Respect - a little goes a long way


There are times when, believe it or not, footballers forget that referees are human. At times, it can be a thankless task trying to control 22 players and keep order for 90 minutes.

Players make mistakes and, let's be honest, so do referees, although only the biggest and best are honest enough to admit them.

From the Premier League to Sunday park football, there is always plenty to discuss but it appears that one or two should review the FA’s RESPECT campaign. Remember that?

It’s worth remembering that, as Martin Fox says, referees turn up to enjoy the match too and I doubt the constant haranguing of the men in black will get the best out of them.

Sunday’s unsavoury events in Wembley saw Martin de la Fuente reach breaking point. This came as a result of a handful of players constantly chipping away and back-chatting. He told me that "certain players were not interested in playing football." If the league is to maintain it’s 100 per cent coverage of referees, then players should stick to playing the game and let the referee, well, err, referee.

* The top two go head-to-head in the JC MSFL Premier Division on Sunday with long-time leaders Faithfold A looking to regain top spot when they travel to Hendon at Hadley FC.

Hendon boss David Garbacz said: "There's no doubt Faithfold are a huge force to be reckoned with this year and credit must go to Zuriel and his team for producing such a strong squad.

"There's no temptation to try to move to a 3G pitch as our home form at Hadley has been impressive this year and we are not willing to give up that advantage for a match of this importance. Nothing is won or lost in January but there is no doubt that the winner will become favourites for the title."

* Fresh from scoring an MJFL record of 12 goals in one game, Joseph Corney added another four last Sunday. With several top clubs looking to improve their striking options, HIS Reds appear to have their work cut out trying to keep hold of the wonder kid during the transfer window.

* It’s good to see the Rachmanus spirit still exists in the MSFL. Players cried penalty when Barry Green went down in the area in Loughton Orient’s match against Hendon C, but Green took it upon himself to tell referee Quentin Fox that he had slipped.

Loughton boss Dan Curtis said: "It was a pure Robbie Fowler against Arsenal moment and one which deserves praise for such honesty." I know of one or two players in the Premier League who should take note.

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