This weekend – 13-15 March – football’s Don’t X The Line Campaign is working together with Premier League and Football League referees and assistants to raise the awareness of respect in the game of football.
The match officials have agreed, for the second year running, to wear branded T-shirts promoting Don’t X the Line – DXTL – around the football grounds during their warm-ups prior to officiating their game.
DXTL was established in 2003 by Mal Lee to support zero tolerance within grassroots football of aggression, verbal abuse, bullying and racist comments both on and off the field, and their ‘Respect the Referee‘ initiative is aimed at those parents and spectators who are at the heart of bad touchline behaviour.
Over the last five years the campaign has formed links with a number of Premier League clubs and receives the full support of the Football Association, Premier League, Professional Footballers Association & the League Management Committee.
DXTL ambassadors include Premiership referee Chris Foy and Newcastle United player Kevin Nolan, whilst they have also formed links with Keith Hackett, head of the Professional Game Match Official Limited, the organisation that manage match officials officiating in the professional game.
Running long before the formation of the FA’s Respect programme, DXTL can consider themselves a huge influence on the direction the FA has taken and, as a voluntary organisation, are proud of their achievements to date.
One of those is that, for the second year running, Premier League and Football League officials will be supporting the campaign, much to the delight of Lee.
He said: “The wearing of the T-shirts will generate awareness to all the junior leagues parents, spectators and players around the country, and help with maintaining and attracting more referees to the sport we love.”
DXTL will also be appearing at Grass Roots Football LIVE at the NEC in Birmingham from 12 – 14 June.
For more information visit http://www.dontxthelinecampaign.com.