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exclusive Referee Lee Tavinder warns that Irish League officials will walk away unless they receive Irish FA support

He insists he wouldn’t bring his 10 year-old daughter to a game due to abuse and calls for major investment and a support programme

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Warning: Referee Lee Tavinder says the support network around Irish League officials needs to improve. Credit: INPHO/Evan Logan

Warning: Referee Lee Tavinder says the support network around Irish League officials needs to improve. Credit: INPHO/Evan Logan

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Andrew Davey took charge of the Cliftonville v Glentoran fixture on Monday. Credit: Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

Andrew Davey took charge of the Cliftonville v Glentoran fixture on Monday. Credit: Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

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Warning: Referee Lee Tavinder says the support network around Irish League officials needs to improve. Credit: INPHO/Evan Logan

Danske Bank Premiership referee Lee Tavinder has given an honest assessment of the challenges facing Irish League officials from abuse and criticism to the need for greater support and investment.

The 39-year-old official even admits he would not bring his 10-year-old daughter Charlotte to matches due to ongoing abuse directed at referees and he is unlikely to encourage her to follow in his footsteps.


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