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.
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Palestine is competitive in Asian football, but development is limited by the realities of the situation at home. The violence that broke out in May made preparations for World Cup qualifiers even more difficult.
Protests have picked up in Colombia over social inequality and police violence. Football has become a symbol of the crisis, which has led to Colombia losing the right to cohost the Copa America.
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.
Spanish La Liga club Valencia has complained that its players were forced to continue a match after a racist insult against a team member.
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