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 Case study 1

A referee from the south of the country was charged with using offensive language towards a player who was acting as a club assistant referee, following the dismissal of one of the assistant’s colleagues. The referee refuted the allegation. With the help of the RA, the referee was able to provide a supplemental statement and an outline submission, prepared by a solicitor and two witness statements from the opposing club. At the hearing, the case was found not proven. 

The referee provided the following statement: 
”A very big thank you to the RA in the form of Howard and Reg. My 30 years as a member has been more than paid back in this one event and anything I can do to further the cause please let me know.

Case study 2 

A referee from the London area was subjected to abuse by the coach of a club. The coach refused to give the referee his name when asked and continued to be abusive. As such, the referee abandoned the game. A few days later, the referee was charged with Charge E3 – Improper conduct (including foul and abusive language) and E3.2 using racist language. The referee denied the charge and asked the RA for assistance. On the night of the hearing, the referee was represented by a member of the RA Team but the accusers failed to show and the case was not proven

The referee provided the following statement:

“The representation and moral support the RA has given was great. I will certainly recommend any other referees to get in contact with the RA if this happens to them”

​If you are charged by your County FA or The FA with anything, then contact the RA immediately before you respond to the charge. Our Representation Team is here to help. Email:

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