NRL referee opens up on vile abuse after World Cup semi

Cecchin, who disallowed a try that would have given Tonga an upset win, has told The Sydney Morning Herald he was in an Auckland bar when police rang to tell him they had contacted him and several family members that had been targeted.

He was advised not the leave the hotel and told he would be picked up and taken to the airport.

On his return to Australia, he was picked up by the Australian Federal Police.

He also flicked through his phone to discover more than a thousand "vile" attacks, the likes of which he had never encountered across his entire career.

FIFA names referees for U20 Women’s World Cup games

There are 16 women referees and 27 women assistant referees from 32 different countries who will take charge of the matches. 

Referees want sufficient security provided for games

Before the brawl last Saturday at the Sir John Guise stadium during the game between the Mt Hagen Eagles and the Agmark Rabaul Gurias, the referees expressed their disappointment on the incident and urged the Digicel Cup Board to take responsibility in providing strong security on grounds during games.

Referees director in PNG Joe Peregua said, this is not the first incident that our men had faced with such violent behaviour from the supporters and the players and team officials.