Fewer young people want to become soccer referees. They fear growing abuse and even physical attacks. In the lower divisions, in particular, referees are insulted, spat upon and threatened.
All football games were suspended indefinitely following an attack on a referee's vehicle, prompting refs to stage a walkout. The bomb attack comes amid heated match-fixing allegations.
Spitting, racist abuse and physical violence — Cologne referees have gone on strike to protest against increasing violence among players. Many amateur league matches were canceled as a result.
Reports of attacks against amateur football referees continue to surface in Germany. If the sole cause is society's increased exposure to violence, one would think that other team sports would be affected. A DW survey.
Violence against officials has become an increasing problem in German football. Recently, referees in Berlin and Cologne have gone on strike in protest against attacks on those trying to implement the laws of the game.
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