Referee Bobby Madley reveals ‘dark joke’ that led to Premier League sack

The former Premier League referee Bobby Madley has opened about the “dark-humoured joke” that cost him his job.

Madley ceased officiating at the very best level in England in August 2018, with the refereeing body Professional Game Match Officials Limited saying only that he was relocating thanks to a change in personal circumstances.

Madley did move to Norway, where his partner is from, but only after he was sacked for sending a video to someone he “trusted” which apparently mocked a disabled person.

In a long post on Madley explained that he took the video as a response to ribbing a few parents’ race at his daughter’s school and a news article written by former referee Mark Halsey claiming he was making mistakes because he was overweight.

Madley wrote: “The page and headline of ’Blobby Bobby’ could seem funny to some but, trust me, being fat shamed during a national newspaper isn’t a pleasant feeling.

“As I sat in my car with my phone in hand, an individual walked past my car ahead of me who had a walking impairment. subsequent part i’m ashamed of. I took a six-second film, I said nothing. I did this in Snapchat, which is where I take all of my films that I shall save to my phone.

“On the video I wrote, ‘F**k me I even have an opportunity of winning the oldsters race this year.’ Out of context I accept this reads shamefully. I accept that. However, my intention was that the joke was aimed toward myself.

“Had I even have sent this to anyone on Snapchat, then i might accept the choice that later came as a result. I didn’t do this, though. I saved it to my phone. I sent it as a personal text to somebody who I trusted. Somebody who understood the context of previous sports day comments and was conscious of the fat shaming I had received.

“I regret taking the video, I regret sending that video and, whilst it had been a dark-humoured joke, it had been just that. A joke. it had been not intended to shame anyone, it had been not intended to be seen by anyone aside from the person I sent it privately to during a text message on my very own personal phone.”

Madley claimed the recipient of the video sent it to his employers and a disciplinary hearing resulted in his immediate dismissal.

“At that time my world fell apart,” said Madley. “Whilst I absolutely understand the importance of an employer taking discrimination seriously, as they did, the choice to the present day still stuns me.

“I will never be ready to accept that the choice taken was either necessary nor was it proportionate to the act.”

Madley, who is 34, also detailed the threats and abuse he has received as a results of media stories surrounding his dismissal and therefore the effect the entire episode has had on his life.

“The last 18 months are mental torture on behalf of me and, except for those close friends and family around me, also as a robust partner, I dread to think what could became,” he said.

“I still struggle to sleep, I still suffer mentally day to day to undertake to seek out the person i’m now instead of clinging to the person I once was.” daftar agen sbobet di