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Gay Soccer Ref Loses His Job After Being Called A Faggot

Richie (left) and Richardson (right)

With more and more athletes coming out, the homophobic culture that once dominated sports may be dissipating. But an incident at an amateur soccer match in Scotland last year proves there’s still work to be done.

Dale Ritchie, an amateur soccer player from Scotland, pleaded guilty yesterday to shouting homophobic slurs at gay referee Joe Richardson during a match in Bridge of Earn, Perthshire last year.

Ritchie called Richardson a “faggot,” a “poof,” and told him he was only a referee so he could “watch boys in tight shorts.” At the time, Ritchie was suspended and was watching the game from the sidelines. He was also drunk.

In an interview with The Daily Record, Richardson said: “It’s the first time I’ve ever come across it at a game I’m refereeing. No one has ever mentioned the fact I’m gay.”

“I was very hurt and angry,” he continued. “I knew there wasn’t very much I could do while I was refereeing, but I spoke to him after the game with his coach present to tell him I’d be reporting it and I wouldn’t let it slide. At that point he denied it and said his mother-in-law was gay, so why would he be homophobic?”

But it gets worse.

After the incident, Richardson claims he was suspended by the Angus and Perthshire Referees Association.

“Because the association didn’t give me the support at the time, I spoke out against them and I ended up suspended,” he said. “They preferred the whole matter to be swept under the carpet.”

In an interview with STV News, he elaborated: “I was homophobically abused and my partner threatened. This was reported to the amateur league and I also informed my referees’ association about the abuse and for support in dealing with the matter. The secretary told me it was up to me to deal with on my own.”

The Angus and Perthshire Referees Association refuses to comment on the incident.

In court yesterday, Sheriff Lindsay Foulis called Ritchie’s remarks antigay and illegal.

Ritchie admitted to a breach of the peace by using homophobic slurs. In 2006 he committed a similar offense and was convicted of a breaching the peace after making racist comments. He is scheduled be sentenced next month.

As he left the courthouse, he told reporters the case against him was “ridiculous.” When asked to elaborate, he refused. “I don’t want to dig myself a deeper hole,” he said.

Too late for that.

By:           Graham Gremore
On:           Mar 5, 2014
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  • 5 Comments
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      I can only hope Richie meets a few Bubbas who are “interested” in him and give him a reason for not being able to sit down for a few weeks in jail. Maybe that will drag the obnoxious attitude out of him. Umm umph!

      Mar 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @Dakotahgeo: Okay, okay… I’ll be happy if he just meets one or two Bubbas… no need to be vindictive about it!

      Mar 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rickhfx
      rickhfx

      He was also drunk, is that an excuse?

      Mar 5, 2014 at 7:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stranded
      stranded

      i love his defence. I know a gay person, so i can’t possibly be homophobic. What a dick!

      I dunno, sometimes i feel like people cry too much. WTF does some rants from some drunk sideline suspended player really matter? Why not develop a tough skin, egg him on even, to make a bigger ass out of him. Or keep your cool and after the game kick his ass in the parking lot. Settle it like a man, instead of crying like a baby. Well that’s what the cro magnon side of my personality think.

      I right of him to report Richie, too bad he didn’t receive the support from his organization.

      Mar 5, 2014 at 7:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • corey
      corey

      U know the Richie homophobe drunk is just another closet case who can’t deal with his own desire to watch boys in tight shorts….maybe he should of become a priest.

      Mar 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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