Football: Abuse of officials could lead to suicide, warns ex-ref
LONDON (REUTERS) - Referees could be driven to commit suicide because of the abuse they receive in stadiums and on social media, according to former English Premier League official Mark Halsey.
Saturation coverage of every major incident in top-flight games has put huge pressure on referees and he fears some could reach breaking point.
"The game is in the gutter. A top referee is under scrutiny as never before," Halsey, who once received vile abuse on Twitter, said in The Sun on Monday.
"While I am all for people being accountable, the ignorance of some of the criticism and the rise of social media, with its unmonitored vilification, makes it almost impossible to referee Premier League matches these days.