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John Sheridan’s Touchline Tirade Shows The Extent Of Abuse Referees Are Subjected To

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: John Sheridan, manager of Notts County during the Checkatrade Trophy group match between Notts County and Hartlepool at Meadow Lane on August 31, 2016 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

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Former Ireland playmaker John Sheridan was sacked from his post as Notts County manager earlier this month after the 52-year-old’s side went nine games without picking up a single point.

On the 10th of December County were halfway through this dismal run and hurtling towards a 2-0 loss to Wycombe Wanderers.

The game saw Sheridan hit the headlines for being sent to the stand for verbally abusing the referee. He was subsequently hit with a fine and lengthy touchline ban.

Details of the referee’s report from that game have now been revealed (via The Telegraph), and if you’re of a conservative disposition look away now.

“In the 55th minute fourth official Matthew Donohue informed me that Notts County manager John Sheridan should be removed from the technical area for his behaviour towards himself. I then asked Mr Sheridan to leave the technical area, and take a place in the stands.

“Mr Sheridan then said to me ‘You’re a f****** disgrace, you’re f****** useless, you’ve not f****** got anything right today, you should be f****** ashamed, you’re f****** shit, my kids aren’t going to get any f****** Christmas presents because of f****** you. Mr Sheridan then took his place in the stands for the rest of the game.

“In the 56th minute, after Wycombe Wanderers had scored their second goal, Notts County manager, John Sheridan and assistant manager, Mark Crossley left the technical to complain to assistant referee, Anthony Moore.

“I approached them to tell them they needed to remain in their technical area. Mr Sheridan then shouted directly into my face, ‘You’re a f****** c***.  I then called across referee Eddie Ilderton, who dismissed Mr Sheridan from the technical area. On leaving the technical area, Mr Sheridan approached me again, shouting directly at me, ‘You really are a c***. I’m gonna knock you out you c***.”

Fairly standard ‘banter’ I’m sure you’ll agree.

Stephen Vaughan, Pundit Arena

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