The Growing Lack of Respect For Football Referees

Football is an international sport that is loved by people everywhere, and it definitely looks like one of the more organized sports out there when you look at it from afar. However, the truth is that there are certain problems with this sport that are grossly overlooked, one of the biggest issues with football being the utter lack of respect that players, managers and spectators seem to have for the referees whose job it is to ensure that every match plays out fairly.

Referees are unsung heroes in any sport, they are the judges that stand amongst the players and make sure that all the rules are being followed and that nobody tries to play foul. Being unnoticed is fine enough for referees since it allows them to stay neutral and do their job properly, but when it comes to football, referees often have to deal with derogatory remarks and hate filled shouts from every direction simply because of the fact that the people involved in the match do not agree with their judgements.

This general lack of respect towards referees goes to show that opposing teams and spectators do not look at referees as official authoritative bodies, you will not see players gathering around a referee to argue and second guess their decision in any other sport. The worst thing about this behaviour is the fact that everyone seems to simply accept it, you will not see anyone standing up for a referee who is being bullied or shouted at simply because people believe that the abuse comes with the job.

What is even more concerning is the fact that the amount of disrespect for referees only increases as you move down to little leagues and amateur county matches, one referee talks about how he started out as a certified referee when he was only 14 years old. His excitement about starting a career for which he had a burning passion was quickly dented when he had to deal with his first bout of verbal abuse during a local youth league that he was refereeing.

Being shouted at by a parent of one of the kids who was playing in the match was a pretty traumatic experience for someone who was only 14 years old. This is only one example of what a referee has to experience throughout their career, when you think about it this way that a majority of the people who act as referees for small time matches do not even get much in return for their efforts.

If this kind of behaviour will not be addressed as quickly as possible, there is a pretty good chance that football is going to have to deal with a downfall in the quality of referees out there. Currently football is regarded as one of the best sports out there, but just like everything else out there, this seemingly professional and organised sport has a pretty unsightly side to it that no one wants to address.