***Press Release***** .
Don’t X The Line Campaign .
‘Respect the Referee’ Awareness weekend .
10th March / 11th 2012
Over the weekend 10th to the 11th March Don’t X the Line Campaign cic,
is working together with The Premier League, Referees & Assistants, to
raise the awareness of Respect in the game of football. The PGMOL,
match officials have committed their support, for the fourth year running
and to wear branded Tee Shirts promoting Don’t X the Line, around the
football grounds during their warm ups, prior to officiating their game
Our Respect the Referee initiative, in grassroots football, is aimed at those
parents and spectators who are at the heart of bad touchline behaviour.
The wearing of the tee shirts will generate awareness to all the junior
leagues parents/spectators and players around the country, and help with
maintaining and attracting more referees to the sport we love.
Notes to Editors
The Don’t X the Line Campaign has been established since 2003, and was
fashioned by Malcolm (Mal) Lee, to support zero tolerance amongst
football people by not putting up with constant aggression, verbal abuse,
bullying & racist comments on and off the football field.
Over the last five years the campaign has linked closely with a number of
Premier League Clubs; Mike Riley, General Manager of the
Professional Game Match Official Limited (PGMOL); and
Ambassadors Chris Foy, (premiership referee) & Jamie
Carragher, (Liverpool FC). The campaign also receives the full
support of Keith Hackett,(Premier League ) the Football
Association (FA), Premier League, Professional Footballers
Association (PFA) & the League Management Committee
The Don’t X the Line Campaign was the forerunner for the FA’s, Respect
Programme, and as a voluntary organisation, is proud of its achievements
to date, where it will continue, with the support of many volunteers, to make
a difference across the Country.
Last year, Professional clubs supported Don’t X the Line Campaign and
helped with the awareness of Respect the Referee, by promoting the
message over the public address system; advertising it on their websites,
and also with copy in match day programmes. Clubs further responded by
sending their logo,and one or two managers wore a small lapel badge in
support of the awarenessweekend. Don’t X the Line Campaign requests
the media, clubs or County FA’s,o offer support, where possible, with the
weekend of action
Further contact for interviews and photo opportunities are as follows:
Mal Lee (Founder Don’t X The Line CIC:
07951 442480 0151 287 9905