Commission Warns Mat Referees To Enforce Rules

Chicago Tribune – October 15, 1954
By Frank Mastro

The Illinois Athletic Commission yesterday threatened legislation which would bar wrestling if members of the board’s mat refereeing corps continue to fail to enforce rules of the game. Any violation calls for disqualification and if a wrestler is disqualified in “a certain number of bouts” he should be suspended. The commission’s ultimatum also warned lax referees that failure to abide by the rules might cause their suspension.

The commission’s statement said:

“Matters have gone from bad to worse. If these violations continue, we are of the opinion that bills will be presented to the Legislature at its next session beginning next Jan. 1, asking that wrestling and wrestling exhibitions be abolished.”

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