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Arsenal coach banned and fined for reducing female referee to tears and calling her a ‘little p****’

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Alex Nichols was in charge of the Gunners for a match against Reading involving eight and nine-year-old boys An Arsenal academy coach has been banned and fined for ‘abhorrent’ behaviour towards a teenage girl refereeing an Under-9s match.

Mr Nichols also called the referee a ‘little prick’ after she refused to shake his hand at the end of the match.

Alex Nichols reduced the female, described as a ‘minor’ in the disciplinary commission’s findings, to tears by shouting at her during a match between Arsenal and Reading involving eight and nine-year-old boys.

“The referee was confident it was not, however Mr Nichols continued to question her decision, shouting and screaming at her and running down the sideline, leaving the referee feeling humiliated, belittled and bullied.

An Arsenal spokesman said: “At Arsenal we do not accept or tolerate behaviour of this nature.

We took appropriate action, suspending the coach immediately after the allegation was brought to our attention.” Mr Nichols was Arsenal’s Under-9s head coach at the time of the incident but has since changed roles to a general coaching position in the club’s academy.

The findings continue: “He then muttered, ‘How classy, little prick.’ She states that later, after his team had finished playing outside, he came to apologise to her but she declined his apology.” Mr Nichols admitted to raising his voice in a written response provided by Arsenal, but he denied shouting and running up and down the touchline, and also abusing the referee after the match.
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