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Refs give red card to Southampton Oval games over security fears

Local football referees will no longer officiate in matches at Southampton Oval unless security is beefed up at the South Shore sports venue.

Bermuda Referee Association (BRA) have decided to take this "firm" action in the wake of incidents that marred last weekend's Premier football match at Southampton Oval between Southampton Rangers and Dandy Town.

A BRA statement read: "The BRA wish to state our extreme displeasure at the events that unfolded at the conclusion of the match between Southampton Rangers and Dandy Town at the Southampton Oval on Sunday February 26.

"The behaviour displayed by Rangers officials, players and fans was deplorable to put it lightly.

"Assaults on and threats made to match officials is being condemned worldwide by footballing associations, with harsh and quick punishments being meted out. Locally we suffer from low numbers and an unwillingness of people to take up the whistle. This is due in part to the abuse match officials receive.

"We the BRA feel that we must take a firm stance on such assaults/ behaviour towards our officials. To this end, we will not official anymore matches at Southampton Oval until we can get assurances that security and the safety of our officials will be improved.

"We await the timely completion of the disciplinary proceedings of the Bermuda FA. We are open to dialogue on these and other issues to the improvement of the game and maintaining the spirit of Fair Play."

Match officials are refusing to take games at the Southampton Oval.

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Published February 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm (Updated February 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm)

Refs give red card to Southampton Oval games over security fears

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