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Referee Marta Galego Expels Fan from Catalan Match After Sexist Comment

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2016

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 14: Details flag of referee during the match between Palmeiras and Boa Esporte for the Brazilian Championship Series B 2013 at Pacaembu Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images)
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A fan who shouted "go wash the dishes" at a female referee was ejected from a Catalan second division game on Sunday.

Per Spanish news agency EFE (via AS), Marta Galego, while officiating a match between UE Valls and Cambrils Unio, heard the sexist comment from the stands and stopped the match.

She then ordered for the offending UE Valls spectator to be removed from the stands—a process that took three minutes—before restarting the game.

Galego was applauded for her decisive action and noted the incident down in her pad, "surely with the intention of reporting the incident to the Catalan Football Federation," per EFE.

Per laSexta (via Fox Sports' Alex Dowd), the Catalan governing body have an initiative which allows for "zero insults in the stands."

Fan abuse reared its ugly head in LaLiga as recently as last month when referee Clos Gomez had to temporarily suspend play during Sporting Gijon's game against Athletic Bilbao as fans chanted racist racist abuse at Bilbao's Inaki Williams, per AS.

In such circumstances the referee could have fully suspended the match but play resumed "once the public had been addressed."

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It is an ongoing struggle to curb fan abuse across European football, but Galego's example is surely one to be followed in dealing with disrespectful spectators.

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