis Jahovic in the Swiss league. He got a ban of ten matches. Last week I published about referee abuse in The Netherlands and harder punishments. What do you think about a ten match ban for a death threat?

John Cooper, secretary of the Hartlepool Sunday Morning Football League, was much harder in his statement:

Obviously, it will be looked into properly, but, of course, if anyone is found to have assaulted one of our referees, that person is automatically banned for life.

Read more of that incident in the Northern Echo.

“It was a fantastic life experience, it changed my view on things and made me realise how lucky we are.”

22-year-old referee and football lover Matt Drewry went to Zambia and refereed matches there.

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