Rugby World Cup referee quits Tom Foley

English rugby referee Tom Foley has decided to step away from international match officiating for the foreseeable future, citing online abuse as a major reason yesterday. 

Foley was the Television Match Official at this year’s Rugby World Cup final in France when South Africa defeated New Zealand 12-11, and has previously reported receiving death threats to himself and his family in the wake of that game. 

“Having reached the pinnacle in officiating at the Rugby World Cup Final, now feels the right time to take a break from the international game,” Foley said in a statement. 

“Over the course of 13 years, I have been fortunate to officiate alongside many dedicated professionals and be involved in some of the greatest games in international rugby. — SuperSport.

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