I know this is not current, but I have a story from the 70s and 80s that did not surprise me really, but it was still bad, which ever way you looked at it.
I have thought about posting it before, but to be fair I couldn't be bothered.
Back in 2016, my family had a two week holiday in Sardinia. In the villa next door were a couple from Surrey in their late 70s. Both were very fit for their age.
One night we invited them over to our bbq.
The man's name was Rob and he was a former football league referee before becoming a sports teacher.
Some of our party were from Durham and Rob thought we were all from that way until the bbq.
Anyway, on mentioning that I was a stags fan, it transpired that he had reffed a few of our games and been a linesman at some games that he could remember.
When the beers began to flow, he stated that he had wronged Mansfield Town on several occasions.
He told me and the brother in law, that he hated Mansfield and Halifax Town with a passion. I can't remember why he disliked Halifax but he hated us because his car was vandalised at a night game. All his tyres were slashed and nowhere was open to deal with his problem meaning he couldn't get home and was eventually put up for the night by a linesman who lived in Sheffield and had to return to Field Mill the next day to have all his tyres replaced, he said Mansfield Town and the police offered him no help at all.
From then on, whenever he reffed our games, he did everything in his power to stop us from winning. He could not tell me which games in specific but he did remember one game was in a cup game where he disallowed a perfectly good goal, turned down a blatant penalty and we lost.
I've tried finding out which game that it could have been, but not having any programmes means I can't find his full name. Carlisle in 75 springs to mind. Maybe someone else will know.
He also told us it was common practice amongst refs in those days for many reasons. He told us one ref hated Southend because they scored in the last minute once and cost him 8 draws on the pools. He also said some refs would pay you back handers before games, so they could win bets.
But worst of all, he said managers and directors would bribe you or offer you things like free holidays or Cup final tickets.
He knew Don Revie or members of the Leeds board would do this often.
Like I say, it doesn't surprise me. He did mention he regretted it, but it was rife throughout the game in that period. He also mentioned that lots of refs would end midweek matches early, especially southern refs chosen to officiate up north. Nobody wanted Hartlepool on a Tuesday night were his exact words.
I wonder how many other refs disliked us, we have had our fair share of unbelievable decisions go against in my 40 years of spectating.
Why do the two football teams I support always let me down.