Sure, but like that ref says, they're prepared for and becoming immune to the abuse they get. When it starts to become physical abuse then it might as well be a game of british bulldog.Sid wrote: ↑1 month agoTbf I grew up next to a playing field that had a lot of saturday/sunday games on it and the games can be rough. The attitude is old school, as in there's a lot of unnecessary angry cunts wanting pain and blood. I've seen it in the kids games as well. The FA did those ads with Ray Winstone to address it, the fact that a lot of people turn up wanting blood and shout shite like "break his fucking legs" to 11 year olds. It was good but it still goes on.
But yeah. Fuck refs though. They're the recognisable authority at a footbal match, the extension of the FA, UEFA, FIFA or whatever, so they're going to cop abuse from working class people.
Whether or not they are, in the eyes of "working class people", an extension of the FA, I don't think they go out there with the intention of being a representative of the FA, or to earn their pointless 30 quid. They surely go out there because they love the game?