Verbal Abuse Of Referees Could Mean A Lifetime GAA Ban With New Wexford GAA Proposal

Wexford GAA are going strong with this matter…

Wexford GAA was at the forefront of controversy recently after a referee was allegedly assaulted at a Junior Football game between St Josephs and Our Lady’s Island.

During a time when Wexford GAA are facing a crisis with referee availability, Wexford GAA are set to propose potential life-time bans for people who verbally or physically abuse referees in the future.

That’s under a new proposal that they are set to include at the next GAA Central Council Special Congress meeting.

Wexford GAA are set to propose the following:

“Remove the current 96-week maximum term of suspension for verbal or physical threat to an official together with debarment and/or expulsion from the Association as penalties that may be considered,” it reads.

The move would be a forward step for the association, one that prides itself on the motto of Give Respect – Get Respect. The threat of a potential life-time ban from the GAA association would no doubt deter potential future abusers.

The incident with the named Wexford GAA club was one of a number of incidents that took place between referees and players/managers over the weekend.

Wexford GAA agreed that they would propose the meeting following a consultation between the Wexford GAA County Board and referees on Tuesday evening, September 27th.

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