Playing Saturday/Sunday league football this weekend? You may be without a referee.

More than 2,000 amateur refs will go on strike this weekend, according to a teenage official who says he has been “headbutted, spat at and punched”.

Ryan Hampson set up a campaign on Facebook calling on officials across the UK to boycott grassroots games in protest at the treatment they receive.

The 18-year-old says the Football Association’s procedures to protect referees are not strong enough.

“At times it has been awful,” said Hampson, who referees in Manchester.

Read Ryan’s full story here.


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