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Two football supporters charged for abusing female referees

On Wednesday, during a match between Sheffield Steelers and Birmingham City, Rebecca Welch was reportedly subjected to obscene banter from the crowd.

Two football supporters have been apprehended on suspicion of verbally abusing a female referee.

On Saturday, during Birmingham City’s victory over Sheffield, supporters were apprehended. They were suspected of chanting misogynistic language at match official Rebecca Welch.

A statement from West Midlands Police read, “We have arrested two boys for misogynistic chanting at the female referee during today’s home game of Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.”

Our cops took the two seventeen-year-olds after hearing the chants at the official.

The teenagers were detained on suspicion of violating public order, according to the police.

On Friday, Birmingham issued a pre-match advisory to spectators regarding their conduct towards match officials.

Club’s Response and Prior Warnings

The club stated that Ms. Welch faced “sexist and misogynistic” protests against Preston in her previous match at St Andrew’s.

Additionally, the club underscored the potential imposition of a five-year suspension for hate speech or discriminatory remarks to its supporters.

A club statement read that beforebefore Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday, a statement was published on BCFC.com urging supporters to treat match officials courteously.

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“Therefore, the football club is extremely disheartened that West Midlands Police officers overheard two supporters chanting misogynistic taunts at the referee today; these individuals are presently being detained on suspicion of violating public order.”

Birmingham City will diligently assist the police in their investigations and vehemently denounce every manifestation of discrimination.

The Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham and Manchester United was Wayne Rooney’s first win as manager.

In January, Ms. Welch, 39, achieved the historic status of the first female to preside over a Championship match when she oversaw the encounter between Birmingham and Preston.

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