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Howard and Byrne Solicitors, York - Criminal Defence Specialists

Respect to the Minstermen

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12:00am 14th April 2012

This afternoon (Saturday 14th April 2012) the FA have been invited by York City FC to use its Blue Square Bet Premier fixture with Newport County to promote the club's support of the Respect Programme.

With the help of the North Riding County FA, local leagues and clubs will be welcomed to Bootham Crescent and recognised for their commitment to improve behaviour in football.

Prior to this important game players will warm up in Respect t-shirts, a huge Respect flag will be paraded in front of the fans, and Respect goodie bags will be handed out to representatives of local leagues.

FA National Respect Programme Manager Dermot Collins commented:

"The FA welcomes the support of Professional Clubs for the Respect programme.

"Although Respect is appropriate for all levels of football, naturally people look towards those that play at the highest level to set an example.

"Unfortunately the occasional incident of poor behaviour tends to attract blanket media coverage which is why it's important to credit clubs like York City FC for using its status in the County to support the game being played in a safe, enjoyable and decent manner."

"In the amateur game there's a long way to go, but still the signs are that we've stabilised what was a growing trend towards abusive behaviour."

Steven Wade the North Riding County Development Manager said:

"I would like to thank York City FC for getting behind the Respect programme this season. By showing that the professional game is behind the programme hopefully this will filter down into the grassroots leagues. It's important that we stamp out unacceptable behaviour in football at all levels."

Paula Stainton York City in the Community Development Manager replied:

"We have been working behind the scenes with the North Riding County FA and we are using the home fixture against Newport County to promote the club's support of the Respect programme."

"I've been delighted with the positivity shown by all parties involved.

"As a professional club we have a duty to get behind the Respect programme and we want to ensure that from grassroots level, football becomes a positive experience that encourages positive behaviour."

Alan Geddes the PR & Marketing Officer for the North Riding County FA said:

"Respect is the FA's direct response to the clear message from the grassroots game that standards of behaviour must improve, on and off-the-field and at all levels of the game."

"We must address the abuse and intimidation of referees, which is causing thousands of them to drop out each season, and ensure that children and young people are able to enjoy playing football without unacceptable pressure from pushy parents and coaches."

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