At a inter works football competition, one of the referees got injured, hamstring went so I was shouted at, "Matt, your a ref do you fancy doing one of the games?" I duly obliged and went out for the next game. (I do still play football and had played at town/county level in my youth.)
At the end of the match each team was down to 8 players due to players questioning my calls and getting in my face, arguing and swearing at me so in total 6 RC's, players didnt even take notice after the first couple of RC's and attitude didnt change.
With the way it works for us, all 6 guys were on Commanding Officers orders on the Friday and got fined.
If a player ever laid a finger on me in an agressive way, he wouldnt need banning for a few weeks, I would ensure he wouldnt play for a few weeks at least.
Love your work. If only all soccer referees acted like this! All shit would be gone very quickly.
if all top referees were to act like this they would be fired, and the next batch would be brought through. who would accept it, as otherwise they wouldn't get the games.
if elite rugby is an entertainment product, what about elite soccer?
it's a shambles, which is why i have nothing to do with the sport. well, except the occasional gamble of course.