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Boxing referee hits Twitter trouble

EXPERIENCED: Jeff Hinds

ONE OF the country’s most respected boxing referees was been hit by a misconduct charge after sending an innocent tweet. Jeff Hinds has officiated for the best part of 30 years but was recently summoned by the British Board of Control (BBoC) after tweeting on the occasion of refereeing his 1,250 bout.

A boxing insider has contacted The Voice, frustrated by the Board’s treatment of Hinds. The source said: “It has come to my attention that professional boxing referee Jeff Hinds has been kept on the same grade for 24 years by the British Boxing Board of Control.

“During this period the current top grade referees have been promoted with significantly less experience.”

“Hinds have been refereeing for 27 years and upon reaching the landmark of refereeing 1,250 bouts, he posted on Twitter celebrating this but instead of receiving commendation from the Board he has been called to appear before them on a misconduct charge.”

The respected Hinds, who was reprimanded by the BBoC, has refereed more contests than any other current British referee but has allegedly been refused promotion to the highest grade with no reasons given.

The source added: “The tweet may have touched a sore nerve causing the Board to react in this way. Looking further into the matter it seems like the treatment of Hinds mirrors that of footballer Eniola Aluko by the FA.”

Hinds was unavailable for comment.

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