THE Football Association’s RESPECT campaign may not be fully operational in Jersey until the start of next season.
Clubs in the Coca-Cola Jersey Football Combination have still to sign up for the campaign – designed to combat unacceptable behaviour at all levels of the game – and when they do they and the Island’s referees will all then have to attend seminars before RESPECT can be fully implemented.
Jersey Football Association chief executive officer Paul Creeden said: ‘We are hoping it might be the end of December when it is introduced but it could be as far away as the start of next season. As an Association we are disappointed at that because we had almost everything in place here with the league, referees and the JFA all ready to start in August. The FA have most of it in place but there is still work on it to be done in certain areas, like how it will be monitored once it has been implemented.’
The FA rolled out RESPECT early in August but they have rolled it out at the top level of the game first. There is a separate pathway for the professional and grass root section of the game and the JFA are further information from the FA before training can commence.