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Scotland: Gay football referee claims he was axed for speaking out against homophobia

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  1. Mr Richardson’s treatment has been disgraceful to say the least. The Scottish FA must overrule his sacking by the Angus and Perthshire Referee’s Association, otherwise the homophobic players and supporters will feel that their taunts and threats of GBH towards Mr Richardson and his partner have paid off. The SFA mustn’t allow that to happen. Also, he should go to the police as the hate speech and threats against him and his partner whilst he’s doing his job are illegal. It can appear to the general public that once they are inside football grounds, fans and players are immune from the law and that’s part of the sport’s problem. When crimes are committed in football grounds and they clearly are, then the police should intervene. Only once more people are charged will football clean up its act.

  2. Kimberly Hadley 26 Nov 2013, 2:24pm

    As a football referee in Canada, and an open lesbian, this has only happened to me twice in my 35 year career. After dealing with the situations at the field, the parties were written up in a report that went to the local league and our Provincial body to deal with. It was the province that wanted to treat it as a “human rights” complaint. They were disciplined to the fullest degree.

    As an official, we must be seen as unbiased and also contribute towards “Fair Play”.

    To use any kind of forum or social media to talk about specific incidents, leagues, associations, individuals, teams or colleagues is against our “code of ethics”.

    It also creates a “privacy issue”.

    We deserve to be sanctioned ourselves if we put ourselves in this type of situation.
    We are professionals, and have to act professionally.

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