Is it offensive, insulting or abusive? There's your answer
Answers like these aren't the slightest bit helpful to new members. Answers like these are more likely to make new members wonder 'why should I bother with this forum?'What does football expect??
Agreed. The player's relationship with other players is completely different to that of the match officials, so therefore you can't apply things the exact same way.For me, we are comparing apples and oranges.
Player deliberately pushes an opponent on the chest aggressively it's a yellow, could even get away with a public warning.
Push a match official in the chest aggressively, it's red clear as day and a very long suspention to follow.
The reason the gap in level of tollerance is so large (for both verbal and physical offences) is not just to protect the match officials. It is by enlarge to protect the game itself.