CEO Update on 'Respect The Game' Campaign

Dear Football Family,

Re: Respect Round

In recent weeks we marked Respect Round across our competitions as part of the broader Respect The Game campaign. We called on all our Victorian clubs to make a highly visible stand against anti-social and abusive behaviour across the weekend of football (31 May – 3 June). I would like to thank the vast majority of clubs who aligned themselves with this important value and demonstrated its meaning to the referees, coaches, officials, volunteers and supporters who make our game great.

In particular, we would like to highlight the great work of three clubs – Craigieburn City FC, Mt Eliza SC and Mt Martha SC. As part of the promotion of Respect Round, Football Victoria ran a competition for clubs to demonstrate their celebrations of the round and these three clubs have won themselves new PILA football goals valued at over $2,000 each.

Unfortunately, however, we also need to highlight some behaviour that was not aligned to Respect. The Respect The Game Pledge outlined our agreed approach – “We will not tolerate abuse in our game, directed towards referees, players, coaches, spectators, officials or volunteers. We will provide a safe environment for all Victorians to unite through football.”

There have been a number of incidents over recent weeks (including on Respect Round) that have been reported to Football Victoria for investigation and accordingly we feel compelled to write to all clubs on this issue again.

We all need to work together to keep our game strong, providing a safe, enjoyable environment that protects participants, match officials, club administrators, volunteers and spectators. With that in mind, Football Victoria will continue to take a stand against abusive behaviour.

We will be working through the investigation process for each of these incidents and the clubs and club officials involved can expect to be contacted shortly. Football Victoria can, and will, call on a variety of sanctions and stands ready to heavily punish misconduct and do everything we can to stamp this behaviour out of the game.

If there are any incidents or behaviour you would like to report, please do so via discipline@footballvictoria.com.au.

Well done again to those clubs demonstrating respect for our great game.

Sincerely yours in football,

Peter Filopoulos
Football Victoria
Chief Executive Officer