No Games 13/14 Nov 2021

Attn. of All Clubs

I have just been informed that all referees who are refereeing in the NDSL & MGL are withdrawing their services this weekend and the reason why they are withdrawing their services is because of constant abuse and threatening behaviour from managers, players, coaches and supporters.
This weekend a female referee refereeing her first game of three games was abused so badly from the time she entered the pitch, she decided that she is not taking any more of this abuse from these people and she has now decided to give up refereeing entirely.
Another young referee who has only been refereeing for the past 2 months was petrified on the pitch, he was so afraid even to collect his gear.  This abuse he took was absolutely disgraceful.
I have also informed our Disciplinary Committee to have zero tolerance when it comes to these matters and to penalise these culprits where it hurts.  Let me remind all our clubs you are responsible for the conduct of managers, players, coaches and supporters.
This is a sad day for football and I hope we will learn from what is happening this weekend.
Yours in sport
Tony Gains
Hon. Secretary/C.E.O.
North Dublin Schoolboys/Girls League
Metropolitan Girls League
*** Further Update ***
 
I just want to make a clarification in relation to my previous email regarding withdrawal of referee services – ALL GAMES ARE OFF THIS WEEKEND – this includes SSG, 11-a-side and friendly games.
 
The Officers of the League have met and totally agree with the referees decision and we want to highlight that all games are off.
 
We will be in discussion with the referees regarding the following week’s fixtures.
 
Yours in sport
 
Tony Gains
Hon. Secretary/C.E.O.
North Dublin Schoolboys/Girls League
Metropolitan Girls League