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Football Australia vows action on referee abuse

Football Australia chief executive James Johnson is vowing to come down hard on the abuse of match officials as the governing body launches an investigation into the conduct of Western Sydney Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer.

Johnson said a recent spate of incidents involving referees had triggered “alarm bells” for Football Australia, leading to the governing body issuing a strongly worded statement on Tuesday.

FA’s Iranian-born referee Alireza Faghani was met with a torrent of online abuse after his officiating of the round-of-16 clash between Jordán and Iraq at the Asian Cup.

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In the A-League Men, Melbourne City midfielder Tolgay Arslan is facing a lengthy ban for the use of “offensive, insulting or abusive language” towards referee Shane Skinner.

Those incidents are fuelled further by the growing animosity between the…

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