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Drury welcomes 'top ref' Massey

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Corby Town boss Graham Drury says that referee Sian Massey deserves to return to Premier League level football and is looking forward to her refereeing their game against Eastwood on Saturday.

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posted Jan 28, 2011

Isn't it ridiculous that this referee can't do her job because of intense media pressure....who is at fault now....certainly not Sian. Why won't they just let her get on with it ?

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posted Jan 28, 2011

This is all getting out of hand. Will this poor girl ever be allowed to concentrate on the job without media interference? Surely the simplest solution would have been to refuse ALL the suddenly interested applications for TV coverage? Or would there have been money involved...?

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posted Jan 28, 2011

My question would be, who is doing the withdrawing.... Miss Massey or others?

If it's Miss Masseys' decision then that is a matter for her - if however, others are making the decisions for her, then perhaps you would have to ask the question why?

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posted Jan 28, 2011

I'll bet the chairman of Corby Town is gutted, missing out on all that publicity, media exposure that the game would have had, or am I being too cynical......hmmmm yes I'll bet he was keen to have her officiating his team's game!!

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posted Jan 28, 2011

A lot of the responsibility rests with Sky for this, they formed the media circus by escalating and 'feeding' what could have been dealt with professionally, they didn't consider the repercussion on the poor girl. Don't these refs get paid by the match? if so she's losing out there too.

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comment by morbhoy (U9546738)

posted Jan 28, 2011

This is getting silly now, let the girl get on with it and leave her alone.
The media who supported the sackings of the two clowns should back off now.

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posted Jan 28, 2011

I'd love to see a men's match where Massey, Amy Fearne and Sasa Ihringova are appointed as the match officials!!

Then let's see what happens!!!

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posted Jan 28, 2011

Isn't it ridiculous that this referee can't do her job because of intense media pressure
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She's (and the referiing union as well I assume) not helped herself by keeping so quiet. I suspect she along with most other people in and out of the game all thought it was simply an old fashioned prat making a joke. Whether it was in good taste or not. I can't help feeling that it would have all blown over by now if she'd been allowed to say "Oh he said that did he? Well I've had worse things sai about me just like any other ref, I don't see it as a problem".

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comment by Naylor (U3810115)

posted Jan 28, 2011

errrr ... maybe because she does see it as a problem, is more likely to be furious and doesn't want to vent her anger on two overgrown schoolboys. If two of Sky's (ex) employees can't show the officials some respect - and base this disrespect on the mere fact she's not the same sex as them then how do you expect players and fans to show some respect? She didn't ask for this attention so why should she take part in the media circus that has followed?

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comment by bjbean (U8032878)

posted Jan 28, 2011

What a poor lassie. She didn't ask for this attention in any way or form but I guess the ref association is just protecting her from this unwelcome publicity.

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