You can only push referees so far
If referees strike, do you think Scottish football should, or will, support them?
The withdrawal of labour is one of the most fundamental rights of any group of workers.
Given that in Scotland we like to brag that our football is rooted in a sense of community, and that we cherish the working class values of our footballing managerial giants like Bill Shankly, Jock Stein and Sir Alex Ferguson, will those involved in the game feel duty-bound to support a group of fellow workers in struggle?
An assistant referee is confronted by an exuberant fan at Ayr's Scottish Cup match against Sunnybank on Saturday. Photo: SNS.
Because make no mistake, the refs are fighting here for their reputations.
The proposed strike shows you can only push people so far.
Some comments in recent times have attacked the integrity and honesty of referees and would be actionable in a court of law as potentially defamatory.
Now the refs have blown the whistle and said enough is enough.
Accusations of incompetence are one thing, but recently it's all become a lot darker.
MP Pete Wishart has called for refs to tell us which team they support, but what about those who don't support any team?
Many journalists support a team, myself incuded - does that mean we cannot report objectively on the game?
There have been suggestions that Uefa should hold an investigation into refereeing in Scotland.
But what exactly they would be looking for?
Would it be for evidence of corruption, bias, incompetence, or what?
Just what is being alleged and is there any direct or indirect evidence which justifies the besmirching of people's names and reputations?
If there is, then let's absolutely have it out in the open.
But nods and winks and hints are not the way to do it.