As part of our Stop Umpire Abuse Campaign, AFL Queensland Community Umpire Development Manager and former AFL Umpire, Nicholas Liparota, shares his thoughts on the role we all play in changing negative views around umpiring.
Preparing for the launch of the AFL Queensland Stop Umpire Abuse campaign, I found myself doing research on the topic, much of which I instinctively knew, having been involved in umpiring for over 18 years as an umpire and now, an umpiring administrator.
Sadly, umpire abuse is an issue across all sports. It seems like weekly I look on the Internet at the sports news and there is a story about someone in Australia who has verbally or physically abused an official/umpire.
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