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Club Statement: Referees’ Body Cameras Trial

Today we conducted an interview after being approached by a media journalist from a regional radio station.

We are proud to be an ‘England Football Accredited Club’ and have adopted the FA Respect Code of Conduct and FA Club Rules. We expect all of our players, managers and people (including spectators) to abide by this and would take the strongest possible steps to deter and prevent abuse against referees and match officials.

SHEERWATER FOOTBALL CLUB does not tolerate abuse, threatening or physical behaviour towards anyone — including referees, volunteers and opposing numbers.

We provide a safe environment for match officials after matches, who stay behind to enjoy hot food after the game and generally enjoy mutual friendly conversation about the game - we are all human and they referee for a love of the game, more than anything else!

As a club, we make it known to players that dissent is not accepted and because ‘people’ are paramount to our football club, we have made it clear to everyone including players and our greatest asset — our people — that we would never tolerate any such behaviour contrary to this.

The club is run by volunteers and our players are a close knit group who are focused on their own performance on the pitch. We are a club that prides ourselves on maintaining these strong values and standards.

As made clear during our interview with the radio station, which airs on Monday morning during their breakfast bulletin, we wish to express our full support to the trial of body cameras for referees- we can only see the positives. We will continue championing Respect and maintaining our high values as a football club.

Sheerwater Football Club

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