Darren Ferguson fined £1,000 by the FA after saying he would ‘shoot’ League One’s ‘appalling’ referees.
- Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson has been fined £1,000 by the FA
- He said he would ‘shoot’ League One’s referees after a 1-1 draw with Plymouth
- Ferguson hit out at referee Andy Haines in his post-match press comments
- The 45-year-old was annoyed when Haines ignored appeals for a spot kick
These were the headlines following Ferguson’s comments to BBC Radio Sheffield in a post match interview after a recent league game.
I know that his comments were made after he had witnessed his team denied what looked like a nailed on penalty kick.
However there is no excuse for his ‘shoot’ referee comment and referees around the country were appalled by the leniency shown by the Independent Regulatory Commission.
Is he not aware that he can talk to the referee and assessor thirty minutes after the game?
Is he not aware that he can contact the PGMOL direct?
The Football Association need to re-visit there protocols, for sadly once again, their lack of support for referees at all levels of the game borders on an unacceptable level of incompetence.
From where I am sitting there is a lack of independence and transparency and The FA who occasionally pop their head above the parapet and shout ‘Respect’ are failing their referees at all levels of the game.
Do they not understand that this type of comment tarnishes and damages the image of our great game and that grassroots player coming to the end of his playing career might be deterred from taking up the whistle?
Last week I watched three young officials controlling a North East Counties game in appalling weather conditions.
They were getting dogs abuse from spectators and this behaviour permeated onto the field of play where I witnessed players suddenly making life difficult for the young referee.
Having watched a referee develop and grow in stature, officiating games in Sheffield, it was very disappointing to receive a call from him announcing his resignation having been racially abused at a game at Worksop Town.
I am watching the correspondence with interest but witnessing a lack of urgency on the matter from the Football Association.
OUT OF SIGHT – OUT OF MIND…that is the Football Association who are at the moment are failing to protect and support their match officials by action.
They need to get out of their Ivory Tower and start to take action…
Have they not learned anything from the time they spent at the Houses of Parliament facing some uncomfortable questions from Ministers?
MEHDI NAJEFI WAS RACIALLY ABUSED WHILST RUNNING THE LINE AT WORKSOP TOWN…fact and that is why this intelligent young man has resigned from the game.
Don’t worry referees, across the country at the start of next season The FA will launch another 24 hour roll out of their ‘RESPECT CAMPAIGN’ supported by a few media sound bites telling us how much they love their match officials, and after all where would the game be without them
How fortunate I was in my career to have the support of two former Sheffield and Hallamshire County Football Association Secretary’s who DID support their referees.
The late Ernest Kangley and Geoffrey Thompson would not put up with this nonsense and bans and substantial fines were the order of the day.
The Football Association appear to be happy that spectators can racially abuse one of their referees and send out the wrong message by fining a manager a miserable £1000 fine for announcing to the world, let’s ‘SHOOT’ referees.
Are you not aware that referees like Mehdi are walking away from the game that they love?
Are you happy with your miserable suspension of a manager who manhandles the referee in a Football League game?
THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION RESPECT CAMPAIGN IS A WASTE OF TIME – BECAUSE YOU REALLY DO NOT SUPPORT YOUR REFEREES