CHESTER referees are concerned that bad behaviour by players is discouraging their recruiting campaign.
Two clubs may face disciplinary hearings by the Cheshire FA after referees abandoned two matches last weekend.
One of the clubs, Upton Borough, are waiting to hear from the county association following an incident involving them earlier in the season in the Chester and District League.
Two of Upton's players were redcarded during Saturday's Division One match at Kydds Athletic before the referee decided to call a halt.
Dave Powell, the divisional referees' secretary, who is responsible for recruiting and coaching referees locally, admitted he was concerned about these and similar incidents. 'I don't know specific details, but incidents like this don't help our cause. Refereeing is a hobby and we don't need this.
'We have 12 people on a referees' course at the moment and half of them are aged 16 and under. If there are problems bad enough to cause referees to abandon games, it doesn't encourage others to get involved.'
Explained league official Tony Summers: 'I understand the referee abandoned the Upton game because of consistently bad behaviour, but I don't know more than that.
'The referee has to send his report to the Cheshire FA and when they have dealt with the matter, we will decide if further action needs to be taken.'
There was also trouble in a Chester Sunday League match between Red Lion Frodsham and Vicars Cross Dynamoes. This game was abandoned because of an alleged assault.
Said league secretary Graham Johnson: 'We strongly disapprove of any behaviour which harms the league's reputation, but until the Cheshire FA deals with it, we can do nothing. As far as I know, the police are not involved in the matter.'
Cheshire FA's chief executive Mrs Maureen Dunford confirmed there had been incidents, but added: 'We are awaiting reports from the referees before we decide on what action to take.
'It's true that Upton Borough were involved in an abandonment earlier in the season, but this doesn't necessarily mean they were to blame for any wrong-doing. This matter has yet to be dealt with.'..SUPL: