Scottish Premier League fixtures face postponement next weekend.
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Fixtures in Scotland face possible postponement next weekend after Category One referees voted to strike.
Scottish match officials are upset with the avalanche of flak that has come their way this season.
BBC Scotland has learned that officials are concerned that their integrity is constantly being questioned by some clubs and individuals.
And there are increasing fears among referees over personal safety as a result of public criticism.
The decision to take strike action was reached at a referees’ union meeting held on Sunday afternoon, with unanimous backing.
There are six Scottish Premier League games scheduled for next weekend. There is also a full card in the Scottish Football League.
SPL leaders Rangers are due to face Dundee United on Sunday, while nearest challengers Celtic are at home to Inverness on Saturday.
The ALBA Challenge Cup final between Queen of the South and Ross County at McDiarmid Park is under threat, as are any Scottish Cup replays.
Celtic have voiced concerns about refereeing standards this season and last and BBC Scotland has also learned that the Glasgow club would welcome the strike.
It is understood Celtic hope that it could lead to a wider independent investigation and want Uefa to intervene in what they think is a refereeing crisis. (BBC)
This could throw the whole SPL schedule into chaos, but it is somewhat surprising that a strike such as this hasn’t happened before.
Match officials face abuse from fans and coaching staff every weekend, and although mistakes are sometimes made, some of it is way over the top.
Hopefully action like this will help persuade that harsher punishment may need to be handed out to abusive fans.
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