FA bans parents from cheering their kids at football matches – calling for polite clapping instead
PARENTS are being banned from cheering their kids at FA youth soccer matches this weekend — to shield the youngsters from abuse.
English football’s rulers have been accused of going woke by calling for only polite applause from the touchline at games.
It follows the unveiling of the first National Silent Support Weekend which organisers hope will reduce pressure on players and referees.
This scheme urges spectators to let youngsters “make mistakes and make their own decisions” without being harassed and to clap good play.
The idea was devised amid fears youth league fans, and players, were picking up bad habits from watching Premier League matches.
Anyone in breach of the FA’s Respect Codes of Conduct “may be asked to leave the venue or asked not to attend future games”.
Yet clubs say poorly behaving spectators will ignore the initiative.
Alan Moore, director of youth club Sedgley and Gornal United FC in the West Mids, said: “I applaud any initiative to stop some of the crazy behaviour I’ve seen, but this isn’t it.
I don’t care if it’s woke or nannying, I just know it’ll take more than this gesture to solve the problem.”
He said the club had just filed a complaint on a pitch invader mum who swore at an under-ten over a tackle.
He said: “I doubt people like that will be changing their ways because the FA says so.”
Terry Humphreys, club secretary of Redbridge United Boys FC in Essex, said: “I’ve been involved in grassroots football for 35 years and I doubt this will change attitudes.
I’ve seen youth games abandoned because of the terrible behaviour of supporters.
“The aggression we see on touchlines is bad for the players and stops them learning the game and for young referees who get a lot of stick.
I’m not sure what the Silent Support idea will achieve but it’s worth a shot.”
FA boss Mark Bullingham said the plan would help kids focus on their game with no distractions.
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