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Following a match in the Midlands area, one of our referees was charged with using abusive language towards a spectator, which he strenuously denied. 

Thanks to the work of two members of the RA Representation Team, the case was found 'not proven'. This case had not been handled well by the County FA concerned and had been prolonged for months, which caused unnecessary stress and mental health problems for our member. Once the case was heard, the accusing club's witnesses gave mixed reports and the one witness who had been pushing for charges to be levied, went home before he was called. However, our member's witnesses gave very clear accounts to support him. 

Following the hearing, our member wrote "l just want to say that the RA were unbelievably supportive to me, Alec and Lyall were fantastic and the support they gave me was tremendous and is still going on. l can't thank the both of them enough. I would strongly recommend that everyone who is starting out in refereeing or existing referees join their local RA; they can help ordinary people like me and you". Referee M Midlands      

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