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“Respect the Referee” Awareness Weekend 10th+11th March 2012

ByMal Lee

Feb 4, 2012

***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

 Website: www.dontxthelinecampaign.com

 Email:  mal@dontxtheline.co.uk


Press Release : “Respect the Referee” Awareness Weekend 10th+11th March 2012