Andrew Barr going into bat for referees

johnboy 12 August 2011 2

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Andrew Barr is making noises about cleaning up the abuse of sports officials during games.

Over the coming weeks I will be speaking with various sporting codes, local teams and media outlets and I look forward to being able to make an announcement soon about how we can all chip-in to mount a sustained campaign against abuse in sport – especially abuse of children.

Sledging the ref is child abuse now?

[Photo: Andrew Barr participating in the Active Kids Challenge with kids from Ainslie School]

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2 Responses to Andrew Barr going into bat for referees
Erg0 Erg0 3:49 pm 12 Aug 11

Oops, tell a lie – he was talking about a 15 year old ref. I guess it’s just his turn of phrase – (verbal) abuse of a child doesn’t necessarily equal “child abuse”.

Erg0 Erg0 3:45 pm 12 Aug 11

I suspect he’s talking about those charming parents that see fit to scream abuse at the kids on the opposing team.

For a second there I thought he’d said the campaign was going to be “sustainable”, and thought he must have forgotten what the word actually meant. I’m still not convinced that “sustained” isn’t a typo.

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