#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – COLLINA CALLS FOR STEPS AGAINST ABUSE TOWARDS REFEREES

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Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, has warned of a global shortage of match officials if efforts are not made to tackle abuse and violence towards referees at the grassroots level.

Collina, who was in charge of the 2002 World Cup final between Brazil and Germany, said it is a “real threat” when match officials face verbal and physical abuse in amateur football.

“It’s a worldwide problem that we need to consider and we need to take (action) as soon as possible,” Collina told Sky Sports.

Collina welcomed initiatives to improve behaviour towards the officials.

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