This document lays out the protocol that referees will expect from clubs and their coaches for the season 2013/2014.
Referee abuse is becoming a major problem in the game particularly at the mini/junior level and from coaches, managers and spectators.
Clubs should be aware that the Referee Society, conscious of its duty of care to its members, is now asking its members to highlight issues of abuse from spectators, players and coaches at clubs.
Referees, the same as players, do make mistakes in the game.
Incidents where Referees have had to abandon matches due to poor player discipline or coach/spectator abuse are increasing. Clubs should be aware that the RFU recommended sanction for an abandoned game is a 25-point deduction. (A league club 2nd team could get its first team that sort of deduction.)