Posted: Monday September 16, 2013 10:02 AM

Former ref fears pressure could lead to suicide

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LONDON (AP) - Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey says officials could commit suicide as a result of the pressures related to the job.

Halsey wrote in his autobiography, which has been serialized by The Sun newspaper, that his former colleagues should receive more help to cope with the stress of the Premier League.

Halsey, who retired at the end of last season, says "it will not be long before a referee has a nervous breakdown ... I also believe that if we do not do something to help referees with mental health and stress issues, then we could see a suicide.''

Halsey was abused on Twitter by football fans last season after officiating a 2-1 win for Manchester United against Liverpool. The tweets referred to his treatment for throat cancer in 2009.
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