A group of football referees in the Black Country have gone on strike in protest against verbal and physical abuse on the pitch.
Referee Herville Hector of the Warley Sunday League, said the forty officials were "sick and tired" of the footballers' bad behaviour.
Mr Hector, from Oldbury, said they had been sworn at, insulted and threatened on a weekly basis.
The 48-year-old, who has been a referee for 25 years, said abandoned games were now a regular feature when referees pulled the plug on play. The referees gathered at the weekend for a crunch meeting at Birchley Sports and Social Club.
While games due to be played at the venue on Lion Farm playing fields in Oldbury were abandoned due to torrential rain waterlogged pitches, other Warley Sunday League matches at other venues went ahead without referees.
If they had not played, the clubs would have faced hefty fines if they did not play.
At the meeting, the referees were keen to stress they had not singled out Warley Sunday League and added it was one of the best leagues for discipline.
But, they said, the problem was one endemic in football and society.
They resolved to meet with league officials before deciding whether they would referee any matches next Sunday.
They also vowed to organise a mass resignation if any of their representatives were disciplined as a result of their actions.
It was believed they were to attend a meeting last night with the Warley Sunday League council, but this was denied by a league spokesman.
One referee, Ken Knight, aged 61, from Quinton, Birmingham, spoke first-hand of the kind of violence referees can face.
He said: "I was punched in the chest and knocked flat on my back by a goalkeeper. I was ill for two weeks and the player was suspended for five years. It was a terrifying experience."
Mr Hector added: "Referees get £22 a match and I feel that is not enough for the level of abuse we have to take. Mr Hector said players, clubs and the FA should sit up and take notice.
Yesterday, The Birmingham County FA's discipline secretary Mike Fellows, said: "It is very disappointing that they took this action.
"We have been working very hard - running a campaign which takes a zero tolerance approach to this.
"We had 20 alleged assaults reported last year - none of them being a serious assault.
"There have been no assaults on referees this season and only four games have been abandoned and we have 42 games every weekend."