In line with the FA’s Respect programme announced last week, Premier League players, managers and chairmen have signed up to charters detailing standards of acceptable behaviour in the season ahead.
As part of the new initiative, Terry and his fellow captains have been given extra responsibility regarding their relationship with referees and managing their team mates, TV monitors will be removed from around the dugouts to ease the pressure on officials from managers and refereeing experts have been appointed by BSkyB, BBC and Setanta.
The behaviour of professional footballers was widely criticised last season, with high profile issues involving Ashley Cole and Javier Mascherano leading to calls from across the game for something to done.
The FA have called for respect to be improved across the game, from Hackney Marshes to Old Trafford, but now it appears that players and managers at the top of the game will be leading by example.
Speaking at yesterday’s launch of the Premier League’s initiative, Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: “Premier League clubs and players do so much to inspire and excite – generally fans and the media are talking about the great goals and moments of skill in the Barclays Premier League.
“At times though, and this came into sharp public focus last season, incidents crop up where the mark is overstepped and player and manager behaviour can become unacceptable.
“The referees have a responsibility too. In forging better relationships with team captains, and the other players and by communicating their decisions in the right way, it will help the players and that will make the game better for everyone – fans included.
“Our message is clear and straightforward – it comes with one voice from the Chairmen, managers and the players – let’s “Get On With The Game”.”
Have your shout!
Do you expect the Respect programme and Get on with the Game to improve behaviour in Premier League matches this season? Do you feel that the example set by professionals will now improve? Do you believe standards of behaviour in grassroots games will improve as a result?