Tur­moil as ref­er­ees make stand

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And here is the state­ment re­leased by the Wick­low League: ‘The Wick­low & District Foot­ball League re­grets the de­ci­sion of the Wick­low Branch of the Ir­ish Soc­cer Ref­er­ees So­ci­ety to ig­nore a di­rec­tive by the Pres­i­dent of the ISRS to re­sume ref­er­ee­ing forth­with in ac­cor­dance with the So­ci­ety’s Agree­ment with the FAI.

The Branch took the de­ci­sion at their meet­ing on Mon­day, Jan­uary 26 hav­ing re­jected a pro­posal put for­ward by the FAI and ISRS which would have re­solved the dis­pute.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the ISRS Ex­ec­u­tive and the Wick­low Branch on Wed­nes­day night at the FAI’s head­quar­ters in Ab­bot­stown also failed to re­solve the is­sue and re­sulted in the Ex­ec­u­tive of the So­ci­ety is­su­ing a di­rec­tive to the Branch to re­sume ref­er­ee­ing be­cause they are in breach of the Agree­ment be­tween the So­ci­ety and the FAI.

Un­der this Agree­ment, mem­bers of the So­ci­ety must ad­here to an agreed dis­pute res­o­lu­tion mech­a­nism and are not al­lowed to take any action which would have the ef­fect of in­ter­fer­ing with any game played un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the As­so­ci­a­tion.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent at the cen­tre of this dis­pute the Wick­low League has banned the player in­volved for 25 years and writ­ten to clubs warn­ing them of the con­se­quences should any mem­ber as­sault a ref­eree. The Wick­low League is also pre­pared to work with the Wick­low ISRS Branch to min­imise the threat to ref­er­ees of phys­i­cal or ver­bal as­sault.

In ad­di­tion the Wick­low League has in­tro­duced ref­eree li­ai­son of­fi­cers at ev­ery club and has of­fered to set up reg­u­lar meet­ings with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Branch. This is in line with key rec­om­men­da­tions of the Agree­ment be­tween the FAI and the ISRS.

The Wick­low League Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee is re­spon­si­ble for dis­ci­plinary mat­ters in the Wick­low League and had al­ready ruled in this case when the Wick­low Branch wrote with their sug­ges­tion for a trio of of­fi­cials to be ap­pointed to all games in­volv­ing Ark­low Town B.

The Wick­low League is ap­pre­cia­tive of the on­go­ing ef­forts by the Ir­ish Soc­cer Ref­er­ees So­ci­ety and the FAI to at­tempt to re­solve this mat­ter.’

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