Referee’s Stress isn’t Just on the Pitch – Suicide Fears
Mark Halsey former Premier League referee worries that an official may commit suicide if they don’t get help with pressures of stress at work.
Mark 52 took retirement at the end of last season and publicised this fear in his new book Added Time which the Sun has taken instalments from.
He claimed. “It will not be long before a referee has a nervous breakdown.
“I also believe that if we do not do something to help referees with mental health and stress issues then we could see a suicide.”
In his book he looked into the case of Bundesliga referee Babak Rafati who was found in a bath with his wrists slit before he underwent treatment for depression.
Mark Halsey has also received pressure from users on the internet so much so that he reported that he had been abused by people on Twitter.
He received the abuse prior to a game between Manchester United and Liverpool where Manchester United won 2-1.
In the game he sent off Liverpool’s midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and gave Manchester United a late penalty where Robin van Persie scored the winning goal.
The tweets that he received mentioned his throat cancer treatment he had in 2009.
Mark said that some Premier League managers gave him support over his performance in that game but felt that the organisation who after the officials – Professional Game Match Officials Limited- could have done more.
The BBC has asked the PGMOL for a comment regarding Halsey’s claims but they haven’t responded.