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Police investigating threats made to Old Firm referee

Rangers v Hearts -  Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 07: Referee John Beaton reacts during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Police in Scotland are investigating threats made to the referee who took charge of the recent Old Firm game between Rangers and Celtic.

Police Scotland said a complaint has been made “regarding texts and calls” to John Beaton after his contact details were leaked online, and that inquiries were ongoing.

Scottish Football Association chief executive Ian Maxwell said the referee’s family was also a target of threats and that the organization was in close contact with those affected. Beaton was the referee at Ibrox for Rangers’ 1-0 win over its fierce rival in the Scottish Premiership on Dec. 29.

Maxwell said another referee was allegedly threatened and assaulted at a lower-league game before Christmas, and described the incidents as “unacceptable and extremely concerning.”