Derry clubs have been contacted to stress the need to protect referees, reminding them of the board’s Zero Tolerance Policy towards any infraction with officials.

In an circular sent out, clubs hosting games were made aware of their responsibility to ensure the safety of referees.

The statement referred to a discussion during Friday’s CCC meeting about the ‘continuing abuse and interference’ towards referees.

“Clubs must take measures to ensure the referee is not left exposed to supporters."

“We have a duty to protect our referees and remind clubs that we have a Zero Tolerance Policy on any type of infraction against them,” the statement outlined.

Clubs have been asked to take a ‘serious look’ at how they steward their home matches.  Some clubs have been playing games on training or new pitches with no secure path from the pitch to the dressing rooms.

“Clubs must take measures to ensure the referee is not left exposed to supporters on his way to or from the field of play, and ideally should have a designated person who will walk with him,” the statement continued.

It also made reference to the visiting clubs who have an obligation to control their members.

“This does not minimise the responsibility of the opposition to ensure their players and supporters behave, but is a further safeguard for our referees.”

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