Following the 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in their 2013/14 Premier League opener, Newcastle United fans were understandably unhappy and vented a lot of their fury at one man, but the Toon Army should show Jonas Gutierrez and his Newcastle teammates more respect.
Respect is a bit of a watch word right now, whether that’s fans giving players more respect or players giving referees more respect, but across all levels of the game, the FA are trying to ensure that bad behaviour is stamped out by participants in and viewers of football.
Given the performance that Newcastle put in on Monday night it’s pretty hard to show the players much respect, but the likes of Gutierrez and co. won’t improve if a vitriol of abuse is thrown their way, with encouragement being the name of the game.
However, do we need really need robots to make football a better place? The FA has launched a new advert to remind people about the importance of Respect in our national game. The film looks at the potential of ‘corrective’ technology – think ED209 from Robocop – to deal with the problems of raging touchline parents, the loss of referees, foul mouthed players or abusive managers.
The Respect programme was launched in 2008 and although there is much still to do, after five seasons across all levels of football on field discipline has improved, assaults on referees have fallen, 5,000 more match officials have been recruited and the environment of children’s football has improved.
Dermot Collins, The FA’s Respect Manager, said: “The application of technology is an ongoing discussion in Football. This film takes a light hearted look at how it can be applied to improving behaviour in the Grassroots Game but ultimately the solution is in our own hands. We all have a part to play.”
Check out the video below…
For more information about the Respect programme visit www.TheFA.com/Respect