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Referees' strike: UEFA gives its verdict

UEFA has said it will not get involved in the refereeing crisis that has seen top officials vote in favour of strike action. Next weekend’s football fixtures have been thrown into doubt by the intended strike.

The action is in protest against criticism and abuse levelled at referees this season and is intended to raise the match officials’ concerns over their personal safety.

There had been speculation that UEFA would step in to help try and resolve the dispute, or could provide officials from elsewhere if the strike went ahead. European football’s governing body has dismissed that idea and stressed that the Scottish Football Association has jurisdiction over the matter.

"This is a purely domestic matter," a UEFA spokesman told Press Association Sport.

UEFA would be unable to provide referees as they take officials from domestic associations for continental competitions.

The SFA provide referees for the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League but could ask other associations for help if they do not have officials available.

 

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