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Abusive Fans At Fault for Ref Shortage in MA?

From the Boston Globe

Abusive Fans At Fault for Ref Shortage in MA?

Mary Fitzgerald’s distinguished career as a Massachusetts high school soccer official abruptly ended after a night game last year when a player’s enraged father pursued her to her car. She vividly recalls the parent spewing expletives, falsely labeling her a lesbian, and gesturing so menacingly that she feared for her safety.

In “a fight or flight’’ moment, Fitzgerald said, she cursed back and looked around for support. All she remembers seeing were adults watching silently.

Fitzgerald said she was so distressed by the experience that she quit officiating high school soccer, a job she loved.

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