Premier League Chairmen, managers and players today launched ‘Get On With The Game’, a programme that sees them sign up to charters detailing standards of acceptable behaviour.
Captains are given enhanced responsibilities in respect to their relationship with referees and managing their team mates, there is the removal of all TV monitors from around technical areas and the dugouts, and also the appointment of refereeing experts by BSkyB, Setanta and the BBC.
Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said: “Premier League clubs and players do so much to inspire and excite – generally fans and the media are talking about the great goals and moments of skill in the Barclays Premier League. At times though, and this came into sharp public focus last season, incidents crop up where the mark is overstepped and player and manager behaviour can become unacceptable.
“The referees have a responsibility too. In forging better relationships with team captains, and the other players and by communicating their decisions in the right way, it will help the players and that will make the game better for everyone – fans included.
“Our message is clear and straightforward – it comes with one voice from the Chairmen, managers and the players – let’s Get On With The Game.”.
Eamon Holmes presents the event
Chelsea and Fulham were represented by John Terry and Danny Murphy
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill was also in attendance
Alan Wiley was there for the referees
Tomas poses with the other Premier League footballers
All smiles from the players