A personal death threat was one of the reason why Dutch referee Pieter Vink quits international refereeing. “The bottomline was a letter in my daughter’s lunchbox”, says Vink to ANP, a Dutch press agency.
Written was: “We schieten je kankervader kapot” (literally translation: ‘we shoot your cancer father’ – don’t know if there are any English abusive expressions like that). His daughter of seven didn’t understand it completely, but his wife was very upset. Vink announced his international retirement in September. The official reason was: giving younger colleagues a chance.