FA ´lost will´ to defend refs - Poll

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Graham Poll believes the Football Association have ´lost the will´ to defend referees from attacks by clubs and players.

The controversial official has decided to quit, citing the FA´s lack of support after a bust-up with Chelsea last season as a major factor in his decision. Coming after a disastrous World Cup for Poll - when he was castigated for failing to send off a player he had booked twice - the 43-year-old was livid at the lack of backing from the FA and chief executive Brian Barwick.

"The World Cup situation wounded me badly, but we patched that up and the (referees´ body) PGMOL got me back refereeing and refereeing well again," Poll told the BBC´s Inside Sport programme. "But the FA, by not supporting me, and therefore other referees, have made that wound impossible to repair."

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