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Respect The referee Awareness Weekend : Rescheduled 6th-7th April

ByMal Lee

Apr 5, 2013

Due to recent poor weather conditions, The Respect the Referee & Fair Play Awareness Weekend had to be rescheduled. It is now taking place this weekend…


“Sky Sports have confirmed. All supporters, I will give as much publicity as I possibly can for your fantastic support. Also a massive thank you to  LCFA (Liverpool County Football Association), and your tremendous support. See you down there Gordon Johnson. Any Leagues supporting the awareness weekend?  You could still have a visit yourselves from Sky – I will let you know.” – Mal Lee


Over the weekend 6th-7th April, Don’t X The Line Campaign is working together with The Professional Football Association and the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials) to raise awareness of Respect in the game of football. Over the years, match officials have worn branded T-shirts promoting Don’t X The Line around Premier league grounds during warm ups, prior to officiating their game


Our ‘Respect The Referee’ initiative, in grassroots football, is aimed at the behaviour of parents and spectators who are at the heart of bad touchline behaviour. The wearing of T-shir ts helps promote awareness to all Junior League parents/spectators and players around the country. At the same time, it helps maintain the number of referees. Also, the promotion of ‘Respect The Referee’ provides a powerful incentive which attracts even more referees to the sport we love.


Don’t X The Line Founder Mal Lee receiving his Bobby Moore Award

Don’t X The Line Founder Mal Lee 

receiving his Bobby Moore Award

Don’t X The Line Campaign is credited as the forerunner for the FA’s Respect Programme; we are a CIC and voluntary organisation. We are very proud of its achievements to date. Also, we will continue to make a difference at grassroots level by relying on the ongoing work carried out by our many volunteers.

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Last year, Professional clubs supported Don’t X The Line Campaignand helped with the awareness of ‘Respect the Referee’. This included promoting the message over the public address system, advertising it on club websites and a mention in the match day programme. Some Clubs further responded by providing their logo. Also, some managers participated by wearing a lapel badge in support of the awareness weekend.

Don’t X The Line Campaign requests the media, clubs and County FAs to offer active support, where possible for ‘Respect The Referee’awareness weekend and fair play within grassroots football.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Further contact for interviews and photo opportunities are as follows:
Mal Lee (Founder Don’t X The Line Campaign):

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW 07951442480 – 0151 287 9905


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