Gay referee hangs up his whistle after ‘six months of hell’

A gay amateur football referee from Dundee says he was kicked out of the game after “six months of hell and lack of support” from the local referees’ association.

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Joe Richardson, 29, was subjected to homophobic abuse and had his mobile phone stolen from a changing room while he was officiating at a women’s match.

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The first incident was in April when he was in charge of the game between Bridge of Earn and Perth United at Bridge of Earn.

“I was homophobically abused and my partner threatened,” he said.

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