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Title: The English Football Association’s Respect Campaign: the referees’ view
Authors: Cleland, Jamie
O’Gorman, Jimmy
Bond, Matthew
Keywords: Football
Respect Campaign
Referees
Football Association
Behaviour
Grassroots
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: CLELAND, J., O'GORMAN, J. and BOND, M., 2015. The English Football Association’s Respect Campaign: the referees’ view. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 7(4), pp. 551-563.
Abstract: Through semi-structured interviews with 11 practising referees registered to one English County Football Association (FA), this article examines their experiences of officiating since the English FA implemented a Respect Campaign in 2008. Despite this high-profile public information campaign focusing on the role of the referee, the results outline that little has changed for those officiating at the youth and adult grassroots level. Referees highlight continuing verbal and physical abuse and argue that County FAs need to demonstrate greater levels of support towards them when dealing with cases of misconduct. Overall, the article illustrates that whilst the Respect Campaign remains a relatively new initiative, it requires further proactive development and improvements due to the unwelcome experiences that remain for referees when officiating matches.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 24th Mar 2017.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/19406940.2015.1088050
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19413
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2015.1088050
ISSN: 1940-6940
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