Updated: 17/09/2013 08:15 | By pa.press.net

Halsey warns of ref suicide threat



Mark Halsey was subjected to Twitter abuse last season

Mark Halsey was subjected to Twitter abuse last season

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes the pressure on top-flight officials could lead to one of them committing suicide.

Referees are under coming increasing scrutiny as a result of greater media focus as well as social media outlets, such as Twitter.

And Halsey, who retired from officiating at the end of the last Barclays Premier League season, believes more needs to be done to support his former colleagues.

"There is no hiding place on the field and you have to be mentally tough. But it also follows you off the field more and more now and it can destroy you," Halsey said in his autobiography which is being serialised in The Sun.

"I do feel that referees should get more help to cope with the increasing level of mental strain.

"In my view, given some of the episodes of recent seasons, it will not be long before a referee has a nervous breakdown.

"I also believe that if we do not do something to help referees with mental health and stress issues, then we could see a suicide."

Halsey was the victim of two abusive tweets 12 months ago after officiating in Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Liverpool, sending off Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey before awarding United a penalty, which was scored by Robin van Persie.

The tweets, both of which referred to his throat cancer diagnosis in 2009, were widely condemned by other Twitter users and while Halsey received support from Premier League managers and friends, his former bosses were a lot less forthcoming.

He said: "I got little from my bosses apart from a call from Mike Riley, the head of the PGMOL, and one from the Select Group manager Keren Barratt asking if I wanted to come off my next game at Southampton."

56Comments
16/09/2013 10:33
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simple solution, don't use fuking twitter or facebook!

 

16/09/2013 11:02
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What absolute ****, you refs need to get a grip. You are refs thats all, contrary to what most of you think the game is not about you.
I find it funny how you all grow the need to talk, talk, talk when the gravy train dries up and the spotlight no longer shines.


16/09/2013 12:50
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If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen! Stress my ar*e, I spent over 35years in what is rated as the second most stressful job on the planet. Just another scam by these morons hoping they can claim a big payday!!
16/09/2013 13:52
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Great bit of advertising for his new book.
16/09/2013 10:13
16/09/2013 10:21
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Making vile death threats on Twitter should be punished with a horse whipping. However, I regard corrupt referees as a more serious problem. They are setting an example for others to follow and should be impeccable. Any referee found guilty of taking bribes, should be hung by the neck until dead.
16/09/2013 15:33
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the abuse aimed at halsey was disgusting from the scouse lovers your talking about a bloke that had just thought cancer the comments were disgusting even though he got all the decisions spot on!
16/09/2013 12:31
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stop using social media but more importantly stop fooking up. yes refs make mistakes but at ot it is so blatantly obvious of bias it is untrue, and now he comes out and says he texts fergie. go back to the days when refs were not ''professionals'' because now they get in the papers more than some footballers.
16/09/2013 12:19
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If you don't want to get abuse on social networking sites then don't use them, Twitter is just another form of stalking anyway, you wouldn't want someone following you down the street but you will let complete strangers follow you on Twitter, people need to wake up, you're sharing too much personal info online.

ps. Don't criticise One Direction on Youtube, I did this & their preteeny fans went mental... they made death threats against me, haha. LMAO. :D
16/09/2013 10:36
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'' Halsey was the victim of two abusive tweets 12 months ago after officiating in Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Liverpool, sending off Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey before awarding United a penalty, which was scored by Robin van Persie.

The tweets, both of which referred to his throat cancer diagnosis in 2009, were widely condemned by other Twitter  ''

 

Dissappointed by the actions of so called fans - Yes

 

supprised   -  No

16/09/2013 13:31
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Keep your accounts private then, it's not difficuilt!
16/09/2013 19:40
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I'd be careful what you wish for...  you'll become redundant and a man behind a screen will  replace you as the person that makes the big call's.

HOW WOULD THAT EFFECT YOU MASSIVE EGO'S?

16/09/2013 22:26
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Why haven`t MSN put an article about Halsey and fergusons little chats and text messages?
16/09/2013 18:26
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Halsey was the victim of two abusive tweets 12 months ago after officiating in Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Liverpool, sending off Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey before awarding United a penalty, which was scored by Robin van Persie......................forgot to add and turned down a penalty for liverpool.....................dont go onto the pitch on the payroll of one of the teams then(man utd)

17/09/2013 12:02
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I;m sorry but half of the Ref;s can;t do the job properly, and the other half are in the pocket of powerful managers.
16/09/2013 15:00
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Is this not the same **** that shares fergies bed?
16/09/2013 09:05
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yes and what it doesn't state above is that he regularly exchanged text messages with alex ferguson, so i have no sympathy for the cheating tw@!
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