Introducing and defining match official abuse

Thomas Webb, Mike Rayner, Jamie Cleland, Jimmy O'Gorman

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This introductory chapter focuses on the historical abuse of sports match officials in England in particular, and considers how incidents of abuse can be defined, particularly in a sporting setting, in order to provide some greater understanding about the incidents of abuse to which match officials might be exposed. Issues related to the verbal and physical abuse of referees, umpires and other match officials are considered in professional sport in order to provide further context regarding the topics covered in subsequent chapters. Finally, attention turns to the structure of the book, the content covered in each chapter and an overall summary of the format of the forthcoming chapters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReferees, Match Officials and Abuse: Research and Implications for Policy
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780429431203
ISBN (Print)9781138364677, 9780367633592
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Focus in Sport, Culture and Society

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