Walking Football Referee Tries To Stop Running and Players Storm Off!

Experienced Walking Football referee talks about how difficult it is to stop the running in the game!

“I have refereed maybe a thousand games of walking football involving sessions at local level and some tournaments. I honestly believe that I am one of the best referees in walking football, and know the laws of the game. I recently contacted you and told you that I had never seen a game in walking football that never had at least one instance of running in it. I therefore decided that I would clamp down harder on running and physical contact at my local session. I was blowing up every 2 minutes for running and physical contact. I sin binned 6 players in one session. It should be noted that I became involved with walking football because I enjoy the game. I do not enjoy blowing up every few minutes and sending players off. Half way through the session where I had blown up at least 30 times for offences, the players I had penalised began criticising me from the touchline for not penalising and sending other players off. A half dozen of them walked out on me without saying anything 40 minutes before the session was due to end. I did nothing but my best. I decided to let them get on with it without me, I do not regret my decision. I have since made myself available to my local county FA and offered to officiate future festival and tournament games.”

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