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ABUSIVE behaviour towards football referees in Jersey is to be tackled head on this season with new strategies that will address poor attitudes from players and parents.

It means that captains may be the only players able to talk directly to the referee on the pitch, and it may also include rules for roped off areas for spectators, and the encouragement of feedback from players and officials alike.

The initiatives are part of football’s RESPECT campaign, which has been trialled by the English FA in 20 select leagues and looks set to be introduced nationwide.

The Jersey Football Association will launch the campaign here soon in an effort to address bad behaviour in grassroots football, which is said to be the number one problem with the game nationally.

• Picture: Russian referee Valentin Ivanov shows the red card during a World Cup group match between the Netherlands and Portugal in Nuremberg, Germany

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