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.
A derby match between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos was called off because of riots in the stadium. Such outbursts of violence plague the Greek Super League. Fans, police and clubs are pushing the blame onto each other.
Female footballers have been fighting against discrimination and inequality for over 100 years. Is this fight over, are they now recognized as professional players and can they make a living out of football?
Bibiana Steinhaus made headlines as the first woman to referee in a major European league. But things are different away from the Bundesliga spotlight, as two female referees in Germany's amateur leagues told DW.
Greece's top football league will resume on Saturday following a lengthy suspension after a club president confronted a referee while carrying a gun. All 16 clubs have agreed to new anti-violence measures.
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