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An Open Letter from Westmorland FA

Westmorland FA pens open letter to grassroots football community, following rise in the number of serious incidents reported.

An open message to all players, coaches, and parents/spectators

We have recently seen a rise in the number of serious incidents being reported to us. Since the start of the year we are seeing an unprecedented number of cases spread across adult football and youth football. This includes the behaviour of not just players but spectators as well.

Football is a game to be enjoyed by all and unfortunately a number of people have lost sight of what is and is not acceptable behaviour. Ahead of this weekend’s games we urge everyone to be more considerate, more responsible, and more respectful to everyone.

In January we launched the Respect Heroes campaign and despite this many have not got the message. Players you have a responsibility to not just be respectful to the referee but also to your opposition. If you feel aggrieved, then please inform your coach or match official. Coaches you have a responsibility to be always a role model to your players. Parents / spectators you also have a duty to be a role model. Your behaviour on the side lines has an effect on the behaviour on the pitch. Please remember this is grassroots football, not the world cup final.

As a County FA we have not been able to spend as much time supporting our clubs and volunteers as well as running leagues and cups due to the high volume of incidents that are been investigated.

This weekend please enjoy your football and remember why we are involved in the game we all love.

Thank you.

From all at Westmorland County FA