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Female referee at kids football match reduced to tears by abusive parent

by | 25th, September 2013

shelby davisREFEREE Shelby Davis, 21, was forced to abandon the match when a spectator – father to one of the players-  shouted out:

“You should not be involved in football. Get your handbag and go home.”

The Echo reports that Davis was reduced to “floods of tears” at the comments made during an under-15s Hampshire cup match between Wyvern Youths and Pirelli Pirates Youth in Southampton.

Trouble flared when having allowed a goal, Davis reviewed her decision and disallowed it.

A spectator is quoted:

“It was the worst thing I have ever seen at a football match. The referee was in floods of tears, it was just awful and I hope I don’t ever witness something like that again.”

Whose to blame?

Pirelli Pirates Youth FC have been charged with causing the match to be abandoned, misconduct by club spectators and spectators making comments deemed to be of discriminatory nature.

Says Davis:

“I abandoned the match for sexist comments made towards myself by the dad. I regarded it as being very offensive. They lasted about 30 seconds. I was standing by the dug out at half time after I had blown the half time whistle. The spectator was standing at the other side of the pitch.”

Good for her.

Women referees, eh. Next they’ll be letting them drive…

Andy Gray and Richard Keys are away in Qatar.



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