Organisational culture, non-reporting of abuse and discontinuation: implications for match officials and administrators

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

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Sports match officials are essential to uphold and maintain the laws of the game and to facilitate competitive sport. Consequently, the effective management and leadership of these match officials across sport is essential in order for sport to occur. This chapter focuses on the organisational culture that match officials operate within and how a culture of abuse can impact upon their performance. The behaviour and actions of those in management and leadership roles are considered, particularly following incidents of abuse towards match officials. The chapter also considers the non-reporting of incidents of abuse by referees and umpires, amid concerns regarding the intention of match officials to leave their respective sports and the associated consequences that any such action might have on the sport in question.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReferees, Match Officials and Abuse: Research and Implications for Policy
Number of pages19
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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