A soccer referee suspended for scoring a goal while taking charge of a game has resigned after being found guilty of bringing the gamesintosdisrepute by the Essex County Football Association. The Essex County Football Association said that they were disappointed by the decision of Savill, who hit the headlines last year when his sympathy for a team getting beaten 18-1 went too far.“It is a pretty unique case and hopefully it won't happen again,”Essex County FA chief executive Phil Sammons said. Brian Savill was taking charge of a Great Bromley Cup game in the South of England between Earls Colne Reserves and Wimpole 2000. With 10 minutes remaining and Wimple trailing 18-1, Savill found the ball at his feet in front of the Earls Colne goal and promptly banged itsintosthe net, before signaling a goal. The laws of the game state that the referee is part of the playing area and that the game continues if the ball strikes him. There is no provision in the laws to differentiate between an accidental or deliberate contact. Savill's bizarre goal made little difference to the outcome as Earls Colne went on to win 20-2, but the officials were impressed. The Essex County FA finally found 47-year-old Savill guilty of bringing the gamesintosdisrepute and suspended him for seven weeks. Savill, a referee with 18 years’experience, resigned after finding out about the decision.“They haven't got a sense of humor,”he told the Times newspaper.“It brought enjoyment to everyone’s lives. It shows refereeing can be enjoyable and that we are not Hitlers running around blowing whistles all the time.”However, he advised other referees against following his example.