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You may have seen in that The Times revealed that an Arsenal academy coach, was banned for 3 matches for shouting abuse at a young girl refereeing an under-9s match.
There have been other cases that have been revealed in the news as well including this one (again via The Times) where a 14 year old referrer suffered a nervous breakdown after also being subjected to abuse by a coach.
Has anyone been in a situation where they have witnessed a fellow coach doing this and is willing to share their experience?
How did you react? What advice would you give others in such a situation?
If you don’t have any direct experience but found yourself in such a scenario in the future what action do you think you would take?
Be interested to hear people’s thoughts and experiences
This behaviour by parents and/ or athletes is unacceptable.
Do we need to look at why 14 yr olds are performing the role of the referee for childrens matches as currently is this an acceptable risk? We read on a reguar basis that some or indeed a few adults are unable to control their emotions at sporting event. If we know this why put our teenagers at risk of abuse by being potentially subjected to unacceptable behaviour and possible emotionally abuse.
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