Scottish refereees have had enough. They are going on strike. One striker told me 'I may miss a goal or two but my aim is always to work to the best of my abilities.'
Managers in Scotland have surpassed managers in England with their abuse of refs and one flustered ref was economic with the truth. This was too much for the former Labour Minister, Lord Reid, Chairman of Celtic who announced: 'I have never come across anyone in the House of Commons who has been economic with the truth so why should we put up with refs who dissimulate untruths?'
All in all refs are handy for Managers to blame for their teams poor performances and with the diving and subtle fouls that professional footballers are prone to it is hardly surprising that refs make mistakes now and again.
So no football in Scotland. Waves of discontent may filter over the border and refs in England may take a similar stand.
No football will mean mean chaos. Fixtures will pile up and no one will be able to put bets on matches. Blackleg refs are in secret training and will be brought into grounds under armed guard if neccessary. Ref sympathisers threaten to picket any ground where strike breaking refs arbitrate in matches.
Refs also have the sympathy of some players who would refuse to play whilst there is at least one Manager who would not let his team play with a blackleg ref.
Are we headed for a Winter of Discontent?