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Don’t X the Line – Campaign seeks more respect for refereesTotal Football Magazine – Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, Non-League News

Don’t X the Line – Campaign seeks more respect for referees

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Over the weekend of March 10-11, the Don’t X the Line campaign is working together with The Premier League, referees and assistants to raise awareness for respect in football.

A Respect the Referee initiative in grassroots football is aimed at parents and spectators who are at the heart of bad touchline behaviour.

The Don’t X the Line campaign has been established since 2003 to support zero tolerance against aggression, verbal abuse, bullying and racist comments on and off the football field.

Over the last eight years the campaign has linked closely with a number of Premier League clubs, Mike Riley (General Manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited) and ambassadors Chris Foy (Premier League referee) and Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher.

“It is an honour to be asked to be an ambassador for the Don’t X The Line,” said Carragher. “I obviously started myself at grassroots level and I do understand the problem we have with referees and youngsters becoming increasingly under pressure from a minority of pushy spectators whilst participating in grassroots football.”

The campaign also receives the full support of former referee Keith Hackett, the Football Association, Premier League and the Professional Footballers Association.

Dont X the Line founder Mal Lee said: “I support referees as they make the decisions and that leaves them in the firing line from both sets of supporters.

‘Parents were picking up baseball bats’

“I started the campaign in December 2003. I have been involved for 30 years in grassroots football and have been involved in committees, as well as running teams.

“While I was a manager for an under 10s team I witnessed children crying because their parents were fighting each other, I saw parents in an under 10s game picking up baseball bats to use on each other, referees threatened and chased by irate parents, and committee members leaving because they had been threatened.

“I also witnessed a free for all in an under 12s match. Both teams and parents started a battle over a refereeing decision and the referee was chased.

“After witnessing these incidents and many more the time was right to start some sort of campaign.

“The campaign was developed and over the years has continued to get stronger. We have received fantastic support from our ambassador Keith Hackett, as well as Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Jamie Carragher, the FA, the Premier League, the PFA, the League Management Committee and the PGMOL.”

Don’t X the Line, the forerunner for the FA’s Respect programme, is a volunteer organisation. More information about the campaign can be found on the website: www.dontxtheline.com

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Don’t X the Line – Respect the referee campaign :: Total Football Magazine – Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, Non-League News.

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

***Press Release***** .

Don’t X The Line Campaign .

‘Respect the Referee’ Awareness weekend .

10th March / 11th 2012

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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

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 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Further contact for interviews and photo opportunities are as follows:

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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

 

http://www.dontxtheline.com/press-release-referee-awareness-weekend-march-2012/