An Oireachtas committee is calling for a Sports Ombudsman to be appointed to clamp down on abuse towards referees, and players.

It's one of 11 recommendations made by a cross-party group of TDs and senators, in a report to be launched this afternoon.

It says sports organisations must commit to addressing the problem to get state funding.

Galway East Fine Gael TD Ciarán Cannon is a member of the committee - he says some referees are treated very badly..

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