Don’t cross the line

February 19, 2013

Don't X The LIne

Over the weekend 16th/17th March 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-shirts 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 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. Last year, Professional clubs supported Don’t X The Line Campaign and 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.



One Comment

  1. Mark

    February 22, 2013 at 08:59

    Whilst I agree that no person should be subject to actions or language that cause them unnecessary harassment, alarm or distress – I do feel the FA are missing a key fact of life here: YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT!

    The slogan is misleading and should read PLEASE DON’T HARASS THE OFFICIALS AND WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT ANY COMPLAINTS BE FORWARDED TO THE FA WHERE THOSE COMPLAINTS MAY OR MAY NOT BE DEALT WITH CAMPAIGN

    Furthermore, if you want to address poor behavior aimed towards match Officials, you’re better starting off in the Premiership. Everton are one of a few teams who abstain from descent and poor behavior and it gets us no respect or benefit.