For a football referee, receiving verbal and even physical abuse is commonplace.

But a recent BBC survey truly revealed the full extent of the problem, with two thirds of match officials saying they receive ‘regular abuse’. 

So, what makes people want to be a football referee in the first place? 

We spoke to 59-year-old Michael McGrath, a former Sunday league official in the Liverpool District leagues to find out what got him into the role, and what made him leave it.

You can watch the video here.

(All photos credited to Michael’s social media accounts)

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