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Burnley's Carlisle hopes crackdown on ref abuse works for all involved

Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle hopes the incoming rule designed to stop referees copping abuse from managers and players will benefit everyone involved.

Next season, the Premier League will really crackdown on those who publically voice their displeasure with a match official and Carlisle, chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, insists the protocol must be the same in every instance for the rule to work.

"As long as the guidelines are clear we will support them," he said.

"They need to make sure there are no grey areas so that referees can apply them consistently and players know where they stand.

"The guidelines must be clear because it can be a very emotive issue if it is subjective and incidents appear differently to different people."

The new ruling suggests that the Football Association's 'Respect' campaign has not worked but Carlisle does not at all feel that way.

"Respect has not failed at all. The Referees' Association themselves have agreed the number of incidents - and the scale of the incidents - is reducing," he added.

"It is definitely not failing but we are always looking to improve the image of the game."

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Andrew Slevison
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