Football

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that the police support the Football Association in its efforts to tackle conduct offences amongst spectators at under-18 matches.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Since 2008, the FA's Respect programme has sought to improve behaviour in youth football on and off the pitch: successes include a 21% reduction in assaults against referees since 2010-11. This year the FA will pilot an additional ‘Respect Disciplinary course’ to challenge some of the negative attitudes displayed by adults in children's football, alongside existing fines and sanctions. Criminal offences committed by any spectator remain a matter for the police.

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