Abuse Of Referees ‘Cancer’ On Football 


Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina, has reinforced his statement that abuse of officials is a “cancer” on football, after Turkish referee Halil Umut Meler was punched in the face by Ankaragucu’s president Faruk Koca.

Ankaragucu conceded a 97th minute equaliser in their Super Lig clash against Rizespor on Monday, before Koca rushed the field and assaulted Meler. A Turkish court ordered the president’s arrest following the incident.