Peterborough League match abandoned after reports of abusive behaviour towards teenage referee

The Peterborough League Division Five B game between Gunthorpe Harriers and Leverington A was abandoned late on after the 17 year-old referee reportedly suffered verbal abuse from players (March 30).

Tuesday, 2nd April 2019, 4:33 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd April 2019, 9:42 am
Referees are getting plenty of abuse in local matches

Leverington led 2-1 at the time. The Peterborough League have declined to comment other than to confirm a report had been sent to the relevant county Football Associations. The referee has also been advised not to comment.

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The referee’s stepmother tweeted over the weekend, stating: “Shocking behaviour of grown males towards my 17 year old stepdaughter refereeing a football match today. Eventually had to abandon game due to abuse from players. #disguste, #needtogrowup.”

Another Peterborough League game was abandoned last month when alleged monkey gestures were made towards a Stilton United player and last week a teenage referee walked off the pitch after being abused by the coach of an under 11 team.