Ref Support UK were informed by The CEO of The FA yesterday, December 16th, that The FA will commence an independent investigation to take place in the New Year. The independent investigation will be carried out by Leigh Barnett a Consultant Solicitor with Parker Bullen LLP and is in direct response to correspondence sent to the The FA CEO Mark Bullingham by Ref Support UK CEO Martin Cassidy on December 9th 2021.
The independent investigation is in regards to both the process point we raised in our letter relating to a complaint made to a senior member of staff at The FA referees department and into the contents of bullet points we cited under ‘continued behaviour’.
We thank those who have come forward to make statements both anonymously and on the record.
Ref Support UK wish to place our record our sincere thanks to Mark Bullingham The FA CEO and his team for their prompt, professional and transparent manner in which they have responded to our correspondence and genuine concerns dated 9th December 2021.
Ref Support UK are proud to be a fully independent referee organisation that has a very positive relationship with the hierarchy of FA whilst remaining free to air our views and concerns both publicly and privately.
We also want to make it clear that we refuse to take gifts nor funding from any footballing governing bodies nor its associate members.