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FA still committed to 'Respect' campaign

The FA's respect initiative is still a high profile initiative despite events at the weekend. Respect was launched earlier this year with the intention to get players to behave better and work with match officials rather than constantly argue and harangue them.

However major flashpoints at Stamford Bridge and Vicarage Road over the weekend saw angry exchanges, leading to some pundits suggesting Respect was dead in the water.

"This is a long-term commitment across the game to improve behaviour," said an FA spokesman.

"There is a determination that it won't be blown off course by individual incidents that are bound to occur in a passionate game like football.

"What we are trying to do is change behaviour and attitudes over time. We are not expecting change overnight.

"However, for the long-term health and benefit of the game, it is important the Respect message gets through at all levels."

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