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The occurrence of referee abuse in Rugby Union : evidence and measures through an online survey. / Rayner, Michael; Webb, Thomas; Webb, Hayley.

In: International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation and Tourism, Vol. 21, No. d, 01.01.2016, p. 66-81.

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Rayner, M, Webb, T & Webb, H 2016, 'The occurrence of referee abuse in Rugby Union: evidence and measures through an online survey', International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation and Tourism, vol. 21, no. d, pp. 66-81. https://doi.org/10.5199/ijsmart-1791-874X-21d

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Rayner, Michael ; Webb, Thomas ; Webb, Hayley. / The occurrence of referee abuse in Rugby Union : evidence and measures through an online survey. In: International Journal of Sport Management, Recreation and Tourism. 2016 ; Vol. 21, No. d. pp. 66-81.

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