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‘Respect the Referee’ Awareness Weekend 10th & 11th March 2012

Don’t X The Line Campaign

‘Respect the Referee’

Awareness Weekend – 10th and 11th March 2012

During the weekend of 10th and 11th March, Don’t X the Line Campaign cic is working together with The Premier League, Referees & Assistants, to raise awareness of ‘Respect’ in the game of football. The PGMOL (Professional Game Match Official Limited) match officials have committed their support for the fourth year running. Branded Tee Shirts promoting Don’t X the Line will be worn around football grounds during their warm ups, prior to officiating their games.

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.


Note to Editors

The Don’t X the Line Campaign has been established since 2003. It was fashioned by Malcolm (Mal) Lee to support zero tolerance amongst football people by their not putting up with aggression, verbal abuse, bullying & racist comments both 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  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 of the FA’s ‘Respect Programme,’ and as a voluntary organisation, is proud of its achievements to date.  With the support of many volunteers, this campaign is due to have a huge, countrywide impact on the game.

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 awareness weekend. Don’t X the Line Campaign requests the media, clubs or County FA’s, to 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)
0151 287 9905
07951 442480 (mobile)

Support the NFCA, Love Football

NFCA Press Release



Is this just another children’s football organisation trying to win the affections of football authorities?

NO. This is every child’s friend, parents, guardians, carers, football club, sports organisation (regardless of affiliation), school, youth club, and welfare industry putting aside adult agendas and enjoying a game of football.

If you are in a position to help facilitate a game of football on a park, in a playground, at a club or in your garden pick up a ball and… LET US PLAY.

NCFA want to raise the profile of all the good work undertaken by organisations that use football as a vehicle to help communities be a better place. This year adult football is asked to take a back seat and let children play.

This document details some of the ways that you, your club, team or organisation can celebrate children’s football without prejudice. Don’t forget to get in touch with the National Children’s Football Alliance to request promotional materials, such as posters, flyers, banners and stickers to promote your event effectively.

Contact us before June 1st 2011 to get your event listed on the NCFA website and send your stories and images in to us afterwards for everyone to see!

Have a great day!

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DXTL Roadshow at Lostock Hall Tournament – Sunday 3rd July 2011

The Don’t X The Line Roadshow arrived at the Lostock Hall Tournament at 8.15am to meet up with Sky Sports News as we were there to monitor the tournament and add  our input about Respect and Sportsmanship.

Straightaway we were greeted by  Tournament organisers who were out in force working hard before kick off. We were highly impressed by the friendship and organisation throughout the day. Can we first of all thank Daryll and James for the kindness and respect they showed to the team from DXTL.

This season the DXTL Roadshow will visit many junior leagues talking to parents, coaches, players and committees; looking at facilities; giving advice on touchlines about Respect and how the leagues run in general.

DXTL Volunteers Will Award Points

Our volunteers will mix with the committees and supporters. Leagues will be awarded points for how well organised they are from the findings. At the end of the season, winners will be given a fair play award and a gold silver or bronze certificate by the DXTL Volunteer Respect Team.

Points will be awarded for barriers, behaviour, respect, sportsmanship and facilities.

Again congratulations Lostock JFC by displaying barriers and giving a fantastic day to all,you have set a high standard to follow

On behalf of the DXTL

Mal Lee