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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – The Official Web site Of The Essex Senior Soccer League


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Cease the abuse its concerning the love of the sport.

For years throughout all ranges of soccer supporters, gamers and managers have taunted opposition gamers and followers in an effort to get below their pores and skin to realize the psychological benefit within the sport.  Is there one thing unsuitable with this?  Probably not, is it banter and a part of the enjoyable of attending soccer & in some instances will be entertaining notably if comical quotes.

Nevertheless, it has been noticeable throughout the sport that the enjoyable component goes and in some instances will be classed as simply outright abuse & bullying.

Match officers have usually born the brunt of such feedback,  they love soccer simply as a lot as the remainder of us, they react in a break up second and make selections based mostly on what they see and the way they interpret the legal guidelines of the sport.  I’ve seen critics hurl abuse at them from the touchline not solely from supporters but in addition membership administration & officers, the additional down the degrees you go it has gotten worse & even at some ranges verbal abuse has been was violent assaults – at what level does an assault on the sector of play not turn out to be a felony offence?

It doesn’t – abuse a ref – lose a ref!

It isn’t proper & shouldn’t be tolerated, it wouldn’t be tolerated in another work place, & sure I do know we’re all enthusiastic about our soccer however I refuse to consider or settle for that any incorrect choice is mostly a matter of life or dying prefer it appears to be to a few of these individuals.

Sadly, as a result of sufficient has not been completed relating to abuse of officers,  individuals now in search of a brand new buzz appear to suppose it’s okay to show their attentions elsewhere and in consequence, abuse is now turning into extra rife.

I’m simply going to say simply two skilled video games that spotlight this performed inside previous 10 days –

Firstly at London Street, a small group of supporters had been singing about considered one of their visiting supporters who was attacked in 2018 & suffered everlasting mind harm & sadly died in a while because of his accidents.

To not be outdone Plymouth Argyle followers, on the identical day sung concerning the unhappy passing of former Exeter participant,  Adam Stansfield,  who died of most cancers in 2010 while nonetheless a participant and who’s son, Jay simply 19 and making his means within the sport following in his father’s footsteps was taking part in for Exeter within the sport ten days or so in the past.

I could also be unsuitable right here and it’s inconceivable to know what goes by means of the minds of those individuals, I do know all of us have strain and stress for the time being however to me that’s not banter – that’s simply nasty hurtful vile and disgusting and one thing solely deeply disagreeable individuals would do or certainly take into consideration doing.

Utterly uncalled for!  That’s not banter.

My message is we have now all  have a great deal of strain and upheaval in our lives as a result of our lives being turned up-side down in a International pandemic; we have now all suffered loss, we’re all discovering it extraordinarily testing for the time being in robust monetary instances, lots of us see our soccer as a launch however so do the match officers, the league officers, the opposing gamers, followers and administration,

Allow us to bear in mind it’s the pleasant environment we have now all the time liked; the native rivalry and welcoming enviornment that’s non league soccer that all of us try for.

Let’s transfer away from private abuse, violent assaults and such sickening abuse as talked about above because it’s detrimental to the attractive sport.

I’m happy to see the FA have began to take a look at extra stringent self-discipline for such abuse and have instigated their Sufficient is Sufficient Marketing campaign.

We love soccer – let’s work collectively to stamp out this damaging behaviour and revert again to the optimistic enviornment that  non league soccer has been for generations.

Jimmy Flanagan

Barkingside Chairman


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