Scottish FA dismayed by referee threats

first_imgThe Scottish FA has released a statement condemning the threats made against John Beaton the referee who officiated the Old Firm clash on December 30.John Beaten and his family received threats online after the referee officiated Rangers’ 1-0 win against Celtic last month, and Scottish Police have begun an investigation into the matter.Beaton will be assigned police protection during his officiating duties at Ayr vs Falkirk in the Scottish Championship on Saturday.The Scottish FA released a statement on Saturday addressing the issue, according to Sky Sports.“It is with deep dismay, that in the last 24 hours, we learned of one of our match officials having had threats made against him and his family,” said Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive of the Scottish FA.“We are in close contact with those involved and with Police Scotland to ensure that they are safe and that those responsible are identified and held accountable for their actions.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“This is not the first time in recent weeks that our match officials have been targeted. Another referee was allegedly threatened and assaulted at a lower-league game prior to Christmas. These incidents are isolated but are they are unacceptable and extremely concerning when they occur.“Our match officials make hundreds of decisions each game. They take huge pride in their work but it is inevitable and accepted that some of their decisions will be viewed differently and debated by others. When differences of opinion, however, manifest as threats to our officials or their families, a line has been crossed.“Match officials are a vital part of the game and they work exceptionally hard to maintain high standards. We all have a responsibility to support our match officials and, as previously stated, we will shortly be engaging with stakeholders to allow them to discuss issues, air concerns and propose improvements to this area of our game.“As we look forward to 2019, I call on everyone involved in Scottish football, from the public parks to the international stage, to respect our match officials.”last_img

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