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"Respect" initiative spreads to Premier League

The FA revealed the scheme on Tuesday which will hopefully also improve conduct in the technical area.

"The referee will use the captain to a far greater degree," an FA spokesman said. "The captain will be the first and main point of contact for the referee during the game."

In all of the professional game, captains will join their manager or coach in meeting the referee when they hand over the team sheets before a match.

During the game, if a player's conduct is causing problems, the referee will include the captain and no other senior players in a discussion.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore told the FA's website, "Football engages, motivates and inspires - but at times we know it can spill over and get ugly.

"The Premier League, our clubs, the players and the referees are all engaged; we want to make sure that this ends up being much more than a campaign and results in making unacceptable behaviour just that. Unacceptable."

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